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OnePlus plans to strengthen its offline presence in India
short by Roshan Gupta / on 18 Feb 2018,Sunday
To cater to the growing demand, OnePlus is looking to expand its offline reach through more Experience Stores, authorized stores as well as expand its partnership with Croma. It is already looking for locations in Delhi and Mumbai for the next experience stores and the exclusive stores will open in cities like Ahmedabad, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Pune.
short by Roshan Gupta / 02:15 pm on 18 Feb
Startup makes device which fits on glasses, reads text aloud
short by Shifa Naseer / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
Israeli visual aid company OrCam has developed a device for visually impaired users which can be attached to a pair of eyeglasses and can read text aloud. Priced at $4,500, the device can also announce the names of friends and family in 12 languages. The startup has been valued at $1 billion after a recent $30.4 million round of funding.
short by Shifa Naseer / 02:13 pm on 20 Feb
Electronic skin to display body vitals in real time made
short by Shifa Naseer / on 18 Feb 2018,Sunday
University of Tokyo researchers have developed an electronic skin that can measure body vitals and display them in real time. The design features a nanomesh electrode and stretchable wiring with micro LEDs that can display basic images bending with a user's body. The data can either be sent wirelessly to a smartphone or to the cloud for storage.
short by Shifa Naseer / 06:32 pm on 18 Feb
I need to pay higher taxes: World's second richest man Gates
short by Shifa Naseer / on 19 Feb 2018,Monday
While criticising the recent US tax reform, world's second richest man Bill Gates said wealthier people including him need to pay higher taxes. Gates called the reform regressive and said wealthier people tend to get dramatically more benefits than others. It counters the "general trend you'd like to see, where the safety net is getting stronger", he further said.
short by Shifa Naseer / 07:28 pm on 19 Feb
US Air Force hosts hackathon, pays $103,883 for finding bugs
short by Shifa Naseer / on 19 Feb 2018,Monday
The US Air Force recently conducted its second security hackathon and paid out a total $103,883 for finding bugs across around 300 of its public websites. The event, which found 106 vulnerabilities, set a record for the highest amount for a single bug ($12,500) paid by a federal program and speed where hackers fixed 55 potential exploits in 9 hours.
short by Shifa Naseer / 07:48 pm on 19 Feb
Samsung patents flying screen that can be controlled by eyes
short by Shifa Naseer / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
Samsung has been granted a patent for a drone-like device with a screen controlled by users' eyes in real time. The device's flight speed and direction can also be controlled by the movement of head, hands, or fingers. The patent describes the device having four propellers and features voice recognition system, a vibration system, and an obstacle detection unit.
short by Shifa Naseer / 01:34 pm on 20 Feb
Volkswagen shows concept car without steering wheel, pedals
short by Shifa Naseer / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
German carmaker Volkswagen is planning to unveil its new electric concept car called I.D. Vizzion which would not have a steering wheel or pedals. The car will have a driving range of 665 km with a top speed of 180 kmph. The I.D. Vizzion also features a virtual assistant which allows riders to control the car via voice and gestures.
short by Shifa Naseer / 12:27 pm on 20 Feb
Google's AI predicts heart disease risk through eye scans
short by Shifa Naseer / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
Researchers at Google have discovered a method to predict risks of heart diseases through eye scans using artificial intelligence. By analysing retina scans, the software is able to deduce data such as age, blood pressure, and whether a user smokes. The data can then be used to predict any heart disease risk with roughly the same accuracy as current methods.
short by Shifa Naseer / 01:42 pm on 20 Feb
Google 'Tez' now allows users to pay utility bills for free
short by Shifa Naseer / on 19 Feb 2018,Monday
Google on Monday announced that users can now pay utility bills with its Unified Payments Interface-based payment app 'Tez', without any transaction charges. The feature includes bills for electricity, gas, water, DTH as well as mobile postpaid bills and recharge. It will also send notifications when the bill arrives and allow users to check whether they have paid a bill.
short by Shifa Naseer / 05:56 pm on 19 Feb
Snap CEO Evan Spiegel sells stock worth $50 million
short by Shifa Naseer / on 18 Feb 2018,Sunday
Snap's CEO Evan Spiegel has sold his stock worth over $50 million, marking his first personal stock sale since the company went public in March last year. The sale was conducted according to a pre-arranged sales plan and was only 1% of his holdings. He still retains control of the company and has a net worth of around $4.5 billion.
short by Shifa Naseer / 06:36 pm on 18 Feb
Hyperloop to cut 140 km Mumbai-Pune travel time to 25 mins
short by Shifa Naseer / on 19 Feb 2018,Monday
US-based Virgin Hyperloop One has signed an MoU with Maharashtra government for a Hyperloop between Mumbai and Pune, reducing the travel time for 140-km distance to 25 minutes. It plans to start testing in three years, while the project is estimated to be completed by 2025. Hyperloop is a transportation concept wherein pods travel at high speeds in near-vacuum tubes.
short by Shifa Naseer / 01:46 pm on 19 Feb
Chrome extension shows View Image tab after Google drops it
short by Shifa Naseer / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
A Chrome extension called 'View Image' has been found displaying the View Image button, exactly where it was before Google removed it from image search results. The extension, which already has more than 8,000 downloads, also displays 'Search by Image' button. Earlier, Google removed the button to show copyright information and improve attribution of Getty Images.
short by Shifa Naseer / 11:56 am on 20 Feb
Hack attacks disabled 5 lakh computers last year: Russia
short by Ankush Verma / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
A report by the Russian National Security Council has revealed that more than 5 lakh computers were disabled by hack attacks in the country last year. The Russian Interior Ministry was among those affected by the attacks, the report stated. The council warned that the presidential elections will be among the potential targets for cyber interference this year.
