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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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NBI Sending Subpoenas Because Of Fake News During COVID-19 Crisis

It’s expected to send more out in the coming days The National Bureau of Investigation has sent out around 17 subpoenas to individuals that it deems to be spreading misinformation during the COVID-19 crisis, and expects to send more in the coming days. The NBI’s Cybercrime Division has been monitoring social media channels for fake news, and if it warrants …

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Help Delivery Riders With Cancelled Orders Via Order Hero

Facebook group wants to purchase food orders cancelled by clients It a hassle when customers cancel orders through apps like Food Panda, GrabFood, Lalamove and Angkas because it’s the riders that’ll have to pay for that out of their own pockets. Cancelling food orders during the enhanced community quarantine sucks even more because orders aren’t as plentiful, and these riders …

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PLDT and PGH Launch 155200 Hotline Number

To supplement PGH’s COVID-19 Bayanihan Operations Center To help its operations towards addressing the COVID-19, Philippine General Hospital launched dedicated hotline number 155200 for its COVID-19 Bayanihan Operations Center. The number will provide assistance to the public and manage the influx of patients, and will serve as a channel for donations. The hotline number is a joint effort between UP-PGH’s …

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Governments Newest Weapon Against The Coronavirus: Your Phone

Data that used to serve you ads are now used to fight the disease As governments around the world enforce quarantine measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, they’re slowly turning to the same technology that serves you ads on your smartphones. Anonymized data from smartphones that are sent to advertisers is now being analyzed by government health services in …

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Google Commits $800 Million Towards Combatting COVID-19

A big chunk will come from ad credits Aside from launching a centralized COVID-19 search hub, Google announced that it is committing over $800 million to help small and medium businesses (SMBs), governments and health organizations in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. The commitment includes $250 million in ad grants to help the World Health Organization (WHO) and various government agencies …

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Google, iFlix and iWants Reduces Data Usage To Free Up Bandwith

Reduced streaming quality and better compression Following Netflix’s lead, Google, iFlix and iWant has heeded the National Telecommunication Commission’s (NTC) call to manage the bitrate used by its streaming services to ease the burden on Philippine networks as a record number of people work from home. Google is applying the same data-saving steps in the Philippines as they’ve done in …

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Singtel-owned Hooq Video Streaming Service Files For Liquidation

Hooq might be dead 5 years after it launched in Southeast Asia, Hooq, the video streaming service owned by Singaporean telco Singtel, has filed for liquidation. According to a report by Reuters, the streaming service said that it had not been able to grow sufficiently to provide sustainable returns or cover escalating costs. The service first launched back in 2015, …

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Japanese Gov’t Cancels Visas Issued To Filipinos, 10 Other Countries Because Of COVID-19 Fears

It’s a way to halt imported cases from coming to Japan The Japanese gov’t has decided to cancel visas issued to Filipino citizens and 10 other countries today because of the coronavirus pandemic. The cancellation of visas will affect around 750,000 people, and 11 countries including the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia, Israel, Qatar, Bahrain, and the Democratic …

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You Can Rent a PC for Your Work-At-Home Needs

Need a good work PC? They got you covered Are you in need of a decent workstation for your work-at-home needs, but do not have enough funds (or time) to build your own? Internet Cafe ROG Home is offering a computer rental service for those who need a desktop PC for a certain period (ie. while on community quarantine). ROG …

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Canon Teams Up with PayMaya for Series Of Online Classes

Learn and help out at the same time! To kick off the month of April, Canon announced that it will be holding several online classes focused on photography and videography starting March 31. All classes will be hosted live at Canon’s Facebook page, and will cover various topics ranging from DIY photography and vlogging at home to learning new post-processing …

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NTC Asks Netflix To Manage Bitrate To Help Ease Bandwidth

This is in line with what other companies have been doing in Europe With so many people at home and watching Netflix during the enhanced community lockdown, the overall bandwidth of telecom companies is under tremendous strain. To help alleviate this, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is asking Netflix to work with them to help manage the streaming bitrate to …

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Stay At Home: Pornhub Makes Premium Free For Everyone

No need to set VPN to Italy Pornhub, the biggest adult website is encouraging people to stay at home by hooking up everyone with a Premium account starting today. “With nearly one billion people in lockdown across the world because of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important that we lend a hand and provide them with an enjoyable way to pass …

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Ligo Sardines Teams Up With Angkas To Deliver PPE To Hospitals

Ligo + Angkas = Awesome Ligo Sardines is stepping up to the challenge posed by COVID-19 and the lockdown imposed by the PH government to help stem the tide of the virus – aside from re-allocating it’s entire 2020 advertising budget to non-governmental organizations, charities, and independent groups that are on the frontline in the battle against the coronavirus, the …

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