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Google image search for 'idiot' shows Donald Trump's photos
short by Pragya Swastik / on 20 Jul 2018,Friday
Google's image search for 'idiot' began showing US President Donald Trump's pictures after online activists started manipulating Google's algorithm by linking the word to his images. They upvoted a post containing a photo of Trump and the word 'idiot' on Reddit. It is also partly because of 'American Idiot' song which was used by Trump's protestors during his London trip.
short by Pragya Swastik / 04:10 pm on 20 Jul
WhatsApp to limit message forwarding to 5 chats at once in India
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 20 Jul 2018,Friday
Messaging app WhatsApp has said that it is testing a limit on forwarding messages to five chats at one time in India. It also said that it will remove the quick forward button which is present next to media messages. The move comes in the wake of violent incidents triggered by the spread of fake news on the platform.
short by Sumedha Sehra / 11:05 am on 20 Jul
Health data of Singapore PM, 15L citizens stolen in cyberattack
short by Pragya Swastik / on 20 Jul 2018,Friday
Singapore government's health database suffered a major cyberattack on Friday in which the information of 15 lakh citizens and the country's PM Lee Hsien Loong, was stolen. It was aimed at patients who visited clinics between May 2015 and July 2018, the Health Ministry said. The attackers targeted Lee's personal particulars and the medicines he received, the ministry added.
short by Pragya Swastik / 08:56 pm on 20 Jul
Microsoft crosses $100 billion in annual sales for 1st time
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 20 Jul 2018,Friday
With $110 billion in sales in its 2018 fiscal, Microsoft crossed the $100-billion milestone for the first time in the company's 43-year history. This comes after Microsoft's market cap touched $800 billion last week, trailing only Google-parent Alphabet, Amazon and Apple in US. Microsoft's record revenue was largely attributed to commercial cloud sales, which contributed over $23 billion.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 02:30 pm on 20 Jul
iPhone users may face deactivation by telcos over TRAI rule
short by Pragya Swastik / on 21 Jul 2018,Saturday
TRAI has warned Apple to allow its Do-Not-Disturb app on iPhones within six months in order to "curb the problem of unsolicited commercial communication." It further said that network providers will "derecognise" devices that do not allow the installation of the app developed by TRAI. It already has a 'Do Not Disturb' app on Google's Play Store.
short by Pragya Swastik / 04:14 pm on 21 Jul
Gates and I recommended Nadella as Microsoft CEO: Ballmer
short by Pragya Swastik / on 20 Jul 2018,Friday
Microsoft's former CEO Steve Ballmer in an interview to Bloomberg said that he and company's Co-founder Bill Gates recommended Satya Nadella as the CEO and he's doing a great job. "I thought he was a candidate to replace me, which is why we moved him into his last job," he added. Notably, Microsoft's stock price has tripled under Nadella's leadership.
short by Pragya Swastik / 07:07 pm on 20 Jul
Microsoft shares up 180% since Satya Nadella became CEO
short by Manaya Bagga / on 20 Jul 2018,Friday
Technology giant Microsoft's shares have risen around 180% since India-born Satya Nadella took over as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in 2014. Microsoft's market capitalisation surpassed the $800 billion mark for the first time earlier this month. Microsoft crossed the $100-billion in annual revenue for the first time in the company's 43-year history in financial year 2018.
short by Manaya Bagga / 06:51 pm on 20 Jul
Data breach exposes trade secrets of Tesla, Ford, Toyota, GM
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 21 Jul 2018,Saturday
About 157 GB of sensitive data from over 100 companies, including General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, Tesla and Toyota, were exposed on a public server, security researcher UpGuard Cyber Risk has revealed. The exposure via Canada-based Level One Robotics comprised factory layouts, robotic configurations, ID badge forms and non-disclosure agreements, including one from Tesla, UpGuard said.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 04:50 pm on 21 Jul
Do you want me to fire myself: FB CEO to journo on data row
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 19 Jul 2018,Thursday
Being repeatedly questioned over accountability for Facebook's recent data scandal, CEO Mark Zuckerberg asked the interviewer, "Do you really want me to fire myself right now?". "I designed the platform, so if someone's going to get fired, it should be me," Zuckerberg had said. He added, Facebook will no longer take developers' word when they say they aren't misusing information.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 07:40 pm on 19 Jul
How does Facebook store data of its over 2 billion users?
