Technology

Google announces 'Journalism AI' project

LONDON: To help news industry use Artificial Intelligence (AI) in more innovative ways, Google has announced a partnership with Polis, the international journalism think-tank at London School of Economics and Political Science, to create "Journalism AI".

Google starts rolling out gender specific translation to reduce bias

SAN FRANCISCO: In a bid to reduce gender biases in its translation service, Google has started rolling out a feature that provides feminine and masculine translations for some gender-neutral words on the Google Translate website.

Regulation for facial recognition technology must start in 2019: Microsoft

SAN FRANCISCO: Given the potential for abuse of the fast advancing facial recognition technology, governments across the world need to start adopting laws to regulate this technology in 2019, Microsoft President Brad Smith has said.

Apple Watch lets US users take ECG, check irregular heart rhythm

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple Watch Series 4 will now help users in the US take an electrocardiogram (ECG) right from their wrist, capturing heart rhythm in a moment when they experience symptoms like a rapid or skipped heart beat and helping to provide critical data to physicians.

Facebook tightens political ads in India ahead of 2019 polls

NEW DELHI: Facing intense scrutiny over the misuse of its platform globally during elections, Facebook has announced fresh steps to increase ad transparency and defend against foreign interference ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in India.

OnePlus planning to release first 5G smartphone in first half of 2019

SAN FRANCISCO: Joining the top players hoping to launch a 5G smartphone in 2019, Chinese handset maker OnePlus has said that its first such commercial device, which could release in the first of next year, would be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset.

Details of 100 mn users stolen in massive Quora data breach

SAN FRANCISCO: Personal information of over 100 million Quora users including their name, email address and encrypted passwords have been compromised, the California-based popular question-and-answer platform said.

Google starts rolling out 'Call Screen' feature for Pixel smartphones
SAN FRANCISCO: Google has started rolling out a feature for its Pixel smartphones that lets users make use of the Google Assistant to see who is calling and why before they answer a call.
Facebook enforces political ad transparency feature in UK

LONDON: Facebook has finally rolled out in Britain a political ad transparency feature that requires advertisers to prove that they live in the country and also disclose who paid for the advertisement.

Tech Mahindra launches new business unit for video services in 5G

NEW DELHI: Software major Tech Mahindra on Friday announced the setting up of a new business unit to leverage cutting-edge technology and solutions to cater to the expected heavy demand of video services in the 5G ecosystem.

How Amazon's Cloud arm AWS is democratising Machine Learning for all

LAS VEGAS: While tech giants are busy developing Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) models to deliver enhanced customer experiences, retail giant Amazon's Cloud arm Amazon Web Services (AWS) is busy dealing with a humongous task -- democratising ML for all and protecting it from "bad actors".

Google rebrands Project Fi, brings it to iPhones too

SAN FRANCISCO: Google has renamed its Project Fi wireless network as Google Fi, while making it available for a wide range of Android devices as well as for some iPhones in the US.

Xiaomi, Samsung, Realme dominated Diwali smartphone sales: Counterpoint

NEW DELHI: Three smartphone players -- Xiaomi, Samsung and Realme -- captured 57 per cent of the Indian festive sales volumes as smartphone sales in the Diwali season (October 9-November 8) grew 26 per cent year-on-year (YoY) compared to the same period last year, a new report said on Wednesday.

Google inks pact with Disney to run online ads

SAN FRANCISCO: Google has said it will now power advertising for Disney's collection of brands and properties -- including Disney, ABC, ESPN, Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars -- across multiple channels, including live streaming and direct-to-consumer content offerings.

Amazon's Cloud arm AWS enters lucrative satellite data market

LAS VEGAS: With more and more satellites being launched for a variety of applications, retail giant Amazon's Cloud arm Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced a fully-managed network of 12 Ground Station antennas globally that will help customers process, store and analyse satellite data at a fraction of the current cost.

Reliance on 'YouTube videos' for cancer treatment dangerous

NEW YORK: The most popular YouTube videos on cancer treatment offer misleading or biased medical information that poses potential health risks to patients, researchers have warned.

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

SAN FRANCISCO: Google has invested $1 billion on a large office park near its headquarters in Mountain View, California, the media reported.

Facebook working on fix for bug showing old messages

SAN FRANCISCO: 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.

LinkedIn faced probe for Facebook ads targeting 18 mn non-members

SAN FRANCISCO: An investigation by Ireland's Data Protection Commission (DPC) found that LinkedIn had processed hashed email addresses of approximately 18 million non-LinkedIn members and targeted these individuals on Facebook without necessary permission, a new report has revealed.

