Walmart said to acquire 73% of Flipkart valued at $16 billion, Alphabet might pitch in $3 billion

Reports and rumors about Walmart acquiring Flipkart go back to a couple of months where Walmart was said to acquire about 40% of Flipkart. A couple of weeks back, it is again reported that Walmart said to acquire 51% stake in Flipkart. Freshly we hear that Walmart might get hold of 73% of Flipkart valued at $16 billion.

Walmart is said to have sealed the deal on May 3rd spending at least $14.6 billion in the cash-and-stock buyout. According to the report, one of the sources said that Flipkart was valued at $20 billion, while other sources said Walmart had put the target company’s value at as much as $22 billion, a price at which it will spend more than $16 billion. In an interesting move, Alphabet, parent company of Google is also said to be participating in the deal with a $3 billion investment.

It is also heard that both the companies have signed tentative agreements after meetings. The sources also confirmed that the deal will be a mix of cash and stock as mentioned above, says the report. “Cash component will be close to 55%, which will mark the exit of some of the largest investors in Flipkart,” sources said.

As for the investors, some of the friendly investors …

Reports and rumors about Walmart acquiring Flipkart go back to a couple of months where Walmart was said to acquire about 40% of Flipkart. A couple of weeks back, it is again reported that Walmart said to acquire 51% stake in Flipkart. Freshly we hear that Walmart might get hold of 73% of Flipkart valued at $16 billion. Walmart is said to have sealed the deal on May 3rd spending at least $14.6 billion in the cash-and-stock buyout. According to the report, one of the sources said that Flipkart was valued at $20 billion, while other sources said Walmart had put the target company’s value at as much as $22 billion, a price at which it will spend more than $16 billion. In an interesting move, Alphabet, parent company of Google is also said to be participating in the deal with a $3 billion investment. It is also heard that both the companies have signed tentative agreements after meetings. The sources also confirmed that the deal will be a mix of cash and stock as mentioned above, says the report. “Cash component will be close to 55%, which will mark the exit of some of the largest investors in Flipkart,” sources said. As for the investors, some of the friendly investors ...

Chrome OS Linux app support now rolling out on Dev channel

A couple of weeks back there were reports about the Terminal app being spotted in Chrome OS hinting at future Linux application support. With less than a week to Google I/O, a new settings option for Linux apps has appeared on the Chrome OS Dev channel; titled as “Linux (Beta),” along with the description.

The description reads “Run Linux tools, editors, and IDEs on your Chromebook.” Reddit users were able to confirm that they were able to install Steam, however, GPU acceleration is currently broken so it will is unstable at the moment. furthermore, this feature seems to be limited to the Pixelbook, for now. We hope it will roll out more Chromebooks soon.

The support is seemingly found on the Pixelbook which is updated to 68.0.3416.0 version (platform version 10635.0.0). Post the update, there is a new option in the Chrome OS Settings for Linux apps running in a container. Google might change or tweak the user experience before the stable version hits.

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A couple of weeks back there were reports about the Terminal app being spotted in Chrome OS hinting at future Linux application support. With less than a week to Google I/O, a new settings option for Linux apps has appeared on the Chrome OS Dev channel; titled as "Linux (Beta)," along with the description. The description reads "Run Linux tools, editors, and IDEs on your Chromebook." Reddit users were able to confirm that they were able to install Steam, however, GPU acceleration is currently broken so it will is unstable at the moment. furthermore, this feature seems to be limited to the Pixelbook, for now. We hope it will roll out more Chromebooks soon. The support is seemingly found on the Pixelbook which is updated to 68.0.3416.0 version (platform version 10635.0.0). Post the update, there is a new option in the Chrome OS Settings for Linux apps running in a container. Google might change or tweak the user experience before the stable version hits. Source

Huawei patent hints at a smartwatch designed for gaming

According to the listing on World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Huawei has received a patent for a gaming smartwatch. The application was initially filed in December 2017 and follows patents with the Chinese Intellectual Office from 2015 and 2016 for development of the technology.

The patent is titled ‘Smart wearable device and control method for the smart wearable device.’ Since this patent goes back to 2015, it looks like the company has now further developed the technology and is seeing an opportunity to implement this in an end product. The documentation is detailed and shows that the smartwatch is fully focused on gaming.

Huawei is aiming to incorporate functions in the watch band, since operating via the touchscreen has some drawbacks. However, this isn’t the first time Huawei has patented for a new smartwatch with operations where the watch band plays an important role. But it is the first that the operations are fully tuned and dedicated to gaming.

