Archive for October, 2011

Software bug draining iPhone 4S’ battery

October 31st, 2011

Just like antenna troubles reported in iPhone 4, it is battery issue in its successor iPhone 4S. According to several reports, a software bug is reportedly causing the rapid battery drain in the new iPhone. Web reports suggest that the problem may be due to the Setting Time Zone function, which keeps location tracking on at all times.

Many users have found that the “Setting Time Zone” feature in Systems Services seems to be ‘on’ even when a continues to remain at the same location and time zone. The icon besides the setting, which indicates if it has been used in the past 24 hours, shows that it is running repeatedly to access the phone’s location.

According to idownloadblog,”… it appears that iOS 5’s GM release introduced a bug that causes the Setting Time Zone function to keep the location tracking circuitry running constantly, draining battery power considerably. Switching it off may mean that your iPhone will no longer set its own time zone when you travel, but that’s a small price to pay for having your iPhone last more than 12 hours on a full charge. Leave the rest of the location settings on.”

The blog claims that it has tested this method on four different iPhone 4S handsets, including an iPhone 4 and an iPhone 3GS. All have reported drastically improved battery life after switching “Setting Time Zone” off.

Since iPhone 4S launch on Oct 14, several users have complained of poor battery life, with few claiming that their device ’s battery lasts only for a few hours despite minimal use.

Though Apple hasn’t officially acknowledged the issue, reports suggest that the company has asked a few iPhone 4S users to install a monitoring programme to diagnose the users’ complaints.

Incidentally, while announcing the iPhone 4S, Apple CEO Tim Cook claimed that iPhone 4S will offer a much better battery life with as much as 8 hours of 3G talk time, 6 hours of browsing (9 on WiFi), 10 hours of video playback, 40 hours of music and standby time for 200 hours.


ObjectVideo Signs OEM Agreement With Ragile for Video Analytics and Management Solutions

October 31st, 2011

ObjectVideo, the leader in intelligent video, today announced the completion of an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partnership agreement with Ragile Corporation, an industry pioneer in the development of cutting-edge IP video surveillance solutions. Ragile is incorporating ObjectVideo OnBoard(R) intelligent analytics software into the company’s flagship product, the Ragile Vision Suite 3.0 (RVS).

Widely deployed for many well-known end users in China, RVS is a very flexible and scalable video management system (VMS) platform which can support thousands of video feeds; the RVS integration that includes patented ObjectVideo technology is with the RVS Expert and RVS Maximum versions. Ragile has selected ObjectVideo as its sole analytics supplier.

“We understand it’s very important for Ragile’s customers to be able to access video analytics from an environment with which they are already familiar,” said ObjectVideo CEO Raul Fernandez. “We’re very happy that having Ragile as a key VMS partner will allow ObjectVideo technology to be more accessible and more valuable.”

“We’re very glad to partner with OV. With their support and well-known footprint in Asia, Ragile will now be part of these ongoing successes, especially in China,” said David Lai, CEO of Ragile Corporation. “Further, Ragile would like to work with ObjectVideo to expand our products and services into the worldwide market in the near future.”

This type of partnership is made possible by ObjectVideo’s multi-platform and multi-system availability as a key software component of the solution. This enables partners like Ragile to benefit from expanded architecture flexibility and device options that are making it significantly easier to embed analytics throughout the video ecosystem.

A demonstration of ObjectVideo’s patented video analytics technology within Ragile products can be seen at the 13th China Public Security Exposition in Shenzhen, 29 October to 1 November 2011, in Hall 1, booth A103.

About Ragile Corporation Ragile is China’s security leader in the area of video monitoring platform software. Ragile’s research and development philosophies encompass innovation, quality and professionalism in all it does. Based in Guangzhou, China, Ragile takes full advantage of its geographical location with its cooperation with many prestigious universities on a variety of joint research and studies. These efforts have regularly injected talent into Ragile’s work force, thus enabling the company to keep its leading position and continue its rapid growth.


