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29 Dec 2016


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 2016


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 2016


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 2016


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 2016

New 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 2016

Google 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 2016


NASA astronaut Piers Sellers dies at 61

Astronaut Piers Sellers died of pancreatic cancer in Houston today; he was 61 years old.

21 Dec 2016

Mark Zuckerberg

Meet Mark Zuckerberg's home AI, Jarvis

Yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg uploaded a video of his new home artificial intelligence, Jarvis.

19 Dec 2016


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 2016

San 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 2016


'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 2016


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.

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.

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 2016

North 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 2016


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. Legion's next target

After hacking four high-profile Twitter accounts, hacker group 'Legion' claims to have its eyes set on, a server providing email services to government employees.

13 Dec 2016


Jio brings Pokémon Go to India

Pokémon Go creators Niantic have teamed up with Reliance Jio to launch the game in India.

13 Dec 2016


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 2016


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.

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.

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 2016


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 2016


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 2016


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.

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 2016

Russia 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.

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 2016


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 2016


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 2016


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 2016


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 2016

Pope 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 2016


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 2016


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 2016


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 2016


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 2016

United 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 2016


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 2016

New 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".