AST SpaceMobile is aiming to launch satellites for its direct-to-smartphone broadband internet service. (AST SpaceMobile) Space 

Experience the Future of Internet: AST SpaceMobile Prepares for Liftoff!

AST SpaceMobile, a satellite design and manufacturing company based in Texas, is preparing to launch a set of five satellites that will initiate its smartphone-accessible cellular broadband internet service. The company has recently made some adjustments to its deployment strategy in order to enhance satellite coverage. Despite these changes, the launch timeline for the first quarter of 2024 is expected to remain unaffected. According to a Space News report, AST SpaceMobile will pay $5 million more to SpaceX to implement these latest changes before deployment. SpaceX will carry its BlueBird…

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FOSSA Systems secures funding to expand global IoT satellite network, paving the way for innovation and connectivity in remote areas. (Pexels) News 

FOSSA Systems Launches into Orbit with Funding for Global IoT Satellite Network

FOSSA Systems, a startup specializing in satellite-based connectivity for IoT devices, announced on Wednesday that it has secured a new round of funding. The undisclosed amount was raised with the support of Indico Capital Partners and Nabtesco Technology Ventures, along with existing investor Newmind Venture. The Spain-based company intends to utilize the funds to enhance its network of energy-efficient satellites, thereby facilitating enhanced communication capabilities on Earth. Julian Fernandez, co-founder and CEO of FOSSA Systems, expressed the company’s goal of bolstering its industrial satellite and IoT services on a global…

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Vistara will now be offering complimentary inflight Wi-Fi services. (Vistara) News 

Unlock Free Wi-Fi on Vistara Flights – Find Out If You Qualify!

Vistara, a well-known Indian airline recognized for its exceptional service, offers a club membership that grants subscribers access to a range of airline perks including Priority Services, Complimentary Lounge services, One-class upgrades, and more. Excitingly, the airline has recently expanded its complimentary offerings for Club Vistara members by introducing inflight Wi-Fi. Find out further information about this new initiative here. Information about Vistara’s in-flight Wi-Fi connection Vistara shared the news on its official website. According to the announcement, the airline has become the only Indian airline to offer Wi-Fi services…

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Hapag-Lloyd AG, the biggest container shipping line based in Germany, said Thursday it will install SpaceX’s Starlink service aboard the ships it owns. (AFP) News 

Starlink Internet Service Connects Container Ships to the Web

Elon Musk’s satellite internet service is expanding further into the high seas, which have long been recognized as one of the world’s oldest and largest economic frontiers. Hapag-Lloyd AG, Germany’s largest container shipping company, announced Thursday that it will install SpaceX’s Starlink service on ships it owns and operates after a four-ship pilot program proved successful. Charters will not receive service under the current plan. According to Alphaliner’s data, 122 of Hapag-Lloyd’s 259 ships are owned by the company. For crews spending months at sea, a reliable ship connection is…

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Shantanu Narayen (C), Chairman and CEO of Adobe Systems addresses the gathering on the first day of the three-day B20 Summit in New Delhi. (AFP) AI 

Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen Highlights India’s Potential to Lead in Artificial Intelligence

India’s advancements in technology are evident through the success of local tech giants such as TCS, Infosys, Tech Mahindra, Wipro, and HCL Tech. Additionally, numerous other companies, both large and small, have played a significant role in enhancing India’s digital presence. A notable recent accomplishment was the Chandrayaan-3 mission, where the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully landed a lander and rover on the moon, surpassing Russia’s unsuccessful Luna-25 spacecraft attempt. All this was probably on the mind of Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen, who on Friday lauded what India had…

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A boom in deepfake porn is outpacing US and European efforts to regulate the technology. (AFP) AI 

Google and Microsoft Take Steps to Enhance AI-Generated Fake Porn

Fans of Kaitlyn Siragusa, a well-known internet personality called Amouranth, can choose to subscribe to her channel on Amazon.com Inc.’s Twitch for $5 per month to watch her play video games. Alternatively, if they wish to view her adult content, they can subscribe to her explicit OnlyFans page for $15 per month. And when they want to watch him do things he doesn’t and has never done for free, they search Google for so-called “deepfakes” — videos made with artificial intelligence that create a realistic simulation of a sexual act.…

