Technology

Google to make driverless cars an Alphabet company in 2016: Bbg

Google plans to make its self-driving cars unit, which will offer rides for hire, a stand-alone business under its parent company, Alphabet Inc, next year, Bloomberg reported. The service could be launched in San Francisco and Austin, Texas locations, where it has tested the cars extensively, Bloomberg said, citing a person briefed on the company’s strategy. (bloom.bg/1RRKfH1) The fleets could ... Read More »

India to Launch Chandrayaan II Moon Lander in 2017; Solar Mission in 2019

India’s second lunar probe Chandrayaan II will land on moon in 2017 and the country’s first solar mission Aditya L1 is likely to be launched in 2019, Lok Sabha was informed Wednesday. Chandrayaan II will land on the surface of moon in 2017 and this second lunar mission will help explore the possibilities of signs of extra-terrestrial life, Minister of ... Read More »

Your Phone Is a Lightsaber in This New Game From Google

If you’re a Star Wars fan and you still have appetite for more of The Force Awakens’ titbits before the movie rolls around, Google has you covered (again). It’s called Lightsaber Escape, a browser-based game in a galaxy far, far away wherein you must fight off the evil First Order to make your escape. Google developed it by working in ... Read More »

India Funding Roundup: Housejoy, Blubirch, Cabsguru, MeraDoctor, Streamoid

Our latest funding roundup covers institutional and seed investments made in Indian startups this week, in sectors as varied as home services, cab search, reverse logistics and virtual healthcare platforms. HouseJoy Home services provider Housejoy announced Wednesday its fundraise of Rs. 150 crores in Series B round of funding. The round was led by Amazon, and new investors Vertex Ventures, ... Read More »

Isro Successfully Launches 6 Singaporean Satellites

Isro on Wednesday launched six Singaporean satellites with its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle’s core alone (PSLV-CA) variant. The PSLV rocket – standing 44.4 metres tall and weighing around 227 tonnes – took off from the rocket port in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, around 80 km from Chennai. It rose into the evening skies with fierce orange flames at its tail. ... Read More »

Amazon pulls hoverboards over safety fears

Concerns over exploding batteries leads retailer to remove self-balancing scooters, demanding proof from manufacturers that products meet safety standards Amazon has begun to pull some hoverboards from sale after fears about fires caused by the self-balancing scooters. A number of hoverboards that had been sold on Amazon have now disappeared, including all five models once reviewed by consumer affairs site ... Read More »

VTech hack: man held in Berkshire after probe into toy firm database breach

A 21-year-old man has been arrested as part of a cybercrime investigation into computer hacking at children’s electronic toymaker VTech. The suspect was detained in Bracknell, Berkshire, on Tuesday morning, the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (Serocu) said in a statement. He was held on suspicion of “unauthorised access to computer to facilitate the commission of an offence” and ... Read More »

EU agrees draft text of pan-European data privacy rules

New rules will strengthen European citizens’ privacy protections, while a controversial proposal to raise ‘age of digital consent’ to 16 was devolved to member states Europe has taken a big step towards stronger, pan-European data privacy laws, after agreeing the text of new reforms. The agreement, four years in the making, comes after six months of “trilogue” negotiations between the ... Read More »

Banned and dangerous weapons found for sale on Amazon.co.uk

Banned and dangerous weapons, many of them disguised as everyday items, are being routinely and illegally sold to online shoppers on Amazon.co.uk, a Guardian investigation has found. Illegal weapons, including some reputedly developed for military and police forces, have been put up for sale in breach of UK firearms and offensive weapons laws. In test purchases, the Guardian bought three ... Read More »

Rocket blasts off to space station with Russian, American and Briton

A Soyuz rocket carrying a Russian, an American and a Briton blasted off on Tuesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in a smooth launch en route to the International Space Station. The rocket carrying the Russian Soyuz TMA-19M spaceship lifted off at 5:03 p.m. local time (1103 GMT) to start its six-hour journey, and successfully reached its designated orbit ... Read More »