Google Pay – The Road Ahead in India

Indian banking system is quite unique in ways beyond one can expect. Though rated as a developing nation, the banking systems in India are quite intuitive and advanced, all thanks to having a majority of the population not equipped with skills needed to operate complex systems. Considering the large population that India has (2nd highest in the world but poised to be the most populated nation eventually), any product built aiming at Indian users mostly banks on high volumes and low margin strategy. UPI – unified payment interface, is yet another break through secure system implemented by NPCI that has witnessed phenomenal growth over the past 3 years.

Google has been the front runner in catering its users with one of the most intuitive apps that has been built on top of UPI systems to enables users for easy P2P transfers and later expanded to a foray of services. As with any growing trends, competitors soon caught up and now Google Pay is being challenged by PhonePe as well as Paytm for UPI payments. Though each one of them still has their own strong points let’s try to discuss the road ahead for Google Pay.

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Do’s and Don’ts on eBay to safeguard your sale transactions


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After 4 long years I had to rely on eBay once again to sell my phone as OLX or Quikr didn’t help me fetch the right price. Few of you might know that I was in a fix with an eBay transaction after selling an iPhone as even though I sold a perfectly working and as described iPhone the buyer raised a refund request stating that the iPhone I shipped was faulty. So after getting immensely useful help and insights shared from few friends I could successfully win the battle against the buyer and get my money after a month long wait. This blog post will be useful especially for high value transactions done on eBay.

Here is are a few points to note and that might help every seller on eBay and few points in common for buyer too! Read on.

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Xiaomi – It’s Not Just About A Smartphone, But An Ecosystem.


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More than a billion devices sold, more than 2000 OEMs in the race and more than 20 different screen sizes and lot more options in terms of Hardware, this is what the world’s leading Smartphone OS by number of devices, Android, can be consolidated into. These are just a few numbers that still speak very less about the rapid growth of Android OS over the past 8 years since it’s public launch in 2008. Just 3 years ago, in 2013, a naive user would have chucked the very though of having a well performing and usable android smartphone under $100 but today, in 2016, we have more than 50 options from various OEMs offering handsets that cost less than $100, run the OS smooth without any glitches and are reliable too! Gone are the days when people used to anticipate only for the FLAGSHIP devices from the best known brands, this is the era where people think twice before spending a bomb on an Android smartphone, especially with the likes of Lenovo, Oppo, OnePlus, Xiaomi and other manufacturers launching brilliant devices in $300 to $400 price bracket or even lesser.

So how does an OEM differentiate itself from the rest? Does all it take to create a brand shift for loyal users is a great device? I often hear how iOS users find it difficult to migrate to Android and vice versa but within the Android OS it was/is as simple as creating a new handset to beat the best existing handset. Here is where I feel Xiaomi plays a vital role in capturing the marke with IoT, smart devices, developer support, apps, awesome hardware and great customer support to create a great experience for an ecosystem of its own.

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Airtel – The Dumb*ss Smartphone Network

airtelFor people who really are in a hurry, here is what this article about. I am trying to vent out my frustration and anger against Airtel through this blog post so that some action will be taken soon, period!

My number has been ported from Idea to Airtel on 26th May 2015 at 11:00 PM and Airtel literally fuc*ed up the entire process! In short, I haven’t been receiving any incoming calls, no incoming SMS nor outgoing SMS since then. All I get is Airtel signals, outgoing calls and an active data connection, when someone calls my number it says that the number does not exist!!. Airtel has no bloody fuc*ing clue how it’s affecting my work and I really want to let people know how unwise it is to port to Airtel, so read on.

PS: Please please please share this article to ensure that some reliable and responsible Airtel employee sees this and resolves my issue.

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One Reason Compelling Enough To Never Shop on Paytm


Well well well, where do I begin? Do I begin my post talking about how I was astonished by the amazingly well made website with super good UX that turned me into Paytm’s loyal customer taking me away from Freecharge or jump right in to my four horrible experiences with Paytm that dragged me back to Freecharge for good? Read on! Read More…

Bluetooth Tags – Gecko, Tile and Bluetooth Low Energy Devices

GeckoTileSmartphone are converging into a single essential device lately. With technology advancing at a great pace we can perform most our our daily routines such as checking emails, communicating with people, watching movies, listening to music and what not! This advancement is giving birth to a new branch of devices that make use of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) or Bluetooth 4.0, which has a very minimal and low power requirement. BLE is aiding production of fitness devices such as FitBit and Nike FuelBand, wearable devices like Sony Smart Watch 2 and Samsung Galaxy Gear and motion tracking devices such as Gecko and Tile. But how useful are these devices exactly?

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Device Fragmentation Might Push Small App Developers Towards Extinction


With increasing number of devices comes increasing amount of fragmentation; different devices, different processors, different speeds, different GPUs, different screen size and what not! If the hardware trouble isn’t enough, developers have further trouble with different versions of OS on the devices. Flurry release a recent report which says that there are approximately 2130 mobile devices that use an app in the month of January alone! Imagine the plight of developers to make an app compatible with well, say at least most of the devices if not for all. Read on to know more about the scary truth behind app development for developers.

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Kickstart Your Entrepreneurial Dream – Startup Weekend

India is a nation dominated by self employed people, let it be a farmer or a tech entrepreneur. Everyone has some crazy idea imparted into their mind at some point of time, but what sets winners apart from others is not their ideas but their willingness and courage to go ahead and implement their ideas. That one essential FIRST-STEP is needed! So, did you already decide to take that first step? Are you waiting to do any one of these?

  • Rapid prototyping
  • Idea evaluation
  • Network with fellow entrepreneurs and wanna be entrepreneurs
  • Hunt for a co-founder
  • Hunt for a good team for your startup
  • Know about upcoming technologies
  • Presentation skills
  • Access to mentors
  • ………

If yes, all you have to do is sacrifice a weekend of your time for this unlimited list of advantages by taking part in Startup Weekend.

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How An iPad Fits In Perfectly

Back in 2010 when the iPad was about to be launched there were rumours floating around about it. Some were expecting a large touch screen device with a full fledged OSX running on it and others were expecting a blown out iPhone. Well, it was none. It was an iPad, runs iOS, has its own set of customers, has its own set of usage and most importantly has its own base of apps with unparalleled usability. Pundits and gurus predicted not much usage factor for iPad and were quite skeptical about it, but as usual Apple proved the potential of iPad (not tablet!). It changed the game altogether.

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