ICTA National Partner of NITC 2014

Published : 12:09 am  June 25, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  347 views  |  

The Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL) announced Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) as the National Partner of National Information Technology Conference (NITC) 2014. Sri Lanka being the CHOGM host country and considering the relevance of the CHOGM 2013 theme ‘Growth Equity and Inclusive Development,’ CSSL and ICTA have taken steps to facilitate Commonwealth-wide deliberations at this year’s National Information Technology Conference with the conference theme ‘ICT for Inclusive Development’. The conference organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Telecommunication and IT, Commonwealth Telecommunication Organisation (CTO) and the Ministry of... 


Yes, it is possible to fold your tablets!

Published : 12:09 am  June 25, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  282 views  |  

Your eyes are not deceiving you; the Techlords have answered your prayers (or at least mine). This concept of “foldable tablets” is coming out soon, as Samsung revealed its latest prototype, the very first of flexible display screens to hit the market predictably in 2015. Apparently, the idea has already been in progress since 2012 when the company filed for patent for a “tri-foldable, flexible display”. This basically means that you can easily convert a tablet into the size of smart phone for easy convenience and portability. It was reported that Samsung originally considered dual displays but ended up heading towards the idea of folding them instead. That certainly possesses far more... 


BPO Connect finds ways to empower Sri Lankan women in the workforce

Published : 12:08 am  June 25, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  610 views  |  

Claudia Liyanage, who held an entry position with BPO Connect, just two years later, leads BPO Connect’s Virtual Correspondence Division and is poised for a new opportunity that will take her all the way to Melbourne, Australia. Within these two years, Claudia has transformed from the shy customer relationship executive to team leader, overseeing the day-to-day secretarial operations of the division. Even the company directors took notice of her hard work. Looking back, Claudia said: “It’s been a massive achievement and challenge. I never knew my role would make a big impact to the organisation.” At 26 years of age, Claudia is well-spoken, outgoing and highly accomplished. With both a... 


Intel launches messaging app using cartoons to mimic sender’s face

Published : 12:08 am  June 25, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  252 views  |  

Reuters: Intel Corp is getting into voice instant messaging with a smartphone app that uses facial tracking technology to caricature a sender’s expressions. Pocket Avatars was launched by Mike Bell, an Intel senior executive whose job is to make sure the world’s largest semiconductor maker is at the front of future technology trends after arriving disastrously late to smartphones and tablets. The app uses a smartphone’s camera and microphone to record a short message while mapping the speaker’s facial expressions onto one of several cartoon characters. The message is then sent to the recipient, who can play it, complete with the avatar’s head movements, smiles and blinks. In an interview,... 


INFOTEL 2014 in October, themed ‘A Smarter Tomorrow’

Published : 12:08 am  June 25, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  639 views  |  

INFOTEL, the national ICT exhibition organised by the Federation of IT Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS) will have its 2014 edition under the theme ‘A Smarter Tomorrow’. Originated in 1992, INFOTEL is Sri Lanka’s biggest and one of the pioneering exhibitions in South Asia. The event will take place at BMICH from 24 to 26 October. “INFOTEL has been the place for ICT firms to display new products and a substantial number of regular participants comprising corporate executives, ICT professionals, policymakers, entrepreneurs, academics and individuals are waiting for this flagship event,” said Derrick Ferdinandus, Chairman of INFOTEL 2014 Organising Committee. “There will be over 300 stalls... 


Dialog launches self-branded smart tabs

Published : 12:07 am  June 25, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,655 views  |  

As part of its new range of smart devices, Dialog has launched its first tablet. The Q178t Smart Tab once again considered an affordable device to the masses to enjoy a large touch screen experience. Meeting today’s requirements of tech savvy geeks, this device is packed with the latest Qualcomm Quad-core CPU and operates at lightning fast speeds, making this the ideal choice for both the working executive and fun loving gamer. The 7.85 inch display is equipped with an IPS HD screen, creating the best viewing angles and sinking the user in an exceptional viewing experience. Running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Software this device has the capability of SIM based 3G connectivity on HSPA+ speeds,... 


Oracle becomes second largest Cloud SaaS company in the world

Published : 12:01 am  June 24, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  421 views  |  

Q4 SaaS and PaaS subscriptions up 25% to $ 322 million, Q4 IaaS subscription revenue up 13% to $ 128 million Oracle Corporation has announced that fiscal 2014 Q4 total revenues were up 3% to $ 11.3 billion. Software and Cloud revenues were up 4% to $ 8.9 billion. GAAP Cloud software-as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) revenues were up 25% to $ 322 million, while non-GAAP SaaS and PaaS revenues were up 23% to $ 327 million. In addition, Cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) revenues were up 13% to $ 128 million. New software licenses revenues were unchanged at $ 3.8 billion. Software license updates and product support revenues were up 7% to $ 4.7 billion. Overall hardware... 


Hutch launches ‘Hutch Buddy’ app

Published : 12:01 am  June 24, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  229 views  |  

Hutch has announced the launch of “Hutch Buddy – Your Online Assistant,” a comprehensive and specially customised mobile app aimed at providing its subscribers with an unprecedented experience across its range of products and services at a user’s fingertips, built with an intuitive customer care approach. Hutch has worked closely with local software house TSDC Lanka in developing this advanced and sophisticated app which we believe is one of the best available in the world. Initially launched on the Android market, new and existing Hutch customers can download the app on Google Play Store and manage their prepaid or post-paid connections at no cost. “Hutch Buddy is more than just an... 


ICTA nation’s caring friend in need: Prof. Rohan Samarajiva

Published : 12:00 am  June 23, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  231 views  |  

In a glowing tribute to the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka  (ICTA) Professor Rohan Samarajiva says that that ICTA has been a caring friend in need to society. “ICTA has done much to make the dividends of ICT to the people in their day-to-day life. Whether it be in obtaining the vehicle revenue licence renewed or afresh while at home or knowing the police clearance certificate application status, ICTA has been behind it. ICTA’s role in ICT-based facility at these public services at normal times is perhaps better known. But few know the contribution ICTA continues to make in bringing about ICT-based solutions to people affected by disaster that throws people into precarious situations,” the professor... 


The next wave: A new trend in IT offshoring to Sri Lanka

Published : 12:00 am  June 23, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  1 Comment  |  397 views  |  

A recent news story noted that Sri Lanka’s IT workforce had reached 75,107 in 2013 – a 50% growth since 2010. The story was reporting the findings of the National ICT Workforce Survey 2013.It went on to say that over 60% of this workforce was made up of employees with a degree or above, with system analysis and programming being the top priority skills demanded by employers. In another story, the Government outlined plans to increase the overall IT workforce to 100,000 by 2016 while setting up 10 IT parks in identified locations around the island. The global tech market too is aware of the Sri Lanka growth story. Industry pundits worldwide point out that Sri Lanka, with its rapidly growing... 


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