First-ever streaming app for Sri Lankan music from Dialog and Microimage

Published : 12:00 am  April 3, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  451 views  |  

Dialog Axiata PLC together with Microimage has launched the first-ever streaming application for Sri Lankan music – ‘Thaala’. This on-demand streaming app allows users to listen to music on the go and compile and store customised playlists no matter wherever you are. ‘Thaala’ is compatible on popular OS platforms such as Android and Apple iOS, and features a comprehensive library of Sri Lankan songs of varied genres that can be accessed by Sri Lankan music enthusiasts using a smartphone from anywhere in the world. In addition, it allows users to share playlists with friends through its built-in social networking facility – the ‘Thaala Community’, and includes a list of innovative... 


EGUARDIAN on cloud security and the role of a CIO

Published : 12:00 am  April 2, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  726 views  |  

EGUARDIAN, one of the top international players in IT security, had their annual partner conference at a southern beach hotel recently. The conference was aimed at bringing their partners up to speed on the latest in cutting edge security and data centre technology in cyber space. The conference touched on the theme ‘Stronger Together’ and one of the technologies introduced was AlgoSec, a perimeter security management system that could be managed and controlled at a fingertip. While the overnight conference helped EGUARDIAN to get their local partners accustomed to their newer products and services, serious discussions took place with regard to issues in the IT sector. “Whilst focusing... 


Oracle announces Java 8

Published : 12:00 am  April 2, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  410 views  |  

Oracle has announced the availability of JDK 8, a production-ready implementation of the Java SE 8 Platform Specification, which was recently approved through the Java Community Process (JCP). This release includes the largest upgrade to the Java programming model since the platform was introduced in 1996. JDK 8 was developed collaboratively in the OpenJDK Community. “Java is the global standard for developing and delivering applications everywhere – from small devices to the Cloud. The convergence of Java SE 8 and Java ME 8 is intended to provide a consistent development environment that improves developer productivity and application performance, along with the ability to ‘right-size’... 


Technocity wins outstanding award at HP awards night in Korea

Published : 12:00 am  April 2, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  574 views  |  

Technocity Ltd., a Gold Partner for Hewlett-Packard in Sri Lanka was recognised for their tremendous achievement in marketing and selling HP notebooks, desktops, printers and accessories to the Sri Lankan market. Technocity received the Outstanding Performance Award for the year 2013 presented by HP along with Intel and Microsoft at the grand event held in Seoul, Korea with a participation of over 200 HP partners from the Asia Pacific and Japan region. Technocity Managing Director Fahmy Ismail received the award from HP Vice President – Asia Pacific & Japan Yam Su Yin. “It is a prestigious award which rewards our hard-work and commitment to HP,” said Ismail. “Our multi-brand retail... 


Huawei maintains No. 2 position in smartphone market

Published : 12:00 am  April 2, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  450 views  |  

Huawei Technologies Lanka Ltd., the local office of the leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider Huawei, today announced that the company maintained its number two position in the Lankan smartphone market. Huawei smartphones gained a 19.6% market shipment share in Sri Lanka Q4 this year with an increase of 4.1% market shipment share from Q3. Smartphone sales (shipments) touched 0.12 million units in Sri Lanka during 4Q 2013 and 0.45 million for CY 2013. This was according to the Sri Lanka Mobile Handsets Market Review, 4Q 2013, March 2014 release published by premier IT, telecom and semiconductor and electronics, infrastructure and life sciences market... 


Opportunities for IT professionals to kickoff startup ideas with ‘Vishwa Innovator Project’

Published : 12:48 am  April 1, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  2 Comments  |  1,068 views  |  

By Shabiya Ali Ahlam Aspiring IT professionals will be presented with the opportunity to commercialise their startup ideas with the launch of a unique innovator competition. Aimed at inspiring innovation and entrepreneurship in the IT sphere, the Vishwa Innovator Project will facilitate new ideas to take shape on a platform already built by a host organisation. The project is the brainchild of IT Connect Managing Director Arjuna Samarakoon with the intention of providing a platform and support network for game-changing ideas in IT. The competition is open to anyone between the ages of 18 to 40 having an original software, API, or application idea for commercial use. Those interested must specify... 


New BlackBerry phones to cater to keyboard aficionados

Published : 12:48 am  April 1, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  251 views  |  

REUTERS: BlackBerry Ltd. plans to introduce high-end smartphones that cater to keyboard aficionados in the coming 18 months, in an effort to win back core corporate and government clients who have shunned the company’s touch-screen devices. Chief Executive John Chen said in an interview that the company’s engineers have designed at least three different next-generation handsets that are being “kicked around right now.” “The focus is going to be very keyboard centric,” said Chen, the former Sybase CEO who took the reins of the Canadian company just over four months ago. Chen, viewed by tech industry insiders as a turnaround artist, wants BlackBerry to zero in on its core base of corporate... 


ZTE says 4G phones will be 40% of 2014 shipments

Published : 12:47 am  April 1, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  333 views  |  

Reuters: ZTE Corp , the world’s seventh-biggest smartphone maker, sees sales of 4G smartphones accounting for at least 40 percent of its global smartphone shipments in 2014, a company executive said on Thursday. Shenzhen-based ZTE, smaller than its cross-town rival Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, aims to ship 60 million smartphones in 2014, up 20 million units from last year, ZTE global head of mobile devices Zeng Xuezhong told a press conference in Hong Kong. “Traditionaly, our smartphone business is strong in the USA, Japan and Europe. But this year we will add China to that list,” Zeng told reporters. “We have released our high-end models in China, and we will also launch our 1000-yuan... 


hSenid partners with world No.1 learning management systems provider

Published : 12:00 am  March 31, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom, Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  745 views  |  

hSenid Business Solutions, the No. 1 Human Resource Information System (HRIS) provider in Sri Lanka, joined hands with SumTotal Systems, the No. 1 learning management systems provider in the world, to host a breakfast forum on ‘The Future of Learning- Discover why it’s an exciting time for learning technology’. The event was held on 25 March 2014 at the Hilton Residencies. hSenid Business Solutions partners with top-tier HR companies to offer the best solutions to the clients. Thus, they are now introducing SumTotal’s Learning Management System (LMS) to Sri Lankan organisations to improve business operations, in terms of uplifting their overall workforce performance and improving the... 


E-tel in top 3 in Sri Lanka’s smartphone market

Published : 12:00 am  March 31, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom, Sectors  |  3 Comments  |  1,189 views  |  

Increases market share to 16.1% in 4Q of 2013 E-tel has emerged one of the top three brands in Sri Lanka’s smartphone market in the fourth quarter of 2013, importer Brantel said this week, quoting the latest report of market intelligence and advisory firm CyberMedia Research (CMR). The CMR report released Thursday 27 March 2014 said, “Smartphone sales (shipments) touched 0.12 million units in Sri Lanka during 4Q 2013 and 0.45 million for CY 2013. During 4Q 2013 Samsung emerged as the leader in the smartphones segment with a 21.2% share followed by Huawei with 19.6% and E-tel at third place with a 16.1% shipments share.” “Our increased emphasis on the smartphone segment with high-speed,... 


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