TRINITY IT es Prodapt acquires VDVL to expand Telecom activities Chennai, Mar: Prodapt, a leading provider of IT and Engineering services has announced that it has completed the acquisition of VDVL C onsultants, a Netherlands based Te l e c o m I T a n d Technology Services Company in an all-cash deal. VDVL Consultants, over a span of 25 years, has built a strong track record by ser vicing most of the large telecom operators in The Netherlands. The company provides Telecom IT specific h i g h - e n d St r at e g i c Consulting, Technology Architecture & Design, Business Process Analysis and Definition, Te s t P l a n n i n g & Management, and Program Management Ser vices. VDVL has a highly experienced team with deep telecom skills, sustainable client relationships and solid financials. The existing management of VDVL will continue with the company. With the completion of this acquisition, Pro dapt b ecomes a leading global services company serving the telecom industry. The strategic acquisition complements Prodapt’s proven c ap abi lit ies of delivering IT and Operations Services for www.makkalkural.net the Communications Industry and enhance its revenue mix, with approx i mately 5 0 % from North America, 45% from Europe and 5% from Africa. The combined offerings bring end-to-end IT and operations services - from telecom product strategy to managed services. In 2015, the company plans to focus on enhancing its position with investments i n ne x t ge ne r at i on technologies impacting the telecom vertical. These would include the productization of Pro d apt’s p l at for m serving the Internet of Things (IoT) and development of Prodapt’s big data and analytics practice serving the communications sector. “This acquisition is a significant moment f o r P r o d ap t . No w, w e h av e b e c om e a leading global services company serving the telecom industry. This consolidation will strengthen our delivery capabilities for both wireline, wireless and convergent operators; especially in the area of BSS/OSS and network integration solutions. We a re l o o k i n g at further acquisitions that could help enhance our offerings to the telecom vertical” said Vedant Jhaver, CEO of Prodapt. Youngsters do not reveal secrets to strangers Young people are no longer interested in sharing intimate details of their lives with strangers online and are now taking a number of steps to safeguard their privacy on social media, a new research has found. According to the Market Research Society, teens have now begun to un-tag embarrassing pictures, write false posts to ensure privacy, and even adopt parallel identities in order to keep their personal information under wraps. The report, carried out by Colin Strong of the MRS Delphi Society, notes about a new phenomenon known as “vague-booking,” whereby teens post vague statements deliberately to prompt friends to private message them. “There is a universally held view that teenagers simply don’t care enough about online privacy, and this… can have disastrous consequences,” the report reads. “The reality is that, far from being careless about their privacy, MONDAY 23-03-2015 teenagers manage it carefully. They just aren’t so obvious about it. Jane Frost, chief executive of the MRS, told The Sunday Times that the rise of apps like Snapchat and Guerilla Mail – which erases pictures after a short amount of time – show teenagers are increasingly concerned about what strangers see. She said on an estimate a third of Twitter users have a private account, only shared with close friends, as well as a public one. She added that youngsters also tend to put out a false name entirely while playing games online. The findings challenge Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s claims in 2010 that the age of privacy is over- and no longer a ‘social norm.’ “People have really gotten comfortable not sharing information of different kinds, but more openly and with more people. That social norm has just evolved over time,” Zuckerberg had said at that time. www.trinityites.net I www.trinitymirror.net Cincinnati Water Works selects Wipro for its CRM, billing operations Bangalore, India and East Brunswick, New Jersey, USA– March 19, 2015 – Wipro Ltd. (NYSE:WIT) a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company today announced that it has been selected by the United States-based utility company, Greater Cincinnati Water Works (GCWW) as its IT partner to transform the utility’s CRM, Billing and Service Bureau operations. Greater Cincinnati Water Works provides about 133 million gallons of water a day to over 1 million people across the states of Ohio and Kentucky in the United States. Wipro will design, build, host and deploy a Customer Information System (CIS) for Greater Cincinnati Water Works in a Platform as a Service (PaaS) model. The company will also maintain the solution for Greater Cincinnati Water Works for a period of five years after the initial implementation. Unlike conventional capex-heavy commercial models, Wipro’s solution is being offered in an Opex-based, payper-use pricing model, which is linked to the actual volume of customers served by Greater Cincinnati Water Works. The Customer Information System solution is based