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Internet Explorer (Browser) Retires on June 15, 2022

@thebigk • 3 months ago

Microsoft has announced the retirement of Internet Explorer - the browser that ruled the Internet for larger part of our Internet lives. IE was launched in 1995 with Win 95 and it's had its own good and bad relationship with web developers for almost 27 years.

IE is being replaced by Microsoft Edge. Edge, will be the default web browser from Microsoft.

Razorpay Hacked: Hacker Steals ₹7.3 cr By Authorising 831 Failed Transactions

@thebigk • 4 months ago

India's leading payment gateway provider, Razorpay is investigating loss of ₹7.3 Cr via 831 failed transactions. The hacker has supposedly manipulated the authorisation process of the gateway provider to authenticate failed transactions. The theft was detected during audit of the transactions.

Abhishek Anand, head of Legal Disputes and Law Enforcement at Razorpay has filed a complaint with South East Cyber Crime Police on May 16th. The details of all the transactions have been handed over to the police.

Trouve Motor H2 Hyper Maxi Scooter Promises Upto 230 Km Range

@thebigk • 5 months ago

Trouve Motor's promising between 130-230 km range on single charge for its upcoming H2 Hyper Maxi Scooter. The specs haven't been disclosed yet, but the motor will deliver 4.8 kW of continuous and 7.9 kW of peak power. The company will start accepting bookings in August 2022 and delivery will start in the first half of 2023.

Arun Sunny, founder of Trouve Motor said that the 2-wheeler EV market in India has grown by 132% in 2021 and the grown in coming years will be even better.

Twitter has extraordinary potential. I will unlock it - Elon Musk

@thebigk • 5 months ago

Elon Musk wants to buy Twitter and has offered to buy the company for $54.20/share in cash, aka $43 billion.

Musk said, "My offer is my best and final offer and if it is not accepted, I would need to reconsider my position as a shareholder". He further added, "Twitter needs to be transformed as a private company. Twitter has extraordinary potential. I will unlock it."

Musk currently owns 9.2% share in Twitter and was also offered a seat on the board of directors; which he declined.

Xiaomi 12 Pro India Priced at Rs. 60000

@thebigk • 5 months ago

Xiaomi 12, 12 Pro, and 12X are all set to release in India, and the price of Xiaomi 12 Pro is Rs. 60000. The phone features a 6.73" AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, 4600 mAh battery, and a whopping 120W fast charger.

The phone also gets a triple camera setup to capture 50MP photos.

iPhone Subscription Service Launch Date Pushed To 2023

@thebigk • 6 months ago

Apple wants to help you afford an iPhone, and is working on a hardware subscription service. The monthly subscription fee is yet to be decided, as the project is in development and likely to be announced in early 2023.

Apple releases a new version of the hardware every year, and we'd like to assume that the subscription service will make it easier for people to upgrade. The iPhone subscription will be linked to the user's Apple account for easy management. The iPhone subscription service would make a lot of money for Apple, and save people from spending big cash on iPhone in one go.

China plans 450 GW Solar and Wind power on Gobi desert

@thebigk • 6 months ago

He Lifeng, director of the National Development and Reform Commision (NDRC) has said that China will build the largest scale of solar and wind power generation at 450GW in Gobi desert - the largest in history. China currently has 306 GW Solar and 328 GW Wind power installed capacity; and additional 100 GW of solar power is currently being installed.

Is Apple putting Mac hardware inside Magic Keyboard?

@thebigk • 7 months ago

Latest Apple patent shows Apple's idea of putting the Mac hardware right inside the Magic Keyboard. The patent filed back in Aug 2020 shows all the essential hardware component including processor, battery, memory and all other ICs encased in the Magic Keyboard.

The overall idea here is to directly connect the keyboard to a display and have access to full-fledged computing device. Learn more about Apple's ideas on the USPTO source link below.

YY8: Maruti Suzuki + Toyota's Electric Car Will Have 500 Km Range

@thebigk • 7 months ago

Maruti Suzuki and Toyota have joined hands to launch a 500 Km range electric car. Codenamed YY8, the EV is said to pack ~59kWh, "Made in India" battery to move its "bigger than Hyundai Creta" body.

Rumors hint at both 4WD and FWD configurations. The car will be manufactured at Suzuki's Gujarat plant . There's no word on pricing yet.

Exynos 2200 - Console-like Gaming Experience on Mobile

@thebigk • 8 months ago

Samsung's latest Exynos 2200 processor integrates AMD RDNA 2 GPU; with a promise to offer console-like gaming experience on mobile phones. The new architecture has hardware-based ray tracing as one of its core features. The processor is currently in mass production; but we're not sure if it'll make it to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S22.

World's Smallest Camera Captures Full-Color Images

@thebigk • 10 months ago

Researchers at Princeton University have developed an ultracompact camera, the size of a grain of salt that can produce full-color images. Just about 0.5 mm wide, the camera uses new technology called metasurface - with 1.6 million cylindrical posts.

