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Toonz Media Group and Herotainment Sign up to launch Digital Series on the popular characters ‘Smighties’

Trivandrum: India based Toonz Studios, the flagship division of preeminent media company Toonz Media Group, has signed a strategic partnership with the New York based transmedia and entertainment company Herotainment LLC. The partnership sees Toonz and Herotainment, creators of the popular collectible brand, Smighties, extend the property into a robust digital series named ‘Smighties’ based on the extremely ...

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Shaffi Mather’s MUrgency Wins 1776 Global Challenge Cup, a global tech Startup Competition with over 3000 startups from 59 cities

Social Entrepreneur Shaffi Mather’s MUrgency was named the champion of the third annual Challenge Cup 2016 global competition with a first prize of US$ 50000.00 (Rs. 34.00 Lacs) and up to US$ 1000000.00 (Rs. 6.75 Crores) in investment. MUrgency was selected as the first prize winner from amongst 3000 Startups from 59 Cities around the world, 65 Semi-finalists and 8 Finalists. MUrgency is using the power of ...

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Amazon’S new Video serice : Amazon Video Direct

Amazon has just launched a new video service, Amazon Video Direct, where those with an Amazon account can upload original content or any video they own the rights to. If this sounds familiar, maybe a little or a lot like YouTube, that’s because it is. Users can use this platform to get their content out there. And with over 300 million active Amazon account holders and tens of millions of Prime members, thi ...

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Inspector general of the Department of State issued a scathing report on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private mail server

US: On Wednesday, the inspector general of the Department of State issued a scathing report on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private mail server during her tenure there, further securing the episode's legacy as perhaps the most historic case of "shadow IT" ever. Paying a State Department employee on the side to set up and administer her personal mail server, Clinton claims she just wa ...

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Telecom network equipment maker Nokia is likely to cut 10,000 to 15,000 jobs

Newyork:Telecom network equipment maker Nokia is likely to cut 10,000 to 15,000 jobs globally as part of a cost-cutting programme following its acquisition of Franco-American rival Alcatel-Lucent, a Finnish union representative said. Nokia kicked off the programme in April with a target to slash 900 million euros ($1 billion) of operating costs by 2018, but it has yet to give a figure for how many jobs will ...

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Microsoft’s commitment to smartphones

U.S: Microsoft today continued to undo its disastrous 2014 acquisition of Nokia's phone business, announcing that it is exiting the feature phone market, which it had once trumpeted as a critical component of its mobile strategy. The sale of its feature phone business for $350 million prompted analysts to again question Microsoft's commitment to smartphones. "There won't be any more Lumia [smartphones]," sa ...

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Newly developed Insect-Inspired Robot Can ‘Rest’ Midflight

US: As engineers and scientists collaborate to design ever more sophisticated aerial robots, nature has been a constant source of inspiration, with flying insects, birds and mammals providing valuable insights on how to get airborne. Recently, a robotics team at Harvard University developed a method that would allow their insect-size flying robot — dubbed "RoboBee" — to conserve energy midflight, much as be ...

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Successfully created tactile sensations on the palm using ultrasound sent through hand

England: This solves one of the biggest challenges for technology companies who see the human body, particularly the hand, as the ideal display extension for the next generation of smartwatches and other smart devices. Current ideas rely on vibrations or pins, which both need contact with the palm to work, interrupting the display. However, this new innovation, called SkinHaptics, sends sensations to the pa ...

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Five-fingered robot hand developed by University of Washington

US: University of Washington team of computer science and engineering researchers has built a robot hand that can not only perform dexterous manipulation but also learn from its own experience without needing humans to direct it. Their latest results are detailed in a paper to be presented May 17 at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. "Hand manipulation is one of the hardest proble ...

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NASA is aiming to send astronauts to Mars

WASHINGTON:  NASA is aiming to send astronauts to Mars sometime in the 2030s, but a new technology could help scientists explore the surface of the Red Planet — from its sprawling craters to its enormous volcanoes — from right here on Earth. Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, partnered with Microsoft to develop software that uses the tech giant's HoloLens headsets ...

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