Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Predator now at SM North EDSA

Mr. Andrew Hou, President, Pan Asia Pacific (PAP) region, Acer, Inc. (2nd from right) and Mr. Manuel Wong, Managing Director, Acer Philippines, Inc. (right), led the grand opening festivities of the very first Predator Retail Store in the Philippines located at the 4th floor of the SM North Edsa Annex. They are joined in the symbolic ribbon-cutting ceremonies by Manuel Villaroman, President of Villman Computers (2ndfrom left) and his wife, Girly Villaroman.

Hardcore gamers and enthusiasts alike can now revel in the most lethal gaming brand in the market today as the Predator is now available at SM North EDSA. 

The Predator gaming system, composed of dominant and intense desktops, laptops, tablets, projectors and monitors, is now found at the newly refurbished Acer Concept Store located at the 4th floor of the SM City North EDSA Annex. 

Manuel Villaroman, President of Villman Computers (left) and Mr. Andrew Hou, President, Pan Asia Pacific (PAP) region, Acer, Inc. (right) applaud during the grand opening of the first Predator Retail Store in the Philippines found at the SM North Edsa Annex as Mr. Manuel Wong, Managing Director, Acer Philippines, Inc., takes a peek at the marvelous Predator devices inside the Predator Retail Store.
Tucked in a glowing red and black nook with superior lighting to underscore the brand’s preying presence, the Predator gaming system was unleashed in all its glory for all gamers to see amid the presence of distributors and dealers under the Acer sales network. 

During its opening, Manuel Wong, Managing Director of Acer Philippines, Inc., and Andrew Hou, Acer Inc. President for Pan Asia Pacific (PAP) region, graced the exciting event.

“This is definitely a new experience for Acer. As we expand our store network nationwide, now totaling to 81 stores, we would like to thank our distributors for supporting us through the years, and of course for helping make Acer the number 1 brand in the Philippines for the past 10 consecutive years,” Mr. Wong remarked during the grand opening.

Inside the Predator Retail Store with the various Predator devices that cater to serious gamers and gaming enthusiasts in the Philippines during the grand opening are (from left) Mr. Manuel Wong, Managing Director, Acer Philippines, Inc., Mr. Andrew Hou, President, Pan Asia Pacific (PAP) region, Acer, Inc., and Manuel Villaroman, President of Villman Computers with his thumbs-up sign.
For his part, Hou said, “We hope customers will enjoy this new experience with our concept stores. We will aim to bring more and more sensational products so that everybody will enjoy their computing life.”

For more about the Predator gaming system, go to the Predator Philippines Facebook page - @PredatorPhilippines.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Spark Global’s Toppan AR marker makes its mark


Let’s go into the tenets of why the Spark Global’s AR Marker Technology sets the standard in Augmented Reality in the Philippines and learn how to properly benchmark this tech field.

Presently, there are two types of AR in the market: marker and picture-based. Between these two technologies, the marker type is the better option compared to the picture-based when using AR.

Why? Marker-based AR’s are readable on a global scale and readily usable based on a wide selection of content whether movies or sound, 3D-based computer graphics, or links to web pages. While the picture-based marker or the locally-produced AR’s, content is just limited to plain 3D and videos.

In terms of recognition capabilities, marker-based ARs can be more easily identified than picture-based. While many applications use picture recognition, they are actually recognizing hidden points in the picture. Sometimes, however, the dots’ positions are re-used resulting into a longer waiting time needed to verify the positions of these hidden dots thus, causing the problem of users not knowing where to point the camera. Also, some applications compel users to double tap on the screen, and that usually entails a considerable amount of processing before downloading of content can begin.

While the qualities of marker-based AR technologies far outweigh those of picture-based, a lot is still to be desired for when it comes to efficiency, compatibility, accuracy and of course, ease of use.

This is where Spark Global Tech System Inc.’s Toppan AR technologies come in.

The Toppan Marker Recognition technology is generally deemed as the fastest in the market with regard to recognition and lauded for its user-friendliness. Every Toppan AR marker is thought to be unique since it points to a single content in the server so there is no room for confusion as the dots are clearly defined.

