Science & Technology

  • More Indians now hiding real identities on Facebook, YouTube
    New Delhi, December 12 (IANS): There has been a substantial increase in social media profiles by Indians who hide their real names, photos and personally identifiable information (PII), in order to not only harness free speech but also conduct malicious and harmful activities, a new report warned on Saturday. The platform being used the most by Indian users who want to keep their identities anonymous are Facebook (76 per cent), YouTube (60 per cent), Instagram (47 per cent) and Twit
  • Flavours added to vaping devices can damage the heart: Study
    New York, December 12 (IANS): Researchers have revealed the appealing array of fruit and candy flavours that entice millions of young people to take up vaping are cardiotoxic and disrupt the heart's normal electrical activity. Mounting studies indicate that the nicotine and other chemicals delivered by vaping, while generally less toxic than conventional cigarettes, can damage the lungs and heart. "But so far there has been no clear understanding about what happens when
  • Now edit Office documents directly from Gmail attachments
    New Delhi, December 11 (IANS): Google has announced a new integration of Gmail with Microsoft Office files to allow users to directly edit documents that they receive in attachments. Now one can edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files without ever leaving Gmail, and while maintaining the document's original file format. "Starting today, you can also open Office files for editing directly from a Gmail attachment, further simplifying your workflows. For example, when you re
  • This strange exoplanet behaves like 'Planet Nine'
    Washington, December 11 (IANS): NASA and European Space Agency's Hubble Space Telescope has helped astronomers identify a strange planet outside our solar system that behaves like the long-sought "Planet Nine". The exoplanet called "HD106906 b" occupies an unlikely orbit around a double star 336 light-years away, according to the study published in the Astronomical Journal. This is the first time that astronomers have been able to measure the motion of a m
  • Indian-American Raja Chari picked by NASA for Artemis Moon missions
    Washington, December 10 (IANS): NASA has selected an initial team of 18 astronauts, including Indian-American astronaut Raja Chari, to form the Artemis Team and help pave the way for the next lunar missions, including sending the first woman and next man to walk on the lunar surface in 2024. Vice President of the US Mike Pence introduced the members of the Artemis Team on Wednesday during the eighth National Space Council meeting at NASA's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. &qu
  • Microsoft rolls out Azure Hybrid Benefit for Linux in India
    New Delhi, December 10 (IANS): Microsoft on Thursday announced the general availability of its Azure Hybrid Benefit solution for Linux customers in India. Azure Hybrid Benefit is a licensing benefit that helps organisations to cut the costs of running workloads in the cloud, Microsoft said. It helps customers "seamlessly" migrate to on-premises Windows Server and SQL Server licenses, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) virtual machin
  • MediaTek Dimensity 800U chip to power upcoming 5G phones in India
    New Delhi, December 9 (IANS): Taiwan-based fabless semiconductor company MediaTek on Wednesday announced that it is collaborating with popular smartphone brands to launch the 7nm MediaTek Dimensity 800U powered smartphones in India. The MediaTek Dimensity 800U provides dual 5G SIM capabilities to future-ready smartphones. It aims to enable better consumer access to the highest quality voice calling services with VoNR from either connection. "With Dimensity 800U MediaTek cont
  • India 9th among top 20 most spammed countries in 2020
    New Delhi, December 8 (IANS): Despite a reduction in the amount of spam calls received, India still made it into the top 10 most spammed countries in 2020, a new Truecaller report said on Tuesday. In the first three months of the lockdown in India, calls to emergency services spiked by 148 per cent. Only three years ago, India ranked as the most spammed country in the world. This year, the country is at the ninth spot in the list of 20 most affected countries, topped by Brazil an
  • Trend Micro launches regional XDR data lake in India
    Bengaluru, December 7 (IANS): Cloud cyber-security firm Trend Micro on Monday announced the launch of its regional data lake for detection and response (XDR) service in India. Trend Micro XDR offers the most extensive correlated detection going beyond endpoint detection and response (EDR). It collects and analyses activity data from emails, endpoints, servers, cloud workloads, and networks, enabling security operations centre (SOC) teams to detect, investigate and respond to adva
  • China completes 1st spacecraft rendezvous, docks in lunar orbit
    Beijing, December 6 (IANS): The ascender of China's Chang'e-5 probe successfully rendezvoused and docked with the orbiter-returner combination in lunar orbit on Sunday, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) has announced. This is the first time Chinese spacecraft have carried out rendezvous and docking in lunar orbit, reports Xinhua news agency. The samples collected on the moon had been transferred from the ascender to the returner safely by 6.12 a.m., said the
