Month: January 2013

SAP makes investment in Livelihoods Funds

SAP makes investment in Livelihoods Funds

SAP AG (NYSE:SAP) has announced it will join the Livelihoods Fund with an investment of EUR3 million. The Livelihoods Fund is a carbon investment fund organized as an investment company, with the goal to create social value for rural communities and contribute to their food security through the restoration of their ecosystems. Put in simple words, the fund plants trees, which fights climate change and poverty.

“This investment supports our vision of helping the world run better by improving people lives,” said Peter Graf, Chief Sustainability Officer, SAP. “It confirms our sustainability commitment of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions to the level of year 2000 by the year

2020, representing a decrease of more than 50 per cent. To date, we have achieved a reduction of 18 per cent and avoided cost in excess of more than EUR220 million over the last four years.”

“SAP is executing across all three pillars to achieve our target reduction. Through our partnership with the Livelihoods Fund, SAP will

not only purchase carbon credits and offset emissions, but we will produce carbon credits. This provides an innovative, affordable and partnership-oriented way to reduce our emissions that will once again underline our leadership in the sustainability space,” said Peter Rasper, Executive Vice-President of Global Finance Infrastructure, SAP, and SAP representative……See More

Nokia is India’s Most-Trusted Brand: Survey

Nokia is India's Most-Trusted Brand: Survey

Recognizing Nokia’s commitment to the Indian market, consumers have ranked Nokia as the Most-Trusted Brand in India for the third consecutive year. The ranking is a part of the recently launched “Brand Trust Report 2013”, an annual research-based report by the Trust Research Advisory. The recognition highlights Nokia’s commitment to the Indian market and its continued focus on delivering consumer-centric innovation.

The Trust Research Advisory’s “Most-Trusted Brand” survey identifies brands that have won that most special attribute – the consumer’s trust. The Brand Trust Report, India Study, 2013 is the third in its series and this year the report lists India’s 1,100 Most-Trusted Brands from 211 categories. It comprised comprehensive primary research based on 61 attributes called the Brand Trust Matrix, and was conducted among 2,505 influencer-respondents from 16 cities across the country.

“Trust is one of the most important values that can only be earned over time and with repeated positive interactions with the brand. Being selected as the most-trusted brand by consumers from amongst 1,100 leading brands in India is an honour for Nokia. This recognition is a testimony of our continued efforts to bring innovative products and solutions to the Indian market that positively impact lives of our consumers. We look forward to retaining and building on this trust for years to come,” said Viral Oza, Director – Marketing, Nokia India …….See More

Microsoft Launches Office 365 for Consumers

Microsoft Launches Office 365 for Consumers

Microsoft Corporation (NYSE:MSFT) has announced the availability of Office 365 for consumers, a reinvention of the company’s flagship Office product line. Families can now subscribe to Office 365 Home Premium, which includes the latest and most complete set of Office applications; works across five PCs/Macs plus five mobile devices; and comes with extra SkyDrive storage.

“This isn’t just another version of Office. This is Office reinvented as a consumer cloud service,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft Corp. “Together with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, Office 365 gives you the freedom to do things when and how you want.”

Microsoft also announced it will now deliver many new features and services to the cloud first, transforming the company’s traditional three-year release cycle.  Now, new features and services stream to subscribers as soon as they’re ready.

“This is a major leap forward,” said Ramkumar Pichai, GM – Microsoft Office Division, Microsoft India.  “It’s a service designed to help you manage the tasks of your work and home life, wherever you are, whenever you need, online or offline. Also, it’s a perfect fit for busy families and individuals who can connect multiple devices with a single subscription…..See More

BlackBerry launches BB10-powered Smartphones

BlackBerry launches BB10-powered Smartphones

RIM(NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) has launched BlackBerry 10 platform that creates a new and unique mobile computing experience. Available on two new LTE-enabled smartphones, the BlackBerry Z10 (all-touch) and BlackBerry Q10 (touch with physical keyboard) smartphones powered by BlackBerry 10 offer you a faster, smarter and smoother experience than any other BlackBerry you have used before.

