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BusinessToday.in
New Delhi, July 20, 2018
Google working on new OS, Fuchsia; WhatsApp to limit forwarded messages; Nokia X6 launched in Hong Kong; Nokia X5 unveiled with a notch; Vivo NEX in India at Rs 44,990; Mi Max 3 revealed with 6.9-inch screen, 5,500mAh battery. Watch Weekly Tech Wrap with Vivek Punj.


Reuters
July 18, 2018
The European Commission will fine Google a record 4.3 billion euros ($5 billion) on Wednesday over its Android mobile operating system.


BusinessToday.In
New Delhi, July 18, 2018
Top IITs, IIMs students bag up to 137% higher salary packages than other institutions this year: ReportTop IITs and IIMs bagged 137% and 121% higher salary packages, respectively, compared to other institutions, says the Campus Hiring Report 2018 released by assessment and skill-measurement company Mettl. The survey was conducted across 114 engineering and 80 management institutes during the recently concluded campus placement season across different regions. In a region-wise analysis, west India held a leading position with 17% higher compensations than the average salary recorded. In addition, graduates from the technology domain received the highest average salary package of Rs 14.8 lakh per annum.  India's growth remains quite robust into future: IMF  India's growth remains \"quite robust\" into the future, the IMF has said despite slightly downgrading the country's growth projection for 2018-19 due to high oil prices and a tight monetary policy regime. The IMF yesterday forecast a growth rate of 7.3 per cent in 2018 and 7.5 per cent in 2019 for India, which was down by 0.1 per cent and 0.3 per cent respectively than its April projections. \"For India, the main factor is the rise in oil prices, and India is an oil importer. But also, the general tightening in global financial conditions is playing a role in affecting India's growth. Those are the main factors behind the downgrade,\" said Maurice Obstfeld, Economic Counsellor and Director of the Research Department, IMF. Sugar stockpile to double on record output as India struggles to export surplusSugar stocks in India are likely to more than double by the end of the current marketing year as the world's biggest producer of the sweetener struggles to export a surplus, a leading trade body said on Tuesday. The rise will weigh on local prices, potentially pushing the country to try to ship more sugar overseas, which could drag on global prices that have already fallen 16 per cent this year.The country is likely to end the marketing season on September 30 with inventory of 10 million tonnes, compared with 3.87 million tonnes a year agoCivilian drones likely to take to skies from October  Drones for civilian purposes are likely to start flying in India from October onwards, a senior official said, as the Civil Aviation Ministry expects to soon put in place the regulatory framework for unmanned aerial vehicles. The use of drones by civilians is currently restricted by aviation regulator DGCA.Civil Aviation Secretary R N Choubey said the ministry is working on putting in place a system wherein registration and flying permission for civilian drones are done online. In November 2017, the ministry came out with draft norms for draft norms for operating drones for civilian purposes.According to the draft regulations, drones would require unique identification numbers while nano drones -- those weighing below 250 grams -- would be exempt from seeking one time approval.  Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan among Forbes' 100 highest-paid celebs in worldBollywood superstars Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan feature in the Forbes' list of the world's 100 highest-paid entertainers for 2018. While Akshay is 76th on the list, Salman finished at number 82. American boxer Floyd Mayweather tops the prestigious rich list of entertainers this year with earnings of $285 million (Rs 1,948 crore), while Hollywood star George Clooney holds the second spot with a $239 million (Rs 1,634 crore) income.Reality television personality Kylie Jenner is at number three with $166.5 million (Rs 1,138 crore).


