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New Internet of Things Convention to Change Hotel Encounter

Hotel guests could soon access their rooms and control the lighting, temperature, television and coffee maker through their mobile phones thanks to an innovative protocol for internet of things (IoT) devices developed at the University of Surrey. U-Linc, a next generation protocol much like Bluetooth, allows users to access different IoT devices from different manufacturers and gives them the ability to control those gadgets in a simple, seamless and secure manner from a single interface. Once a user decides to operate a particular device through U-Linc, a customisable and branded interface is created by the protocol for that specific device. The manufacturer of each device retains full control and power to customise and brand that interface and user experience. U-Linc could transform a number of industries, including the hospitality sector. U-Linc could allow hotels to develop a ... Read More

Tiny robots that think, act like insects in the offing

Scientists are developing a new type of programming that will allow tiny robots to think and act like insects, making them more autonomous and adaptable to complex environments. Researchers at Cornell University in the US collaborated with the Harvard Microbiotics Laboratory, which has developed an 80-milligramme flying robot named RoboBee outfitted with a number of vision, optical flow and motion sensors. Although the robot currently remains tethered to a power source, the Harvard researchers are developing new power sources to eliminate the restraint. The Cornell algorithms will help make RoboBee more autonomous and adaptable to complex environments without significantly increasing its weight. "Getting hit by a gust of wind or a swinging door would cause these small robots to lose control. We are developing sensors and algorithms to allow RoboBee to avoid the crash, or if crashing,... Read More

International Conference on Emerging Trends in Engineering and Science

International Conference on Emerging Trends in Engineering and Science brings together the International community of researchers and practitioners to discuss the latest advancements and future directions in the areas of knowledge based engineering systems. The conference welcomes paper submissions from researchers, practitioners, academicians and students, and will cover myriad tracks in the Engineering; Technology and Science. Website : Paper Submission link: Accepted papers will be published in scopus indexed Journals only. Read More

How to recall email in Gmail

NEW DELHI: Words are a powerful tool. And it's true when people say, "Words can't be taken back once said". It's true not just for verbal conversations, but also in written communications. Letters or mails once sent can't be stopped while being sent Years since its introduction, Gmail had the benefit of being the most used email service by millions. But it still lacked the feature found on other mailing services like Outlook. Especially, the ability to recall an email. Gmail users were delighted to know that Gmail too supported this feature later on. If you're wondering how you can recall a sent mail in Gmail, we're here to help you out. You can try sending your friends a test mail to familiarise yourself with the step. Read More

Solar cars begin race across Australian desert

SYDNEY: The World Solar Challenge began on Sunday with 42 solar cars crossing Australia's tropical north to its southern shores, a gruelling 3,000 km (1,864 mile) race through the outback. The race from the northern city of Darwin to the southern city of Adelaide is expected to take a week for most cars, with speeds of 90-100 kmh (55-62 mph) powered only by the sun. The fastest time was achieved by Japan's Tokai University in 2009, completing the transcontinetal race in only 29 hours and 49 minutes. Belgian team Punch Powertrain started first on Sunday after recording a trial time of 2:03.8 for 2.97 km (1.78 miles), hitting an average speed of 83.4 kmh (51.5mph). But reigning 2015 champions Nuon from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands believes it has a good chance of retaining the prize. "All the cars look completely different (this year), and all we know is we've got... Read More

The cost of building Apple Park campus estimated

NEW DELHI: Apple took the wraps off its Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X last month at the Steve Jobs Theatre inside Apple Park or what is widely known as the 'Spaceship' campus. The campus has been under development for years and the Cupertino-based team is already in the process of moving to the new building. However, not much was known on the cost Apple incurred to build the campus. Now, BuildZoom, a US-based online remodelling marketplace has calculated the estimate on how much it would've cost Apple to create the Apple Park. The website has shared its analysis and as expected the money involved is massive. It says that Apple shed approximately $1,154,652,399 or $1.1 billion (roughly Rs 7,521 crores). This is for all the 15 structures placed inside the Apple Park. It has been duly mentioned that the cost mentioned is just estimation and the real money count could be h... Read More

