Monthly Archives: July 2008

Smart Communications launches SMART Buddy “All Calls 20” promo

Amid soaring prices of consumer goods, leading network operator Smart Communications, Inc. (SMART) continues to offer affordable but high-quality mobile services with the launch of the SMART Buddy “All Calls 20” promo.

With All Calls 20, 10 minutes worth of airtime costs only P20, equivalent to just P2 for every minute. These 10 minutes may be used to call any SMART or Talk ‘N Text number. Subscribers also have the flexibility of consuming the allocated minutes however they want. The package, valid for 1 day, also comes with 5 free SMS to any SMART and Talk ‘N Text number.

For even better value for money, All Calls 100 is also available. For just P100, a SMART subscriber may avail of 60 minutes worth of airtime which could be used to call any SMART or Talk ‘N Text number. All Calls 100 is valid for five days and comes with 30 free SMS to any SMART and Talk ‘N Text number.

To avail of the service, SMART subscribers have two convenient options. They can avail of the All Calls packages from any of over a million SMART Load retailers everywhere, or they can simply register. For All Calls 20, just type 20 then send to 909. For All Calls 100, type 100 then send to 909. To make a call, subscriber dials *909 plus the 11-digit mobile number being called, e.g., *90909191234567.

“We aim to progressively lower the costs of our cellular and data services to make it more accessible to more people, and we shall introduce more of these enhanced service packages in order to provide better value to all,” according to Orlando B. Vea, SMART’s Chief Wireless Advisor.


Posted by on July 22, 2008 in Smart Communications


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HP Introduces the World’s Fastest Mobile Printer

HP introduces a printer that lets you enjoy fast, on-the-go printing at its best—the HP OfficeJet H470b Mobile Printer. Known to be the world’s fastest mobile printer, the HP OfficeJet H470b Mobile Printer offers an impressive set of productivity features for more effective business on-the-go.

Lightweight and rugged, this printer boasts exceptional speed and professional print quality at a low cost. Plus, with an included long-lasting lithium-ion battery and optional wireless connectivity, adding mobility to your business just gets better!

Freedom to print anytime, anywhere
Highly compact and weighing only 5 lbs, the HP OfficeJet H470b Mobile Printer lets you stay mobile with its impressive features. Enjoy the convenience of mobile printing with its optional Wi-Fi and optional Bluetooth connectivity2. Flexibility is also one of its key features, with its compatibility to Windows, Macintosh, Palm, Tablet PC, Pocket PC, and Symbian Series. You don’t even need a PC to enjoy its multiple print functions. Just plug in your notebook PCs, PDAs, digital cameras, cellphones, or even memory cards3 and go print!

The HP OfficeJet H470b Mobile Printer enables you to print far beyond your office space for extended periods of time with its easy-to-install and long-lasting Lithium-Ion battery that enables the printer to deliver up to 480 pages per charge. You can even use your car’s power by using the 12v auto power adapter.

This mobile printer also helps you and your business withstand the rigors of the outdoors. The printer is drop-tested from heights of up to 0.5 meters to ensure its durability. It also can be fitted with an optional mobile printer sleeves to protect it from scratches.

Fast, high-quality and reliable printing
With the HP OfficeJet H470b Mobile Printer, you can have great printouts in any place you want and need to be. Get your documents and graphics at fastest-in-class speeds of up to 22 pagers per minute (ppm) in black and 18 ppm in color. You also get to enjoy 4 x 6 photos4 in as little time as 49 seconds.

Also, by using HP’s Vivera inks, you can produce laser-quality text and brilliant, smudge-free, lab-quality photos, which can also last for decades without fading. You also get to have a more cost-effective ink usage, and much more prints than competing printers, while delivering laser-quality text and vivid graphics.

Large print jobs are a breeze with its impressive 500-page monthly duty cycle and easy-to-fold 50-sheet paper tray. What’s more, it can print photos in sizes from 4 x 6″ borderless3 to 8.5 x 11″ with borders, and it has convenient low ink alerts to indicate when the supplies should be replaced.

Highly rated supplies and support
Having won the PC Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award for service and reliability for 16 years in a row, the HP OfficeJet H470b Mobile Printer is always up and running wherever you go. You can receive exclusive offers and discounts on HP ink, toner and paper as well as a list of customized supplies with HP’s “My Print Rewards” program. It comes with a one-year limited warranty.

Now, print anywhere, everywhere with HP’s fastest mobile printer!

