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Why Government blames Infosys for GST network glitches

Friday, November 3 2017

Why Government blames Infosys for GST network glitches

Why Government blames Infosys for GST network glitches www.techgig.com | techgig.com Nov 3, 2017, 02.06 PM IST Top IT Companies Image Credit Continue reading Infosys's management handling the GST information technology backhaul is under the radar from government's highest level. The company bagged the INR 1380 crore deal for both developing and operating GST network in the year 2015. The three top level government officials have reflected strong disappointment with the company owing to consistent glitches which have beset the Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN), concluding in extension of deadlines for returns a number of times. "It has been a disappointing experience," says one of the officials. He also adds that the IT company should now improve its service delivery. Infosys on the other hand refuted the notion that its work had been regarded as unsatisfactory. "The information you have received is completely inaccurate," the company said. The government on October 30 again delayed filing of GSTR-2 for the period between July to November 30 and GSTR-3 for the period between July to December 11. GSTR-2 for July was previously decided to be filed in August. What has displeased many sections in the government is the exorbitant time taken by the company to come up with solutions for the problems. ''While the long-term problem we face is inculcating a culture of tax compliance, the short-term problem is on account of Infosys," said the official. The top finance ministry officials have been in consistent touch with the company's top executives since the reign of Vishal Sikka in the organisation to help the company find solutions to problems quickly. GSTN's smooth functioning was one of the major issues raised in the meeting of the GST council on September 9 which resulted in the formation of group of ministers(GoM) under Sushil Modi, the finance minister of Bihar. "They (Infosys) should have been more responsive," states an official. The government anticipate things to better with a high-level GoM with a direct surveillance of the IT systems. ''Given the complex nature of the project and rapid change management, there have been several stakeholder concerns that have also been raised," Infosys said in its email. "Some of our finest engineers are supporting the GSTN team as they work towards resolving these and serving all stakeholders,'' says Infosys. "The system has already demonstrated success across several parameters - till date 37 crore invoices have been uploaded on the system while the system is designed to handle 300 to 320 crore invoices every month. Seventy lakh tax payers have successfully migrated to the new system and the country has recorded 25 lakh new registered taxpayers,'' added the company. The central and state-level tax departments have collaborated including all of the 29 states and union territories. The system is also capable of managing 100,000 active users and witnessed peak traffic in the last two days of filing returns for the month of July. "Any large project of this scale, especially a transformative one like this has to deal with changes in both policy and stakeholder usability. Some of these modifications have resulted in rapid changes to the system particularly due to its integration with heterogeneous IT ecosystems including GST Suvidha Providers, Aadhaar, CBEC and Model 1states,'' said Infosys. Rimit

Uber unveils services for differently abled in India

Friday, November 3 2017

Uber unveils services for differently abled in India

Uber unveils services for differently abled in India www.techgig.com | techgig.com Nov 3, 2017, 03.31 PM IST Mobile Technologies Image Credit Continue reading Ride-hailing major, Uber has announced the launch of two new products including uberACCESS and uberASSIST in the city of Bengaluru. The service will be backed by Mphasis, a cloud and cognitive services provider, as a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program. With a focus to address the daily transportation requirements of senior citizens and individuals with accessibility needs, riders can request uberASSIST rides starting today and will also be able to book uberACCESS rides which will include the forward-facing wheelchair accessible product, on-demand, said Uber. The driver partners involved in the service will be trained and services by Diversity and Equal Opportunity Centre (DEOC). ''All driver-partners are equipped with required skills to assist passengers with accessibility needs as well as those who need additional assistance during their ride,'' said Uber. "At Uber, we believe in creating transportation options that fit every rider's need. The launch of uberASSIST and uberACCESS furthers our efforts in this direction....We aim to make these services available in more cities across the country," said Amit Jain, President, Uber India and South Asia, uberACCESS offers 50 retrofitted vehicles, with heightened roof as well as hydraulic wheelchair lift on-demand while uberASSIST is an option for those who are seeking additional assistance and boasts of a fleet of over 500 vehicles to incorporate foldable wheelchairs. Uber, a couple of days back also unveiled new features in South Africa, enabling their driver partners in the country to choose when, where and how they drive. The company has about 12000 drivers in the country. Drivers will now be able to decide the time at which they want to arrive at their final destination at any given time of the day with the "arrival time" feature. As drivers go about their day with the destination and arrival time set, the app will notify them when it's time to start heading toward their destination. At that time, they'll be connected with a trip along the same path. This allows for more flexibility and allows them to make extra money on the way, sa id Uber. Uber India is also offering attractive salary packages to engineering graduates with an annual CTC of INR 36.6 lakh for software developers. Rimit

