Saturday, August 20, 2022


Apple's Shazam app turns 20, surpasses 70 bn song recognitions

NEW DELHI: Apple's music recognition platform Shazam has officially surpassed 70 billion song recognitions, as it turned 20.

This blood biomarker may up your risk of Alzheimer's by 35 times

NEW DELHI: A team of Australian researchers has discovered a potential blood biomarker that can signal the risk of dementia much earlier and help people to make lifestyle changes to help ward off the disease.

NASA spots 13 regions on Moon for astronaut landing in 2024

WASHINGTON: The US space agency has identified 13 candidate landing regions near the lunar south pole, as it prepares to send humans back to the Moon under the Artemis programme in 2024.

Twitter to put a label on phone numbers of verified user profiles

NEW DELHI: Twitter is working on a new feature to put a label or tag on the phone numbers of verified user profiles, apart from the blue tick or badge the company places with the verified accounts.

Questions raised on Elon Musk's bot claims on Twitter

NEW DELHI: Leading bot researchers have questioned Tesla CEO Elon Musk's claims about the huge presence of fake/spamming accounts on Twitter, as the online tool his team used to count bots on the micro-blogging platform cannot be relied upon.

TikTok in-app browser on iOS may monitor your keystrokes, taps

NEW DELHI: Chinese short-form video app TikTok may be monitoring all keyboard inputs and taps via its in-app browser on iOS, an independent cyber-security researcher has warned.

Transcription service Otter cuts minutes for free users, limits access to archives

NEW DELHI: Automated transcription provider Otter has reduced the free hours for transcription -- from 600 to 300 minutes per month -- for free users and limited their free access to 25 most recent conversations, with older ones available via paid mode only.

WHO experts recommend 2nd Covid booster for vulnerable groups

GENEVA: Countries should consider giving a second Covid-19 vaccine booster to the elderly, pregnant women, health workers, people with weaker immune systems and those at higher risk of severe disease, according to a team of experts from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Samsung begins work on $15 bn next-gen chip R&D facility

SEOUL: Samsung Electronics on Friday held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new semiconductor research and development (R&D) complex here, in a move to bolster its global leadership in cutting-edge chip technology.

Apple adds two new Top Charts for podcasts

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple Podcasts is introducing two new charts -- Top Subscriber Shows and Top Subscriber Channels --Ato showcase popular paid shows.

This Adidas headphone takes power from Sun, even bedroom lights

SAN FRANCISCO: Adidas has unveiled a unique self-charging Bluetooth headphones with in-built solar cells into the recycled plastic headband, that converts all forms of natural and artificial light into battery life.

Over 50% India firms raise ICT budget, cybersecurity key concern

NEW DELHI: More than 50 per cent of enterprises in India have significantly increased their information and communications technology (ICT) budget this year compared to 2021, a report showed on Thursday, as cybersecurity becomes the key concern for firms in the country.

Apple releases software updates for iOS, iPadOS to fix 2 security bugs

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple has released new software updates for iPhones, iPads and Macs to fix two security vulnerabilities known by the tech giant to be actively exploited by attackers.

Sony wireless speakers compatible with premium soundbar now in India

NEW DELHI: Expanding its wireless speakers segment, Sony India on Thursday launched new SA-RS5 wireless rear speakers that are compatible with HT-A7000 Soundbar.

1.3 mn users faced browser extension threats in 2022 1st half

NEW DELHI: Cyber-security researchers said on Thursday that more than 1.3 million users were affected by threats hiding in browser extensions in the first half of 2022.

Aster Medcity and Medtronic partner for Deep Brain Therapy in Parkinson's patients

KOCHI: Aster Medcity and India Medtronic on Wednesday announced their partnership to build a comprehensive and advanced Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) program for Parkinson's patients in India.

Flipkart Ventures invests in 6 early-stage tech startups

BENGALURU: Flipkart Ventures, the $100 milion venture fund set up by Flipkart, on Thursday announced to invest in six early-stage tech startups as part of its accelerator programme.

How post-Covid loss of smell or taste affects cognition

SAO PAULO: Patients with the most severe post-Covid smell and taste disorders are likely to perform worst in cognitive tests, especially when these involve memory, finds a study strengthening the hypothesis that loss of smell could be an early sign of the impending onset of Alzheimer's disease.

Telcos in a huddle on tariff plans as Indian consumers await faster 5G

NEW DELHI:As the Indian telecom operators plan to roll out 5G services as early as September-October on pilot basis in select circles, millions of Indian who have 5G-capable smartphones are concerned if they will have to shell out more money to access ultra-fast speed and better connectivity.

50K pre-bookings for new foldables in India in just 12 hours: Samsung

NEW DELHI: Samsung has witnessed a robust demand for its fourth-generation of foldables in India, registering more than 50,000 pre-bookings for Galaxy Fold4 and Galaxy Flip4 in less than 12 hours, Raju Pullan, Senior Vice President and Head of MX sales at Samsung India, said on Wednesday.

