Science & Technology

  • Amazon makes fresh pitch to win India's heart
    New Delhi, January 31 (IANS) Yet to overcome Jeff Bezo's unhappy passage to India, Amazon will continue to improve the experience of customers and sellers in India, with 'a lot of innovation, ideas, investment', top company executive has said. According to Dave Fildes, Director, Investor Relations at Amazon, the company will continue to invest meaningfully in digitising micro, small and medium businesses (MSMBs) in India. "We're definitely continuing to improve the experience in
  • Coronovirus to impact Chinese phone brands, delay launches in India
    New Delhi, January 30 (IANS) Novel Coronavirus can derail Chinese smartphone makers' India plans in 2020 as China lockdown in the long run can severely impact the flow of key components required to assemble smartphones at their manufacturing plants in India. According to industry experts, if the lockdown continues for over a month or so, it will hamper the time-to-market strategy of nearly all Chinese brands as China provides bulk of various semi-knocked down (SKD) components like m
  • Tech Mahindra opens Google Centre of Excellence in Hyderabad
    Hyderabad, January 28 (IANS) Digital transformation provider Tech Mahindra on Tuesday launched a dedicated Google Cloud Centre of Excellence (COE) here to drive digital transformation of enterprises globally. The COE will provide enterprises with access to technology and services they need to expedite their Cloud migration, and deliver tailored solutions to help them move critical workloads to Google Cloud, develop Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data analytics solutions and improv
  • Indians among most affected by macOS malware Shlayer
    New Delhi, January 27 (IANS) People from India are among those most affected by Shlayer, the most widespread macOS threat in 2019, after those in the US, says a new report from cybersecurity firm Kaspersky. A smart malware distribution system, Shlayer spreads via a partner network, entertainment websites and even Wikipedia, demonstrating that even users that only visit legal sites still need additional protection online. Top countries where users have been affected by the threat
  • Fuel efficient tech may threaten climate, public health
    New York, January 26 (IANS) New automotive technology that promises enhanced fuel efficiency may have a serious downside, including significant climate and public health impacts, a new study suggests. The gasoline direct injection (GDI) engine is one of the most prominent technologies car manufacturers adopted to achieve the fuel economy and carbon dioxide emission goals established in 2012 by the US Environmental Protection Agency. While this technology is credited with boosting
  • Samsung sets up next-generation tech platform centre
    Seoul, January 25 (IANS) Samsung Electronics has created an in-house technology platform unit and named a new chief for its home appliance business in the company's latest reshuffle, corporate sources here said. Samsung combined its in-house tech units related with Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and big data solutions to set up a new tech group, tentatively named "next-generation platform centre," according to the company officials. The centre will be head
  • IIT-M, researchers develop cathode materials for ion batteries
    Chennai, January 23 (IANS) Researchers from Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), have developed a new class of 'high entropy materials' for use as cathodes in long-lasting and better performing lithium ion batteries, the Institute said on Thursday. While lithium ion batteries are ubiquitous with almost all consumer items being powered by them, their limited lifetime has remained a challenge to overcome. Poor lifetime of lithiu
  • Canon India eyes healthcare imaging, security market
    New Delhi, January 22 (IANS) After cementing its position across four key business verticals -- camera, home printers, office printers and commercial printing solutions -- Canon India is now ramping up its effort to tap the growing healthcare imaging and security surveillance market in the country, a top company official said here on Wednesday. After grabbing a substantial share in the Indian market in the professional printing segment which has been among the fastest growing vertic
  • Fujifilm India enters projector market
    New Delhi, January 21 (IANS) Japanese photography and imaging major Fujifilm on Tuesday forayed into projector market with the launch of Z5000 - an ultra-short throw projector equipped with "folded two-axial rotatable lens" to enable omnidirectional image projection without moving the main projector unit. "As an imaging solution company, we are excited to expand our businesses and enter the projector market. Being one of the leading player in medical imaging and camera industry, wit
  • SpaceX aims to send NASA astronauts to space in Q2 2020: Musk
    Washington, January 20 (IANS) After NASA and SpaceX successfully completed a launch escape demonstration of the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket, Elon Musk said that his aerospace company aims to send NASA astronauts to space between April and June this year. This was the final major flight test of the spacecraft before it begins carrying astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) under NASA's Commercial Crew Programme, the US space agency said in a
