Aadhaar card verification now mandatory for mobile connections, both old and new

By : CIOL Writers

Walking on the lines of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s statement that Aadhar may become the single identity card in future, the department of telecommunications (DoT) has moved to make Aadhaar-based e-KYC (know your customer) mandatory for mobile phone connections. “All

Your denims finally get the much needed sixth pocket for smartphones

By : CIOL Writers

Sonal Vats Necessity is the mother of all invention. But sometimes necessity takes time to be realised as one and then worked upon. Scratching your head, Huh! We have been using smartphones for over a decade and if we take

App usage growth in India slowed down to 43pc YoY in 2016 against 92pc in 2015

BANGALORE, INDIA: India’s mobile app usage still ascending on the growth curve but not at the rate its was seen in the year prior. The app usage growth slowed down to 43% YoY in 2016 compared to 2015 growth rate of 92%, reveals the findings

Samsung finally launches its mobile payments service, Samsung Pay in India

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South-Korean electronic giant Samsung has finally launched its own mobile payments system — Samsung Pay in India. The official launch of the app comes around two weeks after Samsung introduced its mobile payment service for select users in India who signed

Google releases the first developer preview for Android O

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Even before we could move over Android Nougat, Google has released the next iteration of Google’s mobile operating system. Android O is here, only for developers, though. Like last year’s (out of the blue) Nougat announcement, Google has launched the

Lyft acquires Q&A startup FinitePath to improve its services

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In a bid to improve its large-scale infrastructure and services, Lyft has acquired FinitePath for an undisclosed amount. With this acquisition, FinitePath is shutting down. Startup’s iOS and Android app Trail Answers too will be shutting down in the next

Apple launches red iPhone 7, $300 iPad and a video editing app, Clips

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Apple is celebrating its 10-year partnership with Red, an organisation that aims to combat Aids by launching special red variants of its iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Some profits from sales of the phones will go towards Red. The new devices come

The speed test fight deepens between Reliance Jio and Airtel, as Ookla stands by its results

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Reliance Jio’s official entry on the Indian telecom landscape resulted in tariff and data wars amongst the incumbents to retain their user base. The telcos have been coming up with lucrative data plans to compete with Jio’s kitty of unending offers. In

Qualcomm’s new 205 mobile platform will bring 4G and VoLTE support to feature phones

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Qualcomm is all geared up to provide 4G and VoLTE support to entry-level feature phones for the emerging markets like India, Latin America, South East Asia and others. The chipmaker announced the 205 Mobile Platform, its first mobile platform at

IBM brings its Mesh Network alert tech to India for sending disaster alerts without Internet

IBM has launched its Mesh Network Alerts technology in India – a mobile alerting platform which will deliver weather alerts without the Internet. Mesh network can enable people in low internet connectivity area to exchange messages. The technology uses peer-to-peer connections on a

McDelivery app reportedly leaked data of 2.2mn users, company denies the reports

By : CIOL Writers

One delicious burger might hand your personal information to cyber criminals. Yes, when giant tech companies like Yahoo, can fall prey to cyber attacks, we can quickly estimate the security conditions of a typical home-delivery app. The firm in question

Jio effect: BSNL offers unlimited calling & 2GB data per day at Rs 339

By : CIOL Writers

Can it get better than this? After Vodafone, Airtel and Idea, now even state-owned telecom company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has jumped in to take on Reliance Jio with its latest offer. The telco has launched a plan that will offer

Microsoft Garage introduces ‘SMS Organizer’ to declutter your inbox

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The Microsoft Garage Team, a project division that allows employees to spend their 20 percent of time on other projects, has introduced SMS Organizer app, to simplify your SMS search woes. “SMS Organizer will now make it easier for users

Xiaomi India claims selling over 1mn Redmi Note 4 within 45 days

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After selling over 2 million Redmi Note 3 in the third quarter (Q3) 2016 in India, Xiaomi India is claiming a new record. The company claims to have sold over 1 million units of its Redmi Note 4 smartphone in India,

Reliance Jio reportedly working with Google to launch an affordable 4G phone

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While we all know that Reliance Jio is working on a feature phone with 4G VoLTE connectivity under Rs 999, the company reportedly has now teamed up with Google to develop an affordable smartphone, which will exclusively work on the former’s 4G network.

Instagram’s copying spree continues; launches geostickers for ‘Stories’

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After Snapchat Stories, Instagram is ready to take another cue from the photo-sharing app. Instagram now offers geostickers in its ephemeral Stories feature, just like Snapchat. Geostickers, which according to Instagram is an evolution of the stickers capability it introduced

Google adds more languages to its AI-powered translator

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After adding language support for almost one-third of the world’s population by adding native languages such as English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Turkish, Google is adding more languages to its Google Neural Machine Translation system (GNMT).

India will host its 1st Mobile World Congress in September

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India will be organising its first mobile congress in September with a special focus on reaching out to the South East Asian markets. “There is Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and an edition in Shanghai. There is nothing in between

Rumour: iPhone 8 will replace touch ID with new fingerprint sensor tech

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Adding more rumours to the much-awaited Apple iPhone 8, the latest report says that the next iteration of iPhone 7 will replace the traditional capacitive Touch ID with new fingerprint sensor tech. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the iPhone,

Indian smartphones market to see a ‘Do or Die’ moment in 2017

GURGAON, INDIA: CMR’s India Annual Mobile Handset Market Review says that Samsung garnered 33% market share during the year with its revenues standing at INR 453,713 million, followed by Apple (8%) and Lenovo (7%) with INR 112,975 million and INR