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Google India has announced the launch of Tamil language support for its Google AdWords and Google AdSense to support the Tamil language web publishers and to help advertisers reach out to the large Tamil Internet user base. Content creators who have websites and blogs in Tamil will be able to sign up for Google Adsense and run ads on their content, which will be visible to users all over the world.

BY POOJA | FEB 21, 2018 9:36 PM #GOOGLE #TAMIL #ADVERTISING #TECHNOLOGY NEWS

Sophia, the world’s first humanoid robot, created by American scientist David Hanson of Hanson Robotics in Hong Kong, interacted with the audience at the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT)-2018. When asked who her favourite Indian actor was, Sophia reportedly replied, “Shah Rukh Khan,” much to the delight of the audience.

BY POOJA | FEB 21, 2018 8:45 PM #SOPHIA #ROBOT #TECHNOLOGY NEWS

Popular messaging app WhatsApp’s latest feature is called ‘Group Description’. This feature reportedly enables users to add up to 500 characters’ description for the members of any group. This feature is not restricted to just the members - it is accessible to all members of the group. This feature has been seen on WhatsApp beta versions on Android and Windows phones and is expected to be available for iOS soon.

BY POOJA | FEB 21, 2018 8:08 PM #WHATSAPP #TECHNOLOGY NEWS

Facebook has reportedly launched its new app for children called ‘Messenger Kids’ despite facing heavy criticism for attempting to lure children into social media websites. Messenger Kids lets children less than 13 years of age chat with friends and family. It does not display any ads and lets parents approve who their children can chat with. The app is available on iOS and Android devices in the U.S.

BY POOJA | FEB 17, 2018 10:17 PM #FACEBOOK #APP #TECHNOLOGY NEWS

According to reports, popular dating app Tinder is set to introduce an option that allows women to start the conversation first on the app after a mutual match. While the app now allows both the genders to make the first move, the new setting will allow women to only interact with the men they message first. Mandy Ginsberg, CEO, Match Group Inc, Tinder’s parent company, was quoted as saying, “Giving people the choice versus telling people how to engage is the big difference.”

BY VIKRAMAN MANIRAJ | FEB 16, 2018 8:15 PM #TINDER #DATINGAPP #TINDERCONVERSATIONS #TECHNOLOGY NEWS

Following WhatsApp’s testing of payments made through the app in India, Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma was quoted as saying that WhatsApp’s UPI payment platform has security risks for consumers. He elaborated in a quote, saying,” We are just seeking an equal treatment. WhatsApp payment does not ask for log-in password, which is a huge security risk for consumers. While it is in beta testing, we don’t think there will be any changes added later.”

BY POOJA | FEB 16, 2018 7:14 PM #WHATSAPP #PAYTM #TECHNOLOGY NEWS

The most awaited feature of WhatsApp - the UPI payment - is now available to a select group of people currently. To activate this feature, you need an invitation from a person who has it already. However, the feature will be made available to all users soon.

BY AISHWARYA | FEB 11, 2018 2:46 PM #WHATSAPP #PAYMENT #DIGITAL PAYMENT #TECHNOLOGY NEWS

According to a report on The Independent, popular photo-sharing app Instagram is testing a feature which will notify users when a ‘screenshot’ of their story is being taken. Reports say, the feature which is at its development stage is aimed at protecting the privacy of the users and will be made available to users soon.

BY HARITHA | FEB 10, 2018 9:41 PM #INSTAGRAM #SCREENSHOT #PRIVACY #TECHNOLOGY NEWS

Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp has started testing out its UPI-based payments feature in India. The new feature enables users to send and receive money using the Indian government's Unified Payments Interface (UPI) standard. The feature is currently available some on WhatsApp version 2.18.21 for iOS, and version 2.18.41 for Android and the feature will be rolled out to everyone soon.

BY LOKESH RV | FEB 10, 2018 12:44 PM #WHATSAPP #PAYMENT #TECHNOLOGY NEWS

According to reports, the Information Technology Minister Manikandan said that the Tamil Nadu government has requested Google to set up a Google centre in Tamil Nadu. Google’s India head Chetan Krishnaswamy reportedly met the Minister in the secretariat where this was discussed.

