New Infinix out, priced at P7.9K; Improved Globe at Home; New NTT CEO appointed;


    New Infinix smartphone in the market

    Infinix will start selling the sleek, fast, and long-lasting Note 8 on its official store on Shopee. On February 2 (2.2), it will be available for a special price of P7,990 (original price of Php 8,490). Make sure to add-to-cart before 2.2 as units get sold out quickly.

    Note 8, the brand’s new flagship model, is powered by MediaTek Helio G80 processor. It also comes with an immersive 6.95” screen, a large dual front camera, 64MP Ultra HD quad cameras, and a massive fast-charging 5200mAh battery.

    Improved Globe at Home Prepaid WiFi out

    The pandemic has changed the way we live and how we go about our daily activities, forcing a digital shift that will be the norm moving forward. Even before the nationwide lockdowns, Globe ensured that a steady and reliable internet connection has been made more accessible through the Globe at Home Prepaid WiFi, now equipped with a faster and more advanced LTE modem.

    Globe at Home’s LTE-Advanced modem is two times faster than other Globe Prepaid modems, and is equipped with boosters, enabled by carrier aggregation capabilities, for a more reliable, higher-speed internet connection that is easy to set up.

    “Globe’s home prepaid WiFi sets the bar for broadband not only because of its larger capacity, but more importantly for its affordability and accessibility. It is a great choice for families because it is shareable, easy to load, and comes in a wide range of budget-friendly options,” said Darius Delgado, Vice President and Head of Broadband Business at Globe.

    Globe At Home Prepaid WiFi is available in several promo offers packed with freebies depending on the subscriber’s budget.

    Customers can avail of or order Globe At Home Prepaid WiFi kits via, the nearest Globe store, or through various channels and promos using the Globe At Home, Gcash and Globe One apps.

    NTT appoints new Global CEO starting April 2021

    NTT Ltd., the world-leading global technology services provider, announced that Abhijit Dubey will succeed Jason Goodall as Global Chief Executive Officer for NTT Ltd.  Abhijit takes the role following over 20 years with global advisory firm McKinsey & Company.

    Abhijit will join NTT in early February and formally step into his new role on 1 April 2021. He will be based at NTT Ltd.’s headquarters in London. Following a three month handover period, Jason Goodall will retire from his executive role on 30 June 2021 and will remain as a Board Director for NTT Ltd, and Dimension Data, as well as act as a strategic advisor for the NTT Venture Capital business. Tsunehisa Okuno, Chairman, NTT Ltd. commented, “I’d like to thank Jason for his service and commitment to our business for over 23 years and look forward to welcoming and working with Abhijit as he joins us in 2021.”

    Jason Goodall, current Global CEO for NTT Ltd. commented, “We are looking forward to welcoming Abhijit to the NTT family in 2021 to lead the next generation of our business.  He shares our passion for the technology industry and the role that technology can play in helping make the world a better place. He brings many years’ experience of our industry and context, as well as a strong track record in delivering high performance and profitability in organizations having advised clients on a range of strategic, operational, and go-to-market challenges.  I am confident that we have solid foundations in place following our successful integration last year and am delighted to work with Abhijit in the first half of next year to ensure a smooth handover.”

    Commenting on his appointment, Abhijit said, “I’m excited about the opportunity to lead this next chapter for NTT Ltd.  NTT is privileged to be a critical technology services partner for many of the world’s leading companies and public sector organizations, with employees in over 73 countries around the world.

    Chronic lung disease patients navigate COVID-19 aided by SAS analytics

    More than 320 million people worldwide suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a condition causing severe chest and breathing problems. As the coronavirus pandemic quickly escalated, a collaboration with analytics leader SAS helped the COPD Foundation use its data to measure impact to this vulnerable population and develop critical resources and programs.

    The COPD Foundation, a non-profit that speeds innovations for more effective and affordable disease treatment, applied SAS® advanced analytics – natural language processing and machine learning – to data collected from surveys of the COPD community.

    “Using SAS to sift through volumes of text data and analyze sentiment, we were able to quickly pivot our focus and concentrate on topics relevant to our community and provide answers and support in real time,” said Ruth Tal-Singer, President and Chief Scientific Officer of the COPD Foundation.

    Finding the right analytics solution. At the onset of the pandemic, the COPD Foundation, with partners across government, healthcare and business, launched a series of global surveys to its more than 47,000 members. Their goal was to collect first-hand perspectives from the COPD community about their general concerns and needs as well as COVID-specific cases (tests and diagnoses, symptoms, hospitalizations, medications and more).

    To date, the foundation has conducted three COVID-focused surveys, receiving insights from its members. The unstructured nature of the data included in the survey responses made it challenging for researchers to analyze and extrapolate findings.

    “You could collect data all day long, seven days a week, but unless you can properly analyze the data set, you can’t get much value out of it,” explained Vincent Malanga, Chief Information Officer of the COPD Foundation. “We needed to partner with someone who could help us expertly gather and analyze everything coming in so that we could understand what the data was saying and how to best respond.”

    Advanced analytics uncover hidden insights. Leveraging SAS’ visual analytics and text sentiment analysis capabilities allowed the foundation to expeditiously explore  volumes of unstructured data, identify patterns and trends, and create reports that helped direct community outreach and support. Using SAS® Viya®, the COPD Foundation:

    Quickly innovated to virtually help patients who were at much higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

    Helped improve and maintain patient access to healthcare, provide emotional well-being support, and address concern about drug supply.

    Captured the community’s concerns, such as access to oxygen and impacts to employment and pulmonary rehabilitation, as they have evolved throughout the pandemic.

    Reimagining and improving the future for COPD patients. The foundation’s measurement of COVID’s impact continues. Ongoing data analysis will help its staff direct resources where they will prove most beneficial to COPD patients, their families and the caregivers that treat them.

    “The more we can do with analytics, the better we can serve all our partners, our patients and our caregivers. We can allocate resources more effectively through the ability to be nimble and successfully integrate information from different sources,” said Tal-Singer.

    “SAS has world-class analytics, and it met the needs of our enterprise architecture approach, where it’s scalable, secure, flexible and extendable,” said Malanga. “We want software to be able to conform to what we need to do in the future – like possibly integrate with open source solutions and pre-trained language models – and SAS gives us that freedom.”




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