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08-Sep-2018 San Francisco

Twitter now allows live audio-only broadcasts

Twitter has launched an audio-only broadcasting feature so your followers can hear, but not see you.The new feature announced on Friday is currenly publicly available for all iOS users of the main Twitter app and its live-streaming app Periscope, The Verge reported.To...

29-Aug-2018 San Francisco

Facebook's answer to YouTube now rolling out globally

Social networking giant Facebook on Wednesday announced "Facebook Watch", its video-on-demand service, often touted as video-sharing giant YouTube's rival, is rolling out globally for people to discover interesting videos and interact with friends and creators.Launched...

29-Aug-2018 San Francisco

Donald Trump warns Google, Facebook & Twitter over fake news

US President Donald Trump issued another veiled threat to Google and social media giants Facebook and Twitter over fake news, stating that these companies are "treading on very, very troubled territory".These tech platforms should "better be careful, because...

25-Aug-2018 San Francisco

Facebook fixes bug that marked some posts as spam

A day after some users complained about their Facebook posts being marked as spam, Facebook on Saturday said it has fixed the bug that caused the problem."We have fixed a bug that caused some posts to be incorrectly marked as spam. We've restored the posts...

25-Aug-2018 San Francisco

Google Assistant coming to LG ThinQ TVs in 7 countries

South Korean tech Major LG Electronics has announced that Google Assistant is coming to its 2018 line-up of artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled ThinQ TVs in seven new countries.The company's ThinQ TVs came with integrated Google's digital assistant when they...

25-Aug-2018 San Francisco

More non-skippable ads coming to YouTube

Google-owned Youtube is expanding the concept of non-skippable advertisements on its platform for the creators to monetise their content and earn more revenue.The change will begin rolling out from next week and eligible creators will get a notification in their...

25-Aug-2018 San Francisco

Instagram testing feature to connect students to college communities

Photo-messaging app Instagram is reportedly testing a new feature that would help college students discover and connect with fellow batchmates from the same college community."Opting in for the feature adds a user's university and graduating year -- selected by the...

19-Aug-2018 San Francisco

Donald Trump accuses social media of being unfair to conservatives

After lambasting certain mainstream media houses for producing what he calls "fake news" for quite some time now, US President Donald Trump has now accused social media platforms of discriminating against Republican and conservative voices.But the Trump administration,...

15-Aug-2018 San Francisco

Twitter temporarily bans radio show host Alex Jones' account

After facing protests on its platform, Twitter has temporarily banned the account of US conspiracy theorist and radio host Alex Jones.Twitter confirmed to NBC News on Tuesday that Jones' Twitter account was "put in read-only mode".It means Jones can browse...

06-Aug-2018 San Francisco

Facebook removes US conspiracy theorist's pages for hate speech

"Earlier today, we removed four Pages belonging to Alex Jones for repeatedly posting content over the past several days that breaks those Community Standards," Facebook said on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.The world's largest social media company said...

31-Jul-2018 San Francisco

California wildfires toll reach 8

The toll in the 17 wildfires that were currently blazing in California has increased to eight, according to authorities.The Carr fire - in Shasta County, some 400 km north of San Francisco - began a week ago near the town of Redding and has been the most...

17-Jun-2018 San Francisco

'Satire' often being used as cover for fake news : Facebook

While admitting limitations of fact-checkers in fighting fake news, Facebook has said the problem is often compounded by some publishers who spread false news on the social media platform in the garb of being satirical."Sometimes people try to call their sites...

06-May-2018 San Francisco

Google makes AI-powered emoji scavenger hunt

Google has created a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) experiment that shows how the companys machine learning tools can be used to make fun little games.Called emoji scavenger hunt, the experiment asks the user to use a smartphone's camera to find objects that...

11-Apr-2018 San Francisco

Instagram testing 'Nametag,' clone of Snapchat's 'Snapcode'

Facebook-owned Instagram is reportedly testing a new feature dubbed as "Nametags" -- a clone of Snapchat's 'Snapcode' which will let users create a "custom scannable tag" by designing a pattern of emojis.The feature will also offer an option to use a selfie image for...

