Author - Kaveesha Baddage

How Chamath Palihapitiya became a “Midas touch” investor…

Chamath Palihapitiya

Do you know why Silicon Valley of the United States is one of the most important areas in the world? And did you ever think is there any Sri Lankan who plays a major role in Silicon Valley?  Silicon Valley is a nickname for the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay area and it is the high-tech dominated area of the world.

Chamath Palihapitiya

Chamath Palihapitiya is listed as a one of the coolest people who matter most in Silicon Valley. He is  a highly-successful entrepreneur  who was born in Sri Lanka. Within the high-tech community, he is known as a sharp investor and executive. At his age of six, he  moved to Canada with his family. In 1999, he graduated from the University of Waterloo with a First-Class Honors degree in Electrical Engineering and moved to California in 2000. Then he joined AOL and became the youngest VP in AOL’s history at the age of 26.

He has worked in several companies and he was a member of Facebook’s senior management team as well. He served in various roles during his four-year stint at Facebook and he was was a major force in the launch and the incredible growth of Facebook, but he quit his job at Facebook in 2011. Within the high-tech community, he’s known as a sharp investor and executive who made it big when Facebook went public.


Chamath Palihapitiya  as a venture capitalist

After quitting Facebook, he started his own fund called Social+Capital Partnership.  In 2015, the firm changed its name to Social Capital. Chamath Palihapitiya is the founder and CEO of investment firm: Social Capital. The firm has stood out strategically, with a focus on technology in financial services and education, health care and on software as a service. Social Capital started investing in health and education when those fields were being largely neglected by other venture capitalists.

He launched a new “blank-check” company in partnership with the London-based venture capitalist  firm named Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp. This company is formed for the purpose of entering into share exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. Recently they announced the pricing of its initial public offering. And they  listed  60,000,000 units at a price of $10.00 per unit on the New York Stock Exchange. After listed  their shares on the stock exchange on  last Wednesday(17/09/13)  it went up to 3.5% in the first half of next day.


This new “blank-check” company doesn’t have any products or customers. And also it doesn’t own anything yet. But initial shares of the company  were up that much because shareholders trust the strategies of  Chamath Palihapitiya. The company plans to buy stakes in private tech companies. They will buy  from minority stakes to controlling interests to full ownership.

He achieved all these because of his unflagging dedication and he will become one of the billionaires in the world near future.

iOS 11 – With powerful new features to your iPhone and iPad


Recently, Apple introduced a major update to their mobile operating system to bring better user experience. This is the biggest software release ever for iPhone and iPad with so many powerful features. iOS 11 brings a better way to access your iPad with Apple pencil.  And It will provide unrivaled augmented reality experience to their users.

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ලොව පුරා පැතිරෙන ransomware ප්‍රහාරයෙන් ආරක්ෂා වෙන අයුරු


අප කලින් ලිපියක් මගින් ransomware ගැන ඔබව දැනුවත් කලා ඔබට මතක ඇති. දින කිහිපයකට පෙර එවැනි වෛරසයක් පැතිරී විශාල අලාභ හානියක් සිදු කර ඇති අතර එය තවමත් පැතිරෙමින් පවතී.

එක්සත් ජනපද ජාතික ආරක්ෂක ඒජන්සිය (National Security Agency )  විසින් ඔවුන්ගේ බුද්ධි අංශ කටයුතු සදහා යොදා ගැනීමට නිර්මාණය කල බලවත් පරිගණක මෘදුකාංගයක් “Shadow Brokers” නමින් හදුන්වා ගන්නා කණ්ඩායමක්  පසුගියදා සොරකම් කර ඇත.  ඔවුන් එම පරිගණක මෘදුකාංගය භාවිතා කරමින් දැවැන්ත සයිබර් ප්‍රහාරයක් “WannaCry” හා  “Wanna Decryptor” යන නාම වලින් ලොව පුරා දියත් කිරීමට සමත් වී තිබේ. මෙය  Microsoft මෙහෙයුම් පද්ධති අන්තර්ගත පරිගණක ඉලක්ක කර ගනිමින් පැතිර පවතී. සයිබර් ආරක්ෂක සමාගමක් වන  Avast  සමාගම පවසන්නේ මෙම වෛරසය සම්බන්ධ පැමිණිලි  75,000 ක්  පමණ ඔවුන්ට දැනටමත් දැක ගැනීමට ඇති බවයි.


