Twitter bans journalist’s account for posting Olympic GIFs, restores after public outcry

Twitter bans journalist’s account for posting Olympic GIFs, restores after public outcry

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Twitter restored sports journalist Jim Weber after briefly banning for posting three GIFs from the Rio Olympics on its platform. Jim Weber, a contributing writer for Athlon Sports, explained in a LinkedIn post that he received emails from both Twitter and the International Olympics Committee (IOC) about his tweets but, despite trying to comply with it, he was banned, TechCrunch reported. "The organizations first demanded a removal of the content -- the IOC gave a 10 minute window to do so -- but within just a few minutes of Twitter's first email, Weber's account was temporarily suspended," the report added. More →
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HP announces shared storage solutions for IT modernization of small businesses

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HP announces shared storage solutions for IT modernization of small businesses

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced new shared storage solutions that help small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs), modernize their IT with hybrid flash and software-defined storage platforms that bring enterprise capabilities. For years, SMB customers have been forced to subjugate business requirements due to the cost and complexity of enterprise storage, Hewlett Packard Enterprise India Country Head (Storage) Joybrata Mukherjee said. While others have deployed flash for app acceleration, leveraged software-defined storage for cost savings, and are exploring hyper-convergence to accelerate time-to-value, smaller customers and others with entry budgets have been priced out of these game-changing technologies, he added. More →
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Tata Communications plans to expand its cloud operations globally

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Tata Communications plans to expand its cloud operations globally

Tata Communications is planning to set up necessary storage infrastructure in countries of operations to win over local business by addressing its concerns on overseas data storage with an aim to gain 40 percent annual growth in cloud operations. "Data sovereignty is going to be more critical and the governments will look to introduce more stringent regulations around this element of storage in cloud," Srinivasan C R, Senior Vice-President, Global Product Management and Data Centre Services, Tata Communications, said. He flagged government concerns about accuracy of data being stored, going forward. "Building your data farms in one location limits your ability to work with enterprise customers. Data residency is a big concern," Srinivasan said. More →
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E-tourist visa holders to soon get BSNL SIM on arrival in India

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E-tourist visa holders to soon get BSNL SIM on arrival in India

The Home Ministry has given the nod for foreign travelers arriving on e-tourist visa in India to get a SIM card on arrival. This could begin by September-end, with state-run BSNL taking on the responsibility. "We had a number of meetings with the Home Ministry with regard to providing SIM card to foreigner tourists when they land in India. The ministry has finally agreed to our proposal. Now, it will take some time to start the facility," Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma said. The move is aimed at projecting India as a global tourist destination among foreign travelers as well as addressing the security concerns by equipping the tourists with mobile phones to make calls in case of any distress, an official said. More →
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IBS to launch ‘next generation’ travel platform

By about 11 hours ago.

IBS to launch ‘next generation’ travel platform

IBS Software, headquartered at Technopark Thiruvananthapuram, launched a unified selling and production technology platform named iTravel. The technology platform is expected to go live in 2017 and IBS, a travel, transportation and logistics IT solutions specialist, has already signed contracts worth over $40 million (Rs 250 crore) with some of the leading players in the travel industry. Speaking to reporters here, IBS Group Executive Chairman VK Mathews said this product is well positioned to redefine the future of the travel industry. More →
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Potentially habitable planet orbiting Proxima Centauri discovered

By on August 26, 2016 at 3:00 AM.

Potentially habitable planet orbiting Proxima Centauri discovered

Astronomers have found clear evidence of a potentially habitable planet orbiting the closest star to our solar system. The new world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star, Proxima Centauri, every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface, if it were present. This rocky world is a little more massive than the Earth and is the closest exoplanet to us and the astronomers believe that it may even be the closest possible abode for life beyond our own Sun. "The discovery of the potentially habitable planet around Proxima Cen is the culmination of 30 years of work that has improved stellar velocity measurement precision from 300 m/s (metres per second) to 1 m/s," said one of the researchers, Paul Butler from Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington. More →
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New method developed may help discover Earth-like planets

By on August 26, 2016 at 12:00 AM.

New method developed may help discover Earth-like planets

A new method for analyzing the chemical composition of stars from their carbon-to-oxygen and magnesium-to-silicon ratios may help scientists find alien planets with the right stuff for sustaining life, a study says. The computational modeling technique developed by Yale University researcher gives a clearer sense of the chemistry of stars, revealing the conditions present when their planets formed. The system creates a new way to assess the habitability and biological evolution possibilities of planets outside our solar system. "This is a very useful, easy diagnostic to tell whether that pale blue dot you see is more similar to Venus or the Earth," said Debra Fischer, Professor of Astronomy. More →
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Reliance Jio Preview Offer goes live for Gionee, Lava and Karbonn smartphones

By on August 25, 2016 at 9:12 PM.

Reliance Jio Preview Offer goes live for Gionee, Lava and Karbonn smartphones

In less than a week, Reliance Jio has partnered with Micromax and its sub-brand YU, LG, Samsung, Asus, TCL and Alcatel to offer free Jio SIM cards with its 90-days ‘Preview Offer’ to users having 4G-enabled smartphones from these brands. Now, three more smartphone brands are added to the growing list – Karbonn, Lava and Gionee. As a part of Jio Preview offer, users get complimentary access to Jio suite of apps such as JioPlay, JioOnDemand, JioBeats, JioXpressNews, JioSecurity, JioDrive, JioMags and JioMoney among others. Users also get free unlimited HD voice calling and unlimited internet downloads, for 90 days from the date of activation. More →
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UPI goes live with 21 banks in India to enable cashless transactions using your smartphone

By on August 25, 2016 at 7:57 PM.

UPI goes live with 21 banks in India to enable cashless transactions using your smartphone

Earlier this year in April, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan launched the ambitious payments architecture for instant online bank payments. Called Unified Payment Interface (UPI), it has been developed by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). The new payments interface aims to make it easier for users to send and receive money using a single password and identification. After pilot testing since April, NPCI has now given a go ahead to banks for publishing their UPI-enabled apps on Google Play Store. More →
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New LeEco Le 2s leaked images reveal metal body, absence of iPhone 7-inspired antenna design

By on August 25, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

New LeEco Le 2s leaked images reveal metal body, absence of iPhone 7-inspired antenna design

LeEco’s rumored Le 2s is slated to be launched next month and a host of rumors and leaks about the smartphone have emerged online already. While the last leaked images revealed that polycarbonate back panel, new leaked image claim the smartphone will retain the full metal design. While the last round of rumors said the Le 2s might come with a different design for antenna bands, similar to rumored Apple iPhone 7, the new leaked image though suggest the smartphone may retain the old pattern, which is seen on existing Le smartphones. The leaked images further show that camera lens is placed on the top left corner of the back panel, unlike the Le 2, which has the set up on the top center followed by fingerprint scanner. The leaked images further show the volume buttons and the power button both placed on the right side of the smartphone. More →
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