on Oracle’s Customer Care & Billing (CC&B) technology platform. The solution offers leadingedge water industry specific features for Contact Management, Billing, Metering, Account Management and Self-Service capabilities, which will provide an enhanced user experience for Cincinnati Water’s end customers. Deploying this solution is expected to be 40% more cost-effective than comparable solutions as Wipro’s preconfigured technical accelerators for data integration and data migration from the legacy CIS platform will shorten the implementation timeline as well as reduce the transition risks for Greater Cincinnati Water Works. In addition, the variabilized, payper-use commercial model will enable Greater Cincinnati Water Works to offer CIS services to other small to medium sized Water Utilities in the United States via a ‘Service Bureau’ model, to boost its revenue growth. Technology advances are driving legacy CIS system replacements across the utilities industry. Offering a hosted, pay-per-use CIS solution with a scalable and attractive commercial proposition eliminates the need for small to midsize water companies to make upfront investments in prohibitively expensive solutions.Once established, this ‘Service Bureau’ model will offer CIS-as-aservice through a joint go-to-market strategy between Greater Cincinnati Water Works, Wipro and Oracle. The ‘Service Bureau’ will create a strong partnership ecosystem and market presence for Greater Cincinnati Water Works, Wipro and Oracle for offering CRM and Billing managed services to water and wastewater utility companies, in North America. Gary Wiest, Commercial Services Superintendent, Greater Cincinnati Water Works said “Cincinnati Water is very excited to team up with Wipro for the implementation of the Oracle CC&B solution. Not only does the service bureau solution align with our strategic business plan, it also allows us to offer a tier 1 solution to utilities that might not have the means to procure the CC&B solution. We are very excited to be part of an innovative project with Wipro and Oracle that could possibly change the way utilities do business.” Tony Parrott, Director of Water & Sewers, City of Cincinnati said, “As we move forward, evolving into the utility of the future, we look for innovative ways that can help reduce our costs. The service bureau strategy is one of the ways in which we can provide an exceptional billing system for our customers and other utilities. We know our relationship with Wipro and Oracle will help us achieve our goals of providing additional options and outstanding customer service to our customer base.” Sahadev Singh, Vice President and Global Head – Water Utilities, Wipro Limited said “We are delighted to have been chosen by Cincinnati Water as a strategic partner to transform their customer service business function using a Platform-as-a-service model. This program is the foundation of a strategic relationship enabling Cincinnati Water, Wipro and Oracle to extend the technology platform and deliver game changing Service Bureau offerings to other water utilities in the US.” Microsoft launches Cloud Accelerator Program Chennai, Mar: To help Indian enterprises and government organizations take full advantage of the cloud, Microsoft India today launched a special Cloud Accelerator Program. This announcement was made by the company’s leadership at India’s largest cloud conference, the 2015 Microsoft Azure Conference. More than 1,500 cloud professionals and IT industry decision makers will attend the two-day conference, with another 15,000 participating via the virtual conference. Microsoft is witnessing rapid growth in cloud adoption in India and across the world. In the quarter ending December 2014, Microsoft’s commercial cloud revenue grew 114% globally. This was driven by Office 365, Microsoft Azure and Dynamics CRM Online. Last year, Microsoft announced that it will offer Microsoft Azure and Office 365 cloud services from local datacenters by the end of 2015. The Cloud Accelerator Program will serve as a catalyst to accelerate the adoption of these services amongst enterprises and government organizations. This will help organizations to not only plan local cloud roadmaps, but also increase compliance with local regulations. With the help of in-house experts and trained partners, Microsoft India’s Cloud Accelerator Program is specially designed to help Indian customers start and complete their cloud journey. More than 15 Microsoft partners including HCL, Wipro and Tech Mahindra will be part of the roll out of the Cloud Accelerator Program in India. More partners will come on board with new offerings over the coming months. In addition, Microsoft has launched cloud training programs - Azure Vidyapeeth and GuruVarta, for partners that will enable SMBs transition to the cloud. The program will upskill partners to help 10,000 SMBs across 250 cities to move to the cloud. The company also announced the launch of a Cloud Decision Framework for pu b l i c s e c t or c omp an i e s , government departments, banks, and financial services companies. The Cloud Decision Framework is an independent, open framework based on industry standards and regulatorguidelines. The framework builds on