Saturday, June 11, 2016

NI & HP Enterprise Collaborate for Pre-Tested Big Analog Data Solutions to Analyze Time-Series Sensor Data

NI and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced a collaboration to facilitate the availability of pre-tested Big Analog Data solutions based on NI DataFinder Server Edition software and HPE Moonshot Systems. Engineers must collect and manage sensor data that is fundamentally different than what traditional big data solutions typically tackle. The collaboration of HPE, a global leader in computing and data processing, with NI, a leader in data acquisition and analysis, is expected to result in the availability of a pre-tested best-in-class hardware and software combination for solving engineering data management problems and making decisions from sensor data more effectively.

“The DataFinder-Moonshot Big Analog Data solution is a potent combination, making it easier for engineers to rapidly deploy and gain insight from manufacturing, test and Internet of Things (IoT) data,” said Dr. Tom Bradicich, vice president and general manager of servers and IoT systems at HPE. “With this pre-tested solution, HPE and NI are helping our customers to reduce their integration risks.”

Combining the multiple award winning HPE Moonshot Systems and DataFinder Server Edition provides engineers with a complete, pre-validated, tested solution to manage and analyze the complexities of file-based sensor data. With DataFinder Server Edition software running on HPE Moonshot server blades, users can manage structured and unstructured data generated from any data acquisition analysis node.

“With the IoT and the emergence of more connected systems, our customers are collecting more data than ever before,” said Eric Starkloff, executive vice president of global sales and marketing at NI. “By analyzing more of their data in a reliable and accurate way, our customers can better document the results of their tests and take actionable steps to improve the efficiency and designs of their applications.”

Both companies will showcase this technology at HPE Discover in Las Vegas, June 7 – 9 and at NIWeek in Austin, Texas, August 1– 4, 2016.

Le Eco Rolls Out CDLA Type-C Interface Earphones for Continual Digital Lossless Audio Standard

Through the new Superphones, LeEco has revolutionarily replaced the 3.5mm headphone port with the world’s first CDLA Type-C interface, leading an audio revolution to the earphone industry that remains the same for decades in India.

What is CDLA?
The full form of CDLA -- Continual Lossless Digital Audio! Pioneered by LeEco, this new digital architecture enables the end to end lossless digital music transmission. Here, all the CDLA headphones have their own ID, so it knows what recommendations and preferences it can offer. 

As an industry pioneer, LeEco introduced a new digital architecture, CDLA technology that enables end-to-end lossless digital music transmission, the world’s first continual digital lossless audio standard. The two Superphones Le 2 and Le Max 2 are all set to redefine the smart phone audio technology world.

CDLA is quite intelligent. Every pair of CDLA earphones has its own independent ID, so it knows who is using it and what recommendations and preferences it can offer to the user, seamlessly integrating with LeEco's ecosystems.

To showcase the revolutionary CDLA technology, the song composed by the Jam8 studios was recorded on two devices, one with the existing Hi-Fi audio capability and the other with the CDLA technology. The difference was unparalleled and the music experience from the device with CDLA technology was premium and seamless. LeEco has also unveiled the world’s first Type-C CDLA Earphones which consumers can get access to at a competitive price of only Rs 1,999. LeEco has also unveiled the world’s first Type-C CDLA Earphones which users can get access to at a competitive price of only Rs 1,999.

Launch of e-commerce Store LeMall
With the launch of LeMall, its marketplace e-commerce website, the company has marked its venture into the e-commerce space in India., first launched in Mainland China in 2013, is not only a leading online shopping destination in China but has also proved a force to be reckoned as highly successful during LeEco’s initial global expansion thus far, to the United States & Hong Kong. Both Le 2 and the Le Max2 will be available on Flipkart and LeEco’s very own marketplace e-commerce website soon.

LeMall is an important step in establishing LeEco’s foot print in India. It will serve as the primary channel for customers to engage with LeEco and become a part of the ecosystem through the products and services.

