Sohail Umar

41 Flips | 2 Magazines | 3 Likes | 4 Followers | @SohailUmar | Keep up with Sohail Umar on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Sohail Umar”

Will India go cashless if mobile payments take off?

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/business/1220000/1220236_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1537382507_364de897ee7423a15578caedcaa215da<p><b>As soon as Binod Upadhyay arrives at a destination he immediately turns round to check if the customer is pulling out a wallet or a mobile …

Mobile Payments

WhatsApp is now free and promises to stay ad-free

WhatsApp is dropping its subscription fees to access the popular messaging service. WhatsApp introduced the fees a few years ago, forcing new users to pay an annual 99 cents subscription after the first year. "As we've grown, we've found that this approach hasn't worked well," admits WhatsApp in a …

CoreOS Release Rocket and App Container Specification v0.3.1.

CoreOS have released v0.3.1. of the Rocket container runtime and associated App Container (appc) specification, which includes new user-facing …

The art of learning OpenStack

Trying to learn more about what OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure project, might have to offer? Need some help figuring something out, …

Was 2014 the end of enterprise computing?

It’s been just over a year since I left Netflix and joined Battery Ventures. So it seemed appropriate (if a couple of weeks late) to take a look back …

HP acquires data-security firm Voltage to build out its cloud offerings

With today’s acquisition of a data security firm, Hewlett-Packard is marking a push toward cloud-based security products.<p>HP announced a deal with data-encryption firm Voltage Security, the details of which it did not disclose. However, HP says Voltage will join the ranks of its Atalla Solutions …

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Photograph: Alamy<p>‘Because it is limited in characters, texting discourages thoughtful discussion or any level of detail, and its addictive problems are compounded by its …

IQ

Hot Celebrity Pictures from the Globes

The internet of things may be new, but Qualcomm is relying on its past for a connected future

Qualcomm’s chips power more smartphones than that of any company and that’s a big help as connections evolve beyond phones to various future devices. …

Sprint undercuts AT&T, Verizon with $20, 1GB family data plan

The wireless wars over family plans continue, with Sprint once again taking it up a notch.<p>Sprint on Wednesday introduced a low-end family data plan that includes 1GB of data for $20 a month, undercutting the top carriers AT&T and Verizon Wireless. For $20, Verizon offers 500MB of data, while AT&T …

The Extended Network Requires Security That’s the Same, Only Different

When I was in grade school, my best friend had a favorite saying whenever he disagreed with somebody’s observation that two things were really similar. “It’s the same, only different,” he would quip. Though this phrase was mostly intended to be flippant and evoke an emotional response from the …

Cisco Systems

KnowRoaming's international sticker SIMs begin shipping to backers today

KnowRoaming, the company behind the roaming SIM "stickers" that popped up on Kickstarter last year, has begun shipping its device to the first 500 backers. The $35 pre-order kit, which includes a SIM sticker and a single-use applicator, enables international roaming at rates far lower than what …

Associated Press News

Teens’ photo feed is a viral hit – and a copyright conundrum

A popular Twitter account run by two teenagers publishes historical photos of everything from mall rats to John Lennon sniffing Coke. The feed is …

IO launches an OpenStack cloud running on open source servers

Modular data center expert IO is getting into the cloud provider business, launching a new service called IO.Cloud that’s built using Open Compute …

Streamnation 2.0 lets you easily share ripped movies with friends

Streamnation (formerly Stream Nation) is one of the most comprehensive solutions we've tested for storing and streaming your photos and videos, and today, it gets a bit better. The service now lets you share movies and TV shows you've ripped to your computer (and then uploaded to the cloud) with …

Anki Brings Videogames to Life With Robotic Toy Cars

Anki co-founder Hanns Tappeiner places two palm-sized toy cars onto a flat, rolled-out mat and gives them a little shove. They start zooming around …

In the internet of things, let things remain things

There’s a famous adage in programming that goes “Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one you have”. Thanks to Moore’s Law, the …

9 Ways To Improve iOS 7's Battery Life

iOS 7 has been out for a few weeks now, and people are torn.<p>While some of the new features are fabulous, and others are making us crazy, there's one thing we can all agree on: iOS 7 is not helping our battery life. As Ars Technica discovered, iOS 7 kills battery life faster than iOS 6.1 on every …

Google's new 'Chromebook for everyone' is a sleek 11-inch HP laptop

At an event in New York City this morning, Google announced the new HP Chromebook 11. The Chromebook 11 is a low-cost Chrome OS laptop, with an 11-inch, 1366 x 768 pixel IPS display and Chromebook Pixel inspired design. The new laptop, which Google is selling for $279, is available to order from …

Breaking Bad finale set to be most pirated show of the year

The finale of Breaking Bad is already the most pirated episode of the hit show, according to industry estimates, after setting new TV ratings records in the US.<p>Just 12 hours after final episode was made available online via Netflix, the show had been illegally downloaded 500,000 times, according to …

Bloomberg.com

‘Grand Theft Auto V’ sales blow past $1 billion in three days

Game enthusiasts purchase 'Grand Theft Auto V' at the Game Stop store in Encinitas, Calif., in this photo taken Sept. 17, 2013. MIKE BLAKE<p>"Grand Theft Auto V" has crossed the $1 billion sales mark after three days in stores, a rate faster than any other video game, film or other entertainment …

John McCain's Response To Vladimir Putin's Op-Ed Is Finally Here, And It Is Blistering

"President Putin doesn't believe in these values because he doesn't believe in you. He doesn't believe that human nature at liberty can rise above its weaknesses and build just, peaceful, prosperous societies," McCain wrote.<p>"Or, at least, he doesn't believe Russians can. So he rules by using those …

Suspect in India bomb attacks escapes

Afzal Usmani, alleged member of Indian Mujahideen, disappears from Mumbai court where was to hear charges against him.<p>An Indian man accused of involvement in deadly bomb attacks five years ago has escaped from a court in Mumbai, prompting a massive manhunt, according to police.<p>Afzal Usmani, …

DotCloud Pivots And Wins Big With Docker, The Cloud Service Now Part Of Red Hat OpenShift

DotCloud is a great example of a startup with a pivot that worked. The proof of that is in a new partnership that marries its Docker open-source app portability project with Red Hat and its OpenShift platform-as-a-service (PaaS).<p>Docker is a lightweight Linux app container that DotCloud originally …

A New Touch for iPhone

Apple brings out a new top-of-the-line iPhone model every year, but a redesign only every other year. In the intervening cycles, the company tends to …

Google buys Bump to share anything between your phone and laptop

Google just bought Bump, the app for iPhone and Android that transfers files, photos, and videos between your phone and your laptop.<p>Terms of the deal were not released.<p>The app allows you to select anything on your phone — photos, files — and transfer it to your computer simply by “bumping” the …