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Nokia 1 Plus, now available in Sri Lanka

Views - 58 Friday, 10 May 2019 00:00

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, announces the availability ofNokia 1 Plus in Sri Lanka –the latest member of its Android (Go edition) smartphone family. One of the first global Android 9 (Go edition) smartphones,Nokia 1 Plus brings solidimagi


Dialog and Ideamart in partnership with Google Developer Group host Google I/O Extended for 4th year

Views - 72 Friday, 10 May 2019 00:00

Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, and Ideamart, in collaboration with Google Developer Group Sri Lanka, successfully hosted the most anticipated tech event of the year, Google I/O Extended, for the fourth consecutive yea


Two Israelis arrested in global ‘dark’ Internet probe

Views - 30 Thursday, 9 May 2019 00:00

JERUSALEM, REUTERS: Two Israelis have been arrested on suspicion of setting up a “dark” Internet site that was used to buy weapons, drugs and stolen credit cards, Israeli police said on Tuesday. The suspects, in their mid-30s, were arrested duri


Singapore oulaws ‘revenge porn’, ‘cyber-flashing’

Views - 31 Thursday, 9 May 2019 00:00

SINGAPORE, AFP: Singapore has outlawed “revenge porn” and “cyber-flashing” -- sending unsolicited images of one’s private parts-- the latest country to clamp down on sexual offences committed online. “Revenge porn”, when ex-partners sh


Hackers steal $ 41 m worth of bitcoin from Binance cryptocurrency exchange

Views - 20 Thursday, 9 May 2019 00:00

HONG KONG (Reuters): Hackers stole bitcoin worth $41 million from Binance, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, the company said on Wednesday, the latest in a string of thefts from cryptocurrency exchanges around the world. The 7,00


Say no to cyber-nanny state in Sri Lanka

Views - 459 Thursday, 9 May 2019 00:00

When a small but determined group of extremists weaponised airplanes, automobiles and other everyday objects in recent years, modern societies didn’t stop or restrict using these inventions. Instead, they stepped up vigilance and safety precautions


Norway’s Telenor to merge Asian arm with Malaysia’s Axiata

Views - 123 Wednesday, 8 May 2019 00:00

Oslo, Reuters: Norway’s Telenor and Malaysia’s Axiata Group are in talks to form a jointly-owned Asian telecoms company with close to 300 million customers, in a push to cut costs and boost growth, the companies said on Monday. If a deal is fina


Avian Technologies share recent successes with corporate clients at a night of celebration

Views - 124 Wednesday, 8 May 2019 00:00

Avian Technologies Ltd., one of Sri Lanka’s leading total IT solutions providers and a recognised Dell EMC Platinum Partner, hosted a night of celebrations at Water’s Edge, Colombo for their Dell corporate clients to commemorate the significant p


Mobitel promotes most attractively priced mobile data packages

Views - 65 Wednesday, 8 May 2019 00:00

Mobitel unveiled its revamped mobile data offering which extends greater value addition to pre-paid data customers with attractively priced data packages for Rs. 49 and Rs. 99, along with an introduction of a new package for Rs. 499. As the national


World Password Day: Some of the world’s most vulnerable passwords; does it include yours?

Views - 51 Wednesday, 8 May 2019 00:00

Sophos, a global leader in network and endpoint security, recently announced the findings of its report, ‘Exposed: Cyberattacks on Cloud Honeypots’, which reveals that ‘123456’ was the most attempted login password in the Mumbai cloud server


Western allies agree 5G security guidelines, warn of outside influence

Views - 31 Tuesday, 7 May 2019 00:00

PRAGUE (Reuters): Global security officials agreed a set of proposals on Friday for future 5G networks, highlighting concerns about equipment supplied by vendors that might be subject to state influence. No suppliers were named, but the US has been p


Samsung unveils Galaxy A70, premium smartphone to deliver ultimate performance

Views - 47 Tuesday, 7 May 2019 00:00

Samsung Sri Lanka recently announced the launch of the Galaxy A70, its sixth smartphone in the popular Galaxy A line. Galaxy A70 is a powerful device that has been designed for the fast-paced lives of digital natives. It allows them to share their ex


FITIS new office complex to provide enhanced facilities to key stakeholders

Views - 35 Tuesday, 7 May 2019 00:00

The new office complex of FITIS was opened for the benefit of its key stakeholders on Friday, 29 March by Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology Minster Ajith P. Perera, together with Ministry of Digital Infrastructure and IT Secretary D.C


SLT and University of Moratuwa sign MoU to carry out collaborative research

Views - 28 Tuesday, 7 May 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), the national ICT and digital services provider, signed a landmark agreement with the University of Moratuwa to carry out collaborative research in the areas of electrical, electronics and telecommunication that is anticipated


Mobitel partners with Mastercard for digital payment innovation in Sri Lanka through mCash

Views - 69 Tuesday, 7 May 2019 00:00

The revolutionary mobile money platform, mCash, has entered into a strategic partnership with Mastercard to further enhance digital inclusivity in Sri Lanka. As a result of this partnership, mCash customers can look forward to an array of benefits su


