SCIENCE & TECH

Truecaller partners with ICICI and Airtel

Chennai: Truecaller announced expansion of its services, including caller id for feature phones, video calling and payment service using mobile phone number for its subscribers in India. The Sweden based caller identification app has partnered with Bharti Airtel for starting called id service for customers not using internet or are on feature phones. “Truecaller has entered in to a first of its kind partnership with Airtel to launch ‘Airtel Truecaller ID’

Does technology really help us while running?

We see a lot of people running, jogging, walking with a tech gear strapped on them. These are becoming more natural and a common sight. Running is more of a cheap and cheerful way of getting and staying fit. Decades ago, when people took a walk they just wore a good pair of running shoes, a shorts and a tee. It was so very simple. But we don’t do any

Samsung faces 'biggest test' with Galaxy S8 launch

Seoul: The world’s biggest smartphone maker Samsung will unveil its latest flagship, the Galaxy S8, today in New York as it seeks to move on from last year’s humiliating recall crisis. Samsung Electronics was forced to discontinue the Galaxy Note 7, originally intended to compete with Apple’s iPhone, after a chaotic recall that saw replacement devices also catching fire. The debacle cost the South Korean company billions in lost profit and hammered

Facebook Messenger adds live location sharing

Chennai: Facebook Inc added a feature to its Messenger app, to allow users to share their locations continuously for up to an hour, ramping up competition with tools offered by Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google Maps. The company has found that one of the most used phrases on Messenger as people talk to friends and family is “How far away are you?” or some variation, head of product for

Privacy is collateral in fight against terror

Chennai: Privacy of every person is similar to the freedom that we have in a democratic country. But, recent actions of the UK government in handling digital data seems to worry many users, as it may become a threat to their privacy. Two years ago, Wikileaks and UK media Guardian published several stories on privacy threat of US citizens by its government. It all happened because of Snowden. Now, the

Twitter may build a premier version for pros

Chennai: Twitter Inc is considering whether to build a premium version of its popular Tweetdeck interface aimed at professionals, the company said, raising the possibility that it could collect subscription fees from some users for the first time. Like most other social media companies, Twitter since its founding 11 years ago has focused on building a huge user base for a free service supported by advertising. Last month it reported

More big brands pull ads from YouTube in boycott

San Francisco: An advertising boycott of YouTube is broadening, a sign that big-spending companies doubt Google’s ability to prevent marketing campaigns from appearing alongside repugnant videos. PepsiCo, Wal-Mart Stores and Starbucks yesterday confirmed that they have also suspended their advertising on YouTube after the Wall Street Journal found Google’s automated programs placed their brands on five videos containing racist content. AT&T, Verizon, Johnson & Johnson, Volkswagen and several other companies pulled ads earlier this week. The defections are