Author Archives: Loknath Das

I’m a woman in computer science. Let me ladysplain the Google memo to you.

I’m a lecturer in computer science at Stanford. I’ve taught at least four different programming languages, including assembly. I’ve had a single-digit employee number in a startup. Yes, I’m a woman in tech. I have known, worked for, and taught countless men who could have written the now-infamous Google “manifesto” — or who are on some level persuaded by it. ... Read More »

Bajaj V12 First Ride Review

The Bajaj V15 was Bajaj Auto’s answer to the 125 cc and 150 cc executive motorcycle category. The V15 was intended to be a larger bike for the price of a 125 cc offering and build volumes for the automaker in the process. While the V brand has certainly built quite a name, the sales figures have been positive at ... Read More »

Kids can learn to code Xbox and PC games at Microsoft stores

There are a ton of initiatives to help kids (and adults) learn to code these days. Google has lessons for teens to code animates scenes starring Wonder Woman, Apple has the kid-friendly Swift Playgrounds and a partnership with Tynker, and even Facebook has a program that suggests learning gadgets and other resources to help encourage the next generation of coders. Microsoft has now launched a series of ... Read More »

Sequoia, Norwest lead $50 million funding in Chennai-based Five Star Finance

Investment firms Sequoia Capital and US-based Norwest Venture Partners have led a round of Series C funding in Chennai-based lending company Five Star Business Finance, the companies said in a joint statement on Thursday. Five Star Business Finance is currently a loan provider focused in South India. Existing investors Matrix Partners India and Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia also participated ... Read More »

Two dead, one injured in bike accident

Two youths died and one sustained serious injury in a fatal accident at Bhakti Park, Wadala TT on Wednesday evening after the bike on which they were travelling came under the tyres of a truck. According to police, the incident took place near a monorail station near Bhakti park from where the trio were riding on one bike. While attempting ... Read More »

Consumer Reports’ Surface Laptop flap is based on data from past Surface models

When Consumer Reports stopped recommending the Microsoft Surface Laptop and latest Microsoft Surface Book, it did so based not on those specific products’ reliability. Rather, the company used reliability surveys of earlier Surface devices (including Surface 3, Surface Pro 3, and the early Surface Book), according to a report the publication released Thursday. In addition to removing its “recommended” rating from four Microsoft Surface ... Read More »

Engineering colleges with less than 30 per cent admissions to be shut down: AICTE

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) said on Friday that it will close down technical colleges which have, over the past five years, not managed to fill more than 30 per cent of the seats available. There are currently over 27 lakh vacant seats at engineer colleges across India, the Council said. “In the past few years, the ... Read More »

Xiaomi celebrates 5 million Redmi Note 4s sold in India

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has grown to 5 million sales in India. Back in March, it celebrated over 1 million units sold in 45 days and sales have remained strong since. To mark the occasion, Xiaomi created the world’s largest grain mosaic (using millet, the namesake of its phones). The mosaic covered an impressive 6,000 square feet. Besides promotion, the company did some ... Read More »

Oppo F3 Deepika Padukone Limited Edition Launched in India: Price, Specifications

HIGHLIGHTS Oppo F3 has been priced at Rs. 19,990 It comes in Rose Gold colour It comes with Deepika Padukone’s signature After launching the Rose Gold and Black Limited Editions, Oppo has now unveiled another special edition of its F3 smartphone. The company on Friday unveiled the Oppo F3 Deepika Padukone Limited Edition in India. Priced at Rs. 19,990, the Oppo F3 Deepika ... Read More »

Diesel On Hybrid Watch Review

HIGHLIGHTS Diesel On is a hybrid wristwatch It pairs with your smartphone via Bluetooth It can send alerts for app notifications, texts, and calls The emergence of activity trackers and smartwatches appears to be making the traditional watch industry rethink its ways of doing things. Few people want to wear more than one thing on their wrists, and when there’s ... Read More »