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Epson’s new printing solution promises quality output at lower costs

Epson, the world leader in digital imaging and printing solutions, announced the launch of the Epson Stylus™ TX100. This new printer combines high quality printing with cost efficient benefits – perfect for entry-level users like students and first-time buyers, as well as those who want a good value upgrade.

Quality, long lasing prints
Built into a sleek, stylish and compact design, the Epson Stylus™ TX100 is a multi function printer that allows users to manage their desktop space by combining many functions into a single device. From printing documents to scanning to copying to producing lab quality photo prints, the new Epson Stylus™ TX100 multifunction unit provides the versatility, convenience and quality expected by today’s discerning consumers.
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Most noticeably, the high quality output owe itself to the Epson DURABrite™ Ultra Inks, which is renowned for its smudge, fade and water resistant qualities. With the revolutionary smudge proof ink, printouts are guarded against liquid spills, ageing and discolouration – a common problem with many printers. With the increasing popularity of digital photography, this advanced feature will ensure that consumers get to enjoy everlastingly beautiful and rich photographs regardless of time.

Maximum savings and superior print speeds
More than just a printer that is known for its impeccable printout quality, Epson Stylus™ TX100 is also a fast worker with a superior print speed to speak of. It prints up to a whooping 26 pages per minute and boasts a copy speed of 3 seconds per A4 page, maximizing time efficiency and productivity for the busy schedules of working professionals and students alike.

Epson Stylus™ TX100 is economical too. It offers maximum savings in more ways than one. It uses the unique Epson INKdividual™ Cartridges, which allows consumers to replace only what is needed. This ingenious solution not only reduces ink wastage greatly, it also translates to significant cost savings for consumers because only the depleted cartridge needs to be replaced. This means you can maximise the use of your cartridges up to every last drop of ink. Imagine the flexibility, not to mention the savings in the long run.

One touch copy features
To make printing a breeze for every consumer, Epson Stylus™ TX100 comes with a one-touch copy feature for Colour Photo, Black & White Text and Colour Text. Printing is as easy as the touch of a button, literally. It is also programmed with the Epson Creativity Suite to make printing as fun as it should be. With the Easy Photo Print and Easy Photo Enhance function, it takes just 3 simple steps for any amateur to achieve lab quality prints. The latter automatically adjusts skin tones, colour casts and exposure levels to ensure brilliant clarity and amazing true to life photos.

Also included, Red Eye Correction Tool which corrects the dreaded red eye effect, and the Dust removal Tool which achieves flawless prints in just one click.

The Epson Stylus™ TX100 proves that cost savings need not have to be achieved at the expense of quality. All it takes is ingenuity. This printer will definitely appeal to the budget savvy consumer who wants to enjoy high quality prints. Priced at Php 3,995 Epson Stylus™ TX100 is available from October 2008. Individual ink cartridges are priced at Php 449 standard / 295 budget inks.

Epson is the registered trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. All other product names and other company names used herein are for identification purposes only and are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2008 in Epson

 

Budget Freedom with Basic Wireless Landline at P499

With the prices of goods shooting up every month, Filipinos are scrambling to stretch those hard-earned pesos. Some cope by forgoing luxury goods and leisure travel. But others are taking more drastic measures—like having shorter and less frequent talk time with their loved ones.
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By doing this, budget-constrained Filipinos are sacrificing meaningful conversation for lower phone bills. Out to correct this mistake, though, is maverick telecommunications Bayan who now offers the most affordable bayanWIRELESS LANDLINE (BWL) service plan—the Basic Wireless at P499 per month or P17 a day. Tailor fitted to bring real communication more accessible to many, the Basic Wireless Plan is an alternative option to the existing Best Value Plan priced at P699 that pioneered unlimited wireless calling with limited mobility in the market.

Bayan Chief Executive Consultant Tunde Fafunwa said: “Our new plan at P499 or at P17 a day targets market segment who value the basic benefits of wireless landline which is unlimited landline calling while being mobile around the metro. This complements our existing Bayan wireless landline service priced at P699 which is geared to heavy voice call users such as cellphone and IDD calls because of its competitive rates.”

Unlimited Local Landline Calling
For the lowest market price of P499, bayanWIRELESS LANDLINE users can enjoy budget freedom as well as reliable on-the-go communication.

