Vouchercloud has published a very interesting infographic called Portrait of a Mobile Consumer’ and it looks at how mobile consumerism is developing and the path it might take over the coming years.
One of the most popular SSD website today in the market is Brinnell which is the best external SSD and extremely fast external SSD drive which has an integrated hard drive Samsung 840 EVO and USB 3.0 interface. Premium-quality brinell products allow permanent secure storage of your data – private, and protected from external access. The low weight and compact dimensions as well as fast data transfer thanks to USB 3.0 make the brinell products comfortable to use.
A solid-state drive (SSD) also known as Solid State Disk have become the most preferred storage drive today. Although SSDs are still not cheap, they have come down in price, making them a better alternative to hard drives. SSDs today are far more reliable, have greater endurance and perform better (in some cases, two to three times better). Most of the advantages of solid-state drives over traditional hard drives are due to their ability to access data completely electronically instead of electromechanically, resulting in superior transfer speeds and mechanical ruggedness. Field failure rates indicate SSDs are significantly more reliable than HDDs. The startup time required by SSD’s are almost instantaneous whereas disk spin-up may take several seconds on HDD .
SSDs do not usually require any special cooling and can tolerate higher temperatures than HDDs. According to Seagate, ambient temperatures above 95 °F (35 °C) can shorten the life of a hard disk, and reliability will be compromised at drive temperatures above 131 °F (55 °C). Fan cooling may be required if temperatures would otherwise exceed these values. Solid state drives, essentially semiconductor memory devices mounted on a circuit board, are small and light in weight. HDDs typically have the same form factor but may be heavier. This applies for 3.5-inch drives, which typically weigh around 700 grams.
Less expensive SSDs typically have write speeds significantly lower than their read speeds. Higher performing SSDs have similar read and write speeds. Whereas HDDs generally have slightly lower write speeds than their read speeds.
There are two types of SSD’s internal & external SSD drive. Internal SSD drives are used to achieve shorter boot-up times whereas external SSd drives can make backups easier and faster. The external SSD’s are more expensive in comparison but are used more and more in professional environments to avoid exposing sensitive data via the internet or cloud. There is another set of drives which is also used today called Hybrid drives or solid state hybrid drives (SSHD). It is a combination of the features of SSDs and HDDs in the same unit, containing a large hard disk drive and an SSD cache to improve performance of frequently accessed data
Indian ecommerce industry is shining with 1000’s of ecommerce sites popping up around the country the options for the buyer is immense. Indian e-commerce sector will become a 504-billion rupees industry in the next 3 years. More and more Indian retail companies are going online to lure the customers available online. According to a recent report published by McKinsey & Co, there will be more than 500 million internet users in India by 2015, and a significant proportion of that will carry out online transactions on a regular basis.
With the emergence of new internet-based retailers, finding the right deal is a time consuming process for theconsumers in the internet world. Searching a number of online stores one-by-one and comparing prices online could be a tiresome and time-consuming task.
PricePanda which recently launched in India tries to solve this growing problem for the online consumers with the launch of its site PricePanda in India. It brings in a host of convenience, time saving and cost benefits to the online shoppers. It is a price comparison engine, which currently offers prices for mobile phones, computers ,cameras, clothing, accessories & shoes is trying to solve this problem. Customers can compare different deals for the requested products in order to make informed purchasing decisions. Clicking on a deal will redirect the user to the merchant’s online shop where the product can be ordered.
Pricepanda’s platform empowers ecommerce businesses with helping them to convert their offerings into sales.It helps find the most affordable deals in a chosen product segment from a number of online stores, ensuring the best cost saving deals for online shoppers. Moreover, it also brings several other benefits that can greatly enhance the online shopping experience of the online buyers.
PricePanda enables shoppers to find and compare more than 70,000 products from over 100 categories such as computers, software, health and beauty, home appliances, gaming, music and movies. Apart from India, the other eight countries include Argentina, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico , Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines.
Ooredoo and Rocket Internet will become equal partners in Asia Internet Holding, a joint venture that will create and develop online businesses in the region.
E-commerce is part of Ooredoo’s strategy to invest in new businesses that provide growth opportunities and develop new revenue streams. Increasing disposable income and Internet penetration are key drivers for e-commerce growth in Asia and Ooredoo and Rocket are keen to benefit from this trend.
