Thursday, 31 December 2015

XOLO launches XOLO One HD , with 8MP Rear Camera and 5MP Front camera with Flash

XOLO launched XOLO One HD - for perfect pictures even in low light conditions. The 8MP Rear camera with a bigger pixel size of 1.4µm and 5MP front camera with flash helps you capture great quality pictures and selfies in all lighting conditions.

Ricoh India to digitize 130,000 rural Post offices

During the celebration of Good Governance Week, Minister of Communication and IT, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad kicked off “Rural Information and Communication Technology” Project on 28th December by handing over the first lot of “Solar Powered”, Bio Metric Enabled Hand Held Devices to Branch Post Masters of 3 pilot states.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

13% of apps found in Play Store are found to be malicious

 Increasing use of banking apps on smartphone are set to cause nightmare to consumers and financial institution as per the predictions for 2016 by Trend Micro. Reports say that 3 in 4 apps in India are malicious. Irrespective of the slow adoption rate of mobile payment apps, the introduction of next generation mobile payment systems will inspire a renewed interest for threat actors to carry out real-world testing to steal information from new payment processing technologies like EMV credit cards, contactless RFID credit cards, and mobile wallets like Apple Pay and Google Wallet.

Aruba to Capitalize on the Growing Networking and Security Demands in Jordan

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, has announced that it will focus its efforts and dedicate resources to growing its market share in Jordan, where the Information and communications technology (ICT) industry is increasing at a rapid pace. This growth is credited to strong demand for technology solutions from government, financial services, utilities such as water desalination, railways and liberalized telecom sectors.

Zopper rolls out a bumper year-ending shopping bonanza with its’36 hours of DEALS’!

Zopper has once again delighted the Indian consumers by rolling out its ‘36 hours of DEALS’. The year-ending sale will see Zopper offer goods across all top categories such as Mobiles and Tablets, Kitchen Appliances, Home Appliances and TV & Home Entertainment at heavily discounted prices.

nexGTV ropes in Saavn Interactive’s ex-CEO Abhesh Verma

In a major announcement, nexGTV, India's subscription-driven video entertainment App, recently bolstered its leadership by appointing Abhesh Verma as its Chief Operating Officer (COO). Abhesh joins nexGTV with over 16 years of experience across several industries such as entertainment, e-commerce, SEO, advertisement, Venture Capital and Real Estate. He was previously associated with the digital entertainment portal Saavn and Saavn Interactive as its Chief Growth Officer and CEO. In his new role at nexGTV, he will be spearheading executive decision-making and long-term strategic planning for the organisation.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Customer Experience is the Top Factor for Driving Technology Decision in India

Enterprises have been constantly challenged by the rapidly evolving technology curve. While being prepared for new-age business goals, they are also battling decisions regarding adoption of capital-intensive technology that may soon become outdated. 

DailyObjects attains rights for Batman-Arkham designs

DailyObjects, India’s largest seller of designer smartphone cases and laptop sleeves, recently announced its official association with Turner International India Pvt. Ltd. to sell over 80 authorized artworks of Batman-Arkham. As per the tie-up, DailyObjects obtains national rights to manufacture a collection of smartphone cases and laptop sleeves for the action-adventure video game series based on the DC Comics character Batman.

Top Trends in the Business of Management Education in 2016

By: Surinder Batra, Dean Academics and Professor at IMT Ghaziabad

The world of business in India is being increasingly characterized by technology-led competition, emergence of techno-entrepreneurs and rapid offering of new products and services in almost all sectors of economy.

Philips launches GoPure Compact 110, a healthy and efficient solution to in-car pollution!

Air pollution is a growing problem in many Indian cities, leading to multiple health concerns. As often your family is impacted by the negative effects of this pollution, Philips understands that you seek a solution to enjoy fresh and healthy air, not only at home, but also while driving. GoPure Compact 110 by Philips Automative, a division of Royal Philips combats the issue of air pollution and preserves the health of drivers and passengers in India.

Monday, 28 December 2015

ADATA Enhances India Power Bank Market Presence via Compuage Partnership

ADATA Technology announced a new partnership  with leading IT distributor Compuage Infocom Ltd., pertaining to the complete ADATA power bank portfolio. The move extends ADATA distribution range by adding Compuage as a product provider, offering Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) certified mobile power banks to customers across India. ADATA and Compuage have been successfully cooperating in the DRAM segment for several years.

Hiring to grow by 7%, IT and manufacturing to lead talent demand

The year 2016 brings good news for job seekers, with hiring activity expected to increase by a considerable 7% across sectors. The latest TimesJobs.com Job Outlook 2016 survey of over 1,614 employers across India reports positive hiring plans by nearly 60% of the surveyed organizations.

