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Snapchat rolls out support for 5 more Indian languages

Snapchat currently supports Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati and Punjabi, which were introduced last year, bringing the total to nine, the company said in a statement.

Twitter adds Bitcoin emoji; Dorsey uses it in bio

Jack Dorsey, the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Twitter showed off the platform's newest feature. This is demonstrated in his Twitter bio as well, which contains nothing but the hashtag and the symbol.

Facebook to pay $550mn over its facial recognition technology

The lawsuit in the US state of Illinois claimed that Facebook's 'Tag Suggestions' tool, which scans a user's face in photos and offers suggestions about who that person might be, stored biometric data without user consent, violating the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, CNET reported on Thursday.

‘Off-Facebook Activity’ to let users protect browsing history

The 'Off-Facebook Activity' tool is now available to people on Facebook around the world.

Avast antivirus sold users’ data to Google, Microsoft, says Report

The joint investigation by Motherboard and PCMag that relied on leaked user data and other company documents found that "the sale of this data is both highly sensitive and is, in many cases, supposed to remain confidential between the company selling the data and the clients purchasing it".

Google Pay now has UPI recharge option for FASTag users

According to the company, to recharge their FASTag accounts, users need to open their Google Pay app, look for the FASTag category under the "Bill Payments" section and select the bank that has issued their FASTag.

Facebook blames Apple iOS for Bezos’ phone hacking

Investigators believe that Bezos's iPhone was compromised after he received a 4.4MB video file containing malware via WhatsApp - in the same way when phones of 1,400 select journalists and human rights activists were broken into by Pegasus software from Israel-based NSO Group last year.

Telegram introduces new feature to enhance chat experience

With this, the users can now explore three new kinds of Telegram Polls - Visible Votes, Multiple Answers and Quiz Mode.

Facebook working to re-elect Donald Trump, says Geroge Soros

"Facebook will work to re-elect Trump and Trump will protect Facebook," the 89-year-old said during a speech at a dinner hosted by his non-profit Open Society Foundation at Davos on Thursday, reports Politico.

Work begins on Chandrayaan-3 mission, says ISRO

"We have started working on our third lunar mission to land an unmanned spacecraft near the moon's south pole. The project work has gained momentum to launch the lander and rover by early 2021," Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K. Sivan said at a space event here.

Vodafone quits Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency project

Vodafone joins PayPal, Mastercard, Visa, Mercado Pago, eBay, Stripe and Booking Holdings in withdrawing from the controversial project -- and is the first company to exit after the Libra Association was formed in October last year, coindesk reported on Tuesday.

Global entertainment industry embraces Alibaba Cloud

The TPN is a joint venture between two major entertainment industry associations; the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Content Delivery and Security Association (CDSA).

Malaysia on track to commercially roll out 5G, says Mahathir

Speaking at the launch of the 5G Demonstration Projects in Langkawi on Sunday, in Malaysia's northern Kedah state, Mahathir said 5G has the power to promote an array of new services, improve manufacturing efficiency and spur innovation nationwide, Xinhua reported.

120 new games will come to Google Stadia in 2020

More than 10 games in the first half of this year alone that will only be available on Stadia when they launch.

App startups sue Facebook for anticompetitive behaviour

The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Thursday, is based on more than 7,000 pages leaked last year "from an ongoing lawsuit brought by another defunct startup known as Six4Three, which made a short-lived app known as Pikinis".

After Goyal’s snub, Bezos offers 10 lakh new jobs in India

The new expected jobs is on top of the 700,000 jobs Amazon has already created in the country since 2013, the company said in a statement.

Facebook to send notifications for third-party logins

This login notification will alert the user every time a third-party application will access user data and will be sent via mail, zdnet.com reported on Wednesday.

Amazon to invest $1 bn to digitise Indian SMBs, says Bezos

Speaking at the Amazon 'Smbhav' event here, he also said that Amazon would support SMBs to export their products. Bezos announced that the e-commerce major, through its global footprint, will help SMBs export products worth $10 billion by 2025.

