Sunday, 31 January 2016

STK India launches its first Action Camera ‘explorer camera’

STK, a pioneer of mobile phone accessories announces the launch of its first ‘explorer camera’ designed not only to endure the extreme outdoor conditions of any adventure but to also capture all the fun and thrills.

Nucleus Software announces FinnOne Go Live at Bank of Queensland

Nucleus Software, a provider of lending and transaction banking solutions to the global financial services industry, further strengthens its global presence by announcing the successful launch and roll-out of its lending software at Bank of Queensland (BOQ), in Australia. BOQ, a leading Australian challenger Bank, has implemented Nucleus Software’s award winning flagship lending product, FinnOne for its retail loan origination operations.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

ICANN urges Asia Pacific to help shape the future of Internet

The long-awaited proposal that will end the U.S. Government’s stewardship over vital Internet technical functions is almost complete. If approved by Washington, the proposal will facilitate the transfer of that stewardship to the international Internet community.

MapR Expands Free On-Demand Hadoop and Spark Training as Participants Surpass 50,000

MapR Technologies announced that over 50,000 developers, analysts and administrators have enrolled in the free MapR On-Demand Training program, which offers online courses on Hadoop, Spark, and other big data technologies. Benefiting from new classes added monthly, students and professionals have a powerful and convenient way to develop essential big data skills.

LG unveils Next Generation Display Solutions for Businesses

LG Electronics India unveiled the next generation display solutions for businesses in India. LG unveiled worlds narrowest bezel video wall (1.8mm), 86” Ultra stretch display (58:9) and webOS based solutions. 

‘Indian Semiconductor and ESDM Ecosystem: Scaling Up For $400B Make in India Opportunity’

India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) will initiate dialogues with global leaders in the electronics space, relevant policy makers and government representatives on ‘Indian Semiconductor and ESDM Ecosystem: Scaling Up For $400B Make in India Opportunity’ at IESA Vision Summit 2016, its 11th edition of annual flagship event.

Logicalis Named Tableau Software Channel Partner

Logicalis, the international IT solutions, managed services and cloud provider, today announced a formal channel partnership with leading business software provider Tableau Software.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Yas Mall Enhances Retail Experience for Shoppers with Mall-Wide Public Wi-Fi Based on Aruba

Yas Mall, the leading destination for shopping, dining and entertainment in Abu Dhabi has deployed a fully integrated wireless networking solution from Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, including Access Points (APs), mobility controllers, guest management and reporting and monitoring tools to provide visitors secure, seamless, high-speed, wireless internet connectivity across 2.5 million square feet of the mall. The implementation that was carried out by MDS Systems Integration, a UAE-based system integration partner of Aruba, has set up a platform for future deployment of new mobile engagement solutions.

Vuclip Appoints Vishal Maheshwari to Head Indian Operations

Vuclip, a video on demand (VOD) service for emerging markets, has today announced the appointment of Vishal Maheshwari as the Country Manager in India.  This comes at a time when Vuclip is on course to launch its new Over-The-Top (OTT) video streaming service in India. 

IBM Offers New Hybrid Cloud Capabilities for LinuxONE

IBM announced new technology features and collaborations for its LinuxONE family of high-performance Linux systems. The enhancements will enable organizations of all sizes to develop, deploy and manage applications for the cloud simply and efficiently with robust security.

Federal Bank’s Mobile app, FedMobile, now available in Windows

 Federal Bank launched the Windows OS compatible version of its new mobile banking application, ’FedMobile’. With this, the App is now available in all the three major platforms - Android, iOS and Windows.  The Windows version is available for free download on Windows Phone Store for mobile phones with Windows 8 operating system and above.

Monday, 25 January 2016

HCL Bags Global IT Transformational Deal from Alstom

HCL Technologies announced a new IT Infrastructure partnership with Alstom, a world leader in the supply of the most complete range of systems, equipment and services in the railway sector.

Friday, 22 January 2016

MSDE and DoT sign an MoU to develop and implement National Action Plan for Skill Development

Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) in line with Prime Minister’s vision to make India the skill capital of the world, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Department of Telecommunication (DoT) which is a Department under Ministry of Communications & IT, to develop and implement National Action Plan for Skill Development in Telecom Sector, utilizing PSUs under DOT with a common objective of fulfilling skilled manpower requirement of the telecom sector and at the same time providing quality opportunities for employment / entrepreneurship.

MapR Named a Leader in Big Data Hadoop Distributions Report

MapR Technologies provider of the only converged data platform that integrates the power of Hadoop and Spark with global event streaming, real-time database capabilities, and enterprise storage, today announced that it was among the select companies that Forrester Research, Inc. invited to participate in its January 2016 report entitled, The Forrester Wave™: Big Data Hadoop Distributions, Q1 2016. In this evaluation, MapR was cited as a Leader and had the highest score in the current offering architecture criterion.  

