Vodafone Offering 4G Ready SIM Cards in Delhi Ahead of the Anticipated Launch

It was announced last year that Vodafone would be starting to offer 4G LTE services in the capital city of India starting from December of 2015, however, technical snags meant that the service was not launched. However, new year has brought some good news for the users of Vodafone connection in Delhi as the company is already issuing out 4G ready SIM cards to the consumers who want to try out the service. 

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Distress Calling Will Come to India in 2016 with Users Needed to Just Dial 9

Safety has always been a big agenda for any political party competing in India. And while every new government has tried to make a stamp of authority and made promises about the safety of its citizens, not a lot of them have taken any real measures for the same. With crimes at an all time high today, it is only sensible that the current government is taking what looks like a stand and providing its citizens some security. Starting, March of 2016, everyone in India will be able to make a distress call by long pressing the number 9 on their mobile keypads.

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Reliance Jio 4G Launched for Employees of Reliance

One of the biggest corporate banners in India, Reliance Industries Limited has finally let the rabbit out of its hat by announcing that it has launched the much-anticipated 4G LTE service under the banner of Reliance Jio. The service is currently open to all the Reliance employees, which totals to about .1 million people here in India. The announcement was made on the eve of the 83rd birthday of Mr Dhirubhai Ambani, the founder chairman of the group. In close attendance were several celebrities such as Mr Shah Rukh Khan, Sachin Tendulkar while many more took to Social Media to wish Reliance group on the momentous occasion.  

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Qualcomm Announces Quick Charge 3.0 with 4 Times Faster Charging

Qualcomm has announced  Quick Charge 3.0 with their latest lineup of SoCs including Snapdragon 820, 620, 618, 617 and 430. These processors will only be available in devices that would go on sale sometime end of this year or by the beginning of next year. Quick Charge has been one of the most talked about features of the new SoCs and one that the consumers have genuinely liked and felt the need for given how much of a utility our phones have become for us.


Qualcomm was the first brand to introduce quick charge as a concept to the masses and they have now taken it to a new level with Quick Charge 3.0. With Quick Charge 3.0, users can expect up to 4 times the speed of charging as compared to conventional regular chargers and an efficiency of more than about 35%.

Qualcomm Quick Charge is completely backward compatible too and will bring flexibility of step voltage too for OEMs to pick up. Quick Charge 2 only used to allow four steps of voltages while charging including: 5V, 9V, 12V and 20V while Quick Charge 3.0 will bring increments as low as 200 mV from 3.6V to 20V. The technology is also charger agnostic so you will be able to use it with USB type-A, USB type C or Micro USB. Not just normal wall chargers, there will be accessories such as car chargers as well as portable chargers that will be available soon with Quick Charge 3.0.

Via: Fone Arena

BSNL is Upgrading All Users to Minimum 2 Mbps Plan

State run telecom company, BSNL or Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has decided to bring Diwali early for its customers. Those on BSNL broadband via their landline connection will be able to experience faster internet connections starting October 1st. The reason for this is that BSNL is upgrading all its users which have been on a 512 Kbps or 1 Mbps connections to a minimum speed of 2 Mbps. The best part about this is that the upgrade is happening at absolutely no cost. Therefore, if you are looking to buy a BSNL internet connection, you will only be able to pick up a connection of minimum 2 Mbps from now onwards.


The move has been made for a couple of reasons, the first obviously being inline with the whole Digital India campaign initiated by the Prime Minister of India which aims to build a digitally connected India. The second reason being to compete with the likes of Airtel and other Private players, which are all offering 1/2 Mbps as the bare minimum speed on their broadband connections. In fact on Airtel, once you are done with your FUP, your speed falls back to 516 or 256 Kbps.

With the move, BSNL is looking to gauge prominence and popularity and hoping to lure more customers on board. A statement stated: “This u-gradation shall enhance customer experience while surfing on internet and enjoying live video streaming by all customers even in the low price range. This scheme is expected to attract new customers for subscribing BSNL Broadband customers in an affordable manner”.

Not just this, Airtel will also be offering 1 GB of mailbox space for its customers, rising substantially from the miser 50 MB that was offered so far.

