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Google‘s annual online shopping event Great Online Shopping Festival (GOSF) attracted 2 million visitors this year as people thronged to e-commerce sites to check out deals on electronics, shoes, watches and travel.
GOSF 2013 saw the number of visitors doubling to 2 million this year compared to last year’s inaugural edition.
“Even offbeat categories like cars and housing saw great traction during the festival with Tata Housing closing booking of over 55 flats,” Google India Director eCommerce (local and media) Nitin Bawankule said.
According to Google, of the 2 million unique visitors, almost half were women.
Google said between 2pm and 8pm was the peak time of traffic each day, with 62 percent viewers coming from the 18 to 34-year old category.
“Currently, we estimate that over 30 percent buyers were first time shoppers on most sites. Given the scale of the initiative with all the partners and the large number of online shoppers in India, GOSF this year was a huge success by all parameters,” he said.
Other popular categories included apparel, e-books, books, home and kitchen equipment, jewellery, and healthcare and wellness.
“We witnessed over 120 percent jump in traffic and 3.5x growth in revenues, which is testament to the future potential of online shopping in India,” Myntra Chief Marketing Officer Vikas Ahuja said.
Tata Housing sold more than 50 apartments with a sales value of over Rs. 25 crores across four projects during December 11-14. About 30 percent of the booking came from NRIs and 40 percent was from tier II cities.
“Initiatives like GOSF act as a catalyst to further boost adoption of online shopping in India. In fact, a lot of these new shoppers become repeat buyers and add up to the traffic on the website,” Snapdeal.com Vice President (Marketing) Sandeep Komaravelly said.
Lenskart CEO and Founder Peyush Bansal said the site registered 60 percent spike in traffic and 70 percent jump in new registrations leading to a 50 percent increase in the overall sales.
HealthKart Co-Founder Prashant Tandon said GOSF proved to be a great platform to launch a number of new products. The site saw a jump in its core categories like sports nutrition, health nutrition and health devices.
Cash back and coupons site Cashkaro said its traffic doubled during GOSF and the transaction volume went up three times.
Online recharge site Paytm Founder Vijay Sharma said GOSF led to a 15 percent revenue uptick on the site.
The survey by Firstnaukri.com, a job search engine, reveals that out of the total recruiters surveyed, 73 percent of them said that the number of students to be hired from campuses will be lower in 2014 as compared to 2013.
The decline in hiring will be seen both among engineering and MBA students.
“The uncertain economic conditions will continue to manifest themselves through a weaker demand for students in campus hiring,” said Deepali Singh, business head, Firstnaukri.com.
She said most of the companies have adopted a watchful approach towards recruitments and its ramifications will be felt in campus hiring as well.
Highlighting the key challenges faced while hiring from campuses, the survey said: “Lack of communication and analytical skills, students’ refusal to join a company after accepting the offer and salary expectations are some of the challenges faced by the recruiters while hiring from campuses.”
Personal interviews emerged as the most favoured mode of recruiting students with 40 percent of total recruiters opting for the same.
The survey was conducted among 115 recruiters across India covering sectors like technology, construction and finance.
Direction: Nikhil Advani
Tales of espionage in Bollywood seldom manage to arouse or sustain the tension that the genre demands. Director Nikhil Advani, however, delivers splendidly on this account, weaving a taut narrative complete with unpredictable twists and turns. Not only does he spin a thrilling tale, he infuses the story with sensitivity and emotion.
Four RAW agents have been trained over the years for one specific task – capture India’s Most Wanted man and bring him back to the country alive, so that he can be punished for his crimes. Wali Khan (Irrfan Khan), one of the RAW agents who infiltrated into Pakistan, has spent the last nine years of his life there hoping to find a trail of the elusive Iqbal Seth.
Just when the Indian sleuths are about to give up pursuit, the most-wanted Iqbal Seth (Rishi Kapoor) gives them a glimmer of hope. He is adamant to make an appearance at his son’s wedding. This is their only chance to abduct him.
