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International Women’s Day: Twitter pays ode to women with special emoji

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New Delhi, March 8: Social networking platform Twitter is enabling users across India to spotlight the women who inspire them with the hashtags #SheInspiresMe or #SheLeadsIndia, which will trigger a #WomensDay emoji, it said on Tuesday.

The emoji would be the gender symbol for females and a representation of feminism and will be available till April 1, the microblogging site said in a tweet.

“From today, for the rest of the month, Tweet with the hashtags below to see the #InternationalWomensDay emoji appear!” read the tweet.

Twitter has also partnered with digital video storytelling platform @SheThePeopleTV, to host a special #BlueRoom session to talk about the issues women in media and technology face.

“The day (Women’s Day) is an opportunity to spark interest and discussion in the issues affecting women today and we hope to draw positive attention to it with our #BlueRoom sessions and a little fun with the emoji,” said Keya Madhvani, Head – Lifestyle and Creator Partnerships at Twitter India, in a statement.

The session will comprise of two panel discussions with leading women in technology franchisees as well as a performance by female comedians.

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Google ‘Cloud AutoML’ to help all businesses leverage AI

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New Delhi, Jan 18: Google has launched “Cloud AutoML”, a product that enables businesses with limited Machine Learning (ML) expertise to build high quality, custom Artificial Intelligence (AI) models to improve their product or service.

“Cloud AutoML” will let businesses and developers train custom vision models for their own use cases.

“At Google Cloud, our goal has been to lower the barrier of entry and make AI available to the largest possible community of developers, researchers, and businesses. Our Google Cloud AI team has been making good progress towards this goal,” Jia Li, Head of R&D, Cloud AI and ML, said in a statement late on Wednesday.

Businesses with limited ML expertise can leverage “Cloud AutoML” to start building their own high-quality custom models by leveraging advanced techniques like learning2learn and transfer learning from Google.

Google’s first “Cloud AutoML” release is “Cloud AutoML Vision”, a service that makes it faster and easier to create custom ML models for image recognition.

Its drag and drop interface lets users easily upload images, train and manage models, and then deploy those trained models directly on Google Cloud.

“AutoML Vision” provides a simple graphical user interface that lets businesses specify data, then turns that data into a high-quality model customised for specific needs.

“‘AutoML Vision’ is the result of our close collaboration with the Google Brain and other Google AI teams, and is the first of several Cloud AutoML products in development that aims to make it easier for more businesses to adopt ML,” Li said.

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iPhone users can watch YouTube videos within WhatsApp

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San Francisco, Jan 18: WhatsApp has finally rolled out a new feature for iOS users where they can play YouTube videos right within the instant messaging app.

Beginning Thursday, when your friend sends a YouTube link to you on WhatsApp, you are no longer required to move out of the messaging app to watch it.

The YouTube clip will play inside a floating window on your smartphone.

According to WABetaInfo, a website that tracks WhatsApp Beta programmes, users need to update their WhatsApp version to the 2.18.11 update on Apple App Store, that brings bug fixes and general improvements, in order to remotely receive the activation of this feature.

To view a YouTube video on WhatsApp, users simply have to share or receive the URL in a chat and they will see the play button in a bubble.

Earlier, when users clicked on the link, the YouTube video would open in YouTube app installed on the smartphones.

“Fortunately, WhatsApp has worked to allow videos not to be stopped when the user changes the chat,” WABetaInfo said.

The update is yet to come to Android and Windows users.

WhatsApp has over 200 million monthly active users in India and 1.2 billion users worldwide.

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Researchers locate Android spyware that can steal WhatsApp messages

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London, Jan 17: Researchers from Russian cyber security company Kaspersky Lab have found an Android spyware that has the ability to steal WhatsApp messages via Accessibility Services and connect an infected device to Wi-Fi networks controlled by cybercriminals.

Dubbed as “Skygofree”, the malware is claimed to have been found on malicious websites in Italy and is most likely an offensive security product sold by an Italy-based IT company that markets various surveillance wares, Kaspersky wrote in its official blog Securelist late on Tuesday.

Kaspersky said that on the basis of the observed samples and the signatures, it found that the early versions of this Android malware were developed by the end of 2014 and the campaign has remained active ever since.

According to tech website Arstechnia, the malware has undergone continuous development since its creation with the latest version having 48 different commands.

“High-end mobile malware is very difficult to identify and block and the developers behind “Skygofree” have clearly used this to their advantage: creating and evolving an implant that can spy extensively on targets without arousing suspicion,” The Telegraph quoted Alexey Firsh, Malware Analyst at Kaspersky, as saying.

The discovery is concerning because of its ability to record encrypted WhatsApp messages. It is able to do this by tricking an Android feature that was designed to help users with disabilities by making apps more accessible.

The spyware can read messages displayed on the screen through the Android Accessibility feature, including messages a victim sends on WhatsApp, Kaspersky said.

The spyware relies on several other exploits to gain privileged root access that allows it to bypass key Android security measures.

“Skygofree” is capable of taking pictures, capturing video and seizing call records, text messages, geolocation data, calendar events and business-related information stored in device memory.

It also includes the ability to automatically record conversations and noise when an infected device enters a location specified by the person operating the malware. The spyware also comes with an ability to recording Skype conversations.

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