Sony invests in image sensor production amid ‘selfie’ boom

Published : 12:00 am  July 28, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  310 views  |  

Reuters: Sony Corp said last week it would invest 35 billion yen ($ 345 million) to increase production of image sensors for smartphones and tablets, as the company courts handset makers to get more orders for front-facing camera sensors, used to take selfies. The Japanese firm said it will increase production of stacked CMOS sensors at two factories on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, while completing work on a factory in northwestern Japan it bought from Renesas Electronics Corp for a total investment of 35 billion yen. Sony, which currently supplies image sensors for the main camera in Apple Inc’s iPhone said the investment will allow it to raise production by 13% to 68,000 wafers... 


MIT’s Global Startup Labs boosts IT entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka

Published : 12:00 am  July 28, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  842 views  |  

By Radhi de Silva The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Global Startup Labs (‘MIT GSL’) 2014 just completed phase four on the 24 July at the Dialog Future World Auditorium at Excel World, which is the last lap of the seven month program held in Sri Lanka. MT GSL is a project which targets to foster IT entrepreneurship within Sri Lanka by supporting local entrepreneurs in developing their IT based start up ideas. GSL (previously known as Accelerating Information Technology Initiative ‘AITI’) first started in 2000 in Africa based on the foundational thought that information technology aids development. Since 2000, MIT GSL has sent over 150 MIT instructors to teach over 2000 students... 


SLASSCOM launches first-ever strategic review for IT/BPM industry

Published : 12:31 am  July 25, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  406 views  |  

SLASSCOM, the IT and knowledge services industry trade chamber in Sri Lanka, launched its first-ever IT/BPM industry review at a simple ceremony held under the patronage of Treasury Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundera recently. Welcoming the audience, SLASSCOM Chairman Jayantha De Silva said that the industry with strong support of the Government has shown tremendous growth in the last few years from negligible export revenue just a few years back to the billion dollar industry it is today. Speaking at the event SLASSCOM Chairman Emeritus Madu Ratnayake presented the key highlights of the report. He highlighted that global IT/BPM reached $ 1.2 trillion in 2013, and the world is now poised for the... 


Commonwealth ICT deliberations at NITC 2014

Published : 12:30 am  July 25, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  563 views  |  

Sri Lanka graciously hosted Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in November 2013. Continuing the engagement with the commonwealth, and considering the relevance of the CHOGM 2013 theme ‘Growth Equity and Inclusive Development’, Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL) has taken steps to facilitate commonwealth wide deliberations at its National Information Technology Conference2014 (NITC 2014) – ‘ICT for Inclusive Development’. The conference organised in collaboration Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Telecommunication and IT Sri Lanka, Ministry of External Affairs Sri Lanka and Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) is supported by London based Commonwealth Telecommunication... 


Swatch Group denies working with Apple on smartwatch

Published : 12:29 am  July 25, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  318 views  |  

ZURICH (Reuters): Swiss watchmaker Swatch Group has denied a media report saying it was working with technology company Apple on a smartwatch, a wearable device with interactive functions. Technology website VentureBeat said in a report on Wednesday Apple was working with “at least one partner, Swatch” on a smartwatch project, citing an unnamed source. A spokeswoman for Swatch Group said on Thursday the report was unfounded. She said the only business relationship Swatch Group had with mobile phone makers was as a supplier of integrated circuits and other electronic components. Signs are mounting that Apple, which landed huge successes with its iPhone mobile phones and iPad tablets, is preparing... 


LG Electronics beats Q2 estimates as mobile division turns profit

Published : 12:29 am  July 25, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  296 views  |  

Reuters: LG Electronics Inc reported on Thursday its strongest quarterly profit in more than three years, beating analyst estimates thanks to a pickup in television sales and a turnaround in its mobile phone business. The world’s second-largest TV maker after local rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said profit at its TV arm improved in April-June from a year earlier, while its smartphone shipments rose 20% to a record 14.5 million handsets. The global TV market is showing signs of life as demand from advanced markets picks up, with sales of larger-sized ultra high-definition (UHD) TVs widely seen as a potential boost. But LG and market analysts said a likely rise in marketing costs by TV makers... 


UA receives prestigious ISO certification for Information Security Management System

Published : 12:00 am  July 24, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  586 views  |  

Union Assurance IT Management systems achieved a significant milestone when it was certified with the prestigious ISO 27001:2005 certification. The ISO 27000 family of standards assists organisations to protect and maintain security of information assets i.e. business information, customer data, financial information, intellectual property, employee details and information entrusted by third parties. ISO/IEC 27001 is the best-known standard in the family providing requirements for an Information Security Management System (ISMS). This International Standard adopts a process approach for establishing, implementing, operating, monitoring, reviewing, maintaining and improving an organisation’s... 


iOM fills in mid-market void with SAGE ERP

Published : 12:00 am  July 24, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  530 views  |  

     iOM (Singapore) Director John Goh flanked in either side by Regional Sales Manager Ong Chee Lee and Sage Software Asia Assistant Sales Manager Adrian Ang iOM, a regional leader in IT support and services, announced its appointment as a partner for Sage 300 ERP. Sage 300 ERP (formerly known as Sage ERP Accpac) is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) software system that serves small and medium-sized businesses in professional services, financial services, the public sector, and other markets such as distribution and wholesale. In Singapore and Philippines, iOM has been selling and supporting Oracle’s application suite mainly catering to Tier 1 business requirements. In... 


Apple asks suppliers to produce up to 80 m large-screen iPhones

Published : 12:00 am  July 24, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  330 views  |  

REUTERS: Apple Inc has asked suppliers to manufacture between 70 million and 80 million of its two forthcoming large-screen iPhones by the end of the year, its largest initial production run of iPhones, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Its forecast for the iPhones with 4.7-inch (11.9-cm) and 5.5-inch (14-cm) displays is much larger than the initial order last year of between 50 million and 60 million for iPhone 5S and 5C models, the people told the Journal.    A worker wipes a poster advertisement for Apple’s iPhone 5C on a wall of Japan’s biggest mobile phone operator NTT Docomo Inc shop before its launch ceremony for the start of... 


Singer-Sony Mobiles ring exclusive distributorship deal with Xperia range launch

Published : 12:00 am  July 24, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  410 views  |  

Introduces new premium flagship waterproof Xperia Z2Android smartphone with superior display, 4K recording and digital noise cancelling technology    At the launch of the Xperia Z2, the new premium flagship waterproof smartphone from left: Singer Sri Lanka Assistant Brand Manager Sony Mobiles Shamil Gunetileke, Singer Sri Lanka Group CEO Asoka Pieris, Sony South East Asia Sri Lanka Office Chief Representative Razali Ya’acub Mohamed and Sony Representative Office Sri Lanka Head of Marketing Dilshan Gammampila with the models – Pic by Daminda Harsha Perera Singer Sri Lanka PLC, the country’s number one brand and number one smartphone marketer, was appointed as the exclusive distributor... 


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