Ringing in an early Diwali for micro, small and medium enterprises, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on November 2nd delivered, "12 historic" gifts at the launch of MSME support and outreach programme.What will be the impact of the sops announced and will these measures be enough to revive the sector ?Gaurav Choudhury, Deputy Executive Editor, Moneycontrol shares his insights on whether government aid to MSMEs can resuscitate the ailing sector.Get access to India's fastest growing financial subscriptions service Moneycontrol Pro for as little as Rs 599 for first year. Use the code "GETPRO". Moneycontrol Pro offers you all the information you need for wealth creation including actionable investment ideas, independent research and insights & analysis For more information, check out the Moneycontrol website or mobile app. … [Read more...] about [email protected] | MSME support and outreach programme
Thirty percent of men walk down the street alone with a smartphone in their hand, and that number jumps to 37% when observing women. But when men and women walk together, the number plummets to just 18%. Perhaps we’d rather hold hands than hold phones? advertisement advertisement These new numbers are courtesy of University of Illinois researchers Laura Schaposnik and James Unwin, who studied over 3,000 people walking with their phones–not in use, but passively clutched in their hands–across Paris. Their new paper, titled The Phone Walkers: A study of human dependence on inactive mobile devices and highlighted by MIT Technology Review, is but one of several to come, and it raises more questions than it answers. That said, those questions are fascinating to consider all the same. Why do we hold our phones when we aren’t actually using them? Cross-referencing the last two decades of phone research with their new data in hand, the academics … [Read more...] about Study: We Never Stop Touching Our Phones, Even When They’re Off
2014 was quite the year for fashion. It was a year in which fashion designers finally seemed poised to break into the wearable technology market–albeit a little clumsily. It was a year in which iconic early 2000s brands like Juicy Couture and Crocs stumbled mightily, and perfectly tailored jeans and bras came within the grasp of the average woman, with a little help from big data. It was a year in which U.S. Olympic uniforms revealed basic design flaws, comfortable clothing became a posture corrector, and a T-shirt designer used Comic Sans to greater effect than possibly ever before. Here’s a look back at some of our most popular fashion stories of the year. advertisement advertisement Fashion Designers Are Finally Getting Serious About Wearable Devicesbecause it looks great. …Except They Haven’t Quite Nailed It YetFast Company reporter Sarah Kessler tried to don as many wearables as possible, she found that technology and fashion still haven’t … [Read more...] about Our Top Fashion Stories of 2014
It is Sunday in Brooklyn, the July air oppressive. You get on the subway, heading for the depths of the borough, someplace no one you know lives–yet. advertisement advertisement Off the train, phone and maps app in hand, you walk toward the pedestrian underpass of the noisy Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, meandering through a mix of residential buildings, bodegas, factories, and abandoned buildings. And then you find it: a huge, shady courtyard between two towering manufacturing buildings, strung with twinkling lights and tricked out with bars serving sangria, a taco stand, a dance floor, and most importantly, a DJ table. You’ve arrived at Mister Sunday, one of the best daytime dance parties in New York. A sweaty, multi-ethnic tangle of scantily clad twenty- and thirtysomethings in barely-there rompers and jorts rub shoulders and butts on the dance floor with young parents with babies on their hips and aging disco-era veterans. This throbbing, vibrant scene will play … [Read more...] about Gentrification, Inc.
In the world of art, architecture, and design books, 2014 produced an embarrassment of riches. There were a few much-lauded reissues of old-school but still vitally relevant design texts: Paul Rand’s Thoughts on Design, finally back in print, with an introduction by Pentagram partner Michael Bierut; as well as seminal Bauhaus works by Walter Gropius, Paul Klee, and Wassily Kandinsky, made available for free online. Then there were the sleek monographs, compiling the work of design greats like Abbott Miller, David Rockwell, and Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe. And it was a good year for house porn: books of tiny dwellings and remote hideaways stoked our wanderlust. advertisement advertisement With glossy, full-color illustrations of everything from the world’s best taxidermy design to the world’s most beautiful libraries, these books are best pored over in person, not on a screen. Here, 19 of our favorite design books published in the past 12 months. Thoughts On … [Read more...] about The Best Design Books Of 2014