Lenovo’s smart classroom; Mediatek announces new chipsets; ABS-CBN’s releases IWantTFC; Globe’s financial care program’ DeviceShield out

    797

    Lenovo creates smart classroom

    In photo from left to right:Immaculada Concepcion College (ICC)Executive Vice President Marcelino V. Agana, Lenovo Philippines President and General Manager Michael Ngan, and ICC IT Director Raul Acapulco during a ‘new normal’ contract signing event held recently at the Grand Hyatt Manila.

    Global tech provider Lenovo recently inked a memorandum of agreement with Immaculada Concepcion College (ICC) as its first Platinum partner under the Lenovo EdVision program. Implemented in collaboration with Microsoft, the program was designed to support schools in their transition to online learning and ultimately bolster digital transformation in education. Lenovo works directly with educators to understand the challenges of the sector during this period and designs with purpose to meet customers’ needs.

    “At Lenovo, we feel that we are well-positioned to lead intelligent transformation and are thus committed to empowering the education sector with our end-to-end tech solutions. Through the EdVision program, we aim to be the trusted partner of education institutions throughout their digital transformation journey, especially during this pivotal shift to online learning. We are excited to have ICC as our first Platinum partner under the program and assist them in continuing to provide quality education by honing the digital capabilities of its teachers and students so they are better prepared for a more tech-ready tomorrow,” said Michael Ngan, Lenovo Philippines President and General Manager.

    ICC is dedicated to provide a safe and intellectually challenging environment that will empower its students to become innovative thinkers, creative problem solvers, and inspired learners. To stay true to this commitment despite a new classroom setup, the institution has signed under the EdVision program as it adopts blended learning this academic year.

    As a platinum partner, ICC will receive a benefit package that includes special discounts on Lenovo products for teachers and students, technical updates through webinars or newsletters, product trainings on industry-leading software, technical workshops conducted by Lenovo and its partners, inclusion in the student and teacher ambassador programs, and seeding units. It will also receive an upgrade of computer lab facilities using Lenovo devices and accessories, and funding assistance for the development of a Lenovo Smart classroom.

    Mediatek new chipsets to power premium and mainstream Chromebooks

    MediaTek unveiled its MT8192 and MT8195 chipsets for the next generation of Chromebooks. With the 7nm MT8192 for mainstream devices and the 6nm MT8195 for premium devices, brands can design powerful, sleek and lightweight Chromebooks that deliver longer battery life and incredible computing experiences from video conferencing and streaming video to cloud gaming and AI-powered applications.

    “Chromebooks are seeing an unprecedented surge in popularity as more people work remotely and take online classes. MediaTek already powers some of the most popular Chromebooks on the market, and will continue to improve and drive user experiences forward with our new chipsets,” said Jerry Yu, Corporate Senior Vice President at MediaTek. “The MT8192 and MT8195 give brands more features to design powerful Chromebooks with innovative form factors that can flip, fold or detach, are slim and lightweight, and have great battery life.”

    The MT8192 and MT8195 chipsets each integrate a high-performance AI processing unit (APU) to power a wide range of voice and vision-based applications. MediaTek’s powerful APU technology is designed to seamlessly process voice ID recognition and voice control, speech and image recognition, speech to text, live translation, object recognition, background removal, noise reduction, image and video segmentation and gesture control, all in real-time. Both chipsets also have a dedicated audio digital signal processor (DSP) to enable ultra-low power voice wakeup (VoW) for voice assistants. 

    Brands can design Chromebooks with a variety of camera configurations thanks to a high dynamic range (HDR) image signal processor and hardware depth engine built into the chipsets. This gives device makers the option to integrate super-large 80MP 4-cell cameras, single 32MP cameras or dual camera setups up to 16 MP + 16 MP to bring Chromebooks sharp and crisp HDR for video conferencing. 

    MediaTek’s MT8195, built on the 6nm TSMC process, integrates an octa-core CPU with four Arm Cortex-A78 cores for compute intensive applications and four power-efficient Arm Cortex-A55 cores to simultaneously handle background tasks and maximize battery life. The MT8195 also integrates MediaTek’s APU 3.0, providing up to 4 TOPS performance. The powerful five-core Arm-Mali G57 GPU delivers great visuals, while quad-channel 2133MHz LPDDR4X ensures there is plenty of memory bandwidth for the powerful cores. The MT8195 also supports up to three simultaneous displays so users can enjoy more screen real estate whether they’re working, gaming or just browsing the internet.

