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HP Completes EDS Acquisition for US$13.9 Billion

HP today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS), creating a leading force in technology services.

With this acquisition, initially announced on May 13 and valued at an enterprise value of approximately $13.9 billion, HP has one of the technology industry’s broadest portfolios of products, services and end-to-end solutions. The combined offerings are focused on helping clients accelerate growth, mitigate risks and lower costs.
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The acquisition is, by value, the largest in the IT services sector and the second largest in the technology industry, following HP’s acquisition of Compaq, which closed in 2002. The companies’ collective services businesses, as of the end of each company’s 2007 fiscal year, had annual revenues of more than $38 billion and 210,000 employees, operating in more than 80 countries.
“This is a historic day for HP and EDS and for the clients we serve,” said Mark Hurd, HP chairman and chief executive officer. “Independently, each company is a respected industry leader. Together, we are a global leader, with the capability to serve our clients – whatever their size, location or sector – with one of the most comprehensive and competitive portfolios in the industry.”

As a business group, EDS, an HP company, will be one of the market’s leading outsourcing services providers – with the ability to provide complete lifecycle capabilities in health care, government, manufacturing, financial services, energy, transportation, consumer & retail, communications, and media & entertainment. As previously announced, the group is led by Ron Rittenmeyer, president and chief executive officer, who had served as EDS’ chairman, president and CEO. It remains based in Plano, Texas.

“Today marks the beginning of an exciting new era,” said Rittenmeyer. “Clients will benefit from the breadth and depth of our solutions, our commitment to unsurpassed quality and our ability to provide truly global service delivery. With the resources of HP’s renowned R&D and world-class technologies, we have an opportunity to truly redefine the technology services market.”

HP’s Technology Solutions Group (TSG) will shift to EDS its outsourcing services operations, as well as portions of its consulting and integration activities. TSG will focus on servers, storage, software and technology services, such as installing, maintaining and designing technology systems for customers, as well as certain consulting and integration services.

“Clients will benefit from the combined scale and strength of our companies as they transform their technology environments,” said Ann Livermore, executive vice president, TSG, HP. “This is an important step forward in our ability to help them solve their challenges through practical innovations that deliver valuable business outcomes.”

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2008 in HP

 

Uniquely Singapore Racer takes Online Gamers on a Virtual Race through Singapore

Beginning August 8, 2008, online racing enthusiasts around the world can start their engines and race down the streets of Marina Centre to win themselves a return trip for two to Singapore amongst many other attractive prizes. Developed by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), the Uniquely Singapore Racer is a 3D interactive flash application that allows online players to experience the sights and attractions in downtown Singapore as they vie to complete a race lap in the shortest time.
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“With the Uniquely Singapore Racer, virtual racing enthusiasts can zoom down the streets of Singapore ahead of the FORMULA ONE™ racing celebrities who will take to Singapore’s street circuit next month at the world’s first night race. Showcasing some of Singapore’s characteristic landmarks including the St Andrew’s Cathedral, City Hall and Old Supreme Court Building, the Esplanade, the Singapore Flyer and even The Marina Bay Sands™ when it is built, the Uniquely Singapore Racer promises a fun and informative ride that will interest even avid gamers. Those in search of a greater challenge can also opt for the night mode as they speed through thrilling curves and corners” said Mr Ken Low, Assistant Chief Executive (Brand and Communications) of the Singapore Tourism Board, noting that the Uniquely Singapore Racer was created in a first person perspective for players to enjoy a more interactive gaming experience.

The Uniquely Singapore Racer is available at http://www.visitsingapore.com/racer. Tapping on the increasingly popularity of social media sites, there is also a Uniquely Singapore Racer Facebook application which allows players to post their scores on their Facebook profile and challenge friends to beat their best times.

The overseas player who clocks the fastest time will stand a chance to win the grand prize of a pair of return economy airfares to Singapore and a 3-day/2-night stay for two in a hotel. The fastest racer residing in Singapore will be rewarded with a pair of tickets to one of the highlight events of the inaugural Singapore GP Season – a lifestyle season packed with top-notch events to complement the FORMULA ONE race. The next 50 winners will receive a Uniquely Singapore goodie bag each.

