Apple may be working on a dedicated AI chip for the upcoming iPhone
US tech giant Apple is reportedly developing a dedicated artificial intelligence (AI) chip, called the Apple Neural Engine, that would power AI-related tasks on mobile devices. “The chip would be used to offload tasks that require sophisticated algorithms related to facial and speech recognition and augmented reality tasks that rely heavily on computer vision,” technology website theverge.com reported on Saturday. The chip is also said to improve battery life and the overall performa...
New Zealand launches its first 3-D printed rocket in space
Rocket Lab, a Silicon Valley-funded space launch company, on Thursday launched the maiden flight of its battery-powered, 3-D printed rocket from New Zealand’s remote Mahia Peninsula. “Made it to space. Team delighted,” Rocket Lab said on its official Twitter account. The successful launch of a low-cost, 3D-printed rocket is an important step in the commercial race to bring down financial and logistical barriers to space while also making New Zealand an unlikely space hub. The L...
Tech2.Games S01E04: One year of Overwatch, a new giant robot, and unlocked frame rates
After a brief hiatus, we are back, it would seem, at a time when everyone is a semi-qualified networking specialist. Destiny 2’s lack of dedicated servers has been a big talking point among its community, and rightly so—the first game was plagued by the appropriately named “red bar warriors” in PvP, and with a PC version incoming this time around, there are fears of cheating running rampant (as with Ubisoft’s The Division). In other news, Far Cry 5 is all set to be ...
G7 nations demand social media platforms and ISPs to crack down on the extremist content online
The G7 nations on Friday demanded action from internet providers and social media firms against extremist content online, vowing to step up their fight against terrorism after this week’s Manchester attack. British Prime Minister Theresa May won solidarity from her G7 colleagues at summit talks in Italy after the suicide bombing Monday at a pop concert killed 22 people, including several children. The G7 also vowed a collective effort to track down and prosecute foreign fighters dispersing...
Court in Italy suspends ban on ride-hailing service Uber
A Rome court annulled a short-lived ban on ride-hailing app Uber on Friday in the latest twist to a battle between the San Francisco-based multinational and Italy’s traditional taxi cabs. A lower court had already ordered temporary suspension of the ban, which was imposed in April and affected several Uber phone applications and prevented it from advertising its services in Italy. “We are happy to announce that you will be able to keep using our app in Italy”, Uber Italy tweete...
The Nokia 9 benchmark specs is giving other flagships a run for their money
The much-anticipated flagship phone by Nokia, Nokia 9 is nearing its released date. Leaked specifications via an online benchmark test hint that the flagship from the company could give popular mobile phones like Samsung Galaxy S8 and iPhone 7, a run for their money. What interests me about this video [https://t.co/eSzd0XHvrt] is that it shows 4 smartphones, but Nokia only sells 3 (none w dual lens). pic.twitter.com/RKStSoSgM5 — Evan Blass (@evleaks) May 16, 2017 As per the Geekbench...
Google Photos hits a milestone of 1 billion installs from Play Store
Google’s biggest service app, Google Photo has hit 1 billion installs on the Play Store. The company has managed to reach this number in about two years of its official launch. Apart from providing free unlimited cloud storage, the app comes with machine learning features making it far more intuitive than most photo management apps. At the recent Google I/O developer conference, Google had announced a new update for Photos which includes a bunch of new features. One of them is a social fea...
New Zealand launches its first 3-D printed rocket in space
Rocket Lab, a Silicon Valley-funded space launch company, on Thursday launched the maiden flight of its battery-powered, 3-D printed rocket from New Zealand’s remote Mahia Peninsula. “Made it to space. Team delighted,” Rocket Lab said on its official Twitter account. The successful launch of a low-cost, 3D-printed rocket is an important step in the commercial race to bring down financial and logistical barriers to space while also making New Zealand an unlikely space hub. The L...
Google Photos hits a milestone of 1 billion installs from Play Store
Google’s biggest service app, Google Photo has hit 1 billion installs on the Play Store. The company has managed to reach this number in about two years of its official launch. Apart from providing free unlimited cloud storage, the app comes with machine learning features making it far more intuitive than most photo management apps. At the recent Google I/O developer conference, Google had announced a new update for Photos which includes a bunch of new features. One of them is a social fea...
About 120 million people engaged in over 500 million interactions on Instagram during IPL
Almost 120 million people engaged in 500 million interactions on Instagram during the 10th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) that entertained cricket fans for six weeks. IPL culminated in a thrilling victory by Mumbai Indians over Rising Pune Supergiants in Hyderabad on May 21. Virat Kohli (Bangalore) garnered the most likes and followers on Instagram during the IPL, followed by MS Dhoni (Pune) and AB de Villiers (Bangalore), the company said on Friday. During the six-week-long IPL, players...
