UPI 2.0 may disrupt PoS business

Mumbai: Banks face disruptions in their Point of Sale (PoS) device business as the UPI-based peer-to-merchant payment technology and emergence of nimble fintech players threaten to diminish the viability of an industry dominated hitherto by traditional lenders. PoS devices are used by local vendors and retail store operators to process payments through debit and credit […]

The ultimate wireless beauty

Apple’s new AirPods are some of the coolest audio accessories you can buy today. Just insert the buds into your ears and they work instantly and seamlessly with your iPhone. When you are done using them, pop them into a white case that replenishes their power. They are sleek, innovative and convenient. I could go […]

Social media services blocked in Sri Lanka

A group that monitors internet censorship says Sri Lankan authorities have blocked most social media services in the country following attacks that killed more than 200 people on Easter Sunday. The NetBlocks observatory says it detected an intentional nationwide blackout of popular services including Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp and Instagram. Sri Lankan officials said Sunday they […]

Telecom targets turnaround

The telecom industry — battered by Reliance Jio’s cheap plans — will witness a turnaround in six months, analysts forecast. Brokerage Edelweiss Securities said there could be a price recovery after September as the operators benefit from higher mobile broadband penetration and Jio approaches 400 million subscribers. “Finally, there’s light at the end of the […]

Scurry to EC over NaMo TV

The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party complained to the Election Commission on Monday against the launch of a new television channel named “NaMo TV” that allegedly violates the poll code. Launched on Sunday, the channel is available on most DTH platforms. Its ownership is unknown, and even the registration of its web portal is […]

Alexa is making us all couch potatoes

Sir — The population of couch potatoes is set to explode in the future. The credit must go to ‘smart assistants’ like Amazon’s ‘Alexa’ which have flooded the market seemingly with the intention of doing away with domestic chores. As it is, employees spend most of their time hunched in front of computers at work. […]