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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 http://www.hp.com/hpfinancialservices.

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2008 in Technology

 

Cisco Philippines Kicks Off 2008 with Initiatives for SMBs and an Innovative Mobile Technology Showcase Called the Cisco Express-Network on Wheels

Cisco Philippines kicked off 2008 with new initiatives that will make its technologies more accessible to a wider range of customers. First up is a promotional campaign that will make it easier for companies with fewer than 1,000 employees to own Cisco’s enterprise-class unified communications system, the Cisco Unified Communications 500 Series for Small Businesses (UC 500) at affordable price options.

This announcement gives small and medium businesses (SMBs) the opportunity to reap the business benefits of unified communications without breaking their budget. Combined with Cisco’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Advantage Program, a low-cost subscription model that will deliver enterprise applications on a customer portal via the Internet, the program will also give SMBs easy access to CRM applications like Call Details Logging, Security Reports, VPN Reports and Call Center Reports.

Able to support up to 50 users, the UC 500 is an all-in-one, smart platform that eliminates multiple servers and features voice, data, voicemail, Automated Attendant, video, security, and wireless capabilities. It also integrates with existing desktop applications such as calendar, e-mail, and customer relationship management (CRM) programs. The UC 500 is an integral part of the Cisco Smart Business Communications System (SBCS), a complete system of voice, data, video, and wireless networking products for small businesses.

“SMBs are the bedrock of any economy and we are convinced that these companies can benefit from networking and ICT technologies,” said Luichi Robles, Cisco’s Country Manager in the Philippines. “By investing in a unified communications platform, SMBs are taking advantage of a new way to communicate, enabling secure access to information anytime and anywhere, while helping people to work together more efficiently and effectively.”

Another milestone to mark the opening of the year for Cisco Philippines is the upcoming arrival of the Cisco Express-Network on Wheels (Cisco Express-NoW), a 40-foot mobile solutions showcase featuring the latest networking communications products from Cisco. Part of a 12-month, 30-city tour across Asia, the Cisco Express NoW will be in the Philippines from January 21 to February 7, 2008, making stops in 7 key locations across Luzon to demonstrate how Cisco technologies can transform how businesses, governments and communities communicate.

“We see tremendous opportunity for the Philippines and for Cisco in 2008. Starting early with the launch of the UC 500 promo campaign and the Philippine tour of the Cisco Express-NoW, Cisco is demonstrating its commitment to our customers in bringing our world-class technology and solutions right to their doorstep,” added Robles.

Cisco had a banner year in 2007, with significant partnerships formed among top players in the outsourcing industry and the education sector. Its initiatives included a partnership with the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) to implement a fully Wireless Campus Mesh to lay the foundation for a collaborative online environment. The new network provides high-speed wireless Internet connectivity to the more than 35,000 members of the Thomasian community.

Key wins also characterized the year with Cisco winning its first TelePresence customer in the Philippines. Cisco TelePresence is a new technology that delivers a unique, “in person” experience over the network using advanced visual, audio, and interactive technologies. Cisco was also selected by a printing and imaging giant to further improve its internal efficiency by migrating to IP and implementing Cisco’s 10 Gbps (Gigabits per second) backbone.

Cisco also grew its channel base, gaining 30 new partners in 2007. The new channel partners include Commverge, Compucare, Another Level Consultancy Inc., Fastnet Development Corporation, Netmarks Phils., Advance 2000 Inc. and Accent Micro Inc. The addition of these new partners will give Cisco wider coverage of the Philippine market and enables enhanced delivery of its technologies and services to its customers in the Philippines.

In 2007, Cisco also celebrated the 10th year of the Cisco Networking Academy, a program enabling Filipino students to learn about networking technologies and become world-class IT professionals. In the Philippines, there are 124 active Academies with an estimated 22,000 students. Cisco expects to further enrich its training program with ongoing efforts in partnering with recruiting companies for its graduates, curricula enhancements and other initiatives.

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2008 in Cisco

 

Intel unveils 16 Next-Generation Processors

Intel Corporation unveiled 16 products at the International 2008 Consumer Electronics Show, including the company’s first 45 nanometer (nm) processors for Intel® Centrino® Processor Technology based laptops.

All of these new chips include the company’s new transistor formula and 45nm manufacturing process that boost a PC’s speed, reduces power requirements, saves on battery life, helps the environment and comes in smaller packages for more fashionable and compact computer designs. With the introduction of the new processors, Intel will be offering a total of 32 desktop, laptop and server processors based on these industry-leading innovations.

