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HMD Global, home of Nokia phones, announced the Nokia 8 will be available starting this September. The Nokia 8 brings three world-firsts to Android smartphones, including a debut collaboration with ZEISS optics. The Nokia 8 introduces a world-first in enabling Dual-Sight video to be livestreamed natively and in real-time to social feeds such as Facebook and YouTube....

Nissan expands its presence in the province of Bulacan with the opening of its second dealership in Marilao. The new showroom has Nissan’s new retail visual design – NREDI, applied in all new Nissan showrooms, and its latest end-to-end customer service programs. Nissan Marilao comes equipped with more convenient After-Sales services such as the Nissan Express...

Among the tasks of the Philippines-based International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is to “help accelerate the pace of developing improved rice varieties around the globe to feed a growing population, estimated to reach more than 9.6 billion by 2050”. To this end, IRRI has – for instance – helped sequence 3,024 rice varieties from 89 countries (via the collaborative, international research program called 3,000 Rice Genomes Project, or 3K RGP), with the “massive dataset” now considered as a “a powerful resource for understanding...

The total number of malware samples targeting smart devices has reached more than 7,000, with over half of these emerging in 2017, according Kaspersky Lab’s researchers. With over 6 billion smart devices being used across the globe, people are increasingly being put at risk from malware targeting their connected lives. Smart devices – such as smartwatches, smart...

Filipino technology company Star Telecom Alliance Resources Inc. (STAR), the parent of smartphone brand Starmobile, announced the start of its mobile phone production efforts in the Philippines as it starts assembly of 20,000 units of the UNO B208 featurephone in a facility in Calamba, Laguna. The facility can assemble a minimum of 1,000 units per day. This effort officially makes Starmobile the first Filipino brand to assemble mobile phones locally. Gerry Torres of Starmobile’s Quality Control Team oversees the inspection of the UNO...

In recognition of the Pinoy’s penchant to be always informed with what’s going on, Twitter partnered with telecom giants Globe Telecom and Smart Communications to launch “Twitter Lite”, which – as the name suggests – is a lighter version of the app. Just to be clear, Twitter Lite is not an app; instead, it’s a way of accessing Twitter via a mobile...

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), in collaboration with Smart Communications/PLDT, Globe Telecom, and other government agencies, activated the first stage of the EDSA Wi-Fi Free Public High-Speed Internet connectivity project to comply with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte of providing high-speed Internet and free Wi-Fi...

Apple previewed iOS 11, a major update to its most advanced mobile operating system, bringing new experiences and hundreds of features to iPhone and iPad. iOS 11 is the biggest software release ever for iPad, with new multitasking features, the Files app and more ways to use Apple Pencil. Augmented reality is also coming to hundreds of millions of iOS devices with a new platform for developers to build apps that let users place virtual content on top of real-world scenes. CoreML gives developers on-device machine learning capabilities...

Ultimately, everything will be all in the cloud. This is the fearless forecast of Jim Freeman, IBM’s Asia Pacific VP for hybrid cloud, when exclusively interviewed by Upgrade Magazine. For Freeman, two things will make this possible. On the one hand, “regulators are making it possible,” he said, “as they become more comfortable with the cloud.” This is true, for instance, in the case of the banking industry, known in the past as a hard-to-crack market because, even if banks want to shift to the cloud, regulators inhibit them...

While the Philippines’ robust economic growth is creating better quality and higher paying jobs, it is also hastening the need for a more industrial, innovative, and digital workforce, according to LinkedIn’s “Recruiting In The Philippines: A Special Report On The Philippines’ Skilled Workforce And How To Attract Top Talent.” The report is based on a study of more than four million professionals and over 19,000 active companies in the Philippines on LinkedIn. Driven by rising infrastructure spend, domestic demand, and the business...