96.2% of businesses in Asia Pacific see cloud as critical to meeting immediate business needs amongst pandemic uncertainty

NTT’s Hybrid Cloud Report reveals the main drivers behind hybrid cloud adoption  

NTT Ltd., the global technology services company, released its 2021 Hybrid Cloud Report, which highlights the critical need for business agility, and the role hybrid cloud has had on helping businesses achieve this. 

Before Covid-19, many companies had embarked on digital transformation journeys, but the pandemic highlighted that many were not as agile as they had previously thought. The pandemic laid bare deficiencies in businesses’ cloud infrastructure, security and network architecture capabilities, hindering their ability to adapt and remain agile. 

The pandemic has forced a cultural mindset shift with global organizations adapting their agility plans from recovering infrastructure and applications to getting office-based workers set up and working from home. Despite this uncertainty, the pandemic has provided a significant opportunity to accelerate digital transformation initiatives. 

The report, which conducted research with 950 decision-makers in 13 countries across five regions – including Singapore, Hong Kong, India in Asia Pacific (APAC), highlighted the increasing reliance on technology and found that: 

  • A business lifeline: 90.0% of APAC businesses agree that pandemic has forced its business to rely on technology more than ever before
  • The benefits of hybrid cloud are already clear: With 60.3% of APAC organizations globally already using, or piloting hybrid cloud
  • Hybrid cloud is the future: The study found that a further 31.6% of APAC respondents plan to implement a hybrid solution within 12-24 months

It is clear that hybrid cloud is now seen as critical to data-driven processes and real-time decisions both now and in the future. 

Hybrid cloud, when implemented correctly, drives efficiencies

During such an uncertain time, businesses are continuing to tighten their purse strings and look to hybrid cloud to increase cost efficiency and drive the organization’s overall performance. The report found that an improved speed of deployment of apps and services is the biggest driver (38.8%) of hybrid cloud adoption in APAC, especially given the shift to a distributed workforce model where businesses in this region now need to access data and applications in new, different and often complex ways. According to APAC respondents, the second largest motivation for hybrid cloud adoption is an overall improvement of business agility (38.3%), followed by a more efficient total cost of IT operations (34.0%).

After working with NTT to implement a hybrid IT infrastructure, Christophe Le Caignec, Head of IT Operations, at Lefebvre Sarrut Services, said: “‘Our infrastructure now lets us focus our time and resources on application development and lifecycle management, helping us to bring new services to market much more quickly.”

Businesses, however, need to implement hybrid cloud in a way that will optimize environments to maximize efficiencies. This is why over half of organizations (53.6%) strongly agree on the need to engage with experts, such as managed cloud providers.

Overcoming hurdles

Beyond maximizing cost efficiencies, businesses are also charged with changing attitudes to security and compliance and the complexities of implementing hybrid cloud. The report found that more than half of the respondents in APAC (51.2%) claim that the difficulties in managing data security is the greatest barrier to adopting hybrid cloud. To overcome these barriers when working in such complex environments, organizations must choose the right environment that will securely host their mission-critical applications across public and private clouds; and work with a partner who understands the industries they’re working in to ensure compliance. 

The report found that network performance and a shortage of skills were also regarded as sizeable barriers to hybrid cloud adoption. Both, if not appropriately addressed, when implementing the cloud, could undo the benefits it offers. 

Rob​ Lopez, Executive Vice President, Intelligent Infrastructure at NTT Ltd., comments “As businesses look to navigate the new year, they must look to hybrid cloud environments that are optimized for agility, security and supported by the right network architecture while also meeting compliance requirements. This is the foundation upon which cloud is successful and will enable businesses to weather any form of disruption that comes their way.”

Partnering for success 

Industry collaboration and working with external experts will provide businesses with the right knowledge and skills to set up their hybrid cloud environments for agility. When we asked APAC respondents about the types of partner used, 70.8% of businesses said they engaged with systems integrators, while 55.4% engaged with specialist information security consultants or managed security service providers (MSSPs), highlighting the importance of security to cloud deployments. 

To find out more about NTT and our hybrid cloud services, visit our website.

NTT offers Cyber Threat Sensor to clients in wake of SolarWinds attacks 

As multiple vulnerabilities are discovered, NTT provides 30 day trial at no charge 

NTT Ltd., a leading global technology services company, has announced it is offering qualified clients a free-of-charge specialized sensor capability*. This will enable enterprises and public sector agencies to make an initial determination of their risk and potential means to mitigate attacks related to the recent SolarWinds incidents. 

