LibreOffice 5.1.6 available for download

The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 5.1.6, the sixth minor release of the LibreOffice 5.1 family launched in January 2016, targeted at individual users and enterprise deployments. Users of previous LibreOffice releases should start planning the update to the new version.

For enterprise deployments, The Document Foundation suggests the backing of professional support by certified developers, migrators and trainers (the full list is available at:

People interested in technical details about the release can access the change log here: (fixed in RC1) and (fixed in RC2).

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Several companies sitting on TDF Advisory Board ( are providing either value added Long Term Supported versions of LibreOffice or consultancy services for migrations and trainings, based on best practices detailed by The Document Foundation.

Infosys inducted into the ‘Winner’s Circle’ in the HfS ServiceNow Services Blueprint Report, 2016

Infosys has been inducted into the ‘Winner’s Circle’ in the HfS ServiceNow Services Blueprint Report, 2016 for its innovative offerings to deliver large-scale ServiceNow programs and its as-a-service proposition for service experience transformation.

With one of the largest ServiceNow practices in the industry, including 400+ Service Management engagements and 200+ apps built for ServiceNow deployments, Infosys has delivered transformational benefits to its clients. For a Fortune 500 client, Infosys has deployed a persona-based self-service solution that has resulted in 25% reduction in call volumes. For another Fortune 500 client, Infosys has automated processes beyond IT such as HR, resulting in reduced cycle time by 20-30% for employees’ HR queries.

The HfS report rates Infosys as one of the most innovative ServiceNow partners based on:

· As-a-service: Ability to deploy Service Management capabilities on ServiceNow in an “as-a-service” model thereby reducing deployment time by 50% and total cost of ownership by 35%

· Service Experience Transformation: Strong personalization of user experience through a customised service portal, mobile apps and process harmonization

· IP-led innovation: Based on its proprietary Enterprise Service Management (ESM) Café ServiceNow platform, Infosys has developed several assets and industry vertical solutions to deliver accelerated value for its clients. These efforts are underpinned by a broad set of Intelligent Automation capabilities around Infosys’ Mana automation framework.

· Service Integration & Management: Ability to deliver streamlined operations across multiple providers using Infosys’ Service Integration framework

· ServiceNow beyond IT: Strong ESM solution to automate business workflows and enable transformation beyond IT using ServiceNow.

Infosys Foundation Invests in the Construction of a ‘Zebra Enclosure’ at the Bannerghatta Biological Park

Infosys Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Infosys, announced that it has undertaken the construction of a ‘Zebra Enclosure’ at the Bannerghatta Biological Park (BBP) which was inaugurated today. The enclosure spread across one acre of land will be home to 4 Zebras that the BBP has secured from an animal exchange program from the Zoological Centre, Tel Aviv Ramat Gan (safari), Israel.

This new enclosure, named Infosys Foundation Animal Enclosure, was inaugurated by Mrs. Sudha Murty, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation, in the presence of senior officials of the Karnataka Forest Department, Sri. R.S Suresh, Sri. B.J Hosmath and Sri. Abhiyu Singh.

The full-fledged enclosure at BBP will provide basic amenities for the animals like holding house, feeding trough, along with a visitor’s path at the view point. This addition of ‘stripes’ to the existing variety of over 1,900 animals of 95 species will augment the attraction quotient of the park, thereby encouraging more visitors to BBP.

Last year, Infosys Foundation supported BBP through the development of a Tiger Enclosure, construction of 2 lakh liter capacity water tank and 5 borewells, and a monetary token of appreciation to the contract employees.

STMicroelectronics and WiTricity to Develop Integrated Circuits (ICs) for Resonant Wireless Power Transfer

• Chips to accelerate the adoption of wireless charging, with ability to efficiently charge metal-body consumer electronics
• Opportunities include consumer electronics, Internet of Things, mobile computing, automotive, medical, and industrial applications

STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, and WiTricity, the industry pioneer in wireless power transfer over distance, today announced their design collaboration to develop semiconductor solutions for magnetic-resonance-based wireless power transfer. The goal is to “cut the last cord,” bringing convenience to the powering and charging of consumer electronics, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, as well as medical, industrial, and automotive applications.

WiTricity and ST are developing semiconductor solutions that combine WiTricity’s foundational intellectual property and wireless power-transfer mixed-signal IC-design expertise, with ST’s leadership in power-semiconductor design, fabrication, and packaging capabilities and resources. For the consumer electronics and IoT markets, power transmit and receive systems built with these new semiconductors aim to deliver spatial freedom, as well as wireless fast charging of one or more devices at the same time. Dubbed “Wireless Charging 2.0,” the semiconductor solutions built with the magnetic resonance technology will also have unique advantages over current technology, including being able to efficiently charge metal-body smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches.

