Science & Technology

  • Disinfect your smartphone every 90 mins to prevent COVID-19
    New Delhi, March 12 (IANS) Amid the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which has infected 73 people in India and killed more than 4,500 individuals globally, doctors have advised that in addition to regularly washing hands, one should also disinfect their smartphone every 90 minutes with alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Ravi Shekhar Jha, Head of Department at Fortis Escorts Hospital in Faridabad said the best method to disinfect your smartphone is to use regular doctor s
  • Facebook's new initiative aims to close gender data gap
    San Francisco, March 11 (IANS) Facebook has announced a new initiative with the aim of helping close the gender data gap as a lack of access to real-time and representative data is regarded as one of the biggest barriers to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including gender equality. The new initiative called Project17 takes a partnership approach to help drive progress on the SDGs. Saying that its first area of focus is gender equality, Facebook on Tuesday re
  • One billion Android devices at risk of hacking: Report
    San Francisco, March 8 (IANS) Consumer watchdog Which? has claimed that more than one billion Android phones and tablets are vulnerable to hackers as they no longer supported by security updates. According to the research report, the most at-risk phones are any that run Android 4 or older and those smartphones running Android 7.0 which can not be updated are also at risk. Based on data from Google analysed by Which?, two in five android device users around the world are no longer
  • Dark Mode on WhatsApp arrives in India
    New Delhi, March 7 (IANS) The much-awaited 'Dark Mode' feature on Facebook-owned WhatsApp arrived for its over 400 million users in India on Saturday. The features is aimed to reduce eye strain in low-light environments and prevent those awkward moments that happen when your phone lights up the room. The company announced this week that the feature is being rolled out with the latest version of WhatsApp globally. The users in India noticed a special dark gray background and of
  • NASA Curiosity rover snaps stunning panorama of Mars surface
    Washington, March 6 (IANS) NASA's Curiosity rover has captured its highest-resolution panorama yet of the Martian surface -- containing 1.8 billion pixels. Composed of more than 1,000 images taken during the 2019 Thanksgiving holiday and carefully assembled over the ensuing months, the composite contains 1.8 billion pixels of Martian landscape, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said in a statement. The rover's Mast Camera, or Mastcam, relied on its medium-angle lens to also produc
  • Google Assistant can now read web pages in 42 languages
    San Francisco, March 5 (IANS) Search engine giant Google has started rolling out its article-reading feature 'Read Out Loud', which works with 42 languages, to all the Android smartphone users across the globe. "With Google Assistant, your browser can now read web articles out loud. Whenever a web article is displayed on your browser in your Android phone, you can say, "Hey Google, read it" or "Hey Google, read this page" it will immediately read aloud the content of the web page,"
  • Facebook launches 'More Together' campaign in India
    New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) Facebook on Monday launched a new consumer marketing campaign in India titled 'More Together'. India is the first country in the Asia Pacific region where such a campaign is being rolled out. It is also the first time that Facebook is rolling out a 'high decibel campaign of this stature in India', the company said in a statement. "India is at the heart of Facebook and one of our focus areas this year is to tell the exciting story of a service that is dee
  • Shake it, baby! NASA robotic lander confirms quakes on Mars
    A life-size model of the spaceship Insight, NASA's first robotic lander dedicated to studying the deep interior of Mars, is shown at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, US on November 26, 2018. (REUTERS File Photo)   WASHINGTON, February 24 (Reuters): NASA's robotic InSight lander has for the first time established that Mars is seismically active, but do not call the shaking, rattling and rolling taking place on the Red Planet earthquakes.
