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OnePlus confirms upcoming 6T on Amazon.in
short by Roshan Gupta / on 19 Sep 2018,Wednesday
Amazon India has launched a new web page dedicated to the much-awaited OnePlus 6T smartphone which also shows OnePlus Type-C Bullets earphones. It doesn't mention the official launch date but interested users can stay updated by clicking the 'Notify Me' button. OnePlus has also released a TVC featuring Amitabh Bachchan who hints at a "cooler way to unlock your phone."
short by Roshan Gupta / 08:11 pm on 19 Sep
OnePlus enters top 5 premium Android OEMs globally in Q2: Report
short by Roshan Gupta / on 20 Sep 2018,Thursday
Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus has for the first time entered the top five premium Android Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) globally in just 5 years since the company's inception, according to Counterpoint Research's "Market Monitor Q2 2018". OnePlus was one of the fastest growing brands in the $400-$600 price segment driven by strong sales in India, China and the UK.
short by Roshan Gupta / 03:00 pm on 20 Sep
OnePlus begins rollout of its customized version of Android Pie
short by Roshan Gupta / on 22 Sep 2018,Saturday
Just over one month after the official release of Android Pie, OnePlus has started rolling out its version of the update to the OnePlus 6. OxygenOS 9.0, the company's fork of Google's operating system, delivers many of the same improvements as stock Android, including a tweaked interface, gesture navigation, and adaptive battery functionality.
short by Roshan Gupta / 01:22 pm on 22 Sep
Google admits it still lets third-party apps access Gmail data
short by Pragya Swastik / on 21 Sep 2018,Friday
Google on Thursday admitted to US lawmakers that it continues to allow third-party app developers to collect data from users' Gmail accounts. Google also allows these developers to share the collected Gmail data if they're transparent with the users on how their data will be used. Users can view or remove app access on their Google Account page, Google added.
short by Pragya Swastik / 05:14 pm on 21 Sep
Huawei gives free power banks to people queuing to buy iPhones
short by Pragya Swastik / on 22 Sep 2018,Saturday
Chinese phone maker Huawei on Thursday trolled Apple by distributing free power banks to people waiting outside an Apple store in Singapore to buy the company's new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The power banks carried a note which read, "Here's a power bank. You'll need it." Apple's devices have earlier faced criticism for poor battery life.
short by Pragya Swastik / 01:47 pm on 22 Sep
Amazon unveils microwave that can be used with voice commands
short by Pragya Swastik / on 21 Sep 2018,Friday
Amazon on Friday unveiled a microwave that can be controlled by users by giving commands to the company's voice-based assistant Alexa. The users only need to give commands like, "Alexa, reheat my coffee" or "Alexa, defrost a potato" and the microwave will begin working on its own. Amazon has priced the microwave at $59.99 (over ₹4,300).
short by Pragya Swastik / 09:53 pm on 21 Sep
Google Pay updates privacy policy after Paytm complaint
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 22 Sep 2018,Saturday
Google has updated the privacy policy of its Indian digital payments app Google Pay after Paytm complained the tech giant is utilising user data for advertising purposes. Google Pay's privacy policy had said it could "collect, store, use and/or disclose" personal data for "any communications made through Google Pay". However, the word "disclose" was later dropped from its privacy clause.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 11:47 am on 22 Sep
Google asks staff to delete China search engine memo: Report
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 22 Sep 2018,Saturday
Google has reportedly sent an email to employees asking them to delete a memo which detailed the company's plans on a censored search engine in China. The memo disclosed the system would require users in China to log in to perform searches. The system would track user location and unilaterally share the data with a Chinese partner, the report added.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 02:23 pm on 22 Sep
FB, WhatsApp accountable for fake news, not users: Telecom secy
short by Gaurav Shroff / on 22 Sep 2018,Saturday
Telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan has said the Indian government is considering to make social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp responsible for the spread of fake news rather than holding users accountable. She said, "Users are sometimes unaware and innocently retweet or forward content". She added a full-fledged team should be present in India, accountable to the country's laws.