The contemplated semiconductor offerings include designs that comply with the AirFuel™ magnetic resonance specification as well as multi-mode solutions that incorporate both resonant and inductive charging. The AirFuel Alliance, a global organization dedicated to delivering the best wireless-charging experience for consumer electronics, is driving an interoperable ecosystem of wireless-charging Power Transfer Transmit Units (PTUs) and Power Receive Units (PRUs) that enable users to charge their devices everywhere; in their homes and offices to public spaces and even in their vehicles.

Beyond the consumer market, WiTricity is the global technology leader in wireless power for automotive, industrial and medical applications. ST and WiTricity demonstrated high-power wireless-transfer technology for electric vehicle charging at APEC 2016 in Long Beach California. For the automotive industry, WiTricity recently announced wireless “park-and-charge” development kits using their industry-leading 11kW solution for electric- and hybrid-vehicle charging. The solution has successfully been tested by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) for inclusion in a new global standard.

“Combining the expertise of WiTricity, the innovator in wireless power-transfer and magnetic resonance technology with ST’s resources and key IP, including Smart Power technologies and RF Bluetooth low energy, allows us to deliver complete, efficient wireless-charging solutions that increase convenience and ease of use while delighting consumers and exceeding their expectations,” said Matteo Lo Presti, Vice President and General Manager, Analog, in the Analog and MEMS Group, STMicroelectronics. “Game-changing technology from this ST and WiTricity collaboration will enable product designers across the globe to rid the world of cumbersome wires and charging cables and allow us to promote a broader set of our own semiconductor offerings into these emerging markets.”

“STMicroelectronics is a global leader in semiconductor solutions for power electronics and a compelling choice to rapidly commercialize fast and efficient wireless-charging chipsets based on WiTricity’s silicon designs and magnetic-resonance technology,” said Alex Gruzen, CEO of WiTricity. “With ST’s vast experience in semiconductor design and fabrication, as well as its access to leaders in the consumer electronics, automotive, and industrial markets, this collaboration puts us in a strong position to accelerate the adoption of resonance-enabled wireless charging.”

Intersolar India 2016: Extensive Accompanying Program For A Growing Market

India has one of the fastest growing solar markets in the world.According to the Mercom Capital Group, a total of 8.1 gigawatts (GW) of photovoltaic (PV) capacity had been installed in the country by August 2016, and 21 additional GW are already in the pipeline. These figures present the ideal backdrop against which to hold Intersolar India. From October 19–21, around 230 exhibitors – 15% more than last year – are showcasing their products and services to visitors at India’s largest exhibition and conference for the solar industry.The Intersolar India Conference and ees India inform attendees about innovations in the battery storage industry concurrent with Intersolar Intersolar India for the second year in a row.

Since the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, declared energy a top priority after his election at the start of 2015, the solar market has boomed. The country has already implemented numerous projects, while many more are currently underway or at the planning stage. The Mercom Capital Group expects an additional 5 GW of PV capacity to be installed in 2016, which would make solar energy the fastest growing generator of renewable energy in India. This trend has been accelerated by the falling cost of solar modules worldwide. Once again, the conditions leading up to Intersolar India 2016 are therefore more than promising.

25 years of Intersolar

This year, Intersolar is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Having started life as a student initiative in 1991, over the years it has established itself as a global source of inspiration and catalyst for the industry. Intersolar India is joining in with the celebrations and has prepared a few new features for its visitors to mark the anniversary.

For example, the Intersolar India Business to Government Forum is being launched this year (October 19, 11:30am–1:00pm, hall 1) to give company representatives the chance to discuss the latest industry challenges with political decision makers. High-profile speakers, such as Dilip Nigam, Director of the National Solar Mission at the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, and Veena Sinha, Director at the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, have already confirmed their attendance.

The Buyer Seller Forum, which is also new for 2016, gives Intersolar India exhibitors the opportunity to meet potential clients in a designated pavilion. Company representatives can use the platform to convince future clients of their products and services.

Intersolar India accompanying program

A central focus of Intersolar India is smart renewable energy, which refers to the combination of energy generation, storage, grid integration and energy management. The Presentation Stage in hall 1 shines the spotlight on the topic on October 20. To find out more, visitors can attend presentations such as Smart Renewable Energy: Microgrids – Serving Unconnected Remote Village Communities to Grid Connected City Consumers (10:30am–11:55am).