Xerox Research Centre India Concludes XRCI Open 2016

Xerox Research Centre India (XRCI), Xerox’s latest global research location that captures innovation opportunities for Xerox in emerging markets to advance Xerox’s position as the leading global provider of document and business process services conducted the 3rd edition of the XRCI Open Innovation Symposium 2016 in Bangalore.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

10 trends from CES 2016

By: Rob Gallagher, Director Research & Analysis, Media & Entertainment

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas provided a glimpse of new technology and innovation to come during the rest of the year. There were more evolution than revolution to this year’s event, with many companies launching “me-too” or upgraded versions of existing products rather than breakthrough concepts. Here are some thoughts from Rob Gallagher, Director Research & Analysis, Media & Entertainment at Ovum:

FireEye acquires Global Threat Intelligence Leader iSIGHT Partners

FireEye announced the acquisition of privately held iSIGHT Partners, one of the world’s leading providers of cyber threat intelligence for global enterprises. The transaction closed on January 14, 2016.

India is one of the fastest growing SMB markets worldwide on Twitter

India has a flourishing entrepreneurial culture with over 51 million registered SMBs according to a Zinnov market research report in January 2015. Today, these small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) benefit in multiple ways with an active presence on social media, including Twitter. In September 2015, Twitter opened up its self-service ad platform to India, and 200 other countries and territories around the world, to encourage the growth of SMBs. The purpose? To help SMBs achieve their business goals by using Twitter’s diverse targeting features to reach millions of Twitter users - that too on a budget of their choice.

Hike Messenger Crosses 100 Million Users and 40 Billion Messages Per Month

Hike Messenger crossed the 100 million user mark in just 3 months after crossing 70 million users in October 2015. Also, Hike is now logging a monthly messaging volume of 40 billion messages, having doubled on messaging in a span of 5 months (from 20 billion messages per month logged in August 2015). Users are spending over 120 minutes per week on Hike.

Citrix Appoints Kirill Tatarinov as President and CEO

Citrix announced that Kirill Tatarinov has been appointed President and CEO, effective January 25, 2016. A veteran Microsoft executive, Mr. Tatarinov will also join the Citrix Board as a director at that time. Interim President and CEO Robert Calderoni continues his role as Executive Chairman on the Citrix Board of Directors, focused on driving execution of the strategic plan for operational excellence, capital structure and portfolio simplification.

Bill Cate Appointed Vice President of Channel Strategy, Programs & Marketing at Zebra

Zebra Technologies announced that it has appointed Bill Cate as vice president of its Channel Strategy, Programs, and Operations, effective immediately. Cate will help strengthen Zebra’s indirect channel strategy with a focus on the launch and ongoing management of the new PartnerConnect program and tools that attract and retain value-added channel partners to represent and sell Zebra products and services around the world.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

LeEco launches superphones-Le Max & Le1S

LeEco (formerly known as Letv worldwide) entered India by holding an extravaganza official launch event in Gurgaon on January 20th, 2015. This 1,000-guest event, which was witnessed by nearly 500 media people. Facebook also provided online live broadcast of the grand event reaching a historical audience number of close to 100 million. The event proved true previous rumors by launching two groundbreaking Superphones, Le Max and Le1S. LeEco also highlighted its world-renowned Le Ecosystem.

RedDoorz raises Pre-Series A Funding from 500 Startups

RedDoorz announced that it has raised Pre-Series A funding from 500 Startups to intensify its expansion plans in the South East Asia region. RedDoorz has previously raised funding from Jungle Ventures.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Flipkart continues to dominate mobile commerce in India

Flipkart continues its dominance of mobile commerce in India with 47% of share of visits among the major shopping apps in India, according to December 2015 data by firm SimilarWeb. Myntra occupies the second position with over 16% share of visits. The combined traffic share of Flipkart and Myntra stands at an overwhelming 63%. Amazon stands at the third position with 15.86% followed by Snapdeal with 13.84%. 

Trend Micro Market Leader in Server Security Market for Sixth Consecutive Year

Trend Micro Incorporated announced it has once again affirmed its leadership in the global server security market, according to industry analyst firm IDC. In a market sized at over $800M in 2014, Trend Micro has grown its revenue share for server security to 30.3%, outpacing both the market and competitors. For the sixth year in a row, the company has occupied the top spot for server security globally.

