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Google’s ‘Internet Saathis’ now cover 2.6 lakh Indian villages

Google Indias ‘Internet Saathi‘ programme aimed to empower rural women how to use the Internet has now added two more states — Punjab and Odisha — thus reaching 2.6 lakh villages in 20 states, the company announced on Tuesday. Launched as a pilot project in 2015 along with Tata Trusts, ‘Internet Saathi’ programme focuses on

Google gets nod to license Android for Huawei

With US President Donald Trump providing reprieve to Huawei, less than a month after blacklisting the Chinese telecom giant, American tech titan Google can now work with it and continue to sell its Android license to the smartphone maker.The move is also going to help its sub-brand HONOR. “While it’s unclear whether that extends to

Google accused of unlawfully copying song lyrics

Genius Media, a US-based digital media company that specialises in song lyrics, has accused Google of copying their work to display in its Search results for years without permission and has asked the search-engine giant to address the situation. According to Genius Media, the lyrics that Google displays alongside any usual information about a particular

Newspapers shut but Google made $4.7bn from news in 2018

As small and medium newspapers shut shop and big media houses handed over pink slips to journalists worldwide, Google alone made a whopping $4.7 billion from its Search and Google News in 2018 — nearly as much as the entire US news industry made as a whole last year. According to a report in The

Google wants exemption from Huawei ban: Report

Asking for an exemption from the ban, Google’s recent discussions with the US government argues that Huawei ban is bad for the company’s technology business as well as for the national security. Google also fears that the export ban would create a competitor to the US-made Operating Systems (OS), which would hurt the search engine

Google's mobile app homepage to now reflect ads

Google’s mobile app homepage to now reflect ads

Accelerating efforts to generate larger revenues, Google has announced it will allow ads to reflect on the homepage of its mobile app from later this year.The ads would be displayed on the “Discover” section of the homepage in a news feed layout and would be algorithmic ally personalized. “Rolling out to all advertisers globally later

Apple launches Apple TV YouTube channel

Apple launches ‘Apple TV’ YouTube channel

In a bid to expand its presence in the competitive content streaming market, Apple has quietly launched the “Apple TV” channel on Google-owned content sharing platform YouTube. Apple’s channel on YouTube is dedicated to the iPhone-maker’s TV app, offering trailers, behind the scenes commentary, interviews, show clips and videos highlighting Apple’s own original content efforts,

BIG ISSUE: Google sharing data with US forces

BIG ISSUE: Google sharing data with US forces

At a time when concerns over data collection and breach by tech majors are on the rise, it has been reported that US law enforcement officials have been turning to a particular Google database called “Sensorvault” to trace location and other data of people as part of their investigations. The database, that is otherwise maintained

Google Doodle in India focuses on Lok Sabha polls

Google Doodle in India focuses on Lok Sabha polls

Google on Thursday marked the beginning of the general elections in India with a doodle that featured an inked finger, which when clicked led users to a page explaining the voting procedure.This doodle’s reach was only for India where the world’s largest democratic exercise kicked off earlier in the day.The interactive doodle page contained information

How is Google’s GPay operating without authorisation: Delhi HC asks RBI

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) how Google’s mobile payment app, GPay, was facilitating financial transactions without the requisite authorisation from it. A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice A J Bhambhani posed the query to RBI while hearing a PIL which claimed that GPay was

Google Duplex reaching iOS users in US cities

Google Duplex reaching iOS users in US cities

Google Duplex reaching iOS: Moving on from Pixel devices, iOS users in the US are getting Google’s voice-calling “Duplex” — that lets Artificial Intelligence (AI) mimic a human voice to make appointments and book tables through phone calls. The support site for Duplex lists the iPhone as being part of this rollout, with iOS users

Google letting Android users create events on Maps

Google letting Android users create events on Maps

Google is letting Android users create public events on Maps through the app’s existing Contribute section, allowing them to set name, location, date and time of the event along with tags and images.”You can add public events to Google Maps from your Android phone or tablet,” the search-engine giant wrote on the Maps support page.

Google deletes 29 apps that steal users’ information

Google has deleted 29 malicious “beauty camera” apps that were sharing pornographic content and forwarding users, particularly in India, to phishing websites to steal their information.Some of these Android apps have been downloaded millions of times and a large number of the download counts originated from Asia — particularly in India, said a report from

International Cricket Council team up with Google

International Cricket Council team up with Google

International Cricket Council team up with Google. The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday announced its partnership with Google to offer the fans a great viewing experience of the upcoming semi-finals and final of the ICC Women’s World T20 to be held in West Indies. Reflecting on the same, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said:

Babu Mann visit Google Instagram

Pollywood singer Babu Mann visited Google and Instagram office to thank them

Today if the stars are connected so deeply with their fans the credit goes to one and only social media. The presence of the artists on digital platforms give them a unique edge over the rest. Over the time, we have seen various Bollywood and Pollywood celebrities visiting the headquarters of YouTube, Google and  Instagram. But

UIDAI slams vested interests for spreading 'rumours' against Aadhaar

UIDAI slams vested interests for spreading ‘rumours’ against Aadhaar

UIDAI slams vested interests for spreading ‘rumours’ against Aadhaar. Days after Google owned up to the default inclusion of old Aadhaar helpline number in mobile phones, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Sunday condemned the vested interests for misusing Google’s “inadvertent” act as an opportunity to spread rumours against Aadhaar. Earlier, Google had clarified that UIDAI’s old contact number 18003001947 was added

YouTube dark mode finally arrives on Android

YouTube dark mode finally arrives on Android. Google is rolling out the dark mode on YouTube for its Android users. The feature turns the interface all black and also makes it easier on the eyes to navigate through the platform.As The Verge reported, the feature was first added to YouTube desktop last year, followed by

Google’s latest autocomplete goof up is ‘sit on my face’

Google’s latest autocomplete goof up is ‘sit on my face’. Google‘s autocomplete history is quite amusing and adding another fun element to that is its latest autocomplete phrase ‘sit on my face’.   When user Cory Doctorow texted a babysitter, he sent a text that read “Hey! Are you free to sit”, to which, Google’s

Google shows Trump’s photo if you search for ‘idiot’

Google shows Trump’s photo if you search for ‘idiot’. After grabbing headlines for showing results related to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the search of the word “Feku” in May, Google algorithms are again hogging the limelight. This time for showing images of US President Donald Trump for a search of the word “idiot”.

Microsoft rolls out free version of Teams to take on Slack

Microsoft rolls out free version of Teams to take on Slack

Washington : Microsoft’s Slack competitor, Teams, is getting a free version to lure more users. The free version of Microsoft Teams allows you to add up to 300 people per workplace. It comes with 10GB of team file storage and 2GB of personal storage per person, TechCrunch reported. Other key features include integrated content creation