BENGALURU: Wipro has set up an open data centre in this tech hub to help enterprises adopt new age Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI), the IT bellwether said.
"As a centre of excellence the data centre integrates proprietary and open source solutions across layers, including network, storage, compute and cloud," the software major said in a statement here.
The centre also aims to transform client data centres by leveraging its adoption framework, comprising its IP (intellectual property) assets.
"Our centre helps clients navigate through challenges associated with transformation of data centres. The centre of excellence will build, integrate, test and demonstrate customer aligned SDI solutions," Wipro's global infrastructure services chief executive GK Prasanna said on the occasion.
The centre of excellence is linked to three data centres with dual data centre architecture and located in the company's electronic city campus and Mountain View in the US.
The outsourcing major has forged strategic and niche technology alliances with Silicon Valley start-ups and mid-size OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) to offer comprehensive and future-proof solutions to customers.
Source :- http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/it-services/Wipro-sets-up-open-data-centre-in-Bengaluru/articleshow/48529212.cms
Amsterdam, Aug. 28 (ANI): Facebook has released a new feature on the web the allowed the users to add filters, stickers and text to photos when uploading them.
New Delhi: Google has reopened its Map Maker service, three months after the controversial incident where pranksters added Android logo peeing on an Apple logo to Google Maps.
The search giant had suspended the service in May after discovering the prank. The incident and increase in overall spam submissions for map edits forced Google to manually review all edit and suspend the service for a while.
#Android logo #Google #Google Maps #Map Maker After figuring out to keep track of erroneous edits and turn more responsibility for edits, it brought on board what are called as a ‘regional leads,’ who are nominated by Google to review edits in their area, backed by Google's automated moderation systems, ZDNet reports.
Now the map editing tool is back in 51 countries, including US, UK, India, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, among others, with a new structure to better moderate community edits. The new structure disables the polygon editing feature, which the pranksters had abused to create the peeing Android. Map Maker users can now only edit names on polygons, rather than the polygons themselves.
Users in other nations won’t be able to access it until Google finds new regional leads, which are selected based on the history and quality of their contributions to Google Maps and the Map Maker community.
link :- http://www.ibnlive.com/news/tech/google-reopens-map-maker-3-months-after-android-logo-peeing-on-apple-logo-incident-1052357.html
NEW DELHI: When Reliance Retail started selling fruits and vegetables at prices lower than market rates and talked about eliminating middlemen, the then Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh shut the stores, calling it a law and order problem.
Eight years later, online grocery stores are looking to gain favour with customers by offering onions at about half the rate that neighbourhood stores are charging. Companies such as Localbanya, MeraGrocer, Freshfalsabzi.com and GrocerMax are offering onions at Rs 40-69 per kilogramme against Rs 80 and more in the shops. They're able to do this through better logistics and by cutting out middlemen.
Onion prices threaten to cross Rs 100 a kg in Delhi as stockists make a killing
"The low onion prices are a result of a mix of marketing strategy and procurement," said Localbanya chief executive officer Karan Mehrotra. "We do take a hit on margins at times for the benefit of customers." The online store's model is partly inventory-led. It also uses just-in-time procurement, thus getting "very good deals" at times, he said. "We do like to pass on these benefits to our consumers." Localbanya started a grocery subscription plan this week.
PM silent on food grain, onion price hike: CPI
FreshFalSabzi, another Delhi-based startup retailer of fresh fruits and vegetables, is selling onions at Rs 40 per kg. "We are selling onions at a loss but have reduced marketing spends, including spends on local ads and sponsorships," said Rajesh Gupta, chairman of the RSND Group-promoted FreshFalSabzi, which has hired television actress Sakshi Tanwar to promote the site. It gets vegetables directly from farms and is selling them on a no-profit-no-loss model at least for now, Gupta said.
While onion prices have risen after unseasonal rain a few months ago and thereafter due to a dry spell to Rs 60-65 in the wholesale market from Rs 35-50 earlier, prices of other essential vegetables and fruits such as potatoes, brinjals, radishes and carrots too advanced. Online prices are said to be at least 10% cheaper.
As onion prices soar, potato and tomato prices crash
Gurgaon-based online grocer MeraGrocer ran a 30% discount promotion from Wednesday to Sunday. Some items were at less than the wholesale price — onions were available for Rs 42 per kg. The campaign has been extended to this week for the vegetable.
"The whole campaign was around the concept of cheaper than wholesale price — Azadpur mandi se bhi sasta (Cheaper than Azadpur mandi)," said Saurabh Chadha, co-founder of MeraGrocer. The company has decided to offer daily discount deals, he said.
While online grocers aren't making money, most are flush with funds and spend heavily on marketing and promotions. Industry estimates suggest that food and grocery make up close to three-fourths of the country's overall retail spend. According to a report by researcher Kantar Worldpanel, ecommerce for fast-moving consumer goods ( FMCG) will increase 47% to $53 billion by 2016, up from $36 billion in 2014.
