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This iPhone Case Brings a GameBoy Along

If you’re an iPhone user, chances are you’ve never suffered the dearth of phone case options that most of us Android users have to. However, no matter how many phone cases you may have tried for your iPhone, I bet you this one trumps them all — in mostly good ways. The Wanle Gamers Console for iPhone is an iPhone …

Essential Promises a Better Camera in its Next Phone

Essential, a tech startup founded by Android co-founder Andy Rubin, released its first phone – the Essential PH-1 – last year. While the device boasted of flagship specifications and a revolutionary design, the camera left a lot to be desired. When critics gave the camera scathing reviews, the company did its best to push improvements via software update, but unfortunately, …

PlayStation 5 Most Likely to Launch in 2020, Not 2018: Report

A couple of days after media reports suggested that the PlayStation 5 could release this year, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter has effectively quashed all such rumors, saying that a 2018 release date for the PS4 successor has a “very low probability”. That’s according to WCCF Tech, which says that according to Patcher, the much-anticipated console is expected to release …

Google Play Store Now Shows ‘What’s New’ Right on the Updates Page

Google has been actively updating Play Store to bring new features for users. Just recently, the company launched a bunch of new services on the Play Store including the new Google Pay and ARCore apps. Today, Google has released yet another update for the Play Store which is introducing a cool new feature. With its latest Play Store update, Google …

These Microscopic Self-Powered Cameras Are Privacy’s Nightmare

While people are currently struggling with privacy concerns as cameras are proliferating every possible smart device out there, a new development in camera technology has the potential to change the whole game by bypassing every privacy measures one can take. According to a post on TechCrunch, researchers have created a new type of camera which is not only microscopic but …

Joanna Bryson

Joanna Bryson is a Reader (tenured Associate Professor) at the University of Bath, and an affiliate of Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP). She has broad academic interests in the structure and utility of intelligence, both natural and artificial.  Venues for her research range from Reddit to Science. She is best known for her work in systems AI and …

Elon Musk Warns Against Artificial Intelligence Yet Again; Likens it to ‘Evil Dictator’

Elon Musk‘s views on artificial intelligence are well-known. To say that he isn’t exactly a fan of the technology would be an understatement, to say the least. Now, the founder of SpaceX and Tesla has issued a new warning about the emerging technology, saying that the development of superhuman intelligence could potentially result in the creation of a rogue, ‘immortal …

US Homeland Security Plans a Database of Journalists, News Outlets for Mass Monitoring

Mass surveillance by government authorities is a hotly contested topic in media circles across the globe, and it gained even more traction after Edward Snowden exposed the NSA’s shady surveillance activities. The revelation created a huge furor in which media played an active role in protesting against such activities, something which soured the relations between media outlets and the government …

Researchers Have Created a Hearing Device that’s 100,000 Thinner than our Eardrums

Working towards making sensory, and communication devices even more efficient and compact than they are today, researchers from Case Western University have now developed atomically thin drumheads. These drumheads, according to the paper written by the researchers, is ten trillion times lesser in volume, and a hundred thousand times thinner than a human eardrum. Along with that, the drum is …

This Online Simulator Lets You Nuke Any Place on Earth to Educate You About Nuclear Weapons

For the most part, when governments talk about Nuclear Weapons, they showcase them as something that’s ‘important’ and ‘necessary’ for national security, and when we, as civilians, see footage of these bombs, we are mostly shown a mushroom cloud of smoke and debris as we look at it in awe, not realising the sheer destructive power of something like that. …

Chrome on Windows is Scanning Your PC Due to a Bug

Google Chrome might be at the top when it comes to web browsers, but it does have its own fair share of bugs. According to a recent report from Engadget, Chrome is scanning users’ Windows PCs due to a potential bug. The report highlights that Google introduced a few antivirus capabilities to Chrome last year, which causes the browser to …

You can Now Print Your Very Own Elon Musk Masks

Elon Musk has gotten as close to Tony Stark in popularity as a real person can get. In fact, many people around the world call him the real-life Tony Stark just because of his habits of making absurd ideas a reality. People also go crazy over his little side products whether it be the new Boring company hat or the …

How to Watch IPL 2018 Live Online in India

Having started in 2018, the Indian Premier League has quickly grown to become one of the most popular sports leagues in the world. While it still has a long way to go to catch up to the four major sports leagues in the US (MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL) or any of the major European football leagues in terms of …

Logitech Launches K120, MK235 Hindi Keyboards in India

Logitech which is one of the most popular PC computer accessories maker company has announced two new wired and wireless keyboards which focuses on Hindi speaking citizens of India. Both the keyboards, the Logitech K120 wired and the Logitech MK235 wireless, were released as a part of the company’s Digi@भारत campaign. Speaking on the occasion, Dinesh Sharma, Deputy Chief Minister, …

Airtel Offering 30GB Free Data to VoLTE Beta Testers in Delhi & Rajasthan

After rolling out VoLTE in Kolkata last month, Bharti Airtel is finally getting ready to introduce the service in the national capital. According to reports, Airtel is conducting VoLTE trials in Delhi and Rajasthan right now, and is expected to launch it officially in these regions ‘very soon’. Apart from Kolkata, the company also offers VoLTE services in Mumbai, Maharashtra, …

BSNL Launches New 153GB IPL Data Plan Priced at Rs. 258

State-run telecom service provider BSNL has also joined the race to cash in on the Indian Premier League by launching a new 153GB data plan at just Rs. 258. The new data plan from BSNL comes with a 51-day validity, according to a recent report from Gadgets Now. The new plan will be available from today until April 30 across …

Grab Amazing Discounts During Flipkart’s Ongoing World Health Day Sale

On the occasion of World Health Day, domestic e-commerce major Flipkart is hosting a World Health Day sale, offering amazing discounts on a wide range of products, including household appliances that promote healthy living. As part of the sale, the company is offering up to 45% off on a selection of water purifiers, up to 50% on ovens, grills, air …

Govt Says Defence Ministry’s Website Not Hacked, Outage Due to Hardware Problem

The Indian Ministry of Defence’s website was hit by a cybersecurity attack yesterday, which was later confirmed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman via a tweet from the ministry’s official Twitter handle. However, the government has now released a contradictory statement which states that despite the incident appearing to be an act of hacking, the ministry’s website was not actually hacked as …

Facebook Suspends AggregateIQ Over Misuse of User’s Personal Data

The last couple of weeks have been very rough for Facebook as the company has been facing criticism from different parties owing to its inability to stop not only the use of personal data it collected for political gains but also the spread of hate messages on its platform. This has made the company amend its ways and the company …

Xiaomi’s BlackShark Gaming Focussed Smartphone Teased in New Poster

It’s no secret that Xiaomi’s ‘BlackShark’ is gearing up to launch a new gaming focussed smartphone in a few days. In fact, the company has already confirmed that the Razer phone competitor will be announced on April 13th. After numerous leaks and rumors regarding the BlackShark’s specs, design, and other features, we now have the first official poster showing off …

Twitter Delays the Launch of API Which Will Kill Third-Party Apps

Twitter recently announced the API overhaul of its apps which once implemented will take away important features including push notifications and auto-refreshing timeline from third-party Twitter clients. However, after receiving a lot of backlash from public and developers alike, the company has announced that it is postponing the released of the Account Activity API which was scheduled to be released …

US Authorities Shut Down Sex Advertising Website Backpage

US law enforcement agencies recently shut down Backpage, a classified advertising website which predominantly focuses on sex advertisements. According to a recent report from Reuters, the website was shut down as part of an enforcement action by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The current homepage of the Backpage website now shows logos of US law enforcement agencies along with …

After RBI, Crypto Exchanges like Zebpay Are Warning Customers About Investment Risks

Prices of cryptocurrencies started falling drastically in India yesterday after RBI barred regulated financial institutions in the country from dealing with cryptocurrency exchanges, such as Zebpay and Unocoin. The order is valid for all banks and non-banking financial institutions in India, effectively banning Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in the country, thereby impacting nearly 5 million Indians who cumulatively, have cryptocurrency …

Twitter to Show Its Fair Usage Guidelines More Prominently to Curb Abusive Behavior

Twitter has been battling with issues like fake news, bots, fraudulent ads and the proliferation of terrorist propaganda on its platform to name a few, but the worst problem of the lot is abusive behavior, ranging from trolling and racist slurs to threats and hoax generation. In a bid to curb such behavior, Twiter has decided to increase the visibility of …

Honor 8 Lite Oreo Update Brings Project Treble Support

The Honor 8 Lite, which is also known as the Huawei P8 Lite in some markets, recently received the Android Oreo treatment. Along with the Oreo update, the device has also received Project Treble support, according to a recent report from XDA. The mid-range device, which is powered by Huawei’s Kirin 655 SoC, coupled with 3GB or 4GB RAM, comes …

Google Is Fighting to Limit the Right to Be Forgotten

In a bid to limit the power of the “Right to Be Forgotten” which has been put in practice in both European Union and Argentina since 2006, Google is fighting a case in England’s High Court by claiming that the data is “Journalistic”.If you are not familiar with the concept of the “Right to Be Forgotten”, it basically allows people, …

Skype Finally Enables Call Recording With New ‘Content Creator’ Mode

About a decade and a half after it was released on Windows, Skype is finally getting a call-recording feature. Microsoft, however, will rely on third-party software, such as Wirecast, Xsplit, and Vmix, to implement the feature rather than build it out themselves. The feature comes as part of a ‘Skype for Content Creators‘ mode that will be available for the …

Human-curated Version of YouTube Kids App Might Arrive in the Upcoming Weeks

YouTube Kids, a family-friendly version of YouTube aimed at children and young minds, has drawn a lot of flak recently for exposing children to disturbing content masquerading as cartoon shows and other seemingly harmless content on the platform, alongside conspiracy theories, wrong information, and fake news. To combat the threat, YouTube is reportedly planning to release an updated version of …

Spotify May Be Launching Some Hardware This Month

Spotify has long been rumored to be working on developing in-house hardware to complement its music streaming service. After all, Apple did launch the HomePod a while back, and that’s little more than a complementary speaker for Apple Music. While previously Spotify’s plans for a brand new hardware launch were hinted at only due to the company hiring people in …

Google Chrome Expected to Get Material Design 2 Revamp in September

Back in February, new commits on the Chromium Gerrit that showed that Google was all set to bring ‘Material Design 2’ to its Chrome web-browser. The reference was soon made private after the media got a whiff of it, but now, Google has re-opened the commit for public view, hinting that the new design philosophy will hit the company’s web …

Facebook Announces Changes to Ads and Pages

Facebook recently announced a big set of changes to advertisements and pages on the platform for greater transparency and accountability. With the new changes, the company aims to curb election interference caused by the platform. Rob Goldman, VP Ads and Alex Himel, VP Local & Pages, recently detailed the changes in a blog post titled “Making Ads and Pages More …

Facebook to Add an ‘Unsend’ Feature in Messenger for All Users in the Upcoming Months

Facebook was recently accused of secretly deleting messages sent by CEO Mark Zuckerberg from recipients’ inbox. As you might know, aside from Zuckerberg apparently, users don’t have the luxury to delete messages they have sent to their acquaintances on Facebook’s platform, but that is about to change. Facebook has announced that the company plans to roll out an ‘Unsend’ feature in Messenger for …

Here are Google’s Picks for Android Excellence Games for Q2 2018

Google has today released its picks for games that, according to the company’s editors represent some of the finest games available on the Play Store. Here are all the games that made the cut this quarter: Little Panda Restaurant is a casual, educational game for kids that makes the player in-charge of a restaurant. In the game, players have to …

TRAI Reiterates Legal Threat Against Apple Over Govt’s DnD App for iOS

The Chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), RS Sharma, Thursday reiterated his earlier statement that he was considering taking Apple to court over its refusal to help the regulator develop an iOS version of its Do-Not-Disturb app. Sharma was talking to reporters after attending a meeting with telecom minister Manoj Sinha. Sharma had earlier said that he …

Microsoft Brings Ransomware Detection, File Recovery Features to Office 365

Microsoft recently brought LinkedIn’s Resume Assistant tool to Office 365 and also introduced real-time collaboration feature to the Office Suite on Mac. Following a steady stream of updates and improvements, Microsoft has now announced a host of new privacy and security features for Office 365 to address issues like ransomware attacks and data protection. Some of the new features like …

Patna Tops 4G Availability List in India: Open Signal

Bihar capital Patna has surprisingly trumped Indian metros to top OpenSignal’s latest 4G availability metric, which measures where users can get access to an LTE connection most of the time. More cities from central and eastern India also featured in the top ten of the 4G availability metric, with Kanpur taking the second spot, Allahabad on third, Kolkata on fourth, …

American Express Launches Amex Pay Contactless Payments in India

American Express has launched its mobile payments service called Amex Pay in India, which facilitates contactless money transfer as well as Bharat QR code-based payments through the official American Express mobile banking app on Android and iOS. All users who hold a valid American Express credit or debit card or an American Express Corporate Card are eligible to register for the …

Ministry of Defense Website Hacked; Minister Says ‘Appropriate Action’ Initiated

The Ministry of Defense has confirmed that its official website was hacked on Friday. People trying to visit the site were initially being shown an error message with Mandarin characters, as seen in the embedded tweet from ANI. However, the site seems to be down for now, with the ministry presumably working towards restoring full services. Ministry of Defence website …

Walmart in Advanced Talks to Invest $10-12B to Buy 51% of Flipkart

Flipkart is the biggest e-commerce player in India, and as is customary for domain leaders in a limited geographical region, acquisition and investment offers from bigger fish come from all directions. Flipkart is no different, and just as it was reported that Amazon is looking to acquire its rival, front-runner Walmart has upped the ante. The US retailer is planning to splurge …

Facebook Will Tease Stories Above News Feed Among Other Changes to Boost Engagement

After blatantly copying Snapchat’s Stories to its own image sharing platform Instagram last year, Facebook extended the feature to other platforms including its own website, Messenger and WhatsApp. While Stores on Instagram and WhatsApp were an instant hit, the same can’t be said about Stories on Facebook and Messenger. Now, according to a recent report from TechCrunch, the company is …

WhatsApp Data Sharing with Facebook a Big Threat to Privacy, Warn Experts

Just when you thought that Facebook has received enough flak for all its privacy blunders, some people now seem to be rallying for #DeleteWhatsApp. The messaging giant owned by Facebook boasts of over 1 billion users globally, and this has pushed experts to question its privacy implications. American tech entrepreneur and academic, Vivek Wadhwa has shared a blog post talking …

Facebook Apologizes After Myanmar Group Criticizes Zuckerberg’s Callous Remark

Facebook’s role in escalation of the anti-Rohingya violence in Myanmar has now become a hot topic of debate, especially the company’s inaction in handling the situation after being notified of the issue. When quizzed about the same in a recent interview, Mark Zuckerberg barely acknowledged the company’s failure with an unacceptable undertone of callousness, and instead talked about the effectiveness of …

Vodafone Launches VoLTE Services Across 26,000 Towns in UP

Vodafone has rolled out its VoLTE services in 26,000 towns and villages in Uttar Pradesh, including several major cities like, Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Allahabad and Faizabad, among others. According to Vodafone, the company’s ‘SuperNet 4G’ customers will now be able to access the service for no additional charges, with all calls being billed as per existing plan. The company …

Upcoming LG G7 ThinQ Allegedly Revealed in Live Images

Earlier this month it was revealed that LG’s next flagship would adopt the ongoing notch trend and will be released under the G7 ThinQ moniker. Now TechRadar claims to have procured exclusive images of the device which reveal its design and a few specifications. According to the report, the LG G7 ThinQ is rumored to launch sometime next month and is currently …

