Monthly Archives: January 2008

Symantec reports spammers take advantage of current events

Spammers don’t seem to run out of new tactics as the January 2008 State of Spam Report of Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), revealed on new findings on spam attacks during the holidays.

One of these is a new take on the 419 scam email traditionally telling stories about African dictators, a spam regularly seen by Filipinos in their email inboxes. According to Symantec, 419 spammers have discovered a new approach by stating that victims of 419 scams will receive compensation of $100,000 each, and payments will be supervised by UN officials.

To appear legitimate, the spam messages even provided some URL links as a reference to money that was allegedly successfully recovered by a 419 scam victim. At the bottom of the email, it explains how the money may be recovered and the fraudulent background of such emails may be observed.

Oil price hike, a topic currently hotly debated by Filipinos, is also being used by spammers to lure victims. The report observed oil price hike-related spam tactics that informed consumers of a downloadable tool that will allow them to obtain a list of gasoline stations with tampered gas pumps to fraudulently overcharge for gasoline. This download turned out to be a Trojan Horse. Although, the first incidents of this type of spam where aimed at Mexicans, the same tactic with different variations may be used in different countries.

In the past few years, an increase in spam levels during holiday seasons has been typically noted. Symantec observed that global spam levels in December 2007 experienced a surge, accounting for 75% of all email (up from 72% in November 2007), with an increase to 83% in the last few days prior to Christmas.

From this, it is clear that spammers will continue to reinvent how they send spam. Users are advised to adhere to several security best practices in order to minimize online threats, including:

–  Never view, open, or execute any email attachment unless the attachment is expected and the purpose of the attachment is known.

–  Use Internet security solution that combines antivirus, firewall, intrusion detection, and vulnerability management for maximum protection against malicious code and other threats.

–  Keep virus definitions updated regularly.

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Posted by on January 28, 2008 in Symantec, Technology


ViewSonic expands display heritage with new line of HR digital picture frames

According to Parks Associates research, more than two-thirds of digital photos taken are never printed or displayed, keeping memories bottled up on memory cards and computer hard drives. ViewSonic Corp. sets photos free from the hard drive and brings them to the coffee table with the introduction of easy-to-use, digital picture frames line.

The company’s first picture frames line — the 7-inch widescreen DP701W4WH, 8-inch widescreen DF88W-523 and the traditional 8-inch DF87G533 — are affordable, stylish and versatile, and were meant to provide high-quality display for consumers to show off digital photos that may have never seen the light of day.

“From wedding days and a baby’s ‘firsts’, to family vacations and birthdays, displaying personal moments through high-quality displays is a natural next step for ViewSonic,” said Jeff Volpe, vice president of marketing, ViewSonic Americas. “Expanding our portfolio of leading-edge display technology to include picture frames is the latest example of how we are meeting digital lifestyle trends and improving how people view and share content.”

Pictures can be uploaded to the frames with a USB cable or directly from a camera’s memory card. With 128MB of internal memory standard, the frames can display and rotate nearly 106 1.2-megapixel photos. The user can browse and display photos individually, view thumbnails or create an image slideshow with transition effects.

The widescreen 7-inch DP701W4WH brings photos to life with an 800×480 resolution, 220 cd/m2 brightness and a 400:1 contrast ratio (typ) that are ideal for crisp and vibrant images. The DP701W4WH creates a smooth progression from image to image, while the white acrylic bezel makes it a perfect fit within the modern décor of today’s homes and offices. The frames can display JPEG or BMP files and also include clock and alarm functionality.

The widescreen 8-inch DF88W-523 and traditional 8-inch DF87G-533 give photos more screen space and personality with audio and video capabilities. These frames display JPEG, BMP and M-JPEG files, and the DF88W also displays MPEG2 and MPEG4 files. Showcasing photos with accurate color, the DF88W offers 800×480 resolution and 300:1 contrast ratio while the DF87G offers 800×600 resolution and 500:1 contrast ratio (typ). With 250 cd/m2 brightness (typ), images are bright and clear. Both frames already include an integrated speaker for MP3 sound, a remote control and clock, alarm and calendar functionality.

Beyond personal photo displaying, these frames are easy to use, which makes them ideal for businesses. Rather than ordering new signage for retail locations, medical offices and education facilities, organizations can quickly change sales and welcome signs by uploading new images to the frame to save paper and time.

