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World’s ‘most-powerful’ gaming phone launched in India



Gaming phones are an upcoming breed of smartphones that pack in top-of-the-line specifications in order to lure the crowd looking for serious performance. Even if you are not a gamer, these smartphones give you future-proof hardware as they go overkill on their features. If you’re looking to pick up a gaming phone in India, ASUS has now launched the ASUS ROG Phone in the country, giving premium users another choice in the high-end category.

Specs ASUS ROG Phone
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 @ 2.96GHz; Adreno 630 GPU
Camera Rear: 12MP + 8MP (120° wide-angle lens)Front: 8MP
Storage UFS 2.1;
128GB or 512GB
Display 6″; 2160×1080 AMOLED @ 90Hz, 1ms response time and HDR support
Speakers Dual front-facing speakers, quad front-facing with TwinView Dock
Battery 4,000 mAh supporting Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0 and ASUS HyperCharge;10,000 mAh with TwinView Dock
Ports 3.5mm headphone jack, three USB-C ports
Connectivity CAT 16 LTE, 60GHz 802.11ad Wi-Fi
Peripherals AeroActive Cooler, Mobile Desktop Dock, TwinView Dock

Not only does the ASUS ROG phone come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, it comes with the fastest speed-binned Snapdragon 845, overclocked to an impressive 2.96GHz. Coupled with the Adreno 630 GPU, the ROG GameCool vapor-chamber cooling, and detachable AeroActive cooler, you can get up to five times the duration for peak performance.

The phone also features a design that reminds everyone that this is a gaming phone. You get Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on the front and Gorilla Glass 5 on the back, along with the ROG Aura Lighting Logo, as well as IPX4 splash resistance. The phone also sports three programmable ultrasonic AirTriggers – on the left-bottom and right-bottom edges when held in portrait orientation, and top-left and top-right edges when held in landscape orientation. AirTriggers are much like squeeze gestures, and the ASUS ROG allows users to set the level of pressure needed to register a touch, so you don’t actually need to apply a lot of pressure. You can move around where the corresponding touch (on your screen) lands, thus allowing you to map AirTriggers like shoulder buttons on a gamepad.


With two side-mounted USB Type-C ports (and an additional Type-C port which is conventionally placed at the bottom of the device), the ROG Phone can utilize a range of optional accessories in order to further enhance the gaming experience.

The AeroActive Cooler allows you to cool the device for sustained peak performance while gaming.

The TwinView Dock accessory turns the ROG Phone into a dual-screen console for gaming and simultaneous live-streaming. The Dock packs in a 6″ AMOLED auxiliary display, a front-facing quad-speaker system, two extra physical trigger buttons, dual-haptic force-feedback engine, an enhanced cooling system and a high-capacity 6,000 mAh extended battery pack.

The Mobile Desktop Dock allows the ROG Phone to be connected to an external 4K UHD monitor, mouse and keyboard. The Phone can be used as an auxiliary display, hooked up to a wired gigabit LAN and can drive a 5.1-channel surround sound system via the SP/DIF output.

The GameVice Controller morphs the ROG Phone into a portable console. It adds in dual analog joysticks, left and right fire triggers and bumpers, a D-pad, as well as A, B, X, Y, and L3, R3 buttons.

The ROG Phone Case also deserves a mention, as it not only serves as drop protection for your device, it is also “modular” in design. The back plate of the case can be removed to attach the AeroActive cooler.

Pricing and Availability – India

The ASUS ROG Phone is available for ₹69,999 ($1,000) exclusively on Flipkart. Asus does realize that the cost is prohibitive, so there is a special no-cost EMI option with tenure options of 6, 9 or 12 months for all debit and credit cards. Under the scheme, the ROG Phone will be available for purchase by paying an EMI starting at ₹5,833 per month for 12 months, which makes the device accessible for many more users.

The GameVice Controller is available for ₹5,999, the TwinView Dock is available for ₹21,999, the Mobile Desktop Dock is available for ₹12,999 and the ROG Phone Case is is available for ₹2,499.

Flipkart is offering the Complete Mobile Protection plan, which includes complete device repair as well as theft insurance, along with doorstep pickup and return, worth ₹5,999 for just ₹999 for the ROG Phone.

Vikram Aadi extensively covers Asia's personal device and connected services ecosystem, as well as the intersection of technology and culture. Hit him up on Twitter, or via mail:

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Finantix acquired by Motive Partners



Motive Partners
  • Finantix is familiar for it’s software applications for financial industries.
  • Motive Partners is an investment firm focused on technology-enabled companies that power the financial services industry.
  • in the era of digital, acquisitions are playing major role hence it proves the capability of firm.

Motive partners have confirmed the acquisition of Finantix in a recent press release. They said this acquisition will strengthen their technical capabilities along with streamlined solutions for clients. The acquisition dated on 11th of dec 2018 therefore the official merging details to be released soon.

Acquisition is just a common word for the people of silicon valley as it is often heard there. Considering the tech giants like google and Apple as an inspiration most of the firms are focusing on acquisitions. It all started when the google is swallowing small fishes of the industry as a part of growing business. As a result now a days all the firms are moving towards acquisition rather than putting more technical stuff in to the company.


“Everyone thought the acquisition strategy was extremely risky because no one had ever done it successfully. In other words, it was innovative.”

of-course it is true that every one thought acquisition is risky. But a well planned acquisition pushes the firm towards success in a streamlined way. Acquiring the organisations without reason will launch you in to the trouble as well as ruins both the companies. apart from the other factors like product building to product marketing, acquisition is also a major part of strategy.


