Indian Bank to now provide IRCTC tickets online

It a first time from IRCTC. IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation) which till recently was the only online official website to book train tickets in India has now tied up with one of India' s top private bank (ICICI) to sell rail tickets online. With this agreement, ICICI Bank becomes the first bank in the country to offer such a facility on its website. So far all other travel websites use to redirect to the IRCTC website.

With this service now available from a trusted bank, any consumer can search for Indian Railways trains status, book an e-ticket, cancel a reservation as well as check their PNR status among others basis features. The website will display latest information for services including train options and ticket availability by connecting directly with the reservation system of the Indian Railways on a real time basis.

Click here to check out the ICICI Bank Site

This service can also be used by other bank users and you need not hold an ICICI account.

The service would also be soon available in our in-house Android App - "MyFavroiteApp', which is now available on Google Play Store.

Sources.  

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The journey of Android - from Cupcakes to Marshmallow

Android was born on November 5, 2007. Since then, it’s grown up to be one of the most dominant operating systems in the world.


Android 1.5 (Cupcake)
Android 1.5 was the first of its kind to get a codename, Cupcake. Stories revealed that Google wanted to launch this version as 1.2, but the company finally decided to make it a major revision and made it 1.5 instead.

Android 1.6 (Donut)
Android Donut was the OS that started making others forsake their Palm Pres and start taking Android more seriously.

Android 2.0 (Éclair)
The new SDK called Éclair was launched in October 2009 followed by a bug-fix version 2.0.1 in December 2009 and 2.1 in January 2010.

Android 2.2 (Froyo)
With Froyo, it was all about speed. The speed boost in 2.2 is fantastic, but what makes Froyo a truly great update is that it tightens bolts all across the entire platform. Android has evolved into a real product, on a totally different level than its first year

Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
Google released Gingerbread officially in December 2010. This version was designed for optimizing speed, memory and performance. The OS also included a new version of on-screen keyboard, worked on copy/paste option, etc.

Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)
Coming hot on the heels of Gingerbread was Honeycomb, a version that Google admitted it had rushed out the door in response to Apple's launch of the first iPad in 2010.
Honeycomb was a tablet-only version, and Google never released the code to people who might want to install it for their mobile phones. Rushing this version out to market also meant the software wasn't at its best. For instance, support for Flash, a key differentiator between Android and iOS was never baked in.

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
ICS reoriented toward the mobile phone with an updated interface and the complete dissolution of hardware buttons. This means we finally got the actions bar and the ever-important recent apps button

Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Had Google not introduce Google Play Services in Jelly Bean, this would not have been Android's biggest release ever. Google Play Services, while it didn't sound very exciting at that time, allowed Google to push out updates to Android's core components and to individual apps without needing to update the entire OS.

Android 4.4 (KitKat)
The Nexus 7 release on Halloween 2013 led to Google having some fun with its dessert naming convention. The company partnered with Nestle for KitKat. Version 4.4 made Android less of a memory hog, which meant the OS could run on devices that had lower RAM

Android 5.0 (Lollipop)
Google has touted Lollipop as its "sweetest release yet," with a host of major new features that truly launched Android into a modern-day OS. The UI was completely overhauled with Google's new Material Design aesthetic, showing apps in brighter, bolder colors and featuring smooth animations all throughout the OS

Android 6.0 (Marshmallow ) - Aug 2015
Marshmallow is the future of Android, and though it is still in developer preview mode. This version will also include a new memory tracker to help users find out which apps are eating up the most RAM, as well as quick fingerprint access to provide support for fingerprint sensors and access the Google Play Store with a single swipe of the finger.


What could be the next version of Android be named after ?? Ladoo ?   

Ratan Tata's list of funded startups in 2nd half of 2015

Since stepping down from day-to-day responsibilities at the Tata Group, Ratan Tata in his personal capacity has been funding new startups. Here is a list of startups funded by Ratan Tata in the 2nd Half of 2015.

Lybrate in July 2015
Ratan Tata invested a total $10.2 million along with Tiger Global Management and Nexus Venture Partners. Lybrate allows patients to anonymously communicate with doctors and medical professionals.

Ampere in July 2015
Ratan Tata made his first automobile startup investment in this Coimbatore based business along with Forum Synergies. Though the amount has not been revealed, yet the startup plans to use this to boost operations and hire more talent.


OLA Cabs in July 2015
Ratan Tata also invested an undisclosed amount in the online taxi portal. The nature or kind of investment too remained a hush hush except that this one is upon Tata’s personal capacities. Bhavish Aggarwal, Co-founder, Ola said, It is our honor to have Mr. Ratan Tata on board as an investor

Infinite Analytics in August 2015
The big data analytics startup got a Ratan Tata financial support along with existing investors like Nikhil Vora, founder of Sixth Sense Ventures. The company plans to use the funding for recruitment, boost present verticals and explore new regions for the business.

