OYO is using proprietary tech to trump completion in hospitality space

During an age where technology is integrated in our lives and functioning without the internet is basically impossible, the decades old hotel industry systems are still prevalent in our society. That is why to usher new hospitality systems, OYO rooms redefine living spaces with proprietary tech years ahead of the competition.

What is OYO?

OYO or Oravel Stays Private Limited, is one of the fastest growing hospitality chains in the world, founded by Ritesh Agarwal, in 2013. Currently it has more than 12,000 hotels across 337 cities in Malaysia, UAE, Nepal , China, Indonesia and India. It is currently the sixth largest growing hospitality company and boasts an inventory of more than 515,000 rooms spread across more than 500 cities globally.

Their growth strategy is to have 10000 on boarding rooms every month via its franchised, managed and leased chain. The OYO platform is striving to defeat its completion of old industry templates by new proprietary tech that also empowers them ahead of the competition with precise and easy ways to connect customers to the hotel.

How OYO is ahead of the curve

Technology is fully prevalent in our lives and utilizing it into a very old system like the hospitality industry revitalizes the concept of accommodation entirely. OYO fixes this problem using technology and talent.

OYO accommodates customers by giving them seamless and easy ways to connect, communicate with the hotel etc. and also by giving the customers a variety of options to choose from such as meals, places and budget etc. It is looking to standardize all forms of real estate such as apartments, guesthouses, budget hotels and resorts providing that extra bit of an option that customers are looking for. Apartments etc. can be refurbished and leased provided quality space for customers that are looking for a place to stay but do not want to compromise on comfort, location or pricing.

The app and website provides a way for customers to avail a variety of options without ever needing to physically attend the location. Customers can directly view the hotel and accommodation dates, book online and also use OYO referral codes to lower prices in comparison to other booking sites. With partnerships with other companies, OYO can provide more offers, choices and places that fit your budget but do not compromise on comfort.

With new, one of a kind innovative hotel categories like OYO Home and Silverkey (Marketplaces for short-term managed rentals), OYO can provide the customers with a variety of choices and with a legacy-driven budget hospitality segment, it can provide services, in-room experiences and amenities that are standardized in higher class hotels. OYO manages its own staff, that provides you with on demand service which might be missing in lower class hotels.

OYO strives to accommodate the needs of the budget traveller, and every room is designed to fit the need of the individual traveller. OYO already has worked on a variety of products (Rooms, Flagship, Townhouse, Silverkey, Home , that makes its concept more lucrative to the traveller that is always on the go and looking for something new and allows more homes or hotels available to the customer. This also allows non-travel related reasons to stay such as long-two way commutes, working late, partying with friends and avoiding driving home drunk. That’s why OYO rooms are a boon to the new age because it is not only related to business trips or trips of leisure. Inter-city bookings account for 40% bookings in some Indian states.

The simplest benefit of OYO is the OYO mobile app. It allows seamless communication with the hotels they are checking into. It also offers other functionalities like in-house food , booking cabs and also searching nearby restaurants. You can also avail cheaper prices using OYO referral codes .Every single functionality has been redesigned to fit the needs of the customer. There are also more than 350 Captains( OYO’s local representatives, which provide full concierge like assistant service and you can also avail them 24/7 to always have support nearby

Technologies implemented by OYO

OYO uses different technologies to ensure that the customer always gets the promises that they were ensured. The mobile app uses ‘Krypton’ app technology which lets Captains engage with customers and see if the standards of OYO are maintained.

OYO has a 300-people strong on-ground team, from different parts of the sector which ensure quick onboarding.
OYO also takes care of the VISA procedures of the guests travelling from international destinations.

The sales workforce uses Orbis which is a business intelligence tool that calculates demand patterns in the area and based on it, they offer the right quote to their partnering hotels, ensuring that the customer always gets the right price. The properties use built in OYO OS for efficient operations on the site. It also captures customer feedback and is used to identify any issues that the customer might have faced.

