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Cops bust drugs with Google Translate, US court rejects find
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 16 Jun 2018,Saturday
A Kansas court has rejected the case of a Mexican driver caught with meth and cocaine after he apparently gave consent to the police for search. "Literal but nonsensical" translations cannot be used as consent, the judge ruled. The officers had asked "¿Puedo buscar el auto?" which translates to "can I find the car" not "can I search the car".
short by Gaurav Shroff / 07:30 pm on 16 Jun
Finding right-skilled people challenge in India: Google exec
short by Shifa Naseer / on 17 Jun 2018,Sunday
Talking about the Indian market, Google Cloud's Head of Solutions Architecture Oyvind Roti has said that the biggest challenge is finding people "with right skill sets that match our requirements". Adding the problem is not just in India but also globally, Roti further said there are so many companies looking for talent in areas like machine learning, distributed system, etc.
short by Shifa Naseer / 09:30 pm on 17 Jun
Google to invest $550 million in Alibaba rival JD.com
short by Shifa Naseer / on 18 Jun 2018,Monday
Google is investing $550 million in Chinese e-commerce firm JD.com, which competes with Jack Ma-led Alibaba in the Chinese market. In a joint announcement, the companies said they would collaborate with Google's Shopping platform for retail solutions in Europe, the US, and Southeast Asia. Valued at over $60 billion, JD.com includes Tiger Global Management and Capital Today as its investors.
short by Shifa Naseer / 04:31 pm on 18 Jun
Ratan Tata is the only Indian investor in Xiaomi
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 18 Jun 2018,Monday
Ratan Tata, the Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons, is the only Indian investor in Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, according to its IPO filings. Tata picked a 0.0024% stake (49,583 shares) in 2015 through his Singapore-based company RNT Associates International. His stake could be worth $2.1 million now based on Xioami's estimated valuation of over $90 billion, according to Bloomberg Quint.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 09:26 pm on 18 Jun
Google develops AI system to predict when a patient will die
short by Shifa Naseer / on 18 Jun 2018,Monday
Google has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system to predict when a patient will die. It can also forecast how long people may stay in hospitals, as well as their chances of re-admission. In one particular instance, Google's algorithm was able to detect the mortality risk of a cancer patient at 19.9%, which was more accurate than the hospital's computers.
short by Shifa Naseer / 09:59 pm on 18 Jun
Govt website leaks data of users who bought Viagra in Andhra
short by Shifa Naseer / on 19 Jun 2018,Tuesday
An unsecured website of the Andhra Pradesh government has exposed the personal data of the people who purchased Viagra from a government-run store in the state. The website allowed anyone to access the names and phone numbers of people who purchased the medicine on June 13. The bug was initially discovered by security researcher Srinivas Kodali.
short by Shifa Naseer / 08:00 am on 19 Jun
WHO declares gaming addiction a mental health disorder
short by Shifa Naseer / on 18 Jun 2018,Monday
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the addiction to video games or 'gaming disorder' as a mental health disorder. Likening it to substance abuse, WHO stressed it is not a casual term applied to anyone who spends a lot of time gaming. Symptoms must be sustained for at least a year before coming under the category, the organisation added.
short by Shifa Naseer / 10:56 pm on 18 Jun
Took me 3 mins to believe: Indian who won Apple Design Award
short by Shifa Naseer / on 18 Jun 2018,Monday
Raja Vijayaraman, the first Indian ever to win the Apple Design Award 2018, has said, "It took me 3 minutes to get (that) it was happening for real." "I never thought I will be getting this sort of award," he added. Raja won the award for 'Calzy 3' app that allows users to drag and drop numbers for easy calculations.
short by Shifa Naseer / 11:27 pm on 18 Jun
People using Musk's flamethrower to light joint, cook meat
short by Aditi Verma / on 15 Jun 2018,Friday
After Elon Musk-led tunnelling startup The Boring Company distributed the first batch of its 20,000 commercial flamethrowers, people started using it to cook meat and glaze doughnuts. A video on Twitter showed a man lighting a joint with the flamethrower, which is called "Not a Flamethrower". The ₹34,000 device was unveiled in January and throws flames shorter than 10 feet.
short by Aditi Verma / 03:27 pm on 15 Jun
Facebook working on AI that can make closed eyes look open
short by Shifa Naseer / on 17 Jun 2018,Sunday
Facebook is working on an artificial intelligence (AI) system that can edit photos to make closed eyes look open. The researchers trained the system with data showing the target person with their eyes open. Divided into two parts, one learns to recognise faces, and another part of the system repeatedly creates images based on the data of the first part.
short by Shifa Naseer / 10:38 pm on 17 Jun
Volvo unveils technology that allows yacht to park itself
short by Shifa Naseer / on 18 Jun 2018,Monday
Swedish vehicle manufacturer Volvo's subsidiary Volvo Penta has unveiled a self-docking system which would allow a yacht to park itself in the dock. In the video, a 68-ft yacht is seen maneuvering itself into the fairly tight space without help. The system's sensors and onboard computers react in milliseconds to changing sea conditions, the company's President Björn Ingemanson said.