New technology turns any object into TV remote

LONDON: Can't find your TV remote again? Scientists have developed a technology that can turn everyday objects - such as teacups or toy cars - into remote controls for televisions. Researchers from Lancaster University in the UK show a novel technique that allows body movement, or movement of objects, to be used to interact with screens. The 'Matchpoint' technology, which only requires a simple webcam, works by displaying moving targets that orbit a small circular widget in the corner of the screen. These targets correspond to different functions - such as volume, changing channel or viewing a menu. The user synchronises the direction of movement of the target, with their hand, head or an object, to achieve what researchers call 'spontaneous spatial coupling', which activates the desired function. Unlike existing gesture control technology, the software does not look for a specific b... Read More

Gmail now converts addresses, contacts and phone numbers to links

NEW DELHI: Google has added a small yet nifty feature in its Gmail service that is likely to increase the productivity of users. The search giant's email service will now be able to recognize texts as contacts, addresses and more. These will then be converted into links. "Starting today, Gmail and Inbox by Gmail on Android, iOS, and the web will begin converting text to interactive hyperlinks whenever they detect phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses in emails," said the blog post. For instance, if an email mentions an address, it will automatically become a clickable link. Clicking on it will open that address in Google Maps. Similarly the phone numbers will become clickable and tapping on them will open the number in the handset's dial pad. Last month, Gmail for iOS got a new feature that lets users receive an alert for suspicious links in the emails. The alert from Gmail wi... Read More

M&M displays driverless tractor; commercial rollout in 2018

NEW DELHI: Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) today showcased its first ever driverless tractor which it plans to introduce commercially next year. The company, which has developed the tractor at its Chennai-based Mahindra Research Valley, plans to offer the driverless technology across its range of tractors from 20 HP to 100 HP over a period of time. "This innovation will change the future of farming by increasing productivity, leading to increased food production to feed the growing needs of the world," M&M Managing Director Pawan Goenka said in a statement. The tractor would be available commercially from next year in a phased manner. Read More

Update software or lose connectivity to websites, says ICANN

NEW DELHI: Internet service providers (ISPs) will not be able to connect to websites if they fail to update their network with new software by October 11. The new software tool is required for decoding websites address. "Internet will not be able to connect with websites if they are not using updated DNS resolver by October 11," the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Chief Technology Officer (CTO), David Conrad, said today. Whenever a user types name of any website on the Internet, that name in the back-end gets converted into digital address assigned to the portal and thus the connection gets established. Read More

IIT students launch Young Innovators programme for students

KOLKATA: Students from IIT Kharagpur are organising a pan India competition on technology ideation for young innovators from schools. The Young Innovators' Programme (YIP) is a platform to foster young minds belonging to the 8th to the 10th classes with scientific quest and inspire them to ideate new solutions of technological challenges currently faced in the world. The competition will be covering key area such as energy, agriculture and food sciences, environment, hardware modelling, product designing and BioTech, an IIT-KGP spokesperson said. The competition has three rounds. While proposals from about 250 teams comprising 600 students from across India were considered for evaluation, 60 teams were shortlisted for the second round based on the concept note of the project prepared by the students. In the second round, the students will be presenting detailed project synop... Read More

Madhya Pradesh Woman is India's First Scholar on GST. She Did it in 2013

This was the first PhD felicitated on any researcher in Madhya Pradesh and arguably the first one in India on the subject Indore: From traders to working professionals, the common man has been left scratching his heads since the Goods and Services Tax (GST) came into effect on July 1. A Madhya Pradesh woman, though, seems to be right in her comfort zone on the topic. A native of Harda district in Madhya Pradesh, around 180 km from Bhopal, Neha Vyas (née Upadhyay) had completed her doctorate on this cumbersome taxation structure way back in 2013. This was arguably the first PhD felicitated on a researcher in India on the subject. Neha had taken up the atypical subject for her research work in 2010, a year after UPA led by PM Manmohan Singh mooted the One-Nation-One-Tax system in 2009. An MBA from Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya in Indore, Neha’s inclination towards understandin... Read More

