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Mobitel wins 3 Golds, 2 Silver at ACEF Global Customer Engagement Forum Awards in India

Views - 57 Monday, 27 May 2019 00:56

Mobitel walked away with five highly-coveted awards at the prestigious ACEF Global Customer Engagement Forum, which took place recently at the Westin Hotel in Mumbai, India. The eminent panel of judges at the ACEF awards bestowed two Gold awards on

SLANSHEI and SLASSCOM engage in strategic partnership to boost IT/BPM industry capacity

Views - 100 Monday, 27 May 2019 00:54

The Sri Lankan Association of Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM) announces the signing of a strategic partnership with the Sri Lanka Association of Non-State Higher Education Institutes (SLANSHEI), the umbrella organisation formed through the

Accelerating global growth through Sri Lankan ingenuity

Views - 105 Friday, 24 May 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka is home to a rapidly growing ICT/BPM industry that thrives on innovation, tech development, and high-end service standards. Rather than going on the path of competing with other developing countries for headcount based outsourced businesses

Cricket and DOTA 2: Should be equally promoted for similar reasons

Views - 199 Friday, 24 May 2019 00:00

February 1982. Sri Lanka played its first test match. Following the age-old traditions, it had to be with England. Venue: P Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo. While Sri Lankan spectators had high hopes, Sri Lankan team under the captaincy of BandulaWarn

How are we doing in e-government?

Views - 243 Thursday, 23 May 2019 01:47

It is customary to assess some aspect of the performance of a country using a composite index such as the Ease of Doing Business Index or the Network Readiness Index. For government services, there is the e-Government Development Index (EGDI), issued

Mitra Innovation Co-Founder peaks at MSMW 2019 in Kuala Lumpur

Views - 37 Thursday, 23 May 2019 01:45

Mitra Innovation Co-Founder and Managing Director Dammika Ganegama spoke at the Malaysia Social Media Week 2019 which took place last week at MITEC, Kuala Lumpur. The event focussed on new trends in social and mobile media. Minister Dr. Anwar Ibrahi

Sony sees smartphone business as indispensable, says CEO

Views - 33 Thursday, 23 May 2019 01:42

TOKYO (Reuters): Sony Corp sees the smartphone business as indispensable to its brand portfolio, its CEO said, bucking calls from some investors that the Japanese electronics firm should scrap the money-losing business. The smartphone business report

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G’s rear and selfie cameras score first place in DxOMark ranking

Views - 39 Thursday, 23 May 2019 01:40

Samsung Electronics has announced that the Galaxy S10 5G has received the number one spots in DxOMark’s camera rankings for both its rear and front-facing cameras. DxOMark is the trusted independent testing standard for mobile camera image quality.

Huawei puts Honor above Android at new smartphone launch

Views - 56 Thursday, 23 May 2019 01:39

LONDON (Reuters): Huawei put uncertainty over the future of its devices business to one side on Tuesday with the launch of new Honor smartphones, in a confident display of the Chinese firm’s technology. The world’s second-biggest phone maker runs

Japan takes India to WTO over mobile phone import duties

Views - 23 Thursday, 23 May 2019 01:38

GENEVA (Reuters): Japan has complained at the World Trade Organization about India’s duties on mobile phones, base stations and routers, and the circuit boards and other components that go into them, a WTO filing showed on Tuesday. Japan’s compla

Aventude in strategic partnership with Infront Asia Pacific to enable end-to-end cloud solutions

Views - 253 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:00

Aventude – the latest Sri Lankan-based digital transformation services company has announced that it is entering into a strategic partnership with Infront Asia Pacific – an award-winning pioneer regional specialist in cloud and data centre co

Huawei assures after Google suspends some business

Views - 124 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:00

With Google suspending some business, Huawei in a statement said that it has made substantial contributions to the development and growth of Android around the world. “As one of the key global partners, we have worked closely with their open sourc

SLT Group’s SMART City Project starts at Polonnaruwa

Views - 91 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka Telecom Group further extended its contribution towards the national development by expanding its services under the ‘Pibidemu Polonnaruwa’ district development project commenced with the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. Se

US blacklists Huawei as trade dispute clouds global outlook

Views - 78 Friday, 17 May 2019 00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters): The Trump administration hit Chinese telecoms giant Huawei with severe sanctions on Wednesday, adding another incendiary element to the US-China trade dispute just as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he would visit China s

China opposes US move to blacklist telecom giant Huawei

Views - 52 Friday, 17 May 2019 00:00

BEIJING (Reuters): China on Thursday slammed a decision by the U.S. government to put telecom equipment giant Huawei on a blacklist and said it will take steps to protect its companies, in a further test of ties as the superpowers clash over trade. C

WhatsApp ‘will never be secure’: Russian rival Telegram

Views - 63 Friday, 17 May 2019 00:00

MOSCOW, AFP: The Russian founder of popular messaging app Telegram has warned that WhatsApp, the world’s top messaging app, will continue to be open to surveillance after the Facebook-owned platform had to tell users that their phones could be infe

Fortinet: 6 best practices for password security

Views - 55 Friday, 17 May 2019 00:00

Fortinet, a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, has reminded IT teams and stakeholders to maintain strong passwords and have a password strategy as an essential cybersecurity effort so that every employee and ind

