Wednesday, February 15, 2012

India Mobile File - An Infographic

Interesting Infographic that I stumbled upon. One that shows country wise statistics on mobile usage, mobile ownership patterns and some tit-bits. Reproducing the India piece for you below here. For the full infographic click here


Close to 874 million mobile subscribers in India and 53% of them have lost their phone or have it stolen. Amazing fact !! No wonder Nokia and Samsung are having a roaring business here. ;-)


Greater than 60% of the 874 million mobile users have software that identifies their location. Are new GIS app developers listening?


Less than 40% of them have a password to protect their phone. I am one among thos 40% :-(





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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

India IT Today

Angry Birds Hit Facebook
It was but naturally complementary for the largest social networking site to have the most popular game on the planet on its menu. Angry Birds, a game that took the iPhone by storm and then transcended to Google Chrome and Android devices is now available on Facebook. For a social networking site that makes 13% of its revenues from games, Angry BIrds was a natural choice. It remains to be seen how the social element has been incorporated into the game.

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SEBI and RBI now want a social presence
After PMO, now SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India) and RBI (Reserve Bank of India) are planning a splash into the social networking area via Facebook and Twitter. SEBI plans to use its social presence to disseminate information to investors and other market participants.

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CAS Mandatory by 2012

Information and Broadcasting Ministry of India has set June 30 as the deadline for TV viewers across the country to go digital via CAS (Conditional Access System). Per the nationwide cable digitisation process, all metros have to switch over to CAS by June 30, 2012 and then the phase out will start across towns and villages. By 2014, the government intends to do away with the analogue system.
(More coverage on this soon)



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Monday, February 13, 2012

India IT Today

Flipkart buys LetsBuy.com in an equity-cash deal estimated to be around USD 25 million. Letbuy, a company of 350 people will continue to function independently thought now it will have access to the technology platform and the supply chain of Flipkart. image
Software giant Microsoft has launched its annual DreamSpark Yatra to share knowledge and spread awareness about innovations in technology across Indian academic campuses. It aims at targeting 60,000 students in 100 cities across the country.Launched at IIT, New Delhi, the Yatra will showcase Microsoft Kinect, Windows Phone and a sneak preview of the forthcoming Windows 8 operating system.
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Café Coffee Day is introducing interactive touchscreen tablets in 500 cafes across the country. Called WINT, the interactive touch table is aimed at bringing more engagement among the youth community
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Thursday, February 09, 2012

India IT Quiz–Edition 4–Answers

 

1. Which country is the second fastest growing market for Facebook, the popular social networking engine?

India - 46 million monthly active users from India as of December 31, 2011, an increase of 132 percent from the previous year. Brazil top the growth rate list.

2. Junglee.com, Amazon’s official portal for India in its current avatar is a comparision site involving multiple online commerce portals. Two of them are prominently absent – the same two also considered by Amazon as key competition to beat in India. Which two?

Flipkart and Infibeam

3. Which state in India tops in terms of Facebook activity?

Maharashtra - Maharashtra is followed by Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.

4. Which popular Indian site has dragged Google to court citing “appearance of competition ads on their website”?

BharatMatrimony

5. Which Canadian company has been awarded the contract of building and marketing Aakash, the $35 tablet conceived by IIT, Jodhpur?

DataWind

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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

India IT Today

LinkedIn today unveiled localized hiring solutions for the Indian market. LinkedIn solutions are extensively used by Indian companies to look up a candidate’s profile. For the 13 million user base LinkedIn has in India, these set of tools which include LinkedIn Recruiter, Jobs Network, Work with us Ads, Targeted Recruitment Ads and Talent Direct will enable Indian recruiters to target and profiles in India. image

Zapak launches Cricville, a social cricket game  on Facebook. The gameplay puts the player in the seat of a franchisee owner who gets to maintain a team, strategize team composition and keep winning and developing further.
CricVille
India plans to setup a wafer fab and usher in semi conductor industry into the country by end of year. The plan it to evolve into chip manufacturing sooner than later image

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Website Review – Junglee.com

When Junglee.com was launched last Thursday, it was a quiet but decisive moment for India’s unfurling e-commerce. While the prime reason was the company, Amazon.com – the global leader in online retailing (making about $48 Billion in revenues, 2011) which was the force behind Junglee.com, there are other reasons for which this will go down as a red letter day in the annals of Indian online commerce.

