27 December 2012

`Largest` Kuchipudi dance finds its way into Guinness Book

`Largest` Kuchipudi dance finds its way into Guinness Book A performance by 5,974 Kuchipudi dancers here has found its way into the Guinness Book of World Records for being the `largest Kuchipudi dance`.

The artists of different ages performed to different songs at a time to set the record as part of the 3rd International Kuchipudi Dance Convention here last night.

The event was organised by Silicon Andhra, a cultural organisation run by US-based Telugus, at the GMC Balayogi stadium here.

A representative of the Guinness Book, who observed the event said it was the largest Kuchipudi dance.

The record participation of dancers is the result of painstaking efforts made by the organisers during the last few months.

Kuchipudi, the 600-year-old dance form, originated in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh.

Union Minister D Purandeswari, who was present on the occasion, appreciated the efforts of the organisers and the dancers.

19 December 2012

India Ranks 8th among Countries with Black Money

India is among the world’s top 10 developing nations with a black money outflow of $1.6 billion ( 8,720 crore) in 2010, as per a report by Global Financial Integrity (GFI). The report said that the total outflow of black money from India since independence until 2010 was $232 billion, usually in the form of corruption, bribery and kickbacks. The growing value of illegal assets held by Indians during the same period of time is expected to be $487 billion, reported Chetan Chauhan for Hindustan Times.

The report by Washington-based GFI, Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries said in the post-reform period of 1991-2008, deregulation and liberalisation increased the outflow of illicit money from the Indian economy.

The report’s author and former economist with IMF Dev Kar said “Almost three-quarters of the illicit assets comprising India’s underground economy — which has been estimated to account for 50 percent of India’s GDP (around $640 billion in 2008) — ends up outside of the country,” as reported by Hindustan Times.

The report revealed that the illicit financial flow in 2010 from these countries was $858.8 billion, lower than the all-time high of $871.3 billion in 2008. China showed the maximum outflow of illicit money, while India ranked eighth.

17 December 2012

5 Banks Launch Aadhaar-Linked Bank Account





The RBI has recently directed banks to accept Aadhaar letter as the proof of both identity and address if the address provided by the account holder is the same as that on the Aadhaar card.


“Through a product like Aadhaar-enabled KYC (Know Your Customer), we are bringing down the cost of account and that makes a product lot more attractive. And it will definitely further the cause of financial inclusion,” Axis Bank Managing Director and CEO Shikha Sharma said during the launch of Saral Money’, which is jointly launched by Axis Bank, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, SBI and Indian Overseas Bank.


Customers would be able to open a Saral Money banking account by providing Aadhaar letter as the proof of identity and address at any of these banks and the BC (business correspondent) outlets.


“Both for address proof and identity, Aadhaar can be used. To me of course, all of us would change our process and will not require a separate address proof (for opening an account). We needed it because of the regulatory requirement,” Sharma said.


The Visa payment settlement-based Saral Money account would enable the customer to make purchases, send money or receive government disbursements at the existing ATMs, point of sale terminals and proposed micro ATMs.


The service targets currently enrolled 210 million Aadhaar holders. The UIDAI plans to bring 600 million people under Aadhaar fold by 2015.


The first phase of the Saral Money rollout will include Delhi and National Capital Region and others parts of the country would be covered by the end of next year.


“This initiative will not only help the financially undeserved to access formal banking processes, but will also serve as a forerunner for the inclusive applications which we hope to see emerge on the Aadhaar foundational platform,” UIDAI Chairman Nandan Nilekani said.


Visa Group Country Manager of India and South Asia Uttam Nayak said this payment solution specifically targets India’s financially excluded regions and will support cash transfer of subsidies, scholarships and other government disbursements.

6 Top-Notch Tools to Manage Large File Transfers

Managed File Transfer or simply MFT is a large platform, ruled by players ranging from big titans to upcoming next-gen startups and cloud based vendors. Managed file transfer (MFT) mainly refers to software solutions that facilitate the secure transfer of data, in flight and at rest, from one computer to another through a network. These file transfers mainly support FTP network protocol. MFT applications are available as both licensed software packages and SaaS solutions.


