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AI is taking jobs & humans are missing the big picture

Most tech companies are focusing on replacing people with AI with an eye on short-term profits instead of using it to create new tasks for humans for long-term growth.

Why Samsung had to delay the Galaxy foldable phone

The first reviews of the $1,980 device that morphs between a phone and a tablet, indicate compromises were made and it isn’t a finished product.
Employees work at Boom's office

How Facebook is fighting fake news in the Lok Sabha elections

The scale of Facebook's response to fake news in India during the general elections doesn't seem enough given the scale of the problem.

Flying cars: automating the skies means playing with our lives

Accidents in the air tend to have much more severe consequences than those on tarmac.

Google, Apple blocks TikTok in India after Madras HC order against video app to curb porn

Court ruling restricts future downloads, not existing downloads. It’s a big blow to app’s owner, China’s Bytedance, world’s most highly valued start-up.

The moon is becoming a hot destination for carmakers

Car companies in China and Japan are working with aerospace projects to build vehicles that could explore the moon in the next decade.
Samsung Galaxy Fold

Samsung’s foldable phone is pricey, but its durability is yet to be tested

Samsung Galaxy Fold has a 4.6-inch screen on the front, opens up to become a 7.3-inch tablet, letting users run three apps at once.
An employee holds a box of the Apple Inc. iPhone XS at an Apple store during its launch in Hong Kong, China

India to be a mass producer of iPhones, a shift from China

Chairman of Apple's largest producer Foxconn said that PM Modi has invited him to India & he plans to expand in the country.

14 years since launch, Google Maps will no more be free for certain advertisers

Google is increasing the ways advertisers reach Maps users while raising prices for businesses that use the underlying technology.
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YouTube tries out ‘responsibility’ as a metric of success apart from watch time

The changes are supposed to reward videos that are more palatable to advertisers and public, and help YouTube ward off criticism on content.

On Camera

Dead men talking

Reporting on Lanka's blood-soaked years, I watched names disappear from my notebook.
crash

Budgam friendly fire: Should charge of culpable homicide be on the table in the fog of war?

A senior IAF officer and 3 other personnel could be booked for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in the February Mi-17 helicopter downing.

Defence

File photo of commander-in-Chief of Andaman and Nicobar Command Vice Admiral Vimal Verma | By special arrangement

Bimal Verma files petition against KB Singh’s appointment as next Navy chief

He filed a petition in the Armed Forces Tribunal and contended that it should call for the service records of both him and Vice Admiral KB Singh and compare them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.