On June 23, BlueSky released Bharat Browser as its latest browser with features such as Indian language support and access to hyper-regional content to persuade Indian consumers.
The startup had the Venus Browser as its first Web browser for mobile users that was launched in October 2017 and came preloaded on phones by companies including Comio.
Gadgets 360 spoke with BlueSky Inventions Co-Founder and CEO Dinesh Prasad over a phone call to understand how the Bharat Browser is different from other Indian Web browsers, and why we ultimately need an Indian browser.
Dinesh Prasad, Co-Founder and CEO of BlueSky Inventions, admits the word "Bharat" in Bharat Browser helps attract new users So did you choose Bharat as a keyword to get more users on board through that name only?
Bharat Browser comes with a dedicated My State tab to offer content from a specific state Although UC Browser is banned, from the consumers' point of view, why should I use a “made in India” browser at this moment?
The Fort Huachuca Military Police were just apprised of this truism by Twitter user KF, who had purchased some used Axon body cameras on eBay.
And contained on those storage cards were a bunch of recordings (including audio) that hadn't been wiped by the MPs before the cameras ended up on eBay.
No one seems to know how the cameras ended up on eBay, but it's pretty amazing they ended up in the secondary market with their recordings still intact.
KF's site contains this amusing/scary security test of police in-car camera systems -- cameras the researchers were able to view live after discovering zero authentication was needed to access this stream.
Nor does there seem to be much concern that recordings might be improperly accessed by other personnel with access to the devices while the cameras were still being used by the Fort Huachuca police.
I’ve been warning about potential misuse of pre-trained language models for a while, and even helped develop some of the approaches the people are using now to build this tech; but it’s not until OpenAI actually showed what can be done in practice that the broader community has woken up to some of the concerns.
And there’s clearly a discussion to be had about potential societal impacts of a tool that may be able to scale up disinformation campaigns by orders of magnitude, especially in our current environment where such campaigns have damaged democracy even without access to such tools.
The reaction from the academic NLP community, on the other hand, has been largely (but not exclusively) negative, claiming that: On (1), whilst it’s true that there’s no real algorithmic leap being done here (the model is mainly a larger version of something that was published by the same team months ago), the academic “nothing to see here” reaction misses the point entirely.
There’s been a lot of discussion in the last couple of days about OpenAI’s new language model.
In practice, the most likely exploit is (in my opinion) a foreign power spending that money to dramatically escalate existing disinformation campaigns, such as those that have been extensively documented by the US intelligence community.
Likewise, Google said in a statement that it too had “paused production on any new data requests from Hong Kong authorities” and will continue reviewing details of the new law.
Twitter also paused all data and information requests from Hong Kong authorities after the law went into effect last week, the company said.
Facebook and its messaging app WhatsApp said in separate statements Monday that they would freeze the review of government requests for user data in Hong Kong, “pending further assessment of the National Security Law, including formal human rights due diligence and consultations with international human rights experts.”
HONG KONG — Social media platforms and messaging apps including Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram, Google and Twitter will deny law enforcement requests for user data in Hong Kong as they assess the effect of a new national security law enacted last week.
Hong Kong’s government late Monday issued implementation rules of Article 43 of the national security law, which give the city’s police force sweeping powers in enforcing the legislation and come into effect Tuesday.
The conflict began with an investigation into the travel company Away in The Verge for which I served as an early editor; that story was written by Zoe Schiffer, my partner in bringing this newsletter to you every week; and the most recent controversy started after my friend Taylor Lorenz called attention to some comments that Korey, Away’s CEO and the subject of the original investigation, had made on Instagram.
Since the Google walkout in 2018, employees of venture-backed startups and public companies have become increasingly comfortable in speaking out — often using social media platforms to call out their employers.
But the Google walkout — which took place as much on Twitter as it did outside the company’s offices — showed workers that their stories would find a sympathetic audience on social networks.
And journalists often wind up criticizing tech companies from both sides of an issue — complaining that they both leave up too many bad posts and take down too many good ones, for example.
(Elizabeth Dwoskin / The Washington Post) Governing ⭐ Google, Facebook, and Twitter won’t process user data requests from the Hong Kong government amid concerns that a new security law could criminalize protests.
In terms of a global coronavirus update, there’s not that much good news to go around at the moment — though there are exceptions, such as in South Korea which has done a better job than most countries at getting a handle on the virus and tamping down outbreaks.
