Kolkata recently witnessed the successful conclusion of the 9th EIITF (Eastern India Information Technology Fair – 2018) that was hosted by VARINDIA. Amidst speeches and presentations from corporate houses, the event served as a common platform for the corporates to share ideas, discuss issues and challenges targeting the growth of the ICT sector in the region in particular and the country in general. All in all, the event saw the coming together of 200 senior officials from the IT Department, dignitaries from Central and state government departments and spokespeople from IT Corporates.
The special guests who attended the event were V K Bhandari, CMD – Supertron Electronics Pvt. Ltd.; Dr Tinku Acharya, Fellow IEEE, Founder & MD- Videonetics Technology; Manjit Nayak, Addl. Director- STPI; P L Suhasaria, President- COMPASS; Mansi Saha, Regional Secretary (East)- ISODA; Sandeep Sengupta, M.D.- ISOAH; Ranjit Metrani, VP Sales and Chief Revenue Officer- ESDS Software and Ardaman Singh Kapoor, Channel Manager East India and Bhutan- Fortinet Inc., besides the presence of other big-wigs from the industry.
Giving his opening remark, Deepak Kumar Sahu, Chief Editor – VARINDIA spoke about how Digital transformation is on top of the mind of the CXOs in 2018 and that digital technology helps to open new doors to innovation. “A recent survey on the 300 CIOs from across the country reveals that newer technologies are bringing newer opportunities in business and investment into certain emerging technologies, offering both quantitative and qualitative insights.”…..Read More
European Union regulators have awarded a fine over android antitrust case in favour of Google with a record of $5.06 billion for using its Android mobile operating system to squeeze out rivals, and ordered changes to its business that could loosen the company’s grip on its biggest growth engine: mobile phones.
As Android is an open-source and free operating system, device manufacturers still have to obtain a license, with certain conditions, from Google to integrate its Play Store service within their smartphones.
The European Commission levied the fine Wednesday, saying that Google has broken the law by forcing Android smartphone manufacturers to pre-install its own mobile apps and services, like Google Search, Chrome, YouTube, and Gmail, as a condition for licensing. Secondly, Google’s app and services an unfair preference over other rival services, preventing rivals from innovating and competing, which is “illegal under EU antitrust rules.”….Read More
The big bets placed on machine learning by Kai-fu Lee the former Apple, Microsoft and Google executive turned as investor, a key figure in the Chinese technology industry leading the way for China With a portfolio of 300 companies. Lee is among the leading investors in Chinese AI startups through his venture fund Sinovation Ventures, a $1.8bn dual currency fund, which also invests in the US. “The State Council paper laid out China’s desire to be a hub of AI innovation by 2030, and these papers have teeth in terms of very strong local execution,” says Kai-Fu Lee.
This isn’t a divination by a researcher or academic, it’s government policy from Beijing. A State Council document, issued in July last year, resolved to position China as the world’s pre-eminent practitioner of artificial intelligence (AI) in both research and application within the next 12 years. Governments across the world are rushing to support innovation in AI, but none has published as coherent a plan as China and – more importantly – has the ability to get things done: the Chinese government can implement policy in ways that are impossible in western democracies.
Intent, however, is one thing: to paraphrase the boxer Mike Tyson, everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. The Chinese not only have a strategy, they have a track record of delivering on large-scale, ambitious projects. Its One Belt, One Road infrastructure project is reshaping large chunks of the world and its policy for ‘mass entrepreneurship and innovation’ has set aside $320 billion to support entrepreneurs in order to drive a structural shift from an industrial to service-based economy underpinned technology and innovation….Read More
UK speed tester, OpenSignal has stated in its recent report that India’s 4G download speeds are slower than that of its neighbours – Sri Lanka (13.95Mbps), Pakistan (13.56Mbps) and Myanmar (15.56Mbps). The average 4G LTE data speed in India has been about 6.1Mbps for more than a year.
According to a list prepared by OpenSignal, 4G download speed in India is the slowest among 88 countries spanning 6 continents. The speed in India has been calculated to be a dismal 6.01 mbps, while the fastest in the world is in Singapore at 44.31 mbps. USA also struggles with a lowly rank. 4G speed in America has been calculated to be 16.31 mbps. The methodology used to prepare this report is based on the real-world experience of consumers on mobile networks in their usual, daily lives.
However, when it comes to availability of 4G connections, India performs far better. India ranks 14 out of the 88 countries with a very encouraging 86.26%. It does not come as much of a surprise considering the rapid pace at which 4G connectivity is spreading across the countries. It is also boosted by the easy availability of cheaper smartphones and feature phones, along with cheap 4G plans that are provided by telecom operators. The entry of Reliance Jio with its disruptive pricing has unleashed severe competition amongst the operators….Read More
Twitter has, over the years, locked accounts when it detected sudden changes in account behaviour. In these situations, the platform reaches out to the owners of the accounts and unless they validate the account and reset their passwords, Twitter keeps them locked with no ability to log in. This week, Twitter will be removing these locked accounts from follower counts across profiles globally. As a result, the number of followers displayed on many profiles may go down.
Most people will see a change of four followers or fewer; others with larger follower counts will experience a more significant drop. Twitter understands this may be hard for some, but Twitter believes accuracy and transparency will make the platform a more trusted service for public conversation.
Though the most significant changes are happening in the next few days, follower counts may continue to change more regularly as part of Twitter’s ongoing work to proactively identify and challenge problematic accounts….Read More
Finally Twitter says This week : We’ll be removing locked accounts from follower counts across profiles globally. As a result, the number of followers displayed on many profiles may go down… want everyone to have confidence that follower count numbers are meaningful and accurate.
An online micro analytical journal published its initial report last month that, the people on Twitter and how it was being used. It is discovered that 5% of users accounted for 75% of all activity. This finding was based on indexing 11.5 million accounts, and then looking at the top 5% users who accounted for most number of Tweets and 32% of all tweets made by the most active Twitter users, who were generated by machine bots that posted more than 150 tweets/day.
The actual percentage of machine-generated tweets among the most active users is probably higher than 32% because there are many bots that update less than 150 times/day.The most active users, 24% or one-quarter of all tweets overall, are generated by these very active bots. Many of these bots, however, are not spam….Read More
Ericsson has established a Centre of Excellence (CoE) and Innovation Lab for 5G in the country at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. This first-of-its-kind 5G innovation Lab, which has been set up by Ericsson for Indian industry and academia to leverage, is dedicated to the nation by the Hon’ble Minister of State for Communications (I/C) and Minister of State for Railways, Shri Manoj Sinha, together with Börje Ekholm, President & CEO, Ericsson, at the IIT Delhi.
Ericsson conducts India’s first 5G over-the-air beam tracking demonstration on 3.5GHz spectrum using a pre-commercial end-to-end system, including 5G-NR, VRAN and VCORE. The demonstration includes 3GPP 5G NR Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) antenna technology with adaptive beam-forming and beam-tracking techniques to deliver robust and sustained mobile broadband communications. By beam steering, a highly-focused beam, a stronger radio signal with higher data throughput is delivered over a greater distance using less energy. The results are spectral efficiency enhancement and gains for capacity, cell edge throughput and mean user throughput….For More Info: https://varindia.com/news/ericsson-sets-up-centre-of-excellence-and-innovation-lab-for-5g-in-india