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Chief Digital Officer of IBM India says to strengthen relations with startups

Nipun Mehrotra, Chief Digital Officer, IBM India, claimed in an interview that the company will now try to focus tits relation with small startups as well as developers and academic institutes in order to get a good grip of the market. Let us have a look at the interview that Mehrotra gave.

What is the role of the newly formed DBG (Digital Business Group) in India?

At IBM, we transform every 10-15 years. We have gone from hardware to services to software and now to a cloud and cognitive platform. A platform is fundamentally very different from a solution or a product since it allows you to appeal to millions of people. That said, being a platform is easier said than done. It’s a huge mindset change to shift your focus from working with 500 customers to working with millions of developers. You also now need to appeal to a broader set of people who have never thought of working with IBM. This is what we are trying to do through the new Digital Business Group.

 

How have you changed your approach to reach out to startups and developers?

Our biggest challenge is working with developers since they have not really heard of IBM in the new avatar. Reaching out to them and having them experience the platform is very important part of our mission. Our goal is to have 200,000-300,000 developers experience the IBM platform this year. Also, developers, startups and clients are intermingled with each other since developers go and influence startups as well as customers. Going ahead, we will also be working with academic institutes. We’ve previously worked with IIM Bangalore, IIM Ahmadabad and IITs and have worked with ICT in Tamil Nadu to offer certifications to colleges. We are now trying to strengthen our partnership in ICT to reach out to more colleges.

How has your engagement with startups changed over the years?

We have made our programs more wholesome. It is not just about giving credits and free access to the platform but also providing mentoring in a holistic way like HR and finance among others. We are also getting better at how we understand and reach out to startups. Another aspect is the way we approach our GTM with our customers. We get startups and customers get together so that they can work together in a more interactive manner.

 

Any specific sectors you are looking in terms of engaging with startups?

We are very focused on deep tech like AI, block chain, using commerce or health technologies because ultimately that will be the differentiator for a startup to succeed over another one. We are not selective from an industry standpoint, but Fintech and retail is big in India, so we obviously focus on those.

 

IBM doesn’t enjoy significant mindshare among startups as of now. How do you plan to change that?

Our biggest challenge is that people don’t know that we are focused on the startup ecosystem in the country. That said we have gone to mentoring 1,000 startups within a reasonable short period of time, compared to others. The key differentiator we are bringing to the table is that the platform is more enterprise oriented due to our legacy.

 

Concluding this, IBM is surely trying hard to focus on the small elements to achieve big in the future.

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Modi and CEO of Paytm listed in Time’s ‘100 Most Influential People’ list

Time magazine rolls out a list of most powerful people every year. This year too it rolled out the ‘100 Most Influential People’. And to our surprise, the list had Prime Minister of India as well as CEO of Paytm as well. The move of demonetization was a common factor between these two. One initiated the move while the other took advantage of it becoming the global leader.

Here is the full list for your reference.

