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Nine ways to organise your life in your lunchtime
With two children under the age of four and a tech start-up to run, Colleen Wong has her hands full. She is typical of a new breed of hi-tech mums and dads around the world using lunchtime life hacks to juggle work and family commitments. The FlyCleaners app is free to use and offers an overnight service for when you need clean clothes fast. Just pick a slot and hand your washing over to a FlyCleaners representative as little as 20 minutes later.
Eight ways machine learning is already in your life
Machine learning is already powering systems from the seemingly mundane to the life-changing. Using spoken commands to ask your phone to carry out a search, or make a call, relies on technology supported by machine learning. Doctors are just starting to consider machine learning to make better diagnoses, for example to spot cancer and eye disease. Financial services could become increasingly automated and law firms may use machine learning to carry out basic research.
FCC chairman expected to unveil strategy to reverse net neutrality: sources
The head of the US Federal Communications Commission is expected to unveil his strategy this week to overturn landmark 2015 net neutrality rules, a move that will kickoff a new battle over the future of the internet. Sources said Pai is expected to announce that he will begin the process of taking public comment to repeal the rules approved by the FCC under President Barack Obama in early 2015.
Uber, France spar over whether company is a transport service
Two of Uber's executives in France were fined last year over UberPOP, Uber's service using unlicensed drivers, which has since been suspended. France did not notify Brussels of its law and as such criminal penalties cannot be enforced against Uber, the company argued. It is the second case concerning Uber that the Luxembourg judges will rule on, the other being a dispute with Barcelona's main taxi operator in which the ECJ is asked whether Uber is a digital service or a transport service.
US STOCKS-Wall St rallies as traders embrace risk after French election
The moves across markets point to an unwinding of bets taken in the past few days as traders had turned defensive ahead of the French election. MSCI's gauge of stocks across the globe gained 1.57 percent to 453.56 after touching a record high of 453.7. This has helped lift the blended profit growth estimates to 11 percent from 10 percent at the start of the earnings season.
Price points will decline while mobile capabilities will keep increasing: Mantosh Malhotra, Qualcomm
In an interview with Danish Khan and Tina Gurnaney, Malhotra spoke about the innovations around Internet of Things (IoT) and how that presents an opportunity in India. If you look at 4G today, the objective of Qualcomm is to have as many devices in the hands of the consumers. With technologies, we bring more features to more affordable devices, so that's how we see the market grow for 4G and beyond.
Chinese cellphone rivals, note ban take a toll on Intex Technologies
Revenue growth for India's second largest home grown mobile phone maker, Intex Technologies, remained flat last fiscal as intense competition from the Chinese smartphone brigade and demonetisation hit sales, director Keshav Bansal said. Our mobile phone sales were flat till demonetisation after which it fell into the negative trajectory. The Indian brands - Micromax, Intex and others - lost combined share from 54% to 20%. It is a strategy which rival Micromax too has adopted to protect and grow revenue amidst competition.
Study finds Samsung's S8 phones more prone to screen cracks
They also appear to break more easily, according to tests run by SquareTrade, a company that sells gadget-repair plans. The nearly all-glass design of Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus makes them beautiful, SquareTrade said, but also extremely susceptible to cracking when dropped from any angle. Samsung says advanced orders for the S8 were 30 percent higher than that for the Galaxy S7 phones.
France probes Peugeot over emissions cheating
France on Monday opened a judicial enquiry into allegations carmaking giant PSA cheated on diesel pollution tests in the latest twist in a huge emissions scandal which hit the industry in 2015. The carmaker vowed to defend its interests as a spokesman insisted PSA respects regulations in all countries where it operates. The spokesman added its vehicles had never been equipped with emissions detection software enabling it to cheat pollution readings.
Airtel sets sights on smart home space with internet of things
Home automation is an area that offers retail customer use cases, Harmeen Mehta, group chief information officer at Bharti Airtel, told ET. The next two years are going to define the space far more, she said. According to a study by Zion Market Research, the global smart home market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 14.5% between 2017 and 2022. The market revenue of $24.10 billion in 2016 is expected to grow up to $53.45 billion by 2022.
