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SL must invest in education, research and digital infrastructure to embrace AI, says expert

Views - 139 Monday, 12 November 2018 00:00

By Charumini de Silva Sri Lanka should pursue in investing on fundamentals of education, research and digital infrastructure to capitaliseon Artificial Intelligence (AI) to revolutionise industries, a top machine learning consultant opined. Addressin

Samsung gives first glimpse of foldable phone

Views - 51 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters): Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. unveiled its much-anticipated foldable phone in San Francisco on Wednesday, urging Android developers to start writing apps for it. The South Korean tech company needs to get the foldable phone rig

Samsung to invest $ 22 b in AI by 2020

Views - 9 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

San Francisco (Reuters): Samsung Electronics Co said on Wednesday it planned to invest $22 billion in artificial intelligence technology by 2020. Speaking at its developers conference in San Francisco, Samsung’s Head of AI Eui Suk Chung, also said

LAN’s Murali Sundar signs on as Platinum Sponsor for Yarl Geek Challenge Season 7

Views - 90 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

Longtime Lankan Angel Network (LAN) member Murali Sundar, through his Canada-based multinational company Marcatus QED Inc, has signed on as the Platinum Sponsor for Geek Challenge (YGC) Season 7, which concludes with a Grand Finale in Colombo on 17 N

Epic Lanka and CustomerXPs join as Platinum partners for Compliance Symposium 2018

Views - 94 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

Coinciding with the local banking industry’s progressive measures towards achieving a strong and cohesive compliance culture, Epic Technology Group and CustomerXPs Software stepped forward as Platinum sponsors for the Compliance Symposium 2018, Sri

CEMEX HRM’s Cloud based HR solution powers automation of Best Western Elyon Colombo

Views - 30 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

Adding another prestigious company to its clientele, CEMEX HRM recently signed up with Sri Lanka’s first Best Western hotel which is part of the globally acclaimed Best Western hotel chain. Since opening the doors in 2014, Best Western Elyon Colomb

Huawei Sri Lanka announces pre-sales for its latest sensation, Huawei Mate 20 Series

Views - 61 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

Huawei has announced the launch of its innovative smartphone series featuring the world’s first seven nm chipset Kirin 980, Mate 20 series in Sri Lanka. Just weeks after the international launch, the series is set to revolutionise the smartphone in

Dialog first to launch eSIM for Apple iPhones in Sri Lanka

Views - 169 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, announced the launch of embedded SIM (eSIM) support for Apple iPhones. Dialog subscribers can now access advanced eSIM features, enabling them to enjoy the simple onboarding and use of t

AG stresses on importance of cyber security for socio-economic growth

Views - 140 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya PC yesterday said successfully facing the growing cybersecurity challenge is key to safeguarding socioeconomic prosperity in the country. The importance of cybersecurity, challenges towards it and some of the meas

Samsung to reveal some features of foldable phone this week

Views - 16 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 01:14

SEOUL (Reuters): Keen to make its foldable smartphone the next big thing, Samsung Electronics Co will depart from its usual policy of keeping product plans highly secret and provide some details of the phone’s key features for app developers this w

Samsung’s first triple camera smartphone Galaxy A7 debuts in Sri Lanka

Views - 44 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 01:14

Samsung Sri Lanka recently launched Galaxy A7, with a stunning design, powerful rear triple camera, striking new colours and superior performance. The Galaxy A7 has been developed based on the consumer insight that nearly half of the Sri Lankan mille

Web creator Berners-Lee launches contract for better internet

Views - 10 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 01:12

LONDON (Reuters): Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, has launched a campaign to persuade governments, companies and individuals to sign a “Contract for the Web” set of principles designed to defend a free and open internet. Berners-

Epic Lanka’s flagship TLE solution wins at coveted APICTA Awards 2018

Views - 128 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 01:12

Sri Lanka’s award-winning regional technology leader, Epic Technology Group won a Merit award at the 18th Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards held recently in Guangzhou, China. The Merit Award was presented under the category of ‘Business

Hong Kong privacy watchdog to probe Cathay Pacific over massive data breach

Views - 13 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 01:11

HONG KONG (Reuters): Hong Kong’s privacy commissioner will launch a compliance investigation into Cathay Pacific Airways over a data breach involving 9.4 million passengers, saying the carrier may have violated privacy rules. The airline has faced

HUAWEI introduces Mate 20 Series in Sri Lanka with world’s first 7nm chipset

Views - 89 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 01:17

HUAWEI introduced the world’s first 7 (nm) process; Kirin 980 to Sri Lanka at an exclusive preview held recently at the Huawei Head Office in World Trade Center, Colombo. Commenting on the occasion, Huawei Device Sri Lanka Country Head Peter Liuyi

CH17 integrates into global loyalty platform

Views - 84 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 01:16

NUV Global, a multi-functional smart loyalty, rewards and insights platform developed by a UK-based enterprise, has appointed CH17 LOYALTY as its local partner for IT-based services and operations. This tie-up will boost loyalty networking solutions