OYO is also implementing packaged tours which can also be availed with OYO referral codes, making OYO the best option for budgetary travel in South Asia.…

Minecraft’s 10 most Popular creations in the Marketplace 2019’s

Minecraft pocket edition is one of the popular arcade game and is most famous amongst kids. One of the main reason is the Marketplace. The Minecraft Marketplace allows you to browse and purchase contents made by the community and the Minecraft team within the Game.

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The Minecraft Marketplace has shown a massive 10.8 million downloads in December and slowed low in January about 4.56 million which is nearly the same as what we have seen in November around 4.57 million.

The community and the developer team also doesn’t contribute much in January instead the downloads were from the previously released contents like the beta for the upcoming update and bundles such as winter gifts.

So, what was the top downloaded and grossing contents in January? Let’s check out.

10 Most Grossing Content

  1. Luxury Life – Here you play a role of a billionaire, you own 10 vehicles including sports car, limousines, helicopters, airplanes, convertibles, golf carts, muscle cars, sports bikes, and speed boats. Explore your Million dollar mansion and decorate it with 25+ types of furniture.
  2. City Mashup – Full texture pack with furniture blocks, 800×800 megacity, Loaded with secrets. Roleplay in a massive and detailed city! With lots of stories, secrets, and Mini-games with over 1,000 detailed rooms. Available for Win10, Xbox One, iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch.
  3. Aquatic Life –  New aquatic species! 5 free skins! Includes audio guides. Dive into large tanks and swim with whale sharks! This map has a lot to explore like dangerous shark species and piranhas.
  4. City Life – Drive Fire Trucks, Motorbikes, Cars, Trains, Ambulances, Taxis, Police Cars, All-Terrain Vehicles & Hot Rods! Bandits, Police Officers & Dog Pets! Welcome to City Life, a world where you role-play life in the city! Cruise the streets in a police car or any of the 8 other vehicles, save the day as a firefighter or take your dog for a walk.
  5. CampCraft – 12 free camping skins, Tons of custom mobs and items, including tents, hedgehogs, campfires and more, Cars, camper vans and off-road buggies, A huge custom world, From BlockWorks. A wildlife map to enjoy with your friends. Discover forest animals, ride camper vans, toast marshmallows, sit around the campfire and set up your own camp!
  6. The Nightmare Before Christmas – Introduced during Halloween the Nightmare before Christmas map features 40 Skins. You also get a texture pack and a world full of some truly nightmarish Redstone puzzles to solve.
  7. Ninja School Roleplay – Ninja weapons and gear, Beautiful ancient village, Roleplay in dojos, classrooms and dorms!, Supports multiplayer, Everbloom Studios. Be a Ninja and Practice shuriken throwing, archery and katana fighting! By trying out the Ninja School.
  8. Millionaire Mansions – Custom blocks, models, and textures, Meet your new creative buddy, Buildy, Experience city life as a prince, princess or millionaire, Comes with 10 free skins! Introduced by Noxcrew it’s a small town filled with large and beautiful mansions.
  9. Cobble Clicker – Setup automated Cobblestone Crushers and Mob Grinders, Discover new mobs such as Ore Sheep and Cobbled Creepers, Play solo or with friends, coop or versus mode, Compete for the top of the scoreboard. You have to start as a small island and grow your way up by unlocking rewards.
  10. Dogs – Play fetch with your very own dog, Bulldog, Poodle, German Shepherd, beagle, and more It”s a Roleplay/survival Map by Shapescape. You can get yourself a puppy from the pet store and play with it.

