After different errors made by Yandex employees, the mobile app Yandex.Navigator for Android started recording all sounds to a file. The error appeared while creating a new version of the application with Yandex.Navigator voice activation by Yandex commands.
Earlier to give the application voice command (to construct a route or find an address), each user had to click the special button. Before the release the company's employees have taken a debug version of the application by mistake for the final testing. The beta testing version recorded all the sounds to the memory card in order to understand how the voice recognition system worked.Read more
Russia's biggest search engine filed a complaint with the authorities, so Google faces the prospect of a fresh competition investigation after. Yandex alleges that its rival has an unfair advantage because it insists device-makers set Google as the default search setting.
Google Play is promoted as the safest and best-stocked marketplace for mobile security apps and other media for Android devices. Google has yet to respond in a message. The US company has yet to see the complaint filed with the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service. However, Google may try to defend itself by noting that manufacturers are free to install rival services if they choose not to pre-load its other software.Read more
Yandex and Facebook had a notable run-in last year when a team of developers from the Russian search giant created a social search app called Wonder, which Facebook promptly blocked, leading to it shutting down.
But in reality the two sides have been working together since 2010, and today comes the latest chapter in the collaboration. Yandex is launching a social search feature that will serve Yandex visitors related, real-time public posts from Facebook alongside other search results. Yandex, which accounts for around 60% of all searches in Russia, will also use Facebook firehose data to help provide more relevant results.Read more
The hectic shopping season isn't just about finding perfect gifts. It's also prime time for identity thieves to snag your info. Avoiding long lines and cranky crowds are just two of the benefits of online shopping.
But getting hacked while buying a toy playset from the hit movie "Frozen" through an online seller is a real shopping risk, too. It may seem that protecting yourself from hackers is impossible, given that it's been a banner year for identity theft. In 2014, hackers stole tens of millions of email addresses and credit card numbers from US retailer Home Depot and bank JPMorgan. Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to protect yourself that don't require expertise in network penetration technology.Read more
“Yandex Money” will introduce new rules for clients who didn't use service more than two years; it will take 270 rubles since the 25th of September.
At the end of August service “Yandex. Money” started sending notices in which the service reported that they want any quantity of money was spent from the wallet, then write-off can be postponed for a month, but if clients don't start using their wallet, service will take 270 rubles from each client‘s account monthly. The introduction of new rules gives the chance to the subscriber to stop inactive client status for three months.Read more
Now the main stream of data goes through the servers located in the USA. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin considers it necessary and important to place on the territory of Russia the servers of large national Internet resources that will protect the stored information.
This opinion he expressed today, on April 24, speaking at a meeting of the media forum in St. Petersburg, ITAR-TASS reported. "It is possible to do, but it takes time and capital investment," he said, adding that now the main stream of data goes through the servers located in the USA, where everything is controlled. "All that the Internet has emerged as a special project of the CIA and developing," Putin said.Read more
Russia's parliament has passed a bill that could see Western technology firms barred from operating if they fail to store Russian data within the country.
The legislation would require Silicon Valley companies, such as Facebook, Google’s Gmail, and Microsoft-owned Skype, to relocate Russian customer data back onto Russian soil in order to allow authorities to legally acquire and inspect data at will. Currently, Russian authorities have no powers to acquire data outside its borders, unless they submit a lawful mutual legal assistance request, which can be denied by that nation.Read more