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June 14, 2014 / Raffy Pekson II

Twitter Ranked First Among 800 Websites for Privacy, Security

On Wednesday, the Online Trust Alliance — whose members include security firm Symantec, network-infrastructure company VeriSign, tech giant Microsoft, and Twitter itself — released its annual Online Trust Audit and Honor Roll. The audit ranks select websites in such areas as consumer protection, security, and privacy. Among the 800 sites examined, only 29 percent made the “Honor Roll,” meaning they use best practices to protect the data of their users. Among the remaining percentage, more than half flunked the test in at least one of the categories measured.

Read more at C|Net.

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February 15, 2014 / Raffy Pekson II

Qualcomm 2013 Year-End Review and 2014-Beyond

I actually started using QualComm in 2002 when they were selling cell phone handsets in the U.S. You could get a QualComm handset from the retail stores like Target and Wal-Mart preloaded with call credits. It was great for transient visitors like me during that time when I was working for a U.S. Tier-2 telecom company with its NOC and call centers in Florida, U.S. Virgin Islands and Guyana in South America. In fact, it even bought the Guyana call center later on. I think I had about three QualComm handsets during my two year stint in the U.S. It’s been a while till I encountered QualComm setting up a call center in the Philippines and moving into the mobile and computing chip and technology market where it is today.

Historically, QualComm began in the CDMA market, the predominant early entry mobile phone technology in the U.S. They came up with its 3G version and is today the leading patent holder in 3G mobile technologies.

Qualcomm Philippines Senior Director for Business Development Mantosh Malhotra and Qualcomm South East Asia and The Pacific Public Relations Adrian Fu presided over today’s small group media briefing, presenting a year-end review of QualComm’s technologies in 2013 and focusing on the LTE market as a continuing driver and engager to the consumer’s need for better and faster smartphone usage.

The compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) for smartphone unit shipments globally is expected to increase consistently at 20% between 2012 and 2017, with seven billion smartphone unit shipments forecast between 2013 and 2017. In the Philippines, 2012’s 3.3 million WCDMA/LTE handset shipments increased to a whooping 5.8 million in 2013 of the same quarter, and is forecasted to hit 15 million by 2017.

With these growing statistics in mind, Qualcomm is bent on focusing at the growth opportunities, mainly:

  • Continue to drive smartphone growth through innovation;
  • Facilitate data growth;
  • Develop adjacent opportunities; and
  • Create a digital sixth sense.

Drive Smartphone Growth and Innovation. Through the years, Qualcomm has built a technology leadership by continued innovation in fields of display processing, Wi-Fi, USB, ISP, CPU, memory, sensor processing, DSP, Bluetooth, and multimedia processing; not to mention its involvement in its proprietary semiconductor core Adreno GPU (graphics processing unit) that integrate into Snapdragon chipsets.

Speaking of Snapdragon, the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 is the first ultra HD display and UI, the first ultra HD gaming with Adreno 420 GPU, the first ultra HD HEVC (h.265) hardware video recorder, the first Gigapixel per second camera ISP, and the first 2×64-bit POP memory for fast, seamless multitasking. The 805 gives new mobile devices a higher peak performance with half the power consumed as compared to competition especially essential with high graphics use. The 805 now delivers video at lower bitrate, the first to implement hardware based HEVC (h.265) decode which lowers power and bandwidth consumption by 75 percent and 50 percent, respectively. This enables carriers to deliver content more efficiently and provides better battery life for consumers.

Facilitate Network Evolution. More spectrum in low and higher bands, more small cells everywhere, and more ad-hoc small cells and inside-out deployment provides a 1,000-times higher efficiency. LTE broadcast becomes flexible and there is better use of the spectrum.

Develop Adjacent Opportunities. Qualcomm is extending technology in adjacent device opportunities, such as:

  • Small cells;
  • CE devices;
  • Health devices;
  • Smart grid;
  • Wearables;
  • Tablets;
  • Hybrids;
  • Home gateways;
  • Cars;
  • TVs.

The Internet. It is forecasted that there will be 25 billion connected devices by 2020. Grasping that estimate, Qualcomm is applying mobile technologies to everything, make these more aware, connected, intelligent and interactive. From household machines, cars and multimedia devices, to people, objects and places.

