Science & Technology

  • Bluetooth devices may leak your secrets due to design flaw
    New York, November 15 (IANS) Be it a fitness tracker, smartwatch, smart speaker or smart home assistant, the way Bluetooth devices communicate with the mobile apps leaves room for hackers to steal sensitive personal information, new research has found. An inherent design flaw makes mobile apps that work with Bluetooth Low Energy devices vulnerable to hacking, said the study described at the Association for Computing Machinery's Conference on Computer and Communications Security held
  • Are we alone? Study refines search for habitable planets
    New York, November 14 (IANS) A team of US researchers has redefined the conditions that make a planet habitable by taking the star's radiation and the planet's rotation rate into account - a discovery that will help astronomers narrow down the search around life-sustaining planets. The research team is the first to combine 3D climate modeling with atmospheric chemistry to explore the habitability of planets around M dwarf stars, which comprise about 70 per cent of the total galactic
  • This LED bulb can kill bacteria in your house
    Mumbai, November 12 (IANS) Syska on Tuesday launched an anti-bacterial LED bulb 'Bactiglow' with microbial disinfection properties that electrocute harmful bacteria present in a room. The anti-bacterial bulb is priced at Rs 250 and is available at leading retails stores across the country and has a manufacturer warranty of one year. "As one of the pioneers of LED lighting, our aim is to offer our customers, products that are convenient, affordable and reflect their evolving needs
  • Free Internet access a basic human right, cry researchers
    London, November 11 (IANS) With political engagement and debates increasingly taking place online, free internet access must be considered as a human right, as people unable to get online -- particularly in the developing countries -- lack meaningful ways to influence the global players shaping their everyday lives, researchers have stressed. Basic freedoms that many take for granted including free expression, freedom of information and freedom of assembly are undermined if some cit
  • Telegram, Signal won't shield your chats from hackers
    New Delhi, November 10 (IANS) So you have decided to open a Telegram account in the wake of the WhatsApp-NSO group spyware incident that affected 1,400 select users globally, including some in India. Some of you may even be attempting to join the chat app Signal for that elusive security that, unfortunately, was never there in the first place. Take this seriously: Encryption is fundamentally flawed and once hackers get to know any vulnerability or bug in the app security ecosystem
  • Mercury to glide across the Sun on November 11
    Washington, November 9 (IANS) Planet Mercury will pass directly between Earth and the Sun on November 11, staging a rare celestial show. During the transit, Mercury will look like a tiny black dot gliding across the Sun's face, NASA said in a blog this week, adding that the event will be widely visible from most of Earth, including the Americas, the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, New Zealand, Europe, Africa, and western Asia. Mercury's transit only happens about 13 times a century.
  • Facebook, YouTube ban naming Trump impeachment whistleblower
    San Francisco, November 9 (IANS) Facebook and Google-owned YouTube have banned content on their platform that purports to name the whistleblower whose complaint led to the impeachment inquiry against US President Donald Trump. The decision came after Facebook took down ads purporting to name the whistleblower earlier this week. "Any mention of the potential whistleblower's name violates our coordinating harm policy, which prohibits content aouting of witness, informant, or activi
  • Apple dominates smartwatch market with 48% share in Q3
    San Francisco, November 8 (IANS) Continuing its lead over competitors like Samsung and Fitbit, Apple Watch maintained first position as its share in the global smartwatch market reached 48 per cent in the third quarter of this year from 45 per cent in the same quarter last year, according to a report by market research firm Strategy Analytics. Global smartwatch shipments grew an impressive 42 per cent annually to reach 14 million units in the third quarter of 2019, said the report.