Plus the fact that the Toppan AR marker works on a wide variety of mediums, whether printed or non-printed materials, projected screens, LCD or LED monitors or even T-shirts, that are used for interactive campaigns, food packaging, promotional videos, 3D animation or flyers, guide books with video documentaries, makes this marker an even more hardworking option.

Recognition-wise, the Toppan AR marker has the distinct advantage over other marker-based technologies. Even low-end smartphones with their not-so-high-resolution cameras will not encounter any difficulty in distinguishing because it emits an aiming point with which to scan the markers. It’s so convenient, it’s as if the user already knows the specific area where to scan just like a point and shoot.

“What separates us from other AR companies is our seamless technology that is substantially of the best quality in the category, in so many ways. In the end, customers will distinguish our difference by benefitting from various globally-competitive advantages for their businesses and markets,” explains Rowi Bautista, Managing Director of Spark Global Tech Systems, Incorporated.

Spark Global Tech Systems, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of AR technology in the Philippines. The company offers business management software like HR, Payroll, Accounting, Sales and Inventory systems, Access Control Systems, Smart Cards and some of the best global technologies and business solutions based on Clients’ needs and business objectives.


Spark Global Tech Systems, Inc. is headquartered at 1805A East Tower, Philippine Stock Exchange Center, Exchange Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. For more information, contact (+632) 532-8579 or email info@sparkglobaltech.com or visit www.sparkglobaltech.com.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Future-proof your everyday computing with the Acer Aspire E series



If your present computer doesn’t work for you anymore, change is definitely coming—for the better.

From Acer, one of the world’s top IT titans, future-proof your everyday computing by changing up to the Acer Aspire E series, already one of the most powerful in Acer’s arsenal of laptops, and now made even more formidable with its coming array this year.

For the everyday computer users, they’ll surely love the Acer Aspire E series laptops for its pleasing features, with eye-catching designs and trendy colors, plus a textured metallic finish for that stylish look and feel to make these laptops truly unique.


But we’re not just talking about the look. Function-wise, the Acer Aspire E series is equally impressive, particularly its inner workings. Its latest-gen processors from Intel, high-speed DDR4 system memory, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M (GDDR5) that lends it brute force in terms of graphics, support for the new reversible USB Type-C standard and longer battery juice (up to 12 hours on a full charge), and better connectivity via MU-MIMO technology.

Media-wise, amp your visual and auditory experience even further with Acer TrueHarmony for that richer, more life-like audio since the speakers were positioned strategically so audio is much closer to your ears. On the visual side, Acer ExaColor takes care of matters here by delivering consistent color correctness regardless of lighting conditions when viewing anything on its full HD display screen. Even the power button was ingeniously included in the keyboard to make it serve as a hotkey.

But professional users, more importantly frequent travellers, will surely love the Acer Aspire E series. Those who talk to colleagues and clients and other peer-to-peer communication needs on the go will revel in the fact that the Acer Aspire E series are Skype-certified so messages (chat or video) will be heard and seen on both sides loud and clear  so no misinterpretations or lost in translation whatsoever.

And it’s a plus factor that the Acer Aspire E series come in eye-popping colors that are trendy and cool like Marble White, Steel Grey, Twilight Purple, Red Copper, Obsidian Black, Rococo Red and Indigo Blue, making it even more aspirational when it comes to look and solid performance. Each model, with a smart undercut, monolithic design, features a metallic hairline-brush look and premium textile pattern. Of course, performance is improved even further to make the Acer Aspire E series truly impressive.

However, all doesn’t end there. Acer made things more interesting for Acer Aspire E buyers out there. Just buy any qualified Acer Aspire E series laptop at any participating store from May 15 up to July 15, 2016 and you get a remarkable 3-year warranty and/or a smartwatch, wireless speakers or a backpack for free!

The nifty Acer Liquid Leap Active Smartwatch has a 1-inch OLED (128 x 32) touchscreen display and is completely compatible with Android 4.4 systems and above, iOS 7 and iOS 8 and Windows 8.1. It is IPX4 waterproof certified and can last 5-7 days on a full charge.

So make the Acer Aspire E series even greater with the Acer Liquid Leap Active Smartwatch, Logitech Wireless Speakers and Acer Backpack at your side.

