Thursday, July 02, 2020


Will comply with India ban, not sharing users' data with China: TikTok

NEW DELHI: Chinese short-video making app TikTok on Tuesday said it is in the process of complying with the Indian government order to ban 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok, and is not sharing any data of Indian users with the Chinese government.

India bans 59 Chinese apps over national security concerns

NEW DELHI: The Indian government on Monday banned nearly 59 Chinese apps including TikTok, WeChat and UC Browser and Xiaomi's Mi Community over national security concerns as India-China bilateral relations remain strained after the death of 20 Indian soldiers in the Galwan Valley clash with Chinese PLA troops in eastern Ladakh.

TikTok not to access Apple user clipboards after iOS 14 exposed it

SAN FRANCISCO:Chinese short-video making app TikTok has announced it would no longer automatically access user clipboards on Apple iPhones after iOS 14 in Beta has exposed apps constantly reading user clipboards.

Grow with Google' trains 50 million people in Asia Pacific

NEW DELHI:The Grow with Google initiative has trained 50 million people in Asia Pacific to date, empowering small businesses and jobseekers who are facing uncertainty and looking for digital skills training to help them increase their economic potential, the company announced on Thursday.

Apple iPhone sales down in China in May: Report

SAN FRANCISCO: After an initial rebound, the iPhone sales plummeted in China in May as Apple reopened retails stores in the country after the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to CNBC, Apple sold 3.6 million iPhones in China in May, down from 3.9 million in April.

ISRO gets Indian patent for liquid cooling and heating garment

CHENNAI:The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has got an Indian patent for its liquid cooling and heating garment (LCHG) that is suitable for space applications.
The patent is valid for 20 years from the date of application, that is, February 8, 2016, and was granted on June 19.

New Google tool to help users find Covid testing centres in India

NEW DELHI:Google on Friday announced the launch of a new feature on Google Search, Assistant, and Maps for users in India to help them find information on Covid-19 testing centres near them.

Software Technology Parks of India Commemorates 29th Foundation Day

NEW DELHI: Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), an autonomous society under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), commemorated its 29th Foundation Day on Friday, June 5th 2020. On the occasion a day-long webinar witnessed live streaming of sessions on three topics viz. ‘Role of Government in Driving Innovation & Product Development’, ‘Rechristening the Narratives of Indian IT Industry’ and ‘India Ahead with Transformational Ideas, Disruptive Innovations and Pool of Talent’. Experts and thought leaders from government, industry, academia and industry associations deliberated and exchanged their ideas.

Facebook's Google Photos transfer tool now available globally

SAN FRANCISCO:Social media giant Facebook's Google Photos transfer tool is now available globally to everyone.
Part of a programme involving Facebook, Microsoft, Google and Twitter established in 2018, the tool allows users to create copies of all of the photos or videos on Facebook account and transfer them to a linked Google Photos one.

54% of online videos watched in India are in Hindi: YouTube

NEW DELHI:About 54 per cent of online videos that Indians watch are in Hindi, while English is preferred by only 16 per cent of the viewing population, followed by Telugu, Kannada, Tamil and Bengali, Google-owned YouTube said in a report on Tuesday.

6.1-inch iPhone 12 production to kick off in July: Report

SAN FRANCISCO:Apple is planning to start mass production of its upcoming 6.1-inch iPhone 12 models in July ahead of the rest of the flagship iPhone lineup this year.
Apple is expected to launch four new iPhone 12 models this year - a base 5.4-inch iPhone, two 6.1-inch iPhones and a 6.7-inch iPhone.

Restored Chilika Lake benefitted over 2 lakh fishermen: IIT-M

CHENNAI:The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) on Friday said its researchers undertook a major restoration project at the famous Chilika Lake - the largest brackish water body in Asia and the first Ramsar site of India - located in Odisha to help in tripling the population of the Irrawaddy dolphins while also benefitting over 2 lakh fishermen.

Women spending 1/6th of their day on social media: Survey

NEW DELHI: Women spend nearly one-sixth or 4 hours of their day online, which is not work-related, reveals a survey.
Nearly 54 percent of women picked Facebook, followed by 34 percent who said that their platform of choice was Instagram. While these emerge as the most preferred platforms, women are spending maximum time on WhatsApp, said the survey conducted by 80 dB Communications.

HBO Max now available on Apple TV, iOS devices

SAN FRANCISCO:The new HBO Max video-streaming service from WarnerMedia is now available across iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV devices.
New customers who want to subscribe to HBO Max will be able to access the service via in-app purchase priced at $14.99 per month, reports 9to5Mac.

INST Mohali innovates an unique route to fabricate precisely controlled nanostructures

CHANDIGARH: Researchers at Institute of Nano Science and Technology (INST) Mohali (Punjab), an autonomous institute under the Department of Science & Technology (DST) have found a straightforward and unique route to fabricate precisely controlled nanostructures of desired geometry and location on 2D materials, through a rapid one-step low power laser writing process.

Apple TV+ promotes kid-friendly content as summer vacation begins

SAN FRANCISCO:Apple has released a 30-second ad on YouTube and other channels to promote child-friendly movies and shows on its Apple TV+ streaming service as summer vacation begins in most countries including in India.

WhatsApp launches new campaign to curb fake news amid COVID-19

NEW DELHI:Instant messaging platform WhatsApp on Friday launched a new "check it before you share it" education campaign, expanding its efforts to reduce spread of misinformation on its platform amid COVID-19 pandemic.

Scientists launch videos in regional languages on COVID-19

NEW DELHI:The young scientists of the National Center For Biological Sciences (NCBS) have initiated a series of videos on social media to create awareness about COVID-19 in regional languages after Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed young scientists.

