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New Delhi: Facebook on Thursday said it will finally start charging companies using WhatsApp for Business, as it expanded ways for its users to check out available products and make purchases right from a chat. Some 50 million businesses and 175 million people message a WhatsApp Business account every day and this move will help […]

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WhatsApp Business New Features: Facebook Adds Shopping, Pricing Tiers

New Delhi: Facebook on Thursday said it will finally start charging companies using WhatsApp for Business, as it expanded ways for its users to check out available products and make purchases right from a chat.

Some 50 million businesses and 175 million people message a WhatsApp Business account every day and this move will help WhatsApp continue building a business of its own while it provides and expands free end-to-end encrypted text, video and voice calling for more than 2 billion people.

“We also want to make it easier for businesses to integrate these features into their existing commerce and customer solutions. This will help many small businesses who have been most impacted in this time,” WhatsApp said in a statement.

“We will charge business customers for some of the services we offer,” it added.

WhatsApp will first add a Shopping button, which went live on Thursday globally, though it will come to India later.

“In the future we’ll make it possible to add items to a cart and check out, all within WhatsApp”.

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The mobile messaging platform said that over the coming months, it plans to expand its partnerships with business solution providers.

“Businesses will also have a new option to manage their WhatsApp messages via hosting services that Facebook plans to offer,” the company said.

This will make it easier for small and medium size businesses to get started, sell products, keep their inventory up to date, and quickly respond to messages they receive — wherever their employees are.

Since launching WhatsApp Business in 2018, millions of people and businesses have found it to be a great way to get in touch and find something they might like to buy.

In India, 81 per cent of adults agreed that messaging (via chat app, text) is a quick and easy way to communicate with a business.
Nearly 77 per cent of adults in India agreed that they “want to be able to communicate with businesses in the same way that I communicate with friends/family through messaging (via chat app, text).”

Globally, 80 per cent of international adults agreed “messaging is a quick and easy way to communicate with a business”

(IANS)

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Google To Showcase India’s ‘Lively’ Miniature Paintings With AI, AR https://odishatv.in/technology/google-to-showcase-indias-lively-miniature-paintings-with-ai-ar-487000 Thu, 22 Oct 2020 13:38:37 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=487000

New Delhi: Google Arts and Culture on Thursday announced it has partnered with the National Museum in New Delhi to showcase miniature paintings in a magical new way with using technologies like machine learning, Augmented Reality (AR) and high-definition robotic cameras. Inspired by the domes and doorways that punctuate Indian homes and public spaces, this […]

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Google To Showcase India's 'Lively' Miniature Paintings With AI, AR

New Delhi: Google Arts and Culture on Thursday announced it has partnered with the National Museum in New Delhi to showcase miniature paintings in a magical new way with using technologies like machine learning, Augmented Reality (AR) and high-definition robotic cameras.

Inspired by the domes and doorways that punctuate Indian homes and public spaces, this is the first AR-powered art gallery designed with traditional Indian architecture.

“Using your smartphone, you can open up a life-size virtual space, walk around at your leisure and zoom into your favourite pieces — you have this beautiful museum to yourself!” said Simon Rein, Programme Manager, Google Arts & Culture.

Though compact (about the same size as a small book), miniature paintings typically tackle profound themes such as love, power and faith.

Miniatures are rich in detailed representations of topics that have shaped Indian culture and thanks to machine learning, one can now discover these attributes across a collection of miniature paintings.

“Art Camera, our ultra-high-resolution robotic camera, was deployed to produce the most vivid images of masterpieces ever seen,” Rein said in a statement.

Using these images, Google created over 75 in-painting tours to help people appreciate details like wisps of smoke from firecrackers, or see the finesse and variety of every person’s attire in a royal procession.

The virtual collection includes 1,200 high-resolution images from 25 collections all around the world and more than 75 stories.

(IANS)

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India Warns Twitter: Misrepresentation Of Map Unacceptable https://odishatv.in/technology/india-warns-twitter-misrepresentation-of-map-unacceptable-486882 Thu, 22 Oct 2020 11:01:43 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=486882

New Delhi: Taking strong exception to misrepresentation of the India map, the government has written a stern letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, saying that any attempt by the platform to disrespect the sovereignty and integrity of India, which is also reflected by the maps, is totally unacceptable. The same is also unlawful, Ajay Sawhney, […]

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India Warns Twitter: Misrepresentation Of Map Unacceptable

New Delhi: Taking strong exception to misrepresentation of the India map, the government has written a stern letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, saying that any attempt by the platform to disrespect the sovereignty and integrity of India, which is also reflected by the maps, is totally unacceptable.

The same is also unlawful, Ajay Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and IT, said in the letter, according to IT Ministry sources.

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Twitter later said that it quickly resolved the “technical issue”.

“We became aware of this technical issue on Sunday, and understand and respect the sensitivities around it. The teams have worked swiftly to investigate and resolve the concerned geotag issue,” a Twitter spokesperson said earlier this week.

The issue was first brought to attention by national security analyst Nitin Gokhale after he went live on Twitter from the Hall of Fame, a war memorial at Leh.

He discovered that the location of the war memorial at Leh was shown as “Jammu and Kashmir, People’s Republic of China.”

The IT Secretary in his letter reminded Twitter that Leh is the headquarter of the Union Territory of Ladakh and both Ladakh as well as Jammu and Kashmir are integral and inalienable parts of India governed by the Constitution of India.

He had asked Twitter to respect the sensitivities of Indian citizens.

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The IT Secretary mentioned that any attempt to misrepresent the country’s map not only brings disrepute to Twitter but also raises questions about its neutrality and fairness as an intermediary.

(IANS)

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Google Web Searches Can Help In Predicting COVID Hotspots https://odishatv.in/technology/google-web-searches-can-help-in-predicting-covid-hotspots-486849 Thu, 22 Oct 2020 09:56:12 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=486849

New York: By analysing Google web searches for keywords related to Covid-19, researchers have said that web-based analytics have demonstrated their value in predicting the spread of the infectious disease. According to the study, published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Strong correlations were found between keyword searches on the internet search engine Google Trends […]

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Google Web Searches Can Help In Predicting COVID Hotspots

New York: By analysing Google web searches for keywords related to Covid-19, researchers have said that web-based analytics have demonstrated their value in predicting the spread of the infectious disease.

According to the study, published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Strong correlations were found between keyword searches on the internet search engine Google Trends and Covid-19 outbreaks in parts of the US.

These correlations were observed up to 16 days prior to the first reported cases in some states.

“Our study demonstrates that there is information present in Google Trends that precedes outbreaks, and with predictive analysis, this data can be used for better allocating resources with regards to testing, personal protective equipment, medications and more,” said study author Mohamad Bydon from Mayo Clinic — a health care company in the US.

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“Looking at Google Trends data, we found that we were able to identify predictors of hotspots, using keywords, that would emerge over a six-week timeline,” Bydon added.

Several studies have noted the role of internet surveillance in early prediction of previous outbreaks such as H1N1 and Middle East respiratory syndrome.

There are several benefits to using internet surveillance methods versus traditional methods, and this study says a combination of the two methods is likely the key to effective surveillance.

The study searched for 10 keywords that were chosen based on how commonly they were used and emerging patterns on the internet and in Google News at that time.

The keywords were: Covid symptoms, Coronavirus symptoms, sore throat, shortness of breath+fatigue+cough, coronavirus testing centre, loss of smell, antibody, face mask and more.

Most of the keywords had moderate to strong correlations days before the first Covid-19 cases were reported in specific areas, with diminishing correlations following the first case.

“Each of these keywords had varying strengths of correlation with case numbers,” said Bydon.

If we had looked at 100 keywords, we may have found even stronger correlations to cases. As the pandemic progresses, people will search for new and different information, so the search terms also need to evolve,” Bydon added.

The use of web search surveillance data is important as an adjunct for data science teams who are attempting to predict outbreaks and new hotspots in a pandemic.

“Any delay in information could lead to missed opportunities to improve preparedness for an outbreak in a certain location,” the authors noted.