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Microsoft Surface Laptop – උසස් අධ්‍යාපනය අවසන් කල ඔබ සදහාමයි

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මයික්‍රෝසොෆ්ට් සමාගම මගින් ඔවුන්ගේ නවතම Surface Laptop පරිගණකය පසුගිය සතියේදී එළිදැක්වීමට කටයුතු කරන ලදී. මෙම පරිගණකය ඔවුන්ගේ නවතම Windows 10 S මෙහෙයුම් පද්ධතිය සමග කටයුතු කිරීමට හැකි වන සේ නිර්මාණය කර ඇත.

මෙම පරිගණකය හදුන්වා දීමේ අවස්ථාවට එම සමාගමේ ප්‍රධානියෙක් වූ Panos Panay මහතා සම්බන්ධ විය. ඔහු එහිදී ප්‍රකාශ කලේ මෙම පරිගණකය නිපදවීමේදී එය උසස් අධ්‍යාපනය අවසන් වූ සිසුන් ඉලක්ක කරගෙන ඔවුන්ගේ අවශ්‍යතාවයන් සපුරාලන පරිදි නිර්මාණය කල බවයි.

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Samsung SmartThings – For Your Connected Smart Home

Need to teach your home about how it can assist you and automate your home to react to your unique lifestyle? Now that is not hard as you think. Samsung SmartThings is on your side to help you. It can teach your home new tricks and make your life easier. Any home can be a smart home with Samsung SmartThings.

Devices of Samsung SmartThings

What is Samsung SmartThings?

In 2012, a technology company named SmartThings Inc. was founded in Mountain View, California. They built an open platform for smart homes and the consumer Internet of Things. This Company began to sell its products commercially on its own Website in August 2013. And they started to sell their products on in September 2013. In August 2014, SmartThings Inc announced that they had reached an agreement to be acquired by Samsung Group which is a South Korean multinational company. But SmartThings Inc would operate as an independent company within Samsung’s Open Innovation Center. The acquisition was the foundation to move into the internet of things space by Samsung. Now Samsung SmartThings is becoming one of the biggest and most recognizable names in the IoT space.

One of the biggest problem when building a smart home is that, usually the user has to deal with the disparate collection of devices. Samsung SmartThings concerns about that and designed their SmartThings technology with reducing those difficulties. They provide a single hub and app those can be used to control your home and convert it into a smart home. With this free SmartThings app, the you can receive important notifications about what’s happening at your home and you can control smart devices in your smart home with a simple tap.

Categories of devices in Samsung SmartThings

There are several categories of devices in Samsung SmartThings technology. They are

  • Hubs
  • Integrations
  • Voice Assistants
  •  Lighting and Switches
  • Outlets

Devices of Samsung SmartThings

Living in your smart home

In Samsung SmartThings technology, Hubs are used to connect with IoT devices through the Internet. The user can monitor, control, and automate IoT devices using integrations. Google Home, Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Dot and Amazon Tap are the devices which belong to voice assistant category products of  Samsung SmartThings.

Using voice assistants, the user can get help from Google voice Assistant service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather reports, and much more. Also, user can stream music from Google Play Music and YouTube. The user can control a wide range of connected outlets, lights, switches, and dimmers with user’s voice commands. This technology helps to use SmartThings Routines to control multiple devices with single voice command. The user just needs to say “Alexa, turn on Good Morning” or “Alexa, turn on Party Time.” Then all the connected devices will operate according to the setting defined under that routine. Amazon Tap is Amazon Alexa enabled portable Bluetooth speaker which is also built with above capabilities.

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Samsung SmartThings technology supports devices in several brands. So you don’t need to get lights, switches, and outlets in Samsung brand. If you are using a Samsung SmartThings compatible bulb you can automate it with SmartThings and set them to turn on, off, or change color when doors are opened, when there’s activity in your home, and much more. You can control outlet with your voice commands using SmartThings and the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.

