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Mobile Speeds Slow Down as India Falls to 121 Position in Speedtest Global Index for April 2019

India witnessed a dip in mobile speeds in April 2019 with its rank remaining at 68th position in fixed broadband speeds globally and has decreased in ranking to 121 in mobile speeds, Ookla, the company behind Speedtest, said on Monday in updates to its Speedtest Global Index for April 2019. While India has maintained its position in fixed broadband with ... Read More »

Facebook Shuts Down Friend List Feeds, Brings Mentorship Feature to Groups

HIGHLIGHTS Facebook has reportedly announced the end of Friend List Feeds It has also made the mentorship feature available in select groups It allows users to get in touch with mentors and learn new skills After launching AR games in Messenger video chats, Facebook has now decided to brings its mentorship feature to Groups as well. The mentorship feature was launched last year ... Read More »

Foreign investment in real estate down 20%

While global institutional investors’ interest in Indian real estate continues to show an uptick, the latest June quarter has shown a decline in their investment owing to delayed conclusion of a few large deals. Indian real estate has attracted investments worth $1.08 billion in the June quarter across 11 transactions, down 20% from a year ago, showed data from Venture Intelligence. However, ... Read More »

iPhone Battery Replacement Cost Now Down to Rs. 2,000 (All-Inclusive)

In the midst of the ongoing shortage of batteries, Apple has dropped the cost of the replacement batteries to Rs. 2,000, all inclusive. The battery replacement programme costs $29 internationally and was set to originally cost around Rs. 2,000 plus taxes (roughly Rs. 2,600) in the country. The new price of replacements under Apple’s battery replacement program for iPhone models with ageing batteries was confirmed ... Read More »

Internet Giants Not Doing Enough to Take Down Illegal Content: EU

Internet giants like Facebook, Google’s YouTube and Twitter are not taking down illegal content from their websites fast enough, the European Union executive said on Tuesday after meeting with the companies. Several European governments have increased pressure on social media companies to do more to remove illegal content – from incitement to hatred and racism to extremist material to counterfeit products being sold online – and ... Read More »

EU regulators clamp down on social media searches on job applicants

EU regulators want to prevent employers from screening jobseekers by looking at their social media profiles © FT montage Employers who check a job candidate’s Facebook or Twitter profile before deciding whether to hire them may be in breach of European law, top regulators have said, as the EU tightens its data protection policies. According to guidelines published by EU ... Read More »

20 Connected Gadgets To Help You Cool Down This Summer

  Smart Gadgets To Cool Down Summer is approaching, and what’s a better way to cool down than to get connected up? The Internet of Things is enabling beachgoers, vacation travelers and barbecue throwers to enjoy a summer of convenience. With IoT, consumers can check their grills remotely from their lawn party, turn on their sprinkler system from work so ... Read More »

Jordan cracks down on activists over social media posts

Lawyers for arrested activists told Al Jazeera they were unable to meet their clients [Reuters] A Jordanian military court has charged eight activists with “insulting the King” and “incitement to spread chaos to undermine the political regime of Jordan using social media”, lawyers said. The General Intelligence Directorate (GID), the “Mukhabarat” in Arabic, last week arrested civilian opposition activists, including ... Read More »

Demonetisation: Sales Down 25-30 Percent, Says Micromax

Consumer sales have seen a 25-30 percent hit in past few weeks due to twin impact of demonetisation and seasonal slowdown post Diwali, country’s third largest handset maker Micromax said today. While online sales suffered due to cash crunch in the aftermath of demonetisation, the company’s supply chain saw a 15-18 percent decline in sales in the last few weeks. ... Read More »

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek Becomes Chairman as Co-Founder Steps Down

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek Becomes Chairman as Co-Founder Steps Down Spotify co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Daniel Ek is consolidating power over the world’s largest music streaming service, taking on the role of chairman ahead of a planned initial public offering as soon as next year. Martin Lorentzon, a co-founder of Spotify, is stepping down from his role as chairman ... Read More »