LibreOffice 5.2.2 available for download

Just one day after the project 6th anniversary (https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2016/09/28/happy-6th-birthday-libreoffice/), The Document Foundation (TDF) announces the availability of LibreOffice 5.2.2, the second minor release of the LibreOffice 5.2 family.

LibreOffice 5.2.2, targeted at technology enthusiasts, early adopters and power users, provides a number of fixes over the major release announced in August. For all other users and enterprise deployments, TDF suggests LibreOffice 5.1.5 “still”, with the backing of professional support by certified people (a list is available at: http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/professional-support/).

A summary of the most significant new features of the LibreOffice 5.2 family is available on the website: http://www.libreoffice.org/discover/new-features/.

People interested in technical details about the release can access the change log here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.2.2/RC1 (fixed in RC1) and https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/5.2.2/RC2 (fixed in RC2).

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LibreOffice 5.2.2 is immediately available for download from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/libreoffice-fresh/.

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at http://donate.libreoffice.org.

Several companies sitting in TDF Advisory Board (http://www.documentfoundation.org/governance/advisory-board/) are providing either value added Long Term Supported versions of LibreOffice or consultancy services for migrations and trainings, based on best practices distilled by The Document Foundation.

Infosys Launches Skava Commerce, a New Standard for Modern, Mobile-first and Modular E-commerce Platforms

Skava Commerce platform enables unprecedented agility in driving digital commerce programs across retail channels

Infosys (NYSE: INFY), a global leader in consulting, technology and next-generation services, today announced the launch of Skava Commerce, a modern, mobile-first and modular e-commerce platform that delivers engaging omni-channel experiences. Skava, a Silicon Valley based e-commerce startup acquired by Infosys, developed Skava Commerce to allow businesses to leverage flexible cloud-based microservices and white label applications to quickly launch new offerings, improve conversion rates of digital channels, create highly responsive digital properties, and more. The platform can and easily integrate into existing technologies, while also providing a future-ready architecture that will enable next generation shopping experiences leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, natural language processing and virtual reality (VR).

Skava Commerce provides a comprehensive suite of e-commerce microservices that can be used independently or in conjunction with others, and implemented without any downtime. Its modern architecture scales as traffic increases to provide a consistent experience across all channels. The platform also includes an out-of-the-box mobile-first responsive web store and native mobile shopping applications that can be managed effortlessly by non-technical business users through SkavaSTUDIO – an intuitive web-based experience management tool.

The modern, enterprise-grade architecture of Skava Commerce helps simplify and accelerate the deployment of e-commerce services cost effectively and without large up-front investments.

Infosys will use its global consulting and integration capabilities, gained through partnerships with companies such as Aimia, Darden, and Vodafone, to bring Skava Commerce to its global client base of retailers, CPG companies and others who need a flexible and modular approach to maximize the value of digital customer engagement.

Skava Commerce highlights:

· Source Code License – In an industry first, Skava is also offering a source code license of the complete platform or specific microservices to help large retailers who are already on the journey of building their own platform. Such retailers can accelerate their journey and save significant time and money by incorporating Skava’s modern and modular technology components and yet have full control and ownership through the Source Code License

· Flexible modular microservices architecture offers deployment options to fit customer needs across different stages of their e-commerce journey. Microservices include Product Information Management, User Management, Order Management, Search, Pricing & Offers, Cart & Checkout, Customer Care, Recommendations, Loyalty, Personalization, Wishlist, Registry, Marketing, Reporting, and Analytics

· Modern technologies such as cloud and mobile are leveraged by the platform to launch sophisticated digital commerce experiences tailored for every customer, across all customer touch points. The architecture reduces implementation costs, and allows faster time-to-market for new offerings

· Future-ready architecture ensures integration of emerging technologies such as NLP apps, IoT and social commerce tools such as “conversational” commerce

· Easy to use and implement capabilities allow retailers to build and deploy complete e-commerce websites and native apps quickly. Business users can easily manage the e-commerce experience without requiring an army of developers to make changes

Quotes:
Dr. Vishal Sikka, Chief Executive Officer, Infosys:
“Many businesses today are faced with complex, legacy IT systems that create a fragmented consumer experience across channels and limit the ability of retailers to rapidly prototype, test and launch new digital offerings. By taking a platform-centric approach, leveraging Skava Commerce, retail clients can develop and quickly roll out new offerings on an ongoing basis, enable a consistent brand experience across channels, and deliver unique and delightful experiences within each individual channel. With Skava Commerce, all of this is delivered through a platform that has the robustness and stability to support large scale retailers, and was designed specifically to evolve with the adoption of new technologies such as AI, and new experiences such as VR. In addition, the need for a new kind of digital commerce platform clearly goes beyond the retail and CPG industries, lending itself to any industry where a deep engagement with customers across channels is critical to driving business, such as insurance, banking, utilities, and others.”

