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Month: August 2018

Independence Day online sale: Amazon, Flipkart, Paytm offer big discounts

The sale by Amazon will continue for four days. Flipkart on the other hand will attract customers through its three-day sale   The e-commerce industry has come up with various offers and discounts for Independence Day. Popular online shopping destinations Flipkart and Amazon, in competition to each other, have rolled out discount offers for its customers during the festive season. The sale by Amazon will continue for four days, i.e. from August 9 till August 12. Flipkart on the other hand will attract customers through its three-day sale. Amazon sale As per the sneak peek running on Amazon, the e-commerce giant is offering over 20,000 deals across more than 200 categories and more than 2500 brands. To bring up more offers for its customers, Amazon has also partnered with the State Ban...

How to check free disk space in Linux

Keep track of disk utilization with this handy list of commands.   Keeping track of disk utilization information is on system administrators’ (and others’) daily to-do list. Linux has a few built-in utilities that help provide that information. df The df command stands for “disk-free,” and shows available and used disk space on the Linux system. df -h shows disk space in human-readable format df -a shows the file system’s complete disk usage even if the Available field is 0 df -T shows the disk usage along with each block’s filesystem type (e.g., xfs, ext2, ext3, btrfs, etc.) df -i shows used and free inodes du du shows the disk usage of files, folders, etc. in the default kilobyte size du -h shows disk usage in human-readable format for all directo...

Securing DNS across all of our devices with Pi-Hole + DNS-over-HTTPS + 1.1.1.1

DNS is the protocol that makes the web work. It’s how we convert easy to remember names like facebook.com into hard to remember IP addresses like 157.240.1.35 and others. Without it, the web wouldn’t work but DNS has a problem, it’s not secure.   The Problem DNS queries are not secure, they’re sent in the clear, which means that others can see and manipulate the queries and responses. An attacker may change the IP address in a response to send you to a different server, ISPs can censor the web by blocking resolution of certain domains and they can even build a profile of the sites you visit by storing your DNS queries. DNS is not secure and whilst we have DNSSEC which fixes the integrity issue (I won’t talk about why I don’t like it), it doesn’...

Asus ZenFone 5Z review: Surprisingly, beats the OnePlus 6 and is cheaper!

While we have expected OnePlus to deliver smartphones with flagship specs paired with a relatively cheaper price tag, the Asus was a surprise entrant into this segment. Both the phones run on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and offer copious amounts of RAM and internal storage, but do end up cutting some features from the spec sheet which allows them to be sold at their low price. LG, however, is further shaking up this space, with the G7+ ThinQ which is priced rather competitively, and brings every premium feature with it that is missing on the OnePlus and Asus offerings, that is, HDR display, QHD resolution, IP-ratings and a Quad-DAC. While it appears to be quiet a beast on paper, whether it can stand up to the Flagship killer is something we will find out in our detailed review...

Android 9.0 officially named as ‘Pie’; starts rolling out to Pixel phones

Android 9.0 ‘Pie’, which was first unveiled at Google’s annual developer conference in May, will use artificial intelligence to adapt to how you use the device   The next version of Google’s Android operating system, Android 9.0, will be called Pie. It will be initially available on Google’s Pixel phones starting today. Android 9.0 ‘Pie’, which was first unveiled at Google’s annual developer conference in May, will use artificial intelligence to adapt to how you use the device. For instance, Android will set screen brightness by studying your manual adjustments, rather than automatically switching to a certain level based on ambient light. It will use machine learning to learn to how consumers use apps in order to prioritize battery powe...

India Finally Has A Data Privacy Framework — What Does It Mean For Its Billion-Dollar Tech Industry?

The Justice Srikrishna Committee has presented its draft of India’s newest data privacy bill but before it becomes a law, the technology industry is voicing its support strongly in favor of the law primarily safeguarding customer data.   The much-awaited white paper on the proposed data protection regime, following the SC judgement in August 2017, that underlined the need for data protection laws to protect the privacy of individuals, was released by the government last month. The judgement recognizes the role of data-driven innovation (DDI) for the growth of economies, and for job creation. But it emphasises that the data so collected be utilised for legitimate purposes. The white paper proposes a data protection framework based on the following seven principles: technology agn...

