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Google yesterday announced a new feature for Google Maps that will let you chat with businesses you find on the Maps. The Google Maps new feature – business messaging – is now available to Android and iPhone users on the left-hand slide-out drawer as a “message” button you can use to message businesses you find in Google Maps. It is the latest effort from the search giant to participate in instant messaging after failing to impress users with Hangout, Allo and RCS chat. Businesses that want to participate will need to install the new...
Alphabet’s self-driving startup Waymo has started charging passengers for rides in its autonomous cars in Phoenix, making the company the first self-driving car manufacturer to launch commercial services, reports FT. The robotaxi service is not yet in a wide-scale, according to the report. But close to it – Waymo is only working out the charging modalities before the final launch that would be open to passengers in the service location. Waymo had increase the number of participants in its “early rider” program which the company ...
For many years now, cell phone chipmakers have been on a race to miniaturize 5G components in order to win the biggest market quota when the devices become available. That race is still on. Today, Qualcomm announced that it has reduced its 5G millimeter wave antennas by 25%. As one of the top telecommunications equipment companies, Qualcomm 5G antennas are expected to feature massively in early 5G smartphones. Qualcomm revealed QTM052 millimeter wave antennas (first Qualcomm 5G antennas) to the public earlier in July. The world’s f...
The protection of Internet-connected systems, which primarily include data, software, and hardware, from cyber attacks – cybersecurity is the most recognized challenge facing the world’s largest social media company – Facebook. This has piled more challenges for not only Facebook but other tech companies in the internet space in the form of fiercer scrutiny measures and regulatory approach from varied commissions to ensure data protection of internet users. In an effort to override its damaged reputation in data protection, Faceboo...
As Facebook faces more scrutiny over serial scandals triggered by privacy violations, election meddling, and fake news, the social media giant has hired former UK deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to head its global affairs and communications, reports Reuters. With the appointment, Clegg, who was deputy to David Cameron for five years (2010 to 2015) and a former leader of Liberal Democrats Britain, will become the first senior European politician to have a leadership role in Silicon Valley. The hiring process was closely supervis...
Samsung Electronics Co. announced on Wednesday it has acquired Barcelona-based network analysis firm Zhilabs to enhance its 5G capabilities. The South Korean conglomerate did not disclose the terms of the deal, which marks its first announced acquisition in new technologies since Samsung Group pledged in August a $22.23 billion investment over the next three years in growth areas such as artificial intelligence, 5G, electronic components for future cars, and biopharmaceuticals. Founded in 2008, Zhilabs’ flagship product is Customair,...
Instagram founders, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger announced on Monday their exit from the parent company, Facebook Inc. The pair, reportedly, decided to leave due to soured relationships with Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, over the vision for Instagram. “We’re planning on leaving Instagram to explore our curiosity and creativity again,” Systrom said in a prepared statement posted on the Instagram blog. “Building new things requires that we step back, understand what inspires us and match that with what the world needs; that’s what...
Apple Inc. and Salesforce.com Inc. on Monday announced a strategic partnership for developing powerful iOS apps for businesses. As a part of the collaboration, Salesforce is redesigning its native app – Salesforce Mobile App to integrate the latest features available on iOS and will launch it in early 2019. “We’re excited to work with Salesforce and that their industry-leading CRM will embrace native iOS and deliver exclusive new features on iPhone and iPad,” said Tim Cook, CEO, Apple. Salesforce is integrating its native mobile app...
Adobe Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: ADBE) confirmed acquiring Marketo Inc., a market-leading automated B2B marketing software company, for whopping $4.75 billion. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of Adobe’s 2018 fiscal. Marketo offers world-class solutions in the B2B digital marketing domains, namely, lead management, e-Mail marketing, consumer marketing, customer base marketing, and mobile marketing. “The acquisition of Marketo widens Adobe’s lead in customer experience across B2C and B2B and puts Adobe Experience Cloud ...
Japanese semiconductor manufacturer Renesas Electronics Corp is close to making its second major acquisition in a bid to cement its position in the lucrative market for automotive chips. Renesas on Tuesday said had reached an agreement to acquire Integrated Device Technology Inc (IDT) for $6.7 billion. Renesas is the second largest producer of auto-related chips after NXP Semiconductors NV. It controls about 30% of the global market for automotive microcontrollers. But weak in manufacturing analog chips like those used in processing ...