What’s Cooking With The FlipKart Nearby App?

flikpart nearby appE-commerce giant Flipkart has dabbled in the online grocery industry with the Flipkart Nearby app. To start with, the app has been launched in a few areas in Bengaluru. The app enables you to order beverages, eggs, milk and other groceries online. It also provides healthcare products.

Flipkart Nearby has some tough competition from established players in the market such as Big Basket, Grofers and Pepper Tap. Some customers are loyal to these apps. To break their loyalty, Flipkart has to offer exceptional services and products.

“Nope. It is Big Basket,” said media professional Malvika Gupta when we asked her  whether she would like to order from the Flipkart app. Talking about the logistics and product quality of Big Basket she added, “Very good actually. If we have an issue with the product they have a nice customer care service and it is immediately exchanged or returned.” (sic)

The Flipkart Nearby app will benefit because Flipkart is an established name in terms of online delivery and customer trust. However, what customers really want are good products and reliable logistics.

For now, if you are living in Koramangala, HSR Layout, BTM Layout, Ejipura, Jayanagar, JP Nagar or Bellandur areas of Bengaluru, you can start using the Flipkart Nearby app.… Read the rest

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Lego Dimensions To FIFA 16—Top 3 Games To Enjoy Before The Year Ends

Gaming geeks familiar with Skylanders will find comfort with the “toys to life” format for Lego Dimensions. The real-world Lego models can now be placed on a pedestal and instantly appear as interactive characters in the form of vehicles. Developer TT Games chooses to stress on puzzle solving and light combat in a world built from Lego plastic bricks.

In fact, this time the game places importance on merging existing licensed worlds with characters from The Simpsons, Batman and The Wizard of Oz. However, the point at which Dimensions scores a six is when it plays to Lego’s strengths. Lego sets can also be rebuilt to showcase alterations and progress in the game. More sets can also add classy new models and interactive gaming content. While these sound like a piece of cake, do remember that Lego keeps getting newer models, which can leave you with an unquenchable thirst for more. 

Lego Dimensions To FIFA 16What’s hot with The Anki Overdrive?

After a superb debut game last year, gear up to get hands on the Anki Overdrive that swishes from the maiden concept to a new snap-together track, latest characters and game modes wherein real-life vehicles automatically move themselves around the given slot-less track.

Players can use the application to reach the perfect racing line, while controlling speeds and triggering virtual laser fires or drop mines. The gaming features enable cars to see personalization and upgradation while also allowing gamers to try a variety of gaming modes such Hill of the Hill, Battle and Time Trial. The basic game starter kit is priced at £149.99 for eight tracks and a couple of cars. More cars can be added to the race at £49.99

Warm up to FIFA 2016

Taking off from the Pro Evolution Soccer’s warm-up we saw last week, FIFA 16 is finally here and we are sure this version is the toughest one on the block till date.  We spotted incremental improvements and interfacial changes such as the addition of superficial endures and the warm up to the match reminds us of Sky Sports.

There is also extra player physicality. This allows defenders more options. In fact, even cerebral passing is encouraged. The next big improvement is the presence of draft mode for the Ultimate Team. Instead of spending a lot of time making a squad, you can start off with a drafted list.… Read the rest

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HP Set To Split Into Two Entities From November

HP Announces That It Will Finally Split Into Two Wings From NovemberHewlett-Packard Co has announced that its board has sanctioned the previously declared split of the company into two distinct entities. The two enterprises have been split into two sections–printers and computers in one, while services plus corporate hardware forms another group. HP announced on Thursday that it anticipates a split into HP Inc and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co to be complete by November 1.

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Right after the announcement, HP Enterprise that comprises corp hardware and its services business will soon initiate trading on New York Stock Exchange under the HPE ticker symbol. HP shareholding individual will now get access to a share of HP Enterprise for every share they hold as of October 21. This tax-free distribution system will be as per a pro-rata basis, the company board announced.  The split had already been announced last year in October but the final leg has been confirmed only now. HP has been struggling over the years for adjusting to the computing age after the PC has been written off as we had known it in the wee-days.

