Friday, 31 March 2017

Jio Prime Offer extended till April 15, 2017| Jio Summer Surprise - Prime members to get 3 more months of free service :-)

INDIA: Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. has announced today that due to the unprecedented demand for JIO prime membership enrollment and doing the first recharge, Jio has extended the deadline for purchasing Jio's Rs 303 /- and other plans till 15th April 2017.

Jio claims that in just one month, Jio has over 72 million customers who has signed up for Prime breaking all the records of a successful customer privilege scheme anywhere in the world.

This is  the largest migration from free to paid services ever :)

The extension to the prime membership will benefit customers who have not yet on-boarded due to any reason and also to the company as Jio's paid membership will further grows and touches new level.

Jio also announced JIO SUMMER SURPRISE offer: "Every Jio Prime member - when they make their first paid recharge prior to 15th April using Jio's Rs 303 plan (or any higher value plan) - will get services for the initial 3 months on a complimentary basis. Your paid tariff plan will be applied only in July, after the expiry of the complimentary service." Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani said.


Sunday, 26 March 2017

Nokia 3 | Android Smartphone | 8 MP Camera | 4G LTE | 5" HD Di splay | What else?

Nokia 3

Nokia 3

Key Highlights:

- Expected launch: May 2017

- Runs latest Android OS v7.0 (Nougat)

- 5" polarized HD Display corning gorilla glass

- 8MP Auto-focus Cameras, front and back

- 2GB Ram, LTE 4G Connectivity

- 2,650 mAh battery

- 2GB Ram/16GB storage, microSD card slot

Detail specifications:

Launch Announced February, 2017
Status Expected release May, 2017
Body Dimensions 143.4 x 71.4 x 8.5 mm
Weight Not yet Known
SIM type Both Single & Dual sim variants
Display Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Screen Size 5.0 inches
Resolution HD (1280 x 720 pixels, 16:9) (~294 ppi)
Protection 2.5D Sculpted Corning Gorilla Glass
Phone Build OS Android OS, v7.0 (Nougat)
Chipset Mediatek, MTK 6737
CPU Quadcore 1.3 GHz
GPU Mali T720MP2
Memory Internal 16 GB, 2 GB RAM
Card slot microSD, expandable up to 128 GB
Camera Primary 8 MP, autofocus, 1.12um, f/2, LED flash
Video Yes
Secondary 8 MP, autofocus, 1.12um, f/2, FOV 84 degrees, display flash
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
Communications WLAN Yes
Bluetooth Yes
GPS Yes, with A-GPS
Radio FM radio
USB microUSB v2.0, OTG
Features Sensors Accelerometer, Ambient light, gyro, proximity, compass, NFC for sharing
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
  - MP3/WAV/eAcc+/Flac player
- MP4/H.264 player
- Photo/video editor
- Document viewer
Battery   Non-removable Li-Ion 2,650 mAh battery
Misc Colors Silver white, Matte Black, Tempered Blue, Copper White
Price ~139 Euro/ ~9,000 INR

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Fastrack entering to the smart wearable with its 'Reflex' | An activity tracker

INDIA: Fastrack known as the largest and trendiest youth fashion brand in India. How can it stay away from the smart wearable segment which is touching all the youth in country with people inclining towards the smart watches, bands and soon may be smart glasses :)

'REFLEX' is a fitness tracker which helps youth track their fitness goals along with style segment.

Fastrack which initially entered in the marked in 1998 as sub-brand of Titan which later on spun off as an independent brand targeting youth of India is now following TITAN who entered in smart wearable last year with TITAN JUXT.

Fastrack Reflex is priced at Rs 1,995/- where it directly enters as a competitor to the existing products like Mi Band 2 and GOQii life.

Below are the salient features of Reflex:

  • Phone call, SMS notification
  • Steps counter, Distance and Calorie counter
  • Sleep monitoring
  • Bluetooth low energy 4.0
  • Water Resistant
  • Rechargeable battery (estimated to last 7 days on full charge)
  • Vibration Alert

On its launch, Ayushman Chiranewala, Head of Marketing, Fastrack explains “With the development of sensors, smart watches and fitness trackers, we wanted to bring a wearable device for the youth that helps them get healthier by capturing their body data and motivating them to reach their fitness goals. At Fastrack, we have consistently endeavored to meet the ever-changing needs of the youth with offerings that aim to fulfill their growing aspirations- one of it being more health conscious. With Reflex, Fastrack aims to cater to the needs of multi-faceted, new-age millennial who desire the next step in the combination of quirky design and smart features.”

Tech Genre wishes success to Reflex and good luck to its users :-) 

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Moto G5 Plus - Next level Moto G series smartphone...!!!

Motorola Moto G5 Plus

Motorola Moto G5 Plus

Key Highlights:

- Expected launch: 15th March 2017 on Flipkart

- Runs latest Android OS v7.0 (Nougat)

- Weighs 155g, just 7.7mm thick

- 12MP front camera with dual flash

- 4GB Ram, Snapdragon 625

- 3000 mAh battery

- Comes in 32/64GB storage variant, microSD card slot

Detail specifications:

