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The sublime joy of translations

(ATTN EDITORS: This is the last in a 10-part Translating India series where noted translators -- in articles written exclusively for IANS -- share their experiences of translating from their respective languages.) By Arunava Sinha I began as an organic translator, without any awareness of the larger issues of translation (and there are several of these). I was fortunate, because ...

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Samsung remains smartphone market leader at home turf

Seoul, Feb 19 (IANS) Samsung smartphones maintained their dominant market status late last year as Apple iPhones expanded their presence in South Korea, an industry report said on Monday. According to the report by industry tracker Strategy Analytics, the South Korean tech giant shipped 24 million units in the local market during the fourth quarter of 2017, reports Yonhap news agency.

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Microsoft expands Cortana's home automation skills

San Francisco, Feb 17 (IANS) In a bid to expand into the growing home automation market, Microsoft's digital assistant Cortana will now support more smart home devices and integrate with IFTTT -- a free web-based platform that helps users connect their apps and services together, the company has announced. Cortana now supports devices from ecobee, Honeywell Lyric, Honeywell Total Connect...

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Twitter pulls the plug on official Mac app

San Francisco, Feb 17 (IANS) Twitter has announced it is ending support for its dedicated desktop Mac application and that it has pulled it from the web and from Apple's App Store. We're focusing our efforts on a great Twitter experience that's consistent across platforms. So, starting today the Twitter for Mac app will no longer be available for download, @TwitterSupport tweeted late on...

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Apple grabbed more than half of all smartphone revenues in Q4 2017

San Francisco, Feb 16 (IANS) With a record 51 per cent revenue share, Apple took more than half of the global smartphone revenues in the fourth quarter of 2017, a report has said. According to market research firm Strategy Analytics, total global smartphone wholesale revenues grew eight per cent annually to reach an all-time high of $120 billion during the fourth quarter of 2017.

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Apple promises fix for serious Telugu character bug

San Francisco, Feb 16 (IANS) Admitting that iOS 11.2.5 has a serious bug that is causing iPhones and apps like Facebook and WhatsApp to crash when a Telugu single character is received via iMessage, Apple has promised to fix it soon. The Cupertino-based company said it was working on to fix the vulnerability that affects iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watch and Apple TV running the latest v...

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Can offline expansion bring growth for smartphones in India?

Are all smartphones in India sold online? Not really. This is something which should come as a surprise to the cyber-savvy buyers of gadgets and gizmos. A study from Google, published in 2012 but still relevant, says that 70 per cent of Indians decide about the brand and variant during an online search before going to a retail store. Although the study was done in major cities an...

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Apple acknowledges serious iOS bug, to fix it soon

San Francisco, Feb 16 (IANS) Apple has admitted that the iOS 11.2.5 has a serious bug which is capable of crashing apps and Apple devices via iMessage, saying that it was working on to fix it. The vulnerability was discovered earlier this week and involves sending an Indian language character (in Telugu) to devices that crashes an iPhone and makes apps like Messages, Facebook Messenger, ...

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Apple may introduce 3 new iPhones this year

San Francisco, Feb 15 (IANS) Apple is reportedly gearing up to introduce three new iPhones this year and one of them will be more popular than the others, a top analyst with Taiwanese business group KGI Securities has said. According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the most famous analyst with KGI Securities when it comes to Apple, the Cupertino-headquartered giant will aim to sell 100 million units of...

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Untapped vegetable, fruit growers to get export market soon

New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) Quality agriculture commodities that have remained unnoticed by the outside world are set to foray into the international markets as the government wants to tap unexplored areas to boost exports and ensure better returns for their farmers. Our plan is to tap the areas where the quality of vegetables and fruits is worth exporting but farmers do not have required m...

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Facebook to launch smart home speakers in July: Report

San Francisco, Feb 15 (IANS) Taking on Amazon, Google and Apple, Facebook is now set to officially roll out two smart home speakers in 2018. According to a report in Taipai-based website Digitimes, the two models -- Aloha and Fiona with 15-inch touchscreens -- will be launched around July. Supply chain sources said that Facebook was originally slated to release the devices in May...

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Amazon now world's third-most valuable company

San Francisco, Feb 15 (IANS) With a market cap of $702.5 billion, Amazon has become the third most valuable company in the world, racing past Microsoft, which has a market cap of $699.2 billion. According to a report in The New York Post, Amazon stock surged 2.6 per cent on Wednesday, taking the company's market cap ahead of Microsoft for the first time. Apple tops the list with ...

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Devotees throng temples in Odisha on Maha Shivaratri

Bhubaneswar, Feb 14 (IANS) Thousands of devotees thronged Shiva temples across Odisha to offer prayers on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri on Wednesday. Maha Shivaratri, otherwise known as Jagar, is observed in a ritualistic way with much serenity to appease Lord Shiva. Shivaratri is celebrated on the 13th or 14th day of the dark half (Krishna Paksha) of Phalgun (February-March), ...

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Not our job to recruit journalists for content: Facebook

San Francisco, Feb 14 (IANS) In a clear message to news publishers, a top Facebook executive has emphasised that it is not their job to recruit people from media organisations for the content on the social media platform. At the Code Media 2018 conference in California organised by the famous tech portal ReCode, Facebook's Head of News Partnerships Campbell Brown said her job is to make ...

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Google shipped 3.9 mn Pixel devices in 2017

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) Google shipped 3.9 million Pixel and Pixel 2 devices in 2017 which is nearly double the units it sold in 2016 but a tiny fraction of the global smartphone market that numbers 1.5 billion units. According to Francisco Jeronimo, Research Director at International Data Corporation (IDC), #GooglePixel shipments continue to grow, but they still represent a tiny portio...

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Retaining the cultural moorings from Hindi to English translations

(ATTN EDITORS: This is the fifth in a 10-part Translating India series where 10 noted translators -- in articles written exclusively for IANS -- share their experiences of translating from their respective languages.) By Poonam Saxena Gunahon Ka Devta was published in 1949 and is widely regarded as one of Hindi literature's biggest bestsellers. Written by the brilliant Dharamvir ...

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HP leads global notebook market, Apple fourth

San Francisco, Feb 13 (IANS) With a market share of 24.3 per cent, HP retained its leadership position in the global notebook market in 2017 while Apple surpassed ASUS to reach the fourth spot with 9.6 per cent market share, a new report said on Tuesday. According to market research firm TrendForce, HP's annual notebook shipments hit a new milestone of 40 million units -- a substantial i...

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Roads in upper Shimla cut off with snowfall

Shimla, Feb 12 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh's capital Shimla and its nearby tourist destinations on Monday were wrapped in snow, giving them a picturesque look. Likewise, Manali and its uphill Solang ski slopes and Kalpa, 250 km from here, saw snowfall. Towns in upper Shimla district were cut off with snow piled up on roads, an official said. This was the season's second significant s...

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How to look good on Valentine's Day

Mumbai, Feb 11 (IANS) Want to look good and healthy on Valentines Day? Well, then include green tea and more of fruits and vegetables in your diet, say experts. Preeti Seth, Nutritionist, Pachouli Wellness Clinic, Delhi, and Komal Thakur, Dietician from SCI International Hospital, Delhi, list down some tips. * Increase fluid intake, at least four-five liters a day. * Hav...

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Apple AirPod explodes in the US

San Francisco, Feb 10 (IANS) In a reminder of the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, a Florida resident's Apple AirPod (right bud)caught fire and exploded, the media reported. Jason Colon of Tampa, Florida was listening to a dance mix at LA Fitness in St. Petersburg when he noticed something strange. He saw white smoke billowing out and left the AirPods on a piece of workout equipment and go...

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