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Tata Comm Appoints Tri Pham As CSO

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Tata Communications, a provider of communications, has announced the appointment of Tri Pham as Chief Strategy Office (CSO) with immediate effect.

Based in Singapore, Pham will be responsible for strategy formulation and execution, as well as managing all major strategic initiatives including growth plans, entry into new markets and mergers and acquisitions. Pham will also be a member of the Global Management Committee (GMC).

Tri Pham has over 18 years of experience in the investment banking industry, focusing on the Telecommunications, Media and Technology (TMT) industries in Asia. He has advised many of the world’s leading info-communications companies and executed some of the largest mergers and acquisitions transactions in the region. Most recently, Pham has been running his own consultancy, having moved from HSBC where he was a Managing Director looking after TMT, Asia Pacific, from 2008 to 2011.

Tri Pham was also an Executive Director of ABN AMRO Bank from 2004 to 2008. During this time he was co-head of TMT, Asia Pacific. Pham was also a Director at Merrill Lynch International from 1994 to 2003, where he was head of South East Asia TMT.

Polycom Appoints Minhaj Zia As MD To Lead Market Growth
Polycom, the global leader in open, standards-based unified communications and collaboration (UC&C), has announced the appointment of Minhaj Zia as Managing Director, India & SAARC. He will be responsible for leading Polycom’s growth and revenue share in the region, and driving new opportunities in the company’s key South Asian markets.

With over 18 years of experience in enterprise communications, Minhaj’s chief focus for India and SAARC – the alliance of eight South Asian nations including Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka – is to drive growth by addressing the needs of the video conferencing market in the region.

In previous roles, Minhaj served as Sales Director for Cisco’s UC Collaboration business inIndia & SAARC and has led sales teams for Avaya and Alcatel. With his extensive experience, he now joins Polycom, the global leader in the UC&C space.

Juniper Networks Introduces Metafabric

Juniper Networks, the industry leader in network innovation, has unveiled MetaFabric, a new architecture for next generation data centers. It simplifies and accelerates the deployment and delivery of applications within and across multiple data center locations.

This new architecture enables customers to run data center networks securely and more efficiently through a combination of Juniper’s network innovations, professional services and strategic partnerships.

Today’s network infrastructures are not agile enough to keep pace with new and emerging data center technologies, preventing customers from fully capitalizing on the business potential of the cloud, mobile and Big Data. According to Gartner, “traditional network design practices do not adequately support the modern user. To optimally serve the business, network architects must shift their thinking from technology to users and business processes.”

Guiddoo Launches Personal Tour Guide Mobile App

Guiddoo, a personal tour guide mobile application (App) has been launched for Android and iOS which does not require an internet connection to access it once it downloaded. Guiddoo is an mobile app which provides an in-depth and audio visual guide to famous monuments and attractions from all over the world.

International tourist arrivals surpassed 1 billion globally in 2012. It offers a range of features that includes a step-by-step tour, key sights, timeline, history & trivia, images gallery, tourist information and more to make any travel memorable.
 
Guiddoo offers complete tour guides for 21 monuments and plans to cover more than 100 monuments with nine languages including Spanish (Spain & South American), French, Italian, Hindi, Chinese (Cantonese & Mandarin), Korean, Japanese, Arabic and Russian in one year.

The text and visual content of the Guiddoo app is free of charge and the audio guide is priced at $1.99 which gives user a lifetime membership to the Guiddoo community after that all future updates will be available at no additional cost.

Sony Injects Vibrant Vibes Into Your Life With New Portable Charger
With a selection of 5 vibrant colours, fashion-conscious smartphone users can now match the latest CP-V3 USB Portable Charger from Sony with their favourite coloured outfits. Weighing at just 84g, it is small, compact and easy-to-carry, yet still powerful enough to charge a smartphone quickly.
 
The CP-V3 USB Portable Charger has a capacity of 2,800 mAh and high output of 1.5A that ensures for a fast recharge of smartphones on-the-go, ideal for urban go-getters who require emergency power when needed.
 
