Science & Technology

  • How to improve computer's learning ability
    New York, January 12 (IANS): Computer-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) can function more like human intelligence when programmed to use a much faster technique for learning new objects, researchers say. In the journal Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, the researchers explained how the new approach vastly improves the ability of AI software to quickly learn new visual concepts. "Our model provides a biologically plausible way for artificial neural networks to learn n
  • WhatsApp advises users as Google removes group chat links
    New Delhi, January 11 (IANS): Concerned at private group chat links being available on Google Search, WhatsApp on Monday said that they have asked Google not to index such chats and advised users not to share group chat links on publicly accessible websites. Google had indexed invite links to private WhatsApp group chats, meaning anyone can join various private chat groups with a simple search. The indexed WhatsApp group chat links have now been removed from Google. Independen
  • WhatsApp group chat links seen again on Google Search
    New Delhi, January 10 (IANS): Google has again indexed invite links to private WhatsApp group chats, meaning anyone can join various private chat groups with a simple search. WhatsApp is making several private groups available across the Web by indexing group chat invites, as their links can be accessed by anyone using a simple search on Google. Independent cybersecurity researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia shared screenshots with IANS shows indexing of WhatsApp group chat invites on
  • Microsoft Teams is getting new 'Dynamic View' feature in March
    San Francisco, January 9 (IANS): Microsoft is updating its Teams service with a new "Dynamic View" for users to make video calls with presentations a lot easier to view. According to Microsoft's roadmap, this new "Dynamic View" will be available to all Microsoft Teams users in March. This new view allows Teams users to share content side by side with participants. It looks ideally positioned for meetings where someone is presenting a slide deck or if parti
  • Global used smartphone market to reach $65 bn in 2024: IDC
    New Delhi, January 8 (IANS): The global shipments of used smartphones, both officially refurbished and used, are expected to reach 351.6 million units registering $65 billion in market value in 2024, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.2 per cent from 2019 to 2024, an IDC report said on Friday. For 2020, the used smartphones shipments were likely to reach 225.4 million units. This represents an increase of 9.2 per cent over the 206.5 million units shipped in 2019.
  • Over 100 mn people still using Windows 7 globally
    New Delhi, January 7 (IANS): Despite being out of support for a year, Microsoft Windows 7 operating system (OS) still appears to have at least 100 million users worldwide. Microsoft has said for years that there are 1.5 billion users of Windows across multiple versions worldwide. "It's difficult to get an exact number of Windows 7 users owing to the different methods used by analytics companies, but it's at least 100 million," reports The Verge. Windows 7 has
  • 3 more Indian firms hacked, 1.13 cr users' data at risk: Researcher
    New Delhi, January 6 (IANS): After hacking masked credit and debit card data of crores of Juspay users, the same hacker possibly known as 'ShinyHunters' is now selling databases belonging to three more Indian companies on Dark Web, independent cyber security researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia claimed on Wednesday. According to Rajaharia who first broke the JusPay hacking, the three Indian companies are e-marketplace ClickIndia, fintech startup for small business owners ChqBook
  • Exploring the dynamics of social networks
    New Delhi, January 6 (IANS): Conventional wisdom would have us believe that it is the size of your network that matters: how many people do you know? We're told to mix, mingle, and connect. But social science research suggests otherwise. The quality and structure of our relationships have far greater impact on our personal and professional lives. Our relationships with friends, family, co-workers, neighbours, and collaborators are by far our greatest asset. Yet, most people l
  • Mi Notebook 14 e-Learning Edition: Affordable yet powerful
    New Delhi, January 4 (IANS): Xiaomi is aiming big to create market space in the laptop segment in India. Keeping this in mind, the company earlier brought Mi Notebook 14 and Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition in India and now, it has launched a cheaper variant of the Mi Notebook 14 titled 'Mi Notebook 14 e-Learning Edition. The name itself suggests that the device is meant for schools and millions of children who are taking classes online owing to the Covid-19 pandemic in the countr
  • 10 crore Indians' card data selling on Dark Web: Researcher
    New Delhi, January 3 (IANS): Independent cyber security researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia claimed on Sunday that data of nearly 10 crore credit and debit card holders in the country is being sold for an undisclosed amount on the Dark Web. According to Rajaharia, the massive data dump on the Dark Web has been leaked from a compromised server of Bengaluru-based digital payments gateway Juspay. JusPay told IANS that no card numbers or financial information were compromised during the
