Lizard Squad: The hacker group who bought down Sony, Xbox One

On Christmas day, Microsoft’s Xbox Live and Sony’s PlayStation Networks experienced userconnection problems for which a hacker group called Lizard Squad claimed responsibility. While Xbox Live was back after a day, Sony’s PlayStation Networks experienced an outagefor nearly three days and it was only yesterday that the company confirmed that the network was back up … Read more

Navigating the cyber-rapids: how social networks influence our decisions

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Does being part of a social network change our decision-making process? A new study applied mathematical models to that question and says all equations point to “yes.” “The way in which information, decisions, and behaviors spread through a network is a fundamental social phenomenon,” says study co-author Flavio Chierichetti. These processes are similar to biological … Read more

Google Android M operating system will be built directly into vehicles

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Google is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources said, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones. The move is a major step up from Google’s current Android Auto software, which comes with the latest version of … Read more

Project to get Broadband for all panchayats by 2016 doomed to fail: TRAI chief

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As government targets to expand broadband connectivity to all 2.5 lakh panchayats of the country by 2016, telecom regulator TRAI chief Rahul Khullar today termed it as a very “ambitious” target, saying believing in it would be like “deluding ourselves”. “Right now we are sort of deluding ourselves by saying we will achieve 100 percent … Read more

Google plans to open its own permanent campus in Hyderabad

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Internet giant Google plans to open its own “permanent and big” campus in Hyderabad and is set to sign an MoU with Telangana government shortly to take up the venture. “We are likely to sign MoU with Google. They are likely to open their campus here in Hyderabad. It will be the third campus they … Read more

Google self-driving car prototype ready for road test

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Google has announced that the first completed prototype of its self-driving car is ready to be road tested. “We’re going to be spending the holidays zipping around our test track, and we hope to see you on the streets of Northern California in the new year,” the Internet titan’s autonomous car team said yesterday in … Read more

Facebook-WhatsApp, Apple-Beats, Google-Nest: Top five tech acquisitions in 2014

The year 2014 saw some major acquisitions in the tech world with big guys like Apple, Facebook, Google brokering important deals. The biggest shocker was, of course, Facebook’s buyout of the popular messaging app WhatsApp. Then, Apple finally closed the deal on Beats, the music company. Where Google was concerned, it sold off Motorola’s mobile … Read more

Tech-addicted kids? Then stop using your mobile phone as a babysitter

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“What’s for dinner mom?” texts 13-year-old Sanjay from his bedroom upstairs. “Come down and find out,” an irate Latha,39, texts back, annoyed as she is with her elder son’s constant addiction to texting. “It’s a maddening situation,” she says. “We bought our kids smart phones so that they could plan their days better and understand … Read more

Google to Use Natural Language Processing to Describe Photos

Google has revealed a machine-learning system that can automatically create captions after recognizing the content in images, by using Natural Language Processing (NLP). Now it will be easy for computers to summarize a complex scene in few words. Google aims to make a system that could eventually help visually impaired people understand pictures, or provide … Read more