Thursday, August 05, 2021


Google Maps' 'Dark Mode' coming soon for iPhone users

 SAN FRANCISCO:Tech giant Google has announced new updates -- including Dark Mode -- that are coming to the Google Maps app designed for the iPhone users.

ShareChat & Moj in multi-year music licensing deal with T-Series

NEW DELHI:Mohalla Tech, the parent company of short video app Moj and Indic language social media platform ShareChat, on Wednesday announced a multi-year agreement with music label T-Series.

Twitter now supports Apple, Google sign-in options

SAN FRANCISCO:Micro-blogging site Twitter is now allowing users to sign in to the app with Google account or Apple ID, the company has announced.The company on its support page on the platform wrote that it is now adding the option to log in from Google and Apple ID.

Twitter shuts down its Instagram Stories-like 'Fleets' platform

SAN FRANCISCO:Months after being rolled out for all users, micro-blogging site Twitter is shutting down its Instagram Stories-like 'Fleets' feature from August 3.
Fleets are disappearing tweets that sit in a row at the top of users' Twitter handles on smartphones. These ephemeral tweets expire after 24 hours.

Scientific collab should bring ease of living for common man'

NEW DELHI:The ultimate goal of all scientific innovations should be that it reaches every household like happened in case of space technology and the global scientific collaboration should be for bringing 'ease of living' to the common man, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology Jitendra Singh said on Monday.

FB's Ray-Ban smart glasses likely to be launched soon

SAN FRANCISCO:Tech giant Facebook is likely to launch its augmented reality-related Ray-Ban smart glasses soon.
GizmoChina on Saturday reported that the tech giant is silently making progress in its development of hardware products with augmented reality implications.

Telegram expands group video call feature to 1K people

SAN FRANCISCO:Encrypted messaging app Telegram has expanded its group video calling feature that now allows up to 1,000 people to join a group video call.

Twitter introduces algorithmic bias bounty challenge

SAN FRANCISCO: Micro-blogging site Twitter has detailed a new bounty competition that offers prizes of up to $3,500 for showing biases in its automatic image crops.

FB developing AI, new ways to detect users under age 13

NEW DELHI:Admitting that it is not easy to detect and remove accounts belonging to people under the age of 13, Facebook has said that it is looking at ways to convince people under age 13 to not lie about their age, including using the artificial intelligence (AI) technology.

Snapchat crashes for millions, company says fixed the bug

NEW DELHI:Popular social media app Snapchat experienced a massive outage globally early on Friday as users in the US, Mexico, Europe and Australia reported experiencing with logging in.

A complete list of top smartphones under 25,000 INR from top brands in India

The smartphone market in India is always bubbling with energy and enthusiasm due to the continuous interaction between top smartphone brands and customers. The demand for smartphones in a vast country like India can only slow down in times of financial crisis. The growth of the smartphone sector can also be attributed to the aggressive pricing techniques adopted by several manufacturers. A large percentage of the Indian populace prefer smartphones in the low-budget category. But there is enough friction in the lower mid-range tier too. The low-budget models may be affordable and easy on the pockets.

Zuckerberg eyes deeper commerce integration across FB apps

NEW DELHI: Buoyed by the launch of WhatsApp payments in India and Brazil, Mark Zuckerberg has reiterated his commitment towards a deeper integration within the family of Facebook apps including Instagram and Messenger to provide a unified commerce experience to millions of users in the near future.

Twitter shuts US offices, tech giants in huddle after new CDC rules

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter has announced to shut its offices in New York and San Francisco in response to the new guidelines issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Facebook expects significant growth slowdown for rest of 2021

SAN FRANCISCO:Facebook stocks fell nearly 5 per cent after the company declared that it is expecting a significant growth slowdown in the rest of the year, after posting strong results for the June quarter.

YouTube Shorts surpasses 15 bn daily views: Sundar Pichai

NEW DELHI: YouTube Shorts, a TikTok-like short form video app that was launched first in India last year, has surpassed 15 billion daily views, Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai has said.

Instagram makes accounts for users under 16 private by default

NEW DELHI: In a bid to give young users more safer, private experience on its platform, Instagram on Tuesday made it hard for potentially suspicious accounts to find young people and limiting the options advertisers have to reach young people with ads, along with defaulting people under 16 into private accounts.

Moj, ShareChat raise additional $145 mn to scale AI platform

NEW DELHI: Mohalla Tech, the parent company behind homegrown social media apps Moj and ShareChat, on Tuesday said it has raised an additional $145 million at a market valuation of $2.88 billion.

WhatsApp for iOS adds multi-device compatibility for beta users

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook-owned WhatsApp is now releasing the multi-device beta programme for some beta testers of the app.
With the new feature, users can use WhatsApp Web, WhatsApp Desktop and Portal without an Internet connection on the main phone.

Millions of phone numbers of Clubhouse users 'up for sale' on Dark Web

NEW DELHI: Millions of phone numbers of Clubhouse users have been allegedly leaked and are 'up for sale' on the Dark Web.
The dataset of the popular audio chat app only shows mobile numbers and no other information.

Amazon to probe harassment, discrimination allegations at AWS

SAN FRANCISCO:E-commerce giant Amazon has opened a probe into allegations of harassment and discrimination at its cloud-computing unit Amazon Web Services (AWS), after more than 550 workers signed a petition, blaming AWS for its "underlying culture of systemic discrimination, harassment, bullying, and bias against women and under-represented groups."

