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Friday, April 28, 2017
STUDENTS behind a mobile application for the visually impaired recently won the top prize in the Microsoft Corp. “Imagine Cup”. Team Opticode, composed of Lyceum University of the Philippines-Laguna students Christian Lou Cepe, Pearl Raymundo and Rochel Reyes bagged a cash prize of P100,000 (around $2,011.14). Cepe told reporters winning...
MICROSOFT Corp. recently announced that the “Windows 10 Creators Update” is now available in the Philippines. The update is the third major release for Windows 10, the company said in a statement. The company added that the update’s new features include 3D, mixed reality, enhanced apps, improved security and 4K...
A division of Danish manufacturer GN Store Nord A/S announced on April 19 the local availability of its Jabra-brand speakerphone. In a statement, GN Netcom A/S said its Jabra Speak 710 portable speakerphone targets buyers in the institutional and retail sphere. The firm said the device’s highly mobile target group composed...
Story & photo by Rizal Raoul Reyes THE local operations of Shakey’s Pizza Co. plans to add the use of bitcoins in selling products in keeping abreast with the current technological trends and improve customer service. Shakey’s Chief Information Officer Mauch Franco told reporters on the sidelines of a news briefing...
EMPLOYEE device security and customer experience are top priorities in Southeast Asia for both businesses and information-technology (IT) leaders, a research on workforce transformation commissioned by Dell Technologies Inc. revealed. Firms in Southeast Asia are at the crossroads between meeting financial goals and creating a niche for themselves in the...
SYNOLOGY Inc. announced the launch on April 18 of two of its network-attached storage (NAS) servers together with an expansion unit. The 5-bay and 8-bay tower servers called DiskStation DS1517+ and DS1817+ offer a NAS solution for technology enthusiasts and small- and medium-sized businesses, the Taiwanese corporation that specializes in NAS...
HOMEGROWN technology firm Star Telecom Alliance Resources Inc. (Star Inc.) announced on April 17 it has inked a deal with Philippine Seven Corp. (PSC) to introduce an electronic commerce (e-commerce) business model. In a statement on April 17, Star said the agreement includes allowing customers to order its smartphones through...

Tech Briefs

 Jeppesen in I.T .deal with AirAsia Group JEPPESEN Sanderson Inc. announced on April 11 it recently signed a multiple-year agreement with AirAsia Group to provide digital charting and electronic flight bag (EFB) services for all affiliates of the low-cost airline operator. The agreement covers a total of six airlines within...
SHARP Corp. announced recently its line of television (TV) models “brings back what was once so great” about TV. Amid the proliferation of smart TVs, Sharp said its models allow consumers “to watch in the company of a comfortable couch, a bowl of popcorn and a fizzy drink—all without the...
By Isagani de la Paz LENOVO Corp. rolled out two gadgets as smartphone shipment are forecast to reach 1.53 billion units this year according to the International Data Corp. (IDC). Lenovo last week rolled out its K6 Note and Lenovo A6600 Plus coming off the smartphone market’s lowest year-over-year growth of...
OPPO Electronics Corp. said sales of its flagship dual selfie phone, the F3 Plus, posted a strong start after a three-day marketing campaign. In a statement, the Dongguan, Guangdong, China-based Oppo said over 8,000 units of the F3 Plus were sold in concept and dealer stores nationwide since the...
THE National Privacy Commission (NPC) on Tuesday ordered Data Protection Officers  (DPOs) in the government to ensure the security of personal data in their respective agencies’ care during the long weekend of April 13 to April 16. “This is in order to prevent data breaches, such as the one that...
THE government must push further the deployment of information and communications technology (ICT) in the countryside to enhance its development. Bettina Quimson of the Department of ICT (DICT) said the deployment of ICT infrastructure has to be accelerated to hasten the process of inclusive growth. “However, the government must also...
AN executive of a security company warned of more network attacks once the Internet of Things (IoT) comes into full swing. “There will be 20 billion to 100 billion devices connected to the Internet. As the attacks increase, the sophistication also gets higher,” Kelvin Chin of Palo Alto Networks (PAN)...
SPYING tools and operational protocols detailed in the recent Vault 7 leak have been used in cyber attacks against at least 40 targets in 16 different countries by a group Symantec Corp. calls “Longhorn”. Symantec said it has been protecting its customers from Longhorn’s tools for the past three years...
Story & photo by Rizal Raoul Reyes ODENSE, Denmark-based Universal Robots (UR) A/S expressed optimism in its business prospects in the Philippines as several industries in the country are pursuing the automation route. “There is a lot of potential in the Philippine market as semiconductor, food and beverage, automotive, electronics and...
UNION Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) aims to bring more micro, small and  medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the digital highway through its “Ureka Forum”, according to its executive. In a recent e-mail interview with the BusinessMirror, UnionBank Executive Vice President Genaro Lopez said the company will promote the benefits to...
SES SA and the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs announced recently they have extended a contract to maintain and support Satmed, an e-health satellite platform, until 2020. Under the new contract, SES will continue to develop the Satmed platform and its medical applications, support the platform’s data-hosting facility,...
GLOBAL security provider McAfee announced on April 4 that it has started functioning again as a new stand-alone company that will give strong emphasis on threats coming from the Internet. “Cyber security is the greatest challenge of the connected age, weighing heavily on the minds of parents, executives and world...
SWEDISH truck manufacturer Scania Group introduced last month in the local market its Fleet Management System (FMS), claiming the service will help large or small fleet operators. The latter can use key details needed such as vehicle data, fuel consumption, fleet position and driver performance (coasting, heavy braking, speeding or...
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