Medical Experts, Child Advocates Want FB To Stop Messenger Kids

Medical Experts, Child Advocates Want FB To Stop Messenger Kids

Child advocates, medical experts and socially active groups of more than 100 in number have urged Facebook to stop its Messenger Kid application. As per these groups this app is adversely affecting the mental health and development of children.

In a campaign which was named as ‘Commercial Free Childhood’ almost 19 groups signed a letter which will be sent to the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg; the group also included Common Sense Media and Public Citizen. This protest is a major face to the regular criticisms received by the trend of early adoption of digital technology by kids and the high influence of Silicon Valley on regular lifestyle of the masses.

The signatories stated that children do not understand privacy terms and conditions and are also not prepared for online relationships. They are also naïve about the appropriateness of pictures, videos and texts. They also sited an example of the direct relationship between social media use and depression rates amount the growing adults and commented that it will be a very irresponsible attitude from the Facebook owner to expose per-school kids to such vicious online content. They also stated that with app like messenger kid, children will spent more time looking over the screen which is not advisable for all round development of the children and developing skills like reading human emotions and getting more engaged with the physical world instead of the virtual world.

As a response, Antigone Davis, the global head of safety for Facebook said that the app has been made after extensive sessions with child healthcare and parenting experts and also after consultation with several families. He informed that Facebook will be trying to make the app a great experience for the families.

Messenger kids was started last year and has seen much fire from the social activists. The app allows children below the age of 13 to connect with people via vide9 chats and texts.

Google Has New Strategies To Overtake Apple iPhones

Google Has New Strategies To Overtake Apple iPhones

Google has just concluded its acquirement deal for HTC Corp., which was valued at $1.1 Billion. Ever since the contract was declared in 2017, various reports cited that the Taiwanese tech company will assist Google have better management on its hardware. This should not be hard for HTC since it has already operated with Google for couple of its Pixel goods. On the other hand, the contract might also drive Google’s bid in vying with Apple by manufacturing its personalized processors with relative comfort.

Google hardware head, Rick Osterloh, in a statement to the media confirmed that extra custom silicon will be coming in the near future. The deal conveys more than 2000 handset experts in the kitty of the search giant, of which some might assist in designing custom chips. Google by now have the Pixel Visual Core, its initial custom processor, in newest Pixel handsets and we might witness more in 2018 or 2019.

Apple already has a load of custom chips that it employs in MacBooks, iPhones, Watch, iMacs, and even AirPods. Google might take on the same plan. On the other hand, both have yet not totally shifted to making the major “system on a chip” chips. While chips of Apple iPhone arrive from TSMC, most of the Android devices of Google get fueled by Qualcomm. If the search giant productively makes its own chip, it might turn out to be one of the largest threats to Qualcomm in the business of processors.

While there is no news if we will witness more personalized processors from Google in 2018 or not, a latest study unveiled that Apple is presently operating on a fresh co-chip for its Mac gadgets. The chip is claimed to make an entry in 3 Mac devices later in 2018, of which 1 is a desktop and 2 are MacBook laptops.

Research On Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning Will Be Done By Indian Developers Of IBM

Research On Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning Will Be Done By Indian Developers Of IBM

Technology major IBM is looking at working with coders in India in fields such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, and Internet of Things (IoT) to assist them sharpen their skills for innovative technological trends. As a fraction of its attempts, IBM is carrying out road shows in 3 cities of Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Hyderabad.

“We are operating with developers all across the globe. From India’s point of view, we believe it is the correct time for coders to operate on technology areas such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data science; and we want to assists them in their voyage,” Seema Kumar, Country Leader Developer Ecosystem and Startups, IBM India/SA, told the media.

She further added that besides from applicable tools, developers are also offered with guidance and mentorship for their projects. “Via the road show, we expect to reach out to hundreds of thousands of coders in these metro cities,” she stated. “Employing IBM technology, say for instance Watson, coders can surface up with solutions that can assist resolve issues in not just their society but also in others,” she stated.

