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Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL prices slashed significantly by Google

Google Pixel 2 puts everything you love about Google in the palm of your hand: a phone that’s smart, simple and safe. In case you are considering mentioning the Pixel 2 in any upcoming stories, please note that Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are now available at lower effective prices, due to active offers during this buying season. 
You can now purchase the Google Pixel 2 (64GB) at Rs. 42,000 and Pixel 2 (128GB) at Rs. 51,000.

The Google Pixel 2 XL is available at new prices as well: Google Pixel 2 XL 64GB is now priced at Rs, 57,000, and the 128GB variant costs Rs. 66,000.

Can Banks Leverage Big Data Analytics to Reduce NPAs?

By: Rajesh Shewani, Head - Technology and Solution Architecture, Teradata India.  
Non-performing assets (NPA) are one of the biggest challenges facing the global banking system and, particularly, Indian banks. While Public sector banks have displayed excellent performance and have beaten the performance of private sector banks in financial operations, they are facing increasing levels of non-performing assets, year on year. On the contrary, the NPAs of private sector banks have shown a decline. The Reserve Bank of India’s ‘Financial Stability Report; the 15th biannual edition of which was released in June this year portends that Indian banks’ health will worsen. The report warns that the banking system’s gross bad loan ratio will rise to 10.2% of the total loan book in March 2018 from 9.6% in March 2017. For public sector banks, the gross bad loan ratio could rise  to 14.2% by March 2018, from 11.4% now as per the report. Between December 2014 and May 2017, the non-performing assests…

Tally launches ‘Tally Xcelerator for SMEs’, focussing on their growth and development

Tally Solutions has launched a one-of-a kind program called Tally Xcelerator (TX) to offer consultancy services to small and medium businesses, with an aim to empower SMEs and facilitate their growth. Under this program, Tally appointed partners called Tally Xcelerators will extend business advisory services playing the role of a coach, mentor and trainer toall of Tally’s partners and small businesses across the country.The program aims to help SMEs realize their trade and investment opportunities and become competitive in both the domestic and global market.
The revolutionary tax reform that has been introduced, as well as focus on digitization are promoting entrepreneurship opportunities resulting in a truly competitive business environment. In order to stay ahead of the competition and get onto the path of sustainable growth, it is imperative for small and emerging businesses to have a guiding light on macro aspects of business which are related to growth and development. Large en…

Skava joins HPE-driven Cloud28+ to offer new hybrid cloud retail solutions

Infosys announced its membership as a technology partner in the Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)-driven Cloud28+ community and digital platform. By leveraging the Cloud28+ community’s vast network of service providers, Skava, a wholly owned subsidiary of Infosys, aims to expand its market presence in countries where business and regulatory considerations call for private and hybrid cloud deployments working with local partners.
Cloud28+ helps cloud service providers and independent software vendors form new alliances with each other and end-user customers, and offers services via a vast catalog of thousands of Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Software-as-a-Service, and Platform-as-a-Service offerings. Professional services, cloud software, and deployable apps are also offered via the community’s digital platform.
Together with HPE, Skava is creating a hybrid cloud version of its retail microservices technology stack, capable of being deployed across cloud environments, including public, …

Amazon announces “Crafted for Amazon” program

Amazon has launch the “Crafted for Amazon” program. 10.or D series smartphone from brand 10.or (pronounced Tenor) will be launched under this program exclusively on Amazon.in on Jan 5th, 2018 sale at 12noon.
As part of the ‘Crafted for Amazon’ program, Amazon.in shares customer insights - based on voice of customer on the marketplace - on what is important to the customer through a product lifecycle experience. The OEM partners who are part of this program design and manufacture products as per industry leading quality and reliability standards. Furthermore, Amazon provides go-to-market support for these products.
The Crafted for Amazon program will include fashion brands like Myx, Symbol, the Home & Kitchen brand Solimo and the Smartphone brand 10.or. Crafted for Amazon program seeks to look for selection gaps and introduce more products to cater to local customer demand.
10.or first launched its 10.or E in September 2017 and thereafter G in October 2017. Following the success o…

iBall announces the launch of EduSound i5 Speakers – Specially for Education and Classrooms

