Weekly Wrap-up: Uber Dial, JioFi Router, Samsung/LG Get Jio Preview Offer & More…


It’s Monday Morning…and as is customary it is 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!

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Last week India celebrated it’s Independence Day – on this occasion we decided to highlight 5 things from which Indian startups need azaadi (Independence) right now.

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, or HTT, announced plans to start a futuristic high-speed transportation system in the US about 3 years back, and the vision is quite close to reality now. Elon Musk-backed company is now planning to expand to other countries and India could be one of them.

On Google’s Github page, the company has hinted at a new operating system it will be developing soon for integrating all the devices. The page simply mentions “Pink + Purple == Fuchsia” but that doesn’t let people from contemplating what the software giant has in its mind.

The face-off between Baba Ramdev and Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) is all set to become murkier in the coming days. After ASCI rapped Patanjali for broadcasting misleading advertisements last month, Baba Ramdev has decided to launch a scathing attack against them, even questioning their very existence.

For frequent travelers, having an Uber app on their phone is a must, especially in this rainy season – but what if you don’t have the app or for some reason, you don’t want to install it. Even if that is the case, Uber has now got you covered with new web app called Uber Dial.

One of the much awaited releases for this year, Google Duo, has been officially launched by the California-based tech giant. The company had promised a second half launch at the Google I/O 2016. Duo also has a second half, Allo, which is in pre-release phase right, should debut soon as well.

It has been around 18 months since TaxiForSure’s acquisition by Ola and finally its operations have been brought to an end by India’s largest cab aggregator. By the end of 2015, Ola had ceased TFS’ operations in around 22 cities in India, and completely taken over its operations in these cities.

In yet another boost to the practice of cashless payments across the country, Government of India has decided to absorb every type of transaction fee incurred while making an online payment to the Govt.

Imagine going inside a mobile operator’s showroom with your Aadhaar Card for getting a new SIM Card. All you need to do is verify the Aadhaar card details, provide your biometric data (fingerprints or iris data) to verify and voila! You come out of the showroom with an activated SIM Card, ready to use within 5 minutes.

Starting an e-commerce venture is as challenging as it can be rewarding. This is true especially considering that entrepreneurs put in their heart and soul, their savings and countless man-hours to make their e-commerce business see the light of day. We bring you 6 mistakes that E-Commerce Business Owners should never make!

India will keep dominating USA in terms of Internet users by 2020, and the catalyst of this incredible expansion would be rural India. Besides, this burgeoning digital economy will unleash a new wave of ecommerce growth in the country, where mobile would be the platform where maximum transactions would happen.

In the The Global Innovation Index 2016, the UN has declared India as world’s #1 country in the export of ICT Services. Overall, India has climbed massive 15 spots to reach #6 in the overall Innovation ranking of the world

With launch of JioFi router last week, now anyone can gain access to Jio Preview offer. At cost of Rs. 2899. JioFi Router allows to access internet on 31 devices. We got our hands on JioFi router and decided to do a walk-thru of how you can setup the JioFi device and get it up and running.

Amit Fulay, Group Product Manager at Google, responded to one of the users by saying that audio calls will be coming soon to Duo. If that becomes reality, there practically won’t be any difference between Hangouts and Duo, except text messaging.

Under the previous provision under the Clause 3(1)(i)(h) of Foreign Trade, no custom duty was charged on import of goods having c.i.f. up to Rs. 2,000. The same has been revised to Rs. 50,000 now.

AskMe, a hyperlocal e-commerce company, has been facing troubles since the start of the year when its primary investor, Malaysia-based Astro Holdings defaulted on payments to sellers, own employees and other dues. Now it is rumoured that they are shutting down and over 1000 employees are getting fired.

Singtel’s strategic move has been to buy a stake in Bharti Telecom just before the spectrum auction, since the two have mutual beliefs and blocks of 700Mhz will benefit both the companies.

Has it ever happened to you that you needed to book a Uber cab for someone else from your smartphone – it was not possible till now, but no more – going forward you will be able to do just that as Uber has announced a new feature where you can “Request a Ride for Others”

Reliance Jio is extending its preview offer to more devices now. Earlier the offer was available only to flagship Samsung smartphones and HP users but now the company has started offering its ‘Jio Preview’ offer to even the entry-level Samsung phones and select LG smartphones.

Taking the path to free internet further, Datawind has announced the launch of a stand-alone Android application that also offers internet services on any Android device without the need of a sim card or any other hotspot device.

And before you go do check out our up-to-date Indian Startup Funding and Investment chart

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