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Microsoft’s iconic Windows 95 turns 25

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates launched the iconic Windows 95 on August 24. The software was so popular that seven million copies were sold during the first five weeks.

Tech Mahindra joins Niti Aayog to support women entrepreneurs

The company will provide mentorship, co-create solutions leveraging new-age technologies and support in partnership with the panel's Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP).

Paytm Payments Bank enables Aadhaar card-based services

With the integration of Aadhaar enabled Payment System (AePS), PPBL's customers can now access to basic banking services such as cash withdrawal, balance enquiry and obtain a mini statement through the business correspondent of any banking and financial institution in the country.

Apple apologises to WordPress, restores all updates

Mullenweg had accused Apple of cutting off the ability to update the app to get its 30 per cent fee on the App Store, and the Internet erupted in the favour of a platform that lets people build and manage websites and blogs for free, and also sells domain names.

Samsung officially launches Galaxy Note 20 series globally

The Galaxy Note 20 series has hit shelves in some 70 countries, including South Korea, the United States, Britain and Thailand, according to Samsung.

Mark Zuckerberg testifies before US FTC in antitrust probe

The testimony was conducted under oath over the course of two days this week, said the report on Thursday, citing unnamed people familiar with the matter.

Chandrayaan-2 completes a year of orbiting the moon

The Indian space agency said Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft/orbiter was launched on July 22, 2019, and inserted into lunar orbit on August 20, 2019.

Ban on import of communication satellites opens up opportunity, says ISRO...

Speaking at the webinar on 'Unlocking India's Potential in Space Sector' on Thursday, Sivan said the decision throws up a huge opportunity for private players, ISRO and NewSpace India Ltd (NSIL).

Google removes thousands of apps for spreading fake poll information

The company said that as mobile apps disseminate voting information and increasingly support voting activity, it is on the job to ensure safety and transparency for app users.

Apple becomes first US company to hit $2 trillion mark

Apple stock rose to cross the threshold -- $467.77 per share -- that helped it touch the $2-trillion mark. The stock was hovering near the threshold for most of the time and even touched $468.38 as the US market opened.

Apple removes 47K apps from Chinese App Store, says report

According to a report in The Information, China may be closing the loopholes exploited by Apple in previous years, "starting with the recent removal of thousands of apps from the Chinese App Store".

Apple renames Beats 1, launches 2 new live radio stations in...

Beats 1, the flagship global radio station, will be renamed as Apple Music 1 and two additional radio stations will arrive -- Apple Music Hits (celebrating everyone's favourite songs from the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s) and Apple Music Country (spotlighting country music), the company said in a statement.

Microsoft Translator now supports Odia, total 11 languages in India

The service is available on Microsoft Translator app, add-ins, Office 365, Bing Translator, and through the Azure Cognitive Services Translator API (application programming interface) for businesses and developers, the company said.

Wikipedia locks Musk’s page after he asks Twitterati to ‘trash’ him

"History is written by the victors… except on Wikipedia," Musk tweeted on Sunday.

Trump orders ByteDance to sell TikTok’s US biz in 90 days

"There is credible evidence that leads me to believe that ByteDance might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States," Trump wrote in the order issued on Friday.

ZEE5 rolls out Android beta version of its TikTok rival HiPi

Unlike the 15-second video format that TikTok made popular, HiPi will allow users to create videos up to 90 seconds.

Twitter launches special emoji for Independence Day

The design of the emoji represents the innermost structure of the Memorial, called the 'Amar Chakra' or the 'Circle of Immortality'.

Epic Games sues Apple, Google after ‘Fortnite’ game removal

Challenging the iPhone maker's rules as well as Google, Epic Games filed the lawsuit in the US District Court in California, claiming Apple has set "unreasonable restraints" over how it handles in-app payments, reports The Verge.

Microsoft launches Surface Duo in the US for $1,399

Available for preorder in the US, the Microsoft 365-packed device comes with Dynamic 360-degree hinge allows people to use each screen individually or together, across a variety of modes.

Google launches ‘The Anywhere School’ with over 50 new features

In September, the video-calling app Google Meet will have a larger tiled view of up to 49 people and an integrated Jamboard whiteboard for collaboration.

