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The Coldest War | Outside Online
High in the Karakoram, the stubborn armies of India and Pakistan have faced off for 19 years on the Siachen Glacier, the world's highest battleground and a flash point in the deadly dispute over Kashmir. In this exclusive report, an American writer and photographer spend two months inside the ultimate no-man's-land, witnessing the devastation of a conflict without end.
Kashmir  conflict  internationalrelations  Pakistan  India  Outside  2003 
18 days ago by inspiral
The Chinese takeover of Indian app ecosystem | FactorDaily
2018 is likely to be remembered as the year when the Chinese took over Indian smartphones. In December 2017, the top 10 mobile apps on Google Playstore looked a lot different than what they look from a year later. The Playstore rankings for India in 2018 have China written all over it. Five out of the top 10 mobile apps in India are Chinese — versus two at the end of 2017.
mobileapps  growth  marketshare  India  China  FactorDaily  2019 
10 weeks ago by inspiral
How WeChat faded into the silence in India | FactorDaily
“There’s a term called internationalisation of a product, which is loosely used in China to translate the product to English and make it ready for users in another country. But at its core, it is a product envisaged and designed by people in China for the China market,” says the former WeChat executive, citing it as the main reason for WeChat’s failure in India.
WeChat  decline  mobilemessaging  localisation  India  consumer  FactorDaily  2018 
october 2018 by inspiral
After the Miracle — The California Sunday Magazine
For a generation, Americans have been outsourcing work to India, where companies like Infosys grew bigger than Facebook and Google combined and created a new middle class. It seemed as though the boom would last forever.
Infosys  profile  outsourcing  informationtechnology  review  India  CaliforniaSundayMagazine  2018 
june 2018 by inspiral
India Warily Eyes AI - MIT Technology Review
Technology outsourcing has been India’s only reliable job creator in the past 30 years. Now artificial intelligence threatens to wipe out those gains.
enterprise  outsourcing  informationtechnology  automation  employment  decline  forecast  India  TechnologyReview  2017 
october 2017 by inspiral
The Decline of the Western Tourist | Foreign Policy
Citizens of China, India, and other emerging markets are traveling for pleasure in ever greater numbers — and the rest of the world is competing for their money.
tourism  growth  China  India  airlines  ForeignPolicy  2017 
august 2017 by inspiral
Bangalore turns Bengaluru: The birth, life, and descent into dystopia of India's most liveable metro — Quartz
Things are so bad now that Bangalore ranks a low 146 on Mercer’s 2017 Quality of Living Index, and 177 for quality of infrastructure, coming in last among the surveyed Indian cities. An IISc study says the city will be simply uninhabitable by 2025 (pdf).
Bangalore  urbandevelopment  qualityoflife  review  critique  history  India  Quartz  2017 
august 2017 by inspiral
Why This $4,000 Renault Is as Disruptive as the Tesla Model 3 - The Drive
What is disruption? Ask the clickbait mills and the sheep who retweet them, and thy name is Tesla. Everyone knows the Tesla narrative. Autonomy! Electrification! Superchargers! Musk! If it weren’t for Tesla, we’d still be waiting for our electric and autonomous future to dawn. The Model 3 will disrupt, just as Tesla has disrupted the entire automotive sector, and now you can own one for only $35,000, plus options. It’s all true, but it’s only half right.

Go to India and Renault will sell the other half of disruption for just under $4,000.

