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OnePlus 8 Pro to feature super fast 30W wireless charging
short by Aarish / on 07 Apr 2020,Tuesday
The first OnePlus phone to support wireless charging, the OnePlus 8 Pro's 'Warp Charge 30 Wireless' system aims to charge a phone by 50% in thirty minutes. With the system operating at 30W at peak speed, the handset and charger will also be compatible with Qi charging pads. OnePlus 8 Pro also features reverse wireless charging and a 120Hz display.
short by Aarish / 10:05 pm on 07 Apr
Google Trends data shows the search for 'Living room concert' increased by 1,300% in the past week as most people are staying indoors amid coronavirus pandemic. Google said search for 'How to clean your groceries' and 'Famous paintings to recreate' increased by 300% each. Google search for 'How to remove gel manicure at home' increased by 1,400%.
short by Pragya Swastik / 05:15 pm on 08 Apr
After a newspaper article claimed that the COVID-19 tracker app 'Aarogya Setu' is a surveillance app, government agency Press Information Bureau (PIB) refuted the claim. "This is baseless, the app does not link user location & data with any sensitive personal data," PIB tweeted. "Also, it does not make users vulnerable to hacking," it added.
short by Daisy Mowke / 06:45 pm on 07 Apr
IIT-G develops LED-based device for sanitising floors amid COVID-19 spread
short by Sakshita Khosla / on 07 Apr 2020,Tuesday
Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IIT-G) has created a UVC LED-based device to sanitise floors of homes, hospitals, buses etc. amid coronavirus spread. UVC is a technology to sanitise microorganism infected non-porous surfaces and can achieve 90% killing rate, said Dr Senthilmurugan Subbiah, who led the research. The device, when commercialised, may be available for ₹1,000, reported PTI.
short by Sakshita Khosla / 07:33 pm on 07 Apr
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has pledged $1 billion of his stake in Square Inc, the payments processor that he co-founded, to fund coronavirus relief efforts. It's the largest pledged gift by a private individual yet during the pandemic, Forbes claimed. Dorsey said the amount, representing about 28% of his wealth, will be donated to his charity fund, Start Small LLC.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 10:55 am on 08 Apr
The Rajasthan High Court on Tuesday quashed the FIR filed against Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and disposed of the plea for his arrest that alleged he hurt the Brahmin community's sentiments by posing with an offensive poster. The picture of Twitter CEO with the poster, taken during his India visit in 2018, was criticised after it surfaced on social media.
short by Pragya Swastik / 07:11 pm on 07 Apr
The CBSE will introduce Design-thinking, Physical Activity Trainer and Artificial Intelligence as new subjects for Class 11 from 2020-21 session. "The 21st century's requirement is of critical thinking and problem-solving," a CBSE official said on Design-thinking. Physical Activity Trainer will not only help in developing skills of a trainer but will also develop a life skill, the official added.
short by Pragya Swastik / 08:56 pm on 07 Apr
WhatsApp makes group calling easier amid coronavirus pandemic
short by Pragya Swastik / on 08 Apr 2020,Wednesday
WhatsApp has made it easier to start a group call for groups of four or less. "From your group chat tap the video or voice call icon to directly start a call with everyone in the chat," said WhatsApp. This comes weeks after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said WhatsApp calls are at double their normal volume amid lockdowns in countries.
short by Pragya Swastik / 07:00 am on 08 Apr
Facebook's New Product Experimentation (NPE) Team has launched a new social app for couples called 'Tuned' that allows partners to chat, share photos, music and have a timeline of memories. First spotted by 'The Information', 'Tuned' is currently iOS-only and is available for download in the US and Canada. Facebook created the NPE Team last year to launch experimental apps.
short by Pragya Swastik / 03:11 pm on 08 Apr
Self-driving shuttles transporting COVID-19 tests in Florida
short by Aishwarya / on 07 Apr 2020,Tuesday
Self-driving shuttles are being used to transport medical supplies and COVID-19 tests at Mayo Clinic in Florida. The Jacksonville Transportation Authority partnered with autonomous vehicles platforms Beep and NAVYA for the task. Four autonomous vehicles have been operating along the initial route since March 30. The tests are placed in secure containers prior to being loaded onto the shuttles.
short by Aishwarya / 06:06 pm on 07 Apr
A group of 30 Kenyan runners from across the country ran solo half marathons to compete in a virtual race amid coronavirus pandemic. They had been training for Wuhan Marathon which was to be held this week but got postponed. As a part of CoronaRun organised in Kenya, runners ran a 21-km course and recorded their time using GPS watches.
short by Aishwarya / 11:01 pm on 08 Apr
Apple supplier Foxconn to produce ventilators in US
short by Anushka Dixit / on 08 Apr 2020,Wednesday
Apple's manufacturing partner Foxconn has announced that it will begin making ventilators in Wisconsin, US, for hospitals amid the coronavirus pandemic. The ventilators will be designed by US-based medical device company Medtronic, which plans to make 1,000 ventilators in its own factories as well. The iPhone manufacturer has also been making face masks since February in China.
short by Anushka Dixit / 03:15 pm on 08 Apr
Facebook apologises after AI blocks posts about DIY coronavirus masks
short by Anushka Dixit / on 08 Apr 2020,Wednesday
Facebook has apologised for blocking content on Do-it-Yourself videos on how to make homemade coronavirus masks. "We're working to update our systems to avoid mistakes like this going forward. We don't want to put obstacles in the way of people doing a good thing," Facebook told NYT. Facebook uses automated systems to avoid sale of medical masks and block misinformation.