Summing Up The Trading Story

Hewlett-Packard also announced that it expected its Enterprise arm to begin trading as per the “when issues” basis under the ticker symbol HPE WI. The share unit pricing stood at 25.61 dollars—unchanged—during pre-market trading on Thursday last week. Last week, around Wednesday, the stock pricing had plummeted by about 27 per cent since October 3rd. this was the last trading day before the company announced its split.

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Amazon.com Discontinues Google Chromecast, Apple TV For A Reason

Apple TV and Google Chromecast will no longer be available on Amazon.com or its partner sites as the company has decided to ban the sale of these items for an indefinite period of time.

Although the decision may appear to be quite baffling, it is actually an initiative to boost the sale of Prime Instant video streaming service. While Google Chromecast and Apple TV have been discontinued, Amazon Fire TV, PlayStation, Xbox and Roku will be available on the portal, as these are compatible with the Prime Instant video service.

Amazon.com discontinues sale of Google Chromecast and Apple TVAmazon to sale Prime Instant video service compatible players

According to the reports, Amazon has decided to restrict their services only to those media players, which are compatible with Prime Instant video so that users can buy without any confusion. Prime Video services is now considered to be an integral part of 99 annual Prime loyalty membership of Amazon. Hence, the steps adopted by the company is not very surprising. Yet, some customers were disappointed for the sudden announcement. While Amazon has cleared their stance on Thursday, Apple and Google are yet to make any comment about this decision. Amazon.com Inc. is a major online retailer and on Thursday, their shares closed with a positive note, 1.7 percent or $8.83 to $520.72.… Read the rest

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E-Commerce Industry Plans Big For Diwali

"Application for online shoppers" by DressformerWith the festive season round the corner, e-commerce giants have set out to offer a plethora of deals on an array of products. Flipkart, Snapdeal and Amazon have already launched their plans in one way or another.

The steepest discounts are being offered on furniture and fashion. Snapdeal offered the preview of its Diwali sale on Monday. It is the first e-commerce portal to tease a Diwali sale. Analysts suggest that most e-commerce websites are expecting a huge turnover from their sales this Diwali.

According to Financial Times, almost all the products will be on sale. It is predicted that  anything from 50% to 100% of the inventory will be available at a discount. The festive season is considered a profitable time for e-commerce portals. Snapdeal seems to be at the edge this season as it was the first one to announce the sale.

We asked a slew of people what they will buy this festive season and most of them are focusing on apparel and footwear. There are also group of people who wait all year around to buy furniture in the festive season. Pepperfry and FabFurnish have already started offering discounts and they have been asking customers not to wait for the Diwali sale. Instead, they can start shopping now to enjoy good deals.

It is expected that Amazon will have major discounts on gadgets. “I am really looking forward to buy a nice laptop this Diwali and hoping to buy to good discount,” says Manish Chahal.

“Clothes, Clothes and Clothes… Can’t wait for the Diwali Sale. Jabong and Myntra are my go to destinations during Diwali sale,” says Amina Khan.

With e-commerce industry offering such heavy discounts during the festive seasons, traditional shop owners suffer.

“Everyone wants to shop online these days. People just come here to see the product but buy it online as it comes at a cheaper price,” says shop owner Amar Singh.

The e-commerce industry is going to grow further and a host of solutions will be developed to offer more and more discounts every festive season. How long will they be able to sustain such massive discounts will decide the future of this trend.… Read the rest

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Google Nexux 6P vs. Apple iPhone 6S Plus

The much-awaited flagship smartphones of the year, Apple iPhone 6S Plus and Nexus 6P are out in the market. Being the flagship device of the company, both phones come with some groundbreaking features making it difficult for buyers to seal the right deal.

 Google Nexux 6P vs. Apple iPhone 6S PlusComparing the specs

The sleek iPhone 6S Plus comes with 6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches dimensions and experts consider it to be a best buy for those interested in playing games, clicking pictures or recording videos on the phone. The high brightness, contrast, wide viewing angles and sRGB coverage on the 5.5-inch IPS LCD allow users to get complete detailing of images. Much hyped 3D Touch technology introduced in this phone also makes it a worthy buy.