Motorola Rolls Out Revamped Moto Camera App With Intuitive New UI

With just weeks to go for the release of the Moto G6 lineup, Motorola has updated the native Moto Camera app on the Play Store. The Moto Camera update brings along an intuitive new interface, making it easier for users to switch between different modes. First spotted by 9to5Google, the Moto Camera hasn’t received any major feature changes. The changelog …

Twitter Suspended Over 274K Accounts Last Year to Curb Terror Propaganda

Fake news, spam, racist content, fraudulent cryptocurrency ads and proliferation of hate speech are among the hundred problems that are hurting Twitter right now, but it hasn’t forgotten terror propaganda. In its 12th Twitter Transparency Report, the company has revealed the progress it has made at tackling terrorist propaganda on its social media platform, disclosing the number of accounts that were periodically …

Cryptocurrency Prices Tank in India After RBI Bars Trade

A day after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) barred its regulated financial institutions from trading in digital currencies, the prices of all major cryptocurrencies are experiencing a sharp decline in India. At just before 3 pm IST, Bitcoin was trading at around $6,612 (around Rs. 4.29 lakh) in international markets according to CoinMarketCap, but leading Indian cryptocurrency exchange, Zebpay, was …

Modi Government Plans to Regulate Online News, YouTube, Twitter, Digital Platforms

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting recently attempted to curb the flow of fake news by proposing new directives for journalists. This garnered widespread backlash and the Indian government had to act fast, redacting the new rules within the day. But that quick reactions seems to be a smoke-screen for broader regulations. It seems the Modi government is still looking for …

HP’s ZBook Series Gets New Studio X360, ZBook 15v Workstations with 8th-Gen Intel CPUs

HP has joined major manufacturers in announcing new laptops with Intel’s latest chipsets. The company unveiled the updated ZBook series of high-end workstations, along with a new ZBook convertible, the ZBook Studio x360. The new notebooks feature Intel’s high-performance ‘H Series’ mobile CPUs based on the Coffee Lake platform, which were unveiled earlier this week. The notebooks get 8th-Gen Core i5, …

Microsoft’s Always On Windows 10 PCs on ARM Finally Get 64-bit App Support

In a move that’s expected to increase the efficiency, performance and security of Windows PCs powered by ARM processors, Microsoft’s Windows on ARM platform will finally support 64-bit apps, with an SDK for ARM64 apps set to be announced at the company’s upcoming ‘Build’ developer’s conference in Seattle. Engadget got the information from Microsoft’s general manager for Windows, Erin Chappie, who confirmed …

Razer Game Store Will Give You ZSilver Digital Currency For Buying Games

Chinese PC gaming equipment manufacturer Razer entered the smartphone space last year with the release of the Razer Phone. Now, the company has launched its own digital distribution platform which will directly compete with Valve’s Steam. The Razer Game Store, however, comes with a twist which is bound to attract gamers worldwide. Purchasing games on the Razer Game Store also …

Facebook Accused of Removing Zuckerberg’s Messages from User Chats

Facebook doesn’t allow its users to delete messages they sent to someone else from the recipient’s inbox. Users can only delete messages from their own inbox, and even then, they remain preserved in their Facebook data which can be accessed using the Download Your Information tool. However, according to a recent TechCrunch report, Facebook has deleted messages sent out by …

Here are Google’s Picks for Android Excellence Apps for Q2 2018

Every quarter Google announces a list of apps and games that show off what the Play Store’s editors think are the best of Android. Play Store even has a dedicated ‘Android Excellence Apps’ section to showcase these apps and games. The company has today announced the list of Android Excellence awardees for the second quarter of 2018. This list, according …

Snapchat Releases Exclusive Face Filters for the iPhone X Using TrueDepth Sensors

Snapchat has finally realized that it can make use of iPhone X’s advanced facial recognition hardware to its advantage and has released a bunch of exclusive Snapchat Lenses for the device. Engadget reports that the new Lens face filters, which make use of iPhone X’s TrueDepth sensors, are the most realistic looking face filters from the company yet. The exclusive …

WhatsApp Beta Gets In-App YouTube Playback and Voice Recording Lock

WhatsApp for iOS recently received a new update which brought the facility to see status updates in the ‘Today View’ section, and also added a new feature that allowed voice messages to continue playing when users switched to another app. A new beta update for WhatsApp on iOS has now been released which brings in-app YouTube playback and voice record …

Facebook Wanted to Collect Hospital Patient Data to Link with User Profiles

Facebook is stuck in an endless loop of surprising revelations about its privacy practices and its data hoarding. The company recently revealed that the number of users affected by the Cambridge Analytica data leak is not 50 million, but actually 87 million, and also admitted to scanning conversations on Facebook Messenger. The company has now dropped another bombshell, revealing that it asked …

Facebook Users Will Have to Pay to Fully Opt Out of Ads, Says Sheryl Sandberg

In an interview to American television network NBC on Thursday, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said that the only way to stop ads altogether on the social network would be through paying subscribers. According to Sandberg, “We don’t have an opt-out at the highest level. That would be a paid product”. The interview will air Friday morning on the ‘Today’ show. …

Nokia 8 Sirocco: Great Looking Flagship, But Hard to Recommend

Finnish company HMD Global launched the Nokia 8 Sirocco in India along with a slew of other smartphones including the Nokia 1 Android Oreo (Go Edition), Nokia 6 (2018) and the Nokia 7 plus. While the Sirocco is definitely a really gorgeous device, there are certain things about this phone that make it a confusing device to recommend to someone. …

Malware App ‘WhatsApp Plus’ Resurfaces to Steal Private Data From Your Android Phone

Malware Android apps have been around for ages and have been masquerading as reputed apps for many years. Even though Google has been rolling out various new features to Android and the Google Play Store, the proliferation of malware on the platform is only getting worse. Now, a new name has apparently been added to that growing list. MalwareBytes intelligence …

A New, Updated Mac Pro Is Coming… in 2019

The Mac Pro was the most powerful computer Apple built back in the day. In 2013, when the Mac Pro ‘trashcan’ was launched, it featured a revolutionary cooling system (for something so compact) and boasted of a spec-sheet to make pros covet it. Over time, pros started depending on the Mac Pro for everything they did… 8K video editing? Mac Pro. …

RBI Considering Central Digital Currency; Bars Cryptocurrency Trade by Regulated Entities

The status of cryptocurrencies in India has not been particularly clear, especially when it comes to gaining acceptance by the Reserve Bank of India or the government. Back when Bitcoin’s market value was soaring at an unprecedented pace, RBI cautioned citizens about the risks associated with the cryptocurrency trade, while the Ministry of Finance straight up labeled cryptocurrencies as a Ponzi scheme. …

Doogee Mix 4 Bezel-Less Concept Phone Hides Dual Selfie Cameras Behind a Sliding Display

Most smartphone users in India and around the world would not have heard about Doogee but the Chinese smartphone brand is looking to change that in a big way. Well, it has certainly got our attention with its latest concept smartphone. After the Vivo Apex smartphone showed the way by introducing an all-display front with a hidden camera, there were …

Will the Nokia 7 Plus Be the Midrange Phone to Beat This Year?

HMD Global is working tirelessly to revive the Nokia brand around the world, and India is a key market for the company. The iconic brand is back in the country with a trio of new devices, but the one that intrigued us the most was the all-new Nokia 7 plus. While the new Nokia 6 takes care of the budget segment and …

LG’s X-Boom Handy Splash Bluetooth Speaker Brings Multi-Device Support For Rs 19,990

LG has today launched the X-Boom Handy Splash Bluetooth speaker in India, and as the name clearly suggests, the device comes with an IPX-4 rating which guarantees protection against occasional splashes of liquid. The new Bluetooth speaker is aimed at outdoor usage and certainly features a build that aids in mobility, thanks to an inbuilt telescoping handle and recessed wheels at …

Slack Gets Voice Messages Through Standuply Bot

Slack has finally received support for voice messages, though it’s not a native feature yet. Thanks to Standuply, the company behind one of the best standup bots for Slack, users can now send short voice snippets to each other. Standuply’s CEO and Co-founder, Alex Kistenev, recently announced the new feature in a post on Product Hunt. In his post, Kistenev …

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17639: Improvements to Sets, Bluetooth and Calculator

With each iteration of Windows, Microsoft has improved the new Sets functionality, and it’s become far more useful in the latest Insider Preview build. The company has introduced multiple new features, fixes and enhancements as part of the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build 17639. Part of the Redstone 5 development branch, the build has been released to insiders on the …

Moto G6 Unveiling on April 19: All You Need To Know

According to an invite sent to Android Pit (Brazil), Lenovo-owned Motorola will hold a launch event on April 19. While the company didn’t reveal exactly what’s in store, speculation is that the entire Moto G6 lineup, including the Moto G6, Moto G6 Plus and Moto G6 Play will be unveiled. Moto G6 is likely to be the first smartphone from …

Cambridge Analytica Scraped Data of 5.6 Lakh Facebook Accounts Through Just 335 Users

Although the majority of users affected by the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal were from the US, other countries are also learning about the extent of data gathering. Users in India was also reportedly affected with the official number now being pegged at just over 5.6 lakh accounts. According to a tweet from former NDTV Managing Editor and current Washington Post Contributing …

Ola Launches In-Trip Customer Insurance: Pay ₹1 for Cover up to 5 Lakh

Ola has taken a step into the insurance services today with the launch of in-trip cover for customers to mitigate losses that they may incur due to cab-related incidents. Ola says the new cover would be ideal for missed flights, accidental medical expense, loss of goods, and a host of other mishaps. An extension of its ‘Chalo Befikar‘ initiative, Ola …

Hotstar Makes IPL 2018 Viewing Free for Jio and Airtel Subscribers

With IPL around the corner, Hotstar will see the kind of app streaming numbers that could rival even the upcoming FIFA World Cup. Indeed the company expects this to be the breakout year for live sports streaming in general and is reportedly preparing an arsenal of engagement points for users before the IPL begins. The Ken reports that Hotstar (Paywall) will …

Jio Cricket Festival Brings Rs 251 IPL 2018 Pack and Jio Cricket Play Along Experience

Days ahead of the 11th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), India’s fastest-growing telecom operator, Reliance Jio, has launched a Rs. 251 prepaid recharge pack that offers 102GB data with a validity of 51 days. In addition, the company is announcing a Jio Cricket Play Along experience to add a second-screen dimension to IPL viewing. In a press statement, …

First Mention of Google Pixel 3 Spotted, Along with Possible New Android P Feature

The Google Pixel 3 is still months away from an official launch – if at all – and there haven’t been any credible leaks about the smartphone’s hardware or new features yet. However, the first tidbit about the upcoming Google flagship has now been spotted in an Android Open Source Project commit, alongside the mention of an improved cellular networking …

Most of 2 Billion Users Affected; Cambridge Analytica Scraped 87 Million Accounts: Facebook

Just when you thought that the Cambridge Analytica scandal couldn’t get any murkier, it has. In a blog post yesterday, Facebook said that it now believes data of up to 87 million people globally may have been accessed by the controversial British consultancy firm. That’s significantly more than the 50 million revealed by whistleblower Christopher Wylie in his interview to …

Reliance Could Team Up With Netflix To Offer Original Content On Jio

After disrupting India’s telecom market, Reliance Jio has now turned its attention to digital entertainment, video content streaming in particular. The firm recently merged JioMusic with Saavn to create the country’s biggest music streaming service, and is also among the bidders vying to grab the digital rights to the Indian cricket team’s matches. Jio is now looking for collaboration opportunities with …

Xiaomi’s ‘Mi Crowdfunding’ Program Arrives in India: Mi Selfie Stick Tripod and Mi Bluetooth Audio Receiver

Chinese electronics manufacturer Xiaomi has launched its ‘Mi Crowdfunding‘ program in India as part of the ongoing Xiaomi Mi Fan Festival. The new crowdfunding platform will allow the company to decide which products it should release in the country. As part of the program, Xiaomi will add a curated list of innovation-driven products on its website and will sell them …

Home Ministry to Launch Online Portal To Report Cyber Crimes, Sharing of Hateful Content

Lodging complaints against cyber crimes, online abuse, and cyber fraud is soon to become a whole lot easier in India as the home ministry is about to launch an online cybersecurity portal for the same. According to a recent report from PTI, a Ministry of Home Affairs official has revealed that the portal will allow citizens to register complaints, post …

Android Auto vs Apple CarPlay: Which is the Winner?

The smartphone boom in India has also transformed Indian car manufacturing industry as more and more automakers are now including support for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in their built-in infotainment system. Both these products are really important as they provide users with same user experience no matter the cars they are driving. They are also important for improving …

Hotstar To Add Predictor Games, Emoji Reactions; Makes IPL Free for Jio and Airtel Users

With IPL around the corner, Hotstar will see the kind of app streaming numbers that could rival even the upcoming FIFA World Cup. Indeed the company expects this to be the breakout year for live sports streaming in general and is reportedly preparing an arsenal of engagement points for users before the IPL begins. The Ken reports that Hotstar (Paywall) will …

Mark Zuckerberg to Testify Twice Before US Lawmakers Next Week

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before US lawmakers at the Capitol Hill next week about how the social media giant protects the privacy of its users. At 2:15pm ET (11:45pm IST) on Tuesday, April 10, he will testify at a joint hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation committee, and the Senate Judiciary committee. The following day, he …

Alexa Hands-Free Mode Now Rolling Out to Amazon Fire 7, Fire HD 8

If you are a Fire 7 or Fire HD 8 user, you will now be able to summon Alexa without touching your tablet. The feature hitherto only available on the Fire HD 10 tablet from Amazon is finally being rolled out to the seventh-generation Fire 7 and Fire HD 8. With the latest update, the device is gaining ‘hands-free’ access …

Facebook Admits Scanning Your Chats, Shared Photos and Links on Messenger

In addition to collecting general identification data, Facebook has long been accused of prying into the content shared by users on its platform, something which has now been confirmed by CEO Mark Zuckerberg as well as a company spokesperson. As mentioned in our coverage of the recent interview with Vox’s Ezra Klein, Zuckerberg mentioned that Facebook’s systems can detect hateful …

Zuckerberg Says Facebook WIll Give EU’s GDPR Privacy Controls to All Users

Rebutting recent reports that claimed Facebook will not implement Europe’s stringent General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) privacy safeguards outside of the EU, the company’s embattled CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has announced that the company “intend(s) to make all the same controls available everywhere, not just in Europe”. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday about the Cambridge Analytica data breach and the ensuing …

Google Employees Urge CEO Pichai To Cut Pentagon Ties Over Use Of AI for Military Drones

‘Don’t be evil’. This has been Google’s motto for quite long, and now, thousands of Google employees have joined hands to protect the same vision by protesting against the company’s collaboration with Pentagon over an AI project that will possibly be used for a destructive purpose in warfare. Scores of Google employees have signed an internally circulated letter addressed to CEO …

Airtel Brings Back Rs. 649 Postpaid Plan with 50GB 4G Data

India’s largest telecom service provider Bharti Airtel has re-introduced its Rs. 649 postpaid plan which the company had discontinued earlier. The relaunched plan is the company’s latest addition to its “Best Selling Postpaid Plans” under MyPlan Infinity, which also include Rs. 399, Rs. 499, Rs.799, and Rs. 1,199 plans. Before being discontinued, the Rs. 649 plan offered 30GB of 4G …

Nokia’s India Challenge: One-Time Favorite Plots Comeback on the Back of Android One

HMD Global was in the limelight today as its new Nokia-branded smartphones hit India, and while it didn’t reach peak Nokia excitement for India, it certainly piqued the attention of smartphone fans. With the launch of the New Nokia 6 (2018), the much-hyped Nokia 7 plus, and the premium Nokia 8 Sirocco, HMD is hoping to recapture the glory of days …

