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ToneTag launches Audio Pod

From the invention of wheels and flint stone tools to Nano-technology and artificial intelligence, man has always produced technologies and machines that make his life easier. In today’s world, technology is everywhere! Everything we do involves technology. It is completely integrated into our lives and the two have become inseparable. Even the way we make payments has evolved significantly. Today, we have different types of payment technologies available, including cards, mobile payment options such as NFC, QR codes, RFID chips, e-wallets, applications and many more.
But what about a device that can be placed anywhere and can enable payments via sound without any dependency on Wi-fi or internet? Sounds intriguing, right? That is because we do not associate sound with payments, but with more traditional things such as music. But why should the beneficial nature of sound be curtailed or confined to producing just music? Why can’t one utilize sound based technology to make payments? We…

Mindtree Recognized as a Continuous Testing Service Provider Leader

Mindtree, a technology services and digital transformation company, has been named a leader in testing capabilities in the digital space by Forrester Research Inc., an independent   research and advisory firm. Mindtree was recognized in the report titled, “The Forrester Wave: Continuous Testing Service Providers, Q3 2017.”
Forrester evaluated Mindtree and ten other vendors against 29 criteria in the categories of current offering, strategy, as well as market presence. In addition to being rated a ‘5 on 5’ in the client feedback criteria, Mindtree received the highest scores possible in scale of service, mobile application and IoT (Internet of Things) testers, and test case design criteria. The full report can be found here.
In the report, Forrester states: “Mindtree has developed a well-structured competency development plan after assessing its entire testing workforce’s readiness for CT (Continuous Testing). Its goal is to quickly train full-stack engineers who can tackle testing, u…

UST Global Honored with ‘Pro Patria’ Award by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)

UST Global is a proud recipient of the ‘Pro Patria’ award by the California State’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) committee. The award is in recognition of the company’s work for the veteran community as part of its ‘Step IT Up America’ program. ‘Pro Partia’ is the highest honor given to employers for support of National Guard and Reserve employees in California.
UST Global was selected for the ‘Pro Partia’ award among the 4,000+ entries that ESGR received this year. Sajan Pillai, the CEO of UST Global, signed the ESGR Statement of Support as a symbol to reaffirm the company’s commitment to members of the United States Guard and Reserve, in a symbolic awards ceremony. Key SIUA advocate BG Moore, Chief of Staff, UST Global, received special recognition for his commitment to excellence and leadership.
Sajan Pillai, CEO, UST Global, said, “With our ‘Step IT Up America’ program, we have pioneered a unique and sustainable workforce model in the United States. The Pro Pa…

DISH Selects TiVo Metadata

TiVo Corporation announced that leading pay-TV provider, DISH, has completed its migration to TiVo Metadata. DISH is utilizing TiVo’s rich metadata, such as program information and image-based content, across its product platforms, including linear TV, video on demand (VOD) and DVR.
“Today’s consumers want a visually-rich entertainment experience that makes it easy for them to quickly identify and access the content they want in real-time,” said Niraj Desai, vice president of product management, DISH. “Through our long-standing collaboration with TiVo, we were able to integrate their enhanced metadata offerings and provide a cohesive and seamless entertainment experience across our product platforms.” TiVo completed the metadata migration process in just under five months, bringing rich and robust metadata to DISH’s product platforms. The deployment was also rolled out in a way to minimize impact across DISH’s entertainment ecosystem.
“Working against a compressed timeline, TiVo deli…

edX launches Columbia University’s “Data Science for Executives” course

Taught by a distinguished team of professors at Columbia University’s Data Science Institute, this program is perfect for anyone who wants to understand basic concepts in data science without getting into the weeds of programming. Aimed at organization leaders, business managers, health care professionals and anyone considering a career in data science, this program will steep learners in the fundamentals of statistics, machine learning and algorithms. It will also introduce emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) , or wirelessly connected products, and techniques that allow computers to summarize mountains of text, audio and video. Concrete examples provided throughout the program will ensure that learners fully grasp and master key concepts.
The latest offering to further their mission to increase access to education that today’s global, connected learner demands. Professional Certificate Programs are a series of in-demand courses designed to build or advance cri…

