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Spam killer

It was great hearing about this new software that ruthlessly kills unwanted text messages delivered to your cellphone by sundry real estate agents, spa and gym owners, coaching classes and who not! The fact that it is a software made specifically for Indian cellphone users in mind makes it even more interesting. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India estimates that 100 million spam messages go around the country every day!  Read more

Low cost computing

Low cost computing

The news of the Rs 1500 (~ $ 35) laptop is making waves in India. Next year it is expected to become an ubiquitous equipment, strewn across the length and breadth of the country — every child under the Union government’s literacy programme clutching one. Provided all that is promised is delivered, on course on time. Also if issues of connectivity and mass production face no roadblocks.  Read more

E-book woes

E-book woes

Makes me sad that digital book reading technology would cost Indians far more than book lovers in the western world. A slew of new technology tools being launched in the west will be priced far more in India, a country whose tech-savvyness and love for books match any western nation. Add to that the higher cost of acquiring a book online.  Read more

Pluck an innovation

Pluck an innovation

I read with sheer delight this piece of news from Kerala, the coconut country. The state’s industries minister Elamaram Kareem has gone public with the urgency to fulfill a long-standing need of his people –- a state-of-the-art coconut plucking machine! The Kerala government has announced an award of one million rupees for anyone who comes up with a commercially viable coconut plucking machine.  Read more

Bhuvan on terra firma

I just checked out the much-hyped beta version of Bhuvan, India’s answer to Google Earth, and have to say it will need some more meat under its skin to make a true impact. I am sure the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will go live with the final version only when it if fully satisfied, what with all the hoopla surrounding it. Or at least lend an ear to feedback from users.  Read more

All-women tech school

There are murmurs in Vigyan Bhavan about a proposal to set up the country’s first all-women engineering and technology institute in President Pratibha Patil’s hometown in Maharashtra. The HRD ministry is mulling over the proposal for this exclusive women’s technology school in Amravati near Nagpur on Patil’s recommendation. The country’s first woman president was apparently worried about the small number of girl students getting into the IITs.  Read more

Our tech men

On Technology Day today, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh decorated rocket scientists V. K. Saraswat and Dipankar Banerjee. The two scientists have long been involved in developing critical materials for aircraft carriers. Leader of the Agni-III missiles team Avinash Chander was decorated with the DRDO Award for pathbreaking research.  Read more