ShareWant to know the most Trending Games of 2016 ? Read the article Google Play Store and App Store both have zillions of gaming titles, but not all games are worth your time. Moreover, many new titles are added to this list everyday. So, if you’re wondering which are the top trending hot titles one must have, don’t worry. Here is a list of top 5 trending games available for both Android and iOS which are supposedly awesome. Some of these games are free while others are paid. Feel free to leave suggestion(if any) in the comments. So, lets get started. 1. MARVEL Future Fight   Imagesource If you’re into superhero kind-of theme and want to experience the thrill of being one then MARVEL Future Fight will do the job. Gather the mightiest Super Heroes and Super Villains, assemble your team, and protect the universe at all costs! Imagesource Marvel: Future Fight is a 2015 superhero-themed, role playing video game. It features some of the most beloved Marvel characters including The Avengers, Spider-Man, Daredevil and the Guardians of the Galaxy, complete with their signature moves and abilities that will allow players to build their own unstoppable team in the fight against well-known villains such as Loki, Doctor Octopus and Ultron. Its plot goes like this-S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury has sent a dire call from the future: The multiple dimensions of the multiverse are collapsing upon each other – and it’s up to you to ensure humanity survives! Wage epic battle against Super Villains in stage-based battles across a deep, immersive single player RPG campaign to unlock exclusive content, new costumes and rewards! Test your mettle against other players in 3v3 battles! Moreover, you can choose from four unique hero types – Combat, Blast, Speed, and Universal – then pit your champions against your opponents’ teams for supremacy. Imagesource Need a little help to get through the next Super Villain battle? Summon your friends via the Ally System for reinforcements and claim victory as a team! You can unite the greatest heroes from all corners of the Marvel Universe for the epic battle that will decide the fate of all realities – MARVEL Future Fight! Yes, including Doctor Strange.   MARVEL Future Fight (App Store)    MARVEL Future Fight (Play Store) 2. Asphalt Xtreme No Road, No Rules! Join the world renowned Ashpalt series for a trip on the wild side! Imagesource Asphalt Xtreme is the first off-road racing iteration in the Asphalt series. It features a lineup of rally cars, monster trucks and a vast amount of snowy tracks and dirt. Break through to uncharted territory with Asphalt Xtreme! Rip around dunes, charge through canyons, drift across the mud and fly past your opponents to reach the finish line! With 5 different race modes and a career mode comprising of 5 series with each series containing several seasons player gets a long lasting immersive gameplay time. Each season is comprised of several races ranging from Rookie to Master. Again the vehicles are also sortable by the same 5 Performance classes from Asphalt 8: Airborne: D, C, B, A, S. To sum up, you’re getting 5 game modes, 400+ Career events, 500+ Mastery challenges, Limited-Time Events and more are on the way. Imagesource Perfect nitro is renamed as long nitro. Triple nitro activates all three or four bars at the same time for added speed.Furthermore, the Extra Nitro Booster lasts for 10 minutes as compared to in Asphalt 8, which lasts 4 hours.    Imagesource So what are you waiting for? Gas up and take off.           Asphalt Xtreme (Play Store)    Asphalt Xtreme (App Store) 3. Does Not Commute Does not Commute is a temporal paradox in which you have no one to blame but yourself. Imagesource It tasks you with navigating a car from point A to point B. The car drives forward automatically, and you tap the right side of your screen to turn right, or the left side to turn left. After you successfully guide your first car across the neighborhood to its exit point, you’ll be asked to do the same with a second car with new starting and ending points. That’s where the game starts to get tricky. Every time you start a new car, you have to find a path to the exit that keeps you from ramming into your other vehicles as they replay the exact routes you just drove. In other words, it starts off with one driver and their car. But