  • Apple may sell at least 20 mn 'iPhone SE 2' models in 2020
    San Francisco, November 7 (IANS) Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has revealed that the iPhone maker will ship at least 20 million iPhone SE 2 units in 2020, following the device's launch in the first half of the year. If all goes well for Apple, Kuo also offers an optimistic prediction of up to 30 million units due to potential popularity of the device, Apple Insider reported on Wednesday. As per the report, the iPhone SE 2 will use a 10-layer Substrate-like PCB (SLP) for its motherbo
  • 90% organisations think cyber threat landscape will worsen in 2020
    Milpitas (California), November 5 (IANS) With the perpetually shifting threat landscape, over 90 per cent of organisations believe the cyber threat landscape will stay the same or worsen in 2020 while 51 per cent of organisations do not believe they are ready for or would respond well to a cyber attack or breach, a new report by US-based cyber security firm FireEye said on Tuesday. FireEye's "Cyber Trendscape" report surveyed over 800 Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and
  • IBM, govt launch platform for skilling students
    New Delhi, November 4 (IANS) Tech giant IBM on Monday announced launch of SkillsBuild platform in collaboration with the Directorate General of Training under the aegis of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE). As part of the programme, a two-year advanced diploma in information technology (IT), networking and cloud computing will be offered at the Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and the National Skill Training Institutes (NSTIs). The platform will
  • iPhone 5 user? Update software now to keep using App Store
    New Delhi, November 3 (IANS) If you are using an iPhone 5, do not forget to update its software as Apple has warned that without an iOS update the device will not support App Store, iCloud, email, and web browsing from Sunday. "Starting just before 12:00 a.m. UTC (5.30 p.m. India time) on November 3, 2019, iPhone 5 will require an iOS update to maintain accurate GPS location and to continue to use functions that rely on correct date and time, including App Store, iCloud, email, and
  • Instagram bets big on shopping, mentoring talent in India
    Mumbai, November 1 (IANS) Facebook-owned Instagram is gearing up to mentor talents across 15 cities in India as the platform focuses on enhancing shopping experience for its users in the country with Augmented Reality (AR), a top company executive said here on Friday. Creators will be mentored under the "Born on Instagram" initiative, Vishal Shah, Instagram's VP of Products, told reporters here. "Right now, people can discover products on Instagram but they cannot buy them direct
  • WhatsApp confirms Israeli spyware snooped on Indians
    New Delhi, October 31 (IANS) As Facebook-owned WhatsApp sued Israeli cyber intelligence company NSO Group this week that exploited its video calling system to snoop on 1,400 selected users globally, the micro-blogging platform confirmed on Thursday that Indian human rights activists and journalists were among those targeted by the spyware. Earlier, multiple media reports said those targeted in India included human rights activists who were arrested over their alleged involvement in
  • Microsoft warns Russian hackers could target 2020 Olympics
    San Francisco, October 30 (IANS) Microsoft claimed that it has recently detected Russian hackers are trying to disrupt the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by infiltrating sporting and anti-doping agencies. The hacking group called Fancy Bear, APT28, or Strontium could impact the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, the tech giant has warned. Analysts at Microsoft Threat Intelligence Centre also published details of the hacks, which began on September 16 and have so far targeted at least 16 sporting an
  • Privacy class-action lawsuits to grow 300% in 2020: Forrester
    New Delhi, October 29 (IANS) With the focus on data privacy growing across the world, privacy class-action lawsuits will increase by 300 per cent in 2020, warns a forecast by market research firm Forrester. The coming year will be a bad year for third-party data and a good year for marketers who take consumer privacy seriously, said the "Predictions 2020" report. "Consumers are deeply concerned with how their data is collected and used. A barrage of news about data breaches, gove
  • IIT-Madras develops AI model to solve engineering problems
    Chennai, October 28 (IANS) The Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) on Monday said its researchers have developed algorithms that enable novel applications for artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and deep learning to solve engineering problems. The researchers are going to establish a start-up to deploy their AI Software called 'AISoft' to develop solutions to engineering problems in varied fields such as in thermal management, semiconductors, automobile, aerosp
  • Facebook begins testing dedicated 'News' tab on its platform
    San Francisco, October 26 (IANS) In what could spell trouble for already struggling local newsrooms globally, Facebook has introduced a dedicated "News" feature on its platform that will highlight the most relevant national stories of the day. Currently available for users in the US, the tab will give people more control over the stories they see, and the ability to explore a wider range of their news interests, directly within the Facebook app, the company said in a statement on Fr
  • 42 malicious apps affected 8 million Android users
    London, October 25 (IANS) Security researchers have detected a massive year-long adware campaign where the involved apps were installed on users' Android devices eight million times from Google Play alone. Slovak internet security company ESET identified 42 apps on Google Play as belonging to the campaign, which had been running since July 2018. Of those, 21 were still available at the time of discovery. "We reported the apps to the Google security team and they were swiftly remo
  • 72% Indian enterprises wrong about Cloud security: Study
    New Delhi, October 24 (IANS) About 72 per cent of security decision makers in large enterprises in India wrongly believe that security provided by Cloud providers is sufficient to protect them from threats, a new report from global cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks said on Thursday. Large enterprises, defined as those with more than 200 employees are not prepared for Cloud-related cybersecurity threats, and more importantly, make the assumption that public Clouds are by default