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Acer unveils classy Porsche Design Acer Book RS

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Taking design and functionality to another level, Acer has partnered with Porsche Design to create a high-end notebook that combines advanced technologies with purist and minimalist design elements.

The Porsche Design Acer Book RS with a compact all-metal chassis packs in up to the latest 11th Gen Intel® CoreTM i7 processor and an NVIDIA® GeForce® MX350 GPU2 while remaining just 1.2 kg (2.65 lbs) light. Topping off the chassis is a carbon fiber cover, a distinctive touch derived from decades of motorsports designs that value carbon fiber for its lightweight strength and extreme performance.

Porsche Design Acer Book RS was co-engineered with Intel and includes Intel Evo platform verified models to meet key experience targets for consistent responsiveness on battery, instant wake, real-world battery life and fast charge, making it an exceptional laptop for getting things done.

This, along with a host of other super-sleek devices, were launched at the next@acer global event hosted by Acer CEO Jason Chen, livestreamed from Taipei, Taiwan last week.

Acer also launched its first Chromebook powered by the Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 7c compute platform – the Acer Chromebook Spin 513 (CP513-1H/ CP513- 1HL) and Acer Chromebook Enterprise Spin 513. The new models pair an ultraportable design with fast and efficient performance, long battery life and optional 4G LTE cellular connectivity. This was launched together with the new Acer Chromebox CXI4 which is ideal for schools, families sharing devices, work, and entertainment; and Halo Smart Speaker makes any home tech-savvy with Google Assistant.

Jason Chen said, “As employees and students have shifted to working remotely and learning from home, Acer is responding with solutions that meet their needs – in this case, Chromebooks that are powerful enough to take on whatever the day brings with all-day battery life and highly secure cellular connectivity virtually anywhere.”

Acer then introduced the new and updated offerings in its ConceptD PC line-up, a brand of premium PCs designed for professional and enthusiast creators. The new ConceptD 300 is a powerful mid-tower desktop designed for BIM and CAD projects and intensive 3D modeling, rendering and animation. In addition, the ConceptD 7 and ConceptD 7 Pro notebooks now feature 10th Gen Intel® CoreTM Processors and Acer’s new Vortex Flow cooling technology. These devices are optimized for graphic designers, filmmakers, engineers, architects, developers and other creators.

A new suite of powerful new consumer notebooks across its popular Swift, Spin and Aspire series, all featuring the performance of new 11th Gen Intel® CoreTM processors with Intel® Iris® Xe graphics were released. These are designed to push ultra-portable PC design to new territories, the refreshed devices come with intuitive features, striking design aesthetics and the latest technology in a thin and light package.

Known for their Predator series amongst hardcore gamers, Acer expanded its award-winning gaming monitor portfolio with six new Predator and Nitro models suited to a wide range of gamers, from elite professionals requiring top- of-the-line technology to casual players more concerned with enjoying themselves. Additionally, Acer is the first brand to offer TÜV Rheinland Eyesafe®-certified gaming monitors, designed to selectively filter out blue light while still maintaining crisp and vivid colors.

Three new products in its TravelMate series of commercial notebooks for enterprise and business users were introduced. These include the TravelMate Spin P4 (TMP414RN-51), a convertible notebook with a touch screen; the TravelMate P4 (TMP414-51), a powerful and portable notebook for those who prefer traditional clamshell models; and the TravelMate P2 (TMP214-53), a durable notebook with enough ports and battery life to handle anything that comes up in a day’s work.

As always, Acer had a non-tech device up its sleeve and announced the Acerpure Cool, a 2-in-1 air circulator and purifier that leverages a 3-in-1 HEPA Filter to purify air and then a fan to project it around the room. This product represents an expansion of Acer’s smart air quality solution business, AcerPure Inc., and follows the company’s corporate mission of contributing to a sustainable planet. This subsidiary will focus on releasing products that leverage smart features to not only improve users’ quality of life, but also create environmental benefits.



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Seylan Bank takes the lead to promote LANKA QR beyond Western Province

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Seylan Bank, the Bank with a Heart, organized the ‘Seylan Pay QR Carnival’ in Kurunegala to promote the LANKAQR programme introduced by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) to strengthen digital transactions in Sri Lanka. The special programme, focusing on encouraging local merchants and SMEs to join the national QR transaction system, took place at the Vehera Sports Ground in Kurunegala recently. Officials from the Central bank of Sri Lanka, the Lanka QR Committee and partner banks were present at the event.

Organised as the 14th leg of the LankaQR national rollout campaign, the Seylan Pay QR Carnival set a firm footprint with the highest number of merchants at the event. Seylan Bank alone on boarded over 100 merchants for the SeylanPay payment solutions from the Kurunegala area. Over a thousand customers walked in during the event which benefitted many merchants accepting LankaQR, to process transactions on the day and generate great traction in the district since then.