Galaxy Note20 pre-registration hits 5 lakh in India, says Samsung

The South Korean major last week opened pre-booking for its Galaxy Note20 series in India, The 6.7-inch Galaxy Note20 (8GB+256GB) was launched at the original price of Rs 77,999 while the 6.9-inch Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G (12GB+256GB) is available for Rs 104,999 in the country.

TikTok announces first recipients of its $1 billion Creator Fund

First announced last month, this fund will reach hundreds of thousands of creators, starting with $200 million and growing to $1 billion in the US over the next three years, and more than double that globally, TikTok said.

WhatsApp to soon sync your chat history on multiple devices

Currently, WhatsApp works on a single device and it is not possible to use the account on multiple devices, a most requested demand from the users.

China starts blocking HTTPS connections with encrypted SNI, says Report

The ban has been in place for over a week now, three organisations tracking Chinese censorship -- iYouPort, the University of Maryland, and the Great Firewall Report - said this week in a joint report.

Netflix launches Hindi-language user interface

The complete Netflix experience in Hindi, from the sign up to search rows, collections and payment, is available across all devices on mobile, TV and web.

TikTok launches app on Amazon Fire TV

Called "More on TikTok," it is the first TV app from ByteDance-owned short video-sharing app, Business Insider reported on Thursday.

Twitter allows iOS users to limit replies to their tweets

The micro-blogging platform first tested this feature with a limited set of users in May.

BYJU’S acquires Mumbai-based WhiteHat Jr for Rs 2,246 crore

After the acquisition, BYJU'S will make significant investments in WhiteHat Jr.'s technology platform, product innovation while expanding the teacher base to cater to the demand from the new markets, the company said in a statement.

Facebook launches TikTok rival Instagram Reels in US

With Reels, one can record and edit 15-second multi-clip videos with audio, effects and new creative tools.

Google launches Pixel 4a, to arrive in India in October

The company said it will reveal the price for the Indian market closer to its launch, which will be available for purchase on Flipkart.

Twitter plans ‘Undo Send’ button with paid subscription service

The micro-blogging platform hinted last month it is planning a paid subscription platform that can be reused by other teams in the future. Twitter is building a subscription platform with a team codenamed "Gryphon".

SpaceX Crew Dragon returns with 2 NASA astronauts

The Demo-2 test flight for NASA's Commercial Crew Programme has become the first to deliver astronauts to the space station and return them safely to Earth onboard a commercially built and operated spacecraft.

Microsoft confirms talks to acquire TikTok by September 15

"Microsoft is prepared to continue discussions to explore a purchase of TikTok in the United States," the tech giant said in a blog post late on Monday.

New MacBook Air with Magic Keyboard woos new users in India

Apple saw a very strong double-digit growth for Mac in its June quarter globally despite early supply constraints and India is no exception.

Microsoft to open offices on January 19, 2021, says Report

According to The Verge, the tech giant is planning a "hybrid workplace" for a six-phase reopening of its offices.

Removing hate speech ‘right thing’ to do, says Facebook COO

Her comments during an earnings call with investors on Thursday as the company discussed its second quarter results came after advertisers responded to an ad boycott call by civil rights organisations for failing to remove hate speech.

NASA sends Perseverance rover on 7-month journey to Mars

"We have LIFTOFF to Mars! The @ulalaunch Atlas V takes flight with our @NASAPersevererover. The #CountdownToMars continues as Perseverance begins her 7-month journey to the Red Planet," NASA said in a tweet.

Amazon CEO cannot promise workers do not see third party seller...

His response came during an antitrust hearing by a US Congress panel on Wednesday amid criticism that the workers of the online retail giant look into data of independent sellers on its platform to curate its own competing products.

TikTok CEO slams Zuckerberg, says Facebook a ‘copycat’

Reels, a video-music remix feature, has been extended in its test phase to India which was until now the biggest market for TikTok, which has now been banned along with other Chinese apps.

Sony launches ‘A7S III’ full-frame mirrorless camera

It is currently available for pre-orders in North America and will be on sale starting September 24. As of now, there is no information on international availability.

