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Airtel brings e-Commerce platform - Shopify for SME customers

Bharti Airtel announced that it will offer Shopify, end to end e-commerce solutionto SOHO and SME customers by provisioning the service through its cloud platform.

Shopify, a hosted ecommerce platform is powered by Airtel’s internet products like DSL and ILP enables SOHO and small and medium enterprises to create an online store to manage their ecommerce presence with great ease. It offers customizable site templates, an integrated shopping cart, search engine optimization (SEO), email marketing, inventory management and analytics.

Few Sting operation Websites maligning certain political groups

It is obvious to see the fights during the elections in political circles. But it is surprising that a bunch of petty websites which like Tehlaka have gained reputation through their unwarranted Sting Operations are trying to target certain political groups. Cobrapost and Gulail.com seem after only one political group to target. They are leaving no stone unturned to target a few leaders through their sting operations. They have conducted different sting operations which have no basis.

It is very important that the government or the election commission takes cognizance of this and stop them from the sting operations.

E-governance to Cover 90% of Delhi Government Services

In the past few years under the Delhi has made significant improvements in offering citizen services, boasts a press release shared by pro-Congress group today. It further claims that soon e-governance is likely to cover 90% of Delhi government services. This will provide huge benefits to the citizens of Delhi.

Spuul introduces new subscription plan and ties up with Boku

Spuul, an online streaming service for Indian cinema and television, is all set to engage with movie enthusiasts with its announcement of a new premium pack, Premium Lite. With this pack, subscribers get unrestricted access to all the premium content on Spuul for a month at Rs. 120. The ‘Lite’ plan comes with advertisements.

Future of Content lies in Cloud

Newgen Software, a provider of Business Process Management, Enterprise Content Management, and Customer Communication Management solutions, is hosting a seminar titled ‘Future of Content lies in Cloud’. The seminar will be organized at ‘The Claridges Hotel, New Delhi, on Friday, November 29, 2013.

L&T Partners with Bayer for efficient CapEx execution

L&T Technology Services signed a global master agreement with Bayer Technology Services (BTS) in Leverkusen, Germany to support efficient implementation of worldwide capital expenditure (CapEx) projects within the Bayer Group. This collaboration is furtherance towards the efficient implementation of worldwide capital expenditure (CapEx) projects within the Bayer Group.

Oracle launches ZS3 Storage, claimed to be Next-Gen Application Engineered Storage in India

Oracle’s latest ZFS Storage Appliances, the ZS3 Series, boasts to enable customers to significantly improve operational efficiencies, reduce data center costs, and increase business application performance. Powered by an advanced cache architecture and multi-threaded SMP OS, the ZS3 Series has achieved the highest throughput, the lowest latency, and better price/performance when compared to similar NetApp, EMC, IBM, and HP systems.

Is ‘Choose Your Own Device’ (CYOD) a good compromise for IT managers challenged by BYOD?

At a time when the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend is making headlines, bringing with it challenges and benefits in equal measure, another technology initiative is quietly occupying the middle ground. ‘Choose Your Own Device’ (CYOD) offers many of the benefits of BYOD without some of the drawbacks.
With the growth of the ‘always on, always connected’ work culture, the adoption of smartphones, tablets and notebooks that facilitate the trend is also growing. Leading market research firm, Forrester1 predicts that in two years' time, 350 million workers will use smartphones, 200 million of whom will take their own devices to the workplace. It is estimated2 that 90 percent of organisations will have to support BYOD by 2014.

Google launches Google Partners in India

Today, Google announced the global launch of Google Partners, a program designed to support web professionals and agencies who help businesses succeed online. The program is part of Google’s continuing efforts to build an ecosystem to help small-to-medium businesses gain from the Internet.
Many small businesses in India rely on web professionals and agencies to manage their online presence and their online marketing, and Google is invested in helping agencies and web professionals receive the training and access to resources necessary to help their clients succeed on the web.

Junglee.com ranked India’s #1 comparison shopping site by comScore

Junglee.com has been ranked as the number one comparison shopping website in India, by comScore, a leading Internet Technology company that provides Analytics for the Digital World, in its latest report for October 2013.  With this, Junglee.com has now occupied the top position on comScore charts for four quarters in a row starting September 2012. 
“Comparison shopping is one of the fastest growing categories in India. With over 16% of reach among online users, it is expected to reach more users with audiences turning to online product and price comparison options. Junglee has been leading the cateogry and now reaches over 5.5 million unique visitors a month (Oct 2013)”, said Kedar Gavane, Senior Director - comScore.

BT to accelerate growth in Asia Pacific, The Middle East and Afric

BT announced a new phase of investments into the rapidly growing economies of Asia Pacific, Turkey, the Middle East and Africa (AMEA) with the objective of accelerating its expansion in high growth markets. By hiring more people in the region, launching more competitive capabilities across a larger number of countries and delivering a differentiated service experience, BT will be in a strong position to capture opportunities in a total AMEA market evaluated at around 32 billion GBP.

Increase Revenue by 25% or More by Using Big Data

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd, announced research results revealing that almost half of the firms surveyed in Asia Pacific believe that big data can improve revenue by 25% or more, with HDS projecting a potential US$250 billion revenue increase among the more than 500 companies surveyed. However, more than half of firms have made little or no progress in their big data strategies.
Executives at HDS believe it is essential for business executives to adopt a new approach where they think of “data as a capital asset” and to define a holistic big data strategy that will deliver insights and intelligence. This change in focus will enable organizations to innovate with information and generate incremental income.

SIGFOX and Telit to Collaborate and Multiply the Number of Connected Devices

Telit Wireless Solutions and Toulouse, France based SIGFOX, the first operator of a cellular network fully dedicated to machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) communications, announced the companies are to collaborate to increase penetration of the Internet of Things (IoT). The solution is based on a completely new and unique cellular network, which is being rolled out worldwide. SIGFOX’s patented Ultra Narrow Band (UNB) technology, behind the company’s network makes it possible to operate on unlicensed frequency bands available worldwide and with fewer antennas. The long-range data transmission drastically reduces power-consumption and therefore carbon footprint and maintenance costs. Telit engages the collaboration by working with SIGFOX to develop and quickly bring to market M2M modules certified under the SIGFOX UNB network.

