Nokia to Have a Major Showing at MWC 2018, HMD Global Teases

Nokia to Have a Major Showing at MWC 2018, HMD Global Teases

HIGHLIGHTS

  • HMD Global’s Juho Sarvikas teases MWC 2018 developments
  • The company is expected to launch new models
  • Nokia 1, Nokia 9, Nokia 3310 4G likely to get some attraction

After grabbing eyeballs at its last outing in Barcelona, HMD Global is now all set to make another splash this year at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018, a senior executive teased. The company launched the nostalgic Nokia 3310 and showcased the first troopers from its army of Android smartphones at MWC 2017. And for the forthcoming convention, it is already rumoured to have a bunch of developments, including the Nokia 9 flagship as well as the Android Oreo (Go edition) based Nokia 1.

HMD Global Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas on Thursday used his Twitter account to tease the launches planned for the MWC 2018. “Sorry for radio silence. Been super busy planning #MWC2018. Please expect it to be awesome [sic],” Sarvikas tweeted. The executive didn’t define the developments that will be showcased at the forthcoming MWC. However, some recent reports have enough material to help us understand what all will be available from the ever-green Nokia portfolio.

The Nokia family in 2018 is expected to get a list of new members, including the Nokia 1, Nokia 4, Nokia 7, Nokia 8 (2018), and Nokia 9. Alongside these new Nokia smartphone models, the Finnish company is rumoured to be developing a Nokia 3310 4G variant that recently emerged on TENAA certification sitewith Android-based YunOS. The 2018 lineup notably received the Nokia 6 (2018) as the first member.

Amongst all the new Nokia models, the Nokia 9 is expected to be the show-stopper. The smartphone is already rumoured to have top-notch specifications and features such as a dual selfie camera setup and a thin-bezel display. If we believe the ongoing rumours, the Nokia 9 will come in multiple variants and sport a 5.5-inch OLED display as well as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. It is also reported to have 12-megapixel and 13-megapixel camera sensors on the back and a 3250mAh battery with fast charging support. Besides, the smartphone is likely to come with up to 128GB onboard storage and run Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.

In addition to the Nokia 9, we can safely speculate the Nokia 1 as the new sales-driver for HMD Global. The smartphone, which is rumoured to be one of the first Android Go smartphones, will purportedly feature an HD IPS display, 1GB RAM, and 8GB onboard storage. Despite usual, entry-level specifications, the Android Go presence on the Nokia 1 would make it a distinct option in the market. It is like to have lightweight apps such as Google Maps Go, Files Go, and Google Go among others. Further, the smartphone is rumoured to go on sale in Russia at RUB 5,990 (approximately Rs. 6,750).

We need to wait for some more time to understand what all would be from the side of HMD Global. In the meantime, the company has already registered itself as an MWC exhibitor to hint some big announcements.

[“Source-ndtv”]

‘Start-up dads’ at Mumbai tech major get 3-month paternity leave

Image result for 'Start-up dads' at Mumbai tech major get 3-month paternity leaveA strong paternity policy helps in addressing work-life conflicts which are a reality for both men and women after the birth of a baby .
MUMBAI: The war for talent is playing out in a big way as companies outplay each other on employee benefits. Of these, paternity or childcare leave to the secondary caregiver parent has emerged as one of the key attractions.Salesforce, the Bay Area tech giant, is the latest to set a new benchmark on paternity leave and emerge as a company that offers the largest quantum so far -three months -of secondary caregiver leave. Recently , Microsoft increased its paternity leave to six weeks. Early this year, Cummins India had set a new benchmark among manufacturing firms by raising its paternity leave to one month.This comes when most other companies offer 10 days to two weeks as paternity leave.

For firms like Salesforce, an attractive paternity leave of 12 weeks is expected to assist in talent acquisition, especially since the firm is on the lookout for skilled people.

Jnanesh Kumar, director, Employee Success (India), Salesforce, said, “We believe offering paid paternity leave is the right thing to do, the right way to treat our employees. Becoming a new parent is a huge undertaking.For parents who are forced to take unpaid family leave, the situation becomes infinitely more challenging. A strong paternity policy helps in addressing work-life conflicts which are a reality for both men and women after the birth of a baby . More importantly , we want to encourage people in India to talk about paternity leave and remove the stigma from women.“

Globally , Salesforce has over 25,000 employees. In India, the company has offices in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru. It’s been a year since it launched its centre of excellence in Hyderabad, which is one of its largest engineering and customer success hubs globally .

The government recently mandated a six-month maternity leave. Some companies have de-linked parental leave from gender by the usage of terms like primary caregiver and secondary caregiver. Most progressive companies extend their parental policies to adoption and surrogacy as well.

[“Source-economictimes”]

LG Wins Major Victory In Federal Counterfeit Wearables Case

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ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Feb. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — A U.S. federal court has awarded more than $168 million in damages, plus attorneys’ fees and interest to LG Electronics MobileComm USA in a case against 17 defendants found liable for manufacturing, distributing, trafficking and selling counterfeit and knockoff LG TONE headsets.

