Alok Kulkarni

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A cave of secrets beneath the desert

As Carlsbad Caverns’ cave specialist, Rod Horrocks helps to create a living laboratory for researchers, including Nasa scientists who search for life on other planets.<p>A towering stone pillar emerged in my headlamp like a petrified cake dripping icing. Above it, another speleothem tapered downward, …

National Parks

Why the arrival of Amazon Prime is a key milestone in winning India

This is a well-calibrated move following a series of steps by Amazon to solve the delivery conundrum in India’s large, disorganized market.

FIFA’s new secretary general is the first African and first woman to hold the job

FIFA, the governing body of world soccer, appointed Senegal’s Fatma Samoura as its new secretary general. Not only is Samoura the first woman to ever hold the post, she is also the first African and non-European to do so.<p>Samoura replaces former secretary general Jerome Valcke, who was fired last …

5 perspectives on the disruptive potential of open source analytics

Open source analytics is transforming every segment of cloud data services, big data analytics, cognitive computing and other key insight economy …

Barclays selects Smart Contract Templates internal team to join its Accelerator programme

An internal team from Barclays Investment Bank, researching smart contracts on distributed ledgers, has been selected to join the latest cohort of …

Jeff Bezos tweets a snarky congrats to Elon Musk

Jeff Bezos is getting the hang of trolling on Twitter.<p>The Amazon (AMZN) founder, who also leads the private space flight company Blue Origin, congratulated Elon Musk after his company SpaceX successfully landed a rocket upright on Monday.<p>But those well-wishes may not have been totally genuine. When …

Facebook open sources its artificial intelligence server

Facebook today is announcing that its researchers have developed hardware for a type of artificial intelligence called deep learning, which can be used inside several of the company’s applications. Facebook is publishing the hardware designs for anyone to explore through the Open Compute …

The Essential Guide to Writing a Business Plan

President Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” If you’re starting a business, you should have a business plan regardless of whether you’re bootstrapping it or looking for outside funding.<p>The best sorts …

4 questions to ask before Dockerizing your applications

Docker is famously easy to experiment with. But for enterprises with monolithic applications that are interested in Docker, there is little information about how to actually use Docker. And significant debate — even among Agile enthusiasts — about whether or not the microservices model is even …

9 Reasons Guys Love Giving You Oral

One man wants to set the record straight about giving back in bed<p>It has come to my attention that there is a terrible rumor going around about men: that we're selfish in bed. Hey, I'll admit, there's not a man I know who will decline oral sex from a woman he fancies. I mean, it's a blowjob! It's …

Linux Light Bulbs Allow Devices To Talk To Each Other With Flashes Of Brilliance

Who’s the leader of the club that’s made for you and me? M-I-C- See? See the visible light carrying data quickly and easily from light bulbs to gadgets! -K-E-Y Why? Because light is ubiquitous! M-O-U-S-E!<p>Disney researchers are working on a new protocol – tentatively called the Linux Light Bulb – …

Mesh Network

Automatic: Your Smart Driving Assistant on Your Smartphone [Sponsor]

There’s a mountain of data inside your car waiting to be unleashed, and all you have to do is plug in a quick little connector and download a mobile application.<p>Automatic is a smart driving assistant that plugs into your car's data port and lets you connect your smartphone (either iPhone or …

8 of our favorite startups from 500 Startups’ 13th batch

Check off another demo day by startup accelerator 500 Startups.<p>At the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., 42 startups — a mixture of early-stage and post-seed level — made their pitch in front of a room filled with investors. VentureBeat attended the event, and here’s our list of …

Startups

Agile India 2016

Agile India 2016 Conf is Asia's Largest & Premier Conference on Agile, Lean, Scrum, eXtreme Programming, Lean-Startup, Kanban, Continuous Delivery, …

Agile Development

How to Write a Great Business Plan

Few areas of business attract as much attention as new ventures, and few aspects of new-venture creation attract as much attention as the business plan. Countless books and articles in the popular press dissect the topic. A growing number of annual business-plan contests are springing up across the …

Build a Drawbot from Two CD Drives and a Raspberry Pi

You may not know it, but your old computer CD ROM drive is a treasure chest of useful components. Inside you’ll find stepper motors, rare earth magnets, bearings, and coils. It’s enough futuristic-looking greeblies to construct your own Star Wars prop, or maybe even your own portable CNC drawbot.<p>To …

Apple and Samsung may help make the SIM card disappear

The SIM card as we know it may be about to disappear. According to the <i>Financial Times</i>, Apple and Samsung are in discussions with mobile carriers to help develop and implement a new SIM card standard that could make it easier to switch between service providers. The report refers to the new standard …

These 9 trends show the future of mobile payments and banking

In June 2015, MEF launched its third annual Global Mobile Money report which studied 15,000 mobile users across 15 countries. Unsurprisingly, the headline statistics are that mobile banking and mobile commerce continue to grow. Sixty-nine percent of mobile media users carried out a banking activity …

Here are the 12 most influential programmers working today

The apps and games you use every day don’t exist in a vacuum — someone, somewhere, wrote the code.<p>That also goes for the underlying platforms and hardware that those apps run on. And the web. And the entire Internet itself.<p>Even the programming languages that people use to build this stuff first had …

Computer Science

Raspberry Pi AirPlay Speaker

The Raspberry Pi is a full Linux computer that’s about the size of a credit card and sells for $25–$35. It has a 700MHz ARM CPU and 512MB of RAM. Because of its capabilities and its low price, it has become wildly popular with the hobbyist market. Some people have done ingenious things with …

Going to Greece: a guide to the country, its islands and the best deals

Photograph: Alamy<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/7/10/1436525648662/9847f985-744e-405a-88bb-806ccf41f339-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: …

Mobile payments are not what you think they are

AD<p>Over the last few years, I’ve consulted banks on new segment/market entry strategies and new payments product launches, among other fun topics. …

Mobile Payments

Barclaycard steps up its contactless game with three new NFC devices

If you didn't know, Britain now prefers cashless payments to notes and coins. Contactless cards play a big part in the shift away from cash, but as technology evolves, smartphones and wearables are beginning to influence matters too. Barclaycard has long supported contactless technology, via its …

Apple Pay

Kickstarter for Design: From Prototype to Version 1

Kickstarter

The FDA doesn’t want to regulate wearables, and device makers want to keep it that way

As the FDA determines how to regulate health trackers, the tech industry lobbies the agency<p>The Food and Drug Administration doesn't want to take away your Fitbit.<p>That was the philosophy the FDA broadcast earlier this year when it unveiled its "draft guidance" for low-risk medical devices, a …

Quettra Portrait Taps Your ‘App Graph’ To Power Personalization

Two of the most-used metrics these days that gauge how well an app is doing are downloads and registered users — numbers that can sometimes reach into the millions and point to a degree of popularity. But what downloads don’t indicate is how to improve retention, or getting users not just to …

Apps