Huawei is said to be using a rectangular watch case for the illustrations, which is very much similar to the Apple Watch. The strap of the smartwatch will have a mechanical sensor and a touchscreen on both sides of the watch case. It also shows a virtual keyboard which is divided into two on the …

According to the listing on World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Huawei has received a patent for a gaming smartwatch. The application was initially filed in December 2017 and follows patents with the Chinese Intellectual Office from 2015 and 2016 for development of the technology. The patent is titled 'Smart wearable device and control method for the smart wearable device.' Since this patent goes back to 2015, it looks like the company has now further developed the technology and is seeing an opportunity to implement this in an end product. The documentation is detailed and shows that the smartwatch is fully focused on gaming. Huawei is aiming to incorporate functions in the watch band, since operating via the touchscreen has some drawbacks. However, this isn't the first time Huawei has patented for a new smartwatch with operations where the watch band plays an important role. But it is the first that the operations are fully tuned and dedicated to gaming. Huawei is said to be using a rectangular watch case for the illustrations, which is very much similar to the Apple Watch. The strap of the smartwatch will have a mechanical sensor and a touchscreen on both sides of the watch case. It also shows a virtual keyboard which is divided into two on the ...

Google Assistant for Wear OS gets smart suggestions, ability to answers questions and Actions

Google introduced Assistant to its smartwatch back in 2017 and today it is rolling out a bunch of new features including smart suggestions, hear answers to questions and Actions. These features according to Google add even more convenience to your watch. 

Firstly, it is the ‘Smart Suggestions,’ using which you can choose from contextually relevant follow-up questions or responses to continue the conversation. This feature is Perfect for quick interactions when you’re on the go. It also gets the ability to answer your questions rather than read them. From now on, you can hear some helpful information, like your commute times and upcoming agenda, from your watch speaker or Bluetooth headphones when connected.

Google, a few months back has announced over 1 million Actions which are basically the things you can do with the Google Assistant. Today, Google is bringing all Actions to Wear OS. You can now use your voice to perform Actions on your connected devices. It also said that it is working with developers and partners to add more Actions and functionalities.Google will be rolling out these new features in the coming days.

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Google introduced Assistant to its smartwatch back in 2017 and today it is rolling out a bunch of new features including smart suggestions, hear answers to questions and Actions. These features according to Google add even more convenience to your watch.  Firstly, it is the 'Smart Suggestions,' using which you can choose from contextually relevant follow-up questions or responses to continue the conversation. This feature is Perfect for quick interactions when you’re on the go. It also gets the ability to answer your questions rather than read them. From now on, you can hear some helpful information, like your commute times and upcoming agenda, from your watch speaker or Bluetooth headphones when connected. Google, a few months back has announced over 1 million Actions which are basically the things you can do with the Google Assistant. Today, Google is bringing all Actions to Wear OS. You can now use your voice to perform Actions on your connected devices. It also said that it is working with developers and partners to add more Actions and functionalities.Google will be rolling out these new features in the coming days. Source

Twitter advices its 336 million users to change the password over a bug

Twitter claims that it uses technology that masks the user passwords so that no one at the company can see them. However, the company has recently identified a bug that stored passwords unmasked in an internal log. But Twitter says that it has fixed the bug and a closed investigation ensures no sign of breach or misuse by anyone.

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However, Twitter advices its 336 million users to consider changing the password on all services where you might have used the password including Twitter. The company to mask passwords uses a process called hashing using a function known as bcrypt, which replaces the actual password with a random set of numbers and letters that are stored in Twitter’s system.

This actually allows Twitter’s systems to validate your account credentials without revealing your password. Because of this bug, the passwords are being written before the hashing method. Twitter says that it found the error themselves, removed the passwords, and are also the implementing plans to prevent this bug from happening again.

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Twitter claims that it uses technology that masks the user passwords so that no one at the company can see them. However, the company has recently identified a bug that stored passwords unmasked in an internal log. But Twitter says that it has fixed the bug and a closed investigation ensures no sign of breach or misuse by anyone. [HTML1] However, Twitter advices its 336 million users to consider changing the password on all services where you might have used the password including Twitter. The company to mask passwords uses a process called hashing using a function known as bcrypt, which replaces the actual password with a random set of numbers and letters that are stored in Twitter’s system. This actually allows Twitter's systems to validate your account credentials without revealing your password. Because of this bug, the passwords are being written before the hashing method. Twitter says that it found the error themselves, removed the passwords, and are also the implementing plans to prevent this bug from happening again. Source

Google Pay now rolling out on the web for desktop and iOS

Google back in January merged Android Pay and Google Wallet to Google Pay recently, and the company is slowly making the shift as it is now rolling out Google Pay on the web for desktop and iOS, few months after it rolled out for Android.

Google is rolling out the Pay on the web for iPhone, iPad, and desktop and users should start seeing the rebranding when you’re trying to make a payment on a supported site, regardless of the browser that you are using. Google also says that the used cards are also accessible from all platforms and you don’t have to add them separately. This move pushes Google a step closer to competing with Apple Pay in creating a unified payment.