The team swings into action. Rudra Pratap Singh (Arjun Rampal) and Zoya Rehman (Huma Qureshi) are key players in this covert operation. Rampal has often been criticized for being expressionless. However, in ‘D-Day’, this apparent criticism works to his advantage. As a former army officer and now an undercover agent, Arjun is intense and sharp, his body language apt and his performance precise. Huma is a pleasant surprise, especially in the action sequences.
Irrfan Khan, as usual, delivers another ace with a well-nuanced performance. In the nine years that Wali Khan has spent in Pakistan, he has acquired a new life and his identity no matter how fabricated is as true to him as his own existence. Khan has a choice to make. Will his emotions supersede his loyalty towards his country? Irrfan’s silence and his skillful portrayal convey his internal conflict and his quiet resignation with equal effect. Here is an actor who is as believable as a barber as he is as a RAW agent.
In this fast-paced action thriller, Nikhil Advani creates moments that remain etched in memory. There is a scene when Rudra exacts revenge for the ghastly scar on a beautiful prostitute’s (Shruti Haasan) face. The way water pours down his face in slow motion when he is washing off the blood is symbolic of the way gods are anointed with milk in India.
Later, when Rudra recounts the horror that must have befallen his moll, it is a particularly disturbing scene but has been shot superbly. Shruti has a cameo but are eyes speak louder than anydialoguebaazi.
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Research In Motion made a couple of changes this year. It changed the company’s name to BlackBerry and with that it altered its approach to mobile devices. The company also promised to bring a new breed of devices offering full touchscreen and Qwerty with touchscreen experience. The first two devices with this agenda were announced – BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10. Read about BlackBerry Z10 features here.
BlackBerry launched the Z10 in India to supersede its previous generation Bold Touch 9900. The new BlackBerry Z10 is a transition from the BlackBerry 7 OS to the BlackBerry 10 OS, which supports system wide touch. We managed to get our hands on the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 at the launch event. Later, we got the BlackBerry Z10 review unit and spent more time with it. Here are our thoughts on the BlackBerry Z10 (STL100-1) retail unit carrying the BlackBerry 10 OS (10.0.10.648). More from The Mobile Indian
Design guru Dilip Chhabria gets his hands on the Mahindra XUV5OO and gives it the DC Lounge treatment
Dilip Chhabria needs no introduction. Founder of DC Design and the brains behind some of the most wonderfully outlandish one-off cars India has ever seen, he has also been churning out what are called DC Lounge kits for everyday cars for a little while now. The DC Lounge concept is simple – take a regular (and slightly large) car, strip out the interiors and replace them with a set-up more lavish than even the most luxurious of luxury cars can offer. And this service is absolutely brilliant for those who want something opulent to sit in, but don’t want any sort of flash to be seen from the outside.
The DC Lounge’s weapon of choice has, in most cases been the Toyota Innova, but last year the firm also gave the same treatment to its butch SUV cousin, the Toyota Fortuner. But remember, we’re talking about a near 20-lakh-rupee car. So if you wanted to ‘DC Lounge’ an SUV, but had a donor car budget equivalent to the Innova, you were pretty much out of luck. Until now that is. The good blokes at DC Design have just designed this super luxurious interiors kit for the Mahindra XUV5OO.
Once you hand over your XUV5OO to DC Design, the firm really goes to town on it. The original second row bench and the foldable third row are chucked out, and in their place go a pair of 24-inch captain seats which are fully electric and can recline to a maximum of 150 degrees – perfect to take a nap in on those long drives. These seats, clad in very tasteful brown leather match the rest of the interior trim treatment, and feature controls for the seat position as well as the interior lights in the armrests. The roof also features an aircraft style centre module which offers diffused ambient lighting as well as an individual set of reading lights for each of the rear passengers.
