Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) System of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully scored a direct hit on incoming missile today at around 09:45 am from Dr Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha. The interceptor directly hit the target at an altitude of about 15 kilometre and destroyed it into fragments. The spectacular success puts India in the league of a very few select nations world over in the arena of critical defence technology. Today’s direct interception is fourth in a row, where the missiles have scored a perfect hit on the incoming missile. In text book style launch, the incoming ballistic missile was launched from LC-III complex of ITR, which followed the exact path of intended ballistic missile. Radars located at different stations far-off, acqui
Solid State Physics Laboratory (SSPL), a premier semiconductor research laboratory of DRDO is organising the 19th International Workshop on Physics of Semiconductor Devices (IWPSD 2017) jointly with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi in association with Society for Semiconductor Devices, Semiconductor Society (India) and Society for Information Display. Chairman ISRO and Secretary Department of Space Dr. AS Kiran Kumar will formally inaugurate the event on 12 December 2017 at IIT Delhi in presence of Chairman DRDO & Secretary Department of Defence R&D Dr. S Christopher. The biennial event IWPSD is considered as a prominent international forum on Advanced Semiconductor Technologies. The event held in India provides an opportunity for Indian researchers to interact with i...
The third quarter of 2017 saw Google acquire 2,000 HTC engineers and intellectual property, as well as the launch of their second Made by Google line of products. During today’s earnings call, Sundar Pichai talked more about that deal, as well as their broader hardware business. During this quarter’s recap, the Google CEO talked about the Home Max, Pixel 2, and how this year the company plans to get devices into more people’s hands by scaling their go-to-market strategy. We’re investing more in marketing. We’re launching in more countries. And we’re offering these devices in more retailers. And we’re already seeing results. Pre-orders of Pixel on day one this year were more than double what they were last year. Meanwhile, investors were interested in the hardware business following t
Facebook keeps all of us in touch with our friends and relatives and it is also using our personal data to serve us ads according to our likes and dislikes — and there is nothing new about it. But do you really want to share that information with the site? Generally, users while logging into apps and websites through Facebook forget that they are also giving permissions to these apps to look into their profile. Facebook does not let them identify you as it shares all the personal information in bulk. The social networking site while sharing the information with any third party anonymises the data so that they are not able to know who you are. For instance, it will share a phone number but won’t tell whose number it is. However, if you are one among those who are concerned about priv
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to launch its navigation satellite IRNSS-1H this evening. The satellite will lift off at 7 PM from the second launch pad of the Satish Dhavan Space Centre at Sriharikotta, on board the rocket PSLV C39. The 29-hour countdown for the mission that began at 2 PM yesterday is progressing smoothly. The satellite IRNSS-1H is a part of the indigenous navigation system called ‘NavIC,’ that was initially planned to have a constellation of seven satellites. As the rubidium atomic clocks of the first satellite in the series called IRNSS-1A malfunctioned, the eighth one is being launched today to take up its mantle. NavIC system is equivalent to the GPS service, having footprint over the whole of India and about 1500 kilometers from its b
Many Facebook users today reported experiencing an outage as they "struggled" to access the popular social media site. A section of users across geographies, including the US and Europe, reported that they faced log-in problems, while others had a difficulty in uploading videos, liking or commenting on posts, loading pages, or saw error messages. It could not be confirmed if users in India also faced similar difficulty. An email sent to Facebook did not elicit any response. While reports put the number of affected users to thousands, not all users faced issues on the popular social media platform. Facebook has over two billion monthly active users globally. India is one of the biggest markets for the US-based firm. There were also reports of some users of Instagram -- another Faceboo...
WhatsApp continuously monitors malicious applications that may try to compromise its in-built security and end-to-end (E2E) encryption, even as it works to educate governments about the limited information it can provide to them. “If there are malicious applications out there that are injecting code or otherwise compromising the security of the application, we reach out to Google to say that it shouldn’t exist on the Play Store as well,” Alan Kao, Software Engineer at WhatsApp, told a select group of journalists here on Monday. He was responding to a question about how third party apps offering services such as changing wallpapers or status messages on the Android operating system impact the inbuilt security features in WhatsApp. Typically the operations team and legal team track th
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to develop a new set of future satellites called hyperspectral imaging satellites is set to add teeth to the way India is gleaned from about 600 km in space. ‘Hyspex’ imaging will enable distinct identification of objects from space. ISRO says it plans to launch a full-fledged niche Earth observation (EO) satellite called the Hyper-spectral Imaging Satellite or HySIS, which uses a critical chip. As of now, there is no specific time-frame decided for its launch. The new chip is technically known as an “optical imaging detector array,” which will be used in the HySIS. The space organisation said that it is trying to enter the field of operational hyper-spectral imaging from earth orbit" with a satellite that can see in 55 spe
NASA's Cassini spacecraft is set to begin its final five ultra-close orbits around Saturn, before the probe plunges into the atmosphere of the ringed planet and ends its epic 20-year-long journey. The spacecraft will enter new territory in its final mission phase, the Grand Finale, making the first of the five passes over Saturn on August 13. The spacecraft's point of closest approach to Saturn during these passes will be between about 1,630 and 1,710 kilometres above Saturn's cloud tops.
The much anticipated solar eclipse 2017 will take place on August 21. On the morning of August 21, the solar eclipse will be visible. However, the same will not be visible in India. A total solar eclipse will be seen in totality within a band across the entire United States and will be seen as a partial eclipse in other countries. The last time this rare phenomenon occurred where a solar eclipse was visible across the contiguous United States was during the June 8, 1918 eclipse. The total solar eclipse can be seen from coast-to-coast and the path of the eclipse stretches from Oregon to South Carolina and hundreds of Americans are gearing up to watch the natural phenomenon with proper eyewear. Observing solar eclipse without the correct protective eyewear is detrimental to health and the...