Weekly Wrap-up: RCom Welcome Offer, Google Pixel, Spectrum Auction Failure & More…


It’s Monday morning and it is once again time to do a quick review 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 from last week.

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Union Tourism Ministry, in association with state-run telecom service providers, will install free WiFi hotspots at 100 tourist places across India. These tourist places will be the most prominent ones, that support the ‘Incredible India’ campaign, and the heritage sites.

Samsung relaunced the Galaxy Note 7 on October 7 in India, the same day iPhone 7 and 7 Plus was going to be unveiled here. Samsung Galaxy Note 7s catching fire around the world proved to be a positive for Apple that launched the latest iteration of its iPhone series.

Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal and Shopclues, the 4 major ecommerce portals have aggressively marketing their products under their respective festive day sales programs; and the response has been overwhelming to say the least.

Income Tax Department’s scheme to furnish black money details is a massive hit, as Rs 65,250 crore of black money was declared by 64,275 individuals, thereby making it an average of Rs 1 crore, per individual.

Yeah, the festive season sale was last week and Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal are were in the race to provide customers with some great offers and deals. We do a round-up of top 10 best deals that these sites had to offer.

Launching a lighter version of Messenger, Facebook has unveiled the Messenger Lite standalone app for developing countries like India, Sri Lanka, Brazil and Kenya etc. The app will work on slow internet speeds, like 2G and will work on Android smartphones that sport the bare minimum specifications.

Angry social media has erupted with cries for boycotting Chinese products this festive season; and going by the intensity with which this campaign is gaining ground, it can sound trouble for some Chinese firms, especially those who are into electronics niche.

Facebook has launched Marketplace, a new feature which will allow nearby users to buy or sell products, instantly. Based on your geographical locations, Marketplace will list products offered by nearby users, and allow you to directly interact with the buyer/seller and carry on the transaction.

A new mobile app will soon be launched by the Gurgaon Police for Women’s safety in the millennial city. This app is not just restricted to harassment and safety on the roadside and streets, but also at workplace and other large public places.

Once you receive your degree, the crucial decision that a Fresher has to make is relating to the type of company they will work with. It’s hard to choose. The initial days of your career are critical as they shape your future very finely. Here are some advantages and disadvantages of working in a startup which will help you in understanding if taking a risk is worth it or not.

World Bank has reconfirmed our fears and apprehensions about the future of jobs and the extent to which automation and technology can influence it.

Understanding the psychological and strategical importance of reviews, Amazon, world’s #1 ecommerce portal, has decided to ban all types of incentivized reviews on its platform. It is a big decision, because this means that from now, product sellers cannot offer any incentive or money to the reviewers.

India’s leading cab aggregator app, Ola, has a solution to this. Ola App users can now book their cabs even when they have very low or no internet connectivity. The feature will be available across all cab categories including Micro, Mini, Prime and Lux.

The Moto Z and Z Play modular smartphones, launched 3 months back in the US, have finally made their way to India. Unlike other high-end smartphones, these phone have the ability to transform into a media device with the clip of a Moto Mod, an attachable accessory.

Govt. has now allowed every startup to raise $3 million or Rs 20 crore from foreign investors and lenders within a financial year. Technically, this funding can be done as a external commercial borrowings (ECBs) from foreign based investors and lenders, and every startup (both B2B and B2C) can participate in this.

Google has just unveiled the premium Pixel line-up at the event on October 4. The two smartphones, named Pixel and Pixel XL will be available in India exclusively on Flipkart and Reliance Digital stores.

Within 72 hours of the festive day sales, Xiaomi has sold 50 lakh or 0.5 million MI smartphones on various ecommerce portals. This means that every second, 2 Xiaomi handsets were sold online!

This is the era of Entrepreneurship. Workaholic blood is marinating in a pool of ideas seeking fruitful opportunities. Some ideas are intellectually formulated while others are passion driven. But sooner or later, every idea has to go through the catastrophe.

Ixigo has tied-up with Uber and RedBus to allow its customers to book an Uber cab or bus on RedBus through its Ixigo trains app itself. This also provides all the three companies a lot of exposure in terms of clients and customers.

To prepare Tamil Nadu better for such calamities, and to forecast the possibilities of these natural disasters, the IBM Intelligent Operations Center for Emergency Management, located in Chennai, has been created specifically to help mitigate the destruction from natural calamities.

For the first time ever, Election Commission has partnered with Facebook to run voter registration drive across 5 Indian states, where elections would be held in next year. In of the rare collaboration for e-governance, Facebook users who are 18 years or older can now register for vote by clicking one button on their timeline.

In an unprecedented move, Reliance Communication has launched ‘Welcome Offer’ for new customers, which provides 1 GB of 3G data for less than Rs 50. If we observe the terminology of ‘Welcome Offer’, and the price points, then it is clearly designed to counter the Jio tsunami.

Travel insurance in India, and globally, has breached a new benchmark, which would be hard to replicate anywhere else. 163 year old Indian Railways has decided to provide travel insurance of Rs 10 lakh, only for 1 paisa for all passengers.

Note 7 fiasco is becoming Samsung’s nightmare now – a replacement Note 7 caught fire on a Southwest flight 994 from Louisville to Baltimore. All the passengers and cabin crew were evacuated from the plane as the Note 7 burst into flames.

According to Gartner, an American research and advisory firm, the global device shipments have declined second year in a row. While India and similar economies are growing and the number of devices sold are increasing everyday, the overall growth is actually on a decline.

Touted as India’s biggest spectrum auction, on the hindsight of rising 4G usage, the affair proved to be a damp squib. Media has declared the auction as a complete failure, as only 11.6% of the target money was spent by telecom companies.

Govt. is in no mood to let off celebrities for endorsing fake products and for signing up misleading advertisements. As per new reports emerging, celebrities can be banned for such activities; and may be, they can be imprisoned as well.

The Association of Radio Taxis in Mumbai had recently filed a petition in Bombay High Court, seeking a ban on taxi apps such as Uber and Ola for breaking Indian laws. After hearing the arguments, Bombay HC has refused to ban the services offered by taxi apps, thereby rescuing them from legal action.

India’s largest 4G network, Reliance Jio has now partnered with Apple to increase the demand for its 4G VoLTE services. Jio will offer free services to anyone purchasing a new iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and the iPhone SE.

And lastly, do check out our Indian Startup Funding & Investment chart, which lists down over 2000 funding deals struck since 2015.

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