SCIENCE & TECH

Hyperloop Pondy-Chennai travel time is 20 mins

Ever thought of travelling at a speed close to sound? That is – travelling from Chennai to Puducherry in 15-20 mins max? The term ‘hyperloop’ refers to a technology originally outlined by Tesla founder Elon Musk, which envisions transporting people and cargo in pods at ultra-high speeds along specially built tubes. This is a much needed method of travel in India, as there is a constant increase in the growth

Beware of free WiFi and its hackers

Today, smart phones have emerged as a major way of communication. Unlike other IoT devices, it has become one of the commonly used to transfer files, money and also to store other credentials. Before entering into the debate, today everything we use is turning online and we are adopting it. But there is a question, why and what made us go online? The most probable answer from many users would

Nokia 3310 makes a comeback, co lines up 3, 5, 6 next quarter

Barcelona: Finnish mobile device player Nokia is in reboot mode as it gets ready to bring to India a new version of its 17-year-old iconic Nokia 3310 handset for about Rs 3,500, along with its Android smartphones, next quarter. “All the products that we have announced Nokia 3310, Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 will be available in the second quarter of this year in India. Average global selling price for Nokia

Ex-Infosys CFO finds Indian IT industry scalable

Chennai: Days after Capgemini’s India chief executive, Srinivas Kandula, said a majority of Indian software engineers were incapable of imbibing the required emerging skill sets to survive the changing scenario in the information technology sector, an industry veteran, T V Mohandas Pai, has dismissed the claim and expressed confidence in the abilities of the Indian workforce. The comment from Pai comes at a time when the IT industry is staring

New frog species discovered in Western Ghats

Thiruvananthapuram: Seven new frog species belonging to the genus Nyctibatrachus, commonly known as Night Frogs, have been discovered by scientists in the Western Ghats of Kerala and Tamilnadu. Out of the seven, four are miniature-sized species whichare among the smallest known frogs in the world, Prof S D Biju, who led the new study team said in a release here. “Over 32 per cent, that is one-third of the Western Ghats

Govt launches free anti-virus for PC, mobiles

New Delhi: The IT Ministry launched botnet cleaning and anti-malware analysis centre yesterday for Rs 90 crore to provide free anti-virus to computers and mobile phones for removing malicious softwares. “I would like ISPs (Internet Service Provider) to encourage their consumers to come on board, there is a free service available. Come and use it in the event some malware has sneaked in to the system,” IT Minister Ravi Shankar

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro unveiled in Chennai

Chennai: Poorvika Mobiles has launched the new Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro in the city recently. The device was unveiled by directors, Poorvika, Uvaraj and Kanni Uvaraj and director, Samsung, Oshung Kim. The dual-SIM 4Genabled, C9 Pro runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and has a 6-inch full HD AMOLED display. It is also powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 SoC. The smartphone has a 16-megapixel camera on both front and

Google, Microsoft to tight screws on piracy sites

Chennai: For the first time, global tech giants Google and Microsoft have agreed to tighten up their search engines as part of a crackdown on piracy sites illegally streaming events and films. Google and Bing, Microsoft’s search engine, have signed up to a voluntary code of practice and will ensure offending websites are demoted in their search results. The entertainment industry reached the agreement with the tech giants after talks

Glow mice brings next-gen gene therapies closer

Washington: Stanford scientists have successfully developed glow-in-the-dark mice using compounds that create proteins responsible for lighting up fireflies, an advance that may pave the way for new gene therapies. Timothy Blake, a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University in the US refined compounds that carry instructions for assembling the protein that makes fireflies light up and delivered them into the cells of an anaesthetised mouse. Not only did the technique make

Long & Short Term Effects of Alcohol

  While consuming alcohol in small amounts has its health benefits, using alcohol as an escape from da While consuming alcohol in small amounts has its health benefits, using alcohol as an escape from daily social and work pressures could lead to harmful effects. Consuming alcohol more than the body can endure can pave the way for devastating health conditions, including permanent damage to the liver. What is alcohol addiction?