Author Archives: Loknath Das

Reliance Jio plans to sell 200 million units of the 4G VoLTE feature phone

A recent report by PTI claims that the company might sell over 200 million units of the Jio 4G VoLTE feature phone in two years. The report goes on stating that Reliance has not decided on the final pricing of the feature phone, but it will be within Rs.1,500. Also, the feature phone will be smart with pre-loaded apps such ... Read More »

US, Chinese delegations cancel news conferences on economic talks

U.S. and Chinese delegations participating in an annual economic dialogue on Wednesday have both canceled news conferences scheduled for late afternoon following the conclusion of the talks, a U.S. Treasury spokesman said. The spokesman said there was no information on the cause of the cancellations. The Chinese embassy in Washington confirmed the cancellation of the Chinese press conference, also without explanation. Senior Trump administration ... Read More »

Jio Feature Phone: Manufacturing Talks in ‘Final Stages’, Says Intex

The long-rumoured Jio feature phone is likely to be announced at the Reliance AGM on Friday, July 21 as the company looks set to bring about sweeping changes in the mobile phone sector. While Chinese OEMs would be the obvious partners, Indian brands are not off Jio’s radar either. An official at Intex Technologies has confirmed to Gadgets 360 that it is in talks with the telecom upstart ... Read More »

Education professor receives $1.4 million grant to develop elementary school e-books

Chancellor’s Professor Carol Connor has been awarded a $1.4 million, four-year grant from the Institute of Education Sciences to develop and test a series of digital books that embed strategies to improve reading ability for students in grades 3 to 5. The project involves designing and evaluating e-books that will help children gain a deeper and more integrated understanding of ... Read More »

Twitter Kills 90,000 Accounts Associated With SIREN Botnet Campaign

After a US-based digital security company alerted Twitter about a massive botnet campaign promising online sex to its users, the micro-blogging website has removed nearly 90,000 such fake accounts. Dubbed as ‘SIREN’, the fake botnet campaign was discovered by ZeroFOX, a Baltimore-based security firm specialising in social-media threat detection. “To our knowledge, the botnet is one of the largest malicious campaigns ever ... Read More »

Android Wear Gets New Smartwatch Models, Ranging From $99 to $2,450

HIGHLIGHTS Mobvoi’s Ticwatch E starts at $99 on Kickstarter Louis Vuitton’s Tambour Horizon is priced at $2,450 These smartwatches run the latest Android Wear 2.0 The smartwatch segment may not have seen the same craze as other technological innovations like the smartphone or the tablet, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t companies investing in them. In fact, smartwatch sales ... Read More »

MXene Could Help Make Batteries That Charge as Fast as Supercapacitors: Study

HIGHLIGHTS Mxene could pave the way for fully charging your smartphone in just a few Key to faster charging energy storage devices is in the electrode design It would then be capable of charging at much higher rates of batteries A new battery electrode design from a highly conductive, two-dimensional material called Mxene could pave the way for fully charging ... Read More »

Varadkar lashes out at ‘cowardly’ anonymous trolls on social media

  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has hit out at “cowardly” social media users who abuse people using “the cloak of anonymity”. The use of social media in political circles has been under scrutiny in the wake of the Jobstown trial and separately the cautioning by gardaí of a woman for messages criticising Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty. However, Mr Varadkar told ... Read More »

How will technology impact creativity?

Marketers are increasingly embracing technology to inform their campaigns and drive better business outcomes. But with automation predicted to claim 50% of all jobs in the next 30 years, should marketers be worried? And can creativity ever be automated? The Drum, in association with real-time media agency Tug, decided to find out by asking top speakers how they see technology impacting creativity ... Read More »

DOE’s SunShot Awards $46M for Solar Tech-to-Market Research

SunPower, Stion, SolarReserve, UtilityAPI, EnergySage and others win funds to advance solar innovation, as agency faces cuts under Trump budget. The Department of Energy may be facing potentially massive budget cuts and interference in how it gives out green technology research grants, but it’s still getting the money out there. The latest installment is $46.2 million from DOE’s SunShot Initiative, aimed at bringing a host ... Read More »