Xerox on tech predictions 2016

As businesses become increasingly reliant on IT to deliver products and services and to interact with their stakeholders, a simple, reliable, responsive and secure document management becomes essential to an enterprise. Organizations today are adopting document management solutions at a rapid rate to increase productivity and efficiency, differentiate competitively and enhance customer experience.

The 2016 Security Landscape

2015 had its fair share of incidents potentially carried out by the stereotypical “hacker in the basement.” However, the year also saw campaigns from state-enabled actors, including the groups responsible for gaining unauthorized access to health care organizations and stealing personal information on millions of customers and employees.

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Unique ScanRobot to Scan Books Automatically

ScanRobot an Automatic Book Scanner, which can scan 2500 pages per Hour of an Old Book without unbinding or damaging has been released. A company from Austria - Treventus Mechantronics will be displaying its scanner - ScanRobot at the Digitisation Expo in New Delhi to be held at Constitution Club of India, Rafi Marg - behind Reserve Bank of India, New Delhi on Friday and Saturday 8 - 9 January 2016. 

Friday, 25 December 2015

Joybynature launches its private label products

Joybynature.com, an online natural products store housing Organic and Ayurvedic Products for Natural Beauty, Home Care, Foods and Baby Care has launched a range of its own branded healthcare products for retail from its online store. The products, which would be sold primarily through the online platform of Joybynature.com, will also be distributed across prominent online and offline channels. The company envisions growing its private label business by expanding its product portfolio and aims to add 100 health and wellness products by March 2016.

Top Transformative Technology Trends in Networking for 2016

The Year 2015 has seen organizations disrupting their markets with the digital transformation of their businesses as they embrace 3rd Platform computing and New IP networking strategies that have helped them become leaders in new markets. Moving into 2016, more businesses are expected to leverage smart machines and transformative technologies to give them a clear competitive advantage.

Thursday, 24 December 2015

ReCommerce Brand Surpluss.in ties up with India Post

To reach out to the remotest corners of India, Surpluss.in,fastest growing Recommerce brand in India, has partnered with India Post, the government operated postal network. India Post is a name well-known for its wider reach in India’s interiors and access pin codes that no courier service can.

Star Wars Technology

By: Paul J. Kostek, Senior Member, IEEE

When Star Wars first burst on to movie screens back in 1977 I was in the middle of college and my engineering studies. Now 38 years later we're waiting and anticipating the next chapter.  What new characters and technologies will be introduced?  Looking back at the early chapters the Death Star has fascinated many sci fi fans and left others wondering if one could be built.  Several years ago the Obama Administration provided the ability for citizens to petition on any topic as long as they had sufficient signatures.  

MAIT, Govt of Kerala Host Workshop on Best Practices in IT Procurement

Manufacturers' Associationfor Information Technology (MAIT), the apex body representing IT manufacturers, conducted a sensitization workshop on 'Good Procurement Practices for Information Technology' in association with the Department of Information and Technology, Government of Kerala. The workshop laid emphasis on the need for adoption of best practices for IT Procurement by government and semi-government organizations. More than 150 officers from different government departments attended the event and gained insights on IT Procurement Procedures being followed in the IT industry.

The Big Business of Scam: Open Enrollment Signals Open Season for Spammers

By: Anshuman Singh, Director, Product Management of Application Security, Barracuda Networks

Spam is big business all year long, and it never goes out of season.  Unfortunately, spammers do kick things into high gear during the fall.  This is when people are buying gifts, thinking about how to get money to buy gifts, or opening holiday E-Cards that aren’t really from friendly people.  Spam tends to increase during this time, just because there’s more opportunity when people are in the holiday spirit.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Wipro to Acquire Viteos Group, a BPaaS provider

Wipro announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Viteos Group, a BPaaS provider for the Alternative Investment Management Industry for a purchase consideration of USD 130 million.

TP-LINK Announces Global Brand Launch of 'Neffos', Enters the Mobile Devices Segment

TP-LINK announced the launch of new brand line Neffos (pronounced "nef'-os"), and thus making an entry in the mobile devices market to expand the scope of business. The brand name, taken from Greek language, means "clouds" and has an additional meaning that is "very exciting" when understood in  the context.

