Author Archives: joy mitra

Internet, tech, infra, realty In India may gain from China meltdown

India’s services sector including internet business, retail, real estate, telecom and information technology is unlikely to be directly impacted by the Chinese stock market meltdown, but experts see some positive trickle-in effect on the country. The $3.7 trillion wipe-off in the Chinese stock market could indirectly result in greater flow of investments from China into some high-growth sectors in India, ... Read More »

BSNL to Set Up Mobile Towers at All Border Outposts in Assam

Public sector undertaking BSNL on Tuesday said it will set up mobile towers at all border outposts in Assam by 2017, helping consumers with better connectivity. “So far, we were not allowed to set up towers in border areas due to security reasons. After the government approved the proposal, now we are in the process of setting up the towers ... Read More »

Gears of War Ultimate Edition Is 7 Times Bigger Than the Original

Gears of War Ultimate Edition is one of the releases headlining what Microsoft is calling “the greatest games lineup in Xbox history.” It’s a remaster of 2006’s Gears of War – an Xbox 360 game that made its way to PC in 2007. Like most remasters nowadays, it features a slew of technological advances and extra content. All of this ... Read More »

GREECE LATEST-French PM says basics of Greek deal laid out, deal is within grasp

Following is the latest news on Greece’s debt crisis after euro zone leaders set Athens a deadline of the end of the week to come up with convincing reform proposals . All times are in GMT. 1436 – French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says basics of a Greek deal have been laid out, a deal is within grasp 1334 – ... Read More »

The Latest: Juncker: EU Officials Are Prepared for Grexit

BRUSSELS — The latest on the Greek financial crisis (all times Brussels local): ___ 12:25 a.m. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says authorities are prepared for all eventualities in Brussels’ drawn-out negotiations with Greece about its financial crisis — including a scenario in which debt-laden Greece leaves the euro single currency or the European Union itself. “The commission is prepared ... Read More »

A beautiful algorithm? The risks of automating online transactions

The online ad that led you to your new favorite pair of shoes might seem innocuous, but according to University of Virginia Associate Professor of Economics and Computer Science Denis Nekipelov, the algorithms behind such ads could lead to an unforeseen financial crash – something he hopes his research will prevent. Nekipelov’s study of the automation of online advertising, co-authored ... Read More »

United Airlines flights resume after worldwide ground stop

Customers in United Airline’s Terminal 1 faced long lines after all flights were grounded Wednesday morning. | Tim Boyle/For the Sun-Times All United Continental flights in the U.S. were temporarily grounded Wednesday morning due to computer problems. The FAA said at 9 a.m. that an automation problem had been resolved and that it had given United the all-clear to begin ... Read More »

Marjan van Aubel’s “stained glass window” harvests solar energy to charge mobile phones

This window by Dutch designer Marjan van Aubel is made up from coloured solar cells that harvest energy from the sun and convert it into electricity to charge small computer devices. The organically dyed solar cells in van Aubel’s Current Window generate electricity from the sun – a process derived from photosynthesis, which plants use to convert sunlight into energy. Sunlight is collected within the orange, blue ... Read More »

When journalists take a vacation, do they actually take a break?

I found out about the guacamole and the pea incident four days after The New York Times tweeted about it. That’s not like me. I’m typically on top of the news cycle and keep tabs on the general zeitgeist of what’s important on the Internet. But last week, I went on vacation — for the first time in a long time. And ... Read More »

Buttons, sliders and knobs, oh, my! Startup evolves PC controls beyond the mouse

When it comes to controlling personal computers, keyboards and mice are the reigning champions. A startup called Palette, though, thinks photographers and other creative types will embrace hardware that offers even more direct control. Palette’s “tactile controller” products, available now for ordering and due to ship this November, let people magnetically snap together a cluster of buttons, knobs and sliders ... Read More »