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ISRO working to Build Electric Propulsion System for Satellites to Carry more Payload

Dr. K. Sivan, Director of ISRO’s Vikram Sarabhai Space Center in Thiruvananthapuram, has said while addressing a seminar at HEMCE 2016 in Hyderabad that India’s space agency is currently working on electric propulsion system for satellites that will help in carrying more payloads. He also said that ISRO will launch GSLV Mark III in December 2016 and will also launch Chandrayan 2 (with a rover) as soon as possible. Manned space flight project - Abbot Machine – is also in the pipeline.

Metros to trim commute times by up to 30 minutes

Delhi’s Metro matrix is geared up for an interchange revolution which would decrease commute times across the national capital and its neighbouring cities. That would mean the commute from Gurgaon to Noida would take thirty minutes less and likewise going from Janakpuri to Faridabad and Dwarka to Lajpat Nagar would save thirty and fifteen minutes respectively.  

Moto Phones up for sale at heavy discounts on Flipkart

Motorola India and Flipkart are celebrating the two-year anniversary of their partnership by offering massive discounts on Moto devices. You can head to Flipkart website and/or the Flipkart mobile app to grab exciting offers. The renowned budget Moto E (Gen 2) 3G priced at Rs. 5,999 can be purchased as per an exchange offer which gives a discount of up to Rs. 2000. Similarly, the Moto E (Gen 2) 4G and Moto G (Gen 3) 16GB models are available with an exchange offer that offers up to Rs. 3,000 and Rs. 500 off respectively.  

Facebook shuts down Free Basics in India

Following the telecom regulator’s regulation barring the discriminatory pricing of data services, Facebook has taken off Free Basics from India. Reliance Communications’ decision to make Facebook’s Free Basics platform a paid one has been the backbone of the announcement made by Facebook. A huge disparity between Facebook and critics on the Free Basics matter has led to the pulling out of Free Basics from India.     

New WhatsApp emojis for Android users

WhatsApp has already started rolling out new emojis in its latest version 2.12.441, exclusively for the Android consumers. These emojis include a range of facial expressions like rolling eyes, upside down smiles and a lot more. Family emojis like two boys and two women, two women and two girls are also on the list of newly introduced emojis.

Vodafone 4G Services now in Bengaluru

After introducing its 4G services in Kolkata, Delhi NCR, Mumbai and Kerala, Vodafone today launched its 4G mobile services in Bengaluru. Vodafone 4G network would be initially available in some of the most prominent business and residential corridors, including Electronic City, Jayanagar, J.P.Nagar, Basavangudi, Whitefield, Bangalore International Airport, Chamrajpet, B.T.M. Layout and Koramangala. With the Bengaluru launch, Vodafone has completed its first phase of rollout of its 4G services.

Sony Walkman NW-A25 comes to India

Today, Sony announced the launch of the Walkman NW-A25 high-resolution audio player in India. Priced at Rs. 13,990, the audio player is available at all Sony outlets. With five different color options (black, blue, pink, red and yellow), the Walkman NW-A25 comes equipped with an internal storage capacity of 16GB (expandable via microSD card-up to 128GB). The device has a 2.2-inch TFT-LED screen and supports an array of audio formats like mp3, wma, he-aac, aac, wav, flac and Apple Lossless.

Vodafone 4G Services now in Mumbai

After launching its 4G Services in Delhi, India’s second largest telecom operator Vodafone India has rolled out 4G Services in the country’s financial capital Mumbai. Vodafone 4G SIM cards are now available at all the fifty six retail stores spread in different parts of the city. Consumers are expected to exchange their old SIM card to receive a new 4G ready SIM card. Vodafone 4G has been launched in 1800MHz band.

Lenovo Yoga 900 Convertible laptop now in India

Today, Lenovo announced the launch of its Yoga 900 convertible laptop and the Yoga Tab 3 Pro in India. The Lenovo Yoga 900 Convertible laptop runs on Intel 6th generation Skylake processor and is available at a price of Rs. 1,22,090. On the contrary, the Yoga 900 tablet will cost you Rs. 39,990. Other impressive specifications of the Lenovo Yoga 900 Convertible laptop include 16GB of RAM and 512 GB SSD.

LeEco eyes to be among top 3 smartphone companies in India

Formerly known as LeTv, the Chinese Internet company LeEco is watching out for achieving its niche among the top three smartphone companies in India by the end of 2016. Launched last year in China, LeEco has already sold over four million smartphones and three million televisions in its home market. Already the number one online brand in China, LeEco is exclusively available on Flipkart.

