With another week coming to a close, here's www.indianweb2.com giving you a quick roundup of what are the top 10 things that happened in the tech sector this week.

1) Breakthrough Invention in IoT: Now Each Smart Device Can Start Its Very Own Network

A Finland-based connectivity startup Wirepas has successfully developed a communication protocol that has the potential of revolutionizing the whole of IoT by turning smart devices into routers and giving each device the ability to start their own network and route traffic.

This will result in making IoT easier and cheaper for all type of businesses, including any product manufacturers or service providers as they will be able to maintain and grow their network once it has been successfully deployed.

2) Meet COO-Paisa – A Digital Currency Launched By An Indian Co-Operative Bank

In order to help out the Indian cooperative sector during the current cash crunch period, Thenhipalam Cooperative Bank, a primary cooperative bank in Malappuram, Kerala, has come up with its own digital currency app CooPaisa. With the app, the bank is directly taking on the currently visible hegemony of e-payment wallets in the country which requires a smartphone and internet connection to operate.

The CooPaisa mobile application facilitates e-payment service to hundreds of people who have accounts at the Thenhipalam Cooperative Bank. In an effort to provide a smooth experience to its customers, the Malappuram branch of the bank has made arrangements with taxis, local shops, autorickshaws, and fish vendors within a 20 km radius of the bank.

3) Credit Card Giant MasterCard Files 4 New Blockchain Patents

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently published four applications filed by the credit card company relating to its work with the nowadays in trend blockchain and distributed ledger technology.Published on 24th of last month, all the four applications published lay their focus essentially on transacting and payments.

This recent development from MasterCard clearly suggests that the credit card giant is looking into ways to integrate the blockchain-based digital currencies into its own in-house systems.

4) Portronics Launches ‘Yogg X’, A Detachable Dial, Water-Proof Smart Fitness Watch

Portronics has enhanced its wellness series by launching “Yogg X” – a slim and elegant smart fitness watch with a touch-enabled detachable dial and a water proof design (IP67).

According to Portronics, even if Yogg X accidentally falls and stays in a bucket of water 1 meter / 3 feet deep for 30 minutes, it will still come out working normally. The smart fitness watch brings with it the benefits of wearable technology for style and fitness conscious people, at home, at office or in-between.

Yogg X enables one to easily set their daily fitness goals, track their activity levels using state of the art in-built sensors, and sync the data with their Smartphone using the Yogg X app. It even alerts one when they have successfully achieved their goals.

5) Hyperloop Technologies In Talks With Indian Govt. To Perform Trial Runs

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop — a super-high speed pod-like vehicle, is in talks with Indian government to perform trial runs in the country.

According to a top executive at the Hyperloop One (earlier known as Hyperloop Technologies), the company is eager to come to India and begin trials for their high-speed transportation technology in the country. The company is currently in the midst of seeking a nod from the Indian government for the trail runs.

6) List of Old Smartphones WhatsApp Will End Support For, By End of 2016

In the beginning of 2016, WhatsApp had announced that it will stop supporting older smartphones by end of 2016. And now, as the end of the year is approaching, WhatsApp is all set to follow its announcement and end its support for some of the older devices.

WhatsApp will end its support by the end of 2016 for those running on Android 2.1 and Android 2.2, Windows Phone 7, the iPhone 3GS and or any other iPhone still on iOS 6.

7) Future Tech: Apple To Build Driverless Cars While Bill Gates Has Backed A Waterless Toilet Project

Recently, Apple gave a near clean indication about its ambition of joining the global race of driverless cars makers.

According to a news report by Reuters, a five-page letter from Steve Kenner, Apple’s director of product integrity, to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is the company’s most comprehensive statement yet about its interest in self-driving vehicle technology. The Nov. 22 letter followed more than a year of industry speculation about the computer and iPhone maker’s plans for expanding into transportation.

In addition to Apple, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is a private foundation founded by Bill Gates and his wife in year 2000, is also doing its bit for future tech. It has funded a project called – “Nano Membrane Toilet” or Waterless Tiolet which will be able to treat human waste on-site without external energy or water. The waterless toilet is being developed by developers at Cranfield University.

8) Adadas, Fuma, Naik, Rebok: How Blockchain, IoT Can Help Beat Counterfeiters

One of the main reasons for the ever-growing counterfeit market, valued at a whopping $1.77 trillion last year, the unavailability of basic infrastructure for easy and instantaneous detection of fake products. While there are many platforms which the authorities make use of to authenticate and verify goods, but their huge reliance on centralized databases ends up making these platforms exposed for easy target for data alteration and tampering.

Seeing this lack of infrastructure, Riddle&code, a Blockchain-based Internet of Things platform provider, decided to develop a Blockchain-based IoT platform that will give goods manufacturers power to embed intellectual property and digital fingerprints of their products onto a public ledger, which can be easily accessed to any party involved in the network. Since Riddle&code’s Blockchain technology is decentralized in nature, it ends up making the ledger tamper proof, which in return maintains the proper security measures of the Blockchain-based IoT platform.

9) Bad News: Wearable Devices Have High Drop-out Rate, Says Gartner Report

A recent Gartner survey has found out a rather shocking fact. According to it, the current drop-out rate of smartwatches comes out at a high 29 percent, and the abandonment rate among fitness trackers is even higher at 30 percent.

The survey by Gartner’s personal technologies study was taken online by a total of 9,592 respondents from the UK, the US and Australia between the period of June to August this year. The survey aimed to track the respondents true feelings/attitudes towards wearable tech, especially know about their buying behaviours when it comes to spending on fitness trackers, virtual reality glasses, and smartwatches.

10) Microsoft and Intel's Project Evo Will Up the PC Game

This week saw Microsoft and Intel announcing their highly collaboration to create the next generation of personal computers in the form of Project Evo. With the project, the tech giant aims to revolutionise four key areas of the Windows 10 experience—artificial intelligence, mixed reality, advanced security and gaming. Though its ultimate goal is to make Windows PCs the central hub of home entertainment by the year 2017.

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