Amazon Announces GameOn Masters India Mobile Game Tournament

Amazon Announces GameOn Masters India Mobile Game Tournament

Amazon is hosting a mobile gaming tournament in India called the GameOn Masters. Aimed at casual gamers it features popular titles like World Cricket Championship 2, World Table Tennis Champs, Jetpack Joyride (not the international version by Halfbrick, rather, the one developed by Mech Mocha), as well as the imaginatively named duo, Ludo Game and Real Carrom 3D: Multiplayer.

Qualifiers for these games start on November 23 according to a prepared statement from Amazon. Forty players – eight from each game – will participate in the GameOn Masters India Championships from February 3 to February 5 at the India Game Show in Delhi. The first prize winner for each game takes home Rs. 1,00,000. The organiser of this event is Nodwin Gaming, the same company responsible for running ESL, Dreamhack, and the Mountain Dew Arena in India.

Incidentally, all of the aforementioned games use Amazon GameOn. It’s a service that allows game developers to add competitive features such as leaderboards, leagues, and prizes. It’s built on Amazon Web Services (AWS). The service also gives developers the ability to drive engagement and increase monetisation of their games through local and regional competitions, Amazon claims. What’s more is, developers can also let streamers and players create their own user-generated competitions and invite participants.

GameOn is just one of Amazon’s many initiatives in gaming. The company has a studio developing brand new titles, the Amazon Appstore, the Amazon Lumberyard engine, and Twitch which hosts live streams from gaming content creators.


Xiaomi moves 600,000 Redmi Note 6 Pro units in first India sale

Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 6 Pro in India a couple of days ago, and the device has so far been a resounding success in the subcontinent.

In its first sale in the country, the company managed to move more than 600,000 units. That’s pretty impressive, and Xiaomi expects to sell even more in upcoming sales.

The Redmi Note 6 Pro is the new king of the Redmi series, which focuses on pairing good specs with very affordable prices. It starts at just INR 13,999 ($198 or €175), while packing a 6.25-inch 1080×2280 notched touchscreen, the Snapdragon 636 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, a 12 MP main rear camera with f/1.9 aperture and 1.4µm pixels, a 20 MP main selfie shooter with f/2.0 aperture, and a couple of depth sensors for bokeh – one on the back, one on the front.

It has a 4,000 mAh battery and runs Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 9 on top.


New Crypto-Miner PowerGhost Targeting Corporates in India: Kaspersky Lab

New Crypto-Miner PowerGhost Targeting Corporates in India: Kaspersky Lab

A new cryptocurrency miner, dubbed PowerGhost, is targeting corporate networks in India and several other regions in the world, according to new research from Russia-based cyber-security company Kaspersky Lab.

PowerGhost uses multiple fileless techniques to discreetly gain a foothold in corporate networks, meaning that the miner does not store its body directly onto a disk, increasing the complexity of its detection and remediation, showed the study published in Securelist, the online headquarters of Kaspersky Lab security experts.

The main victims of this attack so far have been corporate users in India, Brazil, Colombia and Turkey, it added.

Cryptocurrency mining software creates new coins by using the computing power of a victim PC and mobile devices.

The threat from cryptocurrency mining software has skyrocketed in recent times, replacing ransomware as the main type of malicious software, as previous Kaspersky Lab research had shown.

As this trend grows, enterprises will be put at risk, as miners sabotage and slow down their computer networks, damaging overall business processes and lining their own pockets in the process.

However, the emergence of PowerGhost adds a new dimension to the trend. It demonstrates that malicious miner developers are shifting to targeted attacks to make more money.

PowerGhost is distributed within corporate networks, infecting both workstations and servers, the study said.


