11:02 am San Francisco: Twitter has rolled out its 'Hide Replies' feature to its developer community, allowing them to create tools that would help users hide replies in the conversation thread on the micro-blogging platform that are offensive, hateful or racist in nature. Developers can now create tools that automatically hide bad tweets like those including certain prohibited keywords or those that score high for being toxic, TechCrunch reported on Wednesday. Twitter today automatically hides replies by keywords or Twitter handles. Soon, it will add support for hiding replies from likely troll or bot accounts -- including tweets from user accounts created too recently or from accounts with few followers. The company has worked with a small number of developers who are now releasing tools that take advantage of the added functionality. Last November, Twitter had rolled out the 'Hide Replies' feature globally which lets users hide replies they think are irrelevant, off-topic, or annoying and changing the course of the discussion on the platform. Anyone can choose to hide replies to their tweets. Everyone can see and engage with hidden replies by tapping the grey icon that will appear on the tweets. It is not the equivalent of a delete button but hides replies behind an icon. There is, however, a downside to the feature. "For example, a user could choose to hide replies that simply disagreed with their views. This would then create a 'filter bubble' where only people who shared the original poster's same opinion would have their comments prominently displayed," Tech Crunch reported earlier. A Twitter user can also hide replies that attempt to correct misinformation or offer a fact check. Twitter said that it was also working on new controls and more clarity around the rules of conversation spaces. source: ians
02:02 pm New Delhi: Loss of productivity due to procrastination and sick leave stemming from stress around information, data and technology issues cost Indian companies Rs 33,216 crore every year, said a new report on Wednesday. Over 85 per cent of employees in India reported feeling overwhelmed or unhappy when working with data, the highest percentage globally, according to the research from Accenture and data analytics and business intelligence platform Qlik. Companies lose an average of more than eight working days per employee, annually, said the report. While on one hand, the report maps India as the world's most data literate country, the report also highlighted the rising workplace stress amongst Indian professionals stemming from information, data and technology issues. Data is a gold mine that can fuel a culture of innovation and growth. However, when employees struggle to make sense of data, productivity and business value can be affected. "No one questions the value of data -- but many companies need to re-invent their approach to data governance, analysis and decision-making. This means ensuring that their workforce has the tools and training necessary to deliver on the new opportunities that data presents," said Sanjeev Vohra, Group Technology Officer and Global Lead for Accenture's Data Business Group. "Data-driven companies that focus on continuous learning will be more productive and gain a competitive edge," Vohra said. The survey involved 9,000 employees around the world, including 1,000 in India. The report titled "The Human Impact of Data Literacy" identified two ways in which the data literacy gap is causing a disconnect and impacting Indian organisations' ability to thrive in the data-driven economy. First, despite nearly all employees (83 percent) recognising data as an asset, few are using it to inform decision-making. India has the highest data literacy level globally, with close to half reporting being confident in their data literacy skills -- their ability to read, understand, question and work with data. Interestingly, while more than half of employees trust their decisions more when based on data, four in five still frequently defer to a "gut feeling" rather than data-driven insights when making decisions. Second, a lack of data skills is shrinking productivity as 85 per cent of employees reported feeling overwhelmed or unhappy when working with data. A surprising 47 percent of surveyed employees even stated that they would find an alternative method to complete the task without using data at all. Seven in 10 respondents reported that data-overload has contributed to workplace stress, culminating in six in 10 employees (64 percent) of the local workforce taking at least one day of sick leave due to stress related to information, data and technology issues. Source: IANS
12:02 pm Pune: Part of Accenture's global innovation network, the company Wednesday opens Third Innovation Hub in India to extend its service and to help clients and co-operate with experts upon AI, IoT, VR, Blockchain and quantum computing etc. Innovation hub helps clients to develop new experiences to address the growing complexity of brand-customer interaction, and using the Industry X.0 framework and resources to help clients accelerate innovation outcomes and recast business models. Pune Innovative Hub seamlessly integrates with the Innovation Hubs in Bengaluru and Hyderabad said Bhaskar Ghosh, group chief executive, Accenture Technology Services.The new innovation Hub brings together the best of Accenture’s technology and innovation capabilities from around the world. Also enables clients to scale technology investments and boost business outcomes across the enterprise, and create new opportunities for local talent, he added
