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AteneoEng’g students beat 3 UP teams in Business Case Tilt

The lone team from the Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) defeated a field of three teams from the University of the Philippines - Diliman (UP-D) at the recently concluded Go Green In The City 2016 Philippine Country Finals. Under the team name Ateneo Ohm, Prince AldrinDomer and Sheena Fernandez, both Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE) students from ADMU presented a proposal for a device called AeoLuminate, a versatile energy harvesting device that takes power from solar, wind, and vibration sources. The device may also be used to monitor air-quality, and filter the air. The entire system powers itself and is ideal for off-grid streetlighting. The proposed setup was to install a device each atop streetlamps where it can power the light, collect air-quality data, and improve air-quality with a three-stage filtration system. “[Aeoluminate] …

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Avaya making software systems and services a “Breeze”

Avaya, business communications software systems and services company, recently introduced their next-generation technology platform called Avaya Breeze during an exclusive media summit at the Manila Marriott Hotel on May 12, 2016. The Avaya Breeze makes it easier for companies, whether they are handling small or large businesses, to develop and produce software applications in order to accomplish the transformation of their business into digital. We sat down with Edgar Doctolero, Country Director for Avaya Philippines, to elaborate upon the Avaya Breeze’s features and advantages in bringing an optimized software platform for companies around the country.   TechNews: Avaya is mostly known here in the Philippines as a call center company, so what made Avaya Philippines transfer their focus onto software business solutions? Ed Doctolero:I was telling people at the summit that Avaya is known …

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Fitbit announces availability of fitbit blaze and fitbit alta in PH

Fitbit has announced the availability of Fitbit Blaze and Fitbit Alta devices in the Philippines. These products are now available at leading retail and online stores across the country including all Digital Walkers and Beyond The Box stores, as well as select Toby’s outlets. A part of the Fitbit platform – consisting of of devices, apps, social and motivational features, advice and personalized coaching – these products help people make behavioural changes to be more active, exercise more, eat smarter, track their sleep and manage their weight. As part of the global launch, Fitbit shipped more than one million Fitbit Blaze devices in its first month of availability, exceeding internal Fitbit sales forecasts. Fitbit also announced that more than one million Fitbit Alta devices shipped since U.S. retail availability began on …

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The hash issue in the 2016 elections

I wish this is about hash browns, but it isn’t. It is about the hash (or checksum), a compact digital fingerprint of a file, which is calculated mathematically using one of the different algorithms, such as, MD5, SHA1, etc. Note that it is called a “hash” or “hash value”, not a “hash code”, as what is being popularized on various social media networks, which, incidentally, has it is own “hash”, the “hashtag”, a tag or keyword prefixed with the character “#”. The hash in question is about the digital fingerprint of the files as transmitted from the COMELEC’s transparency server to the various interested parties’ servers (and the mirror server). The hash is generated before the file is transmitted, and re-calculated on the receiving end to ensure that the file is …

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Old Android devices at risk from automatically downloaded and executed malware

While observing the activity of several cybercriminal groups, Kaspersky Lab researchers have spotted unusual activity in a malicious script, on an infected website, which is putting Android users at risk. The script usually activates the download of Flash exploits, to attack Windows-users. The script is a set of special instructions for execution in the browser, embedded in the code of the infected website. However at some point it has been changed so it can check the type of device its victims are using, searching specifically for Android version 4 and older. Spotting the danger, Kaspersky Lab experts decided to delve deeper. Infecting an Android device is much harder for criminals then infecting a Windows PC. The Windows OS - and a lot of widespread applications for it – contains vulnerabilities that allow malicious …

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Counterfeit print cartridges and components worth about R900,000 seized in Cebu

HP collaborated with local law enforcements raided the office and warehouses of a counterfeiting operation and took legal actions. They seized hundreds of counterfeit toner cartridges, ink cartridges as well as counterfeit components. HP engages in industry-leading anti-counterfeiting practices to combat the fraudulent manufacture, distribution and sale of counterfeit HP supplies. These raids have helped reduce the number of counterfeit cartridges that will affect customers’ high-quality printing experience. “With counterfeit HP print cartridges, customers purchase what they often assume to be a genuine HP product, but they instead receive a cartridge that provides them with an inferior print experience.” said an HP spokesperson. “HP is committed to protect our customers and ensure they receive the right cartridge that prints in high quality when they choose Original HP print cartridges.” HP adopts a proactive approach to …

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Globe Telecom to Offer iPhone SE in the Philippines starting May 16, 2016

Globe Telecom, today announced it will offer iPhone SE, the most powerful phone with a four-inch display, beginning May 16, 2016. iPhone SE packs the power of iPhone 6s in a beloved compact aluminum design that customers love, featuring a stunning four-inch Retina display and four gorgeous metallic finishes, including rose gold. With the exceptional performance of the advanced 64-bit A9 chip, longer battery life, camera innovations including a 12-megapixel iSight camera, Live Photos, the ability to record in 4K and Touch ID with Apple Pay, iPhone SE is the perfect phone for everyone who wants a smaller phone. Globe customers can now start placing their orders for the new iPhone SE via www.globe.com.ph/iPhoneSE. iPhone SE 16GB is available for P1499 a month on Globe myLifestyle Plan 1299 and a P200 monthly …

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Cityline C1 and TitanGold AC make your stay-at-home vacation cool and relaxing

TCL ups the game with home entertainment with its innovative industry design and immersive picture quality. As a top-tier brand for consumer electronics products, TCL wants to pursue an innovation-driven growth by introducing QUHD in the Philippines. Equipped with a unique Quantum Dot Display Technology which far exceeds UHD TVs in terms of display effects, definition and color purity, QUHD TV Series attempts to bring the cinematic experience into the household while also offering functional and interactive features in the product. QUHD TV line also makes use of supreme home entertainment technologies and top hardware configurations to create the strongest high-end portfolio across the market. In its efforts to expand the QUHD TV line, TCL introduces Cityline (C1)—one of the first-rate products of QUHD to be released in the Philippines on the …

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Have you heard of the “hearables?”

Hearables is what this new smart device from Bragi is categorizing themselves in to separate them from other wearables. Bragi’s The Dash, a smart earphones that became possible after a Kickstarter campaign (which I backed in 2014!). What sets this bluetooth earphones from most of the products in the bluetooth earphones market is the fact that it is smart (though it is not the first one to be smart). It is smart enough to measure your heart rate and steps, without needing a smartphone as a companion. However, you need the smartphone to process and display these measurements.   How does The Dash perform? After a long time waiting for my Dash arrive, I was excited to finally be able to try my very first smart earphones. After unpacking it, I immediately connected …

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Unseen dangers—Obfuscation Tools & Cybercrime

Ever since the arrival of advanced persistent threats, obfuscation technologies have existed to help cybercriminals evade security detection and tracing. It’s an ongoing evolution of technology on the bad guys’ end. It really started with antivirus evasion, years ago.  Today, we have about 500,000 virus samples coming into FortiGuard Labs every day. A lot of those are from the same virus family, but they’re polymorphic—which means they use binary packers to shift the nature of the code every few seconds to try and bypass antivirus detection technology. Attackers have moved on to adapt similar obfuscation techniques in other vectors and channels. For example—with websites, web filtering technology protects users by blocking access to malicious sites in order to serve up a virus. Over a decade ago, cybercriminals started using fast-flux networks to …

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