Thursday, August 17, 2017

Lakshmi Vilas Bank Provides Ignition to NSLV Kalam-2 Project of Space Kidz India

Lakshmi Vilas Bank, one of India’s fastest growing Banks, announced its support to Space Kidz India’s new project titled ‘NSLV Kalam-2’ selected by NASA.  This is a 48 hour mission in which apayload, twice the size of Empire State building will be created. This payload will be flown in NASA's scientific balloon that will be sent into the stratosphere. This project is aimed at understanding the feasibility of space tourism in India by equipping it with sensors to collect data and human DNA samples. It is also intended at devising a functional space printer in the honor of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. Eight students including six from Chennai have designed and developed this payload. The said balloon is set to be launched from NASA’s Langley Research Centre on August 24 or 31, depending on the presence of eclipse.

Applauding the efforts put in by children, P Mukherjee, MD & CEO, Lakshmi Vilas Bank, said “Our support to NSLV Kalam project is one of the many ways of LVB to reinforce its commitment to encourage the spirit of innovation among children. We decided to join hands with Space Kidz India with an objective to fuel young minds’ aspiration to reach the skies.  Feats such as these ought to be recognized and motivated so that youth across the country take interest in science. Nurturing such talents will go a long way in creating a pool of innovators and scientists who would guide the nation to the forefront of the technological revolution that the world is witnessing”.

Srimathy Kesan, CEO, Space Kidz India, said, “We thank Lakshmi Vilas Bank for their support. Commitment by premier organizations such as LVB will not only boost morale, but will also provide buoyance to children’s wings who can reach the sky”.

LVB runs various initiatives such as education, development of girl child, rural sports, homes for elderly focus and supporting Government’s Swachh Bharat mission. The Bank is highly supportive of the involvement of its employees in its CSR initiatives and community activities of their choice and therefore proactively encourages their support to bank’s CSR activity.

Space Kidz India, is an organization creating international experimental leaning for students in the field of science, technology, art and culture. Space Kidz India, headquartered in Chennai, has conducted various contests for identifying young scientist to lead its projects. Its recent endeavor “Kalam Sat”, world’s lightest and first 3D printed satellite, has received large support world over, which stands testimony to its dedication and excellence. Space Kidz India team has won a spot in The NASA’s Balloon Challenge, 2017 conducted by “idoodleedu inc”.

India’s Favorite SUV Just Got More Desirable: Audi Drives in Audi Q7 Design Edition

Audi, the German luxury car manufacturer has announced the introduction of the Audi Q7 Design Edition in India with a host of new features to supplement the class defining features of India’s favorite SUV. The new features, which make the Audi Q7 even more appealing, include Audi Smartphone Interface, Full Paint Finish with Smoked Tail Lamps, Running Boards, Exhaust Trims in Gloss Black, 50.8 cms (20") Cast Aluminum Alloy Wheels with 5-Spoke-Star design, and Door Puddle Projection Lamps with Audi logo in front and quattro logo in the rear. The powerful 45 TDI (3.0 TDI) engine churns out 249 hp (183 kW) of power and 600 Nm of torque, propelling the Audi Q7 from  0 to 100 kmph in 7.1 seconds. The Audi Q7 with Design Edition package is available at Rs 81,99,000; limited stocks only.

“We have been at the forefront of creating the luxury SUV segment in India and the Audi Q7 has been the model that set the ball rolling for us. The Audi Q7 has always been for luxury connoisseurs who appreciate the finest in life and I am confident that the Audi Q7 Design Edition will appeal to India’s best,” said Mr. Rahil Ansari, Head Audi India. 

“We are celebrating 10 years of successful journey of Audi in India and there is no better way to celebrate this than by listening to our customers and make their favourite SUV even better. With limited offer of the Audi Q7 Design Edition, we have tried to make India’s popular SUV even more desirable by accentuating the sporty and progressive aspects of the car and making it truly #MyKindOfAudi for the connoisseurs in the country,” added Mr. Ansari.

Design Edition features
·       Audi Smartphone Interface 
·       50.8 cms (20") Cast Aluminum Alloy Wheels, 5 Spoke star design 
·       Full Paint Finish 
·       Smoked Tail Lamps 
·       Door Puddle Projection Lamps with Audi logo - front 
·       Door Puddle Projection Lamps with quattro logo - rear 
·       Running Board
·       Exhaust Trims in gloss black

·       Audi Matrix LED Headlamps with dynamic indicators 
·       Exterior Mirror housing in body color 
·       Exterior Mirrors, electrically adjustable, heated, folding, dimming and memory function
·       Panoramic Sunroof 
·       High Gloss Package

·       Upper inlays in brushed aluminum 
·       Lower inlays in Walnut terra brown 
·       Ambient Lighting Package 
·       Interior mirror with automatic anti-glare action 
·       Upholstery in Cricket leather 
·       Leather-covered multifunction plus steering wheel, 4-spoke with paddle shifters
·       Electromechanical power steering 
·       Electric Steering Wheel Adjustment 
·       Cruise Control 
·       Adaptive Air Suspension with All-road and off-road modes
·       Audi Drive Select
·       Electrically adjustable front seats with Driver seat with memory function
·       4-Way Lumbar Support 
·       Electrical sun blind for rear, manual sun blinds for rear side windows 
·       4-Zone Deluxe Automatic Air Conditioning
·       Electric opening & closing of luggage compartment lid 

