Abhishek Singh

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Aircraft safety: Should planes have parachutes?

Parachutes capable of carrying entire aircraft exist, so why aren’t they installed on more planes? Wouldn’t they save lives in emergencies, wonders Katia Moskvitch.<p>John Farese’s plane engine quit without a sputter, and he began to plummet.<p>Farese, a US lawyer with 42 years experience flying his 1978 …

Aviation

A $40 billion fibre optic network, the Australian games industry and a political axe

In a AU$44 billion ($40 billion) government initiative to vastly improve bandwidth internet speeds in Australia, the National Broadband Network (NBN) is a controversial national fibre optic network currently being rolled out across the landmass, replacing the country's embarrassing hundred year old …

To Make An Unbreakable Code, Use Quantum Physics

As soon as you try to crack it, the encryption changes.<p>During World War II, the Nazis used a famously complex code machine to communicate military orders, assuming that no one would go through the effort needed to break its formidable encryption. The typewriter-like Enigma was a marvel of …

Edward Snowden cast as hero in smartphone game

The NSA leaker wanted by U.S. authorities stars in the mobile game Snowden Run 3D. In the endless runner, players must collect "sensitive information" while avoiding the long arm of the law.<p>Now Edward Snowden can hunt for information on Americans' smartphones.<p>The National Security Agency leaker …

Surveillance

PC Obsolescence In Action: Users Who Own Smartphones And Tablets Are Dropping Their PC Usage In The UK

As the proliferation of smartphones continues to skyrocket, device owners are more and more eschewing their PCs, opting instead to use their smartphones as their primary Internet device.<p>Today, UK communications regulator Ofcom published some figures in its 2013 Communications Market Report that …

Edward Snowden granted asylum in Russia, US 'extremely disappointed'

Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who leaked details of the government's PRISM surveillance program, has been granted temporary asylum in Russia and has left Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport for the first time in over a month, reports <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. Snowden's lawyer says that the …

Xbox One will allow independent developers to self-publish titles

Microsoft is making another big change to its Xbox One policies and opening the console's online store up for all independent developers to publish into. The Xbox 360 has long limited the Arcade store to titles published only by Microsoft and other major companies, such as EA. That largely …

So how much does it cost to develop for PlayStation 4?

Microsoft has swung open the gates to indie developers by making the Xbox One a development kit in its own right. But how much does it cost to start creating indie games for Sony's rival PlayStation 4?<p>Polygon spoke to various development sources who say that the PlayStation 4 dev kit costs about …

Nvidia's powerful Kepler GPU gets smaller, coming to mobile & Shield

Nvidia is bringing its latest desktop graphics technology, Kepler, to mobile devices, and the company is showing off the upcoming processor at the annual SIGGRAPH conference this week with a demo running on the new hardware.<p>This past March, Nvidia showed a demo of a human head modeled in real time. …

Report: Microsoft opening up Xbox One to self-publishing

Microsoft will take a less restrictive, more iTunes App Store-like approach to publishing games on Xbox One, according to a report from Game Informer, eliminating traditional software certification methods and title update costs.<p>Developers will reportedly have the option to set their own pricing …

Why Intel will continue to shrink even in the absolute best-case scenario

For years, Intel has been shrinking. Quarter after quarter (after quarter), the company’s performance has roughly tracked the dismal showing of its biggest customer, the PC industry. In the press release accompanying Tuesday’s disappointing quarterly results, Intel’s newish CEO Brian Krzanich, for …

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