Technology – indscoop Technology News, Entertaiment Thu, 19 Apr 2018 03:21:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 114420553 Use E-Wallets as Prepaid Cards Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:35:34 +0000 […]]]> Prepaid cards will help fill in the gap while making inter-wallet transactions. It will give users a wider range to use their e-wallet apps.

Reserve Bank of India recently  issued some  e-wallet guidelines, indicating higher compliance standards if you want to continue using e-wallets. As per the guidelines, e-wallets could soon become interoperable too. Currently, you cannot do a transaction between, say, Paytm and Mobikwik e-wallets. Similarly, not all e-wallets are accepted at all merchant outlets and e-commerce sites.

This happens because typically, online or offline merchants accept e-wallet transaction only after signing exclusive tie-ups with an e-wallet company. That can somewhat restrict their wider usage. To make e-wallets acceptable on a larger scale, e-wallet companies have now started offering virtual prepaid cards on apps for their customers.

The offering

To increase the transactions, e-wallet companies are looking for options that let their customers use the money lying in their e-wallets at multiple platforms. The easiest way to do this is offer their customers a prepaid card that runs on a Visa or MasterCard platform. Almost all online merchants accept Visa- and MasterCard-enabled cards. Since e-wallet companies can’t independently offer Visa or MasterCard prepaid cards, they have to partner with banks for this. As per regulations, only banks can issue these cards. Currently, banks such as RBL Bank Ltd and IDFC Bank Ltd are providing prepaid cards linked to The Mobile Wallet and Mobikwik e-wallets, respectively. As of now, e-commerce companies such as Flipkart and Amazon do not accept payments from other e-wallets such as Paytm and Mobikwik. Using these prepaid cards, you will be able to transact on these platforms using the money held in your e-wallet.

How it works

Prepaid cards for e-wallets, which usually run on Visa or Mastercard platform, are issued by partner banks. These cards are similar to debit cards: have a 16-digit unique number along with an expiry date and a CVV number. However, prepaid cards of most e-wallets are virtual cards. You can generate it from your e-wallet app and it will stay inside the app. Some e-wallets have started issuing physical prepaid cards too. Like any debit card, this card will also come with a personal identification number (PIN). To make an online payment using your virtual prepaid card, you have to go to the debit card payment option on the website where you want to do a transaction, enter the 16-digit card number, expiry date, CVV number and your PIN. After these steps, your transaction will be complete. You can use these cards wherever Visa or MasterCard are accepted. The card’s transaction limit is the same as your e-wallet, as the card is a replica of your e-wallet. This service is provided free of charge and can only be used for domestic transactions.

Top E-Wallets offering Virtual Prepaid Cards

  1. Freecharge
  2. Udio
  3. Oxygen
  4. Payzapp by HDFC Bank
  5. Pockets by ICICI Bank
  6. DigiPurse by Union Bank
  7. PayApt by IDBI Bank
  8. M-Clip by Bank of Baroda
  9. Slonkit – DCB Bank
  10. Digibank by DBS Bank India
  11. Yes Pay by Yes Bank
  12. Zeta – RBL Bank
  13. State Bank Buddy

Benefits for you

If you were not able to use your e-wallet at an e-commerce website, a virtual or physical prepaid card linked to your e-wallet will help overcome that barrier. This facility is also useful for those who don’t want to expose their bank account while doing online transactions. But in a sense, through this process, e-wallet companies are going back to the days of card transactions.

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VoLTE era begins: Jio and Airtel now offer free VoLTE calls Tue, 31 Oct 2017 05:35:55 +0000 […]]]> The VoLTE war has started in India and two of the country’s most popular telecom operators have entered the ring. Last year Jio made headlines for changing the face of telecom connectivity in India by launching the VoLTE services, and consequently unlimited “free calls” in India and now Airtel that is arguably India’s largest telecom operator has announced the launch of VoLTE services.

Just like the Jio VoLTE calls, the Airtel VoLTE calls are also free!

The Airtel VoLTE services has been launched in Mumbai first and the country-wide roll out is expected to happen in the next few months. Like Jio’s service, the Airtel VoLTE also works on 4G network and will offers HD voice quality calls along with faster call setup time. Airtel has long been in fight with Jio over its free or cheap data plans and has left no stone unturned to match against it. But due to the free VolTE calls that Jio offered, it seemed Jio had the edge. Now that changes. Now it seems Airtel too can offer free calls, although for now only in Mumbai.

So what is Airtel’s VoLTE service? How is it going to change the dynamics of the Indian telecom market? Are the VoLTE calls be free? These and many more similar questions we answer here to help you get a better picture of what is happening in the Indian telecom sector currently.

What is Airtel VoLTE service?

Before understanding Airtel VoLTE service, it is important to understand what is VoLTE service. Currently, in India VoLTE — it stands for voice over LTE — is only offered by Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio in India.
VoLTE allows an operator to offer both voice and data over a 4G LTE network. The big advantage of VoLTE is that call quality is superior to 3G and 2G connections (through which voice is usually routed) as much more data can be transferred via 4G.

VoLTE also allows for greater coverage, at least theoretically. The frequencies that 4G operates on, like the 800MHz spectrum, have far greater reach than the 2G or 3G spectrum. VoLTE also increases battery life of a smartphone as the network does not need to constantly switch to the 3G/2G network every time a call is placed.

VoLTE has many advantages such as superior range, better voice quality and less drain on battery life. Now Airtel has launched this VoLTE service and it is called Airtel VoLTE service.

Are these Airtel VoLTE calls free?

Yes, there will be no additional data charges for VoLTE services. The calls will be billed as per the existing plan or packs benefits just like Jio.
How to get Airtel VoLTE in your 4G enabled smartphone?

— Check mobile device compatibility here . Airtel has tested and certified popular device models for VoLTE compatibility. More models will keep getting added to this list. Popular high-end smartphones are currently supported.

— Upgrade the mobile device’s operating software to the latest version that supports VoLTE. This update is provided by the handset manufacturer.

— Ensure the device has a Airtel 4G SIM. Customers can upgrade to the 4G SIM by visiting the nearest Airtel store.

— Enable VoLTE by following instructions here .