OnePlus2 64 GB flash sale on starting Rs.18,749

Successor to the immensely successful OnePlus One, the OnePlus 2 will be available in unboxed and refurbished on, starting at Rs.19,899 and Rs.18,749 respectively. will host a flash-sale of 64GB variants of the OnePlus 2 on 25th January, Monday at 2PM onwards until the stock lasts.

DataWind introduces two new mobile phones PS 2G4X and PS 3G4Z in India

Focusing on low cost smartphone markets in Tier-II and Tier-III cities, DataWind has expanded its portfolio of affordable smartphone maker by launching two new Pocket Surfer smartphones PS 2G4X and PS 3G4Z priced at INR 2499 and 3999 respectively. Both the phones are successors of Pocket surfer phones 2G4 and 3G4 launched in March 2015.Both the phones will make a debut in the market through retail distribution outlets all over India.

‘Make in India’ initiative partners with BioAsia 2016

BioAsia has announced that the Make in India initiative by Government of India has partnered with the 13th edition of BioAsia to be held in Hyderabad from 8th to 10th February 2016. The partnership will make BioAsia the only BioPharma event to associate with this ambitious initiative of the Government of India. ‘Make in India’ partnership will also enhance the level of the impact of the deliberations at the event, given that the relevant policy makers will be attendance at the event, to interact and engage with the industry and academic stakeholder.

HyperX Cloud Drone Headset Launched In India For INR 3,999/-

HyperX launched its HyperX Cloud Drone headset in India, at an affordable MRP of INR 3,999/-. This is now the brand’s lightest offering in its Cloud range of headsets. With its 40mm directional drivers, comfortable memory foam ear cushions and a stylish design, HyperX Cloud Drone headset offers a passionate audio experience for gamers and audiophiles.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Driving DevOps: The 5 New Requirements for Agile App Delivery

By: Kasey Cross, A10 Networks

The benefits DevOps can provide for an enterprise are nothing less than the framework for staying competitive in an era defined by change. Fundamentally, DevOps allows enterprises to:

- Balance Innovation with Infrastructure Stability: The high performance fueled by DevOps is driven by continuous deployment on the development side combined with heavy automation, continuous monitoring, and feedback on the operations side, in an overall spirit of collaboration to produce rapid, frequent changes reliably and securely.

Keshav Bansal, Director, Intex recognized with the Amity Leadership Award for Business Excellence

Intex Technologies announced that Keshav Bansal, Director, Intex Technologies was recognized with the “Amity Leadership Award for Business Excellence” for leveraging information technology in the telecommunication sector, by Amity University.

Cabela’s Inc partners with Theatro to Replace Two-Way Radios with Voice-Controlled Wearables

Cabela’s Incorporated announced a partnership for in-store service across Cabela’s locations. The Theatro service will enable Cabela’s employees to use voice-controlled, wearable devices to better serve customers and improve store operations.

Microsoft Acquires Management, Reporting and Technology from Event Zero

In its endeavor to reinvent productivity and business processes, Microsoft has acquired technology assets underlying the UC Commander product suite from Event Zero, a leading provider of management software for Skype for Business Online. This acquisition will allow us to expand and improve the built-in management tools for Skype for Business and provide a complete, enterprise-grade communications solution with Office 365.

Reliance Jio Infocomm and Reliance Comm to share spectrum of 800 MHz band

Reliance Jio Infocomm and Reliance Communications announced the signing of Agreements for Change in Spectrum Allotment in 800 MHz band across 9 Circles from RCOM to RJIL and for Sharing of Spectrum in 800 MHz band across 17 Circles. As part of the strategic collaboration, both Companies also intend to enter into reciprocal Intra Circle Roaming (“ICR”) arrangements.

IBM and Bank Tech India Payments’ $40mn strategic relationship to improve financial inclusion for India’s rural population

IBM announced that it has entered into a seven year strategic relationship with BTI Payments Private Ltd, India’s fastest growing White Label ATM (WLA) operator, to transform its IT Infrastructure. BTI Payments, which runs over 3000 “India1” branded White Label ATMs will leverage IBM’s managed services solution to deploy and manage an incremental 4,000 Automated Teller Machines (ATM) across the country. IBM’s solution will manage, monitor and maintain the ATM Infrastructure providing BTI better visibility and control of its operations and enabling its maximum efficiency.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Ovum reveals three certainties for the rapidly evolving music streaming sector in 2016

The shift in consumer spending towards accessing music rather than owning it is an unstoppable trend that has resulted in the one of the biggest shake-ups in recorded music distribution for a century, according to global analyst firm Ovum.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Indian businesses welcome Modi's 'Startup India'

Narendra Modi finally kicked off the Startup India program in an attempt to start a culture of innovation. The program is aimed at reducing hurdles for starting a business and taking it further. The Data Driver received a number of views and reactions from the industry on the new program.

