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WhatsApp rolls out first-ever global brand campaign in India

The campaign called ‘It's Between You' gives thrust on WhatsApp's commitment to privacy, the company said in a statement.

iPhone may soon replace your passport, driver’s license

There have been a series of various patent applications that have been submitted, all with the name ‘Providing Verified Claims of User Identity', reports AppleInsider.

Now open BMW cars with Apple digital key

The new feature which uses the near-field communication (NFC) technology that has been available on Android for a while, was announced by Apple during its annual WWDC 2020 developer conference last month.

Twitter drops ‘master’, ‘slave’ from its algorithms

The project started even before the current movement for racial justice escalated following the death of 46-year-old George Floyd in police custody in May.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip gets Rs 7K price drop in India

Galaxy Z Flip will now start at Rs 108,999 instead of Rs 115,999. Additionally, consumers can avail an upgrade bonus of Rs 8,000 if they upgrade to Galaxy Z Flip from select smartphones.

Microsoft OneDrive gets 100GB file upload limit, Dark Mode

The tech giant has increased upload file size limit from 15GB to 100GB for all OneDrive and SharePoint users that will help business users with large file types like 3D, CAD and media files.

iPhone users on iOS 13 can ‘hide’ themselves on WhatsApp

While there's no official tool to hide when you're online, there's a sneaky workaround for the iPhone users.

Centre asks telcos, ISPs to block access to banned Chinese apps

DoT has asked all the service players to comply with the order and submit compliance reports.

Create your digital avatar on Facebook in India

Users will be able to make an Avatar, a cartoon-like version of themselves by choosing from a variety of faces, hairstyles and outfits that have been specially customised for India.

India bans 59 Chinese apps over national security concerns

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has issued a list of 59 Chinese apps that are now banned in the country.

NASA video shows 10-year time lapse of Sun in 61 minutes

Over the past 10 years, the spacecraft has gathered 425 million high-resolution images of the Sun, amassing 20 million gigabytes of data, NASA said.

Facebook rolls outs Dark Mode on mobile for some users globally

Facebook Dark Mode interface will not be completely black like on Instagram and Messenger but a grayscale design with white accents for logos and icons.

NASA to pay you Rs 26 lakh for designing a space...

NASA is preparing for a return to the Moon and innumerable activities to equip, shelter, and otherwise support future astronauts are underway.

Realme launches two 4G flagship smartphones in India

Realme X3 SuperZoom with 5X periscope telephoto lens that supports up to 60X hybrid zoom will be available in two variants: 8GB+128GB for Rs 27,999 and 12GB+256GB for Rs 32,999.

New navigation policy on anvil, IN-SPACe to be separate vertical, says...

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chief also said a new Navigation Policy is also being proposed. Suitable changes in Remote Sensing Data Policy, as well as SATCOM policy, are also on the anvil as a part of aligning them to an open and inclusive space sector.

‘Grow with Google’ trains 50 million people in Asia Pacific

Google said that it will continue to make ad credits available to small businesses in the Asia Pacific, as part of a broader, $340 million global commitment.

Microsoft announces Defender ATP for Android devices

Microsoft Defender ATP for Android will help protect customers and users by delivering protection from phishing and access to risky domains and URLs through web protection capabilities that will block unsafe sites accessed through SMS/text, WhatsApp, email, browsers, and other apps.

Samsung to bring The Serif TV range to India next week...

Reliable sources told IANS on Tuesday that The Serif TV that comes with 4K QLED technology, would offer AirPlay 2 compatibility, enabling users to play videos and music or share photos from their Apple devices to the TV.

Google donates additional $300K to support refugees, displaced people

Google.org would host online training to help refugees and host community members in the MENA region including Algeria and Morocco learn digital skills throughout a course of a year, the company said in a statement late Saturday.

US-based Zoom left stunned to see itself in list of flagged...

The popularity of San Jose (California)-based Zoom skyrocketed following the Covid-19 restriction across the world forced a large section of the global population to stay indoors.

