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Empirical Data Launches RedShift Solution for Transparent CSR Operations

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Empirical Data, a new breed blockchain solution provider, today announced the launch and introduction of RedShift, a first of its kind blockchain solution for corporate CSR. This game changing solution provides a robust platform for corporates to ensure smooth CSR project execution. RedShift brings a simple, efficient and affordable enterprise solution that helps corporates to focus and execute humanitarian and social projects.
"A well-executed CSR project is the best way to give back to the society. We are excited to introduce RedShift which will help create greater transparency and visibility in daily corporate CSR transactions. With RedShift we aim to change the way businesses interact with various stakeholders in the CSR activities," said Karthik Ramarao, Founder & CTO at Empirical Data.
Empirical Data is incorporated as the Indian subsidiary of trANa Technologies, headquartered in Singapore, providing groundbreaking enterprise solutions on its blockchain - Fusion Co…

STMicro Makes IoT Sensing Accessible with IoT Plug and Play, Ready to Connect to Microsoft Azure

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STMicroelectronics is launching SensorTile.box to help everyone from young people to expert designers discover the power of IoT and quickly understand how they can easily collect and send sensor information to the cloud.

The flexible IoT Plug and Play module connects easily with Bluetooth® Low Energy to a smartphone, allowing users to watch the sensors function as a pedometer, asset tracker, environmental monitor, or as other instruments. For more experienced designers, SensorTile.box provides developer and expert modes that help build sophisticated applications using a graphical wizard or by writing custom embedded code.

Attracted by its ease of use and relevance to all users across its full range of customers from consumers and beginners to IoT professionals, SensorTile.box will be showcased as a new demonstration platform for Azure IoT Central, which simplifies connecting smart devices to the cloud for data capture and analysis.

Andrea Onetti, General Manager of ST’s MEMS Sensor Di…

Panasonic launches first of its kind EV charging service for India

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Panasonic, a diversified technology company, announced the launch of first of its kind smart EV charging service in India - Nymbus. A futuristic charging service combines physical components such as charging stations, swap stations, on board charges, telematics systems and the virtual components like cloud service, analytics, intuitive dashboard, and artificial intelligence to deliver onestop solution. Nymbus, is a unique technology platform by Panasonic India’s concentrated R&D efforts, designed and developed to cater to the growing mobility market in India.

As part of the first phase, Panasonic has partnered with electric mobility service providers’ SmartE and qQuick, wherein Panasonic will be deploying the EV charging service on 150 SmartE electric three wheelers and on 25 qQuick 2 wheelers in the Delhi NCR region.
The solution is poised to help individual EV users, EV fleet owners, e commerce & logistics companies to manage their fleet more efficiently and also the utilit…

Microsoft Tuesday Patch for 80 CVEs released

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This month's Patch Tuesday release contains updates for nearly 80 CVEs including a patch for a critical remote code execution in Remote Desktop Services (RDP) as well as an elevation of privilege vulnerability in Windows Error Reporting that has been exploited in the wild.

CVE-2019-0708 is a critical Remote Desktop Services Remote Code Execution vulnerability. An unauthenticated attacker targeting vulnerable systems with Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) enabled could exploit this flaw to gain remote code execution. It is highly likely that this vulnerability will be exploited in the wild in the near future as attackers develop exploit code. It is critically important for organizations and system administrators to apply patches as soon as possible to reduce their risk of compromise. While the advisory lists Windows 7,Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 as affected, Microsoft is also releasing updates for out-of-support systems including Windows XP and Windows 2003.

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The Closing Speed of Transformation

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By: Dave Russell, Vice President, Enterprise Strategy at Veeam

We all know that software and infrastructure don't typically go away in the data center. You very rarely decommission something and bring in all new gear or stop the application to completely transition over to something else. Everyone's in some sort of hybrid state. Some think that they're transitioning, and many hopefully even have a plan for this.

Some of these changes are bigger, take longer, and you almost need to try them and experience them to have success in order to proceed. I've heard people say, "Well, we're going to get around to doing X, Y, and Z.” But they are often lacking a sense of urgency to experiment early.

