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Mi India, ranked India's #1 smartphone & smart TV brand by IDC 2Q20, has committed scholarships worth ₹2 crore towards kids' education. The Mi Scholarship Programme is in partnership with Buddy4Study & former India captain Sourav Ganguly. Mi India also achieved a Guinness World Record by setting up the 'World's Largest Oil Lamp' - 'The Ray of Hope' in Kolkata.
short by Roshan Gupta / 10:26 am on 26 Oct
Ant Group to raise $34.5 billion in world's biggest IPO
short by Pragya Swastik / on 26 Oct 2020,Monday
Chinese fintech company Ant Group, an affiliate company of billionaire Jack Ma-led Alibaba Group, is set to raise $34.5 billion in its IPO in the coming weeks. It'll be the world's largest IPO, surpassing Saudi Aramco's IPO where the oil company raised over $29 billion. Ant Group shares have been listed on stock exchanges in Hong Kong and Shanghai.
short by Pragya Swastik / 06:10 pm on 26 Oct
Akshay Kumar took to Twitter to share a teaser of FAU-G action game. The teaser depicts the Galwan Valley clash between India and China. "Today we celebrate the victory of good over evil, and what better day to celebrate our Fearless and United Guards, our FAU-G! On the auspicious occasion of Dussehra, presenting the FAU-G teaser," Akshay wrote.
short by Ankush Verma / 10:40 am on 26 Oct
Google Pay app temporarily removed from Apple's App Store to fix issue
short by Pragya Swastik / on 26 Oct 2020,Monday
Google Pay app has been briefly removed from Apple's App Store to fix an issue, a Google spokesperson said on Monday. The issue does not impact the app's Android version and Google Pay remains available on Google's Play Store. Earlier in August, Google Pay was briefly taken down from Play Store following a glitch.
short by Pragya Swastik / 05:49 pm on 26 Oct
Researchers 3D print working boat a third of the thickness of a hair
short by Pragya Swastik / on 26 Oct 2020,Monday
Researchers at the Netherlands' Leiden University have 3D printed a little boat measuring 30 micrometres, about a third of the thickness of a hair. The researchers also printed spiral-shaped particles, which rotate along while they are propelled through the water. The 3D-printed boat is part of an exploration of microswimmers like bacteria and sperm.
short by Pragya Swastik / 07:08 pm on 26 Oct
Tamil Nadu's Tiruppur native S Yuvarajaa, an IIT Kharagpur postgraduate, was arrested for creating two illegal Android apps that allowed users to book tatkal tickets faster. His apps 'Super Tatkal' and 'Super Tatkal Pro' bypassed the Indian Railways system to book tickets and the ticket amount eventually ended up in his account. He swindled around ₹20 lakh using the apps.
short by Pragya Swastik / 02:19 pm on 26 Oct
Dubai introduces facial recognition on public transport
short by Hiral Goyal / on 25 Oct 2020,Sunday
Dubai has introduced facial recognition system on its public transport to provide additional security for locals, officials announced on Sunday. The technology has proven effective as it takes less than a minute now to identify a suspect unlike before when it took five hours, officials added. The system will be rolled out in Dubai's metro stations in the upcoming months.
short by Hiral Goyal / 09:28 pm on 25 Oct
MIT unveils autonomous boat 'Roboat II' that can carry passengers
short by Hiral Goyal / on 26 Oct 2020,Monday
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) unveiled an autonomous boat "Roboat II" on Monday, that is capable of carrying two passengers. Developed by MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the Senseable City Lab, the robotic boat is 2-metre long, COVID-19 friendly and capable of assembling itself into a larger vessel that can be commanded by a main boat.
short by Hiral Goyal / 10:38 pm on 26 Oct
TikTok's parent company ByteDance is in preliminary talks internally and with investment banks to list its short video app Douyin in Hong Kong, Reuters reported. The video-sharing app Douyin is the Chinese equivalent of TikTok, since the latter is not available in China. Earlier, ByteDance had reportedly considered the possibility of listing its Chinese business in Hong Kong or Shanghai.
short by Hiral Goyal / 03:53 pm on 26 Oct
Apple holds no right to fruits of our labour: Fortnite-maker Epic Games
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / on 25 Oct 2020,Sunday
In its latest court filing, Fortnite-maker Epic Games said Apple holds “no rights to the fruits of Epic’s labour.” The video game company added it hadn't stolen anything from Apple and that its moves were "a far cry" from being criminal. The two have been in a legal tussle since months, triggered by Epic circumventing Apple's App Store tax.
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / 11:10 am on 25 Oct
Alibaba Group's Co-founder Jack Ma criticised global financial regulations for stifling innovation by saying regulators have only focused on risk control highlighted in the Basel Accords and not on development. The Basel Accords are like an old people's club, whereas China is a youth, he said. "We can’t use yesterday’s methods to regulate the future," he further added.
short by Hiral Goyal / 07:45 pm on 25 Oct
Samsung Chairman leaves behind $21 billion assets for inheritance
short by Hiral Goyal / on 25 Oct 2020,Sunday
Samsung Chairman Lee Kun-hee, who died at the age of 78 on Sunday, has left behind assets reportedly worth $20.9 billion. The inheritance will be subject to 50% inheritance tax as per South Korea's tax rules. Lee was South Korea's richest man and had stakes in Samsung companies valued at about $16.1 billion as of Friday’s closing price.
short by Hiral Goyal / 05:16 pm on 25 Oct
News agency PTI suffers a ransomware attack, services restored
short by Hiral Goyal / on 26 Oct 2020,Monday
The servers of news agency Press Trust of India (PTI) suffered a ransomware attack over the weekend, disrupting the delivery of news to its subscribers across India. The services were restored by Sunday morning and no ransom was paid, a company spokesperson said. The ransomware, identified as LockBit, blocks user access to computer systems in exchange for a ransom.
short by Hiral Goyal / 10:31 pm on 26 Oct
Apple's Taiwan supplier Foxconn to track Chinese rival Luxshare: Report
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / on 26 Oct 2020,Monday
One of Apple's major suppliers and iPhone assemblers, Taiwan's Foxconn has reportedly set up a task force to track Chinese electronics manufacturer Luxshare which it believes poses threats to its dominance. The task force was reportedly initiated by Foxconn Founder Terry Gou and will study Luxshare's technology, expansion plan, hiring plans and Chinese government ties among others.
