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  1. A majority of the workforce across a lot of different countries are now working from home due to the on-going coronavirus outbreak. If you aren't already working from home, then we highly suggest you talk to your employer and sort it out because it's not safe to step out of your house for some obvious reasons. That being said, working from home isn't ideal for a lot of people. While there are a lot of tools available online to help you stay productive, it's not going to fetch the same results for each and every firm. And that's exactly why many big-name companies are turning to AI for help. © Reuters Facebook, for instance, has already announced that it would rely more heavily on artificial-intelligence-powered content moderation. Content moderation is something that should be taken very seriously, especially at Facebook, so this is definitely a bold move. Similarly, it looks like YouTube is planning on using automated software to take down videos that violate the platform's policies. The company confirmed the same in a blog post, detailing how it plans to protect its workforce. So we already have two big players in the industry who are now relying on artificial intelligence to handle what we think of as complex tasks. Content moderation, for those of you who don't know, is quite complicated because you could be dealing with some sensitive content. Going through piles of posts, videos, or images and marking the ones that violate the policy is a huge responsibility. If everything goes to plan, then one might even think that this is the ultimate AI takeover that we all have been talking about for a while now. Could This Be The Ultimate AI Takeover? © Reuters Probably not. Here's the thing - even if AI systems manage to do their job well in Facebook's and YouTube's case, we won't be seeing other companies following suit immediately. Both Facebook and YouTube (Alphabet Inc) have deep roots in the field of AI, so they're probably light years ahead of other firms when it comes to AI advancements. Even then it looks like AI is already getting a lot of stuff wrong. It looks like Facebook's AI is marking a lot of posts as spam, even though they're not. Here, check it out <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Facebook decided that my posting of this Times of Israel article is spam. (Itâs not spam.) <a href="https://t.co/3NqUbiwmyi">pic.twitter.com/3NqUbiwmyi</a></p>&mdash; Mike Godwin (@sfmnemonic) <a href="https://twitter.com/sfmnemonic/status/1240059769295011841?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 17, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> This seems to be happening a lot lately, which means the AI is not really ready to replace humans yet, at least when it comes to content moderation. YouTube has also warned about some errors in the blog post. They're also going to use AI, or they already are, so the company says you should expect some errors going forward until everything gets back to normal. Building a sustainable and consistent AI isn't going to be feasible for a lot of companies just yet. Even in the case of big tech firms, the AI will go through a tough time before literally learning from its actions (mistakes). So, we highly doubt if this is the ultimate AI takeover, just yet. But it'll definitely be a defining moment for AI and maybe even the first step towards replacing humans at different workspaces. This whole AI situation is something worth taking note of, but absolutely not something to worry about right now. We have a lot of other things to worry about at the moment, so let's all stay strong. View the full article
  2. In one of the most unlikely partnerships, a report by DigiTimes claims that Apple is working with one of the biggest gaming companies in the world. According to the report, Apple is working with game developer Valve to make an Augmented Reality (AR) headset which is expected to launch sometime next year. © iDropNews Valve has been one of the biggest gaming companies that has been responsible for games, hardware and Steam, a digital store for PC games. The report says, “Apple reportedly has partnered with US game developer Valve to develop AR head-mounted display devices, which may be released in the second half of 2020 at the earliest, with Taiwan's ODMs Quanta Computer and Pegatron said to handle the assembly job, according to industry sources.” © Valve Valve has worked on gaming hardware before and even made its own VR headset called the “Valve Index” that was launched in June 2019. The company has also worked with Apple in the past to bring native VR headset support for macOS High Sierra. It enabled the eGPU support for Valve's SteamVR software however, now it seems the two companies are parenting again to develop an AR headset. © iDropNews “Apple will cooperate with Valve on AR headsets rather than VR devices, as its CEO Tim Cook believes that AR can make digital content become part of the user's world and will be as popular as smartphones with consumers. This has also promoted Apple to step up the development of AR software by recruiting more engineers for graphic design, system interface and system architecture segments,” read the report. Apple has been investing in gaming with Apple Arcade and now it seems like the company wants to expand its horizons with AR. The new AR headset may have some gaming features but this partnership could also mean that Apple needed an experienced partner to develop an AR headset. View the full article
  3. Animal poo used for generating energy. Photo. qaurterhorsenews HELSINKI: In the search for clean electricity, power companies in Finland are going green by way of brown, and have set their sights on a previously untapped energy source; animal...
