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QuizBiz Launched by Cheetah Mobiles’ latest broadcasting app Live.me

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Live.me app by Cheetah Mobiles today launched QuizBiz - India’s first dedicated live quiz show. QuizBiz is one of Live.me app’s most popular content offerings, with talented hosts conducting live QnA sessions and cash prizes being its most attractive feature. Cheetah Mobiles is the maker of popular mobile utility apps such as Clean Master, CM Security, and Battery Doctor, and allows users to interact with each other and social influencers ‘live’.

On Live.me, participants can enjoy QuizBiz every day of the week and on weekends they can enjoy the quiz with special celebrity.Gaurav Gera, popular TV and Bollywood actor famous for his portrayal of funny characters such as Chutki and Shopkeeper, will host QuizBiz, adding lots of spunk and humour, further boosting the show’s engagement quotient.A participant will need to answer 12 questions, with 3 options each, to win cash prizes worth 200$ to 2000$ and it will go up to 10000$ in days to come. A wrong answer eliminates a participant, but h…

Honor’s Bestseller Honor 7X: Now Made in India

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Honor, Huawei’s e-brand for digital natives today announced that it has started manufacturing of its latest budget blockbuster, Honor 7X in partnership with  Sketch-to-Scale solutions provider, Flex, at Flex’s plant in Sriperumbudur, near Chennai.
Huawei Honor started manufacturing in partnership with Flex India in September 2016 and started with Holly 3 which was the first phone under the ‘Make in India’ initiative. The scope was further increased by manufacturing Honor 6X. Now, with Make in India move for the recently launched, Honor 7X, Honor has indeed delivered on its promises.
Huawei was one of the first companies in the telecom sector to make the deep seeded investment and over the last 18 years has continued to make in-roads to make India as one of the company’s biggest centers of learning, localisation and development. Honor continues to strengthen its base by investing in an R&D center and setting up a manufacturing base for our Indian operations. Innovation is the core…

Everest Group Recognizes Virtusa as a Major Contender in its PEAK Matrix

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Virtusa Corporation, a global business consulting and IT outsourcing company that accelerates business outcomes for its clients, today announced it has been named a Major Contender in Everest Group’s 2018 PEAK Matrix for Digital Services in Consumer Banking.
Virtusa was evaluated across two key dimensions: 1) Market success measured by revenue, growth, and enterprise adoption; and 2) Vision and capability measured by the ability to successfully deliver consumer banking services.
“We are excited to be recognized by Everest Group as a Major Contender in the 2018 Digital Services in Consumer Banking PEAK Matrix assessment,” said Bob Graham, global solutions head, Banking and Financial Services, Virtusa. “For a consumer bank today, digital services are driving an enhanced and personalized customer experience, driving new product offerings, and providing the ability to reach new customers without requiring investment in new branches.  Virtusa has been helping global banks envision and imp…

Google Station goes beyond railways to smart cities

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After getting millions of Indians online, with its RailTel Wi-Fi project — Google today announced its partnership with Larsen & Toubro, to bring 150 Google Station hotspots to Pune, as part of Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited’s Smart City project.
After successfully benefiting 7.7 million user at over 270 Railway Station through its RailTel Wi-Fi project, Google for first time is deploying Google Station outside of the railways. Potentially, 3 million Punekars can now get online within seconds, to message friends, pay bills, shop online, watch music videos — and do millions of other things — at locations all around the city.
Vinay Goel, Product Management Director, Google Station said, “Today marks a big step for us as we expand Google Station hotspots from railways to cities. Our aim with Google Station is to  to bring fast Wi-Fi to more users in more places within India. We built Google Station to be both the highest-quality and easiest Wi-Fi service for users an…

iNurture raises INR 28 crores from Ventureast, Bertelsmann India Investments, and Ascent Capital

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iNurture, a provider of career-ready formal higher education programs in India, has raised 28 crores in its Series C funding round. Ventureast led the round along with participation from existing investors, Bertelsmann India Investments and Ascent Capital. iNurture will use the fresh funds to expand its unique e-Learning platform for Skill Centers and Distance Learning, and to expand its managed campuses business.
Headquartered in Bengaluru, iNurture offers a wide selection of industry relevant courses, in association with leading universities/colleges across India. The company holds partnerships with more than 30 academic institutions across the country and more than 6,000 students are currently pursuing its programs. Last year, the company signed a joint-venture agreement with Galileo (a global higher education company) to offer additional programs in e.g. design and sports management with support from their higher education institutions Strate School of Design, ESG and Hétic. It a…

Seagate Technology reports fiscal second quarter 2018 financial results

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Seagate Technology  reported financial results for the quarter ended December 29, 2017. For the second quarter, the Company reported revenue of $2.9 billion, gross margin of 30.1%, net income of $159 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.55. On a non-GAAP basis, which excludes the net impact of certain items, Seagate reported gross margin of 30.4%, net income of $431 million and diluted earnings per share of $1.48.

