Archive | May 2009

OVI Store opens for business

The much awaited marketplace of Nokia is finally here – Ovi Store by Nokia is available globally to an estimated 50 million Nokia device owners across more than 50 Nokia devices including the forthcoming flagship device, the Nokia N97. Customers can visit through their Nokia device browser to immediately begin downloading, personalizing and making their devices smarter and more fun with applications, games, videos, podcasts, productivity tools, web and location-based services and much more.

In available countries, customers can update their devices with the Ovi Store mobile application by selecting the Ovi Store icon in the Download! folder on their device. The mobile client is available in English, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish and supports operator billing in Australia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Russia, Singapore, Spain and the United Kingdom. Globally, credit card billing is available through the mobile application and the mobile website. Additional countries, languages, devices and features will be added throughout the year.
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Surveys Indicate Information Is Top Business Priority

In this information age, doing business without the help of technology is next to impossible. Having quality products and services will not guarantee longtime success. Having the right information and knowing when and how to use it would be key.

But it’s easier said than done. A new survey findings indicate that while organizations cite information as their highest business priority in 2009, less than half of business decision-makers have a high confidence level in the quality and accessibility of information within their organizations.
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Looking for more savings? Check how your workers are spending their time online

Despite the reported slight economic recovery, companies are still a bit conservative in as far as their acquisition plans are concerned. Companies are more meticulous now. They are more careful in their decision making – what to buy, where to buy, discounts, terms of payment and more. And of course, they are still looking for ways to where they could save in as far as their operating expenses are concerned.

Well, you don’t have to look far. Savings is just around the corner or I should say is just within your office. Check how your workers are spending their time at the office.
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First A(H1N1) incident in Philippines confirmed

First A(H1N1) incident in Philippines confirmed
by: Jerry Liao

Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque confirmed that the Philippines is now included in the list of countries with A(H1N1) virus.

A 10 year old girl who flew in with her parents last May 18, 2009 (Monday) was the first case of A(H1N1) in the Philippines said Duque.
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Financial Crisis Is Delaying, More Than Cancelling, Client Computing Projects

Financial Crisis Is Delaying, More Than Cancelling, Client Computing Projects
by: Jerry Liao

The economic slowdown has changed a lot of things in the corporate world. Job cuts are everywhere, and this is brought about by low revenue. Most companies are resorting to quick fixes, to lower down their operating expense, and relieving their intellectual assets is the fastest way to achieve this. A wrong solution if you ask me.

The question now is why are clients not buying? Is it because they don’t have the money? Don’t they have a requirement? Or are they just holding back? For us to arrive to a right solution, we need to have the right understanding of the question and/or situation.
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iPhone 3G – Globe Exclusive No More

It was August 22, 2008 when Globe Telecom launched the iPhone 3G here in the Phlippines, the phone that took the world by storm. We (Manila Bulletin) were the first to broke the news that the iPhone 3G will be available here in the Philippines on August 22, 2008, and we were one of the first to feature the iPhone 3G – both the 8GB and the 16GB.

Globe got the iPhone 3G exclusivity through its partnership with SingTel. Unfortunately, that exclusivity has come to an end, the iPhone 3G is now available at Power Mac Center (PMC).

Just last week, I visited the Power Mac Center branch at the SM North Cyberzone to look at some of the new iPods when I chanced upon a device which I thought was an iPod Touch. A PMC representative told me that it was an iPhone 3G. Knowing that the iPhone 3G is distributed here in the Philippines exclusively by Globe, I asked the PMC representative again if PMC is now selling iPhone 3G? The answer was a resounding Yes.
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As Economy Impacts Online Retail, Companies Shift Marketing Focus

In one of the press conferences I attended, it was said that in this economic slowdown, the smaller firms are affected more because of their limited resources, that bigger companies can withstand this situation far better than their smaller counterparts.

I beg to disagree, given the right tools and strategy, I believed the smaller firms will survive or can better withstand this crisis because they are more flexible and has less operating expense compared to the bigger companies. They can implement changes in a matter of time, like embracing technology much faster particularly the web.

Findings from The State of Retailing Online 2009, the 12th annual study conducted by Forrester Research Inc. shows that the economy is forcing online retailers to change their marketing tactics in order to acquire and retain customers. The survey of 117 online retailers also found that, while the number of companies focusing on customer retention has nearly doubled in the past year, many retailers see the recession as an opportunity to capture market share from weakened competition
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Globe Duo – Two Become One?

Globe Duo – Two Become One?
by: Jerry Liao

Just recently, Globe Telecom introduces a new service called Duo, that allows unlimited calling to and from any landline number as well as unlimited calling to and from any DUO postpaid mobile subscriber. Duo is Globe’s answer to Bayantel’s Bayan Wireless Landline and PLDT’s Landline Plus, both of which require a separate, dedicated handset to work.

Let me discuss with you the rules first of Duo: Currently, its open to postpaid subscribers. Only available in NCR and Cebu only. Subscription to DUO Service is P399.00/30days on top of a Globe Plan. There is a three-month minimum subscription period and a pre-termination penalty of PHP 1,200 if you decide to quit before that time is up.

If this is the case, why don’t Globe just charged straight 1,200 rather than dividing it into three. What if the subscriber, after using it for a month decides to terminate it? The subscribers pays P399 for the 1st month, then pays another P1,200 for the termination? At the end, the subscriber pays P 1,599. Or after two months, subscribers pays P 798, then terminates it, subscriber pays the P1,200 for penalty, a total of P 1998. Why?
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