Games2win Launches Mobile Game That Teaches How To Drive Safe


While deaths due to road accidents are in the rise attributing to various factors like drunken and rash driving, poor roads, pathetically low respect to ‘rules of the road’ and many more, there is this company – Games2win – launched a mobile game that teaches users how to drive safe.

The mobile game by Games2win is also aptly named as ‘Driving Academy of India’ and it simulates a real-life on-the-road driving like experience where users can practice their driving skills.

“There is a lack of education among young drivers about road safety and this is a problem Games2win is attempting to solve via it’s unique game “Driving Academy India,” said Alok Kejriwal – CEO and Co-Founder of Games2win, one of the world’s largest mobile gaming publishers.

In Driving Academy India, the players learn and practice car driving while clearing fifty classic road signs. Most of these road signs are never understood by drivers and Driving Academy India attempts to ‘gamify’ this important subject while keeping it fun!

Players are confronted with typical Indian signs such as Stop, No Overtaking, Railway Crossing, Pedestrian alert, etc. and obeying these signs helps players to clear game levels. As a reward, players earn coins that they can splurge on the choicest of Cars – Indian and Foreign brands included.

“We timed this game to coincide with the 2016 Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill that has been recently cleared by the Cabinet and promises to impose harsh penalties on rash driving,” he added.

India is the road death capital of the world. Over 400 people die everyday on India roads and almost all these deaths happen due to driver negligence. According to National Crime Records Bureau, 148,000 people died in 2015 due to road accidents in India, and this has grown by 9% over 2011 – in mere fours years.

“Our approach is to educate and make young people safe drivers via mobile gaming even before they get behind the wheels of a real car. India is the largest market for Mobile Games and with 70% of the Indian Population under the age of 25, we believe this game is perfect for immediate launch,” added Kejriwal.

While the country fares poorly in terms of road infrastructure, India also lacks in providing proper motor driving training to its citizens. While the mobile game by Games2win – Driving Academy of India – can not replace a real driving academy, its expected, it will build some sense of driving sense among its users.

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Aircel App Wins MoneyTech Award For Best Innovation


Aircel, one of the leading telecom operators in India, has been recognized yet again for its innovation. ‘Aircel App’ has been awarded the prestigious ‘MoneyTech Award’ for the Best Innovation in the Data Solution. The award was conferred at the recently held MoneyTech conference in New Delhi. The app successfully caters to the growing customer base and increasing data consumption, offering benefits like data loan and main balance recharge options which are industry’s first features on the app.

Anupam Vasudev, Chief Marketing Officer, Aircel, said,“We at Aircel are delighted to be felicitated with MoneyTechaward. We feel that the award highlights Aircel’s proposition to innovate at the forefront. At Aircel, we have always strieved to bring out the distinctive offers for our customers thereby addressing their demands and requirements. I believe that the award serves as an inspiration and encouragement for our online product team to work hard and achieve greater heights. This in turn will help us enhance the customer experience.”

The key highlights of the app are:
· Data Loan – Avail Data Loan Service on the Aircel App when you are running out of Data Balance of 20 or 40 MB. Along with loan, you get an attractive data pack offer to ensure customer uses his loan to complete a recharge through the App.

· Main Balance Recharge Option – One can use Talk Time as Currency to buy other Telecom products like SMS, Rate-Cutter and VAS products

· App Exclusive Offers – Get the Best Data and Voice Offers Exclusively on the Aircel App

MoneyTech Award is a platform that recognizes the brilliant work that companies and leaders are doing in the fintech domain around the country. The nominees were assessed based on parameters like innovation, user experience, ease of implementation & scalability, the solution’s ability to interface with other systems and growth of the business, by a jury comprising of experienced industry professionals.

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Jio Partners Uber For JioMoney Based Digital Payment


Reliance Jio, the telecom services arm of Reliance Industries, today partnered with world’s largest taxi hailing service provider Uber to make JioMoney a mode of digital payment for the Uber riders. This means, next time you book an Uber taxi, you will be able to pay the fare using JioMoney, the digital wallet from Reliance Jio Infocomm.

“As part of the partnership, Jio and Uber will work together and explore various opportunities to progressively enrich and enhance the Digital Life experience of their users through complementary programmes,” Jio said in a statement announcing a strategic partnership.

So what exactly it brings for customers of each partner?

Now onwards, Uber riders get one more option or means to make a digital payment using their JioMoney account. It adds to the users’ convenience. And for JioMoney users, it brings little more -the users now can book an Uber taxi directly from the mobile wallet app and can pay for it using the app.

