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ASUS PH Teases The Newest Zenfone Max Pro M2 Ahead

With the official launch around the corner, ASUS Philippines decided to give its fans a peek of the newest Battery King – the ZenFone Max Pro M2! The aforementioned ZenFone, which is strongly positioned to be a fusion of the ASUS ZenFone flagships and its battery-centric line-up, is seen with a premium 3D finish together, a large screen display, and a smaller notch. Despite its alleged 5,000 mAh battery capacity, the ZenFone Max Pro M2 seems to have a slimmer and lightweight design.

The ZenFone Max Pro M2 can still be seen at the brand’s Battle Royale event at SM Mall of Asia Atrium from December 7 to 8. Unfortunately, no further information on the ZenFone Max Pro M2 was shared. Instead, details will be unveiled during the December 11 launching.

Pinnacle of Picture Quality at Home: Sony A9F OLED 4K HDR TV

The cutting-edge MASTER Series A9F by Sony creates a significant milestone with bringing the very best picture quality at home by faithfully conveying the creators’ intent.

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Sony announced today its new television series, the Sony BRAVIA OLED A9F. It offers unprecedented picture quality by employing multiple proprietary technologies and solutions with the next generation Picture Processor X1™ Ultimate at the fore. The new A9F series arrives as the MASTER Series – a name Sony reserves exclusively for its highest picture quality TV models. Sony’s goal is to create a television capable of displaying images that faithfully convey the creators’ full intent. The Sony BRAVIA OLED A9F provides picture quality approaching that of a professional-grade monitor in a motion picture production studio. Having developed and followed a very strict set of product evaluation criteria by its most-experienced picture quality engineers, Sony is confident that the flagship MASTER Series delivers the highest quality picture possible in a home setting.

Professional grade picture quality

From 4K film, video and still cameras, to game consoles, mobile phones, and televisions like the MASTER Series, Sony is the only consumer electronics manufacturer capable of providing to consumers the 4K solutions of “from the lens to the living room”.

The A9F MASTER Series model comes equipped with newly developed, next-generation Picture Processor X1™ Ultimate. This processor plays a vital role in delivering faithful picture on the Sony BRAVIA OLED A9F TVs. With rich history and expertise in developing professional cameras and monitors, Sony recognizes that precision in crafting fine components of signal processing results in an immediately visible difference to the whole image. The X1™ Ultimate Picture Processor can intelligently detect and analyze each object in the picture through Sony’s new Object-based Super Resolution for exceptional accuracy and detail. Also, the Object-based HDR remaster has been updated and now allows each object to be remastered individually for better depth, accurate texture, and much realistic picture.

Sony has historically been working with professionals, together with Sony Pictures Entertainment – from the introduction of picture mode which meets the film creators’ criteria back in 2000 to the recent standardization of HDR, bringing them into movie creation. For MASTER series, in conjunction with Netflix, Sony is now introducing “Netflix Calibrated Mode.” This unique feature was specially developed to mirror the same picture quality as a studio evaluation master for television would. This is to preserve the artists’ creative vision and intent. By accessing one simple menu setting, the Netflix Calibrated Mode faithfully reproduces visuals that bring a story to life. Entertainment enthusiasts can now enjoy this experience when watching their favorite TV series, films, documentaries, and more on Netflix. Also, the MASTER Series is ready for CalMAN®, the industry-leading display calibration software from Portrait Displays. CalMAN is widely used by professionals as a tool to ensure quality control of the strict requirements demanded by content creators in broadcast, production, and post-production. CalMAN eliminates the struggle of maintaining the picture quality throughout the life of the TV.

Innovation in TV picture, sound and design

The flagship MASTER series A9F TV comes equipped with the Pixel Contrast Booster. It is Sony’s original panel controller for OLED. It maximizes the dynamic range by widening the area of color reproduction at high brightness. Pictures are enhanced with extra detail and texture. The Sony BRAVIA OLED A9F TV has top-of-the-line sound quality thanks to its new Acoustic Surface Audio+™ technology.

