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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 Mediafire.com 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 www.microsoft.com/en-ph.

To learn more about Penbrothers co-working spaces, visit www.penbrothers.com.

Source: Press event from Dominguez Marketing Communications

Photos from (1) penbrothers.com | (2) microsoft.com

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Sharp AQUOS XU Series Launched – 4K TV with 8K Resolution

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On April 21, 2016, Sharp Philippines launched one of its most innovative series of LED/flatscreen televisions at the Grand Ballroom of the Shangri-La Hotel Makati. It was attended by hundreds of Sharp dealers nationwide with media people in tow. The grand event was held during lunch time while an evening affair was to be conducted with the attending dealers.

Blog Ownership: https://miniphilippines.wordpress.com/2016/05/15/sharp-aquos-xu-series-launched-4k-tv-with-8k-resolution/ (Do not plagiarize.)

Sharp AQUOS XU first 4K TV with 8K resolution. What this means is that the Sharp AQUOS XU series achieves its 8K resolution on a 4K Ultra HD panel. This is the result of Sharp’s laboratory testing using a test pattern with 7680 x 4320 pixels. All these are combined with Sharp’s proprietary Qualtron Pro 4-Color Technology and its newest upscaling technology, the X8-Master Engine Pro. The result of all these is a true-to-life detail with the most vivid color expression and deepest contrast.

The Sharp AQUOS XU series displays more color than most conventional TV models around. The Rich Color Pro Technology enhances the 4-color technology with a direct backlight that expands color by 40 percent; hence, the true-to-life detail and most vivid color expression. The Sharp AQUOS XU also uses another technology, the Ultra Dynamic Range Pro which also uses the direct backlight to achieve the darkest blacks and the brightest whites to achieve awesome contrast.

For all television sets, glare has always been a consideration. Sharp AQUOS XU anti-glare technology is called N-Black Anti-Glare Technology which reduces the reflection on the screen and increasing color reproduction.

Sharp AQUOS XU Smart Remote is what ups the ante. It has a touch pad and a slide bar for quick access to features such as Google Voice Search and Netflix. Not only that, the Sharp AQUOS XU works with the latest Android TV platform, becoming a true entertainment system. With the Google Voice Search function in 61 languages, you can stream movies and TV shows, listen to music, play Android games and get access to Netflix, YouTube and more. Not to mention having access to over 600 Android apps and games.

The one thing Sharp did good in its Sharp AQUOS XU is to incorporate Google Chromecast as a built-in feature, allowing you to cast (meaning wirelessly stream) whatever is on your laptop, desktop, table or smartphone. I don’t have the Sharp AQUOS XU system but I had to buy the Google Chromecast dongle that connects to my LED TV so I can cast Netflix, iFlix or HOOQ while working on my laptop. It’s truly awesome that Sharp decided Google Chromecast has to be built-in.

The Sharp AQUOS XU series comes in a 50-inch, 58-inch and 65-inch 4K Ultra-HD Android-power TV and is now available at leading appliance stores, nationwide. For more information, visit www.sharp.ph or its social media accounts in Facebook and Instagram.

Source: Press Release from Ardent Communications

Photos by @raffypekson.

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The Perfect Pint Brewpub Opens in Alabang

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The Perfect Pint brewpub just recently opened another of its gastronomic and gastropub-o-nomic (is there such a word?) The first one was a year ago at the 32nd Street of Bonifacio Global City (BGC); and the next? The Perfect Pint at Molito Lifestyle Center in Alabang, Muntinlupa City. My blogger-friends dared to trek the bustling super hi-way of the south to end up a little early than expected.

Original URL: https://miniphilippines.wordpress.com/2016/05/07/the-perfect-pint-brewpub-opens-in-alabang/

The Perfect Pint craft beers have been around my palate for more than a year. I’ve invited and brought a lot of friends and relatives to its place in BGC and would venture in tasting one type of craft beer after another. But The Perfect Pint gastropub offers more than just craft beer; it made sure the food was beyond contemporary. How? It partnered with one of the more famous chefs in the country: Chef Gene Gonzalez of the Café Ysabel fame (friends would smile when I quip my famous phrase – SentiSabado, anyone?) The Perfect Pint food pairing is exactly what it is – food paired by a famous chef for each kind of craft beer. If you’ve been to food and wine pairing, and not everyone goes for wine, then this is your place to be. Beer enthusiasts love The Perfect Pint because it serves a unique ensemble of food.