Microsoft ends Windows 7 support

Microsoft has also urged Windows 7 users to make an upgrade to Windows 10 to enjoy new features and continued support.

CCI to investigate Flipkart, Amazon deep discounting on mobile phones

The CCI on Monday passed directions for investigation under Section 26(1) of the Competition Act, 2002. The order was passed by Ashok Kumar Gupta, chairman, Sangeeta Verma and Bhagwant Singh Bishnoi, both members.

FIR against Amazon for ‘hurting’ Sikh religious sentiments

The e-commerce major has earlier faced flak as well for letting sellers put such products for sale on the platform.

Amazon lays off several staffers for leaking customers’ info

In an email to those affected, the tech giant said that your email address and phone number were "disclosed by an Amazon employee to a third party in violation of our policies."

‘WhatsApp from Facebook’ arrives for new users in 2020

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed his plans last year to integrate its chat services -- WhatsApp, Messenger and photo-sharing app Instagram -- to let their users message each other across platforms.

McAfee brings its internet security solutions on Flipkart

Millions of Flipkart consumers will now be able to access McAfee products on its platform. These include the company's award-winning security solutions like McAfee AntiVirus, McAfee Internet Security and McAfee Total Protection.

Twitter launches feature to give premium ad space to brands

The product will be available in 15 markets including India, the company said in a statement.

NASA loses contact with satellite to study distant planets

Asteria belongs to a category of satellites called CubeSats, which vary in size but are typically smaller than a suitcase.

Top 5 exciting space moments of 2019

From Chandrayaan 2 mission to the first all-women spacewalk 2019 offered several exciting moments for space enthusiasts.

WhatsApp to add ‘Disappearing Messages’ feature soon

The new feature was expected to be available for both individual chats and group chats, but now the report claims that the feature will be limited to group chats only. The 'Delete Messages' feature for group chats will make it easy for the admins to manage old messages and chats.

Spotify takes a dig at Facebook, bans political ads

Tech giants are facing scrutiny over political ads from the US regulators. Spotify said it would indefinitely suspend political ads because it can't sufficiently vet them. Twitter, on November 15, officially banned all kinds of political ads from its platform.

Solar Eclipse: Despite cloud cover in Delhi, PM’s moment with the...

People of Delhi woke up to thick fog looming over the city with visibility of about 700 meters at 8.30 a.m. which deprived them of a glimpse of the solar eclipse.

Fog covers partial solar eclipse in Delhi

According to scientists, the solar eclipse will be fully visible only in the southern states of India from 8.17 a.m. and will last till 10.57 a.m. in Delhi.

Clouds ‘eclipse’ celestial event in Mumbai

The rare celestial spectacle will start at 8.04 a.m. and continue for around 3 hrs.

iPhone XR becomes top-selling model globally in Q3 2019

The XR alone contributed to over one-quarter of the total Apple sales during the quarter, making it the best-selling model for Apple across all regions.

Indians can’t use Microsoft Cortana mobile app from Jan 31

On January 31, 2020, Microsoft will end support for the Cortana app in India, Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Mexico, Spain, and the UK.

Popular chat app ToTok is secret UAE spying tool

An investigation by NYT found that the firm behind ToTok is known as Breej Holding which is a front firm affiliated with DarkMatter, a Abu Dhabi-based cyberintelligence and hacking firm.

Jio offers 1-year ‘unlimited services’ for Rs 2020

For the same amount Rs 2,020, one can also buy a JioPhone and one year of "unlimited services" which include unlimited voice calls and SMS, besides 0.5 GB data per day.

Chinese APT20 hacker group bypassing 2FA in latest attacks

It is pertinent to note that the Chinese state-sponsored hacking group was said to be dormant for years.

Google Doodle celebrates shortest day of the year

This year winter begins from December 22 and will last till March 20, 2020, according to Google. It happens twice yearly, once in each hemisphere.

FB to stop using phone numbers to recommend friends in 2020

Facebook last year confirmed the use of users' phone numbers for targeting ads and stopped using members' security phone numbers for advertising in June this year.

