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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 »

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 »

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 »

Types of crowdfunding and why it is beneficial for real estate sector

Crowdfunding is a method of raising capital through collective effort of friends, family, customers and individual investors. This approach taps into the collective efforts of large pool of individuals primarily online via social media and crowdfunding platforms. Apart from raising capital, crowdfunding is also a way to create awareness among the masses and support for a project from the people ... Read More »

China is considering major investments in European finance as part of its global spending push

After ports and industrial parks, the deal makers leading China’strillion-dollar push to build a modern Silk Road are turning to the financial sector, targeting Europe’s banks, insurers and asset managers to tap funds and expertise. Jason Lee | Pool | Getty Images China President Xi Jinping attends a news conference at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation on May 15, 2017 in Beijing, ... Read More »

In Real Estate’s Evolving Marketplace, Little Is Truly ‘Disruptive’

Shutterstock Residential real estate – homes – are not only “sexy” to consumers, as evidenced by the fascination with HGTV, but also a magnet for financial services companies and other major corporations that have been drawn to our business over the years by what appears to be sizable commission revenue. Corporations ranging from Metropolitan Life and Prudential to GMAC and ... Read More »

Is Social Media Helping Or Hurting Your Running?

Whether it’s posting race selfies on Instagram or sharing training routes on Strava, runners are more connected than ever thanks to social media. For the most part, social networks are a great way for runners to swap stories, get advice and cheer each other on. But runners should be careful about how they interpret those steady streams of images and updates, ... Read More »

John Stossel: A cheap internet prescription is not much of a threat to public health

I just got new glasses — without going to an optometrist. It’s another innovation made possible by the internet. Going to an optometrist can be a pain. You have to leave work, get to an optometrist’s office, sit in a waiting room and then pay an average of $95 (in my town). But I got a prescription for just $50 ... Read More »

Higher Education Is Rigged Against Students

As millions of college students across the country pack their bags for the fall semester, many are wondering how they are going to pay for it. Millennials today face tuition and fees three times higher than their parents did in the ‘70s and ‘80s, adjusting for inflation. Skyrocketing costs are forcing students to borrow money at historic levels. Nationwide, Americans owe more ... Read More »

Some predictions on where real estate sector is heading post-RERA

The deadline of July 31, 2017 for notifying RERA rules ended with most of my predictions coming true. Unfortunate but expected. Here is a quick summary of the key developments by the deadline date and their impact going forward. 1. Completion Certificates (CC): There was a rush by developers for securing CC with the hope that some of their projects can get ... Read More »