Category Archives: Indian Technology

All the latest Technology news from Indian startups and companies.

Sony Playstation Store Goes Live In India, Officially!

The wait for all Sony Playstation lovers and aficionados is finally over. Sony has now officially launched the Playstation store in India. You can download full games for your Sony Playstation starting from Rs 225 for the Sony PS3 and Rs 170 onwards for the PSP (Playstation Portable) and the PSP Go. The games which you purchase from the Playstation store can be used on 5 other activated Playstation consoles.

The subscription service for the Playstation store – called the PlayStationPlus gives the users access to premium content, discounts, services and early access to beta trials and demos, free games and downloads. The annual subscription charges are Rs. 2850 and with this subscription users can avail content worth approximately Rs. 14, 000 absolutely free. There is also a 90 day subscription package for a sum of Rs. 885 in which the user can avail content worth approximately Rs. 6500 free.

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Google Music Is Now Available In India

Finally we have some good news! Google Music is now available in India. However it is currently limited to only Hindi songs from Bollywood. To power Google Music in India, Google has teamed up with three online music services in India in.com, saavn and saregama. All the songs are directly streamed from these partner websites. Try Google Music now: http://www.google.co.in/music

The songs available are all full versions via free streaming. But here is no option to purchase a song as of yet which is a bit weird. But we expect an option to purchase to be available soon. Another much needed feature would be a Playlist which currently does not exist. A couple of months back, the executives of Guruji Search were arrested for launching a similar Music product.

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PurpleTalk To Fund Mobile Startups In India

PurpleTalk Inc., a California based mobile application development company plans to provide funding to mobile web based and mobile startups in India and has launched an incubator called PollenEight. The goal of PollenEight is to help aspiring entrepreneurs and engineers with their business ideas with seed (initial funding) capital. PollenEight will also provide entrepreneurs with resources and mentorship by industry experts and veterans.

Applications can be made through the website www.polleneight.com. Selection criteria for PollenEight funding involves a lot of parameters such as the team composition, size, level of interest, ambition and the technical capabilities of the team.

After funding, entrepreneurs will get to attend social events organized by PollenEight, where they will be able to demonstrate their early prototypes. This is in addition to the regular mentorship which is a part of the program. As of now, PollenEight plans to select up to eight teams or ideas at a time for funding, with two batches running annually.

eBay.in Adds 27 New Net-Banking Options For Payment

Continuing their strong efforts to promote online shopping, eBay India now supports 27 new net-banking options in addition to the three options which were provided earlier – ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, and Citibank. This is in addition to the Credit Card/Debit Card/Cash Card options. The complete list of supported banks is given below (in alphabetical order):

Axis Bank

Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait

Bank of Baroda

Bank of India

Bank of Maharashtra

Central Bank of India

Citibank

City Union Bank

Corporation Bank

Deutsche Bank

Development Credit Bank

Federal Bank

HDFC Bank

ICICI Bank

IDBI Bank

Indian Bank

Indian Overseas Bank

IndusInd Bank

Karnataka Bank Ltd

Karur Vysya Bank

Kotak Bank

Lakshmi Vilas Bank

Oriental Bank of Commerce

Punjab National Bank

Shamrao Vitthal Co-operative Bank

South Indian Bank

State Bank of India

Union Bank of India

Vijaya Bank

Yes Bank Ltd.

Addition of more net-banking options was always requested by the eBay.in community. In a country with 40+ banks (excluding co-operative banks), providing net-banking option for just 3 of them was something really serious to be taken care of. And now, it’s done.

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Sparsh – Sex Education Program To Be Launched On Idea, Tata & Airtel

IL&FS Education and Family Planning Association of India (FPA) have joined hands to launch a mobile phone based sex education program in India. Titled Sparsh, it is world’s first sex education program to be promoted in a commercial format through leading telecom operators in India.

Sparsh is targeted for the age group 13-30 years and is available in 12 Indian regional languages like Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, Bengali, Urdu, Bhojpuri, Oriya and English and 6 international languages like Swahili, Portuguese, Arabic, Spanish, and Bahai. The course content consists of 12 modules comprising of various topics like puberty, menstruation, masturbation, first time sex, contraception, erectile dysfunction, etc. and content has been researched by FPA and the marketing & development has been done by IL&FS Education.

