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Google’s first ever summer camp concludes in Delhi and it turned out to be a spectacular experience

After thousands of submissions poured in over the last one month, top winners of Google’s educational campaign -- #SummerWithGoogle, made it to the much awaited summer camp, that was held at Google’s Gurgaon campus today.
Having successfully completed four assignments, that encouraged kids and their parents, to explore a new country on Google Earth, learn phrases in a new language on Google Translate, explore museums from around the world on Google Arts & Culture; take a shot at building their very own app using Scratch; and decode the fundamental codes to being responsible explorers of the web, the winners got to experience a fun filled and unique day at Google.
While there was much anticipation among kids on what could be expected at the summer camp, they were elated to get an immersive experience of the technology and culture at Google, including -- AI & VR with activities designed using Daydream, Cardboard, and Tilt Brush, a customized tech-powered Rock, Paper, Scissor wor…

McAfee Labs Sees Criminals “Infect and Collect” in Cryptocurrency Mining Surge

McAfee, the device-to-cloud cybersecurity company, released its McAfee Labs Threats Report: June 2018, examining the growth and trends of new malware, ransomware, and other threats in Q1 2018. McAfee Labs saw on average five new threat samples every second, including growth in cryptojacking and other cryptocurrency mining malware, and notable campaigns demonstrating a deliberate drive to technically improve upon the most sophisticate established attacks of 2017.
“There were new revelations this quarter concerning complex nation-state cyber-attack campaigns targeting users and enterprise systems worldwide,” said Raj Samani, chief scientist at McAfee. “Bad actors demonstrated a remarkable level of technical agility and innovation in tools and tactics. Criminals continued to adopt cryptocurrency mining to easily monetize their criminal activity.”
Cybercriminals extended their operations in cryptojacking and other cryptocurrency mining schemes, where perpetrators hijack victims’ browsers…

eMudhra enters Latin America to curb diploma fraud with its flagship product emSigner

eMudhra, a market leader in digital identity and transaction management solutions today announced its entry to Latin America in the education sector with its flagship Paperless Office Solution – emSigner. The entry caters to curb diploma fraud and completely digitize the diploma issuance process. With this entry, eMudhra has partnered with Diplogrados Ltda, the leading diploma preparation and printing provider in the region to target over 100 universities in Colombia and surrounding countries. Diplogrados Ltda, prints about 200,000+ diplomas for universities each semester in addition to other documents.
Currently, eMudhra is providing emSigner to one of the largest private sector universities in the region with a strength of 13,000 students and the idea is to issue diplomas to all of them. To meet this requirement, eMudhra has customized its emSigner to the new market, making it available in Spanish with specific technologies built as an add-on to the original platform to minimize dip…

The World Cup is here, stay ahead of potential cyber threats

Sophos reminded football fans of how cybercriminals have used people’s interest in the sport to launch cyber attacks. Football has been targeted before by those who want to turn international community events into attacks.
It’s a sad fact,  that cyber attacks often go hand in hand with major sporting events, including the World Cup, as they give cyber criminals easy access to a frequent stream of online activities from incautious soccer fans.
On May 23rd this year, the Security Service of Ukraine issued a cyber attack warning that the VPNFilter malware infecting internet routers and other devices was a preparation of a cyber-attack aimed at impacting the Champions League final held that weekend in Ukraine.
A select history of World Cup cyber threats
During France 1998, the ZMK-J virus asked you to gamble on who would win. If you got the answer wrong, the malware triggered an exploit which was capable of wiping all the data off your hard drive. In South Korea 2002, Chick-F spread via …

Bosch Group to integrate breakthrough mobility services and AI in India

The Bosch Group sees strong signs of recovery in the Indian market and forecasts a positive development over the mid-term: “The Indian economy is on the rise again and holds tremendous potential”, says Dr Volkmar Denner, the chairman of the board of management of the Bosch Group during his visit to India. In 2017, the leading global technology and services company posted strong double-digit growth as sales went up of 15.4 percent to 2.2 billion euros. With a projected 7.7 percent GDP-growth for the Indian economy in 2018 and a similar level for the coming years, Bosch expects to continue with its momentum. Main contributors are the development of the local automotive industry, which holds opportunities for Diesel technology, electromobility and connected mobility as well as the government initiatives for connected manufacturing and connected cities. “To meet the rising demand in the Indian market with tailored solutions and expand India’s strong role in our global network, we will inv…

MVJ College of Engineering students develop an app to meet your basic life necessities