Mobile wallet service ‘SpiceMudra’ claims transactions worth Rs.200 Crore in 100 days

SpiceMudra, a prepaid payment wallet developed by Spice Digital - subsidiary of SpiceConnect, has recorded transactions worth Rs. 200 Crore in a span of only 3 months. The wallet service with a strong focus on domestic remittances and enterprise payments has recorded transactions worth Rs.50 Crore in the month of October 2015.

ixigo cabs app tops 200K downloads & 1000+ rides per day

The ixigo cabs app available on Google Play Store & Apple’s app store has emerged as the fastest growing player in the category with over 200K app downloads in just over six months of launch.  

Micromax enters into a strategic partnership with TranServ to redefine mobile payments in India

Micromax announced the launch of India’s first smartphone based native payments solution in a strategic partnership with leading mobile payments company TranServ. Under the partnership, the companies will be rolling out a series of payment solutions specifically designed to meet the varied demands of the mobile-first Indian consumer.

Snapdeal and Microsoft jointly hold a two-day Hackathon

Snapdeal announced that it organised a two-day Hackathon in collaboration with Microsoft India. The collaboration saw engineers from both Snapdeal and Microsoft jointly develop technology concepts and solutions aiming to provide an enhanced seller experience on the online marketplace.

Monday, 21 December 2015

Quintype join hands with Swarajya to enhance its Digital Platform

Quintype announced its partnership with Swarajya, a 59 year old independent magazine. Relaunched in 2014, Swarajya’s digital publishing foray intends to publish content in a manner that appeals to the youth. Swarajya will use Quintype’s publishing platform in building a fully responsive & adaptive web presence, with rich media content, and a robust personalization engine with a view to engage and manage its readers.

Top technology trends to watch out for in 2016 in the server space

By: Siddhesh Naik, Director of Enterprise Business Group, Lenovo India

As the volume of data generated goes up drastically, enterprises are facing new challenges when it comes to storage and processing of this data in a secure and easily retrievable manner. The ever-burgeoning datacenter and storage requirements have meant that companies are increasingly expecting their existing infrastructure to scale up seamlessly, preferably without demanding too many investments in terms of cost, energy and space. On the positive side, the quantum of data available means that companies are able to utilize it for analysis to gain valuable insights into the functioning of their businesses.

Key Trends in Document Management: 2016

By: Cássio Vaquero Regional Director, Information Management Division, for Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

Businesses today are adopting document management solutions at a rapid rate. With business evolving the demand for more accessibility to information continues to accelerate. This coming year enterprises that are best equipped to handle requests that are instant will be the one that will thrive the competition. The document management sector that is ever-changing will see lots of great opportunity for technology to play a major role in improving efficiency and increasing the bottom line and will shy away from traditional paper files. In the coming years, we will witness trends catching up as organizations will want to synergize   effectiveness and efficiency of supporting services across the company by applying multiple service delivery models including elements of shared services, outsourcing, off-shoring and IT solutions. 

Top 5 Apps to keep handy this Christmas and New Year season

Here are top five apps for those who are mostly running against time: 

Medicines – Pluss: Pluss is an on-demand medicine, healthcare and wellness products delivery app which standardizes your experience irrespective of your location and the store from where your medicines come. Users can upload a photo of their prescription, and then the app lets them select and order individual medicines from their prescription. Orders are delivered to a user within 60 minutes of them receiving an order confirmation SMS.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Practo Releases Healthcare Map of India

Practo, Asia’s leading healthcare platform today released its annual healthcare findings – The Practo Healthcare Map of India 2015 which aims to highlight the key consumer healthcare concerns. The report also highlights the fastest growing concerns to enable the healthcare industry focus on the illness types that ail the population today as well as pro-actively address those that could become the next set of challenges.

Acer Announces Exciting Offers To Celebrate Christmas And The New Year

Christmas is right around the corner and Acer, one of the largest PC vendors in the country, today announced exciting offers for PC buyers in India during this festive season. Acer will be celebrating Christmas and New Year with its consumers, for whom the offers have already been made available and will be valid for purchases made till December 26th, 2015. The offers are valid on all Acer Aspire series notebooks and All-In-One PCs. The Christmas offer promises a gamut of exciting gifts and benefits for consumers.

Casio Improves Cloud Access for Employees with A10 Networks Thunder ADC Solution

A10 Networks announced that global electronics manufacturer Casio Computer Co., Ltd., is using the A10 Thunder ADC solution to consolidate networking resources, improve application performance and enhance overall user experience. The A10 Thunder ADC not only offers Casio scalable cloud-networking services, but real-time health monitoring systems to maximize application uptime.

Red Hat Reports Third Quarter Results for Fiscal Year 2016


Red Hat announced financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016 ended November 30, 2015.

