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Smart bats for cybersecurity as online use surges due to pandemic

With the government imposing strict quarantine rules, more and more people are turning to the internet for their daily activities. Video conferences gained popularity during the lockdown as companies employed work-from-home schemes and schools shifted to online learning......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnSep 18th, 2020

Smart holds online workshop for Digital Farmers Program trainors

The pandemic has stopped general farming in its tracks, with 15 percent of crop-raising and fishing activities in the countryside suspended in March. The movement of produce from the provinces was thus affected, curtailing food supply in Metro Manila......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 14th, 2020

Pinoys urged: Consume legal online content

The internet has become the main source of many copyright infringements content, impacting people and businesses involved in the production and distribution of legitimate materials and exposing consumers to malware and other cybersecurity threats. The problem is further exacerbated by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic as people are cooped up indoors and have to rely […] The post Pinoys urged: Consume legal online content appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 13th, 2020

ABAP head hopes pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics to push through

The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) is keeping its fingers crossed that the Tokyo Olympics will push through in July next year. “I’m just hoping that the Olympics will push through because this is our best chance,” ABAP president Ricky Vargas told Tuesday’s online version of the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum. Vargas was reacting to wire reports saying that over half of Tokyo residents that took part in a recent survey are not comfortable with the staging of the Olympics in 2021. They either backed a “further delay or an outright cancellation” of the Tokyo Olympics. The Philippines has qualified two boxers in Eumir Marcial and Irish Magno to the Tokyo Games, and had hoped for a few more to make the grade, including Nesthy Petecio, Carlo Paalam, Rogen Ladon, and Ian Clark Bautista. “When I look at our boxers, we were ready (for Tokyo 2020),” said Vargas, who was joined by ABAP secretary-general Ed Picson in the forum and presented by San Miguel Corporation, Go For Gold PH, Amelie Hotel Manila, Braska Restaurant, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and powered by Smart. But because of the COVID-19 pandemic, everything came to a halt, including the rest of the qualifying tournaments. “We lost steam,” said Vargas. Picson said the Filipino boxers remain steadfast in their training even if there’s no definite schedule on hand. He said training is done mostly with the coaches’ online supervision. “But it’s not the same. Training online is not the same. We need to be able to go back to the gym and spar and box. Not only here but overseas as well,” said Vargas. “Given the situation, that is the next best thing,” Picson added. Vargas said it’s difficult to pin their hopes on a vaccine for things to be even close to what they used to be. “Mahirap hintayin ‘yung vaccine. They may have the vaccine but normally it takes years before we’d like to risk ourselves in getting the vaccine,” he added.   “It’s very sad if the Olympics will not push through at least next year. Or we wait for the next Olympics (in Paris in 2024),” Vargas said. “It’s a very tough decision. The IOC (International Olympic Committee), I’ve been reading, is having a very difficult time because of all the investment put in by the Japanese government,” he added. The ABAP chief had high hopes that the country could win the elusive gold in the Tokyo Olympics – through boxing. But the pandemic, somehow, had turned things around......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 30th, 2020

Helping creators adapt to uncertain times

YouTube and mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. have teamed up to bring Creator Camp Live, a series of online events and workshops where established and aspiring creators can learn from the broader YouTube community, industry experts, and leading content creators on how to pivot and be effective in the time disrupted by the pandemic. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 24th, 2020

