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Top 5 websites to buy grocery online in India

We all have to go to the market to buy groceries and other stuff. One of the main reason we prefer that is, we can do bargaining and check if all the items are in good condition. For some people that is also a reason for an outing. But this is still the traditional way of buying stuff that needs to be changed. As most of the people are working now, they will not get time to buy grocery. So today I am writing an article mentioning top 5 websites to buy grocery online in India. But before that we will see some of the advantages to buy grocery online.

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Advantages of buying Grocery Online

Your mom will often send you to the market/store to buy groceries and other stuff. So for me, it will be a boon if my family started purchasing grocery online. So the first reason to purchase grocery online is convenience. You just place an order and your order will be delivered at your doorsteps. The next benefit is that it will save a lot of time. In this time, you can do your other important stuff or maybe relax at home. Plus you get to see all the products available in the online store which is not the case with offline purchase. You can never ever guess what all products the offline store is selling until you irritate the shopkeeper. If you ask me, I will pay a bit more rather than go to the offline market/store to purchase what I want. If it’s 2 or 3 things then it’s a different case. I also see many people going to some famous stores like D-Mart where they offer huge discounts on whatever you buy. So I can conclude on this, if you get some discount plus good quality stuff online, then there is no harm in purchasing your groceries online.

Top 5 websites to buy grocery online in India

1. ZopNow

Zopnow has a fullscreen website design with the categories on the left and products on the right. It has small fonts with a bit congested product showcase but because of that, you can see many products on the same page. It has many categories apart from the usual kitchen category like bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, office, pet and cleaning. The most exciting thing to notice is they offer free shipping on all orders with no minimum order criteria. They promise to deliver within 3 hours of order placement depending on the location and availability of the item. The places where they deliver include cities like Bengaluru, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Hyderabad, Pune, Gurugram(Gurgaon), Delhi, Mysuru, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, & Noida. They have a funky way of calling the customer as zopper and they offer some online credits called zoppies which you can again use to buy products from their website. You also earn zoppies while you do some shopping and its very similar to a loyalty reward program. They also have a referral program through which you can earn more zoppies when you shop next time. Online payment and cash on delivery are two options for the payment. If you are doing shopping via mobile then they have a app for Android and IOS users to buy grocery online.

2. Askmegrocery

The layout of the website is very clean despite they have a lot of items up for sale. There are various categories like Beverages, grocery & staples, baby care, packaged food, household, bread & dairy, personal care, stationery, cosmetics & pet supplies. On the right, you can see some combo deals & deals of the week. The products are presented in a very neat and clean way with a price tag on the website. They currently deliver in 17 states with different locations. Delivery is free for orders above Rs.499 and if it is less then Rs.40 is charged as a delivery fee. The order is delivered within 6 hours of order placement or you can also choose the order to be delivered in a particular time slot between  09 30 hrs to 18 30 hrs. If I choose my city then I can say they have a great reach in delivering their products to many locations. They accept payments with Debit/Credit cards along with Net banking, Cash on delivery, Sodexo coupons and even card on delivery. Cancellations are accepted for physical products and not perishable items until the order is not shipped.

3. Bazaarcart

Bazaarcart has similar categories as Askmegrocery but they also sell International products, Ramdev Patanjali products, Ayurveda products, clothing and some electronics too. They deliver only in Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida & Ghaziabad. They also have Free delivery on order of Rs.500 and above or else they will charge Rs.50. They have a shipping period of 12-24 hrs after the order is placed. You can also tell them to drop your order with your nneighboror gatekeeper. They accept online payments in the form of credit card, debit card, net banking, Paytm, Mobikwik wallet, Cash on delivery, & gift voucher. You can also do a society registration with them to get some exciting offers. I also tried the live chat feature which works great but a bit slow response. Also if you wish to go only for dry product and you stay in Delhi, then you can head over to DilliGrocery too. They offer only one mode of payment i.e. cash on delivery to be safe. Mostly the deal in bulk orders so they have free shipping over Rs.3000. They have app only for Android users.

4. Nature’sBasket

They have a wide range of delivery location coverage in India. You can checkout the complete list on their website. The offline stores are present in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi NCR, Bengaluru & Hyderabad. The categories includes International cuisine, Health conscious products, confectionery & patisserie, and other common stuff. Other than that you also have shop by recipe option which is also great. To make things more exciting they conduct various cooking events in their nearest stores. The payment modes include online payment, cash on delivery, card on deliver, Paytm and other wallets too. In most cases they offer Free shipping but if you choose cash on delivery, Rs.40 will be levied as cash handling charges. They promise to deliver your order within 3 hours of order placement(conditions applied). I think this will be the most innovative website of all with events and shop by recipe option. They also have their own mobile app for Android and iOS users.

