Monthly Archives: February 2008

Brother boosts productivity and efficiency of M. Lhuillier Phils.

When the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) of the Philippines , back in 2004, required all companies operating with money transfer business to have a copy of the customer’s identification card and information with every transaction, leading financial services firm, M. Lhuillier, was faced with the task of providing the right printing solutions to its branches nationwide.

Albert Bantog, division manager of materials and management division of M. Lhuillier, said, “We took into consideration the uncertainties of AMLC requirements (hard copy of documents or electronic file) in deciding what machines to procure and deploy to our locations for compliance purposes.”

Bantog also said the company has been spending a lot of money in purchasing different types of machines for different kinds of jobs.

“For example, a single employee is using desktop computer, a separate unit for phone, fax machine and printer in order to process large volumes of day to day business transactions. Imagine those equipment on top of the tables with little space for clerical works preventing good working conditions,” said Bantog.

With this chaotic scenario, Bantog said that M. Lhuillier conducted a total cost of ownership analysis to asses what are the requirements for the job. The company considered the cost of purchasing the machine, print volume, warranty servicing agreement and consumables to determine the success or failure of its imaging and output strategies. “We compared different brands of multi-function machines to meet the forecast printing, faxing, copying and imaging requirements,” said Bantog.

After conducting a thorough evaluation, Bantog said that Brother products really matched up to the company’s expectations with the print quality of its printers the same as the original for the least cost or no cost at all especially when scanning documents for attachment.

“Brother machines are not only significantly less expensive but are also significantly easier to use. Brother products are robust, easy to maintain and most of all have low cost of ownership. I describe Brother products as an all-purpose player. It is like a bunch of equipment put together in one machine,” he said.

Productivity-wise, Bantog said that Brother products contributed a lot in boosting the productivity of M. Lhuillier by providing the right productivity tools the company needs.

“I could scan and digitize documents and could send them instantly as email attachments to the intended recipient. I could send fax documents from my PC without having the need to print out any hard copy. There’s productivity gain when time management is improved through less time spent in every job done,” he said.

Bantog said the acquisition of Brother machines has also increased the employees’ efficiency, and compliance. Since speed is essential to the company to serve customers better, he said the Brother machines have enabled the company to deliver faster services to their clients.

“Common sense dictates that replacing every printer with departmental multifunction systems would impact both productivity and morale. The capabilities of Brother MFCs provide us excellent efficiency at the most effective cost and of course speed is another factor. The faster we deliver our services to our customers the more customers we could serve. From the moment we acquired our machines from Brother it has increased our employees’ efficiency and productivity. That’s why customers keep on coming back because of the service level we offer that is beyond customer expectation and satisfaction and that is why M. Lhuillier is the Numero Uno ng Bayan,” concludes Bantog.

Aside from print quality, Bantog said another factor that sets Brother apart is the excellent customer support. “All too often these days companies tend to dismiss customers after the initial product purchase. We were finding that working with a variety of vendors was taking too much time to support, which was dramatically impacting our ability to provide service efficiently at a reasonable cost. We are very pleased with how Brother delivers excellent service. “

Since the year 2000, M. Lhuillier has been using Brother fax machines. It started using Brother MFCs since 2005 and has since bought over 900 units of DCP115 / DCP 130 / DCP 150 as well as fax machines. The company is also using the HL 2040 laser printer, Fax 555, 827 and the Laser Fax 2820.

Established in the 80’s, M. Lhuillier Phils. now has more than 1,000 strong locations. M. Lhuillier has added more services like loans, lending, life insurances, real estate, fruit preserves, fine jewelry and even money transfers to ease the public’s financial burdens, thus meeting one of M. Lhuillier’s visions to bring financial services to the Filipinos nationwide. M. Lhuillier Phils. is not only servicing the Filipinos domestically but globally as well.

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Posted by on February 24, 2008 in Brother


2008 Security Challenges, Best practices for Consumers to ward off Cybercrime

It should come as no surprise to consumers that cybercrime is on the rise. Cybercrime is defined as any criminal act that incorporates a computer or Internet component. Cybercrime includes, but is not limited to, identity theft, theft or manipulation of data or services, online fraud, and extortion.

