Showing posts from June, 2017

Wipro Lighting unveils Smart & Connected Lighting Solutions at Cisco Live

Wipro Lighting became the first Indian Lighting Company to participate in the CISCO Live event which was scheduled from 25 – 29 June 2017, Las Vegas, USA. The company unveiled and showcased it’s smart & connected lighting solutions at the event. With over two decades of experience in standalone & connected lighting control system installations, Wipro Lighting is at the forefront in providing smart, intelligent & connected lighting solutions for modern work space requirements and applications.
Commenting on Wipro’s participation at Cisco Live, Anuj Dhir, Vice President & Business Head, Commercial Lighting, Wipro Consumer Care and Lighting said, “Design & Innovation is a way of life at Wipro. Focus is on enriching customer experience by providing cutting edge designs and latest technology.  With the emergence of big data, the internet of things and connected digital lighting, it is going to bring much more intelligent functionality into our lighting systems. Hence, …

Uber Completes 5 bn trips globally

Uber started in 2010 to solve a simple problem: how do you get a ride at the push of a button? In late 2015, we hit a big milestone: one billion trips. Six months later, we crossed two billion. On Saturday, May 20, 156 trips started simultaneously at 7:29:06am GMT, putting us over the five billion mark. 
These trips happened in 24 countries on six continents, in cities like Mumbai, Moscow and Medellin. One lucky driver was on his first trip: he picked up a passenger on a motorbike in Jakarta, Indonesia. And six riders were taking their first Uber trips, too. Out of the 156 simultaneous 5 billionth trip, India made the largest contribution outside of U.S. with 19 simultaneous 5 billionth trips. India emerged as the second-largest contributor to the global milestone, after the U.S. Driver partners across Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai and Pune simultaneously clocked the 5 billionth trip. A first-time rider from Chennai was a…

Keeping Instagram a Safe Place for Self-Expression

Announcement from Instagram to make the mobile photo social app more secured:

Today, we’re introducing two new tools to help keep Instagram a safe place for self-expression — a filter to block certain offensive comments and a spam filter in nine languages. These tools are the next step in our commitment to foster kind, inclusive communities on Instagram.

Blocking Offensive Comments
Many of you have told us that toxic comments discourage you from enjoying Instagram and expressing yourself freely. To help, we’ve developed a filter that will block certain offensive comments on posts and in live video. All other comments will appear as they normally do and you can still report comments, delete comments or turn them off. Also, you can always turn this filter off. To access it, click the “…” settings menu from the profile and scroll to tap “Comments.”

We’ll launch this comment filter in English first, but will offer it in more languages over time.

Reducing Spam in Comments
The spam filter looks …

Ookla ranks Tata Docomo Wi-Fi at Delhi’s IGI as 4th fastest amongst the airports in Asia

Speed test global leader, Ookla, has rated the Tata Docomo Wi-Fi at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport as the fourth fastest amongst the top ten airports in Asia. Ookla, using speed test data for the period from March-May 2017, analyzed the speeds of free airport Wi-Fi.  Commenting on Ookla speed test report, Mr. Natraj Akella, Vice President, Wi-Fi services, 
Tata Docomo, said “We are privileged that our Wi-Fi services at IGI is rated as the fourth fastest amongst the top ten airports in the Asian Market. This recognition drives us to do more, anticipate our customers’ requirements earlier and better.  For Tata Docomo, Public Wi-Fi access is an important step towards digitization and an earnest endeavor for the evolving high speed internet access infrastructure development in the country and aim to empower our customers with best-in-class real time connectivity solutions.”
Tata Docomo’s Free Wi-Fi at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) with an average DL…

