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Samsung slashes price of Galaxy K zoom to Rs 19,999

Samsung has reduced the price of its handset Galaxy K zoom in India. The device will now be available at Rs 19,999 now than the previous price of Rs 29,999. The exclusive online retailer of the handset, Amazon India has affirmed the price cut. As per reports, the discount of Rs 10,000 will be for few days only but the exact dates have not been revealed.

Central government launches .Bharat domain

The central government has launched the .Bharat domain in Devanagari script which covers eight languages including Hindi, Marathi and Konkani. After the launch, the individuals or the companies who wish to own a website with domain name in Hindi will be able to do so. The domain ‘.Bharat’ will be used as an extension in place of the common domains such as .Net, .Com or .In.

Xiaomi to launch its new handset and service centres in major cities soon

After the success of its Mi3, Xiaomi has announced to launch another smartphone, Redmi 1S in India soon. It will have a 4.7-inch screen with a 1.6 GHz Sanpdragon 400 quad-core processor. Redmi 1S will be priced at Rs. 5,999. The announcement was made during the launch event at Delhi where the Global VP of Xiaomi, Hugo Barra was also present. As per reports, Xiaomi also plans to set up its service centres at Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai and Gurgaon.

Sony brings a 'selfie' smartphone at Rs 23,990 in India

Japanese electronics giant Sony has launched a new handset, Xperia C3 in India. The dual-SIM phone will be available at a price of Rs 23,990. The phone has been created with a special feature of ‘PROselfie cam’ which can be used for social sharing experience. It has a 5.5-inch screen, an 8 megapixel camera with LED flash. It is supported by quad-core processor of 1.2 Ghz and has a 1 GB RAM and internal memory of 8 GB.

Android One to be launched in India soon, Karbonn and Micromax to line-up their products

Google project, Android One which promises to offer rich smartphone experience at lower prices will be launched in India in September. On the other hand, Karbonn, Micromax and Spice are also prepared to launch their products in the Indian markets in the same month. All the manufacturers are expected to launch these handsets within the range of Rs 7,000-10,000. It is also expected that Google will bring more such handsets depending upon the response from the customers.

Intex to launch its first Firefox smartphone today

Intex will lift the veil of its first Firefox smartphone in India today. As per reports, this will be India’s cheapest smartphone and will be priced below Rs 2,000. The phone is expected to have a 3.5-inch display, 1 GHZ processor and 2 megapixel camera. To compete with Intex, Spice will also launch Firefox’s phone on  August 29. Mozilla, developer of Firefox, had tied up with Spice and Intex earlier this year to launch smartphones at lower prices inIndia.

Apple is replacing batteries of iPhone 5 for free

In case you recharge your Apple iPhone 5 battery very frequently then it might be a good news for you. Apple is replacing these problematic batteries of some selected and a small percentage of iPhone 5 for free. The phone units sold between September of 2012 and January of 2013 are reported to have such defects and eligible for free replacement. To find out if your phone is eligible log into Apple's support site and enter your phone's serial number.

Canadian Gaming Start-up to invest into India operations

A Canada-based mobile gaming start-up will be investing 1 million (Rs. 6.6 crore) in India to improve its business and product development in the country. Play It Interactive  President and Co-founder Cory Cleveland said that the investment in India will allow the gaming company to build opportunities in India and neighbouring countries. As per reports, Play It Interactive will open a head office in Mumbai and will recruit local talent.

Panasonic Eluga U smartphone available online for Rs 17220 on Flipcart

The Eluga U smartphone from Panasonic is available at a lower rate than its officially announced price. Eluga U is available on Flipkart for Rs 17220 while for Rs. 17730  on eBay. Originally it was priced at Rs. 18990. The device has a 5-inch 720p touchscreen, Android v4.4 Kitkat OS and 2GB RAM and 16 GB Internal storage.

Lava launched Iris Pro android phone at Rs 11,990

Lava has launched an updated version of its smartphone, Iris Pro 30 which was initially launched in January. The new smartphone is expected to offer superior touch experience with the help of OGS (one glass solution) technology. The device will run on an older Android 4.2.2 Jelly Beans OS. A dual SIM phone, it has an internal storage memory of 16 GB which is expandable up to 32 GB.

Google to launch its mentorship programme 'Launchpad' in India

Google India will launch an exhaustive mentorship programme programme in Bengaluru from November 3 to 7.  Called the ‘Google Launchpad', it is a pre-incubation programme made to help the startups  achieve rapid progress in a very short time in the aress of user interface, product strategy & technology, marketing, business development and presentation skills. Sunil Rao, the country head for the organisation, said that their aim is to launch this programme every quarter and after a year once in every month.