  • Will fix Internet Explorer security bug under attack: Microsoft
    San Francisco, January 19 (IANS) Microsoft has confirmed a security flaw affecting Internet Explorer is currently being used by hackers and it is working on a fix, to be released at a later date. The vulnerability was first reported by US Homeland Security on Friday evening, although the issue is not limited to American devices. Overall, Microsoft said all supported versions of Windows are affected by the flaw, including Windows 7, which after this week will no longer receive sec
  • Researchers develop 1st diagnostic test for new Chinese virus
    London, January 18 (IANS) Researchers have developed the first diagnostic test to detect the novel Chinese coronavirus, which is likely to spread globally. The assay protocol has now been published by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a guideline for diagnostic detection. The new method also enables suspected cases to be tested quickly. The virus, which first emerged in Wuhan, China, and can cause severe pneumonia, can now be detected in the laboratory. "Now that this dia
  • IIT Kharagpur develops AI-powered tech for reading legal cases
    Kharagpur, January 17 (IANS) Researchers at IIT Kharagpur have evolved an Artificial Intelligence-aided method to automate the reading of legal case judgments, the premier institute said in a statement on Friday. The researchers from IIT Kharagpur's Computer Science and Engineering department have developed two deep neural models to understand the rhetorical roles of sentences in a legal case judgment, which could prove phenomenal in India where AI is yet to sufficiently penetrate t
  • Microsoft launches Edge browser on Windows and macOS
    San Francisco, January 16 (IANS) Microsoft has officially announced the launch of the first "stable" version of its new Edge Chromium browser for both the Mac and Windows platforms. Microsoft is initially targeting Edge at enterprise users of Windows and macOS, but consumers will be able to manually download and install it, The Verge reported on Wednesday. Those running Windows 7, 8.1, or 10, or macOS who want to get the new Microsoft Edge can download it from the Microsoft websi
  • Instead of 'garlands', India welcomes Bezos with anti-trust probe
    New Delhi, January 14 (IANS) Amazon India must have had anticipated nationwide protests from industry bodies like the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) as Jeff Bezos arrives in India for a three-day visit but the sudden probe by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) over deep discounting and preferential listings on both Amazon and Flipkart has come as a surprise for the ecommerce giant. According to The New York Times, "instead of garlands, India's supervision is welcom
  • Microsoft to mentor 15 tech startups from 5 states
    Hyderabad, January 13 (IANS) Microsoft on Monday said it has selected 54 tech startups from five states -- Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Kerala and Telangana - and three from each state (total 15) will finally win a year-long mentorship programme and a two-day founder bootcamp. The selected startups are part of Microsoft's 'Highway to a Hundred Unicorns' initiative that works with local governments to strengthen the start-up ecosystem in each state. The top tech startups were
  • 17-year-old helps NASA find planet in habitable zone
    Washington, January 12 (IANS) Just three days into his internship, little did 17-year-old Wolf Cukier realise that he is going to make history -- in helping NASA discover its first Earth-size planet resting in its star's habitable-zone -- the way our Earth rests in its Goldilocks zone. In 2019, when Cukier finished his junior year at Scarsdale High School in New York, he joined NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, as a summer intern. His job was to examine v
  • Scientists discover 550-mn year old gut
    New York, January 11 (IANS) Scientists have discovered oldest-known fossilized digestive tract -- 550 million-year-old -- in the Nevada desert in the US that could be a key find in understanding the early history of animals on Earth. An analysis of tubular fossils by scientists led by Jim Schiffbauer at the University of Missouri (MU) reveals what scientists believe is a possible answer to the question of how ancient animals are connected. Over a half-billion years ago, life on E
  • Mars losing water even faster than scientists thought
    Mars may have been a place brimming with water in the form of seas, lakes and rivers once but all of that evaporated into space as researchers now report that the Red Planet is losing water faster than expected. (IANS/ISRO Photo)   PARIS, JANUARY 10 (IANS): Mars may have been a place brimming with water in the form of seas, lakes and rivers once but all of that evaporated into space as researchers now report that the Red Planet is losing water faster than expected. &
  • Blockchain, affiliate marketing new in-demand skills in 2020
    New Delhi, January 10 (IANS) Blockchain and affiliate marketing are the two new skills companies will seek the most in 2020, a LinkedIn report on 'Top 10 most in-demand hard skills' revealed on Friday. With the decline of traditional advertising and the rise of social media, affiliate marketing is rapidly rising as a must-have hard skill. "Afiliate marketing leverages company partnerships or influencers that are hyper-targeted to a particular audience," said the report. Blockc