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Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale 12 January 2010
A peek at the technologies that changed our lives during 2009 and a preview of what to expect in 2010 The year 2009 dished out quite a few treats for technophiles. We witnessed the launch of arguably the two best operating systems (OS) till date—Windows 7 from Microsoft and the latest Mac OS...

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Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale 15 December 2009
A number of new handsets, bundled with mouth-watering offers, are available in the market. Nokia’s much-awaited E72 is now available in India at Rs23,000. Nokia 6600i This is not an upgrade of Nokia’s once-famous 6600, but a phone that’s completely different. Nokia’s 6600i is a slider...

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Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale 15 December 2009
News Corp’s and Microsoft’s moves to block out Google could radically alter the way we access content from the Net Could your days of reading free stuff from the Internet be numbered? Yes, if media tycoon Rupert Murdoch has his way. In November, Mr Murdoch announced that his newspapers...

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Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale 03 December 2009
Despite registering your cell phone with the NDNC registry, many of us continue to receive telemarketers’ calls and SMSes. Is there any respite from this menace? Almost everyone who uses a mobile phone is upset today due to unwanted calls and SMSes from telemarketers. The authorities,...

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The National Payment Corp of India (NPCI), an organisation set up by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), is planning to acquire the National Financial Switch (NFS) from the Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDBRT), in a bid to create more resources for itself to...

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However, higher rates will not impact demand if property prices remain stable, says HDFC’s Renu Sud Karnad Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) expects interest rates on home loans to increase by 40-50 basis points by the middle of next year as inflation inches up, but that will not...

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Consumers who have applied for connections from Tata Power are facing problems with issues related to meter change and security deposits For the first time, consumers in Mumbai can now enjoy the right to avail services from the power utility of their choice. But this switchover from Reliance...

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While mobile number portability would help harassed subscribers to change their operators, for the mobile services providers it will result in high churn of subscribers Finally, mobile subscribers across the country will be able to keep their 'beloved' number unchanged despite changing their...

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Monopoly position enables international behemoths Visa and MasterCard to levy exorbitant costs on client banks The country’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), is considering putting in place a domestic card payment system that would handle all debit or credit card transactions in...

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Pankaj Kapoor, founder of Liases Foras, a real estate research firm, tells Pallabika Ganguly of Moneylife that real estate has become unaffordable again Moneylife: What is your view on the increasing prices of residential properties? Do you feel the market sentiment has improved? Pankaj...

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Data theft from the London Clinic has again put the spotlight on data security. Here is how to keep your data safe With the much publicised incident, especially in the Western media, of clinical data theft from the London Clinic, the issue of data security has come to the forefront once...

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HDIL is planning to pass the benefit of low commodity prices to consumers by not hiking the prices of its properties Housing Development and Infrastructure Ltd (HDIL) has said that it will not increase property prices following the decline in commodity prices such as steel and cement and would...

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Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale 10 November 2009
By the time you read this article, Windows 7 would be there, out in the open riding on praises or curses. Here is a preview Microsoft Corp, the world's largest software company, is all set to release its most ambitious operating system (OS), ‘Windows 7’ (Win7) on 22nd October. Because of its...

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You’ve bought that dream car and driven home with it to much-adoring looks, many tentative backslaps and measured careful driving. A week goes by and you’ve picked up your first city scratch; the new car smell joins the rest of the city’s smells; the plastic is off the seats. At that stage, if...

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Last month, the world’s first ‘registered’ and still active ‘.com’ domain changed hands, after completing its silver jubilee. On 15 March 1985, US-based computer manufacturer, Symbolics Inc, registered ‘symbolics.com’ through the appropriate domain name server (DNS) process, long before the...

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After playing unwarranted ‘political’ games and after delays upon delays, the government has finally announced the auction dates for third-generation (3G) telecom licences. Auctions for 3G-WCDMA spectrum (2.1GHz band) are scheduled to begin on 7th December followed by the auction of 3G-EVDO...

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Global automobile manufacturers are now falling over themselves to customise their products to suit the Indian market. Veeresh Malik takes a peep into the mind of the discerning local customer who is driving this metamorphosis It seems to be raining luxury cars and motorcycles in India...

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Come October and it is holiday time again. With swine flu cautions and recession blues keeping your purse strings tight, planning a holiday and choosing a suitable destination may seem quite a task. However, travel agencies are quite upbeat about good business this festive season and have worked...

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Higher oil prices will impact India more than other countries. Here are some solutions from Veeresh Malik Increasingly, large parts of Germany (one-third, according to some reports), much of Scandinavia and rapidly growing areas in California will not be impacted by the rise in fuel prices....

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Dubai is a travellers’ delight and a marvel of human enterprise. Over the past 40 years, this backward desert outpost of Bedouin traders has been transformed into a glittering, ultra-modern city that is also safe and virtually crime-free with strict adherence to the rule of law. It is a melting...

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