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Weekly Wrap-Up: Snapdeal Flipkart Deal, JioGST, IRCTC, Smartphone Launches & More…

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

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Online/Tech/E-Commerce

Google is testing an app called ‘Triangle’ which will allow a user to compartmentalize the amount data that can be used an application. The app is currently in an experimental phase in Philippines only.

There will be more grocery apps in the market, and yours definitely needs to stand apart from the rest. And, to ensure so, your grocery app must have the following features

Truecaller has added many new feature in its app for iOS. It is fast, free and can easily help you send flash replies to your friends and family. This feature has already been there on Android platform.

Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation is developing a smart card loop to purchase bus tickets. It is expected to be similar to the smart card on different metros, except it will be launch in partnership with Axis Bank.

In an interesting turn of events, Snapdeal has outrightly rejected Flipkart’s offer of $700-800 million buyout. This means so many things – the crux being that Indian e-commerce’ largest acquisition has now stopped. But what happened suddenly, that Snapdeal decided not to sell themselves?

With the latest version of Skype Lite, Aadhaar integration can be used to verify users’ identity online, helping them communicate more securely with others.

In yet another positive news coming out due to GST regime, India’s largest online shopping platforms: Flipkart and Amazon have decided to resume their big ticket order delivery in UP and Bihar, along with some portions of Gujarat.

Business/Startups

As per latest information coming in from the company, it has been revealed that the implementation of GST across India has instilled confidence in Foxconn, and in the coming months, they have planned massive investment in India to scale up their operations.

Sensing the need and understanding the confusion ensuing all around, Revenue secretary Hasmukh Adhia came out in the open, and issued clarifications to clear all doubts. Here are the 7 mythbusters about GST issued by the Govt.

Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio has launched JioGST, which is mobile first GST starter kit for small businesses in order to manage their GST related filings.

The Prime Minister may have announced the ‘One Nation One Tax’ propaganda, but there are still a number of indirect taxes which the GST doesn’t cover. Here are the 8 such taxes which are not covered under GST

Within 5 days of GST implementation, 22 out of 30 states have completely abolished checkposts on the highways. This means superfast traffic, no delays, and an instant power boost of Rs 10,000/yr for the Indian economy.

India-made and country’s biggest ride-hailing service company OLA will soon start its expansion in the International Market. Currently, Ola operates in over 100 cities in India.

In a positive stand, Capgemini has announced that they will hire 20,000 from India this year, and have declared that 45,000 existing employees have already been trained till May.

RBI has issued a new notification wherein consumers have been empowered even more, providing them with extra safety net in case of bank transactions fraud.

Telecom/Mobile/Gadgets

Now Airtel has declared an aggressive stand, as they have announced 30 GB of free data, under their 4G plans. Starting July 1st, this new offer from Airtel has been designed only for post-paid users.

Xiaomi could be launching their next Redmi Note 5 by the end of this month and will sport Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 630 64-bit SoC, run Android 7.1 Nougat out-of-the-box and will have the latest MiUI 9 (yet to be launched) on board.

Jio will soon launch Rs 500 worth 4G VoLTE handsets, which will be targeted for those, who are using feature phones as of now. Such cheap VoLTE handsets will enable direct migration of these users from feature to 4G, and possibly unleash a new wave of 4G Internet users in India.

Jio has not only created problems for other telecom operators but also spelt doom on OTT (over the top) services providers. With so much bandwidth and data available, need of a OTT provider diminishes.

Honor 8 Pro features a dual camera set up, a big 4000mAh battery, 6GB of RAM and they are shipping a special retail box, which can be turned into a into a Google Cardboard viewer for VR experience.

After the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 fiasco last year, Samsung has been extra careful in launching a phone globally. The Note series is one of the best in the premium segment and did not expect to see such a blunder. Which is why Samsung made sure Samsung Galaxy S8 is tested thoroughly before launch.

The high-end pro camera maker Red has finally made something, where other big name smartphone makers have failed over the years – The Holographic Phone. The phone comes with a holographic display, that will show you 3D images for real.

According to Crisil report, in the next five years the pace of internet would keep growing at about 12% a year, and the consumption would touch upto 2.0 to 2.5 GB by 2020.

Others

In order to make train travel more comfortable, Indian Railways is all set to introduce a new AC class, called as 3 Tier Economy AC Class, the ticket price of which shall be cheaper than AC 3 travel, which is right now the cheapest option for AC travel.

The Unique Identification Authority of India or UIDAI, the authority managing Aadhaar card expansion and execution in India, has asked all State Governments to undertake the responsibility of Aadhaar enrolment.

As per data released by NPCI, volume of payment processed using UPI platform, which includes UPI, BHIM and USSD 2.0 – *99#, has breached 1 crore in the month of June.

Indian Government is now going to start a study of ride sharing using private cars to decongest the roads. This move might be extremely beneficial to cab-aggregator app companies like Ola and Uber

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