Scrum master makes a scrum team stringer and effective

Scrum if described stands for software which is needed to make the development process in the area of project management. Ikujiro Nonaka and Hirotaka Takeuchi is said to have initiated it in the year 1986. It is one which makes the product much better since it involves every single person in the organization is included in the manufacturing of the product. Persons in the product development team know what is to be done so that they engage them in the project management. The plan is made in such a way that it becomes easy to produce the best and quality product. The division in the production system is made in such a way that each single group has separate things to do. In this way the production system is improved.


The strong and powerful team:

Each team consists of a team leader and he has to control the team making sure that each labor is performing with the best of their ability. The team with the Safe 4.0 Adavanced Scrum Master Course in Toronto knows what is to be done. Similarly the production team has such groups who have the thorough knowledge and makes premium quality products which again have to pass through the quality control before it is set out for the market. This way the software includes the traditional method which is developed and mingled with the new software to increase the rate of production. The Scrum technology is effective in making flawless products and even if there is a problem it is taken care by the team leaders and the supervisors.

The company looks forward to the team and as the rate of production is high and its does not keep any backlog they make they come up with a great profit margin. This also makes the stake holders happy since they can also earn quite a good margin. This opens avenue where other investors become interested in pumping their money for the company which is a good sign and it earns fame and greater profit margin for the company.

How does it affect the policy of the company?

When the company sees the increase in the rate of production start to change the marketing policy of the company, which enables them to make way for a much better profit margin, and gives the chance to become a mighty industry of the country and also well known all over the world. The Safe 4.0 Adavanced Scrum Master Course in all ways makes the team more equipped and they form a chain which is linked with one another. Each and every segment interrelated and they all work together in bring a better prosperity for the company. One very important thing is the transparency which is maintained in the process of the production of the products. Each one of the labors feels important since they know that the next segment depends on them as they are dependent on others and this works fine with a hassle free production giving the company the hike in revenue generation.

Paytm Says It Has Crossed 200 Million Users, Added 700,000 Wallets in a Day

Spurred on by demonetisation and a move towards a “less-cash” India, mobile wallets have been some of the companies that have witnessed a boom in the last few months. On Monday, Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma tweeted that the company has crossed a major milestone – 200 million wallets. It claimed to have crossed the 100-million mark in August 2015, a year after the wallet launched.

Paytm Says It Has Crossed 200 Million Users, Added 700,000 Wallets in a Day

In a blog post, the company noted that it started 2016 with 122 million users – over the course of the entire year, it grew to 177 million, or about 55 million users. In the last two months, it’s added the remaining 23 million, which shows just how much of a boost demonetisation gave to Paytm.

In the tweet, Sharma mentions that the company has a milestone of 500 million by 2020; that’s an additional 300 million users in three years, which should be possible if the company continues to add users at the same rate. However, there are some challenges to this – for one thing, according to Statista, the total number of smartphone users in India in 2020 will be 444 million – and many of these new users will be in rural India with low-end devices. Capturing this market will not be easy, and of course, it’s unlikely that a single company will serve all the users in the market.

 Interestingly, the tweet revealed a few more details about Paytm. Among other things, it points out the number of new wallets (in million) as 0.7. Sharma tweeted that this is the number of wallets added in a single day – going by that, the target of 500 million seems even more likely, but once again, the external factors of demonetisation are playing a big part in spurring Paytm’s growth.

Another detail revealed in the tweet is the total number of cash in wallets Rs. 899.11 crores. The total number of wallets with money or a saved card is 106.8 million. Based on this, you can see that the average wallet balance is just Rs. 84. Since some people are keeping larger amounts in their wallets (for Uber’s minimum balance, or day to day spending), from this you can infer that most people are using the wallet simply as a processor, topping it up with a saved card whenever they need to make a spend, instead of keeping money in the wallet. What this will mean for Paytm, once the cash situation normalises in India, will be interesting to see.

