Snapdeal Diwali Offers: iPhone 6s, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Sony PS4

Snapdeal Diwali Offers: iPhone 6s, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, Sony PS4, and MoreJust like Flipkart, Snapdeal is also teasing all the offers that it is set unload as part of its Diwali celebrations. Snapdeal’s Unbox Diwali Sale is set to begin on October 2 and go on till October 6 (same as Flipkart), where great discounts and one-day deals on smartphones, tablets, and other electronics, will be up for grabs. The e-commerce giant is also giving away free prizes like the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, and the Le Max 2 to few buyers in this five-day sale.

Snapdeal has partnered with Citibank, and all debit and credit card holders will get a 20 percent instant discount on purchases. There’s also a Bajaj Finserv no cost EMI plan for those looking to pay in instalments. This plan will eliminate the need to pay any down payment, or a processing fee.

 

On its Unbox Diwali Sale preview page, Snapdeal has highlighted that it will offer discounts on the iPhone 6s and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Unlike Flipkart, Snapdeal hasn’t unveiled the temporary price cut that these smartphones are set to get, but looking at how big these annual sales are, it will hopefully be worthy. Other products that will get discounts include the Sony PlayStation 4 1TB variant, the Cannon EOS 1300D, and other home electronics and appliances.

Almost all the big electronics brands like Samsung, Xiaomi, Micromax, Apple, Lenovo, HP, SeaGate, SanDisk, and LG are participating in the Snapdeal Unbox Diwali Sale. As the sale falls in a festive week, Snapdeal is hosting exclusive stores for Navratri and Diwali. There’s a separate lighting and puja store as well for buying products pertinent to religious ceremonies.
As mentioned, Snapdeal will give away prizes to buyers who purchase mobile accessories worth more than Rs. 750. Prizes worth Rs. 4 lakhs are up for grabs during the Unbox Diwali Sale, and the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5 and LeEco Max 2 are also included among the goodies. Furthermore, there is a guaranteed Rs. 100 off on prepaid orders above Rs. 750 from 9am to 9pm on sale days. As part of the Diwali sale, Snapdeal will amp up its Deals of the Day page and include more products with heavy discounts. This page includes products from all categories like electronics, garments, and home decor.

Be sure to register and save your card details on Snapdeal ahead of the sale week, in order to make the most of the big deals. As this is the biggest sale of the year, expect products to go out of stock soon. Ensure you get online early and make the most of the deals while it lasts.

Check out all the Snapdeal Unbox Diwali Sale offers.

Tencent Becomes China’s Most Valuable Company

Tencent Becomes China's Most Valuable Company
China’s technology giant Tencent has become the country’s most valuable enterprise, Bloomberg reported Monday, beating state-owned telecom behemoth China Mobile and nearly reaching half of Apple’s valuation.

Tencent stocks surged 4.16 percent at closing on Monday on the Hong Kong stock exchange, to HKD 210.20, giving it a market capitalisation of HKD 1.99 trillion ($256.60 billion or roughly Rs. 17,07,636 crores), according to its company website.

The figure beat China Mobile’s market capitalisation of HKD 1.97 trillion as of Monday and put the technology giant as China’s most valuable company, Bloomberg News reported.

It also put the Hong Kong-listed firm amongst the world’s 10 largest public companies including the likes of Apple, the report said. Apple was valued at $580.50 billion (roughly Rs. 38,62,812 crores) based on its latest stocks quote.

Tencent’s share price has jumped nearly nine percent since August 17, when it reported a net profit surge of 47 percent in the three months to June, to CNY 10.74 billion.
Based in the Chinese southern export hub of Shenzhen, Tencent operates China’s biggest messaging service WeChat, through which a variety of businesses including gaming, advertising and social networking have flourished in recent years.

It agreed to buy Finnish game-maker Supercell Oy, creator of “Clash of Clans”, from Japanese mobile firm SoftBank for $8.6 billion in June.

