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Hapee and Cagayan Valley try to claim their respective quarterfinal incentives when they clash with separate foes in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) D-League Foundation Cup today at The Arena in San Juan.
The Fresh Fighters battle MP Hotel Warriors at 1 pm while the Rising Suns are out to close their elimination round campaign on a high note when they tackle leader Cebuana Lhuiller at 3 pm.
Hapee and Cagayan Valley — two teams that figured in the finals of Aspirants' Cup last conference — are tied at the third and fourth spots with a 5-3 win-loss slate and are gunning for a twice-to-beat edge in the next round.
A loss, however, could hurth their chances, giving their close pursuers, Kera Mix and Jumbo Plastic, a chance to catch them up in the race to the quarterfinals.

More Filipinos get HOOQ

Monday, 25 May 2015 00:00 Published in Life Style

HOOQ, Globe give entertainment-loving Pinoys their dose of movies and TV shows anytime, anywhere

Online entertainment service HOOQ continues to gain traction among entertainment-loving Pinoys through its partnership with the country’s no. 1 mobile brand Globe Telecom, enabling access over 10,000 international and local movies and TV series across multiple devices.
A joint venture between Singtel, Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros. Entertainment, HOOQ has surpassed the 1 million mark in streaming minutes viewed since it launched two months ago. The HOOQ app has also generated over 30,000 downloads from iTunes and Google Play store.
Set to change the way people consume entertainment by providing access to the best Hollywood and local entertainment content with its partnerships with Sony, Warner, ABS-CBN, GMA-7, Regal Entertainment, and Viva Communications, HOOQ continues to add more top studios to its partner line-up which includes Disney, Dreamworks and Miramax.
Soon, HOOQ customers can expect hugely-popular Hollywood titles to be available such as hit TV shows Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy, and movies like Iron Man, Armageddon, Social Network, Pulp Fiction, and The English Patient, to name a few. On the local entertainment scene, the best and latest of local movies from Regal and Viva from 2014 and early 2015 will also be accessible for users to enjoy.
“We are very happy that more and more Filipinos are enjoying easy, affordable, and hassle-free access to HOOQ as evidenced by its fast-growing subscriber base. Asia’s biggest content library first launched in Philippines to give Pinoys access to their favorite international and local movies and TV series on their smartphones, computers, or tablets. HOOQ is definitely revolutionizing the way we all consume and enjoy entertainment. Filipinos can definitely look forward to more innovations and content from HOOQ with Globe enabling access of this service to more users and more devices,” says Dan Horan, senior advisor for consumer business at Globe.
With Globe and HOOQ, users can watch thousands of movies and TV series on their mobile devices wherever, whenever. There are lots of ways to get HOOQ if you're on Globe: Mobile and Tattoo On-the -go customers can get it for FREE when registered to GoSURF299 and up. For those who want to access HOOQ via the Android or iOS app or via the web, you can also subscribe to HOOQ 199 for the 30-day access. Also available are HOOQ 299 which comes with 1GB worth of data for HOOQ access and HOOQ 499 with 2GB worth of data for HOOQ access.
For big screen users (laptops, desktops, tablets), subscribe to Tattoo Home's new consumable broadband plans which comes with free access to HOOQ starting at Plan 1299.
Expanding its footprint in Asia, the video entertainment service will soon launch in Thailand and India, extending its reach to over 1.4 billion users in the region.
To register to HOOQ on your Globe mobile phone, text HOOQ to 8888 or dial *143# and choose “Lifestyle Bundles” and then “HOOQ.” To know more about the offers, visit www.globe.com.ph/HOOQ.

