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16-Feb-2018 New Delhi

Google Voice Assistant sees 6-fold growth in JioPhones

Google Voice Assistant that was made available in Reliance JioPhones in December 2017, has seen a six-fold growth in its usage, the company has announced.In a move to empower feature phone users in the country, Google on December 5, announced to bring its Voice...

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...

14-Feb-2018 New Delhi

Google doodles with Valentine's twist

Google's Snow Games Doodle on Day six came up with a Valentine's Day twist on Wednesday.The search engine welcomed all those who were celebrating the day which is recognised as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and romantic...

10-Feb-2018 New Delhi

Google doodle's turtle charm for PyeongChang Day 2

Search engine Google on Saturday continuing with its doodle series on the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics featured a turtle, a good luck charm in Korea -- on the second day of the Winter Games.On Day 2, the tech giant featured the turtle, Magpie, in the dynamic Snow...

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 New Delhi

Google doodle celebrates opening of PyeongChang 2018 Olympics

Search engine Google on Friday dedicated a doodle marking the opening day of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, taking place in South Korea.The animated doodle shows a sledging penguin, a skiing dog and an ice-skating snake."It looks like the whole...

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...

08-Feb-2018 New Delhi

Google Photos gets AI-powered video feature

Google India on Thursday launched a feature on Google Photos that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help users create and share videos ahead of Valentine's Day."Beginning today, users can turn their photos into themed movies via the Google Photos app or...

07-Feb-2018 Kozhikode (Kerala)

We are listening to App Developers in Kerala: Google India

Google is listening to the App Developer Community of Kerala and to those who are capable of addressing some of the real problems that the Indian IT industry is facing, a top Google official said here on Wednesday.Google India MD and Vice President Southeast...

07-Feb-2018 chennai

Google, Tata Trusts expand Internet Saathi programme in TN

Continuing with its digital literacy initiative aimed at empowering women in villages, Google India and Tata Trusts on Wednesday announced the expansion of their "Internet Saathi" programme in Tamil Nadu."Google India is a valuable partner of the state of Tamil...

06-Feb-2018 New Delhi

Children should be made aware of Internet risks : Google

Children need to be aware of the Internet risks that can expose them to bad actors and abuse on the web, a top Google executive said at an event here on Tuesday to commemorate Safer Internet Day 2018."We want to bring Internet for everyone. Keeping the web safe...

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...

06-Feb-2018 Mumbai

Google to roll out camera updates for Pixel 2 devices

In its bid to add new experiences to Pixel phones, Google on Tuesday announced that the "Pixel Visual Core" for Pixel 2 users -- a custom-designed co-processor for the device -- is now turned on and the update will be rolled out in the next few days.Using...

06-Feb-2018 New Delhi

Google India, NCERT bring 'Digital Citizenship' lessons to schools

Reiterating its commitment to make the web a safer place for everyone, Google India on Tuesday announced its collaboration with NCERT to integrate a course on "Digital Citizenship and Safety" in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) curriculum in schools.Students...

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...

05-Feb-2018 New Delhi

Google India launches campaign to protect data, devices

To create awareness around Internet safety, Google India on Monday launched a public initiative "#SecurityCheckKiya" to protect young and first-time web users from account hijacking, safeguard Android devices from malicious apps and secure all their personal...

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

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 New Delhi

150 Google Station hotspots go live in Pune

After bringing millions of Indians online with its RailTel Wi-Fi project, Google, in partnership with Larsen & Toubro, on Wednesday announced that the company has installed 150 "Google Station" hotspots in Pune.The development is part of the Pune Smart...

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

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...

24-Jan-2018 Davos (Switzerland)

It is a moral imperative to get more women into tech : Sundar Pichai

When it comes to gender equality at work, it is a "moral imperative" to get more women into technology, Indian-born Google CEO Sundar Pichai said here on Wednesday.On a question whether Google would be prepared to pay more tax, Pichai said that tax is a big...

24-Jan-2018 New Delhi

Google brings audiobooks on Play Store without subscription fee

Taking on Amazon, Google on Wednesday rolled out audiobooks with Google Assistant integration on its Play Store in nine languages across 45 countries, including in India.Like Apple's iBooks and Amazon-owned Audible, there is no monthly subscription fee required...

24-Jan-2018 New Delhi

Facebook acquires biometric ID verification startup

Facebook has acquired a biometric ID verification startup named Confirm that specialises in remotely verifying IDs like drivers licenses.The startup offers an application programming interface (API) that helps verify government-issued identification cards."We're...

23-Jan-2018 New Delhi

'WhatsApp Business' now available on Android in India

To help businesses communicate better with their customers in India, WhatsApp has officially rolled out "WhatsApp Business" -- a free-to-download Android app for small businesses -- in the country.The new app, available on Google Play Store, will make it...

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 New Delhi

Google remembers Soviet filmmaker, montage-master Eisenstein

Google on Monday honoured Soviet film director and father of montage in filmmaking Sergei Eisenstein on his 120th birth anniversary with a doodle.The doodle shows a series of film rolls in movement depicting iconic imagery in some of Eisenstein's films. It...

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...