The contest ends on September 14, 2008 and winners will be announced via the Uniquely Singapore Racer website on September 18, 2008. Fans of the Uniquely Singapore Racer can continue their virtual race even after the contest.

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2008 in Technology

 

INTEL Classmate PC with a Touch

Intel is expanding its offerings for the Intel-powered classmate PC category by introducing a design that has tablet, touch screen and motion-sensing interaction features. There are a vast number of different education needs among the 1.3 billion students in the world; the new classmate PC design aims to create more choices to meet these varying learning needs.
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New Design, Same Philosophy
The new design is based on findings from ethnographic research and pilots from the past two years. The research pointed out that students naturally collaborate to learn in groups, and they will benefit from the mobility and flexibility of notebooks versus being tethered to their desks. Research also suggested that learning and teaching becomes more effective when the option of natural input and touch screen is offered, especially for subjects such as math and science where drawing graphs and diagrams are prominent.

New features also include:
– Touch screen: Pen and on-screen soft keyboard for effective writing and drawing to enhance classroom interaction and collaboration.

– Tablet mode: Increased mobility for anywhere usage, simple user-interface shell and quick launcher for tablet mode.

– Enhanced software: Easier network connection and collaboration, simple computer management, and localized, education-friendly content.

The new design follows the same engineering philosophy that has guided the success of previous classmate PC designs – ethnographic research, feedback from ongoing pilots with students and educators, and the development of a strong, sustainable local ecosystem. Continuing the success traits of existing classmate PC designs, the new design model maintains the student-friendly design, is rugged and lightweight, and most importantly, is bundled together with custom-education software that encourages classroom collaboration and 1:1 learning.

The new design concept with its simple shell allows for local original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to differentiate with different colors or decorations. There is an optional handle, which is flexible and soft, and doubles as an easy carry or an adjustable backhand support when the PC is in tablet mode. There also is improved usability with the design’s wedged profile, a single bezel button, for tablet usage.

Availability
The new classmate PC design will be available for shipping to OEMs by the end of this year. Operating system, content and software providers and other ecosystem and industry players are already working on products that will support this new version of classmate PC to ensure a broad offering when the platform is introduced to consumers. Aimed at creating more choice to meet the varying learning needs, the new classmate PCs will co-exist with the current offerings of classmate PCs including the second-generation of Intel-powered classmate PCs running on Intel Celeron and Intel Atom Processors.

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2008 in Intel

 

Intel And Yahoo! To Bring The Internet To Television

Intel Corporation and Yahoo! Inc. previewed plans for the Widget Channel, a television (TV) application framework optimized for TV and related consumer electronics (CE) devices that use the Intel Architecture.

The Widget Channel will allow consumers to enjoy rich Internet applications designed for the TV while watching their favorite TV programs. The Widget Channel will be powered by the Yahoo! Widget Engine, a fifth-generation applications platform that will enable TV watchers to interact with and enjoy a rich set of “TV Widgets” or small Internet applications designed to complement and enhance the traditional TV watching experience and bring content, information and community features available on the Internet within easy reach of the remote control.
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The Widget Channel will also allow developers to use JAVASCRIPT, XML, HTML and Adobe Flash technology to write TV applications for the platform, extending the power and compatibility of PC application developer programs to TV and related CE devices. In addition to supporting the Yahoo! Widget Engine, Yahoo! will also provide consumers Yahoo!-branded TV Widgets that are customized based on its category-leading Internet services.

TV Widgets will enable consumers to engage in a variety of experiences, such as watching videos, tracking their favorite stocks or sports teams, interacting with friends, or staying current on news and information. Viewers will be able to use TV Widgets to deepen their enjoyment of the programming they are watching, discover new content and services, or share their favorites with friends and family. TV Widgets can be personalized because they will be based upon popular Internet services such as Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Sports, Blockbuster® and eBay® that viewers have customized for use in their daily lives.

Widget Channel Framework and TV Widget Developers
Underlying the Widget Channel will be a powerful set of platform technologies, including the Yahoo! Widget Engine and core libraries that expose the powerful functions enabled by the Intel Architecture. The Widget Channel framework will use established Internet technologies to dramatically lower the barrier of entry for developing applications optimized for TV. To help create new TV Widgets for the Widget Channel, Intel and Yahoo! plan to make a development kit available to developers, including TV and other CE device makers, advertisers and publishers. The Widget Channel will also include a Widget Gallery, to which developers can publish their TV Widgets across multiple TV and related CE devices and through which consumers can view and select the TV Widgets they would like to use.