‘Puppet’ Masters in High Demand For Software Company Openings

October 31st, 2011

Looking for a job? Consider becoming a Puppet master.

Not the kind of puppet with strings and moving parts. “Puppet” is the name of software used to automate and simplify systems administration—and it’s in high demand.
Growing Listings

Job postings with the keyword “Puppet” more than tripled from a year earlier in the three-month period from April to June, according to data from, a job search site that aggregates job postings across websites and all industries. Jobs requiring Puppet skills pay an average salary of $95,000, found.

Software engineers might also want to brush up on their Hadoop skills. Hadoop, named after a stuffed elephant, is for processing and analyzing large data sets. Job functions that make use of the program include software engineering and database administration. Use of Hadoop as a keyword more than doubled.

Skills related to mobile operating systems and Web and mobile applications are also in high demand: The fastest-growing keywords in job listings over the past year are “HTML5,” “iOS,” “Android,” and “Mobile app,” along with “Puppet” and “Hadoop,” according to

Jenny Rhoten, director of recruiting for Astreya Partners, an IT-services firm in Santa Clara, Calif., says the company is “continually” seeking system administrators with Puppet expertise, because many of the firm’s consulting clients need it. Because Puppet is a specialized skill set, it is “quite challenging” to find qualified candidates, she says.

Puppet Labs, the Portland, Ore., company that creates Puppet software, is also hiring. The company currently lists five job openings, including some technical hires requiring Puppet skills, a spokeswoman says.

Meanwhile, a job board for technology professionals, also says mobile-app skills are in demand. Among the fastest-growing skills listed in job postings on the site in recent months: “Android” and “mobile applications,” as well as “cloud,” amid the growth of so-called cloud computing. also tracks search terms employers seek in candidate résumés.

Topping the list in the past quarter were searches for candidates with skills in Java, the programming language.

Michael Werch, a spokesman for, says it’s not surprising that postings with IT-related keywords saw the fastest growth over the past year because “tech programs come into being pretty fast and the need for people with those skills is really high.”

As for other industries, postings with the terms “sustainability” and “wind,” reflecting the growth of “green” technologies, and those listing “wellness” and “electronic medical records,” reflecting health-care trends, have also grown significantly in recent years, Mr. Werch says.

Keywords showing a downward trend include “medical transcriptionist,” “newspaper,” “pension,” “government” and “construction,” according to


Telkomsel-Skype’s strategic tie-up delivers new mobile communications experience

October 31st, 2011

Indonesia’s leading mobile telecommunication provider, Telkomsel, announced their partnership with Skype, a leading provider of Internet communications software on October 26. This partnership brings the Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) software to another level beyond its “mainstream” devices to a wider series of mobile devices running Symbian, Android and Blackberry operating systems that allows them to use Skype on the go.

“We are proud to bring the benefits of Skype to Telkomsel’s consumers. This partnership is a breakthrough in giving 105 million Telkomsel’s customers unlimited, global communication options, while expanding their calling community to hundreds million of Skype users around the globe. This also confirms Telkomsel as a pioneer and as the best leading provider of mobile data services in Indonesia,” said Herfini Haryono, Director of Planning and Development, Telkomsel at the press conference.

Skype’s international vice president and general manager, Dan Neary, who is in-charge for Skype’s business development in Asia Pacific, EMEA and Americas says “With more and more Indonesians accessing the Internet via their mobile phones, people want to take their Skype conversations with them wherever they go. Telkomsel will now give Indonesian consumers a great Skype experience on mobile phones and will truly change the way people call their friends and family internationally.”

Subscribers will enjoy unlimited Skype-to-Skype calls globally without additional charges, send and receive free instant messages either one-to-one or in groups, call international landlines and mobiles at lower calling rates, participate in conference calls and see their friends’ online status with the “always on” app. At this early stage of the partnership, Skype will be available on 24 Telkomsel mobile devices including Samsung, Blackberry, Nokia and LG smart phones. Later developments indicates a plan to broaden the support to other smart phones as well.

