Microsoft Denounces Trump’s Border Separation Policy—After It’s Slammed for Ties to ICE

June 19, 2018

Microsoft is adding its voice to those that have condemned the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy in recent days. On Monday, following criticism for its own contract with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Microsoft has said it is “dismayed by the forcible separation of children from their families at the border.” In its statement, Microsoft noted […]

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A million Indians testing Whatsapp payments; what ‘s the feedback like?

June 19, 2018

The Facebook-owned company hasn’t yet announced a launch date but industry watchers expect it to happen in the next few weeks. Almost one million people in India are “testing” WhatsApp’s payments service, and the company is working with the Indian government, NPCI and multiple banks to further expand the feature to more users, a company official said. […]

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JPEG XL could let you pack twice as many photos into your phone

June 19, 2018

But there’s a war brewing, and JPEG XL isn’t alone. Apple and Google have their own ideas. JPEG turns 25 this year, a remarkable achievement when you think about how the latest smartphone becomes ho-hum in a matter of months. But to celebrate JPEG’s birthday, we might finally be seeing something better. That’s because the Joint Photographic Experts […]

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South Africa’s Liberty Holdings suffers cyber attack

June 18, 2018

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African insurer Liberty Holdings said on Sunday it had become the victim of a cyber attack after an external party claimed to have seized data from the firm and demanded payment. Liberty, in which Standard Bank has a 53 percent stake, was alerted of the illegal unauthorized access to its IT […]

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Google to Invest $550 Million in Chinese E-Commerce Giant JD.com

June 18, 2018

HIGHLIGHTS Investment could help JD.com expand beyond its base in China Google is stepping up its investments across Asia JD.com’s investors include Tencent and Walmart Google will invest $550 million (roughly Rs. 3,750 crores) in Chinese e-commerce powerhouse JD.com, part of the US Internet giant’s efforts to expand its presence in fast-growing Asian markets and battle rivals […]

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Facebook AI system may open closed eyes in photos

June 18, 2018

Facebook researchers are now working on a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) system that can make closed eyes look convincingly open. With retouching of images using various tools before posting them on social media platforms becoming a habit for many, the new system could be of immense use for users as effective handy tool to replace closed eyes with […]

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Google’s new Ad Settings show how dumb targeted ads still are

June 15, 2018

Commentary: Hey, I’m just not a sports fan, OK? I’m as scared as anybody that all of my oh-so-personal data is being turned into a giant dossier that’ll help companies and governments target me in all kinds of seminefarious ways. Shadow profiles and the like. But if Google’s just revamped Ad Settings tool is any indication, those potentially privacy-penetrating […]

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Oracle losing out Cloud market to Microsoft, Amazon

June 15, 2018

Cloud major Oracle is in for some tough times ahead as Microsoft and Google are fast eating into its core tech and Cloud businesses, JPMorgan analysts have said. Cloud major Oracle is in for some tough times ahead as Microsoft and Google are fast eating into its core tech and Cloud businesses, JPMorgan analysts have said. According to a […]

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Google takes up full responsibility for keeping the user data safe on its Cloud

June 15, 2018

With regulators around the world now keeping a closer watch on data security than ever before, Google on 14 June owned up complete responsibility for the security of customers’ data on its Cloud platform. Google Cloud Summit. Image: Google “Our businesses cease to exist if we violate customers’ trust. So we have to be responsible for customers’ data,” Miles Ward, Director […]

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Xiaomi Redmi 6A Vs Redmi 5A: Every difference that you wanted to know

June 15, 2018

Xiaomi launched, what it calls the ‘Desh ka Smartphone’ or the ‘smartphone for India’ aka the Redmi 5A in India in November last year at a starting price of Rs 4,999 for the base 2GB RAM/16GB storage version, going all the way to Rs 6,999 for the top-end 3GB RAM/32GB storage version. Just like the […]

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