The Grand Finale of the 4th Taiwan Excellence Gaming Cup 2017

October 28, Mumbai: Gamers from across the country gathered in the city Mumbai at India’s biggest gaming championship–Taiwan Excellence Gaming Cup, which is organized by Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs, and implemented by Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA).

The grand finale of the 4th Taiwan Excellence Gaming Cup, concluded at Infinity Mall in Mumbai amidst huge fanfare on Saturday.

  

 

Like previous years, the biggest attraction this year featured some of the best gaming technology and gear during the finale celebrations from internationally-recognized gaming brands in the world, including Acer, Adata, Asus, AverMedia, BenQ, CoolerMaster, CyberPower, D-link, FSP, Gigabyte, InWin, MSI, Optoma, Thermaltake and Transcend.

Up for grabs was a whopping amount of Rs10 lakh in total, with the winning team Team Buriza & Team TMG taking home Rs. 2 lakh each, Team Rog Titans & Shooting Monkeys winning second place with Rs. 1 lakh each, and team GIFF Sponsors & Team SRA and team GO Figure & Team Elements winning the third and fourth place respectively with Rs. 50,000 each. Finishing fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth place are teams Youth Buriza, Ferocious, Aggressive 5 and White Shadows for DOTA 2 & Sempex, V Ban, Makeway and God Particles for CS:GO, taking home Rs. 25,000 each.

 

The elimination rounds for the pan India championship got off to a great start in Chennai on September 1 followed by an impressive line-up of five more cities including Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Delhi. The fourth season of TEGC offered a more versatile collection of games such as DOTA 2 and Counterstrike GO, along with Street Fighter 5, Rocket League and FIFA 17. The event garnered a huge response from gaming enthusiasts with over 2800 people  taking part nationwide.

TE Gaming RIG - Flag Off Event

Taiwan Excellence Gaming Rig is on a Gaming journey across India giving people the first-hand experience of the exciting world of gaming. The Taiwan Excellence’s special vehicle, the # TE Gaming Rig, was revealed at Infiniti Mall in Malad on 11 July 2017 during their Flag Off ceremony event. 

 

Flag off was done by Scott Yang, Deputy Executive Director, Strategic Marketing Department, Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) in Mumbai.

 

 

Speaking of the gaming vehicle, Scott said : "The mobile showroom aims to encourage everyone to experience the world of gaming. People are going to have a fabulous time trying out the gaming accessories and products from our partners, even trying their hand at gaming".   Top Brands like Acer, ADATA, Asus, BenQ, Cooler Master, D-Link, FSP, Gigabyte, In Win, MSI, Optoma, Thermaltake, and Transcend will be showcasing their great gaming products

 

 

Taiwan Excellence’s #TEGamingRig will cruise its way into the hearts of people, touring 50 locations in India, covering nearly the entire western, northern and eastern regions before returning back to Mumbai.  Their route plan is as below. The exact venue will be shared on their social media site as they keep on moving. 

 

