Author Archives: Loknath Das

Computer pioneer Harry Huskey dies aged 101

Engineer Harry Huskey, who helped build many of the first ever computers, has died aged 101. Dr Huskey was a key member of the team that built the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (Eniac) which first ran in February 1946. Eniac is widely considered to be one of the first electronic, general purpose, programmable computers. Dr Huskey also helped complete ... Read More »

Sea Otter Kona introduces road plus bikes, updates cross line, shows off e MTB for outdoor pursuits

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Kona product manager Ian Schmitt has little love for the term “adventure bike,” but recognizes the industry has settled on the nomenclature for versatile on-road/off-road drop-bar rigs. That said, don’t pin the tag on Kona’s new generation of road-plus-tired, disc brake Rove bikes. “It’s more our take on an endurance road bike than it is on ... Read More »

New gun shot technology potentially coming to Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Fresno police are crediting new technology for their swift response to a triple murder two days ago. The technology used for a quick response to that shooting spree could be coming to Bakersfield soon. It’s been a couple days since Kori Ali Muhammad allegedly shot and killed three men. “Very simply put, if we did not have ... Read More »

How to increase fps in PC games

Unlike a games console where developers optimise their games for a specific set of hardware, PCs come in all shapes and sizes. Some rely on a graphics chip that’s integrated into the main CPU, while others have blazing-fast PCI Express graphics cards. No matter your setup, here are some general tips on how to eke out extra fps (frames per ... Read More »

Why is news of Bollywood stars ill-treating domestic helps shocking?

Bollywood stars are simply more preened and richer versions of ourselves. Why do we expect them to behave any differently from the average Indian who can hire help? Photo: Abhijit Bhatlekar/Mint In December 2015, BookMyBai.com which is a domestic help placement agency, made the news for all the wrong reasons. It had released—and then defended—an advertisement, which essentially commodified the ... Read More »

Poland’s mBank embeds Android Pay in mobile app

mBank has just introduced a mobile app with the Android Pay functionality, the possibility of logging in with a fingerprint, also in the Android platform, and a display of clients’ spending rate to help them control their budget. Mobile payments and many other functionalities in the new mobile app of mBank The design of the app was inspired by users’ ... Read More »

Instagram on Android works without an internet connection

If Facebook has Lite to cater to users in the developing world, Instagram has offline mode for Android devices. The Facebook-owned company has revealed at F8 that most of its Android app’s features now work offline. People can browse their feeds and their Explore tabs even if they have no mobile data, as is the case for many users in ... Read More »

Battlefront 2: ironsight aiming, classes and gadgets

DICE is making an earnest effort to fold in player feedback into Battlefront 2 to create the Star Wars shooter we’ve always wanted. The first game missed tons of opportunities to really hit the mark, and blatantly ignored some of the major features the original Battlefronts offered, but DICE gives new details on Battlefront 2’s multiplayer mechanics and what we ... Read More »

New technology that can help the 360 million people with hearing loss

For the 360 million people worldwide who lack some or all of their ability to hear, technological interventions have already come a long way. But still, they’re not perfect. Hearing aids don’t translate certain frequencies as well as regular hearing, and some users find hearing interventions uncomfortable or are ideologically opposed to them. Soon that might all change. Scientists are ... Read More »

How to increase fps in PC games

Unlike a games console where developers optimise their games for a specific set of hardware, PCs come in all shapes and sizes. Some rely on a graphics chip that’s integrated into the main CPU, while others have blazing-fast PCI Express graphics cards. No matter your setup, here are some general tips on how to eke out extra fps (frames per ... Read More »