Monthly Archives: April 2009

SMART Communications, Inc. Announces Plans to Launch the World’s First “Clickable” Touch-Screen Smartphone

Smart Communications, Inc. and Research In Motion (RIM), recently announced plans to launch the BlackBerry(r) Storm(tm), the world’s first “clickable” touch-screen smartphone, in the Philippines.

Nerisse Ramos, First Vice President and Head, Corporate Business Group (CBG) said, “SMART’s dedication to innovation through emerging technologies is evident with our launch of the BlackBerry Storm. This is also made very clear through our aggressive deployment and expansion of our HSPA network across the country, making the BlackBerry Storm a perfect tool for both business and personal use running on SMART’s HSPA network gives BlackBerry Storm smartphone customers a fast and powerful experience .”

Kat Luna-Abelarde, Vice President and Head, Small and Medium Enterprise Group (SMEG) added: “The BlackBerry platform has been widely deployed by corporate customers in country. We also see a growing demand for BlackBerry smartphones among small businesses and individual customers. SMART has developed a series of applications, such as sales force automation, customer relationship management and credit investigation, which have made it easier for businesses of all sizes to manage their day-to-day operations via BlackBerry smartphones.”

Adele Beachley, Regional Director, RIM Asia Pacific commented, “The BlackBerry Storm smartphone, with its innovative SurePress touch-screen, offers a unique user experience. Its chic design and rich communications and multimedia features combine to offer an excellent choice to customers who are looking for a powerful, fun and fashionable smartphone. We are very pleased to launch the BlackBerry Storm in the Philippines with Smart Communications.”
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Posted by on April 22, 2009 in Smart Communications


Canon simplifies business with eMaintenance

Owners of Canon copiers are now spared from the hassles of scheduling copier check-ups and maintenance. Canon has introduced the eMaintenance service to keep photocopiers as good as new.

eMaintenance is a business solution which enables clients to have their copiers remotely monitored by the Canon head office. With this service, Canon can easily identify client needs and reduce risks of machine failure.

The new system uses Canon’s e-Proactive Service that allows the maintenance office to know the nature of the copier’s problem. This provides clients the right service at the right time. Minor repairs and preventive maintenance can be done off-site because the copiers are connected to Canon’s main system.

Further, eMaintenance’s unique monitoring system can check on any abnormality in the number of paper jams that occurred in a given period. Through eMaintenance’s eMetering component, meter reading is more accurate so there won’t be any need for manual intervention.

The new monitoring system can also track the condition of the toner installed in the copiers. So when toners reach a minimum level, a Canon service crew will ensure that toner replenishment is ready even before the supply runs out—no need to call to place orders.

Users of Canon copiers can avail all the benefits of the eMaintenance features for as low as Php420 per month on a five-year contract. An affordable rate for one-year and three-year packages are also available.

In line with the launch of its eMaintenance service, Canon is giving away Php1,000 worth of The Spa gift certificates for every purchase of Canon’s eMaintenance package.

“Aside from maintaining the good health of our copiers, we also want our clients to feel great through a wellness treat at The Spa,” said Marilou Remoquillo, Canon’s assistant manager for service marketing.

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Posted by on April 22, 2009 in Canon


HP Expands Integrity NonStop Server Line, Delivering Unparalleled Performance at the Lowest Ever Total Cost of Ownership

HP announces its new entry-level HP Integrity NonStop NS2000 server family, which delivers high performance and fault-tolerance at the lowest ever total cost of ownership available for a multi-core Integrity NonStop system.

The NS2000 is ideal for small and midsized organizations in the healthcare, financial services and telecommunications industries, as well as customers in emerging markets. It allows organizations to cost-effectively meet the high availability and scalability of their business. Designed with the full benefits of HP NonStop technology, the NS2000 family paves the way for future growth without the worry of application compatibility.
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Posted by on April 14, 2009 in HP


APC Introduces its Next Generation NetBotz® Security and Environmental Monitoring Solution

APC by Schneider Electric, a global leader in integrated critical power, cooling and management solutions, recently announced the next generation of its market leading NetBotz® Security and Environmental Monitoring products. Major enhancements to the product line include improved camera and cabling support, Power over Ethernet support and improved industrial design. NetBotz is a family of network-accessible appliances that detect and alarm on human activity which may threaten the availability of your network-critical physical infrastructure. Scalable from small network closets to large data centers to enterprise-wide deployments, the modular design allows for custom camera configuration, including CCTV integration.

Answering customers’ needs for better camera resolution and easy and flexible deployment options the next generation of NetBotz products delivers the following major enhancements:
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Posted by on April 14, 2009 in APC


Seeing the world in a different light

Perception is always subjective. What one person sees is different from what the other sees. It all depends on how one wants to look at it. Ian, a 25 year old with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), perceives the world in a different light—an angle unique from our own.

Through his first camera, a Canon Powershot A560, Ian offers people a peek into his world and the world he sees through his camera’s lens. His grainy shot of a watch says that his world, like everyone else’s, is sometimes shaky and unstable. Ian’s scenic shot of yachts along the Manila Bay, on the other hand, shows that he also has his own share of peace, a state he enjoys only after taking his regular pills to manage his seizures and hyperactivity.

The photographs are just some of Ian’s works shown in the Colors of “A” Spectrum Exhibit recently held at the SM Mall of Asia. The exhibit also travelled to Baguio, Cavite, Cebu, Davao, Iligan, Quezon City and Iloilo to show to a wider audience how photography can change the lives of children with autism. It was the culminating activity of the free photography workshop that professional advertising photographer John Chua conducted for Ian and other members of the Autism Society Philippines (ASP).
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Posted by on April 13, 2009 in Canon


Sun Solaris Platform Advancements Unleash the Power of the Intel Xeon Processor 5500 Series

Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced that the Solaris platform, including the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS) and OpenSolaris, has been extended to provide performance, energy efficiency and reliability enhancements for the new Intel Xeon processor 5500 series. For more information visit:

“This is a real-world game-changer in the commodity x86 marketplace. Sun’s new Solaris advancements unleash the power of the Intel Xeon processor 5500 series, delivering enterprise-class engineering and innovation in this market,” said John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems Group, Sun Microsystems. “Sun’s systems and Solaris optimization provide record-breaking performance, scalability and huge energy efficiency to help customers maximize their business results.”

Bookmark and tune in on April 14 for more details on Sun’s major systems launch and how its approach to Open Network Systems helps maximize the economics of computing by delivering maximum scale, efficiency, enterprise manageability, performance and sustainability.
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Posted by on April 1, 2009 in Sun Microsystems