Archive for May 31, 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.