5. Bigbasket

This website also covers many cities and the list is given on their website. Apart from the usual categories they also offer fresh meat. There is a separate section for the offers they launch. The delivery options include same day delivery and you can also choose time slots. They only charge Rs.20 as delivery fee or if you place an order above Rs.1000 then its a Free delivery. They also have an app for Android and iOS  users. The payment modes include online payment, cash on delivery, Sodexo passes only for food items.

One more benefit of buying from these online store is, they use eco-friendly bags to pack your stuff. So these are some top websites through which you can buy grocery online in India. There are some other websites like Reliance fresh direct, kiranawalla, aaramshop, naturallyyours, Grofers etc. Apart from this you can always search websites that serve your locality. I really think people should buy grocery online or at least should give it a try once. If you have ever done it please share your experience below in the comments section.

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Transerv introduces Udio Social Mobile Wallet

TranServ, a leading digital payments company, recently announced the launch of India’s 1st Social Mobile Wallet – Udio. Synonymous to its name which means “share” in Croatian, the Udio Wallet integrates a highly social, community-driven aspect with anytime, anywhere accessibility to digital P2P transactions via its secure and seamless payment structure, thus creating a ubiquitous ecosystem for both consumers and brands. Extending and replicating social behaviours, Udio enables squaring of dues, sharing dinner bills or a cab ride a hassle free task.

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But with so many mobile wallets currently operating in the country, what makes Udio so special? The difference lies in the approach. While other mobile wallet players depend upon cashbacks and discounts to drive consumer adoption, TranServ’s Udio wallet brings the user experience to life with its smooth, immersive interface.  Browsing through the wallet is fun and interactive just like a social medium platform, while wallet users can engage with each other through social transactions such as splitting bills, sending/requesting money, and group payments. With functionality of social gifting married with location and context, Udio helps create experiences which truly puts consumer at the heart of the solution and ensures that the experience is designed to delight. Udio users can gift their friend’s merchant vouchers, coffee, drinks, desserts and even spa sessions at their favorite hangouts! All of this and more with just one small app in a phone- the Udio Wallet

Speaking on the launch, Anish Williams, Co-founder & CEO, TranServ, commented, “With the Udio app, we are taking the next step in the field of digitally led social payments in India by seamlessly integrating the social aspect with our secure and swift digital solutions. We strongly believe in this concept and its viability in the Indian context, which is why we have integrated peer-to-peer transactions into our own offerings. Peer-to-peer digital payments solutions,  such as Venmo, have already been proven to be extremely successful in other markets such as the US. We are confident that India’s growing smartphone user base will welcome this new development with open arms and adopt Udio as their default payments partner for all online and offline transactions.”

The Udio wallet also has several value-added features that make it stand apart from the other mobile wallet apps. Every Udio wallet comes with a VISA Pre-Paid Card linked that is powered by Ratnakar Bank allowing Udio users to leverage the wallet’s payments facility with over 1 lakh merchants across the country. This seamless usage across online and offline channels through the Udio VISA Card adds even more value for the user and makes the wallet truly ubiquitous. With Udio, every cash-free payment becomes much more simple, swift & magical!

Features:

  • Send and receive instant money
  • Create a Udio Visa card (for Rs.99 ) and swipe to perform transactions in various retail outlets
  • Removing the awkwardness – Divide the bill and remind others for payment
  • No Fee for transferring money from wallet to Bank A/C (As of now, that means it will be chargeable in future)
  • Deposit Limit but no limit on number of transactions performed
  • Create Gift vouchers
  • Maintain maximum of Rs.10,000 in your wallet account
  • Recharge mobile,DTH or even pay bills

TranServ also recently launched India’s 1st smartphone based native payments solution in an exclusive partnership with Micromax, India’s leading smartphone brand. This will enable Micromax users to conduct financial and social transactions through native phone integrations such as contacts in the device address book and messaging. Multiple payment features will be enabled for Micromax as a service layer and will provide a ubiquitous payment solution in conjunction with the Udio Visa card.