when you complete their route, another person appears and you have to control their car, while the previous one is still in effect (temporal paradox). Imagesource As you progress through the game, you’ll be given other types of vehicles to drive, including ATVs, mopeds, and boats. Also, each vehicle is also unique with their weight, handling, and speed, so you also have to take that into consideration. If you start crashing cars into buildings, poles, or whatever else, then the car gets slowed down, meaning precious seconds are wasted. Thankfully if you mess up really bad you can rewind your current vehicle at the cost of one second off your total time. Furthermore, you can also gain extra time by driving over tokens that appear on the map. Wit new levels you’ll get new power-ups that can be used to enhance certain aspects of your car.   Imagesource Its a free game with no ads. But here lies the catch. The only problem is you can’t save your progress unless you pay for the in app purchases. You have to start over on level 1 every time you restart the game. This might get hectic. So, don’t play, if you don’t plan to pay. Does Not Commute (Play Store)    Does Not Commute (App Store) 4. Clash Of Clans Despite of being released almost 3 years ago, Clash Of Clans is still one of the top trending and highest grossing game available for both Android and iOS. Imagesource Clash of Clans is an online multiplayer game in which players build a clan, train troops, and attack other players to earn gold, elixir and Dark Elixir. Clash of Clans tasks players to build their own town using the resources gained from attacking other players through the game’s fighting features. The main resources are gold, elixir and dark elixir. Imagesoure As you build and expand your small camp into a burgeoning fortress you unlock more building types, but never enough to weigh you down with choices. Hit a high enough level and you can take over the Clan Castle, allowing you to forge allegiances with other players, upgrade your barracks, and create different types of unit. Furthermore, players can conjoin to create clans, groups of up to fifty people who can then partake in Clan Wars together, donate and receive troops, and talk with each other. Clash of Clans uses the single player mode as a way for new players to get acclimated to the game.Hence tuning their attacking strategy before they are sent into the multiplayer world where trophies and resources are on the line. Imagesource Those who are looking for an opportunity to build a world, while destroying someone else’s, will find Clash of Clans a very appealing package. So go and grab it. It’s free and easy to get into.  Clash Of Clans (Play Store)    Clash Of Clans (App Store) 5. Hitman: Sniper Step into the shoes of Agent 47 in Hitman: Sniper and discover the most compelling sniper experience on mobile. Imagesource Hitman: Sniper is a sniping game based on the Hitman universe where the player snipes enemy targets in an increasingly difficult fashion. The player is behind a sniper rifle, and needs to take out as many targets as possible before killing the target. When progressing through the game, more high-value targets will unlock to identify and take out. You’re introduced to much more complex challenges such as hitting a target whilst moving, blowing up a target, and making sure you dispose of bodies. You need to pay attention to the surroundings of your enemy. You need to eliminate the enemy and make sure no one else gets suspicious. Different from Hitman series, Hitman Sniper has rather simple controls. You look around by dragging your finger across the screen. You zoom with the rifle by using a pinching motion on the screen. And you shoot with a single, heavy tap on a target. Imagesource With more than 150 missions, this game will keep you busy for days if not months. After eliminating targets you can collect weapon parts and complete blueprints to unlock the most powerful weapons. The online leaderboards allows user to compare their scores against all other players of the game in the world as well as their friends. This gives players a competitive push to perform better. Imagesource So what are you waiting for? Step into the shoes of Agent 47 in Hitman: Sniper and BECOME THE ULTIMATE SILENT ASSASSIN.  Hitman: Sniper (Play Store)    Hitman: Sniper (App Store)   ...