Friday, 18 December 2015

CFOs Need to Rethink How They Measure the Health of Their Companies


The Digital Finance Imperative, new global research from Chartered Global Management Accountant® (CGMA), found that CFOs need to rethink how they measure the health of their corporations in the digital age.  According to the study, while the majority of a corporation’s value derives from intangible assets such as customer sentiment and brand, few finance professionals surveyed say they can access the right data to measure and monitor these critical elements of their business – just 25% in the case of customer sentiment.

GoPaisa offers first ever instant cashback on online orders this Christmas week

Christmas brings with it the joyous fervor to splurge and make merry. GoPaisa.com, India's highest paying cash back and coupon site is here to truly spoil its customers by introducing cashback offers on Dominos, Foodpanda and BookMyShow from 21st to 27th December. Users can eat, shop and heighten the revelryby saving bigon their festive buys from their favorite online destinations. GoPaisais the first cashback portal to offer instant cashback for all the savings you end up making!

Frontech unveils 2.1 Multimedia speaker JIL- 3925

If you are not happy with the output of the current speaker system on your computer and are looking for a little boost, Frontech, one of the major players in the IT Peripherals and consumer durables introduces the rich stereo sound in a compact wood design with its latest addition 2.1 Multimedia Speakers –JIL 3925.

Ricoh India launches Integrated Cloud Environment for Printing & Docu Management

Ricoh India unveiled a bold new cloud strategy for small and medium businesses, school and other organisations lower costs and improve productivity by turning their multifunction products (MFP’s) into portals that deliver internet based services.

Teradata claims High Performance Database and Diverse Ecosystem of Alliance Partner Solutions


Teradata announced that a large, diverse ecosystem of alliance partners have tested their solutions for compatibility and will support Teradata Database 15.10.Now being shipped worldwide, the Teradata Database delivers up to 22 percent better performance overall, with a 56 percent improvement for some individual queries compared to the previous version. The Teradata Database performance enables organizations to respond to business challenges with greater agility.

More Data Savings on the Intex Aqua Star 4G

Intex Aqua Star 4G, the latest smartphone from Intex Technologies, will sport a new iData Saver feature. This feature is able to reduce data consumption by up to 50% on images, webpages and streaming, especially with image-heavy audio & video apps, such as Instagram, YouTube, Gaana and Saavn.

Enkay Technologies strengthens partnership with Avaya in India

Enkay Technologies, a Unified Communications solutions provider in India, announced the expansion of its partnership with Avaya, a global leader in business communications software, systems and services, to sell Avaya’s end-to-end solutions for voice, video, data networking, and Wi-Fi and services to its customers in India. Enkay Technologies increased revenue by 60% in 2015, primarily by delivering Avaya solutions to the country’s small and medium enterprises.

International Dating App Tinder, takes leaf from Indian Dating App Woo

Social norms are flying out of the window in India as increased number of young urban professionals are now taking all the charges. International Dating App Tinder is realising this and are now realigning with what was Woo launched with.

oneM2M and OMA Present Seminar Aimed at IoT Industry Developers

The Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) and oneM2M announced that they are partnering to present a seminar in San Diego, California on January 21, 2016 to explore the technical and operational gaps between Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) and developers of products and services for the Internet of Things (IoT). The seminar will take place from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego-Mission Valley at 7450 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego, California, 92108, USA.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Improves Guest Wi-Fi Coverage and Performance with Aruba Wireless Solutions

Radisson Blu Hotel, in Al Sufouh at Dubai Media City has recently deployed wireless infrastructure from Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company, to deliver secure, seamless, high-speed, wireless internet connectivity across its hotel rooms, suites and public areas. The implementation has resulted in improvement in rating of Wi-Fi services and drastic reduction in volume of IT help desk calls, besides the fact that the design of the Access Points (APs) blends seamlessly with the hotel aesthetics and AP management, monitoring and troubleshooting has become centralized and simplified.

Interview: "Commvault considers India as a strategic and long-term growth market"

Commvault believes that India is a key market where resides a lot of business opportunity. Commvault is a leading provider of data protection and information management solutions, helping companies worldwide activate their data to drive more value and business insight and to transform modern data environments. With solutions and services delivered directly and through a worldwide network of partners and service providers, Commvault solutions comprise one of the industry's leading portfolios in data protection and recovery, cloud, virtualization, archive, file sync and share. To get more insights, TheDataDriver.com had a quality time with Ramesh Mamgain, Area Vice President – India & SAARC at Commvault. Ramesh divulged about the company's India strategy and long term goals. 