Arish Ali, Chief Executive Officer, Skava:
“Skava has a deep history of innovation, driving the mobile-first approach to e-commerce years ahead of the rest of the industry. The work we have done with some of the largest retail brands stands testimony to that. With the introduction of Skava Commerce we are expanding on our user-first approach, delivering a platform that’s modern, modular and mobile-first, and one that evolves with business and customer needs.”

Peter Sheldon Principal Analyst, Forrester Research wrote in a recent report, “Much of the anticipated growth over the next five years will be driven by replatforming activities as established online retailers look to fortify the scalability of their technology and branded manufacturers increase their focus on direct-to-consumer (DTC) digital channels. Further influencing the growth in this market segment is the investment online retailers are making in PIM, OMSes, experience management, advanced personalization, recommendation engines, and other applications that improve the online shopping experience and drive conversion results.” (The Forrester Wave™: B2C Commerce Suites, Q1 2015)

New records set by electronica India and productronica India in Bengaluru: More visitors, more exhibitors and more exhibition space

· 17 percent more visitors than the previous Bengaluru edition

· Largest representation of electronics community reflects on positive industry growth

· Strong accompanying conferences offered added value to attendees

electronica India and productronica India set new records by bringing together 17,968 visitors and 425 exhibitors, representing over 650 companies showcasing innovative products, solutions and technologies from September 21–23 at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre in Bengaluru. The participants were extremely satisfied with the presentation of technologies and accompanying programs at the trade fairs and their growth, recorded in all important areas – the number of visitors, the number of exhibitors and the area occupied.

Bhupinder Singh, CEO of Messe München India said: “2016 marks as the strongest year for the trade fairs with overwhelming feedback from our exhibitors and visitors. At Messe München India, we work closely together with industry stakeholders to offer professional trade fairs keeping in mind the priorities of our customers.”

“We feel that productronica India holds a lot of importance for the industry as it brings all the industry stakeholders under one roof. We have been associated with the trade fair since its inception, so this speaks about the quality of the fair”, said Chris Kimble, Trans Technology India.

A major highlight of the trade fairs was the CEO Forum focusing on the topic ‘Invest in India’ jointly organized with the Electronic Industries Association of India (ELCINA). The program took place for the very first time on 21 September 2016 and brought together delegates looking for new business opportunities across India. About five Indian states including Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Jharkhand, Odisha and Rajasthan participated in the CEO Forum and discussed lucrative investment opportunities for domestic and international electronic manufacturing companies. The state representatives engaged in face-to-face meetings with potential investors as part of our Business 2 Government (B2G) Forum initiative.

Top decision-makers from across India attended the power-packed conferences, which offered them learning and networking opportunities.

Programs such as

· EmbedAsia, an international conference with focus on ‘automotive and avionics’ applications of embedded systems and technologies;

· IoT Conference with focus on ‘Making IoT work, artificial intelligence’;

· India PCB Tech organized jointly with ELCINA focusing on ‘Make PCB in India — strengthening the backbone of electronics manufacturing’ were all well received.

Other key programs, such as IPC India Technical Conference, IPC India Professional Development Workshops and IPC Hand Soldering Competition, conducted by IPC India, were also well attended.

“As buyers, we are always keen to see new technologies and new suppliers in the industry. We met our objectives of attending as we were able to explore a wide range of products and solutions”, said Prashant Singh, Head – Sourcing, Panasonic Automotive India.

Networking programs such as the Buyer Seller Forum generated huge interest and reported strong participation. Top decision makers conducted over 1,000 face-to-face meetings with the exhibitors. Among many others, the following companies participated, representing the application fields automotive, consumer electronics, telecommunications and more – MINDA Corporation, AmaraRaja Electronics, Bosch, LAVA International and L&T Heavy Engineering and many more.

“We engaged in the buyer seller forum that brought together some of the key buyers we were looking for. Our overall participation at electronica India has been fruitful. As industry’s leading trade fair – electronica India brings together a large base of customers together”, said Rajesh R Pranesh, Bosch Automotive India.

Singh concluded by saying: “electronica India and productronica India achieved impressive results with very satisfied exhibitors and visitors. The growth in participation figures reflects the positive outlook of the electronics industry. We are confident that the momentum will continue in the future.”