A group of students from MVJ College of Engineering have developed an application called as STABL (Step towards Better Life) which helps people to meet their basic necessities at ease.
For Eg: If a person is sick, the symptoms can be detected using this application, the doctor consultation, and even the medicines from the pharmacy will be delivered to your door-step using this app STABL.
This application most importantly helps the migrated population, making their life easier. 
Student narrates about the project
Background I want to do an app development project.  I’m from a village near to Kolar.  I moved to Bangalore to pursue an engineering degree. I stay in a PG nearby my college. Once during a bad weather, I caught the flu.  There was no one to take care of me and I was all on my own.
Finding a doctor and going there in a new place without anyone’s guidance was a real pain. After some struggle I managed to find a doctor and visit him, the next problem was getting medicines.
Then …

Smart Nation Initiative to Drive Singapore Internet of Things: Market: TechSci Research

Growth in adoption of smart devices and applications, increasing number of connected devices and government initiatives to drive Singapore IoT market through 2023
According to TechSci Research report, “Singapore Internet of Things (IoT) Market By Platform, By Component, By Application, Competition Forecast & Opportunities, 2013 – 2023’’, IoT market in Singapore is projected to grow at a CAGR of more than 20% during 2018 - 2023. The government’s increasing focus on Smart Nation Project, growing demand for smart home applications and devices, increasing number of technological advancements coupled with strong demand for big data analytics and cloud services would propel the country’s Internet of Things market in the coming years. Additionally, increasing smartphone user base and internet penetration is boosting the number of connected devices across the country, thus driving the country’s IoT market.  
Browse 27 market data Figures spread through 88 Pages and an in-depth TOC on &quo…

Manthan Named a Strong Performer in Forrester’s Customer Analytics Wave Q2 2018

Manthan announced that it has been recognized as a ‘Strong Performer’ in The Forrester Wave: Customer Analytics Solutions, Q2 2018. The report is based on an evaluation of the select nine companies invited by Forrester who “provide a comprehensive customer analytics software solution consisting of [do-it-for-me] DIFM customer analytics functionality, which provide customer insights directly to business decision makers without the need for support from data scientists.” The participating companies were evaluated on 39 criteria, in three broad areas, current offering, strategy and market presence.
"We believe this recognition is a testament to our focus on the retail industry, and demonstrates our strong data science rigor,” said Atul Jalan, CEO and Founder, Manthan. “This reinforces for us our commitment and strategic investments in the marketing domain and also shows the faith our customers have in us – in helping them get the most from their customer data.”
The report cites Man…

FICO Awarded Seven New Patents for Analytic Innovations in Fraud Detection and AI

Silicon Valley analytic software firm FICO has been awarded seven new patents related to fraud, artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced analytics. In total, FICO currently holds 188 US and foreign patents, and has 89 pending patent applications.
“FICO focuses on helping organizations get the most business value from analytics, to optimize their business processes and drive real-time actions,” said Dr. Stuart Wells, FICO’s chief product and technology officer. “These patents are breakthroughs that are driving innovations in areas such as fraud detection, marketing, Big Data and more.”
Three of the patents awarded are innovations in the FICO® Falcon® Platform, which uses machine learning to detect transactional fraud by providing deep behavioral analytic insight into transaction activity. The Falcon Platform is the world’s most intelligent payment fraud detection solution, protecting more than 2.6 billion cards worldwide. These patents are:
Card Fraud Detection Utilizing Real-Time Id…

A View on Blockchain for Business—Transformational Blockbuster for UAE Businesses or ‘Slow Burn’?

By: Erik Johnsson, chief architect, Epicor Software
Most people associate blockchain with cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. It is the technology that many are built on. However, blockchain is now being billed as a technology that will improve visibility, productivity and security for business. In fact, some have gone as far as to say that its system for record-keeping, transparency and verification could replace the role of trust in our society. So why is it important for businesses in the UAE?
A global realisation has emerged that blockchains can bring new efficiencies to commerce and profoundly change how the world conducts business and interacts with Governments. In fact, the UAE is already ahead of the curve with the government’s April 2018 announcement of the Emirates Blockchain Strategy 2021. Major IT providers like IBM, Microsoft, and Infosys are collaborating with banks and other financial institutions in a race to develop commercial blockchain platforms. The advent of blockch…

MARG ERP partners with ICICI Bank

Marg ERP, aN Inventory and Accounting software solution company, has partnered with ICICI Bank, India’s largest private sector bank by consolidated assets, to offer an integrated payments platform to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) customers, using MARG’s accounting software.
This integration aims to promote ‘Connected Banking’ and enables ICICI Bank’s current account holders to securely connect their bank account with the MARG ERP software and undertake an array of digital transactions from within the ERP platform itself. It will enable businesses to initiate vendor & salary payments via RTGS, NEFT or IMPS directly from this platform, automate reconciliation of banking and accounting entries, apply for working capital loans as well as schedule future dated payments, thereby offering exemplary command over day-to-day financial transactions for businesses.
This pioneering initiative significantly enhances convenience for MSMEs as they are no longer required to toggle betw…