A further highlight on the Presentation Stage is the talk by Sushil Reddy, a graduate of the IIT Bombay Energy Science Department. In summer 2016, he traveled 7,000 km through five Indian states on his solar-powered electric bike to raise awareness of the potential of solar energy.

Two important award ceremonies are held at Intersolar India 2016. The Solar Today Awards 2016 are presented at 11:00am on October 21 (Presentation Stage, hall 1) by global business magazine Solar Today. The prize pays tribute to companies that perform pioneering work for the solar industry and is awarded in 16 categories.

The Solar for All Award is presented at 4:00pm on October 19 (Presentation Stage, hall 1). For the second time, the Canopus Foundation is joining forces with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE to honor projects that supply communities in developing countries with electricity.

Shared booth and conference day on the topic of wind energy

The internationally renowned exhibition for wind energy, HUSUM Wind, is represented with a shared booth at Intersolar India. One day of the specialist conference is dedicated to different aspects of wind energy with international experts. In addition, a delegate tour takes place with Dr. Robert Habeck, Minister of the Energy Transition, Agriculture, the Environment and Rural Areas for the German state of Schleswig-Holstein.

ees India

For the second successive year, ees (electrical energy storage) India is held alongside Intersolar India. Numerous Indian companies work in both the photovoltaics and energy storage sectors. This means that ees India is a perfect addition to the event and supports India on the path to a renewable future.

Intersolar India Conference

The Intersolar India Conference once again takes place at the same time as the exhibition from October 19–20.The intensive Solar PV course (11:00am–6:00pm on both days) gives attendees the chance to take the White House Solar Certification exam. The course is led by Sean White, a leading professor of solar energy and author. The session “India’s Emerging Domestic PV Market – A Reality Check“ (October 19, 11:30am–12:50pm) explores the government’s plans to install around 100 GW of solar energy by 2022. On October 20, the conference turns its attention towards performance measurement and financing models. In the session Project Development: What Makes a Project Successful?, developers and consultants share their experiences about what has made past projects succeed or fail (10:15am–11:40am). In the presentation series Project Financing with Indian Characteristics, financial experts appraise the current challenges in the area of project funding and outline funding opportunities presently available.
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First LibreOffice 5.3 BugHunting Session

LibreOffice is approaching the 5.3 release season with the first bug hunting session, on Friday, October 21, 2016. Tests will be performed on the Alpha version of LibreOffice 5.3, which will be available on the pre-releases server ( a few days before the event. Builds will be available for Linux (DEB and RPM), MacOS and Windows, and will run in parallel with the actual installation.

Mentors will be available on October 21, 2016, from 8AM UTC to 10PM UTC. Of course, hunting bugs will be possible also on other days, as the builds of this particular Alpha release (LibreOffice 5.3.0 Alpha) will be available until the end of November.

During the day there will be two dedicated sessions: the first to chase bugs on the four main LibreOffice modules – Writer, Calc, Impress and Draw – between 3PM UTC and 5PM UTC, and the second to test the top 10 features between 5PM UTC and 7PM UTC. The list of the top 10 features will be decided during the week before the session, and will be added to the wiki page.

During the dedicated sessions, we will concentrate all efforts to chase and reproduce the bugs, in order to confirm and file them in a more comprehensive way. Of course, the more comprehensive will be the bug report, the easier will be for the developers to solve the bugs in time for the final release.

As usual, there is a page on the wiki ( with all the details about the bug hunting session. You should visit the page before October 21, 2016, as further details will be added while getting closer to the date of the event.

UBM Index Trade Fairs to welcome the 28th edition of INDEX with concept spaces, pavilions and seminars

…India’s leading international interiors, architecture and design event

UBM Index Trade fairs, organisers of the flagship show INDEX, India`s leading international interiors, architecture and design event are hosting the 28th edition of the fair from 13th-16th October at a new and bigger venue this year, the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre.

This year, the show will have a presence of over 400 brands and is proud to include country pavilions from China, Turkey and Taiwan along with other international participation from Japan, Malaysia, France and Thailand.

The four day trade fair will connect buyers and traders dealing in residential, office & outdoor furniture; interior accessories & artefacts; paintings & sculptures; modular kitchens & appliances; furniture & architectural hardware; flooring, plywood, laminates, materials; woodworking, etc. and aims to attract leading architects, interior designers, builders, project managers, hoteliers, heads across hospitality, corporate and government sectors, ultra HNIs and fashionistas.

