Science & Technology

  • Windows 10 May update now live with built-in Linux, Cortana
    San Francisco, May 28 (IANS) The Windows 10 May 2020 Update has started to reach customers globally with features like Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 as well as latest Cortana updates.   The biggest under-the-hood change to the May 2020 Update is the inclusion of the Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL 2), with a custom-built Linux kernel.   The Linux integration in Windows 10 will greatly improve the performance of Microsoft's Linux subsystem in Windows. &nb
  • IIT-M researchers develop engineered magnesium alloy for automobiles
    Chennai, May 26 (IANS) The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) on Tuesday said its researchers have developed a high-performance magnesium alloy that can replace steel and aluminium in automobiles.   In a statement issued here, IIT-M said its researchers working with University of North Texas and US Army Research Laboratory Teams have developed an engineered magnesium alloy.   The engineered magnesium alloy with significantly improved properties can repla
  • Time to make online education like on-campus experience: UNSW Sydney
    New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) Amid Covid-19-disrupted academic year, cancelled classes and examinations, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney has taken a big leap forward in terms of online education for its global student community.   According to Amit Dasgupta, India Country Director, UNSW Sydney, at present, online platform is the most viable and robust platform to deliver to students seeking world-class education from a world-class institution.   &quo
  • AWS driving Netflix, Fortnite, Zoom entertain and empower millions at home
    New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) As you stream your favourite movies or TV series on Netflix, Disney Plus or Hulu, or connect with your team via video meet app Zoom, leading Cloud service provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) in the backdrop is ensuring seamless, scalable and secure connectivity to help people at home and organisations function while they can't operate normally at work.   According to AWS CEO Andy Jassy, a lot of things that are allowing humanity to deal with the g
  • Moon mission: NASA seeks candidates for 8-month isolation
    Washington, May 23 (IANS) NASA is seeking US citizens for an eight-month study on social isolation in preparation for missions to Mars and the moon.   The international space agency is preparing for its next spaceflight simulation study and is seeking healthy participants to live together with a small crew in isolation for eight months in Moscow, Russia.   Participants will be staying in a lab located in Moscow, and they will experience environmental aspects simil
  • Zoom to forcibly install 5.0 update with encryption post May 30
    New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Video meet app Zoom on Friday announced that after May 30, all its clients on older versions would receive a forced 5.0 update when trying to join meetings as GCM encryption would be fully enabled across the platform.   After facing several security and privacy issues, Zoom last month released a much-awaited 5.0 update to its popular video conferencing service with several security and privacy improvements.   "Please update all your c
  • 3 in 5 Indian professionals to spend more time on online learning: LinkedIn
    New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) Realising the importance to remain relevant in a shrinking job market during the Covid-19 lockdown times, more than three in five Indian professionals (63 per cent) will increase their time spent on online learning, a new LinkedIn survey said on Tuesday. While 60 per cent of Indian professionals want to gain more industry knowledge, 57 per cent aim to learn how they can advance in their careers, and 45 per cent wish to better their communication capabil
  • NASA unveils 'Artemis Accords' for responsible space exploration
    Washington, May 16 (IANS) As NASA plans to return humans to the Moon by 2024 under its Artemis programme, the US space agency has laid out certain principles for responsible space exploration that will guide all its international partners. Grounded in the Outer Space Treaty of 1967, the Artemis Accords are designed to create a safe and transparent environment which facilitates exploration, science, and commercial activities for all of humanity to enjoy, NASA said on Friday.
