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Google’s chief executive officer, Sundar Pichai, has described AI as ‘more profound than fire or electricity’. (Pradeep Gaur/Mint)
Google’s chief executive officer, Sundar Pichai, has described AI as ‘more profound than fire or electricity’. (Pradeep Gaur/Mint)

In the era of AI, who is really the inventor?

This debate comes as many large global tech firms look to monetize massive AI investments

A pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus wireless earbuds are available in three colour variants: blue, black and white (Reuters)
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Apple is expected to announce a new, cheaper iPhone model this spring, and it’s unclear if delays in China will affect that launch (Reuters)
Apple is expected to announce a new, cheaper iPhone model this spring, and it’s unclear if delays in China will affect that launch (Reuters)

Apple shares drop 4.1% after China virus warning rattles tech investors

  • Shares of Apple’s European suppliers fell in early trading, echoing an earlier decline in their Asian counterparts
  • The Chinese factories that make the iPhone are ramping up production slower than expected as they work to contain the virus

For over the past few years, Apple remains 'the iPhone company'
Signal, by Open Whisper Systems, has end-to- end encryption.
Signal, by Open Whisper Systems, has end-to- end encryption.

Latest WhatsApp rival to go mainstream: Know more about this secure chat app

  • This comes at a time when WhatsApp users are looking for alternatives as the messaging platform has been hit by spyware
  • The investment by the WhatsApp co-founder Acton has enabled the team to add features that also attract regular folks looking for an alternative to WhatsApp and Telegram

Under the extended partnership, Paytm will also provide a range of services to Uber's driver partners under the Uber Care program (Reuters)
Under the extended partnership, Paytm will also provide a range of services to Uber's driver partners under the Uber Care program (Reuters)

Booking an Uber? You can now pay with credit, debit cards via Paytm

  • Earlier, passengers were able to pay for their rides through Paytm wallet and other modes like cash and cards separately
  • Paytm extends payment service partnership with Uber

TM Roh, president and head of mobile communications business of Samsung Electronics, unveils the Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra smartphones during Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2020 (Reuters)
TM Roh, president and head of mobile communications business of Samsung Electronics, unveils the Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra smartphones during Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2020 (Reuters)

Samsung offers phone delivery service to test products over China virus outbreak

  • Samsung customers who want to try out the Galaxy S20 can have one delivered to their door and can use it for up to 24 hours
  • Analysts say the virus may slash demand for smartphones by half in the first quarter in China

An official image of the Oppo Watch suggests it will have an Apple Watch-like design (Twitter)
TCL foldable phone leaked images(CNET)
There have been several examples where the Apple Watch saved lives (Reuters)
Google Research India is based out of Bengaluru and will be part of and support Google's global network of researchers (Bloomberg)
Google Research India is based out of Bengaluru and will be part of and support Google's global network of researchers (Bloomberg)

Google funds six AI-based research projects in India

  • Google Research India will provide each team with funding and computational resources in addition to supporting the efforts
  • Among the six projects are improving health information for high HIV/AIDS risk communities from team from IIT Delhi

The Office app combines the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps on the Android smartphones to streamline work (Google Play Store)
RailTel, a PSU under the Ministry of Railways, had partnered with Google for five years to provide free WiFi. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
Mark Zuckerberg pushed forward a white paper titled 'Charting a Way Forward: Online Content Regulation' that builds on recent developments, including legislative efforts and scholarship (Photo: Reuters)
Mark Zuckerberg pushed forward a white paper titled 'Charting a Way Forward: Online Content Regulation' that builds on recent developments, including legislative efforts and scholarship (Photo: Reuters)

EU rejects Zuckerberg's offer on regulating online content

  • Last year, Zuckerberg called for governments to work with online platforms to create and adopt new regulation for online content
  • Facebook said regulators should develop an understanding of the capabilities and limitations of technology in content moderation

Image of new Poco X2
The iPhone SE2 or iPhone 9 is rumoured to come with advanced single-lens camera (OnLeaks)
Samsung's share of the Chinese market shrank to 1% in the first quarter from around 15% in mid-2013, as it lost out to fast-growing homegrown brands such as Huawei Technologies and Xiaomi Corp (Photo: Reuters)
Samsung's share of the Chinese market shrank to 1% in the first quarter from around 15% in mid-2013, as it lost out to fast-growing homegrown brands such as Huawei Technologies and Xiaomi Corp (Photo: Reuters)

Samsung likely to benefit from China virus woes afflicting Apple, Xiaomi, others

  • Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp last week also flagged a hit to its March quarter sales
  • Samsung has also largely ceded the China market to its rivals in recent years, meaning it won't suffer from the store closures and drop in demand that is hitting Apple and others

The new Redmi 8A Dual with textured back
Samsung Galaxy M31 is expected to have a full HD AMOLED display with Infinity U cutout (Samsung India )