Friday, July 1, 2016

BWI: Toyota Kirloskar Motor Registers 29% Growth in Domestic Sales in June 2016

 
Source : Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited
Friday, July 1, 2016 1:22PM IST (7:52AM GMT)
 
Toyota Kirloskar Motor Registers 29% Growth in Domestic Sales in June 2016
 
Bangalore, Karnataka, India

In the month of June 2016, Toyota Kirloskar Motor sold a total 13,502 units in the domestic market thereby registering a 29% growth over its domestic sales in the corresponding period last year. The company exported 1,352 units of the Etios series this month.
 
Toyota Kirloskar Motor had sold 10,464 units in the domestic market and exported 1,917 units of the Etios series in June 2015. The company registered a 20% overall growth in sales in June 2016 when compared to the corresponding period last year.
 
The Toyota Camry continues its growth spree and 90% of it is contributed by the Camry Hybrid. The Toyota Camry has clocked more than 30% growth when compared to the Camry sales in the same period last year. The Etios model registered a 4% growth when compared to the corresponding period last year.
 
Commenting on the monthly sales, Mr. N. Raja, Director & Sr. Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Toyota Kirloskar Motor said, “We launched the Innova Crysta last month and have received an overwhelming response from our customers. We would like to thank our customer for their trust in Toyota. The Innova Crysta has a waiting period of 2 to 3 months and we would request our customers to be patient with us so that we can bring the best products to them.”
 
“We respect the honorable court’s judgment regarding cleaning the bad air quality around us. We would fully support the authorities for creating a better environment for our future generations. We are confident that honorable court will consider our submissions during the next hearing in July and hope the matter is suitably resolved at the earliest,” further added Mr. N. Raja.

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Overview of TKM:
 

Company name Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited
Equity participation TMC: 89%, Kirloskar Group: 11%
Number of employees Approx. 7,000 +
Land area Approx. 432 acres (approx.1,700,000 m2)
Building area 74,000 m2
Total Installed Production capacity Upto 3,10,000 units
 
Overview of TKM 1st Plant:
 
Established October 1997 (start of production: December 1999)
Location Bidadi
Products Innova, Fortuner manufactured in India.
Prado, Land Cruiser and Prius imported as CBUs.
Installed Production capacity Upto 1,00,000 units
 
Overview of TKM 2nd Plant:
 
Start of Production December 2010
Location On the site of Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Limited, Bidadi
Products Corolla Altis, Etios, Etios Liva, Etios Cross, Camry & Camry Hybrid
Installed Production capacity Upto 2,10,000 units

 
Media Contact Details

Ananya Bhattacharjee, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt Ltd., ,+91-9740680598 , ananya_bhattacharjee@toyota-kirloskar.co.in

Kaveri Mandanna, Creation, ,+91-9008959697 , kaveri.mandanna@creation.io

 

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BWI: Vipin Khattar Appointed General Manager of Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights

 
Source : Hyatt Regency
Friday, July 1, 2016 1:17PM IST (7:47AM GMT)
 
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Vipin Khattar Appointed General Manager of Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights
 
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights, the iconic high-rise five-star hotel located in Dubai Healthcare City, is pleased to announce the appointment of Vipin Khattar as General Manager.


Vipin has joined Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights from his recently held position as General Manager of Hyatt Regency Sharm El Sheikh Resort. Vipin’s enthusiasm for people and service has brought him back to Dubai, the hub of a growing hospitality sector, and he aims to raise the standards of Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights to even higher levels.

As General Manager, Vipin Khattar will oversee the strategic and financial performance of the property and he is committed to provide the highest quality of hospitality to each and every guest. He will ensure that the basic principles of Hyatt Regency brand are imbibed at every level; Clever, Energizing and Confident.

Vipin has a wealth of experience gained from sixteen years in the hospitality business. He joined Hyatt Hotels in October 2002 as a Convention Sales Manager in the pre-opening team of Grand Hyatt Dubai. He left Grand Hyatt Dubai in November 2007 as Director - Convention Sales to become a part of the pre-opening team at Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai as Director of Business Development, where he successfully managed one of the largest conference and banqueting facilities in Dubai.