OPPO all set to launch mid-tier A7 in Sri Lanka

Views - 26 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:10

OPPO, the selfie expert and leader has announced its latest model A7 which is expected to be launched in Sri Lanka later this month. Equipped with a powerful battery, an uber fashionable design, superior performance, unique waterdrop design and intel

Sri Lanka’s uphill climb towards prosperity needs an elevator, not a ladder

Views - 586 Monday, 5 November 2018 00:00

Veteran IT leader Jayantha De Silva reminisces his 21 years at IFS Sri Lanka, touches upon fake ERP consultants and ineffective politicians

Mobitel offers latest Apple iPhones XS Max, XS and XR in Sri Lanka

Views - 97 Monday, 5 November 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s national mobile service provider, Mobitel, will offer Apple’s latest products starting on 16 November, including iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, the most advanced iPhones ever, as well as iPhone XR, bringing the latest iPhone innovations

Father of Web says tech giants may have to be split up

Views - 17 Monday, 5 November 2018 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): Silicon Valley technology giants such as Facebook and Google have grown so dominant they may need to be broken up, unless challengers or changes in taste reduce their clout, the inventor of the World Wide Web told Reuters. The digit

Arosha of Creative Software launches book for Android and iOS developers

Views - 30 Monday, 5 November 2018 00:00

Arosha, an associate Tech Lead at Creative Software, with more than eight years’ experience in mobile application development and Java, has authored the book ‘Swift and Kotlin’ – an educational guide for Sri Lanka’s Android and iOS develope

LAUGFS Group IT clinches multiple awards at NBQSA 2018

Views - 37 Monday, 5 November 2018 00:00

In its continuous efforts to provide benchmark ICT products, LAUGFS Group IT team was yet again able to clinch two prestigious awards at the 20th National Best Quality Software Awards (NBQSA) 2018 for the sixth consecutive year. The team was bestowed

SLIIT concludes ‘CODEFEST 2018’ for 7th year inspiring next generation of digital talent

Views - 27 Monday, 5 November 2018 00:00

SLIIT, the nation’s leading degree awarding institute in Information Technology successfully concluded for the 7th consecutive year, the much-awaited annual CODEFEST, a nationwide software competition recently. Held in collaboration with the Minist

Cloud adoption faster than expected: Oracle CEO

Views - 169 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00

Oracle’s SaaS offerings led by ERP winning more customers: CEO Mark Hurd

Views - 125 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00

Oracle’s Software as a Service (SaaS) offering, led by Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution, is winning more customers given the host of benefits, the global giant’s CEO Mark Hurd said last week. Speaking to a group of select media, includ

National ICT Exhibition INFOTEL-2018 starts today

Views - 43 Friday, 2 November 2018 00:00

National ICT Exhibition INFOTEL-2018, under the theme ‘Towards a Digital Economy’, which is organised by Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS) starts today at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMIC

Next wave of eSIM to be a reality in Sri Lanka with G+D planning to expand local presence

Views - 41 Thursday, 1 November 2018 00:52

Giesecke & Devrient (G+D) Mobile Security, the market leader in embedded SIM (eSIM) technology and experts on the eSIM ecosystem announced the expansion of G+D’s presence in Sri Lanka during the next few years, with plans to enter into strategic pa

SLASSCOM to host SL’s first AI summit on 7 Nov.

Views - 96 Thursday, 1 November 2018 00:52

By Divya Thotawatte In an effort to promote the Artificial Intelligence (AI)industry in the country, the Sri Lanka Association for Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM) recently announced the first-ever AI Asia Summit to be held on 7 November.

Most-awaited entrepreneurship program Venture Engine kicks off today

Views - 177 Thursday, 1 November 2018 00:51

Now in its seventh consecutive year, Sri Lanka’s pioneering entrepreneurship program Venture Engine kicks off today with applications opening for a six-week period starting today (1 November) onward. To be held over an intensive six to seven we

Apple spruces up Macs, iPad Pros and raises prices

Views - 22 Thursday, 1 November 2018 00:49

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters): Apple Inc. refreshed some of its lesser-known products at a New York event on Tuesday, adding iPhone features like facial recognition to the iPad Pro and faster processors and better displays to some Mac computers th

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Reaching global quality standards through Deming Award

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

The importance of quality in the contemporary competitive business environment cannot be over-emphasised. Total Quality Management (TQM)is a company-wide, all pervasive management philosophy, which organisations globally, in many business sectors hav

Ramsar accreditation of Colombo Wetlands: Rebranding Colombo as a Wetland City

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Colombo, once known to be “kolonthota,” has always been identified as a wetland complex at the heart of the Kelani river delta. Today this city is increasingly drying up, with around 20 sq km left as wetlands which continue to be threatened every

Coup Sri Lanka: some winners, mostly losers

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

As a president proves shockingly stubborn, a nation waits with baited breath as to what His Excellency the loose cannon on a rocky slope will do next. Two Prime Ministers and the fates of their respective parliamentary groups hang in the balance lik

Rising dollar and bank NPA, brothers in arms?

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

The rising Non-Performing Advances (NPA/NPAs) is a matter of concern to the entire financial industry. It is a nightmare. The weekend papers have published some articles based on interviews journalists conducted with respective bank CEOs and also bas

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