Category: Technology

Kids on TikTok find the sunny app has a dark side

Image Credit: Shutterstock TikTok is known primarily as a launchpad for funny memes, dance routines and lip-synching videos. The company embraces that reputation with a tagline, “the last sunny corner on the internet.” But there’s a dark side to TikTok…

Twitter rolls out new prompts to curb bullying on its platform

Image Credit: Shutterstock New Delhi: Twitter has rolled out improved prompts on iOS and Android that will encourage users to pause and reconsider a potentially harmful or offensive reply – such as insults, strong language, or hateful remarks – before…

WhatsApp introduces six new sticker packs for iOS, Android

Washington: With the latest update on the instant messaging service, WhatsApp has recently released six new sticker packs for iOS and Android on the sticker store. As reported by Mashable, the feature was first spotted by WABetaInfo, a popular website…

Signal reveals how Facebook, Instagram collect your data for ads

Image Credit: REUTERS New Delhi: Encrypted messaging app Signal has challenged the user privacy policies of Facebook and Instagram by sharing a series of ads on Instagram to showcase how the social network collects information from users and displays ads…

Instagram rolls out auto-captioning sticker in Stories

Image Credit: Shutterstock San Francisco: Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform Instagram is rolling out a new sticker to Stories that allows English-speaking users to add auto-generated captions to their videos. The company said it will also start testing automated captions in Reels…

New Facebook ‘Neighbourhoods’ feature to connect local communities

Image Credit: Shutterstock San Francisco: Facebook on Wednesday announced to test a new hyperlocal feature called Neighbourhoods that will be a dedicated space to help you connect with your neighbours, participate in your local community and discover new places nearby…

Huawei deepens dive into electric vehicles

A Seres Huawei Smart Selection SF5 electric vehicle displayed during the Auto Shanghai show in Shanghai, China April 19, 2021. Image Credit: Reuters China’s Huawei Technologies is in talks to take control of a small domestic automaker’s electric vehicle unit,…

Apple faces down ‘Fortnite’ creator Epic Games in major antitrust trial

Image Credit: Epic Games Attorneys for “Fortnite” creator Epic Games and Apple Inc will make opening arguments Monday at an antitrust trial whose ultimate outcome could affect Apple’s fast-growing App Store business. The lawsuit, which Epic brought last year in…

Verizon to sell Yahoo, AOL for $5 billion to private equity firm

Image Credit: IANS Washington: Verizon announced Monday it was selling faded internet stars Yahoo and AOL to a private equity firm for $5 billion, ending the online media ambitions of the telecoms giant. The deal with Apollo Global Management also…

UAE retains No. 1 position as country with ‘fastest mobile network speed’

Dubai: The UAE retains its position as the country with the ‘fastest mobile network speed’ in the first quarter of 2021, according to the latest findings by Ookla. With a download speed of 178.52 Mbps in March, the UAE overtook South…

Ford’s new headlight technology knows when a corner is coming up

A computer algorithm calculates the speed and trajectory of the vehicle so that it can adjust the headlights appropriately. Image Credit: Ford/PA Ford has revealed it is testing headlight technology that knows what turns are ahead, so it can adapt…

UAE records 183% surge in ‘Distributed Denial-of-Service’ cyber attacks in 2020: Etisalat’s Help AG

It’s unfortunate that all through 2020 when the world was distracted by COVID-19, sophisticated cyber attacks became the norm. Image Credit: AFP Dubai: 2020 wasn’t just the year of the COVID-19 – cyber threats spiked throughout the year and more…

Abu Dhabi’s Aldar in deal with world’s biggest venture capital investor Fifth Wall for ‘proptech’

The partnership with Fifth Wall adds to Aldar’s existing portfolio of investments focused on promoting innovation and tech in real estate and retail sectors. The developer had set up an Innovation Office that provides access for startups to Aldar’s trials…

Samsung sees chip profits up, mobile sales down

Samsung. Image Credit: Bloomberg Seoul: Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday it expects chip profits to increase but mobile profits to drop in the current quarter, as a global chip shortage affects its businesses in different ways. Samsung, which…

