Science & Technology

  • 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
  • Mercury to glide across the Sun on November 11
    Washington, November 9 (IANS) Planet Mercury will pass directly between Earth and the Sun on November 11, staging a rare celestial show. During the transit, Mercury will look like a tiny black dot gliding across the Sun's face, NASA said in a blog this week, adding that the event will be widely visible from most of Earth, including the Americas, the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, New Zealand, Europe, Africa, and western Asia. Mercury's transit only happens about 13 times a century.
  • Facebook, YouTube ban naming Trump impeachment whistleblower
    San Francisco, November 9 (IANS) Facebook and Google-owned YouTube have banned content on their platform that purports to name the whistleblower whose complaint led to the impeachment inquiry against US President Donald Trump. The decision came after Facebook took down ads purporting to name the whistleblower earlier this week. "Any mention of the potential whistleblower's name violates our coordinating harm policy, which prohibits content aouting of witness, informant, or activi
  • Apple dominates smartwatch market with 48% share in Q3
    San Francisco, November 8 (IANS) Continuing its lead over competitors like Samsung and Fitbit, Apple Watch maintained first position as its share in the global smartwatch market reached 48 per cent in the third quarter of this year from 45 per cent in the same quarter last year, according to a report by market research firm Strategy Analytics. Global smartwatch shipments grew an impressive 42 per cent annually to reach 14 million units in the third quarter of 2019, said the report.
  • Apple may sell at least 20 mn 'iPhone SE 2' models in 2020
    San Francisco, November 7 (IANS) Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has revealed that the iPhone maker will ship at least 20 million iPhone SE 2 units in 2020, following the device's launch in the first half of the year. If all goes well for Apple, Kuo also offers an optimistic prediction of up to 30 million units due to potential popularity of the device, Apple Insider reported on Wednesday. As per the report, the iPhone SE 2 will use a 10-layer Substrate-like PCB (SLP) for its motherbo
  • 90% organisations think cyber threat landscape will worsen in 2020
    Milpitas (California), November 5 (IANS) With the perpetually shifting threat landscape, over 90 per cent of organisations believe the cyber threat landscape will stay the same or worsen in 2020 while 51 per cent of organisations do not believe they are ready for or would respond well to a cyber attack or breach, a new report by US-based cyber security firm FireEye said on Tuesday. FireEye's "Cyber Trendscape" report surveyed over 800 Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and
  • IBM, govt launch platform for skilling students
    New Delhi, November 4 (IANS) Tech giant IBM on Monday announced launch of SkillsBuild platform in collaboration with the Directorate General of Training under the aegis of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE). As part of the programme, a two-year advanced diploma in information technology (IT), networking and cloud computing will be offered at the Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and the National Skill Training Institutes (NSTIs). The platform will
  • iPhone 5 user? Update software now to keep using App Store
    New Delhi, November 3 (IANS) If you are using an iPhone 5, do not forget to update its software as Apple has warned that without an iOS update the device will not support App Store, iCloud, email, and web browsing from Sunday. "Starting just before 12:00 a.m. UTC (5.30 p.m. India time) on November 3, 2019, iPhone 5 will require an iOS update to maintain accurate GPS location and to continue to use functions that rely on correct date and time, including App Store, iCloud, email, and
  • Instagram bets big on shopping, mentoring talent in India
    Mumbai, November 1 (IANS) Facebook-owned Instagram is gearing up to mentor talents across 15 cities in India as the platform focuses on enhancing shopping experience for its users in the country with Augmented Reality (AR), a top company executive said here on Friday. Creators will be mentored under the "Born on Instagram" initiative, Vishal Shah, Instagram's VP of Products, told reporters here. "Right now, people can discover products on Instagram but they cannot buy them direct
  • WhatsApp confirms Israeli spyware snooped on Indians
    New Delhi, October 31 (IANS) As Facebook-owned WhatsApp sued Israeli cyber intelligence company NSO Group this week that exploited its video calling system to snoop on 1,400 selected users globally, the micro-blogging platform confirmed on Thursday that Indian human rights activists and journalists were among those targeted by the spyware. Earlier, multiple media reports said those targeted in India included human rights activists who were arrested over their alleged involvement in