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Lyft gets permit to test self-driving cars in California

By : CIOL Writers

US ride-hailing firm Lyft is the latest company to secure a permit to test autonomous vehicles in California. Lyft’s permit, reflected on the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website, comes two months after it announced plans to offer a self-driving car as

An Iranian military hacker indicted for HBO data theft

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The US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York has named an Iranian hacker named Behzad Mesri as the culprit behind four month old HBO data theft case. The Justice Department’s indictment charges 39-year-old Mesri, also known as “Skote

Xiaomi is suspending MIUI updates for six of its popular devices

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After delivering on its promise of updating most of its devices with the latest MIUI 9 including 2012 Mi 2, Xiaomi has finally dropped the mic. The Chinese smartphone maker has now confirmed that it is suspending MIUI updates for six of

Cyber week brings huge discounts on apps and games on Google Play store

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Google is celebrating cyber week with tons of discounts on apps, games, movies, and plenty more on Google Play store. The deals during the Google Play Cyber Week Sale will run through November 27 in select markets that includes India too. The

Looking for a new phone? Check out Xiaomi’s new Mi Exchange programme

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In a bid to further boost its sales in India, Xiaomi has launched Mi Exchange programme in the country in partnership with New Delhi-based Cashify. Mi Exchange programme is intended for those who are looking to exchange their old smartphones with a

Apple acquires AR startup Vrvana for $30M

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Apple recently acquired an augmented reality-based startup called Vrvana, reports TechCrunch. The deal was reported to be around $30 million. Vrvana created mixed-reality headset named Totem, but it never released. The headset was designed to merge AR and virtual reality

Uber’s 2016 data breach affected 57M people; paid hackers to cover up

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Uber faced a massive data breach in 2016 which affected over 57 million customers including riders and drivers. A new report from Bloomberg has surfaced which reveals that the data breach exposed customer’s name, email address and phone numbers of 50

Microsoft’s Skype disappears from app stores in China

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Skype has disappeared from app stores in China including that of Apple, joining the long list of apps that are banned in the country including  Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Snapchat, YouTube, Netflix, and more. “We have been notified by the Ministry of

YouTube makes a come back to Amazon Echo Show

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YouTube has finally come back to Amazon’s Echo Show after an absence of nearly two months, according to a report from VoiceBot.ai. Google had apparently pulled the video streaming service over the violations of its terms and services. At that time,

Paytm invests in online lending startup CreditMate

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One97 Communications-owned Paytm has invested an undisclosed amount in CreditMate, a Mumbai based startup which facilitates two-wheeler loans for customers without any credit history. As a part of this investment Paytm will leverage CreditMate’s proprietary credit and asset valuation technology

Microsoft and Monjin partner to make video interviews more interactive

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Technology solutions provider, Monjin is collaborating with Microsoft to build a unique video interviewer’s network that links candidates with potential employers to ensure a creative and interactive experience. The platform will allow the candidates to harness the power of digital

Facebook launches online training hubs to strengthen Digital India initiative

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Facebook is launching online training hubs in India aimed at helping small businesses and people grow by giving them the digital skills they need to compete in today’s digital economy. The social networking giant said that it plans to train more than half

Instagram now lets you join your friend’s live broadcast

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Just a few weeks ago, Instagram allowed users to live stream together. However, the feature was one way. But now Instagram has a fix for that. The company has announced a new option that lets you join your friends broadcast.

Android devices secretly sending location data to Google: Report

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An investigation by Quartz has revealed that Android phones have been secretly collecting and sending location data to Google even when the location service is disabled. Quartz found that all the device needs to do is grab a user’s location

Innovations that bombed in 2017

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With technology changing every day, we get many ‘wow’ moments with regard to tech innovations. But sometimes, it just turns out to be a false promise, ending “not with a bang but a whimper.” So, here we present the worst tech

HPE CEO Meg Whitman to step down early next year; Antonio Neri to succeed

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Chief Executive Officer, Meg Whitman will step down early next year, said the company. She will be succeeded by HPE president, Antonio Neri, effective February 1, 2018. Meg Whitman, however, will remain on the HPE Board of Directors.

Saavn looks to strengthen global reach with new investors Endeavor and Senvest

By : CIOL Writers

Music streaming app, Saavn has roped in two new strategic investors- New York-based Senvest Management LLC and the global entertainment company, Endeavor from Los Angeles. For Senvest, this will be the company’s first investment in India. It has a proven track

Toronto begins sharing traffic data with Google-owned Waze

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The city of Toronto is partnering with navigation app Waze to share real-time traffic data to help drivers navigate around the city. Google-owned Waze is the most popular navigation app, which gives drivers turn-by-turn navigation thanks to user-submitted travel times and route

Portea Medical raises $26M in Series C funding round

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Bangalore based healthcare startup Portea Medical has raised $26 million in Series C funding round led by new investors Sabre Partners and MEMG CDC. Existing investors Accel Partners, Qualcomm Ventures and International Finance Corporation(IFC) also participated in the round. ”The ultimate

Hospitality startup FreshUp raises $1.5M from Lotus Global

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Chennai based hospitality startup FreshUp has raised $1.5 million through seed funding from Singapore based Lotus Global Investments. The investment will be used to strengthen its expansion across southern states of the country including Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala,