Flipkart Announces Funding from SoftBank, Calls It ‘Biggest Private Investment in an Indian Tech Company’

Flipkart Announces Funding from SoftBank, Calls It 'Biggest Private Investment in an Indian Tech Company'

In a statement on Thursday, Flipkart announced an investment from the SoftBank Vision Fund, as a part of Flipkart’s previously announced round of financing. In its statement, Flipkart pointed out that this is the biggest ever private investment in an Indian technology company, and will make the SoftBank Vision Fund one of the largest shareholders in Flipkart.

With this, Flipkart will now have over $4 billion (approximately Rs. 25,585 crores) in cash on its balance sheet, the company stated. This includes the rest of the funds raised in the latest round, which includes investment from Microsoft, eBay, and Tencent.

In a prepared statement, co-founders Binny Bansal and Sachin Bansal said: “This is a monumental deal for Flipkart and India. Very few economies globally attract such overwhelming interest from top-tier investors. It is recognition of India’s unparalleled potential to become a leader in technology and e-commerce on a massive scale. SoftBank’s proven track record of partnering with transformative technology leaders has earned it the reputation of being a visionary investor. We’re excited to welcome the Vision Fund as a long-term partner as we continue to build our business with a focus on serving the needs of all Indians, and driving the next phase of technology adoption in India.”

In recent times, Flipkart also completed the acquisition of eBay India, and was reportedly in talks to acquire Snapdeal. SoftBank is one of the lead investors in Snapdeal, though the day after Snapdeal announced that it terminated talks with Flipkart, it emerged that SoftBank was looking to invest in Flipkart.

“India is a land of vast opportunity,” said Masayoshi Son, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of SoftBank Group. “We want to support innovative companies that are clear winners in India because they are best positioned to leverage technology and help people lead better lives. As the pioneers in Indian e-commerce, Flipkart is doing that every day.”

“The Vision Fund is proud to be part of this landmark transaction which is a strong endorsement of India and its thriving economy,” added Rajeev Misra, CEO of the SoftBank Vision Fund. “We look forward to being a part of Flipkart’s journey towards becoming one of the most successful e-commerce companies in the world.”

 [Source”indianexpress”]

Maserati cars to adopt electric drive from 2019

OnePlus is all set to launch a new color option for its 5 smartphone. The Chinese company has shared a teaser through its official Weibo account. The image shows the phone’s two exiting color options – black and gray – along with a new, colorless entry. There’s also a caption: “Who is coming?”

So which color it could be? Well, we’ll place our bet on gold, given that the handset’s TENAA listing had revealed a ‘mint gold’ color option, which wasn’t part of the original lineup.

While pricing shouldn’t change, there’s no information on the availability front, although given that the company has officially started building hype, launch shouldn’t be far off.

[Source”pcworld”]

How to get rid of hum and eliminate other noises from your audio and video systems

electrical noise

Editor’s note, July 16, 2017: We updated this story with new illustrations and new tips and tricks throughout. So you just unboxed your new entertainment gear, hooked everything up, and you hear a buzz, whine, hiss, chatter, or any number of other annoying noises that have been known to plague audio equipment. You might even see some banding or waves on your TV. So you take it all back to the store, only to watch the salesperson plug it in and have everything work perfectly. What the…?

I’d love to tell you that you did nothing wrong, but you may have, at least inadvertently. Then again, it could be bad wiring, defective equipment, or just a noisy electronic environment. Whatever the type of noise you’re hearing—and whatever the cause—here’s how to get rid of it.

Note: Some noise is inherent, such as tape hiss, or hiss when you turn up the gain on an input. It’s part of the equipment, and the only cure is generally better equipment.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Ground loops
  • AC line noise
  • Wires
  • RF interference
  • USB/HDMI cable noise
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Ground loops

The number-one cause of unusual audio noise and weird video is the ground loop, simply because it’s so darned easy to create. The most common manifestations are a loud buzz or hum coming through the speakers, or scrolling bands on a TV screen. It could also be a much quieter, yet equally annoying buzz or hum that you only hear when the room is otherwise quiet.

A ground loop in entertainment equipment typically occurs when one or more pieces of equipment are plugged into the AC (alternating current) at different locations, then connected together by electrical (versus optical) signal cables—RCA, HDMI, composite, component—whose shielding is connected to ground. In the simplest terms, this creates a single-loop antenna that just loves to suck in various types of noise via electromagnetic induction. You can see how a loop is created in the diagram below.

ground loop

[Source”indianexpress”]

The world’s first wireless charging laptop is now available from Dell

Dell’s new 2-in-1 laptop just went on sale. But what’s most interesting about it is that it’s the first 2-in-1 computer to support wireless charging. That is, if you shell out the extra $550 it costs to get the 7285’s wireless charging keyboard accessory and the charging mat that goes along with it (keyboard only will set you back $380, the charging mat is $200). Mind you, the tablet computer is already pretty steep starting at $1200.

