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Alibaba’s Jack Ma to unveil succession plan next week, remain chairman

Views - 33 Monday, 10 September 2018 01:15

BEIJING (Reuters) : Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s billionaire co-founder Jack Ma will announce a succession plan on Monday to hand the reins of his sprawling empire to a new generation of leaders but will remain executive chairman for the time being.

US charges North Korean hacker in Sony, WannaCry cyber attacks

Views - 25 Monday, 10 September 2018 00:03

Washington (Reuters): The US government on Thursday charged and sanctioned a North Korean man in the 2017 global WannaCry ransomware cyber-attack and the 2014 cyber assault on Sony Corp, US officials said.

Germany concerned about possible ‘sleeper’ cyber sabotage

Views - 23 Monday, 10 September 2018 00:01

Berlin (Reuters): A growing number of countries can hack into private computer networks and install malicious software to sabotage another country’s infrastructure, Germany’s domestic spy chief said last week.

British Airways apologises after 380,000 customers hit in cyber attack

Views - 29 Monday, 10 September 2018 00:00

London (Reuters): British Airways was forced to apologise on Friday after the credit card details of hundreds of thousands of its customers were stolen over a two-week period in the worst ever attack on its website and app.

Female founders introduce solution to all parking problems at Disrupt Asia 2018 Start-up Battle

Views - 111 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

Park and Pay was crowned the winner of Start-up Battle at Disrupt Asia 2018, Sri Lanka’s premier start-up conference and innovation festival, which took place on 11 August at the Trace – Expert City. The event, with participation of experts from

Education Ministry MoU with Gwangju Metropolitan Office of Education, Korea to develop ICT training

Views - 24 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

Continuing Sri Lanka’s collaboration in the field of education with the Gwangju Metropolitan Office of Education, the Minister of Education of Sri Lanka Akila Viraj Kariyawasam signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development of e-l

Facebook to invest $1 billion in first Asian data centre in Singapore

Views - 38 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

SINGAPORE (Reuters): Facebook said on Thursday it will invest more than $1 billion to build its first data centre in Asia in Singapore, slated to open in 2022. Facebook’s facility will be located in the west of the island, near where Google is expa

Dinesh Thomas joins LinearSix team

Views - 215 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

LinearSix appoints Dinesh Thomas as a director, a veteran and specialist within the digital transformation and lean processes domain. This appointment enhances the company’s standing as best in class digital thought leaders within the financial and

Vivo V11 and V11Pro AI Smartphones set to launch in Sri Lanka

Views - 198 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

AI is soon to become a basic feature in smartphones. A report by Gartner earlier this year predicted that 80% of smartphones will have on-device AI capabilities by 2022. Having invested in long-term research and development in AI, Vivo is set to laun

Sri Lanka gets one step closer to Geneva-backed first national e-commerce charter

Views - 42 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

Within less than six months of its pioneering consultations in Colombo, Sri Lanka swiftly moved one more step closer to formulating an e-commerce framework that will safeguard the country’s digital transactions locally and abroad. Meanwhile, Sri L

Huawei inspires smartphone industry with world’s first 7nm chipset launch

Views - 24 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

In his IFA 2018 keynote titled ‘The Ultimate Power of Mobile AI’, Huawei Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu introduced the Kirin 980, the system on a chip (SoC) that will bring about the newest evolution of mobile AI. As the world’s first

OPPO F9 lands in Sri Lanka powered by VOOC flash charge and gradient colour design

Views - 33 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:00

OPPO, the selfie expert, on Tuesday announced the latest addition to its popular F-series – OPPO F9. With VOOC Flash Charging that offers two hours of talk with just five minutes of charging and industry-first Gradient Colour design, the F9 has be

Amazon touches $ 1 trillion, on pace to overtake Apple

Views - 25 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:00

Reuters: Inc on Tuesday briefly joined Apple Inc to become the second $1 trillion publicly listed US company after its stock price more than doubled in a year as it grew rapidly in retail and cloud computing. Its shares traded as high as

How protected are you and your data?

Views - 83 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:00

By Nisa Vithana Undoubtedly technology has become a daily part of our lives, and to be honest sometimes we feel a bit overwhelmed by it. Every morning we wake up to our devices, “What have I missed while I was sleeping through the night. Should I c

Rohan Samarajiva elected Chairman, Asia Pacific Information Superhighway

Views - 38 Wednesday, 5 September 2018 00:00

Prof. Rohan Samarajiva, the Chairman of the ICT Agency of Sri Lanka was elected as the Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway (AP-IS) recently. AP-IS is the Steering Committee of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for As

Second dialogue on Sri Lanka e-commerce reforms opens on 6 September

Views - 40 Wednesday, 5 September 2018 00:00

The second national Public-Private Dialogue (PPD) on Sri Lanka’s E-Commerce Reform, backed by Geneva’s International Trade Centre (ITC) will open on 6 September in Colombo. The PPD is a part of the EU-Sri Lanka Trade Related Assistance project, w

ICTA joins INFOTEL – 2018 as National Partner

Views - 48 Wednesday, 5 September 2018 00:00

The Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) has come forward as the National Partner of Sri Lanka’s flagship ICT expo INFOTEL – 2018. The exhibition will be held from 2 to 4 November at the BMICH under the theme ‘Tow

