PUBG to Relaunch in India as Battleground Mobile India

South Korean gaming company Krafton will relaunch the India version of its popular game – PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), for mobile users. This will come in a new avatar called Battlegrounds Mobile India. Krafton has not set a timeline for the launch of the mobile multiplayer game in the country. In September last year, PUBG Mobile, which was published in India by Chinese internet giant Tencent, was banned along with other Chinese apps after a prolonged border standoff between the neighbours. Following the ban, PUBG Corp, the subsidiary of Krafton, severed…

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Facebook Plans to Build a ‘Parent-Controlled’ Instagram for Children Under 13

Facebook is building a version of Instagram that will be tailored to children under the age of 13, PEOPLE confirms. “Increasingly kids are asking their parents if they can join apps that help them keep up with their friends,” a Facebook spokesperson tells PEOPLE. “Right now there aren’t many options for parents, so we’re working on building additional products — like we did with Messenger Kids — that are suitable for kids, managed by parents.” Messenger Kids debuted in late 2017 as a privacy-focused app for children, according to Tech…

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Facebook’s Trump Ban Upheld by Oversight Board for Now

Donald Trump’s ban from Facebook and Instagram has been upheld by Facebook’s Oversight Board. But it criticised the indefinite nature of the ban as beyond the scope of Facebook’s normal penalties. It has ordered Facebook to review the decision and “justify a proportionate response” that is applied to everyone, including ordinary users. The former president was banned from both sites in January following the Capitol Hill riots. The Oversight Board said the initial decision to permanently suspend Mr Trump was “indeterminate and standardless”, and that the correct response should be…

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XRSpace Headset Opens Door to New Virtual World

A new virtual reality headset designed for mobility will serve as an entry point into a new virtual world, its maker announced Tuesday. The US$599 Mova headset from XRSpace, founded by former HTC chief Peter Chou, will support 5G and be the exclusive on-ramp to Manova, a social reality platform that aims to defy the boundaries of space and time to bring people together. Users can roam Manova as full-body avatars with a user’s personal features to socialize, work and play in a number of public and private spaces, according…

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Spotify Buys Megaphone for $235 million

Swedish music streaming giant Spotify has acquired podcast advertising and publishing firm Megaphone, in a deal worth a reported $235 million. The deal will help Spotify provide targeted ads, and expand advertising monitoring tools to third-party podcast providers. The Stockholm brand’s advertising revenue will rise this quarter, executives have claimed. It is the latest in a flurry of deals made by Spotify, which is trying to boost its presence in the booming podcast industry. Since last February, when it bought Alex Blumberg’s network Gimlet Media, Spotify has bagged high-profile shows…

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai Joins Global Task Force Steering Committee on Pandemic Response

On last Thursday, three Indian-American CEOs Sundar Pichai from Google, Punit Renjen from Deloitte, and Shantanu Narayen from Adobe have joined the steering committee of the Global Task Force on Pandemic Response, which is overseeing an unprecedented corporate sector initiative to help India successfully fight COVID19. The task force is a newly formed public-private partnership organised by the US Chamber of Commerce and supported by Business Roundtable. It is working with the Chamber’s US-India Business Council and the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum to take immediate actions to help address the…

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A framework to increase the safety of robots operating in crowded environments !!

Humans are innately able to adapt their behavior and actions according to the movements of other humans in their surroundings. For instance, human drivers may suddenly stop, slow down, steer or start their car based on the actions of other drivers, pedestrians or cyclists, as they have a sense of which maneuvers are risky in specific scenarios. However, developing robots and autonomous vehicles that can similarly predict human movements and assess the risk of performing different actions in a given scenario has so far proved highly challenging. This has resulted in…

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It takes hackers just 30 minutes to breach a local network !!

It takes hackers to just 30 minutes to penetrate a local network. New research from Positive Technologies has been shown how easy it is for hackers to breach any organisation’s local network by exploiting known software vulnerabilities.bExperts from Positive Technologies performed by external pentests on organisations in the IT, finance, fuel and energy, hospitality, government, entertainment and telecommunications industries and the results were compiled in the Penetration Testing of Corporate Information Systems report. In a penetration test, ethical hackers imitate what real attackers do. The term is often shortened to “pentest,” while…

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Intel hacked, 20GB of confidential, intellectual data leaked by anonymous hacker !!

Intel is not having a good 2020. After having to deal with delayed productions, dropping stocks and some of its important employees making its an exit, the US-based chipmaker is now dealing with the pretty nasty hack. Around 20GBs of Intel’s confidential files and intellectual property has been leaked by an anonymous hacker and it is making its way around online. A report from Tom’s Hardware states that the hacker has shared a link to a 20GB file-sharing folder that contains Intel’s files that were apparently stolen earlier this year. The hacker has shared…

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NEP 2020 aims to increase gross enrolment ratio in higher education to 50% by 2035: PM Modi ……

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday interacted with the finalists of the hackathon through video conferencing. Students from various colleges including The hackathon is being organised by the HRD ministry’s All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Persistent Systems and i4c. The Grand Finale of Smart India Hackathon 2020 (Software) will be held from August 1 to 3. The hackathon is a nationwide initiative to provide students with the a platform to solve some of the pressing problems people face in daily lives, and thus inculcate a culture of product…

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