10 Most Downloaded Contents

  1. Minecraft Texture Update Beta – The developers just refreshed the textures in Minecraft version 3.3. The new textures are designed by Jasper Boersma and give the game a more natural look. The new textures are available to download in both Java and Bedrock edition.
  2. Winter Gifts Bundle – Microsoft is celebrating the season with the free Winter gift Bundle. The bundle includes 13 packs from the community and our Winter Wonders Skin Pack, Hollydale, Snowball Warriors, Christmas Jumpers, My Snowy Journey Skin Pack, Lucky Present Survival, Ginger and Alaska, Snowstorm Simulator, Norse Mythology Bonus Skins, Santa’s Gift Hunt, Ugly Jumper Contest, The Lost Civilisation and Ready Sleddy Go!.
  3. Catastrophic Pandamonium – An Adventure map from Gamemode One showcasing Cats and Panda. Microsoft worked with Gamemode one to create this work and give it as a free download which then allows an easier way to test out the new behavior which they call “Minecraft Preserve”
  4. Purple Parrot Party Palace – This map is free stuff from the Minecon convection by Minecraft Team. An adventure map where you have to Traverse a jungle island to find a massive parrot temple and here’s what the description says “A celebration of all things purple party parrot and palace!”
  5. Legacy Skin Pack – This pack includes 5 islands brought over from the Minecraft edition of yore. The pack includes The Volcano Island, Henry Island, Archipelagos (contains lots of coal and gold), Dwarven Island, and Jungle Island (Lots of ores).
  6. ABSTRACTION: Minecon Earth – This map is based out of a logo! Made by Jigarbov Production, Made with the Minecon Earth 2017 Logo. It’s free and available for the Windows 10 Edition and Java Edition. It’s like other abstraction maps with floating color landmasses for you to complete with hidden challenges.
  7. Grid Runners – Its a mini-game map and has many challenges for you to compete. This map is made by Noxcrew for the Minecon Earth 2018 and it’s a free map. You have to compete against the clock by crafting, mining, and jumping for the victory.
  8. Inspiration Island – This map was released in Minecon by Minecraft team. Inspiration Island is a floating theme park map and features amazing challenges, secrets and more. It also features a giant pencil in the middle and you can climb inside it by a ladder.
  9. Luxury Life – Here you play a role of a billionaire, you own 10 vehicles including sports car, limousines, helicopters, airplanes, convertibles, golf carts, muscle cars, sports bikes, and speed boats. Explore your Million dollar mansion and decorate it with 25+ types of furniture.

Aquatic Life – New aquatic species! 5 free skins! Includes audio guides. Dive into large tanks and swim with whale sharks! This map has a lot to explore like dangerous shark species and piranhas…

How to take care of your air cooler

An evaporative cooler will give cooling soothe with no cause havoc on your wallet. In fact, studies have shown that when compared to an air conditioner with similar cooling capacity, the evaporative air cooler uses between one tenth and one third less of the energy needed for an air conditioner.

How to taking care of your air cooler

Some other additional benefits associated with evaporative coolers are below:

• Because they add moisture to the air, they also provide a more comfortable environment in arid climates.

• They lower the temperatures of natural form and without the use of chemical products that deplete the ozone.

• Instead of re-circulating air like air cooler systems, they are open systems that constantly bring fresh air to a room or area.

• The pads used in an evaporative air cooler also act as air filters and can remove dirt in air, debris and dust particles.

However, evaporative coolers often require a little more maintenance than a portable air cooler, but they are often of minor importance.

In general terms, the optimal time to start the maintenance of your best air cooler is just before the summer, in order that your system is ready for use once the hottest months of the year arrive, make sure that you do proper maintenance of cooler.

The most likely maintenance involves cleaning the inside and outside of the unit, changing the cooling pads, and checking the straps. Follow the following tips to learn how to properly maintain your evaporative air conditioner in order to maximize its cooling efficiency.

Clean the outside of the unit

Keeping your evaporative air conditioner clean will not only increase cooling efficiency, but it will also extend the life of the unit. This should be done every few weeks.

After removing the storage unit from the cold months, clean the surface of the evaporative air conditioner with a soft, damp cloth when it is not in use.

Do not use abrasive chemicals or detergents that can damage the unit. Also, keep the evaporative air conditioner protected from direct sunlight, in order to avoid color changes on the surface of the unit.

Replace the cooling pads regularly

If you did not change them before you do storage of it then the cooling pads of your evaporative air conditioner should be replaced at the beginning of summer and during mid-season maintenance.

If the pads are cracked, you will have to replace them. In fact, you may need to inspect the cooling pads more often based on the quality of your local water supply.

Start by removing the old pads from your unit and cleaning the area where the pad is placed in order to remove scale and dirt.

