Bangalore-based startup Notion Ink finally puts the much delayed Adam tablet on sale. The device, which is priced a tad lower than the iPad, is a standout product from an Indian manufacturer, which aims to compete with Apple and Samsung not by offering a low price, but by providing a user experience and device engineering at a quality that matches the global leaders. The launch has not been without controversy, however, and CEO Rohan Shravan defends his company’s decision to keep things under wraps even as it starts to sell the tablet.
Think Design, a young design startup, has been founded by three ex-NID students who saw the need for proper industrial design, UI design and mobile app design standards in the Indian market. The young company already has major clients like Microsoft, Whirlpool and Godrej under its belt, along with international clients from around the world.
Dealivore is the latest entrant in the social buying market. The sector has been flooded by Groupon clones in the last one year, but Dealivore MD Satish Madhira talks about how they are trying to consciously adapt the business model to better suit Indian markets, and also the fast growth they have seen the viral effects of Facebook.
HP has launched the DreamScreen in India, a budget touchscreen computer to enable everyone to access the Internet. Built around a variety of apps by various service providers, the company hopes the device will encourage adoption of PCs and increase the number of users actively on the Internet. Is Rs 20,000 a reasonable figure and can HP succeed where so many others have failed?
A group of school students in Karnataka have started a website to share past test papers for free over the Internet. They are running the site to help other students like them who might have had difficulty in finding question papers for exams that they need to sit for. By providing a single database with papers from different exams around the country, they hope to help other students too.
In Delhi to announce the launch of LinkedIn’s latest feature – company pages – in the second largest market for his company, LinkedIn VP - Marketing Solutions Steve Patrizi spoke to exchange4media about their latest innovation, about the remarkable growth of the network here, and why professional networking is important not just for professionals, but also for companies, big and small.
India has fewer broadband Internet users than small countries like the UK or Italy, and does not even make up for 10 per cent of the number of users from China or the US. Rediff.com Chairman Ajit Balakrishnan takes us through the issues holding us back and charts a path to 100 million users.
TRAI Chairman JS Sharma has said that the growth of broadband connections in India will help in the development of the economy and also in infrastructure such as education and healthcare. While he has not disclosed TRAI’s future broadband plans, he does mention that one part is to have a closer role in the functions of service providers to encourage value added services, while at the same time, connecting every gram panchayat in the country to a fiber optic network as early as 2012.
NDTV is expanding its reach from television sets and aiming for our computers and our cell phones. In a freewheeling conversation with exchange4media, Vikram Chandra, CEO, NDTV Convergence, reveals the plans that the news organisation has chalked out to take it ahead as we watch the advent of high speed, low cost, personal Internet on mobile phones and affordable computers.
Microsoft is focusing on social networks over television to publicise its newest gaming product. The company feels that while they needed to run a major television campaign when they launched the Xbox 360 in India, today the market is more mature, and hence, it is more effective to let people get hands on time with the devices instead, and to build awareness online.