international ISO standards and incorporates India-specific guidelines from IRDA, IDRBT and the IT Act. “Microsoft has been a front runner in the Indian IT industry for 25 years, helping India use the latest computing technology to achieve more. The cloud is the only way enterprises and government organizations can scale up IT infrastructure to meet the needs of the discerning digital Indian. We are investing to provide cloud services from local datacenters to help government, BFSI, state-owned enterprises and other regulated industries to take full advantage of the cloud. The Cloud Accelerator Program is designed to help India move to the cloud, and in turn, help ‘Make in India’ a reality. This will open up new possibilities in e-governance, financial inclusion, healthcare, and education to positively impact the lives of a billion people,” said Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India. Karan Bajwa, Managing Director, Microsoft India said, “Cloud is real in India today. Our early-adopter customers are already seeing the benefits of public, private and hybrid cloud. With the Cloud Accelerator Program, we and our partners will be able to move thousands of customers to the cloud over the next few months. We are committed to help government departments, public sector organizations, and banking and financial services companies move forward on their own cloud journeys.” II MONDAY 23-03-2015 www.makkalkural.net HDFC Bank launches Chillr app HDFC Bank today launched Chillr, a mobile app that allows users to instantly transfer money to any contact in their phonebook 24 hours a day, seven days a week.HDFC Bank has partnered with MobME, a Kochi-based technology firm, to launch this app. Chillr allows users to send money in 3 simple steps: 1. Choose the recipient from your list of Chillr contacts 2. Enter the amount to be transferred & a message to recipient 3. Enter your secret M-PIN & press PAY The app is particularly useful for college students and young professionals. While dining at restaurants, customers, particularly youngsters can split the bill using this app. Parents, whose children are studying away from home in other cities can transfer money via the app. In the near future it will also allow users to pay utility bills and various merchants via the mobile. Chillr is also an important tool for financial inclusion in rural markets, allowing migrant workers to remit money to family back home in a secure manner. HDFC Bank has also piloted the use of Chillr for its Sustainable Livelihood Initiative (SLI), a programme that reaches out to people at the bottom of the pyramid by providing them with livelihood finance and skills training. The participants running small businesses used the app to make payments to employees, avoiding the hassle of travelling to the nearest ATM to withdraw cash. TCS to help reduce digital skills gap G Tata Consultancy Services has unveiled a new initiative designed to help encourage more young people into digital careers. The company, in conjunction with The Tech Partnership and MyKindaCrowd, has created a resource pack to help teachers educate young people about possible roles in the IT industry, and the steps they need to take to achieve that ambition. Currently, there are no teaching resource packs of this kind available for this topic. The TechFutures Teachers: Careers Resources Pack has been developed based on the findings of a research project conducted by MyKindaCrowd. The research, which assessed the challenges and issues that schools currently face when teaching pupils about careers in IT, found that although young people are well-versed in using technology, there is a lack of knowledge of how that technology is created and little understanding of the breadth of technology career opportunities available. TechFutures Teachers: Careers Resources Pack launched at the Big Bang Fair, which is the largest event of its kind in the UK, and promoted through organisations directly involved in schools like Teach First, STEMNET and Tech Partnership. The pack is available to download at:http://www.thetechpartnership. com/techfuture/techfuture-teachers/it-industrycareers-pack/. N-Tier Business Solutions P Ltd The following are the current job openings available in our organisation. To apply for any of the positions below, please forward your resume to [email protected] with the job title metioned in the subject line. Software Engineer - .NET Job Title : .NET Developer ( Enterprise web/Desktop Applications - Microsoft Technologies) Years of Experience : 2+ Years No of resources : 2 Openings : Immediate Basic qualification : Minimum qualification of B.E/B.Tech MCA, M.Sc (Computer Science) or equivalent from a reputed institution and a minimum of first class. Domain : Enterprise - Line of business applications / New age domains - Social Media/Web 2.0 Operating System : Windows / Web Process : Strong is SDLC processes with Hands on experience in small/medium size projects. Programming :Good work knowledge in Microsoft Technologies - mainly .NET framework - 2.0-4.5 with proven experience in end-to-end development of projects using C#, ASP.NET, MVC, AJAX, WCF, Entity Framework. Strong knowledge in data modelling and managing database