Category Archives: Innovation and Technology

Drone delivery nets could be the mailboxes of the future

The drone technology seems to be progressing quickly and it may not be too long before they start dropping our mails and packages at our doorsteps. But the logistics of how the vehicles can safely navigate fences, pets and small children have to be worked out. A pair of Australians believe they have the answer, with a system that sees drones zero in to drop deliveries into a purpose-built net, guided by LEDs to ensure centimeter-perfect accuracy. You can check out the team’s video submission to comprehend the same. Read More>>

Intel turns to light beams to speed up supercomputers

In order to move data at a breakneck speed in supercomputers, Intel will start using light pulses to achieve the same. This predetermined move will yield potentially massive advances in high-performance computing. This technology will use optical cables than conventional copper wiring for linking computing and storage units. The faster data movement should improve system performance overall. For Intel, optical technology is also key in surpassing the milestone of exascale computing, in which supercomputer performance is more than 1 million trillion calculations per second. Intel wants to achieve the same by 2020 to 2022. Read More>>

The Web Is Dying; Apps Are Killing It

The Web that constitutes the Internet is under plight and the way it’s dying has higher implications than almost anything else technology has ever seen. The credit for the same goes to the mobile apps that have a fundamentally different function from the way the Web does.

Studies show that 86% of our time are spent in apps while just 14% is spent on the Web. Faster and easier to use – everything about apps feels like a win for users than what came before. But experts believe that underneath all that convenience is something sinister.Read More>>

After Mars, India space chief aims for the moon

India decides to expand its horizon on low-budget missions to the moon and the sun after successfully becoming the first country in Asia to reach Mars. What sets the Indian space mission apart is the shoestring budget of achieving this feat, when its unnamed Mangalyaan spacecraft slipped into the Red Planet’s orbit after a 10-month journey. India ranks among the top six space-faring nations in technological capabilities – after the US, Russia, the European Space Agency, Japan and China. Read More>>

Slack, An 8-Month-Old App That Lets You Chat With Coworkers, Is Now Worth $1.1 Billion

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Slack, the app that lets you chat with coworkers, is worth $1.12 billion by raising $120 million in capital. This was co-led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Google Ventures, as well as Slack’s previous investors.

The company says it already has 73,000 paid users and is currently adding $1 million in annual run rate every four weeks. Slack might sound like an overnight sensation, but CEO Stewart Butterfield instigated the idea out of a company he launched more than four years ago. Butterfield also founded the Yahoo-owned photo site Flickr. Read More>>

Army Eyes 3-D Printed Food For Soldiers

The Army is trying to implement 3-D printers for their day to day activities, the latest being the development of 3-D print food for soldiers.

Army researchers will try to find ways to 3-D print nutritious food with less heavy packaging than the current military meals.The Department of Defense has just approved research funding and the research may take some time to produce results. While regular printers put ink on paper, 3-D printers blast liquids and powders into complex shapes. But it’s not clear if printers could mold a solid like carrots — and what would happen to the food’s nutritional value.

According to military scientists and 3-D experts, these meals for soldiers are on track to be ready by 2025. Read More>>

China develops its first homegrown server amid cybersecurity concerns

A Chinese company has developed the country’s first homegrown servers. The server is built entirely out of domestic technologies including a processor from local chip maker Loongson Technology. The new servers would ensure that the security around China’s military, financial and energy sectors would no longer be in foreign control. Read More>>

 

U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm hopes for knock-out blow with $2.5 billion CSR bid

A logo of U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm is seen on the windshield of a car in Beijing

U.S. Qualcomm Inc has agreed to buy CSR Plc for $2.5 billion, a British Bluetooth specialist which is growing in areas like automotive and wearable devices. Although Qualcomm bid seems overwhelming, there is a chance that alternative bidders may emerge. Qualcomm as been looking to expand beyond the phone market into emerging areas such as wireless home appliances and other connected devices, thus acquiring CSR will unlock new opportunities for growth of Qualcomm. Read More>> 

Lockheed says makes breakthrough on fusion energy project

The magnetic coils inside the compact fusion (CF) experiment are critical to plasma containment, as pictured in this undated handout photo

 

 

Lockheed Martin has made a breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion. The reactor would be small enough to fit on the back of a truck. Lockheed has been working in the shadows on this project for a couple of years but now they went public to find some potential partners in the industry and government for their work. The project is aimed to help in developing new power sources to reduce increasing global conflicts over energy. Read More>>