Thursday, September 16, 2021

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Covid-19 contact tracing app launched in New York

The app, called "Covid Alert NY", is free and available through Apple's App Store and Google Play for both iOS and Android, CNBC said in a news report.

WhatsApp Beta brings ‘Always Mute’, media guidelines & more

According to WABetainfo, a website that tracks WhatsApp in Beta, all these features are in WhatsApp 2.20.201.10 beta for Android and are yet to be rolled out for all users in a stable release.

Google Maps announces new updates for its Live View feature

With new ways to use Live View, we're making it even easier to orient yourself in the world whether you're walking around, leaving a public transit station or meeting up with friends," Mirko Ranieri, Product Manager, Google Maps

Entry-level iPhone 12 to ship with 64GB storage: Report

The iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max will arrive in 128/256/512GB storage variants and will be limited to black, white and silver colours, reports GSMArena.

‘I selfie, therefore I am’: Instagram 10 years on

Ten years on from its launch, Instagram has evolved far beyond selfies, as it redefines "experiences" and blurs the lines between reality and someone's carefully curated personal brand.

Microsoft ending Open License Programme for SMBs in Jan 2022

The organisations can continue to renew and purchase new software licenses, software assurance and online services through the Open License programme until December 31, 2021.

Microsoft enhances customer data platform in pandemic times

The new "engagement insights" capability (currently in preview) enables deeper understanding of customer intent and behaviour with cross-channel analytics from their websites, mobile apps, and connected products.

Twitter pledges to fix bias image cropping to reduce harm

The micro-blogging platform tested the existing machine learning (ML) system that decides how to crop images before bringing it to its platform.

AI is helping scientists discover fresh craters on Mars

It's a milestone for planetary scientists and AI researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, who worked together to develop the machine-learning tool that helped make the discovery.

Einstein’s description of gravity just got much harder to beat

Despite its successes, Einstein's robust theory remains mathematically irreconcilable with quantum mechanics, the scientific understanding of the subatomic world.

Google turns off selfie face retouching in Pixel phones by default

With Pixel phones, the company has begun to apply new design principles directly within the camera app, starting with the Pixel 4a, the new Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5.

Facebook sues 2 firms for illegal data collection

Scraping is a form of data collection that relies on unauthorised automation for the purpose of extracting data from a website or app.
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