The Airtel 4G SIM should be in the data SIM slot/slot 1 and network mode should be set as “4G/3G/2G (Auto)” to enable the Airtel VoLTE. iPhone SE, iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, iPhone 7, Redmi Note 4, Mi Max Prime and Oppo F3 Plus are some of the famous smartphones that are compatible with Airtel VoLTE.

How will Airtel VoLTE service change the dynamics of Indian telecom market?
Airtel’s launch of its 4G VoLTE services come at a very important time when Jio is disrupting the industry and causing a lot of headache to leading operators like Airtel and Vodafone. Until now. Reliance Jio was the only telecom operator in India offering VoLTE services which allowed it to easily offer voice calls for free.
As VoLTE allows the operator to route calls via the data network, the operator incurs lower cost while providing the service. That was the main reason why Reliance Jio was able to provide voice calls for free to all of its subscribers easily.

With VoLTE at its disposal, Airtel could also now start offering completely free voice calls to all of its subscribers. Airtel has a large user base on 2G and 3G network and the company could now offers attractive offers and upgrades to get them on the 4G network.

There are rumours that Airtel is in talks with different handset dealers to offer a cheap 4G-enabled smartphone so there are heavy chances that the company could even pull a large number of Jio users who are facing trouble with Jio’s spotty network in some areas on to its network. Reliance Jio has a VoLTE exclusive network which does not support 2G or 3G connectivity.

Next big change in the Indian telecom industry is VoLTE and with it we can expect that in future, all calls will be free. People will only be charged for data they consume. With telecom giant Airtel entering the VoLTE market, now we can expect other telecom companies like Vodafone, Idea and BSNL may also join the bandwagon soon.

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Google Home and Chromecast vs. Amazon Echo and Fire TV Tue, 31 Oct 2017 05:29:32 +0000 […]]]> Which is the best hands-free TV experience?

Let’s be honest: Reaching for the remote while watching TV isn’t a major inconvenience. But sometimes, after a long day, it’s nice to expend as little energy as possible. If you can control your TV by voice instead, why wouldn’t you?

To that end, Google and Amazon now offer hands-free TV controls through their respective connected speakers. Amazon added Fire TV voice controls to the Echo speaker and other Alexa devices a couple weeks ago, while Google has offered similar voice controls for Chromecast through its own Google Home speaker since last December. Both combos allow you to launch videos, pause, play, rewind, and fast forward without ever touching a remote control.

At least that’s how it works in theory. You’ll quickly run into limitations once you start stress-testing Google Home with Chromecast or Amazon Echo with Fire TV. If you’re looking to control your television with these smart speakers, here’s what to expect from each solution.

Device support

With Alexa devices such as the Amazon Echo, voice control works for all Fire TV products. That includes the first- and second-generation Fire TV box, first- and second-generation Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition televisions.

Amazon Echo voice commands work with any Fire TV device (including first-generation models).
Google Home can control all Chromecast models (including the 4K-enabled Chromecast Ultra) and televisions that have Chromecast built-in. Android TV devices are supported as well, but I got an error message when trying to launch Netflix videos on an Nvidia Shield TV. (Playing YouTube videos worked fine.)


With a single Google Home, you can control any Chromecast throughout the house. The Google Home app for iOS and Android lets you link multiple Chromecast devices to the speaker, and you can set up custom device names (like “Living Room TV” or “Basement Chromecast”) to use in your voice commands.

By contrast, each Amazon Alexa device must be assigned to a single Fire TV, chosen through the Alexa app on iOS or Android. This approach does allow for shorter voice commands, since you don’t have to specify which device you’re controlling, but it won’t work for certain setups, such as a large basement with multiple TVs within earshot of an Echo.

Launching videos

Today, Alexa can only launch videos from Amazon’s own Prime video service on Fire TV. Asking for a movie or show that’s not on Prime takes you to a generic search results page, which you can’t navigate without a remote. (One exception: If the search brings up only a single result, you might be able to launch it by saying “Alexa, watch that.”) You can also ask Alexa to launch specific apps like HBO Now and Hulu, but you need a remote to proceed any further into the app.

Chromecast and Google Home aren’t much better at the moment, with support for just Netflix and YouTube videos. In May, Google announced that it was expanding voice controls to HBO Now, Hulu, YouTube TV, Google Play Movies & TV, CBS All Access, Food Network, CW, HGTV, Red Bull TV, Travel Channel, Crackle, DIY Network, Viki, and Cooking Channel, but it’s unclear when this support will become available.

Playback controls

Both Amazon Alexa/Fire TV and Google Home/Chromecast support the basics, such as pause, play, rewind, and fast forward. You can also use voice to fast forward or rewind by a specific number of minutes; you can also skip ahead to the next episode.

Since Chromecast lacks a dedicated remote, voice commands may be the easiest way to control basic playback.
But both device combos go off the rails when you want to watch a particular episode or season. Ask Alexa for the next season of a show, and it takes you to the next episode instead. Ask Google Home for the same thing, and it simply tells you that it can’t do that yet.

Still, Google Home has a couple of advantages for now: You can tell it to turn closed captions on and off, and you can tell it to turn the volume down from your television’s current level. (Note: This only adjusts the volume on the Chromecast, not on the TV itself, and it may not work at all if your TV volume is managed by a separate sound system.)

Browsing for things to watch

If you just want to use voice search to see what’s on, Fire TV has a theoretical advantage, with search results that appear on the TV screen. By comparison, asking Google Home to suggest movies or shows only gives you a few spoken suggestions through the speaker, with nothing appearing on the TV via Chromecast.

In practice, though, neither set of devices is particularly useful for browsing. Fire TV only shows a few results at a time, with no way to view supplemental information or navigate through the results by voice. And while you can ask Google Home to tell you more about a particular movie or TV show, the process feels more cumbersome than just reaching for your phone.

TV and A/V controls

Although Google Home and Amazon Alexa don’t offer direct control over most televisions and sound systems, they both work with Logitech Harmony hubs, which in turn can control various TVs, sound systems, and streaming boxes. You don’t even need a Fire TV or Chromecast to use the Harmony this way–it can control your TV directly using either infrared or RF communications.

