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By TechRadar India | Mar 23, 2017, 06.00 PM IST
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#TodayInTech- March 23

Oppo F3 Plus with dual-front camera launched

Oppo India today unveiled the selfie-centric Oppo F3 Plus smartphone with dual-front camera. The smartphone will be available for pre-booking on Snapdeal starting 23rd March’ 17 and open to regular sale starting 1st April’17. It is priced at Rs 30,990 and will be available in Black and Gold colours.

Midnight Black OnePlus 3T with 128GB of storage launched in India
OnePlus has now announced a limited edition Midnight Black version of the OnePlus 3T with 128GB of storage on board. It will still cost Rs 34,999 via Amazon India starting March 31. Stocks will be limited as this is a special edition variant. You will be able to pre-order the device today i.e. March 23 starting 2PM.

Free Wi-Fi service to students in Bihar
The Bihar government on Wednesday launched an ambitious programme to provide free WiFi facilities in colleges and universities.

Google Maps introduces real-time location sharing
Users will be able to share their real-time location with anyone and the people they share with will be able to see the location on Android, iPhone, mobile web and desktop.

Google’s Duo now has voice-only calls feature
Audio calls are coming to Duo , allowing users to stay in touch without having to rely on their phone's camera.

Zen Mobile launches Admire Swadesh at Rs 4,990
The device is powered by 1.3GHz Quad Core processor and runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0 operating system, blended with 1GB RAM and 8GB on-board memory which can be expanded up to 32 GB.

Fossil plans to launch 300 new smartwatches this year
Tech companies may have largely gone quiet on the smartwatch front, but Fossil is set to pick up the slack, as it’s announced that it will be bringing out 300 new touchscreen and hybrid watches this year, split across all its brands.

LG Stylus 3 silently launched in India at Rs. 18,500
The smartphone features 5.7-inch HD display, an octa-core MediaTek MT6750 processor clocked at 1.5GHz with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of inbuilt storage.

Also Read: Samsung Pay: What you should know about India's first mobile payment service


#TodayInTech- March 21

Digital transactions take a dip
The value of digital transactions nationwide declined marginally (1.5 per cent) to Rs 92.6 lakh crore ($1.4 trillion) in February 2017 from Rs 94 lakh crore in November 2016 ($1.42 trillion), according to representative data (provisional) on electronic payments released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

Xiaomi to launch successors of Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime in India
Xiaomi will be soon launching the successors of Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime. Manu Kumar Jain, VP at Xiaomi, announced the news during Redmi 4A launch event and on his Twitter handle as well.

Selfie-centric Gionee A1 with 16MP front camera launched in India
The Gionee A1 has been officially announced for the Indian markets today, however, the price of the phone is not unveiled. The handset will be available for pre-booking from March 31 onwards, and that's the only confirmation that has come out till now.

LeEco announces offers on its Super4 ecotv Series
The internet and technology company LeEco announced its partnership e-commerce giant Amazon, for its newly launched next generation ecotvs in India. To kick-start the partnership and incentivize consumers, several great offers have been extended which are proving to be a big hit.

Now you can download live videos from Instagram
Instagram has released an update to its app on both Android and iOS platforms. The update brings a much-awaited feature to download the live videos once broadcast ends.

Ookla clarifies on Airtel's speed test controversy
A day after Reliance Jio lodged a complaint with the advertising watchdog against broadband tester Ookla declaring Airtel as the 'Fastest Mobile Network' in India, Ookla on Tuesday clarified that test was based on third and fourth quarter data of 2016.

BSNL rolls out plan to provide 2GB data per day at Rs 339
"To compete with Jio and other private players, we have introduced the cheapest plan with a rental value of Rs 339 per month. Under this plan, the consumer will get 2GB per day," said Sanjiv Tyagi, General Manager, BSNL.

"In a month, the consumer will get 30 GB data and 25 minutes free call per day. After consumption of 25 minutes a levy of 25 paisa per minute will be imposed," he added.

Apple shares rise before reported launch event
Driven by a series of rumoured new products launch this week, Apple shares on Monday surged one per cent to hit an all-time high of $141.46.