Share Which are some of the best PC games available now ? Let’s find out an answer ! Time keeps on slipping into the future. With dozens of new titles releasing each month, we have a lot of great games. But some of you might be wondering which games are on the top of trending charts. Well fear not, because we’re here to help 🙂 Here’s a list of Top 5 trending games (which may or may not be released) in no particular order. 1. Watch Dogs 2 Imagesource Can any game handle this much anticipation? Ever since its announcement at E3, Watch Dogs 2 has been tipped as the game to define the new generation of open world games. No matter how you feel about the first Watch Dogs, it was a great game, with few issues. One of Watch Dogs main issues was that its story was not all that engaging. Watch Dogs 2 aims to rectify this. Watch Dogs 2 is set in San Francisco Bay where players use hacking power to expose government and free people from corruption. Best thing is, Marcus Holloway, the game’s new protagonist is not out there to seek revenge, like the previous game. All he wants is to be free from ctOS 2 (a centralized operating system) After being wrongly accused of a crime by the 2.0 version of ctOS, Marcus sets out to clear his name by working with the hacking group known as “DedSec.” Imagesource To recreate San Francisco, Ubisoft flew designers and artists to the city eight times over, capturing 40,000 pictures and over 200 hours of video. In effect of this painstaking attention to details, Watch Dogs 2 will probably have the best and most realistic open world ever featured on a game. Marcus can create firearms by using his 3D Printer, plus he can send out his quadcopter and remote-controlled car for enemy scouting/remote hacking. Conversely, using his hacking abilities he can get things done while remaining in the shadows. As you go around San Francisco you can listen in to people’s conversations and read their text messages. Walking around a street corner and seeing a couple getting into an argument or friends having chat about their class test, is cool. My favorite part,  you can pet the adorable dogs as much as you want. Imagesource “Watch Dogs 2” will be released on Nov. 15, 2016 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. For PC gamers, Watch Dogs 2 has been delayed by 2 weeks. It’s worth the wait because it has a ton of extra features, options and support for 4K resolution. 2. Titanfall 2 Imagesource Titanfall is a FPS where players can control both the pilot, and the Titans, mech-style exoskeletons. The pilot has an arsenal of abilities like invisibility cloaking, parkouring, zip-lining and wall-running which enhance their efficiency during combat. The original Titanfall was well accepted by gamers and critics. Fast paced multiplayer and destructive weapons coupled with sci-fi multiplayer maps made it one of the must have titles. But the lack of single player campaign puts it in an awkward position. There was no story to connect the dots. No background for the players to know how the universe was shaped. So of course, the most significant addition to Titanfall 2 is the single player campaign. Imagesource The player assumes control of Jack Cooper, a rifleman from the Frontier Militia, who is sent to an alien planet and must ally with his former squadmate’s Titan named BT-7274 to fight against both local alien creatures and human enemies from Interstellar Manufacturing Corporation. Players are allowed to use multiple ways to complete objectives, such as utilizing stealth, or using the long-ranged or short-ranged weapons provided in the game to assault enemies. In addition, the game features platform elements, which task players to make use of Cooper’s parkour abilities to solve environmental puzzles, and access the previously inaccessible areas. On multiplayer front, Titanfall 2 is great. Titanfall 2 won the “Best Online Multiplayer” game award at the 2016 Game Critics Awards which took place after E3 2016. The skill system is improved, and players are rated based on their performance in a multiplayer match, regardless of whether their team wins or loses. In addition to this, matchmaking is also enhanced, with the game automatically helping players to find a new match after the end of every match. Imagesource The game is scheduled to be released in October 28, 2016 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.   3. Rise of the Tomb Raider Imagesource Rise of the Tomb Raider, the sequel to the 2013 Tomb Raider series reboot, launched exclusively on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in November 2015, with PC and PS4 versions launched this year. A special edition of the game, titled Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration, was released worldwide for PlayStation 4 in October 2016. Imagesource The game’s storyline follows Lara Croft as she ventures into Siberia in search of the legendary city of Kitezh, whilst battling a paramilitary organization that intends on beating her to the city’s promise of immortality. Presented from a third-person perspective, the game primarily focuses on survival and combat, while the player may also explore its landscape and various optional tombs. Camilla Luddington returns to voice and perform her role as Lara. The in-game environment includes a weather system that both human and animal characters can react to and a day-night cycle. Moreover, one can collect items such as “plants, minerals, metals, cloth, hides, and other items” which can then be used to create new tools and weapons. They include grapple lines for traversal; traps, explosives, and poisoned weapons for combat, and bandages for healing on the fly. Imagesource Rise of the Tomb Raider is one of the best action adventure games out there. Some say that it is better than any game from the Uncharted series. 4. Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare Imagesource Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is an upcoming first-person shooter video game developed by Infinity Ward and published by Activision. As of this writing, the official trailer has over 34 million views. What’s notable is that it also has over 3.3 million dislikes, compared to about 544,000 likes. As a result, the trailer became 2nd most disliked video on all of YouTube. The game’s campaign is centered around a battle for the Solar System, which the Settlement Defense Front (SDF), a hostile force who are the main antagonists, are attempting to take over. The player takes control of Captain Nick Reyes of the Special Combat Air Recon (SCAR). They will have their own transforming fighter, named “Jackal”, that they can customize as well as a central hub world named Retribution. Infinite Warfare introduces a major overhaul to the class system called the “Combat Rigs”. Similar to the Specialist system in Black Ops III, there will be six rigs in total, including Warfighter, Merc, FTL, Stryker, Phantom and Synaptic. All of which have different payloads, weapons, abilities and playstyles. In addition to these, the game also features a cooperative multiplayer Zombies mode, which has its own gameplay mechanics and story, separate from the campaign. There’s also a special edition of Infinite Warfare which comes with a remastered version of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Critically acclaimed, Modern Warfare received an aggregated score of 94% from both GameRankings and Metacritic. It was the top-selling game worldwide for 2007, selling around seven million copies by January 2008 and almost sixteen million by November 2013. Infinite Warfare is set to be released for PC, PS4 and Xbox One on November 4, 2016. 5. Battlefield 1 Imagesource Battlefield is a series of first-person shooter video games that started out on Microsoft Windows and OS X with its debut video game, Battlefield 1942, which was released in 2002. Battlefield 1 is the fifteenth installment in the Battlefield series, and the first main entry in the series since Battlefield 4. The game is set in the period of World War I, and is inspired by historic events. Players can make use of World War I weapons, including bolt-action rifles, automatic and semi-automatic rifles, artillery, flamethrowers, and mustard gas to combat opponents. Melee combat is reworked, with DICE introducing new melee weapons such as sabres, trench clubs, and shovels into the game. Players can also take control of various armored vehicles, including light and heavy tanks, armored trucks, biplane aircraft, battleships and zeppelin, as well as ride horses into battle. Also, destructible environments and weapon customization features present in the previous games, returned in Battlefield 1 and are more dynamic. Imagesource The game’s multiplayer is planned to support up to 64 players. Furthermore, the new squad system allows a group of players to enter and leave game servers together. The game launched with nine maps and six modes, which include Conquest, Domination, Operations, Rush, Team Deathmatch, and War Pigeons. The game was released worldwide for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 21, 2016. 2016 indeed is promising to be a good year for the gaming geeks. However, we will have to wait and watch to see the reaction of the fans ! ...

ShareOnePlus Online Store OnePlus India finally put curtains to the suspense which existed over last few days Photocredit – OnePlus India As expected, OnePlus India finally announced the Diwali bonanza. Different section of people speculated that OnePlus will come with mini version of OnePlus 3 or may be even announce their upcoming flagship OnePlus4 🙂 However, putting an end to all the rumours, the company stated that India will get their first OnePlus exclusive online store now. So far Amazon India has sold all OnePlus products exclusively on its portal. Right from OP1 to OP3 and even the accessories are sold on amazon India website. I straight away started exploring the store being a loyal OnePlus fan. However, I was disappointed when I did my review. If you are planning to buy the latest OnePlus 3 or the earlier versions of OnePlus 1, OnePlus 2 and the OnePlus X, then you are mistaken, as none of the flagship phones are actually available on the store;just the accessories and the support community is what you get. If you click on the buy button, you will be redirected to amazon.in to place the order. So why do we use the OnePlus online store ? I must say this question makes a lot of sense ! The new online store looks very nice when it comes to visual appeals, however, it hardly adds any value to the user base. On carefully navigating through different options, you will find that the case covers, back panels and other accessories are very expensive. Additionally, you are not spoilt for choices because the collections are pretty limited. I do agree that you can get all the original products here because it is backed up by OnePlus trust. In the past lot of users had complained of getting fake products on amazon, but in my honest opinion, it still has a long way to go. OnePlus has also integrated the support and the community section to their new online store and that actually makes some sense. Users can use the same platform for all types of services. We might believe that in future, OnePlus would be launching all their new flagships exclusively on their platform. However, they will have a lot of challenges specially in terms of logistics. Till then you can still log on to amazon India to get a hands on your favorite smartphone. Do let us know if you came across any special deals or offers for the loyal OnePlus fans.. You can visit the store from HERE Cheers ! Imagesource – OnePlus India   ...