Sundar Pichai gets whopping $242mn stock package in new role

The compensation package is being given in recognition of Pichai's "expanded role as CEO of Alphabet and Google".

Data of 267 million Facebook users leaked online

The information contained in the database could be used to conduct large-scale SMS spam and phishing campaigns, among other threats to the users.

Messaging apps that work even during Internet shutdown

Firechat, Bridgefy and Signal Offline Messenger are some of these apps that have gained traction after Internet shutdowns cut access to the more popular messaging platforms such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, among others.

73% cyber attacks occur on Microsoft Office products: Report

According to information gathered by PreciseSecurity.com, other exploited applications by cybercriminals included browsers and operating systems, among others.

British hacker who stole data from US firms extradited

US authorities believe Wyatt was one of the many TDO members who, since 2016, have been hacking US companies, stealing their data, and asking for huge ransoms.

UK bans 4 vaping firms from promoting e-cigs on Instagram

The four vaping companies banned from Instagram are British American Tobacco (BAT), Ama Vape, Attitude Vapes and Global Vaping Group.

New AI tool can flag fake news for media outlets

According to the study, presented at the 'Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems' in Canada, researchers were motivated to develop the tool by the proliferation of online posts and news stories that are fabricated to deceive or mislead readers, typically for political or economic gain.

Instagram introduces ‘Caption Warning’ feature to stop bullies

Now, if someone bullies you on an Instagram caption on your photos or videos, it will immediately be flagged with a notification: "This caption looks similar to others that have been reported".

Wipro, IISc tie up to make 3D printer

Wipro 3D, the additive manufacturing business of Wipro Infrastructure Engineering and IISc, has developed the industry-grade additive manufacturing machine.

Samsung denies selling 1 mn Galaxy Fold handsets

The Galaxy Fold, which has a 7.3-inch screen that users can fold horizontally like a book, officially went on sale in September with a price tag of around $2,000.

Scientists map winds in Mar’s upper atmosphere for first time

The new map of Mars winds helps scientists to better understand the workings of the Martian climate, giving them a more accurate picture of its ancient past and its ongoing evolution.

NASA selects sample collection site on asteroid Bennu

The OSIRIS-Rex mission team selected the site designated "Nightingale" - located in a crater high in Bennu's northern hemisphere.

Apple buys UK-based startup to enhance iPhone photography

Spectral Edge "has developed computational photography tech that could blend data from a standard lens and an infrared lens to enhance photo quality". The startup is known for technology that can be used to improve photos taken on iPhones.

Apple releases iOS, iPadOS 13.3 with multiple bug fixes

The iOS and iPadOS 13.3 updates are available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. The new software updates come two weeks after the release of iOS/iPad iOS 13.2.3 and more than a month after the launch of iOS 13.2.

Cisco unveils ‘Silicon One’ chip for 5G era

The new Silicon One will be the foundation of Cisco's routing portfolio going forward, with expected near-term performance availability up to 25 terabits per second.

Countdown for India’s spy satellite launch progressing smoothly

According to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the countdown for the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket set to carry the 10 satellites is progressing smoothly. It will be placed into an orbit of 576 km. It will have a life of five years.

Facebook Portal will now work with WhatsApp account

New Feature will allow users to make video calls to friends and family even if they don't have a Facebook account.

Sennheiser launches new headphones at Rs 34,990

The speaker system is powered by 42mm transducers to reproduce the balanced depth and precision of a studio recording.

Sellers set their prices on their own, says Amazon India

"Amazon is a 100 per cent pure marketplace in India. Sellers set the prices on their own. We do not interfere there at all," Gopal Pillai, Vice President, Seller Services, Amazon India, told IANS in an interview.

Vivo V17 launched in India for Rs 22,990

The smartphone houses a 32MP front camera which is placed into the "iView" display with the E3 super AMOLED screen.

India to launch spy satellite, 9 others on December 11

According to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the rocket numbered as PSLV-C48 will lift off at 3.25 p.m. with RISAT-2BR1, a radar imaging earth observation satellite weighing about 628 kg.

