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‘Fundamentals of Nanotechnology’ webinars kicks off today

Views - 10360 Tuesday, 4 November 2014 02:00

A comprehensive briefing on nanotechnology will be delivered through a series of webinars on the topic, set to kick off today. Organised by the Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC) in conjunction with the Ministry of Technology and Resear


New range of Sony 4k televisions launched in Sri Lanka

Views - 5497 Tuesday, 16 September 2014 00:01

Siedles Ltd., authorised distributor for Sony electronic equipment in Sri Lanka, introduced the Sony 4k and Ultra HD range of televisions to the local market during a launch held on Wednesday (27) in Colombo. The new range of BRAVIA 4k televisions b


The world’s largest fair for imaging

Views - 8603 Tuesday, 16 September 2014 00:01

A model poses with a Fuji X-T-1 camera on the media day of Photokina, the world’s largest fair for imaging, in Cologne September 15, 2014. Each lens has its own display and is a premier development platform for apps of the future and hands-free sc


Google launches Android One, phones; to be priced at around $105

Views - 2621 Tuesday, 16 September 2014 00:01

Reuters: Google Inc in India on Monday launched the first smartphones under its Android One project, pricing them at around INR 6,399 rupees ($ 105) to capture the low-cost segment of the world’s fastest growing smartphone market. The Mountain Vie


Samsung accuses rival LG exec of vandalising washing machines

Views - 6088 Tuesday, 16 September 2014 00:01

Reuters: Samsung Electronics Ltd. has accused the head of rival LG Electronics Inc’s home appliances business of damaging Samsung washing machines at retail stores in Germany and asked Seoul prosecutors to investigate. Samsung, in a statement on S


Microsoft launches new ‘affordable flagship’ Lumia smartphone

Views - 12543 Tuesday, 16 September 2014 00:01

Reuters: Fresh from acquiring Nokia’s handset business, Microsoft has unveiled the first of its new range of Lumia smartphones, priced to challenge a market dominated by volume leader Samsung and Apple Inc. Microsoft, which paid $7.2 billion (4.38


Abans launches AKG headphone range

Views - 3113 Tuesday, 16 September 2014 00:01

Abans, the sole agent in Sri Lanka for Harman Kardon, an American company which manufactures internationally-renowned audio equipment, recently launched a wide range of AKG professional headsets. Around the world recording studios, radio and TV stat


Rs. 760 m Sri Lanka Gamma Centre a reality

Views - 2903 Friday, 27 December 2013 00:04

Sri Lanka’s first even gamma irradiation plant is set to be operational from early January next year, the Ministry of Technology and Research said. For the establishment of Multipurpose Gamma Irradiation Facility, the Sri Lankan Government has inv


Sony, Panasonic say to end joint OLED TV development

Views - 1622 Friday, 27 December 2013 00:03

REUTERS: Sony Corp and Panasonic Corp, Japan’s two largest consumer electronics companies, said on Wednesday that they will end joint development of organic light emitting diode (OLED) television screens, a thinner and brighter type of next-generat


ICTA tasked with National Certification Authority functions

Views - 2754 Friday, 27 December 2013 00:02

The ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) was recently vested with the National Certification Authority (NCA) powers by a special gazette notification. The gazette establishes ICTA as the Certification Authority for the purpose of the Electronic Transaction


Microsoft, FBI take aim at global cyber crime ring

Views - 2503 Friday, 7 June 2013 05:14

Reuters: Microsoft Corp and the FBI, aided by authorities in more than 80 countries, have launched a major assault on one of the world’s biggest cyber crime rings, believed to have stolen more than $ 500 million from bank accounts over the past


US lawmakers to introduce new bill to punish cyber theft

Views - 1517 Friday, 7 June 2013 05:13

Reuters: A day before Chinese President Xi Jinping visits the United States, three U.S. lawmakers plan to propose a new law that would punish hackers backed by China, Russia or other foreign governments for cyber spying and theft. The new bill, wou


Global $ 200 million credit card hacking ring busted

Views - 6585 Friday, 7 June 2013 05:08

Reuters: Eleven people in the United States, the UK and Vietnam have been arrested and accused of running a US$ 200 million worldwide credit card fraud ring, US and UK law enforcement officials said on Wednesday. Federal prosecutors in New Jersey s


Tata invests in technology, R&D at Tel Aviv University

Views - 1581 Tuesday, 30 April 2013 00:31

Reuters:Tata Industries will invest $5 million in a new Tel Aviv University (TAU) technology fund, saying it saw the university as its Israeli research and development centre. Tata, part of Indian conglomerate Tata Group, will be the lead inves


Electric vehicles provide electricity to the US power grid

Views - 1534 Tuesday, 30 April 2013 00:30

Reuters: Power company NRG Energy Inc said on Friday a technology it developed with the University of Delaware has sold power from electric vehicles to the power grid for the first time. The University and NRG said in a statement that they bega


