Technology

Astronomers Spot Mid-Size Black Hole

In a first, a team including an Indian-origin astronomer has found evidence for a new intermediate-mass black hole about 5,000 times the mass of the Sun. The discovery, made by Dheeraj Pasham from University of Maryland (UMD) and scientists from Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Centre, adds one more candidate to the list of potential medium-sized black holes while strengthening the ... Read More »

Apple TV Universal Search to Be Open to Developers With Upcoming API

One of the key features of the new Apple TV is its universal search offering. Instead of fetching content from one source – or requiring users to open half a dozen apps manually and make the searches there – the Apple TV automatically taps iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, HBO and several other popular services to list down the availability of your ... Read More »

Tata Sky+ Transfer Set-Top Box With Wi-Fi Dongle Launched at Rs. 9,300

Direct broadcast satellite television provider Tata Sky on Wednesday launched a new Tata Sky+ Transfer set-top box (STB) which will have recording ability and will come with a Wi-Fi dongle to enable consumers to enjoy recorded content on smartphones and tablets without consuming Internet data. “The new product (storage capacity of 500GB) which comes at a price of Rs. 9,300 ... Read More »

Soyuz Rocket With Three Astronauts Launches Towards ISS

A Soyuz spacecraft with three astronauts successfully launched towards the International Space Station on Wednesday, marking the 500th manned launch in space travel history. The trio including the first Danish citizen ever to fly into space blasted off in the Soyuz TMA 18M rocket on schedule at 0437 GMT from the same launchpad that Yuri Gagarin used for his historic ... Read More »

Hyderabad Police Bans Use of Drones Without Permission

In view of the intelligence alerts about the possible use of remote-controlled drones for terror attacks, police has banned their use in Cyberabad police commissionerate limits by any agency or individual without prior permission. Hyderabad Police Commissioner C. V. Anand on Tuesday issued orders, making it compulsory for event organisers, organisations and individuals to obtain prior police permission in writing ... Read More »

Apple Reportedly Exploring Making Its Own Movies and TV Shows

iPhone-maker Apple is looking to move into the original programming business to compete with video streaming companies such as Netflix, Variety reported on Monday. Apple, which aims to begin offering the service next year, has held preliminary talks with executives from Hollywood in recent weeks to gauge their interest in spearheading efforts to produce entertainment content, Variety reported, citing sources. ... Read More »

Droom Lets Users Buy, Rent, and Sell Private Planes, Helicopters Online

Droom, an online marketplace for automobiles, will now let its users buy or sell private planes and choppers on its platform. Droom’s platform will also be available for rental and chartering of private planes and choppers, it said in a statement. Claiming to be the largest online automobile marketplace in India at present, Droom has product offerings in 14 different ... Read More »

Isro, Nasa’s Nisar Earth Observation Satellite to Be Launched in 2021

India and US have set a target of 2021 to put their collaborative earth observation satellite Nisar in orbit, Isro Chairman A S Kiran Kumar said Thursday. Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) was working with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) of the US to undertake the launch of Nisar by 2021, he told reporters here after the successful launch ... Read More »

Russia Extends Travel Time to International Space Station

The Russian Federal Space Agency says the next manned trip to the International Space Station will be extended from the usual six hours to two days. Roscosmos said in a statement released on Wednesday that the decision was made due to security concerns after the space lab had to adjust its orbit last month, dodging space junk. The rollout of ... Read More »

Watch: Sony’s Prototype Drone That Can Travel at 170 Kilometres per Hour

Sony Corporation in July partnered with Tokyo-based startup ZMP Inc to launch a new subsidiary called Aerosense. The joint venture, which is an all-purpose drone company for business customers, has unveiled a prototype of a drone that is able to carry objects weighing up to 22 pounds (approximately 10kgs). Aerosense has posted the first video of a prototype drone that ... Read More »