56% of smartphone users in India have no data access at least once a day: Report

Mobile data usage in India has quadrupled in 8 months due to competitive and unlimited data tariff plans being offered by various telecom operators such as Jio, Airtel, Vodafone over the past few months, according to True Balance, India’s leading mobile balance management app. However, despite such data offer, the report states that 56% of smartphone users have been found to be offline, without access to the internet, at least once a day, while 11% stay offline for more than 24 hours.
The data report, based on the latest data analysis from the True Balance application, says that data connectivity environment is still poor leading to devices being exposed to offline environment on large. Speaking on the results of new data analysis report, Alex Suh, General Director of Data Analysis, True Balance, said, “We have found that across India, the connections are patchy and users often find gaps in network coverage depending on their location. This is why despite the mobile data usage in the…

Visa strengthens regional leadership team

Visa announced the appointment of Murali Nair, as the Head of Client Relationship Management, India, and Manmeet Vohra as the Marketing Head, India and South Asia in a move to reinforce its leadership team for the region.
Murali most recently served as the Senior Vice President, Market Development for Mastercard, South Asia and brings a wealth of knowledge to Visa with over 24 years of strategic experience in payments and digital products across India, Middle East and Africa. Prior to Mastercard, Murali was the CEO for Pinpoint India, a global leader in Loyalty Marketing. Previously, he held senior positions at Barclays, Deutsche Bank, and Citibank.
Murali will lead Visa’s market development activities across the region. He will lead the company’s efforts in managing key client relationships while driving product issuance, expanding Visa’s client base as well as helping enhance client experience across the Visa network. An engineer from NIT, Tiruchirapalli, Murali also holds an MBA f…

ACT Fibernet launches 150 Mbps broadband speed in Delhi

ACT Fibernet, India’s largest non-telco ISP and 3rd largest ISP (internet service provider) will launch 150 Mbps broadband speed in Delhi beginning 1st August 2017, and will revise its existing fixed term broadband plans that will allow customers to enjoy higher speeds at no additional cost.
Under the retail customer plan umbrella, ACT Bronze will be upgraded to 75 Mbps with 250 GB data transfer (125 GB FUP Up+ 125 GB FUP down), ACT Silver will be upgraded to 75 Mbps speed and 350 GB data transfer (175 GB up + 175 GB down), ACT Gold will be upgraded to 100 Mbps speed with 500 GB data transfer (250 GB up + 250 GB down) and ACT Platinum will be upgraded to 150 Mbps speed with total of 600 GB data transfer (300 GB up + 300 GB down) limit.  All of these plans have been upgraded with higher data and faster speeds at no extra cost.
Likewise, under the SOHO (Small office, home office) plans, ACT Remarkable will be upgraded to 125 Mbps speed with 850 data transfer (425 GB up + 425 GB down), …

Facebook Shuts Down AI Bot After It Invented Its Own Language

Researches at Facebook were forced to shut down their AI Bot as it was developing its own language, which was not understandable to them. This is an incident of a mammoth scale. This is an indication of how machines can jeopardize human existence in the future. When it became difficult to rein on the AI bot at Facebook, they had to shut down the artificial intelligence (AI) program.
If reports are to be believed, the Facebook AI bot developed its own code words to make communication more efficient. Researchers took it offline when they realized it was no longer using English. With this incident, the premonitions of human-vs-machine conflicts are apparent. If AI and ML becomes more powerful and matches human intelligence, it would be impossible for humans to stay on this planet. Machines might eventually take over and destroy humanity. 
Facebook was working on this platform for a while and trying to figure out ways to make it more efficient. The learnings from this has to be used in o…