A major contributor to this type of procrastination is that changes that appear to be far off, arrive suddenly. The closing speed of transformation is the issue. Seldom do you have the luxury of time; but early on you are seldom compelled to decide. You don’t sense the urgenc…

IoT can Help Shift High Street Retail into the Digital Future in the Middle East

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By: Jamil Ahmad, Country Manager – KSA at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company

Retail sales in the Middle East is booming. Customers are getting smarter about their shopping choices and their expectations of the retail experience are accelerating quickly. Non-store retailing, which includes online shopping, direct selling, mobile internet, social media and home shopping, is expected to increase at a rapid pace, meaning high streets are taking the hit, and it’s going to take something special to get shoppers back into stores.

Technology can certainly help in enticing customers into stores and plugging the growth gaps retailers are suffering. One technology that is touted to disrupt retail is the Internet of Things (IoT), which, if it is used in the right way, can build a competitive differentiation. According to Aruba research, early adopters of IoT are already reaping benefits that include improved customer experience (81%); improved visibility across organizations (78%); and in…

Safeguarding Your Organization from Attacks Via Your Third-Party Vendors

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By: Morey Haber, Chief Technology Officer & Chief Information Security Officer, BeyondTrust

Realizing that most large organizations today have sophisticated security defenses, bad actors are beginning to target third-party vendors, as a means to gain access to an enterprises’ network. In fact, in 2018, over 11 significant breaches were caused by exploitation of third-party vendors and according to Carbon Black’s 2019 Global Incident Response Threat Report, 50% of today’s attacks leverage what they call, “island hopping”, where attackers are not only after an enterprises’ network, but all those along the supply chain as well1.

IT admins, insiders, and third-party vendors need privileged access to perform their roles, but this shouldn’t mean ceding control of the IT environment to them. Organizations typically allow vendors to access their networks to perform a variety of different functions. However, this privileged access should be secured to the same (or higher) extent as the orga…

India to have 859 million smartphones users in 2022: ASSOCHAM-PwC

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The number of smartphone users in the country is expected to double to 859 million by 2022 from 468 million users in 2017 growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.9%, according to an ASSOCHAM-PwC joint study.

As of 2017, the number of smartphones in the country stood at 468 million and likely to reach 859 million smartphones users by 2022. The non-smartphone ownership in India will decrease from 701 million in 2017 to 504 million in 2022 at a CAGR of -6.4% as more and more people opt for smartphones, noted ASSOCHAM-PwC joint study on ‘Video on Demand: Entertainment reimagined’.

With lower than ever data tariffs and increasing smartphone penetration in the country, it is safe to assume that the VoD market will be a significant beneficiary of these developments. Internet consumption is clearly on the rise in India. The important factor for the VoD industry is the availability of devices that are compatible with online video viewing. A large volume of consumption occurs on …

Top 5 Budget Gaming Laptops which are ruling Gaming Industry in India

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With the debut of ESL One in India and the constantly increasing enthusiasm for gaming in the youth show how much the gaming industry is getting welcomed in India. The gaming geeks are constantly scouting for more gaming technology which can enhance their gaming experience. With top-notch games like PubG & Apex Legends, the only thing which is required to get overwhelmingly experience is a high-end gaming machine. Every tech enthusiast wants to get their hands on with gaming laptops but not everyone can do that owing to the fact that it costs a lot but this is no more a concern now as we are introducing the 5 best budget gaming laptops which will give you lavish gaming experience without affecting much on your pockets. 

1). Asus TUF Gaming FX705DY

Experience smoother, more immersive gameplay with the new ASUS TUF Gaming FX705 AMD Edition. It features a cutting-edge IPS-level NanoEdge display and is armed with the latest AMD Ryzen™ processor. With discrete Radeon™ graphics, it deliv…

Kinara Capital secures INR 100 crores from investors

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Kinara Capital, a small business lender in India driving financial inclusion, announced it has secured funding of INR 100 crores from private equity and impact investors — Gaja Capital, GAWA Capital, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Patamar Capital. This round of funding will help accelerate Kinara Capital’s growth in new and existing markets and increase its investment in technology to improve customer experience and assess credit decisions at a faster rate. Kinara Capital has disbursed INR 1160 crores across 33,785+ loans to date, which has positively impacted over half a million lives in India.

