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FITIS addresses tax changes for tech companies

Views - 44 Friday, 9 August 2019 00:00

Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS) organized a seminar in association with BDO in order to address tax changes for tech companies recently. The seminar was focused on taxation particularly in reference to the tech compan

Apple to restrict Facebook’s messaging apps feature

Views - 46 Friday, 9 August 2019 00:00

Reuters: Apple Inc. is making a change to its mobile operating system that will restrict a feature that apps like Facebook Inc.’s Messenger and WhatsApp use to make voice calls over the internet, The Information reported on Tuesday. The calling fea

Dialog Home Broadband launches affordable range of per day data plans

Views - 95 Wednesday, 7 August 2019 00:00

Dialog Broadband Networks Ltd., a subsidiary of Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider announced a range of game changing Per Day Home Broadband packages, in line with the company’s vision of delivering affordable and access

Nutanix sees early success in Sri Lanka

Views - 984 Wednesday, 7 August 2019 00:00

Enterprise Cloud leader, Nutanix is seeing early success as it ramps up efforts and investment in Sri Lanka. According to the company it has now signed an agreement with a local distributor to offer Nutanix nationwide, has been awarded its first gov

Salesforce and Virtusa’s first-ever hands-on architectural workshop in Sri Lanka today

Views - 267 Wednesday, 7 August 2019 00:00

Salesforce and Virtusa will host their first-ever hands-on architectural workshop in Sri Lanka today at 5:30 p.m. at The Kingsbury Hotel. It will be led by Salesforce Technical Architect Tuan Abdeen. Salesforce is the world’s leading CRM platform w

Special price offer on Galaxy M10 and M20

Views - 41 Wednesday, 7 August 2019 00:00

Samsung Sri Lanka has introduced a special limited time offer on its popular Galaxy M series due to the overwhelming positive customer feedback the series has received.  Due its popularity the Galaxy M10 and M20 will be offered at a special price u

High-tech fibre optic home phone system could go dead in an emergency

Views - 79 Wednesday, 7 August 2019 00:00

SLT is boasting and aggressively promoting sophisticated landline fibre optic and VoIP telephone systems. But there’s one possible drawback they don’t highlight: losing your phone service during a power outage. Fibre services will only work as lo

Dell launches new Precision Mobile Workstations

Views - 108 Wednesday, 7 August 2019 00:00

From bringing cool car designs and the dragons in HBO’s Game of Thrones to life, to helping power research into the early detection of ocular diseases, Dell Precision workstations continue to help customers push the boundaries of creativity and sci

Taking businesses to the next level with new tech

Views - 319 Tuesday, 6 August 2019 01:12

Enterprises using modern technologies such as cloud computing, cloud storage, and Artificial Intelligence has become a staple in most countries of the world. International Business Machines (IBM) are pioneering this movement by providing new age solu

“Towards Trustworthy Robots”: a conversation with Dr. Thrishantha Nanayakkara

Views - 142 Tuesday, 6 August 2019 01:11

Rotary Club of Colombo Centennial, in partnership with The Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS), presents a networking evening and discussion on “Towards Trustworthy Robots” with Dr Thrishantha Nanayakkara, on 7 August

Asia’s digital businesses rapidly adopting Oracle Autonomous Database for data-driven edge

Views - 31 Tuesday, 6 August 2019 01:09

A growing number of Asia Pacific’s business are turning to Oracle Autonomous Database – the industry’s first self-driving, self-securing, self-repairing database—as they seek to gain deeper data driven insight, faster than ever before.

Sri Lankan financial services company implements cloud-based digital strategy

Views - 92 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:00

With operations supported by a range of Microsoft solutions, Capital Alliance Group (CAL) recently featured in a Microsoft client case study (published on their website) highlighting how customers at CAL benefit from a reliable and trusted service, w

Sen Solutions delivers bespoke HRIS solutions to Western Hospitals

Views - 207 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:00

Sen Solutions, the HRIS company, delivered a bespoke version of their industry leading, attendance, human resource management and payroll solution to Western Hospitals. Western Hospitals, is a healthcare institution with over 30 years of experience i

Singer appointed as DELL Technologies Commercial Distributor

Views - 41 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:00

Singer, country’s premier consumer product retailer has been appointed as the DELL Technologies Commercial Distributor in addition to the DELL Consumer Distributor status which Singer currently holds. As the DELL Technologies Commercial Distributor

UK’s Pearson notifies thousands of US students of data breach

Views - 34 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:00

Reuters: British education company Pearson PLC last week said it has notified customers of a data breach that resulted in unauthorised access to about 13,000 school and university accounts, mainly in the United States. The exposed data was limited to

Cisco whistleblower gets first False Claims payout over cybersecurity

Views - 27 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:00

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters): Cisco Systems Inc. has agreed to settle a whistleblower’s claim that it improperly sold video surveillance software with known vulnerabilities to US federal and state governments, marking the first payout on a False Claims

