WhatsApp Co-Founder Acton Clashed With Zuckerberg, Sandberg Over Monetisation

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton had disagreements with Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerbergand Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg over monetisation of the messaging service before he left the company, according to an interview with Acton published by Forbes on Wednesday. Facebook-owned Instagram’s co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger were the latest senior executives to leave the social media company on Monday, with many mediaRead More

Fortnite Xbox One S Bundle Announced With Exclusive Items, Free In-Game Currency

Microsoft has announced a new Xbox One S 1TB bundle that comes with a full-game download of Fortnite Battle Royale, some free in-game currency, a few timed-exclusive Fortnite items, and one-month trial for subscription services Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold. The bundle will be available worldwide starting this week; it costs $300 (about Rs. 21,800) in the US. Gadgets 360Read More

Facebook Gives Advertisers Access to Your ‘Shadow’ Contact Information

Ever since the Cambridge Analytica scandal game to light, Facebook has been in the spotlight for its invasive data mining practices. The Cambridge Analytica scandal exposed how Facebook allowed a company to harvest profile information from millions of accounts via a fake “personality quiz” app and then use it for political purposes. This can be referred to as weaponising of dataRead More

iPhone XS Max Gets the ‘Best Smartphone Display Award’ From DisplayMate

Apple earlier this month launched its latest flagship smartphone series, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, along with the cheaper iPhone XR. With the former two having released in the market last week, DisplayMate has put the larger one to test. To give a brief background, DisplayMate has been a reputable name in determining smartphone display quality. The iPhone XS Max’s 6.5-inch Super RetinaRead More

SiriusXM to Buy Pandora in $3.5 Billion Stock Deal

Satellite radio company Sirius XM Holdings said on Monday it would buy music-streaming service provider Pandora Media in an all-stock deal valued at about $3.5 billion (roughly Rs. 25,000 crores). Pandora shareholders will receive a fixed-exchange ratio of 1.44 newly-issued SiriusXM shares for each share they hold. The implied price of Pandora common stock is $10.14 per share,Read More

MIT Researchers Devise Machine Learning Technique That Can Detect Credit Card Fraud

Ever used your credit card at a new store or location only to have it declined? One reason could be that fraud-detecting technologies used by a consumer’s bank have incorrectly flagged the sale as suspicious, researchers say. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have devised a novel Machine Learning (ML) based “automated feature engineering” method called DeepRead More

Huawei to Launch First Smartphone With Kirin 980 SoC in India in Q4 2018

Chinese tech giant Huawei on Friday said that the company’s seven-nanometre mobile chipset equipped with Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities, the Kirin 980, will reach Indian consumers in the fourth quarter of this year. Based on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturer Company’s (TSMC) 7nm process, Kirin 980 delivers 20 percent improved performance and 40 percent more power efficiency, according to Huawei which surpassed AppleRead More

Realme 2 Pro Will Be a Flipkart-Exclusive; Alleged Geekbench Listing Shows 8GB of RAM, Snapdragon 660 SoC

Realme 2 Pro is set to arrive in India on September 27. Now, Flipkart is teasing the launch of the smartphone, at 12:30pm IST, whilst also touting a ‘Dewdrop Full Screen’ display, referring to the notch shape and the taller than usual aspect ratio. The e-commerce site also confirmed the presencce of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC. Also, days beforeRead More