Practo Pilots Medicine Ordering Service in Bengaluru

Practo Pilots Medicine Ordering Service in Bengaluru

Online healthcare player Practo updated its app on Tuesday to include medicine ordering functionality. The service is currently being run as pilot in limited areas of Bengaluru.

Other Indian tech startups focused on medicine delivery include 1mg, Netmeds, mChemist, and Pluss. To buy most medicines online, users are required to upload a valid prescription using the phone’s camera or from the photo gallery. Practo is leveraging its end-to-end cloud-based healthcare management solution for clinics Practo Ray, to eliminate this step. If the doctor who issued a prescription is using Practo Ray, patients would not have to upload or present the prescription to Practo, reducing the paperwork required by the user.

(Also read: Roundup: 10 Indian Healthcare Startups You Should Know About)

The company had acquired cloud-based hospital information management solutions providerInstahealth, hospital appointment scheduling platform Qikwell in September 2015, following its $90 million (roughly Rs. 612 crores) funding round in August 2015.

Practo said that its platform sees 40 million appointments a year, and has over 200,000 doctors, 10,000 hospitals, and 8,000 diagnostic centres on its platform, across 15 countries.

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Google Hangouts Will Let You Reply to Messages Without Opening the App

Google Hangouts Will Let You Reply to Messages Without Opening the App

Google Hangouts for Android has started receiving a new update that bumps the version to 7.0 and brings new features. The new app update is currently available to limited users and is expected to be pushed out to more users soon.

The latest Hangouts for Android update adds the new quick reply option to the app. With the new feature, users will be able to reply directly from notification tab by just hitting the reply button. The quick reply feature sends the reply without opening the app.

Apart from the quick reply, the app receives a new feature that will allow users to create conversation shortcuts on home screen. Users can create a shortcut by selecting the “Save to home screen” option from the overflow menu within conversation. The feature will allow users to continue the conversation with a particular contact and will offer direct access to the conversation, instead of first opening the app and then finding/ jumping to the conversation. The update also brings design tweaks that replace checkboxes, found on previous version, with toggles.

Currently, the Google Play India lists an old version of the Hangouts for Android (version 6.0) which was last updated on Tuesday. The Hangouts version 6.0 update brought bug fixes and performance improvements. We can expect Google to push the update to Indian users soon.

The company on Monday rolled out an update to its Gmail app that fixed Hotmail sync issue.

Google, earlier this month, rolled out its revamped weather card in Google Now, which includes new features along with major changes in design and looks. The new weather card is colour-coded on the time of day, unlike the previous one, which mostly included white background with minimal text in black and grey.

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India Funding Roundup: An Online Tea Shop, a Home Renovation Marketplace, and More

India Funding Roundup: An Online Tea Shop, a Home Renovation Marketplace, and More

VC firm Saama Capital India Advisers was in the news recently, after raising $100 million (roughly Rs. 680 crores) in three separate funds. Our latest funding roundup sees angel and pre-series A investment rounds in a home renovation marketplace, a portal for tea shopping, an online rental platform, a workforce management software provider, and an app-based wellness outlet chain.

Buildzar
Gurgaon-based Buildzar, a marketplace for home construction and home renovation announced that it has received $4 million (roughly Rs. 27.2 crores) from individual investor Puneet Dalmia in a pre-series A funding round. Buildzar operates two verticals: The Material Store – a marketplace with over 20,000 products related to home components and BuildMyHome, a curated platform with over 70 contractors and architects on its platform.

Teabox
Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons has invested an undisclosed sum in Teabox, an online store that sells tea to over 90 countries around the world. This is Tata’s fifth investment in 2016, following FirstCry, Tracxn, Dogspot, and Cashkaro.

(Also see: From Smartphones to Smartcars, Here’s Ratan Tata’s 2015 Startup Shopping List)

Whats On Rent
Bengaluru-based online rental platform, What’s On Rent has reportedly raised an undisclosed amount of angel funding from Lalit Mangal, Co-founder of CommonFloor, and Neeraj Gupta, co-founder of Excubator. Founded in July 2015, the startup provides home appliances, computers, furniture, camping, fitness, and medical equipment on rent.

Applicate
Workforce management software provider Applicate, has reportedly raised $1 million (around Rs 6.8 crore) in angel investment from a group of high net worth individuals. The Bangalore-based company will reportedly use the funds to further develop Trade GINI,its mobile based e-commerce platform for offline retailers and online sellers.

Gajty
Gurgaon-based wellness outlets chain Gajty has reportedly secured an undisclosed amount in seed funding from US-based venture capital firm Purvi Ventures. The startup has been operational since in October 2015, and offers apps for users and merchants on the Play Store. It currently operates in Gurgaon with around 60 outlets, including spas and salons, and claims to have processed over 15,000 orders.

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Apple Fixes Safari Crash Bug for iOS and Mac: Report

Apple Fixes Safari Crash Bug for iOS and Mac: Report

Apple appears to have fixed the bug that caused its Safari Web browser to crash on its iPhone, iPad, and OS X devices. A bug in Safari for iOS and Safari for Mac affected several people worldwide on Wednesday, either by slowing down the Web browser or completely crashing it.

Several users on Wednesday reported performance issues when opening tabs, or when trying to type in a URL in the address bar. While Apple is yet to officially acknowledge the existence of the bug, people are now claiming that the issue has resolved for them.

Steven Troughton-Smith, an iOS developer noted on Wednesday that the bug appears to have been resolved, though a DNS reset may be required. He was one of the first to point out the bug earlier in the day, and said it was related to Safari’s search suggestions. Media reports now claim that anyone whose “suggestions cache” had updated between 9am and 12pm GMT were impacted.

If you’re still facing the issue, as sometimes a patch roll out could take longer to arrive on every computer, you could try turning off the search engine suggestions on your OS X and iOS devices. Here’s a guide to assist you with that.

Safari users are having a rough time this week. A sketchy website that aims to exploit a bug in Safari went viral earlier this week – a variant of the URL itself has been visited over 650,000 times. Visiting the website crashes Safari on iOS and OS X devices.

When a user visits crashsafari.com (or crashsafari.co, which is orchestrated to redirect to crashsafari.com), the Web browser on both mobile and desktop platforms starts to crash. The website appears to be overloading the address bar with an infinite series of numbers. Apple is yet to patch this issue.

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