• Apple MacBook Pro online orders highest ever, says Phil Schiller

    Apple MacBook’s online orders are highest ever for any Pro laptop, says Phil Schiller. (Source: AP)
    Apple’s MacBook Pro might have received its fair share of criticism for killing off ports, but according to Phil Schiller, the company’s Senior Vice-President of Marketing, online orders for the new notebooks are highest ever. According to Schiller’s comments, the 2016 MacBook Pro has more online orders than any other Pro laptop launched by Apple. Schiller made the comments in an exclusive interview to British newspaper The Independent.

    Schiller in his interview also addressed the criticism directed at the new MacBook Pros. One of the most common complaints is about Apple doing away with all the regular ports, and instead placing type-C USB ports, which means people will have to rely on a range of adapters even if they want to…

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  • Ford says it will have a fully autonomous car by 2021

    Ford President and CEO Mark Fields said that Ford Motor Company  will have a fully autonomous vehicle ready to provide ride-hailing or ride-sharing services by 2021. (Source: AP)
    Ford Motor Comapany intends to have a fully driverless vehicle on the road within five years. The car will initially be used for commercial ride-hailing or ride-sharing services, with sales to consumers coming later.
    “This is a transformational moment in our industry and it is a transformational moment for our company,” said CEO Mark Fields, as he announced the plan on Tuesday, at Ford’s Silicon Valley campus in Palo Alto, California.
    Ford’s approach to the autonomous car breaks from many other companies, like Mercedes-Benz and Tesla Motors, which plan to gradually add self-driving capability to traditional cars. Just last month, BMW AG, Intel…

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  • Oculus defends Rift VR headset, says will not invade user privacy

    The Oculus Rift headset in its box. Jason Rubin, Oculus’ head of worldwide studios, is downplaying questions raised about the VR system’s privacy policy.
    An executive from virtual reality company Oculus says consumers shouldn’t be concerned about an invasion of their privacy when using the Oculus Rift.
    Jason Rubin, Oculus’ head of worldwide studios, is downplaying questions raised about the VR system’s privacy policy.
    “It’s a new medium,” said Rubin during a Thursday interview. “People want to know. They have a right to ask. We’ll answer. It’ll be fine.”
    Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) wrote an open letter to Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe earlier this month asking for details about user data collected by the new VR system, which is worn on users’ heads and can detect movement, location and sound.
    “Oculus’ creation of an immersive v…

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  • Google says it shipped over 5 mn Cardboard VR devices

    Google says it has shipped 5 million Cardboard Virtual Reality devices.
    Alphabet Inc’s Google said it had shipped 5 million units of the Google Cardboard viewer, a wearable device that allows users to experience virtual reality through mobile apps.
    The company, which launched the Cardboard viewer a year and a half earlier, said on Wednesday that there had been 25 million downloads of Cardboard apps from its Google Play app store.
    Google has been exploring virtual reality for a while but the company dived into the concept this month by setting up a new division for virtual reality computing.
    Oculus, the virtual reality company Facebook Inc bought in 2014, started accepting pre-orders this month for its much-awaited headset, Rift, which will ship in first quarter.

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  • Govt says BSNL will help Google’s Project Loon take flight in India

    Google’s Project Loon aims at launching balloons in the airspace, which will act as mobile BTS’s to offer affordable internet access to rural areas.
    The government has in-principle agreed to partner with Google’s Project Loon on a pilot basis and state run BSNL has been assigned to partner it, communications and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Wednesday after a meeting with Google’s CEO Sunder Pichai.
    “In-principle we agree for a pilot project for Project Loon. We are quite open on the project and BSNL will partner with Google for it,” Prasad said. The minister said that his ministry will consult the ministry of civil aviation and other security agencies for the project.
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