State-of-the-Art Portable Bluetooth Speakers Now from Envent

Envent Worldwide, India’s preeminent consumer electronics accessory brand, launched new range of Bluetooth speakers under their LiveFree sub brand. These two marvelsLiveFree 570 and LiveFree 530, are fully-equipped with latest features and technologies for on-the-go music listeners. These Bluetooth speakers bring forward a set of avant-garde features that includes long-lasting battery power, light weight, voice-calling, water-resistance, dust resistant and more, all packed in a stylish, strong and compact body. These speakers are launched exclusively with Flipkart and are available on special launch prices of Rs 3,999 and Rs 2,499 respectively.

Envent’s LiveFree 570 - Best in its class, LiveFree 570 is a 12W high Bass Bluetooth speaker with latest Bluetooth 4.0 version. It comes with 4000 mAh Lithium Polymer battery which not only gives it a great battery life of up to 9 hours play time but also makes it extremely light weight and hence makes it extremely easy to carry around. The speaker is IPX4 water resistant which can even withstand the water splashes. With Built in microphone and call answering button, this can even let you have a small conference in a room or on the move like in the car itself. Just in case your device doesn’t support Bluetooth, this offers a 3.5 mm jack through which you can connect.

The LiveFree 530 - is a 10W mobile Bluetooth speaker that is IPX5 water resistant and supports voice-calling with built-in microphone and hands-free function. The speaker comes in a shock proof body which can withstand the fall from as high as 5 feet. The portable speaker has a built in 2000 mAh Lithium Ion battery with capacity of more than 5 hours of play time and is available in two attractive colours of Blue and Orange. To further enhance its portability, it comes with a Soft Silicon strap which gives you the flexibility of hanging it from anywhere.

Sukhesh Madaan, Founder and CEO, Envent, said, “This launch is an expansion of our already existing wide range of speaker portfolio. Through this product, we are ensuring that we offer cutting edge technology at an affordable price. The range of portable Bluetooth speakers will give a tough competition to already existing similar products in the market through its sophisticated features, niche look and innovative functions.”

He further added, “At Envent, we love surprises. It is these moments of pure delight that we seek to give our customers. What we mean by this is that every customer has expectations when he buys a product. You have to meet these expectations but that is not all. It is when you go past them and deliver a little more that the real magic happens. This is when you really connect with the customer and form a relationship that can truly endure."

Envent’s innovative product range has received accolades by partners and valuable clientele. They are among the top 3 brands in their respective categories on all the leading e-commerce portals.  

Global Smartphone Sales to Slowdown in 2016; Grow at 7% in 2016

Gartner, Inc. said global smartphone sales will continue to slow and will no longer grow in double digits. Worldwide smartphone sales are expected to grow 7 percent in 2016 to reach 1.5 billion units. This is down from 14.4 percent growth in 2015. In 2020, smartphone sales are on pace to total 1.9 billion units.

"The smartphone market will no longer grow at the levels it has reached over the last seven years," said Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner. "Smartphone sales recorded their highest growth in 2010, reaching 73 percent."

Slowing Replacement of Phones
Today, the smartphone market has reached 90 percent penetration in the mature markets of North America, Western Europe, Japan and mature Asia/Pacific, slowing future growth. Furthermore, users in these regions are not replacing or upgrading their smartphone as often as in previous years.
 "In the mature markets, premium phone users are extending life cycles to 2.5 years, which is not going to change drastically over the next five years," said Gupta.

Communications Service Providers (CSPs) have moved away from subsidies providing a "free" smartphone every two years, which has led to more varied upgrade cycles. On the other hand, CSPs have introduced financing programs and vendors such as Apple now offer upgrade programs that provides users with new hardware after only 12 months. "These programs are not for everyone, as most users are happy to hold onto their phone for two years or longer than before.They do so especially as the technology updates have become incremental rather than exponential," added Gupta.
In emerging markets, the average lifetime of premium phones is between 2.2 and 2.5 years, while basic phones have an average lifetime of three years and more. "2015 was the year when sales of smartphones overtook those of feature phones for the first time in Sub-Saharan Africa. This region represents an attractive market for vendors that can persuade users to migrate to their first smartphone," said Gupta.