  4. It has been a harrowing week for Chinese company Huawei since it was included in the entity list by the US Government. This basically means that American companies cannot do business with the Chinese tech giant without prior approval from the Government. In the wake of this decision, companies like Qualcomm, Intel, ARM, Google have all revoked access for licenses and acquiring of components. Huawei is the world's second largest smartphone company in the world and with losing access from American companies for key components and licenses, it is essentially a death sentence for the company. Here's a list of companies that won't be doing any business with Huawei at least until things are resolved: ARM © ARM ARM is by far the biggest blow to the Chinese company as the company severed ties as of yesterday. Huawei can build its own operating system and acquire other components from non-American companies; however, without a license from ARM, Huawei cannot manufacture their own chipsets. ARM basically design the chips and then license them out to companies for manufacturing. Their designs are used on Laptops, Smartphones, IoT products and wearables. These designs are used by companies like Qualcomm, Apple, Samsung and previously Huawei. HiSilicon, Huawei's SoC subsidiary has been using ARM-based chipsets for a while and losing access to the license essentially means that Huawei cannot make processors. Since the company has also lost access to Qualcomm, Huawei will not be able to deliver a smartphone. Having said that, there are other alternatives such as sourcing chipsets from non-American companies such as MediaTek and Samsung. Qualcomm and Intel © BCCL Qualcomm and Intel both provide components to Huawei that essentially powered various products such as laptops and mobile phones. Intel provides server chips and processor for Huawei's laptop line which essentially renders future Huawei laptops useless. Qualcomm, on the other hand, provides modems and other processors that power other products. Since Huawei makes its own chipsets, Qualcomm's impact was less prominent yet still crucial. Even though Huawei has been stockpiling chipsets for future use, sooner or later the company will run out unless the conflict is resolved by then. Broadcom and Xilinx have also announced they are suspending sales of products to Huawei as well. Western Digital and Micron Technology Like any other smartphone, it needs memory to store data and Huawei smartphones used Western Digital and Micron Technology as their suppliers. Micron Technology makes memory chips that are used in smartphones. As of now, the company has also revoked access to the Chinese company. Huawei will not be able to source storage chips from American companies as of now; however, it can source similar components from Samsung. Android © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla Google has also revoked Huawei's Android license as a move to be compliant with the US Government's ban. The company will be able to provide updates for current Huawei smartphones for the next three months but it doesn't help the situation. Huawei is already working on its own operating system based on Google's AOSP (Android Open Source Project), platform. How it will work depends on the final build and whether it will be rolled out globally. Huawei has said that the new operating system will be compatible with Android apps and is scheduled for release later this fall. SD Association © SD Association The latest organisation to boot Huawei is the SD association which means Huawei is no longer allowed to make any products with SD or microSD slots. This will affect Huawei's smartphone and laptop lines as the SD Association develops and authorises the use of standards for SD storage. The list on the organisation's website silently removed Huawei's name from the list. Suspensions of Orders Vodafone, the world's largest mobile operator has suspended the sale of Huawei's Mate 20X (5G) on its website for the time. The smartphone was listed on Vodafone's UK website and the suspension could possibly extend to other regions as well. Even the Microsoft store pulled Huawei's MateBook X Pro's listing from its website. In fact, a basic search for any Huawei product on Microsoft's digital store comes up with no results.