Oxigen Launches an Initiative to Empower Visually Impaired with Banking Services

Participating in an Exhibition, organised with the support of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, under the aegis of 'National Conference on Harnessing Technology for the Empowerment of person with Visual Impairments', Oxigen Services India Pvt. Ltd, India's pioneering payment solutions provider launched an initiative to support people with visual impairment to enable them to avail banking services that they otherwise till now have been eluded from.

Vivitek Announces Strategic Distribution Partnership with MIRC Electronics

Vivitek Corporation, a manufacturer of environment friendly and innovative multimedia projectors, announced its strategic distribution partnership with MIRC Electronics in India. 
This new Distribution Partnership offers Vivitek access to a nationwide sales, distribution and service network. MIRC Electronics Ltd. with expertise in reaching out to IT, AV & Education resellers will focus on promoting the Vivitek projectors suited for these markets. Vivitek offers more than 40 Projector models with different categories of brightness and resolution starting from the entry level 3000 lumens SVGA to the 10000 Lumens large venue installation projectors with interchangeable lens options and the award winning, innovative LED based pocket projector Qumi.

Management Development Program on Strategies for Success

Custommerce Service Excellence Foundation a not-for-profit organization striving to create a customer experience driven, globally competitive, Indian economy is conducting a two day Management Development Program (MDP) on 5th and 6th December 2013 in Chennai on "Customer experience management - strategies for success".

TCS Named a Global Leader in IDC MarketScape

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has been designated as a Leader in Worldwide Life Science Sales and Marketing ITO by the prominent global market intelligence firm, IDC. Among the attributes cited in the report, “IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Life Science Sales and Marketing ITO 2013 Vendor Assessment,” TCS was recognized for its extensive experience and expertise, across pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies, as well as delivery and technical capabilities.

SAS a Leader in 2013 Integrated Marketing Management: Gartner Magic Quadrant

SAS has been positioned as a Leader in Gartner.'s annual Magic Quadrant for Integrated Marketing Management. SAS earned its place in the Leaders quadrant for its ability to execute and completeness of vision.
In a recent SAS study, 60 percent of the 1,260 consumers surveyed expect businesses to know what they want and need. Integrating four top-selling marketing analytics products – SAS® Marketing Automation, SAS Marketing Optimization, SAS Real-Time Decision Manager and SAS Digital Marketing – into one solution, SAS Customer Intelligence helps modern marketers manage customer relationships effectively across all channels, create meaningful customer interactions for positive experiences, and make optimal decisions based on big data.

Samsung to Initiate its ‘Nanum Village’ Project in Baidpura Village, Greater Noida

Samsung today announced the launch of its 'Nanum Village' project in India, with the adoption of Baidpura village near its Noida manufacturing facility. One of the first of its kind CSR initiatives by Samsung in India, the Nanum Village project will see Samsung bringing in several improvements in the infrastructure, health and education facilities in the village.
B.D. Park, President and CEO, South West Asia, Samsung Electronics and Rama Raman, Chairman and CEO of Noida and Greater Noida launched the project in the presence of Ms. Grace Lee, Head of Community Relations, Samsung Electronics and Mr. Hiralal Gupta, District Magistrate of Gautam Buddh Nagar along with other officials from Greater Noida Authorities.

Share multimedia content from projectors and displays wirelessly

ViewSonic boasts to deliver the ultimate in wireless sharing, flexibility and connectivity with its new Miracast and Intel WiDi optimized ViewSync WPG-370 gateway solution.
Ideal for enterprise, SMB, and education environments as well as AV installers, the WPG-370 provides advanced universal wireless connectivity for any new or existing projector, monitor, TV, or large-format display. With analyst firms such as Gartner forecasting worldwide tablet shipments to grow 53.4 percent this year, and with shipments reaching 184 million units, the need for flexible presentation tools is growing. Whether projecting from Windows, Mac, iOS or Android™ platforms, this solution makes it easy for any business or organization with mounted displays to wirelessly push content onto the screen, without frustrating cords and wires.

Datawind and World Vision to distribute $40 tablets in African countries for education

Datawind, a developer of wireless web access products and inventor of the $40 Tablet, is working with World Vision Canada to supply the UbiSlate Android powered tablets for trial use in the development agency’s projects in African countries. This initiative is happening through Datawind’s North American partner Canada International Trade Service Inc.

Popular Infotech Joins Infor Partner Network

Popular Infotech has joined the Infor Partner Network (IPN) a selective group of channel partners that re-sell and service Infor’s leading business application software. Popular Infotech  will focus on selling and servicing  Infor LN, InforSyteLine  ERP applications throughout India. Infor is one of the world's largest suppliers of enterprise applications and services, with more than 70,000 customers. Approximately 20% of Infor’s license revenue is generated through channel partners in the IPN.

Indusface Expands Global Leadership Team

Indusface, a SaaS based cloud application security organization, expanded its global management team with the appointments of Mehul Shah as Chief Strategy Officer, formerly from VeriSign and Venkatesh Sundar as Chief Technology Officer, to address strategic growth and technology innovation.

Insecure web and mobile applications continue to drive the demand for strong application security and compliance practices across enterprises, where 8 out of 10 applications have serious vulnerabilities, dangerously impacting business profits, customer data and brand reputation. Indusface with IndusGuard, its successful flagship suite of application security products has witnessed exponential growth in this area, securing an expanding base of over 600 customers worldwide. Indusface continues to achieve industry recognition for its technology and business success with the most recent recognition from Gartner as a niche player in their Magic Quadrant for Application Security Testing an…

Top 50 Indian Enterprises Aggressive on IT Investments

Zinnov announced the release of its latest study titled, Opportunities with Large Enterprises in India, which highlights IT investment and trends among the largest Indian corporations. The released study revealed flat Capex but steady IT investments in FY2013, with over 30% of IT spend aimed at transformational projects, especially in the areas of mobility, cloud and big data.