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 20 Jul 2018,Friday
Facebook has over 2.3 billion monthly active users, whose data is stored on millions of servers scattered globally. To handle such volumes of data, Facebook runs trillions of configuration checks daily, while simultaneously delivering updates to users in their respective languages. Recently, Facebook developed a new delivery process, where a 5 MB configuration update limit was increased to 100 MB.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 01:15 pm on 20 Jul
SpaceX launches world's heaviest communications satellite
short by Pragya Swastik / on 22 Jul 2018,Sunday
Elon Musk-led space startup SpaceX on Sunday launched the Telstar 19 Vantage satellite, the world's heaviest commercial communications satellite weighing over 7,000 kg, through its Falcon 9 rocket. Its upgraded first stage booster flew itself back and landed on an off-shore droneship. This was the second successful launch of the new version of SpaceX's Block 5 rocket.
short by Pragya Swastik / 02:37 pm on 22 Jul
21-yr-old Indian origin develops platform to fight fake news
short by Pragya Swastik / on 22 Jul 2018,Sunday
Lyric Jain, a 21-year-old Indian-origin entrepreneur originally from Mysore, has founded startup Logically in the UK and developed a machine-learning algorithm to combat fake news. The platform collects news stories from over 70,000 domains and determines the credibility of the claims in the articles. With specific plans for India, the startup is set to launch in the country in October.
short by Pragya Swastik / 07:15 pm on 22 Jul
After SpaceX, Facebook to build an internet satellite
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 21 Jul 2018,Saturday
Facebook has confirmed it is working on a new satellite project, named Athena, that will provide broadband internet connections to rural and underserved areas. In 2016, Facebook's internet satellite for Africa was lost when SpaceX's rocket exploded. However, Elon Musk's SpaceX launched its own experimental satellites this February, with the aim to develop an "internet-satellite constellation".
short by Gaurav Shroff / 11:03 am on 21 Jul
Government sends second notice to WhatsApp over fake news
short by Shifa Naseer / on 20 Jul 2018,Friday
The government has issued a second notice to WhatsApp, seeking more effective solutions to curb fake news. In its notice, the government warned WhatsApp that the mediums used for fake news propagation can face legal action if they are mute spectators. The government's notices came after various incidents of lynchings took place over rumours spread via WhatsApp.
short by Shifa Naseer / 10:00 am on 20 Jul
Microsoft will infuse everything with AI: CEO Satya Nadella
short by Shifa Naseer / on 20 Jul 2018,Friday
Talking about the advances in artificial intelligence (AI), Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has said that the company is going to infuse everything with AI. He also said, "It's going to have perception capability, language capability, and autonomy that's going to be built into the applications going forward." It wasn't just about self-driving projects but about autonomy everywhere, Nadella added.
short by Shifa Naseer / 11:00 am on 20 Jul
Robot draws images from user's phone on a wall in 5 minutes
short by Shifa Naseer / on 22 Jul 2018,Sunday
Italian design firm CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati has developed a 'writing' robot that can draw and erase images uploaded from a user's smartphone on any vertical surface like a wall. Scribit can draw, erase and re-draw images, which takes around 5-25 minutes based on image complexity. Priced at $450, the device is expected to ship by the end of the year.
short by Shifa Naseer / 08:52 pm on 22 Jul
Google working on Android successor 'Fuchsia': Report
short by Shifa Naseer / on 22 Jul 2018,Sunday
Google is reportedly working on an operating system (OS) called 'Fuchsia' which will replace Android. While there is no official plan, engineers reportedly want to install Fuchsia on connected devices within three years and then move on to smartphones and laptops. In a statement, Google said Fuchsia is just "one of many experimental open-source projects" but didn't reveal any details.