Germany concerned about possible ‘sleeper’ cyber sabotage

Views - 23 Wednesday, 5 September 2018 00:00

BERLIN (Reuters): A growing number of countries can hack into private computer networks and install malicious software to sabotage another country’s infrastructure, Germany’s domestic spy chief said. China, Russia and other countries continued to

Avian Technologies celebrates recent achievements with corporate clients at ‘Avian Luau Night’

Views - 95 Wednesday, 5 September 2018 00:00

In celebration of the recent strides that the Company made, Avian Technologies Ltd., a leading provider of total IT solutions and a Dell EMC Gold Partner hosted a Hawaiian themed corporate night at the Mount Lavinia Hotel for its Dell corporate clien

Dialog launches Sri Lanka’s first inter-school app development challenge

Views - 45 Wednesday, 5 September 2018 00:00

Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the University of Peradeniya, announced the launch of Sri Lanka’s first-ever all-island inter-school app development challenge, the

Microimage HCM takes Digital HR into Philippines with Tech One Global

Views - 134 Wednesday, 5 September 2018 00:00

Leading Digital HR Cloud solution provider Microimage HCM Asia (MIHCM Asia) has taken the next step in its regional expansion across South East Asia through a partnership in the Philippines with Tech One Global and Microsoft Philippines. The company

Informix User Group conclave held in Sri Lanka

Views - 42 Tuesday, 4 September 2018 00:00

CyberSoft in partnership with HCL Technologies hosted the Informix User Group Conclave in Colombo on 28 August. Informix (a registered trademark of IBM Corp) is one of the most widely used database servers globally, deployed by some of the world’s

ICTA’s ‘Disrupt Asia 2018’ showcases advanced assistive technologies for persons with disabilities

Views - 112 Tuesday, 4 September 2018 00:00

The 2018 edition of Disrupt Asia, Sri Lanka’s premier start-up conference and innovation festival, was successfully concluded recently at the Trace – Expert City with the participation of a large number of organisations and individuals connected

Cotton Collection partners Microsoft to fashionably innovate retail business

Views - 133 Monday, 3 September 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s iconic fashion retail store Cotton Collection has established a strategic partnership with Microsoft, to further its digital transformation in retail, empower its associates islandwide, and make shopping faster and easier for its custom

Idea Cellular, Vodafone complete merger of India businesses

Views - 43 Monday, 3 September 2018 00:00

REUTERS: Idea Cellular Ltd. and Vodafone PLC completed the merger of their India operations on Friday, creating the country’s largest telecom operator by subscribers and revenue after the entry of a new player sparked a bitter price war.

Mobitel’s dynamic journey of 25 years strewn with industry firsts

Views - 39 Monday, 3 September 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s National Mobile Service Provider, Mobitel, celebrates the 25th glorious anniversary of its operations this month, and can look back at a proud legacy and an even more promising future.

Nokia 6.1 Plus debuts in Sri Lanka bringing popular all-screen design and great performance

Views - 561 Friday, 31 August 2018 00:42

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, yesterday announced the availability of the Nokia 6.1 Plus in Sri Lanka, a stunning, contemporary smartphone with an immersive, all-screen design.

80% increase in “Business Email Compromise” attacks

Views - 32 Friday, 31 August 2018 00:10

Mimecast Limited, a leading email and data security company, this week announced the availability of its latest quarterly Email Security Risk Assessment (ESRA), an aggregated report of tests that measure the e

Data, data everywhere – where’s the analytics for insight ?

Views - 212 Friday, 31 August 2018 00:10

We live in an era of ‘big data’. The volume of data in the world is doubling every five to six months and its growth is exponential.

Samsung felicitates valued best partners at Awards Night 2018

Views - 51 Thursday, 30 August 2018 00:02

Samsung Sri Lanka recently held a gala ‘Samsung Best Partners 2018’ Awards Night during a three-day partner engagement program from 24-26 August, at Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa, Hambantota. Samsung selected 150 of the highest gro

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In the desert of Tamil films, actor Sivaji Ganesan was an oasis

Saturday, 22 September 2018

‘Indian Film,’ first published in 1963 and co-authored by former Columbia University Professor Erik Barnouw and his student Dr. Subrahmanyam Krishnaswamy, is considered a seminal study of the evolution and growth of Indian cinema. The book is cit

Imran may turn blind eye to blasphemy law and persecution of Ahmadiyyas

Saturday, 22 September 2018

There are clear signs that Pakistan’s freshly minted Prime Minister, Imran Khan, will make a sincere effort to reduce corruption and maladministration in the domestic sphere. In foreign affairs he is likely to make a brave attempt to mend fences wi

The rate of exchange, capital flight and the Central Bank

Friday, 21 September 2018

The Central Bank (CBSL) exists for the sole purpose of price stability. Its controls on the financial system and monetary policy exist to maintain price stability. As put forth many times by the Governor, the failing of the CBSL to control inflation

Red flag over the Sri Lankan Navy

Friday, 21 September 2018

Shocking story Rusiripala, a former banker in Sri Lanka, who has taken to writing in Daily FT, is perturbed by the red flag I have raised (Daily FT article 18 September) over the shocking charge that our Navy had operated a ransom gang that had abduc

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