Author Archives: Loknath Das

Roku revamps its entire line of media streamers and slashes the price of its Roku Ultra

Roku is retooling its entire lineup of media streamers this fall, adding HDR support and voice-recognition to several models, while slashing $30 off the price of the Roku Ultra, its top-shelf offering. But at first blush, it looks as though Roku’s new streaming sticks are the most interesting new products, particularly the $69.99 Roku Streaming Stick+. This device delivers up ... Read More »

This Class 9 student from Goa, who wrote prize winning essay on ‘Swachh Bharat’, was praised by PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the student and said, “In her prize winning essay, Ravisha from Goa writes about what should be done for a @swachhbharat. I compliment her for her work.” PM Narendra Modi Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar congratulated and praised a class 9 student for her essay on ways to keep ... Read More »

Retail box of Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus leaks

An image of a retail box with the name Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus popped on Weibo today. It is scarce of details but was enough to confirm that the Chinese manufacturer is redying an enhanced version of its entry-level phone. According to sources, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is expected to be the high-end version of the Redmi 5, which ... Read More »

Respected Houston ISD finance chief Melinda Garrett dies at 65

Surrounded by supporters Melinda Garrett, (center) is applauded as she was announced as the HISD interim CFO at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center during an HISD board meeting Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009, in Houston. ( Johnny Hanson / Chronicle ) As chief financial officer of Houston ISD for 11 years, Melinda Garrett helped pilot the state’s largest school ... Read More »

Blogging idol – glancing back after a decade

I started blogging almost 10 years ago as part of IT World Canada’s “Blogging Idol” contest. While the contest rules evolved over the few years it existed, Blogging Idol started off simply enough: contestants were given a set of topics and a fixed number of weeks to post blogs, with one topic per week. The goal was to get as ... Read More »

Education bubble: Are you getting value for the money you’re spending for a college degree?

Is there real value in what we are getting from the education system or has it been artificially created in the minds of the people who see education as their way of buying security? (Getty Images) Is higher education a bubble or do people realise the intrinsic value of going to college for higher studies, and see this as a ... Read More »

Commodore 64 Mini Poised To Continue The Hot Retro Gaming Trend

Retro gaming has been a hot topic as of late and it appears to show no signs of slowing. The NES Classic generated a ton of buzz for Nintendo last year (some good, some bad) and the company followed up with the SNES Classic which just hit store shelves today – and quickly sold out almost everywhere. The Ataribox continues to draw interest as ... Read More »

Reliance offers Jio users buyback option on Apple’s latest iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X

Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio is offering to buy back from its customers Apple’s latest iPhone models after a year’s use for 70 per cent of their price as part of a joint strategy to increase Jio’s data sales and help the U.S. firm expand in the Indian market. The move also marks a further escalation of the cut-throat competition in ... Read More »

This week’s highs and lows in PC gaming

This week I interviewed X-Com creator Julian Gollop about Phoenix Point, his return to the turn-based strategy genre. It’s shaping up to be a treat for those who want more of that kind of game after knocking through War of the Chosen, with a totally different approach to the strategic layer. It borrows more from Civ in that way than anything ... Read More »

Fitbit Ionic review: A great fitness tracker, a mediocre smartwatch

My first few hours with Fitbit Ionic were horrid. Mind you, it wasn’t the device I had a problem with, but rather what I was doing with it. Before I received my review unit, Fitbit demanded that I test it first. Fair enough. What I didn’t know was that they really wanted to show off Ionic’s fitness capabilities. I did ... Read More »