Wipro and CA Technologies partner to deliver testing solutions for DevOps

BANGALORE, INDIA: Wipro Ltd., a leading global Information Technology, Consulting and Business Process Services company and CA Technologies, has today announced that they have expanded their strategic partnership to jointly deliver next generation DevOps solutions for testing. The partnership will enable Wipro to leverage the expanded portfolio of CA Technologies, including service virtualization, release automation/continuous delivery, continuous validation and continuous monitoring solutions to help customers optimize their application development and delivery processes with a DevOps strategy.

http://www.ciol.com/ciol/news/219193/wipro-ca-technologies-partner-deliver-testing-solutions-devops

Spice Announces India’s First Firefox Smartphone

Spice Retail Limited has taken the lead in democratizing the handset category through an ultra low cost phone, the country’s first Firefox OS powered smartphone, Spice Fire One Mi – FX 1. Priced at an unbelievable price of Rs,2,299, Spice Fire One is purely targeted to the nearly 90 per cent of the feature phone users wanting to switch to smartphones. The device is aimed at the masses that are looking for a larger than life phone statement but are deterred due to price sensitivity.

http://www.businessworld.in/news/economy/spice-announces-india%E2%80%99s-1st-firefox-smartphone/1495755/page-1.html

TRAI decides against charging WhatsApp, Viber customers

NEW DELHI, INDIA: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has decided against a proposal of carriers to charge customers for using popular messaging services like WhatsApp, Viber, Skype and others. The carriers had proposed to make companies that offer these popular services share part of their revenue with them or the government. The Trai has also shelved plans to initiate a consultation process as it feels that operators are able to offset their losses through growth in data revenue.

http://www.ciol.com/ciol/news/219191/trai-decides-charging-whatsapp-viber-customers

Blackberry expects strong growth for its enterprise services in India

NEW DELHI: BlackBerry is expecting strong growth for its enterprise services in India as snooping-wary corporates strengthen the security of their communication systems. The Canadian company that makes smartphones and provides secure communication services says its enterprise services — BES 10 and BBM Protected – are witnessing increasing demand from Indian corporates, especially from those working in sensitive fields.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/blackberry-expects-strong-growth-for-its-enterprise-services-in-india/articleshow/40629530.cms

Wipro expects to land bigger social, mobility, analytics and cloud technology deals

MUMBAI: Bangalore-based IT firm Wipro expects to land bigger deals for solutions based on digital technologies like social, mobility, analytics and cloud, a sign that companies are willing to increase their spend on these discretionary areas.  “While our sweet spot is deals in the $2.5-3.5 million (Rs 15-21 crore) range, we are seeing deals worth $5-10 million (about Rs 30-60 crore) in the pipeline,” Jeff Heenan-Jalil, global head of Wipro’s advanced technology solutions unit said in an  ..

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/wipro-expects-to-land-bigger-social-mobility-analytics-and-cloud-technology-deals/articleshow/40630105.cms

Hewlett-Packard takes its Helion OpenStack Cloud to China

The cloud land grab (cloud grab?) in China continued this week with news that Hewlett-Packard inked a deal with a local provider to build and operate HP Helion–based clouds for Chinese customers. Beijing UnionRead Information Technology Ltd., the local partner, is a big CDN and hybrid cloud operator in China and gives HP the “feet on the street” that U.S. companies need to build presence in this key market. Microsoft Azure is in China courtesy of its partnership with 21Vianet, for example. In December, Amazon Web Services said it’s working with multiple partners, including ChinaNetCenter and SINNET, to bring its planned China Region online.

http://gigaom.com/2014/08/21/hewlett-packard-takes-its-helion-openstack-cloud-to-china/

Department Of Telecom May Come Out With Policy Structure On M2M Tech This Fiscal

NEW DELHI: The Department of Telecom is likely to come out with a policy structure on machine-to- machine technology by the end of this fiscal. “We are working on the policy side of M2M technology for the past eight months and it is likely to come out within this financial year,” a source in DoT said. The source added that the Telecommunication Engineering Centre ,an unit of DoT, is working on framing the standards for M2M communications, or Internet of things, but its not certain by when the final standards will be out.

