Saturday, March 2, 2024

Lenovo Unveils Newest Suite of AI Portfolio at MWC 2024

 March 2024, MANILA, Philippines – Lenovo has unveiled its latest portfolio of purpose-built AI devices, software, and infrastructure solutions at the much anticipated MWC 2024. Beyond innovation, Lenovo showcased proof-of-concept devices, redefining the boundaries of traditional form factors. The global service provider also revealed the future of hybrid AI fueling multi-device, software, and service offerings for more personalization, collaboration, and efficiency.

“Lenovo’s suite of AI-enabled, AI-ready, and AI-optimized devices, infrastructure, solutions, and services at MWC provides a wider look at our vision for ‘AI for All’,” said Lenovo Chairman and CEO, Yuanqing Yang. “Lenovo’s AI technology benefits organizations of all sizes, driving intelligent transformation across all industries while reinforcing our commitment to sustainability.”

AI Boundaries Redefined: Exploring Futuristic Proof of Concept

Introducing Lenovo’s latest groundbreaking proof-of-concept, the Lenovo ThinkBook Transparent Display Laptop Concept revolutionizes the interaction and creation experience with its remarkable 17.3-inch Micro-LED transparent display. With a borderless screen, transparent keyboard area, and a seemingly floating footpad design, it effortlessly exudes a sense of high-tech simplicity, elevating the user's overall experience.

The brilliance of this laptop lies in its intelligent integration of the virtual and real. Through the power of Artificial Intelligence Generated Content (AIGC), the transparent screen opens new avenues of work collaboration and efficiency by enabling interaction with physical objects and overlaying digital information to create unique user-generated content. The transparency allows it to effortlessly integrate naturally within its environment. Users can seamlessly switch between the keyboard and drawing board with a supported pen, unlocking new levels of creative efficiency. AI in combination with transparent displays will open up new ways of engaging with data and applications, offering opportunities to develop new features and form factors. This proof-of-concept provides a futuristic perspective on AI PCs, blending digital and physical environments that can enhance user experiences in ways never imagined.

AI-Powered Business PCs: Unveiling the Next Generation

The latest generation of business laptops from Lenovo - the ThinkPad T14 i Gen 5, ThinkPad T14s Gen 5, ThinkPad T16 Gen 3, ThinkPad X12 Detachable Gen 2, and ThinkBook 14 2-in-1 Gen 4. Powered by the latest Intel Core Ultra processors with Intel vPro® on select models and Windows 11 and offers an optimal ecosystem of AI hardware and software solutions to deliver enhanced levels of security, power efficiency, and immersive experiences. With an ever-increasing selection of software applications that benefit from the dedicated AI acceleration support, users can enjoy new and enhanced proficiencies across broad areas of usability and productivity.

AI at Scale: Bringing Applications to the Edge

As the telecom industry continues its dramatic evolution to enable the rollout of 5G and an AI-powered future, innovations in IT networks, cloud infrastructure, and edge computing are critical to connecting today’s digital economy. Edge computing allows businesses to analyze data in real time, enabling faster actionable insights for more efficient operations and services.

To support the massive amount of computing moving to the edge, a powerful lineup of new Lenovo Integrated Edge AI Solutions for Telco is on display at MWC in Barcelona with Lenovo’s ecosystem of partners. The innovations are part of a comprehensive pocket-to-cloud portfolio of Lenovo hybrid AI solutions designed to simplify the path to intelligent transformation for all industries.

AI-Friendly Sustainability: Empowering IT Environmental Waste Reduction and Repairability

Lenovo is rolling out new solutions that will help customers extend the life cycle of their devices with more sustainable and cost-efficient IT options. Through Lenovo Certified Refurbished, organizations can deploy refurbished PCs that cater to their different computing needs while maintaining a smaller IT carbon footprint. Only Lenovo and accredited partners will offer the Lenovo certification, guaranteeing industry-leading quality devices that businesses can depend on.

Lenovo is committed to implementing circular practices at every stage of the IT lifecycle, and as a leading global PC manufacturer, is uniquely qualified to help customers meet sustainability goals and embrace the benefits of circularity with confidence. Through the Lenovo 360 Circle community, channel partners are also aligned with collaborative actions to drive circular outcomes for customers and build a more sustainable future. Through Lenovo TruScale, customers can deploy services on a pay-as-you-go subscription basis, using only what they need and curbing waste.