ShareHow did I get my tax refund for the AY 2014-15 in just 20-21 days ? Stay tuned to know ! I am a salaried person in India and just like most of the tax payers, have always relied on a Chartered accountant to file my returns most of the time. Last year, due to some unavoidable circumstances I failed to file my returns and was in a misconception that I will not be able to file it as the due date was already over. There is no denying that IT department in India has done an amazing job in simplifying the entire process of filing the returns online. Moreover, anyone who can spend sometime and keep few pointers in mind, can easily file returns online. Gone are the days when you had to file the returns and send the acknowledgment to CPC Bangalore office and wait forever for tax refund. In fact, now you can e-verify your filed returns using any of the below mentioned details – EVC received in Registered Mobile number and e-mail Aadhaar OTP Login to e-Filing through Net Banking Using Bank Account Number Using Demat Account Number Bank ATM Among the options mentioned above, I would strongly recommend using your bank account to e-verify your returns as you can use the same savings account to get your tax refund (If you are entitled to) Now I will tell you how I filed my returns and got the refund in no time. Please do keep in mind that I absolutely had no experience of doing it ! 🙂 In my case, apart from my salary, I also had other source of income from affiliate marketing which I need to mention. READ- Ways to Earn Online Before filing returns for the previous assessment years, please keep two things in mind – You can only file returns for the previous 2 years. For e.g. , in the FY 2015-16, you can file returns for the previous 2 financial years 2014-15 and 2013-14 You cannot revise the returns if there is any discrepancy. Apart from these, there are some other parameters which I haven’t covered as these are most important ones in my opinion I am usually very careful when it comes to filling out forms or submitting my details online but I must admit this was not easy . (Now I know why clearing CA exam is so difficult 🙂 ) Types of ITR Forms The first hurdle was to figure which type of form to use for the filing purpose as there are so many of them. ITR1, ITR2, ITR4, 4S and what not ! I chose ITR1 because I was under an impression that since I am a salaried person, so I just have to choose this and declare my other income under the section ‘Income From Other Source’and proceeded with my filing. However, I later realized that I made a mistake and should have used ITR4S . As you can clearly see above, I have mentioned that returns filed for previous FY can not be revised so I started repenting for my action and somehow consoled myself. After around 20 days, I checked the status of my filed return and to my surprise, this is what I saw – I could not believe my eyes and on my personal assumption, guessed a tentative date of receiving it in my bank account may be after 2 months. Needless to say, I was wrong again ! The above screenshot gives you an idea that despite all the issues, I did get my refund back within 21 days. This was simply amazing ! Hats off to the IT department for making tax filing simple for a common man like me. Trust me, it is not as difficult as it looks and with some knowledge and guidance can be filled without spending a lot of money . I am not discounting that fact that we should be really careful while filling out our details and choosing the right form for specific type of income, but in case if you have paid your TDS judiciously and the details match as per your Tax credit statement which is Form 26AS, I am sure if will also get your returns very soon. My experience will perhaps give a lot of confidence to other tax payers as well to file their taxes on time using online method. Do give me a shout if you need any suggestion from my end for your tax refund. Also, please share your experience if you have received your refund . Cheers !     ...

