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Google CEO Sundar Pichai Outlines Vision to Brings Millions of Indians Online

Google’s new chief executive Sundar Pichai used his first official visit to India Wednesday to outline plans to bring hundreds of millions of Indians online, including installing free wifi at railway stations. The Indian-born Pichai said the first train station, Mumbai Central, would go online in January and the tech giant intended to cover 100 of India’s stations by the ... Read More »

Quikr Adds Support For 7 Indian Languages

Online classifieds website Quikr has announced support for seven Indian languages on its website. With this, users can now browse, search, post ads, and interact in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Gujarati, and Marathi, the company said, in addition to English. Quikr is working towards making its platform more inclusive, said Anurag Saran, Chief Product Officer, adding that the feature ... Read More »

CISA Passes Senate Despite Privacy Advocates’ Fear and Loathing

The Act calls for the United States Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Justice to share cyberthreat indicators between the public and private sectors. It allows private entities to monitor and operate cybersecurity measures applied to their own information systems and, with permission, to those of other ... Read More »

SXSW May Put Online Harassment in the Spotlight

SXSW Interactive might include a daylong event on combating online harassment, Re/code reported Tuesday. The news followed SXSW’s cancellation of two planned panels that were expected to focus on opposite ends of the Gamergate debate. Threats of on-site violence spurred the decision to cancel both panels, according to SXSW officials. Caroline Sinders of IBM Watson, Katherine Cross of the CUNY ... Read More »

Mobile Malware’s Growth Slows, Nastiness Grows

While there hasn’t been a sharp rise in the volume of mobile malware this year, the increasingly malicious nature of the types of malware and attacks is alarming,Blue Coat Systems said last week in its 2015 Mobile Malware Report. “Ransomware is getting more evil, more robust, similar to the evolution it followed on the desktop,” said Chris Larsen, a senior ... Read More »

NewsON Puts Local News in Your Pocket

NewsON on Wednesday launched a free, ad-supported app that offers instant access to broadcast-quality local newscasts and clips. Users can search by market for curated content linked to breaking news from 118 stations in 90 markets, covering about 75 percent of the United States. All top 10 U.S. markets, as well as 17 of the top 20, 40 of the ... Read More »

NSA Keeps Some Security Bugs Under Its Hat

While the agency appears pleased with its newfound transparency, it’s being called out en masse for the things it’s not reporting — primarily, the other 9 percent of vulnerabilities. In fact, the NSA’s revelations have raised far more questions than they’ve answered. The disclosures came late last month in an infographictouting the way the agency’s security bug reporting practices. Disclosing ... Read More »

Users Balk at Mobile App Permission Requests

The number of permissions requested by a mobile app can be a deal breaker for six out of 10 smartphone users, Pew found. Applications request permission from users to access a variety of functions on a smartphone — accessing the Internet, for example, or using the device’s camera. Most apps can’t function without permissions, but a good number of them ... Read More »

iPad Pro: The Thrill Is Gone

Apple this week began selling its iPad Pro, but the newly introduced device is failing to evoke the enthusiasm the company’s line of tablets traditionally has seen. Reviewers gave the device high marks for its battery life, screen, speakers, light weight and Pen, but panned the keyboard, the lack of a touchpad and 3D Touch, its long charging times and ... Read More »

Google+ Tries On New Social Media Identity

The site has undergone a major redesign that takes away some of the bloat that slowed down the navigation process, the company said. Its new focus is to serve as a virtual gathering place for people with common interests. “Today we’re starting to introduce a fully redesigned Google+ that puts Communities and Collections front and center,” said Eddie Kessler, director ... Read More »