Since December last year, we now have a total of fourteen (14) Pinoy Mozillians participating in the global Foxfooding Program — Mozilla’s own way of dogfooding Firefox OS.

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Through the Foxfooding Program, participants will have the opportunity to improve Firefox OS with their insights, ideas and testing. They will get the latest builds and it’ll be fun, with challenges and opportunities to connect with other Foxfooders.

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Mozilla distributed a total of 14 loaned devices all throughout the country (as of today) and it is an awesome handset with the following specifications:

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Specs

ReleasedSeptember 2014
NetworkGSM, HSPA, LTE
HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps
Dimensions127.3 x 64.9 x 8.6 mm (5.01 x 2.56 x 0.34 in)
Weight129 g (4.55 oz)
SIM CardNano SIM
Display Size4.6 inches (~70.6% screen-to-body ratio)
Display TypeIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Screen Resolution720 x 1280 pixels (~319 ppi pixel density)
Screen Multi-TouchYes, up to 10 fingers
Screen ProtectionShatter proof glass
- Triluminos display
- X-Reality Engine
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801
CPUQuad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400
GPUAdreno 330
Primary Camera20.7 MP, f/2.0, 25mm, autofocus, LED flash
Secondary Camera2.2 MP, f/2.8, 1080p@30fps
Video2160p@30fps,1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps, HDR
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetoothv4.0, A2DP, LE, apt-X
GPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
NFCYes
RadioStereo FM radio with RDS
USBmicroUSB v2.0 (MHL TV-out), USB Host
SensorsAccelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
BatteryNon-removable Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery
Other FeaturesIP68 certified - dust proof and water resistant over 1 meter and 30 minutes

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We hope that more Pinoy Mozillians will be able to participate in the program very soon. Watch out for announcements on how you can be part of this program.

Here are 5 reasons why ASUS’ best value smartphone, ZenFone Go, is this season’s perfect must-have travel companion

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Manila, Philippines (26 January, 2016) — Now, more than ever, it is undeniable that smartphones have truly become the centerpiece of our traveling lifestyle. Whether one considers himself to be an adventurous soul, an aimless wanderer, or perhaps simply an explorer-at-heart, every aspect of our travels is made even more fun with our handy smartphone there with us in every step of our journey.

While it seems that choosing the right kind of smartphone may be as challenging as planning your next travel destination, one actually need not look no further than the trailblazing ASUS ZenFone smartphone series, which since its launch last July 2014, has literally taken over the world by storm. And just like the bucket lists and itineraries we are all so accustomed in preparing for a brand new adventure, allow us to list down some of the top reasons why in particular the value-for-money ASUS ZenFone Go (ZC500TG) would be the perfect smartphone to have with you during your road trips and vacations this season.

The Price is Right: Your Best Bet for a Budget-Friendly, High-Value Smartphone

For a retail price of just PHP5,995.00, the ASUS ZenFone Go is a sure hit for millennial travelers who are always on the look-out for items that will not only be useful to have wherever they go, but will also be ‘easy on the pocket’ for their budget travels. With its key features and main selling points (read on below), the ZenFone Go will really suit the lifestyles of both road warriors and vacationers alike.

Without a doubt, this smartphone’s very affordable pricing allows you to enjoy new experiences and destinations without having to break the bank.

Every Traveler’s Delight: It’s Compact, Elegant and very Light

They say that the secret to a stress-free travel is to simply pack light, and this could not be any more true for the ZenFone Go. With its light and compact built (weighing only 135 grams), the ZC500TG ensures travelers that you reduce space, weight, and any additional cost for your baggage. Moreover, at is slimmest point, the ZenFone Go is only 5.2mm – ultimately making it comfortable to hold and travel-friendly enough to be placed in your pocket anywhere you go.

And because what is traveling, if not in style, the ZenFone Go also displays the iconic ASUS spin cut-effect, with the concentric lines providing a magnificent visual effect. For added aesthetic, the ZenFone Go comes in three stylish colors of your choice: White, Black or Red.

The Need for Speed: Instant Touching Response

More often than not, nothing says “travel buzzkill” more than having to encounter speed bumps, detours and long waits along the way, most especially if you are in a hurry.

You will definitely not encounter these with the ZenFone Go what with its unmatched instant touching response: The ZC500TG is equipped with a super sensitive and instant 67ms touch response time that keeps up with all your needs even when you are on the go, or in a rush – making this the perfect travel gear for multitaskers and globetrotters.

