Science & Technology

  • 90% organisations think cyber threat landscape will worsen in 2020
    Milpitas (California), November 5 (IANS) With the perpetually shifting threat landscape, over 90 per cent of organisations believe the cyber threat landscape will stay the same or worsen in 2020 while 51 per cent of organisations do not believe they are ready for or would respond well to a cyber attack or breach, a new report by US-based cyber security firm FireEye said on Tuesday. FireEye's "Cyber Trendscape" report surveyed over 800 Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and
  • IBM, govt launch platform for skilling students
    New Delhi, November 4 (IANS) Tech giant IBM on Monday announced launch of SkillsBuild platform in collaboration with the Directorate General of Training under the aegis of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE). As part of the programme, a two-year advanced diploma in information technology (IT), networking and cloud computing will be offered at the Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and the National Skill Training Institutes (NSTIs). The platform will
  • iPhone 5 user? Update software now to keep using App Store
    New Delhi, November 3 (IANS) If you are using an iPhone 5, do not forget to update its software as Apple has warned that without an iOS update the device will not support App Store, iCloud, email, and web browsing from Sunday. "Starting just before 12:00 a.m. UTC (5.30 p.m. India time) on November 3, 2019, iPhone 5 will require an iOS update to maintain accurate GPS location and to continue to use functions that rely on correct date and time, including App Store, iCloud, email, and
  • Instagram bets big on shopping, mentoring talent in India
    Mumbai, November 1 (IANS) Facebook-owned Instagram is gearing up to mentor talents across 15 cities in India as the platform focuses on enhancing shopping experience for its users in the country with Augmented Reality (AR), a top company executive said here on Friday. Creators will be mentored under the "Born on Instagram" initiative, Vishal Shah, Instagram's VP of Products, told reporters here. "Right now, people can discover products on Instagram but they cannot buy them direct
  • WhatsApp confirms Israeli spyware snooped on Indians
    New Delhi, October 31 (IANS) As Facebook-owned WhatsApp sued Israeli cyber intelligence company NSO Group this week that exploited its video calling system to snoop on 1,400 selected users globally, the micro-blogging platform confirmed on Thursday that Indian human rights activists and journalists were among those targeted by the spyware. Earlier, multiple media reports said those targeted in India included human rights activists who were arrested over their alleged involvement in
  • Microsoft warns Russian hackers could target 2020 Olympics
    San Francisco, October 30 (IANS) Microsoft claimed that it has recently detected Russian hackers are trying to disrupt the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by infiltrating sporting and anti-doping agencies. The hacking group called Fancy Bear, APT28, or Strontium could impact the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, the tech giant has warned. Analysts at Microsoft Threat Intelligence Centre also published details of the hacks, which began on September 16 and have so far targeted at least 16 sporting an
  • Privacy class-action lawsuits to grow 300% in 2020: Forrester
    New Delhi, October 29 (IANS) With the focus on data privacy growing across the world, privacy class-action lawsuits will increase by 300 per cent in 2020, warns a forecast by market research firm Forrester. The coming year will be a bad year for third-party data and a good year for marketers who take consumer privacy seriously, said the "Predictions 2020" report. "Consumers are deeply concerned with how their data is collected and used. A barrage of news about data breaches, gove
  • IIT-Madras develops AI model to solve engineering problems
    Chennai, October 28 (IANS) The Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) on Monday said its researchers have developed algorithms that enable novel applications for artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and deep learning to solve engineering problems. The researchers are going to establish a start-up to deploy their AI Software called 'AISoft' to develop solutions to engineering problems in varied fields such as in thermal management, semiconductors, automobile, aerosp
  • Facebook begins testing dedicated 'News' tab on its platform
    San Francisco, October 26 (IANS) In what could spell trouble for already struggling local newsrooms globally, Facebook has introduced a dedicated "News" feature on its platform that will highlight the most relevant national stories of the day. Currently available for users in the US, the tab will give people more control over the stories they see, and the ability to explore a wider range of their news interests, directly within the Facebook app, the company said in a statement on Fr
  • 42 malicious apps affected 8 million Android users
    London, October 25 (IANS) Security researchers have detected a massive year-long adware campaign where the involved apps were installed on users' Android devices eight million times from Google Play alone. Slovak internet security company ESET identified 42 apps on Google Play as belonging to the campaign, which had been running since July 2018. Of those, 21 were still available at the time of discovery. "We reported the apps to the Google security team and they were swiftly remo
