Weekly Wrap-Up: Yu Yutopia, Ankit Fadia Saga, Flipkart Big Billion Day Sale & 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 for any reason, this is a great way to catch up with all the tech-buzz

Weekly Wrap-up of Tech, Mobile & Startups

Ola, India’s leading cab aggregator app company has announced the public release of their API – this will allow major mobile applications as well as individual developers, to integrate Ola’s offering onto their platforms.

The historic meeting between PM Modi and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg concluded last week, where our PM shared that he wants to make Indian economy worth $20 trillion, from $8 trillion right now.

Indian hackers launched a massive counter attack on Pakistani websites, after a hacker group from across the border attacked one Kerala Govt. website. More than 250 Pakistani websites, which included official website of Pakistan’s President, official website of Pakistani Govt., official website of Pakistani Railways were hacked within hours of the incident.

Moto X play launch was eagerly anticipated in India when Motorola and Flipkart announced its release on 14th September 2015. Here is our review of Moto X Play after exploring it thoroughly for past 2-3 days.

Yu Televentures, a subsidiary of Micromax wants to create a splash this Diwali – as per reports, they are planning to launch World’s Most Powerful Smartphone. The name of the smartphone, most aptly, is kept Yu Yutopia.

Last week, there was a huge hue and cry in online media when author and self proclaimed ethical hacker Ankit Fadia has claimed that Govt. of India has appointed him as one of the brand ambassadors of Digital India vision.

After a lot of flip flop, Government later came out with clarification and have stated that they have indeed appointed 4 Brand Ambassadors for Digital India mission including Ankit Fadia to generate mass awareness of the program.

However, in our view, appointing Ankit Fadia as a Brand Ambassador may not be a good decision afterall.

Flipkart has announced that their Big Billion Sale would be repeated this year; but there is a twist. Only those customers who are on their mobile app are eligible to shop. Desktop users have been excluded from participating from this mega sale.

Here are two major updates from Google, which were shared by their CEO Sundar Pichai during his meeting with PM Modi: Android Will Have 11 Regional Languages and WiFi Plan Across 400 Railway Stations is Confirmed

Uber has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Automotive Skills Development Council to train and certify over 100,000 individuals as commercially licensed drivers onto the Uber platform over the next 3 years.

At an event yesterday, Google announced launch of 5 new devices. The premium Smartphone Nexus 6P, Mid-range phone Nexus 5X, 2nd Gen Chromecast, Chromecast Audio & a tablet-Laptop combo Pixel C.

Financial Times have declared that India is now world’s top FDI destination, as we attracted $31 billion from foreign investors during the first half of 2015. Thereby, we have overtaken US and China in this department.

PriceBaba, which is a price comparison engine for mobile phones, have come up with an interesting case study: “Mobile Price WARS: Online Vs. Offline”; which basically finds out the trend of mobile phone pricing on online and offline turfs.

Social media and Instant message sharing is boosting mobile video growth. Video Quality and Video Content are the Key factors driving Mobile Video Sharing in India and other Emerging Markets of the Middle East and South East Asia stated Vuclip

The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI), which is an advertising governing body, has taken severe note of the way Airtel is projecting their 4G services as the best in the country, without any evidence or proof

Bangalore Police has received Intelligence inputs that terrorists and extremists are infiltrating IT startups in the city. To stop this, mandatory police verification for all employees would be soon announced by them.

As per reports coming in, Apple has managed to sell 13 million iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus units during the launch weekend, a figure which exceeds market expectations, and Apple’s own record. And here is a surprising fact – Apple earns $513 per sale of iPhone 6S

The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) has recently launched an initiative known as Mobile10X jointly with Google India and Paytm to boost the development of apps in India.

Videos have been gaining much popularity online, especially on Facebook. In the same light, Facebook has added a new feature, wherein you could add a 7 second looped video as your profile picture.

Google has launched a special project, which aims to determine what and how much has changed in India, via a short crowd-sourced documentary film called ‘India in a Day’. To make this historic film even more memorable, Google has roped in contemporary India’s finest film makers: Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar, Shekhar Kapoor; along with reputed British filmmaker Ridley Scott.

Asus, the Taiwanese multinational electronics firm which is World’s 5th largest PC manufacturer has joined the Make in India club. They have pledged their alliance with Make in India vision by announcing that all their handsets would be now manufactured in India.

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