Via: BGR

Uber Accepts Cash Payments in Bangalore and Delhi

A couple of weeks ago, Uber decided to roll back on one of its major USPs. The company, in order to make a mark in the Indian market and in order to cater to its needs and requirements uniquely, allowed for cash to be paid to the drivers instead of the usual route of deducting the ride fare from a third party wallet or directly from Debit or Credit Card. The first wave saw the option being rolled out only in a few cities in India as a test in the lukewarm waters, however gradually it looks like the feature will now be rolled out to more and more cities.


The first major set of cities to get cash payments in India happen to be Bangalore and new Delhi, where you can now pay for the ride via cash. It is important though, that you select mode of payment as cash before you book the ride, because if you have an active PayTM account or even a credit card details inserted and that is what the mode was so far, the application will automatically continue to take that until you specify it not to.

The feature of cash rides will be available both for Android and iOS devices and you will be able to get the same in Delhi and Bangalore with the latest update on your smartphone.

Google Names Sundar Pichai its new CEO as it forms a New Parent company Alphabet

In a major shake up as you wake up story, Google has decided to form a new parent company called Alphabet. In simple terms, Larry Page and Sergey Brin will serve as the CEO and President, respectively of this company which will have other entities within it, Google being the largest one of them. This helps bring some major organization within Google after a plethora of acquisitions in the recent months. Alphabet as a parent company will oversee different companies like Nest, Project X and Google. Google on the other hand will continue to focus on its current activities which include Android, Ads, Search etc.


With Sergey and Larry leaving the space, the face of Android, Mr Sundar Pichai has been appointed as the CEO of Google. This makes for a proud reading if you are an Indian as the CEO of two of the biggest giants in the world of technology in Microsoft and Google are both Indians. It was indeed wonderful to see Sundar Pichai being congratulated by Satya Nadella on Twitter as the news broke through.

You can read the entire explanation as given by Larry Page on Google’s official Blog right here:

As Sergey and I wrote in the original founders letter 11 years ago, “Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one.” As part of that, we also said that you could expect us to make “smaller bets in areas that might seem very speculative or even strange when compared to our current businesses.” From the start, we’ve always strived to do more, and to do important and meaningful things with the resources we have.

We did a lot of things that seemed crazy at the time. Many of those crazy things now have over a billion users, like Google Maps, YouTube, Chrome, and Android. And we haven’t stopped there. We are still trying to do things other people think are crazy but we are super excited about.

We’ve long believed that over time companies tend to get comfortable doing the same thing, just making incremental changes. But in the technology industry, where revolutionary ideas drive the next big growth areas, you need to be a bit uncomfortable to stay relevant.

Our company is operating well today, but we think we can make it cleaner and more accountable. So we are creating a new company, called Alphabet (http://abc.xyz). I am really excited to be running Alphabet as CEO with help from my capable partner, Sergey, as President.

What is Alphabet? Alphabet is mostly a collection of companies. The largest of which, of course, is Google. This newer Google is a bit slimmed down, with the companies that are pretty far afield of our main Internet products contained in Alphabet instead. What do we mean by far afield? Good examples are our health efforts: Life Sciences (that works on the glucose-sensing contact lens), and Calico (focused on longevity). Fundamentally, we believe this allows us more management scale, as we can run things independently that aren’t very related. Alphabet is about businesses prospering through strong leaders and independence. In general, our model is to have a strong CEO who runs each business, with Sergey and me in service to them as needed. We will rigorously handle capital allocation and work to make sure each business is executing well. We’ll also make sure we have a great CEO for each business, and we’ll determine their compensation. In addition, with this new structure we plan to implement segment reporting for our Q4 results, where Google financials will be provided separately than those for the rest of Alphabet businesses as a whole.

This new structure will allow us to keep tremendous focus on the extraordinary opportunities we have inside of Google. A key part of this is Sundar Pichai. Sundar has been saying the things I would have said (and sometimes better!) for quite some time now, and I’ve been tremendously enjoying our work together. He has really stepped up since October of last year, when he took on product and engineering responsibility for our Internet businesses. Sergey and I have been super excited about his progress and dedication to the company. And it is clear to us and our board that it is time for Sundar to be CEO of Google. I feel very fortunate to have someone as talented as he is to run the slightly slimmed down Google and this frees up time for me to continue to scale our aspirations. I have been spending quite a bit of time with Sundar, helping him and the company in any way I can, and I will of course continue to do that. Google itself is also making all sorts of new products, and I know Sundar will always be focused on innovation — continuing to stretch boundaries. I know he deeply cares that we can continue to make big strides on our core mission to organize the world’s information. Recent launches like Google Photos and Google Now using machine learning are amazing progress. Google also has some services that are run with their own identity, like YouTube. Susan is doing a great job as CEO, running a strong brand and driving incredible growth.