Amazon has also gone a step further, offering developer tools that allow any TV or A/V manufacturer to embed Alexa controls directly into their hardware. But so far, only Broadlink hubs and 2017 model-year Sony 4K HDR TVs support this. Amazon says controls for Denon, Crestron, LG, and Pulse-Eight systems are coming soon.

The verdict

Despite Google’s nine-month head start in offering hands-free TV controls, it only has a minor edge over Amazon due to its volume and closed-caption controls, and its support for both Netflix and YouTube.

Still, this space should change quickly in the months ahead. Google has already promised support for more streaming services, and Amazon now offers developer tools for streaming services that want to add their own Alexa playback controls. As the two companies battle to build the best virtual assistants, you might soon be able to watch TV without moving a muscle.

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WhatsApp Beta version shows UPI payment feature Tue, 31 Oct 2017 03:08:35 +0000 […]]]> WhatsApp will soon facilitate instant money transfer via the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) transaction system, shows a new Beta update by the Facebook-owned mobile messaging platform.
Launched by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and regulated by the Reserve Bank of India RBI), UPI facilitates the instant fund transfer between two bank accounts on the mobile platform.
With over 200 million monthly active users (MAUs), WhatsApp has been in the news for working towards a UPI-based interface in its platform.
Now, with the new update to the beta channel (which brings the application up version 2.17.295), we get a glimpse into a new potential feature for the future. It’s called WhatsApp Payments and it looks as if it will allow for immediate bank to bank transfers. The feature is still under development and there could be coming that prevents it from being brought to the public. But it looks as if we’ll be able to send payments to one another via WhatsApp in a future update.
Mobile payments have been on a rise since last year’s demonetisation. In such scenario, digital payments app Paytm has seen major growth in terms of transactions and its user base. It is to be mentioned, as WhatsApp is entering into payments, Paytm is planning to introduce its messaging feature.

WhatsApp is not the only app that is entering into digital payments. Several other popular services such as messaging app Hike and Truecaller already support UPI payment services. However, this move from WhatsApp, the most popular app in India with over 200 million active users, will surely give a boost to digital payments in India.

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Top 5 Affordable Diesel Cars in India – Tata Tiago, Hyundai Grand i10 and more Wed, 13 Sep 2017 06:06:19 +0000 […]]]> There was a time when diesel cars were limited to commercial use only, owing to their high emissions, and high maintenance cost. Over the time, the government has worked hard to refine diesel fuel and car manufacturers are also giving their bit to make diesel engines more refined, less pollution emitting and low in maintenance. But still, diesel cars are not accepted that widely as compared to their petrol counterparts and this time, the reason is the high cost of the diesel cars, which amounts to at least Rs 1 Lakhs more than a petrol sibling.

This very reason made buyers reluctant to buy a diesel car, resulting in the high sales of petrol vehicles. Automakers have realized the potential of low-budget cars and there are a lot of offerings in the budget diesel car segment today, priced below Rs 6 lakhs. We have compiled a list of top 5 budget diesel cars to buy in India!

Price – Rs 3.88 Lakhs*

Ever since its launch, Tata Tiago has been making a lot of noise and all because of the right reasons. From becoming the highest selling Tata car (monthly sales), to being the most affordable fully-equipped, Tiago is an obvious choice for buyers looking for a budget hatchback with lots of features. Interestingly, Tiago is also the most affordable diesel car in the market today, the price just for Rs 3.88 Lakhs for the base variant. It’s powered by a 3-cyl 1.05-litre Revotorq engine with 70 PS output.

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Tata Tigor

Price – Rs 5.41 Lakhs*

Yet another Tata on the list is the compact sedan Tigor, based on the Tiago hatchback. The newly launched sedan happens to be the first fastback inspired design in the budget segment and appeals to the young crowd. Again, it is equipped with all the features and what you pay to buy this car is way less than the rivals. The Tata Tigor is priced for Rs 5.41 Lakhs for the base diesel variant. The engine is the same 3-cyl 1.05-litre Revotorq engine with 70 PS output.

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Mahindra KUV100


Price – Rs 5.61 Lakhs

Mahindra and Tata are both known for their diesel engine prowess, a skill acquired from their age-old commercial vehicle business. And so it is obvious that a Mahindra features on our list, just below the Tata cars. The new Mahindra KUV100, an SUV inspired hatchback is the only hatchback in the country to offer 6-seater cabin. And if you are diesel fan, you can buy a KUV100 for as low as Rs 5.61 Lakhs for the base variant. It is powered by a mFalcon D75 1.2-litre engine with 77 bhp of output.

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Hyundai Grand i10


Price – Rs 5.64 Lakhs

A good news for the brand snobs, who don’t want a Mahindra or a Tata car. Hyundai offers the Grand i10 hatchback in India with a 1.2-litre CRDi U2 engine that has a 75 PS of output. The Grand i10 is a credible offering in this segment with all the bells and whistles and retails at Rs 5.64 Lakhs for the base diesel variant, which makes it the highest selling Hyundai car in India, as it also features in the top 10 selling cars of India.

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Ford Figo


Price – Rs 5.76 Lakhs

Last on our list is also the most powerful hatchback on our list. The Ford Figo is powered by a 1.5-litre TDCi engine that is capable of producing 100 horses, making it the most powerful diesel hatchback in this category. All you need to do is pay Rs 5.76 Lakhs for the base version to acquire this hatchback. What you get in result is a highly equipped, powerful and good looking car.

*All prices for base variants and ex-showroom, Delhi.

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Renault Captur in India will be Launched by end of 2017 Wed, 13 Sep 2017 05:56:05 +0000 […]]]> Renault India will be launching the Captur in India this year

Renault India recently announced that it will be launching the Captur in India before the end of 2017. In Renault’s words, the Captur is a premium SUV with a strong crossover DNA. The Captur is already on sale in international markets and is one of the highest selling crossovers in Europe.The car that will be launched in India is in fact the Kaptur (which is on sale in Russia) and the Captur ( which is on sale in Latin America). In accordance to the global naming nomenclature, the car will be named Captur upon its launch in India for easy pronunciation.

The company believes that focusing on emerging segments is key for driving volumes and the launch of the Captur will be important with that very regard. Renault India believes that the SUV segment is witnessing a boom in India and more and more new car buyers are looking to buy SUVs, crossovers and the likes. Renault India will tell us the exact date of the Captur launch in the next two months or so. The company says that it has an aggressive plan for the Captur launch in the coming months.