This French-Indian disruptor is called the Kwid, and it’s the opposite of the Tesla Model 3 in almost every way. It lacks any of the technology or performance that earn cars placement on magazine covers. It’s a front-wheel-drive, 3-cylinder, 800-cc, four-door compact crossover (CUV) with plastic cladding. Boxes ticked? None. And yet it is the most important car in the largest segment in what will soon be the third largest car market in the world.
Renault  automotive  budget  Kwid  disruption  India  TheDrive  2017 
july 2017 by inspiral
This standoff is China telling India to accept changing realities | South China Morning Post
As technology kills the distance between the two Asian giants, the current Himalayan standoff is Beijing’s way of warning New Delhi not to trample too egregiously on China’s interests, or else...
InternationalRelations  Asia  IndianOcean  India  China  SouthChinaMorningPost  2017 
july 2017 by inspiral
Which colonies fared best under British rule? - Marginal REVOLUTION
If you are looking for the upside of British colonialism, you are more likely to find it in the wealthier and better-treated Singapore or Malaysia.
colonialism  comparison  India  Singapore  history  author:TylerCowen  MarginalRevolution  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
Emerging Consumer Survey 2017
The top three of this year's Emerging Consumer Survey are India, Indonesia and China. On the other end of the spectrum are Russia, Turkey and Mexico. On top of providing a close look at the emerging markets, the report examines current trends of particular relevance to them, such as e-commerce, aware consumerism, and the growing popularity of domestic brands.
economy  consumerspending  mobile  disposableincome  property  health  diet  food  drink  ecommerce  mobilecommerce  smartphones  localism  Indonesia  Brazil  SouthAfrica  Mexico  India  Russia  China  Turkey  CreditSuisse  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
Flipkart to Raise $1 Billion With Plans for $1 Billion More - Bloomberg
Flipkart Online Services Pvt has completed a $1 billion fundraising and aims to raise as much as $1 billion more over the next few months, according to people familiar with the matter, giving India’s largest e-commerce company capital to battle back against rising competition.

Flipkart secured its latest funding on Friday at a valuation of about $10 billion, said the people, asking not to be named because the matter is private. Backers in this round so far included Microsoft Corp., EBay Inc. and Tencent Holdings Ltd., but the valuation was a decline from Flipkart’s $15.5 billion in 2015. The company said it doesn’t comment on “market speculations” as a matter of policy.
Flipkart  venturecapital  ecommerce  India  Bloomberg  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
India’s ‘Phone Romeos’ Look for Ms. Right via Wrong Numbers - The New York Times
LUCKNOW, India — In a glass-sided call center, police constables clicketyclack on computer keyboards, on the trail of a particularly Indian sort of criminal.

The “phone Romeo,” as he is known here, calls numbers at random until he hears a woman’s voice, in the hope of striking up a romantic attachment. Among them are overeager suitors (“Can I recharge your mobile?”), tremulous supplicants (“I am talking to you, madam, but my body is shaking”) and the occasional heavy breather (“I want to do the illegal things with you”).

Intentionally dialing wrong numbers is a labor-intensive way to find a girlfriend. But it is increasingly common in a range of countries — Morocco, Papua New Guinea, Bangladesh and India are examples — where traditional gender segregation has collided head-on with a wave of cheap new technology.
mobile  harassment  India  consumer  review  NYTimes  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
It’s Alibaba versus Amazon in India’s e-commerce market | TechCrunch
The battle for supremacy in India’s e-commerce space looks set to become a slug out between two gigantic global players: Amazon and Alibaba.

At stake is one of the world’s fastest growing internet markets. India’s online population is tipped to reach 450 million-465 million people by June 2017, according to a new report co-authored by the Internet and Mobile Association of India, widening the audience of potential e-commerce customers. While China and the U.S. currently dominate in terms of e-commerce spending, the value of online sales in India is predicted to reach $48 billion by 2020, analyst firm Forrester claimed.