The Basic Wireless plan offers unlimited local landline calling—a great service for working parents who need constant updates from family members and household help at home. The mobility of bayanWIRELESS LANDLINE device allows parents to do this while seated in the office cubicle or commuting to and from work.

Business or personal contacts nationwide are also within easy reach through Bayan to Bayan connectivity. These are made more convenient for budget-savvy consumers with the affordable nationwide call rates available under the Basic Wireless plan.

Unlimited SMS between Bayan Phones
The BWL Basic Wireless plan also offers unlimited SMS from Bayan phone to Bayan phone. Unlike traditional landlines that can only call, the bayanWIRELESS LANDLINE is in step with modern modes of communication. Text-savvy youngsters, for instance, can send SMS from their Bayan phones to other networks for those late night gimmicks or school meetings at the same rates as those of cellphones.

IDD and NDD

On top of unlimited calling and SMS, the Basic Wireless plan is also packed with IDD and NDD functionality to any network. So whether it’s a loved one abroad or anywhere in the Philippines, bayanWIRELESS LANDLINE users can reach out to them via low-cost texts or voice calls.

“Cost should never be a barrier for having meaningful conversations,” explained Mr. Fafunwa. “The Basic Wireless plan at P499 gives Filipinos an affordable alternative to costly metered mobile networks while still enjoying a connected lifestyle.”

With its lowest cost of P499 per month (or only P17/day) and exceptional functionality, the basic Wireless Landline plan sets Filipinos free from the worries of a limited budget—for enjoyable wireless landline communication at their fingertips.

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2008 in Bayan

 

Microsoft Intensifies Anti-trafficking Campaign

Microsoft Philippines and Visayan Forum Foundation Inc. (VFFI) recently announced the expansion of Stop Trafficking and Exploitation of People through Unlimited Potential or step-UP, its initiative which provides IT skills training to former victims of human trafficking and underprivileged youth and adults, concretely boosting their chances of finding better jobs.

“Human trafficking continues to be a bane in today’s society. As more and more Filipinos leave the country each day to find work overseas, human trafficking continues to be one of the major issues we need to focus on. We are expanding step-UP to make sure that there are adequate resources available to eradicate human trafficking and exploitation in the Philippines.” said Rafael Rollan, Managing Director, Microsoft Philippines.
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As part of the expansion, Microsoft gave software and cash grants worth more than PHP12 million to VFFI, a private, non-profit NGO that works for the welfare of marginalized migrants.

The grant will enable VFFI to engage more NGOs and open ten new step-UP centers in different cities, provinces, and regions nationwide, including Bulacan, North Cotabato, Western Samar and Zamboanga. These are in addition to existing centers in Bacolod, Batangas, Camarines Norte, Cebu, Davao, Manila, Quezon City, and other locations.

“Our partnership with Microsoft for the step-UP program has given us a huge boost in the fight against human trafficking. Through the program, we are able to see former victims rebuild their own lives, find careers, and slowly be reintegrated into society,” said Ma. Cecilia Flores Oebanda, President and Executive Director, VFFI.

“With step-UP, heightened social awareness about human trafficking is also being achieved. Unfortunately, this problem continues to be a reality and we know that more people can benefit from the training. This is why we sought to expand the program and with the grant, we will be able to reach out to new partners and accommodate more individuals in the centers,” added Flores-Oebanda.

step-UP was introduced in May 2006 coinciding with the anniversary of the signing of Republic Act 9208 or the “Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.” Since the launch of the program almost three years ago, over ten thousand persons have received IT skills training in learning centers operated by VFF and its other NGO partners nationwide.

According to Rollan, around 33-percent of program graduates have been able to find alternative employment, while many have also decided to pursue further education.

“This is what we envisioned when we developed step-UP with Visayan Forum Foundation. We knew that technology can have a positive impact on people and step-UP is a concrete example of this. By delivering IT skills training to former victims of human trafficking, we are enabling people to regain confidence in themselves and rebuild their lives,” said Rollan.

Program participants undergo training on leadership and inter-personal skills and IT-related modules which are useful in building their knowledge and capabilities.

The curriculum also includes courses on computer basics, Word Processing, Presentation, Database, and Spreadsheet fundamentals, digital media, Internet, and Web design. Advanced courses on PC troubleshooting and hardware repair are also available. VFFI also offers a Life Skills Training module which complements the step-UP curriculum.