India Is the Main Focus for Growth Opportunity
Since mature markets are saturated, the focus for many vendors is on India and China. "India has the highest growth potential," said Gupta. "Sales of feature phones totaled 167 million units in 2015, 61 percent of total mobile phone sales in India."

 Smartphones are expensive for users in India, but with the average selling prices (ASPs) of low-end models falling, Gartner estimates that 139 million smartphones will be sold in India in 2016, growing 29.5 percent year over year. ASPs of mobile phones in India remain under $70, and smartphones under $120 will continue to contribute around 50 percent of overall smartphone sales in 2016.
 After recording growth of 16 percent in 2014, sales of smartphones in China were flat in 2015. "In this saturated yet highly competitive smartphone market, there is little growth expected in China in the next five years," said Annette Zimmermann, research director at Gartner. Sales of smartphones in China represented 95 percent of total mobile phone sales in 2015. Similar to India, falling ASPs for smartphones will make them more affordable for users."

 "The worldwide smartphone market remains complex and competitive for all mobile phone vendors, and we are not expecting the vendor landscape to get smaller," said Zimmermann. "In such a fluid vendor landscape, some will exit the market while newcomers, including mobile manufacturers or internet service providers from China and India, could make their debut."

Gartner forecasts that by 2018, at least one nontraditional phone maker will be among the top five smartphone brands in China. "Chinese internet companies are increasingly investing in mobile device hardware development, platforms and distribution as they aim to grow their user bases and increase user loyalty and engagement," concluded Zimmermann.

Chinese Player Le Eco Unveils 2 New Smart Mobiles with Latest Specs

Chinese internet and ecosystem conglomerate LeEco have just unveiled their two new Superphones in India. The new smartphones - Le 2 and the Le Max 2 take on the Chinese competitors in terms of the latest hardware and others specs. What’s new! is that the devices feature a new audio standard called CDLA (Continual Digital Lossless Audio) and skip on the 3.5mm headphone jack to deliver lossless audio to users via the USB Type-C port. LeEco also announced its, which is an online portal for purchasing new and recent models along with its accessories.

Style and Design
Unchanged from its first generation phones – the Le 1s and the Le Max. But holding them side by side, the Le Max 2 easily makes it presence felt, thanks to its larger footprint. All the phones employ metal in their build and the phones comes with chamfered edges, antenna cuts on the top and bottom on the rear side, centrally aligned camera module and fingerprint scanner and so on. The phones looks good, no doubt, but do not lend themselves well to one handed use.

Hardware and Software Specifications
The LeEco Le 2 sports a 5.5-inch Full HD display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 652 chipset, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB internal storage. The smartphone sports a 16 megapixel camera on the back and an 8 MP one on the front. It also has a 3,000 mAh battery to stay juiced through the day and a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfers.
The flagship Le Max 2 sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset which has four Kyro cores clocked at 2.15GHz along with Adreno 530GPU. The Le Max 2 comes with a 4GB RAM + 32GB storage variant and a 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant. None of the phones come with expandable storage. The front camera here is also 8MP with ability to record in 1080p resolution. It also has a slightly beefier battery at 3,100 mAh.
Additional Features
While both the devices eUI 5.6 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, neither have a 3.5 mm headphone jack. You’ll need a Type-C CDLA earphone sold by the company for Rs 1,990 on LeMall to listen to music. Alternatively, you could spend money on Bluetooth headphone for the same purpose. LeEco is also throwing in a 1 year of LeEco membership worth Rs 4,900 with the two smartphones.

Cost and Availability
The Le 2 has been priced at Rs 11,999, while the Le Max 2 flagship is priced at Rs 22,999 for the 4GB RAM version and the Rs 29,999 for the top-of-the-line 6GB RAM model. The phone will go up for sale on June 28 on their site and on Flipkart websites.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Biz2Credit to Facilitate Online Loans & Finances from $5,000 to $5 Million to SMEs in India

With more than 11 lakh users, 1,300 lenders, U.S. based Biz2Credit, rated as most trusted online credit resource in the U.S. who has already arranged funding of over $1.4 billion in financing in U.S. is all set to revolutionize the Indian Funding market by making finance available to thousands of small and mid-sized companies looking for business loans on best terms.

