From Xiaomi to Micromax, 37 mobile manufacturing plants set up in India in last 1 year

From Xiaomi to Micromax, 37 mobile manufacturing plants set up in India in last 1 year

By about 6 hours ago.
In what can be seen as a shot in the arm for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' campaign, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad revealed that in the last one year, 11 crore mobile phones were manufactured in India. This is up from six crore in the year before. Prasad also revealed that 37 mobile manufacturing companies were set up in the last one year, which have generated 40,000 new jobs and 1.25 lakh indirect employment. "We decided to make India a big hub of electronics manufacturing. In the last one year, 37 new mobile manufacturing units have come," Prasad said after inaugurating government-funded 'Electropreneur Park'. "We have given jobs to forty-thousand people and 1.25 lakh indirect jobs," Prasad added. More →
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ChampOne C1 4G smartphone with fingerprint scanner launched for Rs 501, but there’s a catch

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ChampOne C1 4G smartphone with fingerprint scanner launched for Rs 501, but there’s a catch

Ever since Ringing Bells' Freedom 251, there's been no dearth of unknown Indian companies promising smartphones at unbelievably low prices. We have come across the likes of Mango mPhones, Namotel Acche Din, Docoss X1, and now joining the list is another unknown company called ChampOne Communications with its first device -- C1. The ChampOne C1 is a smartphone with 4G LTE connectivity and a fingerprint scanner, but the talking point is the price tag of Rs 501. Before we all get excited though, there is a small catch. Read on. More →
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India best market for e-commerce growth: Infosys co-founder

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India best market for e-commerce growth: Infosys co-founder

With five of the top global IT services firms being Indian, India was the best market for e-commerce growth as the industry was heading in the right direction, said Infosys co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan. "With GDP hitting 7.5 percent and possibly 10 percent in sometime, India is the best market for e-commerce growth. The increased mobile penetration will also help the industry grow," said Gopalakrishnan at an event. The five Indian IT services firms are Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Infosys, Wipro, HCL Technologies and Tech Mahindra. More →
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SpaceX Dragon brings 1,360 kgs of crucial research samples from ISS

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SpaceX Dragon brings 1,360 kgs of crucial research samples from ISS

After successfully delivering almost 2,268 kgs of supplies and scientific cargo on its ninth resupply mission to the International Space Station, SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Friday with more than 1,360 kgs of crucial research samples from the orbiting laboratory, NASA said on Saturday. Among the experiment samples returning are those from the Heart Cells study, which is looking at how microgravity affects human heart cells. More →
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Bharti Airtel announces ‘India with Airtel’ connectivity solutions

By on August 28, 2016 at 11:00 PM.

Bharti Airtel announces ‘India with Airtel’ connectivity solutions

Bharti Airtel has announced its 'India with Airtel’ suite of services that brings all of its telecom and connectivity solutions under one roof, to meet the needs of global companies looking to set up business in India. 'India with Airtel' is being positioned as one-stop-shop for availing all telecom and connectivity solutions including mobile and fixed telephony, global and domestic data capacity and connectivity solutions, VSAT, Virtual Private Network, data centre and cloud solutions, Value Added Services and payment and billing integration, machine-to-machine, and managed services. More →
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Spectrum auction to take place during end of September: Manoj Sinha

Spectrum auction to take place during end of September: Manoj Sinha

By on August 28, 2016 at 8:00 PM.
Setting at rest reports that the spectrum auction might be pushed by a few days to coincide with the period considered auspicious by Hindus, as requested by the telecom industry, the Union government has announced that it would take place during the end of September. "We have finalised the date of the auction and it will happen in the last week of September... 29 or 30th," Union communications minister Manoj Sinha told reporters here. Earlier, there were reports that government was looking at pushing the upcoming spectrum auction by a few days to coincide with the period considered auspicious by Hindus, as requested by telecom industry. More →
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Subramanian Swamy asks government to save AskMe from shutdown

By on August 28, 2016 at 5:00 PM.

Subramanian Swamy asks government to save AskMe from shutdown

Recently, the Gurgaon-based consumer internet search platform AskMe was reported to have shut down, consequently laying off 4,000 of its employees. According to a report by Times of India, the sudden shutdown was presumably because of a cash crunch. Suspiciously, the unplanned and unannounced shutdown took place immediately after the exit of AskMe’s biggest investors, Astro Holding. However now, another report by the newspaper suggests that the Rajya Sabha member Subramanian Swamy is in talks with the ministry of corporate affairs to help out the startup. More →
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Social media cannot stop talking about the TV news anchor who had ‘shut the f**k up’ written on her t-shirt

By on August 28, 2016 at 2:07 PM.

Social media cannot stop talking about the TV news anchor who had ‘shut the f**k up’ written on her t-shirt

It’s no news that social media can be very unforgiving sometimes. The latest instance is on a TV news anchor who wore a t-shirt with graphics that the Indian audience does not “expect” a news anchor to wear. An anchor of a local Kannada news channel TV 9 went on air wearing a t-shirt that read ‘shut the f**k up’. Moments after the anchor went on air, a viewer from Bengaluru clicked the image of the television and put up the picture on Imgur, with a title, ‘Bangalore local news TV anchor forgets to check her t-shirt before going on show’. Imgur is an image sharing online network. Since then, Imgur, Twitter and other social media platforms have been going gaga mocking the TV anchor and her choice of t-shirt to go on television. More →
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ISRO successfully tests scramjet engine

By on August 28, 2016 at 11:00 AM.

ISRO successfully tests scramjet engine

The space agency of India today successfully tested its own scramjet or the air breathing engine with the launch of a big sounding rocket, said a senior official of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). "The mission was successful. Two scramjet engines were tested during the flight. The finer details about the test will be known later," the official not wanting to be quoted told IANS. He said that as scheduled the two stage/engine RH-560 sounding rocket took off from the rocket port located at Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. More →
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Faulty route on navigation app leads to death of a 53-year-old woman

By on August 28, 2016 at 10:00 AM.

Faulty route on navigation app leads to death of a 53-year-old woman

A 53-year-old woman was killed while descending a 3,000-feet mountain after her husband used a smartphone app to navigate instead of a paper map which apparently showed the wrong path, the media reported. Jane Wilson and her husband Gary were looking for a safe route off Tryfan peak in Snowdonia, Wales at dusk when the fateful incident happened in March and was under investigation, Telegraph reported on Friday. Instead of a paper map, Wilson was carrying the smartphone app by Ordnance Survey -- the national mapping agency for Great Britain and one of the world's largest producers of maps. More →
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