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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.

 

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.

Samsung brings Galaxy Note 4 and Gear S to India

Samsung has launched its flagship Galaxy Note 4 and wearable gadget Gear S today. While the smartphone is priced at Rs. 58300 the wearable gadget is priced at Rs. 29000. Samsung brought Galaxy Note 4 to India after it launched the device in Berlin’s IFA 2014 last month. It will be pitched  against the other behemoths in high end smartphone category such as Sony Xperia Z3, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6.

Social Media used for HudHud Rescue

This is the first time a state Government has used social media for rescuing people in areas affected by natural calamity. Andhra Pradesh government has been successful in involving citizens for disaster management. After HudHud devastation, many people have taken snaps with their mobiles and uploaded the pictures on popular social media sites. The pictures that were collected through crowd-sourcing initiatives will be shared with National Remote Sensing Centre, so that they can be put on satellite maps for direct identification and consequently geo-tagging could be done.

Xiaomi Refutes Charges of Apple's Design Head

Jony Ive, Design Head of Apple, had recently accused Xiaomi of stealing iPhone Technology. Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has strongly refuted the charges levelled by Ive. He said that a product should be judged after their use and not before that. Xiaomi President Lin Bin has also said that Ive should personally use their products to know the differences between them.

VIP fancy number sold in Delhi's first e-auction

For the first time 'VIP' or vanity numbers has been issued by the city government without VIP references. In Delhi's first e-auction 29 VIP numbers were sold with the highest bid of Rs 12.5 lakh on number 0001. For 0009 the bid was Rs 8.25 lakh whereas for 0007 it was Rs 5.5 lakh. Businessman Gautam Morarka's Dwarikesh Sugar Industries Ltd was the highest bidder followed by Karun Arora and Brys Hotels Pvt Ltd.

Mark Zuckerberg visited Chandauli in Rajasthan, a remote but first cyber village in India

The Facebook chief executive officer and founder Mark Zuckerberg met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and many other dignitaries. Apart from his high profile meeting Mark also visited a place named Chandauli which is a remote hamlet in Rajasthan but the first minorities cyber village in India. Mark interacted with youth and kids at Chandauli. The training center has 20 laptops, a printer, a projector, a camera and a Xerox machine. Training center teach basic computers and Internet operation to the students and also educate them about google, YouTube and email.

2 License Approvals on Transfer of Technology

The US in an unprecedented move not only allocated US$ 20 million for Indo-US strategic partnership but also approved two licenses on technology transfer to India that were earlier stalled due to various reasons. A top Pentagon official made this announcement at US-India Business Council. It needs special mention that the decision on approval was done before Narendra Modi's US visit.

Mark Zuckerberg to meet Narendra Modi for Discussing Social Media Usage for Benefitting Governance and Tourism

Mark Zuckerberg, Founder of Facebook, has come on a 2-day visit to India and is scheduled to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They are expected to discuss on the probable ways of using social media for improving governance on one hand and enhancing tourism of India on the other.

CeBIT India Signs MoU with STPI for Promoting Software Industry

CeBIT India has joined hands with Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) for promoting software industry in India. As per the MoU signed between them, hundred MSMEs will be able to showcase themselves from November 12 to November 14, 2014 at Bangalore’s STPI pavilion. MSMEs are expected to benefit immensely from the mentoring sessions.

Apology Mail to Customers from Flipkart Co-Founders

Flipkart founders at last apologised to their customers for the glitch that created problem for the customers on Big Billion Day Sale. In the email to customers, the founders apologised for not being able to live up to the promises made by Flipkart. This email from Binny Bansal and Sachin Bansal is believed to have done a major damage control to eCommerce site’s reputation and public image.

Government to fund National Supercomputing Mission

The Indian government has decided to clear funds to the tune of $730 million or Rs 4,500-crore for creating supercomputers, under the National Supercomputing Mission. As per the mission, 73 facilities of supercomputers will be built in research/academic institutions in different corners of India and then they will be networked into a grid.

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