IFCN launches WhatsApp bot to fight COVID-19 misinformation

NEW DELHI:Poynter Institutes International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) on Monday launched its chatbot on WhatsApp to help two billion users of the Facebook-owned instant messaging platform to check veracity of information related to COVID-19.

US federal court approves $5 billion Facebook settlement with FTC

WASHINGTON:A US federal court has officially approved the $5 billion fine Facebook reached with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last July, after the FTC concluded its investigation into Cambridge Analytica data scandal involving 87 million Facebook users.

75 million people have already downloaded Arogya Setu app

NEW DELHI:The Arogya Setu app has been downloaded by 75 million people on mobile phones, which is now emerging as an important tool in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.

Class 11 Delhi boy develops touch-free doorbell

NEW DELHI:In a preventive measure against the fast-spreading coronavirus (COVID-19), a 16-year-old Delhi boy has developed an automated touch-free doorbell with the objective of social distancing.

Snapchat partners Amazon Prime Video for fun AR experience

NEW DELHI:Photo-messaging app Snapchat on Friday collaborated with Amazon Prime Video to bring second season of Amazon original series titled ‘Four More Shorts Please! closer to its fans through Augmented Reality (AR).

Reliance Jio's frontline warriors ensure Punjab stays connected even in lockdown

CHANDIGARH:  Reliance Jio's frontline warriors in Punjab are working tirelesly day and night to ensure that its over 1.33 crore users stay connected with the outside world during this lockdown. Jio's engineers across Punjab circle which includes Chandigarh and Panchkula are continuously on the field to provide a lifeline to people through its uninterrupted voice calling and high speed internet services on mobile and broadband through its JioFiber.

French watchdog tells Google to pay news firms for using their content

LONDON: The French anti-competition watchdog on Thursday asked tech giant Google to negotiate with publishers and news agencies on paying them proper remuneration for re-using their content on its platforms.

WhatsApp limits frequently forwarding messages to 1 chat at a time

NEW DELHI: In a bid to curb the flow of misinformation in COVID-19 times, Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Tuesday announced to introduce a new limit on frequently forwarding messages where a WhatsApp user can forward such messages to one chat at a time.

Facebook expands Community Help feature for COVID-19 efforts

SAN FRANCISCO:Facebook has announced to expand its Community Help feature as part of COVID-19 efforts which will help people offer help to those affected by the new coronavirus pandemic, as well as donate to nonprofit organisations.

Airtel extends validity of pre-paid packs for 8 cr customers

NEW DELHI: Telecom major Bharti Airtel on Monday announced to extend the validity of pre-paid packs of over 8 crore subscribers till April 17, in view of the coronavirus crisis and the resultant nationwide lockdown.

Reports on Chemical & Fertilisers, IT to be tabled in RS

NEW DELHI:Parliamentary standing committee reports on Chemical and Fertilizers and Information Technology would be laid down in the Rajya Sabha on Friday. The House will also discuss the Demands for Grants (2019-20) pertaining to the Ministry of Railways.

Smartphones main reason for sleep deprivation among Indians

BENGALURU:A whopping 92 per cent Indians check their phones just before going to sleep, said a study on Tuesday which revealed that digital services have emerged as a major sleep disruptor, adversely affecting the health of people.

IIT-K asks students to vacate hostels

KANPUR:The IIT-Kanpur, after cancelling annual technical festival 'Techkriti' and suspending classes for students, has now asked the students to vacate the hostels.

Twitter makes work from home mandatory

SAN FRANCISCO:Amid rapid spread of the novel coronavirus, Twitter is making it mandatory for its nearly 5,000 employees to work from home.

OnePlus 8 series will be all 5G devices, confirms CEO Pete Lau

BEIJING:With the forthcoming OnePlus 8 series launch around the corner, the company's CEO Pete Lau has confirmed that the upcoming series phones will indeed all be 5G-ready.

'Smart helmet' aids in nCoV prevention, Tweeple lauds

NEW DELHI:A media report is doing the rounds on social media which said that police officers in China have started to wear a smart networked helmets which can automatically take pedestrians' temperatures as they patrol the streets.

Intel joins CBSE to empower 1 lakh Indian students in AI

NEW DELHI:Tech giant Intel and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to digitally empower nealry one lakh students with Artificial Intelligence (AI) integration in India's education system.

Taiwan set to share knowledge to boost cyber defense

Even as the world is reeling under the effects of the novel corona virus (COVID-19), the cyber ecosystem across the globe too is facing an upheaval. Endless new types of computer viruses and attacks are leading to significant losses in the world economy and business operations overall.

MediaTek, Samsung introduces world's first Wi-Fi 6 8K TV

TAIPEI: MediaTek and Samsung on Thursday introduced the world's first 8K QLED TV equipped with custom Wi-Fi 6 chipset, the Samsung 8K QLED Y20 model (Q950, Q900).

Facebook kills Delhi-based fake accounts targeting Saudi

NEW DELHI:Facebook has revealed that it removed a network of 37 Facebook accounts, 32 Pages, 11 Groups and 42 Instagram accounts that originated in India and used fake accounts masquerading as media outlets to target the Gulf region, the US, the UK and Canada.

Twitter amused as video of 'beehive waves' goes viral

NEW DELHI:An adorable video of bees in a beehive synchronising to create a wave went viral on social media and left Twitterati impressed.

17 new planets, including Earth-sized world discovered

TORONTO: Researchers have discovered 17 new planets, including a potentially habitable Earth-sized world, by combing through data gathered by NASA's Kepler mission.