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29 Dec 2016Technology
IAF Chief defends India's deterrent build-up
Responding to Beijing's protest against India's testing of the Agni V ballistic missile, IAF Chief Arup Raha said "Every country has the right to build its defence capabilities to address its security concerns and threat perceptions."
28 Dec 2016Amazon
Police want logged information from Amazon in murder case
In the latest instance of a clash between law enforcement and technology companies, police from Bentonville, Arkansas, in a bid to solve a murder, have asked Amazon for information logged in one particular Echo device.
26 Dec 2016London
Human-robot marriage to be legal by 2050, says experts
At the "Love and Sex with Robots" conference held this week at Goldsmith University, London, AI expert David Levy predicted that human-robot marriages would become legal by 2050.
26 Dec 2016Technology
India tests nuclear capable Agni V
India test-fired the nuclear-capable Agni V missile from Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha; the missile is touted to have a range of over 5000 kms.
25 Dec 2016New Zealand
Scientists can tell who is likely to become a criminal
In a study published on the Nature Human Behaviour scientific journal, scientists have shown, using brain tests, that they can tell which children would grow up to be criminals.
24 Dec 2016Google Maps
Google discontinues eight products as 2016 comes to an end
While Google released some critically acclaimed products like the Pixel smartphone and the Daydream virtual reality platform this year, it also pulled the plug on several of its ongoing products/projects.
24 Dec 2016Houston
NASA astronaut Piers Sellers dies at 61
Astronaut Piers Sellers died of pancreatic cancer in Houston today; he was 61 years old.
21 Dec 2016Mark Zuckerberg
Meet Mark Zuckerberg's home AI, Jarvis
Yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg uploaded a video of his new home artificial intelligence, Jarvis.
19 Dec 2016Facebook
Facebook may have to pay for its fake news
Thomas Oppermann, chairman of Germany's Social Democratic Party suggested a new law which would require companies like Facebook to have an office in the country dealing with fake news and hate speech all day.
17 Dec 2016San Francisco
Apple snags Porsche's technical director
Earlier this month, Apple snagged the technical director of Porsche's race car program, Alexander Hitzinger.
16 Dec 2016DNA
'Three-parent' babies approved in the UK
In a historic move, the apex fertility regulation body in the UK, the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HEFA), announced that it would start accepting applications for "three-parent" babies after it reviewed scientific evidence for the safety of the procedure.
16 Dec 2016Facebook
Facebook rolls out anti-fake-news features
In an attempt to curb growing criticism over the fake-news controversy on Facebook, the company has rolled out a set of new features to combat the menace.
15 Dec 2016Indian Premier League (IPL)
Legion claims hack of 74000 CAs, Lalit Modi
An unidentified individual claiming to be part of the Legion hacker group claimed to have hacked the accounts of 74,000 Chartered Accountants and gave the account access to a media group.
15 Dec 2016Indian Premier League (IPL)
Case filed in hack against Barkha Dutt, Ravish Kumar
Delhi police's economic offences wing has initiated a probe into the hacking of the accounts of Barkha Dutt and Ravish Kumar by hacker group Legion.
14 Dec 2016North America
Google sets up self-driving car unit as separate company
At a press conference in San Francisco today, Google announced that it was setting up its self-driving car unit as a separate company.
13 Dec 2016Microsoft
Microsoft's consumer Surface sales hit a high
In a blog post, Microsoft stated that consumer Surface sales hit a high in the month of November.
13 Dec 2016Indian Premier League (IPL)
Sansad.nic.in Legion's next target
After hacking four high-profile Twitter accounts, hacker group 'Legion' claims to have its eyes set on sansad.nic.in, a server providing email services to government employees.
13 Dec 2016Technology
Jio brings Pokémon Go to India
Pokémon Go creators Niantic have teamed up with Reliance Jio to launch the game in India.
13 Dec 2016Mangalyaan
Scientists who shone through Mangalyaan
India's first interplanetary mission, Mangalyaan brought out pictures of the women at ISRO dressed in brightly coloured silk sarees celebrating the mission.
13 Dec 2016DNA
Could vitamin supplements harm you?
