Science & Technology

  • Microsoft slams Amazon's Cloud arm for blocking $10bn Pentagon project
    San Francisco, May 8 (IANS) Microsoft has come out in the open against ecommerce giant Amazon's Cloud arm, slamming Amazon Web Services (AWS) for once again challenging the US government's decision to award $10 billion Pentagon Cloud project to Satya Nadella-run enterprise - this time out of view from the public and directly with the US Department of Defense (DoD).   AWS has filed a bid protest directly to the Department of Defense, challenging "ambiguous aspects" of the Pen
  • Online education now a new normal for govt, edtech platforms
    New Delhi, May 7 (IANS) As millions of kids take online school classes from home globally including in India, government along with private education sector have a great responsibility to offer online e-Learning to more than 60 million college students and 1.5 billion school students worldwide, experts said on Thursday. Private colleges in India which were already offering online education for last two decades now have a massive surge in e-Learning demand to meet. "e-Learnin
  • Italian researchers claim world's first Covid-19 vaccine: Report
    Rome, May 6 (IANS) Italian researchers have claimed that they have successfully developed a vaccine to contain coronavirus (Covid-19) which is likely to work on humans, a report said. Luigi Aurisicchio, CEO of Takis, the firm developing the medication, said that a coronavirus candidate vaccine has neutralised the virus in human cells for the first time, the Arab News reported. "This is the most advanced stage of testing of a candidate vaccine created in Italy. Human tests ar
  • Apple unveils 13-Inch MacBook Pro with Magic Keyboard for Rs 122,990
    Cupertino, May 4 (IANS) Apple on Monday updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with the new Magic Keyboard that comes with physical Escape key, along with Touch Bar and Touch ID along with doubling the standard storage for enhanced performance.   The new lineup also offers 10th-generation processors for up to 80 per cent faster graphics performance and makes 16GB of faster 3733MHz memory standard on select configurations.   With powerful quad-core processors, 13-inch Retina
  • Microsoft launches Surface Pro X, Surface Pro 7, Surface Laptop 3 in India
    New Delhi, May 4 (IANS) Microsoft on Monday announced that Surface Pro X, Surface Pro 7 and Surface Laptop 3 will be available in India via commercial authorized resellers, authorized retail as well as online partners at a starting price of Rs 98,999, Rs 72,999 and Rs 98,999, respectively.   The new products will be available via commercial authorised resellers, authorised retail and online partners such as Reliance Digital, Vijay Sales, Amazon and Flipkart.   "Th
  • No word from govt yet, hope to resume smartphone production soon: Realme CEO
    New Delhi, May 3 (IANS) While the new government guidelines have allowed IT manufacturing units including mobile phones to resume operations from May 4, there has been no official confirmation yet and Realme India is awaiting the nod to open its factory at Greater Noida and begin streamlining overall processes, its CEO Madhav Sheth said on Sunday.   Due to the extended lockdown, there are many challenges faced by businesses with huge impact from sales, manufacturing and cost
  • Mobile phones may be 'Trojan horses' for COVID-19
    Sydney, May 1 (IANS) Are you disinfecting your phone? If not, do it now. Mobile phones could be acting as 'Trojan horses' for coronavirus, warn researchers, urging billions of users worldwide to decontaminate their devices daily. While all the studies predate the current pandemic, the authors said that the virus responsible for COVID-19 -- SARS-CoV-2 -- is probably present on mobile phones and other touch-screen devices of coronavirus sufferers. The research, led by Associat
  • Movement to workplaces in India down 41%, shows Google report
    New Delhi, May 1 (IANS) Movement to workplaces declined significantly in India after the country imposed a nation-wide lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, shows the latest Google COVID-19 Community Mobility report.   As compared to baseline, March 15, movement to workplaces was minus 41 per cent by April 26, while mobility to places like restaurants, cafes, shopping centers, theme parks, museums, libraries, and movie theatre was minus 86 per cnet, sho
  • Facebook issued 40 million warning labels on COVID-19 fake content
    San Francisco, April 30 (IANS) Facebook has issued 40 million warning labels across its services related to fake content around COVID-19, Its CEO Mark Zuckerberg has informed. Facebook has partnered with independent fact checkers who have marked more than 4,000 pieces of content related to COVID as false. Zuckerberg said that warning labels work because 95 per cent of the time when someone sees a warning label, they don't click through to view that content. "We put COVID-
  • Video meet app unveils Zoom 5.0 with enhanced security, privacy
    New Delhi, April 29 (IANS) After facing several security and privacy issues, video meet app Zoom on Wednesday released a much-awaited 5.0 update to its popular video conferencing service with several security and privacy improvements.   The new features include improved AES 256-bit GCM encryption, data routing control, improved host controls and more for its over 300 million daily users globally.   A system-wide account enablement to AES 256-bit GCM encryption wil
