Is Apple creating its own search engine?

Apple is likely to have been working on its own search engine for years, after key hiring in 2018 of John Giannandrea, former Google head of search to improve AI tech and Siri and software hints to improve search. The Applebot web crawler has seen increased activity for years, potentially laying the groundwork for a…

Post-furlough job losses worse among young and ethnic minorities

Resolution Foundation’s latest survey of 6, 000 adults found 19 per cent of 18-24-year-olds who were furloughed during lockdown were unemployed in September. For Black, Asian, and other minority ethnic workers the figure was 22 per cent compared to 9 per cent for the general population. The Treasury said its wage support schemes had helped…

Users of WhatsApp can mute a chat forever from today

Facebook-owned WhatsApp messaging platform has rolled out a new feature to allow its users from today to mute both individual and group chats forever. Previously WhatsApp offered three options under the Mute tab – 8 hours, 1 week, or 1 year. The app has now replaced the 1-year option with “Always”.

Google Sued by the US over Search

The US government has formally filed a landmark lawsuit, the biggest challenge brought by US regulators against Google, accusing the company of abusing its dominance to preserve a monopoly over internet searches and online advertising. The Lawsuit follows several years of investigation amid the intense scrutiny of Google’s practices at home and abroad. Google called the…

P{rincely Vision 2030

35-year-old Mohammed bin Salman is the pivotal leader of the Arab World, Crown prince who became king in 2015 and de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, ended the House of Saud’s consensual model of an absolute monarchy with no absolute monarch, seizing all the reins of power and urged forward social and economic reform. The…

“Be Honest, Trust your team, and never please your boss” new mantra

Trust your team, be radically honest and never, ever try to please your boss. These are the ground rules if you work at Netflix.  These trade secrets have revolutionised the entertainment and tech industries, and this  was part of a unique cultural experiment that explains how the company has transformed itself at lighting speed from…

Xbox has acquires Bethesda for £5.85bn

Microsoft who owns Xbox has acquired Bethesda, the games company behind super hits game titles including Doom, Fallout, Skyrim, and Wolfenstein, for £5.85bn ( $7.5bn) by paying the parent company ZeniMax Media.  Xbox has said that the publisher’s franchises would be added to its Game Pass subscription package for consoles and PCs which would help…

Three and half decades of Super Mario Bros

Pint-sized Mario and his brother Luigi make their debut in September 1985, 35 years ago, in the first-ever “Super Mario Bros”.  The mustached plumbers would have sold a staggering 373 million games across the world. Mario, wearing red overalls with an unfortunate habit of losing his love interest to a spiky over-sized turtle, has become…

Game of Prediction

In 1960 America’s new leader John F Kennedy ‘s winning presidential election was widely reported that the presidency has been clinched with the help of a “secret weapon” : a super computer that crunched troves of data to profile voters , allowing Kennedy to better target his political messaging before the polls opened. Borrowing from…