University of Santo Tomas pilots cloud program

PhilippinesThe University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines has joined the NetSuiteAcademy Program to offer hands-on education in cloud technology. The program is designed to bring cloud-based business management solutions to university classrooms. It offers no-cost licensing, resources and training to help schools equip students with the next-generation cloud IT and business skills prized by today’s employers.

http://www.networksasia.net/article/university-santo-tomas-pilots-cloud-program.1425407777

Philippines plans to restructure departments to deliver online services

PhilippinesThe Philippines plans to create a new Department of ICT to deliver online services to citizens. A bill to create the new department will be passed by June, a Senator said. The bill will lead to a restructuring of the Department of Transportation and Communication, into two separate departments responsible for transportation and ICT. E-government initiatives are currently implemented by the ICT Office in the Department of Science and Technology.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/6220-philippines-plans-to-restructure-departments-to-deliver-online-services

Philippine health startup mClinica wins this year’s HackOsaka Award

PhilippinesHackOsaka 2015, held earlier this month in Osaka, featured a pitch contest where 10 startups pitched their services and products. The event was hosted by Osaka Innovation Hub (OIH) and Osaka Economic Strategy Bureau. I would like to introduce prize winners and other presenting startups. mClinica CEO Frouk Meralli is originally from Canada but now based out Manila, the Philippines.

http://thebridge.jp/en/2015/02/hackosaka-2015-startup-competition

Yoyo launches rewards platform in Indonesia, offers free internet access to Android users

IndonesiaManila-based Yoyo Holdings, the Japanese-led startup known for its mobile rewards platform Candy, announced last week that it has launched a lock screen-based rewards platform for Android users in Indonesia, called PopSlide. The app is available on Google Play in Indonesia. The platform distributes news, weather forecasts, other updates, and ads to your smartphone lock screen. In return for viewing such information, users receive rewards for free Internet access on their smartphone.

http://thebridge.jp/en/2015/02/yoyo-holdings-launches-popslide-in-indonesia

My life, my plan, by Kathy Moran (The Philippine Star)

PhilippinesMANILA, Philippines – Life, just like the way you use your mobile phone, is what you make it. In the days of old, when I first got my cell phone, there was just prepaid and postpaid. I chose a plan and lived with what I paid for.  That is no longer how the telcos work: Globe Telecom has made it its mission to make sure that a plan that a postpaid customer gets is one that is made for how one uses the cellphone.

http://www.philstar.com/technology/2015/02/16/1423656/my-life-my-plan

Google brings Android One to the Philippines

PhilippinesGoogle announced today it is finally offering the much-anticipated Android One smartphones in the Philippines. This comes five months after the Android One program first launched in India. Two Android One phones will be available in the Philippines, made by homegrown phone brands Cherry Mobile and MyPhone. Caesar Sengupta, Google’s vice president for product management, says that the new phones – the Cherry One and MyPhone Uno – will be sold for below PHP5,000 (US$113).

https://www.techinasia.com/google-android-one-phones-philippines/

Never get lost again with Sakay.ph

PhilippinesMANILA, Philippines – Sakay.ph recently released its biggest update since its launch, making commuting in Metro Manila easier than ever. Commuters can use Sakay.ph to find the best possible routes to their workplace or school, and to explore unfamiliar new areas of the city. The update introduces a brand new look, a mobile app, and further-improved routing directions.

http://www.philstar.com/technology/2015/02/09/1421183/never-get-lost-again-sakay.ph

Cosmos One Plus from Cherry Mobile

PhilippinesMANILA, Philippines – The search is over for the country’s most powerful and affordable locally branded smartphone with the launch of the Cosmos One Plus. With the newest addition to Cherry Mobile’s extensive gadget line-up, the local tech giant once again takes a step forward in the industry as it stays true to its commitment to provide quality phones to fit every lifestyle.

http://www.philstar.com/technology/2015/02/02/1418751/cosmos-one-plus-cherry-mobile

Rocket Internet to focus on ecommerce in Philippines with new PLDT joint venture

PhilippinesEcommerce giant Rocket Internet and Philippine telco PLDT are on a roll. The partners are setting up another joint venture, this time for online business development in the Philippines. This comes just two weeks after the duo signed an agreement to form a 50-50 venture for online and mobile payment solutions, with a focus on emerging markets. In a joint statement today, Rocket and PLDT said they will set up the Philippines Internet Group (PHIG).

https://www.techinasia.com/rocket-internet-pldt-philippines-internet-joint-venture/

SMI, Citi, and Visa revolutionize digital payments

SMART e-Money, Inc. (SMI), the mobile financial solutions arm of Smart Communications, Inc., in partnership with Citi Philippines and Visa recently unveiled Charge2Phone or C2P, the country’s first sticker-based Near Field Communication (NFC) payment solution that is expected to revolutionize the way Filipino consumers pay for face-to-face and online transactions. This innovative payment technology enables Smart and Sun postpaid subscribers to use their phones not only for SMS, calls and browsing services, but also to pay for small-ticket items.

http://manilastandardtoday.com/2015/01/10/smi-citi-and-visa-revolutionize-digital-payments/