“Jio aims to bring the benefits of evolving digital technologies to every Indian through an entire ecosystem that will allow Indians to live Digital Life to the fullest. JioMoney is an integral part of the Jio ecosystem and is fast emerging as a preferred option for digital transactions due to its ease of use, intuitive interface and growing acceptability. JioMoney’s integration with Uber will power the rapid migration of many more Uber transactions to the digital platform,” said Anirban S Mukherjee, Business Head, JioMoney.

“We are delighted to partner with Reliance Jio to unlock synergies across two of the largest user bases in India. Digital payments have become part of our everyday lives and by integrating JioMoney as a payment option, our riders will have the ability to use a familiar and consistent payment experience. Through this strategic partnership we are looking to fast forward to digital solutions at scale for the Indian users,” said Madhu Kannan, Chief Business Officer, India and Emerging Markets for Uber.

To celebrate the association, JioMoney and Uber will offer exclusive incentives to every user paying for Uber rides through the mobile wallet. The offers, however, are not yet announced.

Starting today, Uber will gradually rollout the JioMoney payment option for its users across the country.

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Google Maps Launches ‘Lists’ Feature To Share Places


Google Maps today introduced a new feature in the application called Lists. With this new feature users can make a ‘list’ of their favorite places and can share those too.

Besides creating and sharing, users can follow the lists of their friends and family when shared with them. This new feature is available on Google Maps on both platforms  – Android or iOS.

How do you create a Google list?
There are two ways to create a list:
· Open the side menu, go to Your places, open Saved, and then click on the plus sign in the blue circle at the bottom right corner of the screen
· Open the place you want to add to a new list, tap on “Save”, and then select “create a new list”

How do you share a list?
· Open your list and click on the share button in the top right hand corner
· On both Android and iOS, you can share a link to your list via any app on your phone: Hangouts, SMS, Whatsapp, or even on Facebook or Twitter

Once you send a link to your out-of-towners, they can tap “Follow” to pull up the list from Your Places whenever they need it.

How do you edit a list?
· Go to Your places and then tap the Saved Tab. Tap on the three dot menu to the right of the list and then click, “edit list”. You can also add and remove places from lists directly from a location’s place sheet by tapping the “Saved” icon

With the millions of landmarks, businesses, and other points of interest in Google Maps, there’s no shortage of places to add to your lists. Now that we’ve got the world mapped, it’s your turn to map your world with Lists — from local hotspots to bucket list destinations worlds away.

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Now, Intex Launches A Mobile Wallet


Homegrown consumer electronics and mobile phones firm Intex Technologies on Monday joined country’s digital payment bandwagon and launched a mobile wallet. Named Intex MyWallet is available on Google Play store as of now.


The Narendra Bansal founded electronics firm has partnered with Tata mRupee for its digital payment ecosystem and offers all sorts of services offered by conventional mobile wallets.

With Intex MyWallet one can avail variety of payment options ranging from recharging the phone to paying utility bills like postpaid, gas, electricity, DTH, landline, data card etc. is just a single click. The wallet also allows users to book Railway tickets through IRCTC and other entertainment bookings through various gift voucher & coupons. The app allows users to send and receive money  from their bank accounts as well.

Intex is also planning to integrate the MyWallet in to its retailer portal wherein the Intex retailers will find additional opportunities to get higher share of customers’ wallet by offering retail assisted services. Besides, the company is also planning to integrate the wallet with Intex smartphones wherein the customers can do their digital purchases like videos, games and other content directly from the platform.

“At Intex, we are constantly innovating our products and services. Digital Ecosystem has been at the forefront and we have now created a one stop solution experience for users looking for both utility and entertainment needs. Our mobile payment ecosystem is one of our core digital drivers and with this expansion our m-wallet services are now available to all android users on Google PlayStore, making day-to-day transactional needs easy. We will continue to innovate and keep integrating various digital services into our devices and commit to enhancing Intex mobile user experience at competitive pricing in future as well,” said Vineet Singh, Head – VAS, Intex Technologies.

A unique feature of the Intex MyWallet is the users will be rewarded for accessing content and other utilities which will help them earn loyalty bonus point which could be further redeemed for various utility payments or could be converted to cash depending on needs. These loyalty rewards will ensure upward movement in consumer value chain.

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Paytm Gets RBI Nod To Start Payments Bank Services


Paytm today got permission from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to start rolling out payments bank services in the country. Earlier it, among 10 others, had received in-principle approval from the apex bank to start a payments bank. Final approval was awaited.

