Information Technology

‘Desi’ Companies log in big offshoring deals

‘Desi’ Companies log in big offshoring dealsAs per the media reports, large outsourcing deals this year have been won by Indian firms, such as TCS, Infosys, Wipro, HCL and Tata Communications, despite the recession. This has placed them among the top 10 global service providers -- on contract value terms.

It should be noted that a fall by 22% to $40.2 billion was seen in the total contract value of the outsourcing deals awarded in the first six months of this year; but, in spite of this, Indian tech firms continued to compete neck-and-neck with the global biggies, such as IBM, Accenture, HP/EDS, CSC.

Windows PC users warned about security hole

MicrosoftBerlin  - Windows PC users should keep the "Video ActiveX Control Element" deactivated until further notice. While helpful for playing back some films, it also presents an "actively exploited" security hole for hackers.

Under some circumstances it could even be used to sneak viruses onto a user's computer, warns the German Federal Agency for IT Security.

The easiest way to deactivate the function is through the website Simply click on the area labelled "Fix it for me." The "Enable Workaround" section contains a linked installation file with the ending "msi."

Microsoft asks developers to apps registered for its upcoming application store

Microsoft asks developers to apps registered for its upcoming application storeGearing up to launch the rival to the Apple App Store, Microsoft asked the developers to register Windows Mobile applications that they look to sell through its upcoming application store. Microsoft made the announced during its TechEd 2009 technical developers conference in Los Angeles last week.

In a blog post earlier last week, Microsoft’s Windows Mobile team wrote, "Developers can now register to participate in Windows Marketplace for Mobile."

Samsung launches new notebooks and netbooks in India

Samsung launches new notebooks and netbooks in IndiaSpreading out its notebook and netbook range, Samsung on Thursday unleashed its new notebooks and netbooks (mini laptops) in the Indian Market. Samsung India launched four new, stylish and lightweight N series netbooks and three new R series of notebooks.

The new N series netbooks from Samsung include N110, NC 20, N120, and N310, and the new R series laptops from Samsung include R470,  R522, and R518 models.  

Indian IT firm Infosys sacks 2,100 employees

Indian IT firm Infosys sacks 2,100 employeesNew Delhi - With business shrinking in face of a global economic downturn, Indian outsourcing major Infosys has sacked 2,100 employees, and described them as "poor performers," news reports said Saturday. "Some of these employees have been asked to go while some have left on their own," V Balakrishnan, chief financial officer of Bangalore-headquartered Infosys was quoted as saying by the PTI news agency.

The company put the employees on a performance improvement courses and those who showed no change were asked to leave, while some quit, Balakrishnan said.

IT industry hails BJP’s tech vision

IT industry hails BJP’s tech visionIndian IT firms termed BJP's tech vision as a good opportunity for IT firms, facing the heat of global slowdown and tight financial conditions.

Bharatiya Janata Party recently announced its IT vision document, after consultation with heads of leading IT firms, in which the party committed to create 12 million IT-enabled jobs for rural Indian segment by increasing the use of technology in different economic domains.

Empower women for inclusive devp: Sule

The NCP leader was addressing a seminar organised by IsquareIT

Rajya Sabha member and NCP leader Supriya Sule on Friday stressed the need for women's empowerment to achieve inclusive development in the truest sense.

Sule was delivering a lecture on 'Women Prowess' at a seminar organised by the International Institute of Information Technology (IsquareIT) as part of the International Women's Day celebrations on its Hinjewadi campus.

MphasiS may hire more Americans for tax sops

will first evaluate costs and client willingness to increase onsite work

MphasiS Ltd, the Bangalore-based IT services firm that is now a part of international technology giant Hewlett-Packard, may add more Americans to its workforce to avail the tax breaks announced by US President Barack Obama on February 25.

Speaking to DNA Money, Ganesh Ayyar, chief executive officer, MphasiS Ltd, said, "The option of increasing Americans in our workforce is open to us in view of the recent announcements by US authorities. However, we will have to factor in many other things before that, like onsite cost versus margins. We also have to evaluate client willingness."

No tax breaks for firms offshoring jobs: Obama

IT experts worried, but say no long-term threat to outsourcing

US president's Barack Obama's proposal to end tax breaks for corporations that ship jobs overseas has sent BPO and IT industry pundits in India scurrying for their calculators to calculate its impact on offshoring.

"We will restore a sense of fairness and balance to our tax code by finally ending the tax breaks for corporations that ship our jobs overseas," Obama said in his maiden address to the joint session of the US Congress.

Coming soon after the brouhaha over the H1B visas cornered by top Indian professionals, Obama's proposal on outsourcing has caused worry.

Indian IT service sector to do well despite all odds

Union Commerce Minister, Kamal NathGovernment has asked Indian outsourcing MNCs, hit by slowdown, to explore domestic market, a potential segment that required being to be contemporary of technology, to overcome low demand situation aroused in the wake of global financial crisis.

Commerce Minister, Kamal Nath, while addressing a conference of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) in Mumbai, said, "The current global downturn is an opportunity for India's IT industry to look inwards. There is a huge reservoir (of business) to be tapped" across rural India."

