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The m-Indicator app is a Mumbai travel guide and is literally a boon when it comes to checking train timings, the different routes of trains, buses or bus stops for different bus numbers. A week ago, IRCTC launched its android app called IRCTC Connect which would let you search & book tickets (No-doubt, m-Indicator being such a HIT). Initially, One would need to visit the desktop site to view or cancel previously booked tickets. The option is now available directly through the application. It’s free to download and is available on major platform such as iOs, Windows & Android store.

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Recently, The Center for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) has launched a mobile application named as NTES (National Train Enquiry System) for the Android and Windows 8 platform through which passengers can make inquiries relating to their trains, making our lives much easier. The app is free to download and is already available on Google’s Play store.

The smartphone industry giant, Samsung has developed Wi-Fi technology which will have 5 times more speed than the usual. The 60 Ghz Wi-fi technology will enable a 1 GB movie to be transferred in less than three seconds within devices. I will take more time to search that movie in my files, Samsung! While, uncompressed HD videos can be streamed easily from mobile devices and TV in real time without any delay.

Samsung has overcome this problem by making alterations to the design of the circuit and by leveraging millimeter-waves which previously were susceptible to path loss and had weak penetration properties resulting in poor signal. To support it, they are using the high performing modems and the best antennas. By doing so, Samsung’s new technology removes [click to continue…]

Consumer electronic brands have asked Amazon India to moderate their discounts, to not more than 15%, during its week long Diwali sale. This comes a few days after Flipkart’s ” Big Billion Day” sale, during which prices were dramatically slashed. Which led to a backlash from the traditional retailers community.Big Billion Day” sale, during which prices were dramatically slashed. Which led to a backlash from the traditional retailers community.

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Skype which was acquired by Microsoft for $8.6 Billion has made an announcement related to its services in India on Monday (6/10/2014). Skype – One of the most preferable app for making national and international calls via Internet will no longer let you call Indian telephone numbers. “As of November 10, 2014, Skype will end support for calling within India meaning calls to mobiles and landlines from Skype within India will no longer be available.” This statement was given by Skype’s parent company, Microsoft during the announcement.

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Microsoft further continued, “Users in India can still make free Skype-to-Skype calls worldwide, international calls to mobiles and landlines and users outside the country can call mobiles and landlines in India.”  In India, Skype is used by many companies in the metropolitan cities of India to interact with their clients/colleagues all over the country but, henceforth they cannot. [click to continue…]

In an attempt to address the concern of slow wireless connection of mobile internet users, Google has announced a streamlined version of search results, specifically for India.

This news comes a month after the release of the Android One series of mobile phones in India, which aims to revolutionize the Indian Smartphone market by providing affordable Smartphone’s to all. Google has taken another step in the direction of strengthening its position in India, by launching a lighter version of its search page which will optimize the results for Smartphone users with slow internet speeds. India is one of the fastest growing Internet economies in the world and most of this growth is driven by mobile, thus mobile Internet usage is a bigger priority In India than anywhere else in the globe.

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One look at the Flint Centre, and no one would say that it is a tech event. It was touted to be Apple’s biggest keynote in a while as this was the first time Apple CEO Tim Cook was launching a new product line. So did he pass the litmus test or not? Here is a rundown of what happened at Flint Centre and how good/bad it was:

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Apple had to finally give in to the demand for big screen phones and hence it launched two new successors to the iPhone 5S. The first one is the iPhone 6 which has 4.7 inch screen whereas the second is called the iPhone 6 plus which sports a 5.5 inch screen. Both the phones are very similar in terms of features and the only thing that sets the 6 plus apart is the resolution and the camera.

The iPhone 6 has a 1334×750 resolution at 326 ppi and Digital Image Stabilization whereas the iPhone 6 Plus has a 1920×1080 resolution at 401 ppi and Optical Image Stabilization. Other specs like the A8 chip with 64-bit architecture, M8 motion processor, 8-megapixel iSight camera with 1.5µ pixels, ƒ/2.2 aperture, etc remain the same for both. Like the 5S, the 6 and 6 Plus will be available in Space Gray, Silver and Gold colours.

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Apple’s supplier company Pegatron which is based in China has been in news for quite sometime but for all the wrong reasons. Recently a fifteen year-old, Shi Zhaokun died in the factory. Apple said that the boy died from pneumonia and not from the factory’s working conditions. Pegatron has been the site of several workers deaths in recent months and has been under-reporting the long hours employees endure, according to China Labor Watch . Shi’s family believes the long working hours at the factory played a role in his death. On Monday, Yang Xiaosa, a cousin said that the last time his family contacted Shi, who had a slight cold but was feeling better and was taking medicines. A week later, Shi was found looking severely ill at the factory’s cafeteria, and was taken to a hospital, where he died. Yang said, “We wanted him to take a day off, but he said it would not be easy to.”

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With Christmas on its way there’s a good news for iPhone users. Jailbreak for iOS version 7.0.4 is now available allowing users to jailbreak their phone giving them access to download third party applications and many other things. iOS Jailbreaking is the process of removing the limitations on Apple devices running the iOS operating system through the use of software and hardware exploits. Jailbreaking permits root access to the iOS operating system, allowing the download of additional applications, extensions, and themes that are unavailable through the official Apple App Store.

A jailbroken iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad running iOS can still use the App Store, iTunes, and other normal functions, such as making telephone calls. Restoring a device with iTunes removes the jailbreak. This is a little different than rooting an Android device, because jailbreaking is necessary if the user intends to run software not authorized by Apple and to expand the feature set limited by Apple and its App Store. Whereas on Android, apps can be installed beyond the Play Store by simply downloading the APK file or installing from a 3rd party app store. Rooting in Android gives the user deeper access to changing core features of the software. [click to continue…]

Google India’s recently concluded “Mapathon” contest has attracted quite a lot of negative criticism from the Indian Police who says that it is investigating the mapping data and the contest conducted by Google that might expose sensitive and restricted data. Indian police claim that Google violated rules in a competition that asked users to add information about their local areas for its online map services after a government agency raised security concerns.

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Chhaya Sharma, deputy commissioner of police, New Delhi, said that a complaint has been received from Survey of India which has been forwarded to the cybercell for further action. Survey of India is India;s national survey and mapping agency.

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Apple and Motorola have been fighting it out in the German court to settle out various patent infringement cases against each other. In the latest development, a German Federal Patent Court ruled Apple’s “Slide To Unlock” patent as invalid. The patent under consideration was European Patent EP1964022 for “unlocking a device by performing gestures on an unlock image”. After a day long court session, the German court invalidated the patent even after Apple’s attempt to save the patent’s validity by presenting 14 proposed claim amendments. The German court noted that Apple’s patent claim does not meet with the requirements set by the European patent law and the swiping gesture is just an enhancement to previous art.

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