More Job opportunities: 17 lakh companies registered by Sep 2017

Friday, November 3 2017

More Job opportunities: 17 lakh companies registered by Sep 2017

Startups Image Credit Continue reading According to the MCA records, nearly 17 lakh companies have been registered in India. Out of which a little over 5.32 lake firms have closed down their operations. The ministry of corporate affairs (MCA) has published the records of a total number of registered companies in India as of September 2017. Out of total count, one person companies (OPCs) contribute to 13,297 entities with the collective authorized capital of Rs 358 crore. The new companies registered in recent months are expected to create new job opportunities. Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) count stands at 1.03 lakh while rest of the registered companies are either Private Limited firms or publicly listed organizations. Most of the active companies are in the business and IT services sector. The sector employs a large number of skilled talent in India. Surprisingly, the economy has a number of newly registered OPCs generating the high amount of revenue. The economic activity wise classification suggests that highest amount of OPCs are registered in Business Services (8666), Community, Personal and Social Services (1515), Manufacturing (1100) and Trading (1044). The ministry has also published the data of closed down companies. Total 5,32,063 companies were closed down by end of September 2017. Out of the closed companies, about 10,437 companies were liquidated or dissolved, 490,453 companies were the defunct while, 19,789 companies were either amalgamated or merged with the other companies. About 6,591 registered entities were converted to LLPs while 4,793 were converted to LLPs and later dissolved. Startup India initiatives by PM Modi Government has helped in converting the entrepreneurial dream into an actual action plan. Youth is coming forward and shaping their ideas for the future. The Indian entrepreneurial sector is going through an actual revolution and creating more employment opportunities. Government's startup policy has eased the prices of registering the business. Startup policy by the Government of India also waves off the capital gain tax for newly registered startup companies. The sector-specific incubation centers will help these new companies in the process of business evolution and creating impact. Ministry of Corporate Affairs has observed the highest number of companies getting registered after the government announced its Startup Policy. - Rajat Kabade

SBI to deploy Blockchain solutions in association with Intel

Friday, November 3 2017

SBI to deploy Blockchain solutions in association with Intel

SBI to deploy Blockchain solutions in association with Intel www.techgig.com | techgig.com Nov 3, 2017, 04.46 PM IST New Technologies Image Credit Continue reading The country's largest bank, State Bank of India has decided to adopt blockchain technology. SBI is working on the implementation of blockchain solutions with BankChain and Intel Technologies. BankChain is a community of banks in India formed to implement blockchain solutions. SBI is one of the founding members of BankChain along with 27 member banks in India and the Middle East. The enterprise business solution running on Hyperledger Sawtooth and Intel Software Guard Extension (Intel SGX) will be delivered by Primechain Technologies. State Bank of India is keen on using the blockchain solution to improve the security and agility. The impact of implementing blockchain will be defined by the open innovation strategy. Sudin Baraokar, the Head of Innovation at SBI is confident about accelerating the innovation in India's BFSI industry using the BlockChain technology. The blockchain technology solution will primarily help SBI in managing its KYC (Know Your Customer) details. The bank also plans to integrate the technology to enhance the efficiency of financial transactions. The end-to-end encryption, confidentiality, and security are the key reasons why banks want to adopt blockchain-based technologies to facilitate the transactions. Intel is the preferred technology advisor to the BankChain community. While the Hyperledger Sawtooth is open source, Intel is offering its own Intel SGX to deliver a blockchain application platform. SBI also plans to tap into emerging fintech services like P2P lending, digital marketplaces, and crowdfunding. Blockchain-based solutions will help banks in improving the security and infrastructure cost. The real-time automated settlements will save lot of hassles and offer greater transparency to bank customers. PrimeChain Technologies has a patent-pending 'blockchain and smart contracts based self-managing KYC technology'. It's great to see Indian banks adopting the innovative and secure technology like Blockchain. - Rajat Kabade

