Author archives: Priyansha

ICANN the arbiter and overseer of the entire Internet’s domains and web addresses has been hacked, potentially compromising names, email addresses, passwords, and more info. ICANN short for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers wrote in a blog post usernames and encrypted passwords for profiles on its ICANN.org site have been compromised by an unauthorized party. The global internet authority revealed in an email to Motherboard that investigations are currently going on. Accounts containing usernames, email add...
Apple’s Siri may have kicked-off the voice-enabled personal assistant trend, but it’s Amazon’s Alexa that is winning the game. A week ago, Amazon announced it was releasing the Alexa Appkit, in hopes that hobbyist and legit developers will integrate the chatty voice technology behind the Echo into their own software and devices. The world’s largest e-tailer has opened up its technology out for free. "By adding Alexa to your device, your users can request and receive information in the same way they would from an Amazon Echo," re...
Today, President Obama signed an executive order setting in motion the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI), a federal supercomputing research initiative to authorize its implementation in the FBI, NASA, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Homeland Security, and NOAA. These deployment agencies will participate and influence the design of a system, software, and potential applications. The initiative also has another goal: to build an exascale computer within the next ten years that is capable of 10^18 ope...
IBM Research announced the most powerful chip ever created - the world’s first fully-functional 7 nanometer chip, with roughly four times the capacity of today’s most powerful chips. Relatively, competitors like Intel have been struggling for years to shrink their consumer chips down below 14-nanometers. The world’s largest semiconductor chip maker is making Herculean efforts to commercialize 10-nanometer chips. The research advance was made using silicon-germanium instead of pure silicon in major regions of the molecular-si...
Breathe in Data, Breathe out Poetry? This is the future of poetry. Data as the birthing ground for grand, extravagant, allegorical verses written by robots. Yes, it is. Dartmouth’s Neukom Institute for Computational Science will be holding three Turing Tests in Creativity that will benchmark the "humanness" of machine-generated verse, writing and, DJ sets. The competition will be held all through the next academic year and will be open to contestants around the globe. The competition hinges on British computer pioneer and cod...
West coast rap legend Tupac Shakur made a ghostly re-appearance on the stage at the weed and ecstasy throbbing Coachella night in 2012, where he stunned the roaring crowd saying ‘What up Coachella?”. The shirtless Tupac Hologram that was beamed onto the stage was created by digitally piecing together using an old parlor trick, most commonly used by stage illusionists “pepper’s ghost” which dates back to the 16th century. A Canadian startup, H+ Technologies, is banking on this antediluvian fancy reflection technique to present a tiny,...
Earlier this month, Qumulo (pronounced as cume-u-low), a Seattle-based stealth storage startup not so secretly announced a $40 million B round investment to its gilded, rich coffers. The smart storage company grabbed a healthy from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), with participation from existing inventors Madrona Venture Group, Highland Capital and Valhalla Partners who had previously added $27 million in a Series A funding round. Company co-founder and CEO Peter Godman had previously cut his smart storage teeth dur...
Bionics is a brilliant synthesis of poles apart branches of science that explores the interplay between electronics, human psychology and robotics. Intrinsically, it is one of the latest branches of science. Modern editions of popular dictionaries explain the word ‘bionic’ as a fictional character with artificial body parts; beings that are capable of doing things that average humans cannot do. The science of bionics has been around since the 1990s and has evolved exceptionally over the last decade. Bionics is said to be a futurist...
A lawsuit had been filed on January 6, 2014 claims that Beats Electronics co-founders Jimmy Lovine and Dr. Dre conspired against Monster CEO Noel Lee in order to gain absolute control of the technology behind its popular product line Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. Beats Electronics submitted a case of corporate double-crossing against Monster, which had been its partner in launching Beats headphones in 2008. According to Lee, in an executive interview during the Monsters’ annual awards party and concert at the Consumer Electronics...
Samsung recently unveiled one of the sleekest Galaxy smartphones. This most recent addition to its line of Alpha successors is the Galaxy A7, a bigger sibling to the A5 and A3. Integrating multitasking performance along with a sophisticated design, the new A7 boosts some of the popular services provided by its ancestors, facilitating users to seamlessly share every moment of their lives on social media platforms. JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communication at Samsung Electronics revealed that the South Korean company ...