Connection of Casino Games and Celebrities

It’s quite normal to find celebrities at the blackjack pits or poker tables around the world. Some of them play in private rooms so that you never get to hear about their gambling fun. And like millions of people, there are numerous celebrities who prefer to indulge in casino gaming online, at popular casino sites like MagicalVegas.com. After all, if you want to enjoy a few games of slots or blackjack, there is no need to head to the land based casino, as you can enjoy these games from anywhere and at anytime at online casinos. We have compiled some of the keen celebrity casino gamers who enjoy a bet or two.

Ben Affleck is known to be an expert at poker tables, but he has also shown his talent while playing at the Blackjack pits as well. There was one particular weekend, when this superstar was seen staking $60,000 per hand at a blackjack table, and to the amazement of everyone, he walked away with a handsome windfall of $950,000. The dealers got lucky that day, as they were tipped not less than $150,000 by Affleck.

The Canadian-American poker player and actress Jennifer Tilly is more often seen at poker events than on screen these days. Back in 2005, she won World Series of Poker Ladies Only Event – No Limit Hold’em. Jenny Tilly has been part of various blockbuster movies such as Bride of Chucky, Liar Liar, Monster Inc., and more. In a television interview, she mentioned that she was more interested to following poker than acting. Her live tournament winnings exceed over $900,000.

Soul celebrity Gladys Knight used to love playing Baccarat and has even admitted losing £40,000 in a single night playing this game. It seems that since then, she has lost her interest in the game and is no longer found at Baccarat tables. She has reportedly completely stopped gambling in the past few years. She first started playing when she used to be a hermit over 30 years ago. It began with stakes of $1 and in the years the came it reached hundreds of thousands.

Tiger Woods, the living legend golfer was a regular at the MGM Grand’s Mansion, where high roller can gamble as much as they like and still keep a low profile. It is rumoured that he plays £25,000 for a hand of blackjack at The Mansion. There is no wonder, this rich athlete with a career earnings of over 1 billion has a limit of $1 million at this casino.

The American profession poker player Phil Ivey might be an act at the poker tables, but he is also known to be a keep craps lover. He used to get a marker for 200,000 and was playing $5,000 on the pass line. Michael Phelps, the most honoured Olympian ever, is also known to enjoy the game of poker and blackjack.

Playing secured for real money on the net

Playing secured for real money on the net can allow people to make money in a way that many of their competitors still do not believe is possible. Many people are under the impression that there is no career online. Lots of people are not even really aware of telecommuting, in spite of the fact that this is the way in which countless people make their living today. Playing secured for real money on the net can allow people to make money online in a way that is going to be more fun and enjoyable than the typical set of money making methods on the Internet.

Platinum Play online casino makes it particularly easy to earn real money online, even compared to many of its competitors. The extent to which people can earn real money online through online casinos is going to be governed by the size and nature of the welcome bonuses. Websites that have fairly small welcome bonuses are not going to give people the best opportunities, since even if they do manage to grow those bonuses through some successful wins, the wins are not going to be quite as successful by design. The websites that have much bigger welcome bonuses are more or less going to let people win a lot of money before they even get started, which can make all the difference in the world for them. People will be able to get these opportunities with Platinum Play online casino welcome bonuses, which is why playing secured for real money on the net is relatively easy at this location.

It should be noted that one of the other great things about Platinum Play online casino is the simple fact that this is an online casino that has a lot of excellent security features. This is an online casino that is actually going to manage to protect the private information of all of the clients, which is an extremely important consideration. People who manage to win major jackpots at online casinos may be able to completely change their lives in the process. However, managing to win jackpots on those levels will still mean that these people are going to make targets of themselves, at least to a certain extent. It is that much more important that the privacy settings on the online casinos that they frequent are able to protect them and everything that they have rightfully won.

The newer and less established online casinos may not have all of the privacy settings and encryption software types that people are going to need in order to completely ensure their safety, which is why it is a good idea to be as cautious as possible when it comes to playing secured for real money on the net. There are lots of opportunities to do so on the online casinos that have already become well established online, and it makes sense for people to stick with the websites like Platinum Play online casino. Some people might want to take a chance with some of the others, but they should make sure that those places are at least going to offer them some minimum levels of protection, like encryption software and privacy settings. It is possible to earn real money playing casino games, but people are going to need to be tech savvy about their new enterprise.

