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16-Sep-2020 San Francisco

Amazon launches 'Luxury Stores' for fashion, beauty brands

In an attempt to bring high-end brands to its e-commerce platform, Amazon has launched what it calls Luxury Stores for both established and emerging luxury fashion and beauty brands.Amazon has already roped in fashion house Oscar de la Renta as its first...

14-Sep-2020 San Francisco

Around 19 killed, 3.2 mln acres burned in California wildfires

There have been at least 19 people killed in the past month, 3.2 million acres (about 12,950 square km) burned, and 4,000 structures destroyed in the fires across the US state of California, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection...

29-Aug-2020 San Francisco

Apple's 'stranglehold' on App Store blocks innovation: Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has slammed Apple for its App Store policy, saying it blocks innovation and allows the tech giant to "charge monopoly rents".Buzzfeed first reported that Zuckerberg told 50,000 employees in a webcast that Apple has a "unique stranglehold...

27-Aug-2020 San Francisco

Google not in race to buy TikTok: Sundar Pichai

Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai has denied his company is in the race to acquire the Chinese short-video making app TikTok.On the latest episode of podcast 'Pivot Schooled Live', the Recode's Kara Swisher and New York University Professor Scott Galloway...

26-Aug-2020 San Francisco

Marvel's Avengers game to get early access on Google Stadia

Marvel's Avengers by Square Enix is one of the exciting new games coming to Google's Cloud gaming service Stadia on September 1 with 72-hour early access.Square Enix is already available on pre-orders for a while on other platforms such as Xbox, Steam and PlayStation...

26-Aug-2020 San Francisco

Google launches faster tabs, cool features in Chrome browser

Google has introduced several features including tabs that load faster and let you organise and find them easily in Chrome browser as you work or study from home.To start with, Google has made tabs 10 per cent faster in Chrome via under-the-hood performance...

19-Aug-2020 San Francisco

Facebook will junk Trump posts for violations: COO Sandberg

In a first direct challenge to US President Donald Trump in the run-up to the November presidential election, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has said the platform would remove Trump posts if they violate company standards.Speaking on MSNBC on Tuesday, Sandberg...

05-Aug-2020 San Francisco

Facebook launches TikTok rival Instagram Reels in US

Amid uncertainties surrounding TikTok's business in the US, Facebook on Wednesday introduced Instagram Reels in the country that will allow people to create and discover short, entertaining videos.With Reels, one can record and edit 15-second multi-clip videos...

03-Aug-2020 San Francisco

Google helps people identify Black-owned businesses

Google has started adding an icon in Google Maps and Search to help people identify Black-owned businesses.The move, which comes amid a surge in online searches for Black-owned businesses, is part of the company's commitment to support underrepresented entrepreneurs.With...

03-Aug-2020 San Francisco

Twitter plans 'Undo Send' button with paid subscription service (Ld)

Twitter has started working towards its paid subscription service that will provide users options like "Undo Send" button (like an edit button) and ability to tweet longer and high-quality videos, among other features.The micro-blogging platform hinted last...

30-Jul-2020 San Francisco

Mark Zuckerberg bought Instagram as it was a 'threat' to Facebook

The US House antitrust subcommittee has made public the email exchanges between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and former chief financial officer David Ebersman, revealing that the company (and Zuckerberg, in particular) wanted to buy Instagram to avoid competition...

25-Jul-2020 San Francisco

New Google fund to address missing data for key research

Google has launched a new Lacuna Fund which is the worlds first collaborative nonprofit effort to directly address the missing labeled data in the field of languages to health and agriculture and more.There is currently a lack of relevant, labeled data to represent...

25-Jul-2020 San Francisco

Google spying on users' data to learn how rival apps work: Report

Google is reportedly keeping tabs to how its users interact with rival Android apps, selectively monitoring how the users interact with non-Google apps via an internal programme to make its own products better.According to a report in The Information, an internal...

17-Jul-2020 San Francisco

Facebook expands Messenger screen sharing to iOS, Android

Facebook has now made screen sharing available globally on the latest versions of Messenger's Android and iOS apps, besides the desktop app and Web.Screen sharing allows people to instantly share their screen with friends and family one-on-one or in a group video...

16-Jul-2020 San Francisco

Google redesigning Gmail to make it a productivity hub

Google has announced a major overhaul for Gmail that will expand the service beyond emails and become a productivity hub for workplace.The new design shows four tabs at the bottom of a user's screen: Mail, Chat, Meet for video calling, and Rooms, CNET reported...

16-Jul-2020 San Francisco

Coordinated social engineering attack has hit us: Twitter

Facing the worst-ever scam in the history of social media, Twitter on Thursday acknowledged hackers have taken control of its internal system and tools as they made over $100,000 in bitcoin scam (the figure was still growing) after hijacking several top-notch...

