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HTC may unveil two new phones on March 1st at Mobile World Congress trade show

htcWashington, Jan 29 - HTC is likely to announce two new phones at the company's press event on March 1st at the Mobile World Congress trade show.

According to the Verge, a new image posted by Evan Blass to his Twitter account shows two new, never-before-seen HTC smartphones that have similar design traits to other recent phones from the company.

The image suggests that the new devices will have metal chassis, center-mounted front cameras, and HTC's signature front-facing BoomSound speakers.

One of the devices seems to have a fingerprint scanner below the HTC logo.

Now, post videos and host group chats on Twitter

TwitterWashington, Jan 28 : The long wait for posting group messages and videos is over for Twitter users, as the social networking website on Tuesday revealed that users can now use the features from the iOS and Android apps.

Twitter revealed the features on Tuesday which now allows users to post 30-second video clips to their account and direct messages have expanded to let a user post messages to groups of up to 20 people, creating a place for more private conversations on the site.

Snapchat introduces new feature that will allow users to 'Discover' fresh content from CNN, ESPN, others

Snapchat DiscoverWashington, Jan 28 : Snapchat has reportedly launched a new feature, Discover, that will allow users to see content from brands like ESPN, CNN, Vice and Warner Music.

According to the blog post and the video released by the company, the new feature will enable users to watch stories compiled by artists, publishers, and even Snapchat's own editorial staff, reported Tech Crunch.

The blog post said that the stories will have "full screen photos and videos, awesome long form layouts, and gorgeous advertising."

Microsoft reports 8pc revenue gain in Q2 2015

MicrosoftWashington, Jan 27 : Microsoft has released its second quarter results from fiscal year 2015, revealing an increase in the revenue by 8 percent from the same quarter last year, as it made 5.6 billion dollars in net income on 26.5 billion dollars in revenue.

However, the company's net income dropped 10 percent.

According to the Verge, Microsoft does note that it has incurred a further "243 million dollars of integration and restructuring expenses" related to the Nokia phone business purchase, which explains part of the drop.

Facebook launches 252 Kb 'Lite app' for users in developing countries

FacebookWashington, Jan 27 : In a bid to cater to people with poor internet connections in developing countries, Facebook has unveiled a dedicated 252 kilobyte app, Facebook Lite, which has been specially designed to work on 2G networks and in areas with poor connectivity.

According to The Verge, the app is based on the Snaptu version of Facebook that runs on feature phones but adds functions like, push notifications and camera integration.

The app has been launched last week on an experimental basis in just a few countries in Africa and Asia including, Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. The report added that a wider launch is "not a certainty." (ANI)

Meet the world's first `emotional robot` designed to serve people with dementia

Meet the world's first `emotional robot` designed to serve people with dementiaWellington, Jan. 26 - A new robot has recently been developed that help take care of people with dementia by recognizing their emotions.

At Nishi-Koigakubo Ninjin Home, a special elderly nursing home in western Tokyo, elderly dementia patients recently spent time with Pepper, a humanoid robot with artificial intelligence being developed by SoftBank Mobile, reported.

Said to be the world's first robot designed to serve people by recognizing their emotions, Pepper is set to retail for 198,000 yen on the consumer market in February.

Samsung to make Tizen phone in India

Samsung TizenNew Delhi: Buoyed by the market response to its Tizen OS-based smartphone in India, tech giant Samsung plans to manufacture the 'Z1' at its Noida facility soon.

The South Korean firm, which is the world's largest smartphone player, had launched the device earlier this month in India.

"The compelling proposition of an easy to use and clutter free interface (of Z1), along with premium design has met wide consumer acceptance... The Z1 will be manufactured in company's Noida plant in UP," Samsung India Vice President Marketing (Mobile and IT) Asim Warsi told PTI.

Indian tablet users may reach 40 mn in 2015

Indian tablet usersNew Delhi: Among the fastest growing tablet markets in the world, India is expected to see over 40 million users of the smart device this year, although the popularity of phablets may restrict that growth, research firm eMarketer said.

Phablets are devices with screen size in the range of 5-7 inches.

The firm estimates the number of tablet users in one of the world's largest Internet market to grow by 24.8 percent in 2015 to touch 40.4 million.

The figure includes all individuals who use a tablet at least monthly this year, whether they own their own or not, it added.

Microsoft to bring integrated Skype messenger to Windows 10

MicrosoftWashington, Jan 23 : Microsoft is integrating Skype into its Windows 10 that will allow users to chat to Skype contacts or initiate video and audio calls.

According to the Verge, the Windows upcoming version with Skype will look like Apple's iMessage service and it brings back the built-in Messaging app from Windows 8 that Microsoft had killed with the Windows 8.1 update.

All Skype conversations through the Windows 10 will be synced between PCs, tablets, and phones.

Much awaited Apple Watch to have similar battery life as Android Wear devices

Apple WatchWashington, Jan 23 : Apple's much awaited wearable device 'Apple Watch' will exhibit a similar battery life as other Android Wear devices in the market today, said a source familiar with the Watch's development.

Apple is hopeful that the watch can run for 19 hours, combining active and passive use, reported the Verge.

According to 9to5Mac's source, Apple Watch can last through two to three days in standby and low-power modes.

However, if the watch is used strictly as a timepiece and the screen is on at all times, then the battery will die out after three hours or so.