Initially it seemed that home-grown companies Flipkart and Snapdeal would lead the foray. Flipkart has raised over $3 billion from the likes of Tiger Global and Naspers, while Snapdeal has pulled in over $1.5 billion from eBay, Black Rock and even Alibaba among others, but both have had their wings clipped of late. This year already two investors have marked down their holdings in Flipkart, while Snapdeal was reported to be in talks to raise a down-round in January such is the war of attrition when discounted deals are what attracts consumer attention.
Ecommerce  India  Alibaba  Amazon  Flipkart  Snapdeal  Paytm  review  Techcrunch  2017 
march 2017 by inspiral
Indian e-commerce dumps the metric GMV (gross merchandise value) for profitability — Quartz
From 2013 to 2015, any probing on this metric would inevitably evoke sniggers and lectures from founders on how online retail was not about making money too soon, but about increasing the market share. On several occasions, the industry’s posterboy and co-founder of Flipkart, Sachin Bansal, proclaimed that profitability was neither the top priority nor a focus.
Three years on, things are very different.
ecommerce  metrics  profitability  revenues  review  trends  India  Quartz  2017 
march 2017 by inspiral
Maniac Killers of the Bangalore IT Department - Bloomberg
Technology was supposed to deliver India from poverty, but in Bangalore it’s also deepened the division between rich and poor, young and old, modern and traditional. As the city has grown richer, it’s also become unruly and unfamiliar. If the tech worker is the star of the Indian economy, then the techie is his shadow—spoiled, untrustworthy, adulterous, depressed, and sometimes just plain senseless. (“TECHIE WITH EARPHONES RUN OVER BY TRAIN.”) In one occupational boogeyman, Bangaloreans can see their future and their fears
tech  crime  socialclass  Bangalore  India  Bloomberg  2017 
february 2017 by inspiral
Chinese smartphones soar to 51% of India market
Chinese mobile phone brands are booming in India, for the first time ever making up more than half – 51 percent – of new devices in the world’s second largest smartphone market.

Meanwhile, Indian brands dropped below 20 percent market share of shipments in November, according to Counterpoint Research, plummeting from 40 percent in early 2016.
smartphones  marketshare  India  China  Xiaomi  Samsung  Vivo  Gionee  TechinAsia  2017 
january 2017 by inspiral
Uber’s Drive Into India Relies on Raw Recruits - WSJ
Uber scrambles to find drivers in India, where many don’t have a car or smartphone
Uber  ridesharing  India  employment  critique  review  WallStreetJournal  2016 
january 2017 by inspiral
Key findings on international migration | Pew Research Center
Millions of people have migrated from their homes to other countries in recent years. Some migrants have moved voluntarily, seeking economic opportunities. Others have been forced from their homes by political turmoil, persecution or war and have left their countries to seek asylum elsewhere.

To mark International Migrants Day this Sunday, here are our key findings about international migration trends.
migration  refugees  statistics  research  USA  global  Europe  Germany  Russia  UK  UAE  Canada  France  Australia  Spain  Italy  India  Ukraine  Thailand  Pakistan  Kazakhstan  PewResearch  2016 
december 2016 by inspiral
Digital in APAC 2016 - We Are Social UK
Since our last APAC report in March last year, the reported number of internet users has jumped 27%, while the number of people using social media from mobile devices is up a staggering 50%. This compares to average global growth of 19% and 39% respectively for the same measures.

Here are the headline numbers for digital connectivity in APAC:

Internet users in APAC: 1.83 Billion
Social media users in APAC: 1.43 Billion*
Mobile connections in APAC: 3.86 Billion**
Mobile social media users in APAC: 1.36 Billion*
mobile  socialmedia  mobilesocial  mobilemessaging  internet  statistics  penetration  growth  Facebook  WhatsApp  FacebookMessenger  QQ  WeChat  QZone  Tumblr  Instagram  Twitter  Skype  Baidu  Weibo  Line  Snapchat  YY  LinkedIn  Pinterest  Telegram  Viber  VKontakte  Australia  Bangladesh  Bhutan  Brunei  Cambodia  China  Fiji  HongKong  India  Indonesia  Japan  Laos  Macau  Malaysia  Maldives  Mongolia  Myanmar  Nepal  NewZealand  NorthKorea  Pakistan  PapuaNewGuinea  Philippines  Singapore  SouthKorea  SriLanka  Taiwan  Thailand  EastTimor  Vietnam  WeAreSocial  2016 
september 2016 by inspiral
98% of connected rural users men; 79% from the city: report - MediaNama
More than half of new Internet users in India will be from rural communities, and rural users will constitute almost half (48%) of connected users in India by 2020, a report ”The Rising Connected Consumer in Rural India” (pdf) by The Boston Consulting Group suggests.