Dutch man arrested in connection with cyber attack on Spamhaus

Views - 1366 Tuesday, 30 April 2013 00:30

Reuters: A 35-year-old Dutch man has been arrested in Barcelona by Spanish police over last month’s massive cyber attack which disrupted global internet services, the Dutch public prosecutor’s office said on Saturday. The man, who was ide


Kodak to sell two imaging businesses to its UK pension for $ 650 million

Views - 1151 Tuesday, 30 April 2013 00:30

Reuters:Bankrupt photography pioneer Eastman Kodak Co EKDKQ.PK said it will sell two of its remaining imaging businesses to its UK pension fund for $650 million. The agreement, subject to approval by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan, also


Google Now comes to iPhone, challenging Siri

Views - 1033 Tuesday, 30 April 2013 00:29

Reuters: Google Inc is bringing its Google Now technology to the iPhone, where it will compete head-on with Apple Inc’s Siri to serve as the primary service that smartphone users rely on to get everything from weather updates to traffic forecas


Networking creates devices buzz at mobile fair

Views - 1284 Saturday, 2 March 2013 00:00

Reuters: Networks, whether superfast mobile broadband, Wi-Fi or a combination of both, are helping add pizzazz to new mobile products as the rapid evolution in smartphone and tablet design slows to a trickle. The world’s fastest smartphone,


Facebook, Google tech gurus to design cancer research game

Views - 1075 Saturday, 2 March 2013 00:00

Reuters: Scientists from a British cancer charity are teaming up with technology gurus from the likes of Amazon, Facebook and Google to design and develop a mobile game aimed at speeding the search for new cancer drugs. The project, led by the char


Game on for chip makers as mobile devices seek competitive edge

Views - 920 Saturday, 2 March 2013 00:00

Reuters: Chip makers are battling fiercely to satisfy the appetite of lookalike smartphones and tablets trying to differentiate themselves by claiming supremacy in gaming graphics, previously the preserve of PCs and consoles. To try to steal a mar


Small cells go large to help meet data demand

Views - 781 Saturday, 2 March 2013 00:00

Reuters: Small cell radio equipment that boosts network coverage is providing big opportunities for telecom operators as they face growing demand for smartphone Internet access in busy streets, shopping centres and stadiums. The devices – sma


Facebook, and Zuckerberg, embark on mega-IPO

Views - 1340 Friday, 3 February 2012 00:01

Reuters: Facebook unveiled what is expected to be Silicon Valley’s largest ever initial public offering, but made it clear to outside investors that they will have little voice in its running, as founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will continue to


Sony sees $ 2.9 b loss, reveals daunting task for new CEO

Views - 1294 Friday, 3 February 2012 00:01

Reuters: Japan’s ailing electronics giant, Sony Corp (6758.T), warned investors on Thursday it was heading for a worse-than-expected $2.9 billion annual loss, revealing the daunting task ahead for its incoming chief executive, Kazuo Hirai. Th


Aujas Networks supports National IT Conference 2011 as Information Security Partner

Views - 1519 Tuesday, 9 August 2011 01:21

Auja Networks India has tied up with the Computer Society of Sri Lanka to be the Information Security Partner for the forthcoming National Information Technology Conference (NITC). The conference themed “Exploiting ICT Trends for Collaborative


SLASSCOM to hold Thought Leadership Session on ‘Transition - The IBM Story’

Views - 2374 Tuesday, 9 August 2011 01:20

SLASSCOM (Sri Lanka Association of software and services Companies) together with Australian Technical & Management College (ATMC) will be holding a thought leadership session on 15 August 2011at Taj Samudra Hotel, On Golden Pond, 5.30 p.m. onwar


Save a tree or two, use Taiwan erasable paper

Views - 1381 Tuesday, 9 August 2011 01:20

(Reuters Life!):  “i2R e-Paper” is paper but not paper as we know it — not yet, anyway, say its Taiwan developers. The product uses a thermal printer, the same kind as that used in fax machines. When the message is no longer


Micromax enters Maldives; to launch 9 handsets

Views - 1500 Tuesday, 9 August 2011 01:19

New Delhi: As part of aggressive global expansion strategy, cellphone maker Micromax Informatics Ltd., last week announced its foray into Maldivian telecom space. The company will launch nine mobile phones priced competitively between 425 MVR to 4,


RIM tilts at iPhone with new BlackBerry phones

Views - 1521 Tuesday, 9 August 2011 01:19

Reuters:  Research In Motion unveiled two new versions of its touchscreen BlackBerry Torch last week as it seeks to regain ground it has lost to Apple and Google with powerful consumer-friendly models. Investors reacted favourably, pushing RIM


President Rajapaksa ushered in era of transformation through ICT – Dewapura

Views - 1529 Saturday, 23 July 2011 00:43

President Mahinda Rajapaksa ushered in an era of transformation through ICT, says I CT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) CEO Reshan Dewapura. The ICTA CEO said so while participating at the IBM Software Executive Summit 2011 held in Colombo recently. Spea


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