Jio Added 83 Million 4G Connections in Rural India in 2017

Since its entry into the telecom space back in 2016, Reliance Jio has seen tremendous growth and had amassed over 160 million subscribers back in December 2017. The company played a major role in increasing the 4G penetration in India, not only through its service, but also by egging the competition to invest in improving their 4G infrastructure. According to …

Dell G-Series, Asus Zephyrus and MSI GS63 and More: The Best New Laptops With Intel 8th-Gen CPUs

Intel has unveiled a new line-up of 8th Gen Core I-series of processors for laptops and desktops, based on the Coffee Lake architecture and built using the 14nm++ process technology. Following Intel’s announcement, a number of OEMs launched new notebooks featuring the latest Intel processors, and also unveiled updated versions of their offerings with the new CPUs. Here’s a quick rundown …

Apple Reportedly Working on Touchless Controls, Curved Screens for Future iPhones

Not only is Apple looking to produce its own displays and chips, it’s also working on a new UX action that could change how users interact with iPhones. According to a recent report from Bloomberg, Apple is currently working on a touchless gesture control system and curved screens for future iPhones. People with knowledge of the matter have revealed that …

Government Reportedly Considering RFID Press Cards to Track Journalists

Just a day after the government had to withdraw its controversial directive on fake news after facing widespread criticism from the media, journalists and citizens, the Press Information Bureau (PIB) under the controversial Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Smriti Irani, has reportedly written to the home ministry, proposing to replace the current accreditation cards for journalists with RFID-embedded ones. …

Reliance-SBI’s Jio Payments Bank Begins Operations

Reliance Jio entered the telecom space and disrupted the market with its free data services and plans a couple odd years back. Now, the company is looking to make a wave in the payments bank space. Reliance Jio has now forayed into the banking business with a payments bank service. Jio Payments Bank is a joint venture between Reliance Industries …

Xiaomi Launches Mi Gift Cards in India

During the ongoing Mi Fan Fest sale, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has launched Mi Gift Cards in India. The Mi Gift Cards have been launched in partnership with Qwikcilver, a prepaid cards solutions provider. According to The Indian Express, Xiaomi’s Mi Gift Cards can have a minimum value of Rs. 100 to a maximum value of Rs. 10,000 and can …

Here are the Games Coming to ‘PlayStation Now’ in April 2018

‘PlayStation Now,’ Sony’s game streaming service that allows users to stream any ‘PlayStation Now’ game to their PS4 or PC without having to buy them is adding some more new games this month. The official PlayStation Blog has put out the list of games coming to the PlayStation Now service this month. Among the bigger, more well-known names are: In …

Amazon Reportedly Looking to Make Flipkart Bid with Walmart Deal Still on the Cards

With the e-commerce space in India growing exponentially over the past few years, the largest player in the sector, Flipkart, is gaining new suitors seeming every other day. The company is currently believed to be in talks with American retail giant Walmart, and only last month, reports suggested that even Google may be interested in buying a significantly stake in …

Google Drive Adds Smart Sharing Options to Access Checker Tool

As part of its latest update to the ‘Access Checker’ tool in Google Drive, the search giant is rolling out new smart-sharing options that the company hopes will make it easier for users “to ensure that only the right people have permission to access to (their) files”. With the latest update, Google says it is making it easier for users …

Intel Will Not Release Spectre Patches For Some Older CPUs

As part of its revised ‘Microcode Revision Guidance‘ published yesterday, Intel has announced that it won’t release any updates for a large number of its older CPU chips to mitigate against the Spectre vulnerabilities. The company had earlier promised to roll out Spectre patches to many of its older CPU lineups dating back to more than a decade, and has …

Who Is Nasim Aghdam? All We Know So Far About the YouTube Shooter

YouTube’s San Bruno campus in California witnessed a horrific shooting incident in which a woman stormed the office and shot at least 4 people, before shooting herself. While early reports identified the shooting as a domestic dispute, more details have emerged since then about the perpetrator. Law enforcement authorities have now identified the woman as Nasim Aghdam, a 39-year-old woman of Persian descent, …

Hotstar Launches New ‘All Sports’ Subscription at Rs 299 Per Year

Star India’s online entertainment platform Hotstar has launched a new ‘All Sports’ subscription plan at just Rs. 299 annually. The platform currently has two subscription plans – Rs. 199 per month and Rs. 999 per year – which allows users to watch premium content including live sports. The new plan, however, includes just sports and is targeted at people who …

Spotify Valued at $26.5 Billion After Closing First Day of Trading

Spotify finally listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Tuesday, after weeks of speculations about how the market will value what is currently the world’s largest music streaming service with over 71 million paying subscribers. After hitting a high of exactly $169.00, the company’s stock closed the day at $149.01, still significantly higher than the $132 guide price …

Save a Whopping 85% on the Metro Franchise on Steam Right Now

Fans of first-person survival shooter games, here’s some news for you that’ll make your jaws drop. As part of its ‘Midweek Madness’, online game portal Steam has put out an absolutely mind-blowing deal out for games in the ‘Metro’ franchise. Steam users can get a bundle with both Metro 2033 Redux, and Metro: Last Light Redux at a massive discount …

Alexa Routines Now Support Music, Podcasts and Live Radio

Amazon introduced Alexa Routines last year, allowing users to string together a series of actions which can be triggered by a single command. The feature included support for news, weather, traffic, smart home skills, and a set of “Alexa says” commands. Now, according to a recent report from TechCrunch, Alexa will be able to play music, podcasts or live radio …

Google’s Former AI Boss John Giannandrea Joins Apple

In a move that’s expected to help Apple enhance its AI capabilities, the company has hired Google’s chief of search and artificial intelligence, John Giannandrea. This was announced Tuesday by the Cupertino giant, who said Giannandrea will be in charge of the company’s ‘machine learning and A.I. strategy’, and will be one of the 16 executives to report directly to …

Facebook Banishes Over 200 IRA Accounts and Pages from Russia

After facing severe criticism for failing to stop the flow of fake news and politically-motivated propaganda on its platform during the 2016 US Presidential campaign, Facebook has been proactively purging accounts related to Russian propaganda group Internet Research Agency. Facebook says it has removed 70 accounts, 138 Pages and 65 Instagram accounts that were being run by the Russia-based Internet Research …

Mozilla’s Firefox Reality Is a New Browser for VR and AR

As we continue to develop VR and AR even further, companies are coming up with solutions to some of the most common issues that a user might face using these brand new technologies. According to Mozilla, one of the biggest such things is the fact that no good, cross-platform web browser exists for AR, VR, and MR experiences. Now, the …

Google Search Results will Now Let You Find a Movie, Look for Local Showtimes in a Jiffy

Google has rolled out a new layout for Google Search results which makes the process of searching for movie showtimes much more convenient, thanks to the addition of filters that will let users easily narrow down the search query down to dates, ratings, screening times and much more. The updated movie search result format brings a host of new changes …

MSI Unveils the GS65 Stealth Thin Laptop with 8th Gen Core i7 CPU, GeForce GTX 1070

MSI has today launched the GS65 Stealth Thin gaming laptop powered by the latest 8th Gen Intel Core i7 Coffee Lake processor. The new MSI device features a sleek, ultraportable form factor, thanks to 4.9mm thin bezels and an 82% screen-to-body ratio, which gives it an overall smaller footprint compared to other gaming laptops from MSI. The MSI GS65 Stealth Thin boots Windows …

Facebook Will Now Let You Bulk Delete Third Party Apps from Your Account

In an attempt to mitigate the fallout from the Cambridge Analytics scandal, social media behemoth Facebook has been making a slew of changes to its platform. According to reports from TechCrunch, the company has now added the option to bulk remove third-party apps that users may have allowed to access their Facebook data at some point in the past. The …

Asus’s ROG Zephyrus M Gets An Intel Coffee Lake Upgrade, 144Hz G-Sync Display

Asus has refreshed its ROG gaming laptop lineup with Intel’s latest 8th-gen Coffee Lake processors along with an all-new thin and compact Zephyrus M GM501. The new Zephyrus M GM501 is merely millimeters thicker than the original Zephyrus and has a more generic keyboard placement, unlike the older Zephyrus. The laptop includes up to a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 GPU …

OnePlus Might Release an Avengers-Themed OnePlus 6

According to a recent report from Android Central, OnePlus has partnered with Marvel Studios to release an Avengers-themed OnePlus 6. The report bases its assumption on a video posted on OnePlus India’s Facebook page which has been removed since. The short video shows the OnePlus logo as it inter-cuts with the Avengers logo and towards the end reveals the release …

MSI’s GT75 Titan Features Core i9, Dual GTX 1070s and SteelSeries Mechanical Keyboard

Taiwanese computer giant, and one of the major-league names in gaming, MSI has today launched a new series of gaming laptops featuring high-end gaming hardware including the latest 8th-Gen Core i9 processors from Intel, SteelSeries mechanical keyboards, and even Nvidia GeForce GTX 10-series GPUs in SLI configuration. Here’s what the company announced today: The GT75 Titan is the first gaming …

Snapchat Adds Group Video Chats for up to 16 Friends and Tagging in Stories

Snapchat is making a couple of changes today to the app that are targeted towards making it a more engaging platform. The app is officially getting group video chats and tagging or mentions in stories. Snapchat recently started testing mention tagging in Stories, a feature which has been available on Instagram since November 2016. Once tagged, viewers will get a new swipe …

Microsoft Kaizala Adds Digital Payments With Mobikwik, Yes Bank Tie-ups

Microsoft’s Garage graduate “Kaizala” has already made it quite easy for first-line workers (the ones who work on the ground) to stay connected and be effective. However, Redmond believes there’s still room for more features and has today integrated digital payments service into the Kaizala app. To enable digital payments within its enterprise social network app, Microsoft has partnered with …

Controversial Directive to Suspend Press Accreditation Over Fake News Rolled Back

Intent on curbing the spread of fake news in India, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting recently released updated guidelines which sought to suspend a journalist’s government accreditation if they were found to be involved in the proliferation of fake news. As expected, the ministry’s new proposal generated widespread backlash from journos as well as eminent politicians on social media. …

Google Home, Home Mini Are Likely to Be Exclusive to Flipkart

Just yesterday, Google officially confirmed that it’ll be launching its smart speaker lineup, Google Home and Home Mini, to take on Amazon Echo at a launch event on April 10th. It has now further revealed that Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart will be the exclusive seller of its upcoming products. Flipkart has already created a landing page for the Google Home …

Paytm Mall Raises Rs. 2,900 Crore from Japan’s Softbank, China’s Alibaba

Japan’s Softbank and China’s Alibaba have already displayed a voracious appetite when in comes to investing in Indian businesses, thanks to their seemingly unwavering faith in the country’s burgeoning economy. Now, both companies are doubling down on their India commitment by reportedly investing around Rs. 2,900 crore in Paytm Mall – the e-commerce arm of the country’s biggest digital payments …

Facebook Apologizes for ‘Bug’ Which Saved Draft Videos That Were Never Posted

After NYMag last week exposed Facebook’s surreptitious saving of draft videos that were never posted on the platform, the company has issued an apology, and blamed the whole debacle on a bug that prevented the draft videos from being deleted. The company, however, says that it has already started deleting all such videos on its system with immediate effect. “We …

Reddit Begins Rolling Out Redesigned Website to Some Users

Reddit, as we know and love, is about to change soon and the company has already started rolling out a redesigned website to one percent of users. This is the first redesign Reddit has received in over a decade of its existence and all Reddit users are expected to receive the updated design over the next few months, according to …

Ola Acquires Ridlr With Eye on Creating Public Transport Partnerships In India, Abroad

Ola has made enormous strides in the simplifying the travel needs for citizens even in India’s tier-2 and tier-3 cities. And now the company wants to bring the public transportation ecosystem under its fold as well. Ola has today announced that it has acquired a Mumbai-based startup Ridlr, which helps in tracking public transport modes as well as transit times …

Alexa Can Make Charitable Donations For You Through Amazon Pay in The US

Amazon is rolling out a new Alexa ‘Skill’ that will allow users to donate between $5 and $5,000 to a charity of their choice through the voice-based smart assistant. The new feature, called ‘Alexa Donations’, is powered by Amazon Pay, and will allow users to make charitable contributions by using just their voice. According to the company, more than a …

Xiaomi Plans to Bring More Mi Products to India

Chinese electronics manufacturer Xiaomi started its journey in India back in 2014 and since then, the company has steadily risen in popularity. And while there have been slight ups and downs in the past, the brand has successfully been able to carve out a place for itself in the Indian market. Earlier this year, the company surpassed Samsung to become …

Airtel Reportedly Expected to Post First Quarterly Loss Since 2002

It’s no secret that Reliance Jio’s pricing strategy has hurt telecom players Airtel Vodafone and Idea, and now reeling under the onslaught, Airtel is expected to report its first quarterly loss since 2002 after posting a steady drop in net profit over the last four consecutive quarters. An ET report quotes a Kotak Securities advisory which said India’s largest telecom …

Apple Releases iOS 11.4 Beta 1 with AirPlay 2, Messages on iCloud and More

Just a few short days after the official release of iOS 11.3, Apple started seeding the first iOS 11.4 developer beta yesterday. The new software is available on Apple’s Developer Center and over-the-air for devices with the ‘Developer’ device profile installed. Once a device is registered for the beta program, new updates can be simply installed over-the-air by going over …

Beebom Data Privacy Survey: Nearly 44% of Users Give Apps All Permissions; Only 3.7% Actually Deleted Facebook

While data privacy has been a major concern around the world over the last few months, the data privacy debate in India has constantly been overlooked by the media, who tend to focus on more ‘sensational’ stories. The debate is neither given much importance in mainstream media, nor does it pique the interest of users on social media platforms. Perhaps …

Intel Core i9 for Laptops Announced; 8th-Gen Core i5+, i7+ and i9+ with Optane Memory Also Unveiled

Intel has just announced a new line-up of 8th-Gen Intel Core ‘i’ series processors for laptops as well as desktops. First up are the new 8th-gen Intel Core i5, i7 and i9 processors based on Coffee Lake architecture, and created using the 14nm++ process technology. In addition, another line-up of 8th-Gen Intel Core i5+, i7+ and i9+ processors with Intel’s Optane memory …

Grindr Shares Users’ HIV Status With Third-Parties; Will Stop With Next Update

Popular gay hookup app Grindr, which has over 3.6 million daily active users worldwide, is under the scanner for sharing its users’ HIV status with two other companies. According to a recent report from BuzzFeed News, Antoine Pultier, a researcher at the Norwegian nonprofit SINTEF, has identified that Grindr shares its users’ location and HIV status with Apptimize and Localytics. …

LG’s Next Flagship to be Named ‘G7 ThinQ’, Feature M+ LCD Panels: Reports

With weeks to go before LG Electronics debuts its net-gen flagship smartphone, the rumor mills are going on overdrive speculating about the nomenclature of the upcoming device. According to tech journalist, Evan Blass (@evleaks), the smartphone that was earlier believed to be named the LG G7 will actually be marketed as the ‘LG G7 ThinQ’ to emphasis the company’s AI …

Xiaomi Confirms Investment in BlackShark Gaming Phone, Launch Set for April 13

After conquering the budget smartphone market, Xiaomi now wants to step foot into every possible boat to stay ahead of everyone on the innovation front. In line with the same, the Chinese giant confirmed the speculations of its investment in gaming smartphone brand ‘BlackShark’ today on Weibo. The BlackShark gaming phone, as previously rumored, is being developed by Xiaochang Nanchang Black …

Fortnite Finally Out of Beta on iOS; Available to All Without Invite

Epic Game’s wildly-popular game, Fortnite Battle Royale, is finally out of beta on iOS, meaning, it’s available universally for everybody with an eligible device running iOS 11 or later. This was announced by Epic via Twitter yesterday, and as you’d imagine, the tweet has already been liked and retweeted thousands of times. The game was thus far only available as an …

Android April Security Patch Also Includes Some Functional Updates for Pixel, Nexus Devices

