Author Archives: Loknath Das

mario alessiani blends italian craft with technology in gadget collection

designer mario alessiani took intricate craftsmanship into the tech world with the soul_tech collection. made of three different one-off pieces, the gadgets are designed to reference italian tradition in everyday technology, veering off from using plastics or mass production for the creation of appealing objects. the elegant collection includes a bluetooth speaker, a wireless charger for smartphones and a touch screen pen. the designer created the ... Read More »

Indiabulls Housing Finance to exit developer loan segment in next 3-5 years

Indiabulls Housing Finance (IBH) will exit the risk-laden developer loan, or commercial real estate segment, in the next three to five years as it rejigs business strategy after the Reserve Bank of India turned down the mortgage lender’s proposed merger with Lakshmi Vilas Bank. “We have to run down builder loans over the next three to five years and make ... Read More »

Mental Health Problems Need To Be Destigmatized In The Workplace—Here’s How To Do It

Almost one in five adults in the U.S. lives with a mental illness, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NAMI). Today is World Mental Health Day, and it’s a good time to consider the tens of millions of people nationwide who deal with mental health issues and can face serious stigmatization on the job. “Stigma in the workplace is still, ... Read More »

Who is telling the truth about their health?

When researchers or policymakers ask health related questions — which they do a lot — they often rely on self-reported rather than tested health data. IIASA researchers looked into how reliable this type of data is for research and found that, depending on country or age, self-reported data could be highly biased. Declining fertility rates and increased life expectancy has ... Read More »

Why states with best quality school education need to focus on improving infrastructure

This data is meant to be used to incetivise states to improve the quality of their education outcomes through “competitive and cooperative federalism”. (Express photo) Niti Aayog’s recently-released School Education Quality Index (SEQI) is yet another pointer towards the yawning north-south divide in education outcomes, with Kerala leading the ranking of 20 large states’ performance in school education, and Uttar ... Read More »

How to build a cheap gaming PC that doesn’t suck

PC gaming has a reputation for being really expensive to get into. It’s easy to scrounge the internet, finding examples of extremely high-end systems that can cost thousands of dollars to build. But, there’s more to the best gaming PCs than what the 1% can afford. To prove that point, we’ll show you how to build a cheap gaming PC that doesn’t, ... Read More »

Five of the best mobile phones – whatever your budget

You don’t need to splash out more than £1,000 to get a great mobile phone. Photograph: Cecilie_Arcurs/Getty Images When it comes to buying a new phone some enthusiasts reckon you need to spend £1,000-plus to buy a good one. But the truth is that you can get great phones at almost any price. With so many different brands, models and ... Read More »

Three oddball Alexa gadgets from Amazon’s big 2019 hardware event

Amazon isn’t afraid to make a weird product, and while you can question the value of Alexa inside a microwave, there’s no denying that the idea of connected appliances and other gadgets is one worth exploring as the IoT spreads. Today’s big news might have been more mainstream smart speakers like the Echo Studio, along with cutting-edge experimental tech such as ... Read More »

Time to nudge UCBs to convert into Small Finance Banks

Punjab & Maharashtra Co-operative Bank (PMC Bank) is the latest urban cooperative bank creating panic among small depositors. Many urban cooperative banks (UCB) have folded up or consolidated into stronger banks over the past 15 years. The number of UCBs has reduced by 375 to 1,551 since early 2000 when RBI started monitoring them closely. That happened after Madhavpura Mercantile ... Read More »

Traffic fine: These two mobile apps can help you avoid paying penalty

NEW DELHI : Forgetting to carry hard copies of your driving licence or vehicle papers can prove painful on your pocket after traffic fines have been increased under the new Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act from this month. Under the revised rules by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, you can now carry soft copies of your documents in DigiLocker and mParivahan apps. ... Read More »