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Yamaha Motor Launches An App To Hear The Bike Speak

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Yamaha Motor launched an English version of – ‘RevTranslator’, an app for bikers that translates engine sounds of bikes into over 100 million different combinations of preset phrases to make the bike communicate to the rider.

It purports to supply riders with a translation of what their bikes are saying and follows the Japanese version that was launched first in Japan.

‘RevTranslator’ requires a smartphone sound recorder to record the engine’s sound and understand the bike’s speed, the time of the day, weather and other complex information. Basis this information, it communicates back with one of over 100 million preset phrases. The engine’s translated “emotions” vary depending on the engine sound, the time of day and the weather. The users can choose from six different characters to represent the bike, including a ‘cool’ male character or a ‘cute’ female—the responses evaluated to be communicated are influenced by these personalities. Every time the user translates, the user can also accumulate points by using the application to unlock rare caricatures of various Yamaha products used worldwide while having fun hearing the engine “talk”.

ZTE Launches V5 Exclusively On Snapdeal.Com In India
ZTE Corporation, a provider of telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile devices, launched V5, its new affordable premium smartphone, in India. The smartphone will be available exclusively on Snapdeal.com.

The ZTE V5 with its 3 mode camera, 13 megapixel rear camera and 5 megapixel front facing camera, zero shutter lag and focus lock, offers its users an array of professional camera features. It provides a perfect ‘selfie’ experience with its super-wide angle, a front face light metering and independent focus and metering features. Its high precision optical lens and blue glass composite IR filters enable impeccable pictures, every time one clicks.

The V5 comes with an elegant 5 inch multi-touch screen and a sharp HD finish. V5 not only delivers on style but also has powerful performance enabled by the high speed Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor with a quad core CPU, Android KitKat 4.4, and a detachable battery of 2400 mAh capacity. Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated. Priced at only Rs 10,999 in India for its excellent performance, V5 falls among the best-in-class smartphones. It has an amazing high speed recording and can click 120 frames per second. Other cool features one can look forward to are the GIF animator, noise suppression MIC for better voice quality, exposure lock and an expandable memory of upto 32 GB.

With a commitment to offer world-leading technology to everyone and understand the needs of consumers, ZTE has been producing handsets for more than 16 years. The company has built its business presence in 160 countries, cooperated with 230 operators, and established strategic cooperation with 47 out of top 50 operators worldwide. ZTE shipped about 40 million smartphones in 2013, and aims to ship 60 million smartphones in 2014.

XOLO Win Q900s Available In India At Rs 9,999
XOLO introduced the world’s lightest Windows Smartphone XOLO Win Q900s. This sleek, light and stylish smartphone weighs only 100 gms.  Win Q900s was made available for pre-booking in June-end and is now available for sale across all authorised retail counters and modern trade chains at the price of Rs 9,999.

Running on latest Windows 8.1, it is one of the 1st Windows phones with Dual SIM functionality. Device comes with a 4.7 inch HD display with OGS technology for bright and vivid viewing experience. It is fitted with scratch resistant Drangontrail Glass that makes the screen stronger and damage free.

XOLO Win Q900s runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2 GHz Quad Core processor with 1 GB RAM for smooth multitasking experience. Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Quad Core processor allows smooth navigation and switching between apps. Designed to offer exceptional performance, Win Q900s allow users to enjoy the best of Windows experience while optimizing the battery life.

Win Q900s sports an 8 MP AF Rear Camera with LED Flash & PureCel Sensor to capture the moments in their true color and light. The PureCel camera sensor technology provides bright & clear pictures in both high & low light environment. It also comes with 2 MP Front Camera, for the selfie-pro generation. The phone comes with 8 GB internal memory which can be expandable up to 32 GB.

ANTHE Is Back With Its 5th Editon
Aakash, an institute for medical and engineering coaching, entered the Kota market, furthers its efforts in motivating the medical and engineering aspirants by conducting the fifth edition of the Aakash National Talent Hunt (ANTHE) 2014. The date of the examination is scheduled on the 23 November 2014, across 20 different states of the country. The last date of application is stipulated as 12th November 2014 with a minimal examination fee of Rs 300.

The students shall appear for a sum total of 360 marks which will be bifurcated amongst Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and Mental Ability. Top 1000 students will be awarded with 100 per cent rebate on their tuition fee and cash prizes, out of which 500 will be from medical stream and the other half from the engineering stream.

