Mennel subected to cyberbullying

Mennel Ibtissem (22), a French-Syrian singer who became viral on the internet after her 2018 performance of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah on The Voice France,  watched over 900, 000 times on YouTube. In one Instagram post, she expressed doubts about the terrorist nature of the 2016 Nice lorry attack. She said the message from the day…

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…

The Eternal Couple

Wildlife photographer  Mithun H, whose shot of black panther leopardess went viral, revealed he had to wait for six days and night in the same spot to get the shot. ” It is a fruitful though. Sayya the Black Panther and Cleopatra the Leopardess, have been courting for four years”. The Bengaluru-based wildlife photographer during…

Cultish photo-sharing app fuelled jealousy, bullying

In 2010, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, the co-founders who wanted to cultivate a community of photographers and artisans  released a photo-sharing app called Instagram, with one simple irresistible feature. It would make anything you captured through your phone look more beautiful. In less than two years it went mainstream and caught Facebook’s attention as…

Johnson and Symonds engaged to be married and a baby on the way

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (55) and his partner Carrie Symonds (31) are engaged and are expecting a baby in early summer, announced by the couple. Ms. Symonds the youngest partner of a prime minister in 174 years, posted on her private Instagram account stated “Many of you already know but for my friends that still…

Way forward for 5G networks

A couple of months ago, the heads from 18 small British telecoms companies met at a London bank to discuss investment, strategy, and mergers. In the meeting, they were asked if they thought the Chinese could eavesdrop through back doors in Huawei equipment all 18 hands went up. One of the bankers then asked, if…

Face scans mandatory for new mobile phone users in China

  A regulation announced in September 2019, was due to come into effect on Sunday when all people in China are required to have their faces scanned when registering new mobile phone services, as the authorities seek to verify the identities of hundreds of millions of internet users. China has for years been trying to…

Social-media influencers income soars

The Average price of a sponsored photo on Instagram has leaped from £104 ($134) t0 £1, 276 ($1, 6742 in 2019. Brands are willing to pay more to sponsor posts, videos, stories and blogs too. “Digital marketing is the equivalent of word of mouth but there will always be a mix between that and traditional…

Google makes fundamental changes by introducing Bert

Google, the world’s most popular search engine,  is adopting artificial intelligence in its ranking algorithm. The change which Google explains as the most significant revision in at least five year, uses a new form of language analysis to understand users’ queries better and will affect its responses to one in `10 searches , according to…

Will Super-intelligent robots enslave humanity?

Alarms already sounded by Bill Gates, late Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk,  about artificial intelligence and how one day super-intelligent robots  will one day wipe out or enslave humanity. Superhuman artificial intelligence is an approaching tidal wave that threatens not just human relationships and jobs but civilisation itself. Conflict between humans and machines is seen as…