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Satya Nadella and OpenAI’s Sam Altman to make an alliance. (REUTERS) News 

Satya Nadella Predicts Artificial Intelligence Will Have a Huge Impact on Society

Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft Corp., referred to the internet as a “tidal wave” in a memo he sent in 1995, emphasizing its significance for all aspects of the company’s operations. Presently, Satya Nadella, the current leader of Microsoft, expresses his belief that artificial intelligence will have an equally profound impact. “The Bill memo in 1995, it feels like that to me,” Nadella said on this week’s episode of The Circuit With Emily Chang. “I think it’s just as big.” Central to Microsoft’s latest turnaround effort is OpenAI Inc.,…

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The streaming service is also expanding its ad-supported tier to Europe and Canada. News 

Disney+ Increases Prices and Limits Account Sharing

In May, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that the company’s streaming service would experience a price increase in the near future. During Disney’s quarterly earnings call, Iger announced that the ad-free Disney+ premium tier would be raised to $13.99 on October 12. This marks the second $3 price hike for the streaming service within the past year, as the current subscription price of $10.99 was established in December. Additionally, Hulu’s ad-free plan will also see a $3 increase, bringing the standalone subscription cost to $17.99 per month. That’s a big…

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The YouTube star says MrBeast Burger hurt his brand. News 

MrBeast takes legal action against fast food restaurant for serving ‘unpalatable’ burgers

YouTube sensation MrBeast, also known as Jimmy Donaldson, is facing a deteriorating partnership with Virtual Dining Concepts (VDC), the company behind his delivery-only fast food chain, MrBeast Burger. According to Bloomberg, MrBeast is taking legal action against VDC, accusing them of damaging his brand. The lawsuit claims that VDC prioritized rapid growth over maintaining quality, resulting in substandard food that negatively impacted MrBeast’s reputation. Seeking resolution, MrBeast is requesting a judge to terminate the licensing agreement and close down the business. MrBeast points to numerous reviews calling the burgers “inedible,”…

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Amazon Clinic helps you get treatment for common illnesses. News 

Amazon’s Telehealth Service Now Accessible Nationwide

Amazon has made its digital healthcare service, Clinic, accessible across the entire United States, including Washington, DC. Users can now have video visits with clinicians nationwide, and in 34 states, they can also engage in text-only conversations. These services are conveniently accessible through Amazon’s website and mobile app. Launched in November, the Clinic is intended to treat more than 30 common health problems, such as birth control prescriptions, migraines and pink eye. You choose a remote healthcare provider, fill out the application form and contact the doctor. You don’t need…

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Know the technology that makes internet shutdowns possible. (Unsplash) News 

Exploring the Impact of Mobile Internet Shutdowns: What is an Internet Shutdown and How Does it Work?

In the district of Nuh, Haryana, a violent incident occurred during a religious procession, resulting in the unfortunate deaths of two individuals, over 200 injuries, and the destruction of several vehicles through arson. In response to the escalating violence, the state government made the decision to temporarily suspend mobile internet services in the district until August 2. This measure aims to prevent the spread of fake news, misinformation, and public anxiety. In its official statement, the Nuhi administration stated, “To prevent the spread of misinformation and rumors through various social…

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You'll only see the text in some situations. News 

YouTube Experiments with Artificial Intelligence-Generated Video Summaries

YouTube is currently experimenting with AI-generated video summaries that will be displayed on search and watch pages. These summaries aim to offer a brief overview of the video content, assisting viewers in determining whether it is worth their time. However, YouTube emphasizes that these AI-generated summaries do not serve as a substitute for the video descriptions provided by the creators themselves. The test is only visible to a “limited number” of English language videos and only to some viewers. YouTube hasn’t said which countries, platforms or video types will receive…

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Meta’s Oversight Board Proposes Stricter Regulations on Gender-Based Violence

The Oversight Board of Meta is urging for revisions to the social media company’s guidelines regarding gender-based violence. Alongside reversing the choice to keep a Facebook post that trivialized domestic abuse, the panel has suggested that Meta establish policies that discourage content which promotes or ridicules violence, thereby normalizing it. Furthermore, the board members are requesting Meta to explicitly state that their anti-harassment rules encompass severe physical injuries categorized as “medical conditions.” The findings are in response to a 2021 Iraq post that “jokes” about a woman who was beaten…

