SO MUCH ALEXA

SO MUCH ALEXA

AMAZON ANNOUNCED A raft of new hardware devices this week, from new Echo speakers and fun arcade buttons that plug into them, to a dangling-dongle version of the Fire TV. The one unifying thread all these devices have? Alexa. As Amazon’s voice assistant proliferates into more products, Amazon’s smart home empire grows. But can Alexa find its feet outside the home? David tells us what he saw when he visited the company in Seattle this week. Before that however, we’ve got 280 bones to pick with Twitter. PODCAST RSS ITUNES DOWNLOAD…

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67 of total 671 selected startups receive tax benefits so far, says minister

67 of total 671 selected startups receive tax benefits so far, says minister

The government has extended tax benefits to 67 startups so far with a view to promoting budding entrepreneurs in the country, minister of state for commerce and industry CR Chaudhary said on Tuesday. In January 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had unveiled a slew of incentives to boost start-up ecosystem, offering them a tax holiday and inspector raj-free regime for three years, capital gains tax exemption and Rs 10,000 crore corpus to fund them. “3,576 startups have been recognised as on September 7 and tax benefits have been given to…

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Why Is It So Difficult to Quit Caffeine? Understanding Caffeine Withdrawal

Why Is It So Difficult to Quit Caffeine? Understanding Caffeine Withdrawal

Caffeine’s is a serious addiction. Ever reasoned why some people have a harder time quitting it? It was only few years back when the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders considered caffeine intoxication and withdrawal as a diagnosis for mental disorders implying that people under caffeine intoxication or withdrawal may experience symptoms similar to signs of other mental disorders. While further research is warranted to establish the connection in its entirety, caffeine withdrawal is very much a thing of reality. “One reason why caffeine is so…

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Why do sweet things stop tasting so after we eat anything sugary

Why do sweet things stop tasting so after we eat anything sugary

You had a doughnut and topped it with a cup of cappuccino, which suddenly tasted plain despite two sachets of sugar. This has sometime happened with all of us when something sweet ceases to taste sweet when had after something sugary. Here we decode why this happens. First let us understand how our brain functions. Our sensory organs receive sensory information from the brain and the body acts on these messages. Once your brain becomes accustomed to a constant signal, it tends to ignore it, and focuses on looking for…

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Like spicy food? If so, you might live longer

Like spicy food? If so, you might live longer

A study, by the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, has found that consumption of hot red chili peppers is associated with a 13 percent reduction in total mortality, primarily in deaths due to heart disease or stroke. Going back for centuries, peppers and spices were thought to be beneficial in the treatment of diseases, but only one other study, conducted in China and published in 2015, has previously examined chili pepper consumption and its association with mortality. So, this new study, published recently in PLoS ONE,…

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Why is Healthy Food So Expensive? Maybe Because We Expect it to be

Why is Healthy Food So Expensive? Maybe Because We Expect it to be

Imagine you’re in the aisle of your favorite grocery store, bombarded with hundreds of the latest and greatest products on the market. After grabbing a box of your favorite pasta off the shelf, you notice a new organic version of the spaghetti sauce you usually buy. Strikingly, the price is at almost a 50 percent premium compared with what your usual sauce costs. Here we go again, you think: You have to empty your wallet to buy the “healthy” stuff. If this describes how you think about the relationship between…

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More Evidence That We Need To Stop Sitting So Much: Especially Men

More Evidence That We Need To Stop Sitting So Much: Especially Men

If you have a desk job, it is pretty easy to spend most of your day on your bum. Even after you punch the clock, chances are there will be more time sitting between your commute and the nightly intake of your favorite shows. You know you should at least walk a bit more during the day. If you are like most people, it is difficult to get motivated. But recent research might push you in the right direction – especially if you are a man. In a study published…

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What’s so special about manuka honey?

What’s so special about manuka honey?

Honey’s been used as a medicine for centuries, due to its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties—all of which are related to the nectar the bees gather, which can vary plant by plant. As for manuka honey specifically: According to Sharon Palmer, RDN, author of Plant-Power for Life, manuka comes from New Zealand, where it’s made by bees that pollinate the flowers of the local, native manuka bush. “Manuka honey has high concetrations of compounds with antibacterial activity,” says Palmer. “There’s even a grading system for manuka, called UMF, which scores quality.”…

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A Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole So Good You Won’t Miss the Marshmallows

A Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole So Good You Won’t Miss the Marshmallows

Photo: Beth Lipton There’s nothing wrong with indulging a bit during the holidays. Stuffing, cranberry sauce, pies—there are so many treats to savor. But we’ve never fully understood the sweet potato casserole thing. Sweet potatoes on their own are, well, sweet. Why the need for sticky marshmallows, or tons of added sugar? Plus, it makes the pumpkin pie feel a little redundant. (And we love pumpkin pie.) So we set out to create a sweet potato casserole that’s satisfying and luscious, but with healthier ingredients and a bit more balance. This one…

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8 Incredible Mustard Oil Benefits That Make It So Popular

8 Incredible Mustard Oil Benefits That Make It So Popular

There are some ingredients that can never be replaced in the Indian kitchen. Not only are they essential in creating various regional delicacies, their uses are manifold and extend beyond the confines of the kitchen. One such example is mustard oil. While it does take some “getting used to” to familiarise yourself with the pungency, get past it and you will soon learn to appreciate its unique flavour. It is addictive.In Eastern and North Eastern India, it is hard to imagine life without a bottle of mustard oil at home….

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