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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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