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15-Jun-2019 San Francisco

Facebook to rank comments to make conversations meaningful

In a move to make conversations on public posts more meaningful, Facebook has rolled out an update where it will rank comments to promote those that are most relevant to users.Facebook will now start showing comments on public posts more prominently when...

11-Jun-2019 San Francisco

YouTube CEO apologises to LGBTQ community

After the LGBTQ community called out to YouTube for not considering homophobic remarks as violation of its platform's policies, company CEO Susan Wojcicki apologised to the  community."I know that the decisions we made were very hurtful to the LGBTQ community...

11-Jun-2019 San Francisco

Google Maps get test 'off-route' alert feature in India

As part of the many new features Google is experimenting with and adding on Maps, the search engine giant is testing an "Off-route" alert feature, exclusively in India for  now.Intended to keep users safe while they are riding in a taxi, the "Off-route"...

11-Jun-2019 San Francisco

Social media content contributes to radicalisation: Twitter executive

Radicalisation in the digital era is not new, but now one of Twitter's key executives has said that there's "no doubt" that social media content, in some cases, contributes to  radicalisation.Vijaya Gadde, Legal, Public Policy & Trust and Safety Lead at Twitter,...

09-Jun-2019 San Francisco

Trojan Triada came pre-installed on Android : Google

Two years after a banking Trojan called Triada was spotted on some budget Android smartphones, Google has confirmed that criminals did actually manage to get an advanced backdoor pre-installed devices before they even left the manufacturing facilities.Triada's...

07-Jun-2019 San Francisco

Google to buy data analytics firm Looker for $2.6 bn

Google has said that it is going to purchase data analytics startup Looker in a $2.6 billion all-cash deal to better tap into data and Cloud computing business.Google said Looker will join Google Cloud after the acquisition is closed, which will provide customers...

07-Jun-2019 San Francisco

Facebook to re-think on policies around artistic nudity

Facebook has agreed to re-think its stance of artistic nudity after an outcry of people protesting naked in front of the social networking giant's New York headquarters against the company's policies against the same.Facebook has confirmed that it would meet...

06-Jun-2019 San Francisco

Google to share air quality findings with scientists

As part of a larger effort to track pollution, Google is releasing air quality data for scientists that it collected from California's Bay Area and Central Valley with its Street View cars under Project Air View.The data was captured over the last three...

05-Jun-2019 San Francisco

YouTube to expand ties with ticketing providers

After covering more than 90 per cent of the US ticketing market, YouTube now appears set to expand these partnerships globally to help artists engage directly with fans and sell tickets for upcoming tours.To allow fans the option of quickly purchasing tickets...

05-Jun-2019 San Francisco

Apple products escaped fallout of trade war : Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that his company's products have managed to escape the fallout of President Donald Trump's trade war against China and he thinks it would remain that way, the CBS News reported."The Chinese have not targeted Apple at all, and I...

05-Jun-2019 San Francisco

Homophobic remarks do not violate YouTube policies

Google-owned video sharing app YouTube has decided that homophobic comments do not violate its policies.The decision came formally as a response to an ongoing controversy about YouTuber Steven Crowder making homophobic and racist comments about a Vox publications...

04-Jun-2019 San Francisco

YouTube not to shut 'guidance' despite abuse issues

YouTube does not want to turn off recommendation despite concerns that its algorithm helps videos with young children spread among sexual predators, The New York Times reported.By suggesting what users should watch next, YouTube's automated recommendation system...

01-Jun-2019 San Francisco

Apple raises iOS cellular download limit to 200MB

From 150MB per app, Apple has finally increased iOS' cellular download limit to 200MB to help users download larger apps, especially when they are away from Wi-Fi.This is the first time since 2017 that the iPhone-maker has altered the download limit over...

30-May-2019 San Francisco

Twitter now lets up to 3 users join live streams

After Instagram, now micro-blogging site Twitter has decided to allow broadcasters on its app open up their live streams to guests."Go live with guests! It's more fun than talking to yourself. We promise," the company announced on Twitter on Wednesday.The...

