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Mercedes-Benz opens second R&D facility

Bengaluru - Mercedes-Benz Research and Development India (MBRDI) on Tuesday inaugurated its second dedicated facility at Whitefield here.

Spread across an area of 266,000 sq ft with a capacity of over 2,400 people, it is located close to the head office of MBRDI, the company said in a statement.

"MBRDI plays an important role within our global research and development organisation and this new facility is another milestone in the growth story of Mercedes-Benz R&D in India," said Thomas Merker, Vice-President (Body, Safety, Telematics) Mercedes-Benz Cars Development and acting Chairman, MBRDI.

General Motors to hike prices by up to Rs 20,000 from Jan 2015

New Delhi - General Motors India on Monday said it will hike prices of its entire product portfolio by up to Rs 20,000 from next month, in order to partially offset rising input costs.

All the eight models of the company's current product portfolio in the country, including entry level compact car Spark, will become costlier due to price hike.

"We have decided to increase the price of all car models to the tune of 1 per cent with effect from January 1 due to input cost pressure. The quantum ranges between Rs 5,000 to 20,000 depending upon the models and variants," General Motors India, Vice President P Balendran told PTI.

SpiceJet cancels over 1,800 domestic flights

SpiceJetNew Delhi, Dec. 9 - SpiceJet, owned by the Sun Group of India, has cancelled over 1,800 domestic flights across the country for the current month, after it reported a fifth straight quarter of net losses of 310 crore for July- September period.

In an update on its website, SpiceJet said, it has cancelled a total of 1,861 flights, a few to Kathmandu in Nepal and all others connecting domestic cities, till December 31.

Microsoft releases Skype 7 for Windows with improved features

MicrosoftLondon, Dec 07 : Microsoft has released its Skype 7 for Windows with improved features following complaints from users regarding its screen space that the app consumes.

According to PCWorld, Skype 7 is now complete with a more touch-friendly interface and a new compact mode to help cut down on the screen space of the app.

Microsoft said in its final release that it had included a new compact view in response to the feedback from users.

The company said that the update can be found under both "View" as well as ToolsOptionsIM Settings options.

Zuckerberg dismisses Apple CEO's statement about ads as 'ridiculous'

Mark ZuckerbergWashington, Dec 06 : Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg has rejected Tim Cook's claim that ads turn customers into products, saying that it was a " ridiculous concept".

According to the Verge, Zuckerberg was apparently irritated by the claim that ad supported services are bad for users.

Zuckerberg said that he was frustrated about people equating an advertising business model with being out of alignment with your customers, reported the Verge.

Zuckerberg was referring to comments made by Cook in September at the time when Cook defended Apple's approach to security after hundreds of nude and private images of celebrities were stolen from iCloud.

Apple files for dismissal of iPod case as plaintiffs' media players not covered by suit

AppleWashington, Dec 6 : Apple has reportedly filed to dismiss the billion-dollar lawsuit against the company after it presented evidence that the plaintiffs did not purchase iPods covered by the suit.

The Washington Post reported Apple lawyers presented evidence late Thursday that the two plaintiffs, Marianna Rosen and Melanie Wilson, didn't buy iPods covered by the suit, adding the suit specifically covered iPods bought between September 2006 and March 2009 that also ran software released with iTunes 7.0 or 7.4.

The revelation was made after Apple lawyers asked to see Rosen's iPod soon after her testimony and ran the serial number to confirm whether it actually qualified.

Samsung wants 930 mln dollar Apple patent breach damages order dumped

Samsung AppleWashington, Dec 05 : Samsung has asked a U. S. appeals court to put away the order that the company pay 930 million U. S. dollars to Apple for breaching iPhone patents to make its Galaxy smartphones and tablets.

Apple and Samsung have been litigating around the world for three years, both accusing each other for infringing patents to make smartphones and other mobile devices, reported the Verge.

In August, the companies agreed to withdraw all patent lawsuits everywhere except in the United States.

Apple's lawyer William Lee said that 930 million dollar verdict was the right decision.

