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Micromax Launches New Budget Unite 3 Smartphone at Rs. 6,999

Largest indigenous smartphone manufacturer Micromax has launched yet another budget device in the Unite series of phones – Micromax Unite 3. This will be available in the market at a price of Rs. 6,999 and has a unique feature of translating text with just a swipe. Micromax has pre-loaded this Unite 3 smartphone with ten regional languages and you can transliterate text in any of the languages with a swipe by using Unite Messaging Service. With the help of this smartphone you can change phone’s menu, chat, or type in the preferred language (out of the pre-loaded ones). Reports say that Micromax Unite 3 comes with 4.7-inch WVGA screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 cover on display, quad-core processor clocked at 1.3 GHz speed, Android 5.0 Lollipop OS, dual camera (8MP primary and 2MP secondary), multiple connectivity options (Wi-Fi, 3G, GPS, and Bluetooth), and others.

Union Government Prepares to Launch "Digital India Week" coming July

While celebrating one year in office Narendra Modi government has decided to step on the gas regarding the coveted “Digital India” programme by making a big ticket launch of “Digital India Week” in coming July. The main aim of this week-long programme will be to take technology to block levels and villages by promoting various initiatives including hackathons, distribution of merchandise, organising games, etc. Reports say that Department of Electronics and Information Technology’s National e-Governance Division (NeGD) is working closely with Prime Minister's Office since February for a big-ticket launch of Digital India Week programme. Sources say that NeGD has already given specific responsibilities to different agencies for printing and merchandising, gamification, messaging campaign, rural outreach advertising, formulation of creatives, and social media campaign. It is learnt that Digital India Week programme will be the flagship programme of Modi government’s second year in office.

Microsoft joins hands with VCCI to Open First Digital Experience Centre of India in Vadodara

Microsoft has collaborated with Vadodara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) to open India’s first Digital Experience Centre in Vadodara. Microsoft India’s Business Development Director, Manohar Hotchandani, announced that the concerned centre (to be managed by Ingram Micro, distributor of Microsoft) will help business entities, individuals, partners, and institutions get first-hand experience of Microsoft software run modern devices Office 365.Microsoft and Windows applications. Reports say that the first such digital experience centre in India will help entrepreneurs as well as SMEs to learn about recent Microsoft products such as cloud technology and then get business leverage by using them through enhanced skills. It is also learnt that the joint initiative of Microsoft and VCCI will help educational institutions in adopting technologies for preparing future generations for cloud-first as well as mobile-first world.       

Lava Announces Premium "Black" Xolo Series Phones in Rs. 5,000-20,000 Range

Director and co-founder of Lava, Vishal Sehgal, said that his company is all set to bring premium flagship smartphones to the market under the popular Xolo series to compete against the likes of Micromax's Yu, Motorola, and Xiaomi. Reports say that this new line of smartphone will come with a more premium finish along with additional focus on battery life, performance, and camera features. Vishal Sehgal also told media that this new series will be available in the market under the sub-brand “Black” and will be priced in the range of Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 20,000. Sehgal said that they want to target those tech-savvy customers living in the 4/5 major Indian cities who love to shop online. He went on to add that the first “Black” smartphone will be available by coming June.      

Foxcon to build 10 to 12 Facilities in India by 2020 as Costs Soar in China

With rising wages in China and cost of production, Terry Gou, Chairman of Foxconn (largest contract electronics manufacturer of the world) announced his company’s plans to open 10 to 12 facilities in India by the year 2020. These facilities will include both data centers and factories. Gou also announced during an interview on the outskirts of Guiyang, located in southern Guizhou province of China, that Foxconn will be investing few billion dollars in these proposed units as its customers, including the ones in China, want Foxconn to manufacture TVs, tablets, and phones in India. The announcement comes within months after Foxconn announced in January 2015 of shedding its huge workforce in the facilities located in China due to falling revenue growth. Reports say that in peak seasons, this contract electronics manufacturer provides employment to around 1.3 million people.       

Micromax Canvas Doodle 4 to be Available on Ebay India at Rs. 9,199

Canvas Doodle 4, the 4th variant from Micromax’s Canvas Doodle series, is now available for purchase from Ebay India at a price of Rs. 9,199, in spite of a Mumbai based retailer’s claim that MRP of the product is Rs. 9,999 and it will be available at Rs. 9,499. The announcements of its availability along with the specifications were made by an established retailer, based in Mumbai, yesterday. However, the concerned smartphone is yet to be listed on Micromax’s website.  Specifications of this new smartphone, as featured on Ebay, include features such as dual-SIM (both GSM), Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system, 6-inch IPS display having 540x960 pixels resolution, quad core MediaTek (MTK6582M) processor clocked at 1.3GHz speed, 1GB RAM, rear camera of 8MP with LED flash, 2MP front faced camera, internal storage of 8GB, and 3,000 mAh battery capacity.   

