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OPPO launches the eye-catching OPPO F17 in Sri Lanka

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Hot on the heels of launching OPPO F17 Pro, OPPO Sri Lanka is launching its latest model in the F series OPPO F17 in Sri Lanka. “OPPO F17 carries the F-series gene, combining outstanding design while extending its focus into Fast Charge and seamless entertainment. For users whose phones are always within arm’s reach, F17 incorporates a suite of features that makes sure your eyes are always cared for as it satisfies your recreational needs,” commented Bob Li, CEO of Xinda Lanka (OPPO Sri Lanka) at the launch.

With leather-like back cover and the laser-engraved patterns which make the phone look like a trendy fashion accessory, the OPPO F17 is a light smartphone that provides a sense of novelty and luxury while giving users a way to elegantly stand out. The smartphone comes in two colors – Navy Blue and Dynamic Orange.

Another element that enhances the sense of luxury is the camera design on the back cover, which showcases a perfectly balanced four camera 2×2 array design that’s inspired by high-end watches. The 2.5D curved body gives this phone a simpler style and flatter body than conventional 3D curved designs. This one-piece body provides a new, unique aesthetic for mobile phones and provides users a better feel when they’re holding the phone. And to complete the stylish look, F17’s middle frame incorporates a thin design that uses narrower and more delicate front bezel, resulting in a thinner and lighter body.

F17’s 4015mAh battery (typical) uses 30W VOOC Flash Charge which allows for a full charge in just 56 minutes, or 72% in only 30 minutes. OPPO F17 also provides additional battery saving technology like Super Power Saving Mode which extends the low battery through a series of power saving strategies upto 17 hours and Super Night-time Standby which perform ultra power saving optimization at night by learning the user’s sleeping habits.

Whilst F17’s Sunlight Screen keeps your eyes comfortable by automatically adjusting the brightness in well lit environments to enhance screen visibility the AI Smart Backlight learns how you manually adjust your screen’s brightness in different scenarios. Moonlight Screen automatically sets your screen’s lowest brightness and F17’s DC Dimming eliminates screen flickering to relieve the user’s eye strain when they watch videos or use social media apps.Rounding out the state-of-the-art display is F17’s In-display fingerprint scanner which provides advanced security for faster and more accurate recognition than side or back fingerprint detectors deliver.

As Hyper Boost 2.1 allows apps and games to respond quicker and the entire system to run more smoothly, 8GB memory with 128GB storage ensures that gaming experiences will have less lag even after the phone’s been in use for a while.

OPPO’s RAM+ anti-lag and OF2FS optimizes speed and performance by efficiently expanding the available memory in the system and improves the storage performance while alleviating lag caused by system aging.

Through OPPO F17’s Dual Channel Network Acceleration both Wi-Fi and the mobile network is leveraged to ensure high network stability especially when Wi-Fi is poor whilst Bullet Notifications and Floating Window Reply ensure that one will not be interrupted in the middle of a game.

The 16MP main camera in F17 is enhanced by AI Dazzle Color, a feature that makes colors more vibrant or beautifies portraits based on the surrounding environment brightness and colors through deep learning algorithms whilst making one look best with AI Beautification 2.0, which automatically removes blemishes, retains skin texture, and adjusts to the user’s skin color allowing for clearer and brighter photos.

Also, as Front Night Mode enables users to get clear selfies with rich details in dim environments, F17’s Steady Video Mode leverages Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) to output stable and clear videos in dynamic scenes. Furthermore, the first-party Soloop video editing app easily enables users to generate complete short videos to be uploaded onto short video platforms using only one tap.

ColorOS 7.2 in OPPO F17 delivers practical features that will continue to delight users. Whilst the Icon Pull-Down Gesture allows users to open hard-to-reach apps at the top of the home screen when they only have one hand free to hold and control the phone the 3-finger Screenshot feature empowers users to grab as much or as little of the content they see on their screen for future reference or to share with their friends.



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StrEdge calls for SMART restructuring of businesses

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In a climate of unprecedented economic challenges, restructuring of businesses, from public enterprises to SMEs is critical, says the leadership of the StrEdge Group of Companies. In a press statement, StrEdge Group, which is a cluster of home-grown enterprises covering consultancy in Processes, People, Finance and Technology, notes that Business Process Reengineering (BPR), Human Resource Restructuring, Financial Restructuring and Automation are crucial not merely to support rebuilding the country but also from a long-term sustainability perspective.

“Multi-dimensional restructuring is a prudent and a tested method to come out of the difficult circumstances the entire country is facing right now.  This will create results in national interest if all can adopt SMART methodologies, from entrepreneurs to government hierarchy,” Group Director /CEO StrEdge Advisory, Sumedha Wijesekera notes in the press statement.

StrEdge which brings hands-on experience restructuring multiple businesses from corporates to SMEs, believes that a proper analysis of the existing banking finance structures of a business cannot be undermined. “The rising finance costs and all the macroeconomic constraints coupled with prevailing uncertainties have warranted restructures from both the business perspective as well as that of the bankers’,” observes Wijesekera.  From a business perspective, such restructuring would enable solutions for cash flow constraints, save bank interest cost, promote sustainable growth and more importantly, businesses to be future-ready to capture the market potential in the next upward curve of the economy, he says.

 From the bank’s perspective, restructuring helps to offer better structures with effective monitoring to match the business requirements, prevent NPLs and build up strong and more profitable relationships by being able to act as an advisor in this setting.