(IANS)

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Acer Launches World’s 1st Snapdragon 7c Powered Chromebook https://odishatv.in/science/acer-launches-worlds-1st-snapdragon-7c-powered-chromebook-486812 Thu, 22 Oct 2020 09:09:30 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=486812

San Francisco: Acer has launched its first Chromebooks powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c compute platform – the Acer Chromebook Spin 513 and Acer Chromebook Enterprise Spin 513. The 513 will be available in North America in February 2021 starting at $399.99; the Enterprise Spin 513 is coming in March 2021 starting at $699.99. “With […]

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Acer-Spin

San Francisco: Acer has launched its first Chromebooks powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c compute platform – the Acer Chromebook Spin 513 and Acer Chromebook Enterprise Spin 513.

The 513 will be available in North America in February 2021 starting at $399.99; the Enterprise Spin 513 is coming in March 2021 starting at $699.99.

“With optional 4G LTE and barely larger than a sheet of paper, this ultra-portable and stylish 2-in-1 Chromebook allows users to flow seamlessly between work, home, and passion projects,” the company said in a statement.

The Acer Chromebook Spin 513 is powered by the Snapdragon 7c compute platform with an 8 nm octa-core Qualcomm Kryo 468 CPU, which the company claims will provide enhanced multitasking and responsiveness.

The chipset comes with integrated Qualcomm Adreno 618 for graphics performance.

The 2-in-1 has a 13.3 FHD IPS display with moderate-sized bezels and a 360° hinge that allows you to fold it completely backward.

The 513 has up to 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM, an aluminum top cover, two USB-C ports as well as a USB-A, a 78 percent screen-to-body ratio, an optional backlit keyboard, and a 360-degree hinge.

The Enterprise model has additional security and management features for business users.

It also comes with zero-touch enrolment so that users will be automatically enrolled into enterprise administration as soon as they connect to the Internet.

(IANS)

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NASA Spacecraft Makes First Touchdown On Asteroid Bennu https://odishatv.in/science/nasa-spacecraft-makes-first-touchdown-on-asteroid-bennu-486546 Wed, 21 Oct 2020 10:39:23 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=486546

Washington: After over a decade of planning, a NASA spacecraft made history after it successfully touched an asteroid to collect dust and pebbles from its surface. The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft unfurled its robotic arm on Tuesday in an attempt to collect the sample from asteroid Bennu, which is […]

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NASA Spacecraft Makes First Touchdown On Asteroid Bennu

Washington: After over a decade of planning, a NASA spacecraft made history after it successfully touched an asteroid to collect dust and pebbles from its surface.

The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft unfurled its robotic arm on Tuesday in an attempt to collect the sample from asteroid Bennu, which is currently more than 321 million kilometres from Earth, NASA said.

“Preliminary data show that today’s sample collection event went as planned. More details to come once all the data from the event are downlinked to Earth,” NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission said in a tweet.

“After over a decade of planning, the team is overjoyed at the success of today’s sampling attempt,” Dante Lauretta, OSIRIS-REx principal investigator at the University of Arizona in Tucson, said in a statement.

However, it will take about a week for the OSIRIS-REx team to confirm how much sample the spacecraft collected.

Bennu offers scientists a window into the early solar system as it was first taking shape billions of years ago and flinging ingredients that could have helped seed life on Earth.

If Tuesday’s sample collection event, known as “Touch-And-Go” (TAG), provided enough of a sample, mission teams will command the spacecraft to begin stowing the precious primordial cargo to begin its journey back to Earth in March 2021.

Otherwise, they will prepare for another attempt in January.

“This amazing first for NASA demonstrates how an incredible team from across the country came together and persevered through incredible challenges to expand the boundaries of knowledge,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.

“Our industry, academic, and international partners have made it possible to hold a piece of the most ancient solar system in our hands.”

At 1.50 p.m. EDT, OSIRIS-REx fired its thrusters to nudge itself out of orbit around Bennu. It extended the shoulder, then elbow, then wrist of its 3.35-metre sampling arm, known as the Touch-And-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism (TAGSAM), and transited across Bennu while descending about 805 metre toward the surface.

After a four-hour descent, at an altitude of approximately 125 metres, the spacecraft executed the “Checkpoint” burn, the first of two maneuvers to allow it to precisely target the sample collection site, known as “Nightingale.”

Ten minutes later, the spacecraft fired its thrusters for the second “Matchpoint” burn to slow its descent and match the asteroid’s rotation at the time of contact.

It then continued a treacherous, 11-minute coast past a boulder the size of a two-story building, nicknamed “Mount Doom,” to touch down in a clear spot in a crater on Bennu’s northern hemisphere.

The size of a small parking lot, the site Nightingale site is one of the few relatively clear spots on this unexpectedly boulder-covered space rock, NASA said.

The sample collected by the spacecraft will return to Earth in 2023.

(IANS)

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With Microsoft Cloud, CropData Helping Indian Farmers Earn Better https://odishatv.in/science/with-microsoft-cloud-cropdata-helping-indian-farmers-earn-better-486460 Wed, 21 Oct 2020 07:00:05 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=486460

New Delhi: India has now embarked on a journey to bring AI sensors into the fields and agri-tech startup CropData is helping small farmers improve their yields and sell directly to buyers by utilising new-age technologies like Blockchain and AI-enabled Cloud. CropData has built an e-marketplace, using the capabilities of Microsoft Azure, to empower the […]

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Farmers

New Delhi: India has now embarked on a journey to bring AI sensors into the fields and agri-tech startup CropData is helping small farmers improve their yields and sell directly to buyers by utilising new-age technologies like Blockchain and AI-enabled Cloud.

CropData has built an e-marketplace, using the capabilities of Microsoft Azure, to empower the farmers in the country.

“Our purpose is to help the smallest farmer in the remotest part of India make a viable living,” Sachin Suri, Managing Director, CropData, said in Microsoft blog post on Wednesday.

The e-marketplace called Agriota connects all stakeholders with a focus on providing utmost transparency with the use of Blockchain.

The solution is helping Indian farmers to sell their produce directly to end buyers in open auctions, in partnership with the UAE’s Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC).

“In our first year, our aim is to have 150,000 farmers on the marketplace and touch five million in the first five years. This, we estimate, will translate into a gross merchandise value of transactions of $250 million in the first year and $8.5 billion in five years,” Suri added.

The company now has a footprint in 30 districts across eight states and over 50,000 farmers on the marketplace.

With its technology, Nagpur-based CropData connects farmers to bulk buyers on its e-marketplace, where their harvest is hedged very early in the crop cycle according to the predicted quality and yield from their farm.

This gives farmers an early visibility into their income and ensures that they have the incentive to put in all the effort that goes into a crop cycle.

“To do that, we’ve created an e-marketplace on Microsoft Azure called Agriota that connects all stakeholders with a focus on providing utmost transparency with the use of Blockchain,” Suri informed.

The end buyers also get visibility with regular updates right up to the time they receive the product.

“We augment that with deep trade analytics like price analysis, reports, and geospatial data. We also provide them with a secondary market option, where they can re-trade and even liquidate their existing positions,” he said.

The startup is working closely with Microsoft’s engineering teams to build products and incorporate some of the AI work that has been done on FarmBeats into its workflows during the diagnostics process.

“Once we onboard a farmer, we perform diagnostics on the farm. This includes crop health assessment with weather correlations, aerial imagery, the kind of seeds that are planted, how they are planted, the stress levels, and much more. We call it Dr Krishi module,” Suri informed.

Once the on-ground diagnostics are done, machine learning (ML) algorithms take over.

“It also helps us club together farms that are similar in terms of their risks, crops, quality, and other health parameters,” Suri said.

(IANS)

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Snapchat Hits 249mn Daily Users, Sales Up 52% In Q3 2020 https://odishatv.in/science/snapchat-hits-249mn-daily-users-sales-up-52-in-q3-2020-486423 Wed, 21 Oct 2020 06:08:03 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=486423

San Francisco: Snapchat saw its daily active user base jump to touch 249 million, from 238 million in last quarter, as the company registered a 52 per cent increase in revenue at $679 million in its third quarter. The stock of its parent company Snap rose 17.1 per cent after bumper quarter results. Operating cash […]

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Snapchat

San Francisco: Snapchat saw its daily active user base jump to touch 249 million, from 238 million in last quarter, as the company registered a 52 per cent increase in revenue at $679 million in its third quarter.

The stock of its parent company Snap rose 17.1 per cent after bumper quarter results. Operating cash flow improved by $21 million to $55 million in Q3 compared to the prior year.

“Our focus on delivering value for our community and advertising partners is yielding positive results during this challenging time. We’re excited about the growth of our business in Q3 as we continue to make long-term investments in our future,” CEO Evan Spiegel said in a statement late on Tuesday.

