Facebook opens up Internet.org to developers, hoping to pacify net neutrality critics

Internet-org-LogoFacebook announced on Monday that its Internet.org app, which offers some websites for free, without data charges, is being opened up to developers.

The lack of transparency and inclusiveness was among the criticisms that net neutrality activists have made about Internet.org, which is available in India through Reliance Communications on Android phones.

“Our goal with Internet.org is to work with as many developers and entrepreneurs as possible to extend the benefits of connectivity to diverse, local communities,”  Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a blog post. “To do this, we’re going to offer services through Internet.org in a way that’s more transparent and inclusive.”

Read More: http://scroll.in/article/724975/facebook-opens-up-internet-org-to-developers-hoping-to-pacify-net-neutrality-critics

Supreme Court Strikes Down Controversial Internet Censorship Law

Tindia-flagoday is a good day for freedom of speech in India. Supreme Court struck down an ambiguous law that could be used to imprison citizens for content that they post online.

Section 66A of the Information Technology Act was declared unconstitutional at a session held this morning. The court added that the controversial law, which first came into existence in 2000, is “vague in its entirety” and in violation of existing free speech laws.

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Supreme-Court-strikes-down-Section-66A-of-IT-Act-which-allowed-arrests-for-objectionable-content-online/articleshow/46672244.cms

Apple Watch: battery charges in just two hours, skin contact and 10%+ battery need to get notifications, essentially a time-saving device

apple-watchThere are a lot of interesting details about Apples new watch. But, by far, the most interesting thing is how little you use your iPhone once you have one. It takes your heart rate periodically, providing you with a last-checked time, which could offer major benefits to health applications.

In order to receive notifications from apps, the Watch must be on your wrist and locked. The Watch requires contact with your skin to receive notifications. That cool!

The display is very sharp and easily readable from your wrist. Battery life is also much better.

Read more: http://techcrunch.com/2015/03/06/the-apple-watch-is-time-saved/#sQEBfW:AmKD


Man-made DNA can now store data for millions of years

dnaSwiss scientists have discovered encasing DNA in glass and chilling it down can preserve data encoded in it for millions of years, moving them closer to an entirely new, and better, way to store the world’s information.

Researchers first turned data into DNA and then retrieved it two years ago, but it degraded too quickly to be useful as a long-term storage device. But nature already had a solution.

Chill DNA down and fossilize it, and it can last for millions of years.

Read More: https://gigaom.com/2015/02/17/man-made-dna-can-now-store-data-for-millions-of-years/

ISRO to launch Google satellite

isro-googleThe Indian Space Research Organisation will be launching a satellite for Google’s Sky Box Imaging for GPS maps this year from its spaceport at Sriharikota.

This will be the first US satellite to be launched by Isro.

Google, which has acquired the satellite imaging company Sky Box Imaging, wants to develop precision maps using its own network of 180-odd satellites.

Read More: http://www.asianage.com/india/isro-launch-google-satellite-300

Google developing Uber competitor, likely in conjunction with driverless car project

Google's Driver Less Car

Google’s Driver Less Car

Google is preparing to offer its own ride-hailing service, most likely in conjunction with its long-in-development driverless car project. Google has made no secret of its ambitions to revolutionize transportation with autonomous vehicles.

Uber faces an ever-growing cast of adversaries that includes dubious regulators, litigious drivers, hostile members of the press, and some well-funded rivals. But the most significant threat to the app-based transportation company may be much closer to home: one of its biggest investors, Google.

Read More: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-02/exclusive-google-and-uber-are-going-to-war-over-taxis

Microsoft launches Office for Android tablets, new Outlook mail apps for iOS and Android

MS-Outlook-for-iOS-and-AndroidMicrosoft announced the release of Outlook for iOS and a preview of Outlook for Android. If you have an iPhone, iPad, Android phone or Android tablet, chances are that you’re using the built-in email and calendaring capabilities of your device. Now you can use new Outlook app instead.

Despite the smartphone becoming a primary screen for reading email, most of us perform only basic email triage on the phone, delaying the rest to deal with on the computer. Activities like sorting through large amounts of email, managing your calendar, and sharing files require too many steps or multiple apps that don’t work together well on the phone.  The new Outlook app brings together the core tools you need to get things done—your email, calendar, contacts and files—helping you get more done even on the smallest screen.

Read more here: http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2015/01/29/office-everywhere-great-news-office-ios-android/


Facebook to reduce distribution of deliberately false or misleading posts in News Feed

facebook-timelineToday’s Facebook update to News Feed reduces the distribution of posts that people have reported as hoaxes and adds an annotation to posts that have received many of these types of reports to warn others on Facebook. Posts that receive lots of reports will be annotated with a message warning people that many others on Facebook have reported it.

Facebook is not removing stories people report as false and are not reviewing content and making a determination on its accuracy.

Read More: http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2015/01/news-feed-fyi-showing-fewer-hoaxes/

Google Hangouts For Android Gets Smarter, Adds Video Filters And More

google-hangout-imageGoogle’s Hangouts app for Android got a major update today.

Among the fun new features are 16 new sticker pages and a couple of Easter eggs (just type “woot” or “happy birthday” into a chat to see what those look like after you’ve installed the update).

On the visual side, you can also now apply filters to your video chats (think sepia, vignette, black and white, etc.).

Those are fun little features, but what’s more important in this update is that Hangouts is also getting smarter. When somebody now asks you where you are, Hangouts will automatically prompt you to share your location. All you have to do is drop a pin on the map (so you can fudge your location a little bit in case you don’t want to give away where exactly you are).

It’s worth noting that Hangouts already features location sharing today, but what’s new here is that Google is trying to parse your conversation to look for clues when it can automatically provide you with a quick reply option.

Read More: http://techcrunch.com/2014/12/10/google-updates-hangouts-for-android-with-video-filters-smart-location-sharing-and-more/