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Samsung Still Claims To Be At Top, Rubbishes CounterPoint Study

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Countering a recent research by independent consulting firm CounterPoint Research, Samsung’s president and chief executive for South-West Asia, BD Park has told The Economic Times that the company still dominates the Indian market with a market share of nearly 50%. He also said that the company has double the market share in the smartphone category from its next competitor Micromax. CounterPoint Research recently claimed that India-based smartphone manufacturer Micromax has become the largest mobile phone supplier in India in the second quarter of 2014. Micromax has overtaken Samsung for the first time in the mobile race. The report also revealed that the handset shipments share of Micromax stood at 16.6% in the quarter, compared with the Samsung’s share of 14.4%. Nokia managed to gain the third position with the shipments share of 10.9%, followed by domestic brands such as Karbonn and Lava with a 9.5% and 5.6% share respectively, the [+more]

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Google Slammed by Surveyor General of India For Revealing Confidential Data

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In a recent news story, CBI is reportedly conducting a probe against the Internet search giant Google. The latter has allegedly babbled out some confidential information on the web as claimed by Surveyor General of India. Despite repeated warnings and notices, Google continued to pollute the internet with classified locations on its map app, said Swarna Subba Rao, Surveyor General of India. In a statement to PTI, Dr. Rao says, “During their (Google’s) Mapathon 2013 exercise, they collected lot of classified data and we had approached them to refrain from doing so when we came to know about it.” The case has been registered by the Survey of India (SoI), which is the official mapping agency of India. Earlier in Feb-March 2013, the Internet giant, however, had abstained from seeking the SoI’s approval before holding a mapping competition, where people were told to map their locality, along with areas such [+more]

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Yahoo Encrypted Email Should Reach You By 2015

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Yahoo has recently announced that it is planning to become part of Google and Microsoft Corp. to develop encrypted email that would resist the prying eyes of governments, ISPs and law enforcement. Google has already added encryption for email through an extension dubbed as “End-to-End” to its Chrome browser in June 2014, while Microsoft is scheduled to add encryption to Outlook by end-2014. Yahoo’s encrypted email move came after former National Security Administration analyst Edward J. Snowden recently leaked that the government is spying on email networks. This also came a week after a judge of the U.S. District Court issued an order to Microsoft to turn over emails linked with a criminal investigation, even though those emails are being saved on servers in Dublin, Ireland. After the inclusion of this feature, Yahoo encrypted email should enter firmly into the mainstream. Forbes reported that the email’s subject line would not [+more]

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Vívofit Fitness Band Now Available At Rs 9,990

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Gramin Vivofit (veevo-fit) fitness band is now commercially available on e-commerce website Flipkart on an exclusive basis. The band has been manufactured by satellite navigation devices company, Garmin, and is carrying a price tag of INR 9,990. The band is available in black and slate colors in both small and large sizes in the box. The customers also have the option to purchase purple, teal and blue color belts. The fitness band was first showcased during the CES 2014 held in the earlier part of the year. The band enables the users to set a personalized daily goal, track progress and get alerts to begin activity. The band is equipped with an always-on, curved display that displays steps, goal countdown, calories, distance and time of day. Vivofit has user replaceable batteries that have a life of more than one year. The band also has water-resistant capabilities of 50m. It can [+more]

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Apple Reports 12% Growth in Profit; Stronger iPhone Sales

In its third quarter report, Apple has posted 12% growth in profit along with strong sales of the iPhone 5. However, iPad sales slunk for the company. The company said that they sold 35.2 million iPhones in the quarter ended June 28, up 12.7% from the same period last year. However, it is a little lower than analyst expectations. While most of their sales were in the United Sales, BRIC markets–Brazil, Russia, India and China–also showed higher sales for the iPhone. Higher iPhone sales led to greater Q3 profit at $7.75 billion, up from $6.9 billion in the same period last year. Revenue rose 6% to $37.4 billion. This is the second quarter of double-digit percentage growth in iPhone sales for Apple.

