Freedom 251 Smartphone: More Questions Than Answers

    The Freedom 251 smartphone will official be unveiled by manufacturer Ringing Bells in India shortly, and it seems to be the cheapest smartphone in the whole world. Running Android 5.1, it sounds on paper like a usable phone – it might not impress anyone, but at a price of just Rs. 251, it doesn’t exactly […]

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    The Freedom 251, Apple’s Encryption Woes, and Other Headlines This Week

    This week, technology news in India very quickly got taken over by the “cheapest smartphone in the world”, the Ringing Bells Freedom 251. If you managed to miss the noise about this one we would be very surprised, but here’s a quick 5-point guide to catch you up. The company sent out an early unit […]

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    Four steps to appointing a US Supreme Court justice

    Photo Credit: pixabay 10.9K Total Views With the unexpected death of United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia this weekend, the political battle lines have been drawn. President Obama has made clear that he plans to nominate a successor. His opposition is equally adamant that he should not do so, but allow the choice to […]

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    How the great phosphorus shortage could leave us short of food

    Photo Credit: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum 38.2K Total Views You know that greenhouse gases are changing the climate. You probably know drinking water is becoming increasingly scarce, and that we’re living through a mass extinction. But when did you last worry about phosphorus? It’s not as well-known as the other issues, but […]

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    ‘Gender prejudice is far more difficult to remove than ethnic, racial and religious prejudices’

    Photo Credit: imgion.com 13.7K Total Views Epic debate Apart from all religions, most countries and their laws are anti-women and male-chauvinistic, possibly because of the predominance of men among religious prophets/heads and lawmakers (“Courts may not indict Ram for mistreating Sita – but the women of India already have”). Gender prejudice is far more difficult […]

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    ‘Stop the witch-hunt’: Universities across the country speak out for JNU

    Photo Credit: Azhar Ameen 28.2K Total Views When the right wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad won a seat in the students’ union body of Jawaharlal National University after almost a decade last year, it set off speculationthat the prestigious institution was perhaps not anymore the “left-bastion” that it once used to be. However, all those […]

    First read: Craving in a taxi and heading into rehab

    13.4K Total Views I’ve thought about that first night I chased smack so often in the nine years since that it has acquired the dull tedium of watching, in slow-motion rewind, a movie you’ve already seen. Almost a part of somebody else’s life, y’know? I smoked the first line and paused. Nothing happened. No lightning […]

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    If meat could talk, would you still eat it?

    Photo Credit: pixabay 19.1K Total Views Futurologist Ian Pearson recently predicted that by 2050 it will be possible to implant devices into our pets and other animals to give them the ability to speak to us. This raises the interesting question of whether such a device would provide animals raised and slaughtered for food with […]