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10 pleasurable video games for players 1 and 2

Looking for the perfect game to play together?

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Sometimes the day of fancy dinners, red roses, and chocolate binges just isn’t what you or they are into. Who knows, maybe you’re looking for the perfect game for both of you to be competitive or cooperative. Want to kick each other’s butt, win and lose together, maybe have some feisty good plays?

Here are some games you should try and play with your babe:

BattleBlock Theater

This cooperative platformer manages to combine adorable and gruesome at the same time. Believe me, when you first find the cute rounded minimalistic art design, you’ll probably make the mistake of thinking it’s easy to get around. Play here.

Overcooked

Overcooked will make it necessary to yell at each other — which doesn’t have to be a bad thing. You work together as a team to prep, cook, and serve. It’s the perfect game to play to break the ice, work together, laugh, and panic. Play here.

Broforce

Another fun co-op platformer on the list that’ll bring unlockable comical familiar characters from iconic movies. This game can be summarized with a single word: explosions. You’ll have fun getting through stages together and laughing at the game’s self-award absurdity. Play here.

Samurai Gunn

It’s morbidly ironic to find Samurais with guns but with this game, you get to play against each other with limited amount of bullets and a katana. If you run out of bullets, you can swing your katana just in time to return one aimed at you. Play here.

Spaceteam

This is another game perfect for screaming at each other — this time, a game you can enjoy on your phone or tablet. Get to know each other with this local cooperative game where you work together to save your spaceship from crashing. Play here: iOS, Android

Don’t Starve Together

If you were the type of person who played Minecraft for the survival bits of it, this is the perfect game to play with your Valentine. This game will force you to work together to survive and explore the wilderness. Play here.

Tekken 7

Want to just beat the crap out of each other in a fighting game? Some people can be into that. Don’t worry about winning as much, you both can button-smash just for laughs. Maybe you can learn combos and mix-ups together. Play here.

Nidhogg

It’s a simple and fun game where you try and kill each other to get to the opposite side only to be the Wurm’s chosen meal. Compete against each other and see who can get to the other side at whatever cost. Play here.

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

If you still haven’t had enough cooperative games, this is the one you need to have: a game with a ticking time bomb, literally. If you both are up for a challenge or just willing to laugh off a thrilling loss, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a must-have of a game. Play here.

Vainglory

Didn’t expect a mobile multiplayer online battle arena on this list? Neither did I. This is not to say Vainglory is the best MOBA out there. Play whichever ones you both enjoy! Play here: iOS, Android.

Starwhal

Starwhal lets you win by piercing your enemies beating heart. If that doesn’t scream Valentine’s worth-it, I don’t know what will. You get to customize your narwhal with whatever call and personalize it with hats and other accessories. The game is charmingly simple and a whole lot of fun. Play here.

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LinkedIn launches its digital skills initiative

14 learning paths to choose from

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In this day and age, learning a new skill is important as the economy adjusts to a new normal. The Internet makes learning a new skill easy, with learners simply having to search Google to get started. However, it can be hard to gather the proper resources needed to effectively and efficiently learn a new skill.

To that end, LinkedIn has launched a new global skill initiative. It aims to easily and effortlessly bring digital skills to 25 million people by the end of 2020. To mark the initiative, the company has already launched 10 new learning paths for free.

LinkedIn based these paths on jobs that are in-demand for the economy of today and the future. These jobs also have the greatest number of job openings on LinkedIn, have the highest growth over the years, and pays a livable wage. Plus, most of these jobs rely on skills that can be learned online.

The 10 learning paths from these jobs are as follow:

The company is also launching four learning paths designed for professionals looking to expand on their soft skills. These paths include:

Other job-seeking features

In addition to these new learning paths, LinkedIn will also introduce three new features to help job seekers in these difficult times. The first feature is #OpentoWork, where job seekers can indicate that they are open to a new job through specific photo frames on their profile picture.

There’s also the second feature called offer help. LinkedIn members can indicate in a post that they’re willing to help other members in their network. Members can offer help ranging from connecting other people, reviewing resumes, or providing general job-seeking guidance.

Finally, LinkedIn is launching an interview prep. Through this feature, the company is offering its interview preparation tools including an AI-powered feedback feature for free.

Job seekers and employers can also gain access to some labor market insights from LinkedIn’s economic graph. These insights will help them find new jobs, other employers hiring for a position, and on-demand skills from over 180 regions across the world. It can be accessed through this link.

The current times call for an emphasis on cultivating skills that will be useful under the new normal. LinkedIn’s learning paths are a great way to start on a journey to learning a new skill. There are more learning paths and features that the company is offering which can be accessed by visiting this website.