systems using SQL Server, SSRS, SSIS and other database related services. Knowledge in other DBMS systems like Oracle, MySQL, etc are nice to have. Knowledge on open source frameworks/Sharepoint services/MS CRM/WCF/WWF/ Silverlight are good to have. Key skills : Exposure and hands on experience in designing web application architecture involving N-Tier/ MVC/RESTful web services/Ajax based web apps/RUI apps like Silverlight etc. Good knowledge in .NET Patterns and practices. HR Professional www.trinitymirror.net www.trinityites.net Job Title : Human Resource Professional Years of Experience : 2+ years No of resources : 1 Openings : Immediate Basic qualification : Minimum qualification of any basic degree (computer science is preferred) with post graduate management degree (specialization in Human Resource) or equivalent at regular college and minimum percentage of 60%. Domain : IT company Process : Good understanding of all HR policy,process and their execution. Key skills : Good understanding of recruitment, employee welfare management (Motivator& Grievance handling and interfacing with other support departments and the management), Training, Appraisal joining and exit etc and related policy making. Should be able to handle all employee related financial activities like salary, PF etc. Plus should be able to handle additional tasks that might be organization specific . Capability to do documentation using Microsoft office tools ( word,excel, etc ) is a must. Other documentation tools knowledge is a plus. Use of computers to get information from internet and to use tools to assist in HR activities is a must. Google leaks 2,82,867 domain owners’ personal details oogle has accidentally leaked the personal details of more than 280,000 customers, Ars Technica reports. The fault first appeared back in mid-2013 - but it has only recently been discovered and fixed, meaning people have been at risk for years. Identified by security researchers at Cisco, the vulnerability affects websites registered via Google Apps for work, using the registrar eNom. The owners of the websites in question had all opted into “WHOIS privacy protection,” which means that when someone WHOISes or queries - the website, the personal details of the individual who registered it are hidden. You might use the service if you’re an anonymous political blogger, or run a website about an embarrassing hobby - or are just particularly privacy-conscious. 305,925 websites domains were registered this way - but Cisco found that 282,867 of them (94%) have had their personal details unmasked due to a fault in Google’s code. Customers’ leaked information includes “full names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses.” Cisco first discovered the issue on February 19, 2015, two years after the fault first arose. After Google was notified, the search giant then fixed it around a week later, and notified customers last night. It’s unclear how many customers seeking anonymity were unmasked as a result of this error. Cisco researchers write that in addition to the direct threat that the operators of sensitive websites may face as a result of being unmasked, it also puts them at greater risk of fraud. Being able to send “targeted spear phish emails containing the victim’s name address and phone number” could make attempts at fraud and identity theft more dangerous. Here’s the message Google Apps customers received: Dear Google Apps Administrator, We are writing to notify you of a software defect in Google Apps’ domain registration system that affected your account. We are sorry that this defect occurred. We want to inform you of the incident and the remedial actions we have taken to resolve it. When the unlisted registration option was selected, your domain registration information was not included in the WHOIS directory for the first year. However, due to a software defect in the Google Apps domain renewal system, eNom’s unlisted registration service was not extended when your domain registration was renewed. As a result, upon renewal and from then on forward, your registration information was listed publicly in the WHOIS directory. Trinity Hub Hiring Freshers for Dot Net Developer Palpap Ichinichi Software International Ltd Hiring Freshers for Testing Palpap Ichinichi Software International Ltd No. of positions: 1 Location: Chennai Description : Sales of Domestic/International holiday products especially hotels. The incumbent will be responsible for counter sales of domestic/International Air tickets He will be responsible for walk-ins customer handling Desired Profile : Note: Its a Trainee position. The incumbent will be paid stipend during trainee-ship. Based on performance, he will be confirmed. He will also be eligible for performance linked incentives. The incumbent should be open for rotational night shifts. Only male candidates having a valid passport (2010 onward) should apply. Please note that we do have Executive position for experienced candidates as well. Contact Us : No:3/17, Palpap Tower, G.S.T Road, St.Thomas Mount, Chennai-600016. No. of positions: 1 Location: Chennai Description : Sales of Domestic/International holiday products especially hotels. The incumbent will be responsible for