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Facebook launches new feature to enhance photos by default

FacebookWashington, Dec 17 - Facebook has launched a new feature wherein the photos that people post from their phones would be enhanced by default with the app adjusting lighting, shadows and general clarity.

However, only iPhone users would be able to see the upgrade on their phones as of now. The changes that the app makes can also be removed from the photo or enhanced further.

According to the Verge, Android will soon be updated with the feature wherein the operating system's users would be able to see the default photo enhancer.

Facebook is reportedly not bringing the feature to desktop and seems interested in only improving the quality of the users' poorly shot mobile photos. (ANI)

Microsoft releases security updates for Windows, IE on Patch Tuesday

MicrosoftWashington, Dec 10 - Microsoft has released security fixes for Internet Explorer and Exchange Server in its latest series of " Patch Tuesday".

PC World reports that Microsoft has issued seven security bulletins for December, including three critical patches for Windows, Office, Exchange Server, SharePoint Server and Internet Explorer.

Wolfgang Kandek, chief technology officer for IT security firm Qualys said the first bulletins administrators needed to focus on are those that make remote code execution (RCE) possible.

The security patches released will fix the vulnerabilities in the software, thereby guarding it from attackers. (ANI)

RIL signs pact with Mexican firm for oil and gas hunt

New Delhi - Reliance Industries has signed an agreement with Mexican state-owned company, Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) for cooperation in upstream oil and gas production as well as in refining business.

As per the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) "RIL will cooperate with PEMEX for assessment of potential upstream oil and gas business opportunities in Mexico and jointly evaluate value added opportunities in international markets," a company statement said.

RIL and PEMEX will also share expertise and skills in the relevant areas of oil and gas industry, including for deep-water oil and gas exploration and production.

OnePlus One with 64GB memory launched at Rs 21,999

New Delhi - Bullish on the multi-billion dollar opportunity in the Indian smartphone segment, Chinese handset maker OnePlus on Tuesday said it expects India to become its biggest market in the next few months.

At present, China is the biggest market for OnePlus, which announced its foray into India Tuesday with the launch of its 'One' smartphone at Rs 21,999.

"In the next few months, we expect India to be our biggest market, it will overtake China," OnePlus India General Manager Vikas Agarwal said.

Microsoft launches Nokia 130 in India for Rs 1,649

New Delhi - Microsoft Devices Monday launched entry level dual-sim mobile phone 'Nokia 130', having built-in music player with up to 46 hours continuous playback on a single charge, for Rs 1,649 in India.

"The Nokia 130 is a perfect device for consumers who are looking for their first mobile phone, or for those looking for a rock-solid backup phone to use alongside their smartphone," Nokia India Sales Marketing Director Raghuvesh Sarup said in a statement.

Nokia India Sales is subsidiary of Microsoft Mobile Oy.

TCS joins US-based IT industry body

Tata Consultancy ServicesWashington : Tata Consultancy Services, India's largest infotech company, has joined the US-based Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), a leading IT services, consulting and business solutions organisation, it was announced Monday.

ITI advocates on behalf of its 60 members for global policies that advance industry leadership in technology and innovation, open access to new and emerging markets, promoting e-commerce expansion, driving sustainability and efficiency, protecting consumer choice, and enhancing the worldwide competitiveness of its member companies.

Google set to roll new update to fight most infamous pirate websites

GoogleWashington, Oct 18 - Search engine giant Google is reportedly set to roll out a new stricter update to fight against the most notorious pirate sites next week.

Google said that they have now refined the signal in ways that they expect to visibly affect the rankings of some of the most notorious sites.

It's also extending this system to demoting auto-complete predictions that return results with many Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) demoted sites.

Samsung's new 5 times faster Wi-Fi will allow HD-movie download in 3 sec flat

samsungWashington, Oct 14 - Tech giant Samsung has created a new Wi-Fi standard that is five times faster than the current technology, and can transfer 1GB in just 3 seconds.

The currently prevailing Wi-Fi technology operates within the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands, and they are capable of reaching speeds of 108 MBps. However, the Samsung's new 60 GHz WI-Fi technology can transfer data as fast as a whopping 575 MB per second.

Samsung said that it will use the new 60GHz technology in a variety of products, including audio visual and medical devices and telecommunications equipment.

The Korean giant added that the new standard will be a big part of its push into the automated smarthome market.

Apple unveils new app offering easy one-handed typing on new iPhones

Apple unveils new app offering easy one-handed typing on new iPhonesWashington, Oct 12 - Apple has introduced a new app called One Handed Keyboard that allows iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users to type with one hand making it easier to handle the bigger screens.

Now, iOS 8 allows users to type conveniently with one hand on the new iPhones, reported CNET.

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus' bigger screens make it difficult for people to type with one hand in many situations.

The newly introduced app displays the same size of keyboard iPhone users had grown accustomed to over the years.

Microsoft launches revamped MSN site ahead of next Windows OS release

MicrosoftWashington, Oct 01 - Microsoft has reportedly launched a completely redesigned MSN web portal right ahead of its scheduled Windows announcement.

New versions of its MSN apps will become available on Tuesday on its Windows and Windows Phone 8.1, reported Mashable.

The new website is built on Azure, Microsoft's cloud platform, which the company expects will increase its reliability and "agility for a cloud-first, mobile-first world."