Loud and Clear: An Audio Experience Like No Other

The ZenFone Go also offers you added entertainment at the palm of your hands as you go about in your travels. The ZC500TG benefits from ASUS-exclusive SonicMaster technology for exceptional mobile-audio experiences. In fact, the smartphone’s ingenuous amplifier design enables the ZC500TG to deliver an output voltage that is up to 25% greater than competing smartphones.

Going the Extra Mile: But Wait, There’s More!

Photo enthusiasts and social media- savvy travelers can also enjoy the ZenFone Go’s camera functions, what with its two built-in cameras, with the main camera having an 8MP, f/2.0 lens.

On top of these, the ASUS ZenFone Go keeps the fun rolling with a high-capacity battery that provides almost 30 hours of 3G talk time and over 10 days on standby. The ZC500TG also packs a powerful 1.3GHz quad core processor for superior everyday performance, and includes intelligent dual SIM, dual-active technology that lets users both deal with and switch seamlessly between business and personal needs.

ASUS ZenFone Go Specifications

BrandASUS
Model NameZC500TG
Marketing NameZenFone GO
MSRP
(Local currency)
PHP 5,995.00
Screen Size5-inch
Screen ResolutionIPS
Pixel Per Inch294
IPS Panelsoda lime
ProcessorMediaTek
MT6580
Quad-Core
1.3GHz
Rear Camera8MP, f/2.0 Aperture, Auto focus
Battery2070mAh Polymer battery (removable)
Front Camera2MP
3G NetworkDC-HSPA+ (DL/UL): 42/5.76 Mbps
LTE NetworkN/A
3G Quad Band Support
(850/900/1900/2100 MHz)
850/900/1800/1900
Operating SystemAndroid Lolipop 5.1
RAM2GB
Storage16GB
WebStorage/Google drive/Dropbox bundle
(Y/N)
5GB lifetime for free
Dual SIM-Card SupportYes
Maximum Micro SD Card support size64GB
BluetoothBT 4.0
Navigation SystemSupport GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS
Sensors1. Accelerator
2. E-Compass
3. Proximity
4. Ambient light sensor
Weight (gram)135g
Available ColorRed / White / Black

This coming weekend, a group of Pinoy Mozillians (myself included) will be flying to Singapore to attend the Mozilla Leadership Summit.

The Leadership Summit is the 3rd gathering part of the Participation Leaders initiative. Overall, this initiative is aimed at developing 150 participation leaders who:

…have increased their knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to grow the impact of participation across Mozilla in 2016.

…are aligned with and have contributed to Mozilla’s vision and strategy, and who will champion this with Mozillians and others.

…have created and committed to specific plans for growing the impact of participation and contributing to Mozilla in 2016, aligned with the organization’s goals and priorities.

This is some sort of crowd sourcing for ideas, suggestions, comments and anything that you think will be of great help to the Mozilla Philippines Community as we embark on the Mozilla Leadership Summit journey. Simply click on the button below to start with the very short (will eat 3 minutes at most of your time) survey.

 

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Maraming salamat po!

To the next generation of leaders and citizens: develop an army of social media practitioners that will raise the level of political awareness of our younger electorate…

I was given an opportunity to have a rather informal chitchat with Vice-Presidentiable and honorable Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan earlier today in Mandaluyong City. I sat down with UNA’s Vice-Presidential bet together with some of my blogger colleagues. First stop, some quick facts about the senator:

Date of Birth14 March 1948 (67 years old)
Elementary EducationSan Beda College (Manila) & Dominican School (Taipei)
Secondary EducationDon Bosco High School (Mandaluyong)
CollegeUniversity of the Philippines (Economics)
Philippine Military Academy (PMA)
Masters DegreeAsian Institute of Management (Business Management)
Year Elected as Senator1995

Known as Greg to his colleagues, Sen. Honasan was “baptized” as Gringo by his upper batch inside the PMA. Before entering the military academy, he wanted to become a priest or a doctor. But if his family will send him to the seminary or the medical school, some of his siblings might not be able to continue with their education. Thus, his father (also a soldier), encouraged him to give the PMA a shot.

He might be the least techie among the current roster of Philippine Senators, as he uses a mobile phone, which he calls as an “iPhone 36” — it is actually a feature phone, with basic functionalities as calls and SMS (it does not even have a QWERTY keypad). For him, more important than the medium is the content.

Here are some of the questions thrown at him, with most he answered in a witty way. Trust me, never a dull moment during the course of the two and a half hour interview session.


 

Q: How has he changed over the years since he entered the world of Philippine politics?

