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SLASSCOM and AWS forge major collaboration

Views - 2 Thursday, 27 June 2019 01:59

Toposition Sri Lanka as ahubfor data science and artificial intelligence (AI) skills, the Sri Lanka Association of Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM) yesterday announced the launch of its knowledge and skills mission to train 50,000 engineeri

Rootcode Labs unveils new corporate headquarters in Colombo

Views - 1 Thursday, 27 June 2019 01:57

Technology is evolving rapidly with businesses competing to merge innovative software products into their existing business models and the demand for experienced builders of software has been climbing up from the days of internet boom. With ambitiou

Microsoft SL hosts developers to special viewing  of Microsoft Build global conference highlights

Views - 1 Thursday, 27 June 2019 01:55

Microsoft last week held a ‘Best of Build’ screening at its corporate office in Union Place, Colombo. Over 50 software developers and engineers from Sri Lanka’s leading ICT service providers were invited to engage with technology experts who sh

National public-private dialogue on proposed Data Protection Bill today

Views - 1 Thursday, 27 June 2019 01:54

The Ministry of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology (MDIIT) in partnership with the International Trade Centre (ITC) are co-organising a National Public-Private Dialogue (PPD) on the ‘Legal Framework for the Proposed Data Protection B

Dell Technologies boosts local Inter-University Esports Championship

Views - 20 Wednesday, 26 June 2019 01:08

Dell Technologies announced that Dell was the official Title Sponsor for gaming laptops at the Inter-University Esports Championship held recently at Stein Studios, Ratmalana. The event, hosted by Gamer.LK, in collaboration with Sri Lanka Telecom PLC

OPPO takes lead in unveiling Under-Screen Camera at Shanghai MWC 2019

Views - 32 Wednesday, 26 June 2019 01:06

OPPO yesterday unveiled its ground-breaking Under-Screen Camera (USC) and MeshTalk, a proprietary decentralised communication technology, at MWC Shanghai 2019, underscoring its leadership in smartphone design innovation and new communications technol

Hackers hit global telecoms in espionage campaign: Cyber research firm

Views - 18 Wednesday, 26 June 2019 01:05

TEL AVIV (Reuters): Hackers have broken into the systems of more than a dozen global telecoms companies and taken large amounts of personal and corporate data, researchers from a cyber security company said on Tuesday, identifying links to previous C

Digital Loan via mCash wins 2 prestigious awards from International Business Magazine

Views - 13 Wednesday, 26 June 2019 01:04

Demonstrating the rising use of digitally-backed products and services in the financial services space, Mobitel and LOLC Finance PLC partnered to offer digital loans for the first time in Sri Lanka via the mCash mobile money platform.

OPPO rewards top performing Abans showroom managers island-wide with foreign tours

Views - 26 Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:10

OPPO Sri Lanka organised a series of tours to Thailand, Bali, China and England for 50 sales managers from Abans showrooms, one of their key distributors to reward high volumes of sales achieved during the recently-concluded sales campaign. OPPO feli

Secure yourself from potential cyber threats this World Cup

Views - 18 Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:09

With the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 having kicked off in England, Sophos, the global leader in network and endpoint security, today reminded cricket fans of how cybercriminals have been using people’s interest in the sport to launch cyber-attacks.

Viber-Honda sticker download competition brings great joy to winner Dulma’s life

Views - 12 Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:09

A mother of one daughter, Dulma Dharmasiri lives in Alapane in the Ratnapura district with her husband and mother. She takes her toddler to the Early Education Centre located in Ratnapura. While her husband rides to work daily, a distance of over six

Singer’s Money Back Guarantee offer boosts Huawei customer confidence

Views - 29 Monday, 24 June 2019 00:00

With the assurance given by Singer Sri Lanka PLC, the authorised national distributor of Huawei smartphones and tabs Sri Lanka’s number one growing smartphone brand Huawei, has recorded positive sales performance within a few days of the announceme

NIBM becomes Platinum Sponsor of NITC 2019

Views - 100 Monday, 24 June 2019 00:00

The National Institute of Business Management (NIBM) becomes the Platinum Sponsor of Sri Lanka’s largest ICT Conference ‘NITC 2019’ scheduled to be held from 8 to 10 October at the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo. NITC 2019, under the theme ‘Embrac

ICT Industry Skills Council and SLASSCOM introduce ‘ICT Future Career Bridge’

Views - 43 Monday, 24 June 2019 00:00

The ICT Industry Skills Council (ICTISC) and Sri Lanka Association of Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM) join hands to introduce ‘ICT Future Career Bridge’ – tapping to a new source of talent for IT/BPM industry. ICT Future Career Brid

Success at Mitra Innovation’s Annual PMO Summit 2019

Views - 118 Monday, 24 June 2019 00:00

Mitra Innovation extended their gratitude to Orion Development Founder/Director and SLASSCOM and MD Saks Analytics Chairman Jeewan Gnanam, HNB PLC Chief Technology and Digital Officer Rohan Philip Buultjens, Founder/Chairman and Grasshopp

Dialog and Samsung unveil enterprise security solution ‘KNOX’

