A simple, low cost technique that uses common materials could lead to significantly cheaper solar cells


In the search for alternatives to silicon-based solar cells, A*STAR researchers are investigating a new material that is cheaper and easier to make, and could lead to better performing solar cells.
Silicon solar cells are highly efficient, converting up to 25 per cent of sunlight into electricity, but fabricating the silicon wafers, which need to be around 300 microns thick to absorb all the sunlight that falls on them, is an expensive process that requires temperatures of around 1,200 degrees Celsius.

Robots work out for the sake of science


A team of Japanese engineers has designed robots that can perform pushups, do crunches, stretch and even sweat while doing so.The robots Kengoro and Kenshiro, described in the journal Science Robotics, can perform remarkably human-like movements — and could serve as a model to help scientists design better crash dummies and prosthetic limbs and to better understand the moving human body’s mysterious inner workings.Researchers have been developing humanoid robots for years, each becoming more advanced than the last — but there are still a number of kinks to work out, the study authors wrote.
“A limitation of conventional humanoids is that they have been designed on the basis of the theories of conventional engineering, mechanics, electronics and informatics,” the study authors pointed out.
That’s in part because conventional robots are often made of rigid, unforgiving parts, whereas human bodies (aside from their skeletons) are made of more pliant materials, such as skin and muscle and cartilage, giving them greater flexibility and adaptability to an unpredictable environment.

WhatsApp will stop working on BlackBerry OS, Windows Phone 8.0 after Dec 31

WhatsApp will end its support for several smartphone platforms by the end of this year. The Facebook-owned company has confirmed this via its official blog post. The messaging service will pull the plug on mobile platforms like BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone 8.0 and older on December 31, 2017. This means that users using mobile phones running any one of these platforms will not be able to use WhatsApp after this year.
WhatsApp first announced about these outdated mobile platforms in year 2016. It said that it will end support for these mobile platforms. However, it later updated its blog stating that it extended its deadline to June 30, 2017. This deadline was further updated to December 31, 2017.
These are the mobile OS that would stop supporting WhatsApp by the end of this year:
Nokia Symbian S60 after June 30, 2017
BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 after December 31, 2017
Windows Phone 8.0 and older after December 31, 2017
Nokia S40 after December 31, 2018
Android versions 2.3.7 and older after February 1, 2020

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Artificial Intelligence, NASA Data Used to Discover Eighth Planet Circling Distant Star


Our solar system now is tied for most number of planets around a single star, with the recent discovery of an eighth planet circling Kepler-90, a Sun-like star 2,545 light-years from Earth. The planet was discovered in data from NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope.

The newly-discovered Kepler-90i – a sizzling hot, rocky planet that orbits its star once every 14.4 days – was found using machine learning from Google. Machine learning is an approach to artificial intelligence in which computers “learn.” In this case, computers learned to identify planets by finding in Kepler data instances where the telescope recorded signals from planets beyond our solar system, known as exoplanets.

coming soon: WhatsApp beta reveals private reply in groups & PIP mode too


WhatsApp is getting ready to add some new features, including the option for private replies in groups, tap to unblock and a picture-in-picture (PIP) modeThe details were leaked by WABetaInfo, which has in the past revealed upcoming features on the apps. WABetaInfo says these features are being tested on the beta version of the app, though not all beta users can see this for now.
WABetaInfo has shared screenshots of the new features. It appears that long pressing on the reply option in group chat opens up other options, where ‘Reply privately’ is also listed. This could help cut down on the clutter in group conversations and will be a lot more convenient for users. Private reply means one will not have to leave the group each time they wish to have a private conversation with someone else on the group.

Facebook integrates Messenger Day with Facebook Stories

Facebook is integrating its Stories feature on Messenger and Facebook. This essentially means when you post a Story on Facebook, it will appear as a Messenger Story, and vice versa. The company has removed the redundant direct message feature from Facebook Story as well. The move is expected to bring uniformity between similar features on the social networking platform.
“We needed to make it easier for people to share Stories across different apps. Some people actually thought these experiences were already connected. We feel like it would make sense,” Facebook product manager Connor Hayes told TechCrunch.

