Google removes the ability to book Uber cabs within Maps

For reasons unknown, Google has removed the Uber integration within the Google Maps app. Google added the ability to book Uber cab within Maps back in January 2017; this functionality allowed users to identify their route, then check Uber prices and request a ride without leaving the Maps app.

With this integration, users had the option to avoid installing Uber app since Maps app offers a way to book the cab, so it is safe to say Uber, rather than Google, might be behind the decision to block Maps integration. We haven’t seen any confirmation or announcement about this move either from Google nor from Uber.

Uber integration within Maps was pulled from Google Maps for iOS back in August last year, but Android never lost the support until February as well. Google Maps Help page, Google simply says “you can no longer book Uber rides directly in Google Maps. With Uber certainly preferring customers to use its own app instead of Maps for booking cabs, this move seems not so surprising.

Source | Via

For reasons unknown, Google has removed the Uber integration within the Google Maps app. Google added the ability to book Uber cab within Maps back in January 2017; this functionality allowed users to identify their route, then check Uber prices and request a ride without leaving the Maps app. With this integration, users had the option to avoid installing Uber app since Maps app offers a way to book the cab, so it is safe to say Uber, rather than Google, might be behind the decision to block Maps integration. We haven't seen any confirmation or announcement about this move either from Google nor from Uber. Uber integration within Maps was pulled from Google Maps for iOS back in August last year, but Android never lost the support until February as well. Google Maps Help page, Google simply says “you can no longer book Uber rides directly in Google Maps. With Uber certainly preferring customers to use its own app instead of Maps for booking cabs, this move seems not so surprising. Source | Via

Xiaomi Mi Router 4Q is the company’s latest budget router with MiNET one-touch connection

Xiaomi has introduced Mi Router 4Q, the company’s latest budget router and the successor of Mi Router 3C that was launched in India last year.  It is a 802.11 b/g/n single-band router, same as the 3C, but this has 3 omni-directional antennas, and supports up to 450Mbps transmission speed, thanks to 3X3 MIMO and Qualcomm QCA9561 processor.

It also has LED indicator and new MiNET button on the top that offers on-touch MIOT WiFi connection without password, and it is integrated into Mi smart home platform.

Highlights of Xiaomi Mi Router 4Q

450Mbps 802.11 a/b/n Wi-Fi 2.4GHz 3X3 MIMO
775MHz Qualcomm QCA9561 processor
64MB DDR2 RAM, 16MB ROM
3 external omni directional antennas
80m WiFi range, Up to 64 connected devices
MiWiFi OS (Based on OpenWRT)
Real time monitoring, parental controls with Mi WiFi app on Android and iOS
2x LAN port, 10/100Mbps (Auto MDI/MDIX), 1x RJ45 WAN port, 10/100Mbps (Auto MDI/MDIX), 1x Power port
Red/Blue/Yellow LED indicator

The Xiaomi Mi Router 4Q comes in Blue color, is available at an offer price of 89 yuan (US$ 14 / Rs. 940 approx.) and is already on sale via Mi Store in China.

Xiaomi has introduced Mi Router 4Q, the company's latest budget router and the successor of Mi Router 3C that was launched in India last year.  It is a 802.11 b/g/n single-band router, same as the 3C, but this has 3 omni-directional antennas, and supports up to 450Mbps transmission speed, thanks to 3X3 MIMO and Qualcomm QCA9561 processor. It also has LED indicator and new MiNET button on the top that offers on-touch MIOT WiFi connection without password, and it is integrated into Mi smart home platform. Highlights of Xiaomi Mi Router 4Q 450Mbps 802.11 a/b/n Wi-Fi 2.4GHz 3X3 MIMO 775MHz Qualcomm QCA9561 processor 64MB DDR2 RAM, 16MB ROM 3 external omni directional antennas 80m WiFi range, Up to 64 connected devices MiWiFi OS (Based on OpenWRT) Real time monitoring, parental controls with Mi WiFi app on Android and iOS 2x LAN port, 10/100Mbps (Auto MDI/MDIX), 1x RJ45 WAN port, 10/100Mbps (Auto MDI/MDIX), 1x Power port Red/Blue/Yellow LED indicator The Xiaomi Mi Router 4Q comes in Blue color, is available at an offer price of 89 yuan (US$ 14 / Rs. 940 approx.) and is already on sale via Mi Store in China.

Paytm Inbox now offers Live TV, News, Cricket, Games and more 

Paytm in-app messaging service Inbox has gained a bunch of new features; this update will bring access to content across categories such as Live TV, News, Cricket, Entertainment Videos, and Games on the go, for free. Paytm says that following the positive response on beta testing, it is now rolling out the full-stack service under Paytm Inbox on its app.

The company has partnered with several content providers to ensure the best of infotainment is delivered to users directly in their Paytm Inbox. It now offers News, TV, access to games, and videos as well. Paytm now offers TV from various sources like Aaj Tak, India Today, Mirror Now, Zoom, ET Now.

