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Commercenter Alabang holds its first robotics competition, ROBOCON 2019

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Commercenter Alabang, the mall in the heart of the South of Manila, challenges young Filipino inventors in the first ever Commercenter ROBOCON 2019.

Organized in partnership with RoboRAVE International and RoboRAVE Philippines, the robotics competition will be held on September 14, 2019 at Commercenter Alabang’s Activity Center and will be open to students from all over the country.

Young Filipino robotics enthusiasts from elementary through senior high school can join the different competitions in ROBOCON 2019. There will be three categories—Entrepreneurial, SumoBot and a-Maze-ing—each testing the abilities of these young trailblazers in the different facets of robotics. Their work will be judged based on purpose, function, marketability and strategic thinking.

“We at Commercenter Alabang are excited to offer our youth this platform where they can put their penchant for science and technology in action, literally,” said Leslie Tagle-Dinglasan, AVP for marketing of Commercenter Alabang. “Who knows? From this group of young tech game changers might come the next Elon Musk or Bill Gates. Robotics is the game of the future, and we are glad to contribute to the honing of the future A-players in this field.”

Young innovators showcase their skills in robotics in one of RoboRAVE’s conventions.

The Entrepreneurial category will challenge competing teams composed of three players in marketing a working, innovative robot to an audience including subject-matter experts. The robot must cost PHP150,000 or less to make and can be autonomous or remote-controlled. Any platform and design constraints will be verified by the organizers during the event, and winners will be determined through the casting of votes of all attendees and experts.

Elementary, junior and senior high school students will compete in the SumoBot challenge under their respective divisions. Each team of two players must design, build and program an autonomous robot that can push one or more opponent sumo robots off the elevated wrestling ring. The entry SumoBot must cost PHP75,000 or less and its base must not exceed 400 square centimeters, with no height limit. The toughest SumoBot to survive all rounds will be declared the winner.

The a-Maze-ing challenge will bring all the robotic tricks out of the bag as participants must build the fastest robot that can finish a raised wooden maze without falling off. Challenger teams composed of two players each must design an autonomous robot costing PHP75,000 or less and with a total volume not exceeding 65,030 cubic centimeters.

The robots must complete the maze within 120 seconds with the clock running backwards. Teams can attempt as many as 10 runs to get their best scores. All a-Maze-ing tracks are identical with approximate challenge dimensions.

The winning teams will be awarded with certificates, trophies and medals. They will also be invited to join the 2019 RoboRAVE International: Philippine Invitationals on October 25 to 27, 2019 for free, courtesy of RoboRAVE Philippines.

For Honor Standard Edition Free to Keep on Uplay for a Limited Time

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For anyone looking to play For Honor, Ubisoft has just announced that its Standard Edition will be available for free on Uplay starting today until August 27th.

There will also be in-game activities on August 22nd, which will add new elite outfits that can be purchased with in-game currency, as well as open up access to a special warrior challenge and the event playlist “Carousel of Death”.

Players worldwide will be able to download For Honor starting August 20 at 3:00 PM CET / 9:00 AM EST / 6:00 AM PST until Tuesday August 27 at 3:00 PM CET / 9:00 AM EST / 6:00 AM PST.

While For Honor went free just recently on the Epic Game Store, not everyone would want to get on the new storefront. For this one, you’ll just need Uplay, and it’s yours to keep forever.  

Final Fantasy VIII Remastered Launches September 3rd!

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Final Fantasy VIII isn’t exactly what you’d call one of the best entries in the franchise, but it does hold a very special place in our hearts for us gamers especially with how we started back in the heydays of the PlayStation 1. If you’ve been itching for a remaster or a remake, or you just want to get into it without the archaic graphics, Final Fantasy VIII Remastered is about to head to the Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and Steam on September 3rd!

Final Fantasy VIII Remastered celebrates its 20th anniversary by bringing back the cherished RPG to today’s platforms. Take note, it’s a remaster. Not a remake, unlike what Final Fantasy VII is getting next year in March.

The remastered version features a couple of additions that Square Enix has been pushing with its remasters of late including:
Battle Assist - The ability to always have maxed out HP and ATB, and trigger Limit Breaks at any time.
No Encounters - An enemy encounter option that allows players to enjoy the storyline uninterrupted. While enemy encounters are turned off, players can still enjoy the story event battles.
3x Speed Boost - Play through the game with three times the speed.

The Steam version will also come with All Items with exception for a few ones, All Abilities, GF Max Level, Max Gil, Max Magic, All Limit Breaks, and All Cards. We’ll probably just settle for the normal playthrough, though.

COLORFUL Brings Back Summer Limited Edition SL500 960GB with Glacier Blue Color

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Colorful Technology Company Limited, professional manufacturer of graphics cards, motherboards and high-performance storage solutions is excited to announce the return of its limited edition lineup of SSDs with another special release for summer. The COLORFUL SL500 960GB BLUE L.E. Summer Edition is clad in a glacier blue custom color case that brings the cool, chill vibes we want during the summer heat. The COLORFUL SL500 960GB BLUE L.E. features 4 pieces 256GB 3D NAND QLC chip to achieve its large capacity and the Maxio MAS0902 controller allows improved performance from previous generations with cache assistance. 

