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.”

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.

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.

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.

Smart to start charging Php2 per 1MB this November 28

Abe Olandres, writing for Yugatech;

Smart has announced last week that they will be changing their default data charging rate from Php5 for 15 minutes to Php2 for every 1MB. This is effective November 28, 2017. The new Php2/MB rate now removes the default time-based charging for all Smart Postpaid accounts.

Smart created a detailed help article on the new data charging rate.

We are enhancing our pay-per-use data billing model of Php 5 for every 15 minutes of data consumed to Php 2 for every 1MB consumed. With this enhancement, we will be able to better serve you and your data needs. Please read below to know the new benefits, features, and change in postpaid experience — Effective November 28, 2017

I’m pretty sure a lot of people will not be happy with the new data charging rate.

Sony launches OFW Homecoming Online Promo

Vaughn Chua, writing for Yugatech;

Sony has launched their online promo for OFWs called Sony OFW Homecoming Online Promo.

Here’s the official announce from Sony Ph’s twitter account.

I should invite my family in the Philippines to join the contest!!!

Model Grab driver killed by thieves disguised as passengers

Lian Buan, writing for Rappler;

Grab Philippines said on Saturday, October 28, that one of their partner drivers was killed by unidentified suspects who also took the driver’s car.

The driver was Gerardo Amolato Maquidato Jr who was shot and killed evening of Thursday, October 26, by unidentified suspects who booked and rode as regular passengers.

A sad day for the ride-sharing community in the Philippines. Hopefully, whoever did this will be apprehended soon!

ZAP

ZAP is a cash back service that leverages terminals and phone numbers to help people get their rewards. So for companies within the ZAP network, it uses a points system rather than cash. These points can then be turned-in to buy items.

ZAP caters to more than 300,000 members and is working with close to a thousand partner establishments within Metro Manila in the Philippines.

Philippine-based ZAP have been accepted in the Unilever Foundry programme

ZAP is one of the 30 startup that will participate in Unilever’s Foundry programme that provides access to their corporate network as well as the Level3 co-working network.

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ZAP is a cash back service that leverages terminals and phone numbers to help people get their rewards. So for companies within the ZAP network, it uses a points system rather than cash. These points can then be turned-in to buy items.

It received funding from Tony Fernandes, the Founder of the budget airline company Air Asia.

If you take a closer look, ZAP is a perfect fit for Unilever, since it could be boost the sales of Unilever brands with the help of ZAP’s cash-back/rewards program.

Huawei Nova 2i now in the Philippines

Huawei has officially announce the 5.9-inch Nova 2i. It features Fullview screen, which is another way of saying “bezel-less” and probably the first smartphone that has 4 camera system.

Nova 2i 4-camera system compose of dual 13 MP+2MP camera in the front and dual 16 MP+2 MP camera at the back. Unlike the Mate 10, Nova 2i will be powered by Octa-core Kirin 659 processor, running Android 7.0 with EMUI 5.1 and 3340mAh battery.

Huawei Nova 2i Specs;

  • 5.9-inches IPS LCD display, 1080×2160 resolution @407ppi
  • Processor: Octa-Core Kirin 659 2.36GHz + 4xCortex-A53 1.7GHz
  • Android 7.0 (Nougat) + EMUI 5.1
  • 64GB storage expandable up to 128 GB via microSD
  • 4GB RAM
  • 4G LTE FDD, 3G WCDMA, 2G GSM
  • GPS with aGPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • 2.4GHz WiFi 802.11 b/g/n,
  • USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth 4.2 with support BLE
  • Sensors: Fingerprint, Digital compass, Ambient light, Proximity light, Accelerometer, Status indicator, SAR sensor
  • Front camera: 13MP+2MP
  • Rear camera: 16MP+2MP
  • Dimension: 75.2 mm x 156.2 mm x 7.5 mm
  • Weight: 164g
  • Battery 3340mAh
  • Color: Aurora Blue, Graphite Black and Prestige Gold

The Huawei Nova 2i will be in Aurora Blue, Graphite Black and Prestige Gold, is now available for Php 14,990 for the unlock verion but if you prefer the subsidize phone from Smart, Smart Communications will be offering the device on its Postpaid plans, you just need to Php 500 on any of their post paid plan.

