IBM beefs up its powerful cognitive computers with Google’s AI tools

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IBM is merging Google’s artificial intelligence tools with its own cognitive computing technologies, allowing deep-learning systems to more accurately find answers to complex questions or recognize images or voices.

Google’s open-source TensorFlow machine-learning tools are being packed into IBM’s PowerAI, which is a toolkit for computer learning. The two can be combined to improve machine learning on IBM’s Power servers.

A computer learns as more data fed into its system, much like how a human learns.  PowerAI and TensorFlow tools can help track patterns and classify data, and spit out approximate answers to queries. The answers will be more accurate as a computer learns more.

IBM already has Watson, which uses advanced software and hardware to find answers to complex questions. But PowerAI is more customizable compared to Watson, which is more of a pre-packaged set of hardware, software, and cloud technologies targeted at use models like medicine and finance.

Integrating TensorFlow into PowerAI will solve a big problem of installing Google’s machine-learning technologies on Power systems, said Sumit Gupta, vice president of high-performance computing and analytics at IBM.

Right now, customers have to download TensorFlow from Google’s site and install it separately, which can be time-consuming. The optimization of TensorFlow for PowerAI will make provide a hassle-free way of installing TensorFlow, Gupta said.

Google also upgrades TensorFlow every month or so, and keeping up is a headache for customers, Gupta said. IBM will update PowerAI with the latest TensorFlow tools every quarter.

IBM isn’t creating a fork of TensorFlow for PowerAI, though that could be on the roadmap, Gupta said. The company has created a version of the open-source Caffe deep-learning framework for its PowerAI toolkit.

Forking TensorFlow to work with specific hardware or applications is commonplace. Specific versions of TensorFlow have been created for use with GPUs from Nvidia, embedded devices, robots, and drones.

Integrating and optimizing TensorFlow for PowerAI also speeds up machine-learning. The new PowerAI is designed for IBM Power Systems S822LC server, which has the speedy Nvidia NVlink interconnect to connect to GPUs, where most of the computer learning takes place. The NVlink is faster than the PCI-Express 3.0 interface on most servers today. The S822LC server is designed to work with Nvidia’s Tesla P100 GPU.

Those who don’t own IBM hardware but want to test the latest version of PowerAI with TensorFlow can do so on a cloud service provided by Nimbix.

Beyond computer learning, PowerAI can help in fraud detection or recommendation engines, especially for shopping. As a computer learns from input, patterns, and classifications, it’ll be more adept at identifying suspicious transactions, which is valued by financial institutions, Gupta said. The recommendations engine can help online stores sell more products.

PowerAI is not as popular as Watson, which became famous as a high-powered computer that beat a human in jeopardy. But PowerAI, TensorFlow, and Watson overlap, and also complement each other to build powerful learning models, Gupta said. A company using Watson may plug in TensorFlow or PowerAI for specific computer-learning tasks.

Many machine-learning frameworks like Caffe, Torch, and Theano are now integrated into PowerAI.

Chrome, Firefox start warning users when websites use insecure HTTP logins

The war on insecure webpages has begun, and Mozilla fired the first shot.HTTP Internet website

Recently, Mozilla rolled out Firefox 51 to its mainstream user base. With the new release comes an insecure warning on any page that offers a login form over an HTTP connection instead of HTTPS. Chrome plans to follow suit with version 56, expected to be released to mainstream users on Tuesday, January 31, as Ars Technica first pointed out.

HTTP uses an open, unencrypted connection between you and the website you’re visiting that could be intercepted by anyone monitoring traffic between you and the site. For that reason, it’s never a good idea to share login or credit card information over an HTTP connection. Most major sites offer the encrypted version—HTTPS—but every now and then you’ll come across a site that doesn’t.

In Firefox, users who’ve recently updated their browser will see a lock icon with a red strike through it next to an information icon in their URL address bar. These icons appear together when a user lands on a login page with an insecure HTTP connection. If you click on the icons you’ll see a plain-language explanation that the site is not secure, and a warning that any logins on the page could be compromised.

Chrome, meanwhile, will take a slightly different approach. Instead of a red strike through, Google’s browser will display an information icon along with the message “Not secure.”

