Technology

Micro-Sensors Stuck to Honey Bees to Help Solve Mass Deaths

Australian scientists revealed Tuesday they are using micro-sensors attached to honey bees as part of a global push to understand the key factors driving a worldwide population decline of the pollinators. There has been a sharp plunge in the population of honey bees, which pollinate about 70 percent of global crops, or one-third of food that humans eat including fruits ... Read More »

Xiaomi unveils MIUI 7, beta available starting August 24

NEW DELHI: Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi unveiled MIUI 7, the next version of its Android-based operating system, in India. The beta version of the OS will be available for users of all Xiaomi devices starting August 25. According to Xiaomi, the company has refined MIUI over the past year to create MIUI 7, which has a colourful interface with better ... Read More »

Four Indians in MIT’s ‘Innovators Under 35’ list

BENGALURU: A cooling material that saves energy by sending heat into outer space and can be used for air-conditioning with very little electricity. An affordable obstacle detection system for the blind, which uses ultrasonic ranging. Technologies that could make it easy for semi-literate people to use online services by talking into phones or making gestures which would be picked up ... Read More »

E-commerce generates $1.2 million revenue every 30 seconds: Study

NEW DELHI: The global e-commerce industry generates over $1.2 million every 30 seconds, with a major chunk of the sector’s revenue being cornered through social media, says a joint study by Assocham-Deloitte. Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter contribute $5,483, $4,504 and $4,308 respectively every half-a-minute to the figure. The study report added that the maturity of social media and its reach ... Read More »

Nikesh Arora to buy $483 million worth SoftBank shares

TOKYO: The successor-in-waiting at SoftBank said that he would buy a whopping $483 million in company shares, after his move to the Japanese mobile carrier from Google. Nikesh Arora, who left a high-profile post at the internet search giant last year, said he would buy 60 billion yen ($483 million) worth of SoftBank stock over the next six months. He ... Read More »

Sex determination ads: SC asks Google, Yahoo, Microsoft to respond

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has asked search engines like Google India, Yahoo India and Microsoft Corporation (I) Pvt Ltd to respond to the allegations that they were violating Indian laws and a court order by not blocking advertisements on sex determination of a foetus. “You take instruction and file affidavit within two weeks in this regard,” the bench comprising ... Read More »

Chinese police arrest 15,000 for internet crimes

BEIJING: Police in China has arrested about 15,000 people for crimes that “jeopardized internet security”, as the government moves to tighten controls on the internet. Since taking over in 2013, president Xi Jinping has led an increasingly harsh crackdown on China’s internet, which the Communist Party views with greater importance and acknowledges it needs to control, academics and researchers say. ... Read More »

‘Life has not changed much at Google after Pichai’s elevation’

BENGALURU: Life at Google has not changed much after the elevation of Sundar Pichai as its CEO, as the internet company has many Indians holding senior positions, marketing director for Google India Sandeep Menon said. “Well if you look at Google a lot of senior people have been Indians, and so the life has not changed much,” Menon told reporters ... Read More »

India-made smartphones’ share jumps to 24.8% in Q2: Study

BENGALURU: Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative seems to have begun bearing fruits as 24.8% of the smartphones shipped in the country during the June quarter were made locally compared with 19.9% in preceding quarter, according to a report. According to the research firm CyberMedia Research, a total of 56.6 million handsets were shipped during the June quarter, of which smartphones ... Read More »

Google unveils new search app for mobile

BENGALURU: ​Global search engine Google has unveiled a new app that will let mobile users search for their daily needs. “With more Indians using smartphones for online access, our new product Google House helps them search maps, photos, translate and use YouTube apps on mobile devices, Google India marketing director Sandeep Menon told reporters here. According to a study by ... Read More »