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Times Internet announces the inauguration edition of Gadgets Now awards

Times Internet is holding the inaugural edition of The Times of India Gadgets Now Awards which aim to honour and celebrate the best gadgets of the past one year across various categories. These include smartphones, laptops, tablets, audio devices, TVs, wearables and more. The awards will be presented in a ceremony to be held on January 30, 2019, in Gurgaon.
The Times of India Gadgets Now awards are focused on and driven by an unbiased passion for gadgets that actually matter for Indian consumers. The central theme of the awards is 'Ease of Use'. Commenting on the inaugural edition, Puneet Gupt, COO - Times Internet said, “We are excited to announce the inaugural edition of the The Times Of India Gadgets Now Awards and are certain that that with a rigorous selection process and an eminent jury, this will soon be the most coveted award in the gadgets category.”
There are two sets of awards: The Times of India-Gadgets Now Awards, to be adjudicated by an eminent jury, and Times o…

Going Beyond the Buzz in 2019-Understanding 'Digital'

By: Chris Pope, Global VP of Innovation, ServiceNow

There are college degrees in computer science and software engineering that feature various different programming languages and methodologies. Looking further, there are technical architecture courses and many extended forms of tuition designed to school us in every aspect of technology you can think of. Yet, despite all these channels of teaching and the many books that have been written to explore our world of technology, we appear to largely fail when it comes to formalising a wider approach to simply ‘teaching digital’.

Understanding digital, the subject, the discipline itself, is a prerequisite if firms are going to actually appreciate where new and emerging technology will have an impact on an organisation.

A responsibility to embrace digital
The consequences of not embracing digital and the process of moving fundamental work operations to new cloud-based, services-driven platforms leads to something of a vicious circle. Firms st…

Cloud in 2019—The Year of Choice not Compromise for UAE Enterprises

By: James Petter, VP EMEA, Pure Storage

It’s hard to believe we’re now 15 years into “cloud” ― it’s been great to see adoption levels increase in the UAE over the past year or so, in line with a marked shift and a real maturity in how organisations are thinking about their cloud strategies. In fact, according to IDC, spending on public cloud in the UAE is expected to almost quadruple, from approximately $119.6 in 2017 to $411.4 in 2022.

But as a consequence, today, regional enterprises may feel like they have to compromise in order to bridge the divide between on-premise and public cloud. It’s a divide that is now set against the backdrop of the increasing imperative for enterprise application mobility, driven by the likes of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and data analytics.

While each approach carries its own benefits, what organisations really need is flexibility and choice when it comes to infrastructure. This choice should be based on business objectives, not …

Why 2019 Will Be the Year Manufacturers Turn Challenges into Opportunities

By: Hesham El Komy, regional vice president, Middle East, Africa & India (MEAI), Epicor Software 
2018 has been a year of transformation all round. We have seen the world’s economy shift. We have seen uncertainty in the markets brought about by various tariff wars. Nevertheless, as our Growth Index has shown, we have seen businesses continue to find ways to grow. 
Given this changing landscape, the task of looking in to the future and pinpointing what lies ahead seems trickier this year than ever before. It certainly feels like 2019 will provide regional businesses—and manufacturers in particular—with some challenges. Crucially however, I also wholeheartedly believe that, if businesses put the right technology to work, these challenges can very quickly become opportunities.
To that end, here are five potential challenges or opportunities—depending on whether you have a mind-set for growth.
Finding the opportunity in macro-economic changes The last 12 months have been shaped by a se…

Using PAM for Cyber Forensics & Security Breach Remediation―Key to a Safer 2019

By: Morey Haber, CTO, BeyondTrust
No one wants to respond to a security incident or a breach, particularly at the start of a new year! Instead the highest priority should be to stop a cyberthreat before it compromises the organization. But in reality, preventing a cyberattack from landing is not always possible. The steps for incident or breach identification―from threat hunting to searching for explicit Indicators of Compromise (IoC)—are well established. While the processes will vary from organization to organization, malware, compromised accounts, lateral movement, etc. will all need to be addressed as a part of any formal clean-up plan.
If a breach is severe enough (for example, including the compromise of domain controllers), organizations may have no choice other than to reinstall the entire environment from scratch. While that is a worst-case scenario, it does happen. In many cases, businesses may choose to scrub servers as best as possible versus performing a complete reinstal…

Are brands ready for a retail renaissance?

The future of retail seems to be in a heady race, with technology leading all the way. By 2020, half of the world’s millennials would be living in Asia, who would all spend significant time shopping online.
Exponential leaps in technologies, the ubiquity of mobile devices, and the growth of cloud services have all made a sea of change to the way people shop. Consumers, today live in an ‘Easyverse’, an easy universe where they ‘expect’ businesses to know their needs accurately, and deliver personalized shopping experiences. Do retailers and brands have what it takes to meet the ever-changing expectations of the connected consumer?
Top trends identified in 2018:
The rise of the ‘Millennial Shopper’ Born between 1980 and 2000, the millennial is perhaps the most talked about generation in retail. They have grown up and matured with mobile technology and they expect to use it in every aspect of their life. They want to be able to make purchases, use social media, chat with friends, do onli…

Zoho signs an MoU with the National Skill Training Institute

Zoho announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Skill Training Institute, under the aegis of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE). Through this MoU, NSTI will offer a course in Zoho Creator, a low-code programming platform. Anyone with knowledge of basic programming concepts can enrol for the course titled Create and Operate Business Apps using Zoho Creator. It will be taught by Zoho Creator's training partner, ITK Education Services.