Sumit Sawhney, Country CEO and MD, Renault India, said, “We are delighted to announce that we will launch our premium feature loaded Renault Captur in India this year, which has delivered global success and is widely acclaimed for its stunning expressive design. Captur has sold over a million cars worldwide and will enhance our product portfolio as we aim to grow our presence in the SUV segment in India. Like all our offerings in India, there will high levels of innovation and customisation in the Renault Captur that will be launched in India, to best suit the Indian customers.”

Apart from confirming the launch of Renault Captur in India, the company also announced that it recently crossed the milestone of 300 dealerships in India. Renault is focusing on targeting customers in tier 2 and tier 3 cities. One of the initiatives is the ‘Passion on Wheels’ program, which is a mobile showroom of sorts that travels from city to city and reaches out to customers. The company would like to be in the top five auto manufacturers in India by 2020. When launched in India, the Renault Captur will be going up against the likes of Hyundai Creta and other compact SUVs.

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Launching Motorola Stream Wireless Earbuds With Charging Case Thu, 17 Aug 2017 04:34:33 +0000 […]]]> Motorola has launched its new Stream wireless in-ear headphones, making them available first in the UK at GBP 79.99 (roughly Rs. 6,650). Notably, unlike most other wireless audio headphones on the market, the new earbuds from Motorola are truly wireless and not even connected to each other with a wire. The Stream wireless earbuds have only been introduced in the UK as of now, and are in fact made by Motorola brand licensee, Binatone.

The Motorola Stream wireless earbuds feature IP54 sweat and water resistance, so users can use these earbuds at the gym, while running, or doing other form of exercises. The wireless in-ear headphones come with a bundled storage case that can also charge the earpieces while on the go. While the earbuds offer 2 hours of battery life with Bluetooth connectivity, with the storage case, they offer a maximum of up to six hours of battery life.

The Stream wireless in-ear headphones feature a 6mm driver and can be used to place and receive calls. Users can also make use of voice commands as the new wireless earphones are compatible with both Google Now and Siri. There are three ear-bud sizes that will come along with the pair of headphones so that users of all age and sizes are able to wear them comfortably.

While the Motorola Stream wireless earbuds are exclusively available through Argos in the UK but the company has said that they will be made available for customers in the US within a month’s time, as per a report by The Verge.

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Upcoming Pixel 2 Renders in Various Colors Thu, 10 Aug 2017 04:12:03 +0000 […]]]> We’ve seen enough recent leaks of the Pixel 2 series to know that the successor models do not look very different to their predecessors. There’s been a slight re-jig of how much of the phone has the glossy glass panel on the back; it has shrunk slightly, but apart from that it’s more or less business as usual.

There will be no amazing bronze-coloured metal or any of that jazz we’ve seen in optimistic concept renders.

We are managed to source some renders which it says are based on CAD schematics and leaked live photos, indicating that these renders were made by a third party based on the most accurate information available from the leak-o-sphere. The artist appears to have rendered the device in the typical colours we’ve seen the existing Pixel and Nexus ranges wearing before; silver, black, and blue, but they’ve also added in two possible red variants, one with a white front and one with a black front. We have seen Nexus phones in red before, but not the Pixel series so far.

The black model is definitely going to happen, as leaked photos have showed a black coloured version. Silver seems very likely, or perhaps white, and Google did launch the Pixel in blue last year so that seems a fair guess too.

“Although we don’t know every single minute detail about the Pixel 2, such as where exactly the antenna lines will thread for example, or whether the power button will have the knurled finish of last year’s model, these Pixel 2 renders should provide a nice preliminary look at the upcoming device,” says the report.

The renders adopt some design features which have repeatedly leaked recently; these include the absence of a 3.5mm headphone jack and the appearance of some fairly large bezels at the top and bottom of the phone. In the first render we can also see the Type-C USB port in the base, and the sides of the phone too.

Abundantly Red is of course a guess, a riff based on Google’s established colour naming convention; Quite Black, Very Silver, and Really Blue are all repeats of the first-gen Pixel colour names. The source admits that a red and black model seems unlikely and there’s no concrete evidence for a red model at all at this stage.

The Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 are expected to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processors onboard with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage (higher storage tiers are rumoured, but not confirmed). It’ll have IP68 waterproofing certification, a Full HD display panel and a high-end single-sensor camera.

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Land Rover Discovery Unveiling in India, Price Starts at INR 68.05 Lakh Thu, 10 Aug 2017 03:54:09 +0000 […]]]> The Land Rover Discovery will be launched in India in November 2017, while the car has been priced from INR 68.05 lakh (ex-showroom India).

Land Rover, part of the Tata Motors owned Jaguar Land Rover Group, has officially started accepting booking for the Land Rover Discovery in India. The full-size luxury SUV has been priced in India from INR 68.05 lakh (ex-showroom India). The new Land Rover Discovery will be launched in India in November 2017, while prospective customers can book the SUV at any of the 25 authorised Land Rover dealerships across India or online on According to the company, the new Discovery is a highly desirable British SUV with unrivalled capability and technology that has been designed to enable Land Rover customers experience the lifestyle they aspire to live.

Speaking about the new Land Rover Discovery, Rohit Suri, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover India Ltd. (JLRIL), said, “More & more of our discerning customers today are seeking new experiences, adventures and avenues for an outdoor lifestyle with family and friends. The All-New Land Rover Discovery is the only vehicle they will ever need to fulfill all their desires & aspirations.” The new Discovery is based on the company’s Premium Lightweight Architecture (PLA) platform which has resulted in a massive weight reduction of 480kg as compared to the previous generation model.

Land Rover Discovery 2017 Design Exteriors

The design of the new Land Rover Discovery is inspired from the latest generation Evoque, Range Rover and Discovery Sport SUVs. The SUV looses out on the boxy exteriors of the previous generation model and has opted for a more angular and curvy design philosophy. The front section of the SUV sports sleek sweptback LED headlights along with integrated LED daytime running lights (DRLs), signature twin slat Land Rover grille while the muscular front bumper houses a lower placed wide air dam and vertical air intakes on either of the bumper. The side profile of the car is similar to the similar to the Discovery Sport but gets a larger rear overhang to complement the third row architecture of the SUV while the car sports inclined roofline. The rear gets an integrated spoiler along with LED taillights and a muscular black plastic cladding on rear bumper that houses the silver skid plates.

