Sunday, 23 October 2016


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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Qualcomm Announces Millimeter-Wave 5G Modem for 2018

Qualcomm Announces Millimeter-Wave 5G Modem for 2018
The 5g standard may not be out yet, but that's not stopping companies from getting a head start on the new system. Qualcomm became the first to launch a commercially available 5G modem chipset with today’s announcement of the Snapdragion X50.
The chipset is designed to support cellular device original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), as well as aid operators with early 5G trials and deployments, according to Qualcomm.
“The Snapdragon X50 5G modem heralds the arrival of 5G as operators and OEMs reach the cellular network and device testing phase,” said Cristiano Amon, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., in a statement. “Utilizing our long history of LTE and Wi-Fi leadership, we are thrilled to deliver a product that will help play a critical role in bringing 5G devices and networks to reality.”

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Judge allows gender-bias case against Microsoft to proceed

Judge allows gender-bias case against Microsoft to proceed
A federal judge has allowed a class-action lawsuit alleging gender discrimination by Microsoft to proceed.
US District Judge James Robart of Seattle in an order Friday denied the company's request to dismiss key claims by women in the suit.
The Seattle Times reports the judge said three women suing Microsoft were specific enough in their claims. He also said they presented a plausible case that Microsoft's pay and promotion practices had the effect of treating female and male engineers differently.
Microsoft says the performance review system was not arbitrary, and has denied the women's allegations of discrimination.The ruling sets into motion what could be months of wrangling over what documents Microsoft and the plaintiffs must turn over and the roster of outside experts both can ask to weigh in.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Uber self-driving car hits road in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — In this city, the age of the self-driving car has arrived.
Uber’s partially self-driving car will begin accepting passengers here Wednesday, a critical test for the ride-hailing service as it seeks to develop a fleet of  autonomous vehicles that could someday ferry passengers around crowded cities.                                                                                                        The company on Tuesday gave journalists test drives in about two dozen Ford Fusion sedans that engineers bought off dealership lots and retrofitted with light-mapping systems, radar, sensors and cameras. For now, a Uber employee stays behind the steering wheel to intercede if the car's self-driving system makes a mistake.
“I really believe that the most important thing that computers are going to do in the next 10 years is drive cars,” said Anthony Levandowski, leader of Uber’s self-driving car effort.
Specially trained Uber employees will pick up Pittsburgh passengers who agree to the possibility that they could be randomly assigned a self-driving car when they request an UberX ride through the app. Rides will be free for now.

Friday, 9 September 2016

4G drama peaks, TRAI keeps COAI out of operator meeting

4G drama peaks, TRAI keeps COAI out of operator meeting
 The war between Reliance Industries and the telecom operators like Airtel and Vodafone shows no sign of abetting. Although on Friday a meeting was called by TRAI to end the standoff between the two parties -- started after Jio's entry into the Indian market -- it seemed to failed to resolve the issues, particularly after a representative from Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) was kept out it.
The COAI representative Rajan Mathews, who has been voicing concerns on behalf of telcos like Airtel and Vodafone over the Reliance demand for flawless interconnection for calls made using Jio SIM card, was kept out of the meet.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Microsoft Curbs Cortana in Windows 10


Microsoft on Thursday announced that it was restricting its Cortana digital assistant to operating with the Edge browser and Bing search engine in Windows 10.
"As Windows 10 has grown in adoption and usage, we have seen some software programs circumvent [its] design and redirect you to search providers that were not designed to work with Cortana," said Ryan Gavin, Microsoft's general manager of search and Cortana.
"The result is a compromised experience that is less reliable and predictable," he added. "The continuity of these types of task completion scenarios is disrupted if Cortana can't depend on Bing as the search provider and Microsoft Edge as the browser."
Cortana, Edge and Bing are integrated to provide a better search experience, Gavin explained.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

World's Tiniest Engines Could Power Microscopic Robots

Scientists have created the world's tiniest practical engines, and these light-powered machines could one day power microscopic robots small enough to enter living cells, the researchers say.
As technological innovations make devices smaller and smaller, scientists are developing machines that are only the size of complex molecules — nanometers, or billionths of a meter, in scale. In comparison, the average human hair is about 100,000 nanometers wide.
One of the main reasons "nanobots" remain in the realm of science fiction is that figuring out a way to make them move has been challenging. Researchers have tried using a variety of power sources and propulsion systems for nanotechnology, but these typically lack speed, strength and control. [The 6 Strangest Robots Ever Created]
"There have been many small machines, but they operate incredibly slowly — taking many seconds or minutes to move a single arm, for instance — and with very low forces," said Jeremy Baumberg, director of the University of Cambridge's NanoPhotonics Centre and senior author of the new study. "This is why we don't have nanobots, although they are much discussed in fiction."
Nanobots require powerful forces to move because the viscosity of fluids can increase dramatically on the nanoscale. "For a nanomachine floating in water, swimming is like us swimming in a pool of treacle [a blend of molasses, sugar and corn syrup] — very, very viscous — so you need very large forces to move," Baumberg told Live Science.
The new engines are made of tiny particles of gold only 60 nanometers in diameter. These particles are connected to one another by a water-laden gel made of a heat-sensitive compound. When heated by a green laser to more than 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius), the gel expels water, contracting within a microsecond and forcing the gold nanoparticles into tight clusters about 400 nanometers wide. When the engine is cooled, the gel takes on water and expands, and the gold nanoparticles are strongly and quickly pushed apart, like a spring, the researchers explained.
"It's like an explosion," study lead author Tao Ding, a researcher at the University of Cambridge's NanoPhotonics Centre, said in a statement. "We have hundreds of gold balls flying apart in a millionth of a second when water molecules inflate the polymers around them."
The forces that these new engines exert are several orders of magnitude larger than any seen on the nanoscale from previous devices, with a force that is pound for pound nearly 100 times better than any motor or muscle, the researchers said.
"They are the most powerful nanoengines to date," Baumberg said. The devices are also energy-efficient, bio-compatible and cost-effective to manufacture, the scientists added.
The new engines are named actuating nanotransducers, or ANTs. "Like real ants, they produce large forces for their weight," Baumberg said in a statement.
Now, the researchers are investigating ways to harness the ANTs for real-world applications. For instance, the researchers could harness the expansion and contraction of ANTs to help drive pistons and levers, Baumberg said.
Future research could also tinker with ANTs based off of different nanoparticles, Baumberg said. "We certainly don't need gold, and we have used silver successfully already, but will try nickel and copper," he said. [Elementary, My Dear: 8 Elements You Never Heard Of]
The researchers are currently working with Cambridge Enterprise, the University of Cambridge's commercialization arm, as well as several other companies, to commercialize this technology for applications that involve manipulating and controlling fluids.
"Microfluidic chips are really interesting for synthesizing pharmaceuticals, biomedical sensing and separation, as well as many other biochemical processes," Baumberg said. "But all pumps and valves currently need to be made with hydraulics, so you need to feed a pipe onto the chip for each one, limiting strongly the complexity of anything you do with them. We believe we can now make pumps and valves from the ANTs which are each controlled by a beam of light, and we can have thousands on a single chip."
Beyond microfluidics applications, the scientists "are looking at making tiny nanomachines that can walk around, controlled by beams of light," Baumberg added.