Nasscom and DSC form Task Force for Making India a Global Cyber-Security Hub

A task force has been set up by Data Security Council of India and NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Services Companies, the IT industry body) for transforming India into a cyber-security hub of the world. This task force will help develop a Research and Development plan on cyber security along with development of skilled workers and experts in the respective security domain. Reports say that the concerned task force will be headed by Rajendra Pawar (Chairman of NIIT) and the other members will be from IT industry, telecom companies, banks, academia, and government. Pawar said that cyber-security task force has been created to realise the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make India a cyber-security expert nation. The four main endeavours of the task force are technology development, industry development, skill development, and policy enablement.

Intel allocates Rs. 2.4 crore for helping Start-ups involved in "Digital India" Initiative

Chipmaker Intel has allocated Rs. 2.4 crore fund for twenty selected technology start-ups and small companies under ambitious Digital India project’s “Innovate for Digital India Challenge” initiative. A partnership has been accordingly forged by Intel with Department of Science and Technology (DST). To help Intel choose 20 highly prospective technology ventures (in healthcare, agriculture, financial inclusion, etc.) on which the earmarked Rs. 2.4 crore fund will be allocated to, the Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) and IIM Ahmedabad have been roped in. Reports say that the winning teams will go through 6-months incubation programme, including 3 months accelerator program in Bengaluru and Pune followed by access to design houses, 3D printing, and fab-labs, and market preparation for showcasing functional prototypes.   

Modi Government starts Rs. 4,500 crore Project for having 70 Super Computers in India

Secretary of Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ashutosh Sharma, said that the government has kick started its Rs. 4,500 crore project, currently in its nascent stage, to have its own 70 super-computers to be located in different parts of India. The work will take place in a collaborative manner with Department of Information and Technology (DIT) and DST. Reports say that these supercomputers will initially have speed or capacity from half petaflop to 20 petaflop, which will increase to 50 petaflop when the project reaches its peak. It is learnt that these supercomputers will help in high-level research in multiple fields including defence simulation, climate, earth science, biology and material science, and computing. Sources say that modalities have been formed by the Narendra Modi government for discussing details of the project. Reports say that it will take 7 years for project completion.                        

Microsoft retains No. 1 Spot as Software Vendor in India in terms of Revenue

Report published by IT advisory firm Gartner shows that in terms of revenue earning in 2014, Microsoft is still the No. 1 software company in India. The software behemoth still accounts for 25 per cent of the total sales in the year 2014. The top three companies that command half of the total software sales in India are Microsoft, Oracle and IBM. IT advisory firm Gartner said that software revenue of India increased by 8.3 per cent in 2014 in comparison to 2013, an increase from $3.7 billion to $4 billion.  Research Director at Gartner, Bhavish Sood, said that better economic growth of India, stable government, increased spending in growth initiatives, and improving global economic conditions are giving impetus to India’s software industry. Indian software market is growing at highest rate among all the BRICS countries, reports say.  

ISRO all set to Test Aeroplane-shaped Small Reusable Launch Vehicle coming July

Satish Dhawan Space Centre’s Director M.Y.S.Prasad from Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota told media that India is all set to launch its aeroplane-shaped small reusable launch vehicle, Indian Space Research Organisation’s important engineering experiment, during second half of July. ISRO officials have said that the plane-shaped launch vehicle will be mounted on a 9 tonnes fuel-loaded PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) rocket’s strap-on solid booster. It will be separated from the rocket at 70km altitude and will glide back to earth at a descending speed of around 2 km per second. Fins on the machine will be used for controlling descent speed. The official also said that necessary protective tiles have been attached so that it doesn’t catch fire while descending. Official at Thiruvananthapuram’s ISRO unit vouched for the need of modern techniques for detecting faults even before a system failure takes place.

Xiaomi Mi 4i to Go on Sale without Registration Requirement

The Chinese smartphone behemoth Xiaomi has announced that their latest flagship sensation Mi 4i will be available to the customers on Flipkart without having the requirement of registration from 25 May to 26 May. Most importantly, Xiaomi Mi4i will be available to the customers at a price that is Rs. 2000 less than the official price of Rs 12,999. Currently, Xiaomi is offering open sales for Redmi 2 and Redmi Note 4G handsets only. XiaomiMi4i will be their third phone to be sold without registration requirement. This new handset comes with five inch HD display, 441ppi pixel density, 64-bit 2nd Gen Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, 13MP rear camera, Android Lollipop-based MIUI 6, dual micro-SIM, multiple connectivity options (Wi-Fi Direct, GPS/GLONASS, 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, & USB), 3120mAh battery, and other features.

