Archive for June, 2008

COMDDAP Goes to Cebu

Posted: June 30, 2008 in Tech

In line with its commitment to bring I.T. closer to the public, the Computer Manufacturers Distributors and Dealers Association of the Philippines (COMDDAP) will again bring their wares to the city of Cebu on July 3 to 5, 10:00am to 7:00pm at the SM TradeHall Cebu.

Visitors will be able to bring home personal computers, printers, cameras, MP3 players, notebook computers, softwares, peripherals, gadgets and a lot more technology products at a very affordable price.

COMDDAP officials said discount range will be from 10% to 50% depending on the products and exhibitors. Aside from discounts, visitors can also avail of freebies and bundles that will be offered with some products.

Companies who will showcase their product innovations are as follows: AOC, Astech Pengson Distributors, Inc., Banbros Commercial Inc., BenQ Corporation, Brother International Corporation, Canon Marketing (Philippines) Inc., CBX Corporation, Cebu LMI Corporation, Chase Technologies Corporation, Epson Philippines Corporation, Glee Electronics, Inc., Lamco International, NDR Microware Sales Inc., Microdata Systems and Management Inc., MSI-ECS Philippines, Inc., NEO Manufacturing & Services, Inc., PC Buyers Guide, Redwood Ventures, Inc., Thinking Tools, Inc., Trinity Marketing, Inc. and WordText Systems Inc.

Former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina who was once considered the most powerful businesswoman in America and is now a top McCain economic adviser., and is rumored to being short-listed as McCains possible running mate.

Fiorina’s strength: she is smart and articulate, comfortable in the media spotlight and looks like a national political leader. She is comfortable talking about the economy and about business, two things that McCain doesn’t deal with well.

Downside: Everything that happened at Hewlett-Packard during her term of employment at the company, whether involving sales, employees or strategic business decisions, would become fair game. And it’s not only her years at HP that would invite scrutiny. Her years at AT&T and Lucent Technologies would also come under scrutiny, as would the companies on whose boards she serves.

But it would be interesting to see a McCain – Fiorina tandem against Obama – Clinton or an Obama – Bill Gates perhaps.

Google announced the release of Google Media Server that will help users to connect their TV to the computer.

The new Google Media Server is an application for Windows, which is based on Google Desktop technology such as Desktop gadgets for the administration tool and Google Desktop Search to locate media files.

All users need is a PC running Google Desktop and an UPnP-enabled device (e.g. a PlayStation 3). With touch of a single button, users can then stream videos, audios or even photos stored in the PC. That’s not it, they can even view Picasa web albums and play videos from YouTube.

Ebay was fined 40 million Euros for allowing counterfeit goods to be sold on its auction site.

A French court found in favour of LVMH, a luxury goods group, which alleged that Ebay had allowed users to sell fake merchandise including handbags and perfume, damaging its reputation and sales.

LVMH is the largest luxury-goods holding company, owning brands such as Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Givenchy.

Oracle is seeking damages of more than $1 billion (£500 million) in an intellectual property lawsuit it has brought against arch-rival SAP.

Oracle is suing TomorrowNow, a US subsidiary of SAP, for corporate theft and alleges it illegally downloaded masses of Oracle customer service materials and passed those documents to SAP.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that there has been a voluntary recall of two Hewlett-Packard fax machines. Consumers are advised to stop using these recalled products immediately.

About 367,000 unites of HP Fax 1010 and 1010xi Machines have been recalled in the United States. An additional 84,000 units sold outside of the U.S. have also been recalled.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the fax machines cause a hazard because of an internal electrical component failure, which can lead to a risk of burn or fire.

Hewlett-Packard has received three reports of overheating, and two in the U.S. have resulted in minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.

Nokia rolls out Supernova phones

Posted: June 29, 2008 in Tech

Nokia has announced a new series of phones called Supernova. These phones are targeted at fashion-conscious consumers who demand the looks as well as the technology.

Nokia unveiled models 7210, 7310, 7510, and 7610 as part of the first offerings in this range.

The Nokia 7210 Supernova is available in a pink and vivid blue colours and boasts of tri-band GSM and EDGE support, FM radio, 2 mega pixels camera, and micro SD memory expansion slot.

The Nokia 7310 Supernova is a sleek phone that has a 2-mega pixel camera, 4x digital zoom and TV out that allows image sharing.

Nokia 7510 Supernova is a clamshell-type phone and is available in storm blue, red, emerald green and expresso brown at the back, while it has an Xpress in front.

The Nokia 7610 Supernova boasts of a 3.2 mega pixel camera, 8x digital zoom, a dual LED flash, a MP3 player, FM radio as well as access to Nokia music store.