Going beyond emotional tragedy

Review: Me Before You (Romance/ Drama)

Cast: Sam Claflin, Emilia Clark, Mathew Kewis, Jenna Coleman, Steve Peacocke, and Charles Dance

Director: Thea Sharrock
Beyond emotional tragedies

There is a reason why soap operas are a hit in the Philippines! It is emotional to the hill, and it is what attracts Filipinos more to shaping relationship TV or film characters. Spice it up with death and despair, and you have yourself a hitmaker. That is exactly what the hit film Me Before You, which is based on the bestselling romantic novel of the same title, emotionally imparts to Filipino viewers. 

It is a not bad thing, not with a painting drama realizing more the value of human choices, of life – including death itself! Saying that bluntly is not telling Me Before You is a tragic love story. It is a portrait of modern relationships, brewing from an emotional tragedy that has already been prescribed for deconstruction long before movie curtains fell. 

It defies the typical romantic chance meeting plotting, the kind which ends up on a happy note. That is not always the case, and we have enough of that feel good thrill hanging on our sleeves for national TV. Me Before You, for lack of a better definition, takes that grilling emotional empathy to a higher phasing. It is not really meant to hurt, but explain more with confidence the shaping value of some human choices! 

Death becomes the character! That is a first! And that is what pinoy audiences saw first, and it is what lasted inside when they got out of the theater dripping in tears.

It is not a bad thing crying about choosing death over life! It is another thing rationalizing choices for some people choosing death so they be relieved of their enduring pain! Wil Trainer and Lucia Clark’s chance meeting was meant to heal out from a made choice in dire need of closure. Me Before You is well written, sincerely acted film about life, beyond emotional tragedies!

Spicing up the cellphone scare myths

Review: Stephen King’s CELL (Sci-Fi/Thriller)

Cast: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Stacy Keach, Isabelle Fuhrman and Anthony Reynolds

Screenplay: Stephen King

Director: Tod Williams 

Can humans be controlled wirelessly? It is a comic premise that is driving the sci-fi teasing premise of the sci-fi film CELL, literally referring to the mobile phone ringing inside your pocket. In the film, and this may very well be another stitching short story concept, the Ray Bradbury type, the networking cellphone is the bad guy, triggering a global disruption – basically pushing to start killing each other. It is a mayhem movie, but an interesting story concept, enough to fuel deeper insights into what telco’s can possibly do to reach out to people, in CELL’s case…push people to become pulsating murderers. It is a scary concept, and the film suggest that concept forming uknowingly. CELL features Say Anything’s John Cusack and Pulp Fiction’s Samuel Jackson, whose antics play up time for film’s suggestively grinding post-apocalyptic thriller. 

CELL sets its striking premise from inside this airport passenger lounge, sending domestic travelers in a sudden and unexplained state of mental fury. Cusack leads that chaotic scene rather frantically, surviving a network attack that could only be explained by a violence triggering cellphone call. Phone call, which emits this strange static sound, and this applies to any active phone reaching out to a live network, and then triggering human violence into its closest warlike form. While concept did lean on the zombie state of mind form, CELL made it real since human supposedly detached of their civilized were basically alive. 

Dracula, if he is alive today, will have loved this networking concept of controlling humans. It is tech driven, and those controlled would only lean on a reigning cell triggered network designed for a programmed goal. CELL rolls its dynamic foreplay with mobile technology, and then blending that sparring storyline with streaming comic reader amusement plotting. It is a perfect concept for Cusack, let alone Jackson, who came on fifteen minutes throughout film’s faring mass tragedy. While CELL could have done more rationilizing what made humans so vulnerable to violence, a cellsite’s behavioral triggering signal, suppressing that mystery was somewhat useful in elelvating viewer interest to CELL’s outrageously combing Bradbury ending. CELL, despite its B movie production value, is a fun sci-fi movie for comic soul. It is character driven, but there is more to Cusack or Jackson silly liners combined that meets the silver screen’s eyes. 