The next electronica India and productronica India will be held from 14–16 September 2017 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi and will be co-located with LASER World of PHOTONICS INDIA to create synergies and added value for attendees.

Find more information about the trade fairs at http://electronica-india.com/ and http://electronica-india.com/

Telit and Intel Collaborate on Joint-Architecture for Intel IoT Platforms for the Industrial Internet of Things

Newly-published product brief illustrates a faster, simpler way to turn edge data into a business asset

Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), announced it has collaborated with Intel® on a joint-architecture for multiple Intel IoT developer platforms for the Industrial Internet of Things. The commercially available Intel IoT platform consists of end-to-end reference architectures and products with Telit deviceWISE edge-intelligence technology, which includes extensive device driver libraries and built-in Cloud-readiness – giving companies an instant onramp to the Industrial IoT.

The collaboration between Telit and Intel provides far-reaching benefits for remote machine monitoring and control, production diagnostics and predictive maintenance across all markets and industries worldwide. Businesses deploying Intel IoT Platform Technology solutions can quickly establish and future-proof their IoT strategy, connect legacy and new systems, help data flow securely between edge devices and the cloud, and save money for years to come. With support for multiple operating systems and processor performance levels, solutions based on Intel IoT Gateway Technology with deviceWISE are scalable and able to meet needs for a broad range of applications.

“Earlier this year, Telit announced the formation of its Industrial IoT business unit and our collaboration with Intel has created a new way for companies to onboard to the Internet of Things,” commented Fred Yentz, CEO, Telit IoT Platforms. “Intel has adopted the widely-deployed deviceWISE platform architecture for its superior edge intelligence, cloud-ready connectivity and seamless integration into enterprise systems.”

“The ecosystem is critical to the Intel IoT strategy,” said Doug Davis, senior vice president of Internet of Things Group at Intel. “Collaborations with companies like Telit enable Intel to provide key IoT building blocks for our customers to easily scale and drive growth for their IoT solutions.”

Intel and Telit jointly published a product brief “A Faster, Simpler Way to Turn Edge Data into a Business Asset,” illustrating how deviceWISE can turn any Intel IoT development platform into an onramp for the industrial Internet of Things by leveraging these powerful advantages:

  1. Performance at the Edge that enables near real-time analytics, local decision-making, and tighter process controls.

  2. Advanced Data Security and Protection from Costly Attacks

  3. Scalability for varying levels of gateway performance requirements.

  4. Manageability for secure remote upgrades and services.

  5. Faster, More Flexible Deployment with a platform that supports your choice of operating systems and ecosystem applications, enabling faster time to market.

Intel is a featured partner of our deviceWISE Ready program. Our comprehensive certification process assures customers that the Intel IoT Platform has been engineered and tested for simple, quick, and reliable integration with the deviceWISE IoT Platform and is fully supported and endorsed by Telit. View the step-by-step guide to employing the Telit deviceWISE Application Enablement Platform on Intel IoT Architecture.

Cycling towards Glory: Sun Pedal Ride enters into Guinness World Records

Intersolar India 2016 sponsors solar-powered bicycle ride across India
Solar industry expected to grow as government emphasizes on renewable energies
Intersolar India to showcase Indian and international solar technologies

Intersolar India, a leading trade fair for solar energy, becomes the title sponsor for solar bicycle project initiated by IIT Bombay alumnus. Every year, Intersolar India takes place in Mumbai to showcase the latest trends and innovation in the field of solar technology. Organized by Messe München India, Solar Promotion GmbH and Freiburg Management under Marketing International GmbH, Intersolar India will take place from 19-21 October 2016 at Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai.

Solar powered bicycle project by IIT Bombay alumni
Intersolar India has proudly sponsored ‘Sun Pedal Ride’, an innovative initiative of Mr. Sushil Reddy, an IIT Bombay alumni from the Department of Energy and Science. As part of the project, Reddy has ridden a solar powered electric bicycle across 5 Indian states and covered over 7,000 kilometers in about 70 days. The ‘Sun Pedal Ride’ act has also been recognized and entered into Guinness World records.

The ride was completed with a support vehicle and support crew, sponsored by Intersolar India, providing necessary support to make this project a reality. Apart from Intersolar India, the renewable energy group Mahindra Susten and Applied Materials were the co-sponsors for the ride. A solar panel was connected to the back of the bicycle and was powered an electric motor allowing the bicycle to gain speed up to 20 kmph using solar energy, which was christened as the ‘Sun Pedal Ride’. Throughout the route, Reddy conducted numerous discussions and presentations in schools and colleges to educate students on the benefits and applications of solar energy. He also encouraged employing different ways of using solar energy.