30-May-2019 San Francisco

Twitter may ban white supremacists from platform

Micro-blogging site Twitter is conducting an in-house research to decide whether racism-promoting white supremacists should stay on its platform.With 275 million global users, Twitter aims to work specifically on white nationalism and supremacy to understand and tackle...

30-May-2019 San Francisco

Google Map gets speed limits, radar locations

After running tests in the US and elsewhere, Google is rolling out speed limits and mobile radar locations in over 40 countries, including India, EnGadget reported on Thursday.The search engine giant confirmed to TechCrunch that Maps would now let users see...

30-May-2019 San Francisco

Apple's new website to tell people how App Store works

In order to execute better defence against recent anti-trust and anti-competitive allegations, Apple has launched a new website for the App Store, explaining how apps and updates are reviewed and examined by "hundreds of human experts and automated systems"...

21-May-2019 San Francisco

Donald Trump says he uses Twitter as 'typewriter'

US President Donald Trump has said that Twitter, where his posts often circulate as memes, is nothing more than just a "typewriter" to him.Trump spoke about his "Twitter  Theory" during an interview with Fox News Channel, CNN reported on Monday. "Twitter...

21-May-2019 San Francisco

Google AI can better predict lung cancer

A team of Google researchers has used a deep-learning algorithm to detect lung cancer accurately from computed scans.The work demonstrates the potential for Artificial Intelligence (AI) to increase both accuracy and consistency, which could help accelerate...

21-May-2019 San Francisco

Apple to substitute Watch Series 3 repairs with Series 4

Running low on inventory for the older model, Apple has informed its retail staff to substitute some Apple Watch Series 3 repairs with the Series 4 globally, the media reported.The company announced the change in an internal memo that was delivered to Apple...

18-May-2019 San Francisco

No benefit in breaking up Facebook: Sheryl Sandberg

As the chorus grows to break up Facebook, the social networking platform's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has said that it won't serve any purpose."You could break us up, you could break other tech companies up, but you actually don't address the...

15-May-2019 San Francisco

Faulty Pixel users to get up to $500 from Google

As part of $7.25 million worth of a lawsuit settlement, Google has agreed to pay up to $500 to the owners of faulty Pixel and Pixel XL devices that were manufactured before January 4, 2017.The proposed settlement has grouped owners of the 2016 Google Pixel...

11-May-2019 San Francisco

Tim Cook says 4-year degree not necessary for coding

Apple CEO Tim Cook believes that a four-year degree is not really necessary to excel at coding and termed it an "old and traditional view"."I don't think a four year degree is necessary to be proficient at coding. I think that's an old, traditional view. What...

10-May-2019 San Francisco

Sundar Pichai sports Fossil smartwatch at Google I/O

While addressing Google's I/O Developers Conference 2019 in California, company CEO Sundar Pichai was spotted wearing a Fossil Sport smartwatch priced at $199, roughly Rs 14,000 in India.Famed technology YouTuber Marques K. Brownlee, known as MKBHD, recently...

08-May-2019 San Francisco

Google looking to make foldable phones: Report

Tech titan Google is looking into foldable technology even as Samsung's first-ever super premium foldable phone flamed out in embarrassing fashion."Google has also experimented with the foldable form, said Mario Queiroz, who leads development of Pixel phones,...

08-May-2019 San Francisco

Google Assistant gets voice-enabled driving mode

Google has rolled out a voice-enabled driving mode on Assistant that would not only personalise suggestions for navigation, messages, calling and media, but also bring all relevant activities front and centre."Coming this summer on android phones, the Google...

07-May-2019 San Francisco

Twitter now lets you re-tweet with GIFS, images

Micro-blogging site Twitter has rolled a new feature that allows its 326 million users to add images, videos and GIFs to their re-tweets.Available for both Android as well as iOS users, the feature was announced on the micro-blogging site itself late on Monday."It's...

30-Apr-2019 San Francisco

India is YouTube's fastest growing market: Sundar Pichai

India offers great potential for Google-owned YouTube's growth and the latest in the journey is YouTube Music that has been downloaded more than 15 million times in the country, CEO Sundar Pichai has said.Admitting that recent ad product changes in YouTube...

