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Apple buys machine learning startup Turi to make Siri better

Apple buys machine learning startup Turi to make Siri better

San Francisco, Aug 6 : Taking another foray into the field of artificial intelligence (AI) AND machine learning and to make its digital assistant Siri better, Apple has acquired Seattle-based machine learning startup Turi for nearly $200 million.

According to a GeekWire report, the move is set to increase Apple's presence in the Seattle region where the tech giant has been building an engineering outpost for the past two years.

"Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans," said Apple in a statement given to GeekWire.

Turi offers tools that are meant to let developers easily scale machine learning applications.


Twitter suspends JuD chief Hafiz Saeed's account

Twitter suspends JuD chief Hafiz Saeed's account

San Francisco, July 14 : Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed's account 'HafizSaeedLive' has been suspended by online social networking service Twitter for posting about the ongoing protests in Kashmir valley and the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani frequently.

His twitter handle suspension comes in wake of the recent speech at a meet in Lahore on Tuesday, where he said that the ongoing protests on the Indian side of Kashmir would be intensified and warned that the deaths in the region would not be in vain.


Apple to announce bringing of Siri to Mac, third-party apps at WWDC

Apple to announce bringing of Siri to Mac, third-party apps at WWDC

San Francisco, June 13 : Tech giant Apple is likely to bring computer program Siri, which works as an intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator to the Mac.

The announcement for the same would be made in the week-long Worldwide Developers Conference, which kicks off today, the Verge quoted the Wall Street Journal as saying.

Apple introduced Siri as an iPhone feature in 2011 and it opened a door for the people finding information or completing tasks on their devices by speaking rather than typing or tapping.

The company would also give developers access to its Siri voice assistant so that they can incorporate it into their apps.


Apple to report its second-quarter results on Apr. 26

Apple to report its second-quarter results on Apr. 26

San Francisco, Apr. 21 : Tech giant Apple would report its second-quarter results on April 26.

The company was earlier scheduled to report its second-quarter results a day ahead on April 25.

Apple did not give a reason for the postponement on its website.

Apple is the world's largest information technology company by revenue, the world's largest technology company by total assets and the world's second-largest mobile phone manufacturer. (ANI)


Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference to take place in June

Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference to take place in June

San Francisco, Apr. 19 : Tech giant Apple has confirmed the dates of its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2016.

The tickets for the conference to be held from June 13 to 17 in San Francisco would be USD 1,599, but unlike last year not every interested developer would be allowed to attend the event, the Verge reports.

Details of the week-long event, including specific locations, schedule and details of the planned live stream are available on Apple's WWDC website. (ANI)


Google launches Street View in Sri Lanka

Google launches Street View in Sri Lanka

San Francisco: Tech giant Google today launched the Street View imagery of Sri Lanka on Google Maps that will allow users to view and experience 360-degree panoramic imagery of the country from their phones, tablets and computers.

With addition of Sri Lanka, Street View is now available in 76 countries, including the US, Japan and South Korea. Street View allows users to see how a city or a place looks like in real. Using cars and bikes fitted with cameras to collect imagery, Google collects and stitches the photos accumulated together to make the 360-degree panorama.

Interestingly, Street View is not available in India. The company had launched the service in 2011 in India, but later suspended it following an order from the police.


iPhone SE to be available for sale from April at Rs 39,000

iPhone SE to be available for sale from April at Rs 39,000

San Francisco, Mar. 22 : Technology giant Apple finally unveiled its much-awaited iPhone SE, which is said to be the cheapest iPhone model till date.

The smartphone comes in new rose gold colour and sports a four-inch display.

It would be available for purchase in India from April at Rs. 39,000(16GB version), the California-based company said during a Press conference here on Monday.

The new iPhone is smaller in size and comes 16GB and 64GB storage variants. It has a 12-megapixel rear camera and a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Other features like Wi-Fi, LTE, new microphones are similar like its processor, the iPhone 6S. (ANI)


Apple unveils new watch at USD 299

Apple unveils new watch at USD 299

San Francisco, Mar. 22 : Technology giant Apple has unveiled it's new Watch, which is comparatively cheaper than its earlier versions.

The device which would be available for sale starting from USD 299 comes with colourful bands.

The cost of Woven Nylon bands is USD 49.

Addressing the media at a Press conference here on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook claimed that Apple Watch is the best selling smartwatch in the world and changing bands is a popular trend amongst Apple Watch users.


