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Category Archives: Tech

The sub-atomic forces and processes enabling our hi-tech lives

Title: The Physics of Everyday Things – The Extraordinary Science Behind an Ordinary Day; Author: James Kakalios; Publisher: Crown Publishing; Pages: 256; Price: Rs 599 Oscillatory motion, capacitors, potential difference, disordered semiconductors, destructive interference and so on may seem, for many of us, terms only fit for a physics textbook — but do we have…

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Yellow-eyed penguins could be wiped out in 25 years: study

New Zealand’s iconic Yellow-eyed penguins may go extinct within the next 25 years due to rising ocean temperatures and climate change, unless urgent conservation actions are undertaken, a new study has warned. Researchers from University of Otaga in New Zealand predict that the breeding success of the penguins will continue to decline to extinction by…

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New technique to help deaf-blind ‘watch’ TV

Researchers have invented a technique that types Braille in real time and helps deaf-blind people “watch” television without intermediaries. Researchers from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid undertook “PervasiveSUB Project” that compiles all the subtitles of television channels and sends them to a central server which forwards them to smartphones or tablets. From there, they are…

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400-metre wide asteroid passes Earth

An asteroid, more than a quarter mile (400 meters) wide, passed by Earth on Wednesday (April 19), zooming by at a distance of just over a million miles (1.8 million km), but with no chance of impact, according to NASA scientists. Smaller asteroids routinely make closer passes to Earth, but 2014 J025, discovered in May…

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When social media started off as a concept, nobody would have thought that it would be used to share some of the most shocking content. Videos that would make you question the very basis of something as popular as social networking. We’re talking about the recent suicides and murders that have been performed LIVE on…

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Instagram merges ephemeral photos & videos with text

After successfully cloning Snapchat Stories, Instagram is rolling out new direct messaging feature which will now combine disappearing ephemeral photo and video messages with traditional permanent text and image messages in the same one-on- one and group threads. Earlier, the two threads functioned independently. To use this feature you can just go to Direct from…

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Dubai to introduce robots in government services

Dubai will soon be introducing Artificial Intelligence (AI) in its government sectors, a media report said. A new Artificial Intelligence (AI) smart lab will soon begin training government officials to implement AI in a wide variety of tasks that will make lives easier, reported Khaleej Times on Tuesday. The lab, launched on Monday during a…

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Ransomware attack should be wake-up call for govts: Microsoft

The ‘ransomware’ cyberattack that has hit as many as 200,000 victims in over 150 countries should be treated by governments around the world as a “wake- up call”, IT giant Microsoft has said. The virus exploits a flaw in a version of Microsoft Windows first identified by US intelligence. The attacks exploited the computers because…

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People adopt different personas for social media sites

People adopt unique personas for different social networking sites such as Facbook or LinkedIn, researchers including one of Indian origin have found. “Users tend to portray themselves differently in these different worlds,” said Dongwon Lee, associate professor at Pennsylvania State University in the US. Researchers theorized that these different personas stem from a desire to…

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