Opera Software ASA, confirmed Tuesday night that it has received an acquisition offer from a consortium of Chinese Internet companies that values the browser maker at $1.2 billion. The consortium consists of mobile game developer 'Kunlun' and mobile security maker 'Qihoo', and is backed by investment funds Golden Brick and Yonglian.
Opera is due to release earnings today, at which time it is also expected to talk more about the takeover offer,...
Man's attempts to communicate with probable interstellar inhabitants will receive a new boost this autumn when a set of messages collected globally will be broadcast to stars through space artistic odyssey. A research team from the University of Edinburgh says it will convert the messages from the public into radio waves, bottle them into a transmittable form and send the resultant signals to the North Star, Polaris. Narrowing down the destination to Polaris was easy for the scientists...
A team at University of California, San Diego have 3D-printed a tissue that closely mimics the human liver’s function and physiology. It might be closest we have yet come to develop the real thing - a diverse combination of liver cells and supporting cells systematically organised in a hexagonal pattern. The engineered tissue is a functioning liver specimen with the potential of reproducing a dual blood supply with different pressures and chemical constituents, thus providing unprecedented...
Prof. Mitch Anthamatten and his team at University of Rochester have identified a new way to tune polymers so that they react to heat triggers as minor as touch of a finger. These polymers are similar to a rubber band, but they can hold the shape when stretched until they get an external trigger of body heat. In this case, this polymer can respond to temperatures as low as 35°C. And when it uncoils back, the mechanical work done is capable of lifting 1000 times the weight of the polymer....
Lenovo recently launched extraordinarily adaptable PC, Yoga 900 at Rs 1.22 lakh and Yoga Tab 3 Pro at a price of Rs 39,990 in an event held in Mumbai. The high-end laptop sports a 13.3-inch display with a screen resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels fired up by world’s thinnest Intel® Core™ 6th generation i7 convertible 6500U processor and paired with 16 GB RAM. It comes with Windows 10 Home including a watchband hinge with auto lock technology that is available in three colors-Clementine Orange,...
Leon Bellan and his team from the Vanderbilt University have artificially created full-scale organs from cotton candy machines. The mechanical engineering department is in the process of revolutionizing the printing technology by bringing about major transformations and upgradations. The goal was to use the machine to design fibre networks that can be used as templates to produce capillary systems that support organs such as the Liver and the Kidney. According to Leon, this ‘crazy’ method...
Autonomous cars are here to stay, so why not make them as responsive as humans when it comes to detecting obstacles on the road such as pedestrians? UC San Diego researchers have devised a pedestrian detection algorithm that performs in near real-time with higher accuracy than existing systems. The algorithm developed by Nuno Vasconcelos, electrical engineering professor at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering and his team combines conventional computer vision architecture known as...
After completing his B.Tech in Computer Science Engineering from IIT Kanpur, Bhola Ram Meena joined Microsoft and worked there till for close to 7 years. In September 2011, after leaving the company, Bhola started his first startup for online car rentals called 'GetMeCab' where he operated as the CTO. After 2 years of successful run, they decided to sell GetMeCab to a bigger cab aggregator. Poised about solving real problems, Bhola got together with Vipin Agrawal (an IIM-A alumni and an...
Scientists at University of California Berkeley have found robotic inspiration in the creepy ability of cockroaches to squish through the tiniest of cracks and still move at tremendous pace even under the compressed state. Like all insects, cockroaches have an exoskeleton made of overlapping plates of a tough material called chitin joined together with membrane. Technically, this outer skeleton is supposed to support and protect the body, but in cockroaches, it serves many more purposes....
MIT has designed a new super chip with 168 cores that is capable of executing advanced artificial intelligence tasks and algorithms locally. Unique quality is that the chip is 10 times more power efficient than graphic processors deployed in mobile phones today. Eyeriss, the super chip, performs complex AI algorithms locally, without communicating with a server over an internet connection, thereby eliminating a major battery-draining operation. Scientists are hopeful of these chips being the...