MUMBAI TO HOST IFAT INDIA 2017

The largest trade show for environmental technologies

IFAT India 2017 will be held at the Bombay Convention and Exhibition Center, Goregaon from 26th to 28th September 2017. After successful openings at Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Delhi, the organizers will be making a final stop at Mumbai on September 8, 2017 for a promotional tour of the trade show to raise awareness about various environmental issues in the region as well as the discuss latest solutions and innovations which are in the market.

IFAT India 2017 is a three- day trade show which is expecting over 170 participants from 18 countries. Among them are market leaders like L&T, Thermax, Ion Exchange, Ramky, Aqseptance Group, Endress+Hauser, Excel, Kirloskar Brothers, Kishor Pumps, Tata Projects, Wilo, Siemens, Lanxess, Astral Poly, Xylem, CRI Pumps, LG Chem, Wipro Water and many more. The 2017 edition will also feature country pavilions from China, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The trade fair will witness technical presentations, panel discussions and tutorials, where industry experts – both from India and overseas –will share their knowledge with the audience at the Innovation Exchange. There will also be a dedicated area for training, live demonstrations, product presentations and skills contests, running parallel to the show. The aim of the Active Learning Center is to promote talent and combat the shortage of skilled workers in the Indian environmental sector.

Bhupinder Singh, CEO of Messe Muenchen India, said: “The Government of India is extensively focusing on the environmental sector and the steps to counter issues deterring it and this edition will discuss issues related to air pollution. IFAT India is an apt platform where innovative technologies providing solutions towards the Indian environmental issues will be showcased. I am glad to announce 2017 edition of the IFAT India is completely sold out with the overwhelming response from across the globe.”

According to the experts, with the increasing population, the management of municipal solid waste (MSW) in the country has emerged as a severe problem because of the sheer quantities generated every day. According to the Annual Report of State Pollution published in 2015-16, the state of Maharashtra comprising of 262 local bodies generates around 21,867 tonnes of MSW every day of which 86.7% is contributed by class-A cities. Air pollution is also emerging out as a key concern in a developing economy like India; more than 80% of Indian cities violate the prescribed standards of air quality.

Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, TERI, said, “Today, climate change is a real threat and its manifestations are becoming apparent. In today’s globally interconnected society, it is more important than ever to build a policy framework that can evolve and adapt rapidly to this growing threat. Trade fairs like IFAT India help in creating awareness about the environmental issues and address these challenges.”

The trade show will also provide an opportunity to industry experts, policy makers and business leaders to discuss regional strategies on numerous environmental challenges and seek solutions through formal interactions.

Along with the trade exhibition IFAT INDIA with its partners will concurrently organize multiple interactive programs, to name a few – Air Quality Management Workshop by SDG (Sustainable Development Goals Foundation); Workshop on entrepreneurship in waste management by ISWA (International Solid Waste Association); Biogas Panel by GIZ, German Biogas Association and Indian Biogas Association; Water Skills Competition by Skill Council for Green Jobs, GIZ and DWA.

IFAT INDIA will also host an Environmental Technologies Conference in association with TERI, which will focus on issues related to Air Pollution, Solid Waste Management and Urban Water Management in the context of Sustainable Development.  This edition will also witness a new initiative Business to Government Forum that will provide states an ideal platform to announce new projects, to find matching solutions for new tenders and to inform participants about the latest policies in the environmental sector.

More information on the trade fair as well as the supporting program is available online at www.ifat-india.com.

Google Maps on mobile now has navigation lane guidance for many more countries

Google released a major maps update on their mobile apps. The company is now offering navigation lane guidance in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, and Switzerland.

This should benefit all the Google Maps app users who use it for daily navigation.

Google Maps – Google+

Microsoft Surface now on sale in 17 new markets through business channels

Microsoft Surface now on sale in 17 new markets through business channels

Microsoft has announced that they are expanding the availability of their Surface and Surface Pro Tablets through business channels in 17 new markets. Most of these are in Europe: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.

Microsoft added:

In addition to offering Microsoft’s extended warranty and accidental damage, resellers bring a variety of additional value-added services to the Surface family, such as asset tagging, custom imaging, kitting, onsite service and support, device recycling and data protection. But we’re not stopping here. We’re committed to authorizing a select set of additional partners in these markets in the coming weeks.

The company has already indirectly admitted that Surface has been a massive financial failure for them. Microsoft is also facing a lawsuit that claims that they kept the investors out of loop resulting in financial losses for them.

Google Play Music All Access comes to most European countries

Google Play Music All Access comes to most European countries

Google has silently expanded their All Access music streaming service to a bunch of European countries.

Austria, Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, and the UK are now included in the official list where All Access should be available.

Germany is the surprising missing entry. It is now the only market where Google Play Music is available but the streaming service is not.

The service is priced at 7.99 Pounds in UK and 7.99 Euros in rest of the European countries. This is an introductory pricing which is expected to rise to 9.99 Pounds/Euros after a few weeks. A 30 day trial is available to interested consumers.

Google Play Books comes to loads of new European markets

Google has expanded the availability of Google Play Books platform to several new European markets.

The new countries where it is now officially available are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Sweden.

Users in these countries can now purchase and download eBooks to any compatible device which include Google Android, Apple iOS and literally any device with a browser.

Microsoft Bing Audio music match service now available in 14 new markets

Microsoft has expanded their Bing Audio music match service to 14 new markets.

This feature is similar to services provided by apps like Shazam and SoundHound. The app listens to the music playing on television or radio and identifies it.

Google Now on Android also has a similar feature though it is currently restricted to US market.

Microsoft spoke about the feature:

Bing Audio is one of those Windows Phone features that, once you know it’s there, you find yourself using all the time. (Yes, I’m the weird guy waving my phone in the air at coffee shops and bars, inside the car, and in front of the TV.) The good news is that now more of you will have a chance to try it. Bing Audio support for Windows Phone has started rolling out to 14 new countries including Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, and Switzerland. The feature is already available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the U.K., and the U.S.

Microsoft Surface Pro and Surface coming to Europe this month

Microsoft Surface Pro and Surface coming to Europe this month

Microsoft has announced that they are launching their Surface branded Tablet PCs to several European countries this month.

Schedule:

17 May – France
23 May – The United Kingdom
30 May – Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland
31 May – Germany

The company also announced a special offer for early-bird customers:

People who purchase a Surface RT from now until June 30, 2013 receive a free cover of their choice, including Type and Touch in black, white, or cyan.

This offer is valid in these countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.