Formerly known as YouPoundit, Poundit is an ecommerce site for electronics and accessories that has built partnerhips with about 50 tech brands and authorized distributors including Sony, GoPro, ASUS, JBL, Harman Kardon, and Otterbox.
Jason Tulio, writing for Top Gear Ph;
The LTFRB chief also cited his own recent experience taking four taxis in Metro Manila. While three of them charged him the right amount, one attempted to overcharge him twice, but relented when Delgra insisted on sticking to the meter. He says that the LTFRB will impose stricter penalties on abusive taxi and PUV drivers, along with other initiatives in place to help solve the problem. Your complaints, Delgra says, aren’t falling on deaf ears.
Just “stricter penalties” and “other initiatives”? No suspension of franchise, no Php 5 million fines even after experiencing the problem personally?
If LTFRB slap a Php 1 million fines to the taxi operator, I bet these kind of behavior from taxi drivers will surely disappear, at least from the time being.
Uber will just look at the Php190 million that they paid LTFRB as a advertising cost and just like any Filipino, we always love an underdog story!
The company paid a total of Php 489.244 million including the financial assistance for drivers.
I have Manila Rush on my phone and have been playing it since it came out. Other notable games that you may want to checkout are;
In an article on Yugatech, the price for the Note 8 in the Philippines will be Php 49,990.
Update: Change the pre-order date from September 9 to September 8.
Carl Lamiel, writing for Yugatech;
Samsung‘s own virtual assistant called Bixby and its voice capabilities are now available in more countries worldwide, including the Philippines.
The Korean tech giant has just rolled out its proprietary virtual assistant onto 200 more countries, including the UK and Australia. Before the worldwide rollout, Bixby is only available in two countries — the US and in their home turf of South Korea.
It’ll be interesting how many people will be talking to their Samsung smartphones calling it Bixby!
Melvin G. Calimag, writing for NewsBytes Ph;
Two digital startups from the Philippines recently took part in Google’s Launchpad Accelerator in California, joining other startups from all over the world that were picked by the tech giant to undergo mentorship and receive $50,000 (about P2.5 million) in funding to speed up their product development.
The Filipino startups which carried the country’s flag are Honesty Apps, a do-it-yourself mobile app platform for Android and iOS, and Bloom Solutions, a fin-tech firm that aims to transform the remittance business with blockchain technology.
Congratulations to both Honesty Apps and Bloom Solutions!
MiCab, a Cebu-based ride-sharing startup that, unlike Uber or Grab, “exclusively partner with taxi fleet companies who take pride in their service, putting the value of their vehicles and drivers top of the priority.”
MiCab is currently available in Visayas; Cebu City and Iloilo City, with plans to launch the service in Metro Manila and Davao City.
MiCab is one of the 20 Startup Finalist of IdeaSpace’s 2013 Startup Competition.
Joseph Waring, writing for Mobile World Live;
Smart, the mobile arm of PLDT, regained its spot as the largest mobile operator in the Philippines by subscribers in Q2, after Globe Telecom lost 3.1 million users since the beginning of the year.
According to GSMA Intelligence data, Smart had a 51.4 per cent market share in Q2, while Globe’s share dipped by nearly 2 percentage points from the end of 2016 to 48.2 per cent at end-June.
Do we really need to know which of the ONLY two mobile operator in the Philippines is the largest? It will be more interesting to know, which of the two (Smart or Globe) has the highest customer satisfaction rating.
GoSPCE allows guests to rent traditional and unique spaces for work and play. It also enables an end-to-end marketing and operations solution for hosts.
In a nutshell, its a service that connects (co-working) space and retail owners to guest and/or renters.
You can download their app from Google Play Store.
Taxumo is the easiest way for small business owners, self-employed professionals, and freelancers in the Philippines to prepare, file and pay their taxes. All you need to do is track your income and expenses and Taxumo does the rest (from computing to filling up BIR or Bureau of Internal Revenue tax forms and paying taxes online). You can do all of these things through Taxumo!
Joey Maceda, writing for Yugatech;
Do you have what it takes to be a great companion? You now have the chance to put those skills to work. Pangga, a new on-demand companionship service is now looking for partners.
From their website, this is how they describe their service.
Pangga is an app-based technology platform that enables single millennials to avail a companionship service in order to build a healthy self-esteem in todays “Me Me Me Generation”.
The word Pangga is a Visayan language is an endearment word that is used to address someone whom you love. it’s close equivalent in english is “dear”, “honey”, “sweetheart” or yeah…. “love”.
Interesting concept to say the least and there are a lot of ways this app can be use for “other things” other than what the founder/developer intended it to do. The app/service is targeting a specific group of people like tourists and the Philippines being a tourist destination the service has a lot of potential.
If you are interested in trying out the service, you can send your request to download the app here.
James A. Loyola, writing for Manila Bulletin;
Logistics 2Go Group, Inc., which has recently been taken over by Chelsea Logistics Corporation and the SM Group, is studying its possible entry into the e-commerce business on top of servicing the needs of its clients in the same industry.
This will be an interesting venture to say the least!
FlySpaces empowers businesses as a digital marketplace that provides short-term work and meeting space solutions to entrepreneurs, start-ups, SMEs and mobile professionals. Whether the need is for an hour, a day, a week or a few months – we have a network of hundreds of spaces to discover across key South East Asian cities.