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Grab kickstarts growth of digital economy in the Philippines

Here’s how Grab can help small businesses sell more

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For almost a decade, Grab affixed itself as a staple in Filipinos’ lives. The ride-hailing app’s advent revolutionized mobility in the Philippines, making living in the metro relatively convenient.

In 2020, Grab takes things a step further, launching Small Business Booster Program. Moreover, the company partnered with the Department of Agriculture, Department of Tourism, and the Department of Trade and Industry.

Grab is aiming to support local businesses in their transition to a growing digital economy. It seeks to bridge the gap between MSMEs and consumers relying on digital-based services. Furthermore, it kickstarted initiatives that are accessible to small business owners — particularly mom-and-pops or independent, family-owned businesses.

Transitioning to digital services

“Small, independent businesses are the backbone of our economy,” according to Grab Philippines Brian Cu.

Believing that supporting government initiatives will help these businesses rejuvenate the economy amid the pandemic, the Small Business Booster Program strives to provide digital support to businesses, such as GrabMerchant.

This all-in-one platform helps business owners augment their customer base efficiently. Some features include Insights — providing analytics to a merchant’s sales, marketing campaigns, and its customers’ profile and buying behavior.

There’s also an ads creation tool, which allows merchant-partners to create their own advertisements and track performance in Grab’s platform.

GrabMerchant is available to existing Grab merchant-partners as an app. A web portal is already in the works, which will roll out by the end of August 2020. Currently, there are over 78,000 merchant-partners onboarded in the Grab app across Southeast Asia.

In the Philippines, Grab recorded almost 12,000 merchants between March and June 2020, with small businesses seeing at least 57 percent growth in their online revenues. Interested merchants can sign up through this link.

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Free, personalized ads

Aside from GrabMerchant’s Ads creation tool, Grab is committed to supporting Filipino merchants with advertising solutions. Most merchant-partners saw up to 300 percent return on ad spend, after placing an ad on GrabFood’s homepage.

Through its “Homegrown Heroes” initiative, Grab will create personalized ads for over 1,000 merchant-partners, featuring their businesses for five weeks on the most prominent spaces within the app. Costs and resources required to produce materials will be covered by Grab.

An easy way to receive payments

If you’re a social seller, take advantage of Grab’s Offline to Online (O2O) Merchant Support Program. Businesses with no online presence can set up their online stores, and utilize an integrated GrabPay checkout for virtual payments through a landing page on Grab.com.

Since the lockdown, people turned to social selling for sustenance. However, online selling plies with tricky payment methods. Grab aims to ease purchasing and receiving payments through its Remote GrabPay link solution, where sellers can hand out URLs to their customers.

These links will allow customers to make direct payments from their GrabPay Wallet, which sellers receive easily. Access the service through this link.

Connecting rural entrepreneurs

Grab is also leveraging its leadership in technology and innovation to help expand livelihood opportunities to Filipino farmers across the country.

It has been actively working with local governments in helping traditional ecosystems maintain their presence in a growing digital economy. Together with the Department of Agriculture’s Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita program and the Department of Tourism’s Philippine Harvest Initiative, Grab seeks to create an avenue for Filipino farmers to earn through the Grab platform. More importantly, their fresh produce will be delivered to customers across Metro Manila.

To learn more about Grab’s response in the COVID-19 impact, check their social report, Grab for Good through this link.

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Indian telco launches a Zoom rip-off and it’s free

Definitely worth giving it a shot!

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Jio, India’s leading telecom operator has recently been in the news for a lot of reasons. The company has more than 30 percent of the telecom market in India and it intends to pivot, unlike any other telco we’ve ever seen.

The company has launched a Zoom alternative called JioMeet. The video conferencing app is expected to get a lot of traction amid calls to increase self-dependence and reduce the consumption of foreign products. However, it seems like the Jio team took too much inspiration from Zoom and thought of just directly mimicking it.

The app looks almost identical to Zoom’s offering, except for the minor color change here and there. The app is one of many in Jio’s portfolio.

However, the app offers a lot of high-end features like unlimited free calls in HD and supports for 100 participants in one go. Additionally, JioMeet does not impose a short time limit on a call’s duration.

On Zoom, you’d require a premium account to disable the 40-minute restriction on calls. Thankfully, the app is available on the Play Store and App Store for download directly, and no coupons or invite links are needed.

For security and privacy reasons, all its meetings are password protected. The host has the control to send the uninvited guests to the “Waiting Room” to ensure no gatecrashing. Obviously, standard features like screen sharing have also been included.

For desktop usage, the service can also be accessed through Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers. On its official website, JioMeet claims all the meetings are “encrypted”.

In the last two months, the telecom operator has raised billion in funding from global investors like Facebook. The company also owns JioSaavn music streaming service and has its own entertainment unit that offers movies, shows, as well as live TV.

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