“The adoption of augmented reality (AR) is happening faster than we had previously anticipated, and we are working together as a team to execute on the many opportunities in front of us,” he added.

The average number of Snaps created every day grew 25 per cent year-over-year.

Total daily time spent by Snapchatters watching Shows increased by over 50 per cent year-over-year in its third quarter.

“The daily average number of Snapchatters in India watching Discover content increased by nearly 50 per cent sequentially in Q3 2020,” the company announced.

As of the end of Q3, over 1.5 million Lenses have been created through Lens Studio.

“Our ‘Anime Style’ Lens powered by real time machine learning was engaged with 3 billion times in its first week,” the company informed.

Snap said it helped over one million Snapchatters with voter registration for the 2020 US election through its ‘Register to Vote’ Mini, developed in partnership with Democracy Works.

(IANS)

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Recycled Gas From Stars Surrounds Milky Way, Shows Mini Satellite https://odishatv.in/science/recycled-gas-from-stars-surrounds-milky-way-shows-mini-satellite-486180 Tue, 20 Oct 2020 09:27:26 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=486180

Washington: Observations made by a small spacecraft called HaloSat have shown that the Milky Way galaxy is surrounded by a clumpy halo of hot gases that is continually being supplied with material ejected by birthing or dying stars. A halo is a large region filled with hot gas that surrounds a galaxy, also known as […]

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Milky-Way

Washington: Observations made by a small spacecraft called HaloSat have shown that the Milky Way galaxy is surrounded by a clumpy halo of hot gases that is continually being supplied with material ejected by birthing or dying stars.

A halo is a large region filled with hot gas that surrounds a galaxy, also known as a “circumgalactic medium.”

The heated gaseous halo around the Milky Way was the incubator for the Milky Way’s formation some 13 billion years ago and could help solve a longstanding puzzle about where the missing matter of the universe might reside.

In the new NASA-funded study published in the journal Nature Astronomy, the researchers concluded the circumgalactic medium has a disk-like geometry, based on the intensity of X-ray emissions coming from it.

“The X-ray emissions are stronger above the parts of the Milky Way where star formation is more vigorous,” said Philip Kaaret, Professor at the University of Iowa and corresponding author on the study.

“That suggests the circumgalactic medium is related to star formation, and it is likely we are seeing gas that previously fell into the Milky Way, made stars, and now is being recycled into the circumgalactic medium.”

Every galaxy has a circumgalactic medium, and these regions are crucial to understanding not only how galaxies formed and evolved but also how the universe progressed from a kernel of helium and hydrogen to a cosmological expanse teeming with stars, planets, comets, and all other sorts of celestial constituents.

HaloSat searches for baryonic matter — that is, the same kind of particles that compose the visible world — believed to be missing since the universe’s birth.

The satellite has been observing the Milky Way’s circumgalactic medium for evidence that the missing baryonic matter may reside there.

Baryonic matter is distinct from dark matter, which is invisible and does not interact through any force except gravity. Scientists can only account for about two-thirds of the baryonic matter that should be present in the universe.

To look for the missing matter, Kaaret and his team wanted to get a better handle on the circumgalactic medium’s configuration.

More specifically, the researchers wanted to find out how big the circumgalactic medium really is.

If it is a huge, extended halo that is many times the size of our galaxy, it could house enough material to solve the missing baryonic question.

But if the circumgalactic medium is mostly comprised of recycled material, it would be a relatively thin, puffy layer of gas and an unlikely host of the missing baryonic matter.

“What we’ve done is definitely show that there’s a high-density part of the circumgalactic medium that’s bright in X-rays,” Kaaret says.

“But there still could be a really big, extended halo that is just dim in X-rays. And it might be harder to see that dim, extended halo because there’s this bright emission disk in the way.

“So it turns out with HaloSat alone, we really can’t say whether or not there really is this extended halo around the Milky Way,” Kaaret said.

HaloSat is a NASA CubeSat mission led by the University of Iowa.

(IANS)

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Google To Kill App That Lets You Contact Loved Ones During Emergency https://odishatv.in/science/google-to-kill-app-that-lets-you-contact-loved-ones-during-emergency-485679 Mon, 19 Oct 2020 04:14:30 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=485679

New Delhi: Google has announced to discontinue its emergency location sharing app called Trusted Contacts from December this year and it has already disappeared from Play Store. Launched three years back, the app allows people to add their trusted friends and family members and seek their help in case of an emergency. The contacts could […]

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Trusted-Contacts

New Delhi: Google has announced to discontinue its emergency location sharing app called Trusted Contacts from December this year and it has already disappeared from Play Store.

Launched three years back, the app allows people to add their trusted friends and family members and seek their help in case of an emergency.

The contacts could then request a status update to see if you’re alright and you can respond with your location to reassure them.

If you don’t respond, the app automatically shares the last known location so that they can send for help.

Google notified its users on Sunday via email of the closure of the app.

“More than three years ago, we launched the Trusted Contacts app to help users know where their loved ones are,” the company said in a statement.

Since then, this feature has been integrated directly into Google Maps Location Sharing, which makes it even easier to share location in real time with trusted friends and family.

“For this reason, the Trusted Contacts application disappears today from the App Store and Play Store, and will no longer be available as of December 1, 2020. If you have the application installed on your device, you can continue to use it until then,” Google informed.

If you have created trusted contacts, you have time until December 1 to download them from the Trusted Contacts page.

After that date, Trusted Contacts will stop working, and your trusted contacts will not be able to see the real-time location that you share with them from the app.

Google Maps still has the real-time location sharing feature but the users have to opt-in to constant tracking, sharing their locations with other people all the time instead of only the loved ones.

(IANS)

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Twitter India Shows J&K As Part Of China https://odishatv.in/science/twitter-india-shows-jk-as-part-of-china-485519 Sun, 18 Oct 2020 10:12:11 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=485519

New Delhi: A major controversy has erupted after Twitter India showed Jammu and Kashmir as part of the People’s Republic of China in the timelines. The matter was raised Kanchan Gupta, Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation (ORF) after tweets showed J&K as a part of China. Leh as location is disallowed by @Twitter ? This […]

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Twitter India Shows J&K As Part Of China

New Delhi: A major controversy has erupted after Twitter India showed Jammu and Kashmir as part of the People’s Republic of China in the timelines.

The matter was raised Kanchan Gupta, Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation (ORF) after tweets showed J&K as a part of China.

“So @Twitter has decided to reconfigure geography and declare Jammu & Kashmir as part of People’s Republic of #China . If this is not a violation of #India laws, what is? Citizens of India have been punished for far less. But US Big Tech is above the law?”, Gupta wrote tagging Telecom and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.


Several netizens also asked Prasad and the government to take action against Twitter India.

“No @Twitter this is not a freak happenstance,” Gupta said in another tweet.


“@Twitter @TwitterIndia so according to you Leh is a part of People’s Republic of China,” said a netizen.

“Kindly look into this and take action appropriately. It’s high time that these social media giants be held accountable for their stupidity,” a netizen said asking Prasad to action.

“Please take cognizance of this serious matter and take necessary action against @TwitterIndia. They cannot take Indian sovereignty for granted. Don’t let them normalize this misadventure,” another another Twitterati.


(IANS)

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Nokia Wins NASA Contract To Put 4G network On Moon https://odishatv.in/science/nokia-wins-nasa-contract-to-put-4g-network-on-moon-485476 Sun, 18 Oct 2020 08:25:12 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=485476

San Francisco: NASA has awarded Nokia of the US $14.1 million to deploy a 4G cellular network on the moon. The grant is part of $370 million worth of contracts signed under NASA’s “Tipping Point” selections, meant to advance research and development for space exploration. “The system could support lunar surface communications at greater distances, […]

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San Francisco: NASA has awarded Nokia of the US $14.1 million to deploy a 4G cellular network on the moon.

The grant is part of $370 million worth of contracts signed under NASA’s “Tipping Point” selections, meant to advance research and development for space exploration.

“The system could support lunar surface communications at greater distances, increased speeds and provide more reliability than current standards,” NASA noted in its contract award announcement.

According to United Press International, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine in a live broadcast said that the space agency must quickly develop new technologies for living and working on the moon if it wants to realise its goal to have astronauts working at a lunar base by 2028.

“We need power systems that can last a long time on the surface of the moon, and we need habitation capability on the surface,” Bridenstine said.

