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Govt to soon accept SMS as official document for e-governance services

Various government departments will soon start accepting mobile SMS as a valid official document while using e-governance services, according to a PTI report. This move comes months after IRCTC, the tourism and catering arm of the Indian Railways, started accepting ticket booking SMSes as official t...

23 December, 2013 |More »

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Apple, China Mobile sign long-awaited deal to sell iPhones

Apple Inc said it has signed a long-awaited agreement with China Mobile Ltd to sell iPhones through the world’s biggest network of mobile phone users. In a deal that could add billions of dollars to its revenue, Apple said its smartphones will be available to China Mobile customers starting Ja...

23 December, 2013 |More »

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WhatsApp crosses 400M users active users mark, over 30M from India

WhatsApp, the cross-platform instant messaging app claims to have crossed the 400 million active users mark. Out of this, a fourth or 100 million users were added in the last four months alone, while 7.5 per cent (30 million) come from India alone. Note that this isn’t a count of people who just r...

20 December, 2013 |More »

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Rocket Internet forms JV with South African mobile operator MTN to develop internet businesses in Middle East

MTN Group, a South Africa-based mobile telecommunications company, has formed a joint venture (JV) with German e-commerce incubator-cum-investor Rocket Internet to extend online retail and other essential digital services in the Middle East region. The two companies will own equal stake in the new J...

20 December, 2013 |More »

Games

Gloves off as mobile game developers wage Christmas war

The annual no-holds-barred Christmas holiday slugfest between mobile game developers has a new twist this year: marketing and user-acquisition costs will likely hit an all-time high and surpass any revenue earned over the festive season. The cost of getting new users through paid-for click-through a...

20 December, 2013 |More »

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Dhruva Interactive launches incubator for mobile game developers, to offer mentorship & office space

Bangalore-based game company Dhruva Interactive has launched an incubator called Gametantra which will focus on mobile game developers. It will provide the developers with office space and mentorship in return of 3-7 percent stake. It will conduct a six-month long incubation program. According to a ...

19 December, 2013 |More »

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Gaurav Burman invests in Singapore-based Bitcoin exchange itBit

Gaurav Burman, managing partner of Elephant Capital, has invested in his personal capacity an undisclosed amount in itBit Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based Bitcoin exchange. Burman, who picked a minority stake in itBit, is planning to bring the platform to India. The development was first reported by The...

18 December, 2013 |More »

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BlackBerry names former SAP executive to head key business segment

BlackBerry Ltd said on Tuesday that John Sims will join the company as head of its global enterprise services business, a key segment that is likely to be at the core of the smartphone maker’s turnaround plan. Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry said Sims will join the company in January from s...

18 December, 2013 |More »

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Cloud-based presentation app Deck raises $600K from Qualcomm Ventures & others

Bangalore-based Deck App Technologies Pvt Ltd, which offers a presentation design app by the same name, has received $600,000 in seed funding from Qualcomm Ventures and angel investors including Sabeer Bhatia, founder of Hotmail.com and Amit Gupta, co-founder of InMobi. The cloud-based app is availa...

17 December, 2013 |More »

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Google removes privacy feature from Android

Google Inc has removed an experimental privacy feature from its Android mobile software that had allowed users to block apps from collecting personal information such as address book data and a user’s location. The change means that owners of smartphones using Android 4.4.2, the latest version...

16 December, 2013 |More »