In December 2020, a supply chain attack through SolarWinds’ commonly-used network management software allowed malware to be distributed to at least 18,000 organizations around the world. Additional threats have also since been identified, potentially exposing organizations’ applications and data. NTT’s view on these recent attacks can be seen here.

In response to these supply chain attacks, NTT will provide companies that believe themselves to be at risk of compromise with their 30-day trial of our Specialized Sensor for SolarWinds Detection and Alerting across all platforms other than Azure, at no charge. 

This offering includes:

  • Deployment of a specialized sensor in AWS and Google Cloud Platform environments for the detection of Indicators of Compromise (IOCs) specific to the SolarWinds breach.   
  • Near real time notification to a client’s security organization in the event a compromise is detected.
  • An actionable incident report delivered automatically, immediately upon detection of IOCs linked to the SolarWinds compromise. 

Organizations can then engage with NTT for a more in-depth review, analysis, recommendations, and remediation including a rapid incident compromise assessment. NTT can also provide ongoing managed security services such as Security Operations Center as a Service (SOCaaS) and develop a Strategy for Supply Chain Security Assurance, to help clients monitor their technology assets and reduce risk from future threats. 

Matt Gyde, President and CEO, Security Division at NTT Ltd., says, “Threat actors have exploited disruption during the COVID-19 crisis to launch an accelerated wave of cyberattacks around the world. The SolarWinds incidents were orchestrated by sophisticated operators and exploit the broad distribution of commonly-used software packages. NTT has now moved to proactively offer clients a way to identify potential problems in their technology infrastructure and take the steps needed to close those gaps.”

“At NTT our ongoing commitment is to make the world a better place through the power of technology, as we all navigate the new normal, we have an opportunity to build a better, connected future. With innovation, the possibilities to use technology for good are endless,” concludes Gyde.

For more information regarding the offer please visit our website here. 

*Current and prospective clients that meet NTT’s criteria are eligible for this offer.

SHAREit tops and amongst the fastest-growing media publishers in Southeast Asia and the Middle East in H2 2020 

A one-stop-shop for the user’s digital entertainment needs – more than 500 million people use SHAREit each month.

Manila, Philippines  SHAREit, the world’s largest file sharing, gaming, and content streaming application, has been once again ranked as the No. 1 fastest-growing media publisher in Southeast Asia and the Middle East for H2 2020 in the AppsFlyer’s latest Performance Index. Appsflyer also ranked SHAREit as a top media publisher not only in emerging markets like Africa (ranked second), but in developed markets like Western Europe (ranked third), Eastern Europe (ranked fourth) and Latin America (ranked fifth) in its Growth Index. The Performance Index by AppsFlyer is a tool for app marketers to see the performance ranking of mobile media sources.

The achievement follows SHAREit’s remarkable performance in Edition XI (covering H1 2020) of the AppsFlyer Performance Index, according to which it ranked at the top in the Middle East and Southeast Asia with an impressive 160% growth rate in the app install pie in H1 2020. The rankings highlight SHAREit’s unique product offering and a wide array of features that not only make the application popular amongst customers, but also an indispensable resource for marketers.

Karam Malhotra, Partner and Global Vice-President at SHAREit, said: “The power of the user voice has never been as loud and clear as it is today, as they want choice, flexibility and anytime access to personalized digital content via their mobile phones. Our holistic platform offers a smart and unique blend of content discovery, consumption, gaming, and sharing in line with heightened customer expectations as we strive after refining the SHAREit experience to be useful, convenient and seamless. We’re thrilled to be named the fastest-growing media publisher in the Middle East and Southeast Asia– it’s another testament to SHAREit’s commitment to providing flexibility, autonomy and utility to our users while helping advertisers grow their business leveraging the SHAREit community.”

SHAREit’s primary feature is the peer to peer file transfer, allowing users to share pictures, music, and more, with other devices without using an active internet or Bluetooth connection. Being the first app channel partner of Google Play, it also ensures secure application transfers with Peer-to-Peer Offline App Sharing – letting users share apps via SHAREit, adding them to the user’s Play Library and managing app updates when the device comes back online.

