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Google, FB turning a blind eye to impact on children: U.K. Minister
Britain's Health Minister Jeremy Hunt threatened to impose new regulations on social media firms unless they do more to protect young people using their services. Mr Hunt said the groups were turning a blind eye to the effect social media had on children's well-being. Google's UK operation and Facebook said they were committed to protecting children and working on new features to help.
Russia adds Google IPs to a registry of banned sites
Russia has ordered the popular Telegram messaging app to shut down because it won't share its encryption key with intelligence agencies. The Russian Communications Agency on Monday began enforcing a court ban on the messaging app Telegram over its refusal to hand over encryption keys. Telegram, which was developed by Russian entrepreneur Pavel Durov, has refused to share data, citing privacy concerns.
Now, a robot that assembles furniture
Scientists have developed a robot with a 3D camera and two arms equipped with grippers that can autonomously put together ready-to-assemble furniture without interruption. The robot assembled a 'build-it-yourself' chair in 8 minutes and 55 seconds. Prior to the assembly, the robot took 11 minutes and 21 seconds to independently plan the motion pathways and 3 seconds to locate the parts. Next, using algorithms developed by the team, the robot plans a two-handed motion that is fast and collision-free.
Firms are taking less time to detect a security breach, says Accenture
In the face of these growing cyber threats, organisations are demonstrating far more success in detecting and blocking them, according to a study from Accenture. The study found organisations are upping their game and now preventing 87 percent of all focused attacks compared to 70 percent in 2017. It's also taking less time to detect a security breach; from months and years to now days and weeks.
Video games can help kids learn new languages
Popular video games can be used to teach a new language, say scientists who have used the Assassin's Creed II to teach the Italian language to a class of students. Simone Bregni, associate professor at Saint Louis University in Spain, started playing video games in 1975 when he was 12. Mr Bregni began incorporating video games in the classroom in language labs in 1997.
3D facial recognition Android phone likely to come in 3Q18
Apple had implemented world's first 3D sensing facial recognition technology on its iPhone X late 2017. Android still seems to be struggling to implement to the OEMs available in the market. A new research suggests that Android phone manufacturers are most unlikely to launch 3D sensing models until the third quarter this year. This suggests that these two OEMs would not be the primary manufacturers to launch models with 3D sensing technology.
UK calls on social media firms to better protect children
Britain's health secretary says the government will introduce new laws targeting online social media companies if they don't do more to protect children. In a strongly-worded letter to Facebook, Google, Snapchat, Twitter and others, Jeremy Hunt said their failure to prevent young children using social media and exposing children to its harmful emotional side effects was unacceptable and irresponsible. Hunt said Sunday he was particularly concerned about the lack of age verification measures, with thousands breaching minimum user age rules.
China's ZTE says it's seeking a solution to US tech ban
ZTE Corp., one of China's biggest tech companies, said Sunday that it is taking steps to comply with a US technology ban and that it is seeking a solution to the issue it says threatens its survival. The ban on state-owned ZTE was imposed last Monday in a case involving exports of telecoms equipment to Iran and North Korea. The Company has taken and is taking steps to comply with the denial order, the statement said, referring to the ban issued by the Commerce Department.
Global carmakers gear up for China's auto show as sector opens
Global carmakers will show off their latest models at the Beijing Auto Show this week, days after China unveiled plans to shift gears in the world's biggest car market by lifting foreign ownership restrictions. The Beijing Auto Show is their chance to display their new models to Chinese car enthusiasts. China currently restricts foreign auto firms to a maximum 50 percent ownership of joint ventures with local companies.
Surge in anonymous Asia Twitter accounts sparks bot fears
A surge in new, anonymous Twitter accounts across swathes of Southeast and East Asia has deepened fears the region is in the throes of US-style mass social media manipulation. Maya Gilliss-Chapman, a Cambodian tech entrepreneur currently working in Silicon Valley, noticed something odd was happening in early April. They all seemed to be following prominent Twitter users in Cambodia including journalists, business figures, academics and celebrities.
Taxi drivers, Uber square up on Istanbul's roads
Tensions have also spilt over into violence, with Uber drivers complaining of being verbally harassed, beaten up or even shot at. Taxi drivers rent their car from the owner of the licence, whose cost of 1.5 million lira (300,000 euros, $370,000) is well beyond most drivers. Taxi drivers feel they have political backing, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regularly pictured drinking tea with the taxi community.
Huawei says Apple had the courage to go with the 'notch'
The 'notch' is the most controversial design element in the world of smartphones, especially since the Apple's iPhone X launch last year. Huawei is one of them that has recently revealed its latest smartphones with this design element. Huawei P20 However, the company claims that they haven't been copying the notch in view of the fact that they were the ones who really invented the notch.
WhatsApp Rolls Out 'Dismiss as Admin' Feature For iOS, High Priority Notifications on Android Beta
WhatsApp on iOS and the Web app have added the 'dismiss as admin' feature which would allow the users to remove a particular person as the admin of a group. The action, however, will not remove the person from the group but would just remove him/her as the admin. The addition will be available to iOS users on WhatsApp version 2.18.41 and Web apps. The WhatsApp has also added another feature called 'high priority notifications' for Android beta users.
TCS bets on Business 4.0 to push digital revenue to over $5 billion this year
Speaking to PTI, TCS CEO and Managing Director Rajesh Gopinathan said Business 4.0 is thought leadership framework to help customers leverage digital technologies to address their growth and transformation agendas. He added that Business 4.0 provides an integrated and holistic framework to help customers address issues and focus on growth in an agile manner. He added that digital revenues would be well over USD 5 billion this year for the Tata Group company.
3GB 4G data for Rs 49: Airtel's latest offer to counter Jio
In the latest offering, Airtel will give 3GB 4G data for one day at Rs 49. On the other hand, Reliance Jio's Rs 49 plan offers 1GB data for 28 days while its Rs 52 plan offers 1.05GB data for 7 days (0.15GB per day). The new Rs 49 plan may replace Airtel's existing Rs 49 offers which used to offer 1GB of 3G/ 4G data for 28 days.
Vivo quietly launches Y53i with 2 GB RAM, 16 GB storage and Snapdragon 425 SoC priced at Rs 7,990
Chinese smartphone manufacturer Vivo has silently launched a new budget smartphone Vivo Y53i priced at Rs 7,990 in India. A few days before the launch of the Vivo V9, the company had launched the Vivo Y71 priced at Rs 10,999 in India. The previous version of the smartphone, the Vivo V53, is priced at Rs 8,490 on Amazon India. The 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage variant is priced at Rs 7,999.
Apple might stick to Samsung OLEDs for the upcoming iPhones
Apple had tied-up with Samsung for making its first OLED panel smartphone - the iPhone X last year. The company is most likely to stick with the same for the upcoming 2018's iPhones as well. A new report suggests Samsung would still be the Apple's backup solution for manufacturing OLED panels instead of the proposed LG's panels. This leaves Samsung to be the primary manufacturer for OLED panels supplier to the upcoming iPhones.

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