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Chrome will only display the warning while the login fields are visible. If you land on a site that requires you to click on a drop-down menu to show the login fields, for example, the “Not secure” message won’t show up until you reveal the login text entry boxes.

Mozilla announced in January 2016 it was working on an HTTP security warning, which first appeared in the developer edition of Firefox 46.

Google announced its plans to display a warning for insecure logins and credit card fields last September. The company also said this would only be the first step in a “long-term plan to mark all HTTP sites as non-secure.”

:Most major sites and services already use HTTPS for login connections, but every now and then you’ll come across a site that uses the insecure HTTP. When you do see an insecure login site, try typing https:// before the website name and hit Enter to see if that changes anything. Some sites do offer HTTPS connections but not by default—using the HTTPS Everywhere browser extension would automatically check this for you. If there isn’t an HTTP option on the site you’re visiting, you’ll have to weigh the risks of logging in over an insecure connection versus not using the site at all.

Movavi Screen Capture Studio provides a lot of convenience in recording video

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Uber to Launch Private Car Pooling Service in Delhi


Cab hailing app Uber on Monday said it will now allow private car owners in the city to offer rides to passengers, a move that will help the US-based firm meet the heavy demand expected once the state government implementsits odd-even formula.

Introduction of the new feature Wednesday will also allow Uber to tap into a pool of over 2.7 million private cars in the city and make travel 10-30 percent cheaper for passengers opting to share rides.

“We don’t need more cars on the road, what we need is better utilisation as a number of seats go vacant in a ride. Using our platform, private car owners can offer rides to others and thus reduce congestion and pollution in the capital over time,” Uber North India General Manager Gagan Bhatia told PTI.

Fares for shared riders will be 10-30 percent cheaper, he added.

The Delhi government will implement its much debated odd-even car scheme from January 1, 2016, allowing vehicles with license plates ending with odd and even numbers to ply on alternate days.

The scheme will be reviewed after first 15 days and then the government will study its impact and decide if the plan will be extended further or not.

In October, Uber had inked an agreement with the Punjab government to run a pilot to test peer-to-peer ride-sharing. While ride sharing in private cars is an evolved concept in the US market for cab hailing companies, the trend is yet to pick up in India. Currently, Uber only has drivers with commercial licences on board in India.

Uber has over 250,000 registered driver partners on its platform in India and is present in 22 cities, the highest in any country outside the US.

The company, which competes with Ola and other cab companies like Meru in India, has ride sharing facility available in Bengaluru as well as other international cities like San Francisco, New York City, Boston, Austin, and Paris.

Ringo Now Lets You Make STD and Local Calls in India at Rs. 0.19 per Minute

Ringo, a popular voice calling app that arrived in India earlier this year, on Thursday announced that it is introducing new tariff charges for voice calls in the country. The company says that using its services, people will be able to make calls across the country – local as well as STD — at Rs. 0.19 per minute.

The app, which debuted its service last year in over a dozen regions, offers voice calls at Rs. 0.19 per minute. In comparison, popular telecom operators such as Airtel, Vodafone, Idea charge roughly around Rs. 1.20 per minute for STD calls, and Rs. 0.40 per minute with any special tariff plan. Ringo claims that users can reduce their talk time cost by up to 90 percent using its service.

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A user first needs to download Ringo app, and tap on the person he or she wishes to call. Instead of the user talking to that person directly, as the company mentions on its website, Ringo calls that person and connects the user to that contact. For this reason, recipients don’t need to have the app installed on their handset, and voice calls work without a reliable data connection.

“Our vision has been to make calling across the globe simple, seamless and low-cost for the masses. Our local calling service is not only the cheapest in India right now, but it is also free of typical telecom-related hassles such as STD charges and differential pricing,” said Bhavin Turakhia, CEO and Founder of Ringo. “In a country where 3G penetration is not fairly high throughout, we also have a strong edge over Internet telephony apps, as Ringo calls do not use data, and are comparable in price.”

We tested the app earlier this year and found it as good as advertised, though it is not ‘completely Internet-free’. Ringo worked reliably and didn’t have an issue even on spotty data networks. You can download the app for your Android phone from the Google Play Store and for your iPhone from theApp Store.

