Friday, February 26, 2021


TikTok agrees to pay $92M in privacy lawsuit in US

SAN FRANCISCO: Chinese short-video making app TikTok has agreed to pay $92 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over privacy violations in the US.

FB disagrees with Oversight Board on tweaking Covid policies

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook has disagreed with one Covid-19 related recommendation made by the independent Oversight Board, saying that this will lead to softening its enforcement of misinformation related to the pandemic.

New Twitter tool to let users block, mute abusive accounts

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter is planning a new tool to let users automatically block and mute abusive accounts.With the new safety mode, the micro-blogging platform will automatically detect accounts that "might be acting abusive or spammy.

PUBG: New State announced for Android, iOS

BEIJING: PUBG universe is expanding with a new mobile title for Android and iOS called PUBG: New State, which catapults the battle royale ahead in time for a more futuristic take on the massive multiplayer genre.

Govt comes up with stricter norms for social media, OTT

NEW DELHI: The Union Government on Thursday came up with new stringent guidelines for social media platforms along with code of ethics for over-the-top (OTT) platforms and digital media.

Blocked 62.6 bn cyber threats in 2020: Trend Micro

BENGALURU: Cybersecurity firm Trend Micro on Wednesday said it detected 119,000 cyber threats per minute in 2020, leading it to block 62.6 billion threats last year.

Microsoft unveils new industry Clouds

SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft on Wednesday launched new industry Clouds for financial services, manufacturing and nonprofit sectors.The tech giant also announced first update to Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare, and the public preview timing for Microsoft Cloud for Retail.

Microsoft CEO for global rules on data safety, privacy

HYDERABAD: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Tuesday said he hopes for global rules on the safety and privacy of data that would make sure that tech products and services are safe to use.

Google Cloud targets India's public sector for growth

NEW DELHI: Google Cloud has achieved a full Cloud Service Provider (CSP) empanelment after completing an audit from the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), a top company official said on Tuesday.

ZASH to acquire TikTok rival Lomotif

SINGAPORA: ZASH Global Media and Entertainment Corp. on Tuesday said it has inked a deal to acquire a majority controlling interest in Lomotif, a Singapore-based video-sharing social networking platform and budding rival to TikTok.

Twitter considered acquiring ShareChat: Report

NEW DELHI: Twitter appears to be serious about expanding its reach in the Indian market and the microblogging platform reportedly even considered buying homegrown social networking platform ShareChat.

Hyundai unveils first model based on own EV platform

SEOUL:South Korean auto giant Hyundai Motor on Tuesday unveiled the IONIQ 5, the first model embedded with its own electric vehicle (EV) platform, as it strives to morph into a future mobility solutions provider.

Nokia 3.4 goes on sale in India,available across retail and e-commerce platforms

INDIA:  HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, announced that the Nokia 3.4 is now available in India in Fjord, Dusk and Charcoal colour options, in a RAM/ROM variant of 4GB/64GB at a recommended best buy price of INR 11,999, across leading retail outlets and online channels in India, including, and Flipkart.

Samsung launches new single-door refrigerators in India

NEW DELHI: Samsung on Tuesday launched a new range of 'Digi-Touch Cool TM 5-in-1' single-door refrigerators in India at a starting price of Rs 17,990.

20% of Indian firms to adopt connected Cloud strategies by 2023

NEW DELHI: Enterprises in India are leveraging cloud for objectives beyond business continuity and cost and about 20 per cent of organisations in the country will adopt connected Cloud strategies by 2023, an IDC report said on Tuesday.

TECNO announces brand-connect initiative TECNO India Virtual Run

NEW DELHI: TECNO, the global premium smartphone brand on Tuesday announced the launch of its first virtual edition of TECNO India Run. A brand-connect initiative to engage with our young TG and also strengthen the Government of India's Fit India Movement'.

HP introduces first consumer PCs made with ocean-bound plastics

NEW DELHI: HP on Tuesday announced Pavilion 13, HP Pavilion 14 and HP Pavilion 15 as the company's first consumer notebook range that uses post-consumer-recycled as well as ocean-bound plastics at a starting price of Rs 62,999 in India.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 2, Watch 3 get ECG support in more countries

NEW DELHI: Samsung has started rolling out support for electrocardiogram readings and blood pressure monitoring on its Galaxy Watch Active 2 and Galaxy Watch 3 devices in more countries.

Airtel, Qualcomm to collaborate for 5G in India

NEW DELHI: Telecom major Bharti Airtel and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc on Tuesday announced their collaboration for accelerating 5G in India.

Global PayEX aims raising Series A funding in 2021

NEW DELHI: Global PayEx plans to raise Series A funding from strategic investors in the year ahead.