According to the latest Pixel and Nexus Security Bulletin, Google has prepared the April 2018 Android Security patch and is expected to start roll-out from April 5 2018. The April Security patch will be rolling out to supported Google Pixel and Nexus devices and will address a number of security issues along with a bunch of “functional updates” for Pixel …

Google Splits Web Search Group into AI and Search Teams

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently announced a major reorganization in the company, forming new engineering divisions dedicated to cloud and AI research, aside from quite a few notable leadership changes. Google is now following suit by splitting up the company’s web search group into two different units, one dedicated to AI research and the other one for core Search operations. …

Snapchat’s New Ad Misses the Whole Point of Snapchat

Snapchat, the once popular ephemeral messaging app that was a hit with teenagers and a generally young audience released its first-ever TV ad during the NCAA’s Final Four, and well, let’s just say it misses the point of Snapchat in the first place. The ad tries to bill Snapchat as ‘A New Kind of Camera’ — one that cares not …

Mark Zuckerberg Evades Questions with More Rhetoric in Latest Interview

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data leak scandal, Mark Zuckerberg’s first public outing for damage control comprised of a post which was nothing more than a half-hearted apology and a confusing hotchpotch of Facebook’s past strategies and future plans. His subsequent interviews were not dissimilar, with less talk about accountability and more emphasis on steps to fix the problem. …

The Paytm Android App is Asking for Root Access, Again

Earlier last month we reported that the Paytm app was asking for root privileges on Android devices. At first, when we approached Paytm support regarding the issue, we received a rather absurd response that the app was requesting root privileges to obtain device details and OS version. However, when researcher Baptiste Robert aka Elliot Anderson posed the same question to …

Buy the Razer Cynosa Chroma Gaming Keyboard for Rs 2,799 at 44% off on Flipkart

Gaming accessories usually cost a bit higher than their non-gaming counterparts, but that doesn’t mean a good gaming peripheral always have to cost a bomb. Take for example the Razer Cynosa Chroma membrane gaming keyboard, which is now available for just Rs. ₹2,799 on Flipkart. During the ongoing ‘No Kidding Days’ sales fest, the Razer Cynosa Chroma keyboard has received a …

Get Rs 6,000 Off On the MSI GL62M Gaming Laptop with GTX 1050 Ti on Flipkart

As part of the ongoing ‘No Kidding Days’ sale, Flipkart is offering a wide array of gaming laptops at attractive discounts. One of the best deals available on Flipkart right now is on the MSI GL62M 7REX-2681IN gaming laptop, which is currently available at its lowest price ever on the e-commerce platform and can now be purchased for Rs 71,990, instead of …

Xiaomi’s New Mi TV Speakers Feature 8 Built-In Sound Units

Just a few short days after it launched a couple new models to add its existing Mi TV lineup, Chinese tech giant Xiaomi has announced a Mi TV Speaker that comes with a sound-bar form-factor, and has a minimalistic, no-fuss design. The speaker is covered with fabric on the front, and comes with two 20-ball dome tweeters, two 2.5-inch subwoofers …

Samsung Entices Buyers With Price Drop For Galaxy S8, S8+ in India

Following the launch of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus, Samsung has slashed the prices of their predecessors, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. The new MRPs, which are substantially lower when compared to earlier prices, are already listed on the company’s official India website. As per the listing, the Galaxy S8 (64GB) is now priced at Rs …

Who Will Win This Streaming War? Google, Facebook, JioTV, Hotstar And Others Face Off Over India Cricket Rights

When it comes to sports, cricket is the undisputed king in the Indian subcontinent with a feverish fan following. So, it is only natural that the war for digital streaming rights to cricket matches will be a bitter contest, and of course, millions will be splurged to monopolize the digital audience of India’s unofficial national sport. The Board of Control …

South Korea is Also Investigating Facebook’s Privacy Practices

As if its troubles in the US, the UK and the EU weren’t bad enough, Facebook is now facing investigations from South Korea’s state-run media regulator, the Korea Communications Commission. That’s according to The Investor, which says that the agency has confirmed it will investigate the data collection practices of the most popular social networking and messaging services in the …

Here’s What the Mid-Range Google Pixel Phone Might Be Like

Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are pretty much the greatest smartphones out there, they have best in class cameras (though the P20 Pro might be outdoing them), and they have pretty minimalist (but still good) industrial design. However, according to new reports, Google may be looking to launch an entire army of products in India, including, most intriguingly, …

Facebook Advertisers Will Now Have to Guarantee That User Data Was Obtained With Consent

Under fire for failing to protect user privacy, Facebook has gone on damage control mode, and is announcing a slew of new initiatives that it says will prevent such situations in the future. Having already added several new steps to make the process more transparent and hopefully, more foolproof, the social media giant will now reportedly add a certification tool …

LG Display To Supply OLED Panels for The Huawei ‘Porsche Design’ Mate RS

Even though LG Electronics has faced with issues of selling its flagship phones, the Korean giant’s subsidiaries are signing up some notable partnerships. LG Display, as reported by Korean publication ET News, has brought on board the world’s third largest phone maker Huawei and will be supplying OLED display panels to them. As per industry sources, Huawei has decided to opt …

India Replaces Vietnam to Become the Second Largest Mobile Producer in the World

According to a recent announcement from the Indian Cellular Association (ICA), India is now the second largest mobile phone producer by volume after China. The announcement was based on data collected from market research firm IHS, China’s National Bureau of Statistics and Vietnam General Statistics Office. ICA National President, Pankaj Mohindroo, in a letter to Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha and …

Fortnite Players Have Some Crazy Theories On the Random Vibrations and Comet in the Sky

Fortnite: Battle Royale — the game that has taken the world by storm, caused Epic Games to be threatened with lawsuits by the developers of PUBG, and lauded by PUBG creators for expanding the battle royale genre, is up to something really weird. Players in Fortnite are noticing their controllers randomly vibrating when nothing ‘vibration-worthy’ is happening, and there’s a …

Latest WhatsApp for iOS Shows Status Updates in ‘Today View’

As part of its latest update, WhatsApp for iOS has added some new features, implemented various optimizations and fixed several bugs. The highlight is a new feature that allows users to see recent status updates in the WhatsApp widget within the ‘Today View’ section. The update, which started rolling out earlier today, comes with version number 2.18.40, and also allows …

LG G7 Next in Line to Adopt the Dreaded Notch

Earlier this month, leaks regarding the upcoming LG G7 revealed that the company had decided to distance itself from the dreaded ‘notch’ trend that has consumed a vast majority of Android manufacturers of late. Reports revealed that LG’s mobile chief, Jo Seong-jin, had ordered a complete redesign of the smartphone even though it had reached near completion. However, according to …

Google Makes it Official: Google Home is Coming to India Soon

After weeks of speculation, we can now say that Google Home is coming to India soon. The company’s India Twitter account made the announcement on April 2. Get ready to #MakeGoogleDoIt, at home too. Coming soon. pic.twitter.com/JuNvt3cpFE — Google India (@GoogleIndia) April 2, 2018 And it also looks like Google has a hashtag ready to take on #JustAskAlexa. The company …

Top 10 Best Malware Removal Tools For Windows

It doesn’t matter how careful you are with your PC, the fact is now there are so many avenues of your PC getting attacked with malware that sooner or later you are going to get attacked. Whether it happens due to someone else’s fault or a fault of your own, if your PC is attacked with a malware, it will …

Cloudflare Launches ‘Internet’s Fastest’ Privacy-Focused Consumer DNS 1.1.1.1

Cloudflare, one of the premier content delivery networks (CDNs) in the world, also provides the whole gamut of cloud-based solutions for website owners and network administrators. The list includes distributed DNS service, free DDoS Protection, reverse proxies, automatic caching and SSL offloading. Now, the San Francisco-based company is adding one more product to that list – consumer DNS service. The …

Google Will Reportedly Launch Mid-Range Pixel Phone, Pixelbook, Nest Devices in India

Looks like Google Home is not the only new Google hardware launching in India. ET reports that Alphabet is renewing its India strategy with a focus on new products and devices across categories. The report quotes retail sources who seem to have been informed of the India launch of new products in recent industry meetings with Google this year. Google will …

Google Maps Added a Where’s Waldo Game to Its App for April Fool’s Day

It was April Fool’s Day, yesterday, and companies all over the world were seen trying their hands at making April Fool’s jokes with their customers, users, subscribers, etc. We even launched a pair of headphones called Beeboom (but that shit is real… probably). So when I opened the Maps app yesterday to check traffic for a particular road-trip I was …

Samsung Unveils Notebook 3, Notebook 5 PCs: Feature Nvidia MX Graphics, 8th-Gen Intel CPUs

Samsung rounded off its Notebook range with a couple of affordable new laptops. The new Notebook 3 and Notebook 5, will supplement Samsung’s Notebook 9 and Notebook 7 Spin Windows PCs. While the overall hardware designs of the two laptops do not stand out, they do offer enough performance and computing power for light and casual gaming. Both the Notebook …

Nintendo Announces Switch Games with Public Debuts at PAX East 2018

PAX East 2018 is just around the corner, and of course Nintendo will be there showcasing the very best in Switch titles at Boston from April 5 to 8. In addition the company has announced that playable demos of Switch games such as Dark Souls Remastered, Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, will also be …

Many Popular VPNs Leak Your IP Addresses Due to WebRTC Bug in Browsers

According to security researcher Paolo Stagno, who goes by the pseudonym VoidSec, some VPN solutions (that you may employ to access blocked websites or hide your real IP) are leaking your real IP address via a WebRTC bug. He recently audited more than 80 VPN service providers and found that close to 20 percent of them haven’t fixed the WebRTC leak. The …

Watch: Will Smith’s Disastrous Date With Humanoid Sophia

The robots are coming, and soon we will see more of people fumbling awkwardly around them. It’s already started with Will Smith’s high-profile attempted courting of Sophia the Humanoid. The story, reported by Mashable, might just give you the creeps. Here’s a generic summary: Rich powerful celebrity invites a female humanoid to the Cayman Islands for a date and gets …

Ram Charan

Ram Charan is a highly sought after business advisor and speaker famous among senior executives for his uncanny ability to solve their toughest business problems. For more than 35 years, Dr. Charan has worked behind the scenes with top executives at some of the world’s most successful companies, including GE, Verizon, Novartis, Dupont, Thomson Corporation, Honeywell, KLM, Bank of America, …

Talent drives success: Why HR leaders are as important as CEOs

Why should organizations aim to be talent-driven? “People compete, numbers don’t,” says top leadership consultant Ram Charan. His new book, Talent Wins (co-authored with Dominic Barton and Dennis Carey), is a playbook that can lift companies out of outdated, 20th thinking. “Today, and in the past, most companies are paying too much attention to finance, numbers, money; but they forget …

Volkswagen Graveyard: Over 300K Diesel Cars Stored in 37 Facilities Across US

Have you ever imagined how mountainous a task it would be to store hundreds of thousands of cars? Well, Volkswagen is currently plagued by the same scenario as more than 300,000 of its recalled diesel cars (thanks to its scandalous practices) are now littered across the United States. If you don’t remember, Volkswagen cheated authorities, as well as consumers, of …

ISRO Loses Contact with Just-Launched GSAT-6A, India’s Most Powerful Comms Satellite

In bad news for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), India has lost contact with the GSAT-6A, the most powerful communication satellite launched by the country, less than 48 hours after it was sent up last week. News reports are saying ISRO is trying to re-establish link but the loss of contact has been attributed to a power system failure, according …

Chris Hadfield: The astronaut’s guide to flat Earth theory

Chris Hadfield: When the very first balloon was launched that could carry people it was in Paris in the late 1700s and it was Montgolfier the brothers, they had hydrogen balloons and hot air balloons and it was the cutting edge of science. It was the cutting edge of technology. We just learned how to capture a gas like hydrogen …

Apple Patent Details Next-Gen VR Experience for Autonomous Vehicles

Patently Apple has unearthed a new patent filed by Apple which details a next-gen VR experience for autonomous vehicles of the future. The patent was recently released by the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) and notes that “embodiments of the VR system as described herein may be implemented in autonomous or “self-driving” vehicles where all occupants are passengers.” The …

The HP Omen 25 Monitor May Not Have a 144Hz Display As Advertised

Omen 25 is a 24.5-inch gaming monitor from American PC-maker HP, and comes with a full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution.  At $280 MSRP in the US, its price is a bit on the higher side when compared with other devices with similar specifications, but the company believes it offers something that many of its competitors lack. While most monitors …

Japan Display to Raise Over $500M to Secure Next-Gen iPhone Orders

Japan Display Inc (JDI), an LCD technology joint venture by Sony, Toshiba, and Hitachi, recently announced that it plans to raise over $500 million which it will use towards manufacturing LCD displays for next-gen iPhones. The company has been struggling to stay afloat because Apple opted for an OLED display in its latest flagship, the iPhone X. According to a …

Tesla Confirms Autopilot Was On During Last Week’s Fatal Crash

Call it Autopilot, Autonomous Mode or anything else, it has been a terrible couple weeks for the technology, seeing as at least two people lost their lives in accidents involving vehicles that weren’t being driven manually by human drivers at the time of the collisions. Both incidents took place in the US, and while one of Uber’s autonomous vehicles was …

Android 8.1 Oreo Brings Carrier Video Calling to Nokia 5, Nokia 6 and Nokia 8

HMD Global recently started the rollout of Android 8.1 Oreo update for the Nokia 5 and the first generation Nokia 6 in multiple regions including India. Aside from bringing a host of aesthetic changes, system improvements and the Android security patch for March, any other notable feature was not mentioned in the changelog. However, the update has finally introduced a feature …

Studies Find Evidence That Smartphone Radiation Causes Cancer in Rats

It has been rumoured for as long as there have been cell phones and now there’s some research to back it up. According to a recent report from Quartz Media, two federal studies have found “clear evidence” that mobile phone radiation is the direct cause of heart cancer in male rats. The results of the studies will have a significant …

Snapchat is Pulling a Pokemon Go; Except It’s for Easter Eggs

Snapchat has recently been hitting a lot of rough patches. It’s brand new redesign that Evan Spiegel was so proud of has been bashed by a lot of people, and then the company received widespread backlash after posting a controversial ad that was insensitive to victims of domestic abuse. As a result, a lot of users have uninstalled Snapchat, with …

Valve Is Using Deep-Learning Algorithms to Find and Punish CS:GO Cheaters

Counter-Strike is one of the most popular PC games of all time, with almost every FPS fan having played it at least once in their life. The latest installment of the game — Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is now being played in eSports competitions with millions of dollars in prize pools. It’s a huge phenomenon in the world of gaming. Unfortunately, …

Chinese Customs Nabs Smugglers Using Drones to Transport iPhones

Chinese custom officials from Shenzhen, China’s technology hub, have successfully nabbed a group of smugglers who used drones to transport 500 million yuan worth of iPhones from Hong Kong to Shenzhen. Reuters reports that the officials were able to arrest 26 suspects who used drones to fly two 200-meter cables between Hong Kong and mainland China. At a news conference …

A Developer Built an Alexa Controlled Robot to Fetch Him Beer

Software developers sometimes get up to the most incredible of projects even if those projects are pretty much things that accomplish a very small specific task. With the advent of voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant, along with the ease of incorporating their SDKs into any project a person desires, people are coming up with some really incredible …

Big Brother Could Soon Be Watching You With Canon’s Incredible 120-Megapixel Sensor

We’ve seen and heard a little bit about Canon’s much-vaunted 120-megapixel camera. It’s been in development for a couple of years, and while we already had the headline specs  – the 120MP sensor, if you were still wondering – now there as a video showing off its stunning performance. Canon says the 120MXS sensor is an ultra-high resolution CMOS unit with …