Apple soars past sales, profit targets with strong iPhone demand

Apple Image Credit: AP Apple Inc on Wednesday posted sales and profits far ahead of Wall Street expectations and announced a $90 billion (Dh331 billion) share buyback as customers continued to upgrade to 5G iPhones but warned that supply constraints…

Facebook smashes revenue estimates, issues Apple change warning

Image Credit: Shutterstock Facebook Inc beat Wall Street expectations for both quarterly revenue and profit on Wednesday but warned that growth later this year could “significantly” decline as new Apple Inc privacy policies will make it more difficult to target…

Apple’s iPhone privacy clampdown arrives after 7-month delay

Image Credit: Pixabay San Ramon, California: Apple is following through on its pledge to crack down on Facebook and other snoopy apps that secretly shadow people on their iPhones in order to target more advertising at users. The new privacy…

Microsoft sales grow on cloud strength, but shares dip

Microsoft Image Credit: AP Microsoft Corp on Tuesday met analysts’ quarterly sales expectations and beat profit estimates, but its shares fell slightly reflecting some scepticism about one-off benefits included in the results and high hopes after a year-long rally. By…

Google ad sales surge 32%, planning $50b share buyback

In this Sept. 24, 2019, file photo a woman walks below a Google sign on the campus in Mountain View, Calif. Australia’s government said on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, it will amend draft laws that would make Google and Facebook…

A Tesla Model Y tricked to drive with no one at wheel

Tesla’s Autopilot partially automated system can keep a car centered in its lane, keep a distance from cars in front of it, and can even change lanes on its own with a driver’s consent. Image Credit: Reuters Consumer Reports has…

Majority of UAE smartphone users plan to hold on to handsets for longer

UAE consumers have generally turned cautious about their spending after the COVID-19 strike. Smartphones is just one category where this is apparent. Image Credit: Pixabay Dubai: Smartphone brands and vendors take note – a majority of UAE consumers (71 per cent)…

Honda declares all sales will be electric vehicles by 2040

A Honda SUV e:Prototype electric vehicle (EV) is seen displayed at the Auto Shanghai show in Shanghai, China on April 20, 2021. Image Credit: Reuters Honda Motor Co. has set a goal to have all of its unit sales worldwide…

It’s time to upgrade to laptops with the newly launched Nvidia RTX 30 series

Image Credit: Supplied A new era of laptops begins today featuring the Nvidia Ampere architecture, with the launch of 70+ models powered by GeForce RTX 30 Series Laptop GPUs. These next-gen laptops, which start at Dh3,800, increase energy efficiency by…

Twitter now allows Android, iOS users to share 4K images

Image Credit: Shutterstock California: The users of micro-blogging site Twitter, have a reason to rejoice as the company now allows Android and iOS to upload and view 4K images on the Twitter app. According to Mashable, the resolution for the…

These days there are no rock-solid guarantees on cyber security

How secure are you against cyber threats? The actual and perceived strengths could be deceptive. Image Credit: Shutterstock Internet security blog posts are usually more at home on the inside pages of IT trade periodicals than on the front pages…

Disney signs deal to stream ‘Spider-Man,’ other Sony films

Los Angeles: Walt Disney Co said on Wednesday it had reached a deal with Sony Pictures to bring new “Spider-Man” movies and other films to Disney’s streaming services and TV networks in the United States after they play on Netflix.…

Instagram introduces new feature to filter out abusive DMs automatically

Image Credit: Pexels Washington: After facing regular backlash over cybersecurity from celebrities and public figures, Facebook-owned company Instagram has announced a new feature on Wednesday that will automatically filter abusive direct messages for users. The Verge reported that the new tool…

Tesla apologises as China disquiet mounts

An angry protester climbed on one of its display vehicles shouting that her car’s brakes had lost control. Her protest was captured by scores of onlookers who then uploaded the footage to social media, helping it go viral. Image Credit:…

Apple unveils Dh129 AirTag for lost items: How it works

Image Credit: Apple With AirTag, Apple expands the ‘Find My’ ecosystem Apple has unveiled on Tuesday (April 20, 2020), a tiny fancy new button-like accessory the helps people keep track of and find items that matter most to them —…

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