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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...

Google brings audio streaming, download quality controls to YouTube Music


San Francisco, Sep 23: Google is now rolling out audio streaming and download quality controls for YouTube Music on the Android operating system (OS), the media reported.The latest controls come with newer options in the Settings and Downloads' menu -- low, normal, high and always high -- that would allow users to...

Facebook restores cross-posted tweets that disappeared


San Francisco, Aug 29: Facebook has restored the cross-posted tweets of its users that temporarily disappeared following the removal of the Twitter app from Facebook, the media reported.Twitter requested the deletion of its app from Facebook as it became useless there earlier this month following Facebook's move to give effect to an earlier decision...

NASA spacecraft spots next flyby target from over 160 mn kms


Washington, Aug 29: NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has detected its next flyby target, which is an icy world a billion kilometres past Pluto, from more than 160 million kilometres away and over four months ahead of its New Year's 2019 close encounter.The New Horizons probe, which flew past Pluto in 2015, is set to...

WhatsApp to train users on dangers of fake news


New Delhi, Aug 29: After being asked by the central government to take steps to stop the spread of disinformation on its platform, WhatsApp on Wednesday roped in New Delhi-based non-profit Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) to create awareness among its users about the need to verify information.Our goal is to help keep people safe...