Miggy Castaneda

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By now, news that the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has been allocated a P1,000 budget by the House of Representatives has reverberated around the country. This budget is apparently a token amount, and lawmakers who voted against it said the measure effectively abolishes the constitutional body that exists to…

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You might look at a video game and wonder what it could teach people about economics. Funnily enough, video games – specifically those of the massive multiplayer online role-playing game genre – contain economies that rival real-world ones, although they’re largely considered for “fun” and have no real world implications.…

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Have you ever heard of “gamification?” It is defined as adding games or game-like elements to everyday tasks in order to encourage participation. It pops up in a lot of things these days, including simple children’s games online that actually teach the bare basics of coding. The concept of using…

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For any business, it’s much easier to connect to consumers or to get people to buy a product if they have a positive experience using it. One might be inclined that “user experience” is firmly tacked onto websites or smartphone apps. This is only partially true. Companies that create an…

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Hot on the heels of a memo that burst out of Google’s idyllic Silicon Valley offices, people are once again talking about workplace diversity. The issue at hand, according to a male software engineer, all boils down to the observation that there are fewer women in the tech industry because…

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When new products come to light in the consumer market, there’s the inevitable curiosity as to how (or who) is funding it. In the heavily connected digital age, it doesn’t take much looking to figure this out. But then some of the more revolutionary or experimental products come by way…

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One would perhaps notice a resurgence of some things that make people go, “Oh, wow, I haven’t seen that in a while.” Such things as Whammos and DuckTales and the Super Nintendo have been coming back and are still making their fans really, really excited about it. Some websites have…

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If you’ve been looking closely at the technology employed in movies, you might notice the “hard light” holograms that Tony Stark uses, or the smart tables used in the more recent James Bond films. What if you were told that these bits of tech aren’t exactly fictional these days? Would…

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IN the last couple of years, commuters in Metro Manila have used ride-sharing apps like Uber and Grab in order to get around in relative comfort and safety – even if it may mean getting stuck in traffic. Many users will say fares are more stable with these ride-sharing services…

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These days, it’s unheard of for people to wholly rely on a single source of income. This is especially true for younger people. Sometimes it’s a matter of supplementing the income they earn from their day jobs to just making sure that they earn from other talents that they possess.…

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