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HP, Miss Earth beauties join forces to promote eco-friendly practices


Miss Earth, the prestigious international beauty pageant has partnered with Hewlett-Packard (HP), one of the leading green IT companies worldwide to further its eco-friendly initiatives. As Miss Earth’s official computer and network provider, HP has put their innovations to the forefront of the annual competition.

HP also granted the first Miss HP Philippines award in an off-stage event held in Bonifacio Global City. The award honors those contestants who understand the pivotal role of technology in protecting the environment.
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Posted by on November 28, 2012 in HP, Technology

 

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Over 58 million points redeemed in Globe rewards campaign

Globe Head of Customer Lifecycle Management Jay Beltran shares that over 58 million rewards points were used during the 3-week My Rewards My Globe campaign.

Globe Telecom announced that the recent campaign of its flagship rewards program, MyRewards MyGlobe, generated over 1.4 million redemption transactions using a total of 58 million points.

The 3-week campaign allowed Globe prepaid and postpaid subscribers to redeem rewards at 50% off. For the promo, Globe offered its subscribers various rewards such as USBs, gift certificates, and Globe unlimited text and call services at half the required number of points.
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Posted by on November 27, 2012 in Globe Telecom, Technology

 

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Online learning platform Kalibrr announces Beta launch

Kalibrr, an online learning platform designed to help users qualify for and land jobs for free, is happy to announce its beta launch.

Initially launched in Alpha phase in April 2012, the website started out as a training platform for helping users develop the skills necessary to qualify for a job in the Philippines’ business process outsourcing (BPO) industry. With Beta, Kalibrr aims to put its own spin on online learning. Kalibrr COO Dexter Ligot-Gordon says, “The new Beta is Kalibrr’s statement on what online training should look like – simple, attractive, and results in getting a job.”
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Posted by on November 25, 2012 in Globe Telecom, Kalibrr, Technology

 

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HP delivers comprehensive Windows 8 PC portfolio

HP announced availability and pricing details for its new lineup of consumer and business PCs that are designed to work with Windows 8.

The new HP products, ranging from stylish notebooks and desktops, leverage premium materials and a purposeful design philosophy to deliver a distinct HP look and feel.
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Posted by on November 23, 2012 in HP, Technology

 

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Globe Statement on NTC order

Since the very beginning of the case, we have clearly stated that SMS is a deregulated service and telcos have the right to set the retail price of this service. In fact, this has worked for the benefit of the consumer because the prices have gone down drastically with the advent of customization, bucket and combo promos, and unlimited services. There is no provision in the NTC Circular which imposes a ceiling price of P0.80 per SMS sent. There are other various legal grounds by which we base our opposition. In this regard, Globe shall avail of all legal remedies to preserve its right to determine the pricing of its services.

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2012 in Globe Telecom, Technology

 

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Dell moves fluid data architecture forward with latest advances in storage efficiency, performance and protection

Dell recently unveiled a series of end-to-end storage portfolio updates designed to advance the Fluid Data architecture and to help customers further optimize data at every point in its lifecycle.

“The nature of IT and what a data center should do for an organization is changing rapidly as customers face multiple and often competing models of how technology is delivered — from client to cloud to converged,” said Christopher Papa, country manager, Dell Philippines. “Dell is best positioned with an end-to-end storage architecture that can optimize data at every point in its lifecycle through intelligence and automation. Dell’s Fluid Data Architecture enables new capabilities that power the data center, so customers can drive real business results.” Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2012 in Dell, Technology

 

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BlackBerry unveils celebrity endorsers for Christmas

Research In Motion (RIM) is rolling out the “Action Starts Here” campaign in the Philippines, inspiring consumers to take action and to stay connected with their barkadas using BlackBerry smartphones, especially this Christmas season.

