Smartwatch shipment records 127 percent YoY growth

Smartwatch shipment records 127 percent YoY growth

New Delhi: Smartwatches do tell the time — such as smartphones which still make and receive calls — but this particular wearable section has come of age with real life use cases in areas like health and fitness along with a connected app ecosystem which has made them a preferred selection for the Indian millennials.

According to the International Data Corporation’s (IDC)’Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker Q3 2019′, 3.07 lakh watches were sent during the third quarter into India — registering 47 percent growth quarter-on-quarter and 127 per cent growth year-on-year.

Among the watches, the nation saw the arrival of 1.87 lakh smartwatches in the third quarter, registering 28 percent QoQ growth and 93 per cent YoY growth.

For the smartwatch players, India offers immense growth potential with a strong millennial base with income being dominated by the Apple Series.

Here, one has to understand the difference between a smartwatch and a one.

Apple, Fitbit and Fossil are true smartwatches while the rest of the crowd comes under the fundamental watch (with intelligent features) category.

To make it simpler, a basic watch is like an entry-level smartphone — manufacturers such as Huami’s Amazfit, Huawei etc. — while smartwatch — that can run third-party applications on the device itself — is considered truly’smart’.

‘Basic watch comprises devices resembling traditional wrist-worn watches and/or devices where timekeeping is a function that is main. Timekeeping and a default watch screen, or see face are a necessity for a device to be considered as a basic’watch’,’ Jaipal Singh Client Devices, IDC India, told IANS.

In a price-conscious market like India, several brands have entered the fundamental watch category.

‘The mid-range segment or entry-level watch (basic watch) segment is growing very fast as more and more Indians realise the importance of staying fit. Individuals who wore fitness bands for years are now switching to these watches, and, finally, true smartwatches. We will see brands entering this segment in 2020,’ elaborated Singh.

Smartwatches saw a healthy 99.6 percent (YoY) and 42.9 percent (QoQ) increase in the second quarter from the country.

At the rate of 30-40 lakh wearables each quarter, we can readily see India consuming in between 1.2 crore and 1.5 crore wearables in a year which is still small compared to globally but the growth is stupendous.

The wearable market is expected to reach international shipments of 222.9 million units in 2019, with earwear and watches accounting for more than 70 per cent of wearable shipments by 2023.

According to Ramon T. Llamas, Research Director, wearables team, IDC, smartwatches’will move deeper into health and fitness and connect with a number of systems and applications, both at work and within the home.’

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Recalling the incident, Murthy said

Recalling the incident, Murthy said

MUMBAI: A bitter encounter on a train in 1974 in Nis, a border town between what is now Serbia and Bulgaria, turned NR Narayana Murthy into a “compassionate capitalist”, leading him to make Infosys, the country’s IT bellwether.

Recalling the incident, Murthy said he was engaged in a conversation with a girl, who could only understand French, but it landed him in trouble.

“We had been talking about life in Bulgaria. I think the boy, who had been accompanying the woman, got upset with us for some reason. So, he went and brought the authorities,” Murthy said on Sunday while addressing the audience at a tech festival arranged by IIT, Bombay, through a video link.

The Bulgarian guards took Murthy’s passport, bag and dragged him on the platform. He was kept in an 8X8 space, with primitive toilet facilities, for a few days.

“I thought they would open the door in the morning and get me some breakfast because I was the state guest, but nothing happened. I lost all hope of eating anything,” he said.

The following morning, police took Murthy into the platform and pushed him into the guard’s compartment of a departing freight train. At this time, Murthy hadn’t had anything to eat or drink for five days in a row.

The guards said,”Look, you are from a friendly country called India, so we’re letting you go but we’ll give you your passport once you reach Istanbul.” If a country treats friends like this, Murthy thought to himself, he wouldn’t want to be part of a communist country ever.

“That cued me from being a confused leftist to a determined compassionate capitalist,” he said. That episode pushed Murthy towards taking the plunge into entrepreneurship.

He said his first attempt at entrepreneurship was a company called Softronics focused on providing IT services to the national market, in Pune, which he shut as he could not see any future prospects.

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Internet not fully restored, but J&K Police to associate with people on Social Networking

Internet not fully restored, but J&K Police to associate with people on Social Networking

Srinagar: Internet providers are yet to be fully restored in Jammu and Kashmir, however, the J&K Police is set to use social media platforms to connect with individuals, improve citizens’ perception of the drive, and increase its reach.

Broadband, landline and cellular services were shut down in the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir in August, before the Narendra Modi government scrapped Article 370 and bifurcated it into two union territories.

