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Is Bengaluru being Bangalored? Layoffs, job loss fears leave techies reeling under uncertainty
Finding a job was easier said than done, particularly when you were from a new government college with poor facilities. He finally found the job he wanted with an MNC IT firm in one of the city's biggest tech parks, in July 2016. Now we have been told to take four months' salary and leave in two days or serve two months' notice and leave. None of that was a cause for concern for people coming to Bengaluru in search of that IT job.
BA CEO Cruz says power supply issue caused global IT failure
British Airways said a power supply issue was to blame for a global computer system failure which sowed confusion and chaos at London's two biggest airports, with thousands of passengers queuing for hours and planes left stuck on runways. We believe the root cause was a power supply issue and we have no evidence of any cyber attack, Alex Cruz, Chairman and CEO of British Airways, said in a video message on Twitter.
Digital native: Look before you (digitally) leap
The role of the digital as infrastructure has been a boon for many developing countries. This idea of the internet as infrastructure is central to India's transition into an information technologies future. As one of the architects of Aadhaar, Nilekani had argued that the country of the 21st century will have to be one that seriously invests in the digital infrastructure. There is no denying that digital offers a new way of consolidating a country as polyphonic, multicultural, expansive and diverse as India.
Predators on the prowl on social networking sites
The recent gang rape of a 16-year-old in Vijayawada is yet another harsh reminder of the dangers of online social networking sites. There is no denying that social media has brought new opportunities but it is not without pitfalls. A youth posted a picture of a woman on a social media site describing her as a 'call girl' after she refused his marriage proposal. ' He had threatened to spread the visuals to other networking sites if she did not fall in line.
Crowdfunding healthcare costs: Where there's a bill, there's a benefactor
The innovative among them have turned to multiple sources from crowdfunding campaigns, appeals on social media to tapping corporate donors for funds to ensure complete treatment. This malignant tumour destroys healthy bone tissue, and often presents in children between the ages of seven and 13. This is one of the reasons Dr Chinder visits hospitals around Bengaluru, Shivamogga and Mangaluru to identify patients early. One of the success stories is five-year-old Madhumitha from Bengaluru, who underwent a successful liver transplant four months ago.
Twitter emoji a meaningful symbol for indigenous Australians
The new emoji arrived the same week Australia is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the vote to include its indigenous people in the national census. Representation in all forms is important for indigenous Australians, who have been pressing their case on many federal, state and local fronts for decades. Social media, particularly Twitter, is a democratic and accessible space for indigenous Australians.
NASA's Moon orbiter camera survived meteoroid hit
The camera system aboard NASA's Moon orbiting spacecraft survived a hit by a tiny meteoroid in 2014 which was travelling much faster than a speeding bullet, the US space agency said today. From the sudden and jagged pattern of the image, the LROC team determined that the camera must have been hit by a tiny meteoroid, a small natural object in space. The only logical explanation is that the NAC was hit by a meteoroid, said Robinson.
Even a small grocery store should be able to experience IBM: Karan Bajwa
When they build a digital solution, IBM offerings like Bluemix should be the platform they should be thinking of. For instance, a small company in Chennai has Pace Automation has built a digital solution for small grocery stores that will need to go digital with GST. A small grocery store, who would have never experienced IBM otherwise, will now do so in some form or fashion. We want IBM to be the first partner that enterprises think of when it comes to security and blockchain.
Jaitley hails test firing of torpedo from Scorpene submarine
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley today congratulated scientists and engineers involved in the successful test-firing of a torpedo from the indigenously built Scorpene submarine. This indigenously built stealth Submarine will soon add potent underwater capability to the Indian Navy, Jaitley said in a series of tweets. The test-firing of the torpedo was carried out yesterday. Six Scorpene-class submarines are being built under 'Project 75' of the Navy.
British Airways cancels flights as major IT failure causes worldwide delays
IT outage leaves travellers unable to check in online, with some passengers stranded on a plane on the tarmac at Heathrow. British Airways has cancelled all flights from Heathrow and Gatwick before 6pm on Saturday due to a major IT failure that is causing very severe disruption to its global operations. The airline said that its terminals at Heathrow and Gatwick had become extremely congested due to the computer problems.