US IRS Ruling Raises Uncertainty About Yahoo’s Alibaba Spinoff

A crucial deal for Yahoo has hit a snag after the IRS refused to bless the Internet company’s proposed spinoff of its $23 billion (roughly Rs. 1,52,719 crores) stake in Alibaba Group as a tax-free transaction.

Despite the rebuff, Yahoo emphasized Tuesday that the IRS didn’t rule out the possibility that the spinoff could still be completed without triggering taxes on the profits that the company has accumulated from its initial $1 billion (roughly Rs. 6,639 crores) investment in Alibaba, which runs some of China’s most popular online services.

Even so, Yahoo withdrew its request for an IRS ruling on the matter, according to a Tuesday regulatory filing.

The IRS’s indecision raises uncertainty about the value of Yahoo’s most prized asset and could intensify pressure on CEO Marissa Mayer to boost the company’s slumping stock. The proposed spinoff is now in “uncharted territory,” Evercore analyst Ken Sena wrote in a Tuesday research note.

Yahoo is still proceeding with its plans to place the Alibaba stake and a small-business service into separate company called Aabaco Holdings, while its board members “carefully consider” other options, according to the regulatory filing.

Investors interpreted the IRS development as a setback, causing Yahoo’s stock to fall $1.22 to $29.68 (roughly Rs. 80 to Rs. 1,970) in Tuesday’s extended falling. The shares have already dropped nearly 40 percent so far this year amid mounting frustration with Mayer’s inability to revive Yahoo’s revenue growth more than three years into her tenure.

Yahoo’s stock still has nearly doubled since Mayer became CEO, largely because Alibaba has been thriving, although it has been hurt by a slowdown in China’s economy. Yahoo’s stake is currently worth about $23 billion, down from $40 billion (roughly Rs. 2,65,613 crores) at the start of the year.

The Alibaba holdings will be worth even less if Yahoo has to pay taxes on its gains. If the Alibaba stake is taxed, it will be worth about $22 (roughly Rs. 1,460) per share to Yahoo stockholders instead of $31 (roughly Rs. 2,058) per share in a tax-free spinoff, Sena estimated.

Yahoo “is likely to face a higher bar to satisfy tax authorities, and this news will at least lengthen the process for the proposed spin,” Sena wrote.

Mayer has been hoping to complete the spinoff by the end of this year. Yahoo, based in Sunnyvale, California, declined further comment beyond its filing.

The spinoff may now hinge on the opinion of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, the law firm assessing the tax implications of the deal. The firm told Yahoo that the IRS’s ruling didn’t reflect any change to US laws, nor would it prevent its attorneys from making their own determination about whether the deal can be done tax free.

Amazon’s speedy delivery service dishes up restaurant orders

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Prime Now users in certain Seattle zip codes will now be able to see restaurant listings.Amazon

And now apple butter pork chops, brought to you by Amazon.

The Seattle online retailer is pushing deeper into restaurant deliveries, announcing Tuesday that it’s partnered with a handful of Seattle eateries to serve up orders in an hour or less under its Prime Now speedy delivery program.

The offering, which for now will provide delivery services for free, is the first service from the company’s new Amazon Restaurants group, which formed several months back. The effort will start out small, offering deliveries from locations including Skillet (which makes that pork chop), Cactus and Wild Ginger to just a handful of ZIP codes around Seattle. However, the company said it will expand out “in the coming days.”

“We want it to continue to grow,” Gus Lopez, general manager of Amazon Restaurants , said in an interview. “We have our sights set big, but for now we’re focused on Seattle.”

Amazon’s announcement comes after Reuters on Fridayreported that the company was listing online about 15 job openings for Amazon Restaurants positions, though the wire service didn’t have further details about the purpose of the group.

The new program and the Amazon Restaurants group may signal the e-commerce giant’s big ambitions in restaurant deliveries, but it will have to contend with a crowded field of competitors. GrubHub, Uber and Postmates are all developing new services to get customers food deliveries fast. Groupon in July announced its own new delivery and takeout business called Groupon To Go, available in Chicago.

