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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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Apple rolls back iPhone 5S price drop in India

By on September 16, 2014 at 9:11 PM.

Apple rolls back iPhone 5S price drop in India

Apple India has rolled back the price drop it had announced on the iPhone 5S last week, multiple sources have told BGR India. Last week Apple India had announced significant price cuts on the iPhone 5S 16GB (from an MRP of Rs 53,500 to an MRP of Rs 44,500) and the iPhone 5S 32GB (from an MRP of Rs 62,500 to an MRP of Rs 49,500). More →
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WhatsApp crosses 60 million monthly active users in India, now adding 3 million active users a month

By on August 22, 2014 at 9:09 AM.

WhatsApp crosses 60 million monthly active users in India, now adding 3 million active users a month

Mobile-only messaging service, WhatsApp has crossed 60 million monthly active users in India, WhatsApp's Neeraj Arora told BGR India in an exclusive chat. Earlier in May, the service had 50 million monthly active users in India, which means it has added 10 million users in slightly over three months or at a rate of approximately 3 million new monthly active users a month. "India is one of the fastest growing markets," Arora said. More →
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Coming soon to India: International TV minus the torrents

By on August 18, 2014 at 4:23 PM.

Coming soon to India: International TV minus the torrents

Getting access to legal international television content has always been a big problem. One has to jump through hoops of downloading illegal torrents and even then never being sure of the quality of the print. Add to it the wait and there is always the delay between when the show airs and when you get to watch it. Chances are that you'd already know what happened before you even get to sit down and watch it. Other options include buying season packs from iTunes by opening a paid US account or subscribing to services like Netflix, again with a US account, and having a VPN in place in order to mask your location. Both of these options not only turn out to be expensive but also very inconvenient. I have been beta testing a service that can change viewing of international TV shows in India forever. More →
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Apple to set up exclusive stores in India selling just iPhones and iPads

By on July 24, 2014 at 9:24 AM.

Apple to set up exclusive stores in India selling just iPhones and iPads

After witnessing encouraging growth in iPhone and iPad sales in the country, Apple India is now looking at setting up exclusive stores across the country that will sell only iOS devices, multiple sources who have been briefed by the company on its plans told BGR India. Sales of iPad in India increased by 45 percent year-on-year at the end of last quarter while iPhones too grew by 55 percent in the BRICS region, Apple had revealed during its quarterly earnings call yesterday. More →
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Exclusive: Xiaomi ties up with Flipkart, to launch two smartphones in India next month

By on June 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

Exclusive: Xiaomi ties up with Flipkart, to launch two smartphones in India next month

The launch of Chinese smartphone vendor Xiaomi's first smartphones in India will happen sooner than what was expected earlier. BGR India has exclusively learned that Xiaomi will launch its first two smartphones in India sometime between mid-July and early-August, multiple sources have confirmed. Earlier, BGR India had exclusively reported Xiaomi hiring Manu Kumar Jain as the head of its India operations before Xiaomi's official announcement. More →
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Exclusive: Xiaomi hires Jabong co-founder Manu Jain for its India operations

By on June 6, 2014 at 7:09 PM.

Exclusive: Xiaomi hires Jabong co-founder Manu Jain for its India operations

Chinese smartphone vendor Xiaomi has started hiring in India to launch its brand in the country later this year. Multiple sources have confirmed to BGR India that Xiaomi has hired Manu Kumar Jain to kickstart its operations in the country. Jain, who was the co-founder of online retailer Jabong, had quit the company earlier this year to start his own venture. More →
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Exclusive: Nokia X2 Android smartphone to be launched later this month

By on June 4, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

Exclusive: Nokia X2 Android smartphone to be launched later this month

Microsoft is all set to launch the second generation of its X-series of Android smartphones later this month. Reliable sources tell BGR India that the launch is three weeks away, so we are looking at the announcement to take place sometime in the week of June 23. More →
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BGR India Interview: Joe Belfiore on Windows Phone, Nokia and Moto E!

By on June 2, 2014 at 11:54 AM.

BGR India Interview: Joe Belfiore on Windows Phone, Nokia and Moto E!

It is one of those rare glorious days in Redmond, Washington with the sun out and not a spec of cloud in the sky. I find myself outside Studio F, one of the more than 100 buildings that are spread across the town that stitch together the Microsoft headquarter. Studio F is where the core Microsoft Windows Phone team operates from, headed by Joe Belfiore. The Microsoft comms team ushers me into a massive conference room, where I am told the core team comes together for brainstorming and discussing product milestones. Over the next hour, Belfiore takes me through the evolution of Windows Phone since 2010, why he took some decisions that were necessary for the ecosystem and why he believes Windows Phone has the "app gap" and how he hopes Windows Phone 8.1 will address that problem. We also talk about Nokia and why having Nokia within Microsoft is important for Windows Phone. The fascinating bit for me in this wide ranging interview for me was when Belfiore talks about addressing the vertical and horizontal dimensions of a platform and how Microsoft had been managing the vertical dimensions and how he is working on the horizontal ones. It gives some perspective on why Microsoft took some decisions in the past. Of course, we talk about Cortana, WhatsApp and Moto E. Read on for the edited excerpts of the interview. More →
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WhatsApp crosses 50 million monthly active users in India, ties up with Airtel for special data plans

By on May 10, 2014 at 11:48 PM.

WhatsApp crosses 50 million monthly active users in India, ties up with Airtel for special data plans

WhatsApp has crossed 50 million monthly active users in India. Just last fortnight WhatsApp had crossed 48 million monthly active users in the country, which is also its largest country by the number of monthly active users. WhatsApp has also tied up with Airtel to provide special WhatsApp only data packs. More →
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