With that in mind, take a look at 6 tools that help in managing Large File Transfers, as compiled by CIO.


Axway:


Axway is one of the leading competitors in large file transfer market. Axway is a French company that specializes in not only B2B (business to business) MFT, but also A2A (application to application), and ad hoc transfers. Axway primarily focuses in the U.S. enterprise market as it supplies tools for monitoring purposes that provide both technical and business-oriented dashboards to track which data is being transferred.




Citrix ShareFile:


Citrix is one of the most trusted names in IT management tools arena and it’s rather the same in the case of handling MFTs. Citrix has its own product named ShareFile. ShareFile allows users to store and synchronize files across multiple devices and platforms, from mobile, tablet and desktop, with optional integration with Microsoft Outlook and centralized management, such as running audit reports, conducting remote wipes and linking in with an existing active directory. The software supports file transfer up to 100GB and also is incorporated with Storage Zones which is a way to save files into Citrix cloud.


IBM:


IBM, who always is considered to be a front runner in every enterprise platform, has its own enterprise MFT product, based on the Sterling Managed File platform. The product primarily focuses on high volume traffic, within and between enterprises. Along with that, IBM also offers a number of customizable web based user interfaces wrapped around an appropriate IT management file system.





Ipswitch File Transfer:


Ipswitch is considered to be the legends in the MFT platform. The company holds a very rich history in terms of managing large file transfers. And recently the company has come up with a new product that is completely inclined to cloud. The transfer tool is named MOVEit and supports system-to-system, person-to-person file transfers, all with fast on-boarding and the ability to dynamically scale resources as needed through the cloud. The feature doesn’t end up there as MOVEit has complementary tools within its package which integrates existing message platforms into the file transfer process.


Tibco:


The MFT package is Tibco’s complementary part of implementing a broader strategy across the enterprise arena. The product covers both platform and internet servers for on-premise or public Internet-facing MFT applications. The application also comes with additional support namely Command Center, an auditing tool. The product can also be used as an integration tool along with Microsoft Outlook and other online messaging platforms that integrate compression and encryption of files during large file transfer.


YouSendIt:


YouSendIt is a cloud based service that mainly focuses on on-boarding and access to other product services from end user machines such as desktops, tablets and mobile devices. The product can be availed as a free 14 day trail. The only problem is that the file transfers are capped at 2MB. But an advantage is that the product allows synchronization between devices. The enterprise geared product named Workstream starts at $12.99 per month for up to 50 users. On the other hand the premium version comes under different prices includes varied add-ons such as active integration, single sign-on and monitoring.




13 December 2012

iBall Launching 7 Inch Wi-Fi Tablet In Indian Market

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We are in an age when competitors are many and the market, unsparing to all that is mediocre. One of the keys to achieve and sustain success is ‘performance’. iBall’s newest variant of its Slide range of tablets, the ‘i6516’ is focused on just that, and what’s more, its brand ambassador’s Hrithik Roshan’s image completely complements it too!


The iBall Slide i6516 is iBall’s sharp, new offering and it has arrived at a time when consumers are being increasingly looking for best performance and functionalities.


It can safely be said that iBall Slide i6516 is one of the best Wi-Fi tablets available in the market today. A stunning display with HD and IPS full capacitive muti-touch screen will make your working enjoyable as well as the video and movies a delight to watch. The IPS will not give you that extra zing in the screen quality but will be viewable from all angles to make you enjoy with near and dear ones together.  And with an HDMI port to connect to televisions and projector. Plus direct USB ports makes life simpler. With Bluetooth built in, connectivity to various other gadgets is a cakewalk.


The heart of the new Slide i6516 is made of a Cortex A8 1.2 GHz Processor, ready to take on much multitasking action at home or office with 1GB ddr3 Ram. With the two cameras - a 2.0MP camera on the back and a VGA camera up front, greeting loved ones this Christmas season is just some taps away.


