Dropbox for Windows 10 Released With Biometrics Support and More

Dropbox for Windows 10 Released With Biometrics Support and More

Microsoft on Thursday announced that Dropbox has released its universal Windows 10 app, adding that users can utilise Windows Hello biometrics feature to sign into their Dropbox account.

Dropbox for Windows 10 offers several interesting features including the ability to allow a user to drag and drop files from Windows File Explorer to Dropbox app. Users can also utilise Quick Search and set up interactive notifications. However, more notable is support for Windows Hello, which will allow users to log into their account using fingerprint or face for authentication.

Dropbox already exists on Windows 8 as a modern app, and the new release is a re-launched app for the new desktop version. Dropbox said that users can continue to work on Windows 8 app, but they will be slowly upgraded to the new version.

Dropbox and Microsoft partnered in November 2014 and have since released a number of handy integrations – including the ability to edit Office files from within Dropbox app. Dropbox says that the partnership has resulted in 17 million users taking advantage of their collaborated features.

“Microsoft is excited to partner with Dropbox to bring more cloud storage and productivity services to Windows 10 across PC and tablets. With the arrival of Dropbox, Windows 10 fans have easy and convenient access to photos, documents, and files anytime, anywhere,” said Steve Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President of Developer Platform & Evangelism and Chief Evangelist, Microsoft

Dropbox said that an app optimised for tablets will be available in the coming days. It is also working on a Windows 10 Mobile app, which it expects to release in “early 2016.”


Microsoft Mimicker Alarm App Launched for Android

Microsoft Mimicker Alarm App Launched for Android

Microsoft Garage, responsible for Invite, Send, Next Lock Screen, Snip, Guardian, and Parchi apps, has launched an alarm app for Android called Mimicker Alarm.

The Android app helps you wake up by forcing you to play a game. You can choose which one out of the three games you want to play. The options include taking a selfie image with a particular expression, finding an object with the same colour, or speaking a tongue twister phrase. The app also gives you the option to share the selfie images with friends.

“Watch out – if you don’t finish the game in time, we’ll assume you’ve fallen back asleep and your alarm will start ringing again. Once you complete the Mimic, share your personalized results with your friends and show how you beat the clock,” says the app description page on Google Play.

mimicker_alarm_app_screenshots_2_ndtv.jpgThe app sports the card-style user interface that matches with the rest of the Android UI. Setting up an alarm is easy. It gives all the regular options seen on other alarm apps. The app weighs 21MB, works on Android 4.1 KitKat or later OS versions, and is available to download from Google Play.

For those unaware, Microsoft’s Garage project is the company’s community of interns, employees, and teams who come together to turn ideas into real projects.

The Mimicker Alarm app was built using Microsoft’s Project Oxford, which the company calls is a “platform of artificial intelligence APIs.” The app makes use of the Emotion API for the selfie mimicry, the Speech API for the tongue twister mimicry, and the Computer Vision API to analyse colours.

“Images, audio, video, or other data that you upload when using Mimicker Alarm are sent to Project Oxford APIs in order to support the fun interactive activities included in the app. The data you upload, along with anonymous usage data may be used by Microsoft for service improvement purposes. To protect your privacy, we do not use any of the uploaded data to identify or contact you,” says Microsoft.


India Funding Roundup: Silvan, SnapBizz, ShabdaNagari, LocalCircles, Little, Housing, Fisdom, Just Buy Live, Easypolicy

India Funding Roundup: Silvan, SnapBizz, ShabdaNagari, LocalCircles, Little, Housing, Fisdom, Just Buy Live, Easypolicy

The week following the Startup India event has seen the largest investments going to startups specialised in online insurance, B2B distribution, and e-commerce enablement solutions.

Silvan Innovation Labs, a Bengaluru-based company providing home security and automation products, has reportedly raised Rs 3.5 crores from Chennai Angels. The company will focus on offering its services directly to home owners.

Bengaluru-based e-commerce marketing enabler SnapBizz has reportedly bagged around Rs. 48 crores in a fresh round of funding led by Jungle Ventures, Taurus Value Creation, Konly Venture and Blume Ventures. Founded in 2013 by Prem Kumar and Yashwanth Prakash, the startup provides hardware and software solutions for retail stores to set up a Web store, manage stock, and engage customers.

Kanpur-based ShabdaNagari, a Hindi social networking platform has reportedly raised Rs. 1.2 crores in an angel funding round from Kanpur Angels and others. Founded in late 2015 by Amitesh Mishra and Nikhil Tiwari, the startup plans to expand the genres covered on the site and upgrade the user experience.

Citizen engagement platform LocalCircles announced that it has raised an undisclosed sum of funding from Dalmia Group Managing Director Puneet Dalmia, who has become an investor in the company. The funds will be used to enable communities for many more causes and making the existing existing communities available to many more citizens, the company said in an emailed statement.

App-based deals marketplace Little has reportedly raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Singapore-based sovereign wealth fund GIC. Little had raised $50 million in July 2015 from Paytm, SAIF Partners, and Tiger Global, and acquired curated deals portal Trideal in October 2015.

Realty portal Housing.com has raised an additional Rs. 100 crores in funding from Japan-based SoftBank. Housing.com said that it it has 1.7 million verified listings to date received 85 million visits in 2015.

Personal finance app Fisdom has reportedly raised Rs 3.4 crores from a group of angel investors including Taxiforsure co-founders Raghunandan G and Aprameya Radhakrishna, and Commonfloor founder Sumit Jain. The startup will use the funding to build new products and increase the size of its team.

Just Buy Live
Mumbai-based B2B distribution platform Just Buy Live has reportedly secured roughly Rs. 100 crores in its Series A round from Mumbai-based investment firm Alpha Capital Advisors. JustBuy offers apps for Android and iOS to businesses that have a verified and valid business proof.

Noida headquartered Easypolicy, an online platform for comparison and sales of insurance hasreportedly raised Rs. 15 crores in a fresh round of funding, led by Unilazer Ventures. The funds will reportedly be used to build its technology platform, enhance its product portfolio, and strengthen its marketing team.


Ola Launches Ride Sharing Service in Kolkata

Ola Launches Ride Sharing Service in Kolkata

Cab aggregator Ola on Friday announced the launch of Ola Share, a social ride-sharing platform, in Kolkata.

Ola Share will allow users who travel on the same routes to share their cab rides with users from social groups they are part of starting today, the company said in a statement.

A ride can now be shared by up to three people at any point in time, the statement said.

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Ola Share already launched in Bengaluru, Delhi NCR, and Mumbai. Another cab aggregator Uber also said it will introduce ride share in the city this year. Ola launched its services in Kolkata in November 2014 city.

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Speaking on the launch, Ishan Gupta, Category Head – Shared Mobility said, “After seeing tremendous adoption and response for Ola Share in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, we are thrilled to bring Ola Share to Kolkata. As one of India’s most populous cities, Kolkatta can benefit immensely from shared mobility options. Ola Share helps make transportation within a city more affordable and helps reduce pollution and on-road congestion. It also gives users the option to travel in the comfort of social groups they are part of, with convenient access from the Ola app. With Ola Share, we are enabling access for more citizens than ever before and furthering our mission of building mobility for a billion people.”