App developers see wearable devices as next big thing

Published : 12:03 am  January 7, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,206 views  |  

REUTERS: Wearable computers like Google Glass and the Samsung Galaxy Gear watch may not have caught fire yet, but that hasn’t stopped mobile game developers from rushing to create apps for the new devices, eager to seize what they hope is the next big moment in consumer technology. Niccolo DeMasi, CEO of mobile games maker Glu Mobile, compares the potential of wearables to that of Apple Inc’s iPhone launch in 2007 – an event that was the catalyst to create much of the mobile app world that exists now. DeMasi and others are betting that by developing compelling apps designed with the wearables’ special features in mind; they can create overwhelming demand for the products. “A whole... 


Huawei escalates to No. 2 in Sri Lankan smartphone market

Published : 12:01 am  January 7, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  432 views  |  

Huawei Technologies Lanka Ltd, the local office of the leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider Huawei, yesterday announced that the company elevated its position to the number 2 position in the Lankan smartphone market. Huawei Smartphones gained a 15.5% market shipment share in Sri Lanka Q3 this year. This was according to the Sri Lanka Mobile Handsets Market Review, 3Q 2013, December 2013 release published by premier IT, Telecoms and Semiconductor & Electronics, Infrastructure and Lifesciences market intelligence and advisory firm CyberMedia Research. CMR Telecoms Practice Analyst Tarun Pathak opined, “The first two months of the quarter witnessed... 


ZILLIONe holds workshop for clients in the Maldives

Published : 12:01 am  January 7, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  456 views  |  

ZILLONe Business Solutions recently organised a day-long workshop for their corporate clients in Maldives on ‘Building a strategic framework for HR’. The key purpose of the workshop was to familiarise their clients on new HR trends and to infuse the concept of simultaneously creating shared value in their organisations leading to wealth creation. With an emphasis on service, empathy, trust, humility and creativity, values that ZILLIONe have strongly adopted into their own framework, the workshop focused on reconceiving products and markets, redefining productivity in the value chain and building a culture of recognition. TRIKONSULT, Sri Lanka CEO and Chief Consultant Ajith Bopitiya facilitated... 


Gartner reveals its 2014 predictions for Government

Published : 12:00 am  January 6, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  509 views  |  

Says CIOs must lead the move to transform Government services with digital business models Faced with relentless pressure to reduce costs and improve the performance of government agencies, CIOs must choose between maintaining current operations or transforming government services with fully digitalised business models, according to research and advisory firm Gartner, Inc. Analysts said that in this environment, government CIOs are uniquely positioned to assume a critical leadership role in cultivating the necessary digital knowledge, competencies and expertise to place technology at the core of every government process. “Governments at all tiers and in all regions of the globe continue to... 


D-Link strengthens its 3G product portfolio

Published : 12:00 am  January 6, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  706 views  |  

3G has become the new buzz word in the technology arena, with more and more devices supporting 3G technology. Further the growing popularity of smartphones, tablet computers and other Internet-ready devices is driving the demand for anytime, anywhere Internet access. In view of the above D-Link, the end-to-end network solutions provider for consumers and business decided to roll out its wide range of 3G devices for consumers in Sri Lanka and thereby strengthen its 3G product portfolio. D-Link today launched a gamut of 3G products that include an exclusive range of portable devices namely – D-Link DWM-156 (14.4Mbps 3G USB Unlocked Dongle) and D-Link DWR-730 (pocket sized 21.6Mbps Mobile Router).... 


Red Hat’s predictions for developers and the cloud in 2014

Published : 12:00 am  January 6, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  693 views  |  

Red Hat recently rounded out technology-focused predictions with thoughts for developers, and what the market can expect to see around cloud apps in the coming year. 1. Big data ISVs will increasingly innovate at the analytics layer, driving core technology standardisation and certifications. Big data is forcing ISVs to add value through innovation at the analytics layer. But ISVs are scrambling to build applications that support many nonstandard variants of core big data infrastructure technology. This includes the operating system, storage infrastructure, and core big data infrastructure such as Hadoop and new styles of databases – the modern equivalent of the LAMP stack. The establishment... 


CICRA’s Boshan cyber security panellist at top US military event

Published : 12:01 am  January 3, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,016 views  |  

Boshan Dayaratne, Director/CEO of CICRA Consultancies Ltd. – the premier cyber security training and consultancy provider of Sri Lanka – spoke as a panellist at a cyber security discussion at a top US military event in Thailand recently. Following an invitation from the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM), Dayaratne spoke at the five-day ‘Pacific Senior Communicators Meeting’ that represented nearly 150 top military officers from nearly 28 countries.Along with Dayaratne, the cyber security discussion panel consisted of Tony Cole, Vice President, FireEye, USA and Blair Adamson, Director – Asia Pacific, SANS, USA. The panel was moderated by Michele G. Markoff, Deputy Coordinator for... 


US Embassy launches Social Media Lab

Published : 12:01 am  January 3, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  1 Comment  |  1,053 views  |  

The US Embassy Colombo announced a new program designed to promote greater understanding of social media, the Social Media Lab. Accepting applications as of yesterday, 2 January 2014, Social Media Lab will offer free interactive beginner, intermediate and advanced social media training courses at the American Center Colombo. “We have done a number of social media trainings over the past few years, and want to formalise these trainings through a system of educating the public on social media best practices,” said Christopher Teal, Director of the American Center. “Our ultimate goal with the Social Media Lab is to foster a greater understanding among Sri Lankans about social media and to... 


EY names top fraud and corruption trends for 2014

Published : 12:01 am  January 3, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  716 views  |  

EY FIDS Predicts Increased Fraud Risk and Exposure to Cyber-crime, Expansion into Africa and Other Emerging Markets Companies and their boards are struggling with increased regulatory burden and the risks associated with operating in emerging markets. Regulators are challenging corporate compliance and governance models as companies aim to mitigate risk while shareholders expect growth. The changing landscape for cross-border disputes, bribery and corruption and cyber-crime continues to test compliance and governance models, especially in new markets. Brian Loughman, the EY Americas Leader for Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services (FIDS), commented, “Our clients are continually looking... 


Nokia, Samsung and Micromax emerge Top 3 brands in Sri lanka

Published : 12:01 am  January 3, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,280 views  |  

Smartphone shipments contribute 20.4 % of total handset shipments in 3Q 2013 Android shipments account for over 96% smartphone shipments; Samsung is the market leader, followed by Huawei and Micromax The Sri Lanka mobile phones market recorded sales (shipments) of over 0.69 million units in 3Q (July-August) 2013. This was reported in the Sri Lanka Mobile Handsets Market Review, 3Q 2013, December 2013 release published today by premier IT, Telecoms and Semiconductor & Electronics, Infrastructure and Lifesciences market intelligence and advisory firm CyberMedia Research. In the overall Sri Lanka mobile handsets market, Nokia emerged as the leader with a 27.2% share, followed by Samsung at... 


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