  • 1 in 4 popular YouTube COVID-19 videos in English mislead viewers
    Toronto, May 14 (IANS) Despite YouTube's efforts to remove pandemic related minsinformation, more than a quarter of the most viewed COVID-19 English-language videos on the platform contains misleading or inaccurate information, reveals a new study. Misleading or inaccurate information in these videos included claims such as pharmaceutical companies already have a cure, but refuse to sell it, or that certain countries have stronger strains of coronavirus; inappropriate recommend
  • Technology crucial in combating COVID-19: Intel India head
    New Delhi, May 12 (IANS) Technology companies have a key role to play in developing solutions for testing, treatment and containment of COVID-19, Intel India Country Head Nivruti Rai said on Tuesday. Intel India is working with India's Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) to deploy Intel client and server solutions to help achieve faster and less expensive COVID-19 testing and coronavirus
  • Microsoft releases fix to protect users from reply-all email storm
    San Francisco, May 11 (IANS) Microsoft has started rolling out a tool designed to protect Office 365 users worldwide from reply-all email storms. When a reply all mail storm occurs in an organisation, it can disrupt business continuity and in some cases even throttle the rest of the organisation's email for a period of time. It happens when someone forgets to BCC everyone or misconfigures a distribution list and a large number of people start sending their replies to the ema
  • Hackers selling 73 million user records from 10 firms for Rs 13.6 lakh
    San Francisco, May 10 (IANS) A hacker group is selling data of 10 companies including online dating app Zoosk, US newspaper Star Tribune and food delivery service Chef that contains over 73 million user records over the Dark Web for $18,000 (nearly Rs 13.6 lakh) . Other companies are printing service Chatbooks, South Korean fashion platform SocialShare, online marketplace Minted, online newspaper Chronicle of Higher Education, South Korean furniture magazine GGuMim, health maga
  • Hacking attacks on educational portal tripled in Q1 amid online learning
    New Delhi, May 9 (IANS) The overall number of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks during the first three months of this year have seen a significant spike in attacks on educational websites as millions joined online classes during the pandemic, a new report claimed on Saturday.   The increased demand in online resources was noted by cyber attackers, who conducted attacks on the most vital digital services or those that are growing in popularity.   "This c
  • Google, Facebook to let most employees work from home till year-end
    San Francisco, May 8 (IANS) Google and Facebook have decided to allow most of their workforces to stay home and work through the end of this year.   Facebook will open most of its office from July 6, according to a CNBC report.   The social networking giant is in the process of determining which employees will be asked to return to the office. Similar measures are being taken by Google in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.   According to a report in BBC on
  • Microsoft slams Amazon's Cloud arm for blocking $10bn Pentagon project
    San Francisco, May 8 (IANS) Microsoft has come out in the open against ecommerce giant Amazon's Cloud arm, slamming Amazon Web Services (AWS) for once again challenging the US government's decision to award $10 billion Pentagon Cloud project to Satya Nadella-run enterprise - this time out of view from the public and directly with the US Department of Defense (DoD).   AWS has filed a bid protest directly to the Department of Defense, challenging "ambiguous aspects" of the Pen
  • Online education now a new normal for govt, edtech platforms
    New Delhi, May 7 (IANS) As millions of kids take online school classes from home globally including in India, government along with private education sector have a great responsibility to offer online e-Learning to more than 60 million college students and 1.5 billion school students worldwide, experts said on Thursday. Private colleges in India which were already offering online education for last two decades now have a massive surge in e-Learning demand to meet. "e-Learnin
  • Italian researchers claim world's first Covid-19 vaccine: Report
    Rome, May 6 (IANS) Italian researchers have claimed that they have successfully developed a vaccine to contain coronavirus (Covid-19) which is likely to work on humans, a report said. Luigi Aurisicchio, CEO of Takis, the firm developing the medication, said that a coronavirus candidate vaccine has neutralised the virus in human cells for the first time, the Arab News reported. "This is the most advanced stage of testing of a candidate vaccine created in Italy. Human tests ar
  • Apple unveils 13-Inch MacBook Pro with Magic Keyboard for Rs 122,990
    Cupertino, May 4 (IANS) Apple on Monday updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with the new Magic Keyboard that comes with physical Escape key, along with Touch Bar and Touch ID along with doubling the standard storage for enhanced performance.   The new lineup also offers 10th-generation processors for up to 80 per cent faster graphics performance and makes 16GB of faster 3733MHz memory standard on select configurations.   With powerful quad-core processors, 13-inch Retina
  • Microsoft launches Surface Pro X, Surface Pro 7, Surface Laptop 3 in India
    New Delhi, May 4 (IANS) Microsoft on Monday announced that Surface Pro X, Surface Pro 7 and Surface Laptop 3 will be available in India via commercial authorized resellers, authorized retail as well as online partners at a starting price of Rs 98,999, Rs 72,999 and Rs 98,999, respectively.   The new products will be available via commercial authorised resellers, authorised retail and online partners such as Reliance Digital, Vijay Sales, Amazon and Flipkart.   "Th
  • No word from govt yet, hope to resume smartphone production soon: Realme CEO
    New Delhi, May 3 (IANS) While the new government guidelines have allowed IT manufacturing units including mobile phones to resume operations from May 4, there has been no official confirmation yet and Realme India is awaiting the nod to open its factory at Greater Noida and begin streamlining overall processes, its CEO Madhav Sheth said on Sunday.   Due to the extended lockdown, there are many challenges faced by businesses with huge impact from sales, manufacturing and cost