“India has huge market of around 29 million small businesses and SMEs contribute 45% to the country’s industrial output and to 40% of the total exports. The new trends in SME financing are getting influenced by digital revolution. This includes analytics based lending, peer to peer lending and various other variants. Digital Finance will capture at least 10% of the $300 billion Indian Funding market” Said Ramit Arora, President & Co-Founder of Biz2Credit.

The biggest hurdle the SME’s face is adequate and timely banking finance, limited capital besides ability to adapt and use latest technologies, identification of new markets, need for an effective marketing strategy, constraints on expansions and non-availability of skilled labour at affordable cost, including demand side constraints.

The lack of organized credit to small business owners is a gap in the Indian financial market today and an inhibiting factor for growth of entrepreneurship in India. Biz2Credit aims to address this gap with its focused digital offerings to provide capital to thousands of small and mid-sized companies for expanding and growing businesses in India in a fast and efficient manner.

“India has countless small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), contributing more than 60% to the economy. Entrepreneurs often resort to using personal credit cards, home equity lines or their own savings to fund businesses when there are much better options. Biz2Credit streamlines the loan application process and finds the best deals on loans, lines of credit and other forms of financing,” said Ramit Arora.

“We will help Indian entrepreneurs to quickly secure the funding they need to grow their businesses. We are thrilled to help India''s small business finance industry, digitally. Financing on Biz2Credit’s platform ranges from $5,000 to $5 million and can be coordinated in as little as 24 hours for working capital, commercial real estate and other uses,” added Ramit Arora.

“Using its proprietary technology, Biz2Credit matches borrowers to financial institutions based on each company's unique profile, in a safe, efficient and price-transparent environment. Biz2Credit’s customers will gain access to full range of Biz2Credit’s offerings including data and risk analytics through the patented BizAnalyzer Score, enabling lenders to process transactions with an automated score card s. Also, the BizAnalyzer Score Simulator Tool will allow SME owners to review a personalized snapshot of their business health will be made available free of cost,” added Ramit Arora.

“In India we have partnered & tied up with Tata capital, the flagship financial services company of the$ 108 billion Tata Group and Busy Infotech Pvt. Ltd. Biz2Credit is in advanced stages in tying up with leading banks / financial institutions / lenders in India to boost online financing success for individuals and SMEs in India under PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Digital India’ and 'Make In India' initiatives which are opening up bigger opportunities for the SME sector. Our resolve is to deliver financial solutions digitally that are right for all our stakeholders – specifically our customers and the society at large,” added Ramit Arora.

Accenture Names Debra Polishook Group CEO Accenture Operations; Manish Sharma Group Operating Officer

Accenture has announced the appointment of Debra (Debbie) A. Polishook as group chief executive – Accenture Operations, succeeding Michael (Mike) J. Salvino, who will retire from the company and join Carrick Capital Partners, an investment firm focused on technology-enabled businesses. Accenture named Manish Sharma group operating officer – Accenture Operations, succeeding Polishook. These changes are effective September 1, 2016.

Polishook, 55, is currently group operating officer for Accenture Operations, which is one of Accenture’s five businesses and has more than $7 billion in annual net revenues and 100,000 people globally. In her new role as group chief executive – Accenture Operations, Polishook will join the company’s Global Management Committee.

Sharma, 48, based in Bangalore, India, is currently senior managing director – Global Delivery & Solution Development for Accenture Operations. In his new role as group operating officer – Accenture Operations, Sharma will continue as a member of Accenture’s Global Leadership Council.

“I am delighted that Debbie will become our new group chief executive – Accenture Operations. She is an outstanding leader with a proven track record of successfully running different parts of our business during her 30-year career with Accenture,” said chairman and CEO Pierre Nanterme. “She brings to her new role extensive knowledge of our consulting and business process services, and she was instrumental in shaping our strategy for Accenture Operations when we formed it two years ago. I look forward to working with Debbie as a key member of our senior leadership team as we continue to drive growth in this important part of our business.