BusinessToday.In
New Delhi, July 13, 2018
1. Telecom Commission approves Net Neutrality rules for IndiaThe Telecom Commission, the highest decision-making authority under the Ministry of Telecom approved the net neutrality rules earlier this week. These rules mandate that internet service providers cannot diferentiate between web content, ensuring the Indian contiue to get non-discriminatory and unrestricted Internet access. However, mission critical services like autonomous cars and remote access surgery, which need high-speed internet lanes have been kept out of the ambit of net neutrality.2. WhatsApp issues circular to protect users against fake newsAs a part of its digital literacy initiatives, WhatsApp released a 10-point circular to help users to identify false information. These 10 points take cognisanceof loopholes usually exploited by fake news generators. The circular asks WhatsApp users to look for telltale signs to identfiy fake news. It also warns WhatsApp users to never take information they get on the instant messaging platform on its face value.3. JioPhone gets Google Maps supportGoogle Maps extended support to KaiOS, the feature-phone operating system running on JioPhone and Jiophone. The new update has alrady found its way to JioPhone. Users need to update their operating system to its latrst version following which they can find Google Maps on the Jio Store. After this, they cam intall and use the application.4. Oppo Find X launched in India at Rs 59,990Oppo Find X, the all-screen, no-notch flagship smartphone by the company has been launched in India at Rs 55,990. The device comes with a flagship spec-list - Snapdragon 845, coupled with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. What sets it apart is the screen which dominates the entire front, amounting to a screen-to-body ratio of 93.8 per cent. The front camera, other sensors and the rear dual cameras have been mounted on a motorised slider that pops out of the top.5. New Apple MacBook Pro laptops launched with better processorsApple unveiled new 13-inch and 15-inch models of Macbook Pro with faster performance, more memoory and enhanced security. The new 15-inch Macbook Pro performs 70 per cent faster than its predecessor, whereas the 13-inch Macbook Pro boasts a 100 per cent boost in performance. The new Macbook Pro laptops also come with Apple's virtual assistant Siri. With Apple's T2 chip, not only can these laptops access Siri, but also offer more secure interface.6. Xiaomi Mi Max 3 to be launched on July 19Xiaomi confirmed that it will launch the Mi Max 3 on July 19. In a poster released by the company on its Weibo account, Xiaomi claimed that the Mi Max 3 will come with a larger screen and a bigger battery. The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is likely to come with an octa-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz, coupled with either 3GB, 4GB, or 6GB of RAM, along with 32GB, 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. A higher-specced Mi Max 3 Pro with the Snapdragon 710 is also expected.7. Moto E5 Plus, Moto E5 launched in IndiaMotorola launched its budget offerings, the Moto E5 and Moto E5 Plus, in India at Rs 9,999 and Rs 11,999 respectively. Both devices are Amazon exclusives and are available for purchase as of now. The Moto E5 is powered by Snapdragon 425 along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, whereas the Moto E5 Plus comes with the Snapdragon 430, coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The USP of the Moto E5 Plus is its humongous 5000mAh battery. In the optics department, the Moto E5 Plus comes a 12MP rear camera and a 8MP front camera. The Moto E5 comes with a 13MP rear camera, albeit with lesser features and the same 8MP front snapper as the Moto E5 Plus.


BusinessToday.In
July 13, 2018
Xiaomi Mi A2 will be launched on July 24 in Spain. The device will be the second generation of Mi A1, Xiaomi's first smartphone that was based on Android One operating system.


BusinessToday.In
July 13, 2018
Reliance JioPhone recently got support for essential apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, and YouTube. Now, KaiOS, the operating system that runs in the JioPhone and JioPhone 2 will get support for Google Maps.


BusinessToday.In
New Delhi, July 11, 2018
Though the latest UPI version would be loaded with features like auto debit and double transaction limit, etc, the Reserve Bank of India's decision withhold 'Standing Instruction' feature could be a dampener.


Prosenjit Datta
New Delhi, July 9, 2018
The Goods and Services Tax (GST) has just completed a year, and it has been an eventful journey.


BusinessToday.In
July 5, 2018
Reliance Jio has launched the second version of the JioPhone during its Annual General Meeting in Mumbai. The new JioPhone 2 builds on the first generation of the feature phone.


