Science & Technology

  • WhatsApp beta update introduces 3 new options for dark mode
    San Francisco, December 4 (IANS) Dark Mode for WhatsApp has been in the news for long and now a new beta update with the build number 2.19.353 has revealed some hidden features which will offer three options for activating the dark mode. The light theme would offer a white background. Dark theme, as the name suggests, would enable dark mode on WhatsApp, according to WABetaInfo, a fan website that tracks WhatsApp updates. The third option, which is 'Set by Battery Saver', dark mod
  • Apple celebrates best apps, games that animated 2019 gadget fashion
    Seen through a skylight, people at a display of Apple Watches in the newly refurbished Apple store on Fifth Avenue in New York, New York, USA, Sep.19, 2019. EPA-EFE/FILE/JUSTIN LANE     New York City, United States, December 3 (efe-epa).- Apple announced its best games and apps of 2019 on Monday at an event in New York's Tribeca neighborhood. In a relaxed atmosphere, with music, soft and warm lighting accompanied by drinks and canapés, the winners of the nine award
  • India, Sweden discuss linking innovation with aspirations
    New Delhi, December 2 (IANS) India and Sweden chalked out the blueprint for linking innovation with aspirations at the High-Level Policy Dialogue on Innovation Policy, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf here on Monday. "Chalking out the blueprint for linking innovation with aspirations PM@narendranodi and HM King Carl XVI Gustaf chaired the India-Sweden High-Level Policy Dialogue on Innovation Policy," tweeted MEA spokesperson Raveesh K
  • Apple may bundle AirPods with its 2020 iPhones: Report
    San Francisco, December 1 (IANS) Apple is looking to bundle its truly-wireless (TWS) earbuds with the iPhone 12 next year. TWS refers to wireless earbuds like the Apple AirPods and Samsung's Galaxy Buds. If this report is to be believed, Apple would be replacing its wired earpods with the wireless AirPods for its 2020 iPhone lineup, MacRumors reported recently. Considering that AirPods are rather expensive, it will surely be the lower end AirPods which start at $159. As per
  • Indian-origin researcher turns banana plant into packaging material
    Sydney, November 29 (IANS) An Indian-origin researcher-led team at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) on Friday announced it has discovered a novel way to turn banana plantation waste into packaging material that is not only biodegradable but also recyclable. Associate Professor Jayashree Arcot and Professor Martina Stenzel looked at ways to convert agricultural waste into something that could value-add to the industry it came from, while potentially solving problems for anoth
  • Scientists produce complex glass from a 3D printer
    London, November 28 (IANS) Creating glass objects using 3D printing is not easy but a groups of researchers including one of Indian-origin has now used a better technique to produce complex glass objects with addictive manufacturing. Researchers from ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich) used the method based on stereolithography, one of the first 3D printing techniques developed during the 1980s. David Moore, Lorenzo Barbera and Kunal Masania in the Comple
  • Global smartphone market falls 0.4% in Q3 due to weak demand
    Egham (UK), November 26 (IANS) Global sales of smartphones to end users continued to fall in the third quarter (Q3) of 2019, contracting by 0.4 per cent compared with Q3 of 2018, as demand remained weak because consumers became more concerned about getting value for money, a new report by Gartner Inc. said on Tuesday. Despite the decline, Huawei was the only one of the top-five global smartphone vendors to achieve double-digit growth in the sales in Q3, 2019. The company sold 65.8 m
  • Android apps accessed users' data, reveal Facebook, Twitter
    San Francisco, November 26 (IANS) In yet another data breach, Facebook and Twitter have admitted that data of hundreds of users was improperly accessed by some third-party apps on Google Play Store as they logged into those apps. Security researchers discovered that the One Audience and Mobiburn software development kits (SDK) provided access to users' data, including email addresses, usernames, and recent tweets, on both the platforms. Twitter and Facebook said they will notify
  • WhatsApp invests $250,000 into Indian startup ecosystem
    New Delhi, November 25 (IANS) Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Monday announced to invest $250,000 worth ad credits into the Indian startup ecosystem to help entrepreneurs better connect with customers and grow businesses. The investment will provide 500 startups approved by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DPIIT) with $500 each of Facebook ad credits. With the credits, startups can create ads that invite customers to click to open a chat on WhatsApp so they can deepe
  • IIT-K develops drone called 'Prahari'
    Kanpur, November 24 (IANS) Students of IIT-Kanpur have developed a drone named 'Prahari' which can not only carry a load of about 4 to 5 kilograms but can also patrol sensitive zone for three hours continuously. The autonomous system (drone) consists of an unmanned helicopter with drone catching net. 'Prahari' is unique in this way that it can chase, outrun and capture the rogue drone. This system has been developed by Prof Abhishek and Prof Mangal Kothari of the department of ae
  • FB built face recognition app that let workers identify people
    San Francisco, November 23 (IANS) Battling several privacy issues, Facebook experimented with a face recognition app among its employees that allowed them to identify their colleagues and friends by pointing smartphone cameras at them. The social networking platform admitted it built such an app which was never released publicly, and argued against its use to identify people. Business Insider first reported on this, saying the app was developed between 2015 and 2016 but has since
  • VMware targets SMEs for further growth in India
    Mumbai, November 21 (IANS) After making its technology available to some of India's biggest organisations including the State Bank of India and Bharti Airtel, enterprise software major VMware is now eying small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to accelerate its pace of growth in the country, according to the company's top executives. "We are looking to support new industries in India," Duncan Hewett, Senior Vice President and General Manager for VMware's business in Asia Pacific
  • Is NewSpace India on the rise while Antrix Corporation wanes?
