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UC Browser captures 50 percent market share

Alibaba-backed mobile browser, UC Browser, has said it has now captured over 50 percent market share in the country as of September 2015, according to data compiled by web traffic analysis tool Statcounter. "UC Browser has seen staggering success in the Indian market with market share rising 15 percent in the last 12 months helping the company gain over 50 percent market here," Kenny Ye, director of international business development division, UCWeB, said on Thursday. "As of today, one out of two mobile page views come from UC which is driven by UC's cloud-based browsing technology, power of data and cost saving and providing local content," Ye added. (Source: IANS)

Motorola launches new Moto X Style

Lenovo-owned American handset-maker Motorola has launched the Moto X style priced at Rs.22,999. The new device will come with a Gorilla Glass 3 protected 5.7-inch quad-HD display which supports 520 pixel density. It will be powered by a Qualcomm 808 1.8Ghz hexacore processor and a 3GB RAM unit. In terms of storage, the phone will come in two variants of 16GB and 32GB internal memory, both expandable to 128GB. The 32GB edition will be priced at Rs.31,999. Source: IANS

hike messenger adds feature to operate without internet

Instant messaging platform hike messenger has launched a new feature named hike Direct which will allow the app to function without an Internet connection and also said that it has reached a user base of over 70 million. "At a point of time in the country where several people are yet to come online, hike Direct will connect users in a never before seen revolutionary way. The feature can work without Wi-Fi or mobile data and allow users to send photos, stickers, files and messages to anyone who is also on the hike network," said Kavin Bharti Mittal, founder and chief executive of hike messenger. Source: IANS

Mobile app on Badrinath Yatra launched

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat has launched a mobile application for the annual Badrinath pilgrimage. Known as 'Shubh Badrinath Yatra', the application made by the district administration of Chamoli, provides information of the pilgrimage between Joshimath and Badrinath. Officials said when users are online, the application would automatically detect their location and give them information from that point of journey. Source: IANS

Delhi Secretariat to run on solar energy

The Delhi Secretariat will be the first in the country to run completely on renewable and solar energy, the Delhi government announced. "The Delhi government in association with ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) will set up a three MW solar power plant at the Indraprastha Power Station," an official statement said. "The plant will directly supply power to Delhi Secretariat for the next 25 years, making Delhi the first state secretariat running completely on renewable and green energy," the statement said. Source: IANS

eBay India to expand refurbished products portfolio

E-commerce company eBay will expand its refurbished devices portfolio to electrical goods this month and increase sales in the category, the company said. "We are scaling up the refurbished products category to include white goods. We have seen a 100 percent rise in demand for such goods since we introduced it in August," head of retail exports and lifestyle category at eBay India, Navin Mistry, said. There were 6,000 refurbished product listings in August which has grown to 20,000 product listings, he said. Source: IANS

Google patents holograms for eye-wearable Glass

Google has filed a patent application to use holograms on its eye-wearable device Google Glass that will improve the augmented reality experiences that allows computer-generated imagery (CGI) to interact with the real world. To make "smart" eyewear, allowing projected content to interact and react to the real-world behind it is the key.The new patent titled "Lightguide With Multiple In-Coupling Holograms For Head Wearable Display" details how Google can do this with augmented reality via holograms, TechCrunch reported. Source: IANS

DRDO inaugurated Research Centre at 17,600 Feet Height

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has inaugurated its Extreme Altitude Research Centre at Jammu and Kashmir’s Changla, which is located 17,600 feet above sea level. With this inauguration, the concerned centre has become the highest terrestrial Research and Development centre of the world. Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR) established this centre. S Christopher, Chief of DRDO, while inaugurating the center, said that it will be mainly used for R&D for bio-medical sciences, agriculture, food, plant genetic resource conservation for long period of time, and many more so that they can help Indian soldiers working in high-altitude cold deserts.

Report warns India that it is becoming Strategic Target of Cyber Criminals

A report having the title “1H 2015 Regional Advanced Threat” for Asia Pacific (published by security solutions firm FireEye) suggests that India is fast becoming prime strategic targets of the cyber criminals. Bryce Boland, Chief Technology Officer of FireEye, said that cyber attackers are exploiting loopholes in critical networks for compromising the same at a time when India is embracing ambitious technology projects – Digital India. He also pointed out the risk of falling prey to cyber attackers is manifold high in case of India than global average. During Jan-June’15 period 38 per cent of the Indian companies faced advanced persistent attacks.

Facebook's Indian partner for Internet.Org RCom said they provided Internet Access to 1 Million People

Reliance Communications (RCom), Indian partner of Facebook for programme, defended the ambitious project by saying that the same helped around 1 million people to access internet. Gurdeep Singh, consumer business CEO of RCOM, said that to help people avail internet they have worked hard for the last 6 months across 7 circles to achieve this initial success. RCOM partnered with Facebook’s celebrated, which has been rechristened as Free Basics, back in February 2015. Analysts believe Reliance Communications had to bat for the programme because of the accusations that violates the spirit of net neutrality.

