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SpaceX breaks India's record by launching 143 satellites on a single rocket

SpaceX created a unique world record of launching 143 satellites on a single vehicle on Sunday night. The firm broke the record previously held by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), which launched 104 satellites in 2017. The US-based space company launched 143 satellites through its Falcon 9 rocket. The rocket took off at 10AT EST … → Read More

GameStop stocks hit record high — thanks to Redditors

In an unusual event, video gaming company GameStop’s shares touched a record-high price of $76.76 — thanks to a battle between Redditors and short sellers. Just to give you an idea of this bizarre growth, GameStop’s shares were trading between $3-$4 this time last year. All of this began when short selling company Citron was […] → Read More

first year - Latest news, opinion and analysis

A freshman (US), fresher (UK) (or sometimes fish, freshie, prep; slang plural freshmeat, frosh, infidels, or pichones) is a first-year student in secondary school, high school, college or university. The term first year can also be used as a noun, to describe the students themselves or others (e.g. They are first years). → Read More

Google threatens to pull out of Australia over controversial news law

Google said that it could pull its search services from Australia if the country passes its debatable law that requires big tech companies to pay media organizations for listing their content. In a Senate hearing, and later in a video, Google Australia’s Managing Director, Mel Silva, said that the proposed media law “would break how Google … → Read More

An Indian city plans to use facial recognition to spot women in distress — what could go wrong?

It’s now fairly common for cities to install surveillance cameras with facial recognition capabilities to help catch criminals — Beijing and Moscow use them extensively. However, a city in northern India is taking a different approach: it wants to detect distress on women’s faces, so it can assist them when they’re attacked or threatened. Cops […] → Read More

MediaTek - Latest news, opinion and analysis

MediaTek Inc. (MTK) is a fabless semiconductor company, designing and selling components for wireless communication, optical storage, GPS, high-definition digital TV and DVD products. The company was founded on May 28, 1997. It is headquartered in Hsinchu Science Park located in Hsinchu, Taiwan, with sales and research subsidiaries in mainland China, Denmark, UAE, India, Japan, … → Read More

Otter will now let you transcribe Google Meet calls from your browser

In the years before the pandemic, I had to spend hours transcribing interviews or events recorded in noisy hallways or hotel coffee shops. While the coronavirus has put a halt to all of that for now, I still have to get on a ton of video conferencing calls. So, I appreciate any tool that helps […] → Read More

Report: Android phones lose twice as much value as iPhones in first year

When we buy a phone, most of us hope that it’ll last for a couple of years. We also hope that it’ll still have some decent buyback value at the end of its life. However, the buyback value depends a lot on the brand and model of the device you own. According to a report […] → Read More

LG reportedly wants to sell its phone business to a Vietnamese manufacturer

LG might exit the smartphone business and it’s already in talks with potential suitors to buy its unit. After yesterday’s reports of LG‘s internal memo informing staffers of this step, Korean dailies are reporting today that the company might sell the smartphone segment to a Vietnamese conglomerate, VinGroup. According to Business Korea, VinGroup has the most […] → Read More

MediaTek’s 2021 flagship chip comes with big promises: 168Hz display and ray tracing

When it comes to smartphone chipsets, usually, Qualcomm, Apple, and Samsung rule consumer debates. However, Taiwanese firm MediaTek, which became the largest chipset vendor in Q3 2020, is no small fish. The chipmaker released its new flagship processor, called the Dimensity 1200, today. The chip is the firm’s first high-end mobile CPU since 2019, when it […] → Read More

Alibaba shares jump 8% as Jack Ma surfaces after 3 months

Jack Ma is back. Well, not in an Arnie-in-terminator way, but the Alibaba co-founder, who was believed to have gone missing for several weeks until recently, made a video appearance in an educational event where he addressed teachers working in rural China. The ecommerce company’s shares jumped by more than 8% on the Hong Kong stock exchange […] → Read More

channels - Latest news, opinion and analysis

In physical geography, a channel is a type of landform consisting of the outline of a path of relatively shallow and narrow body of fluid, most commonly the confine of a river, river delta or strait. Channels can be either natural or human-made. A channel is typically outlined in terms of its bed and banks. → Read More

Facebook’s AI for describing photos in your feed is way smarter now

The internet is not easy to navigate for people with visual imparities. While there are screen reader applications to help them, often, websites or users don’t add alt text to images. In turn, the reader can’t describe to the user what the picture looks like. Thankfully, we have seen plenty of AI models in the […] → Read More

India wants WhatsApp to retract its controversial privacy policy

After user backlash, governments are also joining in criticizing WhatsApp’s controversial privacy policy change. Today, the Indian government asked the app to withdraw its new policy. In a letter addressed to the WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said that these “unilateral changes are not fair and acceptable.” This comes a day … → Read More

India wants WhatsApp to retract its controversial privacy policy

After user backlash, governments are also joining in criticizing WhatsApp’s controversial privacy policy change. Today, the Indian government asked the app to withdraw its new policy. In a letter addressed to the WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said to “respect the informational privacy and data security of Indian users and asked it […] → Read More

Sort your favorite YouTube channels into into folders with this free app

I spend a lot of hours watching a range of videos on YouTube, and I end up subscribing to a ton of channels. But there’s a problem in my perfect world: I often end up missing videos from new channels I’ve subscribed to, because of a huge influx of videos from older ones. Thankfully, I’ve found […] → Read More

Touchscreen - Latest news, opinion and analysis

A touchscreen is an electronic visual display that the user can control through simple or multi-touch gestures by touching the screen with one or more fingers. Some touchscreens can also detect objects such as a stylus or ordinary or specially coated gloves. The user can use the touchscreen to react to what is displayed and to control how it is displayed (for example by zooming the text size). → Read More

Stupid CES gadgets my home doesn’t need… but I must have them

Every year, I see people swarm the floor of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) — usually held in Las Vegas — along with tweets, videos, and articles about weird but fascinating gadgets. I’ve never been to the CES in person, but the coronavirus pandemic forced the event to be virtual this year, and I could […] → Read More

The Capitol rioters are getting banned from dating apps

Earlier this month, a bunch of Trump supporters stormed the halls of the Capitol building and caused havoc. These insurrectionists are learning about the consequences of their stupid ... → Read More

WhatsApp delays it privacy policy update by three months — but what’s the point?

After a ton of backlash and user exodus, WhatsApp is delaying the rollout of its controversial privacy policy by three months. Instead of applying the new privacy policy on February 8, the chat app will now apply it on May 15. In a statement, the company said that it’s going to make an extra effort […] → Read More