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OnePlus 7 Mirror Blue variant available on Amazon Prime Day Sale
short by Roshan Gupta / on 15 Jul 2019,Monday
OnePlus 7 Mirror Blue variant is now available for buyers in India for the first time as part of Amazon Prime Day Sale. The sale, which is is exclusively for Prime members will commence today. The OnePlus 7, which was launched earlier this year, features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 6.41-inch AMOLED display and a 48-megapixel + 5-megapixel camera combination.
short by Roshan Gupta / 07:55 pm on 15 Jul
AI system to warn about spoilers in online reviews developed
short by Pragya Swastik / on 14 Jul 2019,Sunday
Researchers have developed an AI-based system called 'SpoilerNet' that figures out spoilers in online reviews of books and TV shows and warns about them to the users. The system can be used to build a browser extension to shield people from spoilers. The researchers collected over 1.3 million book reviews annotated with spoiler tags by book reviewers for the system.
short by Pragya Swastik / 09:36 pm on 14 Jul
Indian Instagram influencers have 1.6 crore fake followers: Study
short by Pragya Swastik / on 15 Jul 2019,Monday
A study conducted by Swedish e-commerce startup 'A Good Company' and data analytics firm HypeAuditor has claimed that over 1.6 crore accounts following Indian Instagram influencers are fake. The US, Brazil and India are the three regions with the most number of fake followers on Instagram, it added. In the study, Instagram accounts from 82 countries were assessed.
short by Pragya Swastik / 06:19 pm on 15 Jul
iPhone 6 caught fire in hand, burnt holes in blanket: 11-yr-old girl
short by Pragya Swastik / on 15 Jul 2019,Monday
An 11-year-old US girl has claimed her iPhone 6 caught fire in her hand. She added, "I just threw it on a blanket. I was right here on the bed and the phone managed to burn through this blanket." Apple support has asked the girl's mother to send them pictures of the device and ship the phone back to them.
short by Pragya Swastik / 04:05 pm on 15 Jul
Apple HQ valued at $4.17 bn; one of world's costliest buildings
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 13 Jul 2019,Saturday
Apple's doughnut-shaped headquarters in Cupertino, California, nicknamed 'spaceship', was valued at about $4.17 billion in a recent assessment, making it one of the world's most expensive buildings. The 2.8 million-square-foot headquarters was constructed for about $5 billion. Based on the valuation, Apple would be required to pay over $40 million in property taxes per year in California.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 05:46 pm on 13 Jul
FTC approves $5B Facebook fine; its largest on a tech firm: Reports
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 13 Jul 2019,Saturday
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved a roughly $5-billion fine on Facebook to settle its investigation on privacy leaks by the social media giant, reports claimed. If approved by the US Justice Department, the fine would be the largest-ever by FTC on a technology firm. Facebook's stocks rose by about 1.8% after reports of the settlement.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 04:21 pm on 13 Jul
Bitcoin miners steal $3-million electricity in China; 22 arrested
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 13 Jul 2019,Saturday
East China police have busted a ring of illegal bitcoin miners who stole nearly $3-million worth of electricity for mining the digital currency, state news agency Xinhua reported. The police found the criminal gang had rented nine factories with installed mining equipment after a two-month investigation and arrested 22 people. They also confiscated around 4,000 mining devices.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 04:58 pm on 13 Jul
Google admits private conversations being accessed via Assistant
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 12 Jul 2019,Friday
Google has admitted its contractors can listen to recordings of private conversations of users with its AI-based Assistant. This came after some of the recordings in the Dutch language were leaked. Google has said only 0.2% of all recordings are accessed by humans for transcription, and that all identifiable user information is delinked from the audio files.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 06:09 pm on 12 Jul
Computer password inventor Fernando Corbató passes away at 93
short by Pragya Swastik / on 14 Jul 2019,Sunday
US-born Fernando José "Corby" Corbató, credited with inventing the computer password, passed away in Massachusetts at the age of 93. Corbató led the development of the Compatible Time-Sharing System (CTSS), regarded as one of the world's first operating systems. It allowed multiple people to use a computer at the same time.