Lenovo is also extending the company’s relationship with iFixit, giving IT Managers the power to quickly fix and repair devices - minimizing downtime and extending the life of hardware. The ThinkPad T14 Gen 5 and T16 Gen 3, with insights from the iFixit Solutions team, have been designed to be more repair-friendly, not only extending customer replaceable parts (CRU) to include the battery with a cable-free connector and a fully socketed DIMM design, as well as SSD and WWAN replacement but also adding visual indicators for easier repairs. With support from the iFixit team, Lenovo created new repair guides including video procedures for all CRU parts as well as making those parts easier to order. This extends the product lifecycle, reduces electronic waste, and offers cost-saving advantages for businesses and individuals. As a result of these improvements, ThinkPad T14 Gen 5 and T16 Gen 3 achieved a provisional iFixit repairability score of 9.3 out of 10.

For more information, visit Lenovo’s MWC 2024 homepage.

Friday, March 1, 2024

41 million tons CO2 emissions avoided through TeamViewer software usage in a year, study estimates

Singapore, 1 March 2024 - TeamViewer's remote connectivity solutions have a substantial positive environmental impact, according to a recently finalized study conducted by Five Glaciers Consulting and critically reviewed by TÜV SÜD. The CO2-Avoidance-Study revealed that TeamViewer users and customers avoided between 15.6 and 44.8 million tons of CO2 emissions in 2022 alone, mainly by reducing the need for travel through remote connections. 

To narrow down the savings of between 15.6 and 44.8 million tons of CO2, a scenario was calculated in consultation with internal and external experts based on realistic travel assumptions regarding, for example, the number of travelers or the chosen mode of transport. This results in an avoidance of around 41 million tons of CO2 in 2022. The total amount of avoided emissions corresponds to, for example:

  • approx. 42,000 roundtrip flights from London to Tokyo in a Boeing 777-300ER,
  • approx. 10 times the emissions of the waste management sector  in Germany or
  • the stored CO2 in approx. 147k hectares of US forest, which is an area of about 25 times the size of Manhattan.

The study was based on TeamViewer’s connection data of 2022, a customer and user survey with around 850 qualified participants as well as internal and external interviews with selected TeamViewer experts and customers to validate the data from the survey.

“TeamViewer solutions have become instrumental in facilitating remote access, support, and control across various industries,” said Alexander Gührer, Director of Sustainability and Procurement at TeamViewer. “By enabling users to troubleshoot IT equipment, steer machinery, and provide remote assistance, TeamViewer helps to significantly avoid carbon emissions associated with travel. At the same time, we ensure that these remote connections are secure, and that critical data is protected.”

In addition, TeamViewer is continuously working on reducing its own emissions to reach the net-zero target by 2040 and to reduce Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 50% by 2030, based on a 2021 baseline.

“In addition to empowering users and customers to avoid carbon emissions, we are constantly working on minimizing our own environmental impact,” added Alexander Gührer. “We are committed to driving sustainable practices across our operations every day.”

For more information about TeamViewer's sustainability initiatives and the CO2-Avoidance-Study, please visit www.teamviewer.com/en/special/2023-co2-study/.

[1] Emissions from waste disposal, biological waste treatment (composting, fermentation), waste incineration, wastewater treatment, and mechanical-biological waste treatment.

Get Php 3,000 off on Vivo V29e 5G at 3.3 Mega Birthday Sale

It’s that time of the month! Get ready for an exciting event this 3.3 as Vivo will have its Mega Birthday Sale.

The Aura Portrait Master 2.0, Vivo V29e 5G, is now available at a Php 3,000 discount. Don’t miss out on this sleek and powerful smartphone.

Explore a wide range of selected vivo smartphones and accessories with up to 90% savings. Whether you’re treating yourself or shopping for a loved one, there’s something for everyone.

But that’s not just it, there’s more! Grab the 3.3 vouchers and enjoy a 30% discount on Shopee. Additionally, discover vouchers that offer discounts of up to Php 1,200 off on Lazada.

Shopee Midnight Flash Sale

Set your notifications and get ready for surprises during the 3.3 Flash Sale on Shopee. Some exciting deals include the vivo V29e (12GB + 256GB) for only Php 14,799. You can also get the Vivo V29 5G at 12GB + 256GB variant for Php 20,899 and 12GB + 512GB variant for Php 22,899.

Also, don’t forget to claim your vouchers for these Vivo Y series units so you can enjoy these prices:

  • Vivo Y36 5G (8GB + 256GB): Php 10,599

  • Vivo Y36 5G (8GB + 256GB): Php 9,099

  • Vivo Y27s (8GB + 256GB): Php 8,199

  • Vivo Y17s (4GB + 128GB): Php 4,299

  • Vivo Y02t (6GB + 64GB): Php 2,659

  • Vivo Y02A (3GB + 32GB): Php 2,519


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Looking for a new Vivo phone or accessory? With LazPayLater, you can make your purchase without emptying your wallet all at once.