NCAA Season 96 opening depends on health crisis situation

The NCAA remains hopeful that it will be able to hold the shortened Season 96 in the early months of next year. However, Management Committee chairman Fr. Vic Calvo, OP of season host Letran said that everything is still dependent on the situation of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The NCAA is hoping to open the season in March 2021 assuming that the government will allow athletes to resume training by November.   “It’s actually 12 to 14 weeks bago mo makuha ang kondisyon mo eh. We’re assuming as early as November based on available data or December. Kaya ang proposed po namin ay March (ang opening),” said Calvo on Tuesday during the online session of the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum where he was joined by former ManComm chairman Peter Cayco of Arellano. “Ang assumption namin dyan kapag in-allow ang practice you count three months saka tayo mag-game. Ayaw naman naming i-sacrifice ang quality ng games,” Calvo added in the session presented by San Miguel Corporation, Go For Gold, Amelie Hotel Manila, Braska Restaurant, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), and powered by Smart. The NCAA announced earlier that only mandatory sports basketball, volleyball, swimming and track and field are the only events to be held in the coming season. But the league is not closing its doors to adding other sports including online chess and E-sports depending on the health situation in the coming months.       Calvo also mentioned that health and safety protocols will be observed once the season opens. The league is also considering holding closed-door games while the gyms from member schools will serve as game venues. The ManComm head added that they have different options regarding their plans and programs for the season but their main concern right now is to when they will be able to push through with the opening. “Hopeful naman tayo based dun sa mga reports na naririnig natin na the vaccine is coming on the way. Baka pagdating ng November, for example, pwede na mag-practice, by February pwede na tayo mag-NCAA,” said Calvo. “Depende pa rin naman sa decision ng ManCom then i-suggest naming sa Policy Board. Kasi yung safety issues importante rin yun.” Last March, the NCAA cancelled Season 95 affecting second semester sports volleyball, football, beach volleyball, athletics, lawn and soft tennis and cheerleading. And with the country still trying to cope with the health crisis, the NCAA just like other leagues and sports events could only just hope for the situation to get better.   “Mahirap kasi kung tatanungin kami nu’ng definite answer (kung kailan ang opening) hindi kami makakapag-bigay ng ganoon,” said Calvo.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2020

NCAA open to adding more sports for Season 96

The NCAA is considering to add more sports aside from the four mandatory events for Season 96. Sports that require minimal player-to-player contact could be included in the sports calendar of the shortened season set to tentatively open March 2021 according to Management Committee (ManCom) chairman Fr. Vic Calvo, OP of host Letran. The oldest collegiate league in the country earlier announced that only the four mandatory sports basketball, volleyball, swimming and track and field will be played in the coming season. However, Calvo mentioned the depending on the situation of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, other sports might be added. “Hindi naman tayo talaga naka-fix but we are fluid. We are on observing kung ano yung situation and we will fit in that situation para matuloy ‘yung NCAA,” said the ManCom chairman on Tuesday on the online session of the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum. Sports like tennis, chess, badminton, table tennis, and e-sports might be included. “Actually, marami pa sa mga schools ang nag-maintain ng other events. Kaya for example yung basic rule na kapag sa isang tournament like lawn tennis, medyo individual sport yan except sa doubles. Kapag merong apat na schools (na may team) they can organize, look for the budget, sponsorship,” said Calvo. The Letran official specifically mentioned the possible consideration of online chess and esports, both of which have come in handy during this time of pandemic. He said Mobile Legends is one of the online sports being deliberated by the collegiate league, citing how the country even won a gold medal in the event when e-sports made its debut in the last Southeast Asian Games. “Sa SEA Games ginawa na natin ito. Nag-champion naman tayo, so why not do this especially in this time of the pandemic,” stressed Calvo in the session presented by San Miguel Corporation, Go For Gold, Amelie Hotel Manila, Braska Restaurant, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), and powered by Smart. As for the other sports, Calvo said it can be held by staging lesser events like doing away with the relays in swimming and track and field, or not having doubles in both lawn tennis and badminton. Track and field and tennis were among the sports affected when the NCAA decided to totally cancel the second semester events of Season 95 following the outbreak of the coronavirus. “Naka-apekto yun (COVID-19) sa Season 95 because we’re not able to finish its calendar. At may ilang events that were scheduled to be held like beach volleyball track and field, cheerleading, while indoor volleyball and lawn tennis were not able to complete their tournaments,” said Cayco. With the failure to stage other sporting events, the NCAA also decided not to hand out a general championship since schools within the top three of the standings are all closely clustered together at the top. “Kasi yung 1-2-3 spots are up for grabs. So we decided not to award a general championship,” added Cayco, also president of the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc (LVPI). “So everything is now on Father Vic’s lap.” Calvo said it hasn’t been discussed yet within the ManCom whether a general championship will be given in the coming shortened season. “Hindi pa siya na-discuss. We’ll cross the bridge when we get there,” added the long-time Letran athletic director. “Premature pa as of now.” Besides, more events could be added to Season 96 calendar once the health situation starts to get better in the coming months. “Depende sa sitwasyon, eh. We don’t know what will happen between now and March 2021,” said Calvo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2020

