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We won't allow driverless cars in India: Government
short by Ayushi Ahluwalia / on 24 Jul 2017,Monday
Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Monday said driverless cars and any technology that takes away jobs will not be allowed in India. "The unemployed youth is a big issue, we have shortage of 22,000 drivers," he added. Currently, driverless car technology is being tested in several countries such as the US and the UK.
short by Ayushi Ahluwalia / 08:28 pm on 24 Jul
Microsoft confirms MS Paint is not being shut down
short by Vani Vivek / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
Microsoft today confirmed that it is not shutting down its long-standing basic graphics editing program 'MS Paint'. "Today, we've seen an incredible outpouring of support and nostalgia around MS Paint," it said in a blog post. Clarifying that Paint will still be available in Windows Store, Microsoft added that its main functions will be integrated into the Paint 3D program.
short by Vani Vivek / 01:32 pm on 25 Jul
Adobe announces plan to shut down Flash Player
short by Vani Vivek / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Adobe on Tuesday announced that it will stop updating and distributing Flash Player plug-in by the end of 2020. Flash technology was once one of the most widely used ways to watch videos and play games online. In recent years, browsers such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Safari have been deprecating Flash in favour of its alternative HTML5.
short by Vani Vivek / 12:25 pm on 26 Jul
Microsoft to shut down MS Paint 32 years after its launch
short by Pragya Swastik / on 24 Jul 2017,Monday
Microsoft has announced its long-standing basic graphics editing program 'MS Paint' will no longer be available with the next Windows 10 update called the Autumn Creators Update. The program was first released with the very first version of Windows 1.0 in 1985. MS Paint's removal is a part of Microsoft's plan to shut programs that are "not in active development."
short by Pragya Swastik / 05:57 pm on 24 Jul
World's 1st self-driving ship worth ₹162cr to launch in 2018
short by Pragya Swastik / on 24 Jul 2017,Monday
The world's first ever self-driving ship worth ₹162 crore will set sail along a 60 km route in southern Norway without any crew member in 2018. The electric-powered ship named 'Yara Birkeland' has a capacity for 100 to 150 shipping containers. The zero-emission ship will save up to 90% in annual operating costs by eliminating both fuel and crew.
short by Pragya Swastik / 11:46 am on 24 Jul
Google CEO Sundar Pichai joins Alphabet's board of directors
short by Pragya Swastik / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
Google's India-born CEO Sundar Pichai is joining Google's parent company Alphabet's board of directors, the company announced on Monday. "Sundar has been doing a great job as Google’s CEO. I really enjoy working with him," said Google Co-founder Larry Page. Pichai has been running the Google division since August 2015, including Search, Cloud, Maps, Android and YouTube.
short by Pragya Swastik / 09:06 am on 25 Jul
Musk trolls Zuckerberg over artificial intelligence remark
short by Vani Vivek / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on Tuesday took to Twitter to say Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a "limited" understanding of artificial intelligence (AI). Earlier, Musk had called AI the "greatest risk we face as a civilisation", to which Zuckerberg responded with, "naysayers...try to drum up these doomsday scenarios...I actually think it is pretty irresponsible."
short by Vani Vivek / 03:44 pm on 25 Jul
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 explodes at a store in Bengaluru
short by Shifa Naseer / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
A video reportedly showing a Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 exploding at a Bengaluru store has emerged online. The damage was due to a faulty third-party charger used by the customer, the company claimed. Xiaomi India said that it has replaced the customer's damaged unit with a brand new Redmi Note 4.
short by Shifa Naseer / 06:19 pm on 25 Jul
Developers losing $4 bn a year due to 1,400 cr pirated apps
short by Pragya Swastik / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
Mobile app developers across the globe are losing up to $4 billion annually due to 1,400 crore pirated app installs, according to mobile advertising platform Tapcore. To steal an app, developers download and deconstruct apps from Google Play and insert their own monetisation methodology. When people install the pirated apps, the money from ads shown is raked by the pirates.
short by Pragya Swastik / 10:59 am on 25 Jul
Walmart developing cameras that can spot unhappy shoppers
short by Vani Vivek / on 23 Jul 2017,Sunday
US-based retail giant Walmart is developing a facial recognition system to monitor customers at its checkouts for signs of dissatisfaction using video cameras. On detecting signs of an unhappy customer through facial expressions, the system will alert employees and ask them to report to the register. It will also attempt to detect changes in customers' purchase habits due to dissatisfaction.
short by Vani Vivek / 07:00 pm on 23 Jul
Woman behind Sweden's largest data leak fined half month pay
short by Vani Vivek / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
The civil servant responsible for Sweden's largest-ever data leak was punished with a fine equivalent to just half a month's salary or about ₹5.5 lakh. Discovered nearly 18 months ago, the leak has affected private data of every Swedish citizen with a driver's license. The data was exposed after Sweden's transport agency outsourced the management of its unencrypted database.
short by Vani Vivek / 06:03 pm on 25 Jul
Alphabet revenue jumps 21% despite record $2.7 billion fine
short by Vani Vivek / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
Technology major Alphabet on Monday reported a 21% jump in revenue to over $26 billion for the quarter ended June, despite its largest subsidiary Google being handed a record $2.7 billion fine by European Commission. With its latest profits, Alphabet reported $15.7 billion in cash and cash equivalents, and another $79 billion in marketable securities.
short by Vani Vivek / 07:54 pm on 25 Jul
Sweden mistakenly leaks personal data of nearly all citizens
short by Deepali Aggarwal / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
Sweden's transport agency mistakenly leaked private data of every citizen with a driver's license, including military and police officials. The data was exposed after the agency outsourced unencrypted data to IBM, which moved it to a cloud server. Calling the breach a "disaster", the government has fined the agency's ex-Director Maria Agren $8,500 for being careless with secret information.
