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Thursday, 8 April 2021

Nokia launches 6 new smartphones across 3 distinct lines, Nokia Lite Earbuds

 HMD Global, the Nokia brand owner today announced its biggest launch to date consisting of six new smartphones viz. Nokia C10, Nokia C20, Nokia G10, Nokia G20, Nokia X10 and Nokia X20 in three different categories.

Nokia's New Range of phones
Nokia's New Range of phones

 X-series: Nokia X20 and Nokia X10 –  Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Signature Nordic design, 3 years of monthly security and software updates guaranteed.

G-series: Nokia G20 and Nokia G10 – innovative features in a reassuringly secure package, supported by longest battery life yet

 C-series: Nokia C10 and Nokia C20 – smartphone essentials you’ll want to keep for many years thanks to their signature durability

C-Series - Nokia C10 and Nokia C20

C-series is aimed at providing affordable access to technology for all, both the devices comes with 6.5" display, Android 11 (Go Edition) said to be giving upto 20% boost to performance, as well as comes with quarterly security updates for two years.
Nokia C20
Nokia C20

The Nokia C20 comes with front and rear LED flash for low light support, will come with 1/16 GB, 2/32 GB options with Sand and Dark Blue colour options. The global average price is around €89 (INR 7910/-)

Nokia C10

The Nokia C10 is the most affordable device of new portfolio, starting at just €75 (INR 6665), it comes with  1/16 GB, 1/32 GB and 2/16 GB options and will be available in Purple and Gray color options.

 G-Series - Nokia G10 and Nokia G20

The Nokia G20 is supported by the signature Android promise available on Nokia smartphones. That’s three years of monthly security updates and two years of OS updates. The first members join the G-series with signature longevity, improved security thanks to face and side fingerprint unlock and an impressive 6.5” teardrop display with a handy brightness boost.

The Nokia G20 comes with a 48MP camera, ample storage and immersive OZO surround audio, you can capture then relive your memorable moments in all their glory. It will be available in select markets globally starting May in Night and Glacier colour options and comes in 4/64GB and 4/128GB configurations.  Global Average RRP €159 (approx. INR 14132)

Nokia G10 has a triple rear camera and advanced imaging with AI-enhanced shooting modes, so your memories are perfectly preserved even from tricky low-light settings. It will be available in select markets globally starting April in Night and Dusk colour options and comes in 3/32GB and 4/64GB.
 X-Series - Nokia X10 and Nokia X20

Nokia X Series smartphones are Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Signature Nordic design, 3 years of monthly security and software updates guaranteed. Android 11 straight out of the box. Renowned ZEISS Optics and innovative AI solutions for imaging. It comes with a wide 6.67” Full HD+ punch-hole display. Nokia X20 and Nokia X10 also come with a 100% compostable case in the sales box – designed to be tough on the ground but soft on the earth, it reduces waste, helping X-series go the distance.
The Nokia X20 comes with a 32MP front camera and 64MP quad camera on the rear. The all-new Dual Sight feature will activate two cameras simultaneously so you can capture multiple sides or multiple angles of the story. Then, enhance it further with a host of watermarking options.    The Nokia X20 will be available in select markets globally starting May in Midnight Sun and Nordic Blue colour options and comes in 6/128GB and 8/128GB configurations with global average price of  €349(approx. INR 31019)

Bringing exceptional value to the range, the Nokia X10 will please those with sub-€300 budgets. The 48MP quad-camera with Cinematic capture, is complemented with a full suite of pro editing tools, so you can personalise, style and share stand-out content that inspires others. It will be available in select markets globally starting June in Forest and Snow colour options and comes in 6/64GB, 6/128 GB and 4/128GB configurations. Global Average €309(approx. INR 27464)

Nokia audio accessories range expanded with Nokia Lite Earbuds
Featuring easy-to-learn touch controls for music, voice assistant and calls, Nokia Lite Earbuds go on sale globally today. Echoing the premium design and impressive battery life on Nokia phones, the pocket-size case will carry around six additional charges to your trusty buds.The equivalent to 36 hours of blissful playback, almost double the industry standard. It will be available in select markets globally starting mid-April in Polar Sea and Charcoal colour options. Check local availability. Global Average €39(approx. INR 3465).