One Night Gig with Boy George and The Culture Club

by Edsel Lorete/ http://inslashout.wordpress.com / http://inslashout.blog.com

Boy George was not exactly kidding telling pinoy fans their one night Manila concert last June 17 will be memorable. The Asian concert leg, which came off from a series of leg concerts in Australia, hit it off with only a single night gig, making it more intimate seeing the popular pop band live for the first time after more than thirty years. 

That is a long wait, but that did not stop fans from trooping to the Araneta Coliseum, see Boy George do that classic NuWave hit hand dance wave that originally associated with the eighties era, which was producing largely original hit songs by bands, musicians who knows how to write lyrics and read melodies. 

Boy George and The Culture Club was one such band that identified with my era’s demand for original music, so goes the coined tab “never heard” for any chart hit in the British Top Ten Melody Makers of that time. Goerge, who is iconically known for his flashy colored hair lock done with a top hat paired with baggy shirts and pants, did make head turns for that pop inspired imaging the night of the concert.

Goerge O’ Dowd in real life, Boy George flaming yet candidly glowing glam looks, which the singer flamboyntly sported with less of the hair tease, in exchange for flashy shiny sequence contoured around the singer’s eyes. Thirty years late, but Boy George proves he can trend digitally with millenials!

Classic night for hit Culture Club music

Boy George came on stage, with nearly twelve musicians playing caravan music, and opened the concert with the classic hit “Church of the Poision Mind”. Compared to band’s MTV type music videos, which was playing restlessly from behind this gigantic video monitor, George brought the house down singing live, and there was immediate fan recognition.

Unlike today’s fashion reeling pop singers, most would partake on the digital wonders of voicing makeovers, Boy George sang with his husky yet danceable funky tunes, which was easy to realize if you have spent a number of years on radio and TV – listening to The Culture Club’s one hit medloy maker after the other, and this would mainstream in the Philippines about a month prior to international release from UK and the US.

Boy George sang mostly hit songs like Karma Chameleon, Do You Really Want to Hurt Me, Everything I Own, War Song (Which Boy George said the band has not sang live in over thirty years), Miss Me Blind and a tribute song to the late 80’s singer David Bowie.
Three songs to concert list, Boy Goerge would jokingly bow out for a sudden wardrobe change. 

Power outage affected stage for thirty minutes, but the wait only made fans clamor for more. George, with his yellow and British monarch top hat on, including the singer’s branding a few skin tattoo on neck and arm, The Culture Club gig, which was one of three remaining Asian concerts the band was listed to do before moving back to England, may be short but it was a worthwhile experience seeing the band, particularly Boy Goerge in the flesh, for the first time.

First draw concerts, particularly for bands from the eighties, a great example of those included Tears For Fears, Duran Duran, Swing Out Sisters, Madonna and Spandau Ballet, are best enjoyed during artist’s first show. It is what draw people, band’s fans out to the live concert scene. Tony Hadley, vocalist of Spandau Ballet, on his first Manila gig, agreed to honor the marriage proposal announcement of a fan in the audience.

Tears For Fears, to appease fans who have waited for the duo to perform locally, sang Mad Word in its original form. Duran Duran, for their Big Electric Thing 80’s concert, agreed to do a string version of “Save A. Prayers” while Swing Out Sisters did similarly for “Fooled by A Smile”.

Boy Goerge and The Culture Club did an original live play of Karma Chameleon, and this was seconded by War Song, which Goerge routed with a acapella to original band arrangement typical of song’s MTV. What is great about The Culture Club is seeing the band intact, and with Boy Goerge singing the band’s hit songs like it was new to everyone’s ears.

Telco giants Globe, PLDT sign bilateral IP Peering agreement, paving way for quality internet service in the Philippines

A monumental agreement has been reached between telco giants Globe and Smart Communications. Inslashout details…

Leading Philippine telecoms and digital services provider PLDT has moved to establish a bilateral IP peering arrangement with Globe Telecom that will help improve local internet traffic quality and provide better internet experience for the subscribers of both telco operators.
 
“This is a very positive development and is in line with our digital pivot. We are focused on taking effective measures to improve internet services in the country. IP peering is one such measure. By keeping local traffic local, we improve the internet experience of both PLDT and Globe subscribers,” said Ernesto R. Alberto, PLDT Executive Vice President and Head of Enterprise.
 
