The Weekly Tech Wrap-up (23 July 2015)

Technology is the quantification of dynamics and innovation, with the amount of changes and the Tech news floating on the Internet we bring to you the news dominating the headlines over the past week, which has seen the launch of the Yureka Plus and the 32 GB edition of the Mi4i and other major events such as the #MiAnniversary and the entry of Foxconn into the Indian Manufacturing setup , here is the roundup for the week.

Xiaomi Announces #MiAnniversary Celebrations: The world’s most valuable tech startup Xiaomi announced the week-long Mi Anniversary celebrations to celebrate the completion of one year in the Indian Market, during which it is expected to announce a bevy of offers for the Indian consumers and hope to entice newbie buyers with freebies with its Redmi line and also the launch of the 32 GB iteration of its popular Mi4i.

Read More: Chinese Manufacturer Xiaomi Unveils Mi4i 32GB at Rs 14,999

Yu Yureka Plus: Micromax owned Smartphone maker Yu released the next iteration of its popular Yu lineup with the Yureka Plus. The new Yu Yureka Plus brings a new 1920x1080p Full HD display that replaces the old 720p display on the previous iteration of the phone and gives it a high pixel density of 401 ppi. The other specifications such as the Octa core Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM, 16GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, dual-SIM support, category 4 LTE, a 2,500mAh battery remain unchanged which has caused some discontentment among smartphone buyers as it does not seem a significant update in a market with new features and innovation are imperative for rapid sales and this is where the Yureka Plus disappoints after the mammoth success of the Yu Yureka. It will be available in two colours from 24 July at Rs 9999.

Read More: Yureka Plus Launched at Rs. 9999 with an Improved Camera

Foxconn to begin aggressive expansion campaign in India: Taiwanese manufacturing group Foxconn is planning an aggressive expansion in India, building up to 12 new factories and is planning to employ as many as 1 million employees and establish in India one of its primary manufacturing bases given the rising wage costs and labor disputes in China. In sync with PM Narendra Modi’s vision for Make In India, the largest private sector manufacturer which makes devices ranging from Apple’s iDevices to Nokia’s N1 tablet, sees huge potential in making a similar set up as currently exists in China and also given Huawei’s clearance to manufacture smartphones in India the future seems bright.

IRCTC to implement no ID booking of Tatkal Tickets: Indian Railways has announced its plan to remove the requirement to submit an attested ID proof during Tatkal Ticket booking –both online and offline. As per an official release, the ID proof would only be required to show during the journey. As per the current system, it is mandatory for passengers to provide the  booking clerk a proper copy of their identity proof while booking from counter, and mention the ID number in online bookings. This caused a lot of inconvenience as a great deal of time is lost in the crucial booking process which is often urgent and required for emergencies thus increasing the ability of the passenger to avail this crucial facility which is already subjected to severe criticism and malpractices.

Apple Refreshes it’s iPod lineup in surprise move: In what came as a surprise move to tech pundits and Apple fans alike the Cupertino based company rebooted the touch based range of its popular iPod lineup. The main updates to this edition include better Apple A8 processor and an improved 8 MP iSight Camera which has a bevy of features like Optical Image Stabilization, slow motion video and burst mode. This update also comes as a surprise as it has been more than two years since the last update the iPod Touch 5, and also comes as a disappointment to the fans of the lineup which has served as the iPhone alternative for children and those who could not afford the hefty contract costs and other limitations associated with the iPhone, and was the main go to for Children and Teenagers, with me being one of its ardent fans.

Read More: Apple Refreshes its iPod Lineup: Did you miss them?

Testing for Samsung Pay begins in South Korea: Expected to directly compete against the payment service released by Apple, i.e., Apple Pay, Samsung Pay is getting closer to its release. The Technology Giant had acquired LoopPay which provided it with the technology to implement the features which allows it to communicate with magnetic stripe card readers, making Samsung Pay instantly compatible with most payment terminals you’ll find at retailers today. With other wallet features such as PayTM , Google Wallet and Apple Pay expanding in the arena of mobile payments we can only await what Samsung has to bring to the table.

Read More: Samsung Pay, the Apple Pay rival, testing starts in Korea


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