“We are pleased that the program has enabled a significant number of individuals be integrated into society and equipped them for the demands of daily life. As we enter the second phase of the project together with Visayan Forum Foundation and the other NGO sub-grantees, we can and will continue to provide skills training that create more opportunities for more people,” said Rollan.

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2008 in Microsoft

 

APC Smart-UPS Beyond Barriers

In this day and age of technology, no business can survive without proper service protection and technical support. Businesses which lack the equipment to keep an office running in the midst of a typhoon and the constant power outages that it brings will find many work hours wasted. When business gets backed up due to power or equipment failure, money can’t buy back the time that was lost.

APC by Schneider Electric, a global leader in integrated critical power and cooling services provides the right protection against factors that cause downtime in the workplace, whether it is for a small, medium or large scale corporation, or for home use. APC products also provide preventive tactics for data loss, hardware damage, and power problems – all of which significantly affect work productivity. APC concerns itself with providing quality support for network-critical physical infrastructure solutions, specializing in sensitive electronic, network, communications and industrial equipment of all sizes.

The effects of equipment failure due to power interruption can be fatal to your gadgets. Malfunctions that could occur include keyboard lock-up, complete data loss, hardware degradation, and damaged motherboards, among others. APC’s Smart-UPS product line allows your computer to switch to emergency backup power mode, which gives your computer enough power for you to breeze through your workload during brief power outages, or allows you to properly shut down your unit in instances of prolonged power failures. In addition to this, the Smart-UPS system also protects your computer from damaging power surges. Other products also provide enough back-up power to keep your basic business appliances running.

APC takes its corporate mission to satisfy valued clients to heart. In a collective effort to show how important customers are to APC, it launches its “Smart-UPS Beyond Barriers” campaign, which aims to prove that no home and business environment should ever need to suffer the inconveniences of power failure with the help of proper back-up equipment. With the purchase of selected Smart-UPS units, APC’s Service Warranty Upgrade provides an additional year to the standard 2-year warranty for a total of 3 years service warranty, along with a round-the-clock (24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week) response time made available nationwide.  In addition, a 4-hour response time is available for units deployed within Metro Manila and Metro Cebu.

Since APC’s main concern is to keep its customers happy and problem free, all clients have to do is to complete a warranty application form found in their newly purchased unit and submit it to the APC main office or accredited APC resellers. Completed warranty forms may be submitted to:  Service Department, APC by Schneider Electric, 20th Floor, PET Plans Tower, 444 EDSA, Makati City, 1200 Philippines.

Forms may also be submitted via FAX to (632) 8996551, Email:  asetechcorp@apcc.com and Online:  www.apc.com/promo , enter keycode:  45990M

For further inquiries, please call Olive Tolentino or Mary Garcia at 8996690 local 8231 & 8241.

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2008 in APC

 

Print 2.4 Times More Pages with HP Original Inks

Would you believe that you actually save more using HP Original Inks than remanufactured inks being sold in ink refill stores? At a first thought, you might have the impression that you can save more with refilled inks. But actually, you don’t.

Latest findings of the ink cartridge yield and reliability study for Asia Pacific conducted by leading technical test organization, TÜV SÜD PSB, revealed that HP Original Inkjet Print Cartridges can print an average of 2.4 times more pages or 146.7% more than remanufactured and refilled ink brands in Asia Pacific.
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With regards to reliability, the study revealed that more than one in four or 25.7% of the cartridges from Asia Pacific brands of remanufactured and refilled cartridges tested were found dead on arrival (DOA – failed to print on installation, with substantial ink leakage, less than 50 pages printed, or color mix on 10 consecutive pages) or failed prematurely (less than 75% of average yield per cartridge type and brand), compared to HP Original Ink Cartridges that had no such reliability issues during testing.

Key Findings
Page yield
– On average Original HP Print Cartridges produced 146.7%, or 2.4 times more pages than cartridges refilled at the organized and unorganized refill stores.
– On average Original HP Print Cartridges produced 59.8%, or more than one and a half times the number of pages than all branded remanufactured cartridges tested.
– On average Original HP Print Cartridges produced 106.6%, or more than twice the number of pages than all remanufactured and refilled cartridges tested.