Accordingly, the government there in recent days hosted a massive drone display that served to both honor the country’s health care workers, but also to give reminders to do things like keep wearing face masks and wash your hands so that the chance of a new COVID-19 wave is diminished in the country.
One country that’s been pretty stellar in its fight against the coronavirus, on the other hand, is South Korea, which the latest stats from Johns Hopkins University show has only seen a little more than 13,000 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic and 284 reported deaths.
VIDEO At one point during the display, you can see the drones arrange themselves in illuminated patterns that remind people to still wear face masks, wash your hands, and socially distance — and, finally, to “cheer up” and not let this global pandemic dampen your spirits more than is necessary.
All of which are valuable reminders, since just because South Korea is much farther along in their victory over the virus than we are, that’s not to suggest they aren’t worried about letting their guard down and dealing with an all-new wave of the coronavirus.
Apptopia's data also reveals that in the four weekends of last month, roughly 154,341 users downloaded the Disney Plus application, and during the same time period roughly 350,152 users downloaded the application (estimates derived through Wcctech's calculations and are not mentioned in Vanity Fair's coverage).
Disney Plus Breaks Records Through Dramatic Spur In Downloads Courtesy of 4th of July Musical As per the details, over the course of the independence day weekend, the Disney Plus application was downloaded on 513,323 devices all over the globe, with downloads from the United States alone representing 52% of this figure, through 266,084 downloads.
Now, as the company has recovered some of this lost value, analytics firm Apptopia (courtesy of Vanity Fair) is reporting that the Disney Plus application witnessed a 72% jump in downloads over the weekend, due to the historical musical Hamilton premiering on the streaming service.
The musical that premiered on Disney Plus on the weekend is based around the United States of America's first secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton, famous for his many quotes such as “Those who stand for nothing fall for everything.”
The news of Hamilton's popularity on Disney Plus comes at a time when the service is competing with Netflix for user eyeballs.
Hewing to that possibility, Kanye West , the 43-year old African-American musician and entrepreneur, declared an unexpected run for the US Presidency on Saturday, setting political circles and social media alight about the seriousness or otherwise of his candidacy at this late stage.
His wife Kim Kardashian , like Trump also a reality tv personality and social media star, is also seen as Trump supporter having worked with the President on criminal justice reform aimed at freeing blacks who are incarcerated on minor charges.
In a narrow election where a few thousand votes could make the difference in winning a state (Trump won Michigan by only around 10,000 votes, getting all its 16 electoral votes in the winner-takes-all system), this could jeopardize Biden support among Blacks.
The immediate speculation though was West was throwing in his MAGA cap – which he wore for a meeting with President Trump in the Oval Office – to queer the path for Democratic nominee Joe Biden , who has established a commanding lead in polls leading up to the election.
#Vision2020" the rapper, who is seen as a Trump supporter, said in an Independence Day tweet that was taken seriously by news outlets, considering how a reality star became President in the last election.
Because beginning this week, Android users will officially have access to a beautiful dark mode in Docs, Sheets, and Slides—apps many of us use regularly, if not constantly.
Google announced the rollout in a blog post on Monday, noting that dark mode can be enabled both manually in the Docs, Sheets, or Slides apps as well as automatically when Android system-wide dark mode is switched on.
To turn the function on for the individual apps, head to the Menu within the app, select Settings, click on Theme, and choose Dark.
For this theme, settings and navigation menus are a lovely slate gray, while white documents converted to a dark theme will be a little closer to a true black.
The theme can be switched while working on a document as well, with the app adjusting any content and themes for the user automatically.
Close all games and apps Source: Windows Central Did you know that playing Xbox One games can impact your download speeds?
How to speed up Xbox One downloads Restart your Xbox One console Source: Matt Brown / Windows Central This classic trick also applies to Xbox One downloads, with a simple restart sometimes all that's required to get your speeds back to normal.
Before attempting to address any issues with Xbox One download speeds, we first recommend checking your console's internet connection.
How to test your Xbox One network connection Source: Windows Central Problems with your Xbox One downloads can be the result of countless factors, including your console, your home network, your internet service provider (ISP), or even Microsoft itself.
The pros and cons Source: Matt Brown / Windows Central The right networking hardware also plays a fundamental role in Xbox One download speeds, but you don't need to be an expert to eliminate the common bottlenecks.
