Category Archives: Technology

Cable car in Palawan’s Underground River? No, thanks – management

NATURAL WONDER. The Puerto Princesa Underground River. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines – A cable car facility within the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park? It’s unlikely.

Park Superintendent Elizabeth Maclang said the management is not keen on the proposed facility and other similar attractions for tourists visiting the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR), as suggested by the city government’s planning consultant, Palafox Associates.

Maclang said while they will consider the reasons raised by Palafox for the project, it will be “subject to approval” of the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB). Continue reading

RLC now biggest solar power producer in malls

Robinsons Place Dumaguete’s rooftop solar panels was commissioned in April 2016 and has a total of 5,920 solar panels which produces an annual yield of 1,725,680kW-Hr.

Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC), a subsidiary of JG Sumit Holdings Inc., is further increasing the solar power generation capacity of its malls as the dominant renewable energy generator among Philippine property developers.

To date, Robinsons Land has almost 48,000 rooftop solar panels in its 11 malls, most of which are outside Metro Manila, allowing it to produce over 15 million kilowatt hours (KWH) of clean energy annually. Continue reading

The future is in knowledge

“THE world is changing fast, we can’t fall behind. We have to prepare for the future. The future is not very far.”

This was the statement delivered by Antonio “Yobie” Benjamin, one of the pioneers among Filipinos in Silicon Valley, during the recently-concluded 5th Geeks on a Beach (GOAB) 2017 international conference and startup competition on August 24 and 25 in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

The tech guru, who is formerly from Malabon City, Metro Manila, is chief technology officer (CTO) of clickSWITCH and Emeritus CTO of Token.io – two finance-oriented startups among many other tech and entrepreneurship engagements. He is a successful venture investor and innovator in life sciences, IoTm FinTech, sustainability and consumer products, Continue reading

Silicon Valley tech guru on AI’s effects on PH BPOs

ANTONIO BENJAMIN. The Fil-Am Silicon Valley entrepreneur speaks at 2017 Geeks On A Beach conference in Palawan. Photo by Edd K. Usman/Rappler.

Filipino-American tech gurus in Silicon Valley, United States, continued to sound off alarms on the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the Philippines’ cash cow, the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry.

The latest to give his expert take is Antonio “Yobie” Benjamin, one of the pioneers among Filipinos in Silicon Valley who parlayed their digital geekery into money-making startup machines. Benjamin, 58, formerly of Malabon City, Metro Manila, is chief technology officer (CTO) of clickSWITCH and Emeritus CTO of Token.io – two finance-oriented startups among many other tech and entrepreneurship engagements. Continue reading

World’s highest capacity 2TB flash drive introduced by Kingston

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Every once in a while, something surprising comes out of companies like Kingston. While terabyte-hard drives have become the norm, Kingston redefines portable storage with their new 2TB flash drive.

The Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT is currently the “world’s highest capacity USB flash drive.” Apart from the 2TB version, it also comes in a smaller 1TB variant, reports The Verge.

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Woman’s new phone got celebrity numbers due to ‘iCloud glitch’

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Sophie Highfield was simply expecting a brand new Apple iPhone 5S, but instead, she also ended up with a phonebook filled with dozens of A-list celebrities’ numbers.

Thanks to a suspected iCloud glitch, the 31-year-old American can now freely contact one internationally acclaimed DJ, several Olympic athletes and even a former Spice Girl, according to The Sun. Continue reading

’Tis the season for mobile giving

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MANILA, Philippines – We’ve used our phones for payments — bills, load, online shopping. Now we can use it as well as for giving.

Donating to charity or other worthy causes is now made easier through the gadget in our pocket. If you have a prepaid mobile number, the amount will be deducted from your load. If you have a postpaid account, it will be charged to your monthly bill. Continue reading

The best video games to play with your family at Christmas

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At Christmas – as with any occasion where your whole extended family is crammed into one house amid an abundance of unresolved tensions and alcohol – Monopoly is not always the answer. Similarly, there are times in life when Trivial Pursuit is just going to make everything worse, and when people simply don’t want to hear you explain the rules to Settlers of Catan for the 300th time. Sometimes, only video games will do. Continue reading

Raspberry Pi releases an OS to breathe new life into old PCs

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The Raspberry Pi Foundation has released an experimental version of its Linux-based Pixel OS for Windows and Mac PCs. The OS, originally designed to run only on the Raspberry Pi hobby board, comes with the Chromium web browser and a suite of productivity and coding tools. “We asked ourselves one simple question: If we like Pixel so much, why ask people to buy Raspberry Pi hardware in order to run it?” founder Eben Upton wrote in a blog post. Continue reading

SK Hynix to Spend $2.6 Billion Boosting Chip Output for Mobile

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(Bloomberg) — SK Hynix Inc., the world’s second-largest memory chipmaker, will spend 3.16 trillion won ($2.6 billion) boosting production to meet growing demand for mobile and computer storage.

