Windows 10X: Microsoft reportedly shelves its ambitious lightweight operating system

Windows 10X is apparently dead. Microsoft’s long-awaited Windows 10X operating system, its Chrome OS competitor, has been cancelled. According to Petri, Microsoft won’t ship the operating system anytime soon. The Windows 10X, which many thought would be a fresh take on Windows 10, was supposed to come first on single-screen devices designed for education and business use. While Microsoft may have stopped the development of Windows 10X, the company is still expected to bring some elements of the operating system to Windows 10 later this year. It is said that…

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MIT Researchers have Built a Powerful Nanoscale Flashlight on a Chip

For many decades, scientists have used light to identify a material by observing how that light interacts with the material. They do so by essentially shining a beam of light on the material, then analyzing that light after it passes through the material. Because all materials interact with light differently, an analysis of the light that passes through the material provides a kind of “fingerprint” for that material. Imagine doing this for several colors — i.e., several wavelengths of light — and capturing the interaction of light with the material…

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India, UK to Ramp Up Cooperation in Science, Technology, Innovation

New Delhi: India and the UK will step up cooperation in the area of science, technology and innovation including strengthening the role of women in STEMM disciplines at schools, universities, and research institutions, the Department of Science and Technology said on Friday. The two sides will work to create an enabling environment for equal participation of women in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicines) disciplines through collaboration on new initiatives like Gender Advancement for Transforming Institutions (GATI) project. In a virtual meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his…

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IIT Chennai Startup Builds ‘India’s First’ 3D Printed House

Tvasta Manufacturing Solutions, a start-up founded by alumni of IIT Madras, has made what it says is India’s first 3D-printed house. The team printed the structure using a specialty concrete that it had developed to print large-scale 3D structures in short periods. They say the mix is based on ordinary portland cement, which has a lower water-cement ratio. Though concrete is the primary material typically used in construction projects, it cannot be recycled and requires a lot of energy to mix and transport. So, the team’s effort to use technology…

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Amazon postpones Prime Day sale in India amid surge in Covid-19 cases

Amazon’s flagship Prime Day sale, which is scheduled to take place globally in June, has been postponed in India due to a surge in Covid-19 cases across the country in the second wave of the outbreak. The Prime Day sale will not be conducted in India and Canada in June due to the spreading infections, even as Amazon goes ahead with plans to host the event in markets including the United States, UK, Germany, France and Spain. A spokesperson for Amazon India confirmed to ET that the company had decided…

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India holds up wireless approvals for China-made devices

India previously allowed companies to self-declare wireless equipment, a move that made imports easier, but new rules in March 2019 mandated firms to seek government approval. India has held up approvals for import of wifi modules from China for months, driving companies such as U.S. computer makers Dell and HP and China’s Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and Lenovo to delay product launches in a key growth market, two industry sources said. Imports from China of finished electronic devices – like bluetooth speakers, wireless earphones, smartphones, smartwatches and laptops – containing wifi…

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WhatsApp scraps deadline for accepting privacy policy terms

New Delhi, PTI: WhatsApp has scrapped its May 15 deadline for users to accept its controversial privacy policy update and said not accepting the terms will not lead to deletion of accounts. WhatsApp had faced severe backlash over user concerns that data was being shared with parent company Facebook. A WhatsApp spokesperson told PTI that no accounts will be deleted on May 15 for not accepting the policy update. “No accounts will be deleted on May 15 because of this update and no one in India will lose functionality of…

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai Joins Global Task Force Steering Committee on Pandemic Response

On last Thursday, three Indian-American CEOs Sundar Pichai from Google, Punit Renjen from Deloitte, and Shantanu Narayen from Adobe have joined the steering committee of the Global Task Force on Pandemic Response, which is overseeing an unprecedented corporate sector initiative to help India successfully fight COVID19. The task force is a newly formed public-private partnership organised by the US Chamber of Commerce and supported by Business Roundtable. It is working with the Chamber’s US-India Business Council and the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum to take immediate actions to help address the…

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AICRA ties up with the National Productivity Council for providing training services for Industry 4.0 !!

New Delhi: India had recognized the importance of Industry4.0 quite early. The government had announced that they are working towards the establishment of this scheme. From the highest level, there have been exhortations to move towards Industry 4.0. There have been several schemes to incentivize investment into data technologies. The government is promoting its organizations to help and handhold Industry and academia on this journey to achieve the ATMANIBHAR BHARAT mission. To achieve the mission of Atmanirbhar Bharat-Industry 4.0, National Productivity Council (NPC) and All India Council for Robotics and…

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New system uses floor vibrations to detect building occupants !!

Thanks to a new system developed at EPFL, building owners can detect the number of occupants and track their movement using sensors installed on floor slabs. This novel approach could be particularly useful for enhancing safety in retirement homes or managing buildings’ energy is use more efficiently. Many buildings, manufacturing sites, shopping malls and other public spaces are equipped with occupant detection systems. These systems are generally rely on cameras or occupants’ mobile phones. Such technologies are infringe on privacy and may not function in emergencies such as fires. Scientists…

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