IT / Telecom / Tech

Facebook’s WhatsApp allows users to control who can add them to group chats

Views - 36 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

Reuters: Facebook Inc on Wednesday changed the privacy settings on its WhatsApp messaging platform, allowing users to decide who can add them to chat groups, as it tries to revamp its image after growing privacy concerns among users. WhatsApp, which


Indian State Court asks Government to ban ‘inappropriate’ video app TikTok

Views - 45 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters): A court in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday asked the Federal Government to ban Chinese video app TikTok, saying it was “encouraging pornography”. Created by Beijing Bytedance Technology Co, TikTok allows


Force tech giants to share data rather than break them up: academics

Views - 19 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

Bucharest (Reuters): EU antitrust regulators should consider forcing tech giants such as Google and Amazon to share their data with rivals rather than break them up, three academics enlisted by the European Commission said on Thursday. The academics,


OPPO F11 Pro first sale kicks-off in Sri Lanka

Views - 34 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

OPPO Sri Lanka kicked-off the first sale of its newly launched OPPO F11 Pro,the latest addition to its popular F series of mobile phones at multiple first sale events held in Colombo. Unprecedented response to the new device sporting a new 48MP ultra


Huawei Sri Lanka launches P30 Pro,world’s first Leica quad camera with 50x Zoom

Views - 51 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

Huawei, a leading global provider of information and communications technology infrastructure and smart device manufacturer launched the Huawei P30 Pro at a gala launch event held at Shangri-La Colombo. Changing users’ opinions on smartphone photog


Governments need bold vision over devices to drive tech in schools

Views - 113 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

Governments of developing countries with fewer resources must be extremely clear about the overall vision they have for their education sector with special focus on enabling teachers and learning outcomes, before they focus on devices, top global edu


State as a catalyst and facilitator can play a decisive role in ICTs

Views - 255 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

Information and Communication Technologies remained a State monopoly for a long time since first telegraph and then telecommunication systems were introduced in late 19th century. The Department of Posts and Telecommunication was the sole authority t


Experience South Asia’s first live 5G showcase at Dialog Iconic

Views - 54 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, followed the announcement of the region’s first 5G pilot transmission with the launch of a live 5G showcase which will be open to the public until 10 April. The showcase was instigate


South Asia’s first live 5G showcase at Dialog Iconic

Views - 528 Thursday, 4 April 2019 01:05

Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, followed the announcement of the region’s first 5G (Generation) pilot transmission with the launch of a live 5G showcase featuring a holographic video call together with a holographic


Stax to host Digital Experience Awards 2019

Views - 30 Thursday, 4 April 2019 00:57

With over seven million Sri Lankans online who are developing relationships with brands through social media and corporate websites, while researching purchases to the minutest detail, the landscape of Sri Lankan Customer Experience is transforming.


South Korea first to roll out 5G services, beating U.S. and China

Views - 25 Thursday, 4 April 2019 00:57

SEOUL (Reuters): South Korea will become the first country to commercially launch fifth-generation (5G) services on Friday as it rolls out the latest wireless technology with Samsung Electronics’ new 5G-enabled smartphone Galaxy S10. With one of th


Saudis gained access to Amazon CEO Bezos’ phone: Bezos’ security chief

Views - 55 Tuesday, 2 April 2019 00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters): The security chief for Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos said on Saturday that the Saudi government had access to Bezos’ phone and gained private information from it. Gavin De Becker, a longtime security consultant, said he ha


Innovations raise Sri Lanka startups to global markets

Views - 46 Tuesday, 2 April 2019 00:00

IT innovations in Sri Lanka can boost the low rate of domestic start-ups entering global markets. “Sri Lanka’s growing service, technology, finance skills-base, and the IT-BPM sector, makes it a key candidate for a regional start-up hub,” stres


Auxenta’s expertise empowers Aswat Telecom to aggressively expand Middle-East operations

Views - 142 Tuesday, 2 April 2019 00:00

Auxenta has partnered with ASWAT to help the telecom company expand its Middle-East operations by leaps and bounds. Since its inception in 2018 as a one-member team at Aswat, Auxenta has grown from strength to strength, and has expanded rapidly to a


FITIS and NAITA to jointly offer Higher Diploma in Digital Technology

Views - 36 Tuesday, 2 April 2019 00:00

The Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS) and the National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA) has joined hands to offer a Higher Diploma in Digital Technology (HDDT) qualification for aspiring and exiting I


South Asia’s first pilot mobile 5G service powered up by Dialog Axiata

Views - 95 Tuesday, 2 April 2019 00:00

For the first time in South Asia, Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, has successfully demonstrated a fully standards based 5G mobile service, integrating 5G networkinfrastructure with a mobile 5G device. Dialog leveraged


eCon Int. launches with inaugural forum on practical IT security monitoring

Views - 43 Monday, 1 April 2019 00:00

eCon Int., a community initiative set on elevating cybersecurity benchmarks across Sri Lanka, will launch as a collaborative platform for the country’s growing community of cybersecurity experts by hosting its inaugural forum on 3 April at Mandarin


