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What we want in wireless audio — Findings from Qualcomm's State of Sound report 2023

What we want in wireless audio — Findings from Qualcomm's State of Sound report 2023

US President Biden moves to establish AI guardrails with Executive Order

US President Biden moves to establish AI guardrails with Executive Order

Qualcomm's State of Sound 2023 report says we want one device to hear them all

Qualcomm's State of Sound 2023 report says we want one device to hear them all

US to change H1-B rules to curtail fraud, make the process more efficient

US to change H1-B rules to curtail fraud, make the process more efficient

H1-B rule changes coming soon, to discourage fraud, improve flexibility, including startup founders

H1-B rule changes coming soon, to discourage fraud, improve flexibility, including startup founders

  • Make in India: seats go abegging in traditional engineering streams as software eats the world

    Make in India: seats go abegging in traditional engineering streams as software eats the world

    Next year, it's the 10th anniversary of the launch of the 'Make in India' campaign. And as this year's engineering admissions show, computer science remains the hottest area. Reports from states known for their engineering schools, such as Maharashtra and Karnataka show that traditional streams such as civil and mechanical engineering are running large vacancies. Over the next decade, will this not translate to a talent crisis in India, just when the country's manufacturing and infrastructure efforts need to shift to high gear

  • Engineering admissions — is India headed for a talent crisis in core streams?

    Engineering admissions — is India headed for a talent crisis in core streams?

    It's that time of the year when the last of the admissions in India's massive engineering education market get nailed down. And computer science remains the hottest area. Reports from states known for their engineering schools, such as Maharashtra and Karnataka show that traditional streams such as civil and mechanical engineering are running a large number of vacancies. Over the next decade, will this translate to a talent crisis in India, just when the country's infrastructure efforts need to shift to high gear

  • Google proposes children, teen safety framework, opposes hard checks of age proof

    Google proposes children, teen safety framework, opposes hard checks of age proof

    There's been a surge in children's sexual abuse and exploitation online since the Covid pandemic, experts agree, and lawmakers around the world are trying to grapple with this threat with new policies and rules. Online businesses should be pushed to design their products and services to be age appropriate, Google proposes, but opposes stringent use of ID based verification on the grounds that such a practice can also deny useful access to all users in a digital world, and lead to more data collection on all users

  • TCS CEO Krithivasan says fresh revenue getting 'neutralised' by cost cuts elsewhere

    TCS CEO Krithivasan says fresh revenue getting 'neutralised' by cost cuts elsewhere

    Tata Consultancy Services reported an order of $11.2 billion for its fiscal Q2 that ended Sep. 30, reflecting the strong demand for outsourcing. Actual spending, however, is sharply focused on cost cutting projects. Even as revenues flow in from new projects, "optimisation" in existing run-the-business work and even "downsizing" is hurting growth, CEO K Krithivasan of India's biggest IT services provider told analysts on Oct. 11

  • TCS concludes jobs-for-bribes investigation, sacks 16 employees, moves three others

    TCS concludes jobs-for-bribes investigation, sacks 16 employees, moves three others

    Tata Consultancy Services has concluded an internal investigation of two jobs-for-bribes whistle-blower complaints, the company told the stock exchanges in a statement. Based on the probe's findings, TCS has sacked 16 employees and moved three others. There was no fraud by or against the company and no financial impact, TCS said in the statement. The company is adding more governance measures to its processes in dealing with vendors of contract staff

  • Why IT services companies are pairing up their software engineers with AI co-pilots

    Why IT services companies are pairing up their software engineers with AI co-pilots

    The spectacular rise of generative AI is still something that enterprises are only beginning to grapple with. However, in IT services, it could already be irrevocably changing the bread-and-butter work of the sector. Here's a quick take on why IT services companies like Infosys are pairing up their software engineers with AI co-pilots. It's early days, but the effects of this man-machine combination will be felt sooner rather than later, experts say

  • IT services — how generative AI is changing applications development and maintenance

    IT services — how generative AI is changing applications development and maintenance

    TCS kicks off Q2 results for India's IT sector today. Infosys reports its earnings tomorrow. So, instead of the usual curtain raiser on their outlook, we want to draw your attention to a trend in the industry, touched off by the rise of generative AI, that is already looking like the beginning of the end of the applications development and maintenance model — or at least ADM as we know it today, which accounts for two-thirds of the $245 billion IT sector's revenues

  • What customers want from India's SaaS companies

    What customers want from India's SaaS companies

    What do customers want from their SaaS vendors? Sridhar Vembu, founder and CEO of Zoho Corp., weighs in on this question, speaking with Forbes India at the company's annual Zoholics conference on Oct. 9 in Bengaluru. Zoho remains steadfastly bootstrapped, but for the VC-funded ventures, Vembu talks about how a new funding cycle will eventually return and hopes that this time, there will be more focus on important tech R&D and not just the "crowded train" that SaaS has become

  • Sridhar Vembu at Zoho on navigating the growing uncertainties ahead

    Sridhar Vembu at Zoho on navigating the growing uncertainties ahead

    Sridhar Vembu, founder and CEO of Zoho Corp, speaks about the R&D focus at his company, India's only billion-dollar-revenue software products business. Vembu was in Bengaluru on Oct. 9 for Zoho's annual conference for developers and partners. He also speaks about the challenges of navigating the growing uncertainties ahead as the crisis in the Middle East exacerbates the problems of a slowing global economy. Vembu reiterated his promise not to layoff any employees at the 15,000-strong SaaS company

  • How Acumen and Apple want to support renewable energy startups for poorer communities in India

    How Acumen and Apple want to support renewable energy startups for poorer communities in India

    Acumen, a New York non-profit organisation, in partnership with Apple, recently announced the first Indian cohort of 15 entrepreneurs for its Energy for Livelihoods Accelerator programme. Through this accelerator, Acumen's experts lead a 12-week programme designed to help social entrepreneurs scale and refine their businesses to more efficiently and effectively help the poor that they were trying to reach, while also sharpening the focus of their efforts towards protecting the environment

  • Acumen names first Energy for Livelihoods India cohort in partnership with Apple

    Acumen names first Energy for Livelihoods India cohort in partnership with Apple

    Acumen, a New York non-profit organisation, in partnership with Apple, has announced the first Indian cohort of 15 entrepreneurs for its Energy for Livelihoods Accelerator programme. Through this accelerator, Acumen's experts lead a 12-week programme designed to help social entrepreneurs scale and refine their businesses to more efficiently and effectively help the poor they were trying to reach while also sharpening the focus of their efforts towards protecting the environment