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With Facebook’s ongoing controversy, looks like it’s siblings are also being affected; the popular photo-sharing platform, Instagram seems to be suffering from an outage. However, the scale of the outage is still unknown as there aren’t any reports from other media outlets, outlining it. Indian users were the first to bring this issue to notice, however, angry Twitterati from all over the globe soon joined, by expressing outrage over the outage; users report that, when…

Google is working on a new technology that separates the foreground from the background in videos in real time, making it easy to change the backdrop to anything interesting. For each image, Google’s researchers isolated facial features and hair as accurately as possible to help the network distinguish between foreground and background. For the moment, this feature is available only on the limited Beta “stories”. The effect isn’t nearly as accurate as true chroma-keying, but it’s…

With all the advancements in smartphones over the years, recording videos have become second nature. Whenever you’re out and about and see something noteworthy, you flip out your phone and capture it. With countless videos going viral everyday, video sharing doesn’t seem like it will slow down any time soon. But this does create some new problems. To save space, phones revert back to lower quality video recording even if you have the capability of…

Amazon Prime Video was the first of it’s kind to introduce video on demand streaming. It’s a monumental achievement in many technical aspects. Though it set the stage, it was Netflix that stole the show. Netflix was the first to allow people to stream in 4K (if you had the bandwidth). It had a lot of successful firsts, so why then was its entry into the Indian masses so catastrophic? Well, to provide a little…

People have grown up reading traditional books and magazines; that is the reading experience that we all know and love. Over the years the experience has begun to change somewhat with the introduction of the digital world. The reading of the actual words remains the same; that is still how they taught us at school. The way that content is presented to us has changed though. We are growing more accustomed to clicking and swiping…

A mysterious Windows 10 app named Cellular Data from Microsoft hints at Microsoft working on data SIM cards for Windows devices. The app allows users to stay connected anywhere in the world by purchasing a data pack from Microsoft’s partner providers. Microsoft will soon be launching SIM cards which could make the current contract system with network providers obsolete. The Verge notes an app release by Microsoft in the Microsoft Store named Cellular Data. The…

Privacy groups across the world have criticized Google over privacy concerns. This time, American parents are concerned Google is collecting data of their children through its suite of education apps. Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a non-profit organization with a mission to “defend civil liberties in the digital world,” filed a complaint against Google with Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The EFF accuses Google of collecting and mining private information of school children. In a recent post, the…

Want to get notified if your Microsoft account is subjected to state-sponsored hacking? According to the official Microsoft Blog, the Redmond tech giant has taken the additional step to keep user’s personal information secure. In a blog post, Microsoft announced it will notify users if there is evidence of state-sponsored hacking of their account. It now joins Google, Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo in stepping up security on user accounts. We already notify users if we believe…

It may be the end of Major League Gaming (MLG) as we know it. MLG, the host of popular e-gaming tournaments for “Halo,” “Call Of Duty” is set for acquisition by Activision Blizzard Inc. New York-based Major League Gaming, a professional e-sports organisation is all set to be acquired. The Board of Directors of Major League Gaming has reportedly approved an Asset Purchase Agreement with gaming company Activision Blizzard Inc. This gives Activision a majority…

Given how competitive the set top box space is and that the Apple TV hasn’t been substantively updated since March 2012, Cupertino’s 2015 Apple TV remake is hotly anticipated. That means buzz that is requited by thankfully informed “speculation” from one of the most accurate rumorologists around! Apple bête noir Mark Gurman has pulled together a thoroughgoing look at the 2015 Apple TV, detailing the specs, features: • New Hardware, Visual Design — After five years of…

The overwhelming response to Apple Music, especially Beats 1 radio, has been positive. Regardless, a range of mostly small issues have popped and iOS 8.4.1 has been released to address a majority of those problems. For what it’s worth, my kids are absolutely loving it and I have been hugely enjoying saying the magic words, “Siri, play _____” and have Apple Music play whatever I want. In fact, Siri and Apple Music even found Elton…

Before Apple Music launched, regulators in the US and Europe probed the Apple’s dealings with the music labels and found them blameless. However, it is increasingly clear that the music labels were pushing Apple Music and now Spotify to drop freemium, advertiser supported plans. According to a European Commission investigation, Apple did not collude with the music labels in launching Apple Music without a permanent freemium, advertiser supported plan. The music labels, however, are clearly…

Surprise! Apple Music, at least for the moment, is a big success. And, if you are still running your iPhone, or Samsung, Moto, HTC, KG or whatever, on Verizon or AT&T, you probably should look into either Sprint or, hey, T-Mobile, which is allows free streaming of Apple Music! T-Mobile CEO John Legere has announced that Apple Music is included in the carrier’s Music Freedom plan, which allows subscribers to stream music services for free…