Saturday, September 26, 2020


Lava set to launch 4-5 smartphones ahead of Diwali

NEW DELHI: Home-grown mobile handset brand Lava is planning to launch four to five devices in the beginning of November, boosting its portfolio with fresh products in the festive season.

Accenture to acquire tech-driven sales firm N3

SAN FRANCISCO: Global professional services company Accenture will acquire N3, a tech-driven sales and demand-generation firm that helps clients drive sales growth in an increasingly virtual environment, the company said, without disclosing the financial terms of the acquisition.

Flipkart partners with Max Fashion ahead of festive season

 BENGALURU: E-commerce platform Flipkart on Wednesday said it has partnered with retailer Max Fashion ahead of the upcoming festive season and the annual Big Billion Days.

Playing video games as child may improve working memory later

LONDON: In a good news to video game lovers, researchers have found that playing video games as a child can improve working memory years later.

Feeling of burnout increases among global workforce: Microsoft

SAN FRANCISCO: If youve been feeling overwhelmed at work lately, you are not alone as a new Microsoft study has shown that the pandemic has increased the feeling of burnout at work among about 30 per cent of workers.

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 750G chip with 5G connectivity

NEW DELHI: Global chipmaker Qualcomm has announced Snapdragon 750G 5G Mobile Platform that enables global 5G connectivity with HDR gaming and on-device AI.

Nokia launches 2 affordable smartphones

 NEW DELHI:  The HMD Global-owned smartphone maker Nokia has launched two new budget smartphones Nokia 2.4 and Nokia 3.4 in Europe.

TikTok purges 37.6mn troublesome videos from India

NEW DELHI: Chinese short video-making app TikTok purged more than 104.5 million videos from its platform in the first half of this year (the pre-ban period) for violating its community guidelines and majority were from India at 37.68 million.

OnePlus Messages app lands on Google Play Store

BEIJING:China-based smartphone maker OnePlus has now uploaded its Messages app on Google Play Store.

Twitter records 6.1bn K-pop related tweets in past 12 months

NEW DELHI:Despite the global Covid-19 pandemic, Twitter has recorded 6.1 billion K-pop related Tweets in the past 12 months.

Intel brings 11th Gen Core chips to Chromebooks

SAN FRANCISCO:Intel on Tuesday made it official to bring its 11th Gen Core processors codenamed Tiger Lake to Chromebooks. The 11th Gen Intel Core processors come with Iris Xe graphics and the Intel Evo platform for thin and light laptops.

Facebook introduces Rights Manager for images

SAN FRANCISCO:In a bid to help creators and publishers manage their intellectual property related to images, Facebook has introduced Rights Manager for images.

Amazon to unveil new Echo, Alexa devices on Sep 24

SAN FRANCISCO: Amazon is set to unveil new Echo, Fire TV and Alexa devices on September 24 and the Devices & Services team will showcase products across categories via a virtual event.

Oracle, Walmart rescue TikTok in US with Trump's 'blessing'

SAN FRANCISCO:In a surprise move, Oracle and Walmart have come together to save TikTok from the ban, forming a new company called TikTok Global which will be headquartered in the US. President Donald Trump said he has given the deal his blessing.

TikTok rival Chingari claims 30 million downloads in 3 months

NEW DELHI: Short-video sharing platform Chingari on Monday claimed it has garnered more than 30 million organic users on its platform in just three months.
Within just 24 hours of the ban on TikTok and other Chinese apps in India, Chingari gained more than 3.5 million downloads.

TikTok says disappointed with US move to ban app from Sunday

SAN FRANCISCO:Video-sharing social networking platform TikTok said it felt disappointed with the decision announced by the US Commerce Department blocking the download and update of the company's popular application starting Sunday.

Google Drive to delete trashed files after 30 days from Oct 13

NEW DELHI:Just like Gmail, Google will now keep your trashed files in its Drive platform for only 30 days and start deleting those once the deadline is crossed, starting October 13.

Google makes it easier to access Search, Chrome and Gmail in iOS 14

SAN FRANCISCO:Google has given its users easier access to Search, Chrome and Gmail on the new Apple iOS 14.
The users can now add a Google Search Widget to their Home Screen to let them find information even faster.

Paytm back on Play store few hours after Google removed app

NEW DELHI:In a dramatic turn of events, Paytm app was back on Google Play store on Friday within a few hours of being pulled down due to alleged policy violations.

Short video app Chingari inks music licensing deal with T-Series

NEW DELHI:Homegrown short video-sharing platform Chingari which shot into popularity following the TikTok ban in June said on Friday that it has signed a music licensing agreement with T-Series.

