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Universal Basic Income to solve the effects of artificial intelligence?

Views - 1394 Monday, 7 January 2019 01:28

800 million jobs are expected to be lost by 2030 due to automation according to a study by the Mckinsey Global Institute. That is a fifth of the global workforce. This is the reality the world is facing as automation is increasingly taking over many

Advanced partner programs and engagement driving growth in digitalisation

Views - 56 Monday, 7 January 2019 01:26

Leading global provider of networking hardware, telecommunications infrastructure, cybersecurity and other technology solutions, CISCO, is accelerating the proliferation and adoption of digital services in the SAARC region with aggressive engagement

German cyber defence agency defends handling of data breach

Views - 18 Monday, 7 January 2019 01:23

BERLIN (Reuters): Germany’s BSI cyber defence agency on Saturday defended its role in responding to a far-reaching data breach, saying it could not have connected individual cases it was aware of last year until the entire data release became publi

SuperVOOC – OPPO’s flash charging technology gets certified by TÜV Rheinland

Views - 57 Monday, 7 January 2019 01:23

The OPPO VOOC Flash Charging system, which stands for Voltage Open Loop Multi-step Constant-Current Charging, the proprietary rapid-charge technology created by OPPO Electronics – available in their latest flagship model released – the OPPO R17 h

Finetech becomes sole Premier Partner for Google in SL, Maldives and B’desh

Views - 155 Monday, 7 January 2019 01:23

Google’s largest local partner in Sri Lanka since 2010, FineTech Consultancy has been appointed as the only Google Premier Partner for Sri Lanka, Maldives and Bangladesh. The appointment comes in the wake of Google’s recognition of FineTech’s

Vietnam’s draconian cybersecurity bill comes into effect

Views - 30 Friday, 4 January 2019 00:00

HANOI (AFP): A law requiring internet companies in Vietnam to remove content communist authorities deem to be against the state came into effect Tuesday, in a move critics called “a totalitarian model of information control”. The new cybersecuri

ICTA launches National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) in Sri Lanka

Views - 374 Friday, 4 January 2019 00:00

The National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI), a highly awaited platform for geo spatial information in Sri Lanka, was ceremonially launched by the Information & Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) recently at Trace Expert City. Fo

Samsung rewards loyal fans with free smartphones in exciting radio campaign

Views - 21 Friday, 4 January 2019 00:00

Infusing the joy of giving and sharing at Christmas, Samsung, along with leading radio stations rewarded their loyal Samsung Galaxy fans during the festive season. Titled ‘Rewarding the Loyal Samsung Galaxy Fans This Christmas’, winners were se

For Warren Buffett, sinking Apple shares a wish come true

Views - 52 Friday, 4 January 2019 00:00

Reuters: Billionaire Warren Buffett has said he would love to see Apple Inc. shares decline in price so he could buy more. He is getting his wish. Apple’s warning on Wednesday about weak iPhone demand in the holiday quarter due to slower sales in C

Microsoft gets green light from Qatar for global data centre

Views - 40 Friday, 4 January 2019 00:00

DUBAI (Reuters): Qatar’s cabinet approved the establishment of a Microsoft global data centre in the small Gulf country, state news agency QNA reported on Wednesday. Azure, Microsoft’s cloud platform, announced plans to expand into the Middle Eas

Samsung unveils Remote Access feature on Smart TVs

Views - 34 Tuesday, 1 January 2019 00:00

Samsung Electronics has announced Remote Access, a new feature that will be available on its Smart TV lineups starting 2019. The Remote Access feature will provide enhanced wireless connectivity with PCs, tablets, and smartphones – allowing consume

Huawei’s smartphone shipments top 200m in 2018

Views - 82 Tuesday, 1 January 2019 00:00

Huawei Consumer BG said that its smartphone shipments for this year have exceeded 200 million units, creating a new record for Huawei. The company attributed the performance to enthusiastic support of consumers and partners around the world, as well

Citi cuts Q1 iPhone production estimates on weak demand

Views - 22 Tuesday, 1 January 2019 00:00

Reuters: Citi Research on Friday slashed its first-quarter production estimates for Apple Inc’s iPhones and nearly halved expectations on the costliest iPhone XS Max, joining other brokerages in lowering forecast amid reports of weak demand. “The

McAfee Labs sees 480 new threats per minute in Q3

Views - 36 Tuesday, 1 January 2019 00:00

McAfee Labs, a top cyber security company, saw an average of 480 new threats per minute and a sharp increase in malware targeting IoT devices during the third quarter (Q3) of the year, it said in a new report. The study titled “McAfee Labs Threats

PayMedia wraps up 2018 with 11 awards

Views - 77 Monday, 31 December 2018 00:19

PayMedia, a rapidly evolving Financial Technology (Fin-Tech) company in Sri Lanka, won 11 awards in total in 2018, and was highly commended for the leadership of its Founding Director Kanishka Weeramunda, who was recognised with multiple leadership a

Dell returns to market with NYSE listing

Views - 28 Monday, 31 December 2018 00:18

Reuters: Dell Technologies Inc returned to public markets on Friday, nearly six years after the company’s founder and Chief Executive Officer Michael Dell took it private in what was then the biggest buyout since the financial crisis of 2008. The c

eMarketingEye’s BookingEye wins Silver at NBQSA 2018

Views - 92 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

eMarketingEye (, the award-winning Sri Lankan Digital Marketing Agency and a pioneer in the industry, bagged a Silver Award for their product ‘BookingEye’ in the ‘Tourism and Hospitality’ category at the 20th edition of