Threat calls flood IT firms

Threat calls flood IT firms Terrorists have targeted the information technology companies in Bangalore. Some unidentified persons made calls and sent e-mails threatening to blow up few IT companies, including Infosys and Wipro.

The mails and calls, made just after the recent Mumbai terror attacks, have put the City police on high alert.

15 threatening mails and calls have been received so far.

There are numerous IT companies in the State, which serve as one of the main sources of revenue for the government.

US IT companies now looking for home tech support

US IT companies now looking for home tech supportWashington, Dec. 13: Rising demands for a familiar voice and increasing problems with accents and pronounciations, have forced information technology (IT) companies in the US to go back to American voices for tech support services.

American computer maker Dell, in its effort to lure customers in the US, has initiated a program in which it will guarantee-for a price- that the person who picks up the phone on a support call will be, as company ads mention in bold text, "based in North America."

Bharat Biotech bags IT project worth Rs 100 crore from Orissa Government

Bharat BiotechBharat Biotech International Limited, one of the fastest growing biotechnology companies in India, has been selected by the Orissa government to develop the state's first public-private-partnership Biotech Pharma IT park at Andharua near Bhubaneswar.

The Orissa government has allocated 54.86 acres to Bharat Biotech, which will be handed over in two phases towards the development of the integrated industrial park to attract and promote pharmaceutical, biotechnology and IT industries in the state.

No IT job cuts or bank lendings in India: Business honchos

Tokyo, Oct 22: The recent lay offs in the aviation sector and the buzz of a slump in the IT sector, have sent shivers down the backs of the working class, but Nandan Nilekani, co-chairman and co-founder of the Bangalore-based Infosys Ltd. told ANI there is no need to worry.

"We have already said the growth will be lowered at Infosys. We have lowered the guidance of the year of 13 to 15 per cent, but part of that is cross currency. But fundamentally, I think, there is growth and there will be jobs in the industry," Nandan said.

Solar Cells Could Be Made More Efficient Through A New Method

A new method of slicing wafers of germanium, for use in more efficient types of solar Solar Cells Could Be Made More Efficient Through A New Method   power cells has been devised by U.S. scientists.

According to University of Utah researcher Dinesh Rakwal and Assistant Professor Eberhard Bamberg, “Our new method should lower the cost of such cells by reducing the waste and breakage of the brittle semiconductor.”

India''s largest IT Scholarship Test to be held on September 21

NIITNew Delhi, Sept. 4 : India''s largest IT Scholarship Program - the 18th Bhavishya Jyoti Scholarship Test - will be conducted on September 21 (Sunday) by NIIT across over 400 education centres in the country.

The scholarship program rewards fee waivers to meritorious students and graduates desirous of building successful careers in diverse industries that require Information Technology skills.

NIIT plans to offer scholarship to 20,000 students in the country, this year, based on their performance in the competitive written test, personal interview and Class XIIth score.

Facebook users can be tricked into attacking innocent websites

Facebook unveils new design, sues German rivalLondon, September 1 : Users of social networking websites like Facebook can be tricked into attacking innocent websites without knowing about them, according to a new study.

Researchers from the Foundation for Research and Technology in Heraklion, Greece, have revealed that they created an application called FaceBot for their study.

The programme was used to present a striking photo to users every day, reports New Scientist magazine.

Bloomberg mistakenly publishes Steve Jobs’ obituary!

London, Aug 29 : An obituary of Apple founder Steve Jobs has been mistakenly published by the Bloomberg business news wire.

The obit, describing Steve Jobs as the man who ‘refashioned the mobile phone’ was published "momentarily" after a routine update by a reporter, and was "immediately deleted".

The 2,500-word piece contained blank spaces for Jobs’ age and cause of death to be inserted.

In the opening sentence Jobs was described as the man who “helped make personal computers as easy to use as telephones, changed the way animated films are made, persuaded consumers to tune into digital music and refashioned the mobile phone.”

Thinkshop on Indian Government’s next E-governance project

New Delhi, Aug 29: The Union Ministry of Information Technology said on Friday that the UPA Government’s next E-Governance project - NextGen MCA21 – would possess the capability of meeting the challenges of the country’s growing economy.

Inaugurating a Thinkshop on the project here, Union Information Technology Secretary Jainder Singh said, “Our rapid pace of growth is putting immense work pressure on current institutional structures, current ways of functioning, and current ways of managing information and current regulatory practices. This coupled with heightened expectations of the stakeholders on account of the success of MCA21 has created an urgent need to evolve further to meet the pressure and expectations.”

Chandigarh, Coimbatore fast emerging as India’s new IT hub

Melbourne, Aug 26: Chandigarh and Coimbatore are fast emerging as India’s new IT hub leaving behind traditional centres of Bangalore and Hyderabad, as information technology services grow at 20 per cent annually.

Chandigarh and Coimbatore are fast attracting technology companies and workers as inadequate infrastructure cripples the traditional centres of Bangalore and Hyderabad as well as country’s financial hub, Mumbai.

Chandigarh, a well-planned city started by first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru is now attracting major IT groups, including Infosys.

It is known as one of the best experiments in urban planning and modern architecture in 20th century India.

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