Facebook restores service after outage in many countries

Published : 12:06 am  August 4, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  294 views  |  

Reuters: Facebook Inc said service to the world’s largest online social network was fully restored on Friday, following a widespread outage that affected users in multiple countries. “Earlier this morning, some people had trouble accessing Facebook for a short time. We quickly investigated and have fully restored service for everyone. We’re sorry for the inconvenience,” Facebook said in an emailed statement. Facebook, which has 1.32 billion monthly users, is still investigating the incident, but all signs suggest a “technical” failure rather than any suspicious activity, said a person familiar with the matter who requested anonymity because the probe is private. Some visitors to the... 


Hutch launches fun activation portal

Published : 12:05 am  August 4, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  411 views  |  

Hutch has launched a one stop, fun activation portal for diverse VAS innovation and activations. The  ‘Hi Hutch’ grants Hutch pre paid and post paid customers access to a dynamic and interactive new world of discovery and convenience. The portal expands customer reach by enabling them to download animated wallpaper, MP3 files, music videos, movies and even interactive games that can be played via Hi Hutch. All these features are being provided in addition to the standard value added services Hutch customers enjoy. Hi Hutch, which can easily be accessed via Hi.hutch.lk, is singularly different from other regular account w@p portals which only enable customers to purchase 2G images and wallpaper. It... 


Telecommunication and Information Technology Ministry, ICTA support Cyber Security Summit 2014

Published : 12:05 am  August 4, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  316 views  |  

The Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology and the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) have announced their support for the EC-Council Cyber Security Summit 2014. This year ICTA is offering its partnering in the summit for the second consecutive year. The summit will be held on 5 August in Colombo. It will include a Leadership Forum with CEOs of top corporations and a Cyber Security Summit for IT professions targeting senior officials from the corporate and Government sectors. In addition it will also have a ‘Night Hack’ – an informative evening. The summit will feature high profile international IT security experts including those who have worked with the Interpol and 500... 


Facebook mobile app to offer free, limited Internet in Zambia

Published : 12:00 am  August 1, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  323 views  |  

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc is launching a mobile app that gives users in Zambia free access to a handful of online services on mobile phones, broadening an effort to boost Internet usage in underdeveloped countries. The Internet.org app will offer, in partnership with wireless operator Airtel, more than a dozen services including online encyclopedia Wikipedia, websites devoted to weather, job listings and health information, as well as Facebook’s own social network and messaging service. The app will be available in additional countries over the coming months and years, Guy Rosen, product management director for Facebook’s Internet.org effort said on Wednesday. Facebook will not pay Airtel... 


Sony warns smartphone weakness will brake profit progress

Published : 12:00 am  August 1, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  299 views  |  

Reuters: Japan’s Sony Corp warned it doesn’t now expect to make money on smartphones this year, citing weak demand, as the consumer electronics maker said restructuring will still help it turn a profit on its TVs after 10 years of losses. As it said April-June operating profit doubled, boosted by its videogames business and a one-off asset sale, Sony on Thursday cut its smartphone sales target this fiscal year by 14 percent. Sony now expects to just break even in the business this year, down from a previous operating forecast of 26 billion yen ($253 million), and is reviewing its mid-term strategy. Sony now expects to sell 43 million smartphones this year, down from 50 million – a previous... 


Dialog rings Cyber Security Summit 2014 as official telecoms/mobile partner

Published : 12:00 am  August 1, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  398 views  |  

Dialog Axiata PLC – Sri Lanka’s leading mobile telecommunication provider – yesterday announced that it will support the EC-Council Cyber Security Summit 2014 as the official mobile partner. The partnership is for the second consecutive year. The summit on 5 August in Colombo will comprise a Leadership Forum with CEOs of top corporations, Cyber Security Summit for IT professions targeting senior officials from the corporate and government sectors, and a ‘Night Hack’ – an informative evening. The summit will feature high profiled international IT security experts including those who have worked with the Interpol and Fortune 500 companies. Titled ‘EC-Council Cyber Security Summit... 


John Keells sets up Centre of Excellence to showcase latest portfolio of SAP enterprise solutions

Published : 12:00 am  August 1, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  540 views  |  

John Keells Holdings PLC (JKH) announced the launch of a Centre of Excellence (CoE). The CoE will enable enterprise customers to better understand how implementing the latest SAP solutions and technologies can help boost the velocity of their businesses and broaden their capability to innovate on all fronts that deliver business value. The CoE will showcase cross-industry enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions spanning manufacturing, hospitality, services, trade and so on. It will demonstrate how SAP applications incorporate analytics, offering various dashboards and predictive capabilities across lines of businesses. In addition, the centre will showcase some of the latest offerings from... 


IT shopping festival at Unity plaza

Published : 12:00 am  August 1, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  395 views  |  

The IT Shopping Festival Unity Plaza will open soon at Unity Plaza Mall, Colombo 4. The IT Festival will be held between 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the 10 storey Unity Plaza, Sri Lanka’s only mall for the domestic IT operators and for multinational giants, since 1994. It is the premier location and total solutions provider for all the IT needs of consumers. The second in the series of this one-of-a-kind annual event, will showcase the leading IT brands and the latest technology on offer, in order to cater to Sri Lanka’s rising demand for quality IT products at affordable prices. As IT literacy in Sri Lanka is rapidly growing the organisers of this IT showpiece have put together a great show, which... 


Hackers can tap USB devices in new attacks, researcher warns

Published : 12:00 am  August 1, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  285 views  |  

Reuters: USB devices such as mice, keyboards and thumb-drives can be used to hack into personal computers in a potential new class of attacks that evade all known security protections, a top computer researcher revealed on Thursday. Karsten Nohl, chief scientist with Berlin’s SR Labs, noted that hackers could load malicious software onto tiny, low-cost computer chips that control functions of USB devices but which have no built-in shields against tampering with their code. “You cannot tell where the virus came from. It is almost like a magic trick,” said Nohl, whose research firm is known for uncovering major flaws in mobile phone technology. The finding shows that bugs in software used... 


SLT holds prestigious Transformers’ Awards to reward outstanding employees

Published : 12:54 am  July 31, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  275 views  |  

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), the premier ICT solutions provider successfully conducted the company’s Transformers’ Awards ceremony to reward outstanding employees who have contributed in exceptional ways towards the company’s performance and transformation during the year 2013. The awards ceremony was a prestigious event and was held in a grand scale at Cinnamon Grand Colombo recently, marking a milestone in the company’s staff recognition.    Chief Guest Minister of Telecommunications and IT  Ranjith Siyambalapitiya  addressing the gathering Minister of Telecom-munications and IT Ranjith Siyambalapitiya was the Chief Guest of the event. Private Secretary to the Minister Telecommunications... 


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