Once clean, place the new pads in the unit and reinstall the frame and retainer. Make sure that the pads, frame and retainer are installed correctly and without spaces.

Just before use, it is a good idea to soak the cooling pads of your evaporative air conditioner in advance to provide better cooling.

Clean the water tank

In preparation for use, make sure that the water tank of your evaporative air conditioner is clean, and if you live in an area with hard water, this is especially important, even during the cold season.

Start by washing the water tank with water and mild soap, rinse it with clean water, and drain the water through the drain plug. Make sure the back panel is properly installed before replacing and tightening the screws.

Maintain adequate water levels

Make sure to check water levels frequently when the unit is running. The water should always be at the appropriate level in the tank, and the water line should be a little below the top of the tank. Adjust the arm of the float if the water is not at the proper level.

Use water treatment pills

If the manufacturer of your evaporative cooler recommends water treatment tablets, use them regularly in your unit in order to avoid the accumulation of minerals, control corrosion and cool the air.

Turn off the system when it is not in use

To prepare the evaporative cooler for storage or even to shut down the system, turn off and unplug the unit; turn off the water supply; and drains the water from the tank. Let the inside of your unit completely dry.

Clean the water tank and filters as explained above, wind the cable around the hooks (if applicable), place the evaporative air conditioner in its original box and store it in a cool and dry place.

Check the water level of the unit frequently, and also check that the motor and pump do not make strange noises. Unexplained noises or water leaks will require technical service, and to ensure safe operation, make sure your air conditioner is in good condition before using it.

S6, and the S6 Edge RUMORS

Today, following rumour after rumour after rumour, which even led to Samsung parodying said rumours, the Samsung Galaxy S6 designs were finally released to the public at Barcelona’s Mobile World Conference today. So, how much did the rumours get right?

Firstly, there are two designs to choose from: the standard S6, and the S6 Edge. Both have been upgraded considerably from the plastic casing Samsung is so notoriously known for, instead using Gorilla Glass for the front and back panels.


They look great, and probably feels a lot better than previous models to boot. I’ve never been a fan of the cheap-feeling plastic, so I’m glad to see this change come about.

Plus, the edges on the aptly named ‘Edge’ model give the phone a distinctive, actually quite impressive, and maybe a little quirky, look, which certainly appeals to me.

Unfortunately, from what I’ve seen so far, it doesn’t seem as if there are going to be many dedicated uses or apps for the edges, aside from making the phone look good and making swiping across the screen that bit easier.

Since the phone was only officially announced a few hours ago, though, this could change as time goes on. One thing we do know, in terms of apps at least, is that some Microsoft apps are going to come pre-loaded on both models, including Skype, Onedrive and Onenote, so that’s something!

Apart from the design, which really is the biggest talking point of these phones, there are lots of other things to take note of. The camera, for example, is considerably upgraded. It boasts a 16 megapixel back camera, which supposedly outdoes Apple’s iphone cameras.

It also features a new photo shooter app, which is supposed to outshine previous versions, being quicker to load and snap. Then you’ve got the option of wireless charging, built into the back panel of the phone, plus faster charging in general.

If you’re thinking the Galaxy S6 looks pretty similar to an Iphone.. well, the similarities don’t end with design. Samsung have tried fingerprint identification for locking their phones before, but it seems to have improved greatly with the S6, unlocking as soon as you place your finger on the home button – very similar to Apple’s design.

As well as this, Samsung have introduced a rival to Apple’s ‘Apple Pay’ with, you guessed it, ‘Samsung Pay’, a wireless payment system.

If there’s any disappointment to be had, it’s that the battery is non-removable, and that there isn’t going to be room for a micro-sd card, both features that have been staples of Samsung’s flagship phones for years now. Whether or not the new upgrades to S6 models will be enough to heal these wounds deal to loyal Samsung fans is yet to be seen.

