China Telecom chosen to enter PHL as third main telco player

Jjon Viktor D. Cabuenas, writing for GMA News;

China Telecom Corporation Limited has been chosen by the Chinese government to enter the Philippine telecommunications industry as the third player, Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar revealed Sunday.

If everything goes as reported, China Telecom will partner with Philippine Telegraph & Telephone Corp. (PT&T), since foreign companies needs to find a partner to do business in the Philippines. China Telecom cannot exceed 40% ownership of the company that will be formed with Philippine Telegraph & Telephone Corp. (PT&T).

HOV lane on EDSA to be implemented by the MMDA, dry run starts Dec.11

Zen Estacio, writing for Yugatech;

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that a new traffic scheme will be implemented along EDSA. The fifth or left most lane on Edsa will be reserved for High Occupancy Vehicles (HOV) or vehicles with two or more passengers.

Just in time for the holiday rush! Hopefully this will encourage carpooling!

Lazada offer s Apple products to Southeast Asia customers

Fans of Apple can now buy their favourite Apple products on Lazada, Southeast Asia’s leading eCommerce company.

As an authorised online reseller, Lazada’s customers can choose from a wide range of Apple products including iPhone, MacBook, MacBook Pro, iPad, iPad Pro, Apple TV, Beats by Dr. Dre, and other accessories.

Start shopping this holiday season
Consumers can start browsing this holiday season when the Apple ‘Shop-in-Shop’ on Lazada officially launches today (8th December) in the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. This will be followed by Malaysia on 11th December, and then in Vietnam.

By shopping on Lazada, customers can choose to pay for their Apple devices through Lazada’s 0% financing instalment plans. Exciting surprises also await Lazada customers looking to score savings from deals offered during the finale of Lazada’s Online Revolution shopping event, the 12.12 Final Sale. More details will be announced later.

The “preferred choice” for global brands
Lazada Group Chief Executive Officer Max Bittner said the Apple ‘Shop-in-Shop’ concept is a testament to Lazada’s reputation as the undisputed and trusted online shopping and selling platform in Southeast Asia. “Lazada is the preferred choice for global brands who, like us, want to drive the explosive growth of eCommerce in Southeast Asia,” said Mr. Bittner, adding: “It also underscores our commitment to give consumers better and convenient access to the world’s best brands and products, especially those from Apple.”

Go-Jek

GO-JEK is an Indonesian hyperlocal transport, logistics and payments startup founded in 2010. It aims to improve the welfare of workers in Indonesia’s vast informal sector. It is also the first startup of Indonesian origin to be classified as a transport system after closing a round of funding in August 2016. GO-JEK’s fleet now exceeds 400,000 drivers and includes motorcycles, cars and trucks. Go-Jek is available in 50 cities in Indonesia.

Source: Wikipedia

Indonesian ride-sharing service Go-Jek to expand in the Philippines this coming 2018

Looks like another ride-sharing service wants to take a shot at solving, or at least lessening the traffic in the Philippines, as news of Indonesian ride-sharing service Go-Jek to expand in the Philippines next year.

In an article on GMA News, Ajey Gore, Go-Jek’s Group CTO said in an interview that “almost all Southeast Asian countries are on the radar over the next three, six to 12 months. The Philippines will be the first one just to figure out how things work.”

Go-Jek is a ride-sharing service that started in Indonesia last 2010 with a call centre and fleet of 20 riders. Today, it has more than 400,000 drivers and includes motorcycles, cars and trucks, and available in 50 cities in Indonesia.

Once operational in the Philippines, they will go head-to-head with Uber and Grab, not to mention LTFRB.

Qualcomm officially announce Snapdragon 845, will be in devices this 2018

You can read Qualcomm’s full announcement here.

I embedded Qualcomm’s keynote below;

These are the first 2-in-1 Windows Laptops that will be powered by Qualcomm Processor

After launching the ARM-powered Windows 10 PC, OEM manufacturers immediately announce their respective laptops that’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835. Lenovo is also expected to announce their own ARM-powered laptop.

HP Envy X2

Notable features;

  • 12.3-inch 1920 x 1280 pixel display
  • up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage
  • Snapdragon 835 chipset
  • Windows 10 S, upgradable to Windows 10 Pro before Sept. 30, 2018
  • Always Connected PCs
  • 13Mp rear camera and 5Mp front camera
  • Weight: 1.54 pounds
  • USB Type-C
  • X16 LTE modem for connectivity
  • Audio by Bang & Olufsen
  • 20 hours of battery life

The HP Envy X2 will be available in Spring of 2018 and no pricing have been announced.