Hardika Shah, Founder and CEO of Kinara Capital, said, “We are honored with the vote of confidence from our investors as we aim to reach new milestones by investing in our people and technology. Impact-focused sustainable growth is at the heart of all that we do to create access to capital for small business entrepreneurs. When committed to transforming lives, we believe in leading b…

C-Suite Beware: You are the latest targets of cybercrime, warns Verizon 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report

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C-level executives – who have access to a company’s most sensitive information, are now the major focus for social engineering attacks, alerts the Verizon 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report. Senior executives are 12x more likely to be the target of social incidents, and 9x more likely to be the target of social breaches than in previous years – and financial motivation remains the key driver. Financially-motivated social engineering attacks (12 percent of all data breaches analyzed) are a key topic in this year’s report, highlighting the critical need to ensure ALL levels of employees are made aware of the potential impact of cybercrime.
“Enterprises are increasingly using edge-based applications to deliver credible insights and experience. Supply chain data, video, and other critical – often personal – data WILL be assembled and analyzed at eye-blink speed, changing how applications utilize secure network capabilities” comments George Fischer, president of Verizon Global Enterpri…

5 Tips for Implementing Hybrid Cloud

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By: Aaron White, Regional Director, Middle East at Nutanix

The Future is Hybrid Cloud
As enterprises demand stronger application mobility and interoperability, they are increasingly choosing hybrid cloud infrastructure (the combined use of private and public clouds with some degree of integration between the two cloud environments). While the advent of public cloud has increased IT efficiency in certain areas, hybrid cloud capabilities are the next step in providing the freedom to dynamically provision and manage applications based on business needs. 
As per findings of Nutanix’s first annual global Enterprise Cloud Index[1], measuring enterprise plans for adopting private, hybrid and public clouds, enterprises plan to increase hybrid cloud usage, with 91% stating hybrid cloud as the ideal IT model, but only 18% stating they have that model today. The findings also revealed that application mobility across any cloud is a top priority for 97% of respondents – with 88% of respondents say…

A10 Networks Claims to Deliver 500 Gbps Thunder DDoS Defense System

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A10 Networks announced a new capacity enhancement to its Thunder 14045 TPS, which delivers industry-leading attack traffic mitigation capabilities. This capacity gain provides the highest performance available in the market with 500 Gbps of defense in one appliance. The smaller form factor reduces the number of devices required, while building scalable DDoS defenses that meet the challenge of emerging attacks. As service providers look to expand their service offerings, the Thunder TPS solution enables them to build profitable DDoS mitigation services that protect their own networks, as well as their subscribers.

Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are only going to increase over time and attackers have an ever-expanding opportunity to use new device types, particularly connected-home devices like home hubs, routers and IP cameras to mount even larger attacks. In fact, the most recent A10 Networks’ DDoS Weapons Intelligence report describes the significant potential for atta…

Udemy Appoints Venu Venugopal as Chief Technology Officer

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Udemy, global marketplace for learning and teaching online, announced the appointment of veteran technology leader Venu Venugopal as the company’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Udemy is aggressively scaling operations to further support the millions of students and instructors on the platform, as well as its corporate and government customers around the world. Venugopal will lead the engineering, data science and IT efforts to bolster the global growth of the company and help anyone looking to learn new skills or improve existing ones find the right teacher. 

“We’re thrilled that Venu has joined the Udemy team,” said Gregg Coccari, CEO of Udemy. “As we remain committed to helping students, companies, and governments everywhere gain the skills they need to compete in today’s economy, we look forward to working with Venu to scale our business, continue to innovate on our platform, and deliver an even better experience to the millions who teach and learn on Udemy.”

Venugopal joins Ude…

In an industry first, Airtel brings Amazon Prime benefits to Prepaid

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Airtel launched a new prepaid bundle at INR 299 to offer 28 days of Amazon Prime membership at no additional cost along with 2.5GB data/day, unlimited calls to any network and 100 SMS/day.  Amazon Prime membership is also available to Airtel Infinity Postpaid Plans customers at no additional cost.

Smartphone customers recharging with the pack will get access to all Amazon Prime benefits that include the best  of entertainment and shopping: Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Reading and unlimited free fast shipping on millions of items along with early and exclusive access to deals on Amazon.in. All of this to go with generous daily data quota that truly unlocks the smartphone experience on a world-class mobile network.