SHAREit has also established itself as a one-stop content platform, providing users with a gaming, content discovery and consumption platform. SHAREit has a dedicated gaming center on the application, which offers HTML5 games, gaming videos and an option to download hot games. With games across all genres, it has one of the largest catalogues of mobile games from developers across the globe.

SHAREit’s remarkable growth has also emerged in the Philippines as the application has seen a significant 15% month on month increase in daily active users since the lockdown began in March 2020, having gained nearly 40 million monthly active users in the country. SHAREit was also recognized by AppAnnie’s The State of Mobile 2021 Report, ranking 6th in most used, and 8th in most downloaded applications in the Philippines, making it one of the most popular and fastest-growing apps in the country today.

With consistent advances in terms of content, SHAREit has successfully leveraged the popularity of local regional content to establish itself as the hub for short-format videos and has hence seen its user base spike worldwide with growing engagement levels. SHAREit now boasts a highly engaged user base of over 1.8 billion users globally speaking 45 languages in about 200 countries and regions. The application currently has more than 500 million monthly active users globally.

For more information, please visit: http://www.ushareit.com/

Stylish “Bakuna Ready/Vaccine Ready” Outfits for your Vaccine Appointment

It’s been a while since my last blogpost, now we’ve entered Season 2 of ECQ. A lot things has changed and can’t believe how time flies. Update: After a year, Philippines had the most number of Covid-19 cases. As of today, April 2, 2021 a record of 15, 310 new Covid-19 cases . YIKES!

Another update, vaccines had already arrived in the Philippines. I haven’t got my vaccine yet since the priority are front liners. But I’ve came up with a list of stylish “bakuna/vaccine ready” tops you can wear on your upcomimg vaccine appointment. My recos are blogger/nurse/fashion student approved!

Shoulder cut outs – If you are conscious of your arms, the cut out details always gives that edgy touch. Note: on the arm coverage for the perfect injection site

Tip: You can bust out your tops you haven’t used in awhile and DIY like I did! Check out this old hoodie I found in my closet and I designed it with cut outs, also turned it into a crop top – perf for an athleisure look.

 

 

Venus cut – A more feminine look! It’s stylish, convenient and hassle free. Ready to strut your vaccine shot pose!

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Sleeveless/ strapless – One of the most convenient, EFFORTLESS and hassle free 🙂 Plus, it’s Philippine weather friendly.

 

 

 

 

Bandeau or tube top – Same as for sleeveless/ strapless but for the RISQUE.

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Off shoulder – This one wouldn’t be on my top list (It’s a cute top, I know haha!) but depending also on how much it covers the arms. Your medical practitioner may kindly ask to tug down the sleeve a little more.

Safe example of arm coverage [Photo credits to owner]
Note:  For those who can relate especially those in the medical field – during my time, according to our nursing fundamentals the basis to point the best injection site is about 2-3  fingers from the shoulders. (Kindly comment below if it has been updated, it’s been awhile since I practice- advance apologies)

 

MakatiMed and PayMaya launch Wellness for Women Health Privilege Card

In time for the celebration of Women’s Month this March, the Makati Medical Center (MakatiMed) announced that it has formed a strategic partnership with PayMaya to launch the country’s first all-in-one health privilege card for women.

Designed to be used at the newly-launched MakatiMed Wellness Center (MWC), the PayMaya-powered Health Privilege Card (HPC) for women enables clients to schedule medical consultations, receive the latest health updates, enjoy lifestyle discounts, and attend exclusive events designed specifically for them.

And since the Health Privilege Card is powered by PayMaya, cardholders can easily enjoy the many perks associated with having a PayMaya account when they download the PayMaya app and link their HPC cards.

These perks include:

  • easy shopping experience whether online or in-store using their Health Privilege Card or via PayMaya QR;
  • convenient bills payment and discounted mobile prepaid reloading;
  • easy sending of money to other PayMaya users;
  • hassle-free bank transfers to almost 40 banks and financial institutions;
  • cashback deals whenever they pay using their account; among many others.

“We are excited to offer another first in healthcare delivery through the Health Privilege Card of MakatiMed Wellness Center. Our partnership with PayMaya allows us to offer this all-in-one wellness card which brings a multitude of benefits and convenience to our clientele, both within and outside the MakatiMed Wellness Center,” said Atty. Pilar Nenuca P. Almira, Makati Medical Center President and CEO.

