NCERT audiobooks available for primary to class 12 students, here’s how to access via Google Assistant

MHRD on its official Twitter handle wrote, “NCERT textbooks are NOW available in audio form! This facility will be very useful for DIVYANG/Children With Special Needs (#CwSN) & is more relevant given the unprecedented #covidcrisis. #DigitalEducation Access the audiobooks here.”

Facebook starts merger of Instagram and Messenger chats

Facebook appears to flipping the switch on integrating the chat systems for Instagram and Messenger. On Friday evening, several editors at The Verge across the country — on both iOS and Android devices — noticed an update screen popped up in Instagram’s mobile app with the message “There’s a New Way to Message on Instagram” […]

Google removes app that wanted you to delete ‘Chinese apps’ from Google Play

Google has removed the Android app called Remove China Apps. Published by Jaipur-based developers, the ‘Remove China Apps’ became popular after the recent social media backlash against TikTok and the ongoing tensions between India and China in the Ladakh region. The app has been downloaded by over 50 lakh users and was among the top […]

Facebook says Apple’s 30% cut is hindering its plans to help SMBs generate revenue online

“We asked Apple to reduce its 30% App Store tax or allow us to offer Facebook Pay so we could absorb all costs for businesses struggling during COVID-19. Unfortunately, they dismissed both our requests and SMBs will only be paid 70% of their hard-earned revenue. While Facebook is waiving fees for paid online events we […]

How to tell Google apart from Alphabet

GV, Google Capital: Alphabet’s investment arms. GV (formerly Google Ventures) invests in startups as well as later-stage companies, whereas Google Capital exclusively pours its money into slightly more established firms that are technologically oriented. For example, GV has invested in Medium, Slack and Uber. Google Capital has invested in Cloudflare, Glassdoor and Duolingo.

Indian internet companies grappling with fake app installations

Getting someone to install a mobile application once can be a challenge, but throw in a little something and they might be willing to download the app multiple times.Something as insignificant as a mobile recharge package worth Rs 10. For companies spending big money on making their apps stand out amid the clutter, this is […]

Charles Perrault: the modern fairytale’s fairy godfather

Today’s Google’s doodle was created by the artist Sophie Diao, and shows her imagining of scenes from three of the stories Perrault collected in Les Contes de ma Mère l’Oye (Mother Goose Stories) in 1697. Cinderella is shown in her coach transformed from a pumpkin: “Being thus decked out, she got up into her coach; […]

Belarus: Arrested protesters talk of brutality

With his hands still shaking, he told DW that he had been humiliated and that those who had arrested him had asked whether he liked it and whether he would go back out onto the street to protest now. They then brought him to Okrestina Street detention center, where he saw many of the hundreds […]

Epic Games wins support from Fortnite gamers, firms on Apple standoff

Fortnite creator Epic Games found support from its legions of gamers, Tinder-owner Match Group and Spotify for suing Apple and Google after the tech giants dropped the popular video game from their app stores for violating payment guidelines. Epic Games started a social media campaign against the iPhone maker by releasing a parody of Apple’s […]

Coronavirus: Foreign students on online courses are denied visas to Germany

More than 80,000 foreign students in Germany had left the country by April, with lecture halls and libraries closed because of the coronavirus lockdown. As travel restrictions and domestic rules were slowly eased, many hoped things would return to normal after the summer. But an announcement from the German government has cast fresh doubt on students’ visa status.