Secret court sides with Yahoo, orders US to declassify Prism surveillance ruling

Published : 12:00 am  July 18, 2013  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  257 views  |  

Reuters: A secret U.S. court overseeing government domestic surveillance activities has sided with Yahoo Inc and ordered the Obama administration to declassify and publish a 2008 court decision justifying Prism, the data collection program revealed last month by former security contractor Edward Snowden. The ruling could offer a rare glimpse into how the government has legally justified its spy agencies’ data collection programs under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Judge Reggie Walton of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court issued Monday’s ruling. The government is expected to decide by August 26 which parts of the 2008 opinion may be published, according to a separate... 


New line-up of Oracle servers in Sri Lanka

Published : 12:03 am  July 17, 2013  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  1 Comment  |  898 views  |  

To serve enterprise computing market Oracle has announced the availability of new Oracle SPARC T5 and M5 servers in Sri Lanka. Powered by the new T5 and M5 microprocessors, Oracle’s SPARC T5 is the world’s fastest processor today with up to 3x faster application performance than IBM Power7 processor. With this announcement, Oracle continues its strategic investment in hardware to become the only company delivering the IT architecture of the future today – Hardware and software engineered to work together, to redefine mid-range and high-end computing. In Sri Lanka, Oracle will be targeting telecommunications, government, healthcare and financial services industry verticals for these new... 


Chin chin! British PM Cameron links to spoof Twitter account

Published : 12:01 am  July 17, 2013  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  2,021 views  |  

Reuters: British Prime Minister David Cameron fell victim to a Twitter spoof on Monday when he sent a message linked to a fake account that lampoons the Government and portrays ministers as a privileged elite. Cameron once said that the trouble with the social networking service was its “instant-ness” and the risk of people making themselves look foolish by sending too many Tweets. On the day the Government launched a controversial cap on welfare payments, Cameron sent this message: “@IDS_MP and I are determined to make work pay and help the UK compete on the #GlobalRace.” He meant to link to the account of Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, the Minister behind the new limits... 


Ex-Microsoft executive, former McDonald’s CEO join HP Board

Published : 12:01 am  July 17, 2013  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  561 views  |  

Reuters: Hewlett-Packard Co on Monday appointed three big-name directors, including former Microsoft Corp software chief Raymond Ozzie and former McDonald’s Corp CEO James Skinner, as it looks to beef up its Board. The PC maker, which has been trying to strengthen its board after years of leadership calamities, said it was still searching for more directors. It is also looking for a permanent nonexecutive chairman to succeed Ralph Whitworth, who holds the position on an interim basis. Monday’s appointments increase the size of HP’s board to 12 from nine. Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman is trying to turn around HP’s operations, while Whitworth, who heads activist hedge fund Relational... 


Apple to probe death of Chinese woman who used charging iPhone

Published : 12:01 am  July 17, 2013  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  341 views  |  

Reuters: Apple Inc is investigating an accident in which a Chinese woman was killed by an electric shock when answering a call on her iPhone 5 while it was charging, the US technology company said on Monday. Last Thursday, Ma Ailun, a 23-year-old woman from China’s western Xinjiang region and a flight attendant with China Southern Airlines, was electrocuted when she took a call on the charging mobile telephone, the official Xinhua news agency quoted police as saying on Sunday. “We are deeply saddened to learn of this tragic incident and offer our condolences to the Ma family. We will fully investigate and cooperate with authorities in this matter,” Apple said in an e-mail. Apple declined... 


Snowden affair is chance for truce in cyberwar: UN

Published : 12:01 am  July 17, 2013  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  351 views  |  

UN telecoms chief says cyber spying widespread Hopes Snowden affair will be catalyst for global pact Wants governments to cooperate on cybercrime GENEVA (Reuters): Edward Snowden’s revelations about US internet surveillance have created a chance for countries to call a halt to a cyber war, a senior UN official said on Monday. “It gives us an opportunity, and I keep saying let’s build bridges,” said Hamadoun Touré, Head of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which is working with Interpol and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime to work out how to police cyberspace. The accusations by Snowden, a former US spy agency contractor, that the National Security Agency spied on Internet... 


SLT takes the lead with first ‘drive through’ bill payment facility

Published : 12:29 am  July 15, 2013  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  771 views  |  

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), the pioneering integrated telecommunication service provider, introduced the first ‘drive-through’ bill payment facility, at SLT Maradana Teleshop, at a special opening ceremony held on Tuesday, 9 July. SLT is the first operator to implement a ‘drive-through’ bill payment facility, which was introduced with the aim of increasing customer convenience and adding value to customers’ overall experience with SLT. With the introduction of this latest bill payment facility, customers are now able to pay their SLT and Mobitel bills to the SLT counter in the comfort of their vehicle, while on their way to their destinations, eliminating the hassle of finding parking... 


Nokia pins recovery hopes on advanced camera smartphone

Published : 12:28 am  July 15, 2013  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  597 views  |  

REUTERS: Nokia on Thursday introduced a new smartphone, the Lumia 1020, with a powerful 41 megapixel camera in its latest bid to catch up with rivals Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. and Apple Inc. Tech bloggers responded enthusiastically, saying the camera quality was the highest in the market. But analysts questioned whether it was enough to help Nokia, suffering a fall in cash reserves after years of poor sales, survive. “The hardware’s a beauty on this thing,” said tech website Engadget after CEO Stephen Elop demonstrated features including “floating lens” technology that adjusts for camera shake and six lenses that help produce sharper images. The Finnish mobile phone maker is pinning... 


Microsoft aims to power mobile effort in major overhaul

Published : 12:27 am  July 15, 2013  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  548 views  |  

REUTERS: Microsoft Corp launched its biggest internal overhaul in five years to streamline the development of products from Windows to tablets, hoping to catch nimbler rivals in mobile and cloud computing. Lack of coordination and infighting have hurt innovation within the $ 74 billion revenue, 98,000-employee organisation, which hopes to accelerate the design of products that appeal to a new generation of users more accustomed to smartphones and tablets than laptops or desktop PCs. Development of Windows will now be folded into one group headed by Terry Myerson. He previously focused only on Windows Phone and now has responsibility for tailoring the flagship operating software for devices ranging... 


WSO2 debuts WSO2 App Factory cloud-enabled enterprise DevOps platform

Published : 12:27 am  July 15, 2013  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  1 Comment  |  779 views  |  

As cloud and API management open doors to new business models, enterprises are seeking to control the applications being developed with those APIs; both within their organisations and across their partner networks. WSO2 is addressing this demand with the launch of WSO2 App Factory, which enables continuous cloud delivery through a shared, self-service, multi-tenant and elastic enterprise DevOps platform. WSO2 App Factory empowers teams to collaboratively create, develop and deploy enterprise applications into cloud environments without the delay of server provisioning. Robust lifecycle management and governance ensure compliance with IT, corporate and government policies. At the same time, the... 


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