Technology

Technology is ‘killing traditional face-to-face conversations’

Views - 928 Saturday, 27 November 2010 00:10

London (ANI): A study has concluded that people are unhappy with the lack of face-to-face time they spend with friends and family. The incessant march of technology is to blame, with text messaging, emailing and social networking taking over from


Chatrooms, social networking sites “behind generation that can’t spell”

Views - 1604 Saturday, 27 November 2010 00:09

London (ANI): A study has suggested that Internet chatrooms and social networking sites are to be blamed for children spelling words incorrectly. The study says as people type at speed online, there is now a “general attitude” that ther


Coming soon: New taxi-driver software to guide you through jams!

Views - 1054 Saturday, 27 November 2010 00:08

London (ANI): Ever marvelled at a taxi-driver’s knowledge of a city’s short cuts? Well, you can now be happy, as soon you would be able to take advantage of that know-how in your own car. Initial tests of a virtual cab driver have sugg


Sony launches world’s first tilting TV

Views - 1293 Saturday, 20 November 2010 00:01

London (IANS): Electronics giant Sony has launched what is being billed as the world’s first television with a screen which can be tilted backwards, which the company says is optimum for comfortable viewing. Apparently, a slight backwards le


Founder says he made ‘every mistake’ he could make in creating Facebook

Views - 1327 Saturday, 20 November 2010 00:01

Wellington (ANI): At the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg admitted that he made ‘every mistake’ he could make while creating the social networking site. Zuckerberg was pressed on the social netw


How video games stretch the limits of our visual attention

Views - 908 Saturday, 20 November 2010 00:01

ScienceDaily: They are often accused of being distracting, but recent research has found that action packed video games like Halo and Call of Duty can enhance visual attention, the ability that allows us to focus on relevant visual information. Th


A model introduces the Samsung Electronics’

Views - 1044 Saturday, 20 November 2010 00:01

A model introduces the Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy Tab tablet computer to the media during its unveiling ceremony at the company’s headquarters in Seoul. Samsung Electronics Co, the world’s No.2 handset maker, said on Thursday co


Soon, computers that work 100K times faster than current hard disks

Views - 843 Saturday, 20 November 2010 00:01

Washington: The day is probably not far when we would see computers equipped with shock-proof memory that work 100,000 times faster and consume less power than current hard disks. Every time a computer boots up, 2-3 minutes are lost while informat


‘Harry Potter’ hits Web before big box office debut

Views - 1110 Saturday, 20 November 2010 00:01

(Reuters) - Warner Bros studio said on Wednesday it was working to remove a 36-minute Internet leak of the new “Harry Potter” film ahead of what industry experts said could be the biggest opening weekend box office yet for the major movie


RIM’s PlayBook piques interest of core customers

Views - 1109 Friday, 19 November 2010 23:54

(Reuters) - If all goes according to Research in Motion’s plan, its touchscreen PlayBook will halt the erosion of its hold on the corporate must-have gadget list, offering safety and control to a security-conscious audience. RIM, whose Black


Software to fight hacking technique bags award

Views - 3202 Saturday, 6 November 2010 05:21

Washington (ANI): Scientists have come up with new software to combat hacking technique. One of the serious threats to a user’s computer is a software program that might cause unwanted keystroke sequences to occur in order to hack someone&rsqu


Dell switching off BlackBerry, onto own smartphone

Views - 1095 Saturday, 6 November 2010 05:21

(Reuters) - Dell Inc will shift thousands of its employees off Research in Motion Ltd’s BlackBerry and over to Dell’s smartphones, the company said on Thursday. The money-saving switch affects the roughly 25,000 Dell employees who carry


Now, CCTV that can ‘sense’ aggression from sound

Views - 888 Saturday, 6 November 2010 05:20

London (ANI): A UK company has developed a CCTV technology, which can assert if you’re being aggressive or calling for help. What’s more, it will alert security guards straight away. The Cambridge firm Audio Analytic has produced softwa


US Military ready for war in cyberspace

Views - 799 Saturday, 6 November 2010 05:20

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The military’s new Cyber Command, responsible for shielding 15,000 military computer networks from intruders, has become fully operational, the Defence Department said. More than 100 foreign intelligence organisations ar


Facebook hopes to dominate the mobile world

Views - 835 Saturday, 6 November 2010 05:19

London,  (ANI): Social networking site Facebook has worked out a strategy by which it can become a dominant force in the mobile world, by making the mobile phone a more social experience and offering shopping discounts. The company announced th


Spanish women “online world’s top flirts”

Views - 2351 Saturday, 6 November 2010 05:18

(Reuters Life!) - Spanish women are the most flirtatious in the world online, according to a survey by a dating website which said the results belie lingering perceptions of a socially conservative country. Badoo.com found Spanish women are more l


Now, feel your lover’s heartbeat through a digital heart!

