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Amazon sees growth in phone, fashion segments in festive sale
E-commerce major Amazon on Sunday said its ongoing festive sales have been the biggest till date, driven by strong growth in segments like smartphones, large appliances and fashion. Amazon's four-day festive sale, which commenced on September 21, clashed with those by rivals Flipkart and Paytm. We have seen 2.5X growth in smartphone sales, 4X increase in large appliances and 7X in fashion sales. This is our biggest ever sale, Amazon India vice president-category management Manish Tiwary told PTI.
AR startup Mira bags $1 million for Google Cardboard-like Prism headset
Mira's Prism headset is a lot like Google Cardboard but for augmented reality, and investors at Greylock Partners think that's a cool enough idea they led a $1 million funding round in the startup. The amount brings the total funding raised by Mira to $2.5 million. The startup also started shipping developer kits for its $100 Prism headset to the first set of people who pre-ordered it.
95 mobile companies set up plants in India: IT Minister
Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said that 95 mobile manufacturing companies have set up their plants under the new government. Today 95 mobile manufacturing factories have come in India and India is becoming a big hub of electronics and mobile manufacturing. In Silicon Valley 51% of new inventions are IT based and 14% of those are created by Indian minds there. The minister said that the system can be used to check adjournments being given by district courts.
Foldable Samsung Galaxy smartphone receives certification in South Korea; expected to release in 2019
According to a new report, a Samsung phone with the model number SM-G888N0 has received its certification from the National Radio Research Agency (NRRA) in South Korea. It is rumored that the smartphone will be called the Samsung Galaxy X aka the foldable smartphone post its launch. He further added that the company aims to launch a foldable smartphone next year under its 'Galaxy Note' brand.
Indian man flies to Singapore to buy new iPhone 8 Plus for his daughter
An Indian businessman flew all the way to Singapore and lined up for 13 hours overnight outside an Apple store to buy the latest iPhone as a wedding gift for his daughter. I will buy two (phones), one for my other daughter. Apple had on September 12 unveiled the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus. Singapore consumers will generally prefer to get the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus at a subsidised price with a telco contract, said Kaur.
Baidu announces $1.5B fund to back self-driving car startups
Baidu is putting some serious cash behind its self-driving car push after it announced a $1.5 billion fund that's focused on backing autonomous driving tech companies. Baidu made its Apollo self-driving car platform freely available to the auto industry earlier this year. Now Baidu - which is testing autonomous vehicles in both China and the US - is doubling down with capital via this new fund, which it said will aim to support around 100 companies over the next three years.
Cosmic rays striking Earth come from outside Milky Way
Ultra-high-energy cosmic rays that occasionally hit the Earth may be coming from a distant source outside the Milky Way galaxy, a study suggests. Fifty years ago, scientists discovered that the Earth is occasionally hit by cosmic rays of enormous energies. Since then, they have argued about the source of those ultra-high-energy cosmic rays - whether they came from our galaxy or outside the Milky Way.
Mercury's poles icier than thought
A study, published in the Journal Geophysical Research Letters, found three new craters near Mercury's north-pole that appear to harbour large surface ice deposits. The research also shows evidence of smaller-scale deposits scattered around Mercury's north-pole, both inside craters and in shadowed terrain between craters. Those deposits may be small, but they could add up to a lot more previously unaccounted - for ice, researchers said.
Five apps that technologically empower SME transactions
IndiaMART -IndiaMART's 'Pay With IndiaMART' feature allows to receive instant payment with click of a button. The money so collected can also be transferred to the Merchant's linked current account with SBI. Paymate- PayMate provides business customers the ability to automate and seamlessly manage vendor payments (AP), customer payments (AR), invoicing, and cash flow. All services are delivered via proprietary cloud-based, payments platform and can be accessed on any web enabled desktop or mobile device.
Zuckerberg to sell shares for charity efforts
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has said he will sell a large number of his company's shares that could raise upto USD 12 billion that he intends to use to fund philanthropic efforts in health and education. Mr Zuckerberg said he plans to sell 35 million to 75 million shares - worth up to USD 12 billion at current prices - over the next 18 months for philanthropy.
