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Thursday, November 21, 2019

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.

WhatsApp confirms Israeli spyware snooped on Indians

Multiple media reports said those targeted in India included human rights activists who were arrested over their alleged involvement in the Bhima-Koregaon Dalit riots near Pune in January last year, adding that some Indian journalists were also the victim of the WhatsApp Spygate.

Facial recognition software may omit transgender, reveals Study

"We found that facial analysis services performed consistently worse on transgender individuals, and were universally unable to classify non-binary genders," said study lead author Morgan Klaus Scheuerman from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Facebook News: Boon for some, bane for many

The significant media handshake from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has come after years of shaky relationship between the two.

We’re no TikTok, let kids join storytelling says Firework India CEO

According to Sunil Nair, India CEO at Firework, their competition was never with TikTok as the whole philosophy is different between the two brands.

NASA fails to trace Vikram lander

A NASA spacecraft clicked photos of the landing site of Vikram earlier this month, but couldn't capture the lander.

Apple Watch detects hard fall, saves man’s life in US

According to a report in News 12 New Jersey, Prudenciano fell into the river in the Park and landed on a rock. He suffered three fractures in his back. His date also fell into the river but was not hurt.

Microsoft acquires Cloud file migration provider Mover

Mover also provides admin-led and self-service offerings and as customer demand to move content to the cloud continues to grow, Mover will help make it easier than ever for customers to migrate files to Microsoft 365, the company said in a statement on Monday.

Digital applications for women safety, air pollution win Marconi awards

"The Android application named 'Rakshak' detects speech patterns through an audio microphone of any user's smartphone. When the app receives audio clip with speech commands seeking help or saying stop in distressed tones, it triggers an SOS alert, user location and sends an emergency contact," a statement from the US-based Marconi Society to IANS by e-mail said on Monday.

Google Maps showing Hyderabad’s Hussain Sagar lake as Jai Shri Ram...

People were surprised to see Hussain Sagar lake as 'Jai Shri Ram Sagar' and took to Twitter to vent their anger against the cyber vandalism.

World’s longest test flight ready for take off

The flight, which is scheduled to depart New York at 9 p.m. from the American megalopolis, is the first of three planned test flights involving the new Boeing 757-9s aircraft which are set to cover new direct routes between Sydney and, London and New York, reports Efe news.

Zuckerberg admits Facebook publishes ads containing lies

In a speech at Georgetown University in Washington on Thursday, Zuckerberg admitted that he is concerned about the "erosion of truth" in society and online, but he rejected the idea that his firm and other tech companies should be the ones to decide whether info placed on the social networks is accurate or not, Efe news reported.

Facebook raises objections over European Union ruling on removing content

According to the social networking giant, the ruling opens the door for courts to order the removal of content that is similar to the illegal speech, "meaning that something you posted might be removed even if you knew nothing about the earlier post that a European country had deemed illegal".

Apple denies it shares Safari data with Tencent or Google

A report in reclaimthenet.org stated that "Apple, which often positions itself as a champion of privacy and human rights, may be sending some IP addresses from users of its Safari browser on iOS to Chinese conglomerate Tencent -- a company with close ties to the Chinese Communist Party".

iPhone 11 takes Apple ahead of Microsoft in $1-trillion market cap

Sailing through the US-China trade war that may impact its devices too, Apple stock has reached $236.21 to beat the previous high set just over a year ago.

Saturn surpasses Jupiter to become new moon king

"This time, the moons must be named after giants from Norse, Gallic, or Inuit mythology," said Sheppard.

Microsoft aims to bring Internet to 40mn people by 2022

"In the US, we formalised our connectivity work in 2017 by launching the Airband Initiative, with the goal of bringing broadband connectivity to 3 million people in rural America by July 2022, and today marks the formalisation of the international work within the Initiative," McKinley added.

Google may acquire TikTok rival Firework suggests report

In addition, Facebook recently roped in former Google employee Jason Toff for a key portfolio and the speculation is rife about the social networking giant preparing the global launch of its short video-sharing app.