The Digital 6th Sense. The augmentation of human ability becomes important in the near future. People need to know their location and the location of people and objects. There is technology to sense a user’s motion and see the user’s environment, including hearing the user’s surroundings. Devices – input and output devices, sensors, auxiliary processing, and wireless power – must communicate with and tap into nearby resources.

Qualcomm Incorporated is an American global semiconductor company that designs, manufactures and markets digital wireless telecommunications products and services. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, USA, the company has 157 worldwide locations. The parent company is Qualcomm Incorporated (Qualcomm), which includes the Qualcomm Technology Licensing Division (QTL). Qualcomm’s wholly owned subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), operates substantially all of Qualcomm’s R&D activities, as well as its product and services businesses, including its semiconductor business, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies.

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January 16, 2014 / Raffy Pekson II

Facebook Launches Trending Section

A new section in your Facebook Home wall sidebar will now reveal a “Trending” section that shows a list of suggested stories and topics currently popular on Facebook. Interesting or not, this new feature will first launch in Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and India in the first two weeks starting Thursday. All other countries and Facebook’s mobile app version will follow suit later one.

Clicking on a topic on the Trending section reveals popular posts especially those shared and posted by friends. Rivaling Twitter’s famous trending keywords and hashtags, Facebook intends to compete with the microblogging frontrunner as the hub to which social media users will want to stay in. One of the managers in the Trending project, which began testing during the U.S. summer months, said “the new service was designed to be easier to understand and more customized than, say, Twitter’s list of trending topics, which is often just a list of cryptic keywords or hashtags,” reports the New York Times Bits Blog.

Though still in the raw or rough stages, according to beta users, Trending will eventually evolve through user feedback. However, Facebook’s Trending seems to be a more comprehensive version of Twitter’s, the latter sometimes creating more questions like what it means or why it is popular.

Sources: The New York Times | TechCrunch

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December 2, 2013 / Raffy Pekson II

The Future of Door-to-Door Delivery by Amazon

Though the catchphrase “Beam me up, Scotty” is still a far cry from our generation, and probably that of two or more, it’s not enough to consider the status quo of door-to-door delivery using systems established by the overnight parcel delivery giants. And so goes what Mr. Amazon Jeff Bezos is trying to accomplish in the next four or five years – using a fleet of automated drones to deliver small packages from Amazon’s fulfillment center to the customer’s home in half-an-hour after the online transaction is completed.

Watch the YouTube video of “Amazon Prime Air” and consider what the future of door-to-door delivery really looks like.

Source: Baltimore Business Journal | YouTube

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November 24, 2013 / Raffy Pekson II

Nordstrom to Use Pinterest for Store Merchandising

Nordstrom began testing the idea of using Pinterest to decide what to merchandise to display in their stores early this year. It currently has about 4.5 million users on its social media sites. Popular items on Pinterest will be displayed with a red tag including women’s shoes and handbags, a Burberry watch, a leather moto jacket, and a pair of Dolce Vita pumps. Nordstrom will also debut its holiday catalog on Pinterest first very soon.

Read more at Business Insider.

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October 18, 2013 / Raffy Pekson II

Zmail – Email with a Curfew

Vynamic, a Philadelphia-based health-care consulting company, officially requests that employees not send email between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. on weekdays, and all day Saturday and Sunday, a new corporate policy they dub “Zmail.”

“You get an email. You’re trying to sleep. You happen to look at it right as you fall asleep, and next thing you know you’re up thinking about it. All it takes is that one.” And so the policy began: “Let it wait until the morning.” The email blackout zone eventually went into the employee handbook.

But the funny result was having a high volume of email being sent and received across the company servers at 9:59 pm, a phenomenon known as “zbombing.”

Read more at Fast Company.

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September 15, 2012 / Raffy Pekson II

Pogoplug, the New Cloud Backup Et Al Kid in Town

Think of it as a cloud back redundant solution with PCAnywhere capabilities and social media.

Pogoplug’s proprietary hybrid cloud technologies meld offsite archival storage with Pogoplug-enabled storage in the home or office. This combination provides the most affordable and safest multi-user cloud backup solution, with instant access and sharing from anywhere on the Internet.

Pogoplug is led by seasoned entrepreneurs from the digital media and security space and is backed by Foundry Group, Softbank and Morgan Stanley. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, with a satellite office in Tel Aviv.