ShareWho is this mystery girl in Chetan Bhagat’s life ? Let’s unfold the secret ! One Indian Girl Chetan Bhagat is back with ‘Radhika Mehta’ and we all were waiting for her. You must be wondering who is this lady here ? Hold on folks ! We are talking about Bhagat’s ninth book which is ‘One Indian Girl’ . The book is already making lot of noise just like most of Chetan’s earlier books and is expected to hit the shelves on 1st of October, 2016. In a teaser released by the famous youth author, he gives a sneak peek of the leading character of his book ‘Radhika’ and why she considers herself to be smart, confident and successful. I liked the way the author has kept things under wraps by building a lot of hype and interest, this probably is the reason the book has broken previous records of ‘Pre-order’. The book is up for pre-order on amazon for Rs 119/- .You can get it on the same release date if you use the prime service by amazon India. Moreover, the monologue from the book is also very interesting and goes like this – Hi, I’m Radhika Mehta and I’m getting married this week. I work at Goldman Sachs, an investment bank. Thank you for reading my story. However, let me warn you. You may not like me too much. One, I make a lot of money. Two, I have an opinion on everything. Three, I have had a boyfriend before. OK, maybe two. Now if all this was the case with a guy, one might be cool with it. But since I am a girl these three things I mentioned don’t really make me too likeable, do they? One Indian Girl – First look It looks clear that in his new book Chetan presents his take on feminism, a subject both powerful and controversial specially in the Indian backdrop. Going by the previous attempts of the author’s other 6 novels, I am sure this will again be targeted towards the youth audience and the success of the book depends a lot on them. Exclusive Book Excerpt Prologue Some people are good at taking decisions. I am not one of them. Some people fall asleep quickly at night. I am not one of them either. It is three in the morning. I have tossed and turned in bed for two hours. I am to get married in fifteen hours. We have two hundred guests in the hotel, here to attend my grand destination wedding. I brought them here. Everyone is excited. It is the first destination wedding in the Mehta family. I am the bride. I should get my beauty sleep. I can’t. The last thing I care about right now is beauty. The only thing I care about is how to get out of this mess. Because like what often happens to me in life, here I am yet again in a situation where I don’t know what is going on… Additionally, another interesting fact which I wanted to highlight is that, even though this book is available for ‘Pre-Order’ now, it ranks 1 in the list of bestsellers available on amazon India. This will give you a clear idea in terms of the hype around it. Take a look – Amazon Bestseller Rank   In a recent interview, when India’s most loved author was asked why he wrote this book, he had something to say :- “I have wanted to write a book in female first person for the past several years. Not only that, I wanted that book to be about women, and deal with feminism. To do all this as a male writer was a huge challenge. I didn’t have the confidence earlier that I could do it. After writing for over a decade, I finally attempted One Indian Girl. “ Can Chetan replicate the same success story as his previous editions of novels ? Only time will tell, till then let’s wait for October, 1st ! ORDER NOW UPDATE – The book is out now on Amazon, and is already in a huge demand !   ...

ShareCab aggregator services in India has taken the country in a storm and has changed the way we travel. Gone are the days when we had very limited options and auto rickshaw was probably considered the best method to commute. Ola cabs and Uber have accomplished the dreams of a common man to travel in a car finally come true, without spending a bomb. But the big question that needs to be answered is – which one is a better choice for me ? Let’s try to find out a possible answer. Ola Cabs Ola is the desi version of the cab aggregator concept of the world. The idea of starting something which gives a different perspective to Indians when it comes to commuting struck the mind of Bhavish Agarwal, the founder of Ola cabs. This was accepted with open arms by the country, as it not only has made a difference in the lives of those who travel, but also the drivers who now have a cushion of a better life style and other modern amenities. As time progressed, Ola started to burn a hole in the pockets as they started incorporating things like ride time charges, waiting charges etc followed by Uber. Below are some of the important parameters which have been considered while doing the comparison :- PC- tctechcrunch2011 User Interface – Ola has a sleek UI which detects the user’s location using the Google maps. The pinned location tells the drivers your location and depending on this they decide whether to accept the ride or not. It has to be mentioned that only the drivers who are in the proximity (not the closest though !) get the notification for a new ride. We need to enter the drop location and then Ola connects us to a driver who takes it further from there. Navigating through the app was fairly easy and I usually do not get any hiccups on the same. Ride Options – You get multiple options to enjoy your ride (Pun intended :-)) with Micro, Mini, Prime, Luxury etc. Ola now has integrated the ‘Ola Share’ option to cut down on the travel bills. As per Ola, when taking the share option, you can reduce your bill by close to 40%, this however is a prepay option and you get to know your bill amount even before you complete your ride . They have added another feather in the cap by adding the ‘Ola Auto’ options, where in we can book an auto on the same app