Huawei posts higher profit as smartphone sales hit record

Views - 36 Monday, 1 April 2019 00:00

SHENZHEN (Reuters): China’s Huawei Technologies, the world’s third-biggest maker of smartphones, turned in a higher annual profit on record handset sales even as it continued to grapple with heightened global scrutiny amid allegations of espionag


Apple, in rare reversal, pulls plug on wireless charging mat

Views - 36 Monday, 1 April 2019 00:00

Reuters : Apple Inc on Friday said it is canceling the AirPower wireless charging mat that the company announced in 2017 on the same day as its iPhone X, a rare public retreat for the gadget maker known for splashy product launches. The mat was inten


Facebook CEO calls for updated internet regulations

Views - 24 Monday, 1 April 2019 00:00

WASHINGTON (Reuters): Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg called on Saturday for regulators to play a “more active role” in establishing rules that govern the internet, as the world’s largest social media network struggles to defuse critic


zMessenger to partner with Viber for multimedia content messaging

Views - 487 Monday, 1 April 2019 00:00

zMessenger, the multiple-award winning full spectrum digital solutions agency in Sri Lanka, has entered into an official partnership with Viber, one of the world’s leading messaging apps developed by Rakuten Viber, to provide multimedia content mes


PIMA alumni demystify digital risk myopia on digital disruption in financial services

Views - 22 Monday, 1 April 2019 00:00

‘Demystifying Risk Myopia in Digital Disruption in Financial Services’ was organised as a part of the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Program of PIMA’s event calendar. PIMA has been actively involved in various academic/professional


PickMe and Linear Squared join global program for startups – Microsoft ScaleUp

Views - 212 Friday, 29 March 2019 00:00

Microsoft has unveiled the first startups from Sri Lanka to join the company’s ScaleUp program. PickMe, the taxi hailing app developed and maintained by Digital Mobility Solutions Lanka Ltd., and software vendor Linear Squared Ltd. will join Micr


Sri Lanka Arduino Day 2019

Views - 69 Friday, 29 March 2019 00:00

Assembling creators from all around the country, Sri Lanka recently held its first ever grand scale Arduino Day celebration on Saturday, 16 March organised by Thingerbits Ltd., along with the support of Ministry of Digital Infrastructure and Informat


TRACE launches re:START graduate training program

Views - 64 Friday, 29 March 2019 00:00

The re:START graduate training program was launched on 19 March at an event held at the Trace Expert City Auditorium, in the presence of Minister of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology Ajith P. Perera, industry partners, and other disti


Abu Dhabi aims to lure start-ups with investment in new technology hub

Views - 29 Friday, 29 March 2019 00:00

ABU DHABI (Reuters): Abu Dhabi will commit up to 1 billion dirhams ($ 272 million) to support technology start-ups, it said on Sunday, in a dedicated hub as part of efforts to diversify its economy. US tech giant Microsoft will be a strategic partner


JPMorgan awards research grants, deepening its AI push

Views - 13 Friday, 29 March 2019 00:00

NEW YORK (Reuters): JPMorgan Chase & Co has awarded 47 financial grants to university faculty and PhD students for artificial intelligence research, ramping up its efforts in the emerging technology, the bank plans to announce later on Monday. Winner


DMS Electronics wins for Quest and Micro Focus business at Click’2019

Views - 34 Friday, 29 March 2019 00:00

DMS Electronics, (DMSE) one of Sri Lanka’s most respected IT System Integrators, clinched two coveted Principal Awards for Quest and Micro Focus business at Click ’2019 – the annual partner event hosted by value added distributor EGuardian at t


State-sponsored cyberattacks on banks on the rise: Report

Views - 36 Friday, 29 March 2019 00:00

NEW YORK (Reuters): Cyberattacks on financial institutions are increasingly being linked to nation-states, resulting in destructive and disruptive damages rather than just theft, according to a report by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Study shows limited control over privacy breaches by pre-installed Android apps

Views - 13 Friday, 29 March 2019 00:00

MADRID/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters): An independent study lead by an academic group in Spain has shown that what personal information can be collected by pre-installed programs on new Android mobile devices is expansive and faces little oversight. The inv


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No more stones to break Sri Lankan bones

Friday, 19 April 2019

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Wounding the social psyche

Friday, 19 April 2019

In this article, I intend to discuss the serious wounds inflicted on the psyche of Sri Lankan society, which have not received adequate attention, but need immediate cure, for they might develop into a dangerous cancer if not treated without further


What 5G could be to Game of Thrones (and vice versa)

Friday, 19 April 2019

We will be hearing a lot about these two seemingly unrelated topics this month. In a hurriedly but meticulously organised event, Dialog Axiata recently demonstrated 5G applications for the first time in South Asia. 5G will be commercially available


On time – Only for a week! A must-change!

Thursday, 18 April 2019

We are in April and the month where we witness the declaration of a new year as per our traditional practice. It is that period of time when a huge majority of our population, which certainly can be counted in millions, intends to act in unison and q


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