short by Shifa Naseer / 06:18 pm on 18 Jun
Stanford students train AI bot to make memes
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 15 Jun 2018,Friday
Two Stanford researchers have trained an AI engine to create its own memes by feeding their image-captioning neural network with over 400,000 memes. The memes used were "advice animal" style memes, where an image of a specific character is overlaid with a funny caption. The study found both human-made memes and AI-made memes scored the same on hilarity.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 05:29 pm on 15 Jun
Google shares 1st diversity report since anti-diversity memo
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 15 Jun 2018,Friday
Google has released its first diversity report since the anti-diversity memo by ousted engineer James Damore, who questioned the company's policies over fewer women in tech roles. The 2018 report reveals the tech giant has 30.9% female employees globally, while in the US, ethnic distribution is 36.3% Asian, 2.5% Black, and 3.6% Latin; an increase by 0.1% from last year.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 07:25 pm on 15 Jun
US court orders Samsung to pay $400 mn over patent dispute
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 16 Jun 2018,Saturday
Samsung Electronics was told to pay $400 million after a federal jury in Texas said it infringed a patent owned by a South Korean university. The dispute centres on technology called FinFet that boosts chip performance and reduces power consumption. Samsung, the world's largest chipmaker, said it worked with the university to develop the technology and denied patent infringement.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 03:55 pm on 16 Jun
Apple hires ex-NASA, Waymo engineer who put rover on Mars
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 16 Jun 2018,Saturday
Apple has hired senior self-driving car engineer Jaime Waydo from Alphabet's Waymo unit that made the Google driverless car. Before joining Waymo, she worked with NASA for 13 years and helped send a rover to Mars. Although Apple is yet to announce any products related to self-driving cars, CEO Tim Cook once called it "the mother of all AI projects".
short by Gaurav Shroff / 05:53 pm on 16 Jun
Facebook to restrict weapon accessory ads for users under 18
short by Shifa Naseer / on 17 Jun 2018,Sunday
Social media major Facebook has updated its advertisement policies to restrict showing ads for weapons accessories to users under the age of 18. The policy includes ads for products like plastic guns, swords, toy weapons, pepper sprays as well as self-defence gear and military clothing. The new policy is set to go into effect from June 21.
short by Shifa Naseer / 08:10 pm on 17 Jun
People confused dad for me as we share same name: Bill Gates
short by Shifa Naseer / on 18 Jun 2018,Monday
Talking about his father, Bill Gates Sr., Microsoft Co-founder Bill Gates on Father's Day said, "After starting Microsoft, people used to ask him if he was the real Bill Gates." Adding that he always hoped his father would say "yes", Gates further said, "I hope he tells them that he's all the things the other one aspires to be."
short by Shifa Naseer / 03:49 pm on 18 Jun
1 million Indian users testing Payments service: WhatsApp
short by Shifa Naseer / on 17 Jun 2018,Sunday
Almost one million users in India are testing the WhatsApp Payments service, an official for the Facebook-owned company has said. WhatsApp is also working with the government, National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), and multiple banks to expand the feature. The service, which has been in beta testing for months, is expected to be launched in the next few weeks.
short by Shifa Naseer / 05:59 pm on 17 Jun
Startup creates armband to let users control PCs with mind
short by Shifa Naseer / on 18 Jun 2018,Monday
US-based startup CTRL-labs has developed an armband which allows users to control computer mouse pointers with their minds. The device which is a collection of small circuit boards soldered together by gold contacts, reads signals passing from the brain to the hand. The device can work anywhere on the forearm or upper arm and is independent of muscle movement.
short by Shifa Naseer / 11:31 pm on 18 Jun
SoftBank to invest $100 bn in Indian solar project: Reports
short by Aditi Verma / on 15 Jun 2018,Friday
Japanese conglomerate SoftBank will invest up to $100 billion in solar power generation project in India, as per reports. The company is expected to make the investment through a fund backed by Saudi Arabia's government, the reports added. Earlier reports said that SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son may meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the deal.
short by Aditi Verma / 12:00 pm on 15 Jun
WhatsApp opens UPI-based payments service for masses: Report
short by Aditi Verma / on 15 Jun 2018,Friday
Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp has started the mass rollout of WhatsApp Payments feature via UPI platform in India, according to reports. The feature was rolled out to select users in February, but now, besides invite-based access, users can also access it after updating the app. WhatsApp will be able to send ₹5,000 in a single transaction, the reports added.
short by Aditi Verma / 05:39 pm on 15 Jun
Fitbit staff charged for stealing trade secrets from rival
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 16 Jun 2018,Saturday
​Six former and current employees of wearable device maker Fitbit were ​hit with a federal indictment for possessing trade secrets stolen from their former rival employer Jawbone. The employees could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted. Jawbone had earlier sued Fitbit in 2015 alleging it attempted to recruit nearly a third of its employees.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 12:45 pm on 16 Jun
Samsung spent $13.7 billion on taxes globally in 2017
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 18 Jun 2018,Monday
South Korean technology giant Samsung Electronics spent 15.1 trillion won ($13.7 billion) to pay taxes around the world in 2017. The record amount posted last year nearly doubled from 7.8 trillion won posted in 2015. Samsung said the Korean government accounted for 81% of amount with other Asian countries accounting for 10%.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 09:35 pm on 18 Jun
38% of total smartphone sales in India in Q1 online: Report
short by Shifa Naseer / on 17 Jun 2018,Sunday
Around 38% of smartphones in the first quarter of 2018 were sold online, according to a report by Counterpoint Research. Flipkart dominated the smartphone market with 54% share while Amazon stood at second place with 30% followed by Mi.com with 14%. Further, while the smartphone shipments in the offline segment declined by 3%, the online segment grew by 4% year-on-year.
short by Shifa Naseer / 05:31 pm on 17 Jun
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