First Sinhala mobile game launched
For the first time in Sri Lanka, a unique Sinhala mobile game was
introduced. The game revolves around a taxi based in Colombo. What is
unique about this game is that the actual gaming environment depicts an
almost identical map of Colombo with focus on the main streets.
Talking a bit about the game, the gamer plays the character of a taxi
driver. His objective is to earn money by taking hires in an around the
Colombo area. What adds value is that the game not only shows the
Colombo map, but it also has voice clips in Sinhala guiding the gamer.
This not only keeps the user interested, but also it keeps the user
entertained. Since it has a real environment of Colombo inside the game,
companies in and around Colombo are able to place advertisements in the
game. This is a revolutionary marketing approach which from the looks of
it, has a direct consumer interest.
Mobile phones are seen wherever we go in Sri Lanka.
With seven million mobile phone users, it’s a surprise why
advertising has not targeted these consumers before.
Since the game is available free from the website www.games.lk it not
only allows any consumer to have the game, but since there is no mobile
network restriction, anybody in any mobile network is able to play this
game. Sri Lankans living abroad can also download this game to their
The game was developed by GTS (Gamos Technology Solutions -
www.gtslk.com), the pioneers of mobile games in Sri Lanka. They are also
the creators of the upcoming official mobile game ‘Aba’ which will be
UCSC undergraduates experience real-life IT projects at Virtusa
Virtusa Corporation announced that as a part of its Campus Reach
Initiative (CRI), fifty-five interns from the University of Colombo
School of Computing (UCSC) have successfully completed industrial
training at Virtusa recently.
Fifty-five interns successfully complete training, contributing to the
next generation of IT leaders
Under the CRI, Virtusa partners with universities and academic
institutions across a wide range of programs to improve collaboration
between academia and industry.
The internship programme is offered for a period of six months
spanning several tracks-including Application Development, Software
Quality Assurance and Business Analysis-across multiple Virtusa
departments, ensuring hands-on experience in a diverse work environment.
HR Manager - Staffing, Vindya Cumaratunga, said, “The Virtusa
internship programme is one of the main objectives that we focus on
under our CRI, which completes eleven successful, enriching years.
What makes this programme distinct and unique is that we emphasise an
internship that is more business-oriented.
Not only are the interns educated and trained in their relevant
technologies, but they are also provided with the required knowledge to
make them ready to face the corporate world,” Cumaratunga said.
Annually Virtusa identifies a cluster of students in the UCSC to
complete their internships, gaining industry knowledge and global
Relationship Coordinator for UCSC, Vajira De Silva, said, “Our
internship programme helps to develop the next generation of IT leaders.
This is a unique aspect of education that integrates academia with
mentored career-related work experience in industry.”
The purpose of Virtusa’s internship programme is to develop and
strengthen undergraduates’ IT education and career preparation. The
programme provides the student with a greater understanding of career
demands and qualifications.
It allows a student to understand the connection between what is
studied and how it is applied in business; thus, it enhances the
student’s self-knowledge and career potential.
Yvonne Dilini Wickramasinghe, a UCSC student and intern, said, “We
were quite excited to be selected by Virtusa for our internship
programme. At the beginning we got the opportunity to listen to success
stories of the company’s tech-savvy experts.
ASUS introduces Bamboo Notebook 2008
Epsi Computers, Authorised distributors for ASUS in Sri Lanka
announced the introduction of the Eco friendly ASUS Bamboo notebook in
Group Product manager Epsi Computers Sankha Jayaratne, said ASUS has
brought forth a new concept line that focuses on alternative material
design aimed at helping save the earth. ASUS is committed to green
computing, and this new lineup of concept products serves to keep users
in touch with the future of environmentally friendly technology.
He said this concept series a mix of the old and the new stands for
the continuous commitment to bring cutting edge products that are
sensational in all senses and forms. With limited resources and ever
increasing demand, it is vital that consumers and hardware providers
included; strives to protect the environment in every possible way.
ASUS’ commitment to green computing has resulted in the research of
alternative materials in its production of components and products. With
such innovative technologies, ASUS has created an image of the future
for computing - showcasing environmentally friendly designs for
notebooks, LCDs and Mini PCs with bamboo as an alternative material in
the manufacturing process.