The report adds that number of Indian rural internet users will increase from about 120 million in 2015 to about 315 million 2020, registering close to a 30% y-o-y growth. The growth will be driven by cheaper handsets, explosion of wireless and wireline networks; but this will change how rural consumers interact with companies, as the report claims that the pattern of internet use in rural areas is different from that of its urban counterpart.
mobile  smartphones  consumer  growth  rural  segmentation  India  BostonConsultingGroup  Medianama  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
Fintech – Disruptor or Saviour?
Why is the financial technology revolution happening now? Our expert on Asian financials describes the exciting technological developments that will change the way we all do business in the future.
fintech  financialservices  opportunity  review  peertopeerlending  blockchain  mobilepayments  inclusion  regulations  China  India  SouthKorea  NikkoAssetManagement  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
India’s WhatsApp rival Hike raises $175M led by Tencent at a $1.4B valuation | TechCrunch
India has a new tech unicorn. Hike, a four-year-old messaging app, today announced that it has closed $175 million in funding led by new investors Chinese internet giant Tencent and manufacturing firm Foxconn. The Series D round values the company at $1.4 billion, founder and CEO Kavin Bharti Mittal confirmed to TechCrunch.

Tencent, the company that pioneered messaging with WeChat, is the big name here, but existing investors Tiger Global, Bharti and SoftBank also took part in the round, which takes Hike to more than $250 million raised to date. Hike added some strategic U.S.-based investors to its roster earlier this year, but its last major funding was a $65 million Series C that closed two years ago.
Hike  mobilemessaging  investment  Tencent  venturecapital  review  India  Techcrunch  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
India tech: Reality call
Funding fervour has cooled but the battle for users in a market of 1.2bn people still lies ahead
India  startup  venturecapital  valuation  review  critique  Flipkart  InMobi  MuSigma  Zomato  Ola  PayTM  Quikr  ShopClues  Snapdeal  FinancialTimes  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
Sunrise to sundown, Mumbai is a vegetarian’s paradise | Travel | The Guardian
Speciality dishes from all over India are showcased at the street food stalls and cafes of Mumbai. Here, food writer Meera Sodha spends a whirlwind 24 hours sampling as many vegetarian ‘greastest hits’ as she can
vegetarianism  food  restaurants  tourist  guide  Mumbai  India  Guardian  2016 
july 2016 by inspiral
Twitter's User Base to Grow by Double Digits This Year - eMarketer
With the company reporting earnings next week, all eyes are on Twitter’s ability to grow its user base, a necessary prerequisite to growing revenues at the social network. eMarketer estimates that worldwide, user growth of 10.9% this year will bring Twitter’s monthly active population to 286.3 million by the end of this year.