All of ViewSonic’s digital frames are backed by a one-year limited warranty and will soon be sold through authorized ViewSonic resellers, distributors, retailers and e-tailers. For more information about ViewSonic’s wider range of products, or to locate authorized ViewSonic dealers, please visit

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Posted by on January 28, 2008 in Technology, Viewsonic


PowerColor Announces More DX10.1 Gaming/Mainstream Graphics Boards

For mainstream cards, HD3600 series, PowerColor introduced a complete product line to satisfy every gamer, its professional cooling system (PCS) solution provide not only standard version but also Xtreme version with overclocked function; for entry-level, HD3450 SCS, which provides a silent multimedia solution for media centers and superior image quality, with rich 3D features for the latest games, enhance performance using the latest hybrid technology.

One of many exciting things about these new series of products is that every product will bundle with free iClone2 SE software, iClone 2 transforms any desktop into a complete virtual movie studio. Create 3D characters, scenes, and special effects for films inside a total 3D real-time environment. Designed for users of any skill level, iClone is equipped to break the barriers of storytelling offering an accessible tool to bring any story to life.

HD3K series has taken full advantage of 55nm processing technology; it brings higher performance with lower power consumption. These new series offer Microsoft® DirectX® 10.1, PCI Express® 2.0, built-in HDMI with 5.1 surround audio, and also with the support for Shader Model 4.1, Universal Video Decode, and ATI CrossFireTM X technology.

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Posted by on January 26, 2008 in Technology


LG Electronics joins Ati-Atihan 2008 Festival

LG Electronics (Optical Disk Drives and LCD Monitor Display) supports the world famous “Ati-Atihan” festival, which was celebrated last January 18-20 2008 at Kalibo, Aklan.

This three (3) day festive highlights the traditional “HALA BIRA” street dancing and “VIVA KAY SENOR STO. NINO” parade.

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Posted by on January 26, 2008 in LG Electronics



As the new flagship model of Olympus’s E Series — the world’s leading line of compact, high-performance digital interchangeable-lens SLR cameras, the E-3 has been carefully designed to offer demanding professionals the highest possible levels of picture quality, mobility and reliability. Ruggedly constructed from lightweight, rigid magnesium alloy to withstand the most severe operating conditions, the dust- and splash-proof E-3 boasts substantial improvements in performance that include the world’s fastest AF*1 with an 11-point-full twin cross AF sensor system, high-speed sequential shooting capability at 5 frames/sec., and a high-speed shutter up to 1/8000 sec.

That top-level image capturing performance is supported by an industry-leading built-in image stabilization mechanism that’s already been proven on the E-510 to effectively eliminate blur with a camera shake compensation effect of up to 5 EV steps*. Picture quality is further assured by a powerful 10.1-megapixel High-Speed Live MOS Sensor and the high-speed “TruePic III” image processing engine, while increased data reading speed enables high-speed sequential shooting possible. Put it all together and you’ve got a camera that offers today’s highest level of digital shooting quality and performance.

The E-3 is also the first camera in its class to incorporate Olympus’s exclusive Live View function, which allows users to compose their shots on a rear-panel LCD monitor. Now made even more versatile with a dual-axis flexible-angle HyperCrystal panel that can be rotated for easier vertical shooting, Live View promises to expand the world of photographic expression into new and uncharted territory.

Traditional shooting styles are supported as well by a bigger optical viewfinder that provides a brighter, more comfortable view with a 100% field of view and 1.15x magnification. Equally importantly, the E-3 is built to withstand the rigors of professional shooting day in and day out. Made of a lightweight, rigid magnesium alloy and sealed to keep out dust and splashes, the E-3 incorporates a powerful Dust Reduction System that effectively removes any dust that gets inside the camera and a durable shutter tested to 150,000 releases.

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Posted by on January 25, 2008 in Technology


STI Formally Breaks Ground on STI Academic Center in Global City

STI, the largest network of schools in the Philippines, recently held the ground breaking ceremonies of the STI Academic Center at Bonifacio, Global City.

Led by STI President and CEO Monico V. Jacob and STI Executive Committee Chairman Eusebio H. Tanco, STI officials and students were present at the site during the formal ceremonies.

Jacob expresses that this new facility of STI “is the perfect emblem of our 25th anniversary as a pioneering educational institution.” He goes on to say that, “STI is honored to be able to educate thousands of well-rounded students with the best quality of ICT-enhanced learning in a world-class education establishment.”

The STI Academic Center is a 2,632-square-meter property leased to STI by the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) for 25 years. The eight-story STI Academic Center will house a research and development center, amphitheater, state-of-the-art gymnasium and highly advanced information technology, healthcare, business, and hotel and restaurant management facilities for students.