short by Gaurav Shroff / 04:39 pm on 22 Sep
Google staff discussed tweaking search results: Report
short by Mahi Chauhan / on 21 Sep 2018,Friday
Google employees reportedly discussed ways to tweak search results to counter US President Donald Trump's 2017 travel ban. They discussed how to alter search-related functions to show users how to contribute to pro-immigration organizations and contact lawmakers and government agencies. The travel ban in 2017 had temporarily barred visitors and immigrants from seven majority Muslim countries.
short by Mahi Chauhan / 03:23 pm on 21 Sep
Xiaomi admits to showing ads in settings menu of its phones
short by Shifa Naseer / on 19 Sep 2018,Wednesday
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has admitted to showing ads to its customers in the apps of its phones including the music app and settings menu. "Advertising has been and will continue to be an integral part of Xiaomi's Internet services," the smartphone maker said. They further clarified the ads apply only to devices running MIUI Android software.
short by Shifa Naseer / 08:48 pm on 19 Sep
Wearable tech that turns a user's skin into loudspeaker made
short by Shifa Naseer / on 20 Sep 2018,Thursday
Researchers in South Korea have developed a wearable technology that can be attached to a user's skin and work as a loudspeaker. The technology consists of ultrathin, transparent, and conductive hybrid nanomembranes with nanoscale thickness. The nanomembrane loudspeaker operates by emitting thermoacoustic sound through the oscillation of the surrounding air brought on by temperature differences.
short by Shifa Naseer / 10:00 am on 20 Sep
Researchers paid people to talk to themselves to train AI
short by Shifa Naseer / on 20 Sep 2018,Thursday
Researchers from the University of Edinburgh paid people to talk to themselves for teaching AI to respond to queries in a more conversational manner. The study asked people to fill 20 text boxes with a conversation on a particular topic. By streamlining the data gathering process, it was found the self-dialogue method produced better results than current multi-speaker conversation datasets.
short by Shifa Naseer / 09:11 pm on 20 Sep
UK man creates world's largest rideable hexapod 'Mantis'
short by Mahi Chauhan / on 19 Sep 2018,Wednesday
UK inventor Matt Denton has set the world record for building the largest rideable hexapod robot called 'Mantis'. Weighing around two tonnes, the Star Wars-inspired six-legged robot is 2.8 metres tall and can walk at a top speed of over 1 kmph. Earlier, Denton had also created the BB8 robot that featured in a Star Wars movie.
short by Mahi Chauhan / 07:09 pm on 19 Sep
Snapdeal Co-founders invest in HR chatbot-focused startup
short by Shifa Naseer / on 19 Sep 2018,Wednesday
Gurugram-based HR chatbot-focused startup Leena AI has raised $2 million in seed round from investors including Elad Gil and Snapdeal Co-founders, Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal. The startup's CEO Adit Jain said the seed money is about scaling the startup and gaining customers. Founded in 2015, the startup offers an AI-powered cognitive conversation platform to resolve HR service queries faster.
short by Shifa Naseer / 10:46 pm on 19 Sep
Owner of 3D-printed gun company charged with sexual assault
short by Shifa Naseer / on 20 Sep 2018,Thursday
Cody Wilson, the owner of 3D-printed gun company Defense Distributed, has been charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in Texas. The alleged victim said she had sex with Wilson last month in a hotel before he paid her $500, according to a warrant filed on Wednesday. She also said she'd met the man on 'SugarDaddyMeet.com' under the name 'Sanjuro'.
short by Shifa Naseer / 03:18 pm on 20 Sep
Users pretend to be dead on Instagram to get likes, comments
short by Shifa Naseer / on 20 Sep 2018,Thursday
Users have been pretending to be dead on Instagram to get likes and comments by asking others to post "RIP" on their photos. "Can u guys comment RIP in my most recent pic because I want my gf to think I'm dead," a user posted. Another comment read, "Can y'all comment RIP on my photo so people think I'm dead."
