Sri Lanka ranked 65 from Broadband connectivity

Sri Lanka has been ranked 65 broadband average connection speed, according to a recently released report – Akamai – ‘State of Internet’ 2Q (SOTI). Sri Lanka has outperformed Malaysia, China, India.

Despite progress, Malaysia lags behind Sri Lanka and Thailand in average internet speeds over the second quarter this year, as Asian countries set global benchmarks in the 2015 State of the Internet (SOTI) second quarter report. The report, released by the content delivery network services firm Akamai Technologies Inc, said Sri Lanka registered a 50 percent year-on-year improvement to increase its average speed to 5.3 Mbps Continue reading “Sri Lanka ranked 65 from Broadband connectivity”

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Phone Unlocking set to become Legal

Congress passed a bill Friday that makes it legal to “unlock” cellphones so the devices can — at least in some instances — be used on other carriers.

The law, which President Obama said he looks forward to signing, undoes a move by the Librarian of Congress in 2012. That made it a copyright violation to unlock a phone without the carrier’s permission.

The law passed Friday by the House of Representatives makes it legal to unlock phones for personal use, at least until the Librarian’s next round of rulemaking, next year. The measure was passed earlier by the Senate.

Unlocking typically involves entering codes

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Apple Unveils Updated MacBook Pro for same price

As anticipated, Apple has boosted both the memory and processing power of its professional laptop range and has also cut the price of its one remaining non-Retina display model.

Now, all models with a Retina display come with double the memory and improved battery life. So for 13-inch models, that means 8 GB instead of 4 GB of RAM as standard and 16 GB in the 15-inch models.

All 13- or 15-inch notebooks also get upgraded to the latest iteration of Intel’s Haswell processor, so performance and battery life will also get an upward push.

However, Apple is keeping prices the same. That means that an entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display will cost $1,299 with a 2.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 8 GB of memory, 128 GB of flash storage, and Intel Iris graphics.

For an extra $700, consumers will be able to Continue reading “Apple Unveils Updated MacBook Pro for same price”

Blackberry signs with Amazon to offer Android apps in bid for survival

BlackBerry is set to offer 240,000 Android apps to its smartphone users in a surprise deal with Amazon.

The deal will allow BlackBerry to add a vast array of consumer-focused apps to its devices, and to focus on developing enterprise and productivity applications.

However, many believe the move could be a last roll of the dice for BlackBerry after its devices suffered poor sales.

BlackBerry customers using devices powered by its 10 operating system will be able to access popular Android apps such as Groupon, Netflix, Pinterest, Candy Crush Saga and Minecraft.

The apps will be available on Continue reading “Blackberry signs with Amazon to offer Android apps in bid for survival”

India’s first car Ambassador to park forever ?

Production of the Ambassador, the first car to be made in India, has been halted.

Hindustan Motors said it had suspended work at its plant outside the city of Kolkata, blaming weak demand and financing problems.

Modeled on the Morris Oxford, the design of the Ambassador has changed little since it first went into production in 1957.

It was once the only car driven by politicians and government officials. But the company only sold 2,200 Ambassadors in the financial year which ended in March 2014.

In a statement on Saturday, Hindustan Motors blamed Continue reading “India’s first car Ambassador to park forever ?”

Yahoo CEO gets paid $214 million for doing nothing

Marissa Mayer has hit it big in the executive compensation lottery.

According to recent public filings and an analysis prepared by Equilar, an executive compensation data firm, by the end of last year, Mayer, the Yahoo chief executive, had received compensation worth potentially $214 million – most of which was for doing nothing.

Her good fortune stems from Yahoo’s stake in the Chinese Internet behemoth Alibaba, a deal that was arranged in 2005 by Yahoo’s co-founder, Jerry Yang. The enthusiasm and hype over a likely initial public offering by Alibaba has driven Yahoo’s stock to a sky-high valuation, a surge that has showered Mayer with vast riches.

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Microsoft reveals real-time universal speech translator for Skype

Skype users soon will be able to expand the list of people they can connect with, says Microsoft, owner of the popular Web-chat tool. Microsoft says a beta version of Skype for Windows 8 with speech translation will be available “before the end of 2014.”

Still in its early stages of development, Skype Translator, as it’s being called for now, will provide voice and text language translation for calls between people speaking different languages.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Gurdeep Pall, the vice president in charge of Skype, demonstrated the technology Tuesday night in California at the Code Conference, sponsored by tech-news site Re/Code.

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