PLDT boosts digital lifestyle at home with new products, services

PLDT HOME. Gary Dujali, PLDT VP and Home Marketing Director, talks about the company’s new products and services, including the TVolution Stick by Intel, iflix, Fam Cam, among others, during an event in Cebu.

PLDT Home is the top broadband services provider in Cebu and the rest of the country, a company official said recently. PLDT VP and Home Marketing Director Gary Dujali said in a press event to showcase the company’s products that their flagship DSL brand commands a 70 percent market share in the country and maintains its dominant presence in Cebu.

DepEd recognizes Smart as valued partner in education

The Department of Education (DepEd) recently recognized mobile leader Smart Communications for its efforts to help improve education in the country. Smart is one of DepEd’s corporate partners under the Adopt-a-School program, whose goal is to enhance the quality of public education through technology support and training, among others.

PLDT opens Startup Studio series in Cebu, invites developers to submit tourism solutions

ENHANCE TRAVEL. “A Travel to Disrupt” challenges local startups to pitch in their tourism-centric enterprise solutions that can change and enhance the tourism industry in the country.

Leading telecoms and digital services provider PLDT, through its ICT research and development department Innolab, has partnered with IdeaSpace Foundation in inviting participants to the latest series in the Startup Studio search for the next digital solution slated to enhance the travel experience of domestic and foreign travelers alike.

Globe disconnects 30,000 numbers identified as source of spam, scam messages

The numbers blocked from the Globe network were subject of complaints reported through the http://www.globe.com.ph/stopspam.

Globe Telecom has disconnected from service close to 30,000 prepaid numbers found to be consistent source of spam and scam text messages as the leading mobile operator continues to intensify efforts to eliminate such unsolicited and annoying messages.

Samboan taps SHINE OS+ to digitize residents’ health records

SHINE OS+ LAUNCH. Samboan health workers led by Mayor Raymond Joseph Calderon, Smart Communications senior manager Maria Jane C. Paredes, and Shine OS+ project lead Dr. Ma. Regina Estuar of the Ateneo Java Wireless Competency Center launch SHINE OS+ at the town center.

Samboan municipal health officer Dr. Ianne Jireh Ramos suspected hypertension to be the prevalent case among townsfolk who availed themselves of the municipal government’s health programs. Ramos, however, couldn’t say for certain. She just had a hunch based on anecdotal information.

Globe Telecom expands network capacities to hit demand for data

GOING MOBILE. Globe is investing on its network to deal with the "explosive growth of data traffic of our customers,” said Globe President & CEO Ernest Cu.

Globe Telecom is continuing to invest aggressively in building on its capacities in a bid to future-proof its network amid continuing adoption of smartphone use among its customers.

myLifestyle Plan propels Globe postpaid revenues to P15.8 billion

NOTE 5 OFFERING. Globe’s offering for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

Globe Telecom remains the dominant player in the country’s mobile postpaid segment after posting postpaid revenues of P15.8 billion during the first half of the year on the back of its innovative myLifestyle Plan which set a global standard in postpaid plan offerings, the company said in a press release.

Smart gives free rides, in-car WiFi in partnership with Uber

UBER. Smart is giving away two free Uber rides – worth P300 each – to Metro Manila-based subscribers who are also first time-users of the Uber app. The rides can be used anywhere within Metro Manila until Sept. 30.

Smart subscribers in Metro Manila can now gear up for a sleeker and more convenient ride through the city as the country’s undisputed mobile services provider is giving away free rides on Uber, the world’s leading ride-sharing tech company.

ACC brings digital learning to schools in Lapu-Lapu via Smart Technocart

TECH BOOST FOR EDUCATION. Representatives of select public schools in Lapu-Lapu City receive Smart Technocarts from PLDT and Smart president and CEO Napoleon L. Nazareno (7th from left) and Stephanie Velasco-Orlino (second from left), Atty. Maria Jane Paredes (2nd from right), and Sally Aldaba (right), all from the Smart Public Affairs group.

Four public schools in Lapu-Lapu City are the latest recipients of mobile digital laboratories called Smart Technocarts, which are intended to boost kindergarten learning using technology tools and solutions.

PLDT, Smart boost open Wifi access in Cebu airport, key hotels for Asian Carriers Conference 2015

CONNECTIVITY. Asian Carriers Conference delegates can access free Wifi connectivity through Smart-powered access points in the primary areas of the International and Domestic airport including the airport’s entrance, waiting lounges, pre-departure and check-in areas, and Mabuhay lounge. (Photo from official ACC website)

LEADING telecoms and multimedia service provider PLDT, through its wireless subsidiary Smart Communications, is boosting its Smart Wifi connectivity services covering Mactan international and domestic airports in Cebu and the city’s premiere hotels to accommodate the influx of international and local delegates attending the Asian Carriers Conference (ACC) this year from September 1 to 4.

