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Uber CEO knew that ex-engineer had 5 discs of Google's data
short by Vani Vivek / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
In Google's lawsuit against Uber for stealing self-driving car technology, Google has said ousted Uber CEO Travis Kalanick knew in March 2016 that former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski who joined Uber had five discs of confidential Google data. Kalanick reportedly told Levandowski that Uber didn't want the information, following which Levandowski told Kalanick he had destroyed the discs.
short by Vani Vivek / 07:27 pm on 22 Jun
Chinese smartphones share in Indian market up by 340%
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
The market share of Chinese smartphones in India increased by 340% in the first quarter of the 2017-18 fiscal, as compared to the same quarter last year. Chinese smartphones made up 15% of the Indian market in Q1 last year, as compared to 51% this year. Notably, the market share of Indian smartphones fell from 41% to 14%.
short by Sumedha Sehra / 01:10 pm on 22 Jun
We made iPhone as Jobs hated guy at Microsoft: Ex-Apple exec
short by Vani Vivek / on 21 Jun 2017,Wednesday
Apple's former head of iOS Scott Forstall has revealed that the project that led to iPhone's creation began because Steve Jobs "hated this guy at Microsoft...Anytime Steve had any interaction with the guy, he'd come back pissed off." The Microsoft employee talked about the company's tablet with stylus, which prompted Jobs to create a multitouch display without need for stylus.
short by Vani Vivek / 05:45 pm on 21 Jun
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg may become Uber CEO: Report
short by Pragya Swastik / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
Facebook Chief Operating Officer (COO) Sheryl Sandberg may be appointed as Uber's CEO after former CEO Travis Kalanick's resignation, according to a New York Post report. Uber board member Arianna Huffington has pushed for Sandberg's appointment, the report added. Walt Disney's COO Thomas Staggs is also being considered for the post, but Sandberg is said to be "their first choice."
short by Pragya Swastik / 08:57 am on 22 Jun
Foxconn Chairman's fortune hits all-time high of $7 billion
short by Mansha Mahajan / on 21 Jun 2017,Wednesday
Terry Gou, Founder and Chairman of iPhone assembler Foxconn, saw his wealth swell to an all-time high of $7 billion (₹45,000 crore). His wealth rose after Foxconn subsidiary Hon Hai experienced a 36% rally this year, and was also boosted by positive expectations for a 10th-anniversary edition of iPhone. Moreover, Japan’s Sharp that Foxconn acquired, also climbed 56% in 2017.
short by Mansha Mahajan / 08:06 pm on 21 Jun
Musk, Zuckerberg among America's top 10 highest rated CEOs
short by Mansha Mahajan / on 21 Jun 2017,Wednesday
Aerospace startup SpaceX's Elon Musk and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg have been ranked among the top 10 CEOs in US with highest ratings in terms of employee approval, according to Glassdoor. Apple's Tim Cook saw his rating slide from 8 to 53. Uber's Travis Kalanick, who has resigned, saw a big drop in popularity and didn't even make the top 100.
short by Mansha Mahajan / 09:03 pm on 21 Jun
WannaCry ransomware causes Honda plant to shut down
short by Pragya Swastik / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
Honda Motor had to shut down its Sayama plant in Japan on Monday after it was found that WannaCry ransomware had hit its computer network. The plant, which produces around 1,000 vehicles each day, resumed its production on Tuesday. The WannaCry ransomware exploits a Windows vulnerability and locks up files on computers until demanded ransom is paid in bitcoins.
short by Pragya Swastik / 09:56 am on 22 Jun
Hackers leak Netflix show despite getting ₹32 lakh ransom
short by Vani Vivek / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
Hacking group 'The Dark Overlord' leaked the latest season of popular Netflix show 'Orange Is the New Black' despite receiving over ₹32 lakh ransom in Bitcoin. The group claims it leaked the show because the show's makers violated their agreement by involving the FBI. Previously, the group reportedly threatened to leak Walt Disney's 'Pirates of the Caribbean' before its release.
