Science & Technology

  • Ringtone for group calls, better UI seen on WhatsApp Android Beta
    New Delhi, August 24 (IANS): WhatsApp is rolling out features like a ringtone for group calls, new sticker animation and user interface (UI) improvements for calls with its latest Android beta update. According to WABetainfo, a website that tracks WhatsApp in Beta, a couple of new features have been rolled out for Android beta testers and in order to access the features, the users will have to update their WhatsApp to the 2.20.198.11 version on Play Store. WhatsApp has also intro
  • Hackers may exploit unpatched flaw in Google Drive
    New Delhi, Augùst 24 (IANS): Hackers could exploit an unpatched flaw in Google Drive to distribute malicious files disguised as legitimate files on systems worldwide. The Hacker News reports that Google is aware of the latest security issue that is found in the "manage versions" functionality in Google Drive. The functionality allows users to upload and manage different versions of a file. A system administrator by the name of A. Nikoci allegedly reported the
  • Apple apologises to WordPress, restores all updates
    San Francisco, August 23 (IANS): Apple has apologised for cutting off updates to the WordPress app on its App Store after its Founder Matt Mullenweg said the Cupertino-based iPhone maker will not approve updates until his app includes in-app payment options. Mullenweg had accused Apple of cutting off the ability to update the app to get its 30 per cent fee on the App Store, and the Internet erupted in the favour of a platform that lets people build and manage websites and blogs for
  • Firefox browser to soon support keyboard multimedia keys
    San Francisco, August 23 (IANS) Popular browser Mozilla Firefox is planning to introduce a new feature that would let users control songs and videos playing in their browser using the multimedia keys on their keyboards soon. ‘Firefox 81' will be the first version where Mozilla will turn this feature on, by default. However, Firefox users can also enable it right now, since support for multimedia keys has been secretly available in Firefox since v71, released in December
  • Heart rate monitoring tool now in 60% smartwatches globally
    New Delhi, August 23 (IANS): The smartwatch space remains a popular consumer device segment for tracking health and the heart rate monitoring feature is now available in 60 per cent smartwatches globally. According to a Counterpoint Research report, fall detection and blood oxygen (SPO2) are the features that should see mass-adoption in future smartwatch models. "The massive leaps in battery life and processing power are helping to better track overall health as continual he
  • WordPress Founder slams Apple for cutting off updates
    New Delhi, August 22 (IANS) Apple has cut off all updates to the WordPress app on its App Store, its Founder Matt Mullenweg tweeted on Saturday, saying Apple will not approve updates until his app includes in-app payment options. WordPress lets people build and manage websites and blogs for free, and also sells portal domain names. Mullenweg accused Apple of cutting off the ability to update the app to get its 30 per cent fee on the App Store. "Heads up on why @WordPressi
  • WhatsApp restores old camera shortcut in latest Beta update
    New Delhi, August 22 (IANS) Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp has restored the old camera shortcut for Android within the chat share sheet -- giving users another easy access point for photos. According to WABetainfo, a website that tracks WhatsApp in Beta, the option was removed when the Facebook Messenger Rooms shortcut was added just a few weeks ago. For those who have not used the video calling option, "it undoubtedly caused frustrations, as the camera shortcut withi
  • Researchers develop smart 'Chesma' that tracks eye movements
    New York, August 21 (IANS) Scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have developed smart eyewear to track eye movement and cardiac data without compromising users comfort. The eyewear known as ‘Chesma' provides accurate measurements in an everyday environment for physiological and psychological studies. "Our mask can track people's eye movement as they're shown images, so you can start to understand what they're paying attention to, for how long, whe
  • Indian leaders say upskilling key cybersecurity challenge: Microsoft
    New Delhi, August 20 (IANS): As the pandemic pushes organisations to invest more in securing their data, nearly one in two business leaders in India think that upskilling workforce has emerged as the biggest challenge faced by their IT security teams, a new Microsoft survey has revealed. Among business leaders in India, 62 per cent indicated that security challenges have changed due to the pandemic while 43 per cent said they are prioritising investments in cloud security through th
  • Google services down globally, Gmail, Drive worst affected
    New Delhi, August 20 (IANS): Soon after Google services especially Gmail and Drive suffered a major outage across the world including in India on Thursday morning, the tech giant issued a short statement confirming the disruption. "We are investigating reports of an issue with Gmail. We will provide more information shortly," read the statement on Google Apps status page. The DownDetector portal that tracks outages showed 62 per cent people facing problems with attachme
  • 3D printing enables swift response to Covid-19 amid disruptions