In Jammu, broadband services were restored by October, but in Kashmir some educational institutions and government institutions have got it back. Neither area has got mobile internet back, while at the new UT of Ladakh, both services are restored by the end of December.

The circular

‘Law enforcement agencies throughout the globe nowadays make use of social media in a huge way to inform the general public concerning the fantastic work done by them… They are also using social media to get information from people regarding crime and offenders,’ read the circular. It further directed police units to add ‘300 personality tweets’ along with press releases.

‘Kashmiris will see the work done by police’

Regardless of the ongoing online shutdown, police officers ThePrint spoke to seemed hopeful, and stated it was imperative for them to publish information regarding their good work, no matter the ban.

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Hindustan Unilever became a CEO factory and a company with good middle-class values.

Hindustan Unilever became a CEO factory and a company with good middle-class values.

Under price control soaps and vanaspati were in 1975, making a loss-making firm. HUL [Hindustan Unilever Limited] launched a new brand of premium soap.

Rustomjee, an older sales manager handling MP East, had sent his vendors a note asking them to maintain the launch till he visited the industry so that they could do it using conventional fanfare. A disgruntled distributor in Raigarh (now in Chhattisgarh) sent this to the police, saying that HUL was encouraging hoarding. Remember this was the time of Emergency.

They met a lawyer who said that for a small fee he would definitely get bail as they entered court. On being asked how he was sure, the attorney said that when MK entered the court the judge would wink at him, demonstrating the influence the attorney had on the judge. Sure enough, when MK walked into the courtroom, he was winked at by the judge. The judge maintained Rustomjee and MK waiting for hours. Sensing that the judge would not hear the case that day, thereby keeping Rustomjee in the cooler for the long Holi weekend, MK requested Rustomjee to leave the court and go to Raipur.

MK told the judge that being old, and being a heart patient, equally accurate, Rustomjee had abandoned for Raipur where he could get medical aid. The judge immediately issued a non-bailable warrant and sent the police to bring Rustomjee back. A despondent MK walked from the courtroom on to the street, only to find Rustomjee. There was no way Rustomjee would leave a young manager of the business at the mercy of a judge. Had the judge locked up for obstructing the legislation MK, Rustomjee was intending to present himself. MK sent Rustomjee and himself went to the Jabalpur High Court. Using HUL’s credibility and the stature of their counsel, rather than clarify the situation in an open court, there was a chamber hearing requested. The high court judge not only granted bail to Rustomjee but after a few hearings even quashed the criminal complaint.

While in Jabalpur MK got to be aware that the business sales officer in Jabalpur had either intentionally or inadvertently tipped the distributor which the first letter of Rustomjee could be misconstrued as hoarding. Peeved at him, as was the custom in those days, MK didn’t go to meet with him. Back after a successful outcome and a few days, MK was amazed to find an official reprimand letter. ‘It was unacceptable,’ the letter said,’to get a covenanted manager when in his city, to not visit with a salesman.’ The letter was on the confidential file of MK till he retired.

This story reveals many facets of HUL covered in the book. The drive for profitability in launch Lux Supreme when confronted with price controls. The profound belief in marketing even one of field sales managers. The sales system’s dedication to providing the very best in the marketplace by the manager being present for the launching in a little town to it. Integrity as evinced by the refusal to cover what could easily have been called a lawyer’s fee. The courage and presence of mind by asking the sales manager to 25, in taking a risk with the law of a company attorney. The caring showed by a veteran towards a younger manager. The ability of HUL, built by its reputation, to move mountains to have a special hearing of a case. Of having a meal at a salesperson’s house if you visit with his town, the simple middle-class value. The HR systems that picked up a policy violation and sent a reprimand notice.

I can not think. A few would have done some. But there is one in this story that HUL could have done. Reprimanding a successful result, because it involved what in hindsight was an incredibly small transgression – not having dinner in the Jabalpur salesperson’s house. But that is how HUL works. Much, far more a good one, although this is exactly what makes a CEO Factory and it a great company.

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Educating robots the art of a good conversation

Educating robots the art of a good conversation

BENGALURU: it pulled the plug on it within a week When lingerie startup Clovia deployed a bot to talk with clients online two years back. A customer asking about an merchandise was shown bras to purchase. Gaffes like this can spiral out of control.

And yet after some persuasion, Clovia decided to try out a chatbot. From throwing a bot this time the strategy was a lot different.

