ISRO-made chips to alert people at unmanned rail crossings

Indian Space Research Organisation has reportedly developed chips on the train which will help people while crossing the unmanned level crossings of railway lines. According to reports, people will be warned by hooters once a train approaches an unmanned level crossing as railways by the specially made chips. The satellite-based system will also be used for tracking trains for providing information about their movement on real time basis. On a pilot basis, Mumbai and Guwahati Rajdhani trains will be equipped with the system.

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NASA to launch CHESS rocket to find interstellar clouds

According to reports, National Aeronautics and Space Administration will be launching a CHESS rocket which will study interstellar clouds to provide information about star formation earlier stages on June 27. CHESS, which will fly for only 16 minutes, will study how much of any given wavelength of light is present. Scientists would then use the data to infer the kinds of atoms present in the interstellar clouds.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 expected to launch in September

Reports suggest that Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, the upcoming flagship smartphone, is expected to launch in September. The smartphone is likely to sport a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display, and introduce a 12MP dual camera for the first time, say reports. The Galaxy Note 8 will come equipped with the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835 and Exynos 8895 chipsets and 6GB RAM. While the Galaxy Note 8 is said to feature a 3,330mAh battery and support Samsung’s DeX Station.

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Google to stop personalised ads in Gmail

Google on Friday reportedly announced that it would no longer scan the Gmail messages of its free users to deliver personalised advertisements. This means Gmail ads will be based on the user's preference and not based on his/her recent activity. Notably, Google had earlier stopped scanning the e-mails of its business users.

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Malware affects over 800 mobile apps on Play Store

A Trojan Android malware, named Xavier has reportedly infected more than 800 mobile apps on Google Play Store. According to reports, Japanese security software company Trend Micro has detected the malware, which has mainly affected utility and wallpaper changing apps. Notably, the malware has been downloaded millions of times by Android smartphone users.

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WhatsApp testing feature that’ll let you share any type of files

Messaging app WhatsApp is reportedly testing a new update that will allow users to share any type of file. Along with images, video audio and PDF, WhatsApp may also enable users to send APK files. Reportedly, the update will also mean that all photos, videos, GIFs, etc. will be shared without being compressed with size limitations. It’s not clear when the update will be officially launched.

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Google likely to name its next Android version Oatmeal Cookie

American technology giant Google is expected to name its upcoming version Android 8.0 as Oatmeal Cookie. According to reports, the source code of the operating system, tested on Pixel smartphone, contains letters ‘O’ and ‘C’, which suggests that the new version will be called as Oatmeal Cookie. Notably, Google is likely to roll out Android 8.0 by the end of this year.

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Samsung starts rolling Bixby voice assistant

Samsung has reportedly started rolling out its artificial intelligence-based voice assistant Bixby to select Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ users in the United States. Reportedly, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ system apps received a bunch of updates related to Bixby Voice support in past few days. Reports suggest that the Bixby rollout might be available to limited users who signed up for the Bixby Early Access Program at the end of last week.

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ISRO starts countdown for PSLV-C38/Cartosat-2 series satellite

According to reports, the 28-hour countdown for the PSLV-C38/Cartosat-2 series satellite mission started on Thursday. The Indian Space Research Organisation will launch its Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation along with 30 co-passenger satellites on Friday. Notably, the satellite will carry the 712 Kg Cartosat-2 series satellite into a 505 Km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit.

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Lenovo unveils laptop concept that rolls like a yoga mat

Lenovo has reportedly unveiled a laptop concept whose centerpiece is a flexible screen that runs right up to the keyboard. The laptop wouldn't have a trackpad, but you could write on it and speak to it. There are no guarantees that Lenovo will build it but we wouldn't rule it out at some point in the future.

