In 2013, a hacker group known to Kaspersky Lab as “Wild Neutron” (and which is also known as “Jripbot” and “Morpho”) attacked several high profile companies including Apple, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft. After the incident was widely publicized, the threat actor went dark for almost a year. In late 2013 and early 2014, the attacks resumed and have continued in 2015.
The actor uses a stolen valid code verification certificate and an unknown Flash Player exploit to infect companies and private users around the world and steal sensitive business information.
Kaspersky Lab researchers were able to identify targets of Wild Neutron in 11 countries and territories, including France, Russia, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Palestine, Slovenia, Kazakhstan, UAE, Algeria and the United States. They include:
• Law firms
• Bitcoin-related companies
• Investment companies
• Groups of large companies often involved in M&A deals
• IT companies
• Healthcare companies
• Real estate companies
• Individual users
The focus of the attacks suggests that this is not a nation-state sponsored actor. However, the use of zero-days, multi-platform malware as well as other techniques makes Kaspersky Lab researchers believe it’s a powerful entity engaged in espionage, possibly for economic reasons.
The initial infection vector of the recent attacks is still unknown, although there are clear indications that victims are exploited by a kit that leverages an unknown Flash Player exploit through compromised websites. The exploit delivers a malware dropper package to the victim.
In the attacks observed by Kaspersky Lab researchers, the dropper was signed with a legitimate code verification certificate. The use of certificates allows malware to avoid detection by some protection solutions. The certificate used in the Wild Neutron attacks appears to be stolen from a popular manufacturer of consumer electronics. The certificate is now being revoked.
After getting in the system, the dropper installs the main backdoor.
In terms of functionality, the main backdoor is no different to many other Remote Access Tools (RATs). What really stands out is the attacker’s care in hiding the command and control server (C&C) address and its ability to recover from a C&C shutdown. The command and control server is an important part of the malicious infrastructure as it serves as a “homebase” for the malware deployed on victims’ machines. Special measures built into the malware help the attackers to protect the infrastructure from any possible C&C-takedowns.
The origin of the attackers remains a mystery. In some of the samples, the encrypted configuration includes the string “La revedere” (“Good bye” in Romanian) to mark the end of the C&C communication. In addition to that, Kaspersky Lab researchers have found another non-English string which is the Latin transcription of the Russian word “Успешно” (“uspeshno” -> “successfully”).
“Wild Neutron is a skilled and quite versatile group. Active since 2011, it has been using at least one zero-day exploit, custom malware and tools for Windows and OS X. Even though in the past it has attacked some of the most prominent companies in the world, it has managed to keep a relatively low profile via solid operational security which has so far eluded most attribution efforts. The group’s targeting of major IT companies, spyware developers (FlexiSPY), jihadist forums (the “Ansar Al-Mujahideen English Forum”) and Bitcoin companies indicate a flexible yet unusual mindset and interests,” – said Costin Raiu, Director Global Research and Analysis Team at Kaspersky Lab.
Kaspersky Lab products successfully detect and block the malware used by the Wild Neutron threat actor with the following detection names:
To learn more about the Wild Neutron hacker group, please read the blog post available at Securelist.com.
How GReAT works: http://youtu.be/FzPYGRO9LsA
More information about the Wild Neutron attribution is available to Kaspersky Intelligence Services customers. Contact: email@example.com
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Quantum now has three product classes with multiple models that have achieved Cisco IVT, enabling customers running applications on Cisco UCS hardware to leverage industry-leading workflow, backup and archive storage solutions from Quantum for a variety of use cases:
· DXi Deduplication: The DXi4700 and DXi6900 are qualified to provide deduplication and backup for UCS environments. The DXi4700 is ideal for customers needing efficient data protection for data center, remote or virtual environments and includes military-grade encryption and extensibility to the cloud. The DXi6900 is designed to meet data protection needs of the next-generation data center, offering the highest level of scale, performance and security. In addition, Quantum’s DXi V-Series virtual deduplication appliance provides customers with the option to deploy deduplication as a virtual machine for VMware environments running on UCS hardware.
· Scalar Tape Libraries: The Scalar i40/i80, i500 and i6000 offer intelligent archive capabilities and long-term data retention for UCS customers. Proactive and automated monitoring and management reduce administration time and service interruptions, enabling IT staff to stay focused on key business objectives. Quantum is the market share leader in open systems tape automation, offering ease of management, industry-leading performance, reliability and scalability.
· StorNext Pro Solutions: StorNext Pro Solutions enable collaborative workgroups and are now certified to run in conjunction with applications operating on UCS. Offering broadcast and postproduction professionals fast, easy, end-to-end storage for today’s complex, high-performance workflows, StorNext Pro Solutions are based on StorNext 5 data management software, which provides a shared storage environment, policy-based tiering and the ability to scale to hundreds of petabytes.
The Cisco Solution Partner Program, part of the Cisco Partner Ecosystem, unites Cisco with third-party independent hardware and software vendors to deliver integrated solutions to joint customers. As a Solution Partner, Quantum offers complementary products and has started to collaborate with Cisco to meet the needs of joint customers. For more information on Quantum in the Cisco Marketplace Solutions Catalog, go to: https://marketplace.cisco.com.