Acoustic Surface™ was first introduced last year with the critically-acclaimed A1 series followed by the A8F this year. The improved Acoustic Surface Audio+™ gets an additional actuator in the center of the screen together with an extra subwoofer channel, totaling to a 3.2 channel sound system. The additional center actuator acts just like center speakers hidden behind an AT (acoustically transparent) screen which are found in movie theaters. With the three actuators and two subwoofers facing sideways, the A9F creates a rich sound field that greatly enhances the viewing experience. Also, the A9F has a TV Center Speaker Mode that allows the Acoustic Surface Audio+™ to be used as the center speaker of a home theater system.

Using Android TV Hands-free Voice Search function on the Android 8.0 Oreo-equipped MASTER Series A9F will be even easier. This model has built-in microphones that allow you to simply speak to the TV to find what you want, or ask it to play TV shows, movies, and more. With Android TV Hands-free Voice Search, there’s no more complicated navigation or tiresome typing necessary.

MASTER Series A9F (65” model) 4K HDR OLED TV

  • OLED as display device with Pixel Contrast Booster. 8 million self-illuminating pixels and Sony-original panel controller for OLED bring a significantly enriched visual experience with unprecedented black, authentic color, and a wide viewing angle.
  • X1™ Ultimate provides the ultimate picture quality for 4K HDR viewing experience with the following technologies: Object-based Super Resolution, Object-based HDR remaster, Super Bit Mapping™ 4K HDR, and Dual database processing.
  • Acoustic Surface Audio+™ creates a rich sound field delivered from three actuators and two subwoofers facing sideways, greatly enhancing the viewing experience.
  • Netflix Calibrated Mode brings the creators’ vision directly to the TV.
  • Supports CalMAN’s professional-grade calibration.
  • Vibrant, expanded color with TRILUMINOS™ Display, further enhanced for color accuracy.
  • Android TV 8.0 Oreo Operating System includes Android TV with Hands-free Voice Search to find what you want by simply talking to the TV via built-in microphones. Ask it to help you play TV shows, movies, and more.
  • Styled with minimalism: the screen has a single slate with only a stand in the back to hold it up.

The A9F Master Series television will be available in the Philippines from September.

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About Sony Corporation

Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, game, communications, key device and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, computer entertainment and online businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the leading electronics and entertainment company in the world. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of approximately $77 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018. Sony Global Web Site:

http://www.sony.net/

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The Future of TV: Sony Bravia OLED A8F

 

Televisions have evolved swiftly over the years. This evolution in effect has immensely upgraded the viewing experience of the audience. The new golden age of television brings OLED, which stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode, a type of display technology considered as a major leap in the history of TV.

For most viewers, they no longer just watch, TV watching has become a whole new experience of bringing entertainment to a certain level of reality at the comfort of your own home. Streaming your favorite movies, series, documentaries, or sports with a good TV system allows you to relive these moments right before your eyes. This new and improved level of entertainment pumps up your senses to fully enjoy your watching. That is why in choosing the right TV for your household, one must consider several factors that would satisfy your senses.

Step ever closer to reality

The SONY BRAVIA OLED A8F series brings new meaning to watching movies, sports, and gaming with the breathtaking 4K HDR TV experience with the latest OLED screen, processor and, advanced sound technologies that is ideal for your binge watching.

Everything else pales in contrast

With over 8 million self-illuminating pixels that are precisely and individually controlled by X1 Extreme Processor, reality comes to life with deep black and natural color. The OLED technology which lights up each pixel lights individually, allows you to see more accurate detail, color, and shades. Sony’s 4K OLED TV creates exquisite and unprecedented contrast that takes your viewing experience up a notch.