Microsoft executive displays Surface Duo on Twitter

In her tweet, the upcoming foldable smartphone can be seen on the table with a recipe open on it.

Google extends work from home order till mid-2021

"To give employees the ability to plan ahead, we are extending our global voluntary work from home option through June 30, 2021, for roles that don't need to be in the office," Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in an email to employees, according to a CNBC report.

Samsung launches affordable Galaxy M01 Core phone in India

The 2GB RAM+32GB variant is priced at Rs 6,499 and will be available from July 29, said the company.

Telegram lets users adds profile videos, send 2GB files and more

With the new update, a user can change their profile picture into a profile video. The video will play when someone opens the user's profile, and it is possible to choose a specific frame from the video to be displayed in chats, the company said in a statement on Sunday.

Sony camera with side-opening LCD screen in India for Rs 77,990

This is the first Sony camera with a side-opening Vari-angle LCD screen, allowing creators to simplify their setup.

Apple co-founder Wozniak sues Google, YouTube over Bitcoin scam

The lawsuit, filed in San Mateo County Superior Court, alleged that the videos used images and videos of Wozniak and other tech leaders like Bill Gates and Elon Musk "to deceive YouTube users into thinking if they sent cryptocurrency to an account they would receive twice as much back", reports San Francisco Chronicle.

China launches first rover mission to Mars

The six-wheeled robot, encapsulated in a protective probe, was lifted by a Long March 5 rocket from the Wenchang spaceport on Hainan Island at 12.40 a.m., the BBC reported.

Facebook Messenger introduces App Lock, new privacy controls

App Lock adds another layer of security to private messages. The optional feature gives users "confidence to know that if a friend or a family member needs to borrow your phone, they won't be able to access your chats".

Uber installing safety screens in 20k cars for safer rides

According to the company, they have already fitted them in 8,000 cars. The cost of installation is borne by Uber, and it comes free of cost to drivers.

Twitter purges 7,000 accounts linked to pro-Trump group QAnon

QAnon emerged in the US President Donald Trump era and its supporters believe that Trump is waging a hidden battle against a secretive elite known as the "Deep State".

OnePlus launches affordable premium ‘Nord’ in India at Rs 24,999

The 8GB+128GB and 12GB+256GB models will be available for Rs 27,999 and Rs 29,999, respectively.

Facebook starts labelling Trump, Biden posts on voting

The social network flagged a Trump post that claimed current rules on postal votes could lead to a "corrupt" election, reports the BBC.

Facebook inks music licensing pact with IPRS

People will now be able to choose music from the IPRS repertoire with hundreds and thousands of songs, to add in their own videos they share on Facebook and Instagram, as well as other social features like Music Stickers on Stories.

UAE launches first mission to Mars

Two previous attempts to launch the probe in the past week had to be called off because of adverse weather. Hope's arrival in February 2021 is set to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the UAE's formation, the BBC reported on Sunday.

US court gives nod to WhatsApp’s case against Israeli NSO Group

The social network filed the case last October against the NSO Group, saying that its Pegasus software exploited a vulnerability in WhatsApp to send malware to about 1,400 prominent people, including journalists, human rights activists, political dissidents, diplomats and senior government officials.

Google launches interactive video shopping platform Shoploop

The app, developed by Google's in-house lab for experimental projects named 'Area 120' is now available on mobile and the desktop version will be rolled out soon, the company said in a statement on Thursday.

Milagrow launches 4 humanoid robots to help India in Covid-19 fight

The company said that, as the novel coronavirus continues to wreak havoc across India, the demand for automated solutions across sectors is high.

Amazon extends corporate work from home policy to 2021

"As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, we are extending the time frame for those who can do their job effectively from home to January 8, 2021. Meanwhile, Amazon's corporate buildings are open and available to all employees," Amazon said in a blog post on Wednesday.

Apple releases watchOS 6.2.8, iOS 13.6 with digital car keys

With 13.6, on iPhone and watchOS 6.2.8 on Apple watch, can now act as keys for compatible cars. As Apple demonstrated during the WWDC 2020 keynote, one can simply hold an iPhone close to the car's door handle to unlock it using NFC technology.

