Science & Technology

  • This malware prevents users from browsing pirated websites
    New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) Cybersecurity researchers have found an interesting piece of malware that, instead of stealing passwords or to extort a computers owner for ransom, blocks infected users computers from being able to visit a large number of websites dedicated to software piracy. However, the malware appears murky. Researchers at Sophos, a global leader in next-generation cybersecurity, have detailed a curious cyberattack campaign that targets users of pirated software with m
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE perfectly blends productivity with fun
    New Delhi, June 19 (IANS): As the demand for tablets continues to grow in India amid the continuing virtual work, learning and fun times, consumers are looking to upgrade their devices to keep up with their new lifestyles. Tablets need to evolve and Samsung has now brought two new tabs to India which are designed to meet the daily needs of consumers. Among the two, the Galaxy Tab S7 FE comes with a large 12.4-inch display and an S Pen included in the box, perfect for taking ent
  • Footprints of last dinosaurs walked 110M years ago in UK found
    London, June 19 (IANS): A team of researchers in the UK has discovered footprints from at least six different species of dinosaur -- the very last dinosaurs to walk on the UK soil 110 million years ago. The discovery of dinosaur footprints by a curator from Hastings Museum and Art Gallery and a scientist from the University of Portsmouth is the last record of dinosaurs in Britain. The footprints were discovered in the cliffs and on the foreshore in Folkestone, Kent, where stormy
  • 'Pokemon Unite' coming to iPhone in September
    San Francisco, June 18 (IANS): Pokemon Unite is the first strategic battle game for the series and is launching on iPhone and iPad in September. The Pokemon franchise has spawned several popular titles for mobile, most namely "Pokemon Go". The newest game, "Pokemon Unite," is a deviation from the usual JRPG franchise entries, AppleInsider reported. Nintendo announced "Pokemon Unite" as a Nintendo Switch title first, launching in July, with a port
  • Battle lines drawn as PUBG Mobile re-enters India in new avatar
    New Delhi, June 18 (IANS): "Yeh PUBG wala hai kya?" Prime Minister Narendra Modi had quipped during the 'Pariksha pe Charcha 2.0' in January 2019, asking a mother who raised concerns about her son being too much involved into online gaming. The PUBG game has since crossed many levels before coming to a halt. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) mobile game, immensely popular among the teenagers and Gen Z in the country, was banned in September last year along w
  • Tesla reduces energy capacity of battery pack in new Model S
    San Francisco, June 18 (IANS): Elon Musk-owned Tesla has confirmed that it has reduced the energy capacity of the new battery pack in the new Model S. Still, it has increased range over the previous model. It's all about the efficiency, Electrek reported on Thursday. Earlier, the website reported that, for the new Model S, Tesla has developed a brand new powertrain under its Palladium program. During the launch event last week, Tesla did talk about its new electric motor,
  • Bean-shaped structure in Arabian Sea: Is it plankton assemblage or landmass?
    Kochi, June 18 (IANS): Ever since a bean-shaped structure in the Arabian sea, about seven km west off the Kochi coast, was put out using the Google Maps satellite image showing the formation of an 'island' under the sea, talks have begun, that only a detailed study would reveal, what it is. Experts have expressed doubts that there is a chance it could be even a plankton assemblage as a mass. This was first noticed by the Chellanam Karshika Tourism Development Society when
  • Dell unveils redesigned Inspiron laptops in India
    New Delhi, June 18 (IANS): Dell Technologies in India has launched an array of redesigned Inspiron models for a variety of users including families and students, enabling them to learn, work and collaborate from anywhere. The Inspiron 14 2-in-1s is available at a starting price of Rs 57,990 for Intel configurations and Rs 65,990 for AMD configurations. The Inspiron 14 starts at Rs 44,990. Inspiron 15 with Intel configurations starts at Rs 48,990. Inspiron 15 with AMD configuratio
  • Quick Heal detects 8 new apps infected by Joker spyware on Play Store
    NEW DELHI, JUNE 17 (IANS): Cybersecurity firm Quick Heal Technologies Ltd on Thursday said that it has detected a new batch of 8 Joker malware-laced apps with a cumulative download count of 50,000 on Google Play Store. These include Auxiliary Message, Fast Magic SMS, Free CamScanner, Super Message, Element Scanner, Go Messages, Travel Wallpapers, and Super SMS. Joker steals users' data by simulating interaction with ads and subscribing them to paid premium services without th
  • Nadella, Pichai boost Indian tech prowess on world map
    New Delhi, June 17 (IANS) It was Sundar Pichai who created a splash on the global tech map when Larry Page and Sergey Brin decided in 2019 that Alphabet and Google no longer need two CEOs and a President, and going forward, Pichai will be the CEO of both Google and Alphabet. With Microsoft now electing CEO Satya Nadella as also the Chairman -- a first in two decades after the legendary Bill Gates, who has now retired from both the positions -- the Pichai-Nadella duo is now the flag
