Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Airtel and Samsung launch India’s first Integrated digital TV (iDTV)

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Airtel digital TV, the Direct-To-Home (DTH) service from Bharti Airtel, announced its partnership with Samsung to launch India’s very first Integrated Digital TV (iDTV).

As part of this innovation - Samsung’s range of SmartDirect TVs will come designed with an in-built Airtel digital TV Smart Card which will enable DTH signal reception without the need for customers to install an external set-top-box (STB).

The Integrated Digital TV (iDTV) capability will deliver a smart TV viewing experience for customers through minimal signal loss and maximum audio and video clarity, while also ensuring maximum power savings.

Developed post an extensive R&D, the iDTV is a smart solution that not only enables a hassle free TV setup that has fewer wires but will also assist in reduction in signal loss (between the set-top-box and TV). iDTV offers a single remote solution powered by an intuitive user guide.

Powered by HD technology, iDTV creates a more immersive viewing experience coupled with intuitive user interface giving customers greater control of their entertainment experience. The iDTV set includes the Samsung SmartDirect TV and Airtel Digital TV’s Smart Card. It is now available across Samsung Plazas and all leading multi-retail outlets for prices at starting Rs. 44,900/-.

Recurly raises $12 million series B financing

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Recurly Inc., the leading pay-as-you-go subscription billing platform, has closed a $12 million Series B round of new financing.

Devonshire Investors (the private investment firm affiliated with Fidelity Investments) led the round with participation from Greycroft Partners and existing investors, Polaris Partners and e.ventures.

The new investment will allow Recurly to further accelerate the considerable momentum it has achieved over the last several years in the areas of product innovation, top-notch talent acquisition and customer and revenue growth. With this investment, Shervin Ghaemmaghami, from Devonshire Investors, will join the Recurly Board of Directors.

Recurly launched in 2010 on the premise that businesses require an elegant solution to manage sophisticated subscription billing operations. The company’s service has attracted a rapidly growing list of 1700 customers from 32 countries, processing in 11 local currencies via 22 payment gateways.

The company has experienced over 780% growth in revenue and over 34 consecutive months of increasing monthly recurring revenue since its $6 million Series A funding.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Exceptional audio visual entertainment with VU- 65" curved 4k UHD SMART LED TV

USA: Vu Televisions unveiled its 65" curved 4k UHD SMART LED TV – available online and in stores.

Technology customers this season will now be able to enjoy an immersive experience from Vu's new Ultra HD curved panel, at an affordable price.  Vu’s 65” Curved 4K UHD SMART LED TV hits the market today at Rs. 2,24,900 as compared to Samsung’s competing model at Rs. 4,09,000.

Going the extra mile, the Vu’s curved TV comes with some exciting features.  It has Bluetooth connectivity, so users can pair all of their Bluetooth devices to the TV.  The new curved television also features voice interaction for instant web browsing, Air Mouse Remote for an interactive point and click experience, 8GB NAND storage for local downloads, and cloud storage access for the tech savvy consumer.

The concave screen and powerful external speakers surround viewers with life-like video and audio.  Wide colour gamut panels with Advanced Hyper Technology enhance image colours to ensure optimal performance. The 178 degree viewing angle on the Vu 65" Curved 4k UHD SMART LED TV wins against the competition, making this the best curved TV for large audiences.

Konica Minolta signs global leasing framework agreement with DLL for global major account business

SINGAPORE: Konica Minolta Inc. has signed a "Global Leasing Framework Agreement" with De Lage Landen (DLL). This is a significant milestone for both companies and marks the formalization of an already mutually beneficial working relationship.

Konica Minolta is a global manufacturer and service provider in the imaging industry and has been engaged in providing OPS (Optimized Printing Services) and committed to premier customer partnership through its group companies in 45 countries and sales and service outlets in more than 150 across the world.

"We are rapidly expanding the contracts and execution of our OPS business with global major account (GMA) customers to meet their growing needs," said Jun Haraguchi, senior executive officer, Konica Minolta. "One of the fundamental requirements by GMA customers is competitive financing solutions for printing equipment and related services with a consistent rental/leasing program available all over the world--and that's what we believe we have accomplished with DLL."

DLL, a global provider of asset based financial solutions, is a fully-owned subsidiary of the Rabobank Group.

Friday, October 17, 2014

MNBS 2014: from R&D to innovation

LYON, FRANCE: Yole Finance, the corporate finance services unit of Yole Développement (Yole), has collaborated with the European Commission and the Laboratory for Analysis and Architecture of Systems (LAAS, Toulouse, France) to promote the smart systems technologies through the 8th Annual Concertation and Consultation Workshop on Micro-Nano-Bio Convergence Systems (MNBS 2014 – October 21 – 22, 2014).

 During this event, Yole Finance will chair a high added-value industrial session, entitled “R&D transfer and Industrial Issues”. Yole Finance invites selected panelists to share best practices and implement relevant innovation processes to bridge the gap from R&D to market.

Industrial session’s agenda also highlights feedbacks and lessons learnt through the action COWIN launched and coordinated by Yole Finance. “Moreover, Yole Finance is organizing a marketplace to facilitate access to Yole expertise and to a selection of key innovations well positioned to strengthen European competitiveness,” explains Géraldine Andrieux Gustin, senior partner, Yole Finance.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

International CES Unveiled coming to Tokyo on Feb. 18

ARLINGTON, USA & TOKYO, JAPAN: The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced that it will kick off its first CES Unveiled international event for 2015 in Tokyo.

This new products and technology news showcase will occur on Wednesday, February 18 in Tokyo, to be followed by events in several other international cities throughout the year.  The CES Unveiled series brings innovative technology companies, top media, buyers, analysts and key industry influencers together to highlight and review new products and tech trends originating at the International CES.

“With Japan’s long history of leading innovation across the consumer technology industry and bringing breakthrough products to the International CES, it is only fitting we bring our Unveiled series to Tokyo,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA.

“We received such strong feedback from the Japanese technology community when we met with them earlier this year that we knew the companies, from tech startups to established successes, would welcome the opportunity to participate in this event and showcase the next generation of innovations birthed in Japan to media, buyers, VCs and other key audiences.”