Toontastic 3D: New Storytelling App for Kids

Great news for parents and teachers all over the world! You can now download Toontastic 3D, a playful storytelling app for kids to draw, animate and narrate their own 3D cartoons.

Today’s digital devices and tools offer amazing opportunities for kids to imagine, invent and explore with technology—and perhaps most important of all, have fun! Over the years, we’ve worked closely with educators to build programs for kids to create through code, doodle their dreams, explore exotic locales with virtual reality, and even tour the Himalayas with a very friendly Yeti named Verne.. Today, we’re unveiling our latest project for kids—one that will give voice to their imaginations and transform their devices into playful and powerful tools for learning creative skills. It’s called Toontastic 3D.

With Toontastic 3D, kids can draw, animate and narrate their own adventures, news stories, school reports, and anything else they might dream up. All they need to do is move characters around on the screen and tell their story. It’s like a digital puppet theater… but with enormous interactive 3D worlds, dozens of customizable characters, 3D drawing tools, and an idea lab with sample stories to inspire new creations.

Like the original Toontastic (released in 2011 and widely praised by educators, kids, and parents around the globe), Toontastic 3D enables kids to build whatever they like—including book or science reports for school, design pitches, short stories and cartoons.

Toontastic 3D is available and free to download today for phones, tablets and select Chromebooks, on both the Google Play Store and iOS App Store. We hope the app will empower kids to imagine, invent and explore while developing skills for the creative jobs of tomorrow—whether they dream of becoming a filmmaker, a teacher, a designer, a cartoonist, or just want to explore the boundaries of their imaginations.

 

Happy 40th Anniversary ACER!

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On October 26, Acer and its co-hosts held a forum titled “Smart Cities of a New Si-vilization” in Taipei. As the final event to wrap up the company’s 40th anniversary celebration, Acer invited government and industry leaders to discuss and share their thoughts about the future of global technology.

Stan Shih, Acer’s Co-founder and Honorary Chairman took to the stage to deliver a keynote speech where he called on governments and businesses to encourage new thinking, people-centric innovation and integrated cross-industry capabilities with a service-oriented mindset.

Keynote speeches were also presented by industry leaders from Microsoft and TSMC. The keynote speeches were followed by a number of panel discussions and breakout lectures to discuss the many facets of creating smart cities and the New Si-vilization.”
The day-long event also included Acer’s Tech Showcase which gave attendees a look at what an early phase of the New Si-vilization could be by exhibiting a full suite of the company’s latest BYOC products in the segments of smart transportation and smart cities, smart retail and integrated enterprise communications, programming kits, life and wellness solutions, among other applications of new people-centric technologies and solutions.

The forum was hosted jointly by Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs, National Development Council and Acer Inc.

 

Get Smart and Stylish This Yuletide – Acer

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Go chic and stylish this holiday season as global tech titan Acer unleashes its latest holiday promo for people who love to #GoSwift and in style and go beyond trends. Acer offers cool freebies every time you buy your favorite Acer laptop, 2-in-1, All-in-One, or projector until December 31, 2016.

For the stylish set, imagine having the best laptop around and wearing a good-looking watch at that while inside your favorite coffee shop and you’ll surely grab attention. The smart Acer Liquid Leap Active Smartwatch is just for you, not just to keep you abreast of time but also as an attractive personal digital companion. Its 1-inch OLED (128 x 32) touchscreen display is a joy to look at, and is perfectly compatible with Android 4.4 systems and above, iOS 7 and iOS 8 and Windows 8.1. It is IPX4 waterproof certified and a full charge can last you 5-7 days. Just buy any Acer laptop with i3 processors or Acer 2-in-1 devices and this nifty gadget worth P850 is yours for free.

