Tuesday, December 06, 2022


Iran govt-backed hackers hit 18 high-profile people via WhatsApp links

NEW DELHI: Iran government-backed hackers have targeted at least 18 high-profile activists, journalists, researchers, academics, diplomats, and politicians working on Middle East issues in an ongoing social engineering and credential phishing campaign via WhatsApp, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has revealed.

New Philips soundbars with wireless subwoofer now in India

NEW DELHI: TPV Technology, the licence partner of Philips, on Tuesday unveiled two new Dolby Atmos soundbars with wireless subwoofer in the country.

HBO Max, Discovery+ streaming service to now be called just 'Max'

SAN FRANCISCO: Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) will soon launch the combined streaming service of Disney+ and HBO Max which is likely to be called just 'Max'.

Microsoft offers 10-year deal on new 'CoD' games to Sony

SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft has offered a 10-year contract to Sony to make future 'Call of Duty' (CoD) games available on PlayStation, if its proposed Activision Blizzard acquisition goes ahead.

NASA's Orion spacecraft on course to return to Earth on Dec 11

WASHINGTON: After a historic flyby just 128 km from the surface of the Moon, NASA's Orion spacecraft is on course for its return to Earth on December 11.

Starlink delays daytime data caps

SAN FRANCISCO: Elon Musk-run Starlink has delayed its daytime data caps which were scheduled to go live this month.

Meta expands AI face-scanning to Facebook dating in US

SAN FRANCISCO: Meta announced that it has expanded its Artificial Intelligence (AI) face-scanning tool and ID Upload tool to Facebook Dating in the US, to verify users' age.

Meta threatens to ban news on its platform in US over journalism bill

SAN FRANCISCO: Meta on Tuesday warned to ban news in the US if the government passes a journalism bill that will require the social network to pay publishers for using their content.

'Srivalli' is top music video, 'Shorts Break' top creator in India on YouTube

MUMBAI: Video-sharing platform YouTube on Monday revealed the best creators and videos of 2022 of the country, in which video song from Pushpa movie 'Srivalli' is the top music video whereas comedy video creator 'Shorts Break' is listed as the top creator.

Samsung receives 2 cloud security int'l standard certifications

SAN FRANCISCO: Samsung Electronics announced that it has acquired two cloud-related international standard certifications, which confirms its information protection and system operation capabilities.

Web3, ChromeOS scams to dominate online threat landscape in 2023

NEW DELHI: Security software company McAfee on Monday released its cyber threat predictions in which it predicts that Web3 and ChromeOS scams will dominate the online threat landscape in 2023.

Former ISRO Chairman Koppillil Radhakrishnan calls upon Ahmedabad University's class of 2022

AHEMDABAD: 439 students celebrated a major milestone in their educational journeys as they graduated from Ahmedabad University receiving degrees at its 12th Annual Convocation on December 3, 2022. 205 students from the Amrut Mody School of Management, 27 students from the School of Arts and Sciences, and 207 students from the School of Engineering and Applied Science were recognised at the ceremony. The total count of graduating students also included four doctoral students.

Android 13 for TV releases with improved performance

SAN FRANCISCO: Google has released the newest version of Android TV OS, "Android 13" for TV, which brings further improvements in performance and accessibility to help their developers build engaging apps for the next generation of TVs.

Google working to speed up install times of Pixel software update

SAN FRANCISCO: Google is reportedly working to speed up install times of software updates on Pixel smartphones.

Musk condemns Trump, says 'constitution is greater than any president'

WASHINGTON: For a change, Twitter CEO Elon Musk on Monday sided with the White House in condemning former US president Donald Trump for his call to terminate parts of the US Constitution after the release of "Twitter Files".

Samsung Electronics appoints its 1st female president

SEOUL: Samsung Electronics on Monday promoted a female executive to the president of global marketing for its mobile business, in the first move to tap a female talent for the top post.

Tesla Model 3 prototype spotted ahead of expected redesign

SAN FRANCISCO: Tesla Model 3 prototype (concept car) with camouflage has been spotted ahead of the expected redesign, which is likely to be unveiled next year.

Apple improves lead time for iPhone 14 Pro models

SAN FRANCISCO: Tech giant Apple's iPhone 14 Pro models' supply has improved and the lead time for getting them into customers' hands has lessened.

Musk 'Twitter Files' implicates Indian-origin lawyer Vijaya Gadde

NEW DELHI: The 'Twitter Files' revealed by Elon Musk has implicated Vijaya Gadde, the Indian-origin former head of legal, policy and trust at the company, in suppressing Hunter Biden's laptop story on the platform, while giving a clean chit to former CEO Jack Dorsey.

Delhi HC grants over Rs 2 cr damages to Adobe in trademark infringement case

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court, while hearing a lawsuit alleging trademark infringement by Namase Patel over Adobe's name, has granted over Rs 2 crore as damages to the US-based computer software company.

