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  • India’s ecommerce giant Flipkart introduces social network feature

    India’s ecommerce company Flipkart has introduced a social network component to its app. The social network component is called Ping and it allows users to have a real time conversations with friends and help each other on what to buy. Ping allows users to drag and drop drag and drop products or offers directly into conversations, share their screen so that you can browse together, ask friends what they think and get instant feedback and share products directly from your cart, wishlist, camera and gallery. Using Ping, users can share pages of the items they want to buy with friends. Read...

  • What Twitter’s ZipDial buy tells us about mobile in emerging markets

    The chirpy blue bird has just acquired India's ZipDial, which is a popular mobile marketing and analytics platform for emerging markets. TechCrunch estimates the deal to be worth somewhere in between the US$30-million and US$40-million mark. The deal also marks Twitter's foot in the door of India's booming (though unique) mobile market with the establishment of its new engineering offices in Bangalore. It's interesting witnessing the rising interest from major tech companies in high-growth markets such as India. At the forefront of ZipDial's mobile marketing technology lies its unique relationship with missed calls. ZipDial enables people to give brands and businesses...

  • YouTube introduces video offline playback for Android

    Google has introduced offline video playback for YouTube mobile users. This feature is only available on Android devices in India, Indonesia and the Philippines for now and Google is not giving a time for when it will roll out to other places. Videos that support playback will include an offline icon which offers a choice of playback. Once cached, the videos selected for offline playback will be available to watch without internet access for up to 48 hours. Google explained on its blog why the service is being released in Asia Asia has proven itself to be a mobile-first world...

  • Uber will face legal action after alleged passenger rape in India

    The flak just keeps stacking up against Uber. Alleged repeated offender and Uber driver Shiv Kumar Yadav has been charged with rape in New Delhi, India. According to Reuters, Madhur Verma, deputy commissioner with the Delhi police said that legal action against Uber will be taken for lack of adequately vetting the accused driver. "Every violation by Uber will be evaluated and we will go for legal recourse," said Verma. However, as TechCrunch points out, according to Uber's Terms of Services, the "technology company" is not really liable for what "third parties" do. Written in all caps, it goes: Uber...

  • 10 massive tech trends that will shake up India this year

    When it comes to tech, India is a country of contradictions. It's home to massive companies like Wipro, Infosys, and TCS, it's responsible for educating new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and former Apple CEO John Sculley wants to launch a smartphone there. At same time, however, the number of people with access to the internet in India remains relatively small. While it can now lay claim to the world's third-largest online population, with nearly 200-million users, that number only represents a fraction of the country's massive population. The same could be said of the its 100-million plus smartphone owners. Both those...

  • Can features like Chat Cards and Newsfeed make Mxit cool again?

    Not so long ago, Mxit appeared to be caught in something of a malaise. Alan Knott Craig Jr, the man who promised to change the company from the ground up had parted ways with it, the board appeared reluctant to appoint a new CEO and its product was stuck in pretty much the same place it had been in for years. No one can accuse it of that now. In the space of a few months and under new CEO Francois Swart, it has launched brand new smartphone and feature phone versions, launched in India and rolled out a host...

  • Former Apple CEO John Sculley to take on Indian smartphone market

    He may be best known as the man who effectively forced Steve Jobs out of Apple, but John Sculley reckons he still has a role to play in the tech space. More specifically, he wants to go after the Indian smartphone market. According to BGR, the former Apple CEO is getting ready to launch a new smartphone brand in India alongside former Micromax smartphone head Ajay Sharma. The venture, which is reportedly being bankrolled by Singapore-based Inflexionpoint (a company that counts Sculley among its founding partners), reportedly already has a team on the ground consisting mainly of Sharma's former...

  • India expresses Bitcoin doubts but doesn’t make it illegal

    Bitcoin traders aren't having an easy time of things at the moment. In December, China outright rejected it as a legitimate form of currency. In January meanwhile, Canada confirmed that it didn't view the crypto-currency as legal tender. Now India's reserve bank (RBI) has joined the chorus of those expressing doubts about its legitimacy. According to TechCrunch, the RBI's Raghuram Rajan expressed concerns over who controls Bitcoin's value. Addressing a Mumbai tech conference, the bank's governor said: "As a currency, I do worry a little bit when the underlying (value) fluctuates tremendously. One of the values of a currency...

