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Print, Scan, Copy and Fax with HP OfficeJet J3508 All-in-One

Small and medium businesses (SMBs) that are in need of a perfect solution for their copy, print, scan and faxing needs can now enjoy the quick and high-quality performance of the HP OfficeJet J3508 All-in-One printer. Capable of sending fax messages, this affordable all-in-one can meet most business document processing demands, and even more!
The perfect choice for your business needs
With the HP OfficeJet J3508 All-in-One, you can enjoy fast print and copy speeds in black, as well as the ability to scan and fax documents in full color. You can even enjoy multiple zoom copy capability without using the PC, so you can reduce and enlarge any documents at work. In addition, a 20-page automatic document feeder lets you print and copy unattended, giving you more time to focus on your business.

Print laser-quality text and receive faxes you can archive
To give your business printouts an advantage in quality and longevity, the HP OfficeJet J3508 All-in-One gives you crisp black-and-white laser-quality text and faxes that resist fading for decades1. With the use of HP Original Supplies ink cartridges and paper, you can enjoy superior fade-resistance on important documents, correspondence and financial records. Even incoming faxed documents are fade-resistant, saving you the extra time and expense of making an archived copy.

Enjoy the fax features you need
With quick fax speeds, you can effectively send and receive fax documents without a hitch. There’s even a 160-page memory feature, so you can prevent missing important messages.2 Also, you can enjoy the absolute convenience of a phone with its integrated handset and a 60-number speed dial memory that lets you access frequently dialed numbers instantly.

Simple and Easy to Use
The HP OfficeJet J3508 sports a compact, space-saving design with a professional two-tone look, making it appear as an integral part of your office space. Additionally, with its intuitive control panel, LCD display, and front loading design, nothing would get in the way as it makes your business performance run smoothly and efficiently. As the perfect choice for your business, the HP OfficeJet J3508 combines smooth operation and maximum results.

Pricing and availability
The HP OfficeJet J3508 All-in-One is priced at P4,190, and is already available at selected HP authorized stores.

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Posted by on September 22, 2008 in HP


Symantec Launches Product Certification Program in The Philippines

Symantec Corporation has announced the launch of Symantec’s Product Certification Program in The Philippines. Offered through Symantec Education Services, the program combines technical credentials for Symantec data protection, high availability and security into a single program, covering the company’s broad product portfolio. This formal certification program enables IT professionals to strengthen their professional development and enhance their careers by earning technical credentials for Symantec solutions.

To deliver the Symantec Certification Program in The Philippines, Symantec has appointed Edupro, Inc., Sun Microsystems Philippines (SunPhil) and WordText Systems, Inc. (WSI), as education partners. The certification program will equip IT professionals with a high level of technical competency that will ensure Symantec technology maximizes performance and reduces an organization’s overall IT risk.
“For IT managers to get the most benefit out of their technology investment, their teams must be fully skilled in the features and functions of their tools,” said Cushing Anderson, program vice president, IDC Research. “IDC Research shows that training, and ultimately certification, represents the most effective way to ensure a team has the right skills to fully leverage the benefits built into new technologies.”

Unified Certification Program

Symantec’s Certification program introduces new certification exams, a consistent set of exam preparation materials for all certification paths and an online Certification Forum to facilitate collaboration among certification candidates and certified professionals. By providing a unified certification program that spans Symantec’s entire solutions portfolio, Symantec now offers IT professionals a streamlined and consistent framework for earning credentials that verify their competence in Symantec data protection, high availability and security technologies.

“Certification offers a consistent, standardised measurement of an individual’s technical capabilities and indicates that an IT professional has mastered a high level of product competency,” said Suzie Tan, director for strategic market development, Asia South Region, Symantec. “Certification is an important step for organisations looking to maintain a talented IT team with high-caliber credentials and technical knowledge needed to solve complex IT issues and avoid system downtime that could result in loss of business. At the same time, IT professionals can leverage these credentials to advance their career and distinguish themselves among their peers in the industry.”

