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Google’s Switch to Android iOS app supports all Android 12 devices

Google’s Switch to Android iOS app supports all Android 12 devices

Technology: Google upgraded its Switch to Android iOS app because it appears to believe that more consumers are converting from iPhones to Android smartphones. It formerly only supported Pixels, but now it works with all Android 12 devices.

Google’s Switch to Android iOS app supports all Android 12 devices
Google’s Switch to Android iOS app supports all Android 12 devices

According to GSM Arena, even though, to put it mildly, Google may overestimate the number of users who convert from iOS to Android, it sure is helpful to have such a convenient switching option.

Your new Android 12 phone can be wirelessly or via a cord connected to your iPhone. Simply download the Switch to Android app to your iPhone and follow the simple setup instructions to get going.

You can transfer your contacts, photos, and videos (including those in iCloud, if you ask Apple for a copy of your data), SMS, MMS, and iMessage texts and media, WhatsApp message history and media, and apps that are also available for Android and were offered for free on the App Store, custom wallpaper photos, call logs, alarms, device settings, and any DRM-free music you may have, as reported by GSM Arena.

Spotify launches new programme for emerging podcasters in India!

Spotify launches new programme for emerging podcasters in India!

Technology News: Swedish music streaming platform Spotify has launched a new programme that will elevate emerging podcasters around the world, including in India, and provide them with support to grow their audiences.

Spotify launches new programme for emerging podcasters in India!
Spotify launches new programme for emerging podcasters in India!

The company launched ‘RADAR Podcasters’ programme in 15 global markets, including India. It takes its name and format from RADAR’, which supports up-and-coming artists.

Additionally, Spotify also announced the initial slate of podcasters that will be spotlighted with the RADAR programme.

The first three podcasts chosen from India to be a part of this slate, include Anurag Minus Verma,’ Chumma conversations with Satshyaa’ and Getting Lost with Archit and Shirin: All About Food’.

In India, Spotify will focus on a different local language every three months.

“For the next round of this initiative, the focus will be on Tamil, one of the fastest growing languages on Spotify in India for both music and podcasts,” the company said in a statement.

On a quarterly basis, participating markets will give two-three emerging creators a spotlight selected from the millions of podcasters using Anchor, Spotify’s podcast creation platform.

Through this programme, more than 40 creators from around the world will be highlighted, in countries where podcasting continues to grow.

Each quarter, Spotify’s Podcast team in participating markets will select three up-and-coming creators to spotlight.

“We’ll focus on creators with shows that exhibit authenticity and inclusivity, give us a reason to keep listening, and educate and entertain,” the company added.

Instagram to nudge teenagers away from harmful content

Instagram to nudge teenagers away from harmful content

Meta-owned photo-sharing application Instagram reportedly said that teenage users on the platform will start to see nudges that will encourage them to switch to a different topic if they are repeatedly looking at the same type of content on Explore.

Instagram to nudge teenagers away from harmful content
Instagram to nudge teenagers away from harmful content

This nudge is designed to encourage teens to discover something new and excludes certain topics that may be associated with appearance comparison.

“We designed this new feature because research suggests that nudges can be effective for helping people, especially teens — be more mindful of how they are using social media in the moment,” the company said in a blogpost.

In an external study on the effects of nudges on social media use, 58.2 per cent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that nudges made their social media experience better by helping them become more mindful of their time on-platform.

“Our own research shows they are working too: during a one-week testing period, one in five teens who saw our new nudges switched to a different topic,” the company said.

The company also mentioned that it is expanding parental supervision features on Instagram.

On Instagram, parents and guardians can now send invitations to their teens to initiate supervision tools. Initially, only teens could send invitations.

They can also set specific times during the day or week when they would like to limit their teen’s use of Instagram.

Starting this month, these tools will begin rolling out to other countries, including the UK, Japan, Australia, Ireland, Canada, France and Germany, with plans to roll out globally before the end of the year.

Turkey plans to have 10 satellites in space by 2023

Turkey plans to have 10 satellites in space by 2023

Technology: Turkey plans to have a total of 10 satellites in space by 2023 as part of its national space programme, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.

Turkey plans to have 10 satellites in space by 2023
Turkey plans to have 10 satellites in space by 2023

“This satellite marks another turning point in our space adventure. With the national space programme, it is our duty of honor to defend our country’s rights in space just like on land, at sea and in air,” Erdogan said at a ceremony to mark the TURKSAT 5B satellite’s entry into service.

The TURKSAT 5B satellite, launched in 2021, will serve for approximately 30 years and ensure the protection of the country’s frequency and region rights, Erdogan said, adding that it is critically important for securing military communications, Xinhua news agency reported.

“Having launched TURKSAT 5A and TURKSAT 5B last year, we have become one of the few countries capable of sending two satellites to space in the same year,” Erdogan said.

Turkey already launched TURKSAT 3A in 2008, TURKSAT 4A in 2014, and TURKSAT 4B in 2015.

The Turkish President also revealed that Turkey would launch the IMECE, the country’s domestically produced surveillance satellite, and the TURKSAT 6A in 2023.