Reliance Jio Said to Be Testing 1Gbps Fibre-to-Home Broadband

Reliance Jio Said to Be Testing 1Gbps Fibre-to-Home Broadband

Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) chairman Mukesh Ambani unveiled Jio’s wireless 4G tariff plans at the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting last week, and announced widespread availability starting Monday. But while outlining these plans, Ambani also mentioned that the company was bringing a fibre to the home (FTTH) wired network service called Reliance Jio GigaFiber to select cites in India. He said that the Reliance Jio FTTH network will offer network speeds of up to 1Gbps to subscribers. Now CTO of Hipcask, Arjun Hemrajani has hinted on social media that Reliance Jio has already started testing its FTTH network in some parts of Pune and Mumbai.

Hemrajani claimed that he received the 100Mbps connection just a few days ago with a free 3-month trial. He also tweeted the speed test results, and they show download as well as upload speeds of more than 90Mbps. He also shared speed test results from Pune, indicating that FTTH tests were being conducted in Pune as well, with speeds up to 1Gbps, with a screenshot pointing to download speeds of 743.28Mbps.In his AGM speech, Ambani had claimed that it aims to expand its fibre connectivity to top 100 cities in India. This wired line broadband network will extend to residential spaces as well as enterprises. He noted that the multi-gigabyte connectivity will be at par with what is offered in other parts of the world.

The Reliance Jio GigaFiber FTTH service is said to still be in testing stages, and users can cannot go and subscribe even if they live in Mumbai or Pune. It will be interesting to see how Reliance Jio places its tariff plans for its fibre network. The FTTH network is expected to launch sometime next year, so still there is a long wait for such fast connections. However, whenever Jio decides to launch its FTTH, it will also look to disrupt the segment in the same way as its wireless network is doing currently.

The Reliance Jio 4G SIM cards are now available at retail outlets across India. After a prolonged trial where only select users had access to the Jio network, starting Monday, the services are free to use for all until December 31.

WhatsApp Shaves Off a Little More Privacy

WhatsApp on Thursday announced an update to its terms and privacy policy — the first in four years.

Among other things, the changes will affect the ways users can communicate with businesses while continuing to avoid third-party banner ads or spam messages, according to the company.

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However, WhatsApp will begin to share some personal details about its 1 billion users — such as phone numbers and other data — with Facebook, its parent company. The information sharing will permit better tracking of basic metrics, allowing Facebook to offer better friend suggestions, for example — and of course, to show more relevant ads.

Connected Network

The increased connectivity and information sharing might not be apparent to WhatsApp users initially. Further, neither WhatsApp nor Facebook actually will read any messages, which are encrypted. Phone numbers and other personal data won’t be shared with advertisers.

Despite those limitations, the fact that WhatsApp will share any relevant information with Facebook has raised some flags.

“This announcement should be very concerning to WhatsApp users, who have been promised many times by both WhatsApp and Facebook that their privacy will be respected and protected,” said Claire T. Gartland, consumer protection counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center.

“That is why many individuals use WhatsApp in the first place,” she told the E-Commerce Times.

“WhatsApp may claim otherwise, but this is really the beginning of the end of privacy through that service,” warned Jim Purtilo, associate professor in the computer science department at the University of Maryland.

“We’ve seen this cycle before. Web users visiting sites with a browser once had some sense of privacy, but it didn’t take servers long to figure out how to share traffic data with one another and piece together profiles of each user,” he told the E-Commerce Times.

“Today, any time you visit a site which offers a Facebook login or an AddThis tag, you also transmit a trace of your activity to big corporations to analyze and use,” Purtilo added. “Just browsing is enough — traffic analysis lets companies fill in the blanks, and this paints a pretty rich picture of you. You’d be pretty naive to think they go to this trouble for your benefit.”

End of Privacy

The warnings over privacy concerns actually go back to 2014 when Facebook first acquired WhatsApp for approximately US$19.3 billion.

“Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Consumer Protection Bureau, sent a letter to the companies during Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp warning the companies that the privacy promises made to WhatsApp users must be respected,” recalled EPIC’s Gartland.

“WhatsApp’s blog describes two different means of opting out of the proposed new sharing,” she noted, “and neither of these options appear consistent with Rich’s letter, which requires Facebook to get users’ affirmative consent before changing the way they use data collected via WhatsApp.”