short by Ankush Verma / 08:09 pm on 20 Feb
Samsung unveils world’s largest SSD with 30 TB storage
short by Shifa Naseer / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
Samsung has unveiled world's largest solid state drive (SSD) which offers around 30TB of storage. The 2.5-inch storage device is capable of holding 5,700 HD movies or roughly 500 days of non-stop video and offers twice the capacity of the company's previous-best 15.36 TB SSD. Samsung also plans to expand the lineup including 15.36TB, 7.68TB, 3.84TB later this year.
short by Shifa Naseer / 05:42 pm on 20 Feb
Mahindra Group to invest ₹900 crore in electric vehicles
short by Shifa Naseer / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
Indian car manufacturer Mahindra Group has announced that the company will invest ₹900 crore in electric vehicles (EV) in the next four years. The company plans to invest ₹400 crore in Karnataka and ₹500 crore in Maharashtra. The plan aims to take the building capacity to 5,000 units a month and will manufacture all components of the EVs, except batteries.
short by Shifa Naseer / 03:59 pm on 20 Feb
Telegram gets $850 mn in pre-sale for its own cryptocurrency
short by Shifa Naseer / on 18 Feb 2018,Sunday
Messaging app Telegram has raised $850 million in the pre-sale of its own cryptocurrency to develop the 'Telegram Open Network' (TON) blockchain, according to filings. The figure exceeds the $600 million originally forecast for the funding. It is the highest amount accumulated from a pre-sale in comparison to Initial Coin Offerings like Filecoin ($257 million) or Tezos ($232 million).
short by Shifa Naseer / 05:46 pm on 18 Feb
Facebook may launch two 15-inch touchscreen smart speakers
short by Shifa Naseer / on 19 Feb 2018,Monday
Facebook is planning to launch two smart speakers codenamed Aloha and Fiona in July this year, according to reports. The two models might feature 15-inch touchscreens and will compete with Amazon's Echo Show smart speaker which features a 7-inch screen. Reports also suggested that Aloha will have more functionality including facial recognition feature via a wide-angle lens.
short by Shifa Naseer / 02:27 pm on 19 Feb
Startup makes phone-controlled paper plane priced at $50
short by Shifa Naseer / on 18 Feb 2018,Sunday
US-based startup PowerUp Toys has launched a $50 updated version of its paper airplane which features a device controlled by a smartphone. The startup also offers folding papers which can be made into different airplanes. Users can connect the device through Bluetooth and control it via app to take flight and tilt the wrist for turns, tilts, or speed boosts.
short by Shifa Naseer / 03:15 pm on 18 Feb
Tesla deploys batteries for power grid experiment in Canada
short by Shifa Naseer / on 19 Feb 2018,Monday
Canadian electric utility Nova Scotia Power has set up a pilot project using a combination of Tesla's Powerwall 2 home batteries and Powerpack batteries for a smart power grid experiment. The project will serve 300 houses, with 10 users having Powerwall 2 batteries. The test run is expected to go live by February end and will last until 2019.
short by Shifa Naseer / 03:14 pm on 19 Feb
Artificial Intelligence should work for India: PM Modi
short by Shifa Naseer / on 19 Feb 2018,Monday
Talking about apprehension towards artificial intelligence (AI), PM Narendra Modi at a recent event said AI should be made in India and made to work for India. He also said, "The road ahead for AI depends on and will be driven by human intentions." "It is our intention that will determine the outcomes of artificial intelligence," PM Modi added.
short by Shifa Naseer / 02:38 pm on 19 Feb
Facebook to use postcards to verify US election ad buyers
short by Shifa Naseer / on 18 Feb 2018,Sunday
Facebook will start using postcards sent by mail to verify identities of the US election ad buyers, a company executive has said. Recipients will have to enter a code on the postcard to prove that they are living in the US. It comes after the company faced criticism for failing to detect Russian intervention during the 2016 US presidential elections.
short by Shifa Naseer / 01:42 pm on 18 Feb
Imported EV parts could increase risk of hack: NITI Aayog
short by Shifa Naseer / on 19 Feb 2018,Monday
According to the government's chief policy think-tank NITI Aayog, imported components for electric vehicles (EV) could make India vulnerable to cyber-security breaches. NITI Aayog member VK Saraswat said India should manufacture the majority of the parts as equipment shipped from overseas could be compromised. All software and at least 55% components need to be made domestically, Saraswat added.
short by Shifa Naseer / 11:01 am on 19 Feb
Website tracks Elon Musk's Tesla car sent into space
short by Shifa Naseer / on 18 Feb 2018,Sunday
A website named 'whereisroadster.com' is tracking Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster sent into space. According to the website, the Roadster, moving at a speed of around 10,800 kmph, is currently 3.3 million km from Earth and over 222 million km from Mars. The website also states the car has exceeded its 57,936 km warranty 573.6 times while circling the Sun.
short by Shifa Naseer / 02:51 pm on 18 Feb
Google finds another security flaw in Microsoft web browser
short by Shifa Naseer / on 20 Feb 2018,Tuesday
Technology giant Google has discovered another security flaw in Microsoft's Edge browser before Microsoft was ready to patch it. Google reportedly disclosed the bug to Microsoft in November and provided 90 days for the company to fix it before going public. This comes after Microsoft disclosed a Chrome security bug last year and criticised Google's approach to security patches.
short by Shifa Naseer / 03:01 pm on 20 Feb
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