IBM’s Watson is a cognitive platform based on artificial intelligence that can analyze large quantity of information. It recognizes natural language and can assist businesses to make certain decisions. Watson came into limelight in 2011 after claiming the winner’s title in TV game show “Jeopardy.” It is now being utilized in different sectors, including helping in curing the cancer. “Employing the best of cloud and cognitive technologies, we wish to give power to these developers to build and innovate next-generation enterprises and startups,” Kumar added.

As per the reports from the industry, India will have the biggest developer base in the world by the end of 2020. With 3 Million developers in the nation, India single handedly is anticipated to design 10% of all applications by 2017.

Image Sensors And Games Reason Behind Sony’s Earnings

Image Sensors And Games Reason Behind Sony’s Earnings

Sony Corp. this week reported that its fiscal profit for second quarter increased by 26x as compared to the similar period a year ago, driven by the achievement of its game products, image sensors, and the latest “Spider-Man” movie. Tokyo-located Sony, which produces 4 video-game consoles of PlayStation, Bravia TVs, and Wyclef Jean recordings, posted a profit for July–September of 130.9 Billion Yen (almost $1.2 Billion), up from 4.8 Billion Yen as compared to the similar period a year ago.

Quarterly sales increased to 2.06 Trillion Yen (almost $18 Billion) by 22%.The Japanese entertainment and electronics major lifted its complete-year profit prediction to 380 Billion Yen (almost $3.4 Billion), up by almost 50% percent from its previous prediction of 255 Billion Yen (almost $2.3 Billion) profit. That is more than 5x enhancement from the 73 Billion Yen profited in the financial year that concluded in March. Sony in recent years has experienced hell as it fell behind competitors such as Apple, which produces the iPhone, and Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea in mobile phones and flat-panel TVs.

An establisher in mobile music with the making of the portable cassette player Walkman in 1979, Sony has been refurbishing its processes to catch up in new techs such as digital cameras, 4K TVs, and game software for its triumphant franchise of PlayStation. In the previous quarter, a feeble yen in comparison to a year ago operated to drive bottom line of Sony. A feeble yen elevates the value of overseas profits of Japanese shippers. The absence of prices associated to damages at its battery and computer-chips businesses from earthquake of last year in southwestern Japan at Kumamoto also assisted.

Sony claimed to the media in an interview that its results profited from the sturdy box office performance of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” all over the world.

WhatsApp Business App Launched In India, Facilitates SMEs

WhatsApp Business App Launched In India, Facilitates SMEs

The popular chatting App WhatsApp has introduced WhatsApp Business in India. Small businesses can now connect with their customers easily. WhatsApp associated with MakeyMyTrip, NetFlix and BookMyShow and launched a pilot project. On Friday, WhatsApp Business first arrived for a few countries including Italy, Indonesia, UK, Mexico, and the US. The WhatsApp Business was first tested in Brazil and India then it was released to the public.

WhatsApp Business app can be downloaded on devices based on Android 4.0.3 and later versions from Google Play. For Apple iOS users, WhatsApp Business is planning release in the near future.

It is targeting small businesses, WhatsApp Business app calls for companies to connect with their customers. It enables businesses to make their profiles with additional info like business email id, website URL and business address. Businesses can include list of products they sell into their profile. Tools designed for Smart messaging helps businesses in quick replies to queries raised by customers. Businesses can send Greetings also using this App.

WhatsApp is also planning to reach out to selected businesses in a near future. WhatsApp business is eyeing small and Medium Sized businesses to enroll for their App. As per WhatsApp claims 80% business houses in Brazil and India are already using their product.

WhatsApp Business app helps businesses in setting profile picture privacy. App also enables blocking and reading receipts. The feature to track live location ensures easy sharing of live location. End-to-end encryption is also provided for all the calls and messages to restrict any unauthorized access.

