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Western Digital And IBM announce patent acquisition and cross-license agreements

Western Digital has recently announced that it has acquired more than 100 patent assets from IBM. The parties also entered into a patent cross-license agreement. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Patents acquired by Western Digital are in distributed storage, object storage, and emerging non-volatile memory. Western Digital expects the IP to further strengthen its technology leadership position and drive value creation for the company and its customers. The patents will augment Western Digital’s existing portfolio of more than 10,000 patents and patent applications. “This agreement reflects our continued focus on innovation and sets the stage for even more rapid advancement and commercialization of new data storage solutions,” said Mike Cordano, president and chief operating officer, Western Digital. “We are building on Western Digital and IBM’s long-standing relationship and look forward …

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• Going digital, consumerization of IT, growth engines for SMEs – IPC

“There are over 95,000 small to medium enterprises in the country, with each and every one having the potential to grow and compete on a global scale. With a wide assortment of online tools now within reach, there is no better time to be an SME than today,” said Reynaldo Huergas, President of IPC (IP Converge Data Services, Inc.). Customers are largely mobile, with about 32 million active mobile Internet users in the Philippines. This makes going digital and embracing the consumerization of IT, now more critical than ever. Enterprises need to be easily reached by their customers via various channels such as social media, email and mobile. “People want information in real time and if they can’t get it from you, they’ll get it from your competitors. Business is lost.” Huergas …

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Top Cyber Security Trends for 2016

In the ever changing and increasingly complex landscape of cyber security, Sophos experts offer their top predictions for 2016. 1. Android threats will become more than just headline-grabbers In 2016, an increase in Android exploits becoming weaponised can be expected (as opposed to bugs like Stagefright which was heavily reported in 2015 but was never fully exploited). There are significant vulnerabilities on the Android platform, which can take months to patch. 2. Will 2016 be the year iOS malware goes mainstream? The Apple App Store got hit a few times last year, once with the InstaAgent app which snuck through the vetting processes, which both Google and Apple pulled from their respective app stores, and before that, with XcodeGhost, which tricked Apple app developers into incorporating the code into their apps, thereby infecting them …

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Bytes for Bites: Big Data in Agriculture

When we’re scanning the grocery aisles or cooking our meals, we don’t often think about how our food is painstakingly grown. It’s not that simple. In fact, farmers make around 40-50 crucial decisions each growing season. Will typhoons strike? Will it be a long, dry season? How do I protect my crops from diseases and insects? With the population booming and our planet warming, they do not have it easy. Especially in a country where climate disasters like typhoons and flooding are the new normal, farmers need to adapt to these constantly changing weather patterns and make the most of their land and water resources. But here’s the good news: just as our technology advances, our farming practices do too. Through constant research, our crops are now more resistant against diseases and …

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1M studes enjoy schooling more through Quipper as e-learning boost to K-to-12

With Quipper School, students from Sta. Lucia High School in Quezon City have increased their engagement in everyday learning. As the Philippines elevates its state of education through the K-to-12 program, local learning institutions have also leveled-up in integrating advanced solutions with the power of information and communications technology (ICT). This is in keeping stead with the rest of the world as the basic education program has been implemented nationwide through institutionalizing relevant curriculum, integrated and seamless learning as well as making our learners future ready, among many other initiatives. e-learning service provider Quipper is at the forefront in helping the Department of Education (DepEd), schools, teachers, and students transition to K-12 by redefining the teaching and learning experience with ICT-based services that have significantly increased the level of learning. Two years since …

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Smart P888 Prepaid Smartphone a hit

More Filipinos are now embracing the Smart Life as the country’s unrivaled mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has reported overwhelming sales of its P888 Prepaid Android Smartphone Kit, with stocks running out at Smart Stores, Smart Online Store and MyPhone stores nationwide. An unprecedented offer aimed at bringing the smartphone experience to more Filipinos, Smart’s Android Smartphone Kit is available for a one-time payment of only P888. The kit comes with a Smart Prepaid Sim packed with FREE mobile data of 100MB valid for valid 30 days per month for 12 months, and a load rebate of P30 for an accumulated top-up of P100 every month for 12 months. The brisk sales of Smart’s Prepaid Android Smartphone have prompted Smart to work closely with top Filipino mobile phone brand MyPhone …

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PNB selects AsiaPay’s ACS solution to secure e-commerce transactions

The growth of e-commerce in the Philippines has changed many aspects of our lives, from the way we make purchases to how we track our finances. However, as more Filipinos start to embed online shopping into their lifestyles, the volume and frequency of fraudulent transactions will unfortunately and inevitably rise. Banks and issuing institutions now face various threats such as data security breaches, sophisticated phishing, and advanced key logging which put cardholder security at the front and center as one of the major concerns that banks need to address in this digital age. “Most of today’s cardholders are well aware of the risks involved in e-commerce transactions. They expect their banks to provide them with the right tools that will ensure security while managing the movement of their money online,” said Mau …

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News in brief

• BONHEUR LEVERAGES ‘SAP BUSINESS ONE’ FOR IMPROVED BUSINESS EFFICIENCY SAP has recently announced that Bonheur Marketing Corp., one of the front-runners in the Philippines that provides distribution capabilities to its partners in the fast-moving-consumer-products industry, integrated the SAP Business One software to address their data management and finance processes needs. SAP Business One is a business management software designed to meet the needs of dynamically growing companies as well as subsidiaries of large enterprises. The solution is available both on premise and in the cloud, providing clients with unparalleled SAP functionality. The implementation was spearheaded by SAP channel partner, DataFront Solutions, Inc. (DFSI), which leverages IT and business consulting to provide advanced solutions to clients across industries. According to Marty Alvarado, Executive Vice President for Bonheur, disparities in report generation as well as inventory …

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Globe brings Asia’s first-of-its-kind e-commerce platform in PH to benefit enterprises, SMEs

Globe Telecom is bringing Asia’s first-of-its-kind commerce platform in the country that will enable Philippine enterprises and SMEs access to cloud-based solutions and applications. In partnership with AppDirect, a global commerce platform for selling cloud services, Globe has launched Globe AppMarket, a portal where business customers have the ability to find, try, buy and manage essential business solutions in one place with one bill and one login. It offers a collection of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications such as CRM, Web Conferencing, Marketing/e-Marketing and Online Storage. “Cloud has changed the way businesses around the world distribute and use software. Partnering with AppDirect’s robust, enterprise-grade platform will securely handle every aspect of cloud services monetization and management for Globe, including provisioning, billing, product integration, identity and access, and application management,” said Mike Frausing, Globe Senior …

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Canon Cloud: Enabling Business

Globally, a misfiled document in large corporations costs roughly around USD125 with loss taking place every 12 seconds in average. Moreover, more than 70% of businesses today would fail within three weeks if they experience massive paper-based document loss due to flood or fire. In the Philippines where flooding and natural calamities frequently take place, businesses should be more vigilant. With the vision of making businesses resilient to these kinds of loss, Canon Marketing (Philippines), Inc. (CMPI) launched Canon Cloud -- an automated system of storing and securing documents for businesses fully enabled through Canon’s suite of hardware and software solutions. “Here at Canon Philippines, we always find ways how businesses can be more efficient while driving profitability,” shared Lim Kok Hin, President and CEO of CMPI. “We have seen an …

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