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Tech deals that make for great Christmas presents

Here are some great Holideals for the holidays

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It is, yet again, the season of giving. And as fun as it all is, it can be a crazy time searching, shopping, and spending for gifts you’re unsure your loved ones would even like.

To preserve your sanity and to make sure you get your family presents they’ll surely enjoy, we’ve got a proposition: Why not get your family the gift of great internet? Think about it, it’s something they’ll love and definitely use. Plus, this season, PLDT and Smart offer the perfect Holideals with irresistible discounts and deals from their biggest holiday blowout yet! For your every gifting need, for every type of family member:


The newbies

Still don’t have your own home Wi-Fi? Now’s the best time to give your whole family the joy of streaming and surfing with blazing-fast speeds!

With Holideals, you can sign up for PLDT Home Unli Fibr Plan 1899 to enjoy speeds of up to 25Mbps, and save as much as PhP 3,600 with free installation and activation fees and zero cash out. It’s the perfect gift for your family, who’ll probably spend more time with you now that they can connect easily and more conveniently in the comfort of your home.

Already have a PLDT Home Fibr Plan at home? There are more deals, and those who love to get online to stream their favorite shows will love what’s coming…

For the movie lovers

If you’re already enjoying your PLDT Home Fibr Plan, why not surprise your family with a new add-on service like the TVolution Lite powered by Roku, the latest streaming device that lets you turn your TV into a digital entertainment powerhouse for only PhP 99 per month on top of your plan.

This sleek and powerful streaming device gives you easy and convenient access to all your favorite content on Netflix, Cignal, iflix, Fox+, and YouTube, so everyone in your family will surely love it.

It makes your plan even more worth it. This is how you say “I care” in 2018 and beyond.

On to the next deal!

For professionals who are leveling up

Every hardworking professional needs a hardworking smartphone, so why not give your loved one the latest flagship handset with the data-packed GigaX Plans? He or she most definitely deserves a new Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Huawei Mate 20, or Huawei Mate 20 Pro! Aside from getting huge discounts from Smart, you also get a chance to win raffle prizes when you sign up for a new GigaX Plan, so you better grab this opportunity.

But, that’s not all…

For the sibling who needs an LTE upgrade

For all you know, your brother or sister has yet to upgrade to an LTE smartphone! This is the best time to make it happen because you can avail of the latest LTE smartphones at a steal of a price when you apply for a Smart Postpaid Plan on the Smart Online Store. With this gift, you’ll never lose touch with your sibling.

For the friend you want to connect with all the time

Looking for a thoughtful addition to whatever you are giving your dear friends? You can’t go wrong with the Smart Prepaid Gift Card. Available at retailers nationwide, the especially designed Gift Card is not only very practical, but also sends a strong message to the person you want to always connect with — whether through calls, texts, or your favorite mobile apps!

There’s definitely something for everyone on PLDT-Smart Holideals! Go check it here nowHappy Holideals, everyone!

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Vaping supposedly linked to mysterious lung disease, investigations ongoing

More than 150 cases reported in the US

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If you’ve gone out within the past few years, you’ve probably ended up in a dense mist of vape smoke. In fact, you might have tried the smoking alternative yourself. Since its invention, vaping has prided itself as the safer bet compared to tar-riddled cigarettes. Further, vaping is supposedly less addictive and cooler in today’s standards. Case in point, vaping bars have popped up all over the world. The fairly new technology became a cultural sensation.

Unsurprisingly, vaping’s clean reputation owes to its recency. So far, scientists haven’t finished conducting more rigorous tests confirming the technology’s safety. Naturally, science will eventually catch up.


In the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating more than a hundred pulmonary cases linked to vaping. Across the States, 153 people have succumbed to “severe lung illness” from June 28 to August 20 of this year. All cases involved some sort of vaping usage.

The unnamed illness includes “breathing difficulty, shortness of breath, and/or chest pain before hospitalization.” In some cases, the illness further developed “mild to moderate gastrointestinal illness including vomiting and diarrhea.” Thankfully, none of the cases have caused death.

So far, the CDC has not pinpointed a definitive compound or product causing the illness. Investigations are still ongoing. Further, health officials are also investigating a potential link with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) products, the same compound found in marijuana. As of late, vapers have started vaping with THC oil. Several of the existing patients used such products prior to the illness.

In any case, the CDC is still finalizing its investigation, indefinitely extending vaping’s clean slate. If anything, the phenomenon is now under the microscope. Is it still as safe as it claims to be?

SEE ALSO: Fitbit and Singapore are teaming up for a healthier nation

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Fitbit and Singapore are teaming up for a healthier nation

Could include more than a million subscribers

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Governments everywhere are trying to leverage modern technology in their public healthcare programs, but the process has been slow. Adopting new technology is difficult because of the wide scale and costs. In a first, Fitbit and Singapore have teamed up to build a healthier country.

Singapore launched the Smart Nation initiative five years ago to modernize the city-state with state-of-the-art technology, as well as proactively improve citizens’ health. Fitbit has been signed onto Singapore’s Health Promotion Board (HPB) to undertake a project.


Starting next month, residents of Singapore can register for the Fitbit Inspire, which the company launched earlier this year specifically for employers and health plans. Citizens won’t pay anything for the device, but will commit to spending SG$ 10 a month for a year of premium service, which includes guidance and one-on-one coaching.

Fitbit Premium provides personalized coaching and nudges subscribers to drive behavior and lifestyle changes to live healthier. Apple, Fitbit’s arch-rival, had also competed for the Singapore contract, but Fitbit’s bid ultimately won out.

As part of the partnership, Fitbit’s digital health platform and wearable devices will integrate with Singapore’s public health program. It’ll be called Live Healthy SG and will be available to people of “all ages and levels of health.”

Singaporeans will be able to pre-register for Live Healthy SG around mid-September, Fitbit said, with the program set to launch sometime in October.

This project can be a inspiring stepping stone for other countries as well. Singapore is a very small country and hence ideal for a pilot run. The same setup can be replicated elsewhere and scaled.

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YouTube Original Series to feature TWICE

First K-Pop girl group to be featured

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K-Pop continues to be more popular than ever and it’s now making its way to YouTube Originals. TWICE, who constantly tops Korean charts, will be featured in a YouTube Original Series. They are the first K-Pop girl group to star in the award-winning series.

The series will feature the North American leg of their 2019 World Tour called TWICELIGHTS. This might prove to be an emotionally charged content from the group as one of the members — Mina — took a leave in the middle of the tour due to anxiety.


According to Billboard, the series is “unlike anything released by TWICE before. The series will showcase exclusives, in-depth interviews, as well as an “intimate and personal portrayal of all of TWICE’s members.” It will also dabble into the group’s four-year journey so far. The series will launch in the first half of 2020.

TWICE debuted in 2015 with nine members namely Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung, and Tzuyu. The group first hit their stride following their first comeback Cheer Up. The group has consistently released hit songs since and have been tapped as endorsers by multiple brands including tech-related ones like LG.

YouTube Originals and YouTube Premium

YouTube Originals had previously worked with K-Pop boy groups, most notably the one with BTS called BTS: Burn The Stage. It features various shows produced by YouTube itself. The show series was launched alongside YouTube Premium — a subscription based entertainment platform akin to Netflix, Hulu, et al.

YouTube Originals are currently only available to YouTube Premium subscribers but the content will soon be accessible for free but with ads starting September 24.

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