 

“By offering the Wellness for Women Health Privilege Card powered by PayMaya, MakatiMed is enabling its clients with an all-around tool designed not just to take care of their physical health, but their financial wellness as well. We are glad to partner with them as they push the boundaries of healthcare innovation in the country,” added PayMaya President Shailesh Baidwan.

 

Designed specifically to address the unique medical needs of women, the Women’s Wellness facility is located in a sprawling 1,000-square-meter area at the Ayala North Exchange Tower 1 in Makati. Its partnership with PayMaya for the Health Privilege Card is part of its ongoing efforts to provide unprecedented innovations in healthcare delivery.

 

PayMaya is the only end-to-end digital payment ecosystem enabler in the Philippines with platforms and services that cut across consumers, merchants, communities, and government. Through its enterprise business, it is the largest digital payments processor for key industries in the country including “everyday” merchants such as the largest retail, food, gas, and eCommerce merchants as well as government agencies and units.

 

Through its app and wallet, PayMaya provides over 28 million Filipinos with access to financial services. Customers can conveniently pay, add money, cash out or remit through its over 200,000 digital touchpoints nationwide. Its Smart Padala by PayMaya network of over 37,000 partner agent touchpoints nationwide serves as last-mile digital financial hubs in communities, providing the unbanked and underserved with access to digital services.

 

To know more about the MakatiMed Wellness Center and its Health Privilege Card, visit www.makatimedwomenswellness.net.ph. To know more about PayMaya’s products and services, visit www.PayMaya.com or follow @PayMayaOfficial on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

SHAREit overtakes Instagram among top downloaded apps in the Philippines 

MANILA, Philippines – As digital transformation gathered pace during the pandemic, SHAREit’s growth trajectory has continued to accelerate globally. SHAREit is a one-stop content application that has grown to become one of the world’s leading online and offline platforms, providing digital users with gaming, content streaming, and file-sharing capabilities.

SHAREit is ranked eighth most downloaded mobile application in the Philippines and sixth by monthly active users, according to “AppAnnie’s The State of Mobile 2021 Report”. In 2020, SHAREit was also recognized as the world’s fastest-growing media-publisher, ranking number one in the H1 ‘2020 Edition XI of AppsFlyer Performance Index. The platform recorded a growth rate of 160% in in-app installs between January and June 2020.

SHAREit’s global success is founded on its loyal user base of 1.8 billion users worldwide, and its strong presence in over 200 countries. Of SHAREit’s 500 million monthly active users, 125 million users are in Southeast Asia.

Exceptional Growth

Adapting to digital transformation has been a key driver given the restrictions posed by the ongoing pandemic. Such transformation has included the switch to online learning and the increased reliance on digital platforms used for almost everything – from conducting business to paying bills and buying groceries. In this environment, the demand for digital content and entertainment has grown rapidly as people continue to be confined to their homes for prolonged periods.

In the Philippines, SHAREit has experienced exceptional growth. The application has seen a 15% month on month increase in daily active users since the lockdown began last March, and now has close to 40 million monthly active users in the Philippines, surpassing leading apps like Viber and Spotify. This increase in usage can be attributed to SHAREit’s unique strengths firstly as a one-stop app for content discovery,  entertainment and peer-to-peer file sharing, and secondly, as a platform that users can enjoy both offline and online. Coming from an offline social network, SHAREit helps the transition from offline to online among its users, enabling app developers to reach both existing and potential new users – even those on patchy internet networks.

Philippines Expansion

SHAREit has significantly grown its Philippines presence in the past year. To leverage the potential offered by this vibrant digital market, it has set up a local office in Manila with a full team spearheaded by its regional lead, Lisa Dominguez. SHAREit’s Philippines team is focused on driving growth for local businesses and allowing brands to capitalize on SHAREit’s massive reach while adapting to the unique preferences and demands of its user base in the Philippines.

Two local brands that have already benefited from partnering with SHAREit include fintech leader GCash and social live-streaming platform, Kumu. Through its performance marketing solutions, SHAREit has helped GCash onboard new users nationwide from key cities and remote areas. SHAREit has also increased visibility and user engagement for Kumu, which, since launching 18 months ago now dominates the country’s social live-streaming space.

“We are very excited about SHAREit’s growth in the Philippines. Our local team is keen to build on this success and establish an even greater presence as the country rides this wave of digital transformation and increased connectivity. Our plans now are to continue to refine the app’s user experience, and to invest in solutions that help local brands scale their user base and digital reach through exposure on the SHAREit app,” said Dominguez.

