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Social media weaning away time spent on newspapers,TV: Assocham

NEW DELHI, JULY 23:   Social media platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and others are rapidly changing the reading and viewing habits of an increasing number of people, mostly youngsters, according to Assocham. Based on an analysis of responses from just 235 families, the industry body claimed that Indians residing in big cities are now spending less than half the time ... Read More »

India to Quiz Philip Morris on Marketing of Marlboro Cigarettes

New Delhi: India plans to seek an explanation from Philip Morris International Inc about its marketing practices after Reuters reported that the tobacco giant used tactics that government officials say flout the country’s law, a health ministry official said on Friday. Philip Morris advertises Marlboro cigarettes, the world’s best-selling brand, at tobacco shops in India and distributes free smokes at nightclubs ... Read More »

Qatar sheds light on cyberattack on official media

Qatar’s Ministry of Interior says experts now have evidence of the source of the cyberattack on the country’s official media which occurred in late May. In a press conference in Doha on Thursday, officials said the hacking of Qatar News Agency accounts took place in coordination with, and through, one of the blockading states. “The hackers had total control of ... Read More »

Running out of room for your gadgets? Here’s a list of devices to consider if you are short on space

One of the common issues faced by users is lack of space to place all their gadgets. Thankfully brands have taken notice and launched compact devices across categories. HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 3700 Price: Rs 5,999 This is the world’s smallest inkjet all-in-one printer. Weighing just 2.3kg, it is almost half the size in comparison with other available all-in-one printers. Even though ... Read More »

How June Software, an Indian app developer, got noticed on the Apple App Store

E-learning is a vibrant industry today. The biggest names from Silicon Valley are backing companies in the space. But back in 2010 when Roby John started TapToLearn.com, it wasn’t such a big deal. TapToLearn began as a sub-brand under June Software, a bootstrapped startup in Pune that developed iOS apps. By John’s own admission, TapToLearn happened simply because Steve Jobs launched the ... Read More »

On its 6th anniversary, remember that Google+ ‘changed everything’

An iPhone 5, for anyone who hasn’t picked up our subtle layers of nuanced humour SIX YEARS AGO today, the biggest single most important invention to come out of technology in the 21st century was announced. Google+ was born out of the success of Google Buzz and Google Wave – two products that had already, according to their manufacturer, “changed everything”, prompting ... Read More »

The costs of failing on the job creation front

The potential Indian labour force will continue to rise in the coming decades. Illustration: Jayachandran/Mint Former Chinese president Hu Jintao had famously confided to his US counterpart George W. Bush that the one issue that kept him awake at night was creating enough new jobs to maintain social stability. It is a concern that has—or at least should have—resonated with ... Read More »

‘On the Last Day of High School, I Almost Died. CPR Saved My Life.’

It was the last day of high school. With one exam left to go, a group of us were sitting in the senior class hangout, some watching Netflix, some cramming for the test. I was braiding my friend Jackie Acierno’s hair. I’d gotten midway down her back when I started to feel dizzy. I had been having similar spells for about ... Read More »

Monte Carlo TV Festival: Helen Mirren on Feminism, Rise of Television

“There is a pressure mounting behind a dam, and I hope that that dam is finally bursting in terms of women directors and women-led dramas,” she says. Oscar winner Helen Mirren built her career on British television before Prime Suspect made her into a household name — and earned her the first four of 10 Emmy nominations. On Tuesday night, she ... Read More »

Veteran critic Alan Sepinwall on how peak TV has changed television criticism

Sepinwall’s Breaking Bad 101, which compiles his recaps and writing on the series, comes out later this year.AMC Over the course of a 20-plus-year career covering television — a career that began with NYPD Blue write-ups in his University of Pennsylvania dorm room and is still going strong — one of the most crucial things Alan Sepinwall has learned is ... Read More »