Ma Foi Analytics, a new age platform and solution driven insights advisory firm building outcome oriented business solutions by combining capabilities in data sciences (analytics, research) & Big Data technology, has been listed amongst the 36 advanced analytics providers globally in 2015 by Gartner Research. Ma Foi Analytics is among the few Indian companies who are helping organizations unlock the true value of their information assets and helping to improve service efficiency.
“We believe this is a recognition of our platform and cloud based solutions approach to democratizing usage of analytics in enterprises as opposed to the traditional services only delivery model” said Satyakam Mohanty, CEO of Ma Foi Analytics, “We agree with Gartner that for deeper insight and improved decision making, business leaders are increasingly looking to advance their analytics capabilities by adopting advanced analytics platforms to expand beyond descriptive analytics to predictive and prescriptive analytics. Advanced analytics can help organizations to unlock the true value of their information assets that will directly affect their bottom line by increasing revenue, reducing costs and helping to improve service efficiency and I believe we are well positioned to address these needs.”
Gartner estimates that the advanced analytics platform software revenue market up to 1Q15 amounts to over $1.2 billion across a wide variety of industries and geographies. The market is expected to achieve a healthy compound annual growth rate of over 11% during the next three years.
· Successful partnerships with advanced analytics external services providers (ESPs) require working with those that create repeatable and robust analytic solution assets — yet these are few and far between
· Not all services firms have strong capabilities across all the required areas (geography, vertical industry, horizontal domains or technologies supported). Global ESPs have the scale to deliver services across regions and domains, although specialists currently dominate this emerging space
· Operational use cases, real-time event streams, sensors and machine data bring advanced analytics to operational situations. These applications, combined with insights from multi-structured data types, will generate the next wave of advanced analytics service investment
· The rapid growth in the amount of available data, particularly new varieties of data (such as multi-structured data from customer interactions and streamed machine-generated data), requires greater levels of sophistication from users and systems. There is also a requirement to rapidly interpret and respond to data to realize its full potential
YES BANK, India’s fifth largest private sector Bank today announced the adoption of Citrix Workspace Cloud and Netscaler ADC to empower workforce mobility and ensure faster rollout of new branches. With this adoption, YES BANK sets a new standard of service delivery management, allowing secure and controlled delivery of all enterprise and cloud services to maximize the end user experience including mobile clients.
Recognized amongst the Top and Fastest Growing Banks in various Indian Banking League Tables, YES BANK has a widespread branch network of over 630 branches across 375 cities, with 1200+ ATMs across India. The organization had steadily expanded its footprint over the years and therefore managing a large number of employee devices, service delivery network was a key ask from a technology partner. To ensure the highest standards of service quality and operational excellence, YES BANKhas facilitated a unified approach to creating, publishing and delivering complete workspaces through Citrix Workspace Cloud solution. As a result, employees now have secure access to apps, desktops, data and services from any device, over any network to empower mobile workers with the freedom and flexibility to choose how they work. Besides that, Netscaler ADC optimized its service delivery network. YES BANK will migrate over 3000 existing users in the current financial year. The company will roll out all future branches on Citrix workspace.
“Citrix Workspace Cloud and Netscaler ADC have provided our organization with the business agility that we needed to establish a customer centric, service driven, private Indian Bank catering to the future businesses of India. The IT team can now control the delivery of all enterprise and cloud services, and maximize the end user experience for all users including mobile clients” said Anup Purohit, Senior President & CIO, YES BANK.
Some of the key benefits of this adoption include:
• Faster time to rollout new branches
• Enable workspace mobility
• Ease of administration and maintenance
• Data security and anytime access
• Improved efficiency and productivity
Vishal Khare, Director, Enterprise Business and Government, India Sub continent, Citrix said, “This adoption is a testimony of how we are helping our customers simplify their technology needs in order to transform their workspace. We are glad to support YES BANKto enable enterprise mobility which will not only optimize operational efficiency, but also provide strategic benefits such as faster new branch rollout, aligning to their business imperatives.”
INFOCOM, India’s leading business, technology and leadership conference, has been promoting technology enablement in India for over 13 years now. As INFOCOM steps into its 14th edition, ABP Group is proud to initiate the New Delhi chapter of the event between July 16 and 17, 2015 at the India Habitat Centre (The Stein Auditorium and Silver Oak). The two-day conference at Delhi will be inaugurated on July 16th by Chief Guest, Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister of Communications and IT, Government of India along with Guests of Honour, Mr. R S Sharma, IAS, Secretary – Department of Electronics and IT (DeitY), Government of India and Mr. Kiran Karnik, Former President of NASSCOM and Director on the Central Board of Reserve Bank of India at The Stein Auditorium of India Habitat Centre. INFOCOM 2015, with the theme of “CONNECTED WORLD” will focus on the strategies, technologies and dynamics of building empowered businesses in India.
The two-day conference will have special forums on the theme i.e. Connected World, leadership & strategy, digital along with a special section for SMEs. The event will be attended by over 600 delegates from large Corporates, SMEs and Government and over 50 Speakers from Business, IT, Government and SMEs.
