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US Black Friday online sales total $3.34 billion

US Black Friday online sales total $3.34 billion

San Francisco, Nov 27 : A digital marketing research group has recorded online sales at a record high of $3.34 billion during the Black Friday shopping spree in the United States.

Xinhua news agency on Saturday quoted Adobe Digital Insights (ADI) as saying that the total represented a 21.6 per cent increase from the same day of last year and $290 million above the predicted $3.05 billion sales for the traditional shopping day after Thanksgiving holiday.


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Facebook working on censorship tool to enter China: Report

Facebook working on censorship tool to enter China: Report

San Francisco, Nov 23 : Social networking giant Facebook is reportedly developing a software tool to surpass censorship and get back into China, a market where the social network has been blocked, media reported.

According to The New York Times, the censorship tool "suppresses users' posts from appearing in the News Feed in designated geographic areas".

Facebook has been banned in China since 2009.

The new feature prevents content from appearing in feeds in China in the first place.


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Microsoft teams up with Musk's $1 bn OpenAI project

Microsoft teams up with Musk's $1 bn OpenAI project

San Francisco, Nov 16 : In a move to "democratise" artificial intelligence (AI) and making it accessible to everyone, Microsoft has teamed up with OpenAI, a non-profit AI research organisation co-founded by Elon Musk.

OpenAI is the $1 billion project co-founded by Tesla CEO Musk, US-based startup incubator "Y Combinator" President Sam Altman and others.

As part of the partnership, OpenAI will use Microsoft Azure as its primary cloud platform to help advance their research and create new tools and technologies that are only possible with the cloud.


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Facebook denies it spread fake news to help Trump win

Facebook denies it spread fake news to help Trump win

NK World, San Francisco, Nov 15 : Hit by charges that the social media giant distributed fake news which helped Donald Trump win the US presidential election, Facebook on Tuesday denied any such charges.

According to TechCrunch, Facebook "did not build and withhold any News Feed changes based on their potential impact on any one political party".

"It developed two versions of a fix for clickbait this year, and decided to trust algorithmic machine learning detection instead of only user behaviour," the report said, quoting a Facebook spokesperson.


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Toyota develops app to start up car from smartphone

Toyota develops app to start up car from smartphone

San Francisco, Nov 1 : Japanese car maker Toyota has developed an app called Smart Key Box that lets people use smartphones to access and start up a car.

The app would only allow users that have previously signed up for the shared-use car to operate it, providing a more secure way of lending and renting cars, Toyota said in a statement on Monday.

For the pilot programme that will begin in San Francisco in January has invested in Getaround in October -- a peer-to-peer sharing service that allows private car owners to rent out their vehicles when they are not using them.

The device works with a cloud service where an individual can be given access to a specific car for a set time period, CNET reported.


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Facebook Messenger now supports PayPal payments

Facebook Messenger now supports PayPal payments

San Francisco, Oct 25 : Online Payment gateway PayPal has joined social media giant Facebook where the service will now be available in Messenger for people in the US to shop via chatbots.

As part of the deal, Paypal will make it easier to link your PayPal account to Facebook and Messenger, techcrunch reported on Tuesday.

Messenger is also adding a feature that will let users receive notifications about PayPal transactions.

"In addition, Messenger payments are not being limited to PayPal - customers can transact using their payment info already stored in Facebook and Messenger within the bots, as another option," the report added.

Nearly 40 per cent of US mobile users are now on Facebook's messaging platform.


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LeEco breaks boundaries; disrupts US market with new model launches

LeEco breaks boundaries; disrupts US market with new model launches

San Francisco [United States], Oct. 20 : Chinese company LeEco launched a slew of upcoming products and services today here in San Francisco.

The internet conglomerate launched an 85-inch TV (2.2m), a VR headset, a self-driving car along with its flagship phones LePro 3 and the Le S3.

At the "Ignite the Eco World" event, LeEco unveiled its open, integrated Internet ecosystem consisting of platform, content, apps and the stunning array of connected smart devices that bring it to life.

In an interview to the Indian media, YT Jia, Founder, Chairman and CEO of LeEco, said the company aims to create a business model that will lead the next era of technology - the ecosystem era.


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Apple acquires Hyderabad-based machine learning startup

Apple acquires Hyderabad-based machine learning startup

San Francisco, Sep 23 : US tech giant Apple has acquired Tuplejump -- a Hyderabad-based machine learning startup that helps companies to store, process and visualise big data with its unique software.

Founded in 2013, Tuplejump's two co-founders Rohit Rai and Satyaprakash Buddhavarapu have already joined Apple while third cofounder, Deepak Alur, joined Anaplan - a Cloud-based business modelling and planning platform for sales, operations and finance.

According to a Tech Crunch report, Apple is on a machine learning company buying spree and recently bought two well-known startups Perceptio and Turi.

"Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans," a company spokesperson told Tech Crunch.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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)


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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)


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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.


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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.


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