He returned in February 2010 as Director of Sales and Marketing to Hyatt Regency Dubai and Galleria. In May 2011, he transferred back to Grand Hyatt Dubai and was promoted to Area Director of Sales and Marketing later that year. Vipin’s exceptional leadership qualities made way for his appointment as one of the youngest General Managers to be responsible for Hyatt Regency Sharm El Sheikh Resort, Egypt in December 2013.

Commenting on his new appointment, Vipin Khattar said, “I am thrilled to be back in Dubai with Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights. It is the newest Hyatt Regency hotel in the city and is a blend of modern design and local cultural influences. I look forward using my energy to support all colleagues in taking care of guests staying for business or leisure at this impressive property – a property that captures the essence of Dubai.”

Vipin completed his Post Graduation in Hospitality Operations at IHTTI School of Hotel Management in Switzerland and obtained a Bachelor in Hotel Management and Catering Technology degree from the University of Bangalore.

In his spare time, Vipin enjoys a game of tennis or squash and loves to travel. He has visited over 51 countries and mentioned that “Travelling to different places far and wide made me aware of diverse cultures, people and destinations”.

About Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights

Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights opened in March 2015 and is the second Hyatt Regency property in Dubai. Located in Healthcare City, the hotel features 461 spacious guestrooms and 405 residential units, enhancing the city’s business hospitality scene with a mix of traditional and contemporary living. The two-towered property provides panoramic views of the Dubai Creek and the city skyline and has a uniquely bright interior. Its lobby has one the world’s largest Swarovski crystal panels; over 60,000 Swarovski crystals - including chaton, octagon and pear. The interior also features over 1,000 square meters of living plant walls as well as flowers and greenery and is filled with the soothing sound of water features.

For more information, please visit www.dubaicreek.regency.hyatt.com

About Hyatt Regency hotels

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome. Thousands of members of the Hyatt family strive to make a difference in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by providing authentic hospitality. The Company's subsidiaries manage, franchise, own and develop hotels and resorts under the Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place® and Hyatt HouseTM. Hyatt House is changing its brand identity from Hyatt Summerfield Suites®. Hyatt Residential Group, Inc., a Hyatt Hotels Corporation subsidiary, develops, operates, markets or licenses Hyatt ResidencesTM and Hyatt Residence ClubTM. As of June 30, 2012, the Company's worldwide portfolio consisted of 492 properties in 45 countries.

For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com

Photo Caption: Vipin Khattar General Manager Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights

 
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Lara Keijzer, Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights, ,+971.50.657.2447, +971.4.553.1214 , Lara.keijzer@hyatt.com

 

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BWI: Razorpay Enhances Online Payments with MasterCard Support

 
Source : Razorpay
Friday, July 1, 2016 10:20AM IST (4:50AM GMT)
 
Razorpay Enhances Online Payments with MasterCard Support
Company advances agenda for hassle-free payments in India
 
Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Razorpay today announced it is working with MasterCard to speed the adoption of online and mobile payments among small businesses in India.
 
As part of an ongoing effort speed the timing of individual purchases, Razorpay has integrated the MasterCard Payment Gateway to enable merchants and card issuers to authenticate each other prior to the authorization of a transaction.
 
Since late 2015, Razorpay has worked with the MasterCard Start Path programme – a global effort to support startups developing the next generation of commerce and fintech technologies – to get support in technology enhancements and tap into the company’s global risk and fraud expertise.
 
In addition to the Start Path activities, MasterCard has also invested in Razorpay.
 
“This marks a new chapter in the growth story of Razorpay. Being backed by a global powerhouse like MasterCard will give us added credibility to our cutting edge technology which is miles ahead of competition. Over the course of the past few months, we’ve been able to convert many of our competitors’ clients because of the ease in transacting with our platforms. We want to build on the idea of providing simplified payment solutions to the consumers. With support from MasterCard alongside other investors, we’re on our path to build the gold standard of payments in India,” said Harshil Mathur, CEO & Co-Founder, Razorpay.
 
“India is helping to shape the future of e-commerce through strategic collaborations and innovative technology,” said Stephane Wyper, global lead for MasterCard Start Path “The work that Razorpay is doing in India complements existing MasterCard solutions that are helping merchants of all sizes and in all markets accept online payments and grow their business.”
 
