Technology | GG2.Net Technology | GG2.Net 2017-05-23 en // Garavi Gujarat <![CDATA[ Historic moment, says PM on launch of South Asian Satellite]]>
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday described the launch of the South Asian Satellite by India as a "historic moment" and said it opens up new horizons of engagement among the countries of the region. Hailing the scientists of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for ensuring the successful launch, he said the satellite will greatly benefit South Asia and the region's progress. "Successful launch of South Asian Satellite is a historic moment. It opens up new]]>
<![CDATA['British teen corrects NASA data error']]>
A 17-year-old schoolboy in the UK has pointed out an error in the data recorded by NASA on the International Space Station (ISS), earning him appreciation from the US space agency. Miles Soloman, an A-level student at Tapton school in Sheffield, contacted scientists at NASA, telling them that radiation sensors on the ISS were recording false data. Soloman said it was "pretty cool" to email NASA, adding the correction was "appreciated" by the space agency, which invited him]]>
<![CDATA['Lost' Chandrayaan-1 found orbiting Moon: Nasa]]>
India's first lunar probe - the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft - which was considered lost, is still orbiting the Moon, Nasa scientists have found by using a new ground-based radar technique. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) lost communication with Chandrayaan-1 on August 29, 2009, almost a year after it was launched on October 22, 2008. Now, scientists at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California have successfully located the spacecraft still circling some 200 kilometre]]>
<![CDATA[Fearing tighter US visa regime, Indian IT firms rush to hire and acquire]]>
Anticipating a more protectionist US technology visa programme under a Donald Trump administration, India's $150 billion IT services sector will speed up acquisitions in the United States and recruit more heavily from college campuses there.   Indian companies including Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) , Infosys and Wipro have long used H1-B skilled worker visas to fly computer engineers to the U.S., their largest overseas market, temporarily to service clients.   ]]>
<![CDATA[India's solar farm is now the largest in the world]]>
India has overtaken California and now has the largest solar farm in one location in the world. It was built in a record eight months, despite monsoons and floods. The vast 2,500 acre site in Tamil Nadu is the size of nearly 60 Taj Mahals, while the area of the solar panels alone could hold 476 football pitches. And, during the construction, just the storage area was the equivalent of 6 Sydney Opera Houses. The southern Indian solar farm can generate 648 megawatts of clean, green electric]]>
<![CDATA[Google adds fact-checking to news articles]]>
Google is adding "fact check" tags to its news articles, introducing the feature amid a US presidential race roiled by heated disputes over the accuracy of information. The move, announced Thursday (Oct 13), will allow readers on Google news applications and websites to click on links to check facts where claims have been evaluated by fact-check organizations. The new feature is being introduced amid a war over facts between many major media outlets and Republican presidenti]]>
<![CDATA[Live streaming of sporting events on new app]]>
 Claiming to be a first for India, newly-launched app Sports Flashes will live stream all popular Olympic sports along with cricket.       Some of the events that the app is currently broadcasting live are Seri Mutiara Championship Cup (Basketball) from Malaysia, Fencing Epee Junior World Cup from Baharain, ISU Junior Grand Prix - Dresden - Pairs Free Skate from Germany and Hockey 4th Women's AHF Cup 2016 from Thailand.    ]]>
<![CDATA[Students from India's premier institutes to brainstorm at 'Smart India Hackathon']]>
The brightest minds from India's premier technology institutes like IITs, NITs and other premier institutes will soon be racking their brains for 36 hours to come up with out-of-box tech solutions for problems faced by various Union Ministries.         In a first, Prakash Javadekar led Union HRD ministry is planning to hold a unique 'Smart India Hackathon 2017' in January-February next year, which would reach out to 30 lakh stu]]>
<![CDATA[New universal flu vaccine to prevent global pandemics ]]>
Scientists have designed a new generation of universal flu vaccines that protects against majority of the known viral strains and help prevent future global pandemics that could kill millions. The researchers devised two universal vaccines. One can protect against up to 88 per cent of known flu strains worldwide in a single shot, spelling the end of the winter flu season. Another vaccine covers 95 per cent of known US influenza strains, they said. &q]]>
<![CDATA[ISRO to launch advanced weather satellite INSAT-3DR]]>
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to launch the GSLV-F05 carrying advanced weather satellite INSAT-3DR from  the spaceport of Sriharikota, about 110 km from southern India’s metro city of Chennai, on Thursday (September 8).         "GSLV-F05/INSAT 3DR mission is scheduled to be launched on September 8 at 1610 hours from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota", ISRO said on its website.       ]]>