“Today, Reserve Bank of India gave permission to formally launch Paytm Payments Bank. We can’t wait to bring it in front of you,” wrote Paytm Founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma in the company’s blog.

Among the 11 licensees only Bharti Airtel has started offering the payments bank services. A payments bank offers almost all the services offered by a traditional bank except the credit related solutions like loans or credit cards.

“At Paytm Payments Bank, our aim is to build a new business model in banking industry, focused on bringing financial services to 100’s of millions of un-served or underserved Indians,” Sharma says.

“With power of technology and innovation-at-scale, we aim to become a benchmark in world of banking,” he adds.

And we believe he can do this. We already have a bright example in Paytm.

The mobile wallet was started exactly three years from today but because of dedication to offer the best mobile wallet service coupled with Sharma’s vision and leadership, Paytm, in India, has created a benchmark in digital payment. It’s almost synonymous with digital or cashless payment.

“From villages to cities, from corner vegetable stalls to milk booths, small shops to large retailers, everyone embraced the new way to pay by Paytm,” he adds.

With the grant of the final approval from the RBI, Sharma is just steps away from the formal launch.

“This is our chance to build something that every Indian can be proud of. No other role or responsibility means as much to me as the privilege of building Paytm Payments Bank, and I intend to take a full-time executive role in the Bank,” he writes further in his blog.


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Now, Book An Uber Ride Even Without App


The service is available as the ‘Dial an Uber’ feature across all 29 cities in India

Uber has announced the expansion of ‘Dial an Uber’ feature. The pilot for this feature was first rolled out in four Indian states—Nagpur, Kochi, Guwahati and Jodhpur—but it will now be available in all 29 Indian cities where the taxi-hailing firm operates. This new feature enables people to get access to reliable low cost UberGO rides without having to download the Uber app.

Announcing the expansion of Dial an Uber feature, company’s India Head of Engineering, Apurva Dalal said, “We began with introducing ‘Dial an Uber’ – an ‘India first Innovation’ in four cities, as a pilot to overcome the challenge of serving under all kinds of networks, especially low or poor connectivity. Buoyed by the overwhelming responses, we are pleased to announce a national roll-out. ‘Dial an Uber’ offers a convenient choice to customers looking to book a ride and is testament to our focus on using our technological edge to make mobility reliable and accessible for everyone.”

Here is how you can use this feature: Open on your mobile phone browser; enter your phone number to quickly login or sign-up; view pricing information, get a fare estimate, and request for your ride with a single tap; after requesting, instantly get connected with driver over call to coordinate pickup.

One must note, all rides requested via Dial an Uber must be settled in cash. Each cancellation will incur a fee which is charged on the next trip as is done in the full app.

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Why Upgraded MyAirtel App Was Long Due



Airtel has launched the upgraded version of its MyAirtel App and it will surprise you. In the new app, the firm offers almost all the solutions or services that Reliance Jio currently offers like TV, Music, On-demand video, Movies, radio etc. It also has integrated Bharti’s Hike messaging app in to the new MyAirtel App so that customers get all the service at one place.

And it was much needed.

What Was Wrong With Airtel

Airtel had this mobile app – MyAirtel – for a long time now, and the company also had the solutions like music, radio etc, but these were never offered in an integrated manner. Traditionally Airtel has been offering most of its solutions in individual packets – you might have downloaded its Wynk Music or Wynk Movies and used it in the past. But customers were not informed well by the operator what all services are available for them. Its own customers were even not aware of the offerings, keep aside the non-Airtel customers.

The entry of Jio might have prompted, rather forced,  Airtel to put all its offerings in one plate and serve it to the customers. And its good for Airtel. Competition teaches us the tricks of business, and of survival too, at times. Customers should get something to experiment, and until unless they find more tools to do that, they would loose interest. They may abandon you.

Why Good Move

Better late than never. Airtel could have done this or could have offered all these solutions much before Jio came in to the picture. Maybe, Airtel wanted to gauge Jio’s move before taking it’s own.

The new MyAirtel App have many things that customers can wish for. It gives free calling through the app, means you can make free voice calls, just like Jio, through its My Airtel app. Though at present it has been limited to make Airtel to airtel free calls and that too for only 50 minutes, we are informed by company insiders that it will be extended to more minutes and intra operators as well.

MyAirtel app also integrated Airtel Money, just like Jio Money in the MyJio app. Airtel Money was there even before Jio got its license to be a telecom player, but Airtel failed to make proper use of that. Though Airtel Money, like Vodafone m-Pesa is a growing trend in the country, along with other mobile wallets.