PLDT HOME still the most dominant broadband, three times bigger than competition

MANILA, Philippines – Leading telecommunications and multimedia services provider PLDT, through its home digital services group PLDT HOME, has maintained its leadership in fixed broadband with a 70% market share at the end of the third quarter of 2014, more than triple that of its nearest competitor. PLDT HOME has remained the preferred broadband provider in the country with consistent double-digit increases in broadband subscribers as it grew a robust 18% at the end of September from its year-ago level, bringing its total broadband subscriber base to nearly one million.

http://www.philstar.com/telecoms/2015/01/10/1393203/pldt-home-still-most-dominant-broadband-three-times-bigger-competition

The Philippines publishes oil and gas contracts

The Philippines has published government contracts in the mining, oil and gas industries on its open data portal, data.gov.ph. These industries account for US$1.2 billion (PHP 52 billion) of government revenue, the Open Data Taskforce said. The government is committed to meeting international standards of transparency in revenue from extractive industries, it added.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5993-the-philippines-publishes-oil-and-gas-contracts

Philippines’ Smart extends free internet promo as smartphone adoption grows

Philippine mobile operator Smart Communications welcomes the year 2015 with a surprise for its subscribers: an extended free internet promo. Smart announced in a statement today all 69 million subscribers of Smart and affiliate brands – Talk ’N Text and Sun Cellular – can use their mobile phones to surf the web for up to 30 megabytes daily without charges till February 5, instead of January 5. To take advantage of the promo, subscribers just need to register by texting FREE to 9999.

https://www.techinasia.com/philippines-smart-pldt-free-internet-promo-extended/

More people are remitting money to the Philippines using Bitcoin. Here’s why

Christmas has come early for Philippine Bitcoin remittance service Rebit.ph. Rebit, one of the verticals under Bitcoin umbrella company Satoshi Citadel Industries (SCI), has booked an average 150 percent growth in value of transactions month-on-month since October. That’s a big jump from the usual 80 percent growth it registered during the first few months from its launch in July. The reason for the spike is obvious: remittances from overseas Filipinos usually peak in the run-up to Christmas because of holiday spending, and Rebit has been able to capture a portion of that market.

https://www.techinasia.com/bitcoin-remittances-rebit-philippines/

Philippine gov’t warns telcos of penalties for throttling ‘unlimited’ data users

When you sell “unlimited” data plans and put speed limits on them, there’s something seriously wrong. The Philippines’ Justice department told mobile operators this in an advisory today, warning them of penalties for throttling supposedly unlimited data plans when subscribers use the internet too much. The practice of throttling or reducing internet speeds makes it difficult to perform tasks like navigating using GPS or watching a video.

https://www.techinasia.com/philippines-telcos-smart-globe-penalties-data-cap/

Smart users in the Philippines may now charge Google Play buys direct to bill

Filipinos subscribed to Smart Telecommunications no longer have to go digging for their credit cards when buying that hit game or app for their Android phones. Smart, the leading mobile operator in the Philippines, announced today its customers may now make app and in-app purchases in Google Play by charging directly to their bills or deducting from available prepaid credit. The company commissioned an NTT Docomo subsidiary, net mobile AG, to implement the direct carrier billing.

https://www.techinasia.com/smart-google-play-direct-billing/

Philippines’ Globe Telecom Partners with iDirect to Provide Best-in-Class Satellite Communications to Corporate Clients

HERNDON, Va. — VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that leading Philippine telecommunications service provider, Globe Telecom will leverage iDirect’s Evolution platform coupled with its X3 remote to offer corporate clients robust, flexible, and high speed connectivity that can meet their critical business needs and allow them to widen their reach in the Philippines.

http://www.virtualpressoffice.com/publicsiteContentFileAccess?fileContentId=1836434&fromOtherPageToDisableHistory=Y&menuName=News&sId=&sInfo=

WeChat and EasyTaxi team up for taxi bookings in Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines

Nearly five months after the initial tie-up in Singapore, today WeChat and EasyTaxi announced that its partnership is rolling out to Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Starting today, WeChat users in those three countries can flag a taxi inside the messaging app. People can do this by adding EasyTaxi’s official WeChat account inside the chat app (Malaysia: easytaximy; Thailand: EasyTaxiThailand; the Philippines: EasyTaxi_PH).

https://www.techinasia.com/wechat-taxi-booking-with-easytaxi-in-thailand-malaysia-philippines/

The Philippines partners with Google as cyclone predicted this month

The Philippines weather agency’s prediction models are telling them that the country might see a cyclone before the end of the month. This time, though, residents will be getting real-time alerts via Google’s search engine and maps. The Philippines Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has partnered with Google’s Public Alerts service to issue alerts for tropical cyclones forming in its area of jurisdiction. FutureGov spoke with Resly George Amador, a member of PAGASA’s technical group on public alerts to find out more.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5765-the-philippines-partners-with-google-as-cyclone-predicted-this-month

Drones are helping battle malaria in Malaysia, Philippines

Researchers are using drones in Malaysia and the Philippines to track the environmental changes which allow malaria to flourish. Deforestation creates conditions that allow the easy spread of infectious diseases, and also indicate greater human activity. By using drones to track this, scientists can model the spread of a disease, estimate its likely impact and create early warning systems, according to a new scientific paper published this month by a team from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/5763-drones-are-helping-battle-malaria-in-malaysia-philippines