Cartridge reliability
– On average 25.7% or more than one in four remanufactured or refilled cartridges tested were either DOA or failed prematurely.
– On average 33.2% or almost one in three refilled cartridges were either DOA or failed prematurely.
– On average 12% or more than one in ten of all remanufactured cartridges tested were either DOA or failed prematurely.
– On average, 16.2% or one in six of all remanufactured and refilled cartridges were found DOA.
– None of the HP cartridges tested were DOA or failed prematurely.

Details about the study

HP commissioned TÜV SÜD PSB to conduct the study to evaluate the page yield and reliability of HP branded inkjet cartridges versus 14 brands of remanufactured or refilled cartridges from the Asia Pacific region. The 14 brands of cartridges were selected based on sales and usage in the region and sourced from Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea and the Philippines.

For testing, HP 45a and HP 56a black ink cartridges and HP 78a and HP 57a tri-color cartridges were used on 17 HP DeskJet 5650 and 24 HP DeskJet 930C inkjet printers. HP Everyday Paper (A4) was used for all printing in this study.

To test against Original HP Inkjet Print Cartridges, 962 third-party cartridges were selected from three main categories:
1. Branded remanufactured cartridges: Cartridges that were sold under a brand name and remanufactured using expended HP cartridges or from parts procured elsewhere. Five brands were selected for the test.
2. Refilled cartridges: Expended cartridges that were taken to shops to be refilled for reuse. These cartridges were further divided into two main types:
– “Organized” refilled cartridges: Cartridges refilled at stores that had a widely recognized brand name and sold through multiple outlets. Five brands were selected for the test, and refill outlets were randomly selected.
– “Unorganized” refilled cartridges: Cartridges refilled at stores that had no widely recognized brand name. Four brands were selected for the test, and refill outlets were randomly selected.

Additional insights

While not covered by the test objectives, the study also yielded additional data that can also prove vital in weighing options between HP Original Inks and refilled or remanufactured ink cartridges:
– The study did not consider opportunity cost for the time taken to refill cartridges at the various designated refill stores. These times ranged from 1 minute to 3 hours. The average time taken was approximately 17 minutes.
– Not all cartridges could be successfully refilled: Out of the 962 units sent for refills, 14 units failed or became unusable during the refill process.
– The results do not consider the color accuracy of the remanufactured and refilled color cartridges used in the test.
– The results do not consider the longer term damage to the printer hardware caused by using refilled cartridges.
– The results do not measure the high intangible costs of urgent print jobs which may be delayed by printer damage or poor quality prints or other issues arising from using refilled cartridges.

While there are visible costs like acquisition cost and cost of prints per page, customers should also consider the hidden costs in the printing process, including increase in labor time over fixing unreliable inks, loss of productivity due to downtime, supplies wastage from reprints, frustrations brought about by poor prints, and the impact on business image.

Promoting the better option

To reward customers who patronize the use of HP Original Inks, HP introduces the Go the 2.4 Distance raffle promo.

From July 15 to December 15, 2008, each purchase of HP original ink cartridges (HP 21, HP 21B, HP 27, HP 27B, HP 22, HP 28, HP 56 and HP 57) from authorized HP retail stores entitles customers to claim a scratch card which can provide instant prizes or a special code number that can be uploaded at http://www.hp.com/ph/inkpromo. This special code number enables customers to join the second and final electronic raffle draw on February 15, 2009 where they can win prizes such as HP 2133 Mini-Note PCs, HP OfficeJet 4355 All-In-One Printers, all expense-paid trips for two in New York City with a 5D/4N stay at the Holiday Inn Manhattan, and a brand new 2008 1.6V A/T Toyota Corolla with 2.4 years of free gasoline. With HP’s Go the 2.4 Distance promo, consumers will be better informed about the better results provided by HP Original Inks.

