MobiKwik aims to make profits by April 2018, increases offline presence

MobiKwik aims to make profits by April 2018, increases offline presence

By about 6 hours ago.
Gurgaon-based mobile payments network MobiKwik aims to become profitable by April 2018, as it pivots its business strategy to increase presence in the offline space, a senior company official said. "We expect to become profitable by 2018 and continue to expand financial offerings to help meet this goal," MobiKwik co-founder Upasana Taku told. "Currently, 25% of our business comes from offline businesses, while 75% is online. In the next few years, we aim to reverse this, with 75% of our business coming from offline," she added. More →
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Researchers develop new app that can detect heart stroke

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Researchers develop new app that can detect heart stroke

According to a recent research, common type of abnormal heart rhythm which leads to a stroke, called Atrial fibrillation, can now be easily detected with a smartphone using a low-cost application. The study, which was published in the journal European Society of Cardiology, a team of researchers from University of Turku, Finland, has developed a low-cost app that uses the smartphone's accelerometer and gyroscope to detect atrial fibrillation with existing hardware. "Atrial fibrillation is a dangerous medical condition present in two per cent of the global population and accounting for up to seven million strokes per year," said lead author Tero Koivisto, a vice-director of the Technology Research Centre (TRC), University of Turku, Finland. More →
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Apple sends out media invites for iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus launch event on September 7

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Apple sends out media invites for iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus launch event on September 7

Apple has started sending out media invites for a September 7 event, where it is widely expected to take the wraps off the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus along with Apple Watch 2 and a refreshed first-gen Apple Watch. Both the iPhones have been in the rumor mill for quite some time now, and details about their speculated specifications and features already been revealed.  The new iPhones are likely to bring in the long overdue hardware upgrades in tow. Here’s everything we know about the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus so far. More →
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Islamic State switches to Telegram after Twitter shunned its accounts

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Islamic State switches to Telegram after Twitter shunned its accounts

With Twitter coming down heavily on Islamic State-sponsored accounts, the terrorist organization and its followers have moved to the heavily-encrypted messaging app Telegram built by a Russian developer. On Telegram, the IS followers are laying out detailed plans to conduct bombing attacks in the west, Voanews reported. France and Germany have issued statements that they now want a crackdown against them on Telegram. "Encrypted communications among terrorists constitute a challenge during investigations. Solutions must be found to enable effective investigation... while at the same time protecting the digital privacy of citizens by ensuring the availability of strong encryption," the statement said. More →
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Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus could face supply shortages at launch: Report

By on August 29, 2016 at 8:30 PM.

Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus could face supply shortages at launch: Report

Apple is widely expected to unveil the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus next week on September 7. And while August is about to end, Apple is yet to send out media invites for the launch event. Now, according to a latest report, Apple is facing supply constrains due to ‘faulty components,’ which could delay the launch of the new iPhones. It may also impact the availability of new iPhones at launch. Citing sources, Nikkei reports, “If Apple sticks to its launch schedule from last year, there may not be enough supply at the beginning, as some suppliers are still trying to fix low yield rates of their components.” More →
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Mark Zuckerberg meets Pope Francis, presents him miniature Aquila drone

By on August 29, 2016 at 8:15 PM.

Mark Zuckerberg meets Pope Francis, presents him miniature Aquila drone

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on his official account shared a picture of himself along with Pope Francis at the Vatican city. In the Facebook post, Zuckerberg gave an insight about his meeting with the Pope. Zuckerberg revealed he and his wife Priscilla conferred with the Pope about their project and efforts of connecting people around the world, especially in parts where there is no internet access. Hence, he gave him a model of Aquila, which is a project by Facebook to provide internet to remote parts of the world through unmanned solar-powered drones. By presenting a scale model of the solar-powered plane, and discussing the idea behind it, Zuck aimed to share the chord of ‘helping the needy’ with the Pope. Interestingly, on Zuckerberg’s post, before anything else people first noticed his outfit. Being a formal affair, Zuck finally dropped his signature grey t-shirt and put on a dapper black suit. Many people on his post commented on his dress code. More →
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Recent layoffs will not adversely impact the IT industry: HR experts

By on August 29, 2016 at 8:00 PM.

Recent layoffs will not adversely impact the IT industry: HR experts

Amid the number of reports of layoffs in startups and IT sector, HR experts believe these pink slips are due to a mix of non-performance and margin pressure and the overall outlook is not that bleak, with medium and high skilled jobs likely to see continued growth. Layoffs are becoming pretty common these days as there were recent reports of job loss in Flipkart, Askme, Ola and Infosys, among others. But experts feel that layoffs help companies survive and trim costs. They added that employees need to upgrade their skills on a regular basis. More →
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Google wants you to design the watch face for Android Wear, here’s how you can participate

By on August 29, 2016 at 7:45 PM.

Google wants you to design the watch face for Android Wear, here’s how you can participate

Do you fancy yourself a designer or artist? If yes, then you may have a chance to get your artwork featured in the Android Wear watch face collection for the fall. In collaboration with the PAPER, Google has launched a contest for artists around the world. Artists can submit their designs for the Android Wear watch face collection. In order to eliminate the impediment of knowing computer designing to submit designs, and consequently limiting the entries, Google is allowing all kinds of entries be it on computer, photos, canvas or even a scribble on a napkin. If you feel your artwork is worthy to be the face of the Android Wear, Google is ready to consider your entry. To send in your entry, all you need to do is post your artwork on Instagram before September 15 with the hashtags #AndroidWear and #WearWhatYouWant. In the article, Paper Magazine distinctly clarifies that accepting entries for the competition on Instagram no way hints at any affiliation or involvement of Instagram in the project. More →
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Lenovo Z2 Plus aka ZUK Z2 could launch in India in September

By on August 29, 2016 at 7:06 PM.

Lenovo Z2 Plus aka ZUK Z2 could launch in India in September

After launching the smartphone in China towards the end of May, Lenovo is all set to bring the ZUK Z2 to India. The company though will be launching the smartphone as the Lenovo Z2 Plus in India. The company is teasing the imminent launch with the caption, “Impatience is a virtue #FastForward.” There is also an imprint of the letter ‘Z’ behind the caption.  Unfortunately, that is all Lenovo is hinting at now, and there is no word the date of the launch. More →
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Snapdeal launches membership service ‘Snapdeal Gold’

By on August 29, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

Snapdeal launches membership service ‘Snapdeal Gold’

After rivals Amazon and Flipkart, Snapdeal has now launched a premium membership service for its customers called Snapdeal Gold. Under the service, Snapdeal will offer its customers with free shipping, free upgrade to next-day-delivery and extended purchase protection. Snapdeal Gold which is to be free for its customers will be available when a user pays for their purchase through net banking, credit/debit card, EMI or wallet at the time of booking the order, Snapdeal said in a statement. Snapdeal co-founder Rohit Bansal said its team met over 10,000 customers across the country to identify the key services they wanted from e-commerce companies. More →
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