  5. Sony Mobile, the smartphone division of the Japanese company is now going to be pulling out from India and other regions. The move comes when Sony experienced fewer smartphone sales than the previous year and will be stopping its mobile business in India, Australia, Canada, South America, Mexico, Africa and the Middle East. Sony has been trying to cut its losses and the company will now concentrate its mobile business in countries like Japan, Europe, Taiwan and Hong Kong. The Xperia mobile division has also been dismantled and formed into a new division called “Electronics, Products and Solutions” and has been merged with TV, Audio and camera divisions. © Sony The company is also cutting its operational cost by 50% by pulling out of markets that are not deemed profitable for the company. The company has suffered low smartphone sales in key markets due to stiff competition from Chinese companies that offer better smartphones at a considerably low price. According to Counterpoint Research, Sony's smartphone market share was reduced to less than 1% and was probably due to making outdated smartphones. Sony was not able to adopt new technologies, features and even hardware in order to compete with its Chinese counterparts. © Slashhleaks Sony recently announced the Xperia 1, the world's first 4K smartphone at MWC earlier this year. No release date has been confirmed by the company and it is likely that the smartphone will not launch in India and other markets the company has decided to pull out from. Source: GSMArena
  6. It's pretty hard to keep up with acquisitions in the tech world. A lot of companies change hands constantly, so it becomes very difficult to keep a track of everything that's happening. And in Apple's case, it's even more complex, because it's picking up companies all the time and Apple doesn't always tell the world when it buys another company. According to Tim Cook, Apple is always on the lookout for new companies. In fact, he told CNBC last week that Apple purchases a new company every two to three weeks on average. Yes, that's a lot of companies. © Reuters Cook noted that Apple bought between 20 to 25 companies in the last six months alone. Of course, not all of them are huge acquisitions. In fact, you might not even recognize some of the companies. But who's going to stop Apple from throwing all the money? It's said to be sitting on over $200 billion of cash after all. Anyway, here's a short list of companies Apple has acquired since November: · Laserlike · Stamplay · PullString · DataTiger · Platoon · Silk Labs Well, let's hope Apple will end up acquiring some good companies and come up with more innovative products for us consumers. Source: CNBC
  7. 1st April a.k.a April Fool's Day has always been the day on which all brands try to put their best foot forward and lie to us for the sake of, well, comedy. You definitely shouldn't be believing what you see or hear on April Fool's day, but it's also the day that brings out the best in the tech space. Well, 2019 was no exception, and we got to see a lot of interesting stuff from big name companies. But here are the best April Fool's Day pranks, which we wish actually real: 1. Notifications That Literally Follow! Duolingo's pesky notifications bugging you every day to take your language test can get super annoying, which is why we're sure you end up ignoring them. But this April fool's day, the company took a step further by introducing the idea of having a large green owl appear in real life and follow you around to remind you to practice your language lessons. Heck, they even come in three modes - encouraging, disappointed, or passive aggressive - and it's downright hilarious. Check it out - 2. A Smart Assistant For Gaming? Sure. Nvidia also took it a step further by announcing a GeForce RTX smart assistant called R.O.N. The company claims it can give you cool tips when you play games like Apex Legends, telling you to hide, etc. R.O.N. can also use its brains to leave comments on sites like Reddit and Twitch for you. But be careful, R.O.N. can become a serious troll. The best part, however, has got to be the device itself, which throws a really cool holograph. Check it out - 3. RGB CPU, Anyone? Newegg's new CPU for April Fool's day makes us wonder - “How much RGB is too much RGB?” Seriously, the company showcased an RGB CPU for people who just can't have enough RGB in their life. It costs a hefty $4,999.99, and it comes with a whopping 100 cores and 200 threads. Its base clock is a supposed 1.4 Petahertz and overclock, well, if you overclock it, Newegg says you “might create a small black hole inside your CPU.” It's not something that we want, because the CPU will anyway be tucked inside a cooler, but it's a hilarious idea. Check it out here - 4. Do You Like Cup Noodles? Yes, that's what HyperX and Nissin came up with. Needs no explanation we suppose? They even claim that you can detach the fork and slurp some noodles while gaming. Sounds just about right. © HyperX - Noodles 5. Like Sharing Your Music? If you don't like HyperX's idea, then how about something more practical? Like this Jabra Earbud(dy) headphones, with which you can share the music that you're listening to. It apparently comes with an ultra-light headband that can be extended “seamlessly to accommodate the perfect fit for every pair of buddies.” © Jabra 6. An App Find Your Lost LEGO Bricks? LEGO's “Find My Brick”, as the name suggests, is a parody of Apple's Find My iPhone app. It will help you find your bricks for you in a pile of miscellaneous blocks. Image how simple your life would be with such an app, and that's exactly why we think this should actually be real. The long search is finally over... ð± #FindMyBrick pic.twitter.com/3yBIPJ2OPk — LEGO (@LEGO_Group) April 1, 2019 Well, that wraps our list of April Fool's pranks. Of course, there were countless other pranks by the likes of OnePlus, Razer, Tinder, etc., but these are the ones which we truly wished existed in real life, especially the Nvidia R.O.N. and LEGO app.
