TalentQuest, a global talent management and learning solutions company, has launched India’s first Academic AR/VR Centre of Excellence [COE] in association with PES University, a private university in Bengaluru, India, and Unity Technologies, the creator of the world’s most widely used real-time 3D development platform that powers more than 60 percent of all AR/VR content. Managed by TalentQuest, the centre will provide a one-year AR/VR certification programme, resulting in a diploma from PES University. Unity will provide licenses of its software for hands-on learning at the Centre of Excellence.

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Dr. Frank Merrit, CEO of TalentQuest, said

The gap between the AR/VR talent available and the talent required is growing, which is why this is the ideal time to establish a physical space in India to equip our citizens with the skills they need to excel in the existing job landscape. With the help of PES University and Unity, we’re proud to help address this critical need.

Yogish Shanbhag, President, Global Learning Solutions, TalentQuest, said

This certification program is aimed at making the candidate employable across job roles in Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Mixed Reality for gaming and non-gaming domains, applications and products. This programme is immensely beneficial for professionals wishing to upgrade their skills and boost their career.

Taught by industry experts the programme will impart knowledge and develop industry standard skills through hands-on experiential learning on Unity development platform and live projects. We have also setup an AR and VR experiential center at the PES Banashankari Campus for people to appreciate AR and VR, its applications and the underlying difference between the applications.

AR/VR adoption is gaining popularity in a competitive market, with AR/VR headsets and eye-wear shipments projected to grow to 4.9 million units this year [25% increase] reaching $1.2 billion in revenue [18% increase].

Speaking on the launch, Ramesh A, Head of Education -APAC and COEs, Unity Technologies said

We are excited to launch the Centre of Excellence for AR/VR considering the enormous adoption rate of AR/VR in mainstream sectors. And on the same lines, we look forward to helping the talent build a thriving and innovative AR/VR ecosystem in India to its full potential with the help of the CoE.

Professor Ajoy Kumar, COO of PES University, said

PES is thrilled to work with TalentQuest in developing AR/VR skilled talent in India. We have always believed in developing a framework to curate technical and proficient individuals, creating an employable and productive talent pool.

About TalentQuest

TalentQuest is a global talent management and learning solutions company headquartered in Atlanta, USA, helping organization intelligently solve their challenges through the combination of Talent Management Software, Behavioral Science, and Immersive Learning. For more information, please visit TalentQuest

About Unity Technologies

Unity Technologies is the creator of a flexible and high-performance end-to-end development platform used to create rich interactive 2D, 3D, VR and AR experiences. Unity’s powerful graphics engine and full-featured editor serve as the foundation to develop beautiful games or apps and easily bring them to multiple platforms – mobile devices, home entertainment systems, personal computers, and embedded systems. Unity also offers solutions and services for creating games, boosting productivity, and connecting with audiences including Unity Ads, Unity Analytics, Unity Asset Store, Unity Cloud Build, Unity Collaborate, Unity Connect and Unity Certification. For more information, please visit Unity Technologies

Unacademy, India’s largest learning platform, announced the closing of its $21 million Series C funding round from Sequoia India, SAIF Partners, and Nexus Venture Partners. Blume Ventures also participated in this round. Unacademy has raised $38.6 million in total so far.  The funds raised will be utilized to onboard new educators on the platform, penetrate deeper in categories including pre-medical, GATE and CAT, and further strengthen the core product and technology team.

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Commenting on the announcement, Gaurav Munjal, Co-Founder and CEO, Unacademy said

Right from the outset, we have focused on growing the platform by empowering the best educators. We have grown tremendously since our inception, and just last month, more than 3000 educators were active on the platform and lessons created by them were watched more than 40 million times by learners.

I am thankful to our existing investors for infusing Unacademy with growth capital and reaffirming their faith in us. We will utilize these funds to invest heavily in our product and technology to make Unacademy one of the best global internet products out of India. We remain committed to growing our platform with more educators, learners and categories.