With the launch of the Udio app, TranServ has underlined its commitment to championing the cause of digital payments as an industry pioneer and has become one of the early movers in this space of social payments in India. With this latest development, the brand will be looking to further establish mobile wallet usage as the default behaviour for the Indian mobile users and empower its drive to make India a cashless economy.

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Vu launches new range of affordable Ultra HD TVs in the Indian market

Mr Amit Bansal-  -Business Unit Head - Flipkart & Ms Devita Saraf, CEO, VU Televisions

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Mumbai, January 28, 2016: -Vu Technologies, the California-based luxury television company, has taken the lead over Sony, Samsung and LG in the competitive Ultra HD 4K segment by launching models from 40” to 65” at affordable prices, thus making 4K technology accessible to SEC A and SEC B customers. The brand announces the launch of seven new smart TV models in India in association with Flipkart. With this launch, the popular television brand brings to India the products showcased this year at CES 2016 Vegas. The devices’ pricing ranges from Rs 20,000 for Play smart models to Rs 37,000 for the Iconium smart models. In addition, the four smart 4K models under the Iconium series are Netflix enabled with an in-built app and a dedicated Netflix and YouTube button on the remote to offer compelling in-house entertainment.

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The famous Iconium series will see the addition of five models – 65″ 4K Smart, 55″ 4K Smart, 50″ 4K Smart, 43″ 4K smart, 40″ 4K smart – offering high definition Ultra HD, digital dBX, smart features and social media connectivity.

Furthermore, Devita Saraf, who is also the CEO for the brand in India, has taken the lead to be the brand ambassador for Vu Televisions to enable customers to interact with the brand and build trust amongst its consumers, which is integral in the Consumer Durable industry.

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Elaborating further on the launch, Ms. Devita commented, “Our partnership with Flipkart helps us optimize the e-commerce platform to tap the Indian shopper’s propensity to buy products online. It has given an immense boost to the distribution, customer service and affordability of Vu TVs. We are confident of maximizing our sales for these premium models going by the success achieved in the past.”

Adding to the reasons for its continued association with the brand Mr Amit Bansal-  ‎Business Unit Head – Flipkart, commented, “This exclusive launch of the latest Vu models on Flipkart greatly strengthens our partnership. Vu Luxury Televisions has been the undisputed leader in the 4K and smart television category and has witnessed 150% growth last year for its range on our platform. It is also in alignment with our objective of offering our patrons the best designs and highest level of technology at highly competitive pricing. We will be looking to augment this upcoming brand’s market share to 10% using our online clout in line with the aspirational demand of our customers across the country.”

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Following the Iconium series is the Play series, which has models like 32” smart & 48” smart with ripple-free picture as a result of the in-built ADS panel technology & Android 4.4 OS, making social connectivity and browsing a natural part of the television experience.

Vu is now an entertainment appliance brand with integrations from Netflix, Youtube, Gesture gaming and launching Apple and other apps on its TV platform. It has witnessed CAGR of 170% with 200000 TVs sold this year and is set to double the volume to 400000 TVs by next year.

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Vu owes this growth to enhancing product quality and adding more features to its customer service such as Whatsapp-based service, Smart TV hotline, expert chat and more.

The entire range is exclusively available to customers on Flipkart.

Listed below are the product details with their MRP:

SIZE/MODEL

TYPE

MRP

24” – 24E6545

Full HD

11500

32” – 32K160M Rev-D

HD Ready

16000

32” – 32D6545

Full HD

20000

32” – LED32S7545

HD SMART

21000

40” – 40D6575

Full HD

25000

43” – LED43D6535

Full HD

28500

48” – 49D6545

Full HD SMART

46000

50” – LED50K160GP

Full HD

40000

55” – LED55K160GAU

Full HD

50000

4K ULTRA HD MODELS

40” – LED40K16 UHD

4K Ultra HD SMART

40000

43” – 43S6535

4K Ultra HD SMART

46000

50” – LEDN50K310X3D

4K Ultra HD SMART

56000

55” – LTDN55XT780XWAU3D

4K Ultra HD SMART

70000

65” – LTDN65XT780XWAU3D

4K Ultra HD SMART

120000

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CM Devendra Fadnavis inaugurates the Mumbai Facility of Venture Catalysts

CM Devendra Fadnavis Venture Catalysts Mumbai Inauguration

CM Devendra Fadnavis Venture Catalysts Mumbai Inauguration

Mumbai, January 16, 2016: In a move that reflects the zeal towards realising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s blueprint for the ‘Start Up India, Stand Up India’ initiative, CM Devendra Fadnavis launched the Mumbai facility of Venture Catalysts, India’s first Seed Investment and Innovation platform. This launch is aimed to provide the most comprehensive solutions to start-ups through its unique, innovation-driven platform giving them access to the company’s vast angel network, venture fund, co-working facility and its invaluable post-investment support and strategic counsel. Venture Catalysts’ revolutionary approach to seed investment and its unstinted focus on revitalising the angel investment landscape in Mumbai will enable fostering entrepreneurship in India through lucrative ventures that are homegrown and sustainable.

