Science & Technology

  • Researchers identify possible immune targets in Covid-19 genome
    New Delhi, July 14 (IANS) Researchers studying the SARS-2 (Covid-19) virus have discovered potential target points on its genome, which may contribute to future treatments for the disease.   "Our work will contribute to a better understanding of how the virus escapes the host immune response and contribute to the development of attenuated viral vaccines," said study researcher Alex McLellan from the University of Otago in New Zealand.   The research team
  • Scientists may have cracked the code to improve human longevity
    New York, July 13 (IANS) In a big breaking discovery, the researchers may have found the beginnings of a path toward increasing human lifespan.   The study, published in the Journal of Gerontology: Biological Sciences, shows the drug mifepristone can extend the lives of two very different species used in laboratory studies, suggesting the findings may apply to other species, including human beings.   Mifepristone, also known as RU-486, is used by clinicians to end
  • Google to boost fake news, illegal content monitoring on YouTube
    Seoul, July 12 (IANS) Google's video-sharing platform YouTube will cooperate with South Korea to closely monitor and prevent the spread of fake news and illegal content.   Google's Senior Vice President Neal Mohan made the comments during a videoconference with Han Sang-hyuk, chairman of the Korea Communications Commission (KCC).   The remarks came after Han requested such cooperation, considering fake news surrounding Covid-19 and a recent high-profile di
  • Make a WhatsApp voice or video call with Google Assistant
    New Delhi, July 12 (IANS) Google recently announced that Assistant would be able to make video and audio calls with WhatsApp.   This means that one can easily access WhatsApp and some of its options by triggering the Google Assistant from the home screen on your smartphone.   The voice calls commenced by Assistant were earlier used to place a network call for the user. While video calls could be set up via Hangouts or Duo only.   If you have set up the
  • WhatsApp may lose its flavour as Zuckerberg integrates apps
    New Delhi, July 11 (IANS) WhatsApp has so far been a great experience for billions of users globally where there are no ads in-between chats, no distractions like promoted posts and in-app pop ups, but an integration with the rest of Facebook family of apps may mar the beauty of this end-to-end-encrypted mobile messaging platform.   The world of social media is soon going to change as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg inches closer to fulfill its dream of integrating all his serv
  • Google Cloud democratising, reinventing Cloud for all in India
    New Delhi, July 9 (IANS) Empowering remote workforce is the single biggest challenge today for millions of organisations of all sizes in India and Google Cloud is busy democratising and reinventing Cloud for all, especially the homegrown companies in the 'Local ke liye Vocal' times, Karan Bajwa, Managing Director, Google Cloud India, said on Thursday.   The Indian government aims to create world-class desi apps and platforms and Google Cloud is right here to help the
  • Educating youth on cyber awareness
    New Delhi, July 9 (IANSlife) Online learning has become the need of the hour and the most viable resource that has come to the aid of children and their learning in this time of crisis. But, at the same time, there is a pressing need to be aware and informed about some of the grave cyber threat that students may be exposed to while learning online.   For addressing this concern, NCPCR, NCERT along with CyberPeace Foundation supported by Whatsapp, Twitter, UNICEF officially a
  • Earth's magnetic field can change 10 times faster than thought
    London, July 6 (IANS) Scientists using simulations in the lab have revealed that changes in the direction of the Earth's magnetic field may take place 10 times faster than previously thought.   The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, gives new insight into the swirling flow of iron 2,800 kms below the planet's surface and how it has influenced the movement of the magnetic field during the past hundred thousand years.   "We have very
  • Instagram to launch a huge redesign for Stories
    San Francisco, July 4 (IANS) Facebook-owned Instagram is preparing to launch a huge redesign that would make easier to watch favourite Stories in one place.   Julian Gamboa, Marketing and Social Media Manager at Adweek, recently posted screenshots of the new layout to Twitter and wrote: "You have heard of two rows of Instagram Stories...Now prepare for SEE ALL STORIES.   The screenshots indicate that the main feed may soon include two rows of Stories at the t
  • Chinese apps ban: JioMeet joins 'local ke liye vocal' call
    New Delhi, July 3 (IANS) In a filip to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for local ke liye vocal amid the ban on 59 Chinese apps, Reliance Jio has launched a free video-conferencing application called JioMeet that takes on various other such apps which are growing in leaps and bounds as millions of people work from home in India.   The application that has already been downloaded more than 1,00,000 times on Google Play Store within no time comes with enterprise-grade h
