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Social network users vulnerable to cyber crime

In every successful endeavors, there will always be two sides to every story. The success of social networking sites is something nobody expected. It has change the way people view computing. As a matter of fact, it has change computing altogether.

The benefits of social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace is unquestionable. It allows users to connect with other users – be it their friends or business counterparts. But being popular and being the most visited destination on the web has its downside as well.
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China overtakes the USA to be World Broadband Number One

China has now overtaken the USA to become the biggest broadband country in the world. From analysis of its latest data, Point Topic believes that both the USA and China had about 78 million broadband lines at the end of August, but with China growing twice as fast.

“This is a major milestone for China,” says Oliver Johnson, Chief Executive of Point Topic. “Launching people into space is spectacular, but having the biggest broadband market down here on earth means a lot more for building a modern, hi-tech economy.”
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The Digital Media Conference 2007

In the early 1990s, the very term digital was new and novel. However, it has taken only fifteen years for e-mail, the Internet, mobile phones, the power of searchable databases, games, film and TV special effects and workplace software tools to become a common and essential part of modern life. Research has not only described the arrival of these new forms, but is increasingly addressing the unexpected social and cultural uses of digital communications and virtual work/play environments. Digital and its media is expected to affect everyone’s lives whether we like it or not.

In line with this phenomenon, Powertips is proud to present The Digital Media Conference 2007 on November 25, 2007 (Sunday) to December 2,2007 (Sunday) at the Podium in Ortigas from 11:00am to 9:00pm.

The Digital Media Conference 2007 is dedicated to showcase the latest digital technologies – from games to music to movies; gadgets, HDTV, audio/video players, mobile handsets, computers, digital imaging and a lot more. Attendees will be immersed in the state-of-the-art in current and soon-to-be-deployed technologies: what platforms will see the most traffic and why; the role of digital rights management; storage and digital asset management issues; cross-platform content production; broadband and narrow-band solutions; and others.

The Digital Media Conference 2007 will also discuss the latest digital software available like Photoshop, Premier, Dreamweaver, Flash, Microsoft Office 2007. The conference will also provides exposure and sales opportunities with the major players across entertainment, media and technology businesses plus tips and techniques on digital photography, video enhancements and other digital imaging secrets.

Who Should Attend The Digital Media Conference 2007:

– Entertainment, Content Owners and Creators, Publishers, and Enterprise Content Buyers:

Key executives from the top digital manufacturing, technology and services companies; top creators of content from entertainment, financial services, media, communications and software companies; network infrastructure companies; architects of next-generation and broadband cellular systems; broadcasters, engineers; manufacturers of enabling technology devices; professional services such as attorneys, public relations and advertising.

– Internet Executives, IT and Software Developers, Web Professionals:

Senior executives; web designers and content creators; e-commerce, sales, business development and marketing executives; portals; networking companies; attorneys, publicists and other professionals; digital asset managers; content buyers and sellers

– Financial Institutions, Banks and Investors:

CEOs and CFOs, venture capitalists, institutional investors, analysts, investment bankers, incubators, private investors, consulting firms.

– Education, Government and Enterprise Professionals:

Academic administrators and faculty. Government managers responsible for IT and training.

– Users: Gamers, hobbyist and enthusiast.

Digital Media industry leaders who will be present during the event are: Advance Solutions Inc., Astech Pengson Distributors Inc., Canon Philippines, Creative, Globe Telecom, HP Philippines, Microsoft Philippines, NEO Computers, Nexus Technologies, Silicon Valley Computer Center, Smart, Sony, Sony Ericsson, STI, WordText Systems Inc. Our media partners include: Manila Bulletin,, Brainshare, Infochat, 88.3, 89.1, 89.9, 99.5, and 103.5.

This 8-day event will be a conference + exhibit + marketing opportunities event. Exhibit Admission is FREE – Seminar Registration is required (at the venue).

The Digital Media Conference 2007 will be on November 25, 2007 (Sunday) to December 2,2007 (Sunday) at the Podium in Ortigas from 11:00am to 9:00pm.

Microsoft Philippines Appoints New Managing Director

Microsoft regional officers made a surprising move by appointing Mr. Rafael “Pepeng” Rollan as the new Managing Director of Microsoft Philippines replacing Mr. Antonio “TJ” Javier. No details were given with regards to the reason behind the sudden change of the guards. Mr. Javier will still head Microsoft Philippines until September 30, 2007.