Pogoplug Family is the only backup solution designed for families, priced at $29 a year. It combines the best of at-home and online backup by empowering you and your family to store an always-available copy of your photos, music, videos and documents at home with our award-winning Pogoplug storage device, while also safeguarding a second copy in our secure cloud.

At Home
Back up your family’s computers and mobile devices to your free Pogoplug device, and access your files from anywhere at any time. Your Pogoplug automatically and continuously backs up all of your family’s computers, mobile phones and tablets safely to your hard drives at home, even when you’re on the go. The Pogoplug device operates at up to 100x Internet speeds when you back up in your home, making it fast and easy to safeguard large amounts of photos and videos.

Once your data is safely stored on your Pogoplug, with one click you can choose to have a second copy of all or part of your data automatically and continuously archived to Pogoplug’s secure cloud. This additional backup protects your most critical files in case of a disaster at home, keeping your data twice as safe.

Solution for the Whole Family
Want to see the pictures of your niece and nephew that your sister just backed up to Pogoplug? Need to access an important document for a meeting, but left it on your home computer? Your whole family can download Pogoplug’s free mobile apps for iOS and Android, or sign into their Pogoplug account from any web browser for full access to their content on the go. Your Pogoplug is accessible from anywhere, so it’s like you’re carrying your backup drive with you!

Access all your files, anywhere you need them
Leave your computer at home or the office but quickly access and download all of your files from any Web browser, smartphone or tablet.

Secure, Easy Sharing
Worried about publishing videos of your kids on Facebook or YouTube? Share large files instantly, securely and privately via links you email to trusted friends and family.

Or, publish to Facebook, Google+ or Twitter with a single click.

Free Device
Buy Pogoplug Family and get a free device (a $49.95 value). Add storage as you go by attaching larger or additional hard drives. This offer is only available in the U.S., UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Luxembourg, and Switzerland.


Pogoplug Team is a fully redundant private cloud storage and collaboration for your business. There’s a 30-day free trial period or you can go straight to choosing your storage plan:

How It Works

Pick Your Plan

Private and Redundant
Give your employees private cloud storage to back up files from their computers, mobile phones and tablets to one secure location. Your files are stored safely in your office and continuously archived to secure offsite cloud storage.

Anywhere Access
Access files from anywhere on the Internet using the included PC, Web, and mobile applications.

Secure Collaboration
Share massive files and folders among employees or with clients. Establish permissions on each folder to specify who can upload, download and share files.

Unlimited Storage
Use your existing storage and grow as you go by increasing or upgrading your storage. Pogoplug works with Direct Attached Atorage (DAS), Network Attached Storage (NAS), and Storage Area Networks (SAN).

Once your data is safely backed up to Pogoplug, with one click you can choose to have a second copy of all or part of your data automatically and continuously archived to Pogoplug’s secure cloud. This additional backup protects your most critical files in case of a disaster at home, keeping your data twice as safe.

Pogoplug Team operates at up to 100x Internet speeds when you are in the office, making it easy to collaborate with clients and colleagues and to upload, access and share huge files.

Customize the Pogoplug Web interface and emails to match your brand.


Pogoplug PC allows you to access and share file on your PC from anywhere (ala PCAnywhere). There’s a 30-day free trial available or $29.95 a year.

Access all your files, anywhere you need them
Leave your computer at home or the office but quickly access and download all of your files from any Web browser, smartphone or tablet.

Stream Your Media Anytime, Anywhere
Stream your media from your PC to any device, including your mobile phone, tablet or another computer. Watch all of your movies, view all your photos and listen to all your music wherever you are.

Share Large Files With Friends and Colleagues
Share large files and folders instantly, without uploading. Your friends, colleagues or customers will be able to instantly access any files you share with them. Pogoplug makes sharing a snap! See a shared video for yourself.

Publish to Facebook, Twitter and Google+ With a Single Click
Pogoplug lets you post your photos and videos to the most popular social sites with a single click. Your friends can watch your videos and view your photo albums instantly. You control your data, not the social networks.

Back up Photos and Videos on Your Phone or Tablet
Protect the photos and videos stored on your phone or tablet by automatically backing them up to your computer.

5GB of Offsite Storage
Pogoplug gives you 5GB of hosted storage for free, so you can keep an always-available copy of your files offsite.



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