China Regulator Queries Microsoft on Findings in Antitrust Probe

China’s industry and commerce regulator has asked Microsoft Corp to explain “major issues” that it says have come to light from digital data obtained as part of an antitrust investigation. The State Administration of Industry and Commerce, or SAIC, did not say exactly what issues it was querying but the request appeared to be part of an investigation into the ... Read More »

Grofers Temporarily Closes Operations in 9 Cities

Gurgaon-based hyperlocal delivery startup Grofers on Monday said it is temporarily reassessing its operations in Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Coimbatore, Kochi, Ludhiana, Mysore, Nashik, Rajkot, and Visakhapatnam due to lack of adoption for its service in the nine cities. “We are refocusing our business in select key markets that continue to show high growth.” a Grofers spokesperson said an emailed statement, adding ... Read More »

GM Invests $500 Million in Lyft, Sets Out Self-Driving Car Partnership

General Motors Inc said on Monday it will invest $500 million (roughly Rs. 3,322 crores) in Lyft Inc and laid out plans to develop an on-demand network of self-driving cars with the ride-sharing service. The biggest single Detroit-Silicon Valley crossover deal to date comes as automakers work out how to respond to the rush of technology companies such as Apple, ... Read More »

Instagram Rolling Out ‘3D Touch Support’ for Android

Instagram last month added the 3D Touch feature in its app v7.13.0. However, it later for a short time pulled the feature for unknown reasons. Now it appears as if the company has brought back the feature in v7.14.0 of the app, which is rolling out to users. Support for 3D Touch allows users to use ‘Peek and Pop’ gestures ... Read More »

India Funding Roundup: DogSpot, Careers360, Helpi, Hotify, Bulbul Apps

The first Monday of 2016 has ominous beginnings, where the largest acquisition easily outranks any disclosed funding amount made in recent times. Our latest funding roundup covers startups in education, pet care, home service providers, app development, and more. DogSpot Tata Sons Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata has reportedly invested an undisclosed amount in his personal capacity in Gurgaon-based online pet ... Read More »

Helpchat App Now Provides Air Quality Updates in India

Bengaluru-based personal assistant app Helpchat has launched a new feature on its app that provides alerts ¬≠when the air quality drops below a certain threshold. The app presents readings of the AQI (Air Quality Index) index, sourced from Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) as the primary source, and mashes it up with secondary sources, said Vishal Pal Chaudhary, Co-Founder and ... Read More »

Paytm Acquires Virtual Assistant Shifu for Roughly $8 Million

Mobile wallet player Paytm has acquired Delhi-based consumer behaviour prediction platform and virtual assistant for Android Shifu in a deal valued at approximately $8 million (roughly Rs. 53 crores). “Our goal behind this acquisition is to use its know how and technology for an enhanced user experience using artificial intelligence. We will be using their behavioural modelling technologies and our ... Read More »

New App Claims It Can Tell What Baby’s Cries Actually Mean

For new mothers who can’t always make a sense of baby’s cries, help is at hand. A team of researchers has developed a smartphone app that can supposedly decode what the baby’s crying for. The Infant Cries Translator app developed at the National Taiwan University Hospital Yunlin claims to be able to distinguish between four separate crying sounds by recording ... Read More »

WhatsApp Suffers Outage on New Year’s Eve, Traditionally Its Busiest Day

Users across the world reported issues connecting to WhatsApp on New Year’s Eve, with services impacted for several hours before normalcy was restored. “Earlier today, some people had trouble accessing WhatsApp. We investigated the problem and have restored access for everyone. We apologize for the inconvenience and wish everyone a happy new year,” a WhatsApp spokesperson told Gadgets 360. Earlier, ... Read More »