Google Play unveils its first original podcast series, ‘City Soundtracks’

Google Play is adding its first original podcast series, called “City Soundtracks,” to its music service, Google announced this morning. The series will feature interviews with various musicians about how their hometowns influenced their work, including the people and the moments that had an impact. The podcasts will be hosted by Hrishikesh Hirway – a name…

Paytm to Invest Rs. 600 Crores in QR Code-Based Payment Solution

Mobile payment and e-commerce platform Paytm on Monday announced that it will invest Rs. 600 crores in its QR code-based payment solution to enable digital payments for merchants across India. Paytm’s QR code-based solution is already powering more than five million merchants and is used by consumers to pay at kirana (grocery) stores, tolls, food…

Snap Arrives in London to Woo Sceptical Investors Ahead of IPO

Snap Inc, owner of popular messaging app Snapchat, kicked off its first investor roadshow on Monday, looking to persuade London money managers to back its initial public offering in the face of concerns about its growth prospects, valuation and corporate governance. The US company, which has yet to make a profit, is targeting a valuation…

Uber, Ola Availability Increases in Delhi-NCR; Fresh Protest Set for Tuesday

The ongoing strike of drivers of Ola and Uber appeared petering out as cab availability increased across the city on Monday even as the forum leading the agitation announced a fresh protest. Sarvodaya Drivers Association of Delhi (SDAD), which claims to represent 1.5 lakh of drivers, said it will “gherao” Transport Minister Satyendar Jain’s residence on…

TransferWise Launches International Money Transfers via Facebook

Money transfer company TransferWise has launched a new service that allows users to send money internationally through Facebook Inc’s chat application, as competition in the digital payments landscape intensifies. The London-based startup said on Tuesday that it had developed a Facebook Messenger “chatbot”, or an automated program that can help users communicate with businesses and…

Snapchat ‘Spectacles’ Now Available for Online Ordering

The much-anticipated video recording ‘Spectacles’ from photo-sharing service Snapchat is now available online for users in the US at $129.99 (roughly Rs. 8,700). Snapchat ‘Spectacles’ record video and pair to the user’s phone over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi which can then be uploaded to the user’s Snapchat account. According to a report in Fortune, ‘Spectacles’ come…

Telegram v3.17 Update Introduces Custom Themes on Android

Popular text messaging application Telegram has now added support for custom themes to its Android version with company’s latest version v3.17 update. Users are provided with three basic theme options but they can choose to customise the appearance of the app as per their desire with the new Theme Editor that has been added to…

Skype Lite for Low-End Android Phones Launched: All You Need to Know

At the Microsoft Future Decoded Conference in Mumbai on Wednesday, CEO Satya Nadella launched the Skype Lite app, a lighter version of the popular video calling and messaging app Skype. The new Skype Lite app is less resource-intensive than Skype and has most of its features, and is designed to work on low-end smartphones. Along with…

Snapdeal to Lay Off Around 600 People Over Next Few Days in Search of Profitability

Snapdeal, the third-largest e-commerce player in India, will fire about 600 employees across the e-commerce, logistics (Vulcan), and payments (Freecharge) divisions over the next few days. The Softbank-backed firm started the layoff process last week and plans to hand pink slips to 500-600 people across Snapdeal, Vulcan and FreeCharge, according to sources. The layoffs will…