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Google I/O Extended 2017 – Sri Lanka

Google I/O 2016

Google I/O 2016

Yes, it’s that time of the year. It’s the time that everyone has been waiting for. Google I/O Extended Sri Lanka 2017 is just around the corner, and the registrations will start soon. This is about what Google I/O Extended is and why you should not miss it.

Google I/O is the annual conference of Google where they announce their upcoming technologies and products in both software and hardware departments. The conference is held for two days in San Francisco, California, USA and this time it’s on May 17th and 18th. Google invite people all around the world to watch their live stream and to host extended events parallel to theirs. Google Developer Group (GDG) chapters will be the ones who take the lead in organizing and hosting the official extended events for their country or region.

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Social media කියන්නෙ Facebook විතරමද?

ගොඩක් අයට social media කිව්වම මතක් වෙන්නෙ FB එක විතරමයි. එක්කො YouTube, Twitter. ඒව මතක් වෙන්නෙත් පස්සෙ. ඒ තරමටම FB තමයි අපිට ගොඩක් හුරුපුරුදු වෙලා තියෙන්නෙ.

Social media?

Social media කියන්නෙ අන්තර්ජාලය ඔස්සේ පරිගණකය හෝ ජංගම දුරකතනය හෝ වෙනයම් මාධ්‍යයකින් පිරිසක් සමග සම්බන්ධ වෙලා අදහස් දක්වන්න පුලුවන් එකතරා මාධ්‍යයක්. අදහස් දක්වන්න photo, video, articles වගේ දේවල් උනත් වෙන්න පුලුවන්. මෙතන ප්‍රධාන දේ වෙන්නෙ පිරිසක් virtual  විදියට එකතු වෙන එක.

ඉතිහාසය

Social media ඉතිහාසය 1997 තරම් ඈතට දිව යනවා. ඒ කියන්නේ ලංකාවට Internet ඇවිල්ලත් අවුරුදු දෙකයි. පලවෙනි social media site එක විදියට සැලකෙන්නෙ sixdegrees.com. Andrew Weinreich කියන පුද්ගලයා තමා මේක හොයාගත්තේ. 2001 දී මේක අක්‍රිය කරලා තියෙනවා.

Makeoutclub කියල 2000 දී තමා ඊලග social media යෙදුම අවේ. 2005 වගේ කාලෙ වෙනකොට MySapce තමයි ලෝකෙම ප්‍රසිද්ධ social media සිතේ එක වෙලා තියෙන්නෙ. එහෙම දියුණුවුණ social media,  අද වෙනකොට 100කට වැඩිය තියෙනවා.

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Siripala is Smart, Be Like Siripala

Be Like Siripala

The Sri Lankan version of the ‘Be Like Bill’ meme ‘Be Like Siripala’ is doing the rounds in social media and sprung into popularity. Its good to see that it is not direct translation of the English version, rather applying the concept in Sri Lankan context. It hits at popular Sri Lankan keyboard heroes such as political ranters.

A load of these memes are available in the ‘Be Like Siripala’ facebook page which has garnered over 20.000 likes in less than 24 hours. Few of our favourites are listed below. Do visit the facebook page to have a look, and most importantly: Be Like Siripala!Be Like Siripala

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Be Like Siripala

Image credits to ‘Be Like Siripala” facebook page

#HAPPYSRILANKANS and Emojot Partnership Aims to Spread Happiness with Emotion Sensors

November 12, 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka — Emojot Inc. is teaming up with Sri Lankan online platform #HAPPYSRILANKANSto explore methods to increase ‘happiness’ by raising emotional awareness with the use of Emotion Sensors.

‘As a digital community brand, #HAPPYSRILANKANS promotes happy and positive aspects and news from the Sri Lankan community worldwide via social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+,’ said #HAPPYSRILANKANS Founder and CEO, Manoj Alwis. ‘I’m very excited and ‘happy’ to partner with Emojot to drive this first Sri Lankan online platform.’

#HAPPYSRILANKANS will be leveraging Emojot’s Emotion Sensors across their branded sites #HappyPlaces, #HappyPeople, #HappyBusiness, #HappyTech, #HappyFoods and so on, while providing social media marketing for travel and other businesses through the #HAPPYSRILANKANS platform.

According to Emojot Founder and CEO Shahani Markus, ‘This is a perfectly aligned partnership because happiness is one of the most fundamental and highly cherished human emotions. Emojot sees amazing synergies between what #HAPPYSRILANKANS is trying to propagate and achieve and what we are doing in terms of raising emotional awareness with our Emotion Sensors – seamlessly capturing, visualizing and analyzing emotions. With the capability that our Emotion Sensors offer in enabling prompt responses back to the emoters based on emotion data, we are a perfect platform for #HAPPYSRILANKANS to leverage in their mission to propagate and market happiness.’

 About #HAPPYSRILANKANS Inc

#HAPPYSRILANKANS is a digital community collaborative platform to connect and collaborate with Sri Lankans and Sri Lanka from across the world! Visit #HAPPYSRILANKANS, Facebook , Twitter ,Instagram , Google+

About Emojot Inc

Emojot solves the unmet need for a platform that shows the sentiments of an audience in real time, with the ability to use that sentiment data for prompt responses and decision-making. Emojot’s emotion sensors revolutionize client engagement possibilities across a wide spectrum of industries and scenarios. Emojot’s interactive emotion sensors can harness streaming emotions during live TV shows, conferences, and sporting events. Kiosk-mode emotion sensors are ideal in restaurants, retail stores, points-of-service, and places-of-interest. Emojot’s passive sensors can capture viewer actions when watching YouTube videos. Visit www.emojot.com

Kimaki – A Sri Lankan Android Game

In Sri Lanka you don’t see many quality game apps being developed, even though games are the most lucrative app category. If you consider the local gaming app developers, Dawn Patrol Games have created a good set of games for the international market, while Sri Droiders have made a name with their locally popular Omi game. This list doesn’t go much further from here.