15-Jul-2020 San Francisco

Google introduces new games, titles for Play Pass users

Google has introduced new features in its Play Pass which connects users to hundreds of apps and games without ads and in-app purchases.Over the past few months, Google Play Pass has added over 150 new titles - from racing games to drawing apps - to the Play...

15-Jul-2020 San Francisco

Facebook takes on YouTube, set to launch licensed music videos

In an ambitious bid to take on Google-owned YouTube, Facebook is readying itself to launch officially-licensed music videos for artists on its platform in the US next month.In an email sent to Facebook Page owners linked to artists, the social network informed...

29-Jul-2019 San Francisco

Did you apply for Google CEO's job on LinkedIn?

To the surprise of millions of LinkedIn users, the high-profile job of Google CEO Sundar Pichai was up for grabs on Microsoft-owned professional networking platform and some wannabes even applied to become what would be a dream job on Earth.Later, LinkedIn...

27-Jul-2019 San Francisco

Google donating 100K Home Minis to paralysed people

Google has joined hands with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to give away 100,000 units of its Home Mini smart speakers to people living with paralysis and their caregivers. Eligible residents in the US can apply on the website of the foundation.The...

25-Jul-2019 San Francisco

Facebook removes multiple fake Pages, Groups, accounts

Facebook on Thursday said it removed multiple Pages, Groups and accounts that were involved in coordinated inauthentic behaviour on its platform and Instagram and originated in Thailand, Russia, Ukraine and Honduras.It removed 12 Facebook accounts and 10 Pages...

24-Jul-2019 San Francisco

YouTube faces flak for promoting racism on kids' show

Google-owned content sharing app YouTube has once again come under a cloud, this time for promoting white supremacy by letting a kids' channel show racist content by portraying "beauty" and "ugly" looks in fair and dark skin shades, and failing to remove it despite...

20-Jul-2019 San Francisco

Twitter to soon explain why certain tweets are unavailable

You will soon be able to know why certain tweets go unavailable in your conversation thread on Twitter. The micro-blogging platform is working on to "add context" to "this tweet is unavailable" notices."We're fixing the issue where you see so many 'This...

19-Jul-2019 San Francisco

YouTube Music now lets users switch from audio to video

After matching over five million audio tracks with their official videos, YouTube Music is now letting premium users to transit from the audio of a track to watching the music video without any pauses or interruptions."Switching between audio songs to music...

12-Jul-2019 San Francisco

YouTube to bring recommendations-free educational playlists

Targeting teenagers, Google-owned content sharing app YouTube is bringing a new education feature called Learning Playlists with dedicated landing pages for educational  videos on topics like math, science, music and language, free from algorithmic recommendations.The...

10-Jul-2019 San Francisco

Official YouTube app now available on Amazon Fire TV

The official YouTube app is now available on Amazon Fire TV platform and all Fire TV Edition smart TVs."We will expand to additional Fire TV devices in the coming months, with YouTube TV and YouTube Kids launching later this year," Amazon said in a blog...

05-Jul-2019 San Francisco

YouTube's ban on 'instructional hacking' videos upsets cyber teachers

Computer security teachers are upset over YouTube's decision to ban instructional tutorials on hacking and phishing from its platform, fearing it could interfere with the training of computer science and security students.To prevent its users from learning how...

27-Jun-2019 San Francisco

YouTube adds more controls for home page, Up Next videos

To further streamline videos based on the content that interests users, Google-owned video-sharing app YouTube has decided to give users more control over their Home page and Up Next videos.As part of the changes, YouTube would now let users explore more...

27-Jun-2019 San Francisco

'Deepfakes' videos different from fake news : Mark Zuckerberg

Admitting that Facebook cannot fight fake news on its own, its CEO Mark Zuckerberg is considering to treat "deepfakes" and misinformation separately so that altered "deepfake" videos can be tackled in a better way."Deepfakes" are video forgeries that make people...

25-Jun-2019 San Francisco

Microsoft losing on Android my 'greatest mistake': Bill Gates

Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates has said that his "greatest mistake ever" was the company losing on the Android opportunity which has cost Microsoft nearly $400 billion and made Google the real winner.In an interview during an event hosted by...

19-Jun-2019 San Francisco

Now try virtual makeup while watching YouTube tutorials

With a new "Augmented Reality (AR) Beauty Try-On feature", Google-owned video sharing platform YouTube would now let users try on virtual make-up while watching tutorials in real time."Thanks to machine learning and AR technology, it offers realistic, virtual...

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...

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