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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Shruti Dhapola


Assistant Editor at and looks after the Indian Express Technology section. Covering smartphones, web culture and technology policy.

Indian Matchmaking: Guess what? This cringefest is actually what our arranged marriages are all about
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

The Netflix show ends up glorifying all that is wrong with how Indians view the institution of marriage, often without context. A persistent theme throughout the show is that someone has to compromise when it comes to marriage, and inevitably that’s the woman

Even as sales and manufacturing look to restart, COVID-19 impact could be here to stay for smartphone makers
Fri, Apr 17, 2020

For smartphone makers, the lockdown has not only impacted sales, but also production given that the manufacturing units are closed. And the bad times are likely to continue if you talk to the analysts.

Apple iPhone SE 2020 vs the iPhone 11: So which one should you consider?
Thu, Apr 16, 2020

Apple’s iPhone SE 2020 packs the body of an iPhone 8, but one that gets a lot of upgrades. We compare it against the iPhone 11 to see which might be the better pick for users.

Discovery+: How to rethink a streaming app for the India market
Wed, Apr 22, 2020

How does one go about creating and launching an app, that too for niche content one without movies or scripted show? We spoke to the team behind the Discovery+ app on how they carried out this process.

Struggling with online grocery shopping? Here is a cheat sheet
Tue, Apr 14, 2020

Online grocery shopping is the new norm for many citizens in urban India given the coronavirus lockdown, which has now been extended till May 3. Here's what to keep in mind when relying on online grocery shops for essentials.

Data shows that Zomato, Swiggy orders fell in initial days of lockdown
Tue, Apr 14, 2020

The highly infectious nature of coronavirus also means people are likely wary of ordering food from outside and sticking with home-cooked meals.

Apple, Google shake hands to help with COVID-19 contact tracing: How will it work?
Sat, Apr 11, 2020

Coronavirus (Covid-19) contact tracing brings Apple and Google together; here's how this will work

Tech used to track cyclones now helps map Covid-19 spread
Fri, Apr 10, 2020

Here's how ESRI India has modified the Geographic information system (GIS), which is used to track cyclones, floods and other natural disasters, to detect the Covid-19 pandemic and the unprecedented challenges presented by it.

Tech used to track cyclones now helps map Covid-19 spread
Thu, Apr 09, 2020

ESRI's tech based on geographic information system (GIS) is being used by some states to understand the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic and the unprecedented challenges presented by it.

Netflix now has better parental control: Brings PIN protection to individual profiles
Tue, Apr 07, 2020

Netflix is rolling out more stringent parental controls for content viewing by giving an option for a dedicated PIN to each individual profile in order to prevent children from accessing these

Explained: Why 5G is being linked to Covid-19 and facing a backlash
Tue, Apr 07, 2020

Conspiracy theorists appear to have successfully peddled the idea that the next-gen of mobile networks are in some ways responsible for the disease.

Zoom’s boom coincides with spike in bugs, vulnerabilities and privacy issues; what you need to know
Fri, Apr 03, 2020

For Zoom, popularity has come with increased scrutiny. A number of privacy issues, security flaws have been highlighted around Zoom, and it looks like the company is taking some serious action.

Zoombombing is seeing trolls take over Zoom video calls: Here’s what happens
Thu, Apr 02, 2020

Zoom has seen a meteoric rise in its popularity, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. But it has also led to a new ugly trend called 'zoombombing' where trolls are barging into calls and sharing objectionable content

Does coronavirus transmit from mother to child? A question every expectant mother is asking now
Sun, Mar 29, 2020

The ‘Don’t panic’ message is not going to register in my head. I’ve made my peace with that at least. The anxiety and fear are palpable.

COVID-19 impact: Streaming services to dial down quality as internet speeds fall
Fri, Mar 27, 2020

Coronavirus impact on the internet: As internet speeds slow down world over, streaming services such as Netflix, YouTube, Hotstar and others have announced they will reduce the burden on the networks by reducing video quality

Coronavirus impact: Samsung, Oppo and Realme confirm closure of manufacturing units
Mon, Mar 23, 2020

From Samsung to Oppo and Realme, major smartphone players are closing down their manufacturing units in view of the lockdown orders given the coronavirus outbreak.

These features will help you manage screen time during work from home
Tue, Mar 24, 2020

Are you working from home during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak? You just ensure to get a grip on your screen time management.

The Xiaomi Blog: A Mi 10 launch in the times of coronavirus chaos
Mon, Mar 23, 2020

The Xiaomi Blog: Xiaomi is all set to launch the Mi 10 in India on March 31. Will we see a successful Mi flagship finally?

The Oppo blog: Why YouTube is endorsing the Find X2 Pro
Fri, Mar 20, 2020

The Oppo blog: When Oppo introduced its Find X2 Pro earlier this month, it made a lot of claims about the display. Now, the phone has got YouTube’s stamp of approval as a ‘Signature Device.’

Why Netflix is betting on Dolby Vision for its content in India and beyond
Fri, Mar 20, 2020

Dolby Vision offers the highest specification available of the HDR technology today and that’s something Netflix wants to offer to both consumers and their content creators.

From diapers to e-bikes, how WhatsApp’s Catalog is helping small businesses engage customers
Thu, Mar 19, 2020

What could a saree seller, a diaper company and an electric bike maker have in common? Well, they all use WhatsApp to reach out to customers in India, the largest user base of the encrypted chat platform.

Coronavirus vs misinformation: What Google, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and others are doing
Tue, Mar 17, 2020

As the coronavirus outbreak continues, we look at the efforts announced by tech companies from Google to Facebook to Apple to combat misinformation around the topic.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro review: Is this worth the hype?
Tue, Mar 17, 2020

Does the new Note Pro series come with a drastic performance upgrade? We have the Redmi Note 9 Pro for review, which comes with the 48MP camera at the back for review, and here’s what we thought of the device.

The Xiaomi blog: Where is the Redmi Note 9 this time?
Mon, Mar 16, 2020

Xiaomi blog: Redmi Note 9 Pro series is all fine, but where is the Redmi Note 9?

Testing Norton 360 on Mac and Android phone: Here’s what I learnt
Sat, Mar 14, 2020

I tried the Norton 360 Premium version on my Mac and an Android phone, and here’s what I learnt.