Austrian chip maker AMS may raise mid-term revenue growth target
Austria's AMS (AMS.S), which supplies Apple (AAPL.O) and Samsung (005930.KS) with chips, may increase its mid-term revenue growth target as it expects significant ramp-ups in its consumer business in the second half of the year. AMS is seeing significantly increased customer forecasts and a higher revenue pipeline for 2017 and particularly 2018, the company said in a statement on Monday. It is increasing its capital expenditure to around 400 to 450 million euros in 2017 to take account of expected customer volume needs, it added.
Discovery of virus sparks debate over tree of life
A newly discovered group of giant viruses, called Klosneuviruses, could be a 'missing link' that helps settle the debate - or provoke even more discord. It hEvolutionary biologists have never known what to make of viruses, arguing over their origins for decades. After the Mimivirus discovery, some researchers developed a theory that put viruses near the root of the evolutionary tree. Jean-Michel points out that the majority of the Klosneuviruses' translation machinery does not match that of any other known organism.
Machine learning predicts the look of stem cells
This stunning diversity was revealed this month in an enormous publicly available online catalogue of 3D stem cell images. The project began about a year ago with adult skin cells that had been reprogrammed into an embryonic-like, undifferentiated state. The genes included those that code for proteins that highlight actin filaments, which help cells to move and maintain their shape. The Allen Institute's visual emphasis on stem cells dovetails with a number of efforts to catalogue other aspects of cells.
Uber 'tracked iPhones to stop fraud'
Uber reportedly used a tactic called fingerprinting to track iPhones in order to fight fraud - despite Apple banning the practice. The New York Times reports that in 2015 Apple discovered that the ride-sharing company had broken its privacy rules by collecting iPhone serial numbers. Boss Tim Cook told Uber founder Travis Kalanick to remove the fingerprinting code or he would ban the app from the Apple Store, the paper claims.
ISRO develops android app for computing solar energy potential
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today said its Ahmedabad-based Space Applications Centre has developed an android app for computing the solar energy potential of a place. The ISRO said the app provides monthly and yearly solar potential and the minimum and the maximum temperatures at any location. According to the ISRO, features of the app include providing of solar energy potential at any given location, the required location can be keyed in or can be obtained through GPS.
Trump talks about Mars mission on call with record-breaking astronaut
US astronaut Peggy Whitson broke the 534-day US record for cumulative time in space on Monday and marked the occasion by speaking with President Donald Trump about plans for human trips to Mars. Whitson, 57, turned a zero-gravity summersault during the video call from the International Space Station, where she serves as station commander. What an amazing thing you've done, said Trump, speaking from the Oval Office on his first call with an astronaut serving aboard the $100 billion orbital outpost.
Banks boost FTSE as French election ignites risk-on rally
Britain's top share index jumped on Monday as banking stocks surged after centrist Emmanuel Macron came out on top in the first round of France's presidential election. Macron won the first round of voting, qualifying for a run-off alongside protectionist, eurosceptic Marine Le Pen. UK banks jumped 3.1 percent, joining in with a broader risk-on rally among European lenders, which surged 4.8 percent. Shares in Barclays rose 5.4 percent, while Standard Chartered was up 4.8 percent and Royal Bank of Scotland gained 2.8 percent.
'Personal flying machine' maker plans deliveries this year
A Silicon Valley flying car startup reportedly backed by Google co-founder Larry Page released a video Monday of its Kitty Hawk prototype and announced plans for deliveries of a personal flying machine this year. Our mission is to make the dream of personal flight a reality. Today we're announcing our first prototype of The Flyer, a personal flying machine that will become available for sale by the end of 2017.
Baseline Ventures to represent billiards champion Pankaj Advani
Sports marketing firm Baseline Ventures on Monday signed a three-year representation agreement with the billiards world, Asian and national champion Pankaj Advani. According to a statement released by the company, Baseline Ventures will manage the 16-time world billiards and snooker champion's brand endorsements and commercial interests. He is truly a world champion and a gentleman, the two ingredients which brands always want to be associated with, said Tuhin Mishra, managing director and co-founder of Baseline Ventures.
Sankarabharanam director K. Viswanath to get Dadasaheb Phalke award
Renowned director Kasinadhuni Viswanath, known for award-winning movies like Sankarabharanam, Sagara Sangamam and Swati Mutyam, was on Monday named for the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award for outstanding contribution to the film industry. The award for the year 2016 will be conferred by President Pranab Mukherjee at a function on 3 May at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The recommendation of the Dadasaheb Phalke award committee to recognise 87-year-old Viswanath was approved by I&B minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday.

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