As the Philippines emerges from the economic and social effects of the pandemic, SHAREit’s agility and unwavering focus on meeting its users’ content discovery and sharing needs will enable it to continue this remarkable growth story. SHAREit looks forward to helping its Philippines users and local partners alike adapt and thrive in this new digital landscape.  

Keep it cool & sweet: Jollibee Creamy Caramel Floats

Make your summer cool and refreshing with the new Jollibee Creamy Caramel Floats!

Summer’s coming, and that means the heat is turning up. If there’s anything Filipinos know how to do, it’s definitely finding ways to cool down when the temperature is rising, even if they’re just at home or cautiously spending time outside!

That’s why Jollibee, the Philippines’ number one fastfood chain has come up with brand new, cool, smooth and uplifting drinks, the Creamy Caramel Floats!

The new Creamy Caramel Floats are sweet and delicious Coffee and Choco drinks, topped with your favorite soft-serve vanilla sundae and drizzled with indulgent and delightful caramel syrup. These ice-cold drinks will definitely lift you up when the heat gets you down!

“This summer, everyone will surely look for sweet thirst-quenchers that can make them feel good and refreshed during the warm weather. We’re excited to give them a new way to do just that with our Coffee and Choco Creamy Caramel Floats—and we look forward to these being their new favorites!” said Jollibee Marketing Director Mari Aldecoa. 

Get the new Coffee and Choco Caramel Floats at your nearest Jollibee store for only Php 49 solo or upgrade your value meal drink to with just P30! You can also get Jollibee Iced Coffee for only P39 in all stores nationwide.

Have them safely delivered to you via the Jollibee Delivery App, JollibeeDelivery.com, #87000, GrabFood, and foodpanda! It’s also available via Drive-Thru and Take Out.

For more info and updates on Jollibee’s latest offerings, like Jollibee Philippines on Facebook and follow @jollibee on Twitter and Instagram.

Sharing the Gift of Education in the Now Normal

My Dream in a Shoebox continues to make dreaming for every Filipino child possible 

Education in the now normal continues to be a struggle for many Filipino children, especially those in the marginalized sector. The crisis and disruption brought by the pandemic do not only add to the existing education disparities, but also hamper the learning process and opportunities of the youth. Thus, ensuring learning continuity is imperative now more than ever.

As the education sector pivots and innovates from the impact of the pandemic, new approaches and different learning modalities have been developed to better support it. For My Dream in a Shoebox (MDIAS), education is the one thing that must not be taken away from a child, most especially in times of need. Last year, it shifted its gears to help answer the changing needs of students today.

As annual education campaign spearheaded by TeamAsia, MDIAS aims to equip less fortunate Filipino children with educational assistance and help them make their #BiggerDreams come true. Innovating its dream kits and scholarships for its 12th year, MDIAS transformed its Do-It-Yourself shoeboxes and adapted the calls of the Department of Education to cater to the needs of distance learning. Aside from school supplies, MDIAS has added calls for donations of solar-powered and rechargeable transistor radios, old or new tablets, old usable computers with mobile internet dongle, working printers with ink tank and refillable ink, and photocopy machine with affordable toners to help make learning sustainable for students and teachers in the now normal.

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For partners of MDIAS like the Yellow Boat of Hope (YBH) Foundation, the pandemic has surely changed educational efforts. Seeing as the resources that beneficiaries urgently need are educational support to 

help them implement the Distance Modular learning approach, YBH quickly pivoted from their yellow school boats bringing kids to school to delivering educational modules to the doorsteps of the learners to ensure that no child will be left behind. Through MDIAS, their scholarship program for 100 vulnerable elementary school kids will continue. 

According to Father Didoy Molina, one of MDIAS’ beneficiaries from Christ the King Parish, school supplies given out to their parish scholars greatly improve their capacity to study, increase their confidence and performance, and enhance their self-esteem. He explained that the tools do not only help the children do well in their studies, but are also instruments of love and care shared with them by their parents and by the generous donors, telling them that they are cared for, and that their dreams are supported.

“I am looking forward to seeing more smiles and grateful faces as they receive beautiful boxes filled with school supplies, wrapped with care by generous donors. These memorable experiences really stay with me for life and inspire me to hope for our young people,” Father Didoy shared.

