Toshiba launches largest capacity 3TB HDD

Published : 4:21 am  January 9, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  493 views  |  

Toshiba Corporation’s Semiconductor and Storage Products Company has launched a 3TB 2.5-inch hard disk drive (HDD), the industry’s largest capacity. Utilising perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology, the ‘MQ03ABB300’ is the industry’s first 2.5-inch HDD to achieve 750GB per platter, using a total of four platters to achieve storage of 3TB, said a statement. Suitable for external personal storage devices and space-constrained use cases requiring high storage capacity, the drive is small in size but large in storage capability, it said. The sample shipments will begin in May, it added. The drive offers the best in energy consumption efficiency in the 2.5-inch form factor, with... 


Abans introduce LG smartwatch combining class and quirkiness

Published : 4:21 am  January 9, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  709 views  |  

Abans have introduced the LG G Watch R which is one of the first smartwatches to run on Google’s new Android Wear operating system and comes with the most hybrid and flexible integrated features of Google. This wearable platform helps you to access sensor aware readouts and interact with the smartphone via taps. The LG G Watch R is LG’s second wear powered by Android. It’s a timeless timepiece that comes in a classic watch design. The world’s first full circle display with satin black finish that fits your fashion and lifestyle. The dial is shiny which is combined with cutting-edge P-OLED display, and R’s back is flat that feels like comfortable and stylish wrist watch to wear.   As... 


Wireless charging inches ahead as two industry groups merge

Published : 4:20 am  January 9, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  480 views  |  

Reuters: Two of three global industry groups vying to establish a dominant standard for wireless charging technology have agreed to merge, bringing consumers a small step closer to throwing away their smartphone power cords. The Alliance for Wireless Power, backed by Intel, Qualcomm and Samsung Electronics and Power Matters Alliance, a second group, said on Monday they would join in a new entity aimed at accelerating the adoption of wireless charging in consumer devices. Power Matters Alliance is supported by Procter & Gamble as well as Starbucks Corp.The merger of the two groups is a new signal the industry is converging toward an agreed-upon framework that could lead manufacturers to include... 


Looking into the crystal ball of cyber threats

Published : 12:00 am  January 7, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  796 views  |  

By Kiyoshi J Berman The third and final Ethical Hackers Forum for 2014 titled ‘New waves of cyber crime: 2015 security predictions’ was held at the Olympic house Colombo recently. This forum facilitates increased awareness on cyber security issues locally and globally and takes informed decisions to prevent such challenges. It also creates a hassle-free networking and socialising arena for cyber security professionals. The Chief Guest of this event was LankaClear General Manager and CEO Sunimal Weerasooriya. Akati Consulting, Malaysia CEO and Cicra Consultancies Head of Consultants and Master Trainer Krishnan Rajagopal was the keynote speaker; while Cisco Security Lead India and SAARC Vivek... 


Global BPO trends augur well for Sri Lanka’s BPO industry growth

Published : 12:15 am  January 6, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  709 views  |  

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development in collaboration with the National Youth Corps (NYC) recently established the Institute of Business Process Outsourcing (IBPO) in Colombo. Being the only Government institute that awards an international certification for entry level, specialist/managerial level and team leaders in the BPO industry, they are set to aim at higher levels in the industry. While the BPO certification Institute (BCI) in USA functions as its international certification body, BCI has a worldwide network of 50 nations and 500 locations and it awards 18 international certifications for IT-BPO.   Outsourcing involves the contracting of business processes to third... 


Softlogic unveils next gen Panasonic Toughbook Laptops and Toughpads

Published : 12:15 am  January 6, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  626 views  |  

Computing devices for more productive and mobile Sri Lankan workforce Aiming to capture 50% market share in the ruggedized tablet space by 2015 Softlogic Retail Ltd., a pioneering subsidiary of Softlogic Holdings Plc, in collaboration with Panasonic India, recently introduced Panasonic Toughbook Laptops and Toughpads, the world’s first Windows 8 enterprise-grade Ruggedized Mobile Devices for the Sri Lankan market. This follows a combined and continued effort by both the companies to focus on product differentiation coupled with developing innovative technological solutions in the Asia-Pacific region with more focus on the Sri Lankan market, given the huge potential which exists in the country.                         The... 


Bad code update triggered Yahoo, Bing search crash-source

Published : 12:13 am  January 6, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  412 views  |  

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters): Yahoo Inc and Microsoft Corp search engines temporarily went dark on Friday after Microsoft pushed out a bad code update and then struggled to roll it back, a person briefed on the outages told Reuters. The outages were not caused by an outside attack, the person said, declining to be named because the discussion concerned internal Yahoo matters. Microsoft’s Bing search engine powers Yahoo search under a 10-year deal announced in 2009. Yahoo was not immediately available for comment. Microsoft confirmed the outage, but declined to comment on the cause. On Friday afternoon, users who typed search.yahoo.com got an error message saying that Yahoo engineers were working... 


NTT DoCoMo files arbitration request to sell $ 1 b Tata Teleservices stake

Published : 12:12 am  January 6, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  404 views  |  

Reuters: NTT DoCoMo Inc (9437.T) on Monday said it has asked a London court to ensure Tata Sons Ltd finds a buyer willing to pay at least $1.1 billion for the Japanese carrier’s stake in a struggling Indian joint venture. DoCoMo was seeking arbitration after Tata failed to find a buyer for its 26.5% stake in Tata Teleservices Ltd, one of India’s smallest mobile networks which has failed to grow its subscriber base at the same rate as its peers. Price wars are commonplace in India’s highly competitive telecoms industry, where foreign firms including Vodafone, Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. (SingTel) and Russia’s Sistema operate either through joint ventures or as separate entities. DoCoMo... 


Xiaomi revenue doubled to $ 12 billion in 2014

Published : 12:11 am  January 6, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  409 views  |  

Reuters: Fast-growing Chinese tech firm Xiaomi Technology Ltd Co booked 74.3 billion yuan ($ 11.97 billion) in pre-tax sales last year, up 135% from 2013, the firm’s chief executive Lei Jun said on his official microblog account on Sunday. The figures helps shine light on the rapid growth of the privately-held tech firm which has risen to become the world’s No.3 smartphone maker and is challenging Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd as well as domestic rivals such as Huawei Technology Co Ltd.                           Xiaomi sold a total of just over 61 million phones in 2014, up 227% from a year earlier, Lei added in... 


Huawei says 2014 sales revenue to rise 15% to $ 46 b

Published : 12:10 am  January 6, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  229 views  |  

Reuters: Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies expects advances in cloud computing and higher demand for smart devices to have lifted 2014 sales revenue by 15% to $46 billion, CEO Ken Hu said in a new year’s message on the company’s website. The Shenzhen-based company, for which three executives share CEO duties in six-month rotation, had said last year that it will achieve sustainable growth in 2014. It had also targeted revenue of $70 billion by 2018, or annual growth of about 10% a year. Huawei’s smartphone shipments rose by more than 40% last year, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters, failing to match its own target and the performance of faster-growing rivals... 


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