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Huawei Y9 goes on sale today with free earphones worth ₹2,990
short by Roshan Gupta / on 17 Jan 2019,Thursday
Entry-level flagship smartphone Huawei Y9 2019 goes on sale today with free Boat Bluetooth earphones worth ₹2,990 on Amazon India. Jio customers can avail benefits worth ₹4,450 along with 100GB 4G data on its purchase. Further, Vodafone prepaid customers will get 1.1GB additional data/day on recharge of ₹199 with 28-day validity. 10 lucky buyers will get Amazon coupons worth ₹2000.
short by Roshan Gupta / 09:00 am on 17 Jan
OnePlus unveils Assured Upgrade plan for OnePlus 6T
short by Roshan Gupta / on 20 Jan 2019,Sunday
As part of OnePlus' Assured Upgrade program, OnePlus 6T buyers can avail guaranteed buyback value of a maximum of 70% of the device's purchase value through Servify on the upgrade to a OnePlus flagship. The plan can be availed while purchasing OnePlus 6T during Amazon's Great Indian sale and at OnePlus exclusive offline stores at an additional cost of ₹199.
short by Roshan Gupta / 11:02 am on 20 Jan
Pic shows Bill Gates waiting in line to buy food at a restaurant
short by Pragya Swastik / on 18 Jan 2019,Friday
A picture shared by a former Microsoft employee shows the company's Co-founder and the world's second richest person, Bill Gates, waiting in line to buy food at a fast-food restaurant in the US. "When you're worth about $100,000,000,000...and stand in line for a burger, fries and coke at Dick's like the rest of us," the former employee captioned the picture.
short by Pragya Swastik / 11:32 am on 18 Jan
'10 Year Challenge' user-made meme, we've no involvement: Facebook
short by Pragya Swastik / on 17 Jan 2019,Thursday
Responding to the viral '10 Year Challenge' inspired by Facebook's memories feature, the social media giant said, "The challenge is a user-generated meme that started on its own...without our involvement." "It's evidence of the fun people have on Facebook...that's it," Facebook added. This comes after a report claimed that the challenge is a Facebook plot to collect facial recognition data.
short by Pragya Swastik / 09:42 pm on 17 Jan
Bill Gates praises Ayushman Bharat scheme, congratulates PM Modi
short by Pragya Swastik / on 17 Jan 2019,Thursday
Microsoft Co-founder and the world's second richest person, Bill Gates on Thursday praised National Health Protection Scheme or Ayushman Bharat scheme on completing 100 days of its launch. "It's great to see how many people have been reached by the program so far @PMOIndia," Gates tweeted. The free healthcare scheme recorded 6,85,000 beneficiaries in the first 100 days.
short by Pragya Swastik / 07:04 pm on 17 Jan
Louis Vuitton to launch wireless earphones for $995: Reports
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 18 Jan 2019,Friday
French luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton has reportedly set the price for its Horizon Earphones at $995. It has teamed up with New York City-based audio company 'Master & Dynamic' to create the earphones, which will come in four different colourway designs. Louis Vuitton also unveiled the second generation of Tambour Horizon smartwatch, expected to sell between $2,250 and $8,500.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 08:44 pm on 18 Jan
Google Maps to show speed limit, feature launched in US & UK
short by Arundhati Rawat / on 20 Jan 2019,Sunday
Google Maps has launched its feature to show speed limits to users in the US, the UK and Denmark. The feature, which earlier debuted in San Francisco, US and Rio, Brazil, will show local speed limits to users on the app. Maps will also reportedly expand its speed trap feature that warns users of traffic police checkpoints along a route.
