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Report fake poll tweets with new Twitter tool

24 Apr 2019 | 9:28 PM

NEW DELHI: Twitter on Wednesday announced a new tool to make it easier for users to report attempts to interfere in the general elections in India through spread of misleading information about voting.

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New Delhi, April 24

Twitter on Wednesday announced a new tool to make it easier for users to report attempts to interfere in the general elections in India through spread of misleading information about voting.

The new feature, which is an addition to existing approach to tackling malicious automation and other forms of platform manipulation, would become effective from Thursday, Twitter said.

Social media platforms, including Twitter, earlier faced criticism from the government for being slow in removing fake news from their platforms.

Thus, if you see misleading information about how to vote or register to vote, including those that suggest that one can vote by tweet, text message, email, or phone call, you will be able to report such information for review from within the platform.

The rules will also cover misleading information about requirements for voting, including identification requirements, misleading statements or information about the official announced date or time of an election.

The platform, to start with the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and the European Parliament polls, will be rolled out for other elections, Twitter said in a statement.

In a blog post in February, Twitter said India was one of its largest and fastest-growing audience markets and the 2019 Lok Sabha was a key priority for the microblogging site.

It earlier launched its Ads Transparency Centre that allows anyone across the globe to view details on political campaigning ads and billing information.  IANS

Instant messaging app WhatsApp to deny private chat screenshots: Report

Instant messaging app WhatsApp to deny private chat screenshots: Report

24 Apr 2019 | 2:38 PM

SAN FRANCISCO: Instant messaging app WhatsApp is testing an ‘Authentication’ feature which would bar users from taking screenshots of their private conversations.

Indians spend 10 hours on devices daily: Adobe

Indians spend 10 hours on devices daily: Adobe

24 Apr 2019 | 10:40 AM

MUMBAI: Seeking more personalised experiences, Indians are spending over 10 hours on their devices daily, representing the changing content consumption habits, a new Adobe survey revealed on Wednesday.

One million species risk extinction due to humans: Draft UN report

One million species risk extinction due to humans: Draft UN report

23 Apr 2019 | 7:20 PM

PARIS: Up to one million species face extinction due to human influence, according to a draft UN report obtained by AFP that painstakingly catalogues how humanity has undermined the natural resources upon which its very survival depends.

Global warming shrank Indian economy by 31 per cent: Study

Global warming shrank Indian economy by 31 per cent: Study

23 Apr 2019 | 4:49 PM

BOSTON: Global warming has caused the Indian economy to be 31 per cent smaller than it would otherwise have been, according to a Stanford study which shows how Earth's temperature changes have increased inequalities.

Plastic surgeons help people get 'six-pack abs'

Plastic surgeons help people get 'six-pack abs'

23 Apr 2019 | 4:38 PM

WASHINGTON: A technique called abdominal etching can help create the classic "six-pack abs" for those who have trouble getting the toned appearance with their diet plans and workout routine, scientists claim.

Video games affect girls more than boys: Study

Video games affect girls more than boys: Study

23 Apr 2019 | 2:09 PM

NEW YORK: Dear parents, please take note. When it comes to video gaming, girls in the 6-12 age group are at a heightened risk of developing less social competence than boys, warn researchers.

Amazon to close its online biz in China: Report

Amazon to close its online biz in China: Report

23 Apr 2019 | 2:06 PM

SAN FRANCISCO: Retail giant Amazon will withdraw its domestic e-commerce marketplace business in China, effective from July 18, but will keep operating its other business sections, including Amazon Web Services, Kindle e-books and cross-border operations.

Apple's 5G iPhones to sport Qualcomm, Samsung chips

Apple's 5G iPhones to sport Qualcomm, Samsung chips

23 Apr 2019 | 12:30 PM

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple is expected to release a 5G-equipped iPhone in 2020 powered by chipsets from Qualcomm and Samsung that would take the total iPhone shipments to 195-200 million units in two years, according to Apple expert and predictor Ming-Chi Kuo.

Earth Day: Saving the planet may cost USD 100 billion per year

Earth Day: Saving the planet may cost USD 100 billion per year

22 Apr 2019 | 5:54 PM

WASHINGTON: Saving the diversity and abundance of life on Earth may cost USD 100 billion a year, say scientists who have proposed a policy to prevent another mass extinction event on the planet.

iPhones to sport 3-camera setup, 12MP selfie shooter

iPhones to sport 3-camera setup, 12MP selfie shooter

21 Apr 2019 | 5:13 PM

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple is planning to upgrade camera resolution and setup in iPhones, to be unveiled this year.

Gender stereotypes leaves imprint on human brains: Study

Gender stereotypes leaves imprint on human brains: Study

21 Apr 2019 | 4:13 PM

WASHINGTON: Society's expectations about gender roles alter the human brain at the cellular level, scientists say.