TikTok, Bumble join initiative to prevent sharing of non-consensual images

SAN FRANCISCO: Social media platforms TikTok and Bumble have joined an initiative to prevent the sharing of non-consensual intimate images online.

Google tests end-to-end encrypted group chats in Messaging app

SAN FRANCISCO: Google has announced that it is testing end-to-end encrypted RCS (Rich Communication Services) group chats, which will be available to some users in the open beta program over the coming weeks.

This unique Huawei smartwatch carries earbuds inside

SAN FRANCISCO: Chinese tech giant Huawei has confirmed the existence of the device "Huawei Watch Buds" on the Chinese Twitter-like site Weibo that includes earbuds beneath the dial, the media reported.

This unique Huawei smartwatch carries earbuds inside

SAN FRANCISCO: Chinese tech giant Huawei has confirmed the existence of the device "Huawei Watch Buds" on the Chinese Twitter-like site Weibo that includes earbuds beneath the dial, the media reported.

Deadly Covid variants still transmissible between species, finds study

NEW YORK: Scientists believe bats first transmitted Covid virus to humans in December 2019, and while the virus has since evolved into several variants such as delta and omicron, a new study reveals the virus is still highly transmissible between mammals.

Musk reveals how Twitter suppressed Hunter Biden laptop story in 2020

SAN FRANCISCO: Praising Indian-origin Democrat Ro Khanna, Twitter CEO Elon Musk has released internal 'Twitter Files' that revealed how the micro-blogging platform took orders from the US President Joe Biden's team to suppress the censorship of his son Hunter Biden's laptop story, published by the New York Times during the 2020 US presidential elections.

Hate speech soars on Twitter under Musk, he says 'utterly false'

NEW DELHI: After a new report claimed that hate speech soared on Twitter after Elon Musk took over, the Tesla CEO on Saturday denied the claims, saying the findings are "utterly false".

Affordable Samsung Galaxy M04 in India next week with RAM Plus feature

NEW DELHI: Samsung is set to launch its latest M-series phone, Galaxy M04, in India next week which is likely to start from Rs 8,999.

Pranay Pathole's Twitter account restored after Musk intervenes

NEW DELHI: Pranay Pathole's Twitter account, which was suspended on December 1 by the micro-blogging platform, was restored on Friday following the intervention of his Twitter friend Elon Musk.

Apple's AR headset to use xrOS operating system

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple's upcoming AR (augmented reality) headsets will reportedly feature the tech giant's own operating system 'xrOS' (extended reality).

Google Doodle celebrates inventor of video game cartridge

SAN FRANCISCO: Gerald "Jerry" Lawson, one of the fathers of modern gaming who led the team that developed the first home video gaming system with interchangeable game cartridges, is the subject of today's Google Doodle.

Disney reveals AI tool that can re-age actors

SAN FRANCISCO: Disney's researchers have revealed a new AI (artificial intelligence) tool that can re-age or de-age actors in a few seconds.

Hackers now selling 1.5 lakh patients' data of TN hospital on Dark Web

BENGALURU: As AIIMS-Delhi struggles to recover from a massive ransomware attack, hackers are currently selling at least 1.5 lakh patients' data records belonging to Tamil Nadu-based multispecialty hospital called Sree Saran Medical Center for hundreds of dollars on the Dark Web, cyber-security researchers revealed on Friday.

Samsung offer 20-yr warranty on some of its products in India

NEW DELHI: In an industry-first move to provide longer warranty to consumers, Samsung on Friday said that it will offer a 20-year warranty on some of its products in India.

Google discovers new commercial spyware that exploits Chrome, Firefox

NEW DELHI: As commercial spyware like Pegasus puts advanced surveillance capabilities in the hands of governments to spy on journalists, human rights activists, political opposition and dissidents, Google has discovered a new commercial spyware that exploits vulnerabilities in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Defender.

Coinbase accuses Apple of forcing it to remove NFT wallet function

SAN FRANCISCO: Leading crypto exchange Coinbase has accused Apple of forcing it to remove NFT (non-fungible token) transfers from its iOS Wallet application.

Xiaomi celebrates 8 years of Note series with over 7 cr happy customers

NEW DELHI: Xiaomi's Redmi Note series has clocked over 7 crore customers since its arrival 8 years ago, setting new benchmarks in the smartphone industry, especially in India, said the company. Over the last 8 years, it has transformed the Indian smartphone landscape by bringing in the latest innovations that have set outstanding industry standards, benchmarks and expectations among consumers.

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy again defends massive layoffs at company

SAN FRANCISCO: Amazon CEO Andy Jassy has again defended massive layoffs at the company, saying, "we just felt like we needed to streamline our costs".

Tesla launches electric Semi trucks

SAN FRANCISCO: Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Friday launched the long delayed electric Semi trucks during a virtual event.

Netflix plans to expand early feedback programme to more subscribers

SAN FRANCISCO: Streaming giant Netflix was reportedly planning to expand its early feedback programme to more subscribers across the globe.