Hutchison to buy Telefonica UK unit for 10.25 billion pounds

Published : 12:00 am  January 26, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  214 views  |  

MADRID/HONG KONG (Reuters): Li Ka-shing’s Hutchison Whampoa Ltd has agreed to buy Telefonica’s British mobile unit O2 for up to 10.25 billion pounds, hastening the consolidation of Britain’s telecoms industry. Hutchison already operates the Three Mobile network in Britain, and buying second-ranked O2, which has about 22 million subscribers, from the Spanish group will make it the top mobile operator in the country. The move comes only weeks after former state monopoly BT entered exclusive talks with the owners of EE, Britain’s biggest mobile operator to create a dominant provider of fixed and mobile phones and internet services. BT opted for EE rather than buying O2. The deal is also... 

WhatsApp adds messaging from web

Published : 12:00 am  January 23, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  487 views  |  

San Francisco: The popular mobile messaging application WhatsApp, acquired by Facebook last year for nearly $ 22 billion, unveiled a new service Wednesday (Jan 21) for sending messages from a Web browser. WhatsApp, which claims some 500 million users, said its Web service will be a “mirror” and would require an internet-connected phone to work. “Our Web client is simply an extension of your phone: the Web browser mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device – this means all of your messages still live on your phone,” WhatsApp said in a blog post. The new messaging service currently only works with Google’s Chrome browser and will not be available to iPhone users... 

Samsung’s Tizen smartphone makes poor first impression in India

Published : 12:00 am  January 23, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  590 views  |  

Reuters: Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s first smartphone to run on its own operating system received a frosty welcome after its launch in India, with reviewers and consumers criticising its low-resolution cameras and dearth of software applications. The South Korean giant’s latest handset stands out not so much for its no-frills specifications but for what lies under the hood – the Tizen operating system Samsung has developed to rival Google Inc’s Android platform. Hyun Chil Hong (R), president and chief executive of Samsung India Electronics, and Bollywood actress Huma Qureshi hold the Samsung’s new Z1 smartphones at its launch in New Delhi – REUTERS   Samsung is hoping the... 

Microsoft to give away Windows 10, unveils hologram glasses

Published : 12:00 am  January 23, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  686 views  |  

SEATTLE (Reuters): Microsoft Corp will give away its upcoming Windows 10 operating system as a free upgrade to users of the most recent versions of Windows and Windows Phone, as the world’s largest software company tries to retain customers in the mobile era. An undated handout illustration of Microsoft’s HoloLens, a holographic lens device that allows users to see three-dimensional renderings of computer-generated images – REUTERS/Microsoft/Handout   The ‘free’ strategy is a calculated gamble for Microsoft, designed to put Windows in as many devices as possible. The company would then make up for any lost revenue by selling services such as Office over the Internet, or cloud. “It’s... 

P.G. Kumarasingha assumes duties as new Chairman of SLT Group

Published : 12:00 am  January 23, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  556 views  |  

P. G. Kumarasingha assumed duties as the new Chairman of Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) Group, the holding company consisting of seven subsidiaries, yesterday, making him the eighth Chairman of SLT following the company’s privatisation in 1996. A simple ceremony was held at the SLT headquarters at an auspicious time with the participation of the Board of Directors including foreign directors, the Group CEO, subsidiary CEOs, senior management of SLT and trade union members. The Group CEO of SLT Lalith de Silva welcomed Kumarasingha on this occasion. SLT Group Chairman P.G. Kumarasinghe assumes duties watched by Directors and senior staff   Kumarasingha, expressing his views at the ceremony said:... 

Facebook report says it adds more than $ 200 b to global economy

Published : 12:00 am  January 22, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  407 views  |  

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters): With 1.35 billion users of its internet social network, Facebook Inc would rank as the world’s second-most populous nation if it were a country. While its users may populate only a virtual country, Facebook says it generates a lot of real economic activity – $ 227 billion (150 billion pound) worth of economic impact and 4.5 million jobs in 2014, according to a new study by consulting firm Deloitte & Touche that Facebook commissioned. The report looks at the businesses that maintain pages on Facebook as well as the mobile apps and games that consumers play on Facebook and measures all the economic activity that result. It also considers the demand for gadgets and... 

Dropbox buys US- Israeli mobile document firm CloudOn

Published : 12:00 am  January 22, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  439 views  |  

TEL AVIV (Reuters): Online document-sharing company Dropbox has acquired US-Israeli CloudOn, a developer of tools to simplify creating and editing documents on mobile devices, the companies said on Wednesday. Financial details were not disclosed. CloudOn will become Dropbox’s first Israeli office and will focus on research and development. Dropbox plans to hire more engineers for the Israel operations. In November Dropbox teamed up with Microsoft Corp to allow Office software users to manage and share files through Dropbox’s website and mobile app.  Read More →

French newspaper ‘Le Monde’ says Twitter account hacked

Published : 12:00 am  January 22, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  349 views  |  

REUTERS: French newspaper ‘Le Monde’ said its twitter account and publishing tool were hacked by a group called the ‘Syrian Electronic Army’, an amorphous hacker collective that supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “The hackers managed to infiltrate our publishing tool before launching a denial of service,” the newspaper said on its website. Le Monde sent out a tweet saying it has taken back control of its computers. “We apologise for any fraudulent posts on our behalf.” Representatives at Le Monde and Twitter were not immediately available for comment outside regular business hours. In November, the websites of British and North American media organisations and retailer... 

HP Designjet Large Format Printer Fiesta in Colombo next week

Published : 12:00 am  January 22, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  399 views  |  

The HP ‘Large Format’ Printer Fiesta will be from 26 to 31 January 2015 at the Trident Corporation HP Large Format Experience Centre, 595 Galle Road, Colombo 3. The event will showcase HP’s latest web-connected Large Format ePrinters which are designed to help busy work groups complete work efficiently. Products on display include: HP DesignJet T series printer and T series multifunction printers (technical series) and HP DesignJet Z series printer (Graphics series). Design professionals are more mobile than ever – moving among offices, job sites and airports. Additionally, the design process is highly collaborative, taking place between different teams and across towns and cities. These... 

Record number of Softserve clients go live on Microsoft Dynamics 2013

Published : 12:00 am  January 22, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  227 views  |  

Softserve Ltd, a company that focuses primarily on Microsoft Dynamics as its core product deployment, successfully delivered last year, the Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 ERP system to a record number of organisations in the apparel industry. The implementation will strengthen existing services of these organisations by allowing control over core business processes and helping employees and employers perform more efficiently and effectively. Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 is a business management solution for small and mid-sized organisations and helps in automation and streamlining of business processes. It provides a centralised, integrated business system to allow small and medium enterprises to... 

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