SPIKE monthly meet for SL tech ecosystem tomorrow

Published : 12:55 am  November 12, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  333 views  |  

SPIKE aims to be a monthly meetup of Sri Lanka’s cutting-edge startup teams, tech-entrepreneurs, investors and interested others. The first meetup will happen on Thursday, 13 November at 6 p.m. at the BayLeaf Restaurant Bar on Gregory’s Road in Colombo 7. SPIKE was setup by two people who are part of the tech ecosystem, who realised that there was no regular forum to meet other like-minded peers to share ideas, discuss challenges and simply network. While Sri Lanka’s ICT community is active with conferences, meetings, hackathons and other events – there are no regular meetups, in an informal context, where people can network and listen to their peers and their ideas. “There are weekly... 

Facebook says messenger service has half a billion users

Published : 12:54 am  November 12, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  230 views  |  

Reuters: Social networking site Facebook Inc said its messaging service is being used by more than half a billion people, few months after it was separated from the main Facebook app. Facebook said in April users would need to download a separate app for Messenger, which would allow them to send videos, make free calls and chat with groups. The company said in April that its Messenger service had over 200 million users.  Read More →

China, US make breakthrough on IT free trade deal

Published : 12:53 am  November 12, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  299 views  |  

Reuters: China and the United States have reached a breakthrough in talks on eliminating duties on information technology products, a deal that could pave the way for the first major tariff-cutting agreement at the World Trade Organisation in 17 years. The breakthrough would allow the “swift conclusion” on talks to expand the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) at the WTO in Geneva later this year, United States Trade Representative Michael Froman told reporters on Tuesday. It would reduce global tariffs on such products as medical equipment, GPS devices, video games consoles and next-generation semiconductors. “This is encouraging news for the U.S.-China relationship,” Froman said... 

Minister Siyambalapitiya stresses on importance of recognition at e-Swabhimani 2014

Published : 12:00 am  November 12, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  243 views  |  

The ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) hosted the e-Swabhimani Award Gala 2014 recently (5) at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo. It was held under the patronage of Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya and ICTA Chairman, Senior Presidential Advisor and Peradeniya University Chancellor Prof. P. W. Epasinghe. Addressing the audience at the award ceremony, Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Ranjith Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said: “New creations should be developed, but it is very important that we appreciate the developers. ICTA has taken steps to select the developers in a transparent manner from a large number of competitors and grant them... 

Banks face extra $ 8 b of IT costs for risk control: Study

Published : 12:31 am  November 11, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  322 views  |  

LONDON (Reuters): Banks are likely to spend more than $8 billion in the next six years to improve technology platforms to meet demands to beef up how they manage and report risks, according a research paper published on Monday by technology services firm Sungard. The extra spending by banks is likely to peak at $2 billion in 2017, said the paper, which looked at on how banks will adapt to demands by regulators to improve the collection and reporting of risk data. The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) last year said many banks lacked the ability to properly assess risk exposures during the 2007/09 financial crisis and must improve. It set out higher standards that 30 global, systemically... 

Execs in Asian luxury hotels fall prey to cyber-espionage: Kaspersky study

Published : 12:30 am  November 11, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  211 views  |  

FRANKFURT (Reuters): Security researchers have uncovered a sophisticated industrial espionage campaign that targets business executives in luxury hotels across Asia once they sign on to computers using in-room wireless connections they consider private and secure. The attacks, which go well beyond typical cybercriminal operations, have claimed thousands of victims dating back to 2009 and continue to do so, Kaspersky Lab, the world’s largest private security firm, shows in a report published on Monday. Executives from the auto, outsourced manufacturing, cosmetic and chemical industries have been hit, the security firm said. Others targeted include military services and contractors. In 2012,... 

Softlogic launches Dell Latitude 12 and 14 Rugged Extreme notebooks

Published : 12:00 am  November 10, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  437 views  |  

Introduction to support growing hard-user market in Sri Lanka goes beyond rugged   Softlogic Information Technologies, one of the premier ICT companies in Sri Lanka and a pioneering subsidiary of Softlogic Holdings, launched the new Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme notebook and the Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme convertible notebooks for customers who require powerful solutions that will survive tough environments. Dell recently introduced a family of ruggedized laptop solutions from the most durable military grade options to flexible business ready-solutions designed to resist spills and drops and to handle almost any situation. The new introduction is the perfect answer by Dell for mission critical... 

Symantec, Deloitte establish cyber security alliance

Published : 12:00 am  November 10, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  299 views  |  

Symantec Corp, a leading security, storage, backup and software services provider, in alliance with Deloitte, a top professional services firm, has announced an innovative cyber threat vulnerability management service. The integrated offering will pair Symantec’s cyber intelligence and information protection technologies with Deloitte’s consulting services to help businesses address concerns around cyber security and information protection. The alliance will focus on growth markets across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with the Middle East as a priority region given it is a hub of targeted cyber-crime activity. The emergence of sophisticated cyber threats has resulted in the need for... 

Dr. Gamini Wickramasinghe honoured at INFOTEL for longstanding service to ICT sector

Published : 12:00 am  November 10, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  411 views  |  

Informatics Group Founder and Chairman Dr. Gamini Wickramasinghe was awarded a token of appreciation from the Federation of Information Technology Industry of Sri Lanka (FITIS) for the valuable and longstanding service rendered to the ICT industry. Dr. Wickramasinghe who has been acknowledged as a pioneer in Sri Lanka’s ICT sector received this token of appreciation at the conclusion of INFOTEL 2014 organised by FITIS on 25 October. The Informatics Group which is a pioneer in the ICT sector consists of hardware and system integration, software, education and agriculture arms. The Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT) which is the education arm of the Group and a brainchild of Dr. Wickramasinghe... 

DMS Electronics wins HP ‘Enterprise TSD Partner of the Year’ Award 2014

Published : 12:00 am  November 10, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  277 views  |  

DMS Electronics (DMSE), one of the leading IT solution providers in Sri Lanka, today announced that it has been selected as the ‘Enterprise TSD Partner of the Year’ by HP, at the annual HP Enterprise Partner Recognition Event. The award was made in recognition of DMSE’s success in helping HP to expand its presence in the enterprise sector in Sri Lanka. DMS Electronics Director and General Manager Lalith Perera accepting the award from Hewlett Packard Director – Microsoft Alliance Sales – Asia Pacific and Japan Paul Morris (right), while Hewlett Packard General Manager Enterprise Group, Asia Emerging Countries (AEC) Vijay Balan looks on   DMSE has been one of HP’s longest standing... 

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