Android challenges Windows as world’s most popular operating system in terms of internet usage

Development would have been “unthinkable” five years ago

“Windows has won desktop war but battlefield has moved on”

In what StatCounter describes as “unthinkable five years ago”, Google’s Android is challenging Microsoft Windows as the world’s most popular operating system (OS) in terms of total internet usage across desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile combined.

The research arm of StatCounter, the independent web analytics company, finds that in February 2017, while Windows remained top of worldwide OS internet usage market share with 38.6%, Android came within striking distance on 37.4%.

“The idea of Android almost matching Windows would have been unthinkable five years ago,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. “In January 2012 Windows held 82% global internet usage share compared to just 2.2% for Android.”

He said that the development was a function of the growth of smartphones to access the internet as well as a slowdown in sales of traditional PCs plus the impact of Asia on the global market.

Windows still dominates the worldwide operating system desktop market (PC and laptop) with a 84.1% internet usage share in February.

“Windows has won the desktop war but the battlefield has moved on,” said Cullen.

StatCounter recently reported that in October 2016 internet usage by mobile and tablet devices exceeded desktop and laptop worldwide for the first time.

In North America Windows (all versions) maintained its lead across all platforms with 40.7% share in February followed by iOS (24.9%) and Android (20.3%). It’s a similar story in Europe where Windows (51.8%) is more than twice the level of Android (23.5%). However, in Asia, Android is now over 50% (51.8%) compared to 29.8% for Windows.

OS market share map: http://gs.statcounter.com/os-market-share#monthly-201702-201702-map

StatCounter data also finds that Windows 10 overtook Windows 7 for the first time in North America in December.

“Windows 10 will need to maintain momentum in order to combat the steady march of Android across all markets,” added Aodhan Cullen.

The data is based on StatCounter Global Stats for which the company has recently released a major upgrade. This provides media, researchers, analysts and interested consumers with a free service to help analyse internet wars as the major vendors battle for dominance across operating systems, search, browsers, desktop and mobile.

StatCounter (www.statcounter.com) has also launched an upgrade of its core website which provides web analytics, including a free option, to help companies, agencies, bloggers, self-employed and charities measure, analyse and understand visitors to their own sites.

“We’ve always focused on ease of use and with these upgrades we wanted to make both services even more intuitive, usable and accessible,” commented Aodhan Cullen.

StatCounter Global Stats data is based on over 15 billion page views per month to over 2.5 million websites. Further information: http://gs.statcounter.com/faq

To analyse individual countries or regions see: http://gs.statcounter.com/os-market-share

Trivia Gaming App TICTOK Launched

Gamers in India can win exciting prizes such as Cars, Motorcycles, International holiday packages, Laptops, Mobile phones and Online deal vouchers by solving a new quiz every 15 minutes

TicTok Games, India’s first trivia gaming app that gives users a chance to win big-ticket prizes including Honda City cars, Harley Davidson motorcycles, iPhone 7 Smartphones and many more exciting goodies, has been launched today.

Users living anywhere in India (except Assam and Orissa[1]) can download the TicTok App on Android or iOS platform and register using their email id, Google Plus or Facebook account. They can play the quizzes and win as many prizes as possible by paying a nominal subscription fee of Rs.500 (about $7) per month. The platform also allows a three-day trial period initially where the users can familiarize themselves with the intuitive interface and make the most of every minute of their paid monthly subscription.

Each quiz offers a particular prize displayed on the screen, lasts for 15 minutes and includes five-six trivia questions. Right after the quiz period expires, the gamer giving all correct answers in the minimum possible time is declared as the winner. Users get to reach higher levels and play for bigger and bigger rewards by continuing to give correct answers for various quizzes at each level. These ‘Levels’ can be redeemed anytime by paying a nominal price, typically 3% of the MRP of any product, to claim the reward.

This unique platform is the brainchild of Chanchal Kurele, Paavan Nanda and Saumya Singh. Chanchal Kurele has been a Director of V3S Infratech Ltd since 2007 and has launched numerous projects of multi-specialty hospitals, commercial offices, hotels, and residential housing complexes. Paavan Nanda is an alumni of IIM Calcutta known for having co-founded Zostel and Zo Rooms. Saumya Singh had been a core team member of Zo Rooms and earlier spearheaded the launch of multiple channels including Romedy Now, Movies Now and ET Now while working for Bennett Coleman & Co.