Intel and Yahoo! are working with a range of industry-leading companies that are planning on developing and deploying TV Widgets, including Blockbuster, CBS Interactive, CinemaNow, Cinequest, Disney-ABC Television Group, eBay, GE, Group M, Joost, MTV, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Schematic, Showtime, Toshiba and Twitter. These and other companies and individuals will be able to innovate, differentiate and deploy TV Widgets across multiple TV and related CE devices using the Widget Channel framework.

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2008 in Intel

 

HP Indigo Introduces Expanded Portfolio in RP’s Digital Printing Market

HP introduces its most significant line-up of new HP Indigo solutions to the commercial and industrial print markets in the Philippines– including the new 7000, W7200 and WS6000 Indigo model digital presses that offer significantly higher breakeven points with analog printing for higher-volume usage.
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The presses, along with backwards compatible enhancements to the best-selling HP Indigo press 5500 and the new comprehensive HP SmartStream workflow portfolio, create an increased range of productive and profitable digital printing opportunities for HP Indigo customers as well as incorporating ongoing eco-friendly breakthroughs throughout. The new generation HP Indigo digital presses offer industry-leading image quality for both static and variable jobs. They extend the industry’s leading digital production press portfolio into new and higher-volume applications, shifting the fundamental economics of digital printing in a way that can accelerate the transition of analog print to digital.

“Fifteen years after the first Indigo press sparked the digital color printing revolution, the expanded HP Indigo digital solutions portfolio is another major step forward for the digital printing industry,” said Alon Bar-Shany, vice president and general manager, Indigo division, HP. “All over the world, customers’ growth is fueled by the high-quality, high-value digital printing powered by HP Indigo solutions.”

Extending HP’s leadership position in the high-volume digital color production printing market(1), the expanded portfolio of HP Indigo presses further enhances the company’s offerings in key production print markets such as general commercial printing, direct marketing, books on demand, photo merchandise and labels and packaging. The lineup of HP Indigo presses, together with the HP SmartStream workflow, creates superior end-to-end solutions to capture these market opportunities. HP Indigo presses offer printing in up to seven colors, with offset- and photo-quality on a choice of over 1,300 off the shelf certified substrates. This enables a wide variety of high-value, high-quality print applications that leads print buyers to specify “Print it on an Indigo”. The new HP Indigo solutions announced today will continue to drive the transition to digital printing, and include:
the HP Indigo 7000 Digital Press offers breakthrough cost of ownership and flexibility for high volume digital printing
enhancements to the HP Indigo press 5500 offer increased productivity, automation and application range for new and existing customers
the HP Indigo W7200 Digital Press, a continuous feed duplex press for very high volume production line printing of books, direct-mail and transpromotional applications
the HP Indigo WS6000 Digital Press, a webfed labels and packaging press with double the productivity of current offerings
HP SmartStream, leveraging a graphic arts portfolio of workflow components, to help HP Indigo customers create digital printing production solutions with a choice of a broad range of market segments and application needs.

The HP Indigo 7000: a new benchmark for all commercial print technologies

The HP Indigo 7000 Digital Press delivers fast production speeds of 120 high-quality four-color A4-size pages per minute for customers in general commercial, direct-marketing, photo merchandise, and book and publications printing. It is optimized to print large numbers of static jobs with run lengths ranging from one copy into the thousands, as well as variable-data work requiring the “every page is different” capabilities of digital. Designed to produce up to 3.5 million four-color pages or 5 million one- and two-color pages per month with true offset and photo quality, the HP Indigo 7000 is targeted at customers with average monthly volumes in excess of 1 million pages, which complements the HP Indigo press 5500 designed for customers with volumes of 300,000 to 1 million pages. For high print volume customers, the HP Indigo 7000 offers breakthrough total cost of ownership significantly increasing the break-even point against offset(2).

