Science & Technology

  • Microsoft warns Russian hackers could target 2020 Olympics
    San Francisco, October 30 (IANS) Microsoft claimed that it has recently detected Russian hackers are trying to disrupt the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by infiltrating sporting and anti-doping agencies. The hacking group called Fancy Bear, APT28, or Strontium could impact the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, the tech giant has warned. Analysts at Microsoft Threat Intelligence Centre also published details of the hacks, which began on September 16 and have so far targeted at least 16 sporting an
  • Privacy class-action lawsuits to grow 300% in 2020: Forrester
    New Delhi, October 29 (IANS) With the focus on data privacy growing across the world, privacy class-action lawsuits will increase by 300 per cent in 2020, warns a forecast by market research firm Forrester. The coming year will be a bad year for third-party data and a good year for marketers who take consumer privacy seriously, said the "Predictions 2020" report. "Consumers are deeply concerned with how their data is collected and used. A barrage of news about data breaches, gove
  • IIT-Madras develops AI model to solve engineering problems
    Chennai, October 28 (IANS) The Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) on Monday said its researchers have developed algorithms that enable novel applications for artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and deep learning to solve engineering problems. The researchers are going to establish a start-up to deploy their AI Software called 'AISoft' to develop solutions to engineering problems in varied fields such as in thermal management, semiconductors, automobile, aerosp
  • Facebook begins testing dedicated 'News' tab on its platform
    San Francisco, October 26 (IANS) In what could spell trouble for already struggling local newsrooms globally, Facebook has introduced a dedicated "News" feature on its platform that will highlight the most relevant national stories of the day. Currently available for users in the US, the tab will give people more control over the stories they see, and the ability to explore a wider range of their news interests, directly within the Facebook app, the company said in a statement on Fr
  • 42 malicious apps affected 8 million Android users
    London, October 25 (IANS) Security researchers have detected a massive year-long adware campaign where the involved apps were installed on users' Android devices eight million times from Google Play alone. Slovak internet security company ESET identified 42 apps on Google Play as belonging to the campaign, which had been running since July 2018. Of those, 21 were still available at the time of discovery. "We reported the apps to the Google security team and they were swiftly remo
  • 72% Indian enterprises wrong about Cloud security: Study
    New Delhi, October 24 (IANS) About 72 per cent of security decision makers in large enterprises in India wrongly believe that security provided by Cloud providers is sufficient to protect them from threats, a new report from global cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks said on Thursday. Large enterprises, defined as those with more than 200 employees are not prepared for Cloud-related cybersecurity threats, and more importantly, make the assumption that public Clouds are by default
  • Apple Watch detects hard fall, saves man's life in US
    New York, October 23 (IANS) In yet another example why you should wear an Apple Watch while travelling, a man in the US has credited the device for saving his life after he fell over a steep cliff and the Watch called 911 after detecting a hard fall. James Prudenciano, 28, and his date Paige Paruso, were hiking in Hartshorne Woods Park in New Jersey when they got lost in the woods and fell through some foliage and over a steep cliff. According to a report in News 12 New Jersey, P
  • Indian banking, securities IT spending to grow 9% in 2020
    Mumbai, October 22 (IANS) Spending by the banking and securities sector in India will total $11 billion in 2020, an increase of 9.1 per cent from 2019, as the sectors continue to increase its investments in digital business, said a latest forecast by Gartner Inc. on Tuesday. Banking and securities organisations are investing in emerging digital technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain, not only to create new product offerings but also to respond to evolving
  • Facebook set to launch dedicated news tab
    San Francisco, October 21 (IANS) Calling itself a 'Fifth Estate', Facebook has reportedly entered into deals with prominent media houses to launch a dedicated news tab on its platform. According to the Wall Street Journal, publications like News Corp, Dow Jones, New York Post, the Washington Post and others will help the social networking platform ramp up its ambition to become a news player. "The New York Times has been in talks with Facebook, but a spokeswoman for the paper dec
  • China's propaganda chief says Cold War mentality hindering mutual trust in cyberspace
    People walks in front of a screen at the World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China on October 20. (REUTERS Photo)   WUZHEN, China, October 20 (Reuters): A “Cold War mentality” and “bully behavior” are hindering mutual trust in cyberspace, China’s propaganda chief said on Sunday at the start of the World Internet Conference in the eastern Chinese town of Wuzhen.   Huang Kunming, head of the publicity department of China