Tuesday’s announcement also shows Amazon’s continued focus on growing Prime Now, a rapid deliveries service it started in December that the company has expanded steadily throughout this year. Prime Now and the new Seattle restaurant deliveries program are available only for Amazon Prime members, who pay $99 a year for no-fees two-day shipping and other benefits. The new effort also points to Amazon’s wider ambition to grow in services, after it’s already become the US’s online leader in selling goods.

The Prime Now restaurant program was created as an offshoot from the company’s current takeout and deliveries service in Seattle under the Amazon Local program. That service has included 75 Seattle restaurants, but only five of them have offered deliveries through Amazon’s site. That takeout and delivery service will be retired so Amazon can focus on Prime Now program instead. The Prime Now program will already include more delivery options, with eight restaurants listed in a press release, though Amazon didn’t provide a specific number of restaurants involved.

The company also offers ready-to-cook meals from restaurants through its Amazon Fresh groceries delivery service.

While these Prime Now deliveries will start as a free service, Lopez was quick to say that the program was not just an experiment.

“We are doing this as a real, full-blown service for customers,” he said, “and we are going all out on it, so it is not a pilot.”

Turn Chrome’s new tab page into a to-do list powerhouse

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It’s just one program on your PC, but for many of us the browser is the central tool we use for work, play, and communication. That’s why so many people love Google Chrome and its healthy ecosystem of extensions and apps. Today we’re going to look at one way to turn your new tab page into something a little more productive than you’ve got now thanks to Microsoft’s recently acquired to-do list app Wunderlist.

Wunderlist offers four different free Chrome tools, but the one we’re interested in is calledWunderlist New Tab. As its name suggests this, extension shows your to-do lists every time you open a new tab in Google’s browser. It also displays the service’s typical background photo of Berlin’s Fernsehturm (TV tower).

To get started, download the extension from the Chrome Web Store. Once it’s installed, Chrome will notify you that a new extension wants to take over your new tab page. Tell Chrome to keep the changes.

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If you’re new to the service, click on “Create Account” to get started with Wunderlist.

On your new tab page you’ll see a request to sign-in to Wunderlist. Click on Sign in and in the Chrome app window that opens towards the bottom you’ll see an opportunity to create a new account—assuming you don’t have one already.

There are options to sign-in with a Facebook, Google, or Microsoft account, but there’s little point to doing that since you’ll have to create a separate Wunderlist account anyway.

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A condensed view of Wunderlist New Tab for Chrome.

Once your account is created, you’ll have an opportunity to create new to-do lists in the separate Chrome app window. Whether you want to do that is up to you. If you’ve never used Wunderlist, it helps you create a variety of “to-do” lists such as for grocery shopping, movies you want to watch, and general daily to-dos. If you don’t want to create a bunch of complex to-do lists you can just use Wunderlist’s default inbox as your to-do list.

Once you’ve signed up and gone through the introduction, you may not see any change when you open a new tab. ClickSign in again, then login with your new Wunderlist credentials and you’re off to the races.

Now, every time you open a new tab your to-do lists will be staring you in the face. Wunderlist is also cross-platform, which means you can get the same to-do lists on your Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone as well as your PC.

Like the idea of being confronted with to-dos in the browser, but feel like Wunderlist is too much at once? Scale it down with the simpler Momentum extension, which we’ve looked at before.

New Algorithm to Identify Illegal Websites Listed in Photos

A new computer algorithm that can “read” web addresses in images or videos could make blocking pornographic, gambling and other illegal sites easier for parents and law enforcement agencies, scientists say.

Internet marketers of all shades might add a website address, a URL, to a graphic or photo that might then be found through an image search engine.

The user finding such an image may be interested in visiting said site, but will have to type out the URL into their browser’s address bar to do so. Conversely, the URL might point to illicit content – pornography, gambling sites, illegal drugs, terrorist propaganda, researchers said. In that content, those in authority, whether parents and guardians of children or law enforcement, may wish to automatically blacklist such URLs.

Now, Nikolay Neshov of the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria and colleagues at the University of Karlstad, Sweden, and the University of Belgrade, Serbia, have developed a computer algorithm that can detect the presence of text overlaid on to an image or a still from a video, extract the text and convert it into an active URL for accessing or blocking a website.

