How to Use WhatsApp on a PC

One of the limitations of WhatsApp is that you can only use it on your phone. If you are not carrying your phone, you’re stuck without WhatsApp.

There are several reasons why you’d want to use WhatsApp on a PC running Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1. Checking your phone is a distraction that you might want to avoid while working. It’s inconvenient to switch to another device just to send a couple of quick messages. And if you’ve lost your phone, then you might want a quick way to message people and let them know. No matter what your reasons are, you can run WhatsApp on a PC. Here’s how.


Windows 10: 12 things you need to know

Microsoft gave the first look at its Windows 10 operating system on Tuesday, a major release that will span all hardware from PCs to phones and try to address the ills that have dogged Windows 8.

The event in San Francisco was aimed mostly at enterprise customers, and Microsoft promised an OS that will be more intuitive for the millions of workers still on Windows 7 and older OSes. Here’s a rundown of some of the key points we learned Tuesday about Windows 10.

Why Windows 10?

The natural name would have been Windows 9, but Microsoft is eager to suggest a break with the past. “We’re not building an incremental product,” said Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group.

Microsoft considered the name “Windows One,” he said, to match products like OneNote and OneDrive and its “One Microsoft” business strategy. But he noted the name was snagged a long time ago, by a young Bill Gates.


Today, an electrician earns as much as an engineer

In a country where engineering degrees are chased by many an aspirant, salary statistics thrown up by a leading staffing solutions company come as an eye-opener.

The starting income of an electrician, who is unskilled and perhaps has just cleared Class XII, is Rs 11,300 per month while a desktop engineer, who is an engineering graduate, earns only around Rs 3,500 more. What’s more, the desktop engineer’s salary rises by about the same margin as the electrician’s over a period of time—to about Rs 19,000 in five years, and around Rs 30,000 in eight years. So in about eight years, the electrician too would be comfortably earning over Rs 26,000 per month. Narrowing this salary gap is the severe shortage of workers like fitters, welders, electricians and plumbers on the one hand, and the growing number of engineers trying to get into the IT sector.


Samsung Galaxy Note 4: First impressions

samsung-galaxy-note-4-first-impressionsSamsung’s latest flagship Note 4 has just been unveiled at an Unpacked event in Berlin, ahead of IFA 2014. At first glance, the device doesn’t seem too radically different from its predecessor, the Note 3. However, looking closely, there are major improvements to the screen (quad HD super amoled), build quality (metal rim), camera (16MP rear with optical image stabilisation), S Pen (doubled pressure sensitivity) and interface as well.


Costly Spare Parts: Why Competition Commission Penalised 14 Carmakers of Rs. 2,545 crore

Ever wondered why your car servicing or repair bills are running into thousands, sometimes into lakhs. Or why, it’s extremely difficult to get your high-end car repaired from your neighborhood mechanic?

The Competition Commission of India has the answer in a 215-page report, where it has pulled up all 14 car makers for “violating trade norms in the spare parts markets” and has imposed a penalty of Rs. 2,545 crore on them.

Domestic companies such as Maruti, Tata Motors and M&M as well as global bigwigs such as Honda, Volkswagen, Fiat, BMW, Ford, Mercedes-Benz and Toyota are among those who have been penalised for “monopolistic control over spare parts and diagnostic tools.”