Top erudite like Mr. Amitabh Ray, MD, Ericsson Global Services India; Dr. Purnendu Chatterjee, Chairman, The Chatterjee Group; Sports Icon Anil Kumble; Mind reader Roy Zaltsman also known as The Mentalist; Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State (Independent charge) for Commerce & Industry, Government of India; Mohit Pande, Country Manager, Google for Work India; Vijay Sethi, Vice President, CIO and Head – CSR, Hero MotoCorp; Sangita Singh, CEO, Wipro Healthcare & Life Sciences; Ajay Thakur, Head – BSE SME; Dr. Omkar Rai, Director General, STPI among others will be heard sharing their experiences and visions.
A special award ceremony, the first edition of INFOCOM 2015 Woman of the Year Awards will be hosted to recognize, acknowledge and honour the young and upcoming women leaders of corporate India. It will be held on July 17, 2015 at Silver Oak, India Habitat Centre with 10 award categories in Corporate, Philanthropic Initiatives, Digital Business, Innovative Business, Rural Development, Social Development, Financial Inclusion, Education,Young Leader in Business and Inspirational Woman of the Year. The winners will be felicitated by the Chief Guest for the Award Ceremony, Smt. Sheila Dikshit, Former Chief Minister of Delhi and Member of Indian National Congress
INFOCOM is one of the largest congregations of ICT professionals, buyers-sellers, corporate leaders, academics, visionaries, and policymakers in India. It will have two main editions of the event – the first ever Delhi edition in July 2015 and the Calcutta edition in December 2015. Over the last 13 editions of the event, INFOCOM has evolved to be an important platform that focuses on the convergence of Business, Technology and Leadership elements that are essential for driving India to the next phase of growth.
In a record shattering move, leading real estate advisory Square Yards executed a brilliantly crafted marketing campaign for reputed developer Antriksh group; it resulted in the total sell-out worth USD 40mn for their project Urban Greek through augmented reality platform ‘Scapes’ and online booking engine in less than 19 hours.
In one of the most innovative campaigns seen in real estate industry, christening 5th July as the No Loan Day (#NoLoanDay), Antriksh Group offered prospective home buyers a unique chance to own a home by paying just 0.9% of the property value per month.
Commenting on the success of the innovative campaign, Tanuj Shori, CEO of Square Yards said that “We were always confident of our unique hybrid model of on ground fulfilment coupled with online convenience to serve home buyers, but today with the resounding success of our
RE-COMMERCE (Real Estate Commerce) engine, our hunger to bring ’never before ways to experience under construction homes before buying them’ has been stoked even more.”
In a full-blown media campaign covering outdoor, print, radio and the internet, pre-registrations for this offer by inviting prospective home buyers with a clear cut communication that the booking window will open at 00:01 hours on the 5th of July. Both, Antriksh and Square Yards received an overwhelming response from property buyers even before the launch of the #NoLoanDay campaign. About ~7000+ pre-registrations were received on the website.
Square Yards and Antriksh group together organized an event on the 5th of July where all
pre-registered guests were invited to experience Urban Greek in virtual 3D reality before buying the home of their choice. The concept was a huge hit with home buyers thronging the experience zone by the thousands and resulting in a total sellout of the project in a little less than 19 hours.
“I have never witnessed anything like this before in my life” said a jubilant Abhishek Singh Goyat, MD of Antriksh Developers. “We knew we were backing a competent team at Square Yards when it came to develop the online booking engine for Antriksh Urban Greek, but I guess the overwhelming response that we got from all over the world with people lapping up full floors of towers online from Dubai, Muscat & Singapore etc. is a testimony to this concept. It will set to become the need of the hour in today’s real estate market” added Mr. Goyat.
This event marks the entry of Square Yards as only the third company in India to sell homes online after Housing.com and Snapdeal. But with this debut, Square Yards makes a thundering entry into uber competitive domain of real estate e-commerce by clocking in astounding sales figures of 350 transactions, with market value close to USD40mn in lesser than 19 hours.
Study points to spamming, unnecessary cc-ing and improper archiving
as the biggest obstacles in effective use of emails
GFI Software, a leading provider of messaging and security software, today announced the findings of its third annual independent study into email user habits, which revealed that work email is encroaching into the personal lives and free time of employees more than ever. Of those surveyed, some 58 percent admit to checking work email at least once a day in their personal time, up six percent, while 39 percent admit checking multiple times a day or in real-time through pre-work mornings, evenings, weekends and days off. Further more, 39 percent regularly check their work email after 11pm.
Satcom Infotech Pvt ltd, India’s leading value added distributor in the security domain, is a distributor of GFI products in India. It adds value to its partners and resellers by distributing the entire product line of GFI which helps the customers through Email, Messaging and Network Security Solutions.
Mr Vinod Kumar, Managing Director at Satcom Infotech says, “Striking perfect balance between personal and professional life is of utmost importance as it impacts the physical wellbeing, emotional stability and work efficiency of employees. As we see an increased perforation of devices into our daily lives, maintaining a balance will continue to be an uphill task.”