Jayaratne also said some of these models will be at their showroom in
the very near future and also stated that specific models can be
imported on special order.
Gigabit Ethernet Switches from PROLiNK
PROLiNK launches Gigabit Ethernet Switch that deliver power,
performance and reliability in one cost-effective, space-saving design.
PROLiNK Gigabit Ethernet Switches provide high network performance to
suit different home and business needs. It enables sharing of large data
files and images, accessing of real-time information and connecting to
high-speed servers or a high-speed network backbone.
Featuring auto MDI/MDIX on all ports, PROLiNK Gigabit Ethernet
Switches eliminate most common cabling problems.
Known for it’s quality and affordability, PROLiNK’s new Gigabit
Ethernet Switches automatically find the fastest connection speed.The
auto-sensing 10/100/1000 ports capability automatically adjusts to the
speed of network devices communicating at 1000, 100, or 10 Mbps.
PROLiNK Gigabit Ethernet Switches ensure optimum throughput for
bandwidth intensive applications and compatibility, and accommodate a
range of workgroup applications. Sala Enterprises is the sole agent for
Prolink products in Sri Lanka.
HP helps “Kung Fu Panda” soar to new creative heights
Moviegoers worldwide are sure to be delighted by the breakthrough
animation achieved through the combination of HP technology and
DreamWorks Animation’s creativity as DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc.’s
highly anticipated summer movie, Kung Fu Panda, hits theaters.
HP also partnered with DreamWorks Animation and Nickelodeon to bring
“Kung Fu Panda” to life outside the movie theater in fun, interactive
ways, including a HP “The Computer Is Personal Again” TV spot featuring
Po the Panda, downloadable activities and crafts, and a choreographed
“The Panda” dance that the whole family can learn.
“We have been working with HP for years to develop and implement
technology that enhances our creativity,” said chief executive officer
and director, DreamWorks Animation, Jeffrey Katzenberg.
“With the help of HP technology, our animators are now creating
movies that were simply impossible to make even last year,” he said.
The technology and marketing behind the film is the latest example of
the ongoing collaboration between HP and DreamWorks Animation that
continuously delivers “the next big thing” in the media and
“HP has always been committed to bringing innovations to market that
help all types of customers unleash their creative genius, whether they
are high-profile studios or everyday people,” said General Manager,
Personal Systems Group, Hewlett-Packard Asia Emerging Countries,
“By partnering with other leading consumer brands like Nickelodeon to
tell the story of Kung Fu Panda, we can bring DreamWorks Animation’s
creativity to life,” he said.
GIGABYTE honours PC House
Local IT solutions provider, PCH Holdings, has won the ‘Best Partner
2008’award from its vendor-partner, GIGABYTE United Inc.
James Lo handing over the award to S.H.M Rishan
The award recognises the company’s commitment and outstanding
performance in promoting GIGABYTE’s products and for its role in
increasing the vendor’s market share across the Sri Lankan market. PC
House was rewarded for its leadership, experience, and sales
Managing Director GIGABYTE United James Lo, said, “PC House has
achieved the number one rank in the Sri Lankan market being the sole
distributor for over eight years. We thank PC House for the contribution
for 2007. We are happy to recognise their efforts and look forward to
working closely with them in the future.”
PC House was empowered with rights to market and distribute GIGABYTE
branded ICT products such as motherboards, VGA cards, servers, graphics
accelerators and desktop platforms.
Chairman, PC House (Pvt.) Ltd. S.H.M Rishan said, “Our aim is to be
the leader in high growth diversified business portfolios with global
presence. We fervently engage in providing quality solutions for our
Plans are underway to occupy a market share of over 50 per cent ,
making over 15 per cent profits within the next year said Product
Manager for Gigabyte, PC House (Pvt.) Ltd Ravindra Jayasinghe.
“We need to keep enhancing our service in Colombo and the retail arm
together with innovative product expansions backed with top notch
customer care, providing a hazard free platform for all our customers,”
An ambitious expansion programme is being rolled out to further
strengthen all its sales and service avenues including the setting up of
100 branches by end of this year.
Recently GIGABYTE together with PC House took the lead to develop
responsible computing technologies that have as little impact on the
environment as possible.
In addition to removing lead and other hazardous materials from their
products, GIGABYTE has developed the Dynamic Energy Saver Technology,
which delivers unparalleled power savings.