A: I defined a path so that my public and private life will be God, country and family — all or nothing. After 42 years of public service (from being a soldier, then a rebel to a senator), nothing has changed; no difference. When I was a soldier, the lines were clearer. When I entered politics, I found the lines to be blurred.

Q: What made you run for Vice-President?

A: … I am a good soldier. If I will allow the standard bearer of our party (Senator Greg is the Vice-President of UNA) to run without a running mate, I ended up deciding for the party — that is the most honorable thing to do. So, sinamahan ko (referring to Presidential candidate Jojo Binay).

Q: Who is your best friend in the Senate?

A: Senator Tito Sotto is my BFF. He is there for me, whatever the conditions are. There are two great things you can give other human beings: time and trust. That’s what Senator Tito Sotto gave me. He is there for my family; I am there for his. “Magkumpare kaming buo.”

Q: Who do you think is the most brilliant senator of your time?

A: Senator Enrile. He is like a father to me. I have known him for half of my life. “Akala ng iba, Batman and Robin kaming dalawa.” That is not fair to Senator. That is not fair to me. We sometimes find ourselves on opposing sides of issues. But we agree to one thing: anything that we do should serve the highest public and national interest.

Q: Coming from the military, if you win as Vice-President what will you propose?

A: What is the job of a Vice-President? The Job Description of the Vice-President is to wait for the job to be given to me by the incoming President. The Vice-President manages things at home when the President is away. I think, I have the capacity to do that. I complement his (Jojo Binay’s) platform: job generation and poverty alleviation. And this is not a campaign promise. We must focus on issues here at home first before we can deal with issues like Chinese in the West Philippine Sea, etc. We need to secure our homes and our families first. Hindi pwedeng kakaba-kaba ka kapag lumabas ang mga anak mo papunta sa school. I know exactly what to do; how to handle our peace and order problem.

Q: If you will be elected Vice-President, what role/s do you want the President to give you?

A: Secretary of DILG (Department of Interior and Local Government). I will have the police under me. I will go after the police who are involved in drug pushing. And I will have administrative supervision over local governments, which is our frontline mechanism — the repository of peace and order efforts; food, clothing, shelter and education — that’s the hub (LGUs), not the military nor the police. I think I have the perspective to do that. Or, I will die trying, as I had done in the past.

Q: If Science and Technology will be placed under the role of the Vice-President, what steps will you take to ensure that a majority of Filipinos will have access to affordable and fast internet connectivity?

A: Provide FREE internet to all.

Q: Were you able to watch Heneral Luna?

A: Yes, but I almost fell asleep. Antonio Luna was right in saying that the Americans and the Spaniards are not the enemies, our real foe are ourselves — that is why he is unpopular. Not comparing myself to Antonio Luna, but everytime I will be given a choice between country or myself (bayan o sarili), I choose my country. And my history will show it. I abandoned my family many times, leaving them without saying a word.

Q: What is your most favorite movie/film?

A: The likes of 300 (Spartans) and The Equalizer. What I liked about The Equalizer was the opening sequence saying, “The two most important days in your life: the day you were born and the day you discover why.”

Q: Some said that when you were in hiding, you disguised yourself as a female. Is that true?

A: Yes, that is true. There was a PHP5M and another PHP10M reward on my head. But one day, I was sitting in front of a car wearing a wig and a dress, a cigarette vendor approached the vehicle while we were caught in a traffic jam then shouted my name when he recognized me. The name of the game is anonymity. People with lots of bodyguards and uses security escort vehicles are the favorite target of terrorists.

Q: How will you be able to unite our country?

A: Reduce partisan politics. Amend the Local Government Code. Handling of funds must be decentralized. The situation in Samar might be different from Ilocos, for example. We must empower the LGUs. They must be in the frontline. What happens now is that you want all congressmen and mayors to go to you and beg for your approval to release funds, which are intended for their locale.

Q: Are you in favor of federalism?

A: I am in favor of decentralization. Whatever you may call it.

Q: What’s your take on K-12?

A: I am in favor of K-12. But it must be K-12 + Nutrition. We must ensure that children ages 0 to 6 are receiving proper nutrition to prepare them for school. We do not want to raise our children malnourished, which could lead to them becoming retarded. What if one of them becomes a Senator, or worst our President?

Q: Since you are a Bosconian, what are the values that you learned from the Salesian community that you instill up to this very day?

A: God, country, family, work, sports, healthy mind, healthy body, camaraderie and working with your hands. The values that nobody can take away from me. Practical human values and ethics.