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Posted by on July 19, 2008 in HP


Lenovo Brings New Colors, Sizes and Features to IdeaPad Consumer Notebooks

Lenovo announced an additional four new IdeaPad notebooks for consumers, allowing them to express themselves with more choices of color, including Indigo blue, Bold black and Crimson red.

All of the notebooks are based on the latest Intel® Centrino® 2 processor technology.

Four new IdeaPad notebooks – IdeaPad U330, Y330, Y430 and Y530
The new styles, colors and innovations are all about customers and the ways they express themselves and their ideas. The four IdeaPad notebooks come with consumer-focused features including expanded facial recognition capabilities for simple and convenient log-on, One-Key Rescue System to recover your ideas with just one touch, HDMI to connect to the digital world and optional Blu-Ray DVD players on select models for enjoying high-definition content.
There are two new notebook form factors – the 13-inch widescreen IdeaPad Y330 and U330 notebooks and the 14-inch widescreen IdeaPad Y430 notebook – to the IdeaPad line. Additionally, the new IdeaPad Y530 notebook round out Lenovo’s expanded consumer notebook portfolio.

– Lenovo designed its “U” series to be all about expressing ideas with style. The IdeaPad U330 notebook is a super-slim ultra-light notebook that features switchable graphics. This enables the user to run energy-efficient integrated graphics while on battery power and then switch to high-definition discrete graphics for more powerful performance when “plugged in.”

– The IdeaPad Y330 notebook is designed for strong mobile performance with a built-in DVD burner and camera, up to 4 GB of memory, up to a 320 GB hard drive and the latest wireless connectivity options including Bluetooth.

– The IdeaPad Y430 and Y530 notebooks make mainstream notebooks fun and functional. Available in Bold black or a new Crimson red textured design on the IdeaPad Y430 notebook, consumers may choose between a framed or frameless screen as well as an optional Blu-Ray DVD player.

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Posted by on July 19, 2008 in Lenovo


Corel Unveils Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite X4

Corel Corporation unveiled Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite X4, the latest version of the company s technical graphics software. Created specifically to address the technical illustration workflow, the suite enables users to create technical documentation, instructional manuals, maintenance references and technical diagrams with exceptional precision and speed. Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite X4 is now available in English, French, and German.

Unmatched by any other technical graphics package, Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite X4 provides industry-leading file compatibility, including 3D design formats and AutoCAD® DWG and DXF , while delivering award-winning precision tools for illustration, bitmap-to-vector tracing, and professional photo editing. This comprehensive suite also offers an optimized workflow, multi-language support, and easy network deployment, making it the trusted choice of companies known worldwide for technical design excellence.

Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite X4 was developed with the needs of technical illustrators in mind. The integration of professional illustration, photo editing, and bitmap-to-vector conversion tools in one package provides technical illustrators with the most comprehensive solution for completing complex projects with greater precision and efficiency, said Klaus Vossen, Product Manager for Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite.

Customers Benefit from Intuitive Tools and Precision Controls

Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite X4 continues to offer the industry s most complete and affordable technical graphics package. The latest version of the suite includes Corel DESIGNER X4 for precise technical illustration and layout; CorelPHOTO-PAINT® X4 for professional image editing; Corel® PowerTRACE X4 to convert bitmaps and legacy paper documents into vector graphics; Right Hemisphere® Deep Exploration 5.5 CSE to convert 3D CAD models into accurate 2D graphics; and Corel CAPTURE X4 to create screen captures, an integral component of many technical documents.

In addition to these core applications, Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite X4 offers more than 80 new and enhanced features designed to streamline the creation of technical illustrations. With intuitive diagramming tools, and professional photo-editing, Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite X4 offers features unmatched by those in any other technical graphics package.

Access Technical Design Assets
– Access 3D CAD data directly with the new, integrated 3D CAD import application
– Quickly unlock data in legacy blueprints by using centerline tracing in the new Corel PowerTRACE
– Leverage RAW camera files from more than 300 camera models with interactive controls to preview adjustments in real time
– Enjoy seamless compatibility with commonly-used and industry-standard file formats, including new and enhanced support for AutoCAD® DWG and DXF, PDF 1.7, PDF/A, as well as Microsoft® Office Publisher and JPEG 2000
– Take advantage of the enhanced Windows Vista® integration to easily organize projects and search for files

Create Better Technical Diagrams
– Communicate more effectively with clearer visual pieces created with new and enhanced diagramming tools
– Import the latest Microsoft® Visio® formats to ease collaboration with colleagues and clients

