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The Quiet Rise of Killer Technology

The tech visionaries have redoubled their warnings about how we could destroy ourselves with technology. But they’re not talking about deliberately pushing buttons to trigger annihilation—Kennedy and Khrushchev could have done that back in ’62. They mean accidentally killing ourselves with something that we invent for our own benefit, that later acquires a mind of its own and a shirty attitude. But there’s ... Read More »

Tech startup FreightBro’s target: Revolutionising the trillion-dollar international freight industry

FreightBro leverages technology to enable freight forwarders to make data-driven decisions, predict changes in the market and provide better value to shippers. The bustling industrial centre of Oragadam, Chennai, houses hundreds of SMBs exporting automotive parts to Turkey, South Africa, South Korea and Europe. But their precision is plagued by transport inefficiencies and port documentation delays. The $200 billion logistics ... Read More »

RTE’s heart is in the right place—but not its head

The RTE Act has proved to be a disastrous piece of legislation. Illustration: Jayachandran/Mint The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act or the Right to Education Act (RTE) was supposed to drive India’s big leap in social development. It was supposed to bring millions to school, building the foundations upon which a modern, progressive and prosperous nation ... Read More »

Almost half the world is now on social media, according to new report

There are now over 3 billion (!!!) people logging onto social media accounts around the world, meaning that almost half of the world’s population spends at least part of their day updating their status or story. A new report compiled by Hootsuite and We Are Social and published by The Next Web found that there are 3.028 billion active social media users around the world. That’s ... Read More »

IBM Develops Tape Cartridge That Stores 330TB of Uncompressed Data in the Palm of Your Hand

HIGHLIGHTS The tape comes with a recording density of 201GB per inch IBM worked with Sony Storage Solutions for the tape The tape has been developed over years In an interesting development, scientists at IBM have managed to develop a prototype magnetic tape drive that fits in the palm of your hand and can store a whopping 330TB of uncompressed ... Read More »

The Threat From Artificial Intelligence May Already Be Here

You know the scenario from 19th- century fiction and Hollywood movies: Mankind has invented a computer, or a robot or another artificial thing that has taken on a life of its own. In Frankenstein, the monster is built from corpses; in 2001: A Space Odyssey, it’s an all-seeing computer with a human voice; in Westworld, the robots are lifelike androids that ... Read More »

Lipizzan Spyware Detected by Google Had the Potential to Control Your Android Device

Back in April, researchers at Google discovered an Android malware, called Chrysaor, that could give an attacker remote control of the infected device. Android Security was able to find and block potentially harmful apps (PHAs) with that family of spyware, but in the process of doing so discovered a new spyware family called Lipizzan. Researchers believe that the new spyware is unrelated ... Read More »

Google Photos Looks Set to Ditch the 2,000-Photos Limit for Albums

Google has been introducing new features to Photos to make it the ultimate cloud storage app. It already allows users to store unlimited High Quality photos so users will never have to worry about storage woes. But Google feels ‘unlimited’ can only be true when it removes all restrictions, one of them being the 2,000 photos limit for albums. According to user reports, Google ... Read More »

The perils (and pleasures) of blocking friends and colleagues on social media

Blocking people on social media is a powerful tool, but should people use it? Getting blocked by a celebrity has become both a pseudo status symbol for people looking for a taste of fame, and a powerful tool for activists looking for greater visibility. Meanwhile, others have used the blocking feature as a way to maintain healthier relationships with loved ones off-line. ... Read More »

Facebook totally dominates the list of most popular social media apps

The good times keep on rolling for Facebook, as the tech giant on Wednesday reported another stellar quarter . Thirteen years into its existence, the company is as dominant as ever. As this chart from Statista shows, Facebook runs four of the five most used social network and messaging services in the world. And it’s not really that close. That Facebook rules over these ... Read More »