The first few weeks have been spent digesting all available data on client queries, understanding business processes, identifying areas that were easiest to automate first, and training the bot to deal with those and hand off trickier areas like body contours and matches to humans. Subsequently Clovia felt confident enough to provide another try to the chatbot. There has been a reduction in people handling customer queries even though the business of Clovia has increased. Interactions with the bot are increasing in number and sophistication.

“Originally we gave it very little space, but as we saw customers responding better, we have begun to push the chatbot further,” states Vermani. “Many customers are more comfortable talking to a bot about something as intimate as a lingerie. We want an bra salesperson to notify a consumer. And we are pretty much there in our test runs.”


Many people have interacted with chatbots only to be frustrated whenever the conversation moved beyond basic questions. That’s because most chatbots do not have any idea about the intent behind our queries. The possibilities of natural language processing (NLP) have exploded over the past decade as the big tech companies-Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook and IBM-have pumped resources into creating their own virtual assistants such as Alexa and Siri in addition to open source AI platforms. This has lowered the entry barrier for producing chatbots but has not made them intelligent in specific contexts. A baby doll means something in the toy market and something in the lingerie of women , for example. “Everybody says,’Oh, I can make bots’. That is like saying I play cricket and so does Virat Kohli. Building a bot that is simple is college level material. As soon as you enter a higher level, data sciences and business use cases come into play.”

Satish Medapati, who managed the APAC region [24]7. Ai turning entrepreneur, started Intentico in February 2018. The key, according to him, is to look at the chatbot as one piece of an enterprise’s”AI transformation” instead of a plug-and-play tool.

“Having the best algorithm or NLP is not enough. A whole lot of consultation work also needs to be done,” says Medapati.

Only then can a chatbot be incorporated into a roadmap to automate and enhance the experience of today’s customers who are used to messaging and anticipate relevant answers immediately rather than being put on hold in a call with repetitive music.

Intentico is focused on drilling heavy with a few enterprises large enough to architect such a job rather than spreading itself thin across multiple smaller customers. Automotive, banking and retail firms in India and Japanese electronics manufacturer Toshiba in the Gulf are one of its early adopters. “Each of our clients has failed earlier with bots despite a multi-million-dollar exposure,” states Medapati.

Intentico’s NLP motor Curie in the rear end and its text and address bots at the front end are part of a larger suite of products that deal with various facets of customer interaction across multiple channels. These include bot-integrated middleware to connect different systems and stations,’botlytics’ to derive actionable insights, and traditional tools like IVR (interactive voice response), ticketing and dashboards.

Such an integrated strategy increases the odds of its chatbots engaging in deeper discussions and making sense. Intentico works with partners and system integrators to locate and fit all the pieces of the puzzle. In the case of Toshiba in Dubai, this extended to figuring out the infrastructure for messaging since many countries in the Gulf have banned VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) which makes popular programs like WhatsApp inaccessible. Intentico crossed that hurdle to station an whole call centre’s customer queries to a language bot. “More than 95 percent of the queries are resolved with the Tosh speech bot,” says Medapati.

How Intentico has built its NLP and flow engine Curie is also different from the decision tree model that most chatbots use. “Ours is an ensemble of decision trees in which the bot can leap from one tree to another,” says Medapati. This is closer to the way the person conversation flows. By way of example, a Toshiba customer might start a conversation about a service request and suddenly ask about a product she found at a retail store. “The human mind can switch seamlessly from one context to another but it is very difficult for a machine to perform,” explains Medapati. “What we have allowed in Curie is a context switch mechanism in which the bot can jump from the node of one tree to a node in another tree of the ensemble.”

Intentico is the third startup of Medapati. His earlier venture Bounty needed a proprietary indoor positioning system to monitor a client’s location in the outlets of partners. It engaged customers by demonstrating reward points to collect and generated client analytics for partners.

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Discoms’ dues to power gencos rise 45

Discoms’ dues to power gencos rise 45

New Delhi: Power producers’ total outstanding dues owed by distribution companies increased around 45 percent to $81,085 crore in November 2019 over the exact same month previous year, representing stress in the industry.

Distribution companies (discoms) owed a total of $54,834 crore to power generation companies in November 2018, according to portal PRAAPTI (Payment Ratification And Analysis in Power procurement for bringing Transparency in Invoicing of generators). The portal was launched to bring in transparency.

In November 2019, the total overdue amount, that was not cleared even after 60 days of grace period offered by generators, stood at $71,782 crore as against $41,503 crore in the same month of the preceding year.

Power manufacturers give for paying bills for the supply of electricity to discoms.

So as to provide relief to power generation companies (gencos), the Centre enforced a payment security mechanism from August 1. Under this mechanism, discoms are needed to open letters of credit for getting power supply.