While the Start Up India, Stand Up India programme is aimed at helping budding entrepreneurs to build, finance and secure ease of operations for their ventures, through funding support from the government, it also outlines the criteria to define ‘Innovative Start ups’ and tailor a special support infrastructure for them. Designed to cater to the needs of such enterprising ventures in Mumbai, Venture Catalysts’ new support facility in Andheri offers 5,000 sq ft of a dedicated and well-equipped space for the operational needs of newly incepted ventures. From a fully functional reception area, lounge, work desks, conference rooms, board rooms, private cabins, lockers to recreational spots, the advanced facility offers all amenities that can stand a start-up in good stead without having to invest capital in them.

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CM Devendra Fadnavis Venture Catalysts startups booth

Welcoming the launch of VCats’ Mumbai facility, Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour the Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis said,

As the PM unveils the Startup India- Standup India mission, I am privileged to inaugurate and dedicate this seed investment facility to the mission. It is a commendable step in creating a strong startup ecosystem in Mumbai. India is a country of powerful, aspiring youth with immense energy and innovative ideas of doing business. All they need is a little handholding to channelize their vast potential and turn their vision into reality. Facilities likeVenture Catalysts play a strong role in helping the youth in achieving their goals. Also, its worthwhile to mention that Mumbai is the startup hub where there is a huge demand for personalized services.”

Co-founder of Venture Catalysts, Dr. Apoorv Ranjan Sharma, said,

It gives us great pleasure in launching our Mumbai facility in conjunction with the Government’s initiative to give the necessary thrust to India’s Start Up ecosystem. We have built an extensive angel network by involving the country’s high net-worth individuals, and a unique, innovation-driven platform to offer the most comprehensive single-point start-up solutions for upcoming ventures. Moreover, VCats has also tied up with several prominent global start-up facilitators, such as Plug and Play, to expose the Indian start-ups to strategic opportunities from across the globe, and connect with potential partners, investors and mentors from around the world. This puts us in a good position to empower start-ups in India and propel them to register a global impact.”

The inauguration event commenced with an introductory note by Dr. Apoorv. The ‘Lighting of the Lamp’ ceremony took place at the hands of the honourable CM Fadnavis, followed by addresses by Vallabh Bhansali, Chairman & Co-founder of ENAM Securities Pvt. Ltd, and Ambareesh Murty, Co-founder – Pepperfry. Shri Fadnavis, was then called upon to deliver the keynote ‘Start-up Address’ which championed the cause of a self-reliant and prosperous India.

An introduction of Venture Catalysts, its Co-founders and Board was followed by panel discussions on ‘Building A Global Start-up’ and ‘Emerging Start-up Sectors in 2016’. An ‘Investor Connect’ session was also held wherein 20 curated start-ups got a chance to speed date with Angels and Early Stage VCs to secure funding.

In order to provide comprehensive single-point start-up solutions, Venture Catalysts incorporates various verticals such as Start-ups, Mentors, Seed & Angel Investors, Venture Capital & Private Equity, Investment Banking Services, Co-working space, Accelerators/Incubators, OEMS/Vendors, Technology Enablers, Co-founders & Technologists, Business Coaching with specialised domain expertise, Start-up Events & Media, Researchers, Traction & Data Analysts, Global Access & Exposure, Tech/Business/Financial Audit and connections to enhance business. VCats will also be introducing a new breed of Angel investors called Catalysts, who will enable investments and investors. With the launch of its facility in Mumbai, VCats aims to give early-stage businesses an ideal office space to chart a bright future for themselves.

About Venture Catalysts

Venture Catalysts is India’s first Seed Investment & Innovation Platform which adds value to start-ups through its angel network, venture fund, co-working facility and effective post-investment support. Founded by Dr. Apoorv Ranjan Sharma, former Executive Vice President at VentureNursery, Mr. Gaurav Jain, (Former Venture Capitalist at GenNext Ventures, IIT Grad and an MBA from Stanford), Mr. Anuj Golecha (Angel Investor & Partner, Banshi Jain & Associates), Mr. Anil Jain (Co-founder, Wallfort Financial Services Ltd. One of the largest institutional broking firms of India) and  Venture Catalysts brings lethal combination of Capital, Mentoring and Business Network to help investee companies to succeed.

