Weekly Wrap-Up: BSNL Chaukka-444, Paytm Mall, Aadhaar Linking, Mi Reward Program & More…


It’s Monday morning and time to do a quick review of the posts published on trak 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!

Weekly Wrap-up



Alibaba Cloud will open its first data center in Mumbai. Alibaba Cloud provides cloud computing services covering IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, big data and bespoke solutions to other companies.

The app based taxi providers position themselves as the technology company. Else, they have to take responsibility for every driver, every passenger, and every ride.

Hackers have now developed a deadly Banking Trojan, which gets triggered when the user simply hovers the mouse over a Powerpoint file, attached in the mail.

Bengaluru-based Flipkart now wants to get into the business of messaging for everything. Chinese company Tencent’s WeChat is a one stop shop for all social media activities along with payments and online marketplaces.

For the first time ever, ecommerce spending would be part of the National Survey, conducted by National Sample Survey Organisation, which comes under Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.

A recent study was conducted, which informs us that 7 out of 10 apps will share our personal details with 3rd party advertisers, whether we like it or not. Is privacy a myth now?

Amazon too made its entry into the hyperlocal business last year when it launched Amazon Pantry grocery delivery on its website. However, we all know that Amazon’s ideology is either to be the number one in business or acquire the number one business to become the top player.

A new trend of stealing has emerged recently within the small world of social media apps. And the latest development in this regard is Facebook’s latest feature: 130 character posts.

Attempting to bring in more offline retail shoppers into online medium, Paytm Mall has launched a massive offline to online push, which can actually change the very business model of ecommerce in India.

Some interesting insights into Amazon’s India plan have been revealed, during an interview of Amazon India head Amit Agarwal. Prominent among them is the news that Amazon will revamp their digital payments platform, and showcase that in a new format.


Traders’ Associations all over India has requested the Govt. to stop this menace of bounced cheques, and have asked for stricter rules. Hearing these pleas, Ministry of Law and Justice is all set to modify Negotiable Instruments Act, and make the cases of bounced cheques a non-bailable offense.

Govt. has decided to reduce GST tax slabs for 66 items, which means now more products would be cheaper; fear about shortage of heavily used FMCG products like biscuit, jam, pasta, toothpaste, and cornflakes etc is dominating the market.

Smartphone Insurance is in vogue right now – however, have you ever read the terms and conditions when you buy Smartphone insurance. We break it down for you.

200 million immigrants globally sent $445 billion to their home countries as remittances in 2016. Among them, Indians were the #1 in sending remittance, as total of $62.7 billion was sent to India from abroad


India will be witnessing the much- talked-about newly manufactured Android powered Nokia smartphones. But just a day before the official launch, the pricing and other details of the three upcoming Nokia smartphones in the country have been leaked online.

Daydream was announced in Google I/O 2016 and since then has been evolving to get new features onboard. And now, it has launched Daydream View in India with immediate availability.

Moto E4 and E4 Plus handsets have been priced in the low to mid smartphones segment – Moto E4 will cost around Rs 8,400 and Moto E4 Plus will cost around Rs 10,300, and will be an Amazon Exclusive product (Sales go live on June 22).

In 2013, Google started working on the prototype of a fully automated, self-driving car called Firefly. Google has now officially retired Firefly, and have announced that the prototype would be now showcased in museums across the globe.

The newer version or to be precise, the successors, Galaxy J7 Pro and the Galaxy J7 Max have a lot to deliver in 2017. Priced at Rs 20,900 and Rs 17,900 respectively, both some decent specifications and features.

As per a new report by Kotak Securities, it was found that Jio is literally destroying smaller telecom companies, as they are witnessing declining revenues at a rapid pace. The report actually questions the survival of these smaller telcos, as Jio is adamant to dominate the market in the coming years.

India’s telecom regulatory body TRAI today recommended that the International Roaming SIM Card Providers and the Global Calling Card Providers should pay a compensation of Rs 5,000 to the customers, in case they fail to provide service during an overseas travel.

Xiaomi India today announced the special ‘Mi Reward Programme’ in the country. Xiaomi was planning to bring in the program since they launched their official website in India, and finally today they flagged off the Reward Mi program in the country.

Lenovo has officially outed that Indian customers won’t be seeing many Lenovo branded Vibe series of smartphones anymore.

After the tremendous success of STV 333 or Triple ACE plan, BSNL has now launched STV- 444 plan, which has been code named as Chaukka-444.

All telecom operators huddled together, and met Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for discussing the ongoing financial mess, and for finding out the way out. We have got exclusive information on the pointers which each telco discussed during their meeting with TRAI, and here are the highlights:

A phone which took four years to be a made – The HTC U11 boasts in the latest Edge Sense Technology which allows you to launch apps and do more by just squeezing the phone.


Today onwards, you can have your favourite burger from McDonald, that crunchy cheesy burst pizza from Dominos, that mouthwatering chicken nugget from KFC, that mind-blowing lassi from Haldiram and more, all while sitting in your train!

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