For Bea Lim, Managing Director of TeamAsia and MDIAS Chief Dreambuilder, corporate social responsibility is not just about giving back to the community when things get tough. It is a continuous commitment to inclusive growth, progress and development that will ultimately lead to a stronger, sustainable and thriving society.

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“This now normal we are in today highlights the importance of bayanihan and malasakit to work together to fight this pandemic and push for economic recovery with compassion, empathy, and faith that we can all get through this together,” Lim emphasized.

 Through the years, My Dream in a Shoebox has equipped over 400,000 children across the Philippines  with the necessary tools they need to chase their #BiggerDreams. With the communities facing even greater challenges today due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MDIAS wants to make its impact not only bigger, but more efficient and safe. MDIAS is open to more individuals and corporate partners to join them in giving more underprivileged children the gift of education and to help in making their dreams come true.

For more information on making #BiggerDreams come true, log on to www.teamasia.com/shoeboxcampaign, call +639178813724, or email shoebox@teamasia.com.

 

Watch out for the new OPPO RENO5 this coming February 2021

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, JANUARY 19, 2021 – OPPO is set to introduce OPPO Reno5 4G and Reno5 5G, the ultimate smartphone videography powerhouse, this February 2021. This marks the steady commitment of OPPO in keeping up with the changing times and needs of its young consumers especially in the advent of 5G connectivity. OPPO Reno5’s latest camera technologies will allow you to picture life together better with your family and loved ones. 

“We are thrilled to officially introduce the new OPPO Reno5 in February. We’re introducing two Reno5 smartphones – Reno5 4G and Reno5 5G in the Philippines. With the steady growth of 5G roll out in the country and our cutting-edge camera technologies, we promise to equip young Filipinos with a Reno smartphone that can inspire them more to creatively #PictureLifeTogether with friends and family in this highly digital-driven lifestyle,” said Raymond Xia, OPPO Philippines Marketing Director.

The Power of Imaging Innovation on 5G

5G has brought more opportunities for people to discover more diverse and complex content. Video, as both a content format and an engaging application in its own right, is set to benefit hugely from the arrival of 5G. The trend of short videos has already set the world ablaze. But with the increased speeds brought by 5G, this trend is set to continue as 5G makes it easier to watch, download, and share videos of all types. With these developments, smartphone habits are also transforming with people becoming more interested in creating video content.

In facing the new demands brought by the 5G era, and in keeping with the Reno series’ long-standing pursuit of providing a superior video and photo experience, OPPO has developed a more advanced and more comprehensive imaging system on the new Reno5 4G and Reno5 5G – the OPPO Full Dimension Fusion (FDF) Portrait Video System. Based on top-end imaging hardware, innovative image processing algorithms, and user-centric software, the OPPO FDF Portrait Video System caters to the diverse video creation needs of users in almost any situation, empowering them to capture the joy of life in every moment with easy-to-create professional-quality video content. 

Clarity + Style: Consumer Video Needs in the 5G Era

OPPO’s consumer research has shown that the core need for consumers is the ability to capture clear videos in any situation, and in a way that expresses their own unique style. At the same time, they want this process to be simple and easy to use.

OPPO believes the best way to solve this consumer need is through the perfect integration of imaging hardware and software. The all-new OPPO Full Dimension Fusion Portrait Video System works on the basis of top-end imaging hardware in tandem with flexible, intelligent software, together with OPPO’s extensive expertise in portrait scene detection and portrait feature design. The result is a world-class portrait video experience for users on the new OPPO Reno5 4G and Reno5 5G.

The OPPO Full Dimension Fusion Portrait Video System: Stunning Portraits, Stunning Scenery

The OPPO FDF Portrait Video System is comprised of two engines – the Quality Enhancement Engine and the Portrait Perception Engine. Of the two, it is the Quality Enhancement Engine’s role to ensure users to capture clear images in any scenario, whether that be day, night, in strong backlight, while in motion or while standing still. The Portrait Perception Engine meanwhile, is responsible for establishing strict criteria for the features within a portrait video. These criteria ensure that the portrait subjects and the background are clearly and naturally defined.

  • The Quality Enhancement Engine: Crystal Clear. Wherever, Whenever

The Quality Enhancement Engine is a suite of algorithms that ensure users can capture quality video images in any situation. Whether in low light, bright light, or fast motion environments, the engine optimizes settings to deliver images that stay true to life. It is the basis of many of the core imaging functionality on the Reno5 4G and Reno5 5G. Among these is OPPO’s original, industry-leading AI Highlight Video.