short by Vani Vivek / 01:56 pm on 22 Jun
Delhi Metro introduces own smart watch at ₹6,000 per year
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
The Delhi Metro has introduced its own smart watches, Watch2Pay, which will enable commuters' faster entry and exit at metro stations. The watches, made in partnership with an Austrian company, will have a sim card inside for recharging, but won't require mobile network to function. According to reports, the watch will be priced at ₹6,000 per year.
short by Sumedha Sehra / 01:05 pm on 22 Jun
Facebook blocks downloading, sharing of others' profile pics
short by Vani Vivek / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
Social networking platform Facebook has announced India-specific tools that will let users set up a 'guard' on their profile pictures to prevent others from downloading and sharing them. Facebook also announced an Android-only tool that will prevent others from taking a screenshot of users' profile pictures. A blue border and shield will be displayed around the protected pictures.
short by Vani Vivek / 02:32 pm on 22 Jun
Ex-Apple iOS Head recalls argument with Jobs on Mac's price
short by Vani Vivek / on 21 Jun 2017,Wednesday
Former Apple Senior Vice President of iOS Scott Forstall recently recollected an incident where he was discussing how to price an upcoming Mac computer with Steve Jobs. Jobs complained that Forstall's suggested price was too low, to which Forstall responded with "You're a billionaire, you don't understand." After a pause, Steve Jobs said, "I'm a multi-billionaire."
short by Vani Vivek / 07:20 pm on 21 Jun
Steve Jobs 'scammed' Apple's cafeteria, says former iOS Head
short by Vani Vivek / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
Former Apple Senior Vice President of iOS Scott Forstall has revealed how Steve Jobs used to "scam" the company's cafeteria. Jobs always insisted paying for Forstall's lunch and payments at Apple's cafeteria were processed through scanning badges and deducted from employees' salaries. Jobs later revealed, "I only get paid $1 a year. I don't know who's paying every time!"
short by Vani Vivek / 01:31 pm on 22 Jun
Tesla isn't a good fit for me: Exec who left Apple for Tesla
short by Vani Vivek / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
Tesla's Vice President of Autopilot Software Chris Lattner has announced his resignation from the electric car startup, just five months after he left technology major Apple to join Tesla. "Turns out that Tesla isn't a good fit for me after all," he tweeted. Lattner was a senior software developer at Apple and is credited with founding Swift programming language.
short by Vani Vivek / 04:19 pm on 22 Jun
Teen who invested $1k in Bitcoin 6 yrs ago now a millionaire
short by Mansha Mahajan / on 21 Jun 2017,Wednesday
Erik Finman, who began investing in digital currency Bitcoin in May 2011 when he was just 12 years old, has now become a millionaire. He invested a $1,000 gift from his grandmother into the cryptocurrency at a time when the currency was worth around $12 per coin. Finman now owns 403 Bitcoins worth nearly $1.13 million.
short by Mansha Mahajan / 08:53 pm on 21 Jun
Artificial intelligence could start World War III: Jack Ma
short by Vani Vivek / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba's billionaire Founder Jack Ma in a recent interview said the third technology revolution could start the third World War, while talking about artificial intelligence. However, Ma said humans will ultimately win the battle as one "can always make a machine to learn the knowledge. But it is difficult for machines to have a human heart."
short by Vani Vivek / 04:15 pm on 22 Jun
LG unveils 5.6-foot-long transparent, flexible display
short by Vani Vivek / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
South Korean electronics company LG has unveiled what it claims is the world's largest transparent and flexible OLED display. The 5.6-foot-long display offers up to 40% transparency and can be fixed with a curvature of up to 80 degrees. The panel can also be rolled up to a radius of 80 mm without affecting the function of the display.
short by Vani Vivek / 06:43 pm on 22 Jun
I chose computer science over becoming a Mayor: Twitter CEO
short by Pragya Swastik / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey at an event on Wednesday revealed he chose computer science in school instead of political science and gave up on the dream of becoming a Mayor. "I was a little bit more selfish. I wanted to see things more immediate," he added. Dorsey said he felt building software could enact change faster than public policies.
