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Motorola Brand to Remain Unaffected in India even after Lenovo Acquisition

Lenovo acquired Motorola Mobility at a whooping US$ 2.9 Billion from Google. Lenovo has announced that they will keep the Motorola brand name in India and regarded India’s mobile handset market as one of their most important focuses. Motorola was earlier bought by Google at an eye-popping amount of US$ 12.4 billion, back in 2012.

E-Cigarettes may get Banned in India

During 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Spain’s Barcelona Union Health Minister of India Harsh Vardhan said that e-cigarettes are equally harmful as normal tobacco cigarettes and the former also make children fall for it and thereby get addicted to nicotine at an early age. Health ministry is on its way to ban e-cigarettes in India. It is a bad news for ITC’s Eon brand, which was launched in August.

Oppo Unveils R5 and N3; India Launch in December

Oppo has unveiled two happening smartphones – R5 and N3 – on Wednesday. It will launch both the products in India by December end. While Oppo R5 is a mid-range device, N3 is a premium smartphone. Oppo N3 is equipped with 206 degree swiveling camera (16MP sensor) and will be available in India at Rs. 40,000. Oppo R5 will be available in India at Rs. 31,000. It will be have a 64-bit Snapdragon 615 CPU, 13MP camera, and extremely slim body.

IAF Clears Air on Xiaomi Smartphones

Indian Air Force was forced to issue statement after the smartphone customers in India got scared due to certain reports claiming that IAF had asked its personnel and their families not to use Xiaomi devices because of data security issues. AI said that the concerned alert was issued long before the Chinese smartphone company started selling their smartphones in India.

Xiaomi will Relocate Server from China to India in the Year 2015

After multiple notifications by Indian Army and Air Force to its personnel for not using Xiaomi smartphones, the Chinese tech giant has taken the threat perception seriously and have decided to relocate their servers from China to India by the year 2015. Xiaomi has taken the decision because the data theft allegations are hampering its prospects of rapid expansion plans in India.

Nokia Reveals Rs 1,649 Handset

The new device from Microsoft has FM Radio along with built-in video player. The handset is named Nokia 130 and will be available to the customers at a sub-Rs. 2000 price, Rs. 1649 to be precise. With a single charge customers can listen to music for a stretch of 46 hours. First time buyers are the target audience of Nokia 130. Some important specifications are talk time support of 13 hours, color display size of 1.8 inch, storage capacity of 6k songs, and many more.

Science Fellowship increased by 50 Percent

 The government showed its seriousness for giving importance to scientific innovations as it increased fellowship amount of scientific research scholars by 50 per cent, effective from the month of October itself. This move is going to benefit around 1 lakh scholars and help research institutions retain talent.

Indian-American Researcher claims Breakthrough in Brain Cancer Cure

 Dr. Khalid Shah of Harvard Stem Cell Institute has found a way to cure brain cancer. The Indian-American researcher, who hails from Kashmir, has come up with toxin-resistant stem cells that fight with brain cancer. These genetically engineered stem cells release toxins that kill cancerous tumor. The experiment was successfully done on mice.

Samsung launches Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 in India

Samsung Galaxy Mega 2, a mid-range smartphone has been launched by Samsung in India. The smartphone costs Rs 20,900 and will be available for purchase from online store of Samsung. 6-inch display comes with a 720x 1280 pixels resolution and equipped with a 5 MP front camera and 8 MP rear camera with LED flash. Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 comes with 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 64GB with the help of microSD card support. The smartphone is running on Android 4.4 KitKat which will be updated to the Android 5.0 Lollipop in few months.

India's Mangalyaan Completes 1 Month

Mangalyaan or Mars Orbiter Mission of India was launched on November 5, 2013 from Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota with the help of PSLV C25 of ISRO. It successfully entered intended orbit around Mars on September 24, 2014. MOM completed one month in Mars orbit. Google commemorated the occasion with a doodle.

India Becomes Tech-Savvy: Report Shows

Indians have become tech savvy for sure and the number is growing at an accelerated rate. In a recent global survey on gadget use in different countries, India emerged as the country having highest number of owners having smartphones. 95 per cent of the tech-savvy Indians regarded smartphones as ‘critically important’ in their lives. Moreover, India ranks 2nd in the list of Google Glass owners.

