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Gap widening between rural and urban India

While inflation has been slowing both in rural and urban areas of the country, there is a widening difference between the two as rural inflation is …

India

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She Kills People From 7,850 Miles Away

Her name is ‘Sparkle.’ She operates a drone. She is sick of whiny boys. And she is perfectly OK with dealing out death.<p>Anne crawled out of bed in her …

Are Indian startups hiring recklessly?

Indian technology startups have been on a hiring spree lately—thanks to easy availability of funds. But, given their business models, the huge manpower they have accumulated may soonturn into a liability. In fact, several companies are already reworking their hiring policies, and some are trimming …

Startups

The mysterious European businessman who gave India its iconic railway book stalls

At a time when booksellers everywhere appear a threatened breed, the life of Emile Edouard Moreau, who set up A H Wheeler and Co, the chain of railway bookstalls that endure to this day, appears as a fascinating example of a man with interests that spanned continents, and yet about whom there …

Literature

Windows 10 update error leaves users stuck in reboot loop

Windows 10's first major update has stranded some users in an endless loop of reboots. Users have been reporting the problem to Microsoft, which is …

Windows 10

Google to restructure into new holding company called Alphabet

Google is dead. Long live Alphabet.<p>Meet Sundar Pichai: the man who will replace Larry Page as CEO of Google<p>Read more<p>The tech company announced on Monday that it would rebrand itself as Alphabet – a new holding company whose largest wholly owned subsidiary will be Google.<p>In a surprise blogpost made …

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HTC Is Now Essentially Worthless (And Insecure)

Internet hyperbole (and financial analysis) have rendered HTC, a once high-flying mobile brand, essentially valueless. In short, the company is trading below cash on hand. So if you bought all HTC stock, the company would have to pay you, the buyer, to take it over. This means the company’s …

Mobile

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Apple is in talks to launch an MVNO service in the US and Europe.</b> The company wants customers to pay it directly for data, and it will then lease capacity from carriers.<p><b>2. Twitter shares closed at a record low yesterday.</b> Stock was down 5.6%, continuing the slide that started after the company's …

Nokia just unveiled the ultimate camera

As the BBC reports, the spherical OZO camera is equipped with eight lenses and eight microphones. This allows it to record 360 degrees of both stereoscopic 3D video and sound, creating true panoramas with accompanying audio.<p>The content that OZO creates can then be used with playback devices such as …

Facebook Ready To Test Drones That Can Deliver Internet At 10 Gigabits A Second

The lightweight, carbon-fiber drones can provide coverage to a radius of 50 miles.<p>Facebook has built the first full-scale version of its connectivity drone today, a V-shaped high-altitude device meant to connect people in underserved areas. Its eventual fleet of drones will be part of the company’s …

Drones

Google said to be trying out new version of Glass for workplace

Google Glass has officially been on hiatus since January, as the company tries to find new ways to get consumers hooked on the search giant's smart eyewear. In the meantime, the company is courting a market more likely to respond better to the product: the workplace.<p>Google has been distributing a …

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India Will Become the World's Most Populous Country by 2022, the U.N. Says

India is on track to become the world’s most populous nation in less than a decade — or six years earlier than previously thought, according to the …

Geography