Although certification exams may vary in complexity and depth, all exams cover core product elements, measuring technical knowledge against factors such as installation, configuration, product administration and day-to-day maintenance. Exams are computer-based and delivered at the more than 4,000 secure, standardised and geographically dispersed Prometric testing centers located in more than 135 countries worldwide.

New Education Partners in Philippines

“The appointment of Edupro, SunPhil and WSI in The Philippines demonstrates our commitment to help businesses in The Philippines get the most from their investment in Symantec software and their IT functions,” said Tan. “Edupro, SunPhil and WSI have proven track records in offering IT training services, they will play an integral role in delivering quality and world-class trainings for Symantec Education Services.”

Commenting on the partnership, Jaime Garchitorena, President of Edupro said, “We are honored to be selected by Symantec as an education partner and we look forward to working together in establishing Symantec’s Education services in The Philippines. We have 13 years of experience in education services and our partnership with Symantec is in line with our mission to raise the ante of our training curriculum.” Edupro operates a Prometric testing center for Symantec in The Philippines.

In addition Dr Cynthia Mamon, president and managing director of Sun Microsystems Philippines said, “As Internet security threats are growing and getting more sophisticated, developing skilled personnel on Symantec technologies and best practices will ensure that IT professionals are well equipped to secure and manage their IT infrastructure.”

The education courses currently available in The Philippines comprise Symantec Endpoint Protection, Symantec Network Access Control, Symantec Enterprise Vault, Veritas NetBackup, Symantec Backup Exec, and Veritas Storage Foundation. More information on Symantec Education schedule for Philippines in 2008 is available at More information regarding specific certifications for Symantec products can be found at:

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Posted by on September 15, 2008 in Symantec


New WinZip 12.0 Delivers Industry’s First Zip Photo Compression

WinZip Computing, a Corel company, announced the availability of WinZip® 12.0, the latest version of the world’s leading compression software. New capabilities of WinZip 12.0 include industry-first JPEG Zip compression, a complete photo management and sharing solution, improved performance and compatibility and enhanced security options.

WinZip 12.0 makes it easier than ever to work with Zip files and other popular archive formats and adds functionality to improve performance for both home and corporate users.

“WinZip remains the most user-friendly compression tool available, and the new features in version 12.0 allow users to do much more than just compression,” said Shawn Cole, Director of Product Management of WinZip Computing. “WinZip 12.0 includes a complete photo management solution which allows users to download, rotate, zip and send JPEG files – all with WinZip. We like to call it our ‘from camera to grandma’ photo solution.”

New features and enhancements in WinZip 12.0 include:

– Photo and image compression—without any loss of quality or integrity—as well as image management and sharing

– Ability to create smaller Zip files through new compression algorithms and support for additional Archive formats

– Encryption security features to customize password requirements and the types of encryption available

– Improved user experience with various interface enhancements and refinements to help you (or your users) work smarter, faster, and safer

Photo Compression, Management and Sharing
– Compress Image Files –WinZip 12.0 compresses JPEG files by 20 to 25% without any loss of photo quality or data integrity. Smaller file sizes allow users to send photos faster and fit more on hard drives and removable media.

– Transfer and compress photos directly from digital camera – The new Zip from Camera Wizard (available in WinZip 12.0 Pro) makes it easy to transfer photos from a digital camera and compress them in a Zip file. For cameras that support orientation tags, WinZip 12.0 can also “auto-rotate” photos prior to compression so they are correctly oriented in the Zip file.

– View and work with photos directly in WinZip – WinZip’s Explorer allows users to view thumbnails of each photo, then drag and drop their images into folders for better organization. WinZip Pro includes a full-sized image viewer to view slide shows, rotate, resize, or delete photos all without unzipping them.

– Share photos with WinZip – WinZip 12.0’s enhanced Send feature makes it simple to share photos directly from WinZip. This is a fast and easy way to share pictures while reducing the required storage space and transfer time.

Improved Performance and Compatibility
– Powerful new compression technology – WinZip 12.0 adds the powerful LZMA compression method to create the smallest Zip files yet using WinZip’s unique “Best” compression option.

