Weekly Wrap-up: iPhone SE, Uber-Ola Battles, Alibaba India Entry & 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, our wrap-up is the best way to catch up with all the tech buzz!

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As a part of the Mystery Shopping initiative, started last year, Flipkart has blacklisted nearly 250 sellers from its website. These sellers were either identified as fraud or found to be selling poor quality products and offered no good after sales service to customers.

As per reports coming in, it was revealed that Alibaba is planning to launch their own ecommerce portal by the end of 2016; and meetings with Government officials and possible partnerships is already on.

State run telecom firm BSNL will launch a major modernization drive pan-India; and a generous amount of Rs 2000 crore has been earmarked for the same. Interestingly, 3G network would be a major focus area, and almost 50-60% of the investment would be targeted for making 3G coverage stronger and faster.

For the first time in India, the Government is taking an initiative, solar powered garbage cans, that combines the best of both worlds, Digital India and Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. By slowly organizing the health and sanitation sector, the Government can ensure waste is recycled and reused in an effective manner.

Government of India has made changes to their custom baggage declaration regulations and have made it mandatory for people entering India to declare specifically if they are carrying drones. It was not mandatory till now to declare. This amendment will come into affect starting April 1st, 2016.

The Government has taken a bold decision to shift entire Bihar Police force from feature phones to smartphones, irrespective of the grades. Bihar Police will be getting the smartphones to use WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook and EMails for communications between the officers themselves.

At an Apple event in its headquarters at Cupertino, California, Apple unveiled a new 4-inch handset, iPhone SE. Rumours had been going around for quite some time now and this had kept a lot of Apple fans busy in guessing the specs.

A pilot project was launched in the month of January, whose main task was to reduce the delay in time taken for incorporating a new company. With this pilot project running, around 14,000 new companies were formed; out of which 70% took less than a day to get fully incorporated!

It seems that business is the new moksha, as Spiritual and Religious Gurus of India having millions of dedicated followers are now all set to sell FMCG products in India, and become business czars of the new India

There is one big picture each one of us is ignoring about iPhone SE launch. Let’s talk about that now! And yes, this will give you a reason to our prime question, i.e., Why Indians shouldn’t care for iPhone SE and its steep price?

In one of its first case in India, world’s largest taxi booking app, Uber, has sued India born, Softbank backed Ola Cabs for resorting to unethical means of fighting the battle.

Chinese manufacturers and traders have found a way to invade this ‘exclusive’ Indian festivals as well; and as a result, traditional Indian manufacturers and sellers of Holi products such as colors (gulal), toys, water guns, sprinklers etc are experiencing a heavy loss of business.

Facebook has also revealed that they will be cutting off all ties to the Blackberry operating system by the end of this year. BlackBerry users will not longer be able to use Facebook on their phones in another nine months.

Under the new Policy, even internet apps will come under the ambit of differential pricing laws. In that case, none of the applications can have discriminatory prices, unless they don’t have their service on the internet.

According to latest State of the Internet report by Akamai, India still dons the hat of having the slowest internet connectivity in Asia-Pacific. India had an average internet speed of 2.8 Mbps, a growth of 11 percent quarter on quarter and 36 percent yearly growth

In yet another instance of e-robbery which should be a wake up call for banks and e-wallet firms, 5 engineering students from Kolkata were able to siphon off Rs 8.6 crore using a simple loophole in one of the digital wallets launched by a private bank.

Twitter India has designed and created an exclusive dashboard for Bangalore Police to monitor tweets that come as complaints.

In a recent development, Kirit Somaiya, BJP MP from Mumbai North-East has lodged an FIR against the top officials of the Ringing Bells in regards to ‘Freedom 251’ with the Noida Police.

It hasn’t even been a week that Uber charged Ola for using unethical means to interfere in its business, that Jugnoo, an auto-rickshaw hailing & hyperlocal delivery company, has also accused Ola of the same.

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