Snapchat new lenses to help users train like Olympians

NEW DELHI: Popular social media platform Snapchat on Friday announced that the official Olympics account on the platform will have an innovative Augmented Reality (AR) Lens.

YouTube hits 10 bn Play Store download milestone

SAN FRANCISCO:The Google-owned YouTube app for Android users has surpassed a whopping 10 billion downloads on the Google Play Store.
According to 9To5Google, video streaming has exploded in popularity over the past decade with improving global internet speed, introduction of 4G devices and increasing access to smartphones/tablets.

Realme unveils new watches, buds in India

NEW DELHI: Smartphone brand realme on Friday launched new products, including smartwatches and buds, for Indian consumers starting at Rs 1,499.
The new products are realme Buds Wireless 2 Neo, Buds Q2 Neo, Buds Wireless 2, Watch 2, and Watch 2 Pro.

IT services firm Vee Technologies expands global footprint

BENGALURU:IT services provider Vee Technologies on Friday announced the opening of a new delivery centre in the Philippines to expand its global footprint.

Internet goes dark for many as Akamai suffers outage

NEW DELHI: Web services company Akamai Technologies on Thursday suffered a massive outage, leading to several websites facing downtime, including in India, like Zomato.

Instagram can now automatically translate text in stories

SAN FRANCISCO:Facebook-owned Instagram has announced that it is now adding a new option to automatically translate text in story posts.
Now, when the service detects a foreign language in a post, it will display a "See Translation" option on the top left of the screen, which users can tap to see a translation at the bottom.

Twitter testing upvote, downvote buttons on replies to tweets

NEW DELHI: Twitter is testing a new feature where users will be able to upvote and downvote replies on tweets, saying this is still not a 'dislike' button.
Currently under testing with a select group of iOS users, the feature is available in various styles (up and down arrows, a heart icon and a down arrow, and thumbs up and thumbs down icons).

This Rs 3,600 malware stealing information of Mac, Windows users

NEW DELLHI: A malware, available for just a little over Rs 3,600 ($49) on the Dark Web, is helping hackers steal the information of Mac and Windows users, cyber researchers warned on Thursday.

Audio chat app Clubhouse goes invite free

NEW DELHI:Clubhouse is no more an invite-only audio chat app as the company on Wednesday announced that it is now out of beta and open to everyone.The company said that it has removed its waitlist system so that anyone can join the platform hassle-free.

UAE hand in selecting 400 UK mobile phone numbers for spying

LONDON: A member of the House of Lords is among more than 400 people whose UK mobile phone numbers appear in a leaked list of numbers identified by NSO Groups client governments between 2017 and 2019, the Guardian reported.

Instagram testing new 'Collab' feature in India

NEW DELHI:Facebook-owned Instagram on Wednesday announced it is testing the ability for people to collaborate on Feed Posts and Reels called 'Collab' in India.With 'Collab', you can invite a collaborator to your Feed Post and Reels and so they can share the content with their followers.

Twitter rejigs social media dashboard TweetDeck

NEW DELHI: Twitter has announced a new and improved version of TweetDeck, and is testing new features with a small group of users in the US, Canada and Australia.
TweekDeck is a social media dashboard which many Twitter users are not aware of, and the company may turn its into a new subscription service in the near future.

YouTube rolls out new tool to tip creators

SAN FRANCISCO: Google-owned YouTube is rolling out a new tool "Super Thanks" that will let users tip their favourite creators on the platform.
This new feature gives creators yet another way to earn money while also allowing them to strengthen relationships with viewers.

Chrome allows users to manage their permissions to websites

NEW DELHI: Google is rolling out new privacy features in Chrome browser that will help Android users keep track of which website has permission to what sort of information.

Twitter Beta now lets users log in with Google Account

SAN FRANCISCO: The latest Twitter beta update for Android lets users to log in using a connected Google Account, the media reported.
Google Account integration with Twitter is definitely long overdue, with the social media platform similarly working on Apple Account sign-in for those on the iOS side of the fence, reports 9To5Google.

Google to soon roll out over 900 redesigned emojis

SAN FRANCISCO: Google is sharing new designs for 992 emoji that it has revamped with a focus on "making them more universal, accessible and authentic".

FB records 38.2% increase in people of colour as leaders

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook said that it has achieved a 38.2 per cent increase in Black leaders due to strong recruiting and increased focus on retaining top talent across the company in the last one year.

Indian millennials, Gen Z find hope in emojis amid Covid

NEW DELHI: More than 80 per cent of millennials and Gen Zies in India have found hope in Covid-19 vaccination by using emojis as a medium to express themselves, a new report has said.

Banned 2 mn accounts in India: WhatsApp report on new IT rules

NEW DELHI:Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Thursday filed its first monthly grievance redressal report as required under India's new IT norms, saying it banned two million accounts in India alone from the May 15-June 15 period attempting to send harmful or unwanted messages at scale.

Twitter to shut down ephemeral Fleets feature from Aug 3

NEW DELHI: After witnessing a poor response, Twitter has announced to shut down its Fleets feature from August 3. The micro-blogging platform had launched the feature just eight months ago.


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