Microsoft to release Office 2016 later this year

Office 2016Washington, Jan 23 : Microsoft has reportedly announced that its next major version of Office, aptly named Office 2016, will be released later this year.

Julia White, Microsoft's Office general manager said that the tech giant's new suite will offer the same "comprehensive Office experience" that users are familiar with and will be best suited for a PC with keyboard and mouse, reported The Verge.

The report said that the upcoming Office version will include a darker theme and a Clippy-like helper.

Tech leaders optimistic about digital economy

Satya NadellaDavos : Top technology leaders, including Microsoft's Satya Nadella, Google's Eric Schmidt and Vodafone's Vittorio Colao, Thursday said they are hugely optimistic about the prospects of digital economy, while Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg cited an Indian story here at the WEF to support her optimism.

In a panel discussion on the potential for digital economy at WEF Annual Meeting, Facebook's COO said there were two brothers in a village in India where they could not go to hospitals, but they joined the technology bandwagon and their lives changed.

Whatsapp releases web client for Chrome, Android

WhatsappWashington, Jan 22 : Whatsapp will now make its way to users' desktop with the launch of a web client for Chrome and Android.

According to the Verge, WhatsApp confirmed earlier rumors, which pointed to a newly live page at web. whatsapp. com.

A company spokesman said that the primary use is still on one' phone, but there are people who spend time in front of a computer at home or at work and this will help bridge the two.

In order for the client to work, the phone will need to stay connected to the web.

Also, all user messages will still reside on the phone, the report added. (ANI)

Microsoft announces Windows 10 with Cortana, HoloLens headset

Microsoft Windows 10 with CortanaLondon, Jan 22 : Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will bring Cortana to PCs.

According to the BBC, along with the voice-controlled assistant Cortana, Windows 10 will also get a newly unveiled "holographic" headset that Microsoft said would one day project the operating system over views of the real world.

Moreover, the OS upgrade would be available free of cost for devices running Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Phone.

The report added that the offer, which is limited to the Windows 10's first year of release, may aid its adoption. (ANI)

Twitter releases new feature 'Recap' that allows users to catch up on missed tweets

Twitter RecapMelbourne, Jan 22 : Twitter has released a new feature dubbed " Recap" that allows users to catch up on Tweets missed while they were offline.

According to News. com. au, the latest feature will highlight a selection of tweets users missed when offline.

Twitter said in a statement that the feature was a way to "keep up or catch up" with fast-moving updates, "without compromising the real-time nature of Twitter".

The feature is available in Twitter's Apple app as of now. (ANI)

Automation to cause temporary replacement of jobs: Sikka

infosysDavos : As companies are moving towards automation, Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka Wednesday said there would be temporary replacement of jobs and lower IT costs.

Sikka, who was speaking as a panelist in a session on 'Inclusive Growth in the Digital Age' at the World Economic Forum here, said that the companies should move towards automation as it would be better in terms of cost.

The session focussed on issues related to automation leading to job cuts, inequality in incomes and role of education in the digital age.

"Technology makes people more productive...Their abilities are amplified with technology," Sikka, the first non-founder CEO of the over USD 8 billion IT services exporter, said.

Thinking robots may replace traffic wardens, estate agents in next 50 years

Thinking robots replace traffic wardensLondon, Jan 21 : A new study has recently revealed that sophisticated thinking robots may soon take up jobs as traffic wardens, estate agents and careers within the next 50 years.

Nearly 48 per cent of Brits fear for their job due to technological innovation, a study found, and the most likely employment for androids were as traffic wardens, estate agents and car salesmen, the Daily Star reported.

List Of 2014's 'worst passwords' revealed

worst passwordsWashington, Jan 21 : The list of 2014's worst passwords is out and occupying the top slot among the most commonly used passwords in the category is "123456".

According to Tech Crunch, SplashData's yearly list of the worst passwords on the internet (as compiled by more than 3 million leaked passwords from 2014) shows that people have a laid back attitude when it comes to securing their accounts on the internet with a strong password.

Last year's worst list of passwords revealed that more number of people were simply using "password" to log into their accounts.

Below is this year's list of 25 worst passwords:

1. 123456

2. password

3. 12345

4. 12345678

5. qwerty

HTC to launch flagship smartphone M9 alongwith its first smartwatch in March

HTC M9Washington, Jan 20 : With HTC teasing its March 1st Mobile World Congress event, media is abuzz with reports that suggest the company's next flagship smartphone may be launched in March along with its first smartwatch.

The HTC One M8 successor is indeed named M9 and features a similar design to its predecessor with gold, gray, and silver color options, reported The Verge.

It will feature a hefty 20 megapixels rear camera but that does not mean that the company is abandoning its UltraPixel concept entirely. The front-facing camera will reportedly use the larger pixels which will make for better low-light selfies.

Indian e-commerce startup Shopclues raises 100 mln dollars in series D round

ShopcluesWashington, Jan 20 : Indian e-commerce company Shopclues has raised 100 million dollars in Series D round led by Tiger Global.

According to Techcrunch, Tiger Global raised a 2.5 billion dollar fund at the end of 2014.

Other existing investors including Helion Venture Partners and Nexus Venture Partners, also participated.

Shopclues was started in 2011 when most e-commerce services in India sold merchandize to consumers using an inventory-led model.

Shopclues claimed they have 1,00,000 sellers who provide over 10 million products. (ANI)

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