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Google has updated Hangouts to enable its users to join groups through unique links in order to save group members the trouble of having to add everyone to the group individually by sending out invitations.

“This means that even if you don’t have someone in your contact list, you can still quickly add them to your Hangouts conversation by sending a link instead.” Google Staff Software Engineer Jordanna Chord said in a Google Plus post.

The feature is expected to roll-out over all Hangouts platforms in next few days, she added. This particular feature requires to be switched on for each chat individually and the link for the group chat can be found in that same chat’s settings menu. Importantly, you will also get the option to disallow new members to the group from the link once you decide to do so.

You will now also be able to find group conversations by the name of the group or name of group participants. This option is available with the latest update on Android but will be available on iOS soon, Chord said in her post.

Earlier this week, the company also started rolling-out its Hangouts v11.0 update that finally brought video messaging to Android more than two years after it came to iOS. The Hangouts v12.0 update for iOS alongside also increased the duration limit on videos to 2 minutes, while the limit on Android was kept at 1 minute.

The v11.0 update also included one other change that was common to the updated Android and iOS apps of Google Hangouts, that is, ability to kick users out of group conversations.

Following its first flash sale on last week, the Xiaomi Mi Max is now available in open sale via the Chinese conglomerate’s online retail partners in the country – Amazon India, Flipkart (currently out of stock), Paytm, Snapdeal (not yet listed), and Tata Cliq.

To recall, at the Xiaomi Mi Max launch event in the last week of June, the firm had announced that July 13 will see the smartphone available in open sale via its retail partners. Interested buyers will now be able to buy the smartphone without registering themselves in advance, or rushing to purchase the smartphone during a flash sale.

The all-metal body Mi Max is available to buy in Dark Grey, Gold, and Silver colour variants. So far, the company has launched just one variant of the smartphone in India – 3GB of RAM/ 32GB of inbuilt storage/ Snapdragon 650 SoC – at Rs. 14,999.

Another variant with 4GB of RAM/ 128GB of inbuilt storage/ Snapdragon 652 SoC will be made available soon in India, priced at Rs. 19,999, Xiaomi announced last month. Both variants support expandable storage via a hybrid dual SIM configuration.

The first 1 million Mi Max, Mi 5, and Redmi Note 3 users in India will also get 3 months of free movies on Hungama Play and 1 year of unlimited music on Hungama Music.

The Xiaomi Mi Max sports a 6.44-inch full-HD (1080×1920) 342ppi display. It bears a  16-megapixel rear camera that offers phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and LED flash. The phablet also bears a 5-megapixel front camera also on board with 85-degree wide-angle view. Both cameras have an f/2.0 aperture.

The dual-SIM handset supports 4G LTE with VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS/ A-GPS with Glonass, and Wi-Fi 802.11ac with Mimo. There’s no NFC on board. It is backed by a massive 4850mAh battery, measures 173.1×88.3×7.5mm, and weighs in at 203 grams.

The Mi Max sports a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel, an infrared emitter that acts as a universal remote control, apart from an ambient light sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer, and proximity sensor.

Apple on Tuesday announced that the coming version of software for iPhones will include an easy way for people in the US to become organ donors.

The California-based technology giant said that it collaborated with Donate Live America on a feature in an iPhone Health app that will let users sign up to donate eyes, organs or tissue after the release later this year of mobile operating system iOS 10.

A simple process will enable iPhone user to sign up on a National Donate Life Registry managed by the nonprofit organization, according to Apple.

“This is a huge step forward that will ultimately help save lives,” said Donate Life America chief executive David Fleming.

In the US, an average of one person an hour dies waiting for an organ transplant because demand far exceeds supply, according to Fleming.

More than 120,000 people in the US are waiting for lifesaving transplants, and a new name is added to the list every 10 minutes, the nonprofit group said.

“With the updated Health app, we’re providing education and awareness about organ donation and making it easier than ever to register,” Apple chief operating officer Jeff Williams said in a joint release.

“It’s a simple process that takes just a few seconds.”

Health app on iPhone provides an overview of health and fitness data all in one place.

Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook offered part of his liver for a transplant to Steve Jobs before the company co-founder died, but the offer was rejected, according to a Jobs biographer.

The Apple co-founder later did receive a liver transplant in 2009. He died in October 2011 at age 56 after a long battle with cancer.


Huawei released the respect 5C completely on Flipkart closing month. After to begin with promoting the phone through the flash sale version, the Chinese agency has now announced that the honor 5C can be Available thru the open sale on the e-trade web page.

