Goibibo.com Launches Special Travel Guide

Goibibo.com has launched a  special travel guide for its users. The Goibibo travel guide is loaded with photos, how to reach information, weather information, maps, hotels and holiday information, local and regional sites, sightseeing options, hill stations, beaches, shopping centers and other attractions.

The Goibibo travel guide has covered it all – starting with one hundred and one destinations at your fingertips, it aims to cover six hundred places. While the popular holiday spots like Puducherri, Kumarakom and Manali are all part of the guide, it’s the new and upcoming destinations of Bekal, Bastar and Kumbakonam that will spur travellers’ to explore the undiscovered. A Facebook connection is provided where you can chip in with your own knowledge and know how about a place. Users can even help identify errors and changes which will improve the standard of the guide.

Commenting on this launch, Ankit Rastogi, Business Head – Goibibo Hotels and Holidays said,” The Goibibo travel guide is the combined effort of many individuals and teams and it’s to their credit that we are launching a clean, attractive and insightful travel guide. With over five hundred thousand users out there, we have a commitment to quality as well as a trust quotient that we have to fulfill.”

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Google Launches Photo-Sharing App Snapseed

Google has launched a new photo-sharing app called Snapseed. With Instagram like functions, Snapseed allows users to edit images and share the same via Google+ or other social networks.

The Snapseed application developed by a company called Nik Software, was adjudged the best iPad app last year. Though earlier it was available for $4.99 for Apple devices, Snapseed is now available for free on both iOS and Android platforms. Google+ will also be adding a new feature called “Communities,” which makes the Google+ “hangouts” into permanent locations.

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Global Smartphone Volume To Reach 224.5 million Units In Q4,2012

According to a recent reseach by IDC, Global smartphone volume is expected to reach 224.5 million units in Q4,2012, representing 39.5% year-over-year growth due primarily to strong consumer demand. At the same time, smartphone shipments are expecteed to grow 45.1% year over year to 717.5 million units.

This strong smartphone growth is driven by a variety of factors, including steep device subsidies from carriers, especially in mature economic markets where carriers resell the majority of smartphones, as well as a growing array of sub-US$250 smartphones in emerging markets.

According to IDC, Android will be the clear leader in the smartphone mobile operating system race, thanks in large part to a broad selection of devices from a wide range of partners. Samsung is the leading Android smartphone seller though resurgent smartphone vendors LG Electronics and Sony, both of which cracked the top five smartphone vendors during 3Q12, are not to be overlooked. IDC believes the net result of this will be continued double-digit growth throughout the forecast period.


IDC also forecasts that iOS will maintain its position as the clear number two platform behind Android at the end of 2012 and throughout the forecast. The popularity of the iPhone across multiple markets will drive steady replacements and additional carrier partners will help Apple grow iOS volume. However, the high price point of the iPhone relative to other smartphones will make it cost prohibitive for some users within many emerging markets.

According to IDC, the BlackBerry OS will grow slowly but largely maintain share over the coming years following the BlackBerry 10 launch next year. The new operating system and devices will be valued by some longtime BlackBerry fans, particularly those who have waited for the new OS as Research In Motion delayed its release. Windows Phone will battle with BlackBerry for the number three spot in 2013, but will gain further clarity in the years that follow. Linux will trail the market leaders throughout  the forecast period though it is expected to be the dark horse of the forecast.

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Latest Stats On India's Online Connectivity, Smartphone And Tablet Use, Social And Mobile Commerce Trends

A compilation of the latest statistics on India’s online connectivity, smartphone and tablet use, social and mobile commerce trends.


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Naya Ventures Launches New 250 Crore Rupees Fund Focusing On The Mobile And Cloud Markets

Naya Ventures, a new type of venture capital fund specializing in early stage companies in the mobile and cloud markets, has announced its first closing for its 250 Crore Rupees ($50 million) fund.

Combining the features of a venture capital fund with those of a private equity firm, Naya not only provides capital to early stage companies, but also the industry experience and relationships at the concept stage in their development to help jumpstart their growth to the next level and beyond. Naya helps connect entrepreneurs with the necessary key players in big companies, from internal product marketing and development all the way up to C-level executives, leveraging its own extensive operational experience, product development expertise and network of strategic relationships to help entrepreneursgrow their companies and accelerate value creation.

Naya Ventures is led by serial entrepreneurs who are veterans in mobile and cloud technology industryand who have collectively founded and sold mobile technology companies creating more than 2500 Crore Rupees ($500 million) in shareholder value.

The fund is headed by Dayakar Puskoor, a wireless industry visionary and former Microsoft executive whose background includes founder and CEO of JP Mobile and M2 Junction; Prabakar Reddy, an experienced global executive with more than 20 years of strategy and operational roles in Fortune 500 and innovative start-up companies including co-founder and CIO of Risemartand managing director of ANSR Group, and Gowri Shankar, CEO of SinglePoint Technologies and a founding member of the Sprint PCS launch team, which laid the foundation for Sprint PCS’s industry-leading enterprise sales strategy.

