TCS bags Rs 1,100 crore contract from Department of Posts – Source The Economic Times

Tata Consultancy ServicesBSE -0.01 % (TCS) on Wednesday said it has bagged a six-year contract from the Department of Posts (DoP) worth over Rs 1,100 crore. 

The end-to-end IT modernisation programme to be implemented by TCSBSE -0.01 % will equip India Post with modern technologies and systems to enable it to provide services to customers in an effective manner, TCS said in a statement. 

The scope of the project, dubbed India Post 2012, includes developing and supporting mail, finance and accounts, HR, and customer interaction management solutions for all channels including Rural ICT platform. 

Under the deal,TCS will also manage data migration, infrastructure, Service Level Agreement (SLA), call centre and centralised 24×7 service desk operation for DoP, it said. 

The end-to-end security solutions, Enterprise Management System (EMS) and over all integration for entire system is the responsibility of core system integrator (CSI), the statement said. 

“India Post has a vision of being a technology-enabled self-reliant market leader and is looking to move from a government service provider to a customer-enabled service provider where the customer will be the focus of multifarious service delivery platforms,” DoP Secretary P Gopinath said. 

Increased urbanisation, demand for financial services, increased funding by the government for the weaker sections and the rural sector have opened up new opportunities for India Post, which has necessitated development of new processes and supporting technology. 

“The core system integrator project is about service delivery transformation through a technology-led, service- oriented approach to offer world class delivery of postal services to Indian citizens,” TCS Vice President and Global Head (Government Industry Solutions Unit) Tanmoy Chakrabarty said.

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates meets Kapil Sibal, discusses role of IT in health projects – Source The Economic Times

Microsoft founder Bill Gates meets Kapil Sibal, discusses role of IT in health projects

Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates today discussed with Telecom & IT Minister Kapil Sibal the role of information technology in the effective management of diseases like TB.

“The concept of using ICT for effective management of diseases like Tuberculosis and non-communicable diseases, improving immunisation of children so as to improve upon the indicators like infant mortality rate and for mothers from maternal mortality rate (MMR) point of view was discussed,” IT Secretary J Satyanarayana told reporters about the meeting here. 

The secretary said that the minister has asked Gates, who runs charity organisation Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to participate in these projects for which pilot will started soon. 

Sibal in early 2012 had drawn Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s attention towards the new strain of tuberculosis, which is communicable and untreatable. This Total Drug Resistant (TDR) TB is attributed to wrong medication and untimely treatment. 

Both IT and Health Ministries were directed to act on the issue and work out an effective solution to prevent spread of TB. 

Gates’ foundation, at present, is running health programme in Bihar. 

“Through pilots we will build standard business model for both government and private sector for providing health services using technology. There we will also call non-government organisation to participate in the programme. We have requested Gates foundation to get involved in it,” the IT Secretary said. 

He said that Minister and Gates discussed about National Optic Fibre Project that will connect 2,50,000 village panchayats with broadband in 2014 and the way it can be used for health projects.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates meets Kapil Sibal, discusses role of IT in health projects – Source The Economic Times

Microsoft founder Bill Gates meets Kapil Sibal, discusses role of IT in health projects

Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates today discussed with Telecom & IT Minister Kapil Sibal the role of information technology in the effective management of diseases like TB.

“The concept of using ICT for effective management of diseases like Tuberculosis and non-communicable diseases, improving immunisation of children so as to improve upon the indicators like infant mortality rate and for mothers from maternal mortality rate (MMR) point of view was discussed,” IT Secretary J Satyanarayana told reporters about the meeting here. 

The secretary said that the minister has asked Gates, who runs charity organisation Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to participate in these projects for which pilot will started soon. 

Sibal in early 2012 had drawn Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s attention towards the new strain of tuberculosis, which is communicable and untreatable. This Total Drug Resistant (TDR) TB is attributed to wrong medication and untimely treatment. 

Both IT and Health Ministries were directed to act on the issue and work out an effective solution to prevent spread of TB. 

Gates’ foundation, at present, is running health programme in Bihar. 

