Saturday, July 11, 2020


Google video 'reveals' Android 11 coming on September 8

SAN FRANCISCO:Google has accidentally revealed that it is preparing to release Android 11 to the public on September 8.

Facebook kills over 100 fake accounts linked to Trump's close ally

SAN FRANCISCO:Facebook has removed over 100 fake accounts and pages that were posting misinformation with links to Roger Stone, a long-time Republican and trusted ally of US President Donald Trump.

Instagram rolls out pinned comments to all

NEW DELHI: Photo-sharing app Instagram has rolled out the pinned comment feature to help users maximise their engagement with their friends and family members.
The new feature will help users to pin up important or favourite comments on their posts, said the Facebook-owned company.

Instagram begins testing 'Shops' feature with select users

SAN FRANCISCO:After Facebook, Instagram has begun testing the new Shops feature with select users globally to help set up a single online store for customers.
Tapping on the ‘Shops' tab at the bottom bar in Instagram will take users to existing shopping experience in the app, with a listing of posts that have Shopping Tags added via approved merchants, reports TechCrunch

Gmail for iPad update adds support for Split View multitasking

NEW DELHI:Google has updated its Gmail app for iPad to add long-awaited Split View multitasking support.

Instagram brings TikTok-like short videos to India with 'Reels'

NEW DELHI: With the ban on TikTok creating a huge vacuum for the 15-second videos in the Indian Internet space, Facebook-owned Instagram on Wednesday announced the extension of the testing of Reels which allows users to record, edit and share short multi-clip videos, to India.

TikTok rival Mitron hits over 25mn downloads from Google Play

BENGALURU:Homegrown short-form video app Mitron on Tuesday said it has achieved over 25 million downloads from Google Play Store and more and more content creators are making a beeline to join the app.

Top tech firms halt Hong Kong's requests for users' data

SAN FRANCISCO:Facebook, WhatsApp, Google, Twitter and Telegram have said they will not process official requests from the Hong Kong authorities to hand over user data for the time being, in the wake of China imposing a controversial new National Security Law in Hong Kong.

ShareChat's TikTok rival Moj crosses 5mn downloads on Google Play

NEW DELHI: Home-grown regional language social media app ShareChat's short video sharing platform Moj has crossed five million downloads from Google Play Store in just about a week since the beta version of the TikTok rival was released.

Walgreens, NZ-based Stuff join 'boycott Facebook' campaign

SAN FRANCISCO:Leading US drugstore chain Walgreens and New Zealand-based news site Stuff have decided to quit Facebook and its sister platforms amid criticism over its handling of hate speech and misinformation.

Online searches drop for Tik ToK, WeChat, ShareIT as India bans Chinese apps

NEW DELHI:The Indian government's decision to ban 59 Chinese owned apps has impacted online searches for those apps. A study found that on the June 29, the day the ban was imposed there was a 229 percent increase in the number of searches for Tik Tok and a 255 percent increase in the number of searches for WeChat. On the same day, the percentage increase in the number of times apps like Weibo, Shareit, and UC Browser were 57, 78, and 82 percent, respectively, reveals study by SEMrush.

WhatsApp rolls out first-ever global brand campaign in India

NEW DELHI:WhatsApp on Saturday launched its first brand campaign in India that narrates real stories about how Indians communicate daily on WhatsApp with their closest relationships.

PUBG Mobile's lifetime revenue hits $3bn, India tops download chart

NEW DELHI:Battle Royale title game PUBG Mobile has seen a global revenue gain of $1.3 billion (roughly Rs 9,731 crore) in the first half of this year, bringing its lifetime collection to $3 billion (nearly Rs 22,457 crore) with the highest number of downloads in India which ranks at the top with 175 million installs.

Will comply with India ban, not sharing users' data with China: TikTok

NEW DELHI: Chinese short-video making app TikTok on Tuesday said it is in the process of complying with the Indian government order to ban 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok, and is not sharing any data of Indian users with the Chinese government.

