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Indian Hindustani music app developer wins Apple design award


Apple on Friday announced Apple Design Award winners which included six new award categories. Among the 12 app and game developers who won the award this year was Indian developer Sandeep Ranade who developed the NaadSadhana app, an app for Hindustani classical music. Ranade won the award under the innovation category, which provides a state-of-the-art experience...

A ‘Third Eye’ for smartphone addicts


A South Korean industrial designer has come up with a satirical solution for "smartphone zombies" who can't take their eyes away from their screen long enough to stop themselves walking into a wall or other obstacle. Paeng Min-wook, 28, has developed a robotic eyeball he has dubbed "The Third Eye", which obsessive mobile phone users...

US to treat growing ransomware incidents as terror attacks


Taking a tough stand on growing ransomware attacks, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and US Justice Department have announced to treat such cyber incidents as terror attacks. Christopher Wray, Director of the FBI, told The Wall Street Journal that the country is facing a similar challenge like 9/11, and the Bureau has identified about...

Xiaomi was added to a US military list of alleged Chinese military companies in January this year.

US agrees to remove Xiaomi from blacklist


San Francisco: The Joe Biden administration has agreed to remove Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi from the blacklist imposed by the earlier Donald Trump administration that designated it as a "Communist Chinese military company" and barred the firm from doing business with the US firms. Xiaomi was added to a US military list of alleged Chinese...

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Indian teen names NASA’s first Mars helicopter


Washington, DC: NASA's first Mars helicopter has a name now and the credit goes to 17-year-old Indian-origin girl Vaneeza Rupani. Rupani, a high school junior from Northport, Alabama, earned the honor of naming the helicopter after she submitted her essay into NASA's "Name the Rover" contest. Destined to become the first aircraft to attempt powered flight on...

India plans to develop ”desi” version of ZOOM

Post Date: April 22, 2020

The Indian government is planning to bankroll the development of a ''desi'' video-conferencing mobile application, which will initially cater to the Central and state government entities. Significantly, the development comes at a time when the Centre has red-flagged Zoom app over security concerns. As per plans, under the Digital India program, the Centre has called...

Intel develops chip that sniffs out hazardous chemicals


San Francisco: Intel has developed a unique chip that can recognize hazardous chemicals in the presence of significant noise and object occlusion. Called Loihi, the Intel’s neuromorphic research chip learnt each odor with just a single sample, without disrupting its memory of previously learned scents, the company announced on Tuesday. The chip demonstrated superior recognition accuracy...

Seattle residents can vote via smartphones


San Francisco: Smartphones have made voting easier, as King County in the US state of Washington, where Seattle is located, implements mobile voting in their board of supervisors’ election. This is the first-time mobile voting is available to all eligible registered voters. Previous pilots in other jurisdiction were limited to overseas and military voters and/or...

SpaceX launches 60 more satellites, trying to tone them down


SpaceX launched 60 more mini internet satellites late Monday, this time testing a dark coating to appease stargazers. It’s a “first step” compromise between SpaceX and astronomers fearful of having dark skies spoiled by hundreds and, eventually, thousands of bright satellites circling overhead. The Falcon 9 rocket blasted into a cold, clear night sky, recycled by...