Growing smartphone penetration and limited fixed line infrastructure are reinforcing mobile as the preferred medium for e-commerce in Asia, especially in Indonesia, which is Asia’s second largest online market just behind China – Ooredoo is present in Indonesia through Indosat, which has 60mn customers.
Ooredoo Group CEO Dr Nasser Marafih said: “A fundamental shift is happening across our markets, as more people buy goods and services online through their mobile phones.
This is even more evident in our Asian footprint. We believe that offering e-commerce services will further support our ambition of enriching people’s lives. We are pleased to have entered into a partnership with Rocket and look forward to harnessing their knowledge and experience gained elsewhere into making our joint venture an e-commerce market leader across Asia.”
Asia Internet Holding will cover some 15 markets in Asia including Pakistan, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Australia, with ventures ranging from online retail and marketplaces to payment services. Several successful ventures were launched over the last two years including Daraz.pk, Lamudi.com, Carmudi.com, Kaymu.com, Pricepanda.com and EasyTaxi.com.
Oliver Samwer, co-founder of Rocket Internet, said, “We look forward to working with a partner as innovative and customer-centric as Ooredoo in Asia. Our partnership will accelerate the development of Asia Internet Holding in the region and help our businesses succeed. We feel that by bringing e-commerce models that have worked well elsewhere in the world to Asia, and that by partnering with an operator like Ooredoo, we can jointly bring better services to customers.”
This investment is subject to the approval of the regulatory authorities in the countries where the service will be provided, and expected to be concluded in the second quarter of this year.
Ecommerce in India has seen a tremendous growth and traction in the last couple of years. The major growth can be seen from top ecommerce platforms Flipkart,Myntra,Jabong,Snapdeal and now Amazon reaching the billion dollar club. As a result the payment space is heating up and PayTM is spearheading this growth offering a range of solutions for mobile users to recharge prepaid connections, buy tickets and transfer money to friends and family. With 3.7 Million customers already in its kitty, PayTM now looks at introducing innovative payment solutions to its customers for an excellent user experience.
PayTM has launched a secured wallet a few months back which hopefully will reduce transaction failure rate by 20% and will enable faster checkout. The benefits of using a wallet today for consumers is that personal information is pre stored in advance to speed up checkout, text-message based transactions as well as making it possible to pay using a phone both while shopping online and at physical stores.
Payment failure is a big concern for every ecommerce venture today and most failures happen at the banks backend. With PayTM’s m-wallet consumer’s money is already stored bypassing the bank. It is a highly secured environment.
PayTM also has offers discounts, cash backs just like credit cards do. The scope today is huge considering India’s big and diverse market. PayTM can be used to pay bills and insurance premiums and perform other financial transactions directly from their mobile phones.
Through PayTm’s platform users can recharge/pay bills of their mobile phones, Direct to Home TV subscriptions, electricity bill payment, land line bill payment, gas bill payment & toll card recharge.
Another recent development is the launch of its bus booking service across India. With this service consumers can plan and book a bus ticket to any destination within India.
PayTM definitely looks on course to tap the huge growing payments and commerce market in India
Seeks to tap the Rs.62,000 crore e-commerce market
Japanese online retailer Rakuten Inc. may enter India in the next six to eight months, and is seeking a strategic alliance to tap rapid growth in the country’s Rs.62,000 crore e-commerce market, said three persons familiar with the company’s plan.
Looks like Rakuten is exploring the possibility of starting a travel and hospitality portal in India, said one of the three persons, an executive with a large consulting company.
Rakuten has various businesses such as e-retail, travel and financial services (payment solutions). Its 100% subsidiary Rakuten Travel operates an online hotel reservation website with over 1.8 million room nights booked per month. The firm has access to more than 20,000 domestic and 15,000 international hotels and has a presence in South Korea and China.
Founded by Hiroshi Mikitani in 1997, Rakuten runs a multi-category shopping portal Rakuten Global Market and host of other portals such as Rakuten Coupons and TicketStar, among others. In the face of a stagnating Japanese economy and weak consumer sentiment, the Japanese firm has been aggressively eyeing global growth markets.
On a shopping spreee, Rakuten recently acquired Cyprus-based call and messaging app provider Viber Media Ltd for $900 million from Israeli entrepreneur Talmon Marco. In the last two years, it has bought US-based e-commerce portal Buy.com for $250 million and rebranded it “Rakuten.com Shopping,” e-reading platform Kobo, Spanish video streaming service Wuaki.tv and global video streaming platform Viki.
