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NASA providing daily weather reports for Mars

Washington, Feb 21: NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will provide daily weather reports for Mars, thanks to the Red Planet's newest robotic resident, InSight, mission scientists announced Thursday.

"The InSight lander is close to the Martian equator -- just north of the equator -- so it is experiencing Martian winter," said Don Banfield, the mission's lead for the lander's Auxiliary...

3,861 ousted KSRTC employees participate in Attukal Pongala hoping for govt help

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 20: As the Attukal Pongala celebrations are underway across the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram, around 3,861 ousted women employees of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) are participating in the festival hoping for the state government to address their grievances.

The women were seen preparing a ritualistic offering for Attukal Devi in front of the Secretariat...

SC refuses reopening of Sterlite plant, grants Vedanta liberty to approach HC

New Delhi, Feb 18: The Supreme Court Monday refused to allow reopening of Vedanta's Sterlite plant in Tamil Nadu's Tuticorin, which was at the centre of massive protests over pollution concerns, but granted the company liberty to approach the high court.

A bench headed by Justice R F Nariman allowed Tamil Nadu's appeal against the National Green Tribunal (NGT)...

From Amazon Echo to Google home, why voice-based devices are a big hit in India

Hey Alexa! Please play "Bhaja Govindam" by M.S. Subbulakshmi, goes the command every morning at my home and Alexa takes no time in obliging, playing the song by the legendary Carnatic vocalist as breakfast begins to roll.

This has become a routine at millions of Indian homes, indicating a clear trend about voice becoming the next conversational platform between...

230 new emoji are coming to your devices this year

California, Feb 6: Unicode has announced a list of interesting new emoji which will make their debut on your devices in 2019. The list includes 59 new emoji with 171 variants for gender and skin tone, making the total count of 230.

Some of the new emoji include mechanical arm, deaf person, drop of blood, waffle, ice cube, yawning...

Google deletes 29 malicious ‘beauty camera’ apps that steal user information

Google has deleted 29 malicious "beauty camera" apps that were sharing pornographic content and forwarding users, particularly in India, to phishing websites to steal their information.

Some of these Android apps have been downloaded millions of times and a large number of the download counts originated from Asia -- particularly in India, said a report from US-based cyber security...

5G vulnerable to snooping: Report

Berlin, Feb 2: Ahead of the roll-out of the advanced SG network protocol, researchers have revealed the sheer vulnerability in the network that allows for spying of data over airwaves.

A research paper by researchers from the Technical University of Berlin, ETH Zurich and SINTEF Digital Norway details the privacy threat with the 5G network. The vulnerability affects Authentication...

Man ends life for not getting mobile phone of his choice

Mumbai, Feb 1: A 19-year-old man allegedly committed suicide at his residence in Kurla here on Friday, as he was apparently upset over not getting a mobile phone of his choice from his family, a senior police official said.

The deceased, Nadeem Sheikh, hanged himself from the ceiling fan of the kitchen around 4 am, the official said....

Facebook made millions by duping gamer kids

Typically, if an accidental purchase happens from a minor, a company takes steps to ensure the refund is initiated. However, Facebook reportedly engaged in a 'friendly fraud' to allow children to spend thousands of dollars on games without their parents' permission.

According to an investigation by Reveal, the social network orchestrated a multiyear effort that duped children and their...

Drinking, cooking in open to attract Rs 2k-10k fine in Goa

Panaji, Jan 25: The Goa government has decided to charge fines between Rs 2,000 and Rs 10,000 from people for drinking and cooking in the open, state Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar said Thursday.

The Tourist Trade Act will be amended suitably during the Goa Assembly session beginning on January 29 for this purpose, he informed.

"People found creating...