Category: Games and Technology

Online Live Stream Gives Performers Ayuda in the Time of Pandemic

This pandemic has proven very challenging to live entertainment artists, including musicians and stage comedians. Their usual incomes have been reduced to virtually zero and economic survival has been a great cause of anxieties and depression. It is a good thing that live streaming platforms have given them a space and a new home to exhibit their performances on a much different plane. They’ve also made them much closer to their fans and supporters.

One of the best and most accessible live stream platforms is Kumu. It’s a social media mobile application that allows performers to share their contents live and interactive. And the most important part is the open-access opportunity for them to earn as much as what they could in their actual in-person gigs. Except now, they don’t need to leave their homes anymore and shell out for their usual spendable, like paying for PAs, transportation, meals, and costumes.

When a fan or an impressed audience to the live stream show gives them virtual gifts – a performer can rack up at least 2,000 to 5,000 “diamonds “on a single user. When a performer earns at least 50,000 diamonds, they can exchange it for at least 2,500 pesos. One live stream artist can have a minimum low of 25 audiences per minute, and they can have a peak audience of at least 50-100 and on “special occasions” one can impress from 1000 to 10,000 audiences/users.  Singer Kris Lawrence during his recent birthday show gained 3.4 million diamonds; which meant he earned at least 170,000 pesos on one night. This is on top of what he earned from previous live streams.   Even his close friend/co-performer JayR averages to 100,000 to 300,000 diamonds on a drop. A short ordinary fan-supported live show can still augment their idol’s digital income enough to buy a week’s worth of groceries.  This month’s Top Earner is Mark Michael Garcia, a Tawag ng Tanghalan finalist who earned a cumulative amount of 18.5 million diamonds (roughly 900,000 pesos – if – KUMU actually converts that to the actual purchase amount. We actually would like to account that we had no first-hand knowledge of the conversion rates given to earners, except of course, merely referencing the 2000 diamonds to 100 pesos rate).

No more game downtime with Vivo V19 Neo’s large-capacity 4500mAh Li-Po battery

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In quarantine season people have become even more dependent on electronic devices especially smartphones to keep them connected with loved ones and conveniently pursue and enjoy their lifestyles.

With different activities — messaging on various platforms, posting on social media, surfing the internet, buying from online stores, listening to music, watching movies and videos, and playing online games — keeping people busy, it is really disappointing to get a low battery warning, or the handset going “dead”.

Thankfully, the latest V19 Neo is powered by a 4500mAh lithium-polymer (Li-Po) battery, one of the largest capacities in its price range, to keep Vivo’s flagship mid-range smartphone running in optimum performance, longer.

Essential Apps for those living in the Metro in the time of Covid-19

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Update: 3/25/2020

A community quarantine was implemented in Manila on March 12, shortly after this article was posted. This was upgraded to an enhanced community quarantine for the entire Luzon on March 16. With that in place, only businesses that offer food/medicine remain open. Apps that offer essential services like AIDE, Metromart, Foodpanda and Grab remain active at this time. There are also Facebook pages offering delivery services and riders/shoppers for hire.

3/10/2020 – As the number of Filipinos that are infected or under investigation for COVID-19 increases, the WHO has asked people worldwide to stay home and limit going out. This makes sense especially in densely populated areas like Metro Manila where catching the virus can happen literally anywhere.

CIMB Bank Announces 500,000th Customer, expands strategic partnership with GCash

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CIMB Bank Philippines (CIMB Bank PH) announced that it has garnered 500,000 customers, approximately six months after opening its doors for business in the Philippines. The milestone was reached anchored on a strong proposition of co-creation and partnership between CIMB Bank and GCash.

The all-digital, mobile-first CIMB Bank PH, was launched in early 2019 with a goal of bringing a unique and differentiated banking proposition to Filipinos. Anchored on a DNA of strong strategic partnerships and solving customer pain points digitally, CIMB Bank PH had forged a partnership with GCash, to allow GCash’s customers direct, paperless and seamless access to savings account services, a product termed GSave. GCash is an epayments platform owned by Mynt, the revolutionary fintech startup of Globe Telecom, Ayala Corporation and Ant Financial, an affiliate of Jack Ma’s Alibaba Group.

Tengku Dato’ Sri Zafrul Aziz, Group CEO, CIMB Group, who was in Manila to celebrate this milestone said, “CIMB Bank PH is surely the fastest growing bank in ASEAN, a wonderful achievement, and a strong testament of things that can be achieved in the regime of digital-only banks. We are motivated by this and will continue to innovate for our customers. Well done to the teams.”

Swosh – the new laundry service app that you have got to have

Living in the Metro isn’t always easy. Moreso for urban professionals who live independently. You have your work and life balance to juggle along with responsibilities, bills, chores, and the undying traffic that always gets in the way, eating up our precious time.

Good thing, we live at a time when app-based services actually help make our lives easier. Heck, they have become integral for us to even have a life where we can still enjoy and not worry about our endless to-do lists.

When in Manila, I have to have the following apps: GRAB/Angkas for transport, Honestbee/foodpanda for food and grocery deliveries, Eatigo/Zomato for discounts, GMovies to avoid the pesky movie queue, Grindr for entertainment (I kid, I kid), and recently, Swosh for laundry/dry clean services!

Stay online while traveling abroad via Smart Travel Wifi

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Anyone who travels would tell you that the most important thing to secure before any trip is a reliable data connection. Apart from being able to connect with friends and family via your social media accounts, it is imperative that you have ready access to maps, translator apps, or even just to image search that item that you are having a hard time describing to a local due to language barriers. Once, I had to show a waitress in Hong Kong an image of Coke as I thought she did not understand me when I was ordering because she kept saying “Cora, Cora”. Turns out that what she meant was Cola after we agreed on the google image that I showed her.

Manage your SMART prepaid and postpaid account on the improved My Smart App

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It is very important these days to have a fast and reliable mobile service. Just as important is being able to easily keep track of your usage so you don’t run out of juice when you need it the most. With SMART, I can be at any Starbucks in the Metro working while watching the latest episodes of Mr. Robot on iFlix or I can be traveling to Baguio hunting Pokemons and I still get the same stable mobile data connection. I can track via My Smart app how much data I have left, check my balance, sign-up to promos and add-ons, and even top-up my credit making sure that I get through all my planned activities with no interruptions.