  8. Samsung has officially unveiled that Galaxy S10 in which there's also a 5G model for the upcoming services that will be rolled out in the U.S. soon. As 5G becomes more readily available, we will see more smartphones with new wireless tech including in phones from OnePlus and other manufacturers. © YouTube However, this is not enough for the U.S. President Donald Trump as he urged wireless carriers to deploy G and "6G" networks "as soon as possible,” What President Trump forgot to check was that 6G tech does not exist at the moment. "I want 5G, and even 6G, technology in the United States as soon as possible," Trump wrote on Twitter this morning. "It is far more powerful, faster, and smarter than the current standard. American companies must step up their efforts, or get left behind.” I want 5G, and even 6G, technology in the United States as soon as possible. It is far more powerful, faster, and smarter than the current standard. American companies must step up their efforts, or get left behind. There is no reason that we should be lagging behind on......... — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2019 In a second tweet, Trump said that 5G and 6G are "so obviously the future.” 5G is being rolled out sooner than expected and users on a 5G network can download an episode of Game of Thrones in minutes. 5G will also enable users to stream games from the cloud on their devices without any lag. 5G will also let users communicate with each other via 4K video. © BCCL Trump's tweet comes after concerns that Chinese companies like Huawei are ahead of US companies at developing 5G tech. However, Trump's demand for 6G technology is quite baffling as 6G doesn't even exist as a concept, not even in theory. 6G wireless technology, if it even exists, is years away from being implemented in real life. However, Trump's tweet me just be a subtle push for US companies to get a head start on 6G tech.
  9. In an attempt to show solidarity towards Huawei, companies in China are reportedly attempting to encourage employees to buy products from the Chinese giant. A Chinese textile company has released a notice banning staff who use iPhones from possible promotions and providing subsidies to those who buy Huawei devices. Several organisations and business groups in the country have issued notices urging staff members to show their support for the Chinese telecommunications giant by boycotting iPhones. © Reuters One company in Shenzhen, where Huawei is based, has even said that it will punish employees for buying iPhones. Menpad, which makes LCD displays and is one of Huawei's many suppliers, wrote in a statement on its website that “if employees buy an iPhone for themselves, the company will impose a 100 percent penalty on the basis of the phone's market price.” "So far, all members of the management team have changed their smartphones to Huawei models to show support for homegrown brands," a manager of Zhejiang Kangjiesi New Material Technology Co, based in Zhuji, East China's Zhejiang Province, surnamed Liu told the Global Times on Tuesday. © Reuters According to 9to5Mac, A Henan Province Brewer is offering free alcohol in the amount of 30 percent of the Huawei device sale price to both employees and customers who present a receipt. Xinjiang Nor-West Star Information Technology said in a statement they will only support Huawei, saying that it 'actively backs the calls to support Huawei and protect national brands with real action'. © Reuters Huawei's CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver on December 1 on behalf of the U.S Government under claims the company violated U.S. sanctions against Iran. China and U.S.A are currently in the middle of a trade war after the Trump Administration threatened to apply tariffs on US$ 200 billion of goods imported from China. The U.S has accused Huawei of using a Hong Kong shell company to sell equipment to Iran in violation of US sanctions. It also says Meng and the tech company misled banks about its business dealings in Iran. © Reuters A Chinese court also recently ruled that Apple infringed on patents by Qualcomm, and moved to block sales of some models of the company's smartphone. Apple said it is appealing the ruling.