11-Apr-2018 San Francisco

Facebook to reward people reporting data abuse

Facebook has launched a "Data Abuse Bounty" programme to reward people who report any misuse of data by app developers."We committed to launching this programme a few weeks ago as part of our efforts to more quickly uncover potential abuse of people's information,"...

10-Apr-2018 San Francisco

Google confirms testing 'more results' for Search

Google is officially testing and refining the "more results" button to load more search results on the same page instead of making searchers click to the next page.According to a report in searchengineland.com on Tuesday, it seems to be visible to many while...

28-Mar-2018 San Francisco

Google acquires GIF platform Tenor

Google has acquired mobile GIF keyboard and search engine Tenor for Android, iOS and desktop making it easier for users to find and share GIF images, the company has announced."Most people use Google Images to find more information about a topic and to help...

27-Mar-2018 San Francisco

Twitter to ban cryptocurrency ads from Tuesday

Twitter has confirmed that it will begin blocking cryptocurrency-related ads on the platfrom from Tuesday even as the micro-blogging site updated its policy relating to such advertisements."We are committed to ensuring the safety of the Twitter community. As...

27-Mar-2018 San Francisco

Google blocks access to its apps on uncertified Android devices

Google has started blocking access to its apps on uncertified Android devices whose firmware was built after March 16 which could cause trouble to users who like to load custom ROMs on their smartphones."Android is an open source operating system and a million...

26-Mar-2018 San Francisco

We don't save Android users' data without permission : Facebook

Facebook has said that it does not save call and text data of Android users without their permission, adding the practice is "widely used" with users having an option to opt-out from it.Facebook was replying to several media reports which claimed that the social...

21-Mar-2018 San Francisco

Zuckerberg admits mistake over Facebook data breach

As Facebook got mired into its biggest-ever controversy, its CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday admitted that the social media giant "made mistakes" over the Cambridge Analytica scandal and a "breach of trust" had occurred between it and its users."I want...

18-Mar-2018 San Francisco

Data breach claims false : Facebook

After suspending Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL), along with its political data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, for violating its policies and commitments, Facebook has denied any data breach as claimed by some media reports."The claim that...

06-Mar-2018 San Francisco

Google celebrates women behind Play Store's best apps, games

Google is celebrating inspirational women in technology by featuring games and apps developed by them on the Google Play Store. The initiative is in honour of International Women's Day on March 8, which celebrates women's achievements around the world.Starting...

03-Mar-2018 San Francisco

Facebook testing 'Voice Clips' status updates for Indian users

Facebook is testing a new feature called "Add Voice Clip" that appears in its status update composer menu that allows users to record a short audio snippet to use as a status update.The new feature was first spotted by an Indian user and the social media giant...

02-Mar-2018 San Francisco

Facebook ends alternative News Feed experiment

Facebook has ended its month-long experiment with the alternative News Feed feature, Explore, that was started in October 2017 in six countries.We constantly try out new features, design changes and ranking updates to understand how we can make Facebook better...

28-Feb-2018 San Francisco

Facebook unveils local news accelerator for publishers

To help "metro newspapers" take their digital subscription business to a new level, Facebook has launched a local news accelerator for news publishers.The $3 million, three-month pilot programme titled "Journalism Project: Local News Subscriptions Accelerator"...

24-Feb-2018 San Francisco

Google partners with OEMs to bring AR service to China

To make further inroads in China, Google has partnered with three Chinese Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to bring its Augmented Reality (AR) service to the country.Company's AR SDK for Android "ARCore" was launched in full in China following its...

24-Feb-2018 San Francisco

Microsoft, Xiaomi to make AI-powered speakers, smartphones

Taking on Apple and Google, Microsoft and Chinese electronics major Xiaomi have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered budget speakers and smartphones.The companies would work closely in Cloud computing, AI...

20-Feb-2018 San Francisco

Google AI shows how eyes could reveal heart attack risk

Knowing the risk of a heart attack or a stroke could soon become as simple as an eye test as researchers at Google and its health-tech arm Verily have found that Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) could help identify signals of heart diseases...

