Category: Internet

This Internet shutdown tracker will let you know of instances of govt-imposed internet bans in India

This Internet shutdown tracker will let you know of instances of govt-imposed internet bans in India

Internet shutdowns have seen an increase in frequency over the years, with 2016 recording close to 30 instances, according to the InternetShutdown tracker released by SFLC.in. Even though we have the freedom of speech, we all know it isn’t absolute. In a country such as India, where offence is taken liberally, absolute freedom of speech could prove to be detrimental […]

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Surfing internet, excess use of social media networks like Facebook can make you lose track of time

Surfing internet, excess use of social media networks like Facebook can make you lose track of time

Facebook addicts, take note! Using the social networking site or surfing the web may impair your perception of time, warn researchers including one of Indian-origin. Using well-established internal clock models, researchers attempted to separate the roles of ‘attention’ and ‘arousal’ as drivers for time distortion. They found that Facebook-related stimuli can lead to an underestimate of time compared to general […]

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Vivaldi 1.7 is live, with in built screenshot capture and option to mute all tabs at once

Vivaldi 1.7 is live, with in built screenshot capture and option to mute all tabs at once

Vivaldi has just released version 1.7 of the lightweight power user oriented web browser. It introduces a slew of new features including advanced screenshots, audio control and more. There is now an in built screen shot feature that can be mapped to a keyboard shortcut. A camera icon on the status bar throws up the screenshot option. The convenient part […]

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YouTube introduces mobile live streaming for creators with over 10,000 subscribers

YouTube introduces mobile live streaming for creators with over 10,000 subscribers

In June last year, YouTube introduced a mobile live streaming feature to a limited number of YouTube creators. Now, YouTube is rolling out the capabilities of hosting live video streams from mobile devices to all creators with over 10,000 subscribers. For creators, this is a new way to engage with fans, allowing for immediate and intimate live streams. Google plans […]

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YouTube opens up mobile livestreaming to all creators with more than 10,000 subscribers

YouTube opens up mobile livestreaming to all creators with more than 10,000 subscribers

Eight months after announcing it would support livestreaming capabilities, YouTube has started giving more people access to the service. Today, the video social network revealed that mobile livestreaming will be available to every creator with more than 10,000 subscribers. It promises that “the rest of you will have it soon.” “A huge focus for us here at YouTube is to find […]

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Google integrates accelerated mobile pages in search, allowing for native url sharing

Google integrates accelerated mobile pages in search, allowing for native url sharing

Google’s accelerated mobile pages (AMP) is a facility that mirrors the content from a source URL and delivers it through servers hosted around the world. AMP gives a better user experience by making web sites load much faster than the original version. The web pages are served by Google, which means the users cannot use the urls to verify the […]

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Bots are responsible for more internet traffic than humans: Report

Bots are responsible for more internet traffic than humans: Report

A new internet traffic report indicates that bots are responsible for more internet traffic than humans. The Bot Traffic Report 2016 was compiled by Imperva Incapsula. It’s findings are quite surprising, but understandable in hindsight. For the report, Imperva Incapsula generated data by analyzing “16.7+ billion visits to 100,000 randomly-selected domains.” The biggest finding of the report is that humans […]

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Almost half of all the children in India feel unsafe while using the internet

Almost half of all the children in India feel unsafe while using the internet

Internet According to a survey conducted by mobile operator Telenor India’s ‘Web-Wise’ – a flagship programme on children’s cyber safety and security – around 99% schoolchildren in urban India use internet, of whom 25% have experienced hacking of their accounts.The survey was conducted over Facebook with 320 respondents primarily from India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand and other Asian […]

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Google India celebrates Safer Internet Day 2017 with “Be the change: unite for a better internet”

Google India celebrates Safer Internet Day 2017 with “Be the change: unite for a better internet”

Many internet users in India are coming online for the first time and there is a need to simplify ways to make them safe, a Google executive said here on Tuesday. Safer Internet Day 2017 is being celebrated globally on Tuesday, with the theme ‘Be the change: unite for a better internet’. “We need to simplify and amplify ways by […]

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Google, unlike Microsoft must reveal foreign emails to law enforcement officials: US Court

Google, unlike Microsoft must reveal foreign emails to law enforcement officials: US Court

A U.S. judge has ordered Google to comply with search warrants seeking customer emails stored outside the United States, diverging from a federal appeals court that reached the opposite conclusion in a similar case involving Microsoft Corp. U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Rueter in Philadelphia ruled on Friday that transferring emails from a foreign server so FBI agents could review them […]