“I want to recognize and thank Mike for his significant contributions to Accenture during his 22-year career with our company. Through Mike’s vision and leadership, we created a unique and industry-leading capability with Accenture Operations by combining our business process, infrastructure and cloud services, enabling us to offer clients an even more compelling value proposition to run key operations ‘as-a-service’ and at scale. Accenture Operations has been an engine for growth, with revenues up 20 percent in local currency in fiscal 2015. It has been my pleasure to work closely with Mike over the years, and on behalf of our senior leadership team and everyone at Accenture, I wish him all the best in the future.”

“I am incredibly proud of the team and the market-leading business we have built in Accenture Operations,” said Salvino. “Debbie is the perfect choice to lead Accenture Operations. We have worked side by side for the last six years, and much of our success has been a direct result of her leadership.

Amazon's Commemorate My Stamp to Mark its 3 Years of eCommerce With India Post in India

India Post released the ‘My Stamp’ with Amazon India, to signify 3 years of its relationship and celebrate the ecommerce marketplace’s third anniversary in the country.

Usha Chandrashekar, Chief Post Master General, Karnataka Circle, Department of India Post handed over the Amazon India ‘My Stamp’ to Amit Agarwal, Vice President and Country Manager, Amazon India.

India Post is one of the prime carriers that Amazon India uses as a delivery channel. Using the extensive network of India Post, services customers in over 19,000 pin-codes through 155,000 post-offices which includes a majority of outlets in rural areas across all 35 states and union territories in India. The collaboration has ensured fast, convenient and reliable deliveries to customers across the country.

Releasing the stamp Usha Chandrashekar, Chief Post Master General, Bangalore, Karnataka Circle said, “This is the first time that the Department of Post has released ‘My Stamp’ to commemorate a milestone with an ecommerce marketplace. The launch reinforces the Amazon and India Post relationship. We wish Amazon all the best as it celebrates it’s third anniversary and would like to say that it is a step to the fulfillment of the aspirations of the people in rural India.”

Amit Agarwal, Vice President and Country Manager, Amazon India said, “We are very excited and humbled that India Post has released the Amazon India ‘My Stamp’, commemorating our deep partnership. Over the last three years we have relentlessly focused on providing customers with massive selection, fast and reliable delivery, and a trustworthy shopping experience. India Post has been a valuable partner to us and we look forward to our continued association as we endeavor to transform the way India buys and sells.”

All Consumers on and the Amazon mobile shopping app have an easy and convenient access to millions of products across hundreds of categories. They benefit from a safe and secure ordering experience, convenient electronic payments, Cash on Delivery, Amazon’s 24x7 customer service support, and a globally recognized and comprehensive 100% purchase protection provided by Amazon’s A-to-Z Guarantee. They can also enjoy’s guaranteed next-day, two day delivery, Sunday and Morning delivery on products fulfilled by Amazon.

Kulmeet Bawa Replaces Umang Bedi as Adobe’s New Managing Director for South Asia

Adobe has announced the appointment of Kulmeet Bawa as Managing Director for South Asia, taking over from Umang Bedi, who is leaving the company. Kulmeet will report to Paul Robson, President of Adobe Asia Pacific, and will begin his role on June 24, 2016.

“With a strong foundation of content and data, Adobe is uniquely positioned to help brands deliver exceptional customer experiences using our three cloud platform: Creative Cloud, Adobe Document Cloud and Adobe Marketing Cloud,” said Robson.

“Kulmeet has been instrumental in accelerating Adobe’s momentum in the Indian market, in particular in the enterprise market, which has seen exponential growth over the past two years. Under Kulmeet’s leadership, we are confident that Adobe India will continue to grow and deliver the best possible experiences for our customers,” said Robson.

Kulmeet will lead Adobe’s customer-facing engagements in India while Shanmugh Natarajan, Executive Director for Adobe India and VP Engineering, Digital Media, will continue to provide Site Leadership to Adobe India with a key focus on important research and development operations.

Kulmeet currently serves as the Head of Sales for Adobe in India where he has focused on expanding the company’s footprint across verticals, specifically in the Digital Marketing business. Kulmeet has a strong track record of driving enterprise account strategies as well as helping orchestrate business transformation for organisations across industry segments.