  10. In today's world, having a college degree is of utmost importance. It has become a bare minimum requirement in every industry, as many jobs demand a college degree even if they are not relevant. A degree has always been considered to be a milestone for a person, as it officially proves that you are educated and have a particular skill set. But Glassdoor recently released a list of 15 top employers that no longer require applicants to have a college degree. Companies like Google, Apple, IBM, and EY are all in this group. Companies are now inclined towards hiring candidates whose experience and skills best suit them for the job. © Google Google had acknowledged several years ago that college degrees are slowly becoming irrelevant and what matters most are skills. It is widely seen in India that a person, who has done an Engineering course, is ultimately working in the core banking sector, or is into business development or even marketing. This proves, that even though you have learned a particular subject very well and have a degree to prove the same, your skill sets may be pointing in the other direction. © Reuters Google's former SVP of People Operations Laszlo Bock as quoted in the report said, "When you look at people who don't go to school and make their way in the world, those are exceptional human beings. And we should do everything we can to find those people." The list of the 15 companies where you can apply and get selected without a college degree are- Google, Bank of America, Chipotle, Lowe's, IBM, Home Depot, Nordstrom, Starbucks, Apple, Publix, Hilton, Whole Foods, Costco Wholesale, Penguin Random House, Ernst and Young (EY), and Google. © Reuters Hold your horses though, this in no way means college degrees are worthless or a waste of time. For many people, a university is a place where they acquire skills employers value. And the people who do make it through without a degree are in very small numbers. What this ultimately means is, you need to have a proper skill set along with a degree to get past with ease. What's the use of having a degree if you can't survive in the real world?
  11. According to a report by our sister website ET, HTC is allegedly leaving the Indian smartphone market due to the stiff competition from its Chinese counterparts. According to the report, the top management of the company, including the country head Faisal Siddiqui, has resigned. © BCCL According to ET's sources, the company has asked the 70-80 member team to quit, apart from a few exceptions such as the Chief Financial Officer Rajeev Tayal. The company is also cancelling all distribution agreements in the country, as the company has stopped producing smartphones in India for over a year. One of the executives told ET, that HTC “plans to sell virtual reality devices online with Taiwan completely controlling Indian operation. This will be like an extremely small business.” © YouTube Other inside sources have said, that HTC may plan to re-enter the Indian market in the future as an online-only brand. HTC has been struggling as a brand globally, and it looks like the company won't make a return unless global revenues increase. A spokesperson from the company detailed that the company will continue to sell smartphones in India, and will invest in the country in the right segments at the right time. HTC has been unable to sway users to buy its products, as the company's sales have fallen by nearly 68% year-on-year. Reuters recently reported that the company plans to lay off 1,500 workers. © HTC According to Counterpoint Research, HTC has less than a 1% share in India and shares the same segment, which is currently being dominated by Apple, Samsung and OnePlus. HTC had seen success in the mid-segment in the Indian market, however, it wasn't able to compete with companies like Xiaomi, OnePlus, OPPO and Vivo. Did you ever own an HTC device or do you currently own one? How do you feel about HTC's exit?
  12. Meeting someone mighty successful or even knowing something about them, is empowering on a different level altogether. There are ways to find inspiration and we have that in abundance around us. For instance, young and inspiring entrepreneurs are changing the generation game by bringing in unique innovations and ideas onto the table. The entrepreneurial landscape of the country is changing fast and very soon, these dynamic young people will be paving the way for millions of job opportunities, across the board. © Thinkstock While most of us admire their courage, leadership qualities and their style of execution, some of us wish to be like them, and are, in all probability heading towards that direction. Here are some of the game changer entrepreneurs in India, with their fast-moving, innovative companies. Get inspired! 1. Sachin & Binny Bansal- Flipkart The poster boy of the country's start-up ecosystem, Flipkart started off as the 'Amazon' of India 11 years ago and climbed the ladder to become a swapping billion dollar business, which has now been bought over by the US retail giant Walmart. Sachin, out of the two, has moved on and left the reins of the company in Binny's hands. But these guys certainly changed the entrepreneurship scenario in India for good! The company is currently valued at USD 15 billion. © Facebook 2. Vijay Shekhar Sharma- PAYTM Vijay is the youngest Indian Billionaire who started the company we all rely on ardently. How far along can you go with your day, without using your PAYTM mobile wallet app? The company launched in 2011 and has been reaping benefits since. The company gathered a lot more momentum during demonetization in 2016. The company is currently valued at USD 9.4 billion. © Twitter 3. Kunal Behl & Rohit Bansal- Snapdeal The company started in 2010 and set a niche for itself in the e-commerce space in India. It was technically the e-Bay of India but it started off as something else at first. Kunal Behla and Rohit Bansal first started an offline couponing business called 'MoneySaver'. After the company did fairly well, by which we mean, they sold 15,000 coupons in three months, it was time to take the company to the next level and