Weekly Wrap-Up: Airtel IBM Scam, Google Election Hub, Free Office Mobile & More…


Time to do a quick wrap-up of the posts published last week. Here it is.Trak.in weekly news wrap-up

As per a recent report by Credit Information Bureau (India) Limited (CIBIL), it has been revealed that 25% of all loan seekers in India are under-30 years of age. Before 2008, when the economy was growing at a good pace, under-30 loan seekers were just 7% of the overall demographic.

Airtel seems to have lowered their 3G mobile internet data to the level of smaller operators [Though they have not updated their site as yet, it showed briefly before they changed the prices again]. The standard 1GB plan (30 day validity) which was earlier for Rs. 249, is now priced at Rs. 149, a price-cut of over 40 percent.

In the 18th Chapter of our #ProductivitySeries, we will discuss how to simplify decision making process for both small and big decisions.

TLabs, the startup accelerator from Times Internet Group have announced names of 7 startups that made it to their fifth batch. The startups that have been shortlisted cover diverse verticals from Fashion to gaming to real estate and also comprise of B2B and B2C offerings.

For the first time in India, Bank of India has provided a facility those without any bank account to withdraw cash from ATMs.

Indian Enterprises to witness unprecedented growth in next 15 years than in all of human history. India will be the most populated country by 2030. Can we also dominate the world of modern Business?

Google has bought “Google Now” to Chrome, thereby bringing it to both Windows and Mac. It was first introduced in Chrome Canary in April 2013 but became usable in January this year. Finally, now it is available for everyone to use.

According to Kaspersky Lab report on Spam monitoring, India is one of the top 10 nations in the world in distributing worldwide spam. Almost 3.4% of spam is generated in India.

Airtel, had outsourced some of it’s telecom management tasks to IBM in 2004 in a deal worth more than $2.5 billion. But recent allegations and accusations of scam and scandal have left this deal in jeopardy as Airtel may reduce it to $100 million per year contract.

Google’s India election hub has now got a major facelift and is offering features that will help millions of online Indians get information they want in regards to various Political parties and their candidates.

In 2013, India witnessed a growth of 87 percent in total mobile traffic (2G+3G) with 3G data usage being 3 times more than 2G. While 3G traffic grew by 146%, 2G traffic growth remained stable at 59% over the same period.

Banking 1.0 was the phase when private banks were allowed to open shops across India. Banking 2.0 was the phase when ATMs were introduced and now, Kotak Mahindra has launched the next version of Banking, which we have aptly named as Banking 3.0: Jifi Account.

FlairStrip, an unknown Indian ISP that had suddenly surfaced made Indian netizens skip a heartbeat with their internet plans. It was kind of dream come true for them.  Here is what FlairStrip was purportedly offering. Broadband speeds of 48mbps, that too unlimited without any FUP and that too at a price of Rs. 479 per month. This too good to be true plan was actually a April Fool’s prank!

Cloud Price war has started. Google announced huge price cuts on their Cloud offerings, and in less than 24 hours, Amazon responded with their own price-cuts to match that of Google. Now, Microsoft is expected to do the same!

CERT-In’s latest warning is regarding a dangerous Android centric virus called ‘Dendroid’ which can totally hijack Android smartphones and play with its data and features.

Bharti Airtel, India’s largest telecom operator, has launched a new Android App called “Pocket TV” that enables app users to stream and watch 150 TV channels on their mobile phones.

National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is launching a new mobile app which will give updated information about toll charges and location of toll plazas all over the country. There has been constant complains about irregular toll charges levied by the employees, as there was no clear and cut tariff rate which public can access.

Google has released their six monthly Transparency Report and according to it, Indian Government made 2513 data requests that requested information on 4401 Users/Accounts in the period between July 2013 to Dec 2013. This is second highest among all the nations after the USA.

Microsoft released an update to their Microsoft Office mobile app for iPhone and Android, and a big surprise came as part of that update. The application  has now become completely free on both the OSes for home and personal use.

As per the announcement, Galaxy S5 comes on 11th April and the pre-bookings start from March 29th. It will be priced at around Rs. 51000. The question is whether it will sell in India?

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