New Zealand launches its first 3-D printed rocket in space
Rocket Lab, a Silicon Valley-funded space launch company, on Thursday launched the maiden flight of its battery-powered, 3-D printed rocket from New Zealand’s remote Mahia Peninsula. “Made it to space. Team delighted,” Rocket Lab said on its official Twitter account. The successful launch of a low-cost, 3D-printed rocket is an important step in the commercial race to bring down financial and logistical barriers to space while also making New Zealand an unlikely space hub. The L...
Samsung starts selling 32 GB variant of Galaxy J5 Prime and J7 Prime
Samsung announced the Galaxy J5 Prime and J7 Prime for the Indian market last year in September. Both the handsets were announced in 16 GB of internal storage, but Samsung has now introduced higher 32 GB variants of both the smartphones. All the remaining specifications remain the same. The Galaxy J7 Prime includes a 1.6GHz Exynos octa-core processor coupled with 3 GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch Full HD (1920×1080 pixels) IPS display with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and dual-SIM card support. Othe...
Chinese live-streaming app Live.Me launched in India; to compete with Facebook and Periscope
Two days back we saw Asus launch the ZenFone Live, a smartphone that focuses on making live videos. Today we are hearing that a new live-streaming platform has launched in India. Chinese app developer Cheetah Mobile has launched its live-streaming app Live.Me in India. The app has already rolled out in seventy other countries. Apart from video broadcasting, the app offers interactive stickers with face-mapping technology and also lets users interact with other users and ...
Mark Zuckerberg returns to Harvard, urges graduates to strengthen global community
Mark Zuckerberg returned on 25 May, 2017 to Harvard, where he launched Facebook and then dropped out, telling graduates it’s up to them to bring purpose to the world, fight inequality and strengthen the global community. “Change starts local. Even global changes start small – with people like us,” the Facebook CEO said. He shared stories about graduates such as David Razu Aznar, a former city leader who led the effort to legalize gay marriage in Mexico City, and Agnes Igo...
Kik Interactive is planning to launch digital currency called ‘Kin’
Kik Interactive, which created the chat platform Kik, said on Thursday it was launching a crypto-currency or token called Kin that would enable customers to use a whole range of digital services. Kik is a free chat and messaging application founded in 2009 and built for teenagers, with about 300 million registered users. The Kin token will be created on the Ethereum blockchain, another online public ledger much like that of bitcoin, the original digital currency. A sale of the token will be slat...
Juno reveals details about Jupiter; colossal cyclones and rivers of ammonia in the atmosphere
Jupiter’s atmosphere features colossal cyclones and rivers of ammonia welling up from deep inside the solar system’s largest planet, researchers said on Thursday, publishing the first insights from a NASA spacecraft flying around the gas giant. The cyclones were discovered as the Juno spacecraft made the first of at least 12 planned close encounters with Jupiter, which scientists believe set the stage for the development of Earth and other planets in the solar system. Juno found cycl...
DJI Spark: A turning point that could make drones as popular as smartphones
DJI has announced the launch of its latest drone, the DJI Spark. The latest drone by the Chinese company is the cheapest and smallest drone from the company. The drone is priced it $499 (roughly Rs 32,000) and packs a number of features that are usually features in the more expensive flagship drones launched by the company. Image Credit: DJI The company is using the tagline ‘Seize the Moment’ to market the product and it will be available for pre-order soon. With ...
Alibaba announces Young Li has head of international business department
Alibaba’s Mobile Business Group on Thursday said Young Li has been elevated as the head of International Business Department, and in his new role he will be in charge of the overseas business of UCWeb. Young has previously headed the UC News where he spearheaded the product in markets such as India and Indonesia. “Young and his team have been an integral driver of our strategy of moving ‘From Tool to Content’, addressing the key challenge faced by users and partners, that...
New Zealand launches its first 3-D printed rocket in space
Rocket Lab, a Silicon Valley-funded space launch company, on Thursday launched the maiden flight of its battery-powered, 3-D printed rocket from New Zealand’s remote Mahia Peninsula. “Made it to space. Team delighted,” Rocket Lab said on its official Twitter account. The successful launch of a low-cost, 3D-printed rocket is an important step in the commercial race to bring down financial and logistical barriers to space while also making New Zealand an unlikely space hub. The L...
Alibaba announces Young Li has head of international business department
Alibaba’s Mobile Business Group on Thursday said Young Li has been elevated as the head of International Business Department, and in his new role he will be in charge of the overseas business of UCWeb. Young has previously headed the UC News where he spearheaded the product in markets such as India and Indonesia. “Young and his team have been an integral driver of our strategy of moving ‘From Tool to Content’, addressing the key challenge faced by users and partners, that...