Twitter Cuts 9 Percent of Workforce as Revenue Growth Slows

Twitter Cuts 9 Percent of Workforce as Revenue Growth Slows

Twitter Inc’s quarterly revenue growth slowed sharply in the third quarter but topped analysts’ expectations, and the company said it would cut 9 percent of its global workforce.

The social network has been struggling to sign up new users amid competition from nimbler rivals such as Instagram and Snapchat.

Twitter’s shares rose nearly 4 percent to $17.97 in premarket trading on Thursday.

Revenue rose about 8 percent to $616 million (roughly Rs. 4,117 crores), above the average analyst estimate of $605.8 million. The company reported a 20 percent rise in revenue in the previous quarter and 58 percent last year.

Excluding items, the company earned 13 cents per share, beating the average analyst estimate of 9 cents, according to Thomson Reuters.

The microblogging service said its user base ticked up 3 percent to 317 million average monthly active users in the third quarter from 313 million in the second quarter.
Analysts on average had expected 316.3 million monthly active users, according to market research firm FactSet StreetAccount.

Twitter had 3,860 employees globally as of June. The layoff could hurt the company’s image in San Francisco, where the competition for engineering talent is fierce.

The company, led by co-founder Jack Dorsey, said it expected to incur cash expenditures of about $10 million to $20 million in the fourth quarter, mostly in severance costs.

“We’re getting more disciplined about how we invest in the business, and we set a company goal of driving toward GAAP profitability in 2017,” said Chief Financial Officer Anthony Noto.

The company’s net loss narrowed to $102.9 million, or 15 cents per share, in the third quarter ended September 30, from $131.7 million, or 20 cents per share, a year earlier.

Microsoft ‘My People’ Feature Pins Your Close Contacts Directly to Windows 10 Taskbar

Microsoft 'My People' Feature Pins Your Close Contacts Directly to Windows 10 Taskbar

  • Users can send messages through platform of their choice
  • Emoji animations named ‘shoulder taps’ introduced
  • Support for third-party applications to come later

There are currently so many social platforms out there that sometimes it becomes extremely cumbersome to keep track of all of them. Most people use multiple social platforms to stay in touch with each other and it is often annoying to switch between the platforms. This is where Microsoft’s ‘My People’ feature, which was launched on Wednesday, steps in.

The ‘My People’ feature, which will be tagged along with company’s ‘Creators Update’, will essentially give out message notifications to the user right from their desktop. It will further provide them with various platform options to reply from. It will further provide users with nifty little animations when emojis are sent to them by their contacts.

Users can easily share files with their contacts using My People by simply dragging and dropping the files onto the contact icon. These files will then be shared by either Skype or via mail.

These emoji animations are being referred to as ‘shoulder taps’ by Microsoft. In the demonstration of this feature, Allison O’Mahoney – Principal Group Program Manager at Microsoft – showed how My People makes it easier to see the mails referred by your contacts and switch back to the conversation in a smooth and easy manner.The entire concept behind the introduction of the My People feature is to remove the complications from conversations and provide users with messages from the people that matter the most, at the earliest. The feature works with email, SMS, and Skype. The support for Xbox Live and Skype for Business will be added later to the feature. The support for third-party applications is also expected to come later on.

BlackBerry DTEK60 With 5.5-Inch Display, Android 6.0 Marshmallow Launched

BlackBerry DTEK60 With 5.5-Inch Display, Android 6.0 Marshmallow Launched

BlackBerry Ltd launched its third Android-based phone on Tuesday, opting to price the device cheaper than competing products like Apple’s iPhone 7 and Android-maker Alphabet Inc’s Pixel.

The Canadian smartphone pioneer, which has lost most of the market to Apple and others, last month said it planned to outsource the development of its smartphones to focus on its more profitable business of software and managing mobile devices.

That means the Android-based DTEK60 will be the last phone for which BlackBerry buys components itself, which carries a heavier risk if it does not sell well.

“This one is our phone,” BlackBerry Chief Operating Officer Marty Beard said in an interview. “This is fully our responsibility.”

The device, which has a 5.5 inch touchscreen, will be priced at $499. Apple’s iPhone 7 with the same screen size starts at $769, while the equivalent version of Google’s Pixel starts at $649.”If you look at feature by feature by feature, and you’re looking at dimensions and weight and the display and the memory and the camera, the battery, it is a very strong comp to both those devices,” Beard said.

Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry does not have any distribution deals with telecom companies that typically offer devices along with connections to their communications networks.

Instead, it is pitching the phone directly to companies, governments and other large organizations, as well as selling it on its own websites in the United States, Canada, and several major European countries.

“It’s not necessarily an anti-carrier strategy,” Beard said. “It’s more that we see this as the most efficient and most cost-effective way to get to that customer base.”

The DTEK60 is based on a reference design from manufacturer TCL Corp, a Chinese electronics company that makes phones as well as televisions, air conditioners and other household appliances.

BlackBerry launched its first Android device, the high-end Priv, in November last year and followed it with the much cheaper DTEK50 in July.

The company last month wrote down $137 million of inventory and supply commitments in the six

BlackBerry DTEK60

BlackBerry DTEK60

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

5.50-inch

Processor

1.6 GHz quad-core

Front Camera

8-megapixel

Resolution

1440×2560 pixels

RAM

4GB

OS

Android 6.0

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

21-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3000mAh

Videocon Ultra50 Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and Features

Videocon Ultra50 Launched in India: Price, Release Date, Specifications, and Features

  • The Videocon Ultra50 is priced at Rs. 8,990
  • It sports a fingerprint sensor underneath the Home Button
  • It comes with a 5-megapixel selfie camera LED flash

After the Cube 3 launch last month, Videocon has launched the Ultra50 smartphone in India. The smartphone is priced at Rs. 8,990, and will be available on offline and online platforms from the first week of November. It has been launched in Space Grey and Gold colour options.

The big highlights of the Videocon Ultra50 are its 5-megapixel selfie camera LED flash, VoLTE support, fingerprint sensor, and its dual-SIM capabilities. The smartphone has a pre-installed emergency response app called ‘SOS-BE Safe’ that utilizes power button of the smartphone as the panic button to send an alert to the numbers added in the emergency list at the time of crisis.

It also has the dual WhatsApp feature that allows users to use two different WhatsApp accounts simultaneously. The Videocon Ultra50 also supports gestures to perform various functions. For instance, drawing ‘O’ will start the flash light, ‘M’ will start playing music, and ‘C’ will launch the camera.

To detail all the specifications, the Videocon Ultra50 features a 5-inch (720×1280 pixels) HD IPS display with Asahi Dragontrail Glass protection. The smartphone is powered by a 64-bit 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6735 quad-core processor with Mali-T720 GPU and 3GB of RAM. It offers 32GB of inbuilt storage that is further expandable via microSD card (up to 64GB).The dual-SIM device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and packs a 3000mAh battery. The company claims that the battery can last up to 8 hours of talk time and 350 hours of standby time. Optics include a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF, and dual-LED flash. It also has a 5-megapixel front camera with LED flash as well for low light selfies. The Videocon Ultra50 measures at 148.1×72.8×11.27mm, and connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and FM radio.

The fingerprint scanner is integrated at the front underneath the Home Button. Apart from the emergency app, EROS Now, Gameloft Games, Opera Mini, SwiftKey, Office suite, ChillX, PayPlutus, SBI Buddy, Daily Hunt, and ChillX are also pre-installed on the smartphone.

Videocon Ultra50

Videocon Ultra50

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

5.00-inch

Processor

1.3 GHz quad-core

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

720×1080 pixels

RAM

3GB

OS

Android 6.0

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery Capacity

3000mAh

Qualcomm Said to Be Near $37 Billion Deal to Buy NXP Semiconductors

Qualcomm Said to Be Near $37 Billion Deal to Buy NXP Semiconductors

Qualcomm Inc is nearing a deal to acquire NXP Semiconductors NV for around $37 billion (roughly Rs. 2,47,583 crores), a person familiar with the matter said on Friday, as the US company seeks to expand the reach of its chips from phones to cars.

The deal would make San Diego-based Qualcomm, which supplies Android smartphone makers and Apple Inc, a bigger supplier to the automotive industry as it grapples with slowing smartphone sales and stiff competition from Chinese and Taiwanese rivals.

The acquisition of NXP by Qualcomm for $110 per share in cash could be announced within days, although there is always a possibility of a last-minute glitch, the source said, asking not to be identified because the negotiations are confidential.

Qualcomm and NXP did not immediately respond to requests for comment. CNBC first reported that the companies were nearing a deal for $110 per share.