Streamline the Technical Illustration Workflow
– New technical drawing tools make it easier to identify curves and connector lines and add precision and clarity to illustrations
– Create custom dimensions and dimension styles with advanced control for clearly readable illustrations
– Draw, size, and rotate shapes and lines with precision using the Object Coordinates docker

Discover Advanced Image-Editing Features
– Achieve professional-quality color and tone correction with the new Image Adjustment Lab
– Gain control, improve accuracy, and simplify the process when cutting out image areas with the enhanced Cutout Lab
– Preview image-editing changes in real-time by using histogram feedback available with more features than ever before

What s Included?
In addition to the key applications, Corel DESIGNER X4, Corel PHOTO-PAINT X4, Corel PowerTRACE X4, Right Hemisphere Deep Exploration 5.5 CSE, and Corel CAPTURE X4, Corel DESIGNER Technical Suite X4 includes: Microsoft® Visual Basic® for Applications 6.4; barcode and duplexing wizards, ANSI, DIN, ISO, engineering and architectural templates; and comprehensive symbol libraries containing over 4000 manufacturing, electrical, and architectural symbols.

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Posted by on July 17, 2008 in Corel


HP Printers Top Buyers Lab “Pick” Awards

Buyers Laboratory Inc. (BLI), the world’s leading independent tester of document imaging products, has selected HP as a winner of its prestigious Spring 2008 “Pick” awards in both the color, color laser and officejet printer categories, with the brand receiving various accolades for its products.

BLI’s “Pick” awards are presented semi-annually to the products that perform the best in their respective categories throughout BLI’s in-depth lab test. During the test, BLI evaluates all critical performance areas, including reliability, image quality, productivity, print drivers, feedback to workstations, administrative utilities, ease of use, network setup, toner yield, cost of ownership and more.
HP Selected in Three Color Printer Categories
The HP Color LaserJet CP6015dn received a BLI “Pick” award in the large workgroup color printer category, while the multifunction printer based on the same engine, the Color LaserJet CM6040f, was recognized in the printer MFP category. “The CP6015dn and the CM6040f offer users dark text, smooth lines and good color output at a competitive price,” said BLI Senior Test Technician Tony Maceri. “And with HP’s standard security features and extensive color access controls, business users have multiple options to control the output devices on their networks.”

“We are honored that Buyer’s Laboratory has chosen the HP Color LaserJet CP6015dn printer and HP Color LaserJet CM6040 MFP as the ‘Outstanding Large Workgroup Color Printer’ Picks of the Year for their exceptional color printing capabilities. The HP Color LaserJet CP6015 printer series is a complete A3 business document creation centre featuring innovative color print technologies, broad media support and advanced finishing features that deliver in-house publishing without the need to outsource. Designed as HP’s most powerful, productive and cost-effective printer series to date, the HP Color LaserJet CP6015 printer series is ideal for technical and creative professionals working in an enterprise setting,” said Hui-Li Lee, Director for LaserJet business, HP Imaging & Printing Group, Asia-Pacific & Japan.

“The MFP is an enabler that allows Enterprise customers to use it as both the onramp and offramp for digitizing workflows and improving communications. Designed for maximum color performance and large office workgroup productivity, the HP Color LaserJet CM6040f MFP is HP’s top-of-the-line color laser MFP. In addition to its print, copy, scan and fax capabilities, this feature-rich package also includes HP’s fastest A3 print speed at up to 40 pages-per-minute for both color and black-and-white, advanced finishing options, robust security and the HP Easy Select Control Panel,” continued Lee.

Receiving a “Pick” in the A4-size inkjet printer category, the HP Officejet Pro K5400dn provided an outstanding performance in BLI’s tests. “The Officejet Pro K5400 offers very good ease of use, with highly automated installation, an easy-to-use driver and very good feedback to the workstation regarding errors,” said BLI Test Technician Joe Ellerman. “Also an economical choice, the unit is priced less than competitive units and offers a low cost per page.”

“The HP Officejet Pro K5400dn delivers professional quality color results at fast print speeds of up to 35 pages per minute, for up to 50 percent lower cost per page than comparable lasers*. We are proud to have the HP Officejet Pro K5400dn recognized as the ‘Pick of the Year’ for Outstanding Inkjet Printer by Buyer’s Laboratory Inc. – this reflects HP’s strong tradition of innovation and our ability to bring affordable, high quality color printing to businesses” said Abhijit Patwardhan, Director, Inkjet System & DPE, HP Imaging & Printing Group, Asia-Pacific & Japan.

