Science & Technology

  • Decision in Oracle's favour will limit consumers' freedom: Google
    San Francisco, August 8 (IANS) As Google and Cloud major Oracle look forward to the US Supreme Court hearing on October 7 into a decade-long copyright legal battle, the search engine giant has filed a supplemental brief to augment its position, saying a decision in Oracle's favour would limit consumers' freedom to use technologies on a range of devices. The supplemental brief was filed this week in a long-standing case where Oracle has blamed Google for "copyright infri
  • Scientists use Earth as proxy for detecting signs of life on exoplanets
    Washington, August 7 (IANS) As scientists search for signs of life on planets outside our solar system, astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have detected Earth's own brand of sunscreen, ozone, in our atmosphere by taking advantage of a total lunar eclipse. This method simulates how astronomers and astrobiology researchers will search for evidence of life beyond Earth by observing potential "biosignatures" on exoplanets. "One of NASA's major
  • Microsoft unveils new platform to help Indian firms return to work
    New Delhi, August 6 (IANS) Microsoft on Thursday announced the general availability of its Power Platform Return to the Workplace solution in India to help organisations prepare for the return to work. Returning to the workplace will be a phased process and it will be vital for organisations to be equipped to give their leaders and employees timely and accurate information. Designed for fast deployment and customisation, the ‘Power Platform Return to the Workplace' solu
  • Scientists inspired by 'Star Wars' create artificial skin able to feel
    SINGAPORE, August 4 (Reuters): Singapore researchers have developed "electronic skin" capable of recreating a sense of touch, an innovation they hope will allow people with prosthetic limbs to detect objects, as well as feel texture, or even temperature and pain. The device, dubbed ACES, or Asynchronous Coded Electronic Skin, is made up of 100 small sensors and is about 1 sq cm (0.16 square inch) in size. The researchers at the National University of Singapore say
  • Microsoft Edge surpasses Firefox to take 2nd spot after Chrome
    San Francisco, August 4 (IANS) The revamped Microsoft Edge has surpassed Firefox to take the second position in the browser market globally, according to latest data from NetMarketShare. With over 71 per cent share, Google Chrome dominated the browser market in July, the data showed. The Chromium-based Edge browser grabbed 8.09 per cent market share, slightly ahead of 7.36 per cent share of Firefox in July. For years, Firefox had been the top Google Chrome alternative but now,
  • Twitter plans 'Undo Send' button with paid subscription service
    San Francisco, August 3 (IANS) Twitter has started working towards its paid subscription service that will provide users options like "Undo Send" button (like an edit button) and ability to tweet longer and high-quality videos, among other features. The micro-blogging platform hinted last month it is planning a paid subscription platform that can be reused by other teams in the future. Twitter is building a subscription platform with a team codenamed "Gryphon".
  • SpaceX capsule set to return 2 NASA astronauts from space station
    Washington, Aug 1 (IANS) The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft that carried two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station two months ago was set to depart the orbiting laboratory on Saturday. "SpaceX and @NASA are targeting 7:34 p.m. EDT on Saturday, August 1 for Crew Dragon and the two astronauts to depart the orbiting laboratory and return to Earth," SpaceX said in a tweet. After receiving a weather briefing from the US Air Force 45th Weather Squadron on Friday e
  • Removing hate speech 'right thing' to do: Facebook COO
    San Francisco, July 31 (IANS) Facing ad boycott from more than 400 advertisers, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has said that the company is working to remove hate speech on the platform not for financial reasons or advertiser pressure, because it is the right thing to do. Her comments during an earnings call with investors on Thursday as the company discussed its second quarter results came after advertisers responded to an ad boycott call by civil rights organisat
  • NASA's new Mars rover launches from Florida to seek signs of past life
    Washington, July 30 (Reuters): NASA's next-generation Mars rover Perseverance blasted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral on Thursday atop an Atlas 5 rocket on a $2.4 billion mission to search for traces of potential past life on Earth's planetary neighbor. The next-generation robotic rover - a car-sized six-wheeled scientific vehicle - also is scheduled to deploy a mini helicopter on Mars and try out equipment for future human missions to the fourth planet from the s
  • Zoom speeds up hiring DevOps engineers, IT personnel in India
    New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) As part of its commitment to expand and innovate further in India, US-based video meet app Zoom is fast recruiting DevOps engineers, IT, security and business operations personnel in the country. Zoom, which has an office in Mumbai and data centres in Mumbai and Hyderabad, recently announced to open a technology centre in Bengaluru. "We are excited to hire key talent. Employees will work from home until it is safe to move into the new facility,"