BY AISHWARYA | FEB 7, 2018 4:43 PM #GOOGLE #TECHNOLOGY NEWS

Following the union budget which was announced last week, Apple has reportedly increased the prices of all its iPhone models except iPhone SE in India. In the union budget, the import duty on mobile phones was increased from 15% to 20%. Notably, iPhone X which earlier costed Rs 1,05,720 will now cost Rs 1,08,930 and this price change is effective from today

BY HARITHA | FEB 5, 2018 11:45 AM #IPHONE #APPLE #PRICE #INCREASED #TECHNOLOGY NEWS

According to reports, an iPhone battery exploded when a man bited it at a store in China. The man looking for a replacement for his iPhone battery exploded after he bit it possibly to check whether it was genuine or not. CCTV footage from the store shows the battery exploding and going up in flames as soon as the man removes it from his mouth.

BY LOKESH RV | JAN 24, 2018 9:48 PM #IPHONE #BATTERY #TECHNOLOGY NEWS

According to reports, researchers have disclosed a major security flaw in the location-based dating app Tinder. Researchers say that Tinder mobile app lacks security protections as the app is not using encryption to prevent hackers from stealing data. The flaw means that anyone can extract Tinder pictures and other data.

BY LOKESH RV | JAN 24, 2018 4:28 PM #TINDER #FLAW #TECHNOLOGY NEWS

According to reports, Jio has planned to announce “Republic Day 2018 Offer”. Jio users will get up to 50 percent more data on plans priced Rs 149 or above under the “Republic Day 2018 Offer”. Customers will have to buy a new recharge pack on or after January 26, 2018 to avail the data benefits under the Jio Republic Day Offer.

BY LOKESH RV | JAN 23, 2018 6:43 PM #JIO #REPUBLICDAYOFFER #TECHNOLOGY NEWS

Stanford University researchers have reportedly developed a new artificial intelligence program that can tell when you are going to die. Researchers say that the program can give correct readings 90% of the time.The technology will be rolled across hospitals to treat terminally ill patients.

BY LOKESH RV | JAN 23, 2018 3:31 PM #AI #DEATH #TECHNOLOGY NEWS

Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp is reportedly set to make payment feature live on the app by the end of February. According to an Economic Times report, the app is currently integrating its UPI based payment platform with SBI, HDFC, ICICI and AXIS banks.  Reports say, the company had earlier received government’s approval to integrate with UPI and the feature is now in beta stage testing.

BY HARITHA | JAN 21, 2018 1:57 PM #WHATSAPP #PAYMENT #FEATURE #TECHNOLOGY NEWS

Multinational business magazine, Fortune has named technology giant Apple as the world’s most admired company. E-commerce giant Amazon has retained its second spot, followed by Google's parent Alphabet. Apple has topped Fortune’s ‘World’s Most Admired Companies’ list for the 11th year in a row.

BY LOKESH RV | JAN 20, 2018 4:56 PM #APPLE #TECHNOLOGY NEWS

Facebook owned WhatsApp has launched a standalone app for business purposes as ‘WhatsApp Business’. The app has been launched to make business communication with customers more streamlined for small and medium enterprises. Users can create a Business profile with additional information like a description, address, and contact information, and enable quick replies for answers to common questions.

BY LOKESH RV | JAN 19, 2018 3:27 PM #WHASTAPP #BUSINESS #TECHNOLOGY NEWS

Viva, a new Indian-based phone company, has announced the launch of its feature phone Viva V1 at just Rs 349. Exclusively available on Shopclues, the phone features a Vibrator, FM Radio, Torchlight, 650mah battery. The 1.44-inch monochrome display phone features the iconic snake game and has single SIM for 2G calling with SMS. Other features of the phone include Phonebook, Calculator and Calendar among others.

BY VIKRAMAN MANIRAJ | JAN 18, 2018 11:28 PM #FEATUREPHONE #VIVAV1 #TECHNOLOGY NEWS

Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp has rolled out YouTube integration feature for iPhone users. The feature enables users to view YouTube videos within a chat. The YouTube picture-in-picture (PiP) feature is available in the latest version v2.18.11 of WhatsApp.

BY LOKESH RV | JAN 18, 2018 11:27 AM #WHATSAPP #YOUTUBE #TECHNOLOGY NEWS

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