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HP’s APAC Sales Grow 22 Percent in Q307

HP has announced the company’s financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2007, with net revenue of $25.4 billion, representing growth of 16% year over year, or 12% when adjusted for the effects of currency.

Countries across Asia-Pacific and Japan (APJ) performed well, with 14 out of 15 countries in the APJ region outpacing their local markets. Overall, APJ posted US$4.6 billion in revenue for Q3, with a 22 percent year-on-year growth in revenue –more than double the rate of the market.

“This is a new quarterly revenue record for the region. All of HP’s business groups in APJ grew double digits and delivered their best quarterly performance for FY07,” said Tom Iannotti, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, HP APJ. “Apart from strong growth in India and China, operations in Southeast Asia also turned in double-digit growth.”

Iannotti highlighted the performance of the Personal Systems Group (PSG), which set new records for growth and revenue while making strong gains in market share during the quarter.

HP’s Enterprise Computing business also performed well, spurred by the introduction of HP BladeSystem’s c-Class as well as by investments in sales and marketing. The segment maintained its dominant market share position for blades, according to IDC data. Meanwhile, Enterprise Software such as Mercury and OpenView helped strengthen HP’s portfolio of enterprise offerings and revenue.

The third quarter also demonstrated how HP is being recognized not just as a printer manufacturer, but as a true leader and innovator in printing. HP’s Imaging and Printing Group (IPG) continued to deliver strong growth through its LaserJet and InkJet printers, as well as supplies. Other contributors to growth included printing technologies and services designed to help enterprise customers better meet their printing needs, such as managed print services and the new Enterprise-level Multifunction Printers with Edgeline Ink Technologies that deliver richer, true-to-life color.

“To sum up, while Q3 was a good quarter for APJ, we still have plenty of work ahead of us. We take our position as the world’s leading IT company seriously. HP will continue to invest in training its sales force and leadership to deliver high-performance results and satisfy our customers,” Iannotti concluded.

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2007 in HP

 

Canon Unveils EOS-1Ds Mark III

The new 21.1-megapixel, full-frame Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR* camera brings the power of Canon U.S.A., Inc.’s professional imaging excellence and innovation into sharper focus than ever before. While Canon’s EOS-1D series has dominated the 35mm-based professional Digital SLR market for the past six years, the new EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR takes Canon’s pro-digital prowess into and the realm of high-fashion and commercial photo studios where bulkier, medium-format cameras previously reigned.

The Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III’s compact, lighter-weight magnesium alloy body is rugged and versatile enough to take out of the studio and into the field. The camera’s fast, five-frame-per-second (fps) shooting rate for bursts of up to 56 Large/Fine (21-megapixel) JPEGS or 12 RAW images is unmatched in its class, making it the ideal instrument for capturing the fluid motion and free-flowing lines of location-based fashion photography as well as a wide range of other professional photographic applications.

The Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III professional digital single lens reflex camera is scheduled to begin shipping in November and will have an estimated selling price of $7,999† (the same price as its predecessor, the 16.7 megapixel EOS-1Ds Mark II).

“ The EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR camera is a prime example of the EOS philosophy and Canon’s ongoing commitment to providing photo professionals with the tools they need to create the finest quality images,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. “To continue our legacy, we must provide not only the right professional tools, but also the finest photo tools for the job, and do so consistently, whether we are presenting this exemplary EOS-1Ds Mark III SLR camera, or any one of the many fine specialty lenses, flashes and accessories that populate the EOS professional photo system.”

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2007 in Canon

 

IBM To Offer Sun Solaris On Intel-Based Servers

IBM and Sun announced that IBM will distribute the Solaris Operating System (OS) and Solaris Subscriptions for select x86-based IBM System x servers and BladeCenter servers to clients through IBM’s routes to market.

The agreement announced is an extension of IBM’s existing support for the Solaris OS on select IBM BladeCenter servers, and exemplifies IBM’s commitment to offering clients the widest choice of operating systems available in the industry, as well as Sun’s commitment to offer customers a wider choice of systems for the Solaris platform. IBM and Sun’s support of interoperability via open standards also means that customers will be able to extend their infrastructure by connecting new platforms easily, while preserving their initial investments.

IBM is the volume leader in the high-performance segment of the Intel-based server market, where technology innovation is crucial. IBM’s X3 Architecture, the third generation of the Enterprise X-Architecture, has positioned IBM as the fastest growing vendor in high-end x86 servers in the first quarter of 2007.1.

The Solaris OS is supported on more than 820 x86 platforms and runs more than 4,250 unique x86 applications including IBM Websphere, Lotus, DB2, Rational and Tivoli.