More features that make the Slide i6516 attractive are its 360-degree panoramic photography function. There’s also Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the most advance operating system of its kind at the moment. Use it to play songs or tap on the HD video playback to impress one and all. What’s more, you may keep doing this for long without having to worry about its battery, a 4000 mAh Lithium Ion one.


iBall, known for innovation and new technologies introduces yet another first for tablet PC with OTA (over the air) function where the system software can be updated on the go without losing the data on the Tablet.


iBall knows best about your favourite applications such as Whatsapp, Facebook, Zomato and CricketNext among others, so has preloaded them on this sleek beauty.


Director of iBall, Sandeep Parasrampuria says, “The Slide has been our proud entry into the tablet market, but we must keep innovating and introduce variants of it for all users. This one’s got a good mix of must-have features and unique ones. We expect iBall Slide i6516 will be liked by all who are looking for performance and the best features and benefits!”


This holiday season, as Santa comes calling, let him ‘slide’ down the chimney with the i6516! It will be a year to remember for long with the best buy price for iBall Slide i6516 being just 7,990.

12 December 2012

6 Best Android Tablets of 2012

There is no doubt that the best tablet in the world is Apple’s iPad. It is known as the king of tablets. But there are many Android-powered tablets that are giving tough fight to the iPad. Let us see the Android which made it to the top in 2012:


1. Google Nexus 7 (from $199)


It is the first Nexus tablet to be released by Google. Manufactured by Asus, consists of a 7-inch display with a 1280x800 resolution screen with an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor. It comes with a choice of 16GB or 32GB of storage and a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera.


The tablet runs the very latest Android 4.2 "Jelly Bean" operating system, and features an improved software keyboard.


The hardware also features Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, and optional cellular. It is powered by a battery that can give 10-hours of usage under normal conditions.


2. Google Nexus 10 (from $399)


This is the Nexus 7's bigger brother having a 10-inch screen with 2560x1600 resolution. It has a dual core ARM Cortex A15 processor and a quad core Mali T604 graphics processor.


The Samsung-made tablet also comes with a choice of 16GB or 32GB of storage, a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera, and a power pack capable of delivering 11-hours of usage.


3. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (from $499)


This tablet is top-quality, with a 10.1-inch screen with a 1280x800 resolution display, a 1.4GHz Exynos quad core processor, a choice of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage, a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera, and a 100hour battery pack.


It runs on Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" but there's an upgrade path to Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean". It comes with a stylus called the S Pen specifically designed to work with a number of applications.


4. Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch (from $299)


The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD comes with a 1920x1200 resolution, 1080p (HD) display with in-plane switching, Advanced True Wide (ATW) polarizing filter, and 10-point multi-touch support.


Storage options are 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB, but there's no micro-SD card slot.


The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD is powered by the latest generation dual-core 1.5GHz OMAP4 4470 processor with an on-board Imagination SGX544 graphics engine that's capable of over 12 billion floating point operations per second -- or 50 percent more than Nvidia's Tegra 3 processor.


Also inside is a dual antenna design for better reception, dual-band 2.4GHz and 5 GHz WI-Fi and MIMO (Multiple In/Multiple Out) that offers higher bandwidth and longer range.



5. Asus Transformer TF300 (from $350)


It is a power tablet that transforms itself into a notebook. It features a 10.1-inch screen with a 1280x800 resolution in-plane switching display and a 1.2GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. There's also an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera, and 16GB of storage that can be increased by a microSD card. The tablet is powered by Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich". Apart from a keyboard and touchpad the optional keyboard dock (an additional $149) also increases 5 hours of battery life.


6. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch (from $200)


The 7-inch screen with 1024x600 resolution display is a little less compared to the Nexus 7, but offsetting this is the micro-SD card slot that allows increasing the storage up from 8GB for a few bucks.


The tablet is powered by a dual core Texas Instruments OMAP processor and a 3 megapixel rear-facing camera. The operating system is Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" but upgradable to Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean".