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Plextor S1 Series: Best entry-level SSD

Plextor has announced its latest model in the MLC SSD product line, the S1 Series SSD. Plextor’s S1 series are designed with the best price-performance ratio in mind to meet the need of the Southeast Asian Market and will only be available for the Southeast Asia region because of the limited quantity of the MLC SSD.  The strength of S1’s core components comes from the Toshiba’s high-quality Toggle Mode MLC NAND flash memory, as well as the SMI’s well-reputed SM2246 controller. By extending Plextor’s exclusive firmware technology, and employing industry-preferred components, the S1 series provides users with performance up to 510/440 MB/s in sequential read/write and 74K/79K IOPS in random read/write, respectively. The excellent performance exhibited by the S1 series bring application advantages to users which exceed those of entry-level solutions. The …

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Boo! Moto returns with a vengeance, spooks rivals

Just when everybody thinks it’s safe to go out and claim to be the best in the smartphone market, Moto, yes, that iconic name from the past, returns to haunt its competitors! Riding the crest of Lenovo’s strong business momentum, Moto’s resuscitated bid to reclaim a lost glory gets major life shots with offers of incredible gadget choices, industry-first features, and customized user experiences. Moto is introducing not one but three smartphones series: The Moto Z + Moto Mods Family, Moto’s flagship series whose singular feature is its modularity; Moto G Family, which redefines user functionality; and the Moto E Power, its entry-level lineup. “With Lenovo’s Moto acquisition, Lenovo adds a premium smartphone portfolio that features top-tier hardware and software innovations such as the Moto Z and a customized experience with Moto Mods,” said …

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Get in the game, reinvent domination with Omen by HP

In the gaming realm, a player’s skill is only as good as his weapon of choice. As a result, dominating the game lies on balancing a console’s design features and functional engineering. Enter the newest line of gaming machines – OMEN by HP. By combining both factors, OMEN by HP creates an equal battleground for all types of gamers — one where mainstream players can gear up for glory and hardcore gamers can reinvent domination. “The arrival of OMEN by HP brings with it a new order to the gaming world,” said Kris Seville, PC Business Unit Manager. “With its game-changing features—progressive and powerful hardware supplemented by cutting-edge design— OMEN allows gamers of all ranks to enjoy rising up to the challenge, anytime, anywhere.” As HP’s latest gaming console, OMEN by HP is …

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Make way for CD-R King LED light tube

Years after fluorescent was discovered, it was found that fluorescent gives off a small amount of ultraviolet light and that 8 hours of exposure under a fluorescent light is already equivalent to an hour of sun exposure. Further studies also associate conditions like migraine, stress, mood swings and eye strain to prolonged exposure to florescent light. Environment issues on fluorescent is also a great concern. Fluorescent contains a small amount of mercury. Careless disposal can affect the ecological system. These studies has prompted most household to switching into CFL during the last few decades which was considered less harmful but still contains fluorescent, thus mercury is still present. The invention of LED has saved us from the long term use of fluorescent. Nowadays, you will rarely see a household which still uses fluorescent light. Luminosity …

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Western Digital ships more than 10 million helium-filled HDDS

Helping the world harness the power of data, Western Digital Corporation (“Western Digital) has recently announced that it has shipped more than 10 million helium-filled hard disk drives (HDDs) since the company first introduced the HelioSeal platform four years ago. First shipped in 2013, Western Digital’s HelioSeal platform has consistently pushed the envelope in terms of capacity and total cost of ownership (TCO) benefits, becoming the highest density HDDs, best suited for massive scale-out workloads. “Extreme capacity hard drives are increasingly a key value enabler for enterprise applications and Western Digital continues to be a technology and time-to-market leader in terms of delivering capacity-optimized enterprise HDDs,” said John Chen, vice president, TRENDFOCUS. “As cloud and traditional enterprise customers continue to develop applications that make use of all of their accessible data, …

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Paymaya school IDs offered to students for cashless transactions

Paymaya is providing several schools in Metro Manila with a special school ID that also acts like a regular Paymaya card. They can use the card to log in their attendance through a designated kiosk, and this kiosk can also be used to load cash into the card. The special ID can be utilized to purchase food in their canteens, but it can also be used to buy items in bookstores or any other establishments outside the campus. Like other school IDs with built-in chips used for attendance, the kiosk used by students while checking in can send SMS notifications to their parents to let them know that their child has attended school in a specific time. The attendance records of students will automatically be stored in a database in case the …

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STORM app for employee communications

Human resource technology firm STORM (formerly STORM Flex Systems, Inc.), developer of STORM Flexible Benefits and incentives platform STORM KUDOS, launches its latest product, Squares. Squares is a corporate communications tool built to engage today’s mobile workforce. Squares enablesa more direct and convenient communication with employees through their smartphones.Companies may relay important updates, announcements and memos to all their employees across different worksites. Forms may be requested through the Square app instead of manual filling and filing. Squares app also lets employees answer surveys and other feedback data that employers send out. Information on company events, policies, HMO coverage, and government benefits are accessible on Squares. STORM is known for its Flexible Benefits platform which allows employees to convert benefits such as sick leaves, vacation leaves and food allowances into monetary points called FlexPoints. Employees may …

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PHL-wide free Wi-Fi to boost local education, e-learning

The Philippine government’s initiative to install free broadband access in schools will advance the state of education in the country, mainly in the areas of e-learning and mobile education (m-education). This was disclosed by educational technology company Quipper, which noted that the Duterte administration’s proposal to provide complimentary Wi-Fi connectivity in schools through the Department of Information and Communications Technology’s “Free Internet Connectivity in Public Places” project will benefit students, faculty members, and other school personnel.  “It is a welcome development for our local education sector that the government is pushing to have the whole country connected to the Internet. We strongly believe that this will positively impact schools across the archipelago by enhancing teaching methods and student engagement through innovative means of learning,” said Yuki Naotori, Country Manager of Quipper. …

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‘i-Serbis’ app aims to coax gun owners to get licenses

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has launched a new mobile application to provide information about the various frontline services of the police force, including instructions for securing police clearances and gun licenses. Director General Ronald dela Rosa, PNP chief, said the i-Serbis app provides details on all the processes and documentary requirements such as securing police clearance and in gun licensing before actually proceeding to police camps. Dela Rosa said this would help speed up transactions as the public can avoid congesting the police offices unprepared. He also envisions the i-Serbis to help encourage gun owners to apply for or renew their gun licenses. “I am optimistic that through this system, gun owners would be encouraged to apply for the License to Owns and Possess Firearms and firearms registration.” Hector Rodriguez, president of the Association …

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Attacks on the internet keep getting bigger and nastier

Could millions of connected cameras, thermostats and kids' toys bring the internet to its knees? It's beginning to look that way. On Friday, epic cyberattacks crippled a major internet firm, repeatedly disrupting the availability of popular websites across the United States. The hacker group claiming responsibility says that the day's antics were just a dry run and that it has its sights set on a much bigger target. And the attackers now have a secret weapon in the increasing array of internet-enabled household devices they can subvert and use to wreak havoc. MEET THE FIRE HOSE Manchester, New Hampshire-based Dyn Inc. said its server infrastructure was hit by distributed denial-of-service, or DDoS, attacks. These work by overwhelming targeted machines with junk data traffic — sort of like knocking someone over by blasting them …

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