U.S. federal court overturns hacker Andrew Auernheimer’s conviction

Andrew AuernheimerA U. S. federal appeals court on Friday overturned the conviction of computer hacker Andrew Auernheimer, ruling that putting him on trial in New Jersey was improper as his alleged hacking had taken place elsewhere.

Auernheimer was convicted in 2012 for hacking into AT&T's website and stealing nearly 120,000 e-mail addresses of iPad users, including then-New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein, and give them to the website Gawker.

Amazon preparing to launch Kindle smartphone: report

Amazon Kindle phoneAfter gaining a considerable share of the global tablet market, Amazon is preparing to introduce a smartphone of its own, according to a fresh report published in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

Citing anonymous sources, the WSJ reported that Amazon recently demonstrated versions of its purported Kindle smartphone to developers in its hometown Seattle and San Francisco.

The report added that the e-commerce giant has plans to introduce the smartphone by July and start shipping it by the end of September this year.

Researcher finds Chrome bug that can allow hackers to snoop on conversations

Researcher finds Chrome bug that can allow hackers to snoop on conversationsAn Israel-based researcher claimed to have uncovered a security hole/ vulnerability in Google Chrome web browser that can reportedly allow an attacker to snoop on the targeted person's conversations.

Guy Aharonovsky said that the security hole could allow a hacker to listen in on someone, even if the targeted person turns access to their microphone in the Chrome settings off. He added that he discovered the hole in Chrome while experimenting with a voice recognition feature of the browser.

Symphony Teleca to acquire Bangalore-based Aditi Tech

Symphony Teleca to acquire Bangalore-based Aditi TechAmerican technology firm Symphony Teleca Corporation (STC) has confirmed that it will acquire Bangalore-based Aditi Technologies, which will keep on operating as a new unit of STC with no changes in leadership.

STC will use Aditi Tech's design and cloud expertise as a strategic growth lever to complement its engineering, mobile as well as analytics abilities. The American firm said the acquisition was aimed at developing its capabilities to deliver Systems of Engagement (SOE).

Toyota to introduce new series of fuel-efficient engines

Toyota to introduce new series of fuel-efficient engines Japan-based Toyota Motor Corp. has announced its plans to introduce a new series of fuel-efficient engines that will cut fuel costs for vehicle owners and help manufacturers meet tighter emissions regulations.

Toyota said it would introduce a total of 14 engine models in the new series fuel-efficient engines over the next couple of years.  The new series start off with 1.0 and 1.3 litre gasoline engines.

Tata Motors’ shares jump on strong JLR sales

Tata Motors’ shares jump on strong JLR salesStock in Tata Motors gained 0.64 per cent to Rs 433.50 a share in early morning trade on Friday on the Bombay Stock Exchange, after the company's UK-based luxury car arm Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) reported strong Q1 sales.

JLR on Thursday announced that its sales jumped 8 per cent to 124,776 units in March quarter of 2014 over the same quarter of the previous year. JLR sales rose 3% to 55,183 units in March 2014 over March 2013.

In the month of March alone, JLR sales jumped 3 per cent year-on-year to 55,183 vehicles.

India’s GJEPC signs MoU with Russian diamond producer Alrosa

GJEPCIndia's Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Russian diamond mining firm Alrosa to share information on diamond trade between the two nations.

The MoU, signed by GJEPC Chairman Vipul Shah and Alrosa President Fyodor Andreev in Moscow on Thursday, will allow the two sides to share trade as well as statistical data on the diamond trade between the two nations.

Modi can have obstacles in attracting investments if doesn’t get big mandate

Narendra ModiGujarat received huge investments during the reign of Narendra Modi because he has run the state like a CEO and not like a CM, an expert market observer said.

Hong Kong-based chief equity strategist Christopher Wood, of CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets, commended Mr. Modi for his ability and efforts to attract investments into the western state. However, he cautioned that he will have obstacles in attracting investments on the national level if he does not get a big mandate to run the country.

Aereo TV will get Chromecast support on May 29

Aereo TVAereo Inc's pretty cool streaming TV service will soon also be available through the Google Chromecast as the company has decided to update the service to include support for Google's thumb-sized media streaming device.

Aereo Founder & CEO Chet Kanojia announced yesterday that the company's cloud-based antenna & DVR technology would be Google Cast Ready on 29th of May. He made the announcement at Fast Company's Innovation Uncensored conference that took place in New York City.

Brendan Iribe defends Oculus’ acquisition by Facebook

Oculus VRBrendan Iribe, the tech inventor behind virtual reality startup Oculus VR, has defended the startup's acquisition by Facebook.

