Thursday, February 16, 2017

Global gaming PC brand Predator continues to overpower the competition in the local gaming PC market with the opening today of High Grounds Cafe, the country’s first and only fully branded gaming cafe.

Operated by the country’s top gaming cafe brand TheNet.com (TNC), High Grounds Cafe will definitely capture the attention of both gaming enthusiasts and professionals alike. It is fully armed to the teeth with top-of-the-line and powerful Predator gaming PCs in a gaming environment that’s unlike any other in the country today.


Located amid this city’s entertainment capital, High Grounds Cafe featured only the best gaming desktops courtesy of Predator, with 110 units of the Predator G1 (GTX 1080) and Predator G3 (GTX 1060) on hand for hours and hours of playing. 


The Predator G1 squeals with beastly bravado that suits today’s brawny gamers with its ultra-powerful Intel Core i7 6700 processor (8M Cache, up to 4.00GHz) inside and 32GB DDR4 2133MHz memory for enough show and swagger and truly rock the house with its fiery performance regardless of gaming title while the 3TB 3.5-inch 7200 RPM and 256 GB M.2 2280 Solid State Drive combination is a force to reckon with in terms of storage capability. For visual clarity that lets you get your head—and eyes—into the game, trust the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 with 8GB of GDDR5 graphics card to deliver the goods when it comes to an awesome and immersive game experience.

The Predator G3, meanwhile, boasts of the same overclocked Intel i7 processor for that ferocious roar in every game, powerful 16GB DDR4 2133MHz memory and 2TB 3.5-inch and 128GB Solid State Drive combination for the utmost in storage capacity and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 3GB GDDR5 graphics card that lets you stun your enemies with out-of-this-world graphics and dominate the esports scene.

Pair these two gaming monsters with the 24-inch full HD Predator XB241H monitors that support NVIDIA G sync technology to boost your game day with its no-tear and less-stutter performance for fast-paced games and ferocious visuals that will certainly stun any onlooker.

Thus, expect screams, shrieks of delight in conquest and supremacy to rock the High Grounds Cafe as hundreds of players can be accommodated there at any given time. Gamers can also enjoy glorious snacks and other meal-time favorites during breaks from their game triumphs so they can recharge their batteries and be ready to dominate the competition again.


The opening of High Grounds Cafe is also the perfect battleground for the launch of the Predator 21 X which gives gaming pros and tech enthusiasts the best and most fearsome gaming laptop ever. Targeting the well-heeled and loaded tech lovers out there who will spare no peso in getting the most advanced and powerful gaming rig around, the Predator 21 X is a perfect fit for gamers who seek a whole new level of immersion in terms of sound and visuals, interaction, cooling and power efficiency never seen before in any gaming laptop. 

The Predator 21 X is a humongous beast of a laptop that comes with a robust 21-inch-wide FHD (2560 x 1080) IPS screen with 2000R curvature for unbelievable visuals, 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI with 16GB GDDR5X graphics card coupled with 64GB of DDR4 system memory, plus Acer ColorBlast™ technology for the clearest and most abundant colors ever to reach a laptop.


TNC.com owner Eric Redulfin said High Grounds Café breaks the barriers in what used to be Internet-surfing-only cyber cafes. “The environment now is totally different in terms of cyber cafés. What used to be just for Internet surfing and browsing metamorphosed into complete full-fledged gaming centers. Of course the Internet is still there but gaming now takes the spotlight and the attention of game-loving and esports aficionados in the country.”

Redulfin bared that High Grounds Cafe will also be the perfect breeding ground of future Filipino esports stars who can give esports players from other countries a run for their money. “The Philippines is a young entrant in the global esports arena. Compared to other gaming countries, I could say we’re behind but that was 2-5 years ago. Now, even if we started competing only last year in tournaments abroad, we gained much attention already with the recent triumph of the TNC Pro Team during WESG,” he said.

The TNC Pro Team, bannered by members Marco Polo “Raven” Fausto, Carlo “Kuku” Palad, Samson Solomon “Sam_H” Hidalgo, Timothy “Tims” Randrup, and Ryo “ryOyr” Hasegawa, made history by becoming the first Filipino grand champions at the World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) 2016 Defense of the Ancients (DotA) 2 competition. The team took home a rich total prize pot of US$800,000 (roughly Php40 million) after defeating the Cloud9 team from Denmark in a heart-pounding finals match. 

Redulfin and team manager Paulo Sy both admitted it’s tough to maintain a competitive team that should be well trained and funded. But with the arrival of the Predator desktops at High Grounds, they know that more and more esports “athletes” or gamers will have full access to powerful PCs that can deliver the best—and only the best—experience in leisure and competitive gaming.

