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Instagram expands its test to hide 'Like' count on posts globally
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 15 Nov 2019,Friday
Instagram has announced that it is extending its test to hide the visibility of the number of 'Likes' on posts from some users worldwide. Recently, the Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform had extended its test to the US after having expanded to a few other nations in July. The test had initially started in Canada in April.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 03:00 pm on 15 Nov
Bill Gates replaces Jeff Bezos as world's richest person: Bloomberg
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 16 Nov 2019,Saturday
Microsoft Co-founder Bill Gates on Friday officially overtook Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos as the world's richest person with a $110-billion net worth as per Bloomberg Billionaires Index. The 64-year-old reclaimed the title for the first time in over two years, Bloomberg added. The fortune of Bezos stood at $109 billion according to the index.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 01:25 pm on 16 Nov
TikTok lets some users put links for online shopping in videos
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 16 Nov 2019,Saturday
TikTok is conducting a test to let some users put links to products for online shopping in their videos, which will send viewers to a third-party site where they can purchase the shown products. Users will also be able to add one URL to their profile page. TikTok said the feature was part of an "experimentation" to improve the app.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 08:57 am on 16 Nov
India has incredible potential in health sector, says Bill Gates
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 16 Nov 2019,Saturday
Microsoft Co-founder Bill Gates, in a recent interview, said that India has incredible potential in sectors including health and IT. "India supplies about half of the units of vaccines that get made in the world," he said. Gates further added that the 'Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation' has had great partnerships with many groups in India about doing new vaccines.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 04:02 pm on 16 Nov
Cops are not welcome: Social network suspends Assam Police's account
short by Ankush Verma / on 17 Nov 2019,Sunday
Social network Mastodon on November 14 suspended the account of the Assam Police, saying that "cops are not welcome". "One of the moderators of Mastodon informed that our account has been suspended following reports from users who didn't feel safe with our presence," a member of the social media team of the Assam Police said.
short by Ankush Verma / 03:45 pm on 17 Nov
Apple suffers $6 mn loss from fake iPhone, iPad scheme; 14 charged
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 15 Nov 2019,Friday
Around 14 people have been indicted for allegedly swapping counterfeit iPhones and iPads from China for genuine devices at Apple Stores throughout the US and Canada. The US Department of Justice said Apple conservatively estimates that the loss exceeds $6 million. The counterfeit devices were allegedly intentionally damaged to get genuine devices as replacements under warranty.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 10:46 am on 15 Nov
Wikipedia Co-founder to relaunch 'WikiTribune' as a social network
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 15 Nov 2019,Friday
Wikipedia Co-founder Jimmy Wales is relaunching 'WikiTribune' as "WT:Social", a social-networking and news sharing site. WikiTribune was launched as an online publication meant to combat fake news with original stories by reporters and "citizen journalists". Wales said he hopes WT:Social, which will be funded by user donations and not advertising, will be an alternative to Facebook and Twitter.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 01:17 pm on 15 Nov
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a 'secret' TikTok account: Report
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 15 Nov 2019,Friday
Social media giant Facebook's Co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a 'secret' account on Chinese lip-syncing platform TikTok, BuzzFeed reported. The unverified account allegedly has the same handle '@finkd' as Zuckerberg's unverified Twitter account. Notably, past reports have suggested that Zuckerberg planned about acquiring Musical.ly, which merged later with Chinese app Douyin to form TikTok.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 09:36 am on 15 Nov
Amazon to challenge US' $10-bn JEDI contract it lost to Microsoft
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 15 Nov 2019,Friday
Amazon revealed it will formally challenge Pentagon's decision to award Microsoft the JEDI defence contract. The cloud contract, worth up to $10 billion over 10 years, will provide infrastructure and platform services for both the Pentagon's business and mission operations. "Numerous aspects of JEDI evaluation process contained clear deficiencies, errors and unmistakable bias," AWS said.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 08:53 am on 15 Nov
New Google Maps feature to speak out addresses in local languages
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 16 Nov 2019,Saturday
Google is adding a new translator feature to its Maps to speak out a place's name and address in local language. The feature will be accessible through a speaker button next to the place's name or address. Google said the local translation feature supports as many as 50 languages and has started rolling out on both Android and iOS devices.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 11:18 am on 16 Nov
Apple bans vaping-related apps, removes 181 apps from App Store
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 16 Nov 2019,Saturday
Apple has removed 181 vaping-related apps from the App Store worldwide amid growing health concerns over e-cigarettes. Apple said it never allowed apps that sell cartridges on the store, but other vape-related apps, including ones that controlled vaping pens or provided vape-focused games, were allowed. Apple initially stopped approving such apps in June and has put a ban on them.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 12:46 pm on 16 Nov
Most tech can be shaped to have more benefits than negatives: Gates
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 16 Nov 2019,Saturday
Microsoft Co-founder Bill Gates, in a recent interview, said he is a "believer" that most technologies can be shaped to have more benefits than negatives, overall. "I see technology, as if we shape it in the right way, very positive," Gates said. He is on a three-day visit to assess the work that his foundation is carrying out in India.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 06:00 pm on 16 Nov
Former Apple, Google chipmakers' startup NUVIA raises $53 million
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 16 Nov 2019,Saturday
NUVIA, a California-based processor-making startup founded by three former Apple and Google chipmakers, has raised $53 million in a Series A funding round. The nine-month-old startup was founded by IIT-Delhi alumnus Manu Gulati along with John Bruno and Gerard Williams III. The $53-million round was co-led by Capricorn Investment Group, Dell Technologies Capital, Mayfield and WRVI Capital.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 09:56 am on 16 Nov
India joins China to oppose use of 26 GHz band for 5G: Reports
short by Aishwarya / on 16 Nov 2019,Saturday
India has reportedly sided with China, Russia and Japan to oppose the use of 26 GHz spectrum band for commercial 5G operations. India has opposed the use as ISRO plans to use the particular band for satellite services. China and other nations had opposed it to defend their military operations. However, certain industry bodies have shown reservations against the decision.