Sr.No Activity Date   State District Cites
1 15-Jul Saturday Gujarat Valsad Valsad
2 16-Jul Sunday      
3 17-Jul Monday Gujarat Surat Surat
4 18-Jul Tuesday Gujarat Bharuch Bharuch
5 19-Jul Wednesday Gujarat Vadodara Vadodara
6 20-Jul Thursday Gujarat Anand Anand
7 21-Jul Friday Gujarat Ahmedabad Ahmedabad
8 22-Jul Saturday Gujarat Mehsana Mehsana
9 23-Jul Sunday Sunday    
10 24-Jul Monday Rajasthan Udaipur Udaipur
11 25-Jul Tuesday Rajasthan Ajmer Ajmer
12 26-Jul Wednesday Rajasthan Jaipur Jaipur
13 27-Jul Thursday Rajasthan Jaipur Jaipur
14 28-Jul Friday Transit    
15 29-Jul Saturday Haryana Rohtak Rohtak
16 30-Jul Sunday Sunday    
17 31-Jul Monday Punjab Patiala Patiala
18 1-Aug Tuesday Punjab Ludhiana Ludhiana
19 2-Aug Wednesday Punjab Mohali Mohali
20 3-Aug Thursday Hariyana Ambala Ambala
21 4-Aug Friday Transit    
22 5-Aug Saturday Delhi Delhi Delhi
23 6-Aug Sunday Sunday    
24 7-Aug Monday Uttar Pradesh Ghaziabad Ghaziabad
25 8-Aug Tuesday Uttar Pradesh Gautam Budh nagar Noida
26 9-Aug Wednesday Haryana Gurugram Gurugram
27 10-Aug Thursday Transit    
28 11-Aug Friday Uttar Pradesh Agra Agra
29 12-Aug Saturday Madhya Pradesh Gwalior Gwalior
30 13-Aug Sunday Sunday    
31 14-Aug Monday Janmasthami    
32 15-Aug Tuesday Independence Day    
33 16-Aug Wednesday Uttar Pradesh Jhansi Jhansi
34 17-Aug Thursday Transit    
35 18-Aug Friday Uttar Pradesh Kanpur Kanpur
36 19-Aug Saturday Uttar Pradesh Kanpur Kanpur
37 20-Aug Sunday Sunday    
38 21-Aug Monday Uttar Pradesh Lucknow Lucknow
39 22-Aug Tuesday Uttar Pradesh Faizabad Faizabad
40 23-Aug Wednesday Uttar Pradesh Gorakhpur Gorakhpur
41 24-Aug Thursday Transit    
42 25-Aug Friday Uttar Pradesh Varanasi Varanasi
43 26-Aug Saturday Uttar Pradesh Varanasi Varanasi
44 27-Aug Sunday Sunday    
45 28-Aug Monday Uttar Pradesh Allahabad Allahabad
46 29-Aug Tuesday Uttar Pradesh Allahabad Allahabad
47 30-Aug Wednesday Transit    
48 31-Aug Thursday Madhya Pradesh Jabalpur Jabalpur
49 1-Sep Friday Transit    
50 2-Sep Saturday Madhya Pradesh Bhopal Bhopal
51 3-Sep Sunday Sunday    
52 4-Sep Monday Madhya Pradesh Bhopal Bhopal
53 5-Sep Tuesday Transit    
54 6-Sep Wednesday Madhya Pradesh Ujjain Ujjain
55 7-Sep Thursday Madhya Pradesh Indore Indore
56 8-Sep Friday Madhya Pradesh Indore Indore
57 9-Sep Saturday Transit    
58 10-Sep Sunday Sunday    
59 11-Sep Monday Maharashtra Nagpur Nagpur
60 12-Sep Tuesday Maharashtra Amravati Amravati
61 13-Sep Wednesday Maharashtra Wardha Wardha
62 14-Sep Thursday Transit    
63 15-Sep Friday Maharashtra Akola Akola
64 16-Sep Saturday Transit    
65 17-Sep Sunday Sunday    
66 18-Sep Monday Maharashtra Aurangabad Aurangabad
67 19-Sep Tuesday Maharashtra Aurangabad Aurangabad
68 20-Sep Wednesday Transit    
69 21-Sep Thursday Maharashtra Nashik Nashik
70 22-Sep Friday Maharashtra Ahmednagar Ahmednagar
71 23-Sep Saturday Maharashtra Pune Pune
72 24-Sep Sunday Sunday    
73 25-Sep Monday Maharashtra Satara Satara
74 26-Sep Tuesday Maharashtra Kolhapur Kolhapur
75 27-Sep Wednesday Transit    
76 28-Sep Thursday Goa North Goa Mapusa
77 29-Sep Friday Goa North Goa Panjim
78 30-Sep Saturday Goa South Goa Vasco
79 1-Oct Sunday Sunday    
80 2-Oct Monday Gandhi Jayanti    
81 3-Oct Tuesday Goa South Goa Margaon
82 4-Oct Wednesday Goa South Goa Ponda
83 5-Oct Thursday Transit    
84 6-Oct Friday Maharashtra Ratnagiri Ratnagiri
85 7-Oct Saturday Transit    
86 8-Oct Sunday      
87 9-Oct Monday Maharashtra Raigadh Panvel
88 10-Oct Tuesday Maharashtra Raigadh Panvel
89 11-Oct Wednesday Maharashtra Mumbai Mumbai
90 12-Oct Thursday Maharashtra Mumbai Mumbai
91 13-Oct Friday Maharashtra Thane Virar

 

Reliance launches its first multilingual all-in-one entertainment App 'Chillx'

 

Anil D. Ambani led Reliance Entertainment announced a new venture in a Digital Media Content and Distribution company, called ‘FunOnGo Media & Entertainment LLP’. FunOnGo is founded by Vijay Singh and Ujjwal Narayan

Today, the company launched, its first offering in the entertainment space, an Android APP, called ‘Chillx’.

Chillx is a complete entertainment based platform aimed at placing the power of choice in the hands of consumers. The App will give consumers choice in languages, entertainment formats, genres as well as payment mechanisms.