Top startups offering upto Rs 36.6 lakh salary: IIT Delhi placements

Friday, November 3 2017

Top startups offering upto Rs 36.6 lakh salary: IIT Delhi placements

Hiring Image Credit Continue reading Campus placement season has started in most of the premier institutes in India. Leading Internet companies like Uber, Flipkart, Amazon, Zomato are among the top firms to offer highest salary packages during campus placements. The day 1 and 2 of campus recruitment at IIT Delhi attracted the internet startups to recruit the young talent. Uber India was the top preferred choice by IIT Delhi students. The cab aggregator company offered an annual package of whopping Rs 36.6 lakh for a software developer's position. Following the Uber, the e-com giant Flipkart offered Rs 26 lakh salary package to IIT Delhi candidate. The restaurant ranking and ordering app, Zomato is offering Rs 25 lakh annual salary while Amazon India is hiring the students for Rs 16 lakh salary package at IIT Delhi campus placement this year. IITs had collectively decided to ban a number of startups from campus recruitment drive. Zomato, Grofers, Peppertap, Portea Medical, IndusInsight, and Hopscotch were among the 31 startups that IITs had banned from campus placement rounds on account of delaying and revoking job offers for the 2015 batch of IITians. This year IITs have revoked the ban and has started allowing startups to enter the campus. The e-commerce giant, Flipkart was not among the list of banned startups last year. However, the e-commerce company decided to stay away from recruiting IIT graduates in a campus drive last year. The structural changes, slowed down investments and a push for cash positive business has changed the hiring decisions of most of these heavily-funded startups in last two years. Most of these startups are hiring young IITians for the positions like software developer, data assistant, and product manager. Flipkart is the only company to offer Rs 26 lakh per annum salary to a non-IT role like an assistant product manager. Students from computer science, mechanical and electrical departments are applying for a job with these startups. IIT Delhi is also organizing a 'Startup Day', where a bunch of startups will be given slots to hire IITians. The Startup Day will be scheduled way below on the fourth or fifth day of placements. There is a requirement from startups for roles like analyst and quant researcher as well. IIT Delhi campus is abuzz with placement and hiring related activities. - Rajat Kabade

Rise of machines: Are we staring at a jobless future?

Friday, November 3 2017

Rise of machines: Are we staring at a jobless future?

Future Tech Image Credit Continue reading Technology is playing an increasingly important role in our daily lives. It is advancing business, science and lifestyle at a pace that we couldn't even imagine a few years ago. But the more we're trying to automate and systematise - thanks to the emergence of technologies like big data, artificial intelligence (AI), robotic process automation, machine learning, etc - the more we're likely to see rising unemployment and underemployment, falling real wages and stagnant living standards. So, are we staring at a jobless future? The buzz As per a recent CB Insights report, AI is expected to put 10 million US jobs at risk in the next five to 10 years. It said that automation is coming after jobs, from fast food workers to accountants. The next phase of technological evolution is already underway - advanced neural networks that learn, adapt and respond to situations, the report added. Blue collar jobs might be the first to get affected, but even professionals such as diagnosticians and customer service representatives could also be at risk. Manufacturing is one area where we've already seen robots and automation eliminating human jobs, but it's hard to think of an industry that will be left unaffected as such technologies become more affordable and widespread. Research analysts are the most likely employees to find themselves working with-or being replaced by-robots, according to a recent survey by Greenwich Associates. By next year, some 75% of banks and financial firms will either explore or implement artificial intelligence technologies, harnessing a variety of digital services to extract insights from mountains of data. While AI is probably near the peak of its hype cycle, several factors have helped it gain traction in recent years, according to Greenwich. Billions of images and documents are now available online for trainingcomputers to spot patterns and other high-level tasks. Advances in graphical processing units, which are adept at the kind of data crunching required by AI, are making sifting through daunting datasets much easier. The cloud has also made it cheaper for researchers and startups to boost their computing power to service sophisticated AI-enabled systems. Technology at play Recently Sebastian Thrun, a well-known personality in the world of AI and professor at Stanford University, published a research paper that claims to detect the cancerous cell with 90% accuracy. On the other hand, human-based diagnosis could have an accuracy of just about 50%. This shows that one may not need experts to diagnose and come to conclusions anymore, if there is enough domain data to train machines. Besides healthcare, sectors such as medicine, gaming and software are also seeing immense use cases of AI. For instance, researchers at DeepMind (acquired by Google in 2014) have created a neural network that learns how to play video games in a fashion similar to those of humans, as well as a Neural Turing Machine, or a neural network that may be able to access an external memory like a conventional Turing machine, resulting in a computer that mimics the short-term memory of the human brain. The machine built by the DeepMind team recently won one of the toughest Chinese games, AlphaGO, against world champion, Lee Sedol, by a score of 4-1. Other sectors, too, are witnessing action. Assistive messaging and speech technologies, such as Google's Messaging App and Facebook M, are already starting to create a buzz in the tech industry and have great scope to automate customer support jobs in the near future. Not all's lost yet While it may be true that certain kinds of jobs, or tasks within jobs, can be completely left to machines, the scope is quite limited, at least for the time being. A report in January from the consulting firm McKinsey concluded that less than 5 per cent of occupations were likely to be entirely automated. Another report released recently by the education company Pearson, Oxford University and the Nesta Foundation found that just one in five workers are in occupations that will shrink by 2030. On the contrary, new research has suggested that firms which are investing in smart, automated and self-teaching systems are more likely to be creating jobs with it. A study conducted by Capgemini on 1,000 organisations which have deployed AI-based systems found that four out of five have created more jobs. Additionally, two thirds of respondents said there have been no reduction in overall jobs due to AI. The way forward then, for companies, will be to highlight the importance of 'reskilling' as key to unlocking the power of transformative AI technology within an organisation. By Kunal Doley

