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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...

On 12 May, 2017 a new variant of the Ransom.CryptXXX family (detected as Ransom.Wannacry) of ransomware began spreading widely impacting a large number of organizations, particularly in Europe. It has now been detected in over 100 countries, possibly including Philippines. WannaCry encrypts data files and ask users to pay a US$300 ransom in bitcoins. The ransom...

LAS VEGAS — The expectations of millennials when they go to work, are the biggest disruptors of the cloud ecosystem, according to Evan Goldberg, founder of NetSuite and now Executive Vice President for Development of the Oracle NetSuite Global Business Unit. In an interview with members of the Philippine media during the Oracle+NetSuite SuiteWorld conference in...

LAS VEGAS — The Philippine operations of NetSuite, now known as the Oracle NetSuite Global Business Unit, will remain important to the company’s strategy amid global expansion plans. “We are opening new [development centers] ones [elsewhere] but certainly Manila will remain important to our strategy. There is no change there. We will continue to hire great people. Some of the SuiteSuccess components will be built in the Philippines,” said Evan Goldberg, Executive Vice President for Development, in an interview with members...

LAS VEGAS — At the first SuiteWorld held after Oracle completed its acquisition of NetSuite in November last year,  the new Oracle NetSuite Global Business Unit announced the addition of two products to its portfolio: SuitePeople, an integrated and flexible human resources system, and SuiteSuccess, a unified industry programme designed to take companies to the cloud in 100 days or fewer.  “Today we are announcing what has been missing all these 18 years: SuitePeople, the world’s most unified and flexible HR system ever built,”...