– Support for More Archive Formats – WinZip 12.0 adds support for 7Z archives, CD/DVD .ISO and .IMG disk image files to existing support for RAR, BZ2, CAB, LHA, Z, GZ, TAR, UUE, XXE, BinHex, Mime, and ZIP files.

Encryption Security Features

– Set password complexity preferences – WinZip 12.0 adds a new password policy which allows you to customize encryption password requirements to achieve a desired password complexity.

– Specify the types of encryption available – With WinZip 12.0 Pro, System Administrators can specify which encryption methods are available to each user and can disable the encryption features completely during MSI installation.

Improved User Experience
– Logically display file contents with Smart View – The new content-sensitive Smart View makes it easier to see the contents of Zip files. Simply open a Zip file and WinZip 12.0 will choose the most appropriate viewing method.

– More Compression Methods – The addition of WinZip’s new JPEG and LZMA compression methods to its existing PPMd, BZip2, Enhanced Deflate and WAVPack methods, WinZip offers improved compression performance for most file types.

– More intuitive and informative – New features combined with the classic Job Wizard task-automation tool in WinZip Pro, to make WinZip 12.0 the simplest and most intuitive version of WinZip ever.

Pricing and Availability

WinZip 12.0 Standard is US$29.95, and WinZip 12.0 Pro is US$49.95. Attractive volume licensing discounts are available. Existing registered users can upgrade to WinZip 12.0 at 50% of the new license fee.

WinZip is certified for Windows® XP and Windows Vista®.

Download links and ordering information can be found on the WinZip web site at

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Posted by on September 13, 2008 in Corel


D-Link’s DCS-900 series Internet cameras feature best home security options

Imagine being able to view the nanny and kids while you’re in the office, find out if your brother jacked your car while you were out-of-town, monitor the house perimeter for trespassers while out on the field, or even check for property damage during a typhoon while the waves are lapping at your feet on a beach far away.

D-Link International, one of the world’s biggest suppliers of network products, has made all these easier with its latest Securicams DCS-910 and DCS-920 Internet cameras with a 1.0 lux sensor to capture video in low-light conditions for home and office security.

Night time is not a problem for the easy-to-install DCS-910 and 920 which are designed for low-light conditions. Those away from home will still be able to view their prized possessions such as the house, the car, even the children and pets with great clarity anytime, anywhere. Wires and cables are not a concern because the DCS-920 has none.

The DCS-920 and DCS-910 can automatically detect motion, send email alerts when motion is detected and record to a computer on the home network or attached storage devices for detailed video monitoring and playback. They represent an ideal solution to keep an eye on children, senior members of the family or the office remotely by simply logging onto the camera using a web browser from any computer with Internet access.

“Affordably priced at less than Php 6,040 for the DCS-910 and less than Php 6,980 for the DCS-920, both Internet cameras come with a host of features to enable consumers to install a reliable home camera surveillance system that works for them. These include the 1.0 lux sensor and capability to record 320 x 420 resolution videos of up to 30 frames per second. All these come in a newer and slimmer design that makes installation in tight corners easier,” said Mr Desmond Toh, Marketing Director, D-Link International Pte Ltd.

Wi-Fi Connectivity for Flexible Placement
The latest DCS-900 series takes a departure from its previous bulky, black design to reveal a stylish form factor that enables the camera to be completely encased in white casing, without any protruding parts. An entry level yet full featured Internet camera, the DCS-910 is a wired version, and connects to an existing 10/100 Fast Ethernet network in the home or office. The DCS-920, on the other hand, comes with integrated 802.11g Wi-Fi capability, allowing it to be mounted in previously inaccessible places, such as ceilings and walls. It comes with WPA and WPA2 encryption for enhanced security.

Security at your fingertips
Both cameras come bundled with the D-ViewCam 2.0, network monitoring software which enables the camera to simultaneously view up to 32 cameras, hassle-free. Easily accessed and controlled using any Java-enabled browser, both cameras enable recording and snapshots to be done directly from a web browser to a local hard drive.