26-Apr-2019 San Francisco

Crew Dragon explosion probe to 'take time': NASA

 Even as an investigation into the Crew Dragon engine failure in a test last week has started, finding out the root cause of the problem may take time, a top NASA official has said.The SpaceX Crew Dragon is designed to carry humans to the International Space...

26-Apr-2019 San Francisco

Google workers can report harassment on new website

Facing campus walkouts and widespread criticism over workplace harassment, Google has announced a dedicated website to make it easier for workers to report harassment."We've simplified and clarified the way employees can raise concerns by bringing multiple...

23-Apr-2019 San Francisco

Facebook announces 1st browser API for Chrome

Social networking giant Facebook has announced its first major API contribution to Googles Chrome browser that is focused on making user experience smoother and faster shortening the time between a click or keystroke and the browser reacting to that.In computer...

12-Apr-2019 San Francisco

YouTube slammed for hosting conspiracy theorist

Google-owned video sharing platform YouTube is being heavily criticised for hosting controversial conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who is banned from several major social networking platforms for his offensive posts, on a two-hour long podcast episode accessible to...

06-Apr-2019 San Francisco

Google, Facebook, Twitter to testify on 'censorship'

Tech giants Google, Facebook and Twitter are slated to send their company representatives to testify at a Senate hearing next week about the alleged "censorship" of conservative voices.The Senate subcommittee is chaired by technology critic and Republican...

27-Mar-2019 San Francisco

Facebook shuts down thousands of fake Pages, accounts

Facebook has removed 2,632 Pages, Groups and accounts that were engaged in coordinated inauthentic behaviour from Iran, Russia, Macedonia and Kosovo on its platform, as well as on Instagram.The social media platform said it did not find any links between these...

13-Mar-2019 San Francisco

Google says sorry for Gmail, Drive global outages

Google on Wednesday apologised after users around the world faced problems with accessing Gmail and other services.Users in several countries including India reported problems in attaching or accessing attachments, as well as accessing and saving draft emails...

05-Dec-2018 San Francisco

Facebook temporarily removes post on 'black people problem'

Facebook reportedly pulled down a post by a former employee who accused the social media giant of having "a black people problem", the media reported.According to a report in CNET on Tuesday, the post by Mark Luckie, former strategic partner manager for global...

27-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Google acquires large office park in Silicon Valley for $1 bn

Google has invested $1 billion on a large office park near its headquarters in Mountain View, California, the media reported.A Google representative confirmed the $1 billion purchase price for the office park but did not comment beyond that, The Mercury News...

27-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook working on fix for bug showing old messages

With several users complaining about old messages resurfacing on their Facebook Messenger, the social networking giant said it was aware of the issue and was working on a fix, The Verge reported.The issue of old Messenger threads resurfacing automatically,...

27-Nov-2018 San Francisco

WhatsApp's Chief Business Officer Neeraj Arora quits

In yet another high-profile exit at WhatsApp, its Indian-origin Chief Business Officer Neeraj Arora has quit, saying he needs "time off to recharge and spend time with family".Arora has been with WhatsApp since 2011 -- well before the mobile messaging service's...

26-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Google's new Search feature gives single result to certain queries

Google is rolling out a new feature to the Search app on mobile web, Android and iOS that would not show multiple links to a query if it could be answered by a direct result for faster search experience."For queries where we have extremely high confidence that...

23-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Google to scrutinise political ads before EU polls

In the run-up to European Union (EU) elections in May 2019, Google will introduce a EU-specific Election Ads Transparency Report and searchable ad library to provide more information about who is purchasing election ads, whom they're targeted to and how...

23-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Twitter bans far-right activist for violating rules

Twitter has permanently banned far-right activist Laura Loomer for her tweet criticising Ilhan Omar, the Minnesota Democratic Representative-elect, and her Muslim faith.Loomer was banned for violating Twitter rules regarding "hateful conduct", Mic.com reported...

21-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook to now track your time spent on its platform

Just days after photo-messaging app Instagram rolled out the feature to track users' time spent on the app, Facebook has now released "Your Time on Facebook" tool that counts how many minutes people spend on the app.The feature is designed to help users manage...

21-Nov-2018 San Francisco

I have no plan to step down : Mark Zuckerberg

Despite mounting pressure from investors to step down as Facebook chairman as the social media firm faces intense scrutiny on data scandals, Mark Zuckerberg has said he has no plans to retire.In an interview with CNN late on Tuesday, he said this was not the...