“The players train for 8-10 hours every day and they need the best PCs to help them visualize and conceptualize strategies for every game. With their power and brawn, the Predator desktops are a big help in our aim to promote esports and hopefully, we can find the next best players that will bring pride to our country in future esports competitions abroad and help promote TNC as well,” declares both Redulfin and Sy.

“We are glad that TNC decided to use Predator desktops as their only gaming rigs at High Grounds Cafe. It just goes to show that Predator remains to be the only preferred gaming PCs by serious esports competitors who only want the best with the most premium components found inside, those that won’t conk out in the heat of the game any time of the day. Esports is serious stuff and is ultra-competitive that needs only the best PC for gameplay, and Predator is definitely it, without question,” explains Clark Gurden, Predator Brand Ambassador, Predator Headquarters. 

For his part, Jerome Matti, NVIDIA Consumer Sales Lead, Philippines, said: “We build the ultimate platform for gamers. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and 1060 GPUs are based on our most advanced Pascal architecture that delivers amazing speed and power efficiency, plus innovative new gaming technologies. And our advanced G-SYNC monitors are designed to give gamers incredibly smooth, tear-free gameplay. Together, they redefine what makes a perfect platform for the new generation of content. And with Acer’s exquisite craftsmanship, we are able to bring the world’s most advanced platform to the Philippines’ biggest iCafe, High Grounds powered by TNC. We are thrilled to see more and more GeForce PC gamers in the Philippines!”

For more about the Predator gaming system, go to the Predator Philippines Facebook page - @PredatorPhilippines.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Another special treat from Flash Plus Philippines—one of Asia’s rising developers of lifestyle and smart devices—is coming your way this yuletide season as it joins the annual Online Revolution Sale of e-commerce giant, Lazada Philippines! This time, Flash offers its signature smartphone, the Flash Plus 2 (3GB), at the price of Php 6,990 for November 11 only.

Now, on its 4th year, the annual online sale will be bigger than ever. It will highlight some of the online shoppers’ most well-loved products from Lazada, including the Flash Plus 2.

“Flash Plus 2 has received positive reviews from its users as we launched it in the country earlier this year. As a way of giving back to our loyal customers, we tied up with Lazada’s annual product culmination in which they can purchase the Flash Plus 2 (3GB) at a more competitive price for a limited time only,” Sheree Gayas, Flash Philippines’ marketing manager.

The said smartphone boasts its future-forward attributes that bring superior durability, efficiency, and convenience to the users. These include high-definition phone camera, Hi-Fi audio capacity, and fingerprint recognition capabilities, all enclosed in a sleek metal case.

Sleek metal case

Flash Plus 2’s exterior is made more stylish with its aluminum case, which is also crafted to achieve superior durability through several kinds of metal polishing processes.

The case’s sides are treated with Bead Blasting textures, allowing for a sleek side view. The back panel, on the other hand, is treated with high-density hairline metal drawing processes for excellent grip and added protection against scratching.

HD camera phone

As a camera phone, Flash Plus 2 exhibits the same superior photography DNA, found in all Flash smartphone offerings. With its built-in high definition camera with a 13-megapixel rear lens, Flash Plus 2 allows you to take high definition photos and videos. It also adopts PDAF and contrast focusing features, which are useful for capturing fleeting moments.

It also makes shooting under dim light much easier with its built-in rear dual color flash lamp, RealTone, and front LED flash with Color Rendering Index.

Fingerprint recognition

Through the smartphone’s fingerprint recognition capability, you can now ensure optimum security and convenience in phone unlocking. This feature has a high accuracy level that responds in half a second. It can also safeguard all your apps and private folders by assigning specific fingerprint to access them. For instance, you can use your thumb to open your Facebook account, index to send an e-mail, among others.

Hi-Fi Audio

With Flash Plus 2, you can also have an immersive music experience. This is due to its high-fidelity amplifying functionality. It has a quality-retaining earphone acoustics, high sound volume effects, and MIX music production.

These are made possible through the independent AKM4375 audio decoding chip coupled with state-of-the-art IRD sound digital filter, with value-retaining signal output measuring up to high-fidelity acoustic effects.

Flash Plus 2 has two color options—Luna Silver and Venus Gold, which will all be available in Lazada’s Online Revolution Sale.



For more details, please visit the website at http://www.flash3c.com/ph.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Philippine Association of Legitimate Service Contractors (PALSCON), linked up with other groups with the hopes of sending a united voice to end the illegal employment practice of “contractualization” or “End of Contract,” more popularly known as “ENDO and “5-5-5.”

During its recent General Membership Meeting held in this city, PALSCON invited various employers’ groups and other associations such as the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP), the Makati Business Club (MBC), the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries of the Philippines, Inc. (SEIPI) and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), to name a few, for a dialogue on the issue. 

The objective of the historic dialogue between PALSCON and the associations was to unite and find winnable solutions to end “ENDO” and “5-5-5.” Many from the government and labor groups are clamoring for an end to these illegal labor practices that they see as detrimental to the economy and the growth of the Filipino labor force. 


