Apparent Islamic State backers hack US military Twitter feed

Published : 1:13 am  January 14, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  295 views  |  

Reuters: The Twitter and YouTube accounts for the US military command that oversees operations in the Middle East were hacked on Monday by people claiming to be sympathetic toward the Islamic State militant group being targeted in American bombing raids. “American soldiers, we are coming, watch your back, ISIS,” the hackers posted on the US Central Command Twitter feed, using an acronym for the hardline Islamist group, which has taken control of parts of Syria and Iraq. US officials acknowledged that the incident in which the accounts were “compromised” for about 30 minutes was embarrassing but played down the impact. The FBI said it was investigating. Pentagon Spokesman Army Colonel... 


Drama and glory reverberate during Sri Lanka’s Cyber Games 2014

Published : 1:12 am  January 14, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  433 views  |  

Record gathering of nation’s best gamers Cyber Games 2014 – Clan of the Year Cyber Games 2014 – Gamers in action The annual edition of Sri Lanka Cyber Games 2014 was held over three action and adrenaline-filled days from 19 to 21 December at the BMICH. Several teams and individuals competed against each other to claim victory as the national champion. The regional qualifiers were held in Kandy on 6 and 7 December at the Kandy City Center. The winners at this round participated in the finals in Colombo facing a challenging and toughest ever battle for the championship. Commenting on this year’s festival, Sri Lanka Cyber Game Organiser Raveen Wijayatilake said: “This... 


Samsung Electronics tips first annual profit fall in three years

Published : 4:23 am  January 9, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  531 views  |  

Reuters: Global smartphone leader Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday confirmed expectations for its first annual profit decline since 2011, although a pickup in the fourth quarter hinted that earnings may have stabilised in the short term. The South Korean tech giant lost market share for three consecutive quarters up to July-September, and analysts say the trend likely continued in the October-December period thanks to competition from Apple Inc’s new iPhones and cheaper Chinese rivals like Xiaomi Inc.     Still, expectations of healthy memory chip demand and improvements in the mobile business on the back of new mid-to-low tier smartphones are buoying hopes that Samsung has... 


FBI says Sony hackers ‘got sloppy,’ posted from N.Korea addresses

Published : 4:22 am  January 9, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  549 views  |  

Reuters: FBI Director James Comey said on Wednesday that hackers behind the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment provided key clues to their identity by sometimes posting material from IP addresses used exclusively by the North Korean government. The hackers, who called themselves “Guardians of Peace,” sometimes “got sloppy” and failed to use proxy servers that would hide their identity, Comey said at the International Conference on Cyber Security in New York. “The Guardians of Peace would send emails threatening Sony employees and post online various statements explaining their work. In nearly every case they would use proxy servers in sending those emails and posting those statements,”... 


Toshiba launches largest capacity 3TB HDD

Published : 4:21 am  January 9, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  483 views  |  

Toshiba Corporation’s Semiconductor and Storage Products Company has launched a 3TB 2.5-inch hard disk drive (HDD), the industry’s largest capacity. Utilising perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology, the ‘MQ03ABB300’ is the industry’s first 2.5-inch HDD to achieve 750GB per platter, using a total of four platters to achieve storage of 3TB, said a statement. Suitable for external personal storage devices and space-constrained use cases requiring high storage capacity, the drive is small in size but large in storage capability, it said. The sample shipments will begin in May, it added. The drive offers the best in energy consumption efficiency in the 2.5-inch form factor, with... 


Abans introduce LG smartwatch combining class and quirkiness

Published : 4:21 am  January 9, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  661 views  |  

Abans have introduced the LG G Watch R which is one of the first smartwatches to run on Google’s new Android Wear operating system and comes with the most hybrid and flexible integrated features of Google. This wearable platform helps you to access sensor aware readouts and interact with the smartphone via taps. The LG G Watch R is LG’s second wear powered by Android. It’s a timeless timepiece that comes in a classic watch design. The world’s first full circle display with satin black finish that fits your fashion and lifestyle. The dial is shiny which is combined with cutting-edge P-OLED display, and R’s back is flat that feels like comfortable and stylish wrist watch to wear.   As... 


Wireless charging inches ahead as two industry groups merge

Published : 4:20 am  January 9, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  470 views  |  

Reuters: Two of three global industry groups vying to establish a dominant standard for wireless charging technology have agreed to merge, bringing consumers a small step closer to throwing away their smartphone power cords. The Alliance for Wireless Power, backed by Intel, Qualcomm and Samsung Electronics and Power Matters Alliance, a second group, said on Monday they would join in a new entity aimed at accelerating the adoption of wireless charging in consumer devices. Power Matters Alliance is supported by Procter & Gamble as well as Starbucks Corp.The merger of the two groups is a new signal the industry is converging toward an agreed-upon framework that could lead manufacturers to include... 


Looking into the crystal ball of cyber threats

Published : 12:00 am  January 7, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  781 views  |  

By Kiyoshi J Berman The third and final Ethical Hackers Forum for 2014 titled ‘New waves of cyber crime: 2015 security predictions’ was held at the Olympic house Colombo recently. This forum facilitates increased awareness on cyber security issues locally and globally and takes informed decisions to prevent such challenges. It also creates a hassle-free networking and socialising arena for cyber security professionals. The Chief Guest of this event was LankaClear General Manager and CEO Sunimal Weerasooriya. Akati Consulting, Malaysia CEO and Cicra Consultancies Head of Consultants and Master Trainer Krishnan Rajagopal was the keynote speaker; while Cisco Security Lead India and SAARC Vivek... 


Global BPO trends augur well for Sri Lanka’s BPO industry growth

Published : 12:15 am  January 6, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  650 views  |  

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development in collaboration with the National Youth Corps (NYC) recently established the Institute of Business Process Outsourcing (IBPO) in Colombo. Being the only Government institute that awards an international certification for entry level, specialist/managerial level and team leaders in the BPO industry, they are set to aim at higher levels in the industry. While the BPO certification Institute (BCI) in USA functions as its international certification body, BCI has a worldwide network of 50 nations and 500 locations and it awards 18 international certifications for IT-BPO.   Outsourcing involves the contracting of business processes to third... 


Softlogic unveils next gen Panasonic Toughbook Laptops and Toughpads

Published : 12:15 am  January 6, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  567 views  |  

Computing devices for more productive and mobile Sri Lankan workforce Aiming to capture 50% market share in the ruggedized tablet space by 2015 Softlogic Retail Ltd., a pioneering subsidiary of Softlogic Holdings Plc, in collaboration with Panasonic India, recently introduced Panasonic Toughbook Laptops and Toughpads, the world’s first Windows 8 enterprise-grade Ruggedized Mobile Devices for the Sri Lankan market. This follows a combined and continued effort by both the companies to focus on product differentiation coupled with developing innovative technological solutions in the Asia-Pacific region with more focus on the Sri Lankan market, given the huge potential which exists in the country.                         The... 


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