Gadgets

Europe’s Altice Buys US Cablevision in $17.7 Billion Deal

Franco-Israeli media magnate Patrick Drahi’s telecoms giant Altice announced Thursday a $17.7 billion (roughly Rs. 1,17,085 crores) takeover of the US cable operator Cablevision. The agreement could accelerate the reshaping of the pay TV and broadband sector at a time when US consumers are increasingly “cutting the cord” on pricey traditional cable services and turning to streaming content providers such ... Read More »

European Commission Investigating Possible Laptop Battery Cartel

European Union regulators are investigating companies which make batteries for laptops and mobile phones on suspicion of taking part in a cartel, the European Commission said on Wednesday. The move by the EU competition authority came two years after the US Department of Justice (DoJ) fined two companies for fixing prices of cylindrical lithium ion battery cells. “The Commission is ... Read More »

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon Flight Platform for Drones with 4K Cameras, GPS

Qualcomm has announced a new integrated platform for high-end drones, allowing designers and developers to create new products that support 4K video recording with stabilisation, GPS navigation with obstacle avoidance, and real-time flight control. The Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight is a single development board measuring 58x40mm and is based on a Snapdragon 801 SoC. Qualcomm will be providing hardware and software ... Read More »

Trillenium Takes Virtual Reality Into Online Shopping

Hrvoje Prpic is wandering through a fashion boutique trying to pick out a new accessory. Only he’s not actually there. He’s sitting in a trendy London coffee shop wearing a virtual reality headset that he believes could be the future of online shopping. The 43-year-old is the founder of Trillenium, a start-up that creates virtual stores for brands aimed at ... Read More »

Seagate Wireless Hard Drive Flaw Lets Anyone Access Data; Patch Issued

Have a Seagate wireless hard drive? You’ve got all the reasons to worry about. Seagate wireless hard drives ship with undocumented Telnet services, making the disk accessible with a hard-coded password, reports CERT. One of the vulnerabilities, if exploited, allows an attacker with wireless access to the device with the capability to download unrestricted file. Another vulnerability found in the ... Read More »

Indian Government Should Encourage Small, Medium-Sized Businesses: Dell CEO

Dell Chairman and CEO Michael Dell on Monday pitched for creation of an enabling environment for small- and mid-sized companies to start business, saying 70-90 percent of new jobs are being created by these entities. “If you look at where the jobs come from, India has a large number of people; the question should be asked where are the jobs ... Read More »

Michael Dell Sees Consolidation Among PC Makers in Next Few Years

The top three global PC makers would be able to raise market share in the next few years through consolidation amid shrinking sales of personal computers, Dell Inc Chief Executive Michael Dell said on Monday. Lenovo Group Ltd tops global PC shipment ranking with a 20.3 percent market share, followed by Hewlett-Packard Co at 18.5 percent and Dell at 14.5 ... Read More »

Canon Unveils a 250-Megapixel CMOS Camera Sensor

Think 4K is not enough? Camera maker Canon announced on Monday that it has developed a 250-megapixel image sensor. Touting the abilities of the new sensor, the Japanese technology conglomerate noted that the new APS-H CMOS sensor could distinguish an airplane flying at a distance of approximately 18km from the shooting location. Despite being the densest sensor in its size ... Read More »

New Smartphone App May Alleviate Motion Sickness Symptoms

A smartphone app that applies a small electric current to the scalp through a headset may soon be used to alleviate sea sickness and other kinds of motion nausea, scientists say. The cause of motion sickness is still a mystery but a popular theory among scientists says it is to do with confusing messages received by our brains from both ... Read More »

‘Best Preserved Apple-1 Computer Yet’ to Go on Auction in September

One of the very first Apple computers hand-built by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in a garage almost 40 years ago is set to fetch GBP 330,000 when it goes under the hammer in New York. The Apple-1 Computer motherboard was in the first batch of computers for Apple’s first client, the Byte Shop, originally costing just GBP 437. The ... Read More »