Miscellany

Miscellany

Companies betting big on AI knowledge to further growth

The Technology hiring landscape globally, and in India, is currently witnessing a huge churn of talent, owing to the advent of digital and automation technologies that are deep and disruptive in nature. As traditional IT roles vanish, companies are betting big on artificial intelligence (AI) and other deep tech areas to further growth. By 2021, approximately 75 per cent of enterprise applications will use AI according, to a report by IDC.

BJP’s star from K’taka passes away

The Bharatiya Janata Party faced a morale set back with its most prominent and active leader, who made an indelible mark both in Karnataka and national politics, suddenly leaving the scene.

ISRO calls for global proposals to carry experiments on Venus mission

ISRO has invited proposals from the international scientific community to carry out novel experiments on its planned Venus mission, scheduled to launch in 2023, the space agency said.

The call presents an opportunity for scientists from foreign space agencies, research laboratories and academic universities to study Venus, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said in a statement.

Venus is often described as the “twin sister” of the Earth because of the similarities in size, mass, density, bulk composition and gravity.

Twitter CEO assures India on capping fake news

In the wake of the growing criticism over Twitter’s role in spreading misinformation and fake news ahead of five assembly polls and general elections next year, Jack Dorsey, chief executive officer and co-founder of the micro-blogging site, on Monday spoke about his company’s willingness to curb spreading of fake news in India.

Dorsey is on his weeklong maiden visit to India.

World’s largest brain-like supercomputer switched on for first time

The world's largest supercomputer designed to work in the same way as the human brain has been switched on for the first time. The newly formed million-processor-core Spiking Neural Network Architecture (SpiNNaker) machine is capable of completing more than 200 million actions per second, with each of its chips having 100 million transistors.

To reach this point it has taken £15 million in funding, 20 years in conception and over 10 years in construction, with the initial build starting way back in 2006, according to a statement.

Alibaba Singles’ Day smashes $25 billion sales record

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding smashed the 2017 record for its Singles’ Day sales event on Sunday, surpassing 168 billion yuan ($24.15 billion) sales in under 16 hours.

Singles’ Day, also called “Double 11,” is the world’s biggest online sales event, outstripping US shopping holiday Black Friday.

Catch 22 for Indian IT companies

Now, it is almost certain that Donald Trump administration is all set to revise the definition of  “specialty occupations” or types of tech jobs that are currently eligible for H-1B visas and make fresh provisions talent import strategy keeping an exclusive thrust on high-end skills.

This could mean that some of the Indian tech talent that fits the H-1B programme may not find eligibility for immigration to the US once the revision is done.

Samsung gives first glimpse of foldable phone

Samsung Electronics unveiled its much-anticipated foldable phone in San Francisco on Wednesday, urging Android developers to start writing apps for it.

The South Korean tech company needs to get the foldable phone right to reverse steep declines in profit for its mobile division and restore some of the cachet its brand has lost to Apple Inc. Foldable phones promise the screen of a small tablet in a pocket-sized device.

Justin Denison, a senior vice-president of mobile product marketing, showed a prototype with a screen he said measured 7.3 inches (18.5 cm) diagonally.

Cathay Pacific faces probe over massive data breach

Hong Kong’s privacy commissioner will launch a compliance investigation into Cathay Pacific Airways over a data breach involving 9.4 million passengers, saying the carrier may have violated privacy rules.

The airline has faced criticism for the seven-month delay in its October revelation of the breach in the data, which it said had been accessed without authorisation, following suspicious activity in its network in March.

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