Meet The Latest Desi Gadget: A Smart Bangle Which Can Taser Your Harassers

The much celebrated choodi just got a 2019 makeover in Hyderabad. Forever a symbol of feminine frailty and old-school romance, the ornament has now been turned into a ‘smart bangle’ which can taser harassers. Two Hyderabad men, Gadi Harish, 23, and his friend Sai Teja, have invented a bangle which can be used to create an electric shock to ward off harassers and will also send your live location and an SOS message to relatives and police. The two inventors have named the device, ‘self-security bangle for women’. The gadget is activated…

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Citroën Ami One Is An EV For Young Urbanites, A Personal Gadget Controlled By Your Smartphone

I take the Citroën Ami One for a controlled test drive NARGESS BANKS Today I’m driving a tiny car which shares more with my iPhone than a traditional motor car. Sure, this Citroën Ami One looks like a small city car—it has a petite cabin that sits upright on four wheels, is guided by four lights, and has seating for two inside as well as regular car mirrors and a steering wheel. Yet conceptually very little of the French marque’s quirky latest concept, designed to mark its centenary, follows conventional automotive codes.…

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Doing Right by the Animals Used in Food Products Is a Costly But Worthy Business Investment

How far would you go to find humanely treated, sustainably raised cows? For me, the answer was Kilkenny, Ireland. I set out with a list of requirements in mind to fit my dream of “changing the human diet for the better,” and that is where I ended up being able to check all the boxes. I’m not alone in my quest. Welfare of the animals used to make food products is important to consumers. According to the ASPCA, “94 percent of Americans agree that animals raised for food deserve to live free…

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Computer Science’s Gender Gap Will Take More Than A Century To Fix

The gender gap in computer science research won’t reach equality for more than a century, according to new research released Friday that showed computer science isn’t just lagging behind, it’s also going in the wrong direction. An analysis of 2.87 million computer science research papers between 1970 and 2018 shows that “under our most optimistic projection models, gender parity is forecast to be reached by 2100, and significantly later under more realistic assumptions,” researchers wrote. “In contrast, parity is projected to be reached within two to three decades in the…

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Martin Feldstein was a pillar of American economics

For a half-century Martin Feldstein was everywhere you looked in American economics. He was an astoundingly prolific columnist, sometimes churning out several a week, for several newspapers, on the big economic stories of the day. He was a fixture at conferences and seminars and the teacher, for two decades, of Harvard University’s introductory economics course. He served presidents of both parties. In short Mr Feldstein, who died on June 11th aged 79, was an American economic institution. Born in New York City, he spent most of his life in Cambridge, Massachusetts,…

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PSA: If you’ve got a Dell computer, you might want to fix this now

Your new Windows laptop typically ships with an awful lot of bloatware you don’t need. Often, it’ll just slow down your computer a tad. But occasionally, a pre-installed piece of manufacturer cruft can pose a serious security risk — and that’s why you should probably update or uninstall Dell’s SupportAssist right away. The app, which Dell’s support page states is preinstalled on “most of all new Dell devices running Windows” and billed as “the industry’s first automated proactive and predictive support technology,” has apparently been vulnerable to a hack since at least last October, according…

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Why the world is due a revolution in economics education

Economic thinking governs much of our world. But the discipline’s teaching is stuck in the past. Centred around antiquated 19th-century models built on Newtonian physics, economics treats humans as atomic particles, rather than as social beings. While academic research often manages to transcend this simplicity, undergraduate education does not – and the influence of these simplified ideas is carried by graduates as they go on to work in politics, media, business and the civil service. Economists such as myself tend to speak in tightly coded jargon and mathematical models. We speak of “economic…

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Buying a new car on loan: Should you go for used vehicle or rent one? Find out now

With loans available easily, the number of cars in India has been increasing virtually by the hundreds every day. If you are also planning to buy a car, then you should also consider the pros and cons before finally arriving at a final decision. This applies to all in general, and especially so to those who go for purchases to raise their status – yes, car buys as a status symbol are now very much a reality in India. And even if you are planning to buy a car on…

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