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / 09:36 am on 26 Oct
Samsung, Stanford researchers jointly develop 10,000 PPI VR display
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / on 26 Oct 2020,Monday
Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) and Stanford University have co-developed a high-quality display that will deliver resolutions up to 10,000 pixels per inch (PPI) for Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) devices. A mobile display might achieve only 400-500 PPI in comparison. In future, such displays also called metasurfaces can find use in solar cells and light sensors.
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / 01:02 pm on 26 Oct
Maharashtra BJP leader Chitra Wagh on Friday wrote a letter to Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad seeking action against apps "misusing pictures uploaded by women users and enraging their modesty." She said the apps digitally remove women's clothes, and then the photos are made viral. She requested a ban on such apps to stop such incidents.
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / 10:35 am on 26 Oct
Apple may eliminate the stem from AirPods Pro: Report
short by Hiral Goyal / on 26 Oct 2020,Monday
Apple, in an update to the AirPods Pro model, is planning to eliminate the short straw-like stem that sticks out from the bottom, Bloomberg reported. It is reportedly also redesigning the AirPods model to look more like AirPods Pro, with a shorter stem and replaceable ear tips. Apple is working on improving the battery life of AirPods, the report added.
short by Hiral Goyal / 07:05 pm on 26 Oct
Facebook is preparing for any conflicts that may arise around the US presidential election by deploying tools designed for "at-risk" countries, The Wall Street Journal reported. The tools are designed to slow the spread of viral content, control users' news feed and lower the threshold for potentially dangerous content. These tools have been previously used in Sri Lanka and Myanmar.
short by Hiral Goyal / 07:05 pm on 26 Oct
Apple cable supplier to start mass production in India soon: Report
short by Anukriti Sachdeva / on 25 Oct 2020,Sunday
Taiwan-based cable and connector maker Cheng Uei Precision Industry will start mass production for Apple later this year from its new plant in India, reported Bloomberg. Apple's major suppliers including Foxconn, Pegatron and Wistron have set up a subsidiary or an iPhone plant in India. This comes as part of India's new $6.65 billion production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme.
short by Anukriti Sachdeva / 03:43 pm on 25 Oct
Atari to build gaming-themed hotel in Las Vegas, pics surface
short by Hiral Goyal / on 25 Oct 2020,Sunday
Architecture firm Gensler has revealed renders of Atari's upcoming video game-themed hotel in Las Vegas that'll offer immersive, virtual and augmented experiences. The hotel will reportedly have retro arcades, art galleries, gaming arena, e-sports multiplex and other themed entertainment. Atari's first gaming-themed hotels, in partnership with GSD Group, will be in Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Arizona.
short by Hiral Goyal / 09:43 pm on 25 Oct
Pak PM writes to Facebook CEO seeking ban on Islamophobic content
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / on 26 Oct 2020,Monday
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has written to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, seeking a ban on Islamophobic content on the platform. Khan added that “growing Islamophobia” is encouraging extremism and violence across the world, especially through social media platforms. “I would ask you to place a similar ban on Islamophobia...that you have put in place for the Holocaust,” Khan wrote.
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / 08:40 am on 26 Oct
Google, Temasek to invest $350 mn in Indonesia's Tokopedia: Report
short by Hiral Goyal / on 26 Oct 2020,Monday
Google and Temasek Holdings will invest around $350 million in Indonesia's largest e-commerce firm Tokopedia, sources told Bloomberg. Tokopedia's initial goal had been to raise between $500 million to $1 billion, Bloomberg reported, adding that it may still look for more investors. Founded in 2009, Tokopedia has previously received funding from SoftBank Group and Alibaba Group.
short by Hiral Goyal / 06:40 pm on 26 Oct
Not banning Oculus users with same account on multiple headsets: Facebook
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / on 26 Oct 2020,Monday
Facebook's Oculus on Monday issued a clarification stating that it won't ban users for using the same Facebook account on two or more Oculus headsets. It stated that its Twitter handle had provided incorrect information about the ban earlier, which led to confusion among users. Oculus' support team had earlier stated that this was against their terms and conditions.
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / 11:41 am on 26 Oct
Instagram amends its nudity policy after model alleges racial bias
short by Hiral Goyal / on 26 Oct 2020,Monday
Instagram will be amending its nudity policy following a campaign by a model who alleged discrimination against plus-sized people and Black women. Nyome Nicholas-Williams started the campaign after Instagram took down an image of her wrapping arms around her breasts for violating its nudity rules. She noted that Instagram didn't censor photos of "very naked, skinny white women".
short by Hiral Goyal / 10:31 pm on 26 Oct
Facebook seeks shutdown of NYU research on its political ad-targeting
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / on 25 Oct 2020,Sunday
Facebook sent a letter to The Ad Observatory, a New York University (NYU) project, demanding they stop their research on the platform's political advertisement targeting algorithms. Facebook said the project's use of scraping tools on its platform is a violation of its terms. "We don't collect anything about user interaction with the ads," responded a researcher on the project.
short by Rishabh Bhatnagar / 11:46 am on 25 Oct
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