Weekly Wrap-up: Paytm Growth, WhatsApp Video Calling, Jio SIM Home Delivery & More…


It’s Monday morning and yet again time to do a quick review 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!

Weekly Wrap-up: Ola Corporate, BookMyShow Financials, Paytm Sound Pay & More…

When everyone is talking about just Reliance Jio and the insanely low prices for 4G internet, Reliance Communication, led by Anil Ambani, has introduced India’s first ever landline phones with 4G LTE facility.

To further provide help to the people using Paytm, the company announced a new feature called ‘Nearby’ in the app. If you have the latest version, you will see a Nearby image at the top right on the front page of the app.

Indian Railways can soon launch a massive paperless, cashless initiative of their own, wherein passengers can book unreserved train tickets directly from e-wallets such as Paytm, Airtel Money, Jio Money, Freecharge and other e-wallets.

Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das informed the nation that Govt. will soon install massive number of micro-ATMs all across the country, which will provide immediate respite to the on-going currency crunch.

Last year Micromax emerged as the top smartphone seller in India, however for the first time since then, Micromax’s smartphones sales are down by 6% in financial year 2016. The Chinese smartphone makers on the other hand are becoming more prominent, as their shipments have increased.

Paytm has now crossed 50 million or 5 crore downloads on Google Playstore. This feat was achieved by Paytm during the second week of November, which is between November 8th and November 14th.

To take a stronger control over this and to not let its customers complain, Google has decided to restrict advertisements on websites that promote wrong information or display ads that may contain false content.

Freedom House, has just released a report on the freedom of Internet users in India, and the result is not encouraging. We have further slipped in the ranking as we scored measly 41/100, which has been described as ‘Partly Free’.

As per recent report titled ‘2016 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange’ released by Institute of International Education (IIE) in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, total number of Indian students in US has increased exponentially last year.

WhatsApp had initially rolled out video calls for Android users through its beta app tester platform, and now the company has decided to roll it out for all the OS platforms at the same time.

In May this year, OnePlus launched its flagship smartphone, the OnePlus Three, that made all the other flagships look puny in front of this beast. Now, they have launched an upgraded version of the same smartphone with slightly better specifications and have called it OnePlus 3T

Supreme Court has applauded Government for #CurrencyBan, but has refused to stop It after few political parties have opposed it; Here are 5 Illegal Ways For Converting Black Money Into White Money

Snapchat, last week, filed for Largest Tech IPO in US, Since Alibaba; The filing was made Confidentially Under U.S. Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act.

Reliance Jio had started home delivery of sim cards earlier this month through a very quick process. Provided Jio is offering its services for free till 31st December, customers are interested and eager to use the 4G LTE based network.

India is not the only country which is promoting and encouraging a cashless economy; our mighty neighbor China has already started testing their own digital currency, which is all set to replace paper currency in the coming years.

The new product called ‘Ola Credit’ will allow Ola users to pay for their rides later. The delay can be made by almost up to a week, so that for seven days the customer does not face any issues, and can find sufficient time to arrange for cash, if that is the mode of payment.

Hailed as one of the largest Cloud Computing project initiated by any Government, anywhere in the world, Project Meghraj will enable absolute implementation of e-Governance via thousands of apps, portals and tools, which would be all interlinked and interdependent on each other.

Google has decided to pilot a ‘Toilet Locator’ in collaboration with the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD). This service is expected to be available anytime between 16th and 30th November, starting with Delhi-NCR.

If you are an avid social media user, and love to flaunt your overseas travels and expensive iPhones but fail to declare accurate income to evade tax, then there is some bad news for you. Income Tax Department is all set to unleash Project Insight, which will use data mining, big data and analytics to scoop out tax evaders from social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

After disrupting mobile telephony, it is the turn of broadband internet landscape to be disrupted by Reliance. As per reports coming in regarding their ‘Welcome Offer’ plans for Reliance Jio Fiber Internet (FTTH), they are planning to charge just 83 paisa for accessing 1 GB of data at 15 Mbps speed.

#CurrencyBan has divided the country into two parts: On one side are those who are going ga-ga over the masterstroke by PM Modi, while on the other side are those are complaining about the mismanagement and long queues outside ATMs and bank branches.

To strengthen its foothold in India, mobile services provider Syntonic is announcing a partnership with the leading Indian mobile carriers – including Airtel India, Vodafone India, Idea Cellular, and Reliance Mobile – to offer free data to the world’s second largest smartphone market.

A few days back we reported that Jio is starting home delivery of SIMS in major metros. The update to this is that we are hearing from sources that there are not 1, but 2 different programs that Jio is experimenting with, one of individuals and one for housing complex or offices. Here are all the details of the 2 SIM home delivery programs launched by Jio.

With plans starting from Rs. 149 Data Combo pack unlimited voice calling pack bundled with 300 MB 4G data having a validity of 28 days, Reliance Communications is offering truly unlimited voice calls to any phone in India (mobile/landline, local/STD).

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