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Professor Induruwa pioneered academic and research networking and Internet deployment in Sri Lanka. He served as prime mover, Principal Investigator and Project Leader of the Lanka Experimental Academic & Research Network (LEARN), to provide data communications throughout the island in 1989.

This is the Felicitation ceremony for Professor Induruwa for being inducted for Internet Hall of Fame.

See what Professor Induruwa has to about this:

 

Stay tuned with our Live Blog for detailed updates as we will bring them to you from Renuka Hotel premises.

 

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SLASSCOM’s Thought Leadership Forum on “Entrepreneurs and Innovators: For the Future Economic Growth of Sri Lanka” will examine the role of entrepreneurs and innovators in the future economic growth of the country.

The event is scheduled to take place in Dialog Future World Auditorium at 5.30 PM today. Stay tuned and keep an eye on this Live Blog post for detailed updates. We got IT covered.

And for more details regarding the event, check out our event page, here.

Video Coverage:

Photo Album: here.

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2013 was the most intense year in the tablet war yet. Amazon and Google kept their prices low, Apple and Samsung responded accordingly, and Microsoft showed it was here to stay. Here’s our take on what happened this year and what it all means.

There are, naturally, other companies that build and sell tablets. Not only did 2013 remind us that the tablet market is large enough for many small players to fight it out, but even retailers designed and sold their own tablets in the hopes to make a quick buck. The bigger battle, however, is taking place between the big five, as each are putting in more and more resources to win over consumers.

Tablet buyers thus end up supporting Apple’s iOS ecosystem, the Android ecosystem (in its many variations), or Microsoft’s Windows 8 ecosystem. 2013 showed us that even those who want to pick one platform and stick with it, end up using more than just one at home, at work, and on the go.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the bigger picture of what each company did, and tried to do, this year.

Apple

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In October, Apple introduced the fifth-generation iPad, called the iPad Air, and asecond-generation iPad Mini that comes with a Retina Display. The iPad Air went on sale on November 1, while the second generation iPad Mini was released on November 12.

Apple kept its pricing structure the same for the iPad and actually increased it for the iPad mini. The company showed once again that it had no problems with being beaten on price by the competition: it was still perfectly happy with losing share in exchange for keeping its profit margins.

This is a strategy Apple has employed for most of its products, with mixed results. That tablet market is so massive, however, that trying to figure out whether the company is doing the smart thing right now is frankly impossible. While the latest iPad sales numbers aren’t available yet, we do know the demand is there.

Google

Having had decent success with the original Nexus 7 and the 3G-refreshed Nexus 7 last year, in July Google announced the 2013 model of the Nexus 7. An LTE variant was also unveiled and arrived in September.

Curiously, the Nexus 10 was not refreshed this year, although rumors suggested that it would be. It’s still not clear how much the company wants to emphasize the larger tablet offering. Google was, however, very eager in pushing new Android releases, announcing both 4.3 Jelly Bean (along with the Nexus 7) and 4.4 KitKat (along with the Nexus 5) this year.

Again we don’t have proper sales numbers yet, but the Nexus line seems to be gaining a lot of attention. Google showed in 2013 that it would do everything it could to ensure Android would become as popular on tablets as it already is on smartphones.

Samsung

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While Google has been pushing its Nexus brand hard, it’s still no match for Samsung, based on market share at least. The South Korean company continued to dominate Android tablets, and kept its second place position in the tablet market overall.

In April, Samsung revealed the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3. In June, it followed up with 8-inch and 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 3 tablets as well as the 10.1-inch ATIV Tab 3running Windows 8.

In September, it also revealed the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. While Samsung has been trying to simplify its tablet line, it is still difficult to keep track of, given the overlapping smartphone, phablet, tablet, and laptop brands.

Amazon

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Speaking of brands, Amazon continued onwards with its Kindle and Kindle Fire approach. In September 2013, the company launched 7-inch and 8.9-inch versions of the Kindle Fire HDX.

The same month, Amazon also announced the second-generation Kindle Paperwhite. In October 2013, the company refreshed the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD with a new case and price reduction.

Amazon is starting to suffer the same problem as Samsung: offering just a few too many models of its tablets, leading to consumer confusion. Yet as is typical with the retailer, it will simply continue to slash prices and replace older models as it sees fit, sharing absolutely nothing regarding sales figures.

Microsoft

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Amazon’s Seattle rival may have been pushing tablets for ages, but the Surface line is still very much in its infancy. The company unveiled its Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 refresh in September.

Microsoft continued to push its vision of a one-size-fits-all approach in the tablet space. Reviews were mixed for both devices, although there was certainly a notable improvement observed all across the board.

Microsoft naturally has a long way to go, especially on the software side. Talk ofmerging operating systems and app stores suggests there’s a very long-term play in the works. Throw in the acquisition of Nokia, and it’s obvious that Windows will play a major role on tablets.

