Technology Sector

SNF to invest Rs 3K crore towards educational programs in 5 years

Shiv Nadar FoundationTechnology giant HCL's philanthropic initiative Shiv Nadar Foundation (SNF) has announced its decision to invest Rs 3,000 crore towards various educational programs in the next five years.

The newly announced amount for educational programs will take the private philanthropic foundation's investment in various philanthropic activities to a whopping $1 billion (Rs 6,000 crore).

Google offering Nexus 5 with shipping time of up to 4 weeks

Google offering Nexus 5 with shipping time of up to 4 weeksAnyone looking to buy unlocked version of Google's new Nexus 5 may have to wait for up to a month, according to shipping schedule mentioned for the smartphone at the company's official website.

According to the latest information, the unlocked 16GB version and 32GB black version are now available from Google with a shipping time of three to four weeks.

Those who want to buy the 32GB white version of the Google Nexus 5 smartphone will have to wait for two to three weeks.

BlackBerry scraps plans for stake sale

BlackBerry scraps plans for stake saleCanadian mobile phone maker, BlackBerry has said that it has cancelled plans to sell the company to its largest shareholder.

The company also announced that its chief executive would step down as it adopts a new strategy to revive business. The company is aiming to raise $1 billion from institutions and is bringing in a new leader to revive business. BlackBerry said its chief executive, Thorsten Heins, will step down after the rescue deal is finalised. The new executive chairman, John Chen, will act as chief executive until a replacement is found.

Google grants Rs 21 crore to 10 Indian non-profit organisations

Google grants Rs 21 crore to 10 Indian non-profit organisations Google Inc, the world's most-popular search engine, on Thursday announced Indian winners of its Global Impact Challenge funding.

The Internet search giant announced that 10 Indian non-profit organisations had been selected for a funding of Rs 21 crore under its Global Impact Challenge. Agastya, Indian Digital Green Trust, Janaagraha and Social Awareness-Newer Alternatives (SANA) will receive grants of Rs 3 crore each.

The remaining six non-profit groups will receive Rs 1.5 crore each.

Samsung says sorry to Chinese customers for malfunctioning phones

Samsung says sorry to Chinese customers for malfunctioning phonesSouth Koran electronics giant, Samsung Electronics has apologized to its customers in the Chinese market after reports that its pones were malfunctioning.

Latest iPad5 to be thinner, lighter, sans TouchID

Latest iPad5 to be thinner, lighter, sans TouchIDLondon, Oct 21 - The wait for the latest iPad5 is about to get over, with the tech giant Apple unveiling its product on October 22. The gadget will have a sleek new design but lack the most-hyped fingerprint scanning feature of iPhone5S.

The iPad5 is speculated to have the high-definition Retina display while its smaller version iPad Mini 2 will be lighter.

According to Mirror, the latest tablets won't come in gold colour, as introduced in the latest iPhone5S range, and will be without the high-security finger scanner feature, as speculated earlier.

Now, even Skype investigated for possible NSA links

Now, even Skype investigated for possible NSA linksLondon, Oct 12 : Instant messaging service, Skype, which was renowned for its anti-surveillance feature, has reportedly come under the privacy scanner for its possible links with the US' National Security Agency, in furnishing user data for surveillance.

Skype could face EU sanctions over data it has made accessible to the NSA in the US. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Skype is being investigated by Luxembourg's data protection commissioner over concerns about its secret involvement with the NSA's Prism programme.

iPhone5C's up for grabs at Best Buy for $50!

iPhone5C's up for grabs at Best Buy for $50!Washington, Oct. 5 - Electronics retail giant Best Buy is reportedly offering Apple's latest low-cost iPhone5C for even a lower cost of 50 dollars, two weeks following its launch.

Best Buy will give customers a 50 dollar gift card that can be applied to the 99.99 dollar phone, cutting the price in half.

According to Fox News, the deal will run until October 7 and is applicable just for the low-cost iPhone5C model and not the standard 5S version.

Fairfax Financial to acquire BlackBerry for $4.7 billion

Fairfax Financial to acquire BlackBerry for $4.7 billionCanada based firm, Fairfax Financial has agreed to pay about $4.7 billion for smartphone maker, BlackBerry that was once a dominating force in the market.

Fairfax Financial already owns 10 per cent of the company and will now expand its stake in the troubled firm. Fairfax Financial has reportedly joined a group of other buyers to acquire BlackBerry shares at $9 per unit and take the company private by removing it from the public listing on Nasdaq.

The shares of the company have fallen from a high of $148 in June 2008 to around $8 a share at present.

Microsoft to launch new Surface tablet at NYC event

Microsoft to launch new Surface tablet at NYC eventSoftware giant, Microsoft might be planning to launch its new surface tablet computer at an event in NYC including a version to compete with the smaller Google's Nexus 7 and Apple's iPad Mini.

