Articles Posted in the Features Category

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    WHO’S AFRAID OF HUMBLE TRISHAWS?

    Due to their novelty and ‘foreign’ nature, each one elicited mixed reactions from Lankan society. I still remember some self-appointed ‘guardians of culture’ proclaiming how TV could herald the ‘end of our proud heritage’. Well, some of them have evolved into ‘TV pundits’ now… Two-wheeled and…

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    Kissinger’s World: Israel and Iraq

    Since leaving government, Henry Kissinger has lapsed back to his earlier career as foreign relations historian. In his latest work, ‘World Order: Reflections on the Character of Nations and the Course of History’, he purports to analyze prospects for a peaceful world order today and…

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    OMAK’S top five tips for startups

    Ehantha Sirisena is the founder and Managing Director of Omak Technologies, a software developer that commenced operations in 2011. Omak builds software and applications that help restaurants manage operations. VDine, the company’s flagship product, was designed for restaurants to manage back office functions. From the…

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    The Web’s Latest Need: Instant Feedback

    Emojot – a web-based application used for quick user feedback gathering – started as a project at Sri Lanka’s top technology university, where Co-Founder Shahani Markus had been challenging her students to build tech businesses.…

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    Going Digital

    Local companies have suddenly caught the Internet bug. From banks and hospitals to cab companies, everyone seems to be launching web portals and mobile apps. Even B2B businesses are making an active effort to offer…

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    Hideaways Around Galle

    Hotel rooms can be devoid of soul. In Sri Lanka, they are indistinguishable. From the mahogany dresser and matching bed to mass-produced art hung above the bedhead, hotel rooms have little character. Private villas –…

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    The Travel Technology Takeover

    If long lines and crowded roadways are not your idea of a vacation, then be prepared, because travel seasons are the busiest they’ve ever been. Get ready to navigate foreign lands and mingle with the…

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    The Gastronomic Laboratory of Gnana Samaratunga

    Customers will place orders on the table at the table. Added to the mix will be xenon heat lamps, spun polymer amalgams, centrifugally heated plates, ultraviolet and ultrasound dishwashers, seated cooks, ergonomic surfaces and cloned…

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    Big Idea – Big Data – Readying for Sri Lanka’s Big Data Deluge

    Sri Lanka is yet to encounter Big Data but it will happen soon. Many companies don’t appreciate the data they do generate or have access to. Data analytics here is an out-layer industry. It’s only…

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    Big Idea – The City – Megapolis Not a License for Megalomania

    Megapolis! It literally means a large city or urban area. Suddenly everyone in Sri Lanka has heard about it, and there is even a Cabinet Minister for the subject. In their manifesto for the Parliamentary…