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One Million Free Seats At AirAsia.com

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AirAsia celebrates 200 million guests flown with 1 million free seats fom Kuala Lumpur to domestic and international destinations available for booking online at www.airasia.com and via AirAsia’s mobile applications on iPhone, Android devices, Blackberry10, and the mobile site mobile.airasia.com from 17th (0001hrs GMT+8) – 22nd September 2013 (2359hrs GMT+8).

AirAsia is also offering promotional fares in conjunction with the free seats* campaign with all taxes inclusive fares from as low as Rs 5000 from Chennai to Kuala Lumpur, Rs 3820 from Chennai to Bangkok, Rs 4000from Kochi/Tiruchirappalli to Kuala Lumpur, Rs 6000 from Bangalore to Kuala Lumpur Rs 5000 from Kolkata to Kuala Lumpur, Rs 3320from Kolkata to Bangkok.

Domestic destinations from Kuala Lumpur such as Penang, Langkawi, Johor Bahru, Kuala Terengganu, Kota Bharu, Alor Setar and Kota Kinabalu are included in the free seats; while Intra-East Malaysia routes such as Kota Kinabalu – Miri, Sandakan, Tawau and Kuching; as well as from Kuching – Kota Kinabalu, Bintulu, Miri, Sibu and Singapore are also included! Among the international destinations featured for free seats include Singapore, Brunei, Hat Yai and many more.

Apart from the free seats, AirAsia is also offering promotional seats with base fares from as low as Rs 1413 one way , including applicable taxes and fees from Kuala Lumpur to destinations such as Bandung, Medan, Jakarta and many others.

The travel period for this campaign will be from 7th Jan – 5th August 2014.

Preferred Hotel Group Adds Nine New Member Hotels

Preferred Hotel Group adds nine new member hotels to their family of brands in North and South America, as well as Europe and the Middle East. Here are the lists of the new hotels:
  • CVK Park Bosphorus Istanbul, Turkey: Located minutes from Taksim Square, CVK Park Bosphorus Istanbul is an expansive luxury property with 378 guestrooms and 60 suites.
  • Hesperia Madrid, Spain: Located on the Paseo de la Castellana, Hesperia Madrid is the essence of luxury in Madrid. Hesperia Madrid is home to three restaurants, including the award-winning Santceloni, a two Michelin star restaurant from Chef Oscar Velasco that presents traditional dishes from across Spain in a creative, avant-garde way.
  • Grand Excelsior Dubai, United Arab Emirates: The hotel's 230 spacious guestrooms and suites each offer luxurious amenities, and three dining venues serve international cuisine in inviting, casual atmospheres.
  • Olivia Balmes Hotel, Barcelona, Spain: The brand new Olivia Balmes Hotel offers 128 bright, modern, comfortable rooms. Its central location puts guests within minutes of various attractions including the Picasso Museum, the Gothic Quarter, and exclusive shops on Rambla de Catalunya
  • The Oxford Hotel, Bend, Oregon, USA: The Oxford Hotel is downtown Bend's hidden gem, with 59 rooms luxuriously appointed to appeal to urban and outdoor adventurers alike. Powered on 100% renewable energy, outfitted with only natural mattresses, and cleaned only with non-chemical cleaners, The Oxford defines eco-friendly.
  • The Alfond Inn, Winter Park, Florida, USA: Newly opened, The Alfond Inn offers contemporary accommodations in central Florida, just minutes from Orlando but a world away. The hotel is comprised of 112 luxurious guestrooms and suites, each handsomely furnished with king and queen beds, spacious workstations, and sleekly styled baths.
  • International Plaza Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Business and leisure travelers will love Toronto’s International Plaza Hotel. It’s location near downtown Toronto offers guests plenty to see and do, while the hotel is also home to an indoor waterpark, fitness center, three dining options, and a lobby bar perfect for relaxing after a long day in the city.
  • Stadia Suites Santa Fe, Mexico City, Mexico: Stadia Suites Santa Fe in Mexico City provides business travelers with the ideal home away from home — and all within walking distance of Santa Fe's financial district and major corporations.
  • 93 Luxury Suites & Residences, Bogota, Colombia: Every detail of this luxurious design unites to form an exquisite experience of distinction and comfort. Ideal for long stays, 93 Luxury Suites and Residences stands for unparalleled executive and gastronomic locations, contemporary design, fitness, and exceptional business and lifestyle services.

Lava Expands Iris Series With The Launch Of Iris 506q
LAVA International, a mobile handset company, has announced the launch of Iris 506q - another budget smartphone which comes at price of Rs 10,999 across India.

