Technology Sector

Apple likely to launch stylus alongside 12.9 inch display iPad

AppleWashington, Jan 20 : According to an analyst with a solid track record, Apple is likely to launch a stylus along with a larger version of the iPad with a 12.9-inch display.

KGI Securities' Ming-chi Kuo said that the stylus will be arriving in the second quarter of this year, reported the Verge.

The analyst believes the first iteration of the stylus to be relatively simple in technical terms.

He also said that the stylus will be charged with a lightning connector.

However, it cannot be said if the stylus will be compatible with other versions of the iPad . (ANI)

HTC to launch next One smartphone on 1st March

HTCWashington, Jan 17 - HTC has announced the date of launch for its next One flagship smartphone as March 1st, sending out invitations for its big event at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

According to the Verge, HTC is the first among all major Android smartphone makers to announce a date for its next launch.

However, the Taiwanese company has not disclosed further information except the launch date.

The current flagship device One M8 was launched in March last year that marked a change for the company in its retail availability.

Google smashes malvertising attack plaguing AdSense program

googleWashington, Jan 16 - Google has reportedly fixed a widespread malicious advertising attack that directed internet users to unreliable sites hawking weight loss and skin care products.

A senior malware researcher with Sucuri, a Delware-based security company, said that the malicious ads were delivered to website owners signed up with Google's AdSense program, On being displayed, the ads automatically redirected an internet surfer to bogus websites, reported PC World.

These dodgy websites were designed to resemble legitimate magazines like, Forbes and Good Housekeeping, and featured spammy offerings for anti-aging and brain-enhancing products, among others.

Google pulls plug on present form of much touted Glass

Google GlassesLondon, Jan 16 - Google has said that the company will suspend the sales of its Glass eyewear Google Glass and insisted that they were committed to launching the smart glasses as a consumer product but will suspend production in its present form.

The programme was launched in the United States in 2013 and was then launched in the UK last summer, reported BBC.

It is expected that Google will launch a complete consumer launch of the product.

Google said that it would stop taking order for Google Glass but would continue to support companies that are using Glass. (ANI)

Microsoft announces cheapest Windows Phone

Lumia 435Washington, Jan 15 : Microsoft has announced new Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 with lowered prices to increase sales of Windows Phone by reaching a wider group of potential buyers.

According to The Verge, the Lumia 435 and Lumia 532, both measuring 4 inches in size will cost less than 100 dollars before the usual taxes and subsidies.

Priced at 69 euros (a little more than 80 dollars), Lumia 435 is the cheapest Windows Phone to date and yet it runs Windows Phone 8.1 with the Lumia Denim update.

The gadget comes with a 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable storage and has a 2-megapixel camera..

Meanwhile, Lumia 532 is priced at 79 euros (94 dollars) before taxes.

Google's new update to Translate app will translate printed text, speech in 'real time'

google translate updateWashington, Jan 15 - Google is set to release an updated version of its Google Translate app this week that will make it easier and faster to translate printed text and conversations, a report said.

The first update is the introduction of a new feature called Word Lens. It will allow users to just point their camera's phone at a sign or any other text and have it translated into another language, which will appear live on the screen, reported The Verge.

Blackberry's shares drop as it denies talks with Samsung about buyout deal

blackberryWashington, Jan 15 - After Blackberry denied reports that suggested it had engaged in serious negotiations with Samsung about a possible buyout deal, its shares have dropped by 10.8 percent in post-market trading.

The company said in a statement that it had not engaged in any discussions with Samsung with respect to any possible offer to purchase BlackBerry, reported Deadline.com.

Infosys CEO Sikka meets PM, to spend USD 250m on software innovations in India

Vishal SikkaNew Delhi, Jan.15 - Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday and reportedly informed him that his company is ready to offer and spend 250 million dollars (over Rs 1,500 crore) on funding software and services innovations in India.

He also reportedly said that Infosys is keen to participate in the creation of a smart and digitally empowered India.

He was quoted by media, as saying that his discussions with the Prime Minister focused on smart cities and infrastructure.

Sikka further said Infosys would be involved in delivering a software solution for next year's Kumbh Mela.

Infosys to develop Mysore campus as 'Smart City'

Infosys Mysore CampusNew Delhi, Jan 14 : Indian multinational corporation Infosys on Wednesday announced that it would invest and develop its Mysore campus as a Smart City, adding that it would also provide its expertise in smart infrastructure planning and sustainable building technology to the Ministry of Urban Development.

"Our model ecosystem at Mysore will serve as a live, replicable example of smart city innovations that will harness all the advantages of digitization. These technologies promise to revolutionize the physical spaces we inhabit," Infosys CEO Dr Vishal Sikka said, after meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Samsung launches its first Tizen Smartphone Samsung Z1 in India

Samsung Z1New Delhi, January 14 : Samsung launched the first Tizen powered smartphone in India, Samsung Z1, today in New Delhi and has priced it at Rs.5700.

Appealing to millions of potential users in India, the Samsung Z1 offers exclusive benefits for localized entertainment apps and a simple user interface that makes mobility easier and more enjoyable, even for first-time smartphone users.

Speaking at the launch, Hyun Chil Hong President and CEO, Samsung India Electronics, said, " The smartphone market in India is rapidly evolving, with many consumers using their device as their screen of choice for content including videos, television programs and video games a well as range of apps."