Sweta Agnihotri, CEO – Content Syndication, Reliance Entertainment- spoke about Chillx; "While Apps downloaded are mostly in line with global popularity, interest in content consumption in regional language is high. We see smart phone screen as a fantastic gateway to the consumer and our cross functional team will leverage its understanding of content and industry relationships to amplify value offering to the consumer.”

The app is a digital entertainment departmental store that curates a mix of games, music, viral videos & clips, entertainment news, short films & full length movies.

Vijay Singh CEO, FunOnGo Media & Entertainment LLP- said “This endeavor allows us to widen the scope of consumer engagement on a scale that is possible only when you are a part of India’s leading entertainment conglomerate like Reliance Entertainment.”

Content on Chillx is available across major Indian regional languages like Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati etc.

Shibasish Sarkar, Chief Operating Officer, Reliance Entertainment said: “Digital platforms are encouraging a wider audience with diverse consumption patterns, we recognize that this calls for innovative approach in the manner we produce and present our content. The launch of Chillx is in line with our business vision.”

Chillx contains an exhaustive games section, with several premium games available on a try and buy basis. The portal also lists and recommends apps for Indian users depending upon their usage habits.

The approach that makes Chillx relevant to partners and consumers alike are:

(a) Accessibility : Chillx is distributed to consumers via 3 routes; On Device with select Indian OEMs, side loaded at telecom retail stores & on GOOGLE Play Store.

(b) Connectivity : Chillx offers both online streaming and download options

(c)Usability : Convenience to customize the User Interface in multiple Indian languages

(d) Simplicity : Free and Premium content is available on Chillx. For paid content Chillx has integrated telecom billing option ease of operation.

For more information log onto www.chillx.co.in & follow the App on twitter @chillxapp & like on Facebook @chillxappofficial.

Tally releases a mobile application to assist users adopt GST with ease

The Tally for GST Mobile Application is the latest initiative by Tally Solutions, the most popular accounting and compliance software product company to raise awareness on the technological preparedness of businesses for GST adoption and its impact

14 November, 2016 - Tally announced the launch of its GST mobile application to ensure easy adoption of the Technology led law. The app will be a rich source of information on Goods and Services Tax (GST) for businesses and will help them with understanding GST and its nuances. Its user friendly interface has been designed to cater to both sets of users - those who are adept with technology and those who are easing into the use of technology, for better understanding and automation of their accounting practices. This free enterprise application can be downloaded by Android and iOS users from their respective App stores. 

Tally qualified as a GST Suvidha Provider (GSP) by the GSTN Network. They also collaborated with the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) in a bid to train and educate the Trading community on GST. Additionally, Tally has also launched a blog to help with the provision of the most updated information on GST and its allied impact on verticals.

Link:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tallysolutions.tallyforgst&hl=en

Make sure you are happy with permissions the GST App requires. Below is the list.  I am not sure why a information based app needs my device's accounts and contacts details. Because of demonetization and more usage of Wallets and other payment system through mobile, I am now a days very careful about what app I am installing and what all permission it needs. if I feel the purpose of app and permissions are not matching, I refrain to install it.

Version 1.0.0 can access:

Identity  
•find accounts on the device
•add or remove accounts

Contacts  
•find accounts on the device

Location
•approximate location (network-based)
•precise location (GPS and network-based)

Wi-Fi connection information  
•view Wi-Fi connections

Other 
•receive data from Internet
•view network connections
•full network access
•prevent device from sleeping

 

Cygnet Infotech Nominated as One of the Leading Technology Providers for GST Suvidha

Touted as the biggest reform in Indian’s tax structure, GST aims to eliminate tax barrier between states and create a single marketplace. Cygnet Infotech, a preeminent IT solutions provider was recently nominated as one of the leading technology providers for GST (Goods and Services Tax) Suvidha.

GSTN (Goods and Service Tax Network) is building the technological infrastructure for implementation of GST and finalized 34 organizations as GST Suvidha Providers (GSP) from over 200 applications received. These companies were shortlisted on the base of eligibility criteria and moved through the second round of qualification by showcasing their technical capabilities. Cygnet Infotech, along with other 33 GSPs including TCS, Ernst and Young, Deloitte, Mastek and more, will offer support and services to help tax payers and businesses in compliance.

Cygnet Infotech is amongst top three finalists for ‘Best Software Company’ and ‘Best ICT Managed Service Provider’ by GESIA in their 9th Annual Awards for Excellence. Cygnet Infotech is appraised at CMMI Level 3 and has ISO 27001:2013, ISO 9001:2008 certifications.

Good Luck, Cygnet InfoTech.