Thursday, 17 December 2015

DataWind introduces new Tablet PC 7SC* in India


Consolidating its leadership in the low cost internet connectivity and web access device segment, DataWind, maker of UbiSlate Tablets and Pocket Surfer Smartphones have expanded their portfolio by launching new tablet to its range 7SC. At a retail price of only Rs. 2,999 inclusive of all taxes,the tablet offers free internet browsing for one year under a tie-up with RComand Telenor network on a prepaid GSM sim card.Datawind has signed an exclusive agreement with Den Snapdeal TV-Shop for selling these tablets through the latter’s 24X7 TV-commerce channel.

Industry thought leader joins Ovum’s Financial Services Technology practice

Ovum is delighted to announce that David Bannister, one of the most respected commentators in the financial technology industry, will be joining its Financial Services practice in January to develop and grow its research across the wholesale payments and corporate banking areas.

Red Hat CloudForms 4 Expands Hybrid Cloud Management with Microsoft Azure Support


Red Hat announced the general availability of Red Hat CloudForms 4, the latest version of its award-winning hybrid cloud management solution. Built on an open platform, Red Hat CloudForms 4 goes beyond self-service, offering a consistent experience and comprehensive lifecycle management across platforms spanning virtualization, private cloud, public cloud and containers.

Hitachi Creates Culture of Lifetime Learning with Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone OnDemand announced that leading global manufacturer Hitachi has implemented Cornerstone’s cloud-based talent management software solution to deliver a best-in-class learning and development experience to more than 350,000 Hitachi employees across nearly 1,000 group companies.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Using ‘Bring Your Own Encryption’ for Securing Cloud-based Data

By: Gregg Petersen, Regional Director, Middle East and SAARC at Veeam Software

Bring your own encryption, or BYOE, is a relatively new cloud computing security model that is providing companies with a new way to address data storage security concerns in a cloud-based environment. Above all, this new trend is encouraging decision makers to put security as high on the agenda for the Always-on business as other business-critical technologies such as cloud computing and virtualisation.

Survey by Gemalto reveals impact of data breaches on customer loyalty


Nearly two-thirds (64%) of consumers surveyed worldwide say they are unlikely to shop or do business again with a company that had experienced a breach where financial information was stole​n, and almost half (49%) had the same opinion when it came to data breaches where personal information was stolen. This is according to a recent global survey by Gemalto, a leader in digital security, titled "Broken Trust: 'Tis the Season to Be Wary", which surveyed 5,750 consumers in Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom and United States.

DNB Bank Selects Infosys for Application Transformation Programme

Infosys announced that it has won a contract to transform the application landscape of DNB Bank of Norway. Applying its AiKiDo framework, Infosys will leverage knowledge-based non-disruptive renewal strategies to evolve DNB Bank’s entire data cluster, including business intelligence (BI), analytics, data warehousing services, regulatory reporting, and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) functions.

Jugnoo allies with Zophop to help commuters enjoy a better travel experience

Jugnoo, a mobile app, offering the largest network of auto-rickshaws in India, announces its alliance with Zophop. Zophop, a public transportation information mobile app, empowers daily travelers using public transportation to make the best travel decisions, based on route, modes, and time required. The partnership is aimed at reciprocal growth for both the parties. It not only boosts the services offered by Jugnoo and enhances its customer reach, but also adds an extra mode of transportation in the vehicle options on Zophop.

IBM Study: India Predicted to become the World’s Highest Growth Nation in the 21st Century


The 21st century can be the “Indian century,” as the country readies itself to emerge as a global leader, finds the new IBM study. More than 51 percent of executives stated that improved governance and the removal of excessive regulation will be a crucial driver of sustained economic growth. While building a strong social infrastructure was identified as the second most important contributor to economic productivity, over 40 percent of respondents identified good quality of physical infrastructure and availability of skilled resources as important drivers of growth.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Akamai Releases Q3 2015 State Of The Internet - Security Report


Akamai Technologies announced the availability of the Q3 2015 State of the Internet – Security Report. The Q3 2015 report, which provides analysis and insight into the global cloud security threat landscape, can be downloaded at www.stateoftheinternet.com/security-report.

Broadcom Introduces Most Advanced WICED IoT Family

Broadcom Corporation introduced a new family of enhanced low-power (ELP) multi-protocol Bluetooth/802.15.4 combo systems-on-a-chip (SoCs) into its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED®) portfolio. Broadcom’s WICED CORE ELP devices provide original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with the ideal platform for low-power Internet of Things (IoT) products and applications.