Powered by 1.2 Ghz quad core processor and the latest Android 4.2 (jelly bean) operating system the Iris 506q provides the user with exceptional performance for enhanced multi-tasking and connectivity.

The handset is 3G enabled, has Bluetooth (v3.0) & Wi-Fi connectivity and also features Light, Proximity, Magnification and G sensor. It also supports localized services including Navigation powered by GPS/A-GPS. It sports a 5MP camera (rear auto-focus with in-built flash) that provides multiple camera options including panorama mode, smile detection to capture stunning photographs and a 0.3 MP front camera for 3G video calling

The Iris 506q offers a great viewing experience with its 5 inch QHD IPS screen with OGS display technology. The smartphone supports expandable memory of up to 32GB and it has a battery life of 2000mAh. The Iris 506q is FOTA upgradable which helps to update the handset's software ‘over the air’, without connection to a PC or any other device.

Orange Business Services Launches 12th Solution Center
Orange Business Services, an integrated communications service provider, has announced the opening of an interactive ‘solution center’ in Hong Kong, following similar customer experience centers in Singapore, Beijing and Tokyo. This is the 12th addition to the extensive breadth of interactive solution showcase facilities opened in Asia Pacific, including eight new mobile solution centers launched recently. The new center in Hong Kong showcases advanced enterprise communication solutions including Orange’s cloud offerings of Flexible Computing, Flexible Contact Center and Unified Communications as a Service.

Meanwhile, mobile solution centers, which are available for customers in New Delhi, Mumbai, Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore, Beijing, Tokyo and Hong Kong allow Orange’s best-in-class solutions to be experienced by customers on an anytime-anywhere basis. All centers are connected to Orange’s global demonstration infrastructure enabling a real-time, consistent experience to enterprise customers.

Polaris launches Its Canvas Technology At Sibos 2013 In Dubai
Polaris Financial Technology Limited’s Global Transaction Banking division (iGTB), provider of the world’s first complete Global Transaction Banking platform, has announced the launch of its Canvas Technology at Sibos 2013 in Dubai.

Canvas Technology, a transformative distribution technology for channel solution design, development and deployment, is an 'ahead-of-trends' product that enables the financial or other institution's CIO to offer a unique omni-channel platform for end customers as well as internal users, thereby future-proofing existing investments. Banks can now set up a flexible and high performance environment for accelerated configuration of services while retaining complete control over user experience and change management.

At the heart of Polaris’ Canvas Technology are ‘Apps’ which offer self-contained business functionality. The technology responds to international banking challenges by providing uniqueness to a bank, to a customer's sector, to a specific customer or even to a customer's subsidiary ' by Apps which exist in the overall Canvas framework resulting in an incredibly low learning curve for both the mature user as well as the Generation X and Generation Y users. It also enables the financial institution to design customized apps, which can be configured easily for access by entitled users for faster time to market and the rapid launch of new products. This Apps Technology design also saves huge time and cost, especially in testing.

Foxconn Launches New H81 Series Motherboard
Foxconn, world's leading manufacturer of computer components and systems, announces the launch of its latest series H81 motherboards in October.  The new series provides multiple ways of home-based recreations and makes the business more effective and pleasant. The enhanced process capability graphics performances make them the best choice for home.

As a member of the 8 Series, Foxconn H81 series motherboard, adopts the latest Intel H81 Chipsets and LGA1150 platform, supports Intel® 4th generation 22nm Haswell processors. The integrated graphics supports 4K Ultra HD, up to 4096 x 2160 resolution, bringing users excellent experiences cinema could ever guarantee.

The equipped two DDR3 DIMMs support up to 1600MHz. In addition, the high speed PCIe 3.0 expansion slot, USB 3.0 and SATA 3.0 connectors offer multiple solutions. The dual video outputs (D-Sub, DVI-D or HDMI) offers choice of display flexible and diverse.

RS Components Brings 3D Design Capability
RS Components (RS) and Allied Electronics (Allied), the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the world's leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products, today announced a significant development in the history of 3D design software with the launch of DesignSpark Mechanical, a new 3D solid modelling and assembly tool that is available free of charge.

Developed in conjunction with SpaceClaim, the leading provider of flexible and affordable 3D modelling software for engineers, the new easy-to-use DesignSpark Mechanical will bring major benefits to design engineers around the world and is available in multiple languages. It is a significant step in the evolution of the DesignSpark online resource hub for the engineering community.

