Expanding its reach into the hyperlocal news, Google has introduced a new app named “Bulletin” that allows anybody to submit stories for and about their communities.

Expanding its reach into the hyperlocal news, Google has introduced a new app named “Bulletin” that allows anybody to submit stories for and about their communities.

Expanding its reach into the hyperlocal news,Google has introduced a new app named “Bulletin” that allows anybody to submit stories for and about their communities. “This is a free, lightweight app for telling a story by capturing photos, video clips and text right from your phone, published straight to the web (without having to create a blog or a website),” Google said in a statement late on Friday. “The app is made for contributing hyperlocal stories about your community, for your community, right from your phone. ‘Bulletin’ makes it effortless to put a spotlight on inspiring stories that aren’t being told,” the tech giant added. The application has been launched as a limited pilot project and is available in Nashville, Tennessee and Oakland, California.

Interested users in these areas can sign up to be an early access user for the programme. “During the presentation, a Google representative revealed that users will be able to update their posts in real-time, adding text and media as the story unfolds. What’s still unclear though is how Google will vet the stories for accuracy,” according to tech website BGR.com.

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Listeners can now tune into All India Radio (AIR) by giving a voice command from anywhere in the world, thanks to a recent partnership between the public broadcaster and Amazon Echo service.

Listeners can now tune into All India Radio (AIR) by giving a voice command from anywhere in the world, thanks to a recent partnership between the public broadcaster and Amazon Echo service.

Listeners can now tune into All India Radio (AIR) by giving a voice command from anywhere in the world, thanks to a recent partnership between the public broadcaster and Amazon Echo service. With the latest move, AIR looks at expanding its reach with the help of new age technology. In order to avail the ‘voice on demand’ service, the listeners need to buy ‘Echo’ device from the e-commerce platform of Amazon. “Now, people across the world can access local and global services of AIR through a voice command on Amazon Echo,” AIR Director General F Sheheryar said. With the changing technology, the public broadcaster is trying to meet the media needs of consumers, he said. “We just partnered with Amazon 10 days ago and it will take another 10 days for this partnership to become a reality,” Sheheryar said, adding there was no financial implication of this partnership for AIR.

Besides offering 17 local services, including FM Gold, FM Rainbow, Vividh Bharati, the All India Radio runs 14 regional language services through its digital applications and online platform. The national broadcaster also offers 27 global services. The AIR official said all 44 services (local and global) will be available on Echo. In India, AIR operates a total of 420 radio stations, including five community radio stations. Its external services division broadcasts to more than 108 countries.

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Industrial Revolution 4.0 is under way. It is a time of great strides in technological development, and, predictably, of great upheaval for labour. There is no reason why the information technology sector should stay insulated.

Industrial Revolution 4.0 is under way. It is a time of great strides in technological development, and, predictably, of great upheaval for labour. There is no reason why the information technology sector should stay insulated. With large-scale automation and the industry shifting away from traditional software engineering—towards digital and cloud computing—IT businesses worldwide are finding that a large chunk of their workforce doesn’t have the skills that the new work demands. That has led them to trim the workforce. In India, even IT bellwethers, Infosys and TCS, reduced headcount last year. IT workers, with high education and wage levels, can hardly be considered shop-floor workers; but many responded by forming unions, and were promptly supported by political leadership in the states.

A decidedly better reaction would have been to up-skill. But that, clearly, wasn’t a priority for them. IT businesses worldwide, on the other hand, have shown better sense. Business Standard reports that TCS and Infosys have joined an initiative by global IT giants, including Accenture, SAP and Cisco, that targets to provide 1 million workers with resources and training opportunities in the industry by 2021. For perspective, IT companies trimmed 56,000 jobs in India, which has one of the largest IT workforce in the world, last year. It isn’t immediately clear that whether this platform will be available only to in-house talent at the founding companies or will be open to all. But, as per a World Economic Forum report on workforce reskilling, 25% of workers report a mismatch between the skills they have and those required for their current job. Therefore, if the companies were to concentrate on the upskilling of their own, it would mean that both companies and their workers avoid future pain. The training platform will be piloted in the US, before it moves into other geographies—this could be as soon as early next year. So, IT workers in India would perhaps do well to junk the idea of unionising and instead get enthused about upgrading their skills.

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