As part of the expanded support, Sun and IBM will invest in testing and system qualification performance so joint customers will realize Solaris’ leading performance and reliability on BladeCenter and System x servers. IBM servers that will support the Solaris OS include: IBM BladeCenter HS21 and LS41 servers; and IBM System x3650, System x3755, and System x3850 servers.

“IBM provides the broadest choice of server platforms and operating systems to customers with AIX, Linux for x86 and Power, Microsoft Windows Server and now Solaris,” said Bill Zeitler, senior vice president and group executive, IBM Systems and Technology Group. “IBM is the first major x86 vendor to have such an agreement with Sun; and the first big vendor apart from Sun to offer Solaris on blade servers. Today we expand that agreement to help clients migrate to Solaris on IBM x86-based System x servers.”

The announcement further affirms the value that Solaris OS delivers in Web, application and data-tier deployments. By adding the Solaris OS to its operating system portfolio, IBM is expanding customer choice. And by participating as one of over 800 partners in the IBM BladeCenter ecosystem, Sun has effectively joined others in the industry helping IBM accelerate the development and adoption of open blade server platforms.

“We’re thrilled to be working with IBM to bring the Solaris OS to the broadest market possible – they are a natural partner for Sun,” said Jonathan Schwartz, president and CEO of Sun Microsystems. “Solaris adoption continues to accelerate, among both the open source and commercial communities — driven by bundled virtualization for servers and storage, support for thousands of ISVs, including nearly the entirety of IBM’s software portfolio, and outstanding operational economics. Solaris is clearly a choice customers are demanding.”

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2007 in Technology

 

Oracle Ships 11g Database For Linux

Oracle announced that Oracle Database 11g is generally available on the Linux platform. Oracle Database 11g delivers the next-generation of enterprise information management, helping customers tackle the demands of rapid data growth, changing environments, and the need to deliver higher quality of services while reducing and controlling IT costs.

“Oracle Database 11g continues the focus on grid computing by enabling grids of low-cost servers and storage to deliver fast, scalable and reliable data processing, supporting the toughest data warehousing, transaction processing, and content management environments,” said Andy Mendelsohn, senior vice president of Database Server Technologies, Oracle.

To provide customers with increased capabilities to help meet their broad range of data management needs, Oracle today also introduced four new options for Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition:

–  Oracle Real Application Testing; Oracle Advanced Compression; Oracle Total Recall; and, Oracle Active Data Guard.

Many organizations want to take advantage of database and operating system upgrades, and also make hardware and system changes to meet the needs of the business. Oracle Real Application Testing helps customers reduce the time, risk and cost of testing such changes in their IT environment, in a controlled, cost-effective manner.

New compression capabilities for all types of data mean that compression ratios of 2x to 3x or more can now be achieved with Oracle Advanced Compression. Coupled with new partitioning capabilities, Oracle Advanced Compression can be used to deploy Information Lifecycle Management strategies in the database without application changes, further reducing overall storage requirements.

Oracle Total Recall enables administrators to easily maintain historical archives of changed data for compliance and business intelligence. Oracle Total Recall provides a secure, efficient, easy-to-use and application-transparent solution for long-term access to changed data.

Oracle Active Data Guard can be used to enhance the performance of production databases by offloading resource intensive operations such as queries and backups to a single physical standby database. So the return on investment for a physical standby database is greatly increased as it can be used for both disaster protection and enhancing the overall quality of service of the production environment.

Beyond these new options, Oracle Database 11g also delivers a broad range of new features and enhancements to improve enterprise information management. Oracle Database 11g features improved file storage performance, increased security functionality, significant performance enhancements to Oracle XML DB, enhanced OLAP and data warehousing capabilities, and others.

Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition, Standard Edition and Standard Edition One are generally available today on Linux x86.

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2007 in Technology

 

Microsoft appoints new Managing Director

Microsoft Philippines announced the promotion and appointment of Rafael “Pepeng” Rollan as its new Managing Director. Rollan will start his new role officially on October 1, 2007.

Rollan has been with Microsoft for four and a half years, where he started as sales manager for enterprise accounts. Over the last four years, Rollan worked his way up and took over the helm of the enterprise business as Director of the Enterprise Partner Group. In that role, he oversaw the largest team in the subsidiary and surpassed sales expectations year after year.

“I am very excited about this opportunity to lead Microsoft Philippines,” says Rollan. “We have a strong and passionate team here in the country. We know that there are so many opportunities for our customers and for our country to benefit from technology. We will focus on helping our customers and partners optimize those opportunities. We will also continue to help build the country’s IT infrastructure and work to empower the underserved sectors.”

