Weekly Wrap-up: Jio Extension, ICICI-PhonePe Fight, Hyperloop JioHealthHub App & More…


It is yet another 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 from last week.

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Govt. Panel is now pushing for making English As A Compulsory Subject For All; Recommends 1 English School In Every Block – Can It Improve Lives Of Indians?

In the latest version of the app, Snapchat has finally added something the users had been waiting for so long. Now there is a ‘search’ bar on the top of the screen that allows you to search for specific stories and snaps.

According to a study of researchers at Keeper Blog, Nearly 17 percent of users are safeguarding their accounts with the password ‘123456’. It is also the most commonly used password in 2016, followed by ‘123456789’.

Govt. Officials and Ministry of External Affairs has Warned Amazon Over Hurting Indian Sentiments; In the meanwhile, Amazon India has planned to To Hire 7500 Temporary Staff Before Sales.

Under the ambitious ‘Digital Village’ initiative, Govt. has released their draft requirements which will now act as a platform and standard for implementing the scheme across India.

The Reliance Quarterly Result report claims that Reliance Jio recorded 72.4 million subscribers as of December 2016, which equated to just 4 months, thereby making it the fastest growing technology company in the world.

HyperLoop One and HyperLoop Transportation Technologies(HTT) have picked up the route between Bengaluru and Chennai, which usually takes about 6 to 7 hours by bus or train, and an hour or so by flight. Hyperloop wants to reduce this travel time to only 30 mins!

Signaling ease of demonetization troubles, RBI has now increased daily ATM withdrawals to Rs 10,000 per day. Right now, the limit is Rs 4500 per day, per ATM.

BSNL will soon relaunch their ‘truly unlimited’ 3G data plan for Rs 498, once again. Along with that, several new plans would also be launched on Republic Day (January 26th), which have been described as cheaper and bolder.

If last month’s fiasco between SBI and Paytm was the spark of this war, the recent incident of ICICI Bank and Flipkart’s PhonePe has ignited the fight into a full blown war.

Bharti Airtel’s Dual Carrier technology plans to significantly boosts network capacity through highly efficient usage, and delivers a superior mobile experience in the form of faster data speeds, better voice quality, and improved network coverage – indoors and outdoors.”

India is becoming an important destination for Google, and this has once again been proven by the downloads on the Google Play Store. India has pipped the US in the leaderboard of the most downloads on the Play Store.

As per the recent Passport Index ranking of World’s most powerful, efficient and popular passports, India has a disappointing presence. With only a visa-free score of only 46, we are ranked #81 out of 98 in the list.

As per recent data published by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), it was revealed that Mumbai airport is India’s most unpunctual private-run airport as 45% of all flights (either coming in or going out) were delayed there.

As we all know, Reliance Jio is building an ecosystem of its own. In tune with that, Jio has now unveiled its health tracking app- JioHealthHub on Google Play for the early testers.

Nearly a month back, a Flipkart delivery boy named Nanjundaswamy was murdered at a gym in Bengaluru, for a petty reason. Now the company has taken cognizance of risk and launched ‘Project Nanjunda’ that provides some protection to field executives.

Yes Bank, which is India’s 5th largest bank as per market capital, has launched India’s 1st customizable saving bank account. Designed for those banking customers who are stuck with traditional, and orthodox saving account format, this new saving account format has been empowered with several customizations to suit the customer.

Continuing the legacy of offline apps like Google Maps and YouTube, Google Search also now supports ‘offline search’ for spotty connections. Now on the Google app for Android, even if your search fails, Google will deliver your results as soon as a connection is available, so you can keep searching with a single tap.

Based on the research, India’s IT hub and our very own Silicon Valley has even beaten the actual Silicon Valley in ranking. Bengaluru has been declared as World’s most dynamic city based on it’s ‘ability to embrace technological change, absorb rapid population growth and strengthen global connectivity.’

Revision control systems can also be termed as the key element for team collaboration on the cloud. Bitbucket is one such service that lets you manage your file versions on the cloud while offering a plethora of other useful features. [Sponsored]

In order to start assembling iPhones in India, Apple had sent a long list of demands and wishes to the Indian Govt., which included tax holiday for 15 years and more.. We had initially assumed that Govt. will never listen to these demands and will out rightly reject them. However, things are not black and white anymore, because if we believe some reports, then it seems that Govt. can consider some of these demands.

Tata will soon test India’s first self-driven car on Bengaluru roads. Right now, they are seeking necessary permissions for conducting such tests, and a tentative date for tests would be soon announced.

Last week, Vodafone India announced unlimited 3G/4G data for 1 hour at just Rs. 16 along with unlimited on-net (Vodafone to Vodafone) calling at just Rs. 7/hour. With this latest announcement, Vodafone is offering 4 times the 4G data on Rs. 250 pack which earlier offered just 1 GB 4G data for 28 days.

FreeCharge customers will now be able to invest in mutual funds through FreeCharge itself, in partnership with Reliance Mutual Fund. Investing money through FreeCharge is a great alternative to savings account or FD to get returns on your idle money. The company says that it will

It has been over 4 months since Airtel customers haven’t been able to recharge their mobile using PhonePe app. This means, over 50-60% of PhonePe user base is now unable to either use ICICI Bank for uploading money into their semi-wallet, or recharge/pay bill of their Airtel connection.

During Bengaluru chapter of Global Shapers, a body backed by the World Economic Forum, Infosys’s HR Head Krishnamurthy Shankar admitted that over 9000 employees were ‘released’ by them in 2016.

After a meeting of the GST Council, it has been decided that tax evasion of less than Rs 2 crore would be bailable offense, and non-bailable offenses would be limited to ‘forgery and non- deposit of collected taxes with the exchequer within the stipulated time frame.’

As if it is not enough to run free offers for 6 months, Reliance Jio is considering extending it free offer until 30 June 2016. The current offer from Jio, the ‘Happy New Year Offer’ will expire on 31 March 2017

Govt. of India’s ambitious aviation scheme: UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) will finally take-off starting next month. As per reports emerging, Govt. of India has received bids for 190 routes across India, covering smaller towns and cities.

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