Science & Technology

  • US Army to soon deploy drones that change shape mid-flight
    New York, June 20 (IANS) The US Army will soon be able to deploy autonomous aerial vehicles, or drones, that can change shape during flight, thanks to a new research that led to the development of a key tool.   The capability to change shape during flight will help optimise performance of the vehicle through different phases of flight.   "Consider an [Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance] mission where the vehicle needs to get quickly to station, or
  • NASA partners with ESA, JAXA for satellite data on Covid-19
    Washington, June 19 (IANS) NASA has partnered with European Space Agency (ESA) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to unveil a global view of Covid-19 impacts.   This dashboard of satellite data showing the impacts of the global response to the coronavirus pandemic on the environment and socioeconomic activity will be released on June 25, NASA said on Thursday.   The "Covid-19 Earth Observation Dashboard" is a tri-agency collaboration that brin
  • Microsoft to resume optional Windows 10 non-security updates in July
    San Francisco, June 18 (IANS) Microsoft has announced to resume optional non-security releases for Windows 10 and Windows Server next month.   In March, the company paused these optional non-security update releases (also referred to as ‘C' and ‘D' releases) for all supported versions of Windows client and Windows Server, to give organisations time to focus on business continuity in the face of the global pandemic.   "Based on feedback and
  • Astronomers detect first regular fast radio bursts with origins unknown
    New York, June 18 (IANS) Researchers have detected a strange repeating rhythm of Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) emanating from an unknown source outside our galaxy, 500 million light-years away.   Fast radio bursts, or FRBs, are short, intense flashes of radio waves that are thought to be the product of small, distant, extremely dense objects, though exactly what those objects might be is a longstanding mystery in astrophysics.   FRBs typically last a few milliseconds,
  • Millions of IoT devices at hacking risk globally: Report
    San Francisco, June 17 (IANS) Security researchers have discovered serious vulnerabilities that could expose millions of Internet of Things (IoT) devices worldwide to hackers.   The list of affected vendors includes HP, Schneider Electric, Intel, Rockwell Automation, Caterpillar and Baxter.   According to JSOF, a boutique cybersecurity organization, the vulnerabilities dubbed ‘Ripple20' relate to the Treck TCP/IP stack, a TCP/IP protocol suite designed f
  • Stuck in India, WhatsApp launches digital payments first in Brazil
    San Francisco, June 15 (IANS) As WhatsApp Payments remain stuck in India, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday announced to launch digital payments for people using WhatsApp in Brazil, where the users would be able to send and receive money to family and friends and make purchases.   The Brazil launch comes ahead of India where the company began testing payments feature way back in 2018 but could not launch the feature for over 400 million users owing to regulatory roadblo
  • WhatsApp on way to become India's digital banking channel
    New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) WhatsApp Pay is on the cards for its over 400 millions users in India but before it becomes a mainstream mode of payment and mobile-based ecommerce, banks in India are already leveraging the app in helping digitally-inactive customers adopt WhatsApp as their first digital banking channel in the social distancing times.   Today, WhatsApp has become a convenient and seamless channel for customers to interact with banks, which are providing a range of
  • At 11GB data per user a month, 90% Indians binge on streaming
    New Delhi, June 15 (IANS) As data consumption touches over 11GB per user a month in India owing to the lockdown times, 90 per cent people are spending more time on content streaming, e-learning, infotainment and social media, a new survey said on Monday.   Nearly 61 per cent consumers are streaming more content than they were before the lockdown, said the 'EY Digital Consumer Survey'.   "Time spent on video streaming has surged 1.2 times to average 4.
