Science & Technology

  • NASA shares $28bn plan to return humans to Moon in 2024
    Washington, September 22 (IANS): NASA has shared an update on its Artemis programme, including the latest plans to land the first woman and the next man on the surface of the Moon in 2024 at a cost of nearly $28 billion. However, according to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, meeting the tight deadline set by the Donald Trump administration would depend a lot on Congress approving $3.2 billion quickly for the development of human-rated lunar landers, according to a report in Space
  • Travel bug hits people, digital skills to boost recovery: Google
    San Francisco, September 21 (IANS): After living months in isolation during the pandemic, the travel bug has hit millions of people and according to Google, 45 per cent of the top 100 questions related to travel in Search focused on the impact of Covid-19 and the desire to travel as safely and as soon as possible. Google research, conducted with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), showed that 31 percent of people hope to plan leisure travel once they feel safe enough to do so, the co
  • Help Alexa learn more Indian languages: Amazon India
    New Delhi, September 20 (IANS): As Alexa in Hindi celebrates its first anniversary in India, the company is hopeful that her knowledge graph will improve and it will talk to millons of people in several regional languages in the near future. Today, users from India make hundreds of thousands of requests in a day to Alexa in Hindi and Hinglish. "I can't speculate on our future roadmap but I can tell you the Alexa service is getting smarter every day and we're working
  • Canadian researchers join Apple to empower heart failure patients
    Toronto, September 20 (IANS): The Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research at University Health Network (UHN) here has collaborated with Apple to give heart failure patients more control over their health from their homes and usher in a new era of remote monitoring possibilities. The study will investigate how physiological signals from Apple Watch - such as heart rate and the new blood oxygen feature - can help with better management of heart failure with the goal of driving better cli
  • Google makes it easier to access Search, Chrome and Gmail in iOS 14
    San Francisco, September 19 (IANS): Google has given its users easier access to Search, Chrome and Gmail on the new Apple iOS 14. The users can now add a Google Search Widget to their Home Screen to let them find information even faster. "You can also set Chrome as your default browser app on your iPhone or iPad, and in the coming days, you'll be able to set Gmail as your default email app," Luke Wroblewski, Director, iOS at Google, said in a statement on Friday.
  • WhatsApp on Web may soon get fingerprint authentication feature
    New Delhi, September 18 (IANS): WhatsApp is reportedly working on to adding another layer of security via biometric scanning support that will help users secure new sessions on the platform on the Web. According to WABetainfo, a website that tracks WhatsApp in Beta, the mobile messaging platform has dedicated a team to work on making the entire browser service more secure. "One would have to open WhatsApp on their smartphones and scan their fingerprint to initiate the web se
  • Microsoft announces new tool to find, fix bugs at scale
    New Delhi, September 18 (IANS): Microsoft has introduced a new tool on its open source repository GitHub that will further help developers and security researchers find and remove critical bugs. Called Project OneFuzz, it is an extensible fuzz testing framework for Azure Cloud. Available through GitHub as an open-source tool, the testing framework used by Microsoft Edge, Windows, and teams across the company is now available to developers around the world. "Fuzz testing i
  • Seagate launches 18TB hard drive for enterprises
    New Delhi, September 18 (IANS): US data storage company Seagate Technology on Friday introduced an 18TB helium-based enterprise hard drive as part of the Exos X18 family in India. Exos X18 is the fifth-generation high capacity helium 3.5-inch 7200 RPM nearline enterprise drive with both SATA and SAS interfaces. It will be available starting October 1 with Seagate's authorized distributors and partners. Both Exos X18 SATA and SAS interfaces will retail at Rs 64,000 and Rs 65,0
  • First possible 'survivor' planet found orbiting white dwarf star
    Washington, September 17 (IANS): Using data from NASA missions, an international team of astronomers has found what may be the first intact planet orbiting a white dwarf, the dense leftover of a Sun-like star, only 40 per cent larger than Earth. The Jupiter-size object, called WD 1856 b, is about seven times larger than the white dwarf, named WD 1856+534. It circles this stellar cinder every 34 hours, more than 60 times faster than Mercury orbits our Sun. "WD 1856 b somehow
  • Indians seek audio quality, battery life in phones during WFH
    New Delhi, September 17 (IANS): As work from home scenario gets longer, most of the Indian smartphone users consider audio quality as one of the most important factors in their next smartphone purchase, followed by battery life and camera, a survey said on Thursday. Nearly 81 per cent of smartphone gamers believe Dolby Atmos can enhance their gaming experience and 82 per cent smartphone users believe movies are best enjoyed with advanced technologies, such as Dolby Atmos, said the s