HolaChef in September 2015
Counted as Tata’s 14th investment, was an undisclosed amount in this food tech startup. Later, in an interview Tata told, “What I look at while investing in startups is the quality and intelligence of the entrepreneurs.

Abra in October 2015
The first investment of Tata in the global digital platform, this was a $14million fund raise along American Express. Abra starts its journey from U.S. and Philippines as a multi-country teller network for money transfer through mobile apps.

Crayon Data in November 2015
Ratan Tata also invested is a Singapore based startup Crayon Data, though the amount was not made public. The big data company founder Srikant Sastri said in a statement, "We are excited and honoured. To meet Ratan Tata and have our vision validated by him is an accolade in itself.”

UrbanClap in December 2015
The was the last startup funding by Tata in 2015, this one also had SAIF Partners and Accel Partners participating during the investment session. The startup aims to “create lakhs of new jobs for service professionals, thereby creating a new breed of micro-entrepreneurs.

Fresh funding of $15 Mn to Taskbucks India.

Taskbucks is android app developed in 2014 by Kumar Apurva and as of Nov'15 has over 5 million downloads on Google Play. Times Internet has now picked a majority stake in this mobile platform with a funnding of $15 million (approximately Rs. 100 crore).

Taskbucks has a unique business concept which rewards users (like you and me) for completing
small micro-tasks. The model helps brands and consumer companies offer tasks to consumers, who are rewarded for completing these micro tasks via the Taskbucks app, its as simple as that.
Eg. You download a new app via Taskbuck app, the app developer pays Taskbucks and Taskbucks in-turn shares you some money.

This money could be to a decent amount if you religiously complete small micro tasks on a daily basis. The earned money could be redeemed via online wallet, online shopping voucher or can be transferred to your bank account as well.

What's best in all the Taskbucks feature, is that.. You also get paid good if you refer a friend to Taskbucks, All you need is to have your friend use your referral code during registration.

So give it a try ( no harm in trying right ? ) Step to follow mentioned below.

1. Go to Google Play Store
2. Download and install the app on your smartphone via Google Play Store.
3. Use your mobile number to signup ( please do use my reference code ' K3B5RNQB ' during sign up :-) )

Once downloaded you will be provided with the micro-tasks on the Taskbucks app.
Enjoy and Happy Earning!!!.

  

Jugnoo raises $10 mn funding from Paytm

Jugnoo, an online aggregator for autorickshaw rides and a hyperlocal delivery platform has received fresh funding of $10 million from Paytm.

Jugnoo seems to be the next big thing after Ola and Flipkart. Jugnoo post acquiring Mumbai-based taxi aggregator BookMyCab in July'15 in a cash plus stock deal also announced successful acquisition of two more start-ups – Bistro Offers which is a Chandigarh based restaurant discovery app and Yelo a Bengaluru-based mobile only services marketplace.

Jugnoo is also in talks with Japan's SoftBank for possibly a bigger round of fund raise. Jugnoo is showing significant traction with 10,000 daily transactions already in less than a year under the suite of its three applications – Jugnoo Autos, Jugnoo Meals and Jugnoo Fatafat.



All Jugnoo apps available on iPhone App Store and also on Google Play Store. Try Jugnoo Now.

Alibaba buys Youtube of China

Chinese e-commerce gaint Alibaba that owns China's largest online marketplace Taobao.com and provides various B2B,C2C & B2C services has acquired Youku Tudao Inc. Youku is generally known as the Youtube of China.

Alibaba has agreed to pay Youku shareholders $27.6 per American Depository Share (ADS) in cash. Alibaba over the last year has made strategic investments in the company and currently owns approximately 18% of Youku Tudou's shares. The transaction to acquire Youku will cost the giant $3.5 billion net of its existing ownership stake.

Recently Alibaba made significant forays in professional content business with the recent acquisition of Alibaba Pictures and launch of Tmall Box Office (TBO). Both the companies share some of the technology. Buying the Youtube of China 'Youku' is in line with its future statergy.


Below are some other recent investments Alibaba did.

1. Guangzhou Evergrande Football Club, Investment: $192 million, Share: 50 percent
2. Tango Investment: $215 million Share: unknown
3. Singapore Post Ltd Investment: $249 million Share: 10.35 percent
4. Hundsun Technologies Inc Investment: $531.78 million Share: 20.6 percent
5. Intime Retail (Group) Co Ltd Investment: $692.2 million Share: 9.9 percent
6. China Vision Media Group Ltd Investment: $804 million Share: 59.32 percent
7. Wasu Media Holding Co Investment: $1.06 billion Share: 20 percent
8. AutoNavi Holdings Ltd Investment: $1.58 billion Share: 100 percent
9. UCWeb Inc Investment: Unknown Share: 100 percent.