While Apple’s slim and lightweight design has enchanted a large number of buyers, Nexus 6P with  6.27 x 3.06 x 0.29 inches dimensions is sure attract those looking for really pop colors. The extra detailing on the 5.7-inch WQHD AMOLED display gives splendid view of any image or video in the phone.

Even though both the phones have a wide screen, Google’s phone offer better camera features. iPhone 6S Plus boasts of a 12MP rear and 5MP front-facing camera while Nexus 6P comes with 12.3 MP rear camera along with 8MP camera at the front.

While iPhone 6s Plus enjoys a size advantage, Google Nexus 6P flaunts bigger size at a lighter weight. Both the phones have lots to offer, take your pick.… Read the rest

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Use of Laptop Leads to Chronic Physical Problems- Survey

It seems that the most essential thing for today’s youth is the biggest cause of their pain. Yes! You guessed it right, Laptop it is. Doctors are implying that the main reason behind neck and lower back pain suffered by youngsters and professionals these days is the use of laptop for long hours on a regular basis.

Dr. H.S. Chhabra of Indian Spinal Injuries Center said, “Unlike desktops, the laptops haveUse of Laptop Leads to Chronic Physical Problems both the keyboard and the monitor attached to each other. You have to slouch to use it while sitting on bed. Many people keep it on the lap but even that causes lower back pain.”

He also said that about 15% of the total patients visiting their center in a month are students or young professionals suffering from chronic neck or lower back pain due to poor posture.

A survey conducted by Dr. Shankar Acharya, co-chairman of spinal surgery department at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital revealed that pain in the neck and lumbar region was common among people in North Delhi who were preparing for civil services.

He said, “These days most of the study materials are available online. These students spend hours together reading from laptops, which causes the musculoskeletal problems. Many of them take painkillers but don’t seek professional advice. Only those with crippling pain approach us.”

A recent survey carried in Finland and Britain showed that about 20% to 40% of youth are suffering from neck or back pain due to poor posture. Another study revealed that females are more affected than males. However, due to lack of survey, nobody knows the numbers of people suffering from musculoskeletal problems in India but the surely it would be extremely high. 

To deal with this problem, doctors are suggesting the use of laptops with detachable keyboards so that the same is placed conveniently to ease posture.… Read the rest

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Moto X Play vs. One Plus 2: What Suits The Pocket

The war is on between Moto X Play and OnePlus 2–the two preferred phones available for the mid budget buyer. Let’s do a quick comparison to see what side the features sway against the prices.

Moto X Play vs. One Plus 2Design and Display

Lets look at the similarities first. Both phones have a 5.5-inch full HD display. However, the display of OnePlus 2 appears washed-out whereas the panel of the Moto X Play looks better.

At the same time, while the Moto X Play is better in terms of design, the Sandstone Black finish of the OnePlus 2 is more appealing. Both the devices are available with alternate back covers. 

Weight

Weighing 169 gms, the Moto X Play  is lighter than the OnePlus 2 that weighs 175 gms. However, the Moto X Play is thicker and shorter than OnePlus 2.

Processor, Performance, Memory and Battery Life

While the Moto X Play runs on 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core chipset, the OnePlus 2 is powered by a 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core chipset. With 4 GB RAM, OnePlus 2 may get a little bossy over 2 GB RAM of Moto X Play. Though, OnePlus 2 enjoys an upper hand due to better synthetic benchmarks, there is very little difference if you consider day-to-day performance, making competition tougher. 

Some reviewers have noticed that the OnePlus 2 tends to gain heat if games are played for a long time. Moreover, many apps face compatibility issue with the phone. Moto X Play users have not reported these issues. Battery of both the phones lasts a day of medium to heavy usage.

Camera

Moto x Play boasts of a 21 MP rear camera with dual-LED flash and auto-HRD, whereas the One Plus 2 comes with a 13 MP rear camera with OIS, dual LED-Flash as well as auto-focus.

