Along with the house mouse’s spiritual debt to Doug Engelbart’s rodent-like pointing device, it’s a radical rethinking of the remote control—a gizmo that, in its conventional form, has barely matured since the days when we didn’t use one for much other than switching on a TV, surfing through channels, and adjusting the volume. Spearheading the project is technical project lead Rick Marks, who joined ATAP in 2018, after 19 years as part of Sony’s PlayStation team, where his handiwork included forward-thinking efforts such as the PlayStation VR virtual-reality platform.“When you first got a VCR back in the day, you could program it, but nobody did,” he says. “It’s the same thing with smart stuff. A lot of things you can do right now, but it’s just a little bit of a pain.” His research is devoted to new experiences that might help consumers take better advantage of the devices they own. … [Read more...] about Google’s secretive ATAP lab is imagining the future of smart devices
>> Loss of smell or taste has been added to the list of COVID-19 symptoms, according to the revised clinical management protocols released by the Union Health Ministry on Saturday. The ministry said that coronavirus-infected patients reporting to various COVID-19 treatment facilities have been reporting symptoms like fever, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, expectoration, myalgia, rhinorrhea, sore throat and diarrhoea. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus wrap June 13: Loss of smell, taste added to list of COVID-19 symptoms
The Tech Weekender: Amazon's TikTok confusion, Instagram Reels in India and is your data on Chingari safe? User data safe; stored in encrypted form in Mumbai's AWS data centers: Chingari CEO Chingari will never accept Chinese investments, says chief of Indian TikTok rival … [Read more...] about India’s TikTok clone Chingari in talks to raise $10 million
Biotechnology major Biocon on Monday said it will launch biologic drug Itolizumab for the treatment of moderate to severe COVID-19 patients at a price of around 8,000 per vial. The company has received approval from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) to market Itolizumab injection 25mg/5mL solution for emergency use in India for the treatment of cytokine release syndrome in moderate to severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) due to COVID-19. … [Read more...] about Biocon to launch drug for COVID-19 patients; priced at Rs 8,000 per vial
An alliance with the Congress, perhaps, could have given them a confidence to fight the BJP, which has been looking for an opportunity to cash in on the failures of the AAP government. For this same reason, the Congress was also keen to form an alliance with AAP. However, reports suggest that Kejriwal’s demand that a tie-up in Delhi include an alliance in Haryana was unacceptable to Rahul Gandhi, and seat-sharing became a sticking point. … [Read more...] about Politics | Has BJP taken the winds out of AAP’s and Congress’ sails?