Archive for February, 2012

The Senate approved on third and final reading this morning a bill seeking to establish the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), a government agency that will focus on the growth and development of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector in the country.

Senate Bill No. 50 otherwise known as the DICT Act of 2010, was approved with 12 affirmative votes, no negative votes and no abstention. Sen. Edgardo J. Angara was principal author of the bill with Senators Loren Legarda and Manuel Villar as co-sponsors.

Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), one of the leaders in wireless communication in the country has gathered the media people to showcase the latest happenings, and the freshest and upcoming services of the company with the event hailed as the Smart Innovations Night.

One of the best things that Smart has announced is its partnership with the world’s largest mobile service providers and manufacturers forming the Wholesale Applications Community (WAC) in order to promote open standard web technologies that will allow the proliferation of software and services in a fragmented mobile market.

Raymond Goh, Regional Director Systems Engineering and Luichi Robles, Senior Country Manager

Symantec Corp. announced the latest edition of Symantec NetBackup 7.5 to help enterprise organizations overcome their data protection challenges. The current approach to backup modernization offered by other vendors is broken. Data growth has been exponential while backup performance gains thus far have been incremental. At the same time, backup teams are frustrated with missed backup windows and non-integrated solutions for physical and virtual backups, deduplication and snapshots. Ultimately, organizations face a situation where recovery, the end goal of why backups exist, is complex and unnecessarily expensive.

Symantec is delivering a new approach to data protection and introducing NetBackup 7.5 with new options, including NetBackup Accelerator to speed backups by up to 100 times while delivering “Instant Full Recovery” capability, NetBackup Replication Director to integrate NetApp Snapshots with backup, and NetBackup Search to allow simple search and recovery of backup data and selective legal hold. Unlike other backup technology that relies on the IT team to integrate multiple disparate backup solutions, NetBackup is available as a single integrated appliance for the data center, remote office and virtual environments, providing customers with simplified deployment and operations.

Baek Doosan, General Manager of NEXON Korea Corporation

Asiasoft Online (“Asiasoft”) announces its official expansion into Philippines with the launch of MapleSEA, the localised version of MapleStory, the popular 2D side scrolling Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (“MMORPG”).

To order to accede to the increasing number of requests and enquiries from Filipino gamers about the availability of MapleSEA in Philippines, Asiasoft is proud to officially launch MapleSEA on the shores of Philippines and fans of the game can now play, interact and exchange Maple tips with the well-established community from Singapore and Malaysia. Through the server aptly named Artemis, the Goddess of Wildness, Filipino Maplers can now embark on their Maple journey and experience the world of MapleSEA for themselves.

When the report that singing legend Whitney Houston was found dead in her Beverly Hills hotel room, millions had mourned posting Tweets and Facebook statuses regarding the death of the one who brought us the spine-tingling “I Will Always You.” Because of its massive attention worldwide, however, cybercriminals were quick in taking advantage of this ill-fated incident.

There were two web threats that have found by TrendMicro. One was a clickjacking attack found on Facebook, while the other one was a link circulating on Twitter.

Wall posts with the subject “I Cried watching this video. RIP Whitney Houston” comes with link to the supposed video. Clicking it leads them to a Facebook page that contains a link to the video. However, clicking this link only leads to several redirections until users are lead to the usual survey scam site.

The Philippine Heart Center, one of the country’s most prestigious hospitals, is set to make history as the first medical institution in Asia— and only the second in the world —to use the Philips HealWell lighting system.

This innovation from Philips, a global leader in health and well-being, can simulate natural daylight while indoors, thus helping maintain the biorhythm and speed up the healing of patients. The Philippine Heart Center will be installing the system in its Intensive Care Unit (ICU), giving patients increased comfort and wellness in the ward.

Members of the media had the chance to witness how BlackBerry PlayBook with OS 2.0 works ahead of its global launch in a special gathering held at Romulo Café at Jupiter Street, Makati.

BlackBerry PlayBook is known for its true multi-tasking, advanced web browsing, HD multimedia and powerful performance capabilities. The BlackBerry Playbook OS 2.0 builds on this strong foundation, as well as leveraging the strengths in communications, social integration and productivity, to allow customers to use their Black Berry PlayBook in new ways throughout the day.