Archive for October, 2009

Former Cisco Philippines country manager Luichi Robles is now the new country sales manager of security firm Symantec. Robles reports to Mr. Darric Hor who is the country director for both Philippines and Singapore. Prior to joining Symantec, Robles was with BT Consulting services, a provider of I.T. consulting and staffing services.

Reports indicated that there were other candidates being considered by Symantec – including some former managing directors. But Robles was chosen among all the candidates because of his skills, experience and dedication.

Robles assumed his new role mid October, although the news about his appointment circulated as early as first week of the same month.

The search of who will be the next managing director of HP Philippines is finally over – Mr. Ryan C. Guadalquiver, managing director of Oracle Philippines is reportedly replacing Mr. David Tan as the new managing director of HP Philippines. Tan will assume a new role in the AP region.

The name of Guadalquiver surfaced as the possible replacement of Tan as early as October 27, 2009 (Tuesday). Very few information is available about Guadalquiver except that he served as Oracle Philippine’s managing director for a little over a year.

HP will make a formal announcement of Guadalquiver’s appointment on November 3, 2009.

After serving for two years as HP Philippines Managing Director and Technology Solutions Group (TSG) country manager, David Tan will step down from his post and will assume a new role in the AP region.

A new MD will be announced soon.

Barnes & Noble launches Nook eBook Reader

Posted: October 25, 2009 in Tech

Barnes & Noble has officially launched their Kindle challenger named Nook. Users would get the ability to lend their owned books to friends who can read them out using an application on their mobile devices or even desktop computers.

Nook is powered by Google Android mobile platform. It comes with 2GB of internal storage.

Yahoo shutsdown Geocities

Posted: October 25, 2009 in Tech

Yahoo turned off the plug on their Geocities web service which has enabled millions of users to host a website on the web for free. Yahoo acquired Geocities in 1999.

The service shut down would involve deletion of all user data uploaded on this service over the last decade.

Google Chrome Portable released

Posted: October 25, 2009 in Tech has finally made available a portable edition of the Google Chrome web browser.

Users needs to download a small utility from website which users will use to download the Chrome installer. Afterwhich users will copy the installer to a USB drive.

The procedure is required due to licensing terms and conditions.

Carl Icahn resigns from Yahoo board

Posted: October 25, 2009 in Tech

Carl Icahn has announced that he is resigning from the board of Yahoo. Icahn said that Yahoo does not need an activist investor as a director at this time.

Icahn joined the company board last year with the aim of forcing the company to sign a deal with Microsoft. He believe that the partnership with Microsoft would benefit Yahoo in the long run.

According to Gartner, worldwide shipments in the third quarter reached 80.9 million units, an increase of 0.5% from the third quarter of 2008, and an improvement over Gartner’s own forecast for a 5.6% decline in sales.

Hewlett-Packard Co. remains the world’s No. 1 PC company, with 16.1 million shipments and almost 20% of the market.

Acer Inc. surpassed Dell Inc. in the No. 2 slot for worldwide PC sales. Gartner said Acer sold 12.5 million PC in the quarter, an increase of 23.6% from last-year’s third quarter, and good enough for 15.4% of the market.

Dell’s shipments fell 6.7% from a year ago to 10.3 million PCs, giving it a 12.8% market share.

Lenovo, with 8.5% of the market, and Toshiba and its 5% market share rounded out the top five worldwide vendors.