Shailendra Singh, Managing Director, Sequoia Capital [India], Singapore said

Sequoia India is thrilled to lead the new round in Unacademy, which is already making a big impact in India’s online learning space.  Gaurav, Roman and Hemesh are driven founders with a very focused mission, and that is having a clear effect on the pace of production innovation, team building and overall growth.

Unacademy was founded by Gaurav Munjal, Roman Saini and Hemesh Singh in 2015. The platform empowers educators by making it easy for them to create high quality educational lessons on the Educator App, that learners access via the Learning App.

Alok Goel, Partner, SAIF Partners, said

Unacademy has demonstrated tremendous progress towards their goal of delivering personalized learning by connecting great quality educators and students on their platform. The company has diversified across several new domains and has achieved amazing word of mouth among learners. We are excited to continue supporting Gaurav and team in their journey.

Sameer Brij Verma, Managing Director at Nexus Venture Partners, said

We are super excited to support the Unacademy team on their mission to become India’s largest online learning platform. The team has done a great job in building market leadership in the government test preparation domain since we led their Series A round in early 2017, and they are aggressively expanding to new examination categories.

In October 2017, Unacademy also launched ‘Plus’ courses on its platform with a private discussion forum, live video classes, and a personalized classroom learning environment with its top educators. Currently, more than 30 educators take paid ‘Plus’ courses on the platform apart from the lessons that are also available for free. Since the launch of Plus courses, the company has achieved a 6x growth in its monthly revenue.

About Unacademy

Unacademy is an education technology platform founded by Gaurav Munjal, Roman Saini and Hemesh Singh in 2015. It was started as a YouTube channel by Gaurav Munjal in 2010. Headquartered in Bengaluru, Unacademy is India’s largest learning platform that brings expert educators together with millions of students in need of quality education. With a growing network of 10,000 registered educators and 3 million learners, Unacademy is changing the way India learns. The company has raised $38.6 million so far from prominent investors such as Sequoia India, SAIF Partners, Nexus Venture Partners and Blume Ventures. To know more, download the Unacademy Learning App from Play Store or Unacademy Learning App from the iOS Store

Truecaller introduced their newest Premium feature, Call Recording, for its Android users globally. This is another step towards upgrading their Premium offerings aimed at making communication safe and efficient by helping users report harassment related or fraudulent calls.

From helping users identify new business clients, to empowering women in their fight against harassment or objectionable calls, Truecaller has safeguarded users by identifying unknown calls and SMSs.  The latest Call Recording feature will also assist its users in keeping track of important conversations with businesses, colleagues, or friends.

Call Recording has been one of the most highly requested features by Truecaller users. The team decided to develop and combine it into their Premium package along with the Who Viewed Your Profile feature.

How Call Recording Works

When a Premium user dials or receives a call, they can toggle ‘ON’ the recording feature from the Truecaller Caller ID screen. The recordings are then stored on the user’s phone. All users without a Premium subscription can get a free 14-day trial of this feature, the company announced.

Call recordings are stored locally on the user’s phone, and not on Truecaller’s servers. The users of this feature are responsible for following local laws around two-way consent.

More Premium features when you subscribe

  • Who viewed my profile
  • Ad-free experience
  • Contact requests
  • Premium badge for your profile

To upgrade to Premium, tap on the ‘Upgrade to Premium’ tab in the Truecaller app.

Stonehill International School [SIS], known for its’ diverse and inclusive culture, continues to move from strength to strength. With an average of 32.1 points, Stonehill’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme [IBDP] score remains above the world average, for the sixth consecutive year. Of the graduating Class of 2018, Stonehill’s top scorers received an excellent result of 42 out of a maximum score of 45 points.

The IB Diploma [Grade 11 and 12] is a rigorous two-year programme designed to prepare students in multidisciplinary approaches to solving problems. It is crafted to be academically challenging, allowing students to acquire a vast breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding;make connections across traditional academic disciplines through in-depth academic research; and strengthens their ability to solve problems and understand concepts. This holistic approach to education helps students enhance their personal and interpersonal development as well.