Rs 1.65 lakh Samsung ‘Galaxy Fold’ sold out in 30 minutes...

The "Galaxy Fold" has a dual battery system (4380mAh typical dual battery) and is also capable of charging itself and a second device simultaneously via "Wireless PowerShare".

Apple ups production of iPhone 11 as demand surges

"Demand is good for now. But we have to be careful not to be too optimistic. I hope that this year's peak season lasts longer than last year," said the report, quoting one executive-level source.

Neighbouring galaxy is violent, say researchers

“One of our main motivations in studying astronomy is to understand our place in the Universe. A way of learning about our galaxy is to study others that are similar to it, and try to understand how these systems formed and evolved.”

Google enables auto-delete YouTube History feature

In May, the company opened the new Google Safety Engineering Center where it expects the number of privacy engineers to double by the end of 2019.

All thanks to this ‘smart shirt’; Now you can monitor lung...

We wanted to see whether a smart shirt could provide an accurate and more practical alternative for measuring lung function," said Denise Mannee, a technical physician from Radboud University

AI-based method may help improve Crohn’s disease treatment

The research team evaluated genetic variants in the 111 people, including 64 with Crohn's disease, and used AI techniques to pinpoint genes whose functions changed more in Crohn's patients than in healthy people, and vice versa.

Chinese satellite sheds new light on cosmic rays

The result, based on DAMPE's data collected in its first two and a half years, was published online in the latest issue of Science Advances.

Google celebrates its 21st birthday with retro doodle

Besides, the search giant has created more than 4,000 doodles to date. A team of professionals including designers, illustrators and technicians design these doodles.

DoorDash confirms data breach of 4.9 mn users, merchants

The breach also included the driver's licenses of about 100,000 DoorDash delivery workers, said the company.

NASA’s TESS probe spots black hole tearing apart a star

Astronomers think the supermassive black hole that generated ASASSN-19bt weighs around six million times the Sun's mass.

67 per cent of India’s 451 million monthly active Internet users...

Among states, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Delhi have a higher proportion of female Internet users, said the report.

Researchers find new continent

For the reconstruction of this region, the geologists made use of the advanced plate tectonic reconstruction software Gplates.

Garmin unveils super premium ‘MARQ’ series in India

According to the company, the battery life of the MARQ series ranges from 12 days in smartwatch mode, 28 hours in GPS mode and 48 hours in 'UltraTrac' mode.

Samsung Mobiles tops consumer-focused brand list

Cosmetics brand Pond's secured the fifth position, followed by auto major Honda in the sixth. Insurance behemoth Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India was ranked seventh .

Eye-tracking technology could help make driving safer

Using a driving simulator, the researchers evaluated a driver's physical behaviour in real-time by focusing on the driver's eyes as the crash happened.

JBL introduces Flip 5 speaker in India at Rs 9,999

The device is available at JBL.com, Amazon India and Flipkart and retail shops, including 350 Samsung stores.

China’s lunar rover finds mysterious substance on moon

The lander of the Chang'e-4 probe and the Yutu-2 rover have resumed work for the 10th lunar day on the far side of the moon after "sleeping" during the extremely cold lunar night.

Artificial Intelligence can lead to more precise results for cardiac MRI

In the UK, where the study was conducted, it is estimated that more than 150,000 cardiac MRI scans are performed each year.

China launches two new satellites

China plans to send 10 BDS satellites into space in 2019. The launches will help complete the BDS global network by 2020.

Opera Mini introduces offline file sharing feature

Once a file is successfully transferred, the sender will be notified, and the receiver will be able to access the file in the Received tab shown in Opera Mini.

Australian space agency to join NASA’s Artemis programme

Through Artemis, NASA will send the first woman and next man to the lunar surface by 2024 and establish sustainable exploration with commercial and international partners by 2028.