Nokia’s research arm, Bell Labs, provided more details in a Twitter thread. The company intends for the network to support wireless operation of lunar rovers and navigation, as well as streaming video.

“Working with our partners at @Int_Machines, this groundbreaking network will be the critical communications fabric for data transmission applications, including the control of lunar rovers, real-time navigation over lunar geography and streaming of high definition video,” Bell Labs said in a tweet.

This is not Nokia’s first attempt to launch an LTE network on the moon. It was planned to do this in 2018 in collaboration with PTScientists, a German space company, and Vodafone UK to launch an LTE network at the site of the Apollo 17 landing, but the mission never got off the ground.

(IANS)

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Google Stops Biggest-Ever DDoS Cyber Attack https://odishatv.in/science/google-stops-biggest-ever-ddos-cyber-attack-485217 Sat, 17 Oct 2020 08:46:33 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=485217

New Delhi: The cyber security threats such as distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) are growing exponentially, disrupting businesses of all sizes globally, leading to outages and loss of user trust, Google has said. The tech giant revealed that its infrastructure absorbed a massive 2.5Tbps DDoS in September 2017, the highest-bandwidth attack reported to date which was the […]

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Google Stops Biggest-Ever DDoS Cyber Attack

New Delhi: The cyber security threats such as distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) are growing exponentially, disrupting businesses of all sizes globally, leading to outages and loss of user trust, Google has said.

The tech giant revealed that its infrastructure absorbed a massive 2.5Tbps DDoS in September 2017, the highest-bandwidth attack reported to date which was the culmination of a six-month campaign that utilised multiple methods of attack.

“Despite simultaneously targeting thousands of our IPs, presumably in hopes of slipping past automated defenses, the attack had no impact,” Google said in a statement on Friday.

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The attacker used several networks to spoof 167 Mbps (millions of packets per second) to 180,000 exposed CLDAP, DNS, and SMTP servers, which would then send large responses to Google.

“This demonstrates the volumes a well-resourced attacker can achieve: This was four times larger than the record-breaking 623 Gbps attack from the Mirai botnet a year earlier. It remains the highest-bandwidth attack reported to date, leading to reduced confidence in the extrapolation,” the company informed.

With a DDoS attack, an adversary hopes to disrupt their victim’s service with a flood of useless traffic.

While this attack doesn’t expose user data and doesn’t lead to a compromise, it can result in an outage and loss of user trust if not quickly mitigated.

Attackers are constantly developing new techniques to disrupt systems.

“Some attacks may not even focus on a specific target, but instead attack every IP in a network. Multiplying the dozens of attack types by the diversity of infrastructure that must be defended leads to endless possibilities,” Google said.

The company said the main task is to determine the capacity needed to withstand the largest DDoS attacks for each key metric.

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“While we can estimate the expected size of future attacks, we need to be prepared for the unexpected, and thus we over-provision our defenses accordingly”.

The company recently announced ‘Cloud Armor Managed Protection’ which enables users to further simplify their deployments, manage costs, and reduce overall DDoS and application security risk.

Google said it is working with others in the internet community to identify and dismantle infrastructure used to conduct attacks.

(IANS)

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Google Removes Over 3000 China-Linked Fake YouTube Channels https://odishatv.in/science/google-removes-over-3000-china-linked-fake-youtube-channels-485163 Sat, 17 Oct 2020 07:18:11 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=485163

San Francisco: As the US presidential election inches closer, Google said it has terminated more than 3,000 fake YouTube channels in July-September period which were part of a large spam network linked to China that attempted to run an influence operation on YouTube. As a result, this large China-operated network hasn’t been able to build […]

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Google Removes Over 3000 China-Linked Fake YouTube Channels

San Francisco: As the US presidential election inches closer, Google said it has terminated more than 3,000 fake YouTube channels in July-September period which were part of a large spam network linked to China that attempted to run an influence operation on YouTube.

As a result, this large China-operated network hasn’t been able to build an audience.

“Most of the videos we identify have fewer than 10 views, and most of these views appear to come from related spam accounts rather than actual users,” Google said in a statement late on Friday.

Also Read: Google To Boost Fake News, Illegal Content Monitoring On YouTube

“While this network posted frequently, the majority of this content was spam. We haven’t seen it effectively reach an actual audience on YouTube,” said Shane Huntley, Google Threat Analysis Group (TAG).

This YouTube network has a presence across multiple platforms, and acts by primarily acquiring or hijacking existing accounts and posting spammy content in Mandarin such as videos of animals, music, food, plants, sports, and games.

“A small fraction of these spam channels will then post videos about current events. Such videos frequently feature clumsy translations and computer-generated voices,” Huntley informed.

Researchers at Graphika and FireEye have detailed how this network behaves — including its shift from posting content in Mandarin about issues related to Hong Kong and China’s response to Covid-19, to including a small subset of content in English and Mandarin about current events in the US (such as protests around racial justice, the wildfires on the West Coast, and the US response to Covid-19).

In June, Google saw phishing attempts against the personal email accounts of staffers on the Joe Biden and Donald Trump campaigns by Chinese and Iranian APTs (Advanced Persistent Threats), respectively.

The Iranian attacker group (APT35) and the Chinese attacker group (APT31) targeted campaign staffers’ personal emails with credential phishing emails and emails containing tracking links.

“As part of our wider tracking of APT31 activity, we’ve also seen them deploy targeted malware campaigns,” Google said.

“Overall, we’ve seen increased attention on the threats posed by APTs in the context of the US election,” the tech giant added.

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In September, Google also saw multiple North Korea groups shifting their targeting towards Covid-19 researchers and pharmaceutical companies, including those based in South Korea.

One campaign used URL shorteners and impersonated the target’s webmail portal in an attempt to harvest email credentials.

In a separate campaign, attackers posed as recruiting professionals to lure targets into downloading malware, Google said.

(IANS)

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New Spelling Algorithm To Reduce Misspellings In Google Search https://odishatv.in/science/new-spelling-algorithm-to-reduce-misspellings-in-google-search-484761 Fri, 16 Oct 2020 06:39:26 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=484761

New Delhi: One in 10 queries on Google Search are misspelled and the tech giant has now introduced a new spelling algorithm that uses a deep neural net to significantly improve the ability to decipher misspellings, in under three milliseconds. According to Google, this single algorithm makes a greater improvement to spelling than all of […]

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New Delhi: One in 10 queries on Google Search are misspelled and the tech giant has now introduced a new spelling algorithm that uses a deep neural net to significantly improve the ability to decipher misspellings, in under three milliseconds.

According to Google, this single algorithm makes a greater improvement to spelling than all of its improvements over the last five years.

The company on Thursday detailed how artificial intelligence (AI) is powering its Search engine, announcing numerous improvements made to Search over the year and some new features coming soon.

Google has invested deeply in language understanding research and last year, it introduced how BERT language understanding systems are helping to deliver more relevant results in Google Search.

“We’re excited to share that BERT is now used in almost every query in English, helping you get higher quality results for your questions,” said Prabhakar Raghavan, Senior Vice President, Search and Assistant, Geo, Ads, Commerce, Payments & NBU.

Google recently made a breakthrough in ranking and is now able to not just index web pages but individual passages from the pages.

“This technology will improve 7 per cent of search queries across all languages as we roll it out globally,” Raghavan added.

With new passage understanding capabilities, Google can understand that the specific passage is a lot more relevant to a specific query than a broader page on that topic.

As an example, if you search for “home exercise equipment,” Google Search can now understand relevant subtopics, such as budget equipment, premium picks, or small space ideas, and show a wider range of content for you on the search results page.

“We’ll start rolling this out by the end of this year,” Raghavan said.

Using a new AI-driven approach, Google said it is now able to understand the deep semantics of a video and automatically identify key moments.

“This lets us tag those moments in the video, so you can navigate them like chapters in a book. Whether you’re looking for that one step in a recipe tutorial, or the game-winning home run in a highlights reel, you can easily find those moments,” the company informed.

Google thinks that by the end of this year, 10 per cent of searches will use this new technology.