Students from Stonehill’s graduating Class of 2018 have been accepted into prestigious universities like Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT], Stanford University, London School of Economics [LSE], McGill University and more.

Over the years, the school has accomplished an illustrious record of placing its’ students in some of the best universities such as MIT, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, NYU, Texas A&M, and Virginia Tech in the United States; London School of Economics, Kings College London, University of Manchester, University of Warwick and the University of Bath in the UK; Savannah School of Art and Design, City University of Hong Kong, BITS Pilani, VIT Vellore and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, amongst others in Asia.

Simon McCloskey,the Head of School said

As an inclusive school, striving to develop caring, confident and responsible global citizens, we are delighted that Stonehill’s average IB Diploma results have now been consistently above the world average for the past six years. We are also extremely pleased that two of our students, Dilsher Singh and Vinicius De Paula Sousa, both achieved 42 points – our highest score this year. We are all extremely proud of the Stonehill Graduating Class of 2018. We know that our very special students will go on to achieve great things.

Here’s what Stonehill’s top scorers have to say about the IB Diploma Programme and the school

Dilsher, one of Stonehill’s top scorers says

Maths and Science have always been my areas of interest; the excellent teachers at Stonehill have provided me with wonderful opportunities to leverage these interests. Sports has been my passion and Stonehill has given me opportunities to excel in football, cricket and swimming. The school has helped me develop lifelong skills which make me feel better prepared for University life. The IB programme has provided me with a holistic environment for learning and made me a confident learner.

Vinicius, another top scorer, says

Being a student at Stonehill provided me with the perfect environment to learn. I had the freedom and the space to follow my intuition, along with the necessary and strong support from teachers to fall back on when I needed guidance. These two elements made my experience in Stonehill a very valuable one – one I’ll remember forever.

Shashank Rammoorthy, Valedictorian for this years’ cohort says

Studying at Stonehill has been a great, all-round experience. I’ve learnt so much from my teachers and friends at this diverse school. The students received great support from all of our teachers, especially as the final IB exams approached.

Dilsher [L], Shashank [R], Vinicius [C]

Stonehill has grown into one of India’s most respected IB world schools and its major strengths are:

  1. Diverse learning community – Stonehill admits students from over 35 countries and provides a diverse and rich learning community.
  2. Inclusivity/Non-Selective School – Most schools are ‘selective’ and admit students who excel only in academics. Stonehill  believes in a ‘non-selective’ Admissions process, allowing students with different abilities and strengths, to excel in a challenging academic environment supported by highly skilled educators who focus on developing each child intothe best versions of themselves.
  3. Faculty – Stonehill is renowned for hiring educators with a perfect blend of the best IB experience and international school experience. The highly trained Indian and international faculty includes teachers who are very active in various roles like IB workshop leaders, IB exam inspectors and senior examiners,accreditation specialists for other schools and more
  4. Residential programme – Stonehill’s unique residential programme is designed to nurture each child to create caring, confident, empathetic global citizens. Students can opt for full-time or weekly boarding, and take advantage of residential tutors to help them academically. Stonehill is a member of the Australian Boarding Schools Association [ABSA], which is a leading authority on boarding for school-aged students both in Australia, and overseas
  5. Accreditation – Stonehill is one of the very few schools in the country that is jointly accredited by the Council of International Schools [CIS], New England Association of Schools and Colleges [NEASC] and the IB [International Baccalaureate] which ensures that the guiding statements of the school, student’s learning and well-being, governance, leadership and staffing policies and practices are benchmarked to some of the best schools around the world.

Narendra Mehrotra, the Principal of the Secondary School says

We at Stonehill believe in providing a truly global education by providing challenging and diverse learning environments that promote international mindedness. Our students learn to be critical thinkers who apply concepts, both in familiar and unfamiliar situations. They are taught to think for themselves by driving the learning process, are competent problem solvers and can handle unexpected situations.

