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Now book train tickets straight from Google Pay

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As India continues to embrace digital payments on Unified Payment Interface, Google India announced train ticket bookings for Indian Railways, powered by Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) through the Google Pay app. This feature will be available for both Android and iOS users. The new launch builds on the travel and transit services that are already available on Google Pay.

Continuing the effort to bring Indian users helpful ways to make money transactions simpler, this is another way to make their  lives  easier through Google Pay.  Now, all users in India with the latest Google Pay app  will be able to:

Search, book, cancel - All from Google Pay
Google Pay users will be able to search and browse train options, and book or cancel tickets with their IRCTC account, at no additional cost, within a fast, intuitive and reliable user experience.

See availability and duration
Users can also  easily see details like seat availability, journey duration, and travel times b…

Abbott introduces new digital service in India as part of its global a:care program

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The global healthcare company Abbott announced the launch of its new digital health service in India as part of its global a:care program. The a:care platform from Abbott’s pharmaceuticals business provides doctors and consumers with services and information to help people achieve better health. India is the first country in which Abbott launched the digital platform, which can be found online at www.acare.co.in or as a web app downloaded from the Android Play Store.

Abbott’s a:care is the first digital platform in the country that will bridge communication between patients and doctors across multiple therapy areas. The platform supports people with a broad range of healthcare needs, from prevention to awareness, adherence to treatment and motivation. For instance, using the platform, a doctor can get access to the latest science, medical education and patient support services, and consumers can access educational health information or participate in motivational points-based program…

Coolwinks becomes principal sponsor for Sunrisers Hyderabad; launches its first marketing campaign

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Coolwinks, one of the leading online eyewear platforms in the country, has announced its association with Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) for the upcoming T20 season. This is the brand’s first ever tie up for a sponsorship with one of the most popular cricketing events in India.

Under the sponsorship, Coolwinks logo will be placed on the front of the SRH Jersey this year.

Coolwinks will also focus on digital marketing to leverage the association.

Speaking on the association, Mr. Ganesh Iyer, CEO, Coolwinks said, “It is a great pleasure to be associated with Sunrisers Hyderabad Team 2019 as their Principal Sponsor. This association, being the first for Coolwinks, opens up many avenues for future ventures in the field of cricket. This year, Sunrisers Hyderabad will showcase Coolwinks Logo on the front of their team jersey. Coolwinks has launched a digital campaign with #HowCoolIsThat, along with plethora of contests on its platforms to engage the avid cricket fans. The brand is also running r…

TCL Electronics and IPL’s Delhi Capitals join hands

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TCL Electronics, a television brand and a consumer electronics company, has announced its partnership with Delhi Capitals as a team sponsor for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Delhi Capitals (previously Delhi Daredevils) is one of the founding members of the Indian Premier League and has participated in every edition of the popular annual cricketing tournament. As part of the association, TCL will sponsor the Delhi-based T20 team for the duration of IPL 12.

A game-changer in the television and consumer electronics space, TCL Electronics’ decision to partner with the IPL team is only natural given the latter’s status as a brand that has changed the face of cricket and sports in India. The association also taps into the synergies between TCL’s global legacy of over 38 years as a pioneering consumer electronics company – as well as the country’s 5th largest television brand as per the current market share – and Delhi’s rich cultural, social, economic, and politica…

U.S.-Based Online Learning Leader Udemy Enters India

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Udemy, marketplace for learning and teaching online with over 30 million students and 42,000 instructors worldwide, today announced the expansion of their operations in India with an employee hub in Gurgaon. India is one of the company’s fastest growing markets, with revenue and students doubling year-over-year. A local presence will enable Udemy to continue enhancing and localizing the student and instructor experience.

Founded in 2010, Udemy is an online learning destination that helps individuals, companies, and governments gain the skills they need to compete in today’s global economy. Built on the premise that not all teachers are found in traditional classrooms, the platform allows experts everywhere to develop courses on thousands of topics and share their knowledge with the world. Students learn the most current and in-demand skills from public speaking to mindfulness to the newest programming languages and marketing strategies.

