Technology

  • arreoffline Can Any of Us Afford to Live Offline?

    Going offline is not an option. The work culture today demands that you are available 24X7 – over the phone, on WhatsApp, and email. And even if it’s not work, can you walk into a conversation if you have nothing to say about that viral tweet from @wokeboyhimtoo.

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  • Aadhaar Verdict: Time to Worry About the Ghosts of Your Data Past

    The Supreme Court’s Aadhaar verdict has maintained that the database’s benefits outweigh its risks. But do they? Data is the new plutonium, a simple target that unlike our land and water, stands at a crossroads of accessibility, where it is both an asset and a threat.

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  • No Place for Aam Janta: Why You Need to Stop Believing Tech Reviews

    There is no such thing as an unbiased consumer tech review in India. Every piece of news can be traced back to a prompt from a PR agency, which explains why the focus remains on high-end tech, luring consumers to purchase products they don’t really need at prices they can’t really afford.

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  • Landline You Used to Call Me on My Landline: Remembering Hotline Bling of the ’90s

    Twenty years ago in India, there was one box-like device with numbers on it that bonded families together like a viewing of Hum Saath Saath Hain. The landline had a wire that kept you rooted – but it could also set you free if you chose to be unavailable.

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  • flipkartshopathon How a Marathoner Trains for a Shopathon

    The online sale is an annual event now, just like the Mumbai Marathon, your marriage anniversary, or the Champions League final. We remember the date, we remember the time, and we know which deals we have to act on.

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  • India Trumps the Net Neutrality Debate! TRAI Harder USA

    As the US waits patiently for their internet to get ruined, the Indian government has accepted the telecom authority's recommendations in a big win for Indian net neutrality. Learn from us America, you don't need any more inequality.

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  • Does India Deserve the Internet Freedom it Enjoys?

    It might seem shocking, given how some of our ministers think the internet was invented during the Mahabharata, but the Indian internet is actually a marvel – compared to the EU and USA, who are considering draconian copyright laws and doing away with net neutrality respectively.

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  • Facebook Facebook Shared Our Data: What Does This Actually Mean?

    Facebook is back in the news, this time for giving at least 60 device makers “deep access” to data of users and their friends, without obtaining their explicit consent. At this point it would make more sense for Facebook to release a list of companies they haven’t shared data with.

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  • duplex Can Google Duplex Help Me with My Break Up?

    When I heard of Google Duplex, I went into overdrive thinking of all the things I’d never have to do again if Duplex could stay on the down-low. Customer care executives, annoying relatives, and break ups were all things from which I’d be forever freed.

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  • ArtificialIntelligence Sharmaji Ke Beton, Artificial Intelligence is Coming for You

    When the rise of the machines becomes a reality, they will be coming for every Sharmaji ka beta – the doctor, engineer, IT professional. And the perennially stoned creative, who was always told that he would never amount to anything in life, will have the last laugh with his chai and sutta.

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