counter sales of domestic/International Air tickets He will be responsible for walk-ins customer handling Desired Profile Note: Its a Trainee position. The incumbent will be paid stipend during trainee-ship. Based on performance, he will be confirmed. He will also be eligible for performance linked incentives. The incumbent should be open for rotational night shifts. Only male candidates having a valid passport (2010 onward) should apply. Please note that we do have Executive position for experienced candidates as well. Contact Us : No:3/17, Palpap Tower, G.S.T Road, St.Thomas Mount, Chennai-600016. Programmer Analyst, I Current Opening: Developers Palpap Ichinichi Software International Ltd Title : Programmer Analyst, I Categories : United States Location : Irvine, CA Job Information : Design/develop/modify software/sys. appl.; design/ implement/maintain prog./oper sys.; perform database design for sys. conformance/optimization; provide tech. analysis/ coding. May have to travel to various unanticipated client sites. Req. Bachelor’s deg. (or 3/4 yr foreign deg. equiv.) in Comp. Sci., Comp. Info. Sys., Eng., Comp. Appl., Bus. Admin or related, including skills in at least 4 of the following techs: JAVA, J2EE, Oracle, XML, BEA WebLogic, Oracle Applications, Oracle Financials, Oracle Distribution, Oracle, PL/SQL, MS SQL Server, VB/ASP .Net Tech., C#, Siebel, Clarify, SAP, Sys. life cycle and Unix/Windows env. please forward your resume to http://www.preludesys.com/jobs/apply/408/ Precious Microtech P Ltd Designation:Junior Software Engineer Experience:0-1 Qualfication:BE Skill Set:C,C++ Job Description:Ju Designation:Senior Software engineer Experience:1-2 Qualfication:BE/MCA Skill Set:C,C++ Job Description:se Designation:Senior Sofware Engineer level 2 Experience:2-4 Qualfication:BE/MCA Skill Set:C,C++, Job Description:Se Post your requirement for PreciousMicrotech pvt. ltd [email protected] TRINITY IT es www.makkalkural.net MONDAY 23-03-2015 www.trinitymirror.net www.trinityites.net What is planned in M future ? mobiles obile World Congress (MWC) is the biggest mobile phone event held annually in Barcelona Spain. This year too, the event witnessed many launches and announcements of new products. We closely observed the new flagship smartphones launched or announced at the MWC 2015 and found out some common trends which most brands are following in their flag-bearer phones. These top-of-the-line products also reflect the vision of the brands as well as smartphone industry. Many of these features are based on the feedback of the customers as well as the studies. Some of the features and innovations, which were displayed at the MWC, are the brain-child of the designers and the innovators who are paid handsomely to keep their respective brands one step ahead of the competition. Here are our observations on common trends followed by flagship phones at MWC. Build over specs Gone are the days, when a phone will sell because it has a faster processor. Of late, most brands have access to equally fast hardware and the spec war is almost over. And the focus of phone-makers as well as customers is on the design-and-build quality. More brands are now very picky about the choice of the material for making smartphones. We see many of them using metal and high-strength glass more than ever before. Plastics are still in use but there is a drastic improvement in the quality. More and more brands are playing with different type of metal alloys, different finish and textures with an aim to stand out as against their competitors. This is a welcome change as better-built phones not only look premium but are also more durable. Size moderation For past few years, every time a brand announced a new flagship, it was larger in display by about half an inch as compared to the predecessor. This happened so much so that some mainstream flagships (Nexus 6) hit the 6-inch display size mark. Thankfully this trend has now saturated for most brands with a 5 to 5.5-inch display size. Beyond a certain size, the phones are too big to fit in a normal pocket and too bulky to carry. The size and weight of most new flagships launched at the MWC 2015 has not increased as compared to the previous generation flagships. Camera is crucial Most of the product demos and presentations stress a lot on rear camera as a USP of the product. More than ever before, the cameras are considered to be a crucial factor for customers while buying phones. OIS (optical image stabilization), which was a rare feature on smartphones just a couple of years back, is now almost a standard for most flagship phones (not all of them though). Low-light photography, fast focus, ability to capture fast-moving objects, quickly opening the camera, and shooting are some features that most flagships are banking on. Also, 4K video-recording feature is something that is offered by most flaghips. Selfie obsession Let’s be honest, when was the last time you took a selfie? Not long ago, right? The trend of taking selfies has caught up like wild fire. Most flagship phones now offer wide-angle front camera with high aperture numbers, larger pixel size and a lot of beauty modes in-built at software level to enhance the beauty of the pictures. Not