  • For one, Amazon decided that it will not wait till the Indian government makes up its mind on allowing multi-brand retail in the country.
  • Two, Junglee.com is a great way for the online retail major to understand user patterns in online purchases, community based buying behaviors, etc.
  • Three, Junglee.com has already squashed the market of aggregators and comparison sites

Given the way the Indian e-commerce was heating up in the last one year and the government dilly-dallying on multi-brand retail entry for foreign players, Amazon was getting edgy on not being able to get a finger in the $10 billion e-commerce pie that India offers. The big splash with Junglee was inevitable.

On the second point, A skim through Junglee.com shows you why it is a win-win proposition for Amazon.

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The above screenshot is from the Junglee website projecting a popular Nikon camera model. The blue circle shows the 5 domestic players offering the product along with shipping prices. At the bottom circled in red is the Amazon.com offer. It has the lowest price incidentally. Consider this. Amazon knows which vendor you or hundreds of other users clicked and went through with. They do a 1-1 comparison of why users are repeatedly clicking a particular vendor as against their own offer from Amazon.com. They tune their offering to make it more lucrative. So over a period of time they have the power to tear apart competition using the power of information.

So does this mean other websites should not allow their sites to be scrapped by Amazon. A tough call. Given the kind of brand attention and recall Junglee.com has, it makes sense for any mom and shop online retailer to register their presence on this site and hope for traffic to be redirected. The alternate is to pour millions of dollars in building a brand against the likes of Amazon. No points for guessing the simpler (saner?) strategy. Only the Flipkarts or the Infibeams of Indian online retail can even venture to offer a fight. (No wonder, Amazon does not have listings from these two vendors made a part of their comparison)

Coming to the third point, nobody in the street remembers any comparison site other than Junglee.com today in India. Even if someone were to launch a comparison site and market it aggressively, how does the monetization happen? Do you expect other online retailers to give you a cut of a sale? Not when Junglee provides a listing free of cost !!! For a lot of online shoppers, doing a search on Junglee.com is how the search begins for a prospective product. For the others, not doing a search on Junglee.com before you conclude a purchase is tantamount to needless harakiri. Such are the effects of a brand!

Specific Salient features of Junglee.com

  1. You can use your Amazon.com credentials to login into Junglee.com
  2. Junglee.com shows reviews and ratings from both Amazon.com and the ones left behind specifically at Junglee.comimage
  3. There is also a Facebook kinda “Like” button to allow the recommendation engine to base interests not only on browsing patterns but also provide the user a chance to assist it learning.
  4. Junglee lists even physical stores on their website. You can get the store location, call them up and place an order with the listed store.
  5. Sellers can place their ads for free on Junglee.com.
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Overall, I would say this is a welcome move by the Goliath in the business and it would be all the more interesting to see how the Davids would respond. For the customer…..it is manna from heaven….Enjoy the show

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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

India IT Today

Total taxes paid by Indian companies in the last 5 years to the US government totals $15 billion – an amazing fact when considered in the backdrop of recession, visa problems, public backlash in US, etc. The government also quoted that the number of local employed in US by the Indian IT industry has gone up from 20,000 six years back to 100,000 last year image
Aadhar, the UID project of India has in just 1.5 years since inception has accumulated enough data to equal the world’s largest biometric database of US. Nearly 100 trillion biometric matches have to be carried out every day to deliver one million Aadhaar numbers. image
Cognizant plans to expand into Kerala’s Kochi. Cognizant's new campus in Infopark Phase II will have a capacity to accommodate around 12,000 professionals. image

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India IT quiz–Edition 4

1. Which country is the second fastest growing market for Facebook, the popular social networking engine?

2. Junglee.com, Amazon’s official portal for India in its current avatar is a comparision site involving multiple online commerce portals. Two of them are prominently absent – the same two also considered by Amazon as key competition to beat in India. Which two?

3. Which state in India tops in terms of Facebook activity?

4. Which popular Indian site has dragged Google to court citing “appearance of competition ads on their website”?

5. Which Canadian company has been awarded the contract of building and marketing Aakash, the $35 tablet conceived by IIT, Jodhpur?

