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Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts Program honors 238 Educators from India

Microsoft recently announced its 2016-2017 class of Education Innovators featuring 238 Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts across India. The Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) program recognizes global educator visionaries who are using technology to pave the way for their peers for better learning and student outcomes. Chosen through a rigorous process of selection, Microsoft Expert Educator Program continues to witness growing participation from India, as well as world over. Currently there are more than 7600 educators from 83 countries who are part of Microsoft’s global community of MIE Experts. 
Eight Indian educators were further selected to attend Microsoft’s annual event Education Exchange (E2) in Toronto, Canada. The event recognizes and celebrates the achievements of educators who combine content, pedagogy, and technology to advance learning, achieve student outcomes, and transform education.  This year 240 of the most innovative educators from 83 countries came tog…

PTron launches “Xoto 7”, a smart watch with Bluetooth earphones!

PTron launches “Xoto 7”, a Bluetooth smart watch with Bluetooth earphones. This is in line with PTron’s strategy of continuously innovating and introducing unique products to meet rapidly changing customer needs and demands that are moving towards personalization and individualism – especially for the ‘My Luxury’ generation who are moving away from acquisitive predispositions towards personal needs like affordability and sustainability. The sales of Xoto 7 will commence from 1st Jun 2017 exclusively on LatestOne.com. As per a report, the global smart watch market has a potential to reach $32.9 billion by 2020, registering a CAGR of 67.6% during 2014 - 2020.
Xoto 7 is a perfect combination of smart watch and Bluetooth earphones, just with a little push of a finger it can turn into Bluetooth earphones which is the USP of this Bluetooth smart watch. PTron Xoto 7 will be available in gold color. To ensure the product remains affordable to the customer’s at large, also comprising Generati…

Zen Mobile unveils Finger Print Sensor Smartphone - Admire Sense at INR 5,999/-

Zen Mobile announced the launch of Admire Sense – a unique device with the best in the class finger print sensor. With a sleek look and design, Admire Sense comes with unique functionalities for the tech savvy consumer at an affordable price of INR 5,999/- .
The Admire Sense aims at providing superior performance, faster multitasking and is powered with (1.3GHz Quad Core), 5 inch FWVGA display, 2300 mAh battery, 1GB RAM. Backed by 8 GB ROM and expandable memory up to 32G, the device ensures smooth performance and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
The smartphone offers a powerful 5MP back and front camera along with terrific network compatibility and flexibility which supports 4GVoLTE. The camera comes equipped with features like Vistoso that allows users to print their favorite images on T-Shirts and mugs and Fashin feature that helps user find the perfect apparel and clothing online by just clicking on the picture.
Commenting on the launch, Mr. Deepesh Gupta, CEO, Zen Mobile, said, “…

Worldwide Sales of Smartphones Grew 9 Percent in First Quarter of 2017

Global sales of smartphones to end users totaled 380 million units in the first quarter of 2017, a 9.1 percent increase over the first quarter of 2016, according to Gartner, Inc. Mobile phone buyers are spending more to get a better phone, resulting in the rise in average selling prices of types of phone.
The shift in buyer preference is positively affecting Chinese manufacturers such as Huawei, Oppo and Vivo in their strategy to build desirable features at affordable prices. Their combined market share in the first quarter of 2017 accounted for 24 percent, up 7 percentage points year on year.
"The top three Chinese smartphone manufacturers are driving sales with their competitively priced, high quality smartphones equipped with innovative features," said Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner. "Furthermore, aggressive marketing and sales promotion have further helped these brands to take share from other brands in markets such as India, Indonesia and Thailand.&quo…

Smartphones, medical devices to cost less with GST

In a bid to ensure that the benefits of lower GST on products such as smartphones and medical devices are handed over to the consumers, the government released on Monday calculations to show how the burden of indirect taxes will come down in the new regime.
The detailed analysis from the finance ministry comes days after the GST Council, comprising ministers from the Centre and states, decided on product-wise tax rates and the government threatened to invoke the anti-profiteering clause if the gains were not passed on from July, the scheduled date for GST launch. Some manufacturers, such as mobile phone and white goods companies, have suggested that prices may rise once GST kicks in although the government has repeatedly said that in most cases, not only is the burden lower but the advantage of input tax credit — or gains from refunds for taxes paid — will ensure that prices come down. In addition, several cesses and surcharges are going away.
In case of smartphones, the government c…

