Miscellany

Miscellany

Britain to fine Facebook over data breach

Britain’s data regulator said on Wednesday it will fine Facebook half a million pounds for failing to protect user data, as part of its investigation into whether personal information was misused ahead of the Brexit referendum.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) began investigating the social media giant earlier this year, when evidence emerged that an app had been used to harvest the data of tens of millions of Facebook users worldwide.

Flying trains could be coming your way

It sounds like something Q, the tech guy in James Bond movies, would create: A plane that lands on a runway, shrugs its wings off, turns into a train and rolls on to rails to drop you off at your local station.

That’s what a French entrepreneur, who’s made millions by connecting engineers with industrial groups, is pitching to Boeing Co. and others. “Link & Fly” is Akka Technologies’s new flagship aircraft design, with wings that come off to hasten turnover at airports and make boarding easier and closer to passengers’ homes.

Off-season is the new season to travel

Off-season is the new season as far as travel is concerned. Travel service providers are seeing significantly higher growth in bookings during this time due to lower tariffs of hotel rooms and airlines.

Mortality rate among diabetic patients thrice the non-diabetics

Mortality rate among Indians with diabetes is three times more than those without it, finds a study. Underweight diabetic patients are at a higher risk of all-cause mortality than obese people.

In a first of its kind study conducted by Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF) comparing mortality rate among diabetics and non-diabetics in India, it was found that those suffering from the disease had a mortality rate of 27.9 per 1,000 person-years against 8 per 1,000 person-years among those without the ailment. 

Tesla to open plant in Shanghai

Tesla Inc has reached a preliminary agreement with the Shanghai government to build a factory that will rival production from its lone US assembly plant, as Elon Musk (in pic) takes his biggest step yet to expand overseas.

Vodafone looks forward to successful integration with Idea: CEO

British Telecom major Vodafone on Tuesday indicated to have accepted the Department of Telecom’s conditional approval to its merger with Idea Cellular with a cash payment of Rs 3,926 crore on account of spectrum price differential between entry fee and market price, a move which may mean the company may not challenge the demands legally.

Customers and firms want AI for different reasons

While Artificial Intelligence is increasingly being deployed by companies to ease their interactions with customers, a clear di-sconnect between the two entities in terms of AI preferences has come to fore. Customers in India are lo-oking for human-like qualities to be incorporated into Artificial Intelligence, while companies are more concerned about cost and return on investment.

Automation takes root in India; robotics jobs on rise

Increased adoption of automation across industries has resulted into a significant jump in job seekers looking for robotics profiles over the last few years with Maharashtra having maximum openings in this sector, says a report.

According to data from global job site Indeed, there has been a rise of 186 per cent in the number of job seekers for robotics profiles between May 2015 and May 2018.

BMW posts record sales growth

BMW, India’s second biggest luxury car maker by sales, on Thursday set another record with best ever half-yearly sales and clocking a double digit growth in Asia’s third largest car market. 

Its sales jumped 13 per cent at 5,171 cars in India during January to June period, up from the same period last year. BMW competes against its compatriot archrival and market leader Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Jaguar Land Rover and Volvo, which sell together sell about 40,000 cars annually in the country.

BMW posts record sales growth

BMW, India’s second biggest luxury car maker by sales, on Thursday set another record with best ever half-yearly sales and clocking a double digit growth in Asia’s third largest car market. 

Its sales jumped 13 per cent at 5,171 cars in India during January to June period, up from the same period last year. BMW competes against its compatriot archrival and market leader Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Jaguar Land Rover and Volvo, which sell together sell about 40,000 cars annually in the country.

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