Technology

TikTok vows to fight plagiarism by Facebook, US bullying

BEIJING:Facing threats of a US ban and smears by rival Facebook, popular video-sharing app TikTok has been compelled to respond to what observers describe as an effort to rip up the Chinese-owned firm and reap their own commercial, political benefits and monopolize the tech economy.

TikTok-MS deal must not involve India user data: Think-tank

NEW DELHI: With Microsoft confirming its intent to buy TikTok in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, India should ensure that any possible deal between the two companies did not include data of Indian users, a New Delhi-based think-tank said on Monday.

Apple TV+ now available on American Airlines flights for free

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple has partnered with American Airlines to offer free Apple TV+ streaming service as an in-flight entertainment option

Presently, only select Apple TV+ shows like "The Morning Show", "Dickinson" and "Defending Jacob" are available for in-flight viewing.

Zuckerberg flagged competitors moving faster in 2012, show emails

SAN FRANCISCO: Worried about being left behind by mobile apps that made quick progress by cloning other services, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asked some of the company's executives what could the social network do to stay ahead of others, new emails from April 2012 have revealed.

Microsoft in talks to buy TikTok's US operations: Report

SAN FRANCISCO: Short video-sharing app TikTok is reportedly in talks to sell its US business to Microsoft.

India smartphone market set to recover by 40% in 2nd half: Report

NEW DELHI: After going through disruptions in supply chain and curtailed domestic production, the India smartphone market is now showing encouraging signs of revival that sets it on a potential course for market recovery for over 40 per cent in the second half this year, according to a new report.

Samsung launches UV Sterilizer with wireless charging in India

NEW DELHI: Samsung has launched a new UV sterilizer with wireless charging that can be used to disinfect Galaxy smartphones, Galaxy Buds and smartwatches.

Now TV set imports on checklist to stop entry of Chinese products
NEW DELHI: Government has put further squeeze on imports of items coming from countries such as China by putting imports of colour television sets of different sizes in the restricted list.
Cognizant headcount reduced by 10,500 employees in Q2

SAN FRANCISCO: As global software major Cognizant implements a programme to improve cost structure amid Covid-19 and optimises its team, the headcount of the company reduced by 10,500 in the second quarter of this year as compared to the previous quarter.

NASA Perseverance Mars rover in standby mode, but healthy

WASHINGTON: NASA has confirmed that its Mars 2020 Perseverance rover is healthy and on its way to the Red Planet even after entering into a standby mode due to a temporary issue that involved temperature on the spacecraft.

Apple hits 550 million paid subscribers across Services

CUPERTINO (California): Paid subscriptions for Apple Services business reached a record high of over 500 million at the end of June, an increase of 35 million in the last quarter alone.

Global smartphone market declines at fastest ever rate in Q2

NEW DEHLI: The global smartphone market slumped 24 per ent year-over-year in the second quarter of this year to 271.

Big Tech beats pandemic, ad boycotts to log record profits

SAN FRANCISCO: A pandemic-hit period, ad boycotts and probes over anti-competition practices, data privacy and security did not stop the four Big Tech firms (Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Alphabet with a combined market cap of nearly $5 trillion) from posting healthy profits in the June quarter.

HP appoints Ketan Patel to lead HP Greater India biz

NEW DELHI: PC and printer major HP on Friday appointed Ketan Patel as the Managing Director of HP Greater India.

ISRO facilities to be free or at reasonable cost for pvt sector
CHENNAI: With the government deciding to encourage private sector participation in the space field, the Indian space agency has said its facilities will be offered free of cost or at a reasonable cost for carrying out various space sector related activities.
Huawei trumps Samsung for 1st time in global smartphone market
NEW DELHI: Despite the US trade restrictions, Huawei has overthrown Samsung and Apple to become the leader in smartphone shipments globally in the second quarter of 2020, a new report said on Thursday.
Apple offered Amazon Prime Video app lower 15% fee, shows email

SAN FRANCISCO: The US House antitrust subcommittee has revealed that Apple offered a lower 15 per cent subscription fee to Amazon for bringing its Prime Video app on the Apple TV set-top box.

NPCIL to build 4 more atomic power units in 2020: AEC chief

CHENNAI: India's atomic power plants operator Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) plans to start construction of four more nuclear power units this year, said a top official of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC).

Amazon Fraud Detector becomes generally available

SAN FRANCISCO: Amazon Web Services, the Cloud computing business of e-commerce giant Amazon, has now made its machine learning-based service to quickly identify potentially fraudulent online activities like online payment and identity fraud generally available.

