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German union, car group seek government support for electric shift

FRANKFURT: Germany’s biggest union and its car industry association urged politicians on Tuesday to help with a shift to electric vehicles and not force a phasing out the combustion engine. Volkswagen’s admission in 2015 that it cheated U.S. diesel emissions tests has led to calls for the whole car industry, Germany’s biggest exporter and employer of more than 800,000 people, to cut pollution levels. It has also piled ... Read More »

We need to focus on the ‘why’ of technology in a ‘why not?’ world

Technology has become a part of every aspect of our lives, even in the places we least expect. The grocery store has a mobile app. The local bank has a chatbot. Strollers in the mall have touchscreens. The checkout counter is DIY. The parking lot has a security robot. Are any of these things bad? No. But how many of them are necessary? ... Read More »

5G Phones to Go Mainstream in Key Markets in 2019: Qualcomm CEO

The first 5G phones ready to meet next-generation mobile standards will be available for the mass market in 2019 – a year ahead of most predictions – in several Asian countries and the United States, Qualcomm’s CEO said on Thursday. Steven Mollenkopf, chief executive of the world’s top maker of smartphone chips, said in an interview that rising consumer and business demands ... Read More »

Toshiba Chip Deal: Bain Says Dell, Other Firms Join Its Bid

Bain Capital, now in the lead to buy Toshiba’s prized memory chip unit, said on Friday it has brought in Delland other tech firms as new members of its consortium to bolster its bid. Toshiba said this week it has agreed to focus on selling the world’s No. 2 NAND producer to a group led by Bain and South Korean chipmaker SK ... Read More »

Flipkart Big Billion Days Sale: Samsung, Micromax, Panasonic, Infinix Offer Discounts on Budget Smartphones

HIGHLIGHTS Samsung On5, On7, and J3 Pro are all priced under Rs. 7,000 The Infinix Hot 4 Pro is going to priced at Rs. 6,499 Flipkart’s Big Billion Days smartphone sale will begin on September 21 Flipkart’s annual Big Billion Days sale will commence on September 20 and go on till September 24 in the country. The smartphone sale will ... Read More »

World Bank: Reforming Education in Arab World Must Be Priority

Saudi students sit for their final high school exams in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah on June 19, 2010. (AFP) London – The quality of education in the Arab world has dropped in comparison to other regions in the world, which demands immediate reform to tackle development needs and employment in the future, said a recent World Bank ... Read More »

Not obliged to elicit views of finance panel: CoA

CoA has revealed that a panel like the finance committee won’t exist post the adoption of new draft constitution. © AFP The Committee of Administrators (CoA), on Saturday (September 16), reminded BCCI that the innings of some board officials would be over when the newly-drafted constitution is approved by the Supreme Court. In a strongly worded letter to BCCI office-bearers, ... Read More »

Quick tips to strike the best deal while buying a car, house or appliances

To lure customers on the lookout for big-ticket items like appliances, cars, and even houses, retailers try and entice them with ‘hard to refuse’ offers. With so many offers to choose, how do you know you if have made the right choice? Here are few steps that can help you get the best deal when buying a house, car, or ... Read More »

Sony Xperia with 3D capture technology launched in Malaysia

The Xperia XZ1 comes in four colour options – Moonlit Blue, Black, Warm Silver and Venus Pink. — Sony Sony Mobile today launched two new smartphones – its flagship Xperia XZ1 and a mid-range offering, the Xperia XA1 Plus. Boasting what Sony says is an industry first real-time 3D capture technology, the XZ1 took less than a month to enter ... Read More »

Sony Mobile unveils 3D scanning smartphones

Today saw the unveiling of two new smartphones from Sony Mobile, both of which feature world-first smartphone technology: 3D scanning. The Sony Xperia XZ1 (available from mid-September) and the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact (available from October) feature a 3D scanner named Creator that is able to capture 3D scans in just one minute, providing users with highly detailed 3D scans ... Read More »