·       MMI Navigation Plus with MMI Touch
·       8 Specific favorite buttons, configurable for music, contacts, radio and Navigation POI
·       BOSE® Surround Sound system with revolutionary 3D sound 
·       Audi Virtual Cockpit 
·       Bluetooth Interface 
·       Voice Dialogue System 

Safety & Assistance Systems 
·       Cruise Control System with Speed Limiter function
·       Audi Pre Sense Basic 
·       Automatic Anti Slip Differential with electronic stabilization control 
·       Electronic Vehicle Immobilization Device 
·       8 Airbags 
·       Space-saving spare wheel 
·       Auto Park Assist with 360 Degree Surround Camera 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

CSS Corp Wins Silver Stevie in 2017 International Business Awards

CSS Corp, a new age IT services and technology support company, was named the winner of a Silver Stevie Award in the Best New Product or Service of the Year – Software – Platform as a Service category at The 14th Annual International Business Awards 2017. CSS Corp was conferred the recognition for its proprietary Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform, Yodaa.

Yodaa is a highly personalized virtual assistant, which integrates with all customer channels like voice, email, chat and website across devices, and offers context-driven, real-time support with a human-like interaction to resolve customers’ needs.

Speaking on the recognition, Manish Tandon, Chief Executive Officer, CSS Corp said, “Winning Stevie International Business Awards is a milestone for CSS Corp. We are honored to be recognized as an industry leader in innovation. Automation and AI are becoming major game changers in the world of technology and business. At CSS Corp, we are leading this change by developing technology tools and platforms that give us a distinctive advantage in delivering transformational results to our clients.”

Sunil Mittal – EVP, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer said, “Our primary focus lies in building technology solutions that make a critical difference to our clients’ business, while strengthening our technology pillar. Amongst CSS Corp’s many innovative solutions, Yodaa stands tall, and to have been recognized as the Silver Stevie winner is indeed a great honor for us.”

The International Business Awards are the world’s premier business awards program. All individuals and organizations worldwide – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small - are eligible to submit nominations. The 2017 IBAs received entries from more than 60 nations and territories.

A record total of more than 3,900 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Company of the Year, Marketing Campaign of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Startup of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year, and Executive of the Year, among others.  Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 200 executives worldwide who participated on 12 juries.

“The IBA judges from across the world were highly impressed with the nominations they reviewed this year. With the level of achievement documented in the nominations from 60 nations, the Stevie Awards are proud to honor organizations that demonstrate a high level of achievement in a variety of industries” said Michael Gallagher, President and Founder of the Stevie Awards. “We look forward to sharing many of these stories with people around the world over the coming months, through the Stevie Awards blog and social media channels, with the hope to inspire others to high achievement.”

Mobile Manufacturers Need to Outline Steps Taken for Data Security: IT Ministry

The government has asked all smartphone companies, majority of them Chinese manufacturers, to outline the procedures and process:es adopted by them to ensure security and privacy of users’ data.
The directive comes amid standoff between India and China over Doklam, as also rising concerns over imports of Chinese IT and telecom products.
“The ministry has given time till August 28 to all companies to furnish their responses,” a senior IT Ministry official said.
The official pointed to international and domestic reports about data leaks from mobile phones and said that in the first phase, devices and preloaded software and apps will be under scrutiny.
Penalties may follow
Based on the response of the companies, the ministry will initiate verification and audit of devices where required.
It has also warned of penalties under provisions of IT Act 43 (A) in case stipulated processes are not being followed.
The official said the objective of the exercise is to ensure that required data security measures are being taken with regard to hardware and software in mobile phones.
In all, the IT ministry has written to 21 smartphones makers, the official said.
“Any device sold in the country should be compliant with global security standards. If companies fail to comply, further action will be taken,” said the official who did not wish to be identified.
IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had called a meeting of senior officials in the department, and representatives of Cert—In and others on August 14 to take stock of the situation, the official added.
The official added that the issue was critical given surge in e-commerce transactions and digital payments.

‘Buy One, Get One’ Offer this Independence Day from, India’s leading eyewear brand, celebrates Independence Day with its exclusive offer.

Reflecting the richness and celebrations of freedom in every corner of India,’s collection consists of flamboyant and elegant eyewear as well as sunglasses with exquisite designs.  Consistently striving to offer the most exceptional and enticing offering for its customers, Lenskart celebrates the spirit of independence by offering an attractive ‘Buy one, Get one’ offer which will allow consumers to pick any two eyewear/sunglasses for the price of one across “Vincent Chase” and “John Jacobs” brands

The ‘Buy one, Get one’ offer will be effective till Wednesday, August 16, 2017. To avail the special offer, all one has to do is log on to the app and website, add both products to the cart and the discount applies automatically. The offer is also applicable at Lenskart stores across the country.

