The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting every sector of society as it continues to spread worldwide. In the Philippines, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are particularly affected by the pandemic, with more appealing to the government for help. As a way of helping these MSMEs, Globe Telecom is conducting an online business-matching event, CONNECT.
CONNECT is Globe’s initiative to help MSMEs recover and prepare for the world after the pandemic. The event aims to digitize, pivot, and future-proof business in these trying times. It will connect businesses with renowned investors, suppliers, and potential customers. Participating businesses can gain a lot on the insights that will be shared during the event.
The first CONNECT event will happen this Wednesday, July 15. Interested participants shall watch out for the event on Globe’s myBusiness Facebook page at exactly 3:30pm. Globe has prepared an interesting line-up of activities for its first CONNECT event:
|3:30 – 3:45pm||Opening Suite:
|3:45 – 4:00pm||Keynote Speaker 1:
|4:00 – 4:05pm||Q&A|
|4:05 – 4:20pm||
Keynote Speaker 2:
|4:20 – 4:25pm||Q&A|
|4:25 – 5:30pm||Business Matching, Culmination, Raffle|
For the business matching segment, there will be three breakout sessions where businesses can participate according to their preferences. These sessions will discuss the tools and must-haves that will be useful in helping businesses adapt and transform their supply chain, logistics, and management to a new normal.
|4:35 – 4:50pm||Innovations in Retail and e-Commerce with Lazada Philippines||Cashless Transactions with GCash||Innovations in Digital Marketing with AdSpark|
|4:50 – 5:05pm||Cashless Transactions with GCash||Innovations in Logistics with Mober||Cashless Transactions with GCash|
|5:05 – 5:25pm||Q&A|
|5:25 – 5:30pm||
Globe will hold these breakout sessions via private Zoom meetings.
NutriAsia’s EcoStation is a solar-powered sustainable hub
For a greener living in the city
NutriAsia, the Philippines’ prime producer of condiments and sauces, launched a sustainability hub that contributes to green living.
Nestled within the busy Bonifacio Global City, NutriAsia’s EcoStation houses innovative features. For instance, there’s Select & Collect — a sustainable way of shopping and restocking your favorite kitchen staples.
Select and Collect
You can select your pantry essentials and pay through the website selectandcollect.ph. Afterward, you can choose your preferred time to pick up your purchases on the Select and Collect lockers at the EcoStation. Other options include the curbside of the JY Campos Center and the bring-your-own-bottle booth in the Mind Museum.
What the system does is encourage people to collect their purchases at their own time while using their reusable shopping bags. Less carbon footprint? Check. Reduced unnecessary packaging? Check. Minimized contact? Check.
Free water refill
Weirdly, bottled waters are expensive. NutriAsia’s EcoStation is a refresher that encourages people to embrace a refilling mindset. You can use your own containers, ideal for runners within the complex.
All you need to do is scan the QR code that will redirect you to the BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) website, so you can generate a unique QR code to be scanned by the dispenser and get your free water refill
Sustainable from the get-go
More importantly, the Ecostation uses solar energy to power up the eco-friendly spot and irrigate the plants through an integrated watering system. NutriAsia’s EcoStation is strategically located at the bus stop along 30th street (beside Track 30th) in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines.
Touring the first Google Store in New York City
An exquisite experience of technology, commerce, and design
After pop-up shops and showrooms, Google finally opened its first physical retail store in the city that never sleeps.
Located on 15th and 9th by Chelsea Market in Manhattan, the Google Store in NYC offers a hip and smart experience echoing the vibe of its trendy community location.
Earlier this week GadgetMatch was invited to a special preview. Here is what we saw.
A spectacle of architecture and technology
The new Google Store features floor to ceiling glass that allows a glimpse of its sophisticated exteriors.
A Google campus bike is parked outside the store.
Come on, let’s have a look.
My senses are… overwhelmed
The Google Store is intended to be both a space where one can experience the entire range of Google hardware, and a shop for those wanting to take it all home.
From Pixel phones and Nest products to Fitbit wearables and even Pixelbooks — there’s a lot to explore and experience.
An interactive exhibit
There’s a 17-foot-tall circular glass structure near the main entrance called the Google Imagination Space. It’s a set of custom interactive screens featuring rotating exhibits of the best of Google’s products and technologies.
It was designed and engineered with local New York partners so you can probe the possibilities of Google Translate and the capabilities of machine learning. You can try a real-time translation of your speech into 24 languages simultaneously when you speak to the exhibit. If you want to know the technology behind it, the exhibit will also showcase the hows.
The Nest Living Room
The Google Store lets you play on their sandboxes. One is the Nest Sandbox, decorated as a simulated living room filled with Nest products.
You can explore how Nest provides useful solutions that you can apply — should you decide to build your own Nest smart home.
It’s definitely social-media-worthy, in case you ever want to drop by.
Of course, there’s a dedicated space for those who love playing games. You can freely experience and game on Stadia through the Stadia Sandbox.
The whole vibe speaks futuristic and contemporary!
While Apple has a video wall called The Forum as a center stage for creativity, Google has a Workshop Space that caters to various events such as family storytime, Nest cooking demos, Pixel photography lessons, YouTube concerts, and the likes.
Commitment to sustainability
Sustainability is always at Google’s core — whether it’s their technology, hardware, or even a physical store. Every element of the Google Store was meticulously considered and selected. From the materials, building processes, mechanical systems, and more.
For instance, each lighting fixture is energy-efficient — working with the U.S. Green Building Council to achieve a LEED Platinum rating, the highest certification within the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building rating system.
All the help that you need
There’s also a Here to Help support desk, complete with associates that will help assist your needs, answer all your questions regarding technology, and aids you on an on-site repair of your Pixel smartphone.
The Google Store opens its doors for business starting June 17, 2021 at 10 a.m. Eastern. You may visit it at 76 Ninth Avenue in Chelsea, Manhattan, New York City.
All photos by GadgetMatch.
Amazon is acquiring MGM Studios for $8.5 billion
Amazon isn’t giving up on the streaming wars
The film studio is behind the Rocky, Legally Blonde, and James Bond franchises. Also included are more than 17,000 TV shows. Once the deal closes, the short-term impact will be unfettered access for Amazon’s Prime Video platform.
Bond is the fifth most valuable movie franchise of all time, with its 24 films to date grossing more than $7bn, behind only the sprawling Marvel Cinematic Universe. MGM’s library includes unscripted TV shows like The Voice and Shark Tank and modern TV shows like The Handmaid’s Tale and Vikings.
It is the second-largest takeover deal ever struck by Amazon. In 2017 it paid US$ 13.7 billion for the upmarket US grocer Whole Foods. Amazon said it’d “preserve MGM’s heritage and catalog of films” and provide customers with greater access to existing works.
However, this transaction isn’t uncommon. Disney’s US$ 66 billion acquisition of Fox assets gave the world’s largest media company the extra content muscle to successfully join the streaming wars with the launch of Disney+. It later went onto acquire India streaming company Hotstar for an undisclosed amount. Back then, Hotstar had close to 400 million monthly active users, and many of them view the free, ad-supported content.
Amazon doesn’t report any metrics about Prime Video’s usage, for instance, and the only reference to content expense is in a footnote to its financial statements. Hence it’s unknown how many active users it has. Since the streaming service is clubbed with Amazon’s e-commerce business, it’s also a very affordable purchase for a user.
“The real financial value behind this deal is the treasure trove of IP in the deep catalog that we plan to reimagine and develop together with MGM’s talented team,” said Mike Hopkins, senior vice president of Prime Video and Amazon Studios. “It’s very exciting and provides so many opportunities for high-quality storytelling.”
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