DigiDhan Abhiyan Enrolled 1 Crore Rural Citizens for Digital Payments Since Launch

Giving its digital economy drive a shot in the arm, the government through its outreach campaign ‘DigiDhan Abhiyan’ has enrolled over 1 crore rural citizens for digital methods of payment since its launch earlier this month, an official statement said in New Delhi on Wednesday.

DigiDhan Abhiyan Enrolled 1 Crore Rural Citizens for Digital Payments Since LaunchOver 3 lakh merchants have started offering digital payment options to rural customers across many districts and blocks in rural India, the statement said.

“The rapid pace at which rural citizens are adopting digital methods of payment demonstrates their support and enthusiasm to be a part of the digital transformation story of our country. It is very encouraging to see our Prime Minister’s dream of honest and transparent digital governance turn into reality,” said Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Electronics & Information Technology.

On November 8, the Modi government demonetised Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes across the country. Since then the government has been planning to convert the country’s economy into a more digital one.
Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have recorded the highest number of enrolments with citizen enrolment crossing 15 lakh and 12.5 lakh respectively, the statement said. Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh have recorded the highest number of merchant enrolments crossing 60,000 merchants each, it added.
The common service centres (CSC) and the village-level entrepreneurs have reached out to citizens innovatively to impart digital literacy.

The DigiDhan Abhiyan aims to cover 2 lakh CSC across the rural areas and enable them to become Digital Financial Education centres.

The CSCs will train people about the various digital financial solutions and also enable them to use various modes of electronic payment systems (EPS). The campaign also aims to sensitise merchants and vendors on the use of EPS.

“The DigiDhan Abhiyan outreach in rural India through the common service centres reflects citizen’s willingness to go digital and the acceptance of new methods of digital transactions which are convenient and easy to access or use,” said Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY).

“We will continue to leverage newer technologies to build smart digital tools for easy use to enable this massive digital transformation,” she added.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X Leak Tips Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 SoC, 4GB of RAM

Xiaomi, which recently unveiled new colour variants for its Redmi Note 4, is now rumoured to be working on the successor to the phone, said to be dubbed the Redmi Note 4X. The alleged upcoming smartphone from Xiaomi has further been tipped to pack Snapdragon 653 processor and 4GB of RAM, while its design has been leaked with a live image.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X Leak Tips Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 SoC, 4GB of RAMThe alleged Redmi Note 4X smartphone is expected to come with 64GB of inbuilt storage apart from packing 4GB of RAM, as per a report by TechUpdate3. Another live image of the alleged phone spotted by the website shows the specifications of the phone and indicates that it will run on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. These specifications and live image were spotted on popular Chinese micro-blogging website Weibo.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) 2.5D curved glass display with a pixel density of 401ppi. The Redmi Note 4 is powered by a deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 SoC coupled with Mali-T880 MP4 GPU. This Xiaomi smartphone comes with support for expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB).
In terms of optics, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF (phase detection autofocus) and f/2.0 aperture. At front, the Redmi 4 features a 5-megapixel camera, which company claims can click 85-degree wide angle shots.

BenQ CH100 Portable LED Projector Launched in India

Taipei-based technology major BenQ on Wednesday launched CH100, a portable LED projector designed for Web designers and graphics artists. Priced at Rs. 1,50,000, the BenQ CH100 is said to deliver accurate picture quality with sRGB colour fidelity and full-HD resolution.

BenQ CH100 Portable LED Projector Launched in India“We’re passionate about design ourselves, and we know that creative professionals will go to any length to breathe life into their ideas,” said Rajeev Singh, Managing Director of BenQ India. “That’s why we purpose-built the CH100 specifically for the creative class to make sure that their technology keeps pace with their vision.”

With short throw and five picture modes for any business presentation situation, the portable device activates instantly from its long-life, 20,000-hour LED light source to project a professional impression anytime, anywhere.

The company in a statement added, “the LED light source produces highly saturated colours, triggering the Helmholtz-Kohlrausch effect to boost CH100’s perceived brightness appear twice as bright as its 1,000 ANSI lumens rating, for comfortable viewing in well-lit venues accommodating as many as 10 attendees.”

The BenQ CH100 portable LED projector can project large 81-inch images from just two metres away, the company said. An optional QCast wireless full-HD 1080p streaming dongle can also be bought alongside.