TRAI to come up with Proposal for Compensating Consumers for Call Drop by October 15

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is mulling idea of coming out with a recommendation by October 15 on the issue of compensating consumers for call drops. An open house discussion in New Delhi was also conducted by TRAI with all its stakeholders, including consumer groups and telecom operators. R S Sharma, Chairman of TRAI, said that all the stakeholders are free to submit their written views by October 5, so that the regulator can come up with recommendations by October 15 to compensate consumers for call drop. TRAI is working on a document to zero-down the reasons of call drop.

ISRO to contest damages in Devas-Antrix deal

In a belated response, state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Wednesday said it would contest the damages an international arbitration court awarded to its commercial arm for cancelling a satellite contract in 2011 with a multimedia services provider. "The ICC award against Antrix in the Devas case is shocking. Antrix, with the support of Department of Space, is preparing to file in court its application for remedy," the space agency said in a statement here. The Netherlands-based International Criminal Court (ICC) tribunal recently awarded $672-million (Rs.4,434 crore) damages to Antrix Corporation for scrapping the $300-million deal with the city-based Devas Multimedia Ltd. (Source: IANS)

Internet and Mobile Association launches Mobile10X

Aiming to bring in capability and quality among the country's app developers, the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) on Wednesday launched Mobile10X -- a forum to nurture and grow the apps ecosystem in India by bringing together various stakeholders. The forum has five pillars. They are mobile startup hubs (where app testing can be done), training 500,000 app developers and create five apps incubation centres across the country in the next five years and online mentoring of app developers. Source: IANS

Facebook clarifies on '' profile picture issue

Social networking giant Facebook has defended itself on the '' profile picture imbroglio and said that the issue on the site was a mistake by an engineer which had nothing to do with's publicity plans in the country. "There is absolutely no connection between updating your profile picture for 'Digital India' and An engineer by mistake used the words ' profile picture' as a shorthand name he chose for part of the code," a Facebook spokesperson said. Source: IANS

hike launches Hindi news feed

Bharti and SoftBank joint venture hike messenger, an instant messaging platform, launched a Hindi news feed in its app after seeing a hit rate of 100 million English news stories per week. The new feed will allow users to access nuggets of news reports across sports, entertainment, politics, technology and other categories. "We have carefully studied content consumption patterns of our user base and hike being an Indian app, we are happy that now our users can read news in Hindi. Source: IANS


New app makes spa, salon visits convenient

A new consumer app called TAKE5 has been launched to provide an effortless experience for salon and spa goers to find, book and pay for appointments. Zenoti, a provider of software solutions to the spa, salon and medi-spa industry, has introduced TAKE5. The app leverages a tight integration with the Zenoti platform, which is used by several luxury salons, premium salons and spas across India. The integration enables TAKE5 to provide real-time information on appointment availability at any salon or spa and accepts immediate online bookings. Real-time bookings mean that the user gets an immediate confirmation and the customer's visit is automatically logged into the business' appointment book. (Source: IANS)

American IT Honchos endorse Digital India as PM Modi explores Silicon Valley

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the top IT leaders of the world including Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft's Satya Nadella, Google's Sundar Pichai, etc. Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka said that PM Modi’s Digital India push is getting great support from Silicon Valley. While Cisco’s Executive Chairman John Chambers called Modi an "amazing Ambassador of India", Qualcomm's Executive Chairman Paul Jacobs announced his company’s decision of designing in India. Google CEO Sundar Pichai went on to regard India as world’s “fastest growing start up nation”. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella called for empowering “people from Nanyuki to Srikakulam” and revealed Microsoft’s plan of taking technology to 5 lakh Indian villages. While calling his meeting with PM Modi “terrific”, Apple CEO Tim Cook told Modi that late Steve Jobs got inspiration from India.

Countdown for Launch of Indian Rocket carrying 7 Satellites Starts Today

A 50-hour countdown for launching PSLV-C30 Indian rocket, carrying 7 Astrosat satellites, has begun at ISRO’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC). The launch will take place on September 28, 2015 at 10am IST from SDSC’s First Launch Pad (FLP). Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle C30 will carry India’s first ever dedicated multi-wavelength space observatory Astrosat (1513 kgs) along with USA’s 4 identical LEMUR satellites (weighing 28kgs), Canada’s NLS-14 (Ev9) (14kgs), and Indonesia’s LAPAN-A2 (76 kgs). With this launch it will be PSLV’s tenth flight in 'XL' Configuration.

Assam launches mobile app to help disaster victims

The Assam government on Thursday launched a mobile application that will disseminate information about disaster management to the people in need. The application - Disaster Ready Assam - was inaugurated by Chief Secretary V.K. Pipersenia here. "The application could be useful to smartphone users in the state as a fast communication tool to tackle disaster situation - be it flood, landslide, fire or earthquake," said an official with the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA). (Source: IANS)

India set to cross half century mark in launching foreign satellites

In an indication of its prowess in launching satellites for a fee, India will in all likelihood cross the half century milestone next week as six foreign satellites are scheduled for launch on September 28 at one go, the Indian space agency said.The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said the rocket polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV) will launch the country's own ASTROSAT weighing 1,513 kg at 10 a.m. on Monday, apart from four from the US and one each from Indonesia and Canada. Source: IANS