Sony unveils new Xperia phone even as it retrenches in mobile

Published : 12:47 am  April 21, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  170 views  |  

(Reuters) - Sony Corp on Monday unveiled a new high-end Xperia handset featuring an aluminium frame and a 5.2-inch screen, showing it is still in the smartphone race even as it scales down its struggling mobile operations. The launch of the new flagship model comes amid a painful restructuring at the Japanese consumer electronics giant which has thrown the future of its smartphone division into doubt, with top executives saying an exit cannot be ruled out. But as the company focuses on cutting costs rather than growing its mobile market, the division still needs investment in new products and marketing to maintain Sony’s brand and hold off a more rapid deterioration. Sony said the Xperia Z4... 


Samsung announces winner of Galaxy Note 4 competition

Published : 12:47 am  April 21, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  143 views  |  

Samsung Electronics India – Sri Lanka Branch Office recently announced the winner of the ‘Do the Unbelievable Challenge’ competition which took place across Samsung’s social media platforms in Sri Lanka. The competition challenged consumers to complete five fun tasks that could only be done with a Galaxy Note 4. Yohan Andrew Demotte emerged the winner of the competition and was presented with a Galaxy Note 4 by Youngmin Shin, the Managing Director of Samsung in Sri Lanka. As part of the competition, contestants had to take a wide-angle selfie with the Galaxy Note 4 without touching the phone and thereafter compare it to a selfie taken by another smartphone.  For the second task, contestants... 


Company executives poorly placed to handle rising cyber risk: KPMG survey

Published : 12:46 am  April 21, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  168 views  |  

Reuters: Less than half of company boards have the necessary skills to manage the rising threat of cyber attacks, a survey of global investors showed, with four of five respondents suggesting they might blacklist businesses that have been hacked. The research from consultancy firm KPMG, which surveyed 133 institutional investors running a total $3 trillion in assets, also showed that 43% of investors believe board members of the companies they invest in have a level of skill and knowledge to manage innovation and risk in the digital world that is unacceptable. “Investors see data breaches as a threat to a company’s material value and feel discouraged in investing in a business that has had... 


Deputy Foreign Minister Perera highlights Sri Lanka’s achievements in ICT

Published : 12:05 am  April 20, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  218 views  |  

Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith P. Perera participated at the Global Conference on Cyberspace, from 16-17 April in the Netherlands. Speaking at the conference, the Deputy Minister underscored that Information and Communication Technology was the tool and enabler that would push the boundaries of socio-economic development in Sri Lanka and that e-Government led reforms would be a catalyst in bringing greater transparency, efficiency and accountability. He also briefed on various initiatives underway in the ICT sector that had brought Sri Lanka to the lead position in South Asia on the UN e-Government Readiness rank. The Sri Lanka delegation to the conference included Chargé d’Affaires a.i Wathsala... 


Ericsson inaugurates ‘Connect To Learn’ in Polonnaruwa

Published : 12:04 am  April 20, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  135 views  |  

To mark Ericsson’s 20th year in Sri Lanka and the official inauguration of the Connect To Learn initiative in Polonnaruwa, Head of Ericsson Sri Lanka Denis Brunetti presented President Maithripala Sirisena with an award of appreciation at Royal College Polonnaruwa in recognition of the enduring partnership Ericsson shares with the people of Sri Lanka. Earlier in the day, under the auspices of P.G. Kumarasingha, Chairman of SLT Mobitel, Ericsson Sri Lanka, in partnership with Mobitel and the Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL), officially inaugurated the Connect To Learn initiative in Polonnaruwa with the ceremonial opening of the lab at the OUSL campus. The initiative, which aims to enhance... 


Huawei shows smartphone credentials with P8 launch

Published : 12:02 am  April 20, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  135 views  |  

Reuters: China’s Huawei unveiled its flagship P8 and P8 Max smartphones last week; devices that stack up against the latest models from Samsung and Apple in technical specifications if not marketing budget. The P8, which runs Google’s Android operating system, has a 5.2 inch display screen – slightly larger than the Samsung Galaxy S6, unveiled last month, and the iPhone 6 – and an eight-core 64-bit processor. Made from a single piece of metal, the phone is thinner than its rivals, with a width of 6.4 millimetres, Huawei said at a packed global launch event in London. Like Apple, the Chinese company also launched a super-size version, the P8 Max, which comes with a 6.8 inch screen.                 Huawei,... 


Microsoft unveils touch-friendly Office apps for Windows phones

Published : 12:01 am  April 20, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  114 views  |  

SAN FRANCISCO, (Reuters): Microsoft Corp on Friday unveiled a long-awaited suite of touch-friendly Office apps that allow Windows phone users to work on Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents on their phones with touch commands and to transfer them easily between devices. Test versions of what Microsoft is calling its Office Universal apps are available to download immediately and full versions will be available by the end of the month, Microsoft said. Many Office users have waited months for Microsoft to introduce the apps, which adapt their look and commands to the device being used, whether Windows Phone or tablet. Microsoft, in a departure from tradition, has already released similar touch-friendly... 


World Bank promotes empowerment of women in Sri Lanka through ICT

Published : 4:30 am  April 17, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  203 views  |  

While successful on several development indicators, Sri Lanka has the 20th largest gender gap in labour force participation globally, which impedes the country’s goals for growth and equity, the World Bank says. While Sri Lankan women are educated and live longer many do not work outside the home partly due to skills mismatch – a disparity between the skills women attain and those that the market demands or will pay for. To empower women and increase their chances for employment and entrepreneurship for women at the grassroots level, Fusion, together with Microsoftm recently conducted a two-day workshop in Colombo for civil society organisations working on women’s empowerment. The workshop,... 


Microsoft Sri Lanka’s OEM sector supports SLANA with RISE Award winnings

Published : 4:28 am  April 17, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  168 views  |  

Microsoft Sri Lanka’s OEM team was the recipient of the internal regional award for being the software giant’s ‘best performing sub in the OEM sector’ during the third quarter. RISE Awards are a quarterly evaluation of the OEM sector amongst Microsoft subsidiaries in the APAC Region and is awarded to the OEM division that is furthest ahead of set business objective within that quarter. The third quarter winners received a reward of $ 2,000, which could be used to support a local cause. The OEM team in Sri Lanka decided to channel their winnings to support the Sri Lanka Anti-Narcotics Association (SLANA) by donating eight locally assembled hybrid tablets with free Microsoft software to... 


Nokia buys Alcatel-Lucent to grow in telecom equipment

Published : 4:26 am  April 17, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  180 views  |  

Reuters: Nokia is to buy Alcatel-Lucent in an all-share deal that values its smaller French rival at 15.6 billion euros ($16.6 billion), building up its telecom equipment business to compete with market leader Ericsson. Nokia’s takeover of Alcatel-Lucent will redefine a telecom equipment sector suffering weak growth prospects and pressure from low-cost Chinese players Huawei and ZTE. The combined company will have about 114,000 employees and combined sales of around 26 billion euros. In mobile equipment it will rank a strong second, with global market share of 35%, behind Sweden’s Ericsson with 40% and ahead of Huawei’s 20%, according to Bernstein Research. The Finnish company will give... 


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