Amazon India doubles its war chest to $4.7 billion to take on rival Flipkart


Amazon India has nearly doubled its authorised capital to Rs 31,000 crore ($4.74 billion), nearly matching its mammoth capital commitment of $5 billion made in June last year.Not only does it improve the prospect of further investment commitments from founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, it also sets the stage for an all-out, high-stakes war against local e-commerce rival Flipkart.
The latest move by Amazon indicates that the American e-commerce giant is more than willing to not just match, but outweigh the war chest commandeered by rival Flipkart in the battle for what is widely seen as the world’s last major consumer Internet economy.
As India’s largest and fastest growing e-commerce player, and with a long-term commitment to make e-commerce a habit for Indian customers, we continue to invest in the necessary technology and infrastructure to grow the entire ecosystem.

Facebook investigates WhatsApp outage

Facebook’s WhatsApp messenger went down across the globe on Friday leaving users baffled. The users of Whatsapp in countries ranging from Brazil and Russia to Vietnam and Myanmar raised the issue on social media reporting the hampered services in their country.
“Whatsappdown” was trending on Twitter in India, which is WhatsApp’s biggest market, as well as in Pakistan, Britain, Germany and many other countries.
Users reported that it gradually came back to life about 30 minutes later after initial complaints. Facebook’s spokeswoman in Singapore said the company was still investigating the reason.The last time WhatsApp went dark was in May for several hours. WhatsApp has over 1.2 billion users across the world. Facebook bought it in 2014 for $19 billion.

Robots might replace humans in future, warns Stephen Hawking


While renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has been quite vocal about his views on how contacting aliens would be the downfall of humans, this time he has meted out a warning saying that robots will eventually replace humans completely.
The cosmologist has called artficial intelligence (AI) ‘a new form of life’, that will eventually take over mankind and ‘outperform humans’.According to a report in the Mirror, he said: He said: “I fear that AI may replace humans altogether.
“If people design computer viruses, someone will design AI that improves and replicates itself.”This will be a new form of life that outperforms humans.”
In an interview with WIRED magazine, Hawking had said that he doesn’t believe there’s a difference between what a human brain and a computer can achieve, so it follows that at some point the machines can become better than us.
‘I believe we have reached the point of no return,’ he said. ‘Our earth is becoming too small for us, global population is increasing at an alarming rate and we are in danger of self-destructing,’

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what is camera pill?
Capsule endoscopy is a way to record images of the digestive tract for use in medicine. The capsule is the size and shape of a pill and contains a tiny camera.
how does the pill camera work?
The capsule is equipped with a miniature video camera and light source. It travels painlessly through your entire digestive tract. It captures images quickly and sends them to a recording device you wear during the procedure. The Pill Camera capsule is disposable and passes naturally through your body.
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Another appealing aspect of capsule endoscopy is cost: At around $500, the Pill Camerea costs less than a colonoscopy, which can run $800 to $4.
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Capsule Endoscopy (Camera Pill) A test called capsule endoscopy (swallowing a small, pill-sized camera) is also being studied, but it is not yet recommended for standard screening at this time. It is used to look at the small intestine.

WhatsApp’s ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature now available in India


Facebook-owned instant messaging platform WhatsApp on Tuesday announced the rollout of its new ‘Delete for Everyone’ feature for all users. The feature allows users to recall a message sent to a person or a group on WhatsApp within seven minutes.
Starting today, WhatsApp users can now delete messages which are sent by mistake, whether to one person or to an entire group.
All one needs to do now is to tap and hold on the message, choose “Delete,” and then “Delete for everyone.” Users get seven minutes to delete the message after it is sent.
The feature allows deleting of a specific message sent to either a group or an individual chat. This is particularly useful if you sent a message to the wrong chat or if the message you sent contains a mistake.

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Scientists Just Found a Serious Flaw in Ocean Temperature Calculations


Models used to estimate past ocean temperatures might be based on a flawed assumption, according to new research.If true, it would mean our ancient seas were far cooler than previously calculated, and our planet’s current warming trend is even more extraordinary than we thought
A team of scientists from some of Europe’s leading research institutes has taken a critical look at a chemical process that has served as a proxy for determining the temperatures of oceans millions of years in the past.Specifically, the exact ratio of oxygen-18 to oxygen-16 in the calcite of the organisms’ exoskeletons varies with the isotope concentrations in the environment – a factor that was determined by things like acidity and salinity – and the water’s temperature.

