The tech sector had a buzzing week. If you had a busy schedule and missed out on your readings, here’s IndianWeb2 giving you a quick recap of the top 10 things that happened in the tech sector this week.
In order to further increase the popularity of Facebook and enhance the experience of its existing users, Facebook through its Wedge 100 project aims to make 100-Gigabyte data connection a reality via a new state of open source technology.
A group that includes more than 70 of the world’s biggest financial institutions has developed a new blockchain platform named Corda. The code, which has the potential of becoming the industry standard for the nascent technology, is now available publicly. New-York based financial technology company, R3 CEV, brought the consortium together and made Corda possible.
nuTonomy, a MIT startup which had recently decided to put self-driving cabs on the roads of Singapore, has predicted the concept might not work in India. The traffic situation in India is quite dense which makes it unfavourable for self-driving technology to deal with since the brains behind autonomous vehicles are computers, which function on a set of rules.
In order to encourage IoT based product development companies and other innovations in Telangana, the state government has come up with a unique IoT and Smart Technology Policy.
San Francisco-based Chain has released an open source version of its Chain Core software. The source code of Chain’s proprietary blockchain can be accessed on the startup’s webpage on the famous code-sharing website, Github. With its this initiative, the startup aims to transform the blockchain narrative from the PowerPoint presentation to the prototype. Prior to this, anyone wanting to use the Chain Core software had to join hands with one of Chain’s collaborators, which includes names such as Nasdaq, Visa, Fidelity, Citigroup, and Capital One.
While world’s top smartphone manufacturers are working on bringing Artificial Intelligence into smartphones, Indian Smartphone maker Karbonn has decided to use the technology to aid commerce. The company’s new Fashion Eye smartphone allows users to click the photo of whatever garment they like after which the AI engine gets to work and gives the users information about where they can buy that particular garment or a similar one across online sellers.
Free audio calls to everyone in the world might become a reality in the near future. All thanks to a man named Mikeal, who has been doing Open Source for over a decade now. The project, Roll Call, aims to give everyone in the world a power to make Free Calls for Everyone in the world.
As of now, the project offers the following features:
a) It offers reliable audio-only calls between multiple participants.
b) Users can drag audio files into the call window and play into the call.
c) It offers built-in call recording, with podcast quality recording of every participants local audio sent continuously to the recorder.
d) It has almost no reliance on infrastructure, the app is hosted in gh-pages on GitHub.
The largest International platform, Internet, recently came under a attack caused by a large distributed denial of service (DDoS). The attack was facilitated by hundreds of thousands of Internet-connected devices—from Web cameras to routers—that had been hacked to contribute to the attack. This detail made many industry experts term the attack as the onset of the doom of the Internet.
IBM has signed an agreement to acquire Sanovi Technologies, a privately held company that is known to provide services such as cloud migration, hybrid cloud recovery, business continuity software for enterprise data centers and cloud infrastructure.
According to industry experts, all these capabilities of Sanovi along with advanced analytics will enable IBM to bolster its Software Defined Resiliency strategy and delivery of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery services for clients currently in the midst of a digital and hybrid cloud transformation.
Recent changes in the two-year old internet rule which had limited the use of top-level domains has now brought .xyz, .movie and .paris into existence in email addresses and websites.
The new rule is capable of giving brand names a whole new importance in their internet addresses. In fact, tech giant Google has already paved the way for companies to flaunt their brand names in the digital realm. The company recently published a new website, blog.google, that makes use of the .google domain name, rather than the commonly used .com.