Google Hires Chris Lattner, Apple’s Former Star Engineer, to ‘Democratise AI’

August 18, 2017

Former star Apple employee Chris Lattner has now joined Google to further its AI efforts. Lattner has worked with Apple for over a decade, and is largely accoladed for his contributions in creating the popular programming language Swift. After working at Tesla for a few months, Lattner has decided to join the Google Brain research team, he revealed. Lattner announced this new development on Twitter, adding that he will help “democratise AI”, making it “more accessible…

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Disney’s Streaming Push Seen Paying Off in the Long Run

August 14, 2017

Walt Disney Company’s plan to plunge into a crowded streaming services market, dominated by pioneer Netflix, could bring some initial pain, but the strength of the company’s content is expected to help it pull through in the long run. Shares of the world’s biggest entertainment company were down 6 percent in premarket trading on Wednesday, a day after Disney said it would stop providing new movies to Netflix starting in 2019. “With best…

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Japan Display to Cut 30 Percent of Its Workforce

August 14, 2017

Japan Display said Wednesday it would slash 3,700 jobs, or about 30 percent of its workforce, as the struggling smartphone screen maker’s chief executive warned it was the “last chance” for a turnaround. Citing intense competition, the Tokyo-based company said it would cut 3,500 positions at overseas assembly plants and another 240 jobs from its payroll in Japan. The job cuts, which represent nearly 30 percent of the 13,100-strong workforce,…

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Said to Use Next-Gen Substrate Like PCB Technology: Report

August 14, 2017

While we are still approaching the launch of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy Note 8 smartphone, the leaks regarding next year’s Galaxy S series model have already started coming in. A recent report suggested that Samsung will not be including under-the-display fingerprint sensor on Galaxy S9 and now another report has claimed that the company will be using SLP (Substrate Like PCB) motherboard on the smartphone to make room for a bigger…

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Jio Phone a ‘Short Term Hiccup’, Say Handset Makers Itel and Hitech

August 14, 2017

JioPhone, the feature phone that’s effectively ‘free’ with a refundable Rs. 1,500 deposit, will create only a ‘short term’ hiccup when it hits the market, feel at least two mobile handset makers – Itel Mobile and Hitech Mobiles. “So far there is no impact on our sales. We think it will affect our market as a short term hiccup once the Jio feature phone is launched but it will not be…

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Samsung Launches Portable Speakers and Headsets in India, Expands Audio Portfolio

August 14, 2017

Samsung on Friday launched a range of audio products in India to expand its product portfolio in the country. The South Korean company launched three portable speakers, Level Box Slim, the Bottle and the Scoop, along with Level Active and the Rectangle headsets. The Samsung Level Box Slim has been priced by the company at Rs. 6,699, while the Bottle speaker comes with a price tag of Rs. 4,999. The Scoop…

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Apple Faces Antitrust Complaint by Developers in China

August 14, 2017

A Chinese law firm has filed a complaint against Apple on behalf of 28 local developers alleging the firm breached antitrust regulations. The complaint, lodged by Beijing-based Dare & Sure Law Firm, accuses Apple of charging excessive fees and removing apps from its local store without proper explanation, Lin Wei, an attorney at the firm told Reuters on Thursday. “During its localisation process Apple has run into several antitrust issues … after…

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NissanConnect Car Platform Launched in India, Lets You Find Your Car and More on App

August 14, 2017

Carmaker Nissan launched its integrated car platform, called NissanConnect, in India on Thursday to provide users with information as well as communication features while on the go. NissanConnect has been developed specifically for the Indian market by the company and is available on mobile platforms Android, iOS, and Windowsfor Nissan’s existing and new customers. The launch comes after the launch of a similar service by Toyota in India. Nissan says that the integrated information and…

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Paytm Now Allows Users to Scan Third-Party QR Codes Within App

August 14, 2017

Paytm recently added the ability to send customised postcards through its platform and the company has now added support for scanning third-party QR codes within the app. This essentially means that you can now scan all kind of cards within the app instead of just scanning those cards that were meant specifically for use within Paytm. In a tweet posted on Thursday, Paytm said, “Now, Scan any third-party QR code using the “Scan” button on…

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PayPal to Expand Lending Offering With Acquisition

August 14, 2017

Payments firm PayPal has agreed to acquire online lending company Swift Financial in a bid to expand its business that provides working capital to merchants. The acquisition will allow PayPal to offer loans to the larger businesses that process payments through its platform and better provide credit to firms that are not yet users of its services, the company said on Thursday. San Jose, California-based PayPal did not disclose terms of the deal,…

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