Land Rover Discovery 2017 Design Interiors

Coming on to the insides of the Land Rover Discovery, the SUV gets a completely new cabin layout along with luxurious interiors. The new Discovery gets a mix of black, beige and brown colored interior scheme. The interiors of the SUV seem to be inspired from the Range Rover while the Discovery comes in both five-seat and seven-seat configurations. The seats can be remotely operated with the help of an exclusive Smartphone App which is part of the Land Rover’s InControl touch pro services. On the features front, the new SUV flaunts a 10-inch infotainment system with support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. On the audio front, the SUV comes loaded with a 14-speaker Meridian digital surround sound system.

Land Rover Discovery 2017 Design Interiors
Coming on to the insides of the Land Rover Discovery, the SUV gets a completely new cabin layout along with luxurious interiors. The new Discovery gets a mix of black, beige and brown colored interior scheme. The interiors of the SUV seem to be inspired from the Range Rover while the Discovery comes in both five-seat and seven-seat configurations. The seats can be remotely operated with the help of an exclusive Smartphone App which is part of the Land Rover’s InControl touch pro services. On the features front, the new SUV flaunts a 10-inch infotainment system with support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. On the audio front, the SUV comes loaded with a 14-speaker Meridian digital surround sound system.

Land Rover Discovery 2017 Engine Specifications

The new generation 2017 Land Rover Discovery will be available in a choice of diesel and petrol engine options. The petrol variant will be powered by a 3.0-litre supercharged V6 unit that is capable of pumping out 340 PS of maximum power along with 450 Nm of peak torque. The oil burner will be powered by a 3.0-litre TDV6 diesel engine producing 255 BHP of power and 600 Nm of peak torque. Both the engines will come mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission that will also get an AWD system.

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Ducati launches all new Scrambler Desert Sled in India; priced at Rs 9.32 lakh Wed, 09 Aug 2017 04:49:14 +0000 […]]]> Ducati India today announced the launch of the Scrambler Desert Sled. Drawing its inspiration from the off-road bikes of the ’60s and ’70s that made US motorcycling history in the mountains and deserts of California, the Scrambler Desert Sled offers a unique incomparable style.

Prices for the Euro 4 version of the Scrambler Icon and Scrambler Classic start at Rs 7.23 lakh and Rs 8.48 lakh respectively. Bookings for Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled, Icon and Classic (now available in Euro 4 version) are open and the motorcycles are available across all dealerships in Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Ahmedabad and Kochi.

Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled

Sergi Canovas Garriga, Managing Director, Ducati India said, “We’ve introduced for the first time in India, a motorcycle in the ‘easy off-road’ category. Staying true to the Scrambler family and inspiration from the ’60s and ’70s, California motorcycle scene, the Desert Sled reinforces the pure essence of motorcycling: two wheels, wide handlebars, a straightforward engine and endless fun. The bike is perfect for the city and to get off the tarmac and explore the road less travelled.”


Equipped with a 6-speed gearbox, the EURO 4-compliant, twin-cylinder 803 cm3 air and oil-cooled engine delivers 75 hp at 8,250 rpm and a torque of 68 Nm at 5,750 rpm. The updated homologation introduces a new throttle control and an all-new engine calibration that has made power delivery even smoother, especially at the bottom end of the rev range.

Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled

The modified frame and suspension, high mudguards (specially designed for this version), type-approved headlight mesh guard and engine skid plate lend to the off-road capability of the Scrambler Desert Sled.


The Scrambler Desert Sled is the natural evolution of the Urban Enduro version towards a more functional off-road style. It is also characterised by a new riding position thanks to the full 200 mm extended travel on the front and rear suspension, higher seat (a 20 mm low seat option is available as an accessory) and off-road style foot pegs with removable rubber pads.

Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled


The 19″ front and 17″ rear spoked wheels on the Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled mount the new Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres that have been specially designed to combine the performance of a top-flight off-road tyre with that of an enduro street one.

Combining maximum stopping performance with minimalist styling, the Brembo braking system features a Bosch 9.1 MP ABS system with pressure sensor. The front wheel has a single 330 mm disc and a 4-piston Brembo M4.32B monobloc caliper while the rear features a 245 mm disc gripped by a 32 mm diameter piston caliper.

Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled


The Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled comes with a dedicated accessory and apparel line. The Scrambler Desert Sled is available in ‘Red Dusk’ and  ‘White Mirage’ with black frame and spoked wheels with gold rims at Rs 9.32 lakh and Rs 9.45 lakh (ex-showroom) respectively.

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Ducati launches Scrambler Cafe Racer in India at Rs 9.32 lakh Wed, 09 Aug 2017 04:43:33 +0000 […]]]> Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer.

Ducati has launched the Scrambler Cafe Racer in India, priced at an ex-showroom price of Rs 9.32 lakh. Ducati’s Scrambler is sold in different iterations and recently the company had also launched the Scrambler Desert Sled in India.


The design of the motorcycle is inspired by the Cafe Racer movement that happened back in the ’60s. The black coffee shade, clip-on handlebars, anodised aluminium cover and a Termignoni exhaust, all make up the Cafe Racer look.

It is powered by a 803cc L-Twin engine that makes 73bhp and 67Nm of torque. Ducati has equipped it with 7-inch, gold, cast aluminium alloy wheels and Brembo M4.32 calipers.

Managing Director of Ducati India, Sergi Canovas Garriga believes the Scrambler Cafe Racer is the expression of free spirit and is a style icon for the enthusiasts. Ducati India is also offering a wide range of accessories and apparel to go with the Scrambler Cafe Racer.

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BMW launches new variant of 320d Tue, 08 Aug 2017 10:02:14 +0000 […]]]> BMW has launched a new model of its entry level sedan, the 3 Series, christened the 3 Series Edition Sport. The vehicle is only on offer in the 320d diesel version and is priced at Rs 38.60 lakhs, ex-showroom.

It can be had in a total of three colour options, Alpine White, Black Sapphire and Mediterranean Blue. On the inside, sports seats with red contrast stitching. On the outside, the car gets a new gloss black kidney grille up front and all other accents have been finished in black now, giving the car a more meaner look.

