#CherryChristmas promo for OFWs

Cherry Mobile has always put to heart the needs of the Filipino, especially OFWs—by connecting families and helping bridge distances since 2009,. This season, through the #CherryChristmas promo, Cherry Mobile rewards the hard work and sacrifices of our unsung heroes – the OFWs.

The Christmas season can be the loneliest period for OFWs spending the holidays away from their loved ones. That’s why Cherry Mobile wants to fulfill the deepest wishes of OFWs and reunite them with their loved ones for a truly #CherryChristmas!



The #CherryChristmas promo invites participants to share how their loved ones make their Christmas a merry one through a short video. Tell us your story and we’ll bring them home to you!

Deadline of submission of entries is on November 14, 2015.

There’s a few more days left so check out the mechanics on Facebook:


or visit their website at http://www.cherrymobile.com.ph/cherry-christmas-ofw-campaign

Have a Cherry Christmas!


Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0

ASUS Raises the Bar of Smartphone User Experience with ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0

This just-released smartphone innovation from ASUS packs in even more heavyweight features, making it the perfect successor to last year’s best-selling ZenFone 5

Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0

The search for that elusive perfect mobile phone can be a long and challenging one,  as every smartphone user would know. But if ASUS’ globally leading brand value and countless international and local awards this year alone is any indication of its prowess in product innovation, then one need not look far to finally find the smartphone attuned to his multi-hyphenated lifestyle.

As one of its latest mobile unit offerings, ASUS successfully introduced the ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0 (ZE500KL), a smartphone that perfectly embodies the brand’s commitment to put extra premium on both user experience and innovation – what with its several unparalleled key features – while widely considering its value for money (SRP: PHP 7,295.00).

This year’s best value smartphone from ASUS

Undeniably, ASUS’ most notable mobile unit innovation during 2014 was the best-selling ZenFone 5 – a marvelous smartphone that stood out due to its then unmatched performance. But being the global powerhouse company that it is known to continuously push the envelope of product solutions, ASUS then soon after picked up from the success of the ZenFone 5, raising the bar this year even further by upgrading these features and just recently introducing the even more remarkable ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0 – now significantly equipped with features that one has never quite experienced in a smartphone before.

Blazingly Fast Auto-Focus with Focus Speed of Up to 0.03 Seconds

ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0’s rear camera has laser autofocus technology for the fastest possible clarity. Its infrared laser measures distances at lightning speed – and that means near-instant focus as fast as only 0.03 seconds. Compared with traditional contrast focus, ZenFone 2 Laser is easily in the lead by up to 2X faster speed, wherein the infrared laser gets the most accurate distance of the object and the lens simply accelerates itself to the precise position for the imaging. 

Ultimate screen protection — Corning Gorilla Glass 4

The ZenFone 2 Laser‘s display comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection against accidental damages. This also makes ZenFone 2 Laser the only smartphone with the best screen protection at this price range.

The Gorilla Glass 4 is much stronger than its third generation of Gorilla Glass 3 in many perspectives: its display offers twice (2X) the drop-damage resistance of its predecessor, a 2.5X increase in retained strength and is 85% less likely to break in daily use — making it safer and stronger than ever before.


Effortless shopping, great deals from Starmobile and Lazada

[21 July 2015] The Philippines’ most innovative local brand, Starmobile, and international online shopping giant Lazada come together to bring the best smartphone deals at the Effortless Shopping Sale.

From today until July 26, 2015, Filipinos nationwide can avail of three of the hottest Starmobile devices with great discounts and amazing freebies.

Starmobile OCTA: True Octa Core Smartphone with 2GB RAM and Near Field Communication Technology

Starmobile Octa

Now only P8,490 (was 16,990 save 50%) with free 3-in-1 Wireless Charger, Bluetooth Speaker & Mic and Starmobile UNO B206 featurephone

  • True Octa Core Processor: built for speed and power efficiency
  • 5-inch full HD for super sharp images
  • 2GB RAM for multitasking
  • Amazing Photos with the 18+8MP cameras
  • NFC enabled for instant file transfers and transactions
  • Wireless Charging compatible–less wear and tear on the USB port
  • USB-OTG capable for reading USB accessories and flash drives
  • MHL: output images on HD TVs or projectors
  • Elegant looks with a CNC-cut aluminum frame


Starmobile KNIGHT Visions: Watch TV, shoot photos and videos, and share moments like never before


P9,990 with free Starmobile UNO B206 featurephone

  • Digital TV-enabled: cable-quality TV viewing that’s clear, free, and mobile.
  • Compatible with ISDB-T and DVB standards in over 65 countries
  • 13MP Sony camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) for super sharp images
  • Quad Core with 2GB RAM for multi-tasking

5.5-inch HD Screen: watch and enjoy with friends!


