February car sales Honda reports 23 fall in domestic sales

first_imgHonda City India Ltd (HCIL) reported a 22.96 percent fall in domestic car sales in Feb.2016, even as most car markers reported either a marginal rise or flat growth.The 21-year-old company said in a statement on Tuesday that it sold 13,020 units in Feb. 2016 as against 16,902 units in Feb.2015.The top-selling model was Honda City at 4,880, followed by Honda Amaze at 4,069.HCIL exported 690 cars during February 2016.The company had sold 17,135 units in Jan. 2016, 6.52 percent lower than 18,331 units it sold in Jan. 2015. It had exported 400 cars in Jan. 2016.The company’s cumulative sales for the 11-month period ended Feb. 2016 stood at 1,74,629 units, 5 percent higher than 1,66,366 units sold during the corresponding period last fiscal. Also read:Renault India reports 158% growth in domestic volumesMaruti Suzuki registers 1% decline, exports plunge 12%Mahindra sees 26% growth; Hyundai records 9% riseRoyal Enfield sales up 63% in February, exports doubleThe company has two manufacturing facilities in India, one at Alwar, Rajasthan and the other at Noida, Uttar Pradesh.HCIL will be launching the Amaze facelift on Mar. 3, 2016. The new Amaze comes with an all new dashboard derived from the BR-V SUV, yet-to-be-launched in India. In the latest avatar, the round AC vent has made way for a rectangular one.The centre of dash will get automatic climate control and 2-DIN music system. The top-spec variants will get a touchscreen entertainment system.The new model will come with a redesigned front grille with thick chrome line.last_img read more

TVs Cell Phones to Learn Sign Language

first_imgJVC´s “Snap & Gesture” TV menu (left) and Sony Ericsson´s Z555 gesture phone (right) are poised to make hand waving the new mode of electronics operation. Sony´s Z555 allows cell phone users to avoid fiddling with their phones when trying to turn off the ring of an incoming call or alarm. Instead of picking it up and searching for the silent button, users can mute the phone by waving a hand back and forth over the phone thanks to an imbedded camera. A simple hand sweep over the phone will put the device into “snooze” mode when the alarm goes off. The Z555, which features a diamond design on its black cover, will be available in select markets this spring, but the price is still to be determined.Then there´s JVC´s “Snap & Gesture” TV, which ensures that you´ll never lose the remote again. The TV, which is still in the demo stage, contains a microphone to detect clapping, a video camera to recognize finger movements, and a set of sensors that can help the system memorize customized gestures.To control the TV, a user claps their hands three times to make a menu with icons appear. The user can choose an icon by placing their fingertip on it, which is verified by an image of the user´s hand on the screen, as tracked by the camera. By hooking their finger, the user “clicks” to select an icon. On the menu screen, users can select channels, manage the set-up, and do everything a remote control can do using hand waves, claps or finger snaps.For more immediate control of common operations, such as changing the volume, users can clap a certain way. The system can also be programmed so that specific clapping patterns result in going to specific channels (for example, two claps means switch to Comedy Central). JVS does not have an expected release date for the “Snap & Gesture” TV.Via: Business Intelligence – Middle East Explore further The days of pressing tangible buttons to operate TVs and cell phones may one day be replaced by waving, clapping, and pointing. With two upcoming products, Sony Ericsson´s Z555 gesture phone and JVC´s “Snap & Gesture” TV technology, users can communicate with their gadgets using a pre-programmed “sign language.” Citation: TVs, Cell Phones to Learn ‘Sign Language’ (2008, January 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-01-tvs-cell-language.html UK plan to control online porn is watched as test case This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Woods struggles in 1st event of year

first_imgTiger Woods admitted it had been “a grind” after he labored to a 73 on Thursday in the opening round of the Phoenix Open, his first full-field tournament of the season. Ryan Palmer fired a seven-under 64 to lead the PGA Tour event at TPC Scottsdale, which is just down the road from where the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots will meet in Sunday’s NFL Super Bowl spectacle. But there was nothing spectacular about the form of former world number one Woods, who suffered a bad start and was left tied for 104th as play was suspended by darkness with Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for Jadejanine players still on the course. “Physically I am fine. Mentally I am tired from the grind of trying to piece together a round. It takes lot of energy to be able to fight back like that,” said Woods, after starting his round with two bogeys, par, then double bogey. Major champions Keegan Bradley and Bubba Watson share second place at six-under. They were joined by Daniel Berger, who was through 16 holes of round one. Former Masters winner Zach Johnson carded a five-under 66. He was in fifth with Martin Laird, Robert Streb and Ben Martin. Woods spent months recuperating from an ongoing back problem before taking part last month at the Hero World Challenge, his charity invitational event, in southern Florida. He shared last in a field of 18. Woods is playing for the first time in an official event since last year’s PGA Championship.last_img read more

