Author Archives: Loknath Das

Quiz on gadgets and devices

On July 1, 1979, Sony first marketed the Walkman, which sold over 385 million units over the next couple of decades and changed the personal electronics industry. This quiz is on the most famous gadgets and devices in modern history. Gadgets galore 1 Which legendary product, first manufactured in 1933, but really gaining popularity with US servicemen during the World ... Read More »

Wisconsin Could Soon Set The Bar For Personal Finance Education

Shutterstock Just 17 states in the United States require high school students to take a course in personal finance, according to the Council for Economic Education. And while the sheer lack of access to personal finance education may seem abysmal it actually gets worse as according to the report, a mere 20 states required high school students to take a course ... Read More »

Amazon’s Fire TV Stick is here, but the Indian Apps Just Don’t Seem Ready

HIGHLIGHTS Amazon has finally launched the Fire TV Stick in India The launch was accompanied by a large number of Indian apps Most of these offer a poor experience on the television screen On Wednesday, Amazon launched its Fire TV Stick in India, priced at Rs. 3,999 (there’s a Rs. 499 cashback for Prime members), which means that for the first time since ... Read More »

Cord Cutting Is Finally a Realistic Option in India

HIGHLIGHTS The two biggest challenges to cord cutting were data prices and content Reliance Jio heralded big changes to data prices across the board Netflix and Amazon Prime Video have helped bring a new wave of content A couple of years ago, we talked about why Indians aren’t cord-cutters yet. Some of the issues that we pointed out at the time included ... Read More »

The F-Word the Internet Doesn’t Hear

HIGHLIGHTS There is a heightened digital divide between genders in India Phones are reaching villages, but largely remain limited to men ‘Slow and steady’ progress won’t cut it in the Internet age Last month, the girl students of Benares Hindu University protested against the authorities. One of the reasons for this – why do boys get Internet connections in their hostel rooms, ... Read More »

‘Inclusive, equitable and quality education’ at the heart of high-level UN event

Students at a university library in Rabat, Morocco. Photo: Arne Hoel/World Bank 28 June 2017 – Education leaders from around the world convened today at the United Nations to discuss ways to advance action on Sustainable Development Goal 4, which aims to “ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.” “Inclusive, equitable and quality education goes to ... Read More »

Catholic grip on education being slowly loosened

Minister for Education Richard Bruton’s pledge to remove the “Baptism barrier” from access to Catholic schools is a sign that the firm grip of religious bodies on education is being slowly loosened. It is also a belated recognition that our education system needs to catch up with the reality of modern life. Publicly-funded schools are legally permitted to discriminate against ... Read More »

An Education Worth Fighting For

On April 27, Purdue University’s president, Mitch Daniels, the former governor of Indiana, unveiled a dramatic new program that he and the board of trustees had been fashioning in secret for months. This self-proclaimed world-class university would be acquiring Kaplan University, one of several controversial for-profit, online education companies that have emerged over the last twenty years. The announcement surprised ... Read More »

Facebook, Election Commission Partner on ‘Voter Registration Reminder’ on July 1

The Election Commission will launch a special drive to enrol new electors, and has collaborated with Facebook to launch a ‘voter registration reminder’ on July 1. According to an official release, a notification of the ‘voter registration reminder’ will be sent on July 1 to people who are eligible to vote on Facebook. The reminder will be sent out in ... Read More »

Twitter Hires Castleberry Singleton as New VP of Inclusion and Diversity

In line with its goal of having six percent or more under-represented minorities in leadership roles, Twitter has hired Castleberry Singleton to lead its diversity efforts. “Excited to announce I’m joining @Twitter as the new VP of Inclusion and Diversity. Can’t wait to help build on the company’s great progress!” Singleton said in a tweet on Wednesday. She previously founded ... Read More »