Finance Minister kick-started PM Modi's Ambitious Start-Up India Mission

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley finally introduced the Prime Minister's ambitious Start-Up India mission at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi. Through this landmark programme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is willing to create India as the international hub of entrepreneurship, an initiative to empower businesses and giving them freedom from the government. While addressing the entrepreneurs at Vigyan Bhavan, the Finance Minister said "It is a final break from the conventional Licence Raj of India. We ostensibly broke away with it (Licence Raj) in 1991. But the break was only partial, because who would be funded, there was an invisible role of the state, control over land permissions, foreign investment proposals, and environmental clearances."

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Hewlett Packard Enterprise boasts a Fast and Safe Path to the All-Flash Data Center

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced new HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage solutions to accelerate the move to all-flash data centers. HPE has also integrated 3PAR StoreServ with new HPE StoreOnce and HPE StoreEver product lines to ensure protection and retention keep pace with demand.

TAIT Conducts Knowledge Workshop On Cybercrime

Trade Association of Information Technology (TAIT), successfully conducted a cybercrime workshop as part of its very popular TKS - Tait Knowledge series. The event was conducted at the Krishna Palace Hotel, Mumbai on 12th January.

Flipkart launches for Windows 10

In yet another move to disrupt the traditional shopping landscape in India, Flipkart is now available for Windows 10. Available to consumers across all Windows 10 platforms (mobiles, tablets, desktops), the new universal Windows app is a reflection of the company’s focus to redefine online shopping.

Raytheon|Websense is now Forcepoint

Global cybersecurity company Raytheon|Websense has donned a new identity under new name. It is now called Forcepoint. Built on the successful integration of Websense, Raytheon Cyber Products and the recently-acquired Stonesoft next-generation firewall (NGFW) business, Forcepoint claims to bring a fresh approach to address the constantly evolving cybersecurity challenges and regulatory requirements facing businesses and government agencies. However, the company told Dataquest that the new identity will not affect customers and partners. Instead, it will benefit them and help them tap more opportunities.

Cisco Helps Businesses Address Shadow IT

Shadow IT is rampant. For years, CIOs have known that business groups were circumventing the IT department to access public cloud services they felt they needed to do their jobs. Only recently have CIOs begun to realize the full extent of the cloud sprawl across their organizations and the pitfalls for their business. To help CIOs manage their shadow IT issues, Cisco is launching Cloud Consumption as a Service—a new software-as-a-service product that discovers and monitors public cloud services an organization is using. 

Media-Tech startup ZAPR raises funding from Flipkart, Saavn, Micromax and Mu Sigma cofounders

Bangalore based media-tech startup, ZAPR, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding led by Flipkart, with participation from Saavn, Micromax and Mu Sigma cofounders - Dhiraj Rajaram and Ambiga Dhiraj. This round also saw participation from existing investors - Dinesh Agarwal, Samir Bangara, Sanjay Nath and Arihant Patni. Funds raised will be primarily used to expand on the company’s product portfolio for the media & advertising industry as well as to scale up the technology team.

Care24 receives Series A funding of $4 Million from SAIF Partners

Care24, Mumbai’s fastest growing home healthcare provider, has announced their Series-A funding led by SAIF Partners and supported by a strong follow-on by seed investor, India Quotient. The $4 million of fresh capital comes within 3 months of Care24 receiving the seed funding.

Survey: Mobile Investments Are Paying Off

Red Hat announced results from a recent mobile measurement survey, which revealed that 74 percent of respondents whose organizations use key performance indicators (KPIs) to some extent to measure mobile application success are achieving positive return on investment (ROI), demonstrating that prior investments in mobile have paid off. Red Hat’s mobile measurement survey revealed that 85 percent of organizations are using KPIs to measure mobile app success, while nine percent use other means and the remainder are not measuring mobile success at all.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Ex Accenture Saurabh Rai joins

Overstock & recommerce platform has appointed its new CEO, Mr Saurabh Rai. 39 years old, Saurabh, has joined from a multinational management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company Accenture. 

ShopInSync partners with Lava to offer one stop shopping experience to users

LAVA International and ShopInSync  entered into a partnership to give its large user base access to the ShopInSync App. The partnership aims to bring ShopInSync application on 10 smartphone models of LAVA mobiles from January 2016. ShopInSync was launched in November last year and has seen rapid growth in terms of users and engagement in the last two months.

Motorola announces new prices on Moto G (3rd gen) and Moto G Turbo

Motorola announced new price points on Moto G (3rd Gen) and Moto G Turbo variant. The Moto G (3rd Gen) is now available starting INR 9,999 and Moto G Turbo variant is available starting INR 12,499 exclusively on Flipkart.  In addition to this, there are exciting exchange offers such as upto INR 4,000 on Moto G (3rd Gen) and upto INR 5,000 on Moto G Turbo Edition.