having a good selfie front-facing camera can be a deal breaker for a lot of buyers who spend their money on expensive flagship phones. And this time, most flagships have come with better front-facing cameras as against what they have offered on their previous generation phones. Use of biometrics Making payments or unlocking phone via fingerprint authentication, face and eye scan to unlock the phone, and many such features which make use of authentication on biometric level are picking up these days. There are still many phones which have not included these features, but this trend will be seen on more phones in the coming days. User experience over marketing gimmicks Phone-makers are shifting their focus on optimization of their phone software and making the user experience more seamless and smooth as compared to overloading the phones with tonnes of features which are seldom used. This is also a step in right direction. We have seen many brands working on simplifying their phone’s UI (user interface) for a better user experience rather than making them bulky. After all technology is meant to simplify life, not complicate it. 64 bit computing Most of the latest generations chipsets made by the chip makers, and then used in these flasghips phones, use 64 bit computing architecture. With a 64 bit architecture (compared to 32 bit), the computing and memory efficiency of the system is improved especially if the software is also optimized to support the 64 bit architecture. These changes are at the core of the phones and may not come to a customer’s notice, but underneath, they improve phone’s performance. Curves are in This trend was started a couples of years back when we saw the first mainstream flagship smartphone with a curved display. Although it never made its way to many customer’s pockets as it was fairly expensive, yet it started a trend. Since then, we have seen many such innovations like edge displays, more phones with curved displays. The technology is still in use only by a couple of brands, but as we mentioned in one of our previous stories, the trend will catch up soon as the prices of curved-display technology become more affordable. III IV TRINITY MONDAY 23-03-2015 www.makkalkural.net Hitech Pi Datacenter begins operations Pi Datacenters Private Ltd., a state-of-the-art technology startup, has announced the groundbreaking of its first Datacenter in the country, located in the new capital city of Andhra Pradesh. Today, the ground-breaking ceremony was performed by Mr.Kalyan Muppaneni, Founder & CEO – Pi Datacenters in presence of some of the key dignitaries coming from United States and United Kingdom. Pi Datacenters facility is going to be South India’s first tier-4 certified Datacenter that uses state-of-the-art technology and infrastructure platform built to global standards. Designed to deliver high performance and built on the latest engineering framework, the next-generation Datacenter will aim to serve all enterprise businesses across India and abroad with offerings spanning from Co-location to Cloud services. The Datacenter is going to be purpose-built greenfield facility in more than 5 lakh square feet of constructed area and will be powered by a dedicated on-site substation that can support up to 60 MW. Amazon ropes in Great Lakes student with Rs 51 Lakh package ‘Screenwriting app’ to jot down ideas When you are a writer, inspiration often strikes when you are not near a computer. Apps can save the day for screenwriters who do their work on the go. Fade In Mobile is one screenwriting app that I immediately liked. It is free on b ot h iOS and Android, and, unlike some of its rivals, it has been recently updated and should work smoothly on the newest devices. It is a no-nonsense screenwriting app, designed specifically to make it easy to get ideas out of the writer’s mind and into the script. This means its interface is unfussy, with few bells and whistles apart from features that let you write or edit screenplays with standard formats that describe how the page is set up and how character names are displayed. This kind of writing environment helps keep me focused. But if you need to be able to make notes or keep descriptions of the characters or lists of scenes, this app is probably not for you. Fade In Mobile lets you import and export files to Dropbox so you can get to your screenplays on other devices or the company’s desktop screenwriting software. One big downside: Your files are saved in a proprietary format that is probably not compatible with other editing software. The free edition of the app allows you to work on only one script at a time. The full version allows more scripts and lets you import screenplays written in other file formats, but it costs $5 (Rs 308) both on iOS and Android. A great alternative on iOS is Scripts Pro. Like Fade In, it does an excellent job of keeping scriptwriting and editing straightforward. The Scripts Pro interface is uncluttered and mostly shows the script you’re working on and the onscreen keyboard. A nice touch is being able to quickly tab through your script, and a handy suggestions prompt appears when you’re typing something like a character name you’ve already entered. Better yet, the app