Author Archives: Loknath Das

Twitter Permanently Bans Alex Jones, Infowars, Citing Abuse

HIGHLIGHTS Last month, Twitter banned Jones and Infowars for seven days Was taken down because we were popular, said Jones On Wednesday, Jones attended a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing Twitter on Thursday permanently banned US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his website Infowars from its platform and Periscope, saying in a tweet that the accounts had violated its behaviour policies. “As we continue to increase ... Read More »

Facebook Removes Burmese Translation Feature After Reuters Report

HIGHLIGHTS Reuters article showed that the translation feature was flawed Facebook a useful instrument for those spreading hate: UN investigators Some 7 lakh Rohingya have fled Myanmar Facebook has removed a feature that allowed users to translate Burmese posts and comments after a Reuters report showed the tool was producing bizarre results. A Reuters investigation published on August 15 documented how Facebook was ... Read More »

Facebook Researcher Tied to Cambridge Analytica Quits

HIGHLIGHTS Facebook declined to explain why Joseph Chancellor left the company He worked as quantitative researcher on its User Experience Research team Facebook has been under the scanner of lawmakers after the data scandal After becoming infamous for helping the controversial British political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica harvest tens of millions of Facebook users’ profiles, a psychology researcher with the social networking ... Read More »

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 Review

HIGHLIGHTS There is only one variant with Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity The S-Pen is included in the price and is integrated into the Samsung UI The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 has average cameras and battery life Samsung was the one of the first companies to release an Android tablet, back when the iPad was brand new and exciting. The Korean ... Read More »

Apple’s Legal Assault on Qualcomm Is Part of Phone Margin Grab

Apple is piling onto lawsuits that attack the way Qualcomm licenses technology for mobile phones in a widespread effort to rake back profits in a slowing market. The latest suit by Apple, filed Friday, alleges that Qualcomm has unfairly used the power of its patents, which cover the fundamentals of phone systems, and its chip business to prop up its dominant position in ... Read More »

Testing Apple’s New Screen Time Parental Controls: First Came Tears, Then Frustration.

“Don’t set the time limit. I can be reasonable!” pleads 9-year-old Tazio, looking up from his iPad. It’s not always fun owning an iPad that a parent can remotely shut off. Also not easy: Trying to parent via new digital “Screen Time” controls. Coming soon to an iPad or iPhone near you, Apple’s iOS 12 adds menus, buttons and bar charts to help monitor ... Read More »

Apple Fixes iOS 12 Beta Bug With Latest Developer Beta Update; watchOS, tvOS Betas Also Released

HIGHLIGHTS The bug was spotted in iOS 12 Developer Beta 11 It seems to have been resolved with the latest update Build number of the update is 16A5366a Apple iPhone users running the latest version of iOS 12 beta have had a rough past couple of days, owing to a frustrating bug in iOS 12 public beta version 9 (developer beta version 11). This ... Read More »

Researchers Improve GPS Accuracy on Smartphones

A team of scientists has been successful in significantly improving the accuracy of GPS in smartphones. By combining signals from four different Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSSs), researchers from the University of Otago, New Zealand in collaboration with Curtin University, Australia demonstrated that it is possible to achieve centimetre-level precise positioning on a smartphone. “It’s all down to the mathematics we applied ... Read More »

Huawei P20, P20 Pro Sales Cross 10 Million, New Colour Options Launched

Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has sold 10 million units of its flagship P20 Pro and P20 devices since their global launch in late March this year, the company said on Saturday. It also announced it has sold 10 million units of the Mate 10 series of smartphones. At IFA 2018, Huawei unveiled the Morpho Aurora and Pearl White variants of the Huawei P20 series. Huawei ... Read More »

Jio Phone 2 Flash Sale to Be Held Today at 12pm on Jio.com

io Phone 2 flash sale will be held only on Jio.com HIGHLIGHTS Jio Phone 2 price in India is Rs. 2,999 Buyers will not get a refund on the handset They can choose between three Jio recharges for the handset The Jio Phone 2 goes on sale for only the second time in India today, with stocks still expected to ... Read More »