Xiaomi banned from selling, importing phones in India: Report

Xiaomi banned from selling, importing phones in India: Report
NEW DELHI: Delhi high court has put paid to Xiaomi’s surging sales juggernaut in India. At least for now.

Hearing a case filed by Ericsson India against Xiaomi, the court on Monday passed an ex parte order forbidding the popular Chinese manufacturer from importing and selling its smartphones in India, according to a report by Spicy IP.

Though TOI Tech is yet to read the judgement, it has been reported that the ex parte order has injuncted Xiaomi from selling, advertising, manufacturing or importing devices that infringe the SEPs (Standard, Essential Patents) in question. It is not clear if the order will impact all Xiaomi devices sold in India or specifica devices that violate the patents.

In fact, the judge also directed the customs officials to stop the imports under the IPR Rules, 2007. Moreover, local commissioners too have been appointed to visit Xiaomi India offices to ensure the implementation of the order.

The adverse order in the case seems to have come about after Xiaomi allegedly ignored Ericsson’s repeated communications.

As per the report, the patents in the Xiaomi case may also be the same ones which are the subject matters of litigation Ericsson had put up against Micromax, Gionee and Intex.

It’s worth pointing out that Delhi High Court had earlier asked homegrown handset maker Micromax to pay a royalty that amounts up to 1% of the selling price of its devices to Ericsson for using the Swedish equipment maker’s patents on technologies that are essential to manufacture the products.

Speaking to TOI Tech, Xiaomi India head Manu Jain informed that the company hasn’t officially received any communication from the court or Ericsson. He said that India was an important market for Xiaomi and that the company’s legal team was evaluating the situation based on reports in the media. Jain added that Xiaomi intends to be in full compliance of all laws and is open to working with Ericsson to settle the dispute.

Xiaomi had launched its India operations in July 2014 and the country is the second largest market for the company and also the fastest growing one, as per Xiaomi Global VP Hugo Barra. The company had sold more than half a million smartphones till October. It sells phones exclusively through online marketplace Flipkart via weekly flash sales in limited numbers. The company has been panned for creating hype and artificial scarcity with claims to go out of stock in a few seconds. It stopped selling its flagship smartphone, Mi 3, after just one month of introducing it selling a 120,000 units.

Xiaomi sells one phone model at a time and is currently offering the Redmi Note phablet. Its premium smartphone, Mi 4, is expected to launch in Q1 2015.

With inputs from Anupam Saxena

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The Incredible Story Of How Google Glass Helped A Blind 13-Year-Old Get His Vision Back

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Google Glass has already proven itself useful when it comes to the medical industry. Some doctors, for example, have been using Glass in the operating room to assist with surgery. Now, Google’s wearable display is being used to help a teenager losing his vision see the world around him.Michigan teenager Ben Yonnatan was diagnosed with a disorder called retinal dystrophy, which slowly deteriorates one’s vision over time.

In an interview with local Michigan news station WWMT Newschannel 3 (via 9to5Google), Yonnatan described how Google Glass has helped him expand his field of view.

It only took about four months for Yonnatan’s field of view to become heavily restricted. In fact, his field of view became so confined that it was like looking through a straw, his mother Erin Brown Conroy told WWMT.

Google Glass’ tiny screen is small enough to fit in this small window. With the device’s camera Yonnatan is actually able to see more than he normally would since Google Glass’s camera can capture a larger field of view than Yonnatan’s eyes currently can.

Doctors charted Yonnatan’s vision both with and without Google Glass, and you can see the difference is extraordinary:

“The first time I put it on, I was like, ‘Whoa, whoa whoa!'” Yonnatan said to the Michigan news channel. “I could see seven people! I took it off and I could only see one person with one eye.”

Check out the full video at WWMT-TV’s website here.

15 Things Successful People Do In Their 20s

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Your 20s are a time of major transitions.The choices you make in this critical decade lay the foundation for your career, relationships, health, and well-being.

While nothing can replace learning through firsthand experience, you can save some stress by listening to those who have already been through it.

