SCIENCE & TECH

Hike launches Total

Chennai: Hike announced the launch of a new product called, ‘Total, built by hike’. A press note said it is a refined version of Android targeted at the next billion people and lets users access essential services such as messaging, news, recharge and more even without an active data connection. On the launch CEO and founder, Kavin Bharti Mittal, said, ‘For the next billion true mobile first users, coming online

Harry Potter character name for new spider species

Washington: Scientists in Brazil have discovered seven new species of spiders and named them after characters from literary classics – including Lord Varys from the Game of Thrones and Aragog from the Harry Potter series. The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, H P Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu and the children’s favourite Charlotte’s Web and Little Miss Spider also inspired the names of small cave-dwelling six-eyed spiders inhabiting northern

Gravitational waves to measure age of universe

Boston: Astronomers have used gravitational waves – ripples in the fabric of space and time caused by a violent cosmic event – to measure the age of the universe. The direct detection of gravitational waves from at least five sources during the past two years offers spectacular confirmation of Einstein’s model of gravity and space-time, researchers said. Now, astronomers at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) in the US have used

NASA inspired technique boosts wheat production threefold

Melbourne: Inspired by NASA’s experiments to grow wheat in space, Australian scientists have developed the world’s first ‘speed breeding’ technique that can boost the production of the crop by up to three times. The NASA experiments involved using continuous light on wheat which triggered early reproduction in the plants. “We thought we could use the NASA idea to grow plants quickly back on Earth, and in turn, accelerate the genetic

Trump uses Act to lay siege to Russian Kaspersky

Remember, US President Donald Trump promised: ‘Buy American, Hire American’ – the American swadeshi campaign? The promise carried him to the White House. The President’s administration aggressively targeted the cyber sector and defense bureau. Trump targetting the acting forums and security agencies, made many pen open letters and lead to ‘political outcries’ against the mishaps happening in the cyber sector. Despite this, the guns of the administration trained on Russian-based

Human touch can detect even molecular differences

Los Angeles: The human touch is sensitive enough to feel the difference between surfaces that vary by just a single layer of molecules, according to scientists including one of Indian origin. Humans can easily feel the difference between many everyday surfaces such as glass, metal, wood and plastic. That is because these surfaces have different textures or draw heat away from the finger at different rates. However, researchers wanted to

Soon, just tap to unblock in WhatsApp

Facebook-owned messaging app, WhatsApp, is testing a new feature that includes tap to unblock and private replies in groups. The app is now being tested for over one billion users. In the latest Android beta version, users can select a contact from the list and can easily block or unblock them with the click of a button. This new action involves one tap and hold button. The private replies feature

India joins cyber security mission

Cyber security in India has been in a muddle for a decade. Recently, the Ministry of Electronics and Technology launched a programme called, “Cyber Swachhta Kendra,” to curb cyber crimes. Nobody can forget the problems caused by Wannacry and its post version 2.0. Some months back,  this ransomware infected millions of personal computers across the world using the SMB v1 fl aw. It has infected computers run by police departments

Skipping breakfast may lead to weight gain: Study

Jerusalem: Skipping breakfast can disrupt the body’s internal clock and cause weight gain, even if one does not overeat for the rest of the day, a study has found. Irregular eating habits such as skipping breakfast are often associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, but the precise impact of meal times on the body’s internal clock has been less clear. Researchers from Tel Aviv University (TAU)

Indian startup 1st to solve Fb global challenge in AI

Washington: A Bangalore-based startup is claimed to have become the first company in the world to successfully complete a difficult 20-part challenge in Artificial Intelligence created by Facebook in 2015. Using a unique approach, DataVal Analytics successfully completed all 20 tasks of the test, known as the (20) QA bAbi Tasks, with 100 per cent accuracy. The test, hosted by Facebook AI Research (FAIR), assesses the ability of AI-based programs

Indian tech firm launches anti-fraud exam software

Singapore: An Indian technology company yesterday launched a software in Singapore to prevent cheating and fraud in examinations. Bengaluru-based Mindlogicx Infratec Limited claimed that the software is the first of its kind in the world. ‘IntelliPAD’ releases questions during a specific time, eliminating the threat of leak that often mars examinations, its founder and chief executive Suresh Elangovan said. The software, conceived in Bengaluru, designed in Silicon Valley and made