Jio Launches New Submarine Cable System

Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. (Jio), a 4G and mobile broadband digital services provider in India, announces the launch of the Asia-Africa-Europe (AAE-1) submarine cable system. AAE-1, the longest 100Gbps technology based submarine system, will stretch over 25,000 km from Marseille, France to Hong Kong, with 21 cable landings across Asia and Europe. This large scale project is the combined work of leading telecom service providers from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. With diversified Points of Presence (PoP) in Asia (Hong Kong and Singapore) and three onward connectivity options in Europe (via France, Italy and Greece), AAE-1 will provide the requisite flexibility and diversity for carriers and their customers.
AAE-1 will pass through the critical hubs, serving the increasing demand for video centric data bandwidth supporting all types of communications, applications, and content within India and beyond. AAE-1 links seamlessly with other cable systems and fiber networks to deliver di…

Cloud infrastructure reality is outperforming perception in India: Oracle study

Indian businesses are rapidly embracing cloud infrastructure (IaaS) to boost performance and innovation levels, new research from Oracle has revealed. While negative perceptions around security, complexity and loss of control still present barriers to adoption, these factors are fast becoming outdated myths, with those that have moved to IaaS proving the reality is far more positive.
Over three quarters (79%) of businesses in India that are already using IaaS to some extent, say it makes it easier to innovate. The same proportion says moving to IaaS has significantly cut their time to deploy new applications or services. Furthermore, 76% say IaaS has significantly cut on-going maintenance costs and 75% of all respondents believe businesses not investing in IaaS will increasingly find themselves struggling to keep pace with businesses that are.
The research also found that experienced users are almost twice as likely to believe IaaS can provide world class operational performance in t…

Symantec Appoints Gaurav Agarwal MD of Sales in India and SAARC region

Symantec announced the appointment of Gaurav  as president of sales, Symantec India and SAARC. Gaurav will be responsible for leading the enterprise security business for Symantec in region, and growing the company’s presence and market position in India and SAARC.
Gaurav is well known and respected in the IT industry in India and has held multiple leadership roles in technology companies. Prior to joining Symantec, Gaurav led the Public Sector business for Cisco in India. Under his leadership the business grew tremendously and he was also recognised as the “Role model People Manager” at a global level.  Before joining Cisco, Gaurav was with IBM where he held several senior management roles.
Gaurav has extensive experience working with Enterprise and Government Customers across India and building strong motivated teams.
Gaurav has a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology and an MBA from IIT Delhi. 
In the last few years, the company has g…

FedEx Announces Indian Small Business Grant Finalists

FedEx Express has announced the finalists of its Small Business Grant Contest in India.  Competing for a grand prize of INR 15,00,000, the finalists successfully emphasized their global ambitions while articulating their future growth plans, and now enter the final stage of the contest.
To select the finalists, FedEx assessed each entrant’s inspiration to grow their business internationally, how they would utilize the grant, and financial performance of the business. Extra credit was also given to entries exhibiting unique or innovative products or service offerings, or a business which positively impacts the community.
Shortlisted from more than 100 entries, the top 10 companies have been selected across a range of industries and include:
· Bhayaji Mercantile Private Limited · Bipha Drug Laboratories Private Limited · BNA Automotive India Private Limited · Collateral Medical Private Limited · Delta Exports International · DRC Techno · Flinto Learning Solutions Private Limited · Ma F…

Indian Startups Dominate the Latest Intake of the Mastercard Start Path Program

Mastercard announced the list of new startups joining the Mastercard Start Path Program, the company’s global effort to support later-stage fintech and tech companies shaping the future of commerce. Of the six startups, three hail from the Asia Pacific region including ftcash (India), ToneTag (India) and CardUp (Singapore).
As India moves ahead in its journey to a less-cash society, both ftcash and ToneTag will offer platforms that enable consumers & merchants to adopt digital payment solutions. With the significant growth in smartphone penetration, the innovation from the two startups fits into the larger ecosystem.  ToneTag, will allow convenient and secure payment solutions using soundwaves (Tone) or NFC (Tag) technology to enable contactless payments through mobile devices. On the other hand, ftcash has focused on building the acceptance infrastructure with its solutions for micro-merchants and entrepreneurs that enable them to accept different modes of digital payments.