Final thoughts

In 2013, prices didn’t drop as much as they did in 2012. By and large, tablet makers were more than happy to refresh their offerings without trying to significantly undercut each other further than they already have.

Instead, they continued to invest in their respective ecosystems. Each of the big five has its own devices and accompanying services, and each are still trying to figure out how to best one-up each other: nobody’s strategy has been set in stone.

Tablets are expected to outship mobile PCs this year, and it won’t be long till they outsell all other types of computers too. They’re simply devices that offer as much as, if not more than, traditional PCs do for most people, at much lower prices.

While in 2012 it appeared that the battle couldn’t last, 2013 showed that none of the five are going to go down easy. Even though in terms of market share,Android seems to have won, 2013 wasn’t the year when company winners and losers were decided.

Image credits: Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesSpencer Platt/Getty ImagesJustin Sullivan/Getty ImagesWILL OLIVER/AFP/Getty Images; Amazon; Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Source: TheNextWeb

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The WorkInSriLanka conference will bring together recent returnees, expats living in Sri Lanka as well as people considering returning or moving to Sri Lanka to discuss the opportunities and challenges in making Sri Lanka the preferred work destination. The overall structure of the day is as follows:

  • The first session will layout the public and private sector vision for Sri Lanka for 2020.
  • Next a group of returnees and expats will showcase their stories, followed by a panel discussion.
  • Then we discuss some of the challenges with making Sri Lanka a top work destination and bring in a panel of experts to discuss what is being done about each of the challenging areas.
  • Finally a panel of leading CEOs will discuss opportunities that exist in various industry segments for knowledge based work and entrepreneurial activity.

The day will end with a cocktail event to provide ample opportunity for attendees to network with each other.

Event info : http://digit.lk/event/work-in-sri-lanka-conference-2013/

 

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(Speech by Dr. Madhu Fernando, at the CSSL – Women in ICT Forum 26th November 2013)

Success depends on how big our dreams are.  Whether we are men or women if we don’t dream big, we will not achieve anything bigger than what we achieve in our ordinary lives. From my early childhood days, I used to dream big. I saw successful people from my eyes as I used to read every book or every paper I could get hold of. The world was not the same those days. It was long three decades back. But I knew success is something we all can achieve.

As a child I have achieved many of my goals successfully. I worked hard to get through year 5 scholarship and pass all the Colombo School entry programs and was lucky to select Colombo Visakha Vidyalaya (College) for secondary education and to slowly move in to the big world I live today in the City. I don’t call having a luxury life is a success. Success is being able to live a balance life and while staying at the top of everything you do at work.

How do you achieve career goals while living a balanced life?

  • Set Clear Goals

Set clear goals to achieve your personal and work goals appreciating that both are equally important. Work success depends on how happy you are, as an individual. Happiness in the family is also influenced by how happy you are at work. Think ahead, and set goals for your life, drawing your very own mission statement.

  • Draft an Action Plan

When you know your goals, next step is to work on those goals you have set for yourself. Using techniques like Mind Mappingdraft an action plan on how to get there from where you are right now.

  • Live in the Present

Establishing your goals does not mean that you have to think about them every minute of the day. Knowing what your goals are and when you have an action plan to achieve your goals are the foundation for success. Don’t get stressed about the log journey you plan to walk. Just think about what you should be doing right now, to get there.

  • Be flexible with the Change

Don’t forget that change is inevitable in life and be flexible with the changes. Don’t forget your dreams with the challenges you face. Get back on your feet as soon as possible and start walking again. No one will be there to motivate you when you fail. Think about how successful people survived the worst in their lives, and re-start your life again. Set or adjust goals and enjoy success in every step you take.

Barriers in Achieving Goals for Women

A question was raised whether achieving career goals are more challenging for Women, with the observation that there were very few ladies at the top in the IT industry.

To promote ICT as a great career choice for women, CSSL Women in ICT was established recently, and still concerns were raised how to get more women in to the Board Room. One suggestion always come to the table in women’s forums, having a significant number of women at the top, just to encourage gender diversity in the board room; will never be a solution for a company who wants to achieve success in their business. If you are a successful company, whether you hire a man or a woman, that person has to be the best, to drive your organizations to the future. How women prove they are the best can be the only challenge they might face in this instance, compared to the men. Creating the awareness that women can balance their work and life will take them a long way, in achieving the corporate success, as the general observation is that they are unable to do it so, with the majority of women take family as a big obstacle they have in building a successful career.

Whether you are a man or woman, who want to achieve corporate success, managing perception is one big task, because it’s not what you really do get you to the top, and its how you do it what takes you there.

One Last thing: Education!

Specially in the ICT industry where things change in a blink of an eye, continuous learning will keep you at the top of the world. Acquire new knowledge; be familiar with what’s happening in the industry and around, if you are planning to take a step forward in your life.

Be alert, learn new, and keep moving.