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Twitter’s Dorsey auctions first ever tweet as digital memorabilia
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Twitter’s Dorsey auctions first ever tweet as digital memorabilia

“Just setting up my twttr” ― the first ever tweet on the platform is up for sale after Twitter boss Jack Dorsey listed his famous post as a unique digital signature on a website for selling tweets as non-fungible tokens (NFTs). The post, sent from Dorsey's account in March of 2006, received offers yesterday that went as high as US$88,888.88 (RM362,136.40) within minutes of the Twitter co-founder tweeting a link to the listing on 'Valuables by Cent' ― a tweets marketplace. Old offers for the tweet suggest that it was put for sale in December, but the listing gained more attention after Dorsey's tweet yesterday. NFTs are digital files that serve as digital signatures to certify who owns photos, videos, and other online media. Dorsey's 15-year old tweet is one of the most famous twe...
Apple’s new Find My feature will let users know if they are being tracked
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Apple’s new Find My feature will let users know if they are being tracked

Apple's Find My app might get a new safety feature soon. The company is working on rolling out a new feature to prevent stalking. As per The Verge, the safety feature would automatically prevent unknown tracking devices from broadcasting location details. The feature called 'Item Safety Alerts', spotted in the iOS 14.5 beta, will notify users if an unknown device being tracked on Find My is "moving with you" so you can remove it or disable it. The feature seems to be designed to counteract a scenario where a Find My-compatible device is hidden in a pocket or bag and then used to track someone's movements. The 'Item Safety Alerts' setting was found in early versions of iOS 14.3, according to AppleInsider, but was removed until its reappearance in iOS 14.5. The setting is enabled...
Google lets Pixel users manage audio recordings via the web
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Google lets Pixel users manage audio recordings via the web

Owners of Google’s Pixel smartphones have access to Google’s Recorder application for recording sounds, as well as transcribing audio recordings and doing some basic editing. Now, the app has a web version, allowing Pixel users to manage their library of audio recordings from any computer. Audio recordings captured with a Pixel smartphone can now be accessed online at recorder.google.com. Once logged in to your Google account, it’s now possible to listen to, delete or share audio files from the Recorder app, from any computer. The Recorder application integrates a function for automatically transcribing audio recordings to text format. For the moment, this function is only available in English, but the result is highly impressive. Above all, this makes it possible to search and locat...
WhatsApp launches voice and video calling from desktop
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WhatsApp launches voice and video calling from desktop

Facebook-owned messaging platform Whatsapp has launched voice and video calling from the desktop. WhatsApp’s latest update comes as the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the importance of services like Zoom, to hold meetings, group calls between employees during work from home. “To make desktop calling more useful, we made sure it works seamlessly for both portrait and landscape orientation, appears in a resizable standalone window on your computer screen and is set to be always on top so you never lose your video chats in a browser tab or stack of open windows,” said the company in a blog. WhatsApp, which was subject to controversies in India over its updated privacy policy, emphasized that its voice and video calls on the desktop are end-to-end encrypted. The company also said that i...
SoundCloud to be first music app with ‘fan-powered’ artiste payments
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SoundCloud to be first music app with ‘fan-powered’ artiste payments

 SoundCloud announced yesterday it will become the first streaming service to start directing subscribers’ fees only to the artistes they listen to, a move welcomed by musicians campaigning for fairer pay. At the moment, streaming services like Spotify, Deezer and Apple put royalty payments into one big pot and dish them out based on which artistes have the most global plays. Many artistes and unions say this system is grossly unfair, giving a huge slice of the pie to mega-stars like Drake and Ariana Grande, and leaving almost nothing for musicians further down the pecking order. It means that many fans of more niche artistes and genres fund music they never actually listen to. Instead, from April 1, SoundCloud will start directing royalties due from each subscriber only to the a...
Google vows to stop tracking individual browsing for ads
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Google vows to stop tracking individual browsing for ads