Learning through practical real-world examples is unique and long lasting, enabling our students to be well prepared for the challenges of university learning, and to face life in the real world with confidence.

Stonehill strongly believes in taking students with potential, and supporting and nurturing them in their journey to academic excellence, regardless of the level that they started at. To know more about them, please visit Stonehill International School [SIS]

Staying true to their commitment to innovate and make life comfortable for their customers, Luminous Power Technologies has launched Luminous Home Mobile application, the first of its kind, Mobile AR Catalogue for Indian Home Electrical Industry. The application uses Augmented Reality to help consumers select the best fan and modular switches designs for their homes without leaving the comfort of their home. Luminous Home is available on Google Play and Apple Store for customers to download.

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The picture overlay is displayed on the smartphone’s or tablet’s screen showing how the new Signature fan/ modular switch would fit in their home with the added benefit of background and colour option on the application. With the help of these options, customers can visualize, which fan or modular switch will go best with their home decor. In addition, the application also helps customers to locate dealers in their area if they wish to make the purchase.

Vipul Sabharwal, Managing Director, Luminous Power Technologies, said

At Luminous, our aim is to always advance with the evolving needs of the Indian buyers.  We have introduced virtual and augmented reality technology to give our customers the flexibility to get a better idea of some of our products by giving them a platform to experience it. We are positive that the launch of this app will lead to increase in brand preference for Luminous and create a strong brand recall among Key Retailers in Electrical trade and the end consumer.

The launch of the new mobile app comes at the heels of Luminous’ new signature range of fans, imbibing the unique personalities of charismatic cities like Jaipur, London, New York & Rio de Janeiro in February. The range is available through 2000 key retailers across India and costs between Rs.3000~Rs.9000.

Consumers can download the app by scanning the QR Code in the image below

About Luminous Power Technologies

Luminous Power Technologies is the leading electrical specialist in India having a vast portfolio comprising of Power back up solutions such as Home UPS, Batteries, Stabilizers and Solar Solutions to Home Electrical offerings such as Fans, LED lighting, Wires & Switches. Luminous has been in business for 30 years now. It has 7 manufacturing units, more than 28 sales offices in India and presence in over 36 countries. Our 6000 employees serve more than 60,000 channel partners and millions of customers.

COMIO Smartphones, India’s emerging mid-segment brand has teased a new smartphone that would be released in the last week of July 🙂 We have received some information about the to-be launched device that runs Android O. COMIO had previously released the COMIO X1 Note and COMIO C1 Pro and you can find more details here & here respectively.

The phone is expected to be launched in red color and is rumored to have the following key features:

  • Full view – 5.5 inch
  • Face unlock
  • 13MP Camera

Below is a small teaser of the yet to-be launched smart phone from COMIO

We would update the post once we receive more updates about the device. Stay Tuned !!

The advent of smart phones has led to an evolution in the world of financial technology; right from simplifying banking transactions to trading – everything is away at a click of a button. This has also lead to a significant spike in the number of traders who are resorting to the likes of their smart phone device.

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But, why it became essential to make the ‘smart switch’ to the smart phone?

If you are a trader, tracking the markets on the desktop might not be the most feasible thing to do. As you are required to keep a tab on the markets, on the go it, having the trading data on your hand will enable your accessibility & mobility and will be less time-consuming.

Why don’t we look into a few advantages of mobile trading through a stock market app?

  • Multi-tasking

As a trader, you are often required to make crucial decisions regarding your investments by comparing multiple sources of information at the same time. Mobile trading app enables you to collect and compare critical information on a real time basis. Share market app, thus, enhances the accuracy of the decisions you make, and there by benefits your investments.

  • Live updates

Share market app gives you the live updates of the market situation from anywhere around. It enables transparency as the notifications sent at the same time to every trader. Stock market app enables the real-time transactions and boosts the rate of conversions and benefitting the clients with quick access to various services.