Prior to joining Adobe in 2012, Kulmeet served Microsoft India as Director of the Government and Healthcare business. Earlier, he held senior roles at Sun Microsystems, and spent more than twelve years with the Indian Armoured Corps. Kulmeet is a graduate of the Indian School of Business and an alumni of the prestigious National Defence Academy.

Umang Bedi is leaving Adobe after five years of service.

"Adobe’s business has transformed over the last five years and our Creative Cloud, Marketing Cloud and Document Cloud businesses are now world-leading,” said Robson. “Our customers have responded with enthusiasm to our vision and Umang has led extensive growth for Adobe in India. I thank Umang for his incredible contribution and wish him every success in the future.”

Monday, June 6, 2016

On June 8! Much-Awaited Mobiles LeEco Le 2, Le Max 2 Come to India

The Le 2 is a MediaTek Helio X20-powered device, while the Le Max 2 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC

Following the launch of the Le 2 and Le Max 2 in China last month, both the smartphones have been expected to launch in India. Earlier last month, the company sent out media invitations, and a launch event is expected to be held in India on June 8. While the invite doesn't reveal if it is indeed a phone launch, general expectations suggest that the company will launch the second generation of it 'superphones' at the event. The company recently launched the LeEco Le 1s Eco, a slightly less powerful variant of the Le 1s.

Earlier, LeEco launched the Le 2 in two variants, the Le 2 and the Le 2 Pro. The Le Max 2 was also launched in two storage variants, and the Snapdragon 820 SoC. All the three phones have a metal build, and supports CDLA (Continual Digital Lossless Audio). Here is a list of specifications of all the three phones.

Le 2 comes with a 5.5-inch full HD display and is powered by Mediatek’s new Helio X20 deca-core processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage space and a 16-megapixel rear camera plus eight-megapixel front camera. Le 2 Pro version is powered by Helio X25 processor and comes with a 21-megapixel rear camera. LeEco Le 2 Pro comes in 32GB and 64GB storage variants. Le 2 Pro starts at 1,399 RMB in China.

Both phones support CDLA for sound and support USB Type-C powered headphones, not the regular 3.5 mm headphone jack. Interestingly, Apple is expected to get rid of the 3.5 mm headphone jack with the iPhone 7.

Le Max 2 comes with a 5.7 inch 2K display, a Qualcomm 820 clocked at 2.15 GHz, Adreno 530 GPU, 6GB RAM and 64GB storage space. It has a 21-megapixel rear camera and an eight-megapixel front camera. It comes with support for the Snapdragon fingerprint ID. Like the Le 2 series, this one also supports CDLA sound and comes with type-C USB powered headphones. 

First A320 NEO Adds to Existing Fleet of 19 GOAir Aircrafts in India

GoAir has announced the delivery of its first A320 NEO aircraft which landed early morning at Delhi airport. With this addition GoAir adds its 20th aircraft into the existing fleet of 19 A320 aircrafts. The A320 NEO incorporates latest generation engines and many innovations to ensure smooth flying experience while also reducing carbon footprint. As a responsible airline GoAir has decided to forgo the customary water cannon salute on arrival at Delhi to avoid unnecessary wastage of water.

Speaking on the occasion, Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, CEO, GoAir said, “GoAir is delighted to welcome A320 NEO into its fleet. With the induction of the first of our 72 NEO aircraft on order, we have reached a fleet strength of 20 aircrafts. With this expansion we will be able to strengthen our domestic network and will also be available to fly on international routes.”

The A320neo is configured in a comfortable layout and is equipped with the innovative Spaceflex cabin concepts making even more efficient use of the available space. GoAir is also the first airline to use this aircraft in Spaceflex configuration with 186 seats enabling better service and availability during peak seasons, without compromising on the comfort of the traveller. 

The A320neo “new engine option” incorporates a host of innovations, including latest generation engines and large Sharklet wing-tip devices. These allow for 15 percent in fuel savings from day one and 20 per cent by 2020. This is equivalent to a reduction of 5,000 tonnes of CO2 per aircraft per year.

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