PM Modi inaugurates NISER in Bhubaneswar, Highlights need of Innovation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated NISER (National Institute of Science Education and Research) in Bhubaneswar’s Jatani during his 2-days tour of Odisha. While delivering his inaugural speech, PM Modi asked the authorities to make this NISER the greenest campus of India. He emphasised on the fact that science and innovation are a priority currently for advancement of the society. PM Modi also lauded the efforts of Indian scientists as well as professors for doing something new always.

IIT-Bombay showcases Innovative Ideas at Auto Expo 2016

IIT-Bombay’s Mobility and Vehicle Design department of Industrial Design Centre has showcased some innovative ideas at Greater Noida’s Auto Expo. Some of the innovative showcased products by the students of Mobility and Vehicle Design program include CNG Motorcycle, Bamboo bicycle for children, Ttrix - Foldable electric bike, urban personal transport, restyled Bajaj Chetak scooter, rural multi-utility vehicle, Quadracycle, flood rescue and relief vehicle, goods carrying 2-wheeler, smart transportation for smart cities, water taxi for inland waterways of Kerala, and many more.

Hyderabad lab develops world's first Zika virus vaccine

Scientists at a lab in Hyderabad said that they have developed the world’s first vaccine against the Zika Virus. As per media reports, the Hyderabad based Bharat Biotech International Limited has said that it has patented the Zika vaccine. The outbreak of the Zika virus has been reported in more than 20 countries in Latin America. The virus, which has suspected links to birth defects, has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization.   

Panasonic India launched new headphones

Panasonic India has unveiled two new headphones. As per media reports, the two new headphones include the Panasonic HD5, which is a hi-res headphone and BTD5 – a Bluetooth headphone. The Panasonic HD5 hi-res headphone costs Rs 9,490, while the BTD5 bluetooth headphone will be priced at Rs 6,490.

Indo-French Joint Exploration of Mars, Venus on Cards

Chief of French space agency (Centre national d'études spatiales - CNES), Jean-Yves Le Gall, said that after India successfully put their Mars Orbiter Mission – Mangalyaan – on orbit, France is willing to support India’s next mission for exploring Mars as the former has knowledgeable scientists for Mars and Venus. He said India’s MOM mission showed how smart work can help in manufacturing low cost space missions and went on to call it a good example of Make in India's low cost manufacturing.

Infosys Founder Murthy suggests Innovative Solution to help India take a Technical Jump

N R Narayana Murthy, co-founder of Infosys, has asked India to forge agreement with US in sending 10,000 students every year to the US for coming 50 years for pursuing PhDs in most important areas such as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) with the clause that the students have to come back to India to serve country for at least one decade. While addressing Indo-American Chamber of Commerce Conclave 2020 in Bengaluru, Murthy said that it will cost India around $5 billion every year.

Oppo F1 comes to India

Today, Oppo launched its camera-focused F1 smartphone in India. Priced at Rs. 15,990, Oppo F1 will be succeeded by its variant called the Oppo F1 Plus which is scheduled to arrive in April and would be available at a price of Rs. 26,990. The Oppo F1 supports dual-SIM and runs on ColorOS 2.1 based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 SoC.

BlackBerry Priv now available in India

Today, BlackBerry launched its first Android smartphone Priv in India. Already gone up for pre-orders in October last year, BlackBerry Priv has been priced at Rs. 62,990 and will be available via Amazon India and a range of offline retail stores from 30 January, 2016. The Android 5.1.1 Lollipop-based BlackBerry Priv comes with a 5.4 inch QHD Amoled display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor coupled with 3GB of RAM and Adreno 418 GPU.

Lenovo Vibe X3 set to launch in India today

Vibe V3, the all new premium smartphone from Lenovo, is all set to launch in India today. Some of the brilliant features inculcated within this superb smartphone include a 5.5-inch full HD IPS display, 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, a 21 megapixel rear camera and an eight megapixel front camera with the ability to record 4K videos.  

ISRO Director says Space Technology will Transform India in coming Years

Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation), K Sivan, at an event organized by PSG and Sons charities on its 90th Founders Day in Coimbatore, has said that space technology will play an important role in coming years to transform India and vouched for application-based learning in space technology. Sivan said VSCC has come up with 1/6th size of actual reusable launch vehicle (to be showcased in April) that will help in space tourism.