Xiaomi to Invest ₹6,000-7000 Crore in Indian Startups, Says Manu Kumar Jain

Back in November, Xiaomi’s chief Lei Jun revealed that the company will spend up to $1 billion in the Indian startup ecosystem over a span of five years, with the goal of supporting firms working on innovative ideas in the realm of smartphone technology. Today, MD and VP of Xiaomi India, Manu Kumar Jain has reiterated Jun’s commitment and confirmed that …

Uber Stopped From Testing Self-Driving Cars in Arizona Following Fatal Crash

Following the fatal crash in Tempe last week, Uber has been suspended from testing its autonomous vehicles in Arizona by the state’s Republican Governor, Doug Ducey. That’s according to the Associated Press, which says Ducey on Monday send a letter to the company’s CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, raising concerns about the safety and efficacy of these vehicles. According to him, the …

Xiaomi Launches Mi AI Speaker Mini Powered by Xiao Smart Assistant

Following the lead of prominent smart speaker makers, Xiaomi has today also unveiled a smaller AI-powered speaker at its much-awaited Mi Mix 2S launch event in Shanghai. It’s a compact version of the company’s original smart speaker and has been aptly named the Mi AI Speaker Mini. This Mi AI Speaker Mini is powered by Xiaomi’s own Xiao AI smart …

Is #DeleteFacebook Enough? Here’s the Harsh Truth About Facebook Tracking Through Apps

The #DeleteFacebook movement is still in full swing a week after revelations about the Cambridge Analytica data heist. The question on many people’s mind though is deleting Facebook enough? Does it put an end to all of Facebook’s tracking? Notable ad-blocking company AdGuard has compiled a detailed report on Facebook’s data collection practices which addresses the above questions, and after reading …

Vulnerability in iOS Camera’s QR Reader Can Redirect Users to Malicious Websites

The iOS camera app has an inbuilt QR code scanning feature which automatically detects a QR code, scans it and redirects users to the web address embedded in it. However, a newly discovered vulnerability in the camera app’s URL parser can be misused to redirect users to a malicious website. The vulnerability was spotted by Infosec, whose report revealed that hackers …

FTC Confirms It is Investigating Facebook’s Privacy Practices As Company’s Market Loss Touches $90 Billion

The hits just keep on coming for the beleaguered social media giant. In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal that just keeps getting murkier by the day, Facebook is being sued by users and investors alike, and is facing investigations from a powerful House committee in the US. Now, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has officially confirmed …

Watch the Far Cry 5 Countdown to Launch and Win 20% Discount

Ubisoft’s highly anticipated Far Cry 5 is scheduled to launch later today and Sony is running a promotional event on the PlayStation Store to mark the occasion. The promotional event has been divided into quests and players can win exciting rewards, including a 20% discount code, for completing the quests. To earn the discount code, players will have to watch …

Google Starts Rolling Out ‘Mobile-First Indexing’ of Web Content

After a year and a half of experimentation and testing, Google has officially announced that it has started migrating sites that follow the best practices for ‘mobile-first indexing’. As part of the update, Google says its algorithms will use the mobile version of a website’s content for indexing purposes to benefit its “primarily mobile” user-base. It’s important to note here …

Acer Chromebook Tab 10 Is the World’s First Chrome OS Tablet

Google hinted at the arrival of Chrome OS on tablets when it reportedly showcased an Acer device running Chrome OS at BETT last year. Google is now officially expanding the availability of Chrome OS to tablets starting with the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, which will be the world’s first Chrome OS-powered tablet. The Acer Chromebook Tab 10 is education-centric and provides …

Microsoft Edge Arrives on iPads and Android Tablets

Just a few months after a ‘Preview’ version of the software was made available on iPhones and Android smartphones late last year, the Microsoft Edge browser is finally available on Android tablets and iPads as expected. Microsoft also started previewing the beta version of the browser on iPads earlier this month, so an official launch was expected sooner rather than …

Foxconn Acquires Belkin for $866 Million, Along with Linksys and Wemo Brands

Foxconn has acquired leading networking devices and accessory maker Belkin International, for a sum of $866 million. Belkin and its sub-brands viz. Linksys, Wemo and Phyn will join Foxconn Interconnect Technology Limited (FIT), a subsidiary of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd, the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer. Following the acquisition, Belkin will continue to develop new products under FIT, retaining …

PlayStation 4 Spring Sale: Here Are the Best Deals on PS4 Games

Sony is hosting a Spring Sale on the PlayStation store, where a host of critically acclaimed games from various genre are available at hefty discounts. Be it fan-favorite sports titles like FIFA 18 and NBA 2K18 or hit FPS titles like Assassin’s Creed: Origins and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, you can grab them all at lucrative discounts that are …

Next Samsung Galaxy S Flagship Might Feature 3D Sensing Front Camera

Apple’s implementation of face unlock technology on the iPhone X is based on a dedicated 3D sensing imaging hardware, while the face unlock feature on Android smartphones relies solely on the front camera. A recent report claimed that Face ID-like 3D Sensing technology will only arrive on Android devices in 2019, and it now appears that Samsung has found its partner …

Microsoft’s Innovation Hub Garage Comes To Hyderabad; Bengaluru Next

To further expand the culture of innovation and passion project among its employees, Microsoft today inaugurated its first Microsoft Garage space in India at its Hyderabad campus. If you’ve never heard of Microsoft Garage, it is a resource and platform available to the company’s employees to encourage problem-solving in new and innovative ways. This space has been designed to enable employees …

LG G7 May Have Variants With LCD and OLED Displays

The LG G7 has been stuck in development hell ever since we heard about LG’s chief ordering the mobile team to restart its development from scratch. It was followed by another report which said that the G7 will not jump the ‘notch‘ bandwagon, which may be the root cause behind the decision to redesign the phone. New reports emerging out of Korea …

Asus ROG Strix GL503VD Review: Budget Gaming Laptop with an Excellent Display!

Gone are the days when gaming laptops used to be large and clunky machines with an over-the-top flashy design language. Today’s gaming notebooks are sleek, light and feature a more subtle design with just a hint of that gamer-y aesthetic. Even though the design might not speak volumes, their performance far exceeds that of notebooks without a dedicated GPU. One …

Sony’s CFast 2.0 Memory Cards for Professionals Launched in India; Starting at Rs 7,400

Sony India has announced the launch of its ultra-fast G Series memory cards in India. Originally announced late last year, the new G Series CFast 2.0 cards are aimed at professional photographers and videographers, and boast up to 510 MB/s write speed and up to 530 MB/s read speed. The cards actually have guaranteed write speed of 130MB/s, which makes …

Netflix Originals Barred from Cannes Film Festival For Refusing Theater Releases

Netflix is clearly the market leader in video streaming when it comes to producing original content, roping in A-list actors and directors with the goal of evolving into a reputed production house. But it appears that Netflix’s efforts have been given the cold-shoulder from award committees, as the streaming giant’s original movies have been banned from competing for Palme d’Or, …

HQ Trivia to Offer $250,000 Jackpot After $3 Million Warner Bros Deal

HQ Trivia has secured its first major sponsor, which will allow it to offer a massive jackpot that’s several times larger than anything it has offered till date. As announced during Sunday night’s show, players will compete for a massive $25,000 jackpot during Wednesday night’s game as part of a strategic promotional partnership the publishers of HQ Trivia recently struck …

UIDAI Denies Reports of Biggest Aadhaar Threat Ever; Could Bring Legal Action Against ZDNet

UIDAI has dipped into its bag of denials for to rebut yet another Aadhaar leak. Last week, ZDNet published findings of an Indian cybersecurity expert who claimed to have discovered a grave vulnerability which leaves the Aadhaar details of over 1 billion people accessible to anyone. As expected, UIDAI has refuted these claims, stating that the story published by ZDNet is ‘totally …

Uber Sells Southeast Asia Business to Grab for 27.5% Stake and Board Seat for CEO

After exiting China back in 2016 in the face of stiff competition from Didi Chuxing, American ride aggregator Uber is now pulling out of Southeast Asia and selling its existing business to Singapore-based Grab (formerly Grab Taxi), its primary competitor in the region. The deal has been confirmed by both parties, although, neither disclosed the exact sale price. According to …

You Can Now Scan QR Codes to Pay Others Through WhatsApp on Android

When WhatsApp first launched its payments feature in India earlier last month, the messaging giant got slammed with allegations of improperly using UPI and was questioned by Paytm for not following app-banking guidelines to the letter. However that hasn’t stopped WhatsApp from building on top of payments; the company is currently testing various new improvements for payments. First out of the gate …

Microsoft Will Ban ‘Offensive’, ‘Inappropriate’ Public Content In Skype, Office, Xbox and Other Services

Spotted first by US civil rights advocate Jonathan Corbett and reported on his blog Professional Troublemaker, Microsoft has amended the Code of Conduct section of the ‘Microsoft Services Agreement’ to prohibit “use of offensive language and fraudulent activity”. The agreement in question applies to a whole host of Microsoft services, such as Skype, Office 365, OneDrive, Cortana, Xbox and more, …

Wondershare PDFelement: One of the Best PDF Editors for iOS

This post has been sponsored by Wondershare. If you want to share and distribute your digital documents, there’s hardly a format more preferable than the Portable Document Format, or PDF. PDF files have numerous advantages, such as cross-platform compatibility, and the ability to retain their formatting. However, editing of these files requires extensive applications. Wouldn’t it be great if one …

BJP Denies Illicit Data Collection, While Congress App Found Sending Data to Servers in Singapore

Following reports that the Narendra Modi app was sending user data to third-party domains belonging to a app marketing company CleverTap, the BJP’s IT cell denied the allegations, saying that the data was being used to offer users contextual content to enhance their experience of the app. Now, the the ruling party is going one step further, and accusing the …

Xbox’s Mike Ybarra Challenges Sea of Thieves Players; Will Reward Winner with 12 Months of Xbox Live

Earlier last week Microsoft officially release Sea of Thieves, a multiplayer game which offers gamers the opportunity to play as medieval pirates and band together as a ship’s crew to take down rival frigates. The game’s closed beta saw a tremendous response with over 300,000 players joining in to test out the game. Following that, the Microsoft hosted an open …

Microsoft to Host AI Summit in Bengaluru on March 28

Microsoft will host an AI-focused tech summit in Bangalore on Wednesday, March 28, to “showcase use cases of artificial intelligence across sectors”. That’s according to the PTI, which says that it has received confirmation from a company spokesperson that the event will “feature discussions around the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI), and how this can be used to amplify human …

Poll Finds More than Half of Americans Don’t Trust Facebook to Obey Privacy Laws

Following Facebook’s uneven response to Cambridge Analytica data breach, a new poll finds that less than 50-percent of Americans trust Facebook in comparison to other tech companies that gather user data, such as Apple, Alphabet’s Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Yahoo. In comparison, the survey found that 66-percent of Americans trust Amazon, 62-percent trust Google and close to 60-percent Americans trust …

Facebook Apologizes with Full-Page Newspaper Ads in the US, UK

Following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg went on an apology spree, granting interviews to various television networks, news publications and online blogs, trying to pacify irate users and privacy advocates who have been adding fuel to the #DeleteFacebook fire. Now, the social networking company has taken out full-page ads in several major British …

Chrissy Teigen Is the Latest Celebrity to Leave Snapchat After Controversial Rihanna Ad

Model and influencer Christine ‘Chrissy’ Teigen slammed Snapchat by revealing that she no longer uses the platform. The 32-year-old model announced her withdrawal after Snapchat published a “tone deaf” ad, asking users if they would rather “slap Rihanna” or “punch Chris Brown.” Teigen also cited the new update that has been criticized by users. She took it to Twitter to …

Despite Facebook Denial, Questions Linger Around Invasive Phone, SMS Data Collection

Embroiled in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook is facing several lawsuits but users are reporting that the company may be logging more data than meets the eye when you use its services. Some users who went through their Facebook data after the Cambridge Analytica news broke are reporting that the social network had been logging their call history data for …

These are the Games Coming to the Xbox One Next Week

Sunday is almost over and I’m sure the Monday blues are setting in. However, I have some great stuff to share with you that will make you stop dreading the week, and positively wait for it. We now have the names of the new games coming to the Xbox One this week from March 26 to April 1. So here …

Pablo Escobar’s Brother Launches Cryptocurrency Called Diet Bitcoin

Colombian cartel leader Pablo Escobar’s brother, Roberto Escobar, has launched his own cryptocurrency called Diet Bitcoin (DDX). The cryptocurrency, which is a hard fork of the Bitcoin network, promises a faster and lighter alternative to Bitcoin. Roberto’s venture investment firm, Escobar Inc, is offering an initial coin offering (ICO) which has been divided into three separate token sales. During the …

DeleteFacebook Searches Hit 5-Year High After Cambridge Analytica Scandal

Google Trends is an excellent way to gauge public sentiment about anything on the Internet or in the real world. And with everyone talking about Facebook these days, DeleteFacebook is one of the most popular searches on Google. How popular, you ask? Have a look at the graph below courtesy Google Trends: While this shows us how popular DeleteFacebook has …

Walmart Bets on Smart Carts And Drone Assistants For The Future

As its arch-nemesis Amazon continues to shore up its patents stack to improve the user’s shopping experience, Walmart is not sitting idle either. The American retail giant has filed a string of patents that describe what our future shopping experience may look like. The first of many patent applications is for a wearable that shoppers will have to wear to track …

Scientists Want to Use Laser Beams to Track and Shoot Away Space Debris

Space debris is increasingly becoming a major headache for space exploration organizations, and might even become a threat to astronauts on spacewalks. The Earth is surrounded by a dense layer of space debris, making it increasingly difficult to launch rockets, place satellites into orbit, and advance space exploration in general. Various attempts are being made all across the world to …

Phantom Auto Wants to Remote Control Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous Vehicles are the talk of the town these days with most major companies working on self-driving cars. However, while autonomous driving tech might be getting better, there are situations that still confuse the legion of cameras and sensors in autonomous vehicles. After reports of a self-driving Uber being involved in a fatal accident earlier this week, resulting in the …

A Tamper-Proof Cryptocurrency Wallet Got Pwned by a 15 Year Old

Cryptocurrency is all the rage these days with numerous crypto-exchanges, currencies, and wallets cropping up all over the place. However, as it is with anything that is digital, there’s a big question of security related with cryptocurrency wallets. Ledger, a France based company, has been selling a crypto-wallet for quite some time now, and has repeatedly claimed that its wallet …

A Tesla Owner Taped His Car’s Cameras to Test if AutoPilot Still Worked Fine… and It Did

Tesla can be largely credited with bringing electric vehicles to the center-stage, instead of the weird side-booths they occupied before Elon Musk came along to show off some of the coolest cars the world had ever seen. While the company has always touted its AutoPilot as being a great driver-assist feature, users weren’t entirely happy with the way it performed …

People are Searching for ‘Fortnite’, ‘PUBG’, and ‘Pokemon’ on PornHub

Fortnite is fast becoming a global sensation breaking all sorts of records previously held by PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. However, if there is one thing the game developers probably didn’t think of, it was Fortnite Adult Entertainment. PornHub looked into searches for Fortnite on its website when Polygon asked them about it, and they found some interesting things. Searches for ‘Fortnite’ on …

Apple Will Launch a Foldable iPhone in 2020: Bank of America

Foldable smartphones have been rumored for a while now, but they have continued to remain just that. Rumors. Last year, Samsung was said to have patented something called ‘Project Valley’ that was supposed to have ushered in the era of folding smartphones, but we haven’t heard too much about it since then. Now, however, a new report seems to suggest …

Dropbox Shares Skyrocket Following Successful IPO; Second Only to Snap

Dropbox recently filed for an IPO with the US SEC and entered the lucrative Wall Street market with 36 million shares up for grabs. The first day of stock listing on NASDAQ has now concluded, where the company’s shares have closed at over 35% higher value than the initial offering, according to a Reuters report. The surging stock prices have helped the …

Cambridge Analytica London Offices Raided by UK Investigators

According to Reuters, more than a dozen officers from the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office raided the London headquarters of Cambridge Analytica on Friday, less than a week after the New York Times and The Observer revealed how the company had harvested Facebook data of at least 50 million Facebook users to possibly influence the US presidential elections in 2016 at …

Why Is the Narendra Modi App Sending Data to Servers Owned by CleverTap?