With an end-goal of disrupting the Seed Investment industry, VCats will be looking to integrate services to address the various start-up requirements on a single platform. The company is looking to have about 800-1000 active angels onboard its platform in the near future.

The event also hosted many new startups which were just launched in Beta stage as an initial test. The various products included ConfirmTkt mobile app, Stappu – a unique online store, Diabeto – Send data related to diabetes for online analysis, fully automated chess board, Xyra XS – a portable charger that can fit into your wallet and many such more innovative products.

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How colleges can make good use of Technology

Though we all are living in the 21st century, people are still not using technology to the full extent. Colleges and institutes still practice the traditional ways of accomplishing their work. However, what most of them don’t realise is that using technology can make their job much easier. We had a list of all commerce colleges in Pune and other areas along with some engineering colleges to survey how they used technology to their benefit. The results were not as good as we expected.  So here are some ways in which colleges can make good use of Technology.

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Use technology in teaching process

I wonder why people still use blackboards in this digital age. Instead of choosing blackboards to write and draw something, a video can be much interesting way of elaborating things. Learning from video or power point presentation can make students much more interested in the concepts and will help them focus for a longer period of time. And the best part of using digital resources is, it can be easily distributed to everyone for future reference. Moreover, it saves time if we compare it with copying notes from the blackboard. Apart from that, the tutor can give live practical examples in the classroom to enhance interaction and boost curiosity.

Embed Tech in various task

Apart from studies college has to carry out various tasks like keeping a record of attendance, or display notice. This all is done manually on paper which again consumes time and paper of course. So to avoid this, open source services like Moodle can be used to manage the different tasks by making a user account for each student. This account can be used to display the track record of the student to parents or may be student themselves. Recording the attendance directly from mobile can help keep a central directory for all the files. Noticeboards can be replaced by digital LCDs or LEDs to spread notices and updates quickly. Managing Library records or railway concessions can be achieved by the same which will give more convenience to everybody and save time. Lastly replacing the traditional ID cards with the new RFID cards can again prove to be useful in integration with the existing system.

Encourage the use of Internet

I have seen many institutes blocking use of the Internet and other devices in the college premises. I can say one thing to all such institutes that Internet is something which you can’t prevent so it’s better you embrace it. Instead of restricting, encourage students to use Internet in every task they perform. Because that is the future they will live in where everything is connected to the grid. Provide them with Internet Lab where they can study more about the subjects and expose them to the vast array of knowledge. By this, I don’t mean that you allow them to misuse it. You can use various software and firewalls to block certain social networking website and other inappropriate websites to increase the productivity.

Make Resources Online

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One basic benefit you get when you shift to digital resources is saving paper. Being an engineering student, I know the pain of writing worthless assignments and wasting lot of paper. Instead, students should be made to submit their findings from the practical sessions online on some platform like moodle which I mentioned earlier. Also there are many websites which provide free online courses like Coursera, Udemy, for programming Code Academy etc which can be used by more enthusiastic students. Apart from that, other study materials can be made digital and distributed easily across all students in no time. Making a college app along with website will surely help student to stay in touch with the academics.

So these are some ways in which colleges can embrace the advance technology instead of avoiding it. This will save time, paper, efforts and make the task much more easy. You may argue that using technology will increase the cost, but having a look at engineering and other courses fee I highly doubt that will be an issue. Let me know if you are in favour of using technology in Education sector or not, and if you have your inputs please mention them in the comment section below.

 

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Full talk time recharge offer by Paytm on Friendship day

To celebrate the occasion of Friendship Day that falls on the first Sunday of August every year, Paytm, India’s largest mobile commerce firm is launching a campaign from 31st July, 2015. As part of the week-long campaign, Paytm customers will get full talk time on any recharge between Rs 100 and Rs 250. In most talk time plans, the user receives less talk time value than the amount she has paid as there is a service tax, processing fee etc component at the operator end. In keeping with the spirit of friendship, this promotional offer from Paytm will ensure that the customer receives the full talk time. The cash will be credited in the user’s Paytm wallet once the recharge is done.