In operation since 2011, Naya’s current portfolio consists of seven companies in the mobile and cloud market. These include BoxFish (formerly Mixaroo), a better way to control TV, Zoomingo, a top rated shopping app platform that lets consumers find the best deals in their local stores or online from their smartphone or home computer; and Glympse, a mobile service that allows GPS-enabled mobile devices to share their location via a web app for a pre-set amount of time. Additional companies are currently in the pipeline or under evaluation.

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LBS Revenues To Grow Over $6 Billion By 2017

A recent report by ABI Research has identified location-based retail applications, advertising, and emerging markets as key revenue growth enablers for the LBS market over the next 5 years. According to the report, over the last 12 months there has been a major change in the LBS landscape in BRIC countries. A number of copycat LBS start-ups have emerged in Brazil, China, Russia, and India, with millions of subscribers and significant funding behind them.

Senior analyst, Patrick Connolly said, “There is heavy investment, strong local and international competition, and most importantly, an appetite for these applications. This does raise fears over a tech bubble, but it is clear that there is an appetite for location-based services, particularly around local search, social networking, and deals/offers. Interestingly, location is baked into these applications from the start, removing many of the issues around privacy.”

The report found that advertising is now viewed by the majority of application developers as the main long-term source of revenue. In 2012, advertising remained less than 30% of total application store LBS revenues, but the signs of growth are there and more importantly the business models are there. Applications around local search and discovery, proximity social networking, and retail are ideally suited to high-value location-based advertising. In particular, ABI Research has forecast that location-based retail applications will emerge as the most downloaded LBS category by 2016 as retailers embrace the power of proximity and indoor location advertising and analytics.

Practice director, Dominique Bonte added, “The industry is ready to support a combination of generic and highly localized and targeted advertising that will take LBS revenues well beyond the $6 Billion market by 2017.”

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Fujitsu Launches STYLISTIC Q702 Hybrid Tablet

Fujitsu has announced the launch of the STYLISTIC Q702 hybrid tablet. Combining the comfort of content consumption on a keyboard-less tablet and the convenience of an attachable full-size notebook keyboard with additional battery power, the Fujitsu STYLISTIC Q702 is a two-in-one replacement for both devices. The STYLISTIC Q702 tablet converts into a notebook simply by attaching the optional keyboard.

Key features of STYLISTIC Q702:

  • Keyboard docking station featuring a 4-cell battery and expansion ports including LAN (RJ-45) and external display support (VGA)
  • LED backlit IPS anti-glare 11.6-inch HD dual digitizer multi-touch display optimized for both pen and touch input
  • USB 2.0 and 3.0, HDMI, SD/SDHC expansion ports on the tablet
  • Optional 3G/UMTS or 4G/LTE mobile broadband support (support may vary by region)
  • Accelerometer, gyrometer, magnetometer, and ambient light sensors all contributing to a fluid computing experience
  • Front-facing and rear-facing webcams with complementing dual microphones for video conferencing
  • Up to 256GB (non-FDE) and 128GB (Full Disk Encryption)
  • IntelR HD Graphics 4000
  • Onboard 4GB DDR3

Priced at Rs. 69000 plus taxes,the STYLISTIC Q702 is the perfect balance of mobility and productivity. It is designed to enable all-day working from anywhere without the need to connect to an external power supply, thanks to a second battery in the keyboard. The screen is easy to use even in direct sunlight, and the STYLISTIC Q702 comes with optional embedded support for 3G/UMTS or 4G/LTE mobile data. To cope with the knocks and scratches of daily use, the STYLISTIC Q702 is protected by a lightweight but durable magnesium shell. Without the keyboard, the hybrid tablet weighs just 850g.

The STYLISTIC Q702 also comes with iron-clad security including a biometric fingerprint sensor, ComputraceR support, HDD and BIOS password protection, embedded Trusted Platform Module (TPM), IntelR Anti-Theft Technology, and a 3rd Generation IntelR CoreT i3 or i5 processor with optional IntelR vProT

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Apple iPad Mini Launched In India

After the launch of iTunes store in India, Apple will launch the iPad Mini in India today. It comes in both wi-fi and wi-fi cellular models. The Wi-Fi only iPad mini will be available for Rs. 21,900 for a 16 GB model.

The iPad Mini is 23% thinner (7.9mm) and 53% lighter (308g) than the iPad.  Ifeatures a 7.9 inch retina display with a resolution of 1024×768 pixels, powerful A5 chip, FaceTime HD camera, iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording, ultra-fast wireless and over 275,000 apps ready to download from the App Store. iPad mini is an iPad in every way, shape and slightly smaller form.