To claim your Acer Liquid Leap Active Smartwatch, Logitech Wireless Speakers and Acer Backpack, fill out all necessary information in the Promo Claim Form. Present this together with the Official Receipt, cut-out of Box Serial Number, plus two (2) valid IDs at any authorized Acer redemption center.


To avail of the 3-year warranty, simply register between May 15 to July 15, 2016 by emailing the proof of purchase, first name, middle initial and last name, contact number, home address, Serial Number of purchased qualified laptop under the promo, plus digital or scanned copies of the Original Receipt, laptop box Serial Number and two (2) valid IDs to threeyearwarranty2016@acer.com.

Customer will then receive a Confirmation Email with 3-year Warranty Confirmation Number, list of Acer Customer Service Center and authorized service providers, and a verification call from Acer Customer Care. Customer should then bring a printout copy of the confirmation email and present two (2) valid IDs to the Acer Customer Service Centers and authorized service providers indicated in the email.

For more about Acer Philippines’ innovative products, go to www.acer.com.ph, follow Acer via Twitter (twitter.com/acerphils) or www.Facebook.com/AcerPH.

Friday, July 15, 2016

AMD Acquires Software Company HiAlgo



Laying the groundwork for future gaming innovation in Radeon Software, AMD has announced that they have acquired the software Company HiAlgo Inc., a developer of unique PC gaming technologies designed to help Radeon™ RX Series GPUs transform gaming experience, increase GPU efficiency and improve the overall consistency of gaming experiences. The acquisition lays the groundwork for future gaming innovation in Radeon Software that will benefit owners of Radeon™ RX Series GPUs.

“Software is an integral part of advancing the science of graphics, enabling us to best harness the silicon of the GPU to maximize performance and deliver outstanding experiences in games and applications,” said Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. “HiAlgo embodies our spirit of passion, persistence and play by delivering a number of creative approaches to software that improve gamers’ experiences, and helps future-proof[i] the GPU.”

Radeon Software enables the ultimate in performance, features and stability of Radeon™ graphics to ensure an exceptional user experience. Today, launching alongside the Radeon™ RX 480 graphics card are nine new features of Radeon Software Crimson Edition designed to give users more control over their computing experience, including multi-GPU, display, and power efficiency settings, and a redefined overclocking tool in Radeon WattMan.

For more information on Radeon Software, visit Radeon.com.

Monday, July 11, 2016

The Acer Aspire V15 - Professional and stylish forged in metal



Every intuitive computer user knows and expects to get impressive performance every time he or she uses the computer.

Better yet if the computer is truly fit for a professional and stylish at the same time, like Acer’s Aspire V15—sophisticated, polished, stylized and powerful—qualities forged in metal that only global tech titan Acer can pull off when it comes to making computers.

As soon as you lay your hands and catch sight of this digital wonder, you can’t be blamed for your “oohhh” and “aaahhhh” reaction, for it is expected. The premium aluminum cover with its nano-imprint pattern by itself is definitely worth your purchase already, an elegant style you can see, feel and looks great.



But the Acer Aspire V15 is something that’s not just about aesthetics for it packs a lot. Count on the latest generation Intel Core processors inside to power it up in terms of performance, up to 16 GB of system memory and HDD or SSHD drive options, fast 802.11 ac with the new MU-MIMO technology for impressive wireless connectivity when uploading, downloading, surfing and browsing the Net, plus powerful graphics cards that make up for its inner strength.

In terms of display, the Acer BluelightShield is what makes the Acer Aspire V15 a true champion for your eyes as it helps reduce harmful blue light eye strain when watching through its full HD display screen. But then again, it works wonders for your ears’ audio appreciation, courtesy of its Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater Sound as it brings life to your movie and music experience.



Meanwhile, a spacious backlit keyboard does wonders to make you work seamless and highly productive even in low-light surroundings, with a precision touchpad and 10-point touch display to boot completes the Acer Aspire V15 package of features.

