Here’s how Amazon’s Alexa AI is helping NASA become smarter at work

June 22, 2018

Alexa can help NASA employees scan through 400,000 sub-contracts and get the requested copy of the contract from the data-set right on the desktop in a jiffy. While you are busy giving Alexa commands to play your favourite song or book an Uber, the intelligent virtual assistant from Amazon is helping the US space agency […]

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Apple files petitions in US Patent office challenging four of Qualcomm’s patents

June 22, 2018

Apple wants the US patent office to cancel four Qualcomm patents, saying they don’t cover new ideas. Apple Inc filed petitions challenging four Qualcomm Inc patents Thursday, dragging the US Patent and Trademark Office into a long-running licensing dispute that already spans the globe. The two are locked in a bitter fight over the amount of […]

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Google Engineers Said to Refuse to Build Security Tool to Win Military Contracts

June 22, 2018

HIGHLIGHTS Some software engineers in cloud division refused to work on a feature “Air gap” technology would have helped Google win military contracts The act of rebellion ricocheted around the company Earlier this year, a group of influential software engineers in Google’s cloud division surprised their superiors by refusing to work on a cutting-edge security feature. Known […]

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WhatsApp will stop working on these devices

June 20, 2018

WhatsApp has been a boon to people across the globe and it has been connecting people for almost a decade. However, the messaging app will soon stop working on a lot of smartphones. WhatsApp has been a boon to people across the globe and it has been connecting people for almost a decade. However, the […]

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UNISOC (Spreadtrum) plans to power Android smartphones with two new chipsets coming first to Micromax and Lava

June 20, 2018

UNISOC’s new chipsets bring support for dual cameras, AR/VR, face ID, face beautification and more. The new chips will power phones by Indian OEMs like Micromax and Lava and are expected to arrive in markets by August. UNISOC, formerly known as Spreadtrum Communications had kept their focus set on 4G feature phones for the past […]

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China-based campaign breached satellite, defence companies: Symantec

June 20, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO: A sophisticated hackingcampaign launched from computers in China burrowed deeply into satellite operators, defence contractors and telecommunications companies in the United States and southeast Asia, security researchers at Symantec Corp said on Tuesday. Symantec said the effort appeared to be driven by national espionage goals, such as the interception of military and civilian communications. Such interception […]

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Microsoft Was Slammed for Its Work With ICE. Now It’s Protesting Trump’s Border Separation Policy

June 19, 2018

Microsoft is adding its voice to those that have condemned the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy in recent days. On Monday, following criticism for its own contract with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Microsoft has said it is “dismayed by the forcible separation of children from their families at the border.” In its statement, Microsoft noted […]

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A million Indians testing WhatsApp payments; what ‘s the feedback like?

June 19, 2018

The Facebook-owned company hasn’t yet announced a launch date but industry watchers expect it to happen in the next few weeks. Almost one million people in India are “testing” WhatsApp’s payments service, and the company is working with the Indian government, NPCI and multiple banks to further expand the feature to more users, a company official said. […]

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PEG XL could let you pack twice as many photos into your phone

June 19, 2018

But there’s a war brewing, and JPEG XL isn’t alone. Apple and Google have their own ideas. JPEG turns 25 this year, a remarkable achievement when you think about how the latest smartphone becomes ho-hum in a matter of months. But to celebrate JPEG’s birthday, we might finally be seeing something better. That’s because the Joint […]

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South Africa’s Liberty Holdings suffers cyber attack

June 18, 2018

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African insurer Liberty Holdings said on Sunday it had become the victim of a cyber attack after an external party claimed to have seized data from the firm and demanded payment. Liberty, in which Standard Bank has a 53 percent stake, was alerted of the illegal unauthorized access to its IT […]

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