Grocermax.com, an online grocery serving Gurgaon and shortly to extend its offerings across the National Capital Region (NCR), sources widely to try and keep a lid on prices.
"We buy onions directly from cropping areas in Maharashtra from agents who bid in the auction. We do not speculate but we disintermediate all middlemen and keep our margins to single digits," said K Radhakrishnan, Grocermax.com co-founder.
Wastage is sought to be kept at a minimum. "We have driven the selling price down to Rs 69.50 per kg for 45-55 mm diameter onions, whereas similar quality is selling at Rs 80 to 85 (in the open market)," he said. "Customers are sometimes unaware that traders mix small-sized onions which they end up buying."
Some online stores are toying with the idea of selling imported onions. "But we will have to see if they compare well in taste and texture with the Indian Nasik Red variety, which the farmers of Maharashtra expertly grow," Radhakrishnan said. Big Basket seeks to cut out intermediaries to keep prices low, said co-founder Vipul Parekh. "Our prices are always competitive as compared to the offline market because we procure straight from the farmers, cutting out the middlemen," he said.
Fresh FalSabzi.com's Gupta said the minimum order value is Rs 249 and it doesn't sell more than 2 kg of onions to a customer on a given day to prevent hoarding. "For other vegetables, we ensure at least 10% discount compared to the retail price elsewhere," he said. Some sites engage in cross-subsidies. The founder of one online grocery said prices of lemon, beetroot and lettuce have been raised to keep onion rates down.
नई दिल्ली। बैंकिंग क्षेत्र में 11 साल बाद एक नया नाम जुड़ गया है। 23 अगस्त को कोलकाता में वित्त मंत्री अरुण जेटली ने नए बैंक, बंधन बैंक की शुरुआत की। बैंक ने अपनी पहली ब्रांच कोलकाता में लालपुर स्थित आनंद कॉम्प्लेक्स में खोली है। आरबीआई ने साल 2014 में बंधन माइक्रोफाइनेंस कंपनी को बैंकिंग कारोबार शुरू करने की इजाजत दी थी। मनी भास्कर आपको बता रहा है इस बैंक के एक्सपैंशन प्लान के बारे में... क्या है बंधन
बंधन एक माइक्रोफाइनेंस कंपनी है। कंपनी के पास देश के 22 राज्यों में पहले से 2022 शाखाएं हैं और 2 लाख 68 हजार सर्विस प्वाइंट हैं। इस कंपनी में 19,500 कर्मचारी काम कर रहे हैं। बंधन की आगे 501 शाखाएं और खोलने की योजना है। फिलहाल बंधन की पहुंच 2 लाख 68 हजार गांवों तक है। बंधन का नेटवर्क काफी मजबूत है और गांवों-गांवों तक इसकी शाखाएं फैली हैं। ये है बंधन बैंक का एक्सपैंशन प्लान नया बैंक 501 शाखाओं के साथ काम शुरू करेगा, जिनमें से 200 महानगरों और शहरों में होंगी और बाकी कस्बों तथा गांवों में होंगी। बंधन के संस्थापक और चेयरमैन चंद्र शेखर घोष का कहना है, 'रिजर्व बैंक के नियमों के मुताबिक हमें 25 फीसद शाखाएं उन क्षेत्रों में खोलनी हैं, जहां अभी तक बैंक पहुंच ही नहीं पाए हैं। बैंक के पास शुरुआत में 250 एटीएम होंगे।
11 साल बाद देश में खुला कोई प्राइवेट बैंक, ये है इस बैंक की 'खास प्लानिंग' Moneybhaskar.com | Aug 23, 2015, 20:31PM IST 2 of 3 Prev Next ये हैं बंधन फाइनेंशियल की खास बातें
> बंधन फाइनेंशियल सर्विसेज देश की पहली माइक्रोफाइनेंस कंपनी है, जिसे बैंक लाइसेंस मिला है।
> बंधन इकलौती माइक्रोफाइनेंस कंपनी थी, जिसने बैंकिंग लाइसेंस का आवेदन किया था।
> एक अंग्रेजी अखबार की रिपोर्ट के मुताबिक, बंधन भारत की सबसे बड़ी माइक्रोफाइनेंस कंपनी है। यह 22 राज्यों में मौजूद है और 25 से 35 फीसदी की दर से बढ़ रही है।
> कोलकाता में साल 2001 में चंद्र शेखर घोष ने इसकी शुरुआत की। इसका मुख्य उद्देश्य सामाजिक रूप से पिछड़े और आर्थिक रूप से पिछड़ी महिलाओं को वित्तीय सहायता देना है।
> 2007 में फोर्ब्स पत्रिका ने पहली बार दुनिया की शीर्ष 50 माइक्रोफाइनेंस इंस्टिट्यूट में बंधन को दूसरे स्थान पर रखा गया।
> घोष, कोलकाता के पहले उद्यमी हैं जिन्होंने आजादी के बाद बैंक बनाने की शुरुआत की।
11 साल बाद देश में खुला कोई प्राइवेट बैंक, ये है इस बैंक की 'खास प्लानिंग' 25 आवेदकों ने किया था बैंकिंग के लिए आवेदन
माइक्रो फाइनेंस कंपनी उन 25 आवेदकों में शामिल थी, जिन्होंने बैंकिंग लाइसेंस के लिए आवेदन किया था। इसमें रिलायंस ग्रुप, आदित्य बिरला ग्रुप और बजाज ग्रुप जैसे बड़े कॉरपोरेट हाउस शामिल थे। आरबीआई ने बंधन को बैंकिंग लाइसेंस को मंजूरी दी थी। अशोक कुमार लाहिड़ी बने सीईओ
