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A plea for ‘decency’ in shaken Silicon Valley

A plea for ‘decency’ in shaken Silicon Valley

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We may look back and see the events of this week, where multiple scandals at Uber saw Travis Kalanick removed as chief executive, as the beginning of a culture change across Silicon Valley as a whole. On Friday, we saw signs of what shape such a shift may take. In a post on the platform he runs, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman suggested the technology industry - and the complex spider's web of relationships within it - needs to agree on what he's called a Decency Pledge, a code of conduct most would consider to just be responsible, professional behaviour, but in the technology business apparently needs to be hammered home. Mr Hoffman's post - which I'll go into more detail about in a moment - followed a damning report published on Thursday by The Information - a subscription-only tec
How to buy your favorite gadgets when you can’t afford it?

How to buy your favorite gadgets when you can’t afford it?

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Have you been surfing websites reading about that one gadget that you desperately want? Or you are constantly checking e-commerce sites so that you don’t miss that once-in-a-lifetime deal on that gadget? In both cases, one thing is clear. You want that gadget. And if possible, you want it now. But unlike many other things in life gadgets don’t come free. Unless you get it as a gift. So under normal scenarios, you need money. Now problem is that many of these gadgets cost a lot. A laptop can cost you anywhere between Rs 20,000 to Rs 2 lac. Latest mobile phones can cost you even Rs 1.3 lacs. These aren’t small numbers. For many people, these are at least a couple of months’ salary. And no one can spend all the hard-earned money on gadgets in one go. But as a normal person, you al
Development of VoLTE in India

Development of VoLTE in India

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The telecom industry has witnessed several technological advancements in the recent years. With latest innovations, the telecom industry is improving constantly. India has moved to the fourth generation technology that offers high-speed Internet surfing experience. The Long-Term Evolution (LTE) technology gives a robust performance and a seamless experience. Besides, the voice quality and smart phone technologies have also been upgraded. One such technology that is revolutionizing the telecom industry at present is Voice over Long-Term Evolution or VoLTE. Ever since the launch of Reliance Jio, this term has become popular in India. However, very few know what it actually is and how it helps us. Let’s get a basic understanding of the technology and its development in India. About VoLTE In
Windows Mixed Reality Development Kits Now Available for Pre-Orders; Microsoft Unveils Motion Controllers

Windows Mixed Reality Development Kits Now Available for Pre-Orders; Microsoft Unveils Motion Controllers

Gadgets
In March this year, Microsoft announced that the company will start shipping development kits for Windows Mixed Reality (earlier called Windows Holographic) later in the month itself. However, the company seemed to have changed its mind later as it didn't happen. Now the Redmond-based company has finally started taking pre-orders for the mixed reality development kits from HP and Acer. Microsoft also announced its own motion controllers for Windows 10 VR at its Build conference. Notably, Microsoft has still not announced the release dates for these development kits but interested users can now pre-order the development kits from the company's website. While the Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset Developer Edition has been priced at $299 (roughly Rs. 19,200), the HP Windows Mixed Reality...
Google Pixel ‘Taimen’ Spotted on Benchmark Site With 4GB of RAM

Google Pixel ‘Taimen’ Spotted on Benchmark Site With 4GB of RAM

Gadgets
Google is expected to launch three Pixel devices this year and among these, the search giant's device codenamed "Taimen" has now been suggested to feature 4GB of RAM. As per a leaked benchmark listing of Google Taimen, the device will pack 4GB of RAM and will run Android O, which should not come as a surprise considering it is expected to be launched around October as one of the new platform lead devices. The Google Taimen's Geekbench listing, spotted by Dutch site Telefoon Abonnement, suggests that the device will come with an octa-core Qualcomm processor clocked at 1.90GHz, notes GSMArena. While the processor's name has not been revealed in the leaked benchmark test, it is highly likely to be Snapdragon 835 SoC. As per earlier reports, Taimen is expected to be bigger than other two P...
John McAfee Privacy Phone, Claimed to Be World’s Most Hack-Proof, Is Coming This Year