Dropbox for iPhone, iPad Now Allows Users to Edit Pdf Files

Users with an iPhone or iPad can now easily edit pdf files on their devices. Dropbox has announced that its integration with Adobe’s tool is now live on Apple’s mobile platform, and users can now open a pdf file in Dropbox, and tap the Edit button to make changes to the document file.

Prior to the update, users were required to export a file, then open it on a pdf app such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, make the changes and upload it back to the cloud storage service replacing the older copy. With the new update, users will be able to open a pdf file stored in Dropbox, see an Edit button, leave comments, put a digital signature, annotate using Adobe’s app and automatically have the changes and document updated in Dropbox.

“With the latest versions of the Dropbox and Acrobat Reader iOS apps, you’ll be able to annotate and comment on pdfs stored in Dropbox, right from your iPhone or iPad,” the company wrote in a blogpost. “Just open a pdf from the Dropbox app and tap the Edit icon, then edit or electronically sign the PDF in the Acrobat Acrobat Reader app. All your changes will save back to Dropbox, so you and any collaborators will have the latest version.”

The move comes a month after Dropbox partnered with Adobe and announced a similar integration into Adobe’s Document Cloud for the desktop platform. The cloud storage giant says that it will rollout this feature to Android early next year. Once a pure consumer-centric cloud storage provider, Dropbox has been looking into new areas to expand its services. The company recently announced Paper, aGoogle Docs competitor offering rich media embeds, mentions, and more.

New Android Adware Can Download, Install Apps Without Permission

An adware family has been found to be capable of automatically installing apps on Android devices, targeting a flaw in the way Google’s mobile operating system handles accessibility features, a report has found. The adware reportedly installs apps even if a user has cancelled the installation.

Dubbed Shedun, the Android malware has been found to download unwanted apps as well as exploit a vulnerability in Android that makes it possible for the malware to find alternative ways to interact with the infected device, security firm Lookout reports. Shedun is one of the three adware programs Lookout had reported earlier this month. Shedun, Kemoge, and Shaunet are part of the same Androidadware family that root infected device to install malicious apps and serve ads. These adware programs have reportedly affected more than 20,000 popular Android apps via unofficial channels. Their official Google Play counterparts were not affected, the firm had added.

But it appears Shedun is capable of doing much more than initially anticipated. The adware attempts to fool users into enabling accessibility features because they are allegedly needed by a utility to help stop inactive apps. To gain a user’s trust, the app notes that the notification is a “standard privacy risk reminder.”

“By gaining the permission to use the accessibility service, Shedun is able to read the text that appears on screen, determine if an application installation prompt is shown, scroll through the permission list, and finally, press the install button without any physical interaction from the user,” wrote Michael Bentley, head of research and response at Lookout in a blog post.

Once a user enables the accessibility feature, Shedun displays a pop-up ad for an app. This is where it gets trickier. Even if a user closes the pop-up, the app is downloaded and installed. This happens because any app with access to accessibility features can determine the text on the screen and scroll through the permissions list and initiate the installation without any interaction from the user. The culprits behind it have likely partnered with clients to guarantee them 100 percent ad display and installation.

“Shedun likely uses this technique in order to increase its revenue by guaranteeing the installation and execution of advertised applications. After all, marketing companies pay more money for advertising campaigns where the user actually interacts with the application after downloading it instead of simply downloading and forgetting about it,” Lookout explained in a blog post.

The security firm expects to see more such malware in future. The state of security on Google’s Android platform continues to remain alarming.

Truecaller Hits 200-Million User Milestone

Truecaller, an app that helps identify unknown numbers and also block spam calls, on Thursday said it has reached the 200-million user milestone, doubling its user base in less than 10 months.

The app also globally launched a new feature named ‘number tagging’.

“The company’s free phonebook app Truecaller and dial pad replacement app Truedialer will now come equipped with a new option that will let users to tag a contact based on a broad range of categories such as transportation, banking/finance, or drinks and nightlife, making it even easier to ID your cab driver or your bank,” the company said in a release.

truecaller_tagging_site.jpgTruecaller chief executive and co-founder Alan Mamedi said: “Truecaller is about putting trust into communications and adding more information about who you’re communicating with, and the Tagging feature will take this commitment one step further.”