According to the information on the portal, outstanding dues in November has improved over the preceding month. At $80,635 crore, total outstanding dues on discoms stood in October 2019.

The amount in November has also increased over the preceding month. The total overdue amount was $70,477 crore in October 2019.

Among major nations, Andhra Pradesh tops the list with 943 days to make payments, followed by Rajasthan (942 days), Bihar (942 days), Haryana (940 days), Tamil Nadu (938 days), Madhya Pradesh (927 days) and Telangana (920 times ).

Delhi takes to make payments to power gencos.

Overdues of independent power producers amount to over 26 per cent of the total overdue of $71,782 crore on discoms in November 2019.

Among private generators, discoms owe the greatest overdue of $3,201.68 crore to Adani Power, followed by Bajaj Group-owned Lalitpur Power Generation Company Ltd at $2,212.66 crore and GMR at $1,930.16 crore.

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Dell will soon allow users to interact in their laptops with their iPhones

Dell will soon allow users to interact in their laptops with their iPhones

It looks like Dell is attempting to create it’s laptops more appealing to users that are iPhone. According to a report by Boolmberg, the computer manufacturer will be releasing software that will let users mirror their iPhone’s screen on their Dell laptops. The report notes that the upgrade will rollout to Dell’s Mobile Connect software in the coming months as an upgrade. The software currently works with Android devices, and permit users to pair their Android phone.

The report adds that the software would work with the Dell XPS, Inspiron, Vostro and Alienware laptops which ran Windows 10, and requires users to download of an app on the iPhone. Those using the program will be able to get notifications and send texts.

They will also have the ability to drag and drop photos, videos and other files .

Dell is also expected to showcase a number of different devices at CES 2020. It would incorporate a DEll XPS 13 as well as new additions to the Latitude lineup of devices and displays that are new.

With the Consumer Electronics Show just a few days away, Dell, isn’t waiting around for the expo. The business has announced several products across multiple portfolios including many new displays an updated version of the XPS 13 and even additions to the lineup of machines.

Dell claims that the XPS 13 houses the world’s first four-sided display that is near-bezelless. It is believed to come with a 16:10 aspect ratio for the display. The new XPS 13 features slightly broader keycaps, placed in the carbon fiber keyboard island. The Dell XPS 13 will feature processors from the 10th generation Ice Lake chips of Intel. In addition to this new XPS 13, Dell is also announcing a Developer edition of the XPS 13 that will include Ubuntu 18.04LTS rather than Windows 10. The new XPS 13 is reported to be available onwards in select countries for a price of $999. Globally availability to start in February.

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Australia is burning

Australia is burning

Sydney: Australian authorities began assessing the damage on Sunday from heatwave-spurred bushfires that swept through two states a day before, as cooler conditions provided a temporary respite from blazes that have scarred the country’s east coast for months. Light rain and cooler temperatures in the southeast of the country have been a welcome change from the searing heat that has fuelled the catastrophic fires, but officials cautioned they were not enough to put out nearly 200 fires still burning. ‘It certainly is a welcome reprieve, it is psychological relief if nothing else,’ New South Wales (NSW) state Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons stated in an afternoon briefing on the circumstance.

‘But unfortunately it’s not putting out the fires.’ January 5, 2020 fallen powerlines continue to smoulder in paddocks along the Princes Highway near in Milton, Australia. Photo: Reuters/Tracey Nearmy Tens of thousands of homes in both NSW and Victoria states were without power on Sunday as a large-scale military and police effort continued to provide supplies and evacuate thousands of people who’ve been trapped for days in coastal cities by the fires. Initial estimates put damaged or destroyed properties in the hundreds, but police said the mass evacuations by residents of at-risk areas appear to have prevented the significant loss of life.

Twenty-four people have been killed since the beginning of this year’s wildfire season. Fire officials said temperatures were expected to climb during the week and the next significant flashpoint would come by Thursday, but it was too early to gauge the likely severity of the threat. ‘The weather activity we’re seeing, the scope and spread of the flames, the pace at which they are going, the manner in which they are attacking communities who have never seen fire is unprecedented,’ NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian stated. Thousands of people have been evacuated from coastal cities at the peak of the summer holiday season, in one of the biggest coordinated operations because the evacuation of Darwin after Cyclone Tracy flattened the northern city in 1974. Australia has been battling blazes across much of its east coast for decades, with experts saying climate change has been a significant factor in a three-year drought that has left much of the country’s bushland tinder-dry and susceptible to fires.