  • Barbara Lynch by Padma Lakshmi
  • Bob Ferguson by George Takei
  • Celina Turchi by Tom Frieden
  • Chance The Rapper by Common
  • Conor McGregor by Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Constance Wu by Lena Dunham
  • Demis Hassabis by Ray Kurzweil
  • Gavin Grimm by Janet Mock
  • Glenda Gray by Alice Park
  • Guus Velders by Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Hamdi Ulukaya by Kenneth Roth
  • Ivanka Trump by Wendi Murdoch
  • Jared Kushner by Henry Kissinger
  • Jordan Peele by Barry Jenkins
  • Kirsten Green by Emily Weiss
  • Natalie Batalha, Guillem Anglada-Escudé and Michaël Gillon by Alan Stern
  • Riz Ahmed by Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Samantha Bee by Jane Curtin
  • Tamika Mallory, Bob Bland, Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour by Kirsten Gillibrand
  • Yuriko Koike by Anne Hidalgo
  • Alessandro Michele by Jared Leto
  • Alicia Keys by Kerry Washington
  • Ava DuVernay by Venus Williams
  • Barry Jenkins by Kathryn Bigelow
  • Ben Platt by Zac Efron
  • Colson Whitehead by Oprah Winfrey
  • Demi Lovato by Arianna Huffington
  • Donald Glover by Tina Fey
  • Ed Sheeran by Taylor Swift
  • Emma Stone by Brie Larson
  • James Corden by Elton John
  • John Legend by Harry Belafonte
  • Kerry James Marshall by Grant Hill
  • Leslie Jones by Russell Crowe
  • Margot Robbie by Martin Scorsese
  • Ryan Reynolds by Helen Mirren
  • Sarah Paulson by Cate Blanchett
  • Bernard J. Tyson by John Lewis
  • Daniel Ek by Ed Sheeran
  • Evan Spiegel by DJ Khaled
  • George Church by Stephen Colbert
  • James Allison by Siobhan O’Connor
  • Janet Yellen by Joseph Stiglitz
  • Jason Blum by Harvey Weinstein
  • Jean Liu by Tim Cook
  • Jeff Bezos by Buzz Aldrin
  • LeBron James by Rita Dove
  • Margrethe Vestager by Helle Thorning-Schmidt
  • Rebekah Mercer by Ted Cruz
  • Tom Brady by Conan O’Brien
  • Vijay Shekhar Sharma by Nandan Nilekani
  • Chuck Schumer by Harry Reid
  • Donald Trump by Paul Ryan
  • Elizabeth Warren by Kamala Harris
  • General James Mattis by Robert Gates
  • James Comey by John McCain
  • Juan Manuel Santos by Ingrid Betancourt
  • Julian Assange by Jack Goldsmith
  • Kim Jong Un by Christopher Hill
  • King Maha Vajiralongkorn by Charlie Campbell
  • Melinda Gates by Sheryl Sandberg
  • Narendra Modi by Pankaj Mishra
  • Pope Francis by Cardinal Blase J. Cupich
  • Major General Qasem Soleimani by Kenneth M. Pollack
  • Recep Tayyip Erdogan by Can Dundar
  • Reince Priebus by Rahm Emanuel
  • Rodrigo Duterte by Cesar Gaviria
  • Sandra Day O’Connor by Sonia Sotomayor
  • Stephen Bannon by Michael Duffy
  • Theo Epstein by John Cusack
  • Theresa May by Bill English
  • Tom Perez by Tim Kaine
  • Vladimir Putin by Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Wang Qishan by Zoher Abdoolcarim
  • Xi Jinping by John Kerry
  • Ashley Graham by Tyra Banks
  • Biram Dah Abeid by Aidan McQuade
  • Cindy Arlette Contreras Bautista by Susanna Schrobsdorff
  • Cindy Sherman by Miranda July
  • Colin Kaepernick by Jim Harbaugh
  • David Adjaye by Thelma Golden
  • Fan Bingbing by Diane von Furstenberg
  • Fatou Bensouda by Aryn Baker
  • Gretchen Carlson by Katie Couric
  • Jeanette Vizguerra by America Ferrera
  • John Lewis by Cory Booker
  • Leila De Lima by Samantha Power
  • Margaret Atwood by Ann Patchett
  • Neymar by David Beckham
  • Raed Saleh by Mustafa Abu Faisal
  • Raf Simons by A$AP Rocky
  • RuPaul by Naomi Campbell
  • Simone Biles by Leslie Jones
  • Thelma Aldana by José Ugaz
  • Viola Davis by Meryl Streep

Well, we are looking forward to seeing more Indian names in the list next year.

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Scorpio Adventure Launched by Mahindra, But Is Limited Edition

The all new Scorpio Adventure (limited edition) model is launched in India today by Mahindra and Mahindra having a price tag of Rs 13.07 lakh, which is also the starting ex-showroom price in Mumbai. On the basis of the top S10 variant from the new-generation Mahindra Scorpio, the new SUV comes packed with numerous new features and style decalcomania matching its dashing adventure theme. However, you need to hurry people, as this new beast will be a limited edition with only 1000 units, as announced by Mahindra.

The new Scorpio Adventure will comprise all the features in its top model, as it is based on the S10 variant (standard). Furthermore, the company also revealed the new features and equipment most of which will be seen for the first time in the Scorpio range. The new features such as ORVMs along with side indicators, Gun Metal alloy wheels, the White dual-tone and Mist Silver exteriors along with graphics of adventure theme, and stylish and distinctive smoked tail lamps will be seen in the new beast. As far as design and proportions are considered, the SUV is pretty much similar to the standard version.

The new Scorpio Adventure’s cabin has also undergone some changes. The new limited edition model encompasses faux leather seats along with blue fabric insert. It further has steering wheel wrapped in faux leather and gear lever & rear view camera as well as an Adventure badge on the dashboard. Remaining features resemble the standard S10 variant. Besides all these new features, this new beast comes in both versions—4-wheel drive and 2-wheel drive options—and will also be offered with a manual transmission only.