The greatest sound you’ve never seen

Enjoy movie theater experience at the comfort of your own homes as the SONY BRAVIA OLED A8F immerses you in an innovative TV breakthrough as picture and sound blends in perfect harmony because unlike most TV speakers, sound comes to you from the entire screen with the Acoustic Surface™ technology.

Life’s brilliance, revealed with extra colors

A TRILUMINOS Display maps colors from a wider palette, faithfully reproducing every shade and hue for a more realistic display. This feature provides a sense of depth into images, showcasing improved colors that immerses the viewers into a whole new experience.

Discover thrilling 4K HDR entertainment

Movies and TV shows in HDR are closer to the original recording and the director’s vision with more brightness, contrast, and color for a truly lifelike viewing. Immerse yourself in the pure creative vision of filmmakers exactly how they want you to experience.

Just talk, a fun way to explore new worlds

The advanced voice control of the SONY BRAVIA OLED A8F’s 4K HDR TV with Android TV™ brings movies and TV shows from apps or broadcast in an instant. Voice search lets you easily find good content on streaming services by using just your voice. Get a better streaming experience with high performance, cutting edge smart features, and easy app access.

Discreetly designed for the screen

This 4K HDR OLED TV has a clean, minimalist design that keeps you focused on what’s important—the picture. Its sophisticated look would fit right into your home.

A new world is now within your reach with a push of a button. Bring cutting edge viewing technology from picture, sound, design, and beyond into your home with the BRAVIA OLED A8F.

 

Globe, partners start long-term Boracay conservation drive

Globe partners with Save Philippine Seas, Manila Water Foundation, and Boracay Island Water for Boracay conservation initiatives

Left Photo – Boracay public school teachers participate in an activity, which helps determine decomposition timeline of different plastic products. Right Photo – Executives from Manila Water Foundation, Globe, and Boracay Island Water break ground with landowner Nathaniel Sacapano and Balabag Barangay Captain Jason Talapian

Globe Telecom, along with its partners, has kicked off initiatives to help address environmental issues besetting the country’s top tourist draw, Boracay Island. It recently held an environmental education and leadership workshop, donated a communal septic tank, as well as provided communities with organic septic waste treatment solution, Vigormin.

Globe partnered with Save Philippines Seas to launch an environmental education and leadership workshop dubbed as Earthducation. Held on July 11 to 12, 2018, the program benefitted a total of 30 participants – teachers, student leaders, and key government officials.

Earthducation program aims to increase conservation literacy, instill appreciation for nature and the immediate environment, and teach basic and transferable skills about conservation and protecting the island’s marine biodiversity. More than just the usual classroom training, the workshop engaged the participants in creative activities and action planning for the environmental sustainability of the island.

“The temporary closure of Boracay is an opportunity to look back on what went wrong, but more importantly, it is a chance to plan better and look ahead on what the different sectors can do individually and collectively to build a better Boracay,” said Anna Oposa, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Save Philippine Seas.

Aside from the Earthducation program, Globe also partnered with Manila Water Foundation and Boracay Island Water Company for the donation of a communal septic tank in Sitio Ilaya in Balabag, Boracay Island. This is in line with its ongoing efforts to help address the untreated sewage which polluted the island’s waters.

“It is important to have a community-driven ecosystem management approach in Boracay today because everyone in the island is part of the solution. By getting all stakeholders involved, it will help ensure the long term protection of the island’s biodiversity,” said Yoly Crisanto, Chief Sustainability Officer and Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications at Globe.

Globe and its partners also provided 8,000 packs of Vigormin to 4,000 households on the island. Each household will get a supply that will last for 2 months. Vigormin is a low-cost organic solution to boost the removal rate of pollutants in septic tanks and improve the quality of used water.

These initiatives are part of Globe Telecom’s continuing long-term sustainability program to help improve Boracay’s environmental conditions in support of the government’s overall rehabilitation strategy for the island.