According to the Symantec Internet Security Threat Report Vol XII (Jan 1 to June 30, 2007), the leading assessment of Internet security in the world that provides a snap-shot of the state of Internet security for the past six months and future trends, cybercrime is becoming more about highly targeted professional attacks than the widespread and disorganized cyber-attacks of the past. The same report also noted that home users were the most highly targeted sector, accounting for 95% of all targeted attacks.

Symantec’s team of Internet security experts has forecasted the most highly anticipated security challenges for 2008:

· Bot Evolution – Symantec expects bots to diversify and evolve in their behavior. For example, phishing sites hosted by bot zombies may develop.

· Election Campaigns – As political candidates increasingly turn to the Internet, it is important to understand the associated security risks of increased dependence and interdependence on technology in the election process. These risks include the diversion of online campaign donations; dissemination of misinformation about candidates’ positions and conduct; fraud; phishing; and, the invasion of privacy.

· Advanced Web Threats – As the number of available Web services increases and as browsers continue to converge on a uniform interpretation standard for scripting languages, such as JavaScript, Symantec expects the number of new Web-based threats to continue to increase.

· Mobile Platforms – Interest in mobile security has never been higher. As phones become more complex, and more connected, Symantec expect attackers to take advantage.

· Spam Evolution – Symantec expects to see spam continuously evolve in order to evade traditional blocking systems and trick users into reading messages.

· Virtual Worlds – Symantec expects that as the use of persistent virtual worlds (PVWs) and massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs) expands, new threats will emerge as criminals, phishers, spammers, and others turn their attention to these new communities.

Symantec makers of Norton security software, shares the following general best practices for consumers to ward off cybercrime:

· Don’t click on links sent in suspicious emails. Always type the known URL directly into the URL window.

· Never open attachments received in emails from unknown senders.

· Check your credit card statements and reports regularly for fraudulent activity that may have resulted from a data breach, hack or other malicious activity.

· Be extra cautious when shopping online, particularly during the busy online holiday shopping season. Look for the lock symbol and “s” in the URL – it should read “H‑T-T-P-S” – on any page that requests a credit card number.

· Maintain active Internet security protection, which includes antivirus, antispyware, firewall and identity protection. Keep operating systems (for example, Windows® XP), browsers (for example, Internet Explorer), and other applications (such as RealPlayer or iTunes) updated with the latest security patches. Remember to protect your mobile devices too.

· Use digital common sense – if something seems askew online, don’t proceed.

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Posted by on February 24, 2008 in Symantec


STI, Google, Inc. kick-off partnership in 13th National Youth Convention

STI, premier provider of ICT-enhanced education in the Philippines , recently forged alliance with worldwide web giant, Google, Inc. in the 13th National Youth Convention.

Geared towards improving education in all medium, STI and Google are now working in partnership to further enhance the education system in the Philippines . Now, with STI students, staff and faculty starting to manage their own Google mail accounts, communication and research inside the community have increased efficiency.

In the recently concluded 13th National Youth Convention (NYC), an annual innovative learning and career planning nationwide caravan of STI, Google Philippines Country Consultant Aileen Apolo served as one of the speakers. In her talk, Aileen discussed basic techniques and new applications of Google that the academe can benefit from.

The 13th NYC, with the theme “STIer: A Brand of Excellence,” began November last year in Baguio City, and has gone to Cebu, Bacolod, Kalibo, General Santos, Cagayan de Oro, Ormoc and was capped by a two-day event in Metro Manila. In total, more than 20,000 participants attended the event.

STI’s job placement partners e-Telecare, Convergys and the Youth Entrepreneurs Society (YES) also participated in the mini-job fair set-up for the graduating student participants. The 13th NYC is in partnership with Google, Inc. and Micro Data.

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Posted by on February 18, 2008 in STI


Microsoft Responds to Yahoo! Announcement

Microsoft Corp. issued the following statement in response to the announcement by Yahoo! Inc. that its Board of Directors has rejected Microsoft’s previously announced proposal to acquire Yahoo!:

It is unfortunate that Yahoo! has not embraced our full and fair proposal to combine our companies. Based on conversations with stakeholders of both companies, we are confident that moving forward promptly to consummate a transaction is in the best interests of all parties.