Multi-OS Support

Both cameras are compatible with Microsoft, Macintosh and Linux operating systems.

The new D-Link DCS-900 series is available through authorized retailers, resellers and distribution partners. The DCS-910 is retailing at the suggested retail price of Php 6,040. The DCS-920 is retailing at the suggested retail price of Php 6,980.

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Posted by on September 13, 2008 in D-Link


AMD Delivers Optimum Platform for Virtualization with Microsoft

AMD announced the availability of robust new virtualization solutions powered by a combination of technologies from AMD and Microsoft Corp. This new deployment model uses AMD Opteron processors with AMD Virtualization (AMD-V) technology together with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V to deliver significant efficiencies to enterprises large and small. Mid-market companies in particular, which have traditionally been slower to implement virtualization, can take advantage of the combined AMD and Microsoft product offering to help reduce cost, complexity and energy consumption.

“AMD has taken a leading role in driving virtualization innovation into the x86 processor, helping to meet a compelling need in the commercial market for cost reduction, increased performance and energy efficiency,” said Kevin Knox, vice president of Worldwide Commercial Business, AMD. “Now, through our continued partnership with Microsoft, AMD is expanding virtualization’s reach and the benefits of resource consolidation to companies that might not have taken advantage of virtualization in the past.”

Resource consolidation achieved through virtualization can deliver the low energy consumption, and superior utilization and manageability demanded by today’s business es. AMD Opteron processors and Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, a hypervisor-based virtualization feature of Microsoft Windows Server 2008, allow OEMs, VARs and Solution Providers to offer a valuable server virtualization combination to help increase their competitive edge and market opportunity. AMD-V technology and Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V also help enable business es to scale according to demands, boosting the efficiency of workloads.

“AMD and Microsoft have a history of working closely together to design industry-leading solutions that allow customers to maximize their investments and stay ahead of the changing business landscape,” said Bob Kelly, corporate vice president of Microsoft Infrastructure Server Marketing. “Virtualization is here to stay, and Microsoft’s portfolio of virtualization software combined with technology like AMD-V will help a business of any size realize its potential.”

Increased Flexibility for the Mid-Market
Mid-market companies are often faced with legacy applications and hardware, integration challenges and cost constraints. The efficiencies and flexibility promised through the combined AMD and Microsoft product offering is expected to particularly benefit this underserved market segment.

“We implemented virtualization for manageability purposes, but rapidly adopted the AMD and Microsoft solution for its multiple benefits,” said David P. Smith, Chief Technology Officer, ServiceU Corporation, an on-demand event management software provider. “Through the use of power-efficient AMD processors running Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, in one datacenter alone we doubled the number of operating system installs and processor cores, while cutting power requirements, heat output and space requirements by approximately one third,” continued Smith. “We were blown away by the results, and are now firm believers in the AMD Opteron processor and Microsoft’s Hyper-V technology.”

AMD Opteron processors with Direct Connect Architecture are well suited for x86 server-based virtualization. Microsoft and AMD’s robust architectures allow customers to scale with ease, providing a flexible infrastructure that can evolve as an organization grows. The two platforms also deliver the necessary performance to securely handle memory-intensive virtualization with less overhead—all with low energy consumption. Benefits of AMD’s design architecture and technology include:
– AMD-V technology improves efficiency by allowing customers to host more virtual machines, transactions and users per server with superior control and less overhead.
– Native multi-core capabilities fully integrate processing cores rather than simply packing them together.
– AMD continues to add significant features to AMD Opteron processors, such as Extended Migration, the Tagged Translation Look-aside Buffer for fast switching times and Rapid Virtualization Indexing technology.

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Posted by on September 13, 2008 in AMD


Intel Introduces Solid-State Drives for Notebook and Desktop Computers

Intel Corporation announced it has begun shipping Intel X18-M and X25-M Mainstream SATA Solid-State Drives (SSDs) based on multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash technology for laptop and desktop computers. The new high-performing data storage devices give computer buyers a new level of system responsiveness in a lightweight, rugged, low-power package that can replace traditional hard disk drives.

