Science & Technology

  • 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
  • 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 version on Play Store. WhatsApp has also intro