We’ve scoured our archives and the web to find the best advice for how to make your 20s as enjoyable and productive as possible.

Here are 15 things that successful people do in their 20s:

1. They learn to manage their time.

When you’re just starting to build your career, it can be difficult to arrange your days for maximum productivity.

As Etienne Garbugli, a Montreal-based entrepreneur and author, explains in his presentation “26 Time Management Hacks I Wish I’d Known At 20,” setting deadlines for everything you’re working on and avoiding multitasking are two keys to effectively managing your time.

2. They don’t prioritize money above all else.

While there are those who spend their 20s drifting without direction, there are others who are so afraid of failure that they take a job solely because it provides a comfortable paycheck. But, says Quora user Rich Tatum, that job you’re not interested in quickly becomes a career, and by the time you’re 30, it’s a lot harder to start pursuing your passion.

The key, says author Cal Newport, is to pursue something that you’re passionate about and is valuable to employers.

3. They save.

A Bankrate survey of 1,003 people found that 69% of those ages 18-29 had no retirement savings at all. Twenty-somethings who don’t have enough foresight to recognize that one day they’re going to retire and need money to live on are missing out on years of money gained through interest.

Entrepreneur Aditya Rathnam says there’s no need to start investing too much, since you’re just starting your career, but it’s essential to take advantage of your company’s 401(k) matching program, if one is available, and/or open an IRA account.

4. They develop a debt repayment plan.

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Use cards to build credit, not rack up debt.

Seventy percent of college students graduated with an average of $30,000 in student loan debt last year, but that doesn’t mean that debt is somehow a badge of adulthood.

Debt will start to haunt you, says Quora user Thea Pilarczyk. Develop a repayment plan that lets you pay off your loans as quickly as you are able to and is within your means, and use credit cards to build credit, not pay for things you can’t afford.

5. They take care of their health.

As each year goes by, it becomes harder to start a sustained exercise regimen, and harder still to recover from a late night of drinking.

While you’re still young, says Quora user Mo Seetubtim, develop healthy habits that will set you up for the next phase of life. Enjoy your vices in moderation, eat well, and choose a workout over a happy hour now and then.

6. They’re persistent.

If you’re an ambitious 20-something who thinks that adulthood means having things figured out, then getting fired from a job, ending a serious relationship, or having your company fail can be devastating. But the truly successful are able to learn from what went wrong and move forward all the wiser.

“Getting fired and waking up the next day as usual made me realize that failure isn’t the end of the world. Getting dumped taught me the difference between a good and a bad relationship, something I already knew inside but refused to accept until the bad relationship was over,” says Carolyn Cho on Quora.

7. They don’t try to please everyone.

Your 20s are a time to start building a network that will establish a foundation for your career. If you know that, it’s a good idea to be on friendly terms with your boss, clients, and all of your coworkers. Eventually, however, you’re going to meet people you don’t like and those who don’t like you. That’s normal, and not a sign that you should change yourself, as long as everything else is going well.

“Inevitably, someone will always dislike you. I wish I had figured this out a lot earlier and stopped trying so hard and worrying so much about it,” says Cho.

8. They’re flexible.

While it’s good to set career goals that keep you focused and motivated, you should avoid getting caught up in intricate five-year plans, Joe Choi says on Quora.

Author and investor James Altucher says that one of the main problems he’s found among people in their 20s is that they get caught up in absolutes. He recommends keeping yourself flexible and open to new experiences. There’s a good chance that the ideal life you envisioned for yourself at age 20 doesn’t resemble the one that ultimately makes you happy at age 30.

9. They keep learning.

Degrees from elite universities may make you smarter and help your reputation, but they won’t count for much if you don’t keep learning as you go.

Read as much as you can about your industry, and learn to develop skills that you probably never would study in a classroom like “the abilities to assimilate, communicate, and persuade,” Tatum says.

10. They travel as much as possible.

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See as much as you can before you get tied down.

When you’re just starting out, you probably don’t have much disposable income. But just because you can’t take a week-long ski trip in Switzerland doesn’t mean you should confine yourself to the space between work and home.