IDC: Samsung continues to rue Indian market, but Micromax is growing at a fast pace

According to a report by the International Data Corporation (IDC), issued for the Indian mobile market in Q2, Samsung is still leading the mobile market. Earlier, a similar report by Counterpoint Research has said that it was Micromax which is ruling the mobile market and Samsung is at number two position. As per IDC’s report, Samsung has a 17 per cent share in the mobile market while Micromax has only 14 per cent share.

Indian taxi companies take on Uber; to start their own payment processes

The Indian taxi firms have complained to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) about the payment processes of Uber, a US-based cab-hailing app. These operators have complained to RBI that the payment process uses a two-stage authentication making it possible for them to save the information about the credit cards of the clients. According to reports, India’s Association of Radio Taxis including Mega Cabs, Meru Cabs and Easy Cabs are planning to set up collection offices overseas so as to avail single-level authentication.

Dot Bharat Domain all set to be launched


A domain, primarily designed for non-English speaking people in India, 'dot Bharat' will be set out on August 21 to make internet browsing easier for them. This service will allow the internet users to enter addresses in the Devnagri script in a web browser. The project to develop the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) of dot Bharat is being carried out by the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) and the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC). 

As per media reports, it has been developed with the objective to enhance e-governance and form a digital link between different corners of the country. Also, very shortly, web addresses will be formulated in six regional languages, namely Tamil, Urdu, Gujarati, Bengali, Telugu and Punjabi.

Free Wi-Fi service starts in Khan Market

Under the Wi-Fi project of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), the classy Khan Market of the capital city has been turned into a free Wi-Fi zone. To access the free internet service in the area, one requires to get his/her mobile number registered and submit one’s email ID. A one-time password (OTP) will be given to the users to connect to the Wi-Fi service.

However, the free service can be availed only for duration of 20 minutes. For a longer usage, users will have to buy additional data online or they can recharge through a retail store. For 40 minutes of usage, Tata Docomo will be charging Rs 20, while Rs 30 and Rs 90 will be charged for 60 and 100 minutes, respectively. The heart of the capital, Connaught Place will become another Wi-Fi hotspot area soon, probably by the end of this month, as per media reports.

Reconnect smartphone launched by Reliance Digital

Reconnect Quad Core 4.7" dual SIM 3G smartphone has been launched by Reliance Digital. The smartphone is priced at Rs 12,999 and equipped with features like proficient media processing for power-saving. 2000 mAh Li-Ion battery has been put into place for great multimedia experience. User can enjoy uninterrupted eight hours of music, four hours of video playback and six to seven hours of talk time. The phone runs on Android 4.2.2, Jelly Bean operating system and has a 4.7 inch HD IPS display. Total weight is 132.8 gm. Available in Black and White colour and one year warranty, the smartphone has a 1GB RAM.

Sony India launches new headphones and earphones

Sony India has launched two pairs of new headphones and a set of earphones. The headphones MDR-XB450 and MDR-XB250 will be priced at Rs. 1490 and Rs. 2190 respectively. These headphones will be available in different colours, i.e., black, yellow, blue, white and red. The earphones named MDR-AS200 will be priced at Rs 790 and is expected to be available in the Indian markets from September, and the headphones from August.

Nokia Lumia 530 Dual SIM launched in India at Rs 7,199

Microsoft’s Nokia Lumia 530 Dual SIM phone has been launched in India and is priced at Rs 7,199. The single SIM variant of the same handset was launched on 23 July with similar specifications. The Dual SIM version is available on the company’s online store only. The features of the handset include 4-inch FWVGA (480x854 pixels) LCD display and 512MB of RAM. The dual SIM handset will be available in bright orange, dark grey, bright green and white colour.

20,000 Mi3 Xiaomi sold in few seconds

During its fourth flash sale, Xiaomi sold its 20,000 handsets in just a few seconds. This was the largest lot that the company had offered to be sold on Flipkart. As per reports, there are around 1,00,000 people who have registered to buy the Mi3 device. Xiaomi has sold 55,000 Mi3 handsets in the country through Flipkart so far. 

Oppo launches N1 mini smartphone

Oppo India has launched a mini version of its N1 smartphone in the Indian market. The new phone is priced at Rs. 26,990 and will be available in the market later this week. The specifications of the phone include 13MP camera, Android 4.3 operating system and 5-inch HD screen. It has a 16GB onboard memory which can be expandable via a microSD card. Opp had launched its first smartphone in India in January this year followed by R1.

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