The total amount of scholarship given by AESL is Rs 19 crores and the cash prize sums up to Rs 64 lakh. However there are certain criteria to be fulfilled for the scholarships. The scholarship is divided in two categories for the medical aspirants and engineering aspirants. These two categories are further divided into three sub-categories each in order of the ANTHE ranks earned by the students. The students holding ranks from 1st to 100th shall enjoy 100% rebate from Tuition fee, Admission fee and Registration Fee. Students standing between 101st to 250th Rank are entitled to pay only the Registration Fee and students holding ranks from 251 to 500 shall receive rebate from the Tuition fee. Students holding positions after the first 1000 shall receive waivers ranging from 70%- 50% in the tuition fee depending upon the rank category they fall into and there are waivers for students after the 5000 ranks ranging between 45%-10%.

The countrywide talents hunt is being conducted across the country that covers the states of Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu and Srinagar, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerela, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Utter Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal. AESL also announces that more centers of ANTHE can be created on request from the students or parents subject to a minimum enrolment of 100 at a Center.

American Express Appoints Manoj Adlakha As CEO, India Business
American Express has appointed Manoj Adlakha as Chief Executive Officer, American Express Banking Corp. (AEBC), India. In this role, Manoj will be responsible for running American Express’ proprietary Consumer Card and Prepaid businesses in India, as well as for providing leadership to the AEBC Country Executive Team. He will continue to report to Sanjay Rishi, President, American Express South Asia. Prior to this, Manoj led the American Express Corporate Business.

Sanjay Rishi said, “Manoj is an apt choice for this role given his diverse experience in the financial services space combined with knowledge of market dynamics. As CEO for the India business, he will be responsible for driving the growth, transformation, and profitability in this market. For American Express, India is a strategic growth market and we are confident of further buoyant growth under Manoj’s able leadership.”

Manoj has spent over 20 years at American Express across key roles including: CFO; Officiating Country Manager; Consumer Card Head; and Vice President - Retail Financial Services and Consumer Cards. After a brief stint outside the organisation as entrepreneur and in the financial sector, Manoj returned to American Express India in 2009 as Vice President of the Global Corporate Payments business. Over the last five years at the helm of the Corporate Business, Manoj drove record growth and excellent momentum for the corporate cards business in India.

A10 Networks Expands Its Range Of Threat Protection Systems
A10 Networks, a technology leader in application networking, announced Thunder 3030S TPS as a mid-range platform of A10 Thunder Threat Protection Systems (TPS); a product line of dedicated DDoS protection appliances. Thunder 3030S TPS delivers 10 Gbps DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) protection, helping small service providers and mid-sized enterprises protect their businesses from costly and damaging DDoS attacks.

A10's Thunder TPS product line provides network-wide protection against DDoS attacks. The Thunder 3030S platform provides cost-effective DDoS protection for medium-sized networks with 5-10 Gbps Internet connections. Thunder TPS supports flexible deployment models and enables easy integration with external systems through our RESTful API or SDK.

The Thunder TPS is built upon A10's innovative and high-performance ACOS (advanced core operating system) architecture. The ACOS operating system will feature MSSP signaling functions which allows platforms such as the Thunder 3030S TPS to signal the higher-tier DDoS mitigation solutions of an MSSP, and escalate traffic when large-scale volumetric attacks exceed the end user's Internet bandwidth.

Ignitee Digital Bags The Digital Duties For Breakthrough
Breakthrough, a global human rights organization, has appointed Ignitee Digital, one of India’s leading digital marketing agencies, to prevent violence and discrimination against women by transforming the norms and cultures that enable it. Through this association, Breakthrough seeks to leverage the digital media platforms to educate the audience by establishing meaningful conversations and building a critical mass of change agents worldwide. By building an active presence on social media through its collaboration with Ignitee, Breakthrough intends to build a Breakthrough Generation—whose bold collective action will deliver irreversible impact on the issue of violence against women.

Launched in 2000 by Indian-American human rights activist and cultural entrepreneur Mallika Dutt, Breakthrough has expanded online with a view to serve as a common platform for women’s general well-being, building a support network and advocate for gender equality and women’s rights.

Ignitee has been appointed by Breakthrough to manage the #Selfies4School digital campaign to create a platform through which users can upload selfies and promote the campaign on their social media profiles.

MongoDB Collaborates With Happiest Minds To Offer Big Data Excellence
MongoDB announced an engagement with Happiest Minds Technologies, a next generation IT services and solutions company. Research from leading analysts at Gartner predict that business intelligence and analytics will continue to be a priority for CIO’s through 2017. Through this engagement with MongoDB,  Happiest Minds aims to provide Big Data solutions that are agile and scalable, and offer real time insights for intelligent decision-making.

With the pervasiveness of social and cloud applications, increasing data volume and variety, and new architectures like cloud and virtualization, enterprises need a new approach to data management with solutions that are scalable and flexible. Now, enterprises will benefit from the expertise of MongoDB Trained Consultants as well as industry specific use cases and expertise.. Happiest Minds will offer a variety of services which will include MongoDB Architectural Advisory and Capacity Planning Services, Development, Testing and Data Migration.

