Mobile App Veuon Connects Job Seekers, Employers Geographically

Mobile app Veuon, which seeks to connect job seekers and employers using GPS location technology, was the centre of attraction at CeBIT India 2015 on Friday.

The app helps a job seeker to look for a specific job matching his qualification and experience in a specific geographic location, like a 10-kilometre radius in a particular city or so on, while an employer can search for talent within a specific region, like posting a job for a marketing executive within a 15 kilometre radius from its office.

“Job seekers and employers can look for each other with ease through the app within a predefined geographic area. This is a unique and highly disruptive technology in the space of human resources,” said startup founder Amarlal G. Nichani.

Developed in Chennai in April, the app works on a revenue model of charging the employer for each job posting with a time limit while it extends the facility for free to job seekers.

“The job providers run their requirement for a cost and the job seekers provide their details free of cost,” said Nichani, adding Veuon’s algorithm matches job seekers and employers on the parameters of skill set, experience, distance and others.

“A solution like Veuon would be very helpful for small companies which cannot ferry their employees over long distances and can easily find talent very near to their office,” he said.

HCL is one of the 13 companies which has sampled Veuon while 900 job seekers are currently listed on the app.

Nichani wants to relocate from Chennai to tech hub Bengaluru to further develop and expand Veuon.

The app has been shortlisted in the top 10 percent global products category of the forthcoming events Surge 2016 and Web Summit 2015.

Nichani envisages to further enhance the app in the near future by adding features like video profiling for job seekers, offering training videos, conducting recruitment tests for companies on mobile phones and others, and plans to meet venture capitalists, incubators, accelerators and other interested parties for development and expansion.

Isro's GSAT-15 to Be Launched on November 10

Isro’s latest communication satellite GSAT-15 is all set to be launched on November 10 from French Guiana on board Ariane 5.

The Indian space agency, as part of augmenting telecommunication services, had earlier launched communication satellites GSAT 14 and GSAT 6, respectively.

GSAT 14 was launched in January 2014 while GSAT 6 on GSLV in August 2015.

“In its 10th mission, scientists at Arianespace recently integrated GSAT-15 satellite with the launcher (Ariane 5)”, Arianespace said in a statement.

Preparations for Arianespace’s sixth heavy-lift mission have advanced into payload integration phase with GSAT-15 satellite making its first contact with the launch vehicle, it said.

GSAT-15, developed by Isro, would provide C- and Ku-band telecommunications and navigation services to India.

It will have a lift off mass of 3,164.5 kg.

“Flight VA227 (Ariane 5) is set for a November 10 lift off. It will mark Arianespace’s 10th launch this year”, it said.

GSAT-15 would be launched along with Arabsat-6B, set up by the Arab League Inter-governmental Organisation. Arabsat will be launched to provide telecommunications and television broadcast services for Middle East and African region.

The mission life of GSAT-15 will be 12 years.

HTC Desire 728G Dual SIM Reportedly Set to Launch in India

HTC, after launching its One E9s Dual SIM smartphone in India earlier this month, is reportedly set to launch a new handset under its Desire lineup – the Desire 728G Dual SIM.

The smartphone is said to come with a price tag of Rs. 17,990 according to an established Mumbai-based smartphone retailer. The post by Mahesh Telecom calls the smartphone the HTC Desire 728 “World Phone” Dual SIM, and points to its GSM-GSM+CDMA support, making it a variant of the HTC Desire 728 Dual SIM that was launched in China last month.

The smartphone is speculated by Fonearena to be the 3G-only Desire 728G Dual SIM launched in Germany recently, which also features GSM-GSM+CDMA options, and matches the specifications of the retailer’s Facebook post. Apart from network support, the biggest difference between the Desire 728 Dual SIM and Desire 728G Dual SIM is the presence of 1.5GB of RAM instead of the 2GB of RAM on the China variant. The China variant also runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, while retailer has listed Android 5.0.2 Lollipop for the variant set to be launched in India.