 The internet giant’s widely used Chrome browser this month will begin testing an alternative to the tracking practice that it believes could improve online privacy while still enabling advertisers to serve up relevant messages. Google yesterday pledged to steer clear of tracking individual online activity when it begins implementing a new system for targeting ads without the use of so-called “cookies.” The internet giant’s widely used Chrome browser this month will begin testing an alternative to the tracking practice that it believes could improve online privacy while still enabling advertisers to serve up relevant messages. “We’re making explicit that once third-party cookies are phased out, we will not build alternate identifiers to track individuals as they browse across the we...
Netflix serves up TikTok-style ‘Fast Laughs’
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Netflix serves up TikTok-style ‘Fast Laughs’

Netflix yesterday added a “Fast Laughs” feature to its iPhone app, serving up comic clips in rapid fire, in a move taking on the popular video app TikTok. Tapping a Fast Laughs tab added to the mobile app will launch a stream of funny snippets from movies, sitcoms, comedy routines, and television shows, according to Netflix. “Wanna see something funny?” the streaming television service asked rhetorically in a blog post. “On Netflix, this one little question opens up lots of possibilities from hilarious series and films to laugh-out-loud stand-up specials.” Fast Laughs clips will come from the vast Netflix comedy catalogue, including shows such as Murder Mystery and Big Mouth and stand-up comedy from performers including Kevin Hart and Ali Wong, according to the Silicon Valley-b...
Google’s new Chrome update makes swap between user profiles easier
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Google’s new Chrome update makes swap between user profiles easier

American multinational technology company Google has made it easier to swap between user profiles in a new Chrome update that has rolled out today. According to The Verge, Google has rolled out a "revamped" profile experience. Now, if a user has multiple profiles set up, a "profile picker" will appear each time they restart Chrome, prompting them to select a user or browse as a guest. Chrome will also prompt users to switch profiles or create a new one. Also, now when a new profile is created, users will be able to choose its color with a single click. These Chrome profiles are nothing new, even currently users swap between Google accounts; keep personalised extensions, apps, history, themes, and bookmarks for different users on shared computers; and sync those settings between devic...
Google Workspace Being Refreshed to Better Assist Frontline and Remote Workers
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Google Workspace Being Refreshed to Better Assist Frontline and Remote Workers

Google is updating its productivity software to better meet the needs of frontline and remote workers, in a bet that the pandemic has permanently changed how work gets done. A version of the company's Workspace offering will be tailored specifically for frontline workers, such as retail and health-care employees, the Alphabet unit said in a blog post-Monday. The effort will let organisations better communicate and collaborate with employees through their mobile phones, and is similar to a service from rival Microsoft. Workspace, formerly known as G Suite, will also integrate with Google's digital voice assistant and gain features to let employees set and enforce unique working hours. The Internet giant is trying to make its line of productivity tools, including Gmail, Meet video con...
Spectrum Auction 2021: Telcos Bid Worth Over Rs. 77,000 Crores in Initial Four Rounds
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Spectrum Auction 2021: Telcos Bid Worth Over Rs. 77,000 Crores in Initial Four Rounds

Day One of the spectrum auction is done with bids worth over Rs. 77,000 crores in four distinct rounds from participating bidders, namely Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea, and Reliance Jio. The latest spectrum auction by the government comes five years after the last auction, which took place in 2016. Instead of bringing airwaves for 5G networks, the government decided to place the auction for 4G networks — specifically in 700MHz, 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz, 2300MHz, and 2500MHz bands. Exceeding pre-bid estimates of Rs. 45,000 crores, the government attracted provisional winning bids of Rs. 77,146 crores in total during the first day of the spectrum auction 2021. As much as 2308.80MHz spectrum is being put up for bidding, of which bids for 849.20MHz — or over 36 percent of the total spe...
PUBG and Other Mobile Games ‘Violent, Explicit, Addictive’: Prakash Javadekar
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PUBG and Other Mobile Games ‘Violent, Explicit, Addictive’: Prakash Javadekar

