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Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Uber introduces new safety features for Riders and Drivers amid COVID-19 crisis

Uber India today announced  at its first virtual press briefing the launch of a range of COVID-19 specific safety features and policies that will change the way you ride the next time you use the app.

 

The announcements include an interactive Go Online Checklist for both riders and drivers, a mandatory mask policy for riders and drivers, pre-trip mask verification selfies for drivers, and updated post-trip feedback mechanism and a cancellation policy. All these new features are aimed at building a new product experience, which will help protect everyone, every time they use Uber.

 

Beginning today, riders and drivers will see a number of new additions in the app, such as:

 

  • Go Online ChecklistsBefore a driver can go online, they will be asked to confirm, via a new Go Online Checklist, that they’ve taken certain safety measures and are wearing a face mask. A similar checklist has been built for riders. Before every trip, they must confirm that they’ve taken precautions such as wearing a face mask and washing or sanitizing their hands. 
  • Mask Verification: Before drivers are able to start accepting trips, they will be asked to take a selfie with a mask on. Uber’s new technology will verify the driver is wearing a mask.
  • Accountability for all: We are adding new options for feedback including if a rider or driver is not wearing a mask or face cover.
  • Updated cancellation policy: Drivers and riders can cancel trips if they don’t feel safe, including if a user is not wearing a mask or face cover. 
  • New seat limits: To allow for space between the driver and rider during an Uber ride, we’re advising riders not to sit in the front seat. Only two riders will be allowed in a car and they’ll have to sit in the rear seat. 
  • Rideshare Health Safety Education: Working with global and local public health authorities, we have compiled safety tips and recommendations that will be sent to all riders and drivers. 

 

Announcing the new features, Sachin Kansal, Global Senior Director of Product Management at Uber, said, “Over the last two months, our global tech and safety product teams have been hard at work building a new, product experience for riders and drivers. Today, as India eases its lockdown, it’s important we take all necessary precautions to help keep ourselves safe and to make the next trip safer for all. These new features and policies have been rolled out globally, and we will keep enhancing and revising them as needed to ensure a safer product experience for all.”

Below is the list of cities where Uber services are available as of 19th May, 2020 during Lockdown 4.0

  1. Amritsar
  2. Asansol
  3. Bengaluru
  4. Chandigarh
  5. Coimbatore
  6. Cuttack
  7. Daman
  8. Delhi
  9. Durgapur
  10. Faridabad
  11. Ghaziabad
  12. Gurgaon
  13. Guwahati
  14. Hubli
  15. Jalandhar
  16. Kochi
  17. Kozhikode
  18. Ludhiana
  19. Mangalore
  20. Mehsana
  21. Mohali
  22. Mysore
  23. Panchkula
  24. Patiala
  25. Prayagraj
  26. Rohtak
  27. Silvassa
  28. Sonipat
  29. Thiruvananthapuram
  30. Thrissur
  31. Tiruchirapalli
  32. Udaipur
  33. Vapi
  34. Visakhapatnam

Uber Essential is available to riders in Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Hyderabad, Indore, Mumbai, and Nashik.  

Thursday, 14 May 2020

HUAWEI WATCH GT 2e for Rs. 11,990 in India, customers to get free AM61 Bluetooth Earphones worth Rs. 3,990

Huawei Consumer Business Group India has announced pre-orders for HUAWEI WATCH GT 2e, its latest offering in the wearable segment in India. Buyers can pre-order the watch both on Amazon and Flipkart and avail exciting offers.

Starting from 15th May to 28th May, buyers will get 6 months no cost EMI on Amazon and Flipkart. Additionally, on purchase of the HUAWEI WATCH GT 2e from 15th May to 21st May, customers will get free AM61 Bluetooth Earphones worth Rs. 3,990 on Amazon and Flipkart.


 
 





Boasting of a superlative built and design, the HUAWEI WATCH GT 2e features a premium look emerging from a fantastic AMOLED colorful display blending into the body of the dial which makes it a priceless acquisition for the youth and millennials who are joining the professional world.


A revolutionary product in the wearable segment, the watch comes with 100 workout modes including dedicated 15 professional workout modes which includes 8 outdoor activities and 7 indoor activities. It is equipped with a massive battery life of two weeks.  It is the ideal smartwatch for the new and on-the-go trendsetting generation.