supports editing of files saved in other formats, including plain text files and files from the popular desktop scriptwriting software Final Draft. You can even transfer files to and from the app wirelessly using iTunes transfers and Dropbox. It’s not the most feature-rich app in the world, but its aim is simple and it does its job well. A $12 (Rs 740) price tag may be its only sticking point. On Android, there’s a free alternative to Scripts Pro called DubScript Screenplay Writer. It has a clean editing interface and uses a scriptwriting standard called Fountain to format the text you write. This means you can type in plain text format as the script forms in your mind, entering character names and so on without having to stop and let the app know that “Arthur,” for example, is a character name. Once you’ve finished writing, the app automatically tries to identify things and then formats the script by indenting lines. Add in extra features like a customizable interface and the ability to read scripts aloud, and DubScript looks impressive. It may be great for beginning screenwriters. MyS cre enpl ays is another Android app worth looking at, not least because it’s free. It’s not quite as full-featured or goodlooking as DubScript, but it does have some good tricks, like being able to auto-indent and auto-format some parts of your script. Plus, it has a feature called nonlinear editing, which lets you move sections of your script around when you’re editing. It also exports scripts in files compatible with Final Draft. Finally, check out Celtx Script. Screenwriters will recognize this brand from its desktop apps. It’s a good-looking and full-featured scriptwriting app that is compatible with script files you’ve written in its desktop versions. The app can synchronize your files so edits and adjustments you make when working on one device will appear on a different one. It costs $5 (Rs 308) on iOS and is free on Android, but it may be best suited for more experienced writers. www.trinitymirror.net www.trinityites.net Chennai, March: Great Lakes Institute of Management, one of the premier management institutes of the country had an excellent placement season for its PGPM batch of 2015. Already about 95% of the students from the largest ever class of 381 have found career opportunities with a large number of companies participating across Consulting, E-commerce, Analytics, IT/ITES, Telecom, Financial Services, Manufacturing and many more. The highlight of this placement season was the highest offer of 51 Lakhs CTC made by Amazon India. This year the average annual salary increased to 12.02 lakhs p.a. from last year’s 11.43 lakhs p.a. Great Lakes PGPM class of 2015 is an eclectic mix of students from diverse educational backgrounds and industry experience ranging between 2 to 5 years and this makes it attractive for recruiters looking for business ready talent who can start delivering form day one. Accenture, Cognizant, Deloitte, HSBC Technologies, Infosys, iNautix, ITC Infotech, Mogae Media, Scope International, TCS and Wipro were the major recruiters in terms of the offers made. The maximum profiles have been offered in the Technology Consulting, Sales & Marketing and Business Consulting areas. Interesting highlight of the placement season 2015 were the several new roles offered in the IT es areas like Analytics and E-commerce. Business Analytics emerged as a major area with 17% of the students taking up profiles offered in the areas by Analytics, Consulting and IT firms. E-commerce recruiters included majors like Amazon, Caratlane, India Property. com, Matrimony and Snapdeal. IT/ITES continued to dominate with almost all leading IT firms in the country participating and picking up students in large numbers, making Great Lakes their most preferred destination of choice for recruiting management talent. “The placement scenario for Great Lakes this season has been highly rewarding with almost the entire batch getting placed before graduation. The record CTC of Rs.51 Lakhs from Amazon and continuous rise in the average CTC for the batch clearly show the ever-growing confidence of recruiting corporates in our students’ quality, performance and contribution. We look forward to further enhance our corporate outreach, collaborate with more corporates across diverse Industry segments as well as deepen the engagements we already have, thereby becoming their preferred destination for talent sourcing”said R. Shreenath, Director, Corporate & Career Services, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai. Yahoo to do away with passwords Everyone has a portfolio of passwords to remember for individual services, making it all too easy to forget- Yahoo wants to make the process easier with a feature that means you’ll never have to remember a password for its email service ever again. Yahoo’s newly announced ondemand password feature will send you the password for your email account by SMS to your mobile phone whenever you need it. The company revealed the scheme at a session in SXSW and has outlined the steps to the service on its own Tumblr. Yahoo asks for a specific setting to be turned on and your mobile phone number, then the next time you try to log in Yahoo will automatically