Many mobile games are "violent, explicit and addictive", and PUBG was just one example, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said Sunday, announcing a government plan to set up a centre of excellence in gaming and other related areas to promote Indian cultural ethos. PUBG was among over 100 China-origin mobile applications banned by the government last year. The Minister for Information and Broadcasting said his ministry has decided to form a gaming centre to teach courses related to VFX, gaming, and animation so that new games are developed that promote Indian cultural ethos. Addressing the opening ceremony of virtual exhibition and prize Announcement of ''Khel Khel Mein - A Pan Maharashtra Toy/Game/ Project Design Competition'' - the minister said the courses will commence this year i...
Tips for optimal smartphone charging
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Tips for optimal smartphone charging

 While it's important to use your smartphone battery wisely to help boost its lifespan, it's also worth thinking about how you recharge it, to help prevent damage. Current Lithium-ion batteries theoretically support an average 500 to 1,000 charge cycles before giving up the ghost for good. Here are four charging tips to help keep your battery alive for as long as possible. Avoid charging the battery fully In general, there's absolutely no need to charge your smartphone battery 100 percent each time you recharge. Instead, you should ideally charge it to 80 percent, then stop. Similarly, it's better to avoid waiting until battery life gets too low before plugging in. As soon as the battery level drops under 30 percent, it's advisable to recharge. Avoid full charging cycles as much as ...
SpaceX Delays Launch of Falcon 9 Carrier Rocket With Starlink Satellites by a Day
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SpaceX Delays Launch of Falcon 9 Carrier Rocket With Starlink Satellites by a Day

SpaceX has cancelled the planned launch of a Falcon 9 carrier rocket with 60 Starlink satellites. "Auto-abort at T-1:24 ahead of tonight's Falcon 9 launch of Starlink; next launch opportunity is tomorrow, March 1 at 8:15 p.m. EST [03:15 GMT on Tuesday]," SpaceX said on Twitter on Sunday. The company did not specify the reasons behind the delay. The Falcon 9 rocket was supposed to lift off from the Cape Canaveral (Kennedy) Air Force Station in Florida at 01:37 GMT (7:07 am) on Monday. The mission aims to put 60 Starlink satellites into orbit. If successful at its next launch opportunity, it will expand SpaceX's fleet of broadband relay satellites to include over 1,200 (some of them are prototypes that are no longer in service). The Starlink project seeks to provide affordab...
SmarterBiz Technologies launches VOIZ – voizworks.com, India’s first remote workforce marketplace
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SmarterBiz Technologies launches VOIZ – voizworks.com, India’s first remote workforce marketplace

SmarterBiz Technologies is a leading provider of technology and solutions for the future of remote work in the CX space. SmarterBiz provides large and medium enterprises with its SaaS-based suite of products defining technology segment called Next Generation CX as a Service (NGCXaaS) for omnichannel customer interaction management. The SmarterBiz suite of products use a set of IPR led technology capabilities that include AI-enabled Intelligent classification and distribution workflow management, advanced vision and audio processing, analytics and dashboarding. SmarterBiz is announcing today the official launch of VOIZ an additional offering in the CX space focussing on the gig economy. Built on the innate capabilities of the SmarterBiz suite of products. VOIZ brings together compani...
Hyundai bought chips when rivals didn’t; its assembly lines are still rolling
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Hyundai bought chips when rivals didn’t; its assembly lines are still rolling

Hyundai Motor has so far avoided a chip shortage that has plagued global automakers, largely maintaining its stockpile of chips last year and even accelerating purchases towards the end, three people with knowledge of the matter said. The shortage has forced production cuts worldwide, including at Volkswagen and General Motors, prompting Germany and the United States to ramp up efforts to resolve the shortage. Other than Japan's Toyota Motor, which said this month it had enough chip inventory to last it about four months, Hyundai and its sister firm Kia Corp are the only global automakers to have maintained a stockpile of low-tech chips that helped them keep up production. If it doesn't ease soon, though, the shortage could hit Hyundai too, as tight capacity on factory floors star...