Turkey’s national space programme aims to send a space vehicle to the Moon, train scientists for international space programs, and make investments in the space industry, Erdogan said.

Astra rocket launch failure - 2 NASA weather satellites lost

Astra rocket launch failure – 2 NASA weather satellites lost

Two NASA satellites aimed to study the formation and development of tropical cyclones almost every hour were lost during launch aboard an Astra rocket that suffered major failure shortly after liftoff.

Astra rocket launch failure - 2 NASA weather satellites lost
Astra rocket launch failure – 2 NASA weather satellites lost

The Astra rocket, called Launch Vehicle 0010 (LV0010), suffered a second-stage failure after lifting off from a pad at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida at 1:43 p.m. EDT (11:13 pm IST) on Sunday.

“We had a nominal first stage flight; however, the upper-stage engine did shut down early and we did not deliver our payloads to orbit,” Astra officials said on Twitter.

“We have shared our regrets with NASA and the payload team. More information will be provided after we complete a full data review,” they added.

The two lost satellites was part of NASA’s Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats (TROPICS), which aimed to send a six-satellite fleet to track hurricanes in a $30 million mission, Space.com reported.

It was the first of three planned TROPICS missions this year by Astra, each carrying two NASA cubesats to complete the hurricane-watching constellation.

“TROPICS will give us very frequent views of tropical cyclones, providing insight into their formation, intensification, and interactions with their environment and providing critical data for storm monitoring and forecasting,” Scott Braun, a research meteorologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, said in a statement before launch.

The failed launch is the second mishap this year for Astra, the report said.

In February, the California-based company failed to launch four NASA cubesats as part of the ELaNa 41 mission. An issue with the rocket’s payload fairing was to blame, with Astra implementing a fix to avoid a recurrence.

Microsoft prepares to shut down Internet Explorer after 27 years

Microsoft prepares to shut down Internet Explorer after 27 years

Microsoft has finally announced the retirement of its oldest browser, Internet Explorer.

After 27 years of service, the app will finally retire in peace. It was first released in 1995 as an add-on package for Windows 95. Later, the company began providing the browser for free as part of the package. Let’s take a look at the most recent news.

Microsoft prepares to shut down Internet Explorer after 27 years
Microsoft prepares to shut down Internet Explorer after 27 years

According to Mashable, Internet Explorer will be rendered inoperable from June 15.

The browser reached a peak of 95 per cent usage in 2003, but it was unable to maintain its position, and the user base began to decline dramatically.

Many competitors entered the browser market and began offering better user interfaces, faster internet speeds, and smoother performance. It appears that Internet Explorer was unable to keep up with the competition, and it has gradually devolved into nothing more than a default explorer used to install other browsers.

Sean Lyndersay Microsoft Edge program manager stated that “the future of Internet Explorer on Windows 10 lies in Microsoft Edge”, as reported by Mashable.

“Not only is Microsoft Edge a quicker, more secure, and more contemporary browsing experience than Internet Explorer, but it also addresses a crucial concern: compatibility for older, legacy websites and applications,” he added further.

Microsoft halted new browser feature development in 2016, and this may be the first time the tech giant has decided to phase out Internet Explorer. Netizens were both nostalgic and insane after the new break.

Actor Madhavan Lauds Modi on Digital Economy at Cannes!

Actor Madhavan Lauds Modi on Digital Economy at Cannes!

Actor R Madhavan has been entertaining us with his variety of films and subjects. As a big transition, he is doing various roles, from supportive characters to lead roles. One thing that sets him apart from others is that he is an evident fan of technology and would like to push the technology.

Actor Madhavan Lauds Modi on Digital Economy at Cannes!
Actor Madhavan Lauds Modi on Digital Economy at Cannes!

Earlier, he had supported the then Chief Minister of divided Andhra Pradesh Nara Chandrababu Naidu when he spoke about using technology. Going by the same instinct, the actor had showered praises on the digital economy idea which is being pushed by the Union government.

It is known that Actor Madhavan is having a good time at the 75th Cannes Film Festival along with a few other celebrities from India. Talking at the festival, Madhavan expressed his strong support for the digital economy and highlighted how India emerged as one of the leading users of the micro-economy.

Listing out the journey of India in the digital economy, Madhavan said that many doubted the idea as one needs a smartphone for the transactions and many have no access to the same, the journey has been inspirational to the other nations.

It has to be mentioned here that the Union government played a crucial role in pushing the digital economy proposal. With the lockdown coming into effect for close to one year, it became easy for the digital economy to get deeper into the country. People from various professions started using the digital economy and India pushed big nations in the digital economy consumption to emerge as one of the leading users.

Ashwini Vaishnaw makes India’s first 5G call at IIT Madras

Ashwini Vaishnaw makes India’s first 5G call at IIT Madras

Union Minister for Railways, Communications, Electronics, and Information Technology Ashwini Vaishnaw on Thursday made the first 5G call on a trial network set up at IIT Madras using indigenously-developed technology.

