Weekly Wrap-up: Flipkart 2-Wheelers, No Software Patents, Media Monitoring by Govt & More…


It’s again time to do a quick wrap-up of 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: Ola Corporate, BookMyShow Financials, Paytm Sound Pay & More…

Head versus heart, reason versus emotion – a perennial dilemma mankind has faced through all times, when it comes to making decisions. The dilemma is even bigger for an entrepreneur, since the decisions have a direct bearing on the business, and one wrong decision alone can spell doom for a startup.

Now, an Indian company called Joister Infomedia is all set to install free WiFi hotspots at all railway stations in Maharashtra. At the moment, Joister has only approached the Central and Western Railways with the proposition and only the Railway Ministry can take action on the proposal.

Imagine a digital marketplace for farmers, using which any farmer in any corner of the country can instantly sell their agri-products to any buyer, there by controlling the price and profits. Govt is just doing that by launching a marketplace dedicated to Farmers.

Google is about to roll out major updates to its desktop search page and will do away with the right-side ads. Presently, when you fire a query on Google Search, you will be presented 3 ads above the search results, and 8 ads on the right side

In a major decision which can change equations for the automobile industry in India, Flipkart has decided to go full throttle on selling 2-wheelers via their online commerce portal. Flipkart aims to capture 2% of this market by December end, which means that around 3 lakh units of 2-wheelers can be sold only on Flipkart.

So, you might be wondering which phone is getting launched with 6GB RAM – It is the Chinese smartphone maker, Vivo that has now teased us with their upcoming flagship Vivo XPlay 5 that will (probably) become the first phone with that kind of RAM in India!

Before you set out on working on a business idea, you should take some time to ask and reflect on some important fundamental questions. Here are those questions..

Google has released a fresh update on Google Play Store for its Maps application, which allows users to add stops to your existing route without the need to exit navigation.

NPCI, the organization which is the hub of all online payment systems operating in the country is all set launch the highly anticipated ‘Unified Payment Interface’ (UPI). The flexibility and ease of UPI is such that that it has the potential to kill all mobile wallets in the country.

Adiyta Birla Group’s retail arm- ‘More’ has tied up with country’s largest mobile wallet company, Paytm. This means that you can pay at ‘More’ malls with your Paytm wallet. No need to swipe your card or make payment in hard cash.

In a major decision which will have a far reaching impact in the Indian software and programming industry, India’s main patent office has said no to software patents in India.

In his efforts to make internet a basic commodity and to make it available to all the people across the globe, Mark Zuckerberg last week announced his plan to improve the telecom network infrastructure.

48th most powerful company in America, Uber which is worth $62.5 billion worth is not satisfied with their progress in driving consumers to their cab hailing app, yet. They are soon going to launch their own exclusive digital wallet, for catering to their own customers from India.

During last month’s ‘Startup India Stand Up India’ program, one this which was doubted and questioned the most was the definition of a startup – Finally, the Government has now officially come out with a definition.

Have you ever been in a situation when you had to contact someone urgently or when you were in an emergency and you didn’t have sufficient balance in your phone? Now, an app called Instavoice will help you in such situations.

Infosys is aggressively pushing towards automation and focusing more on areas such as Virtual Reality (VR) now a days. The company plans to deploy automation across its top customer projects and be more profitable by reducing its bench.

An escrow account has been created in a bank which will ensure all the money is with PayU and not Ringing Bells, so that there is no breach of agreement and customers are not mislead by the cheapest smartphone campaign.customers are not mislead by the cheapest smartphone campaign.

LeEco, the latest Chinese smartphone maker to enter India has collaborated with Akshaya Patra and now plans to provide Mid-day Meals to Underprivileged kids

In a major development, Government has removed every type of service charge & surcharge applicable on cashless payments. This is seen as the biggest push for promoting digital/card based payments in India.

Indian Government has now decided to closely monitor all negative news emerging against them on digital, TV and print media.

It is very important for social impact ventures to keep a profit oriented vision. Apart from the funding and self dependence aspect, it works wonders for the beneficiaries as well.

Lenovo has announced World’s First Project Tango Smartphone – Project Tango is a combination of advanced 3D tracking technology and depth sensors, enabling the mobile devices to know where it is (based on previously entered data), and navigating through it.

Now, IRCTC has signed a deal with the innovative hotel room booking startup OYO Rooms to enable its passengers to book their accommodation across 45,000 hotel rooms across 170 cities in the country.

Thankfully, no passenger fare was increased in this Rail budget 2016, and only 4 new trains were introduced: all for the needy and appropriate. Unlike previous rail budgets, wherein several new trains were announced, just for voter appeasement. Here are highlights of Rail budget 2016

In a news that may not be surprising, but saddening, LG and Sony both have decided to leave the entry level smartphone segment and focus more on the other segments where sales are motivating.

Ecommerce in India has witnessed tremendous growth and has grown from $17 billion in 2014 to $23 billion in 2015. It is expected to see a 67% jump in 2016 from $23 Billion to $38 Billion.

One of the major announcements made by Railway Minister during his budget speech was Rail Travel Insurance for passengers; which was a much needed feature. 330 passengers have died while travelling in Indian trains during last 4 years,

Now, the digital arm of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL), Zee Digital Convergence Ltd (ZDCL) has launched its own video-on-demand (VoD) platform- OZEE.

Breaking all stereotypes, the rewards were not in the form of cash or some stereotypical gift items or Sodexho passes but PayTM cash. Are Millennials in India Happy to Bid Goodbye to Cash?

You will now be able to write whatever you want in Google Docs without even typing a single word. Yes, you can keep your keyboard aside and dictate whatever you want to write to Google Docs.

As per reports emerging, Snapdeal has created a scenario wherein 200 odd customer care executives would be forced to resign from the company in coming days.

Rs 1 lakh crore worth of Indian ecommerce sector faces extinction in India, if the proposed Goods and Services Tax Bill (GST Bill) is not passed in the Lok Sabha this year. This warning has been issued by Internet & Mobile Association of India (IAMAI)

The Delhi Government, led by the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP), has decided to aid DMRC with a Rs 1,546 Crore interest-free loan, to speed up the development processes.

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