The overall camera system makes use of hardware combined with sophisticated software to produce images. This camera, so tiny, is likely to find immediate use in invasive endoscopy and medical robots to diagnose and treat diseases.

New Internet Speed Record - 319 Tbps

@thebigk • 10 months ago

Japanese engineers have achieved 319 Tb/s data transfer speed. For reference, it'd download 80,000 movies in a second. Researchers developed a 4-core experimental optical fiber and fired laser pulses at different wavelengths and multiple amplification techniques.

The 319 Tb/s speed was achieved over 1800 miles. Don't expect it to make it to your homes; but be assured that engineers are already preparing for 6G and the 7G.

GoodFellows Lets Elderly Rent A Friendly Grandkid

@thebigk • 10 months ago

How about paying a monthly fee to rent a grandkid who'll treat you as their own grandpa or grandma? Let's call it GaaS; and it's a reality. GoodFellows, a startup by Shantanu Naidu, who works as Ratan Tata's business assistant is currently beta-testing the concept; and it's working good.

GoodFellows participants are vetted using psychometric tests and paired. The startup aims to solve the problem of loneliness among elderly. It also aims to provide fulfilling and purposeful employment to young graduates. Interesting startup, right?

SpinLaunch Will Launch Satellites Without Rockets

@thebigk • 10 months ago

SpinLaunch is designing a novel mechanism of launching satellites into space without rockets. SpinLaunch's Orbital Accelerator spins up the satellites inside a vacuum chamber to about 5000 mph prior to launching it into atmosphere. Company promises 4x reduction in fuel and overall 10x reduction in cost.

After its first successful test-launch in October 2021, the company plans to offer commercial launches in 2024.

Tesla's Director of Autopilot Software Joins Apple

@thebigk • 10 months ago

Apple's just made a key hire - Christopher "CJ" Moore, the director of Autopilot Software at Tesla since 2019. Moore will report to Stuart Bowers - who was the head of Autopilot at Tesla until 2019. Apple's been tight-lipped about its plans to develop automobile. There's no clarity on how long it will be before we'll see Apple's iCar. We promise to keep you posted.

Gmail Login To Get Difficult As Google Makes 2FA Compulsory

@thebigk • 10 months ago

Google is making 2FA compulsory to login to Google accounts. Don't worry if you have no clue what 2FA means. 2FA is "Two-factor Authentication" - a more secure way to login to your account. That is, Google may send an OTP to your mobile phone every time you want to login to Google. There are other ways to implement 2FA; but login to your Gmail or YouTube account won't be as easy as typing your email and password as "password".

150 Nuclear Plants In 15 Years - China's Mega Energy Plan

@thebigk • 11 months ago

China is planning to build 150 new nuclear reactors in the next 15 years with $440 billion investment. By 2025, China will surpass USA as the largest producer of nuclear power.

200 GW by 2035 - enough to power several large cities in China; informs China General Nuclear Power Corp. Nuclear energy would help China prevent 1.5 billion tons of annual carbon emissions. It's China's grand-step towards replacing all of its 2990 coal-fired power plants by 2060.

Microsoft Loop - The New MS Office App for Collaboration

@thebigk • 11 months ago

Microsoft Loop is latest addition the MS Office App suite for collaborative work. Let me explain.

Let's say you've embedded a table in Outlook email; and your colleague updates it with new information; loop will ensure that the table gets updated in your email as well. The end-goal is to keep the information in sync across MS Office Apps suite.

In addition, MS introduced Loop Workspaces - a quick overview of what everyone on the team is working on; and react to it. Parts of the Loop are expected to make their way into MS Office apps later this year.

Mesh for Teams is Microsoft's Mixed Reality Platform for Office Meetings

@thebigk • 11 months ago

Microsoft's announced "Mesh for Teams" - a new way of meeting with your colleagues in virtual, mixed-reality environments. Instead of video calls, Mesh builds up your virtual avatar that interacts with fellow attendees. Your Mesh avatar will automatically make the gestures and animations based on your voice and facial expressions.

Mesh will start rolling out in 2022 - and Microsoft's going to let corporations customize the virtual environments to suit their needs.

Btw, don't ask us why your avatar doesn't have legs. We don't know.

"Little Giant" Sets New EV Land Speed Record - 568 km/h

@thebigk • 11 months ago

Team Vesco and ReVolt System's 444 Little Giant has set a new land-speed record for EVs with 568 kmph top speed. The vehicle deploys two heavily modified Tesla motors powered by 1152 prismatic li-ion batteries. The team has now set eye on new barrier - 643 km/h (400 mph).

This new speed record does not come anywhere near the Bloodhound SSC - the car that's attempting to break the 1000 mph barrier.