The company has said that it will host an event in New York on Monday. The event comes as the company prepares to releases an update to its Windows 8 operating system in October. Windows 8.1 will be compatible on smaller touch screens and will support a new version of the tablet with a smaller screen, offering a cheaper and easier to carry alternative to larger tablets.

Apple newest iPhone goes on sale in in 11 countries on Friday

Apple newest iPhone goes on sale in in 11 countries on FridayTechnology giant, Apple has announced the launch of the newest version of its iPhone smartphone in a total of 11 countries on Friday.

Experts have said that the company might be able to sell as many iPhones over its launch weekend as it sold during the previous year because the initial launch includes the giant telecom market of China this time. Apple has indicated that it will launch the newest version of its iPhone smartphone in China on the same as it is launched in the American market.

Mindtree unveils video software for surveillance

MindTree-LtdBangalore, Sep 20 : Leading IT solutions provider Mindtree Ltd Friday unveiled a video management software for surveillance of cities, enterprises, industrial and retail sectors.

"Our latest video management software product - Gladius - is a one-stop solution for security and surveillance requirements of small and mid-sized customers," the city-based Mindtree' chief technology officer S. Janakirman said in statement here.

Besides providing multiple benefits like scalability, video analytics, smart video streaming, the product can be unified with video data, access control events and alarms.

Twitter files documents for planned IPO

Twitter files documents for planned IPOMicro-blogging site, Twitter has said that it has filed S-1 to the Securities and Exchanges Commission for its planned initial public offering.

"We've confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned initial public offering," the company wrote on its official post. Private investors have said that the company will be valued at more than $10 billion and is expected to record revenues of about $583 million during 2013.

FTC reviewing Facebook privacy policy for violations

FTC reviewing Facebook privacy policy for violationsThe US Federal Trade Commission has said that it is reviewing the privacy policy of social networking giant, Facebook to determine if new privacy policies violated a 2011 agreement with regulators in the country.

Infosys likely to choose an insider as next CEO: sources

Infosys likely to choose an insider as next CEO: sourcesInfosys, India's second largest information technology (IT) services exporter, will likely choose an internal candidate as its next CEO, sources with direct knowledge of the developments at the company revealed.

The sources said that Infosys decided to choose its next CEO from inside the company because it wants to maintain the continuity in management and not to upset the balance.

Previously, reports suggested that the company wanted to choose its next chief from outside the company.

GoDaddy considers India as growth engine for its global operations

GoDaddy considers India as growth engine for its global operationsGoDaddy is considering India as a growth engine for its global operations as the U. S.-based domain name & web hosting giant's customer base in the Asian country grew by an impressive 86 per cent since last summer.

James Caroll, senior vice president (International) at GoDaddy, said termed small & medium enterprises (SMEs) in India as a wonderful opportunity.

SkyDrive upgrade brings additional storage, features

SkyDrive upgrade brings additional storage, featuresSoftware giant, Microsoft has upgraded its cloud storage service SkyDrive to offer a host of new features as well as additional storage space to the users.

The total storage space available for the users of SkyDrive Pro service has been increased from 7GB to 25GB. Microsoft announced the upgrades for the service on Tuesday allowing users to store a larger amount of data on the cloud based service. SkyDrive Pro service is a store 'n' sync product offering allowing users to store data on a secure cloud service and also get copy on their local devices.

BlackBerry might separate Messenger service into new entity

BlackBerry might separate Messenger service into new entityCanadian smartphone maker, BlackBerry might be planning to separate BlackBerry Messenger service into a new company, according to people closer to the matter.

Report indicated that the new company would be called BBM Inc. BlackBerry Messenger has remained a popular platform for BlackBerry users ever since it was launched by the company on its devices. The app allows users to send and receive text messages to other BlackBerry Messenger users without paying text-messaging fees.

Yahoo launches Watchlist to distribute recycled usernames

Yahoo launches Watchlist to distribute recycled usernamesInternet search giant Yahoo on Monday announced the launch of Watchlist, which will enable users to know when a username of their choice is available to grab.

Users of Watchlist will be able to add up to 5 usernames they want to the list that will be active for up to three years. The company will inform users whenever a username of their choice become available. However the new service is not free. It will cost $1.99 for three years.

Chennai auto-rickshaws to be equipped with GPS & electronic digital printers

Chennai auto-rickshaws to be equipped with GPS & electronic digital printersTamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Sunday announced that all auto-rickshaws in the state's capital Chennai would be equipped with new meters having global positioning system (GPS) and an e-digital printer.

Jayalalithaa also announced that all the auto-rickshaws in the capital would be fitted with the meters by the government, free of cost.




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