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Expert View | Mutual fund investments via mobile wallets – boon or a bane?

Popular mobile wallets such as Paytm and Mobikwik now offer ways to invest in direct mutual fund schemes through their apps without any charges. With over 300 million registered customers using Paytm and more than 107 million registered customers using Mobikwik, mutual funds would get a booster dose in penetrating the hinterlands in India. Users of these mobile wallets will ... Read More »

Realme to release a Helio P70-powered phone soon

The Helio P70 has its first customer – Realme has reportedly picked the new AI-focused chipset for upcoming models. The original (launched just a few months ago) used the Helio P60. The P70 adds 100MHz to the clock speeds of the four big Cortex-A73 cores and also the Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. It also claims 10-30% faster AI performance and improved ... Read More »

Microsoft’s Head of Devices Considers It a ‘Responsibility’ to Help You Unplug

The revelation hit Yusuf Mehdi when he was cleaning out his garage. The corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Modern Life and Devices team used part of a three-month sabbatical to tackle some low-tech chores around the house. Untethered from his phone, the tasks sparked a newfound appreciation for the value of focusing on one thing and just getting it done. It may ... Read More »

The benefits of taking an education loan and the need to strike a balance

A student loan would obviate the need to disturb your own investment portfolio and help preserve your financial goals, including retirement plans. Photo: ThinkStock Education is expensive, be it in India or overseas. However, as a parent, you are always in a quandary whether to tap into your savings or avail an education loan. In India, good quality higher education ... Read More »

Samsung Galaxy S10+ to Feature a Massive 6.44-Inch Display: Report

HIGHLIGHTS Samsung Galaxy S10+ is rumoured to come with a 6.44-inch display This is similar to what the iPhone X Plus is rumoured to offer The rumoured display size is notably the largest across all Galaxy models Samsung Galaxy S10+, which is expected to be one of the two top variants in the three model-comprising Galaxy S10 family, is now rumoured to ... Read More »

Instagram Launches IGTV Long Video App to Take on YouTube, Now Has a Billion Users

Instagram said Wednesday it now has more than one billion active users, as it unveiled a new long-form video feature in a bid to attract “creators” like those on YouTube. It becomes the fourth Facebook platform to hit the billion-user mark, including the namesake social network with more than two billion users, and the messaging applications WhatsApp and Messenger. Instagram, which had some 800 million users as ... Read More »

Get a reality check on your cash flow

Often referred to as 50/20/30 budgeting, percentage budgeting is based on ideal allocations for your post-tax income. Photo: iStockphoto Your cash flow is one of the most important factors in your financial life. Understanding your cash flow is all about knowing where your money comes from and where it is going. Ideally, you have more money coming in than going ... Read More »

Nokia 7 Plus Is a Nexus Phone That Google Stopped Making

HIGHLIGHTS The Nokia 7 Plus is priced at Rs. 25,999 OS updates are guaranteed with Google’s Android One Programme It has a metal body, good cameras, and a snappy processor Google pulled the plug on its Nexus lineup of smartphones about two years ago. This put an end to a popular line of affordable smartphones running stock Android, and getting updates straight from Google. While the ... Read More »

Facebook Announces a New Sleep Mode for Messenger Kids App

In an effort to give more control to parents, Facebookhas launched a Sleep Mode in its Messenger Kids that will allow parents to set predetermined “off times” for the app on a child’s device. When the app is in Sleep Mode, kids cannot send or receive messages or video calls, play with the creative camera or receive notifications. If they try to open ... Read More »

India’s first Maruti Suzuki Baleno with a panoramic sunroof is here!

Maruti Suzuki Baleno is a top-selling hatchback in India. The premium hatchback gets many lifestyle features but misses out on the sunroof. In fact, none of the vehicles from this segment offers a sunroof in India. Here is a Baleno with a panoramic sunroof and it looks quite cool. Panoramic sunroofs are limited to only high-end luxury SUVs and cars. ... Read More »