Airtel customers with the new prepaid plan, can enjoy unlimited video streaming anytime, anywhere of premium movies and TV shows on Prime Video including the latest and exclusive blockbuster Hollywood, Bollywood and Indian regional movies, top TV shows, stand-up comedies …

MobiKwik to clock 70,000 digital loans in May 2019

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MobiKwik announced that it will clock 70,000 fully-digital loans in May 2019. MobiKwik has disbursed over 5 lakh loans since it started digital lending on its app last year and approx. 55,000 loans in April 2019 alone. MobiKwik’s Digital Lending business is amongst the fastest growing in the industry with over 25% MoM growth in 2019. As a Payments platform, the company has the unique opportunity to distribute affordable loan products to millions of its users and SMEs using their payments and profile data for credit underwriting. Each month about 1 million users apply for a digital loan on the MobiKwik Android and iOS apps.

MobiKwik’s loan products are delivered end-to-end on its mobile app, including the entire user targeting, loan journey, and money disbursal. The company offers an extensive portfolio of loans including Boost Term Loan, Boost Credit Line, and Shopping Loan to cater to diverse customer requirements. These loans are made available to users at competitive interest rate…

Lava claims to double its market share to 13%

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Lava International Limited showed tremendous gain in the Feature Phone market with over 100% growth in its market share from 6% to 13% in the Q1 results of 2019 as reported by Counterpoint Research. In the 2G Feature Phone segment Lava came a close second to Samsung with a difference of only 2% in the market share.
Counterpoint technology market research is a global firm specializing in mobile & technology products in the Technology, Media & Telecom (TMT) industry.
According to the latest research by Counterpoint the Indian Feature phone market is at 400 million users. With this exceptional gain in market share, Lava is amongst the most popular brands in the segment.
Lava was also reported as the No. 1 Feature Phone Brand in India by Cyber Media Research (CMR) in the month of February 2019.  Lava had reached the top spot with 16% market share while Samsung and LYF tied at 15% share each.
Announcing this, CMR had tweeted (on 01/04/19):
Commenting on the results, Sunil Raina, P…

Subex bags multi-year deal from Econet Wireless Zimbabwe to deploy Analytics Centre of Trust

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Subex, a telecom analytics solution provider, has announced a deal with Econet Wireless Zimbabwe (EWZ), a leading telecom operator in Zimbabwe, for the deployment of its Analytics Centre of Trust (ACT) offering. Through the deployment, Econet will be able to transform into an independent data driven organization, thereby improving operational efficiency.

Licensed as a mobile telecommunications operator in 1998, Econet is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange, and is part of the pan-African, diversified Econet Wireless Group. Econet Wireless Zimbabwe is building a strong, consumer-centric ethos that is committed to providing innovative, accessible and refreshingly simple communication solutions that suit customers’ everyday needs.

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe was looking to further improve their operational efficiency by effectively leveraging their data to make business decisions. To this end, Subex was selected based on its proven expertise in implementing an analytics solution which is…

Amazon Pay launches person to person (P2P) payments through UPI for Android customers

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Amazon Pay announced the launch of person-to-person (P2P) payments for Android users. Amazon customers can now make instant bank-to-bank transfers using UPI platform on the Amazon app. Customers can use this functionality to settle bills/expenses with friends, lend/return money to family, pay rents, pay for services like house-help, newspaper bills, milk subscription and more. Customers can also make payments from their bank account to local stores nearby or to Amazon delivery associate at doorstep by scanning UPI QR codes using the Amazon app. Built on the Govt. of India backed UPI platform, customers can send or receive P2P payments by simply selecting a contact from their phone contact book or entering UPI ID or Bank Account of the recipient. Money transfers have never been more easy and convenient.