People ‘aren’t talking anymore’ and telcos are worried

TELCO BILLING, DATA SERVICES. Disruptive Views editor Tony Poulos: “When you buy water from the utility, you pay for the amount of water you use, when you get electricity you pay for the amount of electricity you use. What do we do? We give it away, we created this monster. We allowed people to access data for a set price per year.”

People have made the shift to data connectivity and it is time for carriers to change the way they perceive their roles and move beyond connectivity, Hot Telecoms president Isabelle Paradis said in Tuesday’s opening of the 11th Asian Carriers Conference (ACC) in Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City.

Telcos need to transform into platforms for digital services: PLDT president

COMPELLING CONTENT, SOLUTIONS. With the digital transformation, "the name of the game is compelling digital content and powerful digital solutions," PLDT president and chief executive officer Napoleon L. Nazareno said during the opening of the 11th Asian Carriers Conference at the Shangri-la Mactan Resort and Spa.

Although networks remain a core business for carriers, these are no longer enough for them to thrive in the digital age, PLDT president and chief executive officer Napoleon L. Nazareno said during the opening of the 11th Asian Carriers Conference at the Shangri-la Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City. “We need to go beyond that to survive and thrive,” Nazareno said.

Launch of Philippine Startup Roadmap just the start: GOAB organizer

PHILIPPINE STARTUP ROADMAP. Present during the launch of the Philippine Startup Roadmap during the Geeks on a Beach Year 3 in Boracay are Kickstart vice president and co-founder Christian Besler, Plug and Play Tech Center vice president and co-founder Jojo Flores, Medifi co-founder and CTO Jay Fajardo, IdeaSpace president and founder Earl Valencia, DOST-ICTO Deputy Executive Director Mon Ibrahim, Office of Sen. Bam Aquino Director II Karl Vendell Satinitigan, DOST-ICTO senior consultant Beryl Li, STAC-Silicon Valley president Christina Laskowski, TechTalks.ph founder and GeeksOnABeach.com instigator Tina Amper, and Blastasia Inc. president and CEO Arup Maity. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTO)

The Philippine Startup Roadmap, launched at the just-concluded third Geeks on a Beach (GOAB) in Boracay, looks forward to spawning 500 startups with an estimated cumulative valuation of $2 billion by 2020.

Lenovo launches VIBE Shot in Cebu

LENOVO VIBE SHOT CEBU LAUNCH. Leading the launch of the Lenovo VIBE Shot in Cebu are (from left) Dino Romano, country manager of Lenovo Smartphone Philippines; Hannah Reyes, National Geographic Young Explorer; and Vincent dela Cruz, marketing manager Lenovo Smartphone Philippines.

With a 16-megapixel camera, a dedicated shutter button and a toggle to activate auto and a pro mode with manual controls, the Lenovo VIBE Shot “gives consumers the best of both worlds.”

“It is a stylish and powerful smartphone that consumers want and an advanced camera that budding and seasoned photographers will love to use,” said Dino Romano, Country Manager, Lenovo Smartphones Philippines.

Cebu Guide tourism app new version released in time for APEC meetings

COMPREHENSIVE, HANDY GUIDE. Cebu Guide is a comprehensive resource to guide you in your Cebu visit.

Delegates attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Cebu now have access to a handy guide on where the top attractions and latest activities in the province are with the release of the updated travel app Cebu Guide.

Sony unveils Smart B-Trainer running device in Cebu

FANTASTIC PRODUCT. That was how popular runner and blogger Jaymie Pizarro described the Smart B-Trainer. Pizarro is shown above demonstrating the device during the launch in Cebu.

A GPS device that tracks your runs with a heart rate monitor that doesn’t need a chest strap and a coaching system that taps music tempo, the Sony Smart B-Trainer was developed “with the modern runner in mind.” Sony unveiled the Smart B-Trainer in Cebu leading to the Ironman weekend earlier this month.

Tourism in Southern Cebu gets digital boost from Talk ‘N Text, Internet.org

Members of people’s organizations in Aloguinsan, Cebu create their own website as part of the Panalo Community training sponsored by Talk ‘N Text and organized by Grassroots Travel.

FOUR eco-tourism groups in Aloguinsan, Cebu are now ready to move to the digital space after attending the Panalo Community Training sponsored by Talk ‘N Text, the value brand of Smart Communications, Inc., and organized by Grassroots Travel, a local company working with communities to help promote responsible and sustainable travel.