After Samsung, LG hints at foldable smartphone

SAN FRANCISCO: After Samsung, its South Korean rival LG has now hinted at launching a foldable smartphone, the media reported.

7-nation panel to grill Facebook over data scandals

SAN FRANCISCO: After attending grilling sessions this year with lawmakers over data breaches and failure to tackle political interference, Facebook is again set to face an international committee consisting 22 members from seven countries.

RIIHL incorporates Jio Estonia OAce

MUMBAI: Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) on Friday said its subsidiary Reliance Industrial Investments and Holdings Limited (RIIHL) has incorporated a company in Estonia.

India's first platform offering electronic mode of transportation “eBike” to bring revolutionary change in ecosystem

NEW DELHI: eBike is one of its kind revolutionary start-up aiming at providing environment friendly means of transportation.

Samsung apologises to victims of work-related illnesses at its facilities

SEOUL: Samsung Electronics on Friday made a formal apology to all victims of work-related diseases who were employed at the company's chip and display production lines, settling the long-standing dispute that lasted for more than a decade.

Twitter bans far-right activist for violating rules

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter has permanently banned far-right activist Laura Loomer for her tweet criticising Ilhan Omar, the Minnesota Democratic Representative-elect, and her Muslim faith.

Google Home celebrates Mickey Mouse's 90th birthday with special features

SAN FRANCISCO: Google is celebrating Mickey Mouse's 90th birthday with new special features on Google Home.

Google News may shut down in EU over 'link tax'

LONDON: Google may shut down its Google News service in the European Union (EU) if a proposed "link tax" for using news stories comes into force in member countries, The Guardian reported.

New Microsoft app evaluates facial expressions against emojis

SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft has launched a new app called "Emoji8" that allows users to compare their own facial expressions to emojis and get evaluated with scores.

Steep rise in government data requests from India in 2018 first half: Facebook

NEW DELHI: Facebook has recorded 16,580 data requests from the Indian government in the first six months of 2018 -- a steep rise compared to a total of 22,024 requests in the full year of 2017 and 13,613 in 2016.

Independent body to moderate content at Facebook

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook will establish an independent body next year to oversee user appeals of content, thereby admitting that it should not take a call on free expression and safety on its own, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said.

Facebook denies it knew of Russian activity as early as spring of 2016

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Thursday denied The New York Times report that suggested that the social network was aware of a Russian campaign designed to influence the 2016 US presidential election as early as spring of 2016.

Snapchat made more interactive with 2 new features

SAN FRANCISCO: Photo-messaging app Snapchat has introduced two new features -- "Friendship Profiles" and "Bitmoji Stories" in an attempt to make the app more interactive and fun.

Google inspires kids to explore space on Children's Day

NEW DELHI: Google on Wednesday celebrated Children's Day in India with a doodle inspiring children to explore space.

Facebook blocks more accounts for malicious activities

SAN FRANCISCO: The Facebook crackdown on accounts engaged in "coordinated inauthentic behaviour" on its platform and on Instagram continues.

Nokia veteran Ashish Chowdhary appointed Apple India head

NEW DELHI: In a fillip to Apple CEO Tim Cook's big future plans for the Indian market, Apple has appointed Ashish Chowdhary, Chief Customer Operations Officer at Nokia Networks, as its India operation head, the Cupertino-based iPhone maker said on Tuesday.

WhatsApp selects 20 teams to curb fake news globally, including India

NEW DELHI: Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Tuesday announced that it has selected 20 research teams worldwide - including experts from India and those of Indian origin -- who will work towards how misinformation spreads and what additional steps the mobile messaging platform could take to curb fake news.

Micromax launches its first Google-certified Android TVs

NEW DELHI: Micromax Informatics Ltd on Friday launched its first Google-Certified Android TV in two variants.

Amazon uupplied fake micromax mobile, fined by Chandigarh consumer forum

CHANDIGARH: The Chandigarh District Consumer Forum has fined Rs. 25000 to e-commerce site Amazon.in for supplying a fake micromax smart phone to a consumer in Chaindigarh.

Chandigarh Police booked immigration agency owner for fraud of Rs.5 lakh

CHANDIGARH: The Chandigarh Police has registered owner of Vision International Agency, an immigration company for duping a Kharar resident and his freinds of Rs.5 lakh on the pretex of sending them abroad on work permit.

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