Largest international tour operator to Sri Lanka plans to further consolidate position

Published : 4:49 am  December 12, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  473 views  |  

Ukrainian Tour Operator JOINUP, together with their exclusive Sri Lankan partner Concord Exotic Voyages, intends to strongly consolidate their position as the largest producer of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka in the next year. The company annually produces over 20,000 tourists to a range of beach hotels and also operates several round trips throughout the country and excursions from the beach resorts. Concord Exotic Voyages Chairman Bilal Mohamed said “I am very grateful to Alex and Alina Alba, the owners of JOINUP, because even though their company presently the number one to Sri Lanka, they continue to keep up the pressure to increase performance.  Read More →


IFS named a ‘Leader’ in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant

Published : 4:10 am  December 12, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  308 views  |  

IFS, the global enterprise applications company, is today recognized as a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Single-Instance ERP for Product-Centric Midmarket Companies, by Christian Hestermann et al., published 26 November, for its product IFS Applications 8. IFS has been positioned as a leader for the second consecutive year in the report, and has improved its positioning on the ‘completeness of vision’ and ‘ability to execute’ axis. “We are very proud to be recognized for the second year running as a Leader in the industry,” IFS President and CEO Alastair Sorbie said. “A considerable number of our customers have upgraded to IFS Applications 8 since its launch in 2012, and... 


Governments increase internet censorship, surveillance: Berners–Lee

Published : 4:07 am  December 12, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  267 views  |  

Reuters: The inventor of the Worldwide Web said on Thursday access to the internet should be regarded as a basic human right and criticised growing censorship by governments and commercial manipulation. The World Wide Web Foundation created by Tim Berners-Lee said some 38% of states denied free internet use to citizens. Laws preventing bulk mass surveillance were weak or non-existent in more than 84% of countries, up from 63% in 2013, it said. Moderate or extensive censorship was seen in 38% of countries, up from 32% in 2013. “It’s time to recognise the Internet as a basic human right,” he said in a statement. “That means guaranteeing affordable access for all, ensuring Internet packets... 


Mobitel, Exclusive Mobile Communications Partner for Papal visit to Sri Lanka

Published : 4:05 am  December 12, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  277 views  |  

Mobitel announced that the Catholic Church of Sri Lanka has chosen the National Mobile Service Provider as the Exclusive Mobile Communications Partner for the forthcoming Papal visit scheduled for next month. Pope Francis is expected to arrive in Sri Lanka on 13 January 2015. During his three-day visit (13-15), His Holiness will celebrate a mass for the Catholics of Sri Lanka at Galle Face Green, where thousands of faithful devotees are expected to participate and witness the canonisation of the Apostle of Sri Lanka, Blessed Joseph Vaz. Commenting on the partnership with the Information and Media Secretariat for Pope’s Visit 2015, Mobitel Senior General Manager – Marketing Nalin Perera stated:... 


Citihealth empowers sales team by deploying Axienta’s SFA Solution

Published : 4:04 am  December 12, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  280 views  |  

Citihealth Imports Limited is one of the fastest growing pharmaceutical companies in Sri Lanka, ranked among the top 10 pharmaceutical companies in the country. Its product portfolio includes a diverse range from leading pharmaceutical manufacturers focusing on extremely lucrative market segments including drugs for Thalassemia, Anti-asthmatic, HIV, Tetanus vaccines and a range of rehabilitation products. Apart from the pharmaceutical business, the company has also ventured into FMCG market and is promoting a range of imported consumer goods under a separate SBU. The product range currently is marketed and distributed islandwide. Success, however, brought with it many new demands. “The company... 


Instagram crosses 300 million users, edges past Twitter

Published : 4:02 am  December 12, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  276 views  |  

Reuters: Facebook Inc’s photo-sharing service, Instagram, said it had more than 300 million users, sharing over 70 million photos and videos each day. Microblogging service Twitter Inc has 284 million active users, according to its website. Four-year-old Instagram crossed 200 million users in March. The service, bought by Facebook in April 2012, also said in a blog that users would now see a ‘verified’ badge for celebrities, athletes and brands as Instagram pushes to deactivate spam accounts. Instagram also said on Wednesday it will permanently delete spam accounts, which may cause a drop in some users’ follower counts.  Read More →


Unity Plaza IT festival is back

Published : 4:01 am  December 12, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  129 views  |  

After the successful festival carried out last year, this year Unity Plaza along with their tenants, renowned IT operators and multinational brands, have organised the 2nd IT Shopping Festival. The festival is scheduled to take place from 17 – 24 December from 10 am to 8 pm at Unity Plaza, Colombo 04. “The Unity IT shopping festival is not only about value bargains, but enables the younger generation to get acquainted with the latest IT innovations on offer. Customers will love the deals and have the opportunity of seeing the latest gadgets,” Unity IT Festival 2014 Organising Committee Chairman Kamil Sherrif noted. In line with the objective of this festival all the retail stores and IT... 


Delhi Court suspends Xiaomi smartphone sales after Ericsson complaint

Published : 3:58 am  December 12, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  60 views  |  

Reuters: The Delhi High Court has ordered Xiaomi Technology Co Ltd to temporarily stop selling its smartphones in India in a case related to patent infringements that telecom equipment maker Ericsson had filed against the Chinese company. Xiaomi, whose low-priced but feature-rich smartphones have made it the biggest smartphone vendor in China, sells its phones exclusively through online retailer Flipkart.com in India, the world’s third largest smartphone market. Both Xiaomi and Flipkart.com have been ordered by the Delhi High Court in an order on Wednesday to stop selling the devices until Feb 5, when it is due to hear the case, according to the court documents seen by Reuters. The Delhi High... 


Microsoft exec sees autumn release for Windows 10

Published : 3:58 am  December 12, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  108 views  |  

Reuters: Microsoft Corp expects to have its new Windows 10 operating system on the market by autumn 2015, slightly later than previous comments had suggested. Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner told Japanese news service Nikkei on Wednesday that the new system would be released ‘early next fall’. Microsoft has not publicly set a firm timetable for the release of Windows 10, but only last week suggested the possibility of an earlier release. “By next late summer and early fall we’ll be able to bring out this particular OS (operating system). That’s the current plan of record,” Turner told the Credit Suisse Technology Conference last Thursday. An autumn release would put Windows 10... 


Microsoft supports Government’s ‘Nenasala’ IT education

Published : 12:00 am  December 11, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  205 views  |  

Microsoft Asia Pacific President César Cernuda, who was on a two-day official visit to Colombo, met with a number of Government officials and the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) to discuss how the software company can further align with the Sri Lanka Government’s plan to make the country the IT hub in the region. At the handing over of the grant to the President, from left: Microsoft Public Sector Lead Poojitha Rajapakse, ICTA Director Jayantha Fernando, ICTA CEO Reshan Devapura, Microsoft Area VP APAC Cesar Cernuda, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Minister for Telecommunication and IT Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology Secretary... 


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