The steering wheel is equipped with paddle shifters and has red contrast stitching on it as well. The car has a sun roof, a 205 watt 9 speaker Hi-Fi sound system and the car key is also finished with a red trim. The car is also equipped with a launch control mode, for those quick off the line starts. Other standard features include a new rear view camera, rear parking sensors, 16.5″ iDrive screen with the new tile iDrive system, BMW Apps and driving mode options (Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport, Sport +)

Power comes from the same 2.0 liter engine which was on offer on the 320d and the 520d. The engine produces 190 Bhp and 400 Nm. The engine is mated to an 8 speed ZF transmission. The engine has TwinPower turbo technology to reduce the turbo lag. It does 0-100 in 7.2 seconds and has a top speed of 250 kmph. It has a max fuel efficiency of 22.69 kmpl as per ARAI figures.

The 3 Series diesel range consists of the 320d Prestige, priced at Rs 36.3 lakhs, the Sport line priced at Rs 41.3 lakhs, the Luxury line priced at Rs 41.8 lakhs and the M Sport priced at Rs 43.4 lakhs. The 3 Series competes with the newly launched Jaguar XE, the new Audi A4 and the Mercedes C Class.

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5th gen Verna to fuel competition in the sedan market Mon, 07 Aug 2017 07:56:24 +0000 […]]]> In a bid to bring back excitement into the sedan segment, the Korean giant Hyundai has finally upgraded the Verna as a formidable package to take the next-gen level fight to a whole new dimension. The dynamic Verna was quite a sensation when first launched, given its predecessor was quite a bland design. The new car is more of an evolution when it comes to stylistic features with Verna’s cascading grille along with a more sleeker profile. The insides have also been modified and looks far more pleasing than the previous models. For the gadget-addicts, you get two USB ports upfront along with a 12-volt socket along with a USB charging port at the back. A first in the segment feature the Verna offers is ventilated seats which could be a great boon for the humid summer days. The company has also added rear curtains along with handsfree smart trunk making it extremely utility rich. Furthermore, the new car also gets rich leather upholstery, a gorgeous sunroof, 6 airbags, and rear AC vents. The new car sees a lot of changes in the technical base. The brand new K2 platform gets ‘super body structure’ built on an advanced high strength steel structure that ensures extremely good rigidity and crash performance. Powering the vehicle is a 1.6 litre petrol and a 1.6 litre diesel engine, which, as per Hyundai’s claim, are the best power figures best in the segment.

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iPhone vs Android: Which is better for photography and what makes Google Pixel special Mon, 07 Aug 2017 05:00:50 +0000 […]]]> Clicking good pictures with the iPhone 7 Plus is easy. You just point the phone and click the photo. The iPhone software and the way the device processes images is so good that chances are you will get an image that is exposed accurately and has great white balance.

The portrait mode in the iPhone 7 Plus is truly remarkable. It’s no longer unique. The OnePlus 5 offers similar feature and the so does Micromax Dual 5. Huawei phones too have the similar feature. But the iPhone’s works best. It consistently creates most natural looking pictures.

For shooting videos, the iPhone 7 Plus is miles ahead of other phones in the market. The image stabilisation, the way it deals with focus and the way it processes the footage flawless.

Actually, the features and performance of the iPhone 7 Plus camera make it a very good phone for photographers. It’s an all-rounder and may be that is why Gundotra fell in love with it. But it’s not best and no, Android is not years behind the iPhone when it comes to photography. The iPhone right now has an Achilles’ heel and that is its relatively smaller image sensor. In comparison, there are three Android phones that have stellar image sensors inside them, which give them an edge.

These three phones are: Galaxy S8 (Indian version with Samsung ISOCELL image sensor), Google Pixel (and Pixel XL) and HTC U11.

All these three phones not only click photos with great amount of details they also have superb dynamic range and ability to deal with low light in a better way. In fact, in low light there is no comparison. A Samsung galaxy S8 or a Google Pixel in low light beats the iPhone with ease. In photos clicked with these high-end Android phones, the shadows are cleaner, the noise is lower, the colours are punchier and there is more dynamic light.

Clicked with Google Pixel

Of these all, the Google Pixel is truly remarkable. When compared to a phone like the iPhone 7 Plus, it lacks the fancy portrait mode or telephoto lens. Although it does have a sort of feature that allows users to shoot blurred background. But when it comes to pure image quality, there is no competition between the Pixel and the iPhone 7 Plus. Even in good light, where the larger image sensor in the Pixel is not much of an advantage the Pixel clicks photos that have much better details and a photo that less noise in shadows.

In low light too, the Pixel beats the iPhone with ease. It is a wonderful photography tool with the best camera ever seen in a mobile phone. And for some of its stellar performance the Pixel employs the same technology — computational photography — that impresses Gundotra so much in the iPhone 7 Plus. It’s just that instead using its algorithms to blur background, the Pixel uses them to create higher dynamic range. This is why sunset photos clicked with the Pixel are some of the best you will see. the computational photography is also something that gives the Pixel an edge in low light, as it helps the camera in the phone to intelligently map and process the data it is capturing.

So, iPhone 7 Plus or Pixel for photography

The question to this answer is simple: if you are going to shoot still images, there is no option for you but to take the Google Pixel. It is phenomenally good for still images. But video is your concern, then there is nothing better than the iPhone 7 Plus.

Both are good enough for most people. But my personal preference remains the Google Pixel because of the quality of photos it clicks in low light. This may change once the iPhone 8 with its revamped camera arrives. Or it may not. But right now, there is very little doubt in my mind — and this after using both the iPhone 7 Plus and the Pixel — that Google’s phone is definitely not behind the iPhone in photography.

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How to Share Google Keep Notes With Other Apps on Your Phone Sat, 05 Aug 2017 16:40:33 +0000 […]]]> Google Keep is one of the simplest ways to collaborate with vanilla notes. You can tap and feed a Gmail ID to share notes with a colleague or family member. But did you know that the Google Keep app on your phone also allows you to share notes with other apps?

The most obvious way is to send Google Keep notes to Google Docs.This transfer is useful when you want to develop quick ideas: capture an idea in Google Keep, then send it over to Google Docs to flesh out the details. You can do this on the web, Android, and iOS.