Huawei Achieves Major Breakthrough in Graphene-Assisted High Temperature Li-ion Batteries

Huawei announced a major breakthrough in its research into Li-ion batteries, unveiling the world's first long-lifespan graphene-assisted Li-ion battery able to withstand high temperatures.  Huawei's research results show that new graphene-based heat-resistant technologies allow Li-ion batteries to remain functional in a 60°C environment, a temperature 10°C higher than the existing upper limit. The lifespan of the graphene-assisted Li-ion batteries will also be twice as long as ordinary Li-ion batteries.

Source: http://www.huawei.com/en/news/2016/12/Graphene-Assisted-Li-ion-Batteries

 

The URI army camp attack - Was it sponsored by Pakistan or China ? Why is India silent ? The Geo-Politics of CPEC

The Nice article written by Kiran, and with quite a detailed investigation, That helps to understand the Geo Politics behind CPEC and recent terrorist attacks on URI army camp.

But questions still remains, should we continue to play the game of politics or give them answer. 

Link : http://kiranasis.blogspot.in/2016/09/if-india-has-to-hit-terror-factories-in.html

 

eSports - The 3rd Edition of Taiwan Excellence Gaming Cup 2016 concludes with a spectacular finale at Infinity malad

 India's biggest and most venerated DOTA 2 tournament, the “Taiwan Excellence Gaming Cup”, came to a close after its high-voltage finale round was held on September 16 and 17 at Infinity 2 Mall, Malad (West), Mumbai. A total of 12 teams where qualified for the grand finale.

Video games played at a professional, tournament level are referred to as “eSports”. So you might be surprised, Is video gaming a Sport or Hobby? Or a waste of time as treated by most parents in India. Most others may not consider video gaming to be a sports because it doesn't involve a physical activity.

I asked the same question to a young student who was a gamer at event, He replied "Even Chess is considered as a sport, no physical activity, just strategy and same principals are applied to video games.  it requires tremendous skill and strategy, strong mental focus, quick reaction time, and extreme dedication."  It was a good answer that put me into thinking, all I could reply was "hummm.... Well it's debatable".

Discussing with others, it appears that the United States, China, the United Kingdom, South Korea and many other countries have recognized video gaming as a sport. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ESports). The gaming community in India may be small but its growing and making its foray into India. This year a total of 378 teams participated that included 40 teams from Delhi, 50 teams from Hyderabad, 55 teams from Mumbai, 77 teams from Bangalore, 64 teams from Chennai, and 92 teams from Kolkata. The participants have almost doubled in comparison to last year. The challenge saw games like DOTA 2 (Steam version) in competition method with 5 versus 5 (team play, 5 players per team). 

This stunning event is a part of the 2016 Taiwan Excellence Campaign in India. The Taiwan Excellence Campaign is organized by the Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) and implemented by TAITRA with Sponsors: Acer, Adata, Asus, D-Link, Genius, Gigabyte, InWin, MSI, Optoma, Thermaltex, Transcend, and Zyxel. and a total cash Prize of Rs. 5 Lacs.

Yes, There is cash prize for the winning team. While speaking to gamers, I learned that in other countries Pro-Gamers have same respect like Hollywood stars and prizes are huge. In North America a similar tournament gave away $100,000 to the winners.  Wow!!

I learned that for few this is another way to make a living through gaming. Pro-gamers can also make money through corporate sponsorship, The buyers pay their teams a salary upto Rs 50,000 each and meet their hardware and software requirements and professionals spend nine to twelve hours a day, sharpening their skills in preparation for their next tournament.  This sounds like a fun career, I mean who thought that one day you will be paid for playing games.  hummm I wish there was such gaming contests in my times, as in my circle I was champion in PCMan and Prince of Persia, Yahooooo!! can't just describe the feeling when you finally reach to the princess ;).  I had record to complete the game in 45 minutes.

I wish good luck for the Winners of the “Taiwan Excellence Gaming Cup” tournament. 

Team "Invisible Wings" at 1st Position.

Darshan Bata, Captain of the winning team Invisible Wings, said, “We are elated to have won in a gaming tournament as big as the Taiwan Excellence Gaming Cup. The prize money too is good and it is a great motivation for people like us to pursue our passion in gaming. The entire set up of the event was amazing.”

 

Team "Beyond Infinity" was second.

Moin Ejaz, Captain of Beyond Infinity, the 1st runner-up, said, “The Taiwan Excellence Gaming Cup is one of the best gaming events in India. There is always something new to look forward to and the prize money is always big. Events such as these are a mecca for people like us who are passionate about gaming.

 


I did some googling and found 15 Of The Highest-Paid Professional Video Gamers In The World.  Wow.. Just look at the figures they earn in the tournaments. Others who are not Pro Gamers, Yet want to earn from playing games, here is the site http://www.game-testers.net  You can help Game developer companies to test their games.

