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Ravi Samalad 01 April 2010
Banking channels are starting to gain a foothold for selling mutual funds, but will this new distribution model help out investors? Many private banks are already selling mutual funds (MFs) and now public sector banks are planning to enter this space. According to media reports, the...

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Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale 22 March 2010
Many of us are not even aware of the privacy settings of social networks and don’t pay any attention to the information we put in the public domain With social networking sites spreading their wings on the Internet, they have become easy targets for hackers and anti-social elements. Recently,...

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Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale 22 February 2010
Cybercrime has moved on from the spotty teenage hacker to a sophisticated operation. Here are some tips to keep your mailbox spam-free More and more people are falling victim to e-mail frauds. Recently, a well-known editor of a Marathi daily almost lost his e-mail account to hackers....

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Over the last decade, the world seems to have discovered that Indians want to smell good and look younger, fairer and trendier. High-voltage advertising campaigns have led to a boom in these products. Pallabika Ganguly takes a close look at how Indians respond to hair colour Any attempt to...

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Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale 08 February 2010
The world of display screens is witnessing technological advances that can completely transform the way we view TV, surf the Net or use our mobile phone. Here is a preview of things to come... Display screens are now as ubiquitous in our lives as the air we breathe. Whether at home or...

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Aaron Rodrigues Aaron Rodrigues 29 January 2010
Travel website makemytrip.com has come out with an ad that states that it is the ‘fastest’ in booking tatkal tickets. How can the portal make such a claim? Makemytrip.com is actively advertising on the Web that it will be able to provide its customers with tatkal tickets at a much...

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Anil Agashe 28 January 2010
Over the next decade, consumers will have to continue to fight for their rights. Like Chitrangad Wadgaonkar, now 78, did against the postal department. Anil Agashe narrates his story In November 1998, Chitrangad Wadgaonkar made two deposits, as karta of his Hindu Undivided Family (HUF),...

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Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale 25 January 2010
Your passwords may not be very secure, even if you think they are. Find out how you can create robust passwords Everyone has to keep track of dozens of passwords: for network accounts, online services, premium websites, ATMs or credit cards. It’s difficult to remember all of them, so some...

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Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale 20 January 2010
Nissan Motor has launched its iconic sports car 'Nissan 370Z’, the sixth generation of the Nissan Z-car line, at Rs53.50 lakh onwards Nissan Motor India Pvt Ltd has launched its iconic sports car 'Nissan 370Z' in the country, priced between Rs53.50 lakh to Rs54.50 lakh (ex-showroom New...

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Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale 12 January 2010
A peek at the technologies that changed our lives during 2009 and a preview of what to expect in 2010 The year 2009 dished out quite a few treats for technophiles. We witnessed the launch of arguably the two best operating systems (OS) till date—Windows 7 from Microsoft and the latest Mac OS...

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Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale 15 December 2009
A number of new handsets, bundled with mouth-watering offers, are available in the market. Nokia’s much-awaited E72 is now available in India at Rs23,000. Nokia 6600i This is not an upgrade of Nokia’s once-famous 6600, but a phone that’s completely different. Nokia’s 6600i is a slider...

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Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale 15 December 2009
News Corp’s and Microsoft’s moves to block out Google could radically alter the way we access content from the Net Could your days of reading free stuff from the Internet be numbered? Yes, if media tycoon Rupert Murdoch has his way. In November, Mr Murdoch announced that his newspapers...

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Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale 03 December 2009
Despite registering your cell phone with the NDNC registry, many of us continue to receive telemarketers’ calls and SMSes. Is there any respite from this menace? Almost everyone who uses a mobile phone is upset today due to unwanted calls and SMSes from telemarketers. The authorities,...

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The National Payment Corp of India (NPCI), an organisation set up by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), is planning to acquire the National Financial Switch (NFS) from the Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDBRT), in a bid to create more resources for itself to...

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Amazing as it may sound, this old Nigerian fraud keeps claiming new victims, finds Sucheta Dalal Anybody who uses the Internet and operates his or her own email account has already heard of, investigated or stayed away from what is known as the Nigerian scam. Those of us whose email...

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However, higher rates will not impact demand if property prices remain stable, says HDFC’s Renu Sud Karnad Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) expects interest rates on home loans to increase by 40-50 basis points by the middle of next year as inflation inches up, but that will not...

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While the franchisee model in power supply has helped to significantly reduce losses, there is room for improvement in areas like arrears recovery, bidding process and franchisee monitoring, says an NGO report Franchisee models for power supply could significantly help to cut down losses. This...

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Consumers who have applied for connections from Tata Power are facing problems with issues related to meter change and security deposits For the first time, consumers in Mumbai can now enjoy the right to avail services from the power utility of their choice. But this switchover from Reliance...

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While mobile number portability would help harassed subscribers to change their operators, for the mobile services providers it will result in high churn of subscribers Finally, mobile subscribers across the country will be able to keep their 'beloved' number unchanged despite changing their...

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Monopoly position enables international behemoths Visa and MasterCard to levy exorbitant costs on client banks The country’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), is considering putting in place a domestic card payment system that would handle all debit or credit card transactions in...

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