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Google is likely to set up campus at Hyderabad

Internet giant Google is planning to set a up its own campus in Hyderabad and is likely to sign an MoU with Telangana government. In case it happens then this will be the third campus of Google after the US and the UK. Google at present is operating from a rented premises in Hyderabad. As per media report it is going to be a very big campus and further details will be announced at a press conference that will be held shortly.

Micromax's launched new smartphone Yureka

Micromax launched its first smartphone Yureka under its CyanogenMod based Yu brand. The smartphone costs Rs 8999 and runs on Android 4.4.4 that is actually a CyanogenMod, changed version of the OS. Yureka has 5.5-inch HD screen, 16 GB expandable storage (that can be expanded to 32 GB by using microSD), a 5 megapixel front camera, 13 megapixel rear camera and a 2500 mAH battery. Micromax has given 'Play God' tag line to the smartphone.

Micromax Launched its first Yu Brand Smartphone in India

Micromax launched its new mobile handset under Yu brand, named Yureka, which is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (64-bit) processor. It is priced at Rs 8,999 and will be exclusively available on Amazon.in. Some of its important features are 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM, and dual camera (13MP rear and 5MP front). Yureka runs on Cyanogen operating system, which is again based on Android 4.4.4 OS. Micromax announced that this handset will soon come with updated Cyanogen which will be based on the latest Android Lollipop.

Successful GSLV-3 Launch Brightens Hopes for Indian Manned Mission to Space

GSLV-3, the heaviest rocket, has been successfully launched by ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) from Sriharikota on December 18. The successful launch has brightened hope for ISRO’s capability of making Indian manned mission to space a success. Mission of GSLV-3 was to take Crew module Atmospheric Re-Entry Experiment mission with it above atmosphere of earth and then send it back to earth’s surface. Per available information, ISRO is planning to send a manned spacecraft to space in the coming 5 years.

XPRIZE to be Launched in India in 2015

XPRIZE awards for tapping innovation potential will be launched in India along with Coca-Cola India support in the coming year. This is the first time XPRIZE will be launched in a country outside the USA. Per available information on the global innovation competition of India, prizes will be given for innovations in multiple fields including food and nutrition; waste management; energy; and water. Some of the renowned XPRIZE trustees are Larry Page, Arianna Huffington, Naveen Jain, Ratan Tata, and many more.

Dual SIM HTC Desire 620G is now Available in India

Dual SIM smartphone Desire 620G from HTC is now listed on Indian eCommerce sites at a price of Rs. 15,900. HTC Desire 620G is the 3G variant of 4G connectivity-enabled HTC Desire 620. Dual SIM HTC Desire 620G is powered by an Octa Core processor (MediaTek MT6592) clocked at a speed of 1.7GHz. The other specs are Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS, IPS HD display of 5 inch, dual camera (8MP rear and 5MP frontal), 1GB RAM, 8GB ROM, and 2100mAh battery (removable).

Micromax Canvas Nitro A311 now Available in India

Micromax Canvas Nitro A311 is now available in India through ecommerce site at Rs. 13,574. A311 is an improvement over A310 only in terms of 16GB ROM. A310 was available exclusively through Snapdeal at Rs. 12,900. A311 comes with HD IPS screen of 5 inch, Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS,  Octa-Core processor, 2GB RAM, 2500mAh battery, dual camera (13MP primary and 5MP secondary), and multiple connectivity options including 3G and Wi-Fi.

Microsoft may offer buy-back option on Lumia

Microsoft is soon going to offer a buy-back option on its Lumia smartphone in India to increase the sales. As per media report India’s Managing director of mobile devices, Ajey Meht revealed the update. With the best resale rates user can easily upgrade to the latest Windows Phone device. Exchange rate will predominantly depend upon the condition of your present phone. Under this pay-back scheme Lumia owner can also get 65% discount if the purchase will be made within a period of three months. Microsoft is seeing immense potential in terms of growth in Rs 6000 to Rs 15000 price bracket.

Google India MD on Increasing Internet Users in India

Rajan Anandan, Managing Director of Google India, has said that the total number of users having internet connection will be more than those in the United States by coming year. He also said that the total number of internet users will be more than 300 million by 2014-end. Per available information, Google India has planned a host of new online initiatives for building a digital India, after they got into an agreement with the Indian Government some month back.   

Xiaomi in big trouble

On the charges of infringing Standard Essential Patents of Ericsson, Delhi High Court has issued injunction order against the Chinese tech behemoth Xiaomi. The repercussion effects of this order may bring doom for the company in India as the company will not be able to import, manufacture, advertise, or sell its gadgets in India. Manu Jain, head of Xiaomi India, has said that the company’s legal team will respond to the court order promptly once they receive the notice officially. Jain is also reported to have said that Xiaomi is prepared to settle the issue amicably with Ericsson, if the need be.

