Technology

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 »

Remote-Controlled Nasa Aircraft Set to Track Hurricanes

In a first, a unique remotely piloted aircraft from Nasa is set to take off this week to improve track and intensity forecasts of hurricanes as part of the new generation weather forecast observations tools. From now until the end of September, the aircraft called Global Hawk will fly over the Atlantic Ocean basin to collect data on temperature, moisture, ... Read More »

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 »