Indian Airforce Issues Security Alerts on Xiaomi Smartphones

The Chinese technology giant Xiaomi has come under scanner in India as it is believed by the Indian Air Force that the company is using its gadgets in stealing and snooping of user data of Indians. Sources reveal report that IAF has issued alerts to all its Squadrons as well as Commands to refrain from using smartphones of Xiaomi. Earlier, Indian Army was also believed to issue a similar instruction to its soldiers and family members.  

E-Retailers will Not Confront any New Regulation from Indian Government, Report Reveals

New report published in a leading news portal says that the government is not contemplating any idea of imposing regulations on online retailers until and unless interests of consumers are compromised. After Flipkart’s Big Billion Day ruckus, all the existing renowned e-retailers in India such as Myntra, Snapdeal, Flipkart, and Amazon have become cautious in giving discount. During Diwali all the sites gave significant discount but the extent was not as eye-popping as Flipkart’s Big Billion Day offer.

Phillips Brings Mobile for Senior Citizens

Philips has brought their new and affordable Xenium X2566 device at just Rs 3,800 in the market for senior citizens. However, the MRP is labelled as Rs 5,537. Some of the major features of this affordable handset from Phillips are long battery life as well as large font size, for better visibility by senior citizens. Some of the other important features that makes it the perfect companion for aged  citizens include 'crystal double colour injection moulding technology', flashlight, and magnifier for enlarging the words on display.

Railway Update on Google Now

Google Search app Google Now service has been updated recently. Now, the Android users will be able to check Indian train reservations on their smartphones and tabs. Railway reservation updates (passenger seat number, coach number, train number, reservation code, departure date, destination station, and starting station) can now be checked by an user from IRCTC. The updates are shown through proper tracking of the Gmail account of the particular user.

Samsung keen to invest in 4G market of India

Samsung is slowly increasing its hold and ready to invest more in India's 4G market as per media report. At present Aircel and Bharti Airtel are the two major players in 4G where as Reliance Jio is still working to set up its own. It is not only Samsung but LG has also shown interest in this segment. Telecom Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad in his 5-day visit to South Korea will work to attract more investors who can invest money into electronics manufacturing market in India under 'Make in India' campaign. Government is putting efforts to make sure that India becomes self sufficient in electronics by 2020 so that the country does not have to depend upon import of these products.

Android L Launched; Indian Smartphones to Get the Update Soon

After tasting extreme success with Android KitKat, Google has launched its next updated mobile operating system Android 5.0 Lollipop. Some of the new features that users will get are device sharing, revamped ‘Quick settings' menu, responsive UI design, improved notifications, ‘Priority mode’, improved security, kill switch, new messenger app, Quick Device Set Up, battery saver, etc. Some of the popular Android based smartphones, available in India, where the existing OS can be updated are Moto X, Moto G, Moto E, Nexus 4 to 10, Moto G (Gen2), and others.

Mars Orbiter Repositioned to Avert Collision with Comet

National Space Agency and other space agencies of the world expect a comet named Siding Spring to follow a trajectory that will be very close to Mars on October 19. In fact, this may cause problems for Indian Space Research Organisation’s Mars Orbitor. To enable Mangalaayan work in a smooth and error free manner, ISRO scientists have repositioned the orbitor in such a way that it is farthest from the Comet Siding Spring’s tail, containing debris of the comet, to avert any kind of possible collision.

 

India Moves Ahead to have its own Navigation System

India's 3rd navigation satellite IRNSS 1C has been launched with the help of PSLV C26 rocket. This ISRO initiative has helped India to set up its own navigation system, similar to that of USA’s  GPS or Global Positioning System. The PSLV C26 rocket was launched at 1.32am of October 16, 2014 from First Launch Pad of Sriharikota. It took the rocket 20 minutes to place the IRNSS 1C satellite, weighing 1425.4 kg, on desired orbit.

Xiaomi hires ex-Google executive Jai Mani to manage products in India

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has appointed ex-Google executive Jai Mani as lead product manager to manage its products in India. The company has made its position in the India smartphone market with two low budget smartphones MI3 and RedMi 1s. Xiaomi's global vice president, Hugo Barra who is also an ex-executive of Google announced the appointment. Xiaomi is now planning to grow in Asia and this is just the initiation of company's research and development center in India.

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