Views - 1472 Saturday, 23 October 2010 06:42

Melbourne (ANI): A Japanese mobile service provider has created a device, known as ‘Taion Heart’, that can transmit your partner’s pulse through a phone app so that you can physically feel their heartbeat. No matter how far away yo


Hackers can force a jet's crash, warns British report

Views - 1120 Saturday, 23 October 2010 06:40

London (IANS) A new breed of cyber terrorists has the capability of breaking into a plane's sophisticated on-board computer systems and forcing it to crash, a security document released this week warned. They could also target critical infrastruc


World’s smallest on-chip low-pass filter to revolutionise wireless communication

Views - 1300 Saturday, 23 October 2010 06:38

Washington (ANI): Scientists at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have designed the world’s smallest on-chip low-pass filter which is 1,000 times smaller than existing off-chip filters. A low-pass filter is a circuit that allows low-frequ


Russians most active in online social networking

Views - 1008 Saturday, 23 October 2010 06:38

Moscow (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russians are the world's most active users of social networking websites in terms of time they spend there, a study has found. The survey conducted by digital market measurement service comScore Media Metrix said, in Au


Sex.com domain name sold for $13 million

Views - 3906 Saturday, 23 October 2010 06:37

BANGALORE (Reuters) - Sex.com, widely considered to be among the most valuable web addresses in the world, was sold for $13 million by its bankrupt owner, Escom LLC. In court papers filed on Monday, the company said Clover Holdings Ltd. was the succ


New 'control app' to stop users from "Sexting" on their iPhones

Views - 1310 Saturday, 23 October 2010 06:36

London (ANI): Consumer electronics company Apple has been awarded a patent to stop users from "Sexting", or sending inappropriate message from their phones. The "control application" works by ensuring that those who use it will n


Nokia to cut 1,800 jobs

Views - 1206 Saturday, 23 October 2010 06:36

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia Oyj’s new chief Stephen Elop put his imprint on the company on Thursday, cutting 1,800 jobs and delaying a key product after the world’s largest handset maker reported stronger-than-expected profits. Third-quar


Blind inventors make computers accessible for visually-challenged

Views - 1185 Wednesday, 6 October 2010 23:07

Washington (ANI): Two blind computer programmers at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have developed a free, open-source program which provides a synthetic voice to read the words on a computer screen as the cursor moves over them. Developed


Duo wins 2010 physics Nobel for carbon breakthrough

Views - 1195 Wednesday, 6 October 2010 23:03

Reuters: Two Russian-born scientists shared the 2010 Nobel Prize for physics for showing how carbon just one atom thick behaved, a discovery with profound implications from quantum physics to consumer electronics. Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov


Lankan graduate, Don discover breakthrough

Views - 1329 Wednesday, 6 October 2010 23:02

‘Spintronics’ breakthrough holds promise for next-generation computers Lawrence (Kansas University): Using powerful lasers, Hui Zhao, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas, and graduate student Lalani We


Scientists a step closer to 100pc lead-free electronics

Views - 988 Wednesday, 6 October 2010 23:01

Washington : A new research by materials engineers from the University of Leeds has paved the way for 100 pc lead-free electronics. The work, carried out at the UK's synchrotron facility, Diamond Light Source, reveals the potential of a new manm


Toshiba unveils glasses-free 3-D TV, AS

Views - 1117 Wednesday, 6 October 2010 23:01

TOKYO (AP) Toshiba Corp. believes it has a solution for television viewers who like 3-D but hate the glasses. The Tokyo-based company on Monday unveiled the world’s first high definition liquid crystal display 3-D television that does not requ


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