20-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook Messenger crashes globally

Several users in the US and Europe on Tuesday reported that Facebook Messenger was not working for them.According to DownDetector.com, a portal that tracks when outages happen in the digital world, thousands of Messenger users were unable to receive messages,...

19-Nov-2018 San Francisco

California wildfires toll hit 80, over 990 missing

The death toll from the destructive wildfires have reached 80, with 993 people still unaccounted for, authorities said.As of Sunday evening, there were 77 deaths and 9,700 homes destroyed as a result of the 149,000-acre Camp Fire in Northern California,...

19-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Google best Search engine, we keep Safari safe : Tim Cook

Google Search engine that is the default platform for iOS users is the best, Apple CEO Tim Cook has said, adding that they put in controls in their Safari web browser to safeguard users' data.In an interview with Axios on HBO on Sunday night, Cook defended...

18-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook seeks to patent software to analyse who lives with you

Despite facing flak for leakage of personal data of millions of its users in recent times, Facebook is seeking to patent a software that could help it build profile of an user's household - the number of people in the household, the interests that they share,...

18-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Google halts project to build glucose-sensing contact lens

Google's parent company Alphabet has put on hold a project to build glucose-sensing contact lens for people living with diabetes due to unsatisfactory results from clinical work.The aim of the project was to turn contact lens into a cutting-edge medical device...

18-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Google to allow users to comment on search results

Google is planning to launch a new feature that will enable users to leave in search results comments that could be seen by others.While the feature has not yet gone live, an official Google help document has described how it would work, the Search Engine Journal...

17-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook testing feature to let you co-watch videos with friends

Facebook is testing a feature called "Watch Videos Together" on Messenger that would enable simultaneous co-viewing of videos over a group chat on different devices.A Facebook spokesperson said this is an "internal test", TechCrunch reported on Friday. The code...

17-Nov-2018 San Francisco

74 killed in California wildfires, over 1,000 missing

The destructive California wildfires have so far killed at least 74 people with over 1,000 reported missing, authorities said.Butte County Sheriff and Coroner Kory Honea said on Friday evening that the number of people missing due to Northern California's...

16-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Google set to release new system update to 'Wear OS'

Google is set to release a new system update called the "H Update" to its "Wear Operating System (OS)" with features like the battery saver, body efficiency and smart app resume."In the next few months, you should soon see a system update on your device labeled...

15-Nov-2018 San Francisco

We disagree with Apple but Android use purely on merit : Facebook

Dismissing a media report that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ordered his management team to use only Android phones after his tiff with Apple CEO Tim Cook, the social media network on Thursday said the decision to use Android is because it is the most popular operating...

15-Nov-2018 San Francisco

YouTube Premium service expands to 7 new countries

YouTube Premium, the paid streaming subscription service and YouTube Music Premium is being rolled out to seven new countries, taking the services to 25 and 21 global markets, respectively.Initially launched in June and formarly known as "YouTube Red", YouTube...

14-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Facebook blocks more accounts for malicious activities

The Facebook crackdown on accounts engaged in "coordinated inauthentic behaviour" on its platform and on Instagram continues."Combined with our takedown last Monday, we have removed 36 Facebook accounts, six Pages and 99 Instagram accounts for coordinated...

13-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Google probing 'malicious' attack on its internet traffic

After several users complained that they were either unable to access Google services like YouTube on Tuesday, the tech giant confirmed the root cause of this was "external" and under investigation.Internet research firm ThousandEyes, however, claimed that...

11-Nov-2018 San Francisco

California wildfires toll reaches 25

The death toll in the three raging wildfires in California has increased to 25, while the fires have caused destruction to numerous communities across large areas of the US state, the media reported on Sunday.Fires continued to rage on both ends of California...

10-Nov-2018 San Francisco

Manually backup data to Google Drive on Android soon

Google is rolling out the ability to initiate manual backups to Google Drive -- that does not need the usually recommended Wi-Fi -- on Android devices including the older ones, a media report said.Previously, for backups, a smartphone had to be connected to...

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