SCIENCE & TECH

Soon, Facebook tech will let our brains type!

Los Angeles: Facebook is working on a new ‘silent speech’ technology that will allow people to type directly with their brains, drastically reducing the time it takes to convert our thoughts into written words. The silent speech system will be capable of typing 100 words per minute straight from the brain – five times faster than one can type on a smartphone today, Facebook said. At the annual two-day event F8, where

Kerala frog's slime may help develop anti-viral drug

Thiruvananthapuram: Skin mucus secreted by a colourful, tennis-ball-sized frog species found in Kerala can be used to develop an anti-viral drug that can treat various strains of flu, according to a new study. Frog mucus is loaded with molecules that kill bacteria and viruses and researchers are beginning to investigate it as a potential source for new anti-microbial drugs. One of these ‘host defence peptides,’ found in a colourful tennis-ball-sized frog species

DoT sets limit for mobile content payment by a/c balance

New Delhi: Mobile subscribers cannot pay more than Rs 20,000 in one tranche to buy a service or download content by using their pre-paid account balance or through post-paid bills, the Department of Telecom said. “The subscribers can download all paid digital contents through their mobile phones and the payments for such contents can be made using their mobile pre-paid account balance or post-paid bill payment methodology with a maximum value

Playing prank on a city

Have you ever fooled anyone with a life-threating prank? Often, many do this for fun. But can you imagine, what would happen if a city’s emergency security system alerts the public of danger as a prank? A few weeks back, an unknown hacker dialled 156 Dallas outdoor emergency sirens loud for nearly two-and-a-half hours and created chaos among the residents of Dallas. It seems that in 2007, Federal Signal installed

Nothing funny about this app that has a Trojan

Everyone of us likes and loves humour and comedy. However, in the tech world, experts say it is better to stay away from humorous things for a while. What they mean here is funny video apps on PlayStore. Recently, Niels Croese, a security researcher from Securify B V Firm, found Dubbed BankBot, an unpopular Android Trojan, hiding inside some funny video apps in PlayStore. It has to be noted that

Infosys to hire more locals in US

Chennai: Infosys plans to focus more on local hiring in the US and is also looking at setting up development and training centres in the country as part of its efforts to tide over visa-related issues. Infosys has been in favour of a healthy mix of local and global personnel even though hiring locals in overseas markets often pushes up operational costs for IT outsourcing companies. “We are closely monitoring the

Apple to unveil iPad Air 2

Chennai: Customers who need to replace their fourth generation iPad will now get a newer and more capable iPad Air 2 as a substitute from Apple Stores and authorised service providers, a media report said. Apple is doing this because the company has no stock left of the aging and now discontinued fourth generation iPad, 9to5 Mac website reported. Apple has also asked its staff to inform customers of the

Water may be better than sports drinks for young athletes

Washington: Drinking water may be better for young athletes than consuming sports drinks, according to scientists who warn that energy beverages can elevate blood pressure and cause cardiac problems in children and teenagers. Many people associate playing sports with having sports drinks as it is what they see professionals do. However, most recreational athletes do not play at an intensity or for a duration that would require their hydration to come

Beware: Censor the sensors of your smartphone

An alert for all smartphone users: While using a smartphone, the most common issue arises will be the permission issues of sensors. Many users grant all permission in the early stage to avoid intervention during apps usage. And in some smartphones, permissions of sensors working is not even asked. Though you may think what can these sensors do, they are just for apps efficient usage and whether is it a

Apple to begin testing self-driving car tech in California

San Francisco: Apple will begin testing self-driving car technology in California, its first public move into a highly competitive field that could radically change transportation. The California Department of Motor Vehicles awarded Apple a permit to test autonomous vehicles today and disclosed that information on its website. A spokesman for the department said the permit will cover three vehicles all 2015 Lexus RX 450h hybrid SUVs and six individual drivers. The state requires a human behind the wheel during

Pokemon Go makes people happier, friendlier: study

Washington: Pokemon Go users are more likely to be positive, friendly and physically active, say scientists who studied the wildly popular augmented reality game after its release last year. “There was plenty of negative press about distracted people trespassing and running into trees or walking into the street,” said James Alex Bonus, graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US. “But you also saw people really enjoying it, having a good time together outside,” Bonus said.