http://www.siliconindia.com/news/technology/Department-Of-Telecom-May-Come-Out-With-Policy-Structure-On-M2M-Tech-This-Fiscal-nid-171397-cid-2.html

Google to bring startup mentorship programme to India

BANGALORE: Google will bring its startup mentorship programme to India. The internet giant has also identified over ten startups to be part of it. Sunil Rao, country head of the startup programme in Google India is quoted by The Times of India as saying that the launchpad is an exhaustive mentorship programme to help startups build at scale. By next year we want to do this every quarter, and a year from then, we hope to do it every month.

http://www.ciol.com/ciol/news/219120/google-bring-startup-mentorship-programme-india

Social Media Impressed With PM Narendra Modi’s Speech

NEW DELHI: Indians took to the social networking site Twitter in large numbers impressed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden speech on the country’s 68th Independence Day.Reacting to Modi’s speech from the Red Fort here, @PriyalGuliani wrote: “I liked this speech… Rape…cleanliness.. equality ..communal violence .. development.” Another Twitter user, @sanjeevsanyal said: “Wow, what a speech! PM Modi lays out a clear, actionable vision for India. Now over to implementation.”

http://www.siliconindia.com/news/technology/Social-Media-Impressed-With-PM-Narendra-Modis-Speech-nid-171119-cid-2.html

Flipkart-Myntra comes first, Jabong second, and Amazon third in India’s ecommerce race

Here’s the answer to India’s who-is-first ecommerce debate: the Flipkart-Myntra combo leads the race with 26 million unique visitors in July 2014. Jabong, with 23.5 million unique visitors, is a surprisingly close second, and Amazon is third with 16.9 million unique visitors, according to a study  by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) and ComScore. These numbers do not include visitors accessing the sites using mobile internet and mobile apps.

http://www.techinasia.com/indian-ecommerce-flipkart-myntra-jabong-amazon/

Microsoft to incubate 10 Indian startups

BANGALORE, INDIA: Global software major Microsoft will incubate 10 early-stage technology startups in cloud computing, Internet and mobile using its Accelerator for Windows Azure programme to help them build businesses, a top official said on Wednesday. “The startups will have access to our resources such as BizSpark programme and $60,000 in Azure credit through BizSpark Plus programme to take advantage of the cloud,” Microsoft India (R&D) Managing Director Amit Chatterjee told reporters here unveiling the programme in the Indian sub-continent.

http://www.ciol.com/ciol/news/45358/microsoft-incubate-indian-startups

The company that partnered with Microsoft to sell the Xbox in China acquires digital ad agency for $100M

Bestv (SHA:600637), the Chinese online media company that’s partnering with Microsoft to sell the Xbox One in China, announced today it acquired digital marketing company AdSage , according to Netease Tech . The deal is reportedly worth almost US$100 million, with Bestv buying 51 percent stakes in both AdSage’s Beijing and Cayman Islands companies. AdSage specializes in social media marketing, search engine marketing, search engine optimization, display advertising, and mobile advertising both for Chinese and international clients.

http://www.techinasia.com/company-partnered-microsoft-sell-xbox-china-acquires-digital-ad-agency-100m/

National Internet Exchange of India eyes 2.5-million dot In domain names by 2015

NEW DELHI: The National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) that manages IN Registry, a nodal body mandated with the registration and operation of dot In domain names, expects to register 2.5 million dot In domain names by 2015.  In late 2004, the government had empowered IN Registry. It accredits registrars to carry out registrations through an open process that also includes the National Informatics Centre (NIC) as the registrar for gov.in domains.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/national-internet-exchange-of-india-eyes-2-5-million-dot-in-domain-names-by-2015/articleshow/40404760.cms

