India in for digital transformation: Report


Bangalore: India is on the cusp of a digital transformation, thanks to the spread of high-speed data services. Not just that, as new age technologies like digital, analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics disrupt industry value chains, Indian firms would be at the forefront of driving this change in the global market, says a report. The report by Deloitte predicts that the year 2019 will be the inflection point for conversational AI in India, with voice assistants moving well beyond information access and entertainment in the next two to three years. AI-powered voice assistants could become an important element in home automation, hospitality sector, heath care, potentially progressing to voice-based commerce. "The technology industry in India is in a truly exciting phase right now, unlike any other country at any other point in time. For more than two decades, its technology services industry was at the forefront of driving the technology-enabled transformation of businesses across the world,'' said Hemant Joshi, Leader-Technology, Media & Telecom and Partner, Deloitte India. India's first phase of digital explosion was driven by smart phones and mobile internet penetration. Its next growth phase will be led by mobile-first and voice-first technologies. Original and localised content will play a crucial role in ensuring the faster adoption and wider application of voice technologies, the Deloitte's Predictions Report for 2019 said. Another area that will witness significant growth is financial services technology. The shift in consumer preference towards digital channels for investments and wealth management is steadily rising. While digital investing may increase at varying rates for different asset classes, the facility of immediate service, better discovery of products, and innovations in providing improved customer experience will cause customers to gravitate towards these new-age platforms, found the study. It expects the entertainment industry to reach a high-growth phase this year. Jehil Thakkar, Partner, Deloitte India, said: "This is a good time to be a (content) consumer in the Indian market.

Tor traffic from individual Android apps detected with 97 percent accuracy


Italian academics say they've developed an algorithm that can detect the patterns of Android app activity inside Tor traffic with an accuracy of 97 percent. The algorithm isn't a deanonymization script, as it can't reveal a user's real IP address or other identifying details. However, it will reveal if a Tor user is using an Android app. The work of researchers from the Sapienza University of Rome in Italy builds upon previous research that was able to analyze the TCP packet flows of Tor traffic and distinguish between eight traffic types: browsing, email, chat, audio streaming, video streaming, file transfers, VoIP, and P2P. For their work, the Italian researchers applied a similar concept of analyzing the TCP packets flowing through a Tor connection to detect patterns specific to certain Android apps.

These are the 5 best deals at Walmart and right now


Save money on home products and more with these deals. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA Today's newsroom and any business incentives. Walmart (and its sister site is often underrated as a place to shop online, but you and I know differently. Not only it is a great place to shop for basics at a great price, but you can also find incredible deals on popular products.

World-class oil paintings blighted by 'art acne'

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Some of the world's finest oil paintings have been self-destructing, developing mysterious lumps and bumps known as'art acne'. Works by Georgia O'Keeffe and Rembrandt are among the hundreds of works blighted by the condition. For decades, art conservators have struggled to control the outbreaks, which look like grains of sand to the naked eye. But now, a team at Northwestern University in Chicago has developed an iPad software that can zoom in on the pigments closer than ever before, revealing the chemical issue at hand. In 20 seconds, the technology can scan a painting to produce a three-dimensional image of it.

Introducing Zoe, the first personal on-board cruise assistant powered by artificial intelligence


Move over Alexa… there's a new virtual assistant in town. Passengers on board MSC Bellissima, which will be launched by godmother Sophia Loren in Southampton next month (March 2), will meet MSC's newest crew member Zoe – the cruise industry's answer to the voice-activated digital assistant. Powered by artificial intelligence (AI), Zoe can speak seven languages and answer over 800 of the most commonly asked questions – with thousands of different variants of each query – providing information about on-board services, suggestions for activities, and even help in booking a specific service. She's easy to use too: all guests need to do is say, "OK Zoe", and she's ready to help. Developed in partnership with HARMAN and Samsung Electronics, Zoe will be able to interact with in-cabin TVs to offer further guidance to passengers and, as with at-home devices, passengers will be able to connect their phones directly to the device via Bluetooth in order to access personal music and podcasts.

From Echo to Ring doorbell and Fire TV, are you comfortable Amazon with controlling your smart home?


A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Amazon acquired another startup this week, the maker of the beloved tech product Eero, a mesh router that improves dead Wi-Fi spots in the home. To that, you might have said, OK, so? But, more importantly, it's an indication of how Amazon wants to go further than just making our homes "smart." It wants to turn our dwellings into the "Amazon Home."

Samsung unveils its ultra-thin $399 iPad killer with built-in Bixby voice assistant

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Samsung is taking on Apple with a brand new tablet. The Korean tech giant on Friday took the wraps off of the Galaxy Tab S5e, its lightest and thinnest-ever tablet that's also equipped with the Bixby voice assistant for the first time. The Tab S5e starts at $399 and goes on sale later this year. The Tab S5e is Samsung's lightest and thinnest-ever tablet that's also equipped with the Bixby voice assistant for the first time. The Tab S5e features a 10.5-inch screen with an ultra-thin, super light metal casing that's 5.5mm thick and weighs just 400g, or less than 1lb.

LISTEN: The AI hype machine & ketamine's future


When will AI replace your radiologist? What can pharma learn from ketamine? And is liver disease more complicated than anyone thought? We discuss all that and more on the latest episode of "The Readout LOUD," STAT's biotech podcast. First, our colleague Matthew Herper joins us to pick apart Gilead Sciences' recent failure in the pervasive liver disease NASH and what it means for the many similar efforts in the pipeline.

Your iPhone's Contacts App Is More Powerful Than You Realize. Here Are 5 Ways to Get the Most Out of It


You're not the only one who silently laments spending time searching through the Contacts app on your iPhone or other iOS device, hunting for that one person you barely remember yet need to get in touch with for whatever reason. It only gets worse when you realize their information is either incorrect, outdated, or not where you thought you saved it. Whether you're looking for a co-worker, a client, an acquaintance, or a long-lost friend you bumped into at a party, it's helpful to keep who's who in order in your Contacts app. And you just might find that the Contacts app is far more powerful when you take the time to get the most out of it. Filling out contact information beyond a person's name, email, and phone number might seem like overkill, but doing so can make Siri a more powerful tool when it comes to connecting with people.

Tesla rival Byton wants you to binge media in the car


In Binged, Mashable breaks down why we binge-watch, how we binge-watch, and what it does to us. Because binge-watching is the new normal. The screen-filled electric car company Byton knows you can't put down that Netflix series. The Chinese EV company designed its upcoming M-Byte SUV knowing the car is another place to consume shows, movies, music, games, podcasts, and social media GIFs, streaming videos, and more. This isn't just about taking on Tesla's battery, range, and price (the base M-Byte will start at $45,000), but building out a unique user experience inside the car.