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Digest: MapMyIndia, TaxiForSure, Amar Ujala, RBI and others

MapMyIndia brings NaviMaps to iOS

MapMyIndia has released an iOS version of its navigation app NaviMaps that offers voice navigation in regional languages. The app provides regional language guidance in 10 languages, automatic traffic based re-routing and maps for Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. It also provides real-time journey updates on Facebook.

The app works on a freemium model where its free to use with limited features and offers a 3 day trial. It offers an in-app purchase of Map updates for Rs 299 and a full featured lifetime pro-guidance for Rs 620. MapMyIndia had earlier released the Android version of NaviMaps in May this year.

Amar Ujala launches hyperlocal sites in Shimla and Jammu

Hindi news daily Amar Ujala has recently launched two hyperlocal websites for Shimla and Jammu. These hyperlocal websites provide local news in politics, crime and bureaucracy along with campus coverage, sports and cultural activities, blogs and photo galleries. Amar Ujala mentions that it had earlier launched hyperlocal websites for Chandigarh, Dehradun, Lucknow and Delhi-NCR. The website aims to launch in more cities soon.

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Hungama will live stream musical festival Khazana

Hungama will be live streaming the music concert ‘Khazana – A Festival of Ghazals’ across its digital platforms on the 1st and 2nd of August 2014.

This concert can be watched from Hungama.com, Hungama’s official YouTube channel, Pankaj Udhas’s official FB Page, Dailymotion India and through the Ghazal section on the Hungama mobile app. It will also be live streamed for Tata Sky’s Actv Music subscribers.

TaxiforSure launches in Ahmedabad

Online taxi service TaxiForSure has launched its operations in Ahmedabad. With this, the company is currently operational in five cities including Bangalore, Chennai, New Delhi and Hyderabad.

It had stated plans to launch operations in 20 new cities over the next 18 months in May this year, when the company had raised $10 million from Bessemer Venture Partners and existing investors Accel Partners, Helion Venture Partners and Blume Ventures. The company claims to have crossed over one and a half million transactions in the past three years.

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GIS based soil fertility maps developed for 19 states

The Indian Institute of Soil Science has developed GIS based soil fertility maps for 19 states using data of different soil testing laboratories in the country. An assessment of these maps apparently revealed that the soils are low in nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium by about 59%, 49% and 9% of the areas respectively.

RBI allows NBFCs to use e-KYC for identity verification

The RBI will now allow Non Banking Financial Companies (NBFC) to accept e-KYC verification as a valid identification process under the Money Laundering (Maintenance of Records) Rules of 2005. This move aims to reduce the risk of identity thefts, forgery and frauds via paperless KYC verification. The new guidelines stated by the RBI also allows NBFCs to accept e-Aadhaar cards via the UIDAI website as a form of authentication.

Students digitize Malayalam texts for Wiki

More than 13,000 pages across 150 Malayalam books have been digitized by school students as part of digitisation competition held by the Malayalam Wikipedia community, IT@School, Kerala Sahitya Akademi, Centre for Internet and Society and Swathanthra Malayalam computing, reports The New Indian Express.

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Publications which were digitized through this initiative include rare books like Hasthalakshana Deepika, Malayazhmayude Vyakaranam and Dival Shankunni Menon among others and magazines such as Mangalodayam and Rasikaranjini were also digitized during the event. Some of these books and magazines can be found here.

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