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Top 5 tech updates this week: Apple iPad has competition; ISRO gears up for manned space travel and more

This week’s tech update feature seems to be tilted in favour of transportation — across the road, rail and airways — with India gearing up to debut several innovations in the sector. There’s ISRO’s first manned mission into space, the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project, and the revamp of several Indian rail stations. In other news, […]

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Leaks Detail the Flagship SoC Ahead of Its CES 2017 Launch

Chipmaker Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 835 mobile processor, set to power most of the premium smartphones in 2017, has been detailed in several leaks ahead of its showcase at CES 2017 on Tuesday (Wednesday morning, in India). The company officially announced the processor in November last year but did not provide specific details. As per the […]

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Nasa’s Scott Kelly Shares Photo of First Flower Grown in Space

Over the weekend, Nasa astronaut Scott Kelly shared an image of a blooming flower that the crew of the International Space Station has managed to grow. This is the first flower that has been grown in space. The space organisation announced plans to grow flowers last November. A flower has bloomed in the zero gravity […]

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What are the ingredients to the smart kitchen?

I returned from my first CES exhausted and underwhelmed. I spent a week walking miles (so said my FitBit) of exhibit space to explore the newest tech products with an eye on cooking gadgets. Other than the addition of Wi-Fi to some Samsung and Whirlpool ranges, there were slim pickings for new innovations in cooking. But […]

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Japanese mattress adjusts air pressure for better rest

There are plenty of apps that aim to give you a better night’s sleep, but Japanese manufacturer Molten Corp has gone one step further and made a smart mattress. The Hiroshima-based company’s Leios air mattress has smart technology that knows when you’re not in the best resting position. Marketed mainly towards the elderly and the […]

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U.S. regulators could waive some safety rules for self-driving cars

The U.S. Transportation Department said on Thursday it may waive some vehicle safety rules to allow more driverless cars to operate on U.S. roads as part of a broader effort to speed up development of self-driving vehicles. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx unveiled the new policy guidance for self-driving vehicle testing in Detroit. Major automakers, and […]

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New Sensor May Detect Cancer From Breath

In the future, it may become possible for an individual to easily check their health by connecting a sensor to a smartphone or other device. There are also hopes that the nation’s growing medical expenditures could be curbed by the early detection of disease. The National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), based in Tsukuba, Ibaraki […]

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Nanowall 3D Technology to Improve Touchscreen Experience

In a first, a team of researchers has used 3D print technology to create a new type of transparent electrode to enhance the display quality and touchscreen experience. A research team led by Dimos Poulikakos, professor of thermodynamics at ETH University in Zurich, Switzerland, created a transparent electrode that takes the form of a grid […]

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Einstein’s Mass-Energy Equation Inadequate, Claims Indian Researcher

Einstein’s mass-energy equation (E=mc^2) is inadequate as it has not been completely studied and is only valid under special conditions, an Indian researcher has claimed in an international paper. Einstein considered just two light waves of equal energy emitted in opposite directions with uniform relative velocity, Ajay Sharma, a Shimla-based researcher who challenged Albert Einstein’s […]

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New Smartphone-Based System Could Help Diabetics Control Blood Sugar

Diabetics may soon be able to ditch constant finger pricks and insulin injections, thanks to a new smartphone-based system that can automatically control blood-sugar levels. A smartphone, combined with a tiny sensor and wearable insulin pump, can stand in for pancreas, monitoring blood-sugar levels and delivering insulin as needed, researchers said. The system will enter […]