Author Archives: Radhika Seth


Dolby bringing surround sound to tablets and smartphones

Dolby bringing surround sound to tablets and smartphones

One of the reasons why we were so excited about the “Star Trek Into Darkness” movie was the fact that it was being made with the Dolby Atmos technology. Now imagine watching the movie on your tablet or smartphone with the same Dolby Atmos sound effect! Dolby has found a way to ‘trick’ your brains into thinking that surround sound is possible via headphones and tablets.

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NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission asking for your help

NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission asking for your help

One of the research areas that NASA is involved in is the Asteroid Redirect Mission. This happens to be one of the key elements of study that hope to put humans on Mars. Although they have their own resources to explore the options, NASA is throwing open their doors to new ideas and creative solutions from folks involved in studies that can help them in their mission.

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Xbox One Titanfall bundle aims to match PS4’s success

Xbox One Titanfall bundle aims to match PS4’s success

The one person benefitting from ‘price wars’ is you, the end consumer, which is why we are happy to report that both Walmart and Best Buy are reportedly selling Microsoft’s Xbox One and Titanfall for $450; a nifty $50 slashed off the combined price of both these individually purchased products. Yes, the bundle is sweet but may not give Sony’s PlayStation 4 sleepless nights; read more to find out why.

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12-inch MacBook Air with fanless design rumored

12-inch MacBook Air with fanless design rumored

Apple is reportedly planning a new, 12-inch MacBook Air which would be even slimmer and more portable than the existing model, doing away with the fan among other things. In addition to being fanless, the new ultraportable is also said to do away with the mechanical click button trackpad familiar from existing MacBooks, instead using touch-to-tap.

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Chernobyl fall-out slammed brakes on nature says study

Chernobyl fall-out slammed brakes on nature says study

It's been around three decades since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster occurred and the meltdown caused massive evacuations. While effects on the human body and mind are still being contemplated, new studies suggest that the ecosystem around the failed facility may be more affected than believed, with the decaying plant matter left behind not decomposing optimally and indicating significant impact on the natural cycle.

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NATO sites hacked by Ukrainians over Crimea row

NATO sites hacked by Ukrainians over Crimea row

One of the most popular forms of online protest against authoritative action is to bring down the official website and make life chaotic, and NATO is the latest to fall victim over controversies in the Crimea. NATO's primary website, along with the pages for its online cyber defense center, were allegedly forced offline by Ukrainian hackers aiming to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with plans to relinquish a part of Ukraine to Russia, based on the NATO voting system.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note phablet with octacore incoming

Xiaomi Redmi Note phablet with octacore incoming

Xiaomi is to bring out their latest offering, the Redmi Note, to the Asian markets sooner rather than later, a new teaser suggests. Those with Tencent's Qzone app will be able to pre-order the phone on March 19th, 8:00 pm local time. Apparently Qzone has exclusive rights over the pre-order for now and those who want to buy the phone otherwise will have to get resourceful. A teaser released by the company confirms a 5.5-inch screen and is rumored to have a 720p resolution.

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Mt. Gox, Mizuho Bank and Mark Karpeles deeper in Bitcoin legal soup

Mt. Gox, Mizuho Bank and Mark Karpeles deeper in Bitcoin legal soup

The story spinning around Mt Gox, Mark Karpeles and Jed McCaleb and their alleged Bitcoin fraud has enough spice in it to be called Daytime Soap. Each day brings in new twists and turns to the plot and has all of us hanging on the edge of our seats. The latest development in the story is that folks in Canada and the U.S. have filed a class-action suit for fraud that kind of negates Mt Gox’s bankruptcy blanket for the moment.

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Mercedes hydrogen fuel cell car due 2017

Mercedes hydrogen fuel cell car due 2017

Mercedes-Benz is readying "the next level" of hydrogen fuel cell cars, aiming to get a production model on the road by 2017 in the form of what's believed to be a new SUV. Although the complexities of sustaining a hydrogen-fuel car is way more than an electric one, hopefully the pact signed by parent company Daimler, Ford and Nissan will make it more affordable.

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OnePlus One phone sketches hint at design

OnePlus One phone sketches hint at design

The enigmatic OnePlus One phone is still covered in a shroud of mystery, however there are some teasers out in the wild that suggest that the sketches you see in here are the real-deal. Besides some of the defining features, we really don’t know much about the device. Those eager to know more have been feeding off the snippets its team members have been revealing.

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Cubestormer 3 Robot sets Rubik’s Cube record

Cubestormer 3 Robot sets Rubik’s Cube record

Before you can finish reading the title of this post and this sentence, The Cubestormer 3 Robot would have solved the Rubik’s Cube puzzle about three times or more. Bazinga! This is no prank, but the honest truth, and those who attended the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham, UK, got a chance to catch the action live. For simple folks like us at home, we do have a YouTube video that shows you how the cube was solved in 3.253 seconds flat.

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NSA denies circumventing client-attorney privilege

NSA denies circumventing client-attorney privilege

The American Bar Association has been very concerned regarding the attorney-client communications and the sanctity of this privilege, particularly in light of the NSA surveillance debacle that got leaked to the world. The concerns stems from the recent revelations that NSA had allowed an Australian intelligence agency to tap into the communications between an Indonesian client and its American law firm.

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