17-Jan-2018 New Delhi

Google, Coursera launch new programme for entry-level IT jobs

Google and US-based online education company Coursera on Wednesday launched Google IT Support Professional Certificate programme that will help create entry-level IT support jobs globally, including in India.The industry-relevant curriculum will allow learners...

15-Jan-2018 New Delhi

Now backup, restore Truecaller contacts to Google Drive

Popular communication app Truecaller on Monday launched "Truecaller Backup" feature for Android devices which allows users to backup and restore their contacts, call history, block list and settings to Google Drive."'Truecaller Backup' has been one of the most...

14-Jan-2018 New Delhi

Google Doodle dedicated to Mahasweta Devi

Search engine Google on Sunday dedicated its doodle to noted author and social activist Mahasweta Devi on her 92nd birth anniversary.Born on January 14, 1926 in Dhaka in present day Bangladesh, Mahasweta Devi was a Bengali fiction writer who was honoured with...

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...

10-Jan-2018 London

Switch voice to video calls with new feature on WhatsApp

WhatsApp has launched a feature in its beta version that will let users switch to video calls from voice calls at the touch of a button.According to a report in the Independent, if you are in the middle of a WhatsApp voice call and want to switch to a video call,...

09-Jan-2018 Las Vegas

Facebook, Xiaomi to launch VR headset in China

In a bid to get a billion people to use Virtual Reality (VR), Facebook-owned Oculus is set to launch its first standalone VR headset in China in partnership with Chinese handset maker Xiaomi."The new Oculus VR headset called Mi 'VR Standalone', is essentially...

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...

03-Jan-2018 San Francisco

Google starts testing its Fuchsia OS on Pixelbook

Google has started testing its Fuchsia Operating System (OS) on the $1000 Pixelbook hybrid laptop that was unveiled alongside the second-generation Pixel smartphone and Google Home Mini smart speaker at the company's 2017 hardware event in California, reports...

02-Jan-2018 San Francisco

YouTube responds to controversial video of dead body

YouTube responded on Tuesday to a controversial graphic video of a dead body posted by one of its most popular stars over the weekend.YouTube star Logan Paul uploaded a 15-minute video footage featuring the dead body of a man who committed suicide in a notorious...

02-Jan-2018 San Francisco

Google Street View offers peek into US voting pattern

Combining publicly available data from Google Street View with machine-learning methods, researchers have found a way to predict the voting behaviour of people in the US.If the number of sedans in a city is higher than the number of pickup trucks, that city is...

02-Jan-2018 San Francisco

WhatsApp stops working on these smartphones

Facebook-owned mobile messaging app WhatsApp has stopped working on smartphones that support 'BlackBerry OS', 'BlackBerry 10', 'Windows Phone 8.0' and older platforms in the New Year."These platforms don't offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app's...

01-Jan-2018 San Francisco

Google develops human-like text-to-speech AI

In a major step towards its "AI first" dream, Google has developed a text-to-speech artificial intelligence (AI) system that will confuse you with its human-like articulation.The tech giant's text-to-speech system called "Tacotron 2" delivers an AI-generated...

01-Jan-2018 London

WhatsApp crashed, restored as India welcomed 2018

Users in India and other parts of the world went into a frenzy after WhatsApp went down puncturing their plans to wish their friends a "prosperous 2018" at the stroke of midnight. It was restored in two hours.At midnight, a large spike was seen in the number...

30-Dec-2017 Nairobi

Google's high altitude internet balloon crashes in Kenya

high-altitude balloon, that was launched by Google to provide high-speed internet in the remote parts of the earth under "Project Loon", has crashed in a Kenya farm, a media report said on Saturday.The balloon, a part of a 10-balloon batch, was deployed for testing...

29-Dec-2017 Bangalore

Google honours Kannada poet Kuvempu with doodle

Search engine Google on Friday honoured eminent Kannada poet and Jnanpith awardee Kuvempu with a doodle on his 113rd birthday."It's a great day for Kannadigas and Karnataka, as Google joined us in celebrating 'Rashtra kavi' (national poet) Kuvempu's birthday...

28-Dec-2017 New Delhi

We are not collecting Indian users' Aadhaar data: Facebook

A day after some reports suggested that Facebook was asking new users in India to enter their names as mentioned in their Aadhaar Card when they sign up for an account, the social media giant on Thursday clarified that it is not collecting Aadhaar data.Facebook...

27-Dec-2017 New Delhi

Facebook asks new users in India to enter names as per Aadhaar

Facebook has begun testing a feature with a set of new users in India where they are being asked to enter names as per their Aadhaar details.The social media giant, however, is not asking new users to give their Aadhaar number but just the name as written on...

27-Dec-2017 New Delhi

Luxury, honeymoon destinations top winter searches : Google India

Holiday-related queries increased 27 per cent in 2017 winter, with most people searching for 'luxury', 'honeymoon', and 'safari' destinations on Google Search, the company said on Wednesday.Seychelles, Maldives and Bali were on top of the honeymooners' international...

27-Dec-2017 New Delhi

Google remembers Mirza Ghalib on his 220th birthday

Search engine Google on Wednesday celebrated one of Urdu literature's most iconic poets, Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan, popularly known as Ghalib (meaning conqueror).Mirza Ghalib, who would have turned 220 this year, is shown standing on a balcony of a building...

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