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Posted by on January 23, 2008 in STI


Packeteer Rolls Out New Unified Central Management System for Complete Intelligent WAN Application Delivery

Packeteer, the global leader in WAN application delivery, announced the availability of IntelligenceCenterTM a comprehensive application and WAN management platform that enables enterprise and service provider customers to easily monitor, enforce and optimize application performance levels with advanced, graphically-rich and highly customizable reporting capabilities. IntelligenceCenter provides a single sign on Web 2.0-based interface with simplified portal access to each of its performance monitoring and reporting, policy enforcement and Packeteer system configuration modules. The IntelligenceCenter system, which is comprised of the IntelligenceCenter Console the IntelligenceCenter Reporting Module and the highly efficient IntelligenceCenter Data Collector will scale to centrally manage up to 2,500 PacketShaper, iShaper and iShared appliances concurrently.

Among the most strategic new features of IntelligenceCenter’s modular architecture is a new Application Performance Monitoring Portal. TM This enables customers to define, monitor and set threshold-based performance levels for all file-based, transactional, voice and video applications. This ensures that existing applications perform to the highest performance standards and streamlines the process of troubleshooting new application rollouts.

“While WAN optimization continues its rapid inroads as one of the most strategic network infrastructure technologies, the table stakes are being raised yet again,” said Peter Sevcik, president of NetForecast. “Enterprises and service providers are now starting to demand WAN-based application service level agreements. Simply put, they want absolute assurances that any data, voice and/or video application can be delivered within measurable performance and reliability service level parameters to any user at any location, especially during peak load conditions. Packeteer’s IntelligenceCenter is playing an instrumental role in delivering on this promise.”

What’s in IntelligenceCenter

· Centralized reporting and device management: IntelligenceCenter aggregates application performance data from multiple Packeteer sources, enabling performance monitoring and device management for all enterprise network locations across thousands of devices through a single interface. The new platform also supports multiple data formats, including Netflow-5, Packeteer-2 FDR, XML, and SQL to support a broader range of analyses for application optimization.

· Single sign-on across CMS modules: The IntelligenceCenter Console provides a single location for accessing key performance and configuration data. This allows IT administrators to monitor enterprise-wide performance through the same interface used to configure policies, troubleshoot issues, and manage device roll-outs.

· Extended Application Visibility: IntelligenceCenter extends Packeteer’s industry- leading application visibility capabilities by monitoring average and peak utilization, network efficiency, response times, connection-related statistics and more by application and host on a network-wide basis. It also reports on and validates MPLS usage, configuration and compliance for all applications. This provides network managers with a network-wide perspective on application performance for granular troubleshooting all the way down to specific users at specific sites.

· Advanced Customizable Reporting: In response to pent up customer demand, IntelligenceCenter allows customers to access and display network traffic and application performance in whatever format they choose. For example, customers can create reports that compare application performance and response times at different sites during certain business hours or validate that applications are being mapped to the correct classes of service on an MPLS network. This new reporting capability is a critical element of Packeteer’s Intelligent Service Assurance strategy.

“While IntelligenceCenter has been designed to make application delivery and WAN optimization radically more simple and effective today, it is also the starting point for a whole new class of products that will change the way applications and services are delivered to any user anywhere across global networks,” said Packeteer CEO and President Dave Côté.

“By unifying application SLAs, performance monitoring and reporting, and device management into a single dashboard that is easy to use and navigate, we’re giving administrators unprecedented network visibility and control. This will become increasingly valuable as enterprises gain a deeper understanding of their application performance to set policies that assure service levels and fully leverage business processes.”

Product Availability
The IntelligenceCenter Console is available free of charge to Packeteer customers and orders are being taken. The IntelligenceCenter Reporting Module and Data Collector are also available now and are priced based on the number of devices managed and the rate of application flows supported, respectively.

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Posted by on January 22, 2008 in Technology


Brother Enforces Color Brilliance with its New Range Of Color Inkjet MFCs for Home and Small Office

Brother International Philippines, a leader in home and business IT peripherals that focuses on the ‘Customer-first’ approach unveiled its latest series of inkjet 3-in-ones – the DCP-150C, DCP-350C and DCP-560CN designed specifically for home and small office users.

“We are very excited about this new MFC series as it is a result of our extensive research and development coupled with an in-depth study on the printing needs of the consumers today. We are confident that our all-in-ones will further increase our market share in the already crowded color inkjet all-in-one market in the Philippines,” said Toshiaki Isayama, general manager, Brother International Philippines.