short by Pragya Swastik / 02:41 pm on 14 Jul
Apple to stop iPhone SE, iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s Plus India sales: Report
short by Pragya Swastik / on 15 Jul 2019,Monday
Apple will reportedly stop selling its lower-priced smartphones iPhone SE, iPhone 6, 6 Plus and 6s Plus in India. The company reportedly does not want to chase volumes by discounting at the cost of profit in the country. These models will reportedly be phased out to increase the average selling price of iPhones in India and boost profit and revenue.
short by Pragya Swastik / 04:16 pm on 15 Jul
Twitter to begin testing 'hide replies' feature in Canada
short by Pragya Swastik / on 15 Jul 2019,Monday
Twitter is rolling out the 'hide replies' feature to its users in Canada for testing purpose. When users look at the replies, they'll be able to select any of them and choose "hide reply" option. These tweets won't be fully removed from Twitter as users will be able to tap on a grey icon to view hidden replies.
short by Pragya Swastik / 08:40 am on 15 Jul
'Robot umpires' make debut at Atlantic League All-Star game
short by Dishant Sharma / on 12 Jul 2019,Friday
A "robot" umpire made its debut officiating at the Atlantic League All-Star Game. The home plate umpire Brian deBrauwere had a phone in his back pocket that was connected to the ball-tracking 'TrackMan' system and a headphone, through which deBrauwere heard the system's calls and signalled accordingly. The umpire can override the system if he disagrees with it.
short by Dishant Sharma / 10:26 pm on 12 Jul
Microsoft may make Windows 10 password-free by 2020
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 13 Jul 2019,Saturday
Microsoft has started testing a way to sign in to its Windows 10 operating system without using a password, which it may reportedly enforce by 2020. The software giant is planning to replace passwords with face recognition, PIN or fingerprint authentication over the relatively high security offered by these methods. The test presently has the password-less method as optional.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 06:30 pm on 13 Jul
US Army to test robotic combat vehicles in 2020
short by Pragya Swastik / on 15 Jul 2019,Monday
The US Army will start testing robotic combat vehicles in 2020 which soldiers will control from the back of modified Bradley Fighting Vehicles. The upgraded Bradleys, called Mission Enabler Technologies-Demonstrators (MET-Ds), have a remote turret for 25 mm main gun, 360-degree cameras and crew stations with touchscreens. Initial testing will include two MET-Ds and four robotic combat vehicles.
short by Pragya Swastik / 03:13 pm on 15 Jul
Apple Co-founder Wozniak criticises FB, asks people to get off it
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 13 Jul 2019,Saturday
Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak has criticised Facebook and its photo-sharing platform Instagram for selling users' privacy to advertisers. He said that for some people, the benefits of Facebook are worth the loss of privacy. "To many like myself, my recommendation to most people is, you should figure out a way to get off Facebook," he added.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 10:04 pm on 13 Jul
Human-mirroring robot mastered #BottleCapChallenge, says MIT
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 14 Jul 2019,Sunday
MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has shared a video of its RoboRaise robot, saying it has "mastered" a new skill, the bottle cap challenge. The RoboRaise mirrors a human by copying the movement through data collected from a person's hand. The muscle activity is monitored using electromyography (EMG) sensors on a user's biceps and triceps, MIT revealed.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 11:00 am on 14 Jul
US court dismisses Oracle lawsuit over $10-bn Pentagon contract
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 13 Jul 2019,Saturday
A US federal court has dismissed Oracle's lawsuit against the US Department of Defence's decade-long $10-billion JEDI cloud contract. The lawsuit had alleged the Pentagon's contract with a single-vendor award was unfair and illegal. Oracle, which didn't meet the criteria for a bid, had claimed the contract violates federal procurement laws and is 'unfairly tainted' by conflicts of interests.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 08:24 pm on 13 Jul
Hackers steal over ₹222 crore from Tokyo crypto exchange
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 13 Jul 2019,Saturday
Tokyo-based cryptocurrency exchange Bitpoint has suspended its services after it discovered hackers have stolen about 3.5 billion yen (over ₹222 crore) in various digital currencies. About 2.5 billion yen (about ₹159 crore) of the missing currency was customer funds while the rest was owned by Remixpoint, which operates the exchange. Remixpoint said it would compensate customers for the losses.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 10:00 am on 13 Jul
Huawei plans extensive job cuts at US research unit: Report
short by Dharna / on 14 Jul 2019,Sunday
Chinese technology giant Huawei is planning extensive layoffs across its US-based research and development arm Futurewei Technologies, the Wall Street Journal reported. Hundreds of about 850 employees at the unit are reportedly expected to be laid off, with some Chinese staff being given an option to return to China staying within Huawei. The US had blacklisted Huawei over espionage allegations.
