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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Honor 6X with Dual Camera Setup Launched for starting price of Rs 12,999/- in India, will be Amazon Exclusive

Honor 6X is trending in Tech circles in India for around a month now, if you follow tech bloggers in country on their social profiles, you must be aware of the #SwagPhoneHonor6X posts mostly displaying the camera prowess of the phone. The Honor 6X comes with a dual camera setup and gives DSLR like bookeh effect as the 2MP additional camera works for calculating the depth of field in a frame.

Honor 6X officially launched in India
The phone comes in two variants 3GB RAM/32GB storage which is priced at Rs 12,999/- and 4 GB RAM/64 GB storage variant is priced at Rs 15999/-. The registration for the first Flash sales starts from Today at 2 PM. The sale starts from 2 Feb 2017. The Honor6X will be exclusively available on Amazon.

“The Honor X series is most celebrated series from the Honor” –Senior Product Manager, Huawei India

“The Honor X series is most celebrated series from the Honor” –Senior Product Manager, Huawei India. Dual camera is a perfect blend of Hardware and Software unlike how it is commonly perceived as just 1 plus 1 camera setup, he added.

Honor 6X is an affordable device with dual camera setup with 6p lens and PDAF technology, it gives you control set focal length before or after taking the photo. Apart from the most talked about wide aperture mode, the low light and night shot are also talking point of the phone. The camera also comes with a Pro mode (manual mode) and light painting mode as well with other common options. Some more fun modes are Light Graffiti or light painting mode.

Honor 6X wide Aperture mode in action
The device comes with a Full HD display with Content adaptive screen. The Fingerprint sensor is one of the fasters we have ever seen and Honor claims to get the device unlocked on 0.3 seconds. The Finger print sensor can also be used to see Notifications, clear it, and take pictures on a tap and more such customizable options.

(See Unboxing and Hands On Experience)

Honor 6X comes with three color options Gold, Silver and Gray. 3340 mAh battery with 16NM Chipset and power saving technology, Low voltage LCD display. Honor claims 30% better battery backup than the competition.

The Kirin 655 16NM Octa Core chipset, gives 65% better performance, 100% better GPU performance as compared to its predecessor. Dual SIM VoLTE on connectivity front, OTG support. An interesting unique feature which comes with this phone is Wi-Fi Bridge where in you can share your wi-fi to other 4 more devices. The Honor 6X comes with Smart file system and Machine learning algorithms which gives you more operation smoothness and response from the phone. On Software front the device comes EMUI 5.0. The phone allows you to use dual Whatsapp and Facebook Account. The beta version of EMUI 5.0 with Android Nougat is Honor 6X ready and it will be rollout somewhere in Q2. 

Saturday, 21 January 2017

UniPixel Enters into Memorandum of Understanding with GIS

UniPixel, Inc. (NASDAQ: UNXL), a provider of Performance Engineered Films™ to the touchscreen and flexible electronics markets, today announced a Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") to enter into a strategic partnership with General Interface Solution, Limited ("GIS"), a Taiwan-based, subsidiary of Foxconn, and a billion-dollar provider of integrated touch display solutions in the mobile phone, Notebook PC, 2-in-1 laptop and tablet markets to global customers including major PC and smart phone brands.

Under the memorandum the parties will form a strategic manufacturing project that will initially extend over three years and which may be renewed by mutual agreement. A definitive agreement is expected to be executed in the coming weeks. The parties also contemplate entering into a separate development project for foldable/flexible displays.

Jeff Hawthorne, president and chief executive officer of UniPixel, commented, "We are very pleased to enter into this MOU with GIS. They are a highly respected, leading-edge provider of integrated touch display solutions. UniPixel will benefit from the manufacturing expertise and scale of GIS to address the volume production requirements of our multiple design wins. An additional benefit is a potential path to Asia-based manufacturing in parallel with our Colorado Springs production.  Both companies will also explore advanced development opportunities to utilize UniPixel's unique metal mesh technology to co-develop integrated touch displays for bendable and foldable applications in the coming years."

UniPixel today filed Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding this Memorandum of Understanding. 

UniPixel, Inc.  develops and markets Performance Engineered Films for the touchscreen and flexible electronics markets. The Company's roll-to-roll electronics manufacturing process patterns fine line conductive elements on thin films. The company markets its technologies for touch panel sensor, cover glass replacement, and protective cover film applications under the XTouch and Diamond Guard brands

Retail POS Terminals Market to Hit $45bn by 2024: Global Market Insights Inc.