“Udemy’s rapid growth in India shows us the lev…

TECNO rolls out its first Android 9.0 Pie powered ‘CAMON iSKY 3’ smartphone in India

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Holi is just round the corner, TECNO, an offline camera-centric smartphone brand of TRANSSION India is all set to brighten up the festival with its new smartphone launch with enhanced ‘Power of Artificial Intelligence’.  The brand is rolling out today their first smartphone with latest ‘Android 9 Pie’ operating system at its core, which makes the user interface more rounded and vibrant.

TECNO is committed to make the ‘Best Any Light’ smartphone photography experience accessible to the consumers by constantly pushing norms to make cutting-edge mobile camera technology available to everyone at a competitive price-point in the 6-15K segment.  With this new smartphone launch in the portfolio, the brand is taking yet another initiative to make overall smartphone experience smoother, smarter, intuitive and adaptive to consumer usage patterns.

Arijeet Talapatra, CEO, TRANSSION India said, “At TECNO, consumer-centricity is our core and we constantly keep working on consumer’s feedback and sug…

Inshorts Launches Digital Magazine

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Inshorts launched its new advertisement format - the Digital Magazine.  Launched in 2013, Inshorts is the Highest Rated News App in India.

Inshorts has more than 200 advertisers who use the platform to reach out to relevant customers. By innovating Ad formats like Fact Cards, HTML Ads, Inshorts has aimed to create a unique and non-intrusive format of advertising. Keeping in line with Inshorts’ constant vision of coming up with more of such relevant and creative ad formats for new age brands who want to connect with netizens, Inshorts has released yet another engaging format of advertising coined “Digital Magazine”.

Strongly advocating that creative content in today’s time cannot be restricted to only text and allowing brands the opportunity to connect with their audience in different and distinct ways; Digital Magazines are designed to include gifs, videos and polls to keep the audience interested. Similarly, since millennials like to share interesting and relatable content among the…

The fear of arrest forces Anil Ambani to Pay off Rs 458 crore to Ericsson

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Reliance Communications (RCom) has raced against time to pay off Rs 458 crore to Ericsson within the deadline set by the Supreme Court of India. Anil Ambani was left with no options but to either go to jail or pay off the amount of Rs 458 crore to the telecom equipment maker Ericsson. The strong message from the Supreme Court is a reminder to the country's biggest defaulters who are willing not paying off their debts to their lenders.

We need to understand the significance of this event. While this builds trust in the market, it sends a strong message to the defaulters who continue to ride on the complexities of the Indian law. There are several businesses in the market like Ericsson which are struggling because a whopping amount of their payments are stuck for years with their defaulting clients. Every segment of the market, right from the BFSI, telecom, ITeS and BPO to entertainment, education, ecommerce and media are suffering from this syndrome.

India's law and enforcemen…

Coworly launches India’s first coworking search and reservation platform for Delhi-NCR

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Coworly, an online co working space reservation business, has announced the launch of its operations in Delhi-NCR region. Coworly aims to reshape the way professionals search for and compare coworking and alternative office space solutions.The platform allows professionals to make informed decisions by personalising their office space search and providing them access to a deep supply of coworking company’s information and prices. Coworly enables its partners/advertisers to grow their businesses by providing access to a broad audience of professionals via its websites and app. As of December 31, 2018, Coworly has partnered with 55 coworking space providers serving more than 1000+ bookings per month. The platform currently provides solutions across Delhi, Gurgaon, Faridabad and Noida and aims to enter five markets in the country in 2019.

Speaking about the launch, Sandeep Singh, Founder- Coworly said, “Coworly aims to help professionals and freelancers find the best solution for their …

India Today Group has launched ‘So Sorry Gully Cricket Game App’

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The India Today Group unveiled a unique gaming app called So Sorry Gully Cricket, featuring its award-winning politoons in the lineup of players.