‘Flash’ Forward: What IT Managers Ought To Know

By: Mohammad Dualeh, Regional Sales Manager – MENA, Pure Storage

Although a majority of storage systems installed around the world are still based on hard disks, a recent 451 Research report determined that flash storage is rapidly catching up and is now accepted as mainstream. This is true for the Middle East where IT storage infrastructure is still greenfield and enterprises have an appetite for adopting the latest technologies.

Smart Home market to grow 30% YOY, reveals Schneider Electric India survey

Schneider Electric released highlights of a Smart Homes Solutions survey, conducted on its behalf by AZ Research Partners, Bengaluru. The major outcome from the survey was that the smart home market is expected to grow at a rate of 30% YOY, thereby ensuring that the market will double in revenue every 3 years. The survey was conducted among end customers of premium apartment complexes, duplex, triplex and villas within the range of Rs 50 lakh to Rs 1 crore, Rs 1-5 crore and Rs 5+ crore as well as builders of such complexes. The survey revealed high awareness among respondents about Smart Homes, which was almost universal in metros and upper-end segments.

BMC IT Service Management Business Accelerates in First Half Fiscal 2016

BMC announced strong financial growth, increased industry recognition and customer adoption across its IT service management (ITSM) portfolio in the first half of its fiscal year 2016. Businesses are adopting digital technologies to enable faster decision-making, collaborative workplaces, connected products and systems, and global enterprises, which has fueled sustained growth for BMC.

PayUbiz launches ‘One Tap’ technology

PayUbiz has unveiled ‘one tap’ – the inevitable future. This marks a new milestone and aims at changing the mobile payments industry forever, claims the company. The integration of this unique tech innovation by merchants will drastically enhance the mobile shopping experience of an Indian shopper. The One Tap Technology enables all mobile payments being made through debit or credit card to happen by just tapping ‘once’ on to the screen.

8000 programmers battle it out in mega Adobe Hackathon

Adobe in partnership with HackerRank recently concluded one of the largest hackathons for young developers and programmers in India till date. The event witnessed massive participation with over 8,000 programmers registering for the event from top colleges across the nation. The closely-fought competition saw Harshil Shah from IIT Indore crowned champion winning a cash prize of 1.5 lakh followed by Anurag Anand from IIT Kharagpur in second place and Utkarsh Saxena from IIT-Indore third respectively.

Octro Inc. launches Immersive 3D multiplayer game- Poker Live!

Octro launches new 3D multiplayer Poker game – Poker Live! which can be played with your friends and people around the world in real time basis. Poker Live! brings a unique experience for gamers -- stunning graphics create an immersive 3D environment that brings online poker to life. With an aim to capture the present Indian Poker playing audience and build new audience through video tutorials in local languages and helper screens, Octro intends to compete with international Poker titles in overseas markets.

BabyChakra introduces a ChildCare APP for young parents

BabyChakra, claimed to be one-stop integrated platform for Indian parents with young children, has now launched an Android APP, which is personalized by lifestage and locality for users in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. Covering expecting as well as young parents with children aged 0-5 years,  the app will enable better decisions for parents  by connecting them with other young parents, experts, and through thousands of reviews on childcare services. The APP currently features over 10,000 local services and serves 2.5 lakh mothers monthly.

IoT is India’s NEXT Big Tech Dream

India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) with The Indus Entreprenuers (TiE) Bangalore, commenced the first edition of IoTNext 2015 in Bangalore. This year, with the theme “Innovating Digital Economy with IoT Solutions & Services”, the platform has attempted to address the convergence of multi-disciplinary facets of the technology ecosystem with IoT- hardware, IT, Big Data, Cloud and Connectivity, enabling an agile, efficient and cost effective solutions and services with industry collaborations and partnerships.

MapR launches MapR Streams

MapR Technologies claimed the industry’s first and only converged data platform and introduced MapR Streams, a reliable, global event streaming system that connects data producers and data consumers across shared topics of information. The MapR Converged Data Platform integrates file, database, stream processing, and analytics to accelerate data-driven applications and address emerging IoT (Internet of Things) needs.

Eko Launches Prepaid Wallet in Partnership with NPCI and RBL Bank

Eko, a mobile-based fintech company, announced the launch of its semi-closed prepaid wallet service. This service has been launched in partnership with National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and RBL Bank Limited (formerly The Ratnakar Bank Limited).

Edimax Announces Enterprise-Grade Wi-Fi Networking Solutions 'Edimax Pro'

Edimax Technology, a provider of premier networking solutions, introduced their business solution - Edimax Pro, designed for modern mainstream businesses. The Edimax Pro series is a range of high performance, reliable and affordable Wi-Fi solutions for modern businesses to ensure seamless connectivity for Wi-Fi devices to support growing Mobility, IT and video demands.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

IoTNEXT 2015 to usher the next era of IT innovation

India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier trade body representing the Indian Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industry, with, The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE, Bangalore Chapter), are into a mission to foster entrepreneurship globally & will be hosting the first edition of IoTNEXT – a platform to Learn, Explore and Network on ushering the next era of Internet of Things (IoT) innovation on Dec 9&10, 2015 at Shangri – La, Bangalore.