Huawei Watch GT2 with Bluetooth calling launched in India

New Delhi: Huawei Consumer Business Group India on Thursday launched its much-anticipated Huawei Watch GT2 with two weeks of battery life, Bluetooth calling and in-device...

Flipkart launches first Nokia-branded smart TV in India

New Delhi: Flipkart on Thursday launched the Nokia Smart TV in India as part of their strategic partnership. Priced at Rs 41,999, the Nokia-branded smart...

Skullcandy Method ANC earbuds launched in India

New Delhi: Expanding its immersive audio equipment category in the country, US-based audio equipment major Skullcandy Inc. on Wednesday launched its Method ANC earbuds with...

NASA launching a ‘robot hotel’ to the space station

Washington: NASA is attaching a "robot hotel" to the outside of the International Space Station with the upcoming launch of the Robotic Tool Stowage (RiTS),...

Google Photos adds Pvt messaging to quickly share pictures

San Francisco: Google is making it easier to share everyday moments quickly through Photos by adding a private messaging feature.Earlier, to share individual photos through...

NASA tweet on Vikram Lander finds trends on Twitter

New Delhi: #VikramLander and Chandrayaan2 trended on Twitter on Tuesday after a NASA tweet that its mission had located the Indian Chandrayaan2 lander Vikram.A post...

India puts into orbit Cartosat-3; touches 310 foreign satellite launch-mark

In the process, India crossed the milestone of putting into orbit 300 foreign satellites. By putting the 13 American nanosatellites into orbit, India till date has launched a total of 310 foreign satellites for a fee.

Israeli spyware firm sues Facebook over blocked accounts

The plaintiffs asked the Tel Aviv District Court to order Facebook to unblock the accounts until the issues are decided in court, Haaretz reported on Wednesday.

Google Assistant now helps you record stories for kids

The feature is mainly meant for parents where they can record themselves reading chapters of stories and then the child can ask a Google Nest device to play those recordings aloud, VentureBeat reported on Thursday.

Snapchat introduces new ‘Time Machine’ lens

The lens uses advanced training models and robust neural network technology, which transform not only your face but also hair, almost immediately.

Twitter warns UK’s Conservative Party for renaming account

The Conservative Party came under fire for rebranding one of its official Twitter accounts @CCHQPress as "factcheckUK" during a live TV debate between its leader Boris Johnson, and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on Tuesday.

99% of Xiaomi phones sold in India are made in India,...

"About 99 per cent of the phones sold in India are made in the country. We make three phones per second," said Muralikrishnan B, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Xiaomi India. Xiaomi smartphones were being exported to other countries too, though at a small scale, he added.

Facebook’s in-app ‘photos only’ mode under testing

The feature, named "Popular Photos", affixes an endless scroll of algorithmically selected images from friends beneath the full-screen view of a photo opened from the News Feed. The result is an experience that is similar to Instagram feed, TechCrunch has recently reported.

Twitter suspends users for tweeting on Trump witness

According to BuzzFeed News, Twitter cracked down on users who later started tweeting the specific phrase that began trending on the platform.

Pope Francis warns of dangers young people face online

He said digital companies could not claim to be oblivious to how people are using their sites.

Google Maps update adds new translator feature

The new feature will be launched this month on Android and iOS with support for 50 languages. More languages will arrive in the future, Google says.

Apple AirPods Pro now in India for Rs 24,900

AirPods Pro will be available through Apple Authorised Resellers on Apple devices running iOS 13.2 or later, iPadOS 13.2 or later, watchOS 6.1 or later, tvOS 13.2 or later, or macOS Catalina 10.15.1 or later.

Google secretly gathering health data of Americans, says report

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, "Google is engaged with one of the US's largest health-care systems on a project to collect and crunch the detailed personal-health information of millions of people across 21 states" and at least 150 Google staffers may have access to the data.

Microsoft launches new Office app for Android, iOS

The users no longer need to download each app separately, the tech giant announced at its flagship "Ignite" conference here.

Indian govt asks Twitter for information about 474 accounts

According to Twitter's latest transparency report, it helped the Indian government in 5 per cent of the information request cases and complied in 6 per cent of cases for account removal requests.