Student-athletes helping out in pandemic emulate UAAP values

UAAP officials lauded the student-athletes of member schools for their initiative to actively extend help to those in need during this coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Since the start of the community quarantine, athletes in their own capacity organized and joined fundraising drives, distributed personal protective equipment and other essentials to medical and security frontliners, handed out relief goods to affected communities and even served as frontliners. “Allow us to emphasize lang na wala kaming inutusan sa mga ‘yan. Nagugulat na lang kami na it's very voluntary,” said UAAP Executive Director Atty. Rebo Saguisag on Tuesday during the online session of the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum. “These are student-athletes na nag-aaral, naglalaro but at the end of the day when the nation calls for it in a broader spectrum of life they were able to respond,” added Saguisag, who was joined by Season 83 President Em Fernandez of Ateneo in the in the session presented by San Miguel Corporation, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), Amelie Hotel Manila, Braska Restaurant, Go For Gold PH and powered by Smart. Basketball stars including Ricci Rivero of University of the Philippines, Mike and Matt Nieto and Thirdy Ravena of Ateneo, Rhenz Abando and CJ Cansino of University of Sto. Tomas, Encho Serrano and Justine Baltazar of De La Salle University and women’s cager Jack Animam of National University were among those who participated in fundraising drives and donated relief goods to vulnerable communities. Animam’s teammate Ria Nabalan served as a frontliner as a Philippine Navy personnel.   Active volleyball players joined former UAAP volleyball stars in various jersey auctions and fund-raisers while other student-athletes from different sports disciplines, including fencer Maxine Esteban of Ateneo did their part to help.        “We have a lot of student-athletes who have been helping in their own capacity. We have athletes from the tennis community, athletes from the volleyball community and athletes from the fencing community who have been helping everyone. Even internally, we have athletes in the dorm who have been helping out with the relief efforts of Ateneo,” said Fernandez talking about Ateneo athletes’ efforts.   “Just to cite, the athletes of Adamson who are still in the dorm of Adamson are helping out the communities outside,” he added. Despite being affected by the pandemic themselves especially with the cancellation of Season 82 and the possibility of pushing back the opening of Season 83 to early next year, the officials gave praise to the student-athletes for their actions amid this trying time.    “It’s reflective of the values taught by each member institution and I guess the value of the UAAP wants to share. We’re all in this together,” said Saguisag.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 16th, 2020

SEAG champ Ninobla rules Smart/MVP online taekwondo poomsae tiff

Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Jocel Lyn Ninobla continued to be on her fine form amid the COVID-19 pandemic after reigning supreme in the inaugural Smart/MVP Sports Foundation Online National Taekwondo Poomsae Championships over the weekend......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 1st, 2020

Globe calls for vigilance against COVID-19-related online fraud

Globe Telecom calls on its customers to be extra vigilant to avoid becoming victims of online fraud, fake content, and cybersecurity attacks that capitalize on the current pandemic......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 17th, 2020

Pandemic Threatens Both Physical, Online World as Cybercriminals Persist on Exploiting COVID-19 to Trick Users, Organizations

With more than two million cases globally, the coronavirus pandemic has undeniably created a massive disruption and continues to pose a real-life threat to humans from around the world. But has this invisible risk crossed the physical world and reached the online domain? Findings from the researchers of global cybersecurity company Kaspersky suggest so. “Is […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsApr 26th, 2020