A perfect fusion of sports and news ahead of general elections and the Cricket World Cup, So Sorry Gully Cricket was launched at FICCI FRAMES event in Mumbai by Indian cricketing legend Sunil Gavaskar alongside Mr Sam Balasara, Founder Chairman, Madison Worldwide and Mr Shashi Sinha, Chief Executive Officer, IPG Mediabrands.

Ms Kalli Purie, Vice-Chairperson, India Today Group said, “We are really excited to announce the launch of the new game ‘So Sorry Gully Cricket’ at FRAMES in presence of such a distinguished audience. ‘So Sorry Gully Cricket’ is a unique game that portrays life and politics in a way that is interactive, real and interesting.  With India heading for Parliamentary elections the timing could not be more perfect. It's a super example of an integrated use of technology n content”

The app uses animated cartoon videos in a …

90% of developing economies are lagging or emerging in critical skills, including India

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Coursera released its inaugural global skills benchmarking report - ‘Global Skills Index: 2019 (GSI)’. The report reveals skill trends and performance data for 60 countries and 10 industries across Data Science, Technology, and Business.

With 39 million learners and more than 3,000 courses from the world's top universities and industry educators, Coursera has one of the largest databases to study skill trends. Leveraging actual Coursera learner performance data, the GSI provides actionable insights to governments and companies, which they can use to design a workforce transformation strategy that addresses their skills strengths and shores up their weaknesses.

“The global skills landscape is under major transition. With technology advancing faster than humans, the skills that once fueled careers, industries, and entire economies will no longer suffice,” said Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO of Coursera. “With the launch of Coursera’s Global Skills Index,  governments and companies now have…

Juniper Networks Expands Networking Simplicity Through Support of SONiC

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Juniper Networks announced native integration of Juniper’s platforms with Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC), which was developed and contributed to the Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation by Microsoft. This integration will give cloud providers a simplified and automated switch management platform, enhanced by the rich routing and deep telemetry innovations valued by customers.

Introduced by Microsoft in 2016, SONiC is a breakthrough for network switch operations and management. A uniquely extensible platform with a large and growing ecosystem of hardware and software partners, SONiC offers centralized management of switching platforms and various software components.

Native integration with SONiC underscores Juniper’s continued commitment to open programmability, complete disaggregation and expanding key offerings to support cloud-first enterprises. Specifically, the integration will offer cloud and service provider customers:

Open programmability: Allows for the r…

Four Corporate Email Oversights That Put Your Organization at Risk

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By: Morey Haber, CTO, BeyondTrust

As part of onboarding, new hires typically sign an employee handbook which includes policies and guidelines for acceptable information technology usage. Within the details, are often policy restrictions regarding unacceptable usage for email. Typically, these policies state that email should only be used for official company business correspondence, and not for personal communications.

If you travel frequently for work, or are responsible for purchasing merchandise or services for your employer, is it acceptable to use your work email address, or should you use your personal email to complete the transaction?

This question, and the aftermath of your departure from an organization, can create a complicated situation and security risk that most employers are completely ignoring. And, unfortunately, they have no way to manage or mitigate the potential risk. Consider these real-life scenarios that organizations are facing today:

Using corporate email accou…

Cobots – How to Live With Them, Work With Them & Love Them

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By: Chris Pope, VP Innovation, ServiceNow

The renaissance we are currently experiencing in Artificial Intelligence (AI), and all forms of Machine Learning (ML), has given rise to widespread discussion on how business will run in the immediate future. As the impact of AI starts to be applied to real-world use cases, we will inevitably need to get used to some new terminology. One of the technology industry’s new favorites is the notion of the ‘cobot’, short for collaborative-robot.

Cobots come in many forms. Some will be purely software-based helper robots that we might think of as sophisticated extensions of chatbots or virtual assistants. Some will more physically manifest themselves as robot arms, exoskeletons or some other form of intelligently programmed machinery. Some will be a super-smart mix of both.

