Science & Technology

  • Hacker leaks 1.9mn user records of photo editing app Pixlr
    San Francisco, January 21 (IANS): A hacker known as ShinyHunters has leaked 1.9 million user records stolen from free online photo editing application Pixlr. The database released for free in a hacking forum contains information that could be used by threat actors for performing targeted phishing and credential stuffing attacks, BleepingComputer reported on Wednesday. The leaked user records consist of information such as email addresses, login names, SHA-512 hashed passwords, wh
  • Facial recognition tech deployed in UP to help women in distress
    LUCKNOW, JANUARY 21 (IANS): The Lucknow police are deploying facial recognition technology backed by security cameras that will read expressions of women in distress and alert their nearest police station. The technology will use artificial intelligence (AI) to read facial expressions of women. The new project is being helmed under the Mission Shakti programme that was launched in October. It is projected to help reduce cases of harassment of women who are subjected to stalking a
  • New Google Chrome update comes without Adobe Flash
    New Delhi, January 20 (IANS): Google has released Chrome 88 as the latest stable version of their cross-platform web browser without any support for Adobe Flash Player. Flash reached its official end of life on December 31, when Adobe officially stopped supporting the software. On January 12, Adobe also began blocking content from playing inside Flash. Apple and Mozilla have also stopped supporting Flash, and Microsoft is scheduled to end support later this month, reports ZDNet.
  • Microsoft allows users more control over their voice clips
    New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS): Microsoft has given customers more control over whether their voice data is used to improve products and now, people using Cortana will be able to decide whether or not the audio recordings can be used by the tech giant to improve its speech recognition algorithms. Microsoft said that the new updates let customers decide if people can listen to recordings of what they said while speaking to Microsoft products and services that use speech recognition technol
  • Telegram or Signal? Welcome to the illusion called data security
    New Delhi, January 17 (IANS): As millions shun WhatsApp and download new chat platforms in search for a secure experience, mind you that security is nothing but an illusion and there is no guarantee that Telegram or Signal may not be hacked in the future, especially when nation-state actors with highly sophisticated tools and huge resources are on the prowl. Encryption is fundamentally flawed and once hackers get to know any vulnerability or bug in the whole data travel journey -- a
  • China to become world's largest IoT market in 2024: Report
    Beijing, January 17 (IANS): China will surpass the US to become the world's largest Internet of Things (IoT) market in 2024. China's spending on IoT is expected to reach around $300 billion by 2024, with the compound annual growth rate to stand at 13 per cent in the next five years, data from global market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) showed. In 2024, the country's spending on IoT will account for 26.7 per cent of global spending in the sector, f
  • Samsung preparing to bring S Pen support to foldables
    New Delhi, January 16 (IANS): After extending S Pen support to the new Galaxy S21 Ultra, Samsung is planning to bring the S Pen stylus support to other devices in the future. Samsung has launched its flagship Galaxy S21 Ultra device with the popular S Pen -- a first for the Galaxy S series. To date, the Stylus (S) Pen only came with Samsung Galaxy Note series smartphones that took productivity and creativity up a notch. Now, the company told SamMobile that S Pen will come to othe
  • Netflix testing spatial audio support for AirPods Pro, AirPods Max: Report
    San Francisco, January 15 (IANS): Netflix is reportedly testing support for spatial audio for users of AirPods Max and AirPods Pro. Citing an anonymous Netflix employee, French news website iPhoneSoft says that Netflix has been testing support for the audio feature across iPhone and iPad since the end of last year and may launch the feature with a "small catalog" in the spring. Currently, only Netflix's highest-end Premium tier supports Dolby Atmos surround sound an
  • Twitter in splits as Musk confirms Tesla's entry in India
    New Delhi, January 14 (IANS): As Elon Musk confirmed the news of electric car giant Tesla's entry in India, Twitter on Thursday erupted in jokes and memes, mostly focused on the condition of Indian roads. Breaking his silence after the news broke that Tesla has finally entered India by registering it as a company in Bengaluru, Musk said he is on the way to fulfil his promise to let electric cars run on the roads of the country. "I think Tesla is here to test their FSD Be
  • How to improve computer's learning ability
    New York, January 12 (IANS): Computer-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) can function more like human intelligence when programmed to use a much faster technique for learning new objects, researchers say. In the journal Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, the researchers explained how the new approach vastly improves the ability of AI software to quickly learn new visual concepts. "Our model provides a biologically plausible way for artificial neural networks to learn n