(IANS)

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Gov-TechThon 2020: Oracle Joins Hands With NIC, IEEE For Virtual Hackathon https://odishatv.in/science/gov-techthon-2020-oracle-joins-hands-with-nic-ieee-for-virtual-hackathon-484625 Thu, 15 Oct 2020 14:41:31 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=484625

New Delhi: India’s National Informatics Centre (NIC) and global technical professional organisation IEEE have joined hands with Cloud major Oracle to organise a virtual hackathon, Gov-TechThon 2020, to incubate new ideas, boost innovation and use technology in agriculture and allied sectors. Gov-TechThon 2020 — from October 30 to November 1 — will be facilitated by […]

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Gov-TechThon 2020: Oracle Joins Hands With NIC, IEEE For Virtual Hackathon

New Delhi: India’s National Informatics Centre (NIC) and global technical professional organisation IEEE have joined hands with Cloud major Oracle to organise a virtual hackathon, Gov-TechThon 2020, to incubate new ideas, boost innovation and use technology in agriculture and allied sectors.

Gov-TechThon 2020 — from October 30 to November 1 — will be facilitated by IEEE Computer Society.

The virtual hackathon is open to students, working professionals, startups, freelance technologists, faculty, and IT services firms in India.

“The youngsters are an important part of India’s digital ecosystem and I look forward to their participation in the hackathon and their solutions to the challenges,” Ajay Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, said in a statement.

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Shortlisted teams will operate virtually. During the hackathon, they will receive mentorship and advice from domain experts from NIC, IEEE Computer Society, Oracle and experts from the Union Agriculture Ministry, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

Participating teams will have access to the latest tools from Oracle, including Oracle Autonomous Database, built-in and easy-to-use cloud security, and compute — to help them develop prototypes that are practical and scalable, the company said.

Additionally, they will be able to leverage open source technologies that bring in benefits of high performance, reliability and data security.

For Gov-TechThon 2020, NIC has shortlisted five key problem scenarios including Artificial Intelligence-based crop recommendations, Blockchain based seed certification, automated vigilance in exams/tests, automated fitness check process for commercial vehicles and easy document uploads that aims to permit citizens to quickly and efficiently scan and submit necessary documents while availing different government services.

“We realise how technology, including cloud and open source, can play an important role in supporting India’s core economic sectors and its communities. For example, to elevate the quality of life for farmers and to ensure increased returns for their produce, we have been pushing for increased use of technology in Indian agriculture,” said Neeta Verma, Director General, NIC.

Also Read: PM Modi To Address Grand Finale Of Smart India Hackathon

“To transform India into a digital and knowledge economy, we must first digitally empower all its people, key economic sectors and allied communities,” said Shailender Kumar, Regional Managing Director, Oracle India.

(IANS)

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Zoom Launches New Online Events Platform ‘OnZoom’ https://odishatv.in/science/zoom-launches-new-online-events-platform-onzoom-484480 Thu, 15 Oct 2020 09:10:45 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=484480

San Francisco: Video meeting app Zoom has launched an online event platform and marketplace called OnZoom for paid users of the platform to create, host, and monetise events like fitness classes, concerts, stand-up or music lessons on the Zoom Meetings platform. With this platform, hosts can grow their businesses, expand their reach into new audiences, […]

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San Francisco: Video meeting app Zoom has launched an online event platform and marketplace called OnZoom for paid users of the platform to create, host, and monetise events like fitness classes, concerts, stand-up or music lessons on the Zoom Meetings platform.

With this platform, hosts can grow their businesses, expand their reach into new audiences, and give back through native donation integration, Zoom said on Wednesday, while maing the announcement during its Zoomtopia 2020 event.

Zoom users can discover these events and sign up for new experiences with additional functionality like gifting tickets and an attendee dashboard to keep tabs on favourite events and brands.

“One thing we’ve learned in this challenging time is that remote work does work. The future will bring a hybrid of the best of in-person and virtual communications,” said Zoom Video Communications CEO Eric Yuan.

“The announcements we make today at Zoomtopia demonstrate that Zoom is built for this moment and beyond. We have the platform to support what the world needs — today, tomorrow, and well into the future.”

The OnZoom platform specifically helps businesses and entrepreneurs schedule and host one-time events, an event series, and drop-ins for up to 1,000 attendees (depending on your Zoom Meeting license), list and sell tickets, share and promote public events via email and social media and reach new audiences beyond a business geographical location.

Zoom made the service available starting Wednesday as a public beta for US users.

(IANS)

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Google Makes Chromebooks More Accessible For The Disabled https://odishatv.in/science/google-makes-chromebooks-more-accessible-for-the-disabled-484081 Wed, 14 Oct 2020 04:24:23 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=484081

New Delhi: Google has introduced new updates for Chromebooks that help people with disabilities make their working environment accessible and productive. Now, the visually impaired can change the colour of the cursor to improve its visibility and add a personal touch to Chromebook. This feature is designed to help people with low vision and complements […]

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New Delhi: Google has introduced new updates for Chromebooks that help people with disabilities make their working environment accessible and productive.

Now, the visually impaired can change the colour of the cursor to improve its visibility and add a personal touch to Chromebook.

This feature is designed to help people with low vision and complements other ways Chromebook cursors can be customized, like adjusting its size for further visibility.

“Select-to-speak lets people choose text on screen to be spoken aloud. You now have the option to shade background text that isn’t highlighted, which makes it easier to focus on the words being recited,” Google said in a statement late on Tuesday.

This is a helpful tool for people with low vision and learning disabilities like dyslexia.

ChromeVox is the built-in screen reader on all Chromebooks. Screen readers are critical for people who are blind or low vision to use computers.

Voice Switching on ChromeVox now automatically changes the screen reader’s voice based on the language of the page.

If the page is in both English and Spanish, ChromeVox will detect which voice to use when reading it aloud.

“We also added more speech customization options, Smart Sticky Mode and improved navigation in ChromeVox menus,” Google said.

It is now easier to export websites as accessible PDFs in Google Chrome, including on Chromebooks.

Chrome is now the first browser to generate PDFs with auto-generated headings, links, tables and alt-text that make them more easily legible for screen-readers.

“This makes the web more accessible for people with low vision or who are blind”.

For children with disabilities, a new Guardian’s Guide includes tips tailored for different types of disabilities to help the family get the most out of Chromebooks and adapt to distance learning.

Google recently launched the Chromebook accessibility hub for people to learn about getting started with accessibility features on Chromebooks.

It includes information on key Chromebook accessibility features, including links to video tutorials and useful Help Center articles.

(IANS)

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India’s Human Space Flight May Face Slight Delay: ISRO Chief K. Sivan https://odishatv.in/science/indias-human-space-flight-may-face-slight-delay-isro-chief-k-sivan-483699 Tue, 13 Oct 2020 02:49:27 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=483699

Chennai: India’s human space flight mission Gaganyaan will be “slightly delayed” owing to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic even as ISRO resumes rocket launch activities from the first week of November, space agency chief K. Sivan said on Monday. Answering a query at the plenary session of the International Astronautical Congress 2020, the Indian […]

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Chennai: India’s human space flight mission Gaganyaan will be “slightly delayed” owing to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic even as ISRO resumes rocket launch activities from the first week of November, space agency chief K. Sivan said on Monday.

Answering a query at the plenary session of the International Astronautical Congress 2020, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman said India’s first human space flight was targeted in August 2022, but owing to Covid-19’s impact on the operations, the there will be a slight slip in meeting the mission’s target date.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his Independence Day speech on August 15, 2018, had said when the nation is celebrating 75th year of Independence in 2022, an Indian son or daughter will be flying into space under the Gaganyaan mission.

Sivan said that the Gaganyaan mission has advanced well and the country is taking the help of other space-faring nations like Russia for training the astronauts and some other critical aspects, France in the space medical area and is also approaching US space agency NASA.

On resuming rocket launches, he said some missions were delayed as officials were unable to travel to the rocket port from different cities.

Sivan said ISRO is planning to launch its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle C49 (PSLV C49) during the first week of November.

The PSLV C49 rocket will fly with RISAT-2BR2 as the main passenger and about several other third party satellites for a fee.

According to Sivan, international cooperation is the hallmark of India’s space activities.

The country has signed about 250 collaboration agreements with about 59 nations.

He said India’s international collaborations are a mix-some for getting advanced technologies and some are for helping other space faring nations and pointed out training 60 persons from 23 nations in building nano-satellites.

