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Wonobo: City in Your Hands
Wonobo is just the city in your hands. It covers all major Indian cities with street views. Wonobo can help you find directions across several cities, search for places, even look inside thousands of businesses and interesting places. It saves you time and money. Simply click to rediscover your neighbourhood. Use it to revisit your school, share your favourite restaurant, or find out what people have to say about the places they call home. The street views are a treat and, sometimes, better than Google Maps’ street views, which, unfortunately are not so good for India. Search using the address bar or simply browse through. You can even search tourist spots and visit the Taj Mahal when you are online or get the best of local tips to browse through. An interesting feature is that you can share places of importance with your family and friends easily. It is a collaborative effort. So, if you find any errors or inaccuracies, you can point them out and they will be rectified. You also have the freedom to create content for others. 
 

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Cabinet nod to enable public sector units to hire talent
The union cabinet under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave ex post facto approval to a proposal to enable central public sector enterprises to hire talented and experienced persons from states and private sector.
 
The decision essentially confers ex post factor approval to the 3 March 1987, proposal for amendments to the resolutions of the Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB).
 
According to the proposed amendments, candidates can be selected from the public enterprises and private sector as non-internal candidates for five years for appointment in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs).
 
Another amendment pertains to holding of office by the PESB chairperson and members for three years from the date of assumption of charge or until they attain the age of 65 or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
 
"The amendments will continue to provide a wider pool of professionals for selection by allowing the candidates from state public sector enterprises (SPSEs) and private sector to be considered for senior positions in the CPSEs," an official statement said.
 
It added: "CPSEs will also benefit by the skill-sets and domain expertise of those coming from the SPSEs as well the private sector. It will also ensure that the CPSE senior management gets the benefit of the perspective gained both within and outside."
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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Google yet to build smartphones on its own: Sundar Pichai
Software giant Google has no plans to do its own smartphone as of now and will continue to work with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) on building Nexus devices, Indian-born top executive Sundar Pichai has said.
 
Addressing a packed "Code Conference" in California on Wednesday, Pichai said that "our plan is still to work with hardware partners".
 
"Nexus, we are investing more effort into them. You'll see us put more thought into Nexus devices, there are categories beyond phones, we'll be opinionated where we need to be to push the category forward," he added.
 
According to a Tech Crunch report, since Google is the origin of Android, if it controls the entire experience (like Apple), the company may be able to optimise what it considers to be the best Android experience.
 
"For now, however, it seems like the company is content with working with partners like its Nexus programme," it added.
 
"Android is a very open ecosystem, the answer may not be a global one player answering it every part of the world," Pichai told the gathering.
 
"You have great examples of regional players in places like India and China which serve the needs of those markets very well," the Google executive noted.
 
Today, Android has become one of the largest ecosystems in the world thanks to the company's open approach to Android.
 
"Globally it's a very competitive marketplace. The smartphone industry, the hardware industry, it's a very efficient industry. Even Amazon, they base it on Android too. I look at it and say Android is a large scale, open platform," Pichai said.
 
Taking on intelligent virtual friends like Apple's Siri and Microsoft's Cortana, Pichai recently announced "Google Assistant" which will help you with daily tasks like booking movie tickets.
 
Pichai also unveiled "Google Home" - a voice-activated product that brings "Google Assistant" to any room in your house, a new messaging app called "Allo" and video calling feature "Duo" at the "Google I/O," its annual developer conference recently.
 
The "Google Assistant" is conversational - an ongoing two-way dialogue between you and Google that understands your world and helps you get things done.
 
"Computers are good at certain things but what's changing is we now believe we can start doing the things which are much more intelligent," Pichai said at Code Conference.
 
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