Rollan takes over from Antonio “TJ” Javier, Jr., who has been the Managing Director of Microsoft Philippines for five fiscal years. Under Javier’s leadership, the subsidiary tripled its business as well as its manpower resources in the country and implemented citizenship programs designed to help aid in the country’s economic development.

Chris Atkinson, President for South East Asia at Microsoft said, “TJ has been instrumental in growing our Microsoft business in the Philippines and is leaving us with the business in good shape and on good terms. I wish him all the best. We will welcome him back to the company anytime.”

“Pepeng has demonstrated great leadership in his few years at Microsoft and I am confident that he will be able to take the company to greater heights with his passion, skills and talents,” Atkinson noted. ”Pepeng has been in the IT industry for 19 years and brings a wealth of experience and proven track record of vision, leadership, and successful results. I look forward to Pepeng’ss contribution and leadership in delivering service to the people of Philippines, and our mission of helping people and businesses all over the world to realize their full potential.”

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2007 in Microsoft

 

3COM APPOINTS MSI-ECS AS AUTHORIZED DISTRIBUTOR IN THE PHILIPPINES

3Com Asia announced the appointment of MSI-ECS as Authorized Distributor in the Philippines following the integration of H3C in Asia Pacific.

The award-winning distributor of technology products in the Philippines was previously appointed as the distributor for H3C in 2006; and today, with the integration of both 3Com & H3C, MSI-ECS has extended its portfolio to include both companies’ suite of product offerings.

The Manila-headquartered set up will leverage its extensive base of channel partners across the enterprise, SMB, and retail space in the Philippines as well as its experience in technology distribution in the region to support 3Com’s strategy in the market.

“The appointment of MSI-ECS enables us to provide better support for our extended product portfolio that came as a result of integrating 3Com and H3C; as well as market coverage via their extensive channel partner network,” said Peter Chai, Vice-President & General Manager (Asia Pacific), 3Com, “A strong local-based partner such as MSI-ECS who has a solid track record in the market, is a key to our commitment to growing 3Com in the Philippines.”

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2007 in Technology

 

Logitech Introduces New Category of iPod Speakers

Logitech announced the Logitech® Pure-Fi Dream™ Premium Bedroom Music System for iPod®, establishing a new category of iPod speakers for the bedroom. With premium audio, an innovative application of motion- and light-sensing technology, a built-in digital AM/FM radio and a dual alarm with battery backup, the Pure-Fi Dream speakers are perfect for any nightstand.

“Pure-Fi Dream is our most thoughtful and sophisticated design for iPod users,” said Jef Holove, general manager and vice president of Logitech’s audio business unit. “Though people use their iPods in the bedroom more than anywhere else, until today, a high-quality, iPod bedroom speaker system did not exist. First and foremost an impressive audio platform, the Pure-Fi Dream will make listening to iPod music in a bedroom a great experience any time of day. And at night, with its innovative light- and motion-sensing technology, as well as its alarm clock, the Pure-Fi Dream is the ideal bedroom system for iPod lovers.”

Unlike a clock radio, the Pure-Fi Dream is a premium bedroom audio system supported by 3/4-inch high-definition, soft-dome tweeters and 3-inch high-power, long-throw woofers. And by activating Logitech’s StereoXL™ technology, people can enjoy a wider soundfield that creates a quality audio experience.

But the Pure-Fi Dream offers more than just great audio. The Logitech Pure-Fi Dream speakers use the latest motion-sensing technology. For controlling the Pure-Fi Dream in a dark room, the motion-sensitive, backlighted control buttons automatically light up when a person waves a hand over the top of the speaker; the buttons automatically dim when the person has finished changing the speaker’s settings. The backlighted buttons make it convenient to set the alarm clock without turning on the light or fumbling in the dark.

The motion-sensing technology also extends to the Snooze function. Instead of hitting a button, one can simply wave a hand over the Pure-Fi Dream speakers to sleep for a few more minutes, eliminating the inconvenience of leaving the bed, inadvertently waking up a sleeping partner or accidentally knocking the iPod across the room. For those who prefer hitting the Snooze button with their hand, the Pure-Fi Dream also offers a prominently displayed tactile button located on the top of the system.

