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Facebook says steep rise in data requests from Indian govt

Facebook says there was a steep rise in data requests from India's government in the first half of this year as compared to the previous two years. The company, in a report released on Friday, said that it received 16,580 data requests from the government in the January-June period as compared to 22,024 requests in all of 2017 and 13,613...

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WhatsApp for Android will soon get new features

Since Facebook acquired WhatsApp, the instant messaging application has been constantly updated with new features and optimizations. Now, a few more changes in the app are making its way to the beta testers of the application. WhatsApp new update will bring a new Picture in Picture (PiP) mode in their application and a new option to privately reply in a...

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Qualcomm Unveils Powerful New Snapdragon SoC

Qualcomm on Wednesday announced the Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform, a System on a Chip built for immersive multimedia experiences including extended reality (XR), on-device artificial intelligence and high-speed connectivity. The SoC will power next-generation Android flagship smartphones and Windows 10 notebooks based on ARM architecture. Xiaomi reportedly will use it in its forthcoming Mi 7 flagship, to be released next...

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YouTube to launch new music subscription service in March

Alphabet’s YouTube plans to introduce a paid music streaming service in March, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. Record label Warner Music has already signed on while Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music, and Merlin, a consortium of independent labels, are in talks with the video streaming website, Bloomberg said. The service, internally referred to as Remix...

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Samsung’s new phone might literally read the palm of your hand

Samsung has filed a patent application for a mobile phone that can read the palm of a person’s hand, potentially leading to a new unique authentication system. The patent shows that this functionality is meant to deliver password hints to the user — it won’t unlock the phone directly. The filing includes an image of a user taking a photo...

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Google pulls YouTube from Amazon devices, escalating spat

A rare public spat in the technology industry escalated on Tuesday when Google said it would block its video streaming application YouTube from two Amazon.com Inc devices and criticized the online retailer for not selling Google hardware. The feud is the latest in Silicon Valley to put customers in the crossfire of major competitors. Amazon and Google, which is owned...

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Xi says China will not close door to global internet

WUZHEN, China: Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Sunday the country will not close its door to the global internet, but that cyber sovereignty is key in its vision of internet development. Xi’s comments were read by Huang Kunming, head of the Chinese Communist Party’s publicity department at the country’s largest public cyber policy forum in the town of Wuzhen...

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NASA successfully fires Voyager 1 thrusters after 37 years

WASHINGTON: NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft -- cruising interstellar space billions of miles from Earth -- was back on the right track Friday thanks to thrusters that were fired up for the first time in 37 years. The unmanned spaceship was launched along with its twin, Voyager 2, more than 40 years ago to explore the outer planets of our solar...

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Lawsuit accuses Google of stealing data of 5m UK users

LONDON: A consumer activist launched on Thursday a lawsuit accusing Google of illegally collecting data on more than five million British iPhone users, who could possibly see a payout reaching into the hundreds of millions. A campaign group dubbed ‘Google You Owe us’ says the tech giant owes consumers “trust, fairness and money” after unlawfully placing cookies on mobile phones...

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Facebook to eliminate transaction fees on donations

Facebook announced that it has eliminated transaction fees on donations made to non-profit organizations through its platform. According to news from Reuters, this is a change that could help the social media network expand its presence in online fundraising. Facebook had been charging a 5 percent transaction fee on donations made to non-profits via its website or app. However, it...

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Toyota showcases humanoid robot that mirrors user

TOKYO: Japanese auto giant Toyota Wednesday showcased a humanoid robot that can mirror its user's movements, a product it says has uses as varied as elderly care and disaster response. The T-HR3 can be controlled by a wearable system that allows users to operate the entire robot in real-time by simply moving their own limbs. It is one of the...

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Report says millions of insecure gadgets exposed in European cities

LONDON: A year after a wave of denial-of-service attacks knocked out major websites around the world, millions of unsecured printers, network gear and webcams remain undefended against attack across major European cities, a report published on Tuesday said. Computer security company Trend Micro said that Berlin has more than 2.8 million insecure devices, followed closely by London with more than...

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Facebook to expand artificial intelligence to help prevent suicide

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc will expand its pattern recognition software to other countries after successful tests in the U.S. to detect users with suicidal intent, the world’s largest social media network said on Monday. Facebook began testing the software in the United States in March, when the company started scanning the text of Facebook posts and comments for phrases that...

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German car makers warned of possible battery materials shortage

The German car industry risks running short of key raw materials for automotive batteries, hampering a planned boost in the production of electric vehicles (EVs), Germany’s largest industry association BDI warned. “The risk of running into bottlenecks in raw material supply is increasing because demand is growing faster than production capacity,” Matthias Wachter, head of security and raw materials at...

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Facebook, Twitter, YouTube restored in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Sunday evening finally announced to restore social media websites after temporary outage since the countrywide protests against Faizabad sit-in operation. The PTA issued the orders to restore the access of social media websites in the all big and small cities. Earlier today, social media websites Youtube, Facebook and Twitter remain accessible in Pakistan  after...

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Youtube, FB, Twitter goes down in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Youtube, Facebook and Twitter have gone down, as these three important social website network were closed down, following Dharna Clean up by the government on Saturday According to sources, the government has put ban on these social networking as the supporters of this protest tend to use it as a propagandist tool in conveying their messages. Recently these social...

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Elon Musk beats deadline for building world´s biggest battery

SYDNEY: Entrepreneur Elon Musk has won a US$50 million bet by beating a 100-day deadline for building a giant battery to help South Australia avoid energy blackouts, officials said. State Premier Jay Weatherill said testing of the massive lithium ion battery would begin within days, ahead of the December 1 deadline Musk set for himself when he signed off on...

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