Starmobile TURBO: Intuitive All-Around Smartphone with the Latest Touch Features

Starmobile Turbo

Now only P4,990 (was P5,990–save P1,000!) with free Monopod and Starmobile UNO B206 featurephone

  • Double Tap to Wake and Sleep: Lock and Unlock the screen by tapping
  • USB-OTG capable for reading USB accessories and flash drives
  • Multipoint Gestures: use 2 or 3 fingers to execute commands
  • Smart Camera Controls: talk or tap to capture

Offers are good from July 21-23, 2015 on desktop and the Lazada mobile app and from July 24-26, 2015 exclusively on the Lazada mobile app.


Apart from these, the Starmobile KNIGHT X is now also offered on Lazada with exclusive freebies.


Purchase the most powerful Pinoy Android phone for only P15,990 and get a free pair of Starmobile Bluetooth Earphones with NFC, Tempered Glass Screen Protector, and Monopod.

Even More Discounts

You can get an additional P400 discount when you use the voucher code: “STARMOBILE” upon purchase of any Starmobile gadget worth P2000 and above from www.lazada.com.ph/shop-starmobile.

This special code is valid only from July 21 to August 20, 2015.

For more information on Starmobile products and more awesome deals on Lazada, visit www.starmobile.com.ph or go to www.lazada.com.ph[END]



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Schneider Electric Galaxy VM: Up to 99% Energy Efficiency and Reliable Power Protection

In the age of big data, data centers and industrial applications always need to be up and running to service the most demanding operations in the country’s growing industries (e.g. telecoms, BPO, semi-conductor, and healthcare sectors). Even one minute of downtime could lead to losses worth hundreds of thousands of pesos, hence the need for critical power systems support for data centers.

Critical power systems are even more relevant for companies operating in the Philippines, whose operations are vulnerable to power outages and fluctuations. Aside from the country’s problems in energy production and distribution, the Philippines is often struck by super typhoons and earthquakes that could lead to power interruptions.

Amid all these it is a necessity for data centers to have an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) to ensure round-the-clock operations and business continuity.

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, recently unveiled the new Galaxy VM, a new three-phase UPS that provides power protection as well as maximum energy efficiency.

“Data Centers are especially vulnerable here in the Philippines because of the increased possibility of fluctuations and outages,” said Doy Santos, Country IT Business Unit Head of Schneider Electric Philippines. “Schneider Electric’s extensive experience in reliable power protection design is ingrained and culminated in the Galaxy VM. It solves major concerns in the IT area by ensuring uninterrupted and efficient power, as well as reducing energy consumption and its related costs,” he enthused.

“Throughout Schneider Electric’s 45 year tenure in the power protection industry, it has continued to develop and evolve its technologies and applied all of that expertise to the Galaxy VM,” Santos continues to say. “Aside from designing and implementing high-tech energy management technologies for the [Galaxy VM], we also made sure that will be easy to install and maintain,” he continued.

Schneider Electric Galaxy VMS

Schneider Electric Galaxy VMS Country IT Business Unit Head

The Galaxy VM UPS uses innovative, patent pending power topology that improves reliability by reducing stress on active components. Additionally, the Galaxy VM reduces energy costs through its innovative 99 percent efficiency ECOnversion™ mode, which comes with input harmonic correction while combining the advantages of double conversion on-line and advanced ECO mode technologies to operate at the greatest efficiency without putting data center and non-data center critical loads at risk. This is particularly important as data center operators and managers as well as critical facilities managers must balance the need for optimal energy efficiency with maximum uptime and availability.

Additionally, the Galaxy VM offers flexible energy storage solutions with swappable modular battery modules and fans that can be replaced without the need to go through maintenance bypass, thus increasing availability and load protection.

Designed to integrate into existing electrical, physical and monitoring environments, Galaxy VM works with Schneider Electric’s StruxureWare® data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software applications, building management systems (BMS) and Modbus protocol.