Official sources claim that currently in India, WhatsApp has more than 200 million active users. WhatsApp wants to stay ahead in the competition with newly included features “Delete for Everyone” and “YouTube Integration”. On the Android Oreo devices WhatsApp also offers Notification Channel Support. Also, it is all set to bring about a feature for UPI payments shortly.

Cyber Attacks Might Transport Mayhem In The Upcoming Period

Cyber Attacks Might Transport Mayhem In The Upcoming Period

In the coming couple of few years, India will encounter more and more complicated and destructive cyber threats. This is in comparison to the disruptive thefts in the Indian market that are presently adding up to 200 Million malwares and 190,000 exclusive intrusions in any week.

Gulshan Rai, the Cyber Security Chief of India, told finance standing committee of the Parliament lately that cyber attacks had developed quickly. They have developed from nuisance and viruses attacks in the early 2000s to complicated advanced and malware Denial of Service, and might pose the harm of rigorously destructive thefts by 2020.

The government, the states, as well as Center are the main aim of cyber thefts, boosted by reasons ranging from counterfeiting to espionage, attacks, and data extraction. In 2017 and 2016, the government sector contributed for 29% and 27% of total cyber attacks. This data was given by the chief of the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (ICERT) to the media in an interview.

Other sectors soaring on the priority catalog of cyber attackers are energy, banking, defense, and telecom that along with the government contribute for 75% of total cyber attacks. The appearance of new apps and services, cognitive and cloud technologies, has turned cyber security more confronting even as the worth of information and its applications in business increases day by day, turning cyber security a huge task.

The occurrence of e-transactions is increasing with India sorting in a predictable 2 Billion such trades each day in comparison to almost 54 Billion internationally, as per World Payments Report 2017. This data was given by ICERT to the media in an interview.

Cyber attacks utilize tools and techniques that assist criminals avoid detection with rising refinement. And this has resulted in the government to recognize security of cyber industry as a planned area and plan out strategies targeted at intensifying cooperation at the global level.

Facebook To Open 3 Digital Training Center In Europe

Facebook To Open 3 Digital Training Center In Europe

Apart from entertaining and connecting people worldwide, Facebook is also extending its circumference of training people with digital skills. It will be opening three new centers in Europe in order to train the competent people. A commitment was also made on its behalf that over the period of next two years, it will train more than one million people along with business owners by the end of 2020. This is an endeavor to exhibit the contribution of the social media platform to the coalition.

Facebook revealed that it will be opening three community skill hubs in Poland, Spain, and Italy. It will also be investing a whopping amount of EUR 10 million or $12.2 million, which is roughly Rs. 78 crores, in France through its research facility of artificial intelligence.

Since the artificial intelligence and machine learning are advancing in a great way, it is important for humans to cope with the advancement in order to maintain the competency. Hence, it is essential to motivate the digital learning skills in humans so they can also contribute in a similar proficiency as the machines in the digital economy.

The community hubs will be offering intense training on the media literacy, digital skills, and online safety groups, which will be offered a limited access to the technology. The training can be availed by the young people, old as well as the refugees.

Sandberg stated that Facebook want people to realize its contribution to the society, technology, and humans.

With the help of the Community Boost EU program, Facebook will work in conjugation with the small-scale businesses and start-ups in order to offer them growth as well as employment.

As per an executive of European Union, it is high time to boost the digital skills of the European people, which will help diminish the unemployment and will assist Europe to become a digital giant.

Facebook Can’t Assure If Social Media Is Good For Democracy

Facebook Can’t Assure If Social Media Is Good For Democracy

A warning was declared on Monday on behalf of Facebook that it is not the best option for democracy. However, it further assured that the company will not leave any stone unturned to restrict the alleged interference in elections from Russia or any other source.

Currently, the modern world of digitization is facing a burning concern of widespread fake news, which is getting released in public to enhance misconception and false interpretation.

