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Microsoft Office 365 for Co-Working Spaces

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If yesterday that I set up my small business, co-working spaces already existed, then I could have saved a bundle of money and, should things turned to the worse – which it did – I didn’t have to lose big time. Even just less than a decade ago, setting up shop for your new small business meant a huge bundle of money to spend on capital expenses whose depreciation period is at least two years. For a startup small business owner, that’s a huge investment.

So, Microsoft Philippines recently invited me to showcase their solution for a freelancer, entrepreneur or small business owner. But instead of a small business owner setting up production by renting or leasing an empty office space, building its interiors, buying furniture and fixtures, contracting a systems integrator to install structure cabling, servers and networks, buying all the enterprise or premise-based software you need, subscribing to a dedicated internet connection that’s much expensive than your regular home DSL service, hiring a receptionist, security guard and all-around administrative assistant, and other minor expenses that drive up the cost of starting a business with hardly any income coming it (Whew! That was long!), you subscribe to a co-working space.

This is where Microsoft Philippines’ Office 365 comes into the picture, a technology solution that gives the freelancer, the entrepreneur and the small business owner the ability to save on long-term cash by paying on-the-go or on-demand. Combine this with a co-working space like Penbrothers and the small business owner today has a way to reduce start-up costs (expenses that needs to mature for a long time before it goes back as an investment) and start the business without huge capital expenditures and worrying about the upkeep and maintenance of the workplace.

I’ve been a Microsoft Philippines Office 365 customers for quite a while now. For a mere $5 a month, you get both online and offline versions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote and a few others I don’t really use. You also get 1TB of cloud space for your files – called OneDrive – which you can automatically sync on-the-go or manually update your files. Your Microsoft Windows Explore will reflect your OneDrive so you can just drag-and-drop files between your OneDrive and hard drive. I also have all five Microsoft Office 365 apps on my other devices in case I don’t have my laptop with me and I have to edit.

That 1TB of cloud space in my OneDrive is a biggie. It costs $3 or $5 per month to get an extra 100GB space in your Gmail; of course, Google Apps is free to use but I’m really more comfortable with Microsoft Office. I’ve also had a cloud drive of about 50GB since 2007 or something like that, and use that to store photos and images that I want my blogs to access it, as opposed to uploading photos to my blog’s limited cloud space.

Going back, the partnership of Microsoft Philippines technology solutions and Penbrothers co-working space just makes sense. One solution that Microsoft Philippines offers Penbrothers customers is Windows 10 Pro for Business, an upgrade from my Windows 10 Home or personal edition. Like today’s requirement of work from anywhere, anytime, the Pro for Business edition has the built-in security and flexibility to keep up with an entrepreneur or small business owner’s growth, protecting your files and business information from digital threats.

Microsoft Philippines is on the road to more partnerships with co-working spaces in the country, as more and more freelancers, entrepreneurs and small business owners choose to start up in these virtual office space than the traditional but expensive route.

To learn more about Microsoft Philippines Office 365 and Windows 10 Pro for Business, go to

To learn more about Penbrothers co-working spaces, visit

Source: Press event from Dominguez Marketing Communications

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The New Version of Airtime Social Network App Looks Promising

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Sean Parker, the Napster guy and one-time President of Facebook, is at a reboot stage with his video-messaging app called Airtime. The once embarrassing moment of launching Airtime the first time among the who’s who bombed, this time there ain’t no glitzy launches. The new version of Airtime looks promising. Well, this time.


So, what’s Airtime? Let me count the ways…

For one, Airtime is founded by Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning and is backed by Kleiner Perkins, Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, Founders Fund, and a host of unnamed partners. Seeing Kleiner Perkins there means a lot. Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers is a venture capital company in Sand Hill which has backed the likes of AOL,, Navigenics, Citrix, Compaq, Electronic Arts, Genentech, Genomic Health, Geron Corporation, Google, Intuit, Juniper Networks, Nebula, Netscape, Sun Microsystems, Symantec, Verisign, WebMD and Zynga.

Read more via PEKSON.COM.