NASA partners with ESA, JAXA for satellite data on Covid-19

This dashboard of satellite data showing the impacts of the global response to the coronavirus pandemic on the environment and socio-economic activity will be released on June 25, NASA said on Thursday.

In a first, Facebook takes down Trump campaign ad

The ad with an upside-down red triangle symbol was posted under accounts for Donald Trump, VP Mike Pence and the Trump Campaign, reports Axios.

Sundar Pichai pledges $175 million to help black entrepreneurs

The new funds are in addition to YouTube's $100 million fund to amplify Black creators and artists.

Twitter rolls out 140-second audio tweets for limited iOS users

Each voice Tweet captures up to 140 seconds of audio. To recall, Twitter originally had a 140-character limit for tweets, which was later increased to 280.

Google Duo increases group calling limit to 32 participants

"Today, one of our most requested features for Duo, group calling on the web with up to 32 people, is starting to roll out on the latest version of Chrome," tweeted Sanaz Ahari, Google's senior director of product and design.

Facebook Messenger Rooms arrives on video chat device Portal

With Messenger Rooms on Portal, users can host celebrations with up to 50 people, gather a book club, or just hang out on the couch with friends, the company said in a statement.

Swiggy launches initiative to help restaurants jumpstart operations

To enable smooth cash flows for partners, Swiggy has activated bi-weekly payments options for the restaurants.

Microsoft launches ‘Money in Excel’ to help users manage finances

'Money in Excel' is a template and add-in for Excel that allows users to securely connect bank, credit card, investment, and loan accounts to Excel and automatically import your transaction and account information into an Excel spreadsheet.

ByteDance to shut Vigo Video in India by October 31

The company took the decision to "focus energy and resources on other businesses."

Facebook testing Face ID, Touch ID lock for Messenger app on...

When enabled, users will need to authenticate their identity using Face ID, Touch ID, or their passcode before they can view their inbox, even if their phone is already unlocked, reports Engadget.

NASA selects new head of human spaceflight mission

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has selected Commercial Crew Program Manager Kathy Lueders to be the agency's next associate administrator of the Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate.

Apple CEO commits $100 million to promote racial equality

The initiative would be led by Apple Vice President Lisa Jackson.

3 firms operating from Hyderabad selected for NASA’s Covid ventilator

Alpha Design Technologies Pvt Ltd, Bharat Forge Ltd and Medha Servo Drives Pvt Ltd, which are among 21 companies picked up worldwide by NASA to manufacture Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally (VITAL) ventilators to treat critically-ill Covid-19 patients.

WhatsApp chatbot now in Hindi to curb Covid-19 fake news

The service was previously available in English and Spanish.

Amazon launches ‘school from home’ store on its platform

The new store is live and it comes with curated items for students studying from home.

Google takes down TikTok-clone Zynn from Play Store

Several TikTok users have reported that their entire account has been plagiarised. That includes profile pictures, names, and the above-mentioned content, sometimes going back months, reports Wired.

Tesla shares surpass record $1,000 mark for first time

Shares of the California-based Tesla were up nearly 7 per cent 6.8% in the morning trade.

Microsoft venture fund M12 opens office in India

M12, that arrived in the country in February last year, aims to invest in disruptive enterprise software startups in the Series A through C funding stages, targeting both local and cross-border solutions.

Apple updates Siri to show support for ‘Black Lives Matter’

Apple's AI assistant Siri now answers inquiries like "Do black lives matter?" with a simple "Yes" and directs users to the movement's website.

Facebook sues India-based firm for domain name fraud

The proxy domain names were designed to deceive people by impersonating its family of apps, like: facebook-verify-inc.com, instagramhjack.com and videocall-whatsapp.com.

Sony launches wireless sports headphones in India

It features IPX5 water resistance rating that can handle splashes and sweat during intense workout session without any disruptions.

