Microsoft starts taking EU ‘right to be forgotten’ requests

Published : 12:00 am  July 18, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  717 views  |  

Reuters: Microsoft Corp on Wednesday started taking requests from individuals in Europe who want to be removed from its Bing search engine results following a court judgment in May guaranteeing the ‘right to be forgotten’. Microsoft, whose Bing search engine has 2.5% of the European search market, follows market leader Google Inc which complied with the ruling in May, and started removing some search results last month. The Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the European Union in May ordered Google to remove a link to a 15-year-old newspaper article about a Spanish man’s bankruptcy, effectively upholding people’s ‘right to be forgotten’ on the Internet. The ruling, which affects... 


Samsung battles on two fronts as Apple readies iPhone 6

Published : 1:25 am  July 17, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  951 views  |  

Reuters: Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is losing smartphone ground not only to cheaper Chinese rivals but also at the high end to Apple Inc, a survey showed, in an ominous sign for the South Korean giant as Apple readies to launch its next-generation iPhone 6. Samsung last week gave second-quarter earnings guidance that was far weaker than expectations and is on track for its worst quarterly profit in two years, a performance the company attributed in part to price competition and higher inventory levels in China. Research firm Counterpoint’s survey of 35 markets accounting for nearly 90% of global sales found that sales for the eight-month-old iPhone 5s stood at 7 million in May, compared with... 


Demand for personal computers still erratic, outlook unstable

Published : 1:24 am  July 17, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  250 views  |  

Reuters: Improved demand for personal computers after years of declines may not last as emerging markets remain weak and recent corporate upgrades in the United States and Europe may prove fleeting. The latest sign that the PC market’s stability could be short-lived came from technology distributor Synnex Corp. Its shares have slumped 16% since Chief Executive Officer Kevin Murai warned earlier in July that increased demand was already waning from companies buying new computers to upgrade their operating systems after Microsoft Corp stopped supporting Windows XP in April. Investors have pushed shares in PC mainstays Microsoft and Intel Corp and parts suppliers such as Seagate and Western Digital... 


China’s Xiaomi to invest in India, launches budget smartphones

Published : 1:24 am  July 17, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  269 views  |  

MUMBAI (Reuters): China’s Xiaomi said it intends to invest heavily in India as the budget smartphone maker launched on Tuesday its flagship Mi phone and other products in the world’s third largest smartphone market, currently dominated by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. Xiaomi’s International Vice President Hugo Barra, a former Google Inc executive who joined last year, said the company does not expect to turn a profit in India any time soon. He said the privately owned Xiaomi was planning to build India-specific features for its phones and set up a local team to help penetrate one of the world’s fastest growing smartphone markets. “We realise this is a market where we have to invest heavily... 


Korean Government supports e-governance in Sri Lanka

Published : 1:22 am  July 17, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  708 views  |  

Sri Lankans’ lifestyles have dramatically changed due to a new e-government system. People no longer need to wait for their birth or marriage certificates for several months. Issuance of those certificates takes now only three minutes as Government servants do not have to waste time finding the files. Obtaining or renewing a driving license is much easier now; all you need to do is a few clicks at the GIC (Government Information Centre) website where you can even make an online payment. One can now call 1919 from a telephone anywhere in Sri Lanka and access all Government-related information in Sinhala, Tamil or English.GIC websites provides all information such as train/flight schedules, job... 


Next generation IP-PBX Panasonic KX-NS 300 for smart biz

Published : 1:22 am  July 17, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  1 Comment  |  561 views  |  

New solution from Softlogic Office Automation to support Sri Lanka’s SME sector Softlogic Retail Ltd. a pioneering subsidiary of Softlogic Holdings PLC, together with Panasonic Systems Asia Pacific, recently launched the new KX-NS300, an IP-enabled PBX model with particular focus on Sri Lanka’s rapidly growing SME/SMB sector. This follows a combined and continued effort by both Panasonic and Softlogic to focus on product differentiation coupled with developing innovative technological solutions in the Asia Pacific region. The KX-NS300 is an effective IP PBX, packed with a range of offerings unparalleled in the communication space. It boasts of an in-built ACD (Basic Call Centre Function)... 


vCentric receives ‘Outstanding Industry Recognition 2014’

Published : 1:47 am  July 11, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  798 views  |  

For excellence in performance and delivery Hyderabad based vCentric, is one of the fastest growing IT/ITES organisations in India, with major focus on SAP and an acclaimed enterprise solution provider. vCentric is known for customer centricity, commitment and outcome based solutions. In recognition of its outstanding contributions as an SAP partner, vCentric announced that it has received SAP Partner Awards 2014 for the Extended Business Program Partner of the year under the categories of Best Customer Engagement-Delivery Award & SAP Suite on HANA Initiative Award. Recently vCentric has also been featured in premiere 100 ingenious channel partners by a leading trade publication. Best... 


Bharti Airtel to sell 3,100 telecoms towers in Africa

Published : 1:46 am  July 11, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  571 views  |  

Reuters: India’s top mobile phone carrier Bharti Airtel Ltd said it will sell about 3,100 telecoms towers in four African countries to Helios Towers Africa, in keeping with its plans to sell most of its transmitter towers in Africa in a process that could raise up to $ 2 billion. Helios Towers, founded by George Soros-backed Helios Investment Partners, claims to have the largest number of telecoms towers held by an independent company focused exclusively on Africa. The sale of Bharti Airtel’s towers will expand Helios’s tower coverage in Africa to over 7,800, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. Bharti Airtel’s African business has been a drag on the company, which has to yet... 


IBM to bet $ 3 b over 5 years hoping for breakthrough in chips

Published : 1:45 am  July 11, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  491 views  |  

Reuters: IBM announced on Wednesday it will invest $3 billion over the next five years in chip research and development in hopes of finding a game-changing breakthrough that can help revive its slumping hardware unit. IBM announced the plan a week before its widely anticipated second quarter earnings. Last quarter, sales in its hardware sector plunged 23% from a year earlier and the company posted its lowest quarterly revenue in five years. IBM hopes to find ways to scale and shrink silicon chips to make them more efficient, and research new materials to use in making chips, such as carbon nanotubes, which are more stable than silicon and are also heat resistant and can provide faster connections. “The... 


American women targeted as Malaysia becomes internet scam haven: US

Published : 1:45 am  July 11, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,183 views  |  

Reuters: Hundreds of American women are being ensnared by internet scammers based in Malaysia, with some losing over a quarter of a million dollars, as the country becomes an epicentre for online crime perpetrated by Africans, US officials say. The mostly Nigerian conmen, who enter Malaysia on student visas, take advantage of the country’s good internet infrastructure to prey on lonely, middle-aged women, wooing them on dating websites before swindling their savings, they said. The scams are more sophisticated than most Nigeria-based operations – which most internet users have experienced at some time either via email or advertising – helped by Malaysia’s advanced banking system, which... 


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