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OnePlus One Teaser on Amazon India

OnePlus One is going to be launched in India shortly. A picture referring to the upcoming launch of the coveted ‘flagship killer’ has been posted at Amazon India’s website. OnePlus One will be available in India through Amazon India only. The concerned image has been posted on website of the popular online retailer with the hashtag #TheOneThing, written below the image.

The Redmi Note from Xiaomi launched at Rs 9,999

The Redmi Note latest from Xiaomi is all set to come to India at a price Rs 9,999. Major e-commerce websites are likely to start selling this phablet in a couple of week's time. The smartphone has MediaTek's octa-core MTK 6592 1.7GHz processor, 5.5 inch HD IPS display and a 3,100 mAh lithium-polymer battery. The Redmi Note has 13MP rear camera and the 5 MP front facing camera at such a reasonable cost.

Microsoft Lumia 535 is expected to launch on 26 November

The Microsoft Lumia 535 is expected to launch on 26 November in India, the first phone without the brand Nokia. As per media reports, invitation ‘Power of five’ and ‘Five days to the magic of triple 5' to a press event has already been sent. The Windows smartphone has 5-inch touchscreen, 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal memory that can be expanded up to 128 GB. The Microsoft Lumia 535 has a 5MP camera and a 5MP lens.

Deepening Ties between India and US in Science

Both India and US seem to be serious about deepening collaboration in technology, science, innovation, climate change, and clean energy. Dr. John P.Holdren, Science Advisor to the USA President Barack Obama, recently said that cooperation in fields of technology and science between the two countries have deepened in recent times, especially after Indian PM Narendra Modi met US President in Washington during his US Visit on September 30 where both pledged to carry forward the strategic partnership to a new high.  

PM Emphasises on Tech Savviness

Indian PM Narendra Modi is visiting last stopover in his recent 10-day foreign tour, Fiji. While addressing an audience at Fiji National University he emphasised upon the importance of education coupled with tech-savviness as the two main things that youth need today for taking on the world. While pressing on the technological needs, Modi pressed on the Digital India initiative undertaken for bridging the widening gap between the digital and non-digital India.

Motorola Nexus 6 Pre-Order Opens in India

Motorola has announced that their new Nexus 6 smartphone will be available in India through Flipkart soon. These handsets can be pre-ordered through the leading e-commerce brand in India. While the 32GB handset has been priced at Rs. 43,999, 64GB one is priced at Rs. 48,999. This well-awaited handset will be available to the Indian mobile lovers from 2nd week of December.

Harsh Vardhan on Scientific Innovations and 'Make in India' Initiative

Dr Harsh Vardhan, newly appointed Minister of Science and Technology, has not only vouched for technological advancements but also emphasised the importance of technocrats as well as scientists in the quest of making ‘Make in India’ initiative of Narendra Modi successful. The minster said these while addressing an audience at North East Institute of Science and Technology.  

Largest Wi-Fi Service Deployment Done in New Delhi

One of the largest Wi-Fi service deployment has been done in India. This facility has been provided in New Delhi’s commercial hub - Connaught Place. To make this process successful, New Delhi Municipal Corporation joined hands with Tata Docomo. As per the plan Wi-Fi services will be available not only in the business centres of the city but also at leisure centres. It should be noted that the concerned Wi-Fi service will be given absolutely free for the first 20 minutes. However, after this time, the users have to choose from the different recharge options available.

Samsung Gear S costs Rs 27900 lower than its initial price

Samsung Gear S is now available at lower price not only on Amazon India but also on the official online store of the company. Current price of Gear S is Rs 27900 while the initial cost of the smartwatch was Rs 28900. Its rival Moto 360 costs Rs 17999 in India. But Tizen OS gives Samsung Gear S an edge over others. A SIM card slot in the smartwatch can be used to make or receive calls over 3G or 2G network.

Xiaomi Redmi Note to be Available in India Soon

Hugo Barra, VP of Xiaomi’s International Operations, has announced through his Facebook page that after initial huge success of Xiaomi Redmi Note in India, its next destination would be India. Last month he had claimed that Redmi Note will be available to general populace in two month’s time. Now, it seems Xiaomi Redmi Note will be available in India very soon.

