Science & Technology

  • Global tablet shipments grow 25% to reach 47.6mn units in Q3
    New Delhi, Octòber 31 (IANS): Driven by demand for affordable access to basic computing and larger screens to facilitate remote work and learning, the worldwide tablet market grew 24.9 per cent year-over-year to reach 47.6 million units in the third quarter of 2020, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC). Apple shipped 13.9 million units in Q3 to lead the tablet market once again with 29.2 per cent share while Samsung regained the second position with shipments
  • Working hard to let people chat across our apps: Facebook CEO
    New Delhi, October 30 (IANS) Stressing that the messaging experience in the US is very fragmented compared to India or China, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said the company is working hard to merge Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp so that they can start to function a little bit more like one connected interoperable system. In a bid to allow cross-messaging among its family of apps, Facebook has reportedly started merging Instagram and Messenger chats. The social network has alre
  • Xiaomi overtakes Apple in global smartphone shipments in Q3: IDC
    New Delhi, October 30 (IANS): As the worldwide smartphone market showed signs of improvement in the third quarter of this year, Xiaomi surpassed Apple for the first time with a 13.1 per cent market share and 42 per cent growth, according to data from the International Data Corporation (IDC). While Xiaomi shipped 46.5 million devices to grab the number three position globally, Apple shipped 41.6 million smartphones in the quarter, down 10.6 per cent year over year, which placed the c
  • Women-founded tech startups see funding drop 24% in H1 2020
    Bengaluru, October 29 (IANS): Amid Covid-19, funding for women-founded and co-founded startups in India fell 24 per cent to $280 million in the first half of this year, compared to $369 million in the same period last year, said a new report on Thursday. In H1 2020, funding declined across all three stages -- early, growth, and late -- compared to H1 2019, said the report by MAKERS India, a strategic partnership between Verizon Media and YourStory Media. Many women-led startups s
  • Microsoft begins journey to discontinue Internet Explorer
    New Delhi, October 26 (IANS): Microsoft has taken further steps to end the support for its Internet Explorer as it pushes users to install the revamped Chromium-based Edge browser. Now, when you visit an incompatible site in Internet Explorer which still has 5 per cent market share globally, the browsing session will automatically be directed to Microsoft Edge. The redirection is being achieved via an Internet Explorer Browser Helper Object (BHO). This feature works on nearly
  • Massive ransomware attack hits PTI, services resume
    New Delhi, October 26 (IANS): Hackers broke into the servers of news agency Press Trust of India (PTI) over the weekend, crippling its service for hours on Saturday night before they were resumed. According to a company spokesperson, "The computer servers suffered a massive ransomware attack, disrupting operations and the delivery of news to hundreds of subscribers across India for several hours before they were restored after an all-night effort by engineers". Accordin
  • Samsung chief Lee, who made S Korea a tech powerhouse, dies
    Seoul, October 25 (IANS): Lee Kun-hee, who had transformed Samsung Group into one of the world's major tech giants from a small trading firm, died at a hospital in Seoul on Sunday at age 78, leaving a thorny succession challenge for his children. The chairman of the flagship Samsung Electronics had been bedridden since May 2014 following a heart attack. "Chairman Lee passed away on October 25 with his family, including Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee, by his side. Chairman Lee
  • Stars and planets grow up together as siblings: Study
    Berlin, October 24 (IANS): In a unique study, astronomers have found compelling evidence that the planets begin forming while stars are still infants and they grow up together like siblings. The high-resolution image obtained with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) shows a young proto-stellar disk with multiple gaps and rings of dust. This new result, published in the journal Nature, shows the youngest and most detailed example of dust rings acting as cosmic
  • Call of Duty: Mobile gets around 50mn pre-registered users in China
    Beijing, October 24 (IANS): Popular battle royale shooter Call of Duty: Mobile is all set to launch in China on October 29 and now a new report claims that the game has received nearly 50 million pre-registered users in the country. Licensed by Activision Blizzard and developed by Tencent, Call of Duty: Mobile was unavailable to the Chinese, it was blocked by the sensor board for its violence, reports GizmoChaina. The app will be available in the world's biggest gaming market
  • Microsoft partners Netflix to help you learn data science, AI
    New Delhi, October 24 (IANS): Inspired by the new Netflix original titled 'Over the Moon, Microsoft has launched three new modules that guide learners through beginning concepts in data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI). The new Explore Space with "Over the Moon" learning path includes three modules: planning a Moon mission using the Python Pandas Library, predicting meteor showers using Python and VC Code and using AI to recognise objects in i
