Sri Lanka ranked 65 from Broadband connectivity

Sri Lanka has been ranked 65 broadband average connection speed, according to a recently released report – Akamai – ‘State of Internet’ 2Q (SOTI). Sri Lanka has outperformed Malaysia, China, India.

Despite progress, Malaysia lags behind Sri Lanka and Thailand in average internet speeds over the second quarter this year, as Asian countries set global benchmarks in the 2015 State of the Internet (SOTI) second quarter report. The report, released by the content delivery network services firm Akamai Technologies Inc, said Sri Lanka registered a 50 percent year-on-year improvement to increase its average speed to 5.3 Mbps Continue reading “Sri Lanka ranked 65 from Broadband connectivity”

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ISIS and US backed Syrian moderates

Nobody seemed to know a couple of weeks ago where US-backed Syrian ‘moderate rebels’ were, but now that Russia launched its anti-terror op in Syria, they are ‘everywhere’, while ISIS, on the contrary, is ‘nowhere’, says political analyst Neil Clark.

Q: Russian President Vladimir Putin said he received a proposal from the French president to form a coalition between Assad and the Free Syrian Army. It seems like an unexpected proposal. The Russian line is: who are these moderates? Could they form some sort of synergy against ISIL (The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) ?

Neil Clark: Possibly, Continue reading “ISIS and US backed Syrian moderates”

Superman is coming back with Batman on the big screen

Superman and BatmanSuperman is coming back, and he’ll have a caped co-star.

“Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder made a surprise appearance at Comic-Con on Saturday to announce he is making another Superman film and it will include Batman — the first time the two superheroes will be united on the big screen.
He declined to reveal many details, saying the script is just being written. He then invited an actor onstage to read a passage to hint at the story line.

“I am the man who beat you,” read Harry Lennox, before an image of the Superman logo, backed by the Batman symbol, flashed on the screen.

Warner Bros. confirmed the first-ever pairing in a statement. Snyder reimagined Superman in his June blockbuster “Man of Steel,” starring Henry Cavill and Amy Adams. The film has grossed more than $630 million worldwide.

Cavill and Adams will appear in the sequel, Warner Bros. said. Reaction to the news stunned Twitter and left fans at Comic-Con giddy.

“Personally, I love him,” said. Claudia Gomez, who was wearing a Batman T-shirt while her niece, Ana, wore a Superman shirt.

Gomez, who traveled to Continue reading “Superman is coming back with Batman on the big screen”

Angelo Mathews gets married

Angelo Mathews wedding (1)Sri Lanka cricket team’s skipper Angelo Mathews married to long-time girlfriend Heshani Silva yesterday (2013/07/18).

President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa signed as witnesses to the marriage. Apart from family and friends, members of the national team were also present at the wedding.

Mathews took hand of his new wife Heshani Silva at a ceremony held at St Mary’s Church Colombo.

Photos of  Angelo Mathews wedding Continue reading “Angelo Mathews gets married”

Angry Birds 3D film coming in 2016

Angry birds 3D movie

Popular video game Angry Birds is getting an animated 3D movie due to be released in 2016. The film is being developed , produced and financed by Rovio Entertainment and will be released worldwide by Sony Pictures on July 1, 2016, Sony Pictures said in an announcement.

“Sony impressed us with their great attitude, determination and professionalism. They convinced us that we have found the right partners and team to help us market and distribute our first motion picture,” Rovio Entertainment CEO Mikael Hed said in a statement.

The animated 3D film version will Continue reading “Angry Birds 3D film coming in 2016”

Nelson Mandela to go back home

Nelson MandelaNelson Mandela will soon be discharged from hospital to recuperate at home, according to former South African president Thabo Mbeki.

‘I am quite certain that one of these days Madiba (Mandela) will go back home,’ he said at the weekend.

Official statements that South Africa’s first  black president was critical but stable were correct, he said, at a memorial service in Pretoria on Saturday.

He added: ‘One of these days the doctors will agree that he can go and stay at home rather than in hospital.’

Mandela’s wife Graça Machel also said she was ‘less anxious’ about his condition.

‘He continues to respond positively to treatment. I would say that today I am less anxious than I was a week ago,’ she said.

The former apartheid campaigner has been hospitalised for more than five weeks for a recurring lung infection, which has led to four hospital stays in the last six months.

Friends who have visited him say he is on a life support machine – and court papers alleged he was in a persistent vegetative state – but recent official updates have said Mandela was in a critical but stable condition.

Mandela, who was hospitalized on June 8, turns 95 on Thursday.

He spent 27 years in prison before becoming South Africa’s first black president in 1994.

Android apps fail to protect security details

Millions of people are using Android apps that can be tricked into revealing personal data, research indicates. Scientists tested 13,500 Android apps and found almost 8% failed to protect bank account and social media logins.

These apps failed to implement standard scrambling systems, allowing “man-in-the-middle” attacks to reveal data that passes back and forth when devices communicate with websites. Google has yet to comment on the research and its findings.

Researchers from the security group at the University of Leibniz in Hanover and the computer science department at the Philipps University of Marburg tested the most popular apps in Google’s Play store.

By creating a fake wi-fi hotspot and using a specially created attack tool to spy on the data the apps sent via that route, the researchers were able to: Continue reading “Android apps fail to protect security details”