Science & Technology

  • Xiaomi's Mi Credit disbursed loans worth over Rs 125 crore in India
    Bengaluru, January 9 (IANS) Chinese handset maker Xiaomi on Thursday announced that over Rs 125 crore worth loans were disbursed via its digital lending solution Mi Credit in India till December 2019. Initially launched in May 2018 and then relaunched on December 3 last year, Mi Credit is an online curated marketplace for lending, to offer personal loans to Mi Fans. According to the company, 50 per cent of loans were disbursed to non-Xiaomi Android smartphone users. Xiaomi's c
  • Top Internet players ask India to be transparent on intermediary rules
    New Delhi, January 7 (IANS) Global Internet companies on Tuesday said they have sent an open letter to IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, calling the government for improved transparency related to intermediary Guidelines (Amendment) Rules and allay fears like tilting the playing field in favour of large players, substantially increase surveillance and prompting a fragmentation of the Internet in India that would harm users. The Indian government has proposed changes to its intermedia
  • Amazon's Cloud arm to drive drone innovation in India
    New Delhi, January 6 (IANS) The Drone Federation of India (DFI) on Monday announced to make Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its preferred Cloud service to boost the development and innovation around creating a perfect drone ecosystem in the country. The non-profit industry body will work with retail giant Amazon's Cloud arm to help provide a scalable, agile and secure Cloud infrastructure for drone manufacturers, application developers and operators to develop drone applications and ac
  • Smartphones face high hacking risk in 2020: Report
    New Delhi, January 1 (IANS) There was 54 per cent increase in data breaches in 2019 as compared to 2018 and 2020 will see significant rise in the number of mobile-focused malware and banking Trojans, a new report has predicted. With 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) devices arriving on the horizon, data speed will increase but the speed of cyber attacks would also rise, said the report from leading accounting and consulting firm Grant Thornton. "Threat actors are expected to d
  • Huawei shipped 12mn Mate 30 series phones worldwide: Report
    Beijing, December 31 (IANS) About a month ago Huawei passed the 7 million sales mark with its Mate 30 lineup and now a new report claims that that the figure has grown to 12 million units world wide. Richard Yu, the head of the company's consumer unit earlier said that global shipments of the series exceeded 7 million phones during its first 60 days. And shipments picked up speed in November with more than 5 million units delivered that month due to the launch of the 5G version
  • DST to prepare database of student scientist
    Thiruvananthapuram, December 26 (IANS) The Department of Science and Technology (DST) on Thursday announced that they will prepare a data base of the participants at the National Children's Science Congress (NCSC) and also will showcase success stories to motivate the present day child scientists. The 27th edition of the NCSC kicks off here tomorrow where a record 658 child scientist from across the country will take part, said an official. Incidentally, Kerala is playing ho
  • Still using 'password' and '123456' as pass codes? Read on
    London, December 20 (IANS) If you are still using 'password' and '123456' as your pass codes to access devices, do not blame yourself as inconsistent and misleading advice offered on some of the world's most popular websites could actually be doing more harm than good, according to new research. Password meters are frequently made available to help users secure their personal data against the threats posed by cyber criminals. A study by the University of Plymouth in England asses
  • Messaging apps that work even during Internet shutdown
    New Delhi, December 20 (IANS) With temporary Internet shutdowns becoming increasingly common across India due to efforts to curb protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), people in the country are on the look out for messaging apps that work offline. And they have quite a few options to choose from. Firechat, Bridgefy and Signal Offline Messenger are some of these apps that have gained traction after Internet shutdowns cut access to the more popular messaging platforms s
  • Google warns Indian users about data breach via Chrome bug
    New Delhi, December 19 (IANS) Several Indian users were left nervous on Thursday after witnessing pop-ups on their mobile and desktop screens as they opened certain affected websites in the Google Chrome browser, alerting them about a data breach on the site or app they had visited which also exposed their passwords. Tech giant Google issued warning of data breach for users in India and globally after fixing the Chrome 79 bug last week and re-issuing it this week. Alert pop-ups b
  • 5,700-year-old 'chewing gum' helps recreate image of user
    London, December 18 (IANS) Researchers from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark have succeeded in extracting a complete human genome from 5,700-year-old type of "chewing gum", allowing them to recreate the image of its user and find clues to her dietary habits. Based on the ancient human genome, the researchers could tell that the "chewing gum" made from birch pitch was chewed by a woman. She was genetically more closely related to hunter-gatherers from the mainland Europe th