Sainul Abudheen K, reporting for e27.
Amidst growing complaints of selling fake goods, non-delivery of products and allegations of scams, Philippines’ second largest daily deals site CashCashPinoy has wound up operations.
It’s always sad to see a good brand to not reach their full potential because of bad management.
Jing Garcia, reporting for InterAksyon;
A research team in Germany discovered technology that can be used as a spying tool using apps emitting ultrasonic tones on mobile devices without the knowledge of the user.
In a paper titled “Privacy Threats through Ultrasonic Side Channels on Mobile Devices”, which was sponsored by the German government, researchers from the Technische Universitat Braunschweig have found 234 Android apps, including app versions distributed by McDonald’s and Krispy Kreme in the Philippines, were embedded with ‘spying tools’ that could violate an individual’s privacy.
The whole article explained how the spying is done. The study did not mention if iOS Apps are affected as well.
Honesty Apps, a Do-it-yourself mobile application platform for both iOS and Android.
Bloom modernizes remittance businesses by combining cutting-edge technology like the blockchain, instant payments, and messenger bots with traditional tools like SWIFT and SMS.
Two startup from the Philippines have been accepted into the program;
- BLOOM: Transforming remittance businesses with blockchain technology
- Honesty Apps: A Do-it-yourself mobile application platform for both iOS and Android.
Google Developers Blog;
Launchpad Accelerator includes intensive mentoring from 20+ Google teams, and expert mentors from top technology companies and VCs in Silicon Valley. Participants receive equity-free support, credits for Google products, and continue to work closely with Google back in their home country during the 6-month program.
Class 4 kicks off July 17th, 2017 at the Google Developers Launchpad Space in San Francisco and will include 2 weeks of all-expense-paid training.
Nicai de Guzman, writing for Entrepreneur Ph;
Google also has several initiatives to help Filipino developers reach and surpass their potential and inspire a new generation of coders, including a mentorship trip to Silicon Valley.
I recommend that you read the whole article.
Today Spotify is pleased to announce the launch of Spotify Premium for Students in 33* new countries around the world. Spotify Premium for Students allows all registered students to enjoy Spotify Premium – and all of the many benefits that come with being a Premium subscriber – for around half the standard price.
Spotify Premium for Students is already available in United States United Kingdom and Germany. The 33 new countries are as follows;
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
According to Yugatech, the price of Spotify Premium subscription was Php129/month but with the launching of Spotify Premium for Students it will just be Php65/month. To sign up for the Spotify Premium for Students, just go to http://www.spotify.com/student.
Rachel Becker, reporting for The Verge;
Scientists have discovered a hellish, sulfur-eating, worm-like relative of clams living in a Philippines bay, a new study reports. At more than five feet long and two inches wide, these creatures are the longest members in this family of shellfish that exist today — and they look like massive, ink-black, alien boogers.
Interesting and judging from the source article, it looks like Filipino Scientist may (or are) not even aware of these massive mollusks, which is sad.
I’d like to tell you about this new reward rewards app for Android phones called Pera Swipe, developed by Mobino Inc.
Pera Swipe aims to bring added value to content and promotions by rewarding users with points that can be redeemed for prepaid mobile load and other prizes (more prizes in the future). Postpaid subscribers are very much welcome to use the app since the load prizes can be sent to others as a gift.
Pera Swipe displays various promotions and interesting articles offering different points on users’ lock screen. Users will be able to earn points by swiping left or right on their Pera Swipe lock screen. Swiping right allows the user to unlock their smartphone, while swiping left on special promotions will direct the user to the promoter’s website, social media page or other URLs.
To know more about the service, you cn visit their website at peraswipe.com or their facebook page. Pera Swipe is currently running an early bird promo where users can earn P10 Extra points if you sign up this April. Unfortunately, their app is not yet available for download.
Camille Vidan, writing for Unbox Ph;
The NDRRMC will be in charge of ECBS advisories.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and Smart Communication rolled out on Tuesday the nationwide emergency cell broadcast system (ECBS) for quick dissemination of emergency and disaster alerts to mobile users.
Daniel Morial, reporting for Yugatech;
GrabRewards lets you earn points for every ride you book may it be GrabTaxi, GrabCar or GrabShare. If you’ve accumulated a number of points, you may use it to redeem free rides, special discount codes, and promo deals.
Grab officially launches the GrabRewards service after 3 months of beta testing in the country.
GrabShuttle is a new service that allows passengers to pre-book a bus seat from a list of fixed routes. It is available via a separate GrabShuttle application.
Doris Dumlao-Abadilla, reporting for the Philippine Daily Inquirer;
The Ayala group has entered the e-commerce business with a deal to acquire a 49 percent stake in BF Jade E-Service Philippines, which owns and operates Zalora Philippines.
Zalora Philippines is currently the country’s largest online fashion platform offering a wide range of fashion and lifestyle products.
51% of Zalora Ph is still owned by German startup factory Rocket Internet.
Daniel Morial, reporting for Yugatech;
We know the headline is shocking but according to a published article from Bloomberg, the cost of mobile data in the county is cheap, even among the cheapest in our neighborhood.
This would been well and good, if the connection speed and reliability are not an issue.