    Chennai, November 19 (IANS) With NewSpace India Ltd bagging the contract for the launch of 13 nano satellites from the US, the question that begs an answer - is it going to be curtains for Antrix Corporation Ltd? On Monday, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced the launch of cartography satellite Cartosat-3 on November 25 morning and said that the Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle - XL variant (PSLV-XL) would also put into orbit 13 commercial nanosatelli
  • Facebook's in-app 'photos only' mode under testing
    San Francisco, November 17 (IANS) A photos-only mode for Facebook's mobile application is under testing and it would let users see algorithmically suggested photos in a feed similar to its photo sharing platform Instagram. The feature, named "Popular Photos", affixes an endless scroll of algorithmically selected images from friends beneath the full-screen view of a photo opened from the News Feed. The result is an experience that is similar to Instagram feed, TechCrunch has recently
  • TikTok hits 1.5 billion downloads, India tops the chart
    Beijing, November 16 (IANS) Social video app TikTok has reached 1.5 billion downloads worldwide on the App Store as well as Google Play and India leads the chart with 466.8 million or about 31 per cent of all unique installs. In 2019, the app accumulated 614 million downloads -- six per cent more than it had last year, reported mobile intelligence firm Sensor Tower. India has been a fast adoptor in 2019, driving up 277.6 million downloads so far this year, or roughly 45 per c
  • Bluetooth devices may leak your secrets due to design flaw
    New York, November 15 (IANS) Be it a fitness tracker, smartwatch, smart speaker or smart home assistant, the way Bluetooth devices communicate with the mobile apps leaves room for hackers to steal sensitive personal information, new research has found. An inherent design flaw makes mobile apps that work with Bluetooth Low Energy devices vulnerable to hacking, said the study described at the Association for Computing Machinery's Conference on Computer and Communications Security held
  • Are we alone? Study refines search for habitable planets
    New York, November 14 (IANS) A team of US researchers has redefined the conditions that make a planet habitable by taking the star's radiation and the planet's rotation rate into account - a discovery that will help astronomers narrow down the search around life-sustaining planets. The research team is the first to combine 3D climate modeling with atmospheric chemistry to explore the habitability of planets around M dwarf stars, which comprise about 70 per cent of the total galactic
  • This LED bulb can kill bacteria in your house
    Mumbai, November 12 (IANS) Syska on Tuesday launched an anti-bacterial LED bulb 'Bactiglow' with microbial disinfection properties that electrocute harmful bacteria present in a room. The anti-bacterial bulb is priced at Rs 250 and is available at leading retails stores across the country and has a manufacturer warranty of one year. "As one of the pioneers of LED lighting, our aim is to offer our customers, products that are convenient, affordable and reflect their evolving needs
  • Free Internet access a basic human right, cry researchers
    London, November 11 (IANS) With political engagement and debates increasingly taking place online, free internet access must be considered as a human right, as people unable to get online -- particularly in the developing countries -- lack meaningful ways to influence the global players shaping their everyday lives, researchers have stressed. Basic freedoms that many take for granted including free expression, freedom of information and freedom of assembly are undermined if some cit
  • Telegram, Signal won't shield your chats from hackers
    New Delhi, November 10 (IANS) So you have decided to open a Telegram account in the wake of the WhatsApp-NSO group spyware incident that affected 1,400 select users globally, including some in India. Some of you may even be attempting to join the chat app Signal for that elusive security that, unfortunately, was never there in the first place. Take this seriously: Encryption is fundamentally flawed and once hackers get to know any vulnerability or bug in the app security ecosystem