Uber Helps Organizations Leverage the Service Beyond Traditional Business Travel

Uber, the ridesharing app that is redefining urban mobility across the world, today announced a new Uber for Business, enabling new use cases like daily commute, late-night rides home from work, between-office transportation and much more.

When Uber for Business was introduced in India, the underlying mission was to give organizations a more efficient way to manage their business travel and improve employees’ experience. Uber soon realized that organizations needed much more than features like monthly billing and reporting. Whether it’s helping employees stay safe when they travel from work late at night, enhancing customer experience with pick-up and drop facilities, or seamless inter-office travel, organizations wanted Uber to solve some of their most pressing business challenges.

“At Uber for Business we are continuously striving to make Uber a one-stop solution for all ground transportation needs of businesses. With the launch of our revamped Uber for Business platform, our technology makes it possible to create specialized solutions that help businesses have access to reliable transportation options for all their needs. Companies can now configure and use our platform to manage transportation requirements for all, while reducing costs, increasing operational efficiency and improving compliance” said Arjun Nohwar, APAC Head - Uber for Business.

The Uber for Business delivers new tools with the simplicity and magic that makes Uber what it is today. The product updates include:
  Set-and-forget travel programs: New tools allow managers to set up automated programs for commuting, business travel, airport rides, and any other mobility need. For example, if employees are working late, they could use a comfortable ride home. Managers can be the hero by setting up a “late night rides” policy that only works for trips taken between work and home after 8PM. The company can choose how much to fund per trip, and if employees need to take longer trips, it’s no problem, everything over the spend allowance will be charged to their payment method of choice.
      New permissions: Companies can set rules for employees, customers, and clients around the type of car that they can use, how much they can spend, and the location from which a trip needs to begin or end. They can mix and match these rules in the way that works best for their company.
      Different access for different groups:Businesses can provide customized levels of Uber access depending on each person’s needs. For example, you can give all of your employees Rs 500 (or more) for their daily commute, while giving recruiters special access to call rides for candidates via Uber Central. By segmenting the organization by team, level, or location, they can take transportation policies out of the back office and easily bring them to life.
  A fresh user interface: The Uber for Business dashboard has been re-designed from the ground up to feature a cleaner, more seamless experience. A streamlined account setup flow makes it easy to get riding with as few or as many travel programs as needed. Plus, access to Uber Central is easily controlled, enabling employees who interact with customers, guests, or recruits to call a ride for them on demand.

What does this mean for businesses? This means cost savings, because they can ensure that employees travel within company policy. It means time savings for admins and managers, who can now build set-and-forget travel programs for the whole company. And it means happier employees and customers since Uber can eliminate the stress of driving and parking and give people more time to catch up on emails, enjoy their morning coffee or take a few minutes to just relax.

“Uber for Business has changed the way our employees travel around the world. We have done away with the inconvenience of pre-booking through vendors, eliminating administrative hassles completely. The dashboard gives company administrators flexibility and easy billing with cost savings is an added advantage,” said Rajeev Prakash, National Head of Administration, Team Computers

With the new Uber for Business, every member of the organization – travel managers, finance, HR, and executive leadership – can deliver solutions that improve the business, whether it’s through cost savings, employee productivity or scaling the business. 

Tableau Acquires Natural Language Query Startup ClearGraph

Tableau Software has announced it has acquired ClearGraph, a cutting edge Palo Alto startup that enables smart data discovery and data analysis through natural language query technology. Tableau plans to integrate ClearGraph’s technology into Tableau’s products, making it even easier for more people to interact with their data by using natural language to ask questions and search for insights.

“We are thrilled to bring the ClearGraph team to Tableau to enable people to ask questions of their data using natural language,” said Francois Ajenstat, Chief Product Officer at Tableau. “Natural language queries will make it easier for more people to interact with Tableau, whether you’re an executive who needs an answer quickly, or on a mobile phone and want an answer from your data on the move. We’re excited about this acquisition as the ClearGraph team shares our mission and is aligned with our innovation perspectives on conversational analytics.”

ClearGraph makes it easy to analyze data using natural language. It brings a consumer-like experience to users by connecting disparate data sources and making them accessible and intelligible through simple conversational style search. ClearGraph’s unique natural language query technology stores semantic data in knowledge graphs that can expand and learn over time. Accessing and analyzing data using ClearGraph requires no technical training, as the system can infer users’ intent through natural language. For example, people could ask questions such as, “Total sales by customers who purchased staples in New York,” then filter to, “orders in the last 30 days,” then group by, “project owner’s department.”

“We founded ClearGraph because we saw a need to bridge the gap between humans and computers through natural language, especially when it comes to exploring data,” said Andrew Vigneault, CEO of ClearGraph. “Tableau is a natural fit for us because we have similar missions, cultures and genuine desire to help more people around the world access, interact with and get answers from their data.”

ClearGraph was founded in 2014 by Andrew Vigneault and Ryan Atallah. The team recruited Stanford PhD graduate Alex Djalali, who specializes in computational linguistics, to develop the product along with several other engineers. ClearGraph is used by dozens of customers, including large enterprises. As part of the acquisition, employees will join Tableau in its Palo Alto office. The team will be focused on integrating ClearGraph’s underlying technology into Tableau products.

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