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Yahoo Messenger services to stop from July 17




San Francisco, June 9: Oath, the subsidiary of telecommunications giant Verizon that operates Yahoo, has announced the final wrap-up of Yahoo Messenger with its services coming to an end on July 17.

“Yahoo Messenger will no longer be supported after July 17, 2018. Until then, you can continue to use the service normally. After July 17, you’ll no longer be able to access your chats and the service will no longer work,” Yahoo said in a statement on Friday.

“There currently isn’t a replacement product available for Yahoo Messenger,” the company said, adding that it is constantly experimenting with new services and apps, one of which is an invite-only group messaging app called ‘Yahoo Squirrel’ which is currently in beta form.

“Squirrel” is a group messaging app Yahoo started testing last month.

Yahoo said that for the next six months, users would be able download their chat history to their personal computer or device.

“As the communications landscape continues to change over, we’re focusing on building and introducing new, exciting communications tools that better fit consumer needs,” Yahoo said, while avoiding to offer any specific reason behind its decision to shut down Messenger.

However, speculations are rife that competition with newer apps like Snapchat, WeChat, and Facebook’s WhatsApp and Messenger could be a major factor.

Yahoo Messenger first made its debut as “Yahoo Pager” way back in 1998 as an alternative to email and short message service (SMS) on basic mobile devices.



Apple iPad Pro (2018): Near-laptop experience on a sturdy tab – Tech Review

For those familiar with iOS 12 on iPhone X and iPhone XS, the iPad Pro provides a similar experience, including tap to wake and swiping to go home, access Control Centre and for multi-tasking.




New Delhi, Dec 10 : Three years is enough time for a flagship consumer electronics device to don a new avatar and the new Apple iPad Pro (2018) has done just that — it is far superior to the first iPad Pro that came into existence in 2015. (The first iPad arrived eight years back.)

Smartphones have begun to rival tablets today and tablets have decided to go the laptop way — at a time when fixed office spaces are shrinking and professionals and frequent travellers are looking to create, work and enjoy from anywhere, everywhere.

With the all-screen iPad Pro, Apple has introduced the future of mobile computing that has the potential to outperform a traditional PC.

The new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros are available in silver and space-grey finishes in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB configurations as well as a new 1TB option (which we reviewed).

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at Rs 89,900 for the Wi-Fi model and Rs 1,03,900 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model. It is just 5.9 mm thin — the thinnest iPad design ever.

Let us see what went into making iPad Pro so that it can take on a laptop.

Once you own an iPad Pro, invest further in buying a Smart Keyboard Folio, encompassing a full-size keyboard that never needs to be charged or paired (the space grey Folio will cost Rs 17,900).

Now is the time to get the second-generation Apple Pencil that will cost another Rs 10,900.

Once the ecosystem is complete, sit back and witness new levels of precision and productivity with the iPad Pro.

The Apple Pencil magnetically attaches to the device for pairing and wireless charging. It became even more powerful and intuitive as we began selecting tools or brushes — with just a simple double tap.

The new touch-sensor built onto the Apple Pencil detects taps, introducing a new way to interact within apps like Notes.

If you are working in creative streams and love to multi-task, the Smart Keyboard Folio features a streamlined design that’s adjustable for added versatility.

The device packs creative apps from Adobe, Autodesk and Procreate (remember that Photoshop CC from Adobe is coming to iPad Pro next year).

Another noticeable thing for creative professionals is a high-performance USB-C connector that brings a whole new set of capabilities.

You can now connect iPad Pro to cameras, musical instruments, external monitors, even docks, and get data transfer done in a jiffy. This is important for creative pros whose workflows require high bandwidth.

The battery is great and gave all-day support during gaming and streaming movies.

For those familiar with iOS 12 on iPhone X and iPhone XS, the iPad Pro provides a similar experience, including tap to wake and swiping to go home, access Control Centre and for multi-tasking.

The new Shortcuts app will help you link together automated workflows for photo editing, video editing and file and asset management.

Improvements to Photo Import and support for native RAW image editing give photographers efficient ways to work on the device.

For a day-to-day user at home, iPad Pro is packed with fun features.

Group FaceTime now makes it easy to connect with groups of friends or colleagues at the same time.

Participants can be added at any time, join later if the conversation is still active and choose to join using video or audio from an iPhone, iPad or Mac.

With the new Animoji and customisable Memoji, you can take advantage of the large screen on iPad to add more personality to photos and videos in Messages and FaceTime.

iPad Pro features edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display with rounded corners. The A12X Bionic chip with next-generation Neural Engine outperforms most devices. The device offers Gigabit-class LTE and up to 1TB of storage to enable mobile workflows.

Face ID, the most secure facial authentication system in any tablet or computer, is now available on the iPad for the first time.

A seven-core, Apple-designed GPU delivers up to twice the graphics performance for immersive AR experiences and console-quality graphics.

What does not work?

Well, there are some limitations when it comes to a true laptop experience. If Apple decides to run macOS on iPad Pro in the near future (the hardware is ready for that), it will become a perfect laptop for sure.

Conclusion: Those on the iPad Pro ecosystem must go for the device as it has never-before-seen improvements, at both the hardware and the software fronts. For working professionals, switching to the iPad Pro will take a bit training time, but the experience is simply out of the world. For the rest, it is an iPad Pro anyway!

(Nishant Arora can be contacted at [email protected])

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Twitter CEO under fire for Myanmar tweets



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San Francisco, Dec 9 : Twitter’s chief executive Jack Dorsey, who faces a lawsuit for hurting Hindu sentiments during his visit to India in November, now faces criticism for promoting Myanmar as a tourist destination despite widespread allegations of human rights abuses in the country.

