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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.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 series to launch globally on April 30

"The legend of #RedmiNoteSeries continues! Get ready to meet the newest members of Redmi Note 9 Series as well as other great Xiaomi products! #NoMiWithoutYou," the company tweeted.

New Twitter plugin deletes naked pictures from messages

According to reports, a developer named Kelsey Bressler came up with the idea after she received an unwanted nude picture from a man.

Google removes ToTok app from Play Store again

The app was previously pulled from Apple's App Store and the Google Play Store in December.

Facebook cancels Global Marketing Summit over Coronavirus fears

San Francisco:   After the Mobile World Congress (MWC) Barcelona 2020 conference, Coronavirus has derailed Facebook's Global Marketing Summit in San Francisco.According to a report in...

CAIT to appeal against order staying probe on Amazon, Flipkart

In a statement, the traders' body said that the court has stayed the order for investigation passed by the CCI on the ground that the ED has already initiated investigation into Flipkart and Amazon's activities that are alleged to be in contravention of the FDI policy and so, CAIT would now urge the government and the ED to fastrack the probe.

Facebook releases Pinterest clone ‘Hobbi’

The app is available for iPhone users and it was created by New Product Experimentation (NPE) a team within Facebook tasked with experimenting new products and services, CNET reported on Thursday.

Russia fines Twitter, Facebook on localization of databases

Russian legislation requires Internet service providers to store and process personal data of Russians on the territory of Russia, Xinhua news agency reported.

World’s biggest phone show cancelled due to Coronavirus fears

In a statement, the GSM Association (GSMA) said that the coronavirus outbreak which has killed over 1,000 people and left thousands infected has made it "impossible" to hold the event.

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.