SLASSCOM hosts AI Asia Summit 2018: The AI revolution is here

Views - 52 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

The Sri Lanka Association for Software and Services Companies (SLASSCOM) conducted the first-ever SLASSCOM AI Asia Summit on 7 November at The Kingsbury. The conference attracted over 300 attendees from the industry and addressed topics relating to

Defending cyber enemy with Adversarial Attack Simulation Exercises

Views - 63 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

Organisations such as Financial Institutions (FIs) are experiencing very rapid growth in cyber security attacks in scope, complexity and sophistication. In order to face this advance risk, FIs set up layers of defensive measures, solutions and contro

Huawei’s Ken Hu expresses confidence in business and addresses challenges

Views - 35 Thursday, 27 December 2018 00:51

Huawei Rotating Chairman Ken Hu held a press conference with leading global media at the company’s new campus in Dongguan recently. The journalists visited R&D labs showcasing materials and thermal management technologies developed for 5G equipment

Dialog Axiata and Mastercard to accelerate digital payment innovation in Sri Lanka

Views - 184 Thursday, 27 December 2018 00:50

Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, Dialog Axiata PLC and Mastercard, the leading global payments and technology company, signed a strategic partnership agreement recently to drive the adoption of digital payments in Sri Lanka. The partner

SLT and Mastercard encourage electronic payments with cash back rewards

Views - 97 Thursday, 27 December 2018 00:48

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), the national ICT solutions provider in Sri Lanka, announced its partnership with global electronic payments major, Mastercard, to drive the adoption of electronic payments in Sri Lanka. Under this partnership, Mastercard car

Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 6.1 upgrade to Android 9 Pie

Views - 60 Thursday, 27 December 2018 00:46

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, announced that both Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 6.1 users will get upgraded to Android 9 Pie in open markets. Packed with Google’s newest software and building on the features of Android 8.0 Oreo, Android 9 Pie’

Facebook says companies got access to data only after user permission

Views - 27 Thursday, 27 December 2018 00:44

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc said it did not give companies access to personal data of users without their permission, after the New York Times reported on Tuesday that the social network allowed some tech giants far greater access to data than it had di

IBM appoints Riza Wadood as new Country General Manager for Sri Lanka

Views - 129 Monday, 24 December 2018 00:00

IBM has announced the appointment of Riza Wadood as the new Country General Manager for Sri Lanka. This leadership announcement further demonstrates IBM’s commitment in the region. In his new role, Riza will be responsible for business growth and

Leading local BPO Bellvantage holds annual Awards Night

Views - 62 Monday, 24 December 2018 00:00

Bellvantage Ltd., Sri Lanka’s renowned BPO offering outsourcing, technology and consulting solutions, held its annual Awards Ceremony and Get-Together in grand style recently at Hilton Residences, Colombo. The event was organised by the company to

Lankan startup Tracified wins scholarship from Founder Institute at Oslo Innovation Week 2018

Views - 40 Monday, 24 December 2018 00:00

Tracified, an innovative digital platform for food traceability, that uses Blockchain technology to empower both vendors and consumers by providing end-to-end information on food products, was a key highlight at the Oslo Innovation Week 2018. The pro flagship store launched in Colombo 4

Views - 82 Monday, 24 December 2018 00:00

Innovative e-commerce platform,, last week opened its flagship store, to enable its customers to enjoy a seamless shopping experience that encompasses online, mobile and bricks-and-mortar options. The opening of the Flagship Store f

Fortinet predicts 2019 cyber threats

Views - 94 Friday, 21 December 2018 00:00

Fortinet, a global leader in broad, integrated, and automated cybersecurity solutions, unveiled predictions from the FortiGuard Labs team about the threat landscape for 2019 and beyond. These predictions reveal methods and techniques that Fortinet re

Gamata Tech opens avenues for youth entrepreneurs across Sri Lanka

Views - 78 Friday, 21 December 2018 00:00

Gamata Technology, an accelerator platform initiated by youth-tech entrepreneurs covering every corner of Sri Lanka, was officially launched recently at a ceremony held in Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre. The event was delegated by young entr

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Discipline and the devil’s disciples

Monday, 18 February 2019

That coach who repeatedly slapped a boy under his care has generated a storm of controversy on social media. On one side are aunties, bleeding hearts, civil rights champions et al who are outraged or at the very least shocked or surprised. On the oth

SL growth profile: Arrest moving down the staircase immediately to avoid hard landing on the floor

Monday, 18 February 2019

Strong message in the Sri Lanka Development Update 2019 Sri Lanka Development Update for 2019 was released by the World Bank last week. This document contains a review by the bank’s residential staff of the present state of the country’s economy

Prudential banking and saga of MTD Walkers

Monday, 18 February 2019

The matters referred to in the article under this title published in the Daily FT (15 February) are spotlighted in more detail under this scrutiny. While the general attention of the public remains more focused on recently arrested underworld kingpin

Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe’s empty rant

Monday, 18 February 2019

Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe (WR) has joined President Sirisena’s reckless verbal onslaught on the Constitutional Council (CC) that was set up by the 19th Amendment (Daily Mirror 15 February). I use “verbal onslaught” intentionally since, as

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