    With support for Dolby Vision, 7.1 surround sound audio and a Codec AV1 hardware video accelerator, users can enjoy cinema-quality experiences for streaming movies and TV shows from the most popular online services. Additionally, AV1 hardware decoding uses less data while still offering stunning graphics and smooth video experiences. 

    MediaTek’s MT8192 integrates an octa-core CPU with four Arm Cortex-A76 cores and four Arm Cortex-A55 to provide an ideal balance of power and efficiency. MediaTek’s APU 2.0 provides the MT8192 with up to 2.4 TOPs performance. The chipset also packs a powerful five-core Arm Mali-G57 GPU to deliver great visuals, plus 2133MHz LPDDR4x and UFS 2.1 storage. The MT8192 supports wide quad high definition (WQHD) displays with standard 60Hz refresh-rates, or FullHD+ displays with up to 120Hz refresh-rates for super-fast responsiveness. Additionally, the chipset can support two Full HD displays simultaneously. 

    Both chipsets also integrate 4K HDR video decoding to provide excellent video quality while also maximizing battery life, allowing users to watch their favorite content for longer. In addition, the MT8192 and MT8195 support PCI-Express Gen 3 and USB 3.2 Gen 1.

    Chromebooks powered by the MT8192 will hit the market in Q2 2021. The MT8195 will power premium Chromebooks, smart displays, tablets and other smart devices, which will hit the market at a later date. For more details on MediaTek’s chipsets for Chromebooks, visithttps://i.mediatek.com/chromebook.

    ABS-CBN releases new iWANTTFC

    Available to users worldwide, new streaming service fuses iWANT and TFC.tv

    ABS-CBN has merged its two streaming platforms to provide entertainment, news, and information to Filipinos wherever they are in the world as it launches the bigger and better iWantTFC, the first Filipino subscription-based streaming service available globally.

    iWantTFC, which is available through the web on iwanttfc.com and on iOS and Android apps, allows users to choose from different subscription options with different levels of access to content and new platform features to suit their needs.

    Aside from offering ad-free access to the biggest library of Filipino video content, the new iWantTFC provides first window streaming of fresh teleserye episodes, 48 hours before their premiere on any ABS-CBN platform or channel

    Users in the Philippines, meanwhile, can enjoy free on-demand streaming of the latest episodes of currently airing ABS-CBN shows within seven days.

    iWantTFC users are also able to enjoy new features such as offline viewing of select movies and series and an enhanced viewing experience on bigger screens through select TV brands, as well as Roku and Telstra TV.

    Registered iWantTFC users in the Philippines can choose from three subscription plans — free, standard, and premium.

    Premium subscription costs P119 monthly and gives users ad-free access to its entire catalogue and all platform features, while standard subscription can be availed at P59 and allows users to watch ad-supported content. However, monthly subscription prices for iWantTFC users outside of the Philippines vary across territories.

    Both premium and standard subscribers get full access to iWantTFC’s full library of over 1,000 movies, live channels namely Kapamilya Channel, TeleRadyo, ANC, CineMo, and Knowledge Channel, ABS-CBN’s full inventory of shows, all acquired content, all episodes of 86 iWantTFC originals, and other digital content.

    Users can also opt for the free plan, which will grant limited access to an ad-supported catalog of movies, live channels, select episodes of shows, and teleseryes.

    iWantTFC’s extensive library of regularly updated content contains currently airing ABS-CBN shows, Kapamilya classics, movies, newscasts, lifestyle programs, award-winning documentaries, originals, religious programs, and acquired series from Thailand’s GMMTV.

    Users also get to enjoy watching “La Vida Lena,” ABS-CBN’s newest teleserye starring Erich Gonzales that premiered its first episode on iWantTFC last Saturday (November 14). Adding to iWantTFC’s catalog are new and upcoming originals “Bawal Lumabas” with Kim Chiu, Kyle Echarri, and Franchine Diaz, “Hoy Love You” featuring the love team reunion of Roxanne Guinoo and Joross Gamboa, “I Can Wait Forever” with Loisa Andalio and Ronnie Alonte, “He’s Into Her” with Donny Pangilinan and Belle Mariano, and “Ampalaya Chronicles: Me & Mrs. Cruz,” the latest episode in the heartbreak-themed anthology series starring Beauty Gonzalez and Kiko Estrada.

    Users will also able to watch new movies released by CineXpress straight on the platform such as the Star Cinema movies “My Lockdown Romance,” “Boyette,” and “Four Sisters Before the Wedding.” Fans can also continue to follow the ongoing season of “The House Arrest of Us” on iWantTFC.

    Users in the Philippines, meanwhile, can look forward to the Philippine-exclusive streaming of Thai series “Theory of Love” and “The Shipper” this year.

