Samsung has been in sort of a tough spot because the Chinese competition has seen a meteoric rise in the past couple of years. Competitor Xiaomi not only took the number one spot from Samsung but also disrupted the entry and mid-range segment with low price, high quality, made in India products. Samsung could no longer turn a blind eye and the result is the new M series. These phones are designed and priced specifically for the demanding Indian audience. The entrylevel device in the M series is the Galaxy M10 which is competitively priced in the sub-Rs 10k segment. Just because Samsung has launched a cheaper smartphone doesn’t mean they are compromising on design. The Galaxy M10 is unlike any Samsung smartphone available in their portfolio. It’s one of the two new phones with Samsung’s new Infinity-V style notch display (and that too with a large, 6.22-inch screen). Even though the screen is TFT and not the newer IPS LCD, it surprised us with high sharpness, clarity … [Read more...] about Samsung Galaxy M10 review: Good camera, great performance & value for money
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Arun Kumar: You are absolutely right. I agree with Dr. John on masks, incomes for people to survive. What he is also pointing out is that our public health system is broken, not able to take care of the poor. For instance, rural and semi-rural areas have very poor facilities, and as the disease spreads there, the death rate could go up. What we needed to do was focus on building up our health infrastructure rapidly - doctors, nurses, testing. We have never paid attention to social infrastructure, on education, health, drinking water, etc and that’s why we are facing the problem, and could not implement the lockdown. Unlike China which could implement and control it and within three months there were no reports of fresh disease. It is because of the failure of governance, that we could not implement the lockdown better. We are paying for what we have not done for the past 70 years. I see the divide between the organised and unorganised sectors. The organised sector can use … [Read more...] about Can India’s workforce have a safe return to business?
By Andy Mukherjee The spread of the coronavirus in India is showing no sign of abatement. Unless it catches a lucky break, Asia’s No. 1 pandemic hotspot is still a month or more away from a peak in infections (currently above 165,000) despite a severe lockdown. Tricky as the situation is for the country’s patchy healthcare infrastructure, the disease won’t be India’s only curve to flatten. The squiggly line that joins the cost of money at different maturities — the yield curve — deserves just as much attention. It’s unhealthy in an economy headed for a recession that 10-year funds cost nearly 5.75%, almost 275 basis points more than the three-month treasury bill yield. The central bank is slashing short-term rates and flooding banks with liquidity, and yet the long-term cost of capital is refusing to head lower. In large developing economies deeply challenged by the virus, from Brazil to Indonesia, the yield curve, or the excess of … [Read more...] about View: The pandemic isn’t India’s only curve to flatten
“However, the proportion of the asymptomatic infected people could be much more than the 28.1% and this is a cause of concern for us,” Manoj Murhekar, director of the ICMR’s National Institute of Epidemiology and one of the authors of the study, said. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus | 28% of 40,184 COVID-19 cases in India till April 30 asymptomatic, says study
Last week Hike Messenger , the messaging app, became the latest startup to join the so-called ‘unicorn’ pack in India—companies valued at at least $1 billion. Hike has been the fastest of the pack to reach the milestone, in just about three and half years after launch. It took e-commerce major Flipkart five years, rival Snapdeal seven years and analytics firm Mu Sigma nine years to become unicorns. Hike is also the lone company in the unicorn pack that is free. It is yet to make money. Hike will only “start to try making money by 2018, perhaps 2020”, says 28-year old founder Kavin Bharti Mittal. Yet, thanks to the $175 million collected from a clutch of overseas investors (see Plenty of Funds), the app is valued at $1.4 billion. Mittal believes the $175 million raised by Hike “is like Flipkart raising $1 billion. That’s the value we see and we are the only local rich messaging app with scale in the country.” Says Vishal Tripathi, … [Read more...] about Is Hike Messenger worth the hype and $1.4 billion?