Known for its innovative and latest technology products, iBall has taken a step further in expanding its expertise in the audio industry with the wooden make of ‘EduSound i5 speakers’ designed especially for Education and Classrooms. It is introduced, precisely keeping presenters and teachers in mind, and it enables group learning activities and high quality presentations in any meeting setup
An average teacher speaks at about 60 decibels; diminishing to 0 decibels within 0.7seconds. This means the further the student is sitting from the teacher, the more that student will miss. However, the issue is resolved with iBall EduSound, delivering 360°omnidirectional sound experience. With its ability to mount, the speaker equally disperses the lesson to each student as if each  student was sitting in the front row.
 With its powerful wood-built enjoy incomparable resonance, enhanced hearing experience and balanced depth of sound for learning. With a total of 30Watts RMS power, the speaker d…

Threat Predictions for 2018

As we step into the new year, 2018 and embrace the fast changing digital world, on the behind we leave a trail of 2017 marred with cyber-attacks which have been more sophisticated and lethal in a way that sabotaged many industries to individuals with huge financial loses as well as personal data loss. This raises the bar towards stronger cyber security and defence against the growing menace of cyber-attacks, which needs round the clock vigil and vigor to protect the industries and individuals for protecting the valuable data and business continuity.
The trends also showed that AI and machine learning becoming the de facto norms of adoption for future growth of businesses and industries. Cyber security solutions also now adopted it to be prepared for any untoward incidents arising out of the weakest link of cyber security that is human error.
eScan security research team has identified some of the key trends that will emerge stronger as well as the most targeted segments for security …

Trends that will be shaping the IT industry in 2018

We are in the last quarter of 2017 and we could definitely say it's been an eventful year for IT industry. We have witnessed companies going digital and taking data-driven business decisions. But every good comes with bad, 2017 will also be remembered as the year of high profile breaches and malicious attacks- the era of smart hackers, polymorphic threats and unique malware variants.
With a strong understanding of the Indian IT market dynamics, Gurpreet Singh, Managing Director at Arrow PC Network has listed top four trends that will drive the IT industry in the upcoming year - 2018
King of IT industry is and will be - "Data" (Focus on Data-Driven Business)    For the past few years, becoming more data-driven has been a key focus for many businesses in India. In 2018, we're going to yet again see another increase in the volume, velocity, and variety of data. Data was and is an essential ingredient in business success across all functional areas. To turn the companie…

Alibaba Cloud Extends Coverage t o Enable Indian Enterprises

Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, announced that  clients can start to sign up for services to be delivered in its new  India  data centre, which is set to open in January 2018. Located in the city of Mumbai , this new data centre will  help meet the surging demand for cloud computing services among the fast- increasing number of Indian small and medium size businesses in the region. 
India  is  a  key  market  inAlibaba Cloud’s globalization strategy, and  the firm sees  tremendous  business opportunitygiven the rapid  growth of the Indian  economy and the nature of the enterprises looking to expand from the country. Alibaba Cloud’s  vision to empower enterprises anywhere in the world to go global is now extended to Indian clients with a comprehensive suite of high- performance cloud products including large - scale computing, storage resources, and  Big Data  processing capabilities. Indian businesses of all sizes can  now  run their applications on  Alibaba C…

Avi Networks Accelerates Cloud Transformations with Microsoft Azure

Avi Networks announced that the Avi Vantage platform ensures fast, uninterrupted delivery of applications running on Microsoft Azure. Microsoft Azure customers can now use Avi Networks’ application services to deploy, manage and secure their critical applications. Adobe runs its Adobe Experience Cloud solutions on Microsoft Azure, with application services from Avi Networks.
“Microsoft Azure gives us a world-class cloud platform to deliver amazing cloud-based digital experiences with the Adobe Experience Cloud,” said Brandon Pulsipher, Vice President, Product Technical Operations at Adobe. “By reliably and securely delivering our applications, Avi Networks has become a key partner for our adoption of the Azure Cloud Platform.”
Avi Networks delivers an elastic, software-defined platform for application networking services which can be provisioned in seconds in any data center or cloud. Avi’s distributed data plane, which can be deployed granularly on a per-app basis, is centrally mana…

Over 5,000 Indian Developers in 6 Cities Acquire Deep Learning Skills, Prepare for AI Era at NVIDIA Developer Connect 2017