In addition to offering motion-sensing technology, Logitech also incorporated light sensors into the display of the Pure-Fi Dream iPod speaker system. The light-sensitive, auto-adjusting display brightens during the day, making it easy to read from across a room. The amber lettering clearly displays the time and date, iPod track information, radio stations and volume settings. And in the evening, when the display automatically dims, the speaker still provides information people want to see – including a one-of-a-kind LCD screen that provides track, song and artist information – without emitting unwanted ambient light.

A premium accompaniment to any iPod, the Pure-Fi Dream speakers offer one-button access to iPod playlists and radio stations. There are 24 separate presets available – six iPod playlists, six AM radio stations and 12 FM radio stations. The speakers also offer dual alarms, providing two settings – one for each partner. The alarm can be set to go off to an iPod track or playlist, radio station, or buzzer. And with a built-in back-up battery, there is no need to worry about missing the alarm.

For added convenience, with the included remote control, people can select their favorite iPod playlists, radio stations, control Volume, skip Forward and Back, Play, Pause, Shuffle or Repeat tracks, and Snooze the alarm from across the room. Like the speakers themselves, the remote control’s backlighted buttons make nighttime navigation easy.

Part of the “Made for iPod” program, the Pure-Fi Dream speakers present an attractive piano-black finish and minimalist design that complements the iPod aesthetic. When an iPod is docked in the system, the speaker charges the iPod.

To meet the diversity of iPod owners’ needs, Logitech also offers a family of speakers for iPod and MP3 players that includes the Logitech® Pure-Fi Anywhere™ Compact Speakers for iPod® (also announced today), the high-end Logitech® AudioStation™ speaker system, the lightweight Logitech® AudioStation™ Express portable speakers, the stylish Logitech® mm32 Portable Speakers for iPod and the flat-panel Logitech® mm28 Portable Speakers.

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2007 in Technology

 

HP Ranks 12th in Interbrand’s List of Best Global Brands

HP ranked 12th in Interbrand’s list of 100 Best Global Brands, as published in the August 2007 issue of BusinessWeek. According to the magazine, HP edged out its nearest competitor to become the world’s largest PC maker by market share. In 2007, HP’s brand value grew to $22.197 billion, up 9% from $20.458 the previous year.

Boosted by notebooks
According to Interbrand, one of the key contributors to HP’s leadership is its new lineup of consumer notebooks. The new notebook offerings, including the new Pavilion and Compaq Presario models, merge cutting-edge mobile technology with high-end entertainment features, enabling you to meet all your computing needs in style.

The new HP Notebook PCs also feature the unique HP Imprint, which gives your notebook a stylish look that’s resistant to wear and tear. The HP Imprint is an exclusive case design technology that is created through an advanced molding technique that integrates a hard-coat surface via film transfer process, resulting in a durable and long-lasting stylish design.

Interbrand’s ranking methodology
Interbrand, the world’s leading branding company, established several stringent measures to increase the reliability of its ranking system. First, to qualify a brand as global, it only retains brands that have at least a third of its profit outside their home company, a widespread recognition, outside its customer base, and a publicly available financial and marketing database. Additionally, to measure familiarity, it only ranks individual brand names, and not portfolios of brands.

Interbrand’s ranking methodology involves a complex combination of analyst projections, company financial documents, and its own quantitative and qualitative analysis to calculate each company’s net present value. Sequentially, Interbrand initially calculates a company’s total sales under a particular brand, using analyst reports from several sources to project five years of sales and earnings tied to each brand’s products and services. Then it measures the value of these earnings from the brand power by removing the operating cost taxes and charges for capital employment to yield the earnings that are attributable to intangible assets. The brand’s role is then calculated within the earnings vs the other intangible assets, which includes management strength and patents. Finally, the future earnings of the company are discounted to yield a net present value.

To factor in brand strength, Interbrand discounts current interest rates and the brand’s overall risk profile, considering market leaderhship, stability and global reach. This yields the financial asset of a brand, which both Interbrand and BusinessWeek believe to be the closest representation of a brand’s true economic worth.

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2007 in HP

 

Brother Print and Scan..Wireless!

Wireless technology gives us the convenience and mobility for staying connected with our family, friends, the office and the Internet. The rise of Bluetooth and Wi-fi has given birth to wireless products such as keyboards, mouse, speakers, and headsets. Even the computer itself has gone wireless.

For all the convenience that wireless technology brings, a global leader in home and business IT peripherals, Brother International Philippines, introduced their new Wi-Fi ready Multi-Function Center printers.

For instance, the company’s latest product like its MFC-9840CDW already offers wireless printing and wireless scanning capabilities. At P54,990, this product is a 6-in-1 wireless network ready business color laser Multi-Function Center (MFC) that is able to print, fax, copy, scan, PC fax, and internet fax. This new MFC’s wireless scanning and wireless printing features uses Wi-Fi connectivity and could operate for single user or multiple users using a Wi-fi access point. This product is ideal for companies who want to produce professionally printed color documents.