The backs of the front two seats feature a pair of 10.4-inch LCD televisions which can be hooked up to a variety of sources such as DVD players or even laptops. And if you want to use your laptop or have a meal, a pair of tables with sliding tops and glass holders fold out from behind the driver and co-driver seats. And the customisation doesn’t end there. The same leather upholstery as well as wood panel trim is also available for the front of the cabin, to match the look and feel of the rear seats.
The best part of a customisation job like this is that you can enjoy the lap of luxury without showing it off to the world. However, if you were in the mood to show off and the let all those watching know that you aren’t being driven around in a regular Mahindra XUV5OO, you can always go for the optional DC body kit which includes a new sculpted bumper as well as elegant cladding on the doors and wheel arches. All we can say is, wow!
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Nokia finally unveiled their flagship smartphone, the Lumia 920, in India. ‘Although the phone is still not out on shelves, Nokia allowed us to spend some quality time with the handset to test its new PureView camera with optical image stabilization.’. Here are some of our initial
Visually, the Lumia 920 looks almost identical to the Lumia 800 and the Lumia 900. Although Nokia has been recycling this design for some time now, it still looks beautiful. Nokia has once again used polycarbonate plastic for the unibody design, which has a glossy finish that looks and feels great.
Much has been said about the weight of the Lumia 920. There is no doubt that the phone is heavier than many of the current high-end smartphones out there on the market today. But is that really a bad thing? Not really. It takes a while to adjust to the weight if you’re moving from a lighter device but after a couple of hours you hardly notice it. It’s also not that big an issue when it comes to carrying it around in your pocket. The solid polycarbonate body and the heft also means the phone feels built to last like few devices out there.
Now coming to the camera, this was the main feature that Nokia invited us to test. We especially had a good opportunity to test the optical image stabilization used in the camera, a first for a mobile phone.
First impressions were quite positive. The images, on the phone’s display at least, looked absolutely amazing. This is partly due to the images themselves being pretty good and also because of the amazing display. Viewing the same images on a computer monitor revealed that quality was far from perfect, with chrominance noise being a major detraction. We were told the devices were pre-production units, so quality could improve with the retail units, which we look forward to reviewing in future.
Moving on, the Lumia 920 uses a 4.5-inch, 1280 x 768 resolution, PureMotion HD+ LCD with ClearBlack technology. That sounds like a lot of jargon but what’s important is that the display looks fantastic. The colors are vivid yet natural and Nokia’s PureMotion tech ensures no motion blur while scrolling. The sunlight visibility is also excellent, thanks to the ClearBlack technology. Compared side by side to a Galaxy S III directly under the sun, the Lumia 920’s display was a lot clearer and less washed out. Also, you can use the touchscreen on the Lumia 920 even through
As for the images stabilization, it didn’t make itself felt while shooting stills since the images were mostly taken in bright sunlight that significantly increases shutter speed. However, during videos, it did help smoothen some of the jerks associated with minor movements of the hands, compared to other smartphones. The videos obtained, as a result, were easily some of the best we have seen from a smartphone.
In terms of software, the Lumia 920 is running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system. Compared to other devices on the market, Nokia’s Lumia series gets the benefit of Nokia’s superior apps and services (Maps, Music, etc.) and also some exclusive games and apps from third party developers that you won’t find on devices from, say, HTC.
Unfortunately, at the end of the day, this is still Windows Phone 8, which means the app ecosystem is still in its infancy. Although Microsoft does like to boast of increasing app numbers at every event, the reality is that Windows Phone still lacks most of the major apps and games that you can get on iOS or Android, making a switch a rather difficult decision. In our short time with the Lumia 920, this was the only thing that bothered us the most, with everything else being very impressive.
Nokia is yet to announce when the Lumia 920 goes on sale in India and at what price. It is expected to go on sale some time in January and we hope Nokia does not overprice it at launch, unlike some of their recent high-end devices. The hardware is good enough to go head to head with the best smartphones out there but the software is still lacking, which is something both Nokia and the buyers need to keep in mind.