  • AI Highlight Video

AI Highlight Video uses OPPO’s new generation, proprietary algorithm architecture to combine its industry-leading Ultra Night Video Algorithms and Live HDR Algorithms. By detecting light levels in a scene, it intelligently applies the algorithms to optimally adjust brightness, color and clarity in videos. This is the first time that OPPO has united Ultra Night Video and Live HDR under one feature, which is available on both the Reno5 4G and Reno5 5G front and rear cameras. 

AI Highlight Video works by integrating three automatic optimization algorithms:

  • Adaptive Brightness Adjustment applies Auto Exposure (AE) – Adaptive Gain to control the exposure time and guarantee the brightness of the image while maintaining a smooth video from frame to frame. 
  • Adaptive Dynamic Range applies dynamic range adjustments to each frame in a video with Dynamic Range Conversion and Filmic Tone Mapping technology to restore lost colors, brightness, and darkness to their natural levels.
  • Adaptive Noise Reduction introduces inter-frame fusion for temporal noise reduction and intra-frame fusion for spatial noise reduction.
  • The Portrait Perception Engine: Unique Style, Limitless Creativity

Creating high-quality video content is more than just clear images – users must be empowered to creatively express themselves. OPPO has provided a host of features such as AI Color Portrait (except Reno5 5G), Monochrome Video, AI Mixed Portrait (only available on Reno5 4G) and more that will give users the power to create content with deeper and more creative stories.

To enhance the overall portrait capabilities of the device, the FDF Portrait Video System also includes the Portrait Perception Engine to enable users to shoot in their style. This ensures that no matter what the scenario the subjects are at, the Video Portrait System will process the portrait subject more naturally.

  • Scene Design Manager

At the heart of the Portrait Perception Engine is OPPO’s Scene Design Manager. The Scene Design Manager uses OPPO’s proprietary top-level portrait scene definition capabilities, together with OPPO’s self-built large database to analyze real-life portrait scenes and the processing requirements needed. It can define strict criteria for different scenarios and assess user-recorded videos against these criteria to provide suitable adjustments needed.

  • Portrait Recognition

After the Portrait Perception Engine has received the scene assessment from the Scene Design Manager, AI models and deep neural networks work to recognize the portrait subject in the image, separating them from the image background. To increase the accuracy and speed of the AI model, OPPO uses millions of portrait data from its own database to train the industry leading SOTA AI model, following which it conducts further processing to compress the model. With these optimizations, the whole portrait recognition process can be performed in less than a millisecond.  

The Portrait Perception Engine works to accurately obtain the specific features of each person and recognize each individual face even if partially obscured. This allows other features such as AI Highlight Video to perform their optimizations – be that brightness, color or contrast adjustments – with better precision. In addition to facial recognition, it can also detect and track moving human bodies within a video and extract these portrait subjects with precision from even the most complex backgrounds.

From beginning to end, the Reno5 4G and Reno5 5G leverage OPPO’s powerful technology to simplify the complicated task of video capture, editing, and sharing off of users’ hands, leaving them with a simple-yet-professional means to record and create their own stories. 

Forbes names Brother one of World’s Best Employers in 2020

Positive work culture and prudent COVID-19 response earns Brother high spot on the ranking

MANILA, January 14, 2021 – Influential business publication Forbes Magazine names Brother Industries, Ltd. as one of the “World’s Best Employers” in this year’s edition of the prestigious list released last October.

With a ranking of 130 among 750 multinationals and corporations from 45 countries, this achievement is the first in Brother’s storied history. The survey, which Forbes did with German market research firm Statista, was conducted from June to July this year.

A positive and employee-friendly company culture that places a premium on talent development, gender equality, social responsibility, and economic footprint, as well as the corporation’s deft response to the global COVID-19 pandemic are what landed Brother on the list.

“We are honored to be highlighted on Forbes’s ‘World’s Best Employers’ list this year, and it only goes to show that our success cannot be achieved without the valuable effort and contributions of our employees. It’s most important to all of us to make sure our people are well-taken care of,” said Brother Philippines President Glenn Hocson.

For more news and updates about Brother, customers may visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BROTHERatyourside/. They can also call the Brother Helpdesk Hotline at (02) 8 581-9898, or through the toll-free line at 1-10-BROTHER or send an email to helpdesk@brother.com.ph