Central Government Allots Rs.70,000 Fellowship for PhD Researchers

PhD Researchers at IITs or IISc will now receive a fellowship of Rs 70,000. This was announced by the Union higher education secretary Kewal Kumar Sharma. What did the official say? "As part of the research fellowship scheme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we wish the meritorious students who are being forced to leave the country for purely financial reasons stay within the country. We will provide 2,000 such monthly fellowships across the IIT system and IISc Bengaluru," Sharma said at the 67th Foundation Day of IIT Kharagpur at its Kharagpur campus in West Midnapore district yesterday. It will be given for a period of five years, he said. This will also enable meritorious researchers, keen to further their research but forced to opt for corporate jobs for higher pay, to pursue their goal, he said. However, the scholarship recipients can't do any other job, the senior official said. "T... Read More

Similar questions in MPhil and PhD entrance: Students

NEW DELHI: Delhi University witnessed another disturbance with an examination paper, a few days after an issue cropped up at the School of Open Learning (SOL) where students had complained of questions being "out of syllabus." At DU's Buddhist Studies entrance exam for MPhil and PhD, held on Wednesday, several students alleged that "a large number of questions were the same for both MPhil and PhD exams, despite the entrance test being for a different purpose." The students have written to DU's Dean of Student's Welfare (DSW) office. The Buddhist Studies entrance test for both MPhil and PhD are of 50 marks each but students sitting for the exams alleged that they found several questions similar for both the tests. "How can they have questions that are similar? MPhil exam is not the same as that of PhD," a student said. One MA student, however, said that questions can be similar as the s... Read More

PhD notification to be issued in 3 days of viva

Nagpur: In some good news for researchers, Nagpur University (NU) would be issuing doctorate of philosophy (PhD) notification every three days after holding the viva. The notification leads to the award of PhD but those appearing for viva at the beginning of month had to wait till the next month for confirmation and getting certificates. Since vivas are held on a daily basis, the PhD cell used to clear all the files on the last day of a month and release the notifications. This wait would make researchers anxious as they already spend three to five years in writing and submitting the thesis. The delay would also create problems such as repeated visits to the PhD cell or missing a chance to apply for promotions or jobs on the basis of the doctoral degree. Director of Examinations and Evaluation, Neeraj Khaty, said he had proposed the move around five months ago but he had suggested 10... Read More

Commerce Minister sets up task force on artificial intelligence

NEW DELHI: The Commerce and Industry Ministry has constituted an 18-member task force to explore possibilities to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) for economic transformation. In a statement, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said with rapid development in the fields of information technology and hardware, the world is about to witness a fourth industrial revolution.

This 'most popular' smartphone browser in India may be banned

EW DELHI: UC Web, the browser owned by Chinese internet giant Alibaba, has come under the scrutiny of the government as part of investigations against Chinese companies over alleged data theft. If found guilty of stealing data of Indian users, the company (UC Web) may be banned in the country , a top official in the ministry of electronics and IT said. "Complaints have been received against UC Browser that it sends mobile data of Indian users to servers in China. The matter is being looked into," the official said, requesting anonymity. UC Browser claimed to have over 100 million monthly active users in India as per a report last year, while its user base is nearly 420 million globally . According to a Stat-Counter report, UC Browser is second most used web browser in India at the end of June 2017 after Google Chrome and le ads mobile phone segment with 48.7% market share. When contact... Read More

Now Snapchat has a daily news show

CNN on Monday began streaming "The Update," a daily show on Snapchat featuring at least five news stories each episode from reporters and bureaus around the world, to attract younger viewers. CNN, NBC and other networks are creating more digital content to reach millennials, who increasingly get their news from social media. CNN had 42 million unique visitors between 18 and 34 across desktops and mobile phones in July. That already makes it the top digital news source among millennials, ahead of BuzzFeed and New York Times Digital, according to comScore data. "The Update" will stream daily at 6 PM ET and have both existing footage from the field and video shot exclusively for Snapchat. Shares of Snapchat parent Snap Inc have fallen 44% from their closing price on March 2, their first day of trading. Some investors have questioned the company's ability to vie for users and advertising... Read More

