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Nokia launches three Android phones, and a new-age 3310

Nokia, the iconic brand that once ruled the feature phone market, is back, and how! At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on Sunday, Finnish startup HMD Global unveiled three new Android devices—Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6—and the good ol’, indestructible Nokia 3310 in a modern,...

27 February, 2017 | More »


Clean-tech startup igrenEnergi raises funding from Japanese investors

igrenEnergi Inc, a US-based solar energy startup incubated at the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Japan’s BroadBand Tower Inc and GiTV. BroadBand Tower operates data centres and provides cloud services to e-commerce companies, video distribut...

24 February, 2017 | More »

health-tech startups

Ventureast floats early-stage fund to back health-tech startups

Early-stage investor Ventureast Fund Advisors India Ltd is raising a new $4 million ($26.6 crore) fund to make angel and seed investments in digital healthcare startups. This fund is an “independent initiative” as part of the healthcare series, a company spokesperson told VCCircle on Friday. “...

24 February, 2017 | More »

FreeCharge founders, Chaayos CEO back B2B pharmacy app Reap

FreeCharge founders, Chaayos CEO back B2B pharmacy app Reap

Mumbai-based Workcell Solutions Pvt. Ltd, which runs B2B app for pharmacies Reap, has raised an undisclosed amount in seed funding from FreeCharge founders Kunal Shah and Sandeep Tandon, Chaayos co-founder and CEO Nitin Saluja and Thinklabs founder Gagan Goyal, a financial daily reported on Wednesda...

22 February, 2017 | More »


BharatQR code: Another milestone on the less-cash road?

Following its demonetisation move on November 8 last year, the government has taken a series of steps towards a less-cash, digital economy, notable among them being the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) and the BHIM app. With the launch of BharatQR code, the world’s first interoperable payment acce...

21 February, 2017 | More »


Uber users can now pay for rides using Jio Money

The Indian unit of US ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc. has tied up with Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd to allow passengers to pay via the digital wallet of the billionaire Mukesh Ambani-led firm. The tie-up will also enable users of Jio Money to request and pay for Uber rides from within the m...

20 February, 2017 | More »


Former Nirula’s CEO to lead Zomato’s cloud-based PoS business

Restaurant listings and discovery company Zomato Media Pvt. Ltd has appointed Samir Kuckreja, former chief executive of QSR chain Nirula’s Corner House, as president of its cloud-based point-of-sale (PoS) system, Zomato Base. Prior to joining Zomato full-time in February, Kuckreja served as a cons...

20 February, 2017 | More »


Google takes on Amazon Echo, adds voice-activated shopping

Tech giant Google has added another feature to Google Assistant-powered Google Home smart speaker which would allow users to shop for products online. Google Home users can now order products from a litany of retailers including Costco, Whole Foods Market, Walgreens, PetSmart and Bed Bath & Beyo...

17 February, 2017 | More »

Apple to start manufacturing in India by April with iPhone SE

Apple to start India manufacturing soon with iPhone SE

Apple India Pvt. Ltd, the local arm of Cupertino-based Apple Inc., will soon start assembling iPhones in India at a plant in Bangalore being set up by its Taiwanese manufacturing partner Wistron Corp, a financial daily reported on Friday. Wistron will assemble units of the iPhone SE starting April t...

17 February, 2017 | More »


The workhorse is back: Nokia 3310 set to return this month

Finnish startup HMD Global will launch a modern version of the legendary Nokia 3310 at the Mobile World Congress to be held in Barcelona later this month, media reports said on Tuesday. The device will be priced at €59 (Rs 4,175), said a report in Venture Beat, which was first to report the develo...

15 February, 2017 | More »