“The other complementary effective measure is local caching. PLDT is working with global internet players like Google, Youtube, Facebook and Microsoft to store more popular internet content in the Philippines so Filipinos can access this more quickly. Caching is needed because about 90% of internet content frequently accessed by Filipinos come from overseas. This is one reason why PLDT is building more state-of-the-art data centers in different parts of the country,” said Atty. Ray C. Espinosa, PLDT Head of Legal and Regulatory Group and member of the PLDT Board of Directors.
 
“Effective and efficient use of radio frequencies is another effective measure. Hence, Smart is quickly integrating the newly accessed frequencies from the San Miguel telco businesses into its mobile network rollout plan to provide additional capacity to handle the rapid growth of data traffic. Complementing this, PLDT has stepped up its investment in fiber to the home. We currently have about half a million fiber lines, with speeds of up to 1 Gbps already available in certain areas,” Espinosa added.

With the peering arrangement, PLDT and Globe will now allow direct local exchange of traffic between PLDT’s Philippine Internet Exchange (PhIX) and Globe Internet Exchange (GIX) that is destined to each other’s own broadband and mobile customers.

“The intention here is to keep local traffic within the country which should lower latency due to less hops and thus, should result in marked improvements in fixed broadband and mobile internet services in the country,” Alberto noted.

“This milestone agreement ushers in new ways of establishing partnerships within the industry in order to improve internet services throughout the country,” he emphasized.

Senator Bam Aquino witnessed the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between PLDT and Globe held in Makati Thursday.

The MOA paves the way for the initial phase of bilateral peering which is localized IP traffic exchange between the PLDT Group broadband and mobile subscribers and Globe Group subscribers, which should be completed 30 days after the execution of the MOA. It also dictates that the two telcos will work towards executing a fuller bilateral peering agreement within 90 days after the initial phase has been accepted.

PLDT, Globe agree on IP peering deal for better internet in the country MANILA, Philippines, June 16, 2016 – Leading telecoms and digital services provider PLDT has moved to establish a bilateral IP peering arrangement with Globe Telecom that will help improve local internet traffic quality and provide better internet experience for the subscribers of both telco operators.

“This is a very positive development and is in line with our digital pivot. We are focused on taking effective measures to improve internet services in the country. IP peering is one such measure. By keeping local traffic local, we improve the internet experience of both PLDT and Globe subscribers,” said Ernesto R. Alberto, PLDT Executive Vice President and Head of Enterprise.

“The other complementary effective measure is local caching. PLDT is working with global internet players like Google, Youtube, Facebook and Microsoft to store more popular internet content in the Philippines so Filipinos can access this more quickly. Caching is needed because about 90% of internet content frequently accessed by Filipinos come from overseas. This is one reason why PLDT is building more state-of-the-art data centers in different parts of the country,” said Atty. Ray C. Espinosa, PLDT Head of Legal and Regulatory Group and member of the PLDT Board of Directors.

“Effective and efficient use of radio frequencies is another effective measure. Hence, Smart is quickly integrating the newly accessed frequencies from the San Miguel telco businesses into its mobile network rollout plan to provide additional capacity to handle the rapid growth of data traffic. Complementing this, PLDT has stepped up its investment in fiber to the home. We currently have about half a million fiber lines, with speeds of up to 1 Gbps already available in certain areas,” Espinosa added.

With the peering arrangement, PLDT and Globe will now allow direct local exchange of traffic between PLDT’s Philippine Internet Exchange (PhIX) and Globe Internet Exchange (GIX) that is destined to each other’s own broadband and mobile customers.

“The intention here is to keep local traffic within the country which should lower latency due to less hops and thus, should result in marked improvements in fixed broadband and mobile internet services in the country,” Alberto noted.

 “This milestone agreement ushers in new ways of establishing partnerships within the industry in order to improve internet services throughout the country,” he emphasized.

 Senator Bam Aquino witnessed the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between PLDT and Globe held in Makati Thursday.

The MOA paves the way for the initial phase of bilateral peering which is localized IP traffic exchange between the PLDT Group broadband and mobile subscribers and Globe Group subscribers, which should be completed 30 days after the execution of the MOA. It also dictates that the two telcos will work towards executing a fuller bilateral peering agreement within 90 days after the initial phase has been accepted.