Govt to sell 5% stake in SAIL on Friday; floor price fixed at Rs 83

New Delhi - Government's five per cent stake in steel giant SAIL will be sold at a floor price of Rs 83 per share on Friday, which can raise Rs 1,500-1,700 crore for the exchequer in the first disinvestment under the new regime.

"Government expects to garner Rs 1,500 crore to Rs 1,700 crore from SAIL disinvestment. Floor price will be Rs 83 and retail investors will get a discount of 5 per cent," an official said after a meeting on SAIL disinvestment in the Finance Ministry.

The SAIL offering would be the first PSU share sale under the new government, which targets to raise Rs 43,425 crore through share sales in various state-owned firms during the ongoing fiscal.

Google to replace 'annoying' CAPTCHAs with single click feature

GoogleWashington, Dec 04 : Google is set to get rid of CAPTCHA that forced users to confirm they are humans by typing in barely legible words and numbers, a report said.

The service will now be replaced with a single click on sites that use Google's re CAPTCHA service. The search engine giant is now introducing a new API text that will require users to just check a box that says, "I'm not a robot," reported Tech Crunch.

Google decided to trash the old Captchas because they weren't that good at keeping robots at bay. The advanced robots today could solve Captchas with 99.8 percent accuracy.

For now, websites can either choose to stick to the old experience or switch to the new API.

Sahara Group sells Rs 1,211 crore worth Gurgaon land to M3M

New Delhi - Looking to raise funds to ensure release of its chief Subrata Roy from jail, Sahara has sold a big land parcel at the outskirts of the national capital for Rs 1,211 crore to Gurgaon-based developer M3M India Ltd.

The 185-acre land in Gurgaon, with 12 million square feet built-up area, would be used for 'mix-use development' and has sales revenue potential of Rs 12,000 crore, M3M India Ltd said today while announcing the deal.

M3M India Director Pankaj Bansal also asserted that it was not a 'distress sale' by Sahara and the deal has been inked on the basis of market price.

Apple's iPhone 6 was Bing's 'most searched for gadget' in 2014

Apple's iPhone 6Washington, Dec 3 : Apple's iPhone 6 has topped Bing's list of the most popular gadget of 2014.

According to the list by Microsoft's search engine, Xbox One came in second, followed by Fitbit, Mashable reported.

Samsung's Galaxy S5, which came out this year, was nowhere to be seen, while the Galaxy S4 came in eighth.

The top 10 most searched devices by Bing are:

1. iPhone 6

2. Xbox One

3. Fitbit

4. iPad

5. Surface Pro 3

6. Kindle Fire

7. Windows Phone

8. Galaxy S4

9. Chromecast

10. Google Glass (ANI)

Coca-Cola dumps 'sexist' milk ads with 'nude' women for National campaign following flak

Coca-ColaWashington, Dec 03 : Coca-Cola has recently stated that they will not use the latest milk ads with nude women, which was criticized as " sexist" by the consumers, for their National campaign.

The company published on their website that these ads were part of a test launch that ended in June, E! Online reported.

It was mentioned that in June, they concluded two test markets in Denver and Minneapolis, which allowed fairlife to learn what was working and what they needed to improve for the upcoming national launch.

It further continued that the "pin-ups" advertising might have been eye-catching, but they are taking a totally new approach with all new packaging and advertising.

Apple iPhone 6 users complain phone's front camera misaligned

Apple iPhone 6Washington, Dec 2 : iPhone 6 users are complaining that the phone's front camera is misaligned.

One of the comments posted by an iPhone 6 user on reddit. com said there was a crescent visible on the right side of the hole of his iphone.

Some users have complained that their replaced iPhones too had similar problem.

Another iPhone 6 user posted his comments on MacRumours complaining that his one-month iPhone 6 had flakey wifi, random reboots, and a blotchy screen.

This is not the first time when Apple users have come up with such a complaint.

Earlier, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users complained that the new phones bent while being carried in trouser pockets.

