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Singapore forms Cyber Security Agency after world hack attacks
Singapore forms Cyber Security Agency after world hack attacks

Singapore's government will set up a new agency to strengthen cyber security, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's office said Tuesday, amid more reports of high-profile hacking incidents worldwide.

'Facebook Lite' launched for low-end Android phones
'Facebook Lite' launched for low-end Android phones

The social networking site has reportedly launched a simplified version called 'Facebook Lite' for low-end Android devices used by customers in emerging markets.

Social networking site Facebook restored after 40 minutes of outage
Social networking site Facebook restored after 40 minutes of outage

The popular social networking site Facebook was apparently down on early Tuesday, with the site saying it is working on fixing the issue.

WikiLeaks blasts Google for quietly handing emails to government
WikiLeaks blasts Google for quietly handing emails to government

 WikiLeaks criticized Google Inc on Monday, alleging that the company waited 2-1/2 years to notify members of the anti-secrecy group that it had turned over their private emails and other information to the US government. 

Malaysia Airlines website hacked by Cyber Caliphate

 Malaysia Airlines (MAS) confirmed Monday that their Domain Name System (DNS) was compromised, media reported.

China bolsters 'Great Firewall' by blocking VPN services that dodge online censorship

 China has reportedly announced that it is "upgrading" its internet censorship to block Virtual Private Network (VPN) services inside the country, a report said.

Thousands sign online petition requesting Google to remove homophobic slurs from translation service
Thousands sign online petition requesting Google to remove homophobic slurs from translation service

 At least 40,000 people have signed a petition requesting Google to remove homophobic slurs from its new translation service.

Mobile app for Kolkata Book Fair visitors
Mobile app for Kolkata Book Fair visitors

Visitors to the 39th International Kolkata Book Fair, that begins Jan 28, now have assistance at their finger tips, courtesy a mobile app providing all the relevant details about the fest.

China's online population touches 648 million

China's netizen population which is the world's largest reached 648 million at the end of last year, 16 million more than in June, according to an industry expert.

'Passionate' most overused word in profiles in 2014: LinkedIn
'Passionate' most overused word in profiles in 2014: LinkedIn

'Passionate' is the most overused term this year by Indian professionals in profiles on LinkedIn while 'motivated' was the most commonly used word globally last year.

'Full Wi-Fi coverage in top 20 Indian cities by 2015'
'Full Wi-Fi coverage in top 20 Indian cities by 2015'

At a time when the country is launching another round of spectrum auctions in February and telecom operators are vying for allocations, global telecom infrastructure provider UTStarcom is confident that India's top 20 cities will be fully Wi-Fi enabled by the end of 2015.

Microsoft to bring integrated Skype messenger to Windows 10
Microsoft to bring integrated Skype messenger to Windows 10

Microsoft is integrating Skype into its Windows 10 that will allow users to chat to Skype contacts or initiate video and audio calls.

Twitter persuading users to directly post photos using Twitter app
Twitter persuading users to directly post photos using Twitter app

Twitter is reportedly encouraging some of its most popular verified users to post photos directly from the Twitter app instead of sharing photos via Instagram.

Now, smart scarf that will heat up, vibrate on demand
Now, smart scarf that will heat up, vibrate on demand

A new smart scarf has recently been developed that both heats up on demand via a smartphone app and vibrates, it has been reported.

Twitter introduces tweet translation for 'selective users'
Twitter introduces tweet translation for 'selective users'

Micro-blogging platform Twitter has reportedly announced that it has teamed up with Bing Translator to introduce tweet translation for its users.

Junk 'information-rich' e-mails to avoid fraud

Indian American researcher Arun Vishwanath from the University at Buffalo has revealed that online phishers are increasingly using "information-rich" e-mails with graphics, logos and markers that communicate authenticity to lure people.

Attractive icons enhance user performance

Icons on smartphones or computers that are eye-catching and aesthetically appealing help enhance user performance, British researchers have shown.

Facebook implicated in a third of all divorce cases over cheating

A new survey has examined that Facebook is now considered as a third of all divorce cases as it provides evidence of infidelity and new relationships unwittingly.

Internet will `disappear`, Google boss Eric Schmidt tells Davos
Internet will `disappear`, Google boss Eric Schmidt tells Davos

Google boss Eric Schmidt predicted on Thursday that the Internet will soon be so pervasive in every facet of our lives that it will effectively "disappear" into the background.

Twitter launches phone-based log-in system 'Digits'
Twitter launches phone-based log-in system 'Digits'

Twitter has launched its phone-number based password killer dubbed "Digits" that allows users to log into apps and services using just their phone, giving them a much needed break from remembering multiple passwords.

India to have largest Facebook users on mobile by 2017
India to have largest Facebook users on mobile by 2017

India will surpass the US to lead the global tally of the largest Facebook userbase on mobile by 2017, market research firm eMarketer said in a report.

Twitter releases new feature 'Recap' that allows users to catch up on missed tweets
Twitter releases new feature 'Recap' that allows users to catch up on missed tweets

Twitter has released a new feature dubbed "Recap" that allows users to catch up on Tweets missed while they were offline.

Government to launch security web portal
Government to launch security web portal

To promote innovation with security-related application and offer people safe means for the security needs, the government has decided to launch a web portal "MySecurity.in", a statement said Thursday.

WhatsApp adds messaging from Web
WhatsApp adds messaging from Web

The popular mobile messaging application WhatsApp, acquired by Facebook last year for nearly USD 22 billion, has unveiled a new service for sending messages from a Web browser.

Mumbai to have three more cyber crime investigation cells
Mumbai to have three more cyber crime investigation cells

With cyber crime emerging as a big challenge for the law enforcement agencies, Maharashtra government has decided to set up three more Cyber Crime Investigation Cells in the city to effectively tackle and address probe needs of online space.

Here's how people post life events on Facebook
Here's how people post life events on Facebook

With social networking sites becoming a part of our daily lives, people are sharing positive life events indirectly and negative life events directly on Facebook, says a study.

List of 2014's 'worst passwords' revealed
List of 2014's 'worst passwords' revealed

The list of 2014's worst passwords is out and occupying the top slot among the most commonly used passwords in the category is "123456".

Don't blame Facebook for your kids' bad grades
Don't blame Facebook for your kids' bad grades

A new study has revealed that the negative relationship between Facebook use and kids' bad grades has little to do with Facebook.

Facebook clamps down on fake news stories

Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it has taken steps to clamp down on "hoaxes" and fake news stories that can spread like wildfire on its 1.35-billion member online social network.

Now, read audio clips on Facebook messenger
Now, read audio clips on Facebook messenger

Social networking site Facebook has launched a new feature for its messenger app that automatically transcribes any file sent as a voice recording and lets the people send voice clips to each other.