Your intelligent new office buddy
You can think of cobots as your new office buddies and people—I do mean all of us―are going to have to get used to working alongside intelligent m…

Journey to the Cloud: What IT Leaders Need to Know (and Avoid)

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By: Brad Bell, Chief Information Officer at Infoblox

Migrating to the cloud is a strategic move for organizations today. The benefits are ripe, allowing organizations to cut costs on hardware, increase the scalability and reliability of applications and shift focus to delivering new offerings to market. However, despite this, few truly understand the implications of what a cloud migration truly entails.

Before joining Infoblox as CIO, I was responsible for modernizing Microsoft infrastructure to be cloud ready, retiring the legacy data centres and migrating Business Applications to Azure -- a role that taught me many invaluable lessons along the way. This process (among many others) allowed me to define a guiding set of principles and strategies for IT leaders who are currently in the process of, or just beginning the cloud migration.   

Determine the Right Path (and Cloud) Forward
IT leaders need to determine which cloud migration strategy best fits their enterprise’s needs and make …

Gujarat government collaborates with Orange Business Services for “Safe and Secure Gujarat” project

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Orange Business Services has been chosen by the Government of Gujarat to install and manage state-of-the-art public safety and security infrastructure as part of the visionary “Safe and Secure Gujarat” initiative. The project has been commissioned to improve the security of the state by implementing surveillance and intelligent traffic management system to reduce crime and traffic violations.

Counted among one of India’s largest smart city projects, the initiative will be executed in two phases. The first phase will cover 40 cities and further expand to cover all 120 cities across the state. Under the first phase, Orange along with nodal agency Gujarat Informatics Limited (GIL) will be responsible for the development of a robust system for 34 command and control centers, and one Integrated Command and Control Centre (ICCC) in the capital. The scope includes implementation, operations and management for five years.

Speaking about the project, Bala Mahadevan, CEO, Orange Business Servic…

RuPay Global Cards crosses 64 million issuances

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National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has reached a milestone by issuing over 64 million RuPay Global cards, since first issuing it in 2014. NPCI which manages the RuPay card network in the country issues RuPay Global cards that run on the Discover Network when used outside India. This partnership helped Indian homegrown card payment network RuPay to expand its footprint globally as well. Ms. Praveena Rai, Chief Operating Officer of NPCI said, “We have been focusing on growing international acceptance for our 64 mn RuPay Global Card consumers. The acceptance of RuPay Global cards with the partnership of Discover reaches 41 mn plus merchants, across 190 countries and is constantly growing. With 200+ international offers for RuPay Global Card holders, the acceptance gets sweetened for the consumer”

Leveraging the established interconnection between the two payment networks, the scope of this strategic relationship covers issuance of co-branded RuPay-Discover debit and credit glo…

How AI and Machine learning helps in up skilling to better career opportunities

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By: Diwakar Chittora, CEO & Founder, Intellipaat 
There are at least two clear trends that show a demand-supply mismatch in tech jobs in cutting-edge IT fields such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. One is via industry predictions that estimate growth in the AI market from USD 21.46 billion to USD 190.61 billion between 2018 and 2025. Year on year growth is projected to be an impressive 36.62% during the same period. The second trend is more subtle. Big Indian IT firms in the US are reportedly ‘hoarding’ employees in these 2 fields as they foresee a shortage in skilled experts. They also fear a corresponding rise in the cost of hiring employees for tech contracts they have bagged for the future.
How are AI & Machine Learning being used in Industry? Unlike the exaggerated robots of the 2001 Steven Spielberg movie of the same name, Artificial Intelligence (AI) in reality is tamer. AI is understood to mean ways of making computers, computer-controlled robots or progra…

Tata Motors taps the growing e-Commerce industry with 13 customized trucking solutions in Mumbai

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Targeting the booming Indian e-Commerce sector, Tata Motors displayed a complete range of 13 fully built, ready-to-use vehicles, to meet the demanding and ever-evolving requirements of the industry. The first ever end-to-end experiential expo for the e-Commerce Industry in Western India, exhibited a wide range of ready-to-use fully built solutions exclusively developed to meet every single application, cutting across hub-to-hub-to-spoke transportation and the end-to-end delivery requirements. The e-Commerce Expo 2019 is being held at the MMRDA Grounds in BKC, Mumbai from 6th to 8th March 2019, whereby Tata Motors is showcasing some of the bestselling variants across SCV, ILCV and MHCV segments.