Your twenties, Shikhar Argawal says on Quora, are a time when “you are mature enough to go out on your own and immature enough to learn from others.” Break out of your bubble as much as you can afford to, and don’t ignore career opportunities far from home if they arise.

11. They maintain important relationships.

“Your college pals that you think will be your best pals for life? Some will still be there at 40, most will be living their lives doing their thing,” says Sutherland Cutter on Quora. As everyone is figuring out their lives, you’ll realize that relationships take work to maintain.

It’s worth staying in touch with former coworkers and buddies, though. The 1973 study “The Strength of Weak Ties” by Mark Granovetter of Johns Hopkins University found that the weak ties you share with acquaintances are most often the connections that get you ahead, since they have access to different networks and ideas from you.

12. They let things go.

Picking fights and holding grudges will make you miserable, Tatum says, whether that’s in your personal or professional life.

You’ll realize soon enough that your hard work won’t always be recognized, either, Rahul Bhatt writes on Quora. But never let that be an excuse to be lazy or bitter.

13. They think about the impact of their decisions.

You should definitely use the time when you’re still single and without kids to take bigger risks than you otherwise would, but that isn’t a call to live recklessly.

A decision you make in a few seconds off an emotional impulse “can rob you of years of joy and happiness,” Tatum writes.

14. They understand that their parents aren’t always right.

Quora user Arpan Roy writes that as he looks back on his 20s, he’s come to see that even though he loves his parents and appreciates their advice, it wasn’t always the best for him.

As you grow older, you’ll come to see your parents less as authority figures and more as people just doing the best they can. “After all, your parents are human, and humans are not correct all the time,” Roy says.

15. They’re honest.

The deceitful manipulation of others and sucking up to superiors can only take you so far – they’re not the keys to a lasting, fruitful career.

“The truth has a way of rearing its ugly head, so the sooner you can come to integrity with yourself and the world at large, the sooner you’ll be able to get working towards what you really want, who you really want to be,” Arjuna Perkins says.

From: http://www.businessinsider.in/

Small Vs Big Company: Which is better to start a career?

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With so many options to choose from, job-seekers usually get confused while making a choice between a big brand and a small enterprise. There are a few basic criteria on which a candidate can base their decision…

Whether to opt for a big company or a small enterprise is a question that haunts almost every job-changer, especially in this era of numerous startups pitching themselves against established giants in the corporate world.

Here are some of the pros and cons of working with both. This will offer our readers a fair perspective so they can make a suitable career choice:

Big organisations

Advantages

  • Organised and professional work culture with stable jobs
  • Training and IT systems well in place and higher opportunities to go abroad, especially with MNCs
  • Brand equity can be leveraged for next job change
  • Job security and timely appraisals along with a bunch of intangible benefits

Disadvantages

  • Skill development in specific areas only, as roles are well defined with less opportunity for multiple challenging roles
  • Greater competition within the organisation and hence limited opportunity to grow faster
  • Salary hike is gradual

Small organisations

Advantages

  • Opportunity to develop multiple skills, as one is expected to work take on multiple roles
  • Higher growth opportunity and faster learning curve with first-hand experience of working with top management
  • One grows with the organization, hence, higher opportunity to earn better remuneration, added perks and profit sharing
  • More accommodating towards work flexibility options
  • More freedom to think out of the box and ample opportunities to innovate

Disadvantages 

  • Less organised work culture with the company at an evolution stage, hence, systems and processes not yet refined, leading to confusion and trouble in communication, especially for new joinees who are not yet accustomed to the corporate atmosphere
  • Employees are not able to leverage the brand equity if it does not do well in the long run

To conclude, if you are proactive, self-starter, looking to gain experience in various departments in a short span of time and ready to take risks, then small companies can provide you with the right platform. If you believe in following a planned approach for career growth and brand name is crucial for you, then large organisations would be an ideal choice.