  • WhatsApp to let you use 1 account from 4 devices simultaneously
    New Delhi, June 14 (IANS) Do you want the same WhatsApp account in all the devices that you own? This could soon be possible in a limited sense as the messaging platform appears to be trying a feature that would allow its over two billion users to access the same account simultaneously in as many as four devices.   According to a recent tweet by WABetaInfo, a fan website that tracks WhatsApp beta, the feature is currently under development.   "Yes, it's t
  • Scientists decode why India faced 5-decade long rainfall decline
    Beijing/New Delhi, June 13 (IANS) In novel approach to understand natural variability factors behind five-decade long rainfall decline till the year 2000 in India, a group of scientists has now examined the differing trends in pre- and post-2000 Indian summer monsoon (rainfall), its decline and recovery.   The variability manifested itself in a decline in monsoon rainfall over north central India starting in the 1950s, which persisted for as long as five decades before a rev
  • Scientists detect widespread structures near Earth's core
    New York, June 12 (IANS) Analysing thousands of recordings of seismic waves, or sound waves travelling through the Earth, scientists have detected widespread, heterogenous structures -- areas of unusually dense, hot rock -- at the core-mantle boundary than previously known.   The new research, published in the journal Science, provides the first comprehensive view of the core-mantle boundary over a wide area with such detailed resolution.   The researchers focused
  • NASA postpones Mars rover Perseverance launch to July 20
    Washington, June 12 (IANS) NASA has postponed the launch of its Perseverance Mars rover to July 20 after the team determined that it needed additional time to repair an issue with the ground system equipment.   Perseverance was earlier scheduled to lift off aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 541 rocket on July 17.   "NASA and ULA are now targeting Monday, July 20, for launch of the Mars 2020 mission of the Perseverance Rover on an Atlas V rocket from Spa
  • Facebook Joins Google, Microsoft to fight child exploitation online
    San Francisco, June 11 (IANS) In a bid to fight child exploitation online, Facebook on Thursday joined Google, Microsoft and 15 other tech companies to announce the formation of Project Protect to combat child sexual abuse on its platforms.   Project Protect is a renewed commitment and investment from the Technology Coalition expanding its scope and impact to protect kids online and guide its work for the next 15 years, the social networking giant said in a statement. &nb
  • Millions of students, teachers learn via Microsoft Teams, Office 365 in Asia
    New Delhi, June 9 (IANS) Microsoft on Tuesday announced it has teamed up with various education ministries in Asia to transform online education during the Covid-19 pandemic via Teams, Office 365 and its Cloud service Azure, enabling millions of students to continue to learn from home.   "Beyond ensuring lesson continuity, schools have been facilitating real-time interactivity between teachers and students in class while enabling students to discover, create and share,&
  • Small firms not giving secure corporate devices to employees: Report
    New Delhi, June 7 (IANS) While only one in three employees working in small businesses are aware of security requirements for personal devices, three in five employees (57 per cent) have not been not given secure corporate devices from their employers, a new report has said.   This is critical as most of them are dealing with sensitive business data at home in the Covid-19 lockdown times, according to a study by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky.   "Although small
  • IBM India helping Covid-hit clients with financial stimulus package
    New Delhi, June 6 (IANS) The Covid-19 lockdown has made it very challenging for businesses in India. Now, IBM India is on the path to help its partners and customers in the country with a well chalked-out financial stimulus package, a top country executive said on Saturday.   The tech giant is offering an extended financial stimulus package to its customers via IBM Global Financing.   According to Lata Singh, Executive Director of IBM Partner Ecosystem, the fundin
  • BYJU's among world's top 10 education apps downloaded during lockdown
    New Delhi, June 5 (IANS) Ed-tech platform BYJU'S said on Friday it has ranked among the world's top 10 most downloaded education apps on Google Play store.   The findings from the April 2020 report by Sensor Tower also make BYJU'S the only ‘school-learning' app to feature in its global report. Google Classroom was the most downloaded ‘Education' category app worldwide for April with more than 28.2 million installs, a 21 times increase from Ap
  • HP India 3D prints 1.2 lakh ventilator parts in 24 days for Covid-19 patients
    New Delhi, June 4 (IANS) PC and printer major HP on Thursday announced it has 3D printed 120,000 key ventilator parts in flat 24 days for 10,000 ventilators, thus enabling frontline workers and healthcare providers in India respond better to the challenges of Covid-19 pandemic at hospitals.   HP India partnered Redington 3D in India to successfully produce 120,000 ventilator parts like inhale and exhale connectors, valve holders, oxygen nozzles and solenoid mounts for AgVa H
  • 61% Indian business leaders think Covid-19 ups cybercrime risk
    Bengaluru, June 2 (IANS) About 61 per cent of Indian business leaders and decision-makers think their business is more likely to experience a serious cybercrime during the Covid-19 situation as opposed to 45 per cent globally, said a survey on Tuesday.   About a third of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) believe that cyberattacks are more likely to occur during Covid-19 situation than before, showed the study by US-based cybersecurity company CrowdStrike.  
  • 7.26 million records of BHIM users data leaked: Report
    New Delhi, June 1 (IANS) Security researchers have discovered that about 7.26 million records linked to users of mobile payments app BHIM were left exposed to the public by a website.   The exposed data included sensitive information such as names, dates of birth, age, gender, home address, caste status and Aadhaar card details, among others, said the report from VPN review website vpnMentor.   "The scale of the exposed data is extraordinary, affecting millio