Weekly Wrap-Up: IRCTC Tatkal Revamp, Outernet, Nokia X, Smartphone Sales & More…


It’s Monday morning and time for a quick wrap-up of articles we published on trak.in last week.

Trak.in weekly news wrap-up

Here are 4 scientifically proven activities that will make you Happy today. Being happy not only feels good, but helps you to be healthy all your life. Follow these 4 simple activities and live longer

Spicejet had announced a big bonanza for flyers. Last week, they announced “SpiceJet Super Summer Sale” that entailed a whopping 75 percent discount on domestic flights. The bonanza started at 00:01 hours on 24th February and ended at 23:59 hours on Wednesday, 26th February, 2014.

Finally, the much rumored, the much talked about and much anticipated Nokia Android Smartphones have arrived. In the ongoing Mobile World Congress, Nokia introduced the new ‘X’ family of Android based smartphones.

Are you looking for a WhatsApp alternative? You search ends right here. Go for Telegram, it is exactly WhatsApp is and much more. It’s fast, secure and efficient

During the 2 hours of Tatkal booking (from 10:00am to 12:00pm), IRCTC website will be sans any kind of advertisements, pop-ups, ugly floating messages, links, images, services and features, banners, alerts, promotional texts, etc. The links on the page will only be in regards to Tatkal bookings.

Recently, TrasferWise ranked Pune as the second best emerging tech hub in the World. We find out if this is really the truth!

Mukesh Ambani owned Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIL) has announced plans to launch their highly awaited 4G services by September 2014, according to sources inside the company.

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) is planning to issue Social Media sharing guidelines for all listed companies, which will essentially pull the plug on social media information sharing

At the ongoing Mobile World Congress 2014, Jan Koum, the founder and chief executive of Whatsapp, said that in the second quarter of this year, Q2-2014, Whatsapp will launch voice services to its app.

Subham Banerjee, a seventh grader who lives in Santa Clara, California, has come up with an innovative braille printer made with Lego Mindstorms EV3 kit that costs $349 and $5 bought add-ons bought separately from dept stores.

Here is a comparison of 3G Data plans offered by Leading Indian telecom operators including Idea, Vodafone, Airtel, Reliance, Tata Docomo, Aircel. In conclusion, Reliance seem to offer the best plan compared to all other operators

SanDisk has introduced world’s first 128 GB microSD memory card, which can easily  store a million books or 16 hours of HD video/ 7500 songs or 3000 photos. It’s quite a leap in 10 years since first microsd card was launched with 128 mb capacity.

Two leading Indian operators – Vodafone & Idea – have announced that they will start offering mobile internet to their customers with Opera Web Pass. Last year in February, Airtel had forged similar partnership with Opera.

Finally, the rumours that have been flying for past few months have been confirmed. Ebay funds Snapdeal and it is not $150M or $200M, the exact amount is $133.77 mln.

A New York based non-profit organization called Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) has announced its intention to build an “Outernet”—a global network of cube satellites broadcasting Internet data to virtually any person on the planet—for free.

Unilever & Internet.org have come together to Improve Internet Access In Rural India.

According to recently released survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the take home salary (net salary after income tax and other deductions) of an high salaried Indian is much lesser as compared to their peers in other countries like US, UK Canada, China and Russia.

We decided to become devil’s advocate here and came up with 4 reasons as to why Facebook acquiring WhatsApp is actually a great thing.

India is experiencing unprecedented growth in smartphones sales as Indians bought 44 million or 4.4 crore smartphones in the year 2013. Comparatively, in the year 2012, a total of 16.2 million smartphones were sold.

The 154 year old India Post opened India’s first Post Office Savings Bank ATM in Chennai yesterday. This is certainly a big leap in technology for the postal department, as it faces immense challenge from the Internet and Mobile as means of communication is fast changing.

Over 1500 offline vendors came together and protested against the “unethical pricing” offers by online retailers. They have threatened the manufacturers of boycotting their products, if some action is not taken against these online shops. The  association has also appealed to Commissioner of Commercial Taxes to introduce an “entry tax” for goods sold online, to ensure a level playing field for them.

GoQii (pronounced as Go-Key) founded by Vishal Gondal is a new fitness device that goes a little beyond which involves having real human interaction as well!

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