Xiaomi to now provide insurance service in India

The Chinese smartphone major Xiaomi which has well penetrated in the Indian markets is now all set to launch an insurance cover for all its devices.

Its basically an insurance cover program which will cost as low as Rs.275 for the phones Redmi 2 and Redmi 2 Prime and goes up to Rs.499 for the tablets Mi 4i 16GB, Mi 4 16GB and Mi Pad.

This program is called 'Mi Protect'and covers accidental damages including water damage, extrusion, collision and drops. The service also provides a SIM misuse cover of upto Rs.3,000 and 'call to block your SIM' service cover aswell.

To avail the Mi Protect service, one can call toll free on 1800 407 333 333 or 1800 123 3330 or 0 8080 333 333, following which a team from Xiaomi will visit the address to verify the damage and to initiate the claim verification free repair process.

Vodafone hacked, 2000 customer bank details compromised

In a recent news reports, the telecom giant Vodafone confirms the news of cyber-attack on Vodafone.  With this the criminals now may have access to bank details and mobile phone numbers of 1,827 of its customers.   

The Vodafone spokesman said: "This incident was driven by criminals using email addresses and passwords acquired from an unknown source external to Vodafone” He also said "Vodafone's systems were not compromised or breached in any way."

While the company had initiated a detailed investigation, it is still unclear the group behind this attack. Vodafone also confirms that these compromised customers' accounts have been blocked and affected customers are being contacted directly to assist them with changing their account details.  

Vodafone said it had contacted the banks to alert them and also intends to contact all affected customers, adding that non-affected customers need not be concerned.

[Source: The Guardian

{Update : Days after the hack, seems the stolen bank details are already up for sale online, as reported by Dailymail UK }
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India’s first online pharmacy service now active

India gets its first online marketplace for pharma in the form of a portal which offers prescription medication users an opportunity to select their required medications from more than 260 drug categories for the chronic conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension and cholesterol control.

The service is called Netmeds and this online pharmacy backed by boutique investment firm MAPE Advisory Services. Netmeds is the “first-to-market” offering a consolidated, Pan-Indian solution for the quick online purchase and ensured fast delivery of prescriptions medications.

Pradeep Dadha, promoter and the MAPE Advisory Group have together chipped in Rs.60 crore in NetMeds marketplace in the initial round of funding.

Below is a video instructions on how to use "India Ki Pharmacy", the most convenient place to order prescription drugs and OTC products online via Netmeds.



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Burrp the restaurant recommendation app in a new avatar

Burrp is a latest popular app that offers recommendations for Food & Night life, Beauty & Fitness, Shopping, Events and Movies for several of the largest cities in India.

It has ratings and reviews, addresses, phone numbers and directions, and showtimes for movies, among other features. The new upgrade now detects your location and then shows you recommendations for things to do nearby.

For movies, you can check show timings and book tickets; for restaurants, you can filter by type of cuisine and check whether they have Burrp’s certification and offer home delivery.

This app is available on Apple Store and Google Play Store - Click here to download via Google Play.

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Welspun India forays into e-commerce with online retail store

Indian textiles major Welspun India announced foray into e-commerce space with its new online retail store Shopwelspun.in, and targets revenue of USD 50 million by 2020. 

The company currently has over 200 shop-in-shops and about 300 distributors in offline retail and is growing at about 30 per cent annually. 

Welspun is also looking at a global footprint for its e-commerce initiative and will launch online retail stores in both the US and the UK over the next few months. 

Check out their online portal here for some initial launch offers..


How to earn money using free apps

If you are looking for opportunities to make some easy money online, a best way is to use referral
apps. Yes, that’s right. There are quite a few apps available on online that let users refer and earn money. The money earned can be then redeemed as talktime or buying discounts or coupons, etc.

Let me introduce my top two apps which I strongly recommend.

Ladooo : This is targeted at Indian audience, and its Ladooo with three ‘o’. Ladooo is one of recent in the list, it has been downloaded by over 10 lakh users across India and gives out good earning opportunity for android users. Its totally free,  simple configuration with your mobile number and very easy to use.  Try Ladooo now via Google Play  

            AppTrailers : This is targeted at International audience. The concept is very simple here. Preview trailers about apps and earn points. The app developers get feedback and if you try a app demo you can get paid between 9 cents to a dollar. Points collected can be redeemed via Paypal as well. Try AppTrailers via Google Play or via AppleApp Store

Give it a try and do share your feedback in the comments section below. Also if you have any recommendation on any other app, please share them too below.