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Globe Outranks Others in LTE Speed and Coverage

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I got a press release from Globe Telecom with the titles “Providing fastest mobile internet service in the Philippines” and “OpenSignal: Globe outpaces competition in LTE speed, coverage”, together with a screenshot of many countries, including the Philippines, and between the two competing networks in the LTE category. See below:

I’ve been using OpenSignal for more than a year and I’ve known that as a fact – Globe outpaces Smart in LTE speed and coverage. In fact, from where I live, Globe outpaces everyone in all types of networks: 2G, 3G and 4G (LTE).

Below are my screenshots of using OpenSignal from where I am – Bonifacio Global City – using OpenSignal in all networks on all network types. On the left is how my OpenSignal is set up, the middle shows you the coverage and the right shows you who is outperforming who.

Now, if I use the network type 4G (LTE), only two network providers emerge – Globe and Smart – and it clearly shows (again) who’s outperforming who.

Going back to the press release, Yoly Crisanto, Globe Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications, notes that a third of the company’s 48.4 million Globe mobile customers are now using smartphones. As part of Globe’s aggressive LTE rollout, the Globe network’s mobile ultra-broadband access in Visayas and Mindanao were expanded, utilizing the LTE-TDD and LTE-FDD technologies. 4G LTE is the most relevant mobile network technologies, offering much higher bandwidth, lower latency even as it increases overall network capacity. This allows customers to use more applications on their mobile devices.

Globe Telecom is expected to spend $850 million by the end of this year, which includes all the LTE network expansion it has been undergoing. Capital expenses is now at P11.4 billion which includes investments in broadband network, capacities for wireless data, LTE, domestic and international transmission facilities. A significant portion of this were also allotted for its IT infrastructure to create platforms for new products as well as to build on its IT transmission initiatives.

OpenSignal is a company that specializes in wireless coverage mapping. The company crowdsources data on carrier signal quality from users who have its consumer mobile application installed. Consumers can view the crowdsourced data either online or in-app in the form of colour-coded maps that aid purchasing decisions by showing unbiased data from different carriers side-by-side. In 2013 OpenSignal was named the “Most Innovative Mobile Company in UK” by UK Trade & Investment. In August 2014, OpenSignal raised a $4 million Series A investment from Qualcomm Ventures, OATV and Passion Capital.

You can download OpenSignal from Google Play Store or the Apple App Store through its website for free.

Sources: Globe Telecom Press Release | Wikipedia |

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The Fuss About Ginger, Tumeric and Turcumin

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The mere mention of ginger brings memories of my glee club days wherein I was always made to drink a glass of ginger juice or popularly known in Filipino as “salabat” (and definitely not called “luya juice” – LOL!) right before every major performance. “Yes, Victoria! I was a singer!” From then on, the idea of ginger making you sing better got nailed in the neurons of my brain. In my adult life, I’d probably relate ginger to dipping Japanese Tempura into it and my favorite airline drink – ginger ale.

Last month, I was invited to dinner by my friend at Hap Chan restaurant at the CCP Complex area, Manila Bay. I was introduced to Turcumin, the herbal food supplement that uses the ginger root as a source of antioxidants. During the dinner table discussion by the friends of my friend, Health Rich Pharma Corp. group, who gave me the Turcumin Herbal Food Supplement, I learned about Rhizome of Tumeric and the 500mg capsule it contained. The bottom line is to take one to two capsules daily after every meal (or as recommended by a health practitioner) so that it helps you not only digest properly but primarily removes the free-radicals in our bodies. These free-radicals, according to the group, damage our cell membranes, tampers our DNA and may even cause death.

Okay, ’nuff said with the nosebleed stuff. My friend treated me to Chinese food for which the average Filipino consumes in hasty bulk (in short, “boodle fight!”). I also had beer to go along with all the sugar, salt and carbohydrate binge fest. And so, after I told myself I was full, I took two capsules and gulped with the help of my beer. “Here’s to my health!”

Hmm… I felt warmer during the first five minutes. Was that psychological because I was waiting for something to happen? According to one of the Health Rich guys, that’s exactly how one feels every time you take a capsule or two and that effect means it’s already working inside your system. “Warm and fuzzy.” Hmm… I like warm and fuzzy.

I did a little of my own research about tumeric cure. In India, turmeric has been used traditionally for thousands of years as a remedy for stomach and liver ailments, as well as topically to heal sores, basically for its supposed antimicrobial property. Turmeric was a medicine for a range of diseases and conditions, including those of the skin, pulmonary, and gastrointestinal systems, aches, pains, wounds, sprains, and liver disorders. A fresh juice is commonly used in many skin conditions, including eczema, chicken pox, shingles, allergy, and scabies. The active compound curcumin is believed to have a wide range of biological effects including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antitumour, antibacterial, and antiviral activities, which indicate potential in clinical medicine.