based platform and pay it either by cash or Ola money. Cabs Availability – Without a shade of doubt, at any juncture Ola will give you a lot more cabs compared to Uber, I did try it multiple times and got the same result. I had a casual conversation with one of the Ola driver and according to him, the reason why we see more Ola fleets is because they get more benefits with the ride time charges and better tariffs Additional charges – Although, Ola boasts of a cheap mode of travelling in a cab, but before hopping in please keep in mind that there are additional charges which you might have to incur for your wonderful ride. There is something called as ‘ride time charges’ which in over and above your normal tariff and is calculated at Re 1/min, so if you get stuck in a heavy traffic then you will have to shell out extra amount which is directly proportional to the amount of time you spend in the traffic. Surge Pricing – This is the biggest issue with the cab aggregators, as per both Ola and Uber, surge pricing is a fair policy which ensures that more number of cabs are available at customer’s disposal during peak times. I really don’t buy this statement at any point of time. In a simple way, surge pricing takes the advantage of the peak time traffic time when most of us ideally are in the biggest need of the cab. This also adds to account your weekend travel, in which they expect a lot of demand for the same. In fact there have been times when I have seen surge price to be as high as 2.5 x, so if your usual bill would have shown Rs 100, this factor would hand over to you a bill of Rs 250 ! Take a look at the below screenshot   For a ride of  4.59 km my bill was Rs 251/– 🙁 I was literally stunned when the driver looked at me with that smile ! Customer Support – I never had a wow experience with Ola customer support team, most of the times I feel that they send us the usual generic template by doing a bit of customization, but for immediate assistance the app itself as ‘CALL US’  option integrated using which you can get in touch with a customer care executive. It is important to mention that this is not a toll free or a mobile number, so you will have to bear with the call charges. Uber Uber is arguably the biggest cab/taxi aggregator service in the world having its presence in over 70+ plus countries and 400+ cities. I have come across some people calling it ‘Ubair’ , ‘Youberr’ (one of them is a very good friend of mine :-D) Is Uber a better partner to meet our travelling needs ? Let’s find out Uber App User Interface – I really like Uber’s UI as it is very vibrant and gets frequent update from time to time. Just like Ola, it detects your current location and shows the fleet of cabs available for you choose from.  Simple and elegant is how I would describe the UI. However, while trying to make cashless option as my default , it failed to retrieve my account balance. Ride Options – As expected, you do get options like uberGO, uberX, uberXL and yes the best one which is uberPOOL . when it comes to ride options, Ola has a lot more to offer than Uber.  But in a recent press release Uber is looking to expand its services in India , in terms of leveraging more options for riders to choose from.   Cabs Availability – Uber doesn’t have a huge database of drivers as compared to Ola and you may be caught in a situation wherein you might not find even one ! I have had similar experience when I did not find any cabs nearby and had to switch to Ola and got it immediately. In my honest opinion, Uber is very location specific which means that in commercial areas and near the IT parks you will not be disappointed in finding your cab Additional charges – If you are someone like me who thinks twice before spending money, then Uber is exactly for you. I did an extensive case study by comparing the pricing of both for the same origin and destination and Uber was a clear winner in all of them;this is more to do with the ‘ride time charge’ concept which is not the case with Uber and that’s why don’t be surprised if you find the bill difference to be quite huge for the same route. I am sure now you will have an answer for this question 🙂 Surge Pricing – This is a common factor with both Ola and Uber and they both have surge pricing in place. Depending on the peak time hour and other parameters you will have to spend more when commuting using their services. Again, I would highlight that you get a clear notification if your ride is under the surge pricing category and it’s solely up to you to accept it or not. On a comparative note, Uber surge pricing was a tad lower than Ola most of the times. Customer Support – Uber has a great support team as well but only in the form of email, you might not be able to call and listen to a human voice on the other side. I feel that this is a very important point to be considered specially owing to security and safety reasons.   Verdict – Both Ola cab and Uber has definitely given a new dimension to the way we travel and commute and this is something I truly appreciate. I am one of the many Indians who has been benefited by their advent. However, when it comes to deciding on which one is the best, I would say it is truly contextual and situation based. When it comes to pricing, Uber is better any given day and if you travel a lot, then you will be able to save significantly over a period of time. When it comes to the availability, Ola wins hands down because you will find Ola cabs around almost 24/7 ! additionally, you have a customer support team which can be reached out over the phone in case you need it. I would still slightly favor Uber because of one main reason that is no ‘ride time charge’. I live in Bangalore, where traffic has always been a topic of discussion and Uber has helped me save some money for my travelling needs. Thanks ! Manish         ...