    
  

Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X available in India

Google announced not one, but two Nexus devices this year, the Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X. It has
also adopted a new strategy to promote the sale of these smartphones in India. Google's Nexus smartphones will start selling in India between October 13, three days before the new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus go on sale in the India.

There is also huge speculation on its competitive price, its expected to be in the range of 39,000 INR to 41,000 INR for Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X is expected to be around 31,000 INR to 33,000 INR.

These Nexus phones would be available online portals as well, Use the below search bar to check the latest status and rates.

Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X on Snapdeal


Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X on Flipkart


Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X on Amazon

Top Five Indian origin CEOs of Tech Companies

Indian are able to showcase ther talents in the global arena, especially in the tech world. Here is a list of Top Five Indian origin CEOs for global tech companies.

1. Pichai Sundararajan, better known as Sundar Pichai, is a technology executive who is Product Chief at Google Inc. Pichai was announced as the next Chief Executive Officer of Google on August 10, 2015.
Born: 1972, Chennai, India
Nationality: American
Spouse: Anjali Pichai
Employer: Google
Parents: Lakshmi Pichai, Regunatha Pichai
Education: Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

2. Satya Narayana Nadella is an Indian-American business executive. He is the current chief executive
officer of Microsoft. He was appointed as CEO on 4 February 2014, succeeding Steve Ballmer.
Born: August 19, 1967 (age 48), Hyderabad, India
Spouse: Anupama Nadella (m. 1992)
Children: Zain Nadella, Divya Nadella, Tara Nadella
Education: University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (1990), more
Parents: Bukkapuram Nadella Yugandhar, Prabhavati Yugandhar

3. Rajeev Suri is the chief executive officer of Nokia. Before the current assignment in May 2014, he was the CEO of Nokia Solutions and Networks since 2009 and held various positions in Nokia since 1995.
Born: October 10, 1967 (age 47), New Delhi, India
Employer: Nokia
Education: Mangalore University
Spouse: Nina Suri (m. 1992)
Children: Anish Suri, Ankit Suri

4. Shantanu Narayen is an Indian American business executive and the CEO of Adobe Systems. Prior to this, he was the president and chief operating officer since 2005. He is also the president of the board of the Adobe Foundation.
Born: May 27, 1963 (age 52), Hyderabad, India
Board member of: Dell, Adobe Systems, University of California, Berkeley
Education: University of California, Berkeley

5. Sanjay Kumar Jha is the CEO of GlobalFoundries and former chairman and chief executive officer of Motorola Mobility. Prior to that he was the chief operating officer of Qualcomm.
Born: 1963, Sultanganj, India
Residence: San Diego, California, United States
Education: University of Liverpool, University of Strathclyde
There are few more names that can be added in the list, who are making Indians proud...

Sanjay Mehrotra is co-founder of SanDisk and the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer. He was appointed to this role in January 2011.

Nikesh Arora is the President ; Chief Operating Officer of SoftBank Corp, and was a former Google executive.

Francisco D'Souza, Frank, is the CEO of Cognizant and was part of the team that founded the NASDAQ-100 company in 1994. In 2007, at the age of 38, he took over from Lakshmi Narayanan, who was promoted to Vice Chairman.

Amitabh Kumar Singhal is senior vice president and software engineer at Google Inc., a Google Fellow, and the head of Google's core ranking team. Wikipedia

Azim Hashim Premji is an Indian business tycoon, investor and philanthropist, who is the chairman of Wipro Limited, informally known as the Czar of the Indian IT Industry.

Shiv Nadar is an Indian industrialist and philanthropist. He is the founder and chairman of HCL and the Shiv Nadar Foundation. As of 2015, his personal wealth is estimated at $13.7 Billion.

If you have some more names, feel free to add/share them in the comments below.

How to set custom notification per contact on Whatsapp

Whatsapp is turning out to be a best messenger platform for android, Windows, iOs and other JAVA phones users. Its one of the must have apps in todays time, and almost all your friends and contacts
Whatsapp Custom Notification
got it. The group message feature is one of the most used feature on Whatsapp.

In every new version release, Whatsapp comes up with new and important features or enhancements (Whatsapp calling, Whatsapp Money Transfer.. etc). In one of the latest version release Whatsapp now allows to customize notifications per contacts. So like in the earlier days you could set / customize various ringtones for different contacts, a similar feature is now available on Whatsapp too.

So how is this customizing feature helpful? Well using this feature you can now set different notification tones, vibrations, ringtones and many more settings per contact.