We are offering shareholders superior value and the opportunity to participate in the upside of the combined company. The combination also offers an increasingly exciting set of solutions for consumers, publishers and advertisers while becoming better positioned to compete in the online services market.

A Microsoft-Yahoo! combination will create a more effective company that would provide greater value and service to our customers. Furthermore, the combination will create a more competitive marketplace by establishing a compelling number two competitor for Internet search and online advertising.

The Yahoo! response does not change our belief in the strategic and financial merits of our proposal. As we have said previously, Microsoft reserves the right to pursue all necessary steps to ensure that Yahoo!’s shareholders are provided with the opportunity to realize the value inherent in our proposal.

On February 1, 2008, Microsoft announced a proposal to acquire all the outstanding shares of Yahoo! common stock for per share consideration of $31 representing a total equity value of approximately $44.6 billion and a 62 percent premium above the closing price of Yahoo! common stock based on the closing prices of the stocks of both companies on Jan. 31, 2008, the last day of trading prior to Microsoft’s announcement. Microsoft’s proposal would allow the Yahoo! shareholders to elect to receive cash or a fixed number of shares of Microsoft common stock, with the total consideration payable to Yahoo! shareholders consisting of one-half cash and one-half Microsoft common stock.

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Posted by on February 14, 2008 in Microsoft


HP Recycles Nearly 250 Million Pounds of Products in 2007

HP announced it recycled nearly 250 million pounds of hardware and print cartridges globally in its fiscal year 2007 – an increase of approximately 50 percent over the previous year and the equivalent of more than double the weight of the Titanic.

HP also reused 65 million pounds of hardware to be refurbished for resale or donation, increasing its annual reuse rate by 30 percent.

In 2007, HP surpassed its goal to recycle 1 billion pounds of technology equipment and is well on its way to reaching its new goal to recover 2 billion pounds of products by the end of 2010.

“HP set the most aggressive recovery goal in the IT industry and we’re on track to meet it,” said Pat Tiernan, vice president, Corporate, Social and Environmental Responsibility, HP. “This progress demonstrates our success in offering convenient and comprehensive recovery services around the world and is another milestone in HP’s longstanding environmental commitment.”

Highlights from HP’s recycling programs in 2007 include:
–  In Europe, the Middle East and Africa, HP nearly doubled the amount it recycled over last year to 170 million pounds (77,111 metric tonnes) of equipment.

–  In the Americas region, HP recycled an estimated 65 million pounds (29,484 metric tonnes) of equipment.

–  In the Asia Pacific region, HP recycled 13 million pounds (5,897 metric tonnes) of equipment.

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Posted by on February 6, 2008 in HP


Brother visits an orphanage

Not everyone in this world gets to be with their family on special occasions like New Year and Christmas, just like the orphans in White Cross Children’s Home in San Juan . Though these children may not have family that doesn’t mean they can’t celebrate Christmas with kind-hearted people who reach out to them.

Brother International Philippines celebrated Christmas in a different way as they treated the children in White Cross Children’s Home at San Juan to tons of laughs, food, games, and gifts in a Christmas party dubbed “Christmas at Your Side.”

“This is our own way of giving back to God for the blessings He gave us this year. Together with our dealers, we thought it’d be better to do something different this year by sharing our blessings to God’s children who are in need of a family’s love and care,” Brother International Philippines’ assistant general manager Glenn Hocson said.

The program started with a prayer followed by a song number from the kids of White Cross. Brother Philippines and its dealers also joined the fun as they presented a special dance number and participated in the parlor games with the kids of White Cross.

Mely Vargas, executive director of White Cross Children’s Home expressed her gratitude for Brother’s effort to spend time with them. “We are thankful that there are companies like Brother who never forget about the less fortunate in spite of all the blessings they get. These kids still have a long way to go with their lives and the simple act of showing them that they are loved and cared about would definitely help them live better lives in the future as they know that they have a family at their side.”

After the parlor games, the children were served yummy treats including spaghetti, hotdogs and marsh mallow on sticks, barbeque and “bottomless” ice cream.

