IT / Telecom / Tech

Just how personal is personal?

Views - 34 Tuesday, 18 December 2018 00:00

By Stephen Hamil As the year comes to a close, consumers in Asia Pacific have flocked to popular e-commerce sites to maximise deals from hefty discounts, since the Singles’ Day in November to “12.12” and now to Christmas – the grand finale of

Peradeniya Faculty of Science embraces EWIS’s smart displays

Views - 60 Tuesday, 18 December 2018 00:00

The success of the interactive based education methodology within the primary schooling arena has now had a knock-on effect on tertiary educational bodies, with State universities embracing these technologies. To commemorate 50 years since entering t

SLT achieves ISO certifications for information security, biz continuity management systems

Views - 72 Tuesday, 18 December 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), the leading ICT solutions provider and the leading broadband and backbone infrastructure services provider was proud to announce the achievement of two certifications from the world renowned certification body, Bureau Veritas

Critical Infrastructure: starting the journey from protection to resilience

Views - 42 Monday, 17 December 2018 01:35

By Lenard Kleinman The pace and impact of digital transformation is no doubt accelerating and some would say, the catalyst of change. This is no different around the world including the island nation of Sri Lanka. I had the good fortune of participat

99X Technology sweeps up double golds at NBEA 2018

Views - 22 Monday, 17 December 2018 01:33

Top honours were awarded to software product engineering specialist 99X Technology, as it won gold both in the ICT Services Sector category as well as in the Overall Medium category at the National Business Excellence Awards (NBEA) 2018, organised by

Kaspersky Lab makes deeper inroads into Sri Lanka with their new distributor SATL

Views - 20 Monday, 17 December 2018 01:32

Global cybersecurity giant Kaspersky Lab has been successfully expanding its business in the South Asia region. Continuing to have a stronghold in the Indian market, they have now moved to achieve a similar one in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. After a s

Sophos introduces lateral movement protection to XG Firewall to stop advancing cyberattacks

Views - 16 Monday, 17 December 2018 01:30

OXFORD, U.K: Sophos, a global leader in network and endpoint security, today announced that its next-generation Sophos XG Firewall now includes lateral movement protection to prevent targeted, manual cyberattacks or exploits from infiltrating furthe

Arimac Digital secures double at INFOTEL Awards 2018

Views - 60 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s digital disruptor, Arimac Digital, won two awards at the recently concluded INFOTEL Awards Night 2018. The event was organised by the Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS) to appreciate torchbearers of digital

Creative Software emerges winner in two categories at National Business Excellence Awards 2018

Views - 22 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

Creative Software made an outstanding achievement, winning the Excellence in Business and Financial Results award for medium sector organisations, and becoming Runners-up for the ICT Sector Services award at the National Business Excellence Awards 20

HUAWEI Mate 20Pro – Adding the edge to higher intelligence

Views - 27 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

Huawei, Sri Lanka’s number one smartphone brand, recently unveiled its state-of-the art Mate 20 series including the revolutionary Huawei Mate 20 Pro to the Sri Lankan smartphone market. The Huawei Mate 20 series, powered bythe Kirin 980, world’

Cyber pirates hack French foreign ministry webpage

Views - 19 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

Paris (Reuters): Hackers have stolen data from a French foreign ministry website created for citizens travelling abroad, the ministry said on Thursday. The breach raises questions about the security of French government websites, though the ministry

InSync Technologies makes network automation a reality

Views - 807 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

Businesses today are heavily disrupted by innovative business models and new entrances. Superior customer experience, market readiness and responsiveness have become increasingly important. To stay ahead of the game, businesses need to be responsive,

CSSL elects new council for 2019

Views - 46 Thursday, 13 December 2018 00:00

The Annual General Meeting of the Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL) was held recently, and the new Executive Council for the year 2019 was duly elected. Prabath S. Wickramaratne was elected as the President, whilst Damith Hettihewa was elected as

Altria Consulting helps unleash potential with Tableau business intelligence

Views - 246 Tuesday, 11 December 2018 01:04

The Science behind Visual Data Analytics, an event organised by Altria Consulting in collaboration with Tableau, took place on 5 December at the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo. The event revolved around Tableau’s business intelligence and analytics too

Deloitte recounts six months of GDPR impmentation

Views - 32 Tuesday, 11 December 2018 01:04

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is considered as one of the most comprehensive privacy laws drafted over the last two decades and its extra territorial reach beyond the EU is making it one of the most discussed regula

Australian watchdog calls for more scrutiny of Google, Facebook

Views - 20 Tuesday, 11 December 2018 01:03

SYDNEY (Reuters): Australia’s competition watchdog on Monday recommended a new regulatory body be set up to monitor tech giants Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google and their dominance of the online advertising and news markets. The Australian

World’s first Android Pie-based custom systems

Views - 48 Tuesday, 11 December 2018 01:03

Huawei has presented the much anticipated EMUI 9.0 OS based on Android 9 Pie to the recently launched Mate 20 series. As Mate 20 series offers a wide array of revolutionary features, EMUI 9.0 takes a bold stride towards the theme of “Enable a Qual

SLIIT and IFS collaboration continues to empower students through unique scholarship scheme