Disabling your campaign video is not illegal, Dorsey tells Trump

Trump tweeted after the video, posted from @TeamTrump and @TrumpWarRoom accounts which was a four-minute tribute to African American George Floyd, was disabled on the micro-blogging platform.

WhatsApp rival Telegram adds new enhancement features

The video enhancement feature will enable users to tweak videos in two taps with dozens of parameters like saturation, brightness with a zoom-in option while drawing.

Instagram partners Swiggy, Zomato to help small restaurants

The photo-messaging app also announced the rollout of the food order sticker in India that will help businesses from the food industry stay in touch with their customers and allow customers to support their favourite businesses too.

Samsung Galaxy A31 launched in India for Rs 21,999

A31, which is the third Galaxy A smartphone in India this year, with 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Infinity U display will be available in Prism Crush blue, black and white colours across retail stores and leading online portals.

Google faces $5 billion lawsuit over tracking users in Incognito Mode

The class-action lawsuit, filed in US District Court for the Northern District of California, alleged that Google tracked and collected consumer browsing history even if users took steps to maintain their privacy, reports The New York Times.

Mitron app suspended from Google Play Store

According to Google's policy, an app "should provide value to users through the creation of unique content or services."

Realme sells over 15K Smart TVs in 10 mins, launching 55-inch...

The Realme Smart TVs are available in two sizes - 32-inch model priced at Rs 12,999 and 43-inch variant priced at Rs 21,999.

SpaceX sends 2 NASA astronauts to ISS in historic mission

The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley was on its way to the orbiting laboratory in the space and had safely reached orbit, NASA said in a statement.

Microsoft cuts editorial staff, to replace them with AI, says Report

According to a report in the Seattle Times on Saturday, the roughly 50 employees — contracted through staffing agencies Aquent, IFG and MAQ Consulting — have been notified "that their services would no longer be needed beyond June 30".

Premium Google Meet now free for schools till September 30

Google Meet has crossed 50 million downloads on Play Store, a massive 900 per cent increase in user base in a span of few weeks as people work from home in the Covid-19 pandemic. Meet is currently hosting 3 billion minutes of video meetings and adding roughly 3 million new users every day.

NASA, SpaceX postpone historic astronauts launch

"Due to the weather conditions, the launch is scrubbing," NASA tweeted, Xinhua reported.

Twitter CEO donates another $10mn towards Covid-19 efforts

Project 100 is a joint effort between nonprofits GiveDirectly, Propel and Stand for Children, and has raised nearly $84 million since April.

Google to reopen offices from July 6, gives workers $1,000 each

Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that the company will restart opening more buildings in more cities from July 6.

Sony launches new BRAVIA series TVs in India

The 85X8000H will be available at Rs 5,99,990, 65X8000H at Rs 1,39,990 and 55X7500H is priced at Rs 79,990, the company said in a statement.

Samsung confirms June 4 launch of Galaxy A31 in India

The phone will feature a quad camera set up at the rear backed by a 48MP main sensor.

Moon mission: NASA seeks candidates for 8-month isolation

The international space agency is preparing for its next spaceflight simulation study and is seeking healthy participants to live together with a small crew in isolation for eight months in Moscow, Russia.

WhatsApp beta adds QR codes for easy contact sharing

According to a report in WABetaInfo, a fan website that tracks WhatsApp beta, QR Code scanning was first introduced in the iOS beta and now has made its way to the Android beta of the app. The feature is available in the 2.20.171 version of the app.

Samsung launches its first outdoor TV ‘The Terrace’

According to the Verge, The Terrace QLED 4K Smart TV comes in 55-inch, 65-inch and 75-inch models. The 55-inch model is available at $3,455, the 65-inch is at $4,999, and the 75-inch display for $6,499.

Google Maps introduces wheelchair accessible places feature

When ‘Accessible Places' is switched on, a wheelchair icon would indicate an accessible entrance, and people would be able to see if a place has accessible seating, restrooms or parking.

