Google to Mentor Shortlisted Teams Competing to Build MyGov’s PMO App

Government citizen-centric web platform MyGov and Google India on Wednesday announced the final shortlisted top five teams from Delhi, Chennai and Pune to build the official mobile app for the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). This contest, initiated by MyGov and Google in March, is a crowdsourcing effort to build a mobile app for a public office. One app out of ... Read More »

Facebook Unveils ‘M’ Virtual Assistant for Messenger

Facebook on Wednesday began testing a Messenger app virtual assistant that the leading social network said goes beyond artificial intelligence programs already on the market. The personal digital assistant – dubbed “M” – completes tasks along with seeking out information at the behest of users. “Unlike other AI-based services in the market, M can actually complete tasks on your behalf,” ... Read More »

Faasos Online Food-on-Demand Firm Shifting to App-Only Model in India

Online food-on-demand company Faasos on Wednesday said it is moving to a “mobile app only” service in the country. The platform has 800,000 downloads and the company expects to hit a million downloads in a couple of weeks, the company said in a statement. “Faasos has built a niche place for itself in the food ordering space across top 10 ... Read More »

Microsoft Wants to Turn Any Smartphone Into a 3D Scanner

Microsoft Research, the research arm of the Redmond-based company. has showcased a number of interesting technologies over the past few years. On Monday, it showed off yet another such project. Called MobileFusion, it’s an app Microsoft is working on for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone smartphones that would turn their cameras into a 3D scanner. The research arm of Microsoft ... Read More »

Phaneesh Murthy-Led PMHLC Launches Health Exchange

Former iGate CEO Phaneesh Murthy-founded PM Health and Life Care (PMHLC) launched, a health exchange powered with patient controlled electronic health record system on Monday. “Zigy is committed to improving the quality of healthcare, affordability and accessibility for a large segment of the Indian population. This is our first step towards realizing our dream of aASwastha Bharat,” said Murthy, ... Read More »

Security Researcher Who Hacked Moving Jeep Leaves Twitter

The security researcher who hacked into a moving Jeep earlier this year has resigned as an engineer at Twitter Inc after three years on the job, a person familiar with the matter said. Charlie Miller, a former National Security Agency hacker who is the one of the world’s best-known security experts, declined to comment on his departure or say what ... Read More »

Visa Says Its Users More Likely to Complete Purchases Than Those Using PayPal

Visa Inc said on Monday online shoppers using its payment service are 17 percentage points more likely to complete their purchases than those using PayPal. Visa Checkout, which allows shoppers to store their payment information without having to re-enter it every time they make a purchase online, said 66 percent of its enrolled customers completed their transactions after putting items ... Read More »

FTC Has Authority to Police Cyber-Security, Says US Appeals Court

A US appeals court said the Federal Trade Commission has authority to regulate corporate cyber-security, and may pursue a lawsuit accusing hotel operator Wyndham Worldwide Corp of failing to properly safeguard consumers’ information. Monday’s 3-0 decision by the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia upheld an April 2014 ruling allowing the case to go forward, without ruling on ... Read More »

Two Suicides May Be Linked to Ashley Madison Hack: Police

Two possible suicides may be linked to the hacking of adultery website Ashley Madison and the release of its membership data, Canadian police said Monday. “As of this morning we have two unconfirmed reports of suicides associated to the leak of Ashley Madison customer profiles,” Toronto police Staff Superintendent Bryce Evans told a news conference. Evans also said the release ... Read More »

Russia Orders Wikipedia Page Blocked Over Cannabis Link

A Russian government agency on Monday ordered Internet providers block access to a page on the Russian-language version of Wikipedia for containing banned information on a type of cannabis. The move could lead to the Russian-language version of Wikipedia becoming totally inaccessible, the organisation that supports the website warned, since Wikipedia uses a protected protocol which means providers cannot block ... Read More »