Microsoft acquires email start-up Acompli for 200 mln dollars

MicrosoftWashington, Dec 02 : Microsoft has officially confirmed that it has acquired an email start-up company Acompli for over 200 million dollars.

According to the Verge, Acompli's CEO Javier Soltero said that the existing mobile app for iOS and Android would continue to work and improve on the pace and functionality every couple of weeks.

The application also works like the desktop version of Outlook combining contacts, calendar, and mail into a single interface that works together.

Microsoft's strategy for Acompli is not clear as yet but it is expected that the company will integrate the application into its Office 365 offering. (ANI)

Huawei to focus on Android after company fails to make money on Windows Phone

huawei Washington, Dec 2 : China-based Huawei has claimed that the company did not make any money on the Windows Phone, following which, it is now focused on creating Android mobiles.

According to The Verge, in an interview, Huawei's head of international media affairs, Joe Kelly, said that the company didn't make money from its two handsets running Windows Phone, and that "nobody made any money in Windows Phone."

Huawei produced two models running Microsoft's smartphone OS before it said it was putting its plans for future Windows Phones on hold, the Seattle Times reported.

A few months back, Microsoft made Windows Phone free for device manufacturers. (ANI)

Microsoft to discard clip art from Office products

MicrosoftWashington, Dec 02 : Microsoft has announced its decision to pull the plug on the last trace of clip art in its Office products, a report said.

The company will now guide its users, in need of imagery, towards Bing Image Search because they are already getting their images online anyway, reported Tech Crunch.

Bing images won't be vector art and hence, not as resizable as its predecessor but will give users a whole range of options. The search engine built inside Office is the same as the one that's built into its standard search engine, just with Creative Commons filters switched on by default to allow commercial use. (ANI)

Google to launch new Intel-powered Glass headset in 2015

google glass headsetWashington, Dec 02 : Google is set to launch a new model of its Glass headset next year that will be powered by an Intel chip and will offer longer battery life than its predecessor, a report said.

Google Glass has already introduced a few upgrades in order to add compatibility with prescription lenses and to increase the RAM. However, the shift to a new processor indicates a "thorough overhaul" of the entire device, reported The Verge.

Limited battery life and a large price tag have worked against the wearable devices' widespread adoption so far.

Uber slams India's new payment regulations for stifling businesses

UberWashington, Dec 2 : Uber has reportedly slammed India's new payment regulations, which requires a two-factor authentication process for all online transactions.

The US taxi app company referred to the new regulation as "an antiquated solution that is cumbersome for consumers and stifling for businesses."

The company said that user reluctance to switch from its credit card-based system "indicates their trust in Uber's payment system and a preference for more convenient yet secure online/mobile payments," Tech Crunch reported.

New Coca-Cola milk product ad branded `sexist` over naked women being pictured in milk dresses

London, Dec 02 - The latest advertising campaign by Coca-Cola for their new milk product was condemned as "sexist" by the consumers over naked women being pictured in milk dresses.

The Fairlife poster campaign features a series of tag lines also including "Drink what she's wearing," and "Better milk looks good on you," the Mirror reported.

Some people took to Twitter to criticise the campaign, claiming it was old-fashioned, while others branded it "nonsense."

The milk has been filtered to be lactose-free, is lower in sugar and higher in protein and calcium; however it is twice as expensive as regular milk. (ANI)

Leaked images reveal new Microsoft Lumia phone with huge camera bump

Microsoft LumiaWashington, Dec 1 : Images of a new Microsoft Lumia phone with a large camera bump have reportedly been leaked online

According to The Verge, leaked photos from a Chinese auction site show a device identified only as " Nokia RM-1052" running Windows Phone 8.1 alongside 2GB of RAM and what appears to be a 5-inch 1080p display.

The larger than life camera bump seems to be the new addition to the phone.

The phone's body appears to be made of aluminum, but there's a plastic strip at the bottom of the device, an addition that looks odd but may assist with radio signal strength, the report said.

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