Planning to buy Apple device? iPhone X, 8, 8 Plus may not run superfast net
IPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X - do not have the requisite supporting apparatus that enables Android smartphones to use superfast wireless network technology being developed by internet service providers. The devices cannot deliver high speed under the superfast network called Gigabit LTE while several premium Android smartphones house the necessary technology that makes them able to tap into the super high speeds, CNET reported on Saturday.
Tampering mobile IMEI number to attract up to 3 years jail, fine
The government has made tampering of IMEI number - a unique 15-digit serial number of mobile devices - a punishable offence that can attract jail term of up to 3 years as it seeks to curb incidence of mobile theft. The move will help curb issues pertaining to fake IMEI numbers and also ease tracking of lost mobile phones. The mobile number in a handset may be changed by changing SIM but IMEI number can be changed by a technical person using special equipment.
Internet giants, once above the fray, on the defensive in Washington
Internet giants, including Alphabet's Google and Facebook, are moving to compromise on several major policy issues as they adjust to an abrupt shift in the political winds in Washington. The US Federal Election Commission is considering bringing in Facebook and other tech firms for a public hearing. Internet firms have from their inception urged US politicians in both parties to treat their industry as a nascent sector in need of unique protections.
Twitter tests lightweight Android app in the Philippines
Twitter is currently testing a new lite version of its Android app. The app runs Android 5.0 and up, has language support both for English and Filipino and is usable on 2G and 3G networks. The test of the Twitter Lite app in the Google Play Store in the Philippines is another opportunity to increase the availability of Twitter in this market. Twitter Lite helps to overcome these barriers to usage for Twitter in the Philippines, a Twitter spokesperson said.
Debate swirls as power of US tech giants grows
With a handful of US technology giants growing more powerful and dominant, debate is intensifying on whether big tech's growth is healthy or not. Along with stalwarts like Microsoft and rising stars like Netflix, the tech firms exercise enormous control over what people see and how they live. Increasingly, policymakers and others have begun to consider breaking up or regulating the biggest technology companies, although imminent action appears unlikely.
SAP has agreed to buy Gigya for $350 million
German software group SAP (SAPG.DE) has agreed to buy online customer service provider Gigya for about $350 million, Israeli media reported on Sunday. Gigya operates in a field known as customer identity and access management, with a digital platform it says helps companies build relationships with their customers. It is headquartered in California but its founders are from Israel, where it also has offices. Gigya and SAP declined to comment on the report. Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch; Editing by Tova Cohen.
Huawei Maimang 6 with 5.9-inch FHD+ display, four cameras launched: Price, specifications
The device is also Huawei's first phone to feature four cameras, two on each side. Huawei Maimang 6 is priced at CNY 2,399 and will go on sale in China on September 30. The phone is powered by Huawei's own Kirin 659 processor and boasts a 5.9-inch display. As far as cameras are concerned, Huawei Maimang 6 offers dual cameras on the front and back.
Nasscom optimistic about FY19; sees green shoots, demand uptick
We continue to see that there are green shoots. The demand side prognosis looks positive, Nasscom President R Chandrasekhar told. Elaborating on the positive cues, Chandrasekhar said he expects a revival of financial sector investments and a greater hardening of demand in the US. Nasscom has already set up a centre focusing on Internet of Things or IoT in Bengaluru. The government has now approved an extension of that to three more centres in Gurugram, Ahmedabad and Visakhapatnam.
Twitter testing Android app that uses less mobile data
In a bid to increase its monthly active users (MAU) in the developing markets where internet connectivity is poor, Twitter has started testing an Android app called 'Twitter Lite' that uses less mobile data to work. The test of the Twitter Lite app in the Google Play Store in the Philippines is another opportunity to increase the availability of Twitter in this market. The Philippines market has slow mobile networks and expensive data plans while mobile devices with limited storage are still very popular there.
Samsung Galaxy X 'bendable phone' certified in South Korea, launch set for next year
Samsung's long-awaited foldable display smartphone, speculated to be called the Galaxy X, might debut soon. While the NRRA doesn't reveal anything significant about the Galaxy X, Samsung's mobile chief, Koh Dong-jin, recently indicated that a Galaxy Note phone with a bendable screen will be coming in 2018. Based on concepts and patent designs the Galaxy X is expected to be a foldable phone and tablet hybrid. Before being internally known as Galaxy X, the company's bendable display smartphone was code named 'Project Valley'.

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