  • WhatsApp advises users as Google removes group chat links
    New Delhi, January 11 (IANS): Concerned at private group chat links being available on Google Search, WhatsApp on Monday said that they have asked Google not to index such chats and advised users not to share group chat links on publicly accessible websites. Google had indexed invite links to private WhatsApp group chats, meaning anyone can join various private chat groups with a simple search. The indexed WhatsApp group chat links have now been removed from Google. Independen
  • WhatsApp group chat links seen again on Google Search
    New Delhi, January 10 (IANS): Google has again indexed invite links to private WhatsApp group chats, meaning anyone can join various private chat groups with a simple search. WhatsApp is making several private groups available across the Web by indexing group chat invites, as their links can be accessed by anyone using a simple search on Google. Independent cybersecurity researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia shared screenshots with IANS shows indexing of WhatsApp group chat invites on
  • Microsoft Teams is getting new 'Dynamic View' feature in March
    San Francisco, January 9 (IANS): Microsoft is updating its Teams service with a new "Dynamic View" for users to make video calls with presentations a lot easier to view. According to Microsoft's roadmap, this new "Dynamic View" will be available to all Microsoft Teams users in March. This new view allows Teams users to share content side by side with participants. It looks ideally positioned for meetings where someone is presenting a slide deck or if parti
  • Global used smartphone market to reach $65 bn in 2024: IDC
    New Delhi, January 8 (IANS): The global shipments of used smartphones, both officially refurbished and used, are expected to reach 351.6 million units registering $65 billion in market value in 2024, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.2 per cent from 2019 to 2024, an IDC report said on Friday. For 2020, the used smartphones shipments were likely to reach 225.4 million units. This represents an increase of 9.2 per cent over the 206.5 million units shipped in 2019.
  • Over 100 mn people still using Windows 7 globally
    New Delhi, January 7 (IANS): Despite being out of support for a year, Microsoft Windows 7 operating system (OS) still appears to have at least 100 million users worldwide. Microsoft has said for years that there are 1.5 billion users of Windows across multiple versions worldwide. "It's difficult to get an exact number of Windows 7 users owing to the different methods used by analytics companies, but it's at least 100 million," reports The Verge. Windows 7 has
  • 3 more Indian firms hacked, 1.13 cr users' data at risk: Researcher
    New Delhi, January 6 (IANS): After hacking masked credit and debit card data of crores of Juspay users, the same hacker possibly known as 'ShinyHunters' is now selling databases belonging to three more Indian companies on Dark Web, independent cyber security researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia claimed on Wednesday. According to Rajaharia who first broke the JusPay hacking, the three Indian companies are e-marketplace ClickIndia, fintech startup for small business owners ChqBook
  • Exploring the dynamics of social networks
    New Delhi, January 6 (IANS): Conventional wisdom would have us believe that it is the size of your network that matters: how many people do you know? We're told to mix, mingle, and connect. But social science research suggests otherwise. The quality and structure of our relationships have far greater impact on our personal and professional lives. Our relationships with friends, family, co-workers, neighbours, and collaborators are by far our greatest asset. Yet, most people l
  • Mi Notebook 14 e-Learning Edition: Affordable yet powerful
    New Delhi, January 4 (IANS): Xiaomi is aiming big to create market space in the laptop segment in India. Keeping this in mind, the company earlier brought Mi Notebook 14 and Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition in India and now, it has launched a cheaper variant of the Mi Notebook 14 titled 'Mi Notebook 14 e-Learning Edition. The name itself suggests that the device is meant for schools and millions of children who are taking classes online owing to the Covid-19 pandemic in the countr
  • 10 crore Indians' card data selling on Dark Web: Researcher
    New Delhi, January 3 (IANS): Independent cyber security researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia claimed on Sunday that data of nearly 10 crore credit and debit card holders in the country is being sold for an undisclosed amount on the Dark Web. According to Rajaharia, the massive data dump on the Dark Web has been leaked from a compromised server of Bengaluru-based digital payments gateway Juspay. JusPay told IANS that no card numbers or financial information were compromised during the
  • Global app spending grew 35% to hit $407M on Christmas: Report
    San Francisco, January 2 (IANS): Consumers around the globe spent an estimated $407.6 million across Apple's App Store and Google Play on Christmas, a year-over-year growth of nearly 35 per cent per cent from approximately $303 million in 2019, according to a new report by data analytics firm Sensor Tower. Between the two platforms, Apple's App Store captured the bulk of the spending at $278.6 million, while Google Play saw $129 million in revenue, said the report. This i