In addition to demonstrating use of solar energy in day to day life, the ‘Sun Pedal Ride’ undertook a crowd funding campaign to bring solar power to a rural school in Jatwara. Hockey Village India, an NGO which promotes sports and education in rural sectors actively became part of the initiative. There are frequent power cuts in these rural schools and solar power will help these children to study and progress in their lives. The NGO is run by a former German National Hockey player, Andrea Thumshirn. Andrea met Sushil in July 2015 and discussed the plan to get solar power for the school.

By sponsoring ‘Sun Pedal Ride’, Intersolar India continued to break barriers in terms of supporting innovation and connecting with consumers. During the three-day event, Intersolar India will showcase a working model of the solar powered electric bicycle, the same ridden by Reddy.

Commenting on the entire concept, Bhupinder Singh, CEO of MesseMünchen India the organizers of Intersolar India says, “We are proud and delighted to partner with IIT Bombay alumni who came up with the innovative concept. Messe München India is actively supporting the ‘Sun Pedal Ride’ as a title sponsor. It is satisfying to learn that youth is enthusiastic and keen to explore the application and usage of solar energy. The Sun Pedal Ride is a definite step further in this direction and Intersolar is proud to support this initiative and would ensure that it is successfully executed.”

Intersolar India 2016 will give additional value to the trade fair by designing a special photo wall to showcase the overall experience of ‘Sun Pedal Ride’. The photo wall section would be a motivating experience for the visitors at Intersolar 2016.

Strong government focus on Solar Energy

Under the vision of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), solar applications will grow tremendously resulting to an estimated requirement 300,000 skilled solar professionals comprising of multiple skill set ranging from research, design, engineering, installation, operation and maintenance, sales and marketing. Hence, there is an urgent need to educate and empower people, making them aware about the opportunities available in the upcoming solar energy sector.

Shri. Upendra Tripathy, Secretary of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) says, “India is slowly gaining its prominence in the generation of solar power due to the ambitious solar policies, projects and National Solar mission of the state and the central government. In 2015, the government significantly expanded its solar plans, targeting US $100 billion of investment and 100 GW of solar capacity including 40 GW from rooftop solar by 2022. This only reflects on how renewable energies, most particularly, solar energy reflects on the growth of the nation.”

Intersolar India would capitalize on projected growth of solar industry and will be bringing solar industry professionals under a single roof from 19-21 October 2016 at Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai. To learn more about the event, log on to www.intersolar.in

analytica Anacon India and India Lab Expo 2016 enhance visitor experience

¡ Over 250global and domestic exhibitors

¡ 8,500 trade visitors from India and overseas expected

¡ analytica Anacon India conference to focus on technical topics
¡ Visitor highlights: LiveLab, buyer-seller meetings and workshop on laboratorysafety

The ninth annual edition of analytica Anacon India and India Lab Expo, India’s leading trade fairs for the laboratory technology, analysis, biotechnology and diagnostics market, take place from October 20 to 22, 2016 at the HITEX Exhibition Centre in Hyderabad. The trade fairs bring together internationally renowned exhibitors, consultants, business experts and key government officials on one common platform to discuss global best practices and seek solutions to some of the most pressing challenges related to the industry.

analytica Anacon India conference
Visitors can look forward to the analytica Anacon India conference, which is organized by the Indian Analytical Instruments Association (IAIA) and focuses on technical subjects and market trends. From October 20 to 21, the conference covers more than 18 technical topics under the following four key sessions: Regulatory Aspects for Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Bioanalysis and Bio-Pharmaceuticals, Food safety and Clinical Diagnosis.

Bhupinder Singh, CEO of Messe München India andorganizer of analytica Anacon India and India Lab Expo: “Participants of our trade fairs can expect to see more this year. We bring new exhibitors, new technologies and new market trends from the world of laboratory, analysis, biotechnology and diagnostics to Hyderabad.”

Buyer-Seller Meetings: platform for networking
Alongside the exhibition and the conference, theBuyer-Seller Meetings are one of the highlights of the eventfacilitating direct contact between exhibitors and potential clientsfrom domestic and international markets through pre-scheduled meetings. After the success in 2015, also this year top decision makers and VIPs are expected, seeking for new equipment, technologies and solutions. “At Messe München India, we believe in offering strong value proposition to our participants by providing them ample networking and business possibilities. This year, we offer business matchmaking opportunities prior and during the event”, Singh added.