The Tomiko DigiBox is a cool addition to your home entertainment system and when watching your favorite TV shows and movies in superb digital format. And pairing this with an Acer projector or desktop makes it a truly excellent multimedia combination. The Tomiko DigiBox supports 1080P high-definition video, comes with a Multimedia Playback function (MPEG 1/2/3/4, MKV, MOV, JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and multiple OSD language, with Auto and Manual Search Functions and powerful program edit capabilities. Best of all, you can get this home entertainment buddy worth P1,200 absolutely free when you buy Acer projectors or Acer All-in-One desktops with i3, i5 or i7 processors inside.

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For those who want uninterrupted power and not lose their productivity at work and/or at play, just buy Acer desktops with i3, i5 or i7 processors or Acer Veriton desktops with i3 and i5 processors and get the Emerson UPS worth P1,400 for free. The Emerson UPS guarantees constant and non-stop power during outages for your desktop with high reliability, protection from power surges and overloads and best of all, the Emerson UPS comes in a compact and lightweight form factor. From hereon, no more worries about losing important work in your Acer desktop just because the electricity went out.
Or if you want a cool, light and groovy bag to carry your laptop around safely and securely, just buy qualified Acer laptops (Celeron and Pentium-powered) and you can get the Acer laptop bag worth P300 for free. You’ll get peace of mind knowing that your precious Acer laptop is with you all the time inside your green-and-black Acer laptop bag that you can carry anywhere.
To get the Acer Liquid Leap Active Smartwatch, Emerson UPS, Tomiko DigiBox, or Acer laptop bag, simply buy the qualified Acer products from any Acer participating stores and fill out all necessary information in the Promo Claim Form. Present this together with the Official Receipt, cut-out of Box Serial Number, plus two (2) valid IDs at any authorized Acer redemption area.
When claiming via email, simply submit a clear scanned copy of the Promo Claim Form, Original Receipt, Cut-out of Box Serial Number and two (2) valid ID cards to aphi.promos@acer.com. Follow up on your claim via email through (02) 815-3388 local 100.
Other authorized Acer redemption areas are the Acer Service Center along 1651 Paz Guanzon Street, Paco, Manila, Acer Service Center along F. Cabahug corner Almendras Streets in Mabolo, Cebu City, and Acer Service Center at the ground floor of Ateneo de Davao University, 8016 Roxas Avenue, Davao City.
For more about the Acer holiday promo, #GoSwift and in style and other Acer Philippines’ products, go to http://www.acer.com.ph, follow Acer via Twitter (twitter.com/acerphils) or http://www.Facebook.com/AcerPH.

Move Forward and Never Stop – #MTech2016 Summit

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What most of its consumers are aware of is that Meralco (Manila Electric Company) is the country’s largest distributor of electrical power. But on top of it’s main job, Meralco also develops and creates innovations and on demand programs and technology with the help of its partner brands that further seeks ways and means to make life and living more efficient.

Meralco Technology & Innovation Summit (#MTech2016) is now ON! Our goal towards the future is seamless technology, all our gadgets and equipment working together towards a common goal. This is something that is very familiar with Meralco because we work very hard together to deliver the best for our customers. #MTech2016
mtech2No less than Meralco’s top executives gave us a fun tour in the Experience Zone headed by Mr. Al Panlilio,
Senior VP and Head of Customer Retail Services and Corporate Communications, Chief Technology Advisor Gavin Barfield, Mr Carlo Casem, Senior Asst VP & Head, Corp Technology Strategy and Architecture with Head, Marketing Customer Solutions & Product Development, Mr. Jose Antonio Valdez.
mtechA partner brand gave us a quick demo on how with the help of an app the Smart plug can perform some household tasks such as curtains and light on and off features among many others. This is just like what we see in the movies where tasks for the home are remotely done with the aid of Bluetooth. 
mtech3Helloooo #Alexa! She’s your sexy and smart voice-activated device for your home! And we just her!
This was perhaps one of the most amusing demo we witnessed as Mr. Barfield gave voice commands to Alexa like playing a Britney Spears song and even answering to the question who the Canadian Prime Minster is? He jokingly shared that corner in the demo room is his “home” referring of course to the kind of bachelor set up in his condo residence mused by a fellow executive.
Meet her when you come and visit the#MTECH2016 Summit Experience Zone.
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This year’s theme is “Creating The Customer-Centric Utility“. Showcasing new and intelligent ways to enhance customer experience through informed energy management and multi-channel services while boosting business agility and developing new opportunities for the distribution utility. The MTECH 2016 busiest area is the Exhibit Zone and Experience Zone that showcases Meralco’s partner brands latest products and services.