<![CDATA[Waterproof gadgets make a splash at Berlin's tech fair]]>
From smartphones that can survive a dip in the sink to sweat-resistant earphones and floating speakers for your next pool party, waterproof gadgets are making a splash at this year's IFA electronics fair in Berlin. As consumers have grown more attached to their on-the-go devices, they have also become more demanding and manufacturers have been working for years to make those products, phones especially, better able to withstand sudden downpours, spills or even the dreaded toilet-bowl ]]>
<![CDATA[Photos of Jupiter's poles released by NASA]]>
NASA published on Friday (Sept 3) the first-ever images of Jupiter's north pole and its southern aurora, taken during the Juno spacecraft's first orbital flyby of the gaseous giant. Juno came within 2,500 miles (4,200 kilometers) of Jupiter on August 27 during a six-hour transit from the north pole to the south. “It looks like nothing we have seen or imagined before," said Scott Bolton, principal investigator of Juno from the Southwest Research Institute in San Anto]]>
<![CDATA[Habitable planet found in solar system next door]]>
Scientists on Wednesday (August 23) announced the discovery of an Earth-sized planet orbiting the star nearest our Sun, opening up the glittering prospect of a habitable world that may one day be explored by robots. Named Proxima b, the planet is in a ‘temperate’ zone compatible with the presence of liquid water, a key ingredient for life.  The findings, based on data collected over 16 years, were reported in the peer-reviewed journal Nature. ‘We have finall]]>
<![CDATA[US astronauts prepare spacewalk to install new docking port]]>
 To deal with expected increase in private spaceship traffic at the International Space Station in the coming years, two US astronauts are set to embark on a spacewalk on Friday (August 19) to install a special parking spot for them. Jeff Williams and Kate Rubins will step outside the orbiting laboratory to attach an international docking adaptor launched aboard a SpaceX Dragon cargo ship last month. NASA describes the equipment as ‘a metaphorical gateway to a future’]]>
<![CDATA[Snapchat 'Yellow Face' lens slapped as offensive]]>
  Snapchat was forced to remove a photo lens after drawing severe online flak that dubbed the vanishing message app an offensive stereotype of Asians worthy of the label ‘Yellow Face.’ The lens overlaid faces in photos with cartoon visages featuring slanted eyes, wide cheeks and toothy grins. Snapchat pulled the lens after its release on Tuesday (August 9) ignited concerns it was insulting and racist. Snapchat said the lens was meant as a playful take on anime]]>
<![CDATA[Indian-American's Moon Express to take human remains to moon]]>
An Indian-American has co-founded a private firm that will launch a spacecraft and land on the moon. The company has acquired license and plans to take human remains to the Earth's satellite at USD 3 million per kilo, according to a media report.         Moon Express, co-founded by Naveen Jain, was last week granted a license by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to launch a spacecraft and land on moon in 2017, becoming the  first private c]]>
<![CDATA[ Monsoon Project: India and UK scientists collaborate]]>
BRITISH and Indian scientists have collaborated as part of an ambitious £8 million joint project to gain a greater understanding of the southern Asian monsoon and its effects on the world’s climate. One such initiative called Incompass, part of a large-scale observational campaign, saw UK and Indian scientists use a state-of-the-art research aircraft in the past two months to take atmospheric measurements of the summer monsoon. Dr Andrew Turner, from the University of ]]>
<![CDATA[This year to be one second longer: US Naval Observatory]]>
On December 31 this year, a 'leap second' will be added to the world's clocks at 23 hours, 59 minutes 59 seconds Coordinated Universal Time, the US Naval Observatory has announced.         This corresponds to 4:29:59 am IST, on January 1, 2017 when the extra second will be inserted at the US Naval  Observatory's (USNO) Master Clock Facility in Washington, DC.         Historically, time was based on the mean]]>
<![CDATA[Indian school students to participate in finals of NASA competition]]>
Twelve students from a Delhi school have been selected to participate in the finals of the prestigious International Space Settlement Design Competition (ISSDC) at NASA. The Class X to XII students of Delhi Public School, R K Puram, were invited by Union Minister of State for Atomic Energy and Space Jitendra Singh for an interactive session on the eve of their departure for Florida. Hailing the achievement of the students, Singh said they not only deserve encouragement, but, in addi]]>
<![CDATA[Indian team selected to participate in NASA]]>
A team of 13 Indian engineering students, including four girls, will participate in  National Aeronautics and Space Administration's  (NASA) prestigious global competition to build and design remotely operated vehicles from scratch. The team named ‘Screwdrivers’ from Mukesh Patel School of Techno]]>
<![CDATA[UK astronaut returns from space]]>