The cellphone changed into launched with a rate tag of Rs. 10,999. The primary flash sale became performed on June 30, and now the cellphone is To be had freely on Flipkart. The e-trade website online has additionally listed an Alternate provide which could get you a reduction of up to Rs 10,000 via replacing an old tool. Therefore, customers should purchase the respect 5C for as little as Rs. 999. Of direction, the Trade bargain relies upon at the situation and the version of the cellphone being exchanged. Flipkart mentions that the vintage smartphones must useful, their display must be intact, and their valid IMEI quantity should be regarded.

the respect 5C (Review) comes with a fifteen-month assurance, and screen substitute warranty for The first month. It turned into launched in China in April, earlier than making its way to India in June. The dual-SIM Honor 5C supports Micro-SIM playing cards with 4G LTE connectivity on each the SIM cards, and runs on Emotion UI 4.1 based totally on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It sports activities a 5.2-inch full-HD show, and is powered by the enterprise’s in-house HiSilicon Kirin 650 octa-core processor (4 Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.7GHz + 4 Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2GHz).

The cellphone comes with 2GB of RAM and packs 16GB of garage which may be accelerated through microSD card (as much as 128GB). the honor 5C additionally sports activities a fingerprint scanner at the back, a 13-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel selfie digital camera, and a 3000mAh battery.

Xiaomi’s flagship Mi wiwireless smartphone is now to be had thru greater on line retail platforms aside from the employer’s personal online shop in India, The chinese language organisation on Thursday introduced the information in a tweet and named the partners.

The Xiaomi Mi wi-fi is now available thru Amazon India, Flipkart, Snapdeal, and Tata Cliq on-line stores. returned in March, the Mi wiwireless telephone changed into to be had through flash sale version on simply the The Mi wi-fi drastically went on open sale wi-final week.

drastically, Xiaomi has to date handiest introduced a single variation of the phone in India offering 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 32GB built in garage.

last month, Xiaomi global vp Hugo Barra showed to devices 360 that the corporation turned into operating on bringing the Black colour variation of the Mi wiwireless to India soon.

To refresh at the wi-fications, the dual-SIM (Nano + Nano) Xiaomi Mi wiwireless functions a 5wireless.15-inch complete-HD (1080×1920 pixels) with curved 3D Ceramic glass, and a pixel density of 428ppi. it’s miles powered by means of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor coupled with Adreno 530 GPU. It sports activities a 16-megapixel Sony IMX298 digital camera sensor with PDAF (segment detection autofocus) and LED flash. The rear digital camera additionally sports activities 4-axis OIS (optical picture stabilisation) and sapphire glass protection lens. The telephone supports 4K video recording. It also sports a 4-megapixel the front camera with 2-micron pixels. both cameras feature an f/2.0 aperture.
It measures 144.5×69.2×7.25mm and weighs 129 grams. The Mi wiwireless packs a 3000mAh battery and supports Qualcomm short price The company says that the quick charge is 20 percentage faster than its predecessor, the quick rate additionally onboard is a USB kind-C port. Connectivity alternatives encompass VoLTE aid, c084d04ddacadd4b971ae3d98fecfb2a 802.eleven a/b/g/ac, 4G, Bluetooth four.2, Glonass, and NFC.

Mumbai: The Reserve bank of India is possibly to cut the repo price by means of 25 basis factors in the August policy as boom is probably to stay vulnerable and inflation to be softer this yr, brokerage bank of america Merrill Lynch (BofA-ML) has stated in a document.

“restoration remains shallow with old GDP increase, at four.9 consistent with cent in FY2016 and 5.8 per cent in FY2017, properly under our 7-7.five per cent capability. Secondly, inflation, at five-6 according to cent, stays benign, particularly with an excellent monsoon likely to douse agflation and oil charges likely to slip to $39 a barrel with the aid of September,” BofA-ML said in its record.

it could be noted that bringing up growing inflationary pressure, the RBI had left key policy costs unchanged at Tuesday’s policy evaluate, but sounded accommodative supplied the April analyzing of CPI (patron price Index) inflation changed into an aberration.

The RBI’s subsequent monetary policy evaluate is due on August 9.

The Wall avenue brokerage expects CPI inflation for might also at 5.7 in step with cent, in order to be out on June 13.

The document said that an RBI fee cut will sign lending charge cuts if the RBI’s open market operations push cash markets into seasonal surplus by June.

“This must lead to lending rate cuts of 50 bps by using September earlier than the busy commercial season commences,” it stated.

The record estimates that the RBI will want to inject $forty nine billion or Rs 3,30,000 crore of durable liquidity within the contemporary fiscal 12 months.

As a result, the mortgage market will in all likelihood see potential excess supply of 17.1 according to cent for the first time seeing that 2013, the document said.

For the FCNR-B deposits, which begin maturing in September, the RBI will promote foreign exchange reserves to fund FCNR maturity outflows, the record said, adding if the Fed hike stalls flows, the document expects the RBI to roll over, it added.

chinese net conglomerate LeEco has announced its entry into offline retail area in India. The agency will now sell the LeEco Le 1s phone through brick and mortar shops. The business enterprise in a launch discovered that as a part of the primary section it will make its smartphones available through offline shops positioned in high locations in New Delhi and Mumbai. LeEco plans to cover close to 70 percentage retail stores across the country by way of cease of September as a part of the second phase.