Microsoft is scheduled to announce a new version of its Windows Operating System on Tuesday. (ANI)

Apple releases new tool to remove U2's songs

AppleLondon, Sep 16 - Apple has released a tool to delete U2's new album Songs of Innocence from the users' iTunes account six days after the company started giving away the music for free.

Some users complained about automatic download of songs from U2's album to their devices.

According to the BBC, Apple's new tool to delete offers a one-click removal button.

U2 band members earlier offered their new album 'Songs of Innocence,' for free to 500 million users of Apple's iTunes.

U2 had collaborated with Apple in the past, however, the terms of the deal for the iTunes release are not known. (ANI)

Google launches three 100$ smartphones based on Android One initiative in India

 smartphonesWashington, Sep 16 - Google has unveiled the much-awaited three new smartphones based on the Android One initiative at an event in New Delhi.

The three new handsets include, Spice Android One Dream UNO Mi-498, the Micromax Canvas A1 and the Karbonn Sparkle V, reported CNET. The three phones share similar features like, a 4.5-inch FWVGA display with a 854x480-pixel resolution, quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek processor, dual-SIM capability, 1GB RAM and 4GB of onboard storage alongside a microSD card slot for expandability along with a 5- megapixel camera on and a removable 1,700mAh battery.

Windows 9 to be laucnhed on September 30

Microsoft-Windows-9Houston - Software giant Microsoft is expected to provide a technical preview of its new Windows 9 operating system at an event in San Francisco later this month.

The event, billed as a chance to "hear about what's next for Windows and the enterprise", will be held on September 30.

The company yesterday sent out invitations for the event which experts say will talk in broad strokes about features aimed at corporate users for the next version of Windows, which people are informally calling "Windows 9".

Ford India launches refreshed Figo priced up to Rs 6.09 lakh

Ford FigoNew Delhi - Ford India on Monday launched a refreshed version of its compact car Ford Figo priced up to Rs Rs 6.09 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) ahead of the upcoming festival season.

The refreshed Ford Figo will be available at Rs 3.87 lakh to Rs 5.14 lakh for petrol variant and Rs 4.83 lakh to Rs 6.09 lakh (ex-Showroom Delhi) for the diesel option, the company said in a statement.

"With the refreshed look, we are adding even more style to the Figo, which is highly regarded as a reliable vehicle with an outstanding value-for-money proposition," Ford India Executive Director (Marketing, Sales and Service) Vinay Piparsania said.

CCI begins public scrutiny of Sun-Ranbaxy deal; seeks comments

CCI begins public scrutiny of Sun-Ranbaxy deal; seeks commentsNew Delhi - In the first-ever public scrutiny of an M&A deal in India, fair trade watchdog CCI on Thursday invited comments from all stakeholders, including general public, on finer details of USD 4-billion merger of Ranbaxy Labs into rival drugmaker Sun Pharmaceuticals.

Apple expected to develop 'biggest ever' 12.5-inch iPad next year

Apple expected to develop 'biggest ever' 12.5-inch iPad next yearWashington, Aug 27 - Apple is reportedly mulling an iPad with 12.5-inch display, which the company reportedly plans to begin manufacturing early next year.

However, it's not stated when the larger iPad will actually be released, but reports suggest development of an iPad at this size for about a year now, so it's quite possible that it's finally headed toward a launch, CNN reported.

Currently, Apple offers iPad mini and iPad Air, with 7.9 and 9.7-inch displays respectively.

Hyundai eyes new customer segments; Elite i20 launch next week

Hyundai eyes new customer segments; Elite i20 launch next weekNew Delhi - Korean car major Hyundai is looking to tap new customers in rural areas and corporate segment to increase its market share in the Indian automobile market.

The company's wholly-owned arm Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL), which will make the global launch of its all new premium hatchback Elite i20 this month, also plans to introduce a new model each year in the segment where it is not present.

Google shares fall after company misses Q1 profit estimates

GoogleWashington, Apr. 17 - Google's shares dropped nearly six percent in after-hours trading after the tech company's first-quarter profit missed analysts' expectations.

Google logged weaker-than-expected first-quarter results, as the company missed forecasts on two key search advertising metrics.

According to Fox News, shares of the company behind Gmail and Android dropped six percent in after-hours trading after reporting below-consensus figures.

Google said it earned 3.45 billion dollars, or 5.04 dollars a share, last quarter, compared with a profit of 3.35 billion dollars, or 4.97 dollars a share, a year earlier.

Sun Pharma to acquire Ranbaxy for $3.2 billion

Sun-PharmaIndia's largest drug maker by market value, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries has indicated that it is planning to buy Ranbaxy Laboratories in a deal valued at $3.2 billion in stock.

The acquisition will be the biggest by any Indian company in two years. Under the terms of the deal, Ranbaxy investors will get 0.8 share in Sun for every one share in Ranbaxy, the two pharmaceutical giants said in a statement. The deal values the shares at about 457 rupees a share, or about 24 percent higher than the 60-day average.

Tesco picks up 50% stake in Tata Group’s Trent Hypermarket

TescoBritish retail giant Tesco Plc on Friday formally announced a joint venture with the Tata Group's Trent Hypermarket Ltd, moving a step closer to become the first global retailer to enter India's lucrative multi-brand retail segment.

Tesco announced that it had picked up a 50 per cent stake in Trent Hypermarket Ltd for £85 million (Rs 850 crore).

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