Simple optical character recognition (OCR) does not work well with text overlaid on images as the background is usually complex, the text is likely to be of lower resolution and lower intensity and contrast than that seen in a scanned document or page, for instance. The new approach uses an identification extraction technique that finds anomalies in an image that would be present if text is overlaid.

It then removes the details surrounding those anomalies leaving just the area occupied by any text – the team calls this the binarisation process. This isolated text image can then be fed into an OCR system to convert the image of the text into actual text in the computer.

The team has successfully tested their algorithm on thousands of images with overlaid URLs. They were able to identify 619 URLs from a random selection of 1,000 test images at a rate of three per second using their approach. Conventional OCR was faster but only found 83 URLs in the same 1,000 images, an improvement from about 8 per cent to more than 60 per cent.

The researchers’ initial motivation was to assist computer forensic investigations in which tens of thousands of illegal and illicit photos must be scanned and any associated websites identified quickly in an investigation. This is critical in investigations of child pornography and child sexual abuse, the team said, but such work is often stymied by the vast numbers of images involved.

The research was published in the International Journal of Reasoning-based Intelligent Systems.

Housing.com Senior Staff Reportedly Quit to Join Rahul Yadav’s Startup

Mumbai-based real estate portal Housing.com is reportedly having a series of defections with three of its senior staff members reportedly joining ex-CEO Rahul Yadav’s new startup.

Housing.com’ Chief Marketing Officer, Pratik Seal; Azeem Zainulbhai, Chief of Staff, and Suvonil Chatterjee, Chief Design Officer at Housing.com, have reportedly left the company, claims Inc42.

The report further states that Rahul Yadav has secured a “huge round of funding” from Flipkart andPaytm founders.

Chatterjee’s LinkedIn profile presently lists him as an ‘Ex-Chief Design Officer’. We reached out to a media spokesperson at Housing.com, who confirmed his departure from the company. Pratik Seal was not reachable on his phone.

Suvonil_housing_body.jpgRahul Yadav’s post on Facebook alludes to an ongoing work relationship between the two.

Paytm and Flipkart founders Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Sachin and Binny Bansal haven’t responded to our queries for a comment.

According to news reports, Housing.com is reporedly laying off over 600 employees in the next quarter as it tightens its cash burn. The firm claimed to have over 1 million verified property listings, andacquired HomeBuy360, a cloud-based sales lifecycle management platform for $2 million (roughly Rs. 13.06 crores) in August.

E-Commerce Law Needed to Protect Consumers: IIM-Ahmedabad Study

In the era of increased online shopping, a study conducted by the Indian Instituteof Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A) has stressed on a need for a separate law for e-commerce with a view to protect rights of Web consumers in India.

“To effectively protect a consumer buying goods or services through e-commerce would need a separate law, as other countries have,” said the study conducted by IIM Ahmedabad.

“European Union has come up with ‘Directive on the Protection of Consumers in respect of distance contract which the Union countries have given effect to. The UK first gave effect to it with the Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2002,” it said.

The recent study titled as ‘Consumer Rights in the New Economy: Amending the Consumer Protection Act, 1986’ conducted by Professor Akhileshwar Pathak of IIM-A also highlighted the problems faced by consumers in E-Commerce.

“In E-commerce, numerous problems arise due to the buyer and seller being at a distance. The buyer is not able to inspect or sample the goods or services. The buyer necessarily pays through a card. This brings in the problem of fraudulence in card payment,” it said.

The study has reviewed the proposed amendments in the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, proposed by the union ministry of consumer affairs.

The Union Cabinet had in July approved the new bill as ‘Consumer Protection Bill, 2015’ and Consumer Affairs Minister Ramvilas Pasvan had tabled it in Lok Sabha as well.

The new bill seeks to replace the 29-year-old law and proposes to set up a Consumer Protection Authority which will also have the power to initiate class suit against defaulting companies.

The new bill came against the backdrop of emergence of complex products and services in the era of growing e-commerce business in India that has rendered consumers vulnerable to new forms of unfair trade and unethical business practices.