  1. Select the note you want to send.
  2. Click More (the three vertical dots).
  3. Click Copy to Google Doc.

Similarly, in the iOS app, select the note (don’t open it) with a touch. Click the Actions icon (three horizontal dots). Select Copy to Google Docs from the menu which slides into view from the bottom of the screen.

Sharing Notes With Other Apps

Often, it can be useful to jot down little reminders for a point you want to include in an email or mention in a chat conversation. With Google Keep you can send a note to other Google products like Gmail and Hangouts. This only works on the mobile apps.

The side-benefit is that you can use Google Keep to send something to a non-Google application on your mobile OS too.

For instance, you can use Google Keep like a “draft folder,” or as a writing pad to share your thoughts. Here are some ideas:

  • Prep your Facebook Status message or tweets in Google Keep and send it at the right time.
  • Jot down your thoughts and then send it as a mass SMS to a group via Messages (iOS) or WhatsApp.
  • Send a Slack message from Keep, add to a Trello board, or save a note on Evernote.

For instance, I often note my half-formed ideas on Keep so that I can distribute them to the respective apps when they have evolved into something complete. Notes need to easy and speedy. The quick access of Google Keep helps to capture those brain sparks.

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Waze is finally available on Android Auto Sat, 05 Aug 2017 03:16:56 +0000 […]]]> After a couple of months of beta testing, the popular, Google-owned navigation service Waze has finally made its way to Android Auto.

The Android Auto app retains the functionality of its mobile counterpart, including the familiar police, traffic, and crash reporting features, but adapts everything for the much larger screen of your car’s center console. Everything is pretty straightforward, especially if you have experience with the mobile app, and initiating routes is easier than ever. All it takes is an “Ok Google” and the name your final stop. Of course, your “Home” and “Work” locations, as well as all other places that you may have starred on the mobile app, will translate to Waze on Android Auto when you sync it up.

Google Maps has been a go-to service for many Android Auto users for quite some time now, and although it still has its place on the platform, Waze brings so much more to the table when it comes to GPS navigation. Many of you are probably already using the app on your smartphones, but if you own a car that supports Android Auto, there’s no good reason to keep mounting your phone on the dashboard and squint at the small screen!

Further, Waze’s interface has been re-tailored to work on much larger displays and to be useful and efficient while driving, which means that the map is now much larger and so are the various icons on it, denoting alerts, hazards, points of interest, and others. You’ll also get the familiar visual and audio alerts to keep you informed of what’s ahead and to help you find the quickest routes to your destination.

Setting up Waze on your car is easy. All you have to do is install the latest versions of the Android Auto and Waze apps on you smartphone, connect your phone to one of the USB ports on your center console, select “Waze” from the navigational menu, and you’re pretty much set! For more detailed instructions, refer to the official Waze blog, linked below.

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How to use WhatsApp on your computer to message more Fri, 04 Aug 2017 06:31:28 +0000 […]]]> You might not know that WhatsApp isn’t just bound to your phone, though. You can use it on your computer, too. This lets you get a better look at photos, makes reading lengthy paragraphs a little more manageable, and allows you to scroll faster through group messages to get to what you’re looking for.

Here’s how to set up WhatsApp Web so you have access to the app in two places instead of one. Once you do this, all of your messages will be synched between the two devices.

Anyone with the following phones can set up WhatsApp Web:

  • Android
  • iPhone ( iOS 8.1 and higher)
  • Windows (8.0 and 8.1)
  • Nokia S60
  • Nokia S40 EVO
  • BlackBerry
  • BlackBerry 10

If you have one of those phones, you’re set to get started. The first thing you’ll need to do is go to on your computer. Make sure your phone is still using data or a Wi-Fi connection. You can only access WhatsApp Web if your phone is working since that’s the main connection for your account.

You should see the screen below after you follow the link.

You’ll see a QR code when you go to WhatsApp Web.

The next step is opening up WhatsApp on your phone and signaling that you want to use WhatsApp Web.

Here’s how to do so on each compatible phone.

  • On Android: in the Chats screen > Menu > WhatsApp Web.
  • On Nokia S60 and Windows Phone: go to Menu > WhatsApp Web.
  • On iPhone: go to Settings > WhatsApp Web.
  • On BlackBerry: go to Chats > Menu > WhatsApp Web.
  • On BlackBerry 10: Swipe down from top of the screen > WhatsApp Web.
  • On Nokia S40: Swipe up from bottom of screen > WhatsApp Web.


This is what it looks like on my iPhone. Once you hit “WhatsApp Web/Desktop” the app will access your phone’s camera so you can scan the QR code on your computer.

Use your phone to scan the QR code.

After you scan the QR code, WhatsApp Web will open up so you can start chatting away. If you have any previous conservations on your mobile app, they will all show up here.

Continue conversations on WhatsApp Web.

You can also download WhatsApp Web for your Mac or Windows PC if you’d rather do that. Mac users will need Mac OS X 10.9 and higher and Windows users will need Windows 8 and higher.

The whole set up should take less than five minutes, so you might as well do it right away. Then just start enjoying WhatsApp in all the places you can!

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Jeep Compass Unveiling in India at Rs 14.95 lakh Fri, 04 Aug 2017 03:30:30 +0000 […]]]> FCA India today launched the Made-in-India Jeep Compass at a starting price of Rs 14.95 lakh (ex-Delhi). Deliveries of the vehicle will begin nationwide on August 6, 2017. The Company is set to expand its dealer network to 60 by the end of this calendar year, according to a company statement.

The Jeep Compass is manufactured in FCA’s joint venture manufacturing facility in Ranjangaon, near Pune, and is made of 65% locally sourced components.

Kevin Flynn – President and Managing Director, FCA India said, “We decided to advance the price announcement so that potential customers can finalize their purchase decisions. We will start retails on August 6, 2017. Analyzing our pre-bookings data it has made sense for us to prioritize the deliveries of diesel manual transmission variants. We will deliver petrol automatic transmission variants closer to Diwali.”

The Jeep Compass range comes in three premium trims – Sport, Longitude and Limited (top of the line), and in a combination of ten (10) variants. The Sport comes with ‘Black’ upholstery while customers have a choice of Dual Tone cloth or leather upholstery respectively, in the Longitude and Limited trims.

