WASHINGTON: Facebook said on Monday (Jan 26) it is testing a lightweight version of its mobile app for mobile phones with poor-quality internet connections in emerging markets. A spokesman told AFP in an email that the “Facebook Lite” Android app is designed “for people on 2G (second-generation) connections or in areas of limited Internet accessibility.” The move expands Facebook’s efforts to grow the world’s biggest social network, which already has more than a billion users.
Free blogging and social networking site Tumblr is working on a Chinese version of its platform, according to iFanr. Some Tumblr users in China received invites to join the closed beta test of the translated site. While blogging platforms like WordPress and Blogger are blocked by China’s Great Firewall on the mainland, Tumblr is not (I used it to blog before starting this job for that reason). That’s probably due to the site not having a Chinese version and most of the content being more fun and shareable rather than serious and informative.
Summer 2012 was a very busy one for the Metropolitan Police Service, where they oversaw the London Olympics and Paralympics Games, the Royal Jubilee, and the annual Notting Hill Carnival. How did they manage the massive crowds and public safety conditions during this period?
BENGALURU: Bharti Airtel was at the receiving end of a brutal backlash on the Internet after it decided to impose special tariff for voice calls made over services like Skype or Viber. The telecom operator’s decision to charge more for voice services that run using data is being vehemently opposed by consumers, many of whom took to the Internet to vent their anger.
BENGALURU: Infosys under new CEO Vishal Sikka is fast building its capabilities in the social, mobility, analytics and cloud space, or SMAC, as it has significantly upped its recruitment in this space even as it continues to put its existing workforce under training for artificial intelligence (AI), including machine-to-machine learning technologies. The country’s second-largest software exporter has also built a ‘Centre of Excellence’ for AI at its Pune development centre and plans to train over 500 engineers every quarter, according to people familiar with the development.
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 23 — Social media, the cloud and big data will be the game-changing trends that will transform Malaysia’s information and communications technology (ICT) industry and spur further growth of the Internet of things (IoT) next year, say industty players. National ICT Association of Malaysia (Pikom) chairman Cheah Kok Hoong said Malaysia has started to tap into the rapidly growing potential of IoT, which could be a new economy itself covering business areas such as embedded device manufacturing, connectivity infrastructure and application deployments.
Indonesians are some of the most frequent users of social media websites, including Twitter. With about 20 million monthly active users, Twitter has become one of the main tools for Indonesians to communicate online, and today the social media giant reveals (via ADdiction) just how significant the tweets coming from Indonesia are. The report showcases the most popular retweets, hashtags, conversations, and accounts in Indonesia.
NEW DELHI: The number of fake and duplicate social networking accounts is on the rise with 45 cases being registered till October this year, Parliament was informed today. A total number of 3, 45, 37, 41 and 45 cases of fake/duplicate accounts/profiles on various social networking websites were reported to Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) in the year 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 (till October) respectively by various law enforcement agencies, Minister for Communications and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.
More than half of companies (56 percent) in South East Asia (SEA) are spending more to raise general awareness of their company to establish a strong employer brand. With the view that competition for top talent is increasing (54 percent), coupled with a planned increase in hiring (53 percent), companies have said that spending on the employer brand will increase.
In general, Indonesians are pretty proud of their social media usage. Perhaps Jakarta’s congested rush hour traffic gives locals more time to play with their smartphones and send out status updates. In June, Twitter confirmed that it has around 20 million active users in Indonesia. Globally, the company has close to 255 million active users, but Jakarta is the most active city on the social network, and 15 percent of the world’s tweets are brewed up in the archipelago.
NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel’s data packages offering access to Facebook and WhatsApp for fixed but nominal amounts are being examined by the telecom regulator to determine whether they amount to “preferential access” for such services, an issue at the heart of the debate on net neutrality, a concept recently backed by US President Barack Obama.
NEW DELHI: Buoyed by the rising penetration of Internet in the country, a top official from Twitter today said India is one of the fastest growing market for the micro-blogging site. The US-based social networking platform said it will be investing more in India, which industry body IAMAI has predicted will surpass the US by December this year in terms of Internet users.