short by Arundhati Rawat / 04:08 pm on 20 Jan
FB staff leaving 5-star 'Portal' ratings on Amazon: Report
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 18 Jan 2019,Friday
New York Times columnist Kevin Roose took to Twitter to point out several five star reviewers' names on Amazon for Facebook's 'Portal' brand of smart displays matched with its own employees. The reviews were marked as Amazon Verified, suggesting the products were genuinely purchased. However, Roose further pointed out that leaving reviews for your employer's products is against Amazon's rules.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 07:48 pm on 18 Jan
Spotify accidentally reveals its India launch plans: Report
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 19 Jan 2019,Saturday
Sweden-based music streaming service Spotify has accidentally revealed its launch plans for India through its India Terms and Conditions (T&C) page, as per a report. The page, which has now been replaced by the previous terms and conditions page, suggested it may launch by January 31. Spotify was founded in 2006 by Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 05:04 pm on 19 Jan
IIT Hyderabad to launch India's first BTech course in AI
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 19 Jan 2019,Saturday
IIT Hyderabad is launching a full-fledged BTech program in Artificial Intelligence (AI) from the coming academic year 2019-20. The institute claims it has become India's first educational institution to do so, and likely the third globally besides Carnegie Mellon University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The course will enrol around 20 students through the JEE-Advanced exam.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 07:36 pm on 19 Jan
Facebook testing 'LOL' feature for memes, viral content
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 19 Jan 2019,Saturday
Facebook is testing 'LOL' feature, a dedicated feed consisting of meme videos and other viral content. The feature, with content categorised by topics like 'For You', 'Animals', and 'Fails' is currently in private beta with around 100 high school students. Facebook said it is still finalising if the feature will become part of the main app or a standalone app.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 10:52 pm on 19 Jan
Govt asks for safety chip in drones to avoid mishaps: Report
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 19 Jan 2019,Saturday
The government has reportedly asked drone manufacturers to install safety chips for switching off drones remotely to avoid mishaps. This was reportedly suggested in a meeting with the MoS Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha at the Global Aviation Summit. The suggestion was followed by discussions on events involving drones, like the closure of London's Gatwick and Heathrow airports over drone sightings.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 10:00 am on 19 Jan
Alphabet's Verily gets US approval for ECG health watch tech
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 19 Jan 2019,Saturday
Google parent Alphabet's life sciences division Verily has received US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) approval for heart-monitoring electrocardiogram (ECG) technology for its 'Study Watch'. Launched in 2017, the Study Watch is a prescription-only device intended to record, store, transfer and display single-channel ECG rhythms. The latest Apple Watch Series 4 also features an FDA-approved ECG.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 11:20 pm on 19 Jan
Twitter bug exposed some Android users' tweets for 4 years
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 18 Jan 2019,Friday
Micro-blogging platform Twitter has revealed that a bug had exposed private tweets of some Android users for over four years between November 3, 2014, and January 14, 2019. Twitter said the bug disabled the "Protect your Tweets" setting if certain account changes, such as changing e-mail address, were made. It added that iOS or Twitter web users were not impacted.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 10:20 pm on 18 Jan
Oracle paid women $13,000 less per year than men: Lawsuit
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 19 Jan 2019,Saturday
A class action lawsuit filed against US business software maker Oracle alleged the company "systematically" underpaid thousands of women. It said that an analysis of Oracle's payroll data revealed women were paid an average of $13,000 less per year than men for similar jobs. "These are some of the strongest statistics I've ever seen...amazingly powerful numbers," the plaintiffs' lawyer said.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 08:06 pm on 19 Jan
Microsoft to end 'Windows 10 Mobile' support in Dec 2019
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 19 Jan 2019,Saturday
Microsoft has announced that it will end support for 'Windows 10 Mobile' operating system on December 10, 2019. "We recommend that customers move to a supported Android or iOS device," Microsoft said. The company had previously in 2017 revealed it would no longer develop hardware or new features for the platform, however, security updates and bug fixes were rolled out.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 09:28 pm on 19 Jan
