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Thursday, July 4, 2019

WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Experiencing Glitches, Media Downloads Affected in India

At 9:48PM IST, Facebook's global Twitter handle broadcast that it is aware of the issue, and is working on a fix. The Facebook statement read, "We're aware that some people are having trouble uploading or sending images, videos or other files on our apps. We're sorry for the trouble and are working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible." As of right now, the issues still persist on Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp on both Android and iOS.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Do the IT companies need to invest more on cyber security?

IBM, Tata Consultancy Services, NTT Data and at least five other IT service providers were systematically targeted by a China-backed hacking ring over the past few years, Reuters reports, quoting unidentified sources. The hackers used the IT services companies to enter the networks of their top western clients, steal intellectual property and compromise corporate data. China has denied any association with the attack, dubbed Operation Cloud Hopper, while IBM, TCS and NTT Data didn’t offer any comments to Reuters.

Do the companies need to invest more on cyber security? See more posts below and like or comment to express your views.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Azim Premji is logging out on July 30

Azim Premji is logging out. The Wipro czar will step down on July 30 after 53 years at the helm to devote more time to philanthropic activities. He will be succeeded by son Rishad as chairman and CEO Abidali Neemuchwala as managing director. Premji will continue with the IT firm as non-executive director and remain chairman of Wipro’s non-IT businesses. He has already committed two-thirds of Wipro’s shares to charity, creating an endowment worth ₹1.45 lakh crore. In an email to employees, the frugal billionaire thanked “Wiproites across generations” for their “deep commitment and hard work” (see letter).

Friday, May 24, 2019

Facebook may launch cryptocurrency next year

Facebook has been in contact with US and British financial regulators with a view to launching its own cryptocurrency next year, the BBC reported on Friday.

"GlobalCoin" would work with a new digital payments system in about a dozen countries, starting in the first quarter of 2020, the broadcaster said on its website.
Previous reports have said Facebook is taking a serious look at blockchain technology under its "Project Libra", in part to tackle doubts about privacy among its many users following a series of scandals.

Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg has held talks with his old rivals the Winklevoss twins about the social media giant’s developing digital currency, the Financial Times reported Thursday.

Google Duo added Group Video Calling feature

Google due has introduced group video calling feature for up to eight people globally, while expanding the availability of Data Saving mode - which is designed to automatically limit data usage when you're making video calls through the Google Duo app.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Video-sharing apps are taking precautionary measures in the wake of a temporary ban on China’s TikTok

Video-sharing apps are taking precautionary measures in the wake of a temporary ban on China’s TikTok, Quartz reports. Singapore-based BIGO – which owns live-streaming app BIGO LIVE and video-sharing app LIKE – has 200 Indian employees as well as an AI-backed system monitoring content. China’s Helo, which claims to have 40 million users in India, has purged 160,000 accounts. But these measures aren’t foolproof, with inappropriate content falling through the cracks. The reasons? Incentives for content production, the apps’ tendency to act like publishers, thereby perpetuating biases, and a lack of adequate safeguards, say experts.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Govt bars download of TikTok app

India has asked Google and Apple to remove TikTok from their app stores, Economic Times reports, quoting sources it didn’t identify. The missive comes after the Supreme Court refused to stay an earlier diktat by the Madras High Court to ban the app. TikTok is under fire for allegedly exposing children to pornography and cyber bullying. But the company says it’s like any other social media app and it shouldn’t be held liable for the actions of third parties.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Missing Voters App: Your name missing from voters’ list? This app can help

In the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, a mobile application is coming in handy for those whose names are missing or have been “deleted” from the electoral rolls as well as for those who want a voter-identity card.Since the launch of Missing Voters app earlier this year, thousands of eligible voters have been added to the rolls, most of them aided by hundreds of volunteers who downloaded the app to lend their help to the project.Hyderabad-based Khalid Saifullah, whose RayLabs Technologies developed the app, said he started working on it during the Karnataka Assembly elections last year.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

India is the fourth country to have carried out an ASAT test.