The GFI survey studies the employees email interaction behavior as well as the hindrances faced in the effective work email use. It says 37 percent of the people surveyed see spam as the biggest hindrance in the effective use of email while 27 percent sighted CCing vast number of people as a major obstacle, which creates high-volume ‘Reply All’ loops of unhelpful and difficult-to-navigate email traffic.Key findings from the survey include:
Monitoring of work email outside of work hours is inescapable, with 74 percent of those surveyed regularly checking their work email at weekends
A further 54 percent admit to checking work email while on vacation
One quarter (25 percent) feel compelled to reply to work emails within 15 minutes of receipt of an email
In total, 67 percent of respondents reply to work emails in under one hour, while over six percent take more than a week to reply
Down five percent from 2014, the survey found that 25 percent of workers surveyed use their work email account for personal activities. The drop suggests increased concern over company monitoring of workplace email and Internet use
Over 36 percent of work email users surveyed do nothing to organize their email, including archiving, leaving all incoming mail in their Inbox
About 13 percent have had an argument at home due to them checking work email during family time.
While most of those replying to email are motivated to do so quickly, those receiving email do not expect such a fast response. Only 11 percent of those surveyed expect a reply inside 15 minutes, while only 53 percent expect a reply in one hour or less, far lower than those actually responding in that time.
The survey revealed a substantial level of work leaking into personal and family occasions. For example:
Nearly eight percent have gone through work email while attending an event at their child’s school
More than six percent have checked email during a wedding
Four percent have actively checked email while either they or their partner was in labor
Three percent have checked email during a funeral
Leading technology and IT innovation brand ASUS has today announced the inauguration of its first exclusive store in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. The brand will offer the entire range of products from Smartphones, Touch notebooks, Ultrabooks, Tablets, Phablets and Notebooks, as well as the recently launched products in India through this exclusive store. The location of the new ASUS store will be at UGF Sakina Plaza, opposite Bhopal House, above Mathur Radios, 34 Lalbagh, Lucknow – 01.
Mr. Kumar Tanksale, Manager Retail, System Business Group, ASUS India said, “Uttar Pradesh is fast emerging as a major technological hub in the region. Being the capital city, Lucknow fits in perfectly in our expansion plan as it provides optimum connectivity to all parts of the state. Therefore, this new exclusive store will help us enhance our presence in the region and provide adequate, timely support to new and existing users.”
The company already has stores in Chandigarh, Agra, New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Calicut, Goa, Thane, Raipur, Bhillai, Gurgaon, Durgapur, Kanpur, Cochin, Kolhapur, Noida, Amravati, Kottayam, Lucknow, Jaipur, Mysore, Guwahati, Dehradun, Belgaum, Hubli, Anand, Warangal, Kannur, Coimbatore, Burdwan, Imphal, Agartala, Ludhiana, Nashik, Siliguri, Nagaland, Shillong, Bangalore, Patna, Vijaywada, Vizag, Ananthpur, Rajkot, Junagadh, Ahmednagar, Hyderabad, Udaipur, Thanjavur, Karnal, Pune, Bhusawal , Vadodara, Mizoram, Ranchi, Bhopal, Trivandrum, Jamshedpur, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Jabalpur, Chandigarh, Dhanbad, Agra and Ahmedabad.
The new store will have the company’s entire range of Smartphones, Touch notebooks, Ultrabooks, Tablets, Phablets, 11” – 15” Notebooks, Desktops, All-in-Ones and Hybrid devices (2-in-1 & 3-in-1 devices) viz. the Transformer Series. Users can look for Phablets, Gaming notebooks, multimedia notebooks, and different innovative devices as per their requirements at varied prices. ASUS has also recently launched ZenFone 2, second generation smartphone; path breaking accessories like ASUS ZenPower and ROG GL552 gaming notebook. Furthermore, users can have ultimate experience with the entire range of Gaming desktops and All-in-Ones where excellence is never out of reach and entertainment is never out of focus.
“The vision of a digital India is grand. If successful, it could transform citizen access to multimedia information, content and services. It also gives the government access to a great deal of information. However, laying cables doesn’t ensure they will be used.
The startup ecosystem is waiting for such initiatives. Absence of startup friendly policies has made many successful startups shift their bases outside India. This initiative can be the start of a big change. I am very optimistic about it.”
On Make in India
“It’s high time India competed with global products. We need to think about designs being equally important as making the product in India. Great to see our Prime Minister pushing the idea of design ahead. Almost every e-governance project that India needs has been successfully piloted somewhere in the country. The daunting task for Digital India will be to take successful pilot projects, replicate and scale them up. With a push for e-governance, a lot more ideas and startups will start around it. It can be road towards a better future. Much awaited initiative.”
On India’s average internet speed that was ranked 115th globally earlier this year among countries studied by services provider Akamai Technologies.
“After years of broadband and nationwide fibre-optic infrastructure targets, India remains stuck at a total of 15 million wire line broadband users. Yet mobile broadband use has exploded, currently standing at 85 million users, driven by apps like Facebook and WhatsApp, and the sharing of images and videos. Experience shows that it is communications and content, not empty pipes that drive network usage. And manufacturing content is not a government strength. This project needs content and service partnerships with telecom companies and other firms, with new entrepreneurs.”
Established in the year 2013, MyOperator is a call management system in the cloud, which helps SMBs and bigger enterprises, manage their calls without any hardware or software installation. Based out of Delhi, the core strength of the company lies in its robust technology architecture that makes it an easy to use product. Ever since its inception, it has focused on making MyOperator a more usable product that works to the benefit of businesses.
Founded by two brothers Ankit and Pratik Jain, the idea was inspired by the fact that 80% of business communication happens over phone calls and every call missed is a lost business. With the resolve to assist businesses to not lose out on any such opportunities, this virtual operator called MyOperator was introduced to handle their calls.