Snapdeal was born. Today they have 200,00 sellers, selling 15 million products on Snapdeal! The company is currently valued at USD 6.5 billion. © Twitter 4. Bhavish Aggarwal- Ola Cabs Bhavish is an IIT product and was working for Microsoft before he started the cab rental service before it finally picked the pace and became the most trusted cab service in the country. With a small team surviving in a 1BHK apartment in Mumbai to a huge office with 400 people in Bangalore, Bhavish made it big and put in tremendous hours of hard work to introduce the first affordable alternate mode of public transport in the form of cabs. Ola was valued at USD 5 billion in 2015. © Facebook 5. Deepinder Goyal- Zomato Deepinder Goyal and Pankaj Chaddah founded the restaurant locater and delivery giant a decade ago. The idea struck Deepinder when his colleagues consistently had a demand for paper menu leaflets of different restaurants, to order food. That's when he thought of converting these restaurant paper menus into a digital app, that is far more accessible and easier to use. Zomato is amongst the top start-ups in India and operates in about 23 countries including India, Australia, and the USA. In 2016, Zomato was valued at USD 1 billion. © Twitter 6. Ritesh Aggarwal - OYO Rooms He dropped out of college when he was 17 and became a millionaire at 22, What more can we say, except that this young entrepreneur is in no hurry to get to where he wants and that his super fast expanding empire is taking over cities and our hearts! He was listed in the Forbes '30 under 30' list and his product is absolutely top notch. Don't believe me? Visit any OYO Rooms in your city and you'll see for yourself. The company is currently valued at USD 250-million. © Facebook 7. Shashank ND - Practo Practo, a healthcare start-up innovation is a very dynamic company started by Shashank ND and just two rounds of funding have helped build Practo a strong foundation to serve consumers at its best. Shashank, the founder, roped in his classmate Abhinav, to accelerate this software to simplify healthcare further. Practo also helps doctors upload and store medical records and prescriptions as well as the medical history of their patients. The app is currently being used in 15 countries and lists over 200,000 doctors, 10,000 hospitals, 800 diagnostic centres and 4,00 wellness centers globally. This app definitely needs to be on everyone's phones! The company is currently valued at USD 650 million. © Twitter Most of these services provided by the start-ups are all app based and very easy to use. Along with the consumer preferred interface, it also keeps in mind the user friendly nature of the product. But more than that, these entrepreneurs have been nothing short of brilliant and definitely awe inspiring. I reckon we follow their footsteps closely, if we're looking to start something of our own and make it big in life.
  13. US President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, US, June 29, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Files BERKELEY HEIGHTS: US President Donald Trump lashed out at the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) with a warning to...
  14. An Intercity Express ICE train of Deutsche Bahn AG is pictured on the new rail line connecting Berlin and Munich in Goldinsthal near Erfurt. Photo: Reuters file1BERLIN: German companies are so desperate to attract staff that they are falling over...
  15. Imran Khan and Zulfi Bukhari. Photo: FileRAWALPINDI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan?s close aide Zulfi Bukhari was interrogated by an investigative team of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday.The London-based...
  16. Facebook has confirmed that it had data-sharing deals with four major Chinese device makers, going on to further prove that the company has repeatedly failed in informing users how their data is stored and shared. Facebook says it has previously shared data with Huawei - the world's third-largest smartphone maker, Lenovo - world's second largest computer maker, TCL Group and OPPO. In fact, these are just four among 60 companies worldwide that received access to some user data after they signed contracts to re-create Facebook-like experiences for their users. © Reuters According to a report in Bloomberg, Facebook defended the deals with a statement that the partnerships were only designed to provide Facebook services on the devices. Facebook has stressed on the point that all data that was shared was only stored on the device and not sent to Huawei servers. “Facebook's integrations with Huawei, Lenovo, OPPO and TCL were controlled from the get-go — and we approved the Facebook experiences these companies built,” Francisco Varela, Facebook's Vice President of Mobile Partnerships, said in a statement. “Given the interest from Congress, we wanted to make clear that all the information from these integrations with Huawei was stored on the device, not on Huawei's servers.” © Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg / Reuters The US Congress has raised concerns saying that data of user's friends could have been accessed without their explicit consent. Facebook has also confirmed that more than half of the previous partnerships have now been ended while the one with Huawei will end this week. In the past few months, Facebook has come under tremendous pressure after it was known that more than 50 million users data had been accessed by third parties without an actual consent. At the same time, the USA and China are involved in a massive trade war that has already seen sanctions being put on Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE. © Reuters Huawei is in a tight spot as well since the US Government has officially given out an advisory requesting people to not use Huawei's phones since it cannot be ascertained whether their data is safe or being snooped upon by the Chinese government. Due to this, all telecom operators in the country have now stopped selling Huawei devices and today's revelations go on to further damage the company and its efforts to establish a legitimate mobile business in the States.
