Saucony’s sportsman Tim Reed win 2016 Cobra Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship 

Athletes of high-performance global running brand Saucony leave an impressive mark at the Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship swim-bike-run event. Not even the sweltering heat could keep Saucony pro athlete Tim Reed away from winning first place at the 2016 Cobra Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship held in Cebu last August 7. 
The Australian pro finished in 3 hours, 51 minutes, and 46 secondsthe fastest time clocked in the recently-concluded grueling half ironman which involves a 1.9-kilometer swim, 90-kilometer bike, and 21-kilometer run. 
Two-time Champ

Reed was among the 2,967 triathletes from 43 countries who joined the race that was first time to be held in the country. According to defending champion Reed, the previous Asia-Pacific championship was already challenging, but this years race had him head-to-head with more pro athletes. Last year was hard enough, now theres more guys in the mix, Reed said. 

Prior to the race, Reed shared to the press how he felt ready to take on the challenge: “Ive trained really hard for this so I feel Im ready. But you know, probably the biggest problem out there would be heat and humidity so you also got to get it right within yourself and not worry about what everyone else is doing.” Reed added, “So Im just gonna go out there and give it my absolute best.”

To clinch the title, Reed managed to take the lead in the second transition and got a headstart in the run, earning him the title for the second time in a row. For the race, Reed wore his Saucony Kinvara 7 which has a fantastic lock-down fit, unmatched underfoot comfort, and quick, resilient ride. Now equipped with EVERUN Continuous Cushioning in the heel, the pioneer natural motion running shoe helps one run longer, stronger.

Completing the all-Australian podium are 43-year-old Aussie and three-time Ironman World Champion Craig Crowie Alexander, who finished second at 3:55:01 and Saucony pro athlete Sam Betten, capped off the race at 3:57:15, winning third place using his Fastwitch racing flats.

“I always thought of Crowie as the better runner, so thats why I put some pressure on him in the bike part of the race. Then I got into the run. As soon as I heard the crowd, I couldnt help myself and just ran faster because of the cheers of the fans. But it was brutal out there. With five miles to go I almost stopped. I just stayed the course”, said Reed describing the moments after securing his win.

For Reed, winning the race was all about consistency. “Consistency over craziness. I don’t do anything too crazy in training. I just do similar things week in week out, over 10-12 years of training,” he shared

When asked about what it feels like to be the two-time Asia Pacific Ironman70.3 champion, he shared: “It feels unreal. To win one Asia-Pacific title is a dream, so to win two is more than I ever expected.”

Theres no doubt that Cebu has been a familiar place for the athletes, and Reed is psyched to visit the queen city of the south soon. “I love Cebu so Ill be back every year as long as this race is on. Cheers,” he quipped. Apart from the 2016 IM 70.3 champion, Reed is joined by local Saucony athletes Lezette Albarote and Brian Borling of Team Herbalife, John Chicano of the Philippine National Team who all bagged awards using their trusted Type A racing flats. 

Albarote blazed the tracks in her trusted Type A6 and won the overall fastest female Filipino age grouper special award for the third time in a row. Borling, on the other hand was crowned as champion in the male 25-29 age bracket. Meanwhile, Chicano placed third in the Filipino Male Elite Category.

Other notable Saucony ambassadors who finished strong in the race were renowned race organizer Ting Joson, seasoned athletes of Team Herbalife, and Team Ford Forza—Matteo Guidicelli’s triathlon team.
Matteo finishes tough race

Despite his undeniably busy schedule, celebrity athlete Matteo Guidicelli still found the inspiration to finish the half Ironman with a better performance time than last year. During the grueling race, Matteo pushed further to Find his Strong. 
In his Instagram post, he said: “I was trying to keep a consistent pace. When I got to about the 13km mark I started feeling all the pain. This kid beside me started running with me. We paced each other to the finish line. When I was about to walk, a runner behind me said, “that’s not you Matteo, you’re stronger than that.” That gave me an extra push. Thank you to whoever you were.”

