A few years ago, a smattering of kooky schemes, dubious proposals, weird hardware, and social shaming services relating to excessive smartphone use began to emerge on the self-improvement fringe. Fast forward to now, and the anti-addiction, anti-distraction movement has gone mainstream. The biggest Silicon Valley giants are even building special features into their products designed to get you to use their products less. advertisement advertisement The issue these efforts aim to address is real. Motorola and Harvard psychologist Nancy Etcoff conducted a survey finding that one-third of respondents believe they spend too much time on their phones. Half say they check their phone more often than they want to. The survey also found people feel emotionally dependent on smartphones and want help with “phone-life balance.” Numerous studies confirm that smartphone addiction is a problem because phones compel us to use it more often, and more disruptively, than we’d … [Read more...] about The wide–and sometimes wacky–world of smartphone addiction cures
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The Supreme Court delivered a historic judgment on September 6, decriminlising consensual sex in the LGBTQ community. However, it was held that bestiality will continue to be an offence under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). So technically, Section 377 has not been scrapped, it has only been read down.Now, let’s take a look at the legal fineprint and how this landmark verdict will make a difference on the ground.What does Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code entail?Close Section 377 of the IPC, titled “unnatural offences”, criminalises an individual for engaging in “carnal intercourse which is against the order of nature”. The punishment could be a term ranging from 10 years to life imprisonment; or punitive fine. related news Telangana rape and murder case | Supreme Court orders probe into police encounter of accused SC for impartial inquiry into encounter of Telangana rape-murder accused IUML moves SC challenging Citizenship … [Read more...] about Section 377 verdict: What difference will it make on the ground?
Over 61 per cent voter turnout was recorded on December 12 at the end of third-phase elections, in which 17 assembly seats of Jharkhand went to polls, officials said.Amid tight security, 61.19 per cent of 56,18,267 voters exercised their franchise in the 17 seats across eight districts, they said.Police said the polling, which began at 7 am, passed off peacefully.Close While polling at Ranchi, Hatia, Kanke, Barkatha and Ramgarh seats ended at 5 pm, voting in rest of the constituencies ended at 3 pm, Election Commission officials said. related news Gold gains Rs 138 to Rs 37,930 per 10 gram, silver gains Rs 430 to Rs 43,730 per kg Domestic air passenger traffic rises close to 4% in November The voters comprised 26,80,205 women and 86 third gender persons.The fate of 309 candidates, including 32 women nominees, was sealed in the EVMs at the polling.The five-phase assembly elections to the 81-member House began on November 30 and will end on December 20.Jharkhand Chief … [Read more...] about 61.19% voter turnout in third phase of Jharkhand polls
The night began, as many evenings all over the world do, with a Netflix search. advertisement advertisement My wife and I had been going over our mental movie databases for a film our kids would like that was not Clueless. I say that only because we’d all watched Clueless and enjoyed it together several times already. We, the parents, were aware of many, many other films that are also excellent and are not Clueless. We were hoping to prove this concept to the kids. And that’s when it popped into my head: The Black Stallion. Released in 1979, the film had inspired and transfixed me at a time when I was finally—finally—old enough to begin seeing movies in the theater. On the big screen. And here was a movie that needed the biggest of screens: a quiet, meditative, gorgeously shot love story about a boy and his Arabian horse. The film featured a young actor named Kelly Reno, playing the boy, Alec, with an impossibly cute, freckled, and expressive face. … [Read more...] about We’ve Discovered Netflix’s Biggest Blindspot: The Works of Teri Garr
Coming soon to a tech billionaire’s Silicon Valley home, Morgan Freeman is: Jarvis. advertisement advertisement As I wrote yesterday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has finished building Jarvis, his home AI assistant. Among other things, the system can turn lights on and off, play music based on the personal tastes of both him and wife Priscilla Chan, automatically open their front gate for friends, make toast, and even wake up their one-year-old daughter Max with Mandarin lessons. The system was inspired by Tony Stark’s Jarvis AI, from the Iron Man movies. Stark, of course, is played by Robert Downey, Jr., and after Zuckerberg asked the public in October who should be the voice, Downey himself volunteered, saying he would “do it in a heartbeat” if actor Paul Bettany, the voice of Jarvis in the Iron Man films, got paid and the resulting money went to a charity of Benedict Cumberbatch’s choice. But the public had other ideas. Zuck’s post … [Read more...] about Morgan Freeman Will Be The Voice Of Jarvis, Mark Zuckerberg’s Home AI Assistant