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By  Brooks Barnes / New York Times News Service LINDON, Utah—In an ordinary office complex here, past stacked cartons of Mountain Dew and a throng of hoodie-wearing employees, sits a prototype for an attraction that Hollywood thinks will become the next entertainment craze—an offering that could mint money for its developers,...
THE Philippines has the great potential to be a major global player in the information and  communications technology (ICT). So says Itamar Gero, president of the Israel Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines. “What we see is ICT potential, something that the Philippines can follow suit, something we can do and...
CUSTOMER-service software developer Zendesk Inc. is banking on the Asia-Pacific region’s talent pool it describes as “huge”. This was pointed out by founder and CEO Mikkel Svane during the launch of the San Francisco, California-based firm’s new office hub in Taguig City. “The launch of the new office in Manila shows...
GOVERNMENT and the private sector have teamed up to address the problems and issues surrounding the state of telecommunications in the Philippines today. “The consensus among all players is to work on concrete solutions. It will not be a blame game,” Philippine Chamber of Telecommunications Operators Chairman Eric de los...
THE Philippine Institute of Cyber Security Professionals (PICSPro) is offering free seminars to small and start-up business organizations in a bid to help secure the country’s information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructures. Aside from big and rich firms, small and struggling enterprises are also facing threats, Angel T. Redoble, PICSPro...
THE compromise of the security of account bothers the majority of people online, Kaspersky Lab ZAO said. In a survey, 70 percent of respondents were found to have awareness of the fact that their account was hackable and were anxious about that possibility, the cyber-security firm said in a statement...
EVEN before “PokémonGo” had yet to happen, I had thought of, well, a card that you could use to purchase everything. Everything. Think of it as something a kiss shy of a magic card emblazoned with the number of God’s bank account, a piece of plastic less bulky than...
THE telecommunications business of Ayala Corp. announced on February 18 the launch of a cyber-wellness campaign to promote “safe and responsible” online behavior. According to Globe Telecom Inc. Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications Yolanda C. Crisanto, they “continuously seek solutions that will support sustainability philosophy to allow...
FUJI Xerox Philippines (FXP) Inc. sees a bright scenario for its local operations, as its executives said the economy shows “good indicators of sustained growth and determined leadership”. “We see outstanding opportunities in the Philippines mainly because of the decisive style of the President, the high growth of the gross...
THE use of bitcoins in the Philippines is still in its early stage. Although Filipinos are known in the global arena as heavy users of short messaging services and Facebook, the use of bitcoin is not yet pervasive in many areas, such as business-to-business transaction and shopping. Nevertheless, John Bailon...

Hooq appoints new tech exec

ASIAN video-on-demand service provider Hooq Digital Holdings Pte. Ltd. recently beefed up its management team with the appointment of ​Michaela Fleshman as chief technology officer. ​Fleshman is a veteran in the media industry and has over 20 years of experience in global organizations, such as the British Broadcasting ​Corp. (BBC)...
Story & photo by Rizal Raoul Reyes SOFTWARE solutions developer Amdocs Ltd. said it is now time to push further to promote the brand in the Philippines. “Amdocs is not a fast-moving consumer good . The consumer world does not need to know us,” Alita Wong, Amdocs Asia Pacific head of...
SYMANTEC Corp. said risks remain high as enterprises embrace cloud applications and infrastructure at an unparalleled rate. Without proper visibility, control and protection of public cloud workloads, organizational risk is substantially increased as enterprises move to leverage their applications in these cloud environments. “Enterprises are experiencing a fundamental shift in...

HGS, Avaya expand deal

BUSINESS-process outsourcing (BPO) provider Hinduja Global Solutions (HGS) Inc. has expanded its partnership collaboration with Avaya Inc., HGS announced recently. In a statement, HGS said the enhancement in their deal with Avaya seeks to provide a high-performance contact center platform for its international customers. The Bangalore, India-headquartered firm claims the enhancement...
Apple Inc. products reseller Power Mac Center Inc. (PMC) recently announced the launch of its exclusive partnership with Adam Elements International (AEI) Co. Ltd. AEI specializes in cables, smart health products, and on-the-go iOS storage units. “We Filipinos are massive photography enthusiasts,” PMC Marketing Director Jose Alvarez was quoted in a...
IN a disaster-prone country like the Philippines, technologies developed by the private sector to mitigate the impact of natural disasters is a big help in the government’s disaster risk-reduction management (DRRM) program. Such is the preposition of PLDT Inc. for the launch last month of its smartphone it calls “Smart...
CONTENT delivery network (CDN) services provider Akamai Technologies Inc. announced on February 15 distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks greater than 100 gigabytes per second (Gbps) increased 140 percent year-over-year from the fourth quarter of 2015. According to Akamai, the largest DDoS attack in the fourth quarter of last year,...
MICROSOFT Corp.’s Asia operations report released on February 13 identified Asia-Pacific markets, especially the emerging ones, as among those at the highest risk of cybersecurity threats. In a statement, the company said three out of the top five global spots for rate of malicious software (malware) encounters are in the...
METROBANK Group subsidiary Philippine Savings Bank revealed it expects an increase in cybercrime.Now that technology has become more sophisticated and accessible to most people, cybercrimes have increased worldwide, the second-largest savings bank said in a statement. Majority or 50 percent of fraud incidents are associated with online payment channels, and...
NEW YORK—The company behind Snapchat, a teen-oriented social network famous for its quickly disappearing messages, has filed for what could be one of the largest tech initial public offering (IPOs) in years. Snap Inc. said on Thursday it is seeking up to $3 billion in an IPO, a figure that...