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Karbonn launches Karbonn Titanium Dazzle

Karbonn, Indian handset manufacturer launched the Karbonn Titanium Dazzle smartphone priced at Rs 5,490. A Dual SIM device is available in two color variants viz Black and White. The smartphone has a 5 inch FWVGA display with 854 x 480 pixels resolution. Karbonn Titanium Dazzle runs Android 4.4 KitKat operating system, has 8GB of internal memory. User can expand the memory to 32 GB by using microSD card. The phone comes with “Swipe” feature meaning you have to swipe your hand to listen to next song.

MoU Signed on India-Japan Joint Survey of Gas Hydrates

Available reports say that Japan Agency for Marine-Earth and Science Technology (JAMSTECH) and National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) of India are all set to start a joint survey of gas hydrates in the Indian Ocean by using a specialized Japanese drilling ship named Chikyu. The MoU of this joint expedition between India and Japan was signed yesterday, whose announcement was done during India-Japan Science Summit. Director of NIO, S.W.A. Naqvi, told media that this exploration survey is a part of National Gas Hydrate Programme and the gas hydrates can be found through geophysical surveys.

India Focuses on Development of 26 Satellites Indigenously

Government of India has released statement that India is currently stressing on development of satellites indigenously. The release said that during twelfth five-year plan (from 2012 to 2017) the country wants to develop twenty six satellites indigenously. The release also mentioned that India currently has 27 operational satellites among which one is Mars Orbiter Mission, twelve are Earth Observation Satellites, eleven Communication Satellites, and three Navigational Satellites. Ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions’ MoS Jitendra Singh informed that India has launched 24 satellites from January 2012 to February 2015 and a new one will be launched in March 2015.

Space Technology Cooperation Likely Between India and UAE

Officials of India and UAE are in talks on taking their already strong bilateral relations to the next level by cooperating in field of space. Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology has issued statement that Director General Yousuf Al Shaibani has led a team of top executives and met a team led by Consul General of India in Dubai, Anurag Bhushan. It is learnt that the main discussion revolved around possible cooperation in matters of space and related technologies between Indian Space Research Organisation and EIAST.

IDC Report Points Out Contraction of Mobile Market in India during Q3 2014-15

Report published by IDC shows that smartphone market contracted by 4 per cent during 3rd quarter 2014-15 in relation to corresponding period last year. In terms of mobile phone shipment from India, the growth rate has come down to 64.3 million units during Q3 that is equivalent to a fall of 11 per cent on a quarter-on-quarter basis. The growth rate has come down by 5 per cent annually. The worst sufferer during Q3 is the feature phone market, which fell by 14 per cent in relation to Q2 2014-15.     

Lava Smartphone Manufacturer to Invest Rs.150 cr in Hardware and Software Development in Two Years

Lava International, one of the leading indigenous smartphone manufacturers, have decided to invest Rs. 150 crore on development of proprietary software and hardware along with user interface in the coming two years. It is learnt that the company, headquartered in Delhi, is all set to expand its turnover to Rs. 6,000 crore (out of which Rs. 2,000 crore will be contributed by their Xolo brand alone) by end of 2014-15 fiscal. Sources claimed that Lava has set its eyes to become the second largest indigenous vendor through online sales of its Yu sub-brand.

Tablet Market in India Grew by 3.6% During Q4 of 2014: Study

International Data Corporation’s data revealed that during the fourth quarter of 2014, total shipment of tablets increased by 3.6 per cent on quarter-on-quarter basis. Reports suggested  that during the fourth quarter, 960,000 units of tablets have been shipped. IDC report has pointed out that the growth in tablet market has been ushered in by the strong performance of local technology companies. The report indicated a possibility of a further boost in tablet sales in 2015 owing to large-scale demand from education and government projects.   

16GB White Variant of OnePlus One to be Available from Tomorrow

OnePlus One’s white variant will be available in India through OnePlus’s current invite-system from tomorrow at Amazon India. This handset is the 16GB variant of the flagship killer and is priced at Rs. 18,999, Rs. 3,000 less than the 64GB Sandstone Black variant. Market analysts believe that this smartphone version is going to give Xiaomi Mi 4’s 16GB-version a run for its money as the former is Rs. 1,000 cheaper than the latter. Reports say that 16GB OnePlus One comes with CyanogenMod 11S OS, 2.5GHz processor, 1080x1920 pixels resolution display, 13MP rear and 5MP front camera, and 3GB RAM.

WhatsApp Rolls Out Internet Calling Feature on Android Phones

Mobile messaging service WhatsApp is rolling out the internet calling functionality to wider range of users. Many WhatsApp's Android app users confirmed the activation of voice calling feature. To activate the feature, user need to get a call from a user who had already turned on these services. But all the users are not able to use this invite system. The feature in not available on the iPhone and not working on Windows Phone handsets.

Affordable Canvas Pep Launched by Micromax at Rs. 5,999

Micromax, in order to increase its clout in the budget segment of Indian smartphone market, has introduced Canvas Pep at a price of Rs. 5,999. This new smartphone runs on Android KitKat 4.4.2 OS and is powered by a Quad Core processor clocked at a speed of 1.3 GHz. Micromax Canvas Pep comes with dual camera feature (primary and secondary camera with 5 MP sensor) and RAM of 1GB. Reports point out that this new economy phone with multiple connectivity options (Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, and 3G) can be purchased from both offline and online stores.

