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Zoom Meeting Etiquette and Maximizing Platform Features

The COVID-19 pandemic has paved the way for video and audio conferencing applications to become essential platforms for both personal and work-related communication. The worldwide lockdowns brought about the need to communicate remotely. Just days after community quarantines were implemented, social gatherings were forced to adjust using these platforms. Many even say that the so-called "new normal" shall make these applications a necessity for practically everyone, side by side with the Internet. Zoom is one of the most widely used communication platforms

Elon Musk-funded OpenAI threatens spread of convincing fake news at an alarming rate

Media outfits from respected broadsheets to renowned technology websites recently reported a breaking news about the Elon Musk-funded artificial intelligence (AI) software that has the ability to build an authentic-looking fake news story with minimal resource in a matter of seconds. With the current global problem on the spread of disinformation, including those for political propaganda, cultural attacks, and capitalist ventures, this developed AI system called OpenAI threatens to revolutionize the dissemination of convincing fake news stories at an alarming rate. An AI-written news article

Shopping Guide: Best Carts for Our Home and Shopping Needs

I preferred using my own shopping cart pre-pandemic for the purpose of easier hauling around before going to the parking -- but the COVID pandemic ushered in more benefits in my use of my own carts way beyond my expectations. With the need for more protection and minimizing the possibilities of contracting the novel coronavirus as much as we can, one thing is for sure: living means having to still go out to get certain essentials every now and then. This

Session Groceries breaks barriers to help Benguet farmers amid January 2019 oversupply

Media coverage of the January 2019 oversupply of produce in Benguet led to an alternative way to reach consumers beyond the confines of traditional routes and markets. With the rise of pop-up weekend stores and day and night markets of healthy products around the metro, as well as more vegan stores and restaurants offering specialty diet options in their menus, the idea of farm-to-table service geared towards practicing a healthy lifestyle clearly found its way to the mainstream. In the spirit

‘The Hangover’ Film Review: Hanging over a guy flick

It's a guilty pleasure comedy. Who knew a hangover could be this fun? In terms of concept and plot, this guy flick about a bachelor party gone wrong is nothing special; but the simplest reason for its comedic success is the fact that it achieves a rare balance between character and vulgarity in its storytelling. There is a sort of perverse brilliance, or maybe brilliant perversity, thrown by the characters against the gambling streets of Las Vegas. Director Todd Phillips ("Starsky and

‘Corpse Bride’ Film Review: A charming grave fairy tale

This Tim Burton offering presents a morbid and romantic trip between the cold dwelling of the living and the colorful underground world of the dead. Behind its eerie theme, Tim Burton's "Corpse Bride" presents a morbid and romantic trip between the cold dwelling place of the living and the colorful underground realm of the dead. Fun, genial, expressive, and charming, this semi-musical stop-motion piece is set at death's door, saluting the liberating power of true love and sacrifice. The story revolves around

‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ Film Review: Dark, adolescent Potter film

This film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's fourth "Harry Potter" book is fantastically darker and more mature than its predecessors. Darker, a little more mature, and a little less magical, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” primarily deals with rejection and hormones as Harry and his friends struggle through transition from childhood to young adulthood. This motion picture focuses on the Hogwarts students in the seemingly awkward stage of their youth. The film’s look is less ostentatious than the previous installments. This time,

‘Batman Begins’ Film Review: A great beginning for the Dark Knight

This "Batman" film goes back to the roots of the character — portraying a confused and angry Bruce Wayne who rises to redeem himself and defend Gotham. ”Batman Begins” explores the origins of Bruce Wayne's (Christian Bale) emergence as Batman and brings back the essence of what drives him to be who he is. Human emotions as love, fear and anger begin a new face for the Dark Knight as a cinematic and yet realistic film. This makes his character more human than

‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ Film Review: A chocolific, expressionistic confectionery

Director Tim Burton breathes new life to Roald Dahl's 1964 sweet tale and turns it into a new celluloid confectionery. "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is a gothic yet colorful fantasy filled with the eccentricity only Burton gets to achieve in the Hollywood mainstream. Burton is undeniably a patron of German Expressionism with the film's pale make-up, weird props, sets and costumes, exaggerated moves, and out-of-this world characterizations. He creates a dream world inspired by some dark and cartoony elements. The

MMFF 2016: The Reelvolution

This Reelvolution is a mover and shaker in Philippine Cinema. Due to the rush of almost going straight to work upon arrival in Manila and until now still finishing the unpacking of a total of seven luggage, plus enjoying the time with the newborn (although currently minimizing physical touch due to my cold virus), I was only able to watch two MMFF (Metro Manila Film Festival) entries this year. Unfortunately, I had to skip the third one which I already had

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