Today’s Tech Sightings:
Until recently, the Indian government was having some issues with the list of demands Apple wanted fulfilled before it starts manufacturing iPhones in India. But according to Indian officials, assembly will begin in April, in partnership with Taiwanese contract manufacturer Wistron Corporation.
Yet another chatbot is born. Microsoft’s latest chatbot, Ruuh, is versed in Bollywood issues, humor, music, travel and internet browsing. For the moment, it will only be available in English. Please note that Redmond’s earlier chatbot efforts did not fare well, with Tay.ai. That particular bot was pulled quickly after internet trolls taught it racial slurs and hate speech. It remains to be seen if Ruuh will fare better.
How badly do you need to work on a laptop during your long-distance flight? A recent U.S. ban requires all laptops and gadgets bigger than a cell phone to be stashed in the luggage. To help business travelers, Qatar Airways is now loaning laptops – for free – on flights to the U.S. A USB memory stick is offered with the laptops to allow users to save their files. Other airlines have come up with different solutions, allowing last-minute laptop use before boarding and providing free Wi-Fi to premium passengers.
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