  • E-Waste is a treasure trove that needs to be tapped
    New Delhi, June 14: Recently, Delhi's civic body tied up with a private firm to collect and dispose of E-Wastes while Bihar Government authorised 142 E -Waste collection points in various districts. So, what is this E Waste, and why is it important to collect and dispose it of? What is E-Waste? Electronic waste can be broadly described as discarded, surplus, obsolete, broken, electrical or electronic devices. It includes all such waste from electronic and electrical appliance
  • Microsoft unveils Xbox Series X-shaped mini fridge
    New Delhi, June 14 (IANS): While announcing new games for Xbox fans during the E3 2021 virtual gaming conference, Microsoft has also unveiled the first look of a cool Xbox Series X-shaped mini fridge. The Xbox Mini Fridge is "the world's most powerful mini fridge," according to the company, that will help gamers stay cool as they go through immersive play experience. When the Xbox Series X was first announced in 2019, people made memes on its shape and compared it t
  • Chrome OS moves to 4-week release schedule this year: Google
    New Delhi, June 13 (IANS) Google has finally announced that like Chrome browser, the Chrome OS will also also move to a four-week release schedule starting in the fourth quarter this year. The company earlier announced that Chrome will soon release a new milestone every 4 weeks, starting with Chrome 94 in Q3 of 2021. "To deliver new features more rapidly to consumers while also continuing to prioritise the key pillars of Chrome OS – security, stability, speed and simpl
  • China's Mars rover sends 1st selfie, 'touring' group photos
    Beijing, June 12 (IANS) China has revealed new images from its Zhurong rover on Mars, including a beautiful selfie of the rover next to its landing platform. The first batch of scientific images of the rover, the panoramic view of the landing site, the topography of Mars were released by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) on Friday, calling it "tour group photos". Zhurong joined NASA's Perseverance on Mars, making China the second country to land and ope
  • Covid-19 creates hearing, balance disorders, worsens tinnitus: Study
    New York, June 11 (IANS): After loss of taste, respiratory distress, researchers have found evidence that Covid-19 also leads to hearing and balance disorders, as well as aggravating tinnitus symptoms. The factors that may play a role in the relationship between Covid-19 and hearing are multifold. Covid-19 is known to have inflammatory effects, including in neurological tissue, which can exacerbate other problems, said Colleen Le Prell, from the University of Texas at Dallas. &qu
  • Astronomers spot a 'blinking giant' near Milky Way
    London, June 11 (IANS): An international team of astronomers has spotted a giant 'blinking' star towards the centre of the Milky Way, more than 25,000 light years away. The star, VVV-WIT-08, decreased in brightness by a factor of 30, so that it nearly disappeared from the sky. While many stars change in brightness because they pulsate or are eclipsed by another star in a binary system, it is exceptionally rare for a star to become fainter over a period of several months
  • Astronomers spot a 'blinking giant' near Milky Way
    London, June 11 (IANS) An international team of astronomers has spotted a giant 'blinking' star towards the centre of the Milky Way, more than 25,000 light years away. The star, VVV-WIT-08, decreased in brightness by a factor of 30, so that it nearly disappeared from the sky. While many stars change in brightness because they pulsate or are eclipsed by another star in a binary system, it is exceptionally rare for a star to become fainter over a period of several months and t
  • Gaming firm Roblox sued for $200M over music copyright issues
    San Francisco, June 11 (IANS): Popular virtual gaming platform Roblox has been sued by the National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA) in the US, seeking $200 million in damages for allegedly allowing users to upload music from famous artists without paying a licensing fee. The Verge reported on Thursday that the NMPA filed suit on behalf of several major music publishers, accusing the popular kid-focused platform of hosting a shared library of copyrighted but unlicensed songs
  • Facebook likely to unveil smartwatch with two cameras
    San Francisco, June 10 (IANS) To take on Apple, Facebook is reportedly planning to launch its first smartwatch likely to be priced around $400 that may feature a display with two cameras. According to The Verge, the display can be detached from the wrist for taking pictures and videos that can be shared across Facebook's suite of apps, including Instagram. Expected to be priced around $400, the company aims to release the first version of the watch in the summer of 2022 and i
  • Instagram CEO explains how the platform decides what you see
    San Francisco, June 9 (IANS): In a bid to address misconceptions that Instagram intentionally hides certain posts, its CEO Adam Mosseri has explained in detail how the Facebook-owned photo sharing platform decides what the users see. Sharing the first in a series of posts on Tuesday that will shed more light on how it impacts the experiences that people have across the app, Mosseri said that Instagram doesn't have one algorithm that oversees what people do and don't see on t