Weekly Wrap-up: WhatsApp Free Calling, Delhi Metro WiFi, Indian State of Internet & More…


It is Monday morning and time to do a quick wrap-up of the articles published on Trak.in last week. Here it is…

Weekly Wrap-up of Tech, Mobile & Startups

Indian Ministry of Communications and IT have come up with a new policy that has mandated all Government offices across India to use Open Source Software.

In what may be a great news for Indian Air Travelers, Indian Airline Operators may soon be able to offer WiFi on their aircrafts. According reports, Civil Aviation ministry has approached Telecom department with a proposal in this regards and formal announcement may be soon made

Hindi remains the most popular language for physical publications and Dainik Jagran tops the chart with a readership of over 16.6 million. Hindustan (14.7m) and Dainik Bhaskar (13.8m) round off the top 3 publications in India. Times of India, an English daily has a readership of 7.6 million

As per a recent survey conducted by financial services firm Visa, majority of Indians who make online purchases prefer making payments through credit or debit cards rather than cash-on-delivery or online banking modes.

Within a span of few days, Helion Ventures, IDG Ventures and Tiger Global have sold their stakes worth Rs 1397 crore in Flipkart and JustDial. Is it the time to exit ecommerce companies right now?

If you travel by Metro in Delhi, this news may help you save some money on your Metro travel. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has forged a partnership with “Offer World” to launch an app that will reward the users if they download apps that are listed within their app.

TripHobo, a Pune based online travel planning portal announced their Series B funding of USD 3 million led by new investor Mayfield and current investor Kalaari Capital. This is the second round of funding for TripHobo in the 12 months after a Series-A round in July 2014.

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and Telecom firms in India are so much afraid of “Over the Top (OTTs)” players that they want to tame them with licenses and regulations. It seems that the fear is now not merely of revenues, but of their existence and survival.

In the era of smartphones and internet at the tip of our fingers, we live in a smart world. We make smarter decisions day in day out for every small or huge matter at hand. The new entrant to the smarter world is smart automobiles, mostly cars.

In an unprecedented move by Google & Facebook, it has been decided that consumers will be charged for features which were traditionally free. This move comes after Internet and Mobile companies are finding it tough to monetize their services even after hoarding millions of consumers and their email ids. (This was our April Fool’s Day prank, Check it if you have already not!)

It seems that Alibaba’s investment in PayTm earlier this year is not the end of story. In order to tap more ideas and to invest in the mobile and ecommerce space in India, Alibaba has teamed up with Bangalore based mobile & analytics solutions company Globals to launch India based mobile centric incubator.

Google has launched Chromebit, a device smaller than a candy bar, that converts any display into a computer, not just TV. Based on the Chrome OS, this device can be very helpful in educating children in those locations where access to a computer is a challenge.

Facebook has added new subscribe button to the Events section, which is to notify users of all events hosted by page in their near vicinity.

After months of buzz, the WhatsApp Free Voice Calling feature is now available to everyone. Just update your WhatsApp app, and you will get a new home interface that will show up an extra tab called “calls”.

A recent AppVigil report has found that 70% of the Top 100 mobile banking apps on Android OS are vulnerable to security threats and data leaks!

AKAMAI has come up with their 7th ‘State of the Internet’ report for the last quarter of 2014, and there are more bad news compared to good ones. India is no more the country with slowest Internet connectivity in Asia Pacific region, that mantle has been now passed to Indonesia .

NDA Government has just announced their first ever ‘Foreign Trade Policy’ for 2015-2020. Financial experts have hailed it as one of the redefining policy frameworks ever witnessed as it aims to double the exports from India and breach Rs 54 lakh crore ($900 billion) mark by 2020.

The committee which was set up by PM Modi to oversee and examine the Digital India vision has reported that as of now, 20,000 villages have been connected via broadband under National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) plan. At the same time, it has been decided that NOFN would be renamed as BharatNet.

TRAI has issued a framework for Direct to Home (DTH) operators in India, which would bring cheers to TV viewers across the country. This framework is regarding DTH portability which will make it easier for consumers to switch operators without any hassles.

Freshdesk, one of the most successful Indian startup has announced the second edition of Save the Hacker, a two-day hackathon to rescue smart IT engineers from boring IT jobs.

You must have felt happy and satisfied after downloading a free mobile app, which also has a paid version. Are you wondering who buys the paid one when there is free available. You must have used that app day in and day out, marveling at the free nature of mobile apps.

World’s 13th largest metro system and India’s third biggest urban mass rapid transport network, Delhi Metro, has now decided to provide WiFi for all its passengers. As per reports, they have invited bids from all mobile operators present in Delhi NCR to install and run WiFi within their premises and all running trains.

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