The top 50 Indian companies – selected on the basis of total annual income excluding IT companies - demonstrated growth at a CAGR of 12% in INR terms despite economic challenges in FY13, even though revenues declined marginally by 1% in USD terms. Interestingly, 10% of the top 50 are headquartered outside the Tier 1 cities, in emerging locations such as Indore, Jamnagar and Dehradun. Oil & Gas was the only sector that made significant capex investments, while this remained flat or declined for other industries in the top 50 such as metals and mining, BFSI, telecom and power.

Brother Introduces Colour LED Printers and Multi-Function Centres

Focused on the office printing needs of home offices and small-medium businesses, Brother International India, a leader in home and business IT peripherals that focuses on the 'Customer-First' approach, added two new models to its range of Colour LED printers / Multi-Function Centres models. These models, HL-3150CDN & MFC-9140CDN offer the fastest print speeds at the price range of up to 22 pages* per minute for both monochrome and colour prints and copying. 

Financial Technologies (India) Limited Upgrades to BlackBerry 10

While BlackBerry is phasing out of business organizations, there is a good news for it.  Financial Technologies (India) Limited (FTIL), has upgraded their mobile fleet to BlackBerry® 10 smartphones and invested in BlackBerry’s leading Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution, BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 (BES 10), to manage their mobile infrastructure and support a BYOD environment. The provider of technology IP to create and trade on next-generation financial markets, FTIL is committed to bringing greater flexibility to employees who use smartphones for personal use, without compromising corporate data security.

BYOD Is an Applications Strategy, Not Just a Purchasing Policy: Gartner survey

Bring your own device (BOYD) is not just a purchasing policy and needs to be approached more broadly with the applications and strategies designed for today's world, according to Gartner, Inc. While most enterprises today are increasingly feeling the imperative to "do mobile," many don't know where to begin and there are many obstacles to success. Gartner says the key decision about BYOD is one of applications architecture and solutions design.

Microsoft launches career search support for students in India

Microsoft Corporation in India announced that students from participating Ed-vantage academic institutes in India can now avail career search guidance and support. The new offering is powered by ‘My Foot In The Door’®, and will be delivered through professionally trained and experienced recruiters who will assist students in working towards their career milestones. These career consultants will also deliver pre-interview preparation while guiding students towards individual best fit occupations.

Red Hat Launches Latest Version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

Red Hat announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5, the latest version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 expands Red Hat’s vision of providing an enterprise platform that has the stability to free IT to take on major infrastructure challenges and the flexibility to handle future requirements, with an extensive partner and support ecosystem.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 is designed for those who build and manage large, complex IT projects, especially enterprises that require an open hybrid cloud. From security and networking to virtualization, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 provides the capabilities needed to manage these environments, such as tools that aid in quickly tuning the system to run SAP applications based on published best practices from SAP.

11-25% rise in India's 2013 organizational learning budgets over 2011: Skillsoft

Skillsof released findings of its survey titled ‘Learning and Development Trends in Asia Pacific’, which provides key insights on learning across organizations in the region, including India. Indian companies surveyed across 20 sectors, cumulatively reported that their organizational budgets over the last two years had increased compared to the tightening of budgets across the rest of the Asia Pacific region. 74% of respondents reported that skills gained from learning programs had a direct positive impact on their work performance; while 81% were able to effectively apply the skills gained from these.

GoM Cyber Safety Essentials Program to Create Awareness amongst State Citizens

Directorate of Information Technology (DIT), Government of Maharashtra (GoM) in association with National Security Database, has planned to organize a "Cyber Safety Essentials" program to be launched today on November 26, 2013. This has been planned especially with an intention to introduce much needed awareness amongst the citizens of the state to enable circumvent the occurrence of the security incidents in the current cyber era. The program is planned to be rolled out in two phases. In the first phase, DIT plans to inculcate awareness amongst its Core eGovernance implementation group which in turn in the second phase, would work on making the citizens of the state aware of different aspects of Cyber Safety Essentials. This program will help to generate necessary awareness about various cyber security aspects related to safely carrying out various activities on internet such as online payments, emails, social media interactions like Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Trend Micro announces Incentive Schemes for Channel Partners for Q4, 2013

Trend Micro Incorporated has announced the incentive schemes for Partner Sales & Presales Representative for Trend Micro Deep Discovery and Deep Security Products. The schemes for the ‘simple to buy, simpler to deploy and simplest to manage’ solutions closes for this Quarter on 24th December, 2013.

“We have marked the last quarter of the ‘year of the channels’ with special value proposition for our partners. The schemes introduced are certain to assist them in reaching out to greater audience with our Deep Discovery and Deep Security products. It is our constant expedition to support partners in increasing their profitability; reducing their cost of business and at the same time making sure they build a huge services business. We are affirmative that we will receive positive feedback and participation for the same,” said Mr. Dhanya Thakkar, Managing Director, Trend Micro for India & SAARC.

BigData-MadeSimple.com – Crayon Data launches Big Data portal

India-Singapore-based big data startup Crayon Data has launched content and resource aggregation site for big data, the first ever of its kind outside of the US. Named BigData-MadeSimple.com, it aims to be the one stop shop for anyone looking for information related to big data including articles, events, videos, announcements across sectors, companies and technologies.

Hitachi Acquires Prizm Payment Services

Hitachi has entered into share transfer agreements relating to all the issued equity shares of Prizm Payment Services with all the company’s shareholders, including Winvest Holdings(India) Private Limited, Sequoia Capital,Axis Bank and other minority shareholders. Prizm Payment Services is a leading provider of payment services using ATMs and POS systems to banks and financial institutions in India.
Hitachi and Prizm Payment Services will target the end of February 2014 for a completion of the share transfer, in accordance with the terms of the agreements and subject to the regulatory approvals required to consummate the transaction.

Rackspace Hybrid Cloud brags Online Retail Channels For Cbazaar.com

Rackspace Hosting, an open cloud company, has been selected by online Indian ethnic wear store Cbazaar to host and support its online sales backbone using the Rackspace Hybrid Cloud.
With Rackspace Hybrid Cloud, Cbazaar has elevated its e-commerce portal to position it for further growth and expansion. The firm operates sales channels in over 130 countries with a clothing collection including over 20,000 exquisite Indian designs and styles. Building for a new era of growth with open integration, Cbazaar has been able to connect its structured query language (SQL) database inside its new Rackspace Hybrid Cloud model.