The Perfect Pint brewing process is where its Molito branch becomes different. High up the second floor encased in glass walls is where The Perfect Pint craft beer is made. Brothers Alec, Noel and Raymond Tempongko, owners of The Perfect Pint, proudly toured us guests around the second floor where The Perfect Pint fermentation rooms are located. Master brewer Alec Tempongko explained to us each step in each room until at last four perfectly brewed craft beer flavors were loaded into the familiar-looking beer-on-tap dispensers. But I heard from master brewer Alec that The Perfect Pint craft beer flavors were six, not just four: Thirsty Dog Wheat Beer, Hoppy Road IPA, Street Smart Pale Ale, Oakey Dokey Bourbon Barrel Porter, Black Mamba Stout and Holy Grail Double IPA. The latter was the best for me, someone who likes strong beer with that distinctive brewed taste. And just for that evening, they came up with The Perfect Pint Anniversary Pale Ale.

The Perfect Pint craft beers are exclusively distributed at The Perfect Pint branches. I’m already thinking that other bars, pubs and gastropubs will be asking to serve their homebrewed flavors very soon, like my neighborhood Bugsy’s Sports Bar and Grill. Yeah?

Now, you have The Perfect Pint BGC and The Perfect Pint Molito to choose from – central Metro Manila or the south.

Source: Press Release

Photos and images: The Perfect Pint | @raffypekson

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Suzuki Ciaz is the Sub-compact Sedan for the Millennial

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Suzuki Ciaz is the Sub-compact Sedan for the Millennial

NOTE: http://prone.website always plagiarizes this blog. Can someone please report this nutcase?

Wednesday last week, April 13, 2016, I was invited by Suzuki Philippines as it launched the Suzuki Ciaz, a sub-compact sedan which I believe is a perfect car for the Millennial kids of today. I heard someone mention “Suzuki Ciaz is an authentic sedan.” It probably is. I asked around trying to figure out what the name meant. Well, Suzuki Ciaz is a short-cut label for “City from A to Z,” probably a moniker of a car that can transport you within the Metropolis an beyond; or from point A to point Z. Something like that.

Suzuki Ciaz sub-compact sedan

The guys at Suzuki Philippines say the Ciaz is the best-in-class fuel efficiency. Clearing the cobwebs and nose-bleed engine terminology, I say the new technology of the Suzuki Ciaz four-speed automatic transmission improves fuel efficiency and elevates driving performance, including the car’s smartly designed body to create a smoother airflow which adds to fuel efficiency. Right?

Suzuki Ciaz means City from A to Z

Let’s go inside the Suzuki Ciaz which sports a multimedia integrated audio unit using an Android touchscreen and complete with Bluetooth and USB connections for tablets and smartphones that everyone has. The Ciaz is also ready with wireless connectivity and the Android console comes with preloaded applications such as YouTube, Gmail, Facebook and Waze.

Suzuki Ciaz fuel efficiency

Still inside, what was once only seen in Ferraris is now becoming a standard even in sub-compact sedans. The Suzuki Ciaz has hands-free connectivity control switches on the steering wheel. Yeah, the wheel. No more looking up the road and down the dashboard to fiddle on the audio system and other tasks that may result in a road accident. Plus the Ciaz also comes with a keyless push start system and remote. How awesome is that for a sub-compact sedan?

Suzuki Ciaz authentic sedan

During the launch, I went inside the passenger seat at the back. It’s assumed front seats are all adjustable and all but the back seat is fixed and stationary and can’t be adjusted. Nice ample space. I slouched a little bit and my legs still didn’t hit the front seat. I also noticed the Suzuki Ciaz has a bigger door entrance despite being a sub-compact sedan. Then, I went out and opened the trunk. The specs sheet said the Suzuki Ciaz has a luggage capacity of 495 liters. I really didn’t know how to equate that to visual measurements but I can plainly say the Suzuki Ciaz has a spacious trunk. So, probably 495 litters means a “spacious trunk.” Also, the trunk closes with an electromagnetic latch and features a boot light.

The Suzuki Ciaz features its patented Total Effective Control Technology (or TECT). It also has a strong impact absorption system and a its own Anti-Brake Locking Technology.

Now comes the price:

The entry-level Suzuki Ciaz GL Manual Transmission retails for P738,000.

The mid-level Suzuki Ciaz GL Automatic Transmission sells for P773,000.

The higher-end, everything-on-it Suzuki Ciaz GLX goes for P888,000.

Suzuki Ciaz four-speed automatic transmission

L-R: Myself representing Miniphilippines.com, Ron Villagonzalo of Wahpinas.com, and Ian Bacungan of Theroguewriter.net.

Suzuki Philippines Incorporated is a wholly-owned Japanese multinational company that specializes in the manufacture and sale of motorcycle and compact vehicles. For more information, please visit their website at www.suzuki.om.ph/auto. You can also follow them at their Facebook page and Twitter account.

Sources: PR | Wikipedia | Suzuki Philippines

All photos taken by @raffypekson

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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 www.opensignal.com for free.

Sources: Globe Telecom Press Release | Wikipedia | OpenSignal.com

Images from Globe Telecom | OpenSignal.com

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