During the Q&A the executives shared with us: “We are utilizing the latest technology to improve our grid operations, provide more consumption information and convenience to our customers and to roll out new products and services. At Meralco, we are ingraining technology and innovation in our DNA.” said Meralco Chief Technology Advisor Gavin Barfield.
mtech4With fellow guest bloggers, we had a cool groupie with Mr Carlo Casem, Senior Asst VP & Head, Corp Technology Strategy and Architecture of MERALCO during #MTECH2016 Summit opening day.
It was nice meeting you sir!

Meralco Technology and Innovation Summit 2016 will also have pocket sessions  held at the exhibit area with various topics and guest speakers:

Day 1 – August 23

  • Transforming Customer Engagement in the Digital Economy  – Robert Williams of SAP
  • ArcFM, Your Solution for Advanced Asset and Network Management – Gerome San Pablo of Schneider Electric

Day 2 – August 24

  • Organizational Transformation through ICT Solutions – Ravi Signh of Hitachi
  • Harnessing Intelligent Data with Azure and Power Busisess Intelligence – Angelo Miguel Arcilla of Microsoft
  • Grid Resilience and Demand-side Management – K. Anand GOPAL Menon of Siements

Day 3 – August 25

  • Intel Unite – Charles Ty of Intel and Lenovo
  • The Smart Life – Smart Communications

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Meralco employees and non-Meralco guests received various freebies from partner exhibitors. Some brands held fun games and brief demo’s of their product’s latest offerings.
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Picture 1640Happy and deeeeee-lighted to see very busy Meralco Spokesperson Mr. Joe Zaldarriaga again this time in his own territory. First time I met him was at a presscon in Kamuning Bakery a month ago. Sir Joe is perhaps one of the most sought after Meralco officer in tri-media for issues like electric bill roll back announcements and some pressing issues especially if there are power outages on some areas serviced by the company.

Come and drop by Meralco Lopez bldg. for MTECH2016 to see and experience the future of a smart home and smart city. Featuring Lenovo devices and Intel (Unite) that will enable you to Do more so that you can Never Stop. #mtech2016

Exhibit and pocket sessions end August 25th.
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Inspiring Achievers: Jollibee’s #ProudGenYum #Yumbassadors Revealed

 

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Jollibee’s new batch of Yumbassadors is a roster of millennials representing various fields and industries, each with unique accomplishments that serve as an inspiration to their peers. These achievers continuously trail blaze in their respective fields serving as role models for today’s generation Y.

Just recently in grand langhap-sarap fashion, with overflowing Yum burgers at One Esplanade, Jollibee unveiled and proudly introduced to the media its newest young men and women who imbibe what is it to be a #ProudGenYum #Yumbassador . I am grateful and honored to meet them all upclose!

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13269265_1312939018719555_9163366642454917535_nAmong these are international model Kelsey Merritt, Cropital founder Rachel de Villa, kid genius and inventor Angelo Casimiro, poet and spoken word artist Juan Miguel Severo, model and agricultural entrepreneur Jairus Ferrer, outstanding student Christopher Valentin, record-breaking runner Mea Gey Niñura, world-famous girl group 4th Impact, and F1 racer Marlon Stockinger together with actors James Reid and Nadine Lustre.
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Yumbassadors.MeaGayjpgYumbassadorsMarlon“This year’s batch of Yumbassadors are proof of how millenials are—passionate, driven, determined, and always going for the best. The Gen Y or #ProudGenYum are impressive individuals and each of them are out to change the world,” according to Jollibee Philippines’ Marketing Head and Global Brand Chief Marketing Officer Francis Flores.
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GenYumEveryone in the #Yumbassadors list were present except for actors James Reid and Nadine Lustre who were in the thick of their showbiz commitments.

