Internet can lead us astray

I love the internet. I can make my own travel arrangements, instantly check my stocks and learn eight surprising household uses for toothpaste without leaving my chair. I hate the internet. Unsubstantiated claims can be made about anyone and instantly explode on the internet as truth. Pictures can be doctored to support lies and cover…

Google Pay Gets Peer-to-Peer Payments, Lets You Save Concert Tickets and Boarding Passes

Google has integrated its peer-to-peer payments service Google Pay Send into its digital payments solution Google Pay to make the latter a one-stop destination to send and ask for money. Along with this, the search engine giant has also included other features in its payments solution, including support for mobile ticketing for travel, movies and concerts, just like Apple Pay, letting…

Google Leans More on Algorithms for Ads as Critics Highlight Risks

Alphabet’s Google introduced new ad-buying tools on Tuesday that showcase its growing push to allow machines instead of humans to fine-tune ads and determine where they should run. Advertisers have welcomed the advanced software, which could encourage them to spend more on Google as it makes more efficient use of their money. But consumer privacy and technology…

YouTube Aims to Crack Down on Fake News, Support Journalism

Google’s YouTube says it is taking several steps to ensure the veracity of news on its service by cracking down on misinformation and supporting news organisations. The company said Monday it will make “authoritative” news sources more prominent, especially in the wake of breaking news events when misinformation can spread quickly. At such times, YouTube will begin…

Oppo F7 Price in India Slashed by Rs. 3,000 on Amazon and Flipkart

Oppo launched the Oppo F7 smartphone in India in March this year. At the time of launch, the company made available the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant available, and then in April, it launched the 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant. Both the smartphones were then priced at Rs. 21,990 and Rs. 26,990 respectively. Now, just months after the launch of…

Cryptocurrency Exchange Theft Surges in First Half of 2018: CipherTrace

Theft of cryptocurrencies from exchanges soared in the first half of this year to three times the level seen for the whole of 2017, leading to a three-fold increase in associated money laundering, according to a report from US-based cyber-security firm CipherTrace released on Tuesday. The report, which looks at the global anti-money laundering market, showed that…

Google Play unveils its first original podcast series, ‘City Soundtracks’

Google Play is adding its first original podcast series, called “City Soundtracks,” to its music service, Google announced this morning. The series will feature interviews with various musicians about how their hometowns influenced their work, including the people and the moments that had an impact. The podcasts will be hosted by Hrishikesh Hirway – a name…

Paytm to Invest Rs. 600 Crores in QR Code-Based Payment Solution

Mobile payment and e-commerce platform Paytm on Monday announced that it will invest Rs. 600 crores in its QR code-based payment solution to enable digital payments for merchants across India. Paytm’s QR code-based solution is already powering more than five million merchants and is used by consumers to pay at kirana (grocery) stores, tolls, food…