Samsung launches Galaxy S20 Tactical Edition for US government

According to the company, with a highly customized software and feature set, the Galaxy S20 TE can operate seamlessly with a range of existing peripherals and supports the requirements of tactical and classified applications, especially those designed to help operators navigate complex terrain, expansive distances, and the potential loss of communication with command units.

Microsoft unveils enormous supercomputer to train large AI models

Microsoft announced a multi-year supercomputer partnership with OpenAI in 2019, including a $1 billion investment by the tech giant.

FBI says it accessed terrorist’s iPhone without Apple’s help

In a media briefing, US Attorney General William Barr said that Mohammed Alshamrani, the Saudi air force officer accused of killing three classmates and injuring eight others at Florida Naval Air Station on December 6 was affiliated with Al Qaeda.

Apple reopens 100 retail stores globally, more to follow

Apple closed all its retail stores outside Greater China in March as COVID-19 pandemic spread. All the Apple stores in Greater China are now open.

WhatsApp for Android gets Messenger Rooms integration in latest beta

According to a report by WABetaInfo, Facebook has integrated Messenger Rooms into WhatsApp for Android with the 2.20.163 beta update.

Tribal affairs ministry partners Facebook India to skill 5000 youth

Called GOAL (Going Online As Leaders) programme, the initiative aims to enable scheduled tribe youth (called mentees in the programme) in remote areas use digital platforms for sharing their aspirations, dreams and talent with their mentors.

Video meet app Zoom to open 2 R&D centres, to hire...

Zoom said it will immediately begin recruiting software engineering talent in these geographies.

Gmail accounts get Google Meet integration in India

Google Meet is completely free and anyone with an email address can sign up and get started.

Telegram shuts down cryptocurrency-focused project

Making the announcement in his channel on Tuesday, Telegram Founder and CEO Pavel Durov said that "a US court stopped TON from happening".

Made-in-India OnePlus 8 series available by May end, confirms company

Launched last month, the new flagship OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8 witnessed the delay in arrival owing to the COVID-19 lockdown.

Google Meet now free for all, coming in Gmail soon

People would soon see Meet directly in their Gmail account, according to Javier Soltero Vice President & GM, G Suite.

Twitter grants employees option to work from home ‘forever’

Twitter has upped the ante after Facebook, Alphabet (Google) and others have asked their employees to work from home till year-end.

Twitter CEO donates $10 million to help prisons fight COVID-19

The donation is given to criminal justice advocacy group REFORM Alliance that would buy 10 million face masks and personal protective equipment (PPEs) for prisoners and other employees.

Google, Facebook to let most employees work from home till year-end

Facebook will open most of its office from July 6, according to a CNBC report.

Top handset makers resume limited operation in Noida-Greater Noida belt

Samsung said it has received required permission from the state authorities to open its Noida Sector 81 factory.

OPPO, Vivo to resume smartphone production at Greater Noida units

OPPO said it will restart manufacturing operations with 30 per cent workforce, with around 3,000 employees working in rotation out of more than 10,000-strong staff at the facility, adding that it has also commenced sales of its devices for consumers in the permitted zones through Amazon and Flipkart.

Sudhir Krishnaswamy from India on Facebook content oversight board

Krishnaswamy is part of the team that will review content enforcement decisions and determine whether they are consistent with Facebook and Instagram's content policies and values, as well as a commitment to upholding freedom of expression within the framework of international norms of human rights.

Microsoft offers $100,000 if someone can hack its custom Linux OS

The challenge is focused on the Azure Sphere OS for which, Microsoft built a compact and custom version of Linux last year.

Google India COVID-19 website to inform about online security risks

The website will inform about online risks and scams and help users stay safe online.

Apple unveils 13-Inch MacBook Pro with Magic Keyboard

The new lineup also offers 10th-generation processors for up to 80 per cent faster graphics performance and makes 16GB of faster 3733MHz memory standard on select configurations.