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WhatsApp testing voice calling feature in India

WhatsApp is testing its free voice calling (VoIP) feature in India which at present is available on invite-only basis and for Android users. To access this feature, user must have the latest version 2.11.508 of the messenger app. The software update for the same can be downloaded as APK file from Android section of the official WhatsApp website.

3G Spectrum Auction to Begin on March 4

The government today released the details for auctioning 5 MHz of the 2100 MHz spectrum across 17 service areas. The defence forces have the 15 MHz spectrum in this band which they have to vacate. The present auction is 75% less than what telecom regular TRAI and industry demanded. Starting date of auctioning is March 4 and there will be one winner in one service area.

India Post in Major Rejig Mode

Available reports say that India Post is planning to launch its own eCommerce website that will work as an online marketplace for buyers and sellers. Though the initiative is in the planning stage, Postal Services Board member John Samuel said that it will be live in the coming 6 months. It is learnt that this initiative is within the modernization plan of IT infrastructure in India, where funds to the tune of Rs. 5,000 crore has been allocated along with additional Rs. 2000 crore for fast product and post delivery.

J&K Governor stresses on Implementing 'Make in India'; Indian Inc. emphasizes on R&D

Per spokesperson of J&K’s Raj Bhavan, NN Vohra, Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, has asked Khurshid Ahmad Ganai (Financial Commissioner, Industries and Commerce) to take all possible measures including finalisation of J&K’s Trade and Industrial Policy to implement ‘Make in India’ initiative a success. India Inc. giving due importance to research and development for giving India the well needed push of technical innovation. While retired Infosys co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan is all set to invest $50 million on brain-inspired computing, Sterlite Technologies is setting up an annual seed fund of $1 lakh to promote R&D in broadband deployment.  

Twitter rolls out new Features; Shah Rukh Khan First Person to use Video Feature

New video and group chat features were rolled out by Twitter on a global scale just two days back for boosting its effort to increase one-to-many private messaging service of the renowned micro-blogging site. Jinen Kamdar, product director of Twitter said that group function will enable people to carry on chat conversion with followers, even with the ones who are not following. In fact, mobile video camera was first used by the superstar Shah Rukh Khan. He also gave thumbs up to Twitter’s latest initiative.

Xiaomi Mi3 Successor Mi4 Launched at Rs. 19,999

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has launched its latest flagship handset Mi4, successor of Mi3, in India at a price of Rs. 19,999 to capture a greater piece of the ever expanding smartphone market of India. It will be available exclusively on Flipkart. While registration of Xiaomi Mi4 started yesterday, it will be actually available for sale from February 10. This 4G-enabled smartphone is launched by Xiaomi after successfully launching two other mobiles - Mi Note Pro and Mi Note - last week.

Micromax Yu Yureka offered on Sale Today for Affected Users of January 13

Exclusive official online partner of Micromax’s smartphone Yu Yureka that runs on Cyanogen OS 11 operating system, Amazon India, announced that the smartphone has been offered for sale today for a time span of 1 hour, from 2PM to 3PM IST. This offer was based on invitation that the eligible customers received through mail today, a press release of the company revealed. Available reports point out that this limited sales offer was intended to rectify brand image of the smartphone that got shattered due to difficulties met by registered users on January 13.  

Xiaomi to Launch Mi4 Today

Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone maker, is set to launch its latest smartphone Mi4 in the Indian market today. This device is 4G-enabled and is going to be the fourth handset to be released in the Indian market by the Chinese handset manufacturer. Xiaomi Mi4, launched in China in July 2014, comes with a 5-inch display, Android KitKat operating system, Snapdragon 801Quad Core processor clocked at a speed of 2.5 GHz, RAM of 3GB, amazing cameras (13MP rear and 8MP front faced), and many more attractive features.

Indian team wins Google Lunar Xprize worth $1Million

Google has awarded Lunar Xprize to five teams with total prize money amounting to $5.25 million. A team from India named Indus has won $1Million as prize money. Milestone Prizes are given by Google for successfully making a robot land on moon. Nine awards are given by Google in the categories: Landing systems, Mobility, and Imaging. $1 million was won by the Indian team in the Landing systems category. Rahul Narayan led the Indus team.

Republic Day Google Doodle, Xiaomi Mi3 Sale, and Special Offers

Google India celebrated 66th Republic Day of India with special doodle that featured a tableau for the ceremonial parade showcasing two important landmarks of the country – Rashtrapati Bhavan and India Gate. Xiaomi's special 2-hour registration window for its flagship Mi3 handset took place today from 12 noon to 2pm at Flipkart. As the offer was limited, only a few registered users got the device in their cart by 5pm today. Special offers on gadgets such as iPhone 5S, Kindle ebook Reader, 32GB Google Nexus 6, computer components, etc. were available on eCommerce sites such as Snapdeal, eBay India, Amazon India, Flipkart, Apple India, etc.    