Still wondering on what laptop to choose? Wonder no more with the Acer Aspire V15 as a top-notch option. Acer Philippines sweetens the pot by throwing in an extended warranty and a smartwatch for every purchase of a qualified Acer Aspire V15 laptop (V3-574G-74BC, V3-574G-77P6, V3-574G-78CG, V3-575G-74ZZ, V3-575G-79XK, V3-574G-55UJ, V3-574G-59N4 and V3-575G-52GY) at any participating store from May 15 until June 30, 2016. Get a 3-Year Warranty from Acer, which is Acer’s way of thanking the public for making it the number 1 laptop in the Philippines for 10 consecutive years, plus an Acer Liquid Leap Active Smartwatch for free.

So for those who live an active, on-the-go lifestyle, the Acer Aspire V15 and the Acer Liquid Leap Active Smartwatch is such a perfect pair.

The incredible Acer Liquid Leap Active Smartwatch has a 1-inch OLED (128 x 32) touchscreen display and is completely compatible with Android 4.4 systems and above, iOS 7 and iOS 8 and Windows 8.1. It is IPX4 waterproof certified and can last 5-7 days on a full charge.

To claim your Acer Liquid Leap Active Smartwatch, fill out all necessary information in the Promo Claim Form. Present this together with the Official Receipt, cut-out of Box Serial Number, plus two (2) valid IDs at any authorized Acer redemption.

To avail of the 3-year warranty, simply register between May 15 to July 15, 2016 by emailing the proof of purchase, first name, middle initial and last name, contact number, home address, Serial Number of purchased qualified laptop under the promo, plus digital or scanned copies of the Original Receipt, laptop box Serial Number and two (2) valid IDs to threeyearwarranty2016@acer.com. Customer will then receive a Confirmation Email with 3-year Warranty Confirmation Number, list of Acer Customer Service Center and authorized service providers, and a verification call from Acer Customer Care. Customer should then bring a printout copy of the confirmation email and present two (2) valid IDs to the Acer Customer Service Centers and authorized service providers indicated in the email.

For more about the Acer Aspire V15 and other innovative Acer products, go to www.acer.com.ph, follow Acer via Twitter (twitter.com/acerphils) or www.Facebook.com/AcerPH.

Friday, July 1, 2016

AMD Launches the Radeon Rebellion with the Radeon™ RX 480 Graphics Card, Available Now


Today a revolution in PC gaming and VR began as AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) launched the Radeon™ RX 480 graphics card designed to deliver enthusiast-level gaming performance and features, the world’s most advanced graphics technology and an extraordinary value proposition to fans and gamers around the world. The Radeon™ RX 480 introduces premium technology engineered to deliver the best performance/$ in its class1, democratize VR and deliver a wide range of future-proof technologies2 supporting current and forthcoming game and video standards. The cards will start at SEP $199 USD for the Radeon™ RX 480 4GB card, and SEP $239 for the Radeon™ RX 480 8GB card. Details regarding the new Radeon™ RX 480 graphics card and related technologies are available at AMD’s new gamer-focused website, Radeon.com.

“Our message to gamers everywhere is that the Radeon™ RX 480 is every bit as much your card as it is ours,” said Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. “We designed this technology by listening intently to you, the gamers who have bought and played on our graphics technology for years. We’ve worked tirelessly to produce something that satisfies the most discerning gamer, and delivers the ideal product at an impeccable price. We couldn’t be more grateful for the reception we’ve received from gamers, customers, and technology partners who see what our engineering team has accomplished, and agree that with the Radeon™ RX Series, gaming and VR is truly #BetterRed.”

Radeon™ RX 480 Reception

The global PC ecosystem has demonstrated enthusiastic support for the Radeon™ RX 480 graphics card. OEM and system integrator partners such as Alienware, HP, and Lenovo are praising the Radeon™ RX 480’s capabilities.

Game and VR application developers including Bethesda, EA, and Ubisoft and VR headset manufacturers Oculus and HTC are applauding AMD for delivering on the promise of bringing flagship performance and features to the mass market, enabling them to greatly expand the reach of experiences they’re developing.