Bushfires Sweep Across Southeast Australia, two More Killed Following are highlights of what is happening across Australia: – Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Singapore and Papua New Guinea have made offers of military support; New Zealand was sending an extra three Air Force helicopters and crews, two Army Combat Engineer Sections, and a control element to support Australian Defence efforts. – As the smoke cleared, about 350 people were expected to be airlifted from the Victorian town of Mallacoota on Sunday, where approximately 1,000 people were evacuated by sea on Friday. That would leave about 400 individuals who had chosen to stay in the community, The Age newspaper reported. – No fires were burning out of control in New South Wales, but four fires in Victoria had Evacuate Now or Emergency Level warnings.

A threat earlier on Sunday to the NSW town of Eden had eased by late afternoon, and police said the evacuation was no longer necessary. – Haze from the fires was turning heavens orange as far away as New Zealand; authorities there asked people to not call the emergency telephone number. – In Canberra, officials asked for 100,000 extra breathing masks from the national stockpile as the nation’s capital recorded the worst air quality in the world on Sunday, according to the IQAir AirVisual global indicator. The masks are expected to arrive on Monday.

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Alien life is out there, but our theories are not helping us find it

Alien life is out there, but our theories are not helping us find it

If we discovered evidence of alien life, would we even realise it?

But is interpret the data we have with our current best theory, not with some upcoming idea. This is a significant issue for those involved in the search for extraterrestrial life.

Anticipate the unexpected.’

However, is it possible to’expect the unexpected’? These reflect a level of luck on behalf of the researchers involved. When it comes to alien life, is it enough for scientists to assume’we’ll know it when we see it’?

Results seem to tell us that expecting the unexpected is extraordinarily difficult. ‘We often miss what we do not expect to see,’ according to cognitive psychologist Daniel Simons, famous for his work on inattentional blindness. His experiments have shown how people can miss a gorilla banging on its chest. If our attention is occupied, in the former case, we overlook the gorilla. From the latter, we overlook the anomaly because we have prior expectations.

There are a lot of examples in the history of science. Philosophers describe this sort of phenomenon as’theory-ladenness of monitoring’. What we detect depends, quite heavily sometimes, on our notions, concepts, background beliefs and prior expectations. What we take to be important can be biased in this way.

By way of example, when scientists found evidence of low levels of ozone it was initially dismissed by them as data that was poor. It was ruled by the scientists out in advance, with no prior theoretical reason to expect a hole. Thankfully, they were minded to double check, and the discovery was made.

Could a similar thing happen in the search for extraterrestrial life? Scientists studying planets in other solar systems (exoplanets) are overwhelmed by the abundance of possible observation targets competing for their attention. In the last 10 years scientists have identified more than 3,650 planets – more than one a day. With missions such as NASA’s TESS exoplanet hunter this trend will continue.

Every exoplanet and each is full of physical and chemical complexity. It is so easy to imagine a case where scientists don’t double check a target that is flagged as’lacking significance’, but whose great significance will be recognised on closer analysis or using a non-standard theoretical approach.

We shouldn’t exaggerate the theory-ladenness of monitoring. From the Müller-Lyer illusion, a lineup in arrowheads pointing outwards appears shorter than an equally long line with arrowheads pointing inwards. Yet even if we know for sure that the two lines are the exact same length, our perception is unaffected and the illusion remains. Similarly, a sharp-eyed scientist might notice something her concept tells her she should not be seeing. And if just 1 scientist sees something significant scientist in the field will know about it.

History also demonstrates that scientists are able to notice surprising phenomena, even biased scientists who have a pet theory that does not match the phenomena. The 19th-century physicist David Brewster thought that light is made up of particles traveling in a straight line. But this didn’t influence his observations of numerous phenomena related to light, such as what is called birefringence in bodies. Sometimes observation is definitely not theory-laden, at least not.

We need to be open-minded

Certainly, scientists can’t proceed by just observing. Scientific observation needs to be directed. But at the same time, if we are to’expect the unexpected’, we can’t allow theory to influence what we see, and what counts as important. We need to remain open-minded, encouraging exploration of the happenings in similar scholars of yesteryear and the style of Brewster.

Studying the universe isn’t only a scientific endeavour – . The tendency to describe science disparagingly as’fishing expeditions’ is very likely to damage scientific progress. Areas need exploring, and we can not know in advance what we will find.

In the search for life, scientists have to be. And this means a certain amount of encouragement for techniques and non-mainstream ideas. Examples from previous science (including latest ones) show that non-mainstream ideas can sometimes be strongly held back. Space agencies such as NASA must learn from these cases if they believe that, in the search for alien life, we should’expect the unexpected’.

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