A three-member crew, including British astronaut Tim Peake on Saturday (June 18), landed back on Earth at the end of a seven-hour return journey after completing a historic six-month mission on the International Space Station (ISS). A Soyuz capsule carrying Major Peake and Russias Yury Malenchenko and NASAs Tim Kopra touched down in Kazakhstan after spending 186 days in orbit. "Truly elated, the smells of Earth are just so strong, just so good to be back on Earth. Ill look forwar]]>
<![CDATA[Robot Betty to work as trainee office manager]]>
A highly sophisticated robot developed by a research team of University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom is joining the world of work as a trainee office manager. Betty the robot has information about her surroundings and learn how the environment changes over time — for example, where people go within the office, where objects appear, whether doors are open or closed. She will also know when to report to her docking station to recharge her batteries. Betty is part of the &po]]>
<![CDATA[Groundbreaking discovery of organic molecule in space]]>
  Researchers have found an organic molecule essential to biology in interstellar space for the first time, announced experts on Tuesday (June 14), a discovery that could help solve a long-time mystery.   Like humans, the organic molecules that make up the universe can lean left-handed or right-handed, a preference known as chirality. Most molecules on Earth lean left but scientists don't know why. The recently discovered interstellar molecule is the most complex]]>
<![CDATA[World Bank says India faces stark digital divide]]>
India is a global IT powerhouse but a huge majority of the population remains locked out of the benefits brought by the digital economy, the World Bank said on Tuesday. India's vibrant business process outsourcing sector, centered in the southern hubs of Bangalore and Hyderabad, has made it the leading exporter of IT services and skilled manpower in the developing world. Yet nearly a billion people have no Internet access, the biggest offline population of any country, World ]]>
<![CDATA[Pakistan, Bangladesh lead in malware attacks -Microsoft report]]>
Pakistan, Indonesia, the Palestinian territories, Bangladesh, and Nepal attract the highest rates of attempted malware attacks, according to Microsoft Corp. Countries that attracted the fewest include Japan, Finland, Norway and Sweden, Microsoft said in a new study, based on sensors in systems running Microsoft anti-malware software. "We look at north of 10 million attacks on identities every day," said Microsoft manager Alex Weinert, although attacks do not always succeed. ]]>
<![CDATA[More challenges than cheer for Apple chief on Asia tour]]>
With slowing iPhone sales in China, Apple Inc is having to take India more seriously, but investors hoping for a stock price fillip from CEO Tim Cook’s week-long Asia trip instead were given a taste of the daunting challenges that lie ahead. The second leg of Cook’s trip, to India, the world’s third-largest smartphone market, comes at a crucial time as Apple battles slowing growth in China, its second-biggest market. But the challenges suggest it will be years before Ind]]>
<![CDATA[Bollywood studios eye profits at last as India goes smartphone mad]]>
INDIA'S all-singing, all-dancing movie hits capture the attention of hundreds of millions of fans - but they generate precious little in box office profits for the world's largest cinema industry. Now, with smartphone sales booming and India preparing for nationwide 4G Internet access, India's film and TV industry hopes the ease of tapping your phone for the latest release will generate profits at last, overcoming the problems of woefully few cinemas and rampant piracy. In]]>
<![CDATA[US regulators consider Google self-driving cars]]>
US vehicle safety regulators have said the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car could be considered the driver under federal law, a major step toward ultimately winning approval for autonomous vehicles on the roads.   The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, of its decision in a previously unreported February 4 letter to the company posted on the agency's website this week.   Google's]]>
<![CDATA[India regulator deals blow to Facebook in Internet row]]>
INDIA'S telecom regulator on Monday (February 8) dealt a blow to Facebook's plans to offer free mobile Internet through its controversial Free Basics service, by outlawing differential pricing for data packages.   Facebook has met a backlash in India from "net neutrality" advocates, who say that because Free Basics only allows access to selected websites it violates the principle that the entire Internet should be available to everyone on equal terms.  ]]>
<![CDATA[Netflix goes global, reaches most countries except China]]>
NETFLIX Inc's video-streaming service went live in more than 130 countries on Wednesday (January 6), covering almost the entire globe except China, in a huge global push by Chief Executive Reed Hastings to counter slowing growth in the United States.   Shares of the company, whose popular shows include "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt", "Daredevil" and "Narcos", jumped 9.3 per cent to close at $117.68.   India, Nigeria, Russia and Saudi Ar]]>
<![CDATA[Netflix set to tap Bollywood-mad India in pursuit of global viewers]]>