Razorpay has over 5000 merchants including the likes of Papa John’s, Knowlarity, Chai Point, Nestaway, and Eatfresh, among others. Razorpay has raised a total capital of $11.5 million from marquee investors like Tiger Global, Matrix Partners, and Y Combinator. The company also has leading angel investors including the founders of InMobi, Snapdeal, Freecharge and the likes of Punit Soni, Ram Shriram, and Justin Kan who believe in the company’s vision. Razorpay is the second Indian company to be selected for the Y-Combinator accelerator programme.
 
About Razorpay

Razorpay is a payments platform for companies who want to run their business online. The company helps businesses accept online payments via Credit Card, Debit Card, Net banking and Wallets from their end customers. Established in 2013, the company has 4000+ merchants and is one of two Indian companies to be a part of Silicon Valley’s famed alumni, Y Combinator. Tiger Global, Matrix Partners, and Y Combinator have invested a total of $11.5 million in Razorpay’s mission to simplify payments. Founders of Unicorn companies and other leading investors include Naveen Tewari, Kunal Bahl, Punit Soni, Rohit Bansal, Kunal Shah, Ram Shriram and Justin Kan. 

 
Media Contact Details

Harinee Sivaprakasam, Gutenberg Communications, ,+91-9769898456 , harinee@gutenbergpr.com

Apoorva Narendrababu, Gutenberg Communications, ,+91-9945413592 , apoorva@gutenbergpr.com

 

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

BWI: Intense Technologies Announces Multi-year, Managed Services Contract

 
Source : Intense Technologies
Thursday, June 30, 2016 8:14PM IST (2:44PM GMT)
 
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Intense Technologies Announces Multi-year, Managed Services Contract
Multi-year landmark agreement signed with leading communication service provider for over $25 million
 
Hyderabad, India

Intense Technologies, a global enterprise software products company, has announced a multiyear, managed services contract with a leading communications services provider that enjoys a customer base of 100 million in India. The engagement marks a transformative landmark deal for the company in terms of size, scale and duration.

Under this agreement, the company will be working with the client to streamline business processes of customer onboarding, customer communications and data monetization opportunities across all their physical and digital channels, thereby promoting the non-network customer experience processes.
 
Today’s announcement augments the financial visibility for Intense Technologies, by ensuring a predictable revenue inflow on a year on year basis.
 
Digital transformation must be rooted in the delivering business agility and efficiency to elevate customer experiences and provide seamless business operations. The momentum continues to build in favor of agreements, such as the one signed by Intense Technologies today, which promises to deliver targeted value-addition to customers’ business processes as alternative or acceleration of legacy rip and replace transformations enabling the business to maximize value immediately.
 
Commenting on development, C.K. Shastri, Chairman and Managing Director, Intense Technologies, said,
“The new announcement that we have made today underlines the strength of UniServe™ as a platform to digitalize mission critical business processes. The engagement is completely in sync with our future outlook and further enhances the credibility of our product offerings. While we are proud to have been chosen for our superior technological competence, the contract also presents a substantial opportunity for us to deliver value upsides to the client.
 
Today’s engagement takes forward our belief in the SAAS (software as a service) model, whereby we are in a position to drive revenue generation consistently. This approach will help towards mitigating the risks associated with long selling cycles that are typically associated with enterprise software product industry.
 
At $25 million the deal quantum represents substantial accretion to our present topline. The agreement also bakes in further upsides through extended services and other value added solutions / services. With revenues from this engagement and annuity revenues from our existing customers, Intense Technologies is well on its way to an exponential growth. Not only will this add thrust to our new client acquisition drive overseas, but also allow us to be more predictable with our revenue forecast.”
 
About Intense Technologies

Intense Technologies Limited is a global enterprise software products company, headquartered in India with a strong and emerging presence in USA, LATAM, EMEA and APAC. Our enterprise software products are used globally by Fortune 500s for digital transformation of customer centric business processes resulting in improved revenues, greater customer centricity and reduced operational expenses. We serve customers in 35 countries across 4 continents, with a 70% market share in Telecom in South Asia. Today, we process 25 billion USD worth client revenue data and have a 500 million subscriber base across our engagements. Intense Technologies has sales offices in Singapore, UAE, USA and UK.