CEO Vemuri drives restructuring at iGate

iGates has begun to review into its structure. Under its new CEO Ashok Vemuri the company has undertaken a significant organizational restructuring which will give greater responsibility to managers and make them more accountable. In addition, the company has also refinanced about half of its over $750 million loan which it had taken to acquire Patni Computer at a substantially lower interest rate.

India PC Market Slumps By 8.3% In Q3 2013, according to IDC

The overall India PC shipments for Q3 2013 stood at 3.24 million units i.e. a year-on-year growth of 8.4% over Q3 2012 and a quarter-on-quarter slide of about -8.3% over Q2 2013. Uptake on commercial volumes owing to fulfilments around large education projects, has led to the contribution of this segment to rise to around 59% against their share of nearly 50% seen a year ago.
According to Kiran Kumar, Research Manager at IDC, “Special education projects in states like UP & Tamil Nadu and a much delayed spending in the year from the BFSI segment have largely skewed the overall growth in Q3 towards commercial segment.”

CA Tech extends competitive promotional offer of unlimited Data Protection for 3 Years

In response to popular demand, CA Technologies announced the extension of a competitive upgrade offer for data backup and recovery software targeted at customers seeking simple, affordable data protection and predictable cost-of-ownership.

Until March 31, 2014 eligible businesses who replace a competitor's backup or disaster recovery software with CA ARCserve® can purchase an unlimited-use Managed Capacity license for their business for the next three years* - at a set price regardless of any organic growth in their storage requirements. At the end of the third year, customers can renew for the amount of data being protected at that time.

SK Telecom, NSN successfully complete Evolved Packet Core virtualization proof-of-concept

Nokia Solutions and Networks has demonstrated its telco cloud capabilities in a joint proof-of-concept for Evolved Packet Core (EPC) virtualization with SK Telecom, the leading operator in Korea. This Networks Functions Virtualization (NFV) project showed successful results for capacity scaling for both throughput and signaling traffic in connection with smartphone usage patterns.

Polaris’ Intellect Financial Advisor Business eXchange Rated a ‘Best in Class’ solution

Polaris Financial Technology Limited recently announced that its Intellect Financial Advisor Business eXchange (FABX) received a 'Best in Class' recognition for Enterprise Operations in CEB TowerGroup's Advisor Desktop Solutions Technology Analysis ranking for 2013.
Intellect FABX is a state of the art workstation solution, empowering advisors with all the information needed for customer interaction, relationship building, performance monitoring, analytics and decision making. The unique solution empowers the advisor with a single point interface offering a comprehensive 360-degree view of the client, to manage rising core system complexities thereby increasing relationship manager productivity by up to 30%. Appropriate for private banks, retail banks, independent financial advisors, or broker-dealers, it is available in both installed and SaaS versions as well as on the iPad and internet.

How ICT will change next generation working life

Working life is changing for millions of people around the world. Mobile and digital technologies are expanding into increasingly more areas of society, business and private life, changing the way we work and how work is organized. As people become more mobile they expect greater flexibility in their work, placing greater demand on their work environment.
In the report "Next-generation working life", Ericsson Networked Society Lab wanted to explore these changes and understand the most important trends. It will be crucial to understand and adapt to the changes taking place. But what are the main challenges that organizations need to address, and what are the benefits? How do you thrive in this new game?

WickedLeak unveils Wammy Titan 3 Smartphone!

WickedLeak announced the launch of its new Smartphone –Wammy Titan 3, boasting to offer velocious speed and flawless experience. The smartphone is available at a price of Rs.16,990. The phone is available for pre-booking at WickedLeak's website www.wickedleak.org and delivery is slated to commence from 1st December 2013. The Wammy Titan 3 runs on Google’s Android Jellybean 4.2.1 Operating System and is a smartphone with unmatched features at an affordable rate.

IBM claims that leading organizations tap into its Cloud-Based Social Software

IBM announced that three leading Indian organizations -- Bharti Airtel, HCL and Tata Motors – are using IBM’s cloud-based talent management software to improve productivity and efficiency and drive impactful business results.

According to a recent global IBM study, 70 percent of CEOs cite human capital as the single biggest contributor to sustained economic value. By combining industry leading social business and analytics capabilities with the human capital management offerings, IBM provides organizations with unique, cloud-based capabilities that allow them to capture and analyze data shared by employees. With this information businesses can empower talent, manage expertise and optimize people-centric processes, which ultimately allow them to be more competitive.

EXL Elects Som Mittal to Board of Directors

EXL has elected Som Mittal to its Board of Directors with effect from December 1, 2013. Som Mittal has served as President of NASSCOM, the premier trade body for the IT and business process management industries in India from 2008 and will conclude his tenure in January 2014. As the President of NASSCOM, Mittal has worked with stakeholders around the world including governments, leading multinational corporations, think tanks, analysts and other associations to further the industry. While at NASSCOM, he focused his priorities on enabling industry growth, supporting talent development and increasing the industry’s value proposition.

Verizon Earns PCI P2PE Data Security Status

Verizon Enterprise Solutions has added Point-to-Point Encryptioncertification to its extensive list of Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards qualifications. Verizon is now approved as a Qualified Security Assessor for Point-to-Point Encryption, and also a Payment Application Qualified Security Assessor for Point-to-Point Encryption.

Konica Minolta showcases products in Pamex 2013

Konica Minolta Business Solutions recently participated in Pamex 2013- the 9th International Exhibition on Printing and Allied Machinery in Greater Noida's India Expo Centre and Mart from 14th-17th November 2013.
Driven by the desire to provide their customers with viable printing solutions, cutting edge technology, eco-friendly production techniques and systems, Konica Minolta Business Solutions showcased their products in a big way and defined their niche as the leading manufacturer of futuristic printing products.

Samsung volunteers set up 'Samsung Smart Class' in Sriperumbudur

Strengthening its commitment to contributing to the communities where it operates, employees from Samsung Electronics’ headquarters in Korea participated in an employee volunteer program, focused on educational initiatives in India. As part of this Program, these volunteers set up the first Samsung Smart Class in the Keeranallur Government High School in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu.