Xiaomi Redmi 4 launches exclusively on Amazon.in

After successfully launching Redmi 4A, Redmi Note 3 and Redmi Note Prime, Amazon.in now brings exclusive access without pre-registration to the new Redmi 4. The smartphone will go on sale on 23rd May 2017 from 12 noon onwards and the starting variant will be available to customers at Rs 6,999/-
Redmi 4 comes with remarkable features such as 2-day battery life thanks to a 4100mAh high-capacity battery, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor and VoLTE support. The 13MP rear camera features PDAF (phase detection autofocus) for faster focusing, an LED flash, HDR and panorama modes to help take the perfect photo. For all the Selfie-graphers out there, Redmi 4 is the perfect choice as the 5MP f/2.2 aperture front camera features a built-in beautify mode for the impeccable selfie.
Customers buying Redmi 4 from Amazon.in can relish an offer of 45 GB free data for 5 months on buying a 1GB or above 4G data pack from Vodafone. YES Bank customers are in for an additional treat with a flat…

ITC Infotech builds an Augmented Reality Solution for Connected Service

ITC Infotech announced a joint collaboration with PTC and Oracle to offer an Augmented Reality (AR) solution for Connected Service. The shift to Service-based revenue models is forcing enterprises to re-imagine the Service function with technology relevant for future-ready business. “Augmented Reality for Connected Service” is an ITC Infotech solution driven by the collaboration between industry leaders from Oracle, PTC & ITC Infotech’s Digitaligence team.
ITC Infotech, a Platinum level and Cloud Standard member of Oracle PartnerNetwork and long-standing strategic partner with PTC, developed this solution by drawing upon proficiencies and expertise in delivering Customer Experience (CX) and digital transformations for Service across a multitude of industries. This solution is aimed at improving self-service, assisted service & field service interactions for B2C and B2B industries. Improved service outcomes and a stellar service experience is expected to enable customers to im…

foodpanda raises EUR 387 million from Naspers

foodpanda shared that Naspers, a global internet and entertainment group and one of the world’s largest technology investors, is investing EUR 387 million ($431.45 million USD) into parent company Delivery Hero, primarily into newly issued shares and at a valuation in line with Delivery Hero’s previous valuation.This investment will help fuel foodpanda fuel growth plans and strengthen India position.
On the announcement, Saurabh Kochhar, CEO, foodpanda India, said, “We are constantly looking to strengthen and enhance our food ordering and delivery experience. We recently launched the India app and have made significant investments in technology and delivery ecosystem. This funding will help further our goals in making the foodpanda experience impeccable, for each of our customer. ”
With this development, Naspers will also be represented with one member on Delivery Hero‘s Supervisory Board. Niklas Östberg, CEO of Delivery Hero, said: “We are delighted to welcome such a renowned and st…

Eli Global mandates Trend Micro to secure their business critical servers

Trend Micro claims to secure Eli Global, a globally diversified information and services group, by providing a comprehensive solution for their business critical servers. Trend Micro’s solution helped the organization by providing visibility and protection against the complete lifecycle of targeted attack at the group level and initiated proactive response to contain these threats ensuring network security.
Eli Global implemented Trend Micro’s Connected Threat Defense strategy which offers a 360° view of security posture of Network, Endpoint and Data Centres. Deep Discovery and Deep Security which form a critical part of Connected Threat Defense provided Eli Global with a layered approach to prevent, detect, and respond to cyber threats, which include - advanced malware, network exploits and operating system/application vulnerabilities.
“Eli Global was vulnerable to cyber-attacks which had the potential of affecting critical assets, impacting network performance, and disrupting busin…

FlexiLoans.com acquires CreditPeriod.com to foray into Supply Chain Financing

FlexiLoans.com, one of digital lending platforms, has acquired Mumbai-based supply chain financing platform, CreditPeriod.com for an undisclosed sum to strengthen its supply chain financing vertical.  
CreditPeriod.com, a fintech startup, enables SME buyers to procure goods / services on credit while ensuring the sellers get their money upfront, thereby eliminating credit risk and enabling instant liquidity. 
“The CreditPeriod.com acquisition strengthens our position to serve the deeply underserved supply chain market for the SME eco-system” said Deepak Jain, co-founder at FlexiLoans.com. As a part of the deal, Venkatesh Viswanathan, co-founder at CreditPeriod and former financial forensics professional, will be joining the FlexiLoans.comteam and drive the supply chain finance initiatives.
FlexiLoans.com caters to the working capital needs of unserved and underserved small and medium businesses across the country.  In less than a year, the startup has disbursed loans in over 70 citie…

Acer India welcomes new National Head for Display Products

Acer India is delighted to announce the appointment of Sanjoy Bhattacharya, as the National Business Manager for Display products which includes projectors, monitors and large format displays. Sanjoy will lead a talented and experienced team to drive Acer to the No.1 position in overall display business (Monitor, Projector & LFDs).
Sanjoy comes with a rich work experience of 24 years in the IT industry having worked with many IT companies since 1993. He has vast experience in hardcore IT peripherals & Display business and was associated with organizations like TVSE, Redington & LG Electronics. During his tenure with LG, he was able to position LG as the No. 1 in market share in the non-bundle market.
Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Chandrahas Panigrahi, CMO and Consumer Business Head, Acer India said, “It gives me immense pleasure to welcome Sanjoy to the team as our National Business Manager for Display Products. I am sure with his skills he is going to position Acer …