Octro Inc. launches Immersive 3D multiplayer game- Poker Live!

Octro launches new 3D multiplayer Poker game – Poker Live! which can be played with your friends and people around the world in real time basis. Poker Live! brings a unique experience for gamers -- stunning graphics create an immersive 3D environment that brings online poker to life. With an aim to capture the present Indian Poker playing audience and build new audience through video tutorials in local languages and helper screens, Octro intends to compete with international Poker titles in overseas markets.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Cloud-Based Solutions and Apps for Coaching Businesses

By: Dan Radak

The coaching business industry usually brings in around $4 billion annually (Russ Alan Prince, Forbes, 2015). This industry is on the rise, and there are more and more people starting this business and consumers using their business services. When such an industry branch is on the rise, it is to be expected that it will soon need specific IT solutions for its precise issues. Here are some of the great cloud-based solutions that coaching businesses need to have at their disposal.

Towards a Frictionless IT (whether you like it or not)

By: Alessandro Perilli, GM Cloud Management Strategy, Red Hat

With the term Frictionless IT, we mean an enterprise IT that just works, reshaped after the experience offered by modern consumer-grade public cloud services, which business users are growing to expect. If we don’t start moving towards Frictionless IT, we all risk irrelevance.

SSL Security Epic Fail: When Your SSL Decryption Solution Prevents Better Security

By: Glen Ogden, Regional Sales Director, Middle East at A10 Networks

SSL is everywhere. Today, many of the most popular websites leverage encryption to keep data secure and private. On top of that, other applications such as email, instant messaging, and FTP use SSL or its successor TLS to encrypt traffic. Need proof that SSL is ubiquitous? According to Sandvine, two thirds of Internet traffic will be encrypted by 2016.

Infoblox Appoints Ashish Gupta as Chief Marketing Officer

Infoblox announced Ashish Gupta has joined Infoblox as executive vice president and chief marketing officer, effective immediately. Gupta is responsible for the strategic direction of Infoblox’s global corporate and product marketing organization.

Plobal Apps Launches Platform Enabling SMBs to Build Affordable, Powerful Apps

With the vision of tapping into the highly potent app market in India, Plobal Apps announced the launch of its do it yourself (DIY) mobile app development platform. Today, not just the startups but also most of the established names in the retail industry are looking to build a strong mobile presence to cater to the needs of customers who are increasingly going mobile. However, developing an app can be expensive and often involves a lot of time. 

NIIT & HP partner to offer Post Graduate Certificate Program in Software Testing

NIIT and HP entered into a strategic partnership to offer Post Graduate Certificate Program in Software Testing. The program will enable learners to apply key testing skills and practices using HP Tools.

Girnar Soft ropes in Ex-Zomato exec Umesh Hora

Jaipur-based Girnar Soft recently brought another reputed name onboard its burgeoning industry team with the appointment of Umesh Hora as its CFO. He will be part of company’s senior management team and responsible for spearheading the company’s financial strategy and planning. He will also be responsible for development of financial and legal infrastructure to support company’s expansion trajectory. Umesh was previously associated with online restaurant search and discovery platform Zomato as its CFO.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Times Internet acquires Get Me A Shop to enable SMBs with an all-in-one solution

Times Internet  (TIL) has acquired the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Small Business Enablement platform Get Me A Shop (www.GetMeAShop.com) for an undisclosed amount. This acquisition will help TIL to further enhance their offerings to their consumers across different verticals, thus paving way to a greater customer connect and providing them with a one stop solution for all their digital needs.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Symantec Expands Global Security Operations Centers with US$50 Million Investment


Symantec announced plans to beef up its Cyber Security Services business globally with an investment of more than US$50 million. A portion of this investment has been leveraged to build a new dedicated Security Operations Center (SOC) in Singapore, inaugurated today, doubling Symantec’s Cyber Security Services expertise in the Asia-Pacific region.

Trend Micro Integrates with Microsoft Azure Security Center

Trend Micro announced the integration of Trend Micro Deep Security into the Microsoft Azure Security Center. Customers will now have access to a single view of all Azure subscriptions, live workload monitoring capabilities, and suggested remediation steps to address security issues. Trend Micro Deep Security has been recommended by Microsoft Corp. to help address vulnerabilities, enabling customers to deploy directly from the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.