Moreover, it does not appear as if WhatsApp even plans to secure what could be considered “meaningful, informed opt-in consent from its users to begin sharing this information with Facebook,” Gartland suggested.

Opt-Out Process

Users will be able to opt out, according to WhatsApp, but it likely will require reading the fine print — something few users actually do.

“WhatsApp says in a FAQ that existing users can opt out of sharing account information with Facebook for use by Facebook to improve the user’s ‘Facebook ads and predicts experiences’ in two ways,” said Karl Hochkammer, leader of the Honigman Law Firm’s information and technology transactions practice group.

“One way to opt out is to click the ‘read’ hyperlink before accepting the new terms of service and privacy policy, scroll to the bottom of the screen, and uncheck the box,” he told the E-Commerce Times.

“This is set up to make the default rule an opt-in, with the option of opting out, so if someone agrees to the new terms and privacy policy without opting out, WhatsApp is also saying that a user has 30 days to make this decision by changing the user account’s settings,” Hochkammer explained. “Even if someone opts out, the information will still be shared with Facebook, but it won’t be used in connection with the user’s Facebook account.”

This method of opting out, in essence, could result in a user’s private information still being shared with Facebook.

“All WhatsApp has effectively said is that they are ready to apply the same analysis techniques to messaging as had previously been done for Web browsing,” remarked Purtilo.

“Privacy goes out the window at that point, even if bit by bit,” he added. “You can’t monetize such services without knowing how to tailor your advertising, and the only way to tailor it is by opening up the traffic and content for analysis, so that big corporations will have an even richer picture of you.”

Will Users Care?

It could be that WhatsApp can’t afford to disregard the wishes of an installed base of more than 1 billion users, but it’s questionable whether many of those users actually care about the new policies.

“On one level, this was probably inevitable. Facebook is a public company that faces investor scrutiny to make a profit,” observed Greg Sterling, vice president of strategy and insight at the Local Search Association.

“It is the logic of the market, and thus was unlikely that WhatsApp could continue with the small subscription model,” he told the E-Commerce Times. “It simply has too large a user base for Facebook to ignore from the advertiser point of view.”

Though there may be a loud and vocal minority that objects, most users will accept the changes.

“Look at the many changes that Facebook has made over the years,” said Sterling.

“That hasn’t had a detrimental impact on the company, even as many of its users are distrustful of Facebook,” he pointed out.

WhatsApp “is probably betting that users who would never try their service under these terms are now sufficiently dependent that they give up their data rather than invest the effort to find alternate products,” said Purtilo, “and we’ve seen that before as well. This is how privacy dies, bit by bit.”

A typical review on sales and discounts offered by online shopping

 

Our retail shopping experience has now been taken up by online stores, whether it is clothes, furniture, electronic devices or whatever, we first check the price and details of a thing on an online store and than decide if it is to be bought online or offline. With online shopping’s increased trend in the past years people have become more aware of things that they are being offered.

There is immense competition in the e-retail market and each and every company within its own limits, is trying its best to attract customers by giving various discounts and deals. If you would just search for a product on Google, you will find 2-3 ads redirecting to online sites while many other names of online shopping sites in the list. But are all of the sites legit? Do these discounts have a meaning? Lets talk about it more deeply.

 

My say on the big sales and discounts

According to me, what I concluded from the e-retails firms’ big Deewali/Christmas/New year sales, is that the company lowers price to such an extent where people think its really a hefty discount and they buy the product. But what you as customers do not understand is that the company is letting its old stock out in the name of a big discounted sale, old stuff that wasn’t sold is now being purchased by you. Besides this aspect, we personally think that these online sales somehow somewhere prove bad to one or more of us. Consider this, my neighbor ordered a mobile phone in a sale and instead of the phone he got a soap bar in the box, though after many calls and talks the company made a refund but imagine all the effort he had to do in order to get his money back. Jabong offers are the best ones.

Offers and deals are good of course but only if you avail them from good and reputed websites, i personally follow a rule, i.e. Not to make a big purchase from a new company, you buy a small thing m, use it and if it turns out to be good you can order for other things. You can go for myntra coupons code to avail discount.