Also Read: Best smartphones with big batteries for under Rs 10,000


#TodayInTech- March 20

Camera-centric Nubia Z11 Mini S Launched in India
The Z11 MINI S features a 23MP rear camera sensor coupled with SONY IMX318 Exmor RS sensor and a ƒ2.0 aperture. The 13MP front camera is coupled with SONY IMX258 CMOS, 5 piece lens, ƒ2.0 aperture and a 80-degree wide angle with skin-retouching feature. Priced at Rs 16,999, nubia Z11 MINI S will be available on Amazon starting from March 21, 4 PM onwards.

Xiaomi Redmi 4A debuts in India at Rs 5,999
Xiaomi today unveiled its entry-level smartphone, the Redmi 4A in Indian market. It has been priced at Rs. 5,999, which obviously means it will target the budget segment. It will be available for sale on 23 March 2017 at 12 noon on and Amazon India for 5,999 and the Rose Gold will be available from April 6th.

Vodafone India and Idea Cellular merge
The combined entity is going to be the largest telecommunications service provider in the country with about 400 million customers, 35 percent customer market share, and 41 percent revenue market share. To put in perspective, Airtel has 31.7 percent revenue market share.

Xiaomi opens another manufacturing unit in India
Reaffirming its commitment to 'Make in India' after logging $1 billion in revenue in the country last year, Chinese smartphone-maker Xiaomi on Monday announced its second manufacturing unit in partnership with Taiwanese electronics major Foxconn in Andhra Pradesh.

Qualcomm Unveils 205 Mobile Platform
Qualcomm has unveiled an entry-level processor dubbed as Qualcomm 205, which is engineered to bring 4G connectivity to low-end smartphones and feature phones.

McDonald’s India app leaks millions of user data
A new report published by security firm Fallible has ascertained that the McDonald’s India app left some of its security safeguards vulnerable, allowing third party sources to easily gather customer information.

Fitbit could launch a new smartwatch this year
As per a new report, Fitbit will unveil a brand new smartwatch later this year. This will finally mark the company’s entry into the smartwatch market, following the lead of several other fitness companies.

IBM unveils new Watson-based solution to protect devices
The MaaS360 Advisor will use machine learning to analyze devices on the network and recommend policies, patches and customized best practices to better manage and protect them.

Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi 4A First Impressions: All-round package under a budget

#TodayInTech- March 17

Indians don't steal jobs in US, they create
IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday said the government had voiced its concern regarding the H1-B visa issue to the US and added that Indians do not steal but create jobs.

New update rolls out for OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T
OnePlus has started rolling out OxygenOS 4.1.0 OTA update based on the latest version of Android Nougat (v7.1.1) for OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. The OxygenOS 4.1.0 comes with several improvements and also has the latest March security patch for both the smartphones.

Live streaming on Twitter could be real
According to a report in the Information on Thursday, Twitter will allow media firms to plug directly into Twitter's software to go live by opening its streaming application programming interface (API) to them.

Tribunal asks TRAI to re-examine Reliance Jio offers
The telecom tribunal on Thursday asked the sector regulator to re-examine issues pertaining to Reliance Jio's free promotional offers. However, no stay was given on the offers.

LeEco to sell 49-acre Silicon valley site
Chinese technology conglomerate LeEco is looking to sell a 49-acre U.S. Silicon Valley property less than a year after buying it from Yahoo Inc, sources said, in what is the latest effort by the firm to ride out a cash crunch.

Intex Aqua Trend Lite launched at Rs 5,690
The 'Aqua Trend Lite' smartphone features a 5-inch display and is powered by a 1.25GHz quad-core processor. It offers 1GB RAM and 8GB ROM with support for expandable memory of up to 128GB. The smartphone runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0 OS and houses a 2,600mAh.

Huawei P10 Lite finally announced
Huawei didn’t announce a P10 Lite alongside the Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus , but leaks left little doubt that a Lite model was on the way, and now it’s been confirmed.