Validated for Intel-based computers, the X18-M is a 1.8-inch drive and the X25-M a 2.5-inch drive, offering several advantages over hard drives including faster overall system response, boot and resume times. With no moving parts, SSDs run cooler and quieter and are a more reliable option than hard drives. In addition, SSDs remove input/output (I/O) performance bottlenecks associated with hard disk drives that help maximize the efficiency of Intel processors, such as the company’s Core™ family of products. For example, lab tests show that the Intel X18-M and X25M increase storage system performance nine times over traditional hard disk drive performance.
“Validated by our rigorous testing and OEM customer feedback, we believe that we have developed an SSD that delivers on the promises of SSD computing,” said Randy Wilhelm, Intel vice president and general manager of the NAND Products Group. “By combining our experience in flash memory design with our processor and computing expertise, we have added advances such as our parallel 10-channel architecture, proprietary controller, firmware and memory management algorithms that address write amplification and wear leveling issues to redefine SSD performance and reliability for computing platforms.”

The Intel X18-M and X25-M Mainstream SATA SSDs are available in 80 gigabyte (GB) capacities, with 160GB versions sampling in the fourth quarter of this year. The 80GB drive achieves up to 250MB per second read speeds, up to 70MB per second write speeds and 85-microsecond read latency for fast performance. The 80GB version is priced at $595 for quantities up to 1,000. These SSDs are available now and end-customer products containing the Intel® High-Performance SATA SSDs are expected to begin shipping in the next few weeks.

The company is also expected to introduce a line of single-level cell (SLC) SSDs for the server, storage and enterprise environments within the next 90 days. Called the Intel® X25-E Extreme SATA Solid-State Drive, these products are designed to maximize the Input/Output Operations Per Second (IOPS), which equates to higher performance and lower enterprise costs. Since SSDs lower energy consumption, maintenance, cooling and space costs, an SSD-based data center will reduce overall infrastructure costs while increasing performance-per-square-foot by as much as 50x.

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Posted by on September 10, 2008 in Intel


New HP Products and Services Enhance Microsoft Virtualization from Desktop to Data Center

HP announced new additions to its recently updated portfolio of servers, storage, software and services – driving more business value into Microsoft® virtualization environments.

Today’s unveilings offer:
– Immediate interoperability of Microsoft virtualization technologies with HP enterprise hardware and software offerings – including HP ProLiant and HP BladeSystem servers, HP StorageWorks and HP Thin Client products, and HP software.

– Strategy, design, transition, operation and continual improvement services for new Microsoft virtualization technologies in HP and heterogeneous environments.

– Customized training to prepare customers for Microsoft virtualization products and solutions.
HP and Microsoft are expanding the Microsoft Technology Center in Reston, Va., with an increased focus on the manageability, security and sustainability advantages of joint HP and Microsoft virtualization solutions. This center is targeted to the U.S. federal market.
“Customers of all sizes are increasingly using virtualization to deliver lower costs and reduced risks to the business as virtualization moves from being a tactical technology toward becoming a key transformation strategy,” said Aman Dokania, general manager, Infrastructure Software, Technology Solutions Group, HP Asia Pacific & Japan. “HP has worked extensively with Microsoft to develop products and services across our portfolio that not only help customers realize the full value of Microsoft virtualization technologies, but also help them accelerate the growth of their businesses.”

“HP is both a key partner and valued customer for Microsoft, and we are excited about the joint value proposition that HP and Microsoft provide to our customers in the region,” said Chris Sharp, General Manager, Server & Tools Group, Microsoft Asia Pacific. “Based on our combined technology experience and industry credibility; we are helping customers achieve the promised benefits of Dynamic IT to solve real-world business problems and obtain the full value of their Microsoft Optimized Desktop and virtualization investment.”