“Through pilots we will build standard business model for both government and private sector for providing health services using technology. There we will also call non-government organisation to participate in the programme. We have requested Gates foundation to get involved in it,” the IT Secretary said. 

He said that Minister and Gates discussed about National Optic Fibre Project that will connect 2,50,000 village panchayats with broadband in 2014 and the way it can be used for health projects.

Obama’s cyber order mirrors India’s net security framework – Source The Economic Times

India’s top security brass has claimed that the Obama administration came up with an executive order that resembles India’s cyber security initiatives after it had failed to get the Cyber Security Bill approved in the US Senate. A confidential document circulated by National Security Council Secretariat(NSCS) — the apex agency looking into the country’s political, economic, energy and strategic security concerns — to the chiefs of the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force said that the Executive Order issued by the US President on February 12, this year ‘in many respects mirrors the initiatives taken by India in it’s document on framework of cyber security.’

A document issued by security brass of the country, which was reviewed by ET, cites at least 12 instances where the US order mirrors India’s cyber security framework that was drafted in 2011. These include setting out a cyber security policy, defining critical infrastructure, information sharing between departments and protection of civil liberties. It’s imperative to note that US President Barack Obama was unable to get the draft cyber security bill passed in the US Senate last year. Under fire from civil and internet liberal associations, the bill had failed by eight votes. 

The bill needed 60 votes in a 100-member senate. However, Obama’s order is silent on identifying enemy infrastructure. ET reported in December of 2011 about India’s cyber security framework, which includes mapping of cyber systems of other countries, including their internet gateways, routers, IT system layouts, and web routing patterns. At the same time, the National Security Council Secretariat has also pointed out that the US has made substantive progress in protection of critical infrastructure against cyber threats. “The executive order stipulates time frames for auction that are still absent in the Indian perspective. There appears to be greater recognition of and sensitivity to threats in cyber space and, hence, a greater sense of urgency than what is apparent in India. There are also closer linkages with the private sector and a more defined consultative process. 

Lastly, the order specifically stresses the need to ensure due protection of privacy and civil liberties as an integral part of any efforts towards cyber security,” the National Security Council Secretariat communication added. Both India and US have been victims of cyber attacks originating from China. US-China ties have also come under pressure due to cyber spying from China. In a report released this month, Pentagon, which houses the US Department of Defense, has alleged that China is cyberspying against the US government, which includes attacks to gain information about its weapons programs. India’s external affairs, home affairs and defence ministries have come under hacking attacks originating from China.

Sony launches Xperia Tablet Z in India at Rs 46,990 – Source The Economic Times

Expanding its Xperia range of gadgets, Sony India today launched theXperia Tablet Z, which the company claims is the world’s thinnest design at 6.9 mm, priced at Rs 46,990. 

The dust and water-resistant tablet sports a 10.1 inch 1920X1200p WUXGA display with a mobile Bravia Engine 2. It runs on Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 1.5 GHz asynchronous quad CPUs and has a 2 GB RAM. 

“Weighing 495 grams, the tablet is available in black in HSPA+ and WIFI versions and it is the first tablet to run on Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro asynchronous quad-core processor,” Xperia Product Manager Mukesh Srivastava said. 

The tablet, which will run on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and is upgradable to 4.2, is priced at Rs 46,990 and targets the premium segment. 

It has a rear 8 MP camera and a front facing 2 MP camera. The tablet also includes Sony’s One-Touch functions that lets users transfer content seamlessly from HD tablet to TV, tablet to speaker or phone to tablet just by touching them together, he added. 

The Xperia tablet has an internal memory of 16 GB and has an additional 16 GB memory card along with other accessories like leather pouch, screen protector, etc. 

The tablet will be available across all Sony centres and major electronic stores across India from today.

Has Apple lost its cool? Its CEO Tim Cook says ‘No’ – Source The Economic Times

It has been a rough year for Apple. The company has battled fierce competitors like Samsung, come under scrutiny for tax avoidance and watched in dismay as its stock price took more dips and turns than a roller coaster.

In a keynote interview Tuesday evening at D: All Things Digital, a technology conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., Apple’s chief executive, Timothy D. Cook, paused in thought for a second when asked whether the company was in trouble and had lost its cool. 

