Science & Technology

  • McAfee, Samsung extend partnership to protect personal data
    San Francisco, February 13 (IANS) Cybersecurity company McAfee on Thursday announced its extension of partnership with Samsung to protect consumers personal data and information from online threats. Through this partnership, Samsung smartphones, including the Galaxy S Series, Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Fold, will come pre-installed with anti-malware protection powered by McAfee. In addition to mobile, the partnership expands to better protect Samsung PCs and laptops users, where
  • Google launches internet safety campaign on Safer Internet Day
    New Delhi, February 11 (IANS) In a bid to create awareness around internet safety and reiterate its efforts to protect netizens, Google India on Tuesday announced a new comprehensive public outreach campaign named #PehleSafety. "We believe that education is a crucial aspect of online security. Over the course of last year we launched a far-reaching campaign to inform our users about online security, and the steps they can take to keep their internet experience safe," Saikat Mitra, D
  • Global Q1 smartphone output may drop to 5-yr low for coronavirus
    Seoul, February 10 (IANS) Global smartphone production in the first quarter of the year may drop to a five-year low due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, a market researcher said on Monday. TrendForce said it expects global smartphone production in the first quarter to decline 12 per cent year-on-year to 275 million units following the coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 900 people in China. "Delayed resumption work and uncertainties in employees' returns will cause t
  • Half of Netflix govt takedown demands came from Singapore
    San Francisco, February 9 (IANS) Netflix has removed movies and TV shows from its global platform at the demand of foreign governments and the majority -- five of such requests -- came from the Singapore government. The media streaming behemoth revealed the details in its first report, named "Environmental Social Governance", which it said would provide more transparency on the impact of its platform on society and its governance structures, ZDNet reported on Sunday. The takedown
  • Twitter is finally back after global outage
    San Francisco, February 8 (IANS) Twitter, after experiencing a worldwide service disruption preventing users from sending tweets from the social networking platform's app, website, or TweetDeck is now finally back online. "You can get back to Tweeting -- this problem has been fixed! Thanks for sticking with us through that," Twitter Support tweeted on Saturday. Twitter went offline for thousands of users around 1 pm on Friday, according to Down Detector. At least 10,000 users aro
  • Facebook most affected brand for phishing attempts: Report
    New Delhi, February 7 (IANS) Cybercriminals imitated Facebook the most for phishing attempts in their attempts to steal individuals' personal information or payment credentials during October-December period which is the busiest online shopping periods of the year, a new report said on Friday. According to Check Point Research, the threat intelligence arm of Check Point Software Technologies, Yahoo! was the most imitated brand for email-based phishing while Swedish music stream
  • 'Drastic' fall in bumblebee populations shocks scientists
    A bumblebee collects nectar from a flower, in Vina del Mar, Chile October 13, 2019. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido/File photo   ROME, February 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When scientist Peter Soroye first saw the figures showing estimated bumblebee populations in North America had fallen by nearly 50% in a single generation, he thought it must be a typo.   He checked the numbers - the result of a long-term analysis of bumblebee populations published in the journal S
  • Most Indian netizens neglect basic cyber safety norms: Survey
    New Delhi, February 6 (IANS) About 52 per cent of Indian netizens have publicly shared their phone numbers/personal addresses, said a survey on Thursday that revealed that most Internet-using population of the country tend to neglect basic cyber hygiene practices. While 26 per cent of the participants said they shared sensitive OTP's (one-time passwords) with others, 22 per cent of respondents admitted to sharing bank account passwords, UPI pin, credit and debit card details with ot
  • How your network can be hacked through smart lightbulb
    New Delhi, February 5 (IANS) Security researchers on Wednesday warned that cyber criminals could exploit an Internet of Things (IoT) network - smart light bulbs and their control bridge -- to launch attacks on conventional computer networks in homes, businesses or even smart cities. The researchers from cybersecurity firm Check Point discovered vulnerabilities in the communication protocol used by Philips Hue smart lightbulbs -- a marquee smart home device that relies on the Zigbee
  • YouTube hits 20mn paid subscribers, 2mn join YouTube TV
    San Francisco, February 4 (IANS) Google-owned YouTube has reached 20 million music and premium paid subscribers and over 2 million YouTube TV paid subscribers. YouTube ended 2019 at a $3 billion annual run rate in YouTube subscriptions and other non-advertising revenues, Alphabet Founder and CEO Sundar Pichai announced on Monday. YouTube logged $15 billion in annual ad revenue -- a 35.8 per cent growth over the prior year. For Q4 2019, YouTube reported revenue of $4.17 billion.
  • IIT-Madras builds AI tech to convert brain signals into language
    Chennai, February 3 (IANS) Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-Madras) have developed an Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to convert brain signals of speech impaired humans into language, the Institute said on Monday. The researchers can potentially interpret nature's signals such as the plant photosynthesis process or their response to external forces. Electrical signals, brain signals, or any signal in general, are waveforms which are decoded to
  • 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