Business Optimization using Data Science – A Success Mantra

By: Srinivasan Rengarajan, VP & Global Head of Data Science and Analytics, 3i Infotech
In today’s era all small and large corporate are sitting on a gold mine of data, however, the biggest challenge they are facing to use these data to get business insights which they can to take effective business decisions and optimize their business.
“Data Science” is one of the most talked about topics in the CxO community and even leading analysts like Gartner and Forrester have quoted 2018 as a milestone year for organizations, with over 70% of them expected to leverage Data Science for Business Optimization. 
Data Science is an automated method to analyse massive amount of data from various sources and extracting insights from them. Data science starts with examining raw data followed by applying statistical techniques for the purpose of drawing business related conclusions about the information and for modelling and predicting business outcomes.
According to recent industry reports, by the…

Beyond Productivity: The Human Side of the Digital Workplace Quantified

Employees who work in digital workplaces are not only more productive but also more motivated, have higher job satisfaction, and report an overall better sense of well-being, according to a new global study from Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. The study, The Right Technologies Unlock the Potential of the Digital Workplace, reveals both the business and human benefits of more digitally-driven workplaces, and how companies that are less technologically advanced are at risk of falling behind the competition and not attracting top talent. It also notes that companies must be vigilant as more digital-savvy employees are taking greater risks with data and information security. Key Themes and Findings The study of 7,000 employees across 15 countries, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE), revealed a clear chasm in employee performance and sentiment between more advanced digital workplaces and those that employ digital technology to a lesser degree. A number of key themes emer…

5 Steps on the Journey to GDPR Compliance

By: Claude Schuck, Regional Manager for Middle East and Central Africa at Veeam Software There are still a vast number of organizations that have not taken the necessary steps to ensure GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) compliance? The problem surrounding GDPR compliance is that it’s thought of as being just an ‘IT issue’. Lots of businesses seem to either have an inflated sense of confidence around how they already handle data, or they’re shrugging it off as someone else’s problem – which is to miss the point entirely. Compliance with the GDPR, in terms of both preparation and maintenance, should be a company-wide effort. Not least because companies who are found to be non-compliant could face hefty fines that would affect everyone. And if the stipulations of the GDPR seem significant, it’s because they are. We’ve not had any updates to data protection laws since 1995 and things have changed a lot since then. The way businesses collected and stored personal data back then is …

Service Providers in the Middle East can Win by Deploying Technology on Their Own Terms

By: Mohammed Al-Moneer, Regional Director, MENA at A10 Networks
For a service provider to succeed, their technology needs to work for them, not vice versa. And it certainly can’t work against them.
Service Providers need choice. And they need the ability to future-proof their network to accommodate all of the latest and greatest technologies that hit the market. Stagnation equals death.
They have to embrace elastic and agile service delivery. That means they have to build and embrace architectures and solutions that enable them to leverage various deployment options.
Hardware Appliances 
Hardware appliances are the tried and true workhorses of the service provider space. They have the power to deliver services quickly and with air-tight reliability. They offer massive amounts of throughput and capacity, and they pack the performance punch and more can always be added to accommodate growth and scale. Delivering services via modern hardware appliances is always a wise decision.
Bare Metal…

Putting Hyper-Availability at the Heart of Converged Infrastructures

By:  Mohamad Rizk, Manager System Engineers, Middle East at Veeam
Converged infrastructures are a very appealing prospect for large and midsize businesses alike. They offer a quick and simple solution to two of the most persistent challenges in enterprise IT — managing data centre sprawl and keeping complexity under control. But that's just the start. 
Because they pull every part of the enterprise IT puzzle together into a single integrated stack where every component has been selected to work together seamlessly. They offer a turnkey solution to many of the issues that commonly keep data centre managers and administrators up at night. 
Converged infrastructures are designed to help enterprises: 
 Keep costs low by reducing management workloads, and rationalizing the volume of tech and components taking up space in the data centre   Simplify processes such as patching and updating by providing a set of components that can be patched in unison, without fear of conflicts or compati…

There is No Silver Bullet for Cyber Security but Unified Defense is Best Approach

By: ‎Mohammad Jamal Tabbara, Senior Systems Engineer – UAE & Channel at Infoblox Enterprises of all sizes are falling victim to very determined malicious actors whose motivations range from financial gain to government sponsored campaigns. The threats are not limited to commercial enterprises but have significant impact on civilian and non-civilian government agencies. The nature of what organization must address has changed dramatically over the past decade. The threat surface has expanded significantly, the nature of the threats is evolving at an unprecedented rate and the complexity of what makes up an organization has grown. Organizations have migrated from having a tightly controlled network with endpoints and devices provided by the company, to one where the very definition of an endpoint and device is changing, driven by the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT), organizational policies to allow employees bring their own devices on the network (BYOD) and the adoptio…