Furthermore, it is very important to revisit the costing of goods and services in any organisation in view of increased raw materials prices, exchange rates, finance cost, loss of sales, diminishing margins and loss of capacity. Introductions of dynamic price mechanisms for each product and service channel of today’s businesses, will give a lot of clarity for the leadership to manage them successfully.

 The StrEdge Group which has in depth experience in BPR covering multiple industries including both banks and non-banking financial institutions, believes that SMART restructuring will help organisations re-align their processes with present and future demands, says StrEdge Group Director, Janaka Epasinghe. The current demand to achieve more with less resources, has triggered this as a need, he adds.  “Eliminating waste, increasing the service levels, reduction in costs, increased visibility, internal and external customer satisfaction and future-readiness are few of the results that can be derived with this activity.  Furthermore, this will strengthen the sustainability of any organisation,” Epasinghe remarks.

 Current economic constraints have taken a huge toll on the human resource which is the heart of any organisation, compelling to revisit the HR pillar for sustainability and growth, observes Epasinghe who notes that if organisations are not in a position to compensate with economic benefits, it’s always important to bring other interventions to maintain productivity.

“The biggest bonus here is that even the workforce is ready to embrace changes despite the current challenging environment with a resilient mindset, which the leadership needs to capitalise on,” says the StrEdge Director.

 The foreign currency constraints and the lack of resources due to the brain drain in the IT industry have pushed certain organisations to successfully opt for less expensive technology solutions with the help from external and internal experts. “These interventions will give results within a shorter period of time with a very low budget.  Empowering the staff, cost reductions, visualisation, better service standards and increased profitability are some of the major benefits of these SMART technology interventions within a company,” observes StrEdge Tech Solutions Director/CEO, Udaya Samaradivakara. It will also help them to address multiple urgent needs from a people-process-finance and technology perspective, without waiting until times get better and this certainly will be a SMART option, notes Samaradivakara.

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Oil demand forecasts aren’t as bullish as they seem

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Oil has become an attractive alternative fuel because gas prices have soared. But Europe is rapidly replenishing its natural gas stockpiles.Recent revisions to oil demand forecasts aren’t as bullish as they might appear. Don’t get too excited about prices going up just yet.

The International Energy Agency, the US Energy Information Administration and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries all updated their short-term outlooks in the past week. Two of them cut their demand estimates for both this year and next, with only the IEA breaking ranks to increase its forecasts. And it wasn’t just a minor tweak from the Paris-based agency. It revised oil demand higher for this year by a whopping 520,000 barrels a day, with most of that rolled forward into 2023 as well. On the face of it, that’s very bullish for oil.

But there are plenty of reasons to be cautious. First, let’s compare the actual outlooks from the three sets of analysts and put them in their historical context. The IEA’s revision sets its new demand number for 2022 roughly halfway between those of the other two agencies. It also brings its outlook pretty much back to where it saw things in March. So, although the IEA’s revision was big, it’s not out of line with others.

The other noticeable feature in the forecasts is that oil demand growth is disappearing fast, as the chart below illustrates. Global oil demand grew year on year by about 5 million barrels a day in the first quarter of the year — all three sources agree on that — but that increase is now evaporating.

That’s not entirely unexpected when you consider year on year comparisons. Oil demand at the start of 2021 was still adversely affected by the Covid pandemic, so a rebound at the beginning of this year was entirely reasonable. Then economic activity and travel eventually picked up later in 2021, so we would expect demand growth in the corresponding quarters of 2022 to ease.

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Digital Marketing Association of Sri Lanka hosts its 1st AGM

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The Digital Marketing Association of Sri Lanka (DMASL), Sri Lanka’s national body of digital marketers hosted its 1st Annual General Meeting on the 4th of August 2022. Umair Wolid was ceremoniously inducted as the new President of DMASL for the year 2022/2023 at the event. Additionally, a new Executive Committee was also appointed during the course of the event.

The DMASL was formed in 2021 in an effort to drive the growth of the digital marketing industry. The association plays a pivotal role in recognizing, representing, and supporting Sri Lanka’s digital marketing professionals. Since its inception, the DMASL has implemented professional standards, ethical guidelines and ensured best practices for Sri Lanka’s digital marketing industry.

The newly elected President of the DMASL commented on the event: “I am truly honoured and grateful to have been selected as President of the DMASL. I look forward to working with the entire digital marketing fraternity to help uplift the digital marketing industry in Sri Lanka. The DMASL was created as a platform for individuals to expand their knowledge and provide guidance on running digital businesses in an ethical manner. I look forward to the upcoming year and all the opportunities and challenges it will bring”.

The newly elected EXCO committee for the year 2022/23 includes; Kabeer Rafaideen, Muhammed Gazzaly, Niranka Perera, Rajitha Dahanayake, Jaque Perera, Prasad Perera, Udara Dharmasena, Lalinda Ariyaratna, Infas Iqbal, Amitha Amarasinghe, Sanjini Munaweera, Umair Wolid, Gayathri Seneviratne, Arjun Jeger, Shalendra Mendis and Shehan Selvanayagam.

Over the next year, the DMASL is looking to improve upon its previous efforts and continue implementing training sessions, knowledge sharing, and networking activities which will bring together different sectors in the industry.. The association will also be looking into integration of digital marketing into businesses, as it is an important element in Sri Lanka’s economic recovery. Another key area of focus for the DMASL is working in tandem with selected Government Organisations to help strategize Digital firsts and Digital marketing driven projects.

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