Activate your LazPayLater account on the Lazada app and enjoy 0% interest for up to 12 months on your initial purchase. Start shopping smarter today!

Delight in up to two years of warranty coverage on select vivo smartphone units. Remember to mark your calendars to secure your favorite vivo smartphones and accessories.

Hurry to vivo Lazada and Shopee and add to your cart this 3.3 Mega Birthday Sale. Keep in mind that terms and conditions apply, and stocks may vary.

Visit Vivo's website to learn more about its latest products and deals.

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Globe partners with GMS to transform enterprise customer experience with AI-powered solutions

Globe, a leading digital solutions platform in the Philippines, has entered into a strategic partnership with AI-driven communications solutions partner GMS to revolutionize the landscape of customer experience for enterprises across the country through state-of-the-art communications solutions powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Globe and GMS are committed to enhancing the experience for enterprise customers by offering a comprehensive omnichannel campaign suite. This includes the deployment of conversational AI tools like chatbots to facilitate initial interactions, and leveraging GenAI for content creation, analysis, and insights.

These technologies empower organizations to enhance customer engagement, operational efficiency, data-driven decision-making, and cost reduction. With the offerings, Globe expects a significant boost in customer satisfaction, trust, and loyalty, ultimately translating into increased revenue.

“We’ve had a highly successful collaboration with GMS for international A2P messaging through our portfolio company m360 for several years. Now, we are excited to extend our partnership because we believe GMS’ redefined business strategy aligns with Globe’s goal to empower each Filipino with everyday digital solutions,” said Ernest Cu, President and CEO of the Globe Group.

 

GMS' expertise in innovative communications solutions will bolster Globe's ability to deliver sustainable business solutions to its customers and end users. These solutions are also tailored to complement Globe's diverse range of digital offerings, encompassing fintech, healthtech, adtech, edutech, climate tech, shared services, investments, and entertainment sectors.

 

Charles Upchurch, CEO of GMS, remarked: “Building on our strong legacy in messaging and our profound knowledge of the MNO and enterprise business, GMS is shifting its focus to the AI-powered future of communications. We’re leading this transformation by partnering with our clients and supporting them in every step of their journey. And we are excited to have this major partnership with Globe as it continues to expand its menu of digital solutions.”

 

The collaboration underscores Globe's commitment to leveraging cutting-edge technology to deliver unparalleled value to its rapidly expanding customer base, ushering in a new era of customer experience excellence.

 

To learn more about Globe, visit https://www.globe.com.ph/.

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Enchanted Kingdom reopens go-kart race track, launches cadet karts for kids

Feel the rush of adrenaline with the whole gang at the more EKciting Fun Kart!

Enchanted Kingdom, the first and only world-class theme park in the Philippines, reopened its 800-meter go-kart race track featuring brand new karts for kids and adults alike.

The reopening ceremony which happened February 25 was led by EK President and CEO Mario O. Mamon and Yokohama Tires Philippines Vice President Vivienne Cruz. Father and son racing champions Carlos and Iñigo Anton, and international race car driver Marlon Stockinger exhibited their driving skills at the EK Fun Kart. Carlos’ eight-year-old son, Alonzo Anton, tested the cadet kart for eight to 12-year-old drivers.

“To make the ride more inclusive, EK added four cadet karts for the younger members of the family to enjoy,” Mr. Mamon shared. “We also have 12 brand new single-seaters and five two-seater karts. EK also added a new lap-timing system for more fun and friendly competition,” he added.

International race car driver Marlon Stockinger shared that he was here when EK Fun Kart first opened in 2003. “It gave me a lot of experiences, a lot of good teachings towards my racing career. I think it’s a good place to hone your skills as a driver. So, whether you want to enjoy or bring your family - or if you want to take racing seriously eventually - this is a great training ground,” he said.

The Fun Kart which closed for five months due to the renovation period boasts an enhanced building and new paint markings. It also features new tire barriers in partnership with world-class quality tires company Yokohama Tires Philippines.

“We are glad to partner with Yokohama Tires Philippines who are aligned with EK’s priority to ensure the safety of our guests to deliver a seamless and magical experience here at the park,” Mr. Mamon added.

The Fun Kart is open from Wednesdays to Sundays, from 12PM until the park closes. Single-seater karts can be availed at Php 800, Php 950 for two-seater karts, and Php 650 for the cadet carts.

For more information about the Fun Kart and upcoming events at EK, visit https://www.enchantedkingdom.ph and EK’s official social media accounts @enchantedkingdom.ph for Facebook and Tiktok, and @ek_philippines for Twitter and Instagram.