The Weakest Link in Network Security

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 7 min read July 10, 2006 Your small-business network may be protected by firewalls, intrusion detection and other state-of-the-art security technologies. And yet, all it takes is one person’s carelessness, and suddenly it’s as if you have no network security at all.Let me give you an example. In March 2006, a major financial services firm with extensive network security disclosed that one of its portable computers was stolen. The laptop contained the Social Security numbers of nearly 200,000 people. How did it happen? An employee of the firm, dining in a restaurant with colleagues, had locked the laptop in the trunk of a SUV. During dinner, one of the employee’s colleagues retrieved an item from the vehicle and forgot to re-lock it. As fate would have it, there was a rash of car thefts occurring in that particular area at that particular time, and the rest is history.The moral of that story is clear: No matter how secure your network may be, it’s only as secure as its weakest link. And people–meaning you and your employees–are often the weakest link. It’s important to note that poor security puts your business, as well as your partners, at risk. As a result, many enterprises and organizations, such as credit-card companies, now specify and require minimum levels of security you must have in order to do business with them.So what can you do? Here are nine ways to minimize the risks that people can pose to the security of your company’s data:Password-protect your computers and mobile devices–particularly laptops. One basic step toward defending data is to require a password to launch Windows on a PC. It’s not bullet-proof, but it’s a start, and it’s a particularly important first defense for portable computers.Ideally, create a password that contains a mixture of characters and numbers and can’t be easily identified with the primary user of a computer. For instance, the password ‘Sam’ on a computer belonging to an employee named Sam would be easily guessed. Instead, it’s better to create a complex password mixing numerals and lower-case and capitalized letters, something that means something to you so you can remember it. Example: ‘2LgPepPz’ would be a better password for Sam, particularly if he loves large pepperoni pizzas.For the best protection, passwords should be changed every three months. Users shouldn’t share the passwords they create with anyone (administrators can still log onto a password-protected PC to perform diagnostics, system administration and other tasks).Another option is to use two-factor authentication. With a two-factor authentication system, you gain access to a computer using a password or PIN as well as an authenticator, a device (such as a smart card or USB device) that automatically changes your password every 60 seconds or so. Banks and other companies are increasingly moving toward two-factor authentication to prevent ID theft and other security risks.Don’t store passwords in unprotected areas. The more complex a password is, the easier it is to forget and you may want to record it somewhere. But don’t store your passwords in, say, a basic Word or Excel file or on a sticky note on your monitor. Instead, there are inexpensive software programs available that let you manage and secure multiple passwords.Consider laptops with biometric security. If you’re in the market for a new laptop, consider one that comes equipped with a biometric fingerprint scanner. The scanner reads fingerprints and only allows access to files on the computer to a user with an authorized fingerprint.Encrypt confidential files. Another way to protect sensitive data is to encrypt the files containing that data. Encryption scrambles data so that only an authorized user can access it. You can encrypt files using built-in tools in Windows XP Professional (but not XP Home), though some third-party applications offer more–and sometimes stronger–encryption tools.Whenever possible, don’t carry confidential data on a portable device or removable media. For maximum security, keep sensitive data off laptops, PDAs, BlackBerrys and other portable devices. As illustrated by the financial services firm example, if the device is lost or stolen, so is the sensitive data the device contains. If you must physically transport sensitive data, consider storing it only on an encypted flash-memory USB drive. Store the drive in your pocket and not in the laptop bag, so that you’ll still have it if the laptop is stolen or lost.Lock your laptop when traveling. Like bicycle locks, laptop security cables (costing $20 and up) allow you to physically secure your portable computer to a post or other stationary object. Most current laptops have a standardized security slot, into which you insert a locking device, which in turn is attached to the cable. For example, if you’re leaving a laptop in a hotel room that doesn’t have a safe, you could insert the locking device into the portable PC’s security slot, then wrap the cable around the narrow base of the bathroom sink. Portable laptop alarms are also available that emit a loud sound when your laptop is moved, which is helpful when waiting for the plane or other crowded area.Stay up to date. Keeping apprised of new tools and technologies can help you continue to bolster the security of your business’s data. For instance, new software utilities allow you to remotely erase all data on a lost or stolen smartphone just by sending a text message to the phone. And in recent months, new laptop hard drives have become available that automatically encrypt all data.Be vigilant. Above all, you and your employees must stay on guard to protect sensitive data. To help keep everyone on their toes, post signs above shared printers and fax machines, reminding users not to leave sensitive documents lying around. Place paper shredders near recycling bins or other common areas and encourage employees to use them.Create and enforce a security plan. Last, but not least: Your business should have a detailed, written security plan for employees that includes specific policies and procedures–including many (if not all) of the steps listed above. If security procedures aren’t in writing, it’s far too easy for employees to use the “I didn’t know” defense. And a security plan only works if it’s enforced and kept up-to-date.To devise a security plan, you may want to consult your trusted IT advisor. Also, your network vendor may provide online tools that can help you create a security plan. For example, Cisco Systems offers the Cisco Security Policy Builder, an online tool that can help you create a security policy tailored to your business’s specific requirements. Based on your answers to questions posed online, the tool will create a customized security policy template as a Microsoft Word file and e-mail it to you.The Alternatives? Lost Business, Lawsuits and MoreDoes all this sounds like a lot of trouble? Of course it does. But imagine what would happen to your business if all your customers’ credit-card information was stolen–simply because an employee left a laptop containing that data in an unlocked car? At a minimum, you risk angering and losing customers.Also, many small businesses, particularly those in financial and health-care services, must comply with regulations that mandate information security. One stolen laptop, and your business could be faced with heavy penalties due to non-compliance.In short, better safe than sorry. So get on the phone with your trusted IT advisor and start creating your detailed security plan today. You’ll sleep better tonight. Register Now »last_img read more

