Weekly Wrap-up: Jio Preview Offer, BSNL Unlimited 3G Offer, Paytm Financials & 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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It has been revealed that Govt. of India has intensified their attack against piracy and porn in a massive way. Any internet user who opens up any blocked URL or views any torrent file can be jailed for 3 years, and/or forced to pay a fine of Rs 3 lakh.

The company has not yet released an official statement, but some reports have confirmed that anyone with a 4G enabled smartphone can request a free Jio 4G sim card from Reliance Digital Stores. Mind you, a commercial launch still hasn’t taken place and this might mean that it is due very soon.

Implementing the Common Mobility Card idea, the Delhi Transport Corporation(DTC) has decided to install electronic card readers in the buses to allow the usage of Delhi Metro cards to purchase bus tickets.

Gionee, the smartphone brand which is know to bring smartphones targeted at specific audiences has now launched Gionee S6s in India targeted at audiences who love to click selfies. The newly launched Smartphone has 8 megapixel front camera that sport dual (LED & Screen) flash that promises to offer great selfies even in low light and darker environments.

Bengaluru is the mecca of tech startups in India, as it has overtaken both Delhi-NCR and Mumbai in terms of new startups and their expansion. Commanding an impressive 26% share of the overall Indian tech startups industry, Bengaluru is the place to be when it comes to launching a tech startup.

The much awaited next generation of Android is here, Nougat 7.0 and the California-based company is releasing it to its Nexus devices starting today. The update is an over-the-air update as it has been for a long time, and Nexus device owners will be the first to get a taste of the new version.

Google Duo’s better half, Allo, was announced at Google I/O this year and will be making way to Android Play Store very soon. However, the folks at Android Police seem to have got access to its preview test version and there are a host of new features Google seems to have taken from WhatsApp and Snapchat.

What is the term “On-demand Economy”? On-Demand Economy refers to the contemporary economy activity due to the advancement of digital technology made possible by companies involved with technology that fulfills any customer demand by immediate delivery of goods or services.

Here we summarize to you the top 4 ways how retail technology makes the retail shopping experience completely pleasing and at the same time, nullifies that gap between online shopping and in-store purchases.

Karnataka may soon become India’s first state to have a full fledged ecommerce policy. In the absence of such a robust framework pertaining to digital businesses, we have seen trouble arising from various Govt. departments.

Wealth creation by Indians is refusing to slowdown. As per latest figures till June, 2016, Indians successfully created more wealth than developed countries like Australia, Canada and Italy.

Google has now released a statement saying that blogs and websites with full page and intrusive ads/pop-up on mobile will be punished in terms of their page rank. Some pages show intrusive interstitials to users instead of displaying the content, which affects the indexing done by Google.

Academics working at Carnegie Mellon University in the US have created edible batteries made from parts of our skin, mainly skin pigment melanin which can easily power a small 5 milliWatt device for 18 hours.

In one of the most innovative and pro-employment steps ever taken, Indian Govt. is now offering contractual jobs across 12 major creative and technical disciplines on the official MyGov Portal. These job offers have been floated with an interesting tagline: ‘Want to work for Government?’

Compared to financial year 2014-15, Paytm has reported 312% more net loss for the financial year ending March, 2016. As per the details provided to the registrar, Paytm incurred net loss of Rs 1534 crore for the period 2015-16, compared to Rs 372 crore net loss in 2014-15.

In a bid to encounter the threat of extremely affordable Jio 4G data plans and to better the offer provided by the leading telecom operators on their 4G offerings, BSNL has announced truly unlimited 3G data plan at Rs. 1,099.

Jio 4G network is slowly being opened up to various 4G smartphone owners. Initially Jio 4G network access was restricted to LYF smartphone owners but later on select Samsung and LG smartphone owners could also avail a Jio SIM under the Jio Preview Offer. Now they are further extended to Panasonic, Asus, TCL & Alcatel Smartphones

Intex launched the maximum number of smartphones in 2015, but come 2016 and the company failed to launch many new exciting products. According to reports, 200 employees have quit the company to look out for better opportunities, fearing any troubles in the future.

Government of India is in talks with Department of Telecommunications to offer in-flight services like WiFi and the ability to make phone calls as well. The decision is expected to be taken in the next 10 days, and Aviation Secretary R N Choubey has given us some hope that the news will be good.

Facebook has reached out to RailTel in order to provide WiFi based Internet access to railway stations pan-India. However, Facebook has decided to expand their operations, and also include nearby rural areas for providing WiFi services.

Paypal is focussing on Indian operations with renewed zeal and commitment; and the first step has already been taken. Especially for Indian merchants and traders who use Paypal for receiving their payments in international currencies, the forex charge has been reduced by 40%.

WhatsApp’s founders are very particular about user information and are thus giving everyone 30 days to choose whether Facebook should access their data or not. You still have about a month to check the box if you want to share your contacts with the software giant or not.

The improvised era of cashless economy is now live, as RBI has allowed banks to launch their UPI apps, and have allowed users with a smartphone and a bank account to shop, pay and order products without using actual cash.

PM Modi’s Startup India, Stand Up India has now taken interesting turn after Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has proposed a Shark Tank type reality show for Indian startups; besides launching a dedicated TV channel meant only for Indian entrepreneurs and startups.

A partnership between Niantic Inc., Nintendo, and The Pokémon Company helped Pokemon Go see light of the day.. But Niantic isn’t the only company counting dollars from the game’s success. There are other, too that are taking bag full of money home. Keep reading:

Jio has now extended the offer to other brands including Gionee, Lava, Xolo, Karbonn, Micromax and Yu smartphones as well. Also, here is a detailed guide on how to setup your JioFi Router.

However, the focus remains on the money Uber is bleeding right now. The company, valued at $66 Billion has lost a whopping $1.27 Billion in the first half of 2016 already, making stakeholders worry about the company’s valuation and performance.

And, it happened yet again. Trolls in the mask of religious hooliganism created a ruckus on Twitter, and defamed Myntra for something they didn’t even create or commissioned. #BoycottMyntra was suddenly trending on Twitter yesterday for a harmless and humorous cartoon created by an online creative group, which had Myntra’s logo on it.

And finally, do check out our Indian Startup Funding & Investment chart that lists down over 1500 funding deals happened since January last year!

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