BTW, Dota 2 is a free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena video game developed and published by Valve Corporation for Microsoft Windows, OS X, and Linux and can be downloaded from here http://blog.dota2.com/ 

If you are still in love with PCMAN, You can play online here http://www.freepacman.org/

 


Some More Photos of the Event.

 

 

 

The highest configured laptop for Pro Gamers on display by MSI Model: GT83VR.  The 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-6820HK 6th Gen processor with 32GB DDR3 RAM and 18.4-inch screen, NVidia GeForce GTX1070 8GB Graphics is available on Amazon at 3,37,900 with free delivery.

 

 

I liked the Idea of MakeMyWishes.com

This website is a very good idea and is a great way to buy gifts for people, when you know what they actually want.

Anu Gupta, Co- Founder, MakeMyWishes says" MakeMyWishes is the only social gift registry platform in India which gives a unique opportunity to both the sender and receiver of the gift, a chance of happiness and containment. The receiver is happy to receive what they wished for and the sender is content to having given a meaningful gift, which the receiver will remember."


All we need to do is create an event and post a wish in it either by pasting a URL or an image of the things we desires such as holiday packages, MacBook Air, a pair of trendy shoes or as simple as a box of cupcakes. Upon seeing your update, the social circle entailing family and friends would automatically know what to gift you for your birthday or any occasion.


Business idea is quite simple and i believe it would not take more then 15 to 20 lacks of investment with a high-end server ,development of software and advertising. The tough task would be to link up with various online retail stores and their affiliate programs and of course marketing to generate traffic to the website is always a challenge.

I wish good luck to the founders Ms. Anu Gupta and Ms. Sapna Chaudhary, https://www.makemywishes.com/

 

 

 

Are offerings by #JIO misleading?

Source : Unknown.  Received as WhatsApp forward.   But interesting write-up by unknown Author.

Reliance Jio: The champion of Digital India or Analog India?

I must admit that I was euphoric over the Reliance Jio launch today morning. Also, thanks to the media hype, I initially believed that it was a "revolutionary" service for data users like me who are glued to the internet all the time. But as the hours passed, reality began to sink in.
After some quick analysis, I have come to the conclusion that it is not for data users lke me who are constantly browsing the internet, but instead, it is actually for those who are constantly chattering on phone.

Let me take up some of the hyped up highlights & try to explain why it does not convince me to make a switch.

1) First & foremost, it is portrayed as the messiah for data users. All the news channels have been highlighting that the data charges on Reliance Jio is as low as Rs 50/GB. This is actually highly misleading because that low rate of Rs 50/GB would be applicable only when you buy the high end monthly pack of Rs 4,999 per month!! In that pack, you get around 75 GB which roughly translates to Rs 50/GB. But in a normal pack like Rs 499 per month, you get only 4 GB, which translates to around Rs 100/GB. And if you consider the Rs 19 pack which gives 100 MB, it translates to around Rs 190/GB.

2) In the entry level package of Rs 149 per month, although you get unlimited voice calls (which is highly appreciated), you get only 300 MB of data. So, it is definitely not for a data user like me, but for someone who hardly uses internet, and wants unlimited calling.

3) The Rs 19/day pack is marketed as a chota pack which can cater to casual users who want to browse internet on a need basis. But there is nothing revolutionary about it because it offers only 100 MB for Rs 19 & the validity is 1 day. Suppose I am on the Rs 149/month pack and I exhaust my 300 MB within few days and one fine day I want to book an Ola cab or watch a 1 min YouTube video, then I must shell out a minimum of Rs 19. (There is no pack smaller than that). But if I am on Airtel/Idea/Vodafone, I can go for their Rs 9 pack and get 35 MB. i.e Instead of spending Rs 19 on Reliance Jio to book an Ola cab, I can recharge Rs 9 on Airtel & get the work done. Also, it is to be noted that Airtel/Idea offer 100 MB of 4G data for Rs 24 which has a validity of 3 days, which I feel is much better than Jio's 100 MB of 4G data for Rs 19 which has a validity of 1 day.

4) As explained above, the Rs 149/month pack makes no sense for data users because it gives only 300 MB. The next pack is the Rs 499/month pack which has 4 GB of data (along with the default unlimited calling feature). Since unlimited calling is available in both the Rs 149 pack as well as Rs 499 pack, then the only difference is that the 499 pack gives you additional 3.7 GB of data at an additional cost of Rs 350.
=> Rs 350 for 3.7 GB? Sorry, not convincing. Your own brother Anil Ambani has been offering 10 GB of data for less than Rs 400. Yes, I agree that while they are offering 3G, you are offering 4G, but at the end of the day, the total data remains the same.