Twitter and Centre for Social Research Launch #TweeSurfing Online Safety Program

Twitter announced the launch of #TweeSurfing, a public education initiative in collaboration with Centre for Social Research to address online safety issues and spread knowledge on how people can express themselves and engage positively on the platform. In the pilot phase of the project, Twitter undertook various online safety workshops with Center for Social Research, in universities across geographies, like Coimbatore, Noida, Chitkara and Leh.
At the event, Twitter introduced the #TweeSurfing website (, a web resource for people to learn more about safety on Twitter. Comedians Kaneez (@kaneezsurka), Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty), and Rohan Joshi (@mojorojo) were also announced as #TweeSurfing Ambassadors, sharing their personal experiences of being high-profile Twitter users and presenting the latest tools and policies aimed to improve Twitter for everyone. Going forward, some of India's biggest and most influential stars from all walks of life added to the c…

Microsoft announces general availability of Microsoft Stream

Microsoft has announced the general availability of Microsoft Stream, an intelligent enterprise video service for commercial customers to easily and securely upload, share, manage and view videos in a single experience. It offers intelligent features including speech-to-text transcription, facial detection, intelligent search and more. Its integration across Office 365, IT management and security capabilities enable IT to cater Stream to their organization’s needs.
Now users can will be able to experience their workplace that delivers the polish and familiarity of a consumer video service-
Ability to upload, share and manage videos with just a few clicks. Personalized home page with trending videos, followed channels and content that’s important to them. Seamless viewing experience across devices and screens means never worrying about being able to access content.
Microsoft Stream uses built-in, industry-leading encryption and authenticated access to ensure videos are shared securely…

Intelenet Global Services Featured in Everest Group PEAK Matrix

Intelenet Global Services, a global outsourcing company,  announced that Everest Group recognised it as a Major Contender in its "Banking BPO – Service Provider Landscape" with PEAK Matrix Assessment 2017 report. The PEAK Matrix provides an objective, empirical comparative assessment of service providers based on their overall delivery capabilities and market success.
The report assesses business process outsourcers’ (BPO) offerings to banks. It looks at various delivery capabilities including technological solutions and buyer satisfaction. The announcement cements Intelenet’s position as a key outsourcing company for banks. As leaders in digital transformation, and possessing a deep domain expertise, Intelenet has a strong global delivery track record. \ The company operates from 70 locations across eight countries, working closely alongside various banks and financial institutions. The digital transformation company has previously been recognised for its innovative techno…

Improved Cybersecurity a Must as Cashless Economy Rises Post-Demonetization: Kaspersky Lab

As government and financial firms in India promote cashless transactions seven months after the revolutionary demonetization of the two major bills in the country, global cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab urged for a major beefing up of online defences of consumers and banks against hackers.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in November last year the termination of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 banknotes of the Mahatma Gandhi series to eradicate the use of black money which reportedly funds terrorism and illegal activities in India. 
The demonetization led to the increased numbers of paperless transactions in the country, which also opened more opportunities for money-hungry attackers. 
“The long queues on ATM machines and the shortage in currency bills resulted to the rise of the more convenient use of digital payments and electronic wallets. While transacting money online is indeed easier compared to the traditional method, it is more dangerous too. It’s a well-known fact tha…

New report from CREST highlights the need to improve cyber security in Industrial Control Systems

There is a pressing need to improve cyber security in Industrial Control System (ICS) environments to avoid future breaches that could impact critical national infrastructure concludes CREST, the not-for-profit accreditation body representing the technical information security industry, in its latest position paper, ‘Industrial Control Systems: Technical Security Assurance’. The report highlights a number of challenges and suggests that more technical security testing has a significant role to play in ensuring higher levels of security assurance are met.
The report draws on the diverse views of the Industrial Control Systems and technical security communities and proposes a model for gaining greater assurance in ICS environments. It was based on the findings of a research project - which looked to set out the main challenges and POSSIBLE solutions for protecting Industrial Control Systems, many of which are based on legacy technologies.
One of the key findings in the report is the ab…

