Miscellany

Miscellany

End of a chip boom?

After a blistering year-and-a-half long surge, a sudden drop in some memory prices, followed by Samsung Electronics Co’s disappointing profit estimate, is causing jitters among investors who had bet the chip boom would last at least another year.

Amid news that the market has started losing some steam-prices of high-end flash memory chips, which are widely used in smartphones, dropped nearly five per cent in the fourth quarter-some analysts now expect the industry’s growth rate will fall by more than half this year to 30 per cent.

China is winning its war on air pollution, at least in Beijing

Concentrations of PM2.5 -- the tiny particles that pose the greatest health risks -- plunged 33 per cent from a year earlier in the fourth quarter across Beijing, Tianjin and 26 surrounding cities, Greenpeace East Asia said in a report Thursday. Levels in the capital alone tumbled 54 per cent. The drops come after government policies last year forced millions of homes and businesses to switch from coal to cleaner-burning natural gas.

Speeding caused 67% of road accidents in 2016

In India, more than 150,000 people are killed each year in traffic accidents. That’s about 400 fatalities a day and far higher than developed auto markets like the US, which in 2016 logged about 40,000.

Young India’s new aspiration: Exploring Planet Earth

A three-night stay in an ice house in Greenland; a fortnight’s expedition to the Himalayas; deep sea diving in Costa Rica or a visit to Great Barrier Reef in Australia to explore coral reef; watching the spectacular Northern Lights in Norway; signing up for a shepherding job in a rural French village for a week; a week-long green-bathing on a coffee plantation in Chikmagalur or joining a tribal in wild honey hunt in the Wynad forests.

Young India’s new aspiration: Exploring Planet Earth

A three-night stay in an ice house in Greenland; a fortnight’s expedition to the Himalayas; deep sea diving in Costa Rica or a visit to Great Barrier Reef in Australia to explore coral reef; watching the spectacular Northern Lights in Norway; signing up for a shepherding job in a rural French village for a week; a week-long green-bathing on a coffee plantation in Chikmagalur or joining a tribal in wild honey hunt in the Wynad forests.

Digital assistants duel for dominance at CES

Virtual aides battled to rule “smart homes” on the eve of the official opening of the Consumer Electronics show gadget gala here. Samsung, LG Electronics, Panasonic and others touted a future in which homes, cars and pockets brim with technology that collaborates to make lives easier.

Google and Amazon are key players in the trend, with their rival Assistant and Alexa voice-commanded virtual aides being woven deeper into consumer electronics and vehicles. Samsung meanwhile is playing catch-up with its Bixby assistant.

Tech faithful gather to worship at Mecca of innovation

A s tech industry players converge in Las Vegas for the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, an overriding theme is that gizmos, artificial intelligence, cloud computing and superfast internet connections hold answers to many if not all ills — the new religion.s tech industry players converge in Las Vegas for the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, an overriding theme is that gizmos, artificial intelligence, cloud computing and superfast internet connections hold answers to many if not all ills — the new religion.

Fusion with Odissi bol warms up hearts

It has tune, it has rhythm, it has got a fusion of the East and the West and it reflects various moods that appeal to connoisseurs of music across the world. “Rhythm Express Music for Dance” brought out by Raga Music, is an innovative and experimental music album from famed Odissi exponent Dona Ganguly and GIMA Award winning tabla maestro Prodyut Mukherjee with melody composed by GRAMMY Award winning musician Padma Bhushan Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.

Fusion with Odissi bol warms up hearts

It has tune, it has rhythm, it has got a fusion of the East and the West and it reflects various moods that appeal to connoisseurs of music across the world. “Rhythm Express Music for Dance” brought out by Raga Music, is an innovative and experimental music album from famed Odissi exponent Dona Ganguly and GIMA Award winning tabla maestro Prodyut Mukherjee with melody composed by GRAMMY Award winning musician Padma Bhushan Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.

CES kicks off with no lead women speakers or code of conduct

The technology industry’s premier annual gathering kicks off next week with no women leading the keynote sessions and no code of conduct that might prevent incidents of sexual harassment, despite efforts by organisers to cast the show as a more inclusive event.

CES, the showcase for the latest consumer electronics from televisions to self-driving cars, is known for mostly male attendees and female models known as ‘booth babes’ showing off the new technology.

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