Huawei Consumer Business Group ranked third in global smartphone shipments in 2013

Published : 12:00 am  February 17, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  1 Comment  |  551 views  |  

Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, was ranked third in global smartphone shipments in 2013, according to the leading market research and analysts firms International Data Corporation (IDC), Strategy Analytics and Canalys. According to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, Huawei retained its number three position worldwide in 2013, with the highest year-on-year increase among the leading vendors at 67.5%. Huawei captured 4.9% market share in 2013 with smartphone shipments of 48.8 million units, up from 4% in 2012. In the report, global smartphone shipments increased by 38% in 2013, with over one billion smartphones sold in... 


Sri Lankan appointed as Chairman of International Young ICT Professionals Group

Published : 12:00 am  February 17, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  819 views  |  

InterYIT appoints Sri Lanka’s Yasas V. Abeywickrama as its Chairman International Young ICT Professionals Group (InterYIT), is a group for young professionals in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has appointed Yasas V. Abeywickrama from Sri Lanka as its Chairman. InterYIT comes under IFIP – International Federation for Information Processing; which is the leading multinational, apolitical organisation in ICT which is recognised by United Nations and other world bodies. IFIP has the representation of ICT Societies from 56 countries/regions, covering five continents with a total membership of over half a million. It links more than 3500 scientists from academia and... 


Mobitel introduces ‘Roam without a Deposit’

Published : 12:00 am  February 17, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  496 views  |  

Added convenience; less hassle while travelling overseas The National Mobile Service Provider, Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel, introduced an exciting new service designed especially for its post-paid customers travelling abroad. This service, which doesn’t require overseas travellers to make a cash deposit in order to utilise the roaming facility, enables them to stay in touch with their home and office with absolute ease. Commenting on the launch of this new service, Nalin Perera, Senior General Manager – Marketing, Mobitel said: “‘Roam without a deposit’ offers our customers a host of benefits. Most importantly it removes the burden of a customer having to make a cash deposit in order... 


Microsoft Windows 8 lags predecessor in first-year sales

Published : 12:00 am  February 17, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  343 views  |  

Reuters: Microsoft Corp’s Windows 8 system has racked up more than 200 million license sales since its launch 15 months ago, according to Tami Reller, its head of marketing, lagging Windows 7 which sold 240 million within its first year. The latest Windows 8 sales figure, announced by Reller at a Goldman Sachs technology conference on Thursday, is the first that Microsoft has made public for more than six months. The relatively slow sales of Windows 8, and its latest incarnation Windows 8.1, reflect a steady two-year decline in personal computer sales, as smartphones and tablet sales explode. Sales of tablets are set to overtake PCs worldwide next year. Windows 8 was designed as a flexible... 


LG Elec unveils large-screen phone G Pro 2 in S. Korea

Published : 12:00 am  February 17, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  1 views  |  

Plans to launch the model in China, other Asian markets Aims to become No.3 global smartphone maker this year SEOUL (Reuters): South Korea’s LG Electronics unveiled a revamped version of its large-screen smartphone G Pro last week, hoping it will help propel the company to the No. 3 spot in global smartphone sales this year. LG Electronics, currently ranked No. 4, is seeking to move past Huawei Technologies Co Ltd as well as Lenovo Group which recently agreed to buy Google Inc’s Motorola handset division for $2.9 billion. The deal, if approved by regulators, would catapult Lenovo from No. 5 to No. 3 – a threat that LG Electronics executives shrugged off. “The Lenovo-Motorola deal... 


Smartphone sales growth to slow this year: Gartner

Published : 12:00 am  February 17, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  248 views  |  

Reuters: Growth in global smartphone revenue is expected to slow this year as cheaper devices hit the market and weigh on average selling prices, research firm Gartner said on Thursday. With demand in mature markets such as North America and Europe easing, top smartphone makers Samsung and Apple are introducing cheaper models to new markets, such as Apple’s iPhone 5C. “Sales of high-end smartphones will slow as increasing sales of low- and mid-price smartphones in emerging markets will shift the product mix to lower-end devices,” said Anshul Gupta, analyst at Gartner. “This will lead to a decline in average selling price and a slowdown in revenue growth.” Global smartphone sales for... 


President declares open 749th Nenasala

Published : 12:00 am  February 17, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  1 views  |  

President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared open the island’s 749th Nenasala (Wisdom outlet) in the premises of the Pitigala Vidyatilake Mahapirivena on Monday 10 February. Chief incumbent of the Pirivena Venerable Yatadolamatte Mahinda Thero also graced the inauguration of this Nenasala which is in the area under the Elpitiya Divisional Secretariat in the Galle District The Nenasala Telecentres (wisdom outlets) set up island-wide including the Northern (59) and Eastern (88) Provinces have yielded remarkable positive results, despite high failure of telecentres in the international arena. Currently there are 749 Nenasala’s island-wide. They have been acclaimed globally, regionally and locally. 750th... 


US to offer companies broad standards to improve cybersecurity

Published : 12:00 am  February 13, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  297 views  |  

REUTERS: The US Government is expected on Wednesday to release the final version of voluntary standards meant to help US companies in nationally critical industries better protect themselves against cyber attacks. Criticised in earlier drafts for being too vague and toothless, the so-called cybersecurity framework attempts to turn a vast amount of industry input into guidelines designed for 16 different sectors whose disruption could be devastating to the country. Exactly one year after President Barack Obama issued an executive order directing a Commerce Department agency to compile voluntary minimum standards, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, is due to issue guidelines,... 


FDS announces successful recertification of COPC (5.a) Standard

Published : 12:00 am  February 13, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  340 views  |  

Firstsource Dialog Solutions (FDS) is proud to announce successful recertification of COPC (5.0a) Standard in their Sri Lanka centre. This certification indicates that COPC approves Firstsource’s Sri Lanka centre has maintained high standards and best practices in managing Client Relationships for all their processes. This COPC standard is a crucial assessment of FDS’s processes relating to performance and customer satisfaction. It provides a mechanism for data-based decision making and enables setting up of an effective performance management system that delivers results. Speaking on the recertification, Mohan Fernando, Country Head, FDS, said: “We are proud to be the only entity in Sri... 


PayPal President’s credit card hacked for shopping spree

Published : 12:00 am  February 13, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  344 views  |  

USA Today: PayPal President David Marcus said on Monday that his credit card details were stolen and the information was used to finance a fraudulent spending spree. Marcus said the card was probably “skimmed” at the hotel he was staying at, or at a merchant he visited, during a recent trip to the UK. “They then cloned it and went on a shopping spree,” the executive wrote on Twitter. Marcus noted that his credit card had EMV chip technology, a more secure system currently in use in Europe. But that didn’t stop the data from being stolen and used for a “ton of fraudulent transactions”, according to the PayPal chief. A skimmer is a device fixed to the front of an ATM or point-of-sale... 


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