Walmart plans to ramp up tech hiring in India; 1,000 jobs on the cards

Walmart is on a massive hiring spree in India. Just 10 days ago, Walmart India announced that it expects to create at least 30,000 direct and indirect jobs by setting up 15 wholesale Cash and Carry stores in Uttar Pradesh. The latest buzz is that it is also looking to ramp up tech hiring. According to The Economic Times, the world’s largest retail firm will hire about 1,000 more people for technology roles in India to hold off competition, especially from e-commerce behemoth Amazon. Significantly, the company also wants to drive more product ownership out of India. “We are trying to be more product-oriented. We have taken whole projects and moved them over to drive the Indian ownership of the product,” Walmart chief information officer Clay Johnson told the daily, adding ...

Artificial intelligence: The threat of the future

Multiple experts cited artificial intelligence as a force multiplier amplifying existing threats. Axios Future Editor Steve LeVine explains how AI creates a danger all its own: For the U.S. and China, AI is the equivalent of the Cold War arms race. The security and political apparatus in both countries view dominating the AI future as both an economic and military imperative. The reason is the nature of AI — a general-purpose technology that will spawn today-unknown industries and weapons classes. Once a country possesses a machine with human intelligence, it could have the capability to keep all rivals at bay in perpetuity. But only China has made this a national strategic goal and put enormous sums behind getting there. The U.S. has yet to take this step, instead relying on private indus...

Amazon struggles to tempt Alexa users to shop

Amazon is leaning into Alexa and betting that voice ordering is the next big retail trend — but declining market share against Google Home and Chinese competitors as well as a rare leak of Alexa numbers suggest it’s struggling to make headway. The bottom line: Fewer than 2% of Amazon Alexa users have used Alexa to buy something in 2018, the Information reports, citing company sources. That number is even lower for repeat users, with just 10% of those purchasers buying something else. The backdrop: After capturing a whopping 80% of the smart speaker market in 2017, per market research firm CB Insights, Amazon’s share slipped to 28% in 2018, as Google and Chinese . This year, Google has overtaken Amazon, and Chinese players Alibaba, Baidu and Xiaomi have also grabbed pieces of th...

Facebook eyes user banking data

Facebook has had conversations with large banks about getting access to their customers’ data for new features, the Wall Street Journal reports. Why it matters: Facebook’s recent privacy controversies may collide with its attempts to keep users engaged, and the Journal reported that one of the banks had exited conversations with the company over privacy questions. A Facebook spokesperson told the newspaper that it doesn’t “use purchase data from banks or credit card companies for ads.”

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi to step down

PepsiCo has announced that CEO Indra Nooyi will step down on October 3 after 12 years as chief executive, though she will remain as the company’s chair into early 2019. Nooyi, the company’s first female CEO, will be succeeded by PepsiCo’s current president Ramon Laguarta. Why it matters: Nooyi is one of Corporate America’s most visible, outspoken female CEOs — and her departure is sure to highlight the lack of women occupying the top spot in boardrooms around the country. “Leading PepsiCo has truly been the honor of my lifetime, and I’m incredibly proud of all we have done over the past 12 years to advance the interests not only of shareholders, but all our stakeholders in the communities we serve. Growing up in India, I never imagined I’d have the...

Google Maps’ location sharing will now share your phone’s battery status, too

Early in 2017, Google added a feature to Google Maps that lets you opt to share your location in (near) real time with your close friends and family. Now they’re fleshing out that info with another important little detail: your phone’s remaining battery charge. It looks like this: Wondering why anyone might care about the status of your battery? If you try to ping someone’s location and their phone is dead, there’s not much an app can do. Most location-sharing apps will just sit there and spin while they wait for some sort of response, leaving you to worry about all the reasons their phone might not be responding with a current location. Did they lose signal? Did someone steal their phone? By clueing you in on whether someone’s phone is just about to die, you’ve at least got a better idea ...

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