Launch Announced February, 2017
Status Expected launch March, 2017
Body Dimensions 150.2 x 74 x 7.7 mm
Weight 155 g
SIM type Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Display Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Screen Size 5.2 inches
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (~424 ppi)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Phone Build OS Android OS, v7.0 (Nougat)
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, MSM8953
CPU Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU Adreno 506
Memory Internal 32/64 GB, 2/4 GB RAM; 32 GB, 3 GB RAM
Card slot microSD, expandable up to 256 GB
Camera Primary 12 MP, autofocus, f/1.7, dual-LED flash
Special Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR
Video 2160p@30fps (USA)/ 1080p@30fps (EMEA)
Secondary 5 MP, f/2.2
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
  - Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Communications WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, LE, EDR
NFC Yes (market dependent)
Radio FM radio
USB microUSB v2.0, USB Host
Features Sensors Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
  - Fast battery charging
- MP3/AAC+/WAV/Flac player
- MP4/H.264 player
- Photo/video editor
- Document viewer
Battery   Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
Misc Colors Lunar Grey, Fine Gold
Price 32GB/2GB Ram variant priced @ Rs 15,300 | Launching 15th March on Flipkart

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Lenovo Vibe B launched | Budget Smartphone | 4G | Entry level phone @ Rs 5,799/-

INDIA: Lenovo has launched an entry level phone to the world of 4G smartphones in India.

The phone is powered by MT6735M processor and sports a 4.5 inch FWVGA display with 1 GB Ram, 8 GB internal memory (which is expandable up to 32 GB). It has 5 MP rear camera which is supposed to take decent picture and 2 MP front shooter.

It runs Android 6 (Marshmallow) and backed by 2000mAh battery which is sufficient to take it easily last one day of normal usage.

Below is a snapshot of phone's features:

The phone is priced @ 5,799/- rs only and shall be available for purchase in stores starting today.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Idea & now Vodafone provides Private Recharge Mode facility | Secures your mobile number

INDIA: Vodafone has announced today that it's subscribers in M.P. and Chhattisgarh state can now avail benefit of it's Private Recharge Mode (PRM) feature and free of cost. 

With increasing linking of mobile number with Aadhar card, bank accounts and UPI apps - now, its high time to take steps in direction of privacy of subscribers by keeping their mobile numbers hidden.

Announcing the launch of this service in the Bihar & Jharkhand circle on 8th March, Rajshekhar Metgud - Business Head, Bihar & Jharkhand, Vodafone India said “The world is going digital and smartphones becoming the primary data storage device, ensuring security of personal information has become a key concern for mobile customers. To address this specific concern, we have introduced a new service - ‘Vodafone Private Recharge’ which helps subscribers keep their mobile numbers private and protected from malicious usage. Being one of the preferred telecom service providers in the region, Vodafone is delighted to announce this evolutionary service to make our valued customers feel more secure and empowered.

How to avail the service?

To avail the service, subscriber needs to send a toll free SMS 'Private' to 12604 and in turn subscriber will get a 10 digit code which can be used to recharge the phone till midnight of that day.

Idea Cellular also provides similar facility pan-India which was launched earlier  this month.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Working in IT/BPO sector? Your job may be at risk

NEW DELHI: Throughout the world, jobs in Information Technology (IT) sector are at risk. The reason is automation trend rising in IT and advanced technologies. On top of this, Indian IT companies are finding it hard to re-skill their employees, some says half of them are non-trainable.

Global advisory firm McKinsey says in a report presented at Nasscom India leadership forum last month that nearly half of the IT workforce will become irrelevant in next 4-5 years.

"A lot of the workforce is re-skill-able. I am not very pessimistic, but there is a challenge," said Srinivas Kandula, Country Head, India, Capgemini.

Though Indian IT companies are spending huge amount in re-skilling their employees, the mid-level group is the most resistant one and are the ones at larger risk.

So, it looks like, one has to be competent in upcoming technologies which are bringing in revolution to industry via Machine learning, Big Data, Cloud, Artificial Intelligence.

“The talent gap is largely overemphasized and I do not think we should worry about it. The engineering skills, the analytical skills and the talent we have is world-class and recognised, and every single employee is performing in a highly competitive environment,” said N Ganapathy Subramaniam, President, TCS Financial Solutions.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

5G wireless technology is next and building up!

5G: 5th generation wireless technology

What is 5G? Let's clear what does 'G' stands in all those 2G,3G,4G etc... G is abbrevation for Generation. It's 5th generation wireless technology. 

Now, 4G such as WiMax and LTE has already brought speeds to hundreds of megabites and even gigabite-level speeds.

Possibilities with 5G: 5G is expected to support massive broadband applications by combining network speeds above 10 Gbps with extremely low latency. It will stimulate growth in many sectors, including the IT, automotive, entertainment, agriculture, and manufacturing industries. Nokia is leading development in 5G area with its Nokia 5G FIRST

When is 5G? The official 5G NR (New Radio), may take till 2018 to come out. But as I said official, you may see unofficial pre-5G launched by telecom operators in 2017. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile are some who are working on bringing 5G tech. Indian cellular operators Airtel, Reliance Jio and BSNL are also working with co.s like Nokia to bring 5G by end of this year.

What will you need? No existing device is 5G compatible and thus you have to buy new one when it is live for public. Don't worry 4G won't be going away so soon; they are indeed key part of 5G strategy.

PS: Above article is based on the knowledge I could gather about 5G wireless technology so far.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Google Assistant has arrived ! Roll out starting today :)

Google Assistant has finally arrived on to non-pixel devices. It has been launched today to millions of devices running Android v6.0 (Marshmallow) or version after that.

What it is? Its an AI powered virtual assistant. You can think it as a better replacement for Google Search or Voice search features you currently have in your Android phones with functionality like remembering things etc.

Here is the YouTube video by which Google announced it:

Who's getting when? It will be first available for US users followed by other English language area UK, Canada and Australia.

Last, but not the least - As google says about it, "Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It's your own personal Google, always ready to help"