About Finantix

Finantix enable it’s clients to digitalise their multi channel and omni-device strategy injecting innovative components into their digital transformation programs. And also help them make available ready to use solutions to serve, advise and sell their services to mass, affluent, private, high net worth and business customers.

While they offer a wide range of applications to fill any gaps in clients solution set, they never advocate a rip-and-replace strategy and always look to leverage the IT and Digital investments client have already made.

Finantix offering is based on a comprehensive library of modules and components designed for the financial services industry. As a result that promotes innovation, re-usability across business channels and devices, and helps Financial Services leverage existing legacy architectures. Along with the data facilitating the integration and reuse into new digital services initiatives.

About Motive Partners

motive partners is a financial technology specialist firm. they offer sector specialist investment platform along with expertise, connectivity and capabilities. Therefore it will create long-term value in financial technology business.

Financial technology is a massive market in a complex industry undergoing significant transformation. Motive partners mainly works on four different motives.

  • Customer empowerment
  • Technological innovations
  • Regulatory directives
  • Economic under-performance

the firm works on the formula of investing, innovating and operating. By using this kind of approach they have achieved a lot. This kind of business motivation lead the firm towards this acquisition. The traditional approach to private equity investing is no longer enough. Motive partner believes that specialization is central to achieving the best results.

Real-world operating and innovating expertise is at the heart of Motive Partners’ DNA. they invest where their expertise, connectivity and capabilities can empower management teams to achieve substantial value creation.


motive partners are following a streamline structure from the beginning itself. Their focus towards the financial technology industry lead them to the top of the list. Motive partners felt it is necessary to acquire an organisation like Finantix.  above all Finantix is also on the financial industries sector due to this the acquisition came in to picture.  Finally motive partners acquired Finantix on 11th of dec 2018 to an undisclosed amount.


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Google acquires Sigmoid Labs of Bengaluru



  • Tech gaint Google is unstoppable with it’s acquisitions.
  • Bengaluru based sigmoid labs is also got sold for an undisclosed amount to google.
  • Sigmoid labs is the parent company of well known train tracking app “Where is my train”.

as we all know the google is so tech hungry while doing acquisitions. Bengaluru based startup is also not a big target for google to acquire.  The official press release from sigmoid labs stated that

“We’re excited to share that Sigmoid Labs, the team behind the ‘Where is my train’ app, is joining Google. We can think of no better place to help us achieve our mission, and we’re excited to join Google to help bring technology and information into more people’s hands,”

where is my train app uses cell tower network instead of internet to track the train. this new technology hence proved without data also we can track GPS signals. according to the google stats the app has reached 10 M downloads.  while asked for their reaction towards this huge success of the app, the team replied

“The confidence that our users have placed in us is what makes us so excited to think even bigger,”


About Sigmoid labs

being a start-up it’s hard to get noticed by the tech giants of the silicon valley. But the sigmoid labs has made it through all the difficulties.  Basically the sigmoid labs is well known by it’s train tracking app. This train tracking app became famous due to it’s unique ability to track without internet.

The technical team has put tremendous efforts to make it unique in it’s own way. The app uses mobile network towers to get the information to the module. The app will collect the data through the receiving antennas of the mobile. This different way of approach towards GPS tracking made this start-up stand among the crowd.

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Red River acquires Texas based Ambonare



  • Red River a technology transformation company from Austin
  • Ambonare specialized in web & mobile app development as well as software product engineering
  • The acquisition happened on 7th of December 2018

About Red River

The company brings together the ideal combination of talent, partners and products to disrupt the status quo in technology and drive success for business and government in ways previously unattainable. Red River serves organizations well beyond traditional technology integration.  Having more than 20 years of experience and mission-critical expertise in security, networking, analytics, collaboration, mobility and cloud solutions.

Red River  officially announced about the Ambonare acquisition on a press release dated 7th dec 2018. The company has made revolutionary changes in the process of optimizing business. The company provides tools for the customers which will help the business to streamline besides that it will increase the technology investments.


About Ambonare

Ambonare is a digital transformation company along with software product engineering skills. The company mainly deals with four different technologies above all web & mobile app development is a major one. Remaining are DevOps & Docker consulting as well as cloud computing. Ambonare is excited to lead the transformation of the software engineering and IT industries for over a decade. From websites to applications, cloud to cotainers, Ambonare has supported companies both big and small.

Over the past ten years, Ambonare have worked with a variety of customers in both private sector and public sector. And also successfully implemented and managed their mission critical systems. Ambonare has expanded it’s technical presence in the direction of digital transformation. With the help of Red River the transformation is going to be streamlined. As a result this will help both the firms to co-ordinate and work together


CEO Speaks

“This acquisition allows Red River to further its investment in Austin and the State of Texas while expanding our consulting services to better enable our customers to imagine the possibilities of technology.” said Jeff Sessions, Red River CEO. “By adding to our application development and software engineering expertise, we enhance our position as a partner of choice for our customers as they make their digital transformation journeys.”

“We are excited to join Red River. A company that shares both our strong customer commitment & desire to push the boundaries of technology,” said Ambonare President Samuel Chen. “Red River provides us the support, management and infrastructure needed to do our best work, win larger projects, enhance our offerings and expand opportunities for our employees.”



The Ambonare transaction is continuing with Red River’s long-term growth strategy. which included the acquisitions of Sacramento-based Natoma and Boston-based Accunet. Over the past several years, the firm has steadily increased annual revenues.  AS well as expanded its geographic footprint, capabilities and customer base. As a result earned multiple OEM awards and grew its contract portfolio. the portfolio at the time of acquisition is $125 billion.





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