Archive for May, 2009

28 more quits Microsoft Philippines

Posted: May 31, 2009 in Tech

Reports indicated that 28 more members of Microsoft Philippines decided to avail of the voluntary separation program (VSP) offered by Microsoft.

The VSP program entitles approved applicants three months salary (net of taxes) for every year of service.

Rafael “Pepeng” Rollan recently quit his post as Microsoft Philippines Managing Director. Rollan will stay with Microsoft Philippines until September of 2009.

A Malaysian is reportedly being eyed to replace Rollan as the new Managing Director of Microsoft Philippines.

SM SuperMalls offers Free Wi-Fi

Posted: May 31, 2009 in Tech

SM SuperMalls nationwide will soon be offering free Wi-Fi access to its visitors. Currently, SM North Edsa, Annex, the Block, and the Podium are offering free Internet access at 10mbps speed.

The wireless infrastructure is provided by PhilCom and Happy Communications.

Microsoft Corporation announced that it would not set a limit on the number of applications available for use at one time on the new Starter version of its soon-to-be-released Windows 7 operating system, thus reversing its previous plans aimed at increasing sales of the upgrade.

The reversal is strategically important as Microsoft jostles to maintain its dominance in the market for the increasingly popular ‘netbooks’—miniature, inexpensive personal computers—which constitute the main market for Microsoft’s most stripped-down version of the new operating system.

Around 550 students of Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo will receive an iPhone each, which will be used for non-attendance-taking purposes, including the distribution of video lectures, course materials and more.

The iPhone will work as a tool for studies, but it also comes with GPS, a satellite navigation system that automatically checks on the student’s whereabouts.

A new version of the HDMI standard was unveiled defines an HDMI Ethernet Channel (HEC), allowing data transfers of up to 100Mbits/sec in either direction.

The HDMI version 1.4 supports an Ethernet channel, allowing TVs to use the digital video links to connect to home networks and the internet.

HDMI 1.4 also includes an Audio Return Channel (ARC), allowing sound to be streamed to an external device.

(UPDATE): A Malaysian is reportedly being eyed to replace Rafael “Pepeng” Rollan as the new Managing Director of Microsoft Philippines.

Microsoft Corp. announced that Rafael “Pepeng” Rollan has decided to leave Microsoft Philippines and that the company has begun a search for his successor.

Rollan joined Microsoft in 2002 as sales manager for enterprise accounts and held the post of Director, Enterprise and Partner Group before being named Managing Director in 2007. Under his leadership, Microsoft Philippines successfully launched products such as Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, and Visual Studio 2008.

The subsidiary also continued expansion of its corporate citizenship initiatives, including programs for overseas Filipino workers, former and potential victims of human trafficking, and projects dedicated to using technology to enhance local education.

“I have enjoyed my time with Microsoft Philippines,” said Rollan, who will remain with the company until September, 2009. “I look forward to working with the team over the coming months to ensure a smooth transition.”

“We wish to thank Pepeng for his contribution and service, and to wish him well in his future endeavors,” said Ken Wye Saw, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Microsoft Asia Pacific. “Our commitment to Microsoft Philippines remains strong and Pepeng’s extended transition will allow us to continue to deliver exemplary service to our customers and partners.”

SAP Philippines announces that Optical Works has licensed SAP Business One software to streamline the company’s operations.

The acquisition is significant for Optical Works since it has plans to expand its operations and branch network further. Currently, the company has 12 branches located mostly in Metro Manila and employs 80 people.

With the implementation of SAP Business One, Optical Works hopes to improve its cash flow by minimizing opportunity losses and prevent overstocking from inaccurate inventory reports. The company also expects more synergy between the head office and its branch offices and increase efficiency on a branch-to-branch level.

Optical Works is one of the premier optometric clinics and eye wear provider trusted by the public in the Philippines. Optical Works has selected Clerysys Philippines Inc. to implement the software throughout Optical Works systems.

Apple Updates White MacBook

Posted: May 28, 2009 in Tech

Apple has updated the white 13-inch MacBook to a more powerful one.. The new model features a 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo processor (up from 2.0GHz) with a 1066MHz frontside bus, 2GB of 800MHz DDR2 SDRAM (up from 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM), 160GB hard drive (up from 120GB), and integrated NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics.

The rest of the specs for this model have pretty much remained the same.