Weekly Wrap-up: Reliance AJIO, BSNL 4G, WhatsApp Encryption, Facebook Services & 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, this is a great way to catch-up with all the tech buzz!

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Reliance Retail, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries, has launched an online marketplace for fashion products called AJIO.com – The portal currently caters to Women Fashion apparels & will be expanded further.

For India, ICIJ teamed up with Indian Express for Panama Papers investigation; and the information coming in which concerns Indians and their dirty tricks of saving money in offshore bank accounts is not good. For the last 8 months, Indian Express sent their 25 reporters, led by the newspaper’s investigative team, and joined 375 journalists in 76 countries to make sense of this vast ocean of secret data about money laundering, corruption and politics.

State owned telecom provider BSNL will soon be launching their 4G services in 14 telecom circles as per reports. BSNL already has 20 MHz liberalized broadband Wireless (BWA) Spectrum in 2500 MHz band which allows for rollout of 4G services without any licensing hurdles.

Exactly a year ago, we had reported the partnership between Flipkart & Mumbai Dabbawallas for delivering ecommerce products in the city. Now they are successfully running, with one minor problem – English Language.

Xiaomi, the Chinese mobile manufacturer has just made their first investment in India; and going by the looks of it, it is clear that they are into something big. For their first ever investment, they have chosen Hungama, which provides video on demand services and aggregate content on their platform.

Aadhaar-enabled tablet-based PoS system is now a reality in India thanks to MAIT-Intel-Datamini. Named as ‘Janunnati Pad’ (Datamini TPOS7) this tablet makes life easier as it can facilitate the delivery of many digital services offered by the Indian government.

Having to cater to both local and national audiences, it is quite difficult to come down on a particular strategy or plan. You need to make sure that the local SEO strategies for each location of your business consider all the potential local ranking factors.

With the integration of MaplePOS, Zomato has finally launched their service, dubbed Zomato Base, for restaurant businesses in India. It is an Android based POS platform that does a lot more than what the name communicates.

If you’re a website owner or someone who is at all involved in running a website, you’ve probably heard of DDoS attacks, and you probably know enough to fear them. But how much do you really know about DDoS attacks?

Snapdeal Sunshine, a program run by Snapdeal, is providing you an opportunity to give back to the community that gave you so much. In an attempt to uplift the unprivileged part of the society, the program will allow you to donate some listed products on its website to any of the associated NGOs, who are in need of those products.

There are several surprises in ‘Best Companies to Work For in 2016’ list; and the biggest one is that, Airbnb has beaten Google to claim the #1 position in this list for USA.

Google has now announced the expansion of Android Auto to 18 more countries, including India. Android Auto allows you to project your Android smartphone’s, running on 5.0 Lollipop or later, screen onto the infotainment system installed in your car.

TRAI is expected to soon announce a new consultation paper for public WiFi across the country. Experts are claiming that public WiFi is the new battleground for telecom players; and TRAI wants to clearly define the rules before any conflict arises.

In partnership with Bhartiya Micro Credit(BMC), Prime Minister Narendra Modi has flagged off the first fleet of 5,100 E-Rickshaws on Ola’s mobile app, by making the first booking on the app as part of the ‘Stand-Up India’ initiative.

Google Search in India has now introduced health related info in the knowledge graph. So whenever you search health related information on Search, it will give you details there and there itself

In a historical decision, Whatsapp has announced that every message exchange on their platform would be now encrypted. The encryption will be extended to every call you make, and every message, photo, video, file, and voice message you send

The equations of Indian ecommerce industry are changing faster than anyone had anticipated. Flipkart’s ‘independent’ logistics arm Ekart will now deliver Paytm orders; and this has the potential to change everything about Indian ecommerce we knew.

Gaming videos remain to be one of the most popular genre of videos watched by users worldwide on the Internet. With millions of gamers watching billions of hours of videos every month, Youtube launched ‘Youtube Gaming’ last year in the US and U.K. Now, it has come to India.

The grip of IT over creation of new jobs is now gradually fading; and factory jobs is back in massive demand. In fact, in some cases, the salaries offered in factories are much more than Engineering or Management jobs.

If you have been a victim of surge pricing on the major cab-hailing apps in India, then this will be a good news for you. Karnataka has banned surge pricing  & other states are planning to follow them.  For Ola and Uber, this might be a bad news considering their major source of income is surge.

In a new development towards digitizing the collection of money at toll booths, National Payment Corporation of India(NPCI) will go ahead with commercial banks by engaging customers through debit and credit cards. However, digital wallets like Paytm, Mobikwik and Citrus will not figure anywhere in this scenario.

Reliance Industries Chairman and Mukesh Ambani’s wife, Nita Ambani has been declared as Asia’s most powerful businesswoman by Forbes. She has topped Forbes’ list of Asia’s 50 most powerful businesswomen.

At a time when every other mobile subscriber in the country wants to shift to 4G LTE, Reliance Communications, India’s number 4 telecom operator doesn’t want its subscribers to look for other options. The company is planning to start shifting its existing CDMA subscribers to the latest 4G network from early this May.

Silently, and discreetly, Facebook has launched their hyperlocal services platform in India, which has been conceptualized, designed and developed to target the Rs 10 lakh crore hyperlocal services market which has been largely untapped till now.

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