Its easily operated and uncomplicated procedure, enable the users to set up accounts in 30 seconds on cloud and makes it very easy for businesses to adapt to such technological solutions. The call management system for businesses is built over cloud technology on a subscription model. These subscription packages are available for all businesses ranging from startups or budding businesses to enterprises. The packages start from Rs.1500 a month to Rs. 5000 a month. It also has a free mobile app which allows them to track and record all their business calls creating a callers’ database which can then be used for remarketing.
It is a cutting-edge mobile app that assists in keeping all business contacts in one place, which can be accessed anytime, anywhere. Some of the key benefits of the app are that it helps in increasing database, allowing team tracking and unified access. It also supports users with intuitive follow ups which makes it a digital CRM for calls.
The company has evolved tremendously with the last fiscal year witnessing a growth in the team size by 50% and in the number of customers by 300%. At present, MyOperator is working with a few international customers as a pilot project.
India has 6 million SMEs and MyOperator aims at providing each one of them separate business identification contact numbers with IVR and call management solutions. This would help the businesses grow and make their lives easier. It also plans to start operating at a global level.
The Indian business community is yet to realize the impact such technology management tools can have on their businesses and MyOperator intends to tap this community. It aims at motivating them to embrace this technology and understand the importance of professionally customized IVR, business call tracking and creating a treasury of user data base which can be used for marketing and business promotion.
Xerox today announced the appointment of Ashraf ElArman as Managing Directorof Xerox India, effective June 22, 2015. He will be responsible for new business development, driving growth and achieving business objectives for the country.
“Ashraf will be responsible for leading the Xerox India organization to achieve the company’s business objectives as part of Xerox Developing Market Operation’s growth plans for Xerox India,” said Roy Harding, Chief Operating Officer, Developing Markets Organisation, Xerox. “India is a significant growth market for Xerox and we will focus on continued channel expansion as well as extending our coverage and expanding our partner relationships throughout India.”
Ashraf joins Xerox India from his role as General Manager of Xerox Egypt. He has been with Xerox since 1990 and has held various senior-level positions including Director of Marketing and Director of Sales Operations. He is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt for Xerox and has a Bachelor of Arts in Management from Helwan University.Ashraf will be relocating with his family from Cairo to New Delhi shortly.
“India is a country with great potential and with the investment and business climate looking up, it offers a tremendous growth opportunity”, says Ashraf ElArman. “I accept this role with great enthusiasm and look forward to working with the team to expand Xerox India business further.”
Western Digital company, and world leader in storage solutions, today introduced the new, redesigned My Passport® Ultra portable hard drives in India. With the My Passport line now in its 7th generation, the My Passport Ultra portable hard drives are now available in four stylish colors—Classic Black, Brilliant White, Wild Berry and Noble Blue.
“With more data being stored than ever before, it’s critical to have a reliable external storage solution that you can carry everywhere,” said Khalid Wani, Director, Content Solutions Business for WD in India, Middle East, and Africa. “The latest generation My Passport Ultra drives deliver an easier automatic back-up experience and hardware-based encryption for security.”
My Passport Ultra portable drives come in 2 TB and 1 TB capacities and feature 256-bit AES hardware encryption – delivering a high level of security with no impact to write-speed or CPU activity. If your My Passport Ultra falls into the wrong hands, the 256-bit AES hardware encryption protects users’ files, folders, photos, videos and music with a password known only to them. USB 3.0 compatibility provides fast data transfer rates of up to 5 gigabits per second, while being backwardly compatible with USB 2.0.
My Passport Ultra’s built-in WD Backup software is a simple-to-use application with focus on reducing frustration when setting up a backup plan to preserve data. Since significant number of devices have had malware at some point, having your data safely backed up onto a secondary device like a My Passport drive is critical to preserving precious data.
Pricing and Availability
My Passport Ultra drives are available today with our IT partners, large-format retail stores, and online for an approximate price of INR 4750 for 1TB and INR 7550 for 2TB.
My Passport Ultra offers a 3-year limited regional warranty. Terms and conditions of WD’s limited warranty may be found at support.wdc.com/warranty.
Acer launches Aspire E5 Series, Aspire V Nitro gaming notebook, Aspire V3 Series, Aspire Z Series All-in-One, XB240H Gaming TFT Monitor, world’s first Curved Monitor with NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ Technology XR341CKA and Aspire Switch 12 series 2-in-1 Notebook
New Aspire E5 Series features a variety of colorful interior options and a new textile pattern cover manufactured utilizing 3D printing technology
Special Aspire V Nitro-Black Edition ramps up the power with even more powerful processing and gaming-grade graphics
The Aspire V3 Series features a premium brushed aluminum top cover with up to 7 hours battery life
New Aspire Z Series All-In-One is a HD screen device with Intel® Pentium® J2900 processor
Next generation XB240H Gaming Monitor presents more stunning, high quality image with NVIDIA G-Sync™ technology and Flicker-less technology
World’s first curved monitor with NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ Technology, XR341CKA features a 34-inch 21:9 UltraWide QHD (3440 x 1440) display with IPS technology for 178-degree viewing angles and deep immersion in gaming
New Aspire Switch 12, 2-in-1 series notebook features unique design which provides smooth transitions between 5 versatile modes of usage
All Windows 8.1 devices are supported by Acer for the free upgrade to Windows 1
Acer India, one of the largest PC vendors in the country, today announced the launch of its latest range of devices including the new Aspire E5 Series with solid performance packed into a sophisticated design, the Aspire V Nitro-Black Edition with more powerful processing and gaming-grade graphics, Aspire V3 with metallic aesthetic cues, the Aspire Z Series All-in-One with HD screen, XB240H Gaming Monitor with 4K 2K NVIDIA G-Sync™ technology, world’s first curved 34-inch display with NVIDIA G-Sync™ technology, XR341CKA and the new Aspire Switch 12 featuring 5 versatile modes of usage at an unbeatable price. All of the new notebooks and All-in-One ship with Windows 8.1 and are supported by Acer for the free upgrade to Windows 10.
