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Google needs to do more on bridging gender gap: Report

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San Francisco, June 15: Although the percentage of women in leadership roles at Google has increased from 20.8 to 25.5 per cent in the last four years, women still make up only 30.9 per cent of its global workforce while men 69.1 per cent, the tech giant has revealed.

In its annual diversity report released on Thursday, Google said it has made some progress in leadership ranks by gender and ethnicity.

“The data in this report shows that despite significant effort, and some pockets of success, we need to do more to achieve our desired diversity and inclusion outcomes,” said Danielle Brown, VP-Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer.

In 2017, women hires in tech positions rose to 24.5 per cent, although overall hiring of women dropped from 31.4 per cent to 31.2 per cent.

“Since 2014, women hires in tech have increased from 20.8 per cent to 24.5 per cent, which shows that our focus on hiring more women into technical positions is having impact,” said Brown.

The diversity report came after a year when an employee named James Damore sent out a long anti-diversity memo and was later fired.

Damore’s memo, titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber”, claims that when it comes to technology, there is a biological difference between men and women.

In February this year, the US National Labour Relations Board (NLRB) said that Google did not violate labour laws when it fired Damore.

According to the new diversity report, in terms of race and ethnicity (US data only), 2.5 per cent of Google’s workforce is Black, 3.6 per cent is Hispanic/Latin, 36.3 per cent is Asian and 53.1 per cent is White.

“Our gains in women’s representation have largely been driven by White and Asian women. Representation of Asian women increased considerably to 12.5 per cent of Google’s workforce, up from 10 per cent overall in 2014,” the report noted.

This is lower than the increase for Asian men who make up 25.7 per cent of Google, up from 21.4 per cent in 2014.

Attrition rates in 2017 were highest for Black Googlers followed by Latin Googlers, and lowest for Asian Googlers.

“Black Googler attrition rates, while improving in recent years, have offset some of our hiring gains, which has led to smaller increases in representation than we would have seen otherwise.”

“We’re working hard to better understand what drives higher attrition and taking focused measures to improve it,” Brown added.

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HP launches premium convertible ENVY x360 in India

The variant with 256GB storage will cost Rs 74,990. The company is also offering a bundled HP Active Pen that works with Windows Ink.

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New Delhi, Oct 16 : Expanding its premium portfolio, HP Inc. on Tuesday launched the HP ENVY x360 convertible powered by AMD Ryzen processor for the millennials in India.

HP ENVY x360 with AMD Ryzen R3 processor would be available from November at a starting price of Rs 60,990.

The variant with 256GB storage will cost Rs 74,990. The company is also offering a bundled HP Active Pen that works with Windows Ink.

“We have about 30 per cent share in the premium segment and this is growing much faster than the lower-priced segment. We’re expecting to increase our share and get rapid uptake from the customers,” Vickram Bedi, Senior Director, Personal Systems, HP Inc. India, told IANS here.

“At HP, we believe in insights-driven innovation that enables us to deliver the PC experiences that users want. The HP Envy x360 is a combination of sleek design, optimum performance and quality at an affordable cost,” he added.

The convertible features the all new HP Command Center which lets users optimise system performance, fan noise and temperature with its CoolSense technology.

The device supports Gigabit Wi-Fi speeds, to provide fast Internet connections for demanding streaming apps for movies, music and gaming.

The unique design of the laptop draws inspiration from hand-crafted pieces that feature the Damascus pattern — a high precision technique used in manufacturing specialty knives, known to be tough and durable, the company added.

AMD Ryzen processor gives performance up to 12.5 hours of battery life, charging from zero per cent battery life to 50 per cent on 45 minutes charge with HP Fast Charge technology, the company claimed.

The Corning Gorilla Glass NBT touchscreen gives highly intuitive reaction, with HP Active Pen for a seamless and natural work experience.

The device is available in Dark Ash Silver colour with an angular Damascus pattern, thin bezels and edge-to-edge backlit keyboard.

Devices including the HP Pavilion 15 ultra-thin 15-inch laptop, HP Pavilion Tower 590 desktop and the HP 15 Notebook were also unveiled.

The HP Pavilion 15 laptop with AMD Ryzen R5 processor would be available in November at a starting price of Rs 62,990 while the one with AMD Ryzen R3 processor is available now at a starting price of Rs 36,990.

The HP Pavilion Tower 590 is available at a starting price of Rs 22,990 (+GST)

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In India, 68% people faced tech support scams in past year: Microsoft survey

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New Delhi, Oct 16: Keeping with the global trend, 68 per cent people in India have experienced tech support scams in the past year and some of them (14 per cent) have even lost money, a Microsoft survey said on Tuesday.

Tech support scams are a problem worldwide, with three out of five people globally having experienced one in the past year and one in five losing money to fraudsters, according to the “Tech Support Scam Survey 2018” released by Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit.

A technical support scam refers to fraud in which a scammer claims to offer a technical support service, often via calls to unsuspecting users.

“These sophisticated scams are evolving from cold calls to fake online pop-up ads and fraudulent websites – and affect everyone, even savvy online users,” said the survey.

Additionally, the cost of these scams goes beyond monetary loss, with people reporting higher stress levels after dealing with this type of fraud.

“However, since 2016, India is experiencing fewer tech support scams, with 68 per cent in 2018 versus 80 per cent in 2016,” the findings showed.

Among those surveyed in India, 40 per cent continued with the scam while 28 per cent ignored the scam.

“While 14 per cent of people in India continued with the scam and lost money, 84 per cent experienced severe/moderate stress levels after experiencing the scam,” said the findings.

Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit has been working to combat this type of global cybercrime by using a data-driven approach to investigate tech support fraud networks and refer cases to law enforcement as appropriate.

It is also strengthening its products and services to better protect consumers from various fraudulent tactics and educating consumers about how to stay safe online.

If you receive a notification or call from someone claiming to be from a reputable software company, be wary of any unsolicited pop-up message on your device, don’t click on it, and don’t call the number.

“Microsoft will never pro-actively reach out to you to provide unsolicited PC or technical support. Any communication we have with you must be initiated by you,” said the company.

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‘Honor 8X’ launched in India, Check specs here

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New Delhi, Oct 16:  Expanding its “X” series of smartphones, Huawei sub-brand Honor on Tuesday launched “Honor 8X” in India. 

The device comes in three memory configurations: — 4GB+64GB, 6GB+64GB and 6GB+128GB, which costs  Rs 14,999, Rs 16,999 and Rs 18,999, respectively.

Powered by Octa-Core Kirin 710 chipset, Honor 8X comes with a 16.51cm “FullView” notched display, internal memory expandable up to 400GB and runs Android 8 Oreo.

“Equipped with the latest Octa-Core Kirin 710 chipset with AI functionality, ‘Honor 8X’ will delight the consumers by elevating their overall user experience,” said P Sanjeev, Vice President, Sales, Huawei India-Consumer Business Group.

Coupled with 3,750mAh battery, the smartphone comes with a 20MP+2MP dual Artificial Intelligent (AI)-rear camera and 16MP secondary camera.

The handset will go on sale starting October 24 on Amazon India, as well as Honor’s new store app.

It is available in three colours- blue, black and red.

The smartphone is a successor of “Honor 7x” that was revealed in India in December and helped Honor achieve three-fold growth in the fourth quarter of 2017 against 2016.

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