To use this feature, follow these easy steps.
1. Open any Whatsapp contact or group, tap on the dotted button and select “view contact” option. For a group, its is Group info.
2. When you scroll down you will see a “Notification Box” under which you could an option for “custom notification”.
3. Tab on this feature to enable it and now you can set your notification preference of ringtone, popup notifications etc.. That's it..

Its so simple and very usefull . Give it a try and share your feedback via comments.

How to check who read your whatsapp message in a group

Whatsapp is a great messaging tool, its subscriber base and usage has only increased over the recent years. Whatsapp is currently available on android, Windows, iOs and other JAVA phones.
It also releases newer versions with newer features (like Whatsapp calling), the recent being a feature that lets you know if the recipient has received and read your message.

Lets understand the current feature. Once a message is send to any of your Whatsapp contact there are three level of information you get.
If the message is send successfully, if the message is delivered on the recipients mobile and if the message is read by the recipient.

One Grey Tick.. means the message is successfully send.
Two Grey Tick.. means the message is successfully delivered.
Two Blue Tick.. means the message is successfully read by the recipient.

However these feature or indicators are not readily available in group messages. If you are a part of a group of 50 contacts and you want to know who all have read the message you shared there is no ready indicator. Unless you are aware of the below feature.

Let’s follow these steps to check who read your Whatsapp group message.
1. Send a message to your group as usual
2. Long press the send message
3. You will see a info icon, now tap on it.
4. Here you will get a list of contacts who has read your message.
5. Just tap on any of the contacts to get more details

So this is a convenient way to check who from your group has read your Whatsapp message. Try this method and share some feedback.

Now get Whatsapp for free after your first year

Over the years Whatsapp has become the best and most used messenger platform amongst smartphone users. This messenger app is already available on android, Windows, iOs and other JAVA phones. However only few are aware that Whatsapp by default is for one year free trial period. What that means is Whatsapp is no more free post one year of usage.

Whatsapp free after one yearSo is there a way to get Whatsapp for free for life ? Well, there are two methods you could follow to get free Whatsapp for life.

Method 1. This is the easiest method; however you would have to lose your existing data. All you have to do is formally delete your account and reactivate your account again. By reactivating your account you can use Whatsapp for free for the next one year.
Follow these steps.
1. Go to the Settings >> Account >> Delete my account option.
2. Type in your mobile number and tap “Delete my account”.
3. Restart your mobile and register on Whatsapp again with the same number, that’s it.

Hey, but remember, you would lose all your message history, backups, groups list etc..

Method 2. For this method you need another mobile number which is not yet activated on Whatsapp. Here you don’t have to lose your data, but transfer your Whatsapp account to the new number and then re transfer the data to the original number.
Follow these steps.
1. Go to the Settings >> Account >> Change number option.
2. Click next and put the old and the new mobile number and in the respective fields.
3. Now click on “Done”.
4. Now your Whatsapp license is extended for 1 year.
5. Follow steps 1 to 3 again to change from your new number to the old number, That’s it.

Try any of these methods to get Whatsapp free license extender to an additional year.. do share us your feedback.

Google has figured out its future

Access to internet is increasing by leaps and bounds, more people are now connected to internet then ever before. One company that's leading the internet penetration is Google. If you have a question,
Google has the answer. In fact Google is now synonymous to 'searching on the internet'.

But Google is no more a search engine only. Google has figured out what it would be do in future. Here are top five Google plans for the future.

1. Robotics : Google has acquired at least 8 robotics companies, including Boston Dynamics which is known to build Pentagon funded advanced robots. Check out this Youtube spot from Boston Dynamics

2. Space Exploration : Google has leased a NASA airfield for 60 years for a cost of $1.16 billion , with a promise to upgrade its facilities and help educate people about the importance of space exploration. Infact Google is offering a cash reward of $20 million to whoever accomplishes three things.. read more.

3. Self Driving Cars : Google has reached a new milestone in its self-driving car project. One of the prototype gaining more popularity. It is the one which is a two seater and has no steering wheel inside. It actually does not have any brakes or accelerator pedals. Google cars are now on Texas roads.

4. 3D Mapping : With Project Tango, mapping the world in real-time won’t be a problem. Imagine entering a building and as you walk inside it, your smartphone maps everything. The ceiling, floor, walls, and objects on your path.

5. Google Contact Lens : Yes, that's right, Google is also in to developing eye lenses. Google’s smart contact lens helps monitor sugar levels on diabetics. A thin microchips and an antenna smaller than the human hair is embedded in soft contact lens material which helps round the clock monitoring.

There are few more venture that Google is in to, i would share them too very soon. Do subscribe for free updates

Create your selfie stickers with this new app

Selfie Stickers , ever heard about it ? A new app is making news lately, its already crossed 10K downloaded from Google play in it first month of release. Its called the Bobble app.

