Science & Technology

  • 61% Indian business leaders think Covid-19 ups cybercrime risk
    Bengaluru, June 2 (IANS) About 61 per cent of Indian business leaders and decision-makers think their business is more likely to experience a serious cybercrime during the Covid-19 situation as opposed to 45 per cent globally, said a survey on Tuesday.   About a third of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) believe that cyberattacks are more likely to occur during Covid-19 situation than before, showed the study by US-based cybersecurity company CrowdStrike.  
  • 7.26 million records of BHIM users data leaked: Report
    New Delhi, June 1 (IANS) Security researchers have discovered that about 7.26 million records linked to users of mobile payments app BHIM were left exposed to the public by a website.   The exposed data included sensitive information such as names, dates of birth, age, gender, home address, caste status and Aadhaar card details, among others, said the report from VPN review website vpnMentor.   "The scale of the exposed data is extraordinary, affecting millio
  • Indian developer earns Rs 75 lakh for finding 'Sign in with Apple' bug
    New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) A 27-year-old Indian security researcher Bhavuk Jain has grabbed $100,000 (over Rs 75.5 lakh) from Apple for discovering a now-patched Zero Day vulnerability in the Sign in with Apple account authentication.   The Zero Day vulnerability could have allowed a hacker to break into an Apple user's account who log into third-party apps like like Dropbox, Spotify, Airbnb and Giphy (now acquired by Facebook) and more.   Jain who holds a bache
  • NASA resumes human spaceflight from U.S. soil with historic SpaceX launch
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 31 (Reuters) - SpaceX, the private rocket company of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, launched two Americans into orbit from Florida on Saturday in a landmark mission marking the first spaceflight of NASA astronauts from U.S. soil in nine years.   A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center at 3:22 p.m. EDT (1922 GMT), launching Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on a 19-hour ride aboard the company's newly designed Crew Dragon
  • NRI scientist develops test that visually detects coronavirus in 10 mins
    New York, May 30 (IANS) A team of US scientists led by an Indian-origin researcher has developed an experimental diagnostic test for COVID-19 that can visually detect the presence of coronavirus in 10 minutes.   Scientists from the University of Maryland School of Medicine developed the test that uses a simple assay containing plasmonic gold nanoparticles to detect a colour change when the virus is present.   The test does not require the use of any advanced labor
  • NASA picks 3 Indian firms to make low cost Covid-19 ventilator
    Washington, May 30 (IANS) NASA has selected three Indian companies to make a low-cost ventilator tailored for Covid-19 patients.   The three Indian companies are Alpha Design Technologies Pvt Ltd, Bharat Forge Ltd and Medha Servo Drives Pvt Ltd, the US space agency said in a statement on Friday.   The prototype, which was created by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineers in just 37 days, received an emergency use authorisation from the US Food and Drug Adm
  • Windows 10 May update now live with built-in Linux, Cortana
    San Francisco, May 28 (IANS) The Windows 10 May 2020 Update has started to reach customers globally with features like Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 as well as latest Cortana updates.   The biggest under-the-hood change to the May 2020 Update is the inclusion of the Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL 2), with a custom-built Linux kernel.   The Linux integration in Windows 10 will greatly improve the performance of Microsoft's Linux subsystem in Windows. &nb
  • IIT-M researchers develop engineered magnesium alloy for automobiles
    Chennai, May 26 (IANS) The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) on Tuesday said its researchers have developed a high-performance magnesium alloy that can replace steel and aluminium in automobiles.   In a statement issued here, IIT-M said its researchers working with University of North Texas and US Army Research Laboratory Teams have developed an engineered magnesium alloy.   The engineered magnesium alloy with significantly improved properties can repla
  • Time to make online education like on-campus experience: UNSW Sydney
    New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) Amid Covid-19-disrupted academic year, cancelled classes and examinations, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney has taken a big leap forward in terms of online education for its global student community.   According to Amit Dasgupta, India Country Director, UNSW Sydney, at present, online platform is the most viable and robust platform to deliver to students seeking world-class education from a world-class institution.   &quo
  • AWS driving Netflix, Fortnite, Zoom entertain and empower millions at home
    New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) As you stream your favourite movies or TV series on Netflix, Disney Plus or Hulu, or connect with your team via video meet app Zoom, leading Cloud service provider Amazon Web Services (AWS) in the backdrop is ensuring seamless, scalable and secure connectivity to help people at home and organisations function while they can't operate normally at work.   According to AWS CEO Andy Jassy, a lot of things that are allowing humanity to deal with the g
