Author Archives: Loknath

How Microsoft is wading into ‘fake news’ with Bing opinion-based search results

On Wednesday, Microsoft told a roomful of journalists that, on Bing, “alternative facts” would be considered the equivalent of the Washington Post. Sure, that’s just my opinion. But that’s also the new approach that Bing’s rolling out over the next week: striking out beyond facts into a brave new world in which opinions matter, too. Eventually, Bing will respond to certain questions ... Read More »

Samsung Galaxy Note8 X 99 AVANT limited edition artsy phone goes on sale

Can phones be art? The Samsung Galaxy Note8 X 99 AVANT certainly tries. It’s a very limited run of just 99 units (hence the name) and feature the exclusive artwork of Han Seung-Woo. You get a tiger-themed case (with the artist’s signature on the inside) so that you don’t have to choose between keeping your phone safe and covering up the artwork. ... Read More »

Conservatives go against principles by meddling in education

Almost every public policy area gets caught up in federal tax plans, including education. That should not be: The Constitution only gives the federal government specific, enumerated powers, and the feds aren’t supposed to make policy unrelated to those. As conservatives have often pointed out, education is not mentioned in that document at all. So why are some conservatives trying to ... Read More »

Greitens’ picks for State Board of Education accelerate commissioner search process

LLUSTRATION BY RICI HOFFARTH | ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO With the task of going through a state Senate confirmation process approaching, Gov. Eric Greitens’ picks to the Missouri State Board of Education successfully sped up the process of finding an education commissioner over the objections of the board’s president. The governor’s five nominees outflanked three other board members during a ... Read More »

Turkish impoverished children have inability to receive pre-school education: OECD

Children in Turkey have inadequate access to pre-school education, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has stated in a new report on inequality in education. The “Education Opportunities for Everyone” report cited Turkey alongside Ireland, Chile and Poland as lagging behind in access to pre-school education for poor children. The OECD made three suggestions that aim to reduce ... Read More »

The best free video editing software: Great tools for YouTube stardom and more

The best free video editing software can be surprisingly good. The choices vary widely and include include scaled-down, trial versions of professional suites, open-source alternatives with a plethora of features, and simple applications aimed at home video creators. Our top picks will be functional for many users, across many use cases. If you’re willing to spend a little money, check ... Read More »

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) manual confirms no Bixby button

The Samsung Galaxy A8 (2017) – formerly known as the Galaxy A5 (2018) – is turning out to be one of the worst kept secrets in tech. We know what it will look like as well that it will use an 18:9 Infinity Display and a 14nm Samsung Exynos 7885 chipset. Now a few snaps from the Galaxy A8 (2018) manual confirm the design and the fact that ... Read More »

Samsung Offers Rs. 8,000 Cashback on Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, Note 8, and More Smartphones

HIGHLIGHTS Customers can scan QR code at the store to avail cashback Cashback applicable for most current Galaxy smartphones Bajaj FinServ and Cashify offers also live for the Shopping Carnival Samsung India has partnered with Paytm Mall to offer cashback up to Rs. 8,000 on its range of Galaxysmartphones. This partnership is a part of Samsung Shop’s Christmas Carnival that will take ... Read More »

Check for Update Button on Pixel, Nexus Devices to Finally Work in 2018

HIGHLIGHTS Internal testing is underway, public release to happen in 2018 Latest version of Google Play Services required to get instant updates Feature not exclusive to Android Oreo The Check for update button on Pixel and Nexus devices has in recent times become a redundant feature, which ends up annoying users who love to press it despite knowing that it doesn’t really work. All ... Read More »

Xiaomi Mi A1 Gets a Rs. 1,000 Permanent Price Cut in India

HIGHLIGHTS Xiaomi India Head Manu Kumar Jain announced the price cut on Sunday The new price is applicable on both Mi.com and Flipkart Flipkart is additionally offering bank discount and no-cost EMI option Xiaomi Mi A1, the first Android One smartphone by the Chinese company, has received a permanent price drop of Rs. 1,000 in India and is now available ... Read More »