Sony PlayStation VR to be priced at USD 399

Sony PlayStation VR to be priced at USD 399

San Francisco, Mar. 17 : Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation Sony has announced its much-awaited virtual reality headset for PlayStation giving tough competition to its virtual reality gaming counterpart Oculus Rift.

The virtual reality headset is expected to be launched globally in October this year for USD 399.

The headset comes with 360 degree head tracking, a 100 degree field of vision and latency of 18 milliseconds between the time a user's head moves and the time they see the correct image, Reuters reported.

"We firmly believe getting the price right is crucial to driving consumer adoption of any new technology," said Andrew House, head of Sony's gaming division.


Buddhist monk mistaken for Muslim, attacked in US

Buddhist monk mistaken for Muslim, attacked in US

San Francisco: In a hate-fuelled attack, a 66-year-old Buddhist monk was assaulted in the US with the attacker apparently mistaking him for a Muslim.

Kozen Sampson, a Buddhist monk, said he was attacked during a visit to Hood River in Oregon state.

The brown robe-clad Sampson's car door was kicked into his head by a man who abused him and then fled on foot, according to the Hood River Police Department.

Police described the assailant as a white male with brown hair. Investigators are probing the incident that took place on February 29 as a possible hate crime.

Sampson told the New York Daily News he suffered a small cut, some memory loss and was "stunned for a minute or two" after the man attacked him on his trip to take his dogs to obedience training.


Carbon dioxide, plants turned into renewable plastic

Carbon dioxide, plants turned into renewable plastic

San Francisco: The researchers at Stanford University of the US have found a way to turn carbon dioxide (CO2) and inedible plant material, such as agricultural waste and grasses, into plastic.

"Our goal is to replace petroleum-derived products with plastic made from CO2," said Matthew Kanan, an assistant professor of chemistry.

In a study published in the journal Nature, the Stanford team described their work on polyethylene furandicarboxylate (PEF), a promising alternative to polyethylene terephthalate (PET), also known as polyester, Xinhua reported.

Many plastic products now are made from PET. Worldwide, about 50 million tons of PET are produced each year for items such as fabrics, electronics, recyclable beverage containers and personal-care products.


WhatsApp crosses billion-user mark

WhatsApp crosses billion-user mark

San Francisco, Feb. 2: Smartphone messaging service WhatsApp which is owned by Facebook, has hit the billion-user mark, its CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday.

"One billion people now use WhatsApp. There are only a few services that connect more than a billion people. This milestone is an important step towards connecting the entire world," Zuckerberg posted on Facebook.

The ranks of people using WhatsApp have more than doubled since California-based Facebook bought the service for USD19 billion in late 2014.


Facebook glitch celebrates 46 years of online friendship

Facebook glitch celebrates 46 years of online friendship

San Francisco : Facebook's making some of its users feel a lot older than they really are.

The social network sent automated messages on Friday inviting some users to celebrate "46 years of friendship on Facebook" with one or more of their online friends.

That's odd, since Facebook only started in 2004. And some people who got the message are in their 20s and 30s.

Facebook blamed a software bug. It didn't offer details, but computer experts speculate the problem stems from a quirk in Unix, an operating system used in big data centers where companies like Facebook store information.

The glitch starts the internal calendar on some computers at midnight, Greenwich Mean Time, January 1, 1970.0


Mark Zuckerberg welcomes a baby girl, pledges 99% of fortune to charity

Mark Zuckerberg welcomes a baby girl, pledges 99% of fortune to charity

San Francisco : Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Wednesday announced the birth of his first child as he and his wife pledged to give away 99 per cent of his company shares currently worth a whopping USD 45 billion to make the world a "better place" for daughter Maxima and other children.

In a letter to the baby who he lovingly addresses as Max posted on his Facebook page, Zuckerberg said: "We're so happy to welcome our daughter Max into this world. Everyone is happy and healthy. Thank you for all your love and support through our pregnancy. There is so much joy in our little family."


Periscope streaming app spreads to Android smartphones

Periscope streaming app spreads to Android smartphones

San Francisco: Twitter launched its Periscope application on Android-powered devices today as the battle for live-streaming video spread to the world's leading smartphone platform.

A version of Periscope tailored for Android, the KitKat version or newer, debuted at the Google Play shop as Twitter stepped up its offensive on rival video-streaming application Meerkat.

"When we started Periscope, we wanted to build the closest thing to teleportation -- by providing users with the best way to start or watch a live video broadcast," the Periscope team said in an online post.

"Our initial launch was limited to just (Apple's) iOS, but we've been working really hard to craft an experience that feels special on Android, yet still unmistakably Periscope."


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