Based on Lithium-ion polymer technology by Sony, the new charger retains more than 90 per cent of its capacity at 1,000 charges. Users can conveniently charge the CP-V3 USB Portable Charger via the USB port on a computer or an AC adaptor[2].
 
The CP-V3 USB Portable Charger is ready-to-use straight out of its packaging, so even if you find yourself outside with a dying device, emergency power is immediately available upon purchase with the help of a micro-USB cable that comes with the Portable Charger.

CP-V3 USB Portable Charger will be available at price of Rs Rs1,590 across all Sony Center and major electronic stores across India in 5 vibrant colours from October, 2013 onwards.

Trend Micro Warns of Vulnerabilities in Global Vessel Tracking Systems
A global leader in security software, Trend Micro Incorporated,warns of vulnerabilities discovered in global vessel tracking systems like the Automatic Identification System (AIS). When compromised, communications of existing vessels can be hijacked to create fake vessels, trigger false SOS or collision alerts. With the AIS as a mandatory vessel tracking system for all passenger (regardless of size and weight) and commercial (non-fishing) ships over 300 metric tons, the risks go beyond monetary to include criminal activities like piracy.

Forward Looking Threat researchers at Trend Micro found that the main AIS Internet providers that collect AIS information and distribute them publicly have vulnerabilities thatallow attackers to tamper with valid AIS data and inject invalid AIS data. These include the modification of all ship details from its position, course, cargo, flagged country, speed, name and Mobile Maritime Service Identity. Scenarios include the creation and modification of Aid to Navigations entities like buoys and lighthouses that could lead to harbor entrance blockages or even shipwrecks! With the power to change information, cybercriminals now have the ability to manipulate vessels, with unthinkable consequences.

Trend Micro urges the maritime and shipping industry to stay vigilant, and perform regular checks against alternative sources, like manual navigation systems, on information obtained from AIS.  In addition, as providers look to improving current AIS, Trend Micro highlights three core issues in need for incorporation of defenses to be heightened: validity, authentication and encryption.

BenQ Introduces Ultra Slim VL Series LED Monitor

BenQ, an internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations today announced the launch of its VL & VW series of LED monitors.  The company has launched the series with 20 inch sized model VL2040AZ, featuring a stylish and elegant slim design, with the inclusion of flicker-free technology which makes it an ideal choice for comfortable usage. The BenQ VL2040AZ is a perfect combination of aesthetics and technology that adds a touch of subtle splendor and sophisticated minimalism to the modern home décor.

In addition to the VL series BenQ has also launched VW2245Z and VW2430H as extension to the existent VL & VW series. BenQ VW2245Z offers similar line-up features as V2040AZ, with additional 22”inch screen size. While the VW2430H offers VA panel technology, LED backlighting, Macbook compatibility and multiple input options, this high-tech work of art is designed to make the perfect style statement for users seeking premium visual enjoyment, outstanding multimedia performance and versatility in an exquisite, eco-friendly package.

BenQ VL2040AZ, is available in India at Rs 7000 and the other models VW22455Z and VW2430H will be available in Indian market very shortly at MRP Rs 11000 and Rs 15000.

GSK Records High Growth For Quarter Ended September

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Limited (GSKCH) has declared its financial results for the quarter ended 30 September, 2013. Net sales at Rs 972 recorded a growth of 17 per cent over 2012 with PBT at Rs 224 crore growing by 18 per cent for the same period and PAT at Rs 147 crore growing by 14 per cent.
 
Zubair Ahmed, MD, GSK Consumer Healthcare India, said, “We continue to strengthen our performance through innovation, high science and strong consumer connect. Our focus on greater penetration across categories, offering high science based products at competitive price points has helped in the growth of our brands. As a company that is committed to help people to ‘Do More, Feel Better, Live Longer’, our endeavour is to continuously provide value based products to our consumers through our diverse portfolio of brands across all markets.”

Another quarter of strong double digit profitable growth was driven by superior Sales performance and a strong cost management programme.