News Briefs

Conversable SaaS platform to disrupt call-center sector

CONVERSABLE Inc. launched on June 7 a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform that the Dallas, Texas-based firm said will do away with call centers for the service industry. Rather than search and download apps and go to a company’s web site, the platform allows users to send a message directly to a company and get their request met with no wait times and without ringing a call center, Conversable explained. “Conversable goes way beyond basic bots,” Conversable CEO and cofounder Ben Lamm was quoted in a statement as saying.

(Rizal Raoul Reyes)

Amdocs launches core network-testing service

AMDOCS Ltd. announced on June 6 it has launched its core network-testing service targeting service providers. Amdocs said the service will eliminate multiple vendor-testing cycles that increase operational costs and delay service introductions. Citing a research by Coleman Parkes for Amdocs, Amdocs said service providers are currently using more than four different vendors on average to conduct network testing to support service introductions.

(Oliver Samson)

Dell launches first 17-inch 2-in-1 PC

DELL Inc. launched a new line of Inspiron 2-in-1 personal computers (PC) the company is positioning at the education sector and for entrepreneurs. The laptops come with a sixth-generation Intel CoreTM processor. Each has a 360-degree hinge to enable three modes: laptop, stand and tablet. The 7000 series includes wide-viewing angle screen with FHD resolution, backlit keyboard for typing in dim environments and infrared camera.

(Rizal Raoul Reyes)

D-Link rolls out solutions

TAIWANESE multinational networking equipment company D-Link Corp. announced on June 10 the rollout of several products targeting the education sector. In a statement, the company said its wireless-fidelity (Wi-Fi) routers have dual-core processor that improves Internet speeds for all applications. One router it cited gives connection speeds of up to 3.2 gigabytes per second, making transferring and downloading of large files, streaming of HD videos and playing online games faster and lag-free. Another Wi-Fi router can also accommodate multiple users simultaneously connecting to the Internet.

(Rizal Raoul Reyes)

F5 Networks expands app security portfolio

F5 Networks Inc. announced on June 1 it has expanded its security portfolio to secure financial and e-commerce apps and mobile apps against sophisticated fraudulent threats. “The presence of more avenues for attack means that cyber-criminals have more options when it comes to stealing credentials and data,” the company said in a statement. F5 said network or security specialists can tune one of its solution within hours, instead of days, and carry out installation updates within minutes, instead of hours, with zero downtime.

(Oliver Samson)

Discovery channel operator partners with Singaporeans

DISCOVERY Networks Asia-Pacific Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd announced on June 1 a content partnership with Singapore-based online video service Viddsee Pte. Ltd. In a statement, the Discovery Communications Inc. subsidary said it will make its content available online for the first time in the region, starting with full-length documentary films from the channel’s first time filmmakers initiative. “Distributing our content on digital platforms is only going to deepen and grow our audience engagement,” executive Charmaine Kwan was quoted in a statement as saying.

(Rizal Raoul Reyes)

Nimble Software raises $4 million fund

SEEK Ltd. was able to raise $4 million in Series A funding to Nimble Software Systems Inc. (NSSI), the latter said. According to NSSI, the money raised by Seek, which funds entities in the Philippines among others, “will support ongoing technology development and marketing to improve the company’s customer experience and accelerate global expansion.” The funding round closed on April 16.

(Rizal Raoul Reyes)

Synergy88 says updated game

GAME developer Synergy88 Digital Inc. announced recently a major update for its mobile game for Android and iOS called “Catch the Guava.” The game “now has fresh new graphics, more content, more gameplay modes and a better tiering of in-game items available for sale inside the app, according to the homegrown company. The game promotes famous Filipino tourist spots like Rizal Park, Manila City Hall and Boracay. The game managed to acquire around 500,000 downloads in less than 3 months since it was introduced, the company said.

(Rizal Raoul Reyes)

Oppo slashes device price

THE local unit of OPPO Electronics Corp. announced on June 2 it has slashed the price of a device launched just 2 months ago. The company said in a statement its F1 Plus would be sold at less than P2,000 of its original price at its April 16 launch in the country. The Dongguan, Guangdong, China-based vendor announced the price-slach after being cited by the IDC as the 4th-largest shipper of smartphones, posting a 153.2-percent year-on-year (YoY) increase in the first quarter of the year.