  • Indian startups, SME's most vulnerable to cyberattacks: Report
    New Delhi, October 24 (IANSlife): While digital transformation has been a great boon for SME's and startups in 2020 as more businesses come online, it has also opened up opportunities for cybercriminals to target weak or non-existent cybersecurity infrastructure which smaller businesses tend to generally have in India. As per findings in the recent handbook titled "Cybersecurity for SMEs & Startups" by CyberPeace Foundation (CPF), startups and SMEs remain the most
  • India most troubled by talent crunch for cyber threat detection: Report
    Bengaluru, October 22 (IANS): Over 98 per cent organisations in the country have shortages in their security operations staffing, said a new report on Thursday. India reports the strongest concern in comparison to its global peers when it comes to tackling the increased volume of cyberthreats and security incidents, said the report by software company Micro Focus. "As a fast-developing economy, India is witnessing a rapid adoption of digital tools and services within its ent
  • We still have much work to do in India market: Netflix
    New Delhi, October 21 (IANS): Content streaming giant Netflix which reported slow growth in its third quarter (July-September period) despite the social distancing times admitted that it has much work to do in countries like India which are lagging behind in terms of growth for the company. Netflix said growth has slowed with 2.2 million paid subscribers in Q3 while the company added 6.8 million paid net adds in the same quarter last year. While the APAC region was the largest co
  • Mozilla fears it can be collateral damage in US-Google war
    San Francisco, October 21 (IANS): As the US Department of Justice and 11 states take on Google with an anti-trust lawsuit over its alleged anti-competitive practices in the Search and Search advertising markets, open source popular browser Mozilla Firefox is worried it could be collateral damage in this war. In the lawsuit, the US Justice Department referenced Google's search agreement with Mozilla as one example of its monopolisation of the search engine market in the US. &q
  • 3 in 4 brands cut marketing budgets post Covid in India: Report
    New Delhi, October 20 (IANS): Over three in four brand marketers (76 per cent) in India have reduced the marketing budgets post Covid-19, shifting advertising budgets towards social media (76 per cent) and paid search (64 per cent) in the post-pandemic environment, a new survey said on Tuesday. Maximising marketing return of investment (ROI) remains on top of the mind (71 per cent) followed by driving sales (76 per cent) and brand positioning (36 per cent) among those surveyed in In
  • Atlassian's $50mn global venture fund to focus on Indian startups
    Bengaluru, October 19 (IANS) In a bid to tap into India's growing startup and developer community, Australia's leading software firm Atlassian Corporation on Monday announced the launch of Atlassian Ventures, a new $50 million global fund that will invest startups, including established companies that are already building products in its ecosystem. The company which set up a research and development centre in Bengaluru last year with plans to expand it further, said it is ke
  • Nokia wins NASA contract to put 4G network on moon
    San Francisco, October 18 (IANS): NASA has awarded Nokia of the US $14.1 million to deploy a 4G cellular network on the moon. The grant is part of $370 million worth of contracts signed under NASA's "Tipping Point" selections, meant to advance research and development for space exploration. "The system could support lunar surface communications at greater distances, increased speeds and provide more reliability than current standards," NASA noted in its co
  • Google stops biggest-ever DDoS cyber attack to date
    New Delhi, October 17 (IANS): The cyber security threats such as distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) are growing exponentially, disrupting businesses of all sizes globally, leading to outages and loss of user trust, Google has said. The tech giant revealed that its infrastructure absorbed a massive 2.5Tbps DDoS in September 2017, the highest-bandwidth attack reported to date which was the culmination of a six-month campaign that utilised multiple methods of attack. "Despite
  • NASA awards US firm $47mn to land water-measuring payload on Moon
    Washington, October 17 (IANS): NASA has awarded Houston-based Intuitive Machines approximately $47 million to deliver a drill combined with a mass spectrometer to the Moon by December 2022. The payload will land on the Moon and drill up to approximately one metre below the surface. It will measure with a mass spectrometer how much ice in the sample is lost to sublimation as the ice turns from a solid to a vapor in the vacuum of the lunar environment. The delivery of the payloa
  • WhatsApp working on in-app support feature to report bugs
    New Delhi, October 16 (IANS): WhatsApp is reportedly working on a new feature that will make it possible for users to directly report bugs and issues in the app. According to WABetainfo, a website that tracks WhatsApp in Beta, the feature can only be accessed and used by the beta testers and the messaging app is currently working on it and will make the feature public once the testing is over. The new bugs report file feature would be available under the new Contact us page. Ther