Acer Launches ‘Nitro 5’gaming laptop

Acer brings in another terrific performer to its gaming series by introducing the powerful Nitro 5 in India. Packed with features you truly need in a gaming laptop, Nitro 5 delivers an astounding, affordable and portable gaming experience that deliver everyday usability with ultimate performance to play demanding games on  a budget.
Commenting on the launch, Mr. Chandrahas Panigrahi, CMO and Consumer Business Head said, “We are extremely excited to launch Acer Nitro 5 in India, the device is an unmatched combination of price and features. We thoroughly believe that every aspiring gamer deserves a great gaming device which lets them play advanced games while still be a great choice to do day-to-day tasks, hence, that’s where we thought to introduce Nitro 5 which is incredibly powerful with an unbeatable price”.
The Acer Nitro 5 will be available on FlipKart and Acer Stores for customer to buy starting from Rs.75,990/-. AGGRESSIVE DESIGN The Nitro 5’s design features a matte black chas…

Rockmetric Releases Its ‘Cognitive Search’ for Analytics on Microsoft Azure

Rockmetric launches its natural language-driven ‘Cognitive Search’ for Analytics on Microsoft Azure. The solution automates access to ad-hoc queries, powerful insights and routine analysis without any need to learn SQL. Enterprises can now facilitate a data-driven culture at scale without having to expand reporting teams.
Business teams struggle with high turnaround time for analysis, which requires tedious manual effort and coordination among multiple teams. Many companies have large armies of analysts and operators spending many hours on spreadsheets, SQL queries and complex BI tools to respond to data requests from business teams.
With Cognitive Search for Analytics, enterprises can create an intelligence layer over their databases. Teams can then request queries such as “Why did the Sales for Product A dip in London during May?” or “Which are the fastest growing Products for Women from New York” and automate the delivery of powerful insights with beautiful charts over channels su…

Rooter hosts a diverse range of sports after including Kabaddi and F1

Rooter, a digital platform that connects, engages, and helps sports audience interact with each other on a real-time basis has added another feather to its crown of accomplishments. By including Kabaddi and F1 In its basket of offerings, Rooter has achieved the unique and standalone distinction of being the first platform to host 7 types sports in one application.
Having already achieved an overwhelming response from its users with quarter of a million downloads and an average of 13-15 minutes of time spent by users on the app every day, Rooter has further endeared itself to its users by including sports such as Kabaddi and F1. Both these sports are enjoying a steady growth in their popularity across the country, especially with the Pro Kabaddi League and increased Indian participation in F1.
Commenting on the achievement, Piyush, Founder and CEO, Rooter, said, “ It is a moment of great pride to know that Rooter has become the first platform to offer such an array of diverse kinds of…

Vodafone organizes ‘Tour De Deoghar’

Vodafone India organized ‘Tour De Deoghhar’ - a 250+ kms long cycle ride from Ranchi to Deoghar, to educate people in the state about the importance of road safety and observing traffic rules. The initiative was undertaken in association with the Ranchi Cycling Club, an association of cycling lovers in Ranchi. Employees of Vodafone Bihar & Jharkhand Circle and members of the cycling club participated in the campaign, riding though breathtaking hills and picturesque forests of Jharkhand spreading the message on health, safety & wellbeing among the citizens, emphasizing on the fundamental traffic rules and highlighting the basic precautions a commuter must take while on the move.
‘Tour De Deoghar’, the two-day Cycle Ride was flagged off by Rajshekhar Metgud, Business Head, Bihar and Jharkhand Circle, Vodafone India from Vodafone Circle Office in Ranchi. The ride covered key locations en route, passing though Mesra – Phusro – Dumri – Giridih – Bengabad – Kakti, before culminatin…

Entrepreneurs Needs good Advisors to succeed in the Long Run

By: Pandoo Naig, Director Onelife Capital Advisors
Success doesn’t comes easy, like many other things in life ‘it takes a village’ to become successful in your business. To drive the business Millennial’s are constantly making mistakes and breaking the basic rules, they want to earn quick money and go for shortcuts.
Without a proper guidance, in the form of an advisor or mentor, you may end up making primary mistakes that would have been avoidable. The smaller you are, the faster you need to move, often without enough information to make perfect choices. This is where you need to have good advisors who can help you promote your business with the same ambitions.
The advisor will set up right expectations which helps in advising companies of the right business strategies to create the right business value that investors want to see.
They have the ability to assist companies in implementing corporate governance strategies, formulating business plans and management structuring which furth…