BusinessToday.In
July 5, 2018
The company had released the beta version for India lastmonth. The beta testing is expected to conclude by July 24. Users will thenstart receiving the stable version of Xiaomi's custom ROM.


BusinessToday.In
June 29, 2018
KaiOS has partnered with manufacturers like TCL Corporation, HMD Global, and Micromax; and is compatible with carriers such as Reliance Jio, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile.


BusinessToday.In
June 22, 2018
Tesla, one of the world's leading electric car maker, instituted a lawsuit against an ex-employee on Wednesday alleging that he transferred \"gigabytes\" of confidential data to third parties.


BusinessToday.In
June 19, 2018
The alleged act involved leaking of sensitive company data to third parties. Over and above, modifications were made to the manufacturing operating system.


PTI
June 12, 2018



Nidhi Singal
June 8, 2018
The sequel to last year's KeyOne, this is a mid-range Android smartphone with a physical keyboard and is the first BlackBerry smartphone with a dual camera.


PTI
June 8, 2018



BusinessToday.in
New Delhi, June 5, 2018
Apple WWDC 2018 begins with launch of iOS 12, macOS Mohave, watchOSCriticised for slowing down older iPhones with ageing batteries, Apple is focusing on reliability and is bringing performance enhancements with the iOS 12. Refining its star operating system for iPhones and iPads, this new update will bring a number of improvements. The iOS 12 update is said to launch apps on the iPhone 6Plus up to 40 per cent faster, load keyboard 50 per cent faster and take a photo to up to 70 per cent faster. Apple has also focused on optimizing the system when under load and the stress test shows up to  two times faster app launch even during heavy load. Apple also claims that the iOS 12 will make Apple Chipsets smart as they ramp up the processor faster while protecting the battery life. Apple software chief Craig Federighi said, \"For iOS 12, we are doubling down on performance\".macOS MohaveThe next release of macOS is macOS Mojave. And it comes with a Dark mode, which will make photographs look better, especially helful for professionals. The Dark mode extends to all - e-mails, desktop, even the Xcode window macOS Mojave with Desktop Stacks to the rescue to messy desktops. The feature organises items on the desktop according to item type for easier operations. Continuity Camera on macOS allows images taken from iPhones to be implanted right into files on a iMac or MacBook.watchOSAlong with the iOS 12, Apple previewed some new features of the watchOS 5. watchOS is Apple's proprietary operating system for Apple Watch. The new OS brings powerful activity and communication features to Apple Watch. It brings in quick access to information with a host of new features including Activity Sharing competitions, auto-workout detection, advanced running features, Walkie-Talkie, Apple Podcasts and third-party apps on the Siri watch face.Qualcomm launches new chipset Snapdragon 850 that will power Windows PCsQualcomm has announced a new processor - the Snapdragon 850. The processor which is specifically designed for the Windows 10 Always Connected PCs will enhance performance, connectivity and battery life. The new Snapdragon 850 succeeds the Snapdragon 835 which was used in the first Always Connected PCs. It comes with ARM processors, integrated LTE, long battery life and an instant-on resume with no hibernation. Microsoft and Qualcomm are coming together to take on iPad Pro with these Always Connected PCs. The Snapdragon 850 is a customized version of the Snapdragon 845 which made its debut in flagship phones this year.New Gmail is coming to all users next monthNew Gmail that was launched during Google I/O in April will come to all users by next month. Though this new Gmail will be much cleaner, the user will only get 12 weeks to shift to the new interface. Once launched, the user will be asked to opt-in voluntarily. If the transition is not made in the first 12-weeks they will be shifted to the new interface.


Nidhi Singal
June 5, 2018
Along with the iOS 12, Apple previewed some new features of the watchOS 5. watchOS is Apple's proprietary operating system for Apple Watch.


Nidhi Singal
June 5, 2018
Criticised for slowing down older iPhones with ageing batteries, Apple is focusing on reliability and is bringing performance enhancements with the iOS 12.


BusinessToday.In
New Delhi, June 1, 2018



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