Viavi announces updated version of Gigabit Monitor

Viavi Solutions announced an updated version of Gigabit Monitor, the company’s visual database referencing current and planned gigabit deployments around the world. Analysis of deployments reveals that 219 million people globally now have gigabit internet available to them, equating to roughly 3 percent of the global population. There are currently 603 gigabit internet implementations, a jump of 72 percent since June 2016.
The Gigabit Monitor is a web-based tool intended to showcase the state-of-play of gigabit internet provision across the world, based on publicly available data. This living database is updated regularly, based on deployment announcements and feedback from users. The site has been overhauled since its launch in 2016 to include population coverage estimates, giving a clearer picture of gigabit progress across the world. The following information is based on Viavi’s analysis of that data.
The United States has the highest number of people with access to gigabit intern…

How will services impact with the new GST rates

KPMG has explained how the new tax rates will impact the various industries. GST regime has cast doubts over the country and forced businesses.
“Under the given circumstances, GST council has done a commendable job by reducing the impact of GST on the common man and maintaining status co on GST rates on the items largely consumed by the upper middle class. It is like a mini budget short of projection of estimated revenue”
“It is welcome to see that the education and healthcare sector is out of GST and transportation services is taxed at 5%. However, the telecom services at 18% may touch the raw nerve of the common man, as that is the only significant service that is used by majority of the population in India.”

Impact on Financial services
“The Banking and financial services at 18%, can hurt the common man in wake of banks started charging fee for multiple withdrawals and 3% hike in GST, will increase the cost of  banking charges”.
“The minimum GST on conversion of foreign currency ha…

CA Tech Names by Working Mother One of 2017 Best Companies for Multicultural Women

CA Technologies has been named one of the 2017 Best Companies for Multicultural Women by Working Mother magazine—an honor that recognizes  U.S. companies that create and use best practices in hiring, retaining and promoting women of color. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the list, out today, which is featured in the June/July issue of Working Mother and posted on workingmother.com.
The Working Mother Research Institute has conducted the study since 2003, tracking corporations’ progress in promoting women of color and evaluating their representation at every level of management and decision-making.
I am incredibly proud that Working Mother magazine has once again named CA Technologies a Best Company for Multicultural Women.  We know that creating an environment where each person is empowered to fully leverage their unique talents results in innovative solutions that remove the barriers between ideas and outcomes for our customers. 
Subha V. Barry, senior vice president & m…

Udacity has launched the Business Analyst Nanodegree Program

Udacity has announced the launch of Business Analyst Nanodegree in collaboration with Alteryx, a leader in self-service data analytics and Tableau, global leader in data visualisation products focused on business intelligence.This new course, that can be completed part-time and is self-paced,  is structured to give students the needed skills to apply business analytics methodologies to real-world business problems while advancing their careers. The program will cover topics like analytical datasets, data visualisation, classification models, time series forecasting etc.  
With an acute shortage of professionals in analytics by 2018, millions of jobs are expected to be created, however, the challenge is to match this demand with adequate supply especially in. The scope is huge in India as many companies around the world outsource their analytical requirements to India. The course will help students deliver data-driven business decisions that will make them an asset for any company loo…

Alibaba Group Reports 271% Increase in Digital Media & Entertainment Revenue for FY17

UCWeb Inc’s holding company, Alibaba Group has reported a 271% jump (year-on-year) in its Digital Media and Entertainment revenue for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017. The information was released as part of Alibaba Group Holding Limited’s financial results for the full year and quarter ended March 31, 2017. The unit’s revenue for Q4 stands at US$571 million, recording a 234% increase year-over-year. Mobile internet services revenue from UCWeb businesses, including mobile search and news feeds, as well as apps and game publishing across China as well as key global markets like India and Indonesia are key contributors to the revenue rise.
Reiterating its growing focus on globalization, Alibaba Digital Media and Entertainment Group, in a significant move, elevated Jack Huang, President of Overseas Business, Alibaba Mobile Business Group to President of Alibaba Mobile Business Group. Jack will report to the President Office of the Alibaba Digital Media & Entertainment Group. Dur…

Microchip’s Wi-Fi SDK with Apple HomeKit support now available

A fully-certified Wi-Fi Software Development Kit (SDK) with Apple HomeKit support is now available from Microchip Technology Inc. This SDK enables MFi licensees to create fast, low-power designs on the industry’s first hardware cryptography enabled Wi-Fi-based development kit for HomeKit. 
Microchip’s Wi-Fi SDK combines hardware crypto graphy suites within the CEC1702, a full-featured ARM® Cortex®-M4-based microcontroller (MCU), with the industry-proven WINC1510, a low-power 802.11 b/g/n certified Wi-Fi module. The hardware-based security engines within this Wi-Fi HomeKit solution greatly reduce system calculation times, resulting in a fast and friendly end-user experience. With the dramatic reduction in execution time for HomeKit commands such as pairing – with pair setup in 0.95 seconds and pair verify in less than one tenth of a second – system reaction is accelerated for seamless consumer experiences such as instantly unlocking a front door. This reduced time of system activity e…

