DGCA may soon ban in-flight selfies, photography

DGCA may soon ban in-flight selfies, photography

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Concerned about security risks arising out of in-flight selfies, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) may soon ask airlines to strictly enforce a ban on taking pictures inside cockpit and at other critical places, including by both crew members and passengers. While existing rules also put some restrictions on in-flight photography, the regulator will come out with a detailed set of guidelines in a few days in the wake of certain cases coming to the light about possible security risks from clicking cockpit selfies. More →
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Microsoft announces web forms to curb hate speech

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Microsoft announces web forms to curb hate speech

In order to curb hate speech and ensure safe online communities, Microsoft has announced a new dedicated web form for reporting hate speech on its hosted consumer services and a separate online form for petitions to reconsider and reinstate content. With these resources, microsoft users will now be able to communicate directly with the firm to report hate speech and request petition to reinstate content via online forms. "We will continue our 'notice-and-takedown' approach for removing prohibited content on hosted consumer services, and the new form aims to improve the quality and speed of our reviews," Jacqueline Beauchere, Chief Online Safety Officer at Microsoft, said in a blog post on Saturday. More →
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IBS Chairman calls for multipronged strategy to promote IT investment in Kerala

By on August 27, 2016 at 3:00 AM.

IBS Chairman calls for multipronged strategy to promote IT investment in Kerala

A leading Information Technology honcho has advocated a multipronged strategy to promote fresh investment in the IT sector in Kerala. VK Mathews, who heads Technopark-headquartered IBS Software (IBS), said that one of the important steps to attract more IT players is through a strategic campaign involving successful companies in the state. "The state government should see to it that they facilitate the campaign; but use the successful players here to lead the campaign. There are numerous success stories in the IT sector in our state. This will result in more confidence among potential investors," Mathews added. More →
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‘Braido’, new radio technology developed to increase battery life of wearables

By on August 27, 2016 at 1:00 AM.

‘Braido’, new radio technology developed to increase battery life of wearables

A team of US researchers has introduced a new radio technology that allows devices such as fitness trackers and smartwatches to take advantage of battery power in larger devices nearby for communication. Dubbed Braidio for "braid of radios", the technology can extend battery life hundreds of times in some cases, the researchers said. They hope that using "energy offload" techniques may help to make these devices smaller and lighter in the future. Technologies like Braidio open up a new way of thinking about the design of mobile and wearable devices, said Deepak Ganesan, Professor at University of Massachusetts Amherst, in the US, and research team leader. "Wearable devices are often bulky due to large batteries needed for adequate battery life," he said in a university statement. "Perhaps such energy offload techniques can reverse this trend and enable thinner and lighter devices," Ganesan noted. More →
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IIT Bombay blacklists nine startups for reneging on job offers

By on August 26, 2016 at 11:00 PM.

IIT Bombay blacklists nine startups for reneging on job offers

In an unprecedented move, the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) released the names of nine companies it had blacklisted for allegedly going back on plum job placements they offered to its students. These companies, most of them startups, were blacklisted for one year for various reasons, IIT-B spokesperson Falguni Benerjee-Naha said. The erring companies are LeGarde Burnett Group, which had revoked its job offers and was later found to be fake. Companies LexInnova and IndusInsight delayed the joining dates given to the selected students, Banerjee-Naha said. More →
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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV camera launched for Rs 2,54,995

By on August 26, 2016 at 9:00 PM.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV camera launched for Rs 2,54,995

Canon has launched ‘EOS 5D Mark IV camera’ in India. The camera is claimed to deliver a high end and full-frame performance and a better speed to capture great shots in both still and video formats. With the EOS 5D Mark IV, users can shoot 4K movies at a frame rate of 30p, with resolutions up to 4096 x 2160 and an aspect ratio of 17:9 that matches cinema screens. "With every new product in the Canon EOS 5D range, we create a differentiation in the industry. The EOS 5D Mark IV is truly the most versatile EOS ever -- set to revolutionize photography in India," Kazutada Kobayashi, President and CEO, Canon India, told reporters. More →
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Meizu’s invite for September 5 event contains Nokia E71, expected to launch Meizu Max

By on August 26, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

Meizu’s invite for September 5 event contains Nokia E71, expected to launch Meizu Max

Meizu is holding an event on September 5 in China where it is expected to launch the Meizu Max smartphone. For the same, the company has started sending out invites. Meizu has done something very unusual with its invites this time. With every invite, it is sending along one Nokia E71 handset, hitting the nostalgia chord just at the right spots. But there has to be more that Meizu is hinting at with the Nokia handset than just evoking nostalgia. Considering the Nokia E71 was primarily meant for people who used a lot of business applications and functions, the smartphone that Meizu is launching on September 5 may come with features on the same line. More →
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LG X Cam with dual camera setup, Android Marshmallow launched in India: Price, specifications and features

By on August 26, 2016 at 7:15 PM.

LG X Cam with dual camera setup, Android Marshmallow launched in India: Price, specifications and features

After launching the X Cam smartphone at MWC 2016 in February this year, LG has finally launched the smartphone in India. One of the talking points of the smartphone is the dual camera set up at the back. It also comes with a 3D Arc Glass on the front with tapered top and bottom. The LG X Cam is sleek with thickness of 6.9mm, features a metal frame and plastic back. The smartphone is priced at Rs 19,990 and goes on sale across retail stores starting today. More →
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Facebook’s latest computer vision findings open to all for free

By on August 26, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Facebook’s latest computer vision findings open to all for free

Facebook, in its bid to help developers excel in the field of artificial intelligence (AI)-powered vision, has made available its latest computer vision findings to all for free. The Facebook AI Research (FAIR) is essentially putting three sets of open-sourced code on GitHub. "We're making the code for DeepMask+SharpMask as well as MultiPathNet - along with our research papers and demos related to them - open and accessible to all, with the hope that they'll help rapidly advance the field of machine vision," the social network giant said in a post on Friday. "As we continue improving these core technologies, we'll continue publishing our latest results and updating the open source tools we make available to the community," it added. More →
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Mahindra launches cloud connectivity platform ‘DiGiSENSE’ for its vehicles

By on August 26, 2016 at 6:15 PM.

Mahindra launches cloud connectivity platform ‘DiGiSENSE’ for its vehicles

Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd, a part of Mahindra Group, launched Mahindra DiGiSENSE. It is an integrated technology solution that connects Mahindra vehicles, tractors, trucks and construction equipment to the Cloud. The platform for vehicle connectivity will empower Mahindra customers to digitally build knowledge 24x7 about the performance and location of their mobility products and tractors, the company said in a statement. "At Mahindra we regularly challenge conventional thinking and create disruptions and the launch of DiGiSENSE 1.0 is one such effort to adopt technology to develop new ecosystems," said Dr Pawan Goenka, Executive Director, Mahindra & Mahindra. More →
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