That comes on top of 9.8% growth in 2015, with rates expected to taper in coming years as Twitter’s global user base approaches 370 million by the end of eMarketer’s forecast period.
Twitter  penetration  statistics  growth  socialmedia  USA  Brazil  Japan  Mexico  India  monetisation  onlineadvertising  revenues  eMarketer  2016 
july 2016 by inspiral
There's Great News on Inequality and Poverty - Bloomberg View
anders’ concern for the world’s poorest people is laudable. The task of saving humanity from deprivation is arguably the central quest of human history. But Sanders’ facts are a bit out of date. During the past two decades, the global economy has been great for the world’s poor. Across most of the developing world, the have-nots have a lot more than before.
income  incomeinequality  development  developedworld  global  China  India  advocacy  OurWorldInData  author:NoahSmith  Bloomberg  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
The World Nears Peak Fossil Fuels for Electricity - Bloomberg
The way we get electricity is about to change dramatically, as the era of ever-expanding demand for fossil fuels comes to an end—in less than a decade. That's according to a new forecast by Bloomberg New Energy Finance that plots out global power markets for the next 25 years. 
Call it peak fossil fuels, a turnabout that's happening not because we're running out of coal and gas, but because we're finding cheaper alternatives. Demand is peaking ahead of schedule because electric cars and affordable battery storage for renewable power are arriving faster than expected, as are changes in China's energy mix. 
Here are eight massive shifts coming soon to power markets.
energy  electricity  naturalgas  solarenergy  windenergy  coal  electricvehicles  battery  climatechange  trends  country  India  China  USA  Europe  Bloomberg  2016  BloombergNewEnergyFinance 
june 2016 by inspiral
Is Indian fertility collapsing? - Marginal REVOLUTION
From Sanjeev Sanyal:

The TFR for rural areas stands at 2.5, but that for urban India is down at 1.8 — marginally below the readings for Britain and the US. An important implication of this is that India’s overall TFR will almost certainly fall below replacement as it rapidly urbanises over the next 20 years.

There continue to be wide variations in the fertility rates across the country. Readings for the southern states have been low for some time, but are now dropping sharply in many northern states.

Tamil Nadu has a TFR of 1.7 but so do Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi. Uttar Pradesh and Bihar continue to have the country’s highest TFR at 3.1 and 3.5 respectively, but these are also falling steadily.

Demise of the Bhadralok Interestingly, West Bengal has the lowest fertility in the country with a TFR reading of 1.6. The level for rural Bengal is 1.8 but is a shockingly low 1.2 for the cities. This is one of the lowest levels in the world and is at par with Singapore and South Korea.
demographics  birthrates  India  decline  author:SanjeevSanyal  author:TylerCowen  MarginalRevolution  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
Open and Closed India - Marginal REVOLUTION
…It is necessary to stress the lesson that open markets and cosmopolitanism were good for the Indian economy, because the political rhetoric in India remains trapped in nationalism, which tends to blame global trade and global capital for poverty and underdevelopment. That sentiment started as a criticism of the British Raj, nurtured by the left, and the negativity persists. The pessimistic view of openness is based on a misreading of economic history. There were many things seriously wrong with the British Raj, but market-integration was not one of these. Influenced by a wrong reading of history, India’s politics remains unnecessarily suspicious of globalisation and cosmopolitanism.
India  history  nationalism  globalisation  trade  economy  review  author:TirthankarRoy  author:TylerCowen  MarginalRevolution  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
Rise of Ad-Blocking Software Threatens Online Revenue - The New York Times
But that business model is increasingly coming under threat, with one in five smartphone users, or almost 420 million people worldwide, blocking advertising when browsing the web on cellphones. That represents a 90 percent annual increase, according to a new report from PageFair, a start-up that helps to recoup some of this lost advertising revenue, and Priori Data, a company that tracks smartphone applications.

The use of ad-blocking software has divided the online world. Supporters say it allows people to get better access to content without having to suffer through abrasive ads. Opponents, particularly companies that rely on advertising, say blocking ads violates the implicit contract that people agree to when viewing online material, much of which is paid for by digital advertising.

Mobile ad blockers, though, have become particularly widespread in emerging markets, where people are more reliant on their smartphones to use the Internet.
adblocker  mobile  mobileadvertising  growth  Asia  India  Indonesia  USA  PageFair  NYTimes  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
WeChat failed to go global
WeChat, the messaging app that’s absolutely everywhere in China, once had global ambitions. It has “great potential to be popular internationally,” said an executive at the Chinese social media giant back in the fall of 2012.
WeChat  mobilemessaging  globalisation  India  Indonesia  Brazil  critique  comparison  WhatsApp  FacebookMessenger  Instagram  TechinAsia  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
5 Things You Can Get in India With a Missed Call - WSJ
Want to transfer funds from your account? Give your bank a missed call. Want to hear Bollywood music? Dial a number and hang up.