Enhancing the HP Indigo press 5500: More productivity from the fastest selling HP Indigo press

Launched in May 2007, the HP Indigo press 5500 is the fastest selling press in the history of HP Indigo and now offers increased value for existing and new customers. The press has been upgraded and enhanced with options allowing greater productivity with an additional feeder, in-line connectivity to the HP Indigo UV Coater, and a kit to enable printing on thicker media up to 18pt. board/450 microns. With EskoArtwork’s software plug-ins and cutting table, the increased media range enables customers to use the press for folding carton work. The press includes an on-press oil recycling system that reduces the use of imaging oil by roughly 50%.

The HP Indigo W7200: The most productive high-volume offset-quality digital press

The HP Indigo W7200 Digital Press builds on the success of the HP Indigo press w3250, for very high-volume application-focused commercial printing. The HP Indigo W7200 can produce up to 7.5 million A4-size color page images, or 30 million monochrome A4 page images per month and combines the proven HP Indigo offset quality with the breakthrough productivity required for a variety of applications including on-demand and short-run book printing, high-volume personalized color direct-mail campaigns, high-value transpromotional statements and others. The press’ 317 mm x 980 mm image area significantly boosts productivity, and enables enhanced imposition for jobs with the popular 6-inch x 9-inch (153 mm x 229 mm) print format as well as enabling new applications. The HP Indigo W7200 Digital Press also supports Advanced Function Presentation™/Intelligent Printer Data Streams (AFP/IPDS) content used in transactional and transpromotional printing. The HP Indigo W7200 Digital Press will be available late 2009.

The HP Indigo WS6000: Double the productivity

The new HP Indigo WS6000 Digital Press extends HP’s label and packaging industrial press portfolio, providing a longer-run, higher-volume solution. The new WS6000 model addresses longer-run jobs up to approximately 4,000 linear meters (13,000 linear feet), and offers total cost of ownership (TCO) advantages for converters producing over 300,000 linear meters per month complementing the highly successful HP Indigo press ws4500 targeted at customers with monthly volumes of 150,000-300,000 linear meters. The HP Indigo Digital Press WS6000 prints at up to 30 meters (~100 feet) per minute in four colors. Featuring the same high quality for which HP Indigo label and packaging presses are known, the WS6000 press prints up to 7 colors on a broad range of media, including thin flexible packaging substrates from 12 microns (0.5 points) and folding carton media up to 450 microns (18 points), as well as label and shrink sleeve media. The press’ repeat length of 980mm (38.58 inches) permits greater productivity and drives even lower costs per label. The HP Indigo WS6000 will be available early in 2009.

HP offers best-in-class workflow for a range of scenarios

HP SmartStream leverages a graphic arts portfolio of workflow components to provide end-to-end workflow management, from job creation to fulfillment. When combining best-in-class HP and partner components, the result is greater flexibility, with a choice of solutions that are customizable and scalable to the customers’ unique business needs to address key market segments. HP Indigo customers will be the first to benefit from the new HP SmartStream workflow portfolio, which will be expanded to other HP graphics users at a later stage. HP SmartStream components shown for the first time today include the HP SmartStream Production Pro Print Server and the HP SmartStream Production Plus Print Server, Powered by Creo.

The HP SmartStream Production Pro Print Server is a high-performance raster image processor (RIP) and press controller designed to drive large-volumes of jobs, including complex variable-data jobs. It is the next-generation print server and IT solution for HP Indigo digital color production users. This off-press solution takes workflow tasks out of the press room and puts them in the prepress environment where they can be efficiently and centrally managed. A highly flexible, centralized and scalable solution, the server can manage up to 12 HP Indigo presses, with automatic load balancing and single point of control. With robust integration to print service providers’ management information systems (MIS), the Production Pro facilitates efficient management of production processes. The HP SmartStream Production Plus Print Server, Powered by Creo, includes a complete graphic arts feature set for out-of-the-box job control, and is a next-generation print server and IT solution. It is compatible with all HP Indigo commercial sheetfed presses and is now scalable to drive multiple presses from a single server rack. The Production Plus features advanced hybrid offset/digital production support including for Prinergy. Both the Production Pro and the Production Plus Print Servers support standard file formats including Personalized Print Markup Language (PPML), Optimized PDF and Postscript formats.

