5 days, $1 billion: Flipkart and Amazon spur Indian smartphone bonanza

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The battle for India’s online shoppers has triggered a smartphone gold rush. Flipkart and Amazon are leading an online sales bonanza that will see Indians buy smartphones worth over $1 billion in just five days, according to tech consultancy Counterpoint Research. Bangalore-based Flipkart said it sold 1 million devices during the first hour of an online… Read more »

How the Dutch foiled Russian ‘cyber-attack’ on OPCW

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Four Russians, a car full of electronic equipment, and a foiled plot to hack the world’s foremost chemical weapons watchdog. The Dutch security services say Russia planned a cyber-attack on the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague earlier this year. At a press conference on Thursday, Defence Minister Ank Bijleveld… Read more »

Google Ad Chief Ramaswamy Exits; Search, AI Veteran Replaces Him

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Google is replacing its top advertising executive, Sridhar Ramaswamy, the first major management shakeup at the company’s most important business in half a decade. Prabhakar Raghavan, head of Google’s business-applications unit, will step into the role on Friday, the company said. A veteran of search technology and artificial intelligence research, Raghavan will now oversee product… Read more »

Honour of Kings uses facial recognition to check ages

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One of China’s most popular video games is testing the use of facial recognition to check users’ ages. Honour of Kings’ publisher Tencent announced the move at the weekend. It said the trial would initially be limited to “thousands” of new players based in Beijing and Shenzhen. The title has been criticised in local media over claims… Read more »

Siri is your new customer service rep

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The folks behind some of the technology in Siri, the iPhone’s virtual personal assistant, are bringing their voice recognotion technology to customer service applications, including bank, cable and credit card smartphone apps. Nuance Communications (NUAN) last week announced the creation of “Nina,” a natural human language input software that is designed to understand customers’ questions about their… Read more »

NBA League Pass: Fans to be able to buy access to live fourth quarter action

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A last-minute Champions League-winning goal, or a Ryder Cup-winning putt – how much would you pay to watch those sporting climaxes? If you’re an NBA fan, it will cost you very little. Starting this season, fans will be able to watch just the last quarter of a game “in real-time” for $1.99 Source: BBC Sports Date: September… Read more »

The New Apple Watch Heart Monitoring Only Works in the U.S.

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When Apple said its new Apple Watch heart monitoring capabilities were FDA cleared, they meant only FDA cleared, it seems. The new Apple Watch touts a fancy new ECG, or electrocardiogram, monitor. It’s the type of device that is medically advanced enough to need clearance before public consumer use. Apple actually only got FDA clearance a day before its big event… Read more »