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

ISRO hailed for detecting Chandrayaan-2 glitch on time

With India postponing the Chandrayaan-2 launch owing to technical snag in the ‘Bahubali’ rocket about an hour before it was to take off on Monday morning, people on social media said it is better late than never.The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) called off the launch of Chandrayaan-2 that would send an orbiter, lander and

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

‘WhatsApp messages can be traced without diluting encryption’

With India pressing for traceability of WhatsApp messages to check the spread of fake news, a member of the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) has stressed that the issue can be easily resolved without diluting end-to-end encryption and affecting the privacy of users.”If WhatsApp says it is not technically possible to show the originator of

India among top 5 nations who tweet most about Bitcoin

India is among the top five countries that tweet the most about Bitcoin and Facebook’s upcoming “Libra” cryptocurrency. The US leads in the volume of tweets referencing Bitcoin and “Libra” digital coin that is expected to come in 2020, revealed crypto-trading platform The TIE in a series of tweets. The study found that 38.9 per

Will hire more talent across verticals: Samsung India

Samsung India on Tuesday said that after generating 2,000 new jobs in the past one year, the south Korean giant would hire more talent across verticals throughout the year as it “continuously realigns resources” as per business priorities. Reacting to a media report that said Samsung is slashing 1,000 jobs in India in the face

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

52% Indians believe smart devices spying on them: Survey

As many as 52 per cent or more than half of the Indians believe their smart devices record personal information without their knowledge, a survey by YouGov said on Tuesday. YouGov — an Internet-based market research and data analytics firm — stated that the most commonly used devices are also the ones people are most

Microsoft taking bold steps to empower startups: Anant Maheshwari

Armed with a cutting-edge technology platform, a well-established partner organisation and an expansion of M12 venture fund, Microsoft is ready to help Indian startups across the spectrum embrace the next phase of growth, Anant Maheshwari, President, Microsoft India, said here on Monday. India, which saw a tremendous growth in the startup space in the last

Facebook’s digital coin frightening: Co-founder

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, who initiated the call to break up the social networking giant, has termed the new digital currency Libra “frightening”.In a series of tweets, Hughes said Libra has a long way to go before being successful, but in theory, it’s “brilliant and frightening”. “At the start of the week, I thought the

Amazon may bring surveillance services with delivery drones

Taking its ambition of executing drone-based deliveries a notch higher, Amazon is now planning to offer “surveillance as a service” coupled with its futuristic unmanned aerial product delivery idea.Overcoming another hurdle before achieving its target, the e-commerce giant recently won a patent to construct a drone that would be capable of performing surveillance and property

Now try virtual makeup while watching YouTube tutorials

With a new “Augmented Reality (AR) Beauty Try-On feature”, Google-owned video sharing platform YouTube would now let users try on virtual make-up while watching tutorials in real time.”Thanks to machine learning and AR technology, it offers realistic, virtual product samples that work on a full range of skin tones.  Currently in alpha, AR Beauty Try-On

Apple will release two iPhones with 5G: Report

One of the most trusted source of Apple rumors, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the company would unveil 5G iPhones in 2020, while Qualcomm is still expected to be its primary supplier of 5G modems. According to media reports, Cupertino-based company is expected to launch three iPhones next year. Apple’s 6.7-inch and 5.4-inch iPhones will be

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

Barack and Michelle Obama sign deal to produce podcasts for Spotify

Former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama have signed a deal to produce a series of podcasts for music streaming platform Spotify. Under the multiyear deal between Spotify and the couples’ Higher Ground Productions, the duo are set to develop, produce, and lend their voices to select podcasts on a various of

Amazon Alexa to talk to you in impeccable Hindi soon

India is a key growth market for Alexa’s global team at Amazon and witnessing the potential, the team is working on to introduce more regional language capabilities in the voice-based assistant that has stormed the living rooms in the country. Though the smart speaker is a relatively young product in India, voice assistants like Alexa

YouTube to expand ties with ticketing providers

YouTube expand ties:After covering more than 90 per cent of the US ticketing market, YouTube now appears set to expand these partnerships globally to help artists engage directly with fans and sell tickets for upcoming tours. To allow fans the option of quickly purchasing tickets to upcoming shows across the US, the video-sharing platform on

Spotify testing genre-specific podcast playlists

In order to help creators find a bigger audience, Swedish music streaming giant Spotify is beginning to test the creation of curated playlists of podcast episodes revolving around specific genres. Currently, Spotify does not have a way for people to discover new shows and the bigger goal of these tests is to improve podcast discoverability.As