Announcing the launch, S. Rajendran, Chief Marketing Officer, Acer India, said, “Acer has been unswerving with its promise of introducing fresh technology and breaking barriers between people and technology. We have always lived up to our promise of introducing fresh technology that would allow consumers to explore newer features and innovations. The advanced ergonomic design and elegant looks deliver every need at an exceptional value. From notebooks to convertible 2-in-1s to gaming monitors, we are empowering our consumers to easily create and share content and connect with the people who matter to them the most.” He also said, “The new notebook series and gaming monitors come with all the right features in a compact and stylish design that aims at smart consumers who enjoy their work without compromising on its quality.”
Aspire E5 Series – Attractive Design with Appealing Features
The new Aspire E5 Series notebook comes in a variety of color options in 14-inch and 15.6-inch displays and brings premium looks, style and high performance experience to the mainstream notebooks. Consumers can choose from White, Red and Charcoal color options. They feature a textile-pattern on the cover and underside which has been manufactured through NIL (Nano Imprint Lithography) Technology, a brand new process, involving 3D scanning of fabric samples, which are then replicated into molds with 3D printing technology and finished with a laser engraving process. The bold and colorful interior panels extend to an eye-catching ring around the machine visible even when the lid is closed.
Powered with the latest 5th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, up to NVIDIA® GeForce® 920M series graphics with dedicated DDR3 VRAM, up to 16GB RAM and up to 1TB HDD storage options, the new Aspire E5 Series provides solid performance for everyday use. Acer Aspire E5 also uses some incredible technologies like LumiFlex™, BluelightShield™, Acer TrueHarmony, WiFi 802.11ac and MU-MIMO to give the customers an unparalleled premium experience. The Aspire E5 series is also Skype™ certified to provide a friction-free audio and visual communication experience. The Aspire E5 was also a winner of the prestigious Computex d&i (design and innovation) awards 2015.
Aspire V Nitro-Black Edition – powerful processing and gaming-grade graphics
The Aspire V Nitro-Black Edition represents the apex of the Nitro series. It offers blazing fast performance, gaming-grade graphics and exclusive cooling technologies allowing them to tackle even the most demanding multimedia for realistic entertainment. Available in 15-inch screen size, Aspire V Nitro notebook also sports a stylish and sophisticated design characterized by sharp angles, slim profiles and intricately patterned covers made with soft touch NIL technology. It also offers powerful performance with the latest 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processor.
Powered by NVIDIA® GeForce® up to GTX960M, it provides users with riveting gaming grade visuals and performance, taking entertainment to a whole new level. The notebook is equipped with Acer DustDefender™ technology, an intelligent dust-removal design that relies on the notebook’s high-speed metal fan to remove internal build-up of dust. It helps to extend the product’s lifecycle and enhances performance while quietly keeping the device cool. And when heavy loading or extreme performance of the notebook requires added ventilation, CoolBoost technology’s exclusive Turbo Mode can be manually activated by the user to enable faster fan speed, and lower CPU/GPU temperatures.
This notebook sports a 4K UHD display with IPS Technology that provides wide viewing angles, allowing users to share their multimedia experience with those around them without loss of image quality. To help reduce eye fatigue and enhance visual comfort, Aspire V Nitro series notebooks feature Acer ComfyView non-glare technology. The Audio experience is also enhanced using Dolby® Digital Plus Home Theater with 4 speakers. The notebook was awarded the 2014 Good Design Award by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion.
Aspire V3 – Full Featured Device in a Stylish Design
The Acer Aspire V3 is a premium laptop designed for discerning customers who are looking at a device that is light, sturdy and powerful with ability to be the primary entertainment console when required. A 5th Gen Intel® Core™ processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 840M graphics with 2 GB of dedicated DDR3 VRAM deliver intense power for any task. The Aspire V3 is thinner and more elegant than ever without sacrificing performance. Enjoy adaptive performance that keeps apps flying and media flowing (with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology), all with up to 7 hours battery life. The Audio experience is enhanced using Dolby® Digital Plus Home Theater that provides a virtual surround sound experience.
The Aspire V3 is designed to give the user a clean and classy device for their everyday computing and to provide superlative performance. Consumers can choose between 2 color options – White and Silver. With memory up to 16 GB expansion and 1TB of hard drive storage users can enjoy fast SSD–like access and large hard drive capacity. The FineTip keyboard along with Acer’s Precision Touchpad with ACM (Accidental Contact Mitigation) technology to give the best device interaction experience money can buy.