(IANS)

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Microsoft India Unveils Solution To Help Automate Repetitive Tasks https://odishatv.in/science/microsoft-india-unveils-solution-to-help-automate-repetitive-tasks-483488 Mon, 12 Oct 2020 09:21:13 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=483488

New Delhi: Microsoft India on Monday announced the public preview of its Power Automate Desktop, a new desktop-based solution that helps businesses automate repetitive, manual tasks. Part of Microsoft Power Automate service, this Robotic Process Automate (RPA) solution is designed to expand low-code automation capabilities for organisations, Microsoft said. From simple data transfers to complex […]

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New Delhi: Microsoft India on Monday announced the public preview of its Power Automate Desktop, a new desktop-based solution that helps businesses automate repetitive, manual tasks.

Part of Microsoft Power Automate service, this Robotic Process Automate (RPA) solution is designed to expand low-code automation capabilities for organisations, Microsoft said.

From simple data transfers to complex business workflows, this solution enables coders and non-coders alike to automate processes and tasks across desktop and web applications with minimal effort from a single intelligent platform.

“With Microsoft Power Automate Desktop, we aim to empower organisations automate tasks across the desktop and web, using an integrated platform to complete tasks at speed and scale,” Irina Ghose, Executive Director – Cloud Solutions, Microsoft India, said in a statement.

“It enables businesses to free their knowledge-workers from time-consuming and repetitive jobs and focus on strategic tasks to deliver higher value to customers.”

Microsoft said Power Automate Desktop’s intuitive design environment allows non-coders to automate processes quickly without writing a single line of code.

Power Automate Desktop handles both Attended RPA (repetitive tasks like front-office activities) and Unattended RPA (back-office processes) with equal efficiency, Microsoft said.

The solution is available worldwide in English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish.

Earlier this year, Microsoft acquired Softomotive, a London-based RPA solutions provider, to expand low-code, robotic process automation capabilities in Microsoft Power Automate, strengthening the ability for anyone to automate processes.

(IANS)

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Google Allows Up To 100 Breakout Rooms In Meet For Focused Chats https://odishatv.in/science/google-allows-up-to-100-breakout-rooms-in-meet-for-focused-chats-483052 Sun, 11 Oct 2020 05:58:06 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=483052

New Delhi: Google has introduced breakout rooms in its video conferencing app Meet to divide participants into smaller groups during video calls and have more engaged distance communication. Google will let you make up to 100 breakout rooms during a single call. With the feature, teachers and educators will be able to break their classes […]

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New Delhi: Google has introduced breakout rooms in its video conferencing app Meet to divide participants into smaller groups during video calls and have more engaged distance communication.

Google will let you make up to 100 breakout rooms during a single call.

With the feature, teachers and educators will be able to break their classes into smaller groups for projects or focused discussions.

Participants can then easily rejoin the original meeting following their smaller group discussion.

Currently, the feature has been made available for G Suite Enterprise for Education customers, Google said in a statement.

“This feature will be launching to additional Google Workspace editions later this year,” the company said.

With this feature, educators can offer increased engagement in their classes by splitting students up for simultaneous small group discussions or working time.

Moderators can also jump between breakout rooms to monitor and participate in discussions.

“You can also manually move people into different rooms”.

While only event creators can create breakout rooms, anyone with a Google account that is joining from the web or through the Meet app can be a participant.

There is no admin control for this feature and the feature will be available by default.

Google last month introduced a new feature in its Meet app where the users can now see up to 49 people at the same time (including themselves) in the auto and tiled layout options.

The company has also announced to continue providing unlimited calls (up to 24 hours) in the free version of its video conferencing app called Meet through March 31, 2021 for Gmail accounts.

Google in April announced that anyone with a Google account was allowed to create free meetings with up to 100 people with no time limit till September 30 in the pandemic times.

Google has now extended that policy and free Meet users can host longer calls through March 2021.

(IANS)

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ISRO’s Human Space Flight Rocket To Have Multiple Backups For Crucial Systems https://odishatv.in/science/isros-human-space-flight-rocket-to-have-multiple-backups-for-crucial-systems-482928 Sat, 10 Oct 2020 13:14:36 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=482928

Chennai: India’s human space flight rocket will have multiple redundancies/backup systems as a matter of safety and the necessary hardware for building the rocket are coming in, said a senior official. “The GSLV (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle) that will be used for the Gaganyaan or the human space flight mission will be built with four […]

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ISRO's Human Space Flight Rocket To Have Multiple Backups For Crucial Systems

Chennai: India’s human space flight rocket will have multiple redundancies/backup systems as a matter of safety and the necessary hardware for building the rocket are coming in, said a senior official.

“The GSLV (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle) that will be used for the Gaganyaan or the human space flight mission will be built with four redundancies (backup systems) for critical functions as a safety measure,” S. Somanath, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) told IANS.

The VSSC is part of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and based in Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala.

For instance, there will be multiple sensors for a particular function so that if one fails the other will be functional, a former ISRO official told IANS.

The Indian space agency has said the parachute systems are configured with redundancy.

The avionics for Crew Escape System is configured as an independent system including instrumentation system and sequencing system, ISRO said.

According to Somanath, no major design changes were made to the GSLV Mk-III rocket that will carry three Indian astronauts to space.

“We have just modified the design slightly as per the need,” Somanath said.

The electronics will be the major cost component in the rocket.

India plans to send three astronauts to space to be in orbit for about a week.

The first unmanned test flight of GSLV, as part of the country’s human space mission Gaganyaan, is expected to happen in 2021.

Two unmanned GSLV rockets will be tested before the actual human flight can happen.

ISRO Chairman K. Sivan had earlier said that the “design and engineering of the launch vehicle and orbital module system for India’s human space flight has been completed. A series of tests have to be completed to validate the design and engineering of the systems in 2020”.

According to ISRO, the facilities required for carrying out the preparation and check-out of the orbital module have been identified and actions are taken for the realisation of various systems and equipment.

A full-scale integration mock-up of the crew module has been realised through the industry for integration trials of subsystems.

(IANS)

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Chingari Multiplex: Desi App Launches Platform To Screen Amitabh Bachchan Movies https://odishatv.in/technology/chingari-multiplex-desi-app-launches-platform-to-screen-amitabh-bachchan-movies-482722 Sat, 10 Oct 2020 05:33:03 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=482722

New Delhi: Wishing megastar Amitabh Bachchan a very happy birthday, short-video sharing platform Chingari on Saturday announced it has partnered with NH Studioz to launch ‘Chingari Multiplex which will begin its innings by showing blockbuster Amitabh films. Amitabh who still remains one of the busiest stars in the film industry will turn 78 on Sunday. […]

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New Delhi: Wishing megastar Amitabh Bachchan a very happy birthday, short-video sharing platform Chingari on Saturday announced it has partnered with NH Studioz to launch ‘Chingari Multiplex which will begin its innings by showing blockbuster Amitabh films.

Amitabh who still remains one of the busiest stars in the film industry will turn 78 on Sunday.

Chingari announced its license agreement with the leading content house which has a vast library of 1,400 titles.

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“The partnership with NH Studioz is crucial for Chingari, taking us closer to the users not just in terms of technology or content creation but also understanding their interest levels,” said Sumit Ghosh, Co-founder and CEO, Chingari.

The ‘Chingari Multiplex’ will screen a free pack of Bachchan’s all-time hits like ‘Hum’, ‘Shaan’, ‘Lal Badshah’, ‘Sarkar’, ‘Kohram’ and more on October 11.

“Today, OTT platforms have picked up in a big way and Chingari is happy to announce their movies by entering the forte of OTT platforms and make the consumer viewing more flexible and enjoyable experience,” said Deepak Salvi, Co-founder & COO, Chingari.

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Chingari was launched on Google Play Store in November 2018. It has garnered over 30 million users in India.

“The partnership with Chingari will help reach out to a wider audience and also provides us an opportunity to showcase our library,” said Shreyans Hirawat, Director NH Studioz.

(IANS)

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Instagram Most Preferred Social Media Platform Among Indian Youth: Survey https://odishatv.in/technology/instagram-most-preferred-social-media-platform-among-indian-youth-survey-482688 Sat, 10 Oct 2020 02:52:46 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=482688

New Delhi: Instagram has emerged as the most preferred social media platform among the Indian youth while YouTube garnered most attention amid pandemic, with 98 per cent of those surveyed installed it in their phones followed by Netflix and Amazon Prime, a new report said on Friday. Although the survey size was small (1154 respondents), […]

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Instagram Most Preferred Social Media Platform Among Indian Youth: Survey

New Delhi: Instagram has emerged as the most preferred social media platform among the Indian youth while YouTube garnered most attention amid pandemic, with 98 per cent of those surveyed installed it in their phones followed by Netflix and Amazon Prime, a new report said on Friday.

