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Tinder’s interactive video series Swipe Night coming to India

New Delhi, Feb. 18 (IANS): Location-based dating service giant Tinder on Tuesday announced it was bringing its Swipe Night interactive video series in India in March. It is an in-app, interactive apocalyptic adventure, according to the company. Tinde...

18 Feb 2020

Facebook buys start-up that uses AI vision to find location

San Francisco, Feb. 9 (IANS): Facebook has acquired Scape Technologies — a London-based computer vision start-up working on location accuracy beyond the capabilities of GPS. Full terms of the deal remain as yet unknown, although a Companies Hou...

09 Feb 2020

Poco X2 vs Realme X2: Battle of the X2’s

Poco just launched its much-hyped Poco X2 on January 4 and its closest competitor in this price segment is the Realme X2. Let’s take a closer look at both the phones and help you decide on which X2 you might want to buy. Key Highlights The Poco...

08 Feb 2020

Realme C3 smartphone launched in India

New Delhi, Feb 6 (IANS): Refreshing its budget line-up in India, Chinese handset-maker Realme on Thursday launched its C3 smartphone in the country at a starting price of Rs 6,999 for the 3GB+32GB storage configuration. The 4GB + 64GB variant is pric...

06 Feb 2020

Texting while walking more dangerous and deadly

Toronto, Feb. 4 (IANS): People who use a smartphone for texting while walking are twice as likely to have an accident or near-miss than taking a call or listening to music, a new study suggests. According to the findings, published in the journal Inj...

04 Feb 2020

New ‘wristwatch’ to boost athletic performance, prevent injury

New York, Feb. 4 (IANS): In a good news to athletes, researchers have developed a device the size of a wristwatch, that can monitor an individual’s body chemistry to help improve athletic performance and identify potential health problems. The ...

04 Feb 2020

Virtual traffic jams: Google ‘appreciates’ creative use of maps

San Francisco, Feb. 4 (IANS): After a German artist, Simon Weckert, demonstrated how he “hacked” Google Maps with 99 smartphones and a wagon to create “virtual traffic jams” on the streets of Berlin, Google responded to the in...

04 Feb 2020

Quantum tech push may put India in global elite league

New Delhi, Feb. 2 (IANS): The Budget proposal to provide an outlay of INR 8,000 crore for quantum computing may help make India the world’s third biggest nation in the sector after the US and China, according to experts. Presenting her second U...

02 Feb 2020

WhatsApp hits 5bn installs on Android

San Francisco, Jan 19 (IANS) Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp for Android has now notched up a staggering five billion downloads, making it only the second non-Google app to achieve this milestone. As with most Android applications that rea...

19 Jan 2020

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower releases new FB documents

London, Jan 18 (IANS) Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Brittany Kaiser has released new documents that details initial exchange in 2015 where Facebook only requested the political consultancy firm by email to delete the data, and casually asked...

18 Jan 2020

AI Tool to Detect Changes in Patients’ Mental Health

Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) tool that can accurately detect changes in clinical states in voice data of patients with bipolar, schizophrenia and depressive disorders as accurately as att...

18 Jan 2020

FB to stop using phone numbers to recommend friends in 2020

San Francisco, Dec. 22 (IANS): Following privacy concerns, social networking giant Facebook is set to stop using your phone number for recommending friends in 2020. According to a BBC report, users will soon have “a code sent to their mobile ph...

22 Dec 2019

New WhatsApp bug crashes group chat, deletes history forever

New Delhi, Dec. 17 (IANS): While the Israeli NSO Group-Pegasus snooping via WhatsApp is still fresh in mind, security researchers on Tuesday said they have detected a vulnerability in WhatsApp that led to group chat crash the moment a destructive mes...

17 Dec 2019

Focus mode comes to Android to limit distractions

San Francisco, Dec. 5 (IANS): Google has introduced a new feature ‘Focus Mode’ for Android devices designed to prevent its users from being consistently distracted by their smartphone. The feature allows users to turn off distractions – lik...

05 Dec 2019

Samsung Galaxy S11 may scan up to two fingerprints simultaneously

Seoul, Dec. 5 (IANS): Samsung’s next-gen ‘Galaxy S11’ smartphone will reportedly feature Qualcomm’s latest new 3D Sonic Max fingerprint sensor that can support up to two fingerprint scans at once. The new sensor’s recognition area is 17...

05 Dec 2019

‘Spotting Vikram on Moon Was a Challenge When NASA Couldn’t’

By Arul Louis | IANS Shanmuga Subramanian, the eagle-eyed citizen space scientist who found Vikram moon lander said on Tuesday that he took spotting it as a challenge when NASA couldn’t. He said in an email interview to IANS: “It was somethi...

03 Dec 2019

Smart phones hotspots of cyber attacks in India — Check Point

New Delhi, Dec. 1 (IANS): If you thought only large critical infrastructure and big corporations would always bear the brunt of the rise in cyber attacks, you could not be further from the truth. In India, smart phones, the device that most people no...

01 Dec 2019

Netflix will stop working on some smart TVs from Dec. 1

San Francisco, Dec. 1 (IANS): Some Samsung smart TVs and Roku streaming devices will no longer be able to stream Netflix from December 1. “We have notified all impacted members with more information about alternative devices we support so they ...

01 Dec 2019

WhatsApp snooping: Questions on how India tackling data breach

New Delhi, Dec. 1 (IANS): The WhatsApp snooping row that involves privacy infringement of 121 Indian users out of 1,400 globally via third-party Israeli Pegasus spyware is now witnessing serious questions on the part of the government in handling suc...

01 Dec 2019

From now on, face scans for China’s mobile users

New Delhi/Beijing, Dec. 1 (IANS): Customers in China who wish to register for new mobile phone services will be required to get their faces scanned, a media report said. The regulation was due to come into effect on Sunday, the BBC reported. While si...

01 Dec 2019

In Assam’s Villages, a Low-Cost, DIY Technology is Battling Contaminated Water

By Azera Parveen Rahman | IANS In a village called Aam-bagan in Nagaon district of Assam, Sumitra Biswas summoned her grandson to help her pour water into the filter kept in the courtyard of their house. The filter — three buckets, fitted with ...

11 Jan 2019

How your phone may be spying on you

New York, July 7 (IANS): Some popular apps on your Android phone may be actively listening to you, monitoring your habits and even secretly taking screenshots of your activity and sending them to third parties, a new study has found. These screenshot...

07 Jul 2018

Data breach hit more than 5.6 lakh Indian users – Facebook

New Delhi, April 5 (IANS): Private data of over 5.6 lakh Indian Facebook users was compromised by a private marketing firm that later sold the personal details acquired through a quiz app to Cambridge Analytica, a UK-based company at the centre of a ...

05 Apr 2018

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 w...

27 Dec 2017

Facebook Rolls Out ‘Disaster Maps’ in India

In a bid to help communities recover and rebuild faster in the aftermath of natural disasters in India, Facebook on Thursday introduced new measures, including its ‘Disaster Maps’ feature in the country. As part of the effort, Facebook will make ...

09 Nov 2017