Author Archives: Loknath Das

Official: America auto-scanned visitors’ social media profiles. Also: It didn’t work properly

The US Department of Homeland Security used software to scan social media accounts of people visiting America, but it didn’t work properly. That’s the conclusion of a study by the department’s inspector general. In a heavily redacted report [PDF] that surfaced this week, the watchdog revealed that in December 2015, US Citizenship and Immigration Services ran a pilot program to ... Read More »

Good luck to schools teaching sex and relationship education – I’m still learning

‘Exercise: If your partner wanted two tickets to Paris on a special occasion and instead received flowers from the local garage, how might they react?’ Photograph: Alamy Following the government announcement that there is to be a radical overhaul of sex and relationship education (SRE) in schools – largely to take into account new online developments – I thought I ... Read More »

7 Gadgets To Brew Your Own Beer This St. Patrick’s Day

James Bardgett checks the quality of beer which is stored in barrels at the Wild Beer Co brewery at Lower Westcombe Farm on February 11, 2016 near Evercreech, England.  Matt Cardy—Getty Images The variety of new beers on store shelves seems to increase exponentially, which makes the idea of home brewing a bit baffling to some. But just like a ... Read More »

Fitbit Alta HR, ‘World’s Slimmest Fitness Wristband With Heart Rate Sensor’, Launched at Rs. 14,999

HIGHLIGHTS The wearable comes with new sleep-tracking features Provides users with smart notifications Fitbit Alta HR has been priced by the company at Rs. 14,999 Fitbit has launched its Alta HR fitness wristband, which as per the company’s claims, is the “world’s slimmest wristband with continuous heart rate tracking.” The Alta HR fitness wristband has been priced at Rs. 14,999 ... Read More »

Nintendo seen reluctant on radical shift as Wii U worries deepen

Nintendo Co Ltd will likely be reluctant to make radical changes such as allowing its games to be played on rivals’ devices as it grapples with poor sales of its flagship Wii U game console, which forced it to slash its outlook and sent its shares tumbling. Unlike rivals Microsoft Corp and Sony Corp, whose recently released XBox One and ... Read More »


JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng health and education departments have been allocated a major a cash injection, while the province aims to achieve the largest infrastructure investment in the country. Finance MEC Barbara Creecy has tabled her R108 billion budget at the Gauteng legislature, saying R10 billion has been added to the baseline of departments to deal with increased demand. Education has ... Read More »

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017), Galaxy A7 (2017) With 4G VoLTE Support, IP68 Rating Launched in India

HIGHLIGHTS Samsung Galaxy A (2017) Series phones bear very similar specifications The biggest differences are screen sizes and battery capacities Galaxy A5 sports a 5.2-inch display, Galaxy A7 has a 5.7-inch display Samsung on Monday launched the Galaxy A5 (2017) and Galaxy A7 (2017) smartphones in India. The company had first launched the smartphones in Russia ahead of CES 2017. Both ... Read More »

How to Stream and Mirror Content and Videos From a PC to a Chromecast

HIGHLIGHTS Using a PC, you can stream videos from many sites to a Chromecast You can also mirror browser tabs, for sites that don’t support casting Airflow is our favourite PC app for streaming local videos One of our favourite gadgets to have around the house is the Google Chromecast – the little dongle is affordable, and really useful if ... Read More »

Facebook Launches ‘Disputed’ Tag to Crack Down on Fake News

HIGHLIGHTS Facebook had launched tools to tackle fake news back in December It now features a ‘disputed’ tag next to the stories that are deemed fake It is unclear how many people currently have access to the “fake news” Social media giant Facebook has launched its much hyped “fake news” crackdown initiative in the US, tagging as “disputed” the stories ... Read More »