India’s FreeCharge acquires Preburn, an app distribution network by IITians

FreeCharge, one of India’s hottest startups, has just acquired Preburn, a Bangalore-based offline app distribution network which has been in stealth mode. This is the second acquisition by Sequoia-backed FreeCharge, which allows users to recharge their prepaid mobile phones, direct-to-home satellite television connections, or data cards instantly, and rewards them with discount coupons. Like its acquisition of social wish-list Wishberg in July 2013, this too is an acquihire – acquisition of a startup where the acquirer is not interested in the startup’s product, technology or user base, but only in its employees.

http://www.techinasia.com/freecharge-acquires-preburn/

Samsung leads India market in Q2, but Micromax narrows gap: IDC

NEW DELHI: The Indian handset market currently led by Samsung with Micromax at No. 2 could see a reshuffle in the rankings among the top five vendors in coming quarters, as Chinese and local device makers aggressively tap the entry level segment of smartphones, according to market research firm IDC. “While Samsung has held on to its leadership position in the market, it is noteworthy that Micromax is growing faster. Samsung needs to continue to address the low-end of the market aggres ..

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/hardware/samsung-leads-india-market-in-q2-but-micromax-narrows-gap-idc/articleshow/40362346.cms

‘Digital India’ can take on the world, says Modi

NEW DELHI, Aug 16 — Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday said a “digital India” could compete with the world and hailed its IT professionals for banishing the country’s image as a land of snake charmers and black magic. In an Independence Day speech, Modi said India had transformed itself through strides taken by its information technology outsourcing sector. But more still has to be done to get India digitally connected through the Internet and tap other technologies, he said.

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/tech-gadgets/article/digital-india-can-take-on-the-world-says-modi

India needs technological and social innovations: TCS Vice- Chairman S Ramadorai

HYDERABAD: India needs to unleash technological and social innovations that can usher in a new developmental model the world has not seen before, TCSBSE 0.07 % Vice- Chairman S Ramadorai said today.  “We need technological and social innovations that can show the way to a new developmental model, a model where cutting-edge technologies power our quest to understand the outer space and at the same time high-end but low cost technologies help solve simple everyday problems,” he said.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/india-needs-technological-and-social-innovations-tcs-vice-chairman-s-ramadorai/articleshow/40317422.cms

Watch out, Samsung: Xiaomi, Micromax, and more budget smartphones will eat 25% of your market share next year

Xiaomi’s batch flash sales in India seem to have settled into a repeat routine. Mi 3 stocks have been flying off the shelves in mere seconds each time. Though the Chinese company hasn’t yet divulged exact numbers, it’s likely to have sold about 40,000 units since it launched in India last month. Right from day one, the disruptive young phone-maker made no secret of its plans to take on Korean giant Samsung on Indian turf. Spec by spec, the power-packed Mi 3 was compared to Samsung’s higher-priced devices, leaving Indian consumers salivating over the value-for-money buy. This is now starting to hurt the smartphone leader – not just in India but globally.

http://www.techinasia.com/xiaomi-micromax-budget-smartphones-shake-samsung-apple/

‘Indian Internet Users To Surpass U.S. In 2014′

NEW DELHI: Indian Internet users will surpass the number in the U.S. by the end of this year and around 500 million people will be online by 2018, Rajan Anandan, managing director, Google India said. “Even at the current growth rate, we will have 500 million Indians on the Internet by 2018. By the end of this year, India will become larger than the U.S. in terms of number of Internet users. By 2018, India will have twice the number of Internet users as the US does.

http://www.siliconindia.com/news/technology/Indian-Internet-Users-To-Surpass-US-In-2014-nid-170968-cid-2.html

Why Only A Few Indian Companies Into The Next Level Of Technology?

BANGALORE: India has been a land sourcing out many exceptional engineers in technology. We hear news of Indian engineers working for big companies, developing some of the most astounding apps and software that are being used around the world. All these achievements are to be hailed but the real question is why is not India venturing into the next level of Technology? The IT world is buzzing around the latest topic of Cloud and faster information detailing from massive storage of data. 

http://www.siliconindia.com/news/technology/Why-Only-A-Few-Indian-Companies-Into-The-Next-Level-Of-Technology-nid-170969-cid-2.html