E-lerter App sends emergency alerts to your smartphone


According to its developer Jamie Brandt from the Alberta-based firm Stony Plain, the notification banner will not vanish until it has been acknowledged. “That means you will not miss any important warnings,” he added. The app users can also specify which area to scan for emergency alerts so that they would only receive local-specific news. … Read more

Apple Details A Modular Stylus That Can Capture Handwriting On Any Surface


Apple has a new patent granted by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider) that describes a new type of stylus in detail, which can capture handwriting from a user, on a variety of surfaces and with a range of writing nibs that let it also write on paper, whiteboards or even an iPad’s capacitive touchscreen. The … Read more

Microsoft Courting App Developers, Eyeing Android App Support


The Windows Phone app ecosystem falls well behind Android and iOS, and Microsoft is obviously looking at ways to boost it. The company has reportedly ordered its Developer Experience (DX) team, a.k.a Developer and Platform Evangelism (DPE), to lure more Windows and Windows Phone app developers. The firm is also reportedly planning to give Windows … Read more

Palm-Branded Android Phones May Launch Soon, Courtesy Alcatel One Touch


If you are aware of the history of smartphones, then you might remember mobile-computing company Palm and its popular products the Palm Centro and Palm Pre smartphones. But if you haven’t heard of these, then you might hear it soon, as reports suggest that the Palm brand could soon make its comeback. It’s been rumoured … Read more

Stranded, they dig up troves of Antarctic data


Rescued scientists bring back a warning about changes at the southern ice cap The voyage was meant to retrace the steps of Douglas Mawson, the great polar explorer and scientist who led the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911. What happened instead captured the world’s attention, something none of the scientists, journalists and paying public aboard … Read more

‘Make in India’ promises to reignite growth: Cyrus Mistry


Tata Group Chairman Cyrus Mistry on Wednesday said the Narendra Modi government’s ‘Make in India’ campaign holds the “promise of reigniting growth in the years to come”. “Amidst a complex and unpredictable geopolitical environment, we find that new opportunities have emerged, but equally, several challenges persist. In India, recent policy measure and strategic direction defined … Read more

Nasa’s RoboSimian to Help in Disaster Response Situations


Nasa researchers have designed a new ape-like robot for disaster response that can navigate dangerous situations and carry out complex tasks such as lifting debris off survivors. The RobotSimian has four identical limbs that act as arms and legs. They move the robot across rough terrain and rubble but can also pick up and manipulate … Read more

YOU ARE HERE:GADGETS HOMEAPPSAPPS NEWSApple Announces No Questions Asked 14-Day Refunds on App Store, iTunes in EU


It seems Apple has finally introduced a new return policy to tackle App Store and iTunes refunds in at least European countries. Recent reports claimed that Apple has introduced a new 14-day “no-questions-asked return policy” for purchases through its App Store, iBooks, and iTunes storefronts. Notably, Apple is yet to officially announce the new return … Read more

Modi’s New Year gift: With ATMs and all, ‘Post Bank’ is readying itself to serve the poor


Things are fast progressing for India Post’s grand entry to banking industry. As the latest step, on Tuesday, the NDA-government amended the Post Office Savings Bank General Rules, 1981 to permit select offices of Department of Posts to issue ATM cards to savings bank account holders and issue account statements, instead of the traditional passbooks. … Read more

Chaos Computer Club identifies means to exploit biometric systems


Europe’s largest association of hackers, called Chaos Computer Club, has stated at the 31st annual Chaos Computer Club convention in Hamburg, Germany that it can reproduce anyone’s fingerprints from a couple of photos which show your fingers. Gizmodo reported that, Jan Krissler detailed in an hour-long presentation on how he recreated German Defence Minister, Ursula … Read more