Source: Newsbytes Ph

Revolution Precrafted

Revolution Precrafted is a collection of limited edition, pre-crafted properties, including pavilions and homes. The project unites more than 30 of the world’s pre-eminent architects, artists, and designers to create a series of prefabricated living spaces.

Utilizing cutting-edge technologies and cost-efficient production systems, Revolution is democratizing high design and architecture by introducing designed spaces in exclusive collaboration with industry leaders.

The Philippines just got its first billion-dollar startup

Judith Balea, writing for Tech in Asia;

The Philippines has hit a huge milestone: it just got its first unicorn startup. Revolution Precrafted, a developer of prefabricated designer homes, has raised its series B round co-led by Singapore’s K2 VC, valuing the company at over US$1 billion, according to two sources familiar with the deal.

Philippines’s first unicorn and here’s hoping the first of many!

Unless of course you consider Xurpas, as the first unicorn which is valued At Php 1.7 Billion.

Sprout Solutions

Sprout Solutions is a software company that aims to create paradigm­ changing solutions for the Philippines and other developing countries—an emerging market with a robust economy and a great need for localized software. The company aims to help small start­-up ventures, medium­-sized companies, and large businesses grow through their suite of backend solutions that address payroll, HR and recruitment difficulties.

The company’s current products include Sprout’s Payroll Pie, which provides a comprehensive online payroll solution for the Philippines’ business market; Sprout HR, a safe and efficient cloud-based human resource information system; and CATS, a unified system that consolidates all recruitment operations in one system for a seamless hiring process.

Press Realese: Innovation, changing the way HR works

Sprout Solutions underlines the benefits of HR and payroll automation for businesses of all sizes

Taguig City—October 10, 2017 — The recent ‘State of HR in the Philippines’ report published by Sprout Solutions ranked the major pain points Filipino HR (human resource) practitioners face. Garnering the most votes from a thousand participants are recruitment (56.90%), timekeeping (40.30%), and payroll (38.90%). These identified pain points, which can be really tedious and time-consuming, are actual problems for companies operating in the Philippines regardless of its size.

Good news is technology is continuously changing the business landscape. Today, these HR administrative tasks can be automated through cloud-based software solutions that positively impact productivity and efficiency — generally improving a company’s bottom line.

According to Patrick Gentry, CEO and Co-founder of tech startup Sprout Solutions, companies are now recognizing the value of investing in software tools that streamline HR and payroll processes which ultimately, enhance productivity, develop employee-employer relations and meet the changing demands of today’s workplace.

“HR automation is now a huge deal for organizations as it can bring fundamental changes in the roles HR play for business growth. HR professionals can now spend more time establishing insights that provide added value for their workforce as technology gradually eliminates the administrative aspect of their job,” added Gentry.

With the Philippines having a total of thirty-two pay rates including night shift differential, overtime pay, holiday pay, among others, HR and payroll processing can get really complicated. Unfortunately, many business organizations are still doing these tasks manually making them prone to discrepancies, errors and even delays. Such inaccuracies are known to cause mistakes in the salary being paid, often resulting in an unhappy staff and strained relations between employees and employers. Meanwhile, from an operational cost standpoint, these incongruities can also lead to higher expenses.

Aside from that, a number of reports are also required from HR practitioners and/or payroll masters to comply with government mandatories. Filing of forms and getting updated reports from the agencies that monitor and collect employee income taxes and contributions can also get complicated especially for growing businesses.

Sprout Solutions, a provider of locally developed and global-quality HR and payroll software, addresses these major pain points through paradigm-changing solutions tailor-fitted for local enterprises.

The company offers customized solutions for its clients through its two modules: Sprout HR and Sprout Payroll. These programs are world-class software solutions that enable HR professionals to perform crucial tasks, both in payroll and HR, within a single dashboard.

Having all HR data reside on one integrated platform, Sprout makes it easier to track work in progress, daily attendance, leave requests, among others. Their comprehensive payroll system is also able to cut processing time by ninety percent.

Sprout’s cloud-based software tools enable organizations to efficiently comply with government requirements by making mandatory government forms accessible and downloadable (with encoded information) through the payroll module.

The tech startup is known to be the only solutions provider to truly automate complex payroll and timekeeping processes that exist for BPO companies and other time-sensitive industries in the Philippines. It has already earned the trust of more than 200 clients, composed of small businesses and some well-established industry players with thousands of employees and is the first Filipino company to be accepted by Acceleprise, a Silicon Valley enterprise SaaS accelerator. It has since expanded its operations to help businesses grow through its software solutions that address HR and payroll needs.

