IT/BPM industry leads in people practices: Bags 6 out of 26 HR awards

Published : 12:00 am  March 23, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  411 views  |  

HRM Awards, the recognised benchmark for industry best practices in Human Resources organised by The Association of Human Resource Professionals (HRP) was held on 6 March for the sixth consecutive year. The HRM Awards aim to provide a platform for public and private sector companies in Sri Lanka to evaluate the effectiveness of their HRM practices against internationally accepted guidelines. The HRM Awards this year featured 10 Gold Awards, 10 Silver Awards and six special category awards to the private sector. The HRM Award is considered as the benchmark for industry best practices for Human Resource Practices in Sri Lanka. The IT and Business Process Management industry (BPM) was highlighted... 


Microsoft to offer biometric sign-in for Windows 10

Published : 12:00 am  March 23, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  255 views  |  

Reuters: Microsoft Corp will introduce an automatic biometric sign-in option with its Windows 10 operating system due out later this year, the first time it has offered such a service widely across devices. The feature, called Windows Hello, means users will be able to scan their face, iris or fingerprint to verify identity and access Windows phones, laptops and personal computers. Microsoft, which announced the feature on Tuesday, said users’ biometric data would be stored locally on the device and kept anonymous to make sure personal data is safe from hackers. Windows Hello will only be available on new devices that are capable of running the new feature. Chip-maker Intel Corp said all machines... 


Nearly 40% of iPhone owners interested in Apple Watch – poll

Published : 12:00 am  March 23, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  225 views  |  

Reuters: About 40% of adult Apple iPhone owners in the United States are interested in buying the company’s new Apple Watch, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll. The high-tech smartwatch, which will range in price from $350 to $17,000 for an 18-karat gold model, is Apple Inc’s first major new product in five years and consumer demand for the device is being closely watched by competitors and investors. Owners of the iPhone are a particularly important market for Apple as it launches the new watch, which goes on sale April 24. Because the watch needs an iPhone to work fully, analysts say the most likely pool of initial buyers will already have an Apple smartphone in their pockets. BTIG analyst... 


New bugs uncovered in encryption software

Published : 12:00 am  March 23, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  220 views  |  

Reuters: New bugs in the widely used encryption software known as OpenSSL were disclosed on Thursday, though experts say do not pose a serious threat like the “Heartbleed” vulnerability in the same technology that surfaced a year ago. “Heartbleed” triggered panic throughout the computer industry when it was reported in April 2014. That bug forced dozens of computers, software and networking equipment makers to issue patches for hundreds of products, and their customers had to scour data centers to identify vulnerable equipment. Cybersecurity watchers had feared the new round of bugs would be as serious as “Heartbleed,” according to experts who help companies identify vulnerabilities... 


KBSL wins ‘Rookie of The Year’ award at Fortinet’s Global Partner Conference

Published : 12:00 am  March 20, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  420 views  |  

Recognises KBSL’s commitment to meeting cyber security requirements of local enterprises   KBSL Information Technology CEO Silmy Ahamed (centre) received the award from Fortinet SVP for International Sales and Support Patrice Perche (left)   Fortinet − a global leader in high-performance cyber security solutions − has announced the channel award winners at its annual Global Partner Conference 2015. At the event, Sri Lanka’s KBSL won the ‘Rookie of the Year’ award in the Asia Pacific region. Fortinet recognises and awards outstanding achievements delivered by its global distributors and partners. KBSL Information Technologies, a leading systems integrator in Sri Lanka,... 


Etisalat clinches 2 wins for innovation at Global Mobile Awards in Barcelona

Published : 12:00 am  March 20, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  462 views  |  

From left: Etisalat Lanka CTIO Chandana Gunasekera, Etisalat Lanka CEO Wail Salman, Etisalat Group Chief Digital Services Officer Khalifa Al Shamsi, Etisalat Lanka CCO Janaka Jayalath, Etisalat Group Chief Commercial Officer Rainer Rathgeber and Etisalat Lanka DCEO/CFO Riyaaz Rasheed with the two awards   Receiving the awards on stage (from left): Awards show presenter and actor John Cleese, Etisalat Group Chief Digital Services Officer Khalifa Al Shamsi, Etisalat Group Vice President Commerce George Held, Etisalat Group Corporate Communications Senior Vice President Ahmed bin Ali and GSMA Chairman and Telenor Group President/CEO Jon Fredrik Baksaas     Etisalat, the leading... 


Samsung Electronics to reveal new Galaxy S6 at Samsung Day event

Published : 12:00 am  March 20, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  1 Comment  |  361 views  |  

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced that it would unveil the Samsung Galaxy S6 in Sri Lanka, at the upcoming Samsung Day event, which is being organised for the first time ever, on 28 March. Samsung Day will be a day-long event offering families a platform for fun and entertainment. The event will begin from 10 a.m. onwards at Arcade Independence Square in Colombo. The new Samsung Galaxy S6 will be revealed to the people of Sri Lanka at 7 p.m., giving them the opportunity to preview and pre-order the device at the event. From 9 p.m. onwards the ‘Music Mayhem’ after-party will commence with performances by DJs and popular artists such as Bathiya and Santhush. A variety of activities will... 


EDB launches ICT Export Value Survey for third time

Published : 12:00 am  March 20, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  272 views  |  

The Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB), for the third time, has embarked on the survey of the IT/BPM export industry to capture the ICT export values for the years 2013 and 2014. The survey is expected to demonstrate the progress made by the industry and to highlight its growing significance as a top export revenue generator for Sri Lanka. The survey will be conducted in partnership with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). During the last five years, Sri Lanka’s global brand position improved significantly. AT Kearney ranked Sri Lanka among the top 25 destinations in their global ranking in the last three consecutive rankings. Gartner ranked Sri Lanka among its top 30 global locations. IBM,... 


Huawei leads international patent filings: WIPO

Published : 12:00 am  March 20, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  234 views  |  

Reuters: Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Ltd. became the world’s No. 1 applicant for international patents in 2014, a United Nations agency said Thursday, underscoring the innovative strides made by Chinese technology companies. Huawei was followed by San Diego-based chipmaker Qualcomm Inc while Huawei’s crosstown rival ZTE Corp, which was the world’s leading applicant in 2012, took third place in its number of filings, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). WIPO’s report, which is sometimes viewed as a rough barometer of a country’s technological progress, noted that China was the only country to see double-digit growth in its filings, although... 


Apple in talks to launch online TV service

Published : 12:00 am  March 20, 2015  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  223 views  |  

  Reuters: Apple Inc’s much-hinted-at TV service may soon become a reality as the iPhone maker is in talks with programmers to offer a slimmed-down bundle of TV networks this fall, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The service would have about 25 channels, anchored by broadcasters such as ABC, CBS and Fox, and be available across all devices powered by Apple’s iOS operating system, including iPhones, iPads and Apple TV set-top boxes, the newspaper said. Apple has been talking to Walt Disney Co, CBS Corp, and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc and other media companies to offer a “skinny” bundle with well-known channels like CBS, ESPN and FX, leaving... 


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