PLDT HOME and Microsoft partner to boost TVolution Stick

PLDT HOME has launched the TVolution Stick — a dongle-sized device that transforms any HDMI-ready TV into a fully functional PC. It lets users stream movies and videos, search the web, send and receive emails, and do anything else one could do on a normal PC (it runs on Windows 8.1). The TVolution Stick by Microsoft is available to new PLDT HOME subscribers or existing subscribers who upgrade to high-speed plans 999 and up. All new PLDT HOME Fibr and DSL Plan 999 subscribers also get the stick for free, complete with iflix and Fox, until December 31, 2015.

The TVolution Stick is a follow up on the TVolution, is based on the Intel Compute Stick, and is plug-and-play simple. It enables subscribers to surf with the all-new Microsoft Edge browser and run the built-in and complete Office 365 suite, including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, One Drive, and Skype among other commonly used applications, for productivity.

Users can also find loads of entertainment options in the Windows Store and the Xbox PC Games application, access as much as 15 GB of files for free via the OneDrive cloud storage, and chat and video call via Skype.

With this powerful stick, users can watch YouTube videos on the big screen while lounging in the bedroom or browse the web and check social media accounts during commercial breaks. Those who bring their bulky laptops at home to finish up work can use the Microsoft Stick instead to reply to e-mails and do light document editing. It is also ideal for laptop-free business trips.

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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for