“Over time, we envision using this information to improve our users ability to identify who is contacting them, why they are contacting them, what they are contacting them about, and be able to make an informed decision as to whether to take the call, or not,” he added.

According to the company, it currently sees over three billion searches per month, showing a 50 percent growth from last quarter.

“The new feature will start on the Android feature and will be later updated on other platforms,” the company said.

Truecaller in early October said its user base in India had crossed the 100-million-mark. The company, which generates revenue only from premium subscription, is also planning a lot of partnerships to increase their consumer base. Currently, Truecaller has partnerships with Airtel, Tata Docomo, Gionee,Obi, Celkon, Micromax, Microsoft, Cyanogen among others.

Ola, Uber Enter Skill Development Pact With Rajasthan Government

Taxi aggregators Ola and Uber have signed agreements with the Rajasthan government for skill development and creation of entrepreneurial opportunities in the state.

Under the partnership, Ola will team up with the state government to provide skill development for 50,000 men and women over the next five years, it said in a statement.

It also spoke of introducing offerings like Ola Autos and Ola Share in the state in coming months. Uber, on its part, will also collaborate on skills training and development programmes in the desert state and create over 35,000 entrepreneurial opportunities.

Additionally, the US-based firm will work with the government to roll out a pilot for its peer-to-peer ridesharing product, Uber said.

“Our vision is to use technology to encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship among the youth of Rajasthan… This initiative will help further expand the ecosystem and make more choice of mobility to the citizens at large,” Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje said.

Innovation and technology have to go hand in hand for making Rajasthan the most developed, front-runner state in the country, she added.

In early 2014, Ola had launched services in Rajasthan and operates in its five major cities – Jaipur, Udaipur, Kota, Ajmer and Jodhpur.

“By bringing more mobility use cases onto its app using technology, Ola is looking to serve the 75 million people in the state, giving them instant access to reliable and convenient personal transportation of their choice,” Ola Chief Operating Officer Pranay Jivrajka said.

The Bengaluru-based taxi hailing service has a similar tie-up in place with the Andhra Pradesh government and has committed an investment of Rs. 150 crores to be made over the next three years.

Last week, Uber had inked an agreement with the Punjab government for running a pilot for peer-to-peer ridesharing.

Currently, Uber only has drivers with commercial licences on board in India. In the US, a major chunk of the rides is peer-to-peer that allows private car owners to register on the Uber app and ferry passengers.

“Uber is thrilled to collaborate with the Rajasthan government and contribute to the economic development of the state through skills training and creation of tens of thousands of flexible and sustainable entrepreneurial opportunities,” its Head of Operations and General Manager North India Gagan Bhatia said.

India Funding Roundup: Twigly, Jugnoo, Toppr, Moglix, BeaconsTalk

Gurgaon-based curated food marketplace startup Twigly announced Monday that it had received seed funding from TracxnLabs and angels Amit Gupta, Aloke Bajpai, and Ashish Kumar, as well as partners and employees of SAIF Partners.

Twigly is currently based in Gurgaon, and claims to have a gained a base of over 500 customers during its first month of operations. The startup claims to offer better ingredients and taste than the offline quick service restaurants, at a 20-30 percent lower price point. In an emailed statement, Neha Singh, co-founder of Tracxn said that there will be 15-20 large food tech brands in India providing quality meals to busy Indians.

Chandigarh-based Jugnoo, has reportedly received $10 million (roughly Rs. 65 crores) in funding from Paytm. The company is reportedly in talks with Japan’s SoftBank for possibly a bigger round of fund raise.

Toppr, an online platform for students to prepare for entrance tests, said it has raised $2 million (roughly Rs. 13 crores) from venture-debt provider InnoVen Capital. The platform reportedly has about500,000 enrolments, and plans to use the funds for two acquisitions.

The Singapore and Noida-based startup Moglilabs Pvt Ltd, which runs Moglix, an online marketplace for industrial tools, raised an undisclosed sum in its pre-Series A funding from Accel Partners and Jungle Ventures.

Mumbai-based Proximity marketing firm BeaconsTalk has reportedly raised Rs. 52,00,000 in seed funding. The startup’s ad exchange platform claims to be India’s first IoT sensor (Wifi, BLE, NFC) network and ad-exchange for contextual mobile advertising.