Paavan Nanda, Founding Partner of TicTok Games, says, “We are excited to launch TicTok as India’s first mobile gaming app that gives users a chance to win unimaginable prizes from the real world just by playing games in the virtual world. India is poised to become one of the leading markets in the gaming sector. Our main idea behind launching TicTok Games is to provide a platform that offers a combination of entertainment and knowledge while helping them realize their dreams. It will appeal to the youth as well as the rest of the population alike. We are targeting to achieve 150,000-200,000 app installs in the first month.”

In addition to Honda City, iPhone 7 etc., some of the other prizes that users will stand to win include Bose Speakers, Philips headsets and speaker systems, Bluetooth speakers, Fitbit, Amazon Kindle Reader, iPad, PlayStation, Xbox, power banks, mobile phones from Samsung, Motorola, Micromax and other brands, as well as deal vouchers for Beer Café, Big Bazaar, Myntra, Shoppers Stop, UCB, MakeMyTrip etc. TicTok will also offer surprise prizes from time to time.

LANXESS extends its supports for quality education with Teach for India

LANXESS India Private Limited, a subsidiary of leading global specialty chemicals company LANXESS, renewed its commitment towards quality education by fulfilling its promise of aiding Teach For India (TFI) in their quest to support fellows volunteering to educate underprivileged children in municipal schools. LANXESS India contributed an amount of INR 52,87,500 to the organization as part of its pledged five year commitment to support the not-for-profit organization’s efforts towards providing quality education to children. The company has committed a sum of EUR 75000 (approx. INR 53 lakhs) per year for Corporate Social Responsibility projects in India for the period 2014 – 2018.

Dr. Jacques Perez, Managing Director and Country Representative, LANXESS India Pvt. Ltd. handed over the cheque to Dimple Gujral. Chief Financial Officer, Teach For India (TFI) at LANXESS House in Thane. LANXESS has been contributing to TFI since 2010, starting with a sum of EUR 50,000 per year. LANXESS has supported over 65 TFI fellows (trained teachers on a 2 year full time paid commitment) and around 2000 students directly so far. This contribution works as a support for the fellows who volunteer to teach the kids at the municipal schools since they generally give up their jobs to fulfil these social commitments.

Speaking on this occasion, Dr. Perez, said, “We, as responsible corporate citizens, believe that quality education is among the necessary building blocks for any progressive economy and therefore, it becomes all the more imperative for us to ensure that we support such initiatives in order to play our part judiciously and constructively. We believe in the vision of Teach for India and it complements our corporate social responsibility framework.”

On behalf of TFI, Gujralsaid, “We are thankful to LANXESS for their continued support and encouragement in our earnest endeavor of improving children’s lives through education. Our fellows are striving every day to bring out the best in every child and handholding them on the path to a bright future. The support from corporates like LANXESS gives us confidence to sail forward in this journey.”

LANXESS believes in empowering education and has taken many initiatives in India, in the areas of education, skills training and preserving cultural heritage. LANXESS has previously contributed to NGOs, technical institutions and schools to support education in every region that it operates in.

Teach for India is a nationwide NGO, that aims to eliminate inequity in education in India. Through its Fellowship program, TFI recruits qualified college graduates and working professionals to serve as full-time teachers in low-income schools for two years. Fellows work to bridge the educational gaps that their students face, by using innovative methods in classroom.

Telit Unveils Bluetooth 5 Module at Mobile World Congress 2017

Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), today introduced the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) BlueMod+S50 single mode module. This marks the industry’s first introduction of a standalone and certified, Bluetooth® 5 compliant module with a compelling mix of future-proof features designed to extend product lifecycles. Building on the success of the Telit BlueMod family of Bluetooth modules and complete integrated set of IoT Products and services, the BlueMod+S50 is key to bringing low power, “connectionless” IoT designs and services to market quickly.

The new BlueMod+S50 module from Telit marks an industry milestone. Now, developers can adopt this cutting-edge technology into use cases not possible with previous generations of Bluetooth, such as full in-building connections. The latest Bluetooth 5 specification offers significant updates with quadruple range and speeds that are twice as fast, while increasing the capacity of connectionless data broadcasts by 800%. Always a step ahead, Telit incorporated additional features such as secure, integrated NFC (Near Field Communication) capability and support for most GATT based Client and Server profiles.