5) Let me take up the next pack. Rs 999. I get 10 GB of data (along with the default unlimited calling feature).
Compared to the Rs 149 pack which already has unlimited calling feature, what I get in this pack is effectively 9.7 GB of data for Rs 850.
I am not impressed because if I spend a little extra, I can get unlimited 3G from BSNL. Yes, Unlimited 3G by BSNL for Rs 1099.

Check this:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/BSNL-gives-unlimited-3G-plan-for-Rs-1099-doubles-data-limit-for-existing-plans/articleshow/53858131.cms

6) Now that I have seen how even the Rs 999 pack fails to impress me, due to much better offering from BSNL. Why should I pay Rs 999 to Reliance for 10 GB data, when BSNL is offering me unlimited data for
Rs 1099?

What is my conclusion finally?
For a data user, Reliance Jio is not impressive. If the usage is more than 1 GB per month, then the Rs 149 pack should not even be considered because it has only 300 MB. In the next pack, Jio offers 4 GB data for Rs 499 which is not revolutionary, but since it says night time is unlimited, I think it can be called "evolutionary". But still that is not such a great incentive to switch.
In the next plan which costs Rs 999, it offers only 10 GB, whereas BSNL gives me unlimited data for almost the same price.

That's about my personal requirements. Now let's look at the overall benefit for the masses.

The only major advantage for the masses is the unlimited voice calling which can be availed for Rs 149 per month. In today's scenario, most of the mobile users, especially among the working class, are actually prepaid users with free lifetime validity connections, upon which they regularly recharge Rs 20-30 which usually lasts for almost a month for them. For example, I personally know many taxi drivers, vegetable vendors, mechanics etc who hardly make outgoing calls. Even if they make an outgoing call, it would not last for more than a minute. Such people tend to use only Rs 30-50 talktime per month, for which only Rs 50 topup recharge is sufficient. (Such recharges have unlimited validity).
Now, if they must go for Jio just because the free voice calling is tempting, then it means they must shell out Rs 149, which lapses after 28 days (It has 28 days validity), after which they must again recharge Rs 149 and so on. For someone who is used to topup of Rs 20-30 per month (and that too on a need basis), such a mandatory cost of Rs 149/month sounds very expensive. That translates to around 149*12 = Rs 1800 per annum, compared to their existing habit of regular topups which might come up to a total of just 20*12 = Rs 240 per annum which is sufficient for their practical purposes.
That's a whopping 6 times higher, just for unlimited voice calling, whether you really do unlimited calling or not.

So, as we can see, the only upside is unlimited voice, and not data. Even the unlimited voice for Rs 149 sounds high for the majority who are happy with their Rs 20-30 topup once in every 20-30 days.

Hence, it is difficult to categorize Reliance Jio as a revolutionary data service, but it can be a good voice service if one is into chattering regularly for 1 hour outgoing call every day.

Now that we have realized that the Jio plans are not revolutionary, can we atleast call it evolutionary? Not really. By claiming itself as a path for Digital India & provide internet to the masses, it might actually end up becoming popular only for its unlimited voice, and since voice services are considered "backward", it is certainly not evolutionary.

This way, Jio, according to my analysis is chalking out the vision of "Analog India" (voice), but not "Digital India" (data).

The Create Pad: The Lenovo's new Inovation, A Yoga Book with 'Halo' digital keyboard.

 


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Lenovo has announced the all-new Yoga Book, a different kind of tablet. The new feature is a touch-sensitive surface powered by Wacom. It has light-up keys that make it a keyboard called "Halo Keyboard", but it also accepts input from a stylus. There are two variants, The first runs on Android Marshmallow for $499, The other is a Windows 10 version for $549.

Powered by Intel Atom x5-Z8550 Processor Quad-Core, 10.1" FHD IPS (1920 x 1200) screen, Nano SIM Card Slot and  8500mAh battery and weight 1.52 pounds (690 grams) is impressive.


Source: http://www.windowscentral.com/lenovo-yoga-book-hands-on

New Phone: Nextbit Robin ‘Ember’ limited edition available on Flipkart price tag of Rs. 19,999

San Francisco based Nextbit today announced that its 'Ember' colored Robin smartphone is available for sale on Flipkart.  ‘Ember’ is the third variant after Mint and Midnight color. The limited edition Ember sports a black rear panel with bright red-colored end caps. Ember is produced in a limited quantity, and is available on Flipkart with a price tag of Rs. 19,999.