Xiaomi Mi A2 Set to Launch in India Tomorrow: Here’s Everything You Should Know

Xiaomi Mi A2 Set to Launch in India Tomorrow: Here’s Everything You Should Know

Xiaomi Mi A2 India launch is scheduled to start in less than 24 hours, marking the entry of only the second Xiaomiphone part of the Android One initiative in the country. The new Mi A2 smartphone is the follow-up to last year’s Mi A1, and the company is emphasising its cameras in its social media teasers. Gadgets 360 has previously learnt the smartphone’s base variant, unveiled in Spain last month, will not be coming to the Indian market. Instead, the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage model will serve as the entry point for the new model. Also, the smartphone will be an Amazon exclusive in India. The specifications of the handset are already known, so the Xiaomi Mi A2 price in India will be the big draw for all the fans. Here’s what you should know about tomorrow’s launch:

Xiaomi Mi A2 live stream

The Xiaomi Mi A2 India launch is scheduled for 4pm IST, and there will be a live stream. However, the link is not yet live, and we will update this story as and when it becomes available. Xiaomi fans looking forward to the Mi A2 launch in India can register for the live stream on the official site and 100 of these registrants will win F-codes for the handset.

Xiaomi Mi A2 price in India, specifications

As mentioned above, the Mi A2 price in India is not yet known. The smartphone was unveiled with price tag of EUR 279 (about Rs. 22,500) for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant and EUR 349 (about Rs. 28,000) for the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage option. While the former is confirmed to launch in India at tomorrow’s event, the company was said to be still deliberating on the latter.

ALSO SEEXiaomi Mi A2 vs Mi A2 Lite: What’s Different?

As for the specifications, the dual-SIM (Nano) Xiaomi Mi A2 runs an optimised stock version of Android 8.1 Oreo, certified by Google’s Android One programme, and sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) display with a 18:9 aspect ratio, 2.5D curved glass, and Gorilla Glass 5. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC, paired with an Adreno 512 GPU.


In the camera department, the handset sports a dual rear camera setup. It consists of a 12-megapixel Sony IMX486 with f/1.75 aperture and 1.25-micron pixels, and a 20-megapixel secondary Sony IMX376 sensor with f/1.75 aperture and a 2-micron 4-in-1 Super Pixel size. The rear camera setup comes with dual-tone LED flash and PDAF. On the front, the handset gets a 20-megapixel Sony IMX376 selfie camera with f/1.75 aperture, fixed focal length, and a soft-LED flash. There is a 3,010mAh battery under the hood, and the India variant will come with Quick Charge 4 for fast-charging support.

In terms of connectivity, the smartphone includes 4G LTE, Bluetooth v5.0, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Miracast, an IR emitter, and USB Type-C. There is no 3.5mm headphone jack on the Xiaomi Mi A2. Sensors on the handset include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, and proximity sensor.

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Xiaomi Mi A2

Xiaomi Mi A2

  • NEWS
Processor2.2GHz octa-core
Front Camera20-megapixel
Resolution1080x2160 pixels
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Rear Camera20-megapixel
Battery Capacity3010mAh
  • Xiaomi Mi A2
    Launching 8th August


Pre-Owned Smartphone Market in India Booming, Average Selling Price Rises to Rs. 11,000: OLX

Pre-Owned Smartphone Market in India Booming, Average Selling Price Rises to Rs. 11,000: OLX

With more and more Indians aiming to own high-end smartphones, the pre-owned smartphone market is booming and on the online trading platform OLX, the average selling price (ASP) of a pre-owned smartphone has jumped from Rs. 9,000 to Rs. 11,000 in just one year, the company said on Saturday.

More and more high-end phones are now being traded on the platform than ever before while the holding period of mobile phones has declined from three to less than two years, especially in the tier II and III cities, said OLX.

OLX recorded almost 14 million mobile phones and accessories listings in the financial year 2017-18.

The phone listings on the platform jumped from 2.5 million units in April-June 2017 to 3.5 million in the same period this year – registering a 40 percent (year-on-year) growth.

“Mobiles is the most transacted category on OLX. We have disrupted the way people buy and sell pre-owned phones in world’s second largest smartphone market,” Akanksha Dhamija, Head of Electronics & Mobiles category, OLX India, told IANS.

With a high penetration and frequent updates, consumers are upgrading to new models within months.