“What makes the BlueMod+S50 so compelling is the combination of industry’s latest silicon with Telit’s state of the art engineering for an overall richer, more intelligent user experience,” said Felix Marchal, Executive Vice President of GNSS and Short Range Wireless. “We take it a step further with our ‘design once, use anywhere’ philosophy by including resources from the Telit IoT Know How program—assisting customers holistically with deployment of completion solutions from idea to market. The new module is not only swappable with previous generations of our Bluetooth line, it includes enhancements that benefit verticals which depend on advanced, forward-thinking technology like smart home and healthcare.”

Key Features and Benefits:
· Generic GATT Client and Server: Simplifies configuration
· Terminal I/O: Enables fast and reliable transport of data/ protocols transparently over Bluetooth
· NFC Handover: Eliminates manual interaction, delivering a nearly instant and most important—secure connection.
· Reliable line-of-sight range: over 800* meters. (*250m with Android phone and iPhone).
· Ultra-Low power: Proprietary UICP (UART Interface Control Protocol) further reduces power consumption of the module by 30-100 times compared to non UICP operations.

The BlueMod+S50 delivers industry-leading low power consumption and is well suited for many verticals including home automation, healthcare, telematics, asset management, routers and gateways, retail, and smart cities in addition to battery dependent devices with long product lifecycles. Designers can integrate the module without additional hardware via a robust choice of interfaces, including GPIO, ADC, UART, SPI, and others.

The new module is being fast tracked to address market demand for advanced, low-power wireless networking technology. It is the company’s latest addition to the Advanced Edge Technology portfolio that supports Bluetooth, Short range, GNSS, Wi-Fi, LoRa, and LPWA. As device makers are looking to develop IoT solutions that remain relevant for years to come, they are eager to adopt future-proof solutions. ABI Research forecasts Bluetooth-enabled device shipments over the next five years will increase by an average of half a billion per year through 2021, reaching more than five billion.

Learn more about the new BlueMod+S50 module in Telit’s booth at Mobile World Congress 2017, located at hall 5 stand E61 and also at http://info.telit.com/bluemods50.

* Samples, evaluation and development kits available in the second half of 2017.

New STM32 Boards from STMicroelectronics Support Cost-Effective and Ultra-Low-Power LPWAN Evaluation for Long-Range IoT Connectivity

Two new ready-to-use prototype boards available from STMicroelectronics slash the cost for developers to start evaluating LoRaWAN™ and other Low-Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) technologies including 6LoWPAN. The boards are based on the smallest and lowest-power LoRaWAN modules that exist on the market today, with a footprint not larger than 13x12mm and power consumption in the range of 1.2µA in standby mode.

The B-L072Z-LRWAN1 STM32 LoRa® Discovery kit ($46.50) builds on the all-in-one open module from Murata® that integrates a STM32L072CZ microcontroller (MCU) and Semtech SX1276 transceivers. The module features a LoRa modem that provides ultra-long-range spread-spectrum communication and high interference immunity whilst minimizing current consumption.

Since the module is open, developers have access to the STM32L072 MCU and its peripherals such as ADC, 16-bit timer, LP-UART, I2C, SPI and USB 2.0 FS (supporting BCD and LPM). They can design their applications using STM32L0 HAL and LL embedded software libraries, and can further extend the board’s functionality choosing from expansion boards within the STM32 Nucleo ecosystem or the large range of Arduino™ expansion boards.

The B-L072Z-LRWAN1 kit includes an on-board debugger, a 64-pin STM32 Nucleo morpho connector, an Arduino-compatible connector, and a battery socket. It also comes with access to a completely free development ecosystem that includes the MDK-ARM Integrated Development Environment (IDE), STM32CubeMX configurator and software tools, and ST’s LoRaWAN protocol stack (I-CUBE-LRWAN).

The I-NUCLEO-LRWAN1 ($25.00) is an expansion board for STM32 Nucleo or Arduino boards that can be simply plugged in to quickly start work developing a full LoRa-based and/or FSK/OOK (Frequency-Shift Keying/On-Off Keying) connectivity applications. The board features a LoRaWAN module from USI® together with an STM32L052T8 MCU and Semtech SX1272 transceivers.