It all started with a bizarre trend on Twitter in line with #DeleteFacebook. On Friday, March 23, 2018, #DeleteNamoApp started trending on Twitter, alleging links of the app to Cambridge Analytica. The evidence posited was tenuous at best, and the immediate reaction of the BJP IT Cell with the #DeleteCongFakeNews hashtag led the whole thing the air of a silly …

Google App To Soon Introduce Custom Routines, Pinned Sports Scores And More

Google is continually working to make its core app a lot more useful, especially by further expanding its functionality just beyond search. Hence, there’s always a ton of features in-development but most of them are hidden in the source code of the app. The latest beta update for the official Google app (version 7.24.29.21) dropped today and it has brought …

ACTTV+ is a Rebranded 4K Android TV Box Made by ZTE: Report

With online streaming platforms becoming increasingly popular in India, Bengaluru-based ISP ACT Fibernet is prepping the launch of its own Android TV device called ACTTV+. While we already knew that bit, the device was wrapped in mystery, with some claiming that it will resemble Amazon’s FireTV stick, while others said that it will look more like a standard set-top-bop. Now, …

Officially Confirmed: Russian IRA Propaganda Group Exploited Tumblr For Fake News Too

As expected Facebook, Reddit and Twitter are not the only social networks to fall prey to Russian fake news propaganda, surrounding the 2016 US presidential elections. Tumblr has also officially confirmed that IRA or Internet Research Agency, the group behind the campaigns, distributed propagandist material and disrupted the 2016 elections by swaying voter opinion with disinformation. Post a lengthy investigation, …

10 Years in India: YouTube Reaches 80% of All Internet Users, With 225 Million MAU

YouTube is the global standard for searching and streaming videos on the internet. And that’s the case for India, where 80 percent of internet users in the country are accessing YouTube, the company said at the “Brandcast 2018” event to celebrate its 10th anniversary here. At the event, which was organized ahead of YouTube FanFest 2018 in Mumbai, the company highlighted …

2 Million Users Installed Modified Spotify Apps To Steal Premium Features For Free

In its regulatory filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) ahead of its much talked-about IPO, Spotify, the world’s most popular music streaming service, has revealed that around 2 million of its free users are bypassing ads by running modded versions of its mobile app instead of the official one. According to the filing and as per a …

Government Asks Cambridge Analytica To Explain India Business, How Indian User Data Was Used

The Indian government has sent a notice to disgraced data analytics firm, Cambridge Analytica, seeking the company’s response on whether its ‘psychological profiling’ tool also mined and used the data of Indian Facebook users, according to a TOI report. The government has also asked the company to certify that it didn’t misuse data to meddle with Indian elections, and also …

PUBG Unveils New 4×4 Tropical Map Set to Arrive in April, Another 8×8 Map Teased

At the Game Developers Conference 2018, a new PUBG map has been announced which is four times smaller than the existing maps available in the hit battle royale game. The new PUBG tropical map follows the 4×4 scheme and covers an area of just 16 square kilometers, compared to the traditional 8×8 maps which span 64 square kilometers. PUBG’s creative director …

Consumers Boycott Some GPU Brands over Nvidia’s GeForce Partner Program

Nvidia’s GeForce Partner Program (GPP) has been a matter of concern among PC gamers ever since HardOCP’s Kyle Bennett highlighted the program’s anti-competitive nature which is expected to have an impact on consumer choice. Bennett’s report alleged that the program demanded GPU manufacturers and OEMs to align their gaming sub-brands exclusively with Nvidia, dropping AMD products in the process. While …

India to Hit 10 Million Apple iPhone Users This Year: Report

Android is, by far and wide, the largest mobile operating system in the world, being the platform-of-choice for more than 80 percent of all smartphone users globally. The market-share is even more lopsided in emerging markets, where the affordability of Android devices has resulted in its widespread usage. That being the case, Google’s mobile operating system commands a staggering 98 …

Teens Are Drooling Over Fortnite Mobile, Wreaking Havoc in US Schools

While PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds may have recently graduated to becoming available on mobile globally, however, a report from Kotaku suggests that Fortnite: Battle Royale has reached new heights of popularity post its launch on iOS devices last week. According to the report, Fortnite’s launch on mobile is causing chaos in school premises as students are pulling out their iPhone mid-class to …

Reliance to Merge JioMusic with Saavn; Combined Platform Valued at Over $1 Billion

Reliance Industries has signed a merger deal with Saavn to combine the services offered by JioMusic with Saavn, and create a unified music streaming platform. Reliance’s music streaming service is currently valued at around $670 million, and following the merger with Saavn, the market value of the combined platform is expected to cross $1 billion. Reliance has confirmed that it …

Cambridge Analytica Fallout: Elon Musk Deletes Facebook Pages of SpaceX, Tesla

With the #DeleteFacebook movement gaining momentum in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica exposé, tech luminaries are chiming in, lending their support to the campaign. First, it was WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton who posted a Tweet urging Facebook users to leave the social networking site for failing to respect the privacy of its users, and now, it is the turn …

Get 30GB Free 4G Data By Testing VoLTE On Your Airtel Number

Following the momentum set by Reliance Jio, operators have gradually rolled out support for VoLTE HD calls. This is seen as a key step to eliminating dependency on the 2G network – which has been weighing the telecom industry down with debt – and paving a way for a complete infrastructure overhaul towards a 5G-friendly network. Airtel, which had recently …

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime 2 Launched in India For Rs 13,990: Powered by Exynos 7 Octa

Samsung has launched an updated version of the mid-range Galaxy J7 Prime smartphone, dubbed the Galaxy J7 Prime 2. The phone is already listed on Samsung’s India website. The Galaxy J7 Prime 2 is equipped with a 5.5-inch FHD display with Gorilla Glass on top and a fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button. Interestingly, the device is equipped with an …

Airtel Urges Indians to Try All Networks to Find the Fastest Data Speeds

Airtel, which launched India’s first 4G network, has always been upbeat about its network being the fastest. Sasha Chetri, who became known as “the Airtel 4G girl”, was seen everywhere. Now the company has launched another ad film featuring the familiar face, but is trying something different this time. Unlike the previous ads where she presented examples of Airtel’s leading …

Jio Added 8.3 Million Subscribers in January; More Than Double Of Airtel, Idea, Vodafone Combined

Reliance Jio may be the new kid on the block, but it’s disrupted established players in the industry by offering irresistible deals that have brought high-speed internet to millions in the country. The company has been growing by leaps and bounds, but while a recent report from BloombergQuint had suggested that the company has leapfrogged Idea to become the third-largest …

FBI Uses Dead People’s Fingerprint to Unlock Their Phones, Face ID Prone Too

Apple and FBI have been at loggerheads since early 2016 when the technology company challenged a court order to provide “reasonable technical assistance” to unlock the iPhone belonging to the San Bernardino shooter. FBI got its way and got the phone unlocked – after months of legal tussle – without Apple’s aid. The FBI, reportedly, has used fingerprints of dead …

Uber’s Self Driving Tech to Blame for Fatal Crash, Human Driver Could’ve Avoided It: Experts

Uber was forced to halt its self-driving truck project after one of its autonomous vehicles fatally hit a woman in Arizona, an incident that has thrown a cog in the wheels of the self-driving industry. The local police department has since released the footage of the accident, and per forensic experts who have analyzed the video, the fatal crash could’ve …

Facebook Facing Multiple US Lawsuits Over Cambridge Analytica Allegations

Facebook’s two topmost executives, CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg, have gone on an apology spree over the past couple of days after maintaining a deafening silence for almost a week in the aftermath of the exposé about how controversial British data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica accessed Facebook data of millions of users without their explicit consent. However, that doesn’t …

HyperX Cloud Alpha Gaming Headset Launched in India for ₹10,499

HyperX, the arm of Kingston that develops gaming accessories and peripherals, has released the HyperX Cloud Alpha wired headset in India. The headset comes with 50mm neodymium magnets as drivers and features the brand’s popular dual chamber build which results in a crisp and dynamic sound, as per the company. To ensure comfort during long hours of gaming and prevent deformation …

Indians Can Sell Data for Better Healthcare, Business Opportunities: Nandan Nilekani

There is plenty of debate around data security and privacy these days, in the light of Facebook’s scandal as well as the hearing on Aadhaar’s status in the Supreme Coury. But the architect of India’s national ID system, Nandan Nilekani has a different take on the current status of data security in India and its business prospects. Speaking at the Future …

First-Gen Moto Z Finally Receiving Android 8.0 Oreo Update

After conducting multiple soak tests since late last year, Motorola seems to be finally rolling out the stable version of Android 8.0 Oreo to its first-gen Moto Z smartphone. The update is rolling out in Brazil for now, but if everything goes off without a hitch, it should hit all Moto Z units globally fairly soon. Lenovo made the announcement …

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Could Have an In-display Fingerprint Scanner

While pre-launch rumors about major smartphones often turn out to be correct, from time to time, you come across contradictory reports that unleash utter confusion, with consumers not knowing who to believe and who not to. That’s exactly what seems to be happening these days as far as reports surrounding the upcoming Galaxy Note 9 is anything to go by. …

Key Leadership for Vodafone-Idea Merger Announced in Stock Exchange Filing

Vodafone India and Idea Cellular are headed towards a merger to save themselves from falling prey to the cut-throat competition invoked by Jio’s pricing. This union will be the biggest telecom operator in India and the process of its formation has already begun with Aditya Birla Group and Vodafone Group filing their proposal in the Bombay Stock Exchange. With this, …

Amnesty Urges Apple to Warn iCloud Users in China of Surveillance Risks

In compliance with the new cybersecurity laws adopted by China, Apple recently migrated the iCloud data of Chinese citizens, including iCloud keys, to servers located in China. However, Apple’s move has opened the floodgates for mass surveillance by government agencies, something which Amnesty International has urged Apple to acknowledge, and accordingly warn iCloud users in China. Amnesty International is starting …

Xiaomi Launches Earpods-style Half-In-Ear Earphones in China

After teasing a new the upcoming launch of a pair of headphones over the past couple of days, Xiaomi has today delivered with the release of its premium half-ear headphones in its home country. The Mi half-ear headphones have been designed to be minimalistic, with earbuds covered in what Xiaomi calls “a glossy ceramic texture” for a more luxurious feel. The earbuds feature …

DNC Hacker ‘Guccifer 2.0’ Positively Identified as Russian Operative

The person behind the infamous hack of the DNC emails in the run-up to the 2016 US Presidential elections was revealed to be a shadowy entity called ‘Guccifer 2.0’ when theyclaimed responsibility for the incident in June 2016. Claiming to be a ‘Lone Hacker’, Guccifer tried to dissociate themselves from Russia by claiming to be a native Romanian. Even as …

Samsung Investigating Touchscreen Issues on the Galaxy S9, S9+

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9+ are excellent devices, but some users are experiencing  touch sensitivity issues with their unit. Samsung’s official community forum and Reddit are flooded with reports of disgruntled Galaxy S9 and S9+ users claiming that their device has a nasty touchscreen issue which fails to register touch inputs on different regions of the display. Samsung has finally …

Lava Z50 With Android Go Launched For An Effective Price Of ₹2,400

With the launch of Android Oreo (Go Edition), Google is looking to expand its presence in the ultra-budget segment in emerging nations such as India. Lava is banking on this very opportunity with the launch of its first-ever Android Go smartphone, the Lava Z50. This is the first device powered by Android Oreo (Go Edition) to be launched in India, …

World’s Fastest Supercomputers Can’t Breach Aadhaar Security in a Billion Years: UIDAI CEO

Hackers trying to breach UIDAI security will not only need 13-foot high ladders, but also the world’s fastest computer and over 13.772 billion years to successfully access Aadhaar data, if UIDAI CEO Dr. Ajay Bhushan Pandey is to be believed. Leaked footage of a hacker who wanted to steal Aadhaar data, thwarted by UIDAI’s wall pic.twitter.com/QumNRUBzfD — Rohin Dharmakumar (@r0h1n) …

Telegram Now Has 200 Million Monthly Active Users, Celebrates With New Update

Telegram has announced that its secure messaging platform now boasts over 200 million monthly active users, recording a 100% growth in less than three months. As per Statista’s data, Telegram only had around 100 million active users as of January 2018, which means that in less than 90 days, the messaging platform has added another 100 million users. For comparison …

Apple to Fix Siri Bug That Read Out Lock Screen Notifications

Apple has confirmed to MacRumors that it will fix a bug that allows Siri to read aloud hidden lock-screen notifications from many apps on iPhones. Apple sent a statement saying that it is aware of the bug and is working to mitigate it through a software update in the near future. “We are aware of the issue and it will be …

Reliance Jio Attacks Rivals Over ‘Antiquated Business Models’

Reliance Jio’s fast-paced growth has not just hurt the incumbent telecom operators’ business but also forced them to resort to desperate measures like accusing the telecom regulator TRAI siding with the Mukesh Ambani’s carrier. Jio has often hit back, questioning other operators’ competency and affinity for older technology. These differences are now taking another twist as Jio has attacked operators of …

COO Sheryl Sandberg Apologizes for Cambridge Analytica Issue, Says Facebook Open to Regulation

Facebook has already received significant heat from the controversy surrounding Cambridge Analytica and the illicit data gathering. While Mark Zuckerberg’s half-apology was long overdue, it did not do enough to soothe the frayed nerves of users around the world. Now Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is also on a PR spree for damage control. Sandberg apologized for letting users down on …

Samsung’s New Exynos 9610 Chipset Brings AI to Mid-Range Smartphones

Neural processing, or artificial intelligence capabilities embedded in mobile chipsets, is the way going forward. In fact, it is going to extend from flagship smartphones to more affordable models, such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 700 series. Samsung realizes this and has now announced a new chipset – Exynos 9610 – which will bring AI features and super slo-mo to upper mid-range …

Google Adds New Anti-Phishing, Management and Security Tools for G Suite Platform

Google has introduced a host of new management controls, security measures, and anti-phishing tools for the G Suite cloud computing platform, and as per an official blog post, the majority of new G Suite features will be in an active state by default. G Suite’s new anti-phishing measures are based on machine learning models which learn from threat patterns and …

Apple Watch Bands Get New Colors, Designs for Spring

Spring season in Silicon Valley begins precisely a day after Spring equinox (March 20). To inspire you to ditch the lethargy of winters and get active with the change of the seasons, Apple has announced a new collection of bands for the Apple Watch that come in a variety of “vibrant colors and unique designs” – just like the last year. …

Google Pixel 2’s Transition API Opened up for Developers to Make Context-Aware Apps

The Google Pixel 2 comes with a unique AI-based feature which relies on activity recognition to automatically activate functionality in the phone. A perfect example is the the Do-Not-Disturb mode which comes on when the phone detects that the user is driving. This smart feature has so far been limited to the Pixel 2 pair, but Google has now announced that …

Popular Science Channels on YouTube Will Help Kids Learn About Fake News

YouTube might be entrusting Wikipedia for letting adults discern between reliable and dodgy sources of news but, it plans to help kids understand the concept of fake news by partnering with science channels. As part of its efforts, YouTube will be working with channels like asapSCIENCE and Smarter Every Day to teach children the art of identifying and debunking fake …