Will India replace the US as Facebook's #1 market in a matter of months?

Facebook has started achieving success in emerging markets and the results have started surfacing as Jana CEO Nathan Eagle has predicted that in a matter of few months India is set to surpass the US and become Facebook's largest market in the world. 

There are forecasts that Facebook can also get the most revenues from emerging markets than the US by 2015. If this happens this would be a huge shift. It would impact India positively since a lot of advertising revenue will flow into Facebook by marketers in India. However, it will challenge Google's supremacy in the advertising domain.

Intuit Launches the Completely New QuickBooks

Intuit launched a new version of QuickBooks - as the global small business operating system. The new redesigned QuickBooks was unveiled at the QuickBooks Conclave 2013 held in New Delhi last evening. Over 200 participants including, small business owners, accountants and industry leaders attended the conclave. 
This next-generation QuickBooks, available in more than 100 countries, provides small businesses and accountants with an intuitive, easy-to-use design and access to a robust, open and scalable platform that works anytime, anywhere.

Jaguar Land Rover Announces Plans to Work with Intel to Develop Next Gen in-vehicle Tech

Jaguar Land Rover will enhance its research and product development on future vehicle infotainment technologies through a new collaboration with Intel and the opening of a new Technology R&D centre in Portland, Oregon.
Jaguar Land Rover’s new research facility on the West Coast will help lead the development of future vehicle infotainment systems and will be responsible for collaborative work with a number of technology partners. The location of the centre has been chosen for its proximity to the technology industry hubs in Silicon Valley and Seattle, where Jaguar Land Rover has been developing collaborative partnerships with the world’s leading IT businesses and creative and technical talent.

Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 available in India

Google partnered with LG to develop Nexus 5 — the slimmest and fastest Nexus phone ever made. The Nexus 5 design is simple and refined to showcase the 5” Full HD display. Nexus 5 also keeps you connected at blazing speeds with 4G/LTE and ultra fast wifi. The advanced new lens on Nexus 5 captures more light for brighter night and sharper action shots. And with optical image stabilization, you no longer have to worry about shaky hands and blurry pictures. A new HDR+ mode automatically snaps a rapid burst of photos and combines them to give you the best possible single shot. Learn more on our site.

“Dynamic NFC Tag” launched by STMicroelectronics

A vast range of consumer devices, domestic appliances and industrial equipment is set to become smarter, more flexible and easier to use because of a new family of “dynamic NFC tag” memories from STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications. These memories make it easy to add Near Field Communications (NFC) capability to any kind of electrical device, from loudspeakers and printers, to cookers and washing machines, to electricity, gas and water meters.

Medicash.In tries to raise funds for men's health

Medicash.in is providing its customers the chance to be a part of the global men’s health movement, christened as ‘Movember’. Movember, a portmanteau for moustache (symbolic for men’s wellness) and November, refers to the annual trend of devoting the month of November to creating awareness and raising funds for several men’s health issues, particularly  prostate and testicular cancer.

Allied Telesis enhances the SwitchBlade x8100

Allied Telesis announces enhancements to the SwitchBlade x8100 series products. As part of its ongoing commitment to innovation, Allied Telesis has announced a series of enhancements to both the hardware and operating system features of the SwitchBlade x8100 series. 
Although a number of customers are interested in a large chassis-based switch, many mid-sized enterprise organisations are looking for the benefits of a chassis-based switch - such as performance and resilience - in a compact chassis.  To meet these needs, Allied Telesis will release the SwitchBlade x8106 chassis. This product delivers all the features and benefits of the SwitchBlade x8112, in a compact 4RU 6-slot chassis.

Anand Sharma meets Ireland's Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

Anand Sharma, Minister of Commerce & Industry, Government of India met Minister Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Ireland during his visit to India. The two Ministers held talks on trade and commercial ties between the two countries and the deepening Indian-Ireland relationship as well as the EU- India FTA negotiations and other issues on international trade. They agreed to work together to further improve bilateral trade and commercial links.

Adobe's offer: Photoshop CC & Lightroom 5 available at Rs. 499/- per month

Adobe India announced a special offer for photographers, whereby they can purchase Photoshop CC and Lightroom5 for just Rs. 499/- a month on an annual subscription. This special offer is available for a limited time for all photographers including professionals and hobbyists till December 2, 2013. Customers will receive access to Photoshop CC, Lightroom5, 20GB of online storage; access to Behance ProSite and Creative Cloud training resources along with ongoing upgrades and updates. The plan has been designed exclusively for Photoshop customers focused on photography. More details can be found here: https://creative.adobe.com/plans/offer/photoshop+lightroom

Wipro Cited as a Leader in Business Intelligence Services in Asia Pacific

Wipro was named a "Leader" by technology global research and advisory firm Forrester Research. in its report "The Forrester Wave™: Business Intelligence Service Providers In Asia Pacific, Q4 2013".
Forrester Research Inc. evaluated leading Business Intelligence (BI) Services providers across 53 criteria relating to current offering, strategy and market presence based on client inquiries, user needs assessments, and vendor and expert interviews. It identified Wipro as a leader in Business Intelligence Services for Asia Pacific-based organizations.

Cadyce unveils USB Lightning Cable CA-ULC1 for iPhone 5 / 5C / 5S / iOS 7

Cadycehas launched USB Lightning Cable CA-ULC1 which allows to charge and transfer music or data to/from your iPod, iPhone, iPad and also supports Windows PC or Mac. The unique selling point of USB Lightning Cable CA-ULC1 is it is Apple MFi certified cable with UL certification and 100% compatible with iPhone 5 / 5C / 5S / iOS 7

72 % of Indian Consumers Turning to Multi Channel Contact Methods: Avaya Study

Avaya announced the latest findings of the Avaya Asia Pacific Customer Experience Index. The Index revealed continuous preference by Indian consumers for multichannel communications in customer service, with video emerging as a new customer service channel, and mobile (text messages, instant messaging platforms) as well as online (including website chat, video chat, social media) continuing to grow and deliver great customer satisfaction scores.

