Science & Technology

  • 75% CEOs will be personally liable for hackings by 2024: Report
    New Delhi, September 1 (IANS): As cyber incidents increase globally, three out of four CEOs will be personally liable for hacking events by 2024 as they will not be able to plead ignorance or retreat behind insurance policies, a Gartner report said on Tuesday. Due to the nature of cyber-physical systems (CPSs), incidents can quickly lead to physical harm to people, destruction of property or environmental disasters. Gartner predicted that incidents will rapidly increase in the co
  • DataTrained joins IBM to deliver high-demand skills in India
    Bengaluru, August 31 (IANS): Ed-tech startup DataTrained on Monday said it has collaborated with IBM to offer courses in data science, Machine Learning, and neural networks in India. As part of the 10-month learning programme, students will be taught the fundamentals of Machine Learning and will be introduced to an array of data science essentials, like Python, R, and Deep Learning, said Bengaluru-based DataTrained. "We are delighted to partner with IBM to bring our students
  • Meet the Intel techie who helped late Stephen Hawking speak
    New Delhi, August 30 (IANS): An Intel veteran who helped late physicist Stephen Hawking to speak is now working with Peter Scott-Morgan, a British roboticist who has undergone several operations to head off the incapacity that comes from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neurone disease (MND), the same affliction as Hawking suffered. Lama Nachman, Intel fellow and director of Intel's Anticipatory Computing Lab, and her team that includes Indian-origin scie
  • Adobe partners with Nasscom to build experience design skills
    New Delhi, August 28 (IANS): Software major Adobe and IT industry body Nasscom on Friday launched a programme aimed at skilling and reskilling students and professionals in India in user experience design by 2021. The UX foundation programme is available on Nasscom's FutureSkills platform at no cost to all its 300,000 subscribers, Adobe said, adding that Cognizant is the industry partner in this initiative to mandate skilling of new and existing workforce. "We envision t
  • Google not in race to buy TikTok: Sundar Pichai
    San Francisco, August 27 (IANS): Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai has denied his company is in the race to acquire the Chinese short-video making app TikTok. On the latest episode of podcast 'Pivot Schooled Live', the Recode's Kara Swisher and New York University Professor Scott Galloway asked Pichai whether the company is interested in acquiring TikTok. "We are not," Pichai replied, adding that the ByteDance-owned app does pay for using Google Cloud se
  • Facebook AI system can teach you original dance moves
    New Delhi, August 25 (IANS): Indian-origin researchers at Facebook AI have developed a system that enables a machine to generate a dance for any input music, creating original, creative dance routines for any music that you feed it. The Artificial Intelligence (AI) system uses finely-tuned search procedures to stay synchronised and surprising, the two main criteria of a creative dance. The system co-created by research scientist Devi Parikh analyses a music track from nearly any
  • Ringtone for group calls, better UI seen on WhatsApp Android Beta
    New Delhi, August 24 (IANS): WhatsApp is rolling out features like a ringtone for group calls, new sticker animation and user interface (UI) improvements for calls with its latest Android beta update. According to WABetainfo, a website that tracks WhatsApp in Beta, a couple of new features have been rolled out for Android beta testers and in order to access the features, the users will have to update their WhatsApp to the 2.20.198.11 version on Play Store. WhatsApp has also intro
  • Hackers may exploit unpatched flaw in Google Drive
    New Delhi, Augùst 24 (IANS): Hackers could exploit an unpatched flaw in Google Drive to distribute malicious files disguised as legitimate files on systems worldwide. The Hacker News reports that Google is aware of the latest security issue that is found in the "manage versions" functionality in Google Drive. The functionality allows users to upload and manage different versions of a file. A system administrator by the name of A. Nikoci allegedly reported the
  • Apple apologises to WordPress, restores all updates
    San Francisco, August 23 (IANS): Apple has apologised for cutting off updates to the WordPress app on its App Store after its Founder Matt Mullenweg said the Cupertino-based iPhone maker will not approve updates until his app includes in-app payment options. Mullenweg had accused Apple of cutting off the ability to update the app to get its 30 per cent fee on the App Store, and the Internet erupted in the favour of a platform that lets people build and manage websites and blogs for
  • Firefox browser to soon support keyboard multimedia keys
    San Francisco, August 23 (IANS) Popular browser Mozilla Firefox is planning to introduce a new feature that would let users control songs and videos playing in their browser using the multimedia keys on their keyboards soon. ‘Firefox 81' will be the first version where Mozilla will turn this feature on, by default. However, Firefox users can also enable it right now, since support for multimedia keys has been secretly available in Firefox since v71, released in December