In light of this important meeting, PALSCON already came up with a draft manifesto and provided it to all the groups, who promised to look and review said manifestoAs soon as all issues are thoroughly discussed, PALSCON and the groups will issue a joint statement regarding the result of their discussion.

ECOP President Donald Dee said they welcomed the invitation of PALSCON to dialogue regarding the issue. “We are glad that PALSCON invited us to sit down with them together with other concerned groups and hopefully, we can resolve this together very soon.”

George Barcelon, President of PCCI, for his part, said that they fully support PALSCON and the call to end “ENDO” and “5-5-5”once and for all.


Both acknowledged that PALSCON’s draft manifesto is a good step to have the voice of the service contractors be heard and promised that they will both study its contents.

“Time and again, PALSCON is at the forefront of combating illegal labor practices. ‘Service contracting’ is already a globally accepted labor trend. Our objective is to help educate the public and our Filipino workers and of course the government regarding service contracting and hopefully, we will reach our objective together with our partners here today,” declares Rhoda Caliwara, President of PALSCON.

Caliwara said service contracting cannot be banned since it is already an accepted labor practice with many benefits among major countries such as the United States, China, Japan and in many countries in Europe, and that most workers are satisfied under an “agency” setup. “Agency work is the first to adjust to major market fluctuations, and most of all provides flexibility to corporations,” says Caliwara.

She said in the Philippines, service contracting is allowed under Articles 106 to 109 of the Labor Code. In 2011, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) passed Department Order (DO) 18-A which raised the standards of service contracting to include higher capitalization in order to prevent “labor-only” contracting. The DOLE pegged a minimum capitalization requirement of P3 million for agencies, a registration fee of from a measly P100 to P25,000, and a minimum administrative fee of 10% to prevent cut-throat competition in the industry.

DO 18-A’s stringent requirements, according to Caliwara, also helped PALSCON police its ranks and reduced the number of service contractors from more than 16,000 to only more than 5,000 in 2015 to eliminate the so-called “fly-by-night contractors.” “We hope the government should inspect first these ‘fly-by-night’ agencies rather than the registered contractors who are the ones complying with the law.

Be informed of the latest issues in ending "ENDO" and "5-5-5". Attend the PALSCON 6th National Forum happening on November 14, 2016 (8am to 5pm) at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Ortigas CenterQuezon City. Don't be left behind! Limited Slots only!

Register now and be a part of the biggest gathering of Service Contractors. For inquiries, email palscon_6thnationalforum@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Acer announces that its latest ultra-thin-and-light notebooks have been honored at the 2016 edition of Japan’s Good Design Award, including both the Acer Swift 7, which is the world’s first[1] notebook to measure less than 1 cm thin and the convertible Acer Spin 7, weighing just 1.2 kg. The abTouchPhone, a touchscreen multimedia IP desk phone, was also awarded for its full range of practical communication features, and also for its simple yet elegantly designed appearance.
Acer’s winning products stood out from over 4,000 entries and were selected over a rigorous five-month screening process involving 76 international jury members. Screenings were held not only in Japan but also in South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.



Jury’s Evaluation of the Acer Swift 7
“The thinness and functionality of a laptop PC conflict with its operability, but the Acer Swift 7 strikes an appropriate balance between the two elements. The streamlined shape of the PC, which is less than 1 cm thick, makes it look visually thinner than it actually is, and the product generally has a robust yet elaborate image due to its use of cut and molded aluminum alloy as a material. Furthermore, despite its thickness, it provides a favorable touch button, and the use of a large touch panel achieves both a beautiful design and ease of use.”