send the password to your mobile phone.Security concerns The service is currently only available in the US and Yahoo has yet to confirm whether it will be rolled out to other territories. There are certainly going to be problems with the service as you may be without your mobile when accessing emails or out of phone signal, but Yahoo’s system hopes to be more secure than a standard password. It may mean your details could be compromised if you lose your mobile device and Yahoo has yet to comment whether it has a plan to keep things tight and secure. However, if it all works out, Yahoo could potentially lead the charge into a time where we’re less dependent on the tatty piece of paper with all our passwords scrawled on it. Not that we’d ever do that.. YouTube on the prowl for subscriptions It’s not much of a secret that YouTube doesn’t make any money for Google. Spend a few moments thinking about it and you’ll quickly realise that the costs of operating that site are massive, while the amount of people watching adverts is low, either because they skip them or because they use an ad blocker. That said, YouTube does bring in money. According to Google last year it increased payments to partners by 50% and brought in a fairly substantial $4bn in 2014, which is an increase of $1bn from 2013. So it’s hardly a surprise to read in Variety that the company might be looking to roll out general subscriptions. That might all sound very familiar, and there’s a reason for this: subscriptions are nothing new on YouTube. For one thing, it’s already possible to subscribe to a channel for a fixed fee. You can also rent or buy movies and TV shows via the service, which makes sense given the prevalence of YouTube apps.YouTube is already complicated enough If all that wasn’t complicated enough, there’s also a Music subscription service called Music Key that allows you to watch videos without adverts on the service. That’s also bundled with the Google Play Music subscription you can buy as a separate music-only service, for £9.99 ($9.99US). YouTube is, therefore, one of the more complicated services to understand, and expanding that out to Google as a whole, there are a lot of services which have some overlap. For example, Google Music lets you store 50,000 tracks for free but to store those on Google Drive you’d need to pay. Perhaps what Google needs is a one-fee service that offers you streaming music, ad-free YouTube and a chunk of storage for your stuff in the cloud. But here’s our question to you: if it meant you never saw an ad again on YouTube, would you pay a subscription? If so, how much would you be prepared to spend per month? Wi-Fi, Intel Z3735D processor Dual OS mini PC for Rs 5000 released A little-known Chinese company called 10 moons, whose logo, by the way, bears a close resemblance to Lenovo’s, has launched a tiny computer that could well be the precursor to a new generation of dual-booting, affordable computers. The D9i appears to be carrying both Windows 8.1 andAndroid 4.2, allowing you to choose between the two operating systems. A previous attempt by Asus to get the two OSes on one device was canned after Google apparently vetoed the release of the Transformer Book Duet TD300 Hybrid. This time around is slightly different as Intel may be behind the move (there’s a big Intel inside logo prominently displayed), meaning the CPU maker wins regardless of whether the OS is Android or Windows. Plus for the time being, this is priced at less than Rs 5000 is only on sale in China for now.You can expect many more of these affordable devices to be launched soon, especially if Microsoft chooses to support it. Physically, it looks like a Now TV box but in black and with rounded edges. It carries the same standard component as a tablet but without a screen, cameras and a battery. Essentially, it’s a bigger version of a cheap Android dongle but runs Windows too. It gets you a quad-core BayTrail Intel Z3735D processor with 2GB of RAM, 16GB onboard storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a micro SD slot, two USB ports (including a USB 3.0 one), HDMI plus a remote control. you r o f hts g i l F ogle ing o k G o y o r b T next If the long winter has you dreaming of a place without weekly snowstorms, the recently revamped Google Flights service might help you find an affordable - yet warmer - place to spend a week. Like Kayak, Expedia, Orbitz and other travel sites, Google Flights lets you plug in a destination and search for flights across multiple airlines at once. In addition to showing the range of fares to a particular destination, Google Flights also suggests “best flights”; these match your search with a combination of both price and expediency (like a nonstop connection). If you are looking for a low-cost fare and have flexible travel dates, the calendar feature in Google Flights displays the lowest fare for your destination each day of the month; you can also use the filters for nearby airports, number of stops and other factors to see how the prices change on the calendar. If you are not sure where you want to go, Google Flights lists popular destinations and has a world map that displays the lowest fares to cities around the world from your location.