My First impression is "Wow" looking at the phone. It has unique design and color compared to other options available in market. It offers 32GB of onboard storage and 100GB of free cloud storage.

5.2 inch HD IPS LCD display of 1080x1920 pixels resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass 4, fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C port,13MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera, Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor.

The down size: When there are most phone with dual sim available in market, Nextbit Robin supports only Single Sim with connectivity options of the phone include GSM, HSPA and LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac.  One another mistake is when most Indian android users expect one feature the most, is missing "The FM Radio"

Nextbit Robin looks amazing with its colours and a unique design, still the price is on the higher side, The 100GB free cloud storage is great, but how many users require that amount of cloud storage is questionable.  

Still Nextbit Robin is eye-catching and I hope their next version will have more battery life, FM Radio and Dual Sim.  I would then definitely would like to buy one for myself.

Source: http://gadgets.ndtv.com/nextbit-robin-2907

https://www.flipkart.com/nextbit-robin-ember-32-gb/p/itmeht4hzyahzbxh?pid=MOBEKJN9RXZ5TZ5T&st=color

 

The battle of 4G and Public Craziness, Reliance Jio / Airtel's Mega Saver Pack

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Well yes that's the Queue for getting Reliance Jio connection.......


Public reactions are always like this especially when company announces truly unlimited usage of 4G FREE for 3 months which includes 4G LTE data, voice calls, text messages and a bunch of other value added services like live streaming of TV channels, movies on demand and music streaming. But one has to buy a LYF (4G-enabled VoLTE) branded smartphone which is sold by Reliance Digital.

Rival carriers like Airtel not pleased with Jio's modus operandi, but to retain their existing customers launched new scheme ‘Mega Saver Pack’.

With Rs.1498 pack get 1GB 4G/3G data upfront and enjoy truly unlimited number of 1GB 4G/3G recharges @ Rs 51 over the next 12 months
OR
With Rs.748 pack get 1GB 4G/3G data upfront and enjoy truly unlimited number of 1GB 4G/3G recharges @ Rs 99 over the next 6 months

 

Personally I feel there is no much point in spending money behind a newPhone / Sim  just for 3 months unlimited internet. What is so much, are you going to download ?  Most of torrent sites is also blocked and you can land into legal trouble if you attempt to access. Also...

A. Reliance Jio is currently beta testing 4G, and hence its giving unlimited free 4G to grab customers, but when they will begin commercial launch the prices will be similar to other carries and 70% or more users will dropout. we all can predict that quite.

B. How many hours are you going to watch TV or Movies on a phone with tiny screen size ? Also Live TV and Movies won't be free later, either you have to pay upfront or per movies.

C. Most of heavy users prefer and are connected to Wifi either from their office or Home. So question to ask is.. how much is the actual usage of internet via your Mobile connection ?  Are you really consuming your entire GBs as per your data plan? 

D. 51*12 + 1498 = 2,110/- at this price will Airtel or Reliance give me 12gb of data for a validity period of 12 months ?  Well they will not, they all have done their maths and they know, hardly few will consume entire 1GB in a given month.

None of the unused data is carry forward to next month.  which is where you loose your money. You pay more but use less. Seriously customers should calculate their monthly usage and then buy any internet packs. 

E. Do you really get a 4G speed ?  I never got 3G speed or even 2G speed to the fullest. Speed always depends on traffic in that area... LOL it means Pay for 4G and GET 2G.


Newspaper advertisement says "Airtel Cuts 4G price by upto 80%".  Customers are surprized and feel that sudden high reduction in price of 4G internet shows that, was Airtel looting the customers for so long. ??

 

Information Source:  https://in.news.yahoo.com/tech/why-many-indians-queuing-sim-091339910.html

Discovery of Dragonfly 44 - The Dark Matter Galaxy, Similar to size of our Milky Way

Stars, dust, you and me, all the things that we see — only make up about 4 percent of the entire universe, rest is what we call as "Dark Matter".

What is Dark Matter ?
Scientist believe, that the gravity of visible matter is not strong enough to form galaxies and complex structures. Stars are most likely to scatter all over the place and not form galaxies. So we know there is something else inside or around them, something that does not emit or reflects light, something dark and there is lot of it and scientists can estimate based on its gravitational effects on surrounding matter.

Meet the New Discovery - Dragonfly 44, The massive galaxy consists almost entirely of dark matter. Its 300 million light-years away, 100000 light-years wide and is located in the nearby constellation named "Coma". Dragonfly 44 is an incredibly large, about the size of the Milky Way, but its diffuse and dim galaxy with far fewer stars, only 0.1%. The Milky Way has more than a hundred times then that. So What's holding those few stars in place? 