Price Point

The price difference between both the phones is high. While the Moto X Play can be purchased for Rs. 18,499, the OnePlus 2 needs you to shell out Rs. 24,999.

With both the phones having a good fan following, it is difficult to say who is going to win the battle in the market. Based on our observations above, I would go with the Moto X Play though!… Read the rest

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We Are More Addicted To News Online Than Ever

By Gurpreet Tathgur

woman reading on tabletIt dawned on me today. When I wake up in the morning these days, I don’t have the urge to read a newspaper. Increasingly, I tell myself that there is no time to flip through pages and read detailed editorial pages. Is this shortage of time or just addiction to digital media?

What I actually wake up to every morning are WhatsApp messages, Facebook statuses or trending headlines on popular digital news sites. The digital media has really seeped into our daily lives and I wonder will the newspaper become extinct in future?

According to a research by The Future Exploration Network, print newspapers would be extinct in USA by 2017. The research also shows that by 2040 no one will be reading newspapers around the globe. The ACI has reported that the top reason the  predicted death of print newspapers is easy access to mobile devices.

I spoke to some people to find out what they think about newspapers being extinct. Will they miss the morning headline in the beautiful black ink?

“Oh! Their extinct is near. In my society hardly anyone has subscribed a newspaper. I myself get the morning dose of news on my phone,” says a 30-year-banker Sunil Yadav. A group of company executives says they don’t have to take a look at the headlines. At the same time, medical practitioner Charu Mishra says, “Whatever is trending comes on the Twitter feed”.

However, there is a group of people who think the real pleasure of reading the news is via print medium. “My morning ritual is incomplete without the newspaper and tea,” says Dr. Viren. But he does say that there are times I do check what is trending on Yahoo.

Even my mother says that her Sunday is well spent only when she rummages through every page of the Sunday supplement.

However, we cannot ignore that the number of newspaper readers are declining and according to research conducted by McKinsey & Co. that was commissioned by The New York Times, digital media is the flavor of the future.… Read the rest

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How Far Will You Go For A Selfie?

The selfie culture may have taken the world by storm, but for some people it has proved more of a bane than a boon. The recent death of an engineering student, Prakash in Tamil Nadu is a glaring example. The guy was apparently trying to take a selfie while standing at a cliffedge when he fell and succumbed to serious head injury.

  selfieAnd this is not the only example. There have been several cases in the past when people have died while trying to take that perfect selfie. The Week has reported that in 2015 so far, 12 people died while taking a selfie. The major reason of deaths has been sloppy falls and collision with vehicles.

Earlier this month a Japanese tourist died as he tried to click a selfie at the Taj Mahal. He reportedly fell off the stairs. The Independent has previously reported a case where a woman died in a collision just few minutes after she posted her selfie while listening to Pharrel William on her stereo. There have been cases where people have died due to accidental gun shot or have got electrocuted while trying to climb bridges.

I have observed since the selfie fad has set in, people love taking selfies in middle of the traffic or in front of a historical building. They will also share selfies instantly on social media. And it is not only the common people who have jumped on the bandwagon of selfie culture, most of the celebrities share their selfies while doing yoga or having a coffee. Some even take photos while standing in front of the mirror in a bathroom.

“I love taking selfies. I want to fit in the crowd and all my friends take selfies and why shouldn’t I. More so it is a matter of self-love, “says 18 –year-old Rashmi

“Dude, then how will I tell people what I am upto. I generally take selfies all the time, while sleeping, cycling, bathing … you know it is like my lifeline, “ says another teenager (name not revealed on request).

On the contrary the parents feel that their children are so engrossed in this virtual world that they rarely get time to talk to them or to even go out for games in the evening.

“There were times when spent out evening reading books or playing hopscotch but these days, kids and youngsters are generally busy taking selfie, browsing on internet and chatting up. Even I have evolved with time just to become a part of my children’s life, “ says Sunita, a mother of two.

Everything has its pro and cons. But it seems in today’s times everyone wants to become a part of technological evolution. What we really need is precaution and a bit of alertness.… Read the rest

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