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Google reveals new password protection features in Chrome 88

Google’s Chrome v88 now gives an easy shortcut to identify weak passwords and quickly edit them. One has to click on the key icon that appears under the profile or can manually enter chrome://settings/passwords in the address bar. The new feature, which will be rolled out in coming weeks, makes it easier to update multiple usernames and passwords at one place. Google has also promised to roll out more privacy and security features throughout 2021.

Cruise, GM join hands with Microsoft to ramp up driverless vehicles

Self-driving car maker Cruise and majority shareholder General Motors will join hands with Microsoft to speed-up the commercialisation of driverless automobiles. Microsoft will join GM, Honda Motor and other institutional investors in a combined new equity investment of more than $2 bn in Cruise, bringing the post-money valuation of the startup to $30 bn. The cruise will use Microsoft’s cloud computing platform Azure for its self-driving vehicles.

MeitY, AWS to set up quantum computing apps lab in India 

MeitY will collaborate with AWS to set up a quantum computing apps lab in India to help accelerate quantum computing-led research and development and enable new scientific discoveries. AWS will also provide quantum computing-as-a-service to ministries and govt departments, researchers, scientists, academia and developers to enable advances in areas such as manufacturing, healthcare, agriculture and aerospace engineering.

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VideoMeet launches ‘close captioning’ feature in Hindi and English

VideoMeet, the made in India VC app has added ‘close captioning’ for their users. As of now, the captions are available in Hindi and English only, but it will soon add regional languages. Besides, VideoMeet users can also customise their background and live Youtube Streaming. It has also features like waiting rooms, multi-definition viewing, multiple meeting modes, multiple audio support, VNOW- a replica event platform.

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Big Data Analytics solutions spending in India to reach $22.6 bn in 2020

Big Data Analytics solutions’ spending to reach $22.6 bn in 2020, with a growth of 12% over 2019 in Asia Pacific region, said research firm IDC. It expects big data tech and service-related revenues to grow with a 5-year CAGR of 15.6% between the year 2019 and 24. 74% of enterprises intend to invest in BDA solutions at the same or higher level. Banking and telecom lead in BDA consumption, spending together over $ 6.1bn.

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Top 4 IT firms plan to hire 91,000 freshers, higher than last year

The top four IT firms — TCS, Infosys, HCL Tech, Wipro — plan to hire 91,000 freshers for 2021-22 as the demand has sharply picked up. TCS will hire about 40,000 freshers, Infosys would hire 24,000 college graduates. HCL aims to hire 15,000 freshers in India and 1,500-2,000 people on-site. Infosys, recently, won a $3.2bn deal from German auto major Daimler. TCS locked a deal from Prudential Financial. Wipro signed German retailer Metro.

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UST Global rebrands to UST

UST Global, a digital transformation solutions company, has announced a rebrand to its name, UST. The new brand theme is Boundless Impact, to empower its clients to break new ground. It would also consolidate its key sub-brands and subsidiaries under one UST unified brand. It provides the world’s leading brands with technical expertise like automation, experience design, data and AI to enable organizations to build business resilience with technology.

Anarock Group acquires apartment management platform ApnaComplex

Real estate services firm Anarock has acquired a proptech entity NestAway’s society and apartment management platform, ApnaComplex for an undisclosed sum. Goldman Sachs, Tiger Global, UC-RNT Fund, IDG India, Chiratae Ventures and InnoVen Capital have exited the entity. ApnaComplex manages 6 lakh households across 80 Indian cities. It has modules for accounting, security, gate management, community engagement, facility management, etc.

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WhatsApp Pay’s UPI transactions double in December

WhatsApp Pay UPI transactions volume doubled in Dec as it processed 0.81 mn payments worth Rs 29.72 cr, an over 100% rise in both volume and value compared to Nov, as per NPCI data. PhonePe and Google Pay processed 902.03 mn and 854.49 mn transactions, respectively. PhonePe overtook Google Pay as the most-used UPI app in the month, facilitating transactions worth Rs 1.82 lakh cr, with a market share of 40%. Paytm processed 256.36 mn payments.

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