NXP shares dropped 2.5 percent on the news to $101.90, while Qualcomm shares were up 2.2 percent to $68.77, indicating that the terms were seen by investors as more favorable to Qualcomm than previously expected.

Qualcomm had sat out the transformative consolidation sweeping the industry, which has seen mega-deals such as Avago buying Broadcom for $37 billion last year.

Qualcomm gets the bulk of its revenue from chip sales but most of its profit comes from wireless patents it licenses to the mobile industry. It explored a plan to break up its chip business from its patent licensing unit after pressure from activist investor Jana Partners but decided to remain whole.

Qualcomm ranked third in terms of revenue among global semiconductor companies in 2015, while Eindhoven, Netherlands-based NXP ranked No. 7, according to research firm IHS.

 

TRAI Suggests Rs. 3,050 Crores Fine on Big 3 for Denying Jio Interconnect

Reliance Jio Interconnectivity Woes: TRAI Recommends Rs. 3,050 Crores Fine on Airtel, Vodafone, Idea

  • Airtel, Vodafone, Idea accused of denying Jio interconnectivity
  • The trio are said to be non-compliant with licence conditions
  • Fine of Rs. 50 crores per telco per circle recommended to DoT

In a setback to incumbent telecom operators, sector regulator TRAI on Friday suggested imposing Rs. 3,050 crores penalty on Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, and Idea for allegedly denying interconnectivity to newcomer Reliance Jio.

TRAI, in its recommendation to the Department of Telecom, said it has found the trio to be non-compliant with licence conditions and service quality norms given the high rate of call failures and congestion at interconnectpoints for Reliance Jio.

It also noted that denial of interconnection by these operators to Reliance Jio “appears to be with the ulterior motive to stifle competition and is anti-consumer”.

As per TRAI’s recommendation, the penalty for Airtel and Vodafone works out to about Rs. 1,050 crores each, while in case of Idea Cellular it comes to about Rs. 950 crores. The regulator stopped short of recommending cancellation of their telecom licences saying it may lead to “significant consumer inconvenience”.

The recommendation came on complaint by Reliance Jio that over 75 percent of calls on its network are failing as incumbents were not giving sufficient points of interconnect that would help complete calls.

 

TRAI in a detailed letter to the DoT Secretary said the action of the three incumbent operators was “against public interest”.

When contacted, an Airtel spokesperson said, “We are continuously augmenting the PoIs provided to Reliance Jio and pace of augmentation has been the fastest ever done by us. Further we are in full compliance of the requirements of grade of service set by TRAI.”

Vodafone and Idea did not immediately offer any comment on the TRAI recommendation. Emails sent to Reliance Jio too remained unanswered.

Lashing out at the erring operators, TRAI went to the extent of saying that the non-compliance of licence terms and condition “warrants” recommendations for revocation of licence.

“However, the authority is mindful of the fact that revocation of the licence will entail significant consumer inconvenience and therefore in view of the larger public interest involved, the authority recommends a penal action of Rs. 50 crores per LSA (circle)…,” it said.

 

The regulator has recommended penalty of Rs. 50 crores each for 21 of the 22 circles of Bharti Airtel and Vodafone (except J&K).

In case of Idea, it has recommended penalty of Rs. 50 crores each for 19 circles where the operator provides services.

Jio has accused incumbent operators of providing less than required points of interconnections (PoIs) needed for its users to complete calls to rivals’ network, while operators charged the newcomer of unleashing a “tsunami” of free traffic on their networks.

Interconnection enables mobile users to make calls to customers of other telecom networks and is, therefore, crucial for smooth functioning of mobile services.

In a statement issued on September 23, Jio had alleged that over 12 crore calls failed daily between Jio and the networks of Airtel, Vodafone, and Idea.

 

As per quality of service rules, not more than five calls in 1,000 should fail due to network congestion.

Late last month, as row between incumbents and newcomer Reliance Jio escalated, TRAI intervened and issued show-cause notices to operators for call drops far exceeding the norm. It had given the incumbent operators ten days to explain why action should not be initiated against them for violation of service quality norms.

In its reply to TRAI, Idea said that the show cause notice is “defective, invalid, and premeditated” and reason for poor service quality is solely because of Reliance Jio. Airtel said that the notice was premature and it is making effort to augment interconnection.

Vodafone cited inconsistent calculation made by Jio and delay on its part among reason for the row.

The regulator has given a deadline of October 17, 2016, to mobile operators to resolve the matter so that customers do not experience poor quality of service.