The report "Retail POS Terminals Market Size By Product (Mobile, Fixed), By Services (Professional services, Support & Maintenance, Training), By Component (Software, Hardware), By Application (Department Store, Supermarket/Hypermarket, Warehouse, Convenience, Discount Store, Specialty Store, Drugstore, Category Store), Industry Analysis Report, Regional Outlook (U.S., Canada, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico), Application Potential, Price Trends, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2016 - 2024", by Global Market Insights, Inc. says Retail POS Terminals Market size is set to surpass USD 45 billion by 2024

Rising popularity of non-cash transactions due to the digitization of payments, technological innovation, and proliferation of immediate payments will fuel global retail POS terminals market growth. Cash handling and cost elimination further contributes towards the global demand. Increasing investment from the technology providers to offer advantages such as digital mishap control, reduced payment processing time, and low fee charges will drive Retail point of sale terminals market size. 

Mobile retail POS terminals market is anticipated to witness substantial growth at over 18% CAGR from 2016 to 2024. Advancements in wireless technology and emergence of mobile wallets are responsible for industry growth forecasts. Moreover, the advantages such as low upfront cost, easy usage, positive return on investment, and portability, have collectively spurred mobile POS terminals market consumption.

Manufacturers in the retail POS terminals market facilitate customized services including offers & loyalty initiatives, coupons (not to be confused with online ones such as Makemytrip coupons), and suggestions, resulting in enhanced customer satisfaction. Emergence of advanced payment technologies such as NFC and Europay, Master Card and Visa (EMV) coupled with the increasing adoption of payment options such as debit and credit cards have played their role in demand development. Technology advancements have improved cost effectiveness and features such as Quick Payment Service (QPS), automated download, and back-lighted keyboards leading to the high adoption rate.

Supermarkets/hypermarkets will witness increase adoption in the coming years owing to the maximum RoI and increasing focus on enhanced customer experience. Ability to reduce manual error and regular inventory track is enhancing the usage resulting in retail POS terminals market growth.  Data security and costly software upgrades are challenges for companies operating in the industry. If we talk about effect on ecommerce market, travel domain is still unaffected with this growth and you various discounts for Goibibo offers and other such portals continue to be main reason for people flocking to book from online portals, seems I deviated from the main issue here so let's get back to the POS adoption.

Support & maintenance services accounted for over 20% of the 2015 retail POS terminals market share, due to the increase in demand for optimization of the IT software and hardware infrastructure of an organization in regions such as North America and Europe. Training services will be driven by the increasing demand across developing countries for proper guidance and familiarity with the technology.

Growing adoption of cloud computing technology and mobile devices will continue strengthening the demand for software. Increasing requirement of data security across the retail industry will further boost the demand for advanced software solutions.

India retail POS terminals market share is expected to witness considerable demand gains due to government efforts and stringent rules & regulations to promote digital payments in the country. In addition, demonetization issues and demand for mobile payments are expected to surge the adoption across the region.

Players operating in the industry include PAX, Ingenico, NEC, VeriFone, Cisco, MICROS, HP, Samsung, and Panasonic. Technological advancements and innovation are the key strategies to maximize share and to compete in the highly competitive retail POS terminals market.

Master of Project Academy Celebrates 50K Users with 50% off Online Certification and Training Courses

