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Established in 2009, Sportskeeda is the largest all-sports website in Asia, publishing news and opinions on over fifty sports and claims to have a footprint of over 10 million readers every month. The portal has a thriving online sports community, and editorial content by some of the best sports writers in the world.

A couple of weeks ago, the Sportskeeda Official app landed on the Windows Phone Store and brings to you the latest news and updates from the world of sports. Developed by the same folks who brought the newsreader app, Plash, the Sportskeeda app offers easy and intuitive user experience with a focus on content.

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Kotak Securities Limited, a subsidiary of Kotak Mahindra Bank, is the stock broking and distribution arm of the Kotak Mahindra Group. One of the oldest broking houses in India, its operations include stock broking and distribution of various financial products.

The company has introduced a unique stock trading app that lets you trade, view latest quotes, track portfolio and market movements, analyze market trends, and get live research calls. The Kotak Stock Trader app provides you with the right tools to keep up with India's biggest stock exchanges – the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange.

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Traffline is an online service that provides real time traffic information in five cities in India – Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Pune.

Developed by a Mumbai-based start-up and launched in 2012, Traffline offers traffic updates via mobile apps, SMS, email, social networks, and a call center. The company claims that there have been over 100,000 downloads of the iOS and Android apps, and finally the Windows Phone app has arrived on the Windows Phone Store recently.

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If you've been following our Lumia 530 coverage thus far, you may have read that the device was on pre-order last week in India on Snapdeal. The Lumia 530 is now available for sale on the ecommerce store for Rs. 7,349, a discount of 10 percent off the retail price of the device, which is listed as Rs. 8,199. The Lumia 530 is also available on Flipkart for its retail price of Rs. 8,199.

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CompareRaja is a leading price comparison service in India that helps you compares prices of over 100,000 different products and pick the best price available online.

The official CompareRaja app has recently arrived on the Windows Phone Store. From the same folks who brought CouponRaja, CompareRaja allows users to compare prices across popular online stores such as Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal, Infibeam, eBay, HomeShop18, and more.

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Pizza Hut, the American restaurant chain and one of the flagship brands of Yum! Brands, Inc., known for pizzas and side dishes is a leading affordable casual dining restaurant chain in India. After making a foray into India in 1996, the chain has now 138 dining restaurants across 38 cities in India.

Pizza Hut India has launched their official app for Windows Phone 8 devices. Unfortunately, the app is just a wrapper for Pizza Hut's mobile site, and I usually hate to report apps like that. However, the app's pretty useful and works well for what it's intended for and so, I thought of looking beyond the tacky design and lazy execution.

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There's definitely not a dearth of news reader apps on the Windows Phone Store and there are quite a few good ones which are brilliant in form as well as function. Made in India, the recently launched Plash is an RSS search and aggregation service focused at Indian users.

Plash offers news and articles in over 200 curated categories from the finest sources across India and the World in English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Gujarati, and other languages. The app also features several top Indian magazines – from the India Today and Outlook group - for free within the app. You can search for a variety of RSS feeds, and if you don't find a feed of our choice, the developers would like you to drop them an email at letsconnect@plash.in.

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The Lumia 530 is all set to launch in India, as the device is listed for pre-order in the country. The pre-orders for the device on Snapdeal are already sold out, and it looks like consumers who haven't managed to get their order in have to wait until the third week of August, which is when the device is slated to launch in the country.

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Kotak Mahindra Bank is an Indian bank and financial service firm headquartered in Mumbai. The group's flagship company, Kotak Mahindra Finance Ltd, converted to a commercial bank in 2004 and has now more than 500 branches across the country.

The bank's official Windows Phone app was launched earlier this week and allows you to manage your Kotak accounts and credit cards.

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While users on Italian carrier TIM are awaiting the Cyan update for the Lumia 1020, which is set to roll out later today, customers from other regions are wondering as to when their devices would receive the update. The wait may not be that long, as Microsoft India tweeted earlier today that Lumia 1020 users in the country would be receiving the Lumia Cyan update starting tomorrow.

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Amazon.in, the Indian affiliate of Amazon.com is an online marketplace offering customers a vast selection of products with a world-class e-commerce platform. While the Amazon app has been in the Windows Phone Store for a long time now, Amazon India customers had to wait until today to access the storefront from their Windows Phone devices. The Android and iOS apps for Amazon.in had launched last year.

The official Amazon.in app allows customers to browse, search, and shop from a selection of 17 million products across a broad range of categories from anywhere on their Windows Phone devices.

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Ahead of the launch of the Xbox One in India on September 23, Amazon has the console available for pre-order for Rs. 39,990 ($650). Microsoft is launching two editions of the console in India — a standard Xbox One console without Kinect, which will retail for Rs. 39,990, and a Day One Edition that includes a Kinect sensor and two free games (FIFA 15 and Dance Central), which will be available for Rs. 45,990 ($750).

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Earlier today, the Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 started trickling for users who are on Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers. As the Windows Phone team at Microsoft shared a few days ago, the latest update brings Cortana to China and UK in beta and to India, Australia, and Canada in India.

This early adopter program for the latter is opt-in, and gives people the option to try Cortana using English language models from the US and the UK. Let's see how we can configure it for Windows Phone devices in these regions.

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Cortana heads to UK, China in beta, while India, Canada and Australia get opt-in alpha program

Tonight in Beijing, China, corporate vice president at Microsoft Joe Belfiore announced new Cortana rollout plans for Windows Phone 8.1 users, including a new 'alpha' program to speed up the deployment process. Furthermore, full details about Update 1 for Windows Phone 8.1 were also released, including early access starting next week.

As expected, China and the UK are now getting access to Cortana on a beta status, with substantial customization done for both countries, especially in China where some significant changes to the UI of Cortana have taken place. Additionally, India, Australia, and Canada are now part of an "early adopter program" where users can "opt-in and…try Cortana using English language models from the US and the UK."

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Mega Cabs is an on-call taxi service available in several cities in India - Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Ludhiana, Amritsar, and Chandigarh - with dedicated services at the airports. Started in 2001, the company claims to be India's largest radio taxi network.

The official app for Mega Cabs has finally launched for Windows Phone devices. The app allows you to book a cab quickly and conveniently.

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