Some Google Pixel Users Reporting Early Battery Shutdown Issues

Google’s first self-branded smartphones, Pixel and Pixel XL, which were earlier praised by critics and users alike for its battery performance, are now reportedly experiencing early battery shutdown issue.

Some Google Pixel Users Reporting Early Battery Shutdown IssuesSeveral Google Pixel and Pixel XL users have complained on Reddit and Google’s product forums as well that the smartphone is shutting down well before the entire battery drains out, as pointed out in a report by 9to5Google. Most users have experienced the early shutdown issue around the battery levels of 30 percent or less.

“My Google Pixel (32 GB), less than a month old is facing worrisome battery issues. Twice in last 5 days, has the phone shutdown abruptly while I am in middle of something. In both instances, battery was between 25-35%, and the phone under normal conditions should have lasted for at least next 3-4 hours,” a user posted on a Reddit forum.

As the phones were launched just around three months ago, it is unlikely that the issue is related to the hardware. Interestingly, Nexus 6P users also started reporting unexpected shutdowns after upgrading their device to Android 7.0 Nougat recently. This indicates that the issue might have something to do with the Android Nougat, which is one of the common factors between both these devices.

Even though Pixel smartphones have received the nod from critics, there have been many issues associated with the phones that have been popping up following their launch in October. There have been issues reported by users regarding the camera and audio distortion on the phone as well. Other issues reported by users include Bluetooth pairing problems and spotty LTE connectivity.

It will be interesting to see how the search giant tackles the situation and whether it will be able to solve the issue with a software update or not.

Refinance Mortgage Rates – How They Can Help

A mortgage is a ‘debt instrument’, or a type of debt that is owed by the borrower to the bank (or the original homeowner). Mortgages are secured by collateral, and the borrower is obliged to pay the loan back within a set period of time, and mortgages are used by individuals that are unable to afford the real estate purchase up front, and thus, pay for the real estate in instalments. In a residential mortgage, the home buyer pledges the house to the bank, and then takes the mortgage loan from the bank. This way, the bank has a claim on the house if the borrower does not pay the mortgage back in time.

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Mortgage rates, thus, are the rates of interest that are charged on mortgages. In most cases, these are determined by the lender, and can either remain fixed for the entire term, or fluctuate with a benchmark interest rate. Mortgage rates rise and fall with current interest rates, and these can affect the homebuyers’ market.

There are several things that can affect the rates of a mortgage loan. These can include the current market prices, standing interest rates, and the present situation of the real estate market, and the financial environment at the time. Personal factors can affect your mortgage rate as well, like your credit rating, credit history, any outstanding debts, and your chosen mortgage loan term. Your ability to pay the debt can influence the mortgage rate, and the down payment you put down on the property can affect the rates of your mortgage loan.

Mortgage refinancing is when you apply for another loan to help pay off the first mortgage loan that was secured on your home. This may not necessarily be a bad thing, and doesn’t always mean that you are unable to pay your loan. Sometimes, a better deal on mortgage loans and you may save money on interest rates by applying for another loan.

The first thing to look for when you choose to refinance your mortgage loan is to see if the interest rates have reduced. This means that the monthly payments become lower, and you’ll be able to save more each month. Another thing that you’ll be able to adjust in mortgage refinancing is the term of your mortgage loan. You’ll be able to shorten the term, and save more money on interest, and you’ll be able to get a fixed mortgage rate that remains steady for the entire duration, no matter what market changes they may be.

Best Mortgage Montreal is the brokerage team that follows the latest mortgage deals in the Quebec market. By offering free-of-charge mortgage calculations and pre-appraisals, Best Mortgage Montreal will be able to help you get the house of your dreams, at a rate that you will be able to afford. With mortgage packages that are customized to your needs, the staff will make sure that the mortgage rates granted will work with your lifestyle, and with your financial situation. By having a widespread network with credit unions, banks, private funds, and other investors, you can be assured that a variety of options will always be available at your fingertips, and that your needs will come first. Best Mortgage Montreal thus guarantees customer satisfaction, by making sure that effective mortgage rates are given to their customers, and that the rates given are reasonable and best-suited to the borrower.

5 Things You Should Avoid Doing

There is always someone at the back door which has already tasted what I’m about to list down below. Personally, it happened to me as well so thought it would be helpful if I share my experience along with you guys to the readers. There few specific things we usually do in our daily life and we should avoid them so that we don’t get burned and we go broke.