John McAfee Privacy Phone, Claimed to Be World’s Most Hack-Proof, Is Coming This Year

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When you hear the name McAfee, the first thing that will strike your mind will be security software and rightly so - the Intel-owned brand's antivirus software is popular around the world. Its creator, John McAfee, has now announced that the 'John McAfee Privacy Phone' - which has been claimed to be world's most hack-proof phone - will be coming out later this year from his MGT security firm. If you are wondering how the 'John McAfee Privacy Phone' will provide you additional security over general smartphones, it will feature hardware switches at the back that will allow users to disconnect the battery, the antennas for Wi-Fi, the camera, Bluetooth and geolocation, and even the microphone, John McAfee told Newsweek. The security features will come with their worth as the smartphone will...
Apple May Ditch Dialog Chip, Analyst Says; Chipmaker’s Shares Plunge

Apple May Ditch Dialog Chip, Analyst Says; Chipmaker’s Shares Plunge

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Dialog Semiconductor risks losing a crucial supply deal with Apple, according to a financial analyst who cut his rating on the stock on Tuesday, sending the Anglo-German chipmaker's shares down by as much as one-third. Bankhaus Lampe cut its rating on Dialog to "sell" from "hold" as it argued in a research note that Apple was working on its own battery-saving chip for the iPhone that could replace Dialog's power management integrated circuits (PMIC) as early as 2019. Apple accounted for more than 70 percent of Dialog's 2016 sales, the broker estimated. Shares in Dialog fell as much as 36 percent to a seven-month low. By 0831 GMT (2:01pm IST) they were trading down 23.7 percent at EUR 36.39. Bankhaus Lampe cited unnamed industry sources as saying that Apple is setting up power managem...
iOS 10.3 Bug Activated Disabled iCloud Services for Some Users, Says Apple

iOS 10.3 Bug Activated Disabled iCloud Services for Some Users, Says Apple

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Apple last week released iOS 10.3 update which brought some nifty little improvements, bug fixes, and some new features like the ability for Siri to show live scores from Indian Premier League (IPL) and International Cricket Council (ICC) cricket matches. Of course, with every update that tries to fix bugs, sometimes, more get created. One bug that was recently spotted was regarding the iCloud settings which is reportedly turning on some services that were previously turned off. The Cupertino giant has been sending out emails to some users telling them that the iOS 10.3 update has a bug that is causing some iCloud services to turn on despite being disabled previously, according to MacRumors. The email sent by Apple basically wants you to check your iCloud settings and see if any service...
Elon Musk’s new venture could turn his cyborg dreams into reality

Elon Musk’s new venture could turn his cyborg dreams into reality

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As if self-driving cars and space travel aren't extraordinary enough, Elon Musk is planning another startup straight out of the pages of science fiction: augmenting the human brain with computers. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO has put his weight behind a new company dedicated to working on implants designed to interface with one's literal brain to increase human computing potential, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal . Dubbed Neuralink, the startup is reportedly working on a way to merge software with the brain using a surgically implanted neural lace. With this technology, Neuralink hopes to improve the memory of augmented individuals and possibly even create a mind-controlled digital interface for computers. Rise of the machines Though Neuralink hasn't existed nearly l...
US, UK Ban Laptops on Flights From Turkey, Middle East

US, UK Ban Laptops on Flights From Turkey, Middle East

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The United States and Britain on Tuesday banned larger electronic devices from the passenger cabin on flights from some airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa. American officials warned that extremists are seeking "innovative" ways to attack airliners with smaller explosive devices hidden in consumer electronics bigger than smartphones. The US has given nine airlines from eight countries until the weekend to tell travelers to America to pack laptops, tablets and portable game consoles in their hold luggage. No US carriers are affected, but the ban hits passengers on approximately 50 flights per day from the busiest hubs in the Arab world and the three Gulf carriers that recently emerged as giants: Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways. Britain issued a similar order, appli...