Q: What is your stand in the alleged Lumad killings?

A: Should be condemned to the highest level. The Lumads are the original Filipinos. Remember, I am the author of the IPRA (Indigenous People’s Rights Act of 1997) Law.

Q: After what you had gone through, is there anything that are you still afraid of?

A: Yes, there is. I am afraid to disappoint God.

Me with Senator Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan after the interview.

Me with Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan after the interview.

IDC Philippines Releases 2016 Top 10 ICT Predictions

Manila, January 8, 2016 – IDC Philippines announced today its top predictions for the Philippine ICT industry, which underscores the importance of digital transformation (DX) in driving business growth for both enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) on the 3rd Platform. Businesses in the Philippines need to transform into a digitally- led organization through the use of 3rd Platform and innovation accelerators in order to capture value-producing opportunities, pursue new revenue streams, and change an existing business model.

According to IDC, 3rd Platform technologies include the 4 pillars of cloud, mobility, Big Data analytics, and social, as well as the 6 innovation accelerators of IoT, cognitive computing, robotics, 3D printing, virtual/augmented reality, and next-gen security.

Jubert Alberto, country head, IDC Philippines, says, “Companies in the Philippines that do not start a DX initiative will find themselves struggling to respond to changing market demands and competitive pressures. Digitalization has been heightening industry competition as it paves the way for business process excellence and new monetization and business models. Given increasing industry disruptions brought about by digitalization, it is high time for Philippine enterprises and SMEs to make the move into DX to help them scale up in leadership, omni-experience, information, operating models, and worksource transformation.”

Moreover, Alberto adds, “IT leaders in every Filipino organization must transform the IT organization into a true business transformation engine through IDC’s new DX leadership framework, Leading in 3D or 3-Dimensional Leadership. Its goal is to ‘Innovate’, ‘Integrate,’ and ‘Incorporate’ IT within the organization to achieve business-driven objectives.”
This year, IDC’s top predictions are rebranded as IDC FutureScapes for both technology buyers/CxOs and ICT suppliers.

#1: DX-guided enterprise strategy. By the end of 2019, 80% of enterprise strategies will include a significant DX component.

“Globalization, availability of analytics, and the Internet as an economic engine require nearly every enterprise strategy and significant business change initiative to involve some aspect of ‘digital,’ whether it is improving customer experience or internal operations or creating digital products and services. DX is leveraging IDC’s 3rd Platform — cloud, mobility, Big Data and analytics (BDA), and social business — to improve business agility, effectiveness, and customer satisfaction,” says Alon Anthony Rejano, analyst, IDC Philippines.

#2: Authentic experiences. By 2020, 80% of Filipino B2C companies will have created an immersive and authentic omni-experience for customers, partners, and employees.

Jerome Dominguez, analyst, IDC Philippines, states, “In the past, effective marketing for Filipino enterprises meant investing huge sums of money on traditional media such as print and TV. Today, the continuous digital transformation is changing the way Filipino consumers respond to marketing. Filipino consumers are making more use of social media than they used to in the past, hence there is a greater need for companies to assess how they market their products and services in the digital space.”

#3: Security and risk management. By 2017, 30% of IT organizations will shift their focus to advanced “contain and control” security and away from a perimeter mentality.

“By 2017, IDC expects traditional Philippine enterprises to be forced to make significant operational changes to adjust to the accelerating disruption in the ICT industry. As Filipino enterprises evolve to an information-led, information-centric business model, the strategic importance of a strong security governance model will be critical as the uptake of 3rd Platform technologies among businesses will widen the attack surface,” says Dominguez.

#4: Government focus on ICT. Digitalization at a national level will continue to be a challenge but significant push will be felt in 2016.

“Although there are administrative hurdles stalling progress, IDC expects the Filipino government to pursue eGovernment initiatives geared toward digitalizing processes and improving transparency more actively this 2016. This also includes initiatives around Smart City and public WiFi systems in major centers in the country,” says Dominguez.

#5: Enterprise “tingi pack.” By the end of 2016, enterprise “tingi pack” for cloud and IT services will thrive among SMEs.

“The enterprise tingi pack is going to be common in the consumption of IT products and services. As the demand for cloud and other IT services increases among local SMEs, the pay-as-you-go model will not only help grow the providers’ business but also support SMEs in starting a business using IT tools that are budget-friendly, flexible, and competitive,” says Rejano.

#6: Realign suppliers and partners. By 2020, more than 30% of the IT vendors will not exist as we know them today, requiring a realignment of preferred vendor relationships.

The new technologies, offerings, business models, competitors, partners, and buyers in the emerging DX economy are putting tremendous pressure on traditional IT suppliers and accelerating some new players to market leadership roles. Over the next several years, we will see nonstop shifts in vendor fortunes, with almost one-third of today’s leading suppliers acquired, merged, downsized, or significantly repositioned. “While the traditional IT suppliers are all migrating their offerings and organizations to the 3rd Platform and DX worlds, providing the customers migration paths, the impact is that they may or may not emerge from that transition as market leaders,” says Rejano.

#7: Skills-based marketplaces. By 2016, skills-based virtual coworkers in the Philippines will continue to grow, spurring 3rd Platform usage and further outsourcing opportunities.

Nicolo Santos, analyst, IDC Philippines, says, “Online freelance jobs are taking off, offering job opportunities to many Filipinos at the comfort of their homes. As of 2015, there are approximately 1.3 million online freelancers in the Philippines, a number considered to be one of the highest in the world. By 2016, there will be an additional 500,000 web-based workers to be employed in different online job platforms, specifically coming from the countryside, according to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).”

#8: Digitalized brick and mortar stores. By 2020, “brick and mortar” stores will provide retailers with new sources of data to create bigger traction and increase patronization and customer base through digital experiences.

An effective way by which an eTailer venturing into offline channel can effectively differentiate itself from its competition is through coming up with a digital store strategy of its “brick and mortar” estate to provide a personalized customer experience akin to online. Digitalizing “brick and mortar” stores does not only entail deployment of cutting-edge technology solutions to improve in-store experience; it also makes way for competitive data gathering. “There is a lot of potential to be realized from analyzing the multiple data sources generated from digitalizing physical stores — information that will allow retailers to both identify and target casual shoppers and, in the process, allow them to better position their products and services to stimulate loyalty to their brand,” adds Dominguez.

#9: AiO cards. By 2019, Filipinos will use all-in-one (AiO) cards more predominantly as DX allows bridges of retail payment methods to become more interconnected.

“With a flourishing retail industry, IDC believes that payment processes will be evolving significantly quicker than before as digital disruptions continue to come about. Just recently, Manila’s Railway Systems (MRT, LRT 1, and LRT 2) started offering reloadable cards that can be topped up online. This is an auspicious start in the government’s drive to digitalizing payment methods,” says Linus Go, analyst, IDC Philippines.

#10: DX adoption in various sectors. DX will start to take off in “non-IT-intensive” industries like agribusiness and resource industries in 2016.

IDC expects businesses in non-IT-intensive industries such as agriculture, agribusiness, and resource industries to adopt 3rd Platform technologies to bring innovations in their business models and consumption patterns. “The introduction of new information and communication technologies (ICT) in these industries could make these industries more sustainable as it transforms the businesses and drive more organizations to pursue innovation-centric projects with ICT at their core,” says Rejano.

About IDC

IDC is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1,000 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries. For more than 50 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world’s leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting www.idc.com.

For inquiries, please contact:
Jubert Alberto
Country Head
+632-478-7260 ext. 416
[email protected]

Rodalyn Quimora
Sales Manager
+632-478-7260 ext. 406
[email protected]

The year 2015 was an awesome one for the Localization (L10n) Team of the Mozilla Philippines Community. Last year, Mozilla managed to ship the following products with Tagalog as a language option:

  • Firefox for iOS
  • Firefox OS (v2.1 & up)

In August 2015, the Philippines sent a delegation of 3 Pinoy Mozillians to the Mozilla L10n Meetings & Hackathon in Bangkok, Thailand. During this weekend gathering of key localizers from Southeast Asia and neighboring countries, the team was given an opportunity to look back and plan the future of L10n in the Philippines. Photos of the said event are here.

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A number of Localization Sprints were held all throughout 2015 as documented here, here and here.

What’s in store for L10n efforts in the Philippines for 2016?

The road to have a Firefox (web browser for desktop and Android) localized to Tagalog is still a long one ahead. We will need your support to make our long time dream of releasing a Firefox version with Tagalog as a language option a reality in 2016.

We shall also launch the MozillaPH L10n website to house an online glossary of terms and their localized equivalent to Tagalog, as well as a duly documented Translation Guide for Pinoy Mozillians.

With the interest of Pinoy Mozillians from the Visayas region to localize products to their vernacular, it is not far fetched that efforts in this provinces will start anytime soon this year.