SCIENCE & TECH

Microsoft cloud to help Baidu self-driving effort

San Francisco: Microsoft’s cloud computing platform will be used outside China for collaboration by members of a self-driving car alliance formed by Chinese internet search giant Baidu, the companies have announced. The US software giant is one of more than 50 entities that have joined an Apollo alliance created by Baidu in April. Microsoft will enable alliance members to collaborate, share information and tap into the analytic power of Azure cloud

T rex dinosaur could not have run at high speed: Study

London: The size and weight of the giant T rex dinosaur would have made the fearsome carnivore unable to run at very high speeds, according to a new study which proves that a classic chase scene from the Jurassic Park movie was scientifically inaccurate. In Stephen Spielberg’s original adaptation of the Jurassic Park, a rampant Tyrannosaurus rex (T rex) is shown chasing Jeff Goldblum’s character, Ian Malcolm, as he sits

Indians prone to rare genetic diseases: Study

Boston/Hyderabad: People living in India and other South Asian countries are particularly vulnerable to rare genetic diseases, according to a genomic analysis that may help detect and prevent population-specific disorders. Several diseases specific to South Asian populations had been identified in the past, but the genetic causes of the vast majority remained largely mysterious. The study, led by Harvard Medical School (HMS) in the US and the CSIR – Centre

Samsung to recover rare metals in Galaxy Note 7s

Seoul: Samsung Electronics plans to recover gold and other metals and components from recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to reduce waste. The South Korean company said today that it expects to retrieve 157 tons of gold, silver, cobalt, copper and other metals from millions of smartphones that were recalled and discontinued last year after their batteries were found to be prone to catching fire. It didn’t say how it would

Paytm buys majority stake in Insider.in

Mumbai: Paytm has acquired a majority stake in ticketing platform Insider.In, for events and properties, including NH7 Weekender, EDC and The Grub Fest, for an undisclosed amount. This will enable all Paytm customers discover a wide selection of events and book instantly, a company statement said. The country’s organised events industry is currently at Rs 4,000 crore, with organised sporting leagues and events accounting for the largest portion of ticket

Google brings 3D Blocks to make modelling easier

Chennai: Google has recently unveiled its new 3D-modelling tool called Blocks. This is to simplify the process of creating compelling Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) experiences. As of now the new tool is developed for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets and works by allowing users to create a 3D object on a virtual 3D canvas. Google says that Blocks intuitive tools make it far simpler to create

Interview part II- 'India ranks top 20 for mobile malware'

Continuation of yesterday’s interview with Kaspersky, chief security expert of global research and analysis team, Alexander Gostev.. According to recent KSN data Q1 report of 2017, India has been ranked sixth in smartphone based malware attacks. What is the reason for such attacks. Are we in India lack of proper Antivirus softwares? There could be a lot of factors that ranks India in the sixth place for smartphone based malware attack, such

Ramco systems wins award under ICT category

Chennai: Ramco Systems announced that it has clinched honors at the annual 2017 Frost & Sullivan Excellence Awards, held in Singapore, earlier this month. A press note said that Ramco Systems won the coveted Asia Pacific Talent Management Solutions Enabling Technology Leadership Award under the ICT category. The release added that in addition to addressing talent needs around staffing, mentoring, career planning, and succession management, company’s talent management solution offers

What's new at WhatsApp?

Popular messaging app WhatsApp is being used by over 1.2 billion people worldwide and 200 million in India alone. The Facebook-owned company always keep its competitors on toes by releasing new features every few weeks. In 2017, we saw the status being overhauled, however, there were many other small updates that did not get much attention. Things like increased media sharing limit to video streaming let us take a look

Did third-party sell Jio user details?

There has always been an uproar against common citizens’ identity. But why such opposition, is the question. The answer to this is the recent Jio data leak through a third-party website. As per reports, a  third-party website, named magicapk.com has been leaking Jio consumers data. This website allowed Jio users to search identification details that is used for KYC verification by entering the Jio number. As per the investigation, the website has been there

India prone to malware attacks: Kaspersky honcho

Chennai: Like two sides of a coin, cyber crime and security stand opposite each other. Recently, e-crimes such as malware threats, ransomware attacks, bank frauds have become a menace for online and offline users across the world. News Today had an e-mail interview with Kaspersky security team. Kaspersky, chief security expert of global research and analysis team, Alexander Gostev, answered the questions. On the rise of ransomware attacks… In early 2017,