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How This Big Brand Gets You to Be #BetterTogether

With the recent launch of the #BetterTogether campaign, McDonald’s and Coca-Cola took a stand and asked people to stay offline a little longer to celebrate real-world connections.

Encouraging its customers to spend time with one another over a McDonald’s meal and a Coca-Cola drink, the two iconic brands introduced the BFF Bundles, meals best shared with friends, enabling them to experience moments of genuine connection anytime, anywhere.

In order to amplify and sustain the #BetterTogether campaign’s big idea of inspiring people to enrich their friendships by being physically together, McDonald’s and Coca-Cola have developed a new mobile app that will make bonding time even more exciting—the BFF Timeout App.

A fun new way to bring friends closer together, the BFF Timeout App is a gaming app which challenges players to go on a “digital timeout” with friends—to celebrate real-world connections without digital interruptions, such as checking their mobile phones. Customers just have to download the app from the App Store or Google Play Store on their iOS or Android phones, log in with their Facebook accounts or play as a guest, invite friends to play, and spend minutes, or even hours, gadget-free.

The game is very simple yet offers a fun challenge to those who find themselves often glued to their smartphones and handheld gadgets, as one can earn badges for more minutes played. The longer you and your friends go on a timeout, the better the reward!

More than being able to play a game with the gang, friends also have the chance to take their timeout to a fun destination! Until July 19, 2014, every purchase of a BFF Burger or Chicken Bundle for three or four comes with a coupon. Each coupon contains a code, which must be entered in the app to qualify for a chance to win a free trip for four! Prizes include a trip to Boracay on the first raffle draw, Coron, Palawan on the second, Singapore on the third and Osaka, Japan on the final draw.

So how long do you think you and your friends can last on a digital timeout? Download the McDonald’s and Coca-Cola BFF Timeout App now and find out!

This is how social media should be designed for, to upgrade the quality of life and experiences and not distract us!

Visit to know more. Tell us how you’re celebrating real-world connections by using the hashtags #BetterTogether and #BFFTimeout.

#JayseeBlabs Closer Look on Developing an App for your Brand

There is so much value into creating apps that market your brand in a way that will give consumers a fresh new way to interact with your portfolio at the same having a lifestyle problem solved at the same time. It's all about creating a much bigger enterprise impact.

Your proposition to give a better experience or make their lives easier should be exceeded each and every time as time and resource to download your app has its cost to the end-user. Marketing the brand should come second and make usability and purpose as first. 

Multi-national brands should consider placing deep investment in app development to platforms where their consumers spend time on. Customer engagement has long changed and is set to replace the traditional marketing in the next few years or so because of its scalability, reach, cost-effectiveness and "measurability."

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Why Amazon Top Tech Honcho Speaks at KickstartPH Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Dr. Werner Vogels is set to speak before local tech startup companies to help them determine the best low cost and easy-to-use infrastructure necessary to scale and grow their businesses.

Vogels is the special guest at the Kickstart Ventures, Inc.’s Startup Mixer, a ​regular ​community event ​that stimulates interaction and collaboration ​​among startup founders, mentors, and investors, to be held at The Globe Tower in Bonifacio Global City on April 30.

Christian Besler, Vice-President and Head of Community Engagement, Kickstart Ventures, said 
We are excited about the visit of Dr. Werner Vogels who is Amazon’s number two guy.  It only shows Amazon’s strong belief in the Philippines as a growing market for cloud services. We are also extremely proud to have him as a speaker for the Startup Mixer. Startups in the Kickstart investment portfolio have been using Amazon Web Services since the early days, thus, it is a rare treat for all of us to meet the person instrumental in making new technologies such as this possible.  Everybody’s looking forward to learn more from him.”

Being responsible for driving Amazon’s technology vision, Vogels’ vast experience and knowledge is expected to benefit local startups which are always exploring ways to leverage and monetize digital media services and social networking.

Vogels will talk about Amazon Web Services (AWS), a broad set of global compute, storage, database, analytics, application, and deployment services that help organizations move faster, lower IT costs, and scale applications. These services power a wide variety of workloads including web and mobile applications, data processing and warehousing, storage, archive, among others.

All 17 startups under Kickstart’s portfolio currently enjoys USD2,500 worth of free credits from AWS which they can use in whatever way they want.  Better performing startups also get an additional USD5,000 worth of credits.

Aside from AWS, Vogels will also discuss the 2014 trends coming out of Silicon Valley and how startups can learn and gain from them.

Prior to joining Amazon, Vogels worked as a researcher at Cornell University where he was a principal investigator in several research projects that target the scalability and robustness of mission-critical enterprise computing systems. He has held positions of VP of Technology and CTO in companies that handled the transition of academic technology into industry.


Kickstart is an incubator and investment firm which helps startups operating in the Philippines to build robust businesses and technical foundations, and to scale. Kickstart puts big company resources - - capital, facilities, expertise, and business connections - - behind the startups that it funds so they can launch faster and achieve scale and profitability sooner.