The new app also offers free storage in the cloud via its Airtel Cloud app and at present it offers storage of 2 GB to back up customers data.

Besides, MyAirtel app brings other solutions like Ditto Live for watching live TV ; Juggernaut for reading books on the move and Wynk Games with thousands of ad-free online games.

Reliance Jio offers all these solutions too.

What’s Left To Do

Is Airtel loosing some brownie points as compared to Jio? May be. What does Jio’s MyJio app have that MyAirtel App doesn’t? There are quire a few like JioMags, JioExpressNews, JioSecurity, AJIO and JioNet. Airtel does not have to emulate everything that Jio is doing but there are few things Airtel should take up on priority. Like JioNet.

One of the important solutions that Airtel is loosing out of Jio is the equivalent of JioNet which is being offered as the WiFi hotspots for Jio customers. What JioNet does is it automatically connects to Jio’s WiFi network whenever the customers is around that, helping the customers save his mobile data. Also, its a seamless process – the JioNet does not ask for any security key or password to connect, as it has been sorted out at the time of purchasing the data package. The JioNet can detect the individual customer ID and the smartphone registered to that network, and automatically connects to it.

Airtel, on priority, should offer this solution. Airtel customers, through MyAirtel app, should be able to connect to its WiFi network, wherever its available. It helps the customers save their mobile data and it also saves the operator from congesting its network by WiFi offloading.


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MobiKwik Brings UPI On Its Platform



Mobile wallet firm MobiKwik Wednesday said it has launched unified payments interface or UPI on its platform. MobiKwik users can now load their wallet with e-cash using UPI. The company already has options of netbanking, credit & debit card and the exclusive cash pick up & cash deposit service for wallet loading.

“MobiKwik users now have an additional option for real time wallet loading with UPI. Users can use their MobiKwik e-cash at over 100000 online and offline merchants across India,” said Mrinal Sinha, Chief Operating Officer at MobiKwik.

Unified Payments Interface (UPI) is an additional layer of payment architecture built upon the IMPS (Immediate Payment Service) mobile payments system which allows customers to transfer money across different banks with the use of a single identification and password.

MobiKwik is also the only wallet in India that has a cash pick up facility, with which users can get their MobiKwik wallet loaded with e-cash from their location within 25 minutes in major Indian cities. They just need to request for cash pick up on the app, and a company representative will reach their location to help them with instantaneous cash loading. The company also has cash deposit facility available at over 100000 locations in 10000 cities.

With MobiKwik, users can shop seamlessly across 100000 merchants including Myntra, Shopclues, Big Bazaar, Big Basket and Grofers, or book their next vacation using bus booking on MobiKwik, on MakemyTrip or OYO rooms.

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Now Enjoy Vodafone Play App Free Till 31 December

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vodafone-playReliance Jio had made time till 31 December pretty interesting for Indian consumers. After it announced free services like data, voice, music etc, almost all the operators started offering some kind of freebies to their customers. The latest is Vodafone that today announced to give free access to its Vodafone Play app till 31 December where customers can access unlimited movies, music and other services.

The Vodafone Play app has over 180 Live TV channels including popular film and entertainment channels- Sony, Colors, Zee, B4U, Zee Cinema, MTV,  leading news channels – Aajtak, IBN7, India TV, CNN News 18, CNBC Awaaz,  ET Now, BBC World News in Partnership with Ditto TV . The app also has 14000+ movies including classics and block busters in several popular languages and a huge catalogue of video and music content across all genres are available to choose from and watch at convenience are available to choose from, in partnership with Hooq & Hungama Movies – Vodafone Play is truly your window to the world of entertainment.

“People are increasingly watching more videos and listening to music on their smartphones. Instead of downloading multiple apps, all they need is to download and use Vodafone Play that offers the best of content digitally for all their entertainment requirements. It is truly a single window to the world of entertainment with a rich portfolio of content across genres and languages. We will continue to enrich its portfolio by adding more quality content and features on Vodafone Play to make the consumer experience more enjoyable,” said Sandeep Kataria, Director – Commercial, Vodafone India.

Vodafone Play app has features like Play and Pause on live TV, DVR capability, show timings display, show start reminders and responsive streaming of live TV channels. The company believes these features combined with the free offer will create interest among its consumers.

The Vodafone Play app can directly be downloaded from the Google Play & Apple App Store on smartphone, or by sending an SMS ‘PLAY’ to 199.

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