“Absolutely not,” he said. 

He said the company was still capable – and currently working on – technology and devices that would transform the industry as broadly and meaningfully as previous products like iTunes and the iPhone have. 

“We’ve always suited up and fought,” he said. 

The company has made nine acquisitions this year, he said, not all of which were made public, to help it prepare for the future product releases, among other things. 

Cook said that although the company’s fluctuating stock price was frustrating, he was encouraged by the company’s most recent quarter, when it sold 85 million iPhones and 42 million iPads. He said that the company had started from the bottom and that, in the beginning, success had been elusive. The rest of the time, he said, it was cyclical. He said 59 percent of all Web traffic is generated by iOS devices, although he did not offer a source for that statistic. 

“For us, winning has never been about making the most,” he said. “We make the best PC, but we don’t make the most.” 

He said that “same culture and largely the same people that brought you the iPhone and the iPad are still there,” continuing to work on new products. 

He said Apple continued to look at the TV industry, but he had no comment on whether the company was working on something other than Apple TV, saying he didn’t want “to give anyone any ideas.” 

When asked about Glass, the new computing eyewear system from Google, Cook said it had some appeal but added that it was “tough to see” whether it had mainstream appeal. But he said he viewed wearable computers in general as an area ripe for development and innovation. He also predicted that the sensor market was “going to explode.” 

He said that the smartwatch was interesting and that it could be another pillar of computing in the post-PC era, along with the smartphone and tablet computer. 

But first, he said, “you have to convince people it’s something incredible.” 

Toward the end of the interview, Cook bristled when asked questions about whether Apple used gimmicks or accounting tricks to avoid billions in taxes. He said Apple paid $6 billion annually in U.S. taxes, which he said was “more than anyone else.” 

He said the company “did what every multinational company did,” adding there was serious need for reform.

Older gadgets with fantastic bang for your buck – Source The Economic Times

TABLETS

Apple iPad 2 (WiFi)

WAS: Rs 29,500; NOW: Rs 22,500 

Even though there are two new versions , the iPad 2 is the slimmest (8.8mm) and lightest (601 grams) tablet from the range. It has a 9.7-inch display (1024 x 768 pixels), dual core processor & 16GB storage. It upgrades to the latest iOS 6.1 and there are absolutely no issues with running any of the newer apps or playing the latest games. Apart from the performance , the battery life that you get is also phenomenal.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (WiFi) 

WAS: Rs 13,900; NOW: Rs 9,499 

If you’re looking for a 7-inch tablet from one of the bigger brands, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2 is a great option . It may be old, but it still offers a lot in terms of hardware, software, features as well as overall build quality compared to most other tablets in this price range. Specs include Android 4.1, 1Ghz dual core processor , 1GB RAM and 16GB storage. The 7-inch display (1024 x 768 pixels) is sharp & vibrant.

PHONES 

Apple iPhone 4 

WAS: Rs 34,500; NOW: Rs 24,345 

The iPhone 4 marked a major shift in design compared to the previous 3GS. It still looks fresh because the iPhone 4S is near identical and the iPhone 5 follows the same design language. Apart from the latest version of iOS, the iPhone 4 also enjoys a vast app + accessory ecosystem and there’s currently a great buyback (discount) offer on that drops the price by another Rs 7000.

Samsung Galaxy S3 

WAS: Rs 43,180; NOW: Rs 27,500 

The blockbuster S3 and S2 were the main factors that catapulted Samsung into the Android big leagues, making them the world’s largest vendor of smartphones. Now, even though the mighty S4 has now been launched, the S3 is no slouch. At its new price, the S3 is superb value for money and still one of the best Android phones around.

Nokia PureView 808 

WAS: Rs 33,899; NOW: Rs 17,999 

There wasn’t much to differentiate cameraphones from one another till the 808 PureView came around. It was unveiled last year – the 41 Megapixel sensor and pixel oversampling technology was inno vative to say the least. It was and still is leagues ahead of most cameraphones – primarily thanks to the sensor being larger than most compact cameras. The Nokia Belle operating system fell out of favour though and is the main reason why it’s available at this throwaway price now.