SMBs can account for 30% of India's Public Cloud market: Nasscom

NEW DELHI: With Cloud adoption among India's small and medium-sized businesses growing, they can account for 28-30 per cent of the country's Public Cloud market by 2025, a Nasscom report said on Friday.

Instagram down, users reporting issues worldwide

NEW DELHI:Instagram users, including from the US, the UK, Middle East and India, took to Twitter on Friday to report problems while using the photo and video sharing app.

WhatsApp on Web may soon get fingerprint authentication feature

NEW DELHI:WhatsApp is reportedly working on to adding another layer of security via biometric scanning support that will help users secure new sessions on the platform on the Web.

Apple to celebrate Diwali with 1st India online store on Sep 23

NEW DELHI:Ending months of speculation, Apple is all set to launch its first exclusive online store in India on September 23 just ahead of the festive season, offering a full range of products, support and premium experience to consumers across the country.

Google adds Search trends symptoms data to Covid-19 repository

SAN FRANCISCO:In an effort to help researchers find useful health data to fight new coronavirus, Google has added its Search Trends symptoms dataset, which aggregates anonymised search trends for over 400 symptoms, to its Covid-19 Open Data repository.

Facebook, NYT join hands for AR-driven journalism

SAN FRANCISCO:Facebook has teamed up with The New York Times to co-develop augmented reality (AR) filters and effects on Instagram that will help users access and contextualise journalism at the media outlet.

Trump's WeChat 'ban' won't target users, says US govt

SAN FRANCISCO:WeChat users in the US can breathe a bit easy now as the Donald Trump administration has said in a court filing that the upcoming restrictions on the Chinese-owned messaging app would not target its users.

CSC partners with WhatsApp for digital literacy service chatbot

NEW DELHI:The Common Services Centers (CSC) on Thursday said that it has partnered with Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp for a chatbot for citizens to receive digital literacy services and resources.

Google unveils new Meet hardware for efficient video chats

NEW DELHI:Google has partnered with Lenovo to launch a new Meet hardware lineup for video conferencing at the post-pandemic workplaces.
Called ‘Google Meet Series One', the new hardware includes a camera, soundbar with eight mics and touchscreen remote.

Facebook Live enables AI automated captions for the disabled

NEW DELHI:To help people with disabilities, researchers at Facebook AI have made live video content more accessible by enabling automatic closed captions for Facebook Live and Workplace Live.

ShareChat acquires video production firm HPF Films

NEW DELHI: Home-grown social media group ShareChat on Wednesday said it had acquired HPF Films, a video production company specialised in digital content.

How ByteDance bypassed US ban, kept Tiktok secret sauce safe

NEW DELHI:  The most valuable asset for ByteDance is the intellectual property (IP) within TikTok and the China-based company has successfully offloaded geopolitics while keeping its secret codes safe by choosing Cloud major Oracle as its trusted tech partner.

TikTok ban won't affect employees salary payment, US says in filing

SAN FRANCISCO:  An executive order issued by the Donald Trump administration last month that prohibits any US transaction with TikTok's Chinese parent company, ByteDance, would not affect pay cheques of the employees, the government said in a court filing.

PAF aircraft crashes during routine training, pilot safely ejects

 ISLAMABAD: A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) aircraft crashed near city Attock in Punjab province on Tuesday during a routine training mission, while the pilot ejected safely, an official statement said.

Instagram may charge a fee for tagging links in captions

SAN FRANCISCO:A newly-discovered patent filing suggests that Facebook-owned photo sharing platform Instagram may be considering charging a fee to add links to photo captions.

Oracle wins deal for TikTok US biz, Microsoft's bid rejected

SAN FRANCISCO: Bytedance, the Chinese owner of TikTok, has chosen Cloud major Oracle over Microsoft to run its US operations as a 'trusted tech partner', multiple media reports revealed on Monday while an official announcement was still awaited.

Twitter users thrilled to edit replies, firm says bug caused it

NEW DELHI:Several Twitter users were left thrilled when they were able to delete a tweet reply, edit and fix the error in the deleted text as it reappeared, and retweet it again.

TikTok introduces its digital fashion month amid pandemic

SAN FRANCISCO: Chinese short-video-making app TikTok has partnered with luxury designers like Saint Laurent, JW Anderson, and Louis Vuitton to host its own digital fashion month at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the plans of major brands.

New Microsoft app Lists now available in video meet app Teams

NEW DELHI: Microsoft has made its new productivity app called Lists available to Microsoft 365 commercial and government community (GCC) customers who use the video meet platform Teams.

WhatsApp Beta update fixes bug behind 'Storage Usage' crash

NEW DELHI:WhatsApp has fixed a bug that was responsible for crashing its ‘Storage Usage section in the previous update.