Submit your answers to wowvijay@in.com

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Monday, February 06, 2012

India IT Today

 

Infosys to invest Rs 600 crore on the Indore-Ujjain super corridor in Madhya Pradesh to incubate an IT centre. TCS too is planning to setup an IT center along the super corridor image
Prime Minister’s office has gone live on Twitter at @PMOIndia two weeks back and has already been subscribed to by 38,500 people.Plans are afoot to get the PMO into Facebook. Real time interactions are being planned by the team handling the social media channels image
Google and Facebook announce removal of objectionable content from their databases in response to a court directive against them image

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Top 5 YouTube videos for Pre-schoolers

Being the parent of a pre-schooler, I keep scourging the net far and wide to keep extracting nuggets of videos, games, activities to keep my hyperactive kid busy. YouTube is one such fertile ground that never ceases to surprise me in terms of the rich content of videos it has in store for pre-schoolers. Here’s a listing of the top 5 resources
image TuTiTu - The toys come to life
TuTiTu is a series of videos created by enterprising animation makers. The 3D videos on toys that kids usually have show how a toy comes to life in parts. Trains, helicopters, carousels, jeeps, excavators, phones, elephants all come to life in short 3-5 minute videos. Beautiful animation and keeps kids engaged for hours !!


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image Eric Herman Videos

A set of videos created by a Dad for his daughter. Self sung and self animated, this set of have Eric Herman, the guy strumming the guitar and singing simple yet catchy songs for kids between 1-5 years.

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image Hoopla Kids

Umpteen videos show up when you type “Kids rhymes” on YouTube. Even when you go shopping, you see 10-15 different mom and shop animation companies trying to sell you their version of kids rhymes. However almost 90% of them do not give the bang for the buck, Either their animation is poor, or the rhymes lack their characteristic tune. Hoopla Kids belongs to a different genre. Their rhymes are well animated and the songs retain the same tunes we are all familiar with. A must try…

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image Karadi Rhymes

If your kid needs a change from the humdrum, get him or her to listen to Karadi rhymes sung by Usha Uthup. The rhymes are all fresh from oven and have been lent life through the rich captivating voice of Usha and some really well done animation.

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image Hindi Kids Oldies

Hindi oldies from movies of yesteryears have a lot of cute songs for kids. Be it the ever green “Nani teri mor ni ko…”, or the persistent “Dadi amma dadi amma…” or even the cajoling “Chanda mama door ke..” – All of these have been bought back to life and made more consumable for the new generation kids via animation.

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Friday, February 03, 2012

India IT Today



1.       Telenor plans to quit doing business in India in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling quashing the 2008 licenses granted and calling for a fresh auction. Telenor stated that close to $2 billion had been already pumped in as part of the company’s plan to make it big in India via their join venture with Unitech – Uninor. 

2.       College starts a company with students as employees - Kalaivani College of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu has started a company, Majestixx Software Solutions, with a team of 30 students. As in any other software company, the students who have a proper organizational structure of CEO, COO, etc will have to scout for clients, seek IT projects, execute and make money. A share each will be pocketed by the college and the students. At the end of their college term, students can opt to run their company from outside college campus or hand over the reins to their juniors.

3.       Idea Cellular partners with Opera to provide Opera Mini mobile web browser to its subscribers



IT Fact of the Day
Facebook has seen the highest percentage of user addition from India. It registered a 132% growth in total subscribers from India. Indian users in Facebook form the second largest group following US.




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Thursday, February 02, 2012

India Infotech News

1.       Junglee.com – Amazon’s India Venture has gone live.  A first look does not point to anything Amazon, but Digital Inspiration blog has details indicating that it indeed is an Amazon venture. The current site looks more like an aggregator site offering the best of the deals from different online stores. A detailed review here.

2.       Google has started redirecting India hosted Blogger blogs from the *.blogspot.com domain to *.blogspot.in domain.
3.       Medico.com, a leading US based health information portal has opened the India edition of their website in their attempt to go global. Medico.in website plans to provide health reference information, community features, and question and answer platform that allows users to learn from the experience of others.A detailed review will follow.




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