Ashwini Vaishnaw makes India’s first 5G call at IIT Madras
Ashwini Vaishnaw makes India’s first 5G call at IIT Madras

Taking to Twitter, Vaishnaw wrote, “Aatmanirbhar 5G successfully tested 5G call at IIT Madras. The entire end-to-end network is designed and developed in India.” “This is a realisation of PM’s vision. His vision is to have our own 4G and 5G technology stack developed in India, made in India for the world. We have to win the world with this new technology stack,” Vaishnaw was heard saying in the video call.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched a 5G Test Bed, developed as a multi-institute collaborative project by a total of eight institutes led by IIT Madras.

According to the Prime Minister’s Office, the project has been developed at a cost of more than Rs 220 crore. The Test Bed will enable a supportive ecosystem for Indian industry and startups which will help them validate their products, prototypes, solutions and algorithms in 5G and next-generation technologies.

Meanwhile, Vaishnaw also inspected Chennai Egmore (MS) Railway Station and Egmore Metro Rail station.

“Large and medium-sized railway stations will all be redeveloped. Gandhinagar (in Gujarat) and Rani Kamlapati (in Madhya Pradesh) Railway Stations are today world-class,” he said.

“We are taking up many more stations. In Tamil Nadu, we are taking up Chennai Egmore, Madurai, Katpadi Junction, Rameswaram, and Kanyakumari; close to Rs 2000 crore of investment,” he added.

The minister said that objective is to maintain the heritage and make it world-class for it to be the hub of economic activity.

Earlier on Thursday, Vaishnaw said the 4G and 5G network developed in India is an attempt to prove Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s resolve toward a self-reliant India.

Amazon says created over 11.6 lakh jobs in India to date

Amazon says created over 11.6 lakh jobs in India to date

E-commerce giant Amazon on Sunday said it has cumulatively created over 11.6 lakh direct and indirect jobs in India so far, and is on track to reach the target of creating 20 lakh direct and indirect jobs by 2025.

Amazon says created over 11.6 lakh jobs in India to date
Amazon says created over 11.6 lakh jobs in India to date

“We have cumulatively created over 11.6 lakh jobs, enabled nearly $5 billion in exports and digitised over 40 lakh MSMEs in India,” said Manish Tiwary, Country Manager, India Consumer Business Amazon India.

These jobs are across industries like IT, e-commerce, logistics, manufacturing, content creation, skill development and more.

Earlier this month, Amazon announced it aims exports worth $20 billion from India by 2025, thus doubling its goal. In 2020, Amazon pledged to enable $10 billion in cumulative exports from India by 2025.

In January 2020, the company had pledged to digitise 1 crore MSMEs.

To date, it has empowered over 40 lakh MSMEs including sellers, artisans and weavers, delivery and logistics service partners, etc.

“Technology and mobile internet will continue to positively impact India’s economic growth, and we see Amazon playing a larger role in the country’s digital transformation and a modern, thriving digital economy,” Tiwary added.

The company last year announced the $250 million Amazon Smbhav Venture Funda to invest in startups and entrepreneurs who are focused on technology innovations.

As part of the fund, Amazon has already invested in startups like MyGlamm, M1xchange and Small Case.

Hackers hit top crypto data websites amid crypto meltdown

Hackers hit top crypto data websites amid crypto meltdown

As the crypto market suffered a meltdown, several top crypto data websites were hit by cyber attacks where a malicious pop-up prompted users to connect their crypto wallets.

Hackers hit top crypto data websites amid crypto meltdown
Hackers hit top crypto data websites amid crypto meltdown

Crypto data websites Etherscan, CoinGecko, DeFi Pulse and others reported such phishing attacks, reports CoinDesk.

The phishing attack appears to come from a domain displaying the Bored Ape Yacht Club logo.A

“The situation is caused by a malicious ad script by Coinzilla, a crypto ad network – we have disabled it now but there may be some delay due to CDN caching. We are monitoring the situation further. Do stay on alert and don’t connect your Metamask on CoinGecko,” CoinGecko said in a tweet on Saturday.

In a tweet, Etherscan urged users to “not confirm any transactions” that popped up on its website.

“We’ve received reports of phishing popups via a 3rd party integration and are currently investigating. Please be careful not to confirm any transactions that pop up on the website,” Etherscan said.

The phishing attack on crypto data websites came as stablecoins like Terra Luna crashed and Coinbase suffered a huge outage.

Earlier, leading crypto exchange Coinbase suffered a major outage amid crypto mayhem especially with the cryptocurrency Terra Luna, heightening fears among the investors.

The Coinbase outage came as Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, suspended trading of Terraform Labs’ Terra (Luna) and TerraUSD (UST) tokens, which crashed 98 per cent, wiping out the life savings of its investors.

On Thursday, over $275 billion were wiped off from global crypto market cap within 24 hours and Bitcoin dropped to nearly $27,000, a level it saw in December 2020.

The world’s second largest cryptocurrency Ethereum joined the cryptocurrency crash, plummeting in value by 20 per cent.