Chandrayaan-2 mission achieved 98% success, says ISRO chief

The ISRO chairman is in the city to attend the 8th Convocation ceremony of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bhubaneswar

AI is offering more personalised services to the users

Playlists reflect music linked to different ethnicities and regions. A person with ancestral roots in Bengaluru, for example, might see Carnatic violinists and Kannada film songs on their playlists.

Experts panel is analysing cause of Vikram’s failure

The lander was also carrying a rover Pragyan which was to roll down from Vikram if it had soft-landed instead of the crash landing.

Twitter purges over 10,000 propaganda accounts in 6 nations

The micro-blogging platform has permanently suspended DotDev, and all accounts associated with them.

IIT-M hosts the first meeting of Space Technology Cells

The ISRO and the Central government's Department of Space have established and operated the Space Technology Cells for over three decades in IIT-M, IIT Bombay, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Guwahati, IIT Roorkee, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, and Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, to carry out focused research in space-related technologies

Realme and Samsung have the lowest return rates among all smartphone...

The lowest return rates are determined by the first visit to the brand's service centre within the first six months of purchase, for either repair or replacement, by both online as well as offline buyers.

Gaganyaan Mission: DRDO to provide critical technologies

New Delhi: India's premier defence research organisation, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), will provide critical technologies for India's first manned mission to space,...

AI application to boost Indian tourism

Kochi: A major international summit here next week will take up the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and other technologies in the tourism industry.For the...

NASA receives two Emmy Awards for interactive programming

Washington: NASA has won two Emmy Awards for interactive programming for its coverage of a Mars mission and the agency's first test of a spacecraft...

Indian techie discovers Uber bug, bags Rs 4.6 lakh reward

New Delhi:Ride-hailing giant Uber that recently fixed a hacking bug found by Bengaluru-based cybersecurity researcher Anand Prakash which allowed hackers to log into anyone's...

Make data open, accessible as electricity says Microsoft President Brad Smith

"And it is not that the government will move too fast. It is that they will be too slow. Technology innovation is not going to slow down. The work to manage it needs to speed up."

Online smartphone sales in India grow 26% in Q2 of 2019

Realme, Asus, Vivo, and OPPO were the fastest growing brands in the online segment, according to the report.

ISRO to simulate varied scenarios to find why Vikram failed

After five earth-bound orbit raising activities, Chandrayaan-2 was inserted into the lunar orbit. On September 2, Vikram separated from the orbiter.

Technology is making the Indians feel much younger, healthier and more...

  Bengaluru: Technology is making the Indians feel much younger, healthier and more emotionally connected, with 91 per cent respondents believing that smart devices, such as...

DRDA handover “Netra” to Indian Air Force

  New Delhi: The Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO) handed over the second airborne warning plane, Netra, to the Indian Air Force on Wednesday.The indigenously-built aircraft...

Pakistan leaves India behind in mobile Internet speed

Karachi: Pakistan has left India behind in terms of Internet download speed, claimed a report in the Pakistani media on Wednesday.According to 'Roznama Duniya', Internet...

Vietnam has inaugurated Southeast Asia’s largest solar power farm

Hanoi: Vietnam has inaugurated Southeast Asia's largest solar power farm which has the capacity to produce 688 million kWh of electricity annually.The Dau Tieng Solar...

Twitter has launched new emoji for the World Suicide Prevention Day

New Delhi: To raise awareness about suicide prevention in the country, Twitter India on Tuesday renewed its partnership with non-profit organisation White Swan Foundation and...

Tech giant Apple has launched Apple Watch Series 5

Cupertino (California): Apple on Tuesday launched Apple Watch Series 5, debuting an "Always-On Retina" display, several new health features and international emergency calling that allows...

Fake anti-virus apps spotted in Google Play store

New Delhi: Apps with names like Virus Cleaner and Antivirus security and which appear to be genuine anti-virus (AV) or virus-removal apps have been spotted...