Sergey and I are seriously in the business of starting new things. Alphabet will also include our X lab, which incubates new efforts like Wing, our drone delivery effort. We are also stoked about growing our investment arms, Ventures and Capital, as part of this new structure.

Alphabet Inc. will replace Google Inc. as the publicly-traded entity and all shares of Google will automatically convert into the same number of shares of Alphabet, with all of the same rights. Google will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alphabet. Our two classes of shares will continue to trade on Nasdaq as GOOGL and GOOG.

For Sergey and me this is a very exciting new chapter in the life of Google — the birth of Alphabet. We liked the name Alphabet because it means a collection of letters that represent language, one of humanity’s most important innovations, and is the core of how we index with Google search! We also like that it means alpha-bet (Alpha is investment return above benchmark), which we strive for! I should add that we are not intending for this to be a big consumer brand with related products–the whole point is that Alphabet companies should have independence and develop their own brands.

We are excited about…

Getting more ambitious things done.
Taking the long-term view.
Empowering great entrepreneurs and companies to flourish.
Investing at the scale of the opportunities and resources we see.
Improving the transparency and oversight of what we’re doing.
Making Google even better through greater focus.
And hopefully…as a result of all this, improving the lives of as many people as we can.

What could be better? No wonder we are excited to get to work with everyone in the Alphabet family. Don’t worry, we’re still getting used to the name too!

Posted by Larry Page, CEO

Airtel Officially Launches 4G in 296 Towns in India

Airtel has announced the official launch of 4G LTE network in 296 cities in India. Airtel had been testing waters and looking for the feedback of its users right since 2012 with a gradual roll out. Kolkata was one of the first city to receive the 4G trials back in 2012 and the customer feedback has largely been positive. Post Kolkata, cities like Mumbai, those in NCR, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mysore etc have also seen the test roll out of 4G.


We have used the service ourselves and were pretty chuffed with the speeds which constantly were over 20 Mbps mark both in Mumbai and Delhi. After the successful testing, the network is now live in 296 cities across the country with more expected to be added soon. Airtel has launched 4G on both FDD as well as TDD bands in India and the band you would pick the network off, will depend upon the city you are living in.

Airtel has also announced a revised set of plans for you to make use of 4G LTE under the Infinity scheme. The plan we really like is the Rs 999 plan which gives you unlimited calling and about 3GB of LTE usage. In towns or cities that have not seen the 4G rollout will continue to remain on 3G/ 2G networks until the technology comes on board. You will need to head over to the nearest Airtel Store in case you are looking to pick up the latest Airtel SIM which supports 4G in order to enjoy the 4G madness.

Adidas Acquires Fitness App Maker Runtastic

Adidas has acquired Runtastic in a deal that is said to be worth more than 220 Euros. Both Adidas and Runtastic come from similar backgrounds where sports are the bread and butter for them. While Adidas has been actively sponsoring the goods and apparels of sportsmen, Runtastic is a nifty little application that runs on your Android or iOS device and tells you details of your run. It gives you the distance you covered, location mapping as well as your average speed and time you took in order to cover the distance. You can then go on and share the same information with your friends and challenge them to outperform you.


Florian Gschwandtner, Runtastic CEO and Co-Founder was quoted saying:

Adidas is the perfect strategic partner for Runtastic and we are very eager to leverage our business in new and unique ways in the future. By bringing cutting-edge input from our leading position in the digital space to one of the great world leaders in the sports and fitness industry, I am personally looking forward to pleasing and surprising new and loyal users with the best products in the world. Together, we will make exceptional and unexpected things happen.

Given how big the wearable and fitness tracking market is, it makes a lot of sense for Adidas to use Runtastic which also helps you in making 6 pack abs as well as sleep better. Given Adidas’ presence in the sports space it would be a great chance for Runtastic to be able to power some of the fitness trackers that may well be in works. Adidas to their credit have worked with the likes of Sennheiser in the past to come up with an exclusive line of earphones which can be used during a run or gym session, and therefore have a good hang of the space. Joining hands with Runtastic could mean that the two brands come up with their line of wearables and fitness tracking equipments a bit like Fitbit, Mi Band, YuFit, NikeFuelBand and more.

Via: Android Central