One with Find Your Strong

Its not new for Saucony to partner with influential athletes who have excelled in their careers while using running as motivation which is what the brands mantra Find Your Strong is all about. Guidicelli embodies the brands philosophy and eloquently expressed the mantra in his own words, It says Find Your Strong, so its beautiful because everyone just needs to find where theyre strong at, and where they could push further.
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Epson’s Moverio smart glasses deployed for elementary schools  

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An elementary school in Nagano, Japan is upgrading education with the deployment of smart glasses developed by tech brand Epson. Intended for faster communication between students, making the learning process more engaging for pupils. 
Inslashout details how that tech advancement came about for pupils of the Takashima Elemetary School in Nagano, Japan. 

Takashima Elementary School in Nagano, Japan, has introduced a unique extracurricular activity in which each class decides what to study every year. “Let’s make healthy forests!” and used Epson’s Moverio* smart glasses as a communication tool to make school work even more engaging.

Epson engineers began their activities with the children a year ago (Stargazing using Moverio) with the aim of making learning fun. Using the help of the same engineers, the children, who had been studying forests, wanted to communicate using leading-edge information products to ensure that people could understand the importance of nature.

On July 7, the children were divided into nine groups. Based on themes decided through discussions with the engineers, they uploaded to the Moverio photos and videos that they had taken themselves of the forest alongside materials they prepared on a PC.

Using an application on a tablet device, the same images were displayed on multiple Moverio units. With this feature, each group could share their thoughts about the forest among the entire group. The presenting group had created a quiz, and the children wearing Moverio all cheered when the slide appeared before their eyes, as if it were floating on a big screen in front of them.

By participating in the activity, the children clearly identified who they wanted to communicate to, with comments like, “I want my grandparents to enjoy these images of the forest since they can’t go themselves.” They plan to make some changes to the content, and improve the quality of their presentation using the ‘magic glasses.’
* Worn like glasses, Moverio smart glasses offer users the ability to enjoy crystal clear video entertainment, games, music, and web content, anytime and anywhere. It displays what appears as large semi-transparent images floating against the surrounding background. The Moverio BT-200 is intended for ages from junior high school and older, but for these extracurricular lessons, our engineers were present to ensure safety, and time limits were set for use of the glasses.
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.

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Telco Globe goes full steam with LTE 700 MHZ deployment

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Telco fever is up this time with Globe Telecom marching high with the reported deployment of Ayala telco’s ambitious (but achievable) LTE 700 MHZ deployment. It could only mean faster internet services in time for the Christmas holidays or early next year! 

INSLASHOUT details what Globe Telecom has in store for this grand infrastructure, and what the public can expect from this expansion.

In line with commitment to improve internet services, Globe Telecom is going aggressive with deployment of telco’s 700 megahertz (MHz) band. The project is expected to roll out more than 150 sites mostly in Metro Manila as part of its commitment to improve the mobile internet in the country.

Joel Agustin, Globe Senior Vice President for Program Governance, Network Technical Group revealed that Globe is fast-tracking the rollout of LTE service nationwide using the 700 MHz frequency under the co-use agreement approved by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC). “We are confident that more and more of our customers will experience improved services as adoption of LTE-capable devices increases and as we continue to deploy LTE 700 in more sites. This is consistent with our strategy of continuously improving internet services using the previously idle 700 MHz spectrum that the NTC now allowed us to co-use,” Agustin said.

According to Agustin, the LTE 700 sites cover major business districts and highly-urbanized and populated areas in the country, noting that customers using LTE 700 devices are steadily increasing in these areas. Citing Quezon City, where Globe activated the first LTE 700 site in the country, Agustin said the technology now covers a majority portion of the city after the LTE 700 sites activated by Globe increased four times from the initial rollout of just 11 sites.

The company plans to activate more than 500 LTE 700 sites across the country by the end 2016, Agustin said. He added that majority of these sites are located in Metro Manila, enabling Globe to deliver close to 100% coverage of LTE 700 for the entire metropolitan area. This is turn, is expected to substantially improve mobile internet experience of customers in the region.

