Science & Tech

Dubai making its own rain to beat 120-degree heat


Officials in Dubai are using drones to artificially increase rainfall as the city grapples with oppressive heat, a video this week shows. The rainmaking technology, known as “cloud seeding,” was put into use as summer temperatures have surged past 120 degrees Fahrenheit in the United Arab Emirates city, the Independent reported. Experts have said the technology aims...

Biden wants it easier to get your broken cellphone fixed


For want of repair options, Americans dispose of 416,000 cellphones a day and are forced to buy new ones. High tech has become ubiquitous in our lives. Everything from tractors to toasters to what we used to call telephones are now built with microchips. But when these devices and machines are broken, your choices to...

Space tourism gets a billionaire buzz


Space flight of Branson or Bezos this month will last a scant handful of minutes, but suborbital space may usher in a new era of spaceflight and space flyers alike. By Space.com For perhaps the first time, the humans inside a spacecraft will — in a strict financial sense — be worth more than the vehicle itself, as...

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...