Xiaomi Teases New Headphones Which Could Feature Ceramic Plate Drivers

A couple of days ago, Xiaomi launched a pair of headphones in the Mi Earphones series for the Indian market, adding to its line-up of audio products available in the country. The Chinese company has now started teasing the launch of a new headphone, which is slightly more premium in nature, in China. According to the teasers, the headphones are likely …

Android P Could Support Contextual App Launch for Connected Devices

Earlier this month, Google released the Developer Preview of its next big Android update, dubbed Android P, starting with the Pixel smartphones. Android P is set to bring support for the iPhone X-like notch on Android devices, aside from some notable visual changes and functional improvements like improved battery optimization and enhanced security. Now XDA Developers says the upcoming Android …

Fortnight Trumps PUBG to Earn $126 Million Revenue Last Month

PUBG and Fortnite are both insanely popular at the moment and even though the former has been around for a year, Epic Games’ Fortnite has managed to charm gamers a lot more in the past few months. Gaming intelligence company SuperData Research says Fortnite ruled the market last month in terms of revenue and interest. According to the report, Fortnite …

Xiaomi Teases Mi Mix 2s Face Unlock, Camera with AI Scene Recognition

Xiaomi’s upcoming premium smartphone, the Mi Mix 2s, is all set to launch in China on March 27. Just days ahead of the official unveil, the company has released a couple of teaser videos that seemingly points to the device’s AI features. Both videos were posted on Chinese micro-blogging platform, Weibo (here and here), and feature famous artists and their …

Reddit Faces Backlash After Banning Several Subreddits With New Anti-Gun, Anti-Drugs Policy

Reddit is one of the biggest and most popular community forums on the Internet. The platform has not just been used for discussion and link sharing but also for exchanging and trading a plethora of goods, ranging from beers, knick-knacks, toys, comics and of course ammunition and personal info. Reddit today decided to update its content policy to “forbid transactions for …

Bitcoin Will Be World’s Only Currency in 10 Years: Jack Dorsey

Cryptocurrency exchanges have had a taxing start to the new year with high volatility experienced by nearly every major digital coin. Bitcoin plunged from $17,000 to nearly $7,000, jumped to $11,000 and returned to $9,000 per coin. But this high instability does not make Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey as uneasy as the average investor. In the words of Dorsey, …

USA’s CLOUD Act Poses Major Privacy Threat to Internet Users Around The World

The Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act, or CLOUD Act, is a controversial bill that recently introduced in the US Congress, and will seek to establish new standards for when governments around the world can demand to get information about their citizens from companies and government agencies in the US. While its supporters, like Department of Justice and major tech companies, …

Xiaomi Launches Mi Backpack Range in India, Starting at ₹899

Xiaomi is currently on a roll and is continually adding new products to its much-extensive lineup in India. Post the release of new smartphones and in-ear earphones, the company has today announced the launch of its latest Mi Backpack lineup. The new backpacks are quite lightweight, classy-looking and available in a variety of color options. Let’s take a quick look: …

Kathleen Fisher

Kathleen Fisher is a Professor in and the Chair of the Computer Science Department at Tufts. Previously, she was a program manager at DARPA where she started and managed the HACMS and PPAML programs, a Consulting Faculty Member in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University, and a Principal Member of the Technical Staff at AT&T Labs Research. Kathleen’s research …

Is there anything hackers can’t hack? Now there is, thanks to a new way of coding

Hackers thrive on human error, but a new method of coding is ending that. Recent developments by the HACMS (High-Assurance Cyber Military Systems) program at DARPA has allowed computer scientists to use mathematical proofs to verify that code—up to 100,000 lines of it at a time—is functionally correct and free of bugs. Kathleen Fisher, professor of computer science and former …

You Can Now Add Hashtags, Profile Links to Your Instagram Bio

Instagram recently rolled out an update which brought the ability to follow hashtags on the social media platform, bringing a new way of keeping users connected with the latest trends in their areas of interest. Instagram has now rolled out a new feature that further enhances the usability of the hashtag feature. Instagram now allows users to add hashtags and profile …

Cambridge Analytica Fallout: No More Mozilla or Firefox Ads on Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg’s apology after Facebook’s failure to secure users’ private data and mitigate its misuse is of hardly any practical use. He announced some changes to the app policy that prevents developers from learning about your habits but it does not change the fact that Facebook itself has access to the minutest of details about the activity of its users …

Reliance Jio Will Pay You up to Rs 50,000 per Month for Mobile Tower Installation

Reliance Jio may be offering the best prepaid plans in the country, but the company’s network continues to suffer from frequent call drops and disconnections, and even big cities are apparently not immune to the problem. While the issue of call-drops affect just about all operators in the country, it’s especially noticeable with the newbie. That being the case, the …

Uber Launches Auto-Hailing Service in Parts of Delhi NCR

Uber re-launched its Auto service in India earlier this year, almost two years after shutting down the offering in March 2016. The service, which directly competes with the Auto service offered by rival Ola, was first launched in Bengaluru and Pune in January. Now, the company has extended the service to New Delhi. According to an official blog post on …

WhatsApp to Launch on JioPhone, Other KaiOS Devices Soon

Feature phones powered by KaiOS are not too far behind entry-level smartphones in terms of popular app support. Among the noted names in KaiOS app store are Google Maps, Google Assistant, and the recent addition Facebook. And now, KaiOS phones will soon be able to run WhatsApp, notes WABetaInfo. The publication dedicated to developments related to WhatsApp has found instances …

Some Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ Displays Have Unresponsive ‘Dead Zone’ Problems

The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are Samsung’s latest flagship smartphones that launched to largely positive reviews, especially when it came to those gorgeous Infinity displays. But multiple reports now seem to suggest that at least some units may suffer from a curious dead zone problem with areas that are unresponsive to touch. According to reports on Reddit, the problem …

Best Buy Stops Orders for Huawei Smartphones; Sales to End in Few Weeks

First, it was telecom operators like AT&T and Verizon which cut ties with Huawei and thwarted the company’s plans to sell smartphones in the United States. Later on, US lawmakers introduced a bill in the Congress seeking a ban on the use of Huawei devices by government agencies. Huawei has now been dealt another serious blow by retailer Best Buy, …

Prepaid Data Plans Compared: Why Jio Still Holds Edge over Airtel, Vodafone and Idea

The advent of Reliance Jio has forced all the incumbent telecom operators in the country to offer more pocket-friendly plans, bringing high-speed internet to the masses like never before. However, even as Airtel, Vodafone and Idea are launching new plans and revamping old ones seemingly every other day, Jio continues to rule over the hearts and minds of consumers for …

This $5,200 Wear OS Watch Will Alert Referees About Goals at 2018 FIFA World Cup

We all have that one friend who’s so crazy about football that their wardrobe is full of fading kits with obscure names, and their conversation riddled with football puns and claims of offside. Just imagine one if you have none. Now, imagine that friend being shoved inside a $5,200 smartwatch made by Tag Heuer’s sister company Hublot. Among many other things …

Privacy Activist Claims He Warned Facebook About Cambridge Analytica in 2011

Even as Mark Zuckerberg finally broke his silence with a series of interviews last night, Facebook’s problems show no signs of abating. The world’s biggest social media site continues to face new allegations seemingly on a daily basis ever since the New Your Times and Observer expose revealed how the company failed to act on systemic data breaches on its …

Facebook Testing Tagging Suggestions on Videos, Share to Messenger Button in Comments

On its introspective journey to make the platform more meaningful for users, Facebook is constantly testing a bunch of new features in its Android app. While we yesterday reported that the social media giant is putting an expiry date on pending friend requests, it is now looking to incite conversation between existing friends/ followers. When you completely watch a video …

JioFi JMR815 Wifi Hotspot Supports 32 Devices; Launched on Flipkart for Rs 999

While Reliance Jio has damaged market share and revenue of incumbent Indian telcos in a major way with super affordable combo packages for mobile subscribers, it’s going after the home market also with the JMR815 Wireless Hotspot. Data is one of the biggest plus points of Jio’s network and an India Ratings report last year even suggested that most Indian …

‘This Was a Major Breach of Trust’: Mark Zuckerberg Breaks Silence on Cambridge Analytica

Mark Zuckerberg has finally opened up about the huge Cambridge Analytica controversy and has apologized for the scandal which has rocked the company. Through an official blog post, he admitted that Facebook made mistakes, and that the company will step up the efforts by introducing certain reforms so that such incidents are not repeated in the future. I started Facebook, …

Hacktivist GhostShell Reveals 46 Major Flaws in India’s SCADA Systems

GhostShell, the Romanian hacktivist behind breaking into FBI, Interpol and NASA’s systems to dump millions of files online, has now discovered vulnerabilities in India’s infrastructural computer systems. Ominously, these type of attacks can cripple even non-tech infrastructure such as power grids or dam controls, which is why the need to fix them is even greater. In an interaction with FactorDaily, …

Facebook Messenger Simplifies Group Chat Management With New Admin Tools

While Facebook may currently be caught in an embarrassing controversy that’s threatening to spiral out of control, it is not shying away from the rollout of new features on its apps. The social media giant has today announced that it’s perking up Messenger with new admin tools. With the release of the new tools, Messenger group admins will now have the power …

Micromax Invests in Artificial Intelligence Startup One Labs

Artificial intelligence is a big buzzword in the Silicon Valley these days, and obviously there’s some innovation happening on that front in India as well. Micromax wants to show that even Indian tech companies are keeping an eye out for interesting AI applications. The company has invested in consumer tech and AI startup One Labs which is known to have developed …

Law & IT Minister Prasad Warns Against Facebook Meddling in 2019 General Elections

It’s India’s turn to outrage at Facebook and Cambridge Analytica’s alleged ties ahead of the 2016 US presidential elections. As a means to assure Indian citizens that the government will not tolerate such an act in India, the Minister for Law and Justice, as well as Electronics and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, has said that any attempt to siege …

Dragon Ball Legends to Hit Android, iOS in Summer 2018

At the ongoing Game Developers Conference in San Fransisco, California, Bandai Namco announced that its much talked-about PvP multiplayer game, Dragon Ball Legends, will launch on Android and iOS globally during this summer. Pre-registration for the upcoming beta has already gone live on the Play Store as well as the App Store, which means fans can sign up right now. …

Child Abuse Images in Bitcoin Blockchain Raise Legal, Ethical Questions

The multibillion dollar cryptocurrency industry might be in a grave danger if regulatory authorities act upon the recent discovery of disturbing child abuse imagery in Bitcoin’s blockchain. A team German academics have found files in Bitcoins’s blockchain that contain mildly pornographic/sexually explicit content and links to websites that host such illegal materials. Researchers from the RWTH Aachen University in Germany analyzed …

Massachusetts, New York Open Joint Probe on Cambridge Analytica and Facebook

Following widespread criticism and intervention by the British parliament, Facebook will now be probed by the attorneys general representing the US states of Massachusetts and New York. The two attorneys general have announced a joint investigation to look at Facebook’s role in the illicit “harvesting” of the private data of over 50 million American voters without their consent. Maura Healey …

LineageSDK Opens Up LineageOS Custom ROM Features For App Makers

LineageOS is one of the most wildly popular custom ROMs and is available for a multitude of Android devices, a characteristic which adds to its reputation among the users. They’re inclined to flashing LineageOS on their devices, thanks to the ton of customization, as well as personalization options. The team over at Lineage is, however, not satisfied with this state …

Former Uber Chief Kalanick Will Now Lead a Real Estate Startup City Storage Systems

Travis Kalanick, the ousted Uber co-founder and CEO who had to leave his position after the ride-hailing company was surrounded in numerous claims of executive misconduct, and allegations related to sexual harassment at workplace, has bought controlling stakes in a Silicon Valley startup focused on real estate. Kalanick will now act as the CEO of City Storage Systems which works on …

Apple Has More Self-Driving Vehicles Than Waymo and Uber

Apple’s autonomous vehicle program, Project Titan, has mostly been kept under wraps and aside from a few sightings of its test vehicles, not much is known about Apple’s endeavors in the domain. But that doesn’t mean Apple has put the project on the backburner, as new reports claim that Apple’s fleet of self-driving cars is now bigger in size than …

Paytm Attacks WhatsApp Payments Over Facebook’s Ties With Cambridge Analytica

The launch of WhatsApp’s UPI-enabled digital payments service, WhatsApp Payments, surely ruffled the feathers of its biggest competitor in India i.e Paytm. Back in February, Paytm’s founder and CEO, Vijay Shekhar Sharma claimed that WhatsApp Payments violates UPI guidelines. He even called Facebook the world’s most evil company.  And now that Facebook is involved in a huge data leak controversy, the …

Acer Predator Orion 9000 Desktop PC Brings Top-Tier Gaming Hardware For Rs 3,19,999

Originally announced at the IFA 2017 tech show in Berlin last year, the ultra-powerful Acer Predator Orion 9000 gaming desktop has finally been launched in India. Headlining Acer’s expanding high-end gaming portfolio in the country, and backing up its claims of prioritizing Indian gaming market, desktop PC at an astounding price of Rs. 3,19,999. As you’d expect from a PC …

Smartwatch Market Far From Dead, Will See Significant Shift by 2022: IDC

Smartwatches were once all that tech aficionados craved, however, the category’s popularity has declined over the past couple of years, as Android Wear (now Wear OS) stagnated. Many have even gone as far as to declare that the smartwatch market is dead with only Apple Watch selling. However, the guys who track such devices and their market share – International Data …

SideSqueeze App Brings Squeeze Actions to Samsung Galaxy S8, Note 8

Nowadays, phone makers are baking some incredible features into their devices to make them stand out in this cluttered ecosystem, all while enticing the users. HTC is one such company who debuted the innovative (though a little gimmicky) Edge Sense feature with the release of the U11. This feature was also adopted by the Google Pixel 2 lineup but restricted to …

YouTube Makes It Ridiculously Easy for Anyone to Start a Live Stream

Uploading videos on YouTube is a click and done affair, but streaming live video requires considerable more effort. YouTube wants to change that this year and has announced a new feature that should make it extremely easy for anyone to broadcast live streams from the desktop site, and soon from the mobile app. YouTube now has a new home for site-based …

Even LinkedIn Cannot Resist Copying Snapchat-Style Filters for Videos

Every social media network has enjoyed its share of “inspiration” from Snapchat and the most recent one to fall in line is LinkedIn. The professional social network, which took some time to realize that video is the holy grail of online content, has now ripped off Snapchat’s filter which can be added as an overlay on top of videos. LinkedIn …

Alphabet’s Jigsaw Launches ‘Outline’ Open Source VPN App for Android, Windows

As part of its efforts to stop the spread of rampant misinformation, conspiracy theories and political propaganda disguised as news, Alphabet launched ‘Google News Initiative’ to support substantive journalism and authentic news organizations through technology. Another step being taken in that direction by Alphabet, is the launch of Outline, an open-source VPN service to help news organizations provide journalists with secure …

AMD Announces Security Patches For All CTS-Labs Vulnerabilities

It’s been just over a week that Israeli cyber-security startup CTS Labs published its whitepaper on the laundry-list of vulnerabilities termed ‘AMDFlaws’ affecting AMD’s EPYC, Ryzen, Ryzen Pro and Ryzen Mobile CPU lineups. The report managed to create quite a stir among cyber-security analysts and industry insiders, with many of them lambasting the Tel Aviv-based firm for disclosing the vulnerabilities publicly …

Facebook Says Zuckerberg ‘Working Round the Clock’ to Clear Cambridge Analytica Mess

Even as the Cambridge Analytica scandal unfolds by the dat, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has remained tight-lipped about his company’s involvement and has not even posted anything on Facebook. While a British MP has chided Zuckerberg for hiding behind his Facebook page, many privacy advocates have joined a movement which prompts users to delete their Facebook accounts – it gained …