WhatsApp restored after brief global outage | Gadgets Now

Friday, November 3 2017

WhatsApp restored after brief global outage | Gadgets Now

More WhatsApp restored after brief global outage WhatsApp users across the world, including in India, heaved a sigh of relief on Friday after the instant messaging app was restored after it went down globally, sending people into a tizzy. IANS | Updated: Nov 3, 2017, 03.34PM IST WhatsApp has become an integral part of of our lives and has completely replaced the good ol’ text message. Th... Read More NEW DELHI: WhatsApp users across the world, including in India, heaved a sigh of relief on Friday after the instant messaging app was restored after it went down globally, sending people into a tizzy. Users were able to send and receive messages and could log into their WhatsApp accounts after a brief outage period. According to an Independent website DownDetector, 60 per cent of customers were having issues connected to Facebook-owned WhatsApp. People experienced problems sending texts or were unable to log into the app. "A further 25 per cent report issues receiving messages and 14 per cent are struggling to login," Express.co.uk said. Several users took to Twitter to confirm the development and vent their frustration with #whatsappdown trending on the micro-blogging site. WhatsApp was also down in India and people were unable to connect with their friends or relatives. 12 WhatsApp tricks you should know about 1 13 12 WhatsApp tricks you should know about WhatsApp has become an integral part of of our lives and has completely replaced the good ol’ text message. There’s hardly anyone we know who isn’t using the instant messaging app. However, there are a lot of things that you can do on WhatsApp, apart from sending and receiving messages, photos and other media files. Here is a list of 12 things that will make enhance the functionality of using WhatsApp: Pin your chats There are times when you want your most important chats on the top of your conversation list. Scrolling down through scores of messages to find that chat can be tedious. Not anymore. In a recent update, WhatsApp added this function. To pin a contact to the top of the list, you have to long press on the chat from that person and then press the ‘pin icon’ that appears right next to delete, mute and archive icons on the top of the page. As of now, only three contacts can be pinned to place them on top of the conversation list. Create GIFs WhatsApp has been supporting GIFS for a while now. But did you know that you can even create GIFS within WhatsApp and send it to your friends? However, we should point out that you can only create GIFS using videos that are saved on your smartphone. Open the WhatsApp chat of the contact whom you want to send the GIF to. Click on the attach icon > Select Gallery > Go to videos. Select the video you wish to create in a GIF from. As soon as you do this, it’ll open up in the video editing section of WhatsApp. Here, you have to adjust the length of the video to 6 seconds or less, as longer GIFS are not supported by WhatsApp. Once the video length is less than 6 seconds, the option of converting it to a GIF will appear as a slider on top right. Now all you need to do is take the slider towards GIF, and you’re set. Editing images When we say that you can edit images on WhatsApp before sending them, we are not talking about Snapchat filters. What you can do here is doodle on pictures, and add text and emoticons on them before sending. Select attach > Go to gallery > Select the image you wish to share. Once you do this, the image will open in WhatsApp’s photo editor. On top right, you’ll see options of adding text, emoticons and doodle. You can resize and change colours of