What brought the house down (figuratively of course!) was the electrifying mini-concert of the all-sister group, 4th Impact and recent finalist for the reality TV show The X-Factor UK. I loved their rendition of “Bang Bang” and “Titanium” which they sang before a screaming crowd. The sisters Almira, Celina, Irene and Mylene Cercado are here in town for a vacation and scheduled this week to fly back to the UK for their shows.

“Hindi po namin inaasahan ang award na ito kaya nagpapasalamat po kami sa karangalan na ito mula sa Jollibee”, shared a thankful Almira in behalf of her equally talented sisters. God bless you more, ladies! We’re so proud of where you are now.

Another person who was not expecting such recognition is F! race driver and triathlete Marlon Stockinger. I asked when did he know of the Jollibee title? “Just a week ago. And I’m truly thankful for the honor.” Marlon is in town and is soon to get back to Europe for a racing stint. Way to go, Marlon! Good luck and always cool seeing you.

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Yumbassadors“Our Yumbassadors were chosen because of their passion for langhap-sarap ng buhay. They do not settle for mediocrity. They welcome challenges as opportunities to grow and become better people. I am confident that their individual journeys and success stories will inspire many young people.” concludes Mr. Flores.

This very young and success-driven roster of #Yumbassadors are a clear image of dedication and passion on their crafts and fields. Together they believe that nothing is impossible that we all should work hard to achieve our goals…our dreams. Together they showcase greatness!

Congratulations to all awardees and yes, you just inspired me to not give up and to continue striving to become the BEST!

Do check out Jollibee Philippines’ YouTube channel to know more on its world-class roster of #Yumbassadors and #ProudGenYum achievers. Who knows one day soon, you will be part of this prestigious list too?

PLDT Smart SME Nation gears up for its biggest tech summit for MSMEs

 TechIsland 3.0 to equip businesses for holistic digital transformation

pkdtManila, Philippines – PLDT Smart SME Nation’s annual business convention for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) is back, this time to help Filipino MSMEs discover uncharted terrains in the ever changing digital landscape.

Now on its third year, TechIsland aims to educate, enable and empower MSMEs to solve real life business challenges through technology. In the past years, the forum focused on introducing MSMEs to ICT solutions for business. According to VP and PLDT Smart SME Nation Head Mitch Locsin, TechIsland 3.0 will now focus on “conquering new territories and markets in today’s dynamic business by harnessing digital tools and platforms.”

“We’ve already established that digital is here and it’s here to stay,” he said. “Now that everyone is on it, it’s time to challenge the standard business mindset and give our MSMEs a new perspective in managing their businesses, capturing and expanding their markets and handling competition. Online is where the action is, and we’re giving MSMEs the tools to thrive and survive in the digital arena.”

Happening on April 22 at the Harbour Tent of Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, the highly anticipated business-to-business ICT forum is expected to draw in over a thousand participants including industry leaders, multinational organizations, start-ups and MSMEs from various industries. Unlike in previous years where participation was limited to IT practitioners, this year’s TechIsland 3.0 is now open to more people including professionals in the fields of marketing, sales, engineering, finance and procurement.

 This year is also historic in TechIsland history because, for the first time, slots will be open to the general public on a first-come-first-served basis. 

The formidable line-up of plenary speakers include PLDT EVP, Head of EICB and ePLDT CEO Eric R. Alberto, DENTSU Jayme Syfu Chief Executive Officer and “Chairmom” Merlee Jayme, PLDT Chief Strategy Officer Winston Damarillo, and Uber Manila General Manager Laurence Cua, among others.

 

Registration to TechIsland 3.0 is free. For more information on how to be part of this historic gathering of ICT leaders and innovators in the Philippines, go to techisland.ph.

Want to Try the MX4D Movie Experience @VistaCinemas ?

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vista3One of the coolest thing about the MX4D experience I’ve encountered was the sense of smell! Was pretty awesome!

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