Science & Technology

  • Apple patents new MacBook Touch Bar with Force Touch technology
    San Francisco, November 28 (IANS): Apple is reportedly planning to add Force Touch sensors to the OLED Touch Bar on a future MacBook Pro. A new patent published by the US Patent And Trademark Office, suggests Force Touch could have an expanded role in the future on the Mac, with the development of a new pressure-sensitive Touch Bar, reports MacRumors. The patent offers visual examples of how force-sensing technology would be implemented in a MacBook Touch Bar, with Force Touch ci
  • Cybersecurity firm Sophos hit by data breach, notifies customers
    New Delhi, November 26 (IANS): Leading cyber security company Sophos has notified some customers via email about a data security breach this week, saying a small subset of customers were affected. According to a report in ZDNet on Thursday, the data exposure included details such as customers' first and last names, email addresses and phone numbers (wherever provided). "On November 24, 2020, Sophos was advised of an access permission issue in a tool used to store informa
  • Facebook tweaked News Feed to show more mainstream news: Report
    San Francisco, November 25 (IANS): Facebook allegedly made a change in its News Feed algorithm immediately after the US presidential election, to favour top news publishers so that trustworthy and quality content can be pushed ahead on its platform, The New York Times reported. The social network reportedly tweaked how much weight the News Feed gives to its internal "news ecosystem quality" metric. The change was part of the "break glass plans" Facebook had de
  • Twitter to warn users if they try to like a flagged tweet
    New Delhi, November 24 (IANS): Twitter on Tuesday announced it is set to show a warning notification when the users try to like a labeled tweet. The micro-blogging platform began showing a warning before the 2020 US presidential election when the users tried to retweet a flagged tweet. Now, the company has expanded the warning functionality which is rolling out on the Web and iOS first and will come to Android devices in the coming weeks. "Giving context on why a labeled
  • Google to delay 30% in-app purchase policy amid backlash
    Seoul/New Delhi, November 23 (IANS): Facing backlash from developers, Google said on Monday that it will postpone enforcing a 30 per cent commission on in-app purchases of digital content from its Play Store from next January to next September. Under the new policy set to be adopted in late September, Google plans to take a 30 per cent commission on all digital content purchases by users from app developers. Like Apple, Google also collects a 30 per cent commission on in-app purc
  • Earth-sized rogue planet found floating in the Milky Way
    London, November 1 (IANS): Scientists have discovered in the Milky Way an Earth-sized free-floating rogue planet which does not orbit any star. Rogue planets are a bit uncommon as although many of the known exoplanets discovered so far do not resemble those in our solar system, they have one thing in common -- they all orbit a star. However, theories of planet formation and evolution predict the existence of free-floating (rogue) planets, gravitationally unattached to any star.
  • 1 in 2 workers think their PCs are outdated with obsolete software
    New Delhi, November 1 (IANS): One in two employees feel their PC devices are out of date or insufficient like not fast or powerful enough to carry out daily office tasks, according to a new Lenovo-Intel report. Employees are frustrated with their PC hardware and software experience at home, with 46 per cent saying their software frequently malfunctions and disrupts their work. Only 33 per cent are extremely satisfied with the current laptop provided by the company and 30 per cent
  • Global tablet shipments grow 25% to reach 47.6mn units in Q3
    New Delhi, Octòber 31 (IANS): Driven by demand for affordable access to basic computing and larger screens to facilitate remote work and learning, the worldwide tablet market grew 24.9 per cent year-over-year to reach 47.6 million units in the third quarter of 2020, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC). Apple shipped 13.9 million units in Q3 to lead the tablet market once again with 29.2 per cent share while Samsung regained the second position with shipments
  • Working hard to let people chat across our apps: Facebook CEO
    New Delhi, October 30 (IANS) Stressing that the messaging experience in the US is very fragmented compared to India or China, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said the company is working hard to merge Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp so that they can start to function a little bit more like one connected interoperable system. In a bid to allow cross-messaging among its family of apps, Facebook has reportedly started merging Instagram and Messenger chats. The social network has alre
  • Xiaomi overtakes Apple in global smartphone shipments in Q3: IDC
    New Delhi, October 30 (IANS): As the worldwide smartphone market showed signs of improvement in the third quarter of this year, Xiaomi surpassed Apple for the first time with a 13.1 per cent market share and 42 per cent growth, according to data from the International Data Corporation (IDC). While Xiaomi shipped 46.5 million devices to grab the number three position globally, Apple shipped 41.6 million smartphones in the quarter, down 10.6 per cent year over year, which placed the c
