Archive for April 21, 2009

Oracle acquires Sun Microsystem

Posted: April 21, 2009 in Tech

Oracle Corporation said that is has agreed to acquire Sun Microsystems for US$7.4 billion. Oracle said that the deal offered “substantial long-term strategic advantages” while describing Java as “the most important software Oracle has ever acquired.”

Larry Ellison, chief executive officer of Oracle, claims the deal will make Oracle “the only company that can engineer an integrated system – applications to disc – where all the pieces fit and work together so customers do not have to do it themselves.” He also revealed predictions that the purchase of Sun will add a not inconsiderable $2 billion to Oracle’s profit within the next two financial years.

Sun Microsystem owns Java, MySQL, and Solaris operating system technologies.

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HP Philippines announced new storage virtualization solutions that change the economics of customers’ infrastructures by reducing costs and better leveraging existing technology investments.

The new StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array 6400 and 8400 (EVA6400/8400) and the enhanced SAN Virtualization Services Platform 2.1 (SVSP 2.1) further expand HP’s storage virtualization portfolio.

These solutions allow customers to get more out of their infrastructures by reducing the need to purchase additional storage capacity. Instead, customers re-allocate resources to key areas that will grow their business in a challenging economy. They also simplify storage management across both virtual and physical environments.

Research In Motion (RIM) recently announced the availability of the Blackberry Storm in the Philippine market.

The BlackBerry Storm smartphone combines the powerful communications features, global connectivity and personal productivity advantages of the BlackBerry® platform with a revolutionary touch-screen technology that dramatically enhances the touch interface and enables easy and precise typing.

The world’s first “clickable” touch-screen responds much like a physical keyboard and also supports single-touch, multi-touch and gestures for intuitive and efficient application navigation.

In addition to the familiar navigation keys (“phone,” “menu” and “escape”) that are common to other BlackBerry smartphones, the new BlackBerry Storm adds support for multi-touches, taps, slides and other touch-screen gestures, so customers can easily highlight, scroll, pan and zoom for smooth navigation.

The BlackBerry Storm smartphone also features a built-in accelerometer, allowing its touch-screen to automatically switch between landscape mode and portrait mode as the user rotates the handset – RIM’s SureType® keyboard layout is available in portrait mode and a full QWERTY* keyboard layout is available in landscape mode. Other relevant features, such as cut and paste, are only a touch away for the ultimate smartphone experience.

LG releases KS360 QWERTY phone

Posted: April 21, 2009 in Tech

LG Electronics Philippines announces the launch of the KS360 in the Philippines, its vibrantly coloured, feature-packed handset specifically designed for messaging on the move.

The KS360’s sliding QWERTY keypad and high-spec messaging features mean that users can send SMS, IM, email and have the ability to access social networking sites all from one device. In addition, the KS360 comes with touchscreen dialling, a 2MP camera and MicroSD card slot.

With the KS360’s slider QWERTY keypad, users can write messages quickly and accurately. To make messaging easier, once the full length keypad has been opened, the 2.4″ screen automatically rotates 90 degrees using accelerometer technology. At just 16.8mm thin, this handset has been designed to fit easily into a pocket or handbag, a convenient alternative to lugging a laptop around.

Spies have broken into the Pentagon’s US$300 billion Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) project and made off with several terabytes of code.

The cyber-pirates allegedly have stolen a relevant quantity of data concerning design and electronic instruments, making it potentially easier to defend against this next-generation fighter’s attacks.