google-site-verification=8WY2bCNHjVeqL52nRoYWwFU_gZm8Y6KGRLYVpzh2ESw XSTIG: January 2016

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Western Digital And IBM Announce Patent Acquisition And Cross-License Agreements

Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) today announced that it has acquired more than 100 patent assets from IBM (NYSE: 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.

Friday, January 29, 2016

It Is Now Just "Grab"

The first month of 2016 is almost over, and vehicle reservation app GrabTaxi made a new announcement from their CEO Antony Tan that the name of the brand will be "Grab" dropping the last word as it also now service different vehicle options like private cars, motorcycle, choppers and a courier service.

The change also comes with a new logo which still uses the green motif. The App also updated with a new theme. Below is the official statement of Antony Tan to all Grab App users:

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Building towards a greener future, Philips leads the charge for sustainable workplace design

As organizations face the New Year with high hopes and determination, the timing becomes opportune to look at how sustainable workplace design can be instrumental to achieving long-term business goals.

A paper from the Southern Illinois University took note that in several cases, sustainable initiatives and buildings resulted in increased satisfaction, attendance, and productivity among occupants. The synthesized research presented in the study gave evidence to the high return on investment of sustainable initiatives on both operational costs and employee productivity.

Friday, January 22, 2016

3 Years in the Making: FUJIFILM unveils much-anticipated Fujifilm X-Pro2 and X70 in Manila

The long wait is over as FUJIFILM, one of the world’s best regarded camera brands unveils two new powerful and superior camera lines only days after their Japan launch – FUJIFILM X-Pro2 premium interchangeable lens camera and the more compact FUJIFILM X70. The worldwide launch was led by FUJIFILM Corporation President Shigehiro Nakajima and FUJIFILM executives in Tokyo, Japan. The Philippine launch was held January 21 at Discovery Suites in Ortigas.  

FUJIFILM started the mirrorless revolution in 2012 with the retro styled X-Pro1. Like its predecessor, FUJIFILM X-Pro2 is a flagship model that takes advantage of the best in FUJIFILM technology. It is set to change the way Filipinos look at the more lightweight, powerful and aesthetically superior volition to DSLR cameras. 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

OPPO Philippines Slashes Neo 5 Price

OPPO Neo 5 gets a price drop starting January 20

Think OPPO Philippines is done with its surprises? You thought wrong. Three weeks after the OPPO R7 Lite’s price was slashed from P13,990 to P11,990, another popular OPPO phone is getting a markdown. The OPPO Neo 5, which was priced at P6,990, now costs only P5,990.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Happy 15th WIkipedia!

I have to admit that wikipedia has been a big part of my internet life and is still a great way to expand knowledge (also discern sources and facts according to real and supported links). As a kid, I always wanted to have a complete set of encyclopedia which I would read a lot and stumble on many pages and information.

Since that would cost a lot of money, I almost lost hope of having a library of information that I will share to my future children. But when the age of the internet came and brought a exponentially insane source of information, it was overwhelming. 

New Zenfones Launched During Sinulog!

It was an exciting Sinulog Festival in Cebu not only because of the feast of the Sto. Nino but also with the launch of the new models of ASUS Zenfones that were launched to the public. They are the Zenfone Max and the Zenfone Zoom.

The Zenfone Max boasts of their 5000mAh battery capacity which is useful for heavy users and those who don't have their adapters of powerbanks with them. The Zenfone Zoom, which is probably the flagship phone with specs higher than its predecesor the Zenfone 2 Deluxe. Also The Zenfone Zoom was teased with the earlier reveal of the Zenfone 2 line, but it was only recently that it finally made it's way to the market to start 2016.

As one of the first to launch new models in 2016, can ASUS dominate the market with these new models?

Friday, January 15, 2016

How Storage Designed for Surveillance Improves the Entire System

When the first event music, “Video Killed the Radio Star” premiered on MTV in 1981, it started a video revolution. A lot has changed since then, but video’s relevance in our culture, has increased, and our lives and security have come to depend on it. Market research firm IHS estimates that one surveillance camera has been installed for every eight people (about 40M) in the U.S. alone. Stats from 2014 certainly back that up – according to the IHS Video Surveillance Intelligence Service Market Insight report from August 2015, the U.S. was ranked as the second largest market for video surveillance equipment, worth $2.8 billion dollars.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

4 Steps to Setting Up a Secure, Collaborative File Storage System

Small businesses often operate in lean teams, with each staff member behaving as a “jack of all trades.” This attitude can be useful for acquiring customers and putting in the extra effort SMBs sometimes need, but it doesn’t work for data management and security. Cyberattacks are not only a risk to large companies like Target or Sony, but are a costly danger to small businesses as well. According to a report by the National Small Business Association, 50 percent of small businesses experienced a cyberattack in 2014, costing an average of more than $20,750.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Dawn of Digitally-Enabled Philippines: IDC Philippines Releases 2016 Top 10 ICT Predictions

IDC Philippines announced today its top predictions for the Philippine ICT industry, which underscores the importance of digital transformation (DX) in driving business growth for both enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) on the 3rd Platform. Businesses in the Philippines need to transform into a digitally-led organization through the use of 3rd Platform and innovation accelerators in order to capture value-producing opportunities, pursue new revenue streams, and change an existing business model.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Netflix Is (Almost) Everywhere, Also Here In The Philippines!

It has been announced and rolled out today that Netflix, America's largest video streaming service is now available in more than 130 countries as announced at CES 2016. The availability of Netflix has been long awaited and new video streaming companies like iFlix and HOOQ came into play. 

“Today you are witnessing the birth of a new global Internet TV network,” said Co-founder and Chief Executive Reed Hastings at CES 2016. “With this launch, consumers around the world -- from Singapore to St. Petersburg, from San Francisco to Sao Paulo -- will be able to enjoy TV shows and movies simultaneously -- no more waiting. With the help of the Internet, we are putting power in consumers’ hands to watch whenever, wherever and on whatever device.”

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The –ick factor in mobile advertising: Filipino behaviors and preferences

The first mobile Filipino emerged in 1991, when cellular mobile phone services were launched. Since then, mobile Filipinos earned for the country several titles, namely the world’s “text/SMS capital,” “social networking capital,” and most recently the “selfie capital.”

Mobile phones have overtaken the population. By end 2015, smartphones are expected to grow by 40%, outnumbering feature phones. Today, the smartphone is probably the most accessible, but least maximized platform in advertising. Through Epinion’s 27,076 robust online panel of netizens, Omnicom Media Group (OMG) discovered uniquely Filipino –ick factors in mobile advertising.

Says OMG CEO Mary Buenaventura, “Our goal was to identify behaviors or ‘ick’ factors, whether positive or negative, that Filipinos have toward mobile, and align them with corresponding behaviors and preferences that advertisers can leverage to engage the mobile Filipino. The results were an eye opener – Filipinos are not only dependent on mobile, the rise of smartphones will make us even more so.” 

It will be a #YearOfScience for XSTIG!

As we welcome 2016, I have made a personal declaration to devote it as the Year of Science! Yes, knowing more about how things work through the wonders of Science is something that we should grow this year aside from the entertainment and the politics that rule the internet. I guess it is time for us to be scientists and geeks about the world, the universe rather, around us.

Because if there was no science, there will be no progress in human evolution and civilization. Along with Art, science has been the greatest contributor for progress in humanity. Now that we reap the fruits of it (and probably more in the years to come), would it be fitting to educate the world with the beauty and diversity of science in many forms.