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Google has acquired one of India’s most popular train-tracking apps

Google has acquired one of India’s most popular train-tracking apps

Google  is increasing its efforts in India after it snapped up the team behind popular transportation app “Where is my Train.” The app claims 10 million registered users and, as the name suggests, it helps commuters track arrivals and departures as well as buying seats. That’s no small job, given that India is estimated to operate some 14,000 trains on a daily basis across the country. The app is for Android, it works offline or with poor connectivity and supports eight languages. It is rivaled by VC-backed companies like RailYatri and iXigo.
Google, Apple, Facebook face world-first encryption laws in Australia

Google, Apple, Facebook face world-first encryption laws in Australia

Australia passed new laws that allow law enforcement to access encrypted messages, legislation that leading tech companies, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, have all opposed. The laws, which passed late on Thursday Australian time, were billed as essential for national security and a vital tool for law enforcement in the fight against terrorism. The new laws come as tech companies and governments around the world debate the importance of encryption amid a changing national security landscape. Governments and law enforcement agencies across the US, Europe and other western nations argue terrorists and criminals are flocking to encrypted messaging services to escape detection. They say law enforcement needs access to these services -- and greater regulation of tech companies broadly -- to ensure public safety.
E Ink debuts a new electronic drawing technology

E Ink debuts a new electronic drawing technology

E Ink — a name synonymous with e-reader screens — just debuted a new writing display technology called JustWrite. The tech offers the company’s familiar monochrome aesthetic — albeit in negative this time, with white on black. The key here, as with most of E Ink’s technology, is minimal power consumption and low cost, the latter of which it was able to accomplish by dumping the TFT (thin-film-transistor LCD). Instead, it’s a thin roll that could be used to paper surfaces like conference rooms and schools, in order to let people write on the walls using a stylus with practically no latency, as evidenced in the below GIF
Tech giants offer empty apologies because users can’t quit

Tech giants offer empty apologies because users can’t quit

True apology consists of a sincere acknowledgement of wrong-doing, a show of emphatic remorse for why you wronged and the harm it caused, and a promise of restitution by improving ones actions to make things right. Without the follow-through, saying sorry isn’t an apology, it’s a hollow ploy for forgiveness.That’s the kind of “sorry” we’re getting from tech giants — an attempt to quell bad PR and placate the afflicted, often without the systemic change necessary to prevent repeated problems. Sometimes it’s delivered in a blog post. Sometimes it’s in an executive apology tour of media interviews. But rarely is it in the form of change to the underlying structures of a business that caused the issue.
Logitech is reportedly offering $2.2 billion to bring Plantronics headsets into its hardware empire

Logitech is reportedly offering $2.2 billion to bring Plantronics headsets into its hardware empire

Logitech, the manufacturer best known for its computing peripherals like keyboards and web cameras, is in talks to buy Plantations, a maker of Bluetooth-enabled headsets, according to Reuters. The company is reportedly offering as much as $2.2 billion for Plantations,  according to the Reuters report, in what would be Logitech’s biggest acquisition to date.
China’s Geek+ raises $150M to build robots for warehouses and logistics

China’s Geek+ raises $150M to build robots for warehouses and logistics

One of the most immediate — and already live — applications for robotics and artificial intelligence in general has been in using unmanned robots in warehouses and other environments, where they replace humans in repetitive jobs such as sorting and moving objects from A to B. Now, Beijing-based robotics startup Geek Plus (aka Geek+) says that it has raised $150 million to seize that growing opportunity by investing in product development, sales and customer service.
AI software market to hit $78B by 2025, here are the top applications for the technology

AI software market to hit $78B by 2025, here are the top applications for the technology

In 2017, the global software system market size for artificial intelligence (AI) was $2.65 billion. By the end of 2025, however, a new report from QY Research found that it is expected to skyrocket to $78 billion.
Evolving the Firefox Brand

Evolving the Firefox Brand

With the rapid evolution of the internet, people need new tools to make the most of it. So Firefox is creating new types of browsers and a range of new apps and services with the internet as the platform. From easy screen-shotting and file sharing to innovative ways to access the internet using voice and virtual reality,
Homeless Man Hands Out Resume on Street, Receives Hundreds of Job Offers

Homeless Man Hands Out Resume on Street, Receives Hundreds of Job Offers

Texas native David Casarez has been sleeping on a park bench in San Jose, California since June when his van was repossessed and he ran out of money.Last year, the 26-year-old web developer left his job at General Motors in Texas and moved to California to pursue his dream of launching his own startup tech company.


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