Nothing is more painful when you lose three months of savings from your bank account; If you don’t want to get burned then you should follow the steps,

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5 Things You Should Avoid Doing

Avoid Buying Used Products Online

One of the common practices we are witnessing nowadays is that there are many used goods are available online, and we don’t to put a hole in the wallet to purchase a new one, so we approach the used goods to save few bucks.

Classified websites have become one of the major targets for people who want to make quick money for their enjoyments, so you better take measures and avoid buying used goods from online.

Ebay.com has become a target, and you might buy a defected product from Ebay.com and end up duped again and again.

Never Lend Money to Close Friends

If we look at the records, things have never been smooth when it comes to money between family and relatives. Friendship often gets ruined because of the money, when you are lending money to your friend you make sure to remember never expect anything return from the friend or else you might end up losing a friend.

People nowadays behave like they are playing the good guy and you will end up being the bad despite the fact that you are the one whose money is stuck.

Never Lend Money to Someone Who Owes You

If you are a hard worker and you helped a friend in need when in his most unpleasant time, then it is fine. Never lend money to someone who has not paid the previous balance back and asking for a new loan from you, he/she may not be able to pay you back because there is no handwritten or signature bond deal has done in between you.

When the person who owes you money doesn’t respond and does not meet you anymore, you have to put a smile on your face and give the person more time to repay because a disagreement cannot get your money back.

Never Let Any One Use Your Car

Lending your vehicle can be disastrous, wondering why? Did you know the consequences of the letting someone else drive in your car and involved in traffic violations, accident and worst case scenario you will get detained by the Law and put behind bars? As the owner of the vehicle, you will be subjected for someone else mistakes. Ask you, buddy, to let you drive, take an OLA cabs or Uber or a BIG NO would do the trick for you.

Always think twice before you do things and turn up for pieces of advice for positive deals.

Logitech K375s Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard and Stand Combo Launched at Rs. 1,995

Logitech has launched its K375s multi-device wireless keyboard and stand combo in India, which will be made available for purchase from Logitech.com from Monday, December 26. As the name implies, the full-sized keyboard allows users to switch between multiple devices – up to three paired devices at a time – whenever required.

Logitech K375s Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard and Stand Combo Launched at Rs. 1,995The company says that as the keyboard can pair with several devices, it will help users stay connected across their preferred devices and platforms. “The K375s Multi-Device lets you easily switch between devices with the push of a button. You can start typing on your computer and finish an email message on your tablet or create a text on your phone with just one key. The full-size layout and special function keys provide a quiet and comfortable typing experience in a spill-resistant design,” Logitech said.

Apart from providing the option to switch between devices, the the Logitech K375s keyboard comes with a universal stand that helps users to keep their mobile device at the right typing angle and hence makes the typing faster, smoother, and more convenient, said Logitech’s Cluster Category India Head Ashok Jangra.
“The separate universal stand has a soft rubber base and a carefully designed cradle that holds mobile devices at the ideal angle to read or type. And, the keyboard is OS-adaptive, so whether you’re using Windows PC, Android or iPhone, the keyboard layout is familiar,” the company said in a statement announcing the Logitech K375s’s India launch.
The keyboard comes with a non-rechargeable battery that lasts up to two years, as per company’s claims. The Logitech K375s multi-device wireless keyboard has a wireless range of 33 feet. There is a wireless encryption between the keyboard and the computer and users can either use the company’s Unifying USB receiver or Bluetooth Smart tech to pair the devices.

Super Mario Run Hits 40 Million Downloads in Four Days: Nintendo

Nintendo has announced that Super Mario Run has hit 40 million downloads in four days. This comes after several third-parties weighed in on the potential of the game and the company releasing a new feature in Friendly Run.

Super Mario Run Hits 40 Million Downloads in Four Days: NintendoAccording to the data collected by Apptopia, Super Mario Run saw 2,850,000 downloads in its first day on the App Store. The numbers dwarf Pokemon Go’s 900,000 downloads on its first day. Another firm called App Annie recorded 3.5 million downloads just in the US for day one, going to 10 million downloads globally on its launch day.

Yesterday App Annie claimed that Nintendo clocked in 37 million downloads. Considering that we’re yet to see an Android release of the game, it puts Nintendo in a commanding position, at least from a standpoint of having an install base.