Overall, though, the S6 models both look fantastic and sound as if they’ve got some promising stuff going on inside, too. I’ll be looking out for more information as MWC goes on, so watch this space,…

Is the pocket watch coming back in style? Monohm thinks so!

pocket watch(photo from The Verge)

I’m always one for a quirky modern-day phone, and this so-called ‘Runcible’ certainly fits the bill! That’s what this is, after all – a new, unique circular smartphone, meant to pay homage to such devices as pocket watches or compasses.

It looks great, using real wood for its outer casing, and comes in many different types to boot – various types of wood, brass, and tin are a few examples.

From photos, the screen is looking great, too! As well as being a smartphone, it doubles as an actual watch and looks great doing it. According to The Verge, Monohm is also planning to use the circular screen to its advantage – for example, allowing users to take circular videos and photos.

The Runcible was created with a goal in mind – to lower the overall usage time on your smartphone. As they state on their website:

“Runcible will never beep, alert, or otherwise interrupt you. The world-class connectivity we all came to expect in the smartphone era (LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth) is there on Runcible when you need it. For the rest of the time, you can keep your head up, your attention on the real world and real people around you, and maintain your sense of wonder about life.”

As someone who’s completely and utterly ensnared by the digital world of alerts and constant notifications that demand to be checked as and when they arrive, this actually sounds pretty soothing to me!

That said, I’m not sure I could buy one with the intention of actually replacing my smartphone. The Runcible seems to be more of a niche gadget than a powerhouse smartphone, for my money. Pricing is yet to be announced, but supposedly, it won’t be cheap. Shame, because I’d love to get my hands on one!…

Pebble’s newest smartwatch with a new feature

This is the ‘Pebble Time’, Pebble’s newest smartwatch with a new feature – it uses color E-ink! Most people would associate e-ink or e-paper with electronic readers like the Amazon Kindle, so it’s great to see it being used with a wider range of products.


There are definite benefits to using e-ink; Pebble says that this new smart watch has up to seven days of battery life – far longer than, say, the Apple Watch. If anything is going to give the Pebble Time an advantage over its competitor, that could well be it.

So apart from the e-ink, what can the Pebble Time offer? Well, a major feature explains the ‘time’ in ‘Pebble Time’. There are three buttons on the side which correspond to ‘Past’, ‘Present’ and ‘Future’ retrospectively, so you can easily flick between them to check your timeline. Pebble describes it on their kickstarter page:

“Your timeline connects to calendars, alarms, and apps, organizing all kinds of relevant information along with quick actions. Similarly, recall the past. Scroll back in time to see that email you missed, your step count for the day or the score from the game last night.”

Pebble Time reached its kickstarter goal in mere minutes, so its clear there’s a market for it. With the ever developing world of wearables, though – one which will very soon include the Apple Watch – it’ll be interesting to see how it fares in the long run.…

The Fitbit Charge – My Experience with a Fitness Tracker

Fitness trackers have become a bit of a craze recently, particularly with the rise of wearables. There are a whole host of different options out there, from wearables devoted to the task of fitness tracking to smartwatches like Apple’s, who have included it as an extra bonus on the side.

It’s no surprise – after all, bits of tech like pedometers have been popular for years now, so it’s about time the whole idea got a modern remake. But what’s it like using one? Do they work? Are they reliable? Well, I’ve been wearing the Fitbit Charge for the past 10 days in an attempt to find out just that.


In my opinion, quite a few of the fitness trackers out there right now look a bit.. kooky. The Charge, and others in the Fitbit line, struck me as that at first – it’s not quite the fluid curve you’d expect from something that looks a bit like a watch, particularly with the screen resting at the top of your wrist, rather than the middle.

But despite reservations, th

e Charge is actually very wearable – it doesn’t slip around on your wrist, which for me is a huge plus, and after a while I forget I’m wearing it.

Another plus is the screen, which has been improved from previous Fitbit models with the Charge. It’s big enough to tell you all the vital statistics, using easy-to-understand graphics to show you what you need to know.

It’s easy to use – just click the button that rests to the side of the screen multiple times to scroll through all the different options. Very user friendly!


