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IDC, Gartner give contrasting picture of Apple Mac shipments in Q2

Market research firms International Data Corporation (IDC) and Gartner Inc. have painted widely contrasting pictures Apple Mac desktop shipments in the second quarter (Q2) of 2019. IDC said Apple shipments were up 9.6 per cent from an estimated 3.7 million units shipped over the same period in 2018 that puts the iPhone maker in fifth

NASA twin satellites to study signal disruption from space

NASA is preparing to launch twin satellites this month that focus on how radio signals that pass through the Earth’s upper atmosphere can be distorted by structured bubbles in this region called the ionosphere. The twin E-TBEx CubeSats — short for Enhanced Tandem Beacon Experiment – will launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket from

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'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

Musk shares look of SpaceX's first Internet satellites

Musk shares look of SpaceX’s first Internet satellites

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has shared the first look of the firm’s Starlink Internet satellites packed and ready to be launched into orbit in a few days.Musk shares look of SpaceX’s first Internet satellites Musk posted a photo on Twitter, featuring the first 60 production satellites packed into the fairing of a Falcon 9 rocket

Twitter removes 1.6 lakh terror-promoting accounts

Twitter removes 1.6 lakh terror-promoting accounts

Twitter suspended 166,513 accounts for promoting terrorism in the July-December 2018 period, saying there’s a steady decrease in terrorist groups trying to use the platform owing to its “zero-tolerance policy enforcement”. According to Vijaya Gadde, Legal, Policy and Trust and Safety Lead at Twitter, there is a reduction of 19 per cent terror-related tweets from

Instagram updating content-banning policies on app

Instagram updating content-banning policies on app

As part of its efforts to curb the spread of false information, consipiracy theories and hate on its platform, Instagram is implementing a policy change concerning the removal of posts violating content norms based on accumulated negative strikes, as well as content bans. Instagram has said that with its new policy, accounts will be removed

Apple, Google remove 3 dating apps targeting kids

Apple, Google remove 3 dating apps targeting kids

Apple and Google have removed three dating apps from their online stores after the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleged the apps allowed kids as young as 12 to access them. In a recent letter, the FTC warned Ukraine-based Wildec LLC, which operates the apps Meet24, FastMeet, and Meet4U, that the three dating apps appeared

Facebook, Instagram ban 'dangerous' individuals

Facebook, Instagram ban ‘dangerous’ individuals

Facebook and its photo-messaging service Instagram have banned several right-wing extremists it deems “dangerous” including conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and long-time Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone. Facebook and Instagram also banned the “Nation of Islam” leader Louis Farrakhan who has repeatedly made anti-Semitic statements.”We’ve always banned individuals or organisations that promote or engage in violence

Microsoft 365 gets more privacy controls

Microsoft 365 gets more privacy controls

With the aim of helping organisations strengthen their data privacy practices, Microsoft has added new features to “Microsoft 365” that include controls to automatically expire or revoke access to encrypted emails and data investigation capabilities. “Microsoft 365″ is an integrated bundle of Windows 10, Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility and Security (EMS) solutions by the

FB to fund study on social media's role in democracy

FB to fund study on social media’s role in democracy

Facebook has announced its first grants for independent research on social media’s impact on democracy that will investigate, among other things, the role of technology platforms in spread of misinformation. Social media platforms have come under intense scrutiny around the world ever since allegations surfaced of Russian-linked accounts trying to influence the 2016 US presidential

Samsung still has time to correct its fold able dream

Samsung still has time to correct its fold able dream

Just when the industry through innovation in the smartphone business had hit stagnation, Samsung wowed us with its first fold able device “Galaxy Fold,” worth a whopping $2,000. A super-premium phone that took almost a decade in the making and opens like a book when unfolded, shouted everything next-generation.However, the expectations took a beating when

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

Study reveals impact of space travel on astronauts

Study reveals impact of space travel on astronauts

Scientists have found no long-lasting, major epigenetic differences in astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent a year in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS), and his twin brother, Mark Kelly, who remained on Earth. Epigenetic changes involve chemical “tweaks” to DNA that can influence gene activity, but the changes don’t affect the underlying genetic code

Boeing cuts 737 production after Max crashes

Boeing cuts 737 production after Max crashes

Boeing is temporarily cutting production of its best-selling 737 airliner in the continuing fall-out from crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia.The production will drop from 52 planes a month to 42 from mid-April, Boeing has said in a statement. The decision is a response to a halt in deliveries of the 737 Max — the model

Countdown begins for defence satellite Emisat launch

Countdown begins for defense satellite Emisat launch

The countdown for the Monday morning launch of a new variant of the Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) carrying electronic intelligence satellite, Emisat for the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) began on Sunday, the Indian space agency said. According to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the countdown began at 6.27 a.m. at

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.

‘Science at the Sabha’ to be held in Chennai

‘Science at the Sabha’ to be held in Chennai. Chennai-based The Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSc), as a part of its outreach programme to the common man, will organise four talks on various aspects of science on February 11, said an official. According to the official, the event called as “Science at the Sabha” will

China launches three commercial remote sensing satellites

Beijing, Nov 21: China launches three commercial remote sensing satellites. China launched three remote sensing satellites on Tuesday designed to improve observation capability to promote commercial use for the remote sensing industry, authorities said.The three satellites — Jilin-1 04, Jilin-1 05 and Jilin-1 06 — were launched at 12.50 p.m., from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre

This technology may speed up home Internet

New York, Oct 22, A new technology promises to speed up slow Internet at home, say researchers, adding that the new hardware can enable speed up to 10,000 megabits-per-second (Mbps) or 10 gigabits-per-second (Gbps). For a super-fast yet low-cost broadband connection at home in Britain, the new receiver technology can enable dedicated data rates at