Google Reportedly Acquiring Lytro for $40 Million

No matter how hard companies try, consumers are yet to be convinced about the utility of virtual and augmented reality technology. It remains a novelty for the most part but with indications that big applications could be around the corner, especially as technology giants continue to back it with major acquisitions. Google is reportedly acquiring Lytro, the photography company that …

Facebook Is Testing 14-Day Expiry for Pending Friend Requests

If you’re an active personality on Facebook (despite everything that’s happened this week), then there’s a good chance that you receive tons of friend requests. While we try to keep our friends list limited to the people we are actually friends with, the request section looks very cluttered with pending requests of strangers. However, Facebook now seems to have figured …

Telegram Ordered to Share Encryption Keys with FSB; Could Get Blocked in Russia

Telegram is preferred by users for the privacy features it offers, but the Russian Supreme Court’s latest ruling aims to snatch away the app’s core promise. Telegram has lost a case in the country’s apex court against the FSB (Federal Security Service), which had demanded that Telegram share the encryption keys with the intelligence agency, so that it could gain …

Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Announced, Will Roll Out in Second Half of 2018

Microsoft has revealed details about the upcoming version of Windows Server that will be launched in the second half of 2018 and come with support for hybrid cloud functionality, better support for containers, and integration of Linux workloads. Unveiled after Microsoft’s usual three-year leap post Server 2016, Windows Server 2019 will be priced higher than the previous version, Microsoft said …

Amazon Passes Alphabet to Become Second-Largest Company in the US

Amazon is now the world’s second largest publicly-traded company after Apple, and the largest overall in the US. With the Seattle-based retail giant’s stock rising 2.7 percent on Tuesday, the company’s market value hit $768 billion, which is around $6 billion more than what Alphabet, Google’s parent company, is now worth after its stock fell 0.4 percent on the same …

Twitter Violates Women’s Rights, Fails to Check Abuse: Amnesty International

Twitter is no stranger to incidents of online harassment, but according to Amnesty International, it is also the hotbed of women’s rights violation and abusive behavior against its female user base. The human rights group conducted a 14-month investigation into the patterns of online harassment against women on Twitter, and compiled its findings in an extensive report titled ‘Toxic Twitter: Violence …

WhatsApp Co-Founder Brian Acton Says It’s Time to #DeleteFacebook

Facebook has been taking a lot of heat over the past week over the Cambridge Analytica revelations. The increasing outrage against Facebook’s lackadaisical attitude to privacy has shocked, dismayed and outraged millions of users, and many are joining online agitations against the social networking site. With the #DeleteFacebook campaign picking up steam, at least one influential figure in the tech …

Google News Initiative is a $300 Million Project to Fight Fake News, Support Journalism

Fake news is a huge problem in the digital age we live and breathe, but the mass inclination towards digital content has also taken a toll on the revenues of publishers. Google plans to tackle the aforesaid issues by launching the Google News Initiative, a journalism-focused program which aims to check the spread of fake news and also provide publishers …

Xiaomi Launches Mi Earphones Lineup in India, Starting at ₹399

Xiaomi has launched a ton of products for the Indian market this year, but the Chinese giant is now also adding new budget earphones to its lengthy lineup. The company has today launched the Mi Earphones Basic and Mi Earphones at ₹399 and ₹699 respectively to satiate the audio needs of its user base in the nation. So, let’s take a quick …

Tech Giants Enable Mass Surveillance, Share User Data with Governments: Snowden

Edward Snowden does not shy away from criticizing social networks. And he had more to say about the ongoing issue of privacy on Facebook thanks to Cambridge Analytica’s illicit gathering of user data. Snowden was clear in saying Facebook is not the victim but an accomplice that shares user data with corporations for monetary benefits. In the interview with La Repubblica, …

Freeform Mode Removed From Android P Developer Preview

Earlier in March, Google released the first developer preview for Android P. We’ve already covered everything new that we spotted in this alpha build, but it’s sometimes difficult to keep track of what’s missing. According to a Reddit post, Google appears to have eliminated support for ‘Freeform Mode’ from Android with the first developer preview. The Redditor learned this fact …

Nokia Launches Official Online Store in India

Nokia’s comeback in the smartphone space after its failed partnership with Microsoft has been quite the run. Along with capturing a significant chunk of the market, the company has built a great reputation when it comes to user experience and speedy updates. At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month, HMD Global’s brand dominated social media despite competition from …

Hundreds of UK Schools Evacuated After Bomb Hoax From Minecraft Player

Sometimes gamers do the daftest things. A large number of schools across the UK were evacuated on Monday after receiving 24,000 threatening emails, containing what police describe as a bomb hoax that started as a gaming feud. According to Humberside Police, 400 schools across the country, including many in London, Manchester and North Yorkshire, were among those affected. A disgruntled gamer …

Facebook VP Bosworth Denies Selling User Data to Cambridge Analytica

Under fire for its involvement with Cambridge Analytica and the illicit gathering of user data, Facebook is in damage control mode – though some would say the most important person is not talking. British data analytics company Cambridge Analytica had swallowed up data of more than 50 million US-based Facebook users and showed them misleading ads, fake news to shape their …

Instinet Analyst Says Little Improvement in iPhone Demand This Year

With mid-range smartphones getting better with every passing year, more and more people are struggling to justify shelling out $1,000 on flagship devices. That being the case, Instinet analyst Jeffrey Kvaal has now lowered his iPhone sales forecast for fiscal 2018 to 221 million units from 226 million units. The Wall Street consensus stands at 224 million. That according to …

Samsung Flip Digital Whiteboard Launched in India Priced at Rs 3,00,000

Samsung has launched its digital whiteboard – the Samsung Flip – in India and has priced the interactive productivity display targeted at office work at an eye-watering Rs 3,00,000. Samsung unveiled the Flip digital display as a competitor to Microsoft Surface Hub and Google Jamboard at the CES 2018 event earlier this year and has now brought it to the Indian market. Samsung …

Microsoft Outlines Upcoming Windows 10 Accessibility Features Set to Arrive This Year

Microsoft recently revealed the release roadmap of Windows 10 Insider builds for between May and September this year. The company has now also announced new accessibility features as well improvements to existing ones in the 2018 builds. An official blog post penned by Windows Accessibility Program Manager Lead, Jeff Petty states that the Ease of Access Settings are set to …

Reliance Jio’s New JioFi Portable Wifi Hotspot Supports 32 Devices

Reliance Jio has dented the fortune of incumbent Indian telecom operators with super affordable combo packages for mobile subscribers. Undoubtedly, data is one of the biggest plus points of Jio’s network and an India Ratings (Ind-Ra) report last year even suggested that most Indian use Jio as their secondary connection for the data benefits. So if you want to use network’s …

Facebook Begins Testing Subscription Features for Video Creators

Facebook recognizes the fact that the future of digital content will be dominated by videos which is why the company has been steadfast in expanding its video portfolio. Now, with a desire of competing with YouTube in terms of the number of content creators, Facebook has announced a new subscription feature which will help vloggers or video producers source money …

Face ID-Like 3D Sensing Tech to Reach Android Phones Only by 2019

Apple’s Face ID, when introduced at the iPhone X launch, was both invited and opposed with concerns over privacy. But, just like many other features which have been or will be brought to the mainstream by Apple – including fingerprint sensors, dual cameras, and sadly, the notch – 3D sensors which facilitate accurate facial recognition are bound to reach many …

‘Elliot Alderson’ Releases Source Code of Aadhaar Search Engine To Spot Leaks

Anybody not living under a rock over the past year will know that India’s unique ID system, Aadhaar, has been embroiled in huge controversies for exposing personal details of millions of citizens, including the recent revelation from cyber-security researcher ‘Elliot Alderson’ that a whole bunch of sensitive Aadhaar data is openly available online for anyone to find, just by Googling …

HTC Officially Unveils Mid-Range Desire 12 & Desire 12+

Even though HTC‘s performance last year was rather lackluster and the company ended up selling part of its mobile division to Google, the Taiwanese company has been releasing new smartphones into the market since the beginning of this year. Now, the company has officially unveiled the upcoming Desire 12 and Desire 12+ smartphones, running Android Oreo, which are expected to …

Doodle in The Air With Google’s New ARCore App ‘Just a Line’

If, in spite of growing up, you’ve managed to preserve the child in you and enjoy random sketching, there’s a good chance that you spend your idle time doodling on the world around you in your head. While doing that in the real world might land you in trouble for vandalism, Google’s recently released “Just a Line” can help you fulfill …

HTC Vive Pro Virtual Reality Headset Now Up For Pre-order at $799

Two months after being announced at the CES 2018 tech show in Las Vegas, the HTC Vive Pro virtual is available for pre-order in the US. The device comes with a price-tag of $799, and will start shipping from the 5th of next month. As part of the launch offer, the Taiwanese company is also also offering a six-month Viveport …

Play a Demo Before Installing Games With Google Play Instant

Google kicked off Game Developers Conference (GDC 2018) by introducing a new feature called Google Play Instant, which should be a massive boost for game developers. With Play Instant, users would be able to play a short demo of a game before downloading it. The Google Play Instant tool has been introduced with the goal of easing the process of …

Facebook’s New Games SDK Opens Doors for Live-Streaming Games, Community Features

The popularity of game streaming is soaring with every passing day, and with superstars such as Drake joining the fray, streaming platforms like Twitch are raking in an insane amount of money as well as user engagement. Facebook is no mood to miss the opportunity of capitalizing on the streaming phenomenon, and has announced a new Games SDK for developers to implement …

Cambridge Analytica In Talks With BJP, Congress for 2019 Lok Sabha Elections: Report

British data firm Cambridge Analytica is in a world of trouble, along with Facebook, after revelations of acquiring data of more than 50 million Facebook users illegally to pitch them ads and disinformation posts related to the US Presidential elections in 2016. The company is also reportedly working to collaborate with potential frontrunners for elections in India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. Its …

Airtel Revamps ‘Infinity’ Postpaid Plans With Double Data, Amazon Prime at Rs 499

In an attempt to counter the growing market-share of Reliance Jio, incumbent telecom operators, like Airtel, Vodafone and Idea, are coming up with new plans that offer significantly better value than their earlier plans from the pre-Jio era. As part of its efforts to better compete with Reliance Jio and offer more value to its customers, Airtel has upgraded all …

PUBG Mobile Officially Arrives in India; Now Available To Play Worldwide

After creating enormous hype with the release of PUBG Mobile in English in beta solely in Canada, both on Android and iOS, the battle royale phenomenon has now been launched worldwide. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds or PUBG is now officially available in India, United States, and other parts of the world except for Europe at the moment. The company will add new countries over …

#DeleteFacebook Campaign Picks Up Pace After Cambridge Analytica’s Data Stealing

In the light of the most recent controversy to hit the company, Facebook has been called a mass surveillance firm which has no concern for user privacy. With Cambridge Analytica using Facebook data of over 50 million users to swing elections and spread fake news campaigns, the world’s largest social network is facing a huge backlash. The mass user outrage against Facebook’s …

Chinese Hackers Targeting WhatsApp for Data Theft, Warns Indian Army

India’s diplomatic ties with China have been tense lately, and as per the Indian Army, the Chinese have now entered a new battle turf – WhatsApp. In a tweet posted by the official Twitter account of the Additional Directorate General of Public Information, IHQ of Ministry of Defence, the Indian Army has warned the citizens of the Chinese hackers’ attempts to …

India Ranks 109th In Terms of Mobile Data Speeds, Reports Ookla

Internet speeds in India have barely moved out of a dreadful state – Mukesh Ambani recently shared how his daughter’s struggle with slow internet inspired him to create Jio. But, India is still far behind a lot of countries and this is evident from the recent global internet speed rankings shared by the speed testing company, Ookla. The data for the …

PC Makers Need To Focus On Voice-Based Interface for Growth: Lenovo India

Even though the smartphone ecosystem has boomed massively over the past couple odd years, personal computing is not yet dead. Many believed that providing everyone with a hand-held device would mean a slowdown in the PC market. While there has been a small markdown, the computer ecosystem still grew at a decent 11.4 percent over the previous year. One of …

Asus ZenBook Flip S Convertible Laptop With 8th-Gen Intel CPUs Launched in India

Convertible laptops combine the best of ultrabooks and powerful Windows tablets without disturbing the flow of your work. For the same reason, many creators prefer convertibles while Google and Microsoft are building their profile of laptops around this concept. Slowly, more laptops are upgrading to the latest generation of Intel Core processors and the most recent addition to the Indian …

Modi Government Makes U-Turn on 2030 Electric Vehicle Vision: Here’s Why

For the past two years, the Indian government has been very bullish about promoting a complete electrification of vehicles. But due to various circumstances and pressures, the Narendra Modi government has now backtracked on its ambitious plan of shifting to electric vehicles (EVs) completely by 2030. While most government officials think the plan seems to be unrealistic, a report today in Factor Daily counts …

Apple Watch, iPhone Users Are Accidentally Triggering SOS Alerts

The Emergency SOS feature that was rolled out to Apple Watches and iPhones as part of WatchOS 4 and iOS 11 respectively, were meant to help people-in-distress call for assistance, but it is turning out to be a major pain for police departments in the US. Popular social media sites are replete with reports about how users of various Apple …

We are Readying Rollout of 5G in India: BSNL Chairman

BSNL has been one of the last major telecom operators to roll out 4G services, but as per the telco’s MD and chairman, Anupam Shrivastava, the delay in adoption of 4G will not impede its plans for upgradation to 5G in the future. In a recent interview with DNA, the BSNL executive revealed that the state-run telecom operator has already charted …

UK to Summon Facebook Top Execs Over Privacy Violation, Cambridge Analytica Case

British authorities have claimed that Facebook has dodged debate on the topic of lack of privacy on its platform and “consistently understated” the perils of data leaks. The recent revelation that Cambridge Analytica exploited Facebook’s ad platform by acquiring and using user data illegally has only increased troubles for Facebook and chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg. British legislator and the head of …

Philips Lighting’s LiFi Technology Offers Broadband Internet Through LEDs

As part of its rapidly expanding IoT portfolio, Philips Lighting has announced the commercial launch of its Light Fidelity (LiFi) technology that enables high-speed broadband internet connections through light waves. The company claims to to be the first in the world to offer LiFi-enabled luminaires from its existing office lighting portfolio. LiFi is a two-way, high-speed wireless technology similar to …

Stephen Hawking Foundation Dismisses Indian Union Minister’s Claim on Hawking

Late last week, the Science and Technology Minister of India, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, claimed that the late cosmologist Stephen Hawking once said that the Vedas might have a theory which is superior to Einstein’s theory of E=mc2. Vardhan made the claim while speaking at the 105th edition of the Indian Science Congress organized at the Manipur University. In his address Vardhan …

Facebook Suspends Account of Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower

Ever since Facebook suspended Cambridge Analytica, an analytics firm that backed Donald Trump in his presidential campaign over violation of privacy policies, the company has been drawn into one mess after another. But rather than taking steps to resolve the issues, Facebook has made another questionable move by suspending the Facebook account of the whistleblower who exposed Cambridge Analytica’s illicit activities. …

Garmin Vivofit 4 Fitness Band Launched in India for ₹4,999

Fitness tracking is slowing gaining pace in India and keeping that in view, American wearable company Garmin has launched the Vivofit 4 in India. The fitness band, which was unveiled last year, is exclusively available via Amazon India for a price of ₹4,999. One of the biggest highlights of the Garmin Vivofit 4 is that it is powered by two regular …

Apple Could Ditch Samsung With Its Own MicroLED Displays for Apple Watch, iPhone

Amid escalating tensions with Qualcomm, Apple could replace the chip-maker’s modems with those from MediaTek in its iPhones and iPads going forward. Now, the company may also be prepping to get rid of Samsung’s display panels from its smartphones, tablets and smartwatches, according to Bloomberg, which spoke to ‘people familiar with the situation’ at Apple. The report claims Apple is designing and producing …