Flipkart leaves customers “isolated”: No warranty for ASUS products bought from Flipkart

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Flipkart leaves customers “isolated”: No warranty for ASUS products bought from Flipkart

Asus is denying customers warranty from the date of purchase in India, for products bought from Flipkart. A clear case of the same has come up - in which Flipkart and Asus clarifications are absolutely conflicting. Asus claims that they will give warranty only as per serial number for products bought from Flipkart, and if the customer wants to claim warranty from the date of purchase - they have to through an approval process. Asus will “approve” the warranty - which is upon their discretion. Flipkart denies that's the case and calls it an "isolated" incident. More →
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RBI extends Uber’s deadline till November 30 to comply with payment rules

By on October 29, 2014 at 9:10 PM.

RBI extends Uber’s deadline till November 30 to comply with payment rules

In what might be a temporary relief to Uber, the Reserve Bank of India has extended the deadline by which the company will have to comply with two-factor authentication rules in India. Earlier, RBI had called Uber's payment mechanism that did not require users to enter a PIN and a secondary password illegal and had asked the Silicon Valley company to comply with rules by October 31. Now the deadline has been extended to November 30. More →
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Here’s why Facebook is a mobile first company

By on October 29, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

Here’s why Facebook is a mobile first company

Facebook has revealed that nearly 864 million users accessed the social networking site every day in September, out of which 703 million users accessed it on their mobile phones. In its third quarter earnings report, Facebook also revealed it now had 1.35 billion monthly active users, out of which almost 83 percent or 1.12 billion users came from mobile phones. Facebook's revenues from mobile advertising now accounts for 66 percent of advertising revenue in the quarter, up from approximately 49 percent in the same quarter last year. More →
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Oppo R5 is the world’s thinnest smartphone but at what price?

By , on October 29, 2014 at 6:12 PM.

Oppo R5 is the world’s thinnest smartphone but at what price?

Oppo today launched the R5 at an event in Singapore, and at 4.85mm is the thinnest smartphone in the world. The R5 takes the crown away from the Gionee Elife S5.1, which was recently added to the Guinness World Book of Records. While it is undoubtedly an impressive feat to achieve such thinness, it comes with a great compromise. More →
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Softbank invests $627 million in Snapdeal, $210 million in Olacabs

By on October 28, 2014 at 9:05 AM.

Softbank invests $627 million in Snapdeal, $210 million in Olacabs

Softbank has invested a whopping $627 million (approximately Rs 3,845 crore) in Snapdeal, Techcrunch reports. This brings the total funding raised by the Indian e-commerce player in 2014 alone to $1 billion, bringing it at par with rival Flipkart, which too raised $1 billion earlier this year. Apart from Snapdeal, Softbank is also reported to have invested $210 million in Olacabs, a taxi service that competes with Uber. More →
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Dear IAF, every smartphone not just Xiaomi could be a security threat

By on October 25, 2014 at 4:07 PM.

Dear IAF, every smartphone not just Xiaomi could be a security threat

Earlier this week, a report citing an Indian Air Force (IAF) circular about Xiaomi smartphones being a security threat and banning its use by staffers and their immediate family, created quite a flutter. The circular had called upon an old F-Secure finding that Xiaomi smartphones send data to servers based in China - an accusation Xiaomi had categorically denied and followed it by rolling out a software patch that asked for user's permission to send data to Xiaomi's servers for some of its add-on services to work. However, the point IAF is currently missing is that security threat of snooping or loss of data isn't limited to a particular brand of smartphones but affects every smartphone that is connected to the Internet. More →
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5 tips to keep in mind while shopping online

By on October 21, 2014 at 3:28 PM.

5 tips to keep in mind while shopping online

With e-commerce sites picking up steam and challenging regular brick and mortar stores like never before, it is all but too easy to fall for some of the common traps. As a rule of thumb, if anything seems to be too good to be true, it probably is. Here are some of the things I recommend buyers to keep in mind before shopping on e-commerce websites. More →
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Apple has developed a custom SIM card for the iPad Air 2 but it won’t work in India

By on October 17, 2014 at 12:57 PM.

Apple has developed a custom SIM card for the iPad Air 2 but it won’t work in India

One of the biggest new features of the iPad Air 2 that Apple didn't reveal on stage is a custom nano-SIM card that Apple has developed. The SIM card lets users jump between carriers without having to replace SIM cards. They can simply select the carrier from whom they want a short-term data plan and can even switch carriers later, if they want. Apple has tied up with major US carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint as well as some carriers in the UK. This will come handy especially when the user is traveling internationally, as they can simply choose a carrier and data plan without having to go to a store and get a new SIM card. This facility, however, won't work in India. More →
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LIVE

Apple iPad launch event live blog: iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 expected

By on October 16, 2014 at 7:39 PM.

Apple iPad launch event live blog: iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 expected

We are hours away from Apple’s event, where it is widely expected to announce the new iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, new Mac mini, and Retina iMacs. On the software front, Apple is expected to release OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1 update as well. Much of the focus though will be on the new iPads, and numerous leaks have already given us a fair idea of what they can offer. A subtle redesign, new internals, and TouchID sensors are some of the things we can expect from the new iPads. Here is everything we know so far about the iPad Air 2. Apple is streaming the live and here are the details on how you can watch it. Apple’s iPad event kicks off at 10:30PM IST, hit the break to enjoy our live coverage!  More →
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Opinion

Google’s Nexus 6 should have Samsung worried

By on October 15, 2014 at 11:24 PM.

Google’s Nexus 6 should have Samsung worried

Google today finally unveiled the Nexus 6 via a blog post rather than holding an event for the three devices (the other two being the Nexus 9 and Nexus Player) and Android 5.0 Lollipop, the latest version of Android. The Motorola built Nexus 6 is a departure from earlier Nexus smartphone by having cutting edge hardware specifications. Till now Nexus smartphones were more about pure Android experience for developers and tech savvy users but with the Nexus 6 Google is aiming at a flagship smartphone that would entice even regular users looking for a high-end smartphone. In the US, the Nexus 6 is priced at $650 before taxes and we can expect it to be launched in India around Rs 45,000. More →
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