SUSE launches CaaS i.e. Container as a Service Platform

SUSE has launched SUSE CaaS (Container as a Service) Platform, a development and hosting platform for container-based applications and services. The solution is a valuable new piece of SUSE’s growing software-defined infrastructure portfolio, which integrates open source technology to drive next-generation innovations that matter to customers. SUSE CaaS Platform lets IT operations and developers provision, manage and scale container-based applications and services to meet business goals faster.
Organizations looking to improve business agility are adopting a software-defined infrastructure approach to support containerization of their applications. Most are either containerizing existing applications directly or using a modern microservices architecture approach. SUSE CaaS Platform supports both tactics, helping customers be more agile and reduce operating costs.
“Container innovation is improving how applications are developed and run, but companies don’t want to have to set up and …

Gartner Reveals 2017 Cool Vendors That Can Help Keep Pace With Digital Innovation

CIOs and IT leaders should partner with digital disruptors that can help them maintain a pace of innovation that is at once high and sustainable. Gartner Inc.'s 2017 Cool Vendors research examines disruptive vendors that are helping companies to solve long-established problems and stay ahead of the competition in a rapidly changing world.
Gartner's 2017 Cool Vendors research profiles 330 Cool Vendors in 76 reports. Many of these providers are exploiting digitization, blockchain, artificial intelligence(AI), conversational user experience and the Internet of Things (IoT) to build the next generation of innovation and offer unprecedented opportunities to exploit new business models.
Gartner's definition of a Cool Vendor is a small company offering a technology or service that is:
·         Innovative — enables users to do things they couldn't do before. ·         Impactful — has or will have a business impact, not just technology for its own sake. ·         Intriguing —…

There is No Petya Ranwomware Cases Reported in India: Trend Micro

Petya ransomware has haunted the world like the WannbeCry. There are many countries where the ransomware is unleashing havoc and halting services. However, there is doubt whether the attack has affected any Indian organization or not. But Trend Micro, one of the security firm, is of the view that the Petya ransomware has not affected India as there are no cases reported as of now.
Ms. Sharda Tickoo, Technical Head, Trend Micro India said, “In India, so far we have no cases of Petya that have been reported to us. The countries most affected are Europe, typically Ukraine and Russia. We would recommend the companies to maintain an important hygiene of regularly taking back-up of necessary data and proactively monitor the systems for any suspicious activity. And most importantly, because it is a ransomware, we have to secure the email gateway first. There are also certain URL categorizations employed in work environment which can block access to malicious codes. Ensure that all the works…

Ziox Mobiles launches Astra Titan 4G smartphone with 5" HD IPS display at Rs. 6,599/-

Ziox Mobiles, under the aegis of Sun Airvoice Private Limited, launches ‘Astra Titan 4G Smartphone’ with bright HD IPS display and 2.5D curved glass at the price of Rs. 6,599/- Celebrate the vibrant colors of life, to shine your brightest with Astra Titan 4G!
Astra Titan is Fingerprint Scanner enabled, now keep your world most secure. Also ensure apps protection with Fingerprint App Lock feature and unlock your world just with a touch. If this is not enough you can Unlock your phone securely with just a look, as this smartphone has turned smarter with the Facial recognition feature.  Do a lot more with just your fingertip like Switch your music, click picture, answer calls, control recorder and alarm – all with a touch on fingerprint sensor.
With Android 7.0 Nougat OS the phone brings a new level of functionality and convenience, opening a galaxy of possibilities. The operating system is perfect for your multi-tasking with multi-window view and smart power management. Engineered with…

CAN Flexible Data-rate and CAN Partial Networking transceiver family includes automotive Grade 0 qualified parts

