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Google all set to buy HTC’s assets for $1.1 bn

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TAIPEI: Smartphone maker HTC has said that it was selling part of its smartphone business to the search engine giant Google for $1.1 billion.

“The deal includes intellectual property licensing and half of its research staff, or around 2,000 people, and is expected to be completed in early 2018 pending regulatory approval,” HTC said.

“For Google, the deal will further strengthen its investment in and commitment to smartphones and its hardware business… it shows that Google sees Taiwan as a key hub for innovative technology,” HTC spokesman Peter Shen told a press conference in Taipei.

The deal marks Google’s second major foray into smartphone manufacturing. It purchased Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in 2012 and sold it off to China’s Lenovo Group Ltd for less than $3 billion two years later.

Google’s strategy of licensing Android for free and profiting from embedded services such as search and maps has made Android the dominant mobile operating system with some 89 percent of the global market.

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World’s longest bridge, another feather in China’s cap!

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BEIJING: According to the Guinness Book of World Records, 51 km-long Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is the world’s longest sea-bridge.

But China is about to take that merit as its 55km-long bridge is in the final phase of completion.

A team of engineers started building 4.2 miles long tunnel located 25 miles below the sea level on October 13, while the main part of the bridge was constructed in July.

The world’s longest bridge – built over the South China Sea – joins Macau, Zhuhai, and Hong Kong.

It is expected that the sea bridge will be opened for public by the end of this year.

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Digital Revolution: Saraha app is being accused of making its users crazy!

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The digital revolution, which kick started in the 19th century, has successfully managed to drive us off from the world of actuality.

As a matter of fact, exploring the globe is on our finger tips. However, the flip side of the coin is totally different, which now is taking toll on human beings physical as well as mental dexterities.

When we talk about social networking sites, we have innumerable options such as Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Whatsapp and now Saraha, which has gone viral like wild fire.

  • Its emergence?

It was designed by Saudi Arabian developer Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq back in 2016 somewhere in November as to assist employees in giving feedback, harboring positive/negative remarks, to their employers sans revealing their names and identities.

Soon, he came up with the idea that the app might help friends exchanging constructive messages anonymously to each other as well; and that’s how the app is sweeping across the globe like a wild fire and now, it reaches to more than 300 million users to be exact.

  • Its impacts?

As mentioned earlier, the app was originally initiated to let people send positive comments; but the reality is just the opposite. Copious people have started using the app to bully and troll individuals.

Hence, using the app is proved to be perilous particularly for teens and young folks, as they tend to take such non-constructive comments critically, which leads them to mount depression or anxiety sooner or later.

If the online reports are to be considered, most of its users are teenagers, which is certainly a bitter pill to swallow for parents.

It is pertinent to mention here that adolescents are really into such secret confessions sort of games. These apps sound appealing to their budding mind.

Reports further stated that countless users particularly ladies took to social media as to post the comments, harboring body shamming stuff, they have received while using the said app.

  • Who to blame: The app or its junkies?

There has been always a debate that social media is just a platform to share goings-on or feelings and thus, there are the people who are accountable for creating online fuss.

It has been observed that internet trolls tend to leave a raft of abusive messages online on a daily basis for no reason.

Considering this, experts are of the view that such sorts of apps are instigated for two kinds of people: Narcissistic, who are obsessed with themselves and Sadistic, who seek pleasure via abusing and harassing people online.

It is worth mentioning here that secrecy, which the app is providing, is considered an addictive drug that can potentially be used in non-constructive means.

Believe it or not, but it has been scientifically proven that humans harbor malicious and aggressive side, which emerges at its nastiest upon donning a mask of anonymity over their individualities.

Also, its aficionados can say noxious stuff that they can never ever dare to utter in person.  Thereby, it is crystal clear that the app is promoting hatred and enmity.

Critics go haywire learning about the way digitization is taking toll on humans themselves. We are getting robotic in order to meet the requirements of fast pacing world.

From kids to oldies, everyone seems to be hooked up with their devices exploring online world.

These days, humans prefer checking their social networking sites rather than sitting with their family and friends.

It seems as if we increasingly getting dependent on those man-made devices, which overshadow the actuality of our own selves.

P.S. It is pertinent to point it out here that there are some other similar apps like Saraha  (such as Whisper, Yik Yak, After School etc ) roaming around the online globe. Of which app AskFM was accused of taking teens life in the UK and Italy back in 2012.

 

 

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Election Interference: Facebook set to hire 1000 in order to stop deceptive ads!

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WASHINGTON: Facebook that has handed over three thousand controversial ads to congressional investigators today said it was hiring 1000 people in order to review and remove ads to fight election interference. 

Readers may recall that a Russian company Internet Research Agency had bought thousands of ads to influence US electionsby exploiting racial, social divisions and ugly stereotypes. 

Facebook had found thousands of ads linked to its accounts that was operated out of Russia during the U.S. presidential election.

The company that had  detected 450 accounts noted that  $100,000 was spent on the ads.

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