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Moto C Plus was ‘Sold Out’ in 7 Minutes, Says Flipkart

According to Flipkart, the Moto C Plus budget smartphone was sold out within 7 minutes of the start of its first sale on Thursday. Flipkart said, "The entire stock on Flipkart was sold out within 7 minutes of the sale opening, selling at a bristling rate of 100 units per second." Based on Flipkart's statement, the first sale of the Moto C Plus had roughly 42,000 units on sale. Flipkart also announced that the Moto C Plus would be available via open sale on Flipkart from Thursday.

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Apple parts leaked through toilet flush

Apple's Director of Global Security revealed that Apple factory workers in China flush parts down a toilet to collect later in a sewer. The workers sell these parts to professional leakers to make money. The workers earn more by selling these parts than they'd otherwise make in a whole year, said Apple at their presentation on leaks of upcoming products.

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Honda launches its cheapest scooter at Rs 42,500

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India has launched its cheapest ‘Honda Cliq’ 110 cc scooter in the domestic market on Tuesday priced at Rs 42,499 at an ex-showroom, Delhi. Honda Cliq is powered by the 110cc single-cylinder BS-IV engine with Honda Eco Technology that is tuned to produce 8 bhp. The scooter also comes with Combi-Braking System with equaliser technology, while you also get a maintenance free battery.

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IISc professors test plan to plant a forest using drones

According to reports, professors from Bengaluru's Indian Institute of Science held their first trial to drop 50,000 seeds using drones in Karnataka's Kolar district. The team aims to plant an entire forest using drone seeding techniques in the next three years. They plan to use aerial imaging and science to monitor the growth of seeds every few months.

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The human race is doomed: Stephen Hawking

Famous theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking on Tuesday said: "I am convinced that humans need to leave earth." He also warned that the human race must start leaving the Earth within 30 years to avoid being wiped out by overpopulation and climate change. Stephen Hawking also said Humans have high chance to colonise Moon or Mars.

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Google stops support for Android Market on Android 2.1 devices

American technology giant Google has reportedly stopped support for its digital distribution service Android Market on the devices running Android 2.1 OS or lower. According to reports, the users of these devices will not be getting access to the Android Market, announced Google. Notably, Android Market was launched in 2008 and was later combined with Google Music and eBookstore as a single app, named Google Play.

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OnePlus 5 launched, but not in India

OnePlus on Tuesday reportedly launched its new flagship smartphone OnePlus 5. According to reports, OnePlus 5 comes with an 8GB RAM powered by Snapdragon 835 processor. In terms of camera, OnePlus 5 packs a 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel dual camera setup at the back. For selfies, it also has a 16-megapixel front camera. OnePlus 5 has been launched for a price of  $479 (roughly Rs. 31,000) in the US and EUR 499 (roughly Rs. 35,900) in the European market. However, there was no word on the pricing of OnePlus 5 in India. Notably, it is scheduled for India's launch on Thursday.

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Get ready to experience flying taxi service

According to reports, German aviation startup Volocopter on Monday announced that it has signed a deal with Dubai government to launch 18-rotor multicopters. The multicopters will work as a part of its flying taxi service in the city later this year. The multicopter can travel for about 27 kilometres when flying at a speed of 69 kmph. Its maximum flight time is 27 minutes.

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Google rolls out AI-powered Google for Jobs in US

American technology giant Google has reportedly launched its new job search tool ‘Google for Jobs’ in the United States. According to reports, the tool will help the users to find job listings directly on Google search engine. Notably, Google has partnered with employment-oriented sites like LinkedIn, Monster, CareerBuilder, Glassdoor, Facebook, etc. for this service.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 launched in India

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 was launched in India on Tuesday and will be made available in India via offline retail stores and the Samsung India site from Tuesday itself, say reports. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 with 6000mAh battery includes the S Pen stylus. The LTE variant is priced at Rs. 47,990. The 9.7-inch QXGA (2048x1536) Super AMOLED display tab comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4GB of RAM with 32GB of storage, a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. The tablet runs Android 7.0 Nougat.

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