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Posted by on July 17, 2008 in HP


HP introduces HP JetDirect 690n Wireless Print Server

HP recently introduced the HP JetDirect 690n Wireless Print Server, an enterprise network solution that allows extended printing capabilities over a larger number of users. Providing 802.11g printer connectivity to telecommuters and remote offices, the HP JetDirect 690n Wireless Print Server is bound to meet numerous printing needs, thus, increases workgroup productivity.

Easy to install and configure
Installing the HP JetDirect 690n Wireless Printer Server is easy and convenient. With a modular internal card that slides into the EIO slot of any compatible HP peripheral, there is no need to deal with bothersome cords and other accessories. Some HP printer series, such as the HP LaserJet P4014n, P4015n and P4515n, even come already equipped with it. Meanwhile, setup is made even faster by a revamped installation wizard which ensures that the print server will be up and running in no time.

Enterprise-class security
The HP JetDirect 690n Wireless Print Server provides robust security functions. To protect business-critical data, it is equipped with IPSec wireless security that provides advanced authentication and encryption. Other security features include Kerberos, 802.1x authentication, SSL/TLS, Access Control List, password protection, SNMPv3, and IPP over TLS.

Full manageability
To further ensure convenience, the HP JetDirect 690n Wireless Print Server works seamlessly with these HP management tools:

– With HP Web JetAdmin, one can install, configure, monitor and troubleshoot a variety of printing and imaging devices—and supplies—from anywhere on the network.

– Use the HP Embedded Web Server to easily configure, manage and monitor your network printing from any standard Web browser.

– HP Universal Print Driver solutions provide easy, familiar and consistent set up and printing across a network of HP printers.

– HP Easy Printer Care Software is the simplest way to monitor and maintain about 15 HP devices.

Broadly compatible
To improve efficiency, the HP JetDirect 690n, with its wireless 802.11g and 802.11b capabilities, is compatible with qualified HP peripherals with EIO slots—including HP Color LaserJet MFPs with scanning capabilities. It also fits into a business’ existing IT capabilities, supporting a wide range of operating systems such as Microsoft®, Novell, Apple, UNIX® and Linux. Meanwhile, network protocols supported includes TCP/IP (IPv6/ IPv4, IP Direct Mode, LPD, FTP and IPP), IPX/SPX, DLC/LLC and AppleTalk. Future enhancements can also be added with flash-upgradeable firmware.

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Posted by on July 16, 2008 in HP


Sun Microsystems Appoints Gan Boon San as President of Asia South Region

Philippines, Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced the appointment of Gan Boon San as president of its Asia South GEM (Geographically Established Market). He replaces Lionel Lim, who has been promoted to the role of senior vice president, Asia Pacific region (APAC). In this role, Boon San will be responsible for strategizing and ensuring a consistent, integrated and responsive customer experience to deliver growth and profitability across Asia South.

Boon San was previously the chief of operations (COO) of Sun Asia South where he supported the Asia South president in strategies and execution plans across Asia South to drive and grow the business regionally.

Boon San was concurrently the managing director of Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Brunei and Bangladesh. His job encompassed growing Sun’s business throughout the region which included directing Sun’s joint ventures in the Philippines and Indonesia, as well as business operations in Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Indo-China.

“Throughout his career in Sun, Boon San has displayed a tremendous track record of executing against Asia South’s key strategic initiatives and delivering superior business results,” said Lionel Lim, senior vice president, APAC, Sun Microsystems.”Boon San’s strong sales track-record, customer service experience and business acumen is second to none. I am confident he will continue to do the same in his new role as we continue to execute on our plan for sustained growth and profitability.”

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Posted by on July 16, 2008 in Sun Microsystems


Samsung MLC-based 128GB is now in Volume Production

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, announced today that it has begun mass producing 1.8- and 2.5-inch multi-level cell (MLC)-based solid state drives (SSD) with a 128 Gigabyte (GB) storage capacity. Mass production of the Samsung MLC-based 64GB SSD also began this month.

“With the 64 GB and 128 GB MLC SSDs, we are satisfying the density requirements of most business users and many PC enthusiasts, who will appreciate not only the performance gains and added reliability, but also the more attractive pricing,” said Jim Elliott, vice president, memory marketing, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.

Samsung SSDs feature far greater reliability, faster boot times and faster application start-up times than hard disk drives. Power consumption for the Samsung SSD is exceptionally low in standby mode at approximately 0.2 watts and in active mode at 0.5 watts.