I actually felt a little recharged although I’m also considering my weird self anticipating a change. In any case, I guess taking something that’s not mixed with other stuff but rather tumeric, the rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family, is a whole lot better than those fat power capsules that almost tell you you can fly once you take them. Shazam!

Turcumin comes in a box of 100 capsules that retails for 1,500 Pesos (or 15 Pesos per capsule). Thirty bucks per day at thirty days equals 900 Pesos per month. Not bad. That’s about the equivalent of six Grande Starbucks Frappuccino, eh?

Turcumin is available over the counter at Mercury Drug, St. Joseph Drug and Seven Stars Pharmacy.

For more information, visit their website at or Like their Facebook Page at

Disclaimer for the naysayers of pharma companies and government watchdogs: This is not a paid blog or article nor am I a paid endorser of Turcumin. I was invited to dinner by my friend at Hap Chan who is not connected to Health Rich Pharma Corp.. I was given a box of Turcumin during dinner and being the curious experimentalist that I always am, I opted (out of my own free will) to take two capsules right after dinner. Better safe than sorry. LOL!

Photos of the author by Edel Santiago of The Kitchen Goddess.


Experience Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge First With Globe

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Regular postpaid customers who pre-ordered online can start claiming their Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 edge starting April 18, 2015 at designated Globe stores nationwide. To pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge online, visit

[Press Release – March 29, 2015] — Globe Telecom is giving its customers first dibs on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge as it welcomes the arrival of Samsung’s latest devices in select Globe stores starting Friday, March 27.

Globe customers will be the first to experience Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge as both devices become available for live demo and viewing in Globe stores in Greenbelt, Glorietta, Shangri-la, SM Megamall, and Rockwell starting March 27, Trinoma, SM North EDSA, SM Mall of Asia, Robinson’s Galleria, Alabang Town Center, SM Dasmarinas, Ayala Center Cebu, and Abreeza Mall in Davao starting March 28, and Limketkai Mall in Cagayan de Oro and SM Baguio starting March 29.

Globe was first to launch its pre-order site to serve orders for postpaid and Platinum customers. As an added treat, new and existing Globe customers who pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 edge until April 5 will get free exclusive content such as 3-month subscription to Spotify where they can create their own playlist with millions of songs and 3-month access to HOOQ where they can watch from a selection of over 10,000 movies and TV series from local and international partners.

All customers who will pre-order online are also entitled to receive a free limited edition Samsung wireless charger and a discount voucher which will give them up to 15% discount on Galaxy S6 and S6 edge accessories.

Customers can experience the best of Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge with the new myLifestyle Plan offers. The Samsung Galaxy S6 32GB is available at Plan 999*, which comes with unlimited calls and texts to Globe/TM, GoSURF499 (3GB mobile internet), all-you-want Facebook, plus free Spotify Premium for 3 months, free HOOQ for 3 months, free Gadget Care and Navigation Bundle for 1 month and free 1GB of Globe Cloud.

On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge 32GB is available at Plan 1499**, which comes with unlimited calls and texts to Globe/TM, GoSURF999 (5GB mobile internet), all-you-want Chat and Facebook plus free Spotify Premium for 3 months, free HOOQ for 3 months, free Gadget Care and Navigation Bundle for 1 month, and free 1GB of Globe Cloud.

“Globe is once again pioneering the launch of the latest devices in the Philippines with the arrival of the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge in our Globe stores nationwide. Aside from giving our postpaid customers the privilege of being the first to experience the latest Samsung smartphones with our myLifestyle Plan which gives them built-in unlimited calls and texts, we are also enriching their mobile experience with free access to entertainment content such as Spotify and HOOQ as well as a free premium item when they pre-order online until April 5,” says Erli Valdez, Vice President for Globe Postpaid Business.

Regular postpaid customers who pre-ordered online can start claiming their Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 edge starting April 18, 2015 at designated Globe stores nationwide. To pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge online, visit

*With P825 monthly cashout for 24 months

**With P850 monthly cashout for 24 months


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