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ISRO to launch three more satellites for bandwidth connectivity

SRIHARIKOTA (AP) The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch three more satellites to provide high-speed bandwidth connectivity to rural areas as part of the government’s Digital India programme, an official said on Sunday. Speaking to reporters after the successful launch of two UK satellites by Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) here on Sunday, …

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JioPhone users get WhatsApp access

NEW DELHI Select JioPhone users can access Whatsapp on their handsets from Monday and it will be rolled out across all the handsets in next 10 days. “For the first time, WhatsApp will be available for JioPhone across India. WhatsApp built a new version of its private messaging app for JioPhone, running the KaiOS operating system,” …

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Google removing 100 ‘bad’ ads every second for violating policies

SAN FRANCISCO Google is removing over 100 scam advertisements every second for violating its policies and will soon implement a verification programme to further weed out bad actors from its platform. After The Wall Street Journal reported that scammers were purchasing search ads and “masquerading as authorised service agents for …

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SpiceJet operates India’s first flight partially powered by bio-fuel

NEW DELHI/DEHRADUN Budget passenger carrier SpiceJet on Monday successfully operated India’s first test flight partially powered by bio-fuel. A concoction of bio-fuel mixed with aviation turbine fuel (ATF) powered a SpiceJet’s Q400 flight which was flew on Monday. The flight took off from Dehradun to Delhi. It was received by Cabinet ministers and airline officials at the Indira …

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Smartphones can soon help predict flash floods: Study

NEW YORK With smartphones capable of measuring atmospheric pressure, temperatures and humidity, a novel study suggested that the devices may one day be able to track and anticipate weather patterns that leads to flash floods. Researchers noted that smartphones can be harnessed to forecast flash floods as well as other natural disasters. “The sensors in our smartphones are constantly monitoring …

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SpiceJet to conduct India’s first test flight partially powered by bio-fuel

NEW DELHI/DEHRADUN Budget passenger carrier SpiceJet is set to conduct India’s first test flight which will be partially powered by bio-fuel, on Monday. According to sources, a concoction of bio-fuel will power one of the turbine engines of a SpiceJet’s Q400 turboprop flight. “This will be India’s first test flight using bio-fuels,” …

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Facebook suspends hundreds of apps over data concerns

SAN FRANCISCO Facebook on Wednesday said it has suspended more than 400 of thousands of applications it has investigated to determine whether people’s personal information was being improperly shared. Applications were suspended “due to concerns around the developers who built them or how the information people chose to share with …

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Move over, Musk: Kalashnikov unveils ‘electric supercar’

MOSCOW Russian arms maker Kalashnikov on Thursday presented its new electric car inspired by a rare 1970s model, saying the new technology will rival Elon Musk’s Tesla. The brand, best known for the AK-47 machine gun, presented the decidedly retro-looking pale blue prototype, the CV-1, at a defense expo outside …

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Building traceability will undermine end-to-end encryption: WhatsApp

NEW DELHI WhatsApp has rejected India’s demand for a solution to track the origin of messages on its platform, saying building traceability will undermine end-to-end encryption and affect privacy protection for users. Emphasising that people use its platform for all kinds of “sensitive conversations”, the Facebook-owned company said the focus …

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Student designs controller to boost disabled sister’s dexterity

LONDON Jess Searle has a type of cerebral palsy that means she has always struggled with handheld devices or game consoles. “It made me not really bother about technology, because I struggled so much,” the 25-year-old told Reuters. “I found other ways of communicating because that was just easier for …

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