In a series of tweets, Dorsey said he had travelled to northern Myanmar in November for a meditation retreat.

“The people are full of joy and the food is amazing,” he said, before encouraging his four million followers to visit.

This led to widespread criticism of the Twitter chief, some accused him of ignoring the plight of the Muslim Rohingya minority.

In 2017, Myanmar’s military launched a violent crackdown after Rohingya militants carried out attacks on several police posts. Thousands of people were killed, and human rights organisations said the army has burned land and committed arbitrary killings and rape.

“Writing what is effectively a free tourism advert for them at this time is reprehensible,” one Twitter user wrote in response to Dorsey’s tweets.

“The tone-deafness here is… wow,” another user said. “This is an extremely irresponsible recommendation,” yet another reads. “Does he pay no attention to the news and the outcry on his own platform?”

The military crackdown had also sparked an exodus of more than 700,000 Rohingyas who have since fled to neighbouring Bangladesh to escape the violence and the destruction of their homes.

The UN has described the operation as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing” and says senior Myanmar officials should be investigated and tried for genocide.

Mohammed Jamjoom, an Al Jazeera correspondent, who has interviewed Rohingya refugees, said he was left “utterly speechless” by Dorsey’s tweets.

Dorsey is yet to respond to the criticism, but earlier said he would track the responses to his tweets.

A court in Rajasthan on December 1, asked the police to file a First Information Report against Dorsey for hurting the sentiments of the Brahmin community by posing for a picture holding an anti-Brahmin message.

Dorsey was seen posing with six female journalists in a picture on Twitter, with a poster in his hands carrying the offending anti-Brahmin message: ‘Smash Brahminical Patriarchy’.

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Big Data is the Driving Force for Logistics Automation




One of the key factors in the success of global businesses has been the efficient analysis of past performance data: consumer data to improve products and increase customer satisfaction or operational data to improve efficiency and reduce cost. However, in today’s interconnected digital world with the proliferation of smart mobile devices and the advancements in operations and transport automation, we are seeing a shift towards larger and more diverse real-time data that is revolutionizing the way companies can manage their new-age supply chain networks.

 Samir Lambay said,Big Data refers to extremely large data sets, from several sources that are often available real-time and that cannot be managed by traditional data processing systems. Advanced statistical programs, machine and deep learning algorithms can process this data and generate patterns, trends and implementable business insights. This has enabled companies to not only make instant decisions to increase efficiency but also to automatically adjust their robotic processes via a continuous feedback and improvement loop powered by big data analytics.”

“Big Data is a perfect fit for logistics as there are millions of packages moving across the world daily that go through multiple touch-points via a complex network of shippers (sellers), consignees (buyers), warehouse personnel, customs agents, transporters, loaders, packers, shipping and air carriers. This creates a multitude of data-points and enormous potential to improve both delivery times and cost and to achieve greater visibility across the network,” he said.

How Big Data can be used in the logistics industry?

1) Optimal Routing:

With the spread of sensors and mobile devices, not only can a customer get uber-type tracking for their consignments but also the trucking companies can collect a range of data from engine performance, fuel consumption, tire wear-and-tear and even external data such as weather and traffic conditions. The data can process and computer algorithms can automatically manage route selection for the driver. The fleet operator will gain from better fleet optimization, thereby reducing cost while also ensuring on-time deliveries to customers.

A great example of this is when UPS used big data analytics to implement a policy where drivers should only turn left when absolutely necessary that saved them 40 million litres of fuel and increased deliveries by approximately 350,000 orders.

Similarly, for international shipping, data on congestion, strikes, weather conditions etc. enable carriers to provide accurate and predictive assessments of potential delays and disruptions to customers and adjust routes and capacity accordingly.

2) Smart Warehousing:

Today, with robotic package handling, sorting and automated forklifts and other warehouse equipment we are nearing the complete mechanization of smart warehouses. While tech companies such as Amazon led the way, now even regular manufacturing companies are starting to automate their warehouse operations. Warehouses offer rich operational metrics on storage and movement of parcels that can provide insight into efficiency gaps. Big Data analytics and tracking sensors can improve warehouse robotics, which can increase equipment life cycles (via preventive maintenance), accelerate product movement, optimize inventory management (through better predictive models), and also increase warehouse safety. Warehouse managers, using data analytics can make immediate operational decisions, resulting in seamless resource allocation, reduced costs and better warehouse throughput.

3) Customer Satisfaction:

Customer feedback has always received through either anecdotal evidence from sales reps or customer questionnaires in logistics or most other B2B industries. On social media and public websites, users provide open, accurate and current feedback that can be incident specific or generic. New technologies such as semantic analysis and text processing can dissect and group these reactions and analyze customer disposition to eventually create an instantaneous feedback loop. A DHL study illustrates this point and concludes that “a meticulous review of the internet gives unbiased customer feedback”, thereby enabling product and customer service managers to design solutions to guarantee customer satisfaction and retention, which is crucial in today’s hyper-competitive environment.

Consumer demands are rapidly changing, and businesses can no longer use retrospective data to take strategic decisions to stay relevant. Big Data heeds this call with real-time information that displays patterns and trends, which allow businesses to make intelligent, immediate and most significantly automated operational decisions.

With millions of available data points through sensors and connected devices, robots in warehouses, delivery drones and self-driving vehicles, it is only a matter of time until we see a fully automated intelligent supply chain that will be continually optimized by big data analytics.



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