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Check out this cell tower disguising itself as a palm tree

It’s called a Mono-Palm

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Image source: Reddit via u/projectbear25

You’ve heard of the term “urban jungle” before. Instead of dense foliage, the city is overgrown with towering skyscrapers and steel lampposts. The only real foliage we see is more carefully planned than organically grown. That said, have you ever wondered how else the natural world intersects with our urban life? Check out this cell tower disguising itself as a palm tree in Bonifacio Global City.

Spotted by Reddit user u/projectbear25, the disguised cell tower literally towers everything else in the vicinity. However, if you didn’t know where to look, you might have mistaken the faux foliage for just an ordinary tree.

Before you freak out, this isn’t a freak of nature or an overblown marketing technique. This is actually a legitimate urban planning strategy. If you’ve ever lived in a gated subdivision, you’ve likely heard of several arguments against the building of cell towers anywhere near the area. Though most arguments stem from scientifically ambiguous claims of their cancer-causing properties, cell towers are often eyesores and ruin the look of a community. Arguments like these have gone for as long as the existence of cell towers.

In 1992, Larson Camouflage, an Arizona company specializing in building artificial landscapes in urban areas, transitioned to camouflaging gaudy cell towers as tall trees. From street level, the faux trees look like tree trunks. Of course, because cell towers need all the coverage it can get, they will often tower over normal-sized trees, creating a weird diaspora for those who care enough to look. Regardless, since the first one, the faux tree tower thrived across the United States and now, the rest of the world.

Because Larson’s first faux tree was a pine tree, the cloaking strategy was usually called the Mono-Pine. However, since its inception, other forms popped up. The BGC one is, for example, a Mono-Palm.

The Mono-Palm is just one example from certainly dozens all over the city. The next time you see a suspiciously large tree in the distance, chances are that it’s actually a cell tower in disguise.

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iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max are discounted at Beyond the Box

Available only while stocks last

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With the launch of the iPhone 12 series, last year’s iPhone 11 Pro are 11 Pro Max are taking a backseat to give away for the latest Apple flagships. These phones, however, remain to be solid, well-built flagships. Thanks to a promo by Beyond the Box, you can now get the iPhone 11 Pro or Pro Max at a discounted rate.

If you purchase the iPhone 11 Pro or Pro Max with cash or through a 3-6 months 0% installment, you can get a PhP 15,00 discount on the total purchase. The discount applies to all three variants of the phones: 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB.

Doing the math, the discounted prices for the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max are as follow:

iPhone 11 Pro

  • 64GB — PhP 53,990 (SRP: PhP 68,990)
  • 256GB — PhP 63,990 (SRP: PhP 78,990)
  • 512GB — PhP 76,990 (SRP: PhP 91,990)

iPhone 11 Pro Max

  • 64GB — PhP 60,990 (SRP: PhP 75,990)
  • 256GB — PhP 69,990 (SRP: PhP 84,990)
  • 512GB — PhP 82,990 (SRP: PhP 97,990)

You may also avail of a PhP 10,000 discount for both phones when you pay via 12, 24, or 36 months at 0% installment. Beyond the Box supports BPI, HSBC, Citibank, Metrobank, BDO, Unionbank, Eastwest, PNB, RCBC, and Security Bank for the installment options.

It is worth mentioning that the promo is valid while stocks last. So if you think that this is your time to snag an iPhone, head over to these participating stores now:

  • Century City Mall
  • Virra Mall
  • Forbestown
  • Market Market
  • Lucky Chinatown Mall
  • Resorts World Manila
  • Southwoods
  • Uptown Mall Piazza
  • Robinson’s Manila
  • Robinson’s Galleria
  • SM Baguio
  • Fairview Terraces
  • Veranza
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Dyson to hire 400 engineers in the Philippines for its new software R&D lab

The company believes in the country’s young and great engineering talent pool.

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Technology company Dyson — the one behind those revolutionary hair styling tools and vacuums — is opening a new software lab in the Philippines. The company plans to hire 400 Filipino engineers with aims to develop embedded software for a new generation of intelligent machines.