05:02 pm Sydney: An Australian fusion startup called HB11 which is a spin-off from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney, has secured patents for its ground-breaking, laser-driven technique for fusion energy generation that promises clear, safe energy. Unlike earlier methods, the laser-driven technique for creating fusion energy is completely safe as it does not rely on radioactive fuel and leaves no toxic radioactive waste, the university said in a statement on Saturday. HB11 Energy secured its intellectual property rights in Japan last week, following recent grants in China and the US. Conceived by UNSW Emeritus Professor of theoretical physics Heinrich Hora, HB11 Energy's concept differs radically from other experimental fusion projects. The preferred fusion approach employed by most fusion groups is to heat Deuterium-Tritium fuel well beyond the temperature of the Sun (or almost 15 million degrees Celsius). Rather than heating the fuel, HB11's hydrogen-boron fusion is achieved using two powerful lasers whose pulses apply precise non-linear forces to compress the nuclei together. Most other sources of power production, such as coal, gas and nuclear, rely on heating liquids like water to drive turbines. In contrast, the energy generated by hydrogen-boron fusion converts directly into electricity allowing for much smaller and simpler generators. The two-laser approach needed for HB11 Energy's hydrogen-boron fusion only became possible recently thanks to advances in laser technology that won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics. According to Dr Warren McKenzie, Managing Director of HB11 Energy, the approach could be the only way to achieve very low carbon emissions by 2050. Source: IANS
02:02 pm San Francisco: Apple is reportedly planning to launch a refreshed version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro in the first half of this year and now a new report claims that the new 13-inch machines could adopt Intel's 10th-generation Ice Lake chips. The upcoming 13-inch MacBook Pro would be equipped with Intel's 10th-generation i7-1068NG7 Ice Lake 2.3GHz chip with 4.1GHz turbo boost capabilities, Mac Rumors reported on Friday. As per reports, with this the new 13-inch machine Pro will be approximately 12 per cent faster than the current 13-inch MacBook Pro when it comes to CPU speed and close to 30 per cent faster when it comes to GPU performance. Additionally, known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently revealed that the iPhone maker is expected to release new iPad Pro models with rear 3D sensing in the first half of 2020. Kuo in a research note with TF International Securities said the iPad Pro models will gain 3D sensing through the rear-facing camera system. As per report, Apple is expected to use a time-of-flight system, which measures the time that it takes for light to bounce off of objects in a room to generate a 3D map. Additionally, Kuo also reiterated that Apple plans to release its low-cost iPhone "SE 2" in the first half of 2020 too.
05:02 pm San Francisco:A new ultra-low power Wi-Fi radio housed in a chip smaller than a grain of rice can pave the way for batteryless smart devices and more portable, fully wireless smart home setups, suggests new research. The device developed by electrical engineers at the University of California San Diego in the US enables Internet of Things (IoT) devices to communicate with existing Wi-Fi networks using 5,000 times less power than today's Wi-Fi radios. It consumes just 28 microwatts of power, according to the findings scheduled to be presented at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference ISSCC 2020 conference being held from February 16-20 in San Francisco. And it does so while transmitting data at a rate of 2 megabits per second (a connection fast enough to stream music and most YouTube videos) over a range of up to 21 metres. "You can connect your phone, your smart devices, even small cameras or various sensors to this chip, and it can directly send data from these devices to a Wi-Fi access point near you. You don't need to buy anything else. And it could last for years on a single coin cell battery," said Dinesh Bharadia, Professor at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. Commercial Wi-Fi radios typically consume hundreds of milliwatts to connect IoT devices with Wi-Fi transceivers. As a result, Wi-Fi compatible devices need either large batteries, frequent recharging or other external power sources to run. "This Wi-Fi radio is low enough power that we can now start thinking about new application spaces where you no longer need to plug IoT devices into the wall. This could unleash smaller, fully wireless IoT setups," said UC San Diego Professor Patrick Mercier, who co-led the work with Bharadia. Think of a portable Google Home device that you can take around the house and which can last for years instead of just hours when unplugged. "It could also allow you to connect devices that are not currently connected - things that cannot meet the power demands of current Wi-Fi radios, like a smoke alarm - and not have a huge burden on battery replacement," Mercier said. The Wi-Fi radio runs on extremely low power by transmitting data via a technique called backscattering. It takes incoming Wi-Fi signals from a nearby device (like a smartphone) or Wi-Fi access point, modifies the signals and encodes its own data onto them, and then reflects the new signals onto a different Wi-Fi channel to another device or access point. They accomplished this by building in a component called a wake-up receiver. This "wakes up" the Wi-Fi radio only when it needs to communicate with Wi-Fi signals, so it can stay in low-power sleep mode the rest of the time, during which it consumes only 3 microwatts of power. The University California, San Diego is one of the world's leading public research universities, located in La Jolla, California Source: IANS
10:02 am Noida: HCL Technologies opens Global Delivery Centre in Hartford to offer digital transformation to clients in smart manufacturing, insurance, aerospace and defence industries. With the system HCL enables investments in the area and creates job opportunities regionally and at state level by developing a strong ecosystem. Stanley Black & Decker signed a global agreement with HCL and will be the first anchor client for GDC. The first anchor client for the GDC will be Stanley Black & Decker, a diversified global industry that operates the world's largest tool company, which signed a significant global agreement with HCL, said Ajay Bahl, Executive Vice President of MEGA LT Verticals in the US for HCL Technologies. HCL anticipates growth upon the partnerships, relationship with state and local authorities, commitment to local ecosystems and with recently signed Stanley Black & Decker deals. The company also plans to introduce advanced digital capabilities and transform Stanley Black & Decker's global application and infrastructure environments, responding and enhancing company’s agility and ability for latest business requirements. Addition to that globally company will deploy 1000 people for Stanley Black & Decker as part of the deal.
