Archive | November 2009

2009 – The Year of Surprises

No, this is not my year-end report still. Let us say this is simply a prelude to my actual year-ender article. But I would just like to emphasize that the year 2009 is a year full of surprises in terms of the changing of the guards for the companies.

The biggest of course is the announcement of HP Philippines, David Tan leaving his position as managing director, in his place is Ryan Guadalquiver, another big surprise. Guadalquiver is Oracle Philippines managing director before he decided to move to HP. We got hold of the story ahead of the rest (this is contrary to the claim of others that they were the first).
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Computer and Video Games Top Holiday Shopping and Wish Lists

Christmas is here again and its that time of the year when most of us are having difficulties on what gifts to buy for our relatives and friends. If budget is not an issue, then look no further because just recently the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) released a report indicating that Forty-two (42) percent of American adults plan to give or hope to receive a computer or video game this holiday season
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Twelve Scams of Christmas

Christmas is fast approaching, vacations, parties and gift givings will just be around the corner. At the same time, cybercriminals will take advantage of this holiday season to launch their evil online scams.

According to Consumer Reports’ 2009 State of the Net Survey, cybercriminals have bilked $8 billion from consumers in the past two years.
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Web 2.0 fast becoming part of business applications

Web 2.0 applications like Facebook and Twitter are taking the technology world by storm. The number of users are rising in tremedous phase, something the corporate world cannot ignore. That is why even companies are joining the bandwagon. And why not – companies wants to be in a place where their market is.

According to a new study released by corporate computer network firewall vendor Palo Alto Networks, the use of social networking and collaborative applications in the workplace has increased dramatically in the past six months and their crossover from personal to business applications is accelerating.
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Too much SMS may lead to long-term health effects

The discussion whether excessive use of mobile phone can really cause health problem has been going on and on for years. The most persistent argument was mobile phone radiation can cause brain tumors, infertility, DNA damage and many more. Reports were published about this topic but no solid proof is presented still. But is it really safe? Can excessive use of mobile phone really cause dangers to our health? The answer seems to be a yes.
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Web 2.0 should still prove its worth among I.T. professionals

The question whether social networking sites like Facebook, Myspace, Friendster, Twitter, YouTube and others are really here to stay or are they simply a fad? To ordinary users, social networking sites are a big hit, but how about to professionals – more specifically the I.T. professionals?
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Internet and other technologies not causing social isolation

It has been one of the biggest fear of parents eversince – their kids getting addicted to gaming, social networking, chatting, and texting, or at least spending so much time with these tech related activities. So what’s the fear all about? Isolation.

But it seems the fear is unfounded. Just recently, Pew Internet and American Life Project conducted a U.S. survey that examines the role of the internet and cell phones in the way that people interact with those in their core social network. The new findings challenge previous research and commonplace fears about the harmful social impact of new technology:
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SMEs Lack Cybersecurity Awareness and Policies

Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) are slowly but surely embracing technology, they are incorporating it to their business operation. They want to become more efficient, more effective and more organized. SMEs operate in a simple and straightforward fashion, they may use technology but you will seldom find a SME with its own I.T. department.

The I.T. department of most SMEs is the computer or laptop itself. For this reason, while technology is helping them in doing their businesses, some aspects of technology are being compromised – like security.
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