all three once you add them to your image. Format text There’s a good chance you’re already aware of this feature but have never used it. Somehow, changing formats of text on WhatsApp never really caught on. We’ll tell you again how to format text on WhatsApp as it is a handy feature to use. You can bold text on WhatsApp by starting it and following it with an asterisk ‘*’. Similarly, for italics, make sure the text is preceded and followed by an underscore sign ‘_’. You can also make your text appear struck off with Strikethrough. For that precede and follow it with tilde ‘~’. Chat in different languages English isn’t the only language in which you can communicate on WhatsApp. You would be glad to know that WhatsApp supports a number of Indian regional languages. If you ever want to type in a different language, open WhatsApp > Go to Settings > Select Chats > Click on App Language. You can then pick the language you wish to type in. Add conversation shortcuts We all have a favourite friend with we are constantly yapping on WhatsApp. Rather than opening WhatsApp and going to their chat each time you want to talk to them, you can add a conversation shortcut on your home screen. Just long press on the conversation, click on three dot on top of the page and click ‘Add chat shortcut'. Customize notifications Did you know WhatsApp can send you customized notifications for certain contacts? It’s very simple to enable them. Open the contact you wish to customize notifications for, click on the top bar, and select ‘Custom Notifications'. Suicide hotline numbers Very few people are aware of this feature, but WhatsApp actually has suicide hotline numbers. Just go to Settings > Help > FAQ > Security and Privacy. The second last option in the list that’ll drop down is ‘Global Suicide Hotline Resources.’ The security and privacy section may also answer other queries you have about WhatsApp. Find out when your message has been read With the option of turning read receipts and last seen off, it is hard to know if someone hasn’t read your message or they are simply ignoring you. WhatsApp, however, has a solution for this. Just long press on the message you have sent and then select information icon ‘i’ on the top bar. You’ll get to know if your message has been read or not. However, you can only know the exact time of your message being read if the person does not have read receipts and last seen off. Turn off read receipts Chances are you already know about this one. But we’ll mention it for those who don’t know about this feature. You can turn off read receipts on WhatsApp by going to Settings > Selecting Account > Clicking on Privacy and then deselecting Read receipts. Turn off last seen Do you feel that people getting to know when you last opened your WhatsApp is intrusive? You’ll be happy to know that WhatsApp lets you change that. Just go to Settings > Select Account > Click on Privacy > Choose Last Seen and then select the most suitable option. Switch off media auto-download Almost on a daily basis you perhaps receive a multitude of photos and videos on WhatsApp -- half of them are actually not needed. If you are a part of any pesky Groups on WhatsApp, chances are you’ll be getting a lot of “Good Morning, have a nice day” type of pictures and videos on a regular basis. You can manage what gets downloaded automatically and what doesn’t. Go to Settings > Select Data usage and choose the most appropriate options. People experienced a similar situation in May this year for a few hours in most parts of the world. WhatsApp has 1.3 billion monthly active users globally with over 200 million users in India. 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Australian Government Contractor Exposed 50,000 Records

