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Google opposes FBI’s worldwide cyber-snooping power

Google opposes FBI’s worldwide cyber-snooping power

The US Department of Justice is extending the power of warrant issuing judges by modifying the Federal rule of Criminal Procedure 41 that will eventually allow FBI to obtain “digital search warrants”. With that kind of warrant, the federal agency will be able to go through any computer, anywhere in the world. Search engine giant Google has opposed FBI’s worldwide cyber-snooping power by submitting a comment on February 13 at the government’s website. The alleged changes that widens the agency’s power to conduct search on private devices seem to be based on a vague terminology; this has been pointed out by Richard…

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Google launches kid friendly YouTube app

 Google launches kid friendly YouTube app

Google has noticed that family entertainment through YouTube has seen a whopping 200% growth last year. However, parents have things to worry about as often kids end up viewing inappropriate videos on the video sharing site. Much to their relief, Google launches kids friendly YouTube app for mobile devices. The app will be available throughout the USA from Monday, February 23, reports USA Today. Initially available for Android, the app will make content available that are suitable for children and it will come with some parental control features. Parents will be able to control the length of a video session,…

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Google Helpouts to discontinue soon

Google Helpouts to discontinue soon

Helpouts, Google’s tutorial platform for buying and selling expert services, was launched in 2013, but didn’t manage to take off well. Consequently, the tech giant has decided to discontinue the platform soon and has explained the factors that forced it to do so in a document posted online. The idea behind Google Helpouts was good; people could take language lessons, accounting courses, photo and video editing lessons and so on through live video sessions. It was a perfect medium to bring some extra bucks for people with skills that are on demand. Google Helpouts’ growth in two years, however, was not encouraging enough for…

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‘CyberCaliphate’ hacks prominent social media accounts; threatens US First Family

 ‘CyberCaliphate’ hacks prominent social media accounts; threatens US First Family

A mysterious group, claiming itself to be related to ISIS, called “CyberCaliphate”, hacks prominent social media accounts and threatens the US First Family as well. Popular magazine Newsweek’s Twitter account and the Facebook page of Delta Airlines were briefly under the control of the so called CyberCaliphate. The incidents took place on Tuesday, February 10 and the perpetrators began tweeting images of sensitive documents belonging to DCITA from Newsweek’s Twitter Account. They also sent out tweets threatening Presidents Obama’s wife and daughters on the occasion of Valentine’s Day. The hacker group also took Newsweek’s profile banner down from its Twitter account and replaced it…

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Google’s ‘Friends Furever’ goes viral on YouTube; puts a positive spin on fragmented Android

Google’s ‘Friends Furever’ goes viral on YouTube; puts a positive spin on fragmented Android

During the Grammy awards, Google debuted an unusual ad featuring different animals at play that are normally hostile to each other in real life. Cuddly at its best, Google’s ‘Friends Furever’ goes viral on YouTube with more than 7 million views in less than a week. The message of the video, “Be together. Not the same”, seems to put a positive spin on fragmented Android. Google launched its “Be together. Not the same” campaign back in October, 2014 with the introduction of Android 5.0 Lollipop along with Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 tablets. Back then, the search engine giant emphasized on…

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Kids’ version of Vine is out there

Kids' version of Vine is out there

Twitter-owned short-video sharing app Vine was launched back in 2012 and right now it has around 40 million viewers worldwide. It attracted millions of users who want to have fun posting videos with silly tricks; many of them keep on adding adult content as well. Nevertheless, Vine’s management received feedbacks from families that kids are very much fond of the app. In order to entertain underage children, a kids’ version of Vine is out there already. The app for kids has been built by accumulating clips created within the platform that are appropriate for children under five. It is a simple way…

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Cyber attacks have become more frequent

Cyber attacks have become more frequent

Last Tuesday, social media platform sites Facebook and Instagram were unavailable for users for about an hour. Facebook declared Wednesday that the outage was due to an internal failure and it did not occur as a result of some hacker’s attack. However, Arbor Networks reveals that the concerted cyber attacks, dubbed as DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) have been on the rise; the hackers launch a coordinated campaign in which millions of computers direct requests toward a single application or website for services. This action overwhelms the web service eventually causing it to shut down. Such cyber attacks have become…

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Google fixes homophobic translation bug

Google fixes homophobic translation bug

AllOut.org, a petition website for Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender (LBGT), has fiercely criticized Google recently by making public the flaws that occur in the tech giant’s “Translator service”. The flaws occur only when translating some “gay terms” from certain languages into English. The translation tool of the world’s largest search engine has been accused of translating some words and definitions into derogatory homophobic slurs. The word “gay”, for example, is replaced with “faggot”, an insulting term for people with alternative lifestyle. Anyways, the company was quick to apologize and respond to the issue; a spokesperson revealed that the homophobic…

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Wicker launches private photo sharing feature behind Facebook kitties

Wicker launches private photo sharing feature behind Facebook kitties

Are you in search of a way to share images with friends on social media platform with added security and privacy? Well, you are in luck as Wicker launches private photo sharing feature behind Facebook kitties. Dubbed as WTF (Wicker Timed Feed), the app allows users to privately share photos on Wicker with as many as 151 friends at a time. If you keep receiving stream of cat photos on your timeline, expect hidden messages behind those Facebook kitties; they are not necessarily gestures by devout pet owners. The images behind those cat pictures would stay around for 24 hours and they…

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Kim Dotcom now a Skype rival, launches encrypted audio and video chat service

Kim Dotcom now a Skype rival, launches encrypted audio and video chat service

A star hacker turned entrepreneur Kim Dotcom had previously promised on taking on Microsoft owned Skype, that is extremely popular worldwide for audio-video chatting and text messaging. Apparently, Kim Dotcom is now a Skype rival as it launches encrypted audio and video chat service MegaChat. This new browser-based chat service has been launched less than a week ago. Kim made his Twitter announcement stating that MegaChat will be expanded step by step; it started with video call services and soon text messaging and video conferencing will be added. Kim Dotcom is also looking forward to offer mobile apps to its…

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