Archive for August 8, 2008

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., announced the launch of Samsung OMNIA (model name: SGH-i900). It brings together high performance business content, top of the range style and a fun, dynamic multi-media experience, to ensure consumers are always connected both at home and at work. OMNIA, meaning ‘everything’ in Latin and ‘wish’ in Arabic, goes beyond the current top-of-the-line features available in today’s mobile phones.

Based on the most up to date Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional operating system, Samsung OMNIA gives users a mobile extension to their PC experience, with access to MS Office documents such as PowerPoint, Excel and Word. Users can also send and receive email and manage their appointments in Outlook while on the go. The Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional operating system means users can download additional programs as they would on their PC and customize it for their individual needs. For ease of navigation an optical mouse similar to those on laptop computers offers improved usability and one-handed control.

Globe Labs launches a new competition that will bring together application development companies, freelance software developers and members of the academe to build applications for the everyday communication needs of customers.

To start off the Globe Labs Challenge, participants will be introduced to Globe Labs and two Globe APIs (Application Programming Interface) – SMS and MMS – will be presented to help developers build their applications. Globe is one of the few operators in the world who started sharing APIs to the public which will greatly increase the ease of building new applications utilizing telecommunication enablers.

The Globe Labs Challenge has six Competition Categories: Location Based and Location Dependent Services; Media Sharing/Storage; Graphical User Interface to Services; Server-based Enhanced SMS/MMS Applications; Mobile Social Networking; and Shopping on the Phone.

Microsoft announced its partnership with the Commission on Information and Communication Technology (CICT) and the National Computer Center (NCC) for the establishment of the first Microsoft Open Source Interoperability Lab in the Philippines, which will operations September of 2008.

The open source interoperability lab, the first of its kind of Asia, exists to foster more open engagement between Microsoft and open source communities. It will encompass a broad range of facilities, events, and resources supporting interoperability, including labs, plug fests, technical content and opportunities for ongoing cooperative development.

Microsoft’s open source strategy is focused on helping customers and partners be successful in today’s heterogeneous technology world. This includes increasing business opportunities for partners, regardless of their development model. It also means increasing opportunities for developers to learn and create by combining community-oriented open source with traditional commercial approaches to software development. Within the context of these broad-reaching changes, the Open Source Interoperability Initiative is a re-affirmation and enhancement of Microsoft’s open source strategy.

SAP Philippines introduced its University Alliance Program to the region which looks to equip students with SAP software training, enhancing their skills and making them more marketable in the ever competitive IT market.

SAP University Alliances member schools gain access to the SAP Business Suite family of solutions, including SAP ERP. This comprehensive business software suite supports business, engineering, and information technology programs, enabling students to put classroom theory into practice through demonstrations, exercises and problem-solving, case studies, and research programs.

Through hands-on experience with SAP solutions, program members gain insight into how technology can empower a business to optimize key processes such as accounting and controlling, human capital management, project planning, plant and materials management, and sales and distribution.

Schools that have signed up under the program are AMA Computer University, Far Eastern University, East Asia College, International Electronics and Technical Institute Inc, Mapua Institute of Technology, Technological Institute of the Philippines, University of the Philippines (Visayas) and University of Sto. Tomas.

The recently discovered DNS security flaw could be much worse than previously thought, offering attackers 35 ways to exploit cache poisoning, according to Dan Kaminsky, the security researcher who found it.

Kaminsky ran through another scenario in which a website could be tricked into sending a username and password to an email account controlled by a malicious attacker, using a forgotten password reminder.

These attacks are all made possible by the flaw, which allows attackers to poison DNS caches and redirect users to malicious third-party sites, even when they have correctly entered the address of a different, legitimate site. Because the attack targets a fundamental service that powers the internet there are multiple ways it could be used for nefarious purposes; 35 at Kaminsky’s count.