Kickstart was incorporated in March 2012 to serve as Globe Telecom's wholly-owned incubator and investment firm with a focus on digital startups. As a strategic early-stage investor, Kickstart is frequently a startup founder's first institutional investor, and an active mentor and business partner.

ABOUT AMAZON.COM, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth’s Biggest Selection., Inc. seeks to be Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as Books; Movies, Music & Games; Digital Downloads; Electronics & Computers; Home & Garden; Toys, Kids & Baby; Grocery; Apparel, Shoes & Jewelry; Health & Beauty; Sports & Outdoors; and Tools, Auto & Industrial.

Amazon Web Services provides Amazon’s developer customers with access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon’s own back-end technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any type of business.

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Awesome Cebu Startup: Citom partners with taxi-hailing app Micab

HAILING a taxi during the Christmas season has been a perennial problem in Metro Cebu.

To help the commuting public get easy access to a taxi ride this coming holiday season, the City Traffic Operations Management (CITOM) has decided partner with the mobile cab-hailing services of Micab.

The CITOM, to ensure the effective realization of its goal, will be handing out smartphones to taxicabs on Friday, supplementing the initial units that Micab has deployed for this pilot project.

Micab targets close to 1000 units deployed by end of the year in Cebu only. The project will expand fast to Davao, Iloilo, and Manila based on a franchise model to penetrate the market fast.

Micab aims 80-90 percent penetration of the taxi hailing service in the Philippines in the next couple of months.

The taxi-hailing smartphone app was launched in Cebu recently to assist the commuters in getting a cab hassle-free anytime and anywhere around the metropolitan area.

The Cebuano riding public will never have to wait in queues on taxi stands or even have to outsmart and outrun each other on the streets as they can simply use the Micab app by just tapping on their mobile phones to hail a cab to their location.

The app is just easy to use. People only need to download the app, key in some basic personal information and their self-description for recognition purposes.

With MiCab, a user can request for a taxi by just tapping on the app, which will then send a signal to available smartphone-equipped cabs within a 2-kilometer radius.
Taxi drivers equipped with smartphones are paying P30 a day for the mobile gadgets and data load credits. 
For using the app, the passenger will only pay a minimal P5.00 charge on top of the taxi fare.

The Micab app was developed by the talented trio of Kenneth Baylosis, Keith Levi Lumanog, and Eddie Ybanez, who acquired the full backing of award-winning ICT company, Next IX, for their startup venture.

Seeing the potential in the Micab startup, Next IX chief executive officer and founder Bobby Suson has offered to support Baylosis, Lumanog, and Ybanez.

The MiCab app is only available for Android devices at the moment, but the three young developers said it will be available for iOS and Windows devices before the year ends.

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Globe Kamustahan fires up Cebu with K Brosas, Isay Alvarez and Robert Sena

Loyal Globe patrons from Cebu City and its adjacent provinces recently displayed a show of force during the company's "Kamustahan," a series of customer caravans across the country as Globe’s way of updating them and showing its appreciation for their many years of patronage. 

Individual customers, high-end Platinum subscribers, retailers as well as representatives from the local media were treated to a night of fun, good food, fanfare and first-hand information from company officials led by Globe President & CEO Ernest Cu, who on behalf of the company acknowledged their patronage and support through the years.

That's me showing my Globe smile. Lovin their awesome coverage all over the country for years now.

The Kamustahan was an opportunity for Globe to inform subscribers about the status of its network transformation, and about the improved customer experience that is to be expected from the new network.

“Rather than undertaking a mere business-as-usual capacity upgrade that costs much less, we decided to give customers the best network possible in the market,” said Mr. Cu, adding that

Mr Ernest Cu, toasting with his Cebu team who were big part in the growth of Globe for a very long time now. Event at the Marriot was a testament of their unwavering power, service and dedication to lead innovation and become a customers' champion.

“Globe spent $700 million on a completely new network by replacing our over 7,500 base stations located around the country with brand new equipment. On top of that, Globe has also invested $90 million in IT systems to provide you superior customer service: better billing processes, promo enrolment, and so much more."

Comedienne extraordinaire K Brosas bursts the crowd into laughter as she cooks up gags after gags. Shown here, she shares the limelight with two bloggers, Doyzkie and Jorich and a guest in a hilarious skit. 

The Kamustahan also showcased Cebu City's local talents, as well as premier stage artists in singer Zia Quizon, Broadway mainstays Robert Sena and Isay Alvarez.

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How to recharge prepaid mobile balance from anywhere in the world

I have relatives on both sides of my family living abroad for various reasons reasons and it always has something to do with trying to give the very best for their families. Technology has enabled us to connect with our loved ones in ways we never knew a few decades back. It has enabled us to simply talk and laugh with them like they were never gone. In fact, last Christmas, the whole family gathered around the computer to skype with our cousins abroad and they did a little magic show to our little children's amazement. Things like this are priceless.

But Skype has limitations, they're gonna need to login to their computer to be able to contact you. They even need to load credits to call you, or when worse comes to worst: what if there is an emergency and you need to get contacted immediately. Computer and internet connection may not always be there but your phone is. Worry not, there is hope.

