Lenovo appoints Abans as exclusive distributor for ‘Yoga’ tablet range in SL

Published : 12:00 am  May 2, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  2 Comments  |  646 views  |  

By David Ebert World No. 1 commercial notebook maker and Global Fortune 500 company Lenovo on Wednesday (30) announced the appointment of Abans PLC as exclusive distributor for its range of tablets in Sri Lanka at Kings Court, Cinnamon Lakeside. The strategic tie-up with Lenovo ‘THINK’ and ‘IDEA’ products is set to make significant strides in the IT market in Sri Lanka. A $ 34 billion personal technology company, the largest PC maker worldwide and an emerging PC Plus leader serving customers in more than 160 countries, Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution. With its tie-up with Abans, a group with Rs.... 


European Union moves to end smartphone patent wars

Published : 12:00 am  May 2, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  226 views  |  

Reuters: The European Union’s antitrust enforcer has told two top smartphone makers to stop filing aggressive patent lawsuits against rivals such as Apple, aiming to end a patent war and open the market to freer competition. The European Commission reprimanded Motorola Mobility on Tuesday for taking such action against Apple, hoping the ruling will halt a rising tide of legal disputes among rivals vying for profit in the global smartphone market. The EU’s anti-trust enforcer also said that Samsung Electronics must keep a promise not to seek injunctions against rivals if they sign a licensing agreement. “The so-called smartphone patent wars should not occur at the expense of consumers,”... 


Twitter users up 6% to 255 million

Published : 12:00 am  May 2, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  240 views  |  

Reuters: Twitter Inc on Tuesday reported 255 million monthly active users, up 5.8% from the previous quarter but not enough to satisfy investors increasingly concerned about its struggle to gain a mass following. Its shares fell 8.5% to $39 in extended trading. The San Francisco-based company also said viewers refreshed their “timelines” – Twitter’s equivalent of Web pageviews – 157 billion times in the first quarter, slightly below what some analysts had hoped for. The company, however, posted better-than-expected quarterly revenue of $ 250 million, as its mobile ads drew more viewer responses. Twitter Chief Executive Dick Costolo pledged in February to revive user growth after disclosing... 


Huawei’s Honor 3C to enter Lankan market

Published : 12:00 am  May 2, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  1 Comment  |  737 views  |  

1.5 million reservations received in 36 hours Huawei Honor 3C will soon be launched in Sri Lanka according to a reliable source within the industry. Sri Lanka will only be the second country post Taiwan to launch the new smartphone series in the South Asian Region. The device also received over 1.5 million reservations in 36 hours since its first launch announcement last quarter. “Being known as a successful model that received over 8 million reservations at the pre-order state in Asia, Huawei Honor 3C will create a new experience within the Sri Lankan market,” according to a company spokesperson who remained to be anonymous when contacted for a statement regarding the same. The price is... 


CSSL Membership

Published : 12:00 am  April 30, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  374 views  |  

Established in 1976, the Computer Society of Sri Lanka or CSSL was on a mission to promote Information and Communication Technology as well as endorse for professionalism for those in the field. A not-for-profit organisation, CSSL is the apex body for ICT professionals in the country. Thus, becoming a member of CSSL is not only a mark of endorsing professionalism in the ICT sector, but also a recognition of an organisation’s commitment towards increasing its professional development. The field of Information and Communication Technology is considered a relatively ‘new’ field in comparison and further, it is a field susceptible to constant change and developments. As ICT professionals,... 


Nokia returns $ 3.1 b to shareholders, Suri is CEO

Published : 12:00 am  April 30, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  389 views  |  

Reuters: Finnish telecommunication gear maker Nokia promoted Rajeev Suri, the head of its biggest division, to chief executive on Tuesday, tasking him with charting its future growth without the mobile phone unit for which it was best known. The company also announced plans to return $ 3.1 billion to shareholders via buybacks and extra dividends, a move seen by some analysts as an attempt to retain investors as it refocuses is business. Suri, a 46-year-old Indian national, has until now led Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN), the network equipment unit which competes with larger rivals such as industry leader Ericsson as well as Chinese rival Huawei. The division was loss-making for several... 


LG Electronics Q1 profit jumps on solid TV sales

Published : 12:00 am  April 30, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  318 views  |  

Reuters: South Korea’s LG Electronics Inc on Tuesday said its first-quarter operating profit rose 44% from a year earlier, beating analyst estimates, as growth in sales of high-end TV models helped offset losses from its handset business. LG reported January-March operating profit of 504 billion won ($ 487 million), compared with the 279 billion won mean estimate of 37 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. The world’s second-largest TV maker after Samsung Electronics Co Ltd reported operating profit of 349 billion won a year earlier and 238 billion won in October-December. The Korean manufacturer said its TV division ran an operating profit of 240 billion won from 11 billion won a year... 


Reproductive health app wins health and fitness Webby

Published : 12:00 am  April 30, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  165 views  |  

REUTERS HEALTH: Glow, a reproductive health service, was announced Monday as the Webby Award winner for best health and fitness mobile application. The free app, available for iOS and Android operating systems, aims to help women take full control over their reproductive health and calculate when they are most fertile. Users begin by indicating whether or not they are trying to conceive, before adding personal health information, including weight, height, activity level, average menstrual cycle and body temperature. “Glow is an ambitious enterprise where for the first time ever, our emerging ability to crunch and analyse vast quantities of data will be used to empower women (and couples) to... 


Microsoft raises Cloud pitch, targets Dropbox, Box

Published : 12:00 am  April 30, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  273 views  |  

REUTERS: Microsoft Corp said it will increase its cloud storage offering for business users by 40-fold as the world’s largest software company makes a case for businesses buying an all-in-one product from itself rather than buying technology “piecemeal” from multiple sellers. “The era of making isolated, single-solution decisions is rapidly coming to a close,” wrote John Case, corporate vice president of Microsoft Office Division. Microsoft on Monday raised its OneDrive for Business storage to 1TB per user from 25GB. Microsoft’s pitch to be the one-stop destination for companies looking to buy technology runs against efforts by smaller rivals such as Box and Dropbox that offer one... 


Global leading BPO Aegis expands operations in SL

Published : 12:00 am  April 30, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  411 views  |  

Opens 1,000 seat Colombo facility Reveals plans to expand footprint by exploring setting up BPO centres in north and south Will expands operations to serve banking and finance sector, the next big BPO area in SL By Shabiya Al Ahlam Aegis, a globally leading outsourcing and technology service company, yesterday announced the expansion of its operations in Sri Lanka by opening its newest BPO facility in Colombo. Located in Colombo 2, the five-storey building is a world-class facility that features state of the art technology. Having the right customer experience tools and global quality best practices, the newest facility of Aegis allows providing world-class Customer Lifecycle Management... 


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