Android 8.0 gets an official name, Oreo

EW DELHI: Google, exactly five months after unveiling the first beta build for the Android O mobile operating system, has given it an official name - Oreo. The 8.0 Android version was unveiled at the time of the solar eclipse event. The search giant few days ago already confirmed that it will be unveiling the official name of Android O on August 21. Since past few months there were rumours suggesting the company to name Android 'O' as Oreo, given the dessert's popularity across the globe. As the tradition goes, Google has been naming its Android versions after a dessert - Eclairs, Froyo, Gingerbread, HoneyComb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow and Nougat. Android 8.0 Oreo comes with loads of new features such as Native picture-in-picture mode, Notification Badges, Smart Text Selection, System optimisations, Improved battery life and Autofill with Google Chr... Read More

JEE (Advanced) to go online from next year: 6 things you must know

JEE (Advanced) to go online from next year: 6 things you must know he IIT Joint Admission Board (JAB) has announced that the Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced) will go online from 2018. In a statement, IIT-Madras director and JAB chairman Bhaskar Ramamurthi said, "It has been decided that the JEE (Advanced) will be conducted in online mode from 2018 onwards. Further information regarding the examination will be provided by the JAB in due course." Here's all you need to know about JEE (Advanced) examinations going online from the next academic year: Gateway to admissions into IITs Students take for Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced) examinations for admission to the IITs and NITs across the country Errors in 2017's question paper behind the decision Errors in this year's question paper are said to have prompted the change. According to officials, an online test will help pre... Read More

Google researchers have found a way to delete watermarks from photos

EW DELHI: Researchers at Google have found a new vulnerability that can remove watermarks from stock imagery websites such as Adobe Stock. The search giant says that using an algorithm based on the vulnerability, they were able to remove the opaque stamp used to protect the copyright of the images. "However, in "On The Effectiveness Of Visible Watermarks" recently presented at the 2017 Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Conference (CVPR 2017), we show that a computer algorithm can get past this protection and remove watermarks automatically, giving users unobstructed access to the clean images the watermarks are intended to protect," say Tali Dekel and Michael Rubinstein of Google in a blog post. It has been also mentioned that changing the position or opacity of a watermark does not effect the algorithm that removes the watermark. To tackle the vulnerability, researchers say that... Read More

iPhone users, Android is set to get this big feature that you will miss

EW DELHI: 2017 has been the year of dual rear camera smartphones. Keeping up with the trend, Qualcomm has announced its new ISPs (Image Signal Processors) which are likely to come as a part of the upcoming smartphone SoC and includes an improved biometric authentication and high-resolution depth sensing features. Qualcomm says the improvements are made "to meet growing demands of photo and video for a broad range of mobile devices and head mounted displays (HMD)." Also mentioned is that the new ISPs and camera modules will support better image quality and new computer vision, which will use deep learning techniques and make image processing faster. The new ISPs come with a new camera architecture, which will deliver power efficiency for the next Snapdragon Mobile and VR Platforms. The ISPs include three modules - iris authentication module, passive depth sensing module and an active de... Read More

Google rolls out Android 7.1.1 Nougat for Nexus 6, again

EW DELHI: Google's Nexus 6 smartphone, the one made by Motorola, was given Android 7.1.1 Nougat update in March. However, the search giant pulled the plug on the update as it came with certain bugs. Now, after five months, Google has once again started rolling out Android 7.1.1 Nougat to Nexus 6 smartphones. As spotted by Android Police, the update weighs roughly 368MB and includes 'critical bug fixes' as well. The description says "This update fixes critical bugs and improves the performance and stability of your Nexus 6. If you download updates over the cellular network or while roaming, additional charges may apply." It is worth adding that Nexus 6 won't be receiving Android O this year as it has reached the end of supported life from Google. However, security patches will keep rolling out. Read More