In a telephone conversation prior to the announcement, Mr. Javier said he has been serving as Microsoft Philippines managing director for five years now when normally the tenure is usually three years. Mr. Javier also said that Microsoft Philippines ended its fiscal year with a 56% growth, one of the best if not the best performance of a Microsoft subsidiary in Asia.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Rollan serves as Microsoft’s Enterprise Partner Group Director. Rollan will serve as Managing Director and Enterprise Partner Group Director concurrently starting October 1, 2007.

HP announces new Managing Director for the Philippines

HP announced the appointment of David Tan as Managing Director of HP Philippines, with immediate effect. He will also lead the Technology Solutions Group (TSG) business in the country.

Before that, David had served as General Manager for Enterprise/Corporate and Public Sector segments, as well as General Manager for HP Services Sales in Singapore. During that time, he spearheaded significant growth in the company’s consulting and outsourcing business, especially in the Public Sector, Manufacturing and Telecommunications segments.

David is a 19-year industry veteran who most recently was a Global Client Business Director at HP, managing the SingTel Group account across Asia. David holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the National University of Singapore.


Jerry Liao Presents Microsoft Office 2007 System

Certified Microsoft Office Specialist Jerry Liao will present the new features and secrets of Microsoft Office 2007 system on May 29, 2007 (Tuesday) at the Ballroom of Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ortigas.

Mr. Liao, the country’s first and only Microsoft Office Most Valuable Professional will reveal how users can save valuable time, organize their workload, manage their information, stay connected, and collaborate better with colleagues, family, and friends using Office 2007.

“Microsoft Office 2007 System basically opens a new era of business Productivity and innovation to the workplace. It’s all about simplicity and literally putting the power to the user’s fingertips.” said Liao.

The Powertips MS Office 2007 seminar will discuss the new features of Office 2007 System namely Access, Accounting, Communicator, Excel, FrontPage, Groove, InfoPath, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project, Publisher, SharePoint Designer, Visio, Word. The seminar will also provide tips, tricks and techniques on the following applications:

1. Microsoft Office Word 2007
With Word 2007, Microsoft has made the broadest and probably the most constructive set of changes to Word – and Office – since tear-off toolbars came along. Word is one of the most widely-used pieces of consumer software ever devised, so it’s inevitable that the sheer depth and breadth of the changes made to Word are going to spawn at least as many opponents as adherents.

2. Microsoft Office Excel 2007
Excel’s 2007 new interface overhaul is designed to put more features at your fingertips, bringing commands that were buried three levels down in dialog boxes and menus up front to the ribbon interface. Like its siblings, drop-down galleries and quick preview help you can see your formatting changes immediately, and the wide variety of designer-quality formatting options give your charts and tables a very professional look.

3. Microsoft Office Powerpoint 2007
Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 provides a comprehensive set of features that you can use to create and format your information. You can create and add designer-quality SmartArt graphics with only a few clicks of your mouse. It has a new, intuitive user interface called the Microsoft Office Fluent user interface, which helps you create better presentations much more quickly than you could in earlier versions of PowerPoint.

The Microsoft Office 2007 seminar is supported by: Canon, Intel, Microsoft, Silicon Valley, Asus, Blue, Epson, HP, Logitech, NEC, Nexus, PLDT, STI, Symantec and WordText Systems Inc.

Tickets are available at all SM TicketNet outlets. Ticket prices are P 500.00 for professionals and P 300.00 for students. There will be a morning session and an afternoon session. Visit or call 911-5555 for additional details. Attendees will be issued Certificate of Attendance by Microsoft Philippines.


Mark Yambot Quits Post

Mark YambotAfter nine years of service, Microsoft Philippines Corporate Affairs Director Mark Yambot has decided that it’s time for him to move on. Yambot recently resign from his post to pursue other career opportunities. It was reported that Yambot will be moving to ABS-CBN.

During his stint as Corporate Affairs Director, Yambot was tasked to establish and maintain a relationship between Microsoft and the government on one hand and the private sector on another. He has been active in involving Microsoft in projects that will benefit the general public, some of which are the Partners in Learning project, Microsoft Career Day, Software Innovations Philippines and others.

Yambot is a B.S. Business Administration graduate of the University of the Philippines and took up his M.B.A. at the Asian Institute of Management.


BenQ Mobile to be Split up and Sold

BenQ Corporation failed to find a buyer for BenQ Mobile, its ill-fated handset business, after months of negotiations and false starts. That means bankruptcy administrators will soon start carving up the company, selling off real estate, inventory and machinery to satisfy creditors.

Siemens AG agreed to sell its money-losing mobile phone manufacturing business to Taiwan’s BenQ Corp. in June 2005, but in August 2006, the new owner announced plans to cease investment in the German sites after concluding they were uneconomic.