    To experience the latest version of the new iWantTFC, users need to download the app from Google Play and Apple App Store or visit iwanttfc.com and register for an account. First-time users can also avail of a 30-day free trial.

    Download the new iWantTFC app now from Google Play or App Store or log in to iwanttfc.com. For updates, like http://www.facebook.com/iWantTFC, and follow @iwanttfc on Twitter and @iwanttfc on Instagram and subscribe to www.youtube.com/iWantTFC.

    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.

    The program offers are built according to the needs of the customers, thus, there are customized options that allow Globe Consumer Postpaid, Platinum, and Broadband subscribers to maintain their account depending on their financial situation. They may be given options to lower their plan, disconnect their account temporarily, or transfer the ownership, among others.

    “Filipinos are facing multiple difficulties and are struggling to hold on to what they have at the moment.  We understand that many of them worry about their finances, and we hope to extend our help while at the same time, keep them connected so they can continue to do the things that matter to them,” said Rebecca Eclipse, Globe Chief Customer Experience Officer.

    To avail of the program, Globe Postpaid Mobile and Globe At Home broadband customers may apply through the Account Requests section of the GlobeOne app or fill out the form at https://www.globe.com.ph/financial-care-program.html. Once submitted, a Globe representative will get in touch with them to discuss the available options.

    Even those who have already applied for the Globe Installment Program last May but have completed their payments may seek further assistance again through www.globe.ph/installment. The same holds true for accounts which were temporarily disconnected.  Those who have been permanently disconnected may call 214 toll-free from any Globe mobile number for other alternatives.

    Globe sees the importance of information and communications technology to the lives of the people, thus, it constantly pushes for the adoption of digitalization in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly UNSDG No. 9 which underscores the crucial role that innovation plays in nation-building.

    To register and learn more about the Financial Care Program, click here.

    DeviceSHIELD will provide free risk intelligence

    Online businesses will benefit greatly from a technology that will detect fraud and prevent the average financial losses of $200,000 from cyberattacks.

    SHIELD, the world’s leading cybersecurity company specializing in cyber fraud and identity verification, today launched DeviceSHIELD, a cyber fraud solution specifically designed to combat the increase in fraud attacks to online businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides actionable intelligence in real time to identify fake devices and protect businesses from bad actors, reputational damage, and fraudulent transactions.

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, cyber fraud has become the fastest-growing form of criminal activity, putting both businesses and consumers at heightened risk. Today, consumers are conducting more digital transactions and using an increasing number of online applications. SHIELD has identified several key industries in which cyber fraud has risen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, namely on-demand services like food delivery and ride-hailing, e-commerce and marketplace platforms, online gaming, e-wallets, loyalty and cashback offerings, online banking, and entertainment.

    Over the past year, the tools that hackers are using have also become much more sophisticated. Fraudsters are now using emulators, app cloners, and global positioning system (GPS) spoofers from mobile devices to commit fraud.

    “More online transactions means more vulnerabilities to cyber fraud, and the COVID-19 pandemic has made this more relevant than ever,” said Justin Lie, CEO of SHIELD. “43% of online attacks are now aimed at small businesses, with only 14% actively prepared to defend themselves.[2] We have created a technology to protect online industries we believe are worst affected by COVID-19. However, any businesses with less than 100,000 monthly active users will receive it for free, which equates to roughly 90% of all online businesses.”

    SHIELD is committed to fighting the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of fraudsters disguising their devices’ online identities has grown at an unexpected rate during the pandemic, leaving small and medium-sized businesses especially vulnerable. Conventional cyber fraud solutions tend to only analyze surface-level attributes and are especially ineffective with mobile devices, failing to root out the most subtle and stealthy threats.

    DeviceSHIELD is currently the only technology that uses a device’s DNA to identify malicious users, enabling it to detect fraud with unparalleled accuracy and consistency. Deployed in minutes, DeviceSHIELD analyzes thousands of device attributes to identify a device no matter how many times it changes its appearance, and indicates exactly which malicious tools are being used. It has a unique feature known as SHIELD Sentinel, which enables it to continuously profile risk throughout a user session – another industry first. It also leverages SHIELD’s network of over seven billion devices and 500 million users across six continents, known as the Global Intelligence Network, enabling it to proactively protect a device from new and unknown types of fraud.

    SHIELD investors include GGV Capital, Tony Fadell’s Future Shape, Temasek, Wavemaker Partners, and Tao Zhang. SHIELD’s solutions are currently used by global companies like Razer, Alibaba, Scalefast, Yamibuy, PayMaya and Sea Group to combat cyber fraud.