short by Pragya Swastik / 11:28 am on 22 Jun
Smart coaster notifies users if someone touches their drink
short by Vani Vivek / on 21 Jun 2017,Wednesday
A US-based design firm has developed a smart Bluetooth-enabled coaster called 'Brio' that tracks motion and sends users a notification if someone moves or tampers with their drink while they aren't looking. The ₹2,500 coaster, which is meant to be carried by users to bars and parties, has 24 bright white LED lights that light up in different patterns.
short by Vani Vivek / 08:44 pm on 21 Jun
Quilt to set different temperature for each side of bed made
short by Vani Vivek / on 21 Jun 2017,Wednesday
A Canada-based startup has made a quilt called the 'Smartduvet Breeze' that lets users set different temperatures for both sides of the bed through a connected smartphone application. The quilt is an upgrade to the startup's original Smartduvet that automatically makes the bed. The Smartduvet Breeze has been priced at about ₹13,000.
short by Vani Vivek / 07:07 pm on 21 Jun
Apple factory workers flush parts down toilet to leak them
short by Vani Vivek / on 21 Jun 2017,Wednesday
According to audio from Apple's presentation on leaks of upcoming products, Apple factory workers in China flush parts down a toilet to collect later in a sewer. The workers sell these parts to 'professional' leakers to make money. Apple's Director of Global Security said the workers earn more by selling these parts than they'd otherwise make in a whole year.
short by Vani Vivek / 03:13 pm on 21 Jun
Lenovo unveils laptop concept that rolls like a yoga mat
short by Vani Vivek / on 21 Jun 2017,Wednesday
Chinese technology company Lenovo has unveiled the concept for a laptop that folds over like a yoga mat. The concept has a flexible display, a built-in keyboard, and the ThinkPad pointing stick. Most of the interaction on a laptop like this will happen over voice commands or with a stylus.
short by Vani Vivek / 04:47 pm on 21 Jun
40-yr-old computer built by Steve Jobs sells for ₹2.3 crore
short by Vani Vivek / on 21 Jun 2017,Wednesday
An original and working Apple-1 computer built by Apple Co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1976 was sold for ₹2.3 crore at an auction last week. The computer is one of the 66 still considered to be in existence and was originally sold for about ₹43,000 ($666.66). Wozniak once revealed Apple-1's price was $666.66 as he "liked repeating digits."
short by Vani Vivek / 09:30 pm on 21 Jun
Robot journalist accidentally reports 92-year-old earthquake
short by Vani Vivek / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
An algorithm called 'Quakebot', which publishes news about earthquakes for the Los Angeles Times, on Wednesday accidentally reported about an earthquake which happened in 1925. The robot scrapes data from the US Geological Survey's website and reported the wrong news based on an update that had been published about the historical earthquake.
short by Vani Vivek / 07:13 pm on 22 Jun
Puzzle game 'Threes' completed 3.33 years after release
short by Vani Vivek / on 21 Jun 2017,Wednesday
Twitter user 'ThreesPorn' has reportedly completed the mobile puzzle game 'Threes' exactly three and one-third years after it was released on the app store. The game, previously considered unbeatable, involves sliding tiles with similar numbers to form the biggest number. However, ThreesPorn found that on reaching 12,288, the screen shows a starburst of light and plays a game-ending animation.
short by Vani Vivek / 07:50 pm on 21 Jun
SoftBank invests $100 mn in cybersecurity startup Cybereason
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 22 Jun 2017,Thursday
Cybersecurity startup Cybereason has raised $100 million (over ₹645 crore) from Japan's SoftBank. The startup, founded by former operatives of Israel's "Unit 8200" military intelligence group, uses artificial intelligence to detect breaches of computer networks. The company, now valued at over $850 million (around ₹5500 crore), counts SoftBank, Lockheed Martin, and Spark Capital among its backers.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 09:27 pm on 22 Jun
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