Since 2012, Globe has been contributing to various environmental initiatives and programs including marine life protection, offshore clean-up training, and raising environmental awareness among the youth and local residents. Last year, the company spearheaded a volunteer beach clean-up, coral planting, and reef rehabilitation activities.

 

Globe and Viu bring Filipinos closer to their favorite Koreanovelas

Globe mobile customers can #PlayItRight and enjoy their K-dramas anytime, anywhere

Do you want to know What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim? Are you itching to keep up with Miss Hammurabi? Do you fangirl over Gong Yoo and just watch Goblin over and over again?

If so, then Globe and Viu have got you covered by playing it right!

With Globe, Filipinos can now catch the Korean wave on Viu, the localized digital platform providing online Asian video content. Say goodbye to torrenting and streaming from illegitimate sources as Viu legally provides premium content across Asia and the Middle East, with English, Tagalog, and Chinese subtitles for selected titles. Now, K-drama fans can stream new episodes of About Time, Are You Human?, and Lawless Lawyer or binge-watch Go Back Couple and Cheese in the Trap.

“Globe is committed to enriching its lineup of content partners to cater to its customers’ evolving digital lifestyle. There’s a strong market for K-dramas in the Philippines. Our new partnership with Viu allows us to connect with that audience and bring them closer to their favorite Koreanovelas and stars,” said Jil Go, Globe Vice President for Portfolio Development and Partner Management, Content Business.

From dramas to lifestyle, music and variety shows, catering to all age groups, Globe customers can enjoy their Korean viewing marathon wherever and whenever they want as Viu is now available with Globe Prepaid and Postpaid!

Globe mobile customers can join in on the Korean craze with GoWATCH! GoWATCH gives you additional data for a worry-free video streaming experience on mobile. Simply choose the offer that suits your needs and budget — GoWATCH 29 (2GB valid for 1 day), GoWATCH 99 (2.5GB valid for 3 days), and GoWATCH 399 (10GB valid for 30 days) — and text the keyword to 8080. With GoWATCH, your favorite Koreanovelas like Goblin, I Am Not A Robot, and Go Back Couple are just a few taps away through Free Viu Basic.

Can’t stop watching? K-Drama fans with a Globe Postpaid ThePLAN or ThePLAN PLUS subscription can enjoy unlimited downloads, priority viewing as fast as 8 hours after its telecast, full-HD resolution up to 1080p, and access to Asian blockbuster movies with Viu Premium! Simply text VIU99 to 8080, click on the activation link that will be sent to you via text, confirm your mobile number, and download the Viu app to start enjoying your 30-day subscription to Viu Premium.

The Viu app is compatible with iOS and Android devices and is also available to download on the App Store and Google Play Store. Stay updated on Viu promos by following Globe on Facebook and Twitter.

Feel the Passion, Feel the Bass with DJ Rammy Bitong

Millennials are considered the largest and most engaged audience in the music scene today. Indeed, the listening pursuit of this generation has influenced and perpetually changed the music industry. It has come a long way from buying CDs to music downloads, to the world as we know today – subscribing to unlimited music streaming. Listening to music becomes an owned experience because of its power to alter moods, hype the senses, and bring people together. With the heightened demand for a good music experience, it is a fact, and music lovers would agree; sound quality makes a huge difference.

With that in mind, Sony Philippines, with their vision to bring technology and passion together, has once again welcomed DJ Rammy Bitong to the Sony Extra Bass Family as their ambassador for the 2nd year. With a typical millennial lifestyle, which is a dynamic array of hobbies, interest, work & play, multifaceted DJ/event host/radio jock/dancer Rammy Bitong is the ideal individual to embody Extra Bass’ character. “We are very excited for another year with DJ Rammy. He is young, energetic, driven, passionate, and an EDM & hip-hop enthusiast. Rammy represents his generation of music lovers, and his passion for sound very much complements our Sony Extra Bass products.” Nobuyoshi Otake, Managing Director of Sony Philippines explained.