Xiaomi Mi 6 could use the Snapdragon 821
Xiaomi’s next major flagship, known as the Mi 6, is expected to break cover later this year. An early report mentions that the company might be looking to launch the flagship with a Snapdragon 821 processor instead of the Snapdragon 835.

eBay India and Flipkart could soon merge
According to a new report, among the flurry of investors that Flipkart is currently talking to, eBay and Tencent Holdings are two of them. It is said that eBay is looking to invest about $500 million in Flipkart, and subsequently merge its online store with Flipkart.

Also Read: Top five Galaxy S8 rumors that we want to be true

#TodayInTech- March 16

BSNL offers 56GB data, unlimited calling for 339
“The benefits customer will get under the Combo STV (special tariff voucher) of Rs 339 are unlimited calls in BSNL network and unlimited data with fair use policy of 2 GB per day with validity of 28 days,” BSNL said in a statement.

LeEco launches Super 4 Series Smart TVs
LeEco has officially launched its latest Super 4 Series Smart TV lineup in the country in 40, 43 and 50-inch models respectively.

Coolpad Note 5 Lite launched at Rs 8199
The Coolpad Note 5 Lite comes with a 5-inch HD (1280 x 720p) IPS LCD display, quad-core Mediatek MT6735CP chipset clocked at 1GHz coupled with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage.

Now shake your phone to pay at Starbucks
Starbucks India has now launched new mobile applications for Android and iOS, allowing users to pay for their coffee directly from their smartphone. This digital payments application works with your Starbucks Card, which is needed to authenticate your account and accrue or claim reward points.

CEO Bhavin Turakhia invests $25 million in Flock
Flock today announced that CEO Bhavin Turakhia plans to invest $25 million into the company to enhance product innovation and meet global demand. Bhavin’s recent investment is an addition to initially invested $20 million.

Bharti Airtel selling non-controlling equity of Bharti Infratel
Bharti Airtel’s tower network, known as Bharti Infratel, is seeing some changes as of today. Airtel has decided to sell off its non-controlling equity (21.63%) to its own company, Nettle or any other potential buyer.

Google Maps transit feature reaches seven more Indian cities
The newly added cities are Chandigarh, Lucknow, Vadodara, Indore, Mysore, Surat and Coimbatore.

WhatsApp text 'Status' feature returns
Soon after attracting backlash over its Snapchat-like 'Stories' feature, WhatsApp has revived its text 'Status' option while keeping its image-based replacement, a media report said.

Dell offers discount for students
Keeping in mind the needs of students headed for their new academic session, Dell on Thursday announced 'Back to School for 2017' campaign with a range of exclusive offers on select Dell Inspiron notebooks, desktops and all-in-one PC's.

Bharat Net project to link 2.5 lakh gram panchayats
Communications Minister Manoj Sinha on Wednesday said the government will finish the task of connecting around 2.5 lakh gram panchayats through high speed broadband under its Bharat Net Project by the end of 2018.

Also Read: Will this wearable tech by Pak engineers sweep the cricket world?

#TodayInTech- March 15

Samsung’s own site confirms Bixby AI assistant

In a new version of its privacy policy , under the ‘voice services’ heading, the Samsung Italy website mentions Bixby by name, basically confirming that’s what it will launch under, and confirming that it is, indeed, launching.

Uber pushes smart travel in collaboration with Jet Airways
Guests booking their flights on the app and using Uber for the first time will benefit from a discount of Rs 150 across their first three rides by using the promo code JETUBER.

Nokia 7 and Nokia 8 leaked
According to sources speaking to NokiaPowerUser , the Nokia 7 and Nokia 8 are currently in testing at the company. Both are said to use the mid-range Snapdragon 660 chipset, have fingerprint scanners and support fast charging.

Motorola Moto G5 Plus launched in India starting at Rs. 14,999
Motorola has priced the Moto G5 Plus at Rs. 14,999 for the 3GB + 16GB version, while the 4GB + 32GB version costs Rs. 16,999. It will be available exclusively on Flipkart starting midnight.

Oppo F3 Plus with dual selfie camera set to launch on March 23
Chinese mobile manufacturer Oppo has announced on its Twitter handle that it is going to unveil a dual selfie camera phone, F3 Plus, in five international markets: India, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Vietnam on 23rd March 2017.