The company also highlighted how it will take advantage of its transistor and manufacturing advances to spur a category of small form-factor, low-powered, high-performance devices that deliver broadband Internet access “in your pocket.” The processors are up to 25 percent smaller than previous versions so computer makers can create sleek, new designs for consumers ranging from stylish all-in-one desktop PCs to smaller notebooks.

Among the 16 new products, 12 are designed for new laptops and desktops products and four are for servers. All are now lead-free1 and, starting this year, halogen-free2, making the processors a more eco-friendly.

“The new products we’re announcing today provide consumers and businesses with the benefit of sleeker and higher-performing laptops and more powerful and fashionable PCs that deliver for the most hard-core gamer, high-definition enthusiast and just about every other consumer demand,” said Mooly Eden, vice president and general manager, mobile platforms group, Intel. “And later this year, Intel will begin delivering the mobile Internet with much smaller, lighter and powerful Internet-enabled devices that ultimately will fit right into your pocket.”

Intel Adds Mobile Processors to Line-up

Intel is shipping five new mobile processors, enabling breakthrough performance and improved battery life, providing consumers with the ability to be more productive or just enjoy their digital entertainment while on the go. Helping to extend battery life is also a new Intel Core microarchitecture design feature for advanced power management state called Deep Power Down Technology that reduces the power of the processor when it’s not running data or instructions to the laptop.

The processors are the foundation for the company’s popular Intel® Centrino® technology for laptops, and deliver improved content and video capabilities with HD DVD* and Blu-Ray* support with an optional third-party decoder. Centrino-based notebooks also come with the Mobile Intel® 965 Express Chipset and wireless networking including the optional support for 802.11n networks with Intel® Next-Gen Wireless-N.

Intel has also added new video and graphics capabilities with Intel® HD Boost that includes Intel® Streaming SIMD Extensions 4 (SSE4) for speeding up workloads including video encoding for high-definition and photo manipulation.

Intel will also use this mobile technology foundation and energy-efficient performance to enable a variety of smaller, cooler and quieter, stylish desktop designs. These computers, including the increasingly popular “all-in-one” category, provide the performance to run a variety of digital media and the latest software simultaneously, as well as enhanced high-definition video and smoother playback using Intel® Clear Video Technology.

More Mobility on Tap: in Your Pocket; Wireless WiMAX

Pushing the power of the full Internet “in your pocket,” Intel’s strategy for using low-power Intel Architecture platforms that drastically reduce CPU and chipset power, and package size continues to gain momentum. Intel plans to ship in the first half of this year its first-generation low-power platform chipset that will help deliver a range of ultra mobile and mobile Internet devices from a growing ecosystem of customers.

Intel also continues to work closely with carriers around the world to deploy mobile WiMAX networks. These networks will help deliver true high-speed mobile Internet experiences to a variety of digital devices starting later this year.

Mainstream Desktop PCs Get 45nm Performance and Efficiency Boost

Building on its November 2007 introduction (the Intel® Core™2 Extreme quad-core processor QX9650), Intel announced three quad core and four dual core 45nm-based processors for mainstream desktop PCs arriving later this month and throughout the first quarter of the year.

The new Intel® Core™ 2 Quad and Intel Core™ 2 Duo processor offerings will speed the transition to Intel’s newest processor line and multicore adoption, and are arriving at a time when digital and high-definition content, including photos, home videos, music, television shows and social networking, continues to grow exponentially.

Consumers will realize more performance at a variety of PC purchase prices as these processors feature a range of clock speeds, large L2 caches, and also come equipped with Intel® HD Boost (SSE4 instructions). These 45nm processors are also a requirement for computer-makers carrying the Intel Core™2 Processor with Viiv™ technology brand, making it easier for consumers to select a great entertainment PC with Intel’s most innovative technologies.

Dual core desktop processor-based PCs using these new processors begin shipping this month; quad core-based systems plan to arrive later this quarter.

The company also introduced four Intel Xeon processors for servers and workstations; they are expected to ship this quarter.

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2008 in Intel, Technology

 

ViewSonic expands boundaries of color with new LED display

ViewSonic® Corporation’s commitment to state-of-the-art technology is again displayed with the launch of its 22-inch widescreen VLED221wm desktop monitor, which features the world’s first 12000:1 dynamic contrast ratio in a LED desktop display. Taking LED backlight technology down to size, the VLED221wm provides color experts, such as graphic designers, multi-media editors and gamers, with color precision and reproduction never before seen in an LED monitor.