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Hundreds of missing children rescued in China because of Alibaba’s “reunion” app

Hundreds of missing children rescued in China because of Alibaba’s “reunion” app

A mobile app helped Chinese authorities recover hundreds of missing children last year, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday, in a country where child trafficking is rampant. The Ministry of Public Security said 611 missing children were found last year, Xinhua said. The “Tuanyuan”, or “reunion” in Chinese, app developed by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd was launched in May and […]

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Indian police have busted a 3700 crore pyramid scheme style internet scam

Indian police have busted a 3700 crore pyramid scheme style internet scam

Indian police have busted an internet scam in which around 650,000 people lost a combined 3700 crores rupees ($549 million) after sending money to a company that promised they would earn cash by clicking on web links, police said on Friday. Police, who described the pyramid-style scheme as one of India’s biggest ever, said they had arrested three ringleaders on […]

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If you have the Chrome Browser version 53 and below, Gmail will stop working on it

If you have the Chrome Browser version 53 and below, Gmail will stop working on it

The Chrome Browser version 55 is the latest version of the browser and it has some important security oriented updates, as well as performance enhancements. To encourage users to upgrade to the latest version of the Chrome Browser, Google has announced that it will be showing a banner on top of Gmail for those who are using Chrome version 53 […]

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Firefox OS is officially dead as Mozilla shuts down connected devices group

Firefox OS is officially dead as Mozilla shuts down connected devices group

Mozilla has laid off its team of 50 members responsible for its connected devices group that were responsible for the failed Firefox OS. According to a statement given to CNET, “We have shifted our internal approach to the internet-of-things opportunity to step back from a focus on launching and scaling commercial products to one focused on research and advanced development, dissolving […]

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Data centres may swap out wires with infrared links for data transfer

Data centres may swap out wires with infrared links for data transfer

Communication in data centres in near future can become hassle-free as engineers are proposing to eliminate most of the wires and substitute infrared free-space optics for communications. Though researchers from Pennsylvania State University tried radio frequency signalling, the beams became wide over short distances. The Microsoft engineers found that radio-frequency signalling resulted in high interference, limited active links and limited […]

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Dropbox builds up its business offerings with file sync and content collaboration tools

Dropbox builds up its business offerings with file sync and content collaboration tools

A decade after its founding as a file-sharing business, Dropbox Inc is trying to become a new kind of company. On Monday, the highly valued digital storage firm unveiled two new products – file sync and content collaboration tools – as part of a years-long effort to build up its business offerings. The effort appears to have bolstered the company’s […]

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Ex-Mozilla Firefox developer says anti-virus software does more harm than good

Ex-Mozilla Firefox developer says anti-virus software does more harm than good

Ex Mozilla Firefox developer Robert O’Callahan put up a blog post outlining the problems with third party anti-virus software. According to the post, there is negligible evidence that anti-virus software improve security, and there is considerably evidence that shows that the anti-virus software actually harm the machines they are installed on. Bugs in anti-virus software open up additional vector attacks […]

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Google makes page reloads work 28 percent faster for Chrome on smartphones

Google makes page reloads work 28 percent faster for Chrome on smartphones

Google has announced enhancements to the way reloading pages works on Chrome for smartphones. Originally, the reload feature was designed to fix broken pages, and refresh the page to represent new content that has been added since the last time the page was loaded. The existing methods for reloading a page, worked better with fixing broken pages, and was less […]

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The Mozilla foundation has published its first Internet Health Report. The report is currently only a prototype that’s meant to “measure the health of the internet”. Mozilla hopes to expand on the scope of the report over the coming months and years.

Mozilla’s ‘Internet Health report 2017’ lays bare the strengths and the weaknesses of India’s internet

The Mozilla foundation has published its first Internet Health Report. The report is currently only a prototype that’s meant to “measure the health of the internet”. Mozilla hopes to expand on the scope of the report over the coming months and years. Mozilla used five markers that it believes will represent the state of the internet at that point in […]

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Three dimensional map of China in Chinese flag colors.

China has the world’s highest number of internet users at 731mn

The number of Internet users in China – already the world’s highest – reached 731 million in December, authorities said, as e-commerce drives consumer demand across the Asian giant. Total Internet users rose 6.2 percent from the end of December 2015 and equals the entire population of Europe, the government-linked China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) said in a statement […]

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