For instance, if a user recharges for an amount Rs 100, he typically  gets talk time of about Rs 86. In this particular offer, he will receive talk time worth the entire Rs 100. This is a one of a kind full value promo that users can enjoy to talk unlimited with friends.

Shankar Nath, Senior Vice President, Paytm commented, “As Friendship Day is around the corner, we wish to make this occasion an exciting one for all our customers by gifting them full value of the recharge they do, for an entire week. We believe that our users will find this promo very useful and innovative. This exciting offer is available across all circles in the country.” 

Indulging in those never ending conversations with buddies this Friendship Day is easy with full talk time recharge through Paytm, use promo code – FULLVALUE

 

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Lenovo A6000 Plus hands on review

After reviewing Lenovo A6000, we now had a hands on experience with its successor i.e. Lenovo A6000 plus. It offers a quite good upgrade in terms of memory with a very less price increment. We also have a dual SIM 4G LTE support at a low budget price level. Lets do a full review of the device and see, what it has got to offer.

Lenovo A6000 Plus hands on review

Design

The device has got a matte rubberised finish at the back which gives it a nice grip and feel. The phone is light to hold in hands with just a weight of 128 g. I liked the way Lenovo has compressed the size of its phone as compared to other brands. The power button, volume rockers are on the left with micro USB port, 3.5 mm audio jack on the top. The dual speaker grill is at the back on the bottom with a Lenovo logo at the centre. The one thing that still needs improvement are the 3 touch capacitive buttons which have no back light support. You can see nothing in the dark, and sometimes it very confusing to use the buttons. This can be the only disadvantage in the device design. It is exactly same as Lenovo A6000.

Display

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Front view screen

It has a 5 inch HD IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (320 dpi). The touch is smooth and the display is bright when compared to Honor 4C. The viewing angles on this device are great giving you full freedom while watching movies and playing games. The quality of display is much better than other phones falling under this price range. However they have made no improvements in terms of screen protection when compared to its predecessor. You might need a tampered glass or scratch guard to keep your display safe.

Performance

It comes with a 64 bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) quad-core processor clocked at 1.2 Ghz. The RAM is upgraded from 1 GB to 2 GB so you can multi-task more efficiently. You also get an upgrade in internal memory from 8 GB to 16 GB (10.19 GB available). These upgrades in memory makes this device a tough competitor in this price bracket. There is no change in graphics processor so you still have Adreno 306 GPU. So you can run all the games like Asphalt 8, dead trigger 2, Brothers in arms 3 easily. The phone does gets a little bit warmer while running high end games but that is acceptable. The device has a expandable SD card slot which can support up to 32 GB of memory. I faced no lags while multi-tasking or normal usage. We got a score of 20623 on AnTuTu benchmark test. The overall hardware performance is quite good.

Coming to the software side, it comes with its own VIBE UI which is based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat. There are few games and apps pre-installed out of which, only some can be removed. I do not like the notification panel as the toggle buttons are congested and small. The theme consist of bright colours which can be sometimes annoying. You can use different launchers as per your choice, as a substitute to Vibe UI.

Camera, Sound and Connectivity

The device boasts a 8 MP auto focus rear camera with flash which can take photos of resolution 3264 x 2448 pixels. The front camera is a 2 MP fixed focus camera which is capable of taking decent selfies. You can also record videos at 720p HD videos with this device. To see some of the snaps of the camera, checkout our last article of Lenovo A6000 as there is no difference in the camera quality of both the phones. The camera is of average quality which can take nice photos and videos in good light conditions.

The device has dual Dolby speakers which can give you decent sound output. Both the speakers are located at the rear bottom of the device. The sound is much more clear when you listen to music using your headphones.

It supports 4G LTE, bluetooth v4.0, WIFI and GPS for connectivity. There is no USB OTG feature in this device so you cannot connect a pen drive. Coming to the last point that is battery backup, the device has a 2300mAh battery which can last for 1 day with normal usage.

If you were going to buy Lenovo A6000, I would suggest you to buy this successor as you get double the RAM and internal storage just by paying Rs.500 extra. Lenovo A6000 Plus is priced at Rs. 7499 and is available on Flipkart in flash sales (REGISTER).  If you have any doubts regarding this device, do post them in the comment section below.

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Huawei Honor 4X Full Review

Huawei Honor 4X is a low budget device announced last year which has some great specifications. One of the most astonishing feature of Honor 4X is the back camera. It is capable of taking some very nice HD shots. Lets take a full review and see the specs in detail.

