Technology

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 »

Why Dell-EMC Won’t Follow in HP-Compaq’s Footsteps

Why do some big mergers succeed while others fail? This seems to be a common question, and some of the research I’ve read about the Dell-EMC merger tries to connect it to the HP-Compaq merger, which apparently cost Carly Fiorina her job. I covered the HP-Compaq merger at length, and I was not a fan. I actually spoke to Compaq’s ... Read More »

Google Pushes Transparency for SSL Certificates

They can weaken the effectiveness of encrypted Internet connections and compromise TLS/SSL processes, including domain validation, end-to-end encryption, and the chains of trust certificate authorities have put in place, Google points out at its SSL certificate transparency website. The flaws leave the doors open for a wide range of security attacks, including website spoofing, server impersonation and man-in-the-middle attacks, the ... Read More »

Russian Sub Activity Near Internet Cables Worries US

Military and intelligence officials apparently have observed increased Russian sub activity near cables located from the North Sea to Northeast Asia, as well as in waters close to American shores, the paper said. There are concerns that the movements indicate Russia might attack those cables in times of tension or conflict, although American military officials have not commented publicly on ... Read More »

Apple TV Reviews: Kinda Buggy, Kinda Great

The latest version of Apple’s streaming media set-top box, expected to hit U.S. retail stores on Friday, has gathered a bundle of mixed early reviews. Some reviewers saw great potential in the US$149 diminutive black box designed to pump movies, TV shows, games and apps from the Internet to a television set. Others found plenty to criticize. “Functionally, it’s the ... Read More »

Google Migrates Project Loon to Indonesia

Project Loon, part of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, on Wednesday announced that it has signed agreements with three mobile network operators in Indonesia — Indosat, Telkomse, and XL Axiata — to begin tests of its balloon-powered Internet service in 2016. Only about one in three of Indonesia’s 250 million residents is connected to the Internet. Project Loon will transmit signals ... Read More »

Chrome OS Is Dead, Long Live Chrome OS?

Google is two years into a plan to consolidate the Chrome operating system — which it uses as the platform for a series of stripped down, low-cost computers — and the Android mobile OS, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Google officials quickly pushed back against the WSJ report, which claims that the company, now a subsidiary of the newly ... Read More »

Google Fine-Tunes Self-Driving Cars’ Kid Perception

Google last week announced that it has developed technology for its self-driving vehicles that would be able to detect people in costumes — presumably children dressed for Halloween. The company is teaching its cars to drive more cautiously around children and thus be ready to adapt to sudden and even erratic movement, it said. Google’s engineers are striving to help ... Read More »

Is Apple TV a Worthy Upgrade? Sort Of

For Apple TV fans, the new Apple TV is the long-awaited upgrade we’ve been pining for, and while it’s a welcome addition to my living room, I’m only half as impressed as I thought I would be. After spending some quality time — and some not-so-quality time — I’ll share my experience, which, it turns out, all comes down to ... Read More »