I had just learned about how to enrich your experience with loved ones abroad through an innovation. Swissclear Global is a service provider for international mobile recharge, content and gaming credits. They have passion in connecting and entertaining families worldwide. It is a Singapore-registered company established in 2008 with a passion to connect humanity.

See video to know more about Mobile Airtime Recharge and how you and the people who matter to you would be more connected than ever, regardless of what country they may be in.

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SonyEricsson launches new Android Xperia phones and a great Christmas promo!

Sony Ericsson advances its bid for dominance in Android with an stirring range of new models like the Sony Ericsson Xperia™ ray and Xperia™ active. Both phones sport the new amazing feature called 3D Sweep Panorama. Sony Ericsson executives flew all the way from Manila to launch the phones here in Cebu as they gathered Cebu bloggers to experience the phones first hand.

3D Sweep Panorama is a camera shooting mode where users can capture a scene in true 3D with a sweep of the camera.  When pictures are played back on a compatible 3D TV, the images come alive with depth, clarity and realism.

For 3D Sweep Panorama, users just pan the camera and up to 100 images are automatically taken from a number of different angles.  The camera’s processor then analyzes and combines these images to build the full 3D picture, which can be viewed as a fully three dimensional panoramic image on a compatible 3D TV.

Nokia introduces ‘Touch and Type’ design with new Nokia X3 and Nokia C3

The best of both worlds – touchscreen and keypad – all in one device

Nokia has publicized its newest mobile phones which boast of a distinctive mishmash of a touchscreen and conventional 12-button phone keypad. Nokia’s affordable “Touch and Type” phones let you to tap quickly on the touchscreen. It will also let you enjoy the familiarity of the full keypad for quickfire text messages and phone calls.

“Innovation is not just a high-end game. The Nokia X3-02 and Nokia C3-01 devices are both great examples of bringing new consumer value to lower price points,” said Benoit Nalin, General Manager of Nokia Philippines.

“With the Nokia X3-02 and Nokia C3-01 we are giving young consumers the best of both worlds by combining a touchscreen and a keypad in one device. We made the screen larger with clear icons and menus plus kept critical keys such as the send and end keys,” he said.

They designed Nokia X3-02 and Nokia C3-01 in such a way that makes it ideal for SMS and social networking where your input is very much needed immediately. Smooth browsing and controlling apps like games and music is optimized in the unit.

Taking pictures

If you must know, I don’t own any standalone digital camera but my 1.3 MP camera phone. That’s what happens when you really can’t convince your working sister to buy a decent cam for the family. And mind you, my phone is enough for outdoor or daylight shots. Picasa and Photoshop come very handy. I go to this place with friends or family or I kid around my nephew and instantly, I make a great photo album ready for Multiply. But the selected ones end up in Facebook. When something is shoot worthy, it gets immortalized in as easy as a button click. And that is one thing I love being here at home in Cebu, my nephew and our pets make the best subject besides myself.

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Microsoft Office Labs Vision 2019 | Best IT Videos Yet | “A Glimpse Ahead”

Despite the grand scale of haterade against the company in the US, nobody can deny the fact that Microsoft has changed the world. They were always at the forefront of technological advancements and has tried to dominate every single part of it. From the internet, to Operating Systems, to Gaming up to Software, Microsoft is a brand to reckon with.

That is why it comes as no surprise that a team from their company has already mapped on what could be the future of the way we live and work in the years ahead.

They launched a website and some kick ass videos that show how their concepts and potential tools will be consumed by the regular people of all walks of life.

To give you a “glimpse ahead,” watch this video:

And to watch more vids and learn more, visit their official Office Labs site:

The Best Thing You Could Do To Your Photos

…is to reinvent them into something new. Using Photoshop CS3 filters and Fireworks, you could turn your great mobile phone photos into the greatest things you could share to friends like these. If you ask me how to do them, I’m not gonna tell you here since there are a lot of resources and tutorials online made by people far greater than I. It’s funny to note that the things you can’t Google gets smaller exponentially. Note: Click to enlarge.

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Join Nokia’s Take Back Program in Cebu

Phone New (Destroy Technology) by DesignPeopleMe

If every Nokia user recycled just one unused phone at the end of its life, together we would save nearly 80,000 tonnes of raw materials.

Recycling gives your phone a second life

Is your unused phone cluttering up your desk drawer? If you no longer need your mobile device, you may consider giving it to one of your friends for use or then bring it back to us for recycling. Phones that can not be used anymore can be utilized otherwise - 100 percent of the materials in your phone can be recovered and used to make new products or generate energy. [1]

Participate and you might get something in return.   ;-]

Nokia Care Center

3rd level, Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu Business Park Cebu City
Phone: (32) 232-4803 |  (32) 232-4803
Fax: (32) 232-3492

Nokia Store

2nd level SM City Cebu, North Reclamation Area, Cebu City
Phone: (32) 412-9832 |  (32) 412-9832
Fax: (032)238-4265

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