There’s really not much difference between political canvassing and the door-to-door sales pitch. Startup Polis is leveraging its campaign experience to help large companies woo customers with that personal touch that can mean so much. The American consumer has come a long way since the days of Willie Loman and the door-to-door sales pitch, but despite all of the online and retail options, for the company’s founder, Kendall Tucker, nothing beats the knock on the door. Tucker first got involved in campaigning during the 2008 presidential (she won’t say for who) and then worked for state representatives. “My favorite part of campaigns was door-to-door outreach,” TuckerRead More →

Have you ever wanted to know what makes a fintech startup tick, but didn’t have the chance, or the right person, to ask? Well, we’ve got you covered: Mike Cagney, the co-founder and CEO of one of the hottest fintech businesses around, is coming to Disrupt in New York for a fireside chat, and we want to hear what you’d like to know. More on that below. But first, allow me to start from the beginning: What’s SoFi? The startup had its beginnings providing money to fresh graduates to start businesses and refinance their student loans, tapping alumni from those same schools to provide the financing,Read More →

In what looks to be a clear attempt to phase out the old Hangouts and turn it into a more business-specific app, Google is now reportedly removing the app’s SMS capabilities. The new change will take effect in May, according to an email sent out to G Suite administrators. The email, which was posted on Reddit, says that support for SMS texts sent and received from carrier phone numbers will be stopped on May 22. To notify users of this change, Google will reportedly send out a message in Hangouts for Android from March 27 informing them of the change and prompting them to chooseRead More →

A French and an American astronaut are scheduled to float outside the International Space Station Friday for a spacewalk aimed at upgrading the orbiting outpost for the arrival of future space crews. The spacewalk by France’s Thomas Pesquet, 39, and American Shane Kimbrough, 49, will be the latest in a series of outings to install new docking ports for the next generation of commercial spacecraft. The new crew spaceships, currently under design by SpaceX and Boeing, should begin flying astronauts to the station in the coming years, as early as 2018. Currently, the only way the world’s astronauts can reach orbit is by buying aRead More →

Rumours have been coming thick and fast related to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+, but there has been no information leaked about the Galaxy Note 8, which is likely to be unveiled in the second half of the year. Now, a few details have now cropped up online showing the sketched schematics, and specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. A sketch image leaked by Slashleaks shows a large device with the same design aesthetic as the Galaxy S8. There is no Home Button and most of the front is taken up the display, leaving very thin bezels at the topRead More →

Chip enabled e-passports with high security features may soon be rolled out as government has started preparation for introducing it. Replying to a question in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said the government has given approval for procurement of electronic contactless inlays for manufacturing of e-passports. He said Nasik-based India Security Press (ISP) has been authorised to float a global tender for procurement of the contactless inlays along with its operating system. The personal particulars of the applicants would be digitally signed and stored in the chip. In response to another question in the Lok Sabha, Minister of StateRead More →

The government-run IT institute NIELIT, in collaboration with Internet giant Google, will roll out courses to train 1 lakh students for Android application development for less than Rs. 5,000 per head. “We will provide free of cost all course material for Android app development to NIELIT, which will then train hundred thousand students,” Google South East Asia and India Vice-President Rajan Anandan said in New Delhi while launching a series of IT initiatives with the Ministry of Electronics and IT. Google India will equip the National Institute trainers with training modules and content. They in turn will do the outreach by leveraging the 10,000 NIELITRead More →

Xiaomi has seen a lot of success with its flash sale model so much so that the sales tend to end in mere seconds. This leaves a lot of Mi fans out there having to wait for the next sale. The company is slowly stepping out of its flash sale system by introducing online pre-orders on Mi.com. Pre-orders for the Redmi Note 4 will open Friday at 12pm from March 31 on the company’s own website. Those who pre-order the Redmi Note 4 will have to make the payment online after which the smartphone will be shipped within five days, the company claims. There isRead More →

Engineering students from across the country will participate in a 36-hour non-stop digital product development competition conducted by the HRD ministry. “On April 1-2, thousands of engineering students from across the country will participate in the 36-hour non-stop digital product development competition – Smart India Hackathon 2017 – which has emerged as the biggest hackathon in the world with 42,000 participants and will create the world’s biggest open innovation model,” Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters. “Selected prototypes will be funded by different ministries for their further research and development,” he added. In order to engage the youth in coming up withRead More →

Reliance Jio announced its Buy One Get One Free offer earlier this month, giving users 5GB of free data with a recharge of Rs. 303, and 10GB data free at Rs. 499. The offer was initially said to be valid for one month, but new plans have come to light that will let Jio users enjoy up to 10GB data per month for a whole year instead of just a month. How to get 120GB ‘free’ data on Reliance Jio Prime As you already know, while signing up for Jio Prime membership, customers can recharge their accounts for Rs. 303 or Rs. 499 with validityRead More →