For more information, visit www.in10stech.com

 
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Madhukar Nayak, Intense Technologies Ltd., ,+91 (40) 44558585 , fmn@intense.in

 

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BWI: 9 Recent Facebook Updates that Every Social Geek Should Know: Vidooly

 
Source : Vidooly
Thursday, June 30, 2016 5:33PM IST (12:03PM GMT)
 
9 Recent Facebook Updates that Every Social Geek Should Know: Vidooly
 
New Delhi, Delhi, India

With the rising popularity of other social media platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, and Vine, Facebook‘s overall growth has slowed in the past year. It was kind of the old-cool-dad but its recent ‘makeover’ showcases how the site is still riding high as the king of the social media space. Meaning- Daddy’s back.

Facebook is still by far the most popular social media site. In fact, if you don’t have a Facebook account, you’re actually in the minority at this point. Some 71 percent of Internet users are now on Facebook, including – for the first time ever – more than half (56 percent) of those ages 65 and older, the research firm said Friday.

1. Now you can leave a video as a Facebook comment


Facebook announced a few days ago that it will now allow users to leave a video in the comments section, as the company continues to emphasise video content as we consume more of it.

You can leave a video by clicking the camera button in the comments box and uploading one. It’s available currently on the desktop web, but the next update will expand the feature to its iOS and Android apps.

2. It is about to become the best place to stream video games


Once upon a time, Facebook was the center of the casual gaming universe with its FarmVille-fueled desktop platform. People spent countless hours mindlessly maintaining their digital farms and throwing sheeps at each other.

And now, Facebook announced a partnership with Blizzard Entertainment: All of Blizzard’s games, from “World of Warcraft” to “Diablo 3” to “Hearthstone” to “Overwatch” will be instantly streamable – live! – on Facebook Live.

You push a “Go Live!” button, there’s a short countdown (3….2….1), and you’re off to the races, live streaming your game directly to Facebook in high-resolution. It’s easy to imagine just such a future on everything from your iPhone to that PlayStation 4 in the living room.

100 million people use the Amazon-owned Twitch service each month, while 650 million play Facebook-connected games, showing huge potential for this new feature (Sorry Twitch). Video games have become a spectator sport, and Facebook is angling to become ESPN.

Facebook’s director of games partnerships said, “Gamers are everywhere. They’re on every different device, they’re playing anytime, and we want to be where gamers are.”

3. Facebook added invite tool to Safety Check


When Facebook’s Safety Check feature was pushed out late last year following the terrorist attacks in Paris, it received criticism for also not activating the tool for bombings in Beirut and other areas of crisis.

But now the feature is undergoing a big change that could better serve people in areas getting less media attention, one that relies more on people on the ground in those regions to help spread the word.

Before now, Facebook relied heavily on a team of on-call engineers to parse through real-time data about national disasters and incidents such as terrorist attacks coming in from third-party partners. Ultimately, these staffers would serve up manual Safety Check prompts encouraging people to use the feature.

Starting this week, Facebook is testing a Safety Check invite tool that allows people in affected areas to ask friends and family members to check in and mark themselves as “safe.”

4. Little updates that matter much- Facebook’s New Font


Helvetica has been Facebook’s font of choice for a long time, but some keen-eyed users noticed a slight change while browsing their news feeds Friday. Facebook is testing out a new, thinner font for some desktop users, and it’s called Geneva.

Take a look at some key letters like the lowercase “a” and uppercase “G,” each of which has clear differences between the old font and the new. You can also see that the new links appear to be a darker blue than the old links, while the body text is a little lighter.

5. Facebook is employing smart and powerful people

Adobe executive Umang Bedi as its new India head:


Facebook has appointed former Adobe head Umang Bedi as its new managing director in India, its second-largest market in the world. Bedi, who was the managing director of south Asia at Adobe, takes over from Kirthiga Reddy, who will join the global accounts team at the company’s headquarters at Menlo Park, California.

As the world’s fastest growing smartphone market, India is important for Facebook. The company, which currently has 150 million users in India, recently opened its fourth office in the country, in the financial and entertainment hub of Mumbai.

After taking charge in July, Bedi will be responsible for building and maintaining strategic relationships with top clients and agencies in India. Prior to Facebook, the Harvard Business School alumni worked on expanding Adobe’s business in India.