ShareWant to buy a new smartphone ? Sell your Old smartphone right now ! Of late there have been lot of new smartphones and gadgets which are launching everyday and the consumers are spoilt with choices. There is an acute need to find out a platform which gives you a good deal to sell your old gadget in return of cash. I did do a comprehensive research on the available options as I too was looking to sell my old Moto G2 to buy a brand new smartphone and stumbled upon these websites: Atterobay – Atterobay.com is great looking website where in you can sell your old smartphone for a decent price. Selling your phone is very simple as you are required to follow the steps and the instruction and you would get the real time trade in value of your phone. Once a user decides to go ahead with the process, your device gets home picked and is gets inspected by the service engineers. Post the approval the payment is processed in 21 working days depending on the mode of payment you have selected. The downside of the entire process is you might have to wait for sometime for the entire trade to get settled, which is something I didn’t like too much. Cashify – Cashify.in recently acquired Reglobe.in in the quest of becoming a market leader in mobile buyback segment. Cashify too has a great interface where in a user can input the details of their gadget and get a real time price for the trade. However, unlike atterobay, you can also sell your laptop, gaming consoles, Television and other consumer durable products too for a good price. Once you fill the form and process it, a service engineer will visit your place and inspect the functionalities of the phone in terms of both hardware and software. What I really liked about cashify.in was the ease of the process completion. You get the cash at the same point of time by the service engineer post the inspection. Moreover, I found out that it gives you a better deal than most of the players in the same segment. You can crack the deal even at a better price if you use their app for the process.   Quikr – Quikr.com is one of the oldest and the most popular market place in India to buy and sell your used devices. Quikr works on the concept of the ask and the bid price. You post your requirement as per the instruction and then buyers get in touch with you in the form of call or chat. As I said, the price that you get totally depends on how good you are in the negotiations skills and the demand of the product you are selling. It works on the aspect of order driven market in which even though the order execution is not guaranteed but settlement is guaranteed once both the parties agree to each other. I personally wouldn’t recommend quikr for selling your smartphones as the process has its own set of hassles. PC – Quikr.com   Olx – “Olx pe bech de “, this is a very famous punchline for one of the largest market place in India which is Olx.in. The website has thousands of listed products in both the buy and sell segments. In terms of market capitalization, quikr wins the battle hands down when you compare it with olx. It boasts of its high customer retention owing to the ease of use and other factors like privacy policy and quality of the stuff being sold. In my personal opinion, it again boils down to the fact that how well you negotiate and  project your product to your target audience. PC : Olx.in There are other players in the market as well like Junglee.com and ebay.in, but I feel they still have to go a long way in order to make a prominent mark in this cut throat marketplace. Final Verdict:- Based on my experience of selling my Moto G2, keeping in mind all the major parameters, my vote goes to cashify.in Cheers !   ...