  • 72% Indian enterprises wrong about Cloud security: Study
    New Delhi, October 24 (IANS) About 72 per cent of security decision makers in large enterprises in India wrongly believe that security provided by Cloud providers is sufficient to protect them from threats, a new report from global cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks said on Thursday. Large enterprises, defined as those with more than 200 employees are not prepared for Cloud-related cybersecurity threats, and more importantly, make the assumption that public Clouds are by default
  • Apple Watch detects hard fall, saves man's life in US
    New York, October 23 (IANS) In yet another example why you should wear an Apple Watch while travelling, a man in the US has credited the device for saving his life after he fell over a steep cliff and the Watch called 911 after detecting a hard fall. James Prudenciano, 28, and his date Paige Paruso, were hiking in Hartshorne Woods Park in New Jersey when they got lost in the woods and fell through some foliage and over a steep cliff. According to a report in News 12 New Jersey, P
  • Indian banking, securities IT spending to grow 9% in 2020
    Mumbai, October 22 (IANS) Spending by the banking and securities sector in India will total $11 billion in 2020, an increase of 9.1 per cent from 2019, as the sectors continue to increase its investments in digital business, said a latest forecast by Gartner Inc. on Tuesday. Banking and securities organisations are investing in emerging digital technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain, not only to create new product offerings but also to respond to evolving
  • Facebook set to launch dedicated news tab
    San Francisco, October 21 (IANS) Calling itself a 'Fifth Estate', Facebook has reportedly entered into deals with prominent media houses to launch a dedicated news tab on its platform. According to the Wall Street Journal, publications like News Corp, Dow Jones, New York Post, the Washington Post and others will help the social networking platform ramp up its ambition to become a news player. "The New York Times has been in talks with Facebook, but a spokeswoman for the paper dec
  • China's propaganda chief says Cold War mentality hindering mutual trust in cyberspace
    People walks in front of a screen at the World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China on October 20. (REUTERS Photo)   WUZHEN, China, October 20 (Reuters): A “Cold War mentality” and “bully behavior” are hindering mutual trust in cyberspace, China’s propaganda chief said on Sunday at the start of the World Internet Conference in the eastern Chinese town of Wuzhen.   Huang Kunming, head of the publicity department of China
  • AI, digital marketing key skills to boost growth
    New Delhi, October 20 (IANS) Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), digital marketing and design thinking are the top skills that organisations will need to focus on to drive future growth, according to a new study. Despite the increased awareness around upskilling, the survey by ed-tech company Great Learning found that 47 per cent of the companies surveyed have still not assigned budgets for upskilling their workforce. "The technology skill gap among employees
  • Facebook now 'fifth estate', take it seriously: Mark Zuckerberg
    San Francisco, October 18 (IANS) A defiant Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has stressed that his platform has now become a 'Fifth Estate' in the world alongside traditional news media and people no longer have to rely on traditional gatekeepers in politics or media to make their voices heard. Delivering a speech at Georgetown University in Washington, DC on Thursday, he said social media platforms have decentralised power by putting it directly into people's hands. "People having th
  • Huge demand for 5G in India: Ericsson
    New Delhi, October 15 (IANS) There is a huge demand for 5G in India as it is much more efficient and will enable the telecom operators in the country to manage the explosive data growth expected in the coming three to four years, a top Ericsson executive has said. "There is a demand for 5G and there is a need. Just look around India Mobile Congress 2019 and you will see that everyone wants to touch and feel 5G. They want to understand how this technology can solve our problems," Nit
  • Netflix to end support for older Roku players in Dec
    San Francisco, October 13 (IANS) Streaming giant Netflix is planning to end its support for some of Roku's oldest players after December 1, including the Roku HD, HD-XR, SD, XD and XDS as well as the NetGear-branded XD and XDS. How can you tell if you are on the older Roku Netflix Channel? If your Netflix app does not support autoplay next, you are using a Roku that will be losing access to Netflix. If your Roku is losing Netflix at the start of December 1, you should see a pop-u
  • Apple to integrate its own 5G modem in iPhones by 2022
    San Francisco, October 12 (IANS) The Cupertino-based tech giant Apple is planning to bring its own 5G modem in iPhones by the year 2022. According to a recent report from Fast Company, Apple is expected to launch its first iPhone with a 5G modem by September 2020 with a Qualcomm chip inside. To seize control of its 5G technology as soon as possible, Apple bought Intel's modem business earlier this year to develop another piece of its hardware in-house without being dependent on p