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China's days as the world's factory are over: Apple supplier Foxconn
short by Pragya Swastik / on 13 Aug 2020,Thursday
Apple supplier Foxconn's Chairman Young Liu said that China's days as the factory to the world are finished due to trade war. Liu said the Taiwanese company is adding more capacity outside of China, the hub of production for gadgets including iPhones and Dell desktops. The proportion outside China is now at 30%, up from 25% last June, he added.
short by Pragya Swastik / 07:00 am on 13 Aug
A 16-year-old boy from Jajulakunta village in Andhra Pradesh's West Godavari district, who was allegedly addicted to PUBG, died after reportedly skipping food and water and playing the game continuously for many days. A few days ago, he fell sick and was suffering from severe dehydration. He suffered from diarrhoea and died while undergoing treatment at a hospital on Monday.
short by Pragya Swastik / 06:13 pm on 13 Aug
IIT Ropar develops UVGI-based room disinfection device 'UVSAFE'
short by Aishwarya / on 13 Aug 2020,Thursday
IIT Ropar claims to have developed India's first-of-its-kind UVGI-based room disinfectant device 'UVSAFE'. It harnesses the germicidal effects of UV-C radiations to inactivate all bacteria and viruses. The device ensures zero shadow, provides 360° disinfection and has foldable wings. It has been tested and accredited by FICCI and NABL, the institute said.
short by Aishwarya / 10:41 pm on 13 Aug
Instagram to ask suspicious accounts to verify their identities
short by Aishwarya / on 14 Aug 2020,Friday
Instagram has announced that it will now ask some users to verify their identities if it suspects "potential inauthentic behaviour". This would not affect all the users but would apply only to a few, Instagram said. If an account refuses to verify their identity, their content could receive reduced distribution or it could get disabled.
short by Aishwarya / 02:58 pm on 14 Aug
Agriculture Ministry launches ICAR data recovery centre 'Krishi Megh'
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / on 13 Aug 2020,Thursday
Minister of Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar on Tuesday launched the Indian Council of Agricultural Research's (ICAR) data recovery centre 'Krishi Megh' set up in Hyderabad. The minister called this centre a step forward towards digital agriculture of 'New India' as envisaged by PM Modi. The new centre is equipped with artificial intelligence and deep learning software.
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / 01:43 pm on 13 Aug
Facebook to label ads from politically connected US publications
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / on 13 Aug 2020,Thursday
Facebook on Tuesday announced its decision to mandate US-based publications to disclose their political connections when they buy political ads. The social media platform also says it won't include their content in Facebook News and bar access to WhatsApp Business and Messenger Business. However, these pages will still be allowed to register as news organisations and advertise on Facebook.
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / 04:28 pm on 13 Aug
Facebook to show users pop-ups before sharing COVID-19 posts
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / on 13 Aug 2020,Thursday
In a move to deal with misinformation surrounding COVID-19 on its platform, Facebook said it'll show pop-ups to users who share links related to the virus. The pop-up will have a link to Facebook's COVID-19 Information Center and details about when the content was first published and shared. Facebook rolled out a similar pop-up for when users shared dated articles.
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / 04:30 pm on 13 Aug
Facebook, Snap showed interest in buying Tiktok rival Dubsmash: Report
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / on 13 Aug 2020,Thursday
Facebook and Snapchat parent Snap held talks to buy US-based video-sharing app Dubsmash, according to The Information. "We admire the team but aren't in active talks to acquire," a Snap spokesman said. The report claims that the talks are now off. The deal could have come at a time when Microsoft is negotiating the purchase of TikTok.
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / 04:34 pm on 13 Aug
Fortnite maker sues Apple, Google after game removed from app stores
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / on 14 Aug 2020,Friday
Apple and Google's removal of video game Fortnite from their app stores has prompted its maker Epic Games to file antitrust lawsuits against the companies. The game was removed citing violation of the companies' in-app payment rules. Epic took to court "not seeking monetary relief", but to contest several of the tech majors' app stores practices that it considers "anti-competitive".
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / 10:46 am on 14 Aug
Govt open sources code for iOS version of Aarogya Setu
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / on 14 Aug 2020,Friday
The Centre has open sourced the code for the iOS version of its COVID-19 contact tracing app Aarogya Setu, over two months after it did so for the Android version. Open sourcing allows developers to scrutinise the code and report bugs if any are found. The code is available on OpenForge, the government's open source platform.
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / 01:28 pm on 14 Aug
Photoshop to test technology that identifies edited images
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / on 14 Aug 2020,Friday
In a bid to tackle misinformation, Adobe Photoshop said it plans to preview its technology that will tag mutlimedia content with cryptographically signed data such as locations, time stamps, and who captured or edited it. Adobe will release the technology in a preview release of Photoshop this year. The move comes as a part of Adobe's Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI).