As the key feature of the event, Seylan Bank educated their customers on the use of the Bank’s QR payment system, the SeylanPay Mobile App, and assisted customers in making payments to merchants. Over 50 stalls selling clothes and accessories, gift items, food, sweets, electronics and electrical equipment, plants, beauty care, cosmetic items and automobile parts were set up for the benefit of consumers, with attractive added discounts for customers using QR payment systems to purchase items, thereby encouraging and familiarizing the use of it among them. This marked a record high number of merchants participating among many LankaQR nationwide rollout campaigns that were organised to date. A Seylan Bank Mobile ATM was deployed at the premises, ensuring that customers had easy access to carry out cash withdrawals if required and check their account balances at any given time. In addition, a special fun zone was set up for children at the event premises, whilst a musical evening entertained the adults present at the Seylan Pay QR Carnival.

“Seylan Bank’s commitment to develop the banking and finance network together with the industry led to us hosting the 14th leg of the Lanka QR national rollout campaign. We also realize the potential this system brings to the SME sector in the country, in terms of transaction efficiency and savings. As a bank that has continued to support SMEs in the country in a wide spectrum, the alliance with Lanka QR helps in developing the entire transaction ecosystem of the country,” commented Chaminda Senewiratne, Head of Digital Banking Channels, Seylan Bank.

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka introduced the LANKAQR service in October 2020 with the aim of moving towards a cash-less society while increasing financial inclusion in Sri Lanka, and was supported in this endeavour by Banks, licensed financial institutions and Lanka Clear (Pvt.) Ltd. It has already stood out as an attractive option with notable benefits for small and medium enterprises.

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Stylish Garments unveils its latest export-oriented BOI factory in Ambalangoda 

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With the Board of Investment (BOI) widening its projects, Stylish Garments (Pvt) Ltd, unveiled its sixth BOI approved factory in Ambalangoda which manufactures children’s wear, jerseys including school uniforms exclusively targeting the international market. The Stylish Garments is a renowned a garment manufacturer and exporter of jersey knit and lighter woven apparel products.

The latest project, which is a USD 3.5 million investment, is to generate 500 employment opportunities for people living in the south and other parts of the country. Moreover, the products are slated to be exported to the UK and Europe. The agreement in this regard was signed recently at the BOI Head Office in the presence of BOI Director General Renuka M Weerakone.

The Director General said “A project of this nature should be recognized owing to the fact that it depicts the vibrant and vivid expansion of BOI projects, which has now started to reach the rural areas, The new venture will uplift the livelihood of the people living in the Ambalangoda area plus become a crucial source of bringing dollars to the country in a situation where the country isin dire need of dollars,” she underscored.

Founder and incumbent Chairman of the Stylish Garments (Pvt) Ltd Leelaratne Hattanarachchi said,” we were determined to launch the project irrespective of current challenges because such new projects would bring dollars to the country. That’s the very reason why I ventured to start operations at this new factory by turning the advantage of this crisis to ourselves. At the same time, we do appreciate the support rendered by the BOI at this critical juncture and look forward their support in future too.”

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Browns Investments solar power plant deal dominates CSE trading

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By Hiran H. Senewiratne

CSE’s leading listed company, Browns Investments, disposed of 50.1 per cent of its stake in Sagasolar Power Power (Private) Limited to another leading company, Aitken Spence Pvt. Ltd. yesterday, market sources said.

The total value of the company was Rs 1.4 billion and under this deal Browns Investments sold the stake for Rs 700 million. The capacity of the solar power plant is 10 megawatts, stock market analysts said.

Sagasolar Power built the solar PV facility on 45 acres (18.2 ha) of land within a dedicated energy development area in Baruthankanda, Hambantota district, Southern province. The country’s previous largest solar plant is a 1.3-MW facility also located in Hambantota.

Amid those developments, the trading activities in the stock market turned negative due to macro and micro economic uncertainties. Accordingly, stocks slipped over 1 per cent at mid-day trade yesterday for the third consecutive day, market analysis said.

The All- Share Price Index fell by 121 points and S and P SL20 went down by 50.8 points. Turnover stood at Rs 982 million without any crossings. Top seven companies that that contributed to the turnover were, Lanka IOC Rs 274 million (3.5 million shares traded), Expolanka Holdings Rs 185 million (1.2 million shares traded), JKH Rs 77 million (626,000 shares traded), LOLC Finance Rs 59.8 million (9.9 million shares traded), Browns Investments Rs 58.9 million (8.9 million shares traded), LOLC Holdings Rs 32.6 million (89,000 shares traded) and Commercial Bank Rs 15.4 million (309,000 shares traded). During the day 51.5 million share volumes changed hands in 14000 share transactions.

Yesterday the Central Bank announced US dollar buying rate was Rs 356.04 and the selling price Rs 367.33.

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