The USI module comes pre-loaded with an AT command stack that helps streamline development and saves programming. The I-CUBE-LRWAN stack is available free of charge. As an extra bonus, to aid development of Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications, the I-NUCLEO-LRWAN1 board is also equipped with ST’s LIS2DS12 3-axis accelerometer, LPS22HB MEMS pressure sensor, and HTS221 humidity-and-temperature sensor.

Both boards are LoRaWAN-certified and fully compliant with wireless regulations in the US, EU, Russia, India, and other countries using the 860-930MHz frequency bands. In addition to the industry-standard protocols, they also support proprietary LPWAN protocols for long-range connection of IoT devices like smart meters, alarm systems, tracking devices, positioning devices, environmental sensors, and activity sensors.

The B-L072Z-LRWAN1 Discovery kit and I-NUCLEO-LRWAN1 are ready for distributors to order now, and will be available via st.com by the end of this month.

For further information please visit www.st.com/stm32-lrwan.

Indian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia opens on a high note

· Record number of trade visitors on opening day – 15 percent increase
· Industry influencers and key dignitaries attended the inauguration ceremony
· Accompanying programs: Innovation Exchange well received; cfi – Ceramic Forum International and brick industry workshop on day two and three

Leading international trade fairs for suppliers to the ceramics industry, Indian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia opened on a high note as the event welcomed 15 percent more trade visitors on the opening day as compared to the past edition. 2017 marks as a strong year with 300 exhibitors showcasing over 400 represented brands.

Taking place from March 1 to 3, 2017 at Gujarat University Exhibition Centre, Ahmedabad in Gujarat, the grand opening of Indian Ceramics & Ceramics Asia saw presence of industry influencers and dignitaries such as Mr. G G Trivedi, President of Indian Ceramics Society; Mr. K Muraleedharan, Director – Central Glass & Ceramics Research Institute; Mr. Hakimuddin Ali, Chairman – Indian Refractories Makers Association; Mr. K G Kundariya, President, (Vitrified division) – Morbi ceramics Association; Dr. Francesco Pensabene, Trade Commissioner – Embassy of Italy; Mr. Gerhard Gerritzen, Dy. Managing Director – Messe Muenchen GmbH and Mr. Amen Liao, President – Unifair Exhibition Service Co. Ltd.

Igor Palka, COO of Messe Muenchen India says: “We are delighted to receive such overwhelming response on the opening day. With live technology on display, high-knowledge conferences and networking programs, there is so much to experience at the trade fairs. The energy at the show floor is very positive and we expect the momentum to continue for the next two days as well.”

Ken Wong, General Manager, Unifair Exhibition Service Co., Ltd. adds: “We are pleased to see a tremendous visitor growth as compared to the past edition. Our participants will be able to explore more business opportunities in the coming days too.”

Technology on display
Spread over 11,000 sqm. of total space, the trade fairs bring more machinery and raw materials for the ceramics industry. Concurrently, India Brick and Roof Tile (iBaRT) and India Engineering & Technical Ceramics trade fairs are taking place. About 300 global and domestic exhibitors from countries like Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Iran, Italy, Spain, Thailand, Netherlands, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA and India are showcasing innovative solutions for the ceramics industry.

Networking and educational programs
Day one saw attendees engaging in the Innovation Exchange where new-to-market technologies and solutions are being showcased. Buyers got the chance to interact with participating exhibitors and enquire about their new offerings.

Interested in exploring newest technologies, buyers attending from across India participated in the Buyer-Seller Forum which is one of the new attractions of the event. Over 100 meetings were conducted at the Buyer-Seller Forum and 40 buyers participated in the program.

With more networking programs and knowledge rich conferences lined up for the next two days, the trade fairs look promising for the coming days. Palka concludes by adding: “It is great to see that the trade fairs began on such a high note and will continue to offer value to the attendees, by combining knowledge, technology and networking opportunities.

Additional information about both exhibitions is available at www.indian-ceramics.com or at www.ceramicsasia.net.

