Author archives: Priyansha

On Friday morning at the IFA tech show in Berlin, Parrot unveiled the third generation of its Philippe Starck-designed wireless headphones. The latest model in the high-tech wireless headphones series, Parrot Zik 3 has a notable digital upgrade with progressive abilities such as adaptive noise cancelling, play music direct from wearable devices such as the Apple Watch and the Moto 360. Parrot has also made minor design enhancements in the Zik 3 as well. The French company has made sure the Zik 3 is brimming with super expensive uph...
Following weeks of investigation, editors who work on the English version of Wikipedia blocked 381 user accounts for “black hat” editing. The accounts were engaged in “undisclosed paid advocacy” – a term used for editors who create fake pages and promotional articles using misinformation on existing pages on Wikipedia, and promise to protect those pages in exchange for a free without revealing their affiliation, in violation of Wikimedia’s Terms of Use. Essentially, hackers were hired to spread misinformation across pages on Wikipe...
No one delivers Chinese food in space. Sad, but true. In fact, the biggest problem with eating in space is that there is no gravity. Even a morsel of food will float off and drift around the space vessel. Drinks, they too will float out and hang in the air. To feed astronauts who’re in space on long term missions, NASA scientists have invented special packaging over the decades. From gloopy foods packaged in tubes in the 60s, to freeze dried food to hot meals that require hot water to be mixed to become moist, nutrition researchers at...
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...