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How e-commerce sites manipulate you into buying things you may not want

Web designers and consumers have been highlighting examples of dark patterns online since Harry Brignull, a user-experience consultant in Britain, coined the term in 2010.

Why is AI still out of reach for India?

Out of the 22,000 PhD educated researchers worldwide in Artificial Intelligence (AI), only 386 are in India. Moreover, serious research work in India in the field of AI is limited to less than 50 researchers with concentration mostly in institutes such as the IITs, IIITs and IISc. These dismal findings were revealed in the Global AI Talent Report 2018 and further highlighted by Niti Aayog - the policy think tank of the government of India - in its discussion paper, ‘National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence in June 2018.

In the race for AI supremacy, has India missed the bus?

Perceptions related to AI in the country have also played their part in slowing progress.

Why are Unicorns concentrating on local lingo

A growing number of startups are adopting a new motto that’s rooted in the vernacular — “Going local”. Incorporating regional languages into their apps and platforms is helping them drive adoption and expand their customer base. Unicorns such as Byju’s, Policybazaar, InMobi, Zomato, and Oyo now support anywhere between two and 12 regional languages. Providing content in local languages has become a vital strategy for Byju’s because over 75% of the users on its education platform are from places other than the top 10 cities.

Meet the Indian-American siblings whose startup is honing winners in spelling bee

Spelling bees are what Americans like to describe as a “uniquely American” pastime to determine the best speller of them all.

Ready for afterlife? Here's a new way to prepare for life after death

Death comes for all of us and the death services industry is heavily regulated and fraught with religious and health considerations. The handling of dead bodies doesn’t seem ripe for venture-backed disruption. The gravestone doesn’t seem an obvious target for innovation. But in a forest south of Silicon Valley, a new startup, Better Place Forests, is hoping to change that. (Pic: Better Place Forests/Facebook)

A robot powering India towards ‘Swachh Bharat’

It was in 2015 when the 20-something college quartet- Vimal Govind MK, Arun George, Nikhil NP, and Rashid Bin Abdulla Khan decided to build a wearable mobile machine for soldiers to lift heavy weapons and military supplies at remote locations where automation wasn't possible. This led to the birth of their firm Genrobotics and the team hatched many technology-driven ideas to help solve other existing problems in the country. However, lack of funds for research and the need of imported technical parts pushed their agenda to a halt. (Pic: Genrobotic)

A robot to end manual scavenging? This startup can provide the ‘Swachh Bharat’ we need

The amount of work which usually takes three to four hours and at least three manual scavengers, Bandicoot finishes it in just 45 minutes.

An AI chip uses fuzzy math for human-like intuition

Unlike the number-crunching alternatives, British startup Graphcore has developed a brain for computers that excels at guesswork.

Being fashion forward: Nykaa will diversify, but does Falguni Nayar have enough ammunition to make it big?

The seven-year-old specialised online beauty retail venture has added fashion to their forte.

Bitcoin's rally masks uncomfortable fact: Almost nobody uses it

Bitcoin's rally masks uncomfortable fact: Almost nobody uses it

The trend could be a troublesome sign for Bitcoin’s longevity. Its anonymous creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, envisioned Bitcoin’s use in everyday transactions, from buying coffee to paying for rental cars.

Using AI, ML to predict drought

Using AI, ML to predict drought

Water is vital and especially in an economy that is dependent on agriculture. Agriculture accounts for one-sixth of our GDP and close to 60 percent of Indian farms depend on rains to irrigate their farms. Drought and crop failures have been largely responsible for a staggering number of farmer suicides.

A water crisis looms over India. This startup may have some answers

A water crisis looms over India. This startup may have some answers

Hyderabad-based startup Vassar Labs is taking small steps to solve India's water crisis.

Amazon bets big on payments in India

Amazon bets big on payments in India

Amazon Pay has received capital infusion of Rs 2,771 crore since its launch in 2016, according to regulatory filings sourced from Tofler, a business intelligence platform.

TikTok’s relentless growth in India is hitting Facebook

TikTok’s relentless growth in India is hitting Facebook

ByteDance, the world’s most valuable startup, is banking on its global product approach and user-generated content to win over the Indian market and take the battle right to Facebook.

Zomato, Swiggy's cash registers ring as Ola and Uber sharply reduce focus

Zomato, Swiggy's cash registers ring as Ola and Uber sharply reduce focus

Swiggy is set to launch its new subscription app and Zomato is offering cashbacks to its customers. Both the online food delivery platforms are going all out to become market leaders after Ola's Foodpanda and UberEats have rolled back investments in their food business. (Pic: Facebook/Zomato)

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