The availability of DesignSpark Mechanical overcomes the two major barriers to entry faced by potential users who do not currently have access to a 3D design solution, but who could benefit enormously from the use of 3D modelling to quickly develop sophisticated concepts and products. These impediments are the prohibitive costs and the considerable investment in learning time associated with traditional 3D CAD tools. Not only is DesignSpark Mechanical free, its simplicity of use means that engineers and others involved in product development can become fully conversant with the software within minutes, rather than the weeks or months required to become skilled with traditional 3D CAD tools.

Air India, SBI Card Join Hands To Launch A New Co-Branded Credit Card
Air India, the flag carrier airline of India, and SBI Card, India’s leading Credit Card issuer, today announced the launch of a distinct travel credit card for Indian customers. The new Air India SBI Credit Card will provide best-in-class travel experiences and benefits to business and leisure travelers. With an unmatched proposition, the Air India SBI Card allows a customer spending Rs 5 lakh in a year to earn up to 3 Delhi-Mumbai return tickets on Air India.

Pratip Chaudhuri, Chairman, SBI said, “The coming together of two national brands like SBI Card and Air India is a unique proposition. Through this card, both the brands wish to add value to the travel experience of the Indian consumer. We are extremely pleased to partner with Air India and hope that our combined synergies ensure a rewarding experience to our customers in the travel segment.”

The Air India SBI Signature Card will come with a joining gift of 20,000 reward points, for the customer. In addition to the joining gift, the new Air India SBI Signature Card will offer 4 reward points for retail spend of every Rs 100 and 20 reward points for every Rs 100 spent on the Air India website and booking offices for purchase of air tickets. To create a rewarding experience, the Signature Card offers bonus reward points at various spend milestones such as- 20,000 reward points on spending Rs 3 lakh; another 20,000 reward points on spending Rs 5 lakh and 50,000 reward points on spending Rs 10 lakh.  These reward points can be redeemed for Air India Air mile in a ratio of 1:1; making it a quick and easy way to earn free travel with Air India.

Ingersoll Rand Ranked By DJSI
Ingersoll Rand,  leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments, was selected for the 2013 Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indices in recognition of the company’s economic, environmental and social performance. This is the third consecutive year that Ingersoll Rand has been listed on both indices.

“Our placement on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indices is a testament to our efforts to embed sustainability into the fabric of our company, reduce our operational footprint, and deliver on our mission to help customers achieve greater energy efficiency through innovative solutions,” said Michael W. Lamach, chairman and chief executive officer of Ingersoll Rand. “Our communities and customers are facing significant challenges brought about by increased urbanization, resource scarcity and desire to be more competitive. Ingersoll Rand is well positioned to help meet these global challenges with creative solutions and services.”

Ingersoll Rand has set and publicly announced aggressive sustainability goals and is making significant progress against these goals. Details on this progress can be found in the company’s 2012 Sustainability Report. Further, the company continues to embed sustainability into the product development process, while engaging thousands of our employee volunteers who participate in global Green Team activities.

Circle Unwraps C23 Performer Keyboard
CIRCLE, Complete Technology (CT) graded PC components and peripherals, has announced the launch of C23 - Performer keyboard, offering wealth of 12 multimedia keys, Fn (F1 to F12) and controls to provide instant access and comes in both black and white colors. Designed with simplicity.

Circle C23 keyboard comes with over 20 million key-strokes lifetime and has been designed with rubber membrane switch keys and mute technology, which are more resistant against dirt and are spill free. C23 has adopted the chiclet keys, having each key surrounded by a perforated plate allowing space in between the keys.  The multimedia keys are conveniently placed for easy and faster access. Superior stretch silica gel material has been used to achieve excellent elasticity.

Circle C23 comes at an MRP of Rs 449 and available ex-stock with 3 years of warranty.

Smartube Entertainment On Lookout To Co-create New Online Video Platforms
Smartube Entertainment has launched only online digital channel, Trendspotters.tv. The company will focus on creating more peppy online content in zingy, accessible formats that the next generation of users seeks. It also aims to acquire and amalgamate with existing video platforms, both nationally and internationally.

While Trendspotters.tv focuses on trends in fashion, entertainment and music, the new online ventures will take the sighting of global fads to an all new level with emphasis on food, DIY recipes, interesting travel destinations, health, fitness and other diverse subjects that most concern Gen Y. 

Further, the company aims to acquire other video platforms as well as co-found new channels for creation and sharing of similar content which appeals to youngsters who want to be on top of all things trendy and in vogue. Creating parallel media spaces that allow access to videos and the essential dope on what’s trending, as per the viewers’ convenience, will be the cornerstone of Smartube Entertainment’s strategy ahead.  The platforms the company will incubate will also be hot spaces for brands looking to connect with specific target audiences who rarely have the time or patience for traditional media.