Potentially habitable planet orbiting Proxima Centauri discovered

Potentially habitable planet orbiting Proxima Centauri discovered

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Astronomers have found clear evidence of a potentially habitable planet orbiting the closest star to our solar system. The new world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star, Proxima Centauri, every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface, if it were present. This rocky world is a little more massive than the Earth and is the closest exoplanet to us and the astronomers believe that it may even be the closest possible abode for life beyond our own Sun. "The discovery of the potentially habitable planet around Proxima Cen is the culmination of 30 years of work that has improved stellar velocity measurement precision from 300 m/s (metres per second) to 1 m/s," said one of the researchers, Paul Butler from Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington. More →
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New method developed may help discover Earth-like planets

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New method developed may help discover Earth-like planets

A new method for analyzing the chemical composition of stars from their carbon-to-oxygen and magnesium-to-silicon ratios may help scientists find alien planets with the right stuff for sustaining life, a study says. The computational modeling technique developed by Yale University researcher gives a clearer sense of the chemistry of stars, revealing the conditions present when their planets formed. The system creates a new way to assess the habitability and biological evolution possibilities of planets outside our solar system. "This is a very useful, easy diagnostic to tell whether that pale blue dot you see is more similar to Venus or the Earth," said Debra Fischer, Professor of Astronomy. More →
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Reliance Jio Preview Offer goes live for Gionee, Lava and Karbonn smartphones

By on August 25, 2016 at 9:12 PM.

Reliance Jio Preview Offer goes live for Gionee, Lava and Karbonn smartphones

In less than a week, Reliance Jio has partnered with Micromax and its sub-brand YU, LG, Samsung, Asus, TCL and Alcatel to offer free Jio SIM cards with its 90-days ‘Preview Offer’ to users having 4G-enabled smartphones from these brands. Now, three more smartphone brands are added to the growing list – Karbonn, Lava and Gionee. As a part of Jio Preview offer, users get complimentary access to Jio suite of apps such as JioPlay, JioOnDemand, JioBeats, JioXpressNews, JioSecurity, JioDrive, JioMags and JioMoney among others. Users also get free unlimited HD voice calling and unlimited internet downloads, for 90 days from the date of activation. More →
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UPI goes live with 21 banks in India to enable cashless transactions using your smartphone

By on August 25, 2016 at 7:57 PM.

UPI goes live with 21 banks in India to enable cashless transactions using your smartphone

Earlier this year in April, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan launched the ambitious payments architecture for instant online bank payments. Called Unified Payment Interface (UPI), it has been developed by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). The new payments interface aims to make it easier for users to send and receive money using a single password and identification. After pilot testing since April, NPCI has now given a go ahead to banks for publishing their UPI-enabled apps on Google Play Store. More →
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New LeEco Le 2s leaked images reveal metal body, absence of iPhone 7-inspired antenna design

By on August 25, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

New LeEco Le 2s leaked images reveal metal body, absence of iPhone 7-inspired antenna design

LeEco’s rumored Le 2s is slated to be launched next month and a host of rumors and leaks about the smartphone have emerged online already. While the last leaked images revealed that polycarbonate back panel, new leaked image claim the smartphone will retain the full metal design. While the last round of rumors said the Le 2s might come with a different design for antenna bands, similar to rumored Apple iPhone 7, the new leaked image though suggest the smartphone may retain the old pattern, which is seen on existing Le smartphones. The leaked images further show that camera lens is placed on the top left corner of the back panel, unlike the Le 2, which has the set up on the top center followed by fingerprint scanner. The leaked images further show the volume buttons and the power button both placed on the right side of the smartphone. More →
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China releases first pictures taken from SAR satellite Gaofen-3

By on August 25, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

China releases first pictures taken from SAR satellite Gaofen-3

China has published the first pictures transmitted back to earth from Gaofen-3 which is the country's first C-band high-resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite. The State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (Sastind) published images of the Beijing Capital International Airport, Xiamen city of Fujian province, the northern port of Tianjin, China's fourth-largest freshwater lake Hongze and the Yellow Sea taken by the satellite, Xinhua news agency reported. These images were captured using different imaging modes and all appear to be clear, according to the Sastind. The Gaofen-3 satellite was launched on August 10 and started to take pictures and send them back from August 15. More →
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Google’s video calling app Duo crosses 5 million downloads on Android

By on August 25, 2016 at 6:16 PM.

Google’s video calling app Duo crosses 5 million downloads on Android

After announcing Duo at I/O 2016 earlier this year, Google last week began rolling out the video calling app to users on Android and iOS platform. And within just one week of its release, the app has already crossed 5 million downloads on the Android devices. And in this one week, the Google Duo app has also managed to make its way up to the top of the top free apps list on the Google Play Store. Few hours ago, Google CEO Sundar Pichai made the announcement about growing success of the Duo app. More →
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WhatsApp will now share your information with Facebook, here’s how you can opt out

By on August 25, 2016 at 5:49 PM.

WhatsApp will now share your information with Facebook, here’s how you can opt out

Four years after its inception, and more than two years after being acquired by Facebook, WhatsApp has today updated its privacy policies for the first time. The updated policies hint at some of the features WhatsApp has recently launched, as well as some that are on their way. There's however one aspect of the updated policies that has caught our eye -- WhatsApp will now share your information with Facebook. Though this was inevitable ever since Facebook shelled out $22 billion for the messaging app, it may still come as a shock for many. Fortunately, there is still a way you can stop WhatsApp from sharing your information with Facebook. Read on. More →
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India witnessed 350 percent rise in cybercrime from 2011-14: ASSOCHAM-PwC study

By on August 25, 2016 at 5:30 PM.

India witnessed 350 percent rise in cybercrime from 2011-14: ASSOCHAM-PwC study

Blame it on systems that are built around technologies with weaker protocols which are inherently more vulnerable, India has witnessed a 350 percent rise in cybercrime cases from 2011-2014, an Assocham-PwC joint study revealed. In the past, attacks have been mostly initiated from countries such as the US, Turkey, China, Brazil, Pakistan, Algeria, Turkey, Europe and the UAE. With the growing adoption of internet and smartphone, India has emerged as one of the most favorite countries among cyber criminals, said the study. “Cyberattacks around the world are occurring at a greater frequency and intensity. Not only individuals but also businesses and governments are being targeted. The profile and motivation of cyber attackers are fast changing”, the study highlighted. More →
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Apple iPhone 6 SE leaked once again, scores more than iPhone 6s in Geekbench test

By on August 25, 2016 at 5:01 PM.

Apple iPhone 6 SE leaked once again, scores more than iPhone 6s in Geekbench test

After hearing about Apple’s 2016 smartphones, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus for months, there comes a small twist in the tale. Just yesterday, we came across some sketchy photos of what appears to be the leaked packaging and pamphlets of the alleged iPhone 6 SE. Now, while we tried to debunk the myth around iPhone 6 SE yesterday, the alleged smartphone has surfaced once again. Someone from China managed go hands-on with the iPhone 6 SE prototype and also put it through paces on Geekbench. More →
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