Tuesday, May 18, 2021


Twitter reportedly working on paid service for Rs 200 a month

NEW DELHI: Twitter is working on a paid subscription model and now, app researcher Jane Manchun Wong has found the service will be called Twitter Blue, costing $2.99 (over Rs 200) per month.

India needs stricter action as WhatsApp privacy policy goes live

NEW DELHI: With the controversial WhatsApp privacy policy coming into effect from Saturday for its over 2 billion users including more than 400 million in India, industry experts emphasised that the government must implement stricter data privacy rules and restrain the Facebook-owned app as was done while banning Chinese apps to protect the sovereignty of the country.

Instagram will soon let users post from its website

SAN FRANCISCO:Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform Instagram is reportedly working on an update to its desktop website that will allow users to create posts from there as well.

Telegram, WhatsApp in tug of war over privacy

NEW DELHI: As WhatsApp privacy policy came into effect from Saturday, instant messaging platforms Telegram and the Facebook-owned platform attacked each other with a battle of words by sharing memes on Twitter.

Zoom gains access to private iPad camera API: Report

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple has given video-conferencing platform Zoom access to a private iPad camera API, which makes the app being able to use the camera during iPad Split View multitasking.

Accept privacy policy or lose functions in some weeks: WhatsApp

NEW DELHI: Facing criticism over its upcoming privacy policy, WhatsApp has said that its users will not immediately lose their accounts or face curtailed functionalities on the platform on May 15, but they will have to eventually go through limited functions if they fail to accept the new norms in the due course of time.

Instagram head apologises for bug that deleted story posts

NEW DELHI: Facebook-owned Instagram has apologised for a technical bug that deleted the story posts by millions of users, including social activists, globally.
Instagram Head Adam Mosseri said in a tweet on Friday that the platform experienced a technical bug, which impacted millions of people's stories, highlights and archives around the world.

Google brings YouTube TV to main app on Roku

SAN FRANCISCO: A week after streaming media player Roku removed the YouTube TV app for new users, Google is countering by bringing the cord-cutting service to the main YouTube client.

Google to give users more controls on how apps use their data

NEW DELHI: After Apple gave users more control over their data sharing with app developers, Google has now pre-announced an upcoming safety section in Google Play that will help people understand the data an app collects or shares.

Twitter testing Tip Jar feature globally, India too

NEW DELHI: Twitter is testing a new Tip Jar feature globally including in India where iOS and Android users can send money directly to their favourite accounts with substantial followers.

Facebook purges 9 fake networks from 6 countries

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook has taken down nine networks from six countries in April targeting people with false and deceptive information.
The social network removed 1,565 Facebook accounts, 141 Instagram accounts, 724 Pages and 63 Groups.

Google accidentally announces Pixel Buds A on Twitter

SAN FRANCISCO: Google has accidentally revealed its upcoming "Pixel Buds A-Series" on Twitter. However, the post has now been deleted.The official Android account on Twitter tweeted a photo of the "Pixel Buds A-Series" and said the earbuds "have arrived".

Instagram rolls out auto-captioning sticker in Stories

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform Instagram is rolling out a new sticker to Stories that allows English-speaking users to add auto-generated captions to their videos.

DoT gives green signal for 5G trials, no Chinese tech player allowed

NEW DELHI: The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has permitted telecom service providers (TSPs), including Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio Infocomm, Vodafone Idea, and MTNL, to conduct 5G trials.

Twitter Spaces available for users with at least 600 followers

NEW DELHI: Taking on invite-only audio chat app Clubhouse, Twitter has announced to make its live audio conversation app Spaces available to users with 600 followers or more on both iOS and Android platforms.

5G sales help US smartphone market to grow 19% in Q1

SAN FRANCISCO: 5G smartphone sales from Apple, Samsung and OnePlus helped the US smartphone market witness a 19 per cent year-over-year growth in the first quarter this year, a report has showed.

ByteDance CFO takes additional role as TikTok CEO

BEIJING: Chinese technology company ByteDance has appointed its Chief Financial Officer Shouzi Chew to also assume to role of TikTok CEO.
TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer quit the company in August last year amid the dispute with the then Donald Trump administration and the India ban.

Facebook acquires VR military simulator ‘Onward' developer

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook has acquired popular virtual reality game developer Downpour Interactive which is behind the hit multi-player military simulator Onwards.

Instagram takes on Clubhouse with audio-only live streams

SAN FRANCISCO: In a bid to take on invite-only audio chat app Clubhouse, Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform Instagram has introduced a new feature in its Live that allows users to turn off their phone's camera when broadcasting.

YouTube testing time-linked comments on videos

SAN FRANCISCO:Google-owned video streaming platform YouTube said that it is testing time-linked comments that will appear at the exact time users are watching a video.