For Telkomsel’s subscribers to access these benefits, they will have to purchase these special Telkomsel data package (Kartu Halo, simPATI and Kartu AS) which are available from IDR 25,000 per month. New and existing Telkomsel’s users whose want to test the software and service can subscribe for a two-week free trial which is available between now until January 31 next year.


Indian shares seen starting flat, Maruti in focus

October 31st, 2011

Indian shares are seen starting flat on Monday as investors turn cautious after four straight sessions of gains ahead of key economic data, and weak sentiment in other Asian markets.

Shares in Maruti Suzuki , India’s top carmaker, will be in focus after it reported a more than halving of its quarterly net profit, wider than industry estimates.

Shares in software companies will also be in the spotlight after Wipro Ltd , India’s No. 3 software services exporter, beat street estimates with a 1 percent rise in quarterly profit, and forecast a 2 to 4.1 percent on quarter rise in its information technology services revenue this quarter.

The Indian government is expected to announce April-September fiscal deficit and September infrastructure output later in the day.

The MSCI’s broadest index of Asia Pacific shares outside Japan was down 0.9 percent by 0309 GMT, and South Korea’s Kospi was trading 0.4 percent lower while Japan’s Nikkei rose 0.5 percent.

The Nifty India stock futures traded in Singapore SINc2 were trading marginally higher, pointing to a flat opening for the Indian market.

On Friday, the main 30-share BSE index ended up nearly 3 percent to 17,804.80 points bolstered by gains in financials.


* Bharat Electronics after it posted a 20 percent rise in September quarter net profit.

* Redington (India) after the technology products distributor’s July-September net jumped 24.3 percent.

* BGR Energy Systems after the company said it received a notice from the Central Excise Department claiming additional service tax.

* Tata Global Beverages after the company’s September-quarter net profit grew 49 percent.

FACTORS TO WATCH * Indian rupee report * Indian bond report * Dollar hits 3-month high on yen as Tokyo steps in * Oil prices slip; G20 meeting eyed * Dollar spikes vs yen, Asian shares fall * Wall St, finishing flat, posts 4 weeks of gains * For closing rates of Indian ADRs (Reporting by Prashant Mehra and Kaustubh Kulkarni; Editing by Aradhana Aravindan)

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Wipro Q2 profit beats forecast at Rs 1301 crore; sees IT revenue rising up to 4.1%

October 31st, 2011

Wipro Ltd , country’s No. 3 software services exporter, on Monday posted a 1 per cent rise in quarterly profit, beating street estimates, helped by a weaker rupee and rise in spending on outsourcing by overseas clients.

Bangalore-based Wipro forecast third-quarter revenue of $ 1.50 billion to $ 1.53 billion from its IT services unit, which accounts for three-quarters of its total revenue, a rise of 2 percent to 4.1 percent from the second quarter.

Country’s showpiece $76 billion industry gets more than 90 per cent of its revenue from providing technology services to overseas clients and counts the United States and Europe as its biggest markets.

Europe is the second largest market for the software firms, and the euro zone debt crisis is a worry for the sector that has been looking to increase its sales to the region to hedge against their excessive exposure to the United States.

“Macroeconomic sentiments continue to remain uncertain,” Wipro’s billionaire Chairman Azim Premji said in a statement. “(But) we have seen growth momentum build up in our IT business with healthy volume growth.”

Wipro , also listed on the New York Stock Exchange, has been lagging its bigger rivals in earnings growth in recent quarters that led to a reorganisation of its key IT outsourcing business earlier this year.

As part of the restructuring, the company removed the joint chiefs of the IT business and named company veteran T.K. Kurien as the new chief executive.

Outsourcing services firms including Wipro are also facing fierce competition from bigger global rivals including IBM and Accenture .