TVS Supply Chain Solutions chooses Eison to deliver an Intelligent WAN

Stockport based telecommunications provider Eison Ltd has been chosen by TVS Supply Chain Solutions, a global supply chain management and logistics specialist, to deliver their new Intelligent Wide Area Network (IWAN) and agile Business Continuity.

Xtraction Solutions Connector Now Available to Wavelink Customers

Wavelink announced its Mobile Enterprise Productivity Suite is now being supported by an Xtraction Solutions connector to deliver real-time reporting, dashboards and to its customers. This new data adapter provides company leaders with easy access to the data they need to make intelligent decisions for their businesses and provide greater visibility and understanding of the mobile computers carried by workers.

DIGISOL launches 1.3 Mega Pixel CMOS Dome AHD Camera

Combining cutting-edge DIGISOL’s home security technology with intuitive digital media solutions; Smartlink Network Systems Ltd. announced the launch of DG-CM5320PS - the 1.3MP Sony CMOS Plastic Dome AHD Camera, with 3.6mm Lens and IR 20m. The DG-CM5320PS is combined with the cost-effectiveness of analog cameras and powerful effectiveness of video surveillance in the sensor dome camera for both indoor and outdoor applications.

Seagate launches highest-capacity NAS HDD for small business, personal cloud & multimedia storage

Seagate Technology announced the launch of the Seagate® NAS HDD 8TB, the world’s highest-capacity drive optimized for RAID, Network-Attached Storage (NAS) and server storage. These reliable, scalable drives address the ever-growing data challenges for the Small- and Medium-sized Businesses (SMB), Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) and creative professional segments.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Cabsguru launches an online campaign for India's first cab booking platform.

Cabsguru, a search and comparison platform for all Indian taxi operators has unfolded an ambitious campaign for India's first cab booking bot targeted at niche, tech savvy consumers who are looking to book a cab without the hassle of juggling between Ola/Uber/Taxi For Sure/Meru/Easy Cabs apps.

Commvault appoints Owen Taraniuk as Vice President of Asia Pacific

Commvault has announced the appointment of Owen Taraniuk as Vice President of Asia Pacific and Japan. Responsible for leading and driving growth in the company's recently launched next generation solutions portfolio, including the Commvault Data Platform, Taraniuk joins Commvault bringing 25 years' experience in the technology solutions industry.

Sanovi launches Cloud Migration Manager

Sanovi announced the launch of Sanovi Cloud Migration Manager, a first of its kind migration platform for global enterprises and managed service providers to accelerate public cloud adoption.

Sunday, 10 January 2016

State and Local Governments Need to Think of Cybersecurity like a Natural Disaster

States prepare for disasters. All together, they spend almost $800 million each year in hurricane preparation. Oregon alone is considering spending $100 million every year for the next several decades in anticipation of a "megaquake," a combination earthquake and tsunami that has a 30 percent chance of occurring.

BSE announces free Wi-Fi Service in partnership with Tata Docomo

BSE to deliver high-speed public Wi-Fi services along with Tata Docomo.  The service, which was officially unveiled by Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Communications & Information Technology, Government of India, brings to fore the growing importance of internet services for government as well as corporate businesses. Through the partnership, free Wi-Fi services will be made available around the area of PJ Tower to public free of charge for 4 hours in a day to start with.

Spirent delivers world’s first 2.5GbE and 5GbE BASE-T Test Solution

Spirent Communications announced the world’s first 2.5G and 5G BASE-T Ethernet test solution. The Spirent DX2 2.5G and 5G BASE-T Ethernet test solution is a high-density 16-port test module supporting line rate layer 2-3 test traffic and analysis for 100M / 1GbE / 2.5GbE / 5GbE / 10GbE interfaces. Building on Spirent’s market leadership in Ethernet testing solutions, this series of modules has single-slot blades compatible with Spirent N11U and N4U modular chassis and its other Ethernet and Wi-Fi products.

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Tata Docomo to Enable Business Transformation in India with Next-Gen Digital Technologies

Tata Teleservices underscored digital disruption as the key discussion point at its annual multi-city industry confluence ‘Do Big Symposium’ in Delhi. With more than 200 participants, consisting of CEOs, industry experts, entrepreneurs and CIOs, Tata Docomo led the discussion around the technologies powering digital disruption, such as - Internet of Things, Location Based Services, M2M solutions, Mobile Device Management and many more.