New leaks about Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL surfaces
An Android open source collaboration page reveals two codenames that appear to be successors to the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL. The names are 'walleye' and 'muskie', two freshwater fish that echo another pair of aquatic life.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 series expected to debut in India on March 20
Xiaomi has sent out media invites for the event, and it has also started promulgating the launch on social media channels. The invite says, 'Time to get Smarter' and the ‘A’ in smarter is written as ‘4’ in bold red colour.

Now you can send money via Gmail
Gmail user can now tap on the Attachment button in the Gmail for Android app, and choose the Send Money option to send money using the Google Wallet.

Also Read: Moto G5 Plus First Impressions

#TodayInTech- March 14

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 breaks another record
The Redmi Note 4 becomes the fastest device to sell more than 1 million units in just 45 days. Earlier, we reported that Redmi Note 4 got over 250,000 bookings in just 10 minutes and broke all the previous records on its first flash sale day itself.

Airtel offering 30GB 4G free data to its customers
Airtel launched the offer on March 13th, and according to its terms and conditions, it will be live until March 31st. The offer provides Airtel postpaid customers with an option to claim up to 30GB of free 4G/3G mobile data.

Reliance Jio, Google to bring affordable 4G smartphone
The company is now reported to be working with Google to launch an affordable 4G smartphone. The first smartphone from the partnership will likely be launched by the end of the year.

Apple to showcase new products this month
US tech giant Apple is expected to host an event where it will unveil the new iPad Pro lineup, a larger iPhone SE model with 128GB storage and new Apple Watch bands.

LG creates Guinness World Records
LG Electronics India on Tuesday announced that its #KarSalaam initiative for salute to soldiers has achieved Guinness World Record title. With this campaign, LG breaks the Guinness World Record by getting more than 1,14,741 handwritten messages from the Indian citizens, the company said in a statement.

Uber launches Real-Time ID check in India
For the security of both riders and drivers, cab-aggregator Uber has launched a Real-Time ID Check in India that prompts drivers to take a selfie before they accept rides.

Fastrack launched ‘Reflex’ fitness tracker
The device is priced at Rs. 1995 and will be initially available in offline stores of Fastrack, World of Titan, and other retail outlets.

Facebook, Instagram restrict developers from using data for surveillance
The company barred software developers on Monday from using the massive social network's data to create surveillance tools, closing off a process that had been exploited by U.S. police departments to track protesters.

Idea offers free incoming on domestic roaming
Mobile major Idea Cellular on Sunday announced that it will start providing free roaming facility on incoming calls to customers in the country from April 1.

Asus ROG VR-ready gaming graphics cards enter India
ASUS has launched VR-ready gaming graphics cards -- Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 1080 Ti -- under its Republic of Gamers (ROG) series in India.

Also Read: Is Reliance Jio good enough to replace your primary SIM?


#TodayInTech- March 10

Facebook launches 'Messenger Day'
Facebook has launched "Messenger Day" that let users share with the public or a custom friend decorated photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours.

Reliance Communication offers 1GB data for Rs. 49
Reliance Communication is offering a Rs. 149 plan, which offers 3GB of 4G data and unlimited local and STD calls within its network. There are several other data plans for 2G and 3G customers.

Xiaomi launches Mi Walkie-Talkie and Ultra Smart Shoes
Xiaomi has announced the launch of the Mi Walkie-Talkie and Ultra Smart Shoes in China. The walkie-talkie comes with support for Ultra High Frequency (UHF) and Very High Frequency (VHF) bands, which makes it stand out from the crowd.

The Ultra Smart Shoes or the 90 Minutes Ultra Smart Sportswear is basically a pair of shoes that is equipped with a range of sensors to track your movements and steps as well as the amount of calories burned on a given day.

Xiaomi Mi In-ear Headphones Pro HD launched
Xiaomi launched the Mi In-ear Headphones Pro HD in India today. Priced at Rs. 1,999, these headphones come with hybrid dual dynamic and balanced armature drivers.

PayTm rolls back 2% fee on wallet top-up
Paytm announced that it is going to levy two percent fee for adding money to the wallet using a credit card. After receiving a backlash from its users, Paytm took a u-turn and revoked the charges.

