Archive for July, 2009

After years serving as Nokia Philippines general manager, it’s time for William Hamilton-Whyte to move on and face new challenges. Whyte will step down as Nokia Philippines GM and will head to Vietnam to lead the Nokia Vietnam subsidiary.

“I have accomplished my goal for Nokia here in the Philippines. It’s time for me to move on. I will treasure my experience here in the Philippines. To all our partners and to my team, thank you for all your support” said Whyte.

Yahoo! and Microsoft signed a 10 year agreement in which Microsoft will license Yahoo’s core search technologies, and Microsoft’s Bing will become the exclusive algorithmic search and paid search platform for Yahoo sites.

Under the agreement, Yahoo! would focus on its core business of providing consumers with great experiences with the world’s favorite online destinations and Web products. The companies expect the closing to occur in early 2010.

Microsoft will pay traffic acquisition costs at an initial rate of 88% of search revenue generated on Yahoo sites for the first five years. Yahoo sees the deal lifting annual operating income by around $500 million and capital expenditure savings of $200 million. Yahoo sees an annual operating cash flow benefit of $275 million.

Belkin has announced a new hardware attachment for the third generation Apple iPod Shuffle which lack controls on the main player’s body.

The attachment would allow iPod Shuffle owners to control the playback functions on the device with any headphone.

Belkin’s device would enable users to use any headphone as the controls are located on the attachment itself.

Twitter parades a new homepage

Posted: July 29, 2009 in Tech

Twitter has launched a new homepage for visitors who are not logged in to the service. The new hompage has a big search box which enables anyone to search for the latest content posted on the service.

In addition, the homepage also highlights the latest trending topics on the web as generated from the content posted on the service.

Microsoft launches Page Hunt game

Posted: July 29, 2009 in Tech

Microsoft has launched a game for web pages named Page Hunt. It loads random web pages and the user is required to type in the keywords they believe are the best for the page.

The game then checks for search results for those keywords and award points to the user base on the quality of the keywords. The game has been powered by Microsoft Silverlight technology.

The game was designed to help the Microsoft improve their search engine Bing results.

Western Digital has launched the world’s first 2.5” hard disk drive with 1TB capacity. WD will also use its new 2.5” hard drive to enable 1TB external hard disk drives (HDDs).

The new WD Scorpio Blue hard drives based on 333GB platters will be available in 750GB (model WD7500KEVT) and 1TB (model WD10TEVT) capacities and will have 5200 RPM spindle speed, 8MB buffer size as well as Serial ATA 300 interface. WD declares 5.5ms average latency, 12ms read seek time and 2.0ms track-to-track seek time.

Samsung and Intrinsity have together announced a new mobile processor that could someday power the Apple iPhone. This new mobile processor from Samsung is rated at 1GHz.

It is similar in architecture to the processor that currently powers the Apple iPhone.

Apple iPhone 3GS is powered with a 600MHz Samsung processor based on the ARM Cortex A8 design. Samsung has codenamed their new processor Hummingbird.

RIM launches BlackBerry Curve 8250

Posted: July 28, 2009 in Tech

Research in Motion revealed their new smartphone model BlackBerry Curve 8250.

It feature a 2 megapixel camera in addition to support for technologies like Wi-Fi, Video Recording, a battery capable of 4.5 hours of talk time.

It lacks 3G connectivity which makes it a lower end mobile phone. It features a trackpad instead of the conventional trackball.