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In a breakthrough to develop long-lasting batteries for smartphones and other gadgets, scientists have successfully created a sugar bio-battery that completely converts the chemical energy in sugar substrates into electricity.   This bio-battery can achieve an energy-storage density of about 596 ampere-hours (A/h) per kg – an order of magnitude higher than the 42 A-h/kg […]

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Mobile messaging service WhatsApp may soon introduce free voice calling to its list of features, according to various reports.

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Telecom gear maker Nokia has partnered Samsung to provide its maps and location services to Tizen-powered smart devices by the Korean electronics giant.   The Finnish firm’s location-based services arm HERE will also provide solutions to Samsung’s new smartwatch, Gear S.   Nokia in a statement today said, “HERE has partnered with Samsung to bring […]

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Are you ready for this? We’ve just received an official ‘Block the date’ notification from Google India for an event to be held on September 15. At the moment, there’s no clarity on what the event is being held for or what will be announced.   Speculation is that Google will be launching the much-awaited Android […]

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Thanks to the selfie wave, front cameras no longer get the step-child treatment they used to. Just as their rear-camera counterparts, smartphone manufacturers are arming front cameras with larger sensors and better features, leaving little to distinguish the two except for their placement.   The latest smartphone to join the selfie bandwagon is the Lava […]

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Looks like BlackBerry’s upcoming updates to the BB10 platform will add some much-needed cross-platform productivity and utilities to the OS.   BlackBerry Blend, which has leaked in the past, has been leaked once more. The new leak courtesy BBIN.in has given us the best look yet at BlackBerry Blend and what you can do with it. With BlackBerry […]

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Five artists have come together to make art more playful, by developing video and board games that explore aspects of how people engage with society, while simultaneously expanding the notion of art practice.   While one artist has developed a game based on a court case dating back to the pre-Independence era, another artist uses […]

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In a move that makes it harder for North Koreans to gain illicit access to the global Internet, North Korea now only allows mobile phone SIM cards used by tourists to be active for the duration of their visit, tourism sources told Reuters. Unlike North Koreans, foreigners visiting the isolated country can freely browse social […]

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Swiss engineers, famous for making the world’s finest watches, are turning their hands to cardiology with a prototype battery-less pacemaker based on a self-winding wristwatch.   Current pacemakers, which help the heart beat more regularly, offer a lifeline for many patients with cardiac problems but the need for battery power is a limiting factor, since […]

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An Indian woman researcher is among the 16 scientists who has been awarded the prestigious Australian Laureate Fellowship for her work in micro-recycling of e-waste.   Veena Sahajwalla, director of University of New South Wales (UNSW) Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology, was recently awarded AUD 2.37 million for her research. Sahajwalla was also […]

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The government diktat to extend school hours on Teachers' Day to show the PM's speech live has sparked a controversy. The PM will deliver an address to the students on September 5 between 3 and 5 pm. However, the schools and parents say that the time is inconvenient and is making them completely reschedule their plans. HRD minister Smriti Irani though has called the controversy politically motivated.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to complete 100 days in office. Speedy decision making and taking steps in the right direction have been accounted as the government's biggest achievement.
'People will give a reply to whether prices (of essential commodities) have gone down or not,' Sonia Gandhi said.
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The suspects were among 181 passengers who arrived in India from the affected western African countries.
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The Gear Fit is a fitness gadget with a curved screen. It is dust and water resistant.
The 126-acre campus would include wooded walking areas, restaurants and fitness centres.
Samsung with 19 per cent market-share occupies the top position in the Indian tablet market.
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