short by Shifa Naseer / 04:14 pm on 20 Sep
Hackers steal $60 million from Japanese crypto exchange
short by Mahi Chauhan / on 20 Sep 2018,Thursday
Japanese cryptocurrency firm Tech Bureau on Thursday said that about $60 million in digital currencies were stolen from its exchange Zaif. The exchange was hacked over a two-hour period while the authorities were notified a day after server problems were detected. About $19.6 million of stolen currencies belonged to the company while the rest was client money.
short by Mahi Chauhan / 05:54 pm on 20 Sep
No better opportunity than to work with Apple: Qualcomm CEO
short by Shifa Naseer / on 19 Sep 2018,Wednesday
US-based chipmaker Qualcomm's CEO Steve Mollenkopf has said, "There's no better opportunity and partner for Qualcomm than to work with Apple." If Qualcomm continues to improve its chips, there's no reason why Apple and Qualcomm wouldn't work together again, he said. "It makes sense that the technology leader in mobile should be partnered with the product leader," Mollenkopf added.
short by Shifa Naseer / 06:39 pm on 19 Sep
Government asks WhatsApp to trace origin of texts: Report
short by Shifa Naseer / on 20 Sep 2018,Thursday
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) is reportedly drafting a third letter to WhatsApp for a solution to trace users' messages on its platform. "It's a reasonable demand from us, and very much doable," a government official said. It comes in the wake of lynching incidents across the country due to the spread of fake news on WhatsApp.
short by Shifa Naseer / 07:03 pm on 20 Sep
WhatsApp ends support for iPhone 3GS, older iPhone models
short by Shifa Naseer / on 20 Sep 2018,Thursday
WhatsApp has announced that the messaging service will no longer support iPhone devices running on iOS 6, including iPhone 3GS and older iPhone models. WhatsApp also said that iPhone devices running on iOS 7 and its updated versions will not be supported from February 1, 2020. Further, existing users will no longer be able to create or reverify accounts.
short by Shifa Naseer / 08:07 pm on 20 Sep
‘Robotic Skins’ that turn everyday objects into robots made
short by Mahi Chauhan / on 21 Sep 2018,Friday
Researchers from Yale University have developed a new "robotic skins" technology that allows users to turn everyday objects into robots. Designed in collaboration with NASA, the skin is made of elastic sheets embedded with sensors which can be wrapped around inanimate objects like a stuffed animal to turn it into a robot. They can also be used for space exploration.
short by Mahi Chauhan / 03:43 pm on 21 Sep
Facebook to open ‘war room’ to monitor election interference
short by Mahi Chauhan / on 20 Sep 2018,Thursday
Facebook is building a 'war room' at its Menlo Park campus to monitor third-party interference in the upcoming US and Brazil elections. It will serve as a command centre consisting of people from different teams including threat intelligence, legal and data science. Earlier this week, Facebook introduced tools to protect candidates and campaign staff from foreign adversaries.
short by Mahi Chauhan / 07:30 pm on 20 Sep
Former Google CEO says internet will split in two by 2028
short by Mahi Chauhan / on 21 Sep 2018,Friday
Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt at a recent event said that there will be a "bifurcation into a Chinese-led internet and a non-Chinese internet led by America." "If you look at China...the wealth that is being created is phenomenal," he added. "I think you're going to see fantastic leadership in products and services from China," he further said.
short by Mahi Chauhan / 10:59 pm on 21 Sep
Google CEO denies efforts to tweak search results: Report
short by Mahi Chauhan / on 22 Sep 2018,Saturday
Google CEO Sundar Pichai reportedly denied reports of the company's employees tweaking search results to counter the US President Donald Trump's 2017 travel ban. "This is absolutely false. We don't bias our products to favour any political agenda," he reportedly told Google's employees in an email. The travel ban temporarily barred visitors and immigrants from seven majority Muslim countries.
short by Mahi Chauhan / 03:27 pm on 22 Sep
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