American minds are still without fear

Free speech martyrdom ain’t what it used to be in these United States. Over the past half-century, the courts have widened and re-widened the channel through which our rights to speech flow. Smut prosecutions are largely a thing of the past (with the exception of child pornography, of course). The Postal Service hasn’t actively fished…

Micromax kicks off ecosystem plan with app investment

Mobile phone manufacturing company Micromax on Thursday said it had invested in Bengaluru-based digital fitness app HealthifyMe. The company did not disclose the investment amount but said the move was part of its plan to build an ecosystem for mobiles by tying up with start-ups that provide innovative services. The HealthifyMe app keeps track of…

Broadband in every village has to be ensured

As India completes 20 years of Mobile telephony it has many reasons to celebrate. Firstly, 900 million mobile subscriptions owned by about 700 million Indians (discounting for inactive subscriptions and multi-SIM users) are connected like never before. Secondly, by offering the most affordable call rates in the world, it offers immense opportunities in e-governance that…

Schooling needs a digital age upgrade

Technology has revolutionised the way the world networks, orders food, buys groceries and even absorbs knowledge. Its role in the life of a modern-day citizen is increasing by each passing hour. However, not all industries have been able to fully exploit the potential of technology yet. Learning and education is one of those industries wherein…