Despite The Hype, Gartner Says, Smart Watches Will Not Dominate Consumer Spending

Despite the hype surrounding smart watches, they are unlikely to be featured on many consumers' holiday wish lists this year, according to Gartner. Gartner said that premium pricing paired with an unclear value proposition will steer consumers' spending toward tablets and fitness bands, leading to lackluster sales of smart watches this holiday season.

Smart watches are a product subset of the wearable electronics market that caters to different industry verticals and consumer groups that include fitness, health-monitoring, monitoring the elderly and law enforcement (tracking). Smart watches themselves are not a new device but they have recently evolved from the health and fitness field with an attempt to enter the mainstream consumer market by adding communication and more smart features.

LSI Targets High-Growth Hyperscale Datacenter Market with Nytro Series of PCIe Flash Accelerator Cards

At its annual Accelerating Innovation Summit (AIS), LSI announced it has extended the Nytro portfolio of PCIe flash cards to include the Nytro XP6200 series. The Nytro XP6200 series provides hyperscale cloud datacenters with accelerated performance for read-intensive applications, optimized power and thermals, and an overall lower cost per gigabyte PCIe flash solution.

Zensar Launches Multivendor Support Service Offerings

Zensar Technologies announced an end-to-end suite of Multivendor Support Service (MVS) Offerings, which will help enterprise customers accelerate how they monitor, identify and remedy issues in server, storage and networking environments.

“Zensar has expanded its suite of Multivendor Support Services beyond hardware break-fix to include infrastructure monitoring as well as the migration of IT infrastructure to hybrid cloud,” said Vivek Gupta, Chief Executive, Zensar Global IM Services. “Today Zensar is able to provide MVS services with a global SLA and single point of contact across our client’s entire infrastructure stack.”

PayUPaisa launches ‘Release on Delivery’ Payment option, a better alternative to Cash on Delivery!

PayUPaisa is set to clear the diseconomies of CoD payment model and offer a much needed relief to e-commerce merchants in India with the launch of its unique payment option called – ‘Release on Delivery’.
Release on delivery (RoD) is said to be a win-win solution for both online shoppers and merchants. To a buyer it provides the same trust as CoD. While for a merchant, it’s prepaid medium to accept online payments and reduces the expenses done via CoD by almost 4 times.

Instagram comes to Windows Phone Store

Well, people owning Windows phone have a reason to be excited, since Instagram has come to Windows Phone Store. Here is note we received from the company:
Today, we announce the availability  of the world’s most popular social photo app- Instagram on Windows Phone Marketplace. We don’t stop here. There is more to rejoice for the app lovers using Nokia Lumia phones. Two other extremely popular apps very recently launched on the Windows Phone Marketplace - ‘My Talking Tom’ and ‘Asphalt 8: Airborne’.

WhatsApp rolls out for Nokia Asha 501 users

WhatsApp, the enormously popular instant messaging service, will now be officially available on the Nokia Asha platform. Starting 21st November, all Nokia Asha 501 users can download the IM application through a software update. The new software also comes with a smarter camera experience through ‘swipe’ and one-touch social sharing, and a more intuitive and social Fastlane home screen.

Verizon's new security suite aimed at protecting the Internet of Things

The number of Internet-connected automobiles, smart meters and home-monitoring systems has increased dramatically, yet cybersecurity services to safeguard them are proving to be inadequate. To address this emerging technology risk, Verizon Enterprise Solutions has launched Managed Certificate Services, which it says is a next-generation, cloud-based platform.

Offering a first line of defense, Verizon’s new Managed Certificate Services (MCS) platform is specifically designed to authenticate objects and machines -- verifying object and machine “identities” -- and securing data transmitted between these connections. It is available immediately in the U.S. and Europe, with a December rollout planned for the Asia-Pacific region.

Introducing Lapcare Car Power Inverter for People on the Move!

Lapcare India announced the launch of LAPCARE INVERTERS — a light- weight and compact power inverter that runs on car battery for Rs.1,499. 
This unique power inverter is provided with a cooling fan and universal socket, and has a low voltage shut down. Having an auto overload protection, it also features reverse polarity protection by fuse. Providing with 150W continuous power, it is extremely light- weight, weighing only 180 grams, and hence easy to carry anywhere, anytime.

Policy makers, academics, corporates and incubation managers discuss different ‘Models of Incubation’

The Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship at IIM, Ahmedabad organized a workshop on Models of Incubation for Enterprise Creation in Higher Education Institutions. The workshop was supported by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Role of Incubators in building the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem, inter-linkages between higher education institutions and Incubators and the financial sustainability of the incubators were some of the broad areas that were discussed. Policy makers, academics, corporates and Incubation managers participated in the workshop.

Gates Foundation awards grants to test ideas ranging from using Big Data for Social Good to Inventing next gen condoms

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced a new round of winners as part of its Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) initiative. GCE grants fund innovative ideas to tackle persistent global health and development problems. Winning proposals this round will tackle a wide range of issues including: using social data for social good, the next generation of condom, helping women farmers in the developing world, new interventions for neglected diseases, and bringing together human and animal health for new solutions.

Only Under One Percent of Indian Engineering students skilled in Secure Programming: EC-Council

In what could be alarming news to the country’s corporate and defense establishments, global leader in InfoSec certifications and trainings, EC-Council revealed that less than 1% of Indian IT students have been found skilled in secure programming. This announcement is a revelation of the findings based on the report, ‘The Talent Crisis in InfoSec’ that was unveiled today by Mr. Jay Bavisi, President, EC- Council.   A mere 13% of engineering students were found to be trainable in the InfoSec domain with nearly 86% unskilled even on InfoSec basics.  Speaking on these findings, Jay Bavisi, President and Co-Founder, EC-Council said, “The world is recognizing vulnerabilities leading to cyber threats and attacks and India holds a key position in the global IT-ITeS map. Every country is taking steps towards building a talent pipeline towards a secured future and we urge the Indian industry and academia to address the concerns to retain their leadership in the domain.” 

ManageEngine pitches ServiceDesk Plus On-Demand with Application Creation Platform

ManageEngine launched its custom application creation platform for ServiceDesk Plus On-Demand, the SaaS version of its ITIL-ready help desk software integrated with asset management. Based on Zoho Creator, the new online platform help IT help desk managers and staff use their web browsers to create online custom applications for automating help desk, general IT and business processes - no programming required.

