Archive for November 13, 2007

Microsoft Philippines OEM Director Quits

Posted: November 13, 2007 in Tech

Microsoft Philippines OEM Director Rosan Sison has left Microsoft Philippines.  Reportedly, Sison will be joining IBM Daksh services.

IBM Daksh, a wholly owned company of IBM Corporation, is provider of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) solutions with over 20,000 employees spread out across its India and Philippine operations centers.

Dan Viray Joins AurionPro

Posted: November 13, 2007 in Tech

Former Sun Microsystem Philippines Sales Director Dan Viray joins AurionPro Solutions Pte Ltd.  Viray will serve as the Regional Sales Director of AurionPro.

AurionPro Solutions  is a software solutions company catering to the Banking, Financial Services and Insurance sector.  Its product range caters to cash management, treasury and risk management and web based IT Solution Services for logistics and e-Business.

Google offers $10M for Android Developers

Posted: November 13, 2007 in Tech

Google Inc. is offering $10 million U.S. dollars in prizes to code writers who come up with the best applications for Google’s Android cell phone operating system.

The contest will open in January and Google will accept entries until March 3 of 2008. Each of the top 50 applications will be awarded 25,000 dollars. Of those 50, ten winners will be selected for a 275,000 dollar top prize and ten more will receive 100,000 dollars.

Adobe Systems Inc. announced that its Board of Directors appointed current President and COO, Shantanu Narayen, as its President and CEO, effective December 1, 2007, replacing current CEO Bruce R. Chizen.

Chizen has been with Adobe for almost 14 years and said that he is leaving his position to take a break from the hectic work schedule.

Narayen would also retain his current title as the President of Adobe.

Microsoft Rolls Out New Zune Players

Posted: November 13, 2007 in Tech

Microsoft announces a new Zune players, redesigned Zune software, and new online services including the Zune Marketplace and Zune Social, an online music community.

Consumers also will have the option to customize their Zune player with laser-engraved designs and personal text through a new Web store called Zune Originals.

Three new Zune models will be on store shelves tomorrow: the black Zune 80GB, which has a bright 3.2-inch screen and comes with premium in-ear noise-isolating headphones, and the slim, ultra-portable Zune 4GB and the Zune 8GB, both available in pink, green, black and red.

IBM buying Cognos for $5B

Posted: November 13, 2007 in Tech

IBM and Cognos revealed that they reached a definitive deal whereby IBM would buy Cognos, in an all-cash transaction of about US$5 billion or US$58 per share. The net transaction is valued at US$4.9 billion. The companies expect the transaction to close in the first quarter of 2008.

IBM disclosed that the acquisition of Cognos fits within both its acquisition strategy and capital allocation model. IBM also expects Cognos to help contribute to its achievement of the company’s objective for earnings-per-share growth through 2010.

Intel Intros Penryn Processors

Posted: November 13, 2007 in Tech

Intel Corp has announced the launch of a new line of chips code-named Penryn, which are the first ones to be manufactured using a 45-nanometer process.

Faster and smaller, the new chips will be sold under Intel’s Xeon and Core 2 brands, and will be able to run software up to 15 per cent faster.  Intel said that a single silicon die would be able to hold 820 million transistors and cache 12 megabytes of information as opposed to the 65-nanometer chips which hold just 582 million transistors and 8 megabytes cache.

AMD Announces AMD Core Math Library 4.0

Posted: November 13, 2007 in Tech

AMD has announced significant updates to its AMD Core Math Library (ACML) designed to provide software developers with highly optimized, multi-threaded math routines used by scientific, engineering, business and consumer applications that require maximum performance.

ACML offers support for all major x86 operating environments including Windows, Linux, and Solaris. ACML can be downloaded at no charge from AMD Developer Central, an on-line destination for developers seeking support for multi-threading software development projects or x86-based computing projects that demand highly-optimized code.