short by Dharna / 05:05 pm on 14 Jul
Apple suspends development of its AR/VR headset: Report
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 12 Jul 2019,Friday
Apple has reportedly suspended the development of its head-mounted display (HMD) AR/VR headsets. The technology giant has already disbanded its team for the development of AR/VR HMDs, which has now been transferred to other product lines, as per a report. Earlier, reports had claimed Apple could launch its AR/VR glasses as early as 2020.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 08:35 pm on 12 Jul
Oracle loses court appeal against $10 bn US govt contract
short by Dharna / on 15 Jul 2019,Monday
US-based Oracle has lost its legal challenge against US Pentagon's $10-billion contract for 'JEDI' cloud infrastructure, which it alleged unfairly favoured Amazon. The Federal Claims Court said there were no "organisational conflicts of interest" and because Oracle didn't meet bid's criteria, it can't allege prejudice in the bidding. The US can now award the contract to Amazon or Microsoft.
short by Dharna / 05:55 pm on 15 Jul
Google Maps now shows 45,000 public toilets in 1,700 cities
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 12 Jul 2019,Friday
Google Maps now displays over 45,000 community and public toilets covering 1,700 Indian cities as part of the Central government's "Loo Review" initiative. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs joined hands with Google to launch the 'Loo Review' campaign in September 2018. The campaign encourages local guides in India to rate and review public toilets on Google Maps.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 04:34 pm on 12 Jul
IBM patents smartwatch that can transform into a tablet
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 13 Jul 2019,Saturday
American multinational IT giant IBM has secured a patent for a smartwatch that can be transformed into a tablet. IBM, in the patent, explained this may be achieved as "a set of auxiliary display panels may be packed in layers behind a primary display panel." The patent revealed the inventor of the technology as Ranjeeth Pasupathi from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 11:00 am on 13 Jul
Samsung working on foldable AR glasses, suggests patent
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 13 Jul 2019,Saturday
South Korean technology giant Samsung has filed a patent for foldable Augmented Reality (AR) glasses with thick frames to accommodate its electronic components. The current design, as explained by Samsung, is an eyepiece that automatically switches on whenever it's unfolded. Samsung is planning to use magnetic sensors to restrict the glasses from being folded unintentionally.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 07:34 pm on 13 Jul
Microsoft to end Hearts, Spades net games for Windows XP, ME, 7
short by Kanishka Pandey / on 14 Jul 2019,Sunday
Microsoft is ending its internet games including Hearts, Spades, Checkers, Backgammon, MSN Go and Reversi from Windows version XP, ME and 7. While these Microsoft Internet Games services on Windows XP and ME will end on July 31, 2019, they'll end for Windows 7 on January 22, 2020. Microsoft said it's doing so to invest resources towards more recent technologies.
short by Kanishka Pandey / 10:00 am on 14 Jul
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