Archive for March, 2009

HP recently unveiled its multifunction printers (MFP) targeting enterprise and SMBs customers. The three new models of MFP (HP Laserjet M1319f MFP, HP Color Laserjet CM1312 MFP, HP Color Laserjet CM2320n MPF) will enable organizations to cut-cost, streamline supplies management and optimize device utilization.

The HP LaserJet M1319f MFP comes with four-in-one capabilities including enhanced fax features. With a compact design that includes a built-in handset for making phone calls, this user-friendly device helps micro and small business users maximize desk space. To increase efficiency and quickly complete printing and imaging jobs, the HP LaserJet M1319f MFP also features HP Instant-on Technology and Instant-on Copy with LED-based technology. Price: PhP 15,500.

The HP Color LaserJet CM1312 MFP lets you print, copy and scan while delivering professional colour results – all in one compact design. It is the complete office colour solution for your business. Through innovative printing technologies such as HP ImageRet 3600 and the new generation HP ColorSphere toner, the HP Color LaserJet CM1312 MFP delivers sharp and vibrant results for professional-looking documents collateral in-house. Easy to use with intuitive control panel and front door design for cartridge replacement. Plug-and-play operation simplifies printer installation in a few clicks.

The HP Color Laserjet CM2320n MPF offers blazing print, scan and copy speeds for more efficient business transactions It comes with 50-page automatic document feeder for unattended copying and faxing, and lets business enjoy the benefits of easy installation and effortless operation with with bundled set-up wizards and installers.

Microsoft to shut down Encarta

Posted: March 31, 2009 in Tech

Microsoft made the announcement today that it’s pulling the plug on its Encarta site as part of its MSN services. Furthermore, Microsoft will also cease to sell Microsoft Student and Encarta Pemium software products worldwide by June 2009.

Microsoft said the decision to exit the Encarta business was part of Microsoft’s goal to deliver the most effective and engaging resources.

Adobe and Facebook are announcing a formal partnership to make it simpler for developers to create Flash applications, by making available Actionscript 3 Client Library for Facebook Platform.

The platform for building apps on the social network. This library will enable developers to use Flash to create more compelling apps. This will prove useful as many top Facebook app and game developers have built their products in Flash since Facebook launched.

Google has signed a deal with Walt Disney to bring their content to the video sharing service YouTube.

YouTube would now offer content from Walt Disney services like ABC Entertainment, ABC News, ABC Family, SOAPnet, and ESPN. The deal allows for short duration videos and the two companies would share the revenues generated from the delivery.

WD acquires SSD Maker Silicon Systems

Posted: March 31, 2009 in Tech

Western Digital Corp. (WD) announced that it has completed a $65 million cash acquisition of SiliconSystems, Inc., a supplier of solid-state drives for the embedded systems market. Integration into WD begins immediately, with SiliconSystems now becoming known as the WD Solid-State Storage business unit, complementing WD’s existing Branded Products, Client Storage, Consumer Storage and Enterprise Storage business units.

SiliconSystems’ product portfolio includes solid-state drives with SATA, EIDE, PC Card, USB and CF interfaces in 2.5-inch, 1.8-inch, CF and other form factors. SiliconSystems’ intellectual property and technical expertise will provide additional building blocks for future products to address emerging opportunities in WD’s existing markets.

NEC abandons overseas PC market

Posted: March 30, 2009 in Tech

NEC has announced it will halt production and sales of PCs in the Asia-Pacific region from July, a move that withdraws it completely from the oversea PC business.

The announcement comes just a month after it signalled a withdrawal from the PC business in Europe, Africa and the Middle East amid slumping demand and tough competition.

A group of researchers from the University of Toronto-based Monk Centre for International Studies have discovered a a “GhostNet” or cyber espionage network based in China has infiltrated over 1,295 computers in 103 countries including foreign affairs departments and embassies with malware. The investigation consisted of fieldwork, technical scouting and laboratory analysis.

It uncovered a network of over 1,295 infected hosts in 103 countries, with up to 30pc of the targeted computers belonging to ministries of foreign affairs, embassies, news organizations and non-government organisations (NGOs).

Close to 30pc of the infected computers, the Munk Centre said, can be considered high value and include ministries of foreign affairs of Iran, Bangladesh, Latvia, Indonesia, Brunei, Barbados, the Philippines and Bhutan as well as the embassies of India, South Korea, Indonesia, Malta, Cyprus, Thailand, Taiwan, Portugal, Germany and Pakistan. NGOs that were infected include the Association of South East Asian Nations, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, the Asian Development Bank.

The malware even infected a number of news organizations as well as an unclassified computer at NATO headquarters.

China dismissed the cyber-espionage claims and said that the accusation is another political issue that the West is trying to exaggerate.