Weekly Wrap-Up: IRCTC SMS Gateway, India Election Tracker, Adsense EFT & More…


It’s Monday morning and time for a quick wrap-up of some of the buzzing articles published last week. Here they are…Trak.in weekly news wrap-up

Sources have reported that Microsoft is toying with an idea of this free operating system to boost its usage and adaption among the more Internet savvy generation. Code named “Windows 8.1 With Bing”, this will bundle most of the popular Microsoft owned products and services.

Users of Android 4.3 or Jelly Bean and Android 4.4 or Kit Kat are most vulnerable to security hacks on their phones, using which their sensitive information can be stolen. This warning has been issued by CERT – In.

A new Bangalore based startup, Freekall.in has launched a unique free voice calling service that works even without internet. Get free phone calls for listening to audio  advertisements.

Indian Railways have announced launch of newly developed “SMS Gateway” that will enable passengers to get free SMS alerts on the status of reserved tickets.

With India’s general assembly elections not too far from now, we decided to take look at how our Prime Ministerial candidates are faring online. And here are the results of comparison

RBI has decided that the deadline for exchange of Pre-2005 currency  notes will be extended till January 1st 2015. Earlier, the deadline was set to March 31st 2014.

Kickstarter announced yesterday (March 3rd, 2014) that they have reached $1 Billion in pledges. This means that people have pledged or donated $1 billion (Upwards Rs. 6000 crore) to these creative projects now.

Considering the implications of Russia-Ukraine war  possibility , how will Indian markets respond? What will be the fate of Gold, Oil and Indian Rupee, the three most important commodities which can shake up the whole economical structure of any country?

Facebook India today announced launch of “India Election Tracker”, an app on Facebook that will give live information on how various election candidates and parties are faring on Facebook.

Microsoft has confirmed that by the middle of this year, they will be launching low priced tablets costing around Rs 10,000, especially for the price sensitive Indian market.

Apple has launched a scheme in India where they have decided to lease the phone to users to use it for two weeks and if they do not like it, they can simply return it, no questions asked.

Digitization of cable TV in 2013 produced excellent results for Indian Media & Entertainment (M&A) industry as it grew 12% despite economic slowdown. These facts were revealed in a report prepared by FICCI-KPMG, which would be officially released during FICCI Frames 2014, an event to be held in Mumbai between March 12 and 14th, 2014.

Jet Airways, India’s premier airliner has now integrated Google Now into it’s booking system for people who book flights on www.jetairways.com and their mobile apps. Google Now will automatically let them know about relevant updates in regards to their travel through Google Now flight cards

Google Maps has launched Indoor maps for 75 venues in India including shopping malls, Convention centers, museums and Super stores in form of “Indoor Maps”. Yes, that’s right, you can now view the interiors of huge shopping mall you were planning to visit next right in comfort of your homes.

According to an announcement in Google Product forums, All Indian Adsense publishers will get EFT payments activated from next cycle and they will also receive an intimation about the changes.

According to ET article, which cited sources familiar with the plans, said that Walmart is now getting ready for a major push in online space. The are planning to launch online marketplace kind of model similar to how Amazon and eBay are operating in India.

Election Commission of India has announced the dates for Indian General Elections – 2014 wherein 81.4 crore Indians will start casting their valuable votes to constitute 16th Lok Sabha in India. Here are some Facts and Figures that will make you numb!

The much talked about Nokia’s Android based phone Nokia X will be hitting Indian stores, at least that what it looks like. Nokia X has already been listed on the Mobile Store site as coming soon.

Ministry of External Affairs has announced that they will soon be launching Passport related services through the vast network of over one lakh Common Services Centers (CSCs) across rural hinterland.

Flipkart founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal have announced that they have crossed $1 billion Gross Merchandise Volume (GMV) before 2015, thereby beating their own estimates. To put this milestone in perspective, the global online retail giant Amazon.com achieved the same feat in 7 years from the time they launched. Flipkart has done it much faster than them.

There are many firsts in this general assembly elections; here is yet another one. Election Commission of India has allowed candidates to file their candidature affidavits online for Assembly Polls.

As per recent reports, John Sculley, the ex CEO of Apple is planning to launch a smartphone brand exclusively for India. The yet unnamed brand will be led by Ajay Sharma who heads Micromax’s smartphone division and previously spearheaded HTC India.

Wipro is in advanced talks with Sistema Shyam Teleservices (Company who offers MTS) to implement Wi-Fi data connectivity services on Wipro staff buses. However, the free internet access will be given only for office work

On the event of Women’s day 2014, we bring you 5 free mobile apps that women should consider installing on their smartphones to keep themselves safe in all situations.

1 Comment
  1. Malik Junaid says

    wow.! I was waiting for google to start EFT payments in India. I have a IRCTC related website and still struggling to get first payment. A start with EFT payment will be nice for me. Your weekly wrap up made my day :)

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