  • Microsoft retrieves underwater data centre after 2 years
    Seattle, September 15 (IANS): Microsoft sank a shipping container-sized data centre 117 feet deep in the seafloor off Scotlands Orkney Islands in 2018 as part of its Project Natick. The tech giant has now retrieved it coated in algae, barnacles and sea anemones, confirming viability of seafloor data storage in the near future. The data centre was hauled up from the seafloor and prior to transportation off the Orkney Islands, the Green Marine team power-washed the water-tight steel t
  • ByteDance not selling TikTok's US biz to Oracle: Chinese media
    Beijing, September 14 (IANS): State-owned Chinese media on Monday reported that ByteDance will neither sell TikTok's US operations to Oracle nor give the source code to any US buyer in that country. State-owned China Global Television Network (CGTN) said it "has learned from sources that ByteDance will also not sell TikTok's US operations to Oracle". Reacting to the report, the Foreign Ministry said that it supports Chinese businesses to protect their own rights
  • Netflix has changed face of entertainment on global scale: Study
    Sydney, September 12 (IANS): By supporting multinational production at an unprecedented scale, streaming giant Netflix has changed the face of entertainment on a global scale, says a study. Netflix has funded the development of a growing library of series produced in more than 27 countries, across six continents, according to the article in the International Journal of Cultural Studies. "Few recognise the extent to which Netflix has metamorphosed into a global television ser
  • ISRO expected to launch its satellites in Nov 2020: Kleos Space
    Chennai, September 11 (IANS): The Luxembourg-based Kleos Space, a space-powered Radio Frequency Reconnaissance data-as-a-service (DaaS) company on Friday said its Kleos Scouting Mission satellites are expected to be launched during the first half of November 2020 by Indian rocket PSLV. "The Company has been informed (by NSIL via Spaceflight Inc.) that the launch of the four Kleos satellites planned on-board PSLV-C49 mission is being targeted during the 1st half of November 2020
  • Walmart tests drone delivery amid competition with Amazon
    San Francisco, September 10 (IANS): Retail giant Walmart has started testing drone delivery of grocery and household essential items in a bid to take on e-commerce giant Amazon. Walmart said it has partnered with Israel-based drone delivery company Flytrex to launch the pilot in Fayetteville, North Carolina, on Wednesday. "Our latest initiative has us exploring how drones can deliver items in a way that's convenient, safe, and -- you guessed it - fast," Tom Ward, Se
  • LinkedIn, NSDC to accelerate digital skills training for Indian youth
    New Delhi, September 8 (IANS): Professional networking platform LinkedIn and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) on Tuesday announced a partnership which will provide free access to LinkedIn Learning resources to upskill Indian young professionals and create a future-ready digital workforce. Under the partnership, 10 free LinkedIn Learning paths (consisting of 140 courses) for a range of in-demand tech jobs, will be made available for free on eSkill India digital platform
  • Don't blame us for classified ad decline in newspapers: Google
    Sydney, September 7 (IANS): Google reiterated on Monday that it is passing on the vast majority of money advertisers pay the Search engine giant directly to Australian publishers and it should not be blamed for classified ads decline in newspapers. The company said it does not object to the idea of an Australian Code called ‘News Media Bargaining Code' to oversee relationships between news businesses and digital platforms. "We have already made agreements to pay pu
  • Perseverance Mars rover's twin ready to roll on Earth: NASA
    Washington, September 5 (IANS): As NASA's Perseverance rover is not flying to Mars with a mechanic, the US space agency has readied an Earthly twin of the six-wheeler in a bid to avoid as many unexpected issues as possible after the rover lands on February 18, 2021. Engineers expect to take it out of its garage home at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California next week into the Mars Yard, where a field of red dirt studded with rocks and other obstacles simulat
  • CyberPeace Foundation, WhatsApp to empower 15K students in India
    New Delhi, September 4 (IANS): The CyberPeace Foundation on Friday announced a partnership with WhatsApp to create awareness on cyber safety among students and teachers. The association under the "e-Raksha" programme aims to reach 15,000 students in five regions in the first phase -- Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Maharashtra -- by the end of this year. "As students spend more time online, they become more vulnerable to cyber threats such as cyberbully
  • RIP PUBG: Twitter filled with mixed reax memes after ban
    New Delhi, September 3 (IANS): Soon after the government banned the popular online game PUBG along with 117 other Chinese applications, a flood of reactions on various social media platforms like Twitter continued on Thursday. Some people were still able to play the game but a vast majority of PUBG lovers were left sad without it. "My Last Chicken Dinner!!!!! End of An Era...Will miss you #PUBG," a Twitter user wrote. Another said: "I never played #PUBG but happ