Over 7.5 mn International Women's Day tweets recorded
Micro-blogging website Twitter on Thursday announced that it handled more than 7.5 million tweets about International Women's Day from all around the world.

Google launches two new Hangout apps
Hangouts has essentially split into two experiences: Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat. Hangouts Meet is a revamped take on video conferencing, one that features faster and more seamless connectivity. Chat is basically Google's take on Slack.

Galaxy S6 and S6 edge start receiving Nougat update again
Samsung has announced the roll out of Android 7.0 Nougat for the SM-G925F, which is the international variant of the Galaxy S6 edge.

Also Read: What’s Wrong with the Iconic ‘Google Search’?


#TodayInTech- March 9

Bollywood star
Salman Khan to enter smartphone business with ‘BeingSmart’

Salman Khan’s venture BeingSmart will manufacture budget and mid-range smartphones to sell exclusively in India. Similar to Being Human brand, it will be a not-for-profit entity.

Samsung Galaxy S8 placed alongside Note 7, S8 Plus in pictures
A Weibo poster has shown off the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus alongside the Galaxy Note 7 in a new photo .

BlackBerry Aurora unveiled
BlackBerry Aurora is now launched in Indonesia. The Aurora comes with a 5.5-inch HD (1280x720) display, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and a 13MP rear camera.

LeEco Le Pro 3 Elite launched in China
LeEco launched the LeEco Le Pro 3 Elite in China at CNY 1699 or $245. The Le Pro 3 Elite comes with a 5.5-inch HD (1080x1920) display, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and a 16MP rear camera.

WikiLeaks Vault 7: Everything about the alleged CIA hacking
WikiLeaks has struck once again with details on alleged CIA tools that could be used conduct mass spying programs. The documents cover CIA activity from 2013 through 2016.

Facebook 360 comes to Gear VR
Facebook has announced its first app made just for virtual reality, though you'll need a certain kind of headset to take advantage of it. The Facebook 360 is designed just for Samsung Gear VR for now.

Google Assistant starts appearing on non-Pixel smartphones
Many users from U.S. have started reporting that the latest update is bringing the Google Assistant on their non-Pixel smartphones. This means that the company has started rolling out the update for all the phones.

SanDisk launched A1 microSD card and two USB 3.1 drives
The company today launched 256GB microSD card that meets the Application Performance Class 1 (A1) requirements along with "Extreme PRO USB 3.1" solid state flash drive and "Extreme Go USB" 3.1 flash drive.

#TodayInTech- March 8

Samsung Galaxy S8 price leaked
In a tweet, known leaker Roland Quandt claims that an unnamed EU retailer is preparing to list the Galaxy S8 at €799 (around $845/£695/AU$1,115), and the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus at €899 (roughly $950/£780/AU$1,255).

Nokia’s upcoming flagship launch date tipped
As per the latest leak coming from China, HMD global, the parent company of Nokia, is planning to launch their flagship device in June.

Moto G5 Plus to be Flipkart exclusive
The teasers on Moto India Twitter page have confirmed that the Moto G5 Plus will be arriving in India on March 15 and will be exclusive to Flipkart.

Google Pixel 2 will not have 3.5 mm headphone jack: Rumour
As per the latest report from 9To5Google, Google is planning to drop the 3.5 mm headphone jack in the upcoming Google Pixel 2 smartphone.

Read: Women's day special: Inspiring women of the country

Samsung Galaxy C5 Pro launched in China
The Galaxy C5 Pro is a smaller version of the Galaxy C7 Pro launched back in January. It packs the same design and hardware, like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 chipset, coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage.

Samsung's Q1 operating profit expected to go up by 30%
After strong sales of semiconductors, Samsung Electronics is likely to report a 30-per cent hike in its first-quarter operating profit, market data showed Wednesday.

Facebook’s new tool will allow you to compare campaigns
Facebook has launched an “Advanced Measurement” tool that will allow advertisers to measure the impact of their campaign across the social network and similar platforms.

Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 now official
US tech giant Microsoft on Wednesday launched Visual Studio 2017 bringing new capabilities for developers to build any type of application for any platform.

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