Sunwing Barcelo ACV Trafalgar Black Friday week begins

first_img Travelweek Group Monday, November 19, 2018 Posted by Sunwing, Barcelo, ACV & Trafalgar: Black Friday week begins Tags: Barceló Hotel Group, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Insight Vacations, Sunwing, Trafalgarcenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Share TORONTO — Sunwing’s Orange Friday deals kick off our annual roundup of Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions, updated daily with new promotions available this week and into next week.Sunwing opted to launch its popular Orange Friday campaign a week early, with savings available while supplies last.Here’s a look at Sunwing’s deal as well as several more Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers for 2018, from ACV, Barcelo Hotel Group, Insight and Trafalgar…SUNWINGSunwing’s Orange Friday promotion takes up to 35% off premium all-inclusive vacation packages to select top-rated resorts in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. Clients can also save on cruise packages and Florida fly, drive and stay packages. An array of included perks add value to each booking, including Kids Stay, Play and Eat FREE deals, unlimited specialty dining, discounted spa treatments and access to exclusive areas, depending on the selected resort. Featured properties include the adults-only CHIC Punta Cana on Uvero Alto Beach, the adults-only Platinum Yucatan Princess All Suites Resort and Spa in Riviera Maya, and for families, Ocean Vista Azul in Varadero.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthAIR CANADA VACATIONSAir Canada Vacations is offering up to 40% off on all destinations for new bookings made between Nov. 19 and 22 for travel from Feb. 1 to April 30, 2019. ACV also has an exclusive offer just for its trade partners: agents can earn 50% commission on CareFlex and CareFree travel protection plans when added to their booking. This equates to a value of up to $49 for every traveller booked. BARCELO HOTEL GROUPBarcelo Hotel Group’s Black Friday / Cyber Monday savings offer savings worth 30 – 57% off. Properties taking part include Occidental Costa Cancun, Occidental Tucancun, Barcelo Karmina, Barcelo Puerto Vallarta, Occidental Nuevo Vallarta, Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort, Barcelo Huatulco, Occidental at Xcaret and Occidental Punta Cana. For these resorts the booking window is Nov. 19 to Nov. 26 or 27, for late fall travel. Barcelo Maya Grand Resort is also taking part, with a Nov. 23 – 29 booking window. Sale bookings also open for Allegro Cozumel and Occidental Cozumel on Nov. 23. See barcelo.com/en-us/offers/black-week/More news:  SEVEN WONDERS OF EGYPTINSIGHT VACATIONSInsight Vacations is offering 10% off with the Early Payment Discount on any trips booked to Spain, Portugal and Morocco by Nov. 26. Pre-paid gratuities are also on the house, says Insight. “Travel Advisors can help clients take advantage of this limited-time offer by calling 1-866-747-8120 to claim the offer or submit a request online here until Nov. 26.” Past Guests will save 5% on all premium escorted journey to Spain, Portugal & Morocco and receive pre-paid gratuities complimentary for new bookings between Nov. 15 – 26, plus save 10% with the Early Payment Discount. For more information and promotion codes click here.TRAFALGARTrafalgar is offering a savings of 15% off per person on 15 of its trips to Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and Russia. The promotion runs through Nov. 26 using the promotion code PPBLACKFRIDAY18. For more information visit trafalgar.com.last_img read more