The iPad Mini also comes with FaceTime HD camera and a 5 megapixel iSight camera on the back with advanced optics for taking sharp still pictures and recording full 1080p HD video.




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Woxi media Launches SmartPod For TV

Woxi Media has launched SmartPod for TV, a small device that connects to virtually any TV and converts it into a Super Smart TV. SmartPod is designed in Sunnyvale, California and Pune, India targeting superb user experience, quality and functionality, keeping the needs of Indian consumers in mind. It is available at an MRP of Rs.9,499, inclusive of the Magic Motion RF QWERTY remote and all other accessories.

SmartPod is built with Enhanced Android featuring multi-user login capability, a first for any Android device around the world. It supports up to eight unique users on the device, so everyone in the family can get personalized Internet experience. Users can always be logged in to their own Internet services like Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc., and not have to log-in and log-out depending on who is using the SmartPod. The unique home-screen is optimized for lean-back TV experience and for brings TV-ease of use to SmartPod. Android Games & Apps, AppCastsTM, movies and music, Internet radio and videos, social networking, education – all can be easily enjoyed on any TV now.

Powered by dual processors, Smartpod comes with a 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 coupled with a 400MHz Mali 3D Graphics processor. Apart from the internal flash storage, upto 32GB of storage is available using a plug-in SD card, or 1TB or more of storage using external USB hard disk drive. Virtually all media playback formats are supported including formats that even Smart TV’s don’t support. It connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi or Ethernet. It also acts as a Wi-Fi router to connect other devices like PCs, laptops, tablets or Smartphones.

SmartPod features AppCasts technology that delivers users a unique and personalized Internet experience, without the need to hunt, download, manage and maintain 100s of individual Apps. AppCasts is a unique cloud based Woxi Application that delivers 100s of Content Applications through only Android App that’s installed on the device: 100s of Apps in 1.

SmartPod comes standard with a Magic Motion Gaming RF remote control with built in gyros and sensors for motion gaming. In addition to most popular pre-installed games, users can choose and download from a huge selection of thousands of free or paid games available on the Android Google Play store and enjoy an unrivalled gaming experience on the big screen. The Magic Motion remote also features an elegant, full function QWERTY keyboard for easy web browsing, searches, Twitter and Facebook usage.

Some other Smartpod features are:

  • Full 1080p HD video, HDMI 1.3 interface
  •     Composite video interface for standard definition TV’s
  •     Built-in media player with 3D graphics capability
  •     DLNA capability to play you media from any other devices in the home
  •     Google Play Store and Google web browser
  •     WiFi 802.11b/g/n with Hotspot/Router functionality
  •     10/100Base-T Ethernet LAN connectivity
  •     SD/MMC card slot
  •     2 USB 2.0 ports


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Royal Sundaram Launches WAP Site m.royalsundaram.in

Royal Sundaram Alliance Insurance Company Limited (www.royalsundaram.in), a joint venture between Sundaram Finance and Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance plc, UK, announced the launch of mobile website, m.royalsundaram.in. Royal Sundaram is one of the first companies in insurance industry in India to offer a mobile site that supports renewal of motor, health, personal accident, home and commercial vehicle policies.

Currently the site offers the customers renewal of their existing retail policies. Going forward, the company is planning to enhance the WAP site with online purchase of the entire gamut of our retail products.

m.royalsundaram.in is developed on HTML5 that offers users a better, faster, richer web experience on their phones. To make the website accessible even to places where internet connectivity is poor, the site does not display ‘heavy’ content such as photographs and videos on the homepage. m.royalsundaram.in has seamless compatibility with iPhone 5, Android devices, BlackBerry, Symbian, BADA and other WAP enabled mobile devices, and requires no additional download. It is capable of delivering a variety of important features to users directly in their native phone browsers.

Some key features of the wap site are:

  • Secured: Site is secured with SSL encrypted payment gateway and offers multiple payment option through mobile.
  • Easy & Convenient: Compatible with iPhone 5, Android devices, BlackBerry, Symbian, BADA and other WAP enabled mobile devices. No downloading or upgrading of versions required.
  •  Email Policy Terms & Claim Form Customers can request for a copy of Policy Terms and Conditions and Claim Forms by just providing their email id.
  • Product Information: The website showcases all products with their key features and information. For additional information, users can fill in their details and get an instant call back.
  •  Customer Service: Users can now make service request, download claim forms, address grievances and register for DNC from the convenience of their mobile devices.
  •  Locating Royal Sundaram: The WAP website also features “Locate a Branch” and “Locate Cashless Hospital” which makes it convenient for users to spot a Royal Sundaram branch or Cashless Network Hospital

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