  • Global app spending grew 35% to hit $407M on Christmas: Report
    San Francisco, January 2 (IANS): Consumers around the globe spent an estimated $407.6 million across Apple's App Store and Google Play on Christmas, a year-over-year growth of nearly 35 per cent per cent from approximately $303 million in 2019, according to a new report by data analytics firm Sensor Tower. Between the two platforms, Apple's App Store captured the bulk of the spending at $278.6 million, while Google Play saw $129 million in revenue, said the report. This i
  • Adobe Flash Player is now history, top browsers end support
    New Delhi, January 1 (IANS): Software major Adobe has bid goodbye to its iconic Flash Player as major internet browsers shut it down on Friday and Microsoft blocked it in most versions of Windows. Adobe had earlier said to stop supporting Flash on December 31 and block Flash content from running on January 12. First announced in July 2017, Adobe had said to stop updating and distributing Flash Player after December 31, 2020 due to the diminished usage of the technology and the av
  • Ushering more space sector reform is the priority for 2021: Sivan
    Chennai, December 31 (IANS): The priority for the year 2021 will be to usher in increased space sector reforms by putting in place a permanent Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe) and other sectoral policies, said K.Sivan, Secretary, Department of Space (DoS). Sivan is also the Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Space Commission. He said an interim IN-SPACe, which was set up, has received 28 applications from the private s
  • WhatsApp to stop working on these phones from Jan 1
    New Delhi, December 30 (IANS): WhatsApp will stop working for some iPhones as well as Android smartphones starting January 1, 2021. There are several Android and iOS phones that may not be able to run the app as the company will withdraw support for older versions of OS from next year. According to the information on the WhatsApp FAQ section, WhatsApp will only be compatible with phones running the Android 4.0.3 operating system or newer as well as iPhones running on iOS 9 and ne
  • Next-generation 'AirPods Pro' might come in two sizes
    San Francisco, December 30 (IANS): Apple is expected to debut its second generation 'AirPods Pro' earbuds in 2021 with a new report claiming that it would come in two sizes. Leaker Mr. White, who in the past has shared accurate details of Apple's product plans, has shared new part images for the "AirPods Pro 2". The images shown depict different sized SoC housing for the H1 Processor which could indicate different sized earbuds in the future model, reports Appl
  • Indian-origin chemist finds new clue to how life began on Earth
    San Francisco, December 29 (IANS): Adding a fresh viewpoint to the origin of life on Earth, an Indian-origin researcher Ramanarayanan Krishnamurthy from Scripps Research in California have made a discovery that a DNA-RNA mix began the first life form on our planet. Krishnamurthy demonstrated that a simple compound called diamidophosphate (DAP), which was plausibly present on Earth before life arose, could have chemically knitted together tiny DNA building blocks called deoxynucleosi
  • SolarWinds hack: Russian cybercriminals attacked CrowdStrike
    San Francisco, December 28 (IANS): Cyber-security firm CrowdStrike has revealed that suspected Russian hackers who broke into a series of US government agencies and enterprises via compromising SolarWinds software, attacked its network but failed to extract any information. At least 24 big companies including tech giants like Intel, Cisco, VMware and Nvidia suffered part of the SolarWinds hack allegedly orchestrated by Russia-backed cybercriminals. The suspected Russian hackers i
  • Solar Orbiter spacecraft makes its first Venus flyby
    London, December 28 (IANS): The joint US-European Solar Orbiter spacecraft has completed its first of many gravity assist flybys of Venus, to start bringing it closer to the Sun and tilting its orbit in order to observe our star from different perspectives. The spacecraft's closest approach to Venus took place at 12.39 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) on Sunday. "First #VenusFlyby completed for #SolarOrbiter," the official Twitter handle of the spacecraft tweeted.
  • Every business must aspire to go digital in 2021
    New Delhi, December 27 (IANS): A key learning from the pandemic-hit year is that every business needs to be a digital business and resilience, adaptability and lifelong learning have been key skills that stood out this year, industry leaders said on Sunday. According to Rajiv Bhalla, Managing Director, Barco India, 2020 has been a transformative year and it has changed the way we work. "A growing trend in hybrid working enabled with digital transformation was witnessed throu
  • FB, Twitter stir up hornet's nest in India in 2020
    New Delhi, December 26 (IANS): As we gloat over reports how the US and European countries have started to tame the social media platforms in regard to anti-trust market practices, users privacy and the spread of fake news, Big Tech firms had their own iota of controversies in India in 2020, generating enough political heat in the process. The biggest controversy came in August when the Wall Street Journal reported on the blatant biases of Facebook India's team, headed by their p