Making a missed call by calling a number and letting it ring is a popular way of communicating in India because the caller doesn’t have to spend money. Marketing companies, politicians, banks and others now use this practice to reach millions who have cellphones but limited means.

Here are five things you can do in India by ringing a number and hanging up.
missedcalls  mobilemarketing  India  creativeshowcase  WallStreetJournal  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
Here is proof of India’s desperation for taxis: 2.5 billion phone calls in three months — Quartz
India’s lack of efficient public transport systems is pushing the demand for taxis like never before.
About 2.5 billion phone calls were made between Indians and taxi operators between January 1, 2016, and April 17, 2016, according to data from Truecaller, the caller ID app.
ridesharing  taxi  India  opportunity  statistics  consumer  Truecaller  Quartz  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
Public Opinion Toward Internet Freedom in Asia: A Survey of Internet Users from 11 Jurisdictions by Fei Shen, Lokman Tsui :: SSRN
It is important to note that cross-country variation is substantial in Asia. Respondents in Japan and Korea express low to moderate support for Internet freedom, low support for Internet censorship, low volume of circumvention and anonymization technology use, low privacy protection behavior, and low levels of online censorship. In contrast, respondents in India and Vietnam show an opposite pattern. Respondents in Singapore and Thailand are in the “moderate” group. In both Hong Kong and Malaysia, people are more supportive of Internet freedom than censorship, and they adopt many non-technical (but not technical) privacy protection measures. Indonesia, Pakistan, and Taiwan comprise the last group: in all three jurisdictions, respondents indicate high levels of support for Internet censorship but relatively low levels of support for Internet freedom.
internet  freedom  censorship  consumer  research  Asia  Singapore  Vietnam  India  Thailand  Japan  Korea  review  SocialScienceResearchNetwork  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
China & India may define the future of Insurance and InsurTech | Daily Fintech
A major thesis at Daily Fintech is that digital financial inclusion is driving what we call “first the Rest then the West“. This reversal of the flow of innovation is a big 21st century megatrend. We have already described this happening in mobile payments thanks to real consumer needs and a leapfrogging over old technology. This may also be happening in Insurance, which is a key plank to a middle class life. Both China & India have a growing middle class. So the demand is strong and the lack of a big established insurance industry offers the opportunity to leapfrog the West in the use of new technology and business models.
insurance  peertopeer  insurtech  fintech  growth  ZhongAn  PolicyBazaar  Coverfox  India  China  DailyFintech  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
Searching For Google CEO Sundar Pichai, The Most Powerful Tech Giant You've Never Heard Of
You may not know him by name just yet, but he’s one of the most powerful people alive. Google’s new CEO Sundar Pichai wants to bring the internet to the rest of the world, all while winning back your trust.
SundarPichai  Google  management  India  profile  Buzzfeed  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
Micromax Chief Quits as Smartphone Maker Loses Ground in India - WSJ
Micromax’s share of the Indian smartphone market dropped to 13.2% in the three months to December
Micromax  smartphones  decline  marketshare  India  WallStreetJournal  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
Top 25 used apps in India | Jana Blog
Back in May 2015, we looked at the top 25 apps in India as measured by installs and data usage. Today, we have a new list of the top 25 used apps in India as measured by the average number of daily active users.

The number of daily active users (DAU) signify evaluation of the app, or habitual, consistent usage. Many developers optimize their app to increase DAU, mainly because it measures loyalty among existing users. Continue reading to see the full list of the top 25 used apps in India as measured by DAU.
mobileapps  tabletapps  penetration  statistics  category  India  Jana  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
The great race | The Economist
In the next 15 years India will see more people come online than any other country. Last year e-commerce sales were about $16 billion; by 2020, according to Morgan Stanley, a bank, the online retail market could be more than seven times larger. Such sales are expected to grow faster in India than in any other market. This has attracted a flood of investment in e-commerce firms, the impact of which may go far beyond just displacing offline retail.

