By Sreeraman ThiagarajanWhat do you think of when you picture humans talking to their devices and using voice to command machines? If you are like most of us, you are probably imagining a futuristic Star Trek like scenario where man-machine interactions occur as if by magic. But the reality is quite different, because voice-enabled assistants are already a part of our everyday lives, and while there is a fair bit of technical wizardry needed, none of it involves undertaking voyages to distant planets. Back on earth, at my home, the voice-enabled Google Assistant has quickly become a familiar presence, and my dad, wife and son turn to it for help, multiple times a day. Appa, who can’t see too well without his reading glasses, calls out to the Google Assistant on his phone every time he needs to access some information without having to type. My son can’t seem to get over his curiosity and keeps asking the Assistant about astronomy and math, and I usually call out to ask for … [Read more...] about Indian consumers are using voice technology to get things done. Brands are you listening?
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To add to the appeal of international offerings, the company is setting up livestream studios in bonded warehouses and regional industrial parks to boost shopping excitement. This is built on an existing practice where hosts share their experience on imported products with viewers in a bonded warehouse in Hangzhou. … [Read more...] about Imported goods to steal limelight in Tmall gala
Use of electricity in high-tech and equipment manufacturing in five southern provincial-level regions -- Guangdong, Guangxi, Yunnan, Guizhou and Hainan -- has been on fast lane since May, surging by 6.8 percent, 10.7 percent and 10.8 percent for three consecutive months, data from a research institute under China Southern Power Grid showed. … [Read more...] about Record electricity use reflects China’s economic recovery momentum
The WHO declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a global pandemic on March 11, 2020. Due to disruption in normal operation, there has been a constant tug-of-war between reducing the spread of the contagion at one end and getting the economy back on the track on the other hand. Urban India is more strongly hit as compared to the rural. The 30-day moving average of urban unemployment rate was 9.54% on September 6, 2020 as compared to 9.41% in March and 25.79% in May 2020. The salaried class working in private, small and medium businesses and self-employed professionals in non-essential sectors are taking the brunt of economic slowdown. Households are facing a new normal with kids adapting to home schooling and indoor life, adults managing household chores with minimal support system and attending to work from home, which has blurred the line between personal and professional lives. Work-life balance is completely off balance in this new normal. The pandemic has disrupted … [Read more...] about Decoding consumer behavior during pandemic
cars and trucks accelerating by the most in more than 51 years likely as Americans shunned public transportation because of fears of contracting COVID-19. The report from the Labor Department on Friday also showed a firming in underlying inflation last month, putting fears of deflation to rest. Deflation, a decline in the general price level, is harmful during a recession as consumers and businesses may delay purchases in anticipation of lower prices.Still, stirring inflation is unlikely to discourage the Federal Reserve from pumping more money into the economy to aid the recovery from the COVID-19 recession amid considerable labor market slack. The U.S. central bank in August rewrote its framework, putting new emphasis on the labor market and less on worries about too-high inflation."Consumer prices are rebounding from the pandemic shock, but as supply shortages are resolved, upward price increases should moderate," said Kathy Bostjancic, chief U.S. financial economist at Oxford … [Read more...] about Used cars drive U.S. consumer prices higher; inflation pressures firming