  • Researchers develop sensor to detect fatty liver disease
    New York, December 5 (IANS) Researchers have developed a diagnostic tool, based on nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), that could be used to detect fatty liver disease or liver fibrosis. "Since it's a non-invasive test, you could screen people even before they have obvious symptoms of the compromised liver, and you would be able to say which of these patients had fibrosis," said study author Michael Cima from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US. The de
  • Japan's Hayabusa2 capsule bringing asteroid sample to Earth
    Tokyo, December 5 (IANS) A Japanese capsule is on its way to bring a precious sample from asteroid Ryugu which is expected to help in better understanding of the origin and evolution of the solar system. It was confirmed from telemetry and Doppler data that Hayabusa2 re-entry capsule separated from the Hayabusa2 spacecraft as planned at 14.35 local time on Saturday, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)) said. The landing of the capsule in Woomera in southern Australia is
  • YouTube will now warn users before posting comments
    New Delhi, December 4 (IANS) To encourage respectful conversations, YouTube is launching a new feature that will warn users when their comment may be offensive to others, giving them the option to reflect before posting. From the reminder, the commenter can move forward with posting the comment as is, or take a few extra moments to edit the comment before posting it. The notification will appear before the comment YouTube's AI-based systems deem offensive. Johanna Wright,
  • Microsoft India, Nasscom Foundation declare 11 IAI winners
    New Delhi, December 2 (IANS): Nasscom Foundation and Microsoft India on Wednesday announced 11 winners -- chosen from early stage start-ups and established organisations -- for creating innovative tech solutions to address problems faced by persons with disabilities. The winners -- given catalytic grants worth Rs 85 Lakh and mentorship -- were chosen from over 3,000 innovative solutions in the areas of education, skills and livelihood, mobility, health and e-governance (including tw
  • Instagram Live now allows 3 more users in India
    New Delhi, December 1 (IANS): Instagram on Tuesday announced that its 'Live Rooms' feature, now has an ability to go Live with up to three additional people in India which help creators grow their audiences by going live with multiple guests. The early tests for this feature were done in India and now India is one of the first countries to roll it out more broadly, the social media platform said. Instagram Live gives people the ability to go live and create and connect vi
  • WhatsApp brings custom chat wallpapers, other updates
    New Delhi, December 1 (IANS): Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Tuesday said they are starting to release some new updates including improvements to Wallpapers, the launch of a search feature for Stickers and a new animated sticker pack. Wallpapers on WhatsApp are seeing four major updates - custom chat wallpapers, additional doodle wallpapers, an updated stock wallpaper gallery, and the ability to set separate wallpapers for light and dark mode settings. "Make your chats personal
  • Deep learning can predict breast cancer risk
    New York, November 30 (IANS): Researchers have developed a deep learning model that identifies imaging biomarkers on screening mammograms to predict a patient's risk for developing breast cancer with greater accuracy than traditional risk assessment tools. Traditional risk assessment models do not leverage the level of detail that is contained within a mammogram," said study author Leslie Lamb from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in the US. "Even the best e
  • Windows 10 to soon run mobile apps built for Android
    New Delhi, November 29 (IANS): Microsoft is working on a project named Latte that would allow app developers to bring their Android apps directly to Windows 10 with little to zero changes in the codes. The developers will need to package their Android apps as MSIX format and submit those to the Microsoft Store, reports Windows Central. MSIX is a Windows app package format that provides a modern packaging experience to all Windows apps. Currently, users can run Android apps on
  • Apple patents new MacBook Touch Bar with Force Touch technology
    San Francisco, November 28 (IANS): Apple is reportedly planning to add Force Touch sensors to the OLED Touch Bar on a future MacBook Pro. A new patent published by the US Patent And Trademark Office, suggests Force Touch could have an expanded role in the future on the Mac, with the development of a new pressure-sensitive Touch Bar, reports MacRumors. The patent offers visual examples of how force-sensing technology would be implemented in a MacBook Touch Bar, with Force Touch ci
  • Cybersecurity firm Sophos hit by data breach, notifies customers
    New Delhi, November 26 (IANS): Leading cyber security company Sophos has notified some customers via email about a data security breach this week, saying a small subset of customers were affected. According to a report in ZDNet on Thursday, the data exposure included details such as customers' first and last names, email addresses and phone numbers (wherever provided). "On November 24, 2020, Sophos was advised of an access permission issue in a tool used to store informa