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Shopee launches SEA-wide coding league to improve programming skills

Manila, Philippines – Regional e-commerce platform Shopee has announced the launch of Shopee Code League, a league which is aimed to help upskill coders through workshops and challenges designed to enhance programming abilities. This initiative is available to tech coders of all levels from across the region.

The Shopee Code League will last for two weeks, and will feature a series of exclusive online training sessions organised by Shopee and two rounds of coding competitions that let participants solve algorithmic puzzles designed by the Shopee Engineering team.

Initially, the league had three different tracks, namely data science, data analytics, and programming. This year, to cater to the need of more coders keen on learning about algorithms, the league will focus on offering the following topics: Python programming, C++, Go, data structures and algorithms, and dynamic programming.

The Shopee Code League 2022 is open to all interested individuals and top performers can win cash prizes amounting to S$25k (more than ₱950k). Participants also stand a chance to join Shopee to grow their careers in the tech landscape.

Martin Yu, director at Shopee Philippines, said, “We are excited to support a new generation of tech leaders and enthusiasts who want to learn and improve their skills through Shopee Code League. The initiative proved to be successful each year and we will continue to enhance our programs so that our participants can take full advantage of the opportunities Shopee is offering. We are inviting all tech talents to join and learn how to maximise their potential.”

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HBO GO unveils price upgrade, new program lineup for Asia

Singapore – HBO GO, WarnerMedia’s regional streaming service in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, has revealed a new pricing strategy and confirmed some of its new programming for the rest of 2021.

In the price update, HBO GO has announced that three-month subscriptions in its six direct-to-consumer territories will be available at the following discounted monthly prices, namely in Singapore (S$9.99), Malaysia (RM23.30), Philippines (₱99.70), Indonesia (Rp.33,000), Thailand (Bt.99.70), and Taiwan (NT$97).

HBO GO is still available in Hong Kong and Vietnam, but will be relayed through third-party operators.

Meanwhile, new programs for the streaming service include mystery adventure drama series ‘La Brea’, comedy series ‘Hacks’, and drama series ‘Succession’. These global titles complement the premiere of the Taiwanese HBO Asia Original ‘Who’s By Your Side’ along with hit Warner Bros. movies, including ‘The Suicide Squad’, ‘Malignant’ and ‘Reminiscence’.

In addition, boxsets for the original 2007 ‘Gossip Girl’ series, ‘Pretty Little Liars’ and HBO classic ‘The Sopranos’ will be available to stream. Fans of the latter series will also enjoy the exclusive direct to streaming availability of the prequel theatrical title ‘The Many Saints of Newark’ in November.

“With a new price point and some of the best-loved content out there, HBO GO presents its most compelling proposition yet. As we close out 2021, there are more and more reasons to subscribe, especially with the holiday season around the corner,” said Amit Malhotra, managing director for HBO GO/HBO Max in Southeast Asia, India and Korea.

Upgrades to the service are ongoing with direct credit card payments now available in Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore. Dolby 5.1 sound will be introduced shortly, while three concurrent streams are now allowed.

HBO GO subscribers can choose from a vast collection of premium series and movies, across drama, comedy, kids and documentary genres. Titles include HBO Originals, Max Originals, HBO Asia Originals, content from Warner Bros. TV and Pictures, DC, Adult Swim and Cartoon Network originals, in addition to licensed content.