It also offers games in Action, Sports, Adventure, and strategy genres. The company claims to have more than 120 Mn monthly active users and expects strong growth after the addition of these new features.  The update is going live for iOS users this week, Android users will get the update in the coming week.

Commenting on the development, Deepak Abbot, senior vice-president, Paytm said:
We will now be offering various kinds of content from News to Live TV to Entertainment Videos and Games to further strengthen our relationship with customers. Paytm has fast emerged as a super-app for India and we …

Paytm in-app messaging service Inbox has gained a bunch of new features; this update will bring access to content across categories such as Live TV, News, Cricket, Entertainment Videos, and Games on the go, for free. Paytm says that following the positive response on beta testing, it is now rolling out the full-stack service under Paytm Inbox on its app. The company has partnered with several content providers to ensure the best of infotainment is delivered to users directly in their Paytm Inbox. It now offers News, TV, access to games, and videos as well. Paytm now offers TV from various sources like Aaj Tak, India Today, Mirror Now, Zoom, ET Now. It also offers games in Action, Sports, Adventure, and strategy genres. The company claims to have more than 120 Mn monthly active users and expects strong growth after the addition of these new features.  The update is going live for iOS users this week, Android users will get the update in the coming week. Commenting on the development, Deepak Abbot, senior vice-president, Paytm said: We will now be offering various kinds of content from News to Live TV to Entertainment Videos and Games to further strengthen our relationship with customers. Paytm has fast emerged as a super-app for India and we ...

IDG Contributor Network: What it means to do business in the Age of Experience

Consumers are now more informed and discriminating than ever before. Successfully engaging and retaining them in this new era of expectations requires companies to apply holistic digitalization technologies to their business processes. The product creation process needs to mirror the nimble, adaptive, connected qualities that consumers now expect in their products, and it’s the only way for businesses to succeed in the Age of Experience. This article is the first in a series on this subject.

Defining this new age

The idea of the Experience Economy, defined by B. Joseph Pine II and James Gilmore 20 years ago, is based on the premise that providing goods and services is no longer enough to satisfy the consumer. Instead, businesses must construct and deliver a total package where the memory itself becomes the product – an “experience.”  

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Consumers are now more informed and discriminating than ever before. Successfully engaging and retaining them in this new era of expectations requires companies to apply holistic digitalization technologies to their business processes. The product creation process needs to mirror the nimble, adaptive, connected qualities that consumers now expect in their products, and it’s the only way for businesses to succeed in the Age of Experience. This article is the first in a series on this subject.

Defining this new age

The idea of the Experience Economy, defined by B. Joseph Pine II and James Gilmore 20 years ago, is based on the premise that providing goods and services is no longer enough to satisfy the consumer. Instead, businesses must construct and deliver a total package where the memory itself becomes the product – an "experience."  

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Comio C1 Pro with 5-inch HD display, Dual 4G VoLTE, Android 8.1, face unlock launched for Rs. 5599

Comio has launched C1 Pro, the cheapest smartphone with support for Dual 4G VoLTE that lets you use 4G on both the SIMs and switch between them easily. It has a 5-inch HD screen, is powered by a quad-core MediaTek SoC, runs Android 8.1 (Oreo), feat…

Comio has launched C1 Pro, the cheapest smartphone with support for Dual 4G VoLTE that lets you use 4G on both the SIMs and switch between them easily. It has a 5-inch HD screen, is powered by a quad-core MediaTek SoC, runs Android 8.1 (Oreo), features a 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front camera with support for face unlock. It has dedicated dual SIM and microSD slots and packs a 2500mAh battery, but it doesn't have a fingerprint sensor. Comio C1 Pro specifications 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD+ 2.5D curved glass IPS display 1.5GHz Quad-Core MediaTek MT6739 64-bit processor with PowerVR Rogue GE8100 GPU 1.5GB RAM, 16GB Internal memory, expandable memory up to 128GB with micro SD Android 8.1 (Oreo) OS Dual SIM 8MP Camera with LED flash 5MP front-facing camera 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS 2500mAh battery The Comio C1 Pro comes in Metallic grey, Sunrise gold and Royal black colors, is priced at Rs 5,599 and will be available across offline as online retailers including Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, Shopclues, and Paytm. It also comes with Rs. 2220 cashback ( in the form of vouchers) for Reliance ...

Jabra Elite 45e water and dust resistant wireless headset with instant access to voice assistants launched in India for Rs. 7499

Jabra has launched the Elite 45e wireless soft neckband headset in India. The headset comes with instant access to voice assistants like Amazon Alexa, Siri and Google Now. The Jabra Elite 45e allows you to control music with customizable EQ settings and delivers up to 8 hours of battery on a single charge.