India bans 59 Chinese apps over national security concerns

NEW DELHI: The Indian government on Monday banned nearly 59 Chinese apps including TikTok, WeChat and UC Browser and Xiaomi's Mi Community over national security concerns as India-China bilateral relations remain strained after the death of 20 Indian soldiers in the Galwan Valley clash with Chinese PLA troops in eastern Ladakh.

TikTok not to access Apple user clipboards after iOS 14 exposed it

SAN FRANCISCO:Chinese short-video making app TikTok has announced it would no longer automatically access user clipboards on Apple iPhones after iOS 14 in Beta has exposed apps constantly reading user clipboards.

Grow with Google' trains 50 million people in Asia Pacific

NEW DELHI:The Grow with Google initiative has trained 50 million people in Asia Pacific to date, empowering small businesses and jobseekers who are facing uncertainty and looking for digital skills training to help them increase their economic potential, the company announced on Thursday.

Apple iPhone sales down in China in May: Report

SAN FRANCISCO: After an initial rebound, the iPhone sales plummeted in China in May as Apple reopened retails stores in the country after the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to CNBC, Apple sold 3.6 million iPhones in China in May, down from 3.9 million in April.

ISRO gets Indian patent for liquid cooling and heating garment

CHENNAI:The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has got an Indian patent for its liquid cooling and heating garment (LCHG) that is suitable for space applications.
The patent is valid for 20 years from the date of application, that is, February 8, 2016, and was granted on June 19.

New Google tool to help users find Covid testing centres in India

NEW DELHI:Google on Friday announced the launch of a new feature on Google Search, Assistant, and Maps for users in India to help them find information on Covid-19 testing centres near them.

Software Technology Parks of India Commemorates 29th Foundation Day

NEW DELHI: Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), an autonomous society under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), commemorated its 29th Foundation Day on Friday, June 5th 2020. On the occasion a day-long webinar witnessed live streaming of sessions on three topics viz. ‘Role of Government in Driving Innovation & Product Development’, ‘Rechristening the Narratives of Indian IT Industry’ and ‘India Ahead with Transformational Ideas, Disruptive Innovations and Pool of Talent’. Experts and thought leaders from government, industry, academia and industry associations deliberated and exchanged their ideas.

Facebook's Google Photos transfer tool now available globally

SAN FRANCISCO:Social media giant Facebook's Google Photos transfer tool is now available globally to everyone.
Part of a programme involving Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Twitter established in 2018, the tool allows users to create copies of all of the photos or videos on Facebook account and transfer them to a linked Google Photos one.

54% of online videos watched in India are in Hindi: YouTube

NEW DELHI:About 54 per cent of online videos that Indians watch are in Hindi, while English is preferred by only 16 per cent of the viewing population, followed by Telugu, Kannada, Tamil and Bengali, Google-owned YouTube said in a report on Tuesday.

6.1-inch iPhone 12 production to kick off in July: Report

SAN FRANCISCO:Apple is planning to start mass production of its upcoming 6.1-inch iPhone 12 models in July ahead of the rest of the flagship iPhone lineup this year.
Apple is expected to launch four new iPhone 12 models this year - a base 5.4-inch iPhone, two 6.1-inch iPhones and a 6.7-inch iPhone.

Restored Chilika Lake benefitted over 2 lakh fishermen: IIT-M

CHENNAI:The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) on Friday said its researchers undertook a major restoration project at the famous Chilika Lake - the largest brackish water body in Asia and the first Ramsar site of India - located in Odisha to help in tripling the population of the Irrawaddy dolphins while also benefitting over 2 lakh fishermen.

Women spending 1/6th of their day on social media: Survey

NEW DELHI: Women spend nearly one-sixth or 4 hours of their day online, which is not work-related, reveals a survey.
Nearly 54 percent of women picked Facebook, followed by 34 percent who said that their platform of choice was Instagram. While these emerge as the most preferred platforms, women are spending maximum time on WhatsApp, said the survey conducted by 80 dB Communications.