What it does with this captive audience — in terms of new content or monetisation possibilities, remains to be seen. Hopefully, they relax the always online requirement needed to play the game.
Though keep in mind, without any revenue figures, we can’t quite gauge the impact of several decisions such as its high price and lack of microtransactions being beneficial or not. Nor do we have an idea of how many Super Mario Run uninstalls after little use. Then again, with the company using mobile platforms to gain traction for its own games on its own devices such as Pokemon Go benefitting Pokemon Sun and Moon, we won’t be surprised to see a repeat of the same agenda.

Surge Pricing Officially Accepted Under New Taxi Permit Guidelines

Leading ride-hailing firms have praised an Indian policy blueprint on regulating the taxi industry, saying it would offer their app-based services a chance to flourish despite their concerns about price caps.

Surge Pricing Officially Accepted Under New Taxi Permit GuidelinesA committee set up by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways recently published its findings, stating that India needed one regulatory framework for the taxi industry to promote mobility and discourage car ownership.

It also said that aggregators, such as Uber, Ola and Meru, should be included under a “fair, uniform and transparent” regulatory framework, along with radio taxis and traditional city taxis.

The report’s recommendations came against a backdrop of battles with city authorities on issues such as dynamic, or “surge”, pricing that the ride hailing firms say they need to service the $12 billion taxi market reliably.

“This is an important milestone in the development of ride-sharing in India, and one that will help the industry better serve riders, drivers and cities in the years ahead,” said Amit Jain, president of Uber India.

“While there are concerns on price caps and price floors, the framework will allow the industry to continue to flourish.”
San Francisco-based Uber recently merged its Chinese venture, making India its priority overseas growth market. It serves 29 Indian cities and sees a path to profitability as it takes on its larger rival, Ola, which is backed by Japan’s Softbank and is present in 102 cities.

The transport ministry committee, which also sought input from state officials, argued that it should be easy for private vehicles to convert and operate under a commercial permit.

It was also supportive of dynamic pricing, within a specified range, to match supply and demand during peak hours while ensuring that consumers had proper protections. It also called for a national policy on so-called “shared mobility” to reduce congestion on urban roads.

Ola did not respond to a request for comment on the report but fellow taxi-hailing company, Meru, said it welcomed the basic thrust of the new guidelines.

Meru, however, expressed concerns over inconsistencies in the proposed regulation of surge pricing of regular and deluxe taxis; of clean fuel requirements; and called for curbs on the conversion of private vehicles to taxis.

Amkette EvoTV 2 4K Media Streaming Box Launched at Rs. 7,499

In April earlier this year, Amkette launched its media streaming device EvoTV 2 in India. Now the company has launched the upgraded version of its device with 4K resolution support for the country. The upgraded EvoTV 2 streaming box – called the EvoTV 2 4K – has been priced by the company at Rs. 7,499 but will be available at a launch price of Rs. 6,499 for a limited time exclusively through Snapdeal.

Amkette EvoTV 2 4K Media Streaming Box Launched at Rs. 7,499The EvoTV 2 4K runs on optimised Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and comes with 8GB of internal memory which is expandable up to 128GB. The streaming box comes with 1GB of DDR3 RAM. In terms of connectivity options, it has four USB ports, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and an Ethernet port.

“The built in Chrome Browser lets you browse your favourite sites. Install Skype and connect a camera to connect with loved ones or to host your business meetings. Install Gmail, or PowerPoint and connect a Bluetooth keyboard to enable productivity like you never imagines. The small and easy to carry device is essentially a PC in your pocket,” the company said in its release. The Evo TV 2 4K is capable of handling frame rate up to 60 frames per seconds, which company says is double compared to ordinary set-top boxes.

“We at Amkette have always worked towards creating products and solutions that caters to the needs of the users. EVO TV was one such innovative product that we had introduced in India, way ahead of time. With time, we have given a boost to the hardware, ensuring that the consumers enjoy seamless experience. Lately 4k viewing has taken the television/smart TV ecosystem to another level and we felt our users should enjoy this experience. This new device is faster, smarter and gives users a more stunning view. I am confident that the users would love this new, upgraded EVO TV experience,” Rajiv Bapna, director at Amkette, was quoted as saying in company’s release.