Archive | November 2008

Guide to Innovation

2008 Wireless Smartphone Customer Satisfaction Study
by: Jerry Liao

They say that the best way to improve your products and services is for you to ask your very target market or your customers. Customer feedback will tell you the good and the bad side of your offering.

A recent study released recently by J.D. Power and Associates simply proves the above statement. J.D. Power and Associates released the 2008 U.S. Wireless Mobile Phone Evaluation Study–Volume 2 which shows smartphones and feature-rich mobile phones continue to grow in popularity, customer satisfaction with wireless phones has increased, despite higher costs for handsets and service.

The study measures customer satisfaction with wireless handsets by examining five key factors. In order of importance, they are: physical design (24%); operation (22%); features (20%); handset durability (19%); and battery function (15%).
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Full Speed Ahead

INTEL launches Core i7 Processor
by: Jerry Liao

Despite the ongoing global economic crisis, the technology world will continue to innovate and be more exciting. Most technology companies will try to find a solution to transform this crisis into opportunities. Opportunity to help businesses turn to technology to become more competitive despite the worldwide problem. One such company is Intel.

Intel Philippines recently introduced its most advanced desktop processor ever, the Intel® Core™ i7 processor. It is built using a new microarchitecture, codenamed “Nehalem,” that allows chips to handle more data, quicker and more energy efficiently.
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Opportunity Knocks only Once

Why Microsoft should buy Yahoo
by: Jerry Liao

You may wonder why I decided to write about the Microsoft-Yahoo merger again after it failed a couple of times before. The answer is simple — the situation has changed.

Just to give you a little backgrounder, Microsoft made an initial offer of $31 per share which Yahoo rejected. Microsoft sweetened the deal to $33 per share but Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang wants a $37 per share bid. Microsoft finds the demand too high and withdraw its bid for Yahoo. Jerry Yang turned down the $47.5 billion offer of Microsoft and instead pushing for $53 billion.

During the negotiation, Google suggested an escape route for Yahoo. Yahoo would outsource advertising and search to Google to boost its revenues but retaining its independence. Something Yahoo seriously considered.
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Men of Intelligence

Rethinking Artificial Intelligence in Business
by: Jerry Liao

Artificial Intelligence or AI is normally associated with robots or people with extra-ordinary powers. This thinking is brought about by the movies we see like RoboCop, Terminator and others. There was even a movie entitled “Artificial Intelligence”, a robotic boy who wants to become a real human being so that he can regain the love of his human mother.

Actually, it is not entirely wrong to think along this line, artificial intelligence is being used to develop robots, and to help in the development of software-aided animation. But AI is more than robotics and animations.
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Anywhere Connected

Mobile Internet Experience
by: Jerry Liao

Look at the new devices being introduced to the market recently and you will noticed that most if not all comes with internet connectivity – either via Wi-Fi, 3G or others. Netbook computers will eventually be equipped with 3G connectivity while mobile phones will be equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity.

Different devices with one purpose — provide connectivity to their consumers. While this is great for the public, it would be a challenge to service providers, device manufacturers and content developers to serve their products and services to varying avenues. Players should be aware about the changes that will occur for them to be able to deliver the right content to the right mediums.
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A Better Tomorrow

Inside Windows 7
by: Jerry Liao

It’s the time of the year where predictions are made – what’s going to be hot and not in the technology world in the coming year. Let me be the one to start this prediction mania by saying that Microsoft Windows 7 will be hot this coming 2009 if it does deliver what it promises to deliver.

Microsoft introduced what it said would be a slimmer and more responsive version of its Windows operating system. The new version will be branded Windows 7, because it is the seventh of a long line of operating systems for PCs developed by the company since the 1980s.
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A Whole New World

Microsoft Previews Windows 7, Office 14, Hyper-V and Windows Azure
by: Jerry Liao

The year is about to end but it seems Microsoft is starting the new year ahead of everyone. Just last month, I attended a round table discussion about virtualization with Bill Hilf, Microsoft general manager for Windows Server and platform strategy and Nicky Eala, Microsoft Philippines group lead for server and tools.

Microsoft virtualization offering called Hyper-V enables users to make the best use of your server hardware investments by consolidating multiple server roles as separate virtual machines (VMs) running on a single physical machine and also efficiently run multiple different operating systems—Windows, Linux, and others—in parallel, on a single server, and fully leverage the power of x64 computing. Hyper-V pits Microsoft directly against VMware.

Virtualization is just the tip of the iceberg, there is more to come from Microsoft. I was a bit surprise that Microsoft recently shared the first full public demo of Windows 7, Microsoft latest operating system.
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