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You can record minute-long clips to show what you're doing. News 

WhatsApp Introduces Video Messaging Similar to Telegram

WhatsApp is introducing a new feature that allows users to effortlessly share their activities with friends through instant video messages, similar to Telegram. This feature enables users to respond in chat with videos lasting up to one minute, without the need to create a Story or a similar clip. By simply tapping and holding a button, users can capture footage, and they can continue recording hands-free by swiping up. Videos will automatically play on mute, so you shouldn’t startle anyone until you’re ready to tap to unmute. Like most things…

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The block is an embarrassing (if temporary) issue with the Twitter rebrand. News 

Indonesia Bans Elon Musk’s X Domain Due to Its Involvement in Gambling and Pornography

Elon Musk’s attempt to rebrand Twitter as X is facing obstacles as Indonesia has temporarily blocked X.com due to its laws against gambling and pornography. However, officials believe that the issue lies with the previous owners of the web domain who violated the country’s content regulations. In essence, X failed to ensure that its predecessors had not engaged in activities that would result in national bans. The stalemate is unlikely to last long. Chief Information Officer Usman Kansong tells the press that X has already been in touch and will…

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You can customize virtually any website. News 

Arc Web Browser Now Open to All Users

The Browser Company has made it effortless for users to personalize or vandalize the websites they browse. They have launched the Arc 1.0 browser for Mac without any waitlist. This final version incorporates several recently introduced features such as an optional toolbar, a site “control center,” and picture-in-picture functionality for Google Meet video calls. Additionally, the software is expected to be more streamlined and quicker compared to its previous iterations. As before, Arc is rethinking some of the fundamentals of web browsers. You can customize the look and layout of…

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An admin account is in sole charge of r/malefashionadvice, which has 5.4 million subscribers. News 

Reddit Regulates Subreddit that Protested API Alterations

In accordance with its promise, Reddit has assumed control of subreddits that went offline in protest of modifications to the platform’s API. The administrator account u/ModCodeofConduct has now assumed full responsibility for r/malefashionadvice, a thriving community boasting over 5.4 million subscribers. The subreddit joined thousands of others in shutting down in mid-June to show their opposition to the new API rules. Other subreddits allowed users to post porn in protest. Third-party developers used the API to build thousands of apps that connect to Reddit. Many of their apps helped with…

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The number of social network users is approaching the number that use the 5.19 billion of the world population. (Pexels) News 

Study Finds Over 60% of Global Population Using Social Media

According to a recent study, over 60 percent of the global population, which is nearly five billion individuals, are currently engaged on social media platforms. This represents a 3.7 percent increase from last year, according to calculations made by digital advisor Kepios in its latest quarterly report. The number of users of the social network is approaching 5.19 billion, or 64.5 percent of the world’s population, who use the Internet. There are big differences between regions. Only one person in 11 in East and Central Africa uses social media. In…

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You'l also get translations and other significant upgrades. News 

iOS Threads App Now Allows Users to View New Followers

Meta has released a notable update to Threads, their recently launched social network. This update, explained by Cameron Roth from the company, introduces a Follows tab to the activity feed on the iOS app. This new feature simplifies the process of identifying who has recently followed you, making it more convenient to follow them back. As a result, users can now check their Instagram follower list to ensure they haven’t missed anyone. The update also adds translations to the text, so you have more incentive to follow people speaking unknown…

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A draft version of a new privacy bill allows companies to export data to any country except those specifically named by New Delhi. (REUTERS) AI 

Government to Ease Data Storage Regulations, Benefiting Google and Indian Companies

The government intends to expand its lenient stance on data storage, processing, and transfer beyond national borders, which will benefit global companies like Google and Indian firms aiming for international expansion. A draft version of the new data protection law will allow companies to export data to any country other than those specifically named by New Delhi, the people familiar with the matter said, asking not to be named because the bill is not yet public. An earlier draft, released in November, by contrast, restricted the export of data to…

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