Professional and casual gamers alike are also celebrating the launch, with AMD-sponsored eSports teams such as Fnatic and Evil Geniuses hailing the Radeon™ RX 480 as a triumph for PC gamers everywhere, and prominent video reviewers worldwide affirming the exceptional value of the graphics card across a wide range of games. To see some of the industry-wide acclaim the Radeon™ RX 480 card is receiving at launch visit Radeon.com here.



Radeon™ RX 480 Features

The Radeon™ RX 480 card packs an unprecedented amount of gaming and VR goodness into an incredible price point:
·         Premium technology engineered for unprecedented performance in its class – The Radeon™ RX 480 8GB card features the most advanced graphics and gaming technologies ever seen in a GPU at $239, delivering the best performance/$ in its class. The revolutionary Polaris architecture, optimized for the 14nm FinFET process, drives spectacular improvements in performance and efficiency.  It delivers more than 15 percent more performance per compute unit3, up to 2.8x the performance/Watt over AMD’s Radeon R9 200 series graphics architecture4, and fuels up to 5.8 trillion calculations a second. More information on the advances in the Polaris architecture are available here.
·         The most affordable solution for premium VR experiences – Starting at SEP $199 USD, the Radeon™ RX 480 4GB card is the most affordable solution for premium VR experiences, being both Oculus™ Rift- and Steam®VR-Ready.5 Utilizing LiquidVR™ technologies designed to provide smoother, more comfortable VR experiences, the Radeon™ RX 480 4GB card lowers the cost barrier to entry for PC VR making it affordable for millions of consumers. Visit Radeon.com here to learn more about how the Radeon™ RX 480 4GB card is helping to truly democratize VR.
·         Future-proof technologies2 – The Radeon™ RX 480 card continues the Radeon™ tradition of innovation being first to new process nodes, first in memory types and bandwidth, and first to support new gaming APIs. Gamers will enjoy the Radeon™ RX 480 card for a long time to come with a range of “future-proof” benefits including:
o   Premium HD gaming in DirectX® 12 and Vulkan™ – The Radeon™ RX 480 card excels in DirectX® 12 and Vulkan™, APIs that are powering the future of gaming. Polaris architecture uniquely supports asynchronous compute for superior experiences in games and VR applications using these new APIs, and combined with AMD FreeSync™ Technology6, gamers can enjoy silky smooth framerates at 1440p resolution across the most demanding games. More information on gaming in DirectX® 12 and Vulkan™ with the Radeon™ RX 480 card is available here.
o   Next-generation display and video technologies – The Radeon™ RX 480 card features HDMI® 2.0b, DisplayPort™ 1.3 HBR3, and DisplayPort™ 1.4 HDR supporting the new generation of high-resolution HDR and high-refresh displays enabling experiences such as FreeSync™ with high-refresh 4K, high refresh UltraWide, and single-cable 5K resolution computing at 60Hz. The Radeon™ RX 480 features AMD’s most versatile decode accelerator ever, enabling beautiful HDR movies using 10-bit HEVC7 from the likes of Netflix and Amazon, accelerated H.264 video of streamers on Twitch, accelerated VP9 videos on sites like YouTube, and razor-sharp video calling using HEVC and MJPEG in applications like Skype. More information on the next-generation display and video technologies are available here.8
o   Unprecedented control with Radeon Software and the new Radeon WattMan – Radeon Software compliments the sophisticated hardware of the Radeon™ RX 480 graphics card, enabling the ultimate in performance, features and stability to ensure an exceptionally smooth and fast out-of-box experience, and one that gets better with age as updates roll out. Launching today with the Radeon™ RX 480 card are nine new features of Radeon Software Crimson Edition designed to give users more control over multi-GPU, display, and power efficiency settings. Radeon WattMan, based on AMD OverDrive™ technology, enables users to take complete control over the Radeon™ RX 480 card with a redefined overclocking experience9 and a wide range of features including dynamic GPU frequency and voltage curves that allow users to customize both elements across seven states. Radeon WattMan also delivers a new histogram interface that enables recording of per-application data to easily track peak and average activity, clocks, temperature and fan speed. More information on the new Radeon WattMan is available here.

Radeon RX 480 Availability

Radeon™ RX 480 graphics cards are available from retailers and etailers around the world starting today.10 For more information on where to buy, visit http://shop.amd.com.