Walmart could invests in Flipkart to compete Amazon

The cut-throat competition and depleting profitability is putting pressure on all major e-commerce players in India. With Amazon India slowly taking a lead over the Indian players, all these unicorns including Flipkart and Snapdeal are out in the market to raise fresh funds.

As per grapevines the U.S. retailer Walmart is looking to invest between $750 million to $1 billion in Flipkart. For Flipkart, which is currently valued around $11.5 billion, this would be a good support. If the two sides agree to join forces,

Wal-Mart could gain a better foothold in Asia’s third-largest economy. Having entered India seven years ago, Wal-Mart currently operates 21 wholesales stores in India, none of which are allowed to sell directly to consumers. Wal-Mart has 500 plus stores in China.

Wal-Mart agreed in June to take a 5 percent stake in China’s, giving the U.S. firm a ringside seat in’s bitter rivalry with Chinese e-commerce leader Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. 

New features on WhatsApp's latest release

The latest version release of WhatsApp has some real good features to offer. Here i have listed five of them.

1. WhatsApp for Android beta too is getting some additional features in its latest update. These includes stickers and ability to write on images like on Snapchat and Instagram.

2. You may soon have your text messages read out on WhatsApp . The Facebook-owned company appears to be testing the feature on iOS devices called 'Speak'. The 'Speak' option, which reads out
the text in the message aloud, appears with other options like Reply, Forward, Copy, Delete and Message

3. Recently, WhatsApp updated its privacy policy. As per the new policy, WhatsApp will start sharing users' phone numbers with its parent, allowing for, what the company claims, more relevant advertisements and friend recommendations on the social network.

The move is WhatsApp's first update to its privacy policy since it was acquired by Facebook in 2014.

4. There has been some enhancements to the app's camera flash as well, whenever a user takes a photo using the camera from within the WhatsApp app, he will see additional editing tools that will allow him to draw or scribble on top of the picture in different colours by selecting the pencil and 'T' icon.

5. WhatsApp also released the voicemail feature for its  iOS and Android users. The feature allows to send a voicemail to a WhatsApp contact if he/she fails to take the WhatsApp call for any reason. Once enabled, the feature will allow people to leaves voice messages.

Facebook funds an Indian mobile app startup

Raveendran Byju, founder of 'Byju' - an education mobile app was in for a big surprise when he heard about funding from facebook to his startup. Byju currently offers highly adaptive, engaging and effective learning programs for students between classes 6 to 12 along with competitive exams like JEE, IAS, NEET, CAT, GRE and GMAT.

On September 8, Mark Zuckerberg announced that his new Chan Zuckerberg Initiative would be investing $50 million in Byju. Byju claims that since its launch in 2015, students are 'addicted' to learning through the app.

This seems to be a moment to rejoices, after all, here is a Malayalam-medium schoolboy from a village called Azhikode, Kerela making his way into the big leagues.

With the funding coming in Byju now plans to take his app international and launch it in more English-speaking countries like the United States and The United Kingdom. 

What is Reliance JioFi device ?

Reliance recently launched its Jio service and also released with it a number of attractive data plans, these are very attractive plans mostly with free data, starting at just Rs. 149. However a big limitaion
here is, if your phone does not support 4G, you cannot make full use of Reliance Jio's network. Thats were JioFi come to your rescue.

The JioFi is like a personal hotspot, its a a small device that fits into your pocket and acts as a links between the 4G network and a local Wi-Fi network that it creates of its own, which your smart phones or laptop devices can connect to.

Since calling rates are already very cheap, its data and the speed of accessing internet the main reason most people are interested to get Jio right now. In fact its free, fast, and unlimited data for Jio

Reliance JioFi comes with a Reliance Jio SIM that, once activated, can be used to connect to the network and you can use the Jio Join app on your phone to place calls or send messages through the JioFi. This means that even if your phone does not support 4G, you can make full use of Reliance Jio's network thanks to the JioFi.

More details on the Offers and the Tech Specs -

How to move to Jio without changing mobile number

The Indian Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has already mandated all telecome network providers to allow nationwide Mobile Number Portability (MNP), which would allow users to keep their existing numbers while switching carriers despite relocation from one state to another. So this
ensures one can move to jio without changing your mobile number.

The current mobile number portability process is as below, this could be used to migrate current number to Jio's network.

Mobile users needs to send a text message to the current telecom operator requesting a port out. To do so, send PORT to 1900. Users will receive a Unique Porting Code from 1901, this code will be valid for next 15 days. During that time, the user can go to any Reliance Mobile Store or retailer and fill a Customer Application Form (CAF) and tick the port out request and fill the porting code.

In order to avail the 'Jio welcome offer', one must download MyJio app from the Play Store and generate the offer code before heading to the Reliance store.

It takes up to seven days to activate the Jio SIM card and a nominal fee of Rs. 19 will be charged to process the porting request. During the porting, your current number will remain inaccessible for about two hours (between 10 pm and 5 am).

The Unique Porting Code is valid for one-time use only and cannot be used again to return to the old carrier or another operator. MNP process on the new SIM will be blocked for at least 90 days.

How to get a Reliance Jio SIM card

With the Reliance Industries' chairman Mukesh Ambani announcing the launch of Reliance Jio services from 5th September, everyone has become more eager to try the service.

If you are still not aware of what Jio has to to offer, you care check out here for a brief summary details about Jio.

To get a Reliance Jio SIM card, consumer can directly head to local Reliance Digital/ Xpress outlets with Aadhar card, 2 passport size photos,  photo copies of valid proof of identity and residential address.

Users would then be required to choose the relevant plan and receive the receipts on their email IDs. The company would verify the applicant's details via a phone call.

As part of the introductory offer, all Jio users will get free data, voice, video and a bouquet of Jio applications and content till December 31, 2016. The telco is offering the bouquet (worth Rs 1,500) for free to all active Jio users till December 31, 2016.

Brief summary details about Jio

At the recently held annual general meeting, Reliance Industries' chairman Mukesh Ambani announced the launch of Reliance Jio services from 5th September.

Here are some highlights and  brief details about Jio.

1. All Jio users will get free data, voice, video and full bouquet of Jio applications and content till December 31, 2016.

2. Reliance is offering all Jio Apps worth Rs 1500 free to all Jio users till December 31, 2017.

3. The costliest plan offers 75GB of 4G usage at Rs 4,999, with unlimited 4G at night and 150GB Wi-Fi data.

4. Users can obtain the Reliance Jio SIM by visiting the Reliance Digital Xpress Store or a Reliance Digital Xpress mini Store. A valid photo ID along with couple of passport-size photographs would be required at the counter.

5. Users would then be required to choose the relevant plan and receive the receipts on their email IDs. The company would verify the applicant's details via a phone call.

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