अशोक कुमार लाहिड़ी बंधन बैंक के अध्यक्ष नियुक्त किए गए हैं। लाहिड़ी केंद्र सरकार के मुख्य आर्थिक सलाहकार रह चुके हैं। इससे पहले उन्होंने 'एक्सपोर्ट-इंपोर्ट बैंक ऑफ इंडिया' और यूके बैंक में डायरेक्टर के पद पर रह चुके हैं। इसके साथ ही वह एशियन डेवलपमेंट बैंक में एक्जीक्युटिव रह चुके हैं।
Source :- http://money.bhaskar.com/news-hf/MON-ECN-BANK-india-gets-its-first-private-bank-in-11-years-5092041-PHO.html?seq=3
That was the reaction of one of many who lined up for blocks, attended midnight madness promotions and shelled out $210 for a boxed copy of Windows 95 on August 24, 1995 -- 20 years ago today.A month ago this year, Microsoft launched its latest Windows release in a far more subdued fashion, making no references to its blow-out Windows 95 launch. On July 29, Microsoft began making Windows 10 available to Windows 7 and 8 users as a free upgrade, no around-the-block lines required.
Today, the tech world is a different place, and Microsoft, a very different company, compared to 20 years ago.
Microsoft was substantially smaller -- with $5.9 billion in sales and 17,800 employees -- in 1995. Today, Microsoft is a $93.6 billion company with 117,354 employees. But 20 years ago, Microsoft was already well on its way to dominating the PC industry.
"Computer use has become so widespread, and Microsoft's grip on the industry so powerful, that the introduction of Windows 95 took on the decibel level of a national event, almost a new August holiday that might be dubbed Bill Gates Day after Microsoft's billionaire president," said The New York Times in its Windows 95 launch story.
Check out CNET's Windows 95 coverage of Windows 95 from 1995 for a glimpse of the frenzy around the 1995 launch.
Even just five years ago, Microsoft and its Windows business unit were in different positions compared to where they are today. Steve Ballmer was CEO. Steven Sinofsky was running Windows, and Microsoft's corporate strategy revolved around protecting the Windows franchise at all costs. The company was in the midst of developing Windows 8 and IE 9. Secrecy and less public involvement of external testers were key to Microsoft's Windows plans.
Not so long ago, some of us were wondering whether Microsoft might time the Windows 10 launch so that it would coincide with the 20th anniversary of the launch of Windows 95. In hindsight, I see why Microsoft opted against this.
No Windows launch will ever live up to the spendy and symbolic Windows 95 one. And Satya Nadella's Microsoft is looking ahead, distancing itself from the old Microsoft products and processes.
"Our industry does not respect tradition -- it only respects innovation," said Nadella in an email to employees, shortly after he was named CEO.
Windows 95 was both the start and the end of an era in Microsoft's history.
Source :- http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsofts-windows-95-launched-20-years-ago-today/
BENGALURU: Government's 'Make in India' initiative seems to have begun bearing fruits as 24.8% of the smartphones shipped in the country during the June quarter were made locally compared with 19.9% in preceding quarter, according to a report.
According to the research firm CyberMedia Research, a total of 56.6 million handsets were shipped during the June quarter, of which smartphones comprised 43% (24.8 million units) of the volume.
Smartphone shipments in the country grew to 24.41 million units in the June quarter, with Korean handset maker Samsung continuing to hold the numero uno position in the Indian market.
"The 'Make in India' campaign has had a positive impact on mobile handsets manufacturing in the country. Of the total handsets shipped in Q2 CY2015, 24.8% were manufactured and/or assembled in India compared to 19.9% in the previous quarter (Q1 CY 2015)," it said.