How to create Selfie Stickers
It is a mobile application for youth to communicate in more personalised and creative way using stickers and comic strips. Users can play with images and text. The app is integrated with all communicating platform to let users share personalised content with their social connects.

Get over boring texts and monotonous stickers like everyone else - Surprise everyone with your & even their funky avatars; Chat in your local lingo with ultra cool desi stickers via this Bobble app. Mix your awesome selfie with Our mind freaking images and Your wacky creativity, quirky graphics.

Super lively conversations on Whatsapp, Messenger, Hike, Line and facebook. Enjoy this free app and share your comments.

You can download this for Android from Here - Enjoy Selfie Stickers

Free App for Selfie Stickers

Can WiFi be available on flights ? #WiFiOnboard

Nowadays everyone wanted to be connected to the internet. Be it at home, office or even during commute. WiFi is available at bus stations, railway stations and also on trains. Free WiFi are also very common at many airport, but what about WiFi on planes ? Can WiFi be available on flights?. Well, the answer is Yes, but not all flights.

Though frequent fliers have made their pleas to the airlines to offer on-board internet but its seldom available.

Here is a list of Airlines that offer inflight WiFi and/or GSM internet access

Aer Lingus
Aeroflot
AirAsia
Air Berlin
Air Canada
Air China
Air France
AirTran
Alaska Airlines
All Nippon Airways
American Airlines
ANA
British Airways
Cebu Pacific Air
Delta Air Lines
Egypt Air
Emirates
Etihad
EVA Air
Finnair
Frontier Airlines
Garuda Indonesia
Gulf Air
HongKong Airlines
Iberia
Icelandair
JAL
JetBlue
Lufthansa
Libyan Airlines
Malindo Air
Mango Airlines
Nok Air
Norwegian
Oman Air
Philippine Airlines (PAL)
Qatar Airways
Ryanair
SAS
Saudia
Singapore Airlines
Southwest Airlines
TAM
TAP Portugal
THAI Airways
Transaero
Turkish Airlines
United
US Airways
Vietnam Airlines
Virgin America
Vueling
WestJet


The Latest on Drones - 2015

If you thought that Drones are just unmanned aerial Aircrafts, you are wrong. The latest technologies
has made drones much much more. The commercial drones space is projected to become a multi-billion dollar industry over the next ten years. Here is what we have latest in the drone industry as of mid 2015. The best drones in the market.

DJI - Phantom 3 Professional : Phantoms are relatively cheap, they’re simple to operate, and the cameras that come attached to their bellies produce great images and videos. The Phantom 3 takes the look and feel of big-budget professional image capture and puts it in the palm of your hand.


DJI – Inspire 1 : Redefining what it means to take to the sky and fly, the DJI Inspire 1 is the most advanced ready-to-fly system for everyone.

Packed with the latest technology in photography, videography, and flight, this all-in-one platform empowers you to create stunning footage for any use.


Parrot - AR.Drone 2.0 : The GPS Edition brings you the ultimate experience. Geolocate your Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 with the GPS included, keep track of its position and store your videos in its built-in flash memory.

GPS Flight Recorder enables you to improve stability in flight and therefore the quality of your videos. You can also pilot directly via the map and last but not least, you enjoy a return home functionality!



Benefit from your credit card offers - #creditcards

If your credit card company is offering you low rate balance transfer, you can now take something that will benefit you. A credit card balance transfer can be a great way to save some money. There are also some other benefits that come with consolidating your debts into just one payment.

For this you need some AskWiki QuickInfo.

What is a balance transfer on a credit card ?
A balance transfer is when you pay off the balances on existing cards or loans by transferring them to another credit card account.

What’s the balance transfer process ?
When you respond to a balance transfer offer, you’ll indicate who you want to pay, the account numbers, and how much

What is a zero percent balance transfer offer ? 
Credit cards with an introductory 0% balance transfer for a limited time offer new card members a way to help relieve debt. By taking advantage of these introductory rates, you can have your existing balance on other credit cards paid off by transferring it to a new card and will not accrue interest on that transferred balance for the duration of the introductory 0% annual percentage rate offer.



How to get cash from credit card ? 
Getting cash from credit card is easy, you can follow the below steps.
1. Check your latest credit card statement to see how much cash you can withdraw and the terms you will need to agree to when taking out a cash advance.
2. Check your financial records for your personal identification number (otherwise known as your PIN) that was issued with your credit card Insert your credit card into any ATM that displays the logo of your credit card.
3.Enter your PIN number when prompted, then select the amount of money you want to withdraw.