  17. Chinese telecommunications companies have come under scrutiny from US intelligence officials who argue they provide an opportunity for foreign espionage and threaten critical US infrastructure, something the Chinese have consistently denied-Photo:...
  18. Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar summoned on Sunday former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif in a case pertaining to corruption in 56 companies. Photo: fileLAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has...
  19. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Maryam Nawaz will resume recording her statement in Avenfield reference before the accountability court today. Photo: fileISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Maryam Nawaz denied being the beneficial...
  20. Taking stern action against money laundering in the country, the State Bank of Pakistan has directed the exchange companies to keep a record of any transaction worth $500 or more. Photo; file KARACHI: Taking stern action against money laundering...
  21. US President Donald Trump walks to Marine One in the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, US, May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis/Files BERLIN: German companies are concerned that US President Donald Trump is increasingly thinking only of...
  22. German companies also face the prospect of possible extra levies ? Trump imposed a 25 percent tariff on steel imports. Photo: ReutersBERLIN: German companies are concerned that US President Donald Trump is increasingly thinking only of America...
  23. National Accountability Bureau Lahore. Photo: FIleLAHORE: Offices of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) will remain open until 9pm today to allow time to 35 public-sector companies to submit their records as part of a corruption inquiry.The...
  24. The popular gay dating app, Grindr, found itself in the middle of a data leak controversy after it was found sharing sensitive user information - including their HIV status - with two analytics companies. For the uninitiated, Grindr is an extremely popular dating and hook-up app for gay and bisexual men (the GBTQ group to be specific). It started in 2009 and has more than 3.6 million daily active users across the world. It is location and proximity based, like Tinder. Users can share as much or as little information about themselves as they choose in their profiles - from their pictures to their HIV status. © Twitter The app also has a feature where it gives users the option of getting a reminder to be tested for HIV every 3 to 6 months based on the data they provided. © Twitter Grindr clarified that it has not 'leaked' the data for any monetary benefits or any other reason whatsoever, and it was purely an exercise in testing and validating the way they roll out the platform with 'two highly-regarded software vendors'. © Twitter The fact that Grindr shared this information with Apptimize and Localytics - two analytics companies that help with marketing strategies by optimizing apps - has received major backlash from the users. © Twitter However, they have now decided to stop sharing sensitive information like HIV status with third parties, and also have decided to delete the data already sent across. © Twitter Scott Chen, the CTO of Grindr, has issued a statement where it has been made clear that the privacy policy of Grindr states that Grindr is a public platform, and it should be treated as such. The user has complete control over what information to share, and one should be careful about that because it will be treated as public information once shared in the profile. © Twitter One thing is for sure, people are now surely going to think twice about the information they provide online, especially after the recent Facebook debacle involving Cambridge Analytica.
  25. The United States has added seven Pakistani companies to a list of foreign entities that have been said to be acting contrary to the national security interests of the US. The move is among the series of decisions aimed at restricting Pakistan?s economic activities as the country is among the 23 entities that would face stringent export control measures, which could prevent them from conducting international trade. According to some media reports, the additions could also affect Pakistan?s chances of joining the Nuclear Suppliers Group. Out of the seven Pakistani companies, three are listed for their alleged involvement in the proliferation of unsafeguarded nuclear activities that are contrary to the national security and/or foreign policy interests of the United States. Two are accused of procuring supplies for nuclear-related entities already on the list. Two others are said to have acted as fronts for listed entity. The 23 additions have been made to the Entity List of the Export Administration Regulations, which is managed by US Department of Commerce?s Bureau of Industry and Security. The other companies added to the list include one Singaporean affiliate of a Pakistani company and 15 others from South Sudan, published in the US Federal Register, which is equivalent to the Gazetteof Pakistan.
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