NASA to invite designs for AI lunar robot

  New Delhi: NASA is planning to launch a challenge for the public and scientific community to design a self-assembling robot with artificial intelligence that can explore the surface of the Moon, William Harris, CEO of Space Center Houston said Tuesday. Space Center Houston in the US, the official visitor center for NASA Johnson Space Center, […]

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New autonomous drone fleets to aid rescue operations in forests

Massachusetts: Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed an autonomous system for a fleet of drones that can collaboratively search for lost hikers under dense forest canopies, without the help of GPS. The system allows drones to cooperatively explore terrain by using only on board computation and wireless communication under thick forest canopies […]

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Apple’s share in global shipments of smartwatches went down to 30 percent

Although Apple continues to dominate the smartwatch market, its share in the global shipments of smartwatches went down to 30 percent in the third quarter of 2018, from 35 percent in the same quarter last year, according to a new report. Global smartwatch shipments grew 53 percent year-over-year in the third quarter of this year with strong […]

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Flickr slashes allowance for free users from 1TB to 1,000 images

Bad news for non-paying Flickr users: the formerly Yahoo-owned photo sharing site will be reducing its free cloud storage limit from a whopping 1TB to just 1,000 pictures, with plans to start deleting excess images early next year. Announced by Andrew Stadlen, VP of Product at Flickr, users on the site’s Free tier will permanently lose access […]

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Motorola One Power will soon be updated to Android 9.0 Pie

Berlin: Motorola One Power will soon get the Android 9.0 Pie update in the coming weeks, indicates a Geekbench listing. When the phone made its debut at this year’s IFA Berlin tech show, it came with Android 8.0 Oreo pre-installed. However, the company promised that the mid-end device will get upgraded to Android 9.0 Pie before the year […]

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Reliance via blockchain receives India’s first LC payment

Mumbai: In a first for India, HSBC Holdings Plc has executed a trade finance transaction using blockchain for an export by Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) to US-based Tricon Energy. The blockchain-enabled letter of credit (LC) transaction substantially reduced the time taken for such deals, RIL said in a press release. “The use of blockchain offers significant […]

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NASA sets world record with Mars 2020 parachute

NASA has created a world record with its “supersonic parachute” for the Mars 2020 mission that survived 37,000 kg load and was deployed in just four-tenths of a second — twice the speed of sound. Less than two minutes after the launch of a 58-foot-tall (17.7-meter) Black Brant IX sounding rocket on September 7, a payload separated and […]

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