With this ruling, along with other judgments against various other defendants, LG has successfully slammed shut a sizable portion of counterfeits and knockoffs of its popular LG TONE headset line being sold in the United States. LG’s zero-tolerance stance against such infringing and counterfeiting activity is a key element of the company’s commitment to protecting both its loyal consumers and its valued authorized retailers against such fraudulent and deceptive practices.

The ruling in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California shows that LG’s ongoing targeted efforts against those engaging in such activities help assure they are brought to justice, according to Chang Ma, president of LG Electronics Mobile USA and head of the LG Electronics North American mobile business.

“Our customers must feel confident that they are purchasing genuine high-quality LG TONE headsets,” said Ma. “The LG TONE Bluetooth neckband headsets created a new product category, and these products remain category leaders. With such hard-earned success came freeloading counterfeiters and knockoff artists, who seek to dupe and confuse potential consumers into buying poorly performing, shoddy products under the false pretense that such goods are made or authorized by us,” he said.

Ma said LG spends great effort and time to ensure LG TONE headsets are sold and distributed through a dedicated network of authorized dealers and retailers. All genuine new LG products come with manufacturer product warranties and return policies.

“We strive to ensure that our customers have a favorable experience when buying LG TONE headsets through our trusted retailers and distributors,” Ma said. “These fine stores and outlets are likewise deserving of protection from counterfeits and knockoffs, because such illicit goods harm the very bedrock of their businesses, too. We share their frustration and anger.”

While LG does not disclose its specific policing plans, it promises to protect its consumers and retailers against illegal products. “While we can declare victory in this latest battle, we will remain vigilant. We will not let up; those who choose to make and peddle counterfeits, knockoffs and look-alikes can expect aggressive legal action,” Ma said.

LG also promises increased litigation against those selling “liquidated” LG TONE products that fail to truthfully disclose to consumers that such products are not “new,” are often damaged, refurnished or repaired, and not covered by LG’s warranties, product guaranties, and product return policies.

About LG Electronics MobileComm USA

LG Electronics MobileComm USA, based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the U.S. sales subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc. a global innovator and trend leader in the global mobile communications industry. LG is driving the evolution of mobile forward with its highly competitive core technologies in the areas of display, battery and camera optics and strategic partnerships with noted industry leaders. LG’s consumer-centric products – including the flagship premium V Series models – incorporate unique, ergonomic designs and intuitive UX features that enhance the user experience. The company remains committed to leading consumers into the era of convergence, maximizing inter-device connectivity between smartphones, tablets and a wide range of home and portable electronics products. For more information, please visit www.LG.com.

[“Source-Gadgets”]

Detroit is Trying to Become the Next Major Tech Hub

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Detroit isn’t exactly known as a tech hub. But some people and organizations are looking to change that. One such organization is TechTown Detroit, a non-profit business incubator located in an old General Motors factory in the city’s Midtown neighborhood.

The TechTown Detroit building is a five-story building currently playing host to about 40 small businesses. And the organization is working to build that community even more by promoting some of the benefits of starting a business in Detroit.

One of the main benefits is the low cost of living. Rents at TechTown Detroit are about 70 percent cheaper than they would be in a comparable space in Silicon Valley. And homes and other amenities are also much more affordable than in more established hubs like the Bay Area.

However, cheap space isn’t the only benefit. CEO of TechTown Detroit Ned Staebler told NPR:

“We have more engineers per capita than anywhere in the world. So, if you need to know how to make something, you need to know how to extrude plastic or bend metal, there’s no place better in the world to do it.”

Adam Leeb is one of those entrepreneurs who has realized some of the benefits of launching a business in Detroit. The MIT grad co-founded Hemingwrite, a company that produces typewriters that automatically add whatever you type to a cloud-based server. The product allows people to have that old typewriter feel while still giving them the opportunity to save documents digitally so they can go back and make edits later. It also allows for distraction-free writing since there aren’t any emails or other windows popping up.

Leeb works out of the TechTown Detroit building, and enjoys the low cost of living and comeback spirit of Detroit.

But being part of a tech community that’s still relatively small doesn’t come without drawbacks. Leeb said that his company has had a more difficult time raising money since it’s not located in a major hub like Silicon Valley.

He also added that the other benefits won’t necessarily offset the downsides for all different kinds of businesses, telling NPR:

“If you’re coming here just for the cheap office space or the cheap living, then you probably need a better idea.”

Finding an inexpensive place to run a business can clearly have its benefits. And those companies that might need access to nearby engineers for product development could also very well benefit from setting up shop in Detroit. But low rent, alone, shouldn’t be the deciding factor for choosing a startup location.

The high cost and oversaturation of Silicon Valley have caused many entrepreneurs to set up shop elsewhere. And Detroit’s up and coming tech startup scene is an intriguing option. But entrepreneurs should consider all of the pros and cons so they can choose a location that offers the benefits that will cater most to their specific needs.

Image: TechTown Detroit

[“source-smallbiztrends”]