  • Launch set for NASA's next-generation Mars rover Perseverance
    Washington, July 30 (Reuters): NASA's next-generation Mars rover Perseverance is set for liftoff from Florida's Cape Canaveral on Thursday on a mission to search for traces of potential past life on Earth's planetary neighbor. The U.S. space agency's $2.4 billion mission is scheduled for launch at 7:50 a.m. ET (1150 GMT) and is expected to reach Mars next February. The car-sized six-wheeled robotic rover, which will launch atop an Atlas 5 rocket from the Boeing-Lo
  • Scientists revive 100 million-year-old microbes from deep under seafloor
    WASHINGTON, July 28 (Reuters): Scientists have succeeded in reviving microbes retrieved from sediment deep under the seafloor in the heart of the South Pacific that had survived in a dormant state for 101.5 million years in research illustrating the resiliency of life on Earth. The microbes, spanning 10 major and numerous minor groups of bacteria, may be the planet's oldest-known organisms. The scientists said on Tuesday the microbes were present in clay samples drilled fro
  • Hackers create specialised economy around hijacked email data
    New Delhi, July 27 (IANS) Hackers have created a specialised economy around email account takeover via methods like brand impersonation, social engineering and spear-phishing, retaining the data for long period of time to make more money by reselling it to another set of cybercriminals on the Dark Web, a new report revealed on Monday. More than one-third of the hijacked accounts analysed by researchers at Barracuda, a leading provider of cloud-enabled security and data protection so
  • Most liked posts not the most-viewed ones, reveals Facebook
    New Delhi, July 26 (IANS) If you think that Facebook posts which are most liked are also most viewed by the users on the platform, you are mistaken. According to a top company executive, posts that get the most engagement are actually seen by a small percentage of users. According to Facebook's Head of News Feed John Hegeman, real data on actual reach is available only with the social network and it is exploring ways to incorporate it into its publicly available tools. "
  • Instagram bug leaves iOS 14 users worried over camera privacy
    San Francisco, July 26 (IANS) A bug in Facebook-owned Instagram has left some users bemused as they found a camera on indicator for iOS 14 Beta even when they were not taking either selfies or photos. The vulnerability showed a green "camera on" indicator for iOS 14 Beta devices even when users were just scrolling through their feeds on Instagram. An Instagram spokesperson told The Verge the bug caused this behaviour which was being fixed. The app's Create Mode i
  • FB, Insta will trap humans: Sci-fi pioneers knew in 1950s
    New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) Science fiction writers predicted in the 1950s that social networks like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter will trap billions of people one day, in such a way that they will struggle to break-free, thus becoming perfect examples of modern-day robotic prosumption. Products where producer and consumer are blurred are called the "prosumer" so consumers also play a part in a product's creation, as with social media and Augmented Reality (AR) games.
  • Facebook Messenger introduces App Lock, new privacy controls
    San Francisco, July 23 (IANS) Facebook has introduced new privacy features like App Lock in Messenger that will help users prevent others from accessing their private messages. App Lock adds another layer of security to private messages. The optional feature gives users "confidence to know that if a friend or family member needs to borrow your phone, they won't be able to access your chats". "Privacy is at the heart of Messenger - where you can be yourself with
  • IIT-M develops technique to improve surveillance camera images
    Chennai, July 23 (IANS) Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) on Thursday said its researchers have developed enhanced image processing techniques to mitigate the impact of haze on images captured by surveillance cameras. This can prove crucial in helping law enforcement agencies solve crimes and help the common public as many communities are now installing CCTVs to safeguard themselves. This research can also be applied to self-driving and autonomous vehicles as they als
  • Zoom breaks TikTok's record of most downloads on App Store
    San Francisco, July 21 (IANS) US-based Video meet app Zoom app has broken Chinese short video making app TikTok's record of most downloaded app on Apple App Store. From April through June-end, Zoom was downloaded from App Store 94 million times '40 per cent more than TikTok's previous record of 67 million downloads, reveals data from analytics firm Sensor Tower. YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Google Meet, Messenger, WhatsApp, Netflix and Microsoft Teams rounded out the
  • Hacker made $1.5mn by selling backdoor access of 135 top firms
    New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) A most notorious hacker attacked at least 135 companies in 44 countries, some even Fortune 500 ones, and made over $1.5 million by selling backdoor access of corporate networks on the Dark Web. Cybersecurity firm Group-IB that works out from Singapore and Moscow, tracked the hacker for over three years and has now revealed his identity in a report titled "The invisible God of networks" who sold backdoor access to corporate networks on underground