Next generation XB240H Gaming Monitor – Deliver gaming excellence in every detail
Acer XB240H is worlds 1st QHD / UHD, G-Sync / FreeSync gaming monitor. Through NVIDIA G-Sync™ technology, 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time, users can have an outstanding gaming experience like never experienced before. And users can enjoy comfortable viewing experience while gaming via ComfyView+ technology, including flicker-less, low dimming and ComfyView display. Acer XB240H monitor has Eco-friendly design which has earned them EPEAT® Gold ranking, TCO 6.0 and ENERGY STAR® 6.0 product certification.
The XB240H gaming monitor has Ultra HD (4K2K) resolution, presents more stunning, high quality image ever. Available in 24-inch and 27-inch models with high resolution not only enhances users’ working efficiency, but creates an outstanding visual enjoyment to every user.
Acer Aspire Z series HD All-in-One – Slim and powerful entertainment device
The Aspire Z Series all-in-one desktop packs all the essential computing features users need in a slim and space-saving design – simple and functional. The intuitive 19.5″ Full HD display takes full advantage of Windows 8.1. The all-in-one has everything the user needs, including Optical Disk Drive and HD webcam with 1 microphone, but has a very small footprint so it frees up much more desk space than a typical desktop PC. It is built into a panel that is 31.2 mm thin, and delivers a user-friendly and smooth computing experience.
With an adjustable stand that tilts from 17° to 35° letting users find the best sightline for great media enjoyment and daily computer usage. Sound is rich and clear from two front-facing hi-fi stereo speakers that provide absolute multimedia enjoyment. Aditionally, users can access their entire media library with up to 500GB of storage. These all-in-one PCs sport adjustable stands that let user choose the most comfortable way to view anything, from browsing the web to watching their favorite movie.
World’s first curved 34-inch Curved Monitor for deep immersion in gaming
The new 34-inch curved 21:9 ultra-wide XR341CKA monitor, the world’s first curved monitor with NVIDIA® G-SYNC™, provides an immersive gaming experience with minimal stutters and screen tears. DTS® sound, 2x7W speakers, a zero-frame design with a futuristic aluminum base and ambient lighting options create an exciting entertainment experience with style. The monitor features IPS display panel with a 178-degree viewing angle, providing an immersive experience in games and entertainment with a broader view. It supports 100% of the sRGB color gamut, delivering accurate color reproduction desired by design professionals and photo enthusiasts for precise color matching across applications and print output. The curved screen puts every corner of the screen at the same distance from the customer’s eyes, providing a uniform viewing experience. It also presents a more immersive experience with a wider field of view and increased perceived area of peripheral vision compared to a flat display of the same size.
Designed with ergonomics in mind, the monitor can be tilted from -5° to 35° and adjusted vertically up to 130 mm, allowing the user to adjust the monitor to the most comfortable viewing angle. It also features flicker-less technology to lessen eye fatigue for a more comfortable gaming or working experience. It supports DisplayPort and HDMI inputs, and has a built-in USB 3.0 hub which supports high-speed charging of smartphones and other devices.
New Aspire Switch 2-in-1 series – Provides smooth transitions between 5 versatile modes of usage
The Aspire Switch 12 is a 12.5 inch notebook equipped with a unique kickstand design that features a magnetic and latch-less detachable keyboard enabling the centerpiece of the notebook to easily transition between 5 distinct modes (notebook, pad, display, tent and desktop). The Aspire Switch 12’s detachable keyboard can work connected or wirelessly and provides full-sized typing comfort along with a pointing stick, for an enhanced navigation experience. Users can also enjoy its 10-point touch controls on a larger screen and use an optional Acer Active Pen for a more intuitive writing and drawing experience.
The Aspire Switch 12 is powered by the new Intel® Core™ M processor for a compelling combination of computing performance and stunning display graphics. The processor also delivers significant reduction in power consumption, allowing it to run up to 8 hours during video playback. What’s more, it also sports a fan-less design that makes it whisper quite, while further complementing its reduced power consumption. With a 12.5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) display with IPS* technology and Zero Air Gap direct bonding technology, users can see everything clearly from wide viewing angle, with vivid colors and detail and even in bright sunlight. For added durability, the Aspire Switch 12’s display is built with next generation of Corning® Gorilla® Glass and treated with an anti-fingerprint coating that reduces unsightly smudges.
Speaking about the Intel powered devices, Anand Dhand, Director, MNC Business, Intel shared, “We are very excited to be associated with Acer in bringing about form factor innovation and best-in-class performance through value for money devices for a host of dynamic consumer needs. Catering to professionals to avid gamers to students, these devices are a perfect amalgamation of looks, utility and performance and are futuristic, being equipped with the best that technology has to offer today.”
Sharlin Thayil, Group Director- OEM, Microsoft India said, “The new notebook and gaming monitor series from Acer is ideal for customers who use their devices extensively for gaming, multimedia and entertainment. These devices run Windows 8.1 and provide a great experience for consumers demanding high levels of performance. I congratulate Acer on the launch of the Aspire V3 Series, Aspire E5 Series, Aspire V Nitro, Aspire Z series All-in-One, Gaming TFT Monitors and the Aspire Switch 12 2-in-1 Series Notebook.”