The Charge can do a lot of things, even when just sitting on your wrist – a surprising number of things, in fact. You get a watch, pedometer, a ‘calories burnt’ monitor, a tracker that shows the number of staircases you’ve gone up or down, a mileage metre, a sleep monitor (which I’ll touch on more later), bluetooth notifications from your phone and, if you want, an alarm, too.Fitbit Charge

So already, that’s enough for the casual fitness trackee to get along fine. That said, if that was all, the Charge probably wouldn’t have its near £100 price-tag. Where things really get interesting is when you sync your Charge to Fitbit’s app via Bluetooth, or to your dashboard on the Fitbit website.

As you can see, this opens up a plethora of new options. Tapping on each option takes you to a new screen – for example, tapping on the yellow meter takes you to a ‘Food’ screen (see left), where you can log the food you eat to see your calorie intake.

If you want to be sure you’re logging the right thing, there’s a barcode scanner, too. It works in tandem with a weight tracker, (the blue scales symbol) which you can use to set weight loss goals.

I haven’t used those options very much, though. Like other apps that deal with food intake (such as MyFitnessTracker), it’s difficult to measure exactly how much of a food you’re eating, and as such, difficult to log it and get an exact reading. It’s better for getting an average overall figure but takes a bit of dedication. The same thing goes for the water intake tracker.

There’s also an element of challenging yourself and others that Fitbit have put into their app in the form of badges and various competitions you can do with friends and family. The badges, unfortunately, don’t seem to show up on the phone app, but do on your dashboard on the Fitbit website. Here’s an example:

So there’s no shortage of things to do and things to track using the Charge. But just how reliable is it all?


Generally, the basic functions work as you would expect. The pedometer is fairly accurate, though as it’s a device worn on the wrist, it can sometimes be tricked into thinking that you’ve gone a few steps when you move your arms. Similarly with the calorie counter, it’s difficult to know exactly how accurate it is; sometimes I’ll have been sitting down for a few hours and still have managed to burn 1000+ calories. Supposedly this is due to the loss of calories even when breathing, so maybe that explains that one. It’s probably better to tie this one in to the food tracker, if you can.

Bluetooth notifications show you when someone phones you, bringing up their name and vibrating to get your attention. I was disappointed with this, though, because it often took a good few seconds into the call for the Charge and my phone to sync up. In theory though, it’s a great idea. The same goes for the alarm; you can set it via the app, and when the time comes round, the Charge will vibrate for a few seconds to wake you up. I found that it wasn’t really enough to properly wake me up, so I’ll be sticking to phone alarms, I think.

One of the Charge’s features I was most interested in was its inbuilt sleep tracker. You don’t have to do anything but keep wearing it through the night for it to activate, so that when you wake up and sync it to your phone, you get a chart showing how long you slept, and how ‘restless’ you were.

Which is all well and good, but what does that really mean? I wanted to know a lot more than I got told, so I downloaded Sleepbot for Android to compare the two, and found the latter to be much more illuminating. Of course, that’s a little unfair, considering sleep tracking is only one of the Charge’s side functions, but if you really want accurate sleep tracking, I’d go for a dedicated app.

Overall Experience

One of the popular reasons for wearing a fitness tracker is to get more motivated to exercise – to see the pedometer rising and the numbers on the scales falling in tandem.

It definitely helps to get an actual visual representation of how you’re spending your time and to see what effect the exercise you’re doing is having. ..Or how much more you need to be doing; it’s definitely made me realize that getting to 10,000 steps a day isn’t as easy as I once thought!

So in that sense, it does motivate you to want to do more, whether it’s going for more walks or just take a few extra steps here and there. Whether or not it can actually motivate you to do it? I think that’s down to you.

As a gadget, though, it’s fun to have around, and it’s at least interesting to be able to look at all the stats on your phone and play around with all the different options available to you.

I can imagine it would be even better to have friends or family around you who also have a Fitbit, so you could compare stats or utilize the challenges given to you via the app; even the app tells you that users with even one friend are 27% more active!

Overall though, for what it is, a fitness tracker, it does its job well. It’s got a lot of competition out there – from other trackers to smartwatches that have integrated trackers, but in my opinion, the Charge is pretty solid.…