Weekly Recap: Top 10 Stories On Channel Times

1. Has ‘Freedom 251’ Gone In Cold Storage?

After a hype and a lot of media publicity, it seems that all is not well at the end of makers of “Freedom 251”, dubbed as world’s cheapest smartphone. Crippled with huge financial losses, makers of Freedom 251 have now knocked the door of the government to support their loss-making venture. Read More

2. BlackBerry To End Production Of Iconic Classic Smartphone

BlackBerry which is going through tough times, has announced to stop manufacturing of its iconic Classic smartphone. The move has raised doubts about the future of the smartphone pioneer’s decreasing handset business as the company shifts its focus to software. Read More

3. Lenovo Laptops Hit By Critical Security Flaw

Lenovo laptops have once again exposed to critical security flaws. A serious hardware vulnerability has been found in firmware running on its motherboards. Dubbed as ThinkPwn, the exploit can disable the write protection of critical firmware areas in Lenovo ThinkPads and possibly laptops from other vendors as well. Read More

4. Citrix Systems Rolls Out New Channel Initiatives

Citrix Systems is back on the track with refocused and reorganized business strategies post restructuring. Revamping its global channel strategy, software giant Citrix Systems has announced a slew of new channel initiatives that aimed at driving an inclusive growth of its partners. Read More

5. ‘HummingBad’ Malware Affects 85 Mn Android Devices

In an alarm to Android users almost 85 million devices running on Google’s mobile operating system have got infected by a malware called HummingBad. The malware affects most almost all Android OS versions, however, the most affected are devices running on Android KitKat and Android Jelly Bean. Read More

6. Automation May Axe 6.4 lakh Low-Skilled Jobs In IT By 2021

Enterprises are largely adopting automation for higher efficiency in the operations, however, it is feared that the technology might take away 6.4 lakh “low-skilled” jobs in the IT sector by 2021. According to HfS Research report, India’s IT services industry will lose 6.4 lakh “low-skilled” jobs to automation in the next five years.  Read More

7. Panasonic Allocates $10 Mn For Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning

Panasonic has created a new $10 million budget for its new corporate shopping list in the areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning Technologies (MLT).  The Japanese technology giant is looking at these two streams as the future beacon of change and development, for its handset business unit which currently faces an immensely competitive market in the country. Read More

8. MAIT DIAG Unveils Two White Papers On IoT & Aadhaar Enablement

The Digital India Action Group (DIAG), a think tank established for ideating and monitoring policy initiatives to support the Indian Government’s mission of Digital India, set up by Manufacturers’ Association of Information Technology (MAIT) has unveiled two topical white papers – “IoT for Effective Disaster Management” and “Aadhaar Enablement: A Framework for Citizen-Centric Services”. Read More

9. Pakistani Hackers Hack Indian Management Institute’s Website

Pakistani cyber crooks have once again targeted India. This time hackers have attacked a website of a prominent management institute in Noida. The website of the School of Law, Design and Innovation Academy of the Institute of Management Studies (IMS) was reportedly, hacked by Pakistani hackers. Read More

 10. IAMCP International Recognizes India As New Region

 The International Association of Microsoft Certified Partners (IAMCP) India is now officially recognized as a separate region within IAMCP International. This new region, is the latest in a variety of new innovations IAMCP has made in the last 12 months which also include the addition of an International voting board seat for Women in Technology. Read More

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