Weekly Wrap-Up: Free Windows 10 Updates, 2FA Removal, Android App Ratings & More…


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

Weekly Wrap-up of Tech, Mobile & Startups

RBI has come out with a circular announcing that they have now removed requirement of Additional Factor of Authentication for small value card present transactions. However, RBI has also stated that 2FA will not be required only if the card can offer contactless card payments that uses NFC technology!

Beating all expectations, phablets and smartphones have held their dominance in the gadget market worldwide. Such is the ripple effect of rising smartphone and phablet sales, that it is now directly threatening tablet sales and severely affecting personal computer market all over the world.

The extensive research concluded by Industry body ASSOCHAM said that Tamil Nadu is India’s best performing state in terms of 8 out of 9 parameters. Kerala was at close 2nd.

Indian Government is trying to push another idea, where going forward foreign companies may be able to sell their goods online, if atleast three-fourth of their manufacturing is done in India.

A team of Chinese researchers from Research Center of Materials Science situated at the Beijing Institute of Technology have created a material from raw Silk, which can replace graphite in present day Lithium Ion batteries.

Despite being the reigning crown of smartphone market in terms of brand loyalty, revenues and sales, $700 billion worth Apple has decided to openly poach Android users with incentives and gifts if they decide to switch.

Hyderabad is the best city to live in India right now as it offers the best quality of living. Pune comes at #2, beating both Mumbai and New Delhi according to Mercer Report

368 year old Taj Mahal, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the 7 wonders of the world is also the most popular destination for online Google Street View tourists.

Facebook removed 5832 pieces of content posted by Indian users – In comparison, United States had none, United Kingdom had 3, Germany had 60 and France had 13 pieces of content removed.

This article will explain six mistakes that first-time entrepreneurs make online and give tips on how to avoid making the same mistakes yourself.

Now, Facebook themselves have got into the fray and have announced free funds transfer feature on Facebook messenger. And from the looks of it, it is as easy as it gets.

Google has emailed all Android developers, announcing sweeping changes in their Playstore rating system. They have introduced a new age based rating system, which is being enforced across all applications, failure to which may result in your app being removed from the Playstore.

Xiaomi, the Chinese handset company which has taken the world by storm as they became world’s 3rd largest handset vendor is now the number 1 vendor for selling 4G handsets in India. They have overtaken both Apple and Samsung.

Lufthansa, TiE and ET Now have once again collaborated to create #RunwaytoSuccess to discover, mentor and reward India’s most daring entrepreneurs and push them forward to reach new heights of success.

Seed accelerator 500 Startups have decided to refuel Startwallah, which was their Indian operation and are currently infusing Rs 120 crore ($20 million) to make it fully operational.

In what should be music to ears for Indian startups, SEBI plans to make changes in the rules that could make it easy for Indian startups to take IPO route to raise funds. This is a clear indication that the regulatory body wants to create a more appealing environment to Indian Entrepreneurs.

As per the recent IAMAI report on the state of Indian ecommerce industry, it was revealed that with 61% share, travel industry is still the biggest segment. Online food delivery niche grew 40% in the last 12 months.

Someone at Microsoft must have decided to end piracy once for all; and someone must have got this brilliant idea: Offer Windows 10 upgrades for free!

Microsoft has launched yet another Lumia phone, but with a price point that makes it affordable to all. They officially announced launch of most affordable Lumia to-date, The Lumia 430 Dual SIM. Priced at just $70 (approx Rs. 4400 in India), this their cheapest phone from Microsoft Lumia stable.

Ola has launched Ola Café, a food delivery services where customers can order food through OLA mobile app from restaurants in the near vicinity!

Nokia has decided to shuffle the $56 million feature phone market in India by introducing India’s most affordable Internet ready feature phone at Rs 2149.

Magic Leap, the Google backed, Virtual reality company has finally unveiled what they are working on – they have released a video of that is sure to blow your mind.

Google India Director for Ecommerce and Online has recently made a startling revelation: Indian fashion market is all set to cross Rs 2 lakh crore mark by the time 2020 ends.

Even after stringent measures enforced by Indian Government, hackers across the world have managed to hack over 155 Government websites which generally reside on GOV.IN and NIC.IN domains.

As per various sources, Chetak is making a comeback in new avatar. It would be without gears, fully automatic with 125-150 CC four-stroke engine. This gives us hint that they may target a segment which is currently dominated by Activa from Honda and Scooty

SnapDeal.com, in partnership with West Coast Yacht Services from Mumbai has decided to offer luxury yachts for wealthy Indians. Starting from Rs 20,00,000, the buy needs to deposit Rs 2,00,000 to start the proceedings.

And yes, don’t forget to check out our updates on Startup Funding!

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