LANXESS extends its supports for quality education with Teach for India

LANXESS India Private Limited, a subsidiary of leading global specialty chemicals company LANXESS, renewed its commitment towards quality education by fulfilling its promise of aiding Teach For India (TFI) in their quest to support fellows volunteering to educate underprivileged children in municipal schools. LANXESS India contributed an amount of INR 52,87,500 to the organization as part of its pledged five year commitment to support the not-for-profit organization’s efforts towards providing quality education to children. The company has committed a sum of EUR 75000 (approx. INR 53 lakhs) per year for Corporate Social Responsibility projects in India for the period 2014 – 2018.

Dr. Jacques Perez, Managing Director and Country Representative, LANXESS India Pvt. Ltd. handed over the cheque to Dimple Gujral. Chief Financial Officer, Teach For India (TFI) at LANXESS House in Thane. LANXESS has been contributing to TFI since 2010, starting with a sum of EUR 50,000 per year. LANXESS has supported over 65 TFI fellows (trained teachers on a 2 year full time paid commitment) and around 2000 students directly so far. This contribution works as a support for the fellows who volunteer to teach the kids at the municipal schools since they generally give up their jobs to fulfil these social commitments.

Speaking on this occasion, Dr. Perez, said, “We, as responsible corporate citizens, believe that quality education is among the necessary building blocks for any progressive economy and therefore, it becomes all the more imperative for us to ensure that we support such initiatives in order to play our part judiciously and constructively. We believe in the vision of Teach for India and it complements our corporate social responsibility framework.”

On behalf of TFI, Gujralsaid, “We are thankful to LANXESS for their continued support and encouragement in our earnest endeavor of improving children’s lives through education. Our fellows are striving every day to bring out the best in every child and handholding them on the path to a bright future. The support from corporates like LANXESS gives us confidence to sail forward in this journey.”

LANXESS believes in empowering education and has taken many initiatives in India, in the areas of education, skills training and preserving cultural heritage. LANXESS has previously contributed to NGOs, technical institutions and schools to support education in every region that it operates in.

Teach for India is a nationwide NGO, that aims to eliminate inequity in education in India. Through its Fellowship program, TFI recruits qualified college graduates and working professionals to serve as full-time teachers in low-income schools for two years. Fellows work to bridge the educational gaps that their students face, by using innovative methods in classroom.

60 countries showcase their destinations at OTM 2017

· 1134 Sellers from 60 Countries
· 547 qualified Buyers from all over India
· Over 10,000 trade visitors expected during the 3 day show
· India’s first MICE Club launched at the show

Exhibitors from 60 countries are showcasing their destinations at OTM 2017, India’s largest travel trade show from 21st to 23rd February, at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre, Mumbai. This is by far the largest number of countries participating in any trade show in the country, forming a record of its own



OTM 2017 has participation of 1134 travel organizations from 60 Countries. These include National and State Tourism organizations, Hotels, Airlines, Destination Marketing Companies and other suppliers serving leisure as well as business travel and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Events) markets. 7392 travel trade visitors have pre-registered to attend the show. In addition, more than 500 buyers from travel, trade and corporate sectors have qualified for special hosting privileges. In addition to buyers from across India, international buyers from countries like Kuwait, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia and Thailand are also being flown in.

The dignitaries present at the inaugural session of OTM 2017 include Sohan Singh Thandal, Minister of Tourism, Government of Punjab; I Gde Pitana, Deputy Tourism Minister for Overseas Promotion of Indonesia; H.E. Dr. Ahmed Al Banna, UAE Ambassador to India; H.E. Demetrios A Theophylactou, High Commissioner, Cyprus High Commission; H.E. Erdal Sabri Ergen, Consul General, Consulate General of Turkey in Mumbai;Dimitrios Tryfonopoulos, Secretary General, Greek National Tourism Organisation; Datuk Seri Mirza Mohammad Taiyab, Director General, Tourism Malaysia; ; Ismail A Hamid, Egyptian Tourism Counsellor, Egyptian Tourism Office; Guldeep Singh Sahni, President, Outbound Tour Operators Association of India.

A brand-new addition in OTM 2017 is the co-located BLTM- Business & Luxury Travel Mart. It is focused on the Business, Luxury and MICE segments, where qualified hosted buyers will meet the sellers by appointments. Indian citizens whether travelling abroad or within the country are a much coveted and one of the fastest growing market for leisure as well as business travel segments.