His quotes were favored by 51.7% of respondents on average, compared to 37% for CTRL.
Almost two-thirds (65%) of them preferred this AI-generated answer to the musings of Muhammad, Stephen Hawking, and God: The goal of human life is not merely to be born into the world, but also to grow up in it.
[Read: New AI project captures Jane Austen’s thoughts on social media] They were particularly taken by CTRL’s answer to “What is the goal of humanity?”
Researchers from the University of New South Wales first fed a series of moral questions to Salesforce’s CTRL system, a text generator trained on millions of documents and websites, including all of Wikipedia.
A new study has explored whether AI can provide more attractive answers to humanity’s most profound questions than history’s most influential thinkers.
The unofficial date for the next Samsung Unpacked event is August 5 – it will be a busy event that will see the new Galaxy Note20 phones share the spotlight with two foldables (Galaxy Fold 2 and Z Flip 5G).
The latest info coming from Korea’s ETNews (again, unofficial) is that the Galaxy Note20 and Note20+ will become available on August 21.
Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Z Flip 5G in Bronze This is the availability date for the South Korean market, but chances are that Samsung will launch the new flagship in all key markets on that day.
South Korea will only receive the 5G versions of these Galaxy phones (that was the case with the Note10 duo last year as well).
At the same time Samsung may introduce a more affordable Galaxy S20 Lite Source (in Korean)
Facebook’s new Covid-19 alert will remind you to wear a mask in public whenever you open its Facebook or Instagram apps.
The banner, which reads “When in public, cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering”, began appearing at the top of users’ Facebook News Feeds and Instagram feeds last week.
Both alerts include a link that takes users to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website, while the News Feed banner also features a link to Facebook’s Covid-19 Information Center for more prevention tips.
Related: How to change your Facebook password and keep your account secure “With the rise in COVID-19 cases in the US, we’re putting an alert at the top of Facebook and Instagram to remind everyone to wear face coverings and find more prevention tips from the CDC in our COVID-19 Information Center”, announced Facebook Head of Health Kang-Xing Jin on Thursday.
Related: How to change your Instagram password: Tips for recovering and protecting your account The new mask alert isn’t the only action Facebook has taken to support users during the pandemic.
In the space of a week, dozens of allegations of inappropriate behaviour have been made against competitors in Nintendo's Super Smash Bros fighting game series.
The allegations surrounding the Super Smash Bros competitive community are wide-ranging, from inappropriate sexual messages to sexual relationships with minors on the sidelines of tournament events, and even accusations of rape.
In a statement provided to the media, Nintendo said: "We are deeply disturbed by the allegations raised against certain members of the competitive gaming community.
Evo knocked out Separately, the largest fighting game tournament of the summer, EVO Online, did not go ahead as planned over the 4 July weekend, amid wider concerns of abuse in the fighting game community.
The current wave of allegations is not just confined to the fighting game community.
With the iPad Air, you get a machine with an excellent balance of screen size, power, and price.
Just as powerful as 12.9-inch Pro Some might want a bigger display The latest generation of the iPad Air walks the line between the lower-priced 2019 iPad mini and iPad and the larger screen real estate of the 2020 iPad Pro lineup.
One of the great advantages of the 11-inch iPad Pro over the 12.9-inch model and the 10.5-inch iPad Air is that it straddles the line between the portability of the 10.5-inch Air and the power of the 12.9-inch Pro.
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro combines impressive power and a large, beautiful display in a top-notch mobile artistic tool.
The iPad Pro's 12.9-inch display is a great canvas size for your art, whether you're sketching, painting, or editing photos, that still lets you be mobile.
In 2018, OkCupid rolled out a feature for users who identified as any gender other than a man or woman to choose their pronouns.
They're doing this in the hopes that it will normalize listing pronouns in your profile and create a safer environment for OkCupid's trans and nonbinary users.
Additionally, more than one million users have opted to add pronouns to their profile already.
Kaye added, "At OkCupid we've spent years helping LGBTQ+ daters express themselves more accurately on our platform, by adding questions focused on dating as a queer person to expanding gender and orientation options, and introducing the pronouns feature for our LGBTQ+ users."
"By encouraging all our users to share their pronouns," said Kaye, "we're hoping to create an even more inclusive space for everyone who lives outside of traditional expectations of gender expression and identity."
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