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Cuba 'hot destination' for US travellers post normalisation of diplomatic relations

Cuba 'hot destination' for US travellers post normalisation of diplomatic relationsWashington, Dec 23 : Since US President Barack Obama's move to normalise diplomatic relations with Cuba, travellers keen to visit the island country have been thronging US travel websites to learn more about the destination.

ABC News reported US website traffic on TripAdvisor about travel to Cuba spiked 293 percent on Wednesday, Dec. 17, compared to the previous day, according to company data.

An opt-in online poll hosted by TripAdvisor showed that 54 percent of more than 1,500 respondents said "eased travel restrictions will increase their interest in visiting Cuba in 2015.


Sony invents wearable smart display that can be attached to your glasses

Sony invents wearable smart display that can be attached to your glassesWashington, Dec 18 : Sony has reportedly revealed its latest experiment that will attach a head-up display on people's glasses.

The company is developing an OLED microdisplay that will provide relevant information in a "high-resolution" 640 x 400 color format, reported The Verge.

The eyewear will have two additional modules, which are designed to rest on top of the wearer's temples, connect up to the microdisplay and provide it with an ARM processor, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, an accelerometer, a touch sensor, and a 400mAh battery.


Uber hikes prices 'exorbitantly' during Sydney cafe siege then backtracks post public outcry

Uber hikes pricesWashington, Dec 15 : A report has said Uber briefly charged its users, who were caught in downtown Sydney where a siege is underway at Lindt cafe, a minimum of 100 dollars as a result of automatic surge pricing to get more drivers online.

An executive in the city's Central Business District (CBD), Matthew Leung, sent screenshots of the Uber app that showed the company was charging up to four times more than the normal rate as "demands is off the charts," reported Mashable.

Leung said that he had never seen the rate at four times the normal rate and added that he was a one percent top Uber user.


Bank of America to pay 1M dollars to Florida couple over badgering robocalls

Bank of America to pay 1M dollars to Florida couple over badgering robocallsNew York, Dec 13 : A Florida couple, who sued Bank of America for harassing them with more than 700 collection calls, have won 1 million dollars in compensation.

According to New York Post, the couple, Nelson and Joyce Coniglio, said the bank badgered them after they had fallen behind on their house payments.

The couple reportedly sued the bank under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and was awarded a little over 1 million dollars by a federal judge in Tampa.

Nelson said that the bank treated them very badly and there was no two ways about it. (ANI)


Bill bars US deals with Russian arms dealer

Bill bars US deals with Russian arms dealerWashington : The US Defense Department would be barred from entering into any contract with a Russian state arms dealer under a provision of the $1.1 trillion spending bill.

The sweeping package includes a prohibition on department dealings with Rosoboronexport or any of its subsidiaries until Russia has withdrawn from the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine or the company has stopped transferring lethal military equipment to the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad.

Republican Sen. John Cornyn has pushed for the provision that enjoys strong bipartisan support. Democratic Rep. Jim Moran also has targeted purchases from the arms dealer.


Now, Xiaomi accused of lifting new air purifier design from Japanese company

Now, Xiaomi accused of lifting new air purifier design from Japanese companyWashington, Dec 12 : Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has been accused of stealing the design of a Japanese company's air purifier for its own product.

According to PC World, Japan's Balmuda, a maker of electric fans has alleged that Xiaomi's new smartphone-controlled "Mi Air Purifier," launched on Tuesday, closely resembles its "Air Engine" purifier.

This is not the first time the Chinese smartphone maker has been accused of design theft.

Xiaomi has often been accused of copying designs of latest Apple products.


Time not right for business as usual with Russia: US to India

Time not right for business as usual with Russia: US to IndiaWashington: The US on Friday re-emphasised that it was not the right time for "business as usual" with Russia, a day after India and Russia signed 20 bilateral agreements in key areas like oil, gas and defence during President Vladimir Putin's visit to New Delhi.

"We've seen press reporting on India concluding business, nuclear and defence deals with Russia, but not confirmation of those agreements or specifics of what those agreements would entail. Our view remains that it's not time for business as usual with Russia," US State Department spokesperson Marie Harf said.