“At Brother, we always put our customers’ needs first when designing a new product. We believe that each user will be able to find a MFC that fits his or her exact needs, may it be at home or at the office. With our 1.5pl ink droplet technology, usually found only in high-end inkjet machines, each color printout will be of true brilliance,” Isayama added.

Brilliant Color Printing At Home Or At The Office

Each model has a print resolution of up to 1,200 x 6,000 dpi.

Equipped with 1.5pl (picolitre) ink drop technology, found normally in high-end inkjet all-in-ones, this range will produce smoother and sharper images in more vivid colors. To further enhance the color brilliance, users are encouraged to print using Innobella Ink and Innobella Paper.

Each model comes bundled with the new FaceFilter Studio Software allowing users to do simple editing such as change facial features, adjust skin tones and remove blemishes to enhance their photos even further. In addition, this software will make printouts look professional and borderless printing easier.

With separate ink cartridges for each color, users will only need replace the color cartridges that run out, a cost saving feature in the long run.

A space saver, each MFC is designed to take up minimum space with its compact design. With full frontal operation, users will find it convenient to change consumables and load of paper into the machines. Adding to the convenience is the built-in USB interface at the front of the printers that allow users to print and scan documents and images directly from/to media devices.

Pricing, Availability, Warranty and Support
Brother’s new series of color inkjet 3-in-ones – the DCP-150C, DCP-350C and DCP-560CN are priced at P3,950, P4,950 and P6,950 respectively. All models come with a set Innobella™ Ink and are now available through Brother International Philippines’ authorized distributors and resellers.

Each model comes with a two-year warranty supported by the Brother Customer Service Center and its nationwide authorized service providers. Located at 11/F Chatham House, V.A. Rufino cor. Valero St., Makati City, Philippines, Brother Customer Service Center is open Mondays to Fridays, from 8am to 7pm, and Saturdays, from 9am to 3pm.

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Posted by on January 18, 2008 in Brother


HP Named Largest Global PC Maker for 2007

HP was named the world’s largest PC manufacturer for 2007, with 18.8 percent of global PC unit shipments for the calendar year, according to results from the fourth calendar quarter of 2007 released today by industry analyst firm IDC.(1)

According to IDC’s report, HP’s global unit shipment growth of 30.1 percent for 2007 more than doubled the average yearly growth rate of 14.3 percent. In the final quarter of 2007, HP held its lead in worldwide PC unit shipments with 19 percent market share.

The company grew at a rate of 23.3 percent year over year for the fourth calendar quarter, substantially faster than the overall global PC market growth rate of 15.5 percent for the period. HP’s U.S. shipments grew at a rate of 9.8 percent in the fourth quarter to capture 24.3 percent market share.

“In calendar 2007, HP completed a makeover of its extensive PC portfolio serving large enterprise, small business and individual consumers. IDC’s report shows that customers the world over enthusiastically embraced HP’s products for their high design and leading-edge technology,” said Todd Bradley, executive vice president, Personal Systems Group, HP. “We will continue to work to earn customer loyalty by delivering an excellent experience and innovation that really matters.”

The HP personal computing lineup delivers some of the industry’s most stylish designs and easy-to-use features, such as the youth-designed Artist Edition HP Pavilion notebook and the tablet and touch-enabled HP Pavilion tx2000 Entertainment Notebook, both of which debuted earlier this month at CES 2008.

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Posted by on January 17, 2008 in HP


HP Expands Entry-level Server Portfolio for Midsize Companies

HP announced new economical servers, application solution “blueprints” and enhanced remote management software that can help midsize companies reduce operating costs while supporting their growth.

The company’s entry-level server portfolio now includes four new HP ProLiant server platforms that help midsize customers with limited space, budgets and IT staff. The servers’ easy-to-use tools guide users through system configuration for fast installation so customers can focus on what matters most – growing their businesses.

HP also has developed new Midmarket Business Solutions that cut the time and effort needed for customers and channel partners to either create or upgrade critical business applications for entry-level ProLiant servers.

Additionally, HP is helping customers save time and increase staff productivity by enhancing its Lights-Out 100 Remote Management capability with upgrades to ensure affordable remote server control.

The new products and solutions are part of HP’s Adaptive Infrastructure portfolio, which helps customers of all sizes reap the benefits of an infrastructure tailored to their business requirements.

“HP is aggressively focused on creating technologies that reduce complexity for midsize customers at every step,” said Paul Gottsegen, vice president of marketing, Industry Standard Servers, HP. “With these new products and solutions tailored to address their needs, midsize customers don’t have to be IT experts to keep their businesses up and running.”

Expanded entry-level portfolio broadens customer choice

The four new platforms in the HP ProLiant entry-level portfolio are dense, high-capacity servers that improve data availability while protecting against data loss with embedded Serial ATA (SATA) Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID). In addition, these servers feature a high-efficiency power supply option which helps lower electricity costs.

The new lineup includes:
–  HP ProLiant DL180 G5 – The DL180 is a low-cost, two-processor (2P) 2U(1) server, offering the newest Intel® quad-core architecture, three PCI-E slots, optional redundant power supplies, up to 12 large form factor hot plug drives and 9 terabytes (TB) of storage.
–  HP ProLiant DL185 G5 – This new 2P 2U is a low-cost server with high capacity making it ideal for mail and messaging, video capture, online gaming and high- performance computing. The DL185 features up to 14 large form factor hot plug drives, 10.5 TB of storage, dual network interface cards (NICs), three PCI-Express slots and optional redundant power supplies.
–  HP ProLiant DL165 G5 – The DL165 is a 2P 1U server that offers an outstanding combination of price, performance and flexibility. In an industry first, the DL165 features four 3.5-inch hard disk drives for demanding application needs or capacity requirements.
–  HP ProLiant DL160 G5 — Announced in November but now available, the DL160 G5 is designed to meet the needs of midsize customers with high-performance computing environments, as its dense 2P 1U form factor is optimized for Intel’s newest quad-core architecture. The server features two PCI-Express x16 2.0 slots, support for faster front side bus speeds, high-efficiency options and double the amount of storage versus previous generations.

Also updated with the new features are the ProLiant ML110 G5, ML150 G5, ML310 G5 and DL320 G5p.

New HP solutions address continuity, security and efficiency

Through its channel partners, HP also is offering easy-to-deploy solution “blueprints” and enablement tools for midsize businesses. HP has collaborated with Microsoft and Citrix to create new HP Midmarket Business Solutions for ProLiant entry-level servers.

With the embedded SATA RAID and Lights Out enhancements of the new ProLiant servers, the HP Midmarket Business Solutions offer enhanced continuity and efficiency. HP-approved configurations available today include:
–  Citrix Access Essentials – A highly secure way to address two of the most common concerns for midsize businesses: security and secure remote access. Through this solution, customers can access important business applications whether they are remote, distributed across a network or mobile. This solution helps ensure customer data can be updated, protected and backed up centrally, providing peace of mind and compliance with regulatory requirements.
–  Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 – A solution that allows customers to consolidate and standardize their messaging environment on a proven industry-standard platform. This offering provides solutions in areas of administration, performance and availability to help midsize businesses lower costs, leverage hardware more efficiently and optimize IT spend.

In addition, HP has developed “ProLiant Partner Kits” to support its channel partners in helping midsize customers recognize the value and benefits of the new products and services immediately. The kits include sales enablement information, customizable campaign material and customer solution information.

Easy-to-use remote management

To help midsize customers save time and simplify management of ProLiant 100 series servers, HP is adding several new features to its line of HP Lights-Out 100 Management processors, including:
–  Virtual DVD-ROM support allowing DVD-ROMs on client PCs to be available to remote servers during boot or run time from a browser, thus saving the time and administrator costs of having to perform service at each server location; and,
–  Virtual media USB 2.0 support that dramatically improves performance and reliability of remote data transfer while ensuring customers are aligned with the latest USB standard.

With Lights-Out 100i Advanced Pack, Lights-Out 100i Select Pack and Lights-Out 100c Remote Management Card, customers gain access to cost-effective, secure remote control for ProLiant 100 series servers. Key benefits include:
–  Remotely manage entry-level ProLiant G5 servers from any location;
–  Install or update software over the Internet or a local area network; and
–  Monitor hardware health such as fan, temperature and power supplies.

Servers backed by services support

The new servers are backed by HP Total Care, which was recently expanded specifically for midsize businesses. The Total Care offering includes support, services and programs to help companies customize technology decisions, maximize technology investments for a quick return and keep their businesses safe.

Additionally, the HP ProLiant portfolio is supported by HP Care Pack services, which cost-effectively upgrade or extend standard warranties with easy-to-buy, easy-to-use support packages. The Care Packs also include service options that help lower the risks of downtime with support levels that range from hardware and software support to enhanced proactive mission-critical service.

Customers deploying HP technology also may take advantage of financing, leasing and asset management solutions from HP Financial Services. HP Financial Services helps customers manage to the lowest total cost of ownership – from planning and acquiring technology to replacing and retiring it. Additional information is available at

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Posted by on January 16, 2008 in Technology