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e-pundit: Medical journals, battery packs & more…


Of Medicine, Indians and the Wikis

Dipanshu Das is on the editorial board of the Wiki Journal of Medicine. When we met up recently, one of the few Indians to get involved with such a venture in building sharable knowledge, explained how the journal was growing in stature and making sense for scholars to publish in.

It is, in fact, working as a model for others to build on. As a prototype, it has inspired a Wiki Journal of Science, and another. “It’s a peer-reviewed journal, where we try to stick to international standards,” he says.

They hope to reach PubMed soon. PubMed is a free search engine accessing primarily the MEDLINE database of references and abstracts on life sciences and biomedical topics.

“The overall contributions (from India) are very limited,” he rues though. Compared to the ‘closed-access’ and copyrighted model, the open access model is new, he admits. Dr Das makes a case why precious scientific journals should not be “behidn paywalls”.

The Wiki Journal of Medicine is at the address below

And you can find an interview with Dr Dipanshu here:


Slim and trim

A recent bout of travel reminded me of the need to upgrade to a possibly slimmer and lighter laptop. Among its top results, threw up Lenovo’s Yoga 700 series, and the Yoga 3. But these come in a price-range of Rs 61k to Rs 81k, quite a packet that.

Digit has its own choice and comes out with a 2017 list. On the list are: Lenovo Ideapad 710 (Rs 73k); Lenovo ThinkPadX1 Carbon (Rs 126k); HP Spectre 13 (Rs126k); Asus Zenbook 3 (Rs 148k); HP Elitebook Folio (Rs 153k); Acer Swift 7 (Rs 100k); and Dell XPS 13 (Rs 130k).

The prices made me want to search more. reminds us: “Ultrat a premium. Don’t confuse small with cheap. Ultrabook prices tart at $999, extending upward of $2000.” So am still searching.


Check this battery pack

It costs the equivalent of Rs18K, weighs 1.4 pounds, and has a fan in it. It promises to charge “almost any gadget you own”. Most devices will charge USB-powered gadgets (smartphones or tablets), but aren’t useful for other forms of devices. Omnicharge’s battery packs charge your phone/tablet many times, but can power anything with a standard three-pronged power chort. Thanks to thevergedotcom for telling us this.


Great design

Wish someone would pick up this idea here too. This is an easy, lightweight smartphone stand. Priced at under $7 abroad, it keeps your smartphoen ready to go. Measures just 2.4mm, and can rest on any surface – glass, wall, books.

The A-iEasy(TM) calls itself the “lightest and thinnest” smartphone stand holder. It is also foldable, and means that it needs barely any room. Its manufacturers promise that it is “wholly integrated, extremely light, hardly 6g, so thin and just 2.4mm”. Best of all, it costs only Euro 2650 to create it.


Travellers, ahoy

Europe is being promised the “best travel gadget, ever”. Well, what’s it? According to, this is the Skyroam which “acts as a mobile hotspot that allows you to connect five devices to the internet for a flat fee of $8 per day”.

It was launched in the US, priced at $100, with the option to rent it at $10 per day. More recently, the Skyroam began selling directly to consumers in Germany, Spain, Italy, France and the UK.

This WiFi hotspot that works globally, is also simple to operate. Turn on the hotspot, press start and connect upto 5 gadgets at once. Buy and activate. 24 hours passes available. Can’t help wondering how something like Jio squares up to this, though the price points are different.