The 2.2-litre mHawk powers the new Scorpio Adventure is powered; this means the limited edition won’t be available in Delhi for sale. The engine offers a 120bhp power output and 280Nm peak torque. The transmission options will comprise the 5-speed manual gearbox in both the models—2WD and 4WD.

The all new limited edition Scorpio Adventure is ready to rock the ground with its power-packed performance, all-terrain capability, and iconic design. The Scorpio Beast has always been a symbol for thrill, power, and adventure. Hasn’t it?

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Featured News Phones Technology

All about Google Trip

Google has its stamp in each and every field today. Last year, the company launched its travel app named as Google Trip. For those who are not aware of this app, here are some of its noteworthy features.

Create your first trip

Before you do any blunder, the main thing that you start with is to sync the app with you Gmail account. Once this is done, you can select the destination and mark it as your first trip. The app also allows you to add more than one spots if you have multiple destinations in your trip. The app makes it easy for the users by providing complete guide for more than 200 cities.

Reservation

The app, when synced with your Gmail account, lets you know about the details of reservation. This reservation can fall into any category including car, plane, hotels, and many others.

Things to do

The app allows you to keep track of the things that you need to do. In short, it maintains a list of to-do things. The app also adds some of the things in your list depending on your destination. For example, if you are visiting a certain place, the app adds it automatically in your list of the things that you need to visit.

Food and drinks

Food and water is the basic need of every man and they are important while you are on trip. The app gives you detailed information of the best food and drinks that are available on the destination you are paying a visit.

Day Plan

When visiting to a certain destination, we make many plans. Sometimes we miss a couple of things to do. Hence, the Day Plan feature comes handy in this situation.

So friends, if you are planning a trip, do use this app as it may ease your things up.

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Featured Technology

5 Necessary apps for women

Android apps have made the life of each and every one simple as compared to our old days. In today’s world, we have at least one app for every purpose. Well, today we are presenting you with those apps that can be useful, especially for women.

Evernote

Evernote is a popular and well known app used for organizing the works. The app allows keeping voice, text, and photo notes that can be accessed from any mobile device or desktop. The app helps to keep things organized on smartphone. You also have the option to create a personal checklist so that you can remember things that you have to do and check them off once they are done.

MyFitnessPal

 

The app, as the name suggest is used for fitness and is a calories counter as well as diet tracker. The app keeps the track of what are you consuming and how much calories intake did you make while eating that food item.

Family and Friend locator

Well, this app is used for safety purpose and acts like a GPS tracker. This app helps you to be in touch with your friend and family and also gives them your location on a single click when your safety is compromised.

Level Money

The app does that one thing for which it is developed for. The app successfully keeps track of your money by keeping a systematic log of your spending and saving. This helps you to calculate the monthly expenses and also assists in saving a lot of money.

Cookpad

This app allows you to rediscover the cooking skills. It contains all the homemade recipes that are demonstrated with ease and can be made easily.

So friends, these were the apps that can make the life of a woman as easy as possible. So, spread the word.

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Honor V9 launched with Android Nougat

Honor, who has been launching smartphones in partnership with Huawei, has now launched its own flagship smartphone. The company launched its Honor V9 smartphone today in China. Let us have a look at the specs.

 

The new Honor V9 sports a 5.7-inch QHD LTPS LCD touchscreen display and a pixel ratio of 1440 x 2560. The phone runs on Android 7.0 Nougat. Speaking of the processor, the phone is powered by an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor along with 4 GB/6 GB of RAM and 64 GB/128 Gb internal memory. This memory can be further expanded to 128 GB via MicroSD card.

Moving towards the connectivity part, the new Honor V9 features 4G, 3G, VoLTE, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and FM as well. The phone has a price tag of CNY 2,599. The phone is available in three different versions—gold, silver, and rose gold.

Speaking of the imaging duties, the new Honor V9 has 12 MP + 12 MP of dual rear cameras along with f/2.2 aperture with dual LED flash, and phase detection autofocus. The front camera is of 8 MP along with f/2.0 aperture and is enough for good selfies. The phone comes with a 3,900mAh battery as well.