  • Moon mission: NASA seeks candidates for 8-month isolation
    Washington, May 23 (IANS) NASA is seeking US citizens for an eight-month study on social isolation in preparation for missions to Mars and the moon.   The international space agency is preparing for its next spaceflight simulation study and is seeking healthy participants to live together with a small crew in isolation for eight months in Moscow, Russia.   Participants will be staying in a lab located in Moscow, and they will experience environmental aspects simil
  • Zoom to forcibly install 5.0 update with encryption post May 30
    New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) Video meet app Zoom on Friday announced that after May 30, all its clients on older versions would receive a forced 5.0 update when trying to join meetings as GCM encryption would be fully enabled across the platform.   After facing several security and privacy issues, Zoom last month released a much-awaited 5.0 update to its popular video conferencing service with several security and privacy improvements.   "Please update all your c
  • 3 in 5 Indian professionals to spend more time on online learning: LinkedIn
    New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) Realising the importance to remain relevant in a shrinking job market during the Covid-19 lockdown times, more than three in five Indian professionals (63 per cent) will increase their time spent on online learning, a new LinkedIn survey said on Tuesday. While 60 per cent of Indian professionals want to gain more industry knowledge, 57 per cent aim to learn how they can advance in their careers, and 45 per cent wish to better their communication capabil
  • NASA unveils 'Artemis Accords' for responsible space exploration
    Washington, May 16 (IANS) As NASA plans to return humans to the Moon by 2024 under its Artemis programme, the US space agency has laid out certain principles for responsible space exploration that will guide all its international partners. Grounded in the Outer Space Treaty of 1967, the Artemis Accords are designed to create a safe and transparent environment which facilitates exploration, science, and commercial activities for all of humanity to enjoy, NASA said on Friday.
  • 1 in 4 popular YouTube COVID-19 videos in English mislead viewers
    Toronto, May 14 (IANS) Despite YouTube's efforts to remove pandemic related minsinformation, more than a quarter of the most viewed COVID-19 English-language videos on the platform contains misleading or inaccurate information, reveals a new study. Misleading or inaccurate information in these videos included claims such as pharmaceutical companies already have a cure, but refuse to sell it, or that certain countries have stronger strains of coronavirus; inappropriate recommend
  • Technology crucial in combating COVID-19: Intel India head
    New Delhi, May 12 (IANS) Technology companies have a key role to play in developing solutions for testing, treatment and containment of COVID-19, Intel India Country Head Nivruti Rai said on Tuesday. Intel India is working with India's Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) to deploy Intel client and server solutions to help achieve faster and less expensive COVID-19 testing and coronavirus
  • Microsoft releases fix to protect users from reply-all email storm
    San Francisco, May 11 (IANS) Microsoft has started rolling out a tool designed to protect Office 365 users worldwide from reply-all email storms. When a reply all mail storm occurs in an organisation, it can disrupt business continuity and in some cases even throttle the rest of the organisation's email for a period of time. It happens when someone forgets to BCC everyone or misconfigures a distribution list and a large number of people start sending their replies to the ema
  • Hackers selling 73 million user records from 10 firms for Rs 13.6 lakh
    San Francisco, May 10 (IANS) A hacker group is selling data of 10 companies including online dating app Zoosk, US newspaper Star Tribune and food delivery service Chef that contains over 73 million user records over the Dark Web for $18,000 (nearly Rs 13.6 lakh) . Other companies are printing service Chatbooks, South Korean fashion platform SocialShare, online marketplace Minted, online newspaper Chronicle of Higher Education, South Korean furniture magazine GGuMim, health maga
  • Hacking attacks on educational portal tripled in Q1 amid online learning
    New Delhi, May 9 (IANS) The overall number of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks during the first three months of this year have seen a significant spike in attacks on educational websites as millions joined online classes during the pandemic, a new report claimed on Saturday.   The increased demand in online resources was noted by cyber attackers, who conducted attacks on the most vital digital services or those that are growing in popularity.   "This c
  • Google, Facebook to let most employees work from home till year-end
    San Francisco, May 8 (IANS) Google and Facebook have decided to allow most of their workforces to stay home and work through the end of this year.   Facebook will open most of its office from July 6, according to a CNBC report.   The social networking giant is in the process of determining which employees will be asked to return to the office. Similar measures are being taken by Google in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.   According to a report in BBC on