Cyberattack cost Maersk more than $300 million

COPENHAGEN: The June cyberattack that paralysed the computer systems in companies around the world is estimated to have cost the world's biggest container shipping line between $200 million and $300 million, A.P. Moller-Maersk said Wednesday. The Copenhagen-based group, which was particularly severely affected by the attack, says the impact will first be reflected in its third quarter results as revenue was mainly lost in July. The company says the June 27 malware attack was distributed through Ukrainian accounting software with back doors into the networks of users. It was contained the following day. "In the last week of the quarter, we were hit by a cyber-attack, which mainly impacted Maersk Line, APM Terminals and Damco. Business volumes were negatively affected for a couple of weeks in July," CEO Soeren Skou said. The businesses "were significantly affected," but there was "no da... Read More

Facebook to spend $750 million on new data centre in Ohio

EW ALBANY: Facebook will spend $750 million on a new data centre in central Ohio, the company announced Tuesday - marking another boost for the state's growing technology sector. The world's biggest social media company joined Republican Gov. John Kasichand a host of other dignitaries to announce its 10th data centre will be in New Albany, just northeast of Columbus. The 22-acre (8.9-hectare) data centre will be powered exclusively by renewable energy. It is expected to employ 100 people to start and to begin providing services in 2019. Rachel Peterson, the company's director of data centre strategy and development, said several factors attracted Facebook to the location, including fibre and power infrastructure, government support, livability and the availability of high-tech talent. "We look at that community fit and how we're going to live and work in a community," she said.... Read More

Artificial intelligence, machine learning to impact workplace practices in India: Adobe

NEW DELHI: Over 60 per cent of marketers in India believe new-age technologies are going to impact their workplace practices and consider it the next big disruptor in the industry, a new report said on Thursday. According to a global report by software major Adobe that involved more than 5,000 creative and marketing professionals across the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, over 50 per cent respondents did not feel concerned by artificial intelligence (AI) or machine learning. However, 27 per cent in India said they were extremely concerned about the impact of these new technologies. Creatives in India are concerned that new technologies will take over their jobs. But they suggested that as they embrace AI and machine learning, creatives will be able to increase their value through design thinking. "While AI and machine learning provide an opportunity to automate processes and save... Read More

Snapchat Spectacles

Much like Snapchat itself, you either get it or you don't. Snapchat parent company Snap Inc. demonstrated its mastery of artificial scarcity when it debuted its Spectacles video-recording glasses late last year. An easy setup process, good-enough video quality and stylish look made Spectacles a hit. But the company’s distribution process—vending machines with limited stock that randomly appeared across the country—made them a phenomenon. From a hardware perspective, Spectacles could use improvement—they’re not great when it’s dark out and they’re troublesome for prescription eyeglass wearers. But Snap’s first foray into hardware shows promise at a time when camera companies like GoPro are struggling. Read More

MRI-Scanning Hat Could Allow Mind Reading, Startup Claims

Scientists are developing a next generation hat that could allow people to read other's minds as well as digitise their own thoughts.Mary Lou Jepsen, founder of US-based startup Openwater, said that the hat could make telepathy a reality within the next eight years.Currently magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology can already read our brainwaves. "I figured out how to put basically the functionality of an MRI machine into a wearable in the form of a ski hat," Jepson said.Jepsen, a former professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US and an inventor on over 100 patents, said that the goal of the technology is to be able to both read and to output your own thoughts, as well as read the thoughts of others.Traditional MRI uses magnetic fields and radio waves to take images of internal organs.The new technology instead looks at the flow of oxygen in a person's body i... Read More

W3C Approves EME DRM Standard for the Web, Security Researchers Worried About Flaws

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) announced a new standard called EME, or Encrypted Media Extensions, this past week that adds copy protection to web-based streaming video. This means that streaming sites like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video will be able to protect their content without asking you to install plugins like Flash. But the publishing of the standard is being seen as favouring convenience over freedom. The EME is a standard that supports encrypted multimedia content on the Internet. For copyright holders, EME is being seen as way to implement DRM platforms in browsers to protect streaming rights for companies like Netflix. But experts like Cory Doctorow feel that the EME standard mostly benefits copyright holders only. Security researchers, for example, will have a tough time looking for bugs and disclosing security vulnerabilities inside DRM platforms as they will need to... Read More