  • Cybersecurity top priority for Indian CIOs post Covid-19: Adobe
    New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) As hacking threats increase from nation-state bad actors from China and North Korea, a staggering 89 per cent of CIOs in India say that cybersecurity remains to top investment area for them, a new Adobe survey revealed on Thursday.   The CIOs from India and Australia re-asserted that cyber security continues to be one of the most cited areas for planned investment.   Some of the most prominent areas of cybersecurity related issues for Indi
  • IIT Hyderabad researchers use novel method to study biofuels
    Hyderabad, July 2 (IANS) The Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IIT-H) on Thursday said its researchers are using computational methods to understand the factors and impediments in incorporating biofuels into the fuel sector in India.   This work has been spurred by the increasing need to replace fossil fuels by bio-derived fuels, which, in turn, is driven by the dwindling fossil fuel reserves all over the world, and pollution issues associated with the use of fossil
  • Create your digital avatar on Facebook in India
    New Delhi, June 30 (IANS) Facebook on Tuesday launched a new feature 'Avatars' in India which would allow users to create a digital persona that's uniquely representative of the user and post in comments, Messenger chats or share it on WhatsApp.   Users will be able to make an Avatar, a cartoon-like version of themselves by choosing from a variety of faces, hairstyles and outfits that have been specially customised for India.   The Avatar creator enabl
  • AWS Outposts now in India, to boost data management on-premise
    New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) Amazon Web Services (AWS) on Monday announced the general availability of its fully-managed service AWS Outposts in India.   AWS Outposts extends AWS infrastructure and services to virtually any data centre, co-location space, or on-premises facility, allowing customers to run AWS compute, storage, database, and other services on-premises, while seamlessly connecting to AWS's broad array of services in the Cloud.   Customers in India
  • Instagram working on 'video note' feature in Threads app
    New Delhi, June 28 (IANS) Instagram is working on a new feature called video note for its standalone messaging app Threads that helps users stay connected to close or smaller circle of friends.   The new feature, reported by mobile developer and leaker Alessandro Paluzzi, will automatically turn audio in videos to live captions. "Instagram is working on a new feature for the Threads app: video note. This feature will turn the audio of the video into live captions t
  • Facebook tool converts smartphone photos into 3D images in a jiffy
    New York, June 26 (IANS) A team of Facebook researchers has created an end-to-end system that helps users turn photos they take on their smartphones into 3D images within seconds.   The new framework provides users with a more practical approach to 3D photography, addressing several design objectives.   Users can access the new technology via their own mobile device and the real-time conversion from a 2D input image to 3D is seamless, requiring no sophisticated ph
  • Mobile phone among women linked to higher contraception use
    Toronto, June 26 (IANS) Mobile phone use among women is associated with increased use of contraception, lower gender inequality, and lower maternal and child mortality, according to a new study which covered 209 countries.   The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences, showed that giving women access to information they otherwise would not have, mobile phones are transforming lives.   Putting smart phones in women's
  • IN-SPACe could be sectoral regulator once laws are in place: Sivan
    Chennai, June 25 (IANS) The proposed Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe) could be turned into the sectoral regulator once necessary legal structure are there, according to K. Sivan, Secretary of the Department of Space (DoS) and Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).   On Wednesday the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gave its nod for opening up the space sector and for setting up of IN-SPACe to promo
  • Digital influence on Indian urban consumers rises up to 70%: Report
    New Delhi, June 24 (IANS) Digital influence on urban consumers has increased by 70 per cent for mobiles, around 60 per cent for apparel, and up to 25 per cent for the non-food consumer packaged goods categories due to Covid-19-induced changes, new reports from Facebook India and Boston Consulting Group said on Wednesday.   The results showed that 90 per cent of consumers who have purchased apparel online during the lockdown show willingness to continue.   Within c
  • 3 Indians among 10 winners of Google Android Developer Challenge
    New Delhi, June 23 (IANS) Three Indian developers have joined top 10 winners of Google Android Developer Challenge that encourages developers around the world to build apps using machine learning.   The three apps developed by Indians are AgroDoc, Leepi and UnoDogs.   Developed by Navneet Krishna from Kochi, AgroDoc helps farmers diagnose plant disease and make treatment plans.   Leepi, developed by Prince Patel from Bengaluru, helps students learn hand