Weekly Wrap-up: Reliance Jio Free WiFi, Amazon Digital Wallet, Ola Café Shut & More…


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

Weekly Wrap-up: Ola Corporate, BookMyShow Financials, Paytm Sound Pay & More…

In yet another instance of insensitivity and hardcore stand on new businesses, Karnataka Government has seized bike-taxis of Ola and Uber and have issued a stern warning to all users that these are illegal.

Paytm, in a push to increase its ever expanding bouquet of wallet payment services, has partnered with the Government to allow online recharge through Paytm digital wallet. It is an effort to reduce long queues at the recharge counters and make travelling convenient for 2.3 Million commuters.

Here is a simple trick that can save you considerable amount of money while air ticket booking online, exploiting a tactic used by the marketing team and a critical reflection of it.

Swabhimaanya, an organization authorized by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has created India’s first Aadhar Card linked app to verify any Indian citizen instantly. Termed as ‘TrustId’, this app has been specially developed for authenticating domestic helps and workers from unorganized sector.

Reliance Jio is offering free Hi speed WiFi to cricket fans who are going to visit six cricket stadiums across India to watch T-20 World Cup matches which is scheduled to start on March 15th. And it is not just T20 World Cup – the cricket fans will be able to access Jio internet during the Indian Premier League which will start after the T20 World Cup is over!

Uber has come up with an intelligent solution to reducing drink and drive cases in Mumbai and surrounding areas by partnering with Mumbai Traffic Police. They will install breath analysers at bars and clubs in and around Mumbai to alert the customers about the level of alcohol in their blood.

The Ministry of Women and Child Development has launched a web portal ‘Mahila E-haat’ to promote women entrepreneurs in India. The website will allow women to sell their products online without any extra costs.

The Indian mobile app market is showing certain trend, which is counter intuitive to a pragmatic researcher and practitioner like the author. Here are my ten Predications for the Indian Mobile App Industry for 2016

It seems that the pressure was too much to ignore for the Government, as they have decided to withdraw proposal to tax provident fund. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley informed the Parliament that the proposal to tax EPF (Employee Provident Fund) has been put on hold as of now.

Google India head Rajan Anandan has said that Google is in talks with telecom firms such as BSNL which can help to execute Project Loon sooner than expected.

India ended year 2015 with a total telecom subscriber base of 1036.41 million. Out of those 1010.89 mln were mobile subscribers, while 25.52 million were wireline subscribers.

Truecaller, one of the must have apps in a smartphone has now been updated with an improved design, trauedialer feature integration and a new app icon to make it even more attractive and easy to use.

In a new development, PayPal has joined hands with OYO Rooms to allow global consumers to pay for their accommodation and Indian customers to pay for their international bookings. OYO Users will be able to pay for their bookings in Malaysia and other countries in Southeast Asia through PayPal.

Flipkart, the homegrown ECommerce giant, last week announced launch of their own digital wallet, and now Amazon India has announced their intentions to launch it as well.

A report by Mumbai-based brokerage firm Centrum Broking has said that due to automation, top 5 IT companies in India have hired 24% less employees in 2015, compared to previous years.

Facebook is on its way to bring out something monumental and historic. As part of Facebook’s plans to provide Internet at deep rural areas using drones, two major developments have happened which is certainly encouraging.

Quikr.com, India’s largest classifieds site today announced launch of Quikr Doorstep, a move to facilitate more ECommerce transactions on the portal. Quikr Doorstep essentially brings convenience of ecommerce to classified listings and takes care of end-to-end process of buying and selling.

‘Happening Haryana’, a Global Investors Summit in Haryana, saw a lot of investments from all over the country for development of Haryana and its smart cities. In the same summit, Uber announced that it will be investing Rs 120 Crore in the state to improve its cab-hailing service and transportation network.

Starting now, Google app will answer all you queries related to ICC World Twenty20 tournament or cricket in general. You can check for ”mid-match score”, “when India plays next”, on your Android or iOS device.

State run telecom firm BSNL has decided to offer video-on-demand services to their 2 crore+ customers pan-India. They have announced partnership with Tata Sky to kickstart their operations right away.

afaqs! has just announced their 11th Buzziest Brand of India list, and there are some surprising results this year. Flipkart, which was the buzziest brand last year, has been dethroned by Amazon which has been hailed as India’s Buzziest Brand.

Exactly a year back, Ola launched it’s online food delivery business Ola Café and now it is no more. It seems Ola has shut down Ola Café as the tab does not appear anymore in their mobile app now.

Google has recently unveiled the Developer Preview of its upcoming mobile operating system- Android N. It is full of new awesome features and here is the list of some of the most important features that we all have been waiting for in Android N

In a first in India, Lenovo has tied-up with Paytm to disburse money to sales representatives for the expenses occurred during sales and marketing. The money will be digitally transferred to Paytm wallet for the distributors and representatives, who can then choose to use them for their bills and transportation.

Government wants to promote and encourage startups in India. In a decision which will motivate young entrepreneurs to become job creators, instead of job seekers, Indian Govt. has increased their startup fund by 5 times.

Rajya Sabha passed an extremely crucial bill which will regulate real estate sector in India, and protect home buyers from potential cheats and frauds which are rampant in this niche.

Community Party of India (CPI) has decided to take matters head-on and challenge Uber/Ola in their own game. Ernakulam Car Drivers Welfare Society, a local body of taxi operators in Kerala has launched their own app to book taxis. CPI(M) Ernakulam district committee secretary P Rajeev launched this mobile app yesterday.

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