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Indian software market to hit $5.1 bn in 2018: IDC (3 minutes ago)
Bengaluru, Dec 18 (IANS) Indian software market is expected to grow at 11.9 per cent (year-on-year) and touch $5.1 billion by the end of 2018, market research firm IDC said on Monday.

GSTN allows option for monthly, quarterly filing of GSTR 1 (5 minutes ago)
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) The Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) has introduced a new function on its portal to allow taxpayers to choose the frequency of filing the GSTR 1 form summarising an assessee's sales on a quarterly or monthly basis, the IT services provider announced on Monday.

Huawei, NTT DOCOMO achieve breakthrough in 5G mobility trial (16:34)
Tokyo, Dec 18 (IANS) Chinese networking company Huawei and Japanese mobile phone operator NTT DOCOMO on Monday completed a successful field trial for 5G mobile communications over long distance with 39 GHz Millimeter Wave (mmWave) band.

Indian firms will focus on building digital workspaces in 2018: Citrix (15:50)
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) With a surge in the adoption of digital workspaces, the Indian enterprises will work towards harnessing opportunities created by integration of new technologies in 2018, desktop virtualisation leader Citrix said on Monday.

Apple hikes iPhone prices in India post-customs duty hike (Lead) (14:14)
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) After the government hiked customs duty from 10 per cent to 15 per cent for mobile handsets last week, Apple on Monday became the first smartphone manufacturer to raise prices (on MRP) across iPhone models, except iPhone SE that the company assembles in Bengaluru.

Google doodle celebrates December festivities (13:46)
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Google on Monday announced the arrival of the festive season of December with a series of interactive doodles marking the global holiday season. The series will continue till January 1, 2018.

Dell launches 'XPS 13' laptop in India at Rs 84,590 (13:42)
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Dell in India on Monday launched a new laptop "XPS 13" in the country, starting at Rs 84,590. The 13.3-inch laptop is powered by Intel 8th generation core processors.

Blockchain adds Bitcoin Cash to its wallet for Indian users (12:18)
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Digital wallet for cryptocurrencies Blockchain on Monday announced the introduction of Bitcoin Cash to its popular consumer wallet.

Australia offers technological help to prevent stubble burning (12:08)
Chandigarh, Dec 18 (IANS) With stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana causing environmental and health concerns, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (Aciar) has offered technology to check the menace.

Vivo V7: Best mid-range selfie smartphone till date (Tech Review) (11:34)
By Sourabh Kulesh
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) When it comes to the selfie-focused smartphones market in India, Chinese smartphone players Vivo and Oppo clearly rule the mid-price segment.

Telecom: Year of turmoil with bleeding balance-sheets under GST's shadow (2017 in Retrospect) (11:12)
By Aparajita Gupta
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) It was a year of turmoil for the hyper-competitive Indian telecom sector as the balance-sheets of many major players kept bleeding, prompting the government to form an panel to chalk out plans to bail out firms.

Twitter to begin penalising hateful, abusive accounts: Report (10:40)
San Francisco, Dec 18 (IANS) Aimed at reducing hateful content on its platform, Twitter will start penalising accounts from Monday that include "hateful imagery and display names", or those who "use username, display name, or profile bio to engage in abusive behaviour", the media reported.

Apple hikes iPhone prices in India post-customs duty hike (10:24)
New Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) After the government hiked the customs duty from 10 per cent to 15 per cent for mobile handsets last week, Apple on Monday became the first manufacturer to raise prices (on MRP) across iPhone models, except iPhone SE that the company assembles in the country.

Researchers unveil design of silicon quantum computer chip (18:20)
Sydney, Dec 17 (IANS) In a first, a team of Australian and Dutch engineers has created a complete design for a quantum computer chip that can be manufactured using mostly standard silicon technology.

Railway nod for Rs 12,000-cr upgrade of mishap-prevention system (15:32)
By Arun Kumar Das
New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) The Indian Railways has cleared a Rs 12,000-crore proposal to equip electric locomotives with the latest European train protection system.

Guard yourself against this Christmas con on Facebook (15:30)
London, Dec 17 (IANS) Use caution before participating in any gift exchange programme on Facebook as a Christmas con is doing the rounds on social media to take advantage of your generosity during the festive season, warns a report.

Google's response to record EU fine draws flak from rivals (15:28)
London, Dec 17 (IANS) Google may be courting fresh trouble after the European Commission's massive penalty in June as its rivals are preparing to lodge new complaints with the Commission alleging "inadequate" response to the record anti-trust fine, a media report said.

Microsoft AI helping Indian farmers increase crop yields (13:08)
New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) New technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cloud Machine Learning, Satellite Imagery and advanced analytics are empowering small-holder farmers in India to increase their income through higher crop yield and greater price control, Microsoft India said.

Google News warns sites not to hide country of origin (12:02)
San Francisco, Dec 17 (IANS) In an attempt to take on fake news head on, Google News has updated its guidelines to prohibit sites that misrepresent or conceal their country of origin or are directed at users in another country under false premises.

How smartphone players in India can keep innovating in 2018 (Tech Analysis) (11:36)
By Faisal Kawoosa
The year 2017 is likely to be remembered as the year of transition. And 2018 is going to be the year of experiments for the smartphone industry -- marking the start of a second era of handsets for Indian consumers.

This is how your smartphone can help fight cybercrime (11:24)
New York, Dec 17 (IANS) Taking cue from tiny variations in the smartphone camera's sensors, a team of researchers has discovered how to identify smartphones by examining just one photo taken by the device.

Indian company to make thermal imaging devices with Chinese collaboration (18:44)
Mumbai, Dec 16 (IANS) The stage is set for an Indian company to manufacture "microbolometers" or "Uncooled Sensors" enabling thermal imaging and night vision products with Chinese collaboration, a company official said here on Saturday.

Increased customs duty a statutory industry-wise hike: Apple (17:08)
New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) The government's decision to hike the customs duty from 10 per cent to 15 per cent for mobile handsets is a statutory industry-wise hike, Apple India said on Saturday.

Uber allegedly hacked trade secrets, bribed foreign officials: Report (17:02)
San Francisco, Dec 16 (IANS) A former Uber employee has alleged that a special division within the global ride-hailing app was responsible for acts of corporate espionage, the theft of trade secrets, the bribery of foreign officials and several means of unlawful surveillance.

Pakistan government told to implement anti-blasphemy measures online (16:00)
Islamabad, Dec 16 (IANS) The Islamabad High Court has given the Pakistan government a week to implement its order in a case related to the uploading of sacrilegious content on the social media.

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