Google to launch own mobile chat app

Published : 12:00 am  October 6, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  258 views  |  

Reuters: Software giant Google Inc plans to launch a mobile messaging app it is likely to test in India and other emerging markets, the Economic Times newspaper reported on Friday, citing sources. The daily said Google was in the early stages of development of the app, which will not make it mandatory to use a Google login. If launched, the mobile app will compete in the mobile chat space with the likes of WhatsApp, Line and Hike. The Mountain View, California-based company is also looking at localisation, by adding Indian language support and voice-to-text messaging, the newspaper said. A Google spokeswoman said the company did not comment on speculation.  Read More →


‘Mobile First Cloud First’ new theme for Microsoft Sri Lanka Partner Awards

Published : 5:31 am  October 3, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  551 views  |  

The who’s who of the IT industry gathered at the Cinnamon Grand, Colombo when Microsoft Sri Lanka celebrated their Partners at the 2014 Partner Awards held last week. The annual event took on a new theme this year, ‘Mobile First – Cloud First’, where Michelle Simmons, Microsoft’s GM South East Asia New Markets, addressed the gathering on the company’s new direction. She said that the company’s new mission was centred around persons, allowing them to do more and that was a big step forward, where partners can play an active role. The partner conference, a platform to bring together and recognise the contribution, dedication and commitment shown by Microsoft Sri Lanka’s partner... 


Samsung launches new digital plaza in Wattala

Published : 5:30 am  October 3, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  754 views  |  

Digital technology leader, Samsung Electronics recently expanded its network in Sri Lanka, by launching the new Samsung Digital Plaza in Wattala. The plaza is the first of its kind in the growing city of Wattala and showcases Samsung’s high-end range of consumer products. The Samsung Digital Plaza in Wattala was launched in collaboration with one of Sri Lanka’s leading conglomerates, Softlogic Retail Ltd. The grand opening of the plaza was attended by senior management from Softlogic and Samsung including H.K. Chang, Managing Director, Samsung Electronics India – Sri Lanka Branch Office, Nasser Majeed, CEO, Softlogic Retail and P. Nirmalan, Commercial Director, Softlogic Retail.                               Commenting... 


Microsoft names next operating system ‘Windows 10’

Published : 12:00 am  October 2, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  444 views  |  

Reuters: Microsoft Corp announced its ‘Windows 10’ operating system on Tuesday to replace the largely unpopular Windows 8, skipping a number to mark a leap toward unifying the way people work on tablets, phones and traditional computers. The next version of Microsoft’s flagship product, which still runs the vast majority of personal computers and is used by 1.5 billion customers worldwide, is aimed at recapturing the lucrative business market, which generally ignored the new-look Windows 8. Windows 10 will be “our greatest enterprise platform ever,” said Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s head of operating systems, at an event in San Francisco. Only 20% of organisations migrated to Windows... 


MillenniumIT claims top honours at Oracle Partner Awards 2014

Published : 12:00 am  October 2, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  1 Comment  |  992 views  |  

 Places Sri Lanka on IT map with exclusive regional win   MillenniumIT, a leading technology solutions provider and a part of London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) was recognised as the ‘Systems Integrator (SI) Partner of the Year 2014’ at the recently-held Oracle FY15 ASEAN Partner Forum in Bangkok, Thailand. MillenniumIT was also recognised as the ‘Specialised Partner of the Year for Applications – 2014’, the only company to be recognised in this category in the entire ASEAN/SAGE region. The awards were received by Samantha Ratiyala, VP – Information Infrastructure, and Kithsiri Senaratne – Head of Services, from Managing Director ASEAN and SAGE, K. Raman. Held under the... 


Expolanka partners H One on first Sri Lankan Microsoft Azure-based leisure application

Published : 12:00 am  October 2, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  714 views  |  

Known for its success in travel, leisure and logistics, Expolanka Holdings PLC is the first Sri Lankan conglomerate to host a travel & leisure application on Microsoft’s premier cloud platform, Azure. The application, to be released in October to agents of Akquasun Holidays, Expolanka’s Mumbai-based global destination management company, enables the company’s network of international sales offices or Destination Management Centers (DMCs) to leverage fast response times in order to compete for increased booking volumes and partner loyalty. Expolanka Holdings PLC Head of Group IT Asitha Kaggoda (centre) and Senior Manager IT Projects Ajantha Warusawithana (right) with H One CEO Samath... 


Airtel unveils dongle trade in offer

Published : 12:00 am  October 2, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  545 views  |  

Bharti Airtel Lanka, a subsidiary of Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa recently announced their latest offer; the Dongle Trade. The promotion enables one to trade any dongle for a brand new Airtel dongle, along with an Airtel Postpaid data plan. Commenting on this latest offer, Bharti Airtel Lanka CEO/MD Suren Goonewardene stated, “At Airtel we strive to serve our society through our services and offer innovative and simple solutions to their telecommunication needs. The Dongle Trade offer gives anybody, regardless of whether they are with our network or any other network, an opportunity to trade their... 


US charges four with stealing $ 100 m in software, data

Published : 12:00 am  October 2, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  211 views  |  

Reuters: Four members of an alleged international computer hacking ring were charged with stealing more than $100 million worth of software and data – some of it used to train military pilots and some related to Microsoft Corp’s Xbox gaming console – the US Justice Department said Tuesday. Two of the four – a 28-year-old New Jersey man and a 22-year-old Canadian man – pleaded guilty to charges contained in an indictment unsealed earlier in the day, the agency said. Prosecutors said the ring gained unauthorised access to the computer networks of Microsoft and some of its partners between January 2011 and March 2014 to steal source code, technical specifications and other information. Some... 


Success of HCM solutions down to strategic alignment, technology, execution

Published : 12:00 am  October 2, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  412 views  |  

Microimage HCM Asia, partner of Asia-based OMESTI Group, took the stage alongside leading HR professionals at the HR Technology Congress in Kuala Lumpur last week. The theme of the congress focused on HR as an asset class, technology as an enabler in the HR spectrum and HCM for boosting productivity, engagement and speed. Microimage COO SurenRupasinghe flew in from Sri Lanka to take part in one of the panel sessions on the future of HR technology. The session looked at technologies that today’s HR professionals require and was led by Mei-Lynn Chan, EVP and Head, Human Capital Group Technology for Maybank. Microimage COO Suren Rupasinghe – Pic Grant Corban Suren highlighted, “HCM solutions... 


Calcey moves into Trace Expert City

Published : 2:49 am  October 1, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  577 views  |  

Boutique software firm expands Innovation Centre in Sri Lanka Calcey Founder and CEO Mangala Karunaratne flanked by Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa, UDA Chairman Nimal Perera and dignitaries from the Sri Lankan Army at the inauguration Calcey Technologies, an innovative software product engineering firm based in San Francisco California and Sri Lanka, moved their Colombo based Innovation Centre into the modern office premises at Trace Expert City. The move in was graced by Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Urban Development Authority (UDA) Chairman Nimal Perera, dignitaries from the Sri Lankan Army, UDA, the Management of Calcey Technologies... 


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