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(Updated  May 20 2022
Total no. of  phone subscriptions: 1.165 billion (1165 million)
Mobiles:    1140 million    Landlines: 25 million 
Broadband Internet users:    800 million  including  mobile Internet 775 million
and wired broadband 20 million.  

TV owning houses: 210 million  
DTH operators: 6;     Private TV channel  900
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Godrej launches its first digital and biometric door lock
7-Eleven opens global solution centre in Bangalore, its first outside the US
7-Eleven opens global solution centre in Bangalore, its first outside the US
Top analytics players look to India for talent: GlobalData
Zoho's enterprise solutions suite, ManageEngine crosses 20-year milestone
Indian Connected Family is at higher risk than global average, finds McAfee study
RBI mandates that all ATMs facilitate cardless UPI withdrawals via QR Code
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RBI mandates that all ATMs facilitate cardless UPI withdrawals via QR Code
Travel & Tourism Technology  
Bangalore airport launches omni-channel payment solution across all vendors and services
Wipro GE Healthcare launches new manufacturing facility in Bangalore

Product Pulse  
C01 Plus: New Nokia phone returns to classical roots
IT happened in India
  7-Eleven opens global solution centre in Bangalore, its first outside the US
Bangalore, May 21 2022: 7-Eleven, Inc., the global convenience store chain, has launched the 7-Eleven Global Solution Center (GSC) in Bangalore. This is the company’s first such centre outside the U.S. The centre will play a key role in 7-Eleven’s strategy by developing products that support business activities at the stores. ....
Zoho's enterprise solutions suite, ManageEngine crosses 20-year milestone
Bangalore, May 20 2022: The Zoho group is celebrating 2 decades of its flagship enterprise product suite, ManageEngine,  by announcing an additional 1000 hires this year. Since 2002, the company has served over 2,80,000 organisations in more than 190 countries. ....
RBI mandates that all ATMs facilitate cardless UPI withdrawals via QR Code
May 20,2022: The ability to withdraw cash from ATMs has been further enlarged. The initiative of a few big banks has now been mandated across all bank ATMs. ...
Top analytics players look to India for talent: GlobalData
May 19 2022: The big four professional services firms—Deloitte, KPMG International Coop (KPMG), PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd (PwC) and Ernst & Young Global Ltd (EY)—seem to be focusing on India for recruitment since the start of 2022. ...
Toonz to host virtual animation summit next week
Trivandrum, May 19, 2022: Google India Country Head and Vice President Sanjay Gupta will deliver the keynote address at the inaugural session of Animation Masters Summit 2022 to begin on Monday, May 23. ...

Education and e-learning
PlayLearn Foundation conducts STEM workshop for needy kids
May 4 2022: A STEM learning CSR workshop was conducted by the Play Learn Foundation in association with AI School of India and Robotix India | USA for the underprivileged children of Chennai Higher Secondary School. Chennai, Tamilnadu, India The 3-day workshop was held between 25th to 27th  April 2022 at Alwarpet Circle Library, Chennai. ....
SAP, IIMB join to offer AI course for managers
Bangalore, April 22, 2022: SAP Labs India has  collaborated with Indian Institute of Management  Bangalore to launch  an ‘AI for Managers’ programme. The initiative aims to make the knowledge of Artificial Intelligence and its components such as Statistical Learning, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning accessible to a pool of interested managers who aspire to become competent Decision Makers. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
New cruise terminals come up as traffic is slated to grow 10-fold
New Delhi, May 18 2022: India’s cruise traffic is projected to grow 10 times during the next decade, according to the Union Ministry of Shipping. Before Covid, some 200 ships visited India.  The business halted for almost two years but is recovering now. ....
OmanAir opts for staff travel tool from IBS
Thiruvananthapuram, May 16, 2022: Oman Air has partnered with leading  travel technology provider, IBS Software to fully digitalize its staff travel programme, delivering a highly configurable, self-service platform for employees to book and manage complex leisure travel, annual leave travel and duty travel policies. ....

Laying the groundwork for the future of Telehealth
April 20 2022: The catastrophic Covid-19 second wave in India last year brought the country’s healthcare sector to its knees. Hospitals throughout the country ran out of beds, oxygen, and healthcare experts. Coupled with that, there was a countrywide lockdown, and the fear of contagion and apprehension, which kept people away from hospitals. ....
Mindtree invests in US-based COPE Health Solutions
New York, April 8, 2022,   L&T Group technology service company Mindtree, has made a strategic investment in COPE Health Solutions, a leading Los Angeles and New York -based U.S. healthcare consulting, implementation, and co-management leader in value-based care and payment, workforce development and data analytics, to expand its healthcare business. ....
Surgery specialist Pristyn Care improves its app
Gurgaon, April 6, 2022: Pristyn Care, a Gurgaon-based healthcare unicorn,  has launched a new  version of its integrated app. ...