Globe Telecom is maximizing the use of the 700 MHz band in fulfillment of its commitment in the co-use agreement with BellTel following the sellout of San Miguel’s telco assets. The company committed to deploy about 4,500 multiband, multimode software defined radio base station equipment to 95% of total municipalities and cities in the country. This will improve overall customer experience in terms of speed and reliability of mobile internet services.   

Aside from the 700 MHz, the NTC-approved co-use agreement also provided Globe with access to additional allocation in the 1800 MHz, 2300 MHz, and 2600 MHz bands. This supports the capacity enhancement initiative launched by the company early this year amid growing customer requirement for bandwidth-intensive multi-media content. 

Globe also launched early this year an initiative of creating an internet superhighway by deploying fiber optic cables in 20,000 barangays all over the country to provide faster and more reliable Internet access in about 2 million homes nationwide.

Telco Smart receives Fortune Magazine’s Change the World list for social impact citation *

For its efforts in empowering schools and students through the Smart Wireless Engineering Education Program (SWEEP), Smart Communications Inc. (Smart) has been recognized by top international business magazine Fortune in its Change the World list a roster of 50 companies around the world that are creating important social impact. 

For this years list, Smart has the distinction of being the only Philippine company and only telco in the roster, alongside other global business giants like GlaxoSmithKline, Nike, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, and Unilever.

We are honored to be included in this prestigious global list, and are happy that Fortune recognizes Filipinos efforts to use technology for development. We thank our partner-schools for working hand in hand with us to provide quality engineering and IT education to Filipino students. We hope that by doing so, we are encouraging and equipping them to create innovations that will improve the lives of our countrymen, said Smart Chairman and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan. 

In assembling the Change the World list, Fortune partnered with consulting firm FSG, global organization platform Shared Value Initiative, and Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter to solicit and assess nominations. A team of journalists from Fortune then conducted an investigation of each candidate. The final 50 were selected and ranked by Fortune editors. The nominees were vetted and judged based on the following criteria measurable social impact, business results, and degree of innovation.  

The best businesses, of course, have always put purpose at the center of their strategies. But members of this new group realize that restoring public trust is essential to their long-term success. Increasingly, they are building intentional efforts to address social problems into the core of their business plans. It is these efforts that we highlight in our second annual Change the World list, said Fortune Editor Alan Murray.

Launched in 2003, SWEEP involves Smarts partnership with colleges and universities to improve engineering and information technology education in the country. The program also aims to help schools produce industry-ready graduates and future technology entrepreneurs. Smart also provides schools with up-to-date telecommunications equipment, as well as hands-on trainings, seminars, and internships. Smart also sits in annual curriculum reviews to provide inputs on industry trends, helping schools ensure that their course offerings are relevant. 

To date, more than 30,000 teachers and students from all over the Philippines have directly benefitted from trainings organized by Smart. About 1,000 students from partner-schools have been hired into Smarts technology group.

The Fortune citation is not the first time for SWEEP to be recognized by an international organization. In December 2012, the GSMA, which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, published a case study citing SWEEP as an example of how operators could help address barriers in education.

Smart has been partnering with schools to provide hands-on training to engineering and IT students, helping them get ready for the real world.

Philam Life Paaralan Classrooms: Bringing education to underserved communities in Bicol *

Barangay Burabod is a secluded area located at the foot of Mt. Isarog in Calabanga, Camarines Sur. Because of its remoteness and distance from the urban areas of the municipality, students in Barangay Burabod had to hike 5 kilometers to be able to reach the nearest school. 
Upon visiting the area a few years ago, former Camarines Sur Representative and now Vice President Leni Robredo had a chance to speak with Burabods Barangay Captain Roberto C. Cabaltera. They looked for possible ways to bring education closer to students and put up a secondary school in the location. 