Tata Motors has developed these fully built ready-to-use solutions after extensively researching the exacting requirements of the e-Commerce Industry, engaging with the top e-Commerce companies and their vendors involving our own design engineers and our FBV team, by incorporating their require…

ManageEngine Introduces User and Entity Behavior Analytics in its SIEM Solution

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ManageEngine announced that it has introduced user and entity behavior analytics (UEBA) into its SIEM solution, Log360. With score-based risk assessment, threat corroboration, anomaly detection powered by machine learning, and other new capabilities, the Log360 UEBA add-on helps security professionals identify, qualify, and investigate internal threats and anomalies by extracting more information from logs for better context.

According to Verizon's 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report, over a quarter of the 53,308 cyberattacks in 2017 involved insiders. Insider threats can be particularly difficult to detect with conventional threat detection systems, as it’s hard to spot the signs of someone using their legitimate access to data for nefarious purposes, and both vulnerabilities and exploits are unknown. UEBA delivers more robust and accurate threat detection by using machine learning to set a baseline of a user’s normal activity, and then flag any deviations from that baseline.

Zinnov positions Tata Technologies as an industry leader in Zinnov Zones 2018

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Tata Technologies has been positioned as a leader in the automotive vertical by Zinnov, a global consulting and advisory firm in its 2018 ER&D Services Ratings report. The report also placed Tata Technologies in the “Leadership Zone” in aerospace and construction & heavy machinery vertical. Zinnov also ranked Tata Technologies as an “Expansive and Established” player for its overall ER&D services capabilities. In comparison to 2017 Zinnov report, Tata Technologies was placed substantially higher in the three verticals and overall ER&D services capabilities and retained its leadership position.

Zinnov Zones is an annual rating to assess the prowess of global service providers for their overall ER&D services capabilities, horizontal, and vertical specific ER&D services capabilities. In 2018, Zinnov analysed 38 ER&D services providers on various parameters like – product development capabilities, scale and scalability, client spread, client references, special…

Cybage acquires World-Class Facilities in Pune and Gandhinagar

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Cybage started the new year on a high note with acquisition of two prime facilities in world-class special economic zones (SEZs) in Pune and Gandhinagar.

The 700-seater facility at EON IT Park, Pune, will be the third development centre of Cybage catering exclusively to the growing talent pool. Scaling up its operations in Gujarat, Cybage has acquired an additional 300-seater space in India’s first International Financial Services Centre, the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City).

The India expansion drive is strategically aligned with the ongoing global expansion of Cybage. In the recent months, the foothold of Cybage has strengthened in the Northern and Northwestern Europe, United States, and Canada. The expansion and hiring plans are bullish for Cybage; over the next one year, the organization plans to hire around 1000 professionals.

Cybage is positive about the next phase of growth with recent consolidation of its various organic Digital offerings into a unified Digi…

With the launch of OPPO F11 Pro in India, a new era of smartphones sets in

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India has been witnessing a significant change in the smartphone landscape all due to the user behaviour. Indian audience has been hungry for more from their handsets forcing smartphone manufacturers like Oppo to exceed or match expectations. Yesterday, Oppo launched its latest weapon in the Indian market - OPPO F11 Pro which among other features includes a 48MP rear camera. Definitely the high MPs in the rear camera has started a new debate in the user community. They want to use the phone to have better experience. On the other hand, Xiomi has also come in the market with its Redmi Note 7 Pro which will be on sale on 13th March. This also features a competitive camera but at a very low price when compared to OPPO F11 Pro.

The OPPO F11 Pro boasts of portrait photography in low light with several other innovative technologies. It is equipped with a new 48MP Ultra-clear camera system, a rising camera, and a panoramic screen, providing customers with an easy to use and flawless user exp…