Archive for September, 2010

Oracle Philippines announces the appointment of Mr. Darren Rushworth as the new country managing director.

Mr. Rushworth is no stranger to the country for he served as Channel Head of Oracle Philippines. Prior to his new assignment, Mr. Rushworth served as Oracle Corp. vice president for Commercial Applications.

Mr. Rushworth will be replacing Mr. Ryan C. Guadalquiver who recently join HP Philippines to become its new GM.

According to a recent AppleInsider report, Apple is currently in the advanced testing stage of a refresh for its April-released iPad, with a new version of the tablet device to be introduced with a front-facing camera and FaceTime support.

As per the AppleInsider explanation, the markedly accelerated product cycle for the iPad underlines Apple’s desire to get FaceTime on the device so that all iOS devices can support FaceTime before Apple’s announced plans to launch the feature as an open standard.

In addition, Apple’s reported acceleration in bringing a new iPad version also highlights the company’s well-known strategy of enhancing the value of its flagship products while maintaining price points and margins, instead of reducing prices for the benefit of higher unit volumes.

Nokia announces mobile TV headset

Posted: September 12, 2010 in Tech

Nokia has announced a device that converts your mobile phone into a portable television. The Nokia Mobile TV Headset acts as a TV receiver for your mobile device.

The device works using Digital Video Broadcasting – Handheld (DVB-H) signals and is compatible with the upcoming Nokia N8 and other Symbian^3 devices with USB-on-the-go feature.

The headset comes with buttons to switch channels and volume controls. It is also able to handle call-related functions available in regular mobile phone headsets. Nokia also has a Mobile TV app available for compatible handsets.

Oracle Corp. plans to pay newly appointed co-President Mark Hurd a base salary of $950,000 annually and said Hurd is eligible for a target bonus of $5 million in the current fiscal year. The company will also grant Hurd options to buy 10 million Oracle shares,

Oracle released the details of Hurd’s pay package in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Nokia’s Board of Directors has appointed Stephen Elop President and Chief Executive Officer of Nokia as of September 21. Elop currently heads Microsoft’s Business Division. Before joining Microsoft, Elop held senior executive positions in a number of US-based public companies, including Juniper Networks, Adobe Systems Inc. and Macromedia Inc. He holds a degree in computer engineering and management from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, which is his home country.

Elop commented on his new Nokia position: “I am extremely excited to become part of a team dedicated to strengthening Nokia’s position as the undisputed leader of the mobile communications industry, with a relentless focus on meeting the needs and expectations of customers. Nokia has a unique global position as well as a great brand upon which we can build. The company has deeply talented and dedicated people, and I am confident that together we can continue to deliver innovative products that meet the needs of consumers. The Nokia slogan clearly states our key mission: Connecting People, which will acquire new dimensions as we build our portfolio of products, solutions and services.”

Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo will leave his current position as President and CEO of Nokia on September 20, 2010 and his position on the Nokia Board of Directors with immediate effect. He will continue to chair the Board of Nokia Siemens Networks in a non-executive capacity.

LaCie introduces the LaCie Minimus and LaCie Rikiki USB 3.0, the World’s Smallest Mobile and Desktop USB 3.0 Hard Drives. The both USB 3.0 HDDs features with fastest transfer speeds at 5Gb/s, aluminium casing, improved heat dissipation, and is fully recyclable.

LaCie Rikiki USB 3.0 (301949) measures just 75 x 118.5 x 13.4 mm / 2.9 x 4.6 x 0.52 in. and weights just 176 g rams while LaCie Minimus USB 3.0 (301961) measures 110.7 x 29.4 x 172.8 mm / 4.4 x 1.2 x 6.8 in. and weights 850 grams. Both the HDDs are fully compatible with Windows and MAC operating systems and are backed by 2-Year Limited Warranty.

The LaCie Rikiki USB 3.0 is available in a 500GB capacity and the LaCie Minimus is available in a 1TB capacity.

Google launches new Instant search

Posted: September 12, 2010 in Tech

Google is accelerating its search engine by launching Google Instant, a technology that will display the results as soon as users begin to type in their requests.

“Google Instant is a new search enhancement that shows results as you type. As internet users begin a word, Google’s homepage will move instantly to a page of results that is updated as each letter is typed.

The new “Instant Search’ means people will start to see an ever-evolving set of results in the middle of the page with each character they type into the search box. The new feature will gradually roll out throughout the rest of the day.