The campaign is supported by popular barkadas in Philippine show business who are also longtime BlackBerry users.
Consumers can avail of up to 35% off on BlackBerry smartphones, experience unlimited local and international messaging with BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) for as low as PHP 99/month, and connect with their loved ones with services such as unlimited Facebook for BlackBerry and Twitter for BlackBerry for as low as PHP 599/month.
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Posted by on November 22, 2012 in Blackberry, Technology

 

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WD offers Mac users USB 3.0 connectivity with new my book studio external hard drive

WD, a Western Digital company, and a world leader in external storage and connected life solutions, today announced a new version of the My Book Studio external hard drive. USB 3.0 capability is now extended to this family of My Book Studio hard drives and provides data transfer speeds up to three times faster than USB 2.0. WD has also introduced the addition of a massive 4 TB capacity in a single-drive configuration making it a perfect solution for backing up large amounts of digital content. The My Book Studio drive is designed with a premium aluminum enclosure and will be available in 1 TB, 2 TB, 3 TB and 4 TB capacities.

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Posted by on November 22, 2012 in Technology, WD (Western Digital)

 

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Cisco Global Cloud Index Forecasts Cloud Traffic to Grow Sixfold by 2016

In its second annual Cisco Global Cloud Index (2011-2016), Cisco forecasts global data center traffic to grow fourfold and reach a total of 6.6 zettabytes annually by 2016. The company also predicts global cloud traffic, the fastest-growing component of data center traffic, to grow sixfold – a 44 percent combined annual growth rate (CAGR) – from 683 exabytes of annual traffic in 2011 to 4.3 zettabytes by 2016.

For context, 6.6 zettabytes is equivalent to:

  • 92 trillion hours of streaming music – Equivalent to about 1.5 years of continuous music streaming for the world’s population in 2016.
  • 16 trillion hours of business Web conferencing – Equivalent to about 12 hours of daily Web conferencing for the world’s workforce in 2016.
  • 7 trillion hours of online high-definition (HD) video streaming – Equivalent to about 2.5 hours of daily streamed HD video for the world’s population in 2016.

The vast majority of the data center traffic is not caused by end users but by data centers and cloud-computing workloads used in activities that are virtually invisible to individuals. For the period 2011-2016, Cisco forecasts that roughly 76 percent of data center traffic will stay within the data center and will be largely generated by storage, production and development data. An additional 7 percent of data center traffic will be generated between data centers, primarily driven by data replication and software/system updates. The remaining 17 percent of data center traffic will be fueled by end users accessing clouds for Web surfing, emailing and video streaming.
From a regional perspective, the Cisco Global Cloud Index predicts that through 2016, the Middle East and Africa will have the highest cloud traffic growth rate, while the Asia Pacific region will process the most cloud workloads, followed by North America.

Overview:

  • The Cisco Global Cloud Index (2011-2016) was developed to estimate global data center and cloud-based Internet Protocol (IP) traffic growth and trends. The Cisco Global Cloud Index serves as a complementary resource to existing network traffic studies, providing new insights and visibility into emerging trends affecting data centers and cloud architectures. The forecast becomes increasingly important as networks and data centers become more intrinsically linked in offering cloud services.
  • The Cisco Global Cloud Index includes a “workload transition” forecast, which shows the workload shifting from traditional data centers to more virtualized cloud servers.
  • The forecast also includes a supplement on Cloud Readiness Regional Details, which examines the fixed and mobile network abilities of each global region (from nearly 150 countries) to support business and consumer cloud-computing applications and services.
  • The Cisco Global Cloud Index is generated by modeling and analysis of various primary and secondary sources, including 40 terabytes of traffic data sampled from a variety of global data centers over the past year; results from more than 90 million network tests over the past two years; and third-party market research reports.

Key Highlights/Findings:

  • Cloud traffic growth by region: The Middle East and Africa will have the highest cloud traffic growth rate from 2011 to 2016: The Cisco Global Cloud Index now includes regional forecast data for cloud traffic growth.

– In 2011, North America generated the most cloud traffic (261 exabytes annually); followed by Asia Pacific; (216 exabytes annually); and Western Europe (156 exabytes annually).

– By 2016, Asia Pacific will generate the most cloud traffic (1.5 zettabytes annually); followed by North America (1.1 zettabytes annually); and Western Europe (963 exabytes annually).

– From 2011 to 2016, Cisco foresees the Middle East and Africa as having the highest cloud traffic growth rate (79 percent CAGR); followed by Latin America (66 percent CAGR); and Central and Eastern Europe (55 percent CAGR).

  • Workload growth by region: By 2016, Asia Pacific will have processed the most cloud workloads, followed by North America: The Cisco Global Cloud Index now includes regional forecast data for workload growth.