Tech buzz

Monday, 25 May 2015 00:00 Published in Life Style

New wireless, dual-band Cloud router
D-Link, one of the world’s biggest suppliers of home networking products, is introducing the DIR-816L Wireless AC750 Dual-Band Cloud Router, a powerful yet affordable wireless networking solution.
The DIR-816L combines high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity via dual-band technology and fast Ethernet ports to deliver a seamless networking experience for multiple devices at any one time. Additionally, the DIR-816L’s wireless AC technology is able to reach the furthest confines of your apartment, making it ideal for homes with multiple walls and partitions.
In terms of raw performance, the DIR-816L promises swift combined Wi-Fi speeds of up to 750Mbps. However, the key feature of the router is its dual-band wireless AC that allows you to operate two concurrent, high-speed Wi-Fi bands. Users can surf the Web and chat online on the 2.4 GHz band, while concurrently streaming high-definition digital media and play online games on the 5 GHz band. Each band can also operate as a separate Wi-Fi network, giving you the ability to customize your network according to your connectivity needs.
Through the mydlink SharePort app, users can connect a USB storage drive to the router to instantly create a personal cloud storage space to access or share their favourite files even away from home.
The D-Link DIR-816L mydlink Cloud AC750 router is available at all authorized retailers at an SRP of P3,400.

Innovative networking solutions for small and medium-sized businesses
Dell announced an enhanced networking portfolio designed specifically to meet the needs of small to medium-sized businesses, including the new X-series family of smart managed switches and an expanded N-series family with the addition of the Dell N1500 for smaller fully managed environments.
The Dell Networking X-Series is a family of smart Web-managed 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 10GbE switches specifically designed for SMBs that offer intuitive, enterprise-class features, as well as multiple flexible configurations. SMB customers can enjoy advanced network management without requiring professional IT support thanks to step-by-step wizards and customizable dashboards that make configuration, calibration and troubleshooting quick and accurate.
The Dell Networking N1500 family offers fully managed 1GbE switches optimized for smaller networks. The switches utilize a comprehensive enterprise-class Layer 2/3 feature set, common command-line interface (CLI) for consistent management and standard 10GbE SFP+ transceivers and cables for stacking, providing up to 200 1GbE ports in a 4-unit stack. SMBs can deploy a secure network that is optimized for VoIP and social environments, and prioritize network traffic for maximum efficiency.
To reassure wireless customers and partners, Dell announced extended support for the W-series family of wireless access points and controllers.

Hotel’s online shopping site launched
Diamond Hotel Philippines now offers its guests a more convenient way of availing their services as long as the buyer has Internet access to visit www.diamondhotel.com and click on the Online Shopping button.
Exciting and exclusive deals will be featured on the online shopping site with as much as 50 percent off on the hotel’s selling price! Every promotional offer has been created to provide great value for guests whether it’s a staycation in the hotel, dining in any of the restaurants, enjoying a drink at the Poolside or Sky Lounge bar, or sweating it out at the Health Club and Spa. All you need is to sign up, browse and select the deal you like, and pay via your credit card. Then, print your Purchase Confirmation Receipt to claim your purchase, it’s that simple. This is also a hassle-free way of buying gifts for your friends or loved ones.
The Diamond Online Shopping Site includes a Food and Dining section where guests can purchase luscious feasts from any of the hotel’s culinary destinations, namely Corniche Restaurant, Yurakuen Japanese Restaurant, Sky Lounge, Lobby Lounge and The Cake Club. The Events and Activities section provides exclusive access to special events that the family will surely enjoy and exceptional deals when having your celebrations at the hotel. While the Leisure and Wellness section has specials on the Health Club and Spa such as gym membership, a relaxing massage or an invigorating facial. Check out the What’s Hot section where you can find all the best available offers.
For more information on the Diamond Hotel Online Shopping Site, visit www.diamondhotel.com or call 528-3000. Diamond Hotel Philippines is located at Roxas Boulevard corner Dr. J. Quintos Street, Manila. For hotel updates and special offerings, follow it on Facebook at facebook.com/DiamondHotelPhilippines and Twitter, Instagram and Youtube at @DiamondHotelPh.

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