HBO Max now available on Apple TV, iOS devices

SAN FRANCISCO:The new HBO Max video-streaming service from WarnerMedia is now available across iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV devices.
New customers who want to subscribe to HBO Max will be able to access the service via in-app purchase priced at $14.99 per month, reports 9to5Mac.

INST Mohali innovates an unique route to fabricate precisely controlled nanostructures

CHANDIGARH: Researchers at Institute of Nano Science and Technology (INST) Mohali (Punjab), an autonomous institute under the Department of Science & Technology (DST) have found a straightforward and unique route to fabricate precisely controlled nanostructures of desired geometry and location on 2D materials, through a rapid one-step low power laser writing process.

Apple TV+ promotes kid-friendly content as summer vacation begins

SAN FRANCISCO:Apple has released a 30-second ad on YouTube and other channels to promote child-friendly movies and shows on its Apple TV+ streaming service as summer vacation begins in most countries including in India.

WhatsApp launches new campaign to curb fake news amid COVID-19

NEW DELHI:Instant messaging platform WhatsApp on Friday launched a new "check it before you share it" education campaign, expanding its efforts to reduce spread of misinformation on its platform amid COVID-19 pandemic.

Scientists launch videos in regional languages on COVID-19

NEW DELHI:The young scientists of the National Center For Biological Sciences (NCBS) have initiated a series of videos on social media to create awareness about COVID-19 in regional languages after Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed young scientists.

IFCN launches WhatsApp bot to fight COVID-19 misinformation

NEW DELHI:Poynter Institutes International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) on Monday launched its chatbot on WhatsApp to help two billion users of the Facebook-owned instant messaging platform to check veracity of information related to COVID-19.

US federal court approves $5 billion Facebook settlement with FTC

WASHINGTON:A US federal court has officially approved the $5 billion fine Facebook reached with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last July, after the FTC concluded its investigation into Cambridge Analytica data scandal involving 87 million Facebook users.

75 million people have already downloaded Arogya Setu app

NEW DELHI:The Arogya Setu app has been downloaded by 75 million people on mobile phones, which is now emerging as an important tool in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.

Class 11 Delhi boy develops touch-free doorbell

NEW DELHI:In a preventive measure against the fast-spreading coronavirus (COVID-19), a 16-year-old Delhi boy has developed an automated touch-free doorbell with the objective of social distancing.

Snapchat partners Amazon Prime Video for fun AR experience

NEW DELHI:Photo-messaging app Snapchat on Friday collaborated with Amazon Prime Video to bring second season of Amazon original series titled ‘Four More Shorts Please! closer to its fans through Augmented Reality (AR).

Reliance Jio's frontline warriors ensure Punjab stays connected even in lockdown

CHANDIGARH:  Reliance Jio's frontline warriors in Punjab are working tirelesly day and night to ensure that its over 1.33 crore users stay connected with the outside world during this lockdown. Jio's engineers across Punjab circle which includes Chandigarh and Panchkula are continuously on the field to provide a lifeline to people through its uninterrupted voice calling and high speed internet services on mobile and broadband through its JioFiber.

French watchdog tells Google to pay news firms for using their content

LONDON: The French anti-competition watchdog on Thursday asked tech giant Google to negotiate with publishers and news agencies on paying them proper remuneration for re-using their content on its platforms.

WhatsApp limits frequently forwarding messages to 1 chat at a time

NEW DELHI: In a bid to curb the flow of misinformation in COVID-19 times, Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Tuesday announced to introduce a new limit on frequently forwarding messages where a WhatsApp user can forward such messages to one chat at a time.

Facebook expands Community Help feature for COVID-19 efforts

SAN FRANCISCO:Facebook has announced to expand its Community Help feature as part of COVID-19 efforts which will help people offer help to those affected by the new coronavirus pandemic, as well as donate to nonprofit organisations.