(With inputs from Anshuman Pattanaik, assistant vice president, HR, Infinite Computer Solutions andMayank Chandra, managing partner, Antal International)

Apeksha Kaushik, TimesJobs.com Bureau

From:  http://content.timesjobs.com/

How WhatsApp lost one user???

I have one friend who is a frequent user of WhatsApp. He has a girlfriend.Recently WhatsApp developed a new feature that shows the sender if the message sent is read or not (the 2 blue ticks).So now if he doesn’t respond to the message after reading the message then his girlfriend will come to know that he is ignoring her as now she will come to know whether he has read her message in WhatsApp or not.

So he is thinking of stopping using WhatsApp.

I think there is a significant number of WhatsApp users (specifically those who are in relation) who also have thought of this.

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How to pluck an associated model’s attribute in Rails

Say there are 2 models, Teacher and Subject.Association from Teacher to Subject can be has_one or has_manyThe model Subject has an attribute subject_name. So how can you pluck all the subject_name that belongs to at least one teacher?

Ans:

1. For has_one:

Teacher.joins(:subject).pluck(:"subjects.subject_name")

1. For has_many:

Teacher.joins(:subjects).pluck(:"subjects.subject_name")

Industry goes innovative with staff referral plans; offers attractive rewards

Employers are ready to dole out big rewards to staff who help recruit the right talent because the candidates they bring make the cut more often than those who come through recruitment firms. MUMBAI | NEW DELHI: Get your friend as coworker and take your Harley-Davidson. Companies, from startups to old brick-andmortar giants, are going innovative on rewarding staff who bring potential employees from their networks. Cash rewards are still around but out of fashion, and iPads and iPhones are among the most common prizes. Internet product company Directi is urgently looking for mobile app developers for its new communication business and wants to hire 20 senior developers in two months. It launched an employee referral programme this August and the prizes include a Harley-Davidson bike and Volkswagen Polo car. Previously, it had given away iPads, and that had proved to be immensely successful in filling up urgent vacancies.SmartPlay, a technology service provider, is offering European holidays along with several other rewards to employees who help recruit fresh staff. Rewards become bigger and novel when the demand is in niche areas.

Employee referral is increasingly becoming an effective recruitment tool. Employers are ready to dole out big rewards to staff who help recruit the right talent because the candidates they bring make the cut more often than those who come through recruitment firms.

The chances of such candidates falling prey to counter offers are found to be lower too, as often the existing staff become brand ambassadors for the company to persuade them to get on board. With the economy now looking set to make a turnaround, the battle for talent has become intense. Many companies, especially in the technology and emerging sectors, are looking to recruit experienced employees in droves, and fast.

Many are turning to their own employees for help.”We got 75 resumes in one month and, despite being a regular at top tech colleges, this was the best way to get employees with experience,” said Ameya Ayachit, senior manager for talent acquisition at Directi India, which develops mass-market Web products.

The Mumbai-based firm also launched an external referral programme, wherein a candidate seeking a job with the company can refer friends and if those people get selected, then the candidate would get half the monthly salary of the selected employee as an incentive. And, the candidate himself doesn’t have to pass the interview to claim this incentive.
“We realised that those who reach the last stages, will have peer group with similar skillset and that is our target lot,” Ayachit said. Employee referrals, say companies, have a 50-60% conversion rate, and the chances of retention are higher than those employed via recruitment portals or agencies. Besides, can save on cost, while also rewarding existing staff.

Startups are at the forefront with employee referral programmes, with attractive incentives to net the young workforce. Last week, Bangalore-based taxi aggregator Ola Cabs announced it would give away the newly launched iPhone 6 and paid international holidays for those who refer mid- to senior-level candidates. The company also gives out cash payouts and Ola Money credits which give them free cab rides. Rival Taxi For Sure, launched an employee referral programme for the first time officially this May, offering cash.

It plans to also give away iPhones, gadgets and two-way air fare for domestic holidays starting next month. In fact, some of the startups, which have re- alised the necessity of employee referrals, are making their programmes more attractive. And they include SmartPlay, the company that is offering European holidays. Its fovourite reward for the past four years was iPads.

From: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/