Apps & Software

Former Microsoft CEO Ballmer Does About-Face on Linux Technology

Fifteen years after calling the open-source operating system Linux a “cancer,” former Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has softened his position. Speaking on Wednesday night at a dinner hosted by Fortune magazine, Ballmer said the position was right for the time, but the threat from Linux was now “in the rearview mirror.” “The company made a ton of money ... Read More »

Clash of Clans Maker Supercell Claims 100 Million Daily Active Users

The maker of the Clash of Clans mobile game, Supercell, says its pre-tax profit last year grew more than 60 percent to EUR 838 million ($964 million or roughly Rs. 6,453 crores) while revenue surged a third to 2.1 billion euros. CEO Ilkka Paananen said Wednesday they were proud of the success but acknowledged that “enough time and some luck” ... Read More »

AI-Powered CRM, Mobile QA Tool Win at HDFC’s Digital Innovation Summit

HDFC Bank announced Thursday the five winners of its Digital Innovation Summit, which saw over a 100 entries from startups in the BFSI (Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance) sector, out of which 30 were shortlisted by the jury panel. The five winners were Bengaluru-based Senseforth Technologies, which uses AI to power a customer response system; Gurgaon-based NotifyVisitors, which provides an ... Read More »

Uber Opens Engineering Centre in Bengaluru

Transportation aggregator Uber on Thursday inaugurated its first engineering centre in Bengaluru, which also happens to be its first in Asia. “There are very unique technical challenges that are specific to India. The network capabilites, the cash payment system that we pioneered here. The initial team mission is to make the India service great,” said Thuan Pham, Chief Technology Officer, ... Read More »

UC Browser Gets UC Cricket Content Powered by Microsoft, Twitter

UC Web, best known for its UC Browser app for Android phones, has tied up with micro-blogging site Twitter and tech giant Microsoft’s search engine Bing to provide a mobile gateway to live content ahead of the busy cricket season in the country. Called UC Cricket, the new cricket content aggregation platform in UC Browser is designed to provide cricket ... Read More »

Election Commission Addressing Poll Grievances via Mobile App

Ahead of the West Bengal assembly polls, the Election Commission is addressing public grievances related to voter lists and voter ID cards in a tech-savvy manner with the help of a mobile app ‘Samadhan’, officials said. “It is now very easy for any voter to lodge a complaint with us with the help of this mobile app which is available ... Read More »

Ola Shuts Down Ola Store and Ola Cafe

Ola has officially shut down its food and hyperlocal delivery services Ola Café and Ola Store, which were launched as pilots in March and July 2015 respectively. The Ola Café category no longer appears as a listing, we were unable to place orders on the Ola Store at the time of writing. An email announcing the closure of Ola Café ... Read More »

Opera Becomes First Major Browser Maker to Integrate Built-In Ad-Blocker

Opera, the pioneering Web browser developer, is introducing a new version of its desktop computer browser that incorporates ad-blocking features directly into the browser, promising faster page-loading times. Faster loading Web pages, increased privacy and security and a less intrusive web browsing experience are behind the growing demand for ad-blockers. However, their growing popularity is cutting into the growth of ... Read More »

Chrome 49 for Android and iOS Brings Revamped Bookmark Interface, More

In addition to Android N Developer Preview, Google has started rolling out the stable version of Chrome v49 to Android and iOS as well. The update as usual brings new features. The search giant last week released Chrome 49 for OS X, Windows, and Linux. On Android, the Google Chrome 49.0.2623.91 improves background sync with the Background Sync API. The ... Read More »

Microsoft Contributes Its Sonic Linux Networking Suite to Open Compute Project

Microsoft is taking a major step in the world of free, open-source software. The Windows maker has announced that it is giving away Sonic, its own designed software, to users for free. At the Open Compute Project US Summit, Microsoft announced that it is proposing to contribute Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (Sonic) to the project. The suite ... Read More »