Government has been pushing for promoting manufacturing in the country, especially electronics. A significant volume of mobile handsets sold in India are manufactured in China and Taiwan and estimates suggest that given the strong growth seen in the Indian market, import bills for electronics could be higher than that of crude oil by 2020.
While players like Samsung, Micromax and Spice have been assembling handsets in the country, firms like HTC, Asus and Gionee have evinced interest in setting up a manufacturing base in the country.
In the past few weeks, Xiaomi and Motorola, along with Lenovo, have commenced assembly of smartphones in India.
While CMR calls this a "positive development", it also said the strong position enjoyed by Chinese brands (China OEMs and brands) in the smartphones category is a growing concern.
The contribution of Chinese brands grew 97% year-on-year (YoY) during the June quarter as against 48% for Indian brands within the smartphone segment, it said.
"Such influence and acceptance of Chinese brands poses a challenge to emerging as well as incumbent Indian brands of smartphones," it added.
Expressing his concern, CMR lead analyst telecoms practice, Faisal Kawoosa said, "Although domestic manufacturing of mobile phones has increased, the government must introduce minimum value addition norms for mobile handsets as a threshold for qualifying to be labelled as 'Made in India'."
This will push the industry to devise ways and techniques to increase the value of domestic contribution across the value chain, he added.
Source :- http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/India-made-smartphones-share-jumps-to-24-8-in-Q2-Study/articleshow/48540587.cms
NEW DELHI: E-tailer Snapdeal's valuations may have risen from around $2 billion to $4.7 billion in a matter of a year but so have its loss - which shot up five times - as the Delhi-based company doled out discounts to grab buyers and acquired companies at hefty valuations.
Data accessed by TOI from Hong Kong Stock Exchange showed that Snapdeal's loss rose from around Rs 270 crore in March 2014 to nearly Rs 1,350 crore in March 2015 as the company shelled out $25 million (over 150 crore) a month as discounts and marketing expenses. Snapdeal may not be an isolated case. The situation, industry experts say, is similar across e-commerce segment, and is not confined to India alone. For instance, Amazon emerged as the world's largest e-tailer recently and has been commanding a hefty premium even on stock markets, despite reporting a surprise profit last month after several quarters of losses.
Other top e-tailers in India are also going through similar situation as Amazon in India clocked a net loss of about Rs 320 crore after its first year of operation (2013-14), while Flipkart reported a loss of Rs 400 crore in FY-14, according to filings with Registrar of Companies (RoC). The latest numbers for FY15 are not available yet with RoC.
The Rs 1,350 crore loss incurred by Snapdeal alone in 2014-15 is striking as the top three players - Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal put together had suffered a loss of around Rs 1000 in 2013-14. However, Flipkart's valuation has shot up to $15 billion as it commands the largest market share in India. But, Flipkart too is burning about $40 million per month in measures such as discounts, marketing and customer acquisition, with eyes on touching GMV (gross merchandise value - an industry jargon to a measure value of goods sold on the online marketplace) of $8 billion by the year-end.
Snapdeal, which closed at $3.5 billion of GMV last month, is aiming to topple Flipkart with a $9-10 billion target by the same time.
"There is continuing interest in Indian e-commerce but investors now are also asking companies to start looking at profits or at-least look at reduction of losses but the scenario is opposite. Coming months would be more crucial in terms of how they perform because Reliance and Tata are preparing to disrupt the market," Arvind Singhal of Technopack, a consultancy firm, said.
According to industry experts, investors so far have not bothered much about profits but the real numbers of these companies are being screened. This has been a key reason why Snapdeal's latest fund-raise dragged over months and had to settle down at a valuation of $4.7 billion instead of $7 billion, sources said.
Link :- http://www.msn.com/en-in/news/techandscience/google-vs-apple-which-will-be-better-in-11-years/ar-BBlUfXR
Motorola Moto G (Gen 3) detailed specifications
General Alternate names XT1550
Release date July 2015
Form factor Touchscreen Dimensions (mm) 142.10 x 72.40 x 11.60
Weight (g) 155.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 2470 Removable battery No Colours Black, White SAR value NA Display
Screen size (inches) 5.00
Resolution 720x1280 pixels Pixels per inch (PPI) 294
Hardware Processor 1.4GHz quad-core Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 410
RAM 1GB Internal storage 8GB
Expandable storage Yes Expandable
storage type microSD Expandable storage up to (GB) 32
Camera Rear camera 13-megapixel Flash Yes Front camera 5-megapixel
Software Operating System Android 5.1.1
Connectivity Wi-Fi Yes Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 b/ g/ n GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.00
Wi-Fi Direct No
MHL Out No
Number of SIMs 2
SIM SIM Type Micro-SIM GSM/ CDMA GSM 3G Yes 4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
Sensors Compass/ Magnetometer No
Proximity sensor Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Temperature sensor No
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