Former Facebook worker's AI startup Spell raises $15 million
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 18 Jan 2019,Friday
Former Facebook employee Serkan Piantino's artificial intelligence (AI) platform Spell has raised $15 million in its Series A round of funding. The funding round was led by investors Eclipse Ventures and Two Sigma Ventures. Founded in 2017 by Piantino along with Trey Lawrence, Spell is a collaborative platform which lets anyone run AI-based experiments.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 08:00 am on 18 Jan
Google to buy $40 million worth of Fossil's smartwatch tech
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 18 Jan 2019,Friday
Technology giant Google has entered into an agreement with Fossil Group to buy its intellectual property (IP) related to a smartwatch technology currently under development for $40 million. "As part of the transaction, a portion of Fossil Group’s research and development (R&D) team... will join Google," Fossil said. The transaction is expected to close this month, Fossil added.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 06:26 pm on 18 Jan
Pokémon Go maker Niantic raises $245 mn at $4 bn valuation
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 17 Jan 2019,Thursday
Pokémon Go creator Niantic has finalised a Series C funding round of $245 million at a valuation of nearly $4 billion. The round was led by IVP and saw participation from aXiomatic Gaming, Battery Ventures, Causeway Media Partners, CRV and Samsung Ventures. Founded in 2010, Alphabet spin-off Niantic has raised around $470 million till date.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 03:48 pm on 17 Jan
2.7 bn records leaked online from cloud service MEGA: Report
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 17 Jan 2019,Thursday
New Zealand-based cloud service platform MEGA has reportedly been breached and 87 GB of data with 12,000 files have been compromised, containing nearly 2.7 billion records. The files reportedly contain around 22 million unique passwords and over 772 million email IDs. The data leak is said to contain information collected from multiple data breaches dating back to 2008.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 09:17 pm on 17 Jan
Allow users to delete their data 'on demand': Apple CEO Cook
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 17 Jan 2019,Thursday
Apple CEO Tim Cook, in a Time magazine article, has written that people should have the power to "delete their data on demand, freely, easily and online, once and for all". Cook said the US Federal Trade Commission should establish a "data-broker clearinghouse" to help users track their information. He added all data brokers should be registered on the same.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 10:37 pm on 17 Jan
Fake Chrome extension stealing credit card info: Reports
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 19 Jan 2019,Saturday
Cybersecurity researchers have discovered a fake Google Chrome extension which steals credit card data via web forms on visited websites. The extension, by the title 'Reader Flash', is spread by means of JavaScript injection attacks, which display warnings like "You don't have Flash installed, use this Chrome extension instead". The extension had been reportedly available since February 2018.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 09:05 pm on 19 Jan
Ex-Google executive joins Lyft, to lead over 1,000 engineers
short by Arundhati Rawat / on 20 Jan 2019,Sunday
Former Google executive Eisar Lipkovitz has joined US-based ride-hailing startup Lyft as Executive Vice President of Engineering to lead a team of over 1,000 engineers. "The work Lyft is doing intersects with my passion...couldn't be more excited to join", Lipkovitz said. He had led the team behind Google's display, video and apps advertising products and worked on Google Search's infrastructure.
short by Arundhati Rawat / 04:19 pm on 20 Jan
Amazon makes electronic vest to protect workers from robots
short by Arundhati Rawat / on 20 Jan 2019,Sunday
Amazon Robotics has made an electronic 'Robotic Tech Vest' that alerts warehouse robots to the location of workers wearing it, to prevent accidents. The vest has in-built sensors that let robots detect human workers in the facility and change paths to avoid collisions. In December 2018, 24 Amazon workers were hospitalised after a robot punctured a can of bear repellant.
short by Arundhati Rawat / 05:54 pm on 20 Jan
China accounted for about 50% of global app downloads in 2018
short by Arundhati Rawat / on 17 Jan 2019,Thursday
According to App Annie's report, China accounted for nearly 50% of global app downloads across iOS and third-party Android apps and 40% of consumer spending in 2018. The total number of global app downloads in 2018 was over 194 billion, up 35% from 2016. Further, India was one of the top five markets for downloads, App Annie added.
short by Arundhati Rawat / 10:00 am on 17 Jan
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