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Windows Phone 8.1 operating system for Rs 11,999 in India

Late last month, Lava’s sub-brand XOLO had launched Win Q900s, its first smartphone to be running on the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system for Rs 11,999 in India. The company has now further expanded its range of smartphones in the country with the addition of 8X-1000. The device sports a 5 inch display and is powered by ‘HIVE’ user interface, which is built on Android operating system and offers a host of new features and enhancements.

According to the company, the UI also allows users to join in and become a part of the development team (taking a cue from Chinese smartphone sensation Xiaomi are we!). The smartphone is available for Rs 13,999 in the country.

What’s on offer?

A made in India, made for India platform, HIVE offers a number of customised UI elements that include:

Connect: A platform where technology enthusiasts can partner with the company to make HIVE better by constantly connecting, collaborating and sharing new ideas. The best ideas that are voted up by the community are then rolled out as updates.

Edge: A personalisation and digital content delivery platform for emerging artists, musicians and photographers to collaborate with the company to design exclusive themes, ringtones and wallpapers.

Fusion X: Integrated with, Fusion X enables artist recommendations based on what the user is listening to. It is also tightly integrated with YouTube, wherein users can access trending songs by their favourite artist.

In terms of controls, the conventional straight line bar slider gives way to circular controls, while ‘quick settings’ include a toggle switch that lets you alternate between dual SIM cards for calls and messages. Contacts provide a unified view of the message threads and the call logs of every contact.


Audi launches A3 compact luxury sedan

German luxury car manufacturer Audi Thursday launched first compact luxury sedan A3 with a price tage of Rs.22.95 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
“The launch of the Audi A3 Sedan, the first compact luxury sedan in India, is yet another first from Audi. In line with our customer-centric approach, we decided to launch the sedan version of the Audi A3 which is a segment up from the compact luxury hatchback,” said Joe King, head, Audi India.
The A3 is powered by two engine option 35TDI and 40TFSI. Both the options are coupled with S tronic dual clutch transmission system which delivers fuel efficiency of 20.38 km per litre.
The Audi A3 35TDI is priced at Rs.22,95,000 onwards (ex-showroom Delhi) and Audi A3 40TFSI is priced at Rs.28,95,000 (ex-showroom Delhi).
According to the company, Audi A3 Sedan has a distinctive, coupe-like design, together with the dynamic shoulder line, distinctive wider wheel arches, striking side sill and the much narrower rear lights.
It also features a 2-zone deluxe auto air conditioning with sun position sensor, new jet turbine design air vents with spot and diffuse functions. The luxury compact car offers 425 liters boot space.
The vehicle also comes with infotainment modules control features which has reduced number of buttons resulting in a clean arrangement and include navigation with 3D maps, DVD player, card readers, jukebox and Bluetooth Interface.
Audi began the year with the introduction of the most powerful Audi model from its product range – Audi RS 7 Sportback. Audi also introduced the new Audi A8L in May 2014. The company plans to expand its network to 40 dealerships by the end of 2014.

5 ways to create an impression in new job

Ability to learn

In a new job one has to show the willingness to learn the trade. “The choppy economic scenario needs executives to adapt to new styles of working. Those who manage to adopt different technological skills, are flexible in their work methods and show an enthusiasm towards learning the company’s culture get spotted by the bosses,” says Saundarya Rajesh, founder-president, AVTAR Career Creators and FLEXI Careers India.

Get involved in multiple areas

An executive who becomes part of the solution and not the problem will be noticed by his seniors and peers. Rajesh says, one must bring their past experiences on the table, offer solutions and volunteer for multiple projects. Punctuality, coping with deadline pressures and offering help to team members will earn accolades from the new employer.

Act in interest of the company

A new employee must go beyond his role. His behaviour, attitude when meeting clients or team members should be aligned with the values of the company. Nishchae Suri, partner and country head, people and change, KPMG India, says one should not just focus on just their jobs but make an effort to know more about the company.

Seniors have to adapt too

Senior executives who were working alone and are given team members need to alter their leadership skills.”The willingness to listen, understand and appreciate will help a new manager create a good impression,” says Suri. For the new head to get accepted he must build on the ideas and not be dismissive about them, because the team may still be working according to their previous leader.

Social skills are crucial

Social skills are important because the employee is in the spotlight for the first few months. “It matters how others experience you and an executive’s willingness to show an interest in his team members’ work, even if it is not linked to his role, will get approved nods from the seniors,” says Suri