Science & Technology

  • Indian banking, securities IT spending to grow 9% in 2020
    Mumbai, October 22 (IANS) Spending by the banking and securities sector in India will total $11 billion in 2020, an increase of 9.1 per cent from 2019, as the sectors continue to increase its investments in digital business, said a latest forecast by Gartner Inc. on Tuesday. Banking and securities organisations are investing in emerging digital technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain, not only to create new product offerings but also to respond to evolving
  • Facebook set to launch dedicated news tab
    San Francisco, October 21 (IANS) Calling itself a 'Fifth Estate', Facebook has reportedly entered into deals with prominent media houses to launch a dedicated news tab on its platform. According to the Wall Street Journal, publications like News Corp, Dow Jones, New York Post, the Washington Post and others will help the social networking platform ramp up its ambition to become a news player. "The New York Times has been in talks with Facebook, but a spokeswoman for the paper dec
  • China's propaganda chief says Cold War mentality hindering mutual trust in cyberspace
    People walks in front of a screen at the World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China on October 20. (REUTERS Photo)   WUZHEN, China, October 20 (Reuters): A “Cold War mentality” and “bully behavior” are hindering mutual trust in cyberspace, China’s propaganda chief said on Sunday at the start of the World Internet Conference in the eastern Chinese town of Wuzhen.   Huang Kunming, head of the publicity department of China
  • AI, digital marketing key skills to boost growth
    New Delhi, October 20 (IANS) Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), digital marketing and design thinking are the top skills that organisations will need to focus on to drive future growth, according to a new study. Despite the increased awareness around upskilling, the survey by ed-tech company Great Learning found that 47 per cent of the companies surveyed have still not assigned budgets for upskilling their workforce. "The technology skill gap among employees
  • Facebook now 'fifth estate', take it seriously: Mark Zuckerberg
    San Francisco, October 18 (IANS) A defiant Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has stressed that his platform has now become a 'Fifth Estate' in the world alongside traditional news media and people no longer have to rely on traditional gatekeepers in politics or media to make their voices heard. Delivering a speech at Georgetown University in Washington, DC on Thursday, he said social media platforms have decentralised power by putting it directly into people's hands. "People having th
  • Huge demand for 5G in India: Ericsson
    New Delhi, October 15 (IANS) There is a huge demand for 5G in India as it is much more efficient and will enable the telecom operators in the country to manage the explosive data growth expected in the coming three to four years, a top Ericsson executive has said. "There is a demand for 5G and there is a need. Just look around India Mobile Congress 2019 and you will see that everyone wants to touch and feel 5G. They want to understand how this technology can solve our problems," Nit
  • Netflix to end support for older Roku players in Dec
    San Francisco, October 13 (IANS) Streaming giant Netflix is planning to end its support for some of Roku's oldest players after December 1, including the Roku HD, HD-XR, SD, XD and XDS as well as the NetGear-branded XD and XDS. How can you tell if you are on the older Roku Netflix Channel? If your Netflix app does not support autoplay next, you are using a Roku that will be losing access to Netflix. If your Roku is losing Netflix at the start of December 1, you should see a pop-u
  • Apple to integrate its own 5G modem in iPhones by 2022
    San Francisco, October 12 (IANS) The Cupertino-based tech giant Apple is planning to bring its own 5G modem in iPhones by the year 2022. According to a recent report from Fast Company, Apple is expected to launch its first iPhone with a 5G modem by September 2020 with a Qualcomm chip inside. To seize control of its 5G technology as soon as possible, Apple bought Intel's modem business earlier this year to develop another piece of its hardware in-house without being dependent on p
  • Science of far-away planets and infant universe wins Nobel prize
    Goran K Hansson (C), Secretary General of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and academy members Mats Larsson (L) and Ulf Danielsson, announce winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics during a news conference at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden on October 8, 2019. The 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to James Peebles, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz. (REUTERS Photo)     STOCKHOLM/LONDON, October 8 (Reuters): Canadian-Am
  • Caught in the act: a black hole rips apart an unfortunate star
    After passing too close to a supermassive black hole, a star is torn apart into a thin stream of gas, which is then pulled back around the black hole and slams into itself, creating a bright shock and ejecting more hot material, in this artist's conception released on September 26, 2019. Illustration by Robin Dienel/Courtesy of the Carnegie Institution for Science/Handout via REUTERS   WASHINGTON, September 30 (Reuters) - Scientists have captured a view of a colossal black h
  • 67% of India's 451mn Internet users are male: IAMAI
