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10 Top Things in Tech This Week [12-17 Dec’16]

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10 Top Things in Tech This Week

Another weeks comes to a wrap. Here’s Indianweb2.com giving you quick recap of all the important things that happened in the tech sector this week.

1) Bluetooth 5 Coming To An IoT Near You

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has finally confirmed that the Bluetooth 5 standards have been finally been successfully adopted. It was during the beginning of the year that Bluetooth SIG had officially announced Bluetooth 5 in a formal press release.

The updated Bluetooth is twice the speed and four times the range of its predecessor, Bluetooth 4.2, with speeds of up to 2MBps. With a 8x broadcasting messaging capacity, Bluetooth 5 is capable enough to carry data/information to “low energy” devices such as smartwatches, headphones, and other Internet of Thing (IoT).


2) Meet ‘Jinie’ – India’s First HR Chatbot By PeopleStrong

PeopleStrong, India’s leading human resource solutions and human resource technology company, has launched India’s first HR chatbot “Jinie“.

Through Jinie, PeopleStrong aims to shift HR from a transactional interface with employees to a conversational interface which is much for engaging and impactful. It is like an employee’s personal worklife assistant who can help in solving any HR related query. Be it completing employee data, applying leaves or managing any kind of employee transactions – Jinie is there for an employee every time.

3) B2B Commerce Company Moglix Launches GST Technology for the Manufacturing Sector

This week saw Moglix, which is a leading B2B commerce startup, announcing the launch of its GST (Good and Services Tax) technology for the manufacturing sector.

With its new GST technology, Moglix aims to empower SME to large suppliers and buyers through its GST technology (business.moglix.com) to file indirect taxes seamlessly, while maintaining a close tab on the 100% reconcilability of the entire value chain.

4) Postman Announces Postman Pro: Complete API Toolchain for Developers & Developer Teams

The week witnessed Postman, provider of the most popular API toolchain currently available, announcing a major update to its innovative developer product, Postman Pro.

With its new update, developers will now be able to leverage the power of Postman at every stage of their API workflow, from development and testing, through collaboration, documentation and publishing, to API monitoring.

Postman began as a simple tool to make API testing faster and easier, and has expanded into a powerful, collaborative and user-friendly toolchain, allowing Postman customers to streamline and simplify every aspect of API development.

5) Google Now Lets You Control Netflix using Google Home

With the holiday season just around the corner, here’s an announcement by Google to add to your holiday cheer. Google has now announced added Netflix support to its home assistant Google Home. With the update, one can now ask Home to play specific series, pause and resume playback, turn on captions, and even rewind the shows one is watching if they miss what was just played out.

6) Virgin Launches World’s Most Affordable Solar-Light

It had been a decade since Virgin company started selling their solar lights in Africa. Even though the price tag of the solar lights have come down drastically from $25 to $10 over the ten years, they still have failed to appeal to families that depend on kerosene lights and candles. This is why Virgin decided to kick off its own light project called SolarAid, along with renowned designers Yingli Solar and Inventid.

After a couple of years of research and hard work, the first 1,000 samples of the new, improved and more affordable solar light made their way to UK whilst another 9,000 samples were sent to Africa as part of a field trial to asses the new product’s quality and gather constructive feedback. Named the SM100, the new solar light will retail for just $5 in Africa.

7) Amazon Makes First Drone Delivery to House in Cambridge

This week saw Amazon delivering its first package using a drone. This marked the onset of a trial that will involve Amazon customers in Cambridge receiving their orders via air mail.

The short distance drone ended up taking just 13 minutes to deliver an Amazon Fire TV and bag of popcorn to a customer from the moment of order. The successful delivery brought Amazon’s boss Jeff Bezos’ dream of a fleet of drones delivering Amazon packages to customers a step closer to coming true.

8) Oculus Make Gear VR More Social with Voice Chat and Virtual Living Rooms

Oculus has launched two new features for the Samsung Gear VR headset with an aim of encouraging users to interact with one another in a virtual hangout.

The first feature is called Parties. It’s a simple chat system that lets you jump into a voice call and talk with others while wearing the headset. The second feature is called Rooms, and is a new of interacting with others in Virtual Reality.

9) Wi-Fi services in Indian flights might soon be a reality

DoT, Union Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju recently moved a proposal for allowing in-flight Wi-Fi services in India. In order to make this a reality, amendments will have to made to the provisions of Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 as well as Indian Telegraphy Rules made thereunder.

10) Kickass Torrents is back in business, run by original staff members

According to a report published TorrentFreak, Kickass Torrents’ original staffers have managed to bring the defunct website back to business under a new domain name, and with all its old content intact.

For the unaware, Kickass Torrents had close its business earlier this year after the popular torrent site founder Artem Vaulin was arrested in Poland and the domain name was seized by the US Justice Department

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