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6 simple tips for better computer security

Views - 86 Monday, 25 March 2019 00:00

Protecting your privacy and securing your home computers is easier than you might imagine. Better security isn’t just for big organisations or the uber-nerds-everyone, regardless of their computer literacy, can take simple steps to better secure th


Artificial Intelligence: Making Sri Lanka ready for the future

Views - 140 Monday, 25 March 2019 00:00

The most important skills needed are quantitative, analytical and digital skills, adaptability and having a continuous learning mindset Microsoft and IDC today announced the results of a survey where more than 1,600 business leaders and over 1,580 w


EDB rolls out Champion Builder Initiative to boost ICT/BPM export revenue

Views - 61 Monday, 25 March 2019 00:00

With the launch of Sri Lanka’s “National Export Strategy” (NES) in 2018, the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) along with the Sri Lanka Exports Development Board (EDB) is paving the way for the country to move towards an export-led economic strate


Vivo unveils V15Pro

Views - 38 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

Vivo last week unveiled the all-new V15Pro smartphone in Sri Lanka. The V15Pro is the first model post-NEX to incorporate the industry’s first Elevating Front Camera with upgraded AI technology, which combines a stunning full-screen smartphone wit


Xiaomi launches Redmi Go in Sri Lanka

Views - 36 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

Xiaomi, global technology leader debuted its first Android Go smartphone Redmi Go in Sri Lanka. The Android Go program was launched by Google in 2017, with affordable smartphones running on a highly efficient version of Android. Out of the box, Red


Headstart to support Ladies’ College transition to digital education

Views - 54 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

Headstart Ltd., the pioneering e-learning solutions provider in Sri Lanka, has been chosen by Ladies College, Colombo, for the implementation of a digital education-based Smart school program. The company’s role is to provide teacher training, lear


Sandbox introduces ‘Velociti’ Sales Force Automation System

Views - 71 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

Sandbox Ltd., a premier Offshore Software Development and QA consultancy centre specialising in the development of a wide variety of software applications and software products dedicated to address organisational performance management issues, announ


BOC goes live with Epic Lanka’s Clari5 AML Solution to battle sophisticated financial threats

Views - 298 Thursday, 21 March 2019 00:15

Sri Lanka’s premier and award-winning regional technology leader Epic Technology Group announced that Bank of Ceylon (BOC) – Sri Lanka’s premier state bank – has gone live with Clari5 Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Solution to address money laun


Airtel Lanka titled as ‘Company with Great Managers’ at Great Manager Awards 2018

Views - 163 Thursday, 21 March 2019 00:13

Illustrating the company’s leadership prowess, Airtel Lanka clinched the ‘Company with Great Managers’ title as well as three individual awards for the second consecutive year at the Great Manager Awards 2018 held at The Kingsbury recently. Th


Huawei leads Asian domination of UN patent applications in 2018

Views - 29 Thursday, 21 March 2019 00:10

Geneva (Reuters): Chinese telecoms giant Huawei led the pack with Asia accounting for more than half of the international patent applications at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) last year, WIPO said on Tuesday. Huawei, which has be


Softlogic wins big at Dell Partner Awards FY19

Views - 30 Thursday, 21 March 2019 00:10

Softlogic Information Technologies Ltd, one of the country’s leading software and hardware solutions providers and a subsidiary of Softlogic Holdings PLC, won prestigious awards at the recently held Dell Power Awards at Anantara, Kalutara. The eve


Embla celebrates 10 years of excellence in IT industry

Views - 41 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:50

With the celebration of its 10th year anniversary, Embla has bagged another award for productivity and wellbeing by COYLE (Chamber of Young Lankan Entrepreneurs) in February. The company makes sure to address all dimensions of wellbeing; physical, em


ICT Industry Skills Council appoints new Board of Directors

Views - 671 Tuesday, 19 March 2019 01:50

Consisting of Industry leaders and stakeholders, the ICT Skills Council is an ICT Industry-driven organisation supported by the Government of Sri Lanka. The ICT Skills Council aims to prepare Sri Lankan workforce for Digital Sri Lanka, and make Sri


Mobitel launches MAX with maximum voice, data for a minimum price

Views - 55 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

Mobitel has launched a new prepaid package recently for an enhanced user experience. This new package offers customers true freedom based on the brand’s vision to make mobile telephones affordable to the Sri Lankan public. Called Mobitel MAX, the


Samsung says Galaxy S10 pre-orders a success

Views - 28 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

Samsung Sri Lanka Managing Director Hanbee Park said the Galaxy S10 pre-orders was the most successful, which is two times higher than the Galaxy S9. Though not disclosing figures he stressed that all distributors too had the same response for Galaxy