  • YouTube TV to cancel all App Store subscriptions in March
    San Francisco, February 14 (IANS) YouTube has started sending out emails to customers who have subscribed its YouTube TV service through Apple's App Store with a warning that their subscriptions will be discontinued in March. "You are currently subscribed to YouTube TV through Apple in-app purchases, so we are writing to let you know that, starting March 13, 2020, YouTube TV will no longer accept payment through Apple in-app purchases," the company said in a mail that many YouTube T
  • McAfee, Samsung extend partnership to protect personal data
    San Francisco, February 13 (IANS) Cybersecurity company McAfee on Thursday announced its extension of partnership with Samsung to protect consumers personal data and information from online threats. Through this partnership, Samsung smartphones, including the Galaxy S Series, Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Fold, will come pre-installed with anti-malware protection powered by McAfee. In addition to mobile, the partnership expands to better protect Samsung PCs and laptops users, where
  • Google launches internet safety campaign on Safer Internet Day
    New Delhi, February 11 (IANS) In a bid to create awareness around internet safety and reiterate its efforts to protect netizens, Google India on Tuesday announced a new comprehensive public outreach campaign named #PehleSafety. "We believe that education is a crucial aspect of online security. Over the course of last year we launched a far-reaching campaign to inform our users about online security, and the steps they can take to keep their internet experience safe," Saikat Mitra, D
  • Global Q1 smartphone output may drop to 5-yr low for coronavirus
    Seoul, February 10 (IANS) Global smartphone production in the first quarter of the year may drop to a five-year low due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, a market researcher said on Monday. TrendForce said it expects global smartphone production in the first quarter to decline 12 per cent year-on-year to 275 million units following the coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 900 people in China. "Delayed resumption work and uncertainties in employees' returns will cause t
  • Half of Netflix govt takedown demands came from Singapore
    San Francisco, February 9 (IANS) Netflix has removed movies and TV shows from its global platform at the demand of foreign governments and the majority -- five of such requests -- came from the Singapore government. The media streaming behemoth revealed the details in its first report, named "Environmental Social Governance", which it said would provide more transparency on the impact of its platform on society and its governance structures, ZDNet reported on Sunday. The takedown
  • Twitter is finally back after global outage
    San Francisco, February 8 (IANS) Twitter, after experiencing a worldwide service disruption preventing users from sending tweets from the social networking platform's app, website, or TweetDeck is now finally back online. "You can get back to Tweeting -- this problem has been fixed! Thanks for sticking with us through that," Twitter Support tweeted on Saturday. Twitter went offline for thousands of users around 1 pm on Friday, according to Down Detector. At least 10,000 users aro
  • Facebook most affected brand for phishing attempts: Report
    New Delhi, February 7 (IANS) Cybercriminals imitated Facebook the most for phishing attempts in their attempts to steal individuals' personal information or payment credentials during October-December period which is the busiest online shopping periods of the year, a new report said on Friday. According to Check Point Research, the threat intelligence arm of Check Point Software Technologies, Yahoo! was the most imitated brand for email-based phishing while Swedish music stream
  • 'Drastic' fall in bumblebee populations shocks scientists
    A bumblebee collects nectar from a flower, in Vina del Mar, Chile October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido/File photo   ROME, February 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When scientist Peter Soroye first saw the figures showing estimated bumblebee populations in North America had fallen by nearly 50% in a single generation, he thought it must be a typo.   He checked the numbers - the result of a long-term analysis of bumblebee populations published in the journal S
  • Most Indian netizens neglect basic cyber safety norms: Survey
    New Delhi, February 6 (IANS) About 52 per cent of Indian netizens have publicly shared their phone numbers/personal addresses, said a survey on Thursday that revealed that most Internet-using population of the country tend to neglect basic cyber hygiene practices. While 26 per cent of the participants said they shared sensitive OTP's (one-time passwords) with others, 22 per cent of respondents admitted to sharing bank account passwords, UPI pin, credit and debit card details with ot
  • How your network can be hacked through smart lightbulb
    New Delhi, February 5 (IANS) Security researchers on Wednesday warned that cyber criminals could exploit an Internet of Things (IoT) network - smart light bulbs and their control bridge -- to launch attacks on conventional computer networks in homes, businesses or even smart cities. The researchers from cybersecurity firm Check Point discovered vulnerabilities in the communication protocol used by Philips Hue smart lightbulbs -- a marquee smart home device that relies on the Zigbee
  • YouTube hits 20mn paid subscribers, 2mn join YouTube TV
    San Francisco, February 4 (IANS) Google-owned YouTube has reached 20 million music and premium paid subscribers and over 2 million YouTube TV paid subscribers. YouTube ended 2019 at a $3 billion annual run rate in YouTube subscriptions and other non-advertising revenues, Alphabet Founder and CEO Sundar Pichai announced on Monday. YouTube logged $15 billion in annual ad revenue -- a 35.8 per cent growth over the prior year. For Q4 2019, YouTube reported revenue of $4.17 billion.
  • IIT-Madras builds AI tech to convert brain signals into language
    Chennai, February 3 (IANS) Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-Madras) have developed an Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to convert brain signals of speech impaired humans into language, the Institute said on Monday. The researchers can potentially interpret nature's signals such as the plant photosynthesis process or their response to external forces. Electrical signals, brain signals, or any signal in general, are waveforms which are decoded to