  • New WhatsApp bug crashes group chat, deletes history forever
    New Delhi, December 17 (IANS) Security researchers on Tuesday said they have detected a serious vulnerability in WhatsApp that led to group chat crash the moment a destructive message was introduced by the hackers in the chat, leading the entire group chat history being deleted forever. Urging all users to update WhatsApp to the latest version, security researchers at global cybersecurity firm Check Point identified the flaw that would allow a bad actor to create a malicious group m
  • Google Maps adds plug type filter for EV charging stations
    San Francisco, December 16 (IANS) Google Maps has received a new filter to classify the Electronic Vehicles (EV) charging stations based on plug type. There are different types of charging connectors used by several car manufacturers, for example, Nissan uses CHAdeMO, Tesla uses its instrumentation, and also the BMW and VW use CCS plug kind for charging their cars. Since the emergence of the EV search facility over Google Maps, the users were missing out on the ability to filter
  • Space failure part of big game: NASA-JPL CTO on Vikram lander
    New Delhi, December 15 (IANS) Space missions are expected to fail which must not deter the scientific community in India that saw the Vikram lander not making it to the lunar surface from attempting again, as this is the business out there, Tom Soderstrom, Chief Innovation and Technology Officer at NASA JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), has stressed. The debris of the crashed Vikram lander on the lunar surface has been located though there is a sort of discrepancies in who located
  • Thief stole hard drives with data of 29,000 FB staffers
    San Francisco, December 14 (IANS) Banking data of nearly 29,000 Facebook employees stored on unencrypted hard drives has been stolen by a thief from a payroll worker's car, the media reported. The hard drives contained information including bank account numbers, employee names, the last four digits of their social security numbers, their salaries, bonuses, and equity details. The stolen hard drives however, did not contain Facebook users' data. According to a CNBC report on Fr
  • Scientists map winds in Mar’s upper atmosphere for first time
    Washington, December 13 (IANS): Using data from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft, researchers have created the first-ever map of wind circulation in the upper atmosphere of Mars.   The new map of Mars winds helps scientists to better understand the workings of the Martian climate, giving them a more accurate picture of its ancient past and its ongoing evolution.   "The observed global circulation provides critical inputs needed to constrain global atmospheric models,"
  • Scientists map winds in Mar's upper atmosphere for first time
    Washington, December 13 (IANS) Using data from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft, researchers have created the first-ever map of wind circulation in the upper atmosphere of Mars. The new map of Mars winds helps scientists to better understand the workings of the Martian climate, giving them a more accurate picture of its ancient past and its ongoing evolution. "The observed global circulation provides critical inputs needed to constrain global atmospheric models," said Mehdi Benna of NASA'
  • TikTok owner ByteDance starts testing music app Resso in India
    Beijing, December 12 (IANS) Chinese short video making app TikTok's owner ByteDance Technology Co Ltd has begun testing its new music-streaming service 'Resso' in India and Indonesia, aiming to take on the likes of Spotify, Apple Music, Gaana, among others. Developed by Moon Video Inc. it has already inked deals with Indian labels like T-Series and Times Music but is still working on expanding its global portfolio with larger players like Universal Music Group and Sony Music Enterta
  • Cybersecurity firms now at hackers' mercy, who will save us?
    New Delhi, December 10 (IANS) The new breed of hackers is flexing their muscles and now, cybersecurity firms which aim to safeguard your data are being hit right in their backyard -- signaling a worrisome trend for enterprises and governments as encryption is proving to be fundamentally flawed. In a bizarre incident late last month, global cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks "admitted" that the personal details of its seven current and former employees had been "inadvertently" pub
  • Dell launches new gaming desktop in India
    New Delhi, December 10 (IANS) Dell Technologies unveiled new gaming desktop - Dell G5 - in India for Rs 67,590 on Tuesday. The desktop could be purchased from the company's exclusive stores, select multi-brand outlets and its official website. "We wanted to close the year on a high note with these gaming desktops. With the new Dell G5, entry level gamers have an easy choice to make, without compromising on performance. Whether you are new to PC gaming or entering the professional le
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 10 to launch in India by January 2020
    Beijing, December 9 (IANS) Chinese phone maker Xiaomi after launching Mi Note 10, the world's first smartphone to feature 108MP camera in Europe and in its domestic market as Mi CC9 Pro, is now all set to launch the smartphone in India by January 2020, GizmoChina reported on Monday. The company is running a global photography competition. According to terms and conditions, winners will get the Mi Note 10 smartphone worth Rs 46,832. It is not clear whether this is the final India pri