20-Feb-2018 San Francisco

Google discloses security flaw in Microsoft Edge

Google has made public the details of a medium-level security flaw in Microsoft Edge browser whose patch is still not produced.The vulnerability was first discovered in November 2017, by the search giant's Project Zero.According to Engadget, taking advantage...

20-Feb-2018 San Francisco

Apple releases fix for Telugu bug that crashes iPhones

Apple has released a new iOS 11.2.6 update that includes a fix for the bug that is causing iPhones and apps like Facebook and WhatsApp to crash when a Telugu single character is received via iMessage.The bug was discovered last week and involves sending the...

16-Feb-2018 San Francisco

Facebook opens its Community Help to organisations, businesses

Facebook has started opening up its Community Help feature -- part of the Safety Check system -- to businesses and other organisations so that that they can provide critical information and services for people to get the help they need in a crisis.The Community...

16-Feb-2018 San Francisco

Google kills 'view image' button from search results

In a move to curb the lifting of copyrighted images from its platform, Google has removed the "view image" button from its image search results."Today we're launching some changes on Google Images to help connect users and useful websites."This will include...

14-Feb-2018 San Francisco

Not our job to recruit journalists for content : Facebook

In a clear message to news publishers, a top Facebook executive has emphasised that it is not their job to recruit people from media organisations for the content on the social media platform.At the "Code Media 2018" conference in California organised by...

10-Feb-2018 San Francisco

Google to display Getty Images content in its products

Getty Images and Google have announced a partnership according to which, the tech giant can now display US-based stock photo agency's content within its various products and services."This (multi-year global licensing) agreement between Getty Images and Google...

09-Feb-2018 San Francisco

Google rewarded $3 mn to security researchers in 2017

Tech giant Google paid out almost $3 million to security researchers in 2017 as rewards for the vulnerabilities they found in its products and services.Around $1.1 million each was paid for bug reports specific to Google and Android products while Chrome...

09-Feb-2018 San Francisco

Facebook starts testing downvote button

Facebook is testing a feature that lets users register a negative reaction to comments on the social network platform but it is not the "dislike" button users have long desired.Clicking the downvote button hides the comment for the user who taps it, then asks...

06-Feb-2018 San Francisco

Facebook searching for 'extra-terrestrial product manager'

Facebook is looking to hire an "extra-terrestrial product manager" in Southern California to lead its plans to beam Internet from the sky in future, a media report said.According to a job posting, the company is looking for a veteran engineer with experience...

05-Feb-2018 San Francisco

Tech platforms hijacking minds: Early Facebook, Google employees

In their race to monetise our attention, technology platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google are hijacking our minds and society, says a group of technologists who were early employees at some of these companies.The cohort is creating a union...

03-Feb-2018 San Francisco

Let users fix fake news : Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has shown confidence in users' ability to choose what is right and wants them to dictate the veracity of news by ranking the content on the platform.During a conference call with analysts, he said he does not want Facebook to edit...

03-Feb-2018 San Francisco

Google hiring more people outside Silicon Valley in US

Google is hiring thousands of people outside of its Silicon Valley base in the US and will build five more data centres in the country this year.In an investors' call, CEO Sundar Pichai said that Google would be "making significant investments in offices across...

02-Feb-2018 San Francisco

Apple posts record $88.3 bn in revenue despite fall in iPhone sales

Despite a fall in iPhone sales, Apple has posted a record revenue of $88.3 billion -- a 13 per cent increase from a year ago -- for the holiday season quarter that ended on December 30 -- pocketing $20.1 billion in profits.pple sold 77.3 million iPhones in the...

02-Feb-2018 San Francisco

Google's rise helps Alphabet post $32.32 bn in revenue

Riding on Google's growing ad business, Alphabet Inc posted $32.32 billion in revenue for the fourth quarter of 2017 -- up 24 per cent (year-on-year) from $26.06 billion during the same quarter in 2016.After deducting its traffic acquisition costs, Google's...

01-Feb-2018 San Francisco

Google using Machine Learning to predict flight delays

Google has introduced a new feature in its "Google Flights" service that will help users predict flight delays and find the cheapest fare by using machine learning capabilities."Google Flights" -- an online flight booking search service which facilitates the...