Smart, Starmobile launch 4.5-inch PLAY Click for only P1,288

Unrivaled mobile services provider Smart Communications has partnered with trusted Filipino smartphone brand to introduce the country’s most value-packed big screen Android phone, the Starmobile PLAY Click.

At P1,288, the Starmobile PLAY Click delivers a full experience as a dual-SIM Android 5.1 Lollipop smartphone with a 4.5-inch touch screen that is bigger and brighter than other entry-level offerings in the market today.

“With this partnership, Smart bolsters its thrust to bring the smartphone in the hands of every Filipino by offering feature-rich handsets at a very affordable price,” said Katrina Luna-Abelarde, First Vice President and Smart Wireless Consumer Operations Head. “This is our way of breaking the barriers for many of our fellowmen to enjoying a much richer mobile digital experience.”

 “While we are already very proud of what the PLAY Click can do, we wanted to sweeten the deal even further for our customers,” said Michael Chen, Starmobile Product Development Head. “This partnership with Smart further adds value to the already value-packed PLAY Click.”

 Powered by Smart’s largest mobile network, the Starmobile PLAY Click’s large screen is a joy to use with today’s top mobile games, such Clash Royale and Clash of Clans, and for binge-watching your viral videos on YouTube and blockbuster movies on iflix – aside from sharing and browsing photos on popular social media apps.

What’s more, PLAY Click comes with one Smart Prepaid SIM with FREE 1 YEAR DATA. Subscribers will receive 100MB/month, so they can enjoy Facebook, Viber, Instagram, and other apps right out of the box. And with an accumulated P100 load every month, users can also enjoy load rewards of up to P30/month for 12 months. It also comes with a FREE TNT SIM.

The Starmobile PLAY Click will be available in Smart and Starmobile concept stores and kiosks nationwide and on the Smart Online Store at smart.com.ph/store beginning June 17, 2016. To avail of Starmobile Play Click at P1,288, you will need to purchase it with a P100 Smart Prepaid load card.

A regular open-line version is also available in Starmobile concept stores and kiosks for only P2,690.

Check out Smart’s latest offers at http://www.smart.com.ph/prepaid or follow its official accounts on Facebook (facebook.com/SmartCommunications), Twitter and Instagram (@LiveSmart).

Learn more about the Starmobile PLAY Click, visit http://www.starmobile.com.ph or go to Starmobile’s official Facebook page at facebook.com/starmobilephones.

 

Epson inspires launching new signage printer series at Graphic Expo 2016 *

Product Feature: Epson SC-S60670 Signage Printer 

The most creative and talented professionals in the country all gathered together in the recent Graphic Expo 2016 inside the SMX Convention Center in Manila from 2 to 4 June 2016. Over 100 corporate exhibitors showcased the latest innovations in different fields including printing and imaging in the three-day event.

With Epson Philippines as one of the major sponsors of the Graphic Expo 2016, the event unveiled the newest S-Series signage printers, as well as a showcase of Epson’s latest products. 

The Epson SureColorTM S-Series printers are Epson’s latest high-performance roll-to-roll eco-solvent signage printers with new technological advancements. Its extensive features include the high-performance PrecisionCoreTM TFP printhead that delivers output quality at high speed, a new Print Mode that improves image quality by reducing visible banding, and an auto media adjustment system that ensures great ease on every task.

In addition to showcasing Epson’s latest products in action through the live demonstration, Epson also explained the benefits of owning an Epson S-Series signage printer through product talks held during the event. “We’re definitely happy to be a part of the Graphic Expo 2016 because we believe this event is truly an avenue where long-time entrepreneurs, artists, aspiring business owners and even technology aficionados all come together,” shared Pamela Albar, head of Epson Philippines Corporation’s Commercial &Industrial Printers business. 

“All our S-Series signage printers are able to withstand the most demanding tasks and in the long run, also allow business owners to lower overhead costs. Customers not only get quality Epson products but also experience Epson’s brand of customer service with every purchase,” added Ms. Albar. 