    Singapore, August 18 (IANS) Amid worldwide disruptions in supply chains due to Covid-19 restrictions, the 3D printing technology has enabled on demand solutions for needs ranging from personal protection equipment to medical devices and isolation wards, say researchers. The researchers examined how the digital versatility and quick prototyping of 3D printing has enabled the rapid mobilisation of the technology and a swift response to emergencies in a closed loop economy. "Th
  • Mozilla, Google extend Firefox search agreement: Report
    San Francisco, August 17 (IANS) Mozilla has extended its agreement with Google to keep it as the default search engine within the Firefox browser for another three years, ZDNet reported. Although an official announcement on the deal is expected only in November, Mozilla confirmed the report. "Mozilla's search partnership with Google is ongoing, with Google as the default search provider in the Firefox browser in many places around the world," the organisation was qu
  • Apple could lose $28 billion if WeChat ban stays: Report
    San Francisco, August 17 (IANS) The US ban on WeChat, a messaging, social media, and electronic payment application owned by the Chinese company Tencent Holdings Ltd, can impact Apple business up to worth $28 billion, a report said on Monday. Apart from the ban order on Chinese short-video-making app TikTok, US President Donald Trump also issued another similarly-worded executive order against WeChat. "The WeChat ban could impact up to $28 billion in iPhone/iPad sales in Chi
  • Indian startups fast recruiting talent from banned Chinese apps
    New Delhi, August 13 (IANS) A number of Indian startups in the field of social media that came into prominence following the ban on TikTok and Helo, along with other Chinese apps in June, confirmed on Thursday that they are attracting talent from these companies as they face uncertainty over their India operations in the long run. Chinese unicorn ByteDance, which owns TikTok and Helo, has nearly 2,000 employees in India. "We've got various interests from the employees of
  • TikTok monitored device data in violation of Google policies: Report
    San Francisco, August 12 (IANS): TikTok secretly collected device data for months via its Android app using a technique that Google prohibits developers from using without consent of users, The Wall Street Journal reported. Although the practice came to an end in November, the finding could add to the woes of the short video-sharing platform which is facing threat of a ban in the US over its data protection practices. TikTok's Android app tracked MAC (media access control) ad
  • 58% APAC consumers increased online shopping during lockdown: Adobe
    New Delhi, August 12 (IANS): During the lockdown amid Covid-19, 58 per cent of consumers in the Asia Pacific region increased their online shopping frequency, according to an Adobe survey released on Wednesday. The research showed that three quarters of the consumers cited an intention to change their future shopping habits -- with Indian and Singaporean consumers reporting the strongest intention. With respect to categories, consumers reported an increase in purchase frequency f
  • Google turns Android phones into earthquake sensors; California to get alerts
    OAKLAND, Calif., August 11 (Reuters): Alphabet Inc's Google's Android phones on Tuesday started detecting earthquakes around the world to provide data that could eventually give billions of users precious seconds of warning of a tremor nearby, with an alerting feature first rolling out in California. Japan, Mexico and California already use land-based sensors to generate warnings, aiming to cut injuries and property damage by giving people further away from the epicente
  • WeChat ban: Apple's iPhone shipments may fall 30% in China
    Beijing, August 11 (IANS): US President Donald Trumps executive order to ban the popular messaging app WeChat from the Apple App Store could lead to 25-30 per cent drop in iPhone shipments in the Chinese market, famed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted. The Apple analyst also estimated that the annual shipments of other Apple hardware devices, including AirPods, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac, will be revised down by 15–25 percent, reports MacRumors. "Because WeChat has bec
  • Microsoft xCloud game streaming beta coming for users
    San Francisco, August 11 (IANS): Microsoft is testing Project xCloud game streaming service for some time and the company has now announced to launch a new version of the Xbox Game Pass beta app for Android. The game streaming feature, known previously as xCloud, will be officially available on September 15 and on September 11, the currently free-to-play xCloud beta will be discontinued and replaced by the version included in Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, reports The Verge. "As w
  • 50% Indian workforce may be AI ready in next 6-10 years: Microsoft
    New Delhi, August 10 (IANS): The organisations that have deployed Artificial Intelligence (AI) with skilling initiatives in India are generating most value from this new-age technology, and senior executives predict that half of all employees will be equipped with AI skills in the next 6-10 years, a new Microsoft survey said on Monday. In India, all AI-leading companies said they are actively building skills of their workers, or have plans to do so, while over 93 per cent of senior