The industry’s first family of Controller Area Network (CAN) transceivers including various automotive Grade 0 qualified parts is now available from Microchip Technology Inc. The ATA65XX family adds six new devices to Microchip’s CAN portfolio.
The new family supports the recently established CAN FD (Flexible Data-rate) protocol for up to five Mbit/s communication speed and the new CAN PN (Partial Networking) standard for improved energy efficiency of vehicles. Therefore, the devices are fully compliant with the ISO 118980-2/5/6, 11898-2:2016 and the SAE J2962-2 standards. The ATA6562, ATA6563, ATA6564, ATA6565 and ATA6566 build the industry’s first automotive Grade 0 qualified CAN/CAN FD transceiver family with an ambient temperature rating of -40° to 150°C.
The family also provides a CAN partial networking transceiver including a window watchdog. All devices in the family are approved by major car manufacturers for use without the external Common Mode Choke (CMC) that is required f…

India no more insulated from cyber attacks: ASSOCHAM

Halting of the container movement at the JNPT, Mumbai, following global cyber attack, is a big warning as to how India is no more insulated from such deadly computer viruses which are unleashed to hit the lifeline of the economy, said ASSOCHAM Secretary General Mr D S Rawat.
He said, it is time , a massive resources were  committed both by the government, large and critical public sector entities like port authorities, air ports, railways and the corporate sector firms across a wide spectrum of sectors for securing our systems against such cyber attacks.
The ASSOCHAM would urge the government to take a lead in forming a powerful global alliance which could immediately swing into action on a world wide basis, the moment such computer viruses are released for playing havoc.

TCL Launches MOVETIME Smartwatch

TCL Communication has announced the MOVETIME as the latest addition to Indian TCL portfolio. With built-in gesture control of a paired smart phone, plus the ability to keep track of calls and messages, and monitor your fitness, the MOVETIME helps you enjoy life more.
“TCL MOVTIMEs designed to impress, with its mutli-faceted utility and sleek, aesthticaly pleasing looks.  TCL is set to change the face of the wearables segment in India with the pioneering TCL MOVE range. This smartwatch is a must have for the ones looking for a smart personal assistant on the move,”said Praveen Valecha, Regional Director,TCL.
With MOVETIME, you are never out of touch, receiving direct notification of incoming SMS messages, emails and voice calls, right on your wrist. This keeps you connected through any action.
Its motion detector also tracksyour physical fitness to help you stay on top of your health goals. Use it to monitor your steps and sports activity and count calories throughout the day. Easily …

Locals now form over 50% of Wipro’s workforce in the U.S.

Wipro Limite announced that locals now form over 50% of its U.S. workforce. Over the past six months, Wipro hired over 1,600 employees by attracting and nurturing local talent to drive innovation and help transform clients’ businesses into digital enterprises.
During the past decade, Wipro has invested over USD 2 billion in the United States.  The company has been focused on creating jobs in the U.S. underscoring its strategy to build a deep reservoir of local talent based out of centers close to its clients.  During FY16-17, over 3,000 locals joined Wipro and today, the company has a workforce of over 14,000 in the U.S.  The company will continue to recruit from top universities to build on the momentum of hiring locally in the United States. Wipro, which counts nearly 300 of the largest employers and innovators in the U.S. as its clients, also hires laterally for senior positions at the company.
Wipro has over 40 facilities across 23 states in the U.S. that are located in close pro…

Defence against the wrath of Ransomware

By: Govind Rammurthy, CEO of eScan

The recent attack by Petya ransomware is another warning to organizations about the possible catastrophe of vulnerabilities in their networks or IT infrastructure. Petya Ransomware is spreading fast with Ukraine being the worst hit country in last 24 hours. It uses the same exploit, which WannaCry had used to propagate itself and has created havoc in the recent past. The exploit has been provided with a patch by Microsoft way back in March 2017, but many organizations missed updating their OS and network.
Eternal Blue was the exploit which was used by WannaCry and it uses the SMB protocol vulnerability to propagate throughout the network. However, Petya Ransomware not just encrypts the files but after encrypting them, tries to encrypt the MBR too, effectively rendering the infected systems un-bootable.
According to our findings, Petya was pushed through an update for MeDoc financial software used mostly by organizations in Ukraine and phishing emails…