During the second quarter, the Company generated $850 million in cash flow from operations and $773 million in free cash flow. Cash and cash equivalents totaled approximately $2.6 billion at the end of the quarter. There were 285 million ordinary shares issued and outstanding as of the end of the quarter.

“Achieving year-over-year revenue and profitability growth and significant cash flow generation in the December quarter reflects Seagate’s solid execution and competitiveness of our storage solutions portfolio, particularly in the cloud-based environments. With our…

Oncam’s 360-degree Evolution Stainless Steel camera series receives Standard 169 certification from NSF International

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Oncam broke new ground as its award-winning Evolution Stainless Steel camera earned the coveted Standard 169 accreditation from NSF International. The innovative and robust 360-degree camera from Oncam is the first and only surveillance camera of its kind to receive the NSF mark in the ‘Special Purpose Food Equipment and Devices’ category.
Oncam’s Evolution Stainless Steel camera series has gained recognition for its ability to cater to more extreme environments that require exceptional resistance to corrosion. The camera boasts an IP69K rating, the highest protection rating available against weather, water, and dust, as well as an IK10 rating against vandalism. It can be washed with high-pressure jets of more than 1,000psi at up to 80 degrees Celsius, enabling it to withstand demanding environments. The system is ideal for surveillance applications in diverse arenas like food processing facilities, industrial and chemical plants, vehicle wash stations, and ports and marine applicati…

Birlasoft and KPIT to come together to create two companies in the ‘Digital Business IT Services

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Birlasoft, part of the USD 1.6 billion diversified CK Birla Group, and KPIT, today announced the coming together of Birlasoft and KPIT to create a USD 700+ million combined entity that will later demerge into two separate companies, focused on ‘Digital Business IT Services’ (Birlasoft) and ‘Automotive Engineering and Mobility Solutions’ (the new KPIT Technologies) respectively. During the period prior to completion of the deal, Birlasoft and KPIT will continue to be run by their current managements, in addition to which management from Birlasoft and KPIT will work together to familiarize Birlasoft with the ITSS business.
At the conclusion of the deal, two new companies will be created. The new ‘Birlasoft’ will be a USD 500 million Digital Business IT Services company that will be created by merging the KPIT ITSS business with the current Birlasoft, creating a new leader in the mid-tier IT services space which will also be called Birlasoft. 
The new ‘KPIT Technologies’ will be a USD 2…

Avaya announces Partner of the Year Awards at Avaya ENGAGE 2018

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Avaya honored five U.S. partners for their outstanding support, contribution and commitment to innovation. Avaya’s Partner of the Year Awards celebrate leaders across four categories (Innovation, Midmarket, Cloud and Service) in addition to presenting an award for Overall U.S. Partner of the Year.
The following winners were announced during Avaya ENGAGE in New Orleans:
·         Innovation Partner of the Year: Arrow Systems Integration, Inc.
Arrow Systems Integration, a unified communications industry leader, used its deep expertise with Avaya solutions to create Connect SDKs for Avaya Breeze. The company launched a Quick-Start IoT Developer Toolkit that provides the resources necessary to implement a proof of concept communications workflow, allowing new workflows to go from concept to reality in a matter of minutes.
·         Midmarket Partner of the Year: Carousel Industries of North America, Inc.
Carousel Industries helps IT and business leaders drive innovation through integrate…

Druva’s Cloud Data Protection and Management Solutions Available on AWS Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region Enabling Regional Compliance

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Druva, Inc., a leader in cloud data protection and management, announced the availability of its SaaS solutions, Druva’s inSync and Phoenix, from the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region.
The AWS Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region is designed and built to meet rigorous compliance standards, providing high levels of security for all AWS customers. As with every AWS Region, the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region is compliant with applicable national and local data protection laws. Customers have the assurance that their content stored in the Asia Pacific (Mumbai) Region will not move to another region unless legally required to do so or the customer moves it.
“As Indian companies increasingly move to the cloud, Druva is the first company to deliver the flexibility and speed that enterprises need for their critical data protection and management needs, within a secure cloud that provides the data sovereignty within India,” said Jaspreet Singh, founder and CEO, Druva, Inc. “This is …

Hero Electronix & Hero FinCorp sponsor Shiva Keshavan, the fastest Asian on ice, for Winter Olympics 2018

