its time for my predictions for the The Voice Season 6. Just before the live performances of the best of 12. Here's the current team standings,Team Shakira: Tess Boyer, Kristen Merlin, Dani MozTeam Adam: Delvin Choice, Christina Grimmie, Kat PerkinsTeam Usher: Josh Kaufman, Bria Kelly, T.J Wilkins,Team Blake: Sisaundra Lewis, Audra McLaughlin, Jake WorthingtonThis year the teams to beat are ...

Instead of Erabadu; Pink Trumpet unfolds petals for New Year Erabudu is the flower of the Avurudu season but you will hardly be able to find erabadu these days. Instead, rosy trumpet (tabebuia) flowers bloom, marking the onset of the New Year season. (photos by Susantha Udagedara)  This is the famous sakura flower season in Japan with thousands of cherry trees in full bloom. The cherry trees shed their leaves in ...

The Pacific Islands Telecom Association (PITA) and the Pacific ICT Regulatory Resource Center (PiRRC) co-organized several sessions on policy and regulatory issues at the annual PITA convention held in Port Vila, Vanuatu, April 8-11. Here is the slideset I used in proposing that PiRRC and/or the region’s regulators establish an evidence base for their work on consumer protection. I did ...

The UCSC Research Symposium: the five coolest projects we saw It’s not often that one gets access to a whole host of research projects from a local university. Then again, the University of Colombo doesn’t hold its Research Symposiums everyday.  At the 2013 / 2014 Symposium (which we attended and tweeted about), we were exposed to so many star-class research projects that was actually difficult to explain all of them ...

Groovin’ Chilling Me Softly Yesterday was fun. Like, TOTALLY! It was one of the best photowalks I’ve ever been to here in Japan, and with good reason. To begin with, I prepared a tad too much and so messed it up completely, just like me; in the morning I plugged in the battery to charge it despite it having more than ...

Behind the Scenes – Monument Valley Game In Monument Valley you will manipulate impossible architecture and guide a silent princess through a stunningly beautiful world.Monument Valley is a surreal exploration through fantastical architecture and impossible geometry. Guide the silent princess Ida through mysterious monuments, uncovering hidden paths, unfolding optical illusions and outsmarting the enigmatic Crow People.

I will make a presentation based on the 2012-14 principal research project at the PiRRC-PITA Policy and Regulatory Workshop in Port Vila, Vanuatu on 11 April 2014. We normally do not make presentations in the Pacific without using Pacific data, but in this one instance I am relying solely on S Asia results. I am hoping the region’s regulators will ...

Colombo JavaScript meetup – the fourth of that name WSO2Con might be done and dusted, but that doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of the middleware folk. On the 27th evening, we dropped by the WSO2 Office on Duplication Road for  yet another JavaScript meetup.  We made our way past the fish and the devs watching the cricket match and took our seats amidst some 60 geeks listening to Pasindu ...

Last weekend, talking about policy and regulatory issues will drive Pakistan’s adoption of broadband.  My co-panellists were Faisal Sattar (CEO of Pakistan’s Universal Service Fund), Salman Ansari (former advisor to the Ministry of IT & Telecom in Pakistan) and Kojo Boakye (Policy Manager at the Web Foundation). I was at Pakistan ICTD Workshop organized by newly set up Information Technology University  ...

We were able to cover some interesting sessions from this year's Colomboscope. The event which covered a wider range of literature, music, film and dance acts and was held at some interesting venues such as Whist Bungalow in Modara, Rio Cinema in Slave Island and Grand Oriental Hotel in FortHere's a recap of some of the interesting sessions we managed ...

WSO2Con Asia: a conference on fire (part two) “A very good example of a millenial is my daughter. Recently my wife gave her a Samsung smartphone. The next day she had an album of One Direction songs on it. I asked her how, and she said “I connected the phone to the laptop through the USB cable, downloaded the MP#s, used the media manager to transfer the files.” ...

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