Congress votes away Internet privacy regulations in favor of ISPs
Following the Senate’s lead, the House has just voted to end Internet privacy regulations that would have required Internet service providers to get permission before selling a customer’s Internet data. The resolution will go into effect if Trump signs it; following the vote, the White House issued a statement saying the president’s advisors will recommend doing so. At the heart … Continue reading...
Now Google Home can control your August Smart Lock
August’s Smart Lock has added Google Home support, allowing users to ask the Google Assistant to lock their doors. The functionality which rolls out from today, builds on the smart speaker’s growing range of Internet of Things abilities, which already include controlling lights among other things. However, in the name of security, August isn’t granting full key-holder privileges to the … Continue reading...
Quanta Computer confirms that its name was used in a $100 million email fraud
Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer Quanta Computer Inc has acknowledged that its name was used as part of an email fraud scheme that bilked two U.S.-based internet companies out of more than $100 million. U.S. prosecutors last week indicted a Lithuanian man, Evaldas Rimasauskas, for the fraud. He was arrested this month in Lithuania at the request of U.S. authorities and is currently in jail there. Rimasauskas’ alleged scheme involved sending emails to employees of the two unnamed compa...
Xiaomi is planning to create 20,000 jobs in India and increase offline market share to 50 percent
Chinese technology major Xiaomi’s founder Lei Jun on Monday said India was one of the important markets for the company and it aims to create 20,000 jobs in the next three years. Speaking at the Economic Times Global Business Summit 2017, Lei said that the company has made major strides in a very short time. Lei also spoke about China’s “Internet Plus” policy which “the Chinese premier started in 2015”. “Internet plus action plan is a new form of economi...
ChefSteps Joule Review: If Apple cooked sous-vide
ChefSteps’ Joule wants to be the iPod of home sous-vide. The Internet of Things has reached the kitchen, and few gadgets please ambitious home chefs like a sous-vide cooker. Distilling what once was limited to professional kitchens into a one-two punch of sleek hardware and user-friendly software, if Joule was any more helpful it’d be eating your dinner for you. … Continue reading...
Indian Railways will setup Wi-Fi kiosks at 500 railway stations
Aiming to provide connectivity in remote areas, Railways will set up Wi-Fi hotspot kiosks at about 500 stations and help people access an array of online services, including various government schemes. Christened as Railwire Saathi, the Wi-Fi kiosks will function like a PCO for Digital India and enable people to use services like e-commerce, online banking, offer them access to open school/university and insurance schemes, e-ticketing for train and bus services among others. Automated form filli...
YouTube uses AI to caption video sound effects
Last month, YouTube announced automatic video captions that are machine-generated, and now it has announced a new type of automatic captioning that builds upon that — the captioning of sound effects within a video. The idea here is to give those who are deaf or hard of hearing the ability to perceive the non-spoken parts of a video by writing … Continue reading...
Coming 5-10 years will see smart lights as the biggest IoT consumption device
With cheaper and smarter lights fast replacing incandescent bulbs and compact fluorescent lamps (CFL), smart connected lights will become one of the largest internet of things (IoT) devices in the next five to 10 years, Harshvardhan Chitale, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Philips Lighting India, has predicted. “The next generation of changes (in lighting) that people will adopt will be intelligent, smart lights, which are IoT devices. Lights in the next 5-10 years will become one of ...
U.S. orders ‘mandatory social media check’ for some visa applicants
The U.S. government has ordered a mandatory social media check for some visa applicants, according to a new leak, as well as well as more strenuous screening for applicants identified as ‘warranting increased scrutiny.’ Sources claim the orders were made by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and that the social media checks apply to individuals who are coming from … Continue reading...
Netflix now supports Firefox on Linux
Netflix does not officially support Linux, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be used on the platform. Linux users have been able to play Netflix streaming content using Chrome on Linux for the last couple of years, and now there’s a new browser with the same ability: Firefox. Netflix itself announced the new support, saying that those using Linux should … Continue reading...
Netflix now supports Firefox on Linux
Netflix does not officially support Linux, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be used on the platform. Linux users have been able to play Netflix streaming content using Chrome on Linux for the last couple of years, and now there’s a new browser with the same ability: Firefox. Netflix itself announced the new support, saying that those using Linux should … Continue reading...
Elvie pulls in $6M Series A to build a global female health tech brand
 The UK startup behind a connected kegel exerciser called Elvie is today announcing a $6 million Series A round led by European VC firm Octopus Ventures. Female focused VC AllBright is also joining the round… Read More ...
Reddit gives users new profile pages in social media push
Reddit is home to seemingly endless communities spanning all sorts of categories and topics, and so it’s no surprise that many people have become distinguished on the platform for one reason or another. There are novelty accounts that have arose to fame, for example, performing specific actions like writing poems and drawing pictures. Other users are popular in their own … Continue reading...
Do you think your ISP is cheating you? These speed test sites help you find out
Feel like your bandwidth is holding you back? Here are eight of our favorites websites for ensuring your connection is solid enough to handle gaming, media streaming, and web browsing. The post Do you think your ISP is cheating you? These speed test sites help you find out appeared first on Digital Trends.
EU orders Facebook, Google, Twitter to protect users from scams
Trying to fight consumer fraud on the internet as a whole is a never-ending battle due to its nature as an open system. Social media platforms, however, can be more directly controlled, with companies having the power to curb widespread scams. That’s the way the EU feels, as regulators have ordered Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other social media networks to … Continue reading...
YouTube is getting rid of video annotations
YouTube giveth, and YouTube taketh away. The Google service has announced that it is getting rid of annotations, the obnoxious boxes that popup over a video to provide a link to a different video or some random, usually unwanted message, such as, “Mike meant to say…” or a spelling fix. Getting rid of these boxes used to mean carefully hovering … Continue reading...
Philips Hue E14 candle adds color and white to smart bulbs
Another day, another Philips Hue bulb, and the number of lamps, lights, and fixtures you can give a connected upgrade continues to increase. Philips has added an E14 candle bulb to the Hue line-up, its range of ZigBee-linked, app-controlled LEDs. According to the company, it’s one of the most requested sizes from existing Hue users. Two versions of the Hue … Continue reading...
Bosch teams with NVIDIA to make AI self-driving car computers
This week the folks at Bosch have revealed their plan to work with NVIDIA to create artificial intelligence self-driving systems for mass market cars. They made this announcement during Bosch Connected World in Berlin, where Bosch CEO Dr. Volkmar Denner showed the system to the public. “Automated driving makes roads safer, and artificial intelligence is the key to making that … Continue reading...
Internet needs to be monitored to prevent its use as a weapon of harassment against women: UN official
There is a need for regulation and monitoring of social media platforms and the medium cannot be allowed to turn into a “weapon of misogyny and harassment” against women in the name of freedom of expression, a top Indian-origin UN Women official has said. UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri voiced concern over the growing prevalence of cyber bullying, trolling and voyeurism, saying that such threats are “magnified” for women and girls and pose a big risk for t...
Internet needs to be monitored to prevent its use as a weapon of harassment against women: UN official
There is a need for regulation and monitoring of social media platforms and the medium cannot be allowed to turn into a “weapon of misogyny and harassment” against women in the name of freedom of expression, a top Indian-origin UN Women official has said. UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri voiced concern over the growing prevalence of cyber bullying, trolling and voyeurism, saying that such threats are “magnified” for women and girls and pose a big risk for t...