Thursday, November 2 2017

Australian Government Contractor Exposed 50,000 Records

Photo: Jules Pecnard , via Flickr/CC Nearly 50,000 personal records relating to Australian government employees as well as employees of two banks and a utility were exposed to the internet due to a misconfigured Amazon cloud storage server that was storing backup data. The backups to the Amazon Simple Storage Service, which were made in March 2016, belong to a third-party contractor, iTnews reports. The publication, which first reported the story, says it was tipped off to the breach by a Polish security researcher who goes by "Wojciech." Labour MP Ed Husic, the party digital economy spokesman, says the latest breach should have been made public sooner rather than first being revealed in the press. "The government cannot claim that it is not to blame for the actions of a contractor," Husic tells national broadcaster ABC . "Ultimately the buck stops somewhere. This is a serious breach and the government should treat it seriously." Australia, Breached The data exposure is the latest in a string of significant breaches to have affected Australia. Last month, the Australian government revealed that hackers had breached a small domestic military contractor and stolen 30 GB of information on key defense systems, including the country's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program (see Hacker Steals Joint Strike Fighter Plans in Australia ). The biggest known breach of Australians' personal information was revealed in October 2016 after an IT services contractor inadvertently posted online personal details for 550,000 registered blood donors. Australian Red Cross apologized for the breach (see California Auto Loan Firm Spills Customer Data ). Sensitive Information The data exposed in the Amazon S3 backup included names, email addresses, phone numbers, IDs, passwords, some credit card numbers and details about staff salaries and expenses, iTnews reported. Some 4,477 records pertained to Australia's Finance Department, the Electoral Commission and the National Disability Insurance Agency. A fourth government agency was also affected but it has not been named. In a statement, the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet says that the contractor responsible for the breach was retained to provide expense management services. The government adds that the data was historical and partially anonymized and not classified or related to national security. "It contained limited personally identifiable information of government employees such as work email addresses, and in some cases Australian Government Service numbers and corporate credit card details," it says. "The bulk of credit card information within the data set had already expired." Rapidly Fixed The Australian Cyber Security Center learned of the breach in early October. The contractor fixed the issue within hours of being notified, the government says. "Having removed the vulnerability, the ACSC and affected government agencies have been working with the external contractor to put in place effective response and support arrangement and support affected staff," it says. The Office of the Information Commissioner is also assisting in breach response, the government says. Data pertaining to financial institutions Rabobank and AMP and the energy utility UGL was also affected by the data exposure. iTnews reported that 25,000 exposed records pertained to AMP, and that 17,000 UGL records and 1,500 "pieces of employee data" linked with Rabobank were also exposed. An AMP spokesman says the exposed data related to internal staff expenses and did not include employee salary details. No customer records were compromised. "AMP treats data security very seriously and has strict policies in place regarding the handling of data with third-party vendors," he says. Rabobank says a limited amount of employee data was exposed, but it didn't include salaries, credit card details or external client data. A UGL spokeswoman declined to comment. Lock Down Buckets Amazon's Simple Storage Service is widely used by organizations due to its flexibility and low cost. While Amazon maintains security recommendations that all S3 users should follow, not all do. And any mistakes can lead to vast amounts of data being left downloadable by anyone with internet access. The security researcher Wojciech, for example, was searching specifically for S3 "buckets" - the term for a storage instance - that were not protected by authentication controls, iTnews reports. But it says that the Australian Signals Directorate, which is the country's signals intelligence agency, told Wojciech that the contractor tied to the exposed data has now begun using access control lists for its S3 buckets to prevent future data leaks.

WhatsApp is down, outage appears to be spread across countries | Gadgets Now

Friday, November 3 2017

WhatsApp is down, outage appears to be spread across countries | Gadgets Now

More WhatsApp is down, outage appears to be spread across countries WhatsApp users across the world, including in India, on Friday experienced problems sending texts or unable to log into the app. Gadgets Now Bureau | Updated: Nov 3, 2017, 03.10PM IST WhatsApp users across the world, including in India, on Friday experienced problems sending texts or unable to log into the app. According to an Independent website DownDetector, 60% of customers were having issues connected to Facebook-owned WhatsApp. "A further 25% report issues receiving messages and 14% are struggling to login," Express.co.uk said. Several users took to Twitter to confirm the development and vent their frustration with #whatsappdown trending on the micro-blogging site. WhatsApp was also down in India and people were unable to connect with their friends or relatives. WhatsApp was also down in May this year for a few hours in all parts of the world. For the latest news , tech news , breaking news headlines and live updates checkout Gadgetsnow.com See Also

Mouser Now Shipping Energy-Efficient Si522xx PCIe Clock Generators from Silicon Labs

Friday, November 3 2017

Mouser Now Shipping Energy-Efficient Si522xx PCIe Clock Generators from Silicon Labs

