IIM-A Incubated company creates World’s first smartphone for the blind

Sumit Dagar, a postgraduate degree from the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, is collaborating with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi to come out with a unique device.Now, soon blind people can read SMS and emails on their smartphones.  No matter what language you send the email or SMS to the person, the message will be converted into blind-friendly braille.  Sumit's company is being incubated at the Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) based o … [Read more...]

On why Pico Iyer Unplugged from the Digital Grid and Social World

The digital world has taken over our lives.  So much so that we can't escape being constantly connected 100%. We text, we tweet, we carry cell phones like they’re life lines. We check our e-mails, our Facebook pages, our online status six different ways.  And then we start again.  We’ve known for a while now that the digital world – great as it is – could be addictive.  Overwhelming.  An obsession.  A leash.  A prison.Some people are breaking out.  Letting go.  Staying off.  Travel writer Pico … [Read more...]

Education 2.0: Social Networking and Education (Infographic)

In today's education, Social Networks and media is a big plus.  Those schools and universities which are using it have impacted the costs and also made the curriculum delivery very effective.Increasing number of educators are defying conservative and traditional wisdom to integrate the existing social media into the schooling experience. The principal of New Milford (N.J.) High School has nearly 12,300 Twitter followers (his handle: @NMHS_Principal). He and his teachers use Facebook to … [Read more...]

Is Infosys on the Acquisition block?

Economic Times suggests in an article that Infosys is a very attractive acquisition target right now.  Look at some of the facts:Infosys has Cash and cash equivalents (Rs 22,000 crore) equal to 17% of the company's total market capitalisation of over Rs 1,34,000 crore - compared to TCS' ratio (Cash/Market Cap) of 2.2% and Cognizant's 12.5% With no debt burden and presence of cash reduces the enterprise value or the price that an acquirer would put on a going concern by an equal amount which w … [Read more...]

Bitcoin, its competitors and uses: Is this crypto-currency an alternative to World currencies?

Bitcoin is a cryto-currency - not a real currency, but acting as one.  It is the new rage these days. Bitcoin (BTC) is an online commodity that is based on an open-source, peer-to-peer encryption protocol first described in 2009 by a pseudonymous developer (or developers) Satoshi Nakamoto Its market is considered to be around $1-2 bn depending on the valuation.  But there are competitors to Bitcoin already and their market is picking up as well. Some of these competing currencies already r … [Read more...]

Warren Buffett bets big on selling Insurance online in India

As Indian masses come online, Warren Buffett, the master of traditional businesses, is betting big on Indian consumers.  Ironically.He wants to sell insurance online.  Currently, Berkshire India sells motor, travel and health insurance products online at BerkshireInsurance.com.  Now it wants to market life insurance as a corporate agent of Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance.  It started with just 8 employees and in 2011 and is already upto 100 employees in India.Headquartered in Gurgaon, the com … [Read more...]

Half of Instagram’s 100 mn users now use Android!

The power of Android phones vs iPhones (and others) is visible from how Android powered phones have made Instagram so pervasive.  Instagram recently said in its blog post that half of all the Instagram's 100 mn users are using Android. One year ago today we launched Instagram for Android. In less than a day, over a million people downloaded the app, and now nearly half of all Instagrammers use the Android app to share photos with friends, family and the world.Instagram for Android has helped m … [Read more...]

How to maximize your engagement on Twitter and make Tweets deliver more

Twitter is a great resource, if used well.  There are times, ways and structures of tweets which beget more retweeting and promotion of the tweets.  What are they?  Here is a useful infographic.  Click here for a larger image. … [Read more...]


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