Samsung Electronics bets on better second half after first-quarter profit slumps

Views - 22 Thursday, 2 May 2019 02:03

Seoul (Reuters): South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. flagged improved second-half results on expectations of a pickup in memory chip and smartphone sales, after posting its weakest profit in more than two years in the first quarter. The world


Facebook overhauls design as it pivots to private messaging

Views - 39 Thursday, 2 May 2019 02:01

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Reuters): Facebook Inc. debuted an overhaul of its core social network on Tuesday, taking its first concrete steps to refashion itself into a private messaging and e-commerce company as it tries to move past scandals while tapping n


Apple iPhone suffers historic 17% sales drop

Views - 37 Thursday, 2 May 2019 01:57

Reuters: Sales of Apple’s lucrative iPhone slumped 17% last quarter, the biggest drop on record, as weak demand in China took a toll. Apple, however, expressed hope the worst is over. Apple Inc. said sales in China were stabilising and touted how i


Lanka Start-up Ecosystem investor forum in Sydney

Views - 524 Thursday, 2 May 2019 01:47

Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Sydney along with BOV Capital, Colombo and Grant Thornton, Sydney organised an investor forum showcasing the Start-up Ecosystem in Sri Lanka on Wednesday 17 April. Over 50 entrepreneurs who are keen to understand and


UiPath raises $568 m in Series D funding round

Views - 57 Thursday, 2 May 2019 01:46

The leading robotic process automation (RPA) company, UiPath is blazing a path to an “automation first” era, closing its Series D investment round raising $568 million at a post-money valuation of $7 billion, led by Coatue and joined by Dragoneer


61% of IT professionals ‘have experienced data breach’

Views - 35 Thursday, 2 May 2019 01:44

IT security professionals are struggling to fully secure their organization and protect against breaches with 61% claiming to have experienced a data breach at their current employer, said a new report from McAfee, a leading device-to-cloud cybersecu


Attacks on Web programming language continue: study

Views - 31 Thursday, 2 May 2019 01:43

New threat intelligence from F5 Labs, a global specialist in application services, has highlighted the increasing vulnerability of a programming language used in over 80% of the world’s websites. According to F5 Labs’ data partner Loryka, 81% of


Samsung unveils high performance Galaxy A2 Core smartphone for first smartphone experience users

Views - 104 Tuesday, 30 April 2019 00:03

Continuing to carve out a greater share of the smartphone segment as the market leader, Samsung recently launched Galaxy A2 Core in Sri Lanka, targeted at the first smartphone experience users. The Galaxy A2 Core is ready to deliver outstanding perfo


SLT expands teleshop network to Weliweriya and Kadawatha

Views - 46 Tuesday, 30 April 2019 00:02

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), a leading telecommunication services provider in the country, expanded its branch network to Weliweriya and Kadawatha with the opening of its most recent teleshops to serve the growing number of customers in Gampaha district.


Cisco revamps its hardware for new Wi-Fi technology

Views - 43 Tuesday, 30 April 2019 00:02

REUTERS: Cisco Systems Inc said on Monday it is rolling out hardware for the next generation of Wi-Fi standards, giving a core part of its $28.2 billion infrastructure business a refresh and in the process aiming to garner more software revenue. Cis


ZTE Corp swings to Q1 profit of $ 128 M

Views - 15 Tuesday, 30 April 2019 00:01

HONG KONG: China’s ZTE Corp reported on Monday a first-quarter profit of 862.6 million yuan ($128.2 million), as expected, up from 276 million yuan in the preceding three months, as it recovered from last year’s US sanctions. The world’s fourt


Spotify hits 100 m subscribers, reports revenue jump

Views - 14 Tuesday, 30 April 2019 00:01

Reuters: Spotify Technology SA, the world’s leading streaming platform, said yesterday it had hit 100 million paid subscribers as it reported a better-than-expected rise in first-quarter revenue. The global leader in the sector, with double the num


Microsoft Cloud drives Q1 revenue to $ 30.6 b

Views - 19 Tuesday, 30 April 2019 00:00

Microsoft Corp. has posted a revenue of $30.6 billion for the first quarter (Q1) of the year, marking an increase of 14% over the corresponding period of 2018. Operating income was $10.3 billion and increased 25%, while net income was $8.8 billion re


UAE adopts National Artificial Intelligence Strategy 2031; aims leadership

Views - 74 Monday, 29 April 2019 00:00

The UAE Cabinet has adopted the National Artificial Intelligence Strategy 2031 that aims at positioning the UAE as a global leader in artificial intelligence by 2031. The strategy was adopted at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid


Irish regulator opens inquiry into Facebook over password storage

Views - 21 Monday, 29 April 2019 00:00

DUBLIN, REUTERS: Facebook’s lead regulator in the European Union, Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner, on Thursday said it had launched an inquiry into whether the company violated EU data rules by saving user passwords in plain text format on


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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


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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

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