Star velocities are an indication of the galaxy’s mass ... The faster the stars move, the more mass its galaxy will have. The stars in Dragonfly 44 were observed to be moving much faster than what was expected for a galaxy of its brightness.  Galaxies rotate at such speeds, they’d rip themselves apart if the only thing trying to hold them together was their own gravitational force. Something else has to be holding them. Physicists think the answer is a whole lot of dark matter.

Scientists used the world's most powerful telescopes, the Gemini North telescope at the Gemini Observatory and the Keck II telescope at the W.M. Keck Observatory, to monitor it and observations says that the galaxy is made of 99.9% dark matter.  Wow..


While the galaxies believed to be made up almost entirely of dark matter have been discovered before, but they are usually quite small, one such is named VIRGOHI21 and is about 50 million light-years away, it appears to contain no visible stars, has 99.9 percent dark matter and is about 10th the size of Milky Way. Dragonfly 44  discovery is special because finding a galaxy with like of the Milky Way, that is almost dominated by dark matter was unexpected. Hence scientists feel, the discovery of Dragonfly 44 challenges existing notions on the formation of galaxies.

Despite years of searching, we have no idea what dark matter actually is, but this invisible matter seems crucial to the stability of the Universe.

"India with Airtel" - Airtel Launches One-Stop Solution for companies looking to set up businesses in India

In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Digital India’ and ‘Make In India’.

Bharti Airtel on Sunday announced the launch of its ‘India with Airtel’ services offering end-to-end connectivity solutions for foreign companies looking to set up businesses in India, in order to eliminate the challenges faced by companies of dealing with multiple vendors and integration issues. The new solution, to be offered as a packaged service, comprises of all connectivity related services that Airtel offers. It includes mobile and fixed telephony, global and domestic data capacity and connectivity solutions, VSAT, VPN, data center and cloud solutions, VAS and payment/billing integration, M2M and managed services.

Source : http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/company/corporate-trends/bharti-launches-india-with-airtel-suite-of-connectivity-solution/articleshow/53895372.cms

 

 

Sorry for the inconvenience says Microsoft to Windows 10 Anniversary Update Users

Earlier whenever there is a new update, we would immediately download and install it.  But now a days we wait for a month at least to see community feedback and then decide.

Same is true for Windows 10 Anniversary Updates. If you can't use certain features after the latest Windows 10 update, Microsoft has four words for you: "Sorry for the inconvenience." - ROFL

Here are few reasons

http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-sorry-windows-10-anniversary-update-killed-your-webcam/

http://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-update-breaks-powershell-and-microsoft-wont-fix-it-until-next-week/

http://www.zdnet.com/article/administrators-can-no-longer-shut-off-certain-apps-content-with-windows-10-pro-anniversary-update/

 

British-era bunker discovered under Maharashtra Raj Bhavan

This is very interesting news forward on WhatsApp by my friend Ananth.   The tunnel 150 meters long, 3 meter wide and height of around 12 feet is found under Maharashtra Raj Bhavan.

The Bunker is spread over area of 5000sqft.  Even more interesting was that "They didn’t find a single insect in the bunker"

Pictures are available here :  http://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/not-just-governor-raj-bhavan-houses-a-5-000-sq-ft-british-era-bunker-too/story-BdUaTeJtbBBVzwqoQCe6jM.html

The bunker was perhaps built at the time of Prince of Wales's visit to Mumbai in 1875.  There are rooms tagged Shell Store, Gun Shell, Cartridge Store, Shell Lift, Pump and Workshop on crumbling wooden plaques.

 

Google Rolls out Android 7.0 Nougat

Google today announced the roll of Android 7.0 Nougat to Nexus devices. Today, and over the next several weeks, the Nexus 6, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus 9, Nexus Player, Pixel C and General Mobile 4G (Android One) will get an over the air software update to Android 7.0 Nougat.

Some interesting feature updates are :-

Expanded emoji: There are now over 1,500 different emoji built into Android, including 72 new ones.

Quick Settings controls: With Android Nougat, you can actually control what tiles go where, and move ‘em around to fit ones needs.

Multi-window: Run two apps side-by-side. The windows are resizable, too, by simply dragging the divider.

Direct Reply: Reply directly to notifications without having to open any app.

More smart battery usage: Android 7.0 Nougat the Doze feature has been made even more dozier. Android  devices can now drop into lower power usage when it’s getting jostled around in your pocket or bag while on the move.

LG V20 will be the first new smartphone that ships with Android Nougat, right out of the box.

Source : https://android.googleblog.com/2016/08/android-70-nougat-more-powerful-os-made.html