Another interesting feature of Google Pay is that it’ll automatically update your new card details in the Google Pay account in case you replace it with a new one as soon as you order a new card from your bank. The same applies if the card in use expires. Google is also offering rewards when you shop.

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Google back in January merged Android Pay and Google Wallet to Google Pay recently, and the company is slowly making the shift as it is now rolling out Google Pay on the web for desktop and iOS, few months after it rolled out for Android. Google is rolling out the Pay on the web for iPhone, iPad, and desktop and users should start seeing the rebranding when you're trying to make a payment on a supported site, regardless of the browser that you are using. Google also says that the used cards are also accessible from all platforms and you don't have to add them separately. This move pushes Google a step closer to competing with Apple Pay in creating a unified payment. Another interesting feature of Google Pay is that it’ll automatically update your new card details in the Google Pay account in case you replace it with a new one as soon as you order a new card from your bank. The same applies if the card in use expires. Google is also offering rewards when you shop. Source

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 with Snapdragon 835, 4GB RAM, Android Oreo gets Wi-Fi Certification

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 launch might happen very soon as the device is now spotted receiving WiFi certification by the Wi-Fi Alliance. The first benchmark listing revealed a possible 10.5-inch display, Snapdragon 845 SoC, 4GB RAM. 

The WiFi certification revealed that the Galaxy Tab S4 will run on the Android 8.0 Oreo and since Samsung is tight-lipped about the launch, this new Wi-Fi Certification evidence says that the new tablet from Samsung is on its way. It is also heard that firmware development for the Wi-Fi and LTE models of the Galaxy Tab S4 has already begun and the builds currently being tested; they come with version numbers T830XXU0ARDA and  T835XXU0ARDA.

According to the recent benchmark, listing, the Galaxy Tab S4 is expected to be powered Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of on-board storage. The tablet might also get a fresh new design which may incorporate Samsung’s Infinity Display and push the flagship tablet segment to the bezel-less bandwagon.

As for the release date is concerned, the tablet might go official at the IFA 2018 trade show in the second half of this year

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 launch might happen very soon as the device is now spotted receiving WiFi certification by the Wi-Fi Alliance. The first benchmark listing revealed a possible 10.5-inch display, Snapdragon 845 SoC, 4GB RAM.  The WiFi certification revealed that the Galaxy Tab S4 will run on the Android 8.0 Oreo and since Samsung is tight-lipped about the launch, this new Wi-Fi Certification evidence says that the new tablet from Samsung is on its way. It is also heard that firmware development for the Wi-Fi and LTE models of the Galaxy Tab S4 has already begun and the builds currently being tested; they come with version numbers T830XXU0ARDA and  T835XXU0ARDA. According to the recent benchmark, listing, the Galaxy Tab S4 is expected to be powered Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of on-board storage. The tablet might also get a fresh new design which may incorporate Samsung’s Infinity Display and push the flagship tablet segment to the bezel-less bandwagon. As for the release date is concerned, the tablet might go official at the IFA 2018 trade show in the second half of this year Source | Via

HDFC securities rolls out ‘Arya’ voice-based virtual assistant service on Google Home, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa

HDFC Securities today announced that it is rolling out voice-based services on Google Home, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa. These voice skills will provide users with a self-service digital channel to interact with HDFC securities.

Customers can now get assistance in account opening, investment ideas in equity and MF’s through ‘Arya’, Which is India’s first virtual assistant to offer services through voice IoT devices in the broking space. The company also said that ‘Arya’ would also be available on HDFC Securities mobile trading app, website and HDFC securities very soon.

Furthermore, users can invoke ‘Arya’ and select the option for opening an account. However, the user will still have to authenticate by sharing the mobile number, following which the account opening team would connect and initiate the user’s onboarding process with HDFC Securities. Additionally, users can also opt for services like getting investment options, Investment in stocks, and  Investment in the Mutual fund

Commenting on the launch, Dhiraj Relli, MD, and CEO – HDFC securities said:
It is our continuous endeavour to offer a simplified experience to our customers. Our latest offering reflects our philosophy that disruptive technologies could lead to an enhanced customer experience. In our view, broking via voice based IoT is a path breaking innovation …

HDFC Securities today announced that it is rolling out voice-based services on Google Home, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa. These voice skills will provide users with a self-service digital channel to interact with HDFC securities. Customers can now get assistance in account opening, investment ideas in equity and MF’s through 'Arya', Which is India’s first virtual assistant to offer services through voice IoT devices in the broking space. The company also said that 'Arya' would also be available on HDFC Securities mobile trading app, website and HDFC securities very soon. Furthermore, users can invoke ‘Arya’ and select the option for opening an account. However, the user will still have to authenticate by sharing the mobile number, following which the account opening team would connect and initiate the user’s onboarding process with HDFC Securities. Additionally, users can also opt for services like getting investment options, Investment in stocks, and  Investment in the Mutual fund Commenting on the launch, Dhiraj Relli, MD, and CEO – HDFC securities said: It is our continuous endeavour to offer a simplified experience to our customers. Our latest offering reflects our philosophy that disruptive technologies could lead to an enhanced customer experience. In our view, broking via voice based IoT is a path breaking innovation ...