NVIDIA completed its first edition of Developer Connect 2017 in Bangalore. The six-city developer roadshow witnessed over 5,000 attendees who experienced some of the highest quality workshops and demonstrations of AI and deep learning tools, designed to meet the challenges big data presents. Attendees got a closer look at NVIDIA’s DGX systems, as well as the opportunity to learn more about its new Volta architecture. Both the DGX-1 and DGX Station were on display to demonstrate the full power of these AI supercomputers.
The concluding segment witnessed prominent speakers from organizations such as Ola, Cognitive Computing, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Labs, Shell India, Sony India and Aditya Imaging Information Technologies provide their views.
The module for the two-day program held across six-cities, included:
·         Day 1: Deep Learning Institute (DLI) hands-on training workshops for developers on the latest techniques for designing, training and deploying neural netwo…

Ahead of the New Year Gionee slashes prices of A series!

With the nation gearing for the upcoming festivities, Gionee India, country’s leading smartphone player, announced significant special discounts on two important devices from the A series today. The selfie + battery focused A1 Plus and A1 Lite series has a price discounting of INR 3,000 and INR 1,000 for customers ahead of the year end, furthering the brand’s pledge to add cheers amongst its users.
Celebrations don’t stop at the discount, customers with A1 Lite shall enjoy bundled offers from PayTM and Jio. New or existing Airtel Customers who purchase A1 Lite will get additional 10 GB data per month for 6 months on any data recharge of 1GB and above. As for new users of A1 Plus they would get 60 GB data from Jio on a recharge of INR 309; 10GB for a period of 6 months. Both A1 Lite and A1 Plus will be accompanied with 2 PayTM Cashback Vouchers Codes entitling customers with INR 250 cash back on a minimum purchase of INR 350 on PayTM Mall.
A1 Plus features a stunning 13MP + 5MP dual r…

Infosys BPO Limited Renamed as Infosys BPM Limited

Infosys BPO, the Business Process Outsourcing subsidiary of Infosys Limited, announced that the company has received the approval of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India to change its name to Infosys BPM Limited. The new name is effective immediately, and will be implemented across the company's services.
The new name is a reflection of the paradigm shift in the nature of services that the company now offers through its holistic approach of end-to-end transformative BPM (Business Process Management). The scope and complexity of business processing work and the expectations of clients have changed significantly over the past few years as clients expect transformative value much beyond arbitrage through outsourcing and offshoring.
Infosys BPM’s technology heritage and investment in business domain Centers of Excellence have enabled the company to amplify human potential and leverage their ‘humanware’ – a unique combination of ‘employees with business domain expert…

Jet East Corporate Aviation, LLC. to deploy Ramco

Ramco Systems announced that it has won an order from Jet East Corporate Aviation, LLC., to implement Ramco Aviation Suite V5.8. In addition to the Aviation modules, Jet East will also implement Ramco’s complete Finance, HR & Payroll offering to get an integrated view of its business operations.
Jet East was looking for a solution to move its paper based manual operations to a completely automated, mobile-ready platform which can capture all processes in real time. Built from the ground up for the aviation industry, Ramco Aviation Suite fit the needs perfectly by offering an integrated suite that will bring Jet East’s Engineering & CAMO, Maintenance, Materials Management, Quality & Safety, and MRO Sales, including HCM, Payroll and Finance under a single platform. Bundled with innovative features like Mobility and HUBs, Ramco’s offering aims at automating manual processes, thereby increasing productivity and optimizing aircraft turn-around time (TAT).
“We are taking a digi…

RIVERSONG launches smart and dynamic sound devices in India

The love for music has witnessed an additional boost as Riversong, India’s fastest growing smart gadget brand, launched its own series of high-definition sound category products. Catering to the diverse needs of today’s youth, these products come with the zeal to provide best quality technology at a value-for-money range. 
With the rise of IOT (Internet of Things) age, Riversong provides state-of-art Smart Devices, designed for fitness trainers, music lovers and young adventurers across the world. With more than 10 years’ electronic product development experience in the industry, Riversong is ready to walk with you in this smart new world. With cutting edge technology, housed in attractive bodies, Riversong devices are the perfect lifestyle partners that one would love to flaunt.
Sound Fit (priced at INR 1699)
Riversong provides the music lovers with the ultimate opportunity to enjoy music in complete privacy with its attractive and stylish in- ear sports headphones with no compromis…

McAfee Labs Report Sees Known Exploits and Fileless Malware Drive Record New Malware Surge