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Hero Electronix and Hero FinCorp , part of the $10 billion Hero Group, announced that they are proud to sponsor luge athlete Shiva Keshavan – the fastest Asian on ice – at PyeongChang Winter Olympics 2018. Hero Electronix and Hero FinCorp have been supporting Shiva for the last couple of years as he participated and won several medals at international luge championships. His most recent win was a Gold at Asian Luge Championships at Alternberg, Germany in December 2017 where he retained his title with a time of 55.60 seconds.
Shiva Keshavan, the first and only Indian to represent India in the sport of Luge, made his Olympic debut in Nagano in 1998 and will be participating in his sixth Olympics games at PyeongChang, a feat shared by only two other Indians. Shiva has won several medals for India over the years – four Asian gold medals, four silver medals, and two bronze medals – and currently holds the Asian speed record.
Mr. Ujjwal Munjal, Founder-Director, Hero Electronix says, “Shiv…

Google Invests in Asia- GO-JEK / Google

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By Caesar Sengupta, VP, Next Billion Users Team, Google India
With more than 133 million people online, Indonesia is home to the fifth largest population of internet users in the world. And amazingly, Indonesia’s online journey has just gotten started — Indonesians continue to embrace the internet rapidly and half of Indonesia’s population has yet to connect to the internet. 
Indonesia already has a thriving internet economy and a bustling startup scene, home to four of Southeast Asia’s eight “unicorns,” but we’d like to do more to help supercharge and grow with it. So, to help Indonesians build the next great startup, we’ve already trained nearly 60,000 Indonesians on mobile app development, toward our goal of reaching 100,000 developers by 2020. And to help more Indonesian small businesses tap into the power of the internet, our Gapura Digital initiative has trained more than 40,000 small business owners in 10 cities, with more cities to come. 
To help all Indonesians access inform…

Worldwide Device Shipments Will Increase by 2.1 Percent in 2018

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Worldwide shipments of devices — PCs, tablets and mobile phones — totaled 2.28 billion units in 2017, according to Gartner, Inc. Shipments are on course to reach 2.32 billion units in 2018, an increase of 2.1 percent.
Two markets will drive overall growth in device shipments in 2018. First is the mobile phone market, led by the high-end smartphone segment. Second is the premium ultramobile market, where thin and light Apple and Microsoft Windows 10 devices are stimulating higher demand.
“Consumers have many technologies to choose from, which poses two main challenges for vendors. The first is to compete for wallet share, given how many devices consumers own. The second is to deliver value and maintain relevance — to offer the right device to the right audience," said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner. "We will see more buyers focusing on value, rather than just price, and therefore considering higher-priced devices."
PC Market Will Be Flat in 2018
Gartner fore…

Global Survey Finds It Is Time for Governments to Transform Online Experiences

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Adobe and WPP’s The Government & Public Sector Practice today released the results of a global study that found citizens want governments to transform their online services to be more like the private sector. More than 7,000 citizens in seven countries took part in the research, which found that their governments need to look beyond simply having a presence online, and more on delivering experiences that are personal and relevant to the user, in line with the experiences already widely delivered by private sector organizations.
While the need for modernization of government services is recognized across many countries, this study examines citizens’ perspectives on what impacts their interactions with government online. Some of the most popular specific improvements to government services requested were:
·         pre-filled tailored information;
·         instant online communication for help; and
·         being offered additional relevant information.


The study reinforces the c…

Nokia implements Future X network architecture for 5G

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On the day Nokia unveiled its ReefShark chipsets, the company has outlined the scope of its Future X architecture for 5G, the basis for its new reference silicon design and the foundation of its 5G technology and services portfolio.
This portfolio - to be showcased at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month - comprises a full, end-to-end network that delivers up to three times more data capacity per cell site and 30% lower total cost of operation* through artificial intelligence-based automation.
Nokia's 5G Future X provides unprecedented baseband performance thanks to Nokia's breakthrough ReefShark chipset. ReefShark chipsets also decrease the size of massive MIMO antennas by 50%, increasing deployment options, while achieving a 64% reduction in the power consumption of baseband units. Machine Learning-enabled beamforming technologies allow networks to 'follow' mobile devices and extend cell range as well as provide massive capacity wherever it is needed.
The 5…

Kiran Bhagwanani appointed CEO, Dimension Data - South Asia, Japan and New Zealand

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Dimension Data announced the appointment of Kiran Bhagwanani as the Chief Executive Officer for Dimension Data South Asia, Japan and New Zealand, one of the three sub-regions in the Asia Pacific region. Bhagwanani will report to Dimension Data's APAC CEO, John Lombard. He will be responsible for maintaining and growing Dimension Data's business, client base and scaling outcome-driven offerings for the said countries.
Before the current role, Bhagwanani was leading Dimension Data's India business as it's CEO since February 2011. Under his guidance and in line with his vision for Dimension Data India, Bhagwanani established a strong leadership team that has ensured that the Indian business has been amongst the fastest growing and most profitable businesses for Dimension Data. Prior to joining Dimension Data, he was the country head for HCL Technologies India and was also responsible for System Integration Sales worldwide.
Now, as CEO of one of Dimension Data Asia Pacifi…