Along with the newly-launched S-series printer, other Epson products were also showcased during the Graphic Expo 2016. Photography aficionados were particularly amazed by the capabilities and highly-detailed output of the SC-P7000 while retail enthusiasts were impressed by the efficiency and speed of the SC-F9270 textile printer. 

The new S-Series signage printers that were presented during the Graphic Expo 2016 are now available in the Philippines. The SC-S40670 retails for Php910,000.00, while the SC-S60670 is priced at Php1,220,000.00, and the SC-S80670 is Php1,330,000.00.
What is Epson?

Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. With a lineup that ranges from inkjet printers and digital printing systems to 3LCD projectors, smart glasses, sensing systems and industrial robots, the company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 67,000 employees in 90 companies around the world, and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impacts.
What is Epson Southeast Asia?

Since 1982, Epson has developed a strong presence across major markets in Southeast Asia. Led by the regional headquarters, Epson Singapore Pte Ltd., Epson Southeast Asia spans an extensive network of 10 countries, and is responsible for delivering and supporting Epson’s cutting-edge consumer and business digital imaging products to the customers of these markets through its comprehensive infrastructure of over 360 service outlets, 10 Epson solution centres and 8 manufacturing facilities. http://www.epson.com.sg  
What is Epson Philippines?

Epson’s corporate presence in the Philippines commenced in 1998. It grew rapidly into a billion peso company in a span of a few years from its establishment due to its client-oriented approach in its business management style by its dedicated and innovative staff members and officers. 

Epson Philippines has an extensive network of 77 Authorized Service Centers nationwide with more than 200 dealers and more than 800 shops across the Country. For more details, please visit our website (www.epson.com.ph) or our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/EpsonPhilippines). 
For product inquiries and technical support, INSLASHOUT suggest calling the Epson Customer Care at the following number: Metro Manila: (02) 441-9030; Toll Free: 1-800-1069-37766 (PLDT), 1-800-3-0037766 (DIGITEL) or visit the Epson Customer Care website: http://customercare.epson.com.ph
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Globe offers next Chromecast for P99

Are you raring to mirror your smart gadget with your tech savvy smart flat TV? Only Chromecast could do that without the glitch, and particularly if you sebxribe to Globe, which is giving away the next generation Chromecast for only P99 amonth. It is a great…so here is the detail. 

Improved casting and more app compatibility for a full wireless entertainment experience
With the promise for a connected life for the home, Globe in collaboration with Google now offers the new generation Chromecast. Broadband subscribers can now avail the new and improved Chromecast for an affordable add-on of only Php99 per month.

Customers today are no longer just tied in using their smartphones and PC’s at home for personal consumption, they also demand better content to share and experience on a bigger screen. The new Chromecast offers the solution to “cast” content from their personal device such as movies, shows, music, games to a bigger screen TV using their HDMI connection. 

The new Chromecast is now equipped with better connectivity with the latest 802.11ac dual band Wi-Fi and three antenna structure for a more faster, stable and less buffering streaming using the latest mobile devices. Aside from being a better hardware, the new Chromecast is also fully compatible to cast with the latest entertainment apps including Globe exclusive digital content partners such as HOOQ, NBA and Spotify.

“With our continuous partnership with Google, we stay true in providing new and meaningful innovations to fully maximize the digital lifestyle of our customers. The latest installment in this is the new Chromecast, now with better features and compatibility to our content partners such as Spotify, HOOQ, NBA to a more immersive casting experience. ” says – Senior Vice President for Broadband Business, Martha Sazon.

Last Q1 2016, Globe Broadband achieved a significant growth of 51% in revenue and additional subscribers of 41% resulting to a total broadband revenue of Php3.5 billion as of end-March 2016. The impressive growth in revenues was driven by the increasing demand for data connectivity, as well as the positive response to various home broadband offerings bundled with entertainment-related contents such as Spotify, NBA League Pass, and HOOQ.

Globe Broadband customers with any plan can now get the new Chromecast for Php99 add-on monthly in a 24 month period. Subscribers can avail by calling 02-730-1010, browsing online at https://www.globe.com.ph/broadband#chromecast or visiting Globe Stores nationwide. Offer will be available until November 18, 2016.