Technology

White House welcomes Facebook move to block private gun sales

The Obama administration on Monday welcomed Facebook Inc’s move last week to prohibit users from using its services to coordinate person-to-person private sales of firearms. “Obviously, we welcome steps from private entities like Facebook,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at a press briefing, following Facebook’s announcement on Friday. Earnest would not comment on whether anyone in the administration ... Read More »

Alphabet options busy as traders hedge ahead of results

Options on Google parent Alphabet Inc were busy on Monday ahead of the search giant’s quarterly results that could help it unseat Apple Inc as the most valuable company in the world. Traders however appeared more inclined to spend money on protective trades than on bets looking to profit from a large move to the upside. About 55,000 contracts were ... Read More »

China to allow banks to directly invest in high-growth tech firms – sources

China is planning a pilot programme to allow selected commercial banks to set up equity investment arms to take direct stakes in technology firms, people familiar with the matter said, a move aimed at giving lenders a chance to buy into a high-growth industry while stoking competition with private equity players. Under China’s commercial banking law, banks are forbidden from ... Read More »

Reliance Communications expects to seal mobile tower deal in 2 weeks

MUMBAI: India’s Reliance Communications expects to reach a deal to sell its mobile phone masts business to a group of companies led by buyout firm TPG Capital Management LP in the next two weeks, its chief executive said on Monday. RCom last month signed a non-binding pact to sell the business to TPG and Tillman Global Holdings LLC, a US ... Read More »

Twitter users dislike Twitter executive exodus

            NEW YORK: Twitter users mostly disliked the largest executive exodus at the online social media company announced late on Sunday, with some notable tweets criticizing CEO Jack Dorsey and even speculating on potential acquirers. The Thomson Reuters social media sentiment analysis index was negative overall on Twitter, falling close to its lowest levels in ... Read More »

Apple set for lowest iPhone sales growth ever

  Analysts say Apple has become a victim of its own success as the iPhone 6 line was lapped by consumers looking… R Apple Inc is expected to report iPhone sales increased slightly more than 1% in the holiday quarter when it announces earnings on Tuesday, its slowest growth ever and far from the double-digit growth investors have come to ... Read More »

User Interface Design Software Knowledge You Need

Before you work with user interface design software, you have to think through the various options you have. You’ll find out here that there are a few things you have to look into before you spend time and money on any software. Then you can create great looking user interfaces with ease. The software is going to have to be ... Read More »

Siri-Like Voice Commands Coming to More Apps and Devices, Says Nuance

Apple’s Siri, Google’s Google Now, and Microsoft’s Cortana are doing a reasonably great job at making our lives easier. They remind us about our meetings, help us know about the weather, and tell how bad the traffic is outside. But they still cannot make all the tasks “hands-free” just yet, and their areas of expertise reside largely to the mobile ... Read More »

India Funding Roundup: Housejoy, Blubirch, Cabsguru, MeraDoctor, Streamoid

Our latest funding roundup covers institutional and seed investments made in Indian startups this week, in sectors as varied as home services, cab search, reverse logistics and virtual healthcare platforms. HouseJoy Home services provider Housejoy announced Wednesday its fundraise of Rs. 150 crores in Series B round of funding. The round was led by Amazon, and new investors Vertex Ventures, ... Read More »

A Deluxe Dock, a Crafty Computer, and a T-rific Tablet Stand

Welcome to another edition of Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that files dispatches from the road on the week’s best, brightest and most compelling gadget announcements. On the highway this week are a smartphone alarm clock dock, a new form of personal computer, and an adjustable tablet stand. As always, these are not reviews, and the ratings relate only ... Read More »