short by Deepali Aggarwal / 03:03 pm on 25 Jul
US company offers to implant rice-sized microchip in staff
short by Vani Vivek / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
Wisconsin-based Three Square Market has given its employees the option of receiving a rice-sized implant in their hands for free. The microchip will enable employees to open the front door without a key or buy snacks without using a credit card, cash, or smartphone. The company says 50 employees have signed up for the implant so far.
short by Vani Vivek / 02:51 pm on 25 Jul
WebMD to be bought by private equity firm KKR for ₹18,000 cr
short by Mansha Mahajan / on 24 Jul 2017,Monday
Online health publisher WebMD Health on Monday said that it has agreed to be bought by private equity firm KKR in a deal valued at about $2.8 billion (over ₹18,000 crore). The deal brings together WebMD's websites, such as WebMD.com, Medscape.com, and MedicineNet.com, and KKR's DentalPlans.com, and AllAboutCounseling.com. Founded in 1996, WebMD is one of the most popular health websites.
short by Mansha Mahajan / 08:41 pm on 24 Jul
Billionaire Bill Gates invests in trucking startup Convoy
short by Shifa Naseer / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
World's richest man Bill Gates' Cascade Ventures has invested in US-based trucking startup Convoy along with other investors in an over ₹380 crore Series B funding round. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos had also invested in the startup earlier in 2015. The two-year-old startup makes a software that matches nearby and available truckers to a shipping job.
short by Shifa Naseer / 06:12 pm on 25 Jul
Facebook acquires content rights management startup Source3
short by Pragya Swastik / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
In order to help creators monetise their content without allowing piracy to run rampant, Facebook has acquired content rights management startup Source3, including its team and technology. Source3's technology allows Facebook to keep a track of user-generated content and help them take action against infringers over copyrights and trademarks. Founded in 2014, Source3 had raised over $4 million.
short by Pragya Swastik / 09:58 am on 25 Jul
Wells Fargo bank accidentally leaks 50,000 clients' records
short by Pragya Swastik / on 24 Jul 2017,Monday
American bank Wells Fargo has accidentally leaked thousands of sensitive documents that belonged to 50,000 of its clients. The bank accidentally sent 1.4 gigabytes of files including the customers' details to a former financial adviser, who summoned the company as part of a lawsuit against one of its current employees. The affected clients are some of the bank's wealthiest customers.
short by Pragya Swastik / 09:30 am on 24 Jul
China to build 100 panda-shaped solar plants on Silk Road
short by Deepali Aggarwal / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
A Chinese energy company is planning to build 100 panda-shaped solar power plants along the country's Silk Road project which aims at reviving ancient trade routes between Asia and Europe. An investment of $3 billion will be required for 100 such plants which are expected to generate 320 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy over 25 years, the company has said.
short by Deepali Aggarwal / 08:52 am on 26 Jul
Nicki Minaj asks for help on how to use Snapchat
short by Shifa Naseer / on 24 Jul 2017,Monday
American rapper Nicki Minaj who joined Snapchat this weekend, shared a screenshot of her Snapchat username asking help from fans on how to post snaps. "Yo can y'all teach me how to use this?" she wrote. Fans spammed her with messages within an hour of the post, forcing her to log out of the app.
short by Shifa Naseer / 08:35 pm on 24 Jul
Google to drop 'Ok Google' search from new Chromebooks
short by Shifa Naseer / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
According to reports, Google has decided to drop 'Ok Google' voice search from the upcoming version of Chrome OS and future Chromebooks. The search option will be replaced by Google's digital assistant, which is already in use on Android and Google Home devices. In existing Chromebooks, Google Assistant will be activated using the keyboard shortcut 'Search +A', reports added.
short by Shifa Naseer / 06:06 pm on 25 Jul
Google tests autoplay videos on Search results page
short by Aditi Verma / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
Google is testing a feature on its Search results page that would autoplay YouTube videos related to users' searched terms and keywords. According to the reports, the videos will appear in the right-hand side bar but their audio will not play automatically. A Google spokesperson confirmed the test, adding that the company has no plans to launch the feature yet.
short by Aditi Verma / 07:35 pm on 25 Jul
Google might name Android O 'Octopus': Reports
short by Shifa Naseer / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
Google will reportedly name the upcoming Android 8.0 'Octopus', contrary to earlier reports that it would be named 'Oreo'. In the latest beta version, developers have reported seeing an octopus in place of the easter egg, marking a departure from the usual dessert names of past releases. Android O is set to release on Google's Pixel smartphones later this year.
short by Shifa Naseer / 06:36 pm on 25 Jul
Dutch startup makes lamp powered by plants
short by Vani Vivek / on 23 Jul 2017,Sunday
Dutch product designer Ermi van Oers' startup Living Light has created a lamp that is powered with the help of the photosynthetic process of a plant. The lamp can produce up to 0.1 mW by harvesting energy from electrons released by bacteria in the soil due to photosynthesis. Further, the longevity of light depends on the well-being of the plant.
short by Vani Vivek / 07:30 pm on 23 Jul
Google stops highlighting illegal torrent sites on Search
short by Shifa Naseer / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
Google has removed the highlighted carousel, which showed illegal torrent sites like The Pirate Bay and TorrentFreak, on searching 'best torrent sites'. This comes after Google faced criticism for the same. A Google spokesperson said that the carousel "wasn't working in the intended manner" and the company has fixed the issue now.
short by Shifa Naseer / 08:10 pm on 25 Jul
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