Vitamin supplements have over the decades become synonymous with keeping illnesses at bay and prolonged use of antioxidants may even slow-down ageing in humans.
10 Dec 2016United States of America
E-cigarettes now a public health threat, according to Surgeon General
A new report released by the Surgeon General of the United States includes e-cigarettes as a major health threat to the public.
10 Dec 2016International Space Station (ISS)
NASA pumps $127 million into building a space robot
United States' space agency NASA has announced plans of building a space robot worth $127 million to help repair and refuel the agency's satellites.
06 Dec 2016Amazon
Amazon Go to say goodbye to retail checkout lines
The latest announcement by Amazon speaks of a grocery store in Seattle, Washington which will start operations in early 2017.
05 Dec 2016Microsoft
Twitter says "no" to Trump's idea of national Muslim registry
American corporations, from the largest conglomerate to the smallest firm, are facing a question: "Will we do business with the Trump administration to further its most extreme, draconian goals? (and ideas) Or will we resist?"
04 Dec 2016Australia
Australian school kids develop expensive HIV drug for pennies
School children at a Sydney school in Australia, have recreated an exorbitantly priced HIV drug, Daraprim, on a shoe string budget.
03 Dec 2016University College London
Computers are not emotionally intelligent? Think again
While popular opinion holds that computers are incapable of being emotionally intelligent, evidence suggests that new technology might already have a higher emotional intelligence (EQ) than human beings.
03 Dec 2016Russia News
Unmanned Russian cargo spaceship crashes shortly after launch
An unmanned Russian cargo spaceship traveling to the International Space Station crashed in the atmosphere six minutes after being launched.
02 Dec 2016International Space Station (ISS)
NASA's Space Poop Challenge
While scientists have to face seemingly impossible challenges to make space-travel possible, one particular challenge has them baffled.
01 Dec 2016China
Chinese couple developing an app for convenience marriages
32 year-old Chinese woman Ou Xiaobai and her girlfriend Yi Zhi, along with a team of part-time developers, are developing an app called iHomo which helps Chinese homosexuals find partners for convenience marriages so that they can appease their parents, relatives and employers.
30 Nov 2016India
Facebook Wi-Fi goes live in india
In a bid to increase internet access in India, Facebook's Express Wi-Fi service went live.
29 Nov 2016Samsung
Samsung to disclose shareholder return plan
Samsung Electronics said that it will disclose its plans to enhance shareholder value; the announcement comes amidst calls to split the company to increase payouts.
24 Nov 2016Twitter
Twitter suspends Dorsey's account
Twitter suspended the account of Jack Dorsey, the CEO and co-founder of the company in an embarrassing development which the company called "an internal mistake."
23 Nov 2016Pope Francis
'Sindr', the Vatican's new confession finder app
In an attempt to engage with the "mobile generation", Archbishop Leo Cushley from the Archdiocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, announced "The Catholic App" outside St. Peter's Basilica yesterday.
22 Nov 2016India
Army successfully completes user-trial of Agni I
The army successfully completed their user trial of the Agni I nuclear capable ballistic missile; the 700km range missile was developed by the DRDO.
21 Nov 2016India
India tests nuclear capable missile, Prithvi-II
India today successfully conducted trials of nuclear capable Prithvi-II missiles that have been indigenously developed by the Defence Research and Development Organization.
21 Nov 2016Samsung
Note 7 recall did not affect Samsung brand
A recently released Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll stated that the recall of Samsung's Note 7 phone did little to dent the company's brand image.
21 Nov 2016Facebook
Facebook set to repurchase shares worth $6 billion
Social media giant Facebook announced plans to launch a share repurchase program worth nearly $6 billion.
20 Nov 2016United Nations (UN)
The approaching revolution in agriculture
The long-overdue revolution in agriculture is within a few years' reach as the agricultural sector stands poised on the brink of a technological upheaval.
20 Nov 2016Facebook
Zuckerberg announces plans to counter fake news on Facebook
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has outlined steps to counter the issue of fake and misleading news stories appearing on Facebook.
20 Nov 2016New South Wales
Setting up microfactories to recycle e-waste
Several studies revealed old cellphones, tablets, computers and other electronic waste could be converted into "gold mines".