Another one is the MFC-665CW, a 9-in-1 Inkjet Multi-Function Center that not only sports the print, fax, copy, scan, PC Fax, and memory card reader functions but also comes with an LCD screen to view your pictures, an answering machine, a telephone handset and is still wireless network ready. At P14,950, this inkjet MFC is the best choice for executives who needs an all-in-one printer in their office that’s exclusive for their own use only.

According to Glenn Hocson, assistant general manager of Brother International Philippines, wireless technology not only offers complete mobility but that the ability to print and scan wirelessly is a practical innovation that we at Brother have decided to introduce to the market, particularly for notebook PC users who want a convenient way to print and scan their documents and avoid the hassles of messy wire connections” said Glenn.

“For offices with multiple users, these types of machines deliver flexibility through a wireless network that allows users to print or scan using just a single printing and imaging device,” he added.

Wireless printing also offers the freedom to work wherever you want. Instead of having a designated printer for each PC or laptop, or a mesh of wires scattered around the workplace, every PC and laptop can now be connected wirelessly to just one printer located anywhere in the room.

Same thing goes with wireless scanning for individuals or groups who can’t stand those tangled cables that connect one to the other. Scanning will be more convenient because users no longer have to connect the wires before using it.

Wireless printing is a logical step in building a convenient and hassle-free workplace. Aside from giving mobility to workers and improving their productivity, it also improves the flexibility of facilities with the ability to quickly adapt to new opportunities and needs in a highly competitive business landscape.

Wireless technology allows the placement of printers anywhere in the facility and instant connection to the network. This way, companies can save large amounts of time and money because the cost of running network cables is eliminated while workers will be able to complete their work efficiently.

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2007 in Brother

 

Lenovo Revs Up Supercomputer Power for Formula One

Lenovo announced the successful installation of a powerful supercomputer for  AT&T  Williams, now being used in the racing team’s wind tunnel simulation facilities in the UK.

AT&T Williams and Lenovo collaborated on the customized supercomputing solution, designed to optimize the aerodynamics of the team’s Formula One cars.

“Aerodynamics plays a critical role in determining how competitive we are for each of the race circuits we visit,” said Alex Burns, chief operating officer, AT&T Williams. “The optimum balance of downforce and drag varies between different circuits, so the aerodynamics at Monaco — lots of tight corners with few straights — are very different from Monza, which has few corners but lots of long straights. The increase in supercomputing power from Lenovo will give us the capability to examine a greater range of design
variations between races, which will increase our development rate, bringing more performance to the car sooner.”

The supercomputer is being used for operations in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), performing billions of calculations that simulate airflow around a virtual model of a three-dimensional, on-track racing car. This process will help predict how even the smallest changes in component shape and placement will affect drag and downforce, with resulting impacts on speed and handling.

With a peak performance of eight teraflops (trillion floating point operations per second), the Lenovo supercomputer is four times more powerful than the team’s previous solution. This will enable the team to speed up the process of aerodynamic simulation by approximately 75 percent.

“Aerodynamics has been steadily gaining importance in recent years, accounting for roughly three quarters of the performance of a Formula One car today,” Burns said. “The tremendous increase in power delivered by the Lenovo supercomputer will allow us to perform the same tasks we do today in
a quarter of the time.”

The team uses the supercomputer to examine numerous aerodynamic variables, such as surface geometry, wheel turbulence and track surface. For example, the team can analyze the effects of adjusting the curvature of the car’s surface, with the goal of improving the generation of downforce and the reduction of drag.

The aerodynamic simulations are being done in combination with experimental techniques in the team’s two wind tunnels. Computer-generated tests will enable the AT&T Williams team to focus resources on building the most promising solutions for testing in the wind tunnel and on track.

“The high-performance computing solution developed for AT&T Williams is the latest example of Lenovo capabilities in world-class engineering and research,” said Deepak Advani, senior vice president and chief
marketing officer, Lenovo. “We’re excited about providing a supercomputing solution that delivers the power and speed necessary for AT&T Williams to stay competitive in the most technologically advanced sport in the world.”

This agreement is an extension of the relationship between Lenovo and AT&T Williams. At the beginning of the 2007 race season, Lenovo announced its support as an Official Partner of AT&T Williams. The team uses Lenovo PC technology in every facet of its business, from ignition to inventory.

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2007 in Lenovo