Best Phones of 2017: The Best Mobiles Money Can Buy

Although the budget segment is the most active part of the Indian smartphone market, most people still pay a lot of attention to the high-end flagships. These phones might not sell as much, but they’re a look at the future for the rest of us, and bring the cutting edge of features and performance. Brands […]

Can Honeybees Monitor Pollution?

The tiny pollinators are useful sentinels of what’s going on in an ecosystem, and might just be environmentalists’ best asset An apiarist tends to beehives at Hastings Urban Farm in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. (Courtesy M. Amini) By Rachel Kaufman smithsonian.com December 7, 2017 It’s a sunny day, and Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighborhood is buzzing. Commuters […]

The Importance of Graduating in the Navajo Way

Education in traditional knowledge, as well as global issues, form the foundation of this Navajo Nation university By Amy Horowitz, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage smithsonian.com December 7, 2017 We were heading northwest on Interstate 40 on route to the Navajo Technical University (NTU) in Crownpoint, New Mexico. As we drove past Grants, […]

Is Xiaomi Mi A1 the Best Android Phone Under Rs. 15,000?

The Xiaomi Mi A1 (review) got a pretty significant price cut recently, but does that make it the best smartphone under Rs. 15,000? Android enthusiasts Aditya Shenoy and Rishi Alwani join host Pranay Parab to discuss. We start by talking about MIUI and how it fares against stock Android. Here Aditya explains why stock Android is great, […]

The Museum of Failure Showcases the Beauty of the Epic Fail

A new exhibition of inventions that bombed boldly celebrates the world’s most creative screw-ups By By Franz Lidz, Photographs by Docubyte Smithsonian Magazine | Subscribe December 2017 What’s not to love about My Friend Cayla, a doll designed to be a child’s best friend? Using speech recognition software and Google Translate technology, the talking companion […]

This App Can Diagnose Your Car Trouble

MIT engineers have developed an app that uses smartphone sensors to determine why your car’s making that funny noise What is that sound? (MIT News) By Emily Matchar smithsonian.com December 5, 2017 You’re driving down the road and your car starts to make a “plink, plink” sound. Or maybe it’s more of a “pring, pring?” […]