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Apple’s App Store gets makeover

Apple Inc’s App Store has turned countless software developers into millionaires since its launch almost a decade ago. But working with the famously controlling company has often been frustrating. Apps were rejected with little explanation, and Apple has been stingy about sharing customer data that could have helped developers improve their products.

Airtel hits back at Jio on speed ad with Ookla backing

Bharti Airtel on Tuesday lashed out at Reliance Jio’s allegations around its fastest network ad campaign, saying that the complaint is a deliberate attempt to “malign the brand” and “misguide customers”.
Further, mobile internet speed testing firm Ookla has stood by the finding that the telecom major had fastest broadband network, a claim which has been challenged by Reliance Jio.
“Ookla fully stands behind Airtel being named ‘India’s Fastest Mobile Network’,” Spe-edtest (Ookla app) COO Jamie Steven said in a statement.

Apple’s next big thing: Augmented Reality

Tim Cook has talked up a lot of technologies since becoming Apple Inc.'s chief executive in 2011. Driverless cars. Artificial intelligence. Streaming television. But no technology has fired up Cook quite like augmented reality, which overlays images, video and games on the real world. Cook has likened AR's game-changing potential to that of the smartphone. At some point, he said last year, we will all "have AR experiences every day, almost like eating three meals a day. It will become that much a part of you."

HCL Tech and Oil India announce share buybacks

HCL Technologies, India's fourth-biggest software services exporter, will buy back shares worth up to Rs 3,500 crore ($535.5 million), it said on Monday, following a similar move by Tata Consulta­ncy Services last month. HCL Tech's board approved a repurchase of up to 35 million shares at Rs 1,000 each, the company sa­id in a stock exchange filing.

Robotics, AI affecting jobs; employees need to adapt, reskill

Rise in adoption of new digital technologies will have a significant impact on the job market and employees need to adapt to changing technologies and develop fresh skills to make themselves relevant, say experts.
While some technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics will create job opportunities, it will affect some traditional and repetitive jobs.

Poor pay rises leave economists puzzled

Unemployment is falling almost everywhere. Wages aren’t rising much anywhere. From York, UK to Montreal, and Osaka to Seattle, it’s a pretty good time to be looking for a job as a member of the labor force in many developed countries.

FB bars developers from using data for surveillance

Facebook Inc barred software developers on Monday from using the massive social network's data to create surveillance tools, closing off a process that had been exploited by US police departments to track protesters.
Facebook, its Instagram unit and rival Twitter Inc came under fire last year from privacy advocates after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said in a report that police were using location data and other user information to spy on protesters in places such as Ferguson, Missouri.

Alibaba.com to help boost online exports

Trading platform Alibaba.com on Tuesday hosted a workshop for Indian resellers of gold, jewellery and handicraft products here to help improve their business and expand their presence in the global markets.
Alibaba.com is the global wholesale trading platform of Alibaba Group.
Over 350 resellers from these sectors came together to explore trade opportunities through e-commerce and mobile technology, it said in a statement.

Tata, Wipro in world’s most ethical companies list

Two Indian companies, Tata Steel and Wipro, have been named in the list of world's most ethical companies by American think tank Ethisphere Institute.
Ethisphere honours those companies who recognise their role in society to influence and drive positive change in the business community and societies around the world. In 2017, there were 124 honorees spanning five continents, 19 countries and 52 industry sectors.

H-1B visas could be source of tension in Indo-US relations, says Biswal

"Demonising" the H-1B work visa issue could be a "source of tension" in Indo-US ties, a former top diplomat under the Obama Administration has said, calling for a "rational discourse" on the topic that could affect the lives of thousands of Indians.
"The issue of H1B and the rhetoric that has been flying around all of that, I think is going to be a source of tension," former US assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal (in pic) told PTI.

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