01-Feb-2018 San Francisco

WhatsApp now has 1.5 billion monthly users

WhatsApp now has 1.5 billion monthly active users (MAUs) who are exchanging nearly 60 billion messages on a single day, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Thursday.In an earnings call after announcing the fourth quarter results, Zuckerberg said that Facebook-owned...

31-Jan-2018 San Francisco

Facebook bans cryptocurrency ads on its platforms

Facebook has banned ads that promote initial coin offerings (ICOs), cryptocurrency like Bitcoin and binary options trading from its platforms, including Instagram, Audience Network and Messenger.The new policy prohibits ads that promote financial products and...

30-Jan-2018 San Francisco

Indian-origin Google AR executive joins Facebook

Nikhil Chandhok, Indian-origin Director of Product for Augmented Reality (AR) at Google, is joining Facebook to lead product management of its camera team working on AR.In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Chandhok said he is looking forward to build upon a platform...

29-Jan-2018 San Francisco

Microsoft releases another security update against 'Spectre'

Microsoft has released another security patch against "Spectre Variant 2" bug found on Intel chips.Intel has reported issues with recently released microcode meant to address "Spectre variant 2" termed as "CVE 2017-5715 Branch Target Injection".Intel noted that...

29-Jan-2018 San Francisco

Facebook AI team teaching chatbots how to talk like humans

Facebook Artificial Intelligence Researchers (FAIR) have tested a new approach that teaches bots how to chit-chat like humans.The team used a special 164,000-utterance data set titled "Persona-Chat" to teach its AI to look for patterns."Persona-Chat" consists...

27-Jan-2018 San Francisco

Google's AI-powered camera now available on its online store

Google's "Clips" camera, which uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to figure out when it should take a picture or video, is now available for purchase on the Google Store.However, the $249 tiny clip-on camera will not be delivered immediately."Choosing the fastest...

26-Jan-2018 San Francisco

Google Chrome now lets you permanently mute autoplay in websites

Google has released a new version of its Chrome Internet browser which lets users permanently mute websites that autoplay videos."Available on Windows, Mac and Linux, the new version -- Chrome 64 lets you permanently mute websites that autoplay videos," The...

23-Jan-2018 San Francisco

Apple may discontinue iPhone X around mid-2018 : Report

More sluggish-than-expected response may lead Apple to discontinue the first-generation iPhone X around mid-2018 as the second-generation model is set for launch later this year, an analyst associated with Taiwanese business group KGI Securities has said.According...

23-Jan-2018 San Francisco

Facebook realises Internet can harm democracy

Facebook, which is striving hard to make its platform sanitised from fake news and echo chambers, has realised that it can't guarantee that social media is not harmful to democracy.In a blog post, Product Manager Samidh Chakrabarti said on Tuesday that he is not...

21-Jan-2018 San Francisco

Less than 10% of Gmail users enable two-factor authentication : Google

Despite the growth of sophisticated cyber threats globally, Google has said that less than 10 per cent of active Gmail users have enabled two-factor authentication making the remaining 90 per cent more vulnerable to cyber attacks.According to Google engineers,...

19-Jan-2018 San Francisco

Facebook might bring Stories on desktop

Although Facebook 'Stories' is not as popular as it is on Instagram and WhatsApp, the social media giant is convinced that the feature can fetch money through effective advertising and due to this, the company might soon launch it on desktop.he company said that...

13-Jan-2018 San Francisco

Google Play Store shuns 60 games infected with porn malware

Google has kicked out nearly 60 games, many of which were for children, from its Play Store after a security research firm found they were infected with a pornographic malware.Researchers from Israel-based Check Point Software Technologies reported that the...

06-Jan-2018 San Francisco

Google sold one Home smart speaker every second since October

Google sold more than one Home smart speaker every second since it started shipping in mid-October, taking the sales numbers to over six million, the company has announced."We sold more than one Google Home device every second since Google Home Mini started...

05-Jan-2018 San Francisco

Google deploys patch for security flaws in chips

To safeguard its customers from potential security bugs in chips, Google has deployed a novel chip-level patch across its entire infrastructure, resulting in only minor declines in performance in most cases."In response to the vulnerabilities that were...

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