Pragati Pathrotkar

Flipkart to Open Brick-and-mortar Stores Soon

Flipkart, the largest e-commerce firm in India, is expected to step into offline business soon. Since long, the company has been mulling over setting up brick-and-mortar stores across the country. The basic idea behind opening physical stores is to start a master franchisee for international brands in the Indian market. Flipkart will sell international brands through its stores and sublicense the offline business. Various sources report that the e-commerce giant

Facebook now Wields 2 Bn Monthly Users

As Mark Zuckerberg put it in his ever-so-cool announcement message, Facebook now has a whopping two billion monthly users. The achievement highlights Facebook’s dominance in the burgeoning social media sector, as the next highest monthly user figure is held by YouTube, at 1.5 billion. Among messaging apps, Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Messenger are the only other apps to have a 1-billion-plus user base, and Instagram is also inching steadily towards the

Cocoa and Chocolate Boost Cognition, Concludes Italian Researchers

In a recent review published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition, researchers at the University of L’Aquila, Italy, examining at length the available literature on the intake of cocoa flavanols in participants revealed cocoa to have beneficial effects on their cognitive abilities. The review included studies on the impact of acute as well as chronic administration of cocoa flavanols on various cognitive functions. The revelation by scientists, first of its

Consumers Wary of Autonomous Car Problems

In the latest research carried out by JD Power regarding the preferences of car buyers and owners, there has been one factor most significantly visible: a very high number of consumers are concerned about the complications that come in tow with self-driving cars. These include the components that are available in the market commercially at present: blind spot warning services and systems, anti-collision systems, and autonomous cruise control.  Self-Driving Technologies

BDI Expects 1.5% Growth in German Economy for 2017, Thanks Export Rise

The Federation of German Industries (BDI), originally ‘Der Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V.,’ confirmed Tuesday that Germany has been forecasted to witness a rise in its economic output by an estimate 1.5% owing to exports picking up pace. However, the BDI also gave a warning signal stating that the country should not put the guard down while being puffed up by its laurels. Dieter Kempf, president of the BDI, said

Emerging Trend of Hybrid &Electric Cars to Boost Demand for Lead Acid Batteries

Lead acid battery has been extensively used since ages across various industries on account of their reliability, durability, and relatively low cost of maintenance. The continuously growing demand for these batteries from the automotive sector is projected to be one of the chief reasons behind the growth of the lead acid battery market. According to a report published by Transparency Market Research (TMR), the lead acid batteries market in the

GST a Boon for India’s Ecommerce Industry and Entrepreneurs

Ecommerce took its due to time to penetrate into the cash-dependent Indian market, gaining strong traction from new government, which favors next generation online transactions and is inspiring world’s largest democracy to go cashless. Latest tax reform, called GST, set for a roll-out from July 1st, 2017, is expected to prove to be a major boost to the ecommerce industry in India, as it will subsume multiple indirect taxes that

Molecular Functions Core Life Starter on Earth, Reveals New Study

After the well-known big bang that is popularly believed to have led to the formation of the earth, life started really small. Later different elements conjoined to form basic carbon-based molecules that triggered later events on the planet. A renowned hypothesis suggests that RNA or ribonucleic acid, which comprises the genetic blueprints and is known for performing ground level chemical reactions, generated life on earth. However, some scientists and researchers

GST on Textiles: Amazon and Flipkart Offer Massive Discounts

The newly introduced goods and services tax (GST) will be rolling out from July 1st 2017, and besides other sectors, it will have considerable effect on the textile market. As per the rates announced by the GST Council, apparels and garments priced more than INR 1,000 will be taxed at 12%, while those below it will be charged 5% tax. India’s largest online retailers, Amazon and Flipkart have recognized these

Theresa May Brings a Fresh Perspective in her as Learns From her Mistakes

UK polls remained resilient despite the deadly threat of terror and the trauma of the unfortunate month that has been. With 46 million voters and a choice between Prime Minister Theresa May and Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, the nation saw voters taking up their responsibility under strict police presence. Armed guards and officers stood at polling booths after two major attacks have scarred UK in recent past. A suicide bombing

Scientists Find Out How Whales Adapted to Hearing Underwater

A recent research report states that the hearing abilities of whales has changed and improved over many millions of years. Today, whales can hear very high-or-low-pitched sounds, a feature that has evolved through centuries. While observing CT scans of ancient whale ear bones scientists found that whale hearing has undergone drastic transformations. The present-day whales have super-hearing abilities that allows them to communicate over long distances. This ability is used

ISRO Successfully Launches GSLV Mk III, India’s Heaviest Rocket

On June 5, 2017, scientists at ISRO successfully launched GSLV Mk III, a 640-tonne rocket that is the largest ever from India, putting the country head and shoulders with space giants such as the U.S., Russia, and China. The space shuttle carried a satellite that weighed more than three tonnes, the heaviest payload India has ever achieved, which opens opportunity to send humans into space in the near future. This

India to Embrace Electric Cars via New Government Plan

It has been recently announced that India is planning to sell only electric cars in the near future, delighting environmentalists while disappointing the oil industry. With concerns pertaining to the rising prices of diesel and petrol, not to mention the alarming levels of pollution, the decision is being welcomed as a revolutionary move. Under the new plans of the Indian government, every single car sold in the country from 2030

3 New GSAT Satellites Launches by ISRO to Trigger High-Speed Internet

Although, India is only the second among the countries boasting of highest number of internet users, it still lags behind several Asian nations when it comes down to internet speed. But this will expectedly change in the next few months with the scheduled launch of three new communication satellites—GSAT-19, GSAT-11, and GSAT-20. The Indian Space Research Station (ISRO) has scheduled to launch GSAT-19 in June, 2017 closely trailed by GSAT-11

Intel’s Bat Sensors and Drones Highlight Champions Trophy 2017

At the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, to be played at three different venues in the U.K in the month of June, Intel will be introducing their new innovations to analyze swing of the bat by a batsman through their Curie module and provide run-time pitch assessment via drones. For the fans at two of the three stadiums (Edgbaston in Birmingham and Kennington Oval in London, except Sophia Gardens in Cardiff),

New Zealand Defence Force as World’s First Smoke-free Force by 2020

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is allegedly expected to go smokefree by 2020, according to a latest news exploring future moves of the New Zealand government. In fact, this move is prognosticated to repute the NZDF as the first-ever smokefree armed defence force in the world. However, Rt. Hon. Winston Peters of New Zealand First labels the smokefree move as “hypocrisy” while also rounding up the media and political

Android Users, Beware of Judy Malware!

Android smartphones across the globe are now being infected by a new malware called Judy, soon after the WannaCry ransom attack hit PCs. The Judy malware makes use of infected android devices to perform large number of fraudulent clicks on advertisements, thereby generating revenues for those behind it. Check Point on its blog noted that this malware has affected around 8.5 to 36.5 mn users till now. While there has

U.K. Government to Bring in Fines for Content Moderation Failures

With the whole of the U.K. being shaken by the increasing threat of terrorism, the call to fine internet giants who fail to moderate social media contents has stirred up. On Sunday, May 28, 2017, the security minister of the U.K., Ben Wallace, suggested that the party is pondering on bringing in financial penalties to encourage prompt action on hate speech or problem content from tech and media companies if