And CollegeHumor co-founder to work with the media:


Facebook is getting serious about media by bringing in one of the co-founders of CollegeHumor. Ricky Van Veen will join Facebook as “head of global creative strategy,” a position that will look to persuade media organisations and other notable users to make more things to put on Facebook.

“This essentially means that I’ll be working with all types of creators and organisations to figure out how best to use the biggest network in the world to better connect people with engaging and meaningful content,” Van Veen wrote in a Facebook post about the move.

6. Became a much better place to share 360 photos


Facebook is now rolling out support for 360 photos in the News Feed, allowing users to view as well as upload pictures taken with 360-degree cameras on both desktop and mobile.

Just like with 360 videos hosted on Facebook, desktop users can click and drag 360 photos to see different parts of the photo while mobile users can swipe the photos or tilt their phones.

Most people don’t have a 360-degree camera yet, so most 360 photos will likely come from panoramic shots taken with iOS and Samsung Galaxy phones. There are also 360-degree photo apps like Google’s Photo Sphere, which allow you to easily take 360 photos with your phones.

You upload a 360 photo to Facebook just like you would with any other photo. Just tap “Photo/Video” above the “What’s on your mind?” box and select the 360 photo. They’ll appear on the News Feed just like a normal photo but with a small compass icon in the corner, signifying that you can explore the photo further.

7. New diverse Emoji for Messenger


Facebook updated Messenger by adding more than 100 new emoji characters “to better reflect gender and skin tones,” Facebook also updated its existing emoji so that all its emoji will appear exactly the same across Messenger, regardless of device or platform.

The update is meant to bring more diversity to Messenger’s emoji set. There are now more female emoji characters, including a female police officer, runner and swimmer; as well as gender-agnostic options and multi-colored emojis.

Red-headed emoji characters will also be included in Messenger for the first time and Facebook says it will continue to make more diverse emoji available over time.

8. You can now stream Facebook Live videos from DJI drones!


In only a handful of years, DJI has risen to become the top consumer drone maker. The company’s latest DJI Phantom 4, which earned a Mashable Choice award, was praised for its refined design, intelligent computer vision-based obstacle avoidance system and easy-to-use flying controls (both with a remote control and a smartphone/tablet).

As drones become more popular with consumers, more companies are entering the space. GoPro’s expected to unveil its Karma drone later this year and Chinese tech giant Xiaomi will announce its own drone.

Facebook Live initially went public last summer, but only for “Public Figures” (like Beyoncé and Mark Zuckerberg). Private citizens – normal people like you, me, and Chewbacca Mom – only got access in January 2016. Even then, it was still limited to “Point your phone at something and make a video. Live!”

A month after its announcement at Facebook’s F8 developer conference last month, DJI has now updated its DJI Go app to allow several of its drones to stream live video directly from their cameras to Facebook.

The newly updated DJI Go app is available for iOS and Android. The drones that will support Facebook Live include the company’s high-end Inspire drones and Phantom 3 and new Phantom 4.

The addition of Facebook Live support furthers DJI’s drone live streaming platforms. DJI drones can also live stream to Periscope and YouTube.

9. The Rise of the Chatbots

 
It’s amazing when someone books a cab or orders a bouquet of flowers simply through a conversation. This phenomenon has never seen before where computing intelligence uses natural human language to deliver simplified consumer experiences.

Chatbots have the advantage of enabling users to access business services while on chat platforms like Facebook Messenger and Telegram. What this could mean is that the search and discovery function may shift away from Google and apps to chat platforms because of their pure simplicity and convenience.  This development truly has the potential to become the ‘next big thing’ when businesses invest sufficiently in this technology and when more chat platforms like Whatsapp join the party.

In India, we have already seen a few bots like Niki and MagicX trying to make their presence felt in the travel and grocery categories in India. There are certainly more developments expected out of them and a few other players like Times Internet funded Haptik, which are trying to solve more ‘use cases’ for assisting users on chat platforms through human-supported bots.

One can foresee two sets of chatbots emerging in the next few months: (1) stand-alone bots that solve for conversations and (2) bots that are platform extensions of businesses like Flipkart and Amazon.

With all that being said, watch out for the upcoming even-more-amazing facebook updates because the old big thing is again the next big thing.

 
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Guru Dutt Biswal, 80-db, ,+91-8447260611 , guru@80-db.com

 

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