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New Android One Phone From Lava Coming Soon; Google Woos OEMs: Report

Google is reportedly looking to give its Android One affordable smartphone initiative a shot in the arm. Android One despite early traction never did as well as Google expected. The Wall Street Journal reports that Google wants to give Android One another chance in the Indian market, and that the company is already working with Indian OEM Lava on a ... Read More »

Snapdeal Motors Launched, More Car and Bike Makers Come On Board

Online marketplace Snapdeal has partnered manufacturers to sell bikes and cars online through its Snapdeal Motors initiative. The New Delhi-based firm expects transactions facilitated through its platform to touch $2 billion (roughly Rs. 13,129 crores) in the next two years for the automobile category. “We have sold bikes through our platform and received a phenomenal response. Through Snapdeal Motors, we ... Read More »

This Belt Makes Sure You’re Always Charged Up

Sometimes, the best ideas are the most obvious ones. We’ve all faced the problem of running out of power on our phones, and you don’t always remember to carry your power bank with you. So how can you get around this? The Ion Belt is one possible solution – it’s a belt with a power bank built right in. Most ... Read More »

Got the Right Stuff? Nasa Is Hiring Astronauts

Think you have the right stuff to be an astronaut? Nasa issued a hiring call on Wednesday for space explorers that may fly on future missions aboard commercially built spacecraft or Nasa’s deep-space Orion capsule. With the American spaceflight program grounded since 2011 when the space shuttle was retired, Nasa is looking to bolster its corps, which currently consists of ... Read More »

UK Unveils Powers to Spy on Web Use, Raising Privacy Fears

Britain unveiled plans on Wednesday for sweeping new surveillance powers, including the right to find out which websites people visit, measures ministers say are vital to keep the country safe but which critics denounce as an assault on freedoms. Across the West, debate about how to protect privacy while helping agencies operate in the digital age has raged since former ... Read More »

Google Now Requires Android OEMs to Provide Secure Factory Reset Feature

With the latest version of its mobile operating system Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Google has taken several major steps to bring uniformity and consistency, apart from bolstering security across the millions of devices that run its software. We’re now learning about two more such additions. Google is making it mandatory for OEMs that are using – or intend to use – ... Read More »

India’s E-Commerce Accounts for Below 1 Percent of Retail Sales: Gartner

India accounts for less than one percent of the total retail sales despite being the fastest digital commerce market in Asia, growing at 40 percent each year, according to research firm Gartner. “India represents a $7 billion (roughly Rs. 45,841 crores) digital commerce market, growing at more than 40 percent every year. “Currently, B2C commerce leads the market in India, ... Read More »

Ancient Plant May Help Grow Food in Space: Study

A team of Australian scientists has discovered a gene in a “magical” plant that will open the door for space-based food production, especially during deeper human missions, including to Mars. Professor Peter Waterhouse, a plant geneticist at the Queensland University of Technology, discovered the gene in the ancient Australian native tobacco plant Nicotiana benthamiana — known as Pitjuri to indigenous ... Read More »

Micromax’s Yu Sold More Smartphones Online Than Xiaomi in Q3: Counterpoint

A new market research report has claimed that one in three smartphones sold in India were through online channels. The report by Counterpoint Research’s Market Monitor service has also claimed that Samsung led the overall mobile phone market in India, as well as the smartphone segment, in Q3 2015. The report added that Micromax’s Yu Televentures subsidiary is selling more ... Read More »

Google Starts Demoting Mobile Sites That Show Large App Install Ads

Following its announcement back in September, Google on Tuesday implemented its decision to downrank mobile webpages that show large app install advertisements in the foreground. These webpages will not be marked as mobile-friendly. “Sometimes a user may tap on a search result on a mobile device and see an app install interstitial that hides a significant amount of content and ... Read More »