Reduce costs, increase security and simplify management
HP ProLiant, HP BladeSystem servers and HP StorageWorks – part of the industry’s most complete platform designed for virtualization – broadly support Microsoft virtualization technologies, including Microsoft Windows® Server 2008 Hyper-V and Microsoft Hyper-V Server. HP ProLiant is one of Microsoft’s development platforms for testing and development of Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V.
– Microsoft Hyper-V Server is a stand-alone server virtualization product that will be supported on a wide range of HP ProLiant servers, providing a cost-effective solution for consolidating existing workloads.
– HP Insight Dynamics – VSE, along with Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (SCVMM), will provide a comprehensive physical and virtual systems management environment for advanced management of Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V running on HP ProLiant and BladeSystem servers. This support is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2009.
– HP Insight Control Environment delivers integrated and easy-to-use life cycle management for server and storage infrastructure across an entire Windows Server 2008 environment. HP Insight Control Software complements and extends the capabilities of the Microsoft System Center suite of products.

HP ProLiant is also management-enabled for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008. HP will be including Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO) features in its ProLiant management pack to help customers manage their Microsoft virtual environments running on HP servers. HP StorageWorks and HP Thin Client products will provide comprehensive support for Microsoft virtualization technologies. This offers a unique opportunity for customers to work with a single vendor to purchase and deploy a comprehensive virtualization solution.
New virtualization services and education offerings
As the largest integrator of Microsoft technologies in the world, HP has the ability to integrate and support these technologies in heterogeneous environments, helping customers address strategic or large-scale virtualization deployments and management to deliver better business outcomes.
– The new HP Microsoft Virtualization Infrastructure Service offerings guide customers through a transformation of their server infrastructure, including virtualization strategy, consolidation, virtual machine management and security. Applying HP data center and system integration best practices results in a more reliable and manageable infrastructure with lower, more predictable costs. In addition, HP support services help customers increase stability in ongoing operations.
– The HP Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Service provides customers with an understanding of HP VDI, which includes HP VDI with Citrix XenDesktop, along with Microsoft optimized desktop technologies such as Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, System Center Virtual Machine Manager, Microsoft Application Virtualization, Windows® Server 2008 Terminal Services and Windows Vista. This service enables customers to build a reliable desktop infrastructure that reduces total cost of ownership, increases security, simplifies technology management and readily adapts to new business requirements with improved flexibility.

– New customized training and education offerings include classroom training, live online training, self-paced e-learning and a variety of informal learning options. These services enable businesses to stay up to date while minimizing the time away from core business activities. HP is a worldwide Microsoft Gold Certified Partner for learning solutions.

Increased management support for heterogeneous environments
HP is furthering its support for heterogeneous management of virtualized environments and seamless management of physical and virtual environments. HP software extends management of systems virtualized via Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V environments with offerings in the HP Business Technology Optimization (BTO) software portfolio.

– HP IT Service Management software provides discovery of Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and can be used to identify, manage and track the entire virtual asset life cycle, allowing customers to drive business value by paying for only the licenses they need.

– HP Business Service Automation, including HP Server Automation software (formerly Opsware Server Automation System), will fully enable automation of change and configuration management processes across virtual and physical environments for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V environments, and will integrate with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 for managing the advanced platform capabilities, while decreasing downtime associated with uncontrolled change.

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Posted by on September 9, 2008 in HP


IDC Survey Reveals Rude Behavior as Potential Issue for Online Gaming in Asia

IDC announced the results of a regional survey exploring the likes and dislikes of online gamers in Asia. A major insight from the survey was that Asian online gamers see bullying of weaker players and rudeness of other players as the biggest negatives for their online gaming experiences. The survey is the third round of a series of surveys that IDC is conducting in 2008 to evaluate the impact of Web 2.0 on Asian enterprises and consumers.
On average, more than 64% of the respondents named “bullying of new or weaker players” as a major dislike about online gaming and more than 70% mentioned “players who are rude”. Online bullying and rudeness of other players were especially an issue among all Chinese and young Singaporean gamers who participated in the research.