In that sense it is good to see that Arimac contributing to the gaming sphere with their game Kimaki. This is quite an enjoyable game where you have to assist Kimaki jump from pillar to pillar using a ninja pole. You have to tap on the screen till the pole is the correct length to move to the next pillar. If the pole becomes too long you fall off. If the pole is too short, you have up to three chances to put a new pole. It follows the endless gaming genre where there are no levels and you just need to keep going on and on (Similar to flappy bird, temple run). The graphics are good, giving it an orient look along with the music. However we believe the sound effects could be improved a tad.

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The game is currently on Google Play, and hopefully an iOS version would be released soon. Go ahead and try it out here. The high score was 870 at the time of writing. Can you beat that?

Sri Lanka tech start up success – Frontcube

28th July, 2015; Colombo – Founded in 2010 from a humble home, Frontcube has become a formidable force to reckon with in the techsphere in Sri Lanka with its highly successful and widely profitable designs for clients ranging from Al-Jazeera, Microsoft to successful Silicon Valley Start-ups.

 FrontCube also marks a momentous fifth anniversary today. “Although five years may not be a long time, it is a major milestone for us, because we are proud to have done this completely on our own and feel blessed of having achieved as much as we did in such a short time,” said Aslam Najeebdeen founder of FrontCube. “Innovation is the cornerstone of every business aspect and together as a team we’ve built a formidable team with creative solutions that are unrivalled.”

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The tech start-up firm was the driving force behind media giant Al-Jazeera STREAM, a daily television program on Al-Jazeera. Branded as a web community with a Global TV Show, the STREAM taps into the extraordinary potential of social media to disseminate news. FrontCube helped The Stream grow their traffic by 130% in 2012 by implementing a responsive design.

 The company is also working closely with AJ+ (Al-Jazeera Plus) team from the beta phase to design and build an engaging mobile and web user experience.The current website which is the 4th redesign was completed in March last year. The first design created big buzz in the Twittersphare. To-date, Al-Jazeera frequently sources the services of FrontCube for their internal Research & Development as well as web experience projects.

“Aslam is a wonderful anomaly,” says Jorge Soto, Sales Team Lead at Twitter. “He has a tremendous amount of passion for his craft and is always hungry to learn more. I am honored to be partnering with such a great and talented individual. There is no doubt that he will continue to emerge as one of technology’s future leaders.”

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FrontCube also helped Mobile Action, the mobile app marketing platform to raise USD 2 million by creating their first prototype by designing the new UI and developing a stellar great front-end user experience.  Currently the company is also assisting well known start-up investor Jason Lemkin by redesigning his start-up educational platform Saastr.com

 When inquired about the team that makes FrontCube the success it is, Aslam commented saying that the workforce at FrontCube was akin to a family unit. “We are a small team and we create a niche dominating presence for start-ups and small businesses.”

FrontCube has also started a weekly screencast series called FrontCube TV to share their knowledge and insights to help aspiring designers and developers. The company is also launching the first Sri Lankan start-up podcast next month called “Moving to the Front”. This Podcast will feature interviews of industrial experts who would address the issues that every start-up and small and medium enterprises face.

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For those wishing to get in-touch with the team at FrontCube, you may visit their site on http://frontcube.com or simply call them on +94772272655.

Traffic Violations happening in Sri Lanka

“Nobody gives way to anybody. Everyone just angles, points, dives directly toward his destination, pretending it is an all-or-nothing gamble. People glare at one another and fight for maneuvering space. All parties are equally determined to get the right-of-way–insist on it. They swerve away at the last possible moment, giving scant inches to spare. The victor goes forwards, no time for a victory grin, already engaging in another contest of will. “ – Andrew Pham

Although the above is a quote describing the traffic in Vietnam, it isn’t far off in describing the traffic experience in Sri Lanka. The traffic rage and traffic violation in Sri Lanka is not the worst in the South Asia region, but it has always been bad. Lately, pretty bad. Traffic lights and traffic signals are not considered as rules, and are followed if convenient . Road lanes are ignored, right of way is ignored and form of courtesy is thrown out the window. These are confirmed by the fact that there have been over 35,000 reported accidents for 2014 with over 2000 fatalities in road accidents.

Now it seems the community has had enough. They are taking on the issue through social media in the form of the Sri Lankan Traffic Violations facebook page. In this page, people submit their daily experiences of traffic violations in Sri Lanka through photos and videos while highlighting the vehicle number as well. This would help in a couple of ways. One, the perpetrator may see his violation online, and would deter from repeating due to public shaming. Secondly other people on page would be extra careful not to do any traffic violations, as they have a sense of responsibility to be better drivers being a part of this community. In addition the page posts educational images on traffic rules and regulation.

The page already has over 11,000 people following it, and is steadily growing. We really hope that this would be a major force in future in curbing the traffic violations in Sri Lanka. This alone would be far from enough, and the police need to really step it up to keep all drivers on the road aligned to the rules. Kudos to the admins for starting and managing this page, and hoping it would have an everlasting impact on the Sri Lanka drivers.

Cover image credits to infolanka.com