Fake review factories fooling online Amazon shoppers

Fake review factories fooling online Amazon shoppers

21 Apr 2019 | 2:58 PM

SAN FRANCISCO: Amazon's online shoppers are being fooled by fake review factories running on multiple Facebook groups.

Steady beer supply kept ancient empire in Peru together: Study

Steady beer supply kept ancient empire in Peru together: Study

21 Apr 2019 | 12:44 PM

WASHINGTON: A steady supply of beer may have helped keep the Wari empire in Peru running for 500 years, eventually giving rise to the Incas, a study has found.

Millions using '123456' as password: Security study

Millions using '123456' as password: Security study

21 Apr 2019 | 11:07 AM

LONDON: Millions of people are using easy-to-guess passwords on sensitive accounts, with "123456" being the most widely-used on breached accounts, suggests a security study.

New Snapchat Lens to spread anti-bullying awareness

New Snapchat Lens to spread anti-bullying awareness

20 Apr 2019 | 2:57 PM

SAN FRANCISCO: Photo-messaging app Snapchat is working out ways to spread awareness about bullying on its platform by launching its first ever social impact-based Lens Challenge.

Instagram testing to hide ‘Like’ counts on posts

Instagram testing to hide ‘Like’ counts on posts

20 Apr 2019 | 1:36 PM

SAN FRANCISCO: To channelise user-focus on sharing better and sensible content on its platform, Facebook-owned photo-messaging app Instagram is planning on hiding the ‘Like’ counts for posts on its app.

These iPhone features are coming on Apple laptops

These iPhone features are coming on Apple laptops

20 Apr 2019 | 12:44 PM

SAN FRANCISCO: Ahead of its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) scheduled for June 3, Apple is working on bringing two of its operating systems (OS), macOS and iOS, closer together by introducing several useful iPhone features to its line of MacBooks.

People who smoke marijuana weigh less

People who smoke marijuana weigh less

20 Apr 2019 | 12:11 PM

NEW YORK: People who smoke marijuana or cannabis weigh less as compared to adults who don’t, a new study suggests.

Moral decisions linked to brain activity: Study

Moral decisions linked to brain activity: Study

19 Apr 2019 | 9:48 PM

WASHINGTON: What makes our decisions morally just or objectionable? It is the brain activity that is responsible for the differences in our moral behaviour, reveals a new study.

YouTube Music now streaming free on smart speakers

YouTube Music now streaming free on smart speakers

19 Apr 2019 | 5:49 PM

SAN FRANCISCO:Google-owned YouTube is now offering its music streaming service for free on Google Home as well as other Assistant-powered smart speakers.

Facebook exposed millions of Instagram passwords

Facebook exposed millions of Instagram passwords

19 Apr 2019 | 10:22 AM

SAN FRANCISCO: A day after admitting it "unintentionally" uploaded emails of nearly 1.5 million of new users, Facebook has now revealed that millions of Instagram passwords were stored on its servers in a readable format.

New AI system may help detect prostate cancer

New AI system may help detect prostate cancer

18 Apr 2019 | 1:23 PM

LOS ANGELES: Researchers have developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) system to help radiologists improve their ability to diagnose prostate cancer.

Scientists revive cellular activity in pig brains hours after death

Scientists revive cellular activity in pig brains hours after death

18 Apr 2019 | 1:22 PM

LOS ANGELES: Yale University scientists have succeeded in restoring basic cellular activity in pigs’ brains hours after their deaths in a finding that may one day lead to advances in treating human stroke and brain injuries, researchers reported on Wednesday.

NASA astronaut to set record for longest spaceflight by a woman

NASA astronaut to set record for longest spaceflight by a woman

18 Apr 2019 | 12:15 PM

WASHINGTON: NASA astronaut Christina Koch is going to have her mission on the International Space Station (ISS) extended to 328 days, which would set a record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, the US space agency said.

Facebook 'unintentionally uploaded' emails of 1.5mn users

Facebook 'unintentionally uploaded' emails of 1.5mn users

18 Apr 2019 | 11:17 AM

SAN FRANCISCO: In a latest privacy goof up, Facebook "unintentionally" uploaded the emails of nearly 1.5 million of its users during the past three years.

Facebook working on voice assistant like Amazon Alexa

Facebook working on voice assistant like Amazon Alexa

18 Apr 2019 | 11:10 AM

SAN FRANCISCO: In a bid to take on Amazon Alexa or Google Home, Facebook is working on a voice-based assistant for its Portal video chat service and other future projects.

Volcanoes caused biggest mass extinction ever: Study

Volcanoes caused biggest mass extinction ever: Study

17 Apr 2019 | 9:28 PM

WASHINGTON: Mercury buried in ancient rock provides the strongest evidence yet that volcanoes caused the biggest mass extinction in the history of the Earth, scientists say. The extinction 252 million years ago was so dramatic and widespread that scientists call it "the Great Dying".