The event is supported by All India Hardware Association, Hospitality Purchasing Managers Forum (HPMF), Taiwan Furniture Manufacturers Association (TFMA), Furniture Association from Turkey (MARMOB), Istanbul Exporters Association (IEA), Association of Designers of India, Association of Architects Builders Interior Designers and Allied Business (ABID) and MCHI-CREDAI.

The B2B trade show is set to witness the presence of connoisseurs of interior designing and will see the participation of top architects, designers and builders from across the country. The expo will have over 400 brands including Godrej Interio, Kurlon, Century Ply, Spacewood, Hettich, Monarch, Ebco, Labacha, Bose hardware, Trezure Furniture, Empire Furniture, Futuristic, Oswal Hardware and Kkolar amongst others who will display their latest, in vogue products and offerings.

A number of novel artistic spaces and workshops will add value to the show. To be held in association with the leading design publication ‘Index Furniture Journal’ ( IFJ ), INDEX will feature an ‘Art Enclave’ that will display signature paintings and sculptures by renowned artists while ‘Play the network’ will provide a relaxed and informal arena for the industry fraternity to connect and network. A design initiative ‘INDEX DESIGN BOULEVARD’ will feature eclectic concept spaces by leading architects in a completely non-commercial rendition and ‘Kudos gallery’ will include a walk-through space showcasing the best of architectural prowess, what’s new or turnkey, and the latest trends from this industry by designers such as Ria Talati, Arjun Malik, Rahul Kadri, Raivi Sarangan, Puran Kumar, Reza Kabul, KNS architects, DSP architects amongst others.

One the key highlights of the fair will be a solo exhibition of Vrindavan Solanki at the Art Enclave. A renowned artist, Solanki has been acknowledged and awarded by the Bombay Art society and the Gujarat Lalit Kala Akademi. The exhibition will be organised by Aura Art eConnect Pvt. Ltd. at the Aura Art booth. Other highlights include, a huge 2000 square foot design installation called URBAN CHAOS from AR Sanjay Puri which will be used as an interactive design space. The fair will also feature an eye-catching India Design Pavilion by the reupted National Institute of Design and a stunning Design Atrium designed by AR Prem Nath.

INDEX will also include a seminar with content-rich sessions which will be held in association with IFJ on SOCIAL HOUSING: INHUMAN REALITY AND HUMAN SOLUTIONS that will feature a galaxy of speakers and panellists: Padma Bhushan Ar. Hafeez Contractor, Shri Aman Nath, Chairman, Neemrana Hotels, Nayan Shah, Managing Director, MayFair Builders, Ar. Carlos Gomez, CGA Architects, Singapore and Ms. Sylvia Khan, Editor, IFJ India amongst others. Day 2 will see both industry and design events — ‘IFJ-NID LIVING CRAFTS!’ Kitchen industry meet and Launch of IFJ Kitchen Catalog. Day 3 will see panel discussions with leading procurement professionals from the hospitality industry which will be moderated by Hospitality Procurement Managers Forum (HPMF). Day 4 will witness an Industry meet of furniture manufacturers across India and will have a panel discussion on fairs in China and doing business with Chinese partners.

Speaking on the announcement of the 28th edition of INDEX, Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India said, “Owning to Factors such as increasing disposable incomes, higher standards of living, increasing expenditure on beautifying homes and exposure to global, premium products, the luxury market has seen a growth of CAGR 25% over the last couple of years. UBM Index Trade Fairs through, INDEX facilitates to work towards meeting the rising demand of the luxury market, especially in sub sectors of interiors. The creative seminars and workshops at the fair will create a conducive environment for interactive discussions catering to the present challenges and trends of Social Housing. With UBM India’s market penetration, Index has drawn significant attention from buyers and international sourcing delegates from across the globe and we expect the Indian industry to benefit from this increased international presence at the Expo.”

Mr L.A Khan, Managing Director, UBM Index Trade Fairs further elaborated, “INDEX is the only b2b platform for the interiors and design industry in India, bringing together architects, designers, builders and suppliers in a respected and dynamic platform. We are delighted to offer our guests and stakeholders a truly unique INDEX this year with awe-inspiring design spaces for interactions and key partnerships with powerful bodies such as MCHI-CREDAI, BAI, HPMF and several other bodies fusing business with cutting edge product design and numerous new launches”.