Monday, 15 February 2021

Harman Kardon Celebrates 21 Years of Iconic Speaker Design with SoundSticks 4

Harman Kardon adds to its most iconic speaker series with the SoundSticks 4 in India. The latest design brings harmony into any living space with unparalleled beautiful sound quality and transparent materials. In 2000, when the original SoundSticks was introduced, it quickly became one of the most sought-after desktop sound systems. The stunning design of the speakers has earned a permanent spot at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) over the years and more recently SoundSticks 4 was announced a winner at the prestigious ‘Red Dot Awards’ for product design.

In a continuing effort to make the SoundSticks 4 a timeless and coveted sculptural piece for the home, the new design carries on the signature form factor and materials of the original SoundSticks. Its sleek, transparent dome and silhouette blend in seamlessly with any home décor. The two satellite speakers and powerful subwoofer cover look stunning with an inner rippled surface design, allowing listeners to enjoy consistently rich bass and clear, vibrant sound.

“Harman Kardon SoundSticks hold a special place in the lives of our consumers who have enjoyed their unrivalled beauty and elegance for many years. We are excited to introduce the newest edition of our iconic speakers that offer not just stunning design but an extraordinarily beautiful sound.” said Vikram Kher, Vice-President, Lifestyle Audio, HARMAN India. “Harman Kardon as a brand has set a very high standard of quality in both sound and design for decades, and the new SoundSticks 4 truly embody the transformative beauty of great audio and engineering.”


·         Iconic transparent dome design with two satellite speakers and subwoofer cover with an inner rippled surface design

·         Dome subwoofer for vibrant treble and incredible bass

·         Two satellite speakers each have four drivers for room-filling, clear, vibrant sound

·         100-watt dome subwoofer for vibrant treble and incredible bass

·         Wireless Bluetooth streaming

The Harman Kardon SoundSticks 4 priced at INR 25999, is now available across leading retail stores across India and on 

TCL is set to launch a new line up of AC with UVC sterlization

 Following the successful launch of AI ultra-inverter series air conditioners in the recent past, the global Top-2 TV Corporation TCL is all set to launch a new addition to its AC portfolio. The launch reaffirms the brand’s consistency in manufacturing and delivering high-quality products with innovation at the heart of its operations. 

Sporting a matt finish, the new device features UVC Sterilization for instant elimination of bacteria by damaging their protein and DNA. The machine also offers a filter system for releasing fresh. When combined, all these elements ensure higher safety to users with a bacteria eliminating rate of over  98.66%

According to TCL, the device also ensures robust cooling and heating in high (up to 60 degree Celsius) and low ambient temperatures (below 20 degree Celsius), respectively. On top of that, it also comes with a self-cleaning and sterilization option, which acts as an additional security feature. In terms of design, the machine is very easy to install (with an easily detachable bottom plate), maintain (with quick replacement of PCB and convenient leakage check), and assemble (with an increased assembly efficiency of up to 12.5%).


Commenting on the launch, Vijay Kumar Mikkilineni, AC Business Head,  TCL India said,  “Safety and hygiene are the two most essential factors that consumers will need to prevent themselves from getting sick in the post-pandemic world. It is with this vision, we at TCL saw an urgency to manufacture a product that ensures safety to users, especially in terms of germs and bacteria that invisible to the naked eye, in addition to utmost comfort. We are happy to finally launch a product that meets all these factors while providing an amalgamation of both comfort and safety to our consumers.”