The acting US defence secretary has warned that the testing of anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons can create a "mess" in space after India destroyed one of its own satellites on Wednesday.

Patrick Shanahan said the US was still studying the Indian test, which Delhi insisted it carried out in low-earth orbit to not leave space debris.

India is the fourth country to have carried out an ASAT test.

China provoked international alarm with a similar test in 2007.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Conquer Exam, Be a Warrior : A mobile app to conquer exam stress

The app is an attempt to empower students and parents to knock out examination stress.In its efforts to help students and parents cope with anxiety and depression caused due to exams, the Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar (IIPHG), has launched a mobile application titled 'Conquer Exam, Be a Warrior'. After working in collaboration with the National Mental Health Program, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Gujarat, the developers realised the importance of seeking help from a professional expert, in trying times.

"The app is an attempt to empower students and parents to knock out examination stress," says Somen Saha, associate professor at IIPHG and principal researcher of the initiative. While the app is currently available in English, there are plans to incorporate Hindi, Gujarati and Marathi language in the future. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

PewDiePie Briefly Lost World's Popular Battle for the Most Subscribed Channel on YouTube to T-Series

The Great Subscriber War on Monday saw T-Series overtake Swedish video-game vlogger Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg subscriber count with a narrow 50,000 follower lead and his six-year reign as the world’s most popular YouTube channel came to an end (for a brief time, though).
The two channels have been locked in a battle for some time, and for eight minutes on February 22, T-Series overtook Kjellberg, who posts videos under the pseudonym PewDiePie. But this time the Bhushan Kumar-owned company retained the lead for more than two hours.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Xiaomi Redmi 7 vs Samsung Galaxy M10: Price, specs and features compared

Xiaomi just announced the Redmi 7 budget smartphone in China. The Redmi 7 succeeds last year's Redmi 6 and is one of Xiaomi's most affordable smartphones right now. Xiaomi has not confirmed whether the Redmi 7 will launch in India, but we can assume this considering the company launched the Redmi 6 last year. In terms of pricing, the Redmi 7 comes with a starting price of around Rs 7,000, which means the phone's main competitor in India will be the Galaxy M10  

Friday, March 15, 2019

Redmi Go India Launch Set for March 19

Redmi Go – Xiaomi's first Android Go smartphone – was launched in January this year and went up for pre-order in Philippines the next month. Xiaomi is now gearing up to bring the smartphone to India and has started sending out invites for Redmi Go's launch in India. The Chinese smartphone maker's Android Go-powered smartphone is all set to be launched on March 19, 2019. Xiaomi is sending out media invites for the 'Go' launch event on March 19 in New Delhi, set to begin at 12pm IST. The Redmi Go is an entry-level smartphone that is powered by the Snapdragon 425 SoC paired with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are still down for some users around the world

Facebook and Instagram appear to be partially down for some users around the world today. While you can open both platforms and some services appear to have been restored, users are reporting issues with sending messages on Messenger, posting to the feed on all Facebook products, and accessing other features on Facebook.com, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Even Facebook-owned Oculus VR is experiencing issues related to the outage.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

World Wide Web Turns 30

March 12 is a special day in the history of the Internet - it is the birthday of the World Wide Web. It was on March 12 in 1989 that British physicist Tim Berners-Lee, working for Europe's physics lab CERN, proposed a decentralised system of information management. It signalled the birth of the World Wide Web, that is today used by billions around the world to access the Internet.

