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Facebook Messenger now supports PayPal payments

San Francisco, Oct 25 : Online Payment gateway PayPal has joined social media giant Facebook where the service will now be available in Messenger for people in the US to shop via chatbots.

As part of the deal, Paypal will make it easier to link your PayPal account to Facebook and Messenger, techcrunch reported on Tuesday.

Messenger is also adding a feature that will let users receive notifications about PayPal transactions.

"In addition, Messenger payments are not being limited to PayPal - customers can transact using their payment info already stored in Facebook and Messenger within the bots, as another option," the report added.

Nearly 40 per cent of US mobile users are now on Facebook's messaging platform.

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LeEco breaks boundaries; disrupts US market with new model launches

San Francisco [United States], Oct. 20 : Chinese company LeEco launched a slew of upcoming products and services today here in San Francisco.

The internet conglomerate launched an 85-inch TV (2.2m), a VR headset, a self-driving car along with its flagship phones LePro 3 and the Le S3.

At the "Ignite the Eco World" event, LeEco unveiled its open, integrated Internet ecosystem consisting of platform, content, apps and the stunning array of connected smart devices that bring it to life.

In an interview to the Indian media, YT Jia, Founder, Chairman and CEO of LeEco, said the company aims to create a business model that will lead the next era of technology - the ecosystem era.

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Stream Facebook videos on TV from smartphone now

New York, Oct 18 : Facebook has allowed users to watch news feed videos on their televisions with a new feature that lets them stream video clips.

Users with iOS devices can stream their videos via Apple TV, AirPlay devices, Google Chromecast and Google Cast devices, Tech Crunch reported on Tuesday.

The move can help Facebook generate more video ad revenue.

To use the new feature, find a video on your phone or desktop, tap the TV button in the top right and then select the device you want to stream through.

"You can keep scrolling through the feed and using Facebook while the video continues to stream," the report added.

The feature is currently available on iOS and will come to Android devices soon.

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Snapchat debuts recording 'Spectacles,' changes company name

New York: Social media app Snapchat is introducing video-recording glasses called Spectacles and is changing its company name to incorporate the new product.

The glasses can record video 10 seconds at a time by tapping a button on the device. The video is then uploaded to the Memories section of the popular image-messaging app via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

The glasses are the first hardware from the Los Angeles-based company.

The glasses record so-called "circular video," meaning it plays full-screen on any device in any orientation.

They will be available in the US in the fall on a limited basis and cost USD 130.

In a way, the Spectacles recall Google's venture into eyewear, Google Glass, which took photos and video.

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Apple acquires Hyderabad-based machine learning startup

San Francisco, Sep 23 : US tech giant Apple has acquired Tuplejump -- a Hyderabad-based machine learning startup that helps companies to store, process and visualise big data with its unique software.

Founded in 2013, Tuplejump's two co-founders Rohit Rai and Satyaprakash Buddhavarapu have already joined Apple while third cofounder, Deepak Alur, joined Anaplan - a Cloud-based business modelling and planning platform for sales, operations and finance.

According to a Tech Crunch report, Apple is on a machine learning company buying spree and recently bought two well-known startups Perceptio and Turi.

"Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans," a company spokesperson told Tech Crunch.

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AI-powered bots to change customers' experience: Satya Nadella

Boston, Sep 14 : Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered bots will become the next interface, shaping our interactions with the applications and devices we rely on and Microsoft's latest solutions are set to change the way HP interacts with its customers and partners, Indian-born Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has said.

"Bots are now learning in human context and the relevant thing for us is to make them intelligent as we learn from customers' experience. Our solutions are going to give HP a 360-degree view of its customer services," Nadella announced at HP's Global Partner Conference (GPC) 2016 at the Boston Conference and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) here.

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Facebook co-founder donates $20 mn to defeat Trump

New York, Sep 10 : A co-founder of social media giant Facebook, Dustin Moskovitz said he was donating $20 million to help ensure the defeat of Republican candidate Donald Trump in the upcoming presidential elections.

"If Donald Trump wins, the country will fall backward, and become more isolated from the global community," the American internet entrepreneur said in a blog post titled 'Compelled to Act' on Friday.

The 32-year-old multi-billionaire said the real-estate magnate's policy proposals were "so implausible" that they spark concern his White House run may be nothing more than a con game aimed at winning the election and boosting his brand, EFE news reported.

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Apple buys health startup founded by Indian-origin duo

New York, Aug 23 : Taking its interest in the digital health sector to the next level, tech giant Apple has quietly acquired personal health data startup Gliimpse founded by two Indian-origin entrepreneurs.

According to media reports, the acquisition reportedly happened earlier but was not publicly announced yet.

