Bill Gates Steps Down from Microsoft

The co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, leaves the board room after forty- four years.

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Bill Gates, one of the richest men of the world founded Microsoft and introduced it to the world on March 13, 1976. Exactly after taking the company to a successful position and being the member of board for about forty-four years, Bill Gates announced his decision of backing away from the board of directors on March 13, 2020. He informed this with a short messasge on his LinkedIn account.

He also announced his departure from the board of Berkshire Hathaway, the conglomerate led by his friend Warren Buffett. He has announced that he was about to concentrate on philanthropic activities and is gonna work on increasing global health, development, education and in tackling climatic changes.

It is to be noted that he is contributing much in the epic battle against the pandemic COVID-19. As Microsoft has increased triple fold under its new CEO, Sathya Nadella, the absence of Gates in the board room will be much noticeable.

Sundar Pichai- CEO of Alphabet

Sundar Pichai has been elected to be the new CEO of Alphabet, Google’s parent company after its founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin step down from their role of CEO and President respectively.

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Sunder Pichai, an Indian American has been leading the world’s giant search engine Google from 2015. He has now attained a new height by taking over Alphabet, the parent company of Google. The founders of Alphabet, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the CEO and president respectively has announced the employees about their stepping down.

When Google was handed to Pichai, the market cap of the search giant has increased more than double the amount. Sundar Pichai has taken the leading role of Alphabet at a very crucial time as Alphabet is facing a heavy competition in the technological grounds.

In his tweet, Pichai said that he was excited about the new role that he has taken. He also added that he will continue to work with them (Page and Brin) in different roles.

WhatsApp Warns of Malware Attack

Following an indication of the malware attack on the messaging app WhatsApp, it has called its 1.5 billion users to update the application.

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WhatsApp identified a cypber survillence attack which is said to install its malware by giving a voice call. Even if the call is not attended the virus is likely to be installed in the system.

The malware can hack the users system enabling them to view the chats, contacts, accessing camera, etc. WhatsApp has accused an Israeli group NSO for enabling this hacking activity.

Following this attack, WhatsApp has asked its 1.5 billion users around the world to update their software version in order to prevent further attacks.

TikTok Ban Lifted

The Mdurai High Court lifted the ban it issued on the Chinese app TikTok.

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The High Court in Madurai issued an order to the Central government to ban the TikTok app saying that it has taken no measure to control the pornographic content. Following this, requests were made to the Google and Apple platforms to stop the app from appearing in their play stores.

However, on Wednesday the ban was lifted as the company submitted records on the mechanism that they have to keep the content in order. The court also issued warning on actions that might follow if the mechanism were found at fault.

South Korea to launch worlds first national 5G networks

South Korea will launch the world’s first fully-fledged 5G mobile networks.

The super fast communications heralded by fifth-generation wireless technology will bring smartphones near-instantaneous connectivity – 20 times faster than the existing 4G.

Sometimes it can offer 100-times faster speeds.

It is crucial for the future development of devices ranging from self-driving vehicles that send data traffic to one another in real time, industrial robots, drones and other elements of the Internet of Things. 5G’s hyper speed can connect one million devices within a one square kilometre zone simultaneously.

Until now, no mobile networks have offered nationwide 5G access. Japan is expected to roll out a limited deployment in 2019 before full services start in time for next year’s Tokyo Olympics.

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Facebook launches tools for India ahead of general elections

Facebook has launched a set of tools specifically for Indian users, with the aim of boosting engagement with voters ahead of the elections.

  • Facebook has announced a new video feature called ‘Candidate Connect’ which will let people see 20-second videos from candidates in their constituencies. The content of the videos is based off questions that arose from consumer research, according to the Economic times.
  • The second feature is a ‘Share You Voted’ tool, which will help people find polling station information and allow people to celebrate making their voice heard.

The step come as Facebook has committed to making sure that fake news doesn’t impact the elections in India, by coming down on political advertising and removing bad actors and fake accounts.

Source:The Drum

Google Stadia

Google, on Tuesday, introduced its new gaming platform, Stadia. The new gaming platform will enable the gamers to play real time online games over the internet.

Not much details were given of the operating style, releasing date, cost, etc. More information about the cloud gaming platform will be announced later on summer by Google.

Stadia allows users to play games with a variety of devices with an internet connection. It is much easier to use and it is accessible with just a browser, a phone or PC. Google informed that the product will be launched in US, Canada, UK and Europe in 2019.

World Wide Web Celebrates its 30th Birthday

The ‘www.’ which changed the progress of the human world was initiated on March 12, 1989 by Tim Bernes-Lee.

The programmer of Europe’s CERN lab, on this day submitted a written document on ‘Information Management: A Proposal’ to his boss. Seeing his wide vision in the field of technology he was given time to design his thinking. This project was the origin for the development of the ‘World Wide Web.’

Initially he developed “Mesh” which helped to enable hypertext links within his colleagues to share information. He then progressed this do develop a HTML language, HTTP application and a World Wide Web application. This became the first Web browser and the page editor.

This development initiated a great development in the field of technology. Later this was replaced by a number of other programmes like Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. The number of internet users also exploded in numbers more than 400 million within a few years of its invention.

On the 30th year celebration of his great innovation, Bernes-Lee commented that the users should strive for a ‘complete control‘ of their data since now scammers are using internet for crimes.

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Google doodle also celebrated the 30th birthday of ‘World Wide Web’ with the former day depiction of Google and computer.

Microsoft Updates its video call, messaging platform ‘Skype for Web’ on Chrome, Microsoft Edge browsers

Microsoft has refreshed its video call and messaging platform “Skype for Web” for users operating Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge browsers. The updated Skype version comes with features like HD video calling, call recording, notifications panel and chat media gallery.

The refreshed Skype version also comes with a WhatsApp-like “Find within conversations” option to allow users to find specific messages in conversation by typing the word or phrase they want to find in the search box.

The updated version is now available on machines running Windows 10 or MacOS 10.12 Sierra and later versions. “Attempting to access ‘Skype for Web’ with another browser generates a ‘Browser not supported’ error message.

However, Microsoft plans to roll out the refreshed “Skype for Web” to other browsers such as Firefox, Safari, or Opera which currently do not support the version.

Source:Timesnownews

 

Google “Bolo” Reading-Tutor App Launched in India

Google on Wednesday unveiled its new Bolo Android app that is a speech-based reading-tutor app aimed at rural kids, to have a good education support system. Being released in India first, the Bolo app is now available for free via Google Play and can work offline.

The Bolo app helps the children improve their Hindi and English reading skills by encouraging them to read aloud. It comes with a large number of engaging stories, which the company hopes, will help the children in improving their comprehension skills.

The app has been designed to make sure that children don’t need any help in using it and can read all by themselves. Google notes that all the reading material on the app is free and it is working with other companies to bring more content to Bolo.

The app relies on Google’s speech recognition and text-to-speech technology.

Source:Timesofindia