Additional Speakers Not Needed with Acer TrueHarmony and Acer BluelightShield™ Allows More Reading with Less Eye Strain
The new Aspire E5 Series notebook models include the latest TrueHarmony audio technology from Acer. With a unique combination of innovative hardware and software design, Acer TrueHarmony delivers lifelike audio that takes entertainment to the next level. With a paper diaphragm construction specifically designed to enhance strength and flexibility, the speakers deliver accurate sound with a wider range of bass and less distortion. The custom equalizer optimizes frequency balance, ensuring that movies come to life, music has more depth, and games are even more engaging.
The new Aspire E5 series also includes BluelightShield™, effectively decreasing eye strain by reducing blue light emission from the screen; it provides four modes of use:
· Low Reduction: Reduces blue light emission from the LED backlit module by 18%, which is as effective as a pair of generic anti-blue-light glasses.
· Mid Reduction and High Reduction: Reduces blue light emission from the LED backlit module by 36% and 54% respectively.
· Long Hour Mode: Professionally tuned by optical engineers to reduce eye strain over extended periods.
Pricing and Availability
The new Acer Aspire E5 Series will be available in India from July with a price starting at Rs. 26,499/-
The new Acer Aspire V Nitro-Black Edition will be available in India from July with a price starting at Rs. 1,10,000/-
The new Acer Aspire V3 Series will be available in India from July with a price starting at Rs. 43,499/-
The new Acer Aspire Z Series full HD All-in-One will be available in India from July with a price starting at Rs. 26,999/-
The next generation XB240H Series gaming monitors will be available with 24-inch and 27-inch displays, prices starting at Rs. 27,999/-
The world’s first curved monitor with NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ Technology, XR341CKA will be available in India from July with a price starting at Rs. 89,999/-
The Acer Aspire Switch 12 will come with a 128 GB SSD. It will be available in India with prices starting at Rs. 53,999/-
To learn more about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office via www.acer.co.in.
With breathtaking looks and stunning visual display, the InFocus M350 is a statement for a new generation!
InFocus, the U.S-based tech pioneer who hit India by storm earlier this year with the release of the wildly popular M2 and M330 smartphones, has outdone itself again with the groundbreaking M350 smartphone, set to launch on 26th June exclusively through Snapdeal.com. The jaw-dropping design of the M350, with its curvaceous back cover and super-slim metal edge, was meticulously crafted to reflect the spirit and passions of India’s discerning youth.
With the perfect mix of aesthetic beauty, sophisticated functionality and raw power, as well as the only 8MP front camera in its class, the M350 is striking all the right chords with India’s collegians and young professionals.
Speaking on the launch, Sachin Thapar, Country Manager for InFocus Mobiles, said, “When we were first briefed on the M350, we gave our design team a clear mandate – find out what makes India’s twenty somethings tick and give them the phone of their dreams. After poring over mountains of research and logging countless hours in the R&D and design labs, our engineers and design experts came out with the quintessential smartphone for a savvier, more cosmopolitan generation of Indian consumer. From its unparalleled 8-megapixel front camera, to its powerful processor and incredibly stylish body, the M350 is the smartphone today’s youth has been waiting for.”
Smart, sleek and stunning, the M350 comes in at a mere 3.5mm at its thinnest point. M350 sports an eye-popping 8MP front camera, which with auto-focus and a BSI sensor is unmatched in its segment. The quad-core 64 bit processor offers a faster processing speed and enhanced performance giving an exceptional multimedia and 3D game-playing experience, while the 2500MAh battery ensures the party keeps going for hours. What’s more, the high-quality 5-inch HD screen with on-cell display technology presents brilliant colors and vivid details for a uniquely immersive viewing experience.
Adding to his earlier statement, Sachin Thapar, Country Manager for InFocus Mobiles, announced, “Registration is now open on Snapdeal.com, so one must act fast to get one’s hands on this sleek handset.”
Konica Minolta Business Solutions India Pvt. Ltd., a pioneer in digital printing, recently participated in the PRINTEXPO 2015 which was the 7th International exhibition and conference on Pre-Press, Press, Print Furnishing and Converting. This year it was held in Chennai trade Centre, Chennai from 12-14 June 2015.
It was Konica Minolta’s first direct exhibition participation after the acquisition of its distributor, Monotech Systems Ltd. The event was successful as there was a very positive response from customers regarding product-range, especially the recently launched MGI Jet varnish 3D. Customers were excited to see the samples and machine capabilities.
The highlight for the show for Konica Minolta was the confirmation of Mid Production Printing machines in Tamil Nadu and of course the double digit order closures of Konica Minolta’s machines.
PrintExpo 2015 organised by Intel Trade Fairs & Expositions Private Limited (ITFE) is India’s leading organizers of Business-to-Business exhibitions, conferences and events. Incorporated in 1990, it organises exhibitions and conferences in India and abroad serving various industries such as, packaging, printing, label, food, pharmaceuticals, plastics, fire & safety etc.
The event proved to be an overall success according to Mr Yuji Nakata, Managing Director, Konica Minolta Business Solutions India Pvt. Ltd. and commenting on the same he says “PRINTEXPO provides a distinctive opportunity for vendors to interact with customers directly and initiate plans for its future goals. Our focus has always been making our end consumers happy and we will continue in delivering the same. ”
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