Weekly Wrap-Up: Lenovo Cast, Hooq, Paytm-Aliexpress, Global Internet Trends & More…


It’s Monday morning and time to do a quick wrap-up of the posts published on trak.in last week. If you were offline last week for any reason, this is great way to catch up with all the tech buzz in India.

Weekly Wrap-up of Tech, Mobile & Startups

Sensing the threats which cyber attacks and malicious malwares and viruses can unleash on the nation, Govt. of India has announced a comprehensive ‘cyber security’ cover for all Indians under the Digital India vision.

As per reports coming in from various sources, companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Xiaomi, Huawei and Lenovo are making plans to acquire Blackberry and the deal may be in the range of $7 billion (Rs 42,000 crore).

Just about time when the AAP government is being criticized for not fulfilling its promise of free WiFi in Delhi, it has revealed that the people in Delhi will indeed get free public WiFi in a few short months.

Mobiefit, a fitness mobile app company which is backed by Gul Panag have launched their free app on Google Play store. Called FirstRun, the app is designed to make runners out of those who’ve never run before in their lives.

Mozilla has decided to ditch their $25 initiative and has now decided to take another route and this time it’s not going to be the price as the focal point, but the quality and features on the OS.

Google has conducted one of the most in-depth research and investigation into the ‘security question’ mechanism for password recovery as per their findings they are less secured and more prone to hacking.

If we believe the findings of Nischint, a parental control & monitoring app for children, then the Internet surfing trends amongst kids in India are alarming to say the least.

Big data today is tremendously easy to collect. Organizations use it to make all kinds of decisions. However can it replace or substitute Human Creativity?

Virtual and cashless payments are growing at breakneck speed right now in India. According to the figures released by RBI for FY 2015, more transactions were done through use of ATM, Debit Cards, Credit cards, Internet Banking and online wallets compared to traditional paper based transactions.

India’s second largest telecom operator, Vodafone India has finally revealed that it’s planning to go public for $4 billion IPO by next financial year.

ISRO is right now working on it’s heaviest communication satellite ever created: GSAT-11 which weighs 4000 kgs. Equivalent of 150 transponders, GSAT-11 can revolutionize telecommunication and broadcasting protocols in the country.

In the recent Forbes List of 100 Most Powerful Women list, 6 Indians have been included. They include Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chanda Kochhar, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Shobhana Bhartia Indra Nooyi and Padmasree Warrior

Singtel, Singapore’s leading telecom operator has launched it’s Netflix type video streaming service Hooq in India today. At the launch event, the company announced that they will offer catalogue of over 10,000 movies on it’s platform for a price of Rs. 199 per month for unlimited viewing.

Finally, Twitter has launched Periscope, their much awaited live video streaming app on Google play store. The app competes with current market leader Meerkat, which too launched their app on Android a month back.

Instamojo, a platform to easily collect payments online for digital goods has now added a new feature called Instapay that makes it even more easier to send and collect payments online. With Instapay, the sender just needs to have person’s instamojo username to make payments.

MobiKwik has tied up with India’s leading private bank- ICICI Bank to let MobiKwik mobile wallet users load up money into their account through cash deposits in the bank!

Outbrain has come out with an interesting research that shows content consumption on Desktop Drives far more engagement compared to Mobile devices!

SEBI has indicated that startup listings on the new Alternate Capital Raising Platform would be made easier with less regulations and rules. Indian startup ecosystem can now look forward to more listings on this new platform.

Mary Meeker’s annual internet trends report is one of the most awaited globaly due to the deep insights the report provides. Every year this Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers executive brings out some very interesting data points in mobile and internet space. This time, it is no different.

TARS, a startup based out of Bangalore, India has created a Whatsapp based personal assistant that will answer all your questions, as long as they are within it’s purview.

Paytm plans to list products from about 1 lakh sellers on AliExpress on their platform. It is sure to boost their GMV (Gross Merchandise Value). Paytm hopes to double its GMV from $1.5 bn currently to $3 bn by the next 6 months.

The Pakistani hacker, who calls himself Mak Man, hacked into the database of Gaana.com, which is Times Internet’s commercial music streaming service, and exposed details of over 12.5 million users

Google seems to be now behind refining, optimizing and perfecting Android, rather than adding new features to it – And we think the this move is in the right direction. Here we bring you 6 most important new features to look forward in upcoming Android Releases.

We are certainly living in the most exciting era of technological progress and connectivity. At a time when 2.8 billion people are online (39%) and 5.2 billion people are on mobile (73%), the world has become a giant, globally connected village where all the information ever created is just a click away.

Lenovo is making a splash at their Lenovo Tech World Showcase currently being held in Beijing, China – First they announced an awesome World’s first laser Projector Smartphone and followed it up with another interesting product, Lenovo Cast.

It seems that Department of Telecom (DoT) officials are confused about the impact of Net Neutrality and Zero Rating Plans introduced by telecom players.

Founders of vibrant and dynamic Indian startups have now shed their apprehensions when it comes to voicing their opinions. And if the case is between Snapdeal and Flipkart, two competitors who are slogging it out to gain market share in India, then the battle reaches an epic status.

Google IO commenced their day 2 of the developer conference and we bring you most important highlights. Google’s ATAP division has made some interesting announcements on this day

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