After enlisting the support of various LGUs and government agencies, Severo High School in Burabod named after Eduardo A. Severo, who generously donated a one-hectare lot finally opened its doors to 123 enrollees last June 2014.

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Skinhead role does it for Daniel Radcliffe

Review: Imperium (Crime Thriller)

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Toni Colette (Sixth Sense)

Director: Daniel Ragussis

Daniel Radcliffe has come a long way from his Harry Potter days! The English actor has been working role time to get off his Potter signature character role. Imperium, a crime thriller about an undercover FBI agent who successfully infiltrated this secretly detailing white supremacy organization in the US, is the latest of Radcliffe’s many alternative screen roles. It is not a bad thing taking, but Radcliffe’s eternally short and boyish personality does little to get him off that silly Hogwart character. Imperium’s thematic crime storyline, with the boyish Potter reaping scene time in between action takes, was helpful catapulting Radcliffe to crafting undercover agent role. Radcliffe is a character actor by trade, taking roles that may be hard taking for anyone who has invested time watching the entire Harry Potter movies. Imperium is a major Hollywood film banking on Radcliffe’s screen billing. 

Daniel’s shaved his hair to actually look up to role’s thuggish white supremacist personality. It is a straight forward character transition that included trimming off Radcliffe’s charming British speaking accent. Imperium’s undercover agent premise is based on a true story. It is a difficult project taking for any aspiring thespian looking out for ways to reinvent a screen name left hanging with a pop boy witch. 

While Radcliffe did fit FBI undercover role the English actor lack the energy to really bring on a grand experience worthy of a moving action picture weekend thrill. Imperium is a strong Oscar material fitting not of a charming boy witch, but of a strong persona capable of swining a two sided role aiming for greater screen critic attention to shine. Daniel Radcliffe is a fine actor but the British thespian needs to work more on getting out of his boyish cell to make pure sense of more stricter adult roles tailored for a box office Hollywood spin worldwide.

RedFox re-brands with new logo, affordble high-end products for wireless millennials

by Edsel Thadeus O. Lorete / /

RedFox International Ltd formally rebranded with a new business logo, expanding its growing international reach to a younger market seeking their success through the digital world wide web. It is the adapted playing tech theme “Luxury Within Reach”, explaining brand”s noted expasion to bigger and better faster wireless quality computing gadgets targeted for mass and high end market deployment. 

 Retaining the red fox, the new logo has been simplified, making it more youthful for tech market. Boasting a “solid performance and experience” originally for mainstream tech markets seeking alternative to pricier computer and softwarer tech brands, RedFox started as a PC production brand that eventually branched out to a company providing end-to-end solutions and product manufacturer. 

Philippine tech market refer to RedFox expanding product line’s competitively mass designed pricing, allowing business and including gaming brands to expand under a limited budget reach. With a branding new logo in place, RedFox will venture into other exciting products detailing from smartphones, laptops and gaming PCs. Innovations will include developing new products targeted for education and government. RedFox has already in sub-companies that would sustain its bold product and software development venture. 

These companies, which includes networking offices in Schenzen in China, Hong Kong and Cavite, will focus RedFox’s objective into research and development. Asiantech, another company under RedFox’s business umbrella, shall focus on distribution, logistic and warehousing. RedFox has opened two concept stores targetting retailers at the SM North and SM Marikina shopping malls. With new products coming off under RedFox’s international branding, the company is building a global RMA and service center to compliment the needs of consumers looking for legitimate consumer to retail tech services under brand’s management and control. 

RedFox hinted international business to product expansion to cutting edge technologies shall include a UXperience for Southeast Asia. Store, with RedFox’s stand to offer consumers original products manufactured under tech brand, will offer E-Blue supported interactive eSports and learning centers. 

Designed for experiental development, RedFox’s UXperience hub is expected to expand brand’s international network reaching out to millenials taking their social time, business ventures wirelessly. RedFox said its re-branding is intended to bring change in its efforts developing innovations for smart devices, gaming PCs and laptops for the Philippine and RedFox’s branching international tech market.