TRAI has observed high level of congestion in telecom networks leading to call failure on Reliance Jio’s network.

 

Use Garcinia Cambogia in right dosage to lose weight quickly

Garcinia Cambogia or Malabar tamarind is a popular weight loss supplement available mainly in capsule and tablet forms. Traditionally, Garcinia Cambogia is used as a culinary ingredient, but the fruit extracts are also used to enhance digestion, and many other gastrointestinal complications. In recent times, its application in weight loss and obesity is invented by the researchers, since then, Garcinia Cambogia is supplemented for burning fat and suppressing appetite scientifically without causing any harm to the body. According to Oprah, Britney Spears, and many other world famous personalities, Garcinia Cambogia is an undisputed weight loss supplement they have ever found or used.

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Chemical composition

The fruits of Garcinia Cambogia contain the following important ingredients –

  • Citric acid – Mostly HCA (Hydroxy Citric acid) is found in the fruits.
  • Guttiferone I-K and M-N
  • The polyisoprenylated benzophenones Garcinol and Isogarcinol
  • Xanthochymol and Isoxamthochymol though these two ingredients are mainly found in the leaves of the plant.
  • Cambogin, which is an isomer of isoxanthochymol and Camboginol

Benefits of Garcinia Cambogia

The supplement has numerous health benefits, but primarily it is used for weight loss or burn extra fat in the body.

Weight loss with the help of Garcinia Cambogia

The most active ingredient in the fruit of Garcinia Cambogia is HCA. This partially blocks the enzyme citrate lysase that generates fat in the body from a food. This enzyme normally changes starches and sugars in a food into fat cells. Excess fat cells in the body are stored in different parts like belly, upper arm, thigh and neck. Apart from preventing citrate lysase enzyme from generating fat cells, it also increases metabolism in the body, which causes burning of already deposited fat in the body. At the same time, Garcinia Cambogia supplements act as effective appetite suppressants. Thus, all the three benefits of the product, viz. prevention of fat production, burning of extra fat cells, and lessening appetite, help the users to loose weight quickly without facing any side-effects.

Other benefits of Garcinia Cambogis

Regular users of this wonder product have many other physical and neurological benefits, like the following ones –

  • It helps to fight against depression and stress. Controls frequent mood swings and helps to concentrate on a job.
  • It is immensely beneficial for many cardiovascular issues and lowers bad cholesterol (LDL) in the body.
  • Energize the body
  • Decreases craving for fast and spicy foods
  • Regulates blood sugar level in the body.

Deciding the right dosage

Garcinia Cambogia supplements available under different brand names always come with standard dosage instructions, but dosage may change depending on the gender, current weight, age, BMI and lifestyle of the individual in concern.

If somebody is not sure about his or her body requirement or has some hesitations about the dosage, then it is better to consult with an expert for right guidance. Normally, dosage of Garcinia Cambogia recommended by the experts range between 300-500 mg daily, but it may keep on changing according to the user’s health conditions at different points of time.

A $15 Device Can Hack US Presidential Election, Says Symantec

A $15 Device Can Hack US Presidential Election, Says Symantec
During its “Hack the Vote” election simulation, cyber-security firm Symantec has revealed three easy ways an attacker with the right level of intelligence and motivation could impact the US presidential election and it will cost just $15 (roughly Rs. 1,000).

To analyse the ecosystem of an election – from electronic voting machines to data transfers, vote tabulation and broadcasting the results – the company tested the actual direct-recording electronic (DRE) voting machines and other equipment tosimulate a real-world voting system. According to the general process, voters use a chip card to cast their vote. Once someone has voted, the same card is re-used by the next voter. “Just like credit cards, these cards are essentially a computer with its own RAM, CPU and operating system. Which means they can be exploited like any computing device,” the company said in a statement.

“In examining the election process for vulnerabilities, we discovered that there’s an opportunity for a hacker to modify the code put on a voter’s chip card. Anyone who knows how to programme a chip card and purchases a simple $15 Raspberry Pi-like device, could secretly reactivate their voter card while inside the privacy of a voting booth,” added Symantec.

The card can be faked in two different ways – one, reset the card to allow someone to vote multiple times using the same chip card and second, programming the card to allow multiple vote casting. “There was no form of encryption on the internal hard drive of the voting machines we purchased, which were running an outdated operating system to display the ballots and record votes,” Symantec found.
The second method to influence the votes is tampering with tabulation. All the votes are registered in the voting and attackers could compromise the integrity of the voting data by manipulation of cartridges as these storage cartridges function like a USB drive which stores data in plain text with no embedded encryption. Thirdly, by propagating misinformation on social media networks, a hacktivist or attacker could also change voter behaviour.