McAfee has released its McAfee Labs Threat Report: December 2017, examining the growth and trends of new malware, ransomware, and other threats in Q3 2017.
McAfee Labs saw malware reach an all-time high of 57.6 million new samples—four new samples per second—featuring developments such as new fileless malware using malicious macros, a new version of Locky ransomware dubbed Lukitus, and new variations of the banking Trojans Trickbot and Emotet. Threats attempting to exploit Microsoft technology vulnerabilities were very prominent despite the fact that the platform vendor addressed these issues with patches as early as the first quarter of 2017.
“The third quarter revealed that attackers’ threat designs continue to benefit from the dynamic, benign capabilities of platform technologies like PowerShell, a reliable recklessness on the part of individual phishing victims, and what seems to be an equally reliable failure of organizations to patch known vulnerabilities with available securit…

TechnoBind CEO Wins Young Entrepreneur Award from Bangalore Management Association

TechnoBind CEO Prashanth G J has won Young Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Bangalore Management Association (BMA) during its Member's day and 64th Anniversary celebration held at  Vivanta by Taj, Bangalore.The award is a recognition for a young manager who has made an impact to the society they live in. The award is for someone who shows pride in his profession, innovation and is a role model for youngsters.
Prashanth G J has been chosen for his progressive leadership experience in different dimensions of information technology and his contribution to the industry. He started TechnoBind in 2012 and since then the company is profitable with an almost 100% CAGR.
Accepting the award, Prashanth G J, CEO of TechnoBind said, "I am honoured to be chosen for the Young Achiever award by the BMA. It's been 5 years since we laid the foundation of TechnoBind and we are constantly growing ever since. We have lived every bit of our tag line - Redefining Possibilities. This awar…

Mobile Retail Hurdles - And How Businesses in the Middle East can Overcome Them

By: Manish Bhardwaj, Sr. Marketing Manager, Middle East and Turkey at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company

In the world of retail, success increasingly depends on the ability to provide a great mobile customer experience. Mobile customers expect a lot from retailers.

But getting it right is not as easy as it might appear. Small amounts of latency can seem like forever to impatient customers. A non-user-friendly app? That is a recipe for disaster. Here are the top mobile retail hurdles, and what you can do about them.

Gotcha #1: Customers download the app, but don’t use it.

It may seem obvious, but the app must deliver value to the user. Every business is different and therefore the benefits of the app should be different. At a grocery store, providing coupons will keep a lot of customers happy. But if you sell luxury goods, you are much better off giving customers the chance to join an exclusive online club.

When you’ve got an app that delivers value to your customer base, desig…

10 Essentials for Businesses in the Middle East to Stop Ransomware Cyber Attacks

By: Ashraf Sheet, regional director, Middle East and Africa at Infoblox
Ransomware is today the number one cyber threat to businesses. Since cyberextortion first appeared in 1989 as “PC Cyborg,” it has grown, evolved, and come into widespread use among hackers—and in 2017 it has fully come of age. Hundreds of new variations have sprung up this year. Ransomware is a relatively brazen attack where a malware infection is used to seize data by encrypting it, and then payment is demanded for the decryption key. There has been a seismic shift in the ransomware threat, expanding from a few actors pulling off limited, small-dollar heists targeting consumers to industrial-scale, big-money attacks on all sizes and manner of organizations, including major enterprises.
It’s not always about the money though. Some ransomware is not designed primarily to make you pay up, but instead to disrupt operations or wipe data from computer systems.
The Role of DNS in Ransomware Attacks
DNS is the address bo…

Gartner Says By 2020, Artificial Intelligence Will Create More Jobs Than It Eliminates

2020 will be a pivotal year in AI-related employment dynamics, according to Gartner, Inc., as artificial intelligence (AI) will become a positive job motivator.
The number of jobs affected by AI will vary by industry; through 2019, healthcare, the public sector and education will see continuously growing job demand while manufacturing will be hit the hardest. Starting in 2020, AI-related job creation will cross into positive territory, reaching two million net-new jobs in 2025.
"Many significant innovations in the past have been associated with a transition period of temporary job loss, followed by recovery, then business transformation and AI will likely follow this route," said Svetlana Sicular, research vice president at Gartner. AI will improve the productivity of many jobs, eliminating millions of middle- and low-level positions, but also creating millions more new positions of highly skilled, management and even the entry-level and low-skilled variety.
"Unfortuna…