Indian improves Position from 10th to 6th in Publishing Total Number of Scientific Research Papers

Ashutosh Sharma, Department of Science and Technology Secretary, said that India’s rank (regarding publication of total number of scientific research papers in various journals) has improved from 10th to 6th position, a jump of four spots. Sharma made this statement while addressing an audience at a function organised by Research Council UK. While acknowledging the efforts made by Indian scientists in the recent past, Sharma also acknowledged the fact that India still lags behind China by miles. Available data shows that with respect to 1 million people there are just 160 scientists in India, which is abnormally low when compared to China’s 1000 scientists per million population. He went on to say that India has to improve quality and in this quest international collaborations will play an important role.     

President Pranab Mukherjee Calls Scholars Agents of Change

While bidding adieu to the nineteen NIT scholars, who stayed at Rashtrapati Bhavan from 16 May to 22 May as per 'In Residence' programme, President Pranab Mukherjee referred to technology as power and went on to say that scholars and researchers are the agents of change. While addressing scholars, the President said that NIT students are the assets of India and that’s why he has great expectations from them. However, he also reminded them that the scholars should also know, appreciate, and understand their responsibilities. 

Videocon Launches Affordable Z45 Nova+ Smartphone in India at Rs. 4,900

Videocon has introduced a new affordable smartphone, Z45 Nova+, for the budget conscious customers in India at a price of Rs. 4,900. This budget phone boasts of having moderately powerful 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, and Android KitKat 4.4 operating system. Videocon Z45 Nova+ has FWVGA IPS capacitive touch screen of 4.5-inch size that provides customers with crystal clear image viewing experience. It is a dual-SIM phone and comes with multiple connectivity options including 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS/A-GPS, and Bluetooth. This smartphone has been packed with important pre-loaded apps such as V-Secure mobile security app and V-Safe app. While the rear camera has 5MP sensor with auto-focus feature, the front faced camera has 2MP sensor. Videocon has provided enough storage space in this budget phone including 8GB internal storage and up to 32GB expandable storage capacity.  

Apple Launches 15-inch MacBook Pro in India

The new 15-inch MacBook Pro has been launched in India by Apple and the starting price of this series is Rs. 1,59,000. This bigger version of MacBook Pro comes with the new Force Touch trackpad, which comes with force sensors. This device is powered by 2.2 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor having Turbo Boost that increases processor speed up to 3.7 GHz. Some of the other important features of the 15-inch MacBook Pro are Intel Iris Pro graphics, 256GB flash storage, and 16GB memory. Another variant costing Rs 1,99,900 comes with AMD Radeon R9 M370X graphics, 2.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost increasing processor speed to 3.7 GHz, 512GB flash storage, and 16GB memory.

2015 Tata Nano GenX Model Launched

The 2015 Tata Nano GenX has been launched in India today and the Delhi ex-showroom starting price of the model has been fixed at Rs. 1.99 lakh. However, the ex-showroom Delhi price of AMT (Easy Shift) version starts at Rs. 2.69 lakh. Tata Motors is trying to renew the Nano brand by replacing the ‘cheap’ or ‘affordable’ car tag to “smart city car”. The refurbished hatchback now comes with openable hatch, automated manual transmission, bigger fuel tank, slightly updated engine (624cc, two-cylinder MPFI petrol engine comes with aluminium block and cylinder head), and better looking cabin. 5-speed AMT (Easy Shift) comes with unit found in Tata Zest diesel AMT version.

ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini Launched in India at Rs. 16,999

ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini was launched today at a price of Rs. 16,999. This is the first ever Nubia series smartphone ZTE has launched in India. This model will be exclusively available for sale on Amazon India from today. ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini comes with full-HD IPS display of 5 inches that is equipped with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. While it runs of the latest Android 5.0.2 Lollipop operating system, it has been packed with Nubia UI 2.8, 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, LPDDR3 RAM of 2GB, 16MP primary camera (having Sony IMX234 Exmor RS sensor, f/2.0 aperture, and LED Flash), and 8MP front faced camera. It supports 4G LTE connectivity and comes with 2900mAh removable battery.  

ZTE to Launch Nubia Line of Smartphone in India Exclusively on Amazon

ZTE is going to launch its first set of Nubia line-up of smartphones in India tomorrow. For launching the well awaited phones, media invites have already been sent. They will be exclusively available on Amazon India and the concerned Amazon page is already live. The concerned page asks visitors to get registered for availing more information. Some unconfirmed reports have claimed that ZTE is all set to launch Nubia Z9 mini or Nubia Z9 Max that was launched in China recently. The launch is timed a day after another Chinese brand Meizu is all set to launch M1 Note phablet in India today.

Airtel begins trial of 4G service in Mumbai

Leading telecom firm Airtel has begun the trial of its 4G service in Mumbai. As per media reports, the company has partnered with Flipkart to sell the service. The 4G service is being offered along with devices of leading brands such as Lenovo, Asus, Xiaomi and Huawei. The company has also partnered with South Korean handset maker, Samsung, whereby the two companies will promote each other’s 4G services at their outlets.