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Scientists term Union Minister's evolution remarks 'illogical', 'polarising' (19:44)
By Vishal Narayan
New Delhi, Jan 21 (IANS) Prominent scientists across the country have dismissed Union Minister Satyapal Singh's views on evolution as "illogical" and "untenable" and came out strongly in favour of the Darwinian model of the evolution against the "creationist" one he championed.

Snap Inc memo to employees threatens jail for leaks (17:46)
San Francisco, Jan 21 (IANS) The chief lawyer of Snap Inc, the parent company of popular photo-sharing platform Snapchat, has warned the employees of the company saying they could be sued or jailed if they leak the company's confidential information, reads a memo.

This blind Facebook employee is developing tech for sightless (17:42)IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Jan 21 (IANS) A blind Facebook employee is developing a technology that will use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to verbalise the content of an image or video and enable the visually impaired to "see" and determine appropriate content for people and advertisers.

Screening all women for cancer genes may be cost effective (17:18)
London, Jan 21 (IANS) Screening all women over 30 years age for breast and ovarian cancer gene mutations can be cost effective and could also prevent more of these cancers than just screening those at genetic high-risk, suggests a study led by an Indian-origin researcher.

Less than 10% of Gmail users enable two-factor authentication: Google (16:36)IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Jan 21 (IANS) Despite the growth of sophisticated cyber threats globally, Google has said that less than 10 per cent of active Gmail users have enabled two-factor authentication making the remaining 90 per cent more vulnerable to cyber attacks.

Huawei most recommended brand in China: Report (16:14)IANS Photo Service
Beijing, Jan 21 (IANS) Riding on the success of its innovativeness and authenticity, Chinese smartphone brand Huawei has been voted as most recommended Chinese mobile phone industry brand in 2018, a report said on Sunday.

Prosecutors launch probe into iPhone slowdown (14:44)
Seoul, Jan 21 (IANS) Prosecutors in South Korea have begun an investigation into suspicions mounting over the slowdown of older iPhone models, for which consumers have blamed Apple so that people buy a new version.

Smartphones help researchers decode rare cosmic particles (13:22)IANS Photo Service
Moscow, Jan 21 (IANS) Smartphone cameras are now helping Russian researchers analyse rare ultra-high energy cosmic rays (UHECR).

GSAT-11 could be last Indian satellite to be launched by a foreign rocket (12:56)
By Venkatachari JagannathanIANS Photo Service
Chennai, Jan 21 (IANS) If things pan out as intended, the 5.7-tonne GSAT-11 will be most probably the last heavy Indian satellite to be launched by a foreign space agency, according to K. Sivan, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

Google may sell audiobook on Play Store (11:18)IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Jan 21 (IANS) In what could be a move to challenge Amazon's domination in the market, Google might soon sell audiobooks on its Play Store, media reported.

This electronic 'skin' can let you control appliances from distance (10:20)
London, Jan 21 (IANS) A team of physicists has developed a sensor-driven electronic "skin" that can enable people to manipulate everyday objects or control appliances both in the physical world and in Augmented or Virtual Reality with mere gestures.

Decoded: How Zika virus impairs foetal development (Lead) (21:46)
New York, Jan 20 (IANS) The Zika virus disrupts oxygen supply to a pregnant woman's placenta, leading to impairment in foetal development and also increases the newborns susceptibility to additional infections, scientists have found. A Zika virus outbreak in Brazil in 2015 had led to widespread concern after rising incidents of microcephaly were noticed in children born to mothers infected with the virus.

Scientists showcase how to create low-cost solar cells (17:56)
New York, Jan 20 (IANS) A team of scientists at Stanford University, including a researcher of Indian origin, has shown how nanotechnology can be used to create crystalline silicon (c-Si) thin-film solar cells that are more efficient at capturing solar energy.

Republic Day sales on e-commerce platforms to kick off on January 21 (17:28)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Jan 20 (IANS) All major e-commerce platforms like Amazon India and Flipkart are set to commence their sales from Sunday (January 21) offering various deals and huge discounts across various categories.

Google suspends flawed fact-check feature (14:24)IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Jan 20 (IANS) Google has suspended its fact-check feature in its Search and news results after its algorithm wrongly linked a Washington Post fact check to a Daily Caller article about US Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation team, the media reported.

'Potentially hazardous asteroid' to safely fly past earth on Feb 4 (13:46)IANS Photo Service
Washington, Jan 20 (IANS) An intermediate-sized asteroid, categorised as a "potentially hazardous asteroid", will make a close approach to earth on February 4, but has zero chances of colliding with our planet in over the next 100 years, NASA said in a statement.

OnePlus opens first authorised offline store in India (13:26)IANS Photo Service
Mumbai, Jan 20 (IANS) Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus on Saturday announced the launch of its first "OnePlus Authorised Store" in the country here.

Struggling Snap Inc. lays off 2 dozen employees (12:10)IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Jan 20 (IANS) Snap Inc, the parent company of popular photo-sharing platform Snapchat, has laid off two dozen employees -- mostly editors -- across divisions within the company.

F-Secure announces top leadership change for Asia-Pacific market (12:10)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Jan 20 (IANS) Global cybersecurity company F-Secure said on Saturday that Amit Nath, Head of its Asia Pacific Corporate Business, will move to Helsinki to take up a global leadership role within the company.

Tech giants want kids to curb screen time, but how? (Tech Analysis) (11:34)
By Nishant Arora
New Delhi, Jan 20 (IANS) More and more kids are hooked on to screens, parents are worried how to create homework-play balance and tech giants in Silicon Valley are in a huddle, deliberating over how to help children cut screen addiction.

Twitter finds more Russia-backed accounts, to notify 7 lakh users (10:34)IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Jan 20 (IANS) Twitter has identified an additional 1,062 accounts associated with the Russia-backed Internet Research Agency (IRA) accused of interfering with the 2016 US presidential election.

New Facebook update to prioritise trustworthy news: Zuckerberg (10:12)IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Jan 20 (IANS) After tweaking its News Feed to allow users to see more updates from family and friends than posts from businesses, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has now announced to prioritise news that is trustworthy, informative and local.

'I don't regret' firing man who wrote anti-diversity memo: Pichai (10:00)IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Jan 20 (IANS) Indian-born Google CEO Sundar Pichai has said he does not regret firing James Damore, a former employee who was ousted from the company last year for criticising the tech giant for its diversity policy.

Wipro clients positive despite setback for some (00:32)IANS Photo Service
Bengaluru, Jan 20 (IANS) Software major Wipro's global clients were positive on demand for IT services in 2018 despite some customer specific uncertainty, said a top official on Friday.

IIT-Bhubaneswar to have incubation centre (22:48)
Bhubaneswar, Jan 19 (IANS) An incubator "Centre of Excellence for Virtual and Augmented Reality" (VARCoE) will be set up on the IIT-Bhubaneswar, campus, said an official on Friday.

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