“The social aspect of the online gaming experience is at the center of what draws Asian gamers online”, said Claus Mortensen, Principal, IDC Asia/Pacific Emerging Technologies Research. “But while the social experience of interacting with other players and making friends online are a main driver for young gamers, online gaming environments can also be a tough and rough world to enter – and bullying of weaker players by stronger players appears to be a serious problem. So what we are seeing is that social issues are outweighing technical issues when it comes to good gaming experiences.”

The survey showed that, while most players find online games rewarding and exciting in their own right, the social aspects of the experience are becoming extremely important. More than 50% of the respondents mentioned “meeting other gamers online” as an important element in the online gaming experience – especially among younger gamers. On average, the respondents said they had made 26 friends online. For gamers below age 25, this number was as high as 28 friends.

“Online gaming is often mentioned as an opportunity to meet friends online,” Mortensen said. “And friends who meet through online games often become connected through other media as well. More than 60% of the respondents said they also interacted with these friends either in person or through other online platforms such as Social Networking sites.”

IDC conducted the web-based survey among 664 Asian online gamers in August 2008 across six markets (China, Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam). The survey also sheds insight into buying trends and preferences of young gamers when buying virtual items and services online.

IDC will present further details about this survey in an upcoming report, and to key industry players at the Asia/Pacific Gaming Marketplace Forum on September 17, 2008 in Singapore. This forum, which is sponsored by Leipziger Messe International (LMI) Asia Pte Ltd. and supported by Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, kicks off the Games Convention Asia (GCA) and Games Convention Asia Conference (GCAC) 2008.

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Posted by on September 9, 2008 in Technology


ASUS P6T Series Features Revolutionary Wind-Flow Design for Ultimate Thermal Performance

Several months ago, the ASUS P5Q Series motherboards drew much user attention with its aesthetic-driven heatsink and heatpipe design. Now, ASUS, world-leader in motherboard production, has once again carried on in this tradition to provide outstanding design concepts to users with the new ASUS P6T Deluxe motherboard. The upcoming P6T Deluxe will utilize the new Intel X58 platform, and will combine the latest technology with a revolutionary thermal concept to help create a brand new user experience. This exclusive thermal technology, dubbed the Wind-Flow Design, integrates a heatsink with a radical design to efficiently disperse and cool down chipset temperatures—providing users with more stability for reliable operations.
New Wind-Flow Design Concept
The new heatpipe design on the P6T Deluxe combines the concept of wind flow with an integrated cooling heatsink for the Northbridge. The heatsink is crafted with curvaceous grooves that not only creates a visual impression of wind flow, but smartly manages the airflow of the CPU fan to direct system heat away from the PC to aid in lowering temperatures.

Effective New Design Thermal Solution
Aesthetics aside, when it comes to real-life performance, the curved grooves on the Northbridge heatsink do indeed work as air flow “channels” for effective heat dispersion. When heat generated by the CPU is directed away by the CPU fan, part of this hot airflow is directed towards the Northbridge area. It is here that the grooves on the Northbridge heatsink work effectively to guide the heat away from the CPU according to the curves’ direction. Furthermore, in order to cater for more stable overclocking, users will be able to attach a 4cm chipset fan* directly to the Northbridge heatsink—allowing even better airflow for cooler temperatures during overclocking.

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Posted by on September 8, 2008 in Asus


HP Encourages CIOs to Rethink Virtualization in Business Terms

HP announced new products, services and solutions designed to simplify the implementation and management of virtualization so that the technology delivers greater business value.

Recent global research conducted on behalf of HP revealed that while 86 percent of technology decision makers have implemented virtualization projects, the vast majority of respondents expect to have virtualized just 25 percent of their technology environments by 2010.(1)
While many of those surveyed anticipate eventually reaching 75 percent virtualization of their total environments, only one-third of these technology implementers recognize virtualization as a valuable business tool. Two-thirds of implementers relegate virtualization to the role of technology enabler.

“Virtualization is a powerful step in transforming IT,” said Ann Livermore, executive vice president, Technology Solutions Group, HP. “To do it right means successfully managing and automating mixed physical and virtual environments. HP delivers the industry’s broadest portfolio for virtualized environments, covering applications and operations management, infrastructure and client architectures.”

