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We’re all connected now, so why is the internet so white and western?

We recently passed a milestone in the history of human connectivity – people online now ​make up the majority​ of the world’s population. This has largely gone unnoticed, but it is an important moment and not just for statistical reasons. North American and European internet users now make up only about a quarter of the world’s users. Furthermore, while countries ... Read More »

Charles King’s Macro Raises $150 Million to Finance Film, TV Slate

The media company’s investors include Laurene Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective, Ford Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Libra Foundation. Macro, the multicultural media company founded by former WME partner Charles King, has raised an additional $150 million in financing from a slate of investors that includes Laurene Powell Jobs’ philanthropic and investment vehicle. The round, which incudes equity and debt financing, will ... Read More »

The indifference of families to the education of girls is widening the gender gap in all spheres

Class in progress at Govt Girls Senior Secondary School in Sangam Vihar (Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO) A recent HT report found that government schools in Delhi have an enrolment ratio that is 52% female and 48% male. The same for citywide private schools is 40% female and 60% male. The report discusses case studies of families in which in spite of financial constraints, ... Read More »

Car Sales In US Get Boost From Hurricane

Virtually all car makers in the North American market reported a boost CHICAGO:  The US auto industry was boosted in September from shoppers replacing vehicles destroyed in major hurricanes and showed the first reversal of this year’s monthly sales declines, car makers reported Tuesday. The recovery in Texas and Florida from hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which destroyed hundreds of thousands of ... Read More »

Sophos Says India Has Talent, Tools Yet Can’t Tackle Big Cyber-Attacks

HIGHLIGHTS Despite having talent and resources, India fails to curb some cybercrimes Sophos’ Shier shared India has well-trained, educated IT fraternity Few Indian firms were recently affected by WannaCry, Petya ransomwares India has a talented workforce and access to all the tools to safeguard its systems against data breaches, yet the country is unprepared to handle a massive cyber-attack like ... Read More »

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Prime Spotted on US FCC Website

HIGHLIGHTS Spotted handset looks identical to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Prime Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Prime packs 4GB of RAM The handset was launched back in August this year Redmi Note 5A Prime live images have allegedly been spotted on the US FCC website, suggesting that the Xiaomihandset may launch in the lucrative market soon. If Xiaomi indeed releases the Redmi ... Read More »

Samsung Offers Discounts on Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S8, and More in Shop Anniversary Sale

HIGHLIGHTS The sale will continue till September 30 Offers are available across range of products ICICI and HDFC credit card holders to get additional discount Samsung is hosting a sale on its official online store in India as part of the festive sale season, where the South Korean giant is offering discounts on its flagship Galaxy S8and the Galaxy S8+ handsets as well ... Read More »

What Indian Mobile Congress can learn from ‘Big Brother’ Barcelona

For a technology reporter, the word “mobile” evokes automatic interest. And for a tech junkie, a Mobile Congress means a platform where you get to see new gadgets, upcoming smartphone technologies, various prototypes pertaining to Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based solutions, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) being showcased, and so on. In its first-ever edition, the Indian Mobile Congress (IMC) ... Read More »

T-Mobile agrees to stop claiming its network is faster than Verizon’s

T-Mobile USA has agreed to stop claiming its 4G LTE network is faster than Verizon Wireless’, after the advertising industry’s self-regulation body agreed with Verizon that T-Mobile’s claim was unsupported. The National Advertising Division (NAD) “recommended T-Mobile discontinue claims that it has the fastest 4G LTE network” and “also recommended that T-Mobile discontinue claims that its LTE network is ‘newer’ ... Read More »

Saraf flags off seven mobile dental vans

Health minister Kali Charan Saraf on Monday flagged off seven mobile dental vans at a state-level health promotion programme. He said that these dental mobile vans will be placed in seven divisional headquarters — Ajmer, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota and Udaipur. In the last three years, under the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK), more than 1.43 lakh children were ... Read More »