short by Aishwarya / 10:09 pm on 16 Nov
IBM to launch system to forecast weather 12 hrs in advance
short by Anushka Dixit / on 14 Nov 2019,Thursday
IBM has announced that it will create a forecasting system that claims to predict weather conditions 12 hours in advance. It also claims to cover parts of the world that do not have access to such detailed data. The system, IBM GRAF — Global High-Resolution Atmospheric Forecasting System — will forecast down to 3 kilometers squared and update hourly.
short by Anushka Dixit / 11:02 pm on 14 Nov
Medical data of millions of Americans at risk: Google whistleblower
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 15 Nov 2019,Friday
The Guardian published an article allegedly written by unnamed Google whistleblower who detailed the technology giant's reported access to over 50 million Americans' medical data through healthcare giant Ascension. "The medical data of millions of Americans is at risk," the article was titled. "What I was witnessing was too important for me to remain silent," the alleged whistleblower added.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 08:00 pm on 15 Nov
Indian govt made second-highest user data requests: Facebook
short by Aishwarya / on 15 Nov 2019,Friday
A Facebook report revealed that the Indian government made 22,684 user data requests in the first half of 2019, the second-highest number of requests by any nation. India, which is followed by UK, Germany and France, was only behind the US, which made 50,741 requests. Facebook said that total number of such requests increased by 16% from 110,634 to 128,617.
short by Aishwarya / 10:26 pm on 15 Nov
Disney+ to launch in India in 2020: Reports
short by Anushka Dixit / on 14 Nov 2019,Thursday
Disney is looking to roll out its recently launched streaming service Disney+'s catalog to Hotstar in India in the next six months, reports said. Disney plans to raise the monthly subscription fee of Hotstar from ₹999 a year. Disney+ was launched in US, Netherlands and Canada on November 12 and has signed up over 10 million users already.
short by Anushka Dixit / 10:57 pm on 14 Nov
Google to drop weekly meetings amid frequent leaks, says CEO
short by Dharna / on 16 Nov 2019,Saturday
Google is dropping its weekly town hall meetings, internally called "TGIF" meetings, where employees usually share concerns with management. CEO Sundar Pichai cited "coordinated efforts" to leak candid conversations outside the meetings as the reason, in an email leaked to media and confirmed by Google. He added TGIF meetings will be held monthly, focusing only on "product and business strategy".
short by Dharna / 10:51 pm on 16 Nov
AI predicts epileptic seizures with 'near-perfect accuracy'
short by Dharna / on 16 Nov 2019,Saturday
US researchers have created an artificial intelligence (AI) system that predicts epileptic seizures "with near-perfect 99.6% accuracy" up to an hour before onset. They said the AI gives patients enough time to prepare for a seizure by taking medication. The AI combines deep-learning algorithms to map a person's brain activity and predict the electrical channels lighting up during a seizure.
short by Dharna / 08:55 pm on 16 Nov
Google tweaks algorithms for profit, blacklists sites: Report
short by Aishwarya / on 16 Nov 2019,Saturday
The Wall Street Journal has claimed that Google tweaks its algorithms to serve powerful interests for profit and blacklists conservative publications. The report also talked about Google favouring big businesses over smaller ones and giving a boost to some major websites, like Amazon and Facebook. Google, however, deemed the report inaccurate and disputed the findings.
short by Aishwarya / 10:57 pm on 16 Nov
Google makes app to tell how close users sound like Freddie Mercury
short by Anushka Dixit / on 14 Nov 2019,Thursday
Google, Universal Music Group and band Queen have partnered to create a 'FreddieMeter' that will let users know how close their voice is to singer Freddie Mercury. The system will determine a person's voice to see how their pitch, timbre and melody is in comparison to Mercury's. It will encourage users to make a donation to the Mercury Phoenix Trust.
short by Anushka Dixit / 10:42 pm on 14 Nov
Twitter to ban political ads starting November 22
short by Dharna / on 16 Nov 2019,Saturday
Twitter on Friday unveiled a new policy that bans political advertisements on its platform starting November 22. The policy bans paid political content which appeals for votes, solicits financial support or references candidates, parties, elected officials, legislation and regulation. Twitter will also limit "cause-based" ads, restricting "contentious" topics like climate change and abortion.
short by Dharna / 06:58 pm on 16 Nov
Facebook says AI getting better at detecting banned content
short by Aishwarya / on 14 Nov 2019,Thursday
Facebook said its AI software is getting better at detecting banned content and proving to be more efficient than humans. The social media firm said it has removed over 99% content associated with terrorist organisations from Facebook alone. It has also removed 512,000 posts on child nudity and child sexual exploitation from Instagram in Q2, Facebook added.
short by Aishwarya / 09:28 pm on 14 Nov
Facebook builds Instagram-like feed for its own app
short by Dharna / on 17 Nov 2019,Sunday
Facebook has confirmed that it has concluded testing an in-app feature which displays an Instagram-like photo feed. The feature named 'Popular Photos' lets users scroll endlessly through an algorithmically selected feed of pictures from friends, beneath the full-screen view of a picture opened from News Feed. Within Popular Photos, Facebook will truncate or hide captions beyond 65 characters.
short by Dharna / 10:00 am on 17 Nov
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