ZoneTV And Ooyala Join hands With Microsoft To Bring AI To TV Channels

ZoneTV will utilize media logistics tools from Ooyala, a global provider of video monetization technology and services, plus Video Indexer, part of Microsoft Cognitive Services, to automate the curation of content of a first-of-its-kind, customizable suite of linear TV channels which launches this fall.
ZoneTV has licensed digital-first content which it will curate into specialized channels delivered to pay-TV subscribers.  For consumers, these channels will initially appear like any traditional linear channel.  But ZoneTV’s unique service allows consumers to do more, combining linear, on-demand and customized choices into a new offering called ZoneTV Dynamic Channels.  The company’s ability to curate 6,000 hours of videos on the fly in these channels creates a unique and personalized experience for the consumer.
“We’re building the next generation of pay-TV services, so we need next-generation tools. With the combination of Ooyala’s platform and Microsoft Cognitive Services, the Zon…

EagleTree Capital Buys Majority Share in CORSAIR for $525 Million

CORSAIR, a leader in high-performance PC components, gaming peripherals, and enthusiast memory, announced that EagleTree Capital, formerly Wasserstein Partners, has reached a definitive agreement in partnership with current management to acquire a majority stake in CORSAIR from Francisco Partners and several minority shareholders. As part of the transaction, CORSAIR founder and Chief Executive Officer Andy Paul will maintain a sizable equity stake in the Company and continue in his role as CEO. IMCO (Investment Management Corporation of Ontario) and the Honeywell pension are also co-investing alongside EagleTree, which is acting on behalf of its private equity fund EagleTree Partners IV.
Founded in 1994, CORSAIR has grown from a single performance memory product line into a leading global provider of high performance branded computer products, including memory, components, peripherals, and complete systems. The company's diverse portfolio of premium PC gaming products serves the …

Kerala to house country’s first SingularityU chapter

In a game-changing development for India’s IT sector and startup ecosystem, Kerala will host the subcontinent’s first chapter of Singularity University, a world-renowned community learning and innovation platform that explores and enables the leveraging of exponential technologies to tackle contemporary challenges.
The national chapter of the Silicon Valley-based institution, which offers a range of educational programmes to help companies, entrepreneurs, NGOs and policymakers better understand and apply disruptive new technologies, will be housed in the Kerala Startup Mission’s (KSUM) ‘Meet Up Café’ in Technopark.
In addition to already having in place the basic infrastructure to work in future tech, a commitment to open software learning and a highly enthusiastic startup community working with augmented and virtual reality, Blockchains and robotics, among other emerging technologies, the city also puts the chapter in close proximity to cutting-edge research laboratories in renewabl…

BlueStone.com appoints Alia Bhatt its brand ambassdor

BlueStone.com, has appointed Alia Bhatt as its first brand ambassador. The stylish and vivacious young actress will endorse BlueStone.com’s expansive range of jewels as the brand looks to strengthen its position as the country’s foremost online destination for exclusive fine jewellery.
Thrilled about her first jewellery brand association, Alia Bhatt said, “I’m quite excited to be part of BlueStone.com’s journey. The brand complements my personal style beautifully as it is contemporary, elegant and offers a fantastic range of eclectic designs for every occasion. Today’s modern shopper who is constantly on the move will love the thousands of design options and ease of shopping on BlueStone.com.”
Speaking on the association, Gaurav Singh Kushwaha, Founder and CEO, BlueStone.com said, “We are delighted to have Alia Bhatt as the face of brand BlueStone.com which has grown strongly over the past few years. We are at an inflection point and a young icon like Alia can help connect with our c…

SCC and Western Digital discussed the role of surveillance for safer and smarter cities

Emplacing the manifesto for cooperation between authorities, civil bodies and technology providers, the Smart Cities Council India (SCC) and Western Digital on Friday held a round table conference session on “ Role of Video Surveillance Systems in making cities safer ”  which brought alive the current state of surveillance security in India, the challenges and sustainable solutions to help urban planners understand the framework of a smart city and take steps to improve infrastructure. This initiative is in unison with the vision of ‘Smart Cities’ for which the role of data and IT, especially video surveillance in enhancing security will play a pivotal role.           The event witnessed a welcome address by Pratap Padode, Director & Founder, Smart Cities Council India; keynote address by Shri Gaurav Gupta, Principal  Secretary, IT, BT, ST, Government of Karnataka ,  Khwaja Saifuddin, Senior Sales Director - South Asia, Middle East and Africa, Western Digital and R Sri Kumar, Cha…

