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Carmakers face electric reality

European car bosses gathering for the Frankfurt auto show are beginning to address the realities of mass vehicle electrification, and its consequences for jobs and profit, their minds focused by government pledges to outlaw the combustion engine.

As the latest such announcement by China added momentum to a push for zero-emissions motoring, Daimler, Volkswagen and PSA Group gave details about their electric programmes that could give policymakers some pause.

TomTom to manage smart cities’ traffic

TomTom, the listed Amsterdam-based biggie in making GPS navigation and digital mapping products, is eying $7 billion earmarked for the Modi government’s first 20 smart cities under construction in the country to sell its GPS navigation systems for efficient traffic management.

The Smart City Mission of the central government is banking on PPPs as the primary vehicle to raise money for construction 100 smart cities across Indian in phases.

Satellite launch unsuccessful: ISRO

In a setback, India's mission to launch its eighth navigation satellite where the private sector was involved for the first time in the assembly of its spacecraft failed on Thursday following a technical snag after a perfect lift off of its polar rocket.

Describing the failed mission as a 'mishap', ISRO Chairman Kiran Kumar said the heat shield did not separate for the IRNSS-1H, a backup navigation satellite, to be put into orbit in the final leg of the launch sequence. As a result, the satellite got stuck in the fourth stage of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle--PSLV-C39.

Google’s answer to Apple on Augmented Reality

Google has had impressive augmented reality technology for years, but few ways to get millions of people using it. The company thinks it has software to fix that now.

Tango, Google’s 3-D mapping system launched as a skunk works project in 2014, used cameras and depth sensors to re-create surroundings on mobile devices and locate users within that new digital realm. To run it, Android phone makers had to make considerable hardware upgrades, and only two companies took those steps.

Lladró eyes India for limited editions

Lladró, the globally leading Spanish brand known for its high quality porcelain products, is betting big on ‘limited edition products’ for the Indian market. And that’s not without a reason.

India and Pakistan hit by spy malware: Cybersecurity firm

Symantec Corp, a digital security company, says it has identified a sustained cyber spying campaign, likely state-sponsored, against Indian and Pakistani entities involved in regional security issues. In a threat intelligence report that was sent to clients in July, Symantec said the online espionage effort dated back to October 2016.

Food delivery creates tech headache for some US restaurants

Four tablets from various delivery companies crowd the front counter of Proposition Chicken in San Francisco, each calling out with its own ring when an order arrives. When there is a ping, a cashier finds the right tablet and then retypes the order into the restaurant’s own system, which tells the kitchen to start cooking.

“It’s a dance up there,” said co-owner Maxwell Cohen. “It takes a lot of training and some getting used to, juggling the orders coming in from the various iPads, the customers in line and the phone ringing.”

Next IPhone looks to winning formula

In June, Apple’s chi­ef executive officer Tim Cook said: “We don’t feel an impat­i­e­n­ce to be first. It’s just not how we’re wi­red. Our thing is to be the best and to give the user so­mething that really makes a difference in their lives.” He was talking about the unveiling of the HomePod, Apple’s late entrance to the smart speaker market pioneered by Amazon. But Cook could just as well have been talking about the next iPhone.

Workaholic Naik to take away Rs 32.2 cr as leave encashment

Engineering and construction giant Larsen and Toubro's group executive chairman A M Naik will get Rs 32.21 crore as leave encashment as part of his Rs 38.04-crore retirement benefits, the company said in its latest annual report.

Naik has served for over 52 years at Larsen & Toubro (L&T), of  that over 17 years as the company’s head. He will assume the new role of non-executive chairman for three years beginning October 1, immediately upon his retirement as executive chairman on September 30.

Infosys battle hots up

The drumbeats continued on Tuesday in the fractious Founders versus Executive management battle at Infosys. And this time, a new front was opened as former Infosys CFO V Balakrishnan, a known NR Narayan Mu­rthy groupie, led the charge.

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