In a report by Kaspersky Lab, the Philippines ranked seventh out of 20 countries with a share of 2.8% in spam distributed to the United States. Incidentally, it is the United States that was the main source of distributed spam, ranking first with a share of 39.2%, followed by China with 9.1%, Brazil with 6.6% and India with 3.7%.
Asia Pacific personal computer shipments totaled 30.3 million units in the second quarter of 2012, a 2.6% decline compared with the same quarter in 2011, according to Gartner. The most notable decline came from China’s PC market at 5.4%, marking its first year-on-year negative growth ever.
Microsoft Corp has appointed Karrie Capellan-Ilagan as the new managing director for Microsoft Philippines, the first time a woman will be helming the local subsidiary of the world’s largest software company.
The recent floods that inundated the Philippines have become a defining moment for the outsourcing industry here as a youth political leader called for a congressional inquiry to investigate BPO (business process outsourcing) firms which he said required employees to work despite the heavy rains.
According to a Semiocast global poll which analyzed 517 million Twitter profiles, the Philippines now has around 9.5 million registered users on the micro-blogging site. This puts the country in the 10th spot in the worldwide rankings trailing Spain and staying one rung ahead of Turkey.
Rhea Althea Guntalilib, a blind computer programmer working at Smart Communications, said it is understandable for organizations to have apprehensions about employing the visually impaired, but believes it would be well worth the effort.
As familiarity with social media grows, customer expectations about how organizations will use these channels are evolving, according to research firm Gartner. By 2014, organizations that refuse to communicate with customers by social media will face the same level of wrath from customers as those that ignore today’s basic expectation that they will respond to emails and phone calls.
A survey by ad network Effective Measure has revealed that social media and mobile engagement will be setting new records as the majority of South-East Asian sports enthusiasts flock online to share and comment on their viewing experience of the Games in London. The June poll also showed that women will be driving social media engagement around the sporting event.
In what appears to be a good sign for the country’s booming outsourcing industry, US-based Cognizant has opened its second delivery center in the Philippines to support its rapid growth in the higher-level IT outsourcing business.
Low-cost airline operator AirAsia, which recently started ferrying passengers in domestic and international routes in the Philippines, has beefed up its technology muscle in an effort to keep its fares and expenditure way below its competitors.