  • NASA CubeSat to search for ice on Moon's surface using lasers
    Washington, April 28 (IANS) The US space agency is planning to send a small satellite about the size of a briefcase -- also known as a CubeSat � which will use lasers for the first time to detect naturally occurring surface ice believed to be at the bottom of craters on the Moon that have never seen sunlight.   Called Lunar Flashlight, it will also be the first planetary spacecraft to use a "green" propellant, a new kind of fuel that is safer to transport and store than
  • WhatsApp see 70% drop in frequently forwarded messages with new limit
    New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Facebook-owned WhatsApp which earlier thin month introduced a limit on frequently forwarded messages to one chat at a time has seen a massive 70 per cent drop in such posts being shared or going viral globally, the micro-blogging platform informed on Monday.   With billions of people unable to see their friends and family in person due to COVID-19 social distancing in place, people are relying on WhatsApp more than ever to communicate and in such a
  • 1.6 lakh user accounts hacked, admits Nintendo
    Tokyo, April 25 (IANS) Japanese video game company Nintendo has admitted that over 160,000 user accounts were compromised recently where hackers took the login IDs and passwords and the company is notifying those who were affected.   Nintendo which "sincerely apologized" for the incident said it is disabling the ability to log into a Nintendo Account through a Nintendo Network ID (NNID) which became the gateway for hackers.   "This time, login IDs and password inf
  • Instagram launches new 'Challenges' sticker
    New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) Facebook-owned photo and video-sharing app Instagram has launched a new feature -- ‘Challenges sticker in the Stories gallery.   Starting this Saturday, Instagram is testing 'Challenges' in Stories, which makes it easy to join challenges through a sticker, via the stories text tool, or from nominations from friends.   "We've seen that challenges are a fun way to interact with your friends on social media and that people are using @ment
  • NASA wants people to watch historic SpaceX launch from home
    Washington, April 24 (IANS) Amid COVID-19 restrictions, the historic SpaceX mission to launch two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) on May 27 is set to be a much quieter affair than it would have been in normal times, with the US space agency asking people not to travel to Florida to witness the spectacle.   "We are asking people to join us in this launch, but to do so from home," NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine was quoted as saying in a press confe
  • Zoom's user base hits 300 million despite privacy issues
    San Francisco, April 24 (IANS) Video meet app Zoom has surpassed 300 million daily users globally, a 50 per cent increase over the 200 million users it had last month and significantly more than the 10 million members it had at the end of 2019.   The video meeting platform has seen a spike in users since the Covid-19 pandemic as millions have been forced to work from home.   "Clearly the Zoom platform is providing an incredibly valuable service to our beloved user
  • HP introduces free remote helpdesk for PC users in India
    New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) PC and printing major HP Inc. on Thursday introduced a limited-period free helpdesk support to PC users of all brands to address their operational issues in India. In the absence of regular support and service channels, HP is making this service available to PC users of all brands to ensure they can operate without hindrance and maintain business continuity. For individual consumers, this service will be available free till May 31, while small and
  • Hydroxychloroquine shows no benefit in COVID-19 patients: Study
    New York, April 22 (IANS) Hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug termed potential "game changer" for COVID-19 by US President Donald Trump, showed no benefit in treating patients with the disease in Veterans Health Administration medical centres in the US, says a study. In fact, the risk of death was found to be higher in those treated with hydroxychloroquine than in the group that included patients not treated with the drug, according to the findings published in the prepri
  • Snapchat user base hits 229 million, shares up 20%
    San Francisco, April 22 (IANS) Snap, the parent company of popular social media platform Snapchat, saw its stock up nearly 20 per cent after its first quarter revenue increased 44 per cent (year-over-year) to $462 million, along with Snapchat's daily active user base reaching 229 million, which is up 20 per cent from last year. DAUs increased sequentially and year-over-year in each of North America, Europe, and rest of the world on both iOS and Android platforms. On average,
  • Microsoft partners helping Indian firms adopt remote working with ease
    New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) During these tough COVID-10 pandemic times, companies are looking at innovative ways to perform their day-to-day business tasks with ease remotely and Microsoft partners are busy delivering remote work and business continuity solutions across industries and geographies, for educational institutions and governments, to SMBs and large enterprises. According to Venkat Krishnan, Executive Director, Commercial Partners, Microsoft India, while educational i