Weekly Wrap-up: iOS9 Launch, Mobile Tariff Hikes, Ola Hack, IRCTC Tatkal Changes & More…


Here is our Monday morning weekly wrap-up of all the posts published on trak.in last week. If you were offline for any reason, this is a great way of catching up with all the tech buzz.

Weekly Wrap-up of Tech, Mobile & Startups

A hacker group has announced on Reddit that they have hacked Ola Cabs database, and have access to critical information such as credit card details, transaction history and voucher codes (unused).

Government of India has proposed a massive digitalization drive in the health sector, which will result in access of information and knowledge about various health schemes on finger tips.

After Idea Cellular hiked its pre-paid data tariffs, Bharti Airtel has also revealed that it has also hiked its data tariff across all its telecom circles in India.

Google had recently announced their new mobile payment platform Android Pay and now according to a report, no transaction fees will be charged for Android Pay transactions

Leading online and mobile classifieds company Quikr has now launched a dedicated vertical for job seekers in India. The sections provides online job listings.

The much-awaited iOS9 was finally announced at WWDC last week. And if you are an iPhone or iPad user, you will be amazed to see what improvements Apple has made to its latest iOS.

MyVisit.Gov.in facility enables the citizens to have a smooth and simple process of making an appointment. It will bridge the gap between the Government and the common man and will enhance the opportunity of a common man to meet a government officer.

IRCTC has made tie-ups with low-cost carriers like SpiceJet and GoAir to make this upgrade-to-flight possible. If you are waitlisted, and you did not get tickets you can now easily upgrade to flights

Last week, Airtel was accused of secretly injecting Javascripts, and iframes into the web browser and is trying to alter the browsing experience. This is what an Airtel user named Thej found out!

Remote interns, born out of the wedlock of internet and internship, have seen a major rise in the internship opportunities of late, especially in the startups.

After introducing hikes in its data tariff plans which went on effect from 1 June 2015, BSNL has now increased the tariff of its voice plans across the nation.

Amazon India informed Indian manufacturers and sellers can use Amazon’s ‘Selling on Amazon’ and ‘Fulfillment by Amazon’ products as part of their global selling program bundle, and thereby instantly connect with their 270 million+ customers across 180 countries.

Finance Ministry has come up with crystal clear guidelines for Service tax on restaurant bills all over the country – No service tax on non-AC restaurants and a service tax on 40% of the total bill, in case it’s an Air Conditioned or Air-heated restaurant

According to the latest developments, DGCA is now fast tracking the process of issuing guidelines for the use of drones for civil purposes, which includes ecommerce deliveries in India.

Reports have emerged that Indian Govt. may never allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in the B2C segment of Ecommerce. Govt. wants their much acclaimed and fairly successful ‘Make in India’ vision to succeed on a national level; and if the reports are to be believed, then FDI can cause much trouble in this regard.

As per the blog posted on Skype, Skype Translator Preview will be launched for the Windows users (using Windows 8.1 or Windows 10) by the end of August and they can try this translator in 4 different speaking languages.

MYPACCO, a Mumbai based one-stop end-to-end logistics solutions provider has tied up with the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba as part of its TFC (Trade Facilitation Centre) initiative.

During the ongoing Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) at California, Apple has officially announced the launch of their much awaited Apple Music which is a digital music streaming service for both Apple and non-Apple users.

Good news for all you train travellers! You would now be able to cancel your confirmed tatkal ticket and still get 50% refund of the ticket price.

Telangana Govt. has announced another big news: Amazon will be developing their biggest campus outside US in Hyderabad. Spread over 2.5 million square feet area, this new campus will receive investment worth Rs 1800 crore from the American company.

Gionee has finally revealed its latest breed of smartphones with the global launch of Gionee Elife E8 and Marathon M5 in Beijing, China. These smartphones target Photography enthusiasts and Heavy users!

Lately, Indian brands have decided to break the mold, the social hypocrisy and age-old chains of ‘ideology’ which are limiting the Indian youth, and making them compromise. Now, Indian brands have decided to embrace boldness, and showcase an unabashed viewpoints!

Xiaomi has announced launch of its next gen high speed Mi WiFi Router that also has a 6TB of in-built storage space. The 6 TB storage variant costs CNY 2,999 (Rs. 30,900 approx.) while its 1 TB variant costs CNY 699 (Rs. 7,200 approx.)

82% or 4 out of 5 Indian employees have confessed that they will switch their jobs in the next 12 months. Infact, 73% of the surveyed employees actually admitted that they have appeared for various interviews during the last 12 months.

After launching the optimized version of Google search for mobile devices with slow 2G internet connection in India, Google is now planning to go one step further with web optimization.

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has issued fresh guidelines for norms pertaining to opening of new bank accounts, which has simplified the process for ‘low risk customers’. Henceforth, only one proof-of-address is sufficient to open a new bank account.

The evolution of Mobile and Internet has transformed the consumer behaviour around the world. E-Commerce made it easy and convenient for people to browse catalogue, compare products and bag eye-popping discounts from the confines of one’s home with the power of touch.

While clean note policy came about last year, it was not enforced by banks till now. However, going forward banks will enforce it strictly and any notes that are scribbled or written on, will not have any value!

5 Indian students, located at 5 different countries, worked virtually to create a model which can disrupt the aviation industry for ever. They have successfully harvested energy from the natural vibrations of an aircraft wing, thereby winning 1st prize at the prestigious UNESCO-AIRBUS Fly Your Ideas Competition held in Hamburg,

Ontario-based smartphone maker Blackberry which once ruled the smartphone market is now planning to launch an Android running phone, according to report published on Recode.

Opera Max data manager app which was launched over a year ago to select testers in various regions will be launching it in India very soon. The app manages over 50 percent data savings on your mobile internet pack

Manu Prakash, an assistant professor at Stanford University has built a computer that operates on water. It gains its energy from moving water droplets.

After Ola and TFS filed a petition opposing this move, A Delhi Court has observed that the decision to reject their licenses is invalid; and stated that the State Government will have to grant them a fresh hearing.

Good news for Indian students in USA, they can now have extended stay after their course finished. On the other hand, there is some bad news for Indian companies and H1B visa holders, as US Govt. will probe H1B visa irregularities reported at Infosys and TCS.

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