India ranks third in Asia as home to the world’s Top500 Supercomputers

The 42nd worldwide edition of the Top500 Supercomputers list released revealed that 12 Supercomputers1 ranked in the Top500 list are housed in India and powered by Intel HPC technologies. Consequently, India is ranked third in Asia as home to the world’s Top500 Supercomputers with China taking the lead position with 65 Supercomputers and Japan at second place with 30 Supercomputers. Released biannually by TOP500, the ranking has elevated India to the global map in High Performance Computing (HPC) technology which is applied in data intensive environments like weather forecasting and seismic analysis. In 2012, only 6  Supercomputers powered by Intel HPC technologies from India made it to the Top500 list.

Autodesk brings Autodesk University Extension (AUx) to India

Autodesk, a company in 3D design software announced the launch of Autodesk University Extension (AUx) in India. AUx is a part of the annual Autodesk University (AU) conference, held in Las Vegas every year and is the world’s largest learning and networking event for Autodesk product users. The first ever of AUx in India will be held on Dec. 19, 2013 at The Grand Hyatt, Santacruz, Mumbai. The daylong event will showcase technologies of the future from the Autodesk portfolio and also demonstrate novel applications of design technology by leading design and engineering professionals, animators, visual artists, architects and filmmakers.

Padma Bhushan Awardee and HCL Founder, Ajai Chowdhry pledges his support to his Hometown, Jabalpur

Padma Bhushan Awardee and HCL Founder, Ajai Chowdhry in an initiative to give back to the city of Jabalpur where he was born and grew up inaugurated a Solar Lighting Project here. Started with a pilot project in Khamkhera village of Margada Gram Panchayat near Bargi Hydel Power Station, the scope of this initiative has now been expanded to Durganagar village in Shahpura Block, Jabalpur district. In all, this programe has changed the lives of close to five hundred residents as a start by bringing electricity to their homes and villages.

Confirmed and approved: Nokia's Devices & Services business sold to Microsoft

The Extraordinary General Meeting of Nokia Corporation held on November 19, 2013 decided to confirm and approve the sale of substantially all of Nokia's Devices & Services business to Microsoft in line with the proposal and recommendation of the Nokia Board of Directors. More than 99 % of the votes cast at the EGM were in favor of this proposal.

Gemalto and IBM to offer enhanced eBanking security platform

Gemalto announces a global business partnership with IBM for its enhanced Ezio eBanking security platform. Featuring cutting-edge levels of security and versatility, the Ezio eBanking Server platform has been further updated with the ability to support a wider range of end-user solutions. The platform has been tested and confirmed to work with more than 30 authentication devices from 20 different vendors, ranging from physical tokens to mobile applications. It is made available worldwide, directly from Gemalto and also through IBM Security Services.

MobiKwik App, India’s Digital Wallet is Launched for Windows Phones

MobiKwik, a mobile wallet player,has announced the launch of its Application for the Windows phone platform. The development of the MobiKwik App is a joint effort with Microsoft and can be downloaded on all Windows smart phones. MobiKwik is the industry first consumer digital wallet. It offers users the convenience and security to purchase goods and services on third party merchant websites, recharge prepaid and post-paid mobile, television/DTH, data cards and make bill payments for broadband/landline phones, electricity, gas and insurance.

Steria and APD launch Contact Management Solution, SmartContact, for the Police

Steria and APD Communications have formed a unique partnership to develop a fully integrated, end-to-end contact management solution, SmartContact. The solution boasts to enable a police force to deliver a consistent response to public contact - whether in the control room, at the front desk, via online communications, or in the community. It means that a caller shouldn't have to waste valuable time repeating information that they have already told the police. It will also save the police force time by ensuring they have relevant information when they need it, facilitating a more efficient and targeted response.
The first product release from this new partnership, SmartContact, builds upon Steria's STORM Command and Control solution, the management of emergency and non-emergency call handling and citizen call-backs for enhanced service delivery, which has been joining up the logging of incidents with officer dispatch, resourcing and information on the frontline for many years…

Microsoft launches CityNext in India

Microsoft India today announced the launch of Microsoft CityNext in the country. CityNext is an initiative to enable city residents and city leaders to use technology to build a foundation for sustainable growth and prosperity. Microsoft has identified more than 40 solution areas across eight city domains -- 1. Energy and water 2. Buildings; infrastructure and planning 3. Transportation 4. Public safety and justice 5. Tourism, recreation, and culture 6. Education 7. Health and 8. Social services and Government administration -- that help address 90 percent of the challenges cities faces today.  CityNext addresses these areas through the vast and diverse Microsoft Partner Network of more than 430,000 technology experts across the globe. In India, Tata Consultancy Services and Wipro are working with Microsoft for this initiative, with other leading system integrators also joining the CityNext ecosystem.

Shifting focus from IT to Info Management has become vital for Banks: KPMG

To meet business priorities and market demand, banks have now shifted focus from Information Technology (IT) to Information Management (IM) indicates KPMG’s Information Enabled Banking Survey (IEB) launched today in Mumbai.
The survey was conducted amongst top 10 private banks based out of South India to understand the current Information Management landscape of banking industry. According to the survey, Information Management is the ability of organisations to capture, manage, preserve, store and deliver the right information to the right people at the right time and at an optimum cost.

Infineon unveils New Security Chip with Integrity Guard for Electronic Passports

Infineon Technologies introduced a new security controller for electronic passports (ePassports), featuring the industry's highest memory density and data processing rate. The new SLE78 with 'Integrity Guard' technology offers more than three times memory space for secure storage of personal and biometric data as well as for visas or entry and exit stamps which will also require on-chip storage in future ePassports. To be able to process immigration security checks as efficient as possible despite the increased amount of data the new security controller enables eight times faster read time by electronic scanners. To the benefit both travelers and airport operators, passport data can be read on average in less than one second by the contactless scanners at electronic airport checkpoints.

CyberArk launches Privileged Threat Analytics

CyberArk announced the availability of Privileged Threat Analytics which it claims is industry’s first analytics solution to detect malicious privileged account behaviour and disrupt in-progress attacks before damage is done to a business.