The Samsung SmartThings second-generation hub supports wider varieties of devices and third-party integrations, such as for Amazon Alexa. It has dramatically improved SmartThings. When it first launched, SmartThings was an interesting look at the future. But now it’s become an essential part of any smart home. You can control hundreds of connected devices from other brands through the SmartThings Hub and app.

Samsung SmartThings also get some competition with Google and Apple. Both of them have their own smart home solutions. But Google’s and Apple’s solutions are relatively far behind Samsung in terms of quality and number of products that they support.

Android’s new “Instant Tethering” feature

Most of the time students in the university cannot access student Wi-Fi service without getting slow. Then they tend to use their mobile phones’ mobile hotspot service. This is a common situation for most of the internet users that have to face in their day to day life. But setting up the mobile hotspot service on their phones tend to be a little tedious.

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Android, iOS වලට වඩා RAM එක වැඩිපුර පාවිච්චි කරනවාද?

ඔබ iOS දුරකථන පරම්පරාවක specifications සහ එම වසරේම එලි දැක්වුණු හොඳ වර්ගයේ Android දුරකථනයක specifications සංසන්ධනය කලේ නම් ඔබ iPhone හි අඩු RAM ධාරිතාවයක් ඇති බව පෙනෙනු ඇත. එහි ප්‍රතිපලයක් ලෙස iOS හි ඇති apps, Android apps වලට වඩා අඩු මතක ධාරිතාවයකින් යුතුව ක්‍රියා කරන බවට  නිගමනය  කරනු ඇත . සැබැවින්ම Android මෙහෙයුම් පද්ධතිය iOS මෙහෙයුම් පද්ධතියට වඩා වැඩි මතක ධාරිතාවයක් භාවිතා කරනවාද?

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The biggest Ad Fraud Ever

A group of Russian criminals called “Ad Fraud Komanda” or “AFK13” were caught earning money between $3 million to $5 million each day. They earn money by doing faking clicks on video ads on the advertising market. It is revealed by White Ops which is a security firm that provides online fraud detection solutions. This criminal is the biggest digital ad fraud ever.

 First they created 250,127 distinct URLs and more than 6000 domains that appeared to belong to real reputed publishers. They misled the algorithms that decide where the most profitable ads would direct into buying their fraudulent web space. These algorithms typically make bids for ad spaces which are most suitable for advertisement’s intended audience. Hence their fraudulent web space was purchased by many reputed brands.

 Then they invested heavily in a bot farm that consisted more than 570,000 bots. Next they triggered faked traffic on the ads using those bots, thereby driving a huge amount of revenue thanks to the pay-per-click scheme they’d exploited. Those bots have watched more than 300 million video ads a day, with an average payout of $13.04 per thousand fake views. This bot army was also programmed in order to imitate the actions of real people, such as faked clicks with mouse movements and social network login information. White Ops called this crime as Methbot campaign.

White Ops provided an example of how they faked a domain

They used thousands of IP addresses to make those bots appear more real, so they can bypass typical anti-fraud detection measures. Theses IP addresses were associated with major U.S Internet Service Providers, so it seemed they were based in America itself. Those IP addresses were fraudulently obtained from at least two of the world’s five regional Internet registries.


Those who were spending on the automated systems were losing a significant amount of money, not only because of the Methbot but also due to other similar campaigns. Those funds might never be retrieved. The White Ops company wrote in its white paper. “At this point the Methbot operation has become so embedded in the layers of the advertising ecosystem, the only way to shut it down is to make the details public to help affected parties take action.”

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Get to know about Ultrasonic Sensor HC-SR04

Ultrasonic Sensor HC-SR04 is used to measure distance. We can find precise distance to an object from the sensor, or can used to detect when something is within range of the sensor. It can measure distance with high accuracy from 2cm to 400 cm.  Its operation is not affected by darkness or light .Because it uses sound to measure distance.

Ultrasonic range finder measure distance by emitting a pulse of ultrasonic sound that travels through the air until it hits an object. It measure the time of the sound pulse which travel forward & back to the sensor when the pulse hits the object. Then it sends an electrical signal to the Arduino with information about the time that sonic pulse traveled.

Ultrasonic range finder has 2 transducers.

  • Transmitting transducer
  • Receiving transducer


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