The HTC Desire 728G Dual SIM runs [Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with HTC Sense and features a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display. It packs a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, and a 5-megapixel secondary front-facing camera as well. Also, the handset is powered by an octa-core SoC (clocked at 1.3GHz).

The 16GB inbuilt storage on the Desire 728G Dual SIM is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB). The Desire 728G Dual SIM features 3G, Wi-Fi, FM radio, Bluetooth, GPRS/ EDGE, GPS/ A-GPS, and Micro-USB connectivity. It is backed by a 2800mAh battery that can offer up to 21 hours of talk time and up to 485 hours of standby time in 3G. It measures 157.9×77.84×7.87mm and weighs around 153 grams.

Much like other recently launched HTC smartphones, the Desire 728G Dual SIM features HTC BoomSound technology, which is complemented by Dolby Audio as well.

HTC earlier this month launched its One E9s Dual SIM smartphone in India at an MRP of Rs. 23,500. It shares almost the same specifications as the upcoming Desire 728 Dual SIM except for a 4-megapixel UltraPixel front-facing camera and a smaller 2600mAh battery.

Flipkart Opens Its Largest Warehouse in Hyderabad

India’s biggest e-commerce company Flipkart plans to invest $2 billion (roughly Rs. 13,067 crores) in logistics and another $500 million (roughly Rs. 3,266 crores) in a nationwide warehouse network over the next four to five years, co-founder and COO Binny Bansal said on Friday.

The company, which opened its largest fulfilment centre here, is looking at opening 80 to 100 warehouses across the country.

Bansal told reporters that they will explore raising funds through IPO and private investors in addition from their own accruals.

Telangana Finance Minister E. Rajender inaugurated Flipkart’s largest fulfilment centre in the country at Gundla Pochampally on the city outskirts in the presence of Bansal.

Spread over 220,000 square feet and with a storage capacity of 589,000 cubic feet, this is Flipkart’s 17th warehouse in the country.

The automated state-of-the-art fulfilment centre is expected to ship out 120,000 items every day.

Bansal said the warehouse was designed to provide easy access to e-commerce services for sellers, while providing faster and seamless services to customers.

Bansal said the warehouse was designed to provide easy access to e-commerce services for sellers, while providing faster and seamless services to customers.

Equipped with a 1-km-long conveyer belt, which is expected to reduce motion wastage by 75 percent, the centre has automated sorters to separate shipments based on pin codes.

Offering 50 million products on its platform, Flipkart has 45 million registered users clocking over 10 million daily visits rpt visits. The company, which has 33,000 employees, delivers 10 million shipments every month.

Flipkart earlier this week announced extension of its customer-centric campaign ‘FlipkartConnect’ in Uttar Pradesh to educate and enable consumers to understand benefits of online shopping.

Internet Freedom Has Improved in India

Internet freedom has “improved” in India in the last one year due to the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on the IT Act, a US-based independent watchdog has said, placing the world’s largest democratic country under “partly free” category.

“Internet freedom improved in India for the second consecutive year in 2015, even as more governments worldwide censored information of public interest and expanded surveillance,” said the ‘Freedom on the Net 2015′ released by Freedom House in a statement on Wednesday.

In the 2014 report, India scored 42 points which came down to 40 points in 2015. More points means more restrictions on Internet freedom. For instance, China with 88 points was the world’s worst abuser of Internet freedom followed by Syria (87) and Iran (87).

Since June 2014, 32 of the 65 countries assessed in Freedom on the Net saw Internet freedom deteriorating. Notable declines were documented in Libya, France and-for the second year running Ukraine, amid its territorial conflict and propaganda war with Russia.

Iceland is the most Internet free country with six points. Freedom House attributed India’s improvement in Internet freedom to the Supreme Court’s March 2015 ruling on the IT Act, which it said provided critical improvements to the legal framework protecting Internet freedom.

