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Beware of the Blue Whale app

Eerily similar to the movie Nerve, a sick ‘suicide challenge’, known as Blue Whale, is goading teens in some countries into committing suicide. The terrifying online craze is said to have claimed more than 130 lives in Russia, where it is suspected to have originated. The game has now found followers in UK, apart from Portugal, Brazil and Dubai. Schools ... Read More »

Google Docs Phishing Scam Doused After Catching Fire

A ‘phishing’ scam that tricked people with what appeared to be Google Docs links was doused by the Internet giant after spreading wildly. The purpose of the scam, and the culprits behind it, remained unknown late in the day. “We have taken action to protect users against an email impersonating Google Docs, and have disabled offending accounts,” a Google spokesperson ... Read More »

Google Translate and Gboard Improve Indian Languages Support, Google Search Will Include Hindi Dictionary Results

Google on Tuesday announced that the company is introducing improved support for Indian languages in its products. After introducing support for machine-learning based translation for Hindi last month, the search giant has now extended its neural machine translation to 9 more Indian languages. The company has also extended its new translation technique’s support to Chrome browser’s built-in auto-translate functionality. Additionally, ... Read More »

Google doodle honours late veteran Kannada actor Rajkumar on 88th birth anniversary

To commemorate his 88th birth anniversary on Monday, Google honoured late Kannada superstar and singer Rajkumar with a special doodle which features the veteran actor staring at audiences from a movie screen. Born on 24 April 1929, Rajkumar, is fondly remembered as Nata Saarvabhouma (Emperor of Actors), Bangarada Manushya (Man of Gold), Vara Nata (Gifted Actor) and Rajanna (Brother Raj) ... Read More »

Indians take to social media to snap at Snapchat, Evan Spiegel

MUMBAI | BENGALURU: Messaging app Snapchat and its founder Evan Spiegel were at the receiving end of Indian social media ire over the weekend, after disparaging comments allegedly made by him were widely circulated. Even as Snapchat, in a damage-limitation exercise, denied that Spiegel had made the controversial comments, rants flooded timelines and hashtags such as #BoycottSnapchat and #Uninstall-Snapchat trended. ... Read More »