Archive for October, 2008

Oracle Phils. appoints new MD

Posted: October 31, 2008 in Tech

Oracle Philippines has a new managing director in the person of Mr. Ryan Guadalquiver.

No formal introduction was made with the press yet but Mr. Guadalquiver was introduced as the new MD in a recent Oracle event.

Mr. Guadalquiver also represented Oracle Philippines when it entered into an agreement with the Department of Education to create an online learning platform for the country’s public secondary school system.

100,000 Sony Battery Packs Recalled

Posted: October 31, 2008 in Tech

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and Sony announced a voluntary recall of about 35,000 batteries and an additional 65,000 batteries that were sold worldwide used in Hewlett-Packard, Toshiba and Dell Notebook Computers.

The voluntary recall was due to reports that the lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard to consumers. There have been 19 reports of the batteries overheating, including 17 reports of flames/fire (10 resulting in minor property damage). Two consumers experienced minor burns.

Apple updates MobileMe

Posted: October 31, 2008 in Tech

Apple released a refreshed version of MobileMe, its cloud computing service for syncing an iPhone’s email and calendar with a Mac, or Outlook on a Windows PC.

The MobileMe update, which was “pushed out” or automatically installed on subscriber’s devices, includes 37 bug fixes.

Sun Microsystems, Inc. reported a net loss for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 on a GAAP basis was $1.677 billion, or $(2.24) per share on a diluted basis, as compared with a net income of $89 million, or $0.10 per share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2008.

Revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 were $2.990 billion, a decrease of 7.1 percent as compared with $3.219 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2008. Total gross margin as a percent of revenues was 40.2, a decrease of 8.3 percentage points, as compared with the first quarter of fiscal 2008.

Lenovo launches the new IdeaPad S10e netbook for education. Designed for students for one-to-one computing in grades K-12 as well as those in higher education, the new netbook combines the portability of a small and light PC device starting under three pounds with Internet and multimedia functionality at an affordable price.

The new netbook comes with the Intel Atom processor, several choices of memory sizes and a variety of ports for expansion. Students can connect wired or wirelessly through Ethernet, WiFi and optional Bluetooth. Outfitted with a standard ExpressCard 34 slot, the netbook can also be enabled for mobile broadband.

Android OS Security Flaw Found

Posted: October 29, 2008 in Tech

A major flaw in the Google phone’s operating system was recently discovered. The flaw can allow a hacker to install keystroke logging software which would enable them to track which keys are pressed and thus giving access to password protected websites such as your online banking account.

Google says the problem has already been addressed by its software security experts.

Microsoft Office 14 embraces web browser

Posted: October 29, 2008 in Tech

Microsoft said that the next version of Office Suite (Office 14) would be usable within a web browser.

Microsoft added that this new feature addition would enable the users to view and edit documents and spreadsheets inside the web browser.

Dell announced a new line of OptiPlex commercial desktops, Flexible Computing Solutions and service offerings designed to reduce costs throughout the desktop lifecycle.

In total, the company is introducing four new platforms:

– OptiPlex 960 – enables up to 43 percent less power consumption to reduce energy costs over previous generation of OptiPlex desktops.

– OptiPlex 760 – offers mainstream security, productivity and energy efficient features with improved management capabilities.

– OptiPlex 360 – enables the performance needed to help customers build their business and drive essential office productivity.

– OptiPlex FX160 – Dell’s first thin client; supports embedded or streamed operating systems for virtual desktop implementations.