The UConnect Infotainment system, comes with a 7-inch touch screen High Definition (HD) display and Integrated Control Stack that facilitates hands-free phone calls and text messages, cabin temperature and air flow control, Lights and Brakes adjustment, music and integrated voice command functions.

The UConnect Infotainment system offers Apple Car Play and Android Auto making the hands-free experience more user-friendly and up to date with the latest technology available in the market.

The Sport and Longitude trims are available in two-wheel drive (4×2) only while the top of the line trim, Limited comes with choice of 4×2 as well as four-wheel drive (4×4) options.

The Limited is equipped with Jeep’s legendary Jeep Active Drive with Selec Terrain Traction Management System that lets the driver chose from four terrain modes – Auto, Mud, Sand and Snow.

Flynn added, “We developed a pricing strategy that could help us keep the product premium, yet attainable, with absolutely no compromise on quality of materials, comfort, safety and drivability, and make worthy impact in the highly aspirational and demanding SUV marketplace.”

The Jeep Compass resembles its bigger and more luxurious sibling, the Grand Cherokee. The front fascia especially keeps up with the Grand Cherokee design theme but a closer look will reveal Jeep’s seven-slot grille, now more contemporary styled.

The Compass also inherits the trapezoidal wheel arches, which can be found on every Jeep product built since the 1940s. The front grille and the squared off wheel arches retain those subtleties of Jeep’s illustrious history even in the present day.

Customers can choose from two powertrain options – the 173 PS, 350 Nm, 2.0-litre MultiJet Turbo Diesel and the 162 PS, 250 Nm, 1.4-Multi-Air Turbo Petrol. The Diesel variant is being offered with the 6-speed manual transmission while the Petrol comes with both options, the 6-speed manual as well as the 7-speed DDCT (Dry Dual Clutch Technology) or Automatic Transmission.

The Compass comes with features such as Electric Parking Brake (EPB), electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control (TC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Hill Ascent Control (HAC), disc brakes on all four wheels, front airbags are all standard safety equipment across the range.

The Jeep Compass will be available with a three-year / 100,000 km manufacturer’s warranty and in addition, a complimentary Road-side Assistance (RSA) package for three (3) years. Customers can avail of an extended warranty program to enjoy additional warranty up to one or two years.

Customers can also choose from over 30 accessories developed for the Made in India Jeep Compass, available at all authorized sales and service outlets.

Customers can choose from two powertrain options – the 173 PS, 350 Nm, 2.0-litre MultiJet Turbo Diesel and the 162 PS, 250 Nm, 1.4-Multi-Air Turbo Petrol. The Diesel variant is being offered with the 6-speed manual transmission while the Petrol comes with both options, the 6-speed manual as well as the 7-speed DDCT (Dry Dual Clutch Technology) or Automatic Transmission.

The Compass comes with features such as Electric Parking Brake (EPB), electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control (TC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Hill Ascent Control (HAC), disc brakes on all four wheels, front airbags are all standard safety equipment across the range.

The Jeep Compass will be available with a three-year / 100,000 km manufacturer’s warranty and in addition, a complimentary Road-side Assistance (RSA) package for three (3) years. Customers can avail of an extended warranty program to enjoy additional warranty up to one or two years.

Customers can also choose from over 30 accessories developed for the Made in India Jeep Compass, available at all authorized sales and service outlets.

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The India spec Jeep Compass SUV will be revealed in April 2017 followed by launch in August. The SUV will be manufactured at the company’s Ranjangaon facility. Expect the company to launch the car in both petrol and diesel variants mated to a 7-speed gearbox.

The Compass comes with features such as Electric Parking Brake (EPB), electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control (TC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Hill Ascent Control (HAC), disc brakes on all four wheels, front airbags are all standard safety equipment across the range.

The Jeep Compass will be available with a three-year / 100,000 km manufacturer’s warranty and in addition, a complimentary Road-side Assistance (RSA) package for three (3) years. Customers can avail of an extended warranty program to enjoy additional warranty up to one or two years.

Customers can also choose from over 30 accessories developed for the Made in India Jeep Compass, available at all authorized sales and service outlets.

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Understanding GST on Credit Card Transactions Thu, 03 Aug 2017 06:15:08 +0000 […]]]> Credit card transactions will undoubtedly be covered under GST and it would be applicable on late credit card payments, interest rate and processing fee.

There were rumours doing round that GST will be levied doubly on credit card transactions/payments, once on the Utility Bill and again on the Credit Card Bill. However, the truth is that there would be 18% GST applicable on Late Credit Card Payments but nothing would be charged doubly. Revenue Secretary – Dr. Hansmukh Adhia had also clarified this in one of his tweets earlier this month. Credit card transactions will undoubtedly be covered under GST and it would be applicable on late credit card payments, interest rate and processing fee. GST will not be applicable on foreign credit cards.

A set off facility is also available to the banks whereby the end customers will be the recipient of any savings that result from the bank setting off their liabilities pertaining to GST against credit received by them on purchase of goods.

The concept of Input Service Distribution i.e. ISD uses the accumulated input credit in those cases where areas releasing liabilities of GST are not quite the same as area where inputs are gotten.
With 18% GST, an increment is expected in the cost of financial transactions like loan processing fees, debit/credit card charges, insurance premiums and so on, however this increase in the charges is moderate as this 18% GST replaces the previous 15% Service Tax.

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Watch Youtube Videos In Whatsapp Itself Thu, 03 Aug 2017 02:42:21 +0000 […]]]> The messaging app, Whatsapp, which was recenly taken over by Facebook, is working on its upcoming feature which will allow youtube to open in picture-in-picture mode.

Currently, when when a user clicks link of YouTube then they are forced out of the messaging app. Taking over the entire display screen makes, it a bit difficult to multitask, forcing users to switch between active frames. Only the handsets capable of split views can see both the applications at once.

However, the new hyped up feature will make things easy. The feature, which is hidden in iOS handsets from iPhone 6 and above versions, will be activated once it is ready.

This will help users to watch the youtube in chats itself.

Meanwhile, there is no information about the availability of the feature in android devices.

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