The Jabra Elite 45e also features an IP54-rated design and comes with a 2-year warranty against damage from water and dust. The company claims that users can make crystal-clear calls with the headsets and Jabra sound technology reduces noise from calls. The Jabra Sound+ app creates customizable equalizer profiles and settings.

It also features a voice button that instantly connects you to Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant, allowing you to quickly get things done with voice commands like knowing weather, appointments, finding nearby events, or having your messages read back to you. The Jabra Elite 45e is available in Titanium Black, Copper Black, and Gold Beige color options and is priced at Rs. 7,499. It is available on Amazon.in.

Commenting on the launch, Calum MacDougall, SVP at Jabra said:
The Elite 45e is an all-rounder: wherever your day takes you, your activities won’t prevent easy, reliable access to calls and music. This soft neckband headset with memory wire has a lightweight form …

Jabra has launched the Elite 45e wireless soft neckband headset in India. The headset comes with instant access to voice assistants like Amazon Alexa, Siri and Google Now. The Jabra Elite 45e allows you to control music with customizable EQ settings and delivers up to 8 hours of battery on a single charge. The Jabra Elite 45e also features an IP54-rated design and comes with a 2-year warranty against damage from water and dust. The company claims that users can make crystal-clear calls with the headsets and Jabra sound technology reduces noise from calls. The Jabra Sound+ app creates customizable equalizer profiles and settings. It also features a voice button that instantly connects you to Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant, allowing you to quickly get things done with voice commands like knowing weather, appointments, finding nearby events, or having your messages read back to you. The Jabra Elite 45e is available in Titanium Black, Copper Black, and Gold Beige color options and is priced at Rs. 7,499. It is available on Amazon.in. Commenting on the launch, Calum MacDougall, SVP at Jabra said: The Elite 45e is an all-rounder: wherever your day takes you, your activities won’t prevent easy, reliable access to calls and music. This soft neckband headset with memory wire has a lightweight form ...

Lephone Dazen 6A with 5.7-inch 18:9 display, 3GB RAM, dual rear cameras launched in India for Rs. 7999

Lephone has launched Dazen 6A, the company’s latest smartphone with Full View display. It has a 5.7-inch HD+ 2.5D curved glass display, is powered by MediaTek MT6737H SoC with 3GB of RAM, runs  Android 7.0 (Nougat), has a 13-megapixel rear camera along with a secondary 0.3-megapixel camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with support for face unlock.

It features a fingerprint sensor on the back, and packs a 3000mAh battery.

Lephone Dazen 6A specifications

5.7-inch (1440 × 720 pixels) HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display
1.3GHz Quad-Core MediaTek MT6737H 64-bit processor with with Mali-T720 GPU
3GB RAM, 32GB storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD
Android 7.0 (Nougat)
Dual SIM
13MP rear camera with LED Flash, secondary 0.3MP camera
5MP front-facing camera
3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C
3000mAh battery

The Lephone Dazen 6A comes in Black color and is priced at Rs. 7,999.

Commenting on the launch, Vinod Pandit, Business Head India, lephone Technology Pvt ltd, said:
We at lephone are excited to bring a new brand Dazen for the Indian customer. The Dazen 6A provides an integrated solution comprising of advanced camera quality, better speed, security features, stylish design and value-added services all-in-one, ensuring an enhanced user …

Lephone has launched Dazen 6A, the company’s latest smartphone with Full View display. It has a 5.7-inch HD+ 2.5D curved glass display, is powered by MediaTek MT6737H SoC with 3GB of RAM, runs  Android 7.0 (Nougat), has a 13-megapixel rear camera along with a secondary 0.3-megapixel camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with support for face unlock. It features a fingerprint sensor on the back, and packs a 3000mAh battery. Lephone Dazen 6A specifications 5.7-inch (1440 × 720 pixels) HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display 1.3GHz Quad-Core MediaTek MT6737H 64-bit processor with with Mali-T720 GPU 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD Android 7.0 (Nougat) Dual SIM 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, secondary 0.3MP camera 5MP front-facing camera 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C 3000mAh battery The Lephone Dazen 6A comes in Black color and is priced at Rs. 7,999. Commenting on the launch, Vinod Pandit, Business Head India, lephone Technology Pvt ltd, said: We at lephone are excited to bring a new brand Dazen for the Indian customer. The Dazen 6A provides an integrated solution comprising of advanced camera quality, better speed, security features, stylish design and value-added services all-in-one, ensuring an enhanced user ...

14 reasons why software projects fail

Every software project begins with big dreams and grand visions. Somewhere in an alternative universe, there is a project that fulfills every dream but all too often software projects in our universe stumble toward the finish line and sometimes cross it.  

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Every software project begins with big dreams and grand visions. Somewhere in an alternative universe, there is a project that fulfills every dream but all too often software projects in our universe stumble toward the finish line and sometimes cross it.  

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(Insider Story)