The supplier to Apple Inc. and Sony Corp. said Thursday it will invest 2.21 trillion won on a new plant in Cheongju, south of Seoul, to meet increasing demand for the NAND flash chips used in smartphones. It will spend another 950 billion won on its plant in Wuxi, China to raise capacity for dynamic random access memory or DRAM chips. Last year, the chipmaker said it will invest a total of 46 trillion won in boosting chip production. Continue reading

Oro National ICT Summit Seeks To Update 2022 Road Map

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The Cagayan de Oro ICT Business Council will host the ninth staging of the National ICT Summit on still to be decided dates in November, 2017 at Cagayan de Oro City, in recognition of its status s a leading “Next-Wave City”

Stephanie P. Caragor, Cagayan de Oro ICT Business Council Chair who was recently elected National President of the National Confederation of the Philippines (NICP) will also oversee the summit chaired by Alaxander G. Paras . Continue reading

Google Will Launch Two New Smartwatches Next Year

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Smartwatches have yet to really catch on, but Google is aiming to fix that with newfound interest in the area. The search giant will produce two flagship wearables during the first quarter of next year according to a report from the Verge.

Citing Android Wear product manager Jeff Chang, the report indicates Google will be dropping two in-house made smartwatches powered by the company’s new Android Wear 2.0 operating system. The long-rumored devices will be the first smartwatches to make use of the platform. Continue reading

Best smartphones of CES 2017: What to expect

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Considering there’s a dedicated smartphone convention held in February in the form of Mobile World Congress, you can sometimes wonder why manufacturers would release any smartphones at CES in January.

In previous years, flagship phones have been reserved for MWC or separate events, and more mid-range handsets have been shown off in Las Vegas. We expect much of the same again for the next show in January, although unsurprisingly not a lot has been formally announced just yet, but we do know of some companies that will be at the show, so we can take some pretty educated guesses. Continue reading

Brother Philippines renews commitment

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The young girls and boys of Inigan Elementary have been a constant source of inspiration for Brother Philippines.

Last December 8, 2016, Brother Philippines once again renewed its support for the Inigan community this December 2016 with a fresh supply of ICT tools and school necessities, as well as a Lakbay Aral trip to the Museo Pambata and Fort Santiago for a day of fun and learning with the company’s employees. Continue reading

Applying ICT in agriculture

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By 2050, the world’s population will reach 9.2 billion, which will require food production to be increased by about 60 percent. This is no easy task.

With arable lands shrinking due to urbanization and climate change presenting numerous challenges to produce food from existing farms, there is a need to cascade proven technologies in farming and fishing communities, especially those with small holdings, to increase yield and incomes. Continue reading

ARMM shares how it delivers efficient government services via ICT

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The local government of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) held its first ICT Summit last Monday (5 December 2016).

According to the Philippine News Agency, Abdelnur Campong, Chief of ARMM governors ICT office, shared at the event that the region now has better ICT. Before 2011, there were no efforts in establishing ICT in the regional

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ICT sector needs ‘to step up’

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WHILE the country’s information and communications technology (ICT) sector has matured and diversified, an official from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (CanCham) challenged the industry to step up with the competition in terms of labor quality and cost within Southeast Asia. CanCham president Julian Payne, in an interview on Wednesday, said the Philippines benefits from its competitive advantage (cheap labor cost, excellent English communication skills, work culture, and time-zone advantage) in luring more multi-national ICT companies. Continue reading

Globe to propel ICT adoption with new Davao data center

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Globe Business’s new Davao Data Center is set to shake up Davao City’s ICT industry in the Philippines, and the company says it will help the economy’s upward trajectory next year.

Globe Telecom, a telecommunications provider in the Philippines, will build the Davao data center in the first quarter of 2017 to service Davao businesses, as well as those in Luzon and Visayas.

The company says it is committed to spread ICT adoption across the country, as it aims to help enable a ‘digital nation’. Continue reading