Xiaomi has introduced Mi Charge Tubro

Beijing: Chinese handset maker Xiaomi has showcased its 30W wireless fast charging technology that it calls Mi Charge Tubro, which aims to charge a 4,000mAh...

TikTok has launched #YourlifeMatters campaign to curb the suicide rates in...

  New Delhi: Popular short video-sharing app TikTok has collaborated with Suicide Prevention India Foundation (SPIF) to launch #YourLifeMatters, a campaign aimed at spreading awareness around...

Rajiv Kumar appointed as the managing director of Microsoft India

  Hyderabad: Microsoft on Monday announced the appointment of Rajiv Kumar as the managing director of Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt Ltd (MIRPL).Currently, he is the corporate...

All thanks to AWS, India’s farmers will soon be ‘Smart’

  New Delhi: India which currently hosts more than 450 start-ups in the agri-tech sector and every ninth start-up in the world in this field is...

Space is hard. We commend ISRO’s attempt to land their #Chandrayaan2...

Washington: NASA on Saturday commended ISRO's attempt to place 'Vikram' lander of Chandrayaan 2 mission on the moon's south pole and said it was inspired...

Google to ban ads for unproven medical techniques

San Francisco: Under a new health care and medicines policy, Google has announced to ban online ads for 'unproven or experimental medical techniques,' such as...

Apple slams Google for raising false alarm on iOS security

San Francisco: Apple has slammed Google for creating a false impression about its iPhones being at hacking risk owing to security flaws that allegedly let...

The first level of selection of Indian astronauts for Mission Gaganyaan...

Bengaluru: The first level of selection of Indian astronauts for Mission Gaganyaan has been completed at the Institute of Aerospace Medicine here, the Indian Air...

Facebook Dating with Secret Crush feature launched in US

San Francisco: Facebook on Thursday launched its Dating feature in the US where users can choose to opt into Facebook Dating and create a dating...

Privacy: 419mn Facebook users just got some bad news (Again)

San Francisco Sanyam Jain, a security researcher and member at Hague-based non-profit organisation GDI Foundation, has discovered a massive database containing over 419 million phone...

Musk’s Starlink satellite nearly crashed into European probe

London:The European Space Agency (ESA) has somehow averted a cosmic crash by protecting one of its satellites from colliding with an SpaceX satellite part...

Committed to providing most advanced 5G products: Huawei

Chengdu ( China): Committed to providing the safest and most advanced 5G products and solutions as well as application scenarios, Huawei has secured over fifty...

Rs 125 crore earmarked for SATHI Centre at IIT-Kharagpur

Kharagpur: An amount of Rs 125 crore has been earmarked for the SATHI (Sophisticated Analytical and Technical Help Institute) Centre at IIT-Kharagpur for three financial...

NASA atomic clock to help spacecraft navigate in deep space

Washington: NASA has activated an atomic clock that could enable spacecraft to safely navigate themselves in deep space rather than rely on the time-consuming process...

OYO acquires Danish data science firm Danamica

New Delhi: OYO Hotels & Homes has acquired Danamica, a Copenhagen-based data science company for an undisclosed amount."OYO Hotels & Homes, the world's third-largest and...

Russia will train Indian astronauts for Gaganyaan

Mosco: "India and Russia are stepping up cooperation in the space sector with Moscow extending help in 4-5 critical areas of India’s ambitious manned mission...

India’s moon lander Vikram separates from Chandrayaan-2

Chennai:India's first moon lander Vikram successfully separated from its mother spacecraft Chandrayaan-2 on Monday at 1.15 a.m., said Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).According to...

Amazon selling unlicensed cell signal boosters: Report

San Francisco:Signal boosters can reportedly disrupt entire networks and now retail giant Amazon has been found selling unlicensed mobile phone signal boosters.The Federal Communications...

Robots becomes teachers in a school in Bengaluru

Bengaluru: Humanoid robots to teach students and interact with them as teachers do, at Indus International School in Bengaluru."Our robots impart lessons daily in five...