India’s small businesses have limited access to loans; most of its consumers do not have credit cards, or for that matter credit. The e-commerce companies are investing in logistics, helping merchants borrow and giving consumers new tools to pay for goods. Amit Agarwal, who runs, holds out the hope that “We could actually be a catalyst to transform India: how India buys, how India sells, and even transform lives.
ecommerce  mobilecommerce  growth  Flipkart  Snapdeal  Amazon  regulations  retail  delivery  logistics  revenues  profitability  India  Economist  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
Location, location, location: Global house prices | The Economist
THE Economist tracks the health of housing in 26 markets around the world, encompassing a population of over 3 billion. Prices are now rising in 21 of these markets at a median pace of 4.7% a year. China’s housing market is one of only five countries in our index where prices are falling, joining Singapore and a trio of euro-zone countries—France, Greece and Italy. The government has been trying to boost the market over the past ten months which is now slowly responding.

To assess whether house prices are at sustainable levels, we use two yardsticks. One is affordability, measured by the ratio of prices to income per person after tax. The other is the case for investing in housing, based on the ratio of house prices to rents, much as stockmarket investors look at the ratio of equity prices to earnings. If these gauges are higher than their historical averages then property is deemed overvalued; if they are lower, it is undervalued. According to our measure, property is more than 30% overvalued in six of the markets we track, notably in Australia, Britain and Canada.

Explore the data in our interactive chart above (updated on October 6th 2015) and try to spot which market is looking most vulnerable. See full the article on global house prices
housing  prices  realestate  country  comparison  interactiveinfographic  Australia  Belgium  Brazil  Canada  China  France  Germany  Greece  HongKong  India  Ireland  Israel  Italy  Japan  Mexico  Netherlands  Russia  Singapore  SouthAfrica  SouthKorea  Spain  Sweden  Switzerland  Turkey  UnitedStates  UK  Economist  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
Is India’s $3.6 smartphone too good to be true? - BBC News
On Wednesday evening a virtually unknown Indian company launched the "world's cheapest smartphone", named Freedom 251, for 251 rupees ($3.6; £2.50), in Delhi.
smartphones  pricing  budget  launch  RingingBells  Freedom251  review  critique  India  BBC  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
The surprising truth about Facebook's
Today, is a customer acquisition strategy that mainly takes people off the real Internet some of the time and puts them on a fake, Facebook-controlled alternative.

Facebook has long been accused of creating a walled garden social network, and also of duplicating the Internet on Facebook itself. is the ultimate expression of that strategy. Facebook found a way for people to use Facebook without using the Internet, while simultaneously getting credit for providing a massive good for humanity.