To celebrate the World Wide Web's 30th birthday, Google came up with a special doodle to remind netizens of how things were in early days. "Not to be confused with the internet, which had been evolving since the 1960s, the World Wide Web is an online application built upon innovations like HTML language, URL "addresses," and hypertext transfer protocol, or HTTP", said Google in a blog post.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Google launches Bolo app for kids lacking good education support system in rural India

Looking at plight of school system in rural areas of most Indian states where poor and financially backward families are dependent on the government backed schools, Google has come out with a smart solution to make a change with the use of smartphones, which have increasingly become a common sight in rural areas. The company has unveiled Bolo Android app to facilitate rural kids who are devoid of having access to a good education support system. The app, which is a speech-based reading-tutor app to assist such kids, was released on Wednesday in India first. The Bolo app is now available for free via Google Play and can work offline.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Nearly 2,800 sites blocked in 2018

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology blocked 2,799 URLs last year for allegedly hosting malicious content, up from 1,385 in 2017 and 633 in 2016. Economic Times reports that internet activists are up in arms over the government withholding the list of such sites despite several RTI queries, besides not citing any reason for the blockade. Internet advocacy groups also claim that websites of NGOs and human rights groups that are critical of government policy have been barred. A MeitY official said no website is blocked arbitrarily and the “intermediary platform is free to agree to it or disagree.”

Indian ISPs, especially Reliance Jio and Airtel, seem to be blocking access to a wide variety of services, including VPN websites, torrent sites, Telegram, and even Soundcloud. The Internet Freedom Foundation crowdsourced a list of over 130 user complaints from across India. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Huawei chairman blames US for trying to scuttle 5G in India

Chinese telecom gear maker Huawei expects India to emerge as second-largest 5G market in 10 years, a senior company official said Sunday.

"We know India as an important emerging market. From the long-term perspective, India's 5G market will be huge and second only to China. This can be the long-term perspective of 10 years," James Wu, president, Southern-East Asia region at Huawei Technologies told reporters here.

Global telecom industry body GSM Association has projected that there will be 1.4 billion 5G connections globally by 2025, accounting for about 15 per cent of the total market. By this point, almost half of connections in the US will be 5G, 30 per cent will be 5G in China, and 5 per cent in India.

Huawei global chairman Guo Ping on Sunday also alleged that the Trump administration is creating hurdles in the sale of its 5G telecom equipment to India and is sending its top officials to negatively influence the government and corporates against the company.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Receiving abusive, offensive messages on WhatsApp? Here’s what you can do now!

New Delhi: Offensive, threatening messages on WhatsApp? Fret Not as now you can file a complaint with the Department of Telecom (DoT) against such offensive messages received on WhatsApp.

“If anyone is receiving abusive/offensive/death threats/ vulgar WhatsApp messages, please send screenshots of the message along with the mobile numbers at ccaddn-dot@nic.in

Department of Telecom has also asked Telecom Operators Mobile Service Providers to discontinue use of #Aadhaar for Sim Card Verification / New Postpaid or Prepaid Mobile Connection / SIM Replacement.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Do you know what kids view online?

Many Indian kids have been given a free hand on the internet. 6 in 10 parents don’t monitor what their children view online, classifieds site OLX found in a survey of 26,000 users. A Comparitech study shows Indian kids are the most cyberbullied in the world. About 8 in 10 parents helped create social media profiles for children, Assocham said in a 2014 survey. People tend to neglect online safety: 31% of the OLX survey respondents don’t remember when their profile passwords were last changed.

It is important to change the password regularly to avoid any potential hacking and to protect your personal information. It is shocking to know that about “65% of the people use the same password across multiple sites and 51% had a favorite password that they stuck with for most things”, but I only hope that they have a strong password which makes it difficult to hackers to crack it. To add on Google’s recommendations for a password protection besides the security checkup, enable auto-updates, password policy, backup, and two-factor authentication, they can also avoid using personal information or real words when they create a password, change the password on a regular basis, and use different passwords on different accounts for security purposes, and finally to create a safer environment, they can use a firewall with the 2FA.

As parents, we want to give our kids the freedom to explore, grow, make mistakes, and develop resilience. But we also want to keep our kids safe. Today’s children are digital natives and the Internet is their second home, teeing up new concerns and new ways to track or monitor their behavior. From parental controls to routine spot checks of devices and accounts, mom and dad can read texts, posts, Snaps, email, and more. Some argue this is spying, while others maintain this is parenting in the information age. How much privacy should parents give their kids as they navigate the online world and when is it appropriate to monitor their communications and track their digital footprints?