Google quietly adds iOS app privacy labels to Gmail

NEW DELHI: Google has quietly added Apple iOS privacy labels to its Gmail app which is yet to come as an official update for billions of users.

Huawei Mate X2 with 8-inch 90Hz OLED foldable display launched

BEIJING: Chinese tech giant Huawei has launched Mate X2, the companys latest foldable phone, as the successor to the Mate X that was launched in 2019.

Spotify arriving in over 80 new markets, 36 new languages

NEW DELHI: Swedish music streaming platform Spotify has announced that it will arrive in over 80 new countries, along with rolling out 36 new languages on its platform.

Amazon deploys 100 Mahindra EVs in India

NEW DELHI:Amazon India on Tuesday said it has deployed nearly 100 Mahindra Treo Zor three-wheelers in seven cities in the country as part of its broader goal.

Vedantu acquires doubt solving app Instasolv

NEW DELHI: E-learning platform Vedantu on Monday announced it has acquired Instasolv, a doubt-solving app for students from Class 6 to 12 for science, mathematics, IITJEE and NEET, for an undisclosed sum.

LG launches W41series smartphones in India

NEW DELHI: LG on Monday unveiled its latest W41-series smartphones -- the W41, W41+ and W41 Pro at a starting price of Rs 13,490 in India.

Mi Bluetooth speaker, neckband launched in India

NEW DELHI: Mi on Monday launched its latest line-up of audio products 'Mi Portable Bluetooth Speaker' (16W) and 'Mi Neckband Bluetooth Earphones Pro' in India.

Reason for Sudden Spike in Laptop Prices

If you were contemplating purchasing a new laptop last year during the pandemic, you would have been left perplexed and bemused, and for a valid reason. The cost of laptops spiked, with some models seeing an increase of almost 30 percent! Laptop manufacturers were also left in a limbo because of the pandemic, as their shipments stalled for a number of weeks. 

Sony launches new wireless speaker for Rs 19,990

NEW DELHI: Sony on Monday launched its latest premium wireless speaker 'SRS-RA3000' at Rs 19,990 in the Indian market.

Microsoft launches 'Surface Pro 7+' in India at Rs 83,999

NEW DELHI: Microsoft on Monday launched the Surface Pro 7+ detachable tablet computer in the Indian market at a starting price of Rs 83,999.

3rd gen Apple AirPods leak reveals new design, ANC support

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple is reportedly working on its third-generation AirPods and now, a new report claims that it will feature a flat edge with a slight change in the placement of the devices sensors.

Dell opens global innovation facility in Singapore, 1st outside US

SINGAPORE: Dell Technologies has opened a $50 million innovation facility in Singapore focusing on research and development (R&D) in key digital transformation technologies.

FB, Google, Microsoft adopt Australian misinformation code

SYDNEY: Top tech giants like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, TikTok and Twitter have agreed on adopting the Australian Code of Practice on Disinformation and Misinformation that aims to address the spread of fake news and disinformation on online platforms.

Pandemic made people supportive, caring on Twitter, Google

NEW YORK: The use of the words like sacrifice, share and help more than doubled on Twitter and Google from before the pandemic to the period after March 13, according to new research, saying that internet trends suggest Covid-19 spurred a return to earlier values and activities among people.

iPadOS 14.5 beta adds Apple Pencil Scribble support for more languages

SAN FRANCISCO: The Cupertino-based tech giant Apple with iPadOS 14.5 beta is expanding Apple Pencil 'Scribble' support for German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

Samsung rolls out One UI 3.1 update to S20 series, Note 20 series

NEW DELHI: Samsung has officially started bringing the One UI 3.1 update to Galaxy S20 Series, Note 20 Series, Z Fold2, Z Flip devices and several 2019, 2020 Galaxy A-series models.

Huawei to cut phone production by over half in 2021

BEIJING: Chinese tech giant Huawei has reportedly told suppliers that smartphone production will drop by about 60 per cent in 2021.

Google fires second AI ethics researcher

SAN FRANCISCO: Google has fired another artificial intelligence (AI) ethics leader Margaret Mitchell who was the the co-lead of its Ethical AI team, following an investigation into her use of corporate email.

New geospatial policy opportunity for Indian industry'

NEW DELHI: Experts from a range of domains on Friday discussed the implications and the road to implementation of the recently released Guidelines for acquiring and producing Geospatial Data and Geospatial Data Services, with the top scientific advisor to the government asserting that these guidelines will enable Indian innovators to make advanced maps.

Google celebrates NASA rover landing on Mars with virtual fireworks

NEW DELHI: As the NASA successfully landed its Perseverance rover in a deep crater near the planet Mars' equator called Jezero, Google on Friday added a virtual fireworks on its page for a specific search.