Gadgets

India eyes ex- Soviet airbase in Tajikistan

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi is to ask Tajikistan for the lease of a former Soviet airbase that was refurbished by India in 2007. Government sources advised M AIL T ODAY that use of the Ayni airbase for the Indian Air Force, tops the agenda for dialogue with Tajikistan President with Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon when the prime minister arrives on ... Read More »

Robots can now tackle their greatest challenge: stairs

We’ve long attempted to recreate living creatures in robot form. From very early age of robotics, there has been attempts to reproduce systems similar to human arms and hands. This has been extended to flexible and mobile platforms reproducing different animals from dogs tosnakes to climbing spider octopods, and even entire humanoids. One of the key actions performed by animals ... Read More »

Get ahead in Silicon Valley: Upgrade your mind with a brain buzzer

At the San Francisco consciousness hacking monthly meet-up, about 150 personal development geeks are crowding around hi-tech consumer devices that promise a more relaxed you. There is a brain stimulator called Thync, released in June, that applies an electric current to the head to deliver calming vibes, and a breath-monitoring device that looks like a stone, called Spire, that alerts ... Read More »

HOW GRAPHENE FILM KEEPS YOUR ELECTRONICS COOL

Science professors at the Chalmers University of Technology have conducted a new experiment showing how graphene film keeps your electronics cool. Based on their new findings, the silicon-based components of our electronic devices may be coated with a graphene layer to keep temperature at lower levels during usage. Scientists have long tried to find out the best solution to keep ... Read More »

Dropping Apple Watch Sales Aren’t the Apocalypse for Apple, or for Wearables

Let’s talk about Apple Watch’s supposedly apocalyptic sales. There’s a story flying around about the Apple Watch’s declining sales. According a market-research firm(which is to say “professional guesser”), sales of Apple’s Hot New Wearable have nosedived by 90 percent. While estimates indicate that the Cupertino fruit company moved some 1.5 million wrist-computers in the first week it was on sale, ... Read More »

China’s Uber-Style Taxi App Didi Kuaidi Raises $2 Billion

China’s top taxi hailing app Didi Kuaidi announced Wednesday it raised $2 billion (roughly Rs. 12,706 crores) in two weeks, after reports said US rival Uber planned to invest $1.1 billion in the country this year.Didi Kuaidi, which is backed by technology giants Alibaba and Tencent and calls itself the world’s largest one-stop mobile-based transportation network, said its fundraising attracted ... Read More »

I Want to Buy the PS4 Now and E3 2015 Is to Blame

I’ve been a fan of Sony’s PlayStation consoles for a long time now. I remember bunking college to play games like FIFA Street, Pro Evolution Soccer, Black, God of War, and many more on the PlayStation 2 at a gaming cafe near my house. After starting my first real job in 2011, I invested in a PlayStation 3 (PS3) and ... Read More »

Fitting Label, Yet Unicorns Are No Myth

Aileen Lee tried a few lesser terms before she hit on “unicorn.” One was “home run.” Another was “megahits.” Neither quite worked for what she was going for – an unusual, mysterious word to describe what, in the tech industry, was an unusual, mysterious phenomenon: US software companies that had achieved a valuation of at least $1 billion (roughly Rs. ... Read More »

Micromax Canvas Tabby With Kids Mode, Content Launched at Rs. 6,499

Micromax on Friday launched a ‘dual-mode family tablet’ in India that features an specialised kids mode. Called the Canvas Tabby, the voice-calling tablet is priced at Rs. 6,499 will be available exclusively from Flipkart for three weeks starting June 22, after which it will be available with other online retailers as well. The firm says the Micromax Canvas Tabby tablet ... Read More »

HP Pro Tablet 608, Pavilion x2 Hybrid Launched Alongside New Envy Laptops

After launching its Omen gaming laptop and Pavilion 15 series last month in India, HP on Thursday announced back-to-school Windows 8.1-based Envy and Pavilion laptops in the market. The Pavilion x2 laptop-tablet (seen above) hybrid’s 32GB storage variant is priced at $299.99 (roughly Rs. 19,000) and will hit the shelves in the US starting July 21 – though a 64GB ... Read More »