Driving growth in digital production printing

With an installed base that is approaching 5,000 presses, HP’s Indigo division has an established track record of innovation driving customer success. The number of pages produced by customers on HP Indigo equipment worldwide increased 45 percent from 2006 to 2007, and HP has seen quarterly page growth for HP Indigo presses exceed 40 percent in every quarter since Q1 2003. The HP Indigo 7000, W7200, and WS6000 join the successful HP Indigo line of presses, which already includes the w3250, 3500, 5500, and WS4500 Indigo digital presses. The solutions announced today are designed to bolster and advance HP Indigo’s continued leadership and growth, delivering increased value to a broader market, and higher productivity and scalability for the increasing number of high volume digital establishments. HP Indigo already has more than 400 multi-press customers including multiple customers with more than 10 presses.

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2008 in HP

 

Symantec Warns: Your Personal Email Account Could be Hacked

Symantec, a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions, has released its monthly State of Spam report for July 2008 (see attached). The following are a few highlights of the latest trends in the report:

Olympics Related Lottery Scam Emerges
Symantec observed message scams claiming to originate from the Beijing Olympic Committee. The fraudulent messages purport to declare the winners of the lottery for an Olympic promotion. The message body had a small note informing the recipient about the mail and instructed them to open the attachment for further details.

The attachment informed the recipient that she won a lottery from randomly selected email addresses. In order to claim the prize, the user had to contact the courier company below via email. Personal information was also requested. As the lead up to the Summer Olympics in Beijing continues, it is expected that more fraud and spam messages exploiting immense public interest in the event will emerge.
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Future Watch: Spammer Techniques
As antispam filters continue to become more sophisticated, spammers techniques are evolving. However, some spammers return to techniques they have deployed in the past. One technique they have used, and continue to use, is sending bogus news headlines as subject lines for their spam emails to try and entice recipients to open the message.

By opening these messages, the user is invariably presented with a link directing them to a spam offer. Using eye catching and often absurd subject lines is a quick ploy by spammers to catch the recipient’s attention and play on their curiosity. However, it is also salient to note that by educating themselves and exercising common sense, users can continue to utilize the Internet’s vast resources to their benefit, which was its original intended purpose.

Hacking Personal Emails
At first glance, the email above looks like a typical 419* scam. However, the twist is that the email came from a victim’s hacked webmail account and was sent to his personal list of contacts. Friends and colleagues received the request for assistance and were urged to respond via email only. As the hacker took over the user’s account, the real owner would not have known about the email if the recipients fell for the scam. As a further stamp of authentication, the auto-signature typically used by the account owner was included at the end of the message.

As a result, the account owner was quickly notified by a friend via telephone of the scam, and immediately contacted the webmail service providers to get his account access back. This proved to be difficult because the hacker had changed the account details. The scam did not stop there – once the hacker had access to the email account, he was able to get access to the account owner’s auction site password, and began bidding on a number of laptops being sold in the UK with instructions that the laptops be sent to Nigeria. It is important to note that this scam was not isolated to one particular web mail provider or organization.

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2008 in Symantec

 

Millennium named Microsoft OEM Distributor of the Year

Amidst the glitz and glamour of an Academy Awards themed party, Microsoft Philippines gave out their very own “Oscars” to partners who showed exceptional performances last (fiscal) year in ceremonies held in Shangri-la, Makati last July 9, 2008. With all their top partners joining the party and dressing to the nines, Microsoft Managing Director Salvador “Pepeng” Rollan, in true Kaakbay fashion, led the local team in giving credit to the hard work and commitment of their partners.

Given particular recognition was Millennium Computer Technology Corporation, a Microsoft OEM distributor for the past decade. Millennium was given the OEM Distributor of the Year award due in part to having posted double digit growth and helping Microsoft “expand their market reach, making their products available to more customers…” Millennium’s product Manager Ms. Letlet Gallego also bagged the OEM Distributor Best Product Manager. To cap the evening off, Microsoft also decided to give Millennium the prestigious OEM Partner of the Year Award to recognize the company’s efforts not just in selling Microsoft products well, but the company’s outstanding commitment to Partner Development.

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2008 in Technology