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SAN FRANCISCO : Tech companies in the Silicon Valley like Facebook assume users know that their data is being sold and obtaining the data for Cambridge Analytica was not against the rules, a researcher with the British political consulting firm has said.

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NEW DELHI : Expanding its "Big View" display series, Panasonic India on Friday unveiled an affordable "Eluga I7" smartphone with the 18:9 aspect ratio for an immersive experience.

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BEIJING : Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group has confirmed that it has been working on autonomous driving technology, the China Daily reported on Wednesday.

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SAN FRANCISCO : Facebook has refreshed its Bookmarks menu to let users navigate, access and make changes to their privacy settings easily. The updates will be rolled out globally over the next two weeks.

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SAN FRANCISCO : US-based Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) on Thursday announced that it will start building the first of two test tracks at its facility in Toulouse, France. Hyperloop, an idea from Tesla CEO and SpaceX Founder Elon Musk, envisions a transportation system which proposes to propel a pod-like vehicle through a near-vacuum tube at nearly 1,100 km per hour and above.

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WASHINGTON : NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or Tess aimed at detecting planets outside our solar system, is set to launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Florida on April 16.

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BEIJING : A court specialising in intellectual property (IP) here has dismissed an appeal from South Korean giant Samsung that sought invalidation of China-based Huawei Technologies' patent rights on smartphones.

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SAN FRANCISCO : The biggest Black Lives Matter page on Facebook was fake with ties to a middle-aged white man in Australia, according to a CNN report. The page, titled simply "Black Lives Matter," had almost 700,000 followers on Facebook, more than twice as many as the official Black Lives Matter page, the report said late Monday.

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BEIJING : Jack Ma, founder and chairman of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, has asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to "fix" the social networking giant that is mired in data breach controversy.

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NEW DELHI : Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi on Monday announced the opening of three more smartphone plants in India -- along with the company's first Surface Mount Technology (SMT) plant in Chennai that will manufacture printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) units in the country.

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SAN FRANCISCO : Apple is likely to introduce the red colour to its iPhone 8 and 8 Plus lineup on Monday as part of its partnership with Product (RED), an advocacy group dedicated to combating HIV/AIDS in Africa.

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WASHINGTON : NASA has updated its commercial crew contract with Boeing to let the US-based aerospace company fly three people to the International Space Station (ISS) who will stay there for up to six months from an earlier planned two-week trip.

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SAN FRANCISCO : Although the number of data breaches dropped by nearly 25 per cent in 2017, Cloud-related cyber attacks saw a significant 424 per cent jump largely owing to human error, a report by technology giant IBM said on Thursday.

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SAN FRANCISCO : Facebook has admitted that information of up to 87 million people, mostly in the US, may have been improperly shared with the British political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica.

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SAN FRANCISCO : In a key development, Apple has hired John Giannandrea, Google's Head of Search and Artificial Intelligence (AI), to lead the company's Machine Learning (ML) and AI strategy.

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SAN FRANCISCO : Joining the expanding list of high-profile applications who have ditched the Apple Watch, Instagram on Tuesday became the latest platform to pull its app from the WatchOS. Several other apps that have been dropped from the WatchOS include eBay, Amazon, Google Maps and Twitter.

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WASHINGTON : Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) were set to receive 2,630 kg of research, crew supplies and hardware after NASA's cargo provider SpaceX launched a commercial resupply mission.

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BENGALURU : Amid increasing data breaches, tech giants are today busy deliberating on how to ensure privacy and security for the users. Where Microsoft is concerned, however, data ownership clearly remains with its customers - protected by enterprise-grade security solutions.

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SAN FRANCISCO : Popular photo-sharing platform Instagram is bringing changes to its posts to "improve" after facing backlash from users for doing away with a chronological feed.

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SAN FRANCISCO : Apple has promised to fix a bug that can allow Siri to read aloud hidden lock screen notifications from many apps on iPhones. "we are aware of the issue and it will be addressed in an upcoming software update," Apple said in statement provided to MacRumors.

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MOSCOW : A Russian carrier rocket blasted off on Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, sending three astronauts aboard the Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS).

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BEIJING: Chinese scientists have analyzed the developmental landscape of the human prefrontal cortex (PFC), considered the CPU of the human brain, to get a better understanding of the organ.

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SAN FRANCISCO : Brian Acton, co-founder of WhatsApp, late on Tuesday asked users to "delete" the social media platform, Facebook, amid alleged data leakage of its users for political purposes. "It is time. #deletefacebook," Brian Acton tweeted to more than 23,000 of his followers.

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NEW DELHI : Search engine Google on Wednesday paid tribute to Shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan, one of India's most beloved musicians, on his 102nd birth anniversary with a special doodle.

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ATHENS : Greece launched its first space agency on Monday as an effort to rebuild the ailing economy as it exits a severe eight-year debt crisis. Entering into the space sector can make Greece stronger and more productive, increasing the country's standing in many ways, Xinhua quoted Greek digital policy and media minister Nikos Pappas as saying.

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SAN FRANCISCO : In bad news for display market leaders like Samsung and LG, Apple is reportedly designing and producing its own device screens, secretly at a facility near its headquarters in California, according to a media report.

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MUMBAI : In a major step towards combating pollution and ensuring a smooth ride for commuters, a fleet of 25 swank Hybrid Electric Bus was launched here on Friday.
Union Minister for Heavy Industries Anant G. Geete and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis launched the buses, which have been granted under the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan-2020.

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SAN FRANCISCO : To make public transit work for the differently abled, Google on Friday introduced "wheelchair accessible" routes in Maps at major metropolitan transit centres around the world. The feature is rolling out in London, New York, Tokyo, Mexico City, Boston and Sydney.

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BENGALURU : In a bid to provide mentorship in design, innovation and entrepreneurship for software companies and startups, the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) in association with Facebook on Monday launched "Design4India Studio" here.

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SAN FRANCISCO : WhatsApp is testing a new feature called "block revoke request" to prevent people from misusing the "Delete for Everyone" feature. According to WABetaInfo, a fan site that tests new WhatsApp features early, in order to stop such bad users, the messaging platform has implemented the new feature.

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NEW DELHI: Tech giant Google announced the introduction of real-time, on-device mobile video segmentation to the YouTube app, by integrating this technology into the latter's stories feature, a new lightweight video format, designed specifically for YouTube creators on its beta version.

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NEW DELHI : Chinese handset maker Vivo is all set to refresh its smartphone line-up in India with V9 that will be launched on March 27. Industry sources told IANS that the latest device will be priced around Rs 25,000 and will feature a dual rear camera setup and a 24MP selfie camera.

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SAN FRANCISCO : To mark International Women's Day, Facebook on Wednesday announced that it will launch a new tool that will give female entrepreneurs the power to connect with each other and share questions, advice, resources and support to help them grow their businesses.

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NEW DELHI : Samsung on Tuesday launched the much-awaited Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones in India for Rs 57,900 and Rs 64,900 respectively for their 64GB variants.
The 256GB variants are priced at Rs 65,900 for S9 and Rs 72,900 for S9+.

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BENGALURU : Microsoft on Tuesday said it completed its first renewable energy deal in India which will help power its new office building here with solar power. As part of the deal, the tech giant will purchase three megawatts of solar-powered electricity from Bengaluru-based renewable power producer Atria Power. This will meet 80 per cent of the projected electricity needs at the new facility, Microsoft said.

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NEW DELHI: In a move to stop mass-level spam circulation on its platform, WhatsApp is reportedly working on a feature that will show "Forwarded Message" if the spam post has been forwarded from another group or from one of the members in the same chat group.

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