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    On-Demand Music Streaming to battle Piracy

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    On-demand music streaming services is creating a paradigm shift in the music industry. The revenue from the worldwide retail sales of recorded music was just shy of $22 billion, with the revenue from digital platforms roughly a billion more than that from physical platforms. On-demand music streaming services have been gaining popularity owing to the fact that smartphone penetration has […]

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    The Cloud is now Open

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    The era of cloud computing is going through an intriguing phase. Any discussion on this subject brings Amazon Web Services (AWS) to the fore. AWS has contributed so generously to this application field that I often wonder if Amazon is the only savior of cloud computing. It is undoubtedly the foremost cloud service provider. But then there is a recent […]

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    The Future of Manufacturing is Here

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    Generative Design Powers Additive Manufacturing Have you ever wondered that while some technologies like smartphones, electronics and artificial intelligence are getting astonishingly complex and futuristic by the day, there are some that haven’t changed for decades or may be even centuries? Why is technology advancement in the space of furniture manufacturing, construction industry, and mechanical parts used in cars and […]

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    Blinded by the Spot

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    Each time you drive if you dread the “blind spot” you are not being unnecessarily dreadful. The blind spot causes accidents routinely, all over the world, and is a nightmare for both new and veteran drivers. In the US, approximately 9% of crash scenarios involve changing lanes or merging. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in Washington […]

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    A Virus That Can Kill Cancer

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    A vial of virus injected into a patient will help him fight cancer. This might have sounded unbelievable 25 years ago and technologically impossible 15 years back. As the technology for creating a custom virus did not exist, all early efforts focused on finding natural oncolytic viruses. During the 1960s, promising research involved using poliovirus, adenovirus, Coxsackie virus, ECHO enterovirus […]

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Google Presents Solar Powered Smart Contact Lens

THE EYES SPEAK A LOT… BUT NOW SO DOES YOUR CONTACTS LENS! The person who first held that tiny piece of wonder, called a contact lens, on a finger, and cautiously put it on his/her eyeball could probably never have thought that it could transform into a smart wearable in future, hosting a range of crazy functionalities surrounding the eyeball, […]

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Universities Tighten IP Leash Around Corporates

Innovation by universities is moving strong and bright under the limelight. This is now empowering universities to exercise their rights to protect their inventions from infringers, and what better way to do so than assert their patent rights. Even since the Bayh-Dole Act came into existence in 1980, universities in the US are on a freedom march, ensuring infringers of […]

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Soccer scores over Cricket in Patent Bank

It was just recently that a co-blogger wrote a series on patents and intellectual property related to fairplay in soccer. I went back and forth reading the blog series on fairplay technology in soccer vis-à-vis blogs by another iRunway blogger on fairplay technology in cricket. And it made me wonder what’s it about soccer that while cricket has adopted fairplay […]

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Growing Potatoes on Mars

Mars has regained its stardom on Earth in these last few weeks. First, there was that big buzz about water detected on the red planet, and then there is the blockbuster movie The Martian that’s taking the theatres by storm. On a third dimension, there is NASA’s interest to undertake manned missions to Mars in the next few decades, sometime […]

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The Lord of iRings is Coming Soon

I’m sure as kids we all had that secret desire to own a power accessory – be it the magic wand or the power ring. The thought of controlling the world around us with a flick of a wand or button was no doubt overwhelming. But what just had been a fantasy back then could end up becoming reality considering the […]


Battle of the Tech Giants

The three popular tech giants of the world – Apple, Google and Microsoft –are in a constant tussle with each other to be the best and leading technology supplier. These three companies together have produced technologies ranging from the old floppy disk that had a memory capacity of  1.2 MB, to the very modern technologies of cloud computing where there […]

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Cancer Diagnostic Lab in a Keychain

Imagine shrinking a refrigerator-sized spectrophotometer, fragile glass beakers and petri dishes, chemicals and heaters of a chemistry lab onto a tiny microchip that is the size of a key chain? A growing number of companies and universities are claiming to have devised miniaturized laboratories on a single piece of microelectronic chip that can perform vital analyses – from detecting biological […]

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When A Computer Gets Judgmental

Artificial intelligence is the next step towards creating a global digital village. Scientists have been researching keenly to develop computer systems and algorithms that can perform not only at par with human intelligence, but outperform them. In the past one year, certain algorithms have even surpassed human performance. Here are a few such examples: Face Recognition: In April 2014, Chaochao Lu, […]

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Adieu Gas Stations. Road Chargers are Here

Imagine a time when you can travel thousands of miles in your car without ever needing to stop to refuel. This is no dream of a future at 2050 but something that’s already come into existence and is being put through a heavy stress test. Britain has been testing a road infrastructure project that can charge electric vehicles while they […]