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Tech majors vying to amass 5g patents

US President Donald Trump has blocked microchip ma­ker Broadcom’s $117 billion takeover of rival Qualcomm amid concerns that it would give China the upper hand in the next generation of mobile communications, or 5G.

5G networks, now in the final testing stage, will rely on denser arrays of small antennas and the cloud to offer data speeds up to 50 or 100 times faster than current 4G networks and serve as critical infrastructure for a range of industries.

India builds Honor for handset major Huawei

India has emerged as the key R&D hub for global information and communication technology (ICT) solutions major, Huawei Technologies, a $100 billion revenue company based in Shenzhen, China.

Huawei’s India R&D centre that employs over 3,000 engineers inBangalore takes care of customisation requirements for Huawei sma­rtphones meant for global markets. The centre also has the mandate for software and Emotion UI (under interface) designs and solutions, contributing significantly to the company’s global smartphone delivery targets.

Google guru Page tests flying taxis in New Zealand

Pilot-less flying taxis are being tested in New Zealand as part of a project backed by Google co-founder Larry Page that supporters say will revolutionise personal transport.

New Zealand regulators late on Tuesday approved plans for Zephyr Airworks, a subsidiary of Page's company Kitty Hawk, to develop and test the futuristic air taxis.

Known as Cora, the electric aircraft has a dozen small lift rotors on its wings, making it capable of vertical take-off and landing like a helicopter.

BSNL, Data X Gen in pact for linguistic domains, emails

State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL) has entered into an agreement with Data X Gen, the world’s first linguistic email service provider, for supporting .bharat in 15 Indian language domains.

To break the language barrier and provide internet in local languages, the national internet exchange of India (Nixi) launched internationalised domain names (IDN) in 15 Indian languages. But the project did not take off as there was no tech solution to provide email on IDNs was available.

Apple, Google see reputation of corporate brands tumble

Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google corporate brands dropped in an annual survey while Amazon.com Inc maintained the top spot for the third consecutive year, and electric carmaker Telsa Inc rocketed higher after sending a red Roadster into space.

iPhone maker Apple dropped to 29th from its previous position of No. 5, and Google dropped from 8th to No. 28. Apple had ranked No. 2 as recently as 2016, according to the annual Harris Poll Reputation Quotient poll released on Tuesday.

Selling insurance through high-octane campaign

Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance (ABSLI), the life insurance arm of Aditya Birla Capital Limited (ABCL), is now up to provoking people to self-realise their needs through its new high-octane campaign. The company thinks that a majority of people are yet to fully comprehend the role Life Insurance can play in their lives and Life Insurance has ended up becoming a savings or an investment or a tax-saving tool, depending on how it gets sold to the end customer. The campaign is being rolled out across 36 TV channels and social media.

Radiation risk rises with polar air routes, ultra long hauls

As a commercial airline pilot, Theresia Eberbach typically weighs several factors when deciding which trips to fly — the dates, destination and how long she’ll be away from home. Unlike most of her peers, Eberbach often has another variable to mull: How much radiation she’s willing to take.

Amazon's checking account push Shows Next Target: Swipe Fees

Jeff Bezos changed the way America shops. Now, he wants to change how it pays for things.

With a foray into financial services, Amazon.com Inc. could disrupt the decades-old card payments system, a move that some say could save the retailer $250 million a year in swipe fees. That could be bad news for the likes of Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc., as well as a host of other players.

Women not averse to investing in life insurance products

The general notion of wo­men wanting to invest in physical assets like gold and property need not be true. With awareness about different savings products incre­a­sing, women prefer to invest in life insurance products.

A survey done by India First Life Insurance and Assocham found that life insurance was the most popular choice of the respondents with at least 72 per cent wa­nting to invest in it followed by deposits both fixed and recurring at 69 per cent and mutual funds at 61 per cent.

Special education loan for women launched

On the occasion of international women’s day, Avanse Financial Services, a leading education finance company, has launched an exclusive education loan offer for girl students aspiring to pursue higher education. It will offer 12-year term against the normal 10-year term, 25 per cent discount on processing fee and a 1 per cent reduction in interest rate. The offer starts from March 8 and concludes on March 31.

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