Xiaomi to sell Mi 3 on Republic Day

Xiaomi, Chinese smartphone manufacturer has announced a sale of its popular smartphone Mi 3 on this Republic Day. Customers have to register online before 2pm IST on Monday to buy the phone. For registration customer has to like the Mi India Facebook announcement post and then share it with at least three friends, visit the promotion page to enter the email ID register with Flipkart. Because of limited stock selling will be based on firstcome-first-serve basis.

Twitter joins hands with Bing to translate tweets

Twitter users can now see the translation for tweets as Twitter has partnered with Bing to introduce tweet translation feature. The translation is available for forty language pairs for browsers on Apple iOS system, Android and Twitter's personal TweetDeck platform. The feature can be switched off and on by login via desktop PC or laptop computer. Twitter has also announced that translation won't be of very good quality.

India to become No. 1 in having Most Facebook Users on Mobile by 2017

Report published by eMarketer, a market research firm, has revealed that by the year 2017 India will have most number of users when it comes to Facebook users on mobile. In the coming 2 years the Indian users of this social media giant will cross the number that in the US, the current leader. Per the report, there will be 145.9 million users by the year 2017, who will access Facebook from their mobile devices. In the USA, the number will be 138.8 million by 2017.

Xiaomi Announces Sales Offer for Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G

Chinese tech sensation Xiaomi has announced sales offer on its Redmi Note 4G handset. The offer will be available for three days, starting from Saturday (January 24) and ending on Monday (January 26). The offer will be available only on Flipkart but they will be without registration. Announcement of the sales offer, which they termed as ‘Republic Day Special’, was done by Xiaomi through its Twitter handle as well as Facebook Page.

ASUS Launches Rival of Google Chromebook in India at Rs. 14,999

ASUS, the tech company that is well known for bringing commendable notebooks, has launched its reply to Google’s Chromebook in the Indian market. This device is named Asus EeeBook X205, which comes at a nominal price of Rs. 14,999. This device will be available to Indian customers through Flipkart solely from today. However, the affordable device will be available at Asus Exclusive stores from coming month. This below-1kg notebook comes with 11.6 inches display, Intel Bay Trail-T Quad Core Z3735 processor clocked at a speed of 1.33 GHz, Windows 8.1 OS, and 2GB RAM.

Twitter makes its First Major Acquisition in India

Twitter, the social networking and micro-blogging giant, has made its first major acquisition in India as the company announced acquisition of ZipDial, a Bangalore-based company that connects brands with target audience by using ‘missed calls’ Company has said that after ZipDial’s acquisition, Twitter will be more accessible to the world. Sources reveal that the acquisition deal was done at a cost anything between $30 million and $40 million (equivalent to Rs. 185 crore and Rs. 247 crore).




Android-powered Smart LED TV Series Introduced by Toshiba

Toshiba, the tech giant from Japan, has introduced a series of smart LED televisions in India. In a release, Toshiba has said that with their full HD L5400, HD, and ultra HD 4K L9450 series, users will not only be able to watch customised content but also access internet through the in-built Wi-Fi connection and get to experience excellent graphics and visual details. L5400 HD and full HD television series are available in the price range from Rs 38,990 to Rs 1.29 lakh. Ultra HD 4K L9450 series is priced within Rs 1.99 lakh-Rs 10.49 lakh range.

Lenovo to sell India's cheapest 4G smartphone on Flipkart on January 28

Lenovo is going to launch India's cheapest 4G smartphone A6000 at Rs 6,999 by hosting a sale on Flipkart on January 28 at 2 pm. Buyers need to register on website and the registration window is opened from January 16 to January 27 and closing at 12 midnight. Try to login 2-3 hours before sale if you want get A6000 at first attempt. The phone has 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 2,300 mAh battery and has a storage capacity of 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memory (expandable upto 32 GB).

Samsung to likely launch Galaxy A3 and A5 in India

Samsung always focus on launching smartphones with varied features. The company launched its Galaxy A range smartphones A3 and A5 at the end of Oct in China, Taiwan, Russia and Netherlands. Though not confirmed by Samsung but it is expected that Samsung is soon going to launch these smartphones in India. Samsung Galaxy A3 has a 4.5” qHD Super AMOLED display whereas A5 has a bigger 5” 720p display. A3 has 1 GB RAM and internal storage of 8 GB. A5 will come with 16 GB storage.

Xiaomi Mi4 to be Launched in India on January 28

Mi4 Smartphone of Xiaomi is all set to be launched in the Indian market late this month, on 28 January to be precise. Hugo Barra, Vice President of International Operations, informed media from the sidelines of an event in Beijing (China) that Xiaomi India is going to hold an event in New Delhi on January 28, which resonates the earlier announcement of Manu Kumar Jain, Head of Xiaomi India. Analysts believe that the Chinese tech behemoth may put their flagship smartphone Mi4 for sale through Flipkart on February 3, 2015. Pricing information of Mi4 is yet not available.