Adobe Transforms Personalization with Artificial Intelligence

Adobe announced it will open up its data science and algorithmic optimization capabilities in Adobe Target, the personalization engine of Adobe Marketing Cloud. Brands will be able to insert their own data models and algorithms into Adobe Target to deliver the best experience to customers. Additionally, the company announced new capabilities in Adobe Target powered by Adobe Sensei, its AI and machine learning framework, to further enhance customer recommendations and targeting precision, optimize experiences and automate the delivery of personalized offers.
“Consumer expectations have sky-rocketed to the point that hyper personalization is no longer optional for brands, it’s imperative,” said Aseem Chandra, vice president, Adobe Experience Manager and Adobe Target. “Progressive brands are already developing proprietary algorithms. When integrated into Adobe Target, brands can combine their own expertise with the power of Adobe’s AI and machine learning tools to predict what customers…

How EdTech is redefining education in our country?

By: Arjun Gupta, CEO CoursePlay
Technology has gradually been entering the domain of education. Knowledge, something which was once solely restricted to books, is now actively being accessed by the use of various platforms such as websites, applications, videos, and live chats. Multitude of schools – largely in tier 1 and tier 2 cities – have also embraced this change, being driven by technological adoption to make learning more fun and a lot more interactive.
Education Technology or rather the abbreviated version ‘EdTech’ is a rapidly emerging sector. If numbers are to be brought into perspective, the online education market of our country itself is expected to touch $2.5 billion as the year comes to a close, as per RedSeer Consulting’s report. The same report also revealed that the sector is pegged to receive an engagement of about 20 million students, only from junior high to senior school, who’d avail the supplemental education online.
Intertwining technology with education also s…

State of Louisiana Builds Technology ‘Systems of Tomorrow’ with VMware NSX

VMware announced that the State of Louisiana Office of Technology Services (OTS) is taking advantage of VMware Cross-Cloud Architecture™ and VMware NSX® to transform security and modernize data center operations as part of a statewide cloud transformation initiative. VMware is empowering OTS with a common operating model that spans both private and public clouds to more securely manage and scale its newly consolidated IT operations. According to OTS, to date, NSX has saved OTS upwards of $1 million in capital expenditures and even more in operational expenses by better equipping IT teams with the tools they need to scale systems with better outcomes and at lower costs.
Born out of legislation, the State of Louisiana OTS consolidated the IT operations of 16 state-wide agencies, including healthcare, education, and public safety, into a single entity, led by Richard “Dickie” Howze, the State’s Chief Information Officer. Using this as a catalyst, the State embarked on an IT transformati…

Pi DATACENTERS launches Asia’s Largest Uptime Institute TIER IV Certified Data Center - “Pi Amaravati”

Pi DATACENTERS has launched “Pi Amaravati” - Asia’s Largest Uptime Institute TIER IV Certified Data Center at Amaravati, Vijayawada, the capital of newly reorganized state of Andhra Pradesh. Pi Amaravati was inaugurated by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Shri Nara Chandrababu Naidu today at Mangalagiri, Andhra Pradesh, in the presence of Hon’ble IT Minister, Shri Nara Lokesh, Kalyan Muppaneni, Founder & CEO – Pi DATACENTERS, top management of Pi DATACENTERS and business leaders of Fortune 500 companies.
One of the most advanced data centers in the world, Pi Amaravati is the first Software Defined Strategic Data Center (SDDC) in the world and uses open stack virtualization framework to deliver the best-in-class computing, storage, and networking experience. Pi is capable to deliver top of the league modular colocation and hosting services with a capacity upto 5000 rack, making it the largest in Asia and one of the top datacenters in the world. Pi’s Enterprise Cloud Platf…