Brother general manager Toshiaki Isayama who personally handed Brother’s Christmas gifts to the children said, “it has been a very humbling experience for me and my Brother team as well as our dealers. We thought it’s time to do something different this Christmas. It is our honor to have brought happiness to this place these children calls their home. I hope that they will remember that Brother is always at their side.”

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Posted by on February 6, 2008 in Brother


Over the Net Solutions Seminar

With the globalization of business, most multinational companies have server rooms distributed throughout the world that provide for 24 hour data access all year round. Remote data access or system maintenance performed over the Internet has therefore become an important priority. Remote control’s major missions also include remote power supply management, peripheral hardware management and system security.

To learn about facilitating both local and remote operators and access multiple computer from remote locations using a standard internet browser, Aten International of Taiwan and local partner, FIL-NIPPON TECHNOLOGY SUPPLY, INC. invited IT managers to attend a seminar on” Over the Net Solutions” last January 24, 2008, from 1:30 – 5:30pm at the Ramcar room, 3rd floor, AIM Conference Center Makati City.

The four hour lecture showcased the latest in KVM technology giving IT MANAGERS anywhere and anytime access to their servers without the need to install any software in advance. It also has multiplatform support – PS/2, USB, Sun and Serial devices and gives IT MANAGERS total control (up to BIOS level) with cold boot compatibility from a single KVM Over the NET product to a complete solution with Control Center; Consolidated management (multiple devices, multiple platform, to multiple sites).

Here’s good news, we will be having another batch of “Over the net solutions” seminar on Feb 28, 2008. Limited slots available! Reserve a slot now! The seminar is FREE and includes snacks for attendees.

For other details, or advance registration, Fil-Nippon Technology Supply, Inc. may be reached at (02) 724-0526 / 31 / 32 / 35 / 37 / 41 Fax: loc. 102.

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Posted by on February 6, 2008 in Technology


Intel and Micron Develop the World’s Fastest NAND Flash Memory With 5X Faster Performance

Intel Corporation and Micron Technology Inc. unveiled a high speed NAND flash memory technology that can greatly enhance the access and transfer of data in devices that use silicon for storage. The new technology – developed jointly by Intel and Micron and manufactured by the companies’ NAND flash joint venture, IM Flash Technologies (IMFT) – is five times faster than conventional NAND, allowing data to be transferred in a fraction of the time for computing, video, photography and other consumer applications.

The new high speed NAND can reach speeds up to 200 megabytes per second (MB/s) for reading data and 100 MB/s for writing data, achieved by leveraging the new ONFI 2.0 specification and a four-plane architecture with higher clock speeds. In comparison, conventional single level cell NAND is limited to 40 MB/s for reading data and less than 20 MB/s for writing data.

“Micron looks forward to unlocking the possibilities with high speed NAND,” said Frankie Roohparvar, Micron vice president of NAND development. “We are working with an ecosystem of key enablers and partners to build and optimize corresponding system technologies that take advantage of its improved performance capabilities. Micron is committed to NAND innovation and designing new features into the technology that create a powerful data storage solution for today’s most popular consumer electronic and computing devices.”

“The computing market is embracing NAND-based solutions to accelerate system performance through the use of caching and solid-state drives,” said Pete Hazen, director of marketing, Intel NAND Products Group. “At up to five times the performance over conventional NAND, the high speed NAND from Intel and Micron, based on the ONFi 2.0 industry standard, will enable new embedded solutions and removable solutions that take advantage of high–performance system interfaces, including PCIe and upcoming standards such as USB 3.0.”

For example, the specific performance advantages of high speed NAND in today’s most popular devices include:
–  When used in a hybrid hard drive, high speed NAND can allow the system to read and write data anywhere between two or four times the speed when compared to conventional hard drives.
–  With the popularity of digital video cameras and video on demand services, high speed NAND can enable a high-definition movie to be transferred five times faster than conventional NAND.
–  With the pending USB 3.0 interface, high speed NAND is expected to effectively deliver on the increased data transfer rates of the new specification, where conventional NAND would act as the bottleneck in system performance. USB 3.0 is aiming for 10 times the bandwidth of current USB 2.0 solutions, or approximately achieving 4.8 gigabits per second.
–  As NAND continues to move into the PC platform, the Non-Volatile Memory Host Controller Interface (NVMHCI) can take advantage of high speed NAND in solutions such as Intel Turbo Memory, allowing for even better system performance. NVMHCI is designed to provide a standard software programming interface allowing operating system drivers to access NAND flash memory storage in applications such as hard drive caching and solid-state drives.

