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U.N. chief urges global rules for cyber warfare
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called on Monday for global rules to minimize the impact of electronic warfare on civilians as massive cyber attacks look likely to become the first salvoes in future wars. Episodes of cyber warfare between states already exist. Traditional ways of working out such rules could take decades - too slow for the rapidly changing technology scene.
Uber drops opposition to London language test
Taxi app Uber is dropping a legal appeal against the introduction of more stringent English language tests for drivers in London after the city's transport regulator said it would water down its stringent proposals. In March last year it lost that legal battle but had been granted the right to appeal the plans. Uber, which was stripped of its license to operate in London over safety concerns, welcomed the move.
Complex molecules in asteroids may be the latest explanation behind the origin of life
Asteroids play the role of time capsules showing what molecules originally existed in our solar system, and may help explain how life started on Earth, a study suggests. Finding complex molecules in asteroids provides the strongest evidence that such compounds were present on the Earth before life formed, said Nicholas Hud from Georgia Institute of Technology in the US. We can look to the asteroids to help us understand what chemistry is possible in the universe, said Hud.
Music during exercise can drop focus, but boost enjoyment while working out
Listening to music while exercising can rearrange the brain's electrical frequency, causing a drop in focus but boosting your enjoyment during a workout session, a study has found. This lets them compare the brain's electrical feedback while exercising outdoors to music, a podcast, or no soundtrack at all. They found music rearranges the brain's electrical frequency, causing a drop in focus but enhancing enjoyment 28 per cent more than silence and 13 per cent more than a podcast.
A volcanic idea for cooling the earth
Researchers will be using various methods to gather data about a volcanic eruption as soon as it begins and forseveral years afterwards. The gas spread around the world and combined with water vapour to make aerosols, tiny droplets that reflected some sunlight away from the earth. Powerful volcanic eruptions like Pinatubo's in 1991 are one of the biggest natural influences on climate.
An indigenous anti-counterfeiting ink
The ink has been developed in response to the 'Make in India' call, says Dr Bipin Gupta, the study's lead author. This is due to a special ink that glows only when it is exposed under a UV light. In other words, the paper or surface on which the ink is printed should not glow under UV light.
Gates says billionaires should pay 'significantly' more taxes
Bill Gates says he has paid more than $10 billion in taxes over a lifetime but billionaires like him should pay significantly more because they benefit more from the system. The Microsoft co-founder, the world's second richest man after Amazon's Jeff Bezos, was critical of a recent US tax overhaul that slashed corporate taxes and lowered the top bracket for individual income.
Indian-American techies want to build 'tech triangle' to strengthen ties between India, US, Israel
Top Indian-American entrepreneurs have initiated an organised effort to strengthen relationship between India, Israel and the US in the field of technology. A group of Indian-Americans have announced launch of several initiatives to enhance the technology collaborations between the three countries. Well known venture capitalist and philanthropist M R Rangaswami, who is founder of Indiaspora, is the brain behind such an initiative. A Indiaspora delegation visited New Delhi when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu travelled to India early this year.
NASA's Opportunity rover completes 5,000 days on Mars, spots possible signs of water
NASA's Mars rover Opportunity, which reached its 5,000th Martian day, or sol, this week has observed possible 'rock stripes' that could suggest actions of water, wind or other processes on the Red Planet. While the origin of the whole valley is uncertain, rover-team scientists are analysing various clues that suggest actions of water, wind or ice. The prime mission of Opportunity was planned to last just 90 sols as NASA did not expect the rover to survive through a Martian winter.
Ex-Googlers strike startup gold-again-with $1.9 billion sale to drugs giant
Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche and the cancer-technology firm Flatiron founded by Nat Turner and Zach Weinberg confirmed the $1.9 billion deal Thursday that Roche said would speed development of new cancer treatments and help it with regulators. Flatiron, a privately held company backed by Google Ventures, sells data management and analytics software to cancer clinics, research centers and life-science companies.