1st ‘China-India’ Mobile Phone & Component Manufacturing Summit to focus on establishing Mobile Manufacturing in India

In a major boost to the “Make in India” initiative of PM Narendra Modi, the Indian Cellular Association (ICA), apex body representing the Mobile handset Industry in India in association with Mobile World (Shoujibao), China’s leading Mobile Industry service platform and tech media, is organizing a first of its kind “China-India Mobile phone and Component Manufacturing Summit” on 13th January, 2016 from 10 am - 6 pm, at hotel Pullman, Aerocity, New Delhi. The event is aimed at establishing a robust Mobile Manufacturing Eco-System in India.

Friday, 8 January 2016

Android-based Smart TVs Hit By Backdoor Spread Via Malicious App

With the year-end shopping season over, many consumers now have new various smart gadgets in their homes. One particularly popular usage of this so-called Internet of Things (IoT) are smart TVs. These TVs are more than just passive display devices; many of them can even run Android apps as well. Some may find these features useful, but these capabilities bring their own risks.

Top 5 Security Risks in 2016 and How Middle East Organizations can Combat Them

By: Glen Ogden, Regional Sales Director, Middle East at A10 Networks

2015 was a memorable - although not a devastating - year for cyber security. We witnessed less widespread, panic inducing vulnerabilities in 2015 than in years past; while 2014 will go down in the security history books as the year of Heartbleed, ShellShock and point-of-sale malware, 2015 was comparatively tame. However, trends like the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud networking did generate a host of new threats. Researchers revealed attacks that could compromise connected devices such as cameras, cars and rifles. Stagefright was at the top of the list of mobile security risks, allowing malicious users to exploit Android devices simply by sending a malicious MMS message. It is important for  IT professionals and security specialists to understand emerging threats in 2016 so that they can protect against them.

Zebra Technologies’ New Mobile Computer Revolutionizes Warehousing Operations

Zebra Technologies Corporation introduced the TC8000 enterprise mobile computer, a landmark innovation in warehousing technology that will drive significant gains in productivity and decrease worker fatigue. The ergonomic, lightweight TC8000 mobile computer offers an innovative design that reduces muscle effort by eliminating the need for “tilt and verify” motions warehouse workers repeatedly conduct with traditional devices. Shaving seconds off each repetitive motion saves one hour per worker per shift - increasing productivity by an average of 14 percent based on workflow.

Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue Declined 1.9 Percent in 2015

Worldwide semiconductor revenue totaled $333.7 billion in 2015, a 1.9 percent decrease from 2014 revenue of $340.3 billion, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. The top 25 semiconductor vendors' combined revenue increased 0.2 percent, which was more than the overall industry's growth. The top 25 vendors accounted for 73.2 percent of total market revenue, up from 71.7 percent in 2014.

Ericsson and Verizon plan for millions of IoT devices

Ericsson and Verizon announced joint activities to further the development and deployment of cellular low-power wide-area (LPWA) networking for a diverse range of IoT applications. Ericsson and Verizon have been engaged in IoT trials since 2014 to demonstrate the range of IoT use cases - both consumer and industrial applications - that today’s mobile networks can support.

STMicro and Quantenna Unveil Highly Compact 4K Wi-Fi Client Reference Design

STMicroelectronics and Quantenna Communications announced the availability of a referencedesign enablingpremium 4K video quality over home Wi-Fi networks, demonstrated in a highly compact,fan-less box. The reference design offers superior indoor coverage,better portability, and multi-room usage. 

2016 Storage Predictions for Media & Entertainment Industry

By Geoff Stedman, Senior Vice President, StorNext Solutions

Quantum, a leading expert in scale-out storage, archive and data protection shares the outlook on technology trends for 2016, as well as other anticipated developments across key vertical industries in the storage market.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Spectranet Launches 100 Mbps Internet Services

Spectranet, a fibre internet service provider with its own fibre network, has embarked on a massive drive to empower the Digital India campaign with the launch of its 100 Mbps, truly-unlimited, symmetric residential internet service at a highly affordable price of Rs 1199. Spectranet is currently offering this service in Gurgaon along with a never-before no-obligation 3-month trial offer, with plans to replicate the same across the country.

Barracuda launches New Cloud Archiving Service

In order to assist organizations with compliance and efficiently address eDiscovery requests, Barracuda announced the availability of the new Barracuda Cloud Archiving Service. This week, Barracuda also outlined its Microsoft Office 365 strategic initiative designed to help organizations manage their businesses more easily, securely, and efficiently when moving to, and operating in, Office 365. The new cloud-based archiving service supports the company’s Office 365 initiative and when used in Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, or hybrid environments compliance is easy to demonstrate.