Privileged accounts have been identified as the primary target in internal and advanced external attacks. According to security consultancy firm Mandiant, “APT intruders prefer to leverage privileged accounts where possible, such as domain administrators, service accounts with domain privileges, local administrator accounts, and privileged user accounts.”* CyberArk Privileged Threat Analytics provides targeted and immediately actionable threat analytics on these critical attack vectors by identifying previously undetectable malicious privileged user behaviour, which enables the incident response team to respond and disrupt in-progress attacks. CyberArk Privileged Threat Analytics is the industry’s only targeted privileged threat analytics solution.…

eAccessibility Workshop 2013 Organised by Directorate of IT, at Mumbai and Pune

Directorate of Information Technology (DIT), Government of Maharashtra, in association with Mahaonline Limited (MoL) and National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) has organized a workshop on eAccessibility on November 19-20, 2013 at Mumbai and Pune.

In this workshop, web designers and developers from various software companies, which are working on citizen-centric, high-traffic, high impact websites of various departments of Government of Maharashtra are invited. They are being taught about accessibility and try to make their websites compliant to WCAG 2.0 Level A. It may be noted that Maharashtra's egovernance policy 2011 specifies that websites/applications should be WCAG 2.0 Level A compliant.

62.9 million mobile handsets shipped in India during July-Sept 2013

According to CMR’s India Mobile Handsets Market Review, 3Q 2013, November 2013 release, India registered 62.9 million mobile handset shipments for the period July-September (3Q) 2013. During the same period, 11.1 million smartphones were shipped in the country.

Professional Cameras Market Slowly Hobbles with 2K and 4K

Despite being pulled down by rapidly falling prices, the mature global digital broadcast and cinematography camera market will see growth (though marginal). Expansion is driven by continued digitization and the launch of new channels world over, especially in high-definition (HD) and 4K, which requires high-resolution content. Currently, the weak economy stifles profits of most vendors in the market, including large participants such as Sony and Panasonic.  However, the market continues to gain momentum from the digital cinematography camera segment, with continued adoption of higher than HD resolution 2K and 4K cameras. Innovation is the highest in this segment, with vendors such as Red Digital Cinema Camera Company pushing the boundaries with resolution and offering 6K variants, and others such as Canon capturing mind and market share with their DSLR products for shooting HD.

For Supercomputing and Big Data Analytics

NVIDIA has rolled out the NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU accelerator, claimed to be the world’s highest performance accelerator ever built, delivering performance to a widening range of scientific, engineering, high performance computing (HPC) and enterprise applications.

According to the company release, it provides double the memory and up to 40 percent higher performance than its predecessor.

Tata DOCOMO Mobile Advertising

Tata DOCOMO, the Mobility and Business Services brand of Tata Teleservices (TTL), today announces the launch of what it claims is its unique mobile advertising service platform – GET (GetEasyTalktime). It is in partnership with mAdcall Pvt Ltd, a leading player mobile video advertising solution and managed services. The application enables video advertising on mobile and is christened GET EASY TALKTIME (GET). GET allows mobile users to choose when or where they want to view a video commercial on their phone, and get gratified with one free voice minute for local or national calling to landlines or mobiles for each advertisement that they choose to view.

Ixia appoints M.Tech as its authorized distributor in India

Ixia announced its partnership with M.Tech, a leading distributor of IT security, application delivery network and video communications solutions, to distribute Ixia’s network test, BreakingPoint security test and network visibility solutions in India. M.Tech will distribute Ixia’s solutions across its broad channel partner base through its seven regional offices in Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Mumbai and Pune.
M.Tech India will help its reseller partners to sell Ixia’s technology solutions while it also provides on-site sales, marketing and technical support.Ixia’s BreakingPoint security test solutions help enterprises, service providers and equipment manufacturers test and validate their networks to ensure they are resilient enough to handle high traffic loads and malicious attacks. M.Tech will provide these solutions to customers in Southeast Asia, India, Australia and New Zealand.

Monotype Partners with Google

Monotype Imaging Holdings, a provider of typefaces, technology and expertise for creative applications and consumer devices, has teamed up with Google to encourage creative experimentation in Web design. A new, free public version of Monotype's Typecast application can now be accessed through Google Fonts, helping users to create better quality Web typography.

SGI and Extreme Networks Partnership in the area of Big Data and Hadoop Solutions

Extreme Networks entered in an agreement with SGI to be their select networking partner in order to provide Hadoop solutions globally. SGI will include Extreme Networks’ Summit X670 fixed Ethernet switches, with 10/40GbE capabilities, as part of its SGI Clusters for Hadoop. The integrated solution is designed to help customers harness valuable information and rapidly improves the speed at which data can be analyzed.

Research programme to tackle asteroid and space debris manipulation

World-leading scientists will push the boundaries of studies on how to deflect asteroids and manipulate space debris, as the University of Strathclyde gets set to transform international space research.
Led by Strathclyde, the Stardust programme – the first research-based training network of its kind – boasts some of the world’s foremost experts in the field and aims to protect the planet and space assets from catastrophic impacts.

Datawind partners with CK12 Foundation for free mathematics and science learning content

DataWind,a leading developer of wireless web access products, and a well-known name for revolutionising digital educational technology with its low cost PC Tablets has signed a strategic partnership with US based not-for-profit education content provider CK12 to provide Indian customers great high quality free math and science material that can be used by teachers, students, schools and parents. Through this agreement, CK-12 will come pre-installed on most DataWind devices so users will have access to high quality math and science learning material at their fingertips for free.

Mindtree appoints Ramesh Pillai and Mark Wilsdon to its Leadership Team

Mindtree announced that Ramesh Pillai will join the company as Senior Vice President and Global Head of Hi-tech vertical. In this capacity, Pillai will be responsible for continuing the strategy of delivering differentiated solutions for clients in the High-Tech vertical. He will report to Krishnakumar Natarajan, CEO & MD, Mindtree. Pillai comes to Mindtree after a 13-year tenure at HCL where he last served as the Vice President & Global Head of core manufacturing market segments (aerospace & defense, automotive and medical devices). With 20+ years of industry experience, Ramesh is well known for his tenacious business development skills, building high-performance teams and strong customer relationships.