The HUAWEI WATCH GT 2e comes with a spectacular design, inspiring an active lifestyle. It brings several improvements in design over the previous generation, including a concealed crown that goes with the watch body to add an extra flourish. HUAWEI WATCH GT 2e is powered with a massive battery life of two weeks.


The Huawei Watch GT series now has an important health parameter measuring application - the SpO2 feature. With the feature, users can monitor the oxygen levels in blood easily. HUAWEI WATCH GT 2e boasts of a 1.39-inch AMOLED high precision touch display supporting a Retina-grade resolution. The vibrant display assists clear viewing even in strong sunlight during summers.


Leading sports experience with 100 workout modes

Whether the users are into mainstream sports or something a little more experimental, they can enjoy the unique perks offered through various tracking modes on the HUAWEI WATCH GT 2e. The HUAWEI WATCH GT 2e supports 15 professional workout modes including eight outdoor activities (running, walking, mountain climbing, hiking, trail running, cycling, open water swimming, triathlon) and seven indoor activities (walking, running, cycling, pool swimming, free training, elliptical machine, rower). In professional workout modes, the HUAWEI WATCH GT 2e provides comprehensive monitoring that can track 190 types of data – all to help the users to get the most out of their workout. The HUAWEI WATCH GT 2e can also automatically detect 6 professional workout modes, offering a smarter sporting experience.

 

First global launch of blood oxygen saturation levels (SpO2) monitoring, providing a comprehensive health experience

 

Based on a high-performance heart rate sensor, Huawei's self-developed Truseen™ 3.5 heart rate monitoring technology, TruRelex™ stress management technology, and Trusleep™ 2.0 technology, HUAWEI WATCH GT 2e allows users to monitor heart rate, stress level and sleep quality in real time, so they can have a full understanding of their health status. When a user's heart rate is too high or too low, the watch will send a prompt reminder. The HUAWEI WATCH GT 2e is equipped with Huawei's proprietary Kirin A1 chip to provide a two-week battery life, assisting users to perform fitness and health management actively and comprehensively.

Huawei Freebuds 3 with Active Noise Cancellation Earbuds launched in India for Rs 12990

Huawei Consumer Business Group has announced the launch of Huawei Freebuds 3 True Wireless Stereo Earbuds. The world’s only open fit active noise cancellation Earbuds Huawei Freebuds 3 is priced at INR 12,990 only. The earbuds will be available exclusively on Amazon. Interested customers can register themselves on ‘Notify Me’ at Amazon.



Customers will get HUAWEI CP61 Wireless Charger with the earbuds and can avail no cost EMI starting from Rs.18/day. Huawei Freebuds 3 will be exclusively available on Amazon.  


"Huawei has always been at the forefront of technology innovation and customer delight is our utmost priority. With that said, we are glad to bring to India the world’s only open fit active noise cancellation earbuds. The idea is to make noise cancellation devices more portable. According to a report by Counterpoint Research, the Indian TWS market has posted a massive 700% growth in 2019, becoming the fastest growing market in wearables. Huawei brings a unique offering in this segment with the launch of HUAWEI FreeBuds 3, which is the first Open-fit TWS earbuds to support call noise reduction and accurate real-time active noise cancellation. We have ensured that users get an enriched and enhanced listening experience with the TWS technology.  We are certain that this device will be a game-changer in the audio device industry in India.” said Spokesperson, Huawei Consumer Business Group, Huawei India.

The audio device boasts of a plethora of class leading features including simple and stable connectivity, ultra-low latency, and an impressive approach to noise control. The chip provides superior sonics to the device, with outstanding digital sound processing techniques, and a fine-tuned high sensitivity driver to deliver spectacular music and voice reproduction. Huawei Freebuds 3 will offer users smooth and seamless listening experience, ushering in Huawei’s new intelligent sound. With a complex bass tube cleverly tucked in each earpiece powers, users can have a studio-level music experience on the go. 


Backed by a 20-hour battery life/4.5-hour ANC usage with one charge, and packed with a powerful bass having a balanced sound (14.2 mm dynamic),  Huawei Freebuds 3 has the world’s first dedicated wearable chipset with up to 150 meter connectivity & BT/BLE 5.1 which will deliver a robust sound quality experience.

Huawei Freebuds 3 possess one of the world’s lowest audio delays (5ms processing latency), with 94% Wind Noise Elimination (Aerodynamic duct design). The earbuds comprise of easy-to -use and intelligent tap based controls. The left earbud can be used to turn on / off ANC; and the right earbud to play next song. Either of the earbuds can be used to answer / end phone calls. The offering will be infusing much excitement in the audio accessory segment, which has grown at robust double digit growth rate until recently, especially in the consumer audio accessories segment.

 

Engineering a new intelligent sound: the HUAWEI Kirin A1 chip

The Kirin A1 chip is the first chip we developed that has been specifically engineered for the hearable and wearable market. Kirin A1 can process complex tasks efficiently and powerfully, all from its diminutive footprint of 4.3 mm x 4.4 mm.

As the world’s first BT 5.1 & BLE 5.1 wearable chip, Kirin A1 ensures that FreeBuds 3 is unmatched for stability and ease of connectivity. Coupled with our new generation of Bluetooth signal selection algorithm brought about by intelligent adaptive frequency-hopping technology in the communication field, the chip can dynamically identify frequency bands affected by 2.4 GHz signal such as Wi-Fi and hop to a free channel. This allows it to quickly adapt to environmental changes and achieve higher anti-interference capabilities.

Huawei’s own isochronous dual channel Bluetooth1, allows us to bring true stereo sound to wireless earbuds, connecting to both buds simultaneously, yet independently. Huawei’s self-developed dual channel synchronized technology allows two headsets to receive the left and right audio channels directly from a smart device, while facilitating direct communication between the device and the two headsets without interference. The self-developed dual-channel synchronous transmission mode uses leads to latency remains ultra-low down to 190 ms2, making FreeBuds 3 the perfect wireless earbud for gamers who want instant acoustic feedback for an immersive gaming experience.

 

All new aesthetic design, inspired by nature

The HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 are housed in a rounded charging case, which is designed to comfortably fit in your pocket and rest easily in the palm of your hand.

With their ergonomic rounded curve and natural open-fit design, HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 earpieces guarantee comfortable and stable wearing, allowing listeners to keep them in the ear for hours at a time. Sleekly styled and beautifully finished, the HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 benefit from a minimal yet modern design, complemented by gloss black and gloss white finishes.

The exploration of new form factors that have aesthetic, ergonomic and acoustic benefit has delivered Dolphin Bionic Design for HUAWEI FreeBuds 3. Inspired by the natural curvature of a dolphin’s vocal cavity, the design focuses and modulates the sound. This, combined with its ability to sit slightly deeper in the ear, provides a discernible improvement in sound quality for the listener.


An intelligent approach to noise cancellation

With the power of the HUAWEI Kirin A1 chip, Huawei is bridging the gap between expert chip engineering and the art of developing a high-quality, signature sound. To balance these two propositions, Huawei developed an advanced Audio Digital Signal Processor for Kirin A1 chip. The chip leads the industry in audio processing frequency at rates of up to 356 MHZ. Its precise and real-time call noise reduction algorithm allows HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 to effectively reduce environmental noise in order allow the other party to hear more clearly and create a high-quality call experience.

HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 are the first Open-fit TWS earbuds that both support call noise reduction and accurate real-time active noise cancellation. Based on the simulation of ear canal, the output frequency and intensity of the noise reduction signal are adjusted for different ear canal shapes, thus achieving excellent active noise reduction effect, with open-fit wearing. By double-tapping the left earbud to turn on / off ANC function, you can still enjoy crystal clear music even in the crowded metro or a noisy restaurant.


Studio-Quality SoundBooming Bass

The high-precision, high-sensitivity 14 mm dynamic driver in HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 has been carefully tuned to allow every note to be restored to its original brilliance.

A battery built to last all day

The FreeBuds 3 case is equipped with wireless charging capabilities and can be charged by both wireless chargers and reverse wireless charged by smartphones that support reverse wireless charging. Utilizing the highly efficient power consumption of the Kirin A1 chip, HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 are able to provide four hours of playback from a single charge, and a total of 20 hours when used alongside the charging case.

LinkedIn brings virtual events to connect communities online, Integration between Events, Pages, and Live helps organisations stay connected

Microsoft and Pegasystems are strong examples of companies holding virtual events to take their in-person engagements online. Both organizations live-streamed the keynotes of their respective CEOs to reach a broad base of customers, followers and prospects. 

 

LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, today announced the global launch of a virtual events solution, a tighter integration between LinkedIn Live and LinkedIn Events, to enable companies to stay connected and strengthen relationships with their online communities in real time. 


Using LinkedIn Live, companies can now host virtual events by streaming live to event attendees. This integration between LinkedIn Live and LinkedIn Events helps companies to host live, real-time events in a trusted environment, attract the right professional audiences, drive strong reach and engagement, and get more mileage for their events with a dedicated hub for videos of the event on their Pages.

 

In October 2019, LinkedIn launched LinkedIn Events globally and in March 2020, the platform enabled companies to create an event via their LinkedIn Pages. Today, LinkedIn launches an integrated virtual events solution with Events, Pages, and Live that allows companies to build a more personalised online event experience for their audiences.

 

Announcing the launch, Ajay Datta, Head of Product, India at LinkedIn said“As the business world moves from in-person conferences to virtual events, we recognise how important it is to equip our customers with tools to bring the professional community together - online, in real time, and at scale, in the safest way possible. Real-time interactions are at the heart of building relationships, and now more than ever before, these real-time interactions are critical to our customers. So we decided to accelerate our product roadmap to launch an integrated solution that helps bring the professional community together virtually, and strengthens relationships with targeted audiences.” 

 

Companies can now drive better reach with targeted audiences by sharing the event with their Page followers and by sharing direct invitations of the event with their first-degree networks. Further, organizers can drive strong engagement, both, before and after the event by posting and ‘recommending’ updates to them. Once the virtual event is over, organisers can keep the conversation going with the Video tab -- a dedicated hub for a Page’s organic video content. The Video tab will help companies extend the shelf-life of their live video content.





LinkedIn Live has already seen great traction with 23X more comments per post and 6X reactions per post than native video, helping companies foster real-time engagement with their networks. Additionally, LinkedIn data shows that 82% of audiences prefer seeing live-streams from brands than regular social posts, and 45% of senior leaders are considering a more permanent shift to virtual events and conferences. By combining Events and Live, LinkedIn hopes to equip brands with a powerful product suite to host virtual events

 

Microsoft and Pegasystems are strong examples of companies holding virtual events to take their in-person engagements online. Both organizations live-streamed the keynotes of their respective CEOs to reach a broad base of customers, followers and prospects. 

Conduent Unveils Innovative Solution to Transform Legal Invoice Review and Validation

Conduent Incorporated (Nasdaq: CNDT) today announced the latest addition to its Legal and Compliance solutions technology suite. Legal Invoice Analytics is a new, cloud-based invoice review and validation platform to help in-house legal teams gain insight into, and control over, legal spend with outside counsel.


Legal Invoice Analytics delivers innovative features to drive a more efficient and accurate invoice reconciliation process. Leading law departments can reduce spend by up to ten percent of expenditure on engagements with external firms and reduce staff overhead in review time by up to 80 percent. This is increasingly important as companies consider cost-saving initiatives to help them achieve financial resilience during this public health crisis.


“When an outsized portion of a legal department’s budget is expended on outside counsel, senior leaders are often compelled to use expense control as a proxy for the value that is delivered. They devote far too many hours on invoicing activities when the time is better spent driving legal strategies for the enterprise,” said Beth Fritts, General Manager, Legal, Compliance and Analytics Solutions, Conduent.

“Legal Invoice Analytics is a highly-automated technology tool to help corporate legal departments actively manage external firms’ budget and consistently enforce billing guidelines. By optimizing an intensive invoice review and reconciliation process, leaders can now emphasize desired outcomes and results—instead of cost containment—as a measure of the value of outside counsel.”

Review of external counsel’s invoices from even a simple single matter can take an average of five hours or more per month. With hundreds of invoices and thousands of line items every month, accurately managing overspend is an extremely costly and sometimes near impossible task. Conduent’s Legal Invoice Analytics technology uses analytics and automation to transform legal invoice review into an intelligent, accurate and streamlined process. In addition to reducing errors and the time that law departments spend reviewing complex invoices, Legal Invoice Analytics also delivers performance benchmarking, advanced analytics and strategic business intelligence to inform legal spend decisions.


Legal Invoice Analytics is the latest in a series of Conduent advancements that help law firms and corporate legal departments power sustainable and efficient operations and keep pace with rapidly increasing demands to achieve measurable business results. Learn more about Conduent’s newly launched Legal Invoice Analytics tool at https://www.conduent.com/solution/legal-business-solutions/#legal-spend.