KakaoTalk: Connect Better Across the Globe

KakaoTalk: Connect Better
KakaoTalk: Connect Better. Image from the KakaoTalk FB Page.

From Korea to the world, KakaoTalk is now a major messenger app in the international market. Currently, KakaoTalk has more than 158 million registered members from 196 countries.

In his speech about the evolving digital era the social media networks, US President Barack Obama mentioned KakaoTalk. In 2011, CNET chose KakaoTalk as the Number 1 Free SMS App. It also won the Red Gerring Asia Top 100 Award in 2012 and is nominated as a finalist for the Global Mobile Awards in 2014 for the Most Innovative App Category. The World Economic Forum has named KakaoTalk as a Technology Pioneer.

The KakaoTalk App is available in iOS, Android, and Windows OS. And it is offered in 15 different languages: Korean, English, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese, Thai, Indonesian, Turkish, German, French, Portuguese, Italian, Vietnamese, Russian, and Arabic.

KakaoTalk, however, is not just a messaging app. It is also a social platform that has digital content, a platform for marketing and commerce, and games.
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BlackBerry Kicks Off Global Scholars Program for Women

All around the women are competing head to head with male counterparts in various fields and industries. In the technology fields, however, women are under-represented. BlackBerry® is championing the next generation of women leaders in mobile computing.

Blackberry
Blackberry

The BlackBerry® Scholars Program was announced in May by Alicia Keys, BlackBerry’s creative director. It is a global four-year scholarship program for outstanding women entering their first year of undergraduate study at an accredited college or university.

The BlackBerry® Scholars Program is designed to help encourage women to engage in mobile computing and related science, technology, engineering and math fields. The program seeks to encourage the entry and advancement of women in the mobile computing industry.

On its first year, the BlackBerry® Scholars Program received more than 500 applications from women from 43 countries over the program’s two month application period.

Up to ten talented and passionate young women will be chosen to receive full tuition scholarships. Eight esteemed women, led by Blackberry’s Creative Director Alicia Keys, will select the recipients.

Blackberry formed a panel of inspirational and accomplished women leaders in the science and technology industry from across the globe to join Alicia Keys:

  • Barbara Stymiest, Chairperson, BlackBerry from Canada;
  • Shinta W. Dhanuwardoyo, Founder, Bubu.com and Managing Partner, Nusantara Ventures from Indonesia;
  • Delphine Ernotte-Cunci, Executive Director, Orange from France;
  • Linda D. Hallman, Executive Director and CEO, American Association of University Women from USA;
  • Sara Martinez-Tucker, President and CEO, National Math and Science Initiative from USA;
  • Belinda Parmar, Founder and CEO, Lady Geek from UK; and
  • Maria Teresa Ruiz, Astronomer from Chile.

Scholars will be chosen based on their academic merit and passion for entering the mobile computing industry. Selected sholars will be given full, four-year course tuition. BlackBerry® will also offer mentorship and professional opportunities to every scholar.

The list of chosen scholars are shall be announced on July 31. Good luck to all the applicants!

Hooray to Blackberry and their movement for women empowerment.

Lazada Secures Another $100M Funding

Lazada, the largest online mall in Southeast Asia has just gotten bigger.

Lazada.com.ph
Lazada.com.ph

$100 million was invested by Verlinvest into Lazada’s German holding company, Rocket Internet. Verlinvest is a Belgian family-owned, consumer-focused investment holding company. Other investors to Lazada’s holding company are Holtzbrinck Ventures, Kinnevik, Summit Partners and Tengelmann Group.

Maximilian Bittner, CEO of LAZADA shares that “We are extremely happy to have finalized this investment round shortly after our 1st year anniversary and to again focus 100% of our attention on what we enjoy most: providing an amazing shopping experience to our customers.” , commented.

True to their vision, Lazada has offered the best online shopping experience in the Philippines and elsewhere in Asia. In a year, has surpassed 1 million orders. And the company has always given the best experience coupled with excellent customer service to their shoppers. The Lazada guarantee includes delivery within 7 days, free shipping for orders worth at least P1,000, warranty, and cash on delivery.

This $100 M investment is sure to increase Lazada’s already wide range of products and improve their already excellent services.

For a great online shopping experience, visit Lazada.com.ph.

Text2Teach To Expand in Visayas and Mindanao

Text2Teach MOA Signing
Text2Teach MOA Signing

Department of Education Undersecretary Yolanda Quijano, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Ayala Foundation Co-Vice Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Nokia Director for Community Involvement Gregory Elphinston, and Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu to expand nationwide the mobile teaching project “Text2Teach” (T2T).

It targets 850 public elementary schools nationwide to be used for English, Math, and Science lessons starting this schoolyear.

Staring July, the fourth phase will be implemented, making the T2T program available in Visayas and Mindanao. It also aims to upgrade the 205 satellite schools from the earlier phases. By the end of Phase 3 in August, there will be 555 Text2Teach-enabled schools. This means about 40,000 pupils, and almost 1,800 school heads, teachers and DepEd officials will benefit from the project.

Phase 4 of T2T will strengthen the partnership between the companies involved and the LGUs. DepEd regional offices will provide the training for the teachers while LGUs will provide larger counterpart funding for the program. In Phase 4, Pearson Foundation will return to the program to help in developing new downloadable educational materials for English, Science and Mathematics.

Text2Teach was launched in the Philippines in 2004. In seven years, it has helped improve the performance of students all over the country. This is possible through the through downloadable Math, Science, and English educational videos using Nokia mobile phones and Globe internet connection.

Utilizing the power of mobile technology, students in Grades 5 and 6 are able to watch any of the almost 400 educational audio and video materials loaded in the Nokia N86 8MP phones and equipped with the Nokia Education Delivery (NED) application.

NED allows teachers to download and easily access educational audio and video files on Math, Science and English. These are designed for the project with the aim to provide highly effective visual aids for teachers. NED also creates an interactive, student-focused learning environment in the classroom which makes the students eager to go to school.

Aside from the NED technology, Text2Teach recipient schools also get a Globe SIM card provided with P150 worth of free pre-paid load monthly for one year, a 29-inch colored TV, 3-day teacher training and teachers guides.

Current recipients testify that the tools provided by the T2T project help in the performance and attendance the the students.

Congratulations to Globe Telecom, Nokia, and Ayala Foundation for a laudable project!

PLDT myDSL’s Wi-Fi Modem

PLDT myDSL Wi-Fi Modem
PLDT myDSL Wi-Fi Modem

The buzzing sound of the dial tone and the dialer were commonplace in households about a decade ago. It signaled that the household is getting connected to the worldwide web. Then, there was DSL that kept households connected to the web. Now, PLDT myDSL is giving you a faster, more convenient way to connect to the wbe, the Wi-Fi Modem.
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WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Arrested in London

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange
WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange was arrested in London today, December 8, 2010. He is ordered to remain in custody for a hearing on December 14, 2010. The hearing, however, is not about the controversial WikiLeaks. The hearing will be about his possible extradition to Sweden. He is wanted in Sweden for questioning about allegations that Assange sexually assaulted two women.
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