An Apple spokesperson has now responded, saying: "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."

Founded in 2013 by Anil Sethi and Karthik Hariharan, Gliimpse provides a secure platform where consumers can manage and share their medical records and info.

According to Sethi's LinkedIn page, Gliimpse -- like many startups -- was born of a personal need.

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Twitter may bring live NFL games to Apple TV

New York, Aug 16 : In a move to strengthen its live video streaming service, micro-blogging website Twitter is reportedly talking with Apple to bring National Football League (NFL) games live to Apple TV, media reported.

This news led to a surge in Twitter stocks, giving hope to investors that such a deal can help Twitter come out of the sluggish user growth and falling revenues.

The availability of Twitter app on Apple TV will help reach more people as they love watching live sports on TVs and not on a mobile app or desktop, The Verge reported on Tuesday.

"Such a partnership might also complement Apple's plans for the TV business," the report added.

Apple TV has more than 10 million customers in the US.

In April, Twitter secured the rights to live stream NFL games.

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Twitter may launch Night Mode for iPhones

New York, Aug 14 : In yet another move to boost its user base, micro-blogging website Twitter may now bring the "night mode" for iPhone users, a media report said.

Last month Twitter updated its Android app and added a dark-themed mode for night time viewing to make it a little easier on the eyes.

The setting is only available for beta users. The feature can be found in the app's main menu where users can easily switch it on or off, tech website The Verge reported on Saturday.

Night mode for iOS looks very similar to its Android counterpart with its navy blue colour scheme.

Once on, Night Mode switches the app to a darker colour palette which is similar to what Tweetbot and a few other third-party Twitter clients have had for some time.

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Twitter suspends hacker's account which released Democrats' details

New York, Aug 14 : Micro-blogging website Twitter suspended the account of Guccifer 2.0 - a hacker (or hackers) who compromised Democratic National Committee's (DCC) computer network and leaked its emails -- on Saturday, after it revealed a cache of information stolen in a cyber-assault.

Wikileaks, which itself sparked a firestorm a few weeks ago by publishing a massive trove of emails from the DNC, which resulted in the resignations of the organisation's top brass-was among the first to notice Guccifer's account had been suspended, a CNBC report said.

"@Guccifer_2 account completely censored by Twitter after publishing some files from Democratic campaign #DCCC," Wikileaks tweeted.

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New tool can recover smartphone data to help solve crimes

Washington: Scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have developed a new technique that could help law enforcement officials gather data from smartphones while investigating crimes.

The increasing use of mobile technology in today's society has made information stored in the memory of smartphones just as important as evidence recovered from traditional crime scenes.

The new technique, called RetroScope, moves the focus from a smartphone's hard drive, which holds information after the phone is shut down, to the device's RAM, which is volatile memory.

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Apple plans to revamp its MacBook Pro line this year

New York, Aug 11 : US tech giant Apple is planning to revamp its entire MacBook Pro line this year, with a new design and a number of new features, a media report said.

The company is working on a new programmable strip of OLED-based function keys that can be switched to perform different functions depending on which application users are using.

Apple's goal is to simplify shortcuts and allow it to reprogramme hardware buttons to add capabilities with software updates, rather than refreshing internal hardware, technology website ExtremeTech.com reported.

Other changes include a thinner body (but not a tapered one like the MacBook Air), a smaller footprint with shallow curves around the edges of the device, a slightly larger trackpad, and integrated Touch ID support.

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Twitter to soon open Moments feature for all

New York, Aug 10 : Taking on Instagram and Snapchat "Stories" feature, Micro-blogging website Twitter has opened its "Moments" feature -- which started with "influencers, partners and brands" -- to more accounts and will soon roll out to all users in coming months.

Launched last year, Moments appears as a separate tab on a user's profile and helps them keep track of stories and breaking news by curating related content.

"By extending this creative format to more people, and eventually to everyone on Twitter, we are giving people a new and dynamic way to tell their stories," Twitter said in a blog post on Wednesday.

The move will see Twitter take on the likes of Snapchat and Instagram which recently launched a similar feature known as 'Stories'.

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Facebook 'blocks' adblockers

New York, Aug 10 : In a move seen in favour of publishers, social media giant Facebook on Tuesday introduced a technology by which the advertisements on the platform would bypass the adblockers on desktop browsers making it harder for people to avoid seeing them.

The Menlo Park-headquartered company has also asked its users to identify which ads they do not like to allow the firm to collect in-depth information for marketers.

Facebook commissioned a research to investigate why 70 million Americans and nearly 200 million people worldwide use adblockers, Tech Crunch reported.

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