Weekly Wrap-up: Reliance Jio Announcements, Aadhaar Details Leak, 1 GBPS Broadband & More…

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It’s Monday morning and yet again time to do a quick wrap-up of the posts published last week. If you were offline for any reason, this is a great way to catch up with all the tech buzz!

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Internet/Tech/E-Commerce

This partnership with ToneTag will now allow Shoppers Stop to allow customers to make cashless, cardless and contactless payments for their purchases. All 84 Shoppers Stop stores across India have got this infrastructure installed already.

The most used app for identifying unknown callers, Truecaller, has launched the biggest update to its platform for the Indian market specifically. Not only will the new update help you identify unknown numbers and block spam calls, but it will now also let you video call them, or pay contacts.

There is more bad news for bitcoin startups and users from India. Govt. of India has warned users of bitcoins and startups dealing with bitcoins that their business is illegal in India. And, has threatened to impose harsh laws against them, which includes anti-money laundering laws and even terrorism laws.

ACT Fibernet, which claims to be the largest non-telco internet service provider (ISP) which uses fiber optic technology in India, has launched 1 Gbps broadband speed in Hyderabad. This means that Hyderabad has become the first Indian city to get such high-speed Internet, as no other Indian city can claim this distinction.

Norton by Symantec has come up with a solution for your internet privacy. The company has launched “Norton WiFi Privacy” for Android, iOS, Windows, Mac and iPads that help the users secure their smartphone and data from the notorious hackers.

Business/Startups

If someone was to ask me, as an entrepreneur, what I have built in these years, my answer would always be “I have built a team”. Very few people realise the true meaning and impact of this.

One of the most important changes mentioned under this new Bill is making Aadhaar as a mandatory requirement for filing Income Tax. Here are 8 major changes in the Income Tax rules, which would be effective starting from April 1st:

Before demonetization, debit card usage was 42%, and has gone up to 60% after that. The transactions have tripled in December 2016, since October 2016.

Bengaluru, often hailed as the Silicon Valley of India, has emerged as startup capital of India as well, there is a bad news: techies working in Bengaluru are among the lowest paid, not only in India, but in the entire world.

Furniture and home appliances rental company RentoMojo has launched an exciting service for customers, called ‘Bikes on lease’. The company is cashing on the increased demand of two-wheelers in India because of traffic woes and easier maintenance.

After 7 hours of intense debate, Lok Sabha finally passed 4 crucial GST bills, which means that July 1st rollout of GST regime across India is now almost confirmed. The GST Bills approved by the Lok Sabha now needs state level discussions inside State Assemblies, before being implemented pan-India.

In India, though the real estate and construction industries that depend upon architects have seen a splurge in demand and hence, increase in dependency on architects, there is lack of an ecosystem to support the dependency.

Across their factories in Japan, Toyota has started a manual manufacturing movement, wherein they have created around 100 manual intensive workplaces, in the last three years.

Uber has announced an interesting programme in India which will be benefitted by regular Uber riders. Called the ‘Uber Loyalty Programme’, this service will provide loyalty credits to riders, per ride only taken in the month of April 2017. These loyalty credits can then be used for rides.

Combining the buzz of Make in India program, and the news that FDI rules for multi-brand retail may be relaxed, Walmart has thrown in a tempting bait, which can actually work. Walmart is ready to sell only Make in India products, if they are allowed to open stores in India. Will Govt. of India take notice now?

Telecom/Mobile/Gadgets

Here is a comparison of best postpaid plans offered by Reliance Jio, Airtel and Vodafone. If you are planning to pick up postpaid SIM card, this guide will serve as a reference to which operator services should you go for..

As Reliance Jio’s Happy New Year Offer is about to complete by the end of this week, many subscribers are still addled whether to apply for the Jio prime membership. If you’re one of them, then you shouldn’t worry as Reliance is considering to extend its Jio Prime membership for another month.

Jio has said that around 45-50 million existing Jio users have subscribed for Jio Prime till date, which is 37% to 42% of all Jio users. Besides, Jio has claimed that their cashback offer for using Jio Money is a big hit as well, and by the time March ends, they are expecting another 10-15 million new Prime users.

Samsung has finally launched the much-hyped Galaxy S series’ flagship smartphones for the global market. The company has unveiled two installations – S8 and S8+ at an event in New York City on March 29.

Now, to calm down Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular, TRAI plans to release a statement that their plea to stop Jio from offering free services is not justified, and Jio is not violating any rule. According to the telecom giants, voice calls cannot be priced at less than 14 paise per minute.

Citizens of both India and China are pretty nationalistic and patriot. And when one insults the national flag of another country, then fumes of anger are bound to surface.

Reliance Jio Mania has swept the nation, as total of 72 million out of 120 million free Jio users have opted to convert into Prime membership, thereby making it world’s largest migration of free into paid service, within a month.

Others

In order to create a uniform repository of all driving licenses, Govt. of India has made Aadhaar Card mandatory for getting a new driving license, as well as for renewing an existing one. Hence, if you still don’t have an Aadhaar Card, then you may not be able to get a new mobile phone, start a business or drive a vehicle.

In order to provide them WiFi, and a range of online services, Indian Railways will launch ‘Railwire Saathi’ kiosks across 500 railway stations.

After a recent hearing in this on-going case, the Bench at Supreme Court has made interesting observations about its usage but failed to announce any solid verdict which will put to rest all speculations regarding Aadhaar.

Buoyed by BHIM App’s initial success, and the incredible growth in its daily transactions, Govt. is planning to launch Aadhaar based digital payment platform: Aadhaar Pay on April 14th. However, there is a news which will surely upset Aadhaar users: Cricketer MS Dhoni’s Aadhaar details were accidentally leaked on Twitter, by none other than a Govt. agency.

Ever since UADAI powered Aadhar platform has been introduced in India, there has been growing concern regarding its safety and security. When sensitive data of 100 crore+ citizens are stored in a database, protected by Govt. babus, then fear is bound to surface.

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