Mouser Now Shipping Energy-Efficient Si522xx PCIe Clock Generators from Silicon Labs Mouser Now Shipping Energy-Efficient Si522xx PCIe Clock Generators from Silicon Labs November 3, 2017 60 Mouser Electronics, Inc., the authorized global distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking the Si522xx PCIe clock generators from Silicon Labs. This new family of clock generators is compliant with all current versions of PCI Express (PCIe), including PCIe Gen 4 and Separate Reference Independent Spread (SRIS) standards, delivering exceptional jitter performance of just 0.4 picoseconds RMS. The family’s wide-ranging applications include servers, storage, network interface cards, data centers, digital cameras, and docking stations. The Silicon Labs Si522xx PCIe clock generators, available from Mouser Electronics, use low-power push-pull output buffer technology to limit power consumption, reduce package size, and eliminate the need for external terminating resistors in High-Speed Current Steering Logic (HCSL) outputs. The devices’ internal power filtering reduces component count, saving around 30 percent of board space compared to similar products. The Si52212, Si52208, and Si52204 devices can source twelve, eight, and four 100 MHz PCIe differential clock outputs, respectively, plus one 25 MHz LVCMOS reference clock output, while the Si52202 can source two 100 MHz PCIe clock outputs only. All of the Si522xx devices feature individual hardware control pins for enabling and disabling each output, spread spectrum enable/disable for EMI reduction, and frequency selection for 133 MHz or 200 MHz differential output frequencies. These features can also be controlled via I 2 C. The Si522xx clock generators are supported by the Silicon Labs Si52204-EVB evaluation board, which allows engineers to evaluate the four-output Si52204 clock generator. The board features I 2 C port access, plus jumpers and SMA connectors for easy static configuration of the control inputs and selector switches for selecting the voltage for both core and IO supplies. To learn more about the Si522xx clock generators and Si52204-EVB, visit https://www.mouser.com/silabs-si522xx-clock-generators/ . TAGS

India among top 7 countries for ransomware circulation : SophosLabs 2018 Malware Forecast

Friday, November 3 2017

India among top 7 countries for ransomware circulation : SophosLabs 2018 Malware Forecast

117 Ransomware ravaged Windows, but attacks on Android, Linux and MacOS systems also increased in 2017 Just two strains of ransomware were responsible for 89.5 percent of all attacks intercepted on Sophos customer computers worldwide Sophos , a global leader in network and endpoint security, on November 3, announced its SophosLabs 2018 Malware Forecast, a report that recaps ransomware and other cybersecurity trends based on data collected from Sophos customer computers worldwide during April 1 to Oct. 3, 2017. One key finding shows that while ransomware predominately attacked Windows systems in the last six months, Android, Linux and MacOS platforms were not immune. “Ransomware has become platform-agnostic. Ransomware mostly targets Windows computers, but this year, SophosLabs saw an increased amount of crypto-attacks on different devices and operating systems used by our customers worldwide,” said Dorka Palotay, SophosLabs security researcher and contributor to the ransomware analysis in the SophosLabs 2018 Malware Forecast. The report also tracks ransomware growth patterns, indicating that WannaCry, unleashed in May 2017, was the number one ransomware intercepted from customer computers, dethroning longtime ransomware leader Cerber, which first appeared in early 2016. WannaCry accounted for 45.3 percent of all ransomware tracked through SophosLabs with Cerber accounting for 44.2 percent. “For the first time we saw ransomware with worm-like characteristics, which contributed to the rapid expansion of WannaCry. This ransomware took advantage of a known Windows vulnerability to infect and spread to computers, making it hard to control,” said Palotay. “Even though our customers are protected against it and WannaCry has tapered off, we still see the threat because of its inherent nature to keep scanning and attacking computers. We’re expecting cyber criminals to build upon this ability to replicate seen in WannaCry and NotPetya, and this is already evident with Bad Rabbit ransomware, which shows many similarities to NotPetya.” The SophosLabs 2018 Malware Forecast reports on the acute rise and fall of NotPetya, ransomware that wreaked havoc in June 2017. NotPetya was initially distributed through a Ukranian accounting software package, limiting its geographic impact. It was able to spread via the EternalBlue exploit, just like WannaCry, but because WannaCry had already infected most exposed machines there were few left unpatched and vulnerable. The motive behind NotPetya is still unclear because there were many missteps, cracks and faults with this attack. For instance, the email account that victims needed to contact attackers didn’t work and victims could not decrypt and recover their data, according to Palotay. Android ransomware is also attracting cyber criminals. According to SophosLabs analysis, the number of attacks on Sophos customers using Android devices increased almost every month in 2017. The SophosLabs report further indicates two types of Android attack methods emerged: locking the phone without encrypting data, and locking the phone while encrypting the data. Most ransomware on Android doesn’t encrypt user data, but the sheer act of locking a screen in exchange for money is enough to cause people grief, especially considering how many times in a single day information is accessed on a personal device. “Sophos recommends backing up phones on a regular schedule, similar to a computer, to preserve data and avoid paying ransom just to regain access. We expect ransomware for Android to continue to increase and dominate as the leading type of malware on this mobile platform in the coming year,” said Yu. For more information visit SophosLabs 2018 Malware Forecast

