Author Archive: IANS

After liquor ban on highways, GST hits MICE hospitality hard

Almost a month into the Goods and Services Tax (GST), hoteliers complained that they have been “hit hard” in the hospitality industry’s money-spinner meetings, incentives, conferences & exhibitions (MICE) segment, following close on the heels of the ban on liquor near highways. There have been huge cancellations or postponements of pre-booked events on account of […]

Google blocks ‘Lipizzan’ Android spyware

A new batch of spyware named ‘Lipizzan’ that could capture users’ text messages, voice calls, location data and photos has been discovered and blocked by Google. The company, in a blog post, said it discovered a new family of Android spyware while investigating another spyware named ‘Chrysaor’. “In the course of our Chrysaor investigation, we […]

New consumer protection bill could be next big game changer

A new consumer protection bill that is likely to be tabled during Parliament’s ongoing monsoon session is seen as the next big game-changer for the common man, replacing as it will legislation that has been in force since 1986 when the economic landscape and consumer awareness were in their infancy. Among a slew of measures, […]

AI-enabled Cloud solutions set to win the race: IBM India

When it comes to delivering intelligent Cloud experience, robust artificial intelligence (AI)-driven solutions are going to decide who is better equipped to provide enterprises with extended capabilities, says a key IBM executive. Among all future technologies, AI has been hailed as the next big thing and is steadily becoming the driving force behind tech innovations […]

Disney makes artificial intelligence a group experience

Have you ever wanted to sit and drift through a magical world? Disney Research has developed a ‘Magic Bench’ platform that actualises this dream by combining augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality experience. In this platform, wearing a head-mounted display or using a handheld device is not required. Instead, the surroundings are instrumented rather than […]

No roadmap to check objectionable content on WhatsApp, admits government

The government on Friday virtually expressed its helplessness about checking objectionable content uploaded on online messaging site WhatsApp as they are encrypted end-to-end and no third party can access them. The government can take action once the content is reported as it has laws in place, Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told […]

Google’s DeepMind creates AI that can ‘imagine’

Google-owned DeepMind is working on artificial intelligence (AI) that can imagine like humans and handle the unpredictable scenarios in real world. According to a report in Wired on Thursday, DeepMind, that was acquired by Google in 2014, is developing an AI capable of ‘imagination’, enabling machines to see the consequences of their actions before they […]

Indian digital economy has big potential: Mastercard

India has emerged as a potentially strong digital economy and been categorised under the ‘Break Out’ segment among 60 countries in an index launched on Thursday in New Delhi. The Digital Evolution Index 2017 was launched jointly by the Fletcher School at Tufts University in the US and Mastercard. “The Break Out segment refers to […]

EY launches hackathon on blockchain in India

Global professional services provider EY on Thursday announced the launch of first EY Hackathon in India focussed on blockchain technology. The initiative, which aims to engage India’s growing technology talent and developer community to address critical issues faced by businesses, will invite ideators, inventors and developers to collaborate and create marketable solutions leveraging blockchain technology. […]