Technology

Apple TV to Support Bluetooth Game Controllers: Report

Several more reports are now suggesting that the next-generation Apple TV is focused on bringing gaming features to users. The set-top box that’s expected to launch at Apple’s scheduled September 9 event alongside the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, will support Bluetooth 4.2-specced game controllers. The said controllers will be as capable as what we are used to see ... Read More »

India Seeks SoftBank Push for Modi’s Solar Goal

India has closed bids for a third of its target of tendering 15,000 megawatts (MW) of solar projects this fiscal year, a government official said, and is expecting interest from investors such as SoftBank to lift the industry. The tenders are part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious plans to raise solar capacity five fold to 100,000 MW by 2022 ... Read More »

Nasa, USAID Launch Environmental Information Hub

Nasa and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have launched a joint project to strengthen regional environmental monitoring in five countries in the lower Mekong region of Southeast Asia. Called SERVIR-Mekong, the project is housed at the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center in Bangkok, Thailand. It joins a growing global community of scientists and decision-makers using publicly available data from ... Read More »

Google, Sanofi Team Up to Improve Diabetes Care

Google Inc and French drugmaker Sanofi SA said they will partner to develop tools to improve the management and treatment of diabetes. Sanofi will work with Google’s Life Sciences team to collect, analyse and understand information impacting diabetes, which is expected to affect 592 million by 2035, according to the International Diabetes Federation. Sanofi’s diabetes product line raked in sales ... Read More »

Cheaper, More Efficient LED Technology Developed

Scientists including one of Indian origin have developed a new highly efficient and low cost light emitting diode that could help spur more widespread adoption of the LED technology. “It can potentially revolutionise lighting technology. In general, the cost of LED lighting has been a big concern thus far. Energy savings have not balanced out high costs. The new discovery ... Read More »

Nasa Selects Next Flyby Target for New Horizons Probe

After its historic July 14 flyby of the Pluto system that revealed interesting findings, Nasa has selected the next potential next destination for its New Horizons mission – a small Kuiper Belt object (KBO) known as 2014 MU69 that orbits nearly a billion miles beyond Pluto. This remote KBO was one of two identified as potential destinations and the one ... Read More »

Uber Hires 2 Security Researchers to Improve Car Technology

Uber Technologies Inc has hired two top vehicle security researchers, the company said on Friday, high-profile additions that come as the ride-hailing service ramps up its work on technology for self-driving cars. Charlie Miller, who had been working at Twitter Inc , and Chris Valasek, who worked at security firm IOActive, have resigned from their jobs and will join Uber ... Read More »

India to Install 73 ‘Green’ Supercomputers in Next 3 Years

India plans to install 73 ‘green supercomputers’ in the next three years to enable high-performance computing with reduced power consumption, a scientist at the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) said on Friday. “Around five to 10 supercomputers will be installed this year and the rest in the next three years in phases. Through optimisation, power consumption of the ... Read More »

Isro Launches GSAT-6 Communications Satellite

An Indian rocket with over two tonne communication satellite GSAT-6, which has several strategic applications, blasted off from the Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday. Precisely at 4.52pm IST, the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Development 5 (GSLV D6) rose from the second launch pad Sriharikota at Satish Dhawan Space Centre. The 49.1-metre tall rocket weighing 416 tonnes would sling the ... Read More »

Nasa Says Grow Plants If You Want to Curb Urban Heat

The presence of vegetation in urban areas – along the roads, in the parks and in your neighbourhood – can limit city heat effect to a great extent, says a Nasa study. Using multiple satellites’ observations, researchers found that areas in the US covered in part by concrete surfaces had a summer temperature 1.9 degrees Celsius higher than surrounding rural ... Read More »