Thursday , 9 April 2020

Editorials

Facebook, Instagram Reduces Streaming Bitrate In The Philippines

All to save bandwidth With the enhanced community quarantine getting extended, it’s becoming more important than ever before to reduce the strain on mobile networks as everyone works and studies from home. Facebook is the latest company to heed the calls of the Department of Information and Communications Technology to save bandwidth and will be temporarily reducing bitrates during the …

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Watch: Huawei P40 Pro Review

The best smartphone camera for 2020? While we are currently on community quarantine as of this writing, we got to review the Huawei P40 Pro. Aside from a Kirin 990 5G processor, the P40 Pro is a flagship phone through and through with a “quad curve overflow” OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate, a 4200mAh battery with 40w wired …

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TikTok Pledges $1 Million to PGH Medical Foundation

As the country continues to battle COVID-19, social media platform TikTok has pledged $1 million to the Philippine General Hospital Medical Foundation, Inc. (PGHMFI). The non-profit organization aims to help medical professionals by providing protective gear and equipment. The organization also functions as a conduit of donations from individuals, corporations, and other foundations to help PGH achieve its mission to …

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Opensignal: Smart Achieves Over 80% Nationwide 4G Availability

Both Smart and Globe also experience improvements in overall download speeds Smart dominates once again in Opensignal’s Mobile Experience Awards based on their April 2020 report. Chief among these include Smart’s improvement in overall 4G coverage. From 74.3% in Opensignal’s September 2019 report, Smart’s LTE coverage is now at 81.8%, making it the first Philippine telco to break the 80% …

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Google Donates $5 Million in Ad Credits to the Philippines

As part of its contribution to combatting COVID-19, Google is donating $5 million in ad credits to the Philippine government. The ad credits will be used to help key agencies in disseminating critical information related to the COVID-19 response and relief efforts. Aside from the ad credits, Google has updated its Maps app with commute routes for shuttles servicing frontliners, …

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PH Developing Own Contact Tracing App

It’ll be similar to the one made in Singapore The Philippine government is turning to smartphones in its fight to contain COVID-19 in the country. According to the Inquirer, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) chair Raymund Liboro was assisting a team of 15 software engineers and designers from the University of the Philippines to launch the app to the public …

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DTI Imposes 1 Month Grace Period for Residential and Commercial Rent

This is to ensure the survival of MSMEs DTI has released its memorandum circular for residential and commercial rent. Under Memorandum Circular No. 20-12, Series of 2020, all residential and  Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) commercial rents will be given a 30-day grace period. DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez explained that MSMEs shall not incur interest, penalties, fees, and other …

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Huawei P40 Pro Review: The Best Cameras On A Phone This 2020

Amazing cameras all around Huawei’s always managed to impress with their P-series of smartphones, with the Chinese firm regularly pushing the boundaries of what cameras on a phone can do. But the P40 Pro really is something else entirely – and not even the threat of a global health emergency can stop its arrival in the country. The P40 Pro …

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Smart Rolls Out Free WiFi to COVID-19 Healthcare Facilities

It is part of Smart’s partnership with DPWH Having reliable internet connectivity is crucial for frontliners dealing with COVID-19. With DPWH opening new COVID-19 healthcare facilities, the government agency tapped Smart to provide carrier-grade, fiber-powered WiFi to five key venues: Philippine International Convention Center, Ninoy Aquino Stadium, World Trade Center, New Clark City in Tarlac, and Philippine Army Gymnasium in …

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PNP Nabs 32 Suspects For Fake News On Social Media

The police are stepping up its cybercrime operations Thought that the government wasn’t serious when it said that fake news peddlers would be arrested? Think again – the PNP’s Anti-Cybercrime Group has announced that it has arrested 24 people suspected of spreading fake news in social media that has induced panic among people. Police Regional Offices and PNP Criminal Investigation …

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LinkedIn Offers Free Job Postings For Essential Personal During Pandemic

LinkedIn helping with the fight LinkedIn is providing free job postings for companies and services that are deemed essential during the COVID-19 pandemic as hospitals, supermarkets, warehouses, and logistics companies scramble for personnel. Since the pandemic began, LinkedIn has seen a surge of job postings for the healthcare industry, as well as logistics and freight services. The free job postings …

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Should You Uninistall Zoom?

Are the privacy issues worth it? As much of the world shuts down and hunker in their homes because of COVID-19, the need for an easy-to-use, free teleconferencing app became paramount for many companies, schools, and circle of friends. Zoom fit the bill perfectly, and the once unheard of the company is now the teleconference app of the apocalypse, seeing …

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Google Leverages Location Data To Show If People Are Following Quarantine

This data can help save lives Google is leveraging anonymized location data it usually uses to deliver targeted ads to let public health officials know if people are staying at home or roaming around the metro. The search giant has released its COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports, which should help public health officials see if people are really following quarantine guidelines …

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Review: Shooting for the Moon

The Best S20 in the Galaxy? Before the coronavirus would run rampant across the globe, the folks over at Samsung were able to launch their S series devices. While we’ve all come to expect them to offer their best with each flagship release, there was a fair bit of head-scratching in the tech community with one of the variants of …

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How PLDT Home is Helping Filipinos During the Community Quarantine?

Ensuring that your family stays safe and comfortable during the community quarantine As we continue to be under community quarantine because of the COVID-19 pandemic, various companies are finding ways on how they can serve their customers despite the constraints. PLDT Home, for its part, remains committed to servicing its customers. Here’s how PLDT Home is strengthening its support to …

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