Technology Sector

Microsoft CEO Nadella keen to take up 'Digital India'

New Delhi, Dec 27 - Microsoft Corporation CEO, Satya Nadella met Communications and Information Technology (IT) Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, and discussed about 'Digital India'.

"I have an aspiration that in this mobile and cloud world we can empower every Indian individual, citizen of India, every business organisation and institution in India, to be able to thrive with new technology, so I am looking forward to being part of both your 'Digital India' and 'Make in India'," said Nadella.

Google bans developers from including user testimonials on app's product page

GoogleWashington, Dec 26 : Google has reportedly issued guidelines banning developers from including user testimonials onto their app's product page.

According to PC World, Google said it would kick apps out of the Play Store if developers don't abide by the new rules.

The company came out with instructions for developers asking them not to include user testimonials in their app description as they tend to be dubious and are frequently utilized to include references to popular search terms and competitor apps in violation of the company's policies. (ANI)

Xbox, PlayStation online services crash after alleged hack

London, Dec 26 - Xbox and PlayStation online services have crashed due to technical glitches after allegedly being attacked by a hacking group.

The companies that make the game consoles, Microsoft and Sony, said that they are aware of the issues that are affecting their online services, reported BBC.

A hacking group called Lizard Squad has claimed that they caused the problems.

However, neither Sony nor Microsoft commented on the hack ing group's claim but said that they were working towards fixing the problem.

There was a message on Xbox's website and PlayStation's official Twitter account that they are working to get the glitches "figure out the right away". (ANI)

Microsoft adds Skype group chats to Office Online

SkypeWashington, Dec 25 : Office Online users will now be able to start a chat while working on Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Word documents.

According to PC World, Microsoft says users will be able to continue any chats started in Office Online on Skype on the desktop or their smartphone after the file is closed.

With the addition of this new feature, Microsoft intends to make its services into cross-platform tools.

However, the new feature is not yet available in Excel or OneNote Online, the report said. (ANI)

This machine called 'Foodini' will print out pizzas, burgers for dinner

FoodiniWashington, Dec 25 : Now, you can just print out your favorite dishes like spaghetti, burgers and pizzas, with help of a new 3D printer machine called Foodini.

Introduced by Natural Machines, a Barcelona-based startup, the machine uses the same technology as a 3D printer, and deploys edible ingredients squeezed out of stainless steel capsules instead of plastics, said Lynette Kucsma, co-founder of the company, the CNN reported.

Kucsma added that the only tiny issue was that with plastics there was just one melting point, whereas with food it was different temperatures, consistencies and textures.

NEC supports smart city scalability with first live deployment of the new one M2M standard

NECMadrid/London, Dec.25 - The NEC Corporation, a leading network, communications and information technology company, recently announced that it is the first company to test the new global oneM2M service layer standard in its Cloud City Operation Center (CCOC) solution to enable machine-to-machine device interoperability in a live smart city program.

Around the world, cities are beginning to deploy a diversity of M2M sensors to improve the efficiency of transport, lighting, irrigation and waste collection services and boost public safety levels by minimizing pollution and waste.

OnePlus to resume sales in India in wake of court order

OnePlusWashington, Dec 25 - Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus is set to resume sales in India after a court in New Delhi upheld a complaint filed by rival company Micromax.

After Micromax nabbed an exclusive deal with Cyanogen in India for Yu, its new Android range, it objected to the sale of OnePlus smartphones that also make use of the Cyanogen Android operating system for powering its phones in all countries except China.

According to Tech Crunch, the New Delhi court plans to hear the case again on January 7 and has ordered OnePlus and Cyanogen to file written statements and documents before then, according to The Economic Times

Pay extra for making calls using Airtel's mobile internet

Airtel's mobile internetNew Delhi: Bharti Airtel customers will now have to pay extra if they are making calls on Skype, Viber or other apps using their mobile data packs as the operator has decided to charge standard data rates for making voice calls over Internet (VoIP).

The VoIP data will be charged separately and would not be part of the existing data packs.

"All internet/data packs or plans (through which customer can avail discounted rate) shall only be valid for internet browsing and will exclude VoIP (both incoming/ outgoing). VoIP over data connectivity would be charged at standard data rates of 4p/10 KB (3G service) and 10p/10 KB (2G service)," Airtel said on its website.

People who are less popular on Facebook raise more money for charity

FacebookWashington, Dec 24 : A new study has revealed that people with fewer friends on Facebook raise more money for charity than those with lots of connections.

The study by an economist at the University of Warwick found a negative correlation between the size of a group and the amount of money given by each donor - with the average contribution by each person dropping by two pence for every extra connection someone had on Facebook.

Google updates stats of govt requests to take down data showing decline in second half of 2013

GoogleWashington, Dec 23 : Google has updated its bi-annual statistics in which different governments requested the company to take down data showing a decline in the demands in the second half of 2013.

The value in the stats is slightly muted since the data is 12 months old, reported TechCrunch.

In the six-month period from June to December 2013, there was a decline in the take down requests from countries. However, minor falls are not noticeable.

The numbers of requests from Russia has increased by 25 percent compared to the last reporting period while there was a fall in take down requests from Turkey.