This 6-day long course will be split into two parts—36 hours will be dedicated to training the students on how to use Zoho Creator for building applications and 12 hours to soft skills training. To provide the NSTI students with a great learning experience, Zoho has also set up a Centre of Excellence, a classroom facility with modern infrastructure, at the institute's Guindy campus.

"Zoho is thrilled to partner with the National Skill Training Institute. We are providing students with a…

Ask Amazon Alexa for real estate news, powered by, &

Elara Technologies Pte. Ltd., a Singapore-based digital real estate company and owner of,, and, has announced yet another industry-first initiative by offering latest news of the Indian real estate sector on Alexa-compatible smart home devices. With this latest development,content available on the respective news and blog sections of,, and which is Housing News, PropGuide and MakaanIQ respectively, will be available for consumption on Amazon Alexa.
With traction of over one million sessions each month, the exclusive news and blog sections - Housing News, PropGuide and MakaanIQ have successfully brought in many home-seekers, sellers, agents and enthusiasts within its fold. To listen to daily updates, users need to add Housing News, MakaanIQ or PropGuide to the Alexa skill set, and it will read the latest news in real estate along with other news from sources that one may have added. The cloud-based voice service…

Cloudera and Hortonworks Complete Planned Merger

Cloudera announced completion of its merger with Hortonworks, Inc. Cloudera will deliver the first enterprise data cloud - unlocking the power of any data, running in any cloud from the Edge to AI, on a 100% open-source data platform. An enterprise data cloud supports both hybrid and multi-cloud deployments, providing enterprises with the flexibility to perform machine learning and analytics with their data, their way, with no lock-in.

“Today, we start an exciting new chapter for Cloudera as we become the leading enterprise data cloud provider”, said Tom Reilly, Chief Executive Officer of Cloudera. “This combined team and technology portfolio establish the new Cloudera as a clear market leader with the scale and resources to drive continued innovation and growth. We will provide customers a comprehensive solution-set to bring the right data analytics to data anywhere the enterprise needs to work, from the Edge to AI, with the industry’s first Enterprise Data Cloud.”

In addition, lead…

Realme Celebrates Yo! Days with 4 Million Customers, Enjoy Biggest Offers with Multiple Activities

Realme recently announced Realme Yo! Days celebrating the brand and the youth. Making the SelfiePro of India, Realme U1, more accessible to the customers, the brand will start an open sale of the Fiery Gold variant of the much-loved device. The device will be available on both and from 7th January to 9th January, 2019 from 12:00 AM. The much awaited accessories by the “Proud to be Young” brand will also be available for sale including the Realme Buds Earphones and Realme Backpacks. Realme U1  4+ 64 GB will be on open sales from 7th to 9th January.
The sale scheduled from 7th to 9th January for the Realme U1 Fiery Gold variant comes with exciting offers. The first 500 Realme U1 orders will get free Realme Buds for all 3 days, giving away 500 free Realme Buds per day, making it 1500 Realme Buds throughout the sale. Through this campaign, Realme Buds Earphones and Realme Backpack will go on sale for the first time. During the sale, 300 Realme Backpacks will be avail…

Seven Cyber security trends that India will witness in 2019

By Siddharth Vishwanath, Cyber Security Leader, PwC India
India’s cyber security landscape is going through an interesting phase as businesses are keenly looking at innovative tools to protect themselves from cyber attacks and threats. While India’s cyber security needs are not different from that of the rest of the world, there are a host of areas which require unique approach.
Keeping in mind India’s business landscape and her needs for cyber security tools and solutions, we have zeroed in on seven cyber security trends for the Indian market in 2019.
1. Privacy and personal data protection will be one of the key focus areas in 2019: With the draft Personal Data Protection Bill and the Aadhaar ruling by the Supreme Court recently limiting the use of data, the focus on data privacy is set to reach a tipping point in 2019.
Organisations will invest in aligning their infrastructure to the requirements in the Personal Data Protection Bill (which is likely to become an Act later in 2019) t…

NSE partners with IIT Kanpur to strengthen cyber security solutions for Indian capital market

The National Stock Exchange of India Ltd signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IIT Kanpur, one of the premier technology institute’s in the country, to work together on industry-leading Cyber Security solutions and practices.
The NSE-IIT Kanpur partnership aims to develop and create an environment to not only negotiate and deal with the current and future cyber security challenges in the Indian financial and capital markets eco-system, but also to develop tools to further strengthen the cyber security framework.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Vikram Limaye, MD & CEO, NSE said, “This is a great opportunity for NSE to collaborate with the academia to augment its position as a thought leader and leading adopter of cutting edge technologies in the field of cyber security. NSE is proud to associate with IIT Kanpur in this endeavor and help in enhancing the cyber security posture of India’s capital markets. This partnership will significantly bolster our established cyber secur…