The Galaxy VM is also designed in full compliance to international seismic standards of the International Building Code of 2012 and the California Building Code of 2013, which means that the UPS will continue to work before and after shocks.

Aside from the technical features of the system, Santos also highlighted the financial advantages that the system can provide to businesses. “We can talk all day about the technical specifications of the product, but we do understand that businesses are more interested about its impact to the bottomline, especially with our country having one of the highest electricity rates in Asia,” Santos said. “With up to 99% efficiency of the Galaxy VM, this translates to bigger savings in electrical and installation costs. It also provides reliable uninterrupted power that ensures your operations will not suffer from outages that will lead to financial and reputational losses,” he concluded.

According to Santos, the system has a projected two-to-three year return on investment if the power rates don’t fluctuate too wildly from the average cost of PhP10 per kilowatt hour.

Guide Questions for Schneider Electric: Galaxy VM

  1. Which specific industries in the Philippines will benefit most from the Galaxy VM?
    It serves all industries, and today, highly relevant for:

    • Data Centers
    • Telecoms
    • BPO
    • Semi-conductor
    • Healthcare
  2. You mentioned about the potential losses that these industries could incur from power outages, how much do they actually lose?

According to studies, one minute of downtime will cost more than hundred thousand pesos. In a country wherein power outages could last for more than an hour, those costs could easily go up to the millions. Aside from the financial costs, the damage to the reputation of the company is potentially irreparable.

  1. In case of a power outage, how long can the Galaxy VM provide back-up power to an average sized data center?

Depending on the load requirements per business, its back-up time is between 15 minutes up to two hours (or longer depending on number of batteries.)

  1. How much room does a standard set up of the Galaxy VM require?

Less than 1 sq m minimum space

  1. With the sprouting of many newly established business districts, most BPO and IT industries right now are constantly transferring operations, how easy is it to move the Galaxy VM around? Does Schneider Electric assist in migration if needed?

Galaxy VM has removable I/O cabinets and caster wheels thus transferring the UPS around is easier. Schneider Electric can assist in migration with the help of our certified Field Service Engineers.

  1. You mentioned the seismic readiness of the system and how it is compliant with international seismic standards, how strong of an earthquake can the Galaxy VM withstand?

The Galaxy VM meets full compliance to international seismic standards of the International Building Code of 2012 and the California Building Code of 2013 (This is chosen since this is where the San Andreas fault is located.)  The all-steel enclosures meet IBC Zone 2 seismic rating, which means that within typical buildings, the Galaxy VM would function before and after seismic activity.

  1. How well does it integrate with existing power management systems? What about those that are not from Schneider Electric?
    Designed to integrate into existing electrical, physical and monitoring environments, Galaxy VM works with Schneider Electric’s StruxureWare® data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software applications, building management systems (BMS) and Modbus protocol
  1. How different is the Galaxy VM from other UPS systems?

Firstly, it is definitely the best of its class when it comes to efficiency and mobility. In typical double conversion mode, the Galaxy VM can operate up to 96.5% efficiency. But once it enters ECOnversion mode, that efficiency goes up to 99% even at low load levels. It also has a best-in-class footprint—it’s highly compact, saves a lot of space, and can be easily moved.

  1. The UPS brand APC is now under Schneider Electric, how much of APC’s technology was used to bolster the Galaxy VM system?

APC by Schneider Electric is known to be the leading UPS system for retail and businesses.  The Galaxy VM is the solely under the Schneider Electric brand which combines the strengths of APC for UPS and Schneider Electric for power management and energy efficiency.

  1. Up to how much savings can the Galaxy VM provide?

Galaxy VM reduces energy costs through its innovative 99 percent efficiency ECOnversion™ mode, which comes with input harmonic correction while combining the advantages of double conversion on-line and advanced ECO mode technologies to operate at the greatest efficiency without putting data center and non data center critical loads at risk.

For more information about the Galaxy VM, please visit the Power Management Systems product website (http://www.apc.com/products/family/index.cfm?id=483) and Schneider Electric TV (http://tv.schneider-electric.com/site/schneidertv/index.cfm?chnl=Data%20Center&vidType=Product%20Showcase&args=jp/en) for product showcase videos.

About Schneider Electric

As a global specialist in energy management and automation with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Non-residential & Residential Buildings, Industries & Machines Manufacturers, Utilities & Infrastructure and Data Centers & Networks. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group’s 170,000 employees achieved revenues of 25 billion euros in 2014, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.