  • Safety & Security

When it comes to money, security is a given! And in the current times, with advancements in technology such as login through biometrics and two-step authentication and digital signature; there is a turnaround in the security options available to us. With the help of such share market apps, mobile trading will enable the traders to execute multiple transactions without being worried about the implications of their money being unsafe or squandered.

  • Easy interface

One of the major advantages of mobile trading app is that the interface is made easy for anyone to trade. The stock market app functions smoothly on your phone; you can choose the language of your choice which enables you to smoothly wade through your financial transactions.

Airbus subsidiaries NAVBLUE and Aerial have signed contracts with three Indian startups, accelerated at Airbus Bizlab India, to power cutting-edge technologies that will help usher in new industry benchmarks in aeronautical data services, flight operations and imagery services.

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NAVBLUE signed up Bengaluru-based Stelae Technologies to enhance aeronautical data services quality and consistency while enabling faster introduction to the market of the next generation fully data-driven and connected EFB [Electronic Flight Bag] solution. NAVBLUE also extended its agreement with EFlight with the aim of providing a comprehensive service solution to the Indian business aviation market.

The third agreement was signed between Airbus Aerial and Navi Mumbai-based Airpix for a joint go-to market in India to provide geo-analytic solutions and imagery services in the country. The agreements mark the successful culmination of Season 3 of Airbus BizLab’s start-up acceleration programme TAKE OFF 2018, which seeks to bolster the Indian government’s ‘Make in India’ and Startup India initiatives. The latest partnerships are in addition to those that Airbus signed with Bengaluru based start-ups – Neewee and EFlight in February 2018.

Bruno Gutierres, Global Head, Airbus BizLab, said

For the last couple of years I have been convinced with the potential and the quality of entrepreneurs in India. I am pleased to see that all these partnerships between Airbus and Indian startups are proving me right.

Bizlab is a part of Airbus’ innovative strategy to bring together start-ups and Airbus intrapreneurs to work and speed up the transformation of their innovative ideas into valuable businesses. It has a community of over 2000 B2B start-ups from India, South East Asia and Israel. Through its six-month acceleration programme for start-ups and internal projects, Airbus Bizlab gives access to a large number of coaches, experts and mentors in various domains that help start-ups and internal projects speed-up the transformation of their ideas into valuable businesses.

As part of the TAKE OFF programme, Airbus BizLab will sponsor two travels to Europe for Indian start-ups in a period of six months as well as fund up to 50,000 Euros to them for the demonstration of proof of concept.

Fabrice Villaumé, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at NAVBLUE, said

NAVBLUE believes in India’s potential for multiple reasons. One is India’s proven capacity for innovation within the IT sector, which is demonstrated perfectly by the start-ups present at the Airbus’ BizLab, with whom we work very closely. Another is the potential of the aerospace industry; India has the world’s fastest-growing domestic airline market.

We are very excited to work with startups and SMEs in India to help power this growth, and bring value to the Indian aviation industry with our integrated solutions.

About Airbus Aerial

Airbus Aerial focuses on developing new imagery services. These services leverage the best software and aerospace technology from across the globe to offer actionable data and analysis of information provided by drones, satellites, high altitude aircraft and other sources

About NAVBLUE and N-Flight Planning

NAVBLUE is an integrated Flight Operations and Air Traffic Management Services company providing end-to-end, innovative and integrated flight operations solutions for a wide-range of customers around the world. NAVBLUE’s flight planning system, N-Flight Planning, is well renowned for its adaptability to each customer’s specific needs. It enables a number of flight operation benefits and reduced operating costs through increased flight plan accuracy, dynamic route construction and higher productivity of dispatchers and flight planners. NAVBLUE’s N-Flight Planning also offers superior route optimization results, with integrated avoidance of in-flight hazards, such as forecast turbulence and icing.