E-tel breaks speed barrier with ‘Curiosity O9’ – fastest smartphone in Sri Lanka

Published : 12:01 am  July 29, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,120 views  |  

Becomes first brand to launch Octa Core smartphone in local market A new benchmark in speed has been reached in Sri Lanka’s smartphone market with the arrival of the E-tel Curiosity O9, the first Octa Core smartphone to go on sale in the country. The brand’s promoter Brantel said the O9 will be the fastest phone in Sri Lanka, and will further strengthen E-tel’s position as the third highest selling smartphone brand in the local market. Powered by the cutting-edge MediaTeck 1.7 GHz Octa-Core Processor, the E-tel Curiosity O9 runs on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system, offering smartphone aficionados best-in-class performance and top-end features at an unbeatable price. The sleek... 


Kingslake empowering change in BFSI sector

Published : 12:01 am  July 29, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  327 views  |  

Kingslake together with Progress Software, presented world-class solutions that offer invaluable benefits to the Sri Lankan BFSI sector at the Progress Corticon Breakfast Roundtable Forum on the 23rd of July 2014 at Spoons Restaurant, Hilton Colombo. With the main focus being on ‘Driving operational efficiency in a turbulent regulatory landscape,’ the keynote speakers revealed how financial institutions can use Business Rules Management System (BRMS) technology to automate decision making processes within their organisations, allowing them to direct their attention to other vital aspects of their core business operations. A typical banking or financial organisation faces many challenges;... 


Etisalat announces new rates to and from Middle East

Published : 12:00 am  July 28, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  332 views  |  

Etisalat Lanka has yet again taken steps towards innovating mobile solutions to suit the Sri Lankan community living and working in the UAE by launching the best market rates for calls, SMS and Data, to and from the Middle East. This solution is available for both post-paid and prepaid customers, where they can retain their local Etisalat number or take an Etisalat SIM when travelling to the UAE. This is a significant effort to relieve the burden of costly communication, especially for the migrant worker population. Etisalat offers this service to ensure boundless connectivity between their consumers in the Middle East and their loved ones back home. Outgoing call rates start at Rs. 11 from Sri... 


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

Published : 12:00 am  July 28, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  858 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... 


Sony invests in image sensor production amid ‘selfie’ boom

Published : 12:00 am  July 28, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  348 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... 


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

Published : 12:31 am  July 25, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  409 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  |  633 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  |  319 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  |  297 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  |  753 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... 


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