  • Heart rate monitoring tool now in 60% smartwatches globally
    New Delhi, August 23 (IANS): The smartwatch space remains a popular consumer device segment for tracking health and the heart rate monitoring feature is now available in 60 per cent smartwatches globally. According to a Counterpoint Research report, fall detection and blood oxygen (SPO2) are the features that should see mass-adoption in future smartwatch models. "The massive leaps in battery life and processing power are helping to better track overall health as continual he
  • WordPress Founder slams Apple for cutting off updates
    New Delhi, August 22 (IANS) Apple has cut off all updates to the WordPress app on its App Store, its Founder Matt Mullenweg tweeted on Saturday, saying Apple will not approve updates until his app includes in-app payment options. WordPress lets people build and manage websites and blogs for free, and also sells portal domain names. Mullenweg accused Apple of cutting off the ability to update the app to get its 30 per cent fee on the App Store. "Heads up on why @WordPressi
  • WhatsApp restores old camera shortcut in latest Beta update
    New Delhi, August 22 (IANS) Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp has restored the old camera shortcut for Android within the chat share sheet -- giving users another easy access point for photos. According to WABetainfo, a website that tracks WhatsApp in Beta, the option was removed when the Facebook Messenger Rooms shortcut was added just a few weeks ago. For those who have not used the video calling option, "it undoubtedly caused frustrations, as the camera shortcut withi
  • Researchers develop smart 'Chesma' that tracks eye movements
    New York, August 21 (IANS) Scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have developed smart eyewear to track eye movement and cardiac data without compromising users comfort. The eyewear known as ‘Chesma' provides accurate measurements in an everyday environment for physiological and psychological studies. "Our mask can track people's eye movement as they're shown images, so you can start to understand what they're paying attention to, for how long, whe
  • Indian leaders say upskilling key cybersecurity challenge: Microsoft
    New Delhi, August 20 (IANS): As the pandemic pushes organisations to invest more in securing their data, nearly one in two business leaders in India think that upskilling workforce has emerged as the biggest challenge faced by their IT security teams, a new Microsoft survey has revealed. Among business leaders in India, 62 per cent indicated that security challenges have changed due to the pandemic while 43 per cent said they are prioritising investments in cloud security through th
  • Google services down globally, Gmail, Drive worst affected
    New Delhi, August 20 (IANS): Soon after Google services especially Gmail and Drive suffered a major outage across the world including in India on Thursday morning, the tech giant issued a short statement confirming the disruption. "We are investigating reports of an issue with Gmail. We will provide more information shortly," read the statement on Google Apps status page. The DownDetector portal that tracks outages showed 62 per cent people facing problems with attachme
  • 3D printing enables swift response to Covid-19 amid disruptions
    Singapore, August 18 (IANS) Amid worldwide disruptions in supply chains due to Covid-19 restrictions, the 3D printing technology has enabled on demand solutions for needs ranging from personal protection equipment to medical devices and isolation wards, say researchers. The researchers examined how the digital versatility and quick prototyping of 3D printing has enabled the rapid mobilisation of the technology and a swift response to emergencies in a closed loop economy. "Th
  • Mozilla, Google extend Firefox search agreement: Report
    San Francisco, August 17 (IANS) Mozilla has extended its agreement with Google to keep it as the default search engine within the Firefox browser for another three years, ZDNet reported. Although an official announcement on the deal is expected only in November, Mozilla confirmed the report. "Mozilla's search partnership with Google is ongoing, with Google as the default search provider in the Firefox browser in many places around the world," the organisation was qu
  • Apple could lose $28 billion if WeChat ban stays: Report
    San Francisco, August 17 (IANS) The US ban on WeChat, a messaging, social media, and electronic payment application owned by the Chinese company Tencent Holdings Ltd, can impact Apple business up to worth $28 billion, a report said on Monday. Apart from the ban order on Chinese short-video-making app TikTok, US President Donald Trump also issued another similarly-worded executive order against WeChat. "The WeChat ban could impact up to $28 billion in iPhone/iPad sales in Chi
  • Indian startups fast recruiting talent from banned Chinese apps
    New Delhi, August 13 (IANS) A number of Indian startups in the field of social media that came into prominence following the ban on TikTok and Helo, along with other Chinese apps in June, confirmed on Thursday that they are attracting talent from these companies as they face uncertainty over their India operations in the long run. Chinese unicorn ByteDance, which owns TikTok and Helo, has nearly 2,000 employees in India. "We've got various interests from the employees of