Author Archives: Loknath Das

Xiaomi Ousts Samsung, Leads Smartphone Sales in Top 50 Indian Cities: IDC

HIGHLIGHTS IDC claims Tier I cities in India are “key volume driver” Major 50 cities account for 50 percent of smartphone sales in India Bhopal, Gurugram, and Jaipur emerge as “fastest growing cities” As per a report by International Data Corporation (IDC), Xiaomi held the maximum market share in the top 50 Indian cities in the Q3 2017 period, followed by Samsung, Lenovo (including Moto), Oppo, and Vivo. ... Read More »

CAT 2017 section-wise paper analysis with expected cut-off: Afternoon slot

The pattern of the Afternoon slot of CAT2017 was similar to that in the Morning slot and very much on the lines of CAT2016. There were no surprises in the paper in terms of the pattern. CAT 2017 paper pattern The number of questions across sections remained the same as that of last year, at 34, 32 and 34 for ... Read More »

Analyst: iPhone X availability improved due to increased production, demand still strong

Apple iPhone X is a hard device to manufacture. It took more than a month longer than the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus to arrive to the shelves and even so initial stock was pretty limited and shipping estimates increased to 5-6 weeks. Yet stock quickly started to improve after the launch and currently waiting times are down to 1-2 weeks. Even the expansion to 14 new markets yesterday didn’t ... Read More »

Mothers’ gut bacteria could impact future health of children: new findings

THE bacteria in a mother’s gut before and during pregnancy can influence the future health of the offspring. These findings pave the way for women in the future to have their gut microbes tested upon pregnancy confirmation, to determine the prescriptive diet or supplements she needs to obtain a healthy microbiome for her and her infant. BACTERIA HOPE FOR BLOOD ... Read More »

Is contact with parents always best? Child mental health study challenges convention

Children brought up by extended family members should not always have contact with their parents as it could harm their mental health, according to new research. Interviews carried out for the charity Grandparents Plus examined the effects of parental contact on the increasing number of children being cared for by relatives other than their parents . It is estimated that more than 180,000 ... Read More »

Is being a chef bad for your mental health?

In October last year Andrew Clarke, head chef of the much-admired Brunswick House restaurant in Vauxhall, London, posted a picture of himself to Instagram. It’s in black and white. He is sitting at a table against a wall of distressed plaster, his straggly hair unsuccessfully tucked away beneath a ragged beanie hat, tattooed arms on show. In his hand is a ... Read More »

Dogs May Be Good For Your Health…Except When They’re Not

While having a dog may be good for the heart, as my colleague Alice Walton just wrote, and is certainly good for the soul, you might want to read the “terms and conditions” in the fine print. Heather Stone Leo and Laila, my granddogs, as irresistible puppies I’ve seen some impressive and life-threatening infections from dogs. None of them, until Lyme, gave me ... Read More »

Is Sleeping With Your Dog In the Bed Bad For Your Health?

Every night, a 45-pound, 3-year-old Dalmatian/Heeler mix shares my bed. We’ve had the same bedtime ritual for years: I give her a treat, she “gives me five” (with one paw), then “gives me ten” (with two paws), and then the lights go out. Recently, however, my dog did something that made me wonder if sharing my bed with her was ... Read More »

Coffee Brings More Health Than Harm: Study

Shutterstock Coffee drinkers have had a very good month. Last week, a study reported that coffee—up to six cups per day—was linked to heart health. This week, a large analysis in The BMJ finds that coffee consumption is associated with a variety of health outcomes, from reduced risk of diabetes to reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The caveat, as always, is don’t pair your coffee with doughnuts: sugar, as ... Read More »

The Iron Paradise: Dwayne Johnson’s travelling gym has 18,000 kg equipment

You probably already know that it takes years of rock hard commitment and discipline to build a body like that of Dwayne Johnson. But what you wouldn’t know is the extremes to which this hulk, the world’s highest paid actor, goes to ensure he never misses out on his daily workout: He carries his gym, all 18,000 kilos of equipment, ... Read More »