Latest Credit card theft statistics ?
Fraudsters are getting wiser and have more tools at their disposal to steal personal identities. Here are some facts 66% of consumers who have had fraudulent charges were the first to notice them – not their financial institution. Crooks are misusing the information for a shorter period of time, making them harder to catch.
Here are some credit card theft statistics - Click Here

BTW: Does Obama use credit cards ? Know it for yourself :-) 

A preview to Reliance Jio 4G Services - #RelianceJio

Billionaire Mukesh Ambani will re-enter the telecom business in a big way towards end of 2015 by commercially starting its 4G telecommunication services in India. A price war is sure to ensue as the new venture attempts to aggressively build a customer base in the country, the world’s second-largest mobile services market after China.

Ambani in a letter to his shareholders in the company’s 2014-15 annual report said "Reliance has spent around $13 billion so far and will roll out physical infrastructure in 880 cities and towns countrywide". At the annual shareholders’ meet, Ambani said Reliance Jio is among the largest ‘transformational greenfield telecom initiatives’ anywhere in the world.

It will play a key role in catapulting India into the Top 10 countries in the world from its current 142nd rank in internet penetration, he said. According to AGM notes, Jio’s network is currently present in 29 states of India and also covers 18,000 towns and cities across the nation. The company aims to cover 80% of India’s population by the year-end and plans to have complete national coverage within the next 3 years. The company has so far, deployed 250,000 km of fibre throughout the country and will plans to deploy twice this length over the next 3 years.

Reliance Jio will also push to get cheaper devices into the market. It is expected 4G LTE smartphones priced below 4,000 rupees ($63) would be available in the Indian market by December.

So, here are some of the services that you can expect Reliance Jio to offer in near future. All service would be available under JioWorld Website

Jio Chat: It is an IM that can be used for chatting, voice and video calling, conferencing, and file sharing including photos and videos.

Switch-and-Walk: This app will let users switch between different phones running operating systems with just a few touches. It will be able copy your contacts, messages, photos, music, media, and applications without any hassle.

Jio Drive:  It is a cloud storage and backup service that will let the users store, sync and share the content between their devices

Jio Play: It will be live streaming service that will let the subscribers watch HD TV having a variety of channels from anywhere and on any device

Jio Beats: It is personalized music streaming service having millions of songs and playlists in its library.

Jio Mags: This app will let the users access the popular magazines with quite a few innovative but undisclosed features

Jio News: It will show the hottest and breaking news from leading new publishers across various categories and regional languages

Whats new is... Reliance Jio Media has received provisional registration from the government to operate as a multi service operator (MSO) at pan-India level in digital cable TV space. With this permit, Reliance Jio (RJIL) will compete Hathway, IMCL, Siti Cable Network and DEN Networks and can itself distribute its media content on cable television.

The company has acquired control of media house Network18, which has 17 news channels including CNBC TV18, IBN7 and CNBC Awaaz, as well as 14 entertainment channels in 8 languages and set of internet businesses.

Reliance Jio recently has also joined hands with Bharti Airtel in a infrastructure sharing arrangement. Under this new mega-deal, Reliance Jio can now access Bharti’s nationwide tower and network and optic fibre network by paying a service fee.

Bharti has 85,000 towers spread all over India; along with 1.74 lakh kms optic fibre network inside India and a global network of optical fiber of 2.25 lakh kms length which covers 50 countries and 5 continents. This network includes i2i Submarine cable system which runs from Chennai to Singapore, and SMW4 submarine cable system which connects Chennai with Mumbai along with Singapore and Europe.
Reliance Jio will have access to them all.. :-)

Google can now help find your phone - #findphone

Google has always helped you find information that you are looking for, now this is taken to a next level. If you have an android smartphone and have any time logged in to your Google account, then Google can help you track your phone. Google has introduced a new feature that allows Android
users to simply type ‘find my phone’ into a Google.com search box to find their smartphone.

This works as long as you are logged in with the same Google account that is registered on their smartphone. Google uses a feature available in the Android Device Manager, which is already installed on your Android smartphone.

So, if you've lost a device, Google uses the Android Device Manager to find its approximate location on a map and when it was last used. When the Android Device Manager locates your device, that device will get a notification. Once you locate your device, you can remotely ring, lock, or erase data in it using Android Device Manager.

Before you can use Android Device Manager to locate your device, make sure your device's location access is turned on and be signed in to your Google Account. Android Device Manager won't work for devices that are turned off or that don't have a mobile data or Wi-Fi connection.

So give it a try.. go to Google.com and sign in, then search ' find my phone ' or alternatively click here for a quick Google search. Don't forget to try the 'Ring' option too.

Google Cars now on roads in Texas - @Googlecars

Google has reached a new milestone in its self-driving car project. The prototype showcased last time
has already gained popularity, but now Google has selected Texas as the latest testing site for its self-driving car project.