    New Delhi, September 26 (IANS) About 67 per cent of India's 451 million monthly active Internet users are male, according to a report brought out by industry body Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). In terms of Internet users, India is now second only to China, but with only 36 per cent Internet penetration in India, there is still much headroom for growth, said the report titled "India Internet 2019". The gender gap is higher in rural areas as the report showed tha
  • Fifth of world's calories threatened as climate scientists sound alarm over wheat
    A view shows ears of wheat in a field owned by the "Siberia" farming company during sunset outside the village of Ogur in Krasnoyarsk Region, Russia, September 8, 2019. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin   Climate scientists say the world must prepare for "unprecedented" shocks to production of the crop, a staple food in many countries   ROME, September 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Droughts caused by global warming could devastate up to 60% of the world's wheat fields
  • China's lunar rover finds mysterious substance on moon
    Beijing, September 24 (IANS) China's lunar rover Yutu-2 or Jade Rabbit-2 discovered an unidentified substance in an impact crater on the far side of the moon. The discovery was made during Yutu-2's ninth lunar day of exploration on the moon, according to the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Centre of the China National Space Administration. The ground controllers designed a driving route for the rover to allow it to conduct scientific detection to the depth of the impact crate
  • Committed to building EV ecosystem in India: Dassault Systemes
    New Delhi, September 15 (IANS) With the government setting a target of 2023 to step up the adoption of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in India, global 3D design company Dassault Systemes is mulling to invest more for the development of the EV ecosystem in the country, a top company executive said on Sunday. When it comes to Electric Vehicles, India is the most interesting market because it is able to think about innovation, and is involved in a lot of testing and trying to find new disrupt
  • 2 big asteroids flying by Earth pose no risk: NASA
    Washington, September 14 (IANS) NASA has ruled that the pair of asteroids flying by Earth this weekend could pose a threat to our planet. "These asteroids have been well observed - once since 2000 and the other since 2010 - and their orbits are very well known," said NASA's Planetary Defence Officer Lindley Johnson. "Both of these asteroids are passing at about 14 lunar distances from the Earth, or about 3.5 million miles away, but small asteroids pass by Earth this close all the
  • Facebook may limit posts lacking authenticity
    San Francisco, September 13 (IANS) In a move that could help limit the virality of harmful content on its platform, Facebook has said that it can limit expression that lacks authenticity. "We want to make sure the content people are seeing on Facebook is authentic. We believe that authenticity creates a better environment for sharing, and that's why we don't want people using Facebook to misrepresent who they are or what they're doing," Monika Bickert, Facebook's Vice President, Glo
  • '15 mins of terror' is disservice to science: Scientist
    Chennai, Sep 12 (IANS) Even as serious attempts are being made by Indian space agency to establish communication link with its moon lander Vikram that crashed on to the lunar surface, a Senior Advisor in ISRO has explained in simple terms the landers planned operations. According to Tapan Misra, Senior Advisor to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Adjunct Professor at Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur, the oft-repeated term related to moon landing of Vikram "15
  • China's giant telescope picks up signals from deep space
    Beijing, September 9 (IANS) Chinese astronomers have detected repeated fast radio bursts (FRB), mysterious signals believed to be from a source about 3 billion light years from the Earth, with the largest and most sensitive radio telescope ever built. Scientists detected the signals with the 500-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) and they are carefully cross-checking and processing them, according to researchers at the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese
  • Robots turn teachers in Bengaluru school
    Bengaluru, September 1 (IANS) Disruptive technologies and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are making their way into classrooms as humanoid robots to teach students and interact with them as teachers do, at a school in Bengaluru. "Our robots impart lessons daily in five subjects to about 300 students in Classes 7-9 in four sections by turns. They also interact with them and respond to questions in the subjects," Indus International School's Chief Design Officer, Vignesh Rao, told I
  • Employee errors lead to half of cybersecurity incidents: Report
    New Delhi, August 30 (IANS) Despite automation, human factor can put industrial processes at risk. A new report has revealed that employee errors or unintentional actions lead to over half of cybersecurity incidents in industrial networks. Organisations are experiencing a shortage of professionals to handle new threats, said the report from cybersecurity firm Kaspersky. Organisations are also worried that their operational technology and industrial control system (OT/ICS) network