Although the survey size was small (1154 respondents), the report by Youth Online Learning Organization (YOLO) said that nearly 80 per cent of the respondents were consuming social media when online.

While 70 per cent opted for Instagram, 20 per cent reported Facebook as their first choice.

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It further brought forward the concerns and challenges of using the Internet which included lack of awareness about the healthy and responsible consumption of the internet.

Nearly 30 per cent of those surveyed accepted to have shared sensitive information on the Internet.

“The majority of the respondents were non-adult users and had their own smartphones to surf through the net. This shows the power of the internet and its medium and how it can initiate ripples of change if used wisely while targeting the right audience,” said Prem Prakash, Co-founder, YOLO.

“It is high time for OTT platforms to start using their platform for a good cause and work towards creating a social change via their content”.

The survey conducted by YOLO along with IGPP (Institute for Governance, Policies & Politics) and Social Media Matters (SMM) found that 75 per cent of the respondents use the Internet for their academic activity, followed by entertainment through video streaming and OTTs.

“We request the social media and OTT platforms to pay heed to what floats on their portal because it could lead to an impact, positive or negative, that solely depends on their content,” said Vikram Singh, Co-Founder, Social Media Matters.

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The study found that there is a need to promote awareness and capacity development programmes among youth to promote awareness about safe and healthy Internet usage.

“Almost 85 per cent non-adult users have their own phones. More than 49 per cent user spent around 5 hours a day and around 30 per cent used it for more than 6 hours a day. This is alarming and very high usage for the young population,” said Dr Manish Tiwari, Senior Fellow, IGPP.

(IANS)

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Microsoft Discovers Sophisticated, Most Dangerous Mobile Android Ransomware https://odishatv.in/technology/482575microsoft-discovers-sophisticated-most-dangerous-mobile-android-ransomware-482575 Fri, 09 Oct 2020 11:51:17 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=482575

New Delhi: Microsoft has discovered a sophisticated mobile Android ransomware with novel techniques and behaviour, evading many available protections and registering a low detection rate against security solutions. Called AndroidOS/MalLocker.B, the mobile ransomware is the latest variant of a ransomware family that’s been in the wild for a while but has been evolving non-stop. “This […]

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New Delhi: Microsoft has discovered a sophisticated mobile Android ransomware with novel techniques and behaviour, evading many available protections and registering a low detection rate against security solutions.

Called AndroidOS/MalLocker.B, the mobile ransomware is the latest variant of a ransomware family that’s been in the wild for a while but has been evolving non-stop.

“This ransomware family is known for being hosted on arbitrary websites and circulated on online forums using various social engineering lures, including masquerading as popular apps, cracked games, or video players,” Dinesh Venkatesan from Microsoft Defender Research team said in a security blog post on Thursday.

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As with most Android ransomware, this new threat doesn’t actually block access to files by encrypting them.

Instead, it blocks access to devices by displaying a screen that appears over every other window, such that the user can’t do anything else.

“The said screen is the ransom note, which contains threats and instructions to pay the ransom,” Microsoft said.

This new mobile ransomware variant is an important discovery because the malware exhibits behaviours that have not been seen before and could open doors for other malware to follow.

“It reinforces the need for comprehensive defense powered by broad visibility into attack surfaces as well as domain experts who track the threat landscape and uncover notable threats that might be hiding amidst massive threat data and signals,” Microsoft researchers explained.

In the past, Android ransomware used a special permission called “SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW” to display their ransom note.

Apps that have this permission can draw a window that belongs to the system group and can’t be dismissed.

No matter what button is pressed, the window stays on top of all other windows.

“The notification was intended to be used for system alerts or errors, but Android threats misused it to force the attacker-controlled UI to fully occupy the screen, blocking access to the device. Attackers create this scenario to persuade users to pay the ransom so they can gain back access to the device,” Microsoft explained.

To adapt, Android malware evolved to misusing other features, but these aren’t as effective.

“The new Android ransomware variant overcomes these barriers by evolving further than any Android malware we’ve seen before”.

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Microsoft Defender for Endpoint on Android, now generally available, extends industry-leading endpoint protection to Android.

The company said that it detects this ransomware (AndroidOS/MalLocker.B), as well as other malicious apps and files using cloud-based protection powered by deep learning and heuristics, in addition to content-based detection.

(IANS)

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Google Assistant To Now Help Users Open, Search Android Apps https://odishatv.in/science/google-assistant-to-now-help-users-open-search-android-apps-482385 Fri, 09 Oct 2020 04:58:12 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=482385

New Delhi: Google has extended Assistant voice commands to Android apps and the users can now open and search their favourite apps with ‘Hey Google wake word and make everyday tasks within an app much easier. Opening and searching within Android apps using “Hey Google” is now available to all Assistant-enabled Android phones. “Starting today, […]

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New Delhi: Google has extended Assistant voice commands to Android apps and the users can now open and search their favourite apps with ‘Hey Google wake word and make everyday tasks within an app much easier.

Opening and searching within Android apps using “Hey Google” is now available to all Assistant-enabled Android phones.

“Starting today, you can try doing more using your voice with more than 30 of the top apps on Google Play available in English globally, with more apps coming,” Google said in a statement on Thursday.

Google recently released Android 11, the latest version of the operating system. It has now made six new Google features for Android available even on older versions.

With Google’s Phone app, your Android device will stop spam callers for good and it’ll tell you who’s calling and why.

The spam protection feature is now available to download for the first time on most Android devices running Android 9 or above.

The tech giant also announced the arrival of ‘sound notifications’ that flag important, inconvenient, or alarming noises around you when you have hearing loss or are even wearing headphones.

One can set up ‘sound notifications’ in the Live Transcribe app, and the phone will flash, vibrate and provide push notifications when it detects a fire alarm, a door knocking, household appliance beeps, and more.

Built for people with cognitive disabilities and age-related conditions, the Action Blocks feature can now be used to communicate short phrases.

Action Blocks now incorporates thousands of Picture Communication Symbols from the US firm Tobii Dynavox, making it easier to use the Android app alongside existing speech therapy and special education materials.

Starting on Android phones in the US, the Google Play Movies & TV app is now being updated to Google TV.

“Google TV helps you discover what to watch with recommendations for movies and shows from across your streaming apps,” the company said.

(IANS)

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Indian Researchers Develop Bandage With Magnetic Nanofibres That Kills Skin Cancer Cells With Heat https://odishatv.in/science/indian-researchers-develop-bandage-with-magnetic-nanofibres-that-kills-skin-cancer-cells-with-heat-482129 Thu, 08 Oct 2020 09:13:57 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=482129

Bengaluru: Researchers from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) said they have developed a non- invasive bandage made with magnetic nanofibres to treat skin cancer by administering heat to the tumour cells. Skin cancer is caused mainly due to excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun. There are two types: Melanoma, which develops from […]

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Bengaluru: Researchers from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) said they have developed a non- invasive bandage made with magnetic nanofibres to treat skin cancer by administering heat to the tumour cells.

Skin cancer is caused mainly due to excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun.

There are two types: Melanoma, which develops from pigment-producing cells in the skin called melanocytes, and non-melanoma, which develops from other skin cells, IISc said.

Though non-melanoma skin cancer is more widespread, melanoma is malignant and has a higher mortality rate, according to Bengaluru-based IISc.

Common treatments for skin cancer include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.

But these treatments and other conventional therapies have limitations.

A promising alternative that has emerged to treat skin cancer is hyperthermia, which involves applying heat to the affected tissues.

In recent years, researchers have been working on developing ways of delivering heat to the tumour tissues so that cancer cells are targeted selectively and effectively, IISc noted in a statement on Thursday.

One such technology is called magnetic hyperthermia, in which magnetic nanoparticles are used to heat the tumours by using an external alternating current magnetic field (AMF).

But it is difficult to achieve uniform heating of the affected tissues using such magnetic nanoparticles because of uncontrolled aggregation.

Besides, they can accumulate in the human body and induce toxicity.

Now, researchers from the Centre for BioSystems Science and Engineering (BSSE) and the Department of Molecular Reproduction, Development and Genetics (MRDG) at IISc have developed a bandage with a unique blend of magnetic nanoparticles fabricated using a method called electrospinning.