To know more about Sprout Solutions and its services, visit their website at https://sprout.ph/.

Press Release: Samsung introduces Galaxy J+ in the Philippines

It’s easy to capture notable everyday moments nowadays, especially with advanced smartphone technology – by simply pointing and clicking. With Samsung, it is essential to capture the entire feeling of the moment, and bring it to life for the world to see.

Built to capture those everyday moments in your life and to enhance them to make them even more extraordinary, Samsung introduces the new Galaxy J7+.

The Galaxy J7+ boasts of a Professional Dual Camera to showcase every single detail of your day. Equipped with two rear cameras––one 13MP sensor with an f/1.7 aperture lens and a 5MP sensor at f/1.9 aperture, both of which are responsible for delivering professional-quality post-shot depth. These dual lenses also equip the Galaxy J7+ with the Live Focus feature which allows you to control the amount of blur in a shot during and after taking a photo. It didn’t go shy with its front shooter, too, with its 16MP f/1.9 selfie camera. With the Galaxy J7+’s dual leans camera, you have no excuse to capture and enhance every moment, may it be with friends, family, or your fur baby!

For added fun, entertainment, and excitement, the Galaxy J7+ also comes with the new built-in Galaxy stamps and stickers in its Mobile Photobooth that would let you decorate and enhance your photos to really bring out the fun! The assortment of colorful stickers and stamps, as well as filters, will let you add a touch of personalization, playfulness, and more color to your photos. With the fun Mobile Photobooth coupled with the Galaxy J7+’s Professional Dual Camera capable of shooting in low-light, each moment is preserved in pro-quality.

Beyond delivering hours of entertainment and fun with its 3,000mAh battery, the Galaxy J7+ enhances your life by providing an all-around reliable and powerful performance, thanks to its 2.39GHz Octa-Core processor for seamless, high-speed multitasking and a 4GB RAM and memory expandable up to 256GB for all the apps you enjoy.

“For those who want to experience the dual camera features of the flagship Galaxy Note8, the Galaxy J7+ offers the same premium and powerful experience. Its features let people enhance every moment of the day by expanding what a smartphone camera can do. The Galaxy J7+ is the best in its segment with flagship features and value for money,” said Nio Judalena, Head of Marketing for Mobile Communications Business, SEPCO.

Indeed, the Samsung Galaxy J7+ is exactly what you need to enhance every moment of everyday. The Samsung Galaxy J7+ will be available for P19,990 starting on October 14 at all Samsung Experience Stores and dealers nationwide. You can avail it at 0% interest for 9 month on Home Credit, or 0% interest for 12 months through credit cards. Log on to www.samsung.com/ph for more information.

Samsung Galaxy J7+ Specs;

  • 5.5″ Full HD Super AMOLED Display, 1080 x 1920 resolution
  • 2.3GHz Quad Core Cortex-A53 + 1.6GHz Quad Core Cortex-A53
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 32 GB Storage expandable up to 256GB via microSD
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat with TouchWiz
  • Dual-rear Camera:
    • 13MP sensor, f/1.7 aperture
    • 5MP sensor, f/1.9 aperture
    • Auto Focus,OIS, LED Flash
  • Front Camera: 16.0 MP, f/1.9 with flash
  • Dual Nano-SIM
  • 2G GSM, 3G WCDMA, 4G LTE FDD, 4G LTE TDD
  • 2G GSM, 3G UMTS, 4G FDD LTE, 4G TDD LTE
  • Micro USB 2.0
  • GPS, Glonass
  • 3.5mm Earphone jack
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4+5GHz, Wi-Fi Direct
  • Bluetooth v4.2
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor
  • Dimension: 152.4mm x 74.7mm x 7.9mm
  • Weight: 180 g
  • 3000 mAh battery
  • Color: Black, Gray and Gold

Hoppler

Hoppler is a Philippines-based online real estate portal that connects brokers and owners of properties in the Philippines.

Hoppler was founded by Ramon Ballesca, who was formerly a senior manager at Epiq Systems (a platform for legal professions) and a senior project manager for CaseCentral (a company that provides management and analytics tools for legal firms and corporations).

Poundit

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.

LTFRB: Don’t pick a fight with errant taxi drivers

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.