The Samsung MLC-based SSD has a write speed of 70MB/s and a read speed of 90MB/s – performance levels that approach those of single-level-cell (SLC)-based SSDs now in mass production. Moreover, the new 128GB SSD will last approximately 20 times longer than the generally accepted 4-5 year life span of a notebook PC hard drive.

Featuring a 3.0 gigabit-per-second interface, the 128GB MLC-based SSD consists of 64 MLC NAND flash memory chips of 16 gigabits each, optimized single-chip controller technology and advanced flash-management firmware technology. Enclosed in a brushed metallic casing, it measures 100mm x 69.8mm and is only 9.5mm thick.

Samsung is aggressively expanding its SSD market offerings. It introduced a 64GB SSD in the second half of 2007, and plans to begin producing a 256GB at the end of this year. Samsung’s mass production of 128GB SSDs helps it to maintain its position as the leading producer of SSDs in the world, with capacities ranging from 32GB to the highest available today.

Samsung expects sales of SSD units to increase 800 percent between now and 2010, keeping SSDs on pace to be the largest growth segment in the NAND flash market over the next few years.

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Posted by on July 11, 2008 in Samsung


HP Delivers Enhanced Neoview Capabilities

HP has announced a new release of its HP Neoview data warehouse solution that provides companies with broader access to operational business intelligence: real-time business information that improves insight and decision making.

The new version of HP Neoview includes several industry-first, patented technologies for operational business intelligence that simultaneously handle mixed workloads of massive queries along with thousands of short, transaction-like queries. These new enhancements put key information into the hands of every type of decision maker when they require it.
Business intelligence typically has been used by business analysts doing comprehensive analyses of company operations. In this traditional model, it could take days, weeks or even months to extract and use information from business intelligence solutions.

The new model of operational business intelligence extends beyond traditional business intelligence by empowering workers across an enterprise with immediate access to information to make better decisions in real time.

Real-time information allows sales agents to provide the best product offers to customers, which can increase revenue. Real-time access also allows companies to quickly analyze inbound data to identify fraud as it occurs.

“HP Neoview is giving us what we need to move business intelligence increasingly into the operations of our company,” said Ron Azbill, business intelligence director, The Bon-Ton Stores Inc., one of fastest growing U.S. retailers. “As the first Neoview customer, we already purchased our second solution with the goal that it will speed up the development process. HP Neoview has exceeded our expectations to manage and analyze massive amounts of data, summarize the detail into meaningful segments and quickly respond to many query requests.”
HP Neoview innovations
Operational business intelligence requires a solution that can simultaneously handle mixed workloads of massive queries with thousands of short, transaction-like queries from employees, such as customer service agents. To deliver superior operational business intelligence, HP Neoview uses patented technologies such as:

– HP Adaptive Segmentation, which automatically matches the appropriate resources to various sizes and types of queries, providing significant performance enhancements. Unlike any other offering on the market, HP Neoview can simultaneously process large and small queries while pulling information from the same data source.
– HP Skewbuster, which acts as a traffic coordinator for data, preventing bottlenecks before they happen. The technology can dramatically improve system performance, helping assure the delivery of service-level agreements and reduce the possibility of system slowdowns.
– HP Transporter, which helps make sure the most up to date information and offers are available to serve customers in real time. By extracting data as quickly as it is loaded into the data warehouse, the technology also allows security scoring of customer records, which is vital for immediately identifying fraudulent transactions so action can be taken.

“With its Neoview offering, HP is delivering noteworthy new capabilities for operational business intelligence, demonstrating its commitment to innovation in the data warehouse field,” said Richard Winter, president of independent consulting firm WinterCorp. “HP’s aim is to provide unique capabilities in operational business intelligence – today and in the future – on which its customers can build sustained competitive advantage.”

To further address this operational business intelligence trend, HP Labs, the company’s central research and development arm, is focused on research to help customers deal with the explosion of information so businesses and individuals can acquire, analyze and deliver the right information. Labs researchers will conduct exploratory research so breakthrough technology for information explosion and business intelligence can be transferred more rapidly into commercial applications for customers.

“The market landscape is changing and customers in all industries will need to take advantage of critical information across their operations,” said Ben Barnes, vice president and general manager, Business Intelligence, Software, HP. “HP Neoview combined with HP’s business intelligence services, a robust partner ecosystem and HP Labs innovations delivers the industry’s first true operational business intelligence platform.”

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Posted by on July 7, 2008 in HP