Incorrect headlines that are being posted on the social media platforms are traveling across the world, making it a global issue. However, when it comes to posting deceptive information regarding the elections, the aftereffect can be threatening. A similar concern was raised against Russia that it tried to influence the elections in the United States, France, and Britain. However, Moscow washed its hands off the aforementioned allegations.

In order to address the role of social media in a democracy, Cass Sunstein, a professor of Harvard University, stated that Facebook is the largest social media platform that has more than 2 billion users.

Samidh Chakrabarti, a product manager of Facebook also said, he can’t confirm that the perks offered by this wonderful platform will dominate the negative aspects. He also included, it is the sole responsibility of Facebook to take a note of the technologies that are being used in it in order to make it a highly trustworthy and representative medium.

Chakrabarti further added that the endeavor to spread the false conception could have been intensified but the company was focusing on closing the suspected fake accounts. This took their attention off the election ads, which became visible to the people not intended, leading to the scenario.

But on the positive side, Facebook has also helped accumulate more Americans to register for voting.

Google Audiobooks Arrive At To Play Store

Google Audiobooks Arrive At To Play Store

Taking on Amazon, this week Google launched out audiobooks with integration of Google Assistant in nine languages on its Play Store all over 45 nations, comprising in India. Similar to Amazon-owned Audible and Apple’s iBooks, there is no requirement of monthly subscription fee to buy the audiobooks.

Consumers can experience their preferred literature book out to them by commanding Google Assistant, just by saying “Ok Google, read my book.” “We are launching out Google audiobooks this week, for consumers who favor books to be read out to them. The integration of Google Assistant with audiobooks is obtainable on iOS, Android, Android Wear, Chromecast, even your laptop, as well as Android Auto,” claimed Head of Product Management for Google Play Books, Greg Hartrell, to the media in an interview.

“On Google Play, you can purchase a sole audiobook at a reasonable price, with no promises. You can also receive a free sample of the book to confirm you enjoy listening to the narrator’s voice and are hooked on to the story,” the firm claimed to the media in an interview. Try “Ok Google, who is the author?” if you require a refresher, or “Ok Google, stop playing in 20 minutes” to place a timer for reading in bed, it claimed.

Currently, the integration of Google Assistant with audiobooks is accessible on Android smart speakers and smartphones all over the world in English. Audiobooks are normally priced in the range of $7 to $15 but Google is providing offs, apart from the 50% discount on your first audiobook, claimed reports.

Recently, a group of scientists from various leading tech companies has written a post to share data regarding the cyber attacks that impacted lots of apps from a botnet on Google Play Store previously last month.

WhatsApp Payments Are On The Way

WhatsApp Payments Are On The Way

WhatsApp, the well-liked instant messaging application, might soon receive a built-in feature for payments. The Facebook-controlled firm is claimed to be already beta trialing the app with its banking associates. Lately, the firm also launched out its app of WhatsApp for Business. It is expected that the application as well might have some type of incorporation with the feature for payments.

The facility of payments in WhatsApp might come as early as February. As per a report in Economic Times, the company is expected to go live for users by the end of February 2018. The platform is already conducting tests with its associates.

As per the report, WhatsApp will play the role of a top layer that will recognize both the recipient and the sender at the back-end. It additionally claims that since the payments platform of the app will be incorporated with banks, it will also recognize the bank account of the users. In the end, UPI (Unified Payments Interface) will assist settle the payments. WhatsApp is allegedly at different phases of incorporating its UPI-supported system with its banking associates.

Over the past couple of months, UPI has come up as one of the quickest-developing payments methods in the nation. It is claimed to have posted 145 Million payments last year in the month of December. The firm has joined hands with different top banks in the nations for the transaction option. These allegedly comprise ICICI Bank, State Bank of India, Axis Bank, and HDFC Bank.

The most-extensively employed messaging application in the nation got approval of the Indian Government for integration of UPI last year in July. A banking associate claimed to the media that there are different safety concerns that require to be dealt with prior to the incorporation, particularly with reference to banking data of the customers.