Weekly Wrap-up: Reliance Jio, MTS VOIP Calling Plans, Hike Direct, Google AMP & 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

The Underage CEOs’ by author Ganesh V. can be described as one of those references, which one needs while explaining the magic of entrepreneurship to the non-believers. In this non-fiction book published by Collins Business, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, Ganesh V. showcases 11 inspiring stories of student entrepreneurs.

Kunal Shah, founder of Freecharge, made his debut on Reddit with an AMA or Ask me Anything session, last week. Originally scheduled for an hour between 6 PM to 7 PM on October 1st, the AMA session went on till 11.30 PM, when Kunal posted his last reply.

With 48.34% share, Android users are the numero uno fans of porn, comfortably beating iOS, which is at 40.6% share. Windows based smartphones bring only 2.3% of users to Pornhub; and Blackberry has a share of 1.81%.

MTS India revealed its new internet calling data plans which are first of its kind in the country to show its support and commitment towards Net-Neutrality. The new internet calling plans allow MTS users to make voice calls through Instant messaging applications like WhatsApp, Skype, Viber and others.

Indian mobile subscriber base has now reached 983.21 million with addition of 2.4 million in the month July 2015. Wireline subscribers continue their decline and it currently stands at 26.10 million taking the total telecom subscriber base to 1,009.31 million.

PM Modi debuted at the prestigious ‘Bloomberg Markets Most Influential’ power list, as he has been declared as the 13th most influential leader in the world. As per Bloomberg, PM Modi deserved this position because he won the elections by the widest margin, and right now, he has the power and authority to control World’s largest democracy.

The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) has taken severe note of the misleading advertisements launched by Flipkart and 81 other companies, and have termed them misleading and false.

Rumours are afloat that Reliance Jio will be launching an ultra-portable LTE Mobile Hotspot device that will enable even non-4G handsets to enjoy the 4G data speeds.

A recent report released by NASSCOM says that upto 20% of the jobs in existing domains would be lost to automation, “especially cloud based services”. Another quote from the report: “In BPM services, 50% of the processes could be automated as they become digitized and decisions are increasingly driven by analytics rather than rules enforced by individuals.”

Maharashtra Chief Minister Shri Devendra Fadanvis on Friday launched Right to Service Online Portal, through which 46 Key Government services will be offered online to residents of Maharashtra.

The prices of iPhone 6S and 6+ have already been revealed and the cheapest iPhone 6S (16GB) will put you down by Rs. 62,000 – nearly $1000! On the other end the most expensive unit will be iPhone 6 plus 128 GB that will have a price tag of whopping Rs. 92,000 or close to $1450.

In an attempt to increase user engagement on Twitter, the micro-blogging site has launched a new service, which will curate the popular stories in the day for the Twiterrati. The new button called Moments is marked with a lightning bolt symbol and fetches the news and videos pulled from various users and news organizations on the feed.

Gartner, a leading global research and advisory firm has revealed top strategic Information technology predictions for 2016 & beyond. The predictions give you a scintillating view of our Digital future where machines are going to play an increasingly important roles in our lives.

Internet & Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) conducted India’s first Affiliate Marketing Summit in New Delhi , between October 8th and 9th. This summit was attended by entrepreneurs, marketing mavericks and bloggers who are specializing in performance based marketing.

Exploride, which was incubated at Startup Village in Kerala, has become India’s biggest crowd funding success story. They have successfully raised Rs 3.4 crore or $526,301 from tech enthusiasts at Indiegogo, which is right now world’s largest platform for attracting crowdsourcing.

As of August, 2015, Indian Govt. has spend close to Rs 6000 crore to issue Aadhaar cards for 90 crore Indians. But it seems that a new breed of online fraudsters are fostering on the vulnerabilities of this identification tool, and siphoning off the hard earned money via illegal methods.

The report, titled “Connected Life” states that more than 50% of all Internet users in India are hooked on to just two digital platforms: Facebook and Whatsapp.

Ecommerce shoppers are heading for a bonanza this October, as Amazon India has announced the launch of their “Great Indian Festive Sale” on the very same dates when Flipkart will conduct their Big Billion Day sales: October 13 to October 17.

Government of India is making plans to create laws, which may curtail the right of expression of Indian citizens, on social media. In future, Govt. can ask social media companies to block sensitive posts to stop spread of rumors and hateful messages.

Called Hike Direct, the new feature allows users to Chat, exchange stickers, transfer photos and any of kind of file seamlessly without internet within a radius of 100 metres.

Google has launched a new initiative to speed the Mobile web – Called AMP project or Accelerated Mobile Page project, it is essentially a streamlined way of publishing content for faster mobile web access

Here at trak.in, we vehemently oppose internet.org (Free Basics) as it shatters Net Neutrality. However, here is a contrarian view from a person who thinks both the views are right.

Google has now decided to come out with a transport navigation app especially for Delhites. This is the very first time Google is targeting a specific city, which the travellers would be very happy about.

In what could be a trend-setter in delivery space, Paytm has today announced a 2-hour mobile phone delivery to their customers, thanks to their partnership with India’s largest offline mobile retail chain ‘The MobileStore’.

Around 10 crore+ Chinese products will soon flood Paytm’s platform, which has the power to disrupt the Indian ecommerce market. With prices as low as Rs 3, Indian sellers can expect some major disruptions in the market.

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