Today's top tech news: FaceApp error in India, TikTok and Helo face questions, and new date for Chandrayaan launch

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Today's top tech news: FaceApp error in India, TikTok and Helo face questions, and new date for Chandrayaan launch
TikTok and Helo are being questioned by the Indian government over unlawful activitiesBusiness Insider India
  • Chandrayaan 2 will reattempt its launch on July 22 with ISRO confirming that it has corrected all ‘technical snags’.
  • Byedance’s TikTok and Helo are facing trouble in India again with the government questioning their data usage practices and content regulation.
  • Users is India have been getting an error when trying to access FaceApp to take photos — but it seems to have been a temporary outage.
  • Twitter has a new feature for healthier conversations on its platform but some believe it could be misused to filter opinions.
  • You don’t just need technical skills to be employed in the IT sector but across sector as the demand for Big Data Analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) rises to 2.7 million by 2023.

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​Chandrayaan 2 will aim for the Moon again on July 22

​Chandrayaan 2 will aim for the Moon again on July 22

India’s second mission to the moon is going try launching again on July 22. Its earlier launch on July 15 was called off due to a ‘technical snag’ rumoured to be a leak in one of the fuel tanks. ISRO has confirmed that all issues have been corrected and it’s good to go next week.

​TikTok and Helo are accused of unlawful activities in India triggering talks of a possible ban

​TikTok and Helo are accused of unlawful activities in India triggering talks of a possible ban

Bytedance apps, TikTok and Helo, are under the government’s scanner again and have been asked to asked a questionnaire issued to them by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).

A statement issued by the apps says that they will fully collaborate with the government. The government, on the other hand, has threatened to take TikTok and Helo off the shelves should they fail to respond.

There is also the danger of the apps being booked under the IT Act and other Indian laws if found to be guilty of any ‘anti-national’ activities.

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​The viral FaceApp is driving Indians crazy showing an error instead of a picture

​The viral FaceApp is driving Indians crazy showing an error instead of a picture

FaceApp, the artificial intelligence (AI) photo editor that recently went viral for its feature that allows users to see what they would look like when they’re old, is facing glitches in India. The app was reportedly down last night for both iOS and Android users in India.

Since then, the error has resolved itself but the company is yet to issue a statement to address the issue.

​Twitter’s new ‘hide replies’ feature will keep haters at bay — but could also be used to filter out opinions

​Twitter’s new ‘hide replies’ feature will keep haters at bay — but could also be used to filter out opinions

Twitter has a new feature called ‘hide replies’ that lets users filter the comments on their tweets. The social networking giant has stated that the measure is aimed at giving users more control over their conversations.

And, while that may be true, it also gives users the opportunity to hide any replies that they see fit — even if they’re only mildly rude or asking for a fact check.

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​India will need 2.7 million digitally-skilled people by 2023 across sectors, not just in IT

​India will need 2.7 million digitally-skilled people by 2023 across sectors, not just in IT

Currently there are 680,000 digitally skilled professionals in India but 2023, that demand will rise to 2.7 million. That isn’t just restricted to the IT sector but the whole of the Indian economy.

Not only will the demand rise but over half of the workforce will need to reskill itself over the next four years in order to keep up with the growing demand for digital skills.