IT / Telecom / Tech

EU copyright reforms pit creative industry against internet activists, consumers

Views - 13 Friday, 29 March 2019 00:00

BRUSSELS (Reuters): Europe’s creative industries are urging EU lawmakers to back a proposed overhaul of the bloc’s copyright rules, putting them at odds with internet activists who oppose a requirement to install filters to block copyright materi

Google launches global council to advise on AI and tech ethics

Views - 31 Thursday, 28 March 2019 00:00

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters): Alphabet Inc.’s Google said on Tuesday it was launching a global advisory council to consider ethical issues around artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies. The council, which is slated to publish a report a

Samsung unveils new Galaxy A Series

Views - 40 Thursday, 28 March 2019 00:00

Samsung Sri Lanka yesterday announced the launch of the all-new Galaxy A Series that comes with industry-leading innovations for young millennials and Gen Z. The new Galaxy A Series have been designed to elevate the smartphone experience to the next

‘Hype or Opportunity? The evolution of new technologies’

Views - 23 Thursday, 28 March 2019 00:00

Professor Sir Mark Welland, the Head of the Nanoscience Centre at the University of Cambridge, UK, will be speaking on ‘Hype or Opportunity? The evolution of new technologies’ at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce on 4 April at 9 a.m. A world-renown

VSIS recognised as leading Citrix Networking Partner at Citrix APJ Summit

Views - 63 Thursday, 28 March 2019 00:00

VS Information System Ltd. was recognised as the Citrix Networking Partner of the year for India Region at the Citrix Partner Conference held in Citrix APJ Partner Summit 2019 held in Perth, Australia. V S Information Systems has been a pioneer in ad

Oracle adds AI smarts to increase Oracle ERP Cloud’s market lead

Views - 34 Thursday, 28 March 2019 00:00

Oracle has extended the artificial intelligence (AI)capabilities within Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Cloud and Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Cloud. The latest machine learning-based innovations include an expense rep

IPS New Thinkers’ Symposium highlights the role of technology in economic transformation

Views - 45 Thursday, 28 March 2019 00:00

Currently, Sri Lanka is creating a digital roadmap for the country, but the lack of coordination, focus, and support among Ministries and other Government agencies is an issue that needs to be addressed, noted Telecommunications, Foreign Employment a

OPPO raises the bar in low light photography, launches OPPO F11 Pro in Sri Lanka

Views - 39 Thursday, 28 March 2019 00:00

OPPO, the leading global smartphone brand, has expanded its F series portfolio of smartphones in Sri Lanka with the launch of OPPO F11 Pro. The smartphone boasts of portrait photography in low light with several other innovative technologies. It is

Asia’s enterprises realise power of Oracle autonomous database

Views - 57 Wednesday, 27 March 2019 00:00

An increasing number of businesses in Asia are turning to Oracle Autonomous Database – the industry’s first self-driving, self-securing, self-repairing database – to gain deeper and more meaningful data insight, faster than ever before. 11 suc

Apple spotlights services with TV, gaming and credit card offerings

Views - 30 Wednesday, 27 March 2019 00:00

CUPERTINO, Calif. (Reuters): Apple Inc. attempted to reintroduce itself on Monday as an entertainment and financial services company that also makes iPhones as it launched a streaming television service, a credit card and an online gaming arcade. Wit

Hackers attacked one million-plus Asus users through malicious update

Views - 20 Wednesday, 27 March 2019 00:00

Reuters: Hackers were able to deliver malware to the more one million-plus Asus computer owners last year by hijacking the company’s software update system, security researchers said on Monday. Moscow-based cyber security provider Kaspersky Lab sai

Asus pushed malware on thousands of computers: Kaspersky

Views - 12 Wednesday, 27 March 2019 00:00

TAIPEI, AFP : Taiwanese laptop maker Asus unknowingly pushed malware to thousands of computers after one of its servers was hacked last year, potentially affecting more than one million people, Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab said. More tha

Virtusa wins at first-ever Virtual Robotic Process Automation Conference and Hackathon Awards

Views - 26 Wednesday, 27 March 2019 00:00

Virtusa emerged winners in the Large Corporate category at the Virtual Robotic Process Automation (RPA) Conference and Hackathon Awards organised by the Sri Lanka Association of Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM) which was held at the Galle F

SLASSCOM says 2019 Budget recognises growth potential of knowledge solutions industry

Views - 156 Wednesday, 27 March 2019 00:00

The Sri Lankan Association of Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM) has said it was pleased to see several concessions proposed in the 2019 National Budget to accelerate the revenue growth and increase capacity within the knowledge solutions ind

SINGER crowned at Dell Partner Awards FY19

Views - 26 Tuesday, 26 March 2019 00:00

SINGER Sri Lanka PLC, the country’s premier consumer durables retailer, won the most coveted ‘Best Distributor of the Year FY19 (Consumer)’ and the ‘Best Large Format Retailer FY19 (Consumer)’, accolades at the Dell Partner Awards held rece

South Asian Technologies and A-Networks address data protection concerns in BFSI sector

Views - 554 Monday, 25 March 2019 00:16

Despite the recent surge in global interest towards data security, organisations are consistently failing to proactively determine what information requires protection and where the risk of a privacy breach exists.