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / 03:29 pm on 14 Aug
YouTube to remove videos promoting interference with US elections
short by Aishwarya / on 13 Aug 2020,Thursday
YouTube announced that it'll remove videos that encourage others to interfere with the election process in the US. Videos that tell viewers to create long voting lines to make it harder for others to vote will be removed. It will also remove videos containing hacked information about a political candidate shared with the intent to interfere in an election.
short by Aishwarya / 11:16 pm on 13 Aug
Tesla's lawsuit against us an attempt to malign reputation: Rivian
short by Aishwarya / on 12 Aug 2020,Wednesday
EV startup Rivian has asked a US court to dismiss Tesla's lawsuit against it, saying it was an attempt to malign Rivian's reputation. In July, Tesla had filed the lawsuit accusing Rivian of recruiting its staff and encouraging them to steal confidential information. Rivian said none of the alleged trade secrets have been located at Rivian or its systems.
short by Aishwarya / 07:46 pm on 12 Aug
TikTok US staff plan to sue Trump administration over app ban
short by Aishwarya / on 14 Aug 2020,Friday
TikTok's US staff are planning to sue President Donald Trump's administration over his order to ban the app. Mike Godwin, the lawyer representing the employees, said the staff recognise that their jobs and their payment are in danger. TikTok is reportedly working on its own lawsuit that is expected to allege that the order is unconstitutional.
short by Aishwarya / 06:43 pm on 14 Aug
John Lo, Tencent's CFO, said Tencent understands the US executive order was focused on its WeChat app and not its other businesses in the country. Tencent's executives specified, if the order doesn't affect WeChat's equivalent messaging platform Weixin in China, Tencent's business would be modest. Earlier, President Donald Trump signed an order banning transactions with Tencent.
short by Aishwarya / 05:10 pm on 13 Aug
Apple ordered to pay over $500 mn for 4G patent violations
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / on 13 Aug 2020,Thursday
A US court has ordered iPhone-maker Apple to pay more than $500 million in damages and interest over 4G patent violations held by intellectual property firm PanOptis. "Lawsuits like this by companies who accumulate patents simply to harass the industry only...stifle innovation," reacted Apple. PanOptis sued Apple in February 2019 after it refused to pay royalty to the firm.
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / 09:57 am on 13 Aug
Nikola Founder Trevor Milton in an interview said Nikola is open to collaborating with Hyundai on hydrogen technology. Nikola had twice made proposals to Hyundai on the matter but they got rejected, Milton added. A source told Reuters that there were no current cooperation talks. "It would be a complicated relationship," the source said further on the subject.
short by Aishwarya / 10:16 pm on 13 Aug
The US government announced it dismantled digital campaigns by al-Qaeda and two other terrorist groups that used social media campaigns globally to obtain cryptocurrency. The US seized millions of dollars and over 300 cryptocurrency accounts used by the groups. "These actions represent...government's largest-ever seizure of cryptocurrency in the terrorism context," the US justice department said.
short by Aishwarya / 11:05 pm on 13 Aug
Google adds COVID-19-related information to travel searches
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / on 14 Aug 2020,Friday
Google has added COVID-19-related information to searches about travelling as lockdown restrictions are being eased. It recently introduced driving alerts to notify about COVID-19 checkpoints and restrictions along the route in Google Maps. Data relating to travel resumption, percentage of open hotels with availability and flights operating will also be added soon.
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / 03:40 pm on 14 Aug
Google has said that it will no longer respond directly to data requests from the Hong Kong government. It added that it hasn't produced any data since the national security law imposed by China was enacted in Hong Kong. "As always, authorities outside the US may seek data needed for criminal investigations through diplomatic procedures," Google said.
short by Aishwarya / 04:22 pm on 14 Aug
NSA, FBI expose Russian hacking malware 'Drovorub'
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / on 14 Aug 2020,Friday
The US' National Security Agency (NSA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) revealed that they found a hacking malware called Drovorub on Linux-based computers, deployed by Russian intelligence agency GRU. This was done as part of its cyber espionage operations, they claimed. "The malware has the potential to have a widespread impact if network defenders don’t take action," said NSA.
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / 05:00 pm on 14 Aug
Google announced that soon students will be able to use Google Lens to find solutions to math problems or equations by clicking a picture of them. The filter that would help with the homework will feature a graduation cap icon and prompt students to take a picture and highlight the problem. The feature will give a step-by-step breakdown of problems.
short by Aishwarya / 07:56 pm on 12 Aug
The Trump administration has asked a court to dismiss the lawsuit filed by digital rights group CDT against its social media executive order. It called the lawsuit a "profound misunderstanding" and said the order only directs government agencies. White House spokesperson Judd Deere said the administration asked for lawsuit's dismissal because "it is not a valid legal argument".
short by Aishwarya / 03:41 pm on 13 Aug
Scribd acquires presentation-sharing platform SlideShare from LinkedIn
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / on 13 Aug 2020,Thursday
E-book subscription company Scribd has acquired presentation-sharing platform SlideShare from LinkedIn for an undisclosed amount. "Today, we're excited to add over 40 million presentations to our reading ecosystem," said Scribd. CEO Trip Adler added, "We have a lot of experience with a product like this... we're in a good position to make SlideShare really successful."
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / 07:23 pm on 13 Aug
Several US companies, including Apple, Ford and Disney expressed their concerns over the effects of the executive order on WeChat, The Wall Street Journal reported. In a call with the White House, over a dozen firms specified the consequences the ban could have on their own businesses. Other companies that participated in the discussion include Goldman Sachs, Intel and MetLife.
short by Aishwarya / 09:06 pm on 13 Aug
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