ASUS NovaGo


ASUS NovaGo will be first available in first in the US, UK, Italy, France, Germany, Mainland China and Taiwan with a starting price of for $599 and $799 for 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage model.

Notable features;

  • 13.3-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel panel
  • Always Connected PCs
  • Snapdragon 835 chipset
  • up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage
  • UFS 2.0
  • Windows 10 S, upgradable to Windows 10 Pro before Sept. 30, 2018
  • full HDMI socket
  • microSD slot
  • X16 LTE modem for connectivity

Source: The Verge, Engadget

Privacy concerns raised over PNP’s human rights app

Victor Barreiro Jr., writing for Rappler;

Privacy-minded Android users may want to steer clear of the recently released Know Your Rights app of the Philippine National Police.

Here’s the post from Art Samaniego Jr.;

Then this Facebook post, focus on the code inside the red line.

Bottom line, why would an informational application need access to your phone and second that “backdoor” string is something that people who wants to install and use the app needs to be aware of.

Microsoft launches ARM-powered Windows 10 PCs with ‘all-day’ battery life

Tom Warren, writing for the Verge;

Microsoft and Qualcomm are officially unveiling the first ARM-powered Windows 10 laptops today. As expected, HP, Lenovo, and Asus are the manufacturers creating these new laptops that include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. The first devices are similar to 2-in-1 tablet / laptops we’ve seen with Intel-based processors in them, but they differ primarily because of the version of Windows 10 and Qualcomm processor that’s powering them.

There are both pros and cons for a ARM-powered Windows PC but the most obvious benefit is that a device can get more battery life, since Qualcomm processors consumes less power compare to Intel processors. At the sametime, the caveat for a device powered by Qualcomm processors, apps and the system may be slower than those with Intel inside. It’ll be interesting how these ARM-powered Windows 10 PCs performed in the real time.

Amazon No Longer Collects Import Fees For Items Under 200$

John Nieves, writing for Unbox.ph;

While it’s a shopping juggernaut in the US, we rarely use Amazon to buy stuff online. One of the reasons for that is the sometimes insane costs that’s required to buy stuff from the site. Aside from regular shipping, you’re also going to have to pay import fees upfront.

But apparently Amazon has gotten the memo about the increased de minimis amount for items for taxes and duties in the Philippines, and no longer collects import fees upon checkout for items under 200$.

A small change on how Amazon operates outside the United States but this could have a big effect on how other ecommerce sites operates in Asia or Southeast Asia in particular.

Introducing Messenger Kids, a New App For Families to Connect

Facebook Newsroom;

Today, in the US, we’re rolling out a preview of Messenger Kids, a new app that makes it easier for kids to safely video chat and message with family and friends when they can’t be together in person. After talking to thousands of parents, associations like National PTA, and parenting experts in the US, we found that there’s a need for a messaging app that lets kids connect with people they love but also has the level of control parents want.

To give kids and parents a fun, safer solution, we built Messenger Kids, a standalone app that lives on kids’ tablets or smartphones but can be controlled from a parent’s Facebook account. Whether it’s using video chat to talk to grandparents, staying in touch with cousins who live far away, or sending mom a decorated photo while she’s working late to say hi, Messenger Kids opens up a new world of online communication to families. This preview is available on the App Store for iPad, iPod touch and iPhone.

To know more about FB Messenger for Kids, you can visit https://messengerkids.com/.

Apple Pay Cash is rolling out for iOS 11.2 users

Chaim Gartenberg, writing for the Verge;

Apple was forced to release iOS 11.2 on Saturday, which was a little earlier than planned, due to a software bug. Now, Apple Pay Cash — one of the marquee features of the update — is being activated for users.

Apple Pay Cash lets users send and receive money directly though iMessages, similar to Venmo or Square Cash. Money that people send you will live on a digital Apple Pay Cash card in the Wallet app, which users can spend anywhere that Apple Pay is accepted, or send to other people. (The new feature is only available in the US for now, though.)

If you updated to iOS 11.2, that means Apple Pay Cash is already on your phone it’s just disabled.

iOS 11.2 now available

Apple has release the iOS 11.2 update that has been in beta for the past week. The update will introduce Apple Pay Cash to send, request and receive money with Apple Pay. iOS 11.2 also includes some bug fixes and improvements. You can check the complete release notes below for more details.

To update to iOS 11.2, just go to SETTINGS > GENERAL > SOFTWARE UPDATE. Device owner with iPhone 5s and later, the iPad mini 2 and later, the iPad Air and later, and the 6th-generation iPod touch are eligible to download and install the update.

