Technology

Robots can now learn household tasks by watching YouTube videos

Astute followers of artificial intelligence may recall a moment from three years ago, when Google announced it had birthed unto the world a computer able to recognize cats using only videos uploaded by YouTube users. At the time, this represented something of a high water mark in AI. To get an idea for how far we have come since then, ... Read More »

Five ways 2015 changed enterprise software forever

The past year brought big changes to the core software applications and tools that companies use every day, and some of those shifts promise to have a particularly enduring impact. Here are five ways the past year changed enterprise software for good. 1. As at home, so at work Compare today’s enterprise software tools with those from just a year ... Read More »

The digital-transformation train has left the station — is your company on board?

It would be easy to dismiss the term “digital transformation” as just the latest in a long line of buzzwords seemingly conceived to cause stomach ulcers in the world’s CIOs. That, however, would be a mistake. Though the concept has been floating around for several years already, 2015 was when it dug its heels into the business world and made ... Read More »

Detachable tablet market set for growth in 2016

Tablet shipments are down, but more people are turning to hybrid devices like the Surface Pro 4. IDC predicts that sales of these detachable devices will grow 75 percent in 2016. Detachable tablets are growing in popularity as sales for standard tablets wane, according to a recent report from IDC. IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker forecast reports that tablet shipments ... Read More »

Poor security decisions expose payment terminals to mass fraud

Some payment terminals can be hijacked to commit mass fraud against customers and merchants, researchers have found. The terminals, used predominantly in Germany but also elsewhere in Europe, were designed without following best security principles, leaving them vulnerable to a number of attacks. Researchers from Berlin-based Security Research Labs (SRLabs) investigated the security of payment terminals in Germany and were ... Read More »

How to fix Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 update blunder

Microsoft pushed out yet another problematic Windows 10 update, and it erases customizations made to the ‘normal’ template in Word 2016. The company confirmed the issue, and though it hasn’t released an official fix, it offered a way to recover lost tweaks. It’s bad enough that Microsoft is so pushy about getting users to upgrade their PCs to Windows 10. ... Read More »

India Funding Roundup: Canvera, Doctor Insta, Planet Gogo, Cityfurnish, Kolabro

With the year coming to close, deal activity has tapered down to seed and angel level investments in startups engaged in online furniture rentals, online healthcare, networking platforms, news aggregators, and digital photography. Canvera Bengaluru-based online digital photography company Canvera, has reportedly raised Rs. 15 crores at a pre-money valuation of Rs. 75 crores from Info Edge. With its prior ... Read More »

When Santa Claus Came From the Moon

On Christmas Eve in 1968, millions around the world listened in a live broadcast to the book of Genesis that describes the creation of the Universe. The only difference was that the broadcast was being made from space – the Moon to be precise. Millions watched and listened as the Apollo 8 astronauts – Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill ... Read More »

Thedress: ‘It’s been quite stressful having to deal with it … we had a falling-out’

Was it black and blue or white and gold? The internet was divided but for Cecilia Bleasdale, who bought the dress for her daughter’s wedding, going viral left her confused – and caused family friction ‘I’m not a public person’ … Cecilia Bleasdale, beside her partner Paul Jinks, holds the dress that divided the internet. Photograph: Sarah Lee for the ... Read More »

The five family rules for owning a games console

If you’ve just bought a new PlayStation 4, Xbox One or Wii U for your kids this Christmas, here are the things you need to know before handing it over Video games are a social activity, so keep the console somewhere everyone can play – and join in! Photograph: Finnbarr Webster / Alamy/Alamy So it’s Christmas and you’ve bought your ... Read More »