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Google Moves Closer To Its Smart Lens Project: Know Your Blood Glucose Level Constantly

Google Moves Closer To Its Smart Lens Project

US-based tech giant Google has joined hand with Novartis in order to its smart lens project a reality, offering measurements of a user’s blood glucose levels constantly. The company announced about its smart contact lens in January that would have the capability to measure blood glucose levels. This will help the people suffering from diabetes, enabling them to constantly measure their glucose levels throughout the day. The results will be displayed on their mobile phones, allowing them to monitor and manage their condition in an easier and more convenient manner. The lens makes use of non-invasive sensors that would analyze tear fluid in the eye in order to give the aforementioned measurements. Novartis CEO Joseph Jimenez has been quoted saying that “We are looking forward to working with Google to bring together their advanced technology and our intensive knowledge of biology to meet unmet medical needs. This is a key [+more]

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Self-Driving Cars: Google to Launch Cars Without Steering Wheels in Few Years

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Google is all set to expand the horizons of car driving. The search giant is reportedly working on an innovative concept of self-driven cars, which will be sans steering wheels, accelerator pedals or brake pedals. The much ambitious project is speculated to make way for a self-driving small electric car, which will seat two passengers. The project is still in the ongoing stage and Google has built prototypes in partnership with automotive suppliers and manufacturers. “Google aims to build up to 200 such cars in the near term and hopes the vehicles will be available in various cities within a couple of years”, Firstpost quoted the Google co-founder Sergey Brin. Google has been keen to make waves in the automotive industry since 2009. They have been testing several concepts of self-driving cars including laser sensors and radars. Interestingly, the self-driving cars could be used to pick up passenger and has [+more]

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PowToon #Slides: Present Like a Rockstar

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If you are looking for a way to make your presentations more engaging and awesome, PowToon’s soon-to-be-released presentation software, #Slides, will can be the solution to your problem. We dig a little deeper into the company, and its latest offering, in a top secret conversation with PowToon’s CEO and Co-founder, Ilya Spitalnik. Legend has it that a few years ago a group of renegade scientists banded together to fight a huge problem that was taking over both the business and academic world: Boring Presentations… In fact, PowToon was born out of Ilya’s own needs and desires to make presentations both more fun, and all together awesome and engaging. PowToon’s first “antidote” for the boring presentation problem was a software focused on creating animated short video clips, or “Powtoons” as they have come to be known, which took the world by storm, amassing over 1 million users in a mere 18 [+more]

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Twitter New Look Update Soon With Pictures To Tag: Larger Profile Photo, Better Tweets Organisation

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Social media giant Twitter has announced on its blog that they will be redesigning the website to organize tweets better. The new design will offers users with a larger profile photo and the option to customize their header. This means, one will now be able to show off their best Tweets. With the new design, Tweets will be better organized and users will know which of their tweets attracted the most activity. The tweets will now look larger and one will also be able to pin favorite tweets to the top of the page. Interestingly, users will also be able to tag their friends in pictures, something that has not been available so far. This update has been devised for iOS and Android users of Twitter. Also read:  S.E.L.F.I.E. Mirror to Capture Your Photo and Posts it on Twitter

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Antoine Leblond Quits Microsoft After Almost 25 Years

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Microsoft’s Vice President for Windows Web Services Antoine Leblond seems to be on his way out of Microsoft after spending almost 25 years there. Re/Code has reported that Leblond sent an email to his colleagues which said, “After almost 25 years, I’ve decided it’s time for me to go out and see what the non-Microsoft world has to offer.” It is being said that this is an aftereffect of CEO Satya Nadella joining Microsoft. Leblond was working on the Microsoft Office suite for almost 20 years alongside Steven Sinofsky. Leblond was also incharge of development of Office 2010.  However, lately he was working on Windows 8 store and cloud services.

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