Dr. Vickum Senanayake takes over as Group CEO of Just in Time

Published : 12:52 am  June 5, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  531 views  |  

Just In Time Group, a 100% Sri Lankan-owned and a flagship ICT systems integration and services provider, has announced the appointment of Dr. Vickum Senanayake as  its Group Chief Executive Officer, with effect from 1 May, as part of the Group’s restructuring, consolidation and growth strategy. Prior to assuming office at JIT, Dr. Senanayake functioned as the General Manager, Sales & Marketing at the blue-chip subsidiary Aitken Spence Technologies, a Gold Level Partner of the Oracle Partner Network (OPN). He was instrumental in the establishment of the company operations and was part of the core management team, driving business development, revenue strategy and operational direction... 


Google takes steps to comply with EU’s “right to be forgotten” ruling

Published : 12:51 am  June 5, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  230 views  |  

Reuters: Google has taken the first steps to meet a European ruling that citizens can have objectionable links removed from Internet search results, a ruling that pleased privacy campaigners but raised fears that the right can be abused to hide negative information. The balance between privacy and the freedom of information has been a hot topic in Europe, whose citizens enjoy some of the world’s strictest data protection laws, especially after last year’s revelations about the extensive global surveillance programs run by the United States. Google, which processes more than 90 percent of all Web searches in Europe, said on Thursday that it had made available a webform through which people... 


Dialog Television adds 7 premium channels to line-up

Published : 12:50 am  June 5, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  370 views  |  

Dialog Television, Sri Lanka’s leading Direct-to-Home Digital Satellite TV has revamped its channel line-up bringing further value to its viewers for no additional cost. Dialog Television has added seven brand new channels to its line-up and reintroduced two more, giving customers more of the very best in local and international entertainment. Beefing up the home theatre experience is ‘Sundance’ – a dedicated channel for feature films and original programs, and then ‘Universal’ which beams popular sitcoms, documentaries and catch-up movies. Channel ‘E!’ – the ever-popular network for celebrity gossip and red carpet events will keep you up to date of the goings on in tinsel town,... 


China State media calls for ‘severe punishment’ for Google, Apple, US tech firms

Published : 12:01 am  June 5, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  1 views  |  

Reuters: Chinese state media lashed out at Google Inc, Apple Inc and other U.S. technology companies on Wednesday, calling on Beijing “to punish severely the pawns” of the U.S. government for monitoring China and stealing secrets. U.S. companies such as Yahoo Inc, Cisco Systems Inc, Microsoft Corp and Facebook Inc threaten the cyber-security of China and its Internet users, said the People’s Daily on its microblog, in comments echoed on the front page of the English-language China Daily. It is not clear what sparked this latest round of vitriol, nor what information the U.S. firms are alleged to have stolen. But Chinese media have repeatedly attacked American tech companies for aiding the... 


US disrupts major hacking, extortion ring; Russian charged

Published : 12:00 am  June 4, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  395 views  |  

Reuters: A US-led international operation disrupted a crime ring that infected hundreds of thousands of PCs around the globe with malicious software used for stealing banking credentials and extorting computer owners, the Justice Department said on Monday. Authorities in nearly a dozen countries worked with private security companies to wrest control of the network of infected machines, known by the name of its master software, Gameover Zeus. Court documents released on Monday said that between 500,000 and 1 million machines worldwide were infected with the malicious software, which was derived from the original ‘Zeus’ trojan for stealing financial passwords that emerged in 2006. In addition... 


Hacker group threatens cyber-attack on World Cup sponsors

Published : 12:00 am  June 4, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  366 views  |  

Reuters: The hacker group Anonymous is preparing a cyber-attack on corporate sponsors of the World Cup in Brazil to protest the lavish spending on the soccer games in a country struggling to provide basic services, said a hacker with knowledge of the plan on Friday. Earlier this week, Anonymous attacked the Brazil’s Foreign Ministry computer networks and leaked dozens of confidential emails. “We have already conducted late-night tests to see which of the sites are more vulnerable,” said the hacker who operates under the alias of Che Commodore. “We have a plan of attack.” “This time we are targeting the sponsors of the World Cup,” he said in a Skype conversation from an undisclosed... 


Apple unwraps ‘Healthkit’ alongside Mac, iPhone features

Published : 12:00 am  June 4, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  352 views  |  

Reuters: Apple Inc on Monday took the wraps off mobile applications that pool and analyse health and home data, kicking off an annual developers’ conference lacking in big surprises, despite hopes the iPhone maker would offer a glimpse into its secretive pipeline of products. Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook and software-engineering boss Craig Federighi told several thousand developers about new features that come with the latest “Yosemite” Mac platform and iOS8, the software that powers the iPhone and iPad. Investors are waiting for Cook to keep a promise to create new product categories. Last week, Internet services chief Eddy Cue said the pipeline was the best he had seen in more than... 


Mobitel introduces ‘Easy’ phone with big dial keypad

Published : 12:00 am  June 4, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  248 views  |  

Mobitel has introduced a distinctive product initiative with the launch of the ‘Easy’ phone, a special mobile phone designed especially to suit the needs of those who prefer a more convenient lifestyle. Introduced as part of Mobitel’s product portfolio expansion, the ‘Easy’ phone could transform the lives of those that use a mobile device by creating much needed convenience, reliability and safety for its users including elders and those with special needs. The exclusive phone has all the unique features required to serve many customer requirements. The key features of the phone include a user-friendly big dial keypad with voice feedback that allows the phone to read back the number... 


MoE and Microsoft introduce ‘The Smart Circle for Safe Web Learning’

Published : 12:00 am  June 4, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  206 views  |  

Microsoft in partnership with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the ICT branch of the MoE, created a new level playing field for Sri Lanka, with their initiative ‘The Smart Circle for Safe Web Learning’ introduced at a recently held forum at Waters Edge. The forum was to make educators and students aware of how to smartly use the hardware and software resources made available to thousands of students in the country’s urban and rural areas. Through the ‘Partners in Learning’ program, Microsoft and MoE have launched numerous initiatives in order to provide both teachers and students opportunities to gain 21st century skills in order to become globally competitive.This new endeavour... 


Samsung Electronics to launch first Tizen-based smartphone in Q3

Published : 12:00 am  June 4, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  200 views  |  

Reuters: Samsung Electronics Co Ltd plans to launch the first smartphone based on its Tizen operating system in the third quarter, marking the company’s latest bid to build up its own ecosystem and reduce reliance on Google Inc’s Android. The South Korean firm on Monday said the Samsung Z, which comes with a 4.8 inch high-definition display and offers features such as a fingerprint sensor, will be unveiled at the Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday. The phone will be available in Russia sometime in the July-September period with other markets to follow, the firm said in a statement without specifying which markets. Samsung did not offer sales forecasts or how much the phone... 


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