John Ribeiro

Bangalore Correspondent

John Ribeiro covers outsourcing and general technology breaking news from India for the IDG News Service.

Baidu will share autonomous vehicle technology

Baidu will share autonomous vehicle technology

Hoping to get self-driving vehicle companies to share a common platform rather than design from scratch, Baidu said Tuesday it would offer its technology for autonomous driving to other companies, while also partnering in the joint...

In India, people can now use their thumbs to pay at stores

In India, people can now use their thumbs to pay at stores

In its bid to boost digital payments, India introduced Bhim, a smartphone app that lets users make cashless payments and transfer funds.

Google tests app for food delivery and home services

Google tests app for food delivery and home services

Google has introduced in two Indian cities a new app that aggregates local providers of food delivery and home service

Samsung sees strong demand for Galaxy S8 despite Note7 fiasco

Samsung sees strong demand for Galaxy S8 despite Note7 fiasco

Samsung is seeing strong demand for its Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones, suggesting that consumers may be looking beyond the company’s debacle with the Note7.

BlackBerry wins $815 million in overpaid royalty to Qualcomm

BlackBerry wins $815 million in overpaid royalty to Qualcomm

BlackBerry said Wednesday it has been awarded US$815 million in an arbitration decision for excess royalties it had paid to chip company Qualcomm.

Apple is developing its own power management chips, says analyst

Apple is developing its own power management chips, says analyst

Apple could be developing its own power management chips, according to a report from German private bank Bankhaus Lampe. The release of the report led to a sharp drop in the shares of Dialog Semiconductors, the current supplier of...

Qualcomm says Apple using its power to pay less for a patent license

Qualcomm says Apple using its power to pay less for a patent license

Qualcomm is seeking damages from Apple, alleging that the iPhone maker interfered with long-term agreements between the chip company and licensees that manufacture the iPhone and iPad, and encouraged actions by regulators against the...

EBay folds Indian operation into local retailer Flipkart

EBay folds Indian operation into local retailer Flipkart

Facing fierce competition from Amazon.com, eBay has sold its Indian operation to local retailer Flipkart, while joining Tencent Holdings and Microsoft in investing US$1.4 billion in the Indian company.

AI player AlphaGo to play Chinese Go champion

AI player AlphaGo to play Chinese Go champion

DeepMind’s AlphaGo program will test its artificial intelligence capabilities in May against top Go player Ke Jie.

Angry Shadow Brokers release password for suspected NSA hacking tools

Angry Shadow Brokers release password for suspected NSA hacking tools

Annoyed with the U.S. missile strike last week on an airfield in Syria, among other things, hacker group Shadow Brokers resurfaced on Saturday and released what they said was the password to files containing suspected National...

US FCC said to have a plan for rollback of net neutrality rules

US FCC said to have a plan for rollback of net neutrality rules

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has disclosed preliminary plans to roll back some of the net neutrality provisions in the U.S., which could be put to vote as soon as May or June, according to news reports.

Samsung's profit soars after recovery from Note7 debacle

Samsung's profit soars after recovery from Note7 debacle

The costly Galaxy Note7 debacle, which led to the recall of about 3 million smartphones because of overheating batteries, seems to be behind Samsung Electronics, with the company forecasting a 48 percent growth in operating profit in...

Twitter debuts a Lite version for emerging markets

Twitter debuts a Lite version for emerging markets

Twitter launched Thursday a ‘Lite’ version of its service that runs from the browser on a smartphone, in a bid to attract customers in emerging markets, who have flaky Internet connections or are wary of spending too much on data.

YouTube launches low-bandwidth version for India

YouTube launches low-bandwidth version for India

Google rolled out Wednesday a version of its YouTube video sharing app that is targeted at users who do not have robust internet connections.

Facebook appeal over New York search warrants fails

Facebook appeal over New York search warrants fails

Facebook’s appeal against 381 warrants for information from the accounts of its users was rejected by a New York court on the ground that earlier orders refusing to quash the warrants issued in a criminal proceeding could not be...

Apple said to drop Imagination's IP in favor of own graphics chips

Apple said to drop Imagination's IP in favor of own graphics chips

Apple will soon stop using intellectual property from Imagination Technologies Group for graphics processing units for its iPhone and other devices, as it is working on a separate, independent graphics design for its products, the...

WikiLeaks’ Assange gets relief from left victory in Ecuador

WikiLeaks’ Assange gets relief from left victory in Ecuador

The win in Ecuador’s presidential elections of leftist government candidate Lenin Moreno will likely have provided relief to WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange, who had been threatened with eviction from the country’s embassy in London...

Before suing Uber, Waymo initiated action against former engineer

Before suing Uber, Waymo initiated action against former engineer

Uber is asking a federal court that most of the claims of a lawsuit filed by rival self-driving car developer Waymo should be settled through arbitration, a process that is usually private, and cheaper and faster than a federal...

UK official wants police access to WhatsApp messages

UK official wants police access to WhatsApp messages

A senior U.K. official is asking that law enforcement should be given access to encrypted messages on WhatsApp and similar services, a demand that is likely to fuel an ongoing debate over whether companies should create backdoors into...

Twitter mulls an enhanced TweetDeck for power users as subscription rumors swirl

Twitter mulls an enhanced TweetDeck for power users as subscription rumors swirl

Twitter has started surveying users to check their interest in a new enhanced version of its TweetDeck product, raising the possibility that the company is considering a paid version of the service.

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