‘Up in the Cloud’ – To be delivered by Tony Weerasinghe

Views - 117 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

Millennium IT Founder and Visionary Sri Lankan Entrepreneur Tony Weerasinghe will deliver the 15th Annual Sujata Jayawardena Memorial Oration on 28 March at the BMICH on the topic ‘Up in the Cloud – Using Artificial Intelligence and Digitalisatio


Samsung launches Galaxy S10 in Sri Lanka

Views - 84 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

Celebrating 10 years of Galaxy innovation, Samsung last week unveiled its stunning new line of premium smartphones – the Galaxy S10 range in Sri Lanka.  Galaxy S10 is designed for consumers who want a premium smartphone that allows for immersive,


Connecting dots: Bringing social, private and public sectors together through technology

Views - 1174 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

For Sri Lankan organisations who are in the race to become cloud-ready businesses, Chandita Samaranayake is a familiar face. For the last 11 years, ‘Chandi’ was a key member of Oracle Corporation’s local team who helped the world’s leading cl


Microsoft’s new AI Business School teaches execs how to lead AI initiatives, for free

Views - 221 Thursday, 14 March 2019 00:19

As companies grapple with how to implement artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning tools to improve decision-making and gain a competitive advantage, executives and business leaders are often stalled by questions about how and where to begi


Berners-Lee says World Wide Web, at 30, must emerge from ‘adolescence’

Views - 38 Wednesday, 13 March 2019 00:00

GENEVA (Reuters): The fraying World Wide Web needs to rediscover its strengths and grow into maturity, its designer Tim Berners-Lee said on Monday, marking the 30th anniversary of the collaborative software project his supervisor initially dubbed “


Embla wins Gold at Corporate Health and Productivity Awards

Views - 44 Wednesday, 13 March 2019 00:00

Embla Software Innovation, a leading IT-based company primarily serving the Scandinavian market with resources and solutions for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and startups, recently won a prestigious Gold award at the Corporate Health and Prod


Apple says ’it’s show time’: TV service announcement expected 25 March

Views - 37 Wednesday, 13 March 2019 00:00

Reuters: Apple Inc on Monday invited media to a 25 March event at the Steve Jobs Theater on its campus in Cupertino, California, where it is expected to launch a television and video service. Sources previously told Reuters that the company is target


Creative Software opens research lab in collaboration with UCSC

Views - 46 Wednesday, 13 March 2019 00:00

With the goal of promoting research among university students, Creative Software has joined hands with the University of Colombo School of Computing, to establish a research lab at Creative Software´s development centre in Colombo. At the lab, stude


Deloitte presents ‘Techvent 2019’, a knowledge sharing session in Sri Lanka

Views - 88 Wednesday, 13 March 2019 00:00

Advances in technology, artificial intelligence (AI), and new communication technologies are fundamentally changing how work gets done, who does it, and how it influences business and society. Exponential technologies have changed the way businesses


Financial crime and cyberattacks: How can Sri Lanka fight back?

Views - 109 Tuesday, 12 March 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka’s lack of a proper framework in anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist funding was highlighted by the European Commission in February, listing Sri Lanka among 23 countries with strategic deficiencies in their anti-money laundering an


Sri Lanka foresee digitalisation and 5G as ‘Energy Pill’ for economic growth: Harin

Views - 522 Tuesday, 12 March 2019 00:00

Minister of Telecommunication, Foreign Employment and Sports Harin Fernando pointed out that the Government’s aim is to make Sri Lanka a benchmark in adopting digital technologies for Government administration and public affairs management, whilst


Finco Technologies win two top awards at EGUARDIAN partner conference

Views - 234 Monday, 11 March 2019 00:00

Finco Technologies Ltd., a long-standing, well-established IT solutions provider and system integrator in Sri Lanka, clinched two coveted awards for ‘Solution of the Year–Overall Products’ and ‘Principal Recognition - Arista Data Centre Switc


Samsung is Sri Lanka’s ‘People’s Youth Choice Brand of the Year’, once again

Views - 63 Monday, 11 March 2019 00:00

Samsung, Sri Lanka’s largest smartphones and consumer electronics brands, has been awarded People’s Youth Choice Brand of the Year at the recently concluded SLIM Nielson People’s Awards held at Waters Edge. This is the second year in a row that


Sri Lankans vote Dialog as Telecom Service Provider and Internet Service Provider of the Year

Views - 33 Monday, 11 March 2019 00:00

Sri Lankan consumers once again voted Dialog as the Telecom Service Provider and Internet Service Provider of the Year at the prestigious SLIM-Nielsen Peoples Awards 2019. Voted for by the public to recognise brands that have made a profound impressi


FITIS CXO Forum to help Sri Lanka expedite eGovernment and eCitizen service implementation

Views - 70 Monday, 11 March 2019 00:00

The National CXO Forum 2019 organised by the Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS) this month will become an important focal point to help Sri Lanka expedite the eGovernment and eCitizen service implementation. During the e


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