IndiaMART launches Digital campaign to elevate SMEs

IndiaMART have started with a simple idea to help SMEs market their products & services. Today that idea has translated in to the mammoth achievement of enrolling 1,00,000 premium customers on their platform. To commemorate this milestone and give voice to such SMEs who have benefitted from the IndiaMART alliance, it has launched a digital video campaign that brings these emerging entrepreneurs to the limelight in a concise montage. Acknowledged as the true heroes of India’s growth story, these entrepreneurs share their journey to success while on how IndiaMART helped them scale their business effectively with the reiteration of ‘#IBelieveInIM’.

Swipe Technologies launches F-Band exclusively for Rs 1499/-

Swipe Technologies has successfully set its foot in the fitness segment! The company has announced the launch of its first fitness wearable in India, the Swipe F-Band at an attractive price of Rs. 1,499/-. The device is available exclusively on Snapdeal from today onwards. The registrations for the product on Snapdeal have received humongous response so far. F-Band, Swipe’s first offering in the Fitness segment; is lightweight, comfortable and stylish. The comfortably textured band is suitable for daily use and can be worn all day and all night long.

Blue Coat ropes in Former NetApp CFO Nick Noviello as New Chief Financial Officer

Blue Coat Systems, a player in enterprise security, introduced new chief financial officer (CFO), Nick Noviello. Noviello brings extensive financial and operational expertise with global, publicly traded companies, most recently as executive vice president, finance and operations, and CFO of NetApp, Inc. He will report directly to Greg Clark, CEO of Blue Coat, and will be responsible for leading the company’s finance, information technology (IT), human resources, manufacturing, and supply chain teams.

Vistara deploys SITA Aircom and Network Technology

SITA and SITAONAIR have completed the joint implementation of aircraft communications, airline operations and network connectivity for Vistara, the joint venture between TATA Sons Ltd and Singapore Airlines Ltd. The successful deployment, completed within a short span of 16 weeks, efficiently supports Vistara’s ambitious expansion plans.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Enterprises are going ‘MAD’ for Mobile

By: Cathal McGloin, vice president, Mobile Platforms, Red Hat

Mobile phone user base in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) is second only to that in Asia-Pacific, with “just over 606 million people in this region having at least one mobile phone, and the total will pass 789 million in 2019”, according to a report released by eMarketer, the independent market research company, that conducted the survey on digital trends in tandem with Starcom Mediavest Group (SMG). Out of the total mobile users, the number of smartphone users in MEA was forecast to be around 106 million at the end of 2015.

Infosys to Announce Third Quarter Results on January 14, 2016

Infosys will announce the results for its third quarter ended December 31, 2015 on Thursday, January 14, 2016 around 8:45 a.m. Indian Standard Time (IST) (10:15 p.m. US ET on January 13, 2016; 7:15 p.m. PST on January 13, 2016; 3:15 a.m. London time; 11:15 a.m. Singapore/Hong Kong time). The results will also be available on

Huawei Globally Launches the Mate 8 Smartphone at CES 2016

Today at CES 2016, the Huawei Consumer Business Group globally launched the Huawei Mate 8 smartphone, a productivity-driven device with significantly enhanced power, efficiency and battery life. The Mate 8 continues Huawei’s track record of delivering high-end devices that reflect global consumer demand and inspire loyalty in their users.

With $3mn funding, mycity4kids is focused on meeting the needs of Every Mum Every Day to build a profitable business

mycity4kids, an online platform that helps multi-tasking mothers manage the task of modern-day parenting better, has raised $3 million from SIDBI Venture Capital Limited and YourNest Angel Fund.

Pune’s latest start-up, EPPS Infotech launches new-age mobile ERP platform

EPPS Infotech, a start-up in the ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) landscape announced the formal launch of its indigenously developed ERP solution devised on the aspects of agility, efficiency, customizability and scalability. The solution, while catering across to all industries irrespective of the size of the organizations, specifically focuses on addressing the needs of the SMEs (Small & Medium Enterprises), who otherwise have a very limited access to advanced technologies in this field.  

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Ericsson joins AT&T; Smart Cities Alliance

Ericsson is joining AT&T and other technology leaders to build smart, sustainable cities using Internet of Things (IoT) innovations. The alliance will deploy information and communications technology (ICT) to improve citizens’ lives where they work and play.

5 Myths of Business-Critical Application Virtualisation to Ensure Business is Always-On

By: Alexey Strygin, Presales Director, Emerging Markets and LATAM at Veeam Software

In many aspects of life, false perceptions and myths prevent a particular course of action being taken, often to the detriment of the person or organisation involved. The problem with a false perception is with how that course of action ends - particularly if it ends badly - when all the information was unclear or incorrect at the start.