Asia Powercom Launches AP-3000A
Asia Powercom, announced the launch of AP-3000A (Rs 1,249), ultra-portable powerbank for people On-The-Go. AP- 3000A comes handy when people are away from reliable source of power and claims to charge any smartphone and phablets.

It is equipped with top quality 3000mAh lithium polymer battery and creative push-to-eject connector. The specially designed standard USB charging ports have 5V - 1A output and 5V - 1A input port. With the charge cycle more than 500 times, the port s enables this powerbank to charge within 2-3 hours.

Cell phones have evolved from being bulky to being sleek and lightweight efficient devices.  With the tremendous increase in their usage there is a need to keep these devices charged at all times. It can be easily carried in pocket or hand bag every day.

Tata Motors August Sales At 40,883 Vehicles
Tata Motors’ total sales (including exports) of Tata commercial and passenger vehicles in August 2014 were 40,883 vehicles, a decline of 18 per cent over 49,611 vehicles sold in August 2013. The company’s domestic sales of Tata commercial and passenger vehicles for August 2014 were 36,403 vehicles, 19 per cent decline over 44,717 vehicles sold in August last year. 

Cumulative sales (including exports) for the company for the fiscal are 190,476 vehicles, lower by 25 per cent over 254,355 vehicles, sold last year.

One97 Communications, Tigo Launch Audio Story Portals
One97 Communications, the leading mobile internet and value-added services company has launched innovative audio story portals with renowned international telecom firmTigo across multiple countries in Africa. Tigo users across Tanzania, Rwanda and Senegal can just dial into the portal and listen to their favourite stories on the phone, anytime and anywhere

The audio story portals offer users the option of listening to immersive stories on-the-go. The collection of audio books has been carefully curated to offer stories with a wide appeal across age groups. Ranging from kids’ stories, fictional tales to aspirational accounts, there is something for everyone. These stories, locally-written and voiced by African talent have been recorded in One97 Communications’ own studios based in Africa.

Tigo Tanzania Head of marketing Diego Pacheco said, “We are committed to providing and supporting innovative products, with the ultimate goal of realizing a digital lifestyle among our customers.  Our entertainment content, communications and data platforms are thus tailored to enhance the customer experience continuously. The same holds true for our new innovative story portals, launched in partnership with One97 Communications.”

eMart Solutions Wins 2014 Red Herring Top 100 Asia Awards
eMart Solutions, a leading loyalty and consumer engagement company, has won the coveted Red Herring Top 100 Asia Awards. This announcement was made at the Red Herring event held in Hong Kong on 27 August, 2014, where Red Herring declaredits Top 100 award in recognition of the leading private companies from Asia, celebrating innovations and technologies across their respective industries.

Red Herring's Top 100 Asia list has become a mark of distinction for identifying promising new companies and entrepreneurs. Red Herring editors were among the first to recognize that companies such as Daum, Facebook, Kakao, Twitter, Rakuten, Salesforce.com, Xiaomi and YouTube would change the way we live and work.

Red Herring's editorial staff evaluated the companies on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technology innovation, management quality, strategy, and market penetration. This assessment of potential is complemented by a review of the track record and standing of startups relative to their peers, allowing Red Herring to see past the "buzz" and make the list a valuable instrument of discovery and advocacy for the most promising new business models in Asia.

Ford India Brings Special Offers For Teachers
Teachers are known to have a life-long impact on their students, and their contribution to society is immense. To value and celebrate their contribution, Ford India announced a special offer for teachers across all its dealerships in India.

Saluting their self-less contribution, the special offer will enable teachers to avail exclusive benefits of Rs.16500/- on select variants of the Ford Classic and Rs.9000/- on select variants of the Ford Figo. As part of the offer, teachers will also be eligible for ongoing discounts and benefits including exchange bonus, free extended warranty and free insurance, on Ford Classic and Ford Figo.

Innovative Business Models On Renewable Energy
The thought provoking ‘Business Strategy Development Competition’, the finale of ‘India-Sweden Innovations’ Accelerator (ISIA)’ programme successfully concluded on August 30, 2014 at WeSchool, Mumbai, where teams from WeSchool and Institute for Future Education, Entrepreneurship and Leadership (iFEEL) presented future-proof business models and strategies on renewable/green energy that can be implemented especially in the energy starved rural India.

The business ideas designed by students’ teams were evaluated by an external jury panel comprising of Ludvig Lindstorm, Country Director- India, Swedish Energy Agency, Dr Anjali Parasnis, Associate Director- Western Regional Centre, TERI, Srikant Illuri, Executive Director & Country Head Investment, Business Sweden and Dr Christer Nygren, Professor of Innovation at Malardalen University, Sweden. The participants were evaluated through a rigorous process on parameters like the originality of idea, clarity of thoughts on financial and marketing aspects.