– In 2011, North America had the most cloud workloads (8.1 million, or 38 percent of the global cloud workloads); followed by Asia Pacific, which had 6.7 million, or 32 percent of the global workloads in 2011.

– By 2016, Asia Pacific will process the most cloud workloads (40.6 million, or 36 percent of the global cloud workloads); followed by North America, which will have 17.4 million, or 26 percent of the global workloads in 2016.

– From 2011 to 2016, the Middle East and Africa region is expected to have the highest cloud workload growth rate (73 percent CAGR); followed by Latin America (60 percent CAGR); and Central and Eastern Europe (50 percent CAGR).

– In North America, traditional data center workloads will actually decline from 2011 to 2016 (from 18.3 million in 2011 to 17.4 million in 2016), falling to a negative 1 percent CAGR.

  • Global data center traffic growth will increase fourfold by 2016. Cisco forecasts that global data center traffic will nearly quadruple, from 1.8 zettabytes in 2011 to 6.6 zettabytes annually in 2016, representing a 31 percent CAGR.
  • Global cloud traffic will account for nearly two-thirds of total global data center traffic. Globally, cloud traffic will grow from 39 percent (57 exabytes per month and 683 exabytes annually) of total data center traffic in 2011 to 64 percent (almost two-thirds – 355 exabytes per month and 4.3 zettabytes annually) of total data center traffic in 2016.
  • Global cloud traffic will grow faster than overall global data center traffic. The transition to cloud services is driving global cloud traffic at a growth rate greater than global data center traffic. Global data center traffic will grow fourfold (a 31 percent CAGR) from 2011 to 2016, while global cloud traffic will grow sixfold (a 44 percent CAGR) over the same period.
  • Workload transitions: From 2011 to 2016, data center workloads will grow 2.5-fold; cloud workloads will grow 5.3-fold. In 2011, 30 percent of workloads were processed in the cloud, with 70 percent being handled in a traditional data center.

– 2014 will be the first year when the majority of workloads shift to the cloud; 52 percent of all workloads will be processed in the cloud versus 48 percent in the traditional IT space.

– By 2016, 62 percent or nearly two-thirds of total workloads will be processed in the cloud.

– The average workload per physical cloud server will grow from 4.2 in 2011 to 8.5 by 2016. In comparison the average workload per traditional data center physical server will grow from 1.5 in 2011 to 2.0 in 2016.

  • Cloud readiness: Asia Pacific, Central and Eastern Europe, North America, and Western Europe can currently support advanced cloud-computing applications over fixed networks; currently, only Western Europe has average network performance to support intermediate cloud-computing applications over mobile networks. To assess cloud readiness, various fixed and mobile network attributes were analyzed. Average upload and download speeds and average latency were assessed across each of the following geographic regions: Asia Pacific, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Africa, North America, and Western Europe.

– From a fixed network perspective, the average network performance characteristics for the Middle East and Africa and Latin America can currently support intermediate cloud-computing applications such as high-definition video streaming and video chat applications.

– The average fixed broadband performance for Asia Pacific, Central and Eastern Europe, North America, and Western Europe can currently support advanced cloud-computing applications such as 3-D video streaming and high-end virtual office services. Note: Some countries within every region have average fixed network capabilities to support advanced cloud computing applications today.

– From a mobile network perspective, only the average network performance characteristics for Western Europe were sufficient to support intermediate cloud-computing applications today.

– The average mobile broadband performance for all other regions can support basic cloud-computing applications, such as web surfing and text communications. Note: Some countries within every region can support intermediate mobile cloud services today. Hungary is the only country that can support advanced mobile cloud services today.

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2012 in Cisco, Technology

 

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HP introduces entry-level, web-connected solutions for Large-format Printing from Virtually Anywhere

HP unveiled the industry’s first web-connected, entry-level printing solutions for architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) students and professionals, making in-house, large-format printing accessible to
more users.

Delivering large-format printing through the cloud from virtually anywhere, the new HP Designjet T120 and T520 ePrinter series provide on-the-go professionals with simple and affordable printing solutions. The compact, 24-inch
HP Designjet T120 ePrinter series is ideal for students and freelancers, while the 24- and 36-inch HP Designjet T520 ePrinter series is designed for small AEC teams in need of fast, professional printing. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2012 in HP, Technology

 

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