Stephen Hawking’s 50-Year-Old Thesis Crashes Cambridge University’s Website


The Cambridge university’s website crashed after world-renowned physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking’s doctoral thesis written in 1966 was made available online. The 134-page five-decade-old physics thesis ‘Properties of Expanding Universes’ was written by Hawking when he was 24.Readers who flocked the site as part of Cambridge’s Open Access Week 2017 commented that the download was crashing.
Hawking was quoted as saying, “It’s wonderful to hear how many people have already shown an interest in downloading my thesis – hopefully, they won’t be disappointed now that they finally have access to it!” Cumrun Vafa, the Donner Professor of Science at Harvard’s Physics Department who worked with Hawking in the 1990s, said the documents have already been widely used already and hence the significance won’t be felt in the scientific community.

Google is testing out adding third-party accounts to Gmail on iOS

Google has offered the option to add third-party accounts on Android phones for a while, which made sense, given that Gmail is the default (and sometimes, only) email app preinstalled on many Android devices. But offering the ability to support other email accounts could indicate a shift in how Google views its iOS app — not only as the best place for accessing Gmail accounts, but as the best email app on the platform, period.
Apple restricts users from changing the default app for anything on iOS, though, so it looks like Google will still have an uphill battle ahead of it.

Google launches “strongest security” opt-in program for high risk users


Google has today launched a free, opt-in program aimed at users who believe their Google accounts — such as Gmail, Drive, YouTube etc — to be at particularly high risk of targeted online attacks.
The Advanced Protection program currently consists of the three main elements: defending Gmail and Google account users against phishing attacks by requiring 2FA via a token generated by a hardware security key; locking down the risk of malicious applications grabbing sensitive data by automatically limiting full access to Gmail and Drive to just Google apps (for now); and reducing the risk of hackers gaining access to a Gmail account via impersonation by adding more steps to the account recovery process.
Safe to say, this is greater security via reduced convenience. And is being billed as most definitely not for everyone — but rather for a small minority of users at “elevated risk” of targeted hacking.

Oracle launches the world’s first Autonomous Database Cloud


The Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud eliminates the human labor associated with tuning, patching, updating and maintaining the database and includes the following capabilities:
·Self-Driving: Provides continuous adaptive performance tuning based on machine learning. Automatically upgrades and patches itself while running. Automatically applies security updates while running to protect against cyber attacks.
·Self-Repairing: Provides automated protection from downtime. SLA guarantees 99.995 percent reliability and availability, which reduces costly planned and unplanned downtime to less than 30-minutes per year.
·Self-Scaling: Instantly resizes compute and storage without downtime. Cost savings are multiplied because Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud consumes less compute and storage than Amazon, with lower manual administration costs.

Xiaomi- HRX Edition, priced at Rs 1,299


Xiaomi on Friday launched a new fitness band, Mi Band – HRX Edition, in India. As the name suggests, the company has teamed up with HRX, a new fitness-focused brand founded by actor Hrithik Roshan.
The Mi Band – HRX Edition is priced at Rs 1,299 and will go on sale from September 18 on Mi.com and Mi Home stores. The device will also be available across Flipkart, Amazon, and Myntra from September 20. In addition to the band, Xiaomi is also offering a blue colour strap for Rs 299.
The Mi Band – HRX Edition boasts more than 23 days of usage on a single charge. It comes with Bluetooth 4.0 and a power efficient OLED display. It can monitor your steps, calories burnt, and sleep patterns, as well as display notifications including incoming calls or text messages.

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Coolpad launches ‘Cool Play 6’ with 6GB RAM and dual 13MP camera

Chinese smartphone maker Coolpad on Sunday launched its flagship gaming smartphone Coolpad Cool Play 6 at Rs 14,999 in the Indian market.

The phone unveiled here at an event comes in a metal body and sports a bezels display. It has a 5.5-inch Full HD display with 1080 x 1980 pixels screen resolution.

The Coolpad Cool Play 6 is powered by 1.4GHz Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 processor and packs 6GB of RAM, making it the most affordable 6GB RAM smartphone in India. It also has a fingerprint sensor.

“India and US have now become two of the largest markets for Coolpad overseas. We have always believed in launching products that start a trend in the market and Cool Play 6 is yet another winner from Coolpad,” James Du, Global CEO, Coolpad Group, told reporters.

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Did you know that, Samsung started out as a grocery store in 1938?

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