Indian Student Invents Eco-Friendly Scooter

S.A. Engineering College’s student Sharath Rajan has invented a scooter that doesn't need fossil fuels for operation. Reports say that the new scooter uses solar energy for operation. Sharath Rajan told the media that his scooter comes with solar panels that traps solar energy to run the scooter. He went on to say that the new invented scooter is capable of reducing pollution created by fossil fuels. Solar panel, fitted on top of the scooter, requires three-four hours to charge. Reports say that this scooter is capable to run at a maximum speed of 45 kms per hour.

Three Indians Shortlisted for Planned Trip to Mars in 2024

Shraddha Prasad, a teenager from Kerala has been shortlisted for the trip to Mars. The 19-year old girl, studying mechanical engineering from Coimbatore’s Amrita University, was selected from a list of 2.5 lakh applicants. Two more Indians who made it to the final-100 list are 29-year old Ritika Singh (who is based in Dubai) and 29-year old doctorate student from University of Central Florida Taranjeet Singh Bhatia. They will be a part of the 100-member team that is scheduled to make a one-way trip to the red planet in 2024.

4G-enabled Smartphones Launched by Samsung at Affordable Price

Samsung, the South Korean tech giant, has launched a series of affordable 4G-enabled smartphones in India - Galaxy J1 4G, Galaxy Core Prime 4G, and Galaxy Grand Prime 4G - which will be available from the first week of March. Samsung Galaxy J1 4G will be available at Rs. 9,900. Samsung also introduced Galaxy A7 (slimmest Galaxy handset) in the Indian market at Rs. 30,499. Hyun Chil Hong, CEO and President of Samsung India Electronics, told media that the company is all set to introduce a wide array of products having advanced technologies.

Man Behind Google Maps is on 'Next Billion' Database Mission

The person behind the success of Google Maps, Lalitesh Katragadda, is now on a mission of creating a massive database of information of one billion people. It is learnt that Katragadda is employing the same method that he used while making Google Maps a success story. Sources reveal that Lalitesh has already employed a team of engineers for developing the database platform. He told the media that enabling infrastructure of the ‘Next Billion’ database is ‘Aadhar’ but also went on to say that government of India is trying to get other tools.

Indian PM Vouches for Innovation in Renewable Energy Sector

While addressing an audience at Renewable Energy Global Investors Meet, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the renewable energy sector needs innovation for not only reaching the ambitious goal of 100 Giga Watt solar energy creation by 2020 but also to make power affordable, especially those produced from wind and solar energies. While stressing on ‘7 horses of energy’, NaMo said that the time has come to shift focus from renewal energy sources of nuclear, hydro, natural gas, and thermal to wind, solar, and biogas energies. ‘Clean energy powers local job growth in India’ analysis has claimed that emphasis on solar energy can create jobs for 1 million people.

Samsung launches Galaxy A7 in India

Samsung has launched Galaxy A7, a premium mid range smartphone in India. The smartphone costs Rs 30,499 and can be bought online at Samsung's official India e-Store. Metal frame looks classy with 5.5-inch full-HD (1080x1920p) Super AMOLED display. Thickness of Galaxy A7 is just 6.3 mm. Phone's 16GB internal storage can be expanded up to 64GB by using microSD card. Galaxy A7 has a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 oct-core processor and 2GB RAM. The phone has a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front camera.

Google is all set to bring Project Loon in India

As per media report Google is ready to bring its Internet project “Project Loon” to India for providing connectivity in remote areas. In this project high-altitude balloons will be used for Internet access in remote areas. These balloons will be placed 20 km above the earth. Google had installed its pilot project in New Zealand where 30 such balloons were launched. Along with this technological development, Facebook has also announced in India.

Minister Projects Digital India Initiative as Huge Employment Generator

Ravi Shankar Prasad, Telecommunications and IT Minister of India, has told the media that the Digital India initiative has a huge employment generating potential. While delivering a lecture in front of Shri Ram College of Commerce’s students, Prasad said that the IT industry provides employment to around three million people and it will provide employment to more than 50 million or five crore people after the implementation of Digital India initiative. He also said that out of Rs. 20,000 crore proposals, government has approved proposals worth Rs.6,000 crore under ‘Make in India’ initiative.

ZTE Launches New Budget Smartphone

ZTE has launched its new economy-class  smartphone ZTE N919D. It is priced at Rs. 6,999 and will be available exclusively on eBay. ZTE India’s Mobile Business Head, Sudhir Gaur, has said that his company has brought this new mobile handset keeping the needs of Indian customers in mind so that they get best possible mobility experience. It supports GSM and CDMA EVDO technologies. ZTE N919D runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS and comes with FWVGA display (854 x 480 pixels) of 5 inches, Quad Core processor (1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon), 1GB RAM, 8MP rear camera, and other features.   

'Pockets' Digital Banking Service Launch Announced by ICICI Bank

The largest private bank of India, ICICI Bank, has announced the launch of the first digital banking facility in India called ‘Pockets’. With this e-wallet facility, the customers of the bank will be able to send money to any Facebook friend, mobile number, bank account, and email id instantly. Per ICICI Bank, this e-wallet facility can be accessed by those too who are not customers of the bank. Any person having Google Android smartphone can download the app from Google Play store and start transaction by creating user id and password.