For the past few months, teams from Rakuten have been consulting investors, companies and industry experts as it explored the Indian market.
Experts say that since Rakuten’s strength lies in its online shopping business, it would make sense for the company to eventually enter that segment. The current foreign direct investment policy does not allow foreign capital in single- or multi-brand online retailing.
According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, the total value of the global real-time mobile location-based advertising and marketing (LBA) market will grow from € 1.2 billion in 2013 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 54 percent to € 10.7 billion in 2018. This will then correspond to 38.6 percent of all mobile advertising and marketing. Location-based advertising and marketing will thus represent around 7 percent of digital advertising, or 2 percent of the total global ad spend for all media.
The past year has seen a number of significant developments in the real-time mobile LBA space. One example is the concept of beacons based on Bluetooth low energy (BLE). “The concept of Bluetooth marketing has been reinvigorated following Apple’s introduction of iBeacon in 2013”, said Rickard Andersson, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. While so far remaining sparsely deployed, Berg Insight anticipates that beacon adoption will take off in 2014 as retailers launch innovative marketing schemes and leverage the possibility to analyse how customers roam and dwell in stores and aisles. “The burgeoning BLE-based beacon ecosystem is now populated by a large number of diverse players including PayPal, Qualcomm and start-ups such as Estimote, Swirl and Shopkick”, said Mr. Andersson. He adds that these companies constitute a completely new set of players competing alongside established LBA specialists like Verve, Placecast and xAd, LBS players including Intersec, Telenav and Waze, and operators such as AT&T, SFR and the UK joint venture Weve.
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NTT DoCoMo has decided to sell its around 26.5% stake in its joint venture with Tata Teleservices as agreed between the two partners, the Japanese company said Friday.
“Under the agreement, Docomo holds the right to require that its TTSL shares be acquired for 50% of the acquisition price, which amounts to Rs 7250 crore or a fair market price, whichever is higher,” said the statement.
“In the event that TTSL fails to achieve these performance targets by the end of the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014, DOCOMO plans to exercise the above-mentioned right in or before June 2014,” the contract between the two companies had stated.
The Japanese telco had purchased about 26.5% in Tata Teleservices in stages in 2009 and 2011 for $2.7 billion. As part of the agreement, certain performance targets were set for the Tata companyBSE -1.01 % that was on the verge of launching GSM technology services at the time.
“It is uncertain how the option will be performed, however, and DOCOMO is not able to predict how events will unfold. The effect on DOCOMO’s corporate earnings for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015 cannot be forecast at this time due to these uncertainties”, Docomo said in the statement.
The agreement between the two companies allows DoCoMo to sell the stake to Tata Sons Ltd.
Unlisted Tata Teleservices expanded into lucrative GSM-based mobile phone services after the deal with DoCoMo and amassed subscribers by offering a cheaper per-second billing plan, but it subsequently failed to build on its initial success and has lost market share in the past two years.
It currently ranks seventh in terms of subscriber numbers among the 12 firms that operate in country’s fiercely competitive telecoms market.
Analysts expect DoCoMo to report about 80 billion yen ($780 million) in related losses in the financial year ended on March 31 when it announces its earnings at 0600 GMT.
Chipmaker AMD today announced India availability of its new AM1 platform featuring quad-core and dual-core variants of the AMD APUcodenamed “Kabini” into the component channel for system builders.The AM1 platform, branded with the AMD Athlon™ and AMD Sempron™ APU brands will deliver award-winning Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture and “Jaguar” CPU cores on motherboards from the leading manufacturers. AMD Athlon™ 5150/5350 and AMD Sempron ™ 2650/3850APUs provide consumers a balanced computing experience on a socketed upgradable platform.
AMD Athlon and AMD Sempron APUs deliver a quad-core solution to consumers that includestwo SATA 6 Gbps ports, two USB 3.0 ports, eight USB 2.0 ports, PCIe 2.0 lanes for graphic card upgrades, and a trio of video outputs (DisplayPort, HDMI, and VGA)starting at under $40 USD . The AMD AM1 platform provides up to 3x more compute performance than itscompetitors, as well as balanced computing with DirectX® 11.2 and Windows 8.1 support to mainstream markets .