Product Pulse
C01 Plus: New Nokia phone returns to classical roots
April 18, 2022: If you are old enough to remember the early years of the mobile phone in India – around the turn of the century – you won’t need reminding of the iconic status of a Nokia handset. So ubiquitous was the phone and so cannily designed for Indian usage( complete with torch)that in  rural India, the story went, villages went into shops and asked for a ”Nokia”—their password for  handphone. ....
Colorful launches new gaming laptop
Mumbai, February 17, 2022: Colorful Technology  has unveiuled its  second-generation COLORFUL X15 XS Gaming Laptop powered by the 12th generation Intel Core processors and GeForce RTX 30 graphics. The gaming laptop can be configured with either a 12th generation Intel Core  i5-12500H 12-core (4P+ 8E Cores), 16-thread processor or an Intel Core i7-12700H 14-core (6P+ 8E Cores), 20-thread processor – both offering excellent performance for gaming and content creation. ....
Avermedia PW310P: A versatile webcam
December 17 2021: These days, when Work From Home often means Work From Anywhere, a good web conferencing tool is a godsend. ...

IT's for you
  InMobi, India's first Unicorn, features among among 75 innovation milestones
Bangalore, May 5, 2022: India’s technological evolution has been amongst the fastest in the world, with certain key moments defining this phenomenal growth story. It is no mean feat for a private company, especially a homegrown start-up, to be seen as one of the catalysts that have enabled the nation to earn its place amongst the most technologically advanced, globally. ....
Matrix facial recognition technology receives award
April 25, 2022: India-head-quartered security and telecom solutions leader, Matrix, has bagged the Time2Leap Awards for Research & Development for designing and manufacturing its Face Recognition device. The award was given at the MSME Investor, Export & Innovation Summit, organized by Summentor Pro Sales & Marketing Consultants on  April  20 2022,  in New Delhi. ....
Yugabyte signs on with TechData to distribute its SQL products in APAC-Japan
Bangalore, April 22 2022:  US-based global distributor of technology products, services and solutions,  Tech Data (a part of the  TD SYNNEX group) has  announced a partnership with Yugabyte, a leader in open source distributed SQL in the Asia Pacific & Japan region. ...
Discovery merges with WarnerMedia to take on Disney
April 16 2022: AT&T Inc's WarnerMedia unit and Discovery Inc have completed their merger,  reports  Reuters. ...
Mumbai to host Finance Transformation summit in April
March 26, 2022:Finance transformation is  changing the way finance supports business strategy and performance. ...

IT people
  Maheswaran Shamugasundaram to be Varonis India Country Manager
Chennai, May 21, 2022 : Pioneer in data security and analytics  --Varonis Systems Inc.--  has announced the appointment of Maheswaran Shamugasundaram as its first Country Manager for India.  He will be responsible for developing Varonis' business, overseeing operations, and delivering the company's advanced data-first solutions to organizations throughout India. ....
SLK Software appoints Ajay Kumar as CEO
Bangalore, May 11, 2022: SLK Software, a global technology services provider, has announced the appointment of Ajay Kumar as its Chief Executive Officer. SLK Software brings together analytics, intelligent automation, and AI to create leading-edge technology solutions that help companies reimagine their businesses. ....
Amit Luthra to head Lenovo Infrastructure solutions group for India
Bangalore, April 26, 2022: Lenovo has  announced  the appointment of Amit Luthra as the new Managing Director for its Infrastructure Solutions Group (ISG) business in India. ...

Best of the rest
Why Tesla CEO Elon Musk wants to buy Twitter
By saying Twitter is not living up to its potential to be a  "platform for free speech," he seems to be saying he would scale back content moderation... Associated Press in Times of India April 16 2022


Why the Criminal Identification Bill overreaches
 It clubs serious offences with trivial ones and lacks enough safeguards on access to sensitive data.Times of India, March 30 2022

Dumb it down
It might be a smart idea to buy a dumbphone — devices that allow users to make calls or shoot off texts only — which is making a comeback... Google searches for dumbphones jumped by 89 per cent between 2018 and 2021 and global purchases hit one billion units last year, compared to worldwide sales of 1.4 billion smartphones. The Telegraph, March 27 2022


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