Weekly Wrap-up: Facebook Gifts, Startup Report, Canvas HD & more…


Here is a weekly wrap-up of some of the buzzing stories that were published on Trak.in last week!Trak.in weekly news wrap-up

Stanford last week announced its nine-week, part-time certificate program called “Stanford Ignite” in partnership with Infosys, that essentially teaches how to create business from an idea…and it costs whooping Rs. 4.5 Lakh. Worth it?

Samsung, Sony and HTC all have recently launched their flagship phones and all of them have one feature which others should have been included in other phones to make it a complete high-end phone.

There are signs that Facebook Gifts is coming to India. Although, not active yet, Indian users are seeing the Facebook Gifts link which says “coming soon”, so expect it to arrive on your FB timeline soon – however, I am not too confident about how many will actually use it!

Although, in aggregate, India uses very less energy per capita, Indians are the fourth largest consumers of energy in the world. India will see maximum growth in energy consumption till 2035. It will be even more than compared to China and over 6 times more than United States and 5 times more than Russia.

If you are remotely connected to Indian Startup Ecosystem, you should check out this report on Indian startups created by World Startup Report. Although it needed bit more depth, I think the presentation gives a great overview of Indian Ecosystem.

Bharti Airtel has launched its 4G services in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula – They already have 4G services operation in 3 other cities – Kolkata, Bangalore and Pune. You may also want to check out our trak.in toon in regards to that.

Companies in various verticals be it Gaming, be it movie Industry or any other try to minimize their risk of new project by remastering classics – How much is right and to what extent?

Micromax Canvas HD A116 is probably one of the most talked about phones in recent times – Snapdeal and Micromax has informed buyers who had pre-ordered Micromax Canvas HD that shipping will be delayed further by 10 days and also that prices have now risen to Rs. 14,499.

We also published a review of Micromax Canvas HD from a user who has used this phone for about a week.

According to Indian Mobile Handset Market Insights Report, Micromax is the 2nd most researched mobile phone brand after Samsung. Also, phones priced between 5k-10k are most researched compared to others.

Google launched its Evernote like note keeping application called “Google Keep”, which is also closely integrated with Google Drive. However, they probably chose worst time to launch this simple and easy note taking application.

National Innovation Council and the Planning Commission have come together to organize first ever Hackathon on the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17) on 6th – 7th April 2013. Hackathon will use vast amount of data-sets that are available on Indian Government’s data portal.

Pepsi IPL is round the corner – For this year’s live streaming of IPL matches on mobile, Times Internet have partnered with nexGTv. Users will be able to live stream all the 76 IPL matches on their handsets.

Also, here are our weekly features – The Top 10 Indian Business News and Top 10 Indian technology News.

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