  • Mxit officially launches in India, sets sights on massive feature phone base

    Plans from Mxit, the South African based mobile social network, to expand into India have hardly been a well-kept secret, but it's still a pretty interesting move and now it's official. Mxit today officially launched its India operation, headed up by Sam Rufus Nallaraj (a former contestant on The Apprentice Asia and Vice President at Deloitte & Touché in Hyderabad) with former South African cricketer and Indian coach Gary Kirsten as the face of its marketing campaign. While India's smartphone market is burgeoning, it looks like Mxit is aiming its sights squarely at the country's massive feature phone user...

  • Mxit’s India foray: what we know so far [update]

    It's hardly unfair to say that Mxit was in stuck in stasis for a little while. Between Alan Knott Craig Jr leaving and the launch of Mxit 7, the company just seemed to kind of exist. Now though, it looks like the company's determined not to let the cobwebs settle again as it prepares for a full-frontal assault on the Asian markets, starting with India. While Mxit has always been supported in India, its user numbers are limited. Of the 7.4-million or so monthly active users it lays claim to 84% are in South Africa, with most of the...

  • Smartphones and emerging markets: where we’re headed in 2014

    There are few emerging market countries that are particularly mature in terms of their cellphone and smartphone usage and buying patterns (China, in particular stands out); but there is a large contingent of emerging markets who are not as mature in this regard. What are some of the factors that have held back smartphone adoption in these markets and further to that; what is being done to accelerate the adoption rates? In 2008; smartphone sales accounted for just nine percent of all phone sales in China. In 2012; that number skyrocketed to 59% of all phones being sold in China...

  • Breaking down the barriers to the next billion [Wired 2013]

    Day two of the Wired Conference kicked off with the lofty task of "bringing the next billion online" and included missives from those who are breaking down barriers and making big changes easier. Up first was Eben Upton -- co-founder of Raspberry Pi -- the small computer that looks like a small credit card with lights on it. Doesn't sound that thrilling until you realise it is fast changing the world. Why? A few reasons; it's US$25, freely available, customisable, incredibly easy to use... oh and it's already sold one million units (and on track to sell two million...

  • Unseating Samsung: who has the stones to depose mobile’s current king?

    On its relatively speedy ascent to the position as the world’s biggest phone maker, Samsung has crushed practically every incumbent and all new comers. It's dethroned (and crushed) Nokia -- which managed to actually hold that position for about a decade. It's decimated LG, HTC, Motorola and -- to some extent -- BlackBerry too. And it hasn’t done so just because it's vertically integrated (it owns the semi-conductor fabrication plants and makes acres of LCD panels). Samsung has become king by out-Nokiaing Nokia. Its global distribution (on a broader electronics backbone that was built on its TV -- and washing...

  • Free internet can fix education issues in developing countries [T4A]

    There are many issues facing the emerging markets and most will argue that technology and access to the internet can help solve those problems. "There is an internet revolution underway in parts of the world and some can not see it," says Derek Kopke, the Executive Vice President, International Business Development for DataWind, at this year's Tech4Africa conference. If you haven't heard of DataWind, you need to get out from under your rock. The company is responsible for the hugely popular Aakash tablets in India. The way Kopke sees it, education is one of the biggest problems facing the developing...

  • Windows Phone overtakes iOS in India but Android still massively dominant

    While the Windows Phone devices grabbing all the headlines tend to be at the top of the range -- the Lumia 925 and 1020 being the obvious examples -- but it looks like the devices aimed at emerging market countries may be what saves the OS in the end. One example of this is India, where the OS has reportedly claimed second place ahead of iOS and BlackBerry for the third consecutive quarter with a market share of 5.4%. Alongside that, the OS also experienced 60% quarter-on-quarter growth. The figures, which come from research and tracking company IDC, suggest...