Google's firing of Damore in 'monoculture' case found legal
Google's firing of an engineer over his controversial memo criticizing its diversity policies and politically correct monoculture didn't violate US labor law, a federal agency lawyer concluded. Sophir went on to find that Google discharged Damore only for his discriminatory statements, which aren't shielded by labor law. The company carefully tailored its messages in firing Damore and in addressing employees afterward to affirm their right to engage in protected speech while prohibiting discrimination or harassment.
Adobe to set up artificial intelligence centre in Hyderabad
The San Jose-headquartered software giant Adobe Systems has announced it will be setting up an artificial intelligence (AI) centre in Hyderabad. The decision was announced during a meeting between Telengana Information Technology (IT) Minister KT Rama Rao and Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the Nasscom India Leadership Forum (NILF) that took off in Hyderabad on Monday. Adobe is thrilled to announce that we are starting an advanced AI lab in Hyderabad.
iBall launches 7-inch Slide Enzo V8 tablet at Rs 8,999 in India
IBall has launched the iBall Slide Enzo V8 tablet for Rs 8,999. The iBall Slide Enzo V8 comes with a 7-inch capacitive multi-touch IPS display. Based on Android 7.0 Nougat, the new iBall Slide Enzo V8 tablet is powered by a quad-core processor and there's 3500mAh battery support. The iBall tablet also comes with pre-installed Microsoft and Google apps, and supports 22 regional languages in India. IBall's Slide Enzo V8 comes with a 5MP autofocus rear camera and 2MP front camera, both with LED flash.
India to be $1 trillion digital economy in 5 years: Ravi Shankar Prasad
Union Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday said his ministry is working in mission mode to make India's digital sector $1 trillion economy in next five years. Prasad believes that the technology has unique attribute of empowering people and creating jobs. He assured people that new technologies like Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, Internet of Things and Robotics would further empower India and create new jobs.
Air Force security hackathon leads to record payout
The event also set a record for speed. On the first day, the military and 24 hackers conducted a live event where they reported and fixed flaws as they happened. HackerOne is keen to tout this as a success in the larger Hack the Pentagon program. With that said, this shows that there's still a lot of room for improvement. While it's difficult to completely remain up to date, the Air Force isn't yet at the point where exploits are relatively rare.
Samsung India Opens 15 Smart Healthcare Centres in Tamil Nadu
To provide affordable yet quality healthcare to patients from the lower strata of society, Samsung India and the Tamil Nadu government on Monday launched 15 Samsung Smart Healthcare centres in the state. Chief Minister K Palaniswami formally launched the centres by inaugurating one such centre at the government hospital at Edappadi in Salem district. Samsung Smart Healthcare combines good infrastructure, latest technology and the best available medical expertise, added Deepak Bhardwaj, Vice President, CSR, Samsung India.
Google Arts And Culture Unveils 3D-Printed Vases as Its First-Ever Lab Experiment in India
Google Arts and Culture on Monday unveiled 10 3D-printed ceramic vases at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) museum here to mark the culmination of its 'Future Relics' project - the first-ever lab experiment in India. It was conceptualized as part of the landmark India and the World: A History in Nine Stories, exhibition in association with the CSMVS. The vases were designed digitally, 3D printed using customised technology, and were glazed by Padma Shri Brahmdeo Ram Pandit, a ceramic artist.
Meet Ms Pepper: A Humanoid Robot That Helps Flyers at The Munich Airport
Over the next few weeks, flyers travelling through Munich Airport will be greeted by a humanoid robot named Josie Pepper, who will be able to field questions about flight operations, and the nearest restaurant or loo. Developed by SoftBank Robotics, Josie is powered by cloud-based, artificial intelligence technologies from IBM Watson Internet of Things.
Samsung Releases 'Over the Horizon' Ringtone For Galaxy S9
Each year, Samsung gives its iconic ringtone a fresh sound to better reflect the aesthetic transformation of its latest Galaxy phone. For the 2018 edition of the 'Over the Horizon', it was Icelandic composer Petur Jonsson who was chosen to reimagine and rearrange the brand's ringtone. Samsung released the announcement along with a music video that takes viewers on a journey from Petur Jonsson at his piano to Iceland's rural countryside of mountains and geysers.

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