Ranjith Rubasinghe appointed CEO of Mobitel

Published : 2:44 am  July 3, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,090 views  |  

Ranjith G. Rubasinghe was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel with effect from 27 June 2014. Rubasinghe brings with him a wealth of experience in the fields of telecommunications and IT in several national and multinational organisations, including Sri Lanka Telecom for 12 years.    Ranjith G. Rubasinghe He is a Chartered Engineer, Representative Fellow of the Council and the Chairman of the Electrical & Electronic Engineering Sectional Committee of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL) with an MBA from the University of Colombo, BSc in Engineering and Electrical Electronics and a Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering. Rubasinghe is also... 

Microsoft says disrupts cybercrime rings with roots in Kuwait, Algeria

Published : 2:43 am  July 3, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  370 views  |  

Reuters: Microsoft Corp launched what it hopes will be the most successful private effort to date to crack down on cyber crime by moving to disrupt communications channels between hackers and infected PCs. The operation, which began on Monday under an order issued by a federal court in Nevada, targeted traffic involving malicious software known as Bladabindi and Jenxcus, which Microsoft said work in similar ways and were written and distributed by developers in Kuwait and Algeria. It is the first high-profile case involving malware written by developers outside of Eastern Europe, according to Richard Domingues Boscovich, assistant general counsel of Microsoft’s cybercrime-fighting Digital Crimes... 

Intel loses court challenge against $1.4 b EU fine

Published : 2:42 am  July 3, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  368 views  |  

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters): U.S. chipmaker Intel has recently lost its challenge against a record 1.06 billion euro ($1.44 billion / 851.7 million pounds) European Union fine handed down five years ago, as Europe’s second highest court said regulators did not act too harshly. The European Commission in its 2009 decision said Intel tried to thwart rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) by giving rebates to PC makers Dell, Hewlett-Packard Co, NEC and Lenovo for buying most of their computer chips from Intel. The EU competition authority said Intel also paid German retail chain Media Saturn Holding to stock only computers with its chips. Judges at the Luxembourg-based General Court said on Thursday they... 

Over 5000 units of Huawei Honor 3C sold within a month in Sri Lanka

Published : 1:49 am  July 1, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  579 views  |  

Huawei Technologies Lanka Ltd, announced yesterday that it has successfully sold over 5000 units of the Huawei Honor 3C, which was launched end May this quarter. The Huawei Honor 3C is known to have received over 1.5 million reservations in 36 hours since its first launch announcement last quarter has received over eight million reservations during the pre-order state in Asia. Huawei Technologies Lanka together with its exclusive national distributor for Singer Sri Lanka has achieved this feat within three weeks of the official launch in Sri Lanka. Huawei Technologies Lanka Ltd CEO Daniel Sun said, “The introduction of the Honor 3C, which was directed to the mid-range market, not only clearly... 

Truecaller launches verified mobile phone community

Published : 1:49 am  July 1, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,119 views  |  

To secure millions of  Sri Lankan users The incredible increase of mobile phone users and growth in mobile broadband has translated into optimised smartphone usage, in addition to calling and messaging. The advent of technology, however, has transformed communication experience with intuitive services. While device usage has enhanced, basic services such as calling has also become more intelligent. Till some time ago, a call if missed had to be returned just to find out who the caller was and in this process users would fall prey to spam callers. But, the launch of Truecaller, the world’s largest mobile phone community will now help users across to take or make the right call and build a... 

MIT Global Startup Labs kicks off phase three

Published : 1:48 am  July 1, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  390 views  |  

In June and July the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Global Startup Labs (MIT GSL) will complete phase three of a seven month program which aims to foster entrepreneurship within Sri Lanka by supporting local entrepreneurs in developing their startup ideas. Since its first run in 2000, MIT GSL has brought teams from MIT to 14 countries to facilitate programs which have culminated in the launch of IT startups around the world. This is the fourth year the program is being held in Sri Lanka; however, this year marks an exciting shift as both the scope and the reach of the program are broadened. While in the past the program has been run as a seven week summer program with students from... 

SLT liquidates Hong Kong subsidiary

Published : 1:47 am  July 1, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  522 views  |  

Sri Lanka Telecom, the country’s premier telecommunications provider, announced yesterday in a stock market disclosure that its subsidiary in Hong Kong, SLT Hong Kong Limited was liquidated. The liquidation took effect from 18 May 2014. SLT Hong Kong Limited, established in December 2006, was a fully owned subsidiary of Sri Lanka Telecom PLC.  Read More →

Sony confident TV business will swing to profit this year: Executive

Published : 1:47 am  July 1, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  268 views  |  

REUTERS: Sony Corp is confident its TV division will move into the black this financial year after a decade in the red, even if it falls short of its volume sales target, the head of the newly independent division said on Monday. Masashi Imamura told a media round table that the TV business, which will become a separate subsidiary of Sony Corp on 1 July, had reduced fixed costs during the last financial year, and profitability was now in sight. He said Sony this year would be able to absorb the impact of any fluctuations in emerging market currencies, a factor he blamed for the unit’s failure to make a profit last year. Sony has forecast an 18.5% rise in TV sales to 16 million units this year... 

Look ma, no hands – Swedish start-up launches touchless selfie app

Published : 1:47 am  July 1, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  282 views  |  

Reuters: Selfie fans, your life just got a little easier. A Swedish tech start-up has launched an app for Apple devices that lets people take photos of themselves without having to touch their screens. Using touchless technology which it says is ideal for taking ‘selfies’ or ‘groupies,’ Crunchfish’s GoCam app lets users trigger photos or videos from a distance with just hand gestures. Photos can be triggered from a distance of up to three metres, it says. The company, based in the southern Swedish city of Malmo, says the free GoCam app will be initially available in Sweden and Australia. While gesture recognition has become more popular thanks to products such as Microsoft’s Kinect... 

US says cable, fiber internet speeds mostly as hyped; DSL lags

Published : 1:46 am  July 1, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  220 views  |  

Reuters: US cable and fibre internet providers generally deliver the download speeds they advertise, though not consistently, while DSL connections increasingly fail to meet promised speeds, the Federal Communications Commission said. The agency has been testing download and upload speeds of top Internet Service Providers (ISPs) yearly since 2011, but this year for the first time also assessed how likely consumers were to get speeds as advertised. The report found Cablevision and Verizon Fiber to be two providers to deliver faster-than-promised download speeds to 80% of consumers 80% of the time, with Comcast and Frontier Fiber delivering just short of promised speeds. Windstream, Verizon DSL... 

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