Microsoft Translator for Windows gets Cortana integration, Windows Ink, image translation and more

Microsoft Translator app for Windows is getting a major update with Cortana integration, support for Windows Ink, image translation, AI-powered offline translations, and a newly redesigned modern user interface.

It supports  60 languages, across text, voice, image, and Windows Ink translations. Users can listen to the translations, pin translations to view later within your History tab, save the translations to a text file, share translations through email, or any other Windows 10 apps such as OneNote, Skype, Twitter, etc. The live translator feature is available in 10 speech languages and over 60 text languages.

Now you can use Translator with Cortana just by saying “Hey Cortana,” and can ask Translator to join conversation ABCDE. The app also features the Phrasebook feature where you can browse phrases and quickly get the human-verified translation. It contains a variety of essential phrases for travel, directions, lodging, dining, and more. It also lets you import documents directly from the Text translation tab and save the translation in a text file.

The redesigned Windows 10 app uses the AI-powered, neural machine translation technologies. Translate text and images when offline through neural-network powered offline translation packs, the company claims that these packs offer up to 23 percent better offline translation quality over competing best-in-class non-neural …

Microsoft Translator app for Windows is getting a major update with Cortana integration, support for Windows Ink, image translation, AI-powered offline translations, and a newly redesigned modern user interface. It supports  60 languages, across text, voice, image, and Windows Ink translations. Users can listen to the translations, pin translations to view later within your History tab, save the translations to a text file, share translations through email, or any other Windows 10 apps such as OneNote, Skype, Twitter, etc. The live translator feature is available in 10 speech languages and over 60 text languages. Now you can use Translator with Cortana just by saying “Hey Cortana," and can ask Translator to join conversation ABCDE. The app also features the Phrasebook feature where you can browse phrases and quickly get the human-verified translation. It contains a variety of essential phrases for travel, directions, lodging, dining, and more. It also lets you import documents directly from the Text translation tab and save the translation in a text file. The redesigned Windows 10 app uses the AI-powered, neural machine translation technologies. Translate text and images when offline through neural-network powered offline translation packs, the company claims that these packs offer up to 23 percent better offline translation quality over competing best-in-class non-neural ...

Google to invest in startups that use Assistant technology

Google has announced a new investment program who are working to broaden Google Assistant hardware or features. This new program will provide startups with financial support, early access to Google tools, access to the Google Cloud Platform, and also offer promotional support.

This new investment program will support the startups with investment capital from Google to provide additional financial resources for the development, hiring, and management of these startups. It will also offer technical advice from engineers, product managers, and design experts to share technical guidance and product development feedback.

Google will also open up access to the Google Cloud Platform which is its cloud computing services that run on the same infrastructure that we use for products like Google Search and YouTube. Using the promotional support, Google marketing channels will drive greater awareness for the features and functionality of these new applications.

Google is welcoming companies across a range of fields including startups that are developing technologies that broaden the Assistant’s set of features or are building new hardware devices for digital assistants, or that focus on a particular industry such as travel, games, or hospitality. The companies in the first-batch include GoMomentCreator of Ivy, a 24/7 concierge for hotel guests Edwin personal English tutor powered by AI, BotSociety, Pulse Labs.

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Google has announced a new investment program who are working to broaden Google Assistant hardware or features. This new program will provide startups with financial support, early access to Google tools, access to the Google Cloud Platform, and also offer promotional support. This new investment program will support the startups with investment capital from Google to provide additional financial resources for the development, hiring, and management of these startups. It will also offer technical advice from engineers, product managers, and design experts to share technical guidance and product development feedback. Google will also open up access to the Google Cloud Platform which is its cloud computing services that run on the same infrastructure that we use for products like Google Search and YouTube. Using the promotional support, Google marketing channels will drive greater awareness for the features and functionality of these new applications. Google is welcoming companies across a range of fields including startups that are developing technologies that broaden the Assistant’s set of features or are building new hardware devices for digital assistants, or that focus on a particular industry such as travel, games, or hospitality. The companies in the first-batch include GoMomentCreator of Ivy, a 24/7 concierge for hotel guests Edwin personal English tutor powered by AI, BotSociety, Pulse Labs. Source