Disrupt Unlimited offers up to $50K at ‘500 Hours’ hack-a-thon

Published : 2:04 am  November 14, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  327 views  |  

With up to $ 50,000 to be won, every hour counts for innovators competing in ‘500 Hours’ – the latest innovation competition hosted by the Brandix-led start-up seed accelerator Disrupt Unlimited. The company has invited innovators to register to attend a kick-off event in December 2014, at which a series of apparel industry related challenges are to be presented. These will subsequently be posted on the company’s website for online participants. Applications to participate, available online at www.disruptunlimited.com, close at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, 24 November, and the 500 Hour competition will begin at the conclusion of the kick-off event in December, the company said. Elaborating on... 

SLT Group empowers SL Police

Published : 12:01 am  November 13, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  252 views  |  

With exclusive fixed and mobile total communication solution Inspector General of Police N.K. Illangakoon addressing the gathering Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), the nation’s number one ICT solutions provider together with its mobile arm, Mobitel Ltd. National Mobile Service Provider in the country proudly announced that the group has been entered to a tri-party agreement to provide an exclusive total communication solution to the Sri Lanka Police Department which heads and monitors social security of the country. The group won the contract after a competitive bidding for the tender was called by the Department of Police, Sri Lanka. The group signed an agreement with the Sri Lanka Police,... 

Lanka’s Internet user penetration low, mobile broadband segment increasing

Published : 12:00 am  November 13, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  270 views  |  

Sri Lanka’s mobile market passed the 100% subscriber penetration milestone in early 2014 and the mobile subscriber numbers have increased fourfold in just six years, a recently released market report said. However, after a sustained period of healthy growth, the country’s fixed-line market had undergone a levelling off and suffered a significant decline in 2012/2013. While there was a surge in mobile broadband services, fixed broadband penetration (as a percentage of population) was still less than 3% in early 2014, a market report titled ‘Sri Lanka – Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts’ by the Fast Market Research said. Fixed-line expansion had been boosted by the extensive application... 

Bank of Ceylon partners with TechCERT for advanced IT security solution

Published : 12:00 am  November 13, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  197 views  |  

Sri Lanka’s No.1 bank, Bank of Ceylon collaborates with TechCERT, the premier computer emergency readiness team, to strengthen the information security and the system of BOC. The agreement between Bank of Ceylon and TechCERT was signed on Monday 10 November 2014 at the Bank of Ceylon Head Office. BOC General Manager D.M. Gunasekara and Tech CERT CEO Professor Gihan Dias exchanged agreements for the information security consultancy services. Bank of Ceylon General Manager D.M. Gunasekara(right) exchanging agreements with TechCERT CEO Professor Gihan Dias at the Bank of Ceylon Head Office, while the bank’s Deputy General Manager Support Services G.H. Chandrasiri, Assistant General Manager... 

Huawei named one of Thomson Reuters’ ‘Top 100 Global Innovators of 2014’

Published : 12:00 am  November 13, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  220 views  |  

Huawei said yesterday it has been named to Thomson Reuters’ ‘Top 100 Global Innovators of 2014’ list. Huawei is notably the only mainland Chinese company to make the ranking, started in 2011,which focuses on global leadership in innovation across industries assessing factors including a company’s overall patent volume, patent grant success rate, global reach of patent portfolio, and patent influence as evidenced by citations by other companies. With 7,000 invention patents and 1,000 design patent applications filed by Huawei’s Consumer Business Group alone through August 2014, the company’s active investments in R&D have paid off with successful flagship products like the recently... 

Alibaba reports record $ 9 b Singles’ Day sales

Published : 12:00 am  November 13, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  164 views  |  

Reuters: E-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd reported more than $9 billion in sales on China’s Singles’ Day on Tuesday, illustrating the buying power of the Chinese consumer and the importance of the event in the retail calendar. Real-time figures on a giant screen at Alibaba’s sprawling Hangzhou campus surged past 2013’s record to 57.1 billion yuan ($9.3 billion) just after midnight after Chinese and overseas shoppers snapped up heavily discounted goods online. The shopping day, similar to Cyber Monday and Black Friday in the United States, comes less than eight weeks after Alibaba’s record $25 billion public share listing in New York. Founder and Executive Chairman Jack Ma... 

CICRA Consultancies introduces data loss prevention solutions

Published : 12:58 am  November 12, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  372 views  |  

CICRA Consultancies Ltd. recently announced that for the first time in Sri Lanka it is introducing Data Loss Prevention (DLP) solutions. CICRA has been appointed Master Reseller of world’s leading DLP solutions provider InfoWatch Group, Russia owned by Kaspersky Lab Co-Founder Natalya Kaspersky. Following are excerpts of an interview with CICRA Director/CEO Boshan Dayaratne on DLP solutions:   InfoWatch Group of Companies Deputy to CEO Vsevolod Ivanov exchanging the Master Reseller Agreement with CICRA Director/CEO Boshan Dayaratne while CICRA Executive Director Vasana Wickremasena and ICT Asia SDN BHD Managing Director Vigneswaran Rajashekaran look on – File photo   Q: What is... 

Microsoft unveils first Lumia smartphone without Nokia name

Published : 12:55 am  November 12, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  265 views  |  

REUTERS: Microsoft Corp said it would roll out its Lumia 535 smartphone this month with an affordable price tag in its key markets, dropping the Nokia name just months after buying the Finnish company’s handset business. Loaded with its latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, the Lumia 535 and Lumia 535 dual SIM will be priced at around 110 euros (about $137) before taxes and subsidies, Microsoft said in a statement. The phone will feature a wide-angle 5 megapixel front-facing camera and a 5-inch qHD display screen, the company said. Smartphones run on Microsofts’ Windows software, mostly Lumias, captured only 2.7% of the global smartphone market in the second quarter, down from 3.8% the... 

SPIKE monthly meet for SL tech ecosystem tomorrow

Published : 12:55 am  November 12, 2014  |  Category: IT / Telecom  |  Leave a Comment  |  265 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  |  196 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 →

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