This home for underprivileged coders will put the Indian government and IT industry to shame

Somewhere in a modest neighbourhood in Delhi, eight or so children of India’s underprivileged –from families of day-labourers, autorickshaw drivers, and sewer cleaners to name a few — are learning Python, HTML, and CSS. They all live together in a small three-bedroom apartment, share in the cooking and cleaning chores, and then are often up till 3 or 4 in… Read more →

Alphabet, Indian state partner to deploy new wireless internet tech

Alphabet X, the company’s moonshoot division, announced Thursday it will sell Free Space Optical Communications (FSOC) technology to India’s Andhra Pradesh state government to connect rural and remote areas across the state. Read this Google’s Project Loon uses big networked air balloons to fill internet black holes The first of Google’s radio-networked balloons hit the skies this weekend. Read More… Read more →

Create digital workplaces that are age-agnostic

Good talent is increasingly tough to hire and retain, companies now more than ever need to ensure they create work environments that meet the needs of all their employees. Work styles may vary, and different generations have unique experiences and preferences, especially where technology is involved. Some want to be unfettered, requiring support across different devices and access to their… Read more →

Amazon to begin selling Apple TV and Google Chromecast again

CNET Amazon will again begin selling the Apple TV and Google Chromecast, after two years ago removing the products that compete with its own Fire TV. “I can confirm that we are assorting Apple TV and Chromecast,” an Amazon spokeswoman told CNET on Thursday, offering no further information. Amazon is now listing two versions of the Apple TV 4K, as… Read more →

Adobe’s Q4 breaks $2 billion in revenue

Adobe headquarters in San Jose, California. Adobe released fourth quarter financial results after the bell on Thursday and once again the Photoshop maker broke a corporate record for quarterly revenue. The software giant reported fiscal third quarter earnings of $501.5 million, or $1.00 a share. Non-GAAP earnings in the quarter were $1.26 a share on revenue of $2.01 billion, up… Read more →

Oracle Q2 strong on cloud, SaaS momentum

Oracle delivered strong fiscal second quarter results that topped expectations on earnings and revenue as well as cloud revenue. The company reported second quarter net income of $2.2 billion, or 52 cents a share, on revenue of $9.6 billion, up 6 percent from a year ago. Non-GAAP earnings for the quarter were 70 cents a share. Wall Street was looking… Read more →

Samsung to launch smart speaker in first half of 2018: Report

(Image: file photo) Samsung plans to launch a smart speaker to rival Amazon Echo, Google Home, and others, in the first half of 2018, according to Bloomberg. The smart speaker will use Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant utilized in the Galaxy smartphone lineup, and aims to connect smart home appliances. It’s not clear what Samsung plans to call its smart speaker,… Read more →

​Net neutrality: The eve of destruction

Video: Net neutrality explained with beer The people spoke, and they want net neutrality. cnet What you need to know about the FCC’s net neutrality repeal The FCC is set to roll back Obama-era regulation protecting an open internet. Here’s a quick rundown to help you understand the issues Read More The major web powers — Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft,… Read more →

​IBM, Walmart, JD.com and Tsinghua University eye blockchain for food supply chain safety in China

IBM, Walmart, JD.com and Tsinghua University said they will collaborate on blockchain tools for food tracking, traceability and safety in China’s supply chain. The four entities will work in a Blockchain Food Safety Alliance that aims to create a standard for collecting data on origin, safety and authenticity of food using blockchain technology for traceability. Real-time transparency has been difficult… Read more →

Ode to the Mac mini: Craving an update for Apple’s little box that can do it all

The venerable Mac mini. Image: CNET “Found another one!” There’s a tipping point that occurs when unpacking after a move. For a long time, everything is missing. Boxes serve as side tables, dinner tables, and the stuff of nightmares. But, eventually the sea of boxes gives way to something resembling reconstruction — and that’s when you start finding stuff —… Read more →