Design

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Honor 4X comes in two color white and black with a textured back. This texture gives a nice grip of phone and makes it feel sturdy. At the back we have a Honor Logo printed neatly along with camera on the top left corner. On the right there is power button with volume rockers which i feel is the best position for easy access. 3.5 mm audio jack is on the top with noise cancellation microphone. Speaker grill, microphone and micro USB port are present at the bottom. The three navigation keys does not have backlight support, which can be a issue when you operate the device in dark. The device feels light (weight-170 g) with respect to the size and the weight is uniformly distributed.

Screen

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Honor 4X has a 5.5 inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 which is about 267 ppi pixel density. The screen looks decent in terms of pixel density. The touch on this device is fairly responsive, you can try a matte finish screen guard to improve it. There is no Gorilla glass protection so that’s an alarming sign, you better get a anti-fingerprint screen guard on to avoid scratches and fingerprint marks. The screen supports a 10 point multi-touch. Huawei has done average work on the screen but again introducing a decent 5.5 inch phone in this budget is a challenge.

Performance

Honor 4X comes with a Quad-core MSM8916 64 bit processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. It has 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB internal storage out of which around 4 GB is user available. It supports up to 32 GB of external storage via memory card. We faced no issues while multitasking and heavy usage due to the huge amount of RAM available. The gaming performance on this device was also great with Adreno 306 GPU processor. We tried playing several games like temple run 2, My daddy was a thief, Asphalt 8, Dead Trigger 2, Marvel contest of champions, and Modern combat 5 which all worked with no lag even at high graphics. But when we tried playing N.O.V.A. 3, the device failed to run it properly. So you can play most of the games except a very few high end games. The Antutu benchmark score on this device was 20304, while Nenamark 2 calculated a score of 51.9 fps.

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Honor 4X comes with Android 4.4.4 (KitKat) running out of the box. There is no news of Lollipop update yet. Huawei has their own Emoticon UI 3.0 (EMUI 3.0) based on KitKat. One thing that I liked about Honor 4x is that, it comes with almost no bloatware (pre-installed apps) that gives you the freedom. Some other features include smart assistance like motion control, One-hand UI, smart cover etc. You can also restrict the data usage for each app separately by going in settings -> Networked Apps.

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Below are some screenshots of the Emoticon UI 3.0 giving a whole overview.

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Camera

The device has a 13 MP rear camera that comes with Sony 2nd generation BSI/OV sensor. With this sensor, the device is able to take some nice snaps even in low light condition. The resolution of the photo is 4208 x 3120 pixels, and auto focusing is quite accurate. The quality of image captured with the camera is quite impressive and you can count on it. The camera app has some additional features like panorama, HDR, Audio note, Best Photo, All-Focus, and Watermark. Coming to video recording, it can record HD videos at 720P.

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The front camera is of 5 MP(2592 x 1944) which can be used to capture great selfies. While taking a selfie, the camera app shows a cropped image of face on the top-right corner so that your eyes are on the lens. The only bug that i encountered in Honor 4X camera is that, in certain conditions the auto white balance turned the image yellowish. To solve this problem you can change the white balance from auto to incandescent.  Below are some of the shots captured using Honor 4X camera.

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Connectivity and Sound

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Honor 4X supports dual SIM and that too both LTE (4G + 4G) so you can enjoy high speed internet. Apart from that you have some common connectivity options like WIFI, Bluetooth v4.0, and GPS. Unfortunately the device does not support USB OTG feature so you cannot connect a USB drive. This is one disappointing thing in Honor 4X as it has low internal storage.

Bottom

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The speakers on the device are located at the bottom with 6 neatly drilled wholes. The Sound on Honor 4X is decent i.e. not too high or too low but the clarity is good. This will enhance your gaming and movie watching experience.

Battery

The device has a 3000 mAh non-removable battery which is quite sufficient for a 5.5 inch phone. The battery can last for half day with heavy usage and more than a day with normal usage. You can also use power saving options to conserve battery power. It supports LTE on both SIM and may consume more battery on 4G which is still to be tested.

Warranty and Availability

The device is exclusively available through Flipkart in white and black color variant for Rs. 10,499. The manufacturer warranty for device is 15 months, for battery it is 6 months and for accessories its 3 months. You also get various attractive offers while buying the phone.

Overall the phone is worth a buy at this price range. For the people who want a phone with good camera quality this can be an amazing choice. For others who need more performance you can try other alternatives like MI 4i which is a little higher in terms of price. Let me know if you have any doubts or feedback regarding the review through the comment section below.