“This results in good-quality and fairly new pre-owned phones available for a huge audience. OEMs and businesses also find it useful to tap potential buyers and sellers looking to upgrade on our platform,” Dhamija added.

ALSO SEESelling Your Old Phone Online? You May Have to Register for GST

According to industry estimates, sales of pre-owned smartphones in India are expected to grow at a 32 per cent CAGR to reach nearly 46 million units in 2020.

A large part of the pre-owned mobile market is still offline – driven by dealers, retailers and shop owners – but online marketplaces are increasingly becoming popular platform for buying and selling mobiles.

“Almost 70 percent of all the listings in the financial year 2017-18 were sold on OLX – implying the high liquidity of the platform,” claimed the company.

Samsung, Apple and Xiaomi remain the top three brands listed on OLX.

Xiaomi is the only brand to have grown its share of listings from 12.8 percent to 17.6 percent in last one year.

Samsung holds 20 percent share and Apple covers 13.2 percent listings on the platform, said the company.


LinkedIn India User Base Doubles in 4 Years to Cross 50 Million

LinkedIn India User Base Doubles in 4 Years to Cross 50 Million

Microsoft-owned LinkedIn on Tuesday said its India member base has doubled in the past four years to cross 50 million in the country.

India is LinkedIn’s fastest-growing and largest market outside the US. Globally, the professional networking platform has over 562 million members.

“Our members-first, localised approach has helped us cross the 50 million mark in India. We are at the beginning of an exciting journey, as we democratise opportunity for every member of the Indian workforce,” said Akshay Kothari, Country Manager – India and Head, International Product, LinkedIn.

“As we go ahead, we will continue to focus on students, career starters, and professionals beyond knowledge workers,” Kothari added.

LinkedIn said its “Made in India” journey began with the launch of the lightweight mobile website in September 2016, followed by the launch of “LinkedIn Lite” Android app, a lightweight version of the flagship app, in July 2017.

Developed by LinkedIn’s R&D centre in Bengaluru, the company’s first one outside Mountain View, California, the LinkedIn Lite Android App, was built to provide opportunities to professionals in low connectivity areas and level the playing field for job-seekers everywhere.


India Post Payments Bank: Transaction Limit And Charges You Pay For Instant Money Transfer

India Post Payments Bank: Transaction Limit And Charges You Pay For Instant Money Transfer

Other than providing a free intra-bank fund transfer service to its customers, India Post Payments Bank also provides instant money transfer services. IPPB or India Post Payments Bank charges a fee ranging from Rs. 2.5 to Rs. 50 per transaction from its customers for instant money transfer through NEFT, RTGS and IMPS payments platforms, according to the government-owned payments bank’s website – NEFT (National Electronic Funds Transfer), RTGS (Real Time Gross Settlement) and IMPS (Immediate Payment Service) are payments platforms that enable instant money transfer – also known as wire transfer – from one bank account to another through computer systems.

India Post Payments Bank instant money transfer – transaction limits and transaction charges

For NEFT transfers initiated from access points, India Post Payments Bank charges a fee of Rs. 2.5-25 per transaction from its customers, according to its website. The bank charges a fee ranging from Rs. 2.5 to Rs. 20 for an NEFT transaction made through mobile banking, it noted.

Mode of money transfer Transaction size (rupees) Charges at access point and doorstep (rupees) Charges for mobile banking (rupees)
Intra Bank(IPPB account to IPPB account) Free Free Free
IMPS Up to 2,000 10 5
2,001-5,000 20 5
Above 5,000 50 10
NEFT Up to 10,000 2.5 2.5
10,001 to 1 lakh 5 5
1 lakh to 2 lakh 15 10
Above 2 lakh 25 20
RTGS 2 lakh to 5 lakh 25 25
Above 5 lakh 50 50

For instant fund transfer through RTGS, the payments bank – which started countrywide operations in September this year – charges a fee of Rs. 25-50 per transaction, according to its website.


India Post Payments Bank customers are charged a fee of Rs. 5-50 per transaction for instant money transfer through IMPS, according to the lender’s portal.