Wipro, which develops software applications, integrates IT systems and manages call centres, said net profit in the quarter rose to Rs 1301 crore ($267 million) under international accounting standards from Rs 1285 crore, a year ago.

Total revenue rose 18 per cent to Rs 9094 crore, as the company added 44 new clients in its IT services business.

This compares with a media poll forecast of Rs 1276 crore on net sales of Rs 8928 crore for the company, which counts Citigroup , Cisco and Credit Suisse among its clients. Top software exporter Tata Consultancy Services Ltd posted a slightly lower-than-expected rise in quarterly profit earlier this month, while No. 2 Infosys met street forecasts in its earnings.

The top two outsourcing companies, however, sounded caution about the business outlook in the near-term due to the global economic uncertainty.

Wipro’s shares, valued at about $18.30 billion, have fallen nearly 24 per cent this year, compared with a 16 per cent drop in the sector index and a 12.6 per cent fall in the Mumbai index


FICO and Infoglide Software Link to Strengthen Fraud Investigations

October 31st, 2011

FICO, a provider of analytics and decision management technology, has announced it is enhancing its risk management and fraud detection applications by incorporating Infoglide’s Identity Resolution Engine (IRE) software.

In a release, the Company noted details of IRE:

Infoglide IRE will serve as the identity resolution engine and link analysis solution across FICO’s suite of fraud detection and risk management products, which include the FICO Falcon Fraud Manager for credit grantors and FICO Insurance Fraud Manager.

Now, fraud investigators can identify customers with greater precision, and use link analysis to find connections between transactions, people, third parties and discrete fraud events that can reveal previously hidden fraud schemes. The combined capabilities expand the view of the fraud investigator and enable the identification of more complicated fraud patterns, criminal fraud rings, and networks of collusive participants that might otherwise appear disconnected from a fraud problem.

The Infoglide Identity Resolution Engine combines an identity resolution capability that resolves common variations in spellings, nicknames, and other personal identification elements, with a linking engine that weighs the relevance of multiple identity elements in order to determine the likelihood that individuals and events are related. A key differentiator for the Infoglide technology is the ability to analyze data in situ, without normalizing it and without requiring that it be moved into any proprietary database. This capability leaves the full power of the source data intact, strengthening the information of the resulting analysis. As relationships exposed through the analysis can be quite complicated, Infoglide IRE also provides a browser-based user- interface that allows the fraud investigator to visualize and understand the nature of the relationships between individual actors and fraud events.

“Useful case management tools being added by fraud management technology vendors go beyond process and productivity enhancements to enable better investigation,” said Rodney Nelsestuen, senior research director at TowerGroup, a Corporate Executive Board company. “Leading vendors are also able to incorporate data from any source, including a variety and growing number of social networks in real time, without having to go through lengthy and costly ETL processes. This ability to investigate at the front end of a fraud event can make an impact on reducing losses and establishing insight for fraud prevention.”

FICO said it will focus on integrating these capabilities with FICO Falcon Fraud Manager and FICO Insurance Fraud Manager, in order to enable the many users of these solutions to drive more effective fraud investigations and prevent the most complex fraud schemes, often involving multiple individuals and organizations.

“Fraud is becoming increasingly complex, with collusive networks and sophisticated fraud rings harming both credit grantors and their customers,” said Doug Clare, VP for fraud management solutions at FICO. “Infoglide IRE software provides a unique combination of capabilities, identity resolution, complicated linking algorithms, and data visualization that complement FICO’s high-performance detection analytics.”

“FICO solutions make an enormous difference in minimizing the cost of fraud across the banking and insurance industries,” said Douglas Wood, senior VP for sales at Infoglide. “Combining Infoglide innovations with FICO fraud detection analytics brings powerful, new capabilities to users who are already preventing millions of dollars in losses every day.”

Infoglide supplies identity resolution and entity analytics solutions to government and commercial markets. Infoglide’s flagship product, Identity Resolution Engine (IRE), searches disparate databases to discover possible matches and non-obvious relationships between people, places, and things.


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