05:02 pm New Delhi: Hyderabad-based global start-up catalyst T-Hub on Tuesday said it has won Startup India and the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade's (DPIIT) bid to nurture 30 select incubators in India. T-Hub, along with Wadhwani Foundation, will lead a programme to provide continued support and mentorship, it said in a statement. Incubators can apply for the programme and the selected 30 will get access to a 10 months' acceleration programme, beginning from March, designed for incubation managers. "The future of incubation in India will rest on the ability to look beyond short-term gain and enable startups to pursue the path of continuous innovation," said Ravi Narayan, CEO of T-Hub. The key objective is to enable and empower incubators to design a world-class entrepreneur support programme that covers all aspects of incubation. "The incubator and startup ecosystem in emerging economies like India can benefit greatly from the process driven incubation model being used by the best incubators in the world," said Dan Kranzler, Head, Venture Fastrack, Wadhwani Foundation. T-Hub, in consultation with Startup India, will develop a monitoring mechanism to track the progress of participant incubators during and on completion of the program. Incorporated in 2015, T-Hub has provided over 1,100 national and international startups with access to better technology, talent, mentors, customers, corporates, investors and government agencies. Started in January 2016, Startup India is the flagship initiative of the government.
03:02 pm San Francisco:An Oklahoma teen athlete, Skylar Joslin, has credited his Apple Watch for saving his life after the device notified him of his abnormally rapid heart rate. The boy received an alert on his two-week old Apple Watch stating he had a high heart rate of 190 beats per minute (bpm), despite being seated in class. He immediately texted a screenshot of the alert to his mother, Liz Joslin, AppleInsider reported. "I got a text message along with a screenshot of his heart rate that was 190, the following message saying, mommy, there is something wrong. I am not doing anything," Liz said. She rushed her son to the hospital as his heart rate continued to climb even further and went as high as 280 bpm. The teen was later diagnosed with a condition called Supraventricular Tachycardia, or SVT, which causes a rapid heartbeat that weakens the heart over time. He had to undergo an eight-hour heart surgery in order to fix his rhythm, and will be the face of the Oklahoma American Heart Association Heart Walk on April 25. "If I wouldn't have gotten his Apple Watch, I don't know that I would've ever known," Liz noted. "I mean it's unknown how long it would've been going on or how long it would've really taken." There have been several examples where the Apple Watch saved lives. A US doctor recently saved a person's life by using the Apple Watch Series 4 on his wrist to detect atrial fibrillation at a restaurant. Another Apple Watch user in the UK was recently alerted about his low heart rate by the device. It revealed a serious heart condition that ultimately resulted in a surgery to fix the problem. The Apple Watch Series 4 and Apple Watch Series 5 are both capable of taking an electrocardiogram and also monitors your heartbeat in the background, which helps detect an irregular heartbeat.
11:02 am New Delhi: Railways has assured the continuation of free WiFi services at 415 railway stations in India. Railtel, a Miniratna PSU under the Ministry of Railways said: "We entered into a five-year contract with Google for supporting us with setting up WiFi at 415 stations only and the contract is going to expire in May 2020. However, RailTel will continue to provide uninterrupted WiFi service, with same speed and network quality, to passengers at these 415 stations after May 2020 as well. We sincerely value the support we received from Google in this journey.” Google launched its Station initiative in India in 2015 at the busiest railway stations in the country by 2020. According to Google, the decision to shut Station has been taken keeping the affordable mobile data plans and mobile connectivity in mind that is improving globally including in India. "Passengers will not face any inconvenience in terms of WiFi availability. We will also continue to execute WiFi connectivity at the balance stations," the RailTel said. Google launched its Station initiative in India in 2015 to bring fast, free public WiFi to 415 of the busiest railway stations in the country by mid-2020. Global networking giant Cisco last year teamed up with Google to roll out free, high-speed public WiFi access globally, starting with India.