Views - 91 Monday, 10 December 2018 01:34

SLIIT, the nation’s largest degree awarding institute in diverse disciplines – together with IFS, the globally recognised leader in developing enterprise applications software – continues empowering students through its unique scholarship schem

Dialog Play Expo hosts Sri Lanka’s largest gamer prize pool, Game Hero

Views - 36 Monday, 10 December 2018 01:31

Sri Lanka’s largest digital entertainment and technology expo, Dialog Play Expo kicked off on 7 December and concluded yesterday at the Sri Lanka Exhibition and Convention Centre. The expo included the finale of the first instalment of the Dialog G

CodeGen shines at e-Swabhimani Awards 2018

Views - 160 Monday, 10 December 2018 01:30

Three emerging subsidiaries of CodeGen International Ltd., AiGROW, RAM Studios and XOLO Smart Classroom, were recognised at the recently held e-Swabhimani Awards 2018, organised by the Information Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA),

In biggest Indian IT deal, HCL Tech to buy $1.8 b of IBM software

Views - 48 Monday, 10 December 2018 01:29

Mumbai/Bengaluru (Reuters): HCL Technologies will buy some software assets from US-based IBM Corp for $1.8 billion, the companies said on Friday, marking the largest purchase ever by an Indian IT services firm. HCL Tech will buy seven software platfo

Sri Lanka becomes 3rd best country in Asia Pacific ICT Awards

Views - 578 Monday, 10 December 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka clinched three coveted gold and seven merit awards at the recently concluded Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards (APICTA) 2018 in Guangzhou, China, the Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS), and BCS Chartered

CICRA-Cellebrite partnership brings in digital intelligence global leader to Sri Lanka

Views - 88 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

High level demonstration on Digital Forensic Investigations and Intelligence on 18 December CICRA – Sri Lanka’s pioneering cyber security training and consultancy provider is introducing Cellebrite – the global leader in the digital intelligen

Alibaba signs agreement with Belgium for e-commerce trade hub

Views - 33 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

BEIJING (Reuters): Alibaba Group Holding Ltd said on Wednesday it has signed an agreement with the Belgium government to launch an e-commerce trade hub, which will include investments in logistics infrastructure. The project is part of Alibaba’s El

Cyber threats, spying bigger threat to Canada than terrorism: Spy chief

Views - 27 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

OTTAWA (Reuters): Foreign interference including cyber threats and espionage poses greater strategic challenges to Canada than terrorism, the nation’s spy chief said in a rare public speech this week. “Activities by hostile states can have a corr

Western Digital transforms business processes with Oracle Cloud

Views - 36 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

Western Digital Corp. selected Oracle Cloud to help modernise its business processes as part of its digital transformation journey. The company chose Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Cloud in May, 2016 to bring together the core business s

ICTA hosts ‘e-Swabhimani’ Awards celebrating outstanding digital innovators impacting society

Views - 41 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

Established as one of the most prestigious national events the e-Swabhimani Gala Awards 2018, organised by the Information & Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) was held on 29 November at Galle Face Hotel. It was held with much pagean

Meta Defence Labs UK & Sri Lanka unveils SHe CISO Exec. Global Cybersecurity and Leadership Platform

Views - 533 Wednesday, 5 December 2018 00:00

The SHe CISO Exec. global cybersecurity leadership empowerment boot camp 2018 was a resounding success. The boot camp concluded with a business forum recently attended by over 100 business leaders in the industry. This was the pilot event of a series

ASP teams up with Thomas Peer Solutions and #12 BRW to empower firms with Veeam

Views - 28 Wednesday, 5 December 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s leading workflow and document management service provider ASP has now teamed up with Thomas Peer Solutions, one of the Top 3 Gold Cloud Services Partners for Veeam in Australia, and the #12 BRW fastest growing company in Australia, to b

Implementation of ‘IT Initiative’: Training program in fundamentals of data science

Views - 69 Wednesday, 5 December 2018 00:00

Another successful implementation of the National Budget 2018 though ‘IT Initiative’, marked with the inauguration of the Training Program in Fundamentals of Data Science was held on 29 October, at the Senate Hall of University of Colombo. The

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Fruits, flowers and futile triumphalism at Galle Face?

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Every morning, I play voyeur and watch that nice neighbourhood uncle pluck flowers to pooja-fy his guardian deities. He is quite religious about it. And industrious to boot. The problem, of course, is that he doesn’t restrict himself to his garden.

Will Kyaukpyu overtake Gwadar and Hambantota?

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

China last month signed a $1.3 billion contract for Myanmar’s Kyaukpyu port project. The figures doing rounds in media in the run up to this port deal were as high as $7.9 billion which had ignited enormous curiosities. The Chinese had been negoti

Things to do in a Democracy when you’re dead…

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

In yesterday’s column, I argued a case for not impeaching the chief executive of the coup that has left our country situation in ruins. At the end of a pitched battle between the forces of unconstitutional ambition on one hand and democratic resist

Tweaking the New Inland Revenue Act (Part II)

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

In the backdrop where the recent amendment to the country’s supreme law is called in question, it may be appropriate to recall that the passage of the new Inland Revenue (IR) Act through Parliament was far more controversial. Nevertheless, the new

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