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Google India Launches Campaign To Get Women Online

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With over 200 million Internet users in the country and growing, India is on its way to become the second largest Internet market in the world overtaking US. But only one third of India’s online users are women. Internet can play a very important role in empowering women in India and help them to transform their lives.

The initiative will focus on creating awareness about the benefits of Internet for women, educate women to use the Internet to improve their lives and work with partners to enable easy Internet access points for women in the country. In the first stage of the initiative, Google will launch a mass media campaign targeted at women and promote the specially designed website which will host content covering the very basics of Internet and special content that is relevant for women in India, available both in hindi and english. Women will also be able to call a toll free helpline number 1800-41-999-77 to get answers for any queries that they may have about the Internet.

The program will be supported by Intel, HUL and Axis Bank who have committed to drive this initiative through the joint outreach efforts including Internet training in their digital literacy efforts. Intel is also launching a mobile app called “Easy Step” for women which would be available on Android playstore.

Samsung Forays Into A3 Printer Category In India

Samsung Electronics has reiterated its commitment to the enterprise and SMBs with its foray into the A3 multifunction printer segment in India. The MultiXpress K2200, an eco friendly series comes fully loaded with features such as ergonomic design, compact size, advanced controls, high reliability, duplex printing and ease of operation. With this new series, the company is bullish about strengthening its position in these sectors and has developed an aggressive go-to-market strategy for tapping the market across top cities in the country. With the entry into the A3 printer segment, Samsung enterprise business aims to contribute to 10 per cent of Samsung India’s total turnover over the next few years.

Sameer Garde, Sr Vice President, Enterprise Business Team, Samsung India Electronics said, “We will continue to introduce printing solutions that are customized for regional and user environments, thereby providing perfect products that satisfy local customer needs. Over the next fiscal, we plan to become a leading player in the A3 MFP market. Keeping in line with this aim, we will be focusing on establishing and consolidating our regional distribution channel as direct partners, for A3 printers”.

The series has 33 models across its copiers, printers and MFPs that are priced between Rs 5,799 to Rs 5,00,000.

MobiKwik App Launches For Microsoft

MobiKwik, a growing mobile wallet player has announced the launch of its Application for the Windows phone platform. The development of the MobiKwik App is a joint effort with Microsoft and can be downloaded on all Windows smart phones.

It offers users the convenience and security to purchase goods and services on third party merchant websites, recharge prepaid and post-paid mobile, television/DTH, data cards and make bill payments for broadband/landline phones, electricity, gas and insurance.

With this launch, users who have been waiting patiently for an official and dedicated Windows Phone wallet app can breathe easy. Windows Phone is the second most widely used smart phone platform in India, according to a recent IDC survey. With a market share of 5.4 per cent, Windows Phone has maintained its lead over competing platforms, namely Apple iOS and Blackberry.

The MobiKwik App for the Windows Phone platform will be available for Windows Phone 7 & Windows Phone 8. The app is small in size, fast and light on the mobile phone CPU and bandwidth consumption. Users can park money, up to Rs 50,000 into the MobiKwik wallet and make hassle free payments for multiple transactions in only one click.

FIDO DIDO To Compete With Film Stars, Sports Stars

Aadarsh Private Limited, a leading publishing and entertainment house, has been expanding its reach to meet new levels; they have licensed many top brands in India from all over the world. Now Aadarsh will proudly represent FIDO DIDO in India and SAARC.

FIDO DIDO is popularly known as the Global Icon of 7 UP and PepsiCo International. The Iconwas initially designed by Joanna Ferrone and Sue Rose. Joanna Ferrone developed a new 3D look for Fido after working with Pepsi, the campaign really took off.

The character FIDO is now a member of the family due to the extensive market campaign in stores, on the street and TV commercials, wherever he goes across the globe. It became the graphic spokesperson for Amnesty International and UNICEF by providing International Lifestyle brand appealing to both men and women.

Creative people are thrilled with FIDO DIDO available for ad campaigns. FIDO is recognised in more than 140 countries across the globe and has sold more than a staggering billion dollars worth of retail merchandise.

One of the most remarkable things about FIDO being he fits in everywhere whether he is a part of “Back to School” campaign in Saudi Arabia,in a Chinese branded Café, at a festival in India, or on a beach in America, he fits right in and in a very appealing way. All wish to have a cool friend like FIDO.

Microsoft Delivers Unprecedented Cloud Development Platform With Visual Studio 2013

Microsoft has taken the next big leap in the development of modern applications by launching Visual Studio Online, a new set of development services and offerings, part of Microsoft’s Cloud OS, and a connected development experience for helping customers create next generation applications.  The next version of Visual Studio – Visual Studio 2013 and .NET framework, .NET 4.5.1 have also been made available simultaneously.  Visual Studio Online and Visual Studio 2013 represent the beginning of a new era of modern apps development, combining a powerful desktop integrated development environment (IDE) with rich developer services in the cloud.

Further, delivering on its services promise, Microsoft has also made available a preview of Visual Studio Online “Monaco”, a lightweight browser-based coding environment using standards-based HTML and JavaScript to build cloud services.  “Monaco” is complementary to the existing Visual Studio IDE and is an easy way for developers to get started and make quick updates to cloud services on the Windows Azure platform.

This drives great value for businesses as they transform to adopt the biggest technology patterns impacting their customers and workforce. Mobile devices give everyone the potential to access information quicker than ever before, allowing faster decision-making and faster results.  In an era where apps are the key to bringing all this decision making and experiences to life on a variety of devices, there is a growing expectation placed on developers to deliver great applications experiences.

MediaTek Launches MT6592 True Octa-Core Mobile Platform

MediaTek Incorporated has unveiled the MT6592, the world’s first true octa-core mobile platform. The MediaTek MT6592 System on a Chip (SOC) combines an advanced eight-core application processor with industry-leading multimedia capabilities and mobile connectivity for a perfect balance of performance and power consumption.

The MT6592 builds on the success of existing MediaTek quad-core mobile platforms, which have revolutionised price-performance efficiency for mobile devices, and is expected to be available in devices running Android ‘Jelly Bean’ by the end of 2013. MT6592 enabled mobile devices running Android ‘Kit-Kat’ are expected in early 2014.

Building on the advanced 28nm HPM high-performance process, the MT6592 has eight CPU cores, each capable of clock speeds up to 2GHz. The true octa-core architecture is fully scalable, and the MT6592 runs both low-power and more demanding tasks equally effectively by harnessing the full capabilities of all eight cores in any combination. An advanced MediaTek scheduling algorithm also monitors temperature and power consumption to ensure optimum performance at all times.

The MT6592 features a world-class multimedia subsystem with a quad-core graphics engine, an advanced video playback system supporting Ultra-HD 4Kx2K H.264 video playback and support for new video codecs such as H.265 and VP9, a 16-megapixel camera and a Full HD display. The SOC also features MediaTek ClearMotion technology for automatic frame-rate conversion of standard 24/30fps video to high-quality 60fps video for significantly smoother playback

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