Paytm announces latest funding round with SoftBank

Paytm announced an investment of $1.4 billion by the SoftBank Group, the Japanese Internet and telecom major, in One97 Communications Limited, the entity that operates India’s largest mobile payments and commerce platform under the Paytm brand. This investment will help Paytm grow its leadership in the country’s payment ecosystem, expand its user base and build a suite of financial services products for its users.
Paytm plans to invest Rs 10,000 crore (approximately $1.6bn) over the next three to five years towards its commitment to enabling half a billion Indians to join the mainstream economy. As a part of this vision, the company will soon launch the Paytm Payments Bank, a mobile-first product that will reach every corner of the nation, and focus on the millions of unserved and under-served Indians.
Speaking on the occasion, Paytm Founder & CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma said, “We are at an inflection point in our journey with Paytm. This investment by Softbank and support of the in…

Pi DATACENTERS Achieves Uptime Institute Tier IV Design Certification

Pi DATACENTERS, India, an enterprise class datacenter and Cloud service provider based at Amaravati, the new capital region of Andhra Pradesh, today announced that the company has been awarded Uptime Institute Tier IV Design Certification, achieving the highest standards for infrastructure, functionality and capacity as demonstrated on the design documents. To earn a Tier Certification of Design Documents, a facility is evaluated on mechanical, electrical, structural and site elements, and certified facilities also receive expert recommendations to enhance Operational Stability over the long-term.
“We are pleased to award Pi DATACENTERS with the Uptime Institute Tier IV Design Certification,” said John Duffin, Managing Director, South Asia, Uptime Institute. “Achieving a Tier IV Fault Tolerant Design Certification illustrates that the facility meets the highest standards for infrastructure functionality and capacity as demonstrated on the design documents. This ensures that plans are…

Ola, with Google, launches Progressive Web App to drive transformational growth

Ola, India’s most popular mobile app for transportation, today announced the launch of its Progressive Web App (PWA), a lightweight mobile website that offers users, especially in smaller towns and cities, an app-like experience on simple smartphones, requiring a fraction of the data used by native apps. Ola’s PWA will enable the use of its platform across hundreds of cities in India and addresses a significant market opportunity of customers and drivers.
Announced at the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco today, Ola is strategically leveraging cutting edge technology that has the reach of the web and offers a native-app-like immersive customer experience. The PWA will overcome technological barriers to entry in key markets and make Ola the first ride-sharing platform in hundreds of cities across India, where there is limited connectivity and a prevailing use of low-end smartphones.
Although smartphone usage in India has increased in the last couple of years, it still l…

PayPal launches third edition of Girls in Tech

PayPal recently launched the third edition of Girls in Tech, a two-week workshop that teaches young girls tech craftsmanship by introducing them to the basics of programming. The girls, between 8 and14 years of age, will learn coding from industry experts and senior leaders from PayPal from 15th – 31st May, 2017 at the PayPal tech centers in Chennai and Bangalore. The program has seen participation from over 100 girls since its inception in 2015.
An initiative born out of PayPal’s long-term commitment to diversity, Girls in Tech is aimed at nurturing a sense of passion and craftsmanship in future talent, with a focus on inspiring tomorrow’s women in technology right from an early stage. During the workshop, participants will not only get the opportunity to learn programs such as Scratch, Python, App Inventor and Online Me, but will also shadow a PayPal engineer, work on solving real-world issues through coding as well as be a part of self and personality development workshops. These …

Machine Learning in SAP S/4HANA Cloud Makes Companies More Intelligent and Automated

SAP has introduced general availability of SAP S/4HANA Cloud 1705, enabling businesses to make their processes more efficient and automated. The 1705 release most notably features general availability for SAP® Co-Pilot, a digital assistant for the enterprise that is aware of business context, driving efficient collaboration, quickly recognizing and connecting to business objects and offering in-context chat. Further embedded machine learning capabilities offer predictive analytics for increased end-user efficiency, automatic invoice matching and more.
Analytics Updates Help Customers Simplify Business, Stay Ahead and Act in Real Time
New innovations across the entire analytics portfolio give customers better insights into the business for their cloud and hybrid deployments as well provide new capabilities to the expanded SAP Leonardo digital innovation system. The SAP Analytics Cloud (formerly SAP BusinessObjects™ Cloud) solution update is planned to be available this month. Intended…