6 of the best… singing gadgets that beat the band

Lucky Voice Karaoke Machine, £60 in pink, blue and white, shop.luckyvoice.com   NOT SO LITTLE VOICE Lucky Voice Karaoke Machine, £60 in pink, blue and white, shop.luckyvoice.com Here’s one way of raising, or clearing, the house: Karaoke. Lucky Voice’s set comes with a mic and a promise to do away with CDs and lyrics booklets. Subscribe to their app – each kit comes with a month’s free subscription, but you’ll need to pay thereafter – where you’ll then have unlimited access to 8,000 songs that can be streamed through computers,…

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Republican voters criticize health bill amid fears over pre-existing conditions

Matthew Frankic: ‘I am not for what they brought out.’ Photograph: Justin Gilliland for the Guardian Matthew Frankic, a health insurance broker and Republican voter, makes his living signing people up for the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. Since the law went into effect in 2014, he has seen flaws. Each year, health insurance in his section of southern Indiana has seemed to cost more, and fewer doctors and hospitals seemed to accept it. But he supported the unpopular Republican effort to reform the law until he heard…

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Street food: Thai foodies defend Bangkok vendor culture

In a city where eating well is an obsession, a statement by a senior official last month, published in a national newspaper, caused a public outcry. Vallop Suwandee, who chairs an advisory board to the governor of Bangkok, was quoted as saying that street vendors would be removed from all 50 districts of the city. It seemed that one of the most popular and distinctive aspects of Bangkok life was to be wiped out, days after CNN had voted Bangkok the best place in the world for street food, and…

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How to share your Steam game library with family and friends

One of the many unsung features of the Steam desktop gaming client is that family members and friends can use it to simulate a shared gaming console. I’m not talking hardware here, but the ability for everyone to play the same games regardless of whether they plunked down $60 for the right to play it. The feature is called Steam Family Library Sharing, and when it’s set up it allows you to share games from your account library with family members and vice versa. Before you get started, every account…

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HRD Ministry may ask CBSE to stop printing books, complaints received

The HRD Ministry may very soon ask the CBSE to stop printing textbooks after holding a review meeting. Sources reported that the ministry has raised concern over the fact as to why an examination conducting body is publishing textbooks. CBSE may soon stop printing books The HRD Ministry may very soon ask the CBSE to stop printing textbooks after holding a review meeting. The decision may be taken following complaints against quality of books published by the Board as well as their non-availability. A senior HRD ministry official said complaints…

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Staying close to nature can help fight depression and obesity

Going out for walks daily amidst greenery can help fight obesity (Thinkstock) The fact that a refreshing breeze, warm rays of life-giving sunlight and sweet-smelling greenery can work its magic on not just ailing patients but even healthy people, is not new. A lush, pretty garden in the premises of a hospital can actually help patients recover better and faster, say city doctors. A lot of studies and researches have been done to validateDr Ramen Goel, bariatric and metabolic surgeon, says, “People living close to green spaces are likely to…

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