Apple halts Siri response grading program after privacy concerns

Views - 30 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:00

Reuters: Apple Inc. said on Friday it suspended its global program where it analysed recordings from users interacting with its voice assistant Siri, after some privacy concerns were raised about the program. Apple’s decision comes in the light of

Huawei Y7 Pro dominates midrange market with 16MP Selfie Superstar camera

Views - 29 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:00

Innovative smartphone manufacturer Huawei has just launched the new Huawei Y7 Pro (64GB edition), expanding its Y series smartphone range. Coming with the astonishing 16MP Selfie Superstar front camera, both the Huawei Y7 Pro models feature stunningl

Hatch launches F’Up Fridays: The art of learning lessons through relived failures

Views - 238 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:00

The startup ecosystem in the island has certainly come a long way and needs to talk more now about failures than clichéd success stories, and embrace them just as part of its journey ahead. In view of this, Hatch, a revolutionised workspace that adv

Samsung demonstrates commitment to retailer network through Project Black Eagle

Views - 28 Monday, 5 August 2019 00:00

Committed to strengthening partnerships with its retailer base, Samsung Sri Lanka successfully commenced its unique project ‘Black Eagle’, in which a dedicated team from Samsung directly visits authorised retailers to resolve any challenges they

OPPO wins Best Phone Manufacturer and Phone Design in 2019 WhistleOut Awards

Views - 30 Friday, 2 August 2019 00:00

Smartphone brand OPPO has announced it has been recognised by comparison site WhistleOut as the Phone Manufacturer of the Year for 2019. Additionally, the OPPO Reno 5G was also awarded Best Phone Design for 2019. The WhistleOut Awards recognise and h

Mobitel rings “Rewards” loyalty program to delight customers

Views - 43 Friday, 2 August 2019 00:00

Mobitel has launched ‘Mobitel Rewards’ – an exclusive loyalty program to reward its loyal customer base. The loyalty rewards system, designed to recognise the strength of customers’ engagement with Mobitel, rewards them with a host of benefi

National Exports Strategy: ICTA partners MoDSIT to implement IT-BPM sector initiatives

Views - 80 Friday, 2 August 2019 00:00

The Sri Lanka National Exports Strategy (NES) has been swiftly moving its priority actions into implementation since its launch in July 2018. The NES-driven by six priority sectors – Wellness Tourism, Boat Building, Processed Food & Beverages, Spic

Cisco rolls out high-speed public Wi-Fi with Google Station

Views - 86 Friday, 2 August 2019 00:00

India will become a $ 5 trillion economy by 2025, and from this $ 1 trillion will be the outcome of digitisation, avers Cisco India and SAARC PresidentSameer Garde. Since independence in 1947, India took 65 years to become a $ 2 trillion economy, but

Capital One data breach hits over 100 million credit card applications

Views - 44 Thursday, 1 August 2019 00:00

Los Angeles, AFP: A hacker accessed more than 100 million credit card applications with US financial heavyweight Capital One, the firm said on Monday, in one of the biggest data thefts to hit a financial services company. FBI agents arrested Paige T

‘Five Eyes’ security alliance to discuss encryption in London

Views - 22 Thursday, 1 August 2019 00:00

London, Reuters: Encryption is one of the top agenda items at a London meeting of security officials from the US-led ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence alliance, an official told Reuters on Tuesday. The Five Eyes which groups Britain, the United States, C

Britain hosts ‘Five Eyes’ security alliance ministers for cyber talks

Views - 23 Thursday, 1 August 2019 00:00

London, Reuters: Britain hosted a meeting of senior security ministers from the US-led ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence alliance on Monday for talks on tackling cyber threats ranging from political hacking to child pornography. British interior minister

Mobitel’s Smart Sri Lanka Hackathon 2019 creates iconic platform for young tech talent to innovate

Views - 31 Thursday, 1 August 2019 00:00

Recognising the importance of cutting-edge technology and the need for innovative solutions in the modern era, the ‘Smart Sri Lanka 2019’ Hackathon, organised by Mobitel together with Mobitel Innovation Centre, was successfully held as an overnig

Technology, digital transformation will drive Sri Lanka’s biz future: IBM

Views - 120 Wednesday, 31 July 2019 00:00

IBM yesterday conducted an IBM Innovation Forum in Colombo that brought together business leaders to explore how they can leverage next generation technologies for innovating at scale. The forum saw more than 250 attendees and was focused on bringin

SLT Digital Services launches ‘WEB4U’ website creation service

Views - 67 Wednesday, 31 July 2019 00:00

SLT Digital Info Services Ltd., the digital info services and directory information arm of Sri Lanka Telecom PLC (SLT), recently launched the latest addition to its digital product portfolio – the ‘WEB4U’ website creation service. This an espe

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Friday, 23 August 2019

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Friday, 23 August 2019

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