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Disney loses a billion in streaming amidst Netflix worries

Disney lost more than a billion dollars last year, in a bid to capture the elusive streaming horizon. The company’s Hulu stake cost 580 million dollars to the company in equity investments. Similarly, its BAMtech investment in a streaming technology cost the company more than $469 million dollars. BAMtech helps Disney power ESPN+ and other over the top services. Disney’s own streaming service, Disney+ is likely to be launched in

Facebook Launches Community Action Feature

After battling issues with fake news, Facebook has come out with a new feature called Community Action. It allows users to start a petition about a problem in their neighborhood, and tag necessary state representatives and bureaucrats. While users are positive about this feature, some experts raise concerns over unwanted demands and bully pulpits to pressure governments. Pros and Cons of the Feature The new feature allows a user to

Government Asks Drone Companies to Install Safety Chips For Safe Operations

Drone makers in India will be required to install a ‘shutdown’ featured hardware to ensure complete control during possible mishaps. According to recent reports, drone manufacturers must install a hardware chip which ensures a ‘final check’ for security purposes. The new mandate aims to control rogue drones in case of a drone turning rogue. In a potential case of emergency, the technology would allow security agencies to command the drone

Recognizing Fingerprints Made Swifter with  Nanotechnolgy

A new nanomaterial developed by a group of Indian scientists promises that these difficulty will be overcome and latent fingerprint reading will also take place more quickly. The nanomaterial is luminescent and consists of semiconductor particles which are a million times smaller than a mm. All one must do is: sprinkle the nanomaterial on the surface of a fingerprint, capture the image and use a UV lamp and process it

Air Traffic Management Get Blockchain Upgrade by NASA’s Efforts

In the last few months, Blockchain has had great success. The success of Blockchain and this time the aerospace industry is every industry trying to get their hands on. NASA is investigating various ways of using the Blockchain technology in their system. The scope of Blockchain technology in the US ATC system is seen as a NASA computer engineer, Ronald Reisman. ADS-B is supposed to go live in 2020, but

Technology to Reuse First and Second Rocket Stages Developed at ISRO

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is now seeking to develop the reusable RLV technology to allow for reuse of the first and second phases of a rocket in order to reduce the cost of satellites launch into space. Last Jahr, K Sivan, has disclosed the plan for a world-class propulsion technology by Indian Space Agency that will ensure cost-effective re-usable, re-startable and reliable space launches. He mentioned how no

Facebook’s User Data Collection May be Barred by German Watchdog Group

A newspaper published Sunday reports that German anti-trust watchdog plans to order Facebook to stop collecting some user data. Facebook has been investigated over the last 4 years by the Federal Cartel Office, the national competition regulator of Germany. The Federal Cartel Office has now said that it will submit its conclusions to Facebook. Reuters noted that the group has been researching Facebook since years and that the company has

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Drivers that are hearing impaired need much more than other drivers to worry, and Hyundai believes their new technology can make life for them much easier. The Korean automaker recently developed a new technology for hearing impaired people. The company has developed a system that allows people with hearing impairment to interact with the outside environment. Hyundai has developed a concept that informs and attracts the user by stressing other

Tuya Smart Introduces Advanced Facial Recognition for Smart Devices

Startup Tuya Smart brought to CES 2019 a new home security system that claims to be able to spot known and not familiar faces. In addition to its long but controversial use in law enforcement and security, facial recognition makes this possible as technology is gaining traction in a range of consumer, automotive, retail and hotel services. Tuya unveils a brand new synthetic housing security (A.I.) system that uses the

CES Unfolds the World’s First ‘Foldable’ Android Phone

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019 is taking place right now in Las Vegas. Shocking innovations and amusing technological advances form a key part of the event each year. Chinese company Royole launched a foldable screen smartphone at CES this year. The device is the flagship product, as Royole was founded in order to create flexible displays. The device, named ‘FlexPai’ seems rushed into production, as Samsung’s foldable phone is