MGI research highlights technology’s role in improving societal well-being and smoothing disruption

Views - 43 Friday, 17 May 2019 00:00

Artificial intelligence, digital platforms, automation, and other technologies can bring significant benefits to our well-being beyond GDP, including in areas such as health and longevity, and equal opportunities. While the transition to a technology

Dialog consolidates performance with strong 1Q results

Views - 72 Thursday, 16 May 2019 00:00

Dialog Axiata PLC this week announced it has consolidated performance with strong results in the first quarter ended on 31 March. It said the Group continued its growth momentum across all key business segments, namely, Mobile, International, Tele-in

Zilingo looks to SL as part of key growth strategy after raising $ 226 m in Series D funding

Views - 68 Thursday, 16 May 2019 00:00

Asia’s fastest growing marketplace Zilingo has raised $ 226 million in its recent Series D financing, bringing the total funds raised by the company to $ 308 million. The company now looks to Sri Lanka as well as other key Asian markets as part of

SLT records highest ever quarterly profits

Views - 89 Thursday, 16 May 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) yesterday said during the 1st Quarter of 2019, the Group reported a Rs. 2.20 billion Net Profit which is the highest ever during the first quarter of any year, with a remarkable 86.8% YoY growth from a year earlier. It said th

EDB’s Sri Lankan ICT/BPM delegation at Japan IT Week 2019

Views - 168 Wednesday, 15 May 2019 02:18

A top level Sri Lankan ICT/BPM delegation organised by the Export Development Board successfully participated at the Japan IT Week 2019 from 8 to 10 May. At least $1,000,000 worth of business is expected to be generated by end of 2019 as a result of

In setback for Apple, US Supreme Court lets App Store antitrust suit proceed

Views - 29 Wednesday, 15 May 2019 02:17

WASHINGTON (Reuters): A divided US Supreme Court on Monday gave the go-ahead to an antitrust lawsuit accusing Apple Inc of forcing consumers to overpay for iPhone software applications, a decision that could lead to billions of dollars in damages and

WhatsApp urges users to upgrade app after report of spyware attack

Views - 36 Wednesday, 15 May 2019 02:15

Jerusalem (Reuters): Facebook’s WhatsApp urged users to upgrade to the latest version of its popular messaging app, following a report that users could be vulnerable to having malicious spyware installed on phones without their knowledge. WhatsApp,

Huawei is not controlled by China, executive says

Views - 40 Wednesday, 15 May 2019 02:15

LONDON (Reuters): Huawei is a private company that is not controlled by the Chinese government and would refuse to hand over information to Beijing although no such request has been made, the firm’s Vice President of Western Europe said on Tuesday.

G7 countries to simulate cross-border cyber-attack next month

Views - 32 Tuesday, 14 May 2019 00:00

PARIS, (Reuters): Leading Western industrial powers will for the first time jointly simulate a major cross-border cybersecurity attack on the financial sector next month, French officials said on Friday. The exercise, organised by the French Central

Digital twins, AI-driven automation and blockchain will all change how companies see themselves in 2019

Views - 166 Tuesday, 14 May 2019 00:00

By Christian Pedersen, IFS Chief Product Officer AI will combine with new-generation sensors to create a new kind of business automation in 2019. Digital twins will help companies see their businesses anew, with shared simulations that offer securit

Autonomous is the new future

Views - 273 Tuesday, 14 May 2019 00:00

Human civilisation has long been driven by technological advancements. From fire and the wheel to more recent developments around the smartphone, internet and the cloud, they have irreversibly changed the way we live and work. Now many believe we are

FITIS and EY seminar on risk and legal aspects of software projects

Views - 89 Friday, 10 May 2019 00:00

Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS) has organised a seminar in association with Ernst & Young on ‘Risk & Legal Aspects of Software Projects’ on Friday, 17 May from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at VIP Lounge of Bartleet House

SLT launches Asia’s first-ever ‘Voice App’

Views - 1027 Friday, 10 May 2019 00:00

In a bid to heighten the voice calling capacity of users, Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), the country’s National Telecommunication Services provider recently launched Asia’s first ever ‘Voice App’ increasing mobility of landlines. Introducing the SL

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“Sri Lanka’s future lies in producing exportable manufactured goods”: Dr. Howard Nicholas

Monday, 22 July 2019

Drawing lessons from Vietnam’s experiences The Sri Lanka-born economist attached to The Hague based Institute of Social Studies – Dr. Howard Nicholas – addressing a packed audience consisting of the alumni of the Postgraduate Institute of Manag

We should sell our water

Monday, 22 July 2019

When you read the title of this article, you will probably feel disgusted with me as selling our water has been a controversial topic since a long time ago. By the way, I am talking about virtual water trade and you would be surprised to know that we

A voice of compassion amid howls of zealotry

Monday, 22 July 2019

The unrestrained freedom extended by the current regime to a bunch of saffron-clad street vendors of Sinhala Buddhist zealotry is pushing Sri Lanka once again into a cauldron of ethnic and religious convulsion. The nationwide spread and virulence of

Roger Beteille: The man who reinvented the commercial airliner

Monday, 22 July 2019

The visionary engineer, pilot and manager who led Airbus to some its most significant decisions, passed away last month. Beteille, who was the head of French aircraft manufacturer Sud Aviation’s flight testing section, was made technical director

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