Grand Apple Central World to open in Thailand on Friday

BANGKOK: Apple on Wednesday previewed its second and largest retail location in Thailand that will be thrown open to the public on July 31.

LG Display to provide 20mn OLED screens for 6.1-inch iPhone 12

SAN FRANCISCO: LG Display is expected to provide nearly 20 million OLED displays for 6.1-inch iPhone 12 that is scheduled to be launched later this year.

Apple will launch four iPhone 12 models with screen sizes 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch, 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch. All of these iPhone models will sport OLED displays.

Indian firms paying Rs 14 crore for a data breach in 2020: IBM

NEW DELHI: The average total cost of a data breach in India touched Rs 14 crore in 2020 (an increase of 9.

Amazon introduces new home screen design for Alexa app

NEW DELHI: Amazon on Tuesday introduced a new home screen design for the Alexa app with updated navigation to help customers get things done quickly.

Most Indians aim to somehow retain jobs to remain confident: LinkedIn

NEW DELHI: There has been a modest rise in the overall confidence among professionals in India as retaining a job has itself become a strong booster for many in these tough times, LinkedIn said on Tuesday.

Google extends work from home order till mid-2021

SAN FRANCISCO: With the Covid-19 pandemic hardly showing any sign of slowing down, Google on Monday said it would allow employees to work from home till the middle of next year if their roles permit.

Vivo to launch selfie-centric S7 to launch on August 3

BEIJING: Vivo has confirmed to launch a new selfie-centric smartphone Vivo S7 in China on August 3.

Indian creators welcome 2nd 'digital strike' on Chinese apps

NEW DELHI: Indian app creators on Monday welcomed the decision by the government to ban 47 more Chinese apps, most of those operating as clones of the 59 apps banned last month.

Samsung launches affordable Galaxy M01 Core phone in India

NEW DELHI: Samsung on Monday launched a new Android Go-packed affordable smartphone Galaxy M01 Core at a starting price of Rs 5,499 (1GB RAM+2GB) variant in India.

Will realigning OnePlus, Vivo, OPPO work for China's BBK Group in India?

NEW DELHI: China-based behemoth the BBK group that owns brands like OnePlus, Vivo, OPPO and Realme (not to forget iQOO) always had a clear market strategy and brand positioning in the fixed price segments for the India smartphone market.

Honor eyes India laptop market with MagicBook 15 under Rs 50K

NEW DELHI: Honor India President Charles Peng said on Monday that the company is geared up to enter the India laptop market on July 31 with MagicBook 15 that will be priced under Rs 50,000 to define productivity as more and more people work from home.

TikTok launches $200mn fund to support creators in US

SAN FRANCISCO: Short video-sharing platform TikTok has launched a $200 million fund to offer financial support to top creators in the US.

Galaxy S20 will soon replace physical ID for German citizens

BERLIN: Samsung has partnered with the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), Bundesdruckerei (bdr), and Deutsche Telekom Security GmbH to allow its Galaxy S20 series to become the first smartphones capable of serving as official ID in the European nation.

Hackers break into CarryMinati's YouTube channel, ask for Bitcoins

NEW DELHI: Ajey Nagar, who is popularly known as CarryMinati on YouTube, took to his official social media handle on Saturday to inform that his official handle was hacked and he immediately needed assistance to resolve this matter from YouTube India.

New Microsoft update allows Cisco Webex meets from Teams app

SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft has released a new update that finally allows users to join Cisco Webex meetings from the Rooms feature in its popular video conferencing app Teams, allowing guests to directly join.

New Google fund to address missing data for key research

SAN FRANCISCO: 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.

NASA to use stadium-sized balloon to study the cosmos

WASHINGTON: NASA engineers are working on an ambitious new mission that will carry a cutting-edge, 2.

Sony camera with side-opening LCD screen in India for Rs 77,990

NEW DELHI: Sony on Friday launched a new pocket-sized compact digital camera called ZV-1 with a side-opening LCD screen for Rs 77,990 in India.

New OPPO F15 smartphone variant in India for Rs 16,990

NEW DELHI: Chinese smartphone maker OPPO on Friday launched F15 in 4GB+128GB variant for Rs 16,990 in India

The smartphone was previously available in a 8GB RAM+128GB storage combination.

Samsung launches new range of UHD Business TVs in India

NEW DELHI: Samsung on Friday launched a new range of ultra high definition (UHD) Business TVs in India for places like restaurants, retail stores, shopping complexes and salons, among others.

Intel delays 7-nanometer chips until late 2022

SAN FRANCISCO: The world's biggest chipmaker Intel has delayed the rollout of its 7-nanometer chips by six months, which pushes the release date to late 2022 or early 2023.

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