While the tablet itself doesn’t actually charge wirelessly, you’ll need to have the 2-in-1 docked to the wireless-compatible keyboard. In addition, Dell says that the charging pad is not designed to be used on metal surfaces.

In fact, if you want to use the computer on a metal surface, you’ll need to use a non-metal stand that would raise the base at least 50mm (almost 2 inches). Perhaps wireless charging isn’t the most practical (or cost effective) method of charging on the Latitude 7285 2-in-1.

The Dell Latitude 7285 starts at $1200 with a Core-i5-7Y54 and 128GB of internal storage. 8GB of RAM and a 12-inch display really push the entry-level specs. Check out Source 1 for the press release or Source 2 for Dell’s product site.

[Source”cnbc”]

Microsoft’s canceled Surface Mini from 2014 stars in leaked images

In 2014 Microsoft was rumored to launch a Surface Mini tablet alongside the Surface Pro 3. However, in the end only the latter saw the light of day, and that’s because the Surface Mini was canceled just a few weeks before it was supposed to be unveiled.

This means Microsoft had very advanced prototypes in hand at that moment, and today one of those has been portrayed in a myriad of leaked images. The Surface Mini would have run Windows RT 8.1, as it was powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset. The tablet had 1GB of RAM, an 8″ 1,440×1,080 touchscreen with pen support, 32GB of storage, dual-band Wi-Fi, a microUSB port for charging, and USB-OTG support. A microSD card slot was also present, along with a 3.5mm headset jack.

It had a built-in kickstand, the signature design feature of the Surface tablet line, and came with the same Pen tech that was inside the Surface Pro 3. The Surface Mini was in fact designed with the Surface Pro 3 Pen in mind, and it even has a loop attached to the kickstand for easy storage of the stylus.

Overall, the Mini looks like a smaller Pro 3 in portrait orientation, and it’s housed in a soft, felt-like material. The kickstand has three locked positions, and when closed it’s flush with the device. The Surface Mini was apparently supposed to be offered in many different colors.

The Surface Mini wouldn’t have had its own Type Cover accessory, since Microsoft created it to be used entirely with touch and the stylus. Tapping the button on the Pen instantly opened OneNote on the tablet, betraying its note-taking focus.

Ultimately, Microsoft killed the Surface Mini because it felt the small tablet didn’t have enough unique selling points to become a success in the market.

[Source”indianexpress”]

Here’s How To Remove Your Private Medical Records From Google Search Results – And Why You Should

Google is now entertaining requests of users who want to remove their private medical records online from search results.

Of course, this is one surefire way to address online safety and privacy, especially at a time when hackers tend to target the networks of numerous medical facilities or related peripherals across the globe.

How To Remove Your Private Medical Records

Before getting into the nitty-gritty details, it should be mentioned that Google recently updated its policy in removing online content from Google, which now includes “confidential, personal medical records of private people.”

Basically, what you want to do here is send proof to Google that your personal data is turning up in the search results and get in touch with the company to take it down.

Step 1: Double-check whether or not your private medical records are indeed online. To do this, simply search for your name on Google Search.

Note: Arguably, the best time to check is when news about hackers breaching medical facilities’ networks make the headlines.

Step 2: Copy and save the URL of a website where you found your details.

Step 3: Head to Google’s support page for taking down online content and make the request official.

Step 4: At the bottom of the page, click on “Remove information you see in Google Search” and answer the rest of queries accordingly. At the end of it all, provide the URL containing your personal records.

Note: If that support page doesn’t exactly fit the bill, you can head on over to Google’s legal support page for removing content, which offers more options to report.

Why You Should Ask Google To Remove Your Private Medical Records

As a rule of thumb, the less info you have on the internet, the less likely you are to become a victim of cybercrimes.

Back in August 2015, personal details of 3.9 million people got leaked online, leaving the victims vulnerable to hackers.

In other words, they were at risk of having their identities and banking and credit card info stolen, and they could’ve even had their medical information sold or used by other individuals and get denied medical attention due to debts.

The Bottom Line

To sum things up, Google is expanding the types of content it’ll remove from the search results, with the latest addition to the policy for private medical records.

It should be pointed out that users can have all sorts of sensitive info taken down as long as it’s under the company’s guidelines.

“You can ask Google to remove your sensitive personal information, like your bank account number, or an image of your handwritten signature, or a nude or sexually explicit image or video of you that’s been shared without your consent, from Google search results,” Google says.

With all said and done, staying safe and keeping your personal info private on the internet should b

[Source”GSmerena”]