Facebook takes on YouTube, set to launch licensed music videos

In an email sent to Facebook Page owners linked to artists, the social network informed that they will need to toggle on a new setting to add their music videos to their page ahead of an August 1 deadline, TechCrunch reported on Wednesday.

UK bans Huawei from future 5G network

The decision comes following new advice produced by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) on the impact of US sanctions against the telecommunications vendor.

Sony launches new wireless speaker range in India

The speakers support ‘Extra Bass' sound which is achieved on the XB wireless speaker line-up through Sony's renowned audio technology.

Google, Facebook join lawsuit against student visa restrictions

In a joint brief, the tech companies including PayPal said the student visa restrictions will "inflict significant harm" their businesses reports The Hill.

Amazfit Verge Lite with AMOLED screen, GPS relaunched at Rs 4,999

The smartwatch was initially launched in the country at Rs 6,999 last year.

Google to invest Rs 75,000 crore to boost digitisation in India

"We will do this through a mix of equity investment, partnerships and an operational infrastructure ecosystem in India. This is a reflection of our confidence in the future of India and its digital economy," Pichai said during the Google for India virtual conference.

Lava extends registration date for ‘Design in India Contest’

The applicants who missed the opportunity to register earlier can now participate in the contest by Lava which has challenged students and working professionals to design the next #ProudlyIndian smartphone.

Samsung SpaceMax Family Hub refrigerator in India for Rs 1.97 lakh

The refrigerator will be available for pre-booking on Flipkart, Samsung.com and other online stores at a special price of Rs 196,990 from July 13-July 26.

Make a WhatsApp voice or video call with Google Assistant

This means that one can easily access WhatsApp and some of its options by triggering the Google Assistant from the home screen on your smartphone.

Amazon asks employees to remove TikTok, says Report

A Wall Street Journal report on Friday quoted an internal Amazon memo as saying that "employees must delete TikTokto be able to continue accessing their email from their phones".

Now tell Google Assistant, Siri to open Alexa app on smartphone

With the new update, one just needs to ask Google Assistant on their Android phone or Siri on iPhone to open the Alexa app to begin with the hands-free experience.

Elon Musk to reveal more about brain-computer tech on August 28

To help paralysed people control devices and empower people with brain disorders, Neuralink last year unveiled tiny brain "threads" in a chip which is long-lasting, usable at home and has the potential to replace cumbersome devices currently used as brain-machine interfaces.

Apple releases public Beta version of iOS 14

The public beta version, which has already created waves among the developers for revealing that tech companies like TikTok and LinkedIn were copying content from Apple user's clipboards, is generally full of bugs which the company fixes before the final release.

Samsung to make all Smart Watches in India, unveils first desi...

The SmartWatch will come in three colours - Cloud Silver, Aqua Black and Pink Gold - and will be available starting July 11 across retail stores and leading online portals.

Amazon Prime Video rolls out user profiles feature globally

So an account holder can create his/her own profile as well as five additional profiles for other family members.

Instagram begins testing ‘Shops’ feature with select users

Tapping on the ‘Shops' tab at the bottom bar in Instagram will take users to the existing shopping experience in the app, with a listing of posts that have Shopping Tags added via approved merchants, reports TechCrunch.

TikTok rival Mitron hits over 25 million downloads from Google Play

Mitron emerged as a homegrown alternative to TikTok as anti-China sentiment rose in the country amid border tensions in Ladakh.

Google Plus officially gone, rebranded as Currents

The Currents rebrand started back in April of 2019 when Google Plus was shut down for consumers and search engine giant started to delete consumer accounts on Plus and it launched Currents in beta shortly after.

Bengal CM launches indigenous ‘Self-Scan’ app

The application was developed by the state's Information Technology Department amidst a call to boycott all Chinese goods in India. It comes in the wake of Centre's ban on 59 Chinese mobile applications, including TikTok.

Zoom says no China origin, will invest and hire more in...

Velchamy Sankarlingam who is President of Engineering and Products at Zoom said India is and will continue to be an important market for Zoom.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite: S Pen, low price steal the...

Neither did you thanks to the disruptions brought about by Covid-19.