NETFLIX Inc's global expansion is set to reach movie-mad India, industry executives said, where high-speed Internet connectivity is rapidly spreading among a vast population used to paying pennies for their latest Bollywood fix.   Slowing growth at home in the United States has put pressure on video-streaming service Netflix to grow internationally and India, where a fifth of the country's 1.3 billion people are online, is widely seen as a likely next step in Asia. &n]]>
<![CDATA[100 stations to go live with wi-fi by 2016-end, says Pichai]]>
TECHNOLOGY giant Google will bring Internet connectivity to 100 railway stations across the country by next year, its CEO Sundar Pichai on Wednesday (December 16) said.   This is part of the US-based firm's focus on bringing Internet to everyone in India, which has the world's second largest population.   "100 stations will have wi-fi by December 2016. Mumbai Central (station) to go live by January. This is in partnership with RailTel," Pichai said ]]>
<![CDATA[Facebook makes paid time off for baby leave a global benefit]]>
LESS than a week after Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said he would take two months of paternity leave, the social media company announced it is extending its parental leave policy to full-time employees outside the United States.   The policy, which provides four months of paid time off, will be provided to all new parents regardless of gender or location, starting January 1. Employees may take leave at any point up to a year after the birth of their child, Lori Matlof]]>
<![CDATA[Facebook CEO Zuckerberg to take two months of paternity leave]]>
FACEBOOK Inc Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday (November 20) he will take two months of paternity leave after his daughter's birth, though he did not say when she is due.   The 31-year-old, one of Silicon Valley's most visible leaders, did not say who would be running the company while he is out. Facebook did not immediately respond to an inquiry.   Facebook, the world's biggest online social network, allows its US employees to take u]]>
<![CDATA[Larry Page discusses new Alphabet structure]]>
IN A RARE public appearance, Google co-founder and Alphabet Inc CEO Larry Page explained why he was spurred to create a whole new structure for the company he created with Sergey Brin almost two decades ago.   "I want to push the envelope for what's possible for an innovative company with large resources," he said during a Q&A session with Fortune editor Alan Murray at the magazine's Global Forum 2015 in San Francisco.   He said the new company ]]>
<![CDATA[Google aims to begin drone package deliveries in 2017]]>
INTERNET giant Alphabet Inc, the new holding company for Google, expects to begin delivering packages to consumers via drones sometime in 2017, the executive in charge of its drone effort said on Monday (November 2).   David Vos, the leader for Alphabet's Project Wing, said his company is in talks with the Federal Aviation Administration and other stakeholders about setting up an air traffic control system for drones that would use cellular and Internet technology to coordina]]>
<![CDATA[Apple TV challenges developers to take apps to the big screen]]>
APPLE'S loyal army of software developers is joining the tech giant in its bid to conquer the living room with a new version of Apple TV, creating apps for the big screen that they hope will attract users and unlock a rich source of revenue.   A long-awaited update to Apple TV, which launched in 2007, will start shipping in 80 countries on Friday (October 30).   Apple views apps as the future of television. An App Store is the centrepiece of the new device, and h]]>
<![CDATA[Instagram opens up to advertisers worldwide]]>
INSTAGRAM opened its platform to most advertisers across the globe on Wednesday (September 9) as the photo-sharing app seeks to make more money and compete with popular rivals such as Snapchat.   Ads, previously available only in eight countries, will debut in more than 20 others including Italy, Spain and India, Instagram said. More than 200 countries will have ads by September 30.   With 300 million monthly active users, Instagram has a key advantage over rivals be]]>
<![CDATA[Delhi woman who sued Uber over rape accusation ends US lawsuit]]>
A WOMAN who sued Uber after accusing one of its drivers of raping her in India has voluntarily ended her lawsuit against the company, according to a court filing on Tuesday (September 1).   The passenger, who reported being raped and beaten after hailing a ride with the Uber driver in Delhi last year, sued the online car service in a US federal court in January, claiming the company failed to maintain basic safety procedures.   The driver was arrested by Indian polic]]>
<![CDATA[Mobile language apps help millions learn less, more often]]>
SMARTPHONE apps that help people learn languages for free or nearly free, a few sentences at a time, are piling pressure on established education firms and setting the pace for how to make lessons more engaging.   Phone and tablet-based mobile products from newcomers like Germany's Babbel, Britain's Memrise and US-based Duolingo have overtaken names like Berlitz and computer self-learning pioneer Rosetta Stone in terms of audience, if not yet sales or teaching sophisticat]]>
<![CDATA[Sleeping with smartphones, and other vices]]>