BlackBerry has unveiled the new BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 smartphones at events held simultaneously in New York, Toronto, London, Paris, Dubai, and Johannesburg.

“We are thrilled to be introducing BlackBerry 10 on the new BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 smartphones, to deliver a faster, smarter experience that continuously adapts to your needs. Every feature, every gesture, and every detail in BlackBerry 10 is designed to keep you moving,” said Thorsten Heins, President & CEO, BlackBerry.…..See More

Lenovo explores Acquisition Possibilities

Lenovo explores Acquisition Possibilities

Amidst reported talks of acquisition of some firms including Canadian smartphone maker RIM by PC manufacturer Lenovo, the Chinese company has said it is on its way to explore possibilities in the direction. “However, we will never depend on acquisition,” said Wong Wai Ming, Senior Vice-President & Chief Financial Officer, Lenovo Group.

India remains high in Lenovo’s scheme of things. Commenting on the year gone by, Amar Babu, Managing Director, Lenovo India, said, “The year 2012 marked a series of milestones for us – our Protect & Attack strategy, which refers to securing our leadership in our core businesses, while attacking newer opportunities, ensured that our overall profitability was not compromised in the run for market share. We will continue to invest in the India business, and I am confident that we will sustain this momentum in the years to come.”

Meanwhile, Lenovo has reported a quarterly profit of $204.9 million for the third quarter ended December 2012, up 30 per cent from $154 million in the corresponding period previous year…..See More

Broadcom unveils new line of Switch SoC Solutions

Broadcom unveils new line of Switch SoC Solutions

Broadcom Corporation(NASDAQ: BRCM) has announced a new line of switch system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions optimized to address workforce mobility and evolving network requirements in the enterprise. Broadcom’s new StrataXGS BCM56340 Series delivers a broad range of innovative features that simplify the provisioning and monitoring of mobile user traffic whileproviding secure, seamless and high-speed connectivity to the data center and cloud-computing storage resources.

As the number of connected devices and emergence of cloud-based applications continues to climb, demand for higher-bandwidth enterprise networks is growing at a rapid pace. With the trend toward bring-your-own-device (BYOD) in the workplace, enterprise IT managers must adapt with scalable, affordable, secure platforms in a unified infrastructure.

Built on the proven StrataXGS architecture, the BCM56340 Series delivers more than 120 Gbps of line-rate performance with large forwarding tables, to meet the needs of a growing mobile user base in enterprise campus networks. App-IQ security intelligence distributes enterprise firewall capabilities among all access ports……See More

New Server and Workstation Motherboards from GIGABYTE

New Server and Workstation Motherboards from GIGABYTE

GIGABYTE has announced two new models of workstation motherboards and one new model dedicated to mission-critical server applications. All of them being based on the Intel Xeon processors E5-2600 product family, these new models are designed to answer demanding needs for computing resources across various usage models, form factors and scales.

While these products have been naturally thought for scenarios requiring heavy computing power through GPUs or GPGPU / co-processors cards, from CAD/CAE to rendering, simulation and modelling, their most notable advantage relies in their unique memory performance capability:

Achieved through GIGABYTE’s capabilities in design, PCB layout and BIOS fine-tuning, this feature will be most appreciated in the many workstation applications where improvements in memory frequency result in speeding up the user’s productivity and in all the industries relying on server applications where each incremental improvement in memory performance results in significant benefits, such as in finance.

Also, these three models are built with GIGABYTE’s digital PWM controllers, guaranteeing a dynamic power supply to the processor(s) and memory with an ultra-fast response time. Built with advanced calibration tools, they offer the purest and most efficient electrical supply to date. When the CPU workload varies in function of the applications running, the Intel Turbo Boost Technology will do a dynamic overclock of the CPU cores, where the digital PWMs outshine the previous analog solutions. This way, the CPU operations are much more stable, and the overall reliability of the system is greatly improved.

Thanks to the unique memory capability described above, the GA-7PESH3 can receive…..See More