UPI-based payment transactions slow down in May

During March, transactions hit a record high of 799.54 million worth ₹1.33 lakh crore.Currently, 143 banks are live on UPI, down from 144 in April Get the latest news and analysis on business, finance, politics from Livemint, the website of the Mint newspaper, one of India’s leading business and financial dailies Powered by WPeMatico

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Samsung announces new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros

Samsung announces new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros

Just ahead of WWDC 2019, Samsung has announced a couple of new laptops. They happen to go by the name of Notebook 7, but they’re so obviously and intensely inspired by Apple’s current laptop that Samsung is begging to be called out. There will be 13-inch and 15-inch versions of this Windows 10 laptop, each with design features that are practically identical to the MacBook Pro. It has diamond-cut edges, a wide trackpad, and slim…

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Blockbuster is a heartfelt podcast series about George Lucas and Steven Spielberg

Blockbuster is a heartfelt podcast series about George Lucas and Steven Spielberg

There are a ton of podcasts out there, but finding the right one can be difficult. In our column Pod Hunters, we cover what we’ve been listening to that we can’t stop thinking about. When it comes to the history of cinema, there are few origin stories that are as well-trodden as that of the careers of Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and John Williams. Their friendship is the subject of a new, six-episode podcast called…

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Google recovers from outage that took down YouTube, Gmail, and Snapchat

Google recovers from outage that took down YouTube, Gmail, and Snapchat

YouTube, Snapchat, Gmail, Nest, Discord, and a number of other web services suffered from major from outages in the US today. The root cause was issues with Google’s Cloud service that powers apps other than just Google’s own web services. Google’s issues started at around 3PM ET / 12PM PT, and the company resolved them after more than four hours. The issues largely affected those on the East Coast of the US, but some YouTube…

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Samsung reportedly has ‘multiple’ AR and VR products on the way

Samsung reportedly has ‘multiple’ AR and VR products on the way

Samsung apparently plans to release a couple of new headsets in the coming months, according to a company executive, who noted that it plans to release “multiple AR and VR products,” and that it might involve its stagnated Gear product line. The comments come via Variety, which noted that Farshid Fallah, Samsung’s director of developer relations for XR and gaming, spoke at a panel at the Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara, California last Thursday….

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Minecraft: Story Mode is being pulled from stores on June 25th

Minecraft: Story Mode is being pulled from stores on June 25th

Minecraft developer Mojang has announced that support for Minecraft: Story Mode is ending, and that players will have until June 25th, 2019, to download their episodes. The game’s delisting follows the disappearance of other games created by Telltale Games, which abruptly shut down last year. Mojang says that because of Telltale’s closure, the game will no longer be supported as of June, and that players who purchased it will need to make sure to download…

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Watch the nearly 120-year-old first recording of a solar eclipse

Watch the nearly 120-year-old first recording of a solar eclipse

The first video recording of a solar eclipse is now available to watch on YouTube. The clip, which lasts one minute and eight seconds, covers the totality of the eclipse, starting just before the Moon completely covers the Sun and lasting until just after it starts to move away. This eclipse took place on May 28th, 1900, and it was recorded in North Carolina during an expedition by the British Astronomical Association. Magician Nevil Maskelyne…

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