Sony Pictures threaten to sue Twitter over user accounts linking to leaked info

SonyWashington, Dec 23 : Sony Pictures Entertainment has threatened to sue Twitter unless it bans user accounts linking to information stolen from its servers by the group that hacked its computer network.

Sony lawyer David Boies sent a letter to Twitter's general counsel VIjaya Gadde threatening legal action, saying that the company would "hold Twitter responsible for any damage or loss arising" from the use or continued dissemination of the stolen information, The Verge reported.

Blackberry reports net loss of 148M dollars for third fiscal quarter

Blackberry reports net loss of 148M dollars for third fiscal quarterWashington, Dec 20 : Even as Blackberry's revenue continued to fall over the last three months, it managed to narrow down its losses in comparison to previous year.

According to PC World, revenue for the three months, BlackBerry's third fiscal quarter, fell to US 793 million dollars, compared to 916 million dollars in the preceding three months and 1.19 billion dollars a year earlier.

The company incurred a net loss of 148 million dollars for its third fiscal quarter against 207 million dollars in the second quarter.

Instagram now worth 35 billion dollars

instagramWashington, Dec 20 : Citigroup has reexamined the valuation of Instagram that was recently bought by Facebook, revealing that the app is now worth 35 billion dollars.

Citi had previously said that Instagram valued at 19 billion dollars, reported the Verge.

Instagram earlier announced that it has over 300 million active users per month which resulted in the app's increased value. The current number of users of Instagram also results in the application faster than expected growth.

Citigroup also said that if Instagram fully monetizes Facebook's networks, it could contribute around two billion dollar annual revenue to the social networking site. (ANI)

Uber competitor Easy Taxi aborts India launch plan

Easy TaxiWashington, Dec 19 : Rocket Internet's Easy Taxi has cancelled its plans of debuting in India, and announced that it is cutting back on businesses in Indonesia and Hong Kong.

According to Tech Crunch, Easy Taxi, a rival to taxi app businesses like Uber, confirmed that it is scaling down operations in Hong Kong and Indonesia in order to focus on other core markets.

The company said that it will continue to operate in these countries as long as it found the service levels acceptable, adding that it was providing support to its local partners.

Toshiba Corporation to showcase leading-edge technologies at 2015 International CES

'Toshiba'Tokyo, Dec 19 - The Toshiba Corporation has announced that it will exhibit its latest products and technologies at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world's largest exhibition of consumer electronics, which will be held in Las Vegas from January 6 to January 9.

The company will showcase essential products and technologies for achieving the company's vision of creating a safe, secure and comfortable society, the "Human Smart Community."

Facebook testing new classifieds feature within Groups

FacebookWashington, Dec 18 : Social networking site Facebook is reportedly experimenting with a feature where Group members can post details about the items they intend to sell instead of the usual status updates.

According to The Verge, there are designated fields for an item title, location, description, photo, and asking price.

After the details are entered, Facebook then posts the sale in an interesting and easily readable format to help users locate it in the classifieds.

The social networking site's role is limited to making one's sale presentable.

After Xiaomi, OnePlus forced to suspend sales in India

OnePlus forced to suspend sales in IndiaWashington, Dec 18 : Following a ban on Xiaomi, OnePlus is the latest smartphone upstart to be forced to suspend sales in India.

The company confirmed that it will stop selling its One smartphone in the country after a New Delhi court upheld a complaint by rival Micromax, reported Tech Crunch.

After Micromax nabbed an exclusive deal with Cyanogen in India for Yu , its new Android range, it objected to the sale of OnePlus smartphones that also make use of the Cyanogen Android operating system for powering its phones in all countries except China.

Google to release Android 5.1 update in early 2015: Report

Android-5.1-LollipopWashington, Dec 18 : Google is likely to release its first update to Android 5.0 Lollipop by next year, a report has revealed.

According to CNET, Android 5.1 is due in the early months of 2015.

Moreover, it also plans on making improvements for notifications, connections and overall stability apart from issuing bug fixes and introducing minor tweaks.

The report said that the most noticeable detail in the alleged change log is the return of silent mode that is missing in Android 5.0. (ANI)

Samsung predicts 'wearable tech' to create new power dressing trend in 2015

samsung technologyWashington, Dec 18 : Samsung has predicted that wearable technology 'will create a new era of power dressing' in 2015.

According to the technology giant, the business leaders of our decade will rely on connected wearables "to stay 'always-on,'" and the first wave of that change will be smartwaches, of which Samsung already has five different varieties.

The prediction is supported by the company's research into business attitudes, which found that 47 percent of wearable tech users felt more intelligent, 61 percent felt more informed and efficient, and 37 percent claimed that the wearable helped with their career development.

The top 5 predictions by Samsung are:

Twitter set to partner with Foursquare to add location to tweets

Twitter FoursquareWashington, Dec 18 : Social networks Twitter and Foursquare have reached a deal under which tweets would now include information about the location of users.

According to CNET, the partnership is set to start next year, and the new " geo-based" features could roll out as soon as the first quarter, said the publication.

Foursquare, which was started in 2009, allows users to "check in" to locations and scan the city for new and interesting places with the help of its mobile app .

While Twitter already offers some location-based features to its users, it does not currently in-depth location information for individual tweets. (ANI)

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