Oculus VR is well-known for its potentially revolutionary product, the Oculus Rift, which is a virtual reality system designed for videogames. Virtual reality makes the user think that he is not simply controlling an avatar in an artificial world but he is in the artificial world himself.

Airtel to offer free 3G data for Nokia X customers

Airtel to offer free 3G data for Nokia X customersIndia's leading telecom service provider, Airtel has said that it is planning to offer free 3G free 3G data data for three months with the new Nokia X.

The new Nokia X was released in the country in the previous month. The handset maker has tied up with Bharti Airtel to offer free 3G data to its customers. The telecom service provider has announced that it will offer 500MB of 3G data free for a period of 3 months with the handset.

Lenovo appoints Ranbir Kapoor as brand ambassador for smartphones

Lenovo appoints Ranbir Kapoor as brand ambassador for smartphonesChinese electronics gaint, Lenovo has said that it has appointed Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor as the brand ambassador for its new range of smartphones in the Indian market.

The actor will endorse the company's new smartphones and will he will now feature in various television and online commercials of the company in the country. The actor endorced the company's tablet computers and PCs.

India's Mars mission croses half way, says ISRO

India's Mars mission croses half way, says ISROIndiaBs spaace agency, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has said that the counry's premier mission to Mars has successfully crossed the half-way mark

It took four months for the mission to corss the half way mark on its way to the planet. The mission is expected to take about 11 months to reach Mars. ISRO announced the milestone on Wednesday in a statement in Bangalore. The agency also pointed said that the probe and five scientific instruments on board are in good health.

New report claims Apple will unveil two new iPhones this year

Apple iPhonesWashington, Apr 10 : Apple is reportedly planning to launch a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in July, followed by a 5.5-inch edition in September, a Japanese Web site EMSOne has revealed.

The revelation comes amid multiple other reports claiming the same.

Citing information from Taiwan's Industrial and Commercial Times, the site says that both models would go on sale during the fourth quarter of 2014, though the 4.7-inch will hit the market ahead of its larger cousin, Cnet reported.

Reliance wants price of $8.3 mmBtu for gas supply to fertilizer firms

Reliance IndustriesReliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has said that it is seeking a price of $8.3 per million metric British thermal unit (mmBtu) rate for gas supply to fertiliser companies.

The company had agreed to supply gas to fertiliser companies at 4.2 mmBtu rate after a meeting in the previous week even as it concluded its agreement with firms on 31 March. The company officials have indicated that another round of negotiations are expected to follow with the fertilizer firms on the matter.

Scania Commercial to double production in India

scaniaScania Commercial Vehicles India Pvt. Ltd, which is the Indian unit of the leading Swedish truck and bus maker, has indicated that it is planning to double its production in the south Asian nation.

Anders Grundströmer, senior vice-president, Scania group, and managing director for the India operations said that the company is aiming to enter the country's city bus segment next month as well as the inter-city luxury bus market that offers a high volume demand in the market. The company is aiming directly compete with Volvo Buses India and Mercedes Benz in the premium buses category in the Indian market.

Google Chromecast’s home screen getting more personalized makeover: report

Google Chromecast’s home screen getting more personalized makeover: reportGoogle Chromecast's home screen is reportedly receiving a more personalized makeover, with the addition of some more bespoke options.

A Reddit user, asjmcguire, has claimed that he noticed javascript codes for a few new options when he was poking around the source code for the Chromecast's home screen.

INS Vikrant sold to ship-breaker for Rs 63.2 crore

INS Vikrant sold to ship-breaker for Rs 63.2 croreThe INS Vikrant, India's first aircraft carrier that played a key role in the 1971 India-Pakistan war, has been sold to a ship-breaking company named IB Commercial Private Limited.

The private-sector ship-breaker bought the aircraft carrier, which was commissioned in 1961 and decommissioned in 1997, for Rs 63.2 crore.  The auction took place last week.

Earlier, there were plans of converting the huge ship into a museum, but the project was abandoned as the ship's condition was very bad.  It had got rusted and sustained notable structural damage.

Resale volume of private non-landed homes rises in March

Resale volume of private non-landed homes rises in MarchAccording to the latest figures released, the resale volume of private non-landed homes has increased by as much as 82.6 per cent during the month of March compared to the previous month in Singapore.

SA central bank not likely to intervene in currency market

SA central bank not likely to intervene in currency marketThe South African central bank has indicated that it is not looking to intervene to control the weakness in the national currency after the Rand remained low in the currency market.

Governor Gill Marcus of the Central bank of South Africa said that he expects the currency is expected to remain volatile but pointed out that the central bank is not likely to intervene. The country has a reserve of only $50 billion, which restricts the ability to boost its local currency.

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