“The Philippines is home to bright, young engineers who share Dyson’s ambition to develop technologies for the future,” Dyson Chief Operating Officer Scott Maguire said.

“Dyson has been growing in the Philippines for this reason and it is a nation that clearly celebrates both engineers and technology,” Maguire added, noting the existence of good technical universities in the country.

“We hire a lot of people straight from university. I came from university into Dyson,” admitted Maguire. “Our culture is very much about young, bright engineers filled with energy,” he added. “We’re confident that the talent pool is there.”

In 2016, Dyson opened its Philippines Advanced Manufacturing (PAM) facility in Laguna. The facility, which is responsible for producing the company’s Hyperdymium motor, spans ten thousand square meters and employs 600 people. This particular motor is at the heart of the company’s vacuums, the Supersonic Hairdryer, and the AirWrap.

The new software lab will be located in Alabang and is part of Dyson’s GBP 2.75 billion investment in future technology. The company is hoping to double its product portfolio by 2025. It’s also expected to accelerate the development of new Dyson machines that are often tasked with solving everyday problems intelligently.

It will also form part of Dyson’s global Research, Design and Development team, which spans, USA, UK, Shanghai, Singapore, and Malaysia. 

Dyson recognizes Filipino talent

The announcement of the new software lab comes at the heels of a Filipino being the first ever sustainability winner of the James Dyson Award (JDA).

Called the AuREUS system, it’s invented by Filipino electrical engineering student Carvey Ehren Maigue from Mapua University. AuREUS is a material derived from rotting fruits and vegertables and can be attached to a pre-existing structure or surface to harvest UV light. It then converts it to visible light to generate electricity in a way that traditional solar panels can’t. Carvey’s ingenuity impressed James Dyson himself and received a prize of PhP 1,900,000.

Beyond the Philippines

The major investment in R&D also brings interesting developments in two other countries.

In Singapore, Dyson is progressing plans to open its new global head office complex. Its R&D facilities will also be expanded to cover a growing number of fields including machine learning and robotics.

A new University research program is also set to be established to drive product development. Plans are also being made for a new advanced manufacturing hub in the country.

Meanwhile, in the UK, the company is delving deeper into robotics research and AI, investing in the Dyson UK Innovation Campuses both Malmesbury and Hullavington. Both campuses employ over 4,000 people and are expected to drive new research in fields of study including products for sustainable healthy indoor environments and well-being. 

Roles in the Philippines software lab will include embedded software engineers, automation test engineers, program managers, release train engineers, and more.

Interested? Candidates can now express their interest here or submit their application to [email protected].

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realme X3 SuperZoom and 7 receives price discounts this November 27

There will also be flash sales for realme narzo 20 and realme 7 Pro

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realme continues to offer exclusive discounts and promos for select smartphones in time for the holiday season. Now, it is discounting two of its popular smartphones — realme X3 SuperZoom and realme 7.

Customers may get the realme X3 SuperZoom (12GB/256GB) at PhP 22,990, down PhP 2,000 from its usual PhP 24,990 price tag. Meanwhile, the realme 7 (8GB/128GB) receives a PhP 1,000 discount for a limited-time price of PhP 13,990.

Freebies are also in tow for the purchases of both phones. realme is throwing in a realme Watch worth PhP 3,990 for free with the purchase of the X3 SuperZoom. Meanwhile, a neck pillow is up for grabs with the realme 7.

Real Yellow Online Sale

This November 27, realme is also discounting select smartphones by up to 34% on Lazada as part of the Real Yellow Online Sale. One of these smartphones includes the recently launched realme Narzo 20 at PhP 7,490. Further, there will also be a PhP 1,500 discount for the 8GB/128GB variant of both the realme 7 and 7 Pro.

Customers may avail of the discounted smartphones on all physical stores and kiosks nationwide. They may also purchase it on realme’s Lazada and Shopee store.

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