Uber India Falls in Line with RBI Guidelines

In the recent past RBI had come down heavily on Uber hired cab service of India as it was not following the mandatory rule of 2-factor authentication while accepting credit card payments. However, it has now forged a partnership with Paytm for complying with the regulations of the apex bank. This news has been brought to public notice through an official blog post by Uber India.

Xiaomi is Reported to be Developing a Rs. 4K Handset

The Chinese mobile manufacturing giant is reported to be developing a Rs. 4000 smartphone, which will cost CNY 399 in China. It has not been named yet but rumor mills indicate that it is going to have RAM of 1GB, HD display of 720pixels, and most importantly LTE support. If source information are to be believed, the handset is going to have Leadcore chipset (LC1860) inside the handset.

LG Tone Infinim at Rs. 10,990

Wireless wearable neckband has been launched by LG Mobiles today. It is named LG Tone Infinim and is priced at Rs. 10,990. Most important function of this neckband is that it can be paired with mobile handsets with the help of Bluetooth. Some of the important features include Advanced Vibration Alert, SMS/SNS Replay, Jogswitch, Direct Dial, current time alert, and Speed Dial.  

New Ministers for Science and Tech Ministry

Science & Technology and Earth Science ministry has received its new minister - Harsh Vardhan. He replaced Dr. Jitendra Singh. This department also got its new Minister of State - Y S Choudhary, who is a Rajya Sabha MP from TDP. After assuming office, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that his first task will be to make Indian Science Congress’s 102nd session a success. Vardhan also said that he will not leave a single stone unturned to put new energy in government research institutions.

Opera Mini's Feat in India

Opera Mini browser is the third most popular application available in India currently. The company’s official press statement reads that there are now 50 million users in India itself. In Delhi’s Ambience mall, Opera Mini browser’s CEO Lars Boilesen made the announcement in a unique manner – through a Flash Mob. His app is behind two other behemoths – Facebook and WhatsApp.

Rs 1,500 Crore Neutrino Project Awaiting PMO Approval

India wants to kick start an ambitious project for studying atmospheric neutrinos’ properties. The project will be done from an underground laboratory in Tamil Nadu’s Theni district. Total cost of the project is estimated at Rs. 1500 crore, which has been placed at Prime Minister's office for final approval.

Google Reveals Nexus 6 Price

Google prized its Nexus 6 at Rs 44,000 for the 32GB model and Rs 49,000 for the 64GB. Such a price has put this smartphone into the segment comprised of high-end users. Indian market is currently flooded with low cost smartphones like Xiaomi Mi 3, Moto G and Redmi 1S. So it is still unclear whether Nexus 6 will make its impact in the segment owned by iPhones and Samsung Galaxy smartphones or not.

Indians Can Make Free/Low Cost International Calls with Hangout App

On November 6, 2014 Google has made an important announcement for the Indians, specially those who have to make international calls. If an Android based smartphone user has Hangouts application or a Gmail user uses Hangouts, then he/she can make overseas voice calls either at low cost or absolutely free. For getting this facility an user has to install Hangouts Dialer application on the android device he or she is using.

Smartphone with massive Battery Capacity Launched in India

Gionee Marathon M3 comes with huge battery capacity of 5000 mAh. Its predecessor Marathon M2 had 4200 mAh battery capacity. Unprecedented battery capacity gives Gionee Marathon M3 a single charge battery life of 32.8 days standby time, 51 hours of 2G talk time, and 32.46 hours of 3G talk time. It is priced at Rs. 12,999.

Google Vice President Amit Singhal Shows the Future

Amit Singhal, software engineer and Senior Vice President of Google Inc., has said that Google will transform itself into a perfect personal assistant in the coming future. He asserted his audience that this search engine will cater to the specific needs of people by knowing in advance the specific needs of individuals as well as the time when he/she needs it. According to Singhal this will increase thought process of individuals.