Singer crowned at Dell Partner Awards FY19

Views - 19 Monday, 25 March 2019 00:10

Singer Sri Lanka PLC, the country’s premier consumer durables retailer, won the most coveted ‘Best Distributor of the Year FY19 (Consumer) and the Best Large Format Retailer FY19 (Consumer)’, accolades at the Dell Partner Awards held recently.

Cyber and physical convergence creating new attack opportunities for cybercriminals

Views - 37 Monday, 25 March 2019 00:06

Fortinet, a global leader in broad, integrated, and automated cybersecurity solutions, recently announced the findings of its latest quarterly Global Threat Landscape Report. The research reveals that cybercriminals are constantly evolving the sophis

FITIS National CxO Forum brings IT professionals and biz leaders together to focus on SL’s IT future

Views - 48 Monday, 25 March 2019 00:00

Policy makers and business leaders came together at the FITIS National CxO Forum 2019 this week to focus on Sri Lanka’s IT future and the increasing need to harness innovation and automation to help sustain businesses across the country in an ever

6 simple tips for better computer security

Views - 85 Monday, 25 March 2019 00:00

Protecting your privacy and securing your home computers is easier than you might imagine. Better security isn’t just for big organisations or the uber-nerds-everyone, regardless of their computer literacy, can take simple steps to better secure th

Artificial Intelligence: Making Sri Lanka ready for the future

Views - 113 Monday, 25 March 2019 00:00

The most important skills needed are quantitative, analytical and digital skills, adaptability and having a continuous learning mindset Microsoft and IDC today announced the results of a survey where more than 1,600 business leaders and over 1,580 w

EDB rolls out Champion Builder Initiative to boost ICT/BPM export revenue

Views - 49 Monday, 25 March 2019 00:00

With the launch of Sri Lanka’s “National Export Strategy” (NES) in 2018, the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) along with the Sri Lanka Exports Development Board (EDB) is paving the way for the country to move towards an export-led economic strate

Vivo unveils V15Pro

Views - 34 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

Vivo last week unveiled the all-new V15Pro smartphone in Sri Lanka. The V15Pro is the first model post-NEX to incorporate the industry’s first Elevating Front Camera with upgraded AI technology, which combines a stunning full-screen smartphone wit

Xiaomi launches Redmi Go in Sri Lanka

Views - 29 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

Xiaomi, global technology leader debuted its first Android Go smartphone Redmi Go in Sri Lanka. The Android Go program was launched by Google in 2017, with affordable smartphones running on a highly efficient version of Android. Out of the box, Red

Headstart to support Ladies’ College transition to digital education

Views - 50 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

Headstart Ltd., the pioneering e-learning solutions provider in Sri Lanka, has been chosen by Ladies College, Colombo, for the implementation of a digital education-based Smart school program. The company’s role is to provide teacher training, lear

Sandbox introduces ‘Velociti’ Sales Force Automation System

Views - 65 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

Sandbox Ltd., a premier Offshore Software Development and QA consultancy centre specialising in the development of a wide variety of software applications and software products dedicated to address organisational performance management issues, announ

BOC goes live with Epic Lanka’s Clari5 AML Solution to battle sophisticated financial threats

Views - 282 Thursday, 21 March 2019 00:15

Sri Lanka’s premier and award-winning regional technology leader Epic Technology Group announced that Bank of Ceylon (BOC) – Sri Lanka’s premier state bank – has gone live with Clari5 Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Solution to address money laun

Airtel Lanka titled as ‘Company with Great Managers’ at Great Manager Awards 2018

Views - 159 Thursday, 21 March 2019 00:13

Illustrating the company’s leadership prowess, Airtel Lanka clinched the ‘Company with Great Managers’ title as well as three individual awards for the second consecutive year at the Great Manager Awards 2018 held at The Kingsbury recently. Th

Huawei leads Asian domination of UN patent applications in 2018

Views - 29 Thursday, 21 March 2019 00:10

Geneva (Reuters): Chinese telecoms giant Huawei led the pack with Asia accounting for more than half of the international patent applications at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) last year, WIPO said on Tuesday. Huawei, which has be

Softlogic wins big at Dell Partner Awards FY19

Views - 27 Thursday, 21 March 2019 00:10

Softlogic Information Technologies Ltd, one of the country’s leading software and hardware solutions providers and a subsidiary of Softlogic Holdings PLC, won prestigious awards at the recently held Dell Power Awards at Anantara, Kalutara. The eve

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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

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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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