Well, launched in China, the phone will soon hit the Indian market. It is estimated that the phone will cost around Rs 25,280 in the Indian market. Well, the dual camera setup will be the key factor to boost the sale of the handset but the price factor may hamper the sale.

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Featured Phones Technology

Headphones that can charge your iPhone while listening music

Yes you heard it right!!! You can now charge your iPhone while listening to music. This situation is specifically applied to the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Well, for those who used to have a problem from their iPhone regarding not able to charge it while listening to music using headphones, Pioneer has solved the problem for you. Let us explain.

To give you some details, let us start from the beginning. The new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus do not have a 3.5mm audio jack. This was done in order to improve the design and make the iPhone more water resistance. With respect to this situation, Apple made some modification to its headphones. It gave a lightning end to its headphones that were able to connect to that spot of the phone to which the charging cable was connected. But this resulted in the users to decide from either of the situations. Users were either forced to charge the iPhone or to listen to the music.

But now, Pioneer has introduced a set of wired headphones, Rayz in-ear headphones, which will allow your iPhone to charge while listening to music. Now this is an absolutely good news for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users. The headphones come in two variants—Rayz and Rayz Plus. The Rayz headphones are priced for $99.95 while the Rayz Plus has a price tag of $149.95.

But the price factor of the headphones is worth worrying. Instead, users will prefer to buy the AirPods launched by Apple to support iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

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Features that are expected for Pixel 2

The launch of the Google Pixel was a turning point for the company. The phone was the first of its kind as the company made the primary attempt to launch its home product. The phone featured excellent camera and design that may give a tough competition to the Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7.

But there are some features that were missing or disappointing in the smartphone. But in the next round of production we will like to see those features. Here are some features that are expected by the users in the next Google Pixel 2.

It should be waterproof

This is the most obvious feature that the users need. Spending such a hefty price on the smartphone and missing the water resistant feature is pissing of the users. The latest as well as old generation iPhones too have this feature. Not only this, the Galaxy S7 sports a water resistant feature as well.

The camera may improve

Even though the Google Pixel has the best camera the company can offer, it failed in comparison to its rivals. The camera was good but could not beat the Samsung S7 and iPhone 7. The pics taken in the low light were very poor as compared to that with the iPhone 7. Hence, the improvement in the camera is a must for the next generation Pixel.

Money factor

With these features integrated, let us give all the Google Pixel fans a warning that this may cost you a fortune. Of course this was expected, integration of such features in the next generation Pixel 2 will increase its price drastically.

Hope that you are as excited as we are for the Pixel 2.

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Time to party on Valentine’s

On behalf of Valentine’s Day, the online food delivery platforms are offering tons of discounts and offers. These platforms include Foodpanda, Zomato, Swiggy, Faasos, and many more. Let us have a look at these offers.

  • Zomato Exclusive Coupon: Get Flat 20% OFF on First Food Order
  • GrabOn-Swiggy Exclusive Coupon: Avail Flat Rs 75 OFF On First Order
  • Foodpanda: Get Rs 50 OFF on Food Orders – New Users
  • Faasos: Flat 50% + Extra 30% MobiKwik Cash back On Food Orders
  • Swiggy Offers Flat Rs 100 OFF On First Order
  • GrabOn Exclusive Sale: Buy 1 Get 1 FREE On Faasos Orders
  • Foodpanda: Khao Pio Jio – Get Rs 50 Off On Rs 200 – New Users + Extra 20% Cash back (All Users)
  • Faasos: Buy 1 Get 1 FREE On All Food Varieties
  • Exclusive Freshmenu Offer: Flat Rs 100 OFF On Food Orders (All Users – Sitewide)
  • Foodpanda Snacks Offer – Get Flat 20% Off On Food Orders (3 PM – 6 PM) – ALL USERS
  • Get Rs 75 Swiggy Promo Code On Min. Rs 299 Food Orders
  • Domino’s: Buy 1 Pizza and Get 50% OFF on 2nd Pizza
  • Foodpanda – Get Flat Rs 50 Off On Rs 200
  • Foodpanda Dinner Offer – Get Flat 20% Off On Food Orders
  • Swiggy Freecharge Offer: Grab 20% Cash back + Extra Flat Rs 75 OFF On Food Order
  • Zomato: Grab Up to Rs 100 OFF On First Order
  • Foodpanda: Get Up to 50% OFF on Food Orders + Extra 20% Cash back by Freecharge

So friends, plan for a party and order food from these online food delivery platforms.