PUBG Lite is officially shutting down

NEW DELHI: As scheduled, the low-end version of the battle royale game PUBG called Lite is officially closing down on Thursday (April 29).Recently, the news of PUBG Lite's shutdown was confirmed by developers Krafton via a message on its official website.

Microsoft reduces Windows Store cut to 12%

SAN FRANCISCO: In a bid to entice developers and studios to bring more PC games to its store, Microsoft is reducing the cut it takes on game sales from 30 per cent to just 12 per cent from August 1.

Zoom rolls out 'Immersive View' feature to make meetings fun

SAN FRANCISCO: With an aim to make online meetings fun, video conferencing platform Zoom has started rolling out "Immersive View" that allows hosts to arrange video participants and webinar panelists into a single virtual background.

WhatsApp testing 24-hour option for disappearing messages

NEW DELHI: After the seven-day limit, WhatsApp is now testing and developing a Disappearing Message feature with the 24-hour option for personal and group chats.According to WABetaInfo, a website that tracks WhatsApp in Beta, revealed that the disappearing message feature will be available in a future update.

YouTube adds video resolution controls, options on mobile app

SAN FRANCISCO: Google-owned video streaming platform YouTube's mobile app for iOS and Android will now offer users more control over video resolution and other options.

Snap acquired Fit Analytics for $124M

SAN FRANCISCO: Snap, the parent company of snapchat, has paid $124.4 million to acquire Berlin-based Fit Analytics, a startup in the field of apparel and footwear technology.

Twitter may soon allow you to pay tips for great tweets

NEW DELHI: Twitter could soon offer a tipping button on user profiles, where people can pay users who have a substantial followers for their great tweets.
App researcher Jane Manchun Wong has discovered that Twitter is exploring features like tipping to give people a way to pay other Twitter users.

Now change YouTube channel's name without editing Google account

SAN FRANCISCO: Google-owned video streaming platform YouTube is now making it easier for users to change their channel's name without needing to make any sort of alterations to the associated Google account.

Instagram is bringing ads to Reels

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook-owned short video-making app Instagram Reels is bringing ads to Reels in few countries, including India.The full-screen ads will be arriving first in India, Germany, Brazil and Australia before landing in more countries "in the coming months."

Instagram's new feature to combat hate speech, abuse

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook-owned Instagram on Wednesday announced a new feature to protect people from seeing abusive direct messages (DMs), as well as the ability to prevent someone you've blocked from contacting you from a new account.

Microsoft building new app store for Windows 10

SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft is reportedly working on a new app store for Windows 10 that will introduce a modern and fluid user interface, as well as bring changes to the policies that govern what kind of apps can be submitted to the store by developers.

Alexa to help people find nearest vaccination site in US

SAN FRANCISCO:Virtual assistant Alexa can now help customers find and connect with nearby vaccination sites, starting with the US.
In addition to helping customers find their local vaccination site, Alexa can also answer questions about vaccine availability and eligibility requirements in more than 85 countries.

Siemens to use Google Cloud to improve shop floor productivity

SAN FRANCISCO: Google Cloud and industrial automation and software leader Siemens have come together to help optimise factory processes and improve productivity on the shop floor with AI/ML driven solutions.

Twitter, Facebook, Snap join White House Covid vax campaign

SAN FRANCISCO:Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Snap have joined the US government's promotional campaign for vaccine eligibility, according to a media report.

FB set to take on Clubhouse, Zoom with social audio products

NEW DELHI: Facebook is all set to announce a bouquet of social audio products to take on invite-only audio meet app Clubhouse and video conferencing platform Zoom.

Twitter suffers partial outage, users unable to send DMs

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter went down in the US and the micro-blogging platform said it was working on to fix an issue with its servers.Twitter users, especially on the east coast of the US, reported problems with page loading and were unable to send tweets and direct messages (DMs).

After India, Brazil targets upcoming WhatsApp privacy update

BRASILIA/NEW DELHI: After facing an intense scrutiny in India over its upcoming privacy update, consumer protection agencies in Brazil have now asked the government to act on the May 15 privacy update that will allow Facebook to aggregate users' data across all of its platforms.

Twitter analysing harmful impacts of its AI/ML algorithms

NEW DELHI: In a bid to assess racial and gender bias in its artificial intelligence/machine learning systems, Twitter is starting a new initiative called Responsible Machine Learning.

Google Assistant can now help find lost iPhone

SAN FRANCISCO: Google has announced features coming to Google Assistant, with the most notable feature for Apple users being the ability to locate a lost iPhone using the digital assistant.

Zoom fatigue greater for women, finds Stanford study

NEW YORK: Even as video calls have taken over people's work and personal lives amid the pandemic, a new Stanford University research has found that the feeling of exhaustion that comes from a day of back-to-back online meetings, also known as "Zoom fatigue", is greater for women than men.