Symantec said that these vulnerabilities can easily be fixed by installing security software at all points of the process.

 

Instagram Update Brings Stories to the Explore Tab

Instagram Update Brings Stories to the Explore Tab
In August, Instagram launched Stories – a Snapchat-like feature that lets you post short videos or photos that last no more than 24 hours. The feature also lets users type or draw on the images and videos. Now, Instagram has brought Stories to the Explore tab with a new update in an attempt to increase their reach.

The Explore section on Instagram shows you popular photos and videos from around the world based on your interests. Until now, only Stories uploaded by those you follow were only visible at the top of the Home section. But with the new update, users will be able to view popular Stories from around the world.

In a blog post, Instagram says, “More than 100 million people visit Explore every day to discover photos and videos from people they don’t yet follow. The new suggested stories section highlights the most interesting Stories from across Instagram’s vast global community.”

(Also see: Instagram Hits 1 Billion Downloads on Google Play)

With Stories, Instagram is trying to compete directly with Snapchat. While Snapchat allows users to save their time-bound posts, Instagram Stories as of now do not. With Stories on Explore, Instagram has an advantage over Snapchat with the later still struggling when it comes to discovery.
Users can upload a story by tapping on the plus icon on the top left corner of the screen, or slide their finger from left to right to open the camera. After taking a picture or recording a video, Instagram provides editing tools that allow you to write or doodle on the image or video. The story disappears 24 hours after uploading.

Instagram Stories allows users to post endless daily highlights and not worry about cluttering your account for eternity. It’s part of the company’s attempt to keep users engaged by getting them to share more photos and videos.

The new update has already begun rolling out globally for iOS, Android, and Windows users.

Benefits of Winstrol 10 mg

Winstrol is the commercial name of the stanozolol, an anabolic steroid derived from dihydrotestosterone. A benefit of winstrol when compared to other anabolic steroids is that it can be consumed orally. Since it is not broken down by the liver metabolism, this steroid can be taken in tablet form and doesn’t have to be injected. This is a big plus point for anyone who are scared to inject themselves on a daily basis. The ampules are available in aqueous forms and these can also be taken orally or injected

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Pharmaceutically proven to treat anemia and also angioedema in humans, winstrol is used in animals to improve red blood cell production and improve muscle growth.

Reduction of SHBG levels by Winstrol 10 mg

As most anabolic steroids, Winstrol also aids in muscle building and increasing lean mass. Winstrol is very much similar to testosterone and helps in the pretty much the same functions. SHBG or Sex Hormone Binding Globulin is responsible for binding to testosterone and making it unavailable to perform a number of functions like body building. It transports testosterone throughout the body but testosterone cannot function while bound to SHBG. It cannot perform any of its anabolic functions when it is attached to SHBG. This is where the role of Winstrol comes in. Winstrol reduces the level of SHBG hence releasing more testosterone into the body. 10 mg/day of Winstrol is sufficient to reduce the amount of SHBG by almost fifty percent. Hence Winstrol aids in the muscle building indirectly since the natural testosterone present in the body is available for anabolic functions. No other external supplements may be required in this case.

Other benefits

Winstrol is believed to have the ability to greatly increase strength and in turn power and speed. Hence it is very useful for competitive athletes. This is achieved without much or any weight gain at all, so it is very beneficial for athletes of this nature. It is also used develop lean muscle in bodybuilders. It does not help in bulking the body. It can be used only to tone muscles which are already lean. Both men and women can benefit from Winstrol. The important fact to take into consideration is the dosage. For each person, for each purpose, the dosage is different. Hence proper research should be done before starting the consumption of this steroid. Also this drug is not to be used as a base or primary steroid. It should be only taken as a secondary steroid.

As with all steroids, Winstrols too has its side effects but unlike many other drugs it is not as dangerous. Some people complain of water retention in the joints while taking Winstrol. Also high blood pressure is a side effect. It can be countered with healthy lifestyle choices. Winstrol has a tendency to reduce HDL (good cholesterol) and increase LDL (bad cholesterol). Hence we should keep an eye on cholesterol levels while taking stanozolol 10mg. People with already high cholesterol should not touch this drug.