CONSUMERS around the world admit it: they sleep with their smartphone, take it in the shower, and would rescue the device from a fire before saving the family cat.   Those are among the findings of a seven-country survey of more than 7,000 people about smartphone habits released on Tuesday (July 28) by Motorola, the newly acquired division of Chinese electronics giant Lenovo.   Sixty per cent of those surveyed said they slept holding their handsets - with the highest]]>
<![CDATA[Apple aims to reassure investors about Watch]]>
APPLE Inc tried to reassure investors on Tuesday (July 21) that its new smartwatch was not a flop, a message that was met with a mixed reception on Wall Street.   Reporting results for its third financial quarter, Apple executives delivered several positive data points about the progress of the Apple Watch, the performance of which has been obsessively tracked since its debut in April.   Without disclosing specific figures, Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri ]]>
<![CDATA[Google shares soar as YouTube growth allays fears over Facebook]]>
GOGLE Inc's shares surged as much as 14.5 per cent on Friday ((July 17), adding about $50 billion to its market value, as strong growth in mobile ad revenue allayed concerns its YouTube business could be hurt by Facebook Inc's push into video.   The surge in the stock, which sent the Nasdaq composite index to a record intraday high, came a day after Google reported better-than-expected revenue and profit for the first time in six quarters.   Shares of Google,]]>
<![CDATA[Battery damage, solar-powered plane grounded in nine months]]>
A SOLAR-POWERED plane halfway through an attempt to circle the globe will be grounded in Hawaii for at least nine months because of battery damage sustained during its record 118-hour flight to Oahu from Japan, the project team said on Wednesday (July 15).   The spindly, single-seat experimental aircraft dubbed Solar Impulse is not expected to take off on the next leg of its journey - a planned four-day, four-night flight to Phoenix, Arizona - until late April or early May 2016, ]]>
<![CDATA[When a selfie is not enough: India abuzz over 'velfie' craze]]>
MOVE over selfie, India is embracing the "velfie" with Bollywood stars, sporting heroes and even politicians taking and posting videos of themselves online using a range of new mobile apps.   From lip-synching famous movie scenes and quizzing political leaders to interviewing job candidates, Indian tech firms are betting on the latest craze to grip social media - the video selfie.   "2014 was about selfies... 2015 is for #velfies!" screams the blu]]>
<![CDATA[OneWeb sets record launch plan after $500m funding]]>
PRIVATELY owned OneWeb announced what it called the world's largest commercial rocket deal on Thursday (June 25) after raising $500m from a group of global investors to support its plans to bring broadband to billions of people via satellite.   The fund-raising attracted backing from Richard Branson's Virgin Group and Europe’s Airbus Group, which will also build 900 "micro-satellites" designed to extend the reach of the Internet to remote corners of the wo]]>
<![CDATA[ Prime Minister launches 'Narendra Modi Mobile App']]>
STEPPING up his digital presence, the Prime Minister on Wednesday (June 17) launched 'Narendra Modi Mobile App' to provide instant updates and an opportunity to receive messages and emails directly from him.   The Android-based application is also aimed at giving a chance to people to interact with him and share ideas and suggestions.   "Launched 'Narendra Modi Mobile App'. Come, lets stay connected on the mobile! The Mobile App has several innov]]>
<![CDATA[India learns to "fail fast" as tech start-up culture takes root]]>
AFTER ping pong tables, motivational posters and casual dress codes, India's tech start-ups are following Silicon Valley's lead and embracing the "fail fast" culture credited with fuelling creativity and success in the United States.   Taking failure as a norm is a major cultural shift in India, where high-achieving children are typically expected to take steady jobs at recognised firms. A failed venture hurts family status and even marriage prospects.  ]]>
<![CDATA[Twitter buys India mobile phone startup ZipDial]]>
TWITTER said on Tuesday (January 20) it will buy Indian mobile marketing firm ZipDial, reportedly for $30 million - $40 million, as it looks to tap one of the world's fastest growing mobile phone markets. The US social media giant, which did not disclose details of the deal, will take over the staff and offices of the firm, which is based in Bangalore. "Our primary mission, bolstered by this acquisition, is to help every Indian with a mobile device get a great, relevant Twitt]]>
<![CDATA[Tech barons paint rosy future at Davos despite security fears]]>
TECHNOLOGICAL advances are to explode 10 times faster than even the internet boom in the 1990s, top tech tycoons told the global Davos elite on Wednesday (January 21), but also warned that security threats would be worse this year than ever. As the world's political and business movers-and-shakers opened their annual meeting in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, one of the hot-button issues was the impact of technology on society and the growing income gap. John Chambers, chief execut]]>