  • AI, digital marketing key skills to boost growth
    New Delhi, October 20 (IANS) Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), digital marketing and design thinking are the top skills that organisations will need to focus on to drive future growth, according to a new study. Despite the increased awareness around upskilling, the survey by ed-tech company Great Learning found that 47 per cent of the companies surveyed have still not assigned budgets for upskilling their workforce. "The technology skill gap among employees
  • Facebook now 'fifth estate', take it seriously: Mark Zuckerberg
    San Francisco, October 18 (IANS) A defiant Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has stressed that his platform has now become a 'Fifth Estate' in the world alongside traditional news media and people no longer have to rely on traditional gatekeepers in politics or media to make their voices heard. Delivering a speech at Georgetown University in Washington, DC on Thursday, he said social media platforms have decentralised power by putting it directly into people's hands. "People having th
  • Huge demand for 5G in India: Ericsson
    New Delhi, October 15 (IANS) There is a huge demand for 5G in India as it is much more efficient and will enable the telecom operators in the country to manage the explosive data growth expected in the coming three to four years, a top Ericsson executive has said. "There is a demand for 5G and there is a need. Just look around India Mobile Congress 2019 and you will see that everyone wants to touch and feel 5G. They want to understand how this technology can solve our problems," Nit
  • Netflix to end support for older Roku players in Dec
    San Francisco, October 13 (IANS) Streaming giant Netflix is planning to end its support for some of Roku's oldest players after December 1, including the Roku HD, HD-XR, SD, XD and XDS as well as the NetGear-branded XD and XDS. How can you tell if you are on the older Roku Netflix Channel? If your Netflix app does not support autoplay next, you are using a Roku that will be losing access to Netflix. If your Roku is losing Netflix at the start of December 1, you should see a pop-u
  • Apple to integrate its own 5G modem in iPhones by 2022
    San Francisco, October 12 (IANS) The Cupertino-based tech giant Apple is planning to bring its own 5G modem in iPhones by the year 2022. According to a recent report from Fast Company, Apple is expected to launch its first iPhone with a 5G modem by September 2020 with a Qualcomm chip inside. To seize control of its 5G technology as soon as possible, Apple bought Intel's modem business earlier this year to develop another piece of its hardware in-house without being dependent on p
  • Science of far-away planets and infant universe wins Nobel prize
    Goran K Hansson (C), Secretary General of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and academy members Mats Larsson (L) and Ulf Danielsson, announce winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics during a news conference at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden on October 8, 2019. The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to James Peebles, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz. (REUTERS Photo)     STOCKHOLM/LONDON, October 8 (Reuters): Canadian-Am
  • Caught in the act: a black hole rips apart an unfortunate star
    After passing too close to a supermassive black hole, a star is torn apart into a thin stream of gas, which is then pulled back around the black hole and slams into itself, creating a bright shock and ejecting more hot material, in this artist's conception released on September 26, 2019. Illustration by Robin Dienel/Courtesy of the Carnegie Institution for Science/Handout via REUTERS   WASHINGTON, September 30 (Reuters) - Scientists have captured a view of a colossal black h
  • 67% of India's 451mn Internet users are male: IAMAI
    New Delhi, September 26 (IANS) About 67 per cent of India's 451 million monthly active Internet users are male, according to a report brought out by industry body Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). In terms of Internet users, India is now second only to China, but with only 36 per cent Internet penetration in India, there is still much headroom for growth, said the report titled "India Internet 2019". The gender gap is higher in rural areas as the report showed tha
  • Fifth of world's calories threatened as climate scientists sound alarm over wheat
    A view shows ears of wheat in a field owned by the "Siberia" farming company during sunset outside the village of Ogur in Krasnoyarsk Region, Russia, September 8, 2019. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin   Climate scientists say the world must prepare for "unprecedented" shocks to production of the crop, a staple food in many countries   ROME, September 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Droughts caused by global warming could devastate up to 60% of the world's wheat fields
  • China's lunar rover finds mysterious substance on moon
    Beijing, September 24 (IANS) China's lunar rover Yutu-2 or Jade Rabbit-2 discovered an unidentified substance in an impact crater on the far side of the moon. The discovery was made during Yutu-2's ninth lunar day of exploration on the moon, according to the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Centre of the China National Space Administration. The ground controllers designed a driving route for the rover to allow it to conduct scientific detection to the depth of the impact crate