FITIS to launch series of new initiatives to boost IT industry: Chairman

Published : 12:54 am  June 10, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  288 views  |  

A series of new initiatives aimed at giving an impetus to the country’s Information Technology industry will be launched by the Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS), the institution’s new Chairman, Chinthaka Wijewickrama said.Wijewickrama, an enterprising entrepreneur in Sri Lanka’s Information Technology sphere, was recently appointed Chairman of FITIS, a dynamic player in this rapidly developing industry.Wijewickrama also serves as the Managing Director of SALA Enterprises, a reputed company, which enjoys an enviable reputation and has earned plaudits as a top business establishment in the Information Technology sector in Sri Lanka. Speaking to the media, he... 


Applications now open for ICTA-initiated ‘Spiralation’ grants

Published : 12:54 am  June 10, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  336 views  |  

The ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) is calling for applications from eligible technology businesses for consideration for grants for launching ICT related innovative businesses under its ‘Spiralation’ program. According to ICTA the aspiring applicants could download the application forms via the website www.spiralation.com. The deadline for applications is 4 July 2014. ‘Spiralation,’ the tech startup support initiative of the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) was launched for 2014 on 5 June. Aptly termed ‘Spiralation’ to bring in the ‘spiral’ model which combines advantages of top-down and bottom-up concepts with ‘innovation,’ it encompasses... 


New bugs found in software that caused “Heartbleed” cyber threat

Published : 12:00 am  June 9, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  358 views  |  

REUTERS: Security researchers have uncovered new bugs in the Web encryption software that caused the pernicious “Heartbleed” Internet threat that surfaced in April. Experts said the newly discovered vulnerabilities in OpenSSL, which could allow hackers to spy on communications, do not appear to be as serious a threat as “Heartbleed.” The new bugs were disclosed on Thursday as the group responsible for developing that software released an OpenSSL update that contains seven security fixes. Experts said that websites and technology firms that use OpenSSL technology should install the update on their systems as quickly as possible. Still, they said that could take several days or weeks because... 


Vodafone says govts have direct access to eavesdrop in some countries

Published : 12:00 am  June 9, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  222 views  |  

REUTERS: The world’s second-biggest mobile phone company Vodafone revealed government agencies in six unidentified countries use its network to listen to and record customers’ calls, showing the scale of telecom eavesdropping around the world. The United States and Britain both came in for global scrutiny and criticism after Edward Snowden, a former contractor with the US National Security Agency (NSA), disclosed their vast phone, email and internet surveillance operations. But Vodafone, which has 400 million customers in countries across Europe, Africa and Asia, said in its ‘Disclosure Report’ on Friday that countries in its reach are using similar practices. While most governments needed... 


Amazon stirs smartphone launch talk with 18 June event

Published : 12:00 am  June 9, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  317 views  |  

REUTERS: Amazon.com Inc has revived speculation about its next major product, using a mysterious YouTube video and website post to tease an 18 June “launch event” in Seattle to be hosted by CEO Jeff Bezos. The 50-second video posted by Amazon featured people staring downward at something just off-camera, moving their heads from side-to-side to try different vantage points and making comments like “It’s very real-life,” and “I don’t know how you guys do it.” Amazon would not elaborate further. But speculation is growing that the Internet retailer is set to unveil some kind of smartphone or device in the wake of several hardware launches over the past year, including the Fire TV... 


Top industry professional Jayantha de Silva appointed to ICTA Board

Published : 12:00 am  June 9, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  829 views  |  

The Government has appointed Industrial and Financial Systems (IFS) Sri Lanka Chairman/CEO Jayantha de Silva to the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) Board recently. De Silva fills the vacancy created by the demise of ICT industry pioneer Dr. R. B Ekanayake. Coming from an ICT professional background, Mr. de Silva is decked with qualifications from reputed world institutions, including the University of Washington D. C. He is renowned for his pioneering ICT industry leadership and stewardship over several decades. De Silva received the ‘Most Valuable Employee Award’ consecutively in 2004 and 2005 from IFS, the Swedish publicly-quoted global company operating in over 50 countries. In 2011 he... 


Colombo Agile Conference 2014 on 26 June

Published : 12:00 am  June 9, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  333 views  |  

Featuring a panel of renowned international experts in the various facets of Agile methodologies Back for the second consecutive year after its hugely successful debut in 2013, the Colombo Agile Conference 2014 this time around boasts a line-up of some of the world’s most renowned Agile experts and resident professionals in Agile methodology to share their knowledge and experience with local practitioners in Sri Lanka’s budding IT industry. A diverse range of topics, from the very basics to the most complex areas of development will be discussed and dissected at this conference. Powered by the Colombo Camps Community, the conference will be held on 26 June at the Cinnamon Lakeside. The... 


Intel keeps faith with PCs as next-generation models evolve

Published : 12:00 am  June 9, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  112 views  |  

REUTERS: The personal computer is evolving from one-size-fits-all into a spectrum of screen sizes – keyboard optional, said Intel Corp’s global head of PC chips, in a trend that could rejuvenate the computing industry’s slowest growth segment. The world’s biggest chipmaker by revenue, which recently began an aggressive though belated push into tablets, is keeping faith in PCs with new models variously dubbed all-in-one, 2-in-1 and hybrid, featuring foldable or detachable keyboards. “The desktop (PC) used to be that dusty box below your desk that you basically replaced when the fan broke,” Kirk Skaugen said in an interview at Taipei’s annual Computex trade fair. But instead of a... 


CIA logs into Facebook and Twitter

Published : 12:00 am  June 9, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  76 views  |  

REUTERS: The CIA, which has long trolled social media to try to uncover global trends and track evil-doers, officially joined Twitter and Facebook on Friday. The spy agency cast the move as an effort to better get out its message and engage directly with the public, but its first Twitter message, sent out shortly before 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT), did not indicate there would be major revelations. It said simply: “We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet.” The lack of content did not dampen interest; in less than 90 minutes, the CIA account had nearly 84,000 followers, and that number was climbing fast. The Central Intelligence Agency has long had a public website, and maintains... 


WhatsApp co-founder sees challenges in US and other markets

Published : 12:00 am  June 9, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  75 views  |  

REUTERS: Boosting the adoption of messaging service WhatsApp in the United States and some other markets is proving difficult, co-founder Brian Acton said, but the company will still create substantial revenue for prospective parent Facebook Inc. “Growth in the United States is a challenge for us,” Acton said after a talk at StartX, an incubator for young companies affiliated with Stanford University. He also cited Japan and Taiwan as countries where “we could have been more successful with a little bit more effort.” But Acton otherwise struck an upbeat tone in his first public comments since Facebook said earlier this year it would acquire fast-growing WhatsApp for $ 19 billion in cash... 


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