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Solar-Powered Family Car Hailed As ‘The Future’. Here’s Why

Dutch car ‘Nuna 9’ was competing in against slick, single-seat aerodynamic vehicles (AFP) ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA: A futuristic Dutch family car that not only uses the sun as power but supplies energy back to the grid was hailed as “the future” Sunday as the World Solar Challenge wrapped up. The innovative bi-annual contest, first run in 1987, began in Darwin a ... Read More »

Will 18 pc GST on sports education be a death knell for investments in the sector?

“India has huge potential in sports. It is a sports loving country. We have no shortage of talent. But we need to provide the right kind of opportunity and create an ecosystem to nurture the talent. A strong sporting culture can help the growth of a sporting economy,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on June 15, 2017, while inaugurating the ... Read More »

We’re all connected now, so why is the internet so white and western?

We recently passed a milestone in the history of human connectivity – people online now ​make up the majority​ of the world’s population. This has largely gone unnoticed, but it is an important moment and not just for statistical reasons. North American and European internet users now make up only about a quarter of the world’s users. Furthermore, while countries ... Read More »

The indifference of families to the education of girls is widening the gender gap in all spheres

Class in progress at Govt Girls Senior Secondary School in Sangam Vihar (Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO) A recent HT report found that government schools in Delhi have an enrolment ratio that is 52% female and 48% male. The same for citywide private schools is 40% female and 60% male. The report discusses case studies of families in which in spite of financial constraints, ... Read More »

THIS WEEK IN THE FUTURE OF CARS: TIME TO PROBLEM-SOLVE

SELF-DRIVING VEHICLES ARE well on the way to replacing human drivers. There are just a few problems. No one has a good idea of how to properly test or validate the tech. The hardware’s too expensive. The ethics of how the robots should behave in emergency situations remain unclear. No single company is in a position to upend the way people ... Read More »

We need to focus on the ‘why’ of technology in a ‘why not?’ world

Technology has become a part of every aspect of our lives, even in the places we least expect. The grocery store has a mobile app. The local bank has a chatbot. Strollers in the mall have touchscreens. The checkout counter is DIY. The parking lot has a security robot. Are any of these things bad? No. But how many of them are necessary? ... Read More »

Quick tips to strike the best deal while buying a car, house or appliances

To lure customers on the lookout for big-ticket items like appliances, cars, and even houses, retailers try and entice them with ‘hard to refuse’ offers. With so many offers to choose, how do you know you if have made the right choice? Here are few steps that can help you get the best deal when buying a house, car, or ... Read More »

Xiaomi Mi A1 to Go on Sale in India for the First Time Today via Online and Offline Channels

The Xiaomi Mi A1 will go on sale in India for the first time at 12pm IST via online and offline channels. The first Android One phone by Xiaomi, the Mi A1 will be available to purchase via Flipkart and Mi.comonline, as well as the company’s Mi Home offline stores. Other large-format stores where the Mi A1 (Review) will be available include Sangeetha, Poorvika, Big C, LOT, UniverCell, ... Read More »

Social media ‘bots’ tried to influence the U.S. election. Germany may be next

On 3 September, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her main opponent Martin Schulz faced off in an election debate that many viewers panned as more of a duet than a duel, a far livelier effort was underway on social media. People on Twitter started using the hashtag #verräterduell, which translates as “duel of traitors” and mirrors the claim by ... Read More »

Even in the brave new world of education, you can’t beat discipline and rigour

Moral education can help bring the nation together. Reem Mohammed / The National These are exciting times for the UAE education sector. As this newspaper reported last week, the country’s schools will follow a new common education system in a major shakeup. The changes are the result of directives from President Sheikh Khalifa, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai and ... Read More »