Jury’s Evaluation of the Acer Spin 7
“Consumers have growing expectations for convertible laptop PCs as smartphones become more common and these convertible laptop PCs are expected to be used on occasions different from those for ordinary laptop PCs, and unlike the latter, the former also needs to meet various needs in terms of structure. The Acer Spin 7 is light and slim, and under these restricted conditions, it uses a rotary touch panel, meeting user needs in various situations through its 14-inch monitor and fan-less design. The case made from an aluminum alloy adds a sense of high quality to the product while ensuring its sturdiness. The Spin 7 boasts of outstanding performance as a hybrid convertible PC.”
Jury’s Evaluation of the abTouchPhone
“As smartphones offer increasingly diverse functions, users are also looking for installed touchphones. Using highly-functional and high-quality communications, this product meets the above-mentioned needs of users while they are busy at work or leading their busy lives. Another characteristic is its simple yet elegantly designed external appearance.”
About the Good Design Award
The Good Design Award is hosted by the Japan Institute for Design Promotion, a public interest incorporated foundation. It’s precursor, the Good Design Selection System (or G Mark System), was founded in 1957 by Japan’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry (the current Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry), and has engaged in this field for about 60 years. Submissions come from a wide range of industries, and roughly 1,200 designs are recognized every year.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Last weekend Acer held a string of events in Taipei to celebrate its 40thanniversary, which included performances, a forum, and a fun-filled “Acer Family Day” attended by Acer’s five founders (pictured above with CEO Jason Chen).
On Friday, September 23, under a beautiful autumn sky, Acer hosted an evening of performances at Taipei’s Liberty Square. The event saw the attendance of over 10,000 people, including Acer’s management team, alumni, partners, suppliers, and members of the general public. The audience was treated to a number of performances, including one by Taiwan’s world-renowned Cloud Gate Dance Theater.
In between performances, a charity auction took place where many of Acer’s partners and suppliers pledged funds for the purchase and donation of units of Acer CloudProfessor to the “Program the World” initiative, a Taiwan-based program that works to give underprivileged children new opportunities through technology and education.
On the following day, Saturday, September 24, Acer held a forum where Stan Shih, Honorary Chairman, George Huang, Chairman and Jason Chen, President & CEO discussed the future development of Taiwan and the ICT industry with experts from various fields. To cap off the festivities, a special 40th anniversary “Acer Family Day” was held for Acer’s Taiwan employees at Liberty Square, where they enjoyed food, fun, and performances.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

One of the leading notebook brands in the Philippines today has introduced its latest addition, the Aspire S series notebook from Acer. Proven with its elite innovation, The new Acer Aspire “S” Series owns its elegance and technological revolution to be a model tech gadget.

The new Acer S Series brag its three main models which are the S3, S5 and the thinnest laptop in the world, the Acer Aspire S7. Its ultra-thin form factor with a 9.98mm and 1.125 kg with a 4-cell battery pack that can have a battery life of 9 hours and a 256GB SSD, the new Acer Aspire S7 is one laptop that’s built for the hardworking class.

With an all-metal chassis, the thinnest laptop in the world is supported with a dual-channel 8GB of onboard LPDDR3 SDRAM that has the ability to transfer data twice as much faster than the previous models and consumes very low power and produces less heat. 


The 7th generation Intel Core i5-7Y54 processor is the main chipset of the Acer Aspire S7 with an Intel HD Graphics 615 on a 13.3" display with IPS technology, Full HD 1920 x 1080, high-brightness Acer CineCrystal LED-backlit TFT LCD that can give flawless graphics and provide better resolution for screen viewing.

An HD webcam with 1280 x 720 resolution, 720p HD audio/video recording and High dynamic range imaging (HDR) is built in to make video conferencing for professionals easier, faster and more reliable for business. Most importantly, ultra-fast wireless technology is featured. An 802.11ac wireless LAN with a 2x2 MU-MIMO technology can provide seamless connection on the web and with a Bluetooth® 4.0, wireless connectivity to accessories will be hassle-free. The USB Type-C port, supports DisplayPort over USB-C and DC-in is a revolution for a unified electric connectivity and USB technology.


The Acer Aspire S7 is backed up with the latest Microsoft operating system, the Windows 10 Home in a 64-bit based processor to enjoy the advantages of 64-bit processing and the ultimate performance of 4 GB or higher memory.

The other Acer S Series: S3 and S5 are Acer’s top of the line quality laptops that offer a wider range of specifications designed for the heavier applications. Both series have an Intel Core processor and an Intel HD Graphics 520, supporting OpenGL 4.4, OpenCLTM 2.0, Microsoft DirectX 12. Both have also the capacity to support up to 512GB of data for its solid-state drive (SSD). In addition from the top-of-the-line ultra-fast connectivity of the Acer Aspire S Series, S3 and S5 also features a gigabit ethernet, Wake-on-LAN ready and a higher battery life of a maximum of 12 hours. 

The Acer Aspire S series is also aligned with the #Aspire campaign where it aims to aid the hardworking Filipinos who aspire and improve their lives personally and professionally. Under this campaign, two of the most influential people in career development and business have been chosen to be  #Aspire brand ambassadors, Francis Kong and Megan Young.


An inspirational figure, Francis Kong is no stranger to failures turned success. Being one of the recipients for the 2014 The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) Awards, Francis Kong, an entrepreneur by profession, is a business consultant and a personal coach for level up leadership most especially in the business area. As an #Aspire brand ambassador, he will share his ideas and pointers on how to improve your career and how to be on top of your game. Megan Young, on the other hand, will be the “heart” of the #Aspire campaign. The 2013 Miss World beauty has more to show than her personal looks. She will share her thoughts on “who motivates you” and will provide insights on how to be selfless while being dauntless in your career.


To know more about the S series notebooks of Acer Philippines, go to www.acer.com.ph, follow Acer via Twitter (twitter.com/acerphils) or www.Facebook.com/AcerPH. 
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