Xiaomi Mi A1 First Impressions: Google’s Android One Makes a Comeback

The Xiaomi Mi A1 has been launched as the new face of Google’s Android One platform. This will be a crucial device for Xiaomi which has not brought any flagship model to India this year, and also for Google, with none of its previous Android One models delivering either. This new Android One smartphone is Xiaomi’s second global smartphone launch in India, after it debuted the Mi 4i here first back in 2015. The Xiaomi Mi A1 could be part of an all-new series in the company’s lineup, but we strongly believe that will depend on consumer feedback to…

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The Pound Cake: It’s History and What Makes it a Classic Dessert

We all crave for the chocolatey truffle pastry, the beautiful red velvet cake or the absolutely flawless blueberry cheesecake every once in a while, but the basic vanilla pound cake stays an all-time favourite. It’s the most basic, tastiest as well as the easiest recipe. However, has it ever occurred to you why a pound cake is called a ‘pound cake’? Every name has a history, every name tells a story. A chocolate chip cake is named that way as two of the major ingredients in the cake are cocoa…

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AICTE makes yoga mandatory for students to earn an engineering degree

AICTE makes yoga mandatory for students to earn an engineering degree Students studying in engineering colleges and technical institutions will now have to practice yoga as AICTE has made it mandatory in order to obtain their engineering degree. They will have to participate in yoga or sports or any other extra-curricular activities to get a degree. Representative image Students studying in engineering colleges and technical institutions will now have to practice yoga as All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has made it mandatory in order to obtain their engineering…

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OnePlus 5 Seen Defeating iPhone 7 Plus in New Speed Test Video

After the launch of OnePlus 5 earlier this month, a third-party speed test showed that the latest flagship from the company not only boasts capable hardware but comfortably defeats other Android flagships in terms of speed of launching apps. Now, the latest speed test has revealed that OnePlus 5 does not only beat its Android competition but also trumps iPhone in the same aspect. In a video speed test performed by popular YouTube channel PhoneBuff, David Brahimi put up the OnePlus 5 against iPhone 7 Plus in a speed test that involved two laps of launching certain apps…

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Food for thought: The man who makes cooking videos go viral

If someone had told Jamie Bolding three years ago that he’d be earning a lot of money from making viral videos, he’d probably have quit his “proper job” a lot earlier. Jamie, who is behind a host of videos that appear on people’s Facebook newsfeeds, only lasted three weeks in an entry-level job at a drinks company, but he still thinks it was too long. “I thought I could hack a real job, but I hated that I had no say in the decision making,” says the 25-year-old founder and…

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This gadget makes air-drumming sound like the real thing

Some gadgets are so straightforward they barely need explaining, but here we go anyway: these are a pair of motion-sensitive sensors that you slip onto a pair of drumsticks and that let you play a virtual drum kit anywhere you like. It’s called the Freedrum (get it?) and each unit pairs via Bluetooth to your phone. They use internal gyroscopes to detect motion and run for seven hours on an hour’s charge. A single button turns them on and off, a single LED indicates a solid connection and battery level, and…

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Food fraud hurts your wallet and makes you sick

From olive oil that has been cut with cheaper oil to honey infused with banned antibiotics and ground coffee contaminated with corn and sawdust, the food you eat is ripe for fraud. It’s costing consumers $30 billion to $40 billion a year worldwide, according to Michigan State University’s Food Fraud Initiative. And the problem is only growing. Just this year ice-cream maker Blue Bell Creameries in Brenham, Texas, agreed to an $850,000 fine after its product was found to contain harmful bacteria. “We have worked closely with the State of…

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Exploring the Kayastha culture through food that makes you drool

Meat pasanda, keema kofta, moong dal shammi kebabs, chhoti puri, and yakhni pulao. Is your mouth watering already? Well, Anoothi Vishal’s book, Mrs LC’s Table is filled with recipes of sumptuous Kayastha dishes — so far an unexplored terrain — is here to satiate the foodie in you. “As someone who really looks at food history, the Kayastha culture, which is the Ganga-Jamuni composite culture of India, was very interesting to me. It seems to be disappearing. Hence, I wanted to capture some of that flavour,” says Vishal, adding, “Of…

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New gadget makes rescue at sea easy

Locating a vessel or fisherman reported missing at sea is a daunting task for rescue services, often compared to the proverbial search for the needle in a haystack. The challenge is more complex if the vessel has no modern gadgets for location tracking. But thanks to the latest technology, rescue agencies in Kerala can now zero in on the missing object in the shortest time. The Kerala State Emergency Operations Centre now has access to the most modern tool for maritime search and rescue. gadget Developed by the Indian National…

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HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle makes its way to India for Rs 15,990

HTC launched its upgraded and refreshed Desire series of phones last week and said they would be hitting specific markets within September itself. Wasting no time at all, one of the Desire phones has landed up in India. In this case it is the HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle. By holding back the high-end variant, HTC is training its guns for the mid-range market with this one. Priced at Rs 15,990 the HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle is inspired heavily from the company’s flagship HTC 10 and the most evident source of…

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