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2008 in HP

 

ASUS Launches Self-designed Graphics Cards with Innovative Dark Knight Fansink and Top-Notch Components

In order to cater to users who require excellent graphical performance boosts and exceptional cooling from their graphic cards, ASUS, world-leading producer of top quality graphic solutions, has today introduced a range of self-designed version graphics cards comprising the latest EAH4870 DK and EN9800GTX+ DK Series. These ASUS designed graphics cards will come equipped with the Dark Knight Fansink that delivers extreme cooling and low noise-levels—greatly enhancing gaming enjoyment. The inclusion of the EMI Shield, DIP Spring Chokes, LF PAK MOS, and Japan-made Solid Capacitors will allow users extreme performance and peace of mind at the same time; and furthermore, users will enjoy up to 9% performance improvements for gaming experiences with the ASUS EAH4870 DK TOP and EN9800GTX+ DK TOP.
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Extreme Cooling with Dark Knight Fansink
The ASUS designed EAH4870 DK and EN9800GTX+ DK Series come equipped with the specially designed Dark Knight Fansink. This innovative fansink is equipped with 4 heatpipes and a large heatsink surface area; and is made of aluminum alloy to deliver extreme cooling while retaining operating levels at only 32dB—almost imperceptible in a quiet room—catering to users who require maximum cooling without excessive fan rotation noise.

Enjoy Exceptional Gaming Fun with 109% Performance
With the EAH4870 DK TOP/HTDI/512M, gamers can expect GPU and memory clock performance boosts from 750MHz up to 815MHz and from 3.6GHz up to 3.7GHz respectively. This generates an astounding 3DMark Vantage Extreme Preset score of 3733 to provide an astonishing 9% improvement in terms of GPU performance for the EAH4870 DK TOP when compared to any other reference designed board**. While with the EN9800GTX+ DK TOP/HTDI/512M, gamers can expect GPU, shader, and memory clock performance boosts from 740MHz up to 775MHz, from 1836MHz up to 1950MHz, and from 2.2GHz up to 2.36GHz respectively. Such unprecedented performance upgrades help elevate the EN9800GTX+ DK TOP’s 3DMark High Preset score from 4573 to 4848—an astounding 6% improvement in terms of speed when compared to any other reference designed board**. Gamers can now truly feel the adrenaline rush of superb gaming performance—only with the ASUS EAH4870 DK TOP and EN9800GTX+ DK TOP.

Unprecedented 1GB Onboard Memory for Ultimate Graphics
Memory size is very important for performance, as even a powerful GPU can suffer from bottlenecks due to slow and insufficient video memory. The more memory installed on a video card, the more data it can store—eliminating the need to access PC RAM and providing faster graphical performance. With most current and upcoming games requiring increasingly high video memory requirements, the ASUS EAH4870 DK/HTDI/1G, with its unprecedented 1GB of built-in memory, will provide greatly enhanced performances, and allow users to fully enjoy games or movies without lag or stuttering even at very high resolutions and maximum quality settings.

Ultimate Armaments
Keeping in line with ASUS’ Rock Solid promise for quality, the upcoming version of the EAH4870 DK and EN9800GTX+ DK Series will come with several solutions to provide top quality graphic performances. With the EMI shield, 66% EMI Interference can be reduced for more stable signals. The DIP Spring Chokes can also lower temperatures by 5–10°C in comparison with traditional Toroidal Coil Chokes. Additionally, the LF PAK MOS guarantees more efficient power and less heat. On top of all this, the Japan-made Solid Capacitors can lower power loss for more stable operations even under long-term use. Therefore, users will be able to enjoy extreme performance and have peace of mind—only with ASUS EAH4870 DK and EN9800GTX+ DK Series.

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2008 in Asus

 

ACCENT MICRO TECHNOLOGIES and DELL PHILIPPINES Sponsor Philippine Computer Society’s Monthly Membership Meeting and Professional Development Program

The Philippine Computer Society (PCS) held its Monthly Membership Meeting and Professional Development Program last Sept. 18, 2008 at the Microsoft office 16/F 6750 Ayala Ave. Makati City.  The general assembly was in full house with 70 new members and attendees.

This month’s theme, Unified IT Infrastructure: Virtualization, was supported by the event’s key speakers, Mr. Allan Divinagracia, Enterprise Business Manager of Dell and Mr. Carlos “Titus” Manuel, Sr. Director for admin and HR, FEU – East Asia College. 

Mr. Divinagracia focused on the effects of storage virtualization to companies while Mr. Manuel took a quick and fun discussion on Quickie Meetings, Clean, Clear and Crisp.  

Accent Micro Technology was there to showcase some of DELL’s best products such as the DELL Vostro 1200, Dell Poweredge Towerserver T100 and DELL Optiplex 330 Desktop at affordable prices.  Over-all, entire event was a success.

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2008 in Dell