Author Archives: Loknath Das

Regulate social media platforms before it’s too late

In the past week, Silicon Valley has faced renewed calls for greater regulation of social media platforms amid the growing scandal of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. Given rising awareness of the serious problems inherent within U.S. internet giants’ business models, it’s an opportune time to discuss how best to regulate these companies. I’m a researcher who studies regulation on the internet. For ... Read More »

Maybe Facebook Is Broken

Revelations about Russia’s use of Facebook, Google and Twitter to sow discord in the U.S. have led to a lot of discussion about how to keep propaganda out of our social media feeds. Proposals include abandoning “likes,” making people use their real names, and regulating, altering or even eliminating the algorithms the companies use to decide who sees what. But what if ... Read More »

HTC U11+ Was Reportedly the ‘Muskie’ Shelved for LG-Made Pixel 2 XL

Soon after HTC’s U11+ made its debut globally, a new report sheds light on its relation with the Pixel project. Google this year has been reported to be going back and forth with its manufacturers for the latest Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones. Now, a new report says that the HTC U11+ was the ‘Muskie’, the Google Pixel XL Successor ... Read More »

Xiaomi Doubles Its Shipments in Q3 2017, Says IDC

The global smartphone market has momentum going into the year-end holiday shopping season, according to preliminary figures released Thursday by International Data Corporation (IDC). An estimated 373.1 million smartphones were shipped worldwide during the third quarter of this year in a 2.7 percent rise from the same period in 2016, IDC said in a statement. While IDC analysts considered the growth ... Read More »

iPhone X Has 2 Batteries, Claims Early Teardown Video

While Apple is about to begin the shipments of the iPhone X, a teardown video apparently showcasing the new model has surfaced online. The video reveals that the latest flagship iPhone not only has a unique dual-camera setup on the rear and a TrueDepth image sensor on the front, but it also has two battery packs underneath the iconic bezel-less display panel. Notably, ... Read More »

Honor 8 Lite, UberPOOL Ola Share Ban, Reliance Jio Playing by Rules, and More: Your 360 Daily

HIGHLIGHTS Stop using Windows XP or Vista by end of the year to continue using Gmail LG’s Android Wear smartwatches priced close to Apple Watches PS, Xbox piracy forums hacked, user details out in the open Globally, carpooling is seen as a viable solution for semi-public transportation. But a technicality is preventing services like UberPOOL or Ola Share to operate in the state of ... Read More »

Smart TVs, Hard Drives, Fitbit Flex 2, and More Tech Deals This Week

This week we’ve found some great deals on big-screen TVs, wireless routers, headphones for workouts, and much more. If you’re looking for a nice discount on any of these products, read on. Panasonic 40-inch full HD smart LED TV Flipkart is running a two-day promotional sale on select Panasonic products. The 40-inch smart LED TV is a part of the ... Read More »

Could the Future of Virtual Reality Lie in Enterprise Software?

HIGHLIGHTS VR can enable immersive lessons, and be useful for education and training It is making an impact in gaming but also has potential in enterprise Early adoption of VR is slowing, but this is fairly typical, says HTC “Virtual reality can enable unique experiences that are not available through any other platform, and come in a number of different ... Read More »

The World Wide Tech Market is Poised to Explode

Looking back at the last six months, tech industry researchers are confident that the rest of this year and then on into 2018, we will see worldwide purchases of technology hardware and software mainly government and corporate businesses will grow by as much as three percent this year and most likely by four percent next year. The continuing flexibility and ... Read More »

Seattle’s housing market is growing twice as fast as San Francisco’s — signaling a tech exodus

(GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) Seattle’s housing market is seeing the fastest appreciation in home values in the country, according to the latest data from Zillow Group. The real estate data powerhouse released its September Market Report report Thursday and it shows Seattle’s home price growth is even outpacing Silicon Valley’s. Seattle’s median home value is $455,800, up 12.4 percent from a ... Read More »