Master of Project Academy, provider of flexible online certification courses for the busy IT and business professionals, recently surpassed 50,000 successful sign ups in their wide range of career development courses. In celebration of the work and success of the many professionals who have accelerated their careers through Master of Project Academy courses, the company is offering lifetime and monthly course subscriptions for 50% off by using coupon code 50K50OFF. Affordable certification courses are available worldwide for any professional seeking professional development and career advancement.  
Courses are offered to students and professionals worldwide who seek to expand their knowledge base or need help preparing for a variety of professional certification exams. Courses are self-paced and conducted entirely online, with access to 24 hour support. Designed and led by seasoned industry professionals with a deep well of academic and field knowledge, Master of Project Academy courses guide professionals easily and effectively through certification exams.
"We are the most affordable and ultimate online training platform for the IT and business professionals," said Resit Gulec, Founder and CEO of Master of Project Academy. "Wherever you are in the world, wherever you are in your career, if you have an internet connection, we can prepare you for your professional certification exams."
Professionals from worldwide corporations have enrolled in Master of Project Academy's courses, including but not limited to, Ericsson, Moody's, Volvo, KPMG, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Roche.
Flexible, Affordable, Invaluable
Advanced certifications are often critical for IT and business professionals who want to further their career. According to popular employment site, professionals with certification command income 14% higher than their uncertified counterparts. Many organizations seek to get their existing employees certified in their field as well, yet face daunting training costs.
Master of Project Academy offers the best solution, with flexible online courses at a fraction of the cost of other certification training courses. The online platform offers a variety of courses starting at only $9 per month, allowing busy professionals to learn at their own pace and in the comfort of their own home or office. What's more, Master of Project Academy offers a unique lifetime course package to allow professionals to keep their certificate and their industry knowledge up to date with current technology and practices.
Master of Project Academy offers courses for at least 40% less than its competitors, making continuing education and advanced certification accessible to all professionals. At these rates, companies can support the enrichment and advancement of employees and entire departments without impacting the bottom line. Master of Project Academy's online courses lower the operational cost of training and development and introduce the most flexible road to advanced knowledge and certification.
Courses can be taken from anywhere, anytime, with just an Internet connection. Master of Project Academy allows professionals to advance their training at a schedule that fits their busy life. No set dates, no set number of hours. No need to take time off to accommodate a course schedule in a physical classroom. And with 24 hour assistance, professionals have access to help whenever they need it.
Master of Project Academy also offers a 30-day full refund guarantee, allowing professionals to test the course content and instructor style to ensure maximum satisfaction and compatibility.
Professional Development in IT and Business
Since launching its first online training in 2014, Master of Project Academy has offered over 40 certification courses for IT and business professionals, with new courses published monthly. Courses can be purchased individually as a monthly or lifetime access subscription, with bundled packages available for professionals seeking to take multiple courses within their field.
Current course topics include but not limited to:

Project Management
IT Service Management
Quality Management
PMP – Project Management Professional
CAPM – Certified Associate in Project Management
ITIL Foundation
Microsoft Project
Agile Project Management
Scrum Framework Certification Prep
Cisco Certifications (CCNA)
Cyber Security (Ethical Hacking, CISSP)

If you are still wondering what are these courses all about, then you should think of attending full time courses from well known colleges such as IEC Greater Noida to opt for a full time professional course and then above mentioned courses would add weightage to your resume.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

FreeCharge and Indus OS partners to launch Recharge 2.0 ; a payment solution integrated in OS itself

World's first Regional Operation System Indus OS and India's  leading digital payments platform Freecharge unveiled Recharge 2.0 which is unique in itself as it is a digital payment product integrated within the smartphone dialer interface. Recharge 2.0 on the Indus Dialer will enable users to have a seamless and simplified recharge experience powered through FreeCharge.

Indus OS and Freecharge - Recharge 2.0 launch

The Recharge 2.0 will help prepaid users which makes 95% of the India's mobile subscriber base. A majority of prepaid users also use fixed monthly charge for limited amount of data usage, however mostly they don't have clue how their money is spent. Recharge 2.0 aims to bridge this gap and gives features such as comprehensive analysis of usage pattern alongside real-time updates to offer more control in the hands of users. 

The OS-integrated payment innovation on Indus Dialer is seamless and accessible in the most natural interface, the phone dialer - moveing beyond the app and web interfaces as claimed. The new Indus dialer allows users one-touch access on the phone dialer to recharge through FreeCharge. Recharge 2.0 also allows users to set thresholds for low balance alerts. With detailed insights you can get to know talking to whom you spent most of your balance and on what day you spent most. Users can Recharge in just one touch. 

Responding to a question on Security of user's balance as anyone with access to dialer can misuse already configured Freecharge wallet, Mr Govind Rajan, CEO, Freecharge told that they do have more than 500 anomaly checks on Freecharge side which tracks parameters such as user's location, past transactions, recharge amount etc and reject if the transaction parameters doesn't confirm with these checks. However, on OS side there is no such protection which can be deal breaker for many.

Recharge 2.0 will be exclusively accessible to the existing 6 million plus Indus OS user base and new users of Indus OS powered devices. Indus OS is currently the #2 mobile OS in India, with a 7.6% market share. By catering to Indus OS user base via the OS-integrated brands, FreeCharge expects to scale up its recharging transactions and volumes by nearly 20%. FreeCharge currently sees a major chunk of its transaction coming through the recharge's category.