Full iOS 11.2 Release Notes;

iOS 11.2 introduces Apple Pay Cash to send, request, and receive money from friends and family with Apple Pay. This update also includes bug fixes and improvements.

Apple Pay Cash (US Only)
Send, request, and receive money from friends and family with Apple Pay in Messages or by asking Siri

Other improvements and fixes

  • Adds support for faster wireless charging on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X with compatible third-party accessories
  • Introduces three new Live wallpapers for iPhone X
  • Improves video camera stabilization
  • Adds support in Podcasts to automatically advance to the next episode from the same show
  • Adds support in HealthKit for downhill snow sports distance as a data type
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Mail to appear to be checking for new messages even when a download is complete
  • Fixes an issue that could cause cleared Mail notifications from Exchange accounts to reappear
  • Improves stability in Calendar
  • Resolves an issue where Settings could open to a blank screen
  • Fixes an issue that could prevent swiping to Today View or Camera from the Lock Screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent Music controls from displaying on the Lock Screen
  • Fixes an issue that could cause app icons to be arranged incorrectly on the Home Screen
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent users from deleting recent photos when iCloud storage is exceeded
  • Addresses an issue where Find My iPhone sometimes wouldn’t display a map
  • Fixes an issue in Messages where the keyboard could overlap the most recent message
  • Fixes an issue in Calculator where typing numbers rapidly could lead to incorrect results
  • Addressed an issue where the keyboard could respond slowly
  • Adds support for real-time text (RTT) phone calls for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Improves VoiceOver stability in Messages, Settings, App Store, and Music
  • Resolves an issue that prevented VoiceOver from announcing incoming Notifications

Department of Transportation (DOTr) launches the new website of LTFRB

The new website looks cleaner than the old one.

It’s unclear what will happen with the old domain (http://ltfrb.gov.ph/) since DOTr registered and use a new one (http://ltfrb.ph.net/) but I assume that after working out the kinks, DOTr will eventually transfer the new site to the old domain (http://ltfrb.gov.ph/).

Tumblr founder leaving Yahoo-owned blogging platform

Agence France-Presse via Manila Bulletin;

Tumblr founder and chief David Karp on Monday announced he is leaving the nearly 11-year-old blogging platform — with his departure coming in the wake of Verizon buying parent-company Yahoo.

Karp said that he will leave by the end of this year and chief operating officer Jeff D’Onofrio will take his place at the helm of Tumblr.

Not a good sign.. for a platform known for hosting tons of porn GIF!

KFC launches Internet Escape Pod, a tent with magic force field designed to disrupt the internet

KFC;

Cyber Monday is fast approaching, which means you are about to be bombarded with a hailstorm of coupons, BOGOs, hot dealz, and brand advertising. Find sanctuary for yourself and your loved ones under Colonel Sanders and his Internet Escape Pod. Yup, this dome is like a magic force field designed to disrupt the internet coming to and from your devices. We were going to sell this for the ridiculously high price of $96,485.34, but in the spirit of Cyber Monday it can be yours for $10,000. So this Cyber Monday (or really anytime you want; I mean you bought it, so it’s up to you), let Colonel Sanders’ protective embrace take you back to a simpler time.

In case you haven’t noticed, our specialty is fried chicken, not internet-blocking cages. Although we have done our best to ensure total internet escape, a special person with a gizmo has to test our cage before we can claim total and utter signal impenetrability. Upon installation, every effort will be taken to ensure it fully blocks your device. You have the Colonel’s word.

  • Steel and stainless steel mesh cage
  • Colonel made from 8 pound high-density architectural foam and enamel paint
  • Made in USA
  • Dimensions: 7′ x 7′ x 6′ 6″

I guess, it’s either KFC’s Internet Escape Pod or just turn off your wifi router, device and put it a box and walk away.

Volvo Cars to supply Uber with up to 24,000 self-driving cars

Niklas Pollard, Heather Somerville, writing for Reuters;

Uber plans to buy up to 24,000 self-driving cars from Volvo, marking the transition of the U.S. firm from an app used to summon a taxi to the owner and operator of a fleet of cars.

Volvo XC90 from volvocars.com

From Volvo’s website, the base model XC90 T5 FWD Momentum have a $49,240 MSRP, while the top of the line 2018 XC90 T8 Plug-in Hybrid eAWD R-Design will have a $70,540 MSRP.

That’s more than $1.2 Billion in sales for Volvo in a span of 3 years (between 2019 and 2021).