Miscellany

Miscellany

Pvt carriers may get to fly local fliers on int’l flights

Private airlines like Jet Airways and IndiGo may soon get to fly local passengers on the domestic leg of their international flights, a privilege currently enjoyed by state-owned Air India. It means a Bangalore-London flight with stopover in Delhi could book passengers for the Bangalore-Delhi sector.

Paytm chief alleges misuse of name, identity to raise money

It’s an online identity theft. But it assumes greater significance because here the person at the receiving end is Vijay Shekhar Sharma, the CEO of electronic payment e-commerce brand Paytm!

Sharma has alleged that someone is misusing his identity and name to raise money from people. He took to Twitter and asked public to reject any such email. He is also exploring legal options against misusing of name and identity.

Carmakers face electric reality

European car bosses gathering for the Frankfurt auto show are beginning to address the realities of mass vehicle electrification, and its consequences for jobs and profit, their minds focused by government pledges to outlaw the combustion engine.

As the latest such announcement by China added momentum to a push for zero-emissions motoring, Daimler, Volkswagen and PSA Group gave details about their electric programmes that could give policymakers some pause.

TomTom to manage smart cities’ traffic

TomTom, the listed Amsterdam-based biggie in making GPS navigation and digital mapping products, is eying $7 billion earmarked for the Modi government’s first 20 smart cities under construction in the country to sell its GPS navigation systems for efficient traffic management.

The Smart City Mission of the central government is banking on PPPs as the primary vehicle to raise money for construction 100 smart cities across Indian in phases.

Satellite launch unsuccessful: ISRO

In a setback, India's mission to launch its eighth navigation satellite where the private sector was involved for the first time in the assembly of its spacecraft failed on Thursday following a technical snag after a perfect lift off of its polar rocket.

Describing the failed mission as a 'mishap', ISRO Chairman Kiran Kumar said the heat shield did not separate for the IRNSS-1H, a backup navigation satellite, to be put into orbit in the final leg of the launch sequence. As a result, the satellite got stuck in the fourth stage of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle--PSLV-C39.

Google’s answer to Apple on Augmented Reality

Google has had impressive augmented reality technology for years, but few ways to get millions of people using it. The company thinks it has software to fix that now.

Tango, Google’s 3-D mapping system launched as a skunk works project in 2014, used cameras and depth sensors to re-create surroundings on mobile devices and locate users within that new digital realm. To run it, Android phone makers had to make considerable hardware upgrades, and only two companies took those steps.

Lladró eyes India for limited editions

Lladró, the globally leading Spanish brand known for its high quality porcelain products, is betting big on ‘limited edition products’ for the Indian market. And that’s not without a reason.

India and Pakistan hit by spy malware: Cybersecurity firm

Symantec Corp, a digital security company, says it has identified a sustained cyber spying campaign, likely state-sponsored, against Indian and Pakistani entities involved in regional security issues. In a threat intelligence report that was sent to clients in July, Symantec said the online espionage effort dated back to October 2016.

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