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‘Data is the new oil’: An introduction to the proposed Data Protection Act

Views - 418 Friday, 6 December 2019 00:00

Data protection is not a concept we, in Sri Lanka, are familiar with. Globally, the laws surrounding data protection have been around for about 20 years. And we are only just about getting started. The proposed ‘Data Protection Act’ (hereinafter


Xiaomi launches its first exclusive authorised service centre in Sri Lanka

Views - 35 Friday, 6 December 2019 00:00

Xiaomi, global technology leader, on Wednesday announced the launch of its first exclusive authorised service centre in Colombo. The company also introduced the much-awaited Redmi Note 8 series of smartphones – Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro for


ICTA showcases FITIS Young Computer Scientist winners at APICTA Vietnam

Views - 19 Friday, 6 December 2019 00:00

The Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) through its mandate to promote tech entrepreneurship and innovation join hands with FITIS to facilitate the winners of Young Computer Scientist (YCS) in showcasing their ICT innovations at th


Seedstars Summit crowns 14 startups as top early-stage startups in South East Asia

Views - 16 Friday, 6 December 2019 00:00

Seedstars World, the largest seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, has come to its peak during the latest edition Seedstars Summit Asia in Cambodia, on 27 to 29 November. Seedstars, the leading emerging


Cybercriminals are targeting your entire digital footprint

Views - 12 Friday, 6 December 2019 00:00

By Rajesh Maurya The third quarter of 2019 saw a number of new cyber-threat trends emerge or expand, and organisations need to be aware of these trends if they wish to stay ahead of cybercriminal strategies. One of the most effective attacks strategi


:Different to support the growth and development of budding engineers in Sri Lanka

Views - 87 Thursday, 5 December 2019 00:00

:Different, one of Australia’s hottest new startups, whose mandate is to rebuild property management, has made a commitment to support the growth and development of budding engineers in Sri Lanka. :Different’s co-founder Ruwin Perera, a former So


Calcey Technologies sponsors Swedish Breakit SaaS Summit

Views - 39 Thursday, 5 December 2019 00:00

Calcey Technologies, one of Sri Lanka’s leading software product engineering companies recently sponsored the BreakIT SaaS Summit in Stockholm, Sweden. The event was organised by BreakIT, Sweden’s leading digital publication and was attended by


Google co-founders step aside as Pichai takes helm of parent Alphabet

Views - 28 Thursday, 5 December 2019 00:00

San Francisco (Reuters): Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are stepping aside as leaders of the Internet behemoth they founded 21 years ago, ending an extraordinary run that saw them build one of the world’s most valuable and influentia


OPPO to launch 5G smartphones in Q1 2020

Views - 15 Thursday, 5 December 2019 00:00

OPPO this week announced during the annual Qualcomm Snapdragon Tech Summit that it will become one of the first companies to launch their flagship 5G smartphone powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform in the first quarter of 2020. OPP


‘Sri Lanka Go Digital’ empowers entrepreneurs with knowledge on digitising SME sector

Views - 38 Wednesday, 4 December 2019 00:58

‘Sri Lanka Go Digital’, a Digital Transformation and Adoption Program organised by the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA), has enlightened and empowered around 253 entrepreneurs from regional SMEs with a wealth of


Kingslake unveils connected manufacturing and logistics

Views - 98 Wednesday, 4 December 2019 00:56

Kingslake recently conducted a thought leadership seminar, with a distinguished panel of speakers, on the new trends, technologies and solutions critical to the manufacturing and logistics industries. The seminar focused on connected manufacturing an


FITIS welcomes commitment on new tax relief

Views - 25 Wednesday, 4 December 2019 00:55

The Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS) welcomes the new tax relief proposed by the new Government. As the Apex body in the ICT industry it welcomes the new tax policy on the IT industry as it would be beneficial and advan


Mitra Innovation Director and Head of Products talks 2019 accomplishments and future plans

Views - 27 Wednesday, 4 December 2019 00:53

Mitra Products Director and Head Bivendra Narangoda said the Company’s Product Business Unit has had a phenomenal 2019 with an amazing YOY growth of 38% – smashing its financial targets, while bagging some amazing clients across the UK, Europe, a


EMUI 10 update for Sri Lanka’s Huawei devices

Views - 27 Wednesday, 4 December 2019 00:52

Innovative smartphone manufacturer Huawei has recently announced that EMUI 10 is the next major EMUI update that is scheduled to launch for smartphones of the Huawei P30 series, Mate 20 series and Nova 5T in Sri Lanka. The EMUI 10 is based on Google


ADB’s first satellite financing to expand internet access in Asia and Pacific

Views - 19 Wednesday, 4 December 2019 00:51

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a $ 50 million agreement with Kacific Broadband Satellites International Limited (Kacific) to provide affordable satellite-based, high-speed broadband internet connections to countries in Asia and the Pacif


Mobitel Business Solutions wins SABE Award

Views - 29 Wednesday, 4 December 2019 00:51

Stamping its mark in the Enterprise category, Mobitel Business Solutions (MBS), that offers fully-fledged business solutions to organisations coupled with innovative mobile technology was bestowed with the prestigious ‘Best Business Solutions Provi


Mobitel offers up to 40% discount on Samsung, Apple Smartphones for Master Unlimited customers