GM unveils new battery powered Chevrolet Bolt

Chevrolet BoltWashington, Jan 13 : The General Motors has finally unveiled the new battery-powered Chevrolet Bolt.

According to The Verge, the car, a high-roofed hatch, promises "more than" 200 miles on a charge at a price around 30,000 dollars - not far from the market Tesla is looking to go after with its upcoming Model 3.

The car supports DC fast charging and has a 10-inch touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard.

It also includes high-tech features like the ability to use a smartphone as the key, integrated ride-sharing management, and self-parking capability, the report added. (ANI)

Twitter in negotiations to acquire Indian startup ZipDial

TwitterWashington, Jan 13 : A report has said that a new acquisition may be on the cards for Twitter as it is in negotiations to buy ZipDial, a startup founded in India that has honed in on a mobile use practice that is unique to the Indian market.

People who call numbers but hang up before the call is answered, using the action as a simple alert that comes free-of-cost, becomes the basis of other commercial actions, and analytics to track everything, reported Tech Crunch.

Sources said that the deal is likely to be priced between 30 million and 40 million dollars and may be announced as soon as this week.

Spotify tallies 15 million paying customers, 60 million active listeners

SpotifyWashington, Jan 13 : Spotify has said that over 15 million customers now pay for its premium music subscription service.

The company also said in a blog post that it now tallies 60 million active listeners which means that users are still tuning in to the free, ad-sponsored tier that artists like, Taylor Swift disapprove of, reported The Verge.

The last time Spotify revealed its user count in November, it had just crossed 12.5 million paying customers.

The latest figures show that the company has witnessed strong growth in the past months. (ANI)

Bug made Instagram's private account pictures accessible to anyone with right link

instagramWashington, Jan 13 : An investigation has found that certain photographs on Instagram's private accounts were accessible to anyone with the right link.

According to The Verge, the bug, which was closed as a result of Quartz's work, meant that photos posted to a public Instagram account would remain available even after the account was made private.

Instagram's tricky sharing settings is said to be behind the privacy glitch. (ANI)

David Cameron wants Whatsapp, Snapchat banned in Britain under new internet anti-terror laws

David CameronLondon, Jan 13 : Online messaging services like Whatsapp and Snapchat may face a ban in Britain as Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to introduce a slew of legislations that would deny terrorists a "safe space" to communicate online in the aftermath of a series of terror attacks in France.

The proposed legislation would provide a new legal framework that will authorize British intelligence agencies to crack the communications of terror suspects if there was specific intelligence of an imminent attack.

Cameron asked, "Are we going to allow a means of communications where it simply is not possible to do that?" He responded by saying: "no, we must not," reported The Guardian."

Apple trying to lure shoppers by showcasing iPad smart covers that open automatically

iPad smart coversWashington, Jan 12 : Apple is trying to lure shoppers into its Regent Street store in London by showcasing upright iPads with smart covers that open and close automatically, without any human interaction.

According to the Verge, smart covers work through magnets to keep the flap secured and to lock into various positions.

A similar idea can also be spotted in Amazon's Kindle Fire and Google's Nexus 9 covers.

However, none of that works like Apple's iPad covers.

The company also made fake iPads stacked on top of each other to attract shoppers. (ANI)

Google Translate app will soon translate speech in real time

Google Translate appWashington, Jan 12 : Nearly a month after Microsoft's Skype unveiled a program for real-time translation of speech, Google is set to release an updated version of its Google Translate app for Android.

The update will facilitate automatic recognition of speech in popular languages and will change it into text, reported The Verge.

Google had earlier said in July 2013 that the upcoming version of its translation app would be able to deliver delay-free, "near perfect" translations, something that few apps can offer currently.

Soon, foot-powered cell phone charger for world's needy

Soon, foot-powered cell phone charger for world's needyWashington, Jan 11 - A team of researchers is field-testing their foot-powered cell phone charger in rural villages of the Kingdom of Lesotho, a small country surrounded entirely by South Africa.

Samuel Crisanti from Case Western Reserve University said that a lot of people have cell phones but no way to charge them and in the country, 40 to 50 percent or even 60 percent have cell phones but only a quarter have access to electricity. It takes some a day-long ride by cart to a city where they have to pay to charge their phone.

Microsoft to give Lumia 830, 930 'lustrous' makeover in upcoming special edition productline

Lumia smartphonesWashington, Jan 09 - Microsoft has reportedly announced two new special editions of its Lumia 830 and 930 smartphones which offer the same specifications as its predecessor but comes with the traditional bold colours replaced with black and white backs and an "anodized gold" finish.

Although Microsoft has been quite late in joining the gold trend, yet it has pulled off an impressive trick by providing the two devices a lustrous makeover without making them look tacky, reported The Verge.

New York suspends 5 of Uber's 6 bases over trip records

UberWashington, Jan 08 : New York's Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), which licenses taxicabs in the city, has temporarily suspended five out of six car hubs of Uber until they divulge electronic records of drivers' trips.

The TLC has asked Uber to produce data including, "the date of trip, time of trip, pick up location, and license numbers" and has demanded that the company pay 200 dollars fine for each of its bases in New York , reported The Verge.

Uber, on the other hand, has argued that the details demanded by the agency constitute trade secrets and sharing them could undermine its position in the market. They also said that such data could be a violation of drivers' privacy.

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