 

Things revealed about online sales and discounts in the past

During the past two years many companies came with big sales 2-3 days online discount sales that created a lot of buzz and generated great revenues for these companies. But there were some revelations about these sales too, reports said that companies increased the price of a product on the day of sale and than sold it at its usual selling price, but customers being unaware of these thought that the products were on heavy discounts and lots of products were sold.

If you ask me personally, i am not a fan of big sales and discounts as they are mostly fooling us in some or the other way. But yes legit companies offering nominal discounts our what i give my attention to, as there are less chances of receiving fake products. I make online purchases from fashion related e-stores more than anything else offers from CouponDekho is the most reliable than anything in this particular industry.

Next time you shop online make sure you get the thing at the right price, not at any spinned price by a company.

Microsoft Reportedly Meets With Private Equity Over Yahoo Deal

Microsoft Reportedly Meets With Private Equity Over Yahoo Deal

Microsoft Corp executives are in early talks with potential Yahoo Inc investors about contributing to financing to buy the troubled Internet company, a person familiar with the situation said.

The talks are preliminary, the person added, and Microsoft is focused on preserving the relationship between the two companies. Microsoft and Yahoo have longstanding search and advertising agreements.

Private equity firms interested in Yahoo approached Microsoft, the person added. Microsoft declined to comment.

Yahoo is auctioning its core Internet business, which includes search, mail and news sites. The faded Internet pioneer has been struggling to keep up with Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc in the battle for online advertisers.

Verizon’s Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo said in December that the US wireless carrier could look at buying Yahoo’s core business if it was a good fit.

Activist hedge fund Starboard Value LP moved on Thursday to overthrow the entire board of Yahoo, including Chief Executive Marissa Mayer, who has struggled to turn the company around in her nearly four years at the helm.

Microsoft’s interest in Yahoo comes nearly a decade after another approach. In 2008, then-CEO Steve Ballmer tried unsuccessfully to buy Yahoo for about $45 billion.

Website Re/code previously reported meetings between Microsoft and investors.

Super Mario Bros. 30th Anniversary Google Easter Egg

Google tends to throw in Easter eggs that tie-in to real life events such as decking up the logo on its home page for the Olympics. Monday however, the Mountain View-based company decided to pay homage to the Super Mario Bros. to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the classic video game.

Searching for ‘Super Mario Bros’, ‘Super Mario’, or even ‘Mario Bros’ results in a block with a question mark shown off on the search screen. Depending on the device you’re on, if you click or tap it, it will result in hearing the classic ‘ding’ sound when you collect a coin in the game. Regardless of how often you click, it will be the only sound you hear so old-timers looking for power-ups will have to make do with playing the game instead.

(Also see: Top 5 Mario Games Everyone Should Play)

The character had earlier made an appearance in the Nintendo arcade game “Donkey Kong”, but under the name Jumpman. With his distinctive uniform and moustache, the hyperactive little plumber is instantly recognisable, a rare quality in the games market.

To mark the three-decade milestone, Nintendo last Thursday released in Japan “Super Mario Maker” on the Wii U console. This allows players to create their own worlds for Mario, or use those created by other players and shared through the Internet. In the run up to which, series creator, Shigeru Miyamoto featured in a video that answered a host of fan theories including if the revered classic, Super Mario Bros. 3 was a play, and the origins of the video game hero’s name.

Tamil Nadu Government to Implement ‘BharatNet’ Project

Tamil Nadu government on Monday said it will provide internet services, including IPTV, through the state-run cable TV operator TACTV and implement the Centre’s broadband project “BharatNet” linking more than 12,500 rural local bodies in the state at an investment of Rs 3,000 crore.

Making a suo motu statement in the Assembly, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said the Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation (TACTV) has received Internet Service Provider Licence (ISP) from the Union IT Ministry and signed a pact with Indian RailTel for providing high-speed broadband Internet services.

Already, 552 cable operators had been roped in and services were being provided to the people and the ISP Licence will be used to take internet across every household in the state, she added.