“The Supreme Court’s ruling on the IT Act was a long awaited victory for free speech activists in India,” said Sanja Kelly, project director for Freedom on the Net.

In 2014, Internet penetration in India was 18 percent of the population. At the same time, network shutdowns in the name of security and a lack of transparency about blocking and surveillance are limits on Internet freedom that kept the country’s rating “partly free”, the report said.

“In 2015, India’s Internet users spoke out to defend net neutrality in record numbers, demonstrating a real commitment to equal, open access to online content,” said Madeline Earp, Freedom on the Net’s Asia research analyst.

“Shutdowns and murky information about authorities’ blocking and surveillance practices violate the same fundamental Internet freedom principles,” Earp said.

“The Supreme Court judgment in the Shreya Singhal case was a big step for Internet freedom in India but it came from the judiciary,” said Chinmayi Arun, research director of the Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University Delhi, which authored the India portion of the report.

In its report, Freedom Now said India maintained its position as the third largest Internet consumer base after the US and China, and saw positive developments in terms of the regulatory framework, declining detentions for online speech, and burgeoning digital access.

“However, increased website blocking and intimidation of Internet users threatened to hamper India’s steadily improving Internet freedom,” the report said.

Freedom Now, however rued, that Indian law remains inadequate for the effective protection of privacy. Although a privacy bill is being drafted, reports indicate the law enforcement agencies are seeking to be exempted from the law, leaving its scope and effectiveness under question.

“There were no reported instances of unlawful surveillance in the present reporting period, although this may be due to the extreme opacity of the regulatory framework governing surveillance,” it said.

News reports indicate the government is continuing to develop the Central Monitoring System, its ambitious nationwide mass surveillance program directed at monitoring individuals’ digital communications, it added.

Second Teen Arrested Over Cyber-Attack on UK's TalkTalk

A second teenager has been arrested in connection with a cyber-attack on British Internet and telephone provider TalkTalk that put millions of customers’ data at risk, police said Friday.

The 16-year-old boy from Feltham in west London was held on suspicion of computer misuse after a search of his home on Thursday.

Earlier this week, a 15-year-old boy was arrested in a raid in Northern Ireland and released on bail.

The personal data of some four million TalkTalk customers are feared to have been compromised in the third cyber-attack on the firm in eight months in which customers’ data have been stolen.

The company has said it is unsure how many people were affected, but said that information including customer names, addresses and bank details could be at risk.

It described the attack as “significant and sustained” and said that not all customers’ data were encrypted.

Police are investigating a ransom demand that was sent to TalkTalk purporting to be from the hacker, though the firm is unsure if the demand for money was genuine.

Supreme Court to Hear Plea to Ban Websites With Sikh Jokes

The Supreme Court will look into a plea for a ban on websites carrying jokes on Sikhs, as a lawyer-petitioner told the apex court on Friday the community was projected as people of low intellect, stupid and foolish with such jokes.

As petitioner Harvinder Chowdhary urged for directions to ban websites spreading jokes on Sikhs, an apex court bench of Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice V. Gopala Gowda asked her why she wanted such a ban as “this (Sikh) community is known for a great sense of humour and they also enjoy such jokes”.

“This is only an amusement. Why you want it to be stopped,” Justice Thakur said while seeking to understand the rationale behind the ban plea.

“All jokes relating to the Sikh community should be stopped. My children are humiliated and feel embarrassed and they don’t want to suffix Singh with their name,” she argued.

Chowdhary said whenever she travelled in public transport, including Delhi metro, she came across instances where even on trivial issues people were ridiculed while citing jokes relating of the Sikh community.

Referring to a recent comment by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during electioneering in Bihar that Bihar residents were the most intelligent people, the petitioner said it reflected as if other communities were not intelligent.

As Justice Thakur responded that the prime minister would say the same thing about Sikhs if he went to Chandigarh, Chowdhary said the prime minister would not say so because the BJP was in rift with its ally, Shiromani Akali Dal.