AMD Partner Program Launch
AMD also announced the official launch of the new AMD Partner Program, aimed to strengthen and reward its global channel partners in India today. The program is based on three cornerstones: Aspire, Motivate, Design – AMD. The AMD Partner Program provides well-defined and transparent criteria through a tiered program offering a broad range of attributes including: financial, access, marketing, referral/recognition, technical, and material benefits.Anenhanced AMD Partner Portal provides up-to-date information to partners through secure web access, with contenttailored to help channel partners grow and prosper with AMD’s broad, industry-leading technology portfolio.
The AMD Partner Program recognizes distributors, system builders, retailersand etailersas Elite, Premier, Provisional Premier, and Select partners, based on criteria outlined within the program. As channel partners ascend to a higher tier, they are eligible to receive anincreased level of benefits. The new “Hero Builder” badge is a supplemental designation awarded toinfluential and dedicated system builders that are ultra-AMD enthusiasts. Depending on thechannel partner’s tiered status, Hero Builders will receive additional program benefits, as well as exclusive early access to select AMD technology.
“Over the last year AMD introduced some ground breaking new technologies with our next-generation APUs, HSA features and our AMD Radeon™ R-Series GPUs. But these amazing products cannot succeed without a strong and vibrant channel to deliver them,” said Roy Taylor, corporate vice president, Channel Sales, AMD. “Under the leadership of Amy McFarland, we examined our channel program and have made significant improvements to it. We now have a program that reflects the new AMD and which will hopefully surprise and delight all of our channel partners worldwide.”
“Association with AMD has always been important to our business and with the new partner program we see it strengthening even further.” said Mr. Bhavesh Shah, Proprietor of Niagara Info. “This enhanced program promises access to critical information, AMD’s support team and transparency that will assist us in informed decisions” he added.
For us, our customers are extremely valuable and are our biggest asset, and AMD plays a key role in adding value to that relationship. We believe that this initiative of improved structure and enhanced access to product roadmaps, training tools and support, will help us grow our business and maximize profitability. We are absolutely thrilled to have deepened our ties with AMD”, said Mr. MadhuSudhan Reddy, MD, General Computer Hyderabad.
When partners register as part of the new AMD Partner Program, they receive access to a secure AMD Partner Portal. The Portal offers sales tools, marketing assets, product training, video spotlights, top reviews and news, resources such as the latest drivers, and more. All of these resources are designed to help channel partners grow their AMD business.
nexGTv, India’s premier mobile TV service has bagged the official mobile live streaming rights of Pepsi IPL 2014 season. Now the users of the mobile TV app will be able to enjoy all the Pepsi IPL action on their handsets. DigiVive has partnered for content with Times Internet, the digital arm of the Times of India Group. Apart from all the matches, the users will also be able to watch match repeats and highlights as all this will be available in the Video-on-Demand section. Pepsi IPL channel will be clubbed into existing subscription packs of nexGTv and hence users can simply subscribe to these packs.
nexGTv mobile TV service is very popular among the users with 17 million downloads. On an average there are 30000 downloads each day. At present, nexGTv users have access to range of over 150 channels with plethora of features like – replay TV, EPG guide, on screen controls, option of deleting and listing the channels as per their choice and much more. The service was a hit among the people even during the previous Pepsi IPL season as it attracted huge traction during that time.
G.D. Singh, Director, DigiVive said, “We are contended to offer the live streaming of all the matches of Pepsi IPL 2014 to our users second time in a row. Cricket is a religion in India and there are a lot of emotions involved with the sport. This is our one step towards our commitment of offering the best-in-class content. We have witnessed immense success during the last Pepsi IPL seasons too and are very bullish this time again.”
On the tie-up with Times Internet, Harshavardhan T, Business Head – IPL, said, “Pepsi IPL is a huge sporting extravaganza and has huge viewership. The viewership is increasing on various forms and on various platforms. We are really excited that we have tied up with nexGTv. This partnership will enable an even larger reach for this cricketing tournament.”
nexGTv is one-of-its-kind service and various features like replay TV, adaptive streaming, best-in-class user interface and 24×7 customer care support call center makes it very unique from other prevailing mobile TV services in India. It offers channels ranging from national to regional in the category of entertainment, movies, news, and much more. Also, it offers best of content with top channels such as Sony bouquet, India Cast, Aaj Tak, Asianet, Raj Channels etc. One of its unique features is adaptive streaming which enables seamless live streaming even on 2G network.