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

Dineout Unveils ‘Dineout Techpreneurs’ Program To Groom Future Business Leaders

India’s largest dining out and restaurant tech platform, Dineout has launched ‘Dineout Techpreneurs’, a unique program designed to train and mentor software engineers who aspire to be future business leaders. As a part of the program, candidates from a software engineering background would get a chance to work in Dineout’s fast-paced environment, get exposure to the business side of the brand’s technology, receive guidance on MBA applications like GMAT/CAT tips, application essay reviews, interview practice, etc and intern in product management roles before they break into a b-school of their choice. 

This program would offer B-school aspirants a chance to ideate and partner with product managers to convert their innovative ideas into actual product features. Also giving them the opportunity to shadow product managers on customer interviews/focus groups, understand customer pain points first hand, and then build solutions to solve these problems. They would also gain exposure to mentorship and recommendations from engineering heads, product leaders, and even the company founders before their MBA. After they secure an MBA admission, they will undergo a 6-8 week pre-MBA Product Management Internship at Dineout before joining  school  an experience that would be an X-factor differentiating them from their peers when they apply for internships or full-time roles post MBA.

Speaking at the launch of the Dineout Techpreneurs program, Amit Bhatnagar, Chief Product officer - Dineout said,

“The idea for the Dineout Techpreneurs program was formed out of our realisation that a large number of our bright young techies aspiring to transition into product management or business roles in tech companies lack the critical edge of building real products that support rapid business growth. We have put together a dynamic mentor panel that would help these sharp young minds grasp the tenets of product management, such as first principles problem-solving, customer-focus, data-driven decisions, and stakeholder management that would be applicable in a wide variety of post-MBA careers, including strategy consulting, entrepreneurship, and sales. We hope these techpreneurs co-build world-class foodtech with us, and take these skills in their stride in order to catalyse their careers as future leaders.”


Interested candidates can apply!:

Missing Office Cafeteria? Technology is here to save the day!

Food is at the heart of the workplace experience. With this generation’s palates becoming increasingly sophisticated and their hyper engagement with technology and social media, the face of food at the workplace is changing. From serving a limited menu to amplifying food choices with curated menu options, the corporate cafeteria has undergone a major transformation.

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Owing to the pandemic, a plethora of initiatives have been put to action in making workplace food safe again. Compass India through their innovation have introduced technology-based interfaces to reassure employee safety and wellness.

Realizing the potential of technology to be at the heart of all transformation and to cater the evolved consumer needs and preference, and aligning towards digital innovations, Compass India has introduced these apps:


•             The FoodBook app has completely changed the landscape of a conventional workplace cafeteria: Through innovative user engagement, using real-time data in social media and beyond, this application helps provide trivia about the food while allowing you to choose your favorite recipe from the Chef’s table. It also enhances employee engagement with photo sharing options and contests in the same cafe. There is cashless payment option for pre-ordering or paying for a meal on the app or the self-ordering kiosk, which has been a very popular feature among young employees. In addition to that, even the Menu is curated according to the taste of the customer, with the help of intelligent algorithms to help display the customer’s favorites based on past orders.


•             Avoid the rush with Café Pass: a mobile based solution that will help decongest the lunch hour rush at the workplace cafeteria that firstly limits how many people can be in a Cafeteria at a time and then allows employees to choose their preferred time to eat, book their café pass and even pre-order their meal. It takes away the hassle of manual scheduling and staggered management of breaks, providing an efficient yet flexible way to manage the employee dining needs.


•             You can put your trust OnSafe:  an app that enables the implementation of social distancing protocols with real-time tracking at the workplace. OnSafe will prevent crowding in the office spaces and allow organisations to redesign spaces in a manner that is safe. While there are apps for contract tracing, OnSafe is designed specifically for the workplace and has features and analytics that are relevant for the workplace.


The resurrection of the workplace café will indeed call for disruptive models of working, innovation around the food offering, embracing digital, contactless ordering, and creative and smart choice of ingredients which help boost immunity and promote wellness.