short by Shifa Naseer / 08:06 pm on 22 Jul
Wearable sensor which detects stress level from sweat made
short by Shifa Naseer / on 22 Jul 2018,Sunday
Researchers at the Stanford University have developed a wearable sensor patch which can detect stress levels from a user's sweat. The patch, which when applied directly to the skin, absorbs sweat and assesses within seconds how much cortisol, or the stress hormone, a person is producing. It also features a waterproof layer to protect the patch from contamination.
short by Shifa Naseer / 09:20 pm on 22 Jul
WhatsApp to design course to train Indian users on fake news
short by Shifa Naseer / on 20 Jul 2018,Friday
Facebook-owned WhatsApp is working with over half a dozen partners in India to design a digital literacy program for educating users on spotting fake news. Earlier, WhatsApp also released full-page ads in newspapers listing tips on how to fight fake news. It came after WhatsApp faced criticism from the Indian government over the circulation of rumours on its platform.
short by Shifa Naseer / 10:00 am on 20 Jul
WhatsApp rolls out suspicious link detection in Android beta
short by Shifa Naseer / on 22 Jul 2018,Sunday
Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp has rolled out its 'Suspicious Link Detection' feature for beta users on Android. The feature helps users in knowing beforehand whether or not the link which they have received is suspicious by displaying a red warning sign over the message. It is part of WhatsApp's efforts to prevent the spreading of misinformation on its platform.
short by Shifa Naseer / 05:31 pm on 22 Jul
Twitter CEO responds to journalist's criticism of the site
short by Shifa Naseer / on 22 Jul 2018,Sunday
Responding to a journalist's article criticising meaningless conversations on Twitter, CEO Jack Dorsey has said that there is a need to focus on "conversational dynamics within Twitter". He also said that Twitter needs to work on identifying credibility, more context, and better organisation. "Thinking a lot about how to promote more participation in conversation," he added.
short by Shifa Naseer / 08:11 pm on 22 Jul
Google Translate bug converts 'dog' to doomsday prediction
short by Shifa Naseer / on 22 Jul 2018,Sunday
Google Translate converts 'dog' repeated a number of times to the prediction of 'doomsday' and Jesus Christ's return, when translated from Maori to English. A Google spokesperson said the bug was "simply a function of inputting nonsense into the system, to which nonsense is generated". Other experts claimed that religious texts may have been used to train Google's AI.
short by Shifa Naseer / 05:43 pm on 22 Jul
YouTube now allows users to search videos using hashtags
short by Shifa Naseer / on 19 Jul 2018,Thursday
Google-owned video sharing platform YouTube now allows users to add hashtags to video descriptions titles to make it easier to search for their channels and content. The feature will allow users to click on the hashtags to go to that hashtag's search results page to see related videos. It is currently available only on Android and the web.
short by Shifa Naseer / 09:06 pm on 19 Jul
Gmail redesign may expose users to cyber attacks: US intel
short by Shifa Naseer / on 22 Jul 2018,Sunday
Gmail's latest redesign could expose its 1.4 billion global users to cyber attacks, the US intelligence officials have warned. The vulnerability comes from Gmail's 'Confidential Mode' feature which allows users to snooze messages, auto-generate smart replies and self-destruct emails. Officials claim hackers could send out fake confidential email alerts to trick users into entering personal data.
short by Shifa Naseer / 05:09 pm on 22 Jul
Microsoft shares hit all-time high as sales cross $100 bn
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / on 21 Jul 2018,Saturday
US technology giant Microsoft's shares rose about 5% to an all-time high on Friday after the company's annual revenue crossed the $100-billion milestone for the first time boosted by its cloud business. Microsoft's market capitalisation surged by as much as $30 billion to $832 billion on Friday. Notably, Microsoft is the world's fourth most valuable company.
short by Krishna Veera Vanamali / 07:06 pm on 21 Jul
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