Reliance Jio, Voda step up hiring as 5G related job postings up 65%

NEW DELHI: As India and other countries take concrete steps to adopt 5G, the number of job postings by telcos related to 5G increased by 65 per cent last month, from 5,265 job postings in January to 8,667 in July, a report showed on Wednesday.

Meta, NCW partner Farhan Akhtar's MARD to boost for women safety online

NEW DELHI: Meta and the National Commission for Women (NCW) on Wednesday partnered with actor Farhan Akhtar's MARD (Men against Rape and Discrimination), to announce the launch of a reporting campaign "Don't Hesitate, Do Report, Stay Safe" to improve the online safety of women.

India moves up one spot in global rankings for median mobile speeds: Report

NEW DELHI: India has gained one spot in the global ranking for median mobile speeds and was at 117th position in July from 118th in June, a report said on Wednesday.

Dell introduces new XPS 13 laptop in India

BENGALURU: US technology company Dell on Tuesday launched a new XPS 13 laptop in the Indian market that is powered by the latest 12th Gen Intel EVO processors.

More users attacked via old Microsoft Office vulnerability in Q2: Report

NEW DELHI: The number of exploits for vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Office suite increased, accounting for 82 per cent of the total number of exploits across different platforms and software, such as Adobe Flash, Android, Java etc in the second quarter (Q2) of 2022, a report said on Tuesday.

Japan's Hayabusa2 finds asteroids may have brought water to Earth

TOKYO: Water and organic matter was brought to Earth by asteroids, finds Japan's Hayabusa2 space probe.

T-Hub's new programme to boost semiconductor startups

NEW DELHI: India's largest technology incubator T-Hub on Tuesday launched the semiconductor cohort of the AIC T-Hub Foundation programme to foster innovation and entrepreneurship across the semiconductor sector startups.

US judge orders Twitter to give 'bot' data from Beykpour fired by Agrawal

SAN FRANCISCO:  A US judge has ordered Twitter to "collect, review and produce documents" from Kayvon Beykpour -- the platform's former general manager for consumer who was fired by the company CEO Parag Agrawal in May -- and hand it over to Elon Musk's legal team.

Rising Relevance of Data Analytics in Modern World

It is not wrong if we say that our daily lives are interwoven by the all pervasive data today. No sphere of our living is unaffected in the digital world that we have created around us. We are producing huge data and this is widely changing the landscape of businesses, trade, corporations and government services.

Wait for 5G is over, India's 'Techade' is here: PM Modi

NEW DELHI:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that the country's wait for the 5G technology is over and the benefits of 'Digital India' will reach every village soon.

Early-term births linked with higher rate of ADHD

NEW YORK: Among children born at term (37-41 weeks), those born before 39 weeks are more likely to experience symptoms associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), says a new study.

Hacker breached our network via employee Google account: Cisco

NEW DELHI: Networking giant Cisco has admitted a cyber-security breach via the "successful compromise" of an employee's personal Google account, saying that no data was compromised.

Researcher hacks Musk's Starlink system with $25 homemade device

NEW DELHI: A cyber-security researcher has hacked the Elon Musk-run Starlink satellite-based internet system by using a $25 homemade device.

Zoom installer flaw can give attackers root access to Mac: Report

SAN FRANCISCO: A security researcher has found a way that an attacker could leverage the macOS version of Zoom to gain access over the entire operating system.

NASA asks students to design metal production pipeline on the Moon

WASHINGTON: The US space agency has asked university students to design a metal production pipeline on the Moon -- from extracting metal from lunar minerals to creating structures and tools.

1 in 4 kids hospitalised for Covid, MIS-C had symptoms for months: Study

NEW YORK: Nearly 30 per cent of children who were hospitalised for Covid-19 or MIS-C, a rare but covid-related severe condition, had symptoms more than a couple of months after their diagnosis, finds a new study.

Google Search shows which streaming services have specific games

SAN FRANCISCO: Tech giant Google's Search will show users what cloud streaming services have a particular video game, building on existing support for movies, TV, and music.

Weird Musk fans ask parents to allow kids for Tesla FSD test on road

SAN FRANCISCO: After a road test found that Tesla's Full Self-Driving (FSD) technology allegedly failed to detect child-sized mannequin in the middle of the road, some overzealous Elon Musk fans are now asking parents to allow their kids for a test to dismiss earlier claims.

SK hynix to select chip packaging plant site in US early next year

SEOUL: Chipmaker SK hynix is aiming to select a site for a semiconductor packaging plant in the US as early as in the first half of next year.

Motorola launches foldable Moto Razr 2022 in China

BEIJING: Motorola has introduced its next-generation flagship foldable smartphone 'Moto Razr 2022' here that comes with a larger main screen and Qualcomms latest chipset, Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1.