Sparsh will be made available for free for first 15 days through mobile phones using IVR and SMS. After the 15 days period the program will be available for a monthly fee on various mobile   Airtel, Tata Indicom, Tata Docomo and Idea in a short period. Currently the program is available for free on +91-22-42433531.

Tata Launches On-Demand Computing & Storage Service

Tata Communications has launched two different services in the cloud space to deliver self-service and pay-as-you-use IT application plus data centre infrastructure services which are easily accessible via the internet. The first one is an on-demand computing and storage service called InstaCompute and the second being an online collaboration and web-based office tool software called InstaOffice. Both these services are primarily meant for Indian businesses.

InstaCompute runs on compute and storage infrastructure from Dell and aims at providing a secure and elastic on-demand computing and storage resources to businesses over the network on a “go-as-you-need” basis. Computing and storage is based in India and can be paid for in Rupees or global currencies.

InstaOffice is powered by Google Apps and includes email, calendar, instant messaging, voice and video chat, as well as office document applications. InstaOffice joins the club of other InstaApps that Tata Communications already offers in India – InstaCC   for contact centres, InstaCRM – a customer relationship management software and InstaECM for content storage and management.

Intex Launches LCD and CRT Televisions

After making a wave in the computer peripheral market with their inexpensive but good products, Intex Technologies has now launched its LCD and CRT television range. Intex has already launched their mobile phones and other consumer electronics goods prior to this.

The initial plans are of   four LCD television products that are priced in the range of Rs 15,500 to Rs 43,000 and six CRT televisions in the range of Rs 3,900 to Rs 7,200. These prices are very competitive compared to other famous brands in the market. Intex has already launched their LCD and CRT televisions range in southern and northern region of India.

According to Vinayak Kumar Lal, general manager (marketing), Intex Technologies “Intex was undergoing a brand transition from an IT hardware company to a consumer electronics firm. Though we have been product-driven rather than marketing driven so far, we will shortly start a campaign in print and electronic media for our new products.”

Watch XIX CWG 2010 Closing Ceremony, Delhi Online

Common Wealth Games 2010 had a splendid opening ceremony, if you missed out on watching it, you can catch up on CWG 2010 Delhi Opening Ceremony video highlights. Sadly, the event will be coming to an end today October 14, 2010.

XIX CWG Delhi 2010

Just like the fabulous CWG opening ceremony in Delhi, the closing ceremony promises to be extravagant too. CWG 2010 closing ceremony will be graced by several prominent Bollywood stars, who will add their charm to the event.

The CWG Closing ceremony will be held at Jawaharlal Nehru stadium where there will be multiple segments with spectacular song and dance celebrations and a colorful laser show with India’s martial arts as the main part of the show. The main theme of the event is Universal Love’. Around 2,500 school students will go to perform with 7,000 artists from across India.

Bollywood singers Sunidhi Chauhan, Shankar Mahadevan and Kailash Kher will be part of the ceremony. Tickets for the CWG 2010 Delhi closing ceremony is priced at Rs. 50,000, Rs. 20,000, Rs. 4,000, and Rs. 750.

If you are looking to watch the closing ceremony of CWG 2010 Delhi Online, you can visit our earlier post where we told you about live streaming for CWG Delhi 2010. You can also follow the updates and view videos of the ceremony at the official CWG Delhi site at http://www.cwgdelhi2010.org/.

JantaKhoj – India’s First “People Search Engine”

After the Google revolution, we have seen many desi search engines coming up from time to time. Well here is a search engine with a difference. Titled as JantaKhoj, this search website is a people search engine for India which manually collects data from different publiclyavailable sources. This data is then compiled and put together on the web to make it easily search-able.

The main sources of data are records of various govt. departments (which the company chooses not to disclose). The website has data of over 50 million Indians on their records which include address, phone number and information about relatives and neighbors.

The company mainly provides background verification services such as matrimonial verification, domestic help verification driver verification, tenant verification and employee background verification services. The services are charged between Rs.1475 and Rs.2225 per verification service.

You can visit the website and search for your name too. In case you want your data to be removed from the website, you can see this page.

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Internet Usage In India: 3.5 Hours Per Week

The International and Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) has released the reports of a study which was conducted recently by them. The study has some very interesting facts about the behavior of Internet users in India. Here is a summary of the findings from the report.