Google's Chromecast to be Launched in India

Google is set to launch its Chromecast streaming drive in India to make its presence felt in the burgeoning market base. This device is currently available in over ten countries including the USA, Denmark, and Germany. Analysts believe this decision of Chromecast launch comes at a time when USA decided to expand its reach in emerging markets, and extend cooperation with India. Google has partnered with Bharati Airtel to make its launch in India a success.

Arun Majumdar becomes part of 4-Scientist Team of US Science Envoy

Dr. Arun Majumdar, an eminent Indian-American scientist, becomes one of the four eminent scientists (Dr. Geri Richmond, Dr. Jane Lubchenco, and Dr. Peter Hotez are the other scientists) to represent US Science Envoys, which starts in January next year. Dr. Majumdar is an expert in climate change, energy, and innovation. He is currently working as a professor at Stanford University. Majumdar is an IIT, Bombay alumni, who completed graduation in the year 1985.

Acer Introduces New Smartphones in India

New smartphones Liquid E700 and Liquid Jade have been introduced by Acer in their Liquid Series. These new mobiles are priced at Rs. 11,999 and Rs. 16,999. For selling these affordable to mid-range smartphones, Acer has entered into a tie-up with Snapdeal. While Acer Liquid E700 is perfect for business persons who travel a lot, Acer Liquid Jade is ideal for social use because of its look and elegance.

Xiaomi Redmi 1S sale on Flipkart on Dec 8

Here is a good news for you in case you are a Xiaomi fan and were not able to buy Xiaomi's Redmi 1S earlier. Xiaomi is going for an open sale for the Redmi 1S on December 8 at Flipkart.com at 6 AM. You can now simply add it to your cart and buy it. It cannot be said with certainty but 30-32,000 units of phones are expected to be available for sale. Cost of Xiaomi Redmi 1S is Rs 5,999 and support dual SIM, has 4.7-inch HD IPS display and 1 of RAM.

Apple to open 500 iStores in India

To increase its reach, Apple is planning to open 500 iStores across India. Smartphone market in India is growing at a very fast pace and this decision might give Apple a great push in India. Earlier Apple's main focus in Asia used to be China, Japan and Korea. But the demand for iPhone6 in India might have aroused the company's interest in Indian market. Apple is leading and ahead of Samsung in premium smartphone market in India by having 55.3% share.

Hiccup for OnePlus One in India

Launch of the ‘flagship killer’ OnePlus One in India faced serious hiccup as the software providing company of OnePlus – Cyanogen – entered in exclusive agreement with Micromax, by which Micromax will be the only company in India to sell Cyanogen based smartphones. This means Cyanogen run OnePlus One in India will not get any software update. Carl Pei, co-founder of OnePlus, informed that his company will launch customised Android-built smartphone by February 2015.

64GB OnePlus One Smartphone Launched in India at Rs. 21,999

Sandstone Black coloured 64GB version OnePlus One smartphone model has been launched in India at an attractive price of Rs. 21,999. It will be available only on Amazon.in and most importantly people can get it only if they get invitation. Two other important announcements made include 10-day return policy as well as after-sales-service by HCL Care through over twenty service centres located at various parts of India.

IISC all set to Foster Entrepreneurship

Anurag Kumar, Director of Indian Institute of Science, said that his institution is going to implement more translational programmes, which translates research to their implementation in real world. Co-founder of Infosys, Kris Gopalakrishnan, emphasised upon its need by saying that research will become beneficial for the society only when it creates more new products as well as services. IISc’s chairman of Entrepreneurship Cell and the Society for Innovation CS Murali informed that the institution is in the process of raising Rs 20 crore fund and the project will take off in 6 months time.  

Tizen-based Samsung Smartphone to be launched in India on December 10

South Korean behemoth Samsung is all set to reveal its Tizen-based smartphone in India on December 10. It will be a below-$100 smartphone and will be called Z1. Most of the Samsung smartphones run on Google’s Android OS. To lessen dependence on Google’s mobile OS, Samsung has decided to develop its own mobile operating system Tizen.

Instant Messaging Becoming New Fad in India; Competition Increasing among Different Apps

After social media boom, it is now turn of instant messaging (IM) services that has become the new fad among youths in India. GlobalWebIndex report shows that messaging and photo sharing at Facebook has decreased by 20 per cent because teens are preferring IM apps more than social networking sites. With rise in competition, different Instant Messaging services (Viber, Nimbuzz, Whatsapp, etc.)  have started providing new features to have more share of the crowding IM market. While Viber has included Public Chats feature, Nimbuzz has announced Holaa (new call management application) in their offering.