World's highest gain high-power laser amplifier developed
The world's highest gain high-power laser amplifier, which could amplify sounds from rustling of leaves to that of a jumbo jet, has been developed in the UK, an advance that may result in new radiotherapy modalities for the treatment of cancer. The laser developed at the University of Strathclyde works on a relatively long, high-energy laser pulse that is made to collide in plasma with a short, very low energy pulse.
Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro to be available on Flipkart from May 29: Price and features
Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro, just like company's other J-series phones, packs 'Make for India' features such as Ultra Data Saving (UDS) mode and S bike mode. Samsung Galaxy J3 Pro will be available on Flipkart, starting May 29, 2017. The Galaxy J3 Pro is priced at Rs 7,990 and comes in three colour options - gold, black, and white. The Galaxy J3 Pro delivers powerful performance, outstanding display and also packs in consumer centric features developed at our R&D centers in India.
Even the world's largest bitcoin exchange couldn't handle this week's cryptocurrency boom
For those operating a bitcoin exchange - where people can buy cryptocoins - you'd imagine that the current surge in value for bitcoin and others like Ethereum's ether coin is a dream come true. The answer is yes and No Coinbase, the world's most funded bitcoin exchange, was dragged offline by the massive increase in interest in the space. The currency has since stabilized, but its current value of $2,475.23 represents a $116.41 drop over the last 24 hours.
GameStop fails to build momentum off Nintendo-fueled quarter
Nintendo Co's hot new console helped the biggest stand-alone video-game retailer in the US beat analysts' estimates for first-quarter results. GameStop kept its forecast for the year the same, saying its inventory of Switch is too hard to predict. The company has sought to diversify in recent years, focusing on toys and collectibles, online sales and AT&T-branded wireless stores. The GameStop results followed better-than-expected sales reports from competitors Best Buy Co and Target Corp., which both cited strong performance in the video-game category.
British Airways: Computer problems cause flight delays
Computer problems are causing delays for British Airways passengers worldwide, the airline has said. The carrier apologised for the global system outage and said it was working to resolve the the problem as quickly as possible. It is not known how many flights are affected but passengers have reported issues at a number of airports on social media. Philip Bloom said he had been waiting on board a Heathrow-bound flight at Belfast for two hours.
Google, Facebook must step up efforts against terror, say G7 leaders
The G-7 leaders also pledged to help create an industry-led forum to work together on the issues. Group of Seven leaders meeting in Sicily on Friday called on Google Inc., Facebook Inc and other internet companies to do substantially more to take extremist material offline. They pledged to tackle the risk posed by fighters as they disperse from the battlefields of Syria, Libya and elsewhere.
Sergey Brin is building the world's biggest aircraft for humanitarian missions and family trips
Google co-founder Sergey Brin's secret airship will be used for humanitarian missions, but it will also serve as a giant RV in the sky for his friends and family, according to The Guardian. Citing sources familiar with the project, the report says Brin wants to use the aircraft to deliver supplies and food on humanitarian missions to remote locations, but also as a luxurious intercontinental air yacht for friends and family.
Odia girl Padmalaya to represent India at Little Miss Universe
12-year old Odia girl Padmalaya Nanda is all set to represent India at the Little Miss Universe beauty pageant to be held at Georgia in US. A class VIII student, Padmalaya credits the people around her for motivating her to reach this level. For the beauty pageant, I am giving my 100 percent and I am very confident. Padmalaya has requested to vote for her on Facebook starting from June 1 to June 4 to help her win the Little Miss Universe title.
Apple may be working on a dedicated AI chip for the upcoming iPhone
US tech giant Apple is reportedly developing a dedicated artificial intelligence (AI) chip, called the Apple Neural Engine, that would power AI-related tasks on mobile devices. The chip is also said to improve battery life and the overall performance of Apple devices. With the new chip, Apple seeks to separate the computationally intensive tasks from the iPhone's processor and graphics chip. The company is experimenting with wireless charging technologies that could see users charge their iPhones with a Wi-Fi router.
SoftBank considers raising stake in chipmaker Nvidia
SoftBank Group Corp., the Japanese company that raised a $93 billion fund for technology investments, is considering boosting its stake in chipmaker Nvidia Corp., people familiar with the matter said. The firm would raise its holding over time and begin to work more closely with Nvidia, the people said, asking not to be identified because the deliberations are private. While we don't comment on rumors about our investments, we consider ourselves long-term partners to companies, whether private or public, SoftBank said in an emailed statement.

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