Big data rightfully is considered as a “natural resource” today. It is being put to its maximum use in order to predict consumer behavior and demand and to earn consumer loyalty. Thus, developing to become a business relevant tool. Nevertheless, data alone is not sufficient to address business problems. The crux of the issue is to glean insight from the data in order to make better business decisions. For this purpose infrastructure can improve significantly, providing the much needed agility and make the business more result driven.
How do we produce more clean energy? Cloud computing could be a help. Bharat Light and Power (BLP), one of India’s largest clean energy companies, is combining cloud computing, analytics, mobile and social technologies to increase its green power capacity and transform how it operates. BLP wants to use the cloud to generate more renewable energy, improve efficiency and help rein in the growth of greenhouse gases.
NEW DELHI: Country’s fourth largest software services firm HCL Technologies has bagged a multi-million dollar IT infrastructure transformation deal from the De Beers Group of Companies, the world’s leading diamond business, the company said today. Leveraging its Enterprise of Future (EoF) offering, HCL will deliver end-to-end solutions including data centre operations, multi-lingual service desk, LAN management, security services, service management including tools, desk side support and project services to transform De Beers’ IT infrastructure across the globe, it said in a statement.
BANGALORE: Wipro on Wednesday reported a lower-than-expected 8% increase in second-quarter net profit, with revenue growth barely meeting the low end of its own forecast, as top banks in Europe delayed outsourcing projects. The management, however, painted a rosy future, saying that the company is nearing the end of a more than three-year-long turnaround process and should soon be able to report over 3% growth in sequential revenue.
MUMBAI: Apple’s India unit has cracked down on misuse of its discount programme that offers lower prices on computers for students, terminating its contract with a reseller and barring three others from using the sales avenue for the next two years, according to annual filings with the Registrar of Companies. Adiscount of Rs54.48 lakh was inappropriately availed of by a small number of resellers, according to the filing.
NEW DELHI: China-based mobile Internet browser company UCWeb today said it has partnered with leading e-commerce firms including Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal for a 15-day Diwali shopping festival. “The idea is that you can browse and compare the product prices via UC Browser, to find the best available deals from Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, Myntra, Jabong, Homeshop18 and Shopclues,” the company said in a statement.
Intel Capital, the VC arm of chipmaker giant Intel, has just dished out a sizable chunk of its US$100 million China Smart Device Innovation Fund to invest in five Chinese startups. As the name of the fund suggests, they’re making smart gadgets or services either as wearables, mobile, or for the home. While they each might have their merits, they’re not the most exciting Chinese smart startups that we’ve seen. (For those, see our list of 12 of China’s hottest hardware startups.)
BANGALORE, INDIA: Airtel digital TV, the Direct-To-Home (DTH) service from Bharti Airtel, today announced its partnership with Samsung to launch India’s very first Integrated Digital TV (iDTV). As part of this innovation – Samsung’s range of SmartDirect TVs will come designed with an in-built Airtel digital satellite tuner which will enable DTH signal reception without the need for customers to install an external set-top-box (STB).
NEW DELHI: The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has denied reports that it has imposed penalty on Google. “Media reported that the High Court of Delhi has stayed an order of the Competition Commission of India imposing a penalty of .`1 crore on Google Inc for allegedly failing to provide information in a probe into a case related to unfair trade practices in India.
NEW DELHI: India has emerged as the top destination for origination of distributed denial of service (DDoS) cyber attacks, accounting for 26 per cent of such attacks on gaming, software and media sectors, security solutions firm Symantec today said. Cyber criminals use DDoS attacks to disrupt sites by bombarding them with traffic from multiple sources, resulting in online service becoming unavailable for a period of time. Other countries in the list include the US (17 per cent), Singapore, Vietnam and China.
BANGALORE: Wipro’s ability to fire up growth momentum will be in the spotlight when it reports second-quarter results on Wednesday. The Bangalore-based software company has projected sequential revenue expansion in a wide range between 1.7 per cent and 4 per cent, and analysts will be pleasantly surprised if it meets the upper end of the forecast. The focus will also be on CEO TK Kurien, who has said that a key measure of his success at Wipro will be hitting the 4 per cent sequential growth mark sustainably, but that seems ambitious based on the evidence so far.
WASHINGTON: Tata Consultancy Services, India’s largest infotech company, has joined the US-based Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), a leading IT services, consulting and business solutions organisation, it was announced today. ITI advocates on behalf of its 60 members for global policies that advance industry leadership in technology and innovation, open access to new and emerging markets, promoting e-commerce expansion, driving sustainability and efficiency, protecting consumer choice, and enhancing the worldwide competitiveness of its member companies.
NEW DELHI: Average security spend by Indian firms has come down by 17 per cent to $ 4 million this year even as information security breaches have become more frequent and damaging. According to consultancy firm PwC, Indian companies spent an average of about $ 4.8 million on security last year. This is despite the average cost of a security incident for Indian companies spiralling to $ 414 in 2014, from $ 194 in 2013.
Last week, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 and Apple’s new iPhone 6 models arrived in India. Everyone aspires to buy either of these premium phones, but not many can afford one, and hence, look forward to low-cost alternatives. The majority of Indian consumers are more interested in value-for-money, which is why several Indian and Chinese phone makers are challenging the likes of Nokia, Samsung, HTC, and LG in the sub-US$400 (INR25,000) category in India. They’re promising premium-feel phones for half the usual price tag.
BANGALORE, INDIA: Unlicensed software which is quite a common trend has not been much curbed over the years. Starting from individuals to major enterprises, the trend is well profound. Although it imposes security risks and threats, enterprises are quite reluctant to change and take the effort to put a stop to it. Yolynd Lobo, BSA India, director, explains how this usage of unlicensed software can be reduced and also how it imposes threats to the enterprises and gives details on Software Assess Management and how can it keep a check.
NEW YORK: Toshiba Corp has entered into a pact with United Technologies Corp (UTC) to strengthen strategic collaboration through their joint venture, Toshiba Carrier Corp (TCC). “The agreement outlines the next stage of cooperation between Toshiba and UTC in the field of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning solutions through TCC,” Toshiba said in a statement today.
MUMBAI: Country’s largest software exporter TCS, which is in the process of hiring 25,000 people from the campuses and raise it to 35,000 next fiscal, feels the education institutes must pay special attention to improve communication and soft skills of their students. “From an improvement point of view, we have been telling institutes that communications and soft skills are something that can be looked at… which will make people a bit more ready,” executive vice-president and global head for human resources Ajoy Mukherjee told PTI.
Home grown consumer electronics major, Videocon has released an affordable Android KitKat smartphone dubbed as Infinium Graphite in to the Indian market. “With the Infinium Graphite we are pushing the boundaries of affordable flagship devices, with which we aim to capture the emerging budget smartphone market of the country. Today consumers are much awake to the fact that cutting-edge features can be experienced in budget prices, and thus are preferring devices which offer them this niche,” said Jerold Pereira, CEO, Videocon Mobile Phones.
The HTC Nexus 9 tablet, which was unveiled recently along with the Nexus 6, is being listed on Google Play Store in India. Google has put the price of 16GB WiFi-only model of the Nexus 9 at ₹28,900, while the 32GB Wi-Fi + LTE variant has a price tag of ₹44,900. However, the company didn’t mention the 32GB WiFi-only and the 16GB cellular variants of the device.