• Twitter@8: 8 years since the first tweet; 8 first-of-its-kind tweets March 21, 2014

    New Delhi: On this day eight years ago (March 21, 2006), Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter, posted the first ever tweet. "just setting up my twttr," read the tweet from @jack. At only 24 characters, the first tweet was way within Twitter's 140 character limit. The reason Jack Dorsey mentions...
  • Khushwant Singh (1915-2014): 'The Sardar in the lightbulb' switches off March 20, 2014

    One of India's most renowed authors, columnists and journalists Khushwant Singh died in his Sujan Singh Park home in New Delhi on March 20, 2014. He was 99. The 'Sardar in the lightbulb' logo for Khushwant Singh's widely-read column 'With Malice Towards One and All' was designed by one of...
  • From 1951 to Telangana: 63 years of reorganisation of Indian states in 38 seconds February 21, 2014

    A look at the political map of India over the last six decades years would give an appearance of it being in a constant state of flux. It isn't only that the state boundaries have been redrawn over and over again but India's international borders have also extended (Goa, Sikkim,...
  • Review: Twitter's new profile redesign is bloated but rich in information February 17, 2014

    New Delhi: A few days ago Mashable assistant features editor Matt Petronzio spotted a major overhaul of his Twitter profile page and this morning it was my turn to be surprised with a super-sized Twitter profile. I would have thought it to be some CSS error, if I wasn't already...
  • Shifu to-do app review: Holds promise, but still a work in progress November 17, 2013

    Too little time and too much to do. For many, like me, who do not have much faith on their own memory to remind them about when to perform certain tasks, appear to be forever on the losing side in this battle against time. But no longer. We now have...
  • Watch: Google pitches emotion in separated-by-Partition-united-by-Google ad November 14, 2013

    New Delhi: At a time when to many of its users Google has long shed its "Don't be evil" image of its startup days and is resembling the evil corporate behemoths that it once appeared to stand against, Google is subtly attempting an image makeover by highlighting the good that...
  • 'The Girl from Nongrim Hills' review: An 80 kmph ride through Shillong October 21, 2013

    The barrel of a pistol stares at you and a girl with unkempt hair and piercing eyes has her fingers on the trigger. The cover of Ankush Saikia's 'The Girl from Nongrim Hills' sets the mood for what is to follow. A novel set in Shillong. And comparisons with Anjum...
  • How Twitter's new blue-line conversations feature is a workaround for the 140-character limit August 30, 2013

    New Delhi: 140-characters - the biggest limitation on Twitter is also its greatest advantage. To say more within that restriction some users get clever with words, others use SMS lingo or third-party services such as TwitLonger. But all this could soon end as more and more users discover an innovative...
  • Inflation-adjusted 3 Idiots beats Sholay, Mughal-e-Azam, Chennai Express as Bollywood's biggest blockbuster ever August 27, 2013

    One of the many ever-raging debates in Bollywood is about which is the biggest blockbuster ever? Recent reports say it is the Shah Rukh Khan starrer Chennai Express, but old-timers insist that they haven't seen anything that mesmerised the nation since K Asif's Mughal-e-Azam. Many like me, for so long...
  • Why 'Madras Cafe' is a genuinely 'hatke' Bollywood film August 26, 2013

    New Delhi: The proud proclamations of the moviemen (and women) of their upcoming film being different has become so stale a joke that the same filmwallahs, notwithstanding their undying love for the banal, have drastically reduced their usage of the word 'hatke'. Interestingly, more 'hatke' movies are being made now...
  • Intex Aqua I-5 review: Where celebrity is the USP August 23, 2013

    It is getting very crowded in the Rs 10-15K Android smartphone segment in India. Having seen so many such phones from Indian brands over the last few months, a feeling of numbness has set in. The latest phone from this category that I have been using for quite some time...
  • No sister of my own but lots of Rakshabandhan tales to tell

    Pixelated |  Soumyadip Choudhury
    Not having a sister of my own had its advantages and disadvantages. The advantage being oh-poor-sisterless-me getting scores of invitations on Bhai Phota (Bhaiya Dhuj)...

  • Changing states: An animated political map of the Republic of India July 31, 2013

    A look at the political map of India over the last 65 years would give an appearance of it being in a constant state of flux. It isn't only that the state boundaries have been redrawn over and over again but India's international borders have also extended by a bit...
  • VLC for iOS returns, version 2.0 now available on Apple's App Store July 19, 2013

    New Delhi: After two-and-a-half years the VLC app for iOS devices has made a comeback to the Apple App Store. The open-source universal media player app was taken off after only a couple of months on the Apple App Store in January 2011 because of licensing issues. The GNU General...
  • After '60,000 views in 20 hours' narendramodiplans.com taken down July 17, 2013

    Update 2: Rahul Roushan, editor Faking News, explains why he thinks narendramodiplans.com's motives seem suspect. Update: The narendramodiplans.com domain name now leads to a 404 GitHub page. In an email response to IBNLive, the creator of the website declined to elaborate upon the reasons behind taking down the site and...