Views - 30 Tuesday, 3 December 2019 00:00

In a bid to recognise and reward loyal customers who have enjoyed the Mobitel Master Unlimited Package for over 12 months, Mobitel is now offering exclusive discounts up to 40% on Samsung and Apple Smartphones. With this exciting offer, Mobitel is p


China’s facial recognition rollout reaches into mobile phones, shops and homes

Views - 38 Tuesday, 3 December 2019 00:00

SHANGHAI (Reuters): China on Sunday put into effect new regulations that require Chinese telecom carriers to scan the faces of users registering new mobile phone services, a move the government says is aimed at cracking down on fraud. The rules, firs


Public-Private Partnerships: A case for cyber security in Sri Lanka

Views - 238 Tuesday, 3 December 2019 00:00

Cyberattacks are a new and unique type of threat, from compromising power grids in Ukraine to impacting financial institutions in London to leaking confidential health information in Singapore. It impact is global and unprecedented. Governments, ente


Local software company Axienta enters US market

Views - 680 Tuesday, 3 December 2019 00:00

Local software company, Axienta since its inception in 2010, has established firm roots in Sri Lanka as a key player in the retail execution monitoring space, partnering with businesses across every major industry, spanning from top multinationals an


KBSL ‘SAARC Partner of the Year’ at Avaya Partner Awards 2019

Views - 25 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:21

KBSL, a leading IT solutions company in Sri Lanka, received the prestigious SAARC Partner of the Year award at the Avaya Partner Awards 2019 ceremony held in Dubai. The award recognised the Sri Lankan IT solutions company’s outstanding contributio


Sri Lanka-Vietnam IT co-operation agreement commences

Views - 78 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:20

The Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS), the apex body for ICT industry in Sri Lanka, and Vietnam Software and IT Services (VINASA) signed an MOU at the opening ceremony of APICTA Awards 2019 in Vietnam, where 19 member co


ITX360 diversifies services portfolio with expansion into new industries

Views - 34 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:19

The information technology arm of Expolanka and Sri Lanka’s leading provider of IT solutions TX360has announced that it will be expanding its enterprise capabilities with a fully-fledged service offering that now includes shared services such as Fi


OPPO holds launch for all-new ColorOS 7 outside of China for the first time

Views - 14 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:16

OPPO held the launch for its all-new ColorOS 7 on 26 November in New Delhi, India, the first time it has launched the custom Android-based operating system (OS) outside of China. With a new slogan, ‘Smooth and Delightful’, the event unveiled Colo


Tax incentives for ICT sector are welcome but Digital ID must be top priority for new Govt.

Views - 515 Monday, 2 December 2019 00:13

Tax incentives are encouraging and welcomed by all industries, as a boost in the mood, activities and the confidence was needed to revive the ailing economy crawling at less than 4% for two consecutive years with no better performance expected in 201


Mobilising youth to harness technology for humanity

Views - 25 Friday, 29 November 2019 00:00

By Yasmini Ruvanari Technological innovation has become our today, tomorrow and future. It is seen to have an irreversible impact on all spheres across the board from medical science to banking, and all in between. The most concerning is the use of


Mobile laboratory ‘Teutolab’ from Germany visits Sri Lanka for second time

Views - 21 Friday, 29 November 2019 00:00

The German Embassy in Colombo invited a team of scientists who are part of Teutolab International to impart their knowledge with students in Sri Lankan Universities by conducting a series of fun and educational experiments. Teutolab, which was founde


Mobitel Upahara offers up to 40% savings on smartphones for Govt. sector employees

Views - 43 Friday, 29 November 2019 00:00

Mobitel Upahara, devised to empower the state sector employees with innovative service offerings is extending its latest offer on smartphones with savings up to 40% off on selected Samsung and Huawei Smartphones for current and retired state sector e


India plans security audit of WhatsApp after hacking attempt

Views - 13 Friday, 29 November 2019 00:00

New Delhi (Reuters): India wants to conduct an audit of WhatsApp’s security systems following revelations that a spyware exploited vulnerabilities in the Facebook-owned messaging platform, the country’s technology minister said on Thursday. The I


ICT creating new jobs in Sri Lanka and making labour markets

Views - 68 Thursday, 28 November 2019 02:53

The ICT industry of Sri Lanka is going through a severe structural, demographical and technological shifts, leading to a huge transformation in the nature of work. New entrants to the ICT workforce should be skilful to face the challenge. The ICT i


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Peace, business and prosperity

Saturday, 7 December 2019

Every nation, every community and each individual is facing the social and political impact along with the impact of violence. Interpersonal violence results in medical, policing and judicial costs immediately after the violent incident occurs and it


‘Data is the new oil’: An introduction to the proposed Data Protection Act

Friday, 6 December 2019

Data protection is not a concept we, in Sri Lanka, are familiar with. Globally, the laws surrounding data protection have been around for about 20 years. And we are only just about getting started. The proposed ‘Data Protection Act’ (hereinafter


Education: An integral part of entrepreneurship development

Friday, 6 December 2019

Governments across the world have recognised the importance of State intervention to encourage private sector innovation towards strengthening entrepreneurships in order to capitalise on comparative and competitive advantages. The main pillar of entr


Moving away from an insular mindset concerning the tea export business

Friday, 6 December 2019

Sri Lanka mainly produces Orthodox teas as opposed to CTC teas which are largely used in producing tea bags. We are ahead of others in the former category but unfortunately way behind on the latter due to our closed and insular policies. Assuming an


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