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GiftSmart.lk – A New Way to Give Gifts
to Your Loved Ones

Enter GiftSmart.lk. Rather than put pressure on the person giving the gift, it rather shifts roles so that it’s the recipient who has the power to choose what he/she wants to buy.

How does it work? Well, it’s quite simple actually. You can log into the GiftSmart website (www.gifsmart.lk) and obtain a GiftSmart Card. The value of this card spans from around LKR2000 all the way up to LKR50000 (if you’re feeling really generous). Since it is an online transaction, there are no boundaries and both locals and those residing abroad can send gifts anywhere in Sri Lanka.

Speaking of which, GiftSmart cards can be sent either via email or print. Once the gift is received, it’s just a matter of converting the card into a gift voucher which can be redeemed for a pool of stores by logging into the GiftSmart website. Here’s the fun part. As explained above, the recipient has the freedom of choice to select which store/s he/she wants to redeem and receive gift vouchers from. This makes your job a lot easier as you don’t have to worry about buying something that your friend may already have or something that they wouldn’t be interested in.

Did we also mention that the cards are customizable? Yes, GiftSmart.lk actually lets you design each card depending on the occasion and even attach a personal note to make it just that much more memorable. Perfect to get your poetry skills or bad jokes in shape.


Microsoft WiFi aims big 10 million Wi-Fi hotspots in 130 countriesdfd
Well, things are certainly getting interesting. Microsoft is apparently working on a top secret project. No it’s not aliens. Its WiFi, free WiFi to be more precise called Microsoft WiFi, details of it were leaked on www.microsoftwifi.com.

But don’t bother to go there. The website has been taken down, but according to sources that caught a glimpse of the site, they plan to offer what Microsoft calls ‘hassle-free Internet access around the world’.

According to sources, Microsoft WiFi was initially spotted by Twitter user h0x0d, who coincidentally was the same person who discovered Microsoft Earn.

Before being taken down, there were apparent links for Microsoft’s Wi-Fi App available for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and Windows Phone meaning that it indeed is a cross platform solution.

The concept of the app will revolve around locating Wi-Fi spots near you. But it should be noted that the service isn’t going to be available to everyone. One has to be eligible before one can download and use the app, with versions for businesses and individuals alike.

When launched, Microsoft WiFi will only be available to three groups:
• Those who have functional Skype WiFi accounts either via Microsoft Work and Play Bundle or the Surface 2 + Skype WiFi Bundle
• Employees of companies using Microsoft Office 365 for Enterprise
• Customers who have received a special WiFi offer from Microsoft
Similar to how Skype WiFi works, Microsoft WiFi also appears to offer the same pay-as-you-go service that automatically connects you to free public Wi-Fi hotspots. But this is more than just that. Their main target is to have 10 million Wi-Fi hotspots in 130 countries. Now that certainly is a noteworthy project, especially if it comes to Sri Lanka.


Intel is all set to buy Altera for $17 billion USD

interWell*3 (Because saying “Well, well, well is too mainstream), now here’s something interesting. Chip manufacturer Intel is expected to announce acquisition of Altera sometime today. An acquisition worth a little over 17 billion USD to be a bit more precise.

It’s true that ‘The world’s biggest chip maker’ hasn’t really made a big acquisition for some time now, but this deal does show that the semiconductor industry is indeed riding through a wave of consolidation. One that seemingly is set to remake Silicon Valley, and along with it, a 335 billion USD chip industry.

With regards to the actual acquisition, Intel is slated to pay approximately 54 USD per share to Altera stockholders. This is after repeated attempts to close the deal since March. Reportedly, the new price is approximately 56 percent higher than the initial trade before talks began in March. As such Altera’s shares closed at 48.85USD on May 26.

Since Intel is known for processors and memory for PCs, servers, and mobile devices whereas Altera is all about field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) which are flexible to the point of last minute programming,  it’s possible that that’s why Intel sees them as a worthy acquisition for its future.