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Benefits of Internet in Education sector

The invention of Internet has brought various advantages in almost every field. The main motive of Internet is sharing of information especially in the Education sector. Internet has proved to be a boon in the field of Education as it provides fast access of information anywhere in the world. You get tons and tons of information just by pressing few buttons and browsing across the web. Let us see some major advantages of Internet in the field of Education.

Easy Access

Nowadays people don’t have to search in books to get information, which was a very time-consuming method. Now you can just search the web directly and easily access all the information. Information for various Engineering entrance exams in India like IIT-JEE, AIEEE etc are available online. No need to attend any career counseling as all the information is easily accessible over the Internet. Even the post graduation exams like Gate exam, GRE and other’s have online Form filling facility which saves a lot of time and efforts. Gate online application has helped a lot of Engineering students to avoid the long queues. Apart from engineering, other fields are also making maximum use of Internet to share information.

Online Exams

Students are already in stress while appearing for examination and the environment of classroom doesn’t help it in any way. But now people have started giving Online exams that helps in reducing travel time and minimize the unnecessary efforts. Generally online exams have MCQ type question which tests the knowledge of students in a better way. Time management is the biggest challenge while appearing for Online exams. One more benefit of giving exams online is, most of the time you get to know the results immediately.

More Information

Books can only provide limited amount of knowledge given that you don’t have access to a nearby library. But Internet has tons of webpages throwing information right at you. You just have to open a search engine, type what you want and you have access to all the info. Most of the information available is free, that is another benefit of using internet. You can also save this information easily with the press of a few buttons. Search engines like Google have made the information easily available by applying advance data mining algorithms which digs through all the data and returns only the important info. Books could only give you information in the form of Text and images, but with the use of Internet you also have access to audio and video.

E-Learning

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With the enhanced use of Internet, a new form of learning began to evolve called as E-Learning. Using E-learning is like sitting at home and attending your classes. Digitally completing your homework and learning from video tutorials comes under E-learning. Computers can more efficiently understand the progress and weak points of a student by using complex algorithms. The major benefit of E-learning is you don’t have to go anywhere to complete your education. You can even get a degree online by completing E-learning courses. Many famous education institutes are focusing on E-learning in this Digital age due to its benefits.

So these were some of the advantages of using Internet in the field of Education sector. If you have ever tried E-learning, let us know your experience in the comment section below.

Disable whatsapp blue ticks

How to disable whatsapp blue ticks officially [Only Android Users]

Whatsapp keeps integrating some new features which are helpful sometimes, but may invade your privacy. First we saw the last seen feature which was added when Facebook bought whatsapp. That feature was quite useful when we applied it on others to see their last seen, but when it comes to us we may want to disable it. So whatsapp introduced an update letting its users to disable that feature. Now whatsapp recently introduced similar feature where you can see if some one really read your message by turning two grey ticks to blue. Many people tried to disable whatsapp blue ticks by using certain tricks. But today we will see an official method to disable the whatsapp blue ticks.

This new feature is called “Read Receipts” and you may feel this as violation of your privacy. So for those who want to disable this officially, whatsapp will be rolling out an update soon via playstore. But what if you want to do it right now. So whatsapp has already updated their website with the new version 2.11.444 (Only for android users).

How to Disable whatsapp blue ticks (Read Receipts) officially??

Let me tell you, this will only work if you are an android mobile user. For other platforms you can either wait till its official on your store, or you can use the tricks mentioned on the internet.

  1. First you need to download the latest whatsapp (version 2.11.444) app from this LINK. (From PC/LAPTOP). For those having issues you can use this Dropbox Link.
  2. Now install the latest version application without uninstalling the previous version( You can take backup of your conversations for safety). This way you don’t need to re-activate whatsapp. (Check ‘Install from Unknown sources’ if you face issues)
  3. After installing launch whatsapp -> go to settings -> Account -> Privacy -> uncheck ‘Read receipts’.
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    Uncheck Read receipts to disable blue ticks

  4. Now you have disabled the whatsapp blue ticks (Read receipts).

As you know whatsapp believes in equality, so if you disable this feature you will also not be able to see when others read your message. I know you will not be happy after reading this, but this is how karma works. So think which is more important, your friends knowing when you read their message or you knowing when your friends read your message. Also let us know what are your views regarding this new feature or how would you want this feature to work via the comments below.