Netflix gained 9.6 million customers in first quarter

Netflix gained 9.6 million customers in first quarter

17 Apr 2019 | 4:53 PM

LOS ANGELES: Streaming giant Netflix gained 9.6 million streaming customers in the first quarter of 2019. But a price hike in the US and other countries is slowing its momentum going into the second quarter.

NASA finds new way to defend Earth from asteroids

NASA finds new way to defend Earth from asteroids

17 Apr 2019 | 4:45 PM

WASHINGTON: In order to defend Earth from asteroids, the trick is to spot the near-Earth objects first, according to NASA researchers.

Twitter set to launch 'hide replies' feature in June

Twitter set to launch 'hide replies' feature in June

17 Apr 2019 | 2:23 PM

SAN FRANCISCO: As part of the efforts to make its platform appear less toxic, Twitter is planning to give people an option to hide replies to their tweets, thereby giving users more control over the nature of conversation they would like to have on the platform.

Earth's surface heating up, NASA study confirms

Earth's surface heating up, NASA study confirms

17 Apr 2019 | 1:46 PM

WASHINGTON: Satellite measurements by NASA researchers have verified the ground-based data which shows the Earth's surface has been warming globally over the past 15 years.

Mozilla questions Apple's privacy practice

Mozilla questions Apple's privacy practice

17 Apr 2019 | 12:35 PM

SAN FRANCISCO: Mozilla, the maker of the Open Source browser Firefox, has launched a campaign asking Apple to make it harder for advertisers to track iPhone users by changing the unique ID for each iPhone every month and building comprehensive profiles of users over time.

Saturn's moon Titan has 100-m deep methane lakes: NASA

Saturn's moon Titan has 100-m deep methane lakes: NASA

17 Apr 2019 | 12:14 PM

WASHINGTON: Saturn's largest moon Titan has small liquid lakes that run more than 100 metres deep, perched atop hills and filled with methane, scientists have found using data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Indian scientists create deepest radio images of sun

Indian scientists create deepest radio images of sun

17 Apr 2019 | 11:52 AM

PUNE: Scientists have captured the deepest radio images of the Sun, an advance that may help reliably predict space weather and its possible effects on Earth.

Google's Pixel 3a, 3a XL launch date revealed

Google's Pixel 3a, 3a XL launch date revealed

16 Apr 2019 | 3:54 PM

SAN FRANCISCO:The much-anticipated mid-rangers from Google—the Pixel 3a and 3a XL smartphones could launch on May 7, said the company's own store page.

Facebook joins GAME to train entrepreneurs in India

Facebook joins GAME to train entrepreneurs in India

16 Apr 2019 | 2:58 PM

NEW DELHI: Facebook and the Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship (GAME)—a consortium of public and private organisations—on Tuesday announced a partnership to train entrepreneurs and create jobs across India.

Social skills helped shape modern human face: Study

Social skills helped shape modern human face: Study

16 Apr 2019 | 2:55 PM

LONDON:The evolution of modern human face may have been partly driven by our need for good social skills, according to a study.

NASA's planet-hunting probe spots Earth-sized planet

NASA's planet-hunting probe spots Earth-sized planet

16 Apr 2019 | 1:22 PM

WASHINGTON: NASA's latest planet-hunting probe has discovered its first Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting a star 53 light-years away.

Switching to electric vehicles may improve air quality: Study

Switching to electric vehicles may improve air quality: Study

16 Apr 2019 | 1:13 PM

WASHINGTON: Adopting electric vehicles (EVs) could improve overall air quality and lower carbon emissions, according to a study.

24/7 news, social media affecting attention span

24/7 news, social media affecting attention span

16 Apr 2019 | 1:13 PM

LONDON: People are losing their collective attention span rapidly owing to the ‘fear of missing out’ (FOMO), staying up-to-date on social media and breaking news coming at them 24/7 via various platforms, a team of European scientists has warned.

24/7 news, social media reducing our attention span

24/7 news, social media reducing our attention span

15 Apr 2019 | 7:42 PM

BERLIN: The ‘fear of missing out’, keeping up to date on social media, and 24/7 cycle of breaking news is narrowing our collective attention span, a study has warned.

Want to learn new skill? Take short breaks

Want to learn new skill? Take short breaks

15 Apr 2019 | 1:37 PM

WASHINGTON: Taking short breaks, early and often, may help our brains learn new skills, according to a study.

'Human brains may directly connect to cloud networks in future'

'Human brains may directly connect to cloud networks in future'

14 Apr 2019 | 2:30 PM

LOS ANGELES: Our brains may someday be able to directly connect to vast cloud-computing networks in real time, allowing us to gain a Matrix-style instant access to the world's knowledge by simply by thinking about a specific topic, scientists claim.

After OTT, music streaming gains momentum in India

After OTT, music streaming gains momentum in India

14 Apr 2019 | 1:09 PM

NEW DELHI: With nearly 450 million smartphones powered by cheapest data packs, the online music streaming industry in India is witnessing a phenomenal growth like over-the-top (OTT) video streaming players.

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