Ericsson and AT&T; head straight into the future of the Wi-Fi enabled connected car

Ericsson and AT&T Drive recently launched an automotive Wi-Fi Landing Page solution that provides consumers with an easy way to manage Wi-Fi connectivity within their vehicles.

hSenid Differentiates with New age Cloud HR Information Solutions- PeoplesHR

With aggressive India plans announced in the former half of the year with some key Industry veterans joining thehSenid board, the premier Human Resources Information Systems solution provider has put into practise their modern age Cloud HR Solutions PeoplesHR for India’s ambitious small & medium businesses.

Accenture Acquires CRMWaypoint to Strengthen its Cloud First Agenda and Salesforce Capabilities

Accenture has acquired CRMWaypoint, a supplier of cloud advisory and technology services in the Netherlands, specializing in Salesforce cloud solutions for sales, service and marketing.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Tackles Cloud Sprawl with New Cloud Service Broker

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced HPE Helion Managed Cloud Broker, a new managed service that allows businesses to provision, access, consolidate and securely control services across multiple cloud workloads and providers.

Monday, 4 January 2016

AMD Demonstrates 14nm FinFET Polaris GPU Architecture

AMD  provided customers with a glimpse of its upcoming 2016 Polaris GPU architecture, highlighting a wide range of significant architectural improvements including HDR monitor support, and industry-leading performance-per-watt. AMD expects shipments of Polaris architecture-based GPUs to begin in mid-2016.

Volvo Cars and Ericsson developing intelligent media streaming for self-driving cars

Volvo Cars is looking ahead to when its drivers can sit back and enjoy free time in their car on the daily commute. At the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Volvo revealed that it is developing intelligent, high bandwidth, streaming capabilities with its technology partner, Ericsson, that will ensure drivers and passengers get the most out of their time travelling in an autonomous Volvo.

Sonus Streamlines WebRTC Adoption with Increased Android, iOS and Public Cloud Support

Sonus Networks, a global leader in secure and intelligent Cloud communications, today announced that it is bringing new WebRTC capabilities to enterprises and service providers through its WebRTC Services Solution Release 1.1. This release provides support for 97 percent of mobile devices and increases support of major Cloud environments. Additionally, Sonus provides simplified integration of messaging services, robust authentication security features and innovative session mobility features. 

Wipro appoints TK Kurien as Exe Vice Chairman; Abidali Neemuchwala as CEO & Member of the Board

Wipro announced the appointment of TK Kurien as the Executive Vice Chairman and Abidali Z Neemuchwala as the Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of the company. Both these appointments are effective February 1, 2016.

passbrains' crowdsourcing platform extends into holistic digital business assurance

With their crowdsourced digital assurance solution, passbrains expands their services portfolio beyond classical ‘Crowdtesting for QA’ offerings into new areas throughout the product development lifecycle. "Enterprises require rigid and effective digital business assurance to ensure successful implementation of new digital products and services. Digital transformation should always go along with appropriate assurance programs.” says Dieter Speidel, CEO of PASS Group, home and owner of passbrains, the leading digital assurance platform.

Quess Corp enters into MoU with KIOCL for Skill Development

Quess Corp announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Ltd (KIOCL).This agreement will further expand the training scope of Quess Corp Ltd, under its brand Excelus Learning Solutions, and also provide a great impetus to the Government's 'Skill India' initiative. 

Autoncab increases the number of NCR Autos to support government odd and even rule

AUTOnCAB announces to increase the number of NCR autos in Noida especially in areas closer to city to support Delhi government odd and even rule. Starting tomorrow, in Delhi odd-numbered cars will be allowed on odd dates and even-numbered cars on even dates. Noida considered as the job hub after Gurgaon houses plethora of multi nationals companies and startups attracting 1000 of people who daily commute from Delhi. 

Helpchat launches pollution alert that clears up what’s in the air you breathe

Helpchat has launched a new feature that aims to help Indian citizens in avoiding pollution related diseases by tracking air quality in their locality. This feature monitors the air in the surrounding environment and delivers a personalised air­quality update via a mobile app.

New classes of cyberthreats will require fresh countermeasures in 2016

Following a year of damaging security incidents at organizations ranging from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management to the Ashley Madison web site, security experts at Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) predict that leading security professionals around the world will adopt a new mindset in 2016, embracing advanced approaches such as micro-segmentation to counter increasingly sophisticated attacks by cyber criminals.

Paytm, Jugnoo join hands to help Delhi embrace Odd/Even rule

With the Odd-Even rule being implemented in the Capital starting 1st January, Jugnoo, the auto-rickshaw aggregator joins forces with Paytm to bring respite to citizens of Delhi.