Toonz Animation banks on EMC Isilon to lead growth with high-performance storage


Toonz Animation, an animation houses with clients such as Walt Disney, Turner and BBC, has deployed EMC Isilon scale-out storage to meet the demand of a scalable storage solution and increase the speed of production, thereby enabling Toonz to complete multiple projects quickly and in an efficient manner.  It has also reduced its energy requirements by 25% percent, decreasing the company’s overhead for power and cooling. Training and guidance from EMC Global Services has resulted in the need for a lean IT team of two-persons to manage the environment independently.

Asian Boom in Mobile-First Consumers is Changing Fraud Patterns and Priorities

Asia’s boom in mobile-first consumers is creating a growing target for online fraud and cybersecurity attacks. Criminals who used to focus on ATM skimming are turning their attention online in an effort to compromise credit and debit card data. These attacks can be far more lucrative, with more details stolen and a lower chance of getting caught.

Autodesk Unveils Cloud-based Forge Initiative to Transform How Products are Designed, Made and Used


Autodesk announced Forge, an initiative to accelerate a cloud connected ecosystem in support of the future of making things. The initiative consists of three major components – a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering, a robust developer program, and a $100 million investment fund – all geared toward advancing the next wave of innovative technologies that will transform how products are designed, made and used. 

NEC's SX-ACE vector supercomputer contributes to research at three German institutes

NEC Corporation announced that the SX-ACE vector supercomputers delivered to the University of Kiel, Alfred Wegener Institute and the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart have begun operating and contributing to research.

Yamaha Motor revs up security and speed with Verizon

Yamaha Motor - one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of motorcycles, marine and other motorized products – has chosen Verizon to support two of its critical Information Technology programmes for 2016 and beyond. Verizon's Investigative Response (RISK) team is helping the company to better manage security risk, and Verizon Digital Media Services is helping the company improve online customer experience. 

Worldwide Server Revenue Grew 7.5 % in the 3rd Quarter of 2015, While Shipments Increased 9.2 %

In the third quarter of 2015, worldwide server shipments grew 9.2 percent from the third quarter of 2014, while vendor revenue increased 7.5 percent year over year.

Security Concerns and Lack of Visibility Hinder Cloud Adoption say 65% of IT Pros

Netwrix released the results of its global 2015 Cloud Security Survey that show when it comes to migrating to the cloud, 65% of companies are concerned with security and 40% worry about their loss of physical control over data in the cloud. In particular, 69% of companies are afraid that migration to the cloud will increase the risks of unauthorised access, while 43% worry about account hijacking.

Trend Micro and ASUS Deliver a New Level of Smart Home Security

According to Business Insider, Internet of Everything (IoE) home devices will number 20 billion by 2019, and providing them with security will soon become a critical issue. Trend Micro Incorporated with ASUS last year to embed the Trend Micro Smart Home Network solution in wireless routers. By working together, these two companies have now established a new home security benchmark. The new ASUS Smart Home Gateway comes equipped with a Trend Micro security development kit (SDK) to establish safe connections between smart devices, an app, and cloud services.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Qualcomm Launches Its Design in India Initiative To Support the Govt’s Make in India Vision

Qualcomm Incorporated announced the launch of the Qualcomm Design in India Challenge, building on the commitment made by Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, executive chairman of Qualcomm Incorporated, when he met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Digital Economy event held in September, 2015 in San Jose, USA. Dr. Jacobs announced Qualcomm’s support for the Government of India’s Digital India and Make in India vision and committed to introduce a Design in India Initiative to encourage the creation of a local product design ecosystem.

KDS Strengthens its Leadership Team to Support Continuing Growth

KDS announced a new chairman and new executive management team members. Alex Ott has been appointed chairman of the board of directors and brings to the position his extensive expertise in managing international business growth. He replaces Gilles Samoun who is focusing full time on a new technology company he has founded.

Chinese APT Group Attacked Hong Kong Media Outlets

FireEye released the results of its research into a recent campaign carried out by a Chinese cyber threat group—referred to as “admin@338” —targeting Hong Kong-based media organizations. In August, the group sent spear phishing emails about newsworthy developments with malicious attachments to Hong Kong-based media organizations, including newspapers, radio, and television outlets. One email referenced the creation of a Christian civil society organization to coincide with the anniversary of the 2014 protests in Hong Kong known as the Umbrella Movement. Another email referenced a Hong Kong University alumni organization that fears votes in a referendum to appoint a Vice-Chancellor will be co-opted by pro-Beijing interests.