Uber banned in Spain, Thailand, pan-India in fresh spate of clampdowns

Uber banned in Spain, Thailand, pan-India in fresh spate of clampdownsWashington, Dec 10 - After being banned in Delhi and thrown out of Netherlands, Uber is now also facing a ban in Spain and Thailand, for operating unlicensed and uninsured taxi services, in a fresh spate of clampdowns on the web-based taxi company.

Following a complaint filed by the Madrid Taxi Association, a Madrid judge has directed Uber to cease all activities in Spain because its drivers are unregistered and hence, pose unfair competition to existing taxi services, reported The Verge.


Triple whammy for `under fire` Uber

Triple whammy for `under fire` UberWashington, Dec 09 : After being banned in New Delhi, banished in Netherlands, Uber is now being sued by the City of Portland, a report said.

Uber launched in Portaland on Friday but the City's Transportation Bureau is already dropping the hammer because it has laws for licensing for-hire vehicles and it wants Uber to follow them, reported Tech Crunch.

The bureau has issued a cease and desist ordering Uber to suspend operations within city limits and has asked the court to step-in and make it so, the report said.


Uber valued at 40 bln dollars after 1.2 bln fundraising in Asia

Uber valued at 40 bln dollars after 1.2 bln fundraising in AsiaWashington, Dec 05 : Uber has announced that the company raised 1.2 billion dollars in venture capital in Asia and that the new report now values the company roughly at 40 billion dollars.

According to the Verge, Uber has raised 2.7 billion dollars in total as the company has found willing investors after it showed a staggering growth to generate two billion dollars in annual revenue.

The company has also been in a lot of negative press reports due to its apparent aggressive promises it makes to its drivers regarding their salaries.


'India-US trade policy forum will help move past rhetoric'

'India-US trade policy forum will help move past rhetoric'Washington - Terming the Indo-US engagement as encouraging, the US Chamber of Commerce has said the re-launch of a trade policy forum is a critical step in moving past rhetoric and building trust between the two countries.

"The ongoing engagement between our governments over the last several months has been encouraging," said Patrick Kilbride, executive director for International IP policy at the US Chamber's Global Intellectual Policy Center.


Apple co-founder Ronald Wayne puts old Apple blueprints, drawings up for auction

Apple co-founder Ronald Wayne puts old Apple blueprints, drawings up for auctionWashington, Nov 27 : Apple co-founder Ronald Wayne has reportedly put a collection of early Apple documents up for auction that is expected to be valued at 30,000 to 50,000 dollars.

The collection includes proof sheets for the manual that accompanied the original Apple-1 computer and a set of drawings and blueprints for the Apple II computer and the original order form for the Apple II, reported Tech Crunch. (ANI)


U.S. critical of EU's proposal to split Google

U.S. critical of EU's proposal to split GoogleWashington, Nov 26 : The United Sates has opposed the European Parliament's proposal to split Google's search engine from the rest of its business.

The U. S. Commission, in an email, said that it notes the EU proposal with concern.

According to CNET, the U. S. Mission to the European Union responded to the proposal by the European Parliament calling for an "unbundling" of Google's businesses with a critical tone.

The EU resolution is planned to curb the company's power and it would pose a significant threat to Google's business.


China launches world's longest train route from Yiwo to Madrid

China launches world's longest train route from Yiwo to MadridWashington, Nov 22 : China has launched an 82-wagon cargo train that will take 21 days to travel 6,200 miles and pass through six other countries as it moves goods from the industrial city of Yiwu to the Spanish capital, Madrid marking the longest route taken by a freight train.

According to Washington Post, on November 18, the freight train left the eastern Chinese industrial city of Yiwu.

The train route is longer than Russia's famed Trans-Siberian Railway.

Yiwu is the largest wholesale center for small consumer goods in China. Now the city is plugged into a larger project with the freight train.


Harold Hamm's ex-wife calls $1 b divorce settlement 'disappointing'

Harold HammWashington, Nov 15 : The multibillionaire energy tycoon Harold Hamm's ex-wife has planned to appeal a court ruling that awarded her nearly 1 billion dollars in a divorce settlement.

Attorney Ron Barber said that Sue Ann Hamm is disappointed in the outcome of this case as she dedicated 25 years as the 68-year-old oil baron's faithful partner in family and business, the Oklahoman reported.

Harold was told to pay her about 322 million dollars by the end of the year, followed by monthly payments of at least 7 million dollars until the remaining 650 million dollars is paid.


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