To tap into this lucrative market, 59 foreign countries are participating in OTM 2017. These include Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Dubai, Egypt, Fiji, Fujairah, Greece, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Philippines, Ras Al Khaimah, Romania, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sharjah, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam and country representations from Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Ecuador, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mongolia, Morocco, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Tanzania, United Kingdom, USA, etc. This is a record number of countries participating in any travel trade show that has been hosted in India.

Participation from India is equally aggressive as their international counterparts. Tourism departments along with private operators from Andaman & Nicobar, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Punjab, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal and private sector participation from Daman & Diu, Delhi, Goa, Haryana, Puducherry, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana are participating in the show in a big way. The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India has a strong presence at the show.

Sanjiv Agarwal, Chairman & CEO, Fairfest Media Ltd (Organizer of OTM), said, “With over 1000 exhibitors from 60 countries and from 25 states all over India, OTM 2017 is India’s biggest ever travel trade show. Mumbai is among India’s most important tourism hubs and destinations as well as the biggest tourism source market. We have been organizing this show since last 30 years with a view to providing a platform for the stakeholders of the travel and tourism industry. National and International players who have come together at OTM will witness excellent networking, marketing and tourism promotion opportunities between countries, states and regions. Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. It plays a vital role in the economic development of a country.”

More than a 100 corporate buyers from top companies like Canara HSBC, L’Oreal India Pvt. Ltd, Capgemini, Reliance Infrastructure Ltd, Khaitan & Co,HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Ltd, Mahindra Finance, Godrej & Boyce Mfg Co Ltd, Larsen & Toubro, Deloitte Shared Services India LLP, Wockhardt Ltd, Ambuja Cements Ltd, Birla Sun Life Insurance Company Ltd, Rajkumar Hirani Films, Ericsson India Pvt. Ltd, etc., have pre-scheduled over 2000 appointments for meeting sellers of their choice at the show.

In another first, the MICE Club is being launched at OTM, with an objective to facilitate networking and education opportunities among the community of buyers and sellers from Business Travel and MICE segments. Globally, travel trade fairs are considered important annual opportunities for face-to-face meetings and networking among buyers and sellers. Traditionally, visitors at these fairs walk the show and meet the sellers of their interest. The advent of online technologies has not left this field untouched either, as further added by Sanjiv Agarwal.

OTM is supported by industry associations such as Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), Outbound Tour Operators Association of India (OTOAI), Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI), Association of Domestic Tour Operators of India (ADTOI), Travel Agents Federation of India (TAFI), Network of Indian MICE Agents (NIMA), IATA Agents Association of India (IAAI), Maharashtra Tour Operators Association (MTOA), Travel Agents Association of Pune (TAAP), Travel Agents Association of Nashik (TAAN), South Gujarat Association of Travel Agents (SATA), SKAL International, Enterprising Travel Agent’s Association (ETAA).

Featuring destinations through films has been a traditionally successful strategy for many destinations. Mumbai being one of the biggest hubs of film production in the world, OTM has partnered with Film and TV Producers Guild of India and Globe Hoppers to organize an exclusive event ‘Shoot-at-Site’ on the opening day of OTM focused on promoting tourism through films shoots, which will be attended by international and state tourism boards and leading film production companies. Destination Weddings is one of the fastest growing segments. A workshop on ‘Destination Indian Weddings’ is being curated with the help of Globe Hoppers. Some of the leading Wedding Planners from Mumbai and Delhi will be attending the session.

OTM 2017 has deployed a state-of-the-art online meeting diary system provided by EventsAir based in Australia. It is an advanced system that facilitates matchmaking and appointments between the Buyers and Sellers. It has received over 5000 meeting requests prior to the show.
In addition to buying and selling opportunities on the show floor, exhibitors from various countries and states will also make colourful cultural presentations. There will be an equally interesting line up of workshops and presentations that will conducted on the sidelines of the mart.