The SL500 960GB SSD which will join the fast-growing line-up of COLORFUL high-performance, high-speed storage solutions. With the introduction of the SL500 960GB, gamers, power users and professionals seeking high-speed storage with plenty of capacity for various workloads including modern games, large multimedia files and expansive data can be served rapidly. The 960GB capacity of the SL500 makes it an ideal choice for those individuals that don’t want to compromise performance and capacity.

The glacier blue case celebrates summer with its cool and chill vibe, reflecting the color of the ocean on a hot summer day. The specially treated case of the SSD works well with theme builds and colorful systems that want stand out parts to pull together an excellent combination of aesthetic and performance.

With the speed and capacity of the COLORFUL SL500 960GB, it makes it easier for gamers and professionals to manage and maintain their data without mixing up multiple drives with numerous partitions. You can have all your application data, served fast from the SL500 960GB. Games will load faster, levels will load rapidly so gamers can stay playing with nearly zero loading times. Applications load fast so you don’t need to spend time waiting for your photo or video to load in your editor. The benefits of the SL500 960GB also expands to notebook and HTPC owners looking for a high-speed, high-capacity yet have low power consumption for longer battery life or less heat. 

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Lenovo Launches the New ThinkBook Lineup in the Philippines

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Lenovo has just brandished its new ThinkBook lineup of laptops in the Philippines!

Designed for those looking to amp up their modern and future workforce, the ThinkBook series are built today for the digitally driver workplace in mind and fill in the needs of millennials and Gen Z workers that want both style and performance with their devices.

“Through the high performance and elegance of the ThinkBook, businesses will have an edge in attracting tech-savvy millennials and Gen Z workers who grew up working, creating, and communicating online with stylish and premium devices. Lenovo helps companies create a more productive workplace as the young employees, who are already competent in leveraging technology, can now work to their fullest knowing that their demands of flexibility, power, and aesthetics are fulfilled,” said Lenovo Philippines Country General Manager Michael Ngan.

First on the lineup is the ThinkBook 13s – a 13.3-inch FHD IPS laptop that features a sleek, magnesium-infused aluminum finish, Dolby Vision high dynamic range technology, and think bezels at 5.55mm.  It’s built to endure the hardships of daily tasks, and it even includes protection from water spills, extreme temperature, and vibrations. Furthermore, its zinc-alloy hinge features powdered-metal technology to endure 25,000 open-and-close cycles. It’s also coated with both indium and stannum to enhance resistance to corrosion.

At this time, there are two variants of the ThinkBook 13S. There’s one that comes with an AMD Radeon 540X GPU with Windows 10 Home OS and a 2-Year Carry-in Warranty costing Php54,990. The other one features Intel UHD 620 on Unified Memory Architecture, Windows 10 Pro, and 1-Year Carry-in Warranty.

Both will run on an 8th Gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB onboard memory, and 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD. Lenovo claims that that it has 11 hours of battery life, and its Rapid Charge feature can charge up the battery up to 80% in just an hour of charging.

The ThinkBook 13S gives the edge to business as it offers features such as the Lenovo Vantage – an application with preventive hardware diagnostics, personalized hardware settings, and auto-install of critical updates. The Lenovo Migration Assistant is also a free application that helps users migrate all user files and settings when upgrading systems. It even comes with a 30-day trial of the entire Microsoft Office suite of productivity tools.

Enterprise-level security and support

The ThinkBook 13S comes equipped with the new ThinkShield security suite. There’s the Smart Power On fingerprint recognition for devices, FIDO (Fast Identity Online) security for safer online authentication, and discrete Trusted Platform Module encryption capabilities for encrypting and storing device user credentials on a separate chip for additional security. There’s also the ThinkShutter webcam cover for your online privacy.

Lenovo is also offering its Premium Support for next business day onsite support, where Lenovo IT experts will personally troubleshoot any problems and provide further solutions on premises. Furthermore, the device has Accidental Damage Protection (ADP) support that covers damages not usually part of standard warranties such as minor spills, drops, or damages to the screen.