Tailor-made Wearable Devices to be Sustainable, reports study

In the wearable devices market, smart watches and fitness bands are some key products. Worldwide, by 2021, the wearables market is predicted to double in size. As per a report, India saw wearable sales reach 2.7 million last year. As reported by a market research firm, Xiaomi held 41% share of the wearables market in India in the third quarter of 2018. GOQii followed Xiaomi at 19%. Titan, Samsung, and

Researchers design a more robust MEMS Switch

In a new development, researchers from Binghamton University have found a way to increase the longevity of cell phones and power lines. The new development is a joint effort of an assistant professor at Binghamton University and a graduate student. The joint effort has led to the development of a new type of microelectromechanical system – commonly known as MEMS switch. The system uses electrostatic levitation to offer a more

Wristband for Opioid Overdose alerts Developed by team of Students

In the U.S., by late 2017, owing to the statistics of opioid addiction it was declared as a national public health emergency. To serve opioid addiction, a team of software engineering students at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a wristband. The device can detect opioid overdose and raise an alarm and message to contacts of the user in a state of emergency. HopeBand, as the wristband has been aptly named,

Artificial Intelligence compelling for Retail Companies, finds study

As per a study published by French technology giant Capgemini, artificial intelligence (AI) could serve as an immense cost saving tool for retail companies. Monetarily, artificial intelligence offers cost saving opportunity of nearly US$340 billion for retail companies that can scale and expand their horizon of deployment. Howbeit, only per cent of retailers have attained this level of deployment of AI, reveals a study. The study emphasizes how unleashing AI

New Technologies Changing Transportation Sector Big Time

University of California’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center has revealed insights on the travel sector. As per its co-director Susan Shaheen, the sector would see many game-changing developments in the next couple of years. This could change the way we travel altogether. This, of course means, much more seamless transportation powered by latest technologies. It also means more number of transportation choices, including electric scooters and bikes. Some the key trends,

Accenture Acquires NJ-based Knowledgent to further its Data Intelligence Capabilities

Information Technology giants Accenture have acquired New Jersey-based Knowledgent, a data intelligence company that helps its clients gain actionable insights into their businesses and customers to gain a competitive advantage over their contenders in the market. The NJ-based establishment of the company houses over 175 highly skilled informationists which provide clients with an array of services namely data engineering, data strategy and architecture, and data management services. In a statement

Huawei to Face Bans in Europe as the US Urges its Diplomatic Partners to Restrict the Chinese-based Firm

Chinese based telecommunications equipment manufacturers Huawei is set to face another major blow as leading European countries start to shun the company’s network systems over security concerns. Europe is Huawei’s biggest commercial markets and the company will face extreme financial pressures with more and more companies opting out of using its services. Some European countries and telecom operators have decided to follow US’s lead who has already banned the Chinese

Online Travel Booking Offering Best Deals with Help of Hashtags

Ritu Mehrotra, country manager for India, Maldives, and Sri Lanka at online travel platform, has an innovative idea for business management. In an interview, Mehrotra stated that entrepreneurs should focus more on customers or users instead of competition. She invented the idea on pay-at-hotel model, which facilitates online booking for free. The idea has gained immense popularity in India as it reduces friction between partners and users. Mehrotra is also

Shape Tracker discovered for a more Precise Future – RFID Tags

Who knew that science and technology could bring us to a day where we could track ourselves down in terms of health and medical aid? According to a recent report, the researchers at the University of Carnegie Mellon have recently discovered ways to tract movements of the body. Apart from that, they created trackers that could also detect shape changes in the body including wrist, knee and elbows. This is

Artificial Intelligence to Enter World of Graphic Designing

The world of graphics is yet to see a different phase in terms of innovative and better picture quality. Computer generated imagers are to see a vast difference in the years to come with the introduction of artificial Intelligence into the scene. The pictures are to become photorealistic, meaning each matter will have its own specific gloss and appearance differentiating it from the other. For instance the shine of a