The plans is to have the driver less car to operate a few square miles north and north-east of down town Austin. The testing fleet in California includes Lexus SUVs and also prototype vehicles. It’s also releasing a monthly report on the progress of the project and, crucially, any accidents that happen.

The project was in negative news in June when Google’s self-driving cars were involved in two accidents on the roads of Mountain View, California, but humans driving the other vehicles were at fault in both cases. No injuries were reported in either incident, Google said in its monthly report that lists accidents involving its fleet of autonomous cars. Both collisions involved test cars from Google’s fleet of Lexus sport utility vehicles, which are equipped with autonomous driving technology.

All self-driving vehicles in California and Texas have safety drivers on board. Google has “self-driven” more than 1 million miles, according to the company’s website.

Wiki Source : http://techcrunch.com/2015/07/07/lets-keep-it-safe-google-car/

An Excellent task-management app

Any.do is a sophisticated task-management app for Android, iPhone, and Chrome used for managing tasks that includes time and date reminders, and it has a lovely design Its Simple, synchronized to-do list app.

Excellent and unique feature. The real signature feature for Any.do, though, is called the Any.do moment. It's basically just a setting that reminds you at the same time of day for whichever days you set, to review your upcoming to-dos.

Any.do moment, encourages the habit of daily to-do review. Can view tasks by date or category.


More of Any.do

Best free VPNs of 2015

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are among the best security tools a web surfer can have. A VPN is a technology that adds an extra layer of security while you browse the Internet. It creates safe tunnels that won’t be accessible by anyone but you. VPNs can be used to access region-restricted websites, shield your browsing activity on public Wi-Fi, and more.


Connecting to a VPN is fairly simple. In Windows, press the Windows key, type VPN, and click the Set up a virtual private network (VPN) connection option. (If you use Windows 8, you’ll have to click the Settings category after searching.

Here is a list of Free VPNs including android VPNs, In other words the best of the vpn proxy service provided. Please note these are real good free iphone vpn service .

1. TunnelBear has easy, dead-simple setup – you just click the dial in the application; you don’t even need to configure the VPN in Windows. The free version limits you to 500 MB a month CyberGhost is a large Romanian company that regularly updates its features and software for both free VPN and paid users.

2. SurfEasy is a fantastic Canadian company, with aims of bringing privacy and security to the masses, so it’s no surprise that it provides a free service alongside its normal plans. All of its plans come with a whopping five simultaneous connections, sport easy-to-use clients and offer good speeds
3. OpenVPN Connect is one of the precious few truly free VPNs available on Android. It’s also open source which is always a plus with security apps like this. Free & Paid VPN services of 2015.

4. VPN Unlimited is your all in one solution for your VPN needs, not only can you use the VPN on your Android device, you can use it on all your devices. We have secured a special 3 year deal that cannot be matched. For just $19 you get a 3 year premium membership that normally costs $60 

Another famous VPN service was that of Cisco. The Cisco Systems VPN Client was one of the early basic software application for connecting to a virtual private network. In July 29, 2011, Cisco announced the end of life of the product with no further product updates.

Support was ceased in July 29, 2014. The existing customers were migrated to the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client.

What is Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet is become more widely available, the cost of connecting is decreasing, more devices are
being created with wifi capabilities, technology costs are going down, and smart phone penetration is sky-rocketing. All of these things are creating a “perfect storm” for the IoT.

Internet os things is a concept of connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet. In other words the Internet of things connect every thing with everyone in an integrated global network. People, machines, natural resources, production lines, logistics networks.. everything.


Understanding Web 3.0 

Understanding Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

Virtual Reality (VR) is all about the creation of a virtual world that users can interact with.This virtual world should be designed in such a way that users would find it difficult to tell the difference from what is real and what is not. A good example would be flight simulator, used train new pilots. VR is great for games and 3D films.

Augmented Reality (AR) is the blending of virtual reality and real life, as developers can create images within applications that blend in with contents in the real world. A good example would be Google glass, which can add a layer on street view.

So, what's the difference ?
With AR, users continue to be in touch with the real world while interacting with virtual objects around them. With VR, the user is isolated from the real world while immersed in a world that is completely fabricated.

Then, what's the similarity ? 
Both virtual reality and augmented reality attempt to immerse the users in ways that detach them from the real world.

Which technology will evolve ?
Some of the latest technologies using virtual reality include Oculus Rift Crescent Bay, Samsung Gear VR and Sony Project Morpheus, while the products using augmented reality include Microsoft HoloLens and ODG Smart glasses. Another product providing a blend of both virtual and augmented reality is Google’s Magic Leap.