DJ Rammy’s profile continues to grow being one of Manila’s fast rising EDM artists performing along with the top DJs in the country. He is also one of the most sought-after DJs in different music festivals and popular clubs around the metro.

“The first year with my Sony Extra Bass family has been nothing but overwhelming – and it was the good kind. I’m looking forward to another year with them as I bring my music to more people. I’m very excited to show everyone what Sony Philippines has instore for us this year.” Bitong said.

Working as a DJ and a radio jock, saying that music is a part of his life is an understatement.
“I use the Sony Extra Bass headphones when I do my research for new Hip-hop, Pop, and EDM music. That deep, punchy, and rhythmic sound that it provides really captures the essence of these songs. The sound, style, and comfort that it gives personifies me and my personality as a musician” Bitong said. When not on stage, Rammy enjoys hanging out with friends and travelling. “The Extra Bass speakers come in handy when we have unplanned house parties or when my friends and I go to out-of-town trips I don’t have to worry cause it’s waterproof and has long battery life.” he added.

Take your music experience up a notch with Sony Extra Bass’ headphones and speakers. They use Electro Bass Booster Technology that optimizes the bass and enhances the sound quality. Each product is engineered with the EXTRA BASS function in mind, crafted to ensure that listeners are able to hear and feel the exact amount of bass they crave

The Importance of Keeping Promises

Relationships are built on promises: the promise to love, to care, to secure, to protect, and to provide. This is something that Piolo Pascual knows all too well, committed as he is to the promises he has made to his family as a son, a sibling, and a father.

But when financial troubles arise, bringing such promises to life becomes a challenge.

“Like any other person, I want to give my family the best life possible. I am a man of my word, that’s why I work hard and seize every opportunity that comes my way,” Piolo said. “But more than just earning money, it’s how you manage your finances that makes a difference. Fortunately, I have the guidance and help of one very special lady: my very own sister, Chiqui Pascual-Gonzales, who also happens to be my Sun Life Advisor.”

According to Piolo, Chiqui has been instrumental in ensuring that his dreams for his family will all come true. “It’s a partnership through and through. With her help, I’ve been able to make it all happen while still pursuing my own passions and advocacies,” he said.

Piolo and Chiqui’s story is but one of many in Sun Life Financial, where lifetime partnerships are developed and nurtured through the years. In fact, this has inspired Sun Life’s latest campaign, at the forefront of which is a new TV commercial highlighting Sun Life’s presence in a client’s life throughout the different stages of her life. It represents the many promises that Sun Life has helped bring into fruition for the past 123 years of its existence.

Sun Life hopes that the campaign, as well as Piolo’s own story, will inspire more people to take the same path in their financial journey. “As the longest-standing life insurance company in the Philippines, we have witnessed many promises being fulfilled throughout the years and have served generations of clients. It is an honor for us to serve all our clients and help them secure their future and those of their loved ones” Sun Life Chief Marketing Officer Mylene Lopa said.

“The promises we make to our loved ones are sacred, and Sun Life knows this. That’s why it’s committed to helping its clients achieve their goals, no matter what happens,” Piolo said. “You can’t ask for a better lifetime partner than that!”

 

 

About Sun Life Financial

Sun Life Financial Inc. (“SLF Inc.”) is a leading international financial services organization providing insurance, wealth and asset management solutions to individual and corporate Clients. Sun Life Financial has operations in a number of markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. As of December 31, 2017, Sun Life Financial had total assets under management (“AUM”) of $975 billion. For more information, please visit www.sunlife.com.

Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.

Kick Off an Exciting Summer with Globe Sunkissed

Make the most out of the summer season with the best immersive entertainment experiences all over the country! Come together and celebrate different passions and interests with Globe Sunkissed.

This weekend, Globe is bringing Globe Sunkissed to two different regions. Catch it at the Plus63Summer in Movenpick, Cebu on April 28 and at LaborUnion in La Union San Juan Beach Front on April 28-29.