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Posted by on February 3, 2008 in Intel


HP Announces Strategy to Bridge Gap Between Content Creation and Publishing

HP announced its strategy to enable customers – from home consumers to large corporations – to harness the vast amount of rich media content that remains untapped for publishing.

As part of the announcement, HP unveiled at the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) tradeshow several retail photo printing solutions and services that provide consumers the tools to personalize their photos and publish customized creative output, while helping retailers maintain peak efficiency.

With three major analog-to-digital conversion processes already underway – in film, telephony and TV – and as more analog processes such as book publishing are converted to digital, the growth of digital content is exploding.

According to industry analyst firm IDC, the information added annually to the “digital universe” is expected to increase more than sixfold from 161 billion gigabytes to 988 billion gigabytes between 2006 and 2010. In 2006 alone, the amount of digital information created, captured and replicated was approximately 3 million times the information in all the books ever written.

Recognizing this opportunity, HP’s strategy focuses on four key areas that are designed to close the gap between the content that is created and that which is actually published and available for consumption:
–  Helping customers create, access, manage and publish their content
–  Generating new publishing occasions
–  Using the web and other software assets to enable the entire content creation, management and publishing ecosystem
–  Applying these capabilities to high-growth vertical markets

The effort is being led through HP’s Web Services and Software Business, which was created last fall within the company’s Imaging and Printing Group.

“Put simply, we want our customers to be able to bring rich content to life,” said David Murphy, senior vice president, Web Services and Software Business, HP. “In combining our printing franchise with a world-class set of software and web assets, HP is creating a multibillion-dollar business poised to lead the transformation to a comprehensive digital supply chain – from content creation and management to publishing and consumption.”

Enabling the digital transformation

Nowhere is the disconnect between digital content creation and publishing more prevalent than in the digital photography market, where the difference between the number of images captured and those that are actually published or printed is vast and growing.

To bridge this gap, HP is empowering consumers with the tools to personalize their photos and publish customized creative content. In the retail photo environment, the company is working to transform retailers’ traditional photo labs into digital publishing centers that move beyond prints to rich digital media, such as photo books, posters, calendars and other creative photo products.

To this end, HP unveiled several additions to its lineup, including the launch of the new HP Photo Center – a versatile, scalable and space-efficient digital print solution designed to easily plug into a retailer’s existing lab infrastructure. The system incorporates the new HP Photosmart ml1000 Minilab printer, designed to be the fastest and most versatile dry inkjet retail photo printing system on the market,(2) as well as the efficient and easy-to-use new HP Photosmart pm2000e Microlab printer. Both products were winners of the DIMA 2008 Innovative Digital Product Awards.

The HP Photo Center also includes the new HP Photosmart cl2000 Creative printer for production of photo books, calendars, greeting cards and other published consumer content, and a new consumer order station that features a 17-inch screen with screen-assisted navigation to make publishing creative content easier.

To help retailers efficiently manage back-office services, such as device configuration, billing and reporting, the HP Photo Center features an innovative suite of software. The system also offers order management functionality to help with job fulfillment and a remote management system that ensures systems are consistently available for customer use.

Fueling the web-to-store printing market

HP also announced it is now offering its Snapfish by HP members the ability to order posters online to be picked up the same day at any of Staples’ 1,400 “Copy and Printer Centers” nationwide. Staples is the first nationwide retailer to offer this service.

Starting at $14.99,(3) the posters will be printed in-store on HP Designjet printers and offered in two sizes – 16 x 20 inches and 20 x 30 inches. Customers will have the choice of using a single image or creating a collage of up to 30 images, and they can add a title as well as select from up to 14 background colors.

Between 2004 and 2007, the web-to-retail market in the United States grew more than 1,200 percent to more than 1.2 billion prints, according to internal HP data. In 2007, the Snapfish network of online photo sites generated more than 1 billion of those 1.2 billion web-to-store prints.

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Posted by on February 3, 2008 in HP