It comprises nanoparticles made from an oxide of iron, Fe3O4, and a biodegradable polymer called polycaprolactone (PCL) pasted on a surgical tape.

The magnetic material generates heat when it is subjected to a high-frequency oscillating magnetic field.

In order to investigate whether the heat generated and dissipated by the magnetic bandage can treat skin cancer, the researchers did two experiments: One was in vitro on human cancer cell lines and the other was in vivo on mice with artificially-induced skin cancer.

“The protocol used to prepare the PCL-Fe3O4 fibrous mat-based bandage took a little more than two months to optimise; however, the in vitro and in vivo tests that involved the testing of the magnetic thermal therapy took quite some time to optimise,” said Kaushik Suneet, a former project associate at BSSE and the first author of the study.

In both experiments, the heat generated by applying AMF to the nanofibrous magnetic bandage killed the cancer cells successfully.

Moreover, in the in vivo experiment, the healthy tissue remained intact with no signs of burns, inflammation, or thickening.

“The elevated temperature at the treatment site enables heat to penetrate the tumour cells, rupturing the compact random vasculatures (network of blood vessels) of the tumours,” explained Shilpee Jain, who was a DST-INSPIRE Faculty Fellow at BSSE when the study was conducted, and is a senior author of the paper.

“(In contrast), the normal healthy cells, owing to their organised open vasculatures, dissipate the heat to maintain normal temperatures, and so remain unharmed.”

Though this novel treatment has been shown to be effective against skin cancer in lab experiments, it is still at a nascent stage of development as a clinical therapy, the statement said.

“Further studies are required to test the efficacy of this novel treatment method on a larger scale in rabbits, dogs and monkeys before employing it for pre-clinical and clinical applications,” cautioned Jain.

(PTI)

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Google To Now Alert Users About Critical Issues Within Apps https://odishatv.in/science/google-to-now-alert-users-about-critical-issues-within-apps-482015 Thu, 08 Oct 2020 04:29:13 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=482015

New Delhi: Google is set to roll out a new safety feature that will automatically issue an alert within the Google app people are using and help them address it, and the users no need to check email or phones alerts for a suspected hack or a compromise. The new alerts are resistant to spoofing, […]

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New Delhi: Google is set to roll out a new safety feature that will automatically issue an alert within the Google app people are using and help them address it, and the users no need to check email or phones alerts for a suspected hack or a compromise.

The new alerts are resistant to spoofing, so the users can always be sure they’re coming from Google.

“We’ll begin a limited roll out in the coming weeks and plan to expand more broadly early next year,” said Rahul Roy-Chowdhury, Vice President of Product, Privacy at Google.

Currently, Google uses Android alerts to notify people about critical issues with their Google Accounts, like a suspected hack.

“The tech giant saw a 20-fold increase in the number of people that engaged with these new notifications within an hour of receiving them, compared to email,” Roy-Chowdhury said in a blog post on Wednesday.

Safe browsing protects more than four billion devices, Gmail blocks more than 100 million phishing attempts every day, and Google Play Protect scans over 100 billion apps every day for malware and other issues.

Google said that its refreshed Safety Centre is now live in the US and coming soon globally.

In Google Assistant, the company is going to introduce a Guest mode — a new way to use Assistant on home devices.

“With an easy voice command, you can turn on Guest mode, and your Assistant interactions while in this mode won’t be saved to your account,” said Roy-Chowdhury.

You can turn off Guest mode at any time to get the full, personalized Google Assistant experience again.

“In addition, you always have the ability to go back and delete what you said to the Assistant just using your voice”.

Google answers more than three million privacy and security questions per month, globally.

In Android 11, Google will now generate Smart Replies, including emoji recommendations, from on-device system intelligence, meaning the data is never shared with Gboard or Google.

(IANS)

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Facebook To Remove All Content From Far-Right US Group QAnon https://odishatv.in/science/facebook-to-remove-all-content-from-far-right-us-group-qanon-481781 Wed, 07 Oct 2020 08:30:28 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=481781

San Francisco: Facebook has announced to remove any Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts representing the far-right conspiracy theory group QAnon, even if they contain no violent content. This is an update from the initial Facebook action in August that removed Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts associated with QAnon when they discussed potential violence while imposing […]

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San Francisco: Facebook has announced to remove any Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts representing the far-right conspiracy theory group QAnon, even if they contain no violent content.

This is an update from the initial Facebook action in August that removed Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts associated with QAnon when they discussed potential violence while imposing a series of restrictions to limit the reach of other Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts associated with the movement.

“Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts that represent an identified Militarised Social Movement are already prohibited. And we will continue to disable the profiles of admins who manage Pages and Groups removed for violating this policy, as we began doing in August,” the social network said in a statement late on Tuesday.

QAnon emerged in the US President Donald Trump era and its supporters believe that Trump is waging a hidden battle against a secretive elite known as the “Deep State”.

In August, Facebook removed over 1,500 Pages and Groups for QAnon containing discussions of potential violence and over 6,500 Pages and Groups tied to more than 300 Militarised Social Movements.

Antifa is another anti-fascist political movement in the US, comprising a diverse array of autonomous groups that aim to achieve their objectives through the use of both non-violent and violent direct action rather than through policy reform.

The company said that its ‘Dangerous Organizations Operations’ team will continue to enforce this policy and proactively detect content for removal instead of relying on user reports.

Facebook said it has seen other QAnon content tied to different forms of real world harm, including recent claims that the west coast wildfires were started by certain groups, which diverted attention of local officials from fighting the fires and protecting the public.

The US government has been trying to tackle several anti-government extremists, specifically those who support the far-right “boogaloo” movement and left-wing radicals who identify as Antifa.

(IANS)

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ISRO Gearing Up For Rocket Launches With Virtual Launch Control Centre https://odishatv.in/science/isro-gearing-up-for-rocket-launches-with-virtual-launch-control-centre-481315 Tue, 06 Oct 2020 04:18:32 +0000 https://odishatv.in/?p=481315

Chennai: Trying to make up for lost time due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Indian space agency is gearing up for three quick rocket launches carrying domestic and foreign satellites, said a senior official. The Indian space agency has also developed a Virtual Launch Control Centre to test the rocket systems at the rocket port […]

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Chennai: Trying to make up for lost time due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Indian space agency is gearing up for three quick rocket launches carrying domestic and foreign satellites, said a senior official.

The Indian space agency has also developed a Virtual Launch Control Centre to test the rocket systems at the rocket port in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh remotely from the Thiruvananthapuram based Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), part of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), he added.

“With Covid-19 pandemic prevailing, the Indian space agency in order to reduce the number of people travelling to Sriharikota, has developed a Virtual Launch Control Centre at VSSC. As a result, the testing of various rocket systems is being done at VSSC,” S. Somanath, Director, VSSC, told IANS.

The physical launch control centre is located in the building that houses the Mission Control Centre in Sriharikota and the systems there have been replicated at VSSC in the form of a virtual launch control centre.

“Three rockets are getting ready for launch at the rocket port in Sriharikota viz Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle C49 (PSLV C49), PSLV C50 and Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV). The first rocket to fly will be the PSLV C49 sometime next month with about 10 satellites. It will be carrying India’s RISAT-2BR2 and other commercial satellites lifting off from the first launch pad,” Somanath said.

The next one to fly will be PSLV C50 with the GSAT-12R satellite. The rocket is being assembled at Sriharikota with various systems coming from different centres. It will fly from the second launch pad, he added.

“We are targeting PSLV C50 sometime in December. It needs about 30 days to get ready for another launch after one launch,” he said.

Presently four Indian satellites are ready for launch viz GISAT, Microsat-2A, GSAT-12R and, RISAT-2BR2.

The launch of the GISAT-1 satellite slated for March 5, 2020 was postponed due to technical reasons a day before the launch.

“The GISAT-1 satellite will be carried by a GSLV rocket. The GSLV rocket was dismantled after the launch was called off. The rocket is being refurbished. The rocket’s cryogenic engine has been brought down and it is being readied again,” Somanath said.

According to him, the GSLV carrying GISAT-1 is expected to fly after PSLV C50.

When queried about other countries launching satellites even during the Covid-19 pandemic period, Somanath said they could be having the entire manufacturing set up under one roof or at nearby places.

In the case of India, the ISRO centres making different components for the rocket and made at different centres and logistics was an issue during the Covid-19 period.

(IANS)

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