  • Women-founded tech startups see funding drop 24% in H1 2020
    Bengaluru, October 29 (IANS): Amid Covid-19, funding for women-founded and co-founded startups in India fell 24 per cent to $280 million in the first half of this year, compared to $369 million in the same period last year, said a new report on Thursday. In H1 2020, funding declined across all three stages -- early, growth, and late -- compared to H1 2019, said the report by MAKERS India, a strategic partnership between Verizon Media and YourStory Media. Many women-led startups s
  • Microsoft begins journey to discontinue Internet Explorer
    New Delhi, October 26 (IANS): Microsoft has taken further steps to end the support for its Internet Explorer as it pushes users to install the revamped Chromium-based Edge browser. Now, when you visit an incompatible site in Internet Explorer which still has 5 per cent market share globally, the browsing session will automatically be directed to Microsoft Edge. The redirection is being achieved via an Internet Explorer Browser Helper Object (BHO). This feature works on nearly
  • Massive ransomware attack hits PTI, services resume
    New Delhi, October 26 (IANS): Hackers broke into the servers of news agency Press Trust of India (PTI) over the weekend, crippling its service for hours on Saturday night before they were resumed. According to a company spokesperson, "The computer servers suffered a massive ransomware attack, disrupting operations and the delivery of news to hundreds of subscribers across India for several hours before they were restored after an all-night effort by engineers". Accordin
  • Samsung chief Lee, who made S Korea a tech powerhouse, dies
    Seoul, October 25 (IANS): Lee Kun-hee, who had transformed Samsung Group into one of the world's major tech giants from a small trading firm, died at a hospital in Seoul on Sunday at age 78, leaving a thorny succession challenge for his children. The chairman of the flagship Samsung Electronics had been bedridden since May 2014 following a heart attack. "Chairman Lee passed away on October 25 with his family, including Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee, by his side. Chairman Lee
  • Stars and planets grow up together as siblings: Study
    Berlin, October 24 (IANS): In a unique study, astronomers have found compelling evidence that the planets begin forming while stars are still infants and they grow up together like siblings. The high-resolution image obtained with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) shows a young proto-stellar disk with multiple gaps and rings of dust. This new result, published in the journal Nature, shows the youngest and most detailed example of dust rings acting as cosmic
  • Call of Duty: Mobile gets around 50mn pre-registered users in China
    Beijing, October 24 (IANS): Popular battle royale shooter Call of Duty: Mobile is all set to launch in China on October 29 and now a new report claims that the game has received nearly 50 million pre-registered users in the country. Licensed by Activision Blizzard and developed by Tencent, Call of Duty: Mobile was unavailable to the Chinese, it was blocked by the sensor board for its violence, reports GizmoChaina. The app will be available in the world's biggest gaming market
  • Microsoft partners Netflix to help you learn data science, AI
    New Delhi, October 24 (IANS): Inspired by the new Netflix original titled 'Over the Moon, Microsoft has launched three new modules that guide learners through beginning concepts in data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI). The new Explore Space with "Over the Moon" learning path includes three modules: planning a Moon mission using the Python Pandas Library, predicting meteor showers using Python and VC Code and using AI to recognise objects in i
  • Indian startups, SME's most vulnerable to cyberattacks: Report
    New Delhi, October 24 (IANSlife): While digital transformation has been a great boon for SME's and startups in 2020 as more businesses come online, it has also opened up opportunities for cybercriminals to target weak or non-existent cybersecurity infrastructure which smaller businesses tend to generally have in India. As per findings in the recent handbook titled "Cybersecurity for SMEs & Startups" by CyberPeace Foundation (CPF), startups and SMEs remain the most
  • India most troubled by talent crunch for cyber threat detection: Report
    Bengaluru, October 22 (IANS): Over 98 per cent organisations in the country have shortages in their security operations staffing, said a new report on Thursday. India reports the strongest concern in comparison to its global peers when it comes to tackling the increased volume of cyberthreats and security incidents, said the report by software company Micro Focus. "As a fast-developing economy, India is witnessing a rapid adoption of digital tools and services within its ent
  • We still have much work to do in India market: Netflix
    New Delhi, October 21 (IANS): Content streaming giant Netflix which reported slow growth in its third quarter (July-September period) despite the social distancing times admitted that it has much work to do in countries like India which are lagging behind in terms of growth for the company. Netflix said growth has slowed with 2.2 million paid subscribers in Q3 while the company added 6.8 million paid net adds in the same quarter last year. While the APAC region was the largest co