But as an informed technologist, you should know: is neither the Internet nor an organization. Free Basics is not free and does not provide the basics that people can access on the real Internet. is just Facebook being Facebook, doing everything it can to get as many users as possible.
Facebook  FreeBasics  India  critique  author:MikeElgan  PCWorld  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
Facebook Free Basics: Not Free At all
Up until then, from my perspective, Free Basics/ is all about advertising and making money. Today and tomorrow, Facebook will make decisions based on how it makes or will make money. That is what for-profit corporations do.
Facebook  FreeBasics  review  critique  netneutrality  India  author:OmMalik  Om  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
Pankaj Mishra on Arundhati Roy: Hindu nationalists ​have many ways to silence writers | Books | The Guardian
Author Roy is facing imprisonment in India. Of course, Narendra Modi’s government has left no clear fingerprints on this scene of a crime against art and thought
censorship  politics  publishing  India  NarendraModi  ArundhatiRoy  critique  Guardian  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
Digital in 2016
We Are Social's comprehensive new Digital in 2016 report presents internet, social media, and mobile usage statistics and trends from all over the world. It contains more than 500 infographics, including global data snapshots, regional overviews, and in-depth profiles of the digital landscapes in 30 of the world's key economies. For a more insightful analysis of the numbers contained in this report, please visit
internet  mobile  mobileinternet  ecommerce  socialcommerce  socialmedia  mobilemessaging  Facebook  WhatsApp  FacebookMessenger  Google+  Twitter  Instagram  Skype  LinkedIn  Pinterest  Viber  smartphones  PCs  tablets  gaming  ereader  wearables  mobilevideo  mobilegaming  mobilebanking  maps  Africa  Europe  Americas  Asia  MiddleEast  Argentina  Australia  Brazil  Canada  China  Egypt  France  Germany  HongKong  India  Indonesia  Italy  Japan  Malaysia  Mexico  Nigeria  Philippines  Poland  Russia  SaudiArabia  Singapore  SouthAfrica  SouthKorea  Spain  Thailand  Turkey  UAE  UK  USA  Vietnam  statistics  penetration  WeAreSocial  2016 
january 2016 by inspiral
A Billion Users May Not Be Enough for India's Phone Industry - Bloomberg Business
India just signed up its billionth mobile-phone customer, joining China as the only countries to cross that milestone.
Yet that 10-digit base may not be enough to keep the industry from struggling. Asia’s third largest economy is crowded with a dozen wireless carriers -- more than in any other country -- spectrum is hard to come by and regulatory risks are high. Add it all up and it’s no wonder they deliver lower profitability than phone operators in other parts of Asia, according to Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.
India  telecoms  forecast  consolidation  StanfordCBernstein  Bloomberg  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
Amazon Invades India - Fortune
On a good day, more than 30 people purchase items in his store. It is a small start, but one Amazon believes will rise quickly. “What we do in India will affect Amazon’s future in a very, very big way,” Agarwal says. “If Jeff writes a book on Amazon, India will certainly be a chapter in it.” It will be some time before we know whether that chapter will be titled “Bezos’s Folly” or “The Billion-Customer Bounty.”
Amazon  India  ecommerce  strategy  opportunity  Flipkart  review  Fortune  2015 
december 2015 by inspiral
The world’s climate is in the hands of just three nations | Kevin Rudd and Hank Paulson | Comment is free | The Guardian
But to make real progress the US, China and India must direct more public and private resources to the climate challenge. Less than 2% of global public research and development dollars are spent on renewable energy – a paltry $5bn in total. China, the US and India could show global leadership by directing, say, 5% of their public research and development budgets towards climate challenges. All three should also collaborate to leverage enormous private sector investment in new energy technologies and innovative infrastructure projects that reduce the global carbon footprint.
climatechange  globalwarming  research  energy  renewables  internationalrelations  India  China  USA  Guardian  2015  COP21 
december 2015 by inspiral
Why Android One Flight Failed to Take Off?
Keeping the proposed changes aside, Android One didn’t quite sell well. Many research firms said that the devices fared poorly in India when the first gen of Android One devices launched. Demoralized by the response, when it came to the launch of second gen Android One handset only Lava came to Google and Lava’s model also didn’t sell well.

So what went wrong?
Android  AndroidOne  India  sales  critique  retail  performance  targetmarket  brand  differentiation  TechnologyPersonalized  2015 
november 2015 by inspiral
Facing Pressure in China, Xiaomi Also Stalls in India — The Information
The cynical view on Xiaomi has been that the international strategy was actually meant to boost the company’s standing at home, and that the domestic business would be more than enough to justify a $100 billion public-market valuation someday. But now that there’s turmoil back home, the challenges of Xiaomi’s international growth mean it has a lot of work left to do to live up to its roughly $45 billion private market valuation.
Xiaomi  smartphones  India  Brazil  stagnation  critique  TheInformation  2015 
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