Indian government’s IT spending to cross $7 billion in 2015: Gartner.

Emphasis on ‘Digital India’ initiative and use of technology to deliver citizen services is expected to help IT spending in the government sector in India to grow 5% to touch USD 7.2 billion in 2015, research firm Gartner today said.

For the ongoing year, government IT spending is on pace to total USD 6.6 billion, Gartner said in a statement.

The forecast includes spending by the government sector (of state, regional and central government agencies) on internal IT (including personnel), hardware, software, external IT services and telecommunications.

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Google announces Android L developer preview.

In what is a change to its usual manner of handling new Android releases, Google has announced a developer preview of the upcoming Android L release. Previous the search giant would unveil a new version of its platform at the I/O event, making it available for download almost immediately.

Now, we’ve got a developer preview that will only serve for developers to play with and optimize their apps with the actual public release coming later on.

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New Amazon phone makes it easy to buy stuff … from Amazon.

Amazon wants you to buy its first smartphone, the Fire. But it also wants you to use that phone to buy more stuff … from Amazon.
And one of the device’s most distinctive features is designed to make it as easy as possible do just that.

It’s called Firefly, and it contains image, text and audio-recognition technology to help you scan and identify books, songs, movies and other items. Amazon wants you to use Firefly so much that the feature has its own dedicated button on the side of the phone for one-stop shopping.

“The Firefly button lets you identify printed Web and email addresses, phone numbers, QR and bar codes, artwork, and over 100 million items, including songs, movies, TV shows, and products and take action in seconds,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in announcing the phone, which will run Amazon’s Fire operating system.

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New mobile app for sweet lovers- Sweet Particle.

Concept of Sweet Particle was conceived by a high school girl who found it hard to locate all sweet recipes consolidated at one place. Her new born taste to make cakes motivated her to design and build this simple and easy to use app.Sweet Particle is a mobile and web based app that allows anyone across the world to add sweet recipes aka sweet particles and share it with all.

This app will eventually be a place for sweet lovers to hang out and spread the sweet taste to the rest of the world. Facebook and Twitter links are provided to share recipes with friends and family.Sweet Particle is free with one request that you give credit to the real authors of the recipe while adding a recipe.

Available free for Android and ios.

Download SWEET PARTICLE now and spread your taste!
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Next Version of Android May Focus on Enterprise Security.

If rumors are to be believed, the next version of Android may emphasize enterprise security and business-specific features. That’s according to a report by The Information, which says Google’s own Sundar Pichai is leading the initiative to make Android more attractive to businesses.

Security is said to be a major focus. A range of features are under consideration, including stronger encryption, storage of data on secure chips, better compatibility with biometric authentication, and new APIs for managing devices and apps remotely.

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Mobile gaming market in India: opportunities, monetization challenges and solutions.

With rise of mobile app market in India, mobile gaming is now one of the sectors coming under limelight of global and local mobile game developers and distributors. The Indian gaming app market has also seen popularity of a few International game studio products such as Angry birds (Rovio), Candy Crush (King), Clash of Clans(Supercell) and so on.

According to a forecast by Gartner, mobile games are the fastest-growing segment in the global markets, with revenue set to nearly double between 2013 and 2015 from USD 13.2 Bn to USD 22 Bn. A few months back, the research company KPMG-FICCI has also predicted that from the current INR 560 crore, the mobile gaming segment size will become more than triple to INR 1,800 crore by 2017.

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Games and apps market to touch Rs 2,700 cr by 2016 in India.

Mobile games and applications in India are expected to become a Rs. 2,700-crore market by 2016, driven by strong smartphone growth and expanding 3G user-base, a report by Avendus Capital said on Sunday.

“The digital content market (other than caller ringback tones) in India has been sub-scale due to large-scale piracy. Mobile Internet is opening the doors for large-scale monetisation of digital content through paid apps which is expected to grow to become a Rs. 2,000-crore market in the next 3-4 years,” Avendus Capital Executive Director and Head (Digital Media and Technology) Ashish Bhinde told PTI.

According to the report, smartphone users in India are expected to grow to 67 million this year and 382 million by 2016.

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