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Apple acqui-hires a small startup Init.ai to work on Siri

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Apple has “acqui-hired” the team from Init.ai, a startup known for its customer service automation, reports TechCrunch. A few days back, the startup notified on its website that it is “joining a project that touches the lives of countless people across the world. We

Amazon Alexa & Echo devices are now available in India

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A week after launching its latest range of Alexa powered Echo smart speakers, Amazon is expanding them to Asia for the first time, starting with India. The e-commerce giant announced yesterday that Echo, Echo Plus, and Echo Dot along with Alexa

Google launches Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL; Prices start at Rs 61,000

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After Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Apple’s iPhone trio, people had been eagerly awaiting Google’s next iteration of Pixel smartphones. Pixel was an amazing device both in terms of hardware and software. And Google doesn’t disappoint this time either. The

Seqrite detects security breach at India’s National Internet Registry

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Cyber Solutions company, Seqrite along with its partner seQtree detected and notified the Indian government about a security breach at India’s National Internet Registry- IRINN (Indian Registry for Internet Names and Numbers). The company in their blog post said that they

Huawei launches Nova 2i with FullView display

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Huawei has launched the international version of the Maimang 6 smartphone (launched only in China), dubbed as Huawei Nova 2i. The handset will be available in three color variants, namely Aurora Blue, Graphite Black and Prestige Gold. The price and

Amazon India to pump in fresh capital into its payment arm

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In a bid to take on rivals like Paytm, Freecharge, and Flipkart’s PhonePe, Amazon is gearing up to pump in fresh funds into its digital payments arm, Amazon Pay, according to the filings with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. Apparently, Amazon has increased

MobiKwik integrates its payment gateway into the IRCTC app

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Digital payments firm MobiKwik is integrating its payment gateway, Zaakpay into the IRCTC’s Rail Connect app to enable customers book train tickets using MobiKwik’s payment gateway. MobiKwik’s payment method currently empowers more than 3,000 e-commerce websites and apps. “Our association with

Samsung joins Windows Mixed Reality platform with new VR headset ‘Odyssey’

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Samsung is launching a new virtual reality headset for Windows Mixed Reality Platform. The headset named Samsung HMD Odyssey will be available for pre-order from today but the shipping will start from November 6 at a price tag of $499.

Microsoft buys VR social network AltspaceVR

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Microsoft announced that it has acquired the virtual reality social network, AltspaceVR that enables users across headset and web platforms to join 3D chat rooms to play games, watch videos and attend events. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Yahoo’s 2013 security breach affected all 3B accounts

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Yahoo’s 2013 data breach was far worse than what was earlier made to believe. In a shocking revelation, Yahoo, now part of Verizon Communications, said on Tuesday that an investigation showed all 3 billion of its user accounts were affected in

Google Pixel 2: New images leak ahead of official launch event

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Google is expected to launch a bunch of new devices today at its Pixel event. Among these are the highly anticipated smartphones- Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL. Though we already know quite a lot about these yet-to-be-announced smartphones,

Amazon acquires AI-powered 3D body modeling startup Body Labs

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Amazon has acquired New York-based Body Labs, which is an AI-powered 3D body modeling startup, according to TechCrunch. Citing two sources familiar with the deal, the report pegs the sale price between $50 million and $70 million. Body Labs, founded in 2013, offers 3D

Microsoft retires Groove Music, partners with Spotify

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Microsoft has announced that it is retiring its online music streaming service, Groove Music, ending all the existing subscriptions alongside. Existing Groove Music subscribers are being encouraged to transfer their playlists and libraries to Spotify. Although, the company says that it

Ola said to be raising $2B from SoftBank, Tencent and others

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While its competitor Uber is battling serious issues both inside and outside the company, Ola, India’s largest ride-hailing firm is raising over $2 billion from a group of investors, including Japan’s SoftBank and Tencent Holdings, Bloomberg reported. The first part of

Facebook is testing face scanning for logins

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Facebook is testing facial recognition technology as a way to verify users locked out of their account. The feature is designed as an alternative to the text or email verification tools used to reset passwords and is currently being tested on a

Flipkart’s logistics arm eKart raises $98M from group firm Klick2Shop

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Flipkart has pumped in nearly $98 million (Rs 641 cr) into its logistics arm eKart through its Singapore-based group firm Klick2Shop Logistics Services International, according to regulatory filings with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. As reported by ET, the latest funding is aimed at strengthening

Uber’s power politics: Travis Kalanick appoints two new board members

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Uber’s boardroom battle is far from over as Travis Kalanick’s recent appointments of two new directors at the ride-hailing company seems to have escalated the tensions in the boardroom. Kalanick announced last weekend that Ursula Burns, a former chief executive of

Facebook expands Messenger Lite to the US, UK and other countries

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Facebook Messenger Lite, the low-data version of Facebook Messenger that first launched about a year ago, will now be available in the US, the UK, Canada, and Ireland. The light and data-efficient application was originally launched for emerging countries with sluggish mobile

Snapchat is going to launch an augmented reality art platform

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Snapchat has launched a mystery clock countdown on its website art.snapchat.com that only contains a photo of Central Park in New York City with people sitting on an open lawn. Software Engineer and Twitter user Jonah Grant have uncovered the

Reliance Communication and Aircel merger called off

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Anil Ambani led Reliance Communication has called off its merger talks with Aircel and the former has outlined an alternative plan for debt reduction by selling real estate and tower and fiber assets. The company said that the merger agreement