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Weekly Wrap-Up: Facebook Spying, Oneplus 5 Launch, ISRO Launch & More…

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

Weekly Wrap-up

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Internet/Tech/E-Commerce

Paytm has now added another feature that is going to benefit a lot of people. Paytm can be used to make payments for Traffic Challans, and currently, this is live in Mumbai, Pune and Vijayawada.

A recent report has emerged from Vidooly, a video viewership tracker, which confirms this theory that porn viewership is increasing at an alarming pace due to cheap data plans now available all across India.

To turn around its fortunes in the smartphone market, Amazon is looking to introduce a new series of products, codenamed ‘Ice, starting with India. NDTV reports that the company is ready to take another shot at smartphones, as revealed by two unnamed sources.

WhatsApp has now improved these features and brought a fresh update to iOS. The latest update on iOS has received three new improvements – 5 new colour photo filters, clubbing on photos shared to create an album and simple swipe to reply to a text feature.

Mark Zuckerberg-led Facebook has decided to record and exploit your precious emotions which are generated while accessing content on Facebook. And for this, your emotions would be secretly recorded by using your own phone’s camera. And the creepiest part of this exercise is that you won’t be able to do anything about it.

when an online transaction is successful and you cancelled the order, the refund should not take more than 2-3 days. The internet firms are smart enough to put a caveat of 5-15 days for processing the refund, however, failed to provide any justification.

Online vendors across India are trying to sell their unsold inventory as soon as possible, before GST rollout. As per some estimations, products worth Rs 20,000 crore is being sold at dirt cheap prices on popular e-commerce portals like Flipkart and Amazon.

What if a technology is developed, which can detect eye diseases early on, and help to save the vision of diabetes patients? Google has decided to make an impact in the healthcare niche by automating this detection, using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

Business/Startups

Uber has been known to reward its top rides every now and then starting with loyalty credits launched earlier this year. Now, the company has come up with uberVIP for top riders in Delhi-NCR.

Are freelancers and self-employed professionals ready for the GST implementation? How will they pay their taxes? We attempt to provide some of the answers, in the following series of questions and their answers

Imagine New York Times newspaper having the data which tells them that a reader who glanced at an advertisement for pizza on page number 15 of their newspaper actually went to that pizza outlet, and spent money on it. This is what future of monetization of Apps & Messengers is…

Here are those 9 skills, which are being desperately searched for by recruiters across IT and Digital industry as you are reading this post:

Telecom/Mobile/Gadgets

For the 4th month in a row, Reliance Jio has been declared as India’s fastest 4G service provider with speed of 19.12 Mbps, pan-India. This way, they have comfortably beaten Idea, Vodafone and Airtel in the race of speed.

TRAI Myspeed app has been a big hit, and now the company launched Mycall app to allow users to test their Internet speeds, going head-on with speedtest. Now, TRAI has introduced two new applications, along with a redesign of its online website and portal.

The Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) concluded last week and the event went on for around two hours. Apple fans across the globe were glued to their screens to know every minute details of what Apple was going to offer in coming days. The most awaited was, of course, the iOS11 launch. Here are all the WWDC Highlights

For the first time ever in the history of OnePlus smartphone launches, OnePlus 5 will be unveiled first in India, in Mumbai. The phone will be launched in other countries subsequently. OnePlus 5 is officially confirmed to be launched at 2 PM on 22nd June 2017 in India.

After analysing 17 billion measurements, across 500,687 devices between July 1st and September 30th, OpenSignal has published their 7th State of LTE Report. The report said 4G LTE revolution has gripped India, and the catalyst which triggered this massive usage is none other than Reliance Jio.

Can the newest player (Apple HomePod) in the market challenge the incumbents like Google Home and Amazon Echo? We do a comparison of features to find out!

India’s very own 4G industry disruptor, Reliance Jio 4G, is going to launch the much awaited VoLTE based feature phones in India very soon. The leaks have emerged to show that the product roadmap includes two feature phones with a host of nifty features.

India officially received the first smartphone with Qualcomm’s latest flagship mobile SoC two days back with Sony XZ Premium. Here are the five other smartphones with Snapdragon 835 to launch in India soon

The Xiaomi Mi 6 is expected to be priced less than half compared to the other flagships – Galaxy S8, LG G6, Sony Xperia XZ Premium or HTC U11. Most importantly, it will be significantly cheaper than Oneplus 5 as well, which will be launching in next 10 days!

Airtel has been once again beaten by Jio, and the verdict has been sealed by Competition Commission of India. Jio has not broken any law, says CCI

Others

Last week, India’s own space agency Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched India’s heaviest rocket: Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk-III), which carried India’s heaviest satellite: GSAT-19 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

The concept of a Universal Minimum Wage called described as basic income guarantee, Citizen’s Income, unconditional basic income in some countries, will be very soon implemented in India as well; albeit only for workers across all industries.

5-star hotel, multi-specialty hospital and a lot more would be included in this first ever railway station to be developed under Public-Private Partnership model (PPP) at Habibganj, near Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh.

Uber, world’s #1 app based taxi hailing company has fired Eric Alexander, who was heading their Asia-Pacific operations. And the reason he was fired was that he ‘assumed’ something which forces us to question the moralities of conducting business.

As per latest notifications received, HDFC Bank will now charge every person-to-person UPI transfer, and this will clearly put a big break on the expansion of UPI payment mode.

It is official now. Govt. has confirmed that fuel pricing has been made dynamic across India now, as petrol and diesel prices would be changed every day.

India’s largest cab-hailing service, Ola has started taking interest in CSR activities in India. The company recently partnered with Mahindra and Maharashtra Government to offer electric vehicles on its platform. Even the e-rickshaws were started on Ola’s platform itself.

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