Lenovo ThinkBook 13S Specifications:

Lenovo ThinkBook 13S - 20R9009PPH
Processor: Intel Core i5-8265U
OS: Windows 10 Home
Memory: 8GB DDR4
Storage: 512GB M.2 2242 NVME TLC
GPU: Radeon 540X 2GB G5 32B
Display: 13.3" Full HD IPS AG 300N
Camera: 720P HD Camera
Security: Fingerprint Reader
Warranty: 2 Years Carry-in
Price: Php54,990

Lenovo ThinkBook 13S - 20R9005PPH
Processor: Intel Core i5-8265U
OS: Windows 10 Pro
Memory: 8GB DDR4
Storage: 512GB M.2 2242 NVME TLC
GPU: Integrated Graphics
Display: 13.3" Full HD IPS AG 300N
Camera: 720P HD Camera
Security: Fingerprint Reader
Warranty: 1 Year Carry-in
Price: Php58,990

The first 50 buyers will also get a free Lenovo USB-C Laptop Powerbank and a Limited Edition ThinkBook Jacket.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Reveals Operation Ember Rise

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Today, at the Six Major Raleigh, Ubisoft announced the full details of the third season of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six® Siege Year 4 content. Operation Ember Rise introduces a new Attacker and a new Defender, Amaru and Goyo from Peru and Mexico. In the meantime, the map Kanal has been entirely reworked with an improved navigation between all parts. Finally, Ubisoft announced that Battle Passes are coming into the game, with a free Phase 1 named “Call Me Harry” released later in the season. 

Rainbow Six Siege - Ember Rise Gameplay & Tips

Peruvian Attacker Amaru and Mexican Defender Goyo will bring verticality and fire in-game. Amaru, a former archeologist, is equipped with a G8A1 automatic rifle and a Supernova shotgun. Notably Amaru will also possess the ability to access any high position in record time with her Garra hook and finish with a Garra kick which instantly takes out an opponent standing behind the window, making her a perfect flanker. Amaru helped to raise Goyo, a former member of the Mexican Fuerzas Especiales who uses the dangerous Volcán Shield. Like the ordinary Deployable Shield, the Volcán Shield provides cover and allows Defenders to block pathways, but Goyo can turn up the heat with an attached incendiary bomb and make it burst.

In addition to these two new Rainbow recruits, players will be able to explore a reimagined Kanal map, newly reworked to make it easier to rotate and navigate with a new path linking the eastern and western buildings. Two staircases have been added to make the entire map more vertical and the number of indoor playable areas has been increased, with some rooms also seeing an expansion. Last but not least, all bomb sites have been changed from the Kitchen to the Security Room and the site in the Radio Room is now found in the expanded Lounge Room.

Rainbow Six Siege - Battle Pass Announcement

Rainbow Six Siege will also introduce a Battle Pass, starting with the Mini Battle Pass “Call Me Harry”. The Mini Battle Pass is Phase 1 of Rainbow Six Siege’s Battle Pass deployment in Year 4, and will launch during Year 4 Season 3 for free. “Call me Harry” will set its focus on Dr. Harishva “Harry” Pandey, Director of Rainbow. By earning Battle Points, players will unlock tiers and unique rewards, and will get an exclusive Harry Chibi charm upon completion.

Additional updates include the following:
  • An all new unranked playlist containing the same rules as Ranked without affecting players’ rank or MMR.
  • An all new Champions rank
  • Map rotations have been reworked in Ranked, Casual and Unranked
  • Player Behavior updates to combat in-game toxicity
  • The Operators menu has been reworked
  • The shop interface has been improved

The Test Server for Operation Ember Rise will go live on August 19th. The Test Server is an alternative version of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, allowing players to test upcoming gameplay features that will make their way into the main game itself. Since this is a testing environment, a consistent gameplay experience is not guaranteed on the Test Server. Players are invited to submit the issues they encounter on the Test Server on the R6 Fix platform [link: here]. The Test Server is exclusive to Windows PC.

Realme Philippines is looking for its next brand ambassador

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Leading smartphone brand realme Philippines is looking for its next brand ambassador. The brand, which anchors itself on youthful vigor and character, is inviting 18 to 30-year old game changers ready to take on the dare to represent the brand and the real value it offers.

Two winners, one male and one female, will be enjoying a cash prize of PHP 50,000 each, the latest realme smartphone which will be launched before the year ends, PHP 5 million worth of promotional literature exposure and realme branded items such as the realme tech backpack and buds. The winners will also be personally hosted by the realme Philippines team in the realme headquarters in Taguig City for an array of photo and video shoots.

"Realme would like to offer a creative platform to the youth who embody the brand's core of youthful energy and real value. We look forward to receiving your entries. We are excited to create fun and exciting campaigns and content with you," shares realme Philippines Marketing Lead, Eason de Guzman.

In a 1-minute entry video, interested participants must explain why they are the perfect fit in representing a brand that is proud to be young. The participant must exhibit pride in what she or he dares to do as a young trailblazer, example being, “I dare to be extreme because the world is filled with adventures that I am excited to try”. All entry videos must start with a realme clip that can be downloaded through this link.  The entry must be posted publicly across all the social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – of the participant. Realme Philippines must be tagged in the post @realmePH and hashtags #DareToRepresentRealme and #RealmePH must be included in the caption. Deadline of submission is on September 01.

On September 09, the new realme brand ambassadors will be announced through a livestream on the official Facebook page of realme Philippines.

For more information on the ambassador hunt, participants may view the Dare to Represent Realme project Facebook note of realme Philippines.