“Further, I am happy to announce that Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) services will also be provided along with high-speed broadband and other internet services,” she said. As regards Bharatnet, the Chief Minister said she had been insisting that it should be implement through the state government and this had been accepted by the Centre.

Accordingly, 12,524 rural local bodies will be connected through Optical Fibre at an investment of Rs 3,000 crore with Central Assistance and a Tamil Nadu FibreNet Corporation will be created for this purpose, she added. In another statement, Jayalalithaa said specially designed wheelchairs would be provided to 960 differently-abled persons with spine problems at an estimated cost of Rs 1.92 crore.

She said the foldable wheelchairs supplied already were not comfortable to those with spine problems

3D Liver Cell Replicas to Fast-Track Personalised Medicine

Scientists have created a device with a series of three dimensional cells within it that mimic the activities of a liver, thereby opening up its potential use in drug testing and personalised medicine.

The chip-based model produces a faithful mimic of the in vivo liver inside a scalable fluid-handling device, the study said.

The technique used a process called photopatterning to produce defined 3D constructs in a microfluidic system.

“The first time we attempted to perform the in situ photopatterning — it just worked,” said one of the study authors Aleksander Skardal from Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine in North Carolina, US.

“Science is not always that easy, so we knew we might be onto something,” Skardal noted.

They created a device architecture within which were a series of 3D liver cell constructs enclosed in a biopolymer that closely mimics the extra-cellular matrix (ECM) which the body uses to support cells in the liver.

Surrounding the printed cells with this ECM makes this model a more realistic model of the cells in vivo, the study said.

The researchers are now working to reduce the size of the 3D construct device.

This would open potential usage in drug testing and personalised medicine, the researchers said.

“Imagine being able to put, for example, tumour cells from a patient on a chip and test different drug cocktails on them” the study pointed out.

“You could determine the effectiveness and side effects of different treatments on an individual basis without endangering the patient,” the study authors said.

The results were published in the journal Biofabrication.

Major Twitter investor says enough is enough. Hire a new CEO!

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey has been running the company as interim CEO.James Martin/CNET

Twitter’s biggest investor has unleashed another tweetnado on the company.

On Friday, Chris Sacca fired off the latest in a series of tweetscriticizing the social network’s board for dragging its feet as the company nears three months without a permanent CEO.

In the barrage of tweets, the venture capitalist again threw his weight behind co-founder Jack Dorsey, who has run the San Francisco company on an interim basis since Dick Costolo resigned earlier this year amid struggling growth.

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“They are running a ‘process’ yet there is only one person fit to run this company: @Jack,” Sacca tweeted, using Dorsey’s Twitter handle. “Enough is enough.”

Twitter didn’t respond to a phone call and email seeking comment.

Sacca’s comments come as pressure mounts on Twitter’s board amid weakening financial performance and stalled user growth. Last year, a vocal group of investors publicly criticized Twitter executives for not finding new ways to attract users and make money from their traffic. The company has also lost high-ranking employees in the wake of the management shuffle, which started in June.

Friday’s tweetstorm isn’t the first time Sacca, who was Twitter’s largest shareholder at the time of its initial public offering in 2013, has used the medium to make his opinion clear. Sacca endorsed Dorsey in a series of tweets on August 7.

In May, Sacca wrote an 8,500-word open letter to Twitterurging it to make the product easier to use. He posted it on his blog.

The management turmoil has taken its toll on the social network’s stock price, which has hovered near $26 — its 2013 IPO price — since mid-August. The stock hit a high of more than $70 in December 2013. It dropped below $60 in February 2014 and hasn’t been as high since.

On Friday, Twitter’s stock fell to more than 1 percent closing at $27.39.

In his barrage, Sacca blamed Twitter’s falling stock price on the board’s inaction.

Sacca said Wall Street expects the company to name Dorsey as CEO, a position he held when the company was founded in 2006. Dorsey, who is also CEO of mobile payments company Square, is the “heart and soul of Twitter,” Sacca said.

Sacca dismissed concerns that Dorsey had too many responsibilities at Square to run Twitter.

“The market knows that (Dorsey) has such strong teams at both (Square) and (Twitter) that he can run both companies,” he said. “This is settled.”