  • Indian internet users use the internet for 3.5 hours a week on an average. This means every Indian uses the Internet for an average of 26 minutes a day.
  • Indian women spend lesser time ~25 minutes, online as compared to men during weekdays and the time spent online on weekends is lower for both men ~22 minutes and women ~23 minutes.
  • Activity of Indians on social networking sites increases gradually through the week and reaches the peak on Fridays. This overall increase from monday to friday was found to be over 12 per cent.
  • Bank websites are accessed more during the weekdays. However users tend to spend a longer time on the Bank websites during weekends.

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PlayStation Move Lands in India

Earlier this week, Sony quietly launched the PlayStation Move controller in India. The Move is Sony’s attempt at catching up with the casual gaming revolution initiated by the Nintendo Wii. It is a motion sensing game controller that was demoed at the E3 2010.

PlayStation-Move-India

The Move consists of two controllers – the main motion controller has a light bulb at its end, while the navigation controller has a joystick and a d-pad. A camera unit, known as PlayStation Eye, is used for accurately tracking the position of the Move controller. To learn more about the Move, check out our earlier extensive preview of the controller.

According to PCWorld, the Move motion controller is priced at Rs. 2,499, while the navigation controller is available for Rs. 1,899. The starter pack which bundles PlayStation Move motion controller, PlayStation Eye camera and a Starter disc including demos of the titles Sports Champions, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11, Start the Party!, costs Rs. 3,650.

Ubuntu 10.10 First OS to Have Indian Rupee Symbol

India recently got a symbol for the currency Indian Rupee. Though there are several fonts for the Indian Rupee Symbol, none of them have been integrated into any operating system yet. However, there is a specialized keyboard for the Indian Rupee symbol.

Ubuntu Rupee Symbol

Ubuntu was working on the Ubuntu Font licensing, and now that it has been approved, they have already uploaded it to the archive. However, the good news is that it gained the Indian Rupee Symbol recently and will now be available by default in the upcoming Ubuntu 10.10.

So if you have been waiting for Ubuntu 10.10, here is another reason to shift to it.

(Source: KDE Developers)

Instant Search Goes Live For Google India

Almost a month ago Google released the Instant search feature on its homepage. Google Instant allows you to search for thingswithout having to refresh the page and also allows users to autocomplete the queries using a tab button. This will allow you to search without having to use the search button.

Initially Google Instant was not available in many countries including India. But Google has now finally started rolling out Google Instant in India (via Google.co.in) and the roll-out is expected to complete all over India by the end of this week.

According to Ben Gomes – a distinguished engineer at Google clarified that in India and many other countries where broadband or fast internet connectivity has less penetration compared to US, Google will examine the speed of the connection and turn off the Instant feature automatically when needed. It will again be turned on automatically when the speed increases again. You can also read more about our Google Instant Search coverage.

Commonwealth Games’ Official Website Gets 7M Daily Pageviews

I am sure you must have already visited the official website of the Commonwealth Games 2010 that is being held at Delhi. And in case you have not visited it till now, trying opening it in your browser and you will add to the huge pageview count the website is clocking as of now. Yes, the official website of the 19th Commonwealth Games, cwgdelhi2010.org now gets 7 – 8 million page views every day. Additionally, the results page also gets half a million pageviews daily.

According to the Organising committee of the CWG 2010, the website had only clocked 50,000-odd visitors till the 1st october 2010 but after that the traffic has been tripling every day.  The Games started on 3rd October with huge pomp and show and will go on till the 14th October during which the traffic is expected to clock even higher numbers! For the ones who do not know this, the official website of CWG 2010 is powered by Drupal – a famous open-source content management system.

Indiatimes Launches Live Streaming For Commonwealth Games 2010

Looks like everyone is now trying to monetise the 14 day long Commonwealth Games (CWG) that is being held in India someway or the other. Yesterday we told you about a Delhi and CWG specific map service that has been launched by MapMyIndia. Now, Indiatimes has joined the motion too!  Times Internet has partnered with CWG 2010  to bring a live stream of the games to the masses at  Live.Indiatimes.com/CWGLive.cms (a microsite on Indiatimes.com). Live streaming of these games started yesterday (Oct 5th).

According to a spokesperson from Times Internet the main motive behind this Live Streaming is to enable as many people as possible to be a part of the games.  Indiatimes has also integrated Facebook and Twitter into the Live Streaming microsite so that viewers post comments directly on the live streaming page.