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A drone policy 2.0 is being worked out to open up the use of UAVs to carry payloads by businesses. (Photo: Reuters)
A drone policy 2.0 is being worked out to open up the use of UAVs to carry payloads by businesses. (Photo: Reuters)

Is India prepared to deal with drone-based terrorist attacks?

  • Under the new regulations, every UAV that weighs above 250g and can fly over an altitude of 50 feet has to be registered and regulated through an online platform called Digital Sky
  • Experts feel that the govt should first try to have some kind of an anti drone system in place physically in the sky which can shoot or bring down rogue drones quickly

Alex Pompe says Facebook don’t publish this social network data to humanitarian organisations as the absolute truth
Alex Pompe says Facebook don’t publish this social network data to humanitarian organisations as the absolute truth

How data is helping Facebook provide disaster management maps?

  • Facebook’s Data for Good initiative aims to use the vast amounts of data the social network gets to help in various humanitarian issues
  • Alex Pompe said the moment a disaster strikes, disaster map is generated for 14 days and updated every eight hours

Amazon was the second busiest platform in Q2 2019, accounting for 58% of all online smartphone sales. (Reuters)
Amazon was the second busiest platform in Q2 2019, accounting for 58% of all online smartphone sales. (Reuters)

Online smartphone shipments up 26% YoY in Q2 2019: Report

  • The mid-segment ( 15,000 to 20,000) was the fastest-growing price band in the online segment
  • Xiaomi (46%) enjoys the lion’s share of the market, pitting Oppo’s sub brand Realme (17%) and Samsung (11%) by a distance

MoooFarm’s business revolves around developing technology solutions for farmers, helping them manage their cattle better. Photo: Reuters
MoooFarm’s business revolves around developing technology solutions for farmers, helping them manage their cattle better. Photo: Reuters

This company uses machine learning to tell cows apart from each other

  • Like human faces, cows and buffaloes also have specific features on their faces that can be recognised
  • The technology can be used to deal with the problem of stray cattle in a country where lack of shelter and food leads to more than a crore stray cattle

The Realme XT is runs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 712 processor paired with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage
The report identifies, outdated Microsoft Office accounts as the biggest culprit accounting for 59% of attacks in 2019, followed by Eternal Blue (32%), a security vulnerability in Microsoft’s Windows operating system.
The report identifies, outdated Microsoft Office accounts as the biggest culprit accounting for 59% of attacks in 2019, followed by Eternal Blue (32%), a security vulnerability in Microsoft’s Windows operating system.

Cyberattacks on healthcare facilities waning in 2019, report

  • Attacks on medical devices have gone down by almost one third since 2018
  • The propensity of attack depends on how much the government is spending on cybersecurity in the public health sector

Apple iPhone XR is one of the best selling models of Cupertino based phone maker. Photo: Reuters
Bobble Keyboard has an ML-based recommendation engine for stickers that can suggest stickers based on chats as well as the context within a sticker (iStock)
Bobble Keyboard has an ML-based recommendation engine for stickers that can suggest stickers based on chats as well as the context within a sticker (iStock)

Millennials replace emojis with stickers thanks to ML

  • Various keyboard and messaging platforms now understand what youngsters want, and are investing to expand their content offerings in these areas
  • Using stickers as primary mode of input or more often (than before) in the conversation has become a lot more convenient for users

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The rear design of the upcoming OnePlus TV.
The latest version of the Gmail app for Android is said to be available with version 2019.08.18.267044774
The latest version of the Gmail app for Android is said to be available with version 2019.08.18.267044774

Dark mode for Gmail on Android is finally here: Check out what's new

  • The dark option will turn the background of the Gmail app dark gray, along with all the inbox folders and most emails
  • Google first started testing the dark mode on Android earlier this year, when it started rolling it out for a handful of users

This year's iPhones missed out on the USB Type-C slot. (AP)
Apple CEO Tim Cook announces Apple TV+ during an new product event Tuesday. Photo: AP (AP)
Apple CEO Tim Cook announces Apple TV+ during an new product event Tuesday. Photo: AP (AP)

Apple may steal Netflix streaming crown with a $5-a-month TV+ service

  • Launching on November 1 in 100 countries, Apple TV+ promises to launch a new show every week
  • Apple to sell at least 130 million iPhones outside of China in the next 12 months, according to Wall Street

Google's renders of the Pixel 4.
Google's renders of the Pixel 4.

Google Pixel 4, 4XL may launch on Oct 15

  • Google Pixel's new phones will have a large bezel at the top and it might not have a physical fingerprint sensor anywhere
  • The Night Sight feature would include speed-related enhancements, allowing the phone to take better pictures at night

CEO Tim Cook presents the new iPhone 11 at an Apple event at their headquarters in Cupertino, California (Photo: Reuters)
CEO Tim Cook presents the new iPhone 11 at an Apple event at their headquarters in Cupertino, California (Photo: Reuters)

Why India deserves a personalized Apple retail store soon

  • The Apple retail philosophy has been not to sell products but rather solve customers' queries on their purchase journey
  • As Apple bumps up its plans to open more stores, India appeared on its global map last month

Apple in July announced the acquisition of chip-maker Intel's smartphone modem business for $1 billion. (Reuters)
Apple in July announced the acquisition of chip-maker Intel's smartphone modem business for $1 billion. (Reuters)

Why 5G is not yet on Apple's mind as rivals go gaga over it

  • Apple has always been late to adopt any leading technology into its offerings if it is not developed in-house
  • 5G is still in its infancy, with global roll-outs at various stages

The event will go live on Instagram from September 12-15 and will witness 35 designers. (AFP)
The event will go live on Instagram from September 12-15 and will witness 35 designers. (AFP)

India's first Instagram Fashion Week is here

  • IFFD India Runway Week has come up with India's "first ever" Instagram edition of the fashion event
  • The idea is to stitch the images from the shoot into a long, horizontal scroll, and then upload them to Instagram

Apple iPhone XR (64 GB) is now available at  ₹49,900.
Play Pass is coming soon, Google tweeted (Photo: Reuters)
Play Pass is coming soon, Google tweeted (Photo: Reuters)

Google's Apple Arcade competitor Play Pass to launch soon

  • Earlier, a leaked report by Android Police in July, suggested that it may cost $4.99 per month, the same price as Apple Arcade
  • The report also revealed that it might come with some known games like Monument Valley along with some non-gaming apps such as 'premium music apps', fitness trackers

File photo of IIIT-Hyderabad campus