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We need to focus on the ‘why’ of technology in a ‘why not?’ world

Technology has become a part of every aspect of our lives, even in the places we least expect. The grocery store has a mobile app. The local bank has a chatbot. Strollers in the mall have touchscreens. The checkout counter is DIY. The parking lot has a security robot. Are any of these things bad? No. But how many of them are necessary? ... Read More »

Quick tips to strike the best deal while buying a car, house or appliances

To lure customers on the lookout for big-ticket items like appliances, cars, and even houses, retailers try and entice them with ‘hard to refuse’ offers. With so many offers to choose, how do you know you if have made the right choice? Here are few steps that can help you get the best deal when buying a house, car, or ... Read More »

Xiaomi Mi A1 to Go on Sale in India for the First Time Today via Online and Offline Channels

The Xiaomi Mi A1 will go on sale in India for the first time at 12pm IST via online and offline channels. The first Android One phone by Xiaomi, the Mi A1 will be available to purchase via Flipkart and Mi.comonline, as well as the company’s Mi Home offline stores. Other large-format stores where the Mi A1 (Review) will be available include Sangeetha, Poorvika, Big C, LOT, UniverCell, ... Read More »

Social media ‘bots’ tried to influence the U.S. election. Germany may be next

On 3 September, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her main opponent Martin Schulz faced off in an election debate that many viewers panned as more of a duet than a duel, a far livelier effort was underway on social media. People on Twitter started using the hashtag #verräterduell, which translates as “duel of traitors” and mirrors the claim by ... Read More »

Even in the brave new world of education, you can’t beat discipline and rigour

Moral education can help bring the nation together. Reem Mohammed / The National These are exciting times for the UAE education sector. As this newspaper reported last week, the country’s schools will follow a new common education system in a major shakeup. The changes are the result of directives from President Sheikh Khalifa, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai and ... Read More »

“I cannot imagine life without the internet”: Yep, that basically describes Indians

It is exhaustively slow or exceptionally expensive, but Indians love their internet. According to a recent survey, 82% of internet users in the country agreed with the statement “I cannot imagine life without internet.” The poll, by market and opinion research firm Ipsos, included 18,180 adults across 23 countries and was conducted between Sept. 12 and Oct. 11, 2016. The availability ... Read More »

The Internet Comes To Fruition 17 Years After The Bubble Burst

In the last half of the 1990’s investors fell in love with internet stocks. Companies with no earnings were accorded billion dollar valuations because of their potential to change the way business is conducted. After years of failing to live up to that potential, investors lost patience and the internet bubble burst in 2000. Fast forward 17 years and the ... Read More »

SURVIVING THIS SUMMER ON THE INTERNET

On the August afternoon that a white supremacist drove a car through a crowd of peaceful protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia, I was perched on a bar stool in a café near my home, sipping a glass of rosé while reading a novel and daydreaming. It was one of those rare, near-perfect New York days when the light streamed through a wide-open ... Read More »

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Has the Best Smartphone Display Ever Tested, Says DisplayMate

HIGHLIGHTS Samsung Galaxy Note 8’s display is the brightest yet The Galaxy Note 8 comes with a record 1,200 nits of brightness DisplayMate said that Galaxy Note 8 has almost 3K resolution Samsung once again grabbed thousands of eyeballs when it unveiled its second flagship, the Galaxy Note 8 last week. The Galaxy Note 8 features a stunning 6.3-inch super AMOLED QHD+ display with ... Read More »

Will consumer tech companies rule the enterprise world?

I often get asked whether consumer technology companies take over the enterprise world. The argument usually is very simple and goes like this — the consumer tech giants have more cash, can attract the best engineers, know how to build great products and were built in the cloud, so why would they not win in the enterprise. I am probably ... Read More »