ALTBalaji partners with Reliance Jio to make available original content on Jio’s digital platforms

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With over 11 million mobile app downloads and more than 2 million web viewers, ALTBalaji is the most popular repository of original Indian video content on the internet. It is available in over 90 countries and caters to the need of Indian consumers and Indian diaspora spread across the globe.
With rich entertaining #ALTBalaji original content and a robust distribution strategy, ALTBalaji aims to reach out to a wide base of subscribers. It today announced a strategic partnership with Reliance Industries Limited (‘Reliance’) to make available its original content to the millions of customers of the online platforms of Reliance such as Jio Cinema, Jio TV etc. This content would be enjoyed by all the subscribers of Reliance Jio (‘Jio’), one of the leading telcos in India, as part of the Digital Services eco-system offered by Jio.
Jio’s established user base of over 160 million will help to strengthen the distribution of ALTBalaji content.
Speaking about the association, Nachiket Pantvai…

‘Do Big Forum’ stresses on Innovation through Technology as key differentiator for SMEs to grow

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Tata Docomo Business Services (TDBS), a enterprise service provider of India, brought together the enterprise industry leaders at its flagship ‘Do Big Forum’ - a knowledge platform for the SME business. With ‘Entrepreneurship & Innovation through technology’ as the core focus, the discussion at the event revolved around empowering SMEs with the right technological solutions and enabling them to grow and prosper. Nearly 250 delegates from SME community attended the forum.

The two-day forum that concluded recently , focused on enabling SMEs to understand the importance of digitization and provided a platform to interact with industry stalwarts. The panel discussion moderated by Sandipan Ray, Director, SMBConnect witnessed, Mohit Gupta, Co-founder of Tiffin A La Carte and Consultant, EX VP- SME Religare, and Avinash Phogat, Solutions Expert, Tata Docomo Business Services on the panel to discuss how human Intuition is the Future of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In addition to this…

Exploring the potential of Blockchain through ‘collaboration'

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By Ms. Mohua Sengupta, EVP & Global Head of Services, 3i Infotech Ltd
Everyone is experimenting with Blockchain today, but Blockchain in a silo is not a ‘BlockCHAIN’ at all. The power of Blockchain lies in inclusion. More the number of assets in a Blockchain, stronger it becomes. The fact is, that Blockchain is here and it’s here to stay. We need to collaborate to capitalize on the potential advantages of Blockchain fully.
Of all the advantages of Blockchain, interoperability is definitely at the top - interoperability between Blockchains of same kind, interoperability between Blockchains of different kinds and most importantly, interoperability between Blockchains and legacy systems.
We need to explore the potential of Blockchain as a platform enabling interoperability to exploit its full potential.   Blockchain without interoperability is like emails from Hotmail and Gmail not talking to each other.   Wouldn’t it be a very limited use of the potential of emails?
One common compl…

New Whole Home Wi-Fi System from Tenda supports True Mesh Technology

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With the advancement of Wi-Fi dependent gadgets and increase in data usage Connection drop-offs, slow performance and dead spots, most homes in India suffer from these common Wi-Fi problems. The new Nova MW6 True Mesh Wi-Fi system from Tenda Technology, a leading manufacturer of networking devices, has been built to optimise your home network, eliminating connection frustration, by blanketing your home with fast, efficient and stable Wi-Fi coverage.
Mesh technology is growing currently with multiple Mesh devices available in the market, amidst Tenda chose to offer a True Mesh Wi-Fi standard 802.11s, along with this Nova MW6 also supports 802.11v and 802.11r for seamless Wi-Fi Roaming around home.
The ideal solution for improving Wi-Fi reception throughout your home, the Nova MW6 kit, which includes three Wi-Fi nodes as standard in the box, provides wireless coverage for spaces up to 6,000 square feet. Powered by the latest Mesh technology, each node is capable of performing as a route…

“GSTmadeeasy” to make every Indian SMEs/MSMEs GST Compliant

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With an aim to support Govt of India’s GST initiative and to make every Indian SMEs/MSMEs GST Compliant, for the first ever time in India, a revolutionary easy to use, need of the hour GST solution “GSTmadeeasy” is soon to be launched, with end-to-end business solution for MSMEs / Small traders to deal with digitizing requirements mandatory under the new GST regime.
CAIT has said that GST is a technology driven taxation system which requires mandatory compliance through digital technology only. And nearly 60 percent of small businesses in the country have yet to adopt computerization in their existing business format.
CAIT further states that half of the nearly six crore small businesses fall under the threshold limit of Rs.20 lakh and do not require registration under GST. Another about one crore traders may opt for ‘Composite Scheme’ but will have to get registered under the new tax regime. Remaining about two crore small businesses do not fall under any indirect tax law and will h…