Urging the court to direct the government to clamp down on the more than 5,000 websites like www.jokes, the petitioner said, “They are criticising one community and it should stop.”

Naming a number of websites carrying Sikh-centric jokes, Chowdhary sought directions to the Telecom Ministry to install filters to weed out jokes relating to the community.

She said these websites created public nuisance under Section 268 of Indian Penal Code and it was a crime under the cyber laws.

The court directed for further hearing of the matter on November 16 as she wanted to file some more documents in support of her plea.

Lowe’s And Made In Space Create First Commercial 3D Printer For Space

3D Printer For Space

This week it has been the Lowe’s has partnered with Made In Space who were responsible for creating the very first 3D printer to be sent to the International Space Station, to create the first commercial 3D printerper space.

Whilst in space the 3D printer will be used to create a variety of different components including tools, CubeSat parts and other components that will be used by astronauts conducting research 200 miles above the Earth.

3D Printer For Space

Lowe’s and Made in Space share a vision of how 3D printing can revolutionize retail and home improvement, while also changing the way astronauts work in space. This is just the beginning of a broader partnership with Made in Space that will bring tools to space and new technology to Earth.For the first time, astronauts can now manufacture what they need, when they need it in space. We have successfully demonstrated the technology’s capabilities in space. And now with the launch of the permanent additive manufacturing facility to the ISS, we are enabling humanity to manufacture things off the planet.

Arduino Genuino Zero And Micro Development Boards Now Available

Arduino Genuino Zero And Micro Now Available

Following on from the availability of the Genuino Uno, Genuino Starter Kit and Genuino Mega last week. Arduino has today announced the at the newly branded Genuino Micro and Zero boards are now available to purchase from their European online Arduino store.

To recap the Genuino brand is now required to be used outside of the US, after Arduino lost a trademark dispute to use the Arduino name worldwide.

The Arduino ZERO or Genuino ZERO in Europe and outside of the US been created to provide makers and developers with a simple yet powerful 32-bit extension of the platform established by the UNO. Can be used to create a variety of different projects including Internet of Things and more.

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While the Arduino Micro or Genuino Micro are the smallest of the Arduino family and has been designed to be easily integrated into everyday objects to make them interactive. The Micro is based on the ATmega32U4microcontroller featuring a built-in USB which makes the Micro recognisable as a mouse or keyboard.

For more information on the new arrivals in the Arduino store jump over to the official Arduino website for details via the links below.

Blue Lola Headphones Announced

Blue Lola

Blue has launched its latest headphones, the Blue Lola which will be available in December and will retail for £199.99 or about $250.

The Blue Lola headphones are the company’s second M-Fi headphones, although these new ones are designed to be more streamlined than the previous model.

Blue Lola

“With Lola, we are excited to bring a new level of sound quality to the headphone market. Popular mass-marketed headphones don’t live up to their hype, robbing listeners of the emotional impact that can come from listening to their favourite music. For those who won’t settle for the overhyped, we’ve created Lola, said John Maier, CEO of Blue Microphones. “Blue is helping thousands of listeners to rediscover their favourite music.”

Lola also advances Blue’s radically innovative approach to personalised comfort and fit by introducing a new lighter, slim-fit headband. First introduced with Mo-Fi, Blue’s reinvented headband design features a four-point multi-jointed linkage system and pivoting arms that allow the headphones to stay perfectly parallel at all times.Lola furthers this design with a new slimmer headband that provides total comfort and adjustability for any head shape and size. And earcups—shaped like ears—provide a superior seal around the ears for accurate bass response, improved isolation and reduced sound bleed.The result is a supremely precise, highly customizable fit system that allows for superior comfort and great performance.


You can find out more details about the new Lola headphones from Blue over at the company’s website at the link below, they will go on sale in the UK in December and will be available from Amazon.