short by Anushka Dixit / 10:49 pm on 08 Apr
ISRO further delays GISAT-1 satellite launch due to lockdown: Report
short by Aishwarya / on 08 Apr 2020,Wednesday
The launch of Geo Imaging Satellite GISAT-1 onboard GSLV-F10 has been further delayed by ISRO due to lockdown imposed to prevent coronavirus spread, a report said. Its March 5 launch was previously delayed due to technical reasons but a revised launch date wasn't given. However, sources had said the next launch was planned for April, which now has been delayed.
short by Aishwarya / 07:53 pm on 08 Apr
India has asked TikTok and Facebook to remove accounts of users spreading coronavirus-related misinformation appearing to be aimed at Muslims, a government letter said, as reported by Reuters. A TikTok video shows a user saying he isn't scared of coronavirus because he fears only Allah. "You need to ensure that such rogue messages don't go viral," the IT Ministry said.
short by Anushka Dixit / 08:41 am on 08 Apr
Cam Adair, owner of GameQuitters.com, said he has seen "a lot of reports from members saying that they are relapsing" amid coronavirus lockdown. Other experts have claimed gaming addiction could rise amid lockdowns. An associate professor at Nottingham Trent University said psychiatrists are seeing a spike in video-game-addicted patients, and support groups are seeing members relapsing globally.
short by Aishwarya / 09:00 am on 08 Apr
Former Facebook security chief to advise Zoom on security
short by Aishwarya / on 08 Apr 2020,Wednesday
Video-conferencing platform Zoom has asked former CSO of Facebook Alex Stamos to help build up its security, privacy and safety capabilities as an outside consultant. Stamos said that Eric Yuan, Zoom's Founder, called him up and they discussed about Zoom's "significant challenges". The move follows continuous security issues in Zoom that have been raised over the past month.
short by Aishwarya / 10:53 pm on 08 Apr
Zoom sued over privacy and security flaws by one of its shareholders
short by Anushka Dixit / on 08 Apr 2020,Wednesday
Video-calling platform Zoom has been sued by one of its shareholders, Michael Drieu, for not disclosing that its service was not end-to-end encrypted. Drieu also accused Zoom of not disclosing that it shared unauthorised personal information with Facebook. Zoom has lost nearly a third of its market value since touching record highs in late-March, closing down about 7.5% on Tuesday.
short by Anushka Dixit / 08:57 pm on 08 Apr
Microsoft buys domain 'corp.com', potential threat to its clients
short by Aishwarya / on 08 Apr 2020,Wednesday
Microsoft bought the domain 'corp.com', formerly owned by a private citizen, a move that would save its corporate clients from potential security-related issues. It was considered to be a threat for Windows users due to 'namespace collision'. It could be used by others to harvest sensitive data from Windows PCs in companies that used corp.com to set up internal network.
short by Aishwarya / 04:47 pm on 08 Apr
Edison Software, firm behind Edison Mail, revealed its plans to launch new email service 'OnMail' which will allow recipients to control who can send them emails. This is handled through a new blocking feature called 'Permission Control'. The service will also be introducing other features, including automatic read receipt, tracker blocking and fast delivery.
short by Aishwarya / 10:00 am on 09 Apr
MIT uses sprayable paint to control TV, lights, adjust brightness
short by Aishwarya / on 09 Apr 2020,Thursday
MIT scientists used airbrushed inks to create interactive surfaces which could be used to control objects including TV and lights. The UI was first designed in a 3D editor and a stencil was exported for the surface. Layers of conductive inks, including conductive copper ink, were then sprayed onto it. Later, a microcontroller connected surfaces and the controller of appliances.
short by Aishwarya / 11:00 am on 09 Apr
Boeing to fly Starliner on another uncrewed test flight
short by Aishwarya / on 07 Apr 2020,Tuesday
Boeing has decided to fly its passenger spacecraft CST-100 Starliner on another uncrewed test flight, months after it failed to dock with International Space Station. It will attempt to complete all of its objectives of the previous flight. "Flying another uncrewed flight will allow us to...evaluate the performance of the second Starliner vehicle at no cost to taxpayer," Boeing said.
short by Aishwarya / 06:09 pm on 07 Apr
Microsoft hires ex-Apple wireless exec for hardware division
short by Aishwarya / on 07 Apr 2020,Tuesday
Microsoft has hired former wireless tech chief of Apple, Rubén Caballero as Corporate VP for Hardware Design and Technology. Caballero served as a VP of Engineering at Apple from 2005 to 2019 and led the company's wireless technology development. He worked on the strategy, roadmap and design of Apple products including the first designs of the iPhone and iPad.
short by Aishwarya / 06:14 pm on 07 Apr
Tesla to suspend production at US factories, cut salaries by 10-30%
short by Aishwarya / on 08 Apr 2020,Wednesday
Tesla will be suspending production at its US factories till May 4 and cut pay for salaried employees between 10% and 30%. It will "keep only minimum critical operations running" till then. Tesla will also furlough employees who cannot work from home and have not been assigned critical onsite positions. The pay cuts and the furloughs will begin April 13.
short by Aishwarya / 03:28 pm on 08 Apr
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