HP’s approach to virtualization is focused on removing the technology inhibitors that reduce virtualization’s impact on the business. It highlights how applications and business services can perform well regardless of where and how they are hosted, networked or managed. It dramatically simplifies management across a combined virtual and physical world, and it addresses the issue of pooling infrastructure resources across an organization.

HP’s new offerings support business needs that span the desktop to the data center. They are focused on lowering operational cost, mitigating the risk of a heterogeneous environment and freeing resources to deliver new business services. These offerings are designed around three specific areas: applications and operations management, overcoming infrastructure barriers, and maximizing client architectures.

Rethink … applications and operations management

HP Business Service Management (BSM) and IT Service Management (ITSM) solutions have been enhanced with new virtualization monitoring and support capabilities to seamlessly link business services to the physical and virtual resources that deliver and manage them. This leads to faster deployments, lower costs and quicker problem resolution.

– HP Operations Agent, HP Performance Agent and HP SiteScope have been enhanced with hypervisor management capabilities, including the ability to collect management data to automate event and availability monitoring and management processes across heterogeneous infrastructures.
– HP Network Node Manager i-series has been updated to monitor the performance and availability of networks supporting dynamic, virtualized environments. This allows customers to proactively plan and monitor network capacity.
– New HP Asset Manager identifies and manages virtual machine asset inventory and licenses, allowing customers to pay for only the licenses they need.
– A new strategic development agreement with Red Hat simplifies the monitoring and management of virtualized environments.
– New and enhanced HP Virtualization Support Services achieve a smooth transition to, and ongoing management of, new virtualization technology while reducing the risk of unplanned downtime.

Rethink … infrastructure barriers

Current infrastructure was not designed to take complete advantage of virtualization. New HP offerings are designed to lower costs, mitigate the risk of downtime and free up resources that can drive additional business services to support growth.

– The HP ProLiant BL495c virtualization blade is the world’s first server blade designed specifically to host virtual machines. The BL495c eliminates key virtualization performance bottlenecks of memory, data storage and network connections.
– HP StorageWorks 4400 Scalable NAS File Services integrates the HP StorageWorks 4400 Enterprise Virtual Array, file servers, management software, and Microsoft Windows® or Linux support to virtualize the connection between servers and storage. The solution lowers maintenance costs and mitigates the risk of data loss with advanced replication software.
– HP-UX 11i V3 and the HP Virtual Server Environment have been enhanced for mission-critical virtualization with significant performance improvement, automated optimization, improved protection and simplified management capabilities.
– HP Virtualization Accelerator Services are new, predefined consulting services for planning, designing and implementing virtualization initiatives. This yields a faster return on investment.

Rethink … client architectures

Businesses can leverage client virtualization to achieve greater reliability, security and improved management of end-user computing. This decreases the cost of client management and support while increasing productivity.

– The new HP t5630, t5545, t5540 and t5145 Thin Clients feature scratch-resistant HP DuraFinish and provide expanded multimedia features, enhanced brokering capabilities, greater performance and improved management support.
– The HP ProLiant xw460c Blade Workstation with Graphics Expansion Blade supports a full range of graphics capability with the latest NVIDIA Quadro FX graphics. This provides more secure, easily managed data center workstation computing for the financial trading, public sector, mechanical computer-aided design (MCAD), and oil and gas segments.
– Enhancements to the HP Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution include new planning, quick-start and implementation services. These services determine specific VDI needs and associated business value, so customers can implement the right solutions. HP also unveiled the new HP VDI with Citrix XenDesktop, which is designed to enable everything from smaller, entry-level implementations to enterprise-wide desktop delivery.
– “Citrix Ready” blade PCs and thin clients are now certified for use within Citrix XenDesktop environments. They deliver a dedicated one-to-one remote computing experience at radically improved economics for knowledge workers requiring a broad range of application support and a rich graphics experience.

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Posted by on September 8, 2008 in HP