Views - 159 Monday, 24 June 2019 00:00

Dialog Enterprise, partnered with Samsung to introduce ‘KNOX’, a mobile security platform, for enterprises; providing enhanced security for Samsung devices through its highly secure built-in platform and a set of solutions, to keep personal data

Dialog’s Ideamart partners Shilpa Sayura Foundation to enable Sri Lanka’s future IoT economy

Views - 43 Friday, 21 June 2019 00:00

Ideamart, a platform for developers and content providers presented by Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, has partnered with the Shilpa Sayura Foundation for ‘NextGen IoT’, a program that works to educate, train and m

SLASSCOM plans to fight hate speech with AI

Views - 256 Friday, 21 June 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka’s top IT industry body Sri Lanka Association of Software and Service Companies (SLASSCOM) and Sri Lanka Unites yesterday said it has joined to create a team of about 200 volunteers to fight fake news and hate speech online after the Easte

FITIS launches Member Privilege Scheme

Views - 33 Friday, 21 June 2019 00:00

The Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS), the apex body of ICT Industry with over 200 members, recently launched a Member Privilege Scheme for their members and employees of member companies, which will come to around 18,00

FITIS workshops on Intellectual Property Protection for Software and Mobile App Developers

Views - 30 Thursday, 20 June 2019 00:00

Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS) has organised a seven-day workshop in association with NDU®E Ltd. on Intellectual Property (IP) Protection for Software and Mobile App Developers on 1, 3, 5, 9, 11, 15 and 17 July from

Mobitel acquires majority stake in M3Force to spearhead integrated intelligent security solutions

Views - 62 Thursday, 20 June 2019 00:00

Expanding its portfolio of business solutions dynamically to support companies in Sri Lanka grow and expand intelligently, Mobitel announced its acquisition of M3Force Ltd., by taking a majority stake in the security solutions company. This strategic

OPPO conducts ‘Motivation Camp 2019’ to motivate sales teams islandwide

Views - 20 Thursday, 20 June 2019 00:00

Global smartphone brand OPPO recently conducted a two-day motivation campaign titled ‘OPPO Motivation Camp 2019’ for all OPPO sales and marketing representative’s islandwide. In addition to being exposed to the best of the industry experts and

HMD Global enhances Android experiences with Nokia 3.2, Nokia 4.2 and Nokia 2.2

Views - 27 Thursday, 20 June 2019 00:00

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, announces the availability of three new smartphones –Nokia 3.2, Nokia 4.2 and Nokia 2.2 in Sri Lanka. They are designed to offer the latest pure Android-based smartphone innovations at an affordable price. With

Tech One Sanje wins Microsoft Partner of the Year 2019 award

Views - 109 Thursday, 20 June 2019 00:00

Tech One Sanje has announced it has won the 2019 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Award for Sri Lanka. The company was honoured among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of custo

Singer Sri Lanka gives money back guarantee for Huawei smartphones and tabs

Views - 87 Wednesday, 19 June 2019 00:15

As the authorised national distributor of Huawei smartphones and tabs in Sri Lanka, Singer Sri Lanka PLC has decided to provide its valuable customers with an exciting ‘Money Back Guarantee’ on purchase of a new Huawei smartphone or tab. Namely i

Huawei says US ban hurting more than expected, to wipe $ 30 b off revenue

Views - 38 Wednesday, 19 June 2019 00:14

HONG KONG (Reuters): China’s Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. has taken a harder-than-expected hit from a US ban, the company’s founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei said, and slashed revenue expectations for the year. Ren’s downbeat assessment that the ban

Israeli digital forensics firm Cellebrite gets $110 million IGP investment

Views - 35 Wednesday, 19 June 2019 00:13

JERUSALEM (Reuters): Israel’s Cellebrite, whose software can unlock and extract data from mobile devices and is used by law enforcement and government agencies as well as businesses, said on Monday it had received a $ 110 million investment from IG

Samsung Electronics remains top brand in Asia for eighth consecutive year

Views - 24 Wednesday, 19 June 2019 00:12

Samsung Electronics has been named the best brand in Asia in 2019 for the eighth year in a row, according to results from ‘Asia’s Top 1000 Brands’ annual online survey conducted by Campaign Asia-Pacific in collaboration with Nielsen. The rankin

ICANN and NASSCOM collaborate on Internet Innovation Research

Views - 32 Wednesday, 19 June 2019 00:12

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and India’s National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) have announced a joint collaboration on research and engagement activities that will foster innovation in

SLASSCOM launches Compensation and Benefits Survey 2019

Views - 22 Wednesday, 19 June 2019 00:11

The Sri Lanka Association for Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM) together with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) will launch the SLASSCOM Compensation and Benefits Survey for the year 2019 at an industry event planned for 21 June. This report will

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Soaring heights of NPLs in banking

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New Land Policy: Ideal alternate development strategy, but accompanying policies needed

Thursday, 27 June 2019

It is reported that the Government has prepared a law to grant freehold possession of farm land held under lease from the Government. This may be a revision of the Land Development Ordinance (LDO) of 1935. This article proposes to discuss the pros a

Need for an education revolution: Future of our kids and the nation is at risk – Part II

Thursday, 27 June 2019

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Country’s reconciliation with English and Moragahakanda

Thursday, 27 June 2019

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