Customers who drop by the #GlobeSunkissed booth can play fun games and win exciting prizes. Those who complete the booth activities can win Sunkissed-exclusive prizes! Plus, registering to select GoSURF promos entitles them to get instant freebies.

Customers can also join #TheLastStrawChallenge, which aims to raise awareness on the negative impact of single-use plastics to the environment. The goal of the campaign is to lessen the use of plastic straws in our daily life and to encourage others to do the same. Once customers complete the different activities in the booth, they will receive a reusable straw. Help fight against plastic by participating in #TheLastStrawChallenge and going straw-free this summer!

Globe Sunkissed is the official entertainment handle for select Globe festivals and parties around the country. Its objective is to celebrate the various passion points of our customers and to highlight the various ways Globe can improve Filipinos’ digital lifestyle. Simply put, Globe aims to elevate local celebrations to give people the best possible festival experiences that will leave only good memories and fun stories to share. Globe Sunkissed was launched to the public last April 6-7 at the Globe LIVE Amphitheater in BGC

Make your passion come alive this summer with #GlobeSunkissed. Stay tuned to find out where Sunkissed is heading next by visiting the official Facebook event page or following Globe on Facebook and Twitter.

WOFEX (WORLD FOOD EXPO) Visayas 2018

Greetings from WOFEX Visayas! Considered one of the best destinations in the Philippines, CEBU CITY or “The Queen City of the South,” is known for its Sinulog Festival, friendly and hospitable people, and great opportunities for the culinary fares.

In 2018, WOFEX launches its 12th year with its regional show in Cebu City. WOFEX Visayas 2018 is powered by the country’s biggest and most important exposition, WORLD FOOD EXPO (WOFEX)! This is your assurance of a focused , well promoted run event that produces quality result not only through its exhibition but also through WOFEX University that offers advanced learning from the best speakers in the industry.

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WOFEX University ​i​​d​esigned to provide advanced education to both the industry and academe, WOFEX University offer excellent learning opportunities on trends and technique not always available from formal schooling.

World Food Expo Visayas and WOFEX University Cebu​ on April 12-14​, 2018, at Cebu Trade Hall, SM City Cebu. We will be bringing you the leading brands of suppliers and businesses locally and international exhibitors together with the diverse tracks to help improved professional competence and skills in the F&B industry. For Inquiries feel free to contact 0998-957-4697 or 0917-702-6369.

Globe Telecom strengthens partnership with leaders in IT solutions

 

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Globe Chief Technology & Information Officer Gil Genio (extreme right) and Globe Chief Information Officer Pebbles Sy-Manalang (center) pose with representatives of key IT providers at the recent 2nd ISG Movers Award ceremonies recently held at The Globe Tower in Bonifacio Global City.

Globe Telecommunications is stepping up its bid for stronger partnership with global leaders in IT solutions and technological innovations in line with the company’s goal of developing a robust digital economy in the country.

In line with this commitment, Globe recently held its 2nd Annual ISG Movers Awards (AIM), aimed at highlighting the importance of the company’s collaboration with its IT partners.

“By cultivating a stronger partnership with our IT providers, we hope to ensure stable and agile operations of our systems with best user experience to achieve efficiency and effectiveness in the IT organization,” Globe Chief Information Officer Pebbles Sy-Manalang said.

For the second year in a row, Amazon Web Services (AWS), a globally recognized giant in management and developer tools and analytics, was recognized as ISG Mover of the Year. AWS was also declared Innovation Mover of the Year while VMWare, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and digital workspace technology was named CIO Mover of the Year.

Leading software and services provider Amdocs was awarded Operational Excellence Mover of the Year while software and technology solutions provider SAP was awarded Delivery Excellence Mover of the Year.

Apigee, an expert provider of API management and predictive analytics software, was named the Digital Transformation Mover of the Year Award while Gartner, a leading provider of technology research to global technology business leaders, was given the New Mover of the Year Award.

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