Smart to stream 2020 MAMA live for Filipino K-Pop fans

K-Pop stans won’t have to miss the much-anticipated 2020 Mnet Asian Music Awards (2020 MAMA) because, for the first time ever, mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. will exclusively online stream Asia’s biggest awards ceremony to Filipino audiences live via the GigaFest.Smart portal on Dec. 6, Sunday, at 5:00 p.m., Philippine time......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated News9 hr. 8 min. ago

U.S. online sales surge on usual ‘Black Friday’

New York, United States (AFP) — United States (US) online sales surged on the traditional “Black Friday” to set the country’s second-highest one-day mark ever as virus-wary Americans shunned in-person shopping, the Adobe software company reported over the weekend. American consumers, staying home amid the coronavirus pandemic, spent $9 billion online on Friday, a 21.6 […] The post U.S. online sales surge on usual ‘Black Friday’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 29th, 2020

USA waging-wagi sa virtual 2020 Miss Earth pageant

  NAGWAGI si Lindsey Coffey ng Estados Unidos sa ika-20 edisyon ng Miss Earth pageant na idinaos online bunsod na rin ng COVID-19 pandemic. Sa isang virtual competition na ipinalabas noong Nob. 29, tinalo ni Coffey ang 83 iba pang kalahok, makaraan ang dalawang buwan ng mga preliminary competitionsl, auxiliary contest, at online discussion. Itinanghal […] The post USA waging-wagi sa virtual 2020 Miss Earth pageant appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 29th, 2020

Online sales in near-record on ‘Black Friday’

NEW YORK, United States — US online sales surged on the traditional “Black Friday” to set the country’s second-highest one-day mark ever as virus-wary Americans shunned in-person shopping, the Adobe software company reported Saturday. American consumers, staying home amid the coronavirus pandemic, spent $9 billion online on Friday, a 21.6 percent increase over the same day […] The post Online sales in near-record on ‘Black Friday’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 29th, 2020

Financial sector sets up online platform vs fraud

The rapid shift of Filipinos to online transactions has also resulted in the increase of online scams and fraudulent activities. This accelerated further with the onset of the pandemic as more fraudsters tried to take advantage of the situation......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 28th, 2020

Cebuanas’ take on caroling in front of an ATM trend online

CEBU CITY, Philippines— Christmas carols make the holidays come to life. The Christmas tunes and the caroling we hear on the streets and in other places make us want to sing and dance to their unique beat. Since the pandemic has come and taken over our lives this year, caroling in Cebu has been banned […] The post Cebuanas’ take on caroling in front of an ATM trend online appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 28th, 2020

HKTDC enhances digital experience for SMEs amid pandemic

Upgraded sourcing platform, virtual fair boost business connections The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) has upgraded its hktdc.com sourcing platform in the run-up to the “Autumn Sourcing Week | Online” virtual exhibition, helping small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) capture global business opportunities and adapt to digital sourcing models in the new normal. HKTDC Deputy […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsNov 26th, 2020

Losing it with condoms

  BY RICA CRUZ     Hi Doc Rica, I met a girl online during the pandemic. We have high sexual energies so we would video sex during the lockdown kaya naman when we decided to meet up, we would always do it. Pero every time na magsusuot ako ng condom para makapagsex na kami, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsNov 24th, 2020

Sinas itinanggi ang pagtaas ng paggamit ng party drug

Manila, Philippines – Itinanggi ni Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Debold Sinas ang pagtaas ng paggamit ng party drugs sa bansa. “Actually, during this pandemic, it seems to have gone down — because there are no more parties,” giit nito. “Have you noticed? I’ll speak on the experience of [operatives]… We made several arrests, […] The post Sinas itinanggi ang pagtaas ng paggamit ng party drug appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsNov 24th, 2020

Globe launches financial care program for postpaid customers

Telecommunications has never been as important as it is today as learning, work, and entertainment mostly shift to online platforms. Understanding the importance of connectivity especially under the new normal, Globe is offering its customers a financial care program that enables them to remain connected despite the challenges brought to their livelihood by the pandemic......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2020