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Recent articles by Ivan:

Zoom won't encrypt free calls because it wants to comply with law enforcement

Zoom CEO Eric Yuan today said that the video conferencing app's upcoming end-to-end encryption feature will be available to only paid users. After announcing the company's financial ... → Read More

After Trump, Twitter hides Rep. Matt Gaetz's tweet for glorifying violence

Last week, Twitter hid US President Donald Trump's tweet over threatening Minnesota protestors with military action. The social network has taken similar action to Rep. Matt Gaetz's ... → Read More

Vivo launches X50 series flagship with gimbal-styled image stabilization

Vivo today announced its new series of flagships — the X50 Pro, and the X50 Pro+ — with a gimbal-based camera system for super-stable photos and videos. The company said it has modeled the main sensor on an actual gimbal to reduce any shakes and stutters when you’re holding the phone. The primary sensor in […] → Read More

India's popular BHIM payments platform reportedly leaks 7M users' data

A data leak from India's BHIM payment app exposed personal data of 7 million Indians including addresses, scans of Aadhar IDs, and caste certificates. A report from cybersecurity ... → Read More

Facebook employees take to Twitter to criticize Zuckerberg's 'no fact-check' stance on Trump's tweets

Last week, referring to the protests in Minnesota over the murder of George Floyd by police, US President Donald Trump threatened that military forces would open fire if the situation ... → Read More

Report: Podcasts have grown 129,000% (yes, percent) in the last decade

Podcasting platform Stitcher said number podcasts have grown by 129,00% (yep, percent) in the last decade. In its annual podcasting report, the company said creators published 7 million ... → Read More

SpaceX successfully launches astronauts in the space for the first time

SpaceX created history today as it successfully launched astronauts in the space for the first time. The space agency became the first commercial agency to carry out a crewed space ... → Read More

Twitter hides Trump's Minnesota tweet, saying it 'glorifies violence'

Twitter has just hidden US President Donald Trump‘s tweet about the situation in Minnesota, saying it “glorified violence.” The company didn’t delete the tweet as it thought “it may be in the public interest for the tweet to remain accessible.” In the tweet, Trump was addressing civil unrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and threatened that law enforcement would open fire … → Read More

Twitter now lets you schedule tweets — here's how

Earlier this month, we reported that Twitter is rolling out a 'schedule tweet' option to some users. Now, the social network is making the feature available for all desktop users. The ... → Read More

How Baidu’s AI produces news videos using just a URL

AI for news production is one of the areas that has drawn contrasting opinions. On one hand, it might help media houses produce more news in a better format with minimal effort, on the other hand, it might take away the human element of journalism or take people out of jobs. In 2018, an AI […] → Read More

SpaceX and NASA's crewed mission postponed until the weekend due to bad weather

Last night, SpaceX aimed to ink its name in history books as it was preparing to launch NASA Astronauts in space. However, both agencies decided to postpone the launch to Saturday, May 30 due to bad weather. Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley were scheduled to fly into space at 4.33 PM ET yesterday. However, 17 minutes before … → Read More

You can finally customize your Mac in India – but it’s cumbersome

Until now, Apple has been selling preconfigured Macs — MacBooks and iMacs — in India. Now, the company will let you choose specs such as processor, RAM, and storage according to your need — but it’s not straightforward. Apple sells all of its devices through authorized resellers. So, you’ll need to contact a reseller to […] → Read More

Facebook reportedly knew its algorithms promoted extremist groups, but did nothing

Facebook has long struggled with controlling extremist content on its platform. From the 2016 US elections, when Russians were able to manipulate American voters through polarizing ads, to propaganda that spread through the social network and led to violence in Myanmar. A new report by Jeff Horwitz and Deepa Seetharaman in the Wall Street Journal suggests that Facebook knew … → Read More

India open-sources its coronavirus tracker after privacy concerns

Nearly two months after its launch and several privacy-related concerns, India has finally open-sourced its coronavirus tracking app, Aarogya Setu. The makers of the app today released the source code of the Android version. The app was originally launched in April on Android and iOS to keep a check on the the spread of coronavirus. To ensure … → Read More

Xiaomi’s wireless Redmi Earbuds S are dirt-cheap at just $23 — and that’s about it

Xiaomi’s Redmi sub-brand is synonymous with affordable hardware — primarily smartphones. Today, Redmi launched its first audio product, the Redmi Earbuds S, at ₹1,799 ($23). While these truly wireless buds aren’t a carbon copy of the Airpods,they do have a few drawbacks (which should be expected at this price point). I’ve been using the Earbuds […] → Read More

Samsung’s new mobile security chip protects booting process and crypto transactions

Samsung introduced its second-gen security chip (S3FV9RR) for smartphones today. The chip, akin to Apple‘s T2 and Google’s Titan M chips, is designed to secure the booting process, parts of storage, and mobile-based payments. The Korean tech-giant launched its first Secure Enclave chip in February; it was used in the Galaxy S20 series later. The new chip […] → Read More

How to watch SpaceX's rocket launch for its first crewed mission

Later this evening, SpaceX will be launching its Falcon 9 rocket with two NASA astronauts onboard — the private company’s first crewed mission ever. Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are making a trip to the International Space Station (ISS), and will stay there from 6 to 16 weeks. The launch is set to take place on … → Read More

Netflix will cancel your account if you haven’t used it in a while

Sometimes when you look at your credit card bill, you suddenly realize that you are subscribed to an app that you haven’t used in years. Netflix is taking some steps to help you save some money by canceling your account, if you haven’t used it in a long time. Yesterday, the company said it’s sending … → Read More

Amazon launches food delivery service in India to rival Zomato and Swiggy

After many speculations and rumors, Amazon has finally started its food delivery service called Amazon Food in India. Currently, the eCommerce giant has launched the service only in ... → Read More

TikTok now gives you one-tap access to streaming app Resso

Earlier this year, TikTok-owner Bytedance launched its music app Resso in India. At that time, Resso’s team said that at the moment there’s no plan for integration between both apps. However, that seems to be changing. TikTok usually shows the original soundtrack used in the clip in a ticker below. But now, it also includes … → Read More