French IT services company Capgemini is to acquire iGate in the U.S. for US$4.0 billion, in a bid to expand its presence in the North American market.
The deal will boost Capgemini?s revenue from North America by 33 percent to $4 billion, making the region the first to account for 30 percent of its revenue.
The iGate acquisition also brings to Capgemini additional expertise in application and infrastructure services, business process outsourcing and engineering services. Capgemini also gets iGate?s clients, including key customers such as General Electric and Royal Bank of Canada, to whom it can now cross-sell its own services.
After the acquisition, the merged entity will have an estimated combined revenue of ?12.5 billion ($13.6 billion) in 2015, an operating margin above 10 percent and around 190,000 employees. About 50,000 of these employees will be focused on North American clients.
Phone and Internet communications have been hit in Nepal?s capital city of Kathmandu after a devastating earthquake, forcing aid workers at times to ask people to go across with messages.
The International Red Cross and tech companies like Facebook and Google introduced tools to help users check online on people affected, but their effectiveness could be impacted by large-scale power outages and last-mile Internet connectivity problems.
?Communication is very difficult within Kathmandu and to rural areas,? said Zubin Zaman, deputy director at aid agency Oxfam India.
Telephone links are patchy and the Internet is extremely slow, Zaman said Monday. The problem with communicating over the Internet has been compounded by an electricity outage which has affected people?s ability to recharge their smartphones and laptops, he added.
If you were looking to buy a Nexus 7, you?re out of luck as Google?s 7-inch tablet is no longer available for purchase from Google?s online store.
If you visit the Nexus 7 page on the Google Store, you?ll be presented with a message stating that ?the Nexus 7 is no longer available for purchase.? It?s unclear as of this writing whether Google has discontinued the Nexus 7 outright, or whether it?s merely out of stock or is planning to release a refreshed version.
At the time of its release in 2013, we praised the current Nexus 7 as ?the best 7-inch tablet that money can buy,? and especially liked its sharp, vibrant 1280 by 1920-resolution screen. The Nexus 7 hasn?t received an update since then, however, so given the tablet?s age, it wouldn?t come as a shock if Google stopped production.
The Internet is playing an important role in communications in Nepal after a devastating earthquake, as phone links were choked by the large number of people trying to connect.
Internet service was disrupted after the earthquake hit near the capital city of Kathmandu on Saturday and cloud services provider Akamai said its traffic to the country saw a steep decline just after 6:00 UTC.
Nepal Telecom survived the earthquake while smaller Internet service providers experienced outages, Internet performance monitoring company Dyn said. It had earlier reported that the earthquake had rattled the Internet in the country.
Ever since Amazon announced the release of an SDK (software development kit) for its Echo interactive speaker early last month, we?ve been salivating at the prospect of using Alexa (Echo?s built-in virtual assistant) as a smart-home factotum. It appears some of the developers with access to the SDK are thinking along the same lines.
One such developer is Holland, Massachusetts-based web engineer Jeffrey Bachand, who has come forward with a video of him using Echo to control his Nest Learning Thermostat and Wink smart-home hub. In the 71-second YouTube video, first reported on by Engadget, Bachand can be heard bombarding Alexa with a barrage of commands: ?open Wink?, ?turn the living room [lights] off?, ?open Nest?, ?turn it [the temperature] down?, and so on. On each occasion, Alexa does exactly as told.
The wait is over. Debian 8.0??Jessie??will be released on April 25, after a nearly two-year development cycle for the next release of this long-standing Linux distribution.
As usual?with every Linux distribution, really?the biggest changes you?ll notice are package updates.
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If there's a running theme to this week's online stories, it's the idea that being a celebrity is fairly weird.
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In this Geek's Guide to the Galaxy author and Ex Machina director Alex Garland discusses why sci-fi films need more big ideas.
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