Category Archives: Innovation and Technology

The Web Is Dying; Apps Are Killing It

The Web that constitutes the Internet is under plight and the way it’s dying has higher implications than almost anything else technology has ever seen. The credit for the same goes to the mobile apps that have a fundamentally different function from the way the Web does.

Studies show that 86% of our time are spent in apps while just 14% is spent on the Web. Faster and easier to use – everything about apps feels like a win for users than what came before. But experts believe that underneath all that convenience is something sinister.Read More>>

After Mars, India space chief aims for the moon

India decides to expand its horizon on low-budget missions to the moon and the sun after successfully becoming the first country in Asia to reach Mars. What sets the Indian space mission apart is the shoestring budget of achieving this feat, when its unnamed Mangalyaan spacecraft slipped into the Red Planet’s orbit after a 10-month journey. India ranks among the top six space-faring nations in technological capabilities – after the US, Russia, the European Space Agency, Japan and China. Read More>>

Slack, An 8-Month-Old App That Lets You Chat With Coworkers, Is Now Worth $1.1 Billion

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Slack, the app that lets you chat with coworkers, is worth $1.12 billion by raising $120 million in capital. This was co-led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Google Ventures, as well as Slack’s previous investors.

The company says it already has 73,000 paid users and is currently adding $1 million in annual run rate every four weeks. Slack might sound like an overnight sensation, but CEO Stewart Butterfield instigated the idea out of a company he launched more than four years ago. Butterfield also founded the Yahoo-owned photo site Flickr. Read More>>

Army Eyes 3-D Printed Food For Soldiers

The Army is trying to implement 3-D printers for their day to day activities, the latest being the development of 3-D print food for soldiers.

Army researchers will try to find ways to 3-D print nutritious food with less heavy packaging than the current military meals.The Department of Defense has just approved research funding and the research may take some time to produce results. While regular printers put ink on paper, 3-D printers blast liquids and powders into complex shapes. But it’s not clear if printers could mold a solid like carrots — and what would happen to the food’s nutritional value.

According to military scientists and 3-D experts, these meals for soldiers are on track to be ready by 2025. Read More>>

China develops its first homegrown server amid cybersecurity concerns

A Chinese company has developed the country’s first homegrown servers. The server is built entirely out of domestic technologies including a processor from local chip maker Loongson Technology. The new servers would ensure that the security around China’s military, financial and energy sectors would no longer be in foreign control. Read More>>

 

U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm hopes for knock-out blow with $2.5 billion CSR bid

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U.S. Qualcomm Inc has agreed to buy CSR Plc for $2.5 billion, a British Bluetooth specialist which is growing in areas like automotive and wearable devices. Although Qualcomm bid seems overwhelming, there is a chance that alternative bidders may emerge. Qualcomm as been looking to expand beyond the phone market into emerging areas such as wireless home appliances and other connected devices, thus acquiring CSR will unlock new opportunities for growth of Qualcomm. Read More>> 

Lockheed says makes breakthrough on fusion energy project

The magnetic coils inside the compact fusion (CF) experiment are critical to plasma containment, as pictured in this undated handout photo

 

 

Lockheed Martin has made a breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion. The reactor would be small enough to fit on the back of a truck. Lockheed has been working in the shadows on this project for a couple of years but now they went public to find some potential partners in the industry and government for their work. The project is aimed to help in developing new power sources to reduce increasing global conflicts over energy. Read More>>

Study: Connected healthcare device sales to surpass $3B by 2019

Connected healthcare device sales have been projected to exceed $3 billion globally by 2019, according to a report from analysis firm juniper Research. This growth can be partially attributed to Apple and Samsung’s newly launched health platforms, Samsung’s SAMI and Apple’s healthKit. Another report from research firm Visiongain found the mobile health market is expected to be valued at $6.7 billion by the end of 2014. Read More>>

The Defense Industry Is Expanding the Use of 3D Printing

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3D printers have now made its way into the Defense Industry. The DOD is using 3D printers across various military services. Lockheed Martin is also is using high-tech 3D printers to manufacturer tools used to build the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a next-generation fighter jet that will be flown by the U.S. military and allies. The Obama administration has been interested in expanding the use of 3D printing in America for a number of years and now we see the use being expanded into various fields in the Defense Industry. Read More>>

Crumpled graphene could provide an unconventional energy storage

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Graphene paper, which is a material formed by bonding together layers of the two-dimensional form of carbon, has been found to yield new properties that could be useful for creating stretchable supercapacitors to store energy for flexible electronic devices, due to its large surface area per mass.

The finding is reported in the journal Scientific Reports by MIT’s Xuanhe Zhao, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and civil and environmental engineering. It has robust properties, which is one of the strongest materials and by crumpling a sheet of grapheme paper into a chaotic mass of folds, they can make a super capacitor that can easily be bent, folded, or stretched to as much as 800 percent of its original size. Read More>>