Presently, customers lack simple and intuitive way of making money transfers. The current experience is sub-optimal due to lack of standard user interface, mandatory cool off restricti…

Infinix introduces its Smart 3 Plus on Flipkart

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Infinix, a smartphone brand from TRANSSION Holdings, has launched its latest device, ’Smart 3 Plus’ on Flipkart. The device is set to go on sale from 10 am on 30th April at a price of INR 6999/-, and promises a range of features never seen before in the sub 7k segment. Smart 3 Plus is the first smartphone in its price category to introduce 13MP+2MP Triple Rear Camera with a dedicated Low Light Sensor and a Dual LED Flash. The Camera is equipped with an advanced AI feature, which auto detects 8 different scene modes and auto adjusts light, brightness and contrast ratio to ensure that you get the best image output. The newly launched smartphone is powered by the latest Android Pie 9.0 operating system and will be available exclusively in colors of Midnight Black and Sapphire Cyan. For Jio users, Infinix will also offer benefits worth INR 4500/- with every purchase of Smart 3 Plus.
Additionally, the phone also has an 8MP front selfie-camera with AI-driven beauty mode for that ‘perfect’ s…

Paytm Launches Recurring Payments for Online Merchants

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Paytm has announced the launch of its recurring payment offering for merchants. With this addition, the company aims to equip subscription-based businesses to effortlessly collect payments from their users. Consumers have the option of choosing their preferred mode of payment like Credit Cards, Debit Cards, Net Banking, Paytm proprietary instruments and saved cards on Paytm for automatic billing based on frequency of their subscription. This offering is expected to simplify payments for several growing use cases in India such as Bill Payments, Content Subscription, Grocery Purchases, Membership Fees, Housing Society Payments and a lot more.

Paytm Payment Gateway has rapidly expanded its merchant base with its wide array of payment solutions, right from instant plug-and-play offerings to deep merchant platform integrations. It is focused on driving an intuitive payment experience and easy integration with all third-party platforms. By offering Software Development Kits (SDKs), Develop…

L&T Technology Services announces award of ₹ 10 lakhs to winners of industry-academia initiative

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L&T Technology Services  has announced the winners of the third edition of its national futuristic technology-based innovation competition TECHgium. Kickstarting in January, the event received record-surpassing 19,000 applications from over 270 reputed colleges & universities across India clocking a 200% increase in participants from its inception year 2016.

On this special occasion, the Postmaster General of Bengaluru HQ Region, Col. Arvind Varma, launched the TECHgium stamp to mark the successful conclusion of the 3rd season of TECHgium. The one-of-its-kind stamp bears the hallmark of LTTS’ culture of engineering excellence and innovation. The artwork of the stamp is an ode to the potential that engineering students in India hold and how industry-academia collaborations such as TECHgium® can propel this talent to greater heights.

The winning teams are facilitated with awards worth over ₹10 lacs with additional benefits such as continuation of work on the PoCs of interest as …

To strengthen the Job Opportunities in Cyber Security CompTIA partners with Lovely Professional University

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Demand for cybersecurity has increased with the number of advancements taking place across the technological scenario, especially in a technologically in trenched nation like India. To meet this demand, Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) partnered with Lovely Professional University (LPU). The aim of this partnership is to support and work with Lovely Professional University to train and certify students on CompTIA certification programs, especially in cyber security.

As an authorized academy partner, now LPU students can opt for CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Pentest+ and will provide certification for ‘Cyber-Security Analyst (CySA+) programme which will help them to achieve their goals and dreams in the segment of cyber security.

As per the MOU, CompTIA certifications will be mapped to the content of LPU B.Tech curriculum. Students will be trained by faculty members of LPU who will be certified by CompTIA. CompTIA Cybersecurity certifications programs validate the skill…

BARCO claims to be certified as a Great Place to Work

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Barco, a visualization and collaboration technology company, claims to have been certified as a ‘Great Place to Work’ by Great Place to Work Institute. The selection was made against the parameters of fairness, respect, credibility, pride and camaraderie at the workplace as part of Great Place to Work®‘s Best People Practices and Trust Index, which is largely determined by confidential team member surveys.

Great Place to Work® Certification is one of the most respected achievements for any organization across the globe. Every year, more than 10,000 organizations from over 60 countries partner Great Place to Work® Institute for assessment, benchmarking and planning actions to strengthen their workplace culture. Barco was recognized on numerous parameters to be included in the coveted list of companies that provide an enabling environment of sustenance, growth, engagement and work-life balance to its employees.

Delighted by this achievement, Rajiv Bhalla, Managing Director, Barco India,…