Weekly Wrap-up: Office On Wheels, Airfare Wars, Redmi 1S, SMS Banking & More…


It’s Monday morning and time to do a quick wrap-up of the posts published on Trak.in last week.

Trak.in weekly news wrap-up

Microsoft Ventures in India and Deshpande Foundation have announced a partnership to launch Sandbox Startups, an incubator that is focused on nurturing and mentoring startups in tier two and tier three cities in India.

Firefox Smartphones are finally going to be available for Indian consumers – Spice Mobiles have announced launch of Fire One Mi-FX1 for 2299 and Intex Mobiles have announced launch of Cloud Fx phone for Rs. 1999!

Indian Railways is all set to provide the ‘office experience’ for its travelers as laptops, printers and Internet would now be offered during the journey. To start with, such services would be introduced on India’s premier trains: Rajdhani and Shatabdi Express

Leading the Airfare discount war is SpiceJet, which has recently displaced Jet Airways from #2 to #3 position – Along with it newly launched Air Asia has jumped into discount war as well!

Xiaomi has announced availability of it’s next smartphone Redmi 1S in India starting from September 2nd. Like Mi3, Redmi 1S will also be exclusively available on Flipkart.

India is the cheapest in the world at $10.36 / 100 kms (roughly Rs 615) when it comes to Air Travel. And overall, India is the 14th least expensive country to travel in the world.

Tata Value Homes have forged an exclusive partnership with leading Indian ecommerce store Snapdeal to offer booking of home online through their platform for a initial cost of Rs. 30000.

Hike, India’s home grown free cross platform instant mobile messaging app has raised USD 65 million (around Rs. 400 Cr) from foreign investors according to ET report. The round was led by New-York based Tiger Global and have acquired minority stake in the company.

Indian price comparison search engine, Buy Hatke, has come up with a unique feature in their browser extension that will drastically improve your chances of booking MI 3 on Flipkart.

In a major fight back demonstrated by Indian BPO players,projects are now returning back to India from Philippines as American and European companies discover that their expectations are not being met there.

The fight for supremacy within Indian eCommerce world just got better as Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus of $108 billion Tata Sonshas invested in India’s second biggest eCommerce portal: Snapdeal.com.

Going forward Banking Services like PIN change, funds transfer, payment of low value bills, bank passbook request and balance enquiries and many more such simple servicescan be availed through USSD / SMS

Gionee, the Chinese Smartphone manufacturer has now announced launch of 5.5-inch Smartphone (or Phablet) that should appeal to Indians who are looking at larger screen phones.

A manager is a person who manages people whereas a leader is a person who leads, inspires and motivates people. If a manager wants to succeed in today’s world, he will have to become a leader.

This 68th Independence day, honorable PM, Narendra Modi announced his new mission called “Swachh Bharat”. As the name suggests the motto is to clean India,provide clean drinking water and improve sanitation through the country by the year 2019

Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana initiative includes offering every household with a basic bank account apart from benefits like debit cards, kisan credit card and free insurance.

A recent study has revealed that 8 out 10 consumers are extremely worried about privacy invasion, when it comes to wearable devices.

Indian government has instructed the department of Telecom to provide wi-fi access to public in cities with more than 1 million population.

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