Commenting on the announcement, Atul Jain, COO, smart Electronics commercial enterprise, LeEco India stated, “we’ve got speedy-tracked our boom trajectory in India and our entry into the bodily retail area affirms it. considering that our India release, we’re thrilled to have visible an fantastic response from customers and this landmark assertion is a step in advance in making our Superphones greater reachable to our users. inside the close to destiny, additionally plan to have our personal wholly owned retail stores across the united states”.

closing month, the organization introduced it changed into looking forward to FIBP approval to set up its personal retail shops inside the united states, and said it predicted the approval to be given with the subsequent two or 3 months.

To consider, the Le 1s went on sale in India back in January and turned into to be had on line solely via Flipkart. The company currently introduced that it offered 500,000 devices of Le smartphones in India in one hundred days. The chinese corporation presently has 555 provider facilities throughout the united states.

To refresh on the Le 1s specs, the handset is powered via a 2.2GHz octa-middle MediaTek Helio X10 processor and runs Android five.0 Lollipop based totally EUI five.five UI. It helps a reversible USB kind-C with rapid-charging. It functions a five.five-inch complete-HD (1080×1920 pixels) ISP display; 3GB of RAM; 32GB of built in garage; twin-SIM (Micro + Nano-SIM); 13-megapixel rear digicam with LED flash and section-detection autofocus (PDAF); a 5-megapixel front-going through digital camera; 4G LTE, and 3000mAh battery.

New Delhi: US-based taxi-hailing app Uber has partnered with mobile payment service provider MobiKwik for powering credit and debit card payments on its platform.

Under the partnership, Uber will use MobiKwik for powering a new credit and debit card payment experience, MobiKwik said in a statement.

“This addition of credit and debit card payments will make the life of Uber India users much easier, giving them a choice of payment option that was missing earlier,” it added.

From Monday, Uber restarted accepting payments through international and Indian credit cards from its riders in India.

Earlier, Uber had run into regulatory hurdles with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) raising objections to its payment system as it had not included the two-step authentication process and was asked to comply with the regulatory norms.

Following the RBI order, Uber changed its payment method and partnered with an India-based virtual wallet provider, Paytm.

With the new option being made available, users now need to tap on the credit card option, add their credit or debit card details and make a fully secure two-factor authenticated (2FA) payment powered by MobiKwik.

The service has been made live for Android users, while iOS users will get the feature via an update in the coming weeks.

“We are delighted to partner with Uber and bring India’s best mobile payment experience to Uber users,” MobiKwik founder and CEO Bipin Preet Singh said.

“Our solution takes the complexity out of mobile payments, making them easy and seamless,” Mr Singh added.

Leading app-based cab service provider Ola will sell OnePlus X smartphones through its app on Tuesday, December 8, a company statement said in Bengaluru on Saturday.

“This is the first time in India where consumers can purchase a smartphone and have it delivered at their doorstep within 15 minutes of placing the order,” the city-based cab facilitator said in the statement.

“Our partnership is aimed at benefitting buyers of the handsets and our users on December 8 in seven cities across the country Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and National Capital Region (NCR),” Ola marketing Vice-President Sudarshan Gangrade said.

According to statement, the customers will have to place an order for the phone through the Ola app between 10am and 7pm on Wednesday.

“On receiving the request, an Ola cab will reach the customer’s location with a OnePlus representative and the smartphone for transaction in cash or credit/debit cards,” Gangrade said.

OnePlus India marketing head Karan Sarin said in view of its online presence, it will be convenient for its customers to get their hands on its handsets in three easy steps – book, purchase and deliver.

“We continue to deliver unique experiences to delight our consumers by giving users a chance to buy a smartphone on-demand, straight from the Ola app and get it delivered at their doorstep within minutes. This is a testament to the on-demand nature of the mobility solutions, that the Ola platform offers and takes user engagement to an all-new level! We are thrilled to announce this partnership and take great pride in bringing this exclusive access to all Ola users,” said Gangrade.


New Delhi: Public sector lender Union Bank of India on Tuesday said it has raised Rs. 1,000 crore by issuing bonds on private placement basis.

Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) said it will raise over Rs.178 crore by selling stake to LIC.

“Union Bank of India has issued 10,000 basel III compliant Tier II bonds of face value of Rs. 10 lakh each aggregating to Rs.1,000 crore on private placement basis,” it said in a filing on BSE.

The bonds, issued for a 10-year tenure, bears 8.61 per cent per annum of coupon rate.

The bonds are rated IND AA by India Rating, the bank said.

OBC, in its Extraordinary General Meeting, held on Tuesday said it will issue and allot 2,15,48,758 equity shares at an issue price of Rs. 82.79 aggregating to Rs. 178.40 crore to LIC on preferential basis.