Microsoft corp. has launched two smartphone, Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 at Rs 5,999 and Rs 6,499 respectively which is affordable to the customers. Both smartphones come with latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, Microsoft’s Office suite including Word, Outlook for email, Skype, and up to 30GB of free cloud storage. The features of Lumia 435 include a four-inch display and a modest two-megapixel front camera.
The more expensive 532 features the same display but includes a more powerful camera and access to some high-speed networks, and dual SIM for using more than one phone number. Both the phones come with 30GB free OneDrive cloud storage offered by Microsoft and also with Micro SD slot with a storage capacity of upto 128GB.
The phones would hit the market from February 20, according to the statement. See more at: http://www.varindia.com/microsoft-launches-lumia-435-and-lumia-532/
Nodia Authority is planning to set up Wi-Fi spots on the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway by March 15, which will offer free Wi-Fi connectivity to the Expressway commuters.
Infrastructure that is installed for the Intelligent Traffic Management System will be used to roll out the public Wi-Fi on the 23.6km Expressway. It will be part of a pilot project. If the project becomes successful, then it will be extended to other locations across Noida.
The facility will allow people to browse the internet and download data while commuting on the Expressway. Foreign tourists using the Expressway to travel to Agra via the Yamuna Expressway will also stay connected. It will ease the traffic burden on telecom networks.
– See more at: http://www.varindia.com/noida-expressway-commuters-to-enjoy-free-wi-fi-soon/
Bharti Airtel has announced the launch of its managed Room Telepresence service for Enterprise segment. With zero CAPEX and at no additional cost, enterprises in the country especially the small and mid-sized organizations will now be able to upgrade to High-Definition Telepresence video exchange sessions from the existing standard definition video experience at an affordable cost of just Rs. 799/- per day per room.
Airtel has launched this service with CISCO. The VAAS (video-as-a-service) offering from Airtel will bundle all the essential components of Telepresence video calling including end point, network and VNOC .
Manish Prakash, President – Airtel Business said, “At Airtel we are committed towards developing innovative & cost effective platforms for our customers and the Room Telepresence service is a step in this direction. This new solution has the potential to transform the segment as it empowers customers with a highly scalable integrated video solution at a simplified yet affordable cost.”
Nalinikanth Gollagunta, Managing Director & Head – Commercial Sales at Cisco India & SAARC said, “We believe that this joint offering by Airtel and Cisco is a game changer that will transform the buying behavior, more specifically in the mid segment. Adoption of technology among SMBs is directly dependent on bringing down the total cost of ownership and increasing ease of use.”
– See more at: http://www.varindia.com/airtel-with-cisco-launch-high-definition-vaas-service/#sthash.877Sq0xr.C4CWIpBE.dpuf
The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and Indian urban development ministry plan to develop three major cities, Ajmer, Allahabad and Visakhapatnam as “Smart Cities”. USTDA and the three state governments of UP, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh have signed MoUs to develop these cities as smart cities.
The Urban development ministry said that the US delegation led by the secretary of commerce Penny Pritzker agreed to the suggestion of minister M Venkaiah Naidu for setting up the task forces. Each team will consist of three representatives each from central and respective state governments and the USTDA. Each city task force will discuss city specific features, project requirements and appropriate revenue models for enabling flow of investments etc., before suggesting action plans for developing them as smart cities.
USTDA will contribute funds for necessary feasibility studies and pilots, study tours, workshops or trainings and other projects to be mutually determined. It will invite smart solutions for smart cities reverse trade mission delegation to the US, with delegates from the three states and will fund advisory services to support the development of smart cities. It will collaborate with other US government agencies like Department of Commerce, US Export-Import Bank and other trade and economic agencies and promote greater US-India infrastructure development cooperation and to support development of smart cities.
– See more at: http://www.varindia.com/us-india-to-develop-3-smart-cities-together/#sthash.hanpGEI0.dpuf
MMPL (a subsidiary of Tata Teleservices Ltd.) has announced the launch of a new Open Loop prepaid, VISA powered card in partnership with RBL Bank. By accessing a PaySmart card, user will be able to withdraw money from VISA licensed ATMs and also pay for goods and services at all merchants that accept VISA Debit/Credit cards nationally.
Pradeep Sampath, Chief Operating Officer, MMP MOBI WALLET PAYMENT SYSTEMS LIMITED, said, “The PaySmart card is a milestone towards realizing Tata Teleservices vision of simple and secured transaction services. Keeping financial inclusion in mind, we have worked towards creating this product for all customers who can now have a choice of cashless dealings. Amongst the host of offerings around mobile money, this product addresses a clear gap of Cash Out which is currently not available with the Semi Closed Wallets, There is a clear need in the marketplace for such an offering at the right price and feature set.”
This new service is a step towards our commitment to further enhance our mRUPEE capabilities that will help the customers transact and withdraw money without a bank account. This service would offer convenience to someone who does not have a Bank Account and hence not able to participate in the mainstream economy, thus robbing him of the benefits of financial services. It will also resonate with a customer who has a Bank Account but is finding it unsafe to expose his credentials online at the same time presenting the evolved merchant ecosystem for the customer to transact. The minimum money value the PAY Smart card would hold is 200 rupees with the maximum value being 1 lakh rupees at any point in time.
– See more at: http://www.varindia.com/mrupee-joins-hands-with-rbl-bank/#sthash.ZB5QrbtF.dpuf