Danfoss Joins UN for Sustainable Energy for All Initiative in India

Friday, November 3 2017

Danfoss Joins UN for Sustainable Energy for All Initiative in India

Danfoss Joins UN for Sustainable Energy for All Initiative in India Danfoss Joins UN for Sustainable Energy for All Initiative in India As part of the District Energy in Cities initiative, six Indian cities have been chosen where rapid assessment has been done to explore District Energy systems as a viable option. November 3, 2017 4 Thane, Maharashtra will be the pilot city to undergo the assessment for the implementation of the District Energy system Danfoss Industries Pvt. Ltd., an industry leader in climate and energy efficient solutions, in association with EESL has partnered with the United Nations for introducing the District Energy in Cities initiative in India. As part of the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, six cities in India including Thane, Pune, Bhubaneswar, Rajkot, Coimbatore, and Bhopal have been chosen to explore District Energy systems. Thane—also part of the Central Government’s Smart Cities Mission–will be the first city to be assessed for its potential for implementation of the district energy system. With the global push to drive energy efficiency, cities are being encouraged to move towards the usage of district energy systems for heating and cooling purposes. Danfoss Global recently announced its partnership with the UN Sustainable Energy for All Initiative to help provide green and affordable cooling solutions for all. Danfoss has been appointed a member of the Cooling for All initiative and Global Panel to drive increasing access to affordable and sustainable cooling solutions throughout the world. Furthermore, with this partnership in India, Danfoss India, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Danfoss Global will be a technology partner in the District Energy in Cities initiative where the company’s district heating and cooling innovations will help deliver improved and low-cost heating or cooling solutions. Commenting on the project, Ravichandran Purushothaman, President, Danfoss India said, “We at Danfoss, believe in Engineering Tomorrow’s India in a sustainable manner; the aim is to constantly innovate and deploy newer technologies and therefore reduce global energy footprints. On one hand, two-thirds of India is yet to be built and on the other, there is increased urbanization. This has caused an increase in demand for energy. It is therefore our endeavor to work with relevant stakeholders and enable the country to meet the needs of our population, keeping in mind our future generations. With the Central Government’s vision to build 100 smart cities and the UN’s District Energy in Cities initiative, we are certain that the six pilot projects of District Cooling which are being launched today, will serve as an inspiration for the rest of the country. Danfoss has implemented both, district cooling and district heating technologies around the globe and we are now looking to showcase this expertise in India as well. It is our privilege to be part of this project with the United Nations, where we are looking to enable our cities to embrace newer ways of living with sustainability at its core, and thereby facilitating India to achieve its sustainable development goals and the COP 21 agreement.” Danfoss has been part of several district energy projects across the globe, delivering both district heating and district cooling solutions with equal expertise. TMEA region, especially the hot Gulf countries, where several district Cooling Projects have been implemented by Danfoss, holds many success stories of enjoying cooling with reduced carbon footprints. These district energy systems are setting new norms for modern and smarter cities to integrate multiple sectors and incorporate large-scale renewables and unused heat. Proper utilization of these systems can lower electricity demand for cooling by up to fifty percent, shift the peak demand for electricity especially during summers and lower the heating and cooling cost for the industries and individuals. Moreover, district energy can provide effective solutions to the existing water crisis in the cities by centralizing the production of chilled water and reducing the dependence on potable water for cooling by utilizing treated sewage effluents and lowering the water stress for cooling. “Energy is a central element to the social and economic well-being of any city. However, in recent times, production, distribution, and consumption of energy have been having an adverse effect on climate change. In this regard, we are working towards reversing this effect by reducing the carbon intensity of energy while making energy available for all. India is one of the pilot countries for the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative and with industry leaders such as Danfoss on board, we are certainly keen to see how a district energy system in place can help unleash India’s potential as a market for district cooling. We look forward to working with the Indian Government and its stakeholders to explore newer avenues for sustainable development and create a benchmark for improving energy efficiency across the country”, Lily Rishi, Programme Manager, District Energy Initiative, UN Environment said. These six Indian cities were selected to be part of the District Energy in Cities Initiative after many deliberations, to be rapidly assessed for their district cooling potential. The assessments will further examine the district energy system’s current impact, ongoing and planned city programmes through which district cooling could be promoted and the policy options that are unique to each city. The findings for each city will include high-level technical and financial assessments of multiple upcoming or existing real estate projects in the cities and identification of barriers to the implementation of district energy solutions. SHARE