“ViewSonic has a long-standing reputation for delivering leading-edge technologies that shatter industry standards,” said Jeff Volpe, vice president of marketing, ViewSonic Americas. “The VLED221wm surpasses the expectations of discerning consumers and professionals who demand the true-to-life, crisp colors and contrast ratios prevalent in high-definition content and want to make green purchasing decisions.”

The VLED221wm offers consumers high-quality color reproduction by leveraging OptiColor™ technology to display 118 percent of the color gamut based on the National Television System Committee (NTSC) guidelines. In comparison, most CRT and LCD monitors on the market today only display 70 to 80 percent of the NTSC’s range of colors. This allows graphic designers to more accurately match colors to printed materials, and gives photographers and video editors access to a broader color spectrum. The VLED221wm is ideal for high-end design applications such as CAD/CAM, desktop publishing and moving production, which must achieve the highest level of color performance.

The stylish, glossy black display supports a native 1680×1050 resolution, boasts a 5ms response time and features an industry-leading dynamic contrast ratio of 12000:1 (typ), making it the ultimate monitor for life-like high-definition content. The display is equipped with dual analog and digital inputs and integrated stereo speakers to connect seamlessly with other professional systems such as soundboards.

The environmentally friendly design is not only mercury free, but also results in lower power consumption of 38W, which is important for consumers looking to reduce energy costs and their footprint on the environment.

The VLED221wm comes with a pixel quality guarantee that exceeds the International Organization of Standardization’s requirements for consumer protection. ViewSonic promises immediate replacement if the display has three sub-pixels locked in the on/off position, or if there is any combination of four defective pixels. ViewSonic’s guarantee offers the world’s highest level of consumer protection against “dead” pixels.

The ViewSonic VLED221wm is Windows Vista™ Certified and will be available in February for the estimated street price of $799. Sold through authorized ViewSonic resellers, distributors, retailers and e-tailers, the display is backed by a three-year limited warranty on parts and labor. The VLED221wm is compliant with the strictest safety and environmental standards, including TCO and ENERGY STAR®, and is made with environmentally friendly materials.

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2008 in Viewsonic

 

APC-MGE Receives 2007 Global Data Center Solutions Company of the Year Award

APC-MGE, part of the critical power and cooling services business unit of Schneider Electric, announced that it received the 2007 Global Data Center Solutions Company of the Year Award from global growth consulting company Frost & Sullivan. This honor is based on a number of criteria, including market share growth, quality product performance, manufacturing capabilities, technological skills and the effectiveness of distribution channel partners.

APC-MGE’s uncompromising research and development efforts have produced highly-efficient end-to-end solutions for data centers that address back-up power, cooling and infrastructure issues. The award honors APC-MGE’s unparalleled excellence in the data center solutions market by addressing the most fundamental and evolving needs of customers.

“For the past seven years, APC-MGE has consistently increased its revenue share and mindshare within the data center market. Their success is a combination of customer-centric power and cooling solutions and the execution of successful strategic industry alliances,” said Farah Saeed, senior consultant with Frost & Sullivan. “By advancing the progress of data center solutions in efficiency, design and scalability, while continuing to exceed the latest application requirements, they are a true leader and a worthy recipient of the 2007 Frost & Sullivan Data Center Solutions Company of the Year Award.”

Another factor cited in APC’s selection was the company’s exceptional customer service and customer loyalty levels. The company has the exceptional expertise to identify market needs and changes while executing innovative strategies within the existing competitive landscape.

“We are delighted that Frost & Sullivan chose to recognize APC-MGE’s success in both data center product innovation and company performance,” said Laurent Vernerey, APC-MGE’s president and chief executive officer. “With the investments we are making today, we are positioning APC-MGE for long-term success in our traditional markets, as well as within the data center and enterprise space.”

In order to select the award recipient, analysts quantify several market factors for each market participant according to predetermined criteria, paying close attention to their combined operations. This process includes interviews with all market participants, customers, and suppliers, along with extensive secondary and technology research. The companies’ efforts are then analyzed based on the number of new customers, new segments, and commitment to business expansion together with market growth. Industry participants are then ranked based on predetermined measurement criteria.

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2008 in APC