Live Lab and educational workshop
For the first time ever, the Indian trade fairs stage a Live Lab. Following the model of the German parent fair analytica in Munich, lab bench presentations allow manufacturers to present their latest products and systems in actual use. Visitors get practice-oriented insights and can experience all common techniques as well as special-purpose methods in real laboratory surroundings. Besides, an educational workshop and live demonstrations on health safety in laboratories are organized alongside the exhibition. The concept is unique: Visitors not only receive valuable tips from safety professionals and learn how to prevent themselves from accidents, like from fires and explosions. The show also includes impressing experiments.

Strong support
The trade fairs have garnered official support of leading trade bodies and associations including the Indian Analytical Instruments Association (IAIA), Ambala Scientific Instruments Manufacturers Association (ASIMA), Bulk Drug Manufacturers’ Association (BDMA), The Federation of Small & Medium Enterprises (FSME), The Federation of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FTAPCCI), Indian Chemical Council (ICC), Indian Drug Manufacturer’s Association (IDMA), Telangana Chambers of Commerce and Industry (TECCI), National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC), SPECTARIStrade association Analytical, Bio and Laboratory Technology from Germany and the Swiss-Indian Chamber of Commerce. Industry leaders such asAbdos Labtech, Agilent Technologies, AJ Instrument, Akshaya Scientifics, Art Lab Equipments, Brand Scientific Equipment, Cryogen, Honeywell, IKA India, Merck Millipore, Newtronic Lifecare Equipment, Osworld Scientific Equipments, Shimadzu and Waters India showcase their products and services.

Visitor pre-registration is available online now.More information:www.analyticaindia.com / www.Indialabexpo.com

STMicroelectronics Promotes New Digital Age in India

ST showcases its latest technologies and products for the Internet of Things and Smart Driving at electronica India 2016

STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, is showcasing its latest technologies and products for Smart Driving, Smart Cities and Homes, and Smart Things at electronica India in the Bangalore International Exhibition Center, Hall E2, Booth 2072, September 21-23, 2016.

ST’s Smart Driving solutions focus on increasing safety and security with Assisted Driving, enhancing engine efficiency and accelerating vehicle electrification with Green Driving, and improving comfort and convenience with telematics and infotainment in Connected Driving. Similarly, ST’s offering for Smart Cities and Homes addresses energy efficiency along the entire power lifecycle through high-efficiency power supplies and energy-management technologies, smart (LED) lighting, and home automation. ST also provides all the building blocks for applications that make up the vast universe of Smart Things in our homes, offices, streets, and cars.

In particular, at electronica India 2016 ST is planning demonstrations that include:

· A USB Type-C™ and Power Delivery evaluation board;
· STM32F4 32-bit microcontrollers that enable voice recognition and sensor fusion;
· An STM32L0 MCU sensor node with LoRa® wireless Low-Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) connectivity for long-distance IoT (Internet of Things) object communication;
· Rich-touch GFX graphics on the STM32F7 evaluation kit and a number of other innovative embedded applications and tools;
· Solutions demonstrating the transfer of sensor data, voice, and software libraries to a smartphone through Bluetooth Low Energy;
· A smart-watch reference design with sensor fusion and associated libraries;
· ST25 NFC/RFID tags used for syncing smart-watch data with an NFC phone and for downloading and installing apps on Smart Home gateways;
· An NFC-enabled smart-lock solution and a programmable LED fan showcasing the ability to upgrade firmware in no-power mode;
· A broad range of components that address motor-drive ICs, low-voltage Power MOS, 32-bit STM32 microcontrollers, and Wi-Fi modules; a 1200V SiC MOSFET; DC-DC bi-directional converters for HEVs; highly efficient dimmable LED drivers with wireless remote control; and cost-optimized 3-phase motor controls;
· And, to highlight its contributions to Smart Driving, a complete module that controls major car-body functions, including exterior/interior lamps, central lock, front and rear wipers, power window controls, Remote Keyless Entry, LIN and high-speed CAN communication; dashboard solutions based on ST’s SPC5 32-bit Power Architecture™ microprocessor platform; processors for car-radio and display, telematics and connectivity (V2X) applications; Active Safety features for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS); a fully integrated 24-GHz transceiver for automotive radar applications.

The STM32, which is the industry’s most comprehensive platform of 32-bit ARM® Cortex®-M microcontroller devices covering mainstream, high-performance, and low-power embedded applications, will be prominently featured on ST’s booth at electronica India 2016. STM32 MCUs have penetrated into all key applications of IoT including wearables, portable healthcare, smart home, smart energy, and smart transportation. This broad penetration has been facilitated by STM32 users having access to a strong development ecosystem built in cooperation with local software, hardware, and solution providers, design companies, and distributors, supported by innovative business models and complementary value chain.