Pic 1 – Photo caption Left to Right – Sanjiv Agarwal, Chairman & CEO, Fairfest Media Limited, Guldeep Singh Sahni, President, Outbound Tour Operators Association of India, H.E. Erdal Sabri Ergen, Consul General, Consulate General of Turkey in Mumbai, H.E. Dr. Ahmed Al Banna, UAE Ambassador to India, I Gde Pitana, Deputy Tourism Minister for Overseas Promotion of Indonesia, Sohan Singh Thandal, Minister of Tourism, Government of Punjab, Dimitrios Tryfonopoulos, Secretary General, Greek National Tourism Organisation, Datuk Seri Mirza Mohammad Taiyab, Director General, Tourism Malaysia, Ismail A. Hamid, Egyptian Tourism Counsellor, Egyptian Tourism Office and H.E. Demetrios A. Theophylactou, High Commissioner, Cyprus High Commission.

Versatile Accelerometer from STMicroelectronics Delivers Class-Leading Resolution and Low Power in Tiny Footprint

Taking context sensing in Internet-of-Things (IoT) and wearable devices to the next level, STMicroelectronics’ LIS2DW12 3-axis accelerometer delivers superior accuracy, flexibility, and energy savings by supporting multiple low-power and low-noise settings in a 2mm x 2mm x 0.7mm package.

A new member of ST’s low-power, high-performance MEMS product family (alongside devices like LSM6DSM, LSM6DSL, and LSM303AH), the LIS2DW12 has 16-bit output and can be set to prioritize low power consumption or low-noise performance, with five settings in either mode. A specific feature coupled with four settings in each mode save waking the system to check for data, and allow efficient single-byte transfers thereby further minimizing system power consumption and helping extend battery life. Noise density down to 90µg/√Hz is at least 25% lower than similar devices in the marketplace, which improves the measurement accuracy in next-gen applications from healthcare, fitness, and gaming to industrial sensing and environmental monitoring.

Drawing as little as 50nA in standby, or 380nA in low-power mode at 1.6Hz Output Data Rate, the LIS2DW12 adds negligible load on the battery. The supply-voltage range of 1.62-3.6V allows extended operation from small coin or button cells. Features that support system-level power savings include a 32-level FIFO, a built-in temperature sensor, and a programmable interrupt for freefall, wake up, activity/inactivity, 6D/4D orientation detection, and tap/double-tap detection.

The LIS2DW12 offers high resolution and flexibility to optimize noise performance and power consumption in a small 2mm x 2mm x 0.7mm package.

Engineering samples of the LIS2DW12 are available now, and volume production will begin in Q1 2017. Budgetary pricing is from $0.75 for orders of 1000 pieces.

For further information please visit www.st.com/lis2dw12-pr

STMicroelectronics’ MCU Finder for PC Connects Conveniently to STM32 and STM8 Design Resources Directly on Developer’s Desktop

STMicroelectronics has released its MCU Finder for PC, enabling embedded developers to access essential STM32 32-bit ARM® Cortex®-M and STM8 8-bit MCU (microcontroller) information conveniently from the same desktop environment used for application development.

Leveraging features of ST’s popular MCU Finder mobile app (ST-MCU-FINDER), the PC version (ST-MCU-FINDER-PC) provides easy-to-use selection tools, self-maintaining documentation, and connections to MCU communities. It is available for Windows®, macOS™, and Linux® platforms, enabling embedded developers to consolidate all their MCU resources including data and tools on the desktop for convenience and efficiency.

Users can search the entire range of over 700 STM32 and over 125 STM8 MCU part numbers, based on up to 54 criteria for the STM32 and 20 criteria for the STM8 family. These criteria cover the full range of device features, including core type, CPU frequency, memory, price, package, I/Os, temperature grade and peripherals such as control, timers, analog, connectivity, multimedia and security. Development can begin